BRITISH Airways pilots have already been on strike for two days this month with thousands of holidaymakers disrupted as flights are cancelled. Balpa members said another strike is planned for later this month and in November if the row remains unresolved. Here's what we know. When are the strikes? Pilots have taken industrial action on September 9 and 10 and are planning on striking on September 27 if the row remains unresolved. Balpa union bosses are now plotting a ten-day mega strike that would cost £400million and “break” the airline in November. Captains furious at the loss of pay and travel perks despite boosting BA profits have already held two days of action — with another due in two weeks. An airline source told The Sun: “The disruption we have seen so far is nothing. The mega walkout would bring BA to its knees.” The walkouts are a disruption to 195,000 passengers, with more than 1,700 flights already cancelled. The … [Read more...] about BA strikes – British Airways pilot pay walkout dates
ONLINE trolling is back in the headlines as it seems to be far too common in the UK. Celebs like Jesy Nelson have opened up about being trolled relentlessly - but what are the laws around trolling? Here's what we know. What is an internet troll? The word 'troll' is slang for a person who deliberately starts arguments on the internet with the aim of provoking an individual or group into a reaction. It can be done because they genuinely want a healthy debate, or because the troll simply enjoys winding people up. The term has nothing to do with the ugly green character from children's literature, it's actually a fishing term. Like fisherman, trolls attach their bait and wait for other members of the public (the fish) to bite. This is why trolls often target celebrities and other public figures - they're not necessarily looking for a reaction from the stars themselves, but from their army of loyal followers. For this reason, the best way to get a troll to go away is simply to ignore … [Read more...] about What is the law around internet trolls and trolling?
MICHAEL Schumacher suffered a horrific brain injury which left him in a medically induced coma six years ago. Since then, the world champ has stayed out of the public eye. But new details about his recovery have emerged. Here's the latest. When was the Mirabel skiing accident? The seven-time world champion was placed in a medically-induced coma following a skiing accident on December 29, 2013. Schumacher hit his head on a rock while skiing in the exclusive French Alps resort of Mirabel, suffering a traumatic brain injury. He was wearing a helmet when the accident happened just off piste, between two ski runs. The sporting icon reportedly received £115k-a-week care at a special medical facility at his Lake Geneva home, costs which are now expected to have exceeded £20m. How is Michael Schumacher doing? A Paris surgeon specialising in stem cell breakthroughs is set to treat Formula One legend Michael Schumacher today. The seven times World Champion driver arrived at the … [Read more...] about What happened to Michael Schumacher and how is his health now?
SALLY Bercow is no stranger to the spotlight, after appearing on our screens during Celebrity Big Brother in 2011, as well as other well-known TV shows. But who exactly is she and how long have the couple been together? We take a look, below. Who is Sally Bercow? Sally Bercow, 49, is a British public personality and the wife of the House of Commons Speaker, John Bercow, 56. She was born in Sutton on 22 November, 1969, as Sally Kate Illman. She attended the independent co-educational King Edward's School in Witley, Surrey. Bercow also attended Keble College, Oxford, dropping out after two years. While her husband became a Conservative Party MP in 1997, she campaigned for New Labour and their candidate Tony Blair, as well as helping him get his seat. At the 2010 election, she campaigned for the election of Ed Balls as the leader of the Labour Party, before attempting to stand as a Labour candidate for the St James's Ward of Westminster City Council. Sally has appeared on our TV screens … [Read more...] about Who is Sally Bercow? Wife of John Bercow and political activist
A HUGE blaze has ripped through an entire four-storey block of flats in Worcester Park this morning. But how did it start and have there been any deaths? Here's the latest. What happened? More than 100 firefighters are battling a huge blaze as it tears through an entire block of flats in South West London. Dramatic pictures show the devastated four-storey wooden-clad building engulfed in flames in Worcester Park, Sutton. Crews were called to Sherbrooke Way at around 1.30am this morning after dozens of people reported seeing flames and thick, black smoke. Around 125 firefighters and 25 engines had been deployed to the scene as of 2am this morning, London Fire Brigade said. Part of the ground, first, second and third floors of the building and most of the roof are alight. The cause of the blaze is not yet known. The estate where the fire broke out, The Hamptons, was completed in 2010 and was built on the site of a former sewerage works. Detached homes in the development have sold for … [Read more...] about Worcester Park fire: What happened and were there any deaths?