Many citizens living in locations that will impacted by the Olympic Games are less than pleased over the hassle surrounding the summer event. One of the biggest fears is over a potential increase in crime.
There has been speculation over how the court system will cope. Plans for how the courts will deal with offences committed during the Olympics have now been outlined and there will be an ‘Olympics fast-track system’ for crimes correlated to the Games.
Some previously well-off Irish citizens have turned to England to be declared bankrupt in an attempt to escape the country’s stringent bankruptcy laws, which leaves bankrupted individuals under financial constraints for 12 years.
The latest well-known victim is one of the members of boy band Westlife, Shane Filan. The Guardian reports that the Westlife band member and his brother owed millions of euros to Ulster Bank and Bank of Ireland, after their joint property business proved unsuccessful. (more…)
The Government is intending to push through new legislation that would impose a duty on courts to ensure that separated parents have access to any joint children. The idea is that this would ensure that non-residing parents will have more time with their children.
Whitehall says that enshrining this principle in law will weaken the bias in favour of mothers. Currently, the majority of children whose parents are not living together reside with their mothers. (more…)
The Government has repeatedly stressed that it wants to reform employment law. One of the aims of the reforms is to enable employers to have frank discussions with their employees about their individual performance.
At the moment many employers apparently struggle to have open conversations with their workers, particularly when there are issues concerning employees’ low performance. Employers often fear that these conversations could be used against them in any future unfair dismissal claim. (more…)
The Government is planning on legalising same-sex marriage by 2015. In preparation for this, they launched a consultation earlier this year to collect views on the matter.
The opinions gathered were published this week and what has clearly emerged, amongst other things, is that the Church of England is highly critical of such a legislative change. (more…)
The past weekend was filled with celebrations for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, which highlighted her 60 years of reign. Thousands of people participated in the events that had been organised.
For many bodies, including the police and transport for London, the weekend was seen as their final chance to test their strategies for the upcoming Olympics. (more…)
The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, is no stranger to news headlines. His comments, jokes and appearance are often commented upon by reporters and the public. Johnson is perhaps more popular for his personal character than his policies.
His charisma has led many to question whether he is next in line to become the leader of the Conservative Party. The current Tory leader and Prime Minister, David Cameron, has faced wide criticism since taking office. (more…)
As the Jubilee bank-holiday weekend is just around the corner, many looking to celebrate the event have been caught by surprise after warnings have been issued asking people to stay away from the centre of London.
Once again it is the arrival of the Olympics that is posing an obstruction to many. In preparation for the Olympics, rail works and maintenance of some of the tube lines have been scheduled to be carried out during the weekend. (more…)
About a year ago the state of New York legalised same-sex marriage. The move was welcomed by equality campaigners and has been seen as an important step in ensuring equal rights to citizens, independent of their sexual orientation.
One couple that has made use of the recent change in the law is one of the actresses from Sex and the City. On the 27th of May Cynthia Nixon, who is famous from playing Miranda Hobbes in Sex and the City, married her long-term girlfriend, Christine Marinoni. (more…)
On Sunday the 20th of May Robin Gibb, a member of the Bee Gees, died from liver and colon cancer. Many are now curious how his assets will be divided.
The Daily Mail reports that the singer had an open relationship with his wife Dwina, with whom he had three children. One of the women Gibb had been involved with was the couple’s former housekeeper, Claire Yang, and the two had a child together. (more…)