When a woman recently walked into Thorrun Govind’s high-street pharmacy in Bolton seeking help for a common infection, Govind quickly knew what to prescribe. But because the woman said she had not had the medication before, Govind had to check with her GP practice. They insisted the woman go in. “It’s crazy,” says Govind. “Here’s a busy practice telling a busy woman, who was at work, that she had to call them to see if they could fit her in. If she’d lied and said she had had the medication before, I could have given it to her and she could have started the treatment.” The anecdote sums up the frustration of many of the UK’s 14,000 community pharmacists that they are not being allowed to do more to ease the pressure on NHS services, despite repeated assurances by ministers and officials that they want them to do so. The health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, told the NHS Confederation conference in June: “I feel we haven’t … [Read more...] about What’s stopping pharmacies doing more to reduce pressure on GPs?
The Cutty Sark epitomised the heyday of the sailing clippers which transported goods around the world until the shipping industry was revolutionised by the advent of steam in the 19th century. Now another revolution is in the offing with wind powered cargo ships making a comeback, resurrecting a technology which many believed had been confined to the history books. Rising fuel costs and the drive to decarbonise shipping is paving the way for the modern equivalent of clipper ships - such as the Cutty Sark - to sail the seas once more. Underpinning the revolution is the International Maritime Organisation, which has set a target of bringing shipping carbon emissions down to half their 2008 level... … [Read more...] about Sail away: why the global shipping industry is returning to wind power
Taylor Tara, 59, (pictured) is a mother-of-three, a grandmother-of-seven and an escort A grandmother-of-seven who became an escort at the age of 47 because she was 'fed up' with the dating scene has lifted the lid on what really happens behind closed doors. Taylor Tara, from Queensland, started dating again after being single for 10 years - but quickly realised the men only wanted 'one thing' from her. 'I just thought, if they want it, they should just pay for it,' Taylor laughed as she told FEMAIL. After flicking through a local newspaper, the curious mother-of-three said she could feel her 'heart beating fast' as she dialled the number of a brothel she found in the personal ads. Within hours, Taylor found herself standing in a room, 'surrounded by beautiful women' as she waited anxiously for clients to choose her on her very first night as a sex worker. 'I was at the point of nausea, it was very daunting. I kept thinking, "Who's going to pay for me? Who's going to want me?'" She … [Read more...] about Grandma, 59, who became an escort at 47 because she was ‘fed up’ with dating reveals what the sex industry is really like – and says some clients just want someone to ‘cook dinner’ for
Last week the Guardian’s Weekend magazine explored a side of the hospitality industry hidden from many of us, exposing abuses of power, sexual harassment and illegal working practices. Hundreds of readers responded in the comments with their own stories (many of their experiences echoing those in our feature but not all of them bad, of course) and to our callout asking for you to share your experiences in the industry. Below is a selection of responses, with many talking about a love-hate relationship with the industry that for them holds a dream career when things go well. You can continue the conversation in the comments. ‘As chefs and mentors to young chefs we have a duty to break the cycle of abuse’ – executive chef, 36 In past roles, I have seen it all. Owners doing drugs on the premises; stealing their own stock from business partners and family members; stealing tips from hardworking staff to line their own pockets; paying suppliers myself as accounts … [Read more...] about What it’s like to work in the restaurant industry – our readers’ stories
Use of robots in construction will rapidly expand in the coming years with increasing speed, efficiency, safety, and profits, a new report claims. The industry is 'ripe for disruption' after relying on manual labour for so long, according to AI consulting firm Tractica. It cited the recent adoption of robotic technology by a number of companies as the beginning of a growth curve. Projections place the value of the construction robotics industry in the region of $226 million (£173m) by 2025, a 10 fold increase compared to 2018. Wile the majority of demand is likely to come from construction sites such as demolition, a number of more specialised functions such as 3D printing, also face mass automation. Scroll down for video A report into the global construction industry has predicted that its use of robots will rapidly expand in the coming years, raising speed, efficiency, safety, and profits. The photo shows a robo-welder from Japanese … [Read more...] about Will builders be replaced by robots? More than 7,000 automatons will work in construction by 2025 in an industry worth $226 MILLION worldwide