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7 most notorious and excessive Roman Emperors

Roman Emperors were known for their excesses and violent behavior. From Caligula to Elagabalus, the emperors exercised total power in the service of their often-strange desires.Most of these emperors met violent ends themselves.We rightfully complain about many of our politicians and leaders today, but historically speaking, humanity has seen much worse. Arguably no set of rulers has been as debauched, ingenious in their cruelty, and prone to excess as the Roman Emperors.While this list is certa...
Tags: Psychology, Politics, Sex, Government, History, Rome, Innovation, Hercules, Jupiter, Alexandria, Philo, Roman, Nero, Suetonius, Seneca, Gaul


Torture victims kept in solitary by Home Office for up to a year

Immigration detainees left desperate and suicidal after being held in prisons during the pandemicThe Home Office has pursued a policy of psychological brutality by locking up scores of torture survivors in solitary confinement for indefinite periods, according to fresh testimony from immigration detainees.Interviews dictated from prison reveal some torture and trafficking victims have had to spend more than 23 hours a day in solitary confinement for periods of up to a year. Their accounts portra...
Tags: Politics, Society, UK News, Immigration and asylum, Mental Health, Home Office, Prisons and probation


India variant could seriously disrupt lifting of lockdown, says Boris Johnson

PM announces acceleration of Covid vaccine programme, saying race could become ‘great deal tighter’Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe final stage of lifting coronavirus lockdown restrictions across England could face “serious disruption” due to the India variant, the prime minister has warned, as he announced plans to accelerate the vaccine programme to curb its spread.Boris Johnson said the gap between the first and second Covid jab would be cut from 12 weeks to eig...
Tags: Health, Politics, England, India, UK News, Health policy, Boris Johnson, Coronavirus


India variant could lead to serious third wave of Covid in UK

Analysis: If B.1.617.2 proves highly transmissible, hospitalisations could peak again, models showCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageIt was all looking so good. After a brutal second wave in the winter, the lockdown combined with the swift rollout of vaccines forced infections, hospitalisations and deaths down to levels not seen since last summer. The vaccines performed better than expected, not only in preventing deaths, but in hampering the spread of the virus. Scienti...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, England, Science, Biology, India, UK News, Public services policy, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, NHS, Microbiology, Health policy, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus


England will ‘flex’ Covid vaccinations to tackle India variant, minister says

Deployment of jabs could be speeded up for multi-generational households in areas virus is spreading quicklyCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageMinisters will “flex” England’s vaccination programme in response to concerns over the spread of the India variant, a government minister has confirmed.Areas where the B.1.617.2 variant, first identified in India, is spreading quickly could receive accelerated vaccinations for multi-generational households, with anyone over 18 off...
Tags: Health, Politics, England, India, Society, UK News, Health policy, Vaccines and immunisation, Nadhim Zahawi, Coronavirus


Call for ‘surge vaccinations’ as UK cases of India variant double

Sources say government poised to approve jab for over-16s in worst-affected areasCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageMinisters are under growing pressure to deploy “surge vaccinations” in Covid hotspots, with some local authorities pushing to extend the offer of jabs to over-18s to stop the spread of a coronavirus variant.Boris Johnson said he was anxious about the spread of the variant first detected in India, as cases more than doubled in a week. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, England, India, Society, UK News, Health policy, Boris Johnson, Vaccines and immunisation, Immunology, Coronavirus, COVID


Covid: surge vaccinations could be used to fight UK spread of India variant

Blackburn to extend jabs to over-18s from next week, as Boris Johnson admits he is ‘anxious’Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageA surge vaccination campaign could be targeted at areas where there has been a rise in cases of the coronavirus variant first identified in India, Downing Street has hinted, as the prime minister admitted he was “anxious” about how quickly the variant is spreading in the UK.One council in Lancashire, Blackburn with Darwen, said it planned to offe...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, England, India, Society, UK News, NHS, Health policy, Boris Johnson, Vaccines and immunisation, Blackburn, DARWEN, Coronavirus, Lancashire Blackburn


The US shouldn't prioritize vaccinating teens over donating shots abroad if it wants to get back to normal, experts say

A teen 'COVID-19 student ambassador' received a dose of Pfizer at Ford Field on April 6, 2021 in Detroit, Michigan. Matthew Hatcher/Getty Images The US is expected to expand its vaccine rollout to teens as soon as Thursday. Meanwhile, low and middle income countries haven't vaccinated their most vulnerable people. To get back to normal, the US need to both immunize teens and send doses abroad, experts told Insider. See more stories on Insider's business page. In January, Dr...
Tags: Health, Politics, Abc, India, US, Los Angeles, Trends, Joe Biden, Teen, Ford, Healthcare, Who, Astrazeneca, Fda, University of Bristol, Pfizer


