All About Age Discrimination at Work and Why Successful Lawsuits Are Rare
Discrimination against workers based on their age is illegal in many countries. Yet legal experts say that such unfair treatment, particularly of older workers, is widespread. Ageism is a growing concern for societies with advanced economies as their workforces grow increasingly old.washingtonpost.com
Everything we know about virus variants in Michigan, US
Now well into the new year, those virus variants are making their way into the United States. AdExperts believe that these virus variants spread more easily, making them more difficult to control. Virus variant in MichiganOnly the U.K. B117 variant has been identified in Michigan (so far). AdMore: University of Michigan identifies virus outbreaks at off-campus housesReopening Michigan vs. virus variantsMichigan officials have addressed the outbreak of the B117 virus variant in the state, saying they are concerned and are keeping a watchful eye. With the virus variants in Michigan, the MDHHS is emphasizing the importance of getting tested for COVID-19.
Oxford-Astrazeneca COVID-19 vaccine rolls out in the United Kingdom
People were told to work from home unless it’s impossible to do so, and leave home only for essential trips. As of Monday, there were 26,626 COVID-19 patients in hospitals in England, an increase of more than 30% from a week ago. Britain has secured the rights to 100 million doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, which is cheaper and easier to use than some of its rivals. Brian Pinker, an 82-year-old dialysis patient, received the first Oxford-AstraZeneca shot early Monday at Oxford University Hospital. While two doses are required to fully protect against COVID-19, both vaccines provide high levels of protection after the first dose, the committee said.
US to require negative COVID-19 test from UK travelers
The United States will require airline passengers from Britain to get a negative COVID-19 test before their flight, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced late Thursday, Dec. 24. The U.S. is the latest country to announce new travel restrictions because of a new variant of the coronavirus that is spreading in Britain. (Gareth Fuller/PA via AP)ATLANTA – The United States will require airline passengers from Britain to get a negative COVID-19 test before their flight, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced late Thursday. The agency said because of travel restrictions in place since March, air travel to the U.S. from the U.K. is already down by 90%. Andrew Cuomo said three airlines with flights from London to New York -- British Airways, Delta and Virgin Atlantic -- had agreed to require passengers to take a COVID-19 test before getting on the plane.
Africa CDC: New virus variant appears to emerge in Nigeria
“It’s a separate lineage from the U.K. and South Africa,” the head of the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, John Nkengasong, told reporters. He said the Nigeria CDC and the African Center of Excellence for Genomics of Infectious Diseases would analyze more samples. The new virus variant in South Africa is now the predominant one there, Nkengasong said, as confirmed infections in the country approach 1 million. “We believe this mutation will not have an effect” on the deployment of COVID-19 vaccines to the continent, he said of the South Africa variant. Infections across the continent have risen 10.9% over the past four weeks, the Africa CDC director said, including a 52% increase in Nigeria and 40% increase in South Africa.
UK nixes Christmas gatherings, shuts London shops over virus
Shoppers wear face masks as they walk in Regent Street, ahead of the new Tier-4 restriction measures, in London, Saturday, Dec. 19, 2020. Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson says Christmas gatherings cannot go ahead and non-essential shops must close in London and much of southern England as he imposed a new, higher level of coronavirus restrictions to curb rapidly spreading infections. “It is with a very heavy heart that I must tell you we cannot proceed with Christmas as planned,” Johnson said. While London fared relatively well in controlling the virus throughout the fall, the city now has the highest infection rates in England. The move will largely scrap Christmas gatherings in line with the rules for southern England.
Allergic reactions to COVID-19 vaccine in UK still under investigation
DETROIT – As Pfizer’s vaccine moves closer to rolling out, concerns remain about the allergic reactions suffered by two U.K. health care workers. The Food and Drug Administration’s vaccine advisory committee pushed Pfizer for more safety considerations that go beyond the clinical trial. They want more data, more research on the possible allergic reactions. The advisory committee said the risk are minimal compared to the benefits. READ: Michigan officials: COVID vaccine to be distributed in 4 phases, prioritize frontline workersWatch the video for the full report.
