Principals objecting to the Government's handling of the reopening of schools since the Christmas break have refused to send a letter to parents on behalf of Education Minister Norma Foley. Most schools, at primary and second level, have complied with the request to issue parents with the letter. Union sources and other teachers said they are aware of other cases where principals did not forward the letter to parents or guardians of pupils. Read MoreOne principal said they were concerned this part of the letter could be interpreted by parents as the minister blaming principals for schools not reopening. A spokesman for the minister said it is still a shared aim to reopen schools on Thursday for special education.
January 17, 2021 02:26 UTC
A scheduled test of NASA's Space Launch System rocket on Saturday quickly went off the rails, casting doubt on the next steps of sending Americans to space and the moon. The Space Launch System is designed to be the most powerful rocket ever, with four RS-25 rocket engines and two external boosters built by Northrop Grumman. The test was originally supposed to take place in November, but was delayed by a fueling issue discovered during a previous test. NASA planned on sending the Space Launch System's core to the Kennedy Space Center in February to combine with the Orion spacecraft, but that is now in doubt. The timeline for the Space Launch System has been pushed back numerous times, as it was originally supposed to be launched in 2016.
January 17, 2021 01:50 UTC
Since then there has been plenty of interest, but nothing that's ever led to a sale, despite the price tag having been dropped by £350,000. Join the debate in our comments(Image: Daily Post Wales)"The last sale fell though in November 2020, which was frustrating," he told Wales Online, adding that money has never been a sticking point in Aberllefeni getting snapped up. (Image: Daily Post Wales) (Image: Daily Post Wales)The company then sold the quarry in April 2016 and put the homes up for sale a few months later. (Image: Daily Post Wales)"It's a good way for us to gauge just how serious any prospective buyers might be." In late 2019 the collapse of a previous sale was blamed on Brexit.
January 17, 2021 01:40 UTC
A blast of wintry weather sent temperatures dropping below -10C in some parts of Britain yesterday. The Met Office had issued an amber weather warning with heavy snowfall predicted across much of eastern England last night. But the warning was later cancelled after much of the predicted snow failed to materialise. However, by midday snow had stopped falling across most parts of the UK, replaced by rain and sleet. Forecasters said that yesterday was likely to be the coldest day of the weekend with drier and brighter weather expected today.
January 17, 2021 01:39 UTC
A Labour proposal to shake up the pharmaceutical industry would leave Britain struggling to develop its own coronavirus vaccines, science experts have warned. The plan has been slammed by scientific experts, charities and drugs manufacturers – who warn they would destroy the country’s vital pharmaceutical research sector. A Labour proposal to shake up the pharmaceutical industry would leave Britain struggling to develop its own coronavirus vaccines, science experts have warned (file photo)The news comes as the Labour-led Welsh government has been accused of bungling the vaccine rollout there. State-run companies would then be able to make cheaper copies of the drug or vaccine, denying the company revenues. The Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry said that Labour’s plan would ‘completely undermine the system for developing new medicines’ and ‘send a hugely negative signal to British scientists’.
January 17, 2021 01:06 UTC
Scientists at the Wuhan lab admitted being bitten while collecting samples in a cave which is home to coronavirus-infected bats. One researcher said one animal’s fangs went through his rubber gloves ‘like a needle’. Staff inside the top-secret facility were also shown handling bats without gloves and working on ‘live viruses’ without masks in apparent breach of strict World Health Organisation safety rules on PPE, according to footage captured by a Chinese TV crew and broadcast in 2017. Evidence: Researchers in thin coveralls and rubber gloves handle bats while gathering samples in a clip filmed by a Chinese television crewThe revelations will raise further questions for the WHO team which is investigating the origins of Covid-19 following months of wrangling with Beijing over access to the Wuhan site.
January 17, 2021 01:01 UTC
Ashley Graham oozed confidence as she posed completely nude in a new Instagram video, showcasing her famous and unretouched curves in the Saturday post. Curvaceous: Ashley Graham oozed confidence as she posed completely nude in a new Instagram video, which showcased her famous and unretouched curves on Saturday'I love me, not everyday, but most! As she preached self-love and body positivity to her 11.9 million followers, Graham swayed to the Destiny's Child alum's song and rocked a fresh-faced makeup look. The video included a black and white filter and visual illusions, which cloned her for an artsy effect. The pictures showed her signature curves, as she posed nude behind a white bedsheet with a window lighting her from behind.
