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Man finds ‘guardian angel’ who saved him from stroke

After Twitter appeal Mathew O’Toole’s family makes contact with Danielle who stopped on London street to helpThe family of a man who had a stroke on a street in central London has found the “guardian angel” who saved his life after an appeal on Twitter.Mathew O’Toole, 47, was sitting on a bench outside a coffee shop on Wigmore Street in Mayfair on 10 June when he began vomiting and sweating. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, London, Society, UK News, Stroke, Mayfair, Danielle, Wigmore Street, Mathew O'Toole


Under-18s could be ‘reservoirs’ for virus when all adults are jabbed, expert warns

Unvaccinated children have potential to drive third wave of highly transmissible Delta variant, says virologistThe drive to vaccinate all adults over the age of 18 in the UK could lead to the concentration of Covid-19 cases in schoolchildren, a leading British virologist has warned.Under-18s would then become reservoirs in which new variants of the virus could arise, said Julian Tang, of Leicester University. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, Children, Society, UK News, Delta, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus, Julian Tang, Leicester University Continue


From Tudor courts to BLM, a book brings London’s black history to life

The work highlights the plaques and art that celebrate a neglected side of the capital’s cultureShe’s 10ft tall, barefoot, with a simple wrap dress stretching across her breasts and belly. She holds aloft an infant, gazing into its eyes. This is Bronze Woman, a statue on a busy traffic junction in Stockwell, south London. Unveiled in 2008, it was then the first public statue of a black woman on permanent display in England.“I used to pass by but never knew what it was for many years. One day I f...
Tags: Books, England, London, Race, Society, UK News, Culture, BLM, Tudor, Black Lives Matter Movement, Stockwell, Commonwealth immigration, Windrush scandal, Avril Nanton


The grounded backpackers filling their gap years with volunteering

With foreign travel tricky this summer, some people are make a difference closer to home, be it building chicken coops or trekking with llamasDjembe Askins had planned to be very far from home this summer, travelling around south-east Asia, Australia and New Zealand. Then the pandemic hit. But rather than completely abandon his gap year-style trip, the 24-year-old decided to transplant it to the UK.Askins, who left his job at a bank in London, has spent the past nine months volunteering at farms...
Tags: Travel, UK, London, Wales, Society, UK News, New Zealand, Volunteering, Volunteering Holidays, Asia Australia, Askins, Coronavirus


London stadiums host ‘super Saturday’ of mass rapid Covid vaccinations

Tens of thousands turn up to grounds of West Ham, Spurs and others, as young people are urged to get jabsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageLondoners received tens of thousands of Covid jabs in just a few hours on Saturday as football grounds in the capital were transformed into mass vaccination centres.Huge jab clinics have been set up at the London Stadium, Stamford Bridge, the Tottenham Hotspur stadium, the Valley, home of Charlton Athletic, and Selhurst Park. Continu...
Tags: Health, London, Football, Society, UK News, NHS, Vaccines and immunisation, Charlton Athletic, Sadiq Khan, West Ham Spurs, Coronavirus


David Miliband charity pushes ‘white supremacy culture’, workers allege

International Rescue Committee hires law firm to review internal policies as leadership accused of ‘belittling and gaslighting’ staffThe International Rescue Committee reinforces “white supremacy culture”, staff have alleged, with the aid organization subsequently hiring a law firm to review its policies relating to discrimination, harassment and retaliation, the Guardian can reveal.Headed by former UK foreign secretary David Miliband, the IRC is a major NGO with 20,000 staff and volunteers and ...
Tags: Politics, UK, New York, Africa, US, Society, UK News, World news, US news, David Miliband, Aid, Global development, International Rescue Committee, NGO, IRC


UK to stage inclusive ChessFest in London’s Trafalgar Square

Thousands expected to turn up to free event on 18 July where chess coaches will offer free lessonsIt has been one of the runaway success stories of the pandemic, fuelled by the Netflix series The Queen’s Gambit and an explosion in online play. Now plans to stage Britain’s biggest ever chess festival in Trafalgar Square have been unveiled, with organisers hoping to showcase the game’s inclusivity, attract converts from the poorest parts of the UK, and possibly unearth a future champion.Thousands ...
Tags: UK, London, Sport, Society, UK News, Britain, Young People, Trafalgar Square, Chess


