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Nigel Farage tells right-wing US event that ‘religious sectarianism’ is new threat in UK

Nigel Farage tells right-wing US event that ‘religious sectarianism’ is new threat in UK

Former Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage appeared to forget a large part of British history on Wednesday when he told a gathering of American conservatives that “religious sectarianism” was a new problem in British politics. Speaking at an “international summit” held on the eve of the 2024 Conservative Political Action Conference alongside former British Prime Minister Liz Truss and other right-wing international figures, Mr Farage told attendees that Western nations are facing now a “huge internal problem” that he described as a “new phenomenon”. That phenomenon, which he said was “beginning to dominate British politics,” was “religious sectarianism”. Mr Farage was referring to the pro-Palestinian voices protesting outside the House of Commons as Parliament debated the Israel-Gaza war, and he complained about “religious hatred” that “exists against Israel, against the Jewish people” and blamed “successive labour and conservative governments” for having “pursued completely irresponsible immigration policies” and not encouraging integration by Muslim immigrants. “Now we have radical Islam is becoming mainstream in British politics. We will have by the 2029 general election, we will have …

MWC 2024: Your Insider’s Guide to the World’s Biggest Phone Tech Event

MWC 2024: Your Insider’s Guide to the World’s Biggest Phone Tech Event

Mobile World Congress sees almost all of the world’s biggest tech companies descend on Barcelona every year to show off the latest and greatest in mobile technology. This year will be no different, with many major brands already teasing their launches ahead of the show’s official opening on Monday, Feb. 26.  We will be there in person this year, armed with laptops, cameras and a thirst for the next big thing. Also we’ll have tapas and beer, because Barcelona. Read more: Top Phones to Expect in 2024: iPhone 16, Google Pixel 9 and More So what can we actually expect from the show? Let’s pop our safety hats on and dive into the rumor mill.  The Nothing Phone 2 launched in July 2023. Little is known about the 2A, but it’ll launch in March. Andrew Lanxon/CNET Phones, lots of phones It’s a mobile-focused show, so it’s safe to assume that we’ll see new phones from a whole variety of brands. In typical years we’d see launches from the likes of Nokia, TCL, Honor and a host …

Marine Le Pen to defy Macron’s request not to attend event for WW2 resistance hero | Marine Le Pen

Marine Le Pen to defy Macron’s request not to attend event for WW2 resistance hero | Marine Le Pen

The French far-right leader Marine Le Pen is set to defy requests to stay away from a national ceremony to honour a second world war resistance hero. A spokesperson for Le Pen described President Emmanuel Macron’s suggestion she should not attend the event on Wednesday as “outrageous”. Missak Manouchian will enter the Panthéon in Paris, France’s mausoleum of revered historical figures, the country’s highest posthumous honour. In an interview with the communist newspaper L’Humanité, Macron said he was “personally against” representatives from the far-right Rassemblement National (RN) attending the ceremony. Last week, RN leaders accepted a request by the family of former minister and laywer Robert Badinter not to attend a national event honouring the man who abolished the death penalty in France. “As for Robert Badinter’s homage, for which RN MPs were absent, the spirit of decency and consideration for history should oblige them to make a choice. Far-right groups would be well advised not to be present, given the nature of Manouchian’s struggle,” Macron told the paper. He did, however, say the RN …

The Los Angeles Festival of Movies, a new event, is coming

The Los Angeles Festival of Movies, a new event, is coming

Los Angeles has struggled during the last few years to sustain a signature high-profile film festival, with the closing of the Los Angeles Film Festival, the collapse of Outfest and changes in leadership at AFI Fest. At the same time, thanks to local institutions such as the Academy Museum, the American Cinematheque and the UCLA Film and Television Archive — as well as organizations such as Vidiots, the New Beverly and Mezzanine — there has arguably never been a more vibrant moment for going to the movies in Los Angeles. A new festival, the Los Angeles Festival of Movies, co-presented by Mezzanine and the distributor and streaming platform Mubi, hopes to bridge that divide, creating a destination that will tap the enthusiasm of local audiences for both new work and retrospective titles. Set to launch its inaugural four-day edition on April 4, the festival is programmed by Micah Gottlieb, the artistic director of Mezzanine, who founded and co-produced the event with Sarah Winshall, a producer at Smudge Films. “Often I think that new independent films …

Female founders turn heads at Dorset Business Angels event with menstrual cup cleaning kit

Female founders turn heads at Dorset Business Angels event with menstrual cup cleaning kit

Dorset Business Angels held their latest pitch event recently, with hopeful entrepreneurs receiving a combined 27 expressions of interest. 11 of those went to a company led by two female founders, who pitched a portable cleaning and sterilising case for menstrual cups. With patent pending status, angels were all ears about this high growth potential product manufactured in the UK from sustainable and recycled materials. The founder claims 96 per cent waste and 94 per cent cost savings when switching to the menstrual cup from conventional sanitary products. The business model includes D2C and B2B2C channels. Visit Hampshire Biz News for bright, upbeat and positive business news from the county The founders are raising for a pre-seed round of £100k and working towards launching the product later in 2024. Next up came a five-year-old business offering nutritional-focused frozen ready meals company, which garnered 10 expressions of interest. The founders have established their USP in this already crowded market by focusing on frozen ready meals for those on specific diets, such as type 2 diabetes, those with IBS …

