Boris Johnson has left the door open to U-turning over the paltry 1% pay rise for NHS staff after fury from thousands of nurses. The Prime Minister stressed the process was still ongoing as he was grilled on a visit to an NHS vaccine centre in north London. It now means Mr Johnson and Gavin Williamson have both failed to rule out U-turning - and implementing a higher pay rise - after an independent review body reports back later this year. Asked if he could look nurses in the eye over the paltry sum, or whether a U-turn was possible, Mr Johnson told reporters: "I’m massively grateful to all NHS staff and indeed social care workers who’ve been heroic throughout the pandemic. “What we’ve done is tried to give them as much as we can at the present time. The independent pay review body will obviously look at what we’ve proposed and come back.” Nursing unions have set up a fighting fund for possible strike action after the below-inflation rise emerged in government documents on … [Read more...] about Boris Johnson opens door to NHS pay rise U-turn – as even Tory voters demand it
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Philip Whiteside, news reporter Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe is a British-Iranian woman who has been in jail in Iran for five years. The Iranian regime claims she was working against the state when she was arrested on a visit to the country to see her parents with her daughter. Here is a timeline of events that have left a family split apart and resulted in diplomacy at the highest level. October 2010 Joins Thomson Reuters Foundation Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe joins the Thomson Reuters Foundation, a charity that says it promotes "socio-economic progress" and the rule of law through a series of training programmes. Advertisement Before the move, she worked for BBC Media Action for around 18 months, the corporation's international development charity which uses "the power of media and communication to help reduce poverty and support people in understanding their rights". June 2014 Birth of her daughter Gabriella, the only daughter of Mrs … [Read more...] about Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe: The five-year fight for freedom
More than 400 people have been killed and thousands injured after a magnitude 7.3 earthquake struck near the border between Iran and Iraq. The earthquake was centred about 19 miles outside the eastern Iraqi city of Halabja at about 6.20pm UK time on Sunday. It was 15 miles deep - a shallow depth that can cause broader damage - and was felt for about 20 seconds in Baghdad, as well as in Turkey, Kuwait and Israel. State news agencies reported that 407 people had been killed and 6,700 injured by the tremor in Iran. Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video player People flee as earthquake hits At least seven deaths were reported in neighbouring Iraq, with 535 people hurt. Advertisement The quake also created cracks in a major dam holding back Iraq's Diyala river, causing it to sink lower. There is not thought to be any immediate danger from the damage, although it is unclear whether power production might be affected. … [Read more...] about More than 400 people dead in Iran-Iraq earthquake
BILLIONAIRE Bernie Ecclestone proved he is 90 years young when he announced he was going to become a father for the fourth time last year. There was already a yawning age gap between his first daughter Deborah, 66, from his first marriage to Ivy Bamford, and his other girls Tamara, 36, and Petra, 32, who he had with second wife Slavica. In July 2020, Bernie, who is also a grandad and great-grandfather, welcomed son Ace with his wife Fabiana Flossi, 44, at the age of 89. While some have questioned whether the former chief executive of Formula One should be having more kids so late in life, Tamara has defended him. She said: “He’s a young soul and has an amazing energy. And with what’s going on (in the wider world), some baby news is good news.” So what will it be like to be old enough to be her brother’s mum? Here, women with big age gaps to their siblings tell Jenny Francis all about their unusual relationships. 'My boyfriends were more scared meeting Joanne than … [Read more...] about My sister is 21 years older and had a daughter before I was even born – boyfriends were more scared to meet her than mum
CAN you spot the sneaky snake hiding amongst the clutter in this garage? Social media users have been left scratching their heads after Australian snake catchers shared the puzzle to find the deadly Coastal Carpet Python. Snake Catchers Brisbane & Gold Coast, a snake removal service based in Queensland, uploaded the brainteaser to their Facebook page after they were called out to a home in Sunnybank. Some eagle-eyed users were able to spot the snake, but others were left baffled by the riddle. "It's great to play this but every time I can't find it which makes me a bit concerned if I had to do it in real life," one user commented. "Is this one of those 'there's no snake' and you are messing with us?" another stumped social media user added. Hidden amidst the resident's workshed is the cunning descendant of the Carpet Python, skulking next to a saw. Formally known as the Morelia spilota mcdowelli, the reptile can grow to up to 10 feet in length. Most … [Read more...] about Can you spot the deadly snake hiding in this cluttered garage?