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June 18, 2018 12:28 AM Debit card payments more popular than cash

Debit card payments have overtaken cash use for the first time, new figures show, as contactless technology takes a firm hold on day-to-day spending. A total of 13.2 billion debt card payments were made last year, a rise of 14% on the previous year, according to banking trade body UK Finance. That outstripped the 13.1 billion cash payments made, as the use of notes 5

June 17, 2018 11:45 PM Civil servants will be quizzed on what school they went to in a drive to increase diversity

Whitehall bosses are to ask staff if they went to private school in a drive to increase diversity. As part of a survey of ‘socio-economic’ issues, civil servants will be asked to state the type of school they attended. Other topics will include whether they qualified for free school meals as children and the profession and academic qualifications of their 7

June 16, 2018 4:05 PM Sinn Fein members back liberalising abortion law in change to party's policy

Delegates at a party conference said the procedure should be provided through a GP-led service for a "limited gestational period". Delegates at an annual party conference in Belfast said the procedure should be provided through a GP-led service for a "limited gestational period". They also decided abortion should be available where a woman's life, health 8

June 14, 2018 11:00 AM Artists come together for annual art trail now in it’s 21st year and better than ever

AN ANNUAL art event showcasing south Essex talent is proving to be a great success. Organiser Wendy Scotland said: “The support from the public has been phenomenal. “You only have to see the breathtaking array of work to recognise Leigh’s artistic community is thriving and it’s wonderful to put on an event where community is celebrating that.” The event

June 9, 2018 5:08 AM Gardens in Hutton Buscel open for annual event

A VILLAGE is getting ready for its annual open gardens event on Sunday. Eighteen gardens in Hutton Buscel will be open to the public from noon to 5pm, ranging from small backyards to extensive gardens with views over the Vale of Pickering. The village hall will be open for tea and cakes all afternoon and there will be craft stalls, tombola, book stall 11

June 8, 2018 7:50 AM Putin tells oligarchs to 'stay home and keep their money in Russia' in wake of Abramovich visa row with Britain and insists he wants to be part of Skripal assassination investigation

Vladimir Putin has told Russian billionaires to stay in their homeland along with their money in the wake of the Roman Abramovich visa row. The Russian President said tycoons were being persecuted in countries like Britain as he spoke during his live televised annual phone-in with the Russian public. Answering a question about visa problems experienced 4

June 6, 2018 3:07 PM Village 'Big Events Weekend' raises hundreds for ambulance charity

Locals and visitors gathered in a marquee on The Wheatsheaf pub carpark in Burn to enjoy a free concert last weekend, said spokeswoman Sonia Hearld. "First up to entertain the crowd were members of Selby Music Centre Folk Group, a seven-piece ensemble of violins, guitars and a mandolin," she said. "They were followed by The Tea Band, a four-piece rhythm 8

June 5, 2018 11:04 PM Ed Sheeran crowned UK’s most played artist in 2017

Ed Sheeran was the most played artist on UK radio, TV and in public in 2017 – and also had the most played track with Shape of You, it has been announced. Sheeran dominated music licensing company PPL’s annual chart, which tallies up each play an artist receives from broadcasters and in public places. As well as topping both of the end of year lists 10

June 5, 2018 3:35 PM Netflix and YouTube have deep pockets, Channel 4 boss says

Broadcasters in the UK and elsewhere should be “concerned about Netflix and YouTube”, Channel 4’s chief executive has said. Speaking as the broadcaster unveiled its annual report, Alex Mahon said both platforms have “deep pockets”. Ms Mahon said: “But that’s why our strategy is about the particular focus we bring to the UK, what we bring for viewers 13

June 5, 2018 1:07 PM Lots to enjoy at Wistow Scarecrow Festival

A VILLAGE in North Yorkshire is gearing up for a fun-packed weekend this Saturday and Sunday when it hosts its annual scarecrow festival. The festival in Wistow, near Selby, from 11am to 5pm, will feature a trail of 48 scarecrows. In addition, there will be a quiz, craft stalls, a fun fair, games, bouncy castle, food and lots more. This year there will also be a dedicated 10