First Ignite Alumni Network event of 2024 features Rightangled founder

First Ignite Alumni Network event of 2024 features Rightangled founder

This year’s first Ignite Alumni Network event in Warwickshire was very well attended, said organisers, and featured Abdullah Sabyah, the founder of health group Rightangled, who shared his story. The event brought together around 40 businesses who have come through the University of Warwick Science Park’s Ignite incubation programme and gone onto great things and other businesses just starting out. READ MORE: Alumni network for University of Warwick Science Park’s Ignite programme launched The Ignite Alumni Network comprises graduates from the science park’s different support programmes and addresses skills challenges of its members, while the Ignite programme offers businesses low-cost, flexible office space as well as access to specialist support. Abdullah said: “When I first started out, I didn’t even have a business plan, let alone in-depth knowledge of how the NHS and private healthcare takes on new products. “After joining Ignite and speaking to their team, they helped us create a clear business plan and explained the importance of our tests being recognised by the Care Quality Commission – something we hadn’t considered. “If …

Penny Lancaster shares rare photo of son Aiden, 13, to mark special event

Penny Lancaster shares rare photo of son Aiden, 13, to mark special event

There were celebrations to be had in the Lancaster-Stewart household on Saturday as Penny Lancaster and Rod Stewart’s youngest son, Aiden, marked his 13th birthday, and the family pulled out all of the stops. Taking to her Instagram Stories, Penny shared an insight into the birthday celebrations which consisted of a unique meringue cake of the number 13. The jaw-dropping creation was covered with raspberries and blueberries and also featured mint leaves. Balloons of 13 were also blown up, and they carried Aiden’s name and a tribute to his favourite football club, Celtic F.C. WATCH: Inside Penny Lancaster and Rod Stewart’s bond with their children Aiden appeared alongside the balloons, but the teenager mostly hid behind the white ‘3’, with only his head poking out, but he appeared to be the spitting image of his rock and roll father. In 2011, Penny and Rod joined HELLO! for an exclusive interview, following the birth of their youngest son. “Aiden is the best birthday present I could have wished for. My family is now complete,” said Penny, …

‘Bankrupt’ council at centre of budget-cut protest holds ‘Queering Nutrition’ event

‘Bankrupt’ council at centre of budget-cut protest holds ‘Queering Nutrition’ event

A council refuse collector empties bins in Birmingham on the day the city council announced it was unable to balance its budget and was, in effect, ‘bankrupt’ – Mike Kemp/In Pictures A ‘bankrupt’ council that became the subject of protests over proposed budget cuts has held a ‘Queering Nutrition’ event. The brainchild of Birmingham city council’s public health division, the workshop explores the “interaction between the LGBTQ+ community and our food system”. Forthcoming sessions will cover “approaches to care for non-binary and gender diverse individuals with dementia”, delivered by Newman University through an “intersectional lens”, and “alternative cervical screening for marginalised groups” and “inclusive language in healthcare settings”, led by Birmingham Women’s and Children’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. The 21-session programme comes as leaders formulate plans to plug a £300 million funding gap. Gary Sambrook, Conservative MP for Birmingham Northfield, said: “Since the council’s bankruptcy was announced I’ve had countless meetings with community groups, people who rely on council service, and with councillors about the future of libraries and youth services. Spend money wisely “Labour’s …

Police warn against calls to gather at Singapore Botanic Gardens for event related to Israel-Hamas war

Police warn against calls to gather at Singapore Botanic Gardens for event related to Israel-Hamas war

SINGAPORE: The Singapore Police Force (SPF) has reiterated its stance on not allowing events related to the Israel-Hamas war to be held, amid online calls for a weekend march at the Singapore Botanic Gardens. SPF said in response to media queries on Thursday (Feb 15) that they are aware of calls on social media to gather for an event called Walk-Out Singapore “to demonstrate views related to the Israel-Hamas conflict”. “A police permit is required for such activities,” said SPF, adding that organising or participating in such an event without one is an offence. Pointing to their statement on Feb 13, SPF said that there are “particular public safety and security concerns with assemblies and processions” related to the conflict. “They could lead to tensions and disharmony in our society, as different communities in Singapore hold different views on the matter. “We will therefore not approve applications to hold events related to the Israel-Hamas conflict, regardless of which side the support is for.” SPF said that they contacted the organiser on Thursday and advised her on the …

11 biggest things we learned at Bridgerton season 3 sneak peek event

11 biggest things we learned at Bridgerton season 3 sneak peek event

Bridgerton season three part one will be landing in May, and the cast is ready to start talking about it! With some amazing details spilt at the Bridgerton fan event, here’s what we learned after visiting the opulent event at Claridge’s…  Nicola Coughlan insisted on one crucial book moment in show  Chatting about whether the show included fan requests, Shonda Rhimes initially denied it, saying: “There’s fanfiction and there’s the show, and Jess needs to write the show.”  WATCH: Bridgerton releases new Penelope and Colin scene from season 3 Jess Brownell, the showrunner for season three, added: “You also have to understand that by the time we announce the season, it’s almost done. So by the time fans are saying, ‘Oh maybe it’s this, maybe it’s that,’ it’s pretty much locked in at that point. Even if we wanted to steal some of the great ideas.”  However, Nicola Coughlan pointed out that they did add in an important part of the book after learning that fans were keen to see it in the show, telling …