I want you to think about cancer for a moment. If you are a woman, it is likely that breast cancer will be the first type to spring to mind. For men it will probably be cancer of the prostate or bowel, while smokers might be worried about a shadow on their lungs. I doubt many of you will even consider lymphoma — unless you read the World Cup winning former England footballer Jack Charlton’s obituaries over the weekend (he had the disease) — yet it is one of the most common types in the UK. Lymphoma may not have the profile of the big four — lung, bowel, breast and prostate — but it vies with melanoma for fifth place in a league
July 13, 2020 16:07 UTC
It has announced that profits for the first half of the year would exceed expectationsShorn of its old-fashioned cash collection and delivery business, the security group G4S has said it had a much better pandemic than its investors expected. That news plus the company finally drawing a line under its defrauding of the taxpayer through falsified data under former offender electronic tagging contracts, which have cost the company £44 million in an out-of-settlement, sent its share jumping. In mid-morning trading G4S shares were 9 per cent higher at 130p, a further rally from the 69p it reached during the depths of the coronavirus crisis. Prior to the pandemic, the stock was trading as high as 210p. G4S, a former FTSE 100 constituent that is valued at £1.8 billion, is the world’s largest security company, employing more than half a
July 13, 2020 11:15 UTC
Priti Patel during a visit to Calais at the weekend to meet the French interior minister to discuss migrant arrangementsForeign-born persistent offenders and those sentenced to more than a year in jail will be banned from entering Britain under the new immigration system coming into force in January. Ministers will have the power to exclude or deport foreign criminals who have received jail terms of more than a year in an immigration policy that will treat citizens from the EU in the same way as those from outside the bloc. It will also allow ministers to ban repeat offenders, such as those convicted of petty thieving, shoplifting and pick-pocketing, from coming into the country. Migrants who have committed an offence that caused serious harm, or are persistent offenders with a particular disregard for the law will be able to be barred, according to a
July 13, 2020 11:04 UTC
The actress Kelly Preston has died two years after being diagnosed with breast cancer, her husband John Travolta has announced. The couple had not made Preston’s diagnosis public and Travolta, 66, announced his wife’s death in an Instagram yesterday. “It is with a very heavy heart that I inform you that my beautiful wife Kelly has lost her two-year battle with breast cancer,” the actor wrote. “Kelly’s love and life will always be remembered. She changed her
July 13, 2020 11:03 UTC
MPs have been warned that a rapid removal of Huawei equipment will lead to outagesRemoving Huawei from the UK’s telecoms infrastructure within a decade would be “impossible”, the BT chief executive has said. Philip Jansen warned that Huawei’s technology has become embedded in large parts of the telecoms industry, having been a big supplier to BT and its rivals over the past 20 years. Huawei kit exists in the antennas and radio base stations of many mobile phone providers, and makes up a substantial part of the UK’s 2G, 3G and 4G networks. “If you want to have no Huawei in the whole of the telecoms infrastructure across the whole of the UK, I think that’s impossible to do in under ten years,” Mr Jansen, 53, told Today on Radio 4. About 66 per cent of the 4G network
July 13, 2020 11:03 UTC
Though some of his more extreme ideas were dropped after opposition from teachers and academics, his changes meant the teaching of black history became optional. This has led to black people being almost entirely written out of the version of British history taught in schools, says Lavinya Stennett, the founder of the Black Curriculum, an education social enterprise that delivers black British history in schools. Of the 59 GCSE history modules available from the three biggest exam boards, Edexcel, AQA and OCR, 12 explicitly mention black history. That is fewer than one in 10 learning about one of the most significant periods in British history over the past four centuries. Free black history wallchartStarting on Saturday 11 July, the Guardian is publishing a free wallchart series giving a timeline of black history - from the first African Roman emperor in AD193, to the Black Lives Matter movement of 2020.
