The Government is planning to lift the face mask requirement for secondary school pupils in England despite opposition from unions. Gavin Williamson told the Telegraph that the Government planned to remove the measure at step three of its road map out of lockdown , which will be no earlier than May 17. Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to make the announcement on Monday, according to the newspaper. The Government is planning to lift the face mask requirement for secondary school pupils in England despite opposition from unions Current guidance states face coverings should be worn by pupils and teachers in classrooms where social distancing cannot be maintained, but it is not mandatory. It is expected pupils will still be encouraged to wear masks in corridors and other communal areas. It comes as a group of unions and scientists wrote to Mr Williamson calling for face coverings to remain in schools until at least June 21, describing the measure as … [Read more...] about The end of masks in the classroom as ministers defy teaching unions and plan to end compulsory covering-up from May 17
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Dozens of armed groups have operated for years in the Democratic Republic of Congo's (DRC) North Kivu and Ituri provinces, and civilians have been subjected to horrifying massacres. Armed militias and inter-communal violence have killed more than 300 people so far in 2021. Presidential spokesman Tharsice Kasongo Mwema said on Tuesday that the two provinces would be declared under siege for 30 days starting on Thursday May 6. "To respond to the situation during the state of siege, the provincial governments of Ituri and North Kivu ... will be replaced by offices of the armed forces of the DRC or the national police," he said. Security and judicial vacuum It was the first time since the Democratic Republic of Congo's independence that a president used the exceptional "state of siege" or state of emergency. President Felix Tshisekedi said he wanted to eliminate insecurity in the two provinces, where the Congolese government has failed to enforce the rule of law. "There is a … [Read more...] about DRC: Is President Tshisekedi’s ‘state of siege’ a cover-up?
A family are now living in fear following a senseless attack on their valuable collection of classic Mini cars. Half-witted yobs have attacked 4 vintage Minis including a pair of what are said to be the last known vehicles in the UK. The cars had all been restored by Anja McCormick and her family and were left locked up at their home in Northampton. The cars included a Mini Sky, left to Anja by her late grandfather, a Mini Rose with a Union Jack roof, the two last of their kind in the UK, a Mini Cooper and a Mini Rio. The attackers struck at night wielding a cricket bat embedded with nails, causing "irreversible" damage smashing the windows and scratching the paint work. The family have said the cars are "beyond repair" and are offering a reward to the value of £1,000. It is believed that the attack was filmed and uploaded to social media as part of a TikTok stunt. She said: "Anyone who knows me since school will remember the little classic Mini Sky that my … [Read more...] about Mindless thugs destroy prized collection of Minis with cricket bat covered in nails ‘for TikTok prank’
Declan Donnelly and his wife Ali were seen for the first time after their £5million home become the target of thieves . The I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here presenter and his stunning wife put on a brave face while walking their sausage dog Rocky, in West London on Wednesday. They emerged after being left "shaken" at an attempted burglary by a gang of "professionals" over the four day Easter weekend. The couple didn't stray far from each other's side as the pair stayed together during their low-key walk. At a glance, the couple appeared to be downcast when they made their way through the streets of London. When asked, Dec reassured onlooking photographers: "We're great, thank you." The TV host, who recently finished filming the Saturday Night Takeaway final with his partner Ant McPartlin, took the lead for their miniature dachshund. They bundled up in jackets for the April chill which was freezing the British capital. Both Ali and Dec wore their sunglasses … [Read more...] about Declan Donnelly and wife Ali look glum as they break cover after attempted burglary
HERE’S a hat that takes some licking — and is sure to give you brain freeze. It’s modelled on Fab ice lollies, which have been a kids’ favourite since 1967. John Lewis is selling the bright pink, white and brown silk fascinator for a whopping £225. The titfer - made by Bundle MacLaren Millinery - has a “hand-carved foam lolly” which is covered in “Orissa silk” The luxury hat maker says it is “perfect” for horseracing. Royal Ascot is set to welcome back up to 10,000 spectators per day for next month’s, five-day prestigious meeting. Some shoppers were left perplexed with one saying: “Fascinates me. (WTF)” But another said: “I own an ice cream shop, this is now compulsory uniform for all staff.” A third added: “I have to say this, I think it's Fab.” John Lewis says in its product description: “If you're looking for a truly unconventional headpiece, then this Fab lolly fascinator by Bundle MacLaren Millinery is what you need. “The design creates a … [Read more...] about John Lewis flogging silk fascinator modelled after Fab ice lolly for £225