UK issues new guidance after 2 health care workers have allergic reaction to Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine
DETROIT – A warning from the U.K. is causing some concern as the nation continues its rollout of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine. Two health care workers who received the shot on Tuesday had an allergic reaction. Officials said both workers did have a past history of allergic reactions and had carried adrenaline auto injectors. READ: EXPLAINER: Allergic reactions to vaccines rare, short-livedU.K. regulators said people who have previously suffered significant allergic reactions should not get the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. The precautionary advice states that anyone with a “significant history of allergic reaction to a vaccine, medicine, or food” should not receive the vaccine.
UK’s “Yorkshire Ripper” serial killer Peter Sutcliffe dies
This 1978 file photo shows Peter William Sutcliffe, the alleged 'Yorkshire Ripper'. On Friday, Nov. 13, 2020, Britains Prison Service said that serial killer Peter Sutcliffe _ known as the Yorkshire Ripper died in the hospital. (AP Photo, files)LONDON – The British serial killer known as the “Yorkshire Ripper” died Friday, reviving unsettling memories of a killing spree that bred fear across northern England in the late 1970s. Peter Sutcliffe was serving a life sentence for the killings of 13 women in Yorkshire and northwest England between 1975 and 1980. “As a child in West Yorkshire, when he was on his reign of terror, I can say his activities caused fear throughout the region,” Booth said.
Some people are volunteering to be infected with COVID-19, pushing for ‘challenge trials’
DETROIT – While most people are doing everything they can to avoid getting the coronavirus, some people are volunteering to be infected with it. They’re part of a movement pushing for challenge trials, research that would intentionally infect volunteers in order to speed up the development of an effective vaccine. READ: Emergency stay-in-place order issued for University of Michigan students to stop COVID-19 spreadIn a traditionally vaccine trial, volunteers receive either the vaccine or a placebo, then go about their usual lives. In a challenge trial, volunteers are directly exposed to the virus, speeding up the process -- but at a much greater risk. There would be 90 volunteers, ages 18 through 30 years old, who would be given tiny amounts -- by nose -- of COVID-19.
London faces new restrictions as city sees higher virus risk
The government is negotiating with the leaders of Manchester, Lancashire and other communities in northern England about moving into the top risk tier, which would require the closure of many businesses. The opposition Labour Party’s spokesman on health issues, Jonathan Ashworth, described the measures as inadequate to stem the exponential growth of the virus. Hancock said discussions were continuing with Greater Manchester and Lancashire about moving those communities into the government’s highest risk tier. Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham once again rejected government pressure to accept the higher risk rating without further financial support. “They are willing to sacrifice jobs and businesses here to try and save them elsewhere,″ a visibly furious Burnham said.
UK to ration COVID-19 testing amid testing failures
Workers prepare ahead of opening at a Coronavirus testing centre in Southwark, south London, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020. The British government plans to ration coronavirus testing, giving priority to health workers and care home staff after widespread reports that people throughout the country were unable to schedule tests. (Dominic Lipinski/PA via AP)LONDON – The British government plans to ration coronavirus testing, giving priority to health workers and care home staff after widespread reports that people around the country were unable to schedule tests. Health Secretary Matt Hancock told the House of Commons on Tuesday that it may take weeks to sort out the problems. Keeping schools open would become “unsustainable” if issues with testing capacity were not fixed, said Geoff Barton, the group's general-secretary.
Post Office confessional: Major issue is at the Detroit sorting center
The following are a responses to ClickOnDetroits callout for recent experiences with the Post Office. When I kept tracking them it said they were at the post office in Madison heights. Company finally sent another pair.-- Anonymous in Shelby Township (ZIP: 48316)I have had several packages delayed in delivery. All my packages seem to arrive at Detroit Metro Sorting center and then disappear. I sent a package to Texas and it left my local post office, arrived at Detroit Sorting center and sat there for two weeks until I filed a missing package report.