LA Mayor Eric Garcetti joins Nancy Pelosi to urge boost to nation’s infrastructure

WASHINGTON, DC – MAY 12: (L-R) Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Richmond, Virginia Mayor Levar Stoney participate in a news conference about infrastructure with fellow mayors and members of Congress outside the U.S. Capitol on May 12, 2021 in Washington, DC. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Pelosi (D-CA) met with President Joe Biden and her Republican counterparts earlier in the day to discuss Biden’s infrastructure plan. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) ...
Tags: Health, Politics, News, Congress, Washington, La, Government, US, America, Los Angeles, Sport, Joe Biden, Soccer, Washington Dc, House, Community


Boris Johnson under fire for delaying Covid public inquiry until 2022

Bereaved families and experts say lessons should be learned quickly before a potential third waveCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageBoris Johnson has come under fire from experts and bereaved families for delaying until spring 2022 the newly announced public inquiry into the government’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic.Work will now begin to appoint a chair and other potential panellists, and draw up terms of reference, with some hopeful that the inquiry will be led...
Tags: Health, Politics, Society, UK News, Health policy, Boris Johnson, Johnson, Coronavirus


Boris Johnson: inquiry into Covid response will start in spring 2022

PM says it would be wrong to take up advisers’ and officials’ time if cases rise again this winterJohnson announces inquiry into handling of Covid crisis – liveSee all our coronavirus coverageA public inquiry will be launched next spring to investigate “rigorously and candidly” what mistakes the UK government made during the coronavirus pandemic, but could take weeks before it starts hearing evidence, Boris Johnson has announced.The prime minister said it was “absolutely vital” that “we should l...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, Society, UK News, Northern Ireland, Health policy, Boris Johnson, Scotland Wales, Coronavirus


Norwegian Cruise Line threatened to avoid all Florida stops after the state banned businesses from asking for proof of vaccination

Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Sky ship. Alan Diaz/Associated Press Norwegian Cruise Line threatened to skip all stops in Florida to avoid potentially unvaccinated customers. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis issued an executive order last month prohibiting businesses from mandating COVID-19 vaccines. Norwegian Cruise Line announced last month that all passengers aboard must be vaccinated. See more stories on Insider's business page. A popular cruise line is threatening to avoid stops i...
Tags: Health, Transportation, Florida, Politics, Science, Cdc, US, Trends, Ap, New York Times, Associated Press, Caribbean, Norwegian Cruise Line, McCloud, Ron DeSantis, Del Rio


Nancy Messonnier, the senior CDC official who first warned the US about the coronavirus pandemic, is resigning

Nancy Messonnier, director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases at the CDC, speaks at a coronavirus briefing on January 28, 2020. Samuel Corum/Getty CDC health official Nancy Messonnier announced she was resigning on Friday. She said her last day with the CDC would be May 14. Messonnier was the first US official to publicly warn the country of the COVID-19 pandemic. See more stories on Insider's business page. Nancy Messonnier - a senior health expert at t...
Tags: Health, Politics, Science, News, Washington Post, Cdc, White House, US, Trends, Speed, Donald Trump, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Business Insider, Mike Pence Read, Messonnier, Nancy Messonnier


Covid: people under 40 in UK to get alternative to AstraZeneca jab

Move towards greater precaution on Covid vaccines follows figures on rare blood clots and low infection rates Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coveragePeople under 40 will be offered an alternative to the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine where possible and while infection rates remain low, following a recommendation from government advisers.The move comes after the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation reviewed the speed and uptake of Covid vaccines in the UK and the lates...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, Society, UK News, Oxford, Health policy, Astrazeneca, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus, Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation


Global shortfall of nearly 1m midwives due to failure to value role, study finds

Investing in midwifery could prevent two-thirds of maternal and newborn deaths, but investment and training are urgently neededThe world is facing a shortage of 900,000 midwives, with more than half the shortfall in Africa, where nearly two-thirds of maternal deaths occur, according to a new survey.Insufficient resources and a failure to recognise the importance of the role mean there has been little progress since the last study in 2014, according to the State of the World’s Midwifery report, w...
Tags: Health, Politics, Africa, Women, Society, World news, Public services policy, Global development, Health policy, World Health Organization, Reproductive Rights, Midwifery, Maternal mortality, Maternal health, Global Health, Women's rights and gender equality


