Health secretary Matt Hancock has refused to rule out a second national lockdown and said the government will “do what is necessary to keep people safe”.When asked about the possibility of a two-week nationwide lockdown to deal with the coronavirus outbreak, he told Sky News: “The last line of defence is full national action and I don’t want to see that. But we will do whatever is necessary to keep people safe in a very difficult pandemic.“His comments come amid a report that scientists advising the government have proposed a two-week national lockdown in October in a bid to curb the number of Covid-19 cases.According to the Financial Times, experts on the government’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) and the Scientific Pandemic Influenza Group on Modelling (Spi-m) have proposed the move to coincide with the October half-term.When asked about the likelihood of the scenario, Hancock said: “It isn’t something that we ever take off the table but it isn’t something that we want to see either, it is the last line of defence.“The country once again needs to come together and recognise there is a serious challenge. That the virus is accelerating.“Unfortunately, it isn’t just cases increasing, it’s also the number of people ending up in hospital increasing.”Pressed again on whether a national lockdown was looming, Matt Hancock said: “We will do what is necessary to keep people safe.“And the first line of defence is that everybody should follow the social distancing.”His comments came as new measures aimed to curb the spread of coronavirus came into effect in the north-east of England, taking the total number of people across the UK in lockdown to more than 10 million. From Friday, the new restrictions cover Northumberland, North Tyneside, South Tyneside, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Gateshead, Sunderland and County Durham. Residents are banned from socialising in homes or gardens with people outside of their own households or support bubble, food and drink venues are restricted to table service only and leisure and entertainment venues must close at 10pm. The changes are in addition to the six-person limit on social gatherings across England. Local lockdown restrictions are also in place in parts of Scotland, south Wales, the north-west and northeast of England, Yorkshire and the Midlands. Lancashire is also expected to be placed under tighter lockdown measures after the county saw its largest daily rise in new cases yet. Meanwhile the government is set to announce restrictions on care home visits in areas with high numbers of coronavirus cases. In areas subject to local lockdown, it is understood that care homes may be advised to temporarily restrict visits in all but end-of-life situations. Shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth said: “Labour warned months ago that unless the government spent the summer fixing the testing regime then we would face a bleak winter.“The government ignored that advice, the testing regime is collapsing and so it is not surprising national restrictions are back on the table.”The latest figures published on Thursday showed there had been a further 3,395 lab-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK, and 21 more people had died. It brings the total death toll in the UK to 41,705. In separate figures published by the statistics agencies, 57,500 cases have been recorded where Covid-19 was mentioned on a death certificate.
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Boris Johnson has been accused of trying to back out of his own Brexit deal because he negotiated it too quickly.No.10 said that the withdrawal agreement (WA) Johnson trumpeted as “oven ready” in the election and signed in January was negotiated “at pace” in “the most challenging possible political circumstances”.It stressed that Johnson signed up to the deal on the understanding that “ambiguities” would be resolved and new British legislation was needed in case Brussels and London couldn’t find a solution.But the EU reacted with fury after the government published the Internal Market Bill, which confirmed that the prime minister wants to give the UK the power to renege on the deal and break international law.And Downing Street’s line prompted Scotland’s first minister Nicola Sturgeon to jibe that Johnson appeared to be justifying its bad faith by saying the UK-EU deal was “signed in a rush”.“In the General Election it was, according to the PM ‘oven ready’ - now, when they want to jettison it in breach of international law, it was ‘signed in a rush’,” she tweeted.“What a bunch of incompetent and unscrupulous chancers - and they are trashing the UK’s international reputation.”Former Tory PM Sir John Major also let rip, putting out a statement that breaking treaties puts at risk “something beyond price that may never be regained.”European Council president Charles Michel described Johnson’s approach as “unacceptable” and suggested it could lead to the collapse of talks on a long-term trade deal, currently ongoing in London.The Withdrawal agreement was concluded and ratified by both sides, it has to be applied in full. Breaking international law is not acceptable and does not create the confidence we need to build our future relationship #Brexit— Charles Michel (@eucopresident) September 9, 2020Key passages in the Internal Market Bill published on Wednesday confirm Johnson wants to unpick parts of the WA to give ministers sweeping powers to decide when EU rules apply to trade between Northern Ireland and the UK mainland.The Internal Market Bill, published on Wednesday, gives UK ministers powers to regulate trade in Northern Ireland, with “relevant international law” like the WA “not to be recognised”.It also gives ministers the power to make regulations to “disapply” an entire section in the WA on state aid rules, which govern how much money a government can give in subsidies to companies or industries.Sir John Major said: “For generations, Britain’s word – solemnly given – has been accepted by friend and foe. Our signature on any Treaty or Agreement has been sacrosanct.“Over the last century, as our military strength has dwindled, our word has retained its power. If we lose our reputation for honouring the promises we make, we will have lost something beyond price that may never be regained.”The plans have already triggered a backlash from Tory MPs and there are growing signs of a civil service walkout over the plans following the resignation of the head of the government’s legal department Sir Jonathan Jones.David Melding, the shadow counsel general in the Welsh Conservative Party, has also announced he will resign over the move.Reacting to criticism over the plans, Johnson’s official spokesperson told reporters: “The withdrawal agreement and Northern Ireland protocol aren’t like any other treaty.“It was agreed at pace in the most challenging possible political circumstances to deliver on a decision by the British people, with the clear overriding purpose of protecting the special circumstances of Northern Ireland.”No.10 suggested that the “ambiguities” that were left in the agreement were partly due to the time pressure of getting a deal, but the whole point of a joint EU-UK committee was to resolve such outstanding issues.The new legislation is just a “safety net” in the event of those issues not being resolved, sources said.But Michel said the WA “has to be applied in full” and warned the prime minister that his approach “does not create the confidence” the EU needs to tie up a long-term trade deal.The prime minister’s chief aide, Dominic Cummings, has reportedly made getting more freedom over state aid a priority for Brexit negotiations.On Tuesday, Northern Ireland secretary Brandon Lewis admitted the plans “break international law”."Yes, this does break international law in a very specific and limited way."Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis says the UK's plan for possible changes to the Withdrawal Agreement would go against international law but that "there are clear precedents" to do so. pic.twitter.com/9IsJf40jVV— Channel 4 News (@Channel4News) September 8, 2020And after the details were published in the bill on Wednesday, Michel said: “The withdrawal agreement was concluded and ratified by both sides, it has to be applied in full. “Breaking international law is not acceptable and does not create the confidence we need to build our future relationship.State aid is currently one of the main sticking points in ongoing talks on a longer-term trade deal.Ministers are worried that the WA negotiated by Johnson last year risks giving Brussels control over UK state aid already because of the way it treats Northern Ireland, which will follow EU rules on certain aspects of trade but UK rules on others, to ensure it keeps an invisible border with the Republic.There is a concern that the EU could interpret these rules broadly and hamstring the UK’s ability to use state aid in the rest of the country, outside Northern Ireland, because it could argue that a mainland company could still be operating in the province. The UK is also seeking to seize powers for ministers to unilaterally decide what goods are “at risk” of being sold into the EU via Northern Ireland, and must therefore comply with Brussels tariffs.Experts believe both of these approaches would put the UK in breach of the WA.But Downing Street insists that the WA explicitly left many issues on Northern Ireland up in the air, to be hammered out by a so-called “joint committee” of UK and EU officials.No.10 has said its plans are simply a “safety net” if the joint committee cannot agree.“We are fully committed to that process,” the spokesperson said, revealing that the UK had accepted a request for a new meeting of the joint committee.Earlier in the Commons, Johnson said he feared a failure to agree the joint committee could leave the UK open to “extreme and irrational” interpretation of the WA by the EU.“My job is to uphold the integrity of the UK but also to protect the Northern Irish peace process and the Good Friday Agreement,” he said.“To do that we need a legal safety net to protect our country against extreme or irrational interpretations of the protocol, which could lead to a border down the Irish Sea in a way that I believe – and I think members around the House believe – would be prejudicial to the interests of the Good Friday Agreement and prejudicial to the interests of peace in our country.“That has to be our priority.”Related... 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Morale is at an “all-time low” among Black BBC staff who were banned from publicly supporting Black Lives Matter but watched on as their employer defended its use of the N-word.The latest revelation regarding Black staff at the corporation follows a string of worrying accounts of “institutional racism”, bullying and a “glass ceiling” published by HuffPost UK on Friday after dozens of interviews.As a result of our investigation, Bectu, the largest union at the BBC with thousands of members, said it would be taking up the matter with incoming BBC director general Tim Davie.Responding to claims of “institutional racism”, the broadcaster has said: “The BBC is absolutely clear that we are an inclusive and welcoming organisation and we are saddened if anyone is experiencing any form of discrimination at work.“That is why, as an organisation, we have put so much effort into ensuring that we have robust processes in place for staff to raise complaints which will be dealt with the utmost seriousness.”Part One Exclusive: BBC Staff Accuse Corporation Of Being 'Institutionally Racist' We spoke to workers in the wake of the corporation’s eventual apology for the July 29 N-word use, which racked up 19,000 complaints in days.Social affairs correspondent Fiona Lamdin used the slur while quoting a racist attacker in Bristol.The BBC eventually bowed to public pressure and apologised after first claiming the use of the word was “editorially justified”. By this time popular 1Xtra presenter DJ Sideman publicly resigned in protest and a string of other journalists and broadcasters had publicly condemned its employers’ use of the word and refusal to apologise.Just three days after the incident, the BBC aired a repeat of a 2019 documentary in which historian Lucy Worsley also used the slur uncensored as she quoted the assassin of Abraham Lincoln.Worsley later apologised on Twitter and the BBC, after receiving more than 100 complaints, said in a statement: “We understand and we are sorry for any distress caused to any of our audience by language included in the programme.“We recognise it is an offensive term and one that is rarely included in our output.”In the wake of both incidents, the broadcaster promised that it will be “strengthening guidance on offensive language“.Black Lives Matter backlashThe murder of George Floyd, a Black man, at the hands of US police officers in June, and the subsequent wave of Black Lives Matter protests, have amplified concerns about racism and lack of diversity within workplaces in both Britain and America.The BBC tailored extensive programming to discussions around Floyd and racism via special editions of 1Xtra Talks, re-runs of popular Black shows on television and £100m worth of funding to reflect more diverse audiences.Like George Floyd, Black BBC staff feel like management’s knee is on our necks.A BBC source.But in an email to staff, the broadcaster told its employees not to publicly back Black Lives Matter on social media or at protests in case “it undermines public trust”. The organisation also warned TV presenters and guests not to wear the Black Lives Matter badge.In a private Zoom call, leaked to HuffPost UK in June, staffers expressed concern about being banned from attending Black Lives Matter protests.One employee said: “Last year I went to Manchester Pride and there was a huge BBC cohort on a float and, to me, that’s a campaign. LGBTQ Pride is a campaign and I could go to Pride with my lanyard and my BBC shirt and be proud of who I am. But if I go to a Black Lives Matter protest, I could be sacked.“I really don’t get the disconnect – either we do campaigns or we don’t. And in my opinion a Black Lives Matter campaign is just as important as an LGBTQ campaign.”Someone else said: “Recently there have been quite a few sessions involving senior management and the use of the hashtag Black Lives Matter. Some of the criticism coming from senior management was that it’s connected with a specific movement and compared it with Extinction Rebellion. Honestly I find that comparison very myopic and narrow minded; ER is a disruptive fringe movement which appeals to a very specific crowd while Black Lives Matter has now gone way, way beyond a specific route – it’s become a universal theme.”Staff also told HuffPost UK the BBC’s diversity funding and early show of sympathy with the Black Lives Matter campaign were superficial and that the reality for Black staff within the organisation remained grim.The BBC maintains it is not impartial on racism but also insists it is “not a campaigning organisation”. A spokesperson said: “Opposition to racism is a fundamental democratic principle, reflected, for example, in the fact that incitement to racial hatred is a criminal offence in the UK. It is therefore fully consistent with the BBC’s editorial guidelines.“While the BBC is opposed to racism, it is not a campaigning organisation. Campaigns frequently advocate for legitimate social or policy change. However, the BBC must retain its independence in relation to them. This is why BBC presenters cannot wear campaign badges or insignia on air – and this is nothing new.”One source, A, who has worked there for more than a decade, told HuffPost UK: “Like George Floyd, Black BBC staff feel like management’s knee is on our necks and they’re stopping us from exposing the rot that’s going on inside these walls.“Staff are scared because we’re in a position wherein we’re not allowed to bring the organisation into disrepute. We aren’t allowed to talk about the news and the scandal that’s going on in our building. That’s scandalous.“If you look at the way the BBC deals with claims of racism and the way that the staffing is – there aren’t that many people of colour in key departments or at senior levels – then without a doubt the BBC is institutionally racist.”Naga Munchetty sagaSource A said staff morale was at rock bottom following the scandal last year of BBC Breakfast presenter Naga Munchetty being sanctioned for criticising racist comments made by US president Donald Trump.Complaints had been made about both Munchetty, who is of Asian descent, and her white co-host Dan Walker. But only Munchetty was penalised, prompting accusations of racial bias against the BBC.BBC director general Tony Hall eventually stepped in to overturn the ruling against Munchetty, who had been found to havebroken the broadcaster’s editorial guidelines.Prior to the U-turn, more than 50,000 people signed a petition calling for the organisation to reverse its judgement.“Morale is as low as it can get. Since George Floyd’s death, staff are now speaking up about their experiences of racism at the BBC more than they used to – but outrage has been felt since the Naga Munchetty saga last year and that’s when to a large extent Black and brown people started speaking like never before,” Source A said.