Covid vaccinations will be compulsory for all care home workers in England. Health Secretary Matt Hancock made the announcement in the House of Commons on Wednesday. The decision comes as cases of the Delta variant continue to rise in areas across the UK. Care home staff are expected to be given up to 16 weeks to get vaccinated or could face losing their jobs. The NHS has also invited people over the age of 21 to book their first Covid vaccination. .
This woman makes soap with camel milka hot commodity in JordanLocation: Mafraq(SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) OWNER OF CAMEL MILK SOAP PRODUCTION WORKSHOP, LARA AL-TITI, SAYING: "I'm the first person to make products from camel milk in Jordan. It was not an easy task, there is a lack of similar products mainly because it is difficult to obtain camel milk. It is not always available."She picked camel milk as a key ingredient for its rich benefitsIt has three times more vitamin C than cow’s milk - Food and Agricultural Organization of Jordan(SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) OWNER OF CAMEL MILK SOAP PRODUCTION WORKSHOP, LARA AL-TITI, SAYING: "The first stage includes weighing the soap and I include different kinds of oil to preserve the quality of the soap and its therapeutic benefit.”Titi produces around 4,000 bars per month for her soap line “Aromatic lol”which sells both locally and internationally
"The right to vote is a given. All citizens have the right to vote."U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris on Wednesday promoted the Biden administration's efforts to protect voting rights as she met fellow Democrats from the Texas state legislature who last month blocked a bill they said would make it harder for Black and Hispanic Americans to vote."President Biden and myself and our administration will do everything in our power as an administration to lift up the voices of those who seek to preserve the right of the people to vote.”President Joe Biden this month appointed Harris to lead the charge against Republican state lawmakers across the country seeking to enact voting restrictions... that White House and civil rights groups say would make it harder for Americans to vote. “What we are seeing are examples of an attempt to marginalize and take from people, a right that has already been given. We are not asking for the bestowal of a right. We are talking about the preservation of a right."Along with Texas - 14 other U.S. states have enacted 22 laws this year that make it more difficult for Americans to vote, according to a report by the Brennan Center for Justice.The measures follow former Republican President Donald Trump's false claim that he lost the 2020 election due to widespread fraud.The Texas Democrats who joined Harris staged a walkout in May to deprive Republicans of a quorum needed to pass a voting bill. But Texas Governor Greg Abbott, a Republican, vowed to add the bill to a special legislative session later this year.Under the Texas proposal, drive-through voting would no longer be allowed, early voting would be limited, 24-hour polling sites would be scrapped, and absentee ballots would be more difficult to cast.To combat that bill and others - Harris plans to bring together elected officials and concerned Americans to build a coalition to work on voting rights and will seek legislation that improves access to the ballot box.
A decade after winning his maiden major title in the US Open, Rory McIlroy arrives at Torrey Pines seeking the same “indifferent” attitude behind his breakthrough success. McIlroy stormed to an eight-shot victory at Congressional in 2011, just two months after blowing a four-stroke lead in the Masters following a final round of 80 at Augusta National.
A grizzly bear was spotted chasing after a black bear in the woods near St. Mary Lake in Glacier National Park on June 13.Molly Meiches, who captured the video while visiting Glacier National Park with her fiancé, told Storyful that she decided to pull over when she saw a crowd of people looking towards the lake and was surprised by what she saw.Stunned by the sight of two bears in such close proximity to the other, Meiches and her fiancé waited around for about an hour and watched as the grizzly meandered up a small ridge and quickly sprinted toward the black bear, who rapidly ascended the tree while the grizzly tried to follow.“To experience – and capture – the moment of the chase was truly incredible, awe-inspiring, and a once in a lifetime moment,” said Meiches.After the chase, Meiches said that the grizzly rested in the shade of a nearby fallen tree and the black bear remained in the tree for several hours.A nearby park ranger told Meiches that he had never seen this type of interaction between a black and grizzly bear, but speculated the grizzly could have been protecting its food source and searching for ground squirrels or ants.Glacier National Park shared the video to their Facebook page and noted that the short, sharp claws of the black bear are ideal for tree climbing whereas the grizzly has longer, duller claws that are poor for climbing. Credit: Mollie Meiches via Storyful
Powell did add, however, that elevated inflation readings mean it is time for the Fed to start considering when the removal of extra support will be warranted.The Federal Reserve held its key lending rate near zero and will continue to purchase bonds in order to keep real interest rates low enough to spur further economic growth, Powell said after a two-day policy meeting.
