John Lewis set to permanently close Sheffield store in huge blow for city centre | The Star


This is a very real bombshell for Sheffield, even though, for many years, well before COVID-19 I did think how are John Lewis able to keep this store open. For when I did go in there were virtually no customers. But it did appear to survive, but that survival is no more.

With John Lewis going, on top of Debenhams, even though I did not care for Debenhams, but many more people did, I can’t see what is left in Sheffield City Centre, except Marks and Spencer. However, one substantial store does not make a successful city centre. This does not say that there are not many smaller shops within the City Centre, but a few big named stores are essential to pull in visitors. A few years the City Council said that Primark was a lead store in The Moor development, but while many do like Primark, this store is nowhere to be placed in the league of John Lewis, let alone Marks and Spencer.

A very sad day for all the Partners in John Lewis and my thoughts are with you all, but where does it lead for the finances through Business Rates for Sheffield City Council?

Without any further delay the current Tory Government needs to repay all that was withdrawn from the Government Grants to Sheffield due to 10 years of Austerity Cuts, let alone the additional costs related to COVID-19, which the Government promised to cover. It has covered some of the costs, but not all.

Sheffield is not alone in this financial disaster, but Sheffield is my home and therefore the one Council I feel most about.

 

Source: John Lewis set to permanently close Sheffield store in huge blow for city centre | The Star

‘I didn’t want to be alive any more’: Meghan and Harry describe racism and royal animosity in Oprah interview | Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex | The Guardian


A very explosive interview and some points which come as no surprise to myself.

The Racist comment for one, as I have believed for sometime that there was a racist element within ‘The Family’. In this I query, where are the ‘persons of colour’ within the employment of The Family, for I am not aware of one, let alone others.

I am also not surprised about the comment that Prince Charles stopped communicating with Harry.

That is just The Family, for I feel it would have been even worse within the area of what I call ‘the grey suits’ for, I feel, this area is much worse than The Family in how they treat persons who are classed as outsiders.

By The Family, not fully accepting, as I have said before, is a great opportunity lost, but not unexpected.

This interview is indeed a massive bombshell and one from which The Family, may never recover.

I am also not surprised, even before the revelations that Meghan had had ‘suicidal thoughts’, which she took the The Families HR Department, one which is not good, especially with regards to the alleged abuse to members of some of Harry and Meghan’s staff, where it appears the HR Department took no action.

Source: ‘I didn’t want to be alive any more’: Meghan and Harry describe racism and royal animosity in Oprah interview | Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex | The Guardian

Sen. Tom Cotton Calls Slavery Nation’s ‘Necessary Evil’ In Shocking Interview | HuffPost UK


Slavery “was the necessary evil upon which the union was built,” the Arkansas senator said in an interview.

Source: Sen. Tom Cotton Calls Slavery Nation’s ‘Necessary Evil’ In Shocking Interview | HuffPost UK

Facebook takes down Trump ads featuring symbol used by Nazis to mark political prisoners | TheHill


Facebook on Thursday took down Trump campaign ads against antifa that prominently featured a symbol used by Nazis to designate political prisoners, a spokesperson for the company confirmed to The

Source: Facebook takes down Trump ads featuring symbol used by Nazis to mark political prisoners | TheHill

Joint Chiefs chairman says he regrets participating in Trump photo-op | TheHill


Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Mark Milley said he regretted his participation in President Trump’s photo opportunity outside St. John’s Church last week.

Source: Joint Chiefs chairman says he regrets participating in Trump photo-op | TheHill

BREAKING NEWS: PM announces £600m infection control funding for care homes : Care Home Professional


Prime Minister Boris Johnson has today announced a £600m infection control funding package to help combat the spread of the coronavirus in care homes.

Source: BREAKING NEWS: PM announces £600m infection control funding for care homes : Care Home Professional

Trump, the Coronavirus, and the ‘hoax’ that isn’t a hoax : MSNBC


Trump has an unfortunate habit of describing stories he doesn’t like as “hoaxes.” But during a public-health emergency, this habit is worse than usual.

Source: Trump, the Coronavirus, and the ‘hoax’ that isn’t a hoax : MSNBC

House schedules Bolton deposition as part of impeachment inquiry | TheHill


House investigators noticed a deposition with former national security adviser John Bolton next week as part of Democrats’ impeachment inquiry, in what could be a key deposition for House investigators who are seeking to unravel details about President Trump‘s contacts with Ukraine.

The closed-door deposition was noticed on Nov. 7, according to a source familiar with the impeachment proceedings.

A lawyer for Bolton did not immediately respond to a request for comment on whether his client intends to testify.

And it is unclear whether Democrats have subpoenaed Bolton to testify.

But amid the Democrats’ investigation into Trump’s controversial dealings with Ukraine, they now see the military hawk as a potential star witness — one whose intimate knowledge of the Ukraine affair could expose more evidence of wrongdoing by the president.

He is someone who was involved in some of the most explosive events related to Trump’s contacts with Ukraine, but it’s unclear whether the longtime Republican stalwart would defend Trump’s actions or if he would paint his efforts to pressure Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to open politically motivated investigations that as an abuse of power or as an extension of executive powers.

A spokesman for the House Intelligence Committee declined to confirm whether these hearings are expected. 

 

Source: House schedules Bolton deposition as part of impeachment inquiry | TheHill

House passes resolution rebuking Trump over Syria pullout | TheHill


The House on Wednesday approved a resolution formally rebuking President Trump over his decision to withdraw U.S. troops from northern Syria.

The measure passed in a 354-60 vote, with four lawmakers voting present. All 60 votes against the resolution came from Republicans, with the present votes coming from three GOP lawmakers and Rep. Justin Amash (I-Mich.). The top three House Republicans supported the motion in a rare split from the president.

The resolution — which was sponsored by House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) and the panel’s top Republican, Rep. Michael McCaul (Texas) — “opposes the decision to end certain United States efforts to prevent Turkish military operations against Syrian Kurdish forces in Northeast Syria.”

The measure also calls on Turkey to end its military action, calls on the United States to protect the Kurds and calls on the White House “to present a clear and specific plan for the enduring defeat of ISIS.”

“The measure we’re considering today will send an unambiguous bipartisan, hopefully bicameral rejection of Trump’s policy in Syria,” Engel said ahead of the vote.

Trump has ordered all U.S. troops in northern Syria to pull back, paving the way for Turkey to launch an offensive against Kurdish forces that were instrumental in the U.S.-led fight against the ISIS.

The decision was swiftly condemned by lawmakers in both parties as abandoning the Kurds, signaling to future partners the United States is untrustworthy and enabling ISIS to resurge in the chaos.

The House’s resolution came to the floor under suspension of the rules, meaning it needed two-thirds approval to pass. The measure garnered support from all Democrats and 129 Republicans.

While the resolution breaks with Trump’s decision, Trump is named just once in the measure when it notes he spoke with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Oct. 6.

 

Source: House passes resolution rebuking Trump over Syria pullout | TheHill