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Migration figures: Record numbers of EU nationals leaving UK

The number of EU citizens leaving the UK is at its highest level for a decade, figures from the Office for National Statistics show. It estimates that 130,000 EU nationals emigrated in the year to September, the highest number since 2008. Meanwhile, 220,000 EU nationals came to live in the UK – 47,000 fewer than the previous year. Net EU migration – the difference between arrivals and departures – was 90,000, the lowest for five years. The figures also show that more British people are emigrating than are returning to…

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News: easyJet sees passenger numbers rise as rivals falter

easyJet has welcomed a 14.4 per cent rise in revenue in the three months to December 31st. Figures at the Luton-based low-cost carrier were buoyed by the collapse of rivals Monarch, airberlin and Alitalia, and the impact of mass flight cancellations at Ryanair. At the same time, easyJet reported revenue of £1.24 billion for the period, while passenger numbers rose 8.8 per cent to 18.8 million. Capacity rose 5.5 per cent to 20.4 million seats and load factor jumped by 2.1 percentage points to 92.1 per cent. The airline released…

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Why are vast numbers of Australians left out of media?

Greens MLC Mehreen Faruqi. Photo: Ben Rushton Why is it that multicultural Australia lives and breathes on the streets, but disappears as soon as we turn on the TV or open up a magazine or a newspaper? Why is it so hard to find anyone remotely like me, like my children or like my family?  The starkness of this reality really hit home during my summer staycation when quite a few lazy days were spent at home in Sydney channel surfing and flicking through magazines. Australia is one of the most…

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News: Wizz Air reports record passenger numbers for 2017

Wizz Air has announced that it carried a record number of passengers in 2017. At the same time, the carrier expanded its operations significantly, placed its largest-ever aircraft order, launched a part-sponsored training scheme for aspiring pilots and introduced a number of enhancements to its customer experience. In 2017 Wizz Air carried more than 28 million passengers on its low-fare routes, some 24 per cent more than in 2016. Some 14 brand new aircraft joined Wizz Air’s fleet, including 13 Airbus A321 and one Airbus A320 aircraft, taking the size…

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Record numbers call NHS 111 over festive period

Record numbers of people called NHS 111 over the festive period and there was a sharp rise in ambulances being delayed outside accident and emergency units. The data, from NHS England, covers the week ending 31 December. More than 480,000 people called NHS 111 – a 21% rise on the previous week. Ambulance crews faced delays of over 30 minutes handing over patients to A&E staff nearly 17,000 times during the week – a rise of over 40% on the previous week. The figures suggest the NHS was incredibly busy…

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News: VisitBritain expects record visitor numbers in 2018

It has been a record year-to-date for inbound tourism to the UK, with growth set to continue in 2018 according to forecasts from national tourism agency VisitBritain. Overseas visits to the UK are forecast to break through the 40 million mark for the first time in 2018, reaching 41.7 million, up 4.4 per cent on 2017 which is expected to see 39.9 million visits. Spending by overseas visitors to the UK is forecast to reach £26.9 billion in 2018, up 6.8 per cent on 2017 which is expected to total…

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8 Numbers behind… Ice

2½ inches is the perfect diameter for the so-called ‘ice ball’, the sphere of ice that is added to a whisky for perfection. In fact the use of classic cubes is forbidden. In the absence of the right mould (there are a great many on offer both in shops and online) a ‘giant small cube’ is better. 2/3  is the perfect quantity of ice for a Daiquiri or a Margarita, two of the most popular cocktails. For these two cocktails cracked ice will be used, that is to say ice that…

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