Top MEP ‘willing to revisit NI-only backstop’

The parliament is not directly negotiating with the UK, but will vote on any final Brexit deal. UK officials have been in Brussels for meetings this week with Mr Barnier’s team. Image copyright Dan Kitwood/getty images Image caption DUP leaders met Mr Johnson on Tuesday as pressure grows on Downing Street to reach a deal with the EU There had been speculation in recent days that the UK was considering returning to the idea of a Northern Ireland-only backstop, which had originally been proposed by the EU in the early stages of the negotiations in 2017. The DUP had insisted it and No 10 would not back such a proposal as it would not have “unionist consent”. After talks with …

Ministers reverse May-era foreign student rules

They must be studying at an institution with a track record in upholding immigration checks. Under the proposals, there is no restriction on the kinds of jobs students would have to seek and no cap on numbers. “If one needed evidence of a new approach to immigration within government, today’s announcement allowing all foreign students to stay for two years after graduation is just that,” the BBC’s home editor Mark Easton said. “Where Theresa May introduced what she called a hostile environment around migration rules, with an ambition to reduce net migration to the tens of thousands, Boris Johnson has promised to scrap that target and encourage the “brightest and best” to come and live and work in ‘global Britain’.” …

Playwright Peter Nichols dies aged 92

A new production of the play is about to open in London starring Toby Stephens, Patricia Hodge and Claire Skinner. The musical comedy Privates on Parade was inspired by Nichols’ own experiences in the real-life Combined Services Entertainment, which provided live entertainment to the British armed forces. It was adapted for the big screen in 1982, starring John Cleese, and was revived in 2012 as the opening production of the first season from the Michael Grandage Company at the Noël Coward Theatre in London, with Simon Russell Beale in the lead. Related Topics Theatre Original Article : HERE ;

Wife’s lover’s DNA ‘found in murdered man’s car’

Mrs Taylor, of Charlton Road, Charlton, is accused of encouraging Mr Cannon, of Pirton Road, Hitchin, to set light to Mr Taylor’s car on 26 May 2018 when it was parked outside his home in Harkness Hall, in Gosmore near Hitchin. St Albans Crown Court heard a white towel doused with liquid was wrapped around the steering wheel and an end placed into a green petrol-type can. DNA samples from a partially burned white towel and a blue and white checked shirt recovered from the scene matched that of Mr Cannon. Image copyright South Beds News Agency Image caption Police officers searched a farm belonging to Mrs Taylor

Plant-based diets ‘linked to higher stroke risk’

Half of participants, recruited between 1993 and 2001, were meat-eaters, just over 16,000 vegetarian or vegan, with 7,500 who described themselves as pescetarian (fish-eating). They were asked about their diets, when they joined the study and again in 2010. Medical history, smoking and physical activity were taken into account, Altogether, there were 2,820 cases of coronary heart disease (CHD) and 1.072 cases of stroke – including 300 haemorrhagic strokes, which happen when a weakened blood vessel bursts and bleeds into the brain. The pescetarians were found to have a 13% lower risk of CHD than the meat-eaters, while the vegetarians and vegans had a 22% lower risk. But those on plant-based diets had a 20% higher risk of stroke. The …

PM to ‘test law to limit’ to avoid Brexit delay

Brexit’s big week: Five things that happened this weekend Amber Rudd quits cabinet blaming Brexit inaction Mr Raab called the legislation “lousy” and said it “weakened” the government’s negotiating position in Brussels. “That legislation is lousy, it envisages multiple delays, it would effectively force us to accept conditions from the EU however vindictive, punitive and harsh they may be,” he told Sky News’ Sophy Ridge on Sunday programme. He added: “We will adhere to the law but we will also – because this is such a bad piece of legislation – want to test to the limit what it actually lawfully requires.” He insisted testing the law’s limits is “the responsible thing to do” and accused Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn …

Fizzy drinks: What we know and what we don’t

So how bad for you are fizzy drinks? Let’s be clear straight away. Diet or not, they’re not great for you, and your teeth really don’t like them. “The problem with fizzy and diet drinks is they’re very acidic,” Dr Frankie tells Newsbeat. “They can cause erosions to the dental enamel, potentially dissolving the enamel on our teeth”. Those full-fat ones especially bring with them a number of health problems, most relating to their high sugar content. “With sugary fizzy drinks, they’re going to be providing extra calories. “But unlike other foods which provide calories and also a range of vitamins, minerals, proteins and fibre, we don’t get anything extra from just sugar sweetened fizzy drinks apart from the sugar …

Police ‘dealing with more mental health incidents’

Thirty-six out of 46 police forces around the UK provided the figures for 5 Live’s Freedom of Information request. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption In 2018 there were 494,159 incidents flagged as mental health related – an average of 56 incidents per hour. ‘I ended up being arrested’ Emma – not her real name – is 39 and has a long-term and severe mental health condition. She told 5 Live that when she could not get the right help “the police were the only ones who couldn’t say no”. On one occasion Emma was unconscious and was found by a police helicopter. “The police saved my life when I was unwell… and I wouldn’t be here if wasn’t for …

NHS books staff hotels in case of no-deal Brexit

In a statement, East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust said: “Like the rest of the NHS, East Kent Hospitals is putting preparations in place to ensure essential services for patients would continue to be available if local traffic routes were disrupted, in the same way it prepares for other potential disruptions, from heavy snowfall to flooding. “We have booked a small number of hotel rooms close to our emergency hospitals as a precautionary measure, for an initial two-week period.” It did not specify an exact number. Related Topics Kent County Council Dover NHS Folkestone South East Coast Ambulance Service Brexit Original Article : HERE ;

Court releases PM’s Parliament shutdown memos

Image caption This partly-redacted note is understood to have been handwritten by the prime minister on 16 August A third document contains minutes of a conference call between the prime minister and his Cabinet on 28 August – the day that Mr Johnson publicly announced that he wants to shut down Parliament for five weeks from next week, ahead of a Queen’s Speech on 14 October. It records Mr Johnson as stressing that the decision to prorogue Parliament was “not driven by Brexit considerations” but was about “pursuing an exciting and dynamic legislative programme to take forward the government’s agenda”. But it was acknowledged during the discussions that Parliament would not normally be suspended for more than two weeks. The …

Surgeons save hand severed by electric saw

Mr Adlard said: “There are many surgeons who, once they’d seen that level of injury, would think it was unsalvageable. [Mr Lelliott] had taken out a swathe of tissue. The saw he used had curved teeth on it. It doesn’t just cut a nice straight line.” Mr Lelliott’s hand was still attached, but only by skin and small bit of bone. He had lost a lot of blood at the scene and doesn’t remember much about his accident. Image copyright St George’s Hospital In the first operation the surgical team worked through the night to establish a good blood and nerve supply to as many of the fingers as possible. After fixing the broken bones, they took veins from Mr …

NI school cuts per pupil the ‘highest in UK’

Multi-billion pound cash boost given to schools NI schools at ‘rock bottom’, MPs are told Lack of school funding having ‘devastating impact’ BBC News NI understands that due to the Barnett formula, that is also likely to mean some extra money for education in Northern Ireland. ‘£500m extra for education in NI’ However, when contacted by BBC News NI, Downing Street said that more details of any extra education funding for Northern Ireland were unlikely to be revealed until Chancellor Sajid Javid announces his spending review. The DUP leader Arlene Foster said, though, that Boris Johnson’s announcement would lead to £500m extra for education in Northern Ireland over the next three years. “I have already spoken with the Education Secretary …