Scotland's handling of virus boosts support for independence
The handling of the coronavirus pandemic by Scottish leader Nicola Sturgeon has drawn praise, in contrast to the sometimes-chaotic approach of U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson. That has catapulted the idea of Scottish independence from the U.K. back up the political agenda. The four parts of the U.K. England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland acted together to impose a nationwide lockdown in March. If Sturgeons Scottish National Party wins the anticipated majority, she is likely to demand a new independence referendum. I would love to have independence, but I think maybe now is not the time.___Follow AP coverage of the virus outbreak at https://apnews.com/VirusOutbreak and https://apnews.com/UnderstandingtheOutbreak
COVID-19 cardiac study suggests increased heart health risks for patients
There is a growing body of evidence pointing to the fact that COVID-19 can have a serious impact on the heart. Other symptoms related to heart failure are swelling in the ankles, and weve seen some of the patients in the study presented with chest pain and other patients presented with palpitations. They were surprised to find that more than half of those patients had worrisome heart scans:55% of patients had abnormal changes to the way the heart was pumping blood. These COVID-19 patients were all referred to the study because heart complications were suspected. A prior coronavirus infection may be considered an additional risk factor down the road.
The Latest: Sports stars to be exempt from UK quarantine
The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The UK government says selected sports stars are to be exempt from quarantine requirements when competing in England. However, those involved will instead live and work in bubbled environments behind closed doors, UK culture secretary Oliver Dowden announced on Sunday. The new measures will allow Formula One, international soccer, golf and snooker events to take place. Competitors involved in these events will be granted quarantine exemptions. International cricketers are also now formally exempt, although individual special arrangements have already been made for the touring West Indies and Pakistan teams this summer.
German man identified as suspect in case of missing UK girl Madeleine McCann
FILE - This undated file photo shows Madeleine McCann. British police said on Wednesday June 3, 2020, a German man has been identified as a suspect in the case of a 3-year-old British girl who disappeared 13 years ago while on a family holiday in Portugal. (AP Photo/File)LONDON (AP) British police said Wednesday a German man has been identified as a suspect in the case of a 3-year-old British girl who disappeared 13 years ago while on holiday in Portugal. The long-running case of McCann, who vanished shortly before her fourth birthday, has intrigued Britain for years. Officers were tipped off about the German suspect following a 2017 appeal, 10 years after the girl went missing.
Why would people from China risk their lives to enter the UK?
But this is not always true, especially for Chinese migrants. Italy's 'shadow' economyAccording to the UK government's 2018 annual report on modern slavery, China is the fourth-most common country of origin for victims of modern slavery in the UK, behind the UK itself, Albania and Vietnam. In 2017, 293 potential victims of modern slavery in the UK were reported to originate from China, the government said. But Dustmann added the number of illegal Chinese migrants in the UK is still small compared to those in Mediterranean countries such as Spain and Italy, mainly because it is more difficult to enter the UK. So why are so many Chinese citizens willing to take such risks?
UK police: 39 people found dead in truck are Chinese nationals
(CNN) - British police have said that all 39 people who were found dead in a truck in a UK industrial park on Wednesday were Chinese nationals. CNN witnessed Northern Ireland forces search two properties in County Armagh, southwest of Belfast. Police in England, Northern Ireland and now Belgium scrambled overnight to establish the chain of events that led to the deaths. They also told CNN that Robinson's parents have traveled to England to support him. "It's not something (emergency services) deal with on a day-to-day basis," Carter told CNN.
'Fresh Prince' star Ribeiro flaunts moves on 'Strictly Come Dancing'
(CNN) - Now this is a story all about howAlfonso Ribeiro turned TV upside-downAnd we'd like to take a minuteJust sit right thereWe'll tell you how the "Fresh Prince" star ended up on UK airOK, enough messing around. Alfonso Ribeiro guest judged on Saturday evening's episode of "Strictly Come Dancing," a UK celebrity ballroom dance competition, and everybody was hamming it up in his honor. The actor is most famous for his role as Carlton Banks on the popular 90's series "Fresh Prince of Bel-Air." In 2014, he was the winner of season 19 of "Dancing with the Stars," the US version of "Strictly Come Dancing." To anticipate Ribeiro's arrival, the show's stars shared a video of themselves doing the Carlton, the dance made famous by Ribeiro's "Fresh Prince" character.
