Human feces, overflowing garbage and damaging behavior reported as staff hampered over busy holiday period
Human feces, overflowing garbage, illegal off-roading and other damaging behavior in fragile areas were beginning to overwhelm some of the American west’s most popular national parks on Monday, as a partial government shutdown left the areas open to visitors but with little staff on duty.
Maria Miller says key issues of Cox report on harassment being ‘swept under the carpet’
The House of Commons could be brought into disrepute over the “disgraceful” way a damning report into bullying and harassment in Westminster is being taken forward, a former cabinet minister has said.
The Conservative MP Maria Miller, who chairs the women and equalities committee, called for “clarity” over when Speaker John Bercow would stand down, as she criticised the rate of change following Dame Laura Cox’s inquiry.
Justin Welby says country should try to overcome recent struggles and divisions
The archbishop of Canterbury has urged the country to start 2019 in a “new spirit of openness towards each other” in an attempt to overcome the struggles and divisions of recent years.
Justin Welby was delivering a new year message from Lambeth Palace, his London base. Acknowledging that the festive period can be stressful for some families – “sometimes we get on each other’s nerves” – the archbishop drew parallels with wider society.
US president uses Fox News interview to blame Democrats for impasse as partial closure stretches into New Year’s Eve
Donald Trump is “ready, willing and able” to negotiate an end to the partial government shutdown that stretched into its 10th day on New Year’s Eve.
Trump was set to tell Fox News in a year-end TV interview due to be broadcast on Monday night that Democratic congressional leaders Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi “can come over right now” and “could’ve come over anytime” to try to hash out a solution.
In 1988, Mike Ahern’s government was also trying to distance itself from corruption under Joh Bjelke-Petersen and establish a greenhouse gas policy to combat climate change
In 1988 while most Queenslanders were busy celebrating the bicentenary and hosting the World Expo 88, the government was fighting a bitter campaign to stop the Daintree Rainforest being heritage listed and was desperately trying to distance itself from the corruption that flourished under Joh Bjelke-Petersen’s government, newly released cabinet papers reveal.
The documents show the state government, led by premier Mike Ahern, resented Canberra’s moves to create the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area in the far north.
‘If parliament backs a deal, Britain can turn a corner’ – PM’s video message
Theresa May has urged the Commons to allow the UK to “turn a corner” by voting for her Brexit deal, using her new year’s message to keep up the pressure on MPs ahead of the rescheduled vote on her plans.