Tuesday 17th April 2018


world news for women

Theresa May is to meet Caribbean leaders after the Government faced severe criticism over the treatment of the "Windrush" generation of British residents.

It comes after Home Secretary Amber Rudd launched an unusual attack on her own department over the issue on Monday.

She said she was "concerned" the Home Office can "sometimes lose sight of the individual", as she sought to dampen down an escalating row over immigration problems faced by those who came to Britain from the Commonwealth after the Second World War.

She was told the Government's immigration policies had led to a "day of national shame".

The Prime Minister will now meet Caribbean leaders on the margins of 

the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in London today to reassure them over the issue.

Barbados high commissioner to the UK, Guy Hewitt, claimed he had initially been told the Prime Minister’s schedule was “full” this week when Commomnwealth leaders requested talks.

Downing Street has said no one with a right to be in the country will be made to leave.

Dubbed the Windrush generation after the cruise ship that brought one of the first large groups of West Indians to Britain, anyone who entered the UK before 1973 is legally entitled to live in the country.

However, despite having been in the UK for the majority of their lives, the group of British residents have begun to experience issues as a result of tightened UK immigration requirements.

Read In Full – Sky News https://news.sky.com/story/theresa-may-to-hold-windrush-immigration-summit-after-u-turn-11333689


A young man has been fatally stabbed in Forest Gate in east London, police have said.

Officers were called to Chestnut Avenue at around 10.50pm on Monday.

The victim, believed to be 18 years old, died just before 11.30pm.

Police said his family were still being informed and that formal identification and a post-mortem would be arranged.

There have been no arrests so far but any witnesses are urged to call police on 101.

Read in Full – Sky News https://news.sky.com/story/young-man-stabbed-to-death-in-forest-gate-in-latest-london-killing-11334408


TV presenter Ant McPartlin has been fined £86,000 and given a 20-month driving ban after pleading guilty to drink driving.

Speaking outside Wimbledon Magistrates' Court, he said: "I let myself down, I let a lot of people down. For that I'm truly sorry."

He also said he was "thankful no-one was hurt" in the three-car collision in Richmond, London, on 18 March.

The court heard he had been more than twice the drink drive limit.

In a letter read out in court, McPartlin also said he was "ashamed and mortified" and "accepts full responsibility" for what happened.

Read In Full – BBC NEWS http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-43786771



Efforts to tackle child poverty and low incomes in Wales are being "damaged" by UK government welfare and tax reforms, it has been claimed.

An Equality and Human Rights Commission report estimates there could be 50,000 more Welsh children in poverty by 2021.

Children's Minister Huw Irranca-Davies warned of "profound hardship".

The UK Government said its reforms offered parents tailored support to help them into work, "which remains the best route out of poverty".

The EHRC has examined potential impacts of reforms since 2010 and what they might mean for people over the next three years.

It looked at UK data from the Family Resources Survey (FRS) and the Living Costs and Food Survey (LCF), with analysis by Landman Economics and Aubergine Analysis.

It estimates:

§  Households in Wales with three or more children will lose at least £900 a year on average by 2021-22 from the two-child limit on most benefits, tax credits and universal credit (UC) introduced in 2017

§  20,000 more households - and 50,000 more children in Wales - could be in relative poverty following the reforms as a "best estimate"

§  But increases in child poverty for Wales and Scotland (around 8% for both countries) are forecast to be smaller than for England (just under 11%). It puts this down to the larger gap between rich and poor in England

§  Those in the second lowest income bracket are the worst hit, with a suggestion these households in Wales could lose more than £1,000 a year

§  Disabled people and single parents in Wales will be disproportionately affected

Read in full – BBC NEWShttp://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-43784482


A 26-year-old man has been jailed for two years after admitting causing the death of his friend by careless driving.

Nathan Monington, who held a provisional driving licence, suffered minor injuries when he lost control on a bend on the A4119 near Creigiau in Cardiff in February 2017.

Thomas Cody, 24, who was sitting in the back seat died at the scene.

Monington, 26, of Pontypridd, was sentenced at Cardiff Crown Court.

Read In Full – BBC Wales News http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-south-east-wales-43784402


Up to a third of young people face living in private rented accommodation all their lives, a new report by the Resolution Foundation has found.

The think tank said 40% of "millennials" - those born between 1980 and 1996 - were living in rented housing by the age of 30.

That was twice as many as "generation X" - those born between 1965 and 1980.

The government said it was already putting policies in place to improve the housing market.

The Foundation's Home Improvements report said "generation rent" needed much more help. It called for more affordable homes for first-time buyers to be built, as well as better protection for those who rent.

Although renting is often a reasonable choice for people who have few ties, the private rented sector is "far less fit for purpose" for those with children because of a lack of security.

The report reveals that a record 1.8 million families with children rent privately, up from 600,000 15 years ago.

It adds that while housing benefit should be able to help millennial families, its value has been reduced relative to the generation who came before them.

Read In Full – BBC NEWS http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-43788537



Desiree Linden has become the first American woman to win the Boston Marathon in over 30 years.

Ms Linden, a 35-year-old from Michigan, finished the race during a dreary, rainy day with a time of 2:39:54. The last American woman to win the race — one of the most prestigious events in road racing — did so in 1985.

The champion was unchallenged during the last leg of the race Monday, and burst with joy and emotion after completing the 26.2 mile race through gruelling and dreary conditions.

Read In Full – The Independent https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/boston-marathon-winner-results-2018-desiree-linder-first-american-woman-a8307491.html


‘You Work Like A Robot’: A Postman And A Courier, A Generation Apart, On the Loss Of Human Connection

When Maggie Dewhurst calls the office, she doesn’t give her name. She is identified, instead, by a number. It’s a small thing, but still oddly dehumanising.  

“I’m basically just a dot on a screen,” says the 30-year-old cycle courier. “It can be quite a culture shock when you move into a really insecure workplace, the way people are treated. You are processed like a robot, you work like a robot, and eventually we will be replaced by robots.”

Read in full – Huffington Post https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/postman-cycle-courier-now-and-then_uk_5aa66de2e4b01b9b0a3d2c3f?0nj&utm_hp_ref=uk-homepage


Thanks to Tracey Neville, netball is having a moment

On Sunday morning, the England netball team won gold at the Commonwealth Games. In the final against the world number ones, Australia, Helen Housby – the youngest player on the team – scored the winning goal in the last second, giving the team their first major world title and securing netball’s place in today’s headlines. Jubilant pictures of the 12 players are printed in every newspaper this morning and everyone, from Holly Willoughby to Olympic heptathlon gold medallist Denise Lewis, is offering their congratulations to the women and their coach, Tracey Neville.


Read In Full – The Pool https://www.the-pool.com/news-views/latest-news/2018/16/Emily-Baker-on-England-netball-and-Tracey-Neville

Ceri Gillett

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