Budget 2018: Wages, mental health support and universal credit

The day we've been waiting for all year has finally come around - the budget's been announced. Ok - that might be a stretch but the government has outlined what it's going to do with its money for the next few years. Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond stood in Parliament for more than an … Continue reading Budget 2018: Wages, mental health support and universal credit

Cannabis in Canada: Pardoning people for possession isn’t enough

Canadians will get pardons if they were convicted of possessing marijuana before it was legalised. That means their criminal record for cannabis possession is kept separate from other criminal records - but it doesn't erase the crime. It could still affect people in situations like job applications, travelling abroad and getting houses - and the … Continue reading Cannabis in Canada: Pardoning people for possession isn’t enough

Crazy Rich Asians: Henry Golding on becoming a leading man in his first film

Henry Golding's first job as an actor just happened to be as leading man in a giant Hollywood romcom. So far, the film's made over $160m (£128m) worldwide, and been loved by critics - it's got a 93% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Its plotline is pretty much summed up by the title: Crazy Rich Asians. … Continue reading Crazy Rich Asians: Henry Golding on becoming a leading man in his first film

Moss Side: A history of the Manchester neighbourhood

A shooting in Manchester's Moss Side area which injured 10 people is being investigated by the police as attempted murder. Moss Side has historically had a reputation for being a neighbourhood of gangs and gun crime - a characterisation historian Dr Charlotte Wildman describes as "unfair". But it's not always had that reputation and, in recent years, … Continue reading Moss Side: A history of the Manchester neighbourhood

Sanctions: What are they and why do countries use them?

The USA has said it will impose new sanctions on Russia over the poisoning of two people in Salisbury. Sergei Skripal was a former Russian double agent living in the UK. Along with his daughter Yulia, he was left seriously ill after being poisoned by the nerve agent Novichok in March. The UK blames Russia, but the … Continue reading Sanctions: What are they and why do countries use them?

Climate change: What could be wiped out by temperature rise

Scientists have described the serious concept of "Hothouse Earth". An international team of researchers suggest that global warming will have severe consequences for the planet. They paint a picture of boiling hot climates and towering seas in years to come if temperatures rise by just 2C. That means it could turn some of the planet's natural … Continue reading Climate change: What could be wiped out by temperature rise