Ministers urged to reveal details of £2bn Covid deals with private health firms

Contracts to increase capacity handed to 17 companies, some of whom had donated to ConservativesCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe government has been urged to publish details of up to £2bn in Covid-19 contracts awarded to private healthcare companies, including some that have helped fund the Conservative party.Contracts to provide extra capacity during the pandemic have been handed to 17 firms since March 2020. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Business, Politics, Conservatives, Society, UK News, World news, Public services policy, Hospitals, NHS, Health policy, Private healthcare, Coronavirus


Tears and bear hugs as Wales lifts ban on having a cwtch

‘A wonderful day’: friends and families finally able to enjoy a cuddle after months of abstentionCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageSome were accompanied with laughter, others with tears. There were shy, tentative cuddles but also great bear-sized hugs.After long months of abstention, families and friends across Wales were finally able to enjoy a cwtch – Welsh for a cuddle or hug – on Monday. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Politics, Wales, Communities, Society, UK News, Labour, Health policy, Welsh politics, Coronavirus


Gordon Brown leads calls for $60bn of Covid support for poor countries

Former PM urges G7 leaders to help finance rapid immunisation programme to stem spread of virusCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageA whirlwind six-week campaign to persuade the UK-hosted G7 summit to fund a $60bn two-year vaccine and healthcare support package for poor countries is being spearheaded by the former prime minister Gordon Brown.In a campaign backed by the Guardian, leaders of the west’s leading economies are being urged to invest a fraction of the sums spent ...
Tags: Health, Business, Politics, UK, Economics, Society, UK News, World news, Global Economy, Aid, Global development, Health policy, Vaccines and immunisation, Gordon Brown, G7, Coronavirus


UK to slash funding for overseas water and sanitation projects by 80%

Scale of aid cut emerges in leaked FCDO memo, prompting experts to describe it as ‘a national shame’ The UK is to slash funding for lifesaving water, sanitation and hygiene projects in developing nations by more than 80%, according to a leaked memo.The cuts have been described as “savage”, “incredible” and “a national shame” by experts highlighting that sanitation and handwashing is a key line of defence during the coronavirus pandemic. The reduction to the bilateral aid budget was revealed as d...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, Environment, Water, Conservatives, Society, Foreign Policy, Aid, Global development, Sanitation, Hygiene, Foreign, Access to water, Cop26: Glasgow climate change conference 2021, Commonwealth and Development Office


Leading scientists urge UK to share Covid vaccines with poorer nations

Donating doses to countries such as India would tackle soaring death toll and curb new variants, experts sayOpinion: leaders must ensure vaccines aren’t the preserve of the richCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageLeading scientists are urging the UK to share the Covid vaccines it has bought with India and other nations, to tackle the soaring death toll and reduce the spread of the virus and new variants around the world.Sir Jeremy Farrar, the director of the Wellcome Trus...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, India, Society, UK News, World news, Health policy, Vaccines and immunisation, Jeremy Farrar, Wellcome Trust, Coronavirus


A major COVID-19 outbreak among US diplomatic staff in India has left 2 dead and over 100 infected: CNN

The fiancee of a person who died of COVID-19 breaks down during cremation in Gauhati, India, Tuesday, April 27, 2021. Coronavirus cases in India are surging faster than anywhere else in the world. AP Photo/Anupam Nath COVID-19 cases are surging in India as confirmed cases have skyrocketed in just two months. The outbreak spread to US diplomatic staff in the country, infecting over 100 and killing 2, according to CNN. The US has several consulates in India and an embassy, but the location o...
Tags: Health, Death, Politics, Science, News, India, US, International, Trends, Cnn, Speed, United States, New Delhi, Johns Hopkins, US State Department, GAUHATI India


A major COVID-19 outbreak among US diplomatic staff in India has left 2 dead and over 100 infected, CNN reports

The fiancee of a person who died of COVID-19 breaks down during cremation in Gauhati, India, Tuesday, April 27, 2021. Coronavirus cases in India are surging faster than anywhere else in the world. AP Photo/Anupam Nath A major COVID-19 outbreak among US diplomatic staff in India has led to two deaths and more than 100 people testing positive for the virus in recent weeks, sources told CNN.The sources did not tell CNN where the outbreak happened, but the United States has four consulates acro...
Tags: Health, Death, Politics, Science, News, India, US, Trends, Cnn, Speed, United States, New Delhi, Johns Hopkins, GAUHATI India, Anupam Nath, Kelly McLaughlin


