Desperate students selling sex to make ends meet are behind a surge of pleas for help to the “prostitutes’ union”. The English Collective of Prostitutes said calls to its helpline from young people at university and college have risen by a third in 2021. And the campaigning group has seen a surge in the numbers selling sex since lockdowns sent student finances into freefall. Many sell explicit pictures of themselves on sites like OnlyFans as traditional bar and shop jobs have dried up. Now as many as eight students a day are calling for support and advice. And some universities are publishing guides on how to safely sell your body. Laura Watson, a spokeswoman for the group, said: “We have seen a significant increase in students going into prostitution as tuition fees have increased. “Some women in our group are working to pay off debts of £30,000 plus. “Since the pandemic a lot of women have been getting in touch starting sex work. “Jobs in shops and pubs, that … [Read more...] about Desperate students turn to sex and OnlyFans after lockdown kills pub and shop jobs
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An Oxford don who sued after his elderly mum fell for a woman half her age and disinherited him has been handed a payout of almost £1m by a top judge. Professor Christopher Gosden said his loving mum Dr Jean Weddell, a medical doctor, had vowed in 2003 to leave him her Edwardian London home. But instead the director of the Institute of Archaeology at Oxford University was left with nothing when she died in 2013. That was after she fell in love with Wendy Cook, a barrister 37 years her junior, with whom Dr Weddell formed a civil partnership in 2007, at the age of 78. By the time she died in 2013, she had made a new will, handing nothing to her son but leaving much of her estate to her new partner. The professor later discovered that his mum's home - now worth £1.25m - had been sold without his knowledge in 2010 and that by the time she died three years later, there was just £5,000 left in her estate. Professor Gosden launched a court fight, claiming that a trust scheme his … [Read more...] about Son wins £1million after mum leaves fortune to new lover 37 years her junior
A former AstraZeneca board member has told Sky News that she thinks the company has been unfairly criticised over its handling of the vaccine rollout. Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell, who served on the board until five years ago, said she imagined those inside the company would be feeling they have "had a bit of a hard time" as multiple countries have changed their advice on who should receive the jab. It comes as the UK medicines regulator said this week that the under 30s should be offered an alternative to the AstraZeneca vaccine following reports of very rare blood clots. Live COVID updates from across the UK and around the world Other countries such as Germany, Australia and France have since further restricted who should receive the AstraZeneca jab. Advertisement It's the latest knock in what has been a bumpy road for AstraZeneca. When the pharmaceutical giant struck a deal with Oxford University to develop a COVID-19 … [Read more...] about COVID-19: Former AstraZeneca board member defends firm over its handling of vaccine rollout
Each UK nation has set out a roadmap out of lockdown with specific dates. From Monday 12 April, England's lockdown eases significantly. Here are the timetables for lifting COVID-19 restrictions in each UK nation: England There are four steps to easing England's lockdown. Advertisement The prime minister hopes to be able to lift the majority of rules by 21 June, but this is dependent on cases, deaths and hospital admissions continuing to fall so the dates are the earliest any of the stated rules could be lifted. There will be no regional tier systems - England will be treated as one in the easing of lockdown. Step one was completed in two parts on 8 and 29 March. Boris Johnson has confirmed England will progress to the next planned stage of lockdown lifting from Monday as he said the roadmap was on track. The next steps are as follows: Step Two - 12 April: Mr Johnson has confirmed this will take place on 12 April thanks to a … [Read more...] about COVID-19: What’s allowed from 12 April as lockdown eases in England?
SNOW is expected to hit parts of Britain TOMORROW while some regions will enjoy cold sunshine as pubs and shops reopen to Brits. Despite the sun it is still expected to be cold on Monday so anyone venturing out for a pint should probably take a coat. Forecasters say temperatures could be on the chilly side, with the mercury expected to struggle to reach over 8C in London. Met Office spokeswoman Nicola Maxey said Monday would be “a cold day with bright weather for most”, adding: “It’s certainly looking fine, dry and cold in the South.” England saw its coldest April day in eight years on Wednesday, with the temperature hitting a freezing -7.5C in Benson, South Oxfordshire. And another Arctic plunge is on its way to the UK, according to The Weather Outlook. The forecaster predicted in an update: "A band of patchy rain pushes down over central and southern counties today. "Areas to its north will be cold and bright, but wintry showers develop. "The weekend brings … [Read more...] about UK Weather forecast – Snow TOMORROW as temperatures plunge below freezing ahead of pub and shops reopening