TO MARK International Women’s Day, we asked readers how the pandemic has impacted you – and the results make for sobering reading. It’s been a year like no other. While the pandemic has been tough for everyone, multiple studies suggest that women have been disproportionately impacted by it, both at home and at work. Globally, women are 1.8 times more likely to have lost their jobs in the last year, while the Women And Equalities Committee has warned that the government risks turning back the clock on gender equality unless it takes proactive steps to support women through the pandemic. So this International Women’s Day , a year since coronavirus swept the country , we spoke to almost 3,000 readers to find out how the toughest year on record has really impacted them. The results make clear that the pandemic has hit women’s mental and physical health hard. One In Ten readers lost their job during the pandemic Nearly half have felt more … [Read more...] about We asked four readers why it has been the toughest year ever for women
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MILLIONS of self-employed Brits will be given up to £7,500 thanks to the fourth self-employment grant. Chancellor Rishi Sunak confirmed further details about the scheme as part of his Budget including who is eligible. The fourth grant will cover lost earnings through February, March and April as a result of coronavirus. Eligible self-employed workers who have lost income due to the virus will be able to claim 80% of their earnings each month, up to a cap of £2,500. The Chancellor also confirmed that a fifth and final grant will be available covering lost income for June, July and August. This value of this grant will be determined by a turnover test, Like the previous payouts, the grants will be part of the self-employment income support scheme (SEISS). The Chancellor has confirmed that both grants will now be available for 600,000 newly self-employed workers as long as they submitted a tax return by midnight last night. For now, here's everything we … [Read more...] about When can I claim the fourth grant for self-employed?
AS we're sure all parents will agree, toddlers are energetic, rebellious and - most of all - MESSY. Well if you thought you had it bad with permanent marker scribbles on your furniture, then spare a thought for Shyama Underwood. The mum-of-four, 35, from Northampton, says she hasn’t been able to take her eyes off her youngest son, Jaxon-Carter, three, since he started walking at 10 months old. Since then, the cheeky tot's warpath of destruction has set Shyama back a staggering £6,000. If breaking 12 TVs wasn't bad enough, Jaxon-Carter has also done a spot of redecorating by leaving painted handprints all over the walls before pouring SOIL over the family's new living room. But despite efforts to discipline him, Shyama says telling Jaxon-Carter not to do something makes him want to act out more. She said: "Everyone in the family calls him Wreck-It Ralph because nothing is safe in his path. "From the moment he started walking I’ve not been able to turn my back on … [Read more...] about My son is a real-life Wreck-it Ralph – he’s destroyed 12 TVs and poured SOIL all over my new living room
Family dynasty Since August 3, 1979, Equatorial Guinea has been ruled by President Teodoro Obiang Nguema. The 78-year-old leader, who is constitutionally allowed to rule by decree, became the second president after overthrowing his uncle, Macias Nguema. Despite more than a dozen attempts to topple him, President Obiang has clung to power for more than 40 years and earned the title of Africa's and the world's longest-serving president. Equatorial Guinea boasts the highest adult literacy rate in sub-Saharan Africa President Obiang's son, Teodoro Nguema, is the country's vice president. Another son, Gabriel Obiang Lima, is the minister for mines and hydrocarbons. While the country allowed a multi-party system in 1992, Obiang's Democratic Party of Equatorial Guinea has won over 90% of votes at every election. The opposition has boycotted some of the polls. In the last election in 2016, he scored 93.7% of the vote, according to the electoral commission, his worst result so … [Read more...] about 5 surprising facts about Equatorial Guinea
Another 65 coronavirus deaths have been recorded in the UK - the second day running that the number has been below 100. It compares to 82 posted on Sunday , which was the first time the tally had fallen to double figures since 9 October, when 79 fatalities were recorded. Live COVID updates from the UK and around the world There have been another 4,712 confirmed coronavirus cases, compared to 5,177 on Sunday. It is the first time since 28 September that daily cases have been below 5,000, when 4,044 were recorded. The latest death and infection numbers are down on last Monday's totals of 104 and 5,455 respectively. Advertisement Meanwhile, 22,377,255 people have now had their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine - an increase of 164,143 - and 1,142,643 have had their second jab, up by 20,241). The daily statistics will be watched ever more closely in the coming weeks, as all four home nations begin to ease lockdown restrictions. … [Read more...] about COVID-19: UK reports under 100 new coronavirus deaths for second day running