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Deliveroo riders planning strike across England over pay and conditions

Deliveroo riders planning strike across England over pay and conditions

About 400 riders in five towns and cities to stage protest on Wednesday as firm faces growing pressureTue 6 Apr 2021 11.43 EDTLast modified on Tue 6 Apr 2021 16.36 EDTAbout 400 riders are expected to strike over pay and conditions as the company faces increasing pressure over its employment practices.The Independent Workers of Great Britain (IWGB) union said it planned to stage socially distanced protests in five towns and cities across England on Wednesday.“I’m going on strike for my basic rights and those of all the other riders struggling to get by and support families on Deliveroo...

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Apr 6
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Oxford Covid vaccine has 10% efficacy against South African variant, study suggests

Oxford Covid vaccine has 10% efficacy against South African variant, study suggests

The Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine offers as little as 10% protection against the Covid variant first seen in , researchers have suggested.Scientists who of the vaccine’s efficacy said it showed very little protection against mild to moderate infection, though they expressed hope that – in theory – it would still offer significant protection against more serious infection.Read moreThe disappointing results came as lab tests on the Pfizer/BioNtech vaccine found it may still provide substantial protection against the variant. Scientists at the University of Texas medical branch collected...

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Feb 8
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England Covid lockdown likely to be in place until March, Gove warns

England Covid lockdown likely to be in place until March, Gove warns

The third national lockdown imposed in to try to deal with the huge increase in Covid-19 cases is likely to remain in place into March at least, with some measures lasting even longer, the government has indicated.The Cabinet Office minister, , said he hoped the gradual lifting of restrictions could begin in mid-February, but that the time it took for the vaccines to take effect meant it was likely to be at least another couple of weeks before measures could start to be eased.“We can’t predict with certainty that we’ll be able to lift restrictions the week commencing the 15 to 22...

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Jan 5
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Falklands cleared of nearly all landmines, 38 years on from war

Falklands cleared of nearly all landmines, 38 years on from war

Tens of thousands of mines and bombs removed as part of UK-funded programme since 2009 Tue 10 Nov 2020 10.32 ESTLast modified on Tue 10 Nov 2020 18.05 ESTThe have been cleared of almost all landmines, it has been announced, nearly 40 years after the end of the war in which the British military retook the territory by force from Argentine troops.Tens of thousands of mines and bombs have been removed as part of a UK-funded programme since 2009, a task carried out by a team of specialist deminers, many of them .Islanders will mark the moment with a ceremonial detonation of the final landmine...

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Nov 10
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Two die in west London building collapse after explosion

Two die in west London building collapse after explosion

Suspected gas explosion in shop underneath flats led to collapse of building in Ealing and agencyWed 21 Oct 2020 12.06 EDTFirst published on Wed 21 Oct 2020 10.39 EDTTwo people have died after a suspected gas explosion in a shop underneath some flats in west caused a building to collapse, firefighters have said.Five people, including one child, were rescued after the blast at the shop in the Southall area , while another 16 people were evacuated, the London fire brigade (LFB) said.Neighbours described their shock after the explosion. Mohammad Rafiq, 78, said: “I heard it in the morning – it...

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Oct 21
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Makers of M&S sandwiches faced pay dock if they self-isolated, says union

Makers of M&S sandwiches faced pay dock if they self-isolated, says union

Workers at a factory in at the centre of a coronavirus outbreak were told they would be paid less than £100 per week if they had to self-isolate, making it difficult for many to comply, their representatives have claimed.Bosses at the , where M&S sandwiches are prepared, acknowledged that many staff were entitled to no more than the statutory sick pay rate of £95.85, as at countless workplaces around the UK, if they followed instructions to self-isolate.“Statutory sick pay does not support people and, in a crisis like this, you can’t expect people to try to survive on £95 per week,” said...

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Aug 16
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Refusal to wear mask should be as taboo as drink-driving, says Royal Society chief

Refusal to wear mask should be as taboo as drink-driving, says Royal Society chief

Refusing to wear a mask in public during the Covid-19 epidemic should become as socially unacceptable as drink-driving or not wearing a seatbelt, the president of the Royal Society has said.He spoke as new research emerges suggesting the UK’s uptake of the practice is way behind that of other countries and that face coverings can protect the wearer as well as people around them.Venki Ramakrishnan called for everyone to be required to wear a mask in all indoor public settings, rather than only on public transport, and criticised confused messaging from the government.The head of the UK’s...

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Jul 7
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Lloyd's of London and Greene King to make slave trade reparations

Lloyd's of London and Greene King to make slave trade reparations

Two major British firms have pledged to make payments to representatives of black people, as well as those of other minority ethnic backgrounds, as they seek to address their founders’ roles in the trans-Atlantic slave trade.The pub chain and brewer and the insurance market both revealed on Wednesday evening that they would be making the reparations.The news, first reported by the Telegraph, comes as people outraged by the killing of an African American man in Minnesota, , as well as continuing racial discrimination closer to home, demand that the UK recognise the ongoing legacy of the...

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Jun 17
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Duke and Duchess of Sussex to ditch word 'royal' from branding

Duke and Duchess of Sussex to ditch word 'royal' from branding

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will no longer use the word royal, as in their “Sussex Royal” , a spokeswoman for the couple has said.The spokeswoman said: “While the duke and duchess are focused on plans to establish a new non-profit organisation, given the specific UK government rules surrounding use of the word royal, it has been therefore agreed that their non-profit organisation, when it is announced this spring, will not be named .“The Duke and Duchess of Sussex do not intend to use ‘Sussex Royal’ in any territory post-spring 2020.“Therefore, the trademark applications that were filed...

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Feb 22, 2020
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Coronavirus latest: at a glance

Coronavirus latest: at a glance

A summary of the biggest developments in the global coronavirus outbreakTue 21 Apr 2020 12.59 EDTKey developments in the global today include:Researchers at Johns Hopkins University say at least 2.5 million people have now been infected and more than 170,000 are known to have died worldwide.The figures, which are based on official releases and media reports, are likely to underestimate the true scale of the pandemic due to suspected underreporting and differing testing regimes around the world.The Department for Health and Social Care published the latest UK hospital death figures. , taking...

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Apr 21
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