“There was scepticism around measures such as BBC spending £100m on diverse programming.“The sad thing with the N-word is that Black and brown staff are saying nothing has been learned; the BBC had all of these listening sessions after George Floyd’s death where staff were invited to talk to management to tell them how they were feeling about racism. “It seems like everybody had a story to tell about racism at the BBC. The outpouring was unbelievable – there were tears. The stories you heard behind closed doors – staff were sharing these not just in WhatsApp groups, but in listening sessions with other staff, and telling management what they’ve been through.“So, we thought there was going to be a change moving forward. Management were saying for the first time: ‘We hadn’t realised things were so bad.’“Then the N-word has now shown us that those were just words.”The source said further angst was created whenstaff were informed in email from Kamal Ahmed, editorial director at BBC News, that all use of racially insulting language in news and current affairs would mean a mandatory referral to Fran Unsworth, the director of BBC News.A spokesperson told us: “The BBC is not impartial on racism and this is fully consistent with the BBC’s editorial guidelines. In recent weeks we have announced a four-point plan to improve our approach on the use of racially insulting language. We will continue to listen and learn.”Diversity crisisSource B is another Black BBC staffer. They told us: “When the big issues like Naga-gate and the N-word happen, the one thing you find yourself wondering is: ‘Why have I not heard from my line manager?’“Why is Kamal Ahmed always the one to apologise or make the speech when these things happen? He doesn’t make the decisions which led to those scandals. “I want the real power brokers to come and give us an account for why they made those decisions. And that’s a really big problem; they get the person of colour to be an apologist for all the decisions they make around Black audiences.“I can’t speak for Kamal but if I was in that position I’d feel like an idiot. I’d feel like I’m being used for that agenda of pacifying when it comes to issues affecting Black audiences.”On the other hand, June Sarpong, the corporation’s new head of diversity, has faced criticism for not commenting at length on the N-word issue. In a tweet on August 13, Sarpong wrote: “FYI: News does not fall under my remit.”August 6th. FYI: News does not fall under my remit.— June Sarpong OBE (@junesarpong) August 13, 2020Marcus Ryder, acting chair of the Lenny Henry Centre for Diversity and former BBC executive, said: “Every Black person thought there needs to be somebody at the BBC who has diversity in their title who should be speaking out and representing them when it comes to the N-word. People assumed that was June. Now we’re floundering around, we don’t know whose position that is.”Ryder said the BBC’s figures show it fails to promote and retain Black people – and the corporation should welcome outside scrutiny in order to make improvements.“The BBC at its best is brilliant at self analysis,” he said. “I remember really clearly when George Entwhistle, who had only been director general for 50 odd days, went and got interviewed on the Today Programme. They had an approach of holding power to account irrespective of if the power was the BBC.“The BBC to its credit was like: ‘If we want other powers – like the government and other public bodies – to be liable and held to account, we must do the same.’ Entwhistle subjects himself to be interrogated by the BBC’s journalists; hours later, he resigned because of that interrogation. That’s the BBC at its best; holding power to account without fear nor favour, the BBC realising it needs to be held to account.“What you have here with the N-word is the BBC saying: ‘We will not be held to account. We will not subject ourselves to our editorial reasoning. We will not be questioned.’ This is the BBC at its worst. I say this as a massive fan of the BBC.”Another source added: “The audience are going – not just the young but even the middle aged Black and brown audiences are going elsewhere for their news and entertainment.“Places like Netflix, YouTube – you’ll find programmes that reflect people that look like you.”They added: “I’m sad to say that in five to 10 years from now, the BBC will be on its back foot even more so and in steep decline.”A BBC spokesperson said: “We have a zero-tolerance approach to bullying and harassment – of all kinds – at the BBC and have recently strengthened our approach to ensure staff can come forward.“The BBC goes further than any other broadcaster by publishing diversity data annually, including for leadership positions. We have already achieved our 2020 target on 15% Black, Asian and minority ethnic staff across our workforce. We know there is more work to do on improving diversity at leadership levels across the BBC and we are fully committed to achieving this.“This summer we set a new mandatory 20% diverse off air talent target in all new network commissions from April 2021, and a prioritisation of £100m of our existing commissioning budget over three years towards diverse and inclusive content, with £12m for radio.”Related... Exclusive: BBC Staff Accuse Corporation Of Being 'Institutionally Racist' Leading Broadcasting Union Will Write To BBC Over Staff Claims Of 'Institutional Racism' BBC Says 'Rule Britannia!' To Remain In Last Night Of The Proms Black Professionals Call For 24-Hour BBC Boycott Over N-Word Use
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Listen to our weekly podcast Am I Making You Uncomfortable? about women’s health, bodies and private lives. Available on Spotify, Apple, Audioboom and wherever you listen to your podcasts.Covid-19 pandemic has caused anxiety to sky-rocket, if internet searches are anything to go by. Panic attacks are an exaggeration of the body entering “fight or flight” mode – as a person tries to take in more oxygen, their breathing quickens and their body releases hormones like adrenaline which can cause the heart to beat faster and muscles to tense.A new study, published in JAMA Internal Medicine, finds evidence of a record high in potential anxiety or panic attacks based on Google searches. Researchers analysed search queries that mentioned “panic attack” or “anxiety attack” emerging from the US between January 2004 and May 2020.These included queries like “am I having a panic attack?,” “signs of anxiety attack” or “anxiety attack symptoms”. After President Donald Trump first declared a national emergency in the US on March 13 this year, the team discovered anxiety related searches reached record highs.Dr Benjamin Althouse, a principal scientist at the Institute for Disease Modelling, which was involved in the study, says “searches for anxiety and panic attacks were the highest they’ve ever been in over 16 years of historical search data”. Searches tended to peak when national guidelines were rolled out in the US, the team found. The largest increase in queries occurred between March 16 and April 14, coinciding with the roll out of national social distancing guidelines.Google search insights for the UK suggest a similar trend, with searches for “panic attacks” and “anxiety attack symptoms” peaking in March and April respectively, HuffPost UK found.Psychotherapist and author Joshua Fletcher, who runs The Panic Room counselling service in Manchester, tells HuffPost UK he saw a spike in anxiety-related queries from clients as a result of Covid-19.Referrals tended to increase when lockdown measures were lifted, rather than enforced, he says. This, he believes, is because during the initial lockdown our lives were quite simple, but as the rules became blurred and a bit more confusing, people became more anxious as “they didn’t have the rigid guidelines to fall back on”.Related... Struggling With Panic Attacks? People Reveal The Techniques That Help Them Through In a typical week pre-lockdown he would get around five to 10 enquiries, but in April and May this rose to between 30 and 40 a week. The queries aren’t necessarily linked to the virus itself, says Fletcher, but as a result of the changes people are having to make in their personal lives to accommodate it.He uses the metaphor of a stress jug: “Every time we experience stress it goes into the jug – so that’s money, work, deadlines, relationship issues, past experiences, grief, debt, lack of sleep, not eating properly.” People experience panic attacks when that stress jug overflows, he says, because the brain misinterprets all the stress and thinks you’re in danger.  