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Music Review Junction's techno treat the one to beat

A TECHNO festival under the M4 motorway may sound unconventional, but it's actually a nod to Britain's illegal rave tradition of the 1980s and '90s, when DJs were forced to perform in all manner of out-of-the-way places.

Junction 2 seeks to recapture that vibe, does so remarkably well and ...

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Music Review Forever young Felix marks half a century with radical folk

SINCE arriving in England in 1964, California-born Julie Felix has spent over half a century singing for peace and equality. Though at one time considered too commercial for some folk purists, her career has always gone alongside support for nuclear disarmament, feminism, ecology and opposition ...

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Unison Conference ’18 Labour must stop sell-off of Swansea leisure centres

UNISON is urging Swansea’s Labour council to stop the outsourcing of the town’s leisure centres.

The union is calling on the City and County of Swansea Council to halt its proposed outsourcing of three local leisure centres prior to a meeting tomorrow.

The meeting will determine ...

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Interview ‘Songs always boss you around’

IT'S not the most propitious start to her short British tour, but Kristin Hersh appears sanguine. “These things happen,” she responds, when asked about the airline losing the Gretsch guitar of former Throwing Muses bassist and current support act Fred Abong. “Often!”

The US ...

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NHS funding faces ‘permanent winter’ under the Tories

THE NHS faces a “permanent winter” in funding, health workers warned yesterday.

Speaking to delegates at Unison’s annual conference in Brighton, national executive committee member Jenny Forbes said: “Crisis is the only way to describe what the NHS and our social care services are ...

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Men's Rugby Union Coaches still back Jones despite poor form

ENGLAND’S coaching team is united behind manager Eddie Jones, insists forwards coach Steve Borthwick as the team look to sign off their disappointing South Africa tour with a victory at Newlands.

The Springboks have built an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series, extending England’s ...

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Number of government new-builds falls by 90%

THE number of new government-funded homes available for social rent has fallen by 89 per cent since the Tories moved into No 10.

The number fell from 39,492 in 2009/10 across England to just 4,235 in 2017/18, government housing data published yesterday shows.

And two-thirds of ...

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Spycop who infiltrated CND was John Kerry

THE spycops inquiry released the cover-name of a snoop who infiltrated the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) yesterday.

“John Kerry” spied on the peaceful campaign group between 1980-4, the Undercover Policing Inquiry revealed.

CND general secretary Kate Hudson said: ...

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Sky ‘not fit for broadcast licence’ if Fox takes over

SKY is not “fit and proper” to hold a broadcast licence if taken over by 21st Century Fox given the likely influence of Rupert Murdoch on its news output, the High Court heard yesterday.

Fox is currently making a second bid to acquire complete control of Sky, which is being assessed by ...

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Ineos loses challenge against fracking ‘ban’

PETROCHEMICAL giant Ineos lost its legal challenge yesterday to the Scottish government’s “ban” on fracking.

Ineos and Aberdeen firm Reach CSG took Scottish ministers to court seeking a judicial review of their decision to effectively ban the gas extraction technique.

The ...

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Children recorded crying for their parents in US detention centres

HARROWING audio recordings that appear to capture the voices of children crying for their parents have provoked outrage over US President Donald Trump’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy.

One child is heard crying “Papa, papa” in the sound file which is claimed to have been ...

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South Africa Union speaks up for new national insurance scheme

Trade unions have blasted health privateers for an “attack on millions of South Africans,” placing their profits over access to healthcare.

The National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (NEHAWU) hit out after a pressure group of health practitioners and academics wrote a ...

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Second former PM jailed for corruption in Kyrgyzstan

KYRGYZSTAN has jailed a second former prime minister as a corruption scandal engulfs the political elite in the Central Asian country.

Jantoro Satybaldiev, who served as prime minister from 2012-2014, was taken to a detention centre in the capital Bishkek on Monday relating to a graft case ...

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Jazz albums with Chris Searle Brilliance in Brazil from Elton Dean Quintet

THERE are three incomparable horn heroes of British jazz on this marvellous album, recorded live in concert in Sao Paulo while they were touring Brazil in 1986.

The first is Bajan-born trumpeter Harry Beckett, who arrived in London as a teenager and never stopped amazing his listeners and ...

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Salvini’s ‘Roma register’ marks a dangerous step towards fascism

ITALIAN Interior Minister Matteo Salvini’s order that all Roma people in the country be registered so that “non-Italians” among them can be expelled looks like fascism.

This is not an unexpected departure from the League leader. Salvini has repeatedly called for Roma camps to be ...

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Unison will 'fight all the way' for members affected by Tory racism

UNIONS will fight “all the way” for the workers whose lives have been wrecked by the government’s handling of the Windrush scandal, Unison general secretary Dave Prentis pledged today.

He pointed out that Unison member Michael Braithwaite had lost his job as a special needs ...

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Electoral Commission ruling challenged over cash 'donated' to Vote Leave supporters

THE ELECTION watchdog was in the High Court today over its decision to let Vote Leave spend £725,000 with an advertising company by “donating” the cash to third parties.

The Good Law Project (GLP) is challenging the Electoral Commission over “donations” made by Vote Leave just ...

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Unison will 'fight all the way' for members affected by Tory racism

UNIONS will fight “all the way” for the workers whose lives have been wrecked by the government’s handling of the Windrush scandal, Unison general secretary Dave Prentis pledged today.

He pointed out that Unison member Michael Braithwaite had lost his job as a special needs ...

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Kurds accuse Turkey of lying over Manbij operations

KURDISH forces denied that Turkey has entered the northern Syrian city of Manbij today, accusing Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of electioneering ahead of Sunday’s crucial presidential and parliamentary vote.

Manbij Military Council spokesman Shervan Derwish insisted that claims ...

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Mexican opposition candidate shot dead

ANOTHER Mexican electoral candidate has been killed as violence against politicians in the country continues to escalate.

Jesus Nolasco — a candidate for left-wing coalition Morena in next month’s general election — was shot dead while riding his motorcycle in the state of Guanajuato ...

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Salvini calls for registration of all Roma to facilitate deportations

FAR-RIGHT Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini’s plans to deport Roma migrants has led to comparisons with the country’s fascist wartime leader Benito Mussolini.

Mr Salvini has ordered a census of the country’s Roma community, promising to drive foreigners out of Italy in what ...

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