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UK faces biggest rail strike in 30 years



The United Kingdom is facing nationwide paralysis as its biggest rail strike in thirty years is set to begin.

Last minute talks between unions and the government failed – meaning a whole week where millions face the prospect of limited to no rail transport.

England, Scotland and Wales are set to face ‘transport misery’ according to the UK’s transport secretary.

40,000 rail workers nationwide are walking out of the job on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

Passengers commuters across the country are being advised not to travel unless its absolutely necessary.

With normally 20,000 rail services being cut down to just 4,500 across Britain, this is the biggest rail strike the UK has seen in three decades

The Government is blaming Union leaders for resisting technological change and for demanding more money than is warranted.

Unions are saying that the ongoing inflation, job cuts, pay rises not keeping up increases in the cost of living and safety being disregarded are all factors.

These strikes have been nicknamed the Summer of Discontent

For anyone caught up in the strikes this week – what can they do?

The government is urging everybody not to travel unless they absolutely have to.

The last few years with the pandemic taught us that many people actually can work form home quite well.

Many people will have the option working from home, so in some ways, certain aspects of this strike won’t be as bad as previously anticipated.

But not everyone has the luxury of working from home – essential services, hospitality, tourism, hospital and emergency staff.

This will be a tale of the cans and the cannots when it comes to avoiding the pandemic

Travel (airports) Tourists – London alone is set to lose millions in tourists and sightseers.

And of course, the famous Glastonbury festival – which usually attracts several hundred thousand festivalgoers starts in a few days this week, where half of all trains to and from glastonbury are completely cancelled.

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Streaming wars: can Apple compete with Spotify?



Spotify’s 2023 Wrapped has dropped prompting listeners to review their top artists, genres, and songs of the year.

Many are taking to social media platforms to share their listening trends with family, friends, coworkers, and even other fans on the internet.

While Apple Music, a rival platform, has its own year-end campaign—it hasn’t quite ignited the same online response.

Seth Schachner, the Managing Director at StratAmericas and a former Sony Music Executive joins Veronica Dudo to discuss. #Spotify #music #Apple #AppleMusic #SpotifyWrapped #streaming #featured #IN AMERICA TODAY

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What Australia can learn from NZ’s supermarket inquiry



Coles and Woolworths, two of Australia’s largest supermarket chains, are about to face a Senate inquiry that aims to scrutinise their market dominance and business practices.

The inquiry’s parallels with a past New Zealand investigation highlight the growing concern over the duopoly’s impact on consumers and smaller businesses.

The Senate inquiry, set to begin next month, comes as a response to mounting public pressure and allegations of anti-competitive behavior in the grocery sector.

New Zealand example

Similar concerns led New Zealand to conduct its own inquiry into the supermarket industry back in 2019, resulting in recommendations for increased regulation and transparency.

The central question here is whether Coles and Woolworths wield too much power in the Australian market, potentially stifling competition and limiting choices for consumers.

With the New Zealand example as a cautionary tale, many are wondering if this inquiry will result in meaningful changes to the Australian grocery landscape.

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Elon Musk: Nikki Haley’s ‘campaign is dead’



Elon Musk has thrown a verbal jab at former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, declaring her political campaign as “dead” on X.

The unexpected comment from the Tesla and SpaceX CEO has ignited a new wave of discussion within the political sphere, leaving many wondering about the implications for Haley’s political future.

In a tweet that garnered significant attention, Musk criticized Haley’s recent policy stance, writing, “Nikki Haley’s campaign is dead on arrival if she continues to ignore the urgency of climate change.

We need leaders who prioritize the planet’s future.” The tech mogul’s remarks come as Haley, a prominent Republican figure, has been exploring the possibility of running for president in the upcoming election cycle.

Musk’s statement has reignited the debate over climate change within the Republican Party, with many conservatives emphasizing economic interests over environmental concerns.

This raises questions about whether Musk’s endorsement or critique could influence the GOP’s stance on climate issues and potentially impact the 2024 presidential race.

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