Coronavirus: US approaching 100, 000 deaths

Travellers to the UK need to tell the government where they will quarantine and face enforcement through random spot checks and £1, 000 fines in England if they do not comply. Lorry drivers, seasonal farmworkers, coronavirus medics, and those travelling from the Republic of Ireland and the Channel Islands will be exempt. If a person…

Do we all need Nanny now?

Stuart Maconie tells Britain’s Welfare State story through his own history of growing up a northern working-class boy. What was bad about publicly funded hospitals, decent working conditions, student grants, and affordable houses. Britain’s future, making an emotional case for believing in more than profit and loss and defending a just, fairer society. Music journalist,…

How Habsburgs shaped Europe and the world

Martyn Rady’s Habsburgs gives us a gripping dramatic epic story of a dynasty and the world it built and then lost on an impressive scale over a millennium. Habsburgs with modest origins, grew in power to gain control of the Holy Roman Empire in the fifteenth century and rapidly expanded to take in a large…

97 dead as PIA passenger plane crashes in Karachi with 98 onboard

Health authorities in Sindh province said 97 deaths had been confirmed. The cause of the crash is not yet known. It comes days after Pakistan allowed commercial flights to resume after the country’s coronavirus lockdown was eased. A PIA  (Pakistan International Airlines) flight PK8303, Airbus A320 passenger jet flying from Lahore has crashed in a…

Coronavirus: UK government borrowed $62bn in April

The UK coronavirus death toll increases by 338 to 36, 042. Health secretary Matt Hancock confirmed “systems of certification” were being developed to allow people to begin a return to some form of normality. The UK government also confirmed it had ordered 10 million antibody tests to be rolled out over the next few months.…

Coronavirus infects 5million and 330,255 dead worldwide

More than five million virus cases worldwide with 330, 255  people who have died according to Johns Hopkins University tracker. The UK is running out of time to set up a “ track and trace” system, warns the NHS Confederation. Brazil authorises two anti-malarial drugs chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine to treat Covid-19 patients. A two-day-old baby…

Rolls-Royce to shed 9, 000 jobs

Rolls-Royce to cut 9, 000 jobs,  a fifth of its workforce amid coronavirus crisis with the aviation sector in turmoil. Rolls-Royce which employs over 52, 000 people globally  said “ it’s fair to say that of our civil aerospace business approximately two-thirds of the total employees are in the UK at the moment and that’s…

Coronavirus: Capt Tom awarded Knighthood

UK unemployment increased by  69 per cent, from 50, 000 to 1.35 million in three months to March as coronavirus lockdown began. The British labour market has been paralysed by the Covi-19 lockdown but the government figure showing employment at a record  high and jobless rate below 4 per cent. There is a biggest rise in…