Force used against anti-coup protesters in Myanmar as military junta persists

Security forces in Myanmar have again used force to disperse anti-coup protesters. It comes a day after a UN special envoy urged the Security Council to take action to quell junta violence that’s left more than 50 peaceful demonstrators dead in the past week and scores injured. Protests were reported on the morning of Saturday 6 March in the country’s biggest city, Yangon. Forces used stun grenades and tear gas against demonstrators. On Wednesday 3 March, 18 people were reportedly killed there. Protests also took place in several other cities. They include Mandalay, the second-biggest city, Myitkyina, the capital of the northern state of Kachin, Myeik in the…

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Government accused of ‘snatching away’ promised NHS pay rise as the outrage grows

The organisation representing NHS Trusts in England is challenging the government over its defence of a controversial 1% pay offer to health workers. Growing controversy NHS Providers said the NHS has conducted detailed work around implementing a long-term plan. It claimed that in this plan the government assumed an NHS pay rise in 2021/22 of 2.1%, not 1%. It comes amid growing anger at the pay offer, with the main nurses’ union setting up a £35m industrial action fund. And another union is urging the public to support a slow hand clap next week as protest against the proposals. Deputy chief executive of NHS Providers Saffron Cordery said:…

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Even Tories are now sh*tting on the government’s ‘wrong’ 1% NHS payrise

A former Conservative health minister has said that it’s the “wrong time” to be restraining the pay of NHS workers who have gone “above and beyond” during the pandemic. The “wrong time” In a sign that a Conservative rebellion over the government’s 1% pay rise recommendation may be brewing, MP Dr Dan Poulter has called for a rethink on the proposal. Poulter has been assisting on the NHS front line during the pandemic. He said it’s “very valid” for ministers to turn their attention to paying back the £400bn borrowed during the coronavirus crisis – but it is the “wrong time to be making this decision”. Although the…

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‘Vanity’ Downing Street renovations are costing the taxpayer £2.6m

Downing Street has spent more than £2.6m on refurbishments to hold White House-style press briefings, the PA news agency has discovered. “Vanity projects” The cost of the renovations for the televised question and answer sessions with journalists was revealed as Boris Johnson faces pressure over the funding of a separate revamp to his official residence. Labour questioned the prime minister’s priorities for shelling out millions on “vanity projects”. All the while “picking the pockets” of NHS workers, amid growing anger at the government proposing a pay rise for health staff of just 1%. An extensive overhaul within No 9 Downing Street began last year. It came as the…

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Meghan’s friends rally to her defence after bullying allegations

The Duchess of Sussex’s friends have rallied to her support as reports claimed a string of ex-royal workers will take part in the inquiry into bullying clams made against her. Confidants of the duchess have taken to social media to defend her against the accusations. “This is Meg” Meghan’s friend Silver Tree directed the US drama Suits, in which the duchess starred. Along with pictures of Megan, Tree tweeted: This is Meg. A real person- not a cover story. She is one of my very nearest and dearest. Like all her friends I love her madly. She is the friend who insists on always hearing the details of…

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Leaked document shows the UK ‘plans to cut aid to war-torn countries’

The UK plans to cut aid to some of the world’s most conflict-ridden countries by up to two thirds, according to a leaked document. Aid to Syria would be cut by 67%, Libya by 63%, Somalia by 60% and South Sudan by 59%. This according to the Foreign Office report obtained by the openDemocracy website. “Devastating” Labour said the reported cuts would “cause devastation” to some of the world’s most vulnerable people. Preet Kaur Gill, shadow secretary for international development, said: This is a devastating reminder of the real world impact the Government’s politically motivated decision to abandon its manifesto commitment on aid will have on the world’s…

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Protesters just brought the hellish conditions at Penally to the Home Office’s front door

The Home Office has had the situation for refugees in the UK brought directly to its door. Because protesters have blockaded the entrance to one of its offices. It was over the appalling conditions in a Home Office-run refugee camp. Hell on earth in Penally As The Canary previously reported, in September 2020 the Home Office controversially began housing refugees at two disused army barracks in Kent and Wales. The latter is a facility at Penally, just outside Tenby on the Pembrokeshire coast. Penally has been leased from the Ministry of Defence by the Home Office, and could be used to house 250 people. At one point the Home Office…

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Educational inequality for A-Level students was staggering even before coronavirus

There was an average attainment gap of three A-Level grades between the richest and most disadvantaged students even before the pandemic, new research has found. Analysis by the Education Policy Institute (EPI) found that the attainment gap varies across the country. In some areas, such as North Somerset, Stockton-on-Tees, and Knowsley, the attainment gap was closer to five grades. Many educators have warned the gap will grow significantly during the pandemic, leading to renewed calls for extended catch-up provision for disadvantaged pupils. The inequality The EPI analysed data from A-level students from 2017 to 2019. It found that for students who had spent over 80% of their time…

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Meghan just beat the Mail on Sunday so bad they have to announce it on their front page

The Mail On Sunday must publish a front-page statement about Meghan Markle’s victory in her copyright claim against the newspaper over the publication of a “personal and private” letter to her estranged father, the High Court has ruled. Read all about it Associated Newspapers Limited (ANL) – the publisher of the Mail On Sunday and MailOnline – has also been ordered to print a notice on page three of the paper stating it “infringed her copyright” by publishing parts of the letter sent to Thomas Markle. In a ruling on 5 March, lord justice Warby also granted Markle a declaration that ANL “misused her private information and infringed…

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Mass slow handclap urged in protest over proposed 1% pay rise for NHS workers

The public is being urged to join a mass slow handclap against the Government’s proposed 1% rise for NHS staff. Unison said people should stand on their doorsteps and balconies to protest next Thursday (11 March) at 8pm to show what they think about the planned “derisory” wage increase. The gesture of support for NHS workers should be repeated three weeks later on 1 April, the day staff were due to have their next wage increase, said the union. “Let’s now stand up for their right to fair wages” Unison general secretary Christina McAnea said: “Millions stood on doorsteps and clapped for health staff who’ve given their all.…

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