Window desks and sitting with co-workers is best for improving productivity in the workplace, a new study has found
Window desks and sitting with co-workers is best for improving productivity in the workplace, a new study has found
Brussels rallied behind France in its dispute with Jersey on Thursday as the fishermen behind a seven-hour blockade of the Channel island threatened to return and begin a fresh "scallop war" with Britain. Wading into the mounting political row, the European Commission accused Jersey of breaching the terms of Brexit trade deal and demanded the UK intervene to stop it "discriminating" against French vessels. It added that under the Trade and Cooperation Agreement, signed last year, EU fishermen could not be subject to additional conditions and Jersey should have notified the bloc of any changes in advance. However, the intervention was dismissed by Downing Street, which insisted on Thursday night that the Crown Dependency had the "right to regulate fisheries in their waters", and commanded the full backing of the Government. In a statement, a spokesman said the UK would continue to work with Jersey to facilitate discussions with the commission, although sources pointed out that French ministers had repeatedly refused to engage with George Eustice, the Environment Secretary.
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Police have seized 411 knives and made 994 arrests in just one week of an anti-knife crime crackdown. The Metropolitan Police said officers had seized 411 blades including machetes and Rambo knives, along with 166 other weapons. As well as targeting transport hubs with knife arches and drugs sniffer dogs, officers went into schools to speak to children about the dangers of carrying a knife.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have asked supporters to make a donation to a vaccine equity campaign to mark their son Archie's second birthday. Eschewing the traditional release of a new photograph, the couple instead urged the public to give money to a global vaccine-sharing scheme, stating that "even a small contribution can have a ripple effect." They said: "We cannot think of a more resonant way to honor our son’s birthday. If we all show up, with compassion for those we both know and don’t know, we can have a profound impact. "Together, we can uplift, protect, and care for one another." Donations will go Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance that co-founded Covax, which is distributing the coronavirus vaccine to the developing world. The move is in contrast to the way the Sussexes chose to mark Archie's first birthday, when they released a touching video of the Duchess, 39, reading the toddler a story, Duck! Rabbit!
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The cost of flights to some of the most popular holiday destinations rocketed on Thursday night ahead of the government's announcement of its travel "green list". Prices for flights to Portugal's resorts more than doubled in two days after suggestions that it could be included on the quarantine-free "green list" when the ban on foreign travel is lifted on May 17. The country is the only big European holiday destination for Britons with a chance of inclusion on the list, to be unveiled by Grant Shapps, the Transport Secretary, at a Downing Street press conference on Friday afternoon. Ministers on the Cabinet's Covid operations committee will meet on Friday to decide which countries should be red, amber or green based on their vaccination rates, prevalence of Covid and its variants and their capacity for analysing the genome of the virus.
New concerns as Indian Covid variant clusters found across EnglandExclusive: Leaked emails show Public Health England assessment of ongoing risk from B16172 variant is ‘high’What do we know about the Indian Covid variant?Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverage Leaked emails seen by the Guardian show the latest update on case numbers of the variant were delayed because of the local elections. Photograph: Leon Neal/Getty Images
The Duchess of Sussex's former press secretary has insisted he led "extensive efforts" to protect her privacy and reputation during her time as a working member of the Royal Family. Jason Knauf appeared to question Meghan's claim that she was "unprotected" by Kensington Palace staff, stating that he "regularly" objected to coverage deemed "unfair or untrue". In a letter sent to the Mail on Sunday's solicitors in connection with her legal battle against the newspaper, Mr Knauf said he also "made significant efforts over many months" to advise and support her father, Thomas Markle, and protect him from media intrusion. In her televised interview with Oprah Winfrey, the pregnant duchess, 39, suggested her team had failed to defend her from inaccurate stories and refused to take action when false allegations were made. She also alleged that her Kensington Palace team had lied about her in order to protect other members of the family. She said: "I came to understand that not only was I not being protected, but that they were willing to lie to protect other members of the family. They weren't willing to tell the truth to protect me and my husband."
The SNP leader and Glasgow regional list candidate Roza Salih met three Syrian Scots at Annette Street Primary School polling station in Govanhill.
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Ministers faced a backlash over the proposal to ban Troubles-era prosecutions on Thursday from Northern Irish parties, victims' groups and the Irish government. The plan to block trials of British veterans or IRA terrorists and move instead to a "truth and reconciliation" model was revealed by The Telegraph this week. The DUP and Sinn Fein, the two main parties in Northern Ireland, hit out at the prospect of a statute of limitations on prosecuting offences committed prior to the signing of the 1998 Good Friday agreement. Sinn Fein's Michelle O'Neill, the deputy First Minister, called it a "slap in the face" for victims, while the DUP MP Gavin Robinson said that while veterans should not be subjected to a "cycle of reinvestigations" in the absence of new evidence, access to justice was vital. The Irish government expressed fierce opposition, with Micheal Martin, the Taoiseach, claiming the proposal would represent a "breach of trust". Leo Varadkar, the deputy leader, said he was "deeply alarmed" and would not support any such move, arguing that victims and families have a right to justice. Irish ministers were said to be furious that Brandon Lewis, the Northern Ireland Secretary, did not mention the plan during engagements in Dublin on Wednesday.
