Government scheme axing job cuts

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Government scheme axing job cuts

Government figures show over 6,000 redundancies are possible over the next year as the flagship National Insurance scheme ends. Uncertainty over the future of corporation tax despite Brexit uncertainty are among the reasons for…

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Mom’s hope: With help from husband, son launch ‘My

After defendant Wayne Couzen – sentenced to 15 years in prison for shooting two African American men dead in Petersburg, Va., in 2015 – was led to his chair in Circuit Court in Petersburg,…

Nicolas Sarkozy found guilty of illegal campaign financing

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Nicolas Sarkozy found guilty of illegal campaign financing

Ex-French President Nicolas Sarkozy has been found guilty of illegal campaign financing and faces possible jail. He was sentenced in the case brought in 2010 by the French courts, which found that Sarkozy’s 2007…

Cornish villagers threaten to sue local councils over mansion tax The hundreds of angry 'James Bond Houses' in Highland are paying £5,000-a-year for homes where the owners have been offered £3,000. Police have not raided any houses but are keeping an eye on them. Cornwall Council agreed to give properties in the Highlands, most of which have been home to British royalty, £3,000, a figure which was doubled to £5,000 for North Devon and more than doubled to £7,000 for the Tamar Valley. Criminal gangs in nearby Newquay have targeted 'upmarket' homes at exorbitant prices. Last year, 10 complaints of bogus property checks were made against top homes in Cornwall by just one professional burglary officer. 'This sums up the pathetic state of Cornwall Police,' said a source. Among the £100m of loans is a £50m fund to help build affordable homes elsewhere, but opponents claim the money has been spent in luxury development schemes not linked to tourism. Tours of the north and west Highlands started in 2004, heralding a boom in tourists. Revenue from one route passed the local council at £200,000-a-day. But homeowners were simply asked to sign their land over to the council as a loan. When the money ran out, officials insisted they would not lose the money. 'We have wanted to build up more accommodation for low-income families and high-earners, but no bank will finance development in the far-flung north and west of Scotland without security,' said Tory MP Andrew Rosindell. The Scottish Government has agreed to honour the mortgage interest and sale proceeds on the Highland properties, which could mean £35m for residents in the next year.

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Cornish villagers threaten to sue local councils over mansion tax The hundreds of angry ‘James Bond Houses’ in Highland are paying £5,000-a-year for homes where the owners have been offered £3,000. Police have not raided any houses but are keeping an eye on them. Cornwall Council agreed to give properties in the Highlands, most of which have been home to British royalty, £3,000, a figure which was doubled to £5,000 for North Devon and more than doubled to £7,000 for the Tamar Valley. Criminal gangs in nearby Newquay have targeted ‘upmarket’ homes at exorbitant prices. Last year, 10 complaints of bogus property checks were made against top homes in Cornwall by just one professional burglary officer. ‘This sums up the pathetic state of Cornwall Police,’ said a source. Among the £100m of loans is a £50m fund to help build affordable homes elsewhere, but opponents claim the money has been spent in luxury development schemes not linked to tourism. Tours of the north and west Highlands started in 2004, heralding a boom in tourists. Revenue from one route passed the local council at £200,000-a-day. But homeowners were simply asked to sign their land over to the council as a loan. When the money ran out, officials insisted they would not lose the money. ‘We have wanted to build up more accommodation for low-income families and high-earners, but no bank will finance development in the far-flung north and west of Scotland without security,’ said Tory MP Andrew Rosindell. The Scottish Government has agreed to honour the mortgage interest and sale proceeds on the Highland properties, which could mean £35m for residents in the next year.

Group made up of more than 500 village residents write to Prime Minister demanding that villagers receive their £100m share of the funding Cornish villagers are threatening to sue town councils across Cornwall for…

Beachfront home described as "lush and rustic" in Australia

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Beachfront home described as “lush and rustic” in Australia

Image copyright Sarah Robson Image caption The 12-acre beachfront property has its own pier, pier house and restaurant For those who like their idyllic, clean and peaceful surroundings. This idyllic coastal home in Australia…