The bitter prospect of a no-deal Brexit has robbed many farmers of the sense of satisfaction that autumn typically brings The bitter prospect of a no-deal Brexit has robbed many farmers of the sense of satisfaction that autumn typically brings.As the summer drifts away, the evenings become shorter, the mornings that little bit fresher, and Scotland’s farming communities normally turn their attention to reaping the fruits of their labours.It should be a positive time of year; of fresh starts, newly ploughed fields, winter feed sorted. Perhaps a time to give some thanks for another year of fruitful labour and lay down new plans for what’s ahead.This is how farmers and their families have functioned since the first hand-held plough scratched away at the surface of the dry earth, bringing the soil’s nutrients to the surface, creating a furrow and scattering seeds.Of course, down the centuries there have been many challenges to overcome along the way – war, disease, … [Read more...] about Strange Harvest: Scottish farmers and a no-deal Brexit
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Lifetime Isas allow under-40s to save for a home and retirement at once, and the Government is offering free top-ups worth up to £32,000 if you max out your fund during your younger to middle-aged years. That sounds like a big giveaway, but these Isas have sparked a barrage of criticism, amid fears younger savers could make poor financial decisions and be left out of pocket in the longer run. Watchdogs have insisted on robust safeguards, including making providers issue risk warnings before accounts are opened. We look at how Lifetime Isas works, what types of products are available, and their benefits and pitfalls. Giveaway: Government is offering free top-ups worth up to £32,000 if you max out your fund, but most young people are likely to empty it when they buy a home For those weighing up whether to open a Lifetime Isa - or give money to a younger family member to do so - we explain what issues to consider beforehand. But savers should be aware that there are … [Read more...] about Should you open a Lifetime Isa? What’s on offer to young savers
Twitter, founded in 2006, is a hugely popular social media platform, with 261 million account-holders worldwide sending some 500m tweets (short messages) a day. There are an estimated 13 million Twitter users in the UK. The medium is widely used by celebrities and perhaps the most famous user is US President Donald Trump, who has embraced it more wholeheartedly than any other world leader. The platform is used for all kinds of reasons - 74% of users say it is where they get their news. Others use it shamelessly for self-promotion, or companies find it useful to build up a relationship with customers. We look at four Twitter account-holders in Northern Ireland and examine why they joined the medium and the reaction to their tweets. One has already obtained a book deal, another is seeking one, a third uses it as a platform to remember people killed by the IRA and the fourth simply pokes fun at our politicians. Here are their stories: Belfast man John Chambers has a very simple reason … [Read more...] about The Troubles with Twitter: We meet Belfast Child, On This Day The IRA, Irish Border and MLAs And The Like
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page By Joshua Rothman July 15, 2012 The Olympic Games are one of the world’s most uplifting spectacles. For 16 days, we’ll see something rare: Almost all the world’s nations in agreement, playing the same games by the same rules.It’s an inspiring, even utopian event. But, increasingly, it’s haunted by an unsettling possibility—that even as athletes from around the world are competing together, they may also be cheating together. At the highest levels of sports, doping is so widespread that, watching the sprinters or swimmers poised on the starting line, it’s hard not to wonder how many have used performance-enhancing drugs. From the Tour de France to the World Series, from the NFL to the NBA, our admiration for the world’s best athletes is increasingly undermined by a single, persistent question: Did they have illegal help, and, … [Read more...] about Just what’s wrong with doping?
0 Have your say A new trailer for the eagerly-awaited Scottish rave culture movie Beats has launched ahead of the film's release next month. Two rising stars of the nation's stage and screen scene, Christian Ortega and Lorn Macdonald, play lifelong pals seemingly destined to go their separate ways who decide to go on a last night out to an illegal gathering.Based on Kieran Hurley's one-man play originally staged at The Arches in Glasgow, Brian Welsh's film is set in 1994, against the backdrop of crackdown by the then Conservative Government on the "free party movement" and underground rave culture across the UK.Much of the movie, which +-closed the Glasgow Film Festival last month, focuses on the "platonic love" between the characters of Johnno and Spanner, two teenagers from a West Lothian housing estate, are played Ortega and Macdonald, real-life friends who met while studying at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.Ortega was urged to audition for the role of … [Read more...] about Watch: Brand new trailer for Scottish rave culture movie Beats