Your body goes into fight or flight – and the adrenaline kicks in. With the virus and subsequent lockdown, “so many people’s jugs have been filled up”, he says.How to tell if you’ve had a panic attackThere are various physical and mental symptoms of a panic attack, which you can find on the NHS website. Fletcher talks through three key parts to a panic attack. First of all, there’s the feeling of “terror from nowhere”, he says. All of a sudden you are scared for no real reason and can feel an overwhelming sense of dread that something awful is about to happen.Secondly, there’s the sensation – you can’t catch your breath, there’s a sense of unreality and feeling detached from yourself. You might also have chest pains, your vision shuts down, you sweat and have an overwhelming urge to run away. A panic attack is also identifiable by the thoughts that accompany it. “You have a flood of ‘what ifs’,” says Fletcher. These might be: What if I’m about to die? What if I’m about to collapse? What if I’m about to have a heart attack?According to the NHS, most panic attacks last between 5 and 20 minutes, but some have been reported to last up to an hour.If you’re experiencing panic attacks, it helps to identify the things that are currently causing you stress so that you can try to alleviate at least some of them. If you’re having repeated attacks, talking therapies (such as cognitive behavioural therapy) and medicine are the main NHS-advised treatments.Fletcher urges people who have had more than occasional panic to seek help as it could be a sign of panic disorder – your first port of call should be your GP, but mental health charities can also offer support. You might also find it helpful to seek out a specialised private therapist.People who are prone to panic attacks have previously shared with HuffPost how breathing techniques have helped them, particularly those prone to hyper-ventilating. Fletcher, who has experienced panic disorder himself, doesn’t use techniques like breathing exercises because “when you use a technique, you’re telling the anxious brain it’s not ok to be anxious,” he says.The important thing to do, Fletcher says, is to remember “this feeling will always pass”. “Compassionately remind yourself it’s ok to be anxious,” he advises.Related... 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Coronavirus has changed everything. Make sense of it all with the Waugh Zone, our evening politics briefing. Sign up now.Priti Patel appears to be “flagrantly” breaking the law by holding lone asylum seeking children who cross the Channel in “effective detention” instead of in care, a charity has said.Solicitors acting on behalf of Detention Action have written to the home secretary saying the charity has “significant difficulties identifying what lawful power that you have for holding the children at the Kent Intake Unit”.The government began holding the vulnerable children at the Border Force facility last week after Kent County Council announced it had reached capacity and could not “safely accommodate any new arrivals” crossing the Channel.The Home Office has failed to reveal how many children are being housed at the facility, which is thought to have capacity for 58 people in a large room, alongside a smaller room for families.It described the situation as “unprecedented” but ignored questions about whether the children have access to education, social workers or legal services.The Home Office did not respond to an enquiry from HuffPost UK last Wednesday on how long children had been held in the intake unit, having on Tuesday said they would be held there for “as short a time as possible” while places in care are found by other local authorities in the UK.Detention Action director Bella Sankey said: “Children who have fled the world’s most dangerous situations and made it to the UK without their parents deserve immediate protection and support. “However, children in this situation now face effective detention by the UK Border Force for an unknown length of time in an apparent flagrant breach of UK law. “This should be unthinkable in the UK in 2020 and is why Detention Action has written to the Home Office and Kent County Council for urgent clarification about the present situation and we await their responses with interest.” Writing exclusively for HuffPost UK, Detention Action campaigns manager Matthew Leidecker said the situation amounted to “child detention by any other name” and that “it must be stopped”.He said the centres where children are now being held are known as “short-term holding facilities” and are a “darker, harsher, less regulated and more secretive corner of our immigration detention system”.Leidecker blamed the situation on the “collapse” – after “years of warnings” – of the Home Office’s national transfer scheme, which is designed to protect and house unaccompanied asylum seeking children.Detention Action has questioned the legal basis for holding children at the intake unit, pointing out that the 2014 Immigration Act banned the detention of unaccompanied children unless they are bound for deportation, and imposing a 24-hour time limit on that detention if strict conditions are met.In the letter to Patel, solicitors from Duncan Lewis, acting on behalf of the charity, said: “So far as Detention Action understands, none of the children who have arrived in the UK by boat are those who are subject to removal, and certainly cannot be subject to removal until basic inquiries are made to ascertain the reason they have come to the UK but not the substantive details of any claim for protection. “Detention Action therefore has significant difficulties identifying what lawful power that you have for holding the children at the Kent Intake Unit.”Detention Action also accused Kent County Council of “unlawfully abdicating” its obligations under the law to provide accommodation for children in the area if they are either lost or abandoned, have no one with parental responsibility with them, or have no one to provide them with suitable care or accommodation.The charity argued that the council also has additional duties to 16- and 17 year-old children to accommodate them “if not doing so would seriously prejudice their welfare”, as well as a power to accommodate under-16s “if it would safeguard their welfare”.“These obligations owed by Kent County Council clearly arise in the context of unaccompanied children arriving in the UK,” the letter said.“On the face of it, it appears to us that in refusing to take the children into its care, Kent is unlawfully abdicating its statutory obligation to care for children in need in their area and further putting the children at risk of harm to their welfare by causing them to be detained and deprived of their liberty in an administrative way without oversight.”Detention Action said the council also has powers to transfer children to other local authorities if they first take the child in and make a transfer request.“We fail to see why this process – directed precisely at dealing with pressures that a local authority in Kent’s position may face – cannot be used and why Kent considers it acceptable and lawful to abdicate non-derogable child safeguarding and protection obligations,” the letter said.A spokesperson for Kent County Council said: “As it is a legal enquiry, it is now in the hands of our lawyers who will respond in due course.” The Home Office has been 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There’s no denying this summer has felt much emptier without a new series of Love Island in it, but the folks over at ITV2 have got the perfect gift for fans that’s come all the way from America. It’s been confirmed that the upcoming second US series of the hit reality show is coming to the UK in just a few weeks. Love Island USA will begin airing on ITV’s sister channel next month, after the action kicks off in the States this week.The first season of the US version aired on ITVBe last year in a late night slot, but the second will debut on 7 September at 9pm on ITV2. While it had originally been planned for Love Island USA to return to its original home in Fiji, the upcoming series will relocate to a hotel in Las Vegas due to coronavirus travel restrictions. The singletons will be sequestered in a “bubble” at a stunning villa on top of Caesars Entertainment’s boutique hotel, The Cromwell.Host Arielle Vandenberg and narrator Matthew Hoffman will also be returning as the Islanders get to know one another and vie to win the $50,000 prize. Speaking about the show’s arrival in the UK, ITV’s head of digital channels and acquisitions Paul Mortimer said: “Las Vegas may seem like an odd destination for the show but the canny producers have beaten Covid with a show that adheres to all production protocols and that could well be sensational.“Certainly the ‘villa’ is impressive and the cast diverse and amazing.”He added: “We believe Love Island fans will embrace this Sin City twist, my bet is the series will be another big hit.”The cast of Islanders has already been unveiled in the US, and if you fancy a sneak peek at them all, hit play on the video below...READ MORE: 12 Best Dating Shows To Fill The Love Island-Shaped Hole In Your Summer (And Now Winter, Too) Love Island Fans Now Have Even Longer To Wait For A New Series Love Island At 15: These Facts About The Original Series Reveal Just How Different It Was
