Month: <span>May 2021</span>

Government urged to fund extra year of study for college leavers to tackle impact of Covid
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Government urged to fund extra year of study for college leavers to tackle impact of Covid

The government has been urged to fund an extra year of study for college students who need it in light of the coronavirus pandemic. A cross-party group of MPs and peers have put forward suggestions to the education secretary on how to support colleges and its pupils affected by Covid-19. In a letter to Gavin Williamson, the group — which includes Tory...

Royal Mail posts £726m profit amid pandemic demand for parcels
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Royal Mail posts £726m profit amid pandemic demand for parcels

Royal Mail’s annual profits quadrupled in its latest financial year as the pandemic-fuelled online shopping boom provided a surge in demand for parcel deliveries and triggered a turnaround in the company’s fortunes. Pre-tax profit jumped to £726m in the year to 28 March, compared with a profit of £180m a year earlier. “This time last...

Three arrests following Pollards Hill drug raid
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Three arrests following Pollards Hill drug raid

Neighbours reported hearing loud “banging and shouting” early on Wednesday morning (May 19) as police raided an address in Yorkshire Road. An eyewitness said: “It nearly gave me a heart-attack – all that noise made my heart sink. “The banging and shouting, the police were extremely loud.” Following the incident, a spokesperson for Met Police...

Great British Railways plan aims to simplify privatised system
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Great British Railways plan aims to simplify privatised system

The rail industry will be simplified but still substantially privatised as a rebranded Great British Railways, the government has pledged after publishing its long-awaited overhaul on Thursday. A white paper places control of rail infrastructure and services under the new arm’s-length public body, with franchises replaced by contracts that will incentivise private firms on punctuality and efficiency...

Years to rebuild: Gaza’s shattered infrastructure severely damaged, warn UN and NGOs
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Years to rebuild: Gaza’s shattered infrastructure severely damaged, warn UN and NGOs

Gaza could take “years” to rebuild, United Nations officials have warned, as rights groups say intense Israeli bombing of the strip has severely damaged health, education, water and energy facilities. Hospitals, schools, desalination plants, power and sewage plants have been impacted, international NGOs and Gaza officials have said. It has meant that swathes of the strip already have no water or electricity, while untreated sewage from some plants...

Daniel Morgan: What happened in the case of the murdered private detective?
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Daniel Morgan: What happened in the case of the murdered private detective?

A decision by the Home Office to delay a review into the unsolved 1987 murder of British private detective Daniel Morgan has been described as “a kick in the teeth” by the deceased’s family. The Daniel Morgan Independent Panel was due to publish its findings into the Metropolitan Police’s handling of the investigation into his death on 17 May, only for the government to...

Kremlin hails ‘positive steps’ in US ties as Biden waives pipeline sanctions
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Kremlin hails ‘positive steps’ in US ties as Biden waives pipeline sanctions

Relations between the US and Russia have taken a tentative step forward after the Kremlin welcomed a decision by the Biden administration not to impose significant sanctions on a controversial Russian pipeline delivering gas to Germany. The Kremlin spokesperson, Dmitry Peskov, on Thursday hailed what he called “positive steps” in ties with Washington, ahead of a face-to-face summit between Joe Biden...

Customers flock to UK pubs and restaurants as indoor dining resumes
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Customers flock to UK pubs and restaurants as indoor dining resumes

A rush to drink and eat out at British pubs and restaurants has led to a surge in spending since coronavirus rules were relaxed further on Monday, allowing indoor dining for the first time in months. According to data from Barclaycard, revenues across the hospitality sector jumped 43% this week from the week before, after restrictions...

Labour Party needs ‘total deconstruction and reconstruction’ to revive, Tony Blair says
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Labour Party needs ‘total deconstruction and reconstruction’ to revive, Tony Blair says

Labour needs “total deconstruction and reconstruction” in order to revive as a party amid the “major setback” of last week’s poor electoral performance, former leader Tony Blair has warned. In a frank assessment of the party’s new leadership, Mr Blair also said that Sir Keir Starmer lacked a compelling economic message, was “struggling to break through with the public”, and...