Top civil servants across Whitehall are to be asked to draw up plans for how they would deliver personnel cuts of up to 40% in each of their departments, Sky News understands. Two senior government sources have said the Cabinet Office is poised to write to all permanent secretaries asking them to model what would be required to slash staffing numbers in three different scenarios: cuts of 20%, 30% and 40%. It follows a call from Boris Johnson for a 20% reduction in staff - 90,000 people - across Whitehall.
Tennis governing bodies have banned Russia and Belarus from international team competitions following the invasion, but allowed players from the two countries to continue competing as neutrals. "The ability for players of any nationality to enter tournaments based on merit, and without discrimination, is fundamental to our Tour," the ATP said in a statement.
Fox NewsSeveral Fox News hosts and commentators waved off the sexual misconduct allegations against Elon Musk on Friday, agreeing with the trollish billionaire that the timing of the story was “curious” and politically motivated.Insider reported on Thursday evening that Musk paid a SpaceX flight attendant a $250,000 settlement after she accused him of exposing himself and propositioning her for sex during a massage on a flight. A declaration from the flight attendant’s friend also stated that th
Instagram/Mo WilsonWhen Anna Moriah Wilson’s friend arrived home to her Austin apartment late on May 11 to find Wilson lying on the ground unconscious and covered in blood, it left the cycling world in shock. The 25-year-old Vermont native, known to her friends as Mo, had only arrived in Texas the day before to compete in the Gravel Locos that weekend, a 150-mile gravel bike race she was favored to win.She had quit her job just weeks earlier to compete full-time, according to VeloNews, who descr
MGMRobin Williams and Will Smith are passing down the torch to Idris Elba. In the first trailer for George Miller’s upcoming film Three Thousand Years of Longing, Tilda Swinton meets her very own Genie in total Aladdin fashion—just a bit zanier. Gone are the days of the blue, wise-cracking, fairy tale Genie. This guy has a dark sense of humor and a lot more cynicism—and yet, he’s still got three wishes to offer.“My name is Alithea,” Tilda Swinton’s character intones at the start, as she writes h
Enda Bowe/HuluOf all the conversations in Conversations With Friends—the number of which is ironically slight—there’s one that remains with me. It’s a text exchange, one that references an off-screen, in-person chat between our tortured central lovers. Older, married-man Nick (Joe Alwyn) sends self-described “complicated” college senior Frances (Alison Oliver) a song. It’s Joanna Newsom’s “Peach, Plum, Pear,” the iconic piece of early-aughts freak folk that soundtracked a thousand depressive gir
A new congressional map drawn by Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis' staff that could diminish the state's Black representation in Washington was reinstated by an appeals court Friday, a week after a lower court judge said the map was unconstitutional. The 1st District Court of appeals ruled Judge Layne Smith erred when he ordered a replacement map be used for the 2022 election. The DeSantis map would likely boost the number of Florida seats held by Republicans, while also making it difficult for Democratic U.S. Rep. Al Lawson to maintain his seat in a north Florida district where nearly half the voters are Black.
Jamie Oliver held up an eton mess outside Downing Street during a protest against the government's decision to postpone the National Obesity Strategy. The chef said that the dessert was "symbolic of the mess" that the Conservatives have created by delaying the strategy, which would ban multi-buy offers on junk food, by one year.
International trade minister Ranil Jayawardena says he ‘wouldn’t have used’ the language Andrew Bailey did to describe the rising cost of living.
‘I haven’t done anything crazy – not this week, anyways,’ singer said
The violent scenes at the US Capitol last year led to the PGA taking its major tournament away from former president’s Bedminster course and awarding it to Southern Hills
The prime minister's father Stanley Johnson has said he is "absolutely delighted" after securing French citizenship. The 81-year-old, who voted to remain in the EU in the 2016 referendum unlike Boris Johnson who was a figurehead for the Vote Leave campaign, said he is pleased to retain a tie with the bloc. The PM's father, who is also a former member of the European Parliament (MEP), said his son responded to the news with one word: "Magnifique."
The Dame Deborah James Rose will be put on display on a stand at the Chelsea Flower Show
The World Health Organization was due to hold an emergency meeting on Friday to discuss the monkeypox outbreak after more than 100 cases were confirmed or suspected in Europe. In what Germany described as the largest outbreak in Europe ever, cases have been reported in at least eight European countries – Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom - as well as the United States, Canada and Australia. It comes after the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) confirmed on Friday the number of cases in the country had more than doubled from the last count - with the discovery of 11 new cases. Most of the cases are being described as mild.
Locked in a near tie Friday, celebrity heart surgeon Dr. Mehmet Oz and former hedge fund CEO David McCormick began staffing up their campaigns with recount specialists as vote counting entered a fourth day in Pennsylvania’s Republican primary for an open U.S. Senate seat. Both campaigns have hired Washington-based lawyers to lead their recount efforts, and both have hired Philadelphia-based campaign strategists who helped lead the operation to observe vote-counting on Election Day for Donald Trump's presidential campaign in 2020.
"She's a competitor," the WNBA legend said of her opponent. "We all are. We see each other's faces a lot, and after the game we dap up and move on."
Instead of biting into a Big Mac from McDonald's, Russians may soon be queuing up to enjoy the taste of a patriotic ZBurger.