KATE Garraway has praised “incredible mums” during the “most challenging year ever”. The Good Morning Britain presenter , who is a judge for the Fabulous Mum of the Year Award, has just marked one year of husband Derek Draper being in hospital. Speaking about the inspiring mum nominees, Kate told Fabulous: “Being a judge and choosing a winner this year was unbelievably difficult, and probably the hardest yet. “The last 12 months really has shown us just how many incredible mums from all walks of life are out there. “Every single one of them, going above and beyond to help others in time of need, even during one of the most challenging years of everybody's lives. “I wish I could have chosen them all. It was an absolute pleasure hearing each of their inspiring stories." The Fabulous Mum of the Year Award was launched to pay homage to the best mums in Britain. After thousands of entrants, the winner will be announced on Mother’s Day, Sunday March 14. Many of … [Read more...] about Kate Garraway praises ‘incredible mums’ during ‘most challenging year ever’ as husband Derek marks one year in hospital
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Greece's tourism minister has said Britons hoping for a summer holiday in the country can start booking as it prioritises giving the COVID vaccine to the inhabitants of around 40 small islands. The islands, which each have a population of less than 1,000 people, include Halki near Rhodes, Kastellorizo off the Turkish coast, Meganisi in the Ionian Sea and Kythira in the Peloponnese peninsula, according to the Daily Telegraph. Larger destinations such as Mykonos, Santorini and Corfu will be targeted once Greece's tiniest islands have been vaccinated, the newspaper said. However, UK government has said the earliest date people from England can travel abroad for a holiday is 17 May - that is provided the four tests for easing lockdown are met. Follow live COVID-19 updates from the UK and around the world Advertisement Greek tourism minister Harry Theoharis told the Telegraph: "If you're going to send a medical team to an island with a small population, … [Read more...] about COVID-19: Greece invites Britons to start booking holidays as it targets 40 islands for vaccinations
Ralph & Russo, the British couture fashion brand which has secured the backing of some of Britain's wealthiest investors, has deferred salary payments to employees, raising doubts about the state of its finances. Sky News understands that Ralph & Russo informed some staff last month that it could not pay them after seeing sales slump during the coronavirus pandemic. The business, which was founded in 2010 by creative director Tamara Ralph and her then-boyfriend, Michael Russo, has received tens of millions of pounds in funding from the likes of Candy Ventures, the investment vehicle of property developer Nick Candy, and John Caudwell, the billionaire founder of Phones 4U. Tennor Holding, the owner of the La Perla lingerie brand and investment vehicle of financier Lars Windhorst, invested $50m for a minority stake in Ralph & Russo in 2019. Ralph & Russo sprang to international prominence in 2017 when the Duchess of Sussex - then Meghan Markle - wore one of … [Read more...] about Couture fashion brand Ralph & Russo defers staff payments amid COVID-19 impact
Mark Anderson-Hammersley was one of the few patients not behind a screen. He was lying in bed, breathing heavily with the aid of a CPAP machine. The oxygen mask obscured most of the 57-year-old engineer's face but his eyes were open. Unlike many of the other patients on Warrington Hospital's intensive care unit, Mark was fully conscious. This was back in October 2020 when the second wave of COVID-19 infections was sweeping across England's North West. Advertisement Mark told me he had spent most of the year shielding. "I've got diabetes and I'm overweight so they're my risk factors. So to be honest for me it's still early days," he says. More from Covid-19 COVID-19: UK records 158 deaths and 6,040 cases in latest 24-hour period NHS pay row: 'Large numbers' of nurses could quit after 'slap in the face' offer as pressure mounts on government COVID-19: Greece invites Britons to start booking holidays as it targets … [Read more...] about COVID-19: Why does this unpredictable killer affect similar patients in such drastically different ways?
Red tape must be cut to make it easier for pubs and restaurants to have tables and chairs in the street or put up marquees in their beer gardens, the communities secretary has said. With the return of outdoor dining and drinking on 12 April, Robert Jenrick has called on every council leader to help the hospitality industry in every way possible after a year of enforced closures due to COVID-19 . He told them that planning rules for al fresco dining and temporary shelters must be waived unless there are exceptional circumstances. And in a further boost for the industry, he has extended the concession until the end of September 2022. Subscribe to the Daily podcast on Apple Podcasts , Google Podcasts , Spotify , Spreaker Advertisement Writing in the Sun on Sunday, he said: "I'm determined that we don't let red tape get in the way of a great British summer. More from Covid-19 COVID-19: Teachers perform Take That's Back … [Read more...] about COVID-19: Al fresco boost for pubs and restaurants with councils told to slash planning red tape