MORE than 17,000 earthquakes have been recorded in the south-west of Iceland, in the Reykjanes Peninsula, during the past week. People living in the area have been advised to be extra careful due to dangers of landslides and rockfall. Many of the larger earthquakes have even been felt in Iceland's capital city, Reykjavik (where over half of the population lives), which lies only 27km away. This has led to heightened concerns about the effects of even larger earthquakes and also of a possible eruption from the Krýsuvík volcanic system in the area. South-west Iceland has a track record of centuries of calm, which we know can be broken by turbulent periods of intense earthquake activity accompanied by volcanic eruptions. It looks like we are entering the next turbulent period. The most recent earthquake swarm is in fact the latest in a period of significantly heightened seismic activity that started over a year ago. The shaking of the Earth is the most obvious … [Read more...] about Giant Iceland volcano system may erupt after 17,000 earthquakes recorded in a week
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The proposed 1% pay rise for NHS staff is a "slap in the face" and large numbers of nurses could quit after the pandemic, a union has warned as pressure grows on the government over the row. The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) said the 1% offer had reinforced some of their members' belief "that they are not valued by either the government or perhaps some of the public". NHS Providers, which represents NHS trusts in England, said a long-term plan set out by the government assumed a pay rise of more than 2% for healthcare workers in 2021/22, claiming it was "enshrined in law". And in a sign that a Conservative rebellion may be brewing, a former Tory health minister said it was the "wrong time" to be restraining the pay of NHS workers who have gone "above and beyond" during the pandemic. Follow live COVID-19 updates from the UK and around the world Advertisement As tensions have risen, the RCN has set up a £35m industrial action fund - threatening … [Read more...] about NHS pay row: ‘Large numbers’ of nurses could quit after ‘slap in the face’ offer as pressure mounts on government
A mum-of-four whose cramped home has been plagued by rodents, damp and mould has pleaded for help to give her children a 'healthy and happy' house to grow up in. Kellie Sullivan says her two-bedroom house in Oldham, Greater Manchester, has been littered with issues. On top of the cramped conditions, which means she struggles to find enough space for everyone to sleep, she is battling a huge mould problem after several leaks led to chronic damp. First Choice Homes, who manage the property, have apologised for the ongoing problems and have pledged to resolve the issues - alongside assisting her in getting a new home. But Kellie, whose fifth child is due in just a few weeks, says she has reached her wit's end, reports Manchester Evening News . She said: "I’m just at the end of my tether now. It’s so overcrowded, we've only got one storage space so I’ve got nowhere to put anything. We’ve been living out of bags for four years. "I can't find the clothes I'm looking for, … [Read more...] about Pregnant mum ‘living out of bags’ in cramped house plagued by mould and mice
Leaving your precious bundle of joy with a babysitter can be a worrying experience for parents. Will your child be happy? Is the person in charge equipped to manage them? What if there's an emergency? This range of fears is a perfectly normal part of being a parent - it's not easy to leave your children elsewhere, especially when they're young. One man was left open-mouthed after his offspring announced that he'd managed to steal a bottle of bourbon while under the watchful eye of his babysitter. Dad Derek was forced to confront the babysitter through a doorbell camera after his son proudly announced his haul as they were about to leave. After he asks his son if he had a good time, the young boy replies: "Yes, I got you something!" before pulling out the illicit bottle of booze. A horrified Derek can be heard saying: "You took bourbon from them?" to which the boy replies: "Yes! I know you like bourbon." People were left in stitches at the video - with one parent joking: … [Read more...] about Dad caught on doorbell camera confronting babysitter after son, 6 steals alcohol
HOME-schooling has officially ended, with all children and students returning to face-to-face education in schools and colleges from Monday, March 8. But, for those pupils returning to their classrooms for the first time in months, what is the guidance for uniforms and PE gear? Do kids have to wear school uniform when schools reopen? Schools will inform parents about specific arrangements for their child returning to the classroom from March 8, 2021. If it's unclear, it would pay to check the latest uniform advice on your child's school website, or the county council's updated guidance. But, a look online reveals that schools are generally asking pupils to return in their "normal school uniform". The government is also advising schools to "maintain their usual uniform policies. "Uniform can play a valuable role in contributing to the ethos of a school and setting an appropriate tone." It also said ahead of the March 8 reopening that uniforms do not need to be … [Read more...] about Do kids have to wear school uniform when schools reopen?