The UK’s most gruesome sport is taking place on National Trust land

Content warning: this article contains graphic descriptions of animal abuse that some readers may find upsetting. The National Trust is appearing a lot in the news, most recently for its conservation efforts in reintroducing beavers to Exmoor, and also for suspending the trail hunting of foxes on its land. These are seemingly positive actions from one of the UK’s biggest landowners. But as The Canary recently reported, temporarily suspending trail hunting is doing far too little. It is a token gesture to divert the public from the fact that, to this day, it has continued to licence fox hunting. But the National Trust also ignores another barbaric ‘sport’…

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World AIDS Day Is Grim Reminder of an Ongoing Epidemic, with 700,000 Dead from HIV/AIDS in 2019

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‘High-risk settings’ in our jails means prisoners must get priority for coronavirus vaccines

Researchers have recommended prisoners be prioritised for the coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccine, after finding it’s difficult to manage outbreaks. Academics from the University of Oxford conducted a review of how prisons manage outbreaks of contagious diseases. They found that several factors, including higher rates of other health problems, fear of quarantine, and overcrowding, make it more difficult to control virus transmission. The researchers concluded that vaccinating prisoners early would help to solve these problems. Professor Seena Fazel, one of the researchers, said: Prisons are high-risk settings for the transmission of contagious diseases and there are considerable challenges in managing outbreaks in them. Our research suggests that people in prison…

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As the Ethiopian government claims victory over Tigray, the UN warns the conflict isn’t over

The United Nations (UN) has warned that hundreds of thousands of displaced people could still be in danger, after the Ethiopian government declared victory over Tigray. The UN refugee chief Filippo Grandi voiced his concerns for nearly 100,000 Eritrean refugees, as there are reports some have been abducted. He said Ethiopia announcing victory does not mean the fighting has finished. Abduction reports remain unconfirmed, but Grandi told journalists refugee abductions: would be major violations of international norms. He added: It is my strong appeal for the prime minister of Ethiopia for this situation to be addressed as a matter of urgency. Supporting refugees When the conflict started, the…

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Newborn blood spot screening: failsafe solution user guide

Published 31 October 2017 Last updated 1 December 2020 + show all updates 1 December 2020Added a new section (1.19) in 'NBSFS operational level agreements for laboratory users'. 13 March 2020Removed 3 training guides: cross-border access authorisation form, NBSFS site guide and quick reference guide. Updated ‘NBS failsafe processes between Wales and England’. 26 September 2018Updated user guide, failsafe processes between Wales and England, automated notes, feedback form and record query form to reflect changes introduced following an upgrade to the system. 31 October 2017First published. Source link

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Herpes zoster (shingles) immunisation programme 2020 to 2021: evaluation reports

Shingles vaccine coverage report (adults eligible April to June 2020 and vaccinated to end of September 2020): England Quarter 1 2020 Ref: PHE publications gateway number: GW-1772 PDF, 365KB, 10 pages This file may not be suitable for users of assistive technology. Request an accessible format. If you use assistive technology (such as a screen reader) and need a version of this document in a more accessible format, please email publications@phe.gov.uk. Please tell us what format you need. It will help us if you say what assistive technology you use. Shingles vaccine coverage by CCG, LT and LA for England, April to June 2020 (vaccinated to end September…

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Arcadia’s collapse triggers high street bloodbath with 25,000 jobs on the line

A high street bloodbath is under way as the jobs of around 25,000 staff at Arcadia and Debenhams hang in the balance.Job lossesSome 13,000 staff at Philip Green’s Arcadia Group face an anxious wait following the business collapsing into administration. And Debenhams, which is already in administration, said it would start a liquidation process after JD Sports confirmed it had pulled out of a possible rescue. The department store has around 12,000 staff.Arcadia’s brands, which includes Topshop, Dorothy Perkins and Burton, has hired Deloitte to handle the next steps after the pandemic “severely impacted” upon sales across its brands. Many of Arcadia’s staff worked at its brands’ concessions…

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