European software startups, a bright spot in the bloc's still-nascent tech scene, could be crippled by a predicted slowdown in tech spending for 2020. Analyst house Forrester estimated best and worst-case scenarios for software and tech spend across the UK, France, and Germany over 2020. In the worst case scenario, software spend would drop 8% in France, 7% in Germany, and 3% in the UK, an average percentage of 6%. Forrester analyst Andrew Bartels said smaller enterprise software providers lacked the financial reserves of giants like SAP to see them through a downturn. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. European technology spend could fall by nearly a tenth in 2020, as businesses rein in their spending and the bloc's three biggest economies move into recession — and even the burgeoning enterprise software sector will take a beating. That's according to a Forrester report published in July, which estimates that overall technology spend in France, the UK, and Germany could fall by 9% in 2020 in a worst-case scenario for the economy, with little growth in 2021. The worst-case scenario is one where recessions last into 2021. A best-case scenario would see the countries recovering from recession through the fourth quarter, and pegs the spending drop at a 7%, with some recovery in 2021. The news is worrying for Europe's burgeoning enterprise software sector, which attracted $7.5 billion in venture capital in 2019, according to data from VC firm Atomico. According to Forrester's forecast, software spend in a worst-case economic scenario would drop 8% in France, 7% in Germany, and 3% in the UK — an average percentage of 6%. "Blood bath" for enterprise software revenue Enterprise software firms are generally a reliable bet for startup investors, who bank on the predictability of revenue from monthly subscriptions or annual licenses. But several UK-based venture capitalists have expressed nervousness in recent months that revenues at smaller software startups could crater as enterprise clients slash budgets in a tougher economic environment. One told Business Insider, preferring to stay anonymous, that the fourth quarter would be a "blood bath" for enterprise software revenue, with the expectation that larger clients would not renew contracts. Sitar Teli, a partner at Connect Ventures, said one route for struggling startups was to offer a free period to customers in order to retain them through a recession. She told Business Insider: "One of the more interesting calls I had was with someone who had been through two of the previous crises, so 2008 and 2001. They said the advice they were giving to all their software companies, which I find very compelling, was, 'Look, anyone that calls you and says they're thinking about cancelling ... or don't even wait for them to call you, call them up and just give them a year free. You've lost the revenue anyway, but this way you get to keep them as a customer.'" Teli continued: "In enterprise, you might sign two- or three-year contracts. So sign the next three-year contract, but the next 12 months are free. And you can scale that up and down." Some software startups will be more reslient It's possible that the three big European economies could recover, according to Forrester analyst Andrew Bartels, though he is pessimistic for the UK. He added that larger incumbents, such as German software giant SAP, were better positioned to weather a recession than fast-growing smaller players. SAP reported a 55% boost to its operating profit in the second quarter, to 1.28 billion euros ($1.55 billion). "Small vendors are vulnerable because a large vendor like SAP has reserves that allow it to run through a downturn where profits go negative," he said. "A small vendor may not have that cushion." He added that companies which raised sufficient funding in 2019 to counter their losses in 2020 would survive. There are also nuances that may permit some software vendors to survive, especially if they cater to customers who are having to adapt to digital more quickly. "It kind of depends from a demand perspective," Bartels continued. "They may see clients who are saying, 'Look, we need your solution because we need the customer experience [online].' If a vendor is in those categories, it's a good chance to get more sales." Like Teli, Bartels said there may be situations where customers ring up software firms and ask for a stay on paying bills. "The worst may be coming come Q4 if you have 20% of clients, or they can't pay and need a break, and that new deal may be breaking down because people thought the economy would pick back up and it hasn't," he said. "For [software] vendors in particular, the worst may well be ahead."Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Why electric planes haven't taken off yet
Coronavirus has changed everything. Make sense of it all with the Waugh Zone, our evening politics briefing. Sign up now.It is now “unlikely” that Britain and the EU will agree a Brexit trade deal, Brussels’ chief negotiator has said.Michel Barnier said he was “disappointed, concerned and surprised” after another week of negotiations ended without progress.UK chief negotiator David Frost insisted a deal was “still possible” but conceded: “It will not be easy to achieve.”The two sides remain far apart on whether the UK and EU should follow the same rules on state aid, and on agreeing a deal on how European boats get access to British fishing waters.That was despite the UK this week tabling a draft legal text for a deal to “consolidate both sides’ positions on goods and services,” a senior British negotiating official said.“We have been saying it’s time to move to text-based discussions, the negotiation is ripe for doing that,” they said.“We’ll have to see what the EU makes of that in the next couple of weeks because we believe it’s a useful basis to move things forward,” they added.A failure to strike a deal by the end of the year would mean the UK and EU effectively default to trading on World Trade Organisation (WTO) rules, with potentially huge economic disruption.IN DEPTH: What The Hell Is Going On With Brexit?At a press conference in Brussels at the end of talks, Barnier said: “Too often this week it felt as if we were going backwards rather than forwards.“At this stage, an agreement between the UK and the European Union looks unlikely. I simply don’t understand why we are wasting valuable time.”Frost said: “We have just concluded the seventh round of negotiations with the EU. As I said last week, agreement is still possible, and it is still our goal, but it is clear that it will not be easy to achieve. “Substantive work continues to be necessary across a range of different areas of potential UK-EU future cooperation if we are to deliver it. “We have had useful discussions this week but there has been little progress. “The EU is still insisting not only that we must accept continuity with EU state aid and fisheries policy, but also that this must be agreed before any further substantive work can be done in any other area of the negotiation, including on legal texts. This makes it unnecessarily difficult to make progress.”Barnier, however, insisted that EU demands for a so-called “level playing field” of common rules and standards on areas like state aid were “non-negotiable”.“The need for a level playing field is not going to go away, even if the UK continues to exist on a low-quality agreement on goods and services only,” he said.He added that “it is a non-negotiable pre-condition to grant access to our market of 450m citizens”.Barnier said: “We are asking for nothing more, but nothing less, than what prime minister Boris Johnson committed to in our joint political declaration last October together with the 27 EU leaders.”The EU’s negotiator also said the two sides had made “no progress whatsoever” on fisheries, with the UK demanding more control over British waters than Brussels is willing to accept.Barnier stressed that any trade deal must include common rules and warned that the UK would have to make similar concessions in agreements with other countries, like the United States.He said: “We hear the British government’s concern about maintaining its sovereignty and its regulatory autonomy and we respect that, clearly. But no international agreement was ever reached without the parties agreeing to common rules – no international agreement.