3 more arrests made in theft of solid gold toilet
"America", a fully-working solid gold toilet, created by artist Maurizio Cattelan, is seen at Blenheim Palace on Sept. 12 in Woodstock, England. His most notable piece being(CNN) - Police investigating the theft of a solid gold toilet from a stately home in the UK made three arrests Wednesday. The fully functioning toilet is a piece of art made entirely from 18-karat gold that was installed in Blenheim Palace, England, as part of an exhibition by Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan. Police have been investigating its theft since Sept. 14 and previously made two arrests. "Firstly, it's plumbed in and secondly, a potential thief will have no idea who last used the toilet or what they ate.
Ban air miles to combat climate crisis, UK committee recommends
A measure to eliminate air miles and "mileage runs" is one of a number of recommendations from the Committee on Climate Change. LONDON - Air miles programs should be banned and a levy on frequent flyers implemented in order to reduce carbon emissions from aviation, the UK government's climate advisory body has said in a new report. The measure is one of a number of recommendations from the Committee on Climate Change (CCC), which published its research Thursday on how the UK can meet its target of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. An air miles levy would be based on the number of miles flown by each passenger, penalizing those who fly the most while leaving the majority of people unaffected. Last week, International Airlines Group (IAG) -- which includes British Airways, Aer Lingus and Iberia -- promised to remove or offset all carbon emissions from its fleet of more than 570 aircraft by 2050.
Kim Kardashian defends Meghan and Harry over press treatment
(CNN) - As the UK's Prince Harry takes on the tabloid media over its treatment of his wife, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Kim Kardashian has weighed in on the royal couple's side. Speaking at the 2019 Armenia Technology Convention in Yerevan, Kardashian said: "I think that everyone makes their own choices and decisions. Kardashian commended the duke and duchess for using their high profile to shed light on important causes, including mental health awareness. Most recently, they joined forces with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in an advertising campaign for the NHS's new Every Mind Matters initiative. Prince Harry denounced the 'bullying" media for conducting what he called a "ruthless campaign" against his wife.
Severe obesity among 10 and 11-year-olds hits all-time high in UK
Getty ImagesLONDON - Severe obesity has hit an all-time high among children in England in their last year of primary school, a government report has found. The NHS defines children's obesity by calculating their Body Mass Index (BMI), taking into account their sex and age. The findings come just a week after a report by the World Obesity Federation, which warned that there are 158 million obese children around the world. In absolute terms, the US is expected to have 17 million obese children by 2030, the largest number after China and India, the report found. "Combined overweight and obesity prevalence ranged from 41.5% for children living in the most deprived areas to 24.1% for children living in the least deprived areas," the report found.
US, UK, Australia urge Facebook to halt plan to encrypt user messages
CNN imageMENLO PARK, Calif. - US Attorney General William Barr and senior government officials from the UK and Australia are formally asking Facebook to give up on its plan to encrypt user messages across its platforms. The encryption debate, which pits tech companies that want to ensure user communications are private and secure against law enforcement's desire to access such messages, is decades old. "We respect and support the role law enforcement has in keeping people safe," a Facebook spokesperson said in a statement provided to CNN. "We strongly oppose government attempts to build backdoors because they would undermine the privacy and security of people everywhere." 'It would fundamentally compromise the security and privacy of encrypted communications on Facebook."
Calm before Storm Lorenzo brings stunning sunrise to England
Fisherman Ian Jepson, who fishes off the north coast of Cornwall 12 months of the year, tweeted a view off the coast of Perranporth. (CNN) - As Storm Lorenzo approaches the UK, parts of England woke up to a dramatic and colorful sunrise, as several photos posted on social media Thursday morning show. The former hurricane is nearing from the west, bringing high clouds over the region, according to CNN Weather's Monica Garrett. Angelika Smith snapped spectacular photos of the sunrise in Churchover near Rugby, Warwickshire. Mark Bentley, who is an amateur photographer, caught the chilly sunrise on camera near Burford in West Oxfordshire.
