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Following the recent credit crunch the idea of the “bonus” has been at the forefront of the public discussion.  On the 30th January it was announced that Stephen Hester – chief executive of the Royal Bank of Scotland had rejected his £963,000 shares-only payment. Ed Milliband said the choice was “sensible and welcomed” a sentiment that will most likely be echoed by the tax payer; considering they own around 80% of RBS.  The general public will no doubt be hoping more of the RBS staff will follow Hester’s example and reject their bonuses.  It’s marked a year that has so…

Insurers have recently announced that upon renewal of their contract with the government next year that they may consider not insuring houses that are at a high flood risk. For some time now insurers have had an agreement with the government guaranteeing homeowners in such vulnerable areas protection against flooding, but a recent influx in flood related claims has seen insurers paying out more than they feel comfortable with. Such change in legislation could result in a plethora of complications from people not being able to obtain mortgages because they cannot get home insurance, to people moving out…

Queen Elizabeth II has celebrated her 60th anniversary as British monarchy this week and breaking tradition, she spent the anniversary of her ascension day making public appearances in Norfolk, as opposed to spending it privately. The queen visited Kings Lynn Town Hall and Dersingham Infant and Nursery School, where she met budding infant well-wishers who later gave a musical performance to mark the occasion, in which the queen was guest of honour. More public celebrations will commence later on in the year and the official jubilee bank holiday weekend will take place 2nd to 5th of June. …

Five Bangor students have made it through to University Challenge televised rounds after first applying to go onto the show in November of last year. The five lucky finalists including four panel members and a team reserve are Captain Nina Grant – BA French and Linguistics, Simon Tomlinson – PhD Psychology, Mark Stevens – BSc Environmental Science, Adam Pearce, PhD Translation and Catriona Coutts, BA English Literature. The top 15 scorers from the November tryouts were then invited for further tryouts and from these tests the five top scorers were invited to an interview in Manchester. Put before the production…

There are currently 5 enterprise zones in Wales with plans for two more in Gwynedd and Pembrokeshire by Edwina Hart (Business Minister for the Welsh Assembly). There have been calls for an enterprise zone to be created in Newport where a petition has been handed into the Senedd for reasons that haven’t been made clear yet. Anglesey: Primarily to do with Wylfa B but also a number of sites around the island are being considered in the energy and environment sector to be supported by this Zone. Cardiff: The zone boundary in the city is aligned to the central business…

Bangor was the first Welsh city to host Love Music Hate Homophobia (LMHH), a national event that aims to raise awareness about homophobia and its effects. LMHH was able to add a political message to the one club night a month that caters to the LGBTQ+ population. Contrary to popular belief we do not live in a post-homophobic society and homophobia is still rampant within our society. Most recently this was seen in Bangor when an LMHH poster was vandalised to say “Love Music Hate Queers.” This soon became a conversation when gay rights activists changed the poster to say…

Nine people including women and children have so far been announced dead following a factory’s collapse in Lahore, eastern Pakistan; dozens of people were thought to have been trapped in the accident. Residents have reported that underage workers were employed in the plant that collapsed amidst a blast; caused by a gas leak. Early reports indicate that the factory may have housed a factory for illegal veterinary medication. The accident is said to have happened in the early hours of the morning as workers were arriving and could have been much worse had it happened later in the day. The…

Bins in Bangor have been causing a lot of controversy in the city recently, the main problem being irregular collection leaving the streets sprawled with waste. After the Christmas holiday there seems to have been a lapse in bin collection resulting in bin bags being piled on the floor next to bins and food waste bins fermenting with mould. This along with the extreme winds we have been greeted by over the past few weeks has meant that rubbish has ended up sprawled throughout residential areas, creating a stench and an awful sight. On Glanarft Hill, a gathering of maggots…

Many London businesses and government departments have this month trialled a scheme to promote home working in order to try and reduce congestion come the months of the Olympic games. As well as the home working initiative, some workers, notably government department workers have been asked to cycle or walk to work as another way of trying to ease congestion during the games. The Government is encouraging the scheme after an already over capacitated public transport system will be put to the test during the summer months as city workers and Olympic tourists from around the world will…

Motorists across the UK have been advised to take extra care whilst driving following a spate of cold weather during the first half of February. The MET Office have issued several severe weather warnings across England and Wales since the beginning of the month, and drivers are now being advised to drive carefully as snow and rain freezes into ice at night. Ice is likely to cause problems on roads and pavements across the country, with southeast Wales and England being particularly affected. Fog patches are also likely to form throughout the cold snap, adding to disruptive travel across the…

From Bangor Students’ Union to wider student movement; why you should mark your x on the ballot paper It may not have the glamour of the the American Presidential elections, but the next three months will see the leaders of the student movement in Bangor, Wales and the UK elected. These are, you will know, interesting and complicated times for students across the UK, and I wanted to take this chance to explain why I believe that it is vital that as many students as possible use whatever chance they have to make sure they have the right people leading…

Pontio, Bangor University’s new, £40 Million Arts and Innovation Centre has appointed its first Artistic Director. Elen Ap Robert graduated in Music from the University of Sheffield, before spending six years working as a professional opera singer. She has also worked as a music therapist, specialising in supporting children with learning and communication difficulties in Gwynedd, Ynys Mon, and Conwy. Robert’s responsibilities as Artistic Director will include developing a range of arts based activities for a variety of audiences, as well as using the arts to develop links between the university and the community. Speaking of her new position,…

Ed? Surely Edward is politically correct? As an individual confused and tired of the political world, to me Ed Miliband appears to have a white toothy smile, a caring attitude about every individual, and an aura that no one except him and his party’s policies are correct or valid. Sound familiar? If you are like me and only really concentrate on politics when the elections come around or another expenses scandal looming; you will be in the dark about the ins and outs of day-to-day politics. Only the other day did I find out that there was such a…

‘An insult to every working family’ screamed the Daily Mail in response to the House of Lords voting in favour of amending the government’s controversial Bill proposing a cap on welfare payments. The welfare cap would mean no household could claim more than £26,000 in benefits. According to David Cameron this cap was proposed in the interest of fairness. Why, the prime minister asks, should those on benefits receive more than those who work for a living? Indeed £26,000 seems like a huge sum of money, which is why at the present time only 0.2% of UK households claim more…

15th March sees a fundamental change in the party after over a decade. Ieuan Wyn Jones has led Plaid Cymru for over ten years but has divided it is time to pass the baton over to a new leadership regime.  But who is going to take over the mantle? Who will lead to party on and progress welsh thoughts and opinions? Welsh Assembly Simon Thomas has withdrawn from the race leaving only three main contenders left. Mr Thomas pledged his support and to join nominee Elin Jones as her deputy on a joint ticket. Yet even with this public support,…

Is it just me or is everyone confused by the Eurozone crisis? One day the end of the Euro is nigh; the next its future is secure despite being riddled with debt. Is Greece in or out? What does France’s loss of the triple A credit rating really mean? The Euro has dominated the political news front for months and it doesn’t seem to be subsiding, so what is so captivating about the Euro zone? It is Britain’s eagerness to watch the Euro crash and burn? Or are we really interested to see how the Euro’s potential demise will affect…

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