“And I can predict, with absolute certainty, this will also be the case of trade agreements between the UK and other partners in the future such as the United States, Japan and Australia.“Apart from the question of a level playing field there are still many other areas where progress is needed and for example, obviously fisheries where we have made no progress whatsoever on the issues that matter.”But Frost said the EU needed to accept the “reality” of what the UK is seeking.“We have been clear from the outset about the principles underlying the UK approach,” he said.“We are seeking a relationship which ensures we regain sovereign control of our own laws, borders, and waters, and centred upon a trading relationship based on an FTA [free trade agreement] like those the EU has concluded with a range of other international partners, together with practical arrangements for cooperation in areas such as aviation, scientific programmes, and law enforcement.“When the EU accepts this reality in all areas of the negotiation, it will be much easier to make progress.”The two sides will remain in “close contact” before another formal negotiating round in London in the week beginning September 7, Frost said.Barnier once again insisted “the clock is ticking”, with October seen as a deadline for negotiations if any deal is going to be agreed and ratified by the end of the transition period on December 31.The UK senior negotiating official refused to be drawn on whether talks could drag into October or beyond.“We will have to see what can be done in September,” they said.“This is very doable in September if we work hard and don’t put unnecessary obstacles in our way.”Related... 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Some UK universities face shortfalls of “billions of pounds” and could need bailing out by the taxpayer as the fallout from the A-level grading shambles continues to mount, HuffPost UK has been told.Institutions already reeling from lost income due to the coronavirus pandemic were thrown into further chaos on Monday night when the government announced it would be lifting the cap on student numbers at English universities.The move came following the surprise announcement of the scrapping of Ofqual’s algorithm-generated grades, meaning thousands of students who thought they didn’t have the required grades for their first choice of university were left scrambling to find out if they could get in after all.The government declined to bail out universities when coronavirus hit, or to guarantee their fee income for 2020/21 to protect them from students dropping out due to the pandemic. Nor were unis able to furlough academic staff whose salaries had already been paid through student fees, as this would have been seen as "double-dipping" from the taxpayer.It has left many universities desperately relying on income from 2020/21 fees.Professor Mark Fellowes, pro-vice chancellor for academic planning and resource at the University of Reading, told HuffPost UK in a statement: “Universities are still facing a shortfall of billions of pounds due to lost income from international students, refunds and empty accommodation.“The government’s answer was to say no to a bailout, but to spread the pain around by imposing a student number cap. Now due to the complete omnishambles of A-level grading, that plan looks dead.”The cap was originally re-introduced – after being abolished in 2015 – to stop universities aggressively making large numbers of unconditional offers to keep their numbers up, a move that could have seen more selective universities starved of applicants. “The government urgently needs to come up with a new plan to help universities,” added Fellowes. “This cock-up might seem like a row over a few exam marks bit it could ultimately cost taxpayers billions of pounds.”On Tuesday morning, universities across the country were still trying to work out what the decision would mean.One source at a London university told HuffPost UK that the move complicates an already near-impossible situation on campuses which have been largely deserted since lockdown began in March.They said: “All the students in March just fled. That meant over summer the usual money making schemes unis have were dead.”As well as robbing universities of income from catering, sports events and graduations, empty campuses mean no conferences or external events could be held to boost coffers.As a result of the cash vacuum, the source added, “loads of universities have been cutting staff over summer”.Social distancing plans have also been thrown into chaos by the government’s lifting of the cap on student numbers.“Universities are trying to limit who’s coming on campus... so it’s a mess. It’s such a mess,” they added.“It is really unclear how many of the students we rejected [because they initially missed their offers] will come back to us, how many of the clearing students we’ll lose because their first choice will want them back, and how many of our non-clearing students will lose because we are their insurance choice.”Some students may have no choice but to wait until next year to go to university. Newcastle University has said some courses on clinical subjects such as medicine and dentistry have “an externally-determined cap where numbers are tightly restricted because of space or specialist facilities”.They added: “We are therefore seeking clarity from the government and relevant agencies about ensuring as many students as possible can be accepted to their first choice university.“Where this is not possible, we will guarantee a deferred place for next year.”Complicating matters even further, students may be able to sue universities that cannot provide a place for which on offer has been made, though how factors such as the coronavirus pandemic and Williamson’s handling of the fiasco affect the legal standing of any potential cases is currently unclear.Despite the lifting of the cap, universities’ hands are tied over how many places they can offer on practical courses that rely on students physically attending labs and other on-campus facilities – partly because of social distancing and partly because of the staff-student ratios stipulated by the professional, statutory and regulatory bodies that accredit certain courses. Breaching these could mean fines or even losing courses’ professional accreditation – something that is already a risk on at least one course HuffPost UK is aware of, and would essentially render a degree programme worthless.Tory MP Robert Halfon said the problems with the exams system should be a “massive wake-up call” for the government.“This has been a mega-mess and should not have happened and [Williamson’s] got to, I think, learn from this and just make sure these kind of things do not happen in the future.”We must now learn the lessons from what has happened with the exam results. I’d like to see the minutes of every conversation between the DfE and @ofqual and find out how much this has cost the taxpayer so that it can never happen again. pic.twitter.com/kkg3zpMowa— Robert Halfon MP -Working Hard for Harlow- (@halfon4harlowMP) August 18, 2020On Tuesday morning, Williamson apologised to young people for the distress caused to them by the downgrading of results.“I’m incredibly sorry for the fact that this has caused distress,” he told Sky News.Williamson did not answer questions on whether he would resign – or whether he had offered his resignation to Boris Johnson – over the handling of the A-level and GCSE exams.Speaking to the Today programme, vice-chancellor of University of Sunderland, Sir David Bell, said: “I have to say, it does feel a bit as if we’ve been left to pick up the pieces.”Related... Universities Could Have To Scrap Offers And Re-Run Entire System After A-Levels U-Turn How The Government Changed Its Tuned On Controversial Exams Algorithm