Europe braces for remnants of Hurricane Lorenzo
Hurricane Lorenzo will pass near the Azores as a Category 2 storm and continue moving northeast. (CNN) - Warnings of flash flooding and dangerous high winds have been issued in Europe as remnants of the record-breaking Hurricane Lorenzo approach the continent. This will make it the first hurricane to track through the mid-Atlantic archipelago since 2012. Wave heights in western Ireland are expected to reach 40 feet on Thursday and Friday. 'Life-threatening surf'One to two inches (25 to 50mm) of rainfall is expected over the western Azores on Tuesday and Wednesday, reported the NHC.
Women dying unnecessarily from heart attacks, health charity says
Two women a day are dying unnecessarily from heart attacks in England and Wales because of a gender gap in awareness, diagnosis and treatment, a leading health charity says. LONDON - Two women a day are dying unnecessarily from heart attacks in England and Wales because of a gender gap in awareness, diagnosis and treatment, a leading health charity says. The charity wants to end the misconception that heart attacks are a male disease and to encourage women to know the risks and symptoms -- twice as many women in the UK die of coronary heart disease than of breast cancer. One of the studies suggests that smoking, high blood pressure and diabetes increase the likelihood of heart attacks more in women than in men. Yet women are dying needlessly because heart attacks are often seen as a man's disease, and women don't receive the same standard of treatment as men.
British couple spends $11,800 on Airbnb rental that doesn't exist
Ian and Denise Feltham, a couple from the UK, made vacation plans based on an Airbnb listing for a property that apparently didn't exist. IBIZA, Spain - Ian and Denise Feltham, a couple from the UK, made vacation plans based on an Airbnb listing for a property that apparently didn't exist. The dog-friendly listing -- the Felthams were traveling with their two Yorkshire terriers -- seems to have been based on a real apartment. The Las Boas staff member called the Airbnb listing a "fake," saying no such property even exists among the 40 units we saw on Las Boas' website. Ian Feltham has confirmed to CNN that photos on Las Boas' website match photos posted with the Airbnb listing he and his wife booked.
UK officials: Toxic skin-whitening creams should be avoided
LONDON - Skin-whitening creams can be as toxic as paint strippers and should be "avoided at all costs," the UK's Local Government Association has warned. Many skin-whitening products are banned in the UK due to harmful ingredients -- but recent seizures of banned products indicate they are still being sold in a booming industry, the LGA said in its press release. Skin-whitening creams with natural or non-harmful ingredients are legally allowed, but they are often expensive, driving up the demand for cheap and dangerous banned products, said the LGA. Company executives who are caught selling these banned products can be fined up to 20,000 pounds (about $24,500) and jailed for up to a year. But skin safety and health concerns aside, many critics say skin-whitening products are inherently problematic for furthering the racialized narrative of fair-skinned beauty.
Transgender man who gave birth loses court battle to be registered as father
(CNN) - A transgender man who gave birth with the help of fertility treatment lost his legal fight to be registered as the child's father, rather than its mother, in the UK High Court on Wednesday. Born female, Freddy McConnell transitioned to become a man and was legally recognized as male when he became pregnant in 2017, giving birth in 2018. The 32-year-old took legal action after a registrar told him that UK law required people who give birth to be registered as mothers on birth certificates. Whilst that person's gender is 'male,' their parental status, which derives from their biological role in giving birth, is that of 'mother.'" Existing legislation and UK and European human rights case law, McFarlane said, did not directly engage with the central question.
Tearful last Thomas Cook flight as travelers try to get home
Jaime Reina/Getty Images via CNN(CNN) - The last scheduled Thomas Cook flight to land shortly after company's collapse saw flight crew in tears, according to passengers on board, as travelers around the world scrambled to reschedule hotels and flights. Willis said she learned of the Thomas Cook's collapse on Facebook before the flight, which was the operator's final flight according to Flight Radar. The couple had booked a wedding package with Thomas Cook last year. "There are no signs for Thomas Cook guests, and nobody mentioned anything at breakfast," he said. "But this is a partner hotel for Thomas Cook, so they've probably been informed they'll be paid by ATOL."