Linen condoms and bed curtains: tour exposes history of sex in Scotland

National Trust for Scotland presents exploration of intimacy from 17th to 20th centuryThe chafing doesn’t bear thinking about. A replica linen condom secured with a dainty blue ribbon is one of the more wince-inducing props for a new exploration of the history of sex and intimate lives in Scotland.The other material used to fashion prophylactics in the 17th century was animal gut, which was dried then rehydrated at the crucial moment. The Edinburgh-born diarist James Boswell writes about dipping...
Tags: Health, Law, Sex, Scotland, Relationships, Life and style, Society, UK News, Poverty, Culture, Social exclusion, LGBT rights, Contraception and family planning, Edinburgh, Sex trade, National Trust


Ministers apologise to rape victims and promise overhaul of system

Charities welcome apology but say plans to reform rape prosecutions in England and Wales lack urgencyMinisters have apologised unreservedly to rape victims, saying they are “deeply ashamed” that thousands of survivors have been failed on the government’s watch, as they pledged an overhaul of the criminal justice system.A long-awaited government review into a precipitous decline in rape prosecutions promises sweeping reform of how cases are handled in England and Wales, including targets for the ...
Tags: England, Crime, Law, Wales, Police, Society, UK News, Rape and sexual assault


Previous Covid infection may not offer long-term protection, study finds

Research found marked differences in immune response of medical staff six months after contracting virusCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coveragePrevious infection with coronavirus does not necessarily protect against Covid in the longer term, especially when caused by new variants of concern, a study on healthcare workers suggests.Researchers at Oxford University found marked differences in the immune responses of medical staff who contracted Covid, with some appearing far be...
Tags: Health, Science, Society, UK News, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Vaccines and immunisation, Oxford University, Coronavirus, COVID


Scotland was eight hours from running out of some PPE in Covid first wave

Audit Scotland says supplies of items such as gowns and masks ran very low in April last yearCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageSome stocks of PPE in Scotland came within eight hours of running out at the height of the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a report by the country’s public spending watchdog.Audit Scotland said centrally held supplies of key items ran “very low” in April 2020. At points, long-sleeved gowns came within eight hours of running ...
Tags: Health, Politics, Scotland, Society, UK News, Health policy, Scottish politics, Coronavirus, COVID


How do we learn to live with Covid in the UK?

Analysis: Lockdown extension brings questions on when and how UK can draw a line under social distancingThe Commons vote to delay step four of England’s roadmap out of lockdown has focused attention on when and how the country can draw a line under social distancing and, in the words of the prime minister, “learn to live with the virus”.While the surge in cases in Blackburn – one of the original Delta variant hotspots – may have peaked for now, Public Health England expects recent rises in the n...
Tags: Health, UK, England, Society, UK News, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Delta, Public Health England, Blackburn, Coronavirus


Covid cases in England doubling every 11 days as Delta variant takes hold

Scientists say cases rising exponentially but vaccine progress should help reduce increaseCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageCovid-19 cases are rising exponentially across England driven by younger and mostly unvaccinated age groups, according to scientists.A study commissioned by the government found that infections increased by 50% between 3 May and 7 June, coinciding with the rise of the Delta coronavirus variant that is now dominant in the UK. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, UK, England, Society, UK News, Coronavirus


Covid cases in England doubling every 11 days as Delta takes hold

Scientists say cases rising exponentially but vaccine progress should help reduce increaseCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageCovid-19 cases are rising exponentially across England driven by younger and mostly unvaccinated age groups, according to scientists.A study commissioned by the government found that infections increased by 50% between 3 May and 7 June, coinciding with the rise of the Delta coronavirus variant that is now dominant in the UK. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, UK, England, Society, UK News, Delta, Coronavirus


How do we learn to live with Covid?

Lockdown extension brings questions on when and how UK can draw a line under social distancingThe Commons vote to delay step four of England’s roadmap out of lockdown has focused attention on when and how the country can draw a line under social distancing and, in the words of the prime minister, “learn to live with the virus”.While the surge in cases in Blackburn – one of the original Delta variant hotspots – may have peaked for now, Public Health England expects recent rises in the north-west ...
Tags: Health, UK, England, Society, UK News, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Delta, Public Health England, Blackburn, Coronavirus


Children’s services in England shaky as Jenga tower, says review lead

Report says system is bureaucratic, risk-averse and in need of reform and investment after years of cutsThe English children’s services system is a “tower of Jenga held together by Sellotape” and needs major reform and investment, the head of an independent review has found.Josh MacAlister described the children’s social services system as bureaucratic, risk-averse, financially strained and over-focused on investigating potential abuse and neglect at the expense of providing practical support fo...
Tags: Politics, England, Children, Society, UK News, Social Care, Local Government, Jenga, Josh MacAlister


