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March 12, 2020

Tory candidate suspended by party over comments about fat food bank users

A Scottish Conservative candidate for the Holyrood election has been suspended by the party after claiming “fat” food bank users are “far from starving”. Craig Ross, the Tory candidate for Glasgow Pollok, also expressed scepticism about the UK Government listening to campaigning footballer...

Supreme Court substantially allows FCA appeal on coronavirus insurance claims

The Supreme Court has “substantially allowed” an appeal brought by the Financial Conduct Authority in a landmark £1.2 billion legal battle over businesses’ ability to claim on insurance for coronavirus-related disruption. The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) last year brought a test case,...

R rate drops below 1 in several regions Cambridge researchers say

The number of Covid-19 infections across England is falling as a whole, with the reproductive rate – the R – below 1 in some regions, University of Cambridge researchers have said. The Medical Research Council (MRC) Biostatistics Unit Covid-19 Working Group said the current estimate of the...

Andy Murray Australian Open appearance in doubt after positive test for Covid

Andy Murray’s participation at the Australian Open is in doubt after he tested positive for coronavirus. The former world number one was due to travel to Australia on one of the 18 charter flights laid on by tournament organisers but is still isolating at home..

Halfords enjoys lockdown cycle boom but motoring sales fall

Halfords continued to enjoy impressive rises in sales as the nation turned to cycling during the Covid-19 pandemic in the run up to Christmas. Bosses said sales jumped 11.7% in the 13 weeks to January 1 – with cycling particularly strong, up 35.4% compared with the same period a year ago..

China sees new coronavirus case spike ahead of WHO research visit

China is experiencing a new surge in coronavirus cases and has reported its first Covid-related death in months. It comes as a World Health Organisation (WHO) team has arrived in the country to probe the origins of the pandemic..

High street pharmacies to start vaccines as UK records worst day of Covid deaths

High street pharmacies are to begin rolling out Covid vaccines, as the virus death toll across the UK climbed above 100,000. Boots and Superdrug branches will be among the six stores across England which will be able to administer the jabs from Thursday while the Government aims to hit its target...

Trump becomes first US president to be impeached for a second time

President Donald Trump has been impeached by the US House of Representatives for a historic second time. Mr Trump was charged with “incitement of insurrection” over the deadly mob siege of the Capitol in a swift and stunning collapse of his final days in office..

Rolls Royce factory workers reach deal after strike action over job cuts

Action was being taken at the plant in Barnoldswick in Lancashire.

Boots and Superdrug among pharmacies to start high street vaccine rollout

Health Secretary Matt Hancock has praised the work of pharmacies throughout the pandemic.

320 jobs to go as Debenhams permanently shuts six more stores

It is the latest set of job cuts by Debenhams, which axed 2,500 staff in August and around 1,000 in May.

England fan who waited in Sri Lanka for 10 months excited for cricket to begin

The two-test series in Galle starts on Thursday morning.

Car dealers in Scotland banned from offering click and collect from Saturday

Dealers will allowed to deliver directly to customers.

Intensive care risks being overwhelmed as UK tops 100000 Covid related deaths

Boris Johnson made the comments in his appearance at the Commons Liaison Committee.

Asda branch to host in store NHS Pfizer BioNTech vaccination centre

Supermarket chain Asda is transforming the clothing section of one of its stores to host a Covid-19 vaccination centre. The centre, believed to be the first to open inside a supermarket in England, will operate at an Asda branch in Birmingham from the week starting on January 25..

Pressure on ministers to introduce statutory bereavement leave

Ministers are facing calls to introduce a minimum of two weeks’ paid bereavement leave following the death of a close relative or partner. A coalition of MPs, business chiefs and charities called for the measure in the face of the mounting Covid-19 death toll..

TikTok tightens privacy rules for under 16s

The accounts of TikTok users under the age of 16 will now be private by default, the company has announced, meaning only people approved by the user can view their videos. The video sharing app said the change was part of efforts to make the platform safer for its younger users..

Almost half of ICU staff have mental health issues due to Covid 19

Almost half of intensive care staff working during the coronavirus crisis are likely to be suffering from problem drinking, severe anxiety or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), new research suggests. The study, from King’s College London and published in the journal Occupational Medicine,...

Morrisons to pay staff at least 10 an hour in new deal

The change is subject to a vote later this month.

Walk in testing facility opened at Belfast International Airport

It will offer PCR swab tests for less than £100.

The Home Secretary says that a minority of the public putting nations health at risk

Priti Patel has backed police forces to enforce lockdown rules.

Aston Villa and Premier League discussing possible postponement of Everton clash

The club had to field their youth team in last weekends FA Cup game with Liverpool.

Police warn coronavirus rule breakers they are increasingly likely to be fined

Britain’s most senior police officer has warned coronavirus rule-breakers they are “increasingly likely” to face fines as forces move “more quickly” to enforce lockdown restrictions. Metropolitan Police Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick said it is “preposterous” that anyone could be...

New rules for travellers arriving in England to come into force from Friday

New rules that will require international travellers to test negative for coronavirus before arriving in England will come into force from Friday, a transport minister has said. From 4am on January 15, passengers arriving in England by boat, train or plane – including UK nationals – will have...

