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NI school reopening plan risks making children second class citizens – minister

NI school reopening plan risks making children second class citizens – minister

Peter Weir questioned why the chief medical officer was advocating a slower return to classes than elsewhere in the UK and Ireland.

Almost 70,000 fines handed out for Covid breaches

Almost 70,000 fines handed out for Covid breaches

More than 6,000 tickets were issued in a single week.

January lockdown saw 700,000 more workers furloughed

January lockdown saw 700,000 more workers furloughed

At the end of last month, 4.7 million people were tapping into the scheme.

Face coverings in secondary schools will not be compulsory, says minister

Face coverings in secondary schools will not be compulsory, says minister

Nick Gibb appealed to parents to allow their children to take part in voluntary rapid coronavirus tests.

Experimental arthritis drug may help prevent severe Covid-19 in high-risk group

Experimental arthritis drug may help prevent severe Covid-19 in high-risk group

Otilimab demonstrated a potential clinical benefit in those aged between 70 and 80, the study suggested.

British Gas engineers to launch new strikes

British Gas engineers to launch new strikes

Members of the GMB union will walk out for four days from Friday.

Disruption at border will ease and exports will increase, minister vows

Disruption at border will ease and exports will increase, minister vows

Graham Stuart was pressed in the Commons on problems at the border following Brexit.

Applications to EU settlement scheme just under five million by end of 2020

Applications to EU settlement scheme just under five million by end of 2020

The highest numbers of applications received in the scheme were from Polish, Romanian and Italian nationals.

Lisa Dorrian’s family appeal to ‘small group’ to finally say where she is buried

Lisa Dorrian’s family appeal to ‘small group’ to finally say where she is buried

It is 16 years since the 25-year-old from Bangor, Co Down was last seen alive at a party in Ballyhalbert Caravan Park.

Number of black homicide victims at highest in nearly two decades

Number of black homicide victims at highest in nearly two decades

Figures for England and Wales also show the average homicide rate is around five times higher for black victims than white people.

David Walliams and Martin Clunes among stars to settle phone hacking claims

David Walliams and Martin Clunes among stars to settle phone hacking claims

The pair received ‘substantial compensation’ and a public apology from Mirror Group Newspapers.

Drax abandons plans to build new gas plant

Drax abandons plans to build new gas plant

The company plans to phase out coal burning at its site in North Yorkshire next month.

Two-week-old badger cub rescued after being dragged from home

Two-week-old badger cub rescued after being dragged from home

The cub weighed only 250g when it was picked up by an animal welfare charity.

Daily Mail owner accuses Facebook of ‘blackmail’ over Australia news ban

Daily Mail owner accuses Facebook of ‘blackmail’ over Australia news ban

Lord Rothermere said in a letter to the Financial Times that Australia had given in to Facebook and Google in a stand-off over news content.

Thousands of jobs threatened as Asda launches major restructuring

Thousands of jobs threatened as Asda launches major restructuring

Supermarket giant Asda says its restructuring has been driven by the ‘structural shift’ towards online grocery shopping.

Alex Salmond believes he was ‘stitched up’, MSP ally says

Alex Salmond believes he was ‘stitched up’, MSP ally says

Alex Neil said if anyone is proved to have conspired against the former first minister, they should be sacked.

Tory Eurosceptics demand Northern Ireland Protocol is ditched

Tory Eurosceptics demand Northern Ireland Protocol is ditched

The European Research Group said the agreement should be replaced as it has had a ‘profound and negative effect’.

Kids Company founder demands apology from Gove and criticises ‘smear campaign’

Kids Company founder demands apology from Gove and criticises ‘smear campaign’

The charity’s founder, Camila Batmanghelidjh, hit out after winning a High Court disqualification battle.

Number sleeping rough on any night in autumn down 37%, data shows

Number sleeping rough on any night in autumn down 37%, data shows

There were 2,688 people estimated to be sleeping rough on any single night in England over the autumn, Government figures show.

Announcement on future of Vauxhall’s Ellesmere Port plant expected

Announcement on future of Vauxhall’s Ellesmere Port plant expected

The jobs of 1,000 workers, and many more in the supply chain, depend on the factory.

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