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BYD’s affordable Seagull likely to launch as the UK’s cheapest EV

BYD’s affordable Seagull likely to launch as the UK’s cheapest EV

BYD’s most affordable Seagull EV, starting under $10,000 (69,800 yuan), could arrive as the UK’s cheapest electric car. Although BYD has yet to confirm plans, UK leaders see a market for the low-cost “Lamborghini Mini” EV. BYD launched the new Seagull EV in China last month. Its starting price is ultra-affordable starting at $9,700 (69,800), which is about 5% cheaper than the previous model. The new BYD Seagull has 30.08 kWh and 38.88 kWh Blade Battery options, good for 190 mi (305 km) and 252 mi (405 km) CLTC range, respectively. BYD launched the new Seagull in China with three trims: Active, Free, and Flying, priced between 69,800 yuan ($9,700) and 85,800 yuan ($12,000). BYD’s base Seagull model features a 190 mi (305 km) CLTC range, a 10.1″ rotating center screen, DiLink intelligent connection, and more, all for less than $10,000. Despite the affordable price tag, BYD’s Seagull does not feel like a “cheap” EV, according to reports. The Seagull has earned the nickname “Lamborghini Mini,” local reports claim, as former Lamborghini designer Wolfgang Egger …

UK’s arms export procedures give Israel benefit of the doubt | Israel-Gaza war

UK’s arms export procedures give Israel benefit of the doubt | Israel-Gaza war

Decisions on whether to suspend UK arms export licences are largely the preserve of a very small group of cabinet ministers advised by lawyers from the Foreign Office. The role of parliament, which used to have a specialist select committee overseeing arms exports, has been downgraded. Ministers like to give the impression that any decision is a considered examination of the evidence judged against the clear criteria that “the government will not grant a licence if it determines there is a clear risk that the items might be used to commit or facilitate a serious violation of international humanitarian law”. Ministers say this judgment is kept under review, with specific arms exports licences sometimes escalated to a higher level review. Broadly, the Foreign Office then provides advice to the business secretary, who is the ultimate decision-maker. In terms of international humanitarian law, the key relevant criteria are whether Israel is acting proportionately, seeks a distinction between civilian and military targets, and its actions do not create unnecessary suffering. Those criteria apply not only to the …

UK’s Sunak tells Netanyahu he’s ‘appalled’ after Gaza strike kills aid workers – POLITICO

UK’s Sunak tells Netanyahu he’s ‘appalled’ after Gaza strike kills aid workers – POLITICO

‘Unequivocal condemnation’ Earlier on Tuesday, Foreign Secretary David Cameron had called his Israeli counterpart to urge an investigation into the incident. Junior minister Andrew Mitchell meanwhile summoned Tzipi Hotovely, Israel’s ambassador to the U.K., to a meeting in the Foreign Office in which he “set out the government’s unequivocal condemnation of the appalling killing of 7 World Central Kitchen aid workers, including 3 British nationals.” Foreign Secretary David Cameron called his Israeli counterpart | Dan Kitwood/Getty Images) The comments from the top U.K. politicians signal a notable hardening in tone, and came as the U.S. government too urged a speedy and independent investigation into the April 1 Israeli strike in the Gaza Strip. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, on a trip to Paris, called on Israel to do more to protect civilian lives. Australia’s Anthony Albanese meanwhile expressed his own anger at what he called the “completely unacceptable” killing of 43-year-old Australian aid worker Lalzawmi Frankcom in the same bombing. Albanese too summoned the Israeli ambassador. On Tuesday Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu admitted “innocent people” had been …

Why the UK’s minimum wage is being called the ‘most successful policy of a generation’

Why the UK’s minimum wage is being called the ‘most successful policy of a generation’

When the minimum wage was introduced in the UK 25 years ago on April 1, 1999, the subject provoked heated debate. Up to 2 million people were at risk of losing their jobs, according to the Conservative Secretary of State for Employment (1990-1992) Michael Howard. The Association of Convenience Stores warned of the “significant knock-on impact.” “The Labour party is trying to kick away the ladder of opportunity for many people who wish to climb it,” said Conservative MP John Redwood. Economists were sharply divided. A quarter of a century later, it’s the “single most successful economic policy in a generation,” according to the Resolution Foundation, a British think-tank. Not only has unemployment not risen at all (currently standing at 3.9% in the UK), but the measure is now the subject of political consensus. Initially introduced at the low amount of £3.60 an hour, or 47% of the median wage at the time, the minimum wage rose by 10% on Monday, April 1, to £11.40 an hour, or two-thirds of the median wage. This minimum …

The UK’s giant underground ‘city’ where 500 people work but you wouldn’t know it’s there | UK | News

The UK’s giant underground ‘city’ where 500 people work but you wouldn’t know it’s there | UK | News

Britain’s deepest mine is found at Boulby, in between Saltburn-on-Sea and Whitby on the North Yorkshire coast. It is 4,593ft beneath the ground and takes six minutes to descend to the bottom of. Within the mine, which has been open since 1968, there are more than 620 miles worth of tunnels that have been excavated. Miners down the pit are looking for potash and salt seams deposited after the evaporation of the ancient Zechstein Sea around 250 million years ago. However, it’s not just mining that goes on down there. The site is also an underground science hub and has been since the 1990s. The Boulby Underground Laboratory is around 3068ft beneath the surface and the rock above the lab means that natural cosmic rays are reduced by a factor of a million compared to the outside world. In these conditions scientists are able to better conduct research. For example, the lab has been used to search for Dark Matter – otherwise known as the ‘missing mass in the universe’ – and is a world-leading …