Gorillas test positive for coronavirus at San Diego park

Several gorillas at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park have tested positive for the coronavirus in what is believed to be the first known cases among such primates in the United States and possibly the world. The park’s executive director, Lisa Peterson, told The Associated Press that eight gorillas...

PM urged to move on distant waters fishing deals as huge trawler remains in port

There are concerns over availability and the price of fish in UK chip shops.

Health Secretary crystal clear support bubbles will stay

Matt Hancock also announced over 46000 further cases of Covid-19 in the last 24 hours.

Manchester United draw Liverpool in FA Cup fourth round

Crawley Town who beat Leeds United face a trip to Bournemouth.

EPCR suspends Heineken Champions Cup and Challenge Cup

Rugby bosses have cited public health concerns.

The latest on the UKs Covid vaccination programme

The push to vaccinate the UK against Covid-19 reaches a new level on Monday as several mass injection centres open amid dire warnings in all four nations over high levels of infection and struggling hospital systems. In what some commentators are calling the arrival of the cavalry in the fight...

Indonesian Boeing 737 500 wreckage found

Indonesian divers on Sunday located parts of the wreckage of a Boeing 737-500 at a depth of 75ft (23m) in the Java Sea, a day after the aircraft with 62 people on board crashed soon after take-off from Jakarta..

Indonesian airliner loses contact on domestic flight

Indonesian officials say a Sriwijaya Air jet has lost contact with air traffic controllers after taking off from Jakarta..

Travellers must test negative for Covid to enter England and Scotland

All travellers to England and Scotland from international destinations will have to test negative for coronavirus before they can enter the country, it has been announced. Under plans set out by Transport Secretary Grant Shapps, from next week passengers arriving in England by boat, train or plane...

Police officer injured during US Capitol riots dies

An officer who was injured after responding to riots at the US Capitol in Washington DC has died, US Capitol Police said. Brian D Sicknick died due to injuries sustained while on duty, physically engaging with protesters at the US Capitol, the statement said..

Congress validates Joe Bidens presidential victory

US Congress has formally validated Joe Biden’s presidential election victory on a day that saw a time-honoured ceremony become a nightmare of unprecedented political terror. The House and Senate has certified the Democrat’s electoral college win after a violent throng of pro-Trump rioters...

US Senate resumes debating GOP challenge to Joe Bidens election

The Senate has resumed debating the Republican challenge against Democrat Joe Biden’s presidential election victory, more than six hours after pro-Trump mobs attacked the Capitol and forced lawmakers to flee. Scores of Republican representatives and 13 GOP senators had planned to object on...

Trump tells very special protesters to go home

Twitter has prevented the tweet from being shared.

British politicans condemn Trump supporters who storm US Capitol Building

British politicians from all parties have condemned the “profoundly shocking” scenes of President Donald Trump supporters storming the US Capitol in Washington DC..

Biden calls on mob to pull back and urges restoring decency

President-elect Joe Biden has called for the restoration of “just simple decency” as a mob incited by his predecessor stormed the US Capitol and delayed Congress from certifying the results of November’s election in which Mr Biden won the White House..

Slaven Bilic handed Beijing Guoan reins three weeks after West Brom dismissal

Slaven Bilic has been appointed manager of Chinese Super League side Beijing Guoan less than a month after being sacked by West Brom. The former Croatia player and manager oversaw the Baggies’ promotion from the Sky Bet Championship last season but they struggled on their return to the Premier...

MPs to vote on national lockdown restrictions as coronavirus cases spiral

MPs have overwhelmingly backed the latest lockdown measures as the UK Covid death rate reached levels not seen since the spring peak. .

Trump supporters storm US Capitol as politicians evacuated

Angry supporters of President Trump have stormed the US Capitol.

Gove warns new lockdown controls may remain until March

Tough new coronavirus restrictions may have to remain in place until March, senior Cabinet minister Michael Gove warned, as England enters its third national lockdown. In a televised address on Monday, Boris Johnson announced stringent new controls – including closing schools to most pupils –...

Key points on what you can and cannot do in new England lockdown

The Prime Minister has set out further measures as part of a lockdown in England in a bid to halt the spread of coronavirus. Here are the key points from Boris Johnson’s address:.

Derby close training ground after players and staff test positive for Covid 19

Derby have closed their Moor Farm training ground after a rise in positive coronavirus tests at the club. The Rams have confirmed that several first-team staff members and players have tested positive for Covid-19 and are currently in isolation, while the club are liaising with the English...

Key points from Boris Johnsons lockdown announcement

The Prime Minister has set out further measures as part of a lockdown in a bid to halt the spread of coronavirus - .

Judge rejects US request to extradite Julian Assange

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has won his fight to avoid extradition to the United States. District Judge Vanessa Baraitser said at the Old Bailey that, due to the real risk of suicide, the 49-year-old should not be extradited by “reason of mental health”..

New Years Eve activity breaks WhatsApp records

New Year’s Eve 2020 was the busiest day ever for voice and video calls on WhatsApp, the messaging app has said. Facebook, which owns the platforms, said it also saw a spike in group video calling on Messenger and in live broadcasts on Instagram and the native Facebook app..

England looks set for new lockdown as Johnson signals tougher Covid regime

A new national lockdown looks likely to be imposed across England as the Government was accused by Labour of letting coronavirus “get out of control”. As events developed rapidly, the Daily Mail reported the Government’s key “Covid-O” committee that oversees restrictions was expected to...

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