Boris Johnson says he didn't lie to the Queen
LONDON - UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has rejected accusations that he lied to the Queen over his controversial suspension of Parliament in the run-up to the Brexit deadline. Johnson was asked on Thursday if he had lied to the monarch, after a Scottish court ruled the day before that his government's advice to the Queen, which led to the five-week prorogation, was "unlawful." "Absolutely not," Johnson replied, according to the UK Press Association. "We need a Queen's Speech, we need to get on and do all sorts of things at a national level," Johnson added. The Scottish judges disagreed with the government, saying Wednesday that the suspension was motivated by the "improper purpose of stymying Parliament."
British Airways strike sees fares rise by up to 2,200%
Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images(CNN) - This week's British Airways strike has caused chaos for an estimated 280,000 passengers who were due to fly with the airline. All eight daily easyJet flights from Nice to London were sold out on Monday and Tuesday, the British Airways strike days. British Airways is selling return fares to Nice on other dates in September for 58 -- making this week's flights nearly 22 times as expensive. Ironically, the flight is sold as a British Airways flight, but operated by Air Belgium, so it is exempt from the strike action. A two-night trip to Tokyo, departing Monday, cost 2,704 ($3,341), going out on Japan Airlines in premium economy (economy was sold out) and returning Wednesday in economy on British Airways.
Heroin worth $148 million seized in UK's biggest ever bust
(CNN) - UK authorities seized almost 1.3 tons of heroin with a street value of 120 million ($148 million) from a container ship, in the nation's largest-ever bust involving the drug. The 1,297 kilogram haul would sell for 27 million at wholesale prices, but its value would rocket to 120 million at street level, the NCA said. "This is a record heroin seizure in the UK and one of the largest ever in Europe," said Matt Horne, NCA deputy director of investigations. That load, worth 40 million ($48 million) at street level, was removed and law enforcement tracked the container to Rotterdam via Antwerp. "NCA officers on the front line lead the fight against the serious and organized criminals who chase profits while dominating and intimidating communities," he said.
These are the books on the coveted Booker Prize 2019 shortlist
Gary Tamin/freeimages.comLONDON - Attention all bookworms: The field of contenders for the 2019 Booker Prize for Fiction just shrank from 13 to six. For more than 50 years, the Booker Prize has recognized outstanding fiction in the English-speaking world and is considered one of the top literary awards. This year's longlist of 13 books was announced in July. The shortlist was announced Tuesday, leaving six authors and their books in the running for the 2019 Booker Prize of 50,000 or roughly $60,325. Here's the list of the authors who made the 2019 Booker Prize's longlist along with their books.
Rover built to look for life on Mars
A working prototype of the ExoMars rover at the Airbus Defense Space facility on Feb. 7, 2019, in Stevenage, England. (CNN) - What's the first stop for a rover destined to search for signs of life on the Red Planet? Europe's first planetary rover, dubbed "Rosalind Franklin," has now been built and taken its next step towards space travel. The rover has a clear mission: to find out if there is life on Mars. Mars' surface is believed to be very radioactive, meaning life is unlikely to be found on the surface.
Greta Thunberg to arrive in NYC late after yacht hits bad weather
Greta Thunberg set off from Plymouth, UK on board the Malizia II yacht on Aug. 14. (CNN) - Climate activist Greta Thunberg is set to arrive later than planned in New York after the yacht taking her across the Atlantic got held up by adverse conditions. On Sunday, Thunberg had said on Twitter that the vessel, the Malizia II, was due to dock in the city on Tuesday. Thunberg set off from Plymouth, UK on board the Malizia II yacht on Aug. 14. The Malizia II will allow her to make a zero-emissions journey thanks to solar panels and underwater turbines that generate electricity.
London firefighters tackle fire near Grenfell Tower
Dan Kitwood/Getty Images(CNN) - Firefighters in west London are tackling a fire at an apartment block near Grenfell Tower, where 72 people died in a blaze June 2017, the UK's Press Association (PA) reported on Friday. Eight fire engines and 60 firefighters were sent to the scene after reports of smoke coming from a building on Darfield Way in north Kensington, the London Fire Brigade said. One eyewitness, Danielle Bond, told PA that the fire had reached the sixth floor. "The fire is spreading upwards, don't know what it's like inside but flames are going up the building on one side," she said. The-CNN-Wire & 2019 Cable News Network, Inc., a Time Warner Company.