Bristol to build ‘gap homes’ on garage sites to tackle housing crisis

Council hopes micro dwellings built on spaces between houses and gardens will revive neighbourhoodsUnique micro homes are to be built on old garage sites in Bristol to help the city tackle its housing crisis.“Gap homes” – so-called because they will be constructed in small spaces between houses and gardens – would be made off site and dropped into place across the city. Continue reading...
Tags: Housing, Communities, Society, UK News, Architecture, Art and design, Bristol


Covid jabs to become mandatory for care home staff in England

Exclusive: ministers considering extending compulsory vaccination measure to all NHS staffCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageCovid vaccinations are to become mandatory for care home staff under plans to be announced by ministers, as they consider extending the move to all NHS staff.The controversial measure sets up a likely battle with staff in both services and could lead to the government being sued under European human rights law or equalities legislation for breachin...
Tags: Health, England, Society, UK News, NHS, Social Care, Coronavirus


Home Office abandons plans to deport Osime Brown to Jamaica

Family celebrate success of campaign to halt deportation of 22-year-old, who has autismA 22-year-old man who has autism and his family are celebrating after the Home Office abandoned plans to deport him to Jamaica.Osime Brown, who left Jamaica aged four to settle in the UK with his mother, Joan Martin, was facing deportation after being released from prison where he had been serving a sentence for stealing a friend’s mobile phone, though he and others said he did not do it. Continue reading...
Tags: Politics, UK, Law, Americas, Society, UK News, World news, Immigration and asylum, Autism, UK criminal justice, Home Office, Jamaica, Caribbean, Joan Martin, Osime Brown, Jamaica Osime Brown


Battle for tranquillity amid the shooting | Letter

UK governments must find a means of protecting the peace of religious sites under threat from hunters, says Graham MurphySamye Ling is not the only religious site to be desecrated by grouse slaughter (Buddhist monastery in Scotland calls for firearms exclusion zone, 11 June). Before lockdown I visited Pennant Melangell, a medieval shrine in a small church amid a circle of yews, a Christian foundation of the seventh century, still a place for pilgrimage and prayer. The priest there now keeps a sh...
Tags: UK, Wales, Scotland, Religion, UK News, Rural affairs, Hunting, Buddhist, Melangell, Graham MurphySamye Ling, Graham MurphyLiverpool


‘People have already forgotten Jo Cox’: Samuel Kasumu on why he quit as No 10’s race adviser

He resigned amid the fallout from a government report that dismissed institutional racism. In his first interview since, he says some ministers are waging a culture war – and endangering the countryJohnson’s former race adviser accuses Tories of inflaming culture warsSamuel Kasumu is worried about what is to come. The former race adviser to No 10 has watched, dismayed, as commentators and members of the government – whom he believes should know better – engage in a bitter culture war. He warns t...
Tags: Politics, UK, Race, Conservatives, Society, UK News, World news, Boris Johnson, Jo Cox, Samuel Kasumu, Jo Cox '' Kasumu


Why is Israel lifting Covid restrictions as England extends them?

Analysis: both are viewed as running successful vaccine campaigns, but case numbers are very differentCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageIsrael and the UK were viewed as world leaders in their coronavirus vaccine campaigns but whereas the former is lifting almost all pandemic limitations, the latter is now glumly extending its restrictions in England amid a sharp rise in infections.Despite starting its mass inoculation programme after the UK in December, Israel has sped ...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, England, Israel, Society, UK News, World news, Public services policy, Middle East and North Africa, Infectious Diseases, Health policy, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus


The sexual assault of sleeping women: the hidden, horrifying rape crisis in Britain’s bedrooms

A recent survey suggested a shockingly high proportion of women have been sexually assaulted by a partner as they slept. Now more and more are speaking outNiamh Ní Dhomhnaill had been with her partner for almost a year when she discovered that he’d been raping her while she slept. At the time, she was 25, and a language teacher in a Dublin secondary school. Her partner, Magnus Meyer Hustveit, was Norwegian. The couple had moved in together within a few months of meeting, but things were tense. I...
Tags: Crime, Marriage, Law, Relationships, Women, Life and style, Society, UK News, World news, Britain, Men, Dublin, Magnus Meyer Hustveit, Rape and sexual assault, Ní Dhomhnaill, Hustveit


England’s Covid lockdown lifting: is a four-week delay enough?

