Author: Nathalie Phillips

Letter from Madrid: 14-N general strike

Daily life across Europe came to a halt last Wednesday for 14-N, a 24-hour strike that saw the closure of high street stores, enforcement of minimal public transport services, and hundreds of thousands of citizens taking to the streets. 14-N is the second in what are expected to be a number of strikes. In Spain, an eerie atmosphere hung throughout the capital city. With most high street stores closed and those few that remained open completely empty, the people walked defiantly towards the Paseo de la Infanta Isabel, where the protest was to start at 6:30pm. Over 100 arrests...

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Santander and the UoL – joined in partnership

The University of Liverpool has this month become the 56th University in the United Kingdom to collaborate with the globally-recognized bank Santander, joining its Universities Division that supports academic institutions across sixteen countries. The University’s three-year long membership will bring potentially invaluable opportunities to both home and EU students in the form of awards, bursaries, opportunities to study abroad and more. Professor Sir Howard Newby from the University signed the agreement alongside Luis Juste, Director of the Santander universities in the United Kingdom and in Portugal. Newby explained that “this new partnership with Santander will help us support the...

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John Barnes slams frenzy surrounding Suarez case

In an interview with BBC Radio Merseyside on December 22nd, ex-England footballer John Barnes condemns the ‘witch-hunt’ that has surrounded Liverpool player Luis Suárez, who on the 15th October was accused of racially abusing Manchester United’s French defender Patrice Evra. The 24 year-old Uruguayan player found himself at the centre of a media storm after allegations were made by Evra, accusing Suárez of having used “insulting words” during a match which drew 1-1 between Liverpool and Manchester United. Suárez has since been found guilty and has been handed an eight-match ban from the Footballer’s Association, as well as a...

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Clarkson in Trouble Again

On Thursday morning, the BBC woke up to thousands of complaints after controversial remarks were made by Top Gear star, Jeremy Clarkson, during his interview on The One Show on Wednesday evening. Clarkson, who released his latest book Round the Bend last October, suggested that the public sector strikers who took part in the industrial action last Wednesday should be killed.“Frankly, I’d have them all shot. I would take them outside and execute them in front of their families”. 4,700 viewers have since expressed their anger, with the trade union Unison calling for his sacking and for the case...

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