Health & Social

Taking a Stand: American Advocates for LGBTQ Rights and Hate Crimes Legislation
Aviation, Health & Social, Social

Taking a Stand: American Advocates for LGBTQ Rights and Hate Crimes Legislation

FORT WORTH, Texas — American joined with dozens of other Texas-based companies today in an open letter to state lawmakers, making clear the airline supports the inclusion of LGBTQ people in nondiscrimination laws and opposes any effort to exclude the LGBTQ community from full civil rights protections under the law. The effort was led by Texas Competes, a coalition of businesses aligned on ensuring a fair and welcoming Texas for LGBTQ people. “Discrimination of any kind runs counter to American’s mission of taking care of people on life’s journey. Equity and inclusion are core values critical to the success of our company, and laws that create unequal treatment are not only bad policy, but are also bad for business,” said Molly Wilkinson, Vice President of Regulatory Affairs and PRIDE EB...
UAE commences COVID-19 vaccine production with Hayat-Vax rollout
Health, Health & Social, Middle East, World News

UAE commences COVID-19 vaccine production with Hayat-Vax rollout

ABU DHABI, 29th March, 2021 (WAM) -- In a historic move in the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, the United Arab Emirates today announced the commencement of the manufacturing of COVID-19 vaccine in the country. The vaccine, called Hayat-Vax [Hayat means life in Arabic], is the first indigenous COVID-19 vaccine in the region that will be manufactured by a newly created joint venture between Sinopharm CNBG, one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world that has supplied over 100 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine globally, and G42, the leading technology company based in Abu Dhabi. The announcement was witnessed by H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, and Wang Yi, State Councilor and Minister of Fo...
Food and Water Security Office launches reports on ‘Future of Food’ and ‘Global Grains Market’
Health, Health & Social, Middle East, World News

Food and Water Security Office launches reports on ‘Future of Food’ and ‘Global Grains Market’

DUBAI, 30th March, 2021 (WAM) -- The Food and Water Security Office has announced that the ‘Future of Food’ and the ‘Global Grains Market’ monthly reports are now available through the following links: https://foodsecurity.gov.ae/en/publications/future-of-food; https://foodsecurity.gov.ae/en/publications/grains-report The ‘Future of Food’ report is aimed at enhancing a knowledge-based economy and provide a comprehensive overview of the UAE’s food security landscape and achievements made in the food security sector in the UAE over the past three years. The monthly ‘Global Grains Market’ report introduces all partners in the UAE to up-to-date information regarding the status and prices of grain trade in foreign markets. The reports, which were launched during UAE Month of Reading,...
NHS and social care funding
Health & Social, Social

NHS and social care funding

Thank you very much Madam Deputy Speaker, and with permission, I’d like to make a statement on the support we’re giving to the NHS and social care to help recover from the pandemic. But before turning to that, I would like to also update the House on vaccine supply and the roll-out, and set out the facts, given some of the speculation that we have seen overnight. Vaccine supply Let me set out the position absolutely straightforwardly. Throughout the vaccination programme the pace of roll-out has always been determined by the availability of supply. As I’ve said to this House many times: supply is the rate-limiting factor. The process of manufacturing vaccines is complicated and subject to unpredictability. And because we get supplies out into the field so fast, and run a h...
Health and Social Care Secretary’s statement on coronavirus (COVID-19): 5 March 2021
Health & Social

Health and Social Care Secretary’s statement on coronavirus (COVID-19): 5 March 2021

Good afternoon and welcome to Downing Street for today’s coronavirus briefing. I’m joined by Dr Susan Hopkins, from Public Health England and NHS Test and Trace. Today, I’ve got an update on progress in our battle against coronavirus, some new evidence of the effectiveness of the vaccines, an update on the cases of the Brazilian variant of concern and extra funding to support mental health in schools. Because, of course, on Monday that marks our first step in our opening up after this lockdown. Next week, classrooms will be buzzing with activity once more. I know parents across England will be delighted and relieved that all children are going back to school. Also, from Monday, I’m just so pleased that we’re able to reopen care homes to visitors. We’ve put in place a real...
Fashion Revolution responds to Alison Levitt QC’s independent inquiry into Boohoo Group PLC & Leicester factory conditions
Fashion & Beauty, Health & Social

Fashion Revolution responds to Alison Levitt QC’s independent inquiry into Boohoo Group PLC & Leicester factory conditions

What were the biggest findings?   The investigation found that allegations of unacceptable working conditions and underpayment of workers are substantially true across the majority of their supply chain and that Boohoo’s monitoring of its Leicester supply chain has been inadequate for many years. The report says the Directors did not act quickly enough to address these issues because they prioritised the wellbeing of their shareholders over the wellbeing and fundamental human rights of their workers. Today’s financial results show strong revenue growth, up 45% across all geographies and brands.   Alison Levitt QC said that although the company has not committed any criminal offences, senior members of Board knew for a fact that there were serious examples of unaccepta...
Easing lockdown supports high streets & fast track delivery of schools & hospitals across England introduced today
Health & Social, Social

Easing lockdown supports high streets & fast track delivery of schools & hospitals across England introduced today

New planning law enables unused commercial buildings to be changed into homes Will provide much-needed new homes across England and attract footfall to high streets New planning rules allowing for the speedy extension, of valued public buildings including schools, colleges, universities and hospitals Part of a wider package of government measures introduced to help high streets and town centres recover after lockdown and create the most small business friendly planning regime in the world. Support the hundreds of jobs that depend on housing and construction New rules allowing commercial premises to be converted into homes come into force today, as part of a package of measures to revitalise England’s cherished high streets and town centres (31 March 2021). The new...