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The British and French standoff on the seas round Jersey is, at first glance, a row over logbooks, lobsters, licences and sea snails. But it is the result of a perfect storm of British, French and European politics and, inevitably, Brexit. The technicalities of fishing licences in the 12 miles around Jersey’s coasts are vitally important for French fishermen. They blockaded Jersey’s main port, after accusing the Channel Island government of not granting enough licences and imposing unfair conditions on them. But such disputes rarely lead to Royal Navy and French navy ships eyeing each other across the waves unless it suits politicians on both sides. So how did it come to this? The UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA), which came into force on December 31 last year, sets out the new post-Brexit fishing rules. Under the deal struck on Christmas Eve, EU boats can continue to operate in UK territorial waters if they can prove historical fishing activity in the area. Access is granted by the issuing of fishing licences but France is angry about how the new rules are being implemented and has accused Britain of dragging its feet.
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Gary Lineker is being pursued by HMRC over a £4.9 million tax bill, it has emerged. The Match of the Day presenter, who is freelance, set up a partnership in 2012 with his then wife and used it to channel his earnings from the BBC and his other job with BT Sport. The arrangement is legal but HMRC is pursuing presenters who used partnerships and personal service companies, arguing that they were effectively employees and should have paid tax at the same level as those on the payroll. Documents lodged at a tax tribunal state that the total amount of income tax and national insurance contributions owed by Lineker amount to £3,621,735.90 and £1,307,160.46 respectively. The period in question covers 2013-18. Lineker is appealing the bill. The case has been going on for over a year but came to light this week in documents relating to Lineker’s appeal. It is understood that HMRC will argue that, as Lineker was contracted to host a minimum number of Match of the Day programmes and other presenting work for the BBC, the relationship between the Corporation and him was one of employer and employee. He is the latest star to be pursued under IR35 legislation, with HMRC attempting to crack down on “disguised employees”. Eamonn Holmes is currently fighting a £250,000 tax bill. Lineker will not have to pay the £4.9 million in full as the tax he has paid during the period in question will be offset against it. Sources suggested the true figure is likely to be under £1 million. He set up the company, Gary Lineker Media (GLM), in 2012 with his then wife, Danielle Bux. They divorced in 2016 but remain friends. His agent, Jon Holmes, told the Telegraph last night: “GLM is a partnership in which Danielle Bux was a minority partner. He has paid all personal tax. The amount [owed] is notional and disputed. Gary remains a self-employed contractor for several organisations.” HMRC’s pursuit of BBC presenters they allege to be “disguised employees” first made headlines in 2018 when Christa Ackroyd, the former anchor of Yorkshire’s Look North programme and the corporation’s highest-paid regional presenter, was handed a £419,000 bill. A year later, the BBC news presenters Joanna Gosling, David Eades and Tim Willcox were chased for £920,000 between them. They argued in court that they were self-employed - they did not receive sick pay or holiday pay, and Gosling said she was on a contract that allowed bosses to sack her “without reason”. However, the court ruled that “the assumed relationships [with the BBC] were ones of employment”. The judges in the case also criticised the BBC for steering many presenters into setting up personal service companies. That situation did not occur in Lineker’s case, although by using him as a self-employed presenter they avoided having to pay employers’ national insurance contributions of 13.8 per cent. Despite some successes, HMRC has also lost several cases on appeal. They include Lorraine Kelly, who was facing a £900,000 tax bill and £300,000 national insurance claim but successfully argued that she was a freelancer who decided when she worked and what should be included on her ITV show. Kaye Adams, the former Loose Women presenter, won her appeal against a £140,000 bill in February. If Lineker succeeds in his appeal, it will be HMRC’s highest-profile IR35 failure to date. Dave Chaplin, chief executive of the ContractorCalculator tax site, which offers advice to contractors and freelancers, said: “Once again, we are seeing a high-profile celebrity being targeted by HMRC in a misguided attempt to shore up the Treasury’s coffers. "The Intermediaries Legislation, commonly called IR35, was created in April 2000 by HMRC to crackdown on the ideological invention by HMRC of ‘deemed employees’. “The fact is that high paid freelancers like Gary Lineker now pay more tax by operating via a limited company than an employee on the same salary.” AN HMRC spokesperson said: “We do not comment on identifiable taxpayers or ongoing legal proceedings. “HMRC has recently won a number of important cases, including at the Upper Tribunal, which set a useful precedent and give welcome clarity to taxpayers and HMRC alike.”