Business Insider has obtained a TikTok slide deck for creators focused on making educational content. The #LearnonTikTok initiative helps organizations and individuals post compelling, inspiring videos around everything from fitness to cooking to science. The deck gives tips on video editing tools; replying to comments; and different appropriate video formats to use. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. TikTok launched its #LearnonTikTok initiative in the United States in May, funding more than 800 partners including educational institutions and individual creators to create content to help people learn. A similar initiative launched in the UK in mid-June. "It's really an evolution of something that's been happening and growing nicely on TikTok for a while," TikTok's UK managing director, Rich Waterworth, told Business Insider back in June. Videos posted using the hashtag have been seen 18.8 billion times, and the #LearnonTikTok initiative looks set to continue. "This is the start of a long-term programme for us, so we absolutely hope there will be more exciting creators and partners to share," said Waterworth. "We're very excited about the people coming on board now." But those people — and institutions like preservation charity English Heritage and Cambridge University — may need guidance on the platform if they've never used it before. This UK-specific playbook, obtained by Business Insider, shows what TikTok wants from its educational partners, and how it guides newly-arrived creators to produce the best video possible – right down to the optimal length and cadence of the content.TikTok deck TikTok deck TikTok deck TikTok deck TikTok deck TikTok deck TikTok deck TikTok deck TikTok deck TikTok deck TikTok deck TikTok deck TikTok deck TikTok deck TikTok deck TikTok deck
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Virtual Dressing Room MarketThe global virtual dressing room market is expected to cross USD 6.81 billion by 2025 at a CAGR of 15.21%.FREE [email protected] https://www.marketresearchfuture.com/sample_request/8294Regional AnalysisNorth America: The North American virtual dressing room market is large due to the presence of an established e-retail industry, retail industry, IT industry and high public awareness of the benefits of integrating modern technological solutions to aid with businesses of all sizes.It has one of the most advanced e-commerce industry and the presence of a well-established IT sector drives growth as well as innovation in the virtual dressing room market.Europe: Europe is a highly digitalized region with all sized enterprises having an online presence.The European logistics sector is extremely well developed ensuring a market for a European retailer throughout the countries of the region.UK: The UK provides a huge market for clothing apparel with the fashion economy based out of London contributing more than GBP 26 billion to the UK in 2014.This industry is finding a direct outlet to its customers due to the advances in virtual dressing rooms.This is due to the developing economies within the region which are increasingly digitizing their inventory and increasing their customer base due to advances in the global logistics industry.
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A shift to remote working could shake up America's tech ecosystem. Within five years, 43% of jobs could be based outside of the US state they are currently in, according to a survey from Remote and Sapio Research. The survey also found that 71% of employees at US tech startups would move to a different country if they could do their job remotely. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. New data reveals how a shift to remote working could change the landscape of America's tech ecosystem.  A survey of 764 employees from HR company Remote and Sapio Research found that 71% of employees at tech startups in the US would move to a different country if they could do their job remotely. The most popular destination to relocate to is another country in North America (14%), followed by Northern Europe (13%). A further 12% would relocate to a different US state given the choice.  "A lot is changing in this moment and we're not necessarily going to go back to the way things once were," says Russell Murphy, communications director for San Francisco-headquartered scooter startup Lime.  Lime is one tech startup pioneering a flexible approach to work. It operates in 120 cities across 30 countries and so most of its employees work in cities without an office, which has fostered a work-from-home-friendly culture, says Murphy. Soon many other tech startups may also have a dispersed workforce. Within five years, 43% of jobs could be based outside of the state they are currently in, according to the survey. "I don't know that there will all of a sudden be a mass exodus from San Francisco," says Murphy. "[But] certainly you might see people move out of the city centre and move closer to Mountain View or Palo Alto." One of the advantages could be access to overlooked talent from outside Silicon Valley — 61% of survey respondents think that entrepreneurs need to look beyond Silicon Valley to find the best talent.  Lime has already reaped the benefits of global tech talent.  "Because we can be so remote and because we're such a hyper locally-focused company, we want to make sure we're finding talent wherever we can find it," says Murphy. "Our culture and our policy on flexibility are both things that have had an ability to recruit that talent." Remote working could also cut costs for startups. The survey found that tech employees were willing to accept on average a 17% pay cut if they could work from wherever they wanted.    Silicon Valley is not the only tech hub that could be disrupted.  A parallel survey by Remote and Sapio found that a third of tech roles could be remotely located outside of the UK in five years' time. 71% of employees at UK-based tech startups would move abroad if they could work remotely, with the most popular destination also being North America (16%), closely followed by Southern Europe (14%).  The UK's tech employees also believe startups need to hire more diverse employees, with 63% saying that entrepreneurs need to look beyond London to find the best tech talent.Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Why electric planes haven't taken off yet
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Market Synopsis of the Global Biological computers MarketBiological computers are systems developed form basic components such as software, hardware, input and output.In addition, increasing research and development activities in the field of oncology, and technological advancements made to identify the causes and risk factors for chronic diseases have added fuel to the global biological computers market growth.Rising awareness about gene chip and other biological systems that can be used for cell transformation with the help of information technology also drives the market growth.The global biological computers market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 7.1% during the forecast period 2017-2023.Biological computers, also known as DNA computers, are microcomputers designed for their use in the field of medicine.Hardware, software, input, and output are the four major components of a biological computer.This system of biosensors can detect or target specific types of cells such as cancer cells in the patient’s body.Browse Sample of the Report @ https://www.marketresearchfuture.com/sample_request/5067As per the report of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2014, over 14.1 million of new cancer cases were registered worldwide.Key Players   Microsoft (U.S.)IBM (U.S.)Thermofisher Scientific (U.S.)Illumina, Inc. (U.S.)IndieBio (U.S.)Emulate Inc. (U.S.)Key Players manufactruing DNA or gene chipsSequenom Inc.Merck KGaA (U.S.)Macrogen Corp (Republic of Korea)Bioneer Corporation (Republic of Korea)Biometrix Technology Inc (U.S.)Wafergen Biosystems Inc. (U.S.)Eurofins Genomics India Pvt Ltd. (India)Segmentation                                                                                                                                            The global biological computers market is segmented on the basis of component, application, and end user.On the basis of the component, market is segmented into hardware, software, input, and output.On the basis of the application, the market is segmented into oncology, molecular genetics, nanobiotechnology, and others.On the basis of the end user, the market is segmented into pharmaceutical & biotechnology companies, research centers, healthcare it companies, hospital & clinics, and others.Regional Analysis   The Americas hold the first position in the biological computers market owing to the rising prevalence of cancer in the U.S., and increasing demand for new cancer diagnostic and treatment services.According to Cancer Research UK, in 2014, 356,860 new cases of cancer were reported, including 579 cases of bone cancer.
