Later that month, Bourne said he was called back by the same distributor. The firm, which already had a general government contract in place to supply the NHS regularly when Covid struck, said it had been asked by the government to supply test tubes. Bourne persuaded the firm he could produce the vials, and said he also discussed Hinpack’s work with two civil servants representing the DHSC. … [Read more...] about Hancock’s former neighbour won Covid test kit work after WhatsApp message
Though Jake isn’t allowed visitors at Tewksbury, where lockdown measures remain in place, he keeps busy, recording videos warning viewers about the disastrous effects of heroin use and offering unique insight into the day-by-day process of recovering from a debilitating brain disease. In a recent video filmed on his 32nd birthday, Jake sits in front of balloons and a Halloween pumpkin, delivering a message of hope: “I know there’s a lot of craziness going on in the world with the Covid pandemic, but I just wanted to say: ‘Stay positive.’ Please be grateful for those you have around you, and what you’ve got.” … [Read more...] about ‘Is anybody in there?’ Life on the inside as a locked-in patient
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Guerrilla warfare looming Plaut believes the question of whether the TPLF will be able to organize sufficient supplies to hold out against the government troops for a significant time will be decisive in determining the outcome of the current struggle. Sudan will play a key role, he says, "The border is very long and the government is not very efficient." Tigray will definitely exploit that to smuggle weapons, food, gas and other supplies into the country, according to Plaut. He concludes that it seems rather inconceivable that Abiy can resolve the conflict quickly. … [Read more...] about Will the Tigray conflict strengthen Abiy’s hand in Ethiopia?
Protests grew in cities across Algeria earlier this month when the charred bodies of two young women were found near the capital. Rights group Femicides Algeria says 38 women were killed on account of their gender since the start of the year and that the actual number is likely higher due to underreporting. … [Read more...] about North Africa: Rape, assault cases prompt calls to resume death penalty