Resident black bears at the Oakland Zoo in Oakland, California, made easy work of a termite-infested log, video shared by the zoo on June 16 shows.“When a termite-infested old tree came down in the zoo, keepers saw an opportunity for animal enrichment!” wrote the Oakland Zoo on the post. “The black bears love foraging (a natural activity) and enjoying the tasty treats inside.” Credit: Oakland Zoo via Storyful
Biden had a testy exchange with CNN reporter Kaitlan Collins when she asked Biden why he thought Putin would "change." "What the hell. What do you do all the time," Biden said during that exchange. "Let's get it straight. I said what will change their behavior is if the rest of the world reacts to them and it deminishes their standing in the world," Biden clarified. Biden walked over to reporters just prior to his departure from Geneva for being so "short" with Collins."I owe my last questioner an apology. I shouldn't have been such a wise guy," Biden said prior to boarding Air Force One.Both Biden and Putin said Moscow and Washington shared a responsibility for nuclear stability, and would hold talks on possible changes to their recently extended New START arms limitation treaty.
Biden said he had told Putin "we need some basic rules of the road that we can all abide by," adding: "I did what I came to do."In perhaps his strongest remark, Biden said the consequences would be "devastating for Russia" if jailed opposition figure Alexei Navalny, who has recovered from a hunger-strike to protest against his detention conditions, died.
Wales fans celebrate at Vale Sports Arena in Cardiff after the national team beat Turkey 2-0 in their Euro 2020 Group A match in Baku.
Juneteenth, or June 19th, marks the day that a Union Army general rode into Galveston, Texas, after the defeat of the Confederacy in 1965 bringing news of the Emancipation Proclamation and the end of chattel slavery.Democratic Senator Ed Markey of Massachusetts said it was past time for Americans to celebrate the final emancipation of African slaves and take the opportunity to learn from the past. "Juneteenth is the holiday that fills that gap in our history," he said. "Juneteenth is a reminder that none of us are free, unless we are all free."Texas Republican Senator John Cornyn said he hoped the U.S. House of Representatives would quickly approve the measure and send it to President Joe Biden to be signed into law."There's nothing more powerful than an idea whose time has come," Cornyn said. "And it seems to me that this is the most propitious time for us to recognize our history."
MPs have approved the extension of coronavirus restrictions in England until July 19, after Boris Johnson faced pressure from members of his own party over the delay. The Prime Minister was spared a defeat as Labour backed plans for a four-week delay to the end of lockdown measures, aimed at buying more time for the vaccine programme.
Disneyland partially ended its mask mandate as the state of California fully reopened on Tuesday, June 15.California Gov Gavin Newsom said Tuesday marked an end to social distancing, capacity limits, and mask mandates for vaccinated people.Starting Tuesday, masks would not be required for fully vaccinated guests at Disneyland, both indoors and outdoors, park officials announced on Monday. People who are not fully vaccinated must continue wearing masks indoors. Out-of-state guests were also allowed into the park for the first time on Tuesday.This footage, provided by DisneyFoodBlog.com, shows a crowd of people at Disneyland in Anaheim, California, on Tuesday. Credit: DisneyFoodBlog.com via Storyful
The Metropolitan Police commissioner has defied calls to quit after allegations the force was "institutionally corrupt".
Biden and Putin decided at a "pragmatic" first summit on Wednesday to hold arms control and cyber-security talks and return their respective ambassadors, while agreeing to differ on other issues.The discussions at the lakeside Villa La Grange in Geneva lasted less than four hours - far less than Biden's advisers had said they expected.Putin, 68, called Biden, 78, a constructive, experienced partner, and said they spoke "the same language," but added that there had been no friendship, rather a pragmatic dialog about their two countries' interests.
Lightning forked across the sky over Spring, Texas, as scattered storms moved through the greater Houston area on June 15.The National Weather Service issued a weather advisory as thunderstorms rolled through the region on Tuesday, bringing winds over 40 mph. Credit: Nismo Artz via Storyful
Metropolitan Police Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick rejects the conclusion of an independent panel into the murder of private detective Daniel Morgan that found that her force is "institutionally corrupt" and that she tried to obstruct their work. She adds that she has no intention of resigning. .