Analysis: Even a short pause is expected to reduce the number of people going to hospital as more people are vaccinatedPM announces delay to lockdown easingWhat we know about the delayThe roadmap out of lockdown – England’s strategy to return to a life more normal – was heavy on dates from the start. The first three steps, in March, April and May, passed so smoothly that a crucial point was easily forgotten: reopening rested on data, not dates, at least that was what scientific advisers hoped. W...
Tags: Health, Politics, England, Science, Society, UK News, Health policy, Coronavirus


‘I’m gutted but it’s for our safety’: Blackburn faces up to further Covid restrictions

News of delay to lifting of lockdown dampens mood at vaccination centre in coronavirus hotspotCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageNestled in the heart of Blackburn town centre, between the station and the market, is Blackburn Cathedral, built in 1826 and designed by the architect John Palmer. Its grounds are one of the more picturesque locations to get a Covid vaccine.While the feeling on Monday was largely celebratory – many were here for their long-awaited second dose –...
Tags: Health, Politics, England, Society, UK News, Health policy, Blackburn, Blackburn Cathedral, John Palmer, Coronavirus


PM announces four-week delay to Covid lockdown easing in England

Boris Johnson says more time needed to combat Delta variant and allow more people to be vaccinatedCoronavirus – latest updatesWhat we know about the delay to ending lockdown in EnglandBoris Johnson has announced a four-week delay to the final lockdown easing and a speeding up of second vaccine doses, saying the extra time could prevent thousands of unnecessary deaths.Johnson said the data was now clear that two doses of the vaccine were needed to combat the new Delta variant and it was right to ...
Tags: Health, Politics, England, Society, UK News, Health policy, Boris Johnson, Vaccines and immunisation, Johnson, Coronavirus, EnglandBoris Johnson


Novavax Covid vaccine has efficacy of 90%, say manufacturers

UK has ordered 60m doses of vaccine that is also critical part of effort to vaccinate developing world Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageA Covid vaccine that is a critical part of the effort to vaccinate the developing world, as well as the UK, has an efficacy of 90% overall, its manufacturers have said after trials in the US and Mexico.The UK has ordered 60m doses of Novavax, which has manufacturing agreements in Britain. Novavax has signed an agreement to provide 1.1b...
Tags: Health, UK, Mexico, India, US, Society, UK News, Britain, Un, Vaccines and immunisation, Novavax, Serum Institute of India, Coronavirus


Giulio Regeni’s last messages before his death in Egypt counter spy claims

Facebook messages from the Italian student killed in Cairo in 2016 show his concerns about studying in the countryThe Facebook messages written by the Cambridge student Giulio Regeni in the weeks leading up to his murder give the lie to any notion he was a spy or political agitator.Even before he left England, Regeni was concerned about the risks he might face doing his thesis on trade unions in Egypt, a sensitive subject in the country. Continue reading...
Tags: Facebook, Europe, Law, Unions, Africa, UK News, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Egypt, Italy, Global development, Cambridge, Torture, Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, Mohamed Morsi, Cairo


Home Office condemned for forcing migrants on bail to wear GPS tags

Round-the-clock tracking condemned as ‘Trojan horse’ giving government vast surveillance powers that violate human rightsMore than 40 human rights organisations have condemned the Home Office’s introduction of 24-hour GPS monitoring of people on immigration bail in an expansion of surveillance powers that has involved no consultation process or parliamentary debate.The new policy marks a shift from using radio frequency monitors (which alert authorities if the wearer leaves an assigned area) to ...
Tags: Politics, Human Rights, Law, Society, UK News, World news, Immigration and asylum, Surveillance, UK criminal justice, Home Office, Global development, Prisons and probation, Civil liberties - international, Priti Patel


UK aid cuts to Bangladesh NGO a ‘gut punch’, says charity head

Withdrawal from long-term partnership catastrophic, says Brac, affecting women and girls’ education and those in extreme povertyThe UK government’s funding cuts to the world’s largest international non-governmental organisation are a “gut punch” after a successful 10-year £450m partnership, according to a director.Asif Saleh, executive director of Brac Bangladesh, said the cuts will leave hundreds of thousands of girls without an education, millions of women and girls without access to family pl...
Tags: Politics, UK, Society, UK News, World news, Poverty, South and Central Asia, Charities, Aid, Global development, Bangladesh, Inequality, Foreign, Brac, Asif Saleh, Women's rights and gender equality



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