THE latest update of the research on the minimum price of alcohol (MPA) confirms that this token attempt to reduce harmful drinking has had very little effect ("Scottish ministers to consider new alcohol price hike after policy review", May 8). Alcohol Focus Scotland and many others want to push up the MPA from 50p to 65p. This approach is failing because there is no way of stopping the alcohol industry from creating as many new drinks as it likes to satisfy every palate and budget. Supermarkets
More than 8,000 migrants have arrived in the UK after crossing the English Channel this year, new figures show. In the first five months of this year, 8,393 people have reached the UK after navigating busy shipping lanes from France in small boats, according to an analysis of government data. There have been nine days of crossings so far in May, with 1,700 people arriving in the UK as a result.
The wives and mothers of Ukraine's beleaguered Azovstal garrison say their heroic battle is almost over. A small force of Ukrainians has held against the Russians for 80 days in the vast sprawling Azovstal steelworks but are now, it seems, close to the end. "My husband is in a real hell," Natalya Zarytska told Sky News.
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Children’s physical activity levels remained below national guidelines even after Covid restrictions were lifted in Britain, a new study shows, suggesting lockdowns have had long-term impacts on exercise.