While some were ringing in the New Year watching the Fireworks, tucking into a tasty meal with loved ones or partying the night away with friends, others were welcoming newborns into the world when the clock struck midnight on New Year's Eve. UNICEF has estimated 395,072 babies were born across the globe on January 1, 2019. To celebrate the organisation have launched an adorable campaign, which saw them photograph 10 newborn babies born in 10 different time zones. However, some mothers who gave birth in countries such as Haiti and Palestine admit their joy is mixed with anxiety with their babies facing an uncertain future. On January 1, 2019, in Brazil Viviane welcomed her baby daughter, Julia da Silva Reis, into the world after having a caesarean. She said she was very happy and feeling relieved after her daughter arrived safely weighing 3.85kg at the Hospital Sofia Feldman in Belo Horizonte In China newborn baby girl Li Xin … [Read more...] about UNICEF predict 400k babies born around the world on New Year’s Day
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A NEW Year is bound to come with all sorts of superstitions – with some more baffling than others. We take a look at claims of why you should not do your washing on the first and last day of the year. Is it bad luck to do washing on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day? The superstitious amongst us claim that no laundry should be done on January 1, with some traditions claiming that pile of dirty clothes should remain untouched from Christmas until New Year’s Day. According to the myth, washing your clothing on these days can actually lead to ‘washing a loved one away' – basically you could kill a relative simply by washing your pants. In some cultures, it is also claimed that whatever a person does on the first day of the year they will be doing for the next 12 months, so doing any chores will essentially bring with it a year of hard work. Others claim that doing any washing of clothes or dishes around the New Year will wash away all your good luck. … [Read more...] about Is it bad luck to do washing on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, and where did the superstition come from?
An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has released a New Year's Day statement in which he acknowledges an important milestone for Ireland's social progress, economic prosperity and equality of opportunity. Varadkar emphasised the growing economy with an increase in the minimum wage to €9.80 an hour and the fall in poverty in Ireland over the last four years in a row. Today also marks the first day of legal abortions in Ireland with over 150 doctors working in the community available and contracted to help the 15 women, on average, who decide to end their pregnancies every day and who no longer have to leave the country to get the help they feel they need. Today, New Years Day 2019, marks several important milestones in our mission to bring social progress, economic prosperity and equality of opportunity to everyone in all parts of Ireland. The minimum wage rises to €9.80 an hour, it's highest ever level, up from €7.65 in 2011, an increase of nearly 30% and well ahead of … [Read more...] about ‘New Years Day 2019 marks several important milestones’
A mum has revealed how amazed she is after giving birth to two festive babies in one year. Laura Aitchinson, 26, welcomed baby boy Carlos on New Year's Day 2016, before giving birth to second son Nicholas on Christmas day 11 months later. The young mum and her partner Lewis Killip also welcomed a third Yuletide child last week, with baby girl Lola Grace making an appearance just days before Christmas. Laura, from Cumbria, said: "I've always loved Christmas but I've no idea how I manage to keep on giving birth over the festive season. It certainly wasn't planned!" Lewis, 47, and Laura met online six years ago and decided to start trying for a baby. Laura sadly suffered two miscarriages, one of which was baby twins. She says: "When I fell pregnant a third time, we were both understandably very anxious, in case it happened again." But the pregnancy went well, with the baby due on January 5 2016. Instead, little Carlos made an appearance five days early – on New Year’s Day. … [Read more...] about Mum amazed after birthing Christmas and New Year Day babies in same year!
How did we get here? For a year that was meant to be defined by the UK ‘taking back control’, things really seem to have spiralled. It’s hard to know where to begin. There was a feeling in the independence referendum, in 2014, that referendums do funny things to people, and the ensuing reaction of the UK’s most senior politicians to the Brexit vote has done little to dispel that theory. In September 2017, the chair of the UK Statistics Authority had felt moved to write to then foreign secretary Boris Johnson to rebuke him for repeatedly claiming the UK sent the EU £350m per week and that the money would be freed up by Brexit. “I am surprised and disappointed that you have chosen to repeat the figure of £350m per week in connection with the amount that might be available for extra public spending when we leave the European Union,” said Sir David Norgrove. Things got worse for PM Theresa May in October, as her conference speech descended into … [Read more...] about Review of the political year: twelve months of Brexit chaos and constitutional conundrums