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Deploying the Navy to stop migrants crossing the Channel would be “unlawful, reckless and dangerous”, human rights campaigners have warned. Steve Valdez-Symonds, from Amnesty International UK, said that while ministers “beat their chests”, the “real and immediate needs of women, men and children fleeing war and persecution are being ignored.”“What is needed is cooperation with France to share responsibility for providing a place of safety, including the UK government reuniting families and enabling more people to travel safely to make asylum claims in this country,” he said. The message comes after the Home Office formally asked defence chiefs for naval support for the Border Force in the Dover Straits amid a spike in people making the perilous journey to reach the UK. In a statement, the Ministry of Defence said it was “assessing the requirement using the formal Military Aid to the Civilian Authorities process and are working hard to identify how we can most effectively assist”. But Valdez-Symonds said the only people benefitting from the government’s “increasing determination to shirk responsibility” was “smugglers and hate-mongers”. “It is wholly legitimate for people to seek asylum in this country - even though relatively few people do - and sadly, for some, these dangerous journeys are the only means available,” he added. More than 4,000 migrants have now reached the UK in 2020 by crossing the English Channel in small boats, the PA news agency reported on Sunday – including families with young children. Aid workers in Calais have reported “unbelievably tough” conditions for migrants in Calais in recent weeks. Care4Calais founder Clare Moseley said: “Sending warships to meet traumatised migrants is not the response of a civilised nation.“They are exhausted, scared and defenceless. They are not in any way a threat.”Moseley told PA: “I have been in Calais for five years and yet every day I hear new stories from people who have lost their families in conflicts, suffered torture under harsh regimes or been cruelly persecuted for political or religious beliefs.“They never chose to leave their homes and everything they know; migrants are forced to flee by terrible events beyond their control.“Priti Patel’s calls for more action have resulted in daily police raids that leave people exhausted, scared and not knowing which way to turn.”On Sunday, the home secretary appointed a ‘Clandestine Channel Threat Commander’ – a new role designed to lead the UK’s response to “tackling illegal attempts to reach the UK”. Patel said: “The number of illegal small boat crossings is appalling.“We are working to make this route unviable and arresting the criminals facilitating these crossings and making sure they are brought to justice.” However, her comments come after HuffPost UK revealed on Saturday that – despite pursuing discussions with the Ministry of Defence – it had still not reopened its flagship settlement scheme.It means that thousands of refugees had not been able to come to the UK through one of the only available safe and legal routes. Despite this Chris Philp, minister for immigration compliance, said there had been an “unacceptable increase” in the number of migrants crossing the Channel in the past week. “France is a safe country, so I share the anger and frustration of the public,” he said. “This situation simply cannot go on.“I will be in Paris early next week to seek to agree stronger measures with them, including interceptions and returns, to tackle this shared challenge head on.“We have to make the route completely unviable. Then migrants will have no incentive to come to northern France or attempt the crossing in the first place.”Philp said the government intends to “return as many migrants who have arrived as possible”. “There are returns flights planned in the coming days,” he said. “And we will also continue to go after the heinous criminals and organised crime networks putting people’s lives at risk.“Twenty-two people smugglers have been jailed this year and two more were charged recently.”Meanwhile, asked about reports that the Navy will be brought in to stop migrants crossing the Channel, a Home Office spokesperson said: “The Home Office submitted a Military Aid to Civilian Authorities request on Friday as part of its work into the situation in the English Channel.“Home Office staff have been working closely with MoD colleagues over the weekend in order to assess what military expertise and capability can be provided.”Related... Elderly Woman Threatened With Deportation Gains Support Of Black Lives Matter Protesters Refugee Resettlement Scheme Still Closed Despite Record Channel Crossings Priti Patel Accused Of 'Sabre-Rattling' Over Reports Navy Could Turn Back Migrant Boats
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Flexible & Semi-rigid Ureteroscopy Market Research Report, by Product (Flexible Ureteroscopes, Semi-rigid Ureteroscopes), Application (Therapeutic Applications), End-User (Hospitals, Clinics, Ambulatory Surgical Centers)– Global Forecast Till 2023 Market Highlights The Flexible And Semi-Rigid Ureteroscopy Market is expected to witness tremendous growth owing to the rising prevalence of kidney cancer, kidney stone, and change in lifestyle.Other key factors such as the growing consumption of alcohol, change to sedentary lifestyle, increasing dehydration, and obesity are contributing towards the growth of the market.Therapeutic applications are further segmented into urinary stricture, urolithiasis, and kidney cancer.On the basis of end-user, the market is segmented into hospitals and clinics, diagnostic centers, ambulatory surgical centers, research centers, and others.Request For Free Sample Copy :https://www.marketresearchfuture.com/sample_request/6469 Regional Analysis The Americas leads the market owing to the increasing prevalence of urolithiasis, increasing research and development programs in flexible video-ureteroscopes, and growing healthcare expenditure.According to Cancer Research UK in 2015, there were12,547 new cases of kidney cancer.
Most business startups end badly. While the number of new businesses created in the UK in 2016 – 414,000 – looks impressive at first, it is less so when set against the number that failed that same year: 328,000. Failure has always been the hallmark of entrepreneurship – only around 50% of businesses survive their first five years. And not only are the chances of survival slim, but there is evidence that on average business owners earn less than if they had remained as someone else’s employee. They also work substantially longer hours than their counterparts in paid employment. So… This story continues at The Next Web
Most business startups end badly. While the number of new businesses created in the UK in 2016 – 414,000 – looks impressive at first, it is less so when set against the number that failed that same year: 328,000. Failure has always been the hallmark of entrepreneurship – only around 50% of businesses survive their first five years. And not only are the chances of survival slim, but there is evidence that on average business owners earn less than if they had remained as someone else’s employee. They also work substantially longer hours than their counterparts in paid employment. So… This story continues at The Next Web
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Flexible & Semi-rigid Ureteroscopy Market Research Report, by Product (Flexible Ureteroscopes, Semi-rigid Ureteroscopes), Application (Therapeutic Applications), End-User (Hospitals, Clinics, Ambulatory Surgical Centers)– Global Forecast Till 2023 Market Highlights The Flexible Ureteroscopy Market is expected to witness tremendous growth owing to the rising prevalence of kidney cancer, kidney stone, and change in lifestyle.Other key factors such as the growing consumption of alcohol, change to sedentary lifestyle, increasing dehydration, and obesity are contributing towards the growth of the market.Therapeutic applications are further segmented into urinary stricture, urolithiasis, and kidney cancer.On the basis of end-user, the market is segmented into hospitals and clinics, diagnostic centers, ambulatory surgical centers, research centers, and others.Request For Free Sample Copy :https://www.marketresearchfuture.com/sample_request/6469 Regional Analysis The Americas leads the market owing to the increasing prevalence of urolithiasis, increasing research and development programs in flexible video-ureteroscopes, and growing healthcare expenditure.According to Cancer Research UK in 2015, there were12,547 new cases of kidney cancer.
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