April Fool’s Day LIVE: UK’s best jokes from bizarre tube names to strange new toothpaste | UK | News

April Fool’s Day LIVE: UK’s best jokes from bizarre tube names to strange new toothpaste | UK | News

Transport for London has led the hoaxes on April 1 with “plans” to rename the London Underground routes. TfL’s Director of Tube Tinkering, Olive Innadark, told MyLondon: “We just feel it’s time for change. If you look at the Circle Line on the Tube map it looks more like a milk bottle with a tail than an actual circle, and Bakerloo just sounds like someone having a doughnut on the toilet. So we’re looking at some new names that better reflect them in the modern day, or that simply make more sense.” The network has joked about renaming the Victoria Line the “Dark Line” to resemble how deep it runs. The Waterloo and City Line could be scrapped completely as it’s regarded as the most pointless given it only has two stops – Waterloo and Bank – and everyone now works from home, but if it is kept it may be renamed the “Banker’s Bullet”. Meanwhile the District Line will be linked to London’s most famous TV show. The soon-to-be-named “EastEnders Line” passes through Bromley-by-Bow …

UK’s huge new £5bn tunnel finally finished but tourists will never be able to walk down it | UK | News

UK’s huge new £5bn tunnel finally finished but tourists will never be able to walk down it | UK | News

The construction of a £5billion tunnel in London has been completed after eight years – but you’ll never be able to walk down it. Thames Tideway Tunnel is a 25km-long super sewer designed to slash the level of sewage pollution along a section of the River Thames through central London. Tens of millions of tonnes of storm sewage spill into the river annually, but once operational the super sewer should reduce spills entirely, according to its backers. The final piece of the tunnel – a 1,200 tonne concrete lid – was lifted into place on top of a deep shaft at Abbey Mills Pumping Station in Stratford, east London, on Wednesday (March 27). Tideway has now built the full 15.5 miles (25km) main tunnel, a three mile (4.5km) connection tunnel in south east London and a 1,100m tunnel in south west London. The company’s Chief Exec Andy Mitchell said in a statement : “This is the moment we’ve all been waiting for. The underground civil engineering on the Tideway project is now complete following eight …

The UK’s 10 ‘best’ beaches revealed – with four in the same county | UK | News

The UK’s 10 ‘best’ beaches revealed – with four in the same county | UK | News

Golden sandy beaches with scenic coastal walks and activities to enjoy for all ages- the 10 best beaches in the UK have been revealed. A latest study has collated the best beaches in Britain and four of them are in one county. The study by photo wall art creator StoryBoards analysed Instagram hashtag data and the length of 50 of the UK’s most popular beaches to find the top ten beaches and coves with the highest hashtags per metre count. According to the study, Cornwall has the most popular beaches in the country. The study found that Kynance Cove in Cornwall is the most Instagrammable beach in the UK. The cove has more than 66,000 posts on Instagram, and with a length of just 200 metres, this equates to 331 posts per metre. Kynance Cove is known for its white sands and turquoise as the cove is part of the National Trust. A spokesperson for StoryBoards commented on the findings: “With the upcoming clocks change and the weather warming up, many people can use this …

UK’s black children ‘face cultural barriers’ in accessing help for autism and ADHD | Special educational needs

UK’s black children ‘face cultural barriers’ in accessing help for autism and ADHD | Special educational needs

Cultural barriers are preventing black children who are autistic or have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) from accessing the help they need, the founder of a UK campaign for better support has said. Hundreds of children with special educational needs (Send) routinely wait for more than a year to get help as local authorities across England struggle to meet unprecedented need in a dire financial climate. A Guardian investigation last month found more than 20,000 children were waiting longer than the mandated 20-week limit to be issued with an education, health and care plan (EHCP) that details the support they require. Black children face even greater barriers, said Marsha Martin, a former behavioural therapist who has three neurodivergent children and is autistic herself. She founded Black SEN Mamas to try to raise awareness of autism and ADHD in the black community. “There’s a lot of stigma perpetuated within the black community regarding neurodiversity. So we’re not openly discussing autism, ADHD and other developmental issues,” she said. The education secretary, Gillian Keegan, said on Tuesday that …

Exclusive: Drag Race UK’s Marina Summers was ‘born to do drag’ – here’s how she plans to snatch the crown

Exclusive: Drag Race UK’s Marina Summers was ‘born to do drag’ – here’s how she plans to snatch the crown

Drag Race UK vs the World’s second series has truly been the renaissance of Filipina drag queen Marina Summers who has won three challenges during the show’s eight weeks and reached the final in a strong position. Marina has shone in practically every challenge that has come her way and she was even told that she was “born to do drag” by show host RuPaul – and if anyone knows, then it has to be RuPaul. And fans seem to be agreeing with Marina backed by the majority of the fanbase to snatch the crown during tonight’s final. WATCH: Catch the trailer for RuPaul’s Drag Race: UK vs the World However, speaking exclusively to HELLO!, the performer admitted that she didn’t have much of a strategy for the final challenge. She joked: “Well, my strategy this time is not to lose. “Lip syncing is what I do and every time there’s a lip sync challenge, I’m down to do it. This time, I’m was more confident and more relaxed coming into the finale because I’ve won three …