Far Right Supporter Dropped from Italian Football Team

BY Ludovica Maria Muttini The women’s team captain, Concetta “Titty” Astarita, was dropped from Afro-Napoli United after announcing her candidacy as a member of a far-right political coalition (League) run by Matteo Salvini’s in the upcoming local elections. Afro-Napoli United woman’s team refused to play last Sunday at the Scafoglio Stadium just outside Naples, in protest of the exclusion of the captain. The team’s president … Continue reading Far Right Supporter Dropped from Italian Football Team

EUROPE IS NOT A SAFE PLACE FOR JOURNALISTS

Three journalists have been reported murdered between October 2017 and October 2018. Daphne Caruana Galizia, Malta, Jan Kuciak, Slovakia, and Victoria Marinova, Bulgaria, were all investigative journalists murdered in Europe in the past year. Daphne Caruana Galizia,  53, was a high-profile Maltese investigative journalist, who was   killed in a car bomb explosion in October 2017 in an attack that drew condemnation from around Europe. Daphne’s … Continue reading EUROPE IS NOT A SAFE PLACE FOR JOURNALISTS

Fans Gasp at Male Nudity

By Susie Paterson There’s been a buzz across social media today since yesterday’s release at the London Film Festival of the new Netflix movie, “Outlaw King” has been reviewed. Extreme interest in  nude scene where the film’s star, Chris Pine’s appears emerging from a loch,  has divided opinion on male nudity in movies. Chris is reported as saying  it is  “double standards.”  The double standards … Continue reading Fans Gasp at Male Nudity

Thousand of women are striking in Glasgow next week over equal pay

By Carla Buscema More than 8000 council workers are taking a 48 hours strike action next Tuesday and Wednesday in Glasgow demanding the council to give them equal pay. Two of the major Trade Unions representing council workers, GMB and Unison, have announced that thousand of their members are taking action. The Glasgow City Council expects that this industrial movement would be likely to create … Continue reading Thousand of women are striking in Glasgow next week over equal pay

Success for GB Boxers in Argentina

By Ryan Gallacher & Fraser Clarke Every member of the Team GB Boxing squad won a medal at this month’s Youth Olympics, and a Scottish boxing coach has hailed the sport’s progress nationwide. There were gold medals on the final day of the tournament yesterday (18th October) for Britain’s Caroline Dubois and Karol Itauma, as well as a bronze for Hassan Azim, which means all … Continue reading Success for GB Boxers in Argentina

Tennant’s Premiership Preview: Ayr look to continue unbeaten start

By Gregor Hynds Peter Murchie will be looking to make it eight wins in as many matches this Sunday, as his Ayr side travel to Glasgow to take on the Hawks in a 3pm kick-off. The west coast side have began the season in fantastic form under their new head coach. Ayr have won all their fixtures in pretty convincing fashion, with their smallest margin … Continue reading Tennant’s Premiership Preview: Ayr look to continue unbeaten start

BAD TIMES AT THE EL ROYALE: REVIEW

by Dominic V. Cassidy

*SUPER SLIGHT SPOILERS FOLLOW*

BAD Times at the El Royale is a movie as much steeped in tension as it is dripping with the sweet Neo-Noir of late 1960’s Americana. The music, set design, cars, and clothes all feed into the almost timeless spaceless feel of the film, because even though you know it’s not happening now, it feels like a story some old guy is telling you, it jumps around in the story taking stops to describe the pasts and presents of the excellent cast characters.

Bad Times is the second film to be directed by Drew Goddard, and the first since 2012’s critically acclaimed Cabin in the Woods, and it definitely bats away any concerns that this feature would not stack up against the meta, introspective horror flick. Goddard has many writing credits under his belt, with Cloverfield, World War Z, and The Martian; and this really shows in his stay at the El Royale, with the story weaving perfectly between past and present, in a way only Tarantino of the Reservoir Dogs and Kill Bill Era could ever hope for. His control of the cast is like that of an orchestra, with everyone playing their parts and working in perfect unison, every take could have been perfect for all the viewer knows; and with the stars of the film reportedly taking pay cuts for the off kilter picture, it really shows how much they were all behind it.

Moreover the cast all have their moments, but there is no hiding that the whole show is stolen by Cynthia Erivo, who plays Darlene Sweet, a hard on her luck soul singer, running from a purgatory of back up singing. Erivo mostly has credits as a theatre star, which is used to perfect effect in Bad Times, with her quaking, songbird voice erupts in every scene necessary used in ideal dichotomy with the heart stopping tension that bleeds through the movie. Jeff Bridges as always gives a great performance, akin to the kind of roles Clint Eastwood has done in years gone by, playing an aged outlaw, the substance and vigour of Bridges performance is fantastic however, offering up a real raw, pity-able character study, of someone lost. Across the cast list great performances are given, with short Pulp Fiction-y flashbacks which offer an audience only perspective of the character. While an excellent cast, it is not infallible, Dakota Johnson’s counter culture hippy Emily, seems the weakest link of the cast, doing things which seem out of character almost, and not being believable from the actress. Commendation should be tossed over to Chris Hemsworth also, who displays a real charisma which you won’t be seeing in the latest Avengers Continue reading “BAD TIMES AT THE EL ROYALE: REVIEW”

“Understaffed underfunded and under -resourced” NHS staff stress-related absences rise by a fifth

By Nicolle Cassels OVER one million days of work have been lost by NHS staff since 2015 due to stress related illnesses ,new statistics show. The information obtained by the Labour Party shows the number of staff absent because of stress, anxiety and depression has risen by 17% over the past three years in Scotland. Nicole, a mental health nurse from Carluke, feels more must … Continue reading “Understaffed underfunded and under -resourced” NHS staff stress-related absences rise by a fifth

CLOSING DATE FOR UK GENDER RECOGNITION ACT CONSULTATION

By Brodie Gettins TODAY marks the last day for the public to participate in the UK government’s consultation of the Gender Recognition Act 2004. The consultation at Westminster opened in July this year, after being stalled due to transphobic media coverage. However, the Scottish government closed theirs in March, earlier this year. UWS News have been speaking to Scottish LGBT+ communities, to find out what these … Continue reading CLOSING DATE FOR UK GENDER RECOGNITION ACT CONSULTATION

Handball: “Battle of Britain” was a great experience, says Livingston star Strachan

by Gary Kirkpatrick Livingston Handball Club’s Ross Strachan has revealed the joy in experiencing a testing European tie with British rivals London GD, despite a narrow aggregate defeat across two legs. The West Lothian team locked horns with the capital side in Kent earlier this month in the first meeting between an English and Scottish club in an official European Handball competition. Both sides were competing for … Continue reading Handball: “Battle of Britain” was a great experience, says Livingston star Strachan