July 13, 2020 09:00 UTC
The fashion chain has suspended activity with a sub-contractor that is subject to a living wage complaintQuiz has pledged to launch a “full review” of its auditing processes after The Times revealed that workers in Leicester had been offered as little as £3 an hour to make clothes for the fast-fashion retailer. It is already investigating one supplier after an undercover reporter was told by bosses at a factory before the coronavirus lockdown that she would have to undertake two days of unpaid work before moving on to a rate of £3-£4 an hour. Tarak Ramzan, chief executive, said he was “extremely concerned and disappointed” by the alleged breach of minimum wage regulations, which the company said are “totally unacceptable” if found to be accurate. Shares in the business fell 6 per cent, or ½p, to 6¼p this morning. Quiz, which
July 13, 2020 08:03 UTC
Good morning: The fast fashion retailer Quiz has launched a full review of its auditing processes after The Times revealed that workers in Leicester had been offered as little as £3 an hour to make clothes for the company. Quiz said it believed that one of its suppliers has used a sub-contractor in direct contravention of a previous instruction. “We are extremely concerned and disappointed to be informed of the alleged breach of national living wage requirements,” Tarak Ramzan, chief executive of Quiz, said. “We are thoroughly investigating this incident and will also conduct a fuller review of our supplier auditing processes to ensure that they are robust. We will update our stakeholders in due course.”Elsewhere on the corporate front this morning:• Aim-listed
July 13, 2020 08:03 UTC
Manchester United are hopeful Phil Jones can be the next Nemanja Matic and turn his Old Trafford career around, reports say. The England international has been regularly sidelined by injuries throughout his spell at the Theatre of Dreams. When Sir Alex Ferguson walked away from Manchester United in 2013, the Scot tipped Phil Jones to be the next Duncan Edwards. The England international had arrived from Blackburn two years previously and had impressed for the club, shining in both centre-back and central midfield roles. And The Athletic say United are hopeful that Jones can be the next Matic.
July 13, 2020 07:30 UTC
Sky Atlantic is exclusive to Sky, available through Sky Q and Now TV, which features HBO shows such as Game of Thrones and Westworld. The £8.99 Entertainment Pass has 300 TV box sets plus 17 live streaming TV channels including Sky Atlantic. The minimum bandwidth requirements are 3Mbps for SD, 5Mbps for HD and at least 25Mbps for streaming 4K content. Live v on-demand Live TV is broadcast in a linear fashion, where you tune in and watch as it happens. It also has practically every streaming TV app (apart from Now TV), including all the UK catchup services and BBC Sounds, and the Virgin movie and TV rental store.
July 13, 2020 06:00 UTC
As we grasp the nettle of social care reform and prepare for a second wave, we must learn the lessons of recent months. The division between the NHS and social care goes back to its founding when medical care was made “free” but social care was means-tested. Social care workers need a proper career path and to be given the recognition they deserve. It is no surprise that annual staff turnover is 30% in social care, rising to more than 40% in the home care sector. Britain spends a lower percentage of GDP on social care than countries such as Denmark, Norway or the Netherlands.
July 13, 2020 06:00 UTC
If critics of “cancel culture” are worried about opinions, posts and writings being constantly patrolled by a growing group of haters, then I am afraid they are extremely late to the party. This is why, no matter how unpleasant the online world becomes for me personally, I could never condemn or deny the importance of social media. In a way, cancel culture has existed for a long time, but the panic around it is renewed every time walls between discourse-makers and discourse-consumers are lowered. Whether it’s Breitbart News or social media viral campaigns, these new forces are just the latest way political narratives are being wrested away from traditional actors. Is free speech under threat from 'cancel culture'?
July 13, 2020 04:52 UTC
The largest slum in Asia at one point looked as though it might become a charnel house. A health worker screens people for COVID-19 symptoms at Dharavi, Photograph: Rafiq Maqbool/APExperts say a combination of measures flattened the curve. Since home quarantine was impossible in such congested living conditions, nearby hostels, schools and stadiums were turned into quarantine centres. Community kitchens provided free meals as no one was able to go out and earn a living. The city authorities believe it can be a model for Indian cities, including the capital New Delhi, struggling to stop new infections.
July 12, 2020 23:24 UTC
While the government’s focus is on build, build, build, it must also be on trade, trade, trade. The UK is at a crossroads — we are changing our relationship with Europe. We are pursuing new trading relationships with other countries around the world and we are super charging our ports – underlying the importance of trade to our great nation. As we continue to manage the challenges posed by the pandemic we must continue to seize these new opportunities. As the MP for Thurrock, the ports capital of the UK, I am always a little perplexed by my parliamentary colleagues’ view of the sector.
July 12, 2020 23:03 UTC