The EU is suing AstraZeneca over delayed delivery of its vaccine

A box containing vials of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine. ALAIN JOCARD/AFP via Getty Images The European Commission has launched legal proceedings against AstraZeneca. AstraZeneca has delivered far fewer doses to the EU than initially promised. It said in January that it needed to cut Q1 deliveries by 60%, citing supply-chain issues. See more stories on Insider's business page. The European Commission is suing AstraZeneca, saying the drugmaker delayed deliveries of its COVID-19 vacci...
Tags: Health, Politics, France, Germany, Politico, Trends, Eu, Bloomberg, European Union, Speed, Healthcare, News UK, Commission, European Commission, Astrazeneca, Reuters


The US will help India produce more coronavirus vaccines, releasing raw materials and expanding factories in broad push to blunt its COVID-19 crisis

People are administered COVID-19 vaccine in Mumbai, India, Tuesday, April 13, 2021. AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade The US will provide supplies for testing, drugs, and vaccines to fight India's COVID-19 crisis. A National Security Council spokesperson said the US is "working around the clock" to help India. Resources include raw materials and funding needed needed to ramp up vaccine manufacturing. See more stories on Insider's business page. The US is providing a broad package of relief...
Tags: Health, Politics, Science, News, India, US, Trends, Healthcare, Astrazeneca, National Security Council, Horne, Ajit Doval, Mumbai India, Jake Sullivan, Brown University School of Public Health, US National Security Council


Outrage as No 10 rules out urgent inquiry into Covid mistakes

Exclusive: bereaved families are told that ‘people who would need to give evidence’ are ‘working round clock’Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe government has caused anger among bereaved families by telling them it will be too busy to start an inquiry into the UK’s handling of the Covid pandemic for months.In a six-page letter to lawyers for thousands of families calling for an immediate statutory public inquiry, the government said “an inquiry now is not appropriate...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, Conservatives, Society, UK News, Public services policy, Health policy, Boris Johnson, Coronavirus


UK government’s claim it is too busy for Covid inquiry prompts anger

Exclusive: bereaved families are told that ‘people who would need to give evidence’ are ‘working round clock’Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe government has caused anger among bereaved families by telling them it will be too busy to start an inquiry into the UK’s handling of the Covid pandemic for months.In a six-page letter to lawyers for thousands of families calling for an immediate statutory public inquiry, the government said “an inquiry now is not appropriate...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, Conservatives, Society, UK News, Public services policy, Health policy, Boris Johnson, Coronavirus


UK health regulator concerned over use of rapid coronavirus tests

Exclusive: MHRA says mass testing regime in England ‘a stretch’ of its authorisation for how kits should be usedHow accurate are lateral flow tests?Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe UK’s healthcare regulator has expressed concern to the government that its multibillion-pound mass testing programme is “a stretch” of the authorised use of rapid tests, the Guardian has learned.The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has approved the lateral flow ...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, England, Science, Biology, Society, UK News, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Health policy, MHRA, Coronavirus


Halfway there … the key numbers that tell the story of the UK’s vaccine drive

The government has hit both its self-imposed targets so far. How will it go the rest of the way?More than half of the UK population has now received at least a first dose of vaccine against Covid-19. By Friday evening 33,388,637 people had received one of the Pfizer, AstraZeneca or Moderna vaccines. Here’s how it was done, and what is still left to do. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, Society, UK News, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, NHS, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus, Pfizer AstraZeneca


Tens of thousands in UK avoided universal credit during Covid over stigma

Fear of being seen as a “scrounger” meant those entitled didn’t sign on during early stage of pandemicCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageTens of thousands of people did not claim universal credit during the early part of the pandemic because they felt too ashamed to sign on benefits, often despite struggling to pay rent and bills, a study has found.The perceived stigma around benefits – with some people feeling, for example, that they were for “dole scroungers” and “free...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, Benefits, Society, UK News, Family finances, Poverty, Unemployment, Welfare, Universal credit, Inequality, Coronavirus, COVID


UK Covid news: India added to England’s travel red list with rules coming into force at 4am on Friday

Latest updates: India added to travel red list, Hancock tells MPs, as number of Indian variant cases in UK rises to 103Under-30s less compliant with Covid rules, UK data shows‘If we catch Covid, we die’: UK shielders reflect on still feeling unsafeOxford trial to study effect of immune system on reinfectionBritons working at home spend more time on job in Covid crisis, ONS findsCoronavirus – latest global updates 4.59pm BST 4.57pm BST In the Commons Oliver Dowden, the culture secretary,...
Tags: Travel, Health, Politics, UK, England, Wales, Scotland, India, Race, Conservatives, Travel & leisure, UK News, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, NHS, Microbiology



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