The Israeli military said its fighter jets struck targets in Gaza, including Khan Yunis, overnight on June 16, in what it described as retaliation for “arson balloons” it said were launched by Hamas. The balloons caused fires in Israel on June 15.These were the first strikes on Palestinian territories since a May ceasefire ended an 11-day period of hostilities between Israel and Hamas that left at least 250 dead in Gaza, according to health officials. Israeli sources said at least 12 Israelis died by rockets fired by Hamas militants during the May conflict.The fresh strikes were also the first attacks in the Palestinian enclave under a new Israeli government, led by Prime Minister Naftali Bennett.In a statement issued overnight, the Israel Defense Forces said it was “prepared for all scenarios, including the resumption of hostilities.”On Tuesday, thousands of Israelis took part in a right-wing nationalist “flag day” march through parts of East Jerusalem, drawing Palestinian protesters. At least 17 Palestinians were arrested, according to Israeli police. According to the Palestinian Red Crescent, at least 33 Palestinian protesters were injured in clashes.Video filmed by Gaza-based journalist Hani Hammad Alshaer shows an explosion from a strike in the early morning hours on Wednesday. Credit: Hani Hammad Alshaer via Storyful
Shadow Health and Social Care Secretary Jonathan Ashworth says Health Secretary Matt Hancock will be "forever known as hopeless Hancock". .
"The right to vote is a given, all citizens have the right to vote," Harris said. "What we are seeing are examples of an attempt to interfere with that right, an attempt to marginalize and take from people a right that has already been given."President Joe Biden appointed Harris this month to lead the charge against Republican state lawmakers across the country seeking to enact voting restrictions. White House and civil rights groups say the Republican-led efforts would make it harder for Americans to vote. It follows Republican former President Donald Trump's false claim that he lost the 2020 election to Biden because of widespread fraud.So far, 14 other U.S. states have enacted 22 laws this year that make it more difficult for Americans to vote, according to a report by the Brennan Center for Justice.Democrats in the Texas statehouse walked out on a legislative session last month to deprive Republicans of a quorum needed to pass a voting bill. Texas Governor Greg Abbott, a Republican, has vowed to bring the legislature back in a yet-to-be-called special session.Since the walkout, the Democrats have used the national spotlight to urge passage of federal voting rights legislation.
Washington has criticized Moscow over its treatment and alleged poisoning of Navalny, and says he should be freed.The Kremlin, which denies the poisoning, has said Russian politics is a domestic matter and Washington should stay out of it.
Metropolitan Police commissioner has rejected accusations the force is institutionally corrupt and said she did not obstruct the work of an inquiry into the Daniel Morgan case. Dame Cressida Dick hit back at the findings from an independent panel as she defended Scotland Yard’s work and her job.
India's government is defending its decision to increase the gap between the two doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine to up to 16 weeks.That's twice its former length of time, and comes after three scientific advisers said there was no agreement on such a wide interval.Reuters reported on Tuesday that the government had increased the gap last month without the approval of the scientific group that it says recommended the move, citing three members the body.It's known as the National Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation.In multiple statements on Wednesday (16 June), the government said the interval was increased based on scientific evidence.AstraZeneca accounts for nearly 90% of the doses administered in India.And, according to the minutes of meeting by the advisory group held on May 28, data from Britain showed 65% to 88% protection after the first dose, if the gap was up to 12 weeks.But NTAGI members had told Reuters that the group had no data concerning the effects of a gap beyond that time.A member of the COVID working group told Reuters on Tuesday there had been discussions within the NTAGI on increasing the vaccine dosage interval -- but that the body had not specifically recommended 12-16 weeks.The NTAGI working group said the decision to expand the gap had been made to provide "flexibility" for those who may not be able to get the second dose at 12 weeks.
The sculptures, which can been seen in Green Park, St James's Park and Berkeley Square, are part of the CoExistence campaign organised by the Elephant Family Trust.The international NGO hopes to highlight the need for coexistence with wild animals after lockdowns during the COVID-19 pandemic slowed down human activity and helped some threatened species to recover.''The herd arrives in the UK making a bold statement about the ever-growing need for CoExistence on our planet,'' Elephant Family write on their website.Adding: ''This 100-strong herd reminds us that when we lighten our footprint, wildlife bounces back."As well as being a public exhibition, the models are also on sale for 30,000 pounds ($42,000) each to raise funds.Elephant Family will use the money raised for conservation activities, such as planting crops for elephants to eat on the edges of farmland to distract them from food grown for humans.After launching in May, the sculptures will be on display in the British capital until July 23.