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Tourists face travel chaos as national strike begins across France

Tourists face travel chaos as national strike begins across France

World
Travellers heading to and from France face five days of chaos due to a general strike across the country over pension reform.Flights, trains and buses will all be hit by the biggest wave of industrial action the country has faced for decades - which begins on Thursday. There are no tickets available on Eurostar trains until Tuesday, with the company saying it has cancelled almost 100 services between now and then. Image: Flights, trains and buses will all be hit by the national strike Image: Many airlines have cancelled flights to and from France Airlines including Easyjet, British Airways and Ryanair have opted to cancel many of their flights to and from France, while Air Fran...
Javid: Tories ‘real party of labour’ as he raises National Living Wage

Javid: Tories ‘real party of labour’ as he raises National Living Wage

Business
By Greg Heffer, political reporter, in Manchester Chancellor Sajid Javid has declared the Tories are the "real party of labour" as he announced plans to raise the National Living Wage up to £10.50 per hour by 2024.In his speech at the Conservative Party conference in Manchester, Mr Javid hailed "a well-earned pay rise" for four million British workers. The chancellor also revealed the age threshold for entitlement to the National Living Wage will be brought down from 25 to 21."To help the next generation of go-getters to get ahead we will reward the hard work of all millennials too," he said.Currently, the National Living Wage is set at £8.21 per hour and those under the age of 25 are only entitled to the lower national minimum wage.
Night in national park ‘for every schoolchild’

Night in national park ‘for every schoolchild’

Science
Every schoolchild in England should get the opportunity to "spend a night under the stars" in an idyllic landscape, an independent review has suggested.Helping pupils connect with nature through visits would ensure protected areas such as national parks are "open to everyone", the review's author said.Julian Glover was asked to review England's 70-year-old national park system and areas of outstanding natural beauty by the environment secretary.He says they need to be "re-ignited".Mr Glover's review says challenges such as climate change, biodiversity loss and a trend towards increased urban living mean fresh ideas are needed to give England's protect landscapes new purpose.Among his recommendations are a National Landscapes Serv...
Report: Air Force calls diversion of funds for border wall a national security risk

Report: Air Force calls diversion of funds for border wall a national security risk

Business
Sept. 13 (UPI) -- The U.S. Air Force, in a report revealed Friday, said the planned $ 3.6 billion diversion of military funds for a border wall is a risk of national security. The report, obtained by NBC News, outlines 51 military projects scheduled to lose funding, and their importance to national security. Contraction projects supporting the European Defense Initiative, which deters Russian aggression in Europe, is among the most notable. It cites that without properly constructed buildings, personnel and 12 F/A-22 fighter planes at Spangdahlem Air Base in Germany "will have no shelter facilities in case of enemy attack, making the assets vulnerable to destruction." Funding for airport upgrades in Germany, Luxembourg, Great Britain, Slovakia and Hungary have been cancelled because of t...