January 17, 2021 00:38 UTC
Taking to the shore in a striking red swimsuit, 29-year-old Scout looked as sensational as her 58-year-old mother – who continues to dazzle in swimsuits of her own. I never dared let up.”She welcomed Scout not long before beginning work on A Few Good Men. While Demi felt further pressure to look her best for her role in the 1993 film Indecent Proposal. She wrote: “'I would be on display again, and all I could think about was my body, my body, my body. “If all this obsessing about my body sounds crazy to you, you're not wrong: eating disorders are crazy, they are a sickness.
January 17, 2021 00:26 UTC
A team of climbers including a former British Special Forces soldier triumphed yesterday, becoming the first to conquer the world's second-highest mountain in winter. Former Gurkha and Special Boat Service soldier Nirmal 'Nims' Purja and nine other Nepalese climbers reached the summit of K2 at midday UK time. A team of climbers triumphed yesterday, becoming the first to conquer the world's second-highest mountain in winter. The whole team waited 10m below the summit to form a group then stepped on to the summit together whilst singing our Nepalese National Anthem.' The climbers took the last few agonising steps on to the 28,251ft peak together while singing the Nepalese national anthem.
January 17, 2021 00:18 UTC
…it was a match made in home heaven. 2021’s Colours of the Year – crowned by design industry authority Pantone – will give your space (and your mood) a much-needed lift, says Charlotte PageThe kitchenPops of bright yellow give grown-up grey zestThis year, two shades have been selected as Pantone’s Colours of the Year: cheery Illuminating Yellow and calm Ultimate Grey. In this kitchen, they work brilliantly together – the bar stools creating a bright contrast to the muted backdrop. For similar stools try cultfurniture.com and for similar pendant lights, go to chaplins.co.ukThe bedroomBalance tranquil grey with accents of yellowThanks to its calm, soothing vibe, grey is a great choice for a bedroom. It also acts as the perfect foil for more colourful accessoriesThe bathroomThe colour duo gives the smallest room in the house big impact
January 17, 2021 00:04 UTC
These hubs will help roll out the Covid vaccine to more than a million over-80s this week as thousands more receive their invite for the jab. NHS England said they joined the seven existing mass vaccination sites across the country, alongside a thousand GP-led surgeries and more than 250 hospitals already providing jabs. There are plans for there to be 50 vaccine "super-hubs" in England when they are all up and running. Another half a million letters will go out this week, NHS England said. People can also help others "stay informed" by sharing accurate NHS advice and being alert for Covid vaccine scams.
January 17, 2021 00:01 UTC
Home Secretary Priti Patel is preparing to risk uproar by giving police new stop and search powers – despite claims by campaigners that they target the black community unfairly. Home Secretary Priti Patel is preparing to risk uproar by giving police new stop and search powers – despite claims by campaigners that they target the black community unfairlyIn 2014, Mrs May said stop and search was ‘unfair, especially to young black men’. Ms Patel said: ‘The police tell me stop and search is a vital tool to tackle knife crime. Mothers of children who have been stabbed on our streets tell me that stop and search is a vital tool to tackle knife crime. The Government’s number one job is to keep our people safe.’She said that in the past year, stop and search powers had led to almost 65,000 criminal acts being discovered and 34,000 arrests, including 4,418 for possessing weapons.
January 16, 2021 23:55 UTC
International tennis stars have blasted their living conditions after being forced into hotel quarantine in Melbourne ahead of the Australian Open. Cornet said that when she agreed to the tournament, players were told that they'd be separated into sections of 10 people on their flights. If one person within that section tested positive, players were informed they would need to quarantine. Despite the setback, Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley has stressed the tournament will go ahead. Spanish star Rafael Nadal (pictured centre) has also touched down in AustraliaHundreds of players, including Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal, have already arrived.
January 16, 2021 22:57 UTC
The Welsh Government, too, made it clear it would not be following Mr Johnson’s lead, and Northern Ireland also went its own way. To take one example, there are four chief medical officers – one each for England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales. But many supposedly British institutions are not very ‘British’ in the way they operate. Meanwhile, the Anglican church in Wales and Northern Ireland is disestablished and therefore forms no part of the state. Yet they, too, are run very differently in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales.
January 16, 2021 22:40 UTC
The former Saturdays singer, 32, is mum to two kids with husband Wayne Bridge, who also has son Jaydon with his ex Vanessa Perroncel. And Frankie said she's "bonus family" to the teen when prompted by a fan to talk about her experiences as a step-parent. When the fan pointed out that she's a stepmum, Frankie wrote back: "True. The family spent Frankie's big day just the four of them, as the third lockdown kept them for heading out to celebrate. a grateful Frankie wrote on Thursday, "It was a day the same as all the others in lockdown...but with cake for breakfast, lunch and dinner can't complain!
January 16, 2021 22:39 UTC