The Bishop of Chester raised concerns in the House of Lords about how easy it is for children to access online pornography.
Rt Rev Dr Peter Forster was generally supportive of a motion to approve the Online Pornography (Commercial Basis) Regulations 2018 which got passed.
But he remained concerned age-verification procedures would not apply to all sites featuring pornography.
Bishop Peter, who joked that he had ended up as the church’s ‘expert on pornography’, said the harmful effects of porn had been discussed in a previous debate.
He stated: “While there was some difference over the effect of sex entertainment on grown-ups, there was virtual unanimity that youngsters should have been shielded from erotic entertainment — to the extent this could sensibly be accomplished.”
Minister Peter proceeded with: “My primary concern identifies with access to erotic entertainment on sites that don’t charge for access. … Read the rest
Paramedics in north-west England have suspended a schedule of weekly strikes to allow talks to commence in a row over pay.
GMB union members will not strike this weekend to allow discussions between the union and North West Ambulance Service management.
Two meetings have taken place involving the conciliation service ACAS.
GMB paramedics have carried 26 hour walkouts each weekend for seven weeks, with more due until the end of October.
Union organiser Mike Buoey said: “While it is early days, we are hopeful these exploratory talks may prove fruitful and help us address the concerns of our members.”
Ambulance staff covering Lancashire, Cumbria, Cheshire, Merseyside and Greater Manchester have been involved in the dispute since July.
GMB said the industrial action had been “a last resort” after staff had “waited patiently” for the outcome of a job re-evaluation exercise, for more than 12 … Read the rest
Yesterday (30th August) CWaC officers issued a decision notice refusing a “site” application, saying the gypo pitches would be ‘harmful’ to the green belt and the ‘very special circumstances’ did not outweigh the potential harm to the land.
If successful the application would have seen seven holiday pitches changed into homes for Gypsies and Travellers, with each pitch containing a mobile home, a utility room and a touring caravan.
It is a well known loophole that allows gypsies to live on land “legally” , by hiding behind human rights laws that should not apply to them as they are not a minority. Most people would regard them as “scum” but unfortunately the law does not take that into account and views them as persecuted victims. Concerned business owners at the Business Park sent dozens of letters of objection to the authority fearing there would … Read the rest
Young people, in particular 16 to 24-year-olds, on average during a 16-hour day, look at their phones every 6.4 minutes and during this time they will be unwittingly targeted by a great deal of ‘fake news.’ Fake News is extremely dangerous – it is essentially “unregulated” or “unofficial” news that doesn’t tow the line on diversity. It is extremely worrying that youngsters are not being indoctrinated by the BBC News output, so the government is stepping in. This guest article is written by ex Chester MP, Iain Bursford.
For as far back as 10 months I have been on the serious Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee investigation into disinformation and ‘phony news’ taking a gander at how this is dispersed through web based life and the influence it is having on society.
The term ‘counterfeit news’ ought not be messed with, what … Read the rest
EXPERTS have warned that under a “No deal” Brexit, many health foods – like nuts and peas – will effectively be unapproved for sale and may be removed from the shelves overnight. Leaked government plans revealed a lack of proposed regulation of health foods; the vast majority of public health & safety regulations currently come from the EU.
Shadow Health Minister Angela Davis said it was “devastating” that the government had failed to adequately plan ahead and that it will hit the “poorest in society”. Holland & Barrett have rubbished the claims, which a spokesperson dismissed as “nonsense” – although their shares dived by over 142% in early morning trading.
The UK exits the EU on March 29th, so it may make sense to stock up on healthier options now.
What is a No Deal Brexit and why will it be Armageddon?
The … Read the rest
Billy Ray Cyrus and daughter Miley will host and perform at the 2019 CMT Music Awards. The seventh annual awards show will air live April 14 on CMT from Belmont University’s Curb Event Center. Alan Jackson, Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood, Sugarland, Taylor Swift and Toby Keith will also be among the performers. “Miley and I are so excited to be hosting the CMT Music Awards,” Cyrus said Tuesday in a statement. “We know it will be a fun-filled night with a lot of great music performances.”
Cyrus, 46, made it big on the country and pop charts in 1992 with his hit “Achy Breaky Heart.” These days, he plays Miley’s father on the 15-year-old actress-singer’s “Hannah Montana” TV show.
“Hannah Montana” is filmed in Los Angeles, but the family has a home near Nashville. The Disney Channel recently announced that parts of Miley’s upcoming … Read the rest
Community groups are springing up across Crewe and Nantwich to help provide supplies and even a chat for vulnerable people who are self isolating – but they need food and other donations… Nadiah McFrassled, who set up the group, said: “I’m a stay-at-home mum with two children and I always help my neighbours in the winter when the weather’s bad so it was a natural thing to want to help now.”
Volunteers who drop off parcels will not come into contact with the people they are helping.
How are food banks surviving?
“They will go to the house and drop off the parcel on the doorstep,” said Nadiah. “If the resident wants to chat then the volunteer will be happy to do that from the end of the driveway or from a distance.”
Nadiah’s two children. five-year-old Isaac and three-year-old Cerys, have also been … Read the rest