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This month’s country is the Netherlands. It is in Western Europe and borders Germany to the east, Belgium to the South and the North Sea to the Northwest. It also has a number of overseas territories in the Caribbean, located in the Lesser Antilles archipelago. Its capital is Amsterdam but the seat of the government and supreme court is The Hague. The population is currently 17.4 million living within 41,800 square km, making it the 12th most densely populated country in the world. The Netherlands is known for being very tolerant towards LGBT+ people due to its various legislation’s, but…

By Tom Wilkinson-Gamble The current economic war between Japan and South Korea has been raging for almost nine months now and shows no sign of stopping anytime soon. As a conflict between the world’s third and eleventh largest economies respectively, the dispute could have a serious economic impact on the rest of East Asia. Though the conflict began in July when Japan tightened regulations on the export of chemicals, its origins can be traced back to a South Korean Supreme Court ruling from November 2018. The court ruled that ten people, who had been forced into slave labour by the…

By Tom Wilkinson-Gamble Now that a few months have passed, we can begin to dissect exactly what led to the Democratic Progressive Party’s (DPP) victory over the Kuomintang (KMT) in Taiwan’s presidential and legislative elections earlier this year. January’s elections were an opportunity for the DPP to prove to the nation that they were deserving of another four years in power. The party had performed poorly in the 2018 local elections as a result of President Tsai Ing-wen mishandling a mixture of both domestic economic issues and relations with mainland China. However, after defeating Lai Ching-te in the primaries, Tsai…

An email has been sent out by the Student’s Union president Mark Barrow saying that the University has decided to postpone all conferences and events over COVID-19 (Corona Virus) concerns. In addition meetings involving visitors to University premises should be rescheduled. Therefore Varsity, Socs Fest and the Award Dinners have been cancelled. This has come just after Bangor University sent around an email saying that the University Executive have decided to review their COVID-19 policy, and asking that Staff and Students only travel on university business in the UK if it is absolutely necessary. Students have been advised to check…

As February is LGBT+ History month, I thought it would be interesting to look at this from an international aspect by assessing which countries are the best or most accepting of LGBT+ people. This will be assessed by considering different factors like anti-discrimination legislation, equal marriage, LGBT+ representation in the media, prosecution, discriminatory legislation and so on. This will more or less be based on the Spartacus Gay Travel Index 2019 which has been listing the best countries for LGBT+ people to visit or live in every year since 2012. North America: Canada is the most accepting of LGBT+ people…

You’re a student and it’s your well-earned day off. The week was long and you’re yearning to turn your mind off for a moment. This day is rightfully scheduled as Netflix day; a day for Netflix with or without chill, until your wishful dream shatters as you realize that you ran out of clothes and the following not-Netflix day is packed with lectures. Routinely, you load a laundry basket or two half-torn plastic bags full of clothes and stroll off to the nearby launderette. What you find there is a disappointment you’ve grown accustomed to. The floor is wet and…

With the long and gruelling month of January finally in the past and the less chilly month of March fast approaching, it is the perfect time to blow away those winter cobwebs and explore those unseen sights of the city. Although Bangor may not initially seem like the most beautiful destination in the world, it does hold some dazzling hidden gems which are perfect to seek out on those down days for a little pick-me-up adventure. All of the locations mentioned are in walking distance of Bangor and so you do not need to worry about needing a car to…

An all-powerful Prime Minister has nowhere to hide when things go wrong. New governments with a clear idea of what they want to do act decisively in the first months. One example is enough. Devolution for Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland was bought in very quickly in 1997. Within two years we had had elections and our Assembly was up and running. By now it seems a fixture. In the last Assembly election, the ‘Abolish the Assembly’ party got 44,000 votes or 4.4%, and that on the list seats. They didn’t dare stand in individual constituencies, as they would probably…

A letter sent to an MP by a MoJ minister outlines what a new Welsh Government bill would mean in practice; Welsh parents could lose their jobs for smacking their kids if the new law is implemented, a letter from the Ministry of Justice has warned. If a Welsh Government bill to outlaw reasonable chastisement passes, parents suspected of smacking their children will face police investigations. The news was confirmed in a letter sent by an MoJ minister to David TC Davies, the MP for Monmouth, at the end of last year. It also confirms that information about parents who…

The 2021 census could be the last one ever to be carried out, the UK’s national statistician has revealed. Prof Sir Ian Diamond said he was examining cheaper alternatives to the 10-yearly compulsory questionnaire delivered to every UK household. The census, which has been conducted for almost 200 years, provides valuable population information to help councils and the government plan services. But Sir Ian said he was “hopeful” data from other sources could replace it. “The census is frankly as good as it is possible to get,” he said. “Let’s see if we can get to a similar place, more…

A determined young stroke survivor graduated with an MSc Principles of Neuropsychology degree at Bangor University’s winter graduation ceremonies. Mother of two, Nicola Brown, 36, from Llanberis, was diagnosed with dyslexia aged 12, and began having seizures in her sleep when she was 17; suffering a stroke when she was just 24 years old. Left partially sighted, and losing her ability to recall information accurately, Nicola persevered with her strong ambitions, and overcame these challenges using assistive technology. Deciding to push herself further, after achieving her BSc Neuropsychology undergraduate degree at Bangor; Nicola strived to earn her Masters, in the…

As we all aware, the UK decided to leave the EU following a referendum in June 2016 with 17.4 million in favour of the motion. Brexit being the buzzword of the last few years, the question on everyone’s lips is what happens next? Following the formal departure on January 31st, 2020, months of negotiations for what the next steps will be were sparked. While our departure has been agreed, both the EU and the UK need to decide on the future relationships, creating the transition period. In the next 11 months the UK will still follow the rules and regulations…

From Bangor to Budapest, Wales and the world are celebrating the fifth Welsh Language Music Day – Dydd Miwsig Cymru (Friday 7th February), with a host of free gigs, special music releases and celebrity learners. Welsh Language Music Day celebrates all forms of Welsh language music, from indie, rock, punk, funk, folk, electronica to hip hop and everything in between. Over 20 gigs are set to take place today for Dydd Miwisg Cymru and there will be the largest ever number of special releases from artists and labels, including a total of 13 singles and two albums, one of which…

Just in time for Blue Monday, the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust, a charity working to equip young people with the skills to look after their mental wellbeing, has launched a new resource to support students experiencing mental health issues such as anxiety and depression. The new guide, which is available to download for free, contains a range of helpful advice, including what students can do if they are finding it hard to concentrate or are having trouble sleeping, and helps them to recognise potential symptoms of anxiety and depression. The resource emphasises that issues such as anxiety and depression are…

Bangor University is ranked tenth in the world for its commitment to sustainability, according to an international league table of environmentally friendly institutions. The university is one of four UK universities appearing in the Top 10 of the UI Green Metric, a league table of the world’s greenest universities. 780 universities from 85 countries were assessed in the Universitas Indonesia League Table, which highlights sustainability and environmental management at universities around the globe. Bangor University retains its top-ten position globally for the third year, and placed first in Wales according to the rankings which measure six indicator areas at each…

Deaf people in Wales face serious challenges in getting the health care information and services that they need, according to a recently published report. (Health and Wellbeing for Deaf Communities in Wales: Scoping for a Wales-Wide Survey). The report focused on Deaf individuals with a capital “D”. These are people who are culturally Deaf, were typically born deaf, and use a signed language, such as British Sign Language (BSL), as their first or preferred language. In contrast, deaf (lowercase “d”) refers to the audiological condition of deafness. While the Deaf community is relatively small, they face substantial health inequalities with…

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