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How many vehicles in Chester are untaxed?

You are probably aware that in some parts of Cheshire, 1 in 4 drivers do not have valid vehicle tax. And that number is getting worse with every year – indeed, data published by the Department for Transport (DfT) shows an estimated 634,000 vehicles are being used, despite their vehicle excise duty (VED) not being paid. This represents 1.6% of all vehicles in UK traffic, down from 1.8% in 2017.

While the government does not publish individual area statistics, there are grave consequences if you are buying a car as well – with the new rules, DVLA do not allow you to transfer your tax disc so you will either have to buy a new one with your new car, or risk a fine. Sites do exist that allow you to check the status of VED (and more) – for example FreeCarCheck (sample) or … Read the rest

Round up of the best June deals

If you struggled with what to get Dad this Father’s Day, or want to know where to snag a top deal on tech for the summer, we have you covered. We’ve gone through major UK retailers and brands and highlighted the best deals around.

If you need inspiration, Tech Advisor also have a dedicated round up with tonnes of gift ideas.  For gaming deals for dad, we recommend checking out Sony’s Days of Play Sale that’s on now until 27 June.

Until 28 June, eBay also has 10% off everything on its site with code PRICEWIN – including up to £880 off the Microsoft Surface Laptop. Here’s everything you need to know.

Argos Father’s Day tech deals

Argos is participating in Father’s Day sales. There are a few standout deals that we’re seeing:

  • £50 cashback on Samsung Galaxy Smart Watch (46mm) – £249 with discount – claim cashback here.
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Protect children from Online Porn Shame – Chester Bishop

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

North West Ambulance Service paramedics suspend strikes

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

Stop The Gypsy Crimewave

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

Fake News Has Been Around Forever (even in Chester)

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

Brexit ARMAGEDDON: Health foods banned

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?
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Mother Wrote Leaflet Backing Holy NHS

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

Food for thought at the Zoo

A THOUGHT-PROVOKING exhibition inspired by a legendary Bob Dylan song is to come to Chester Zoo.

Hard Rain – an open-air exhibition of dramatic and moving photographs set to the lyrics of Dylan’s famous 60s protest song, A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall, will be at Chester Zoo from May 28.

Aimed at encouraging action on climate change, habitat loss, pollution and poverty, the exhibition features hard-hitting photographs taken by London-based photographer Mark Edwards.

The exhibition, which will be launched at the zoo by Mark, is touring the world and is accompanied by a Hard Rain book which has been sent to every world leader encouraging them to reveal the policies they are implementing to reduce CO² and other greenhouse gases and deal with other problems.Š

Gill Wells, of Chester Zoo’s education department, said: “People fortunate to have already seen Hard Rain have found it … Read the rest