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This article is partially a follow up to the first one written in the last edition of Seren. The overall results of the 41 Policing authorities are as follows; Conservatives (15) Labour (13) Independent (10) and Zero tolerance policing (1). The results do confirm all of the predictions made before the election, that the turnout would struggle to reach 20% in many places and indeed the turnout nationally didn’t reach 20%. The government failed to adequately advertise the PCC elections; it failed to communicate effectively what the PCC’s would do and yet managed to spend a hundred million pounds on this…

Did you know that double savings are now on at DFS where there’s a sofa for everyone? At CSL, the sofa specialists, your perfect sofa is now half price! And at SCS you can save up to half price in the Blue X sale! I like to think that this is the reason I stopped watching tv. In reality I just don’t have time and to be honest I’m quite glad of that. The constant stream of sofa adverts is just too much to take. I don’t think I would mind too much if they were actually advertising some kind…

Starbucks is planning to change the way it operates so that it will end up paying corporation tax in the UK. Despite being one of the biggest competitors and having almost one-third of the UK coffee shop market, Starbucks has paid corporation tax only once in the past 15 years. Corporation tax is paid by foreign companies on profits made in the UK, while UK-based companies pay corporation tax on their taxable profits wherever they are made. In a report published on Monday, Public Accounts Committee chairwoman Margaret Hodge said HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) needed to be “more aggressive…

Bangor University’s new housing search tool promises to take stress off of hundreds of students next year. Studentpod has been created with the intention of making house hunting a lot easier for University students. Amy Jones of the Student Housing Office said of the tool: “The site has far more details about each house than we had previously, as well as the ability for landlords to upload pictures. You can e mail details of individual houses to friends – to make finding that perfect house for your next year all the easier. You can also register on the site so…

Every year Christmas seems to rear its head earlier and earlier; which is definitely an odd concept considering it’s a single day. Growing up I’ve become used to certain traditions, the Christmas songs can come out on the first of December (and believe me on the 1st the Pogues will be blaring from my laptop), the Christmas decorations go up on the 6th and so forth. It’s also often been said that it’s not Christmas until you’ve seen the Coca Cola advert – which is great, providing the Coca Cola advert comes on at a good time. This year the…

It comes like a thief at night. Silently and treacherously just when I think it’s safe to breathe. I get homesick. Of course I’ve been prepared for this. I read every article and did the research. I know it’s alright to feel homesick. Still, nothing prepared me for this amount of melodramatics. My flatmates go home for the weekend and I feel jealous. I hear there’s already snow at home and my chest aches because I’m not there to see it. My problem is that I always try to rationalize my feelings, come up with reasons. I thought I’d share…

We have all seen the signs, for sale, to let, hanging around Bangor as of late, the surprise for most is where they are hanging from. The many bars of Bangor seem to have been hit quite hard as of late, but, the main question is why. Bangor is a flourishing town and with the large student body on top of that, it is hard to see why it might be that they would want to sell up or close down. Upon talking to the owners of bars across Bangor, the general feeling to come from them is that the…

Rage ensues as new President vows to put a stop to drug cartel Enrique Pena Nieto has been sworn in as the new Mexican president, replacing his predecessor Calderon, and is set to take a position within Harvard University and head the charge against the drug problem inside of Mexico as well as stabilise the economy. Over Calderon’s six years in presidency it is estimated that around 60,000 people have died in drug related incidents, and this is the the promise heading Pena Nieto’s campaign, with a shared conviction in wanting to remove all deaths, and in turn, make Mexico a…

A man charged with punching another man unconscious before breaking his ankle has been imprisoned for three years. Ralph Richards, of Rhuddlan, was accused of intentionally targeting the victim, Anthony Webster, whom he attacked on the property of The New Inn, Rhuddlan. The Recorder, Duncan Bould, told Mold Crown Court how the intoxicated Mr Richards purposefully targeted the victim: “Mr Richards made a beeline for the victim…approaching him in such a way that he was unable to see you [Richards] coming”. Mr Webster was knocked unconscious in the attack, but instead of ceasing in his actions  Richards continued to beat…

With the closure of the UK’s largest care provider for the elderly last year, proposals have been proposed for greater oversight of the providers’ finances. With the collapse of Southern Cross Healthcare 750 care homes were also closed, leaving tens of thousands of elderly without a care home. The new proposals have been suggested in order to prevent such incidents occurring again. The proposals have been are being seen as a step in the right direction as Dr Peter Carter, Chief Executive and General Secretary of the Royal College of Nursing, described the proposals as being long overdue, a view…

A student convicted of hacking the computer system of his high school has received a 12-month community order. Southampton University student Matthew Higgins, 20, formerly a pupil at the school Eirias High in Colwyn Bay, was charged with gaining unauthorized access to the school’s system in March 2011, and attempting to do so again two months later. Higgins has also been sentenced to 120 hours of unpaid work. Higgins gained access by posing as the parent of a female pupil, requesting the password for the parental portal from the teacher in charge of the computer system. After he was provided…

Residents of Bangor are being asked to take extra care in the build-up to Christmas to secure their houses after a rise in the number of burglaries in the Bangor area. Bangor residents are now being warned to lock up when they go to bed or out to work or other activities. The alert comes after a string of crimes and burglaries, the latest being at Toronnen, adjacent to Caernarfon Road, where there have been sighted break-ins with personal effects, like electrical items, being the main items stolen. Inspector Simon Barrasford has reminded people to ensure that they remain vigilant:…

Great Poles of Fire Many households in Holyhead experienced a power cut in the early hours of November 29th after thieves set fire to a telegraph pole in an attempt to steal copper cable. in a field near the recently built Cybil Retail Park in Kingsland Road. It is thought that the fire was started at midnight in a field near the recently built Cybil Retail Park in Kingsland road, and five hours later the power was cut off. Scottish power discovered the damaged telegraph pole and reported the incident to the police. Holyhead police described the criminal actions as…

Jordan’s acting information minister Nayef al-Fayez has said that his government shared the UK authorities’ disappointment at the Special Immigration Appeals Commission (Siac) ruling on Monday. Both Jordan and the UK had a special interest in making sure that he was charged for his crimes but under British law, there isn’t even enough evidence to try him in a court. When Abu Qatada arrived back at his home in London, around lunchtime on Tuesday, a small group of protesters – holding a “get rid of Abu Qatada” placard – gathered outside and chanted, “Out, out, out.” Earlier this year, judges…

Starbucks has been in talks with HM Revenue and Customs this week regarding the amount of tax it has paid over the last fifteen years. Having recorded sales of £398 million in 2011, it paid no corporation tax, saying it didn’t make a profit, and hasn’t done for fourteen of the fifteen years it has operated in the UK. The company move 4.7% of sales to a sister company in the Netherlands and buys its coffee beans from Switzerland, both of which operate a different taxation system, taking considerably less tax from the company. However, Starbucks isn’t the only company…

At the moment the way the newspapers, magazines etc. are regulated is through something called the PCC; Press complaints commission which is funded and run by the media themselves without any government interference. There have been calls by members of the public, victims of phone hacking, celebrities and politicians for this body to be placed by an independent body underpinned by legislation, i.e. government supported but away from the “interference” of either politicians or the media. The new body has been likened to Ofcom, which a statutory body that regulates other parts of the media such as TV, radio etc.…

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