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Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital: Babies and mums died ‘amid toxic culture’

Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital: Babies and mums died ‘amid toxic culture’

Health
Babies and mothers died amid a "toxic" culture at a hospital trust stretching back 40 years, a report has said.The catalogue of maternity care failings at Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust are contained in a report leaked to The Independent. It reveals that some children were left disabled, staff got the names of some dead babies wrong and, in one case, referred to a child as "it".The trust apologised and said "a lot" had been done to address concerns.In 2017, then Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt announced an investigation into avoidable baby deaths at the trust, which runs Royal Shrewsbury Hospital and Telford's Princess Royal.It is being led by maternity expert Donna Ockenden, who authored the report for NHS Improvement. ...
Iraq protesters block some roads amid strike call

Iraq protesters block some roads amid strike call

World
Iraqi anti-government protesters close some roads in response to influential cleric’s call for strikeBy QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA Associated PressNovember 17, 2019, 10:16 AM3 min read Anti-government protesters blocked roads with burning tires in parts of central and southern Iraq on Sunday, halting traffic and paralyzing work following a call for a national strike. In the southern port city of Basra and in cities like Nasiriyah, Amara and Kut, protesters set tires ablaze to close off roads, keeping employees from reaching their work places. Schools, universities and other institutions closed for the day. In parts of Baghdad, particularly the sprawling Sadr City neighborhood, protesters sat in the middle of the streets to prevent employees from getting to their workplaces. They also blocked roads
Taylor Swift ‘not allowed’ to sing hits at awards amid music feud

Taylor Swift ‘not allowed’ to sing hits at awards amid music feud

Entertainment
Taylor Swift has said her performance at the upcoming American Music Awards (AMAs) is in doubt because she is being barred from performing her own songs.In a message to fans on social media, the singer said music managers Scooter Braun and Scott Borchetta would not let her perform songs from her past albums, which they own the rights to. She said a Netflix documentary about her life had also been put in jeopardy.The BBC has contacted Braun and Borchetta for comment. Swift v Braun: Personal or strictly business? Taylor Swift 'bullied' by man who now owns her music Swift made the allegations in a statement posted to Twitter with the caption: "Don't know what else to do"."Right now my performance at the AMAs, the Netflix documentar...
Hong Kong in first recession for a decade amid protests

Hong Kong in first recession for a decade amid protests

World
Hong Kong has entered its first recession in a decade as the territory continues to be gripped by protests.Its economy shrank 3.2% in the July-to-September period compared with the prior quarter, figures showed, confirming earlier preliminary data.It means the economy has contracted for two quarters in a row, which is the usual definition of a recession.Tourists are staying away and shops are suffering amid battles between anti-government protesters and police.Compared with a year ago, Hong Kong's economy was 2.9% smaller in the third quarter of the year. Hong Kong's protests started in June after the government planned to pass a bill that would allow suspects to be extradited to mainland China.Many feared this bill would undermi...
German airline Lufthansa grounds 1,300 flights amid flight attendant strike

German airline Lufthansa grounds 1,300 flights amid flight attendant strike

World
Nov. 7 (UPI) -- German airline Lufthansa grounded 1,300 flights on Thursday as thousands of flight attendants launched a strike. The strike over pay, pensions and working conditions is expected to last through Friday evening and affects about 180,000 passengers, NPR reported. The flight attendants' union, UFO, agreed to preliminary talks over the weekend but was not expected to end the strike early. UFO issued a statement accusing the airline of not working with them earlier to avoid the need for a strike. "Instead of averting the strike, plans were changed on a massive scale and additional standby services were acquired for the day of the strike," the union said. Lufthansa condemned the strike in a statement before it took effect and offered affected customers the opportunity to rebook ...