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Sam Ward: GB & England hockey player fighting for career after losing sight in left eye

Sam Ward: GB & England hockey player fighting for career after losing sight in left eye

Sports
Great Britain and England hockey player Sam Ward says he will do "everything he can" to return to hockey after losing the sight in his left eye.The 28-year-old was struck in the face by the ball during the Olympic qualifying play-off win against Malaysia on 3 November.Ward, who scored twice in that game to help GB secure Tokyo 2020 qualification, sustained a crushed retina and facial fractures. BBC Sport earlier incorrectly reported Ward had retired."Over the past week, I have received advice from three separate eye consultants," said Ward."They have all told me that I have suffered damage to the retina of my left eye and that this damage is partly irreversible."I may get some sight back, but...
British tour operator Thomas Cook left thousands of customers uninsured

British tour operator Thomas Cook left thousands of customers uninsured

World
Nov. 5 (UPI) -- Britain's government said Tuesday that defunct tour operator Thomas Cook lacked insurance to cover potential claims for serious injury, illness or deaths for thousands of customers. Business Secretary Andrea Leadsom told the House of Commons that customers who experienced "life-changing" illnesses or injuries while on Thomas Cook flights had almost no chance of receiving compensation after the company entered insolvency proceedings on Sept. 23. "Thomas Cook only took out insurance cover for the very largest personal injury claims," she said. "For agreed claims below this figure up to a high aggregate amount, they decided to self-insure through a provision in their accounts." Leadsom told the House of Commons that the government should set up a statutory compensation progr...
Blood inquiry judge: ‘Many left in grinding hardship’

Blood inquiry judge: ‘Many left in grinding hardship’

Health
All those affected by the contaminated blood scandal should receive the same financial support, no matter where they live in the UK, says the judge in charge of the inquiry.Sir Brian Langstaff said there was "no proper justification" for the "grinding hardship of many".Nearly 3,000 people died in the biggest treatment disaster in NHS history.The government told the BBC it was committed to guaranteeing equal support for all those affected across the UK.The judge's comments come on the last day of evidence from infected victims and their families.The long-awaited UK-wide public inquiry, which has heard personal stories from more than 180 people and thousands more in written evidence, will hear from clinicians and experts from February.It was set up to look ...
Harrogate: What happened when the shops left town

Harrogate: What happened when the shops left town

Business
Cream teas, quaint streets and stylish shops have made Harrogate one of the most successful and popular shopping destinations in the north of England. But there are now gaps on its High Street like never before."Five years ago it would be unheard of to have large empty units on James Street, the prime shopping street in our town. Businesses were fighting to get into these units," says Robert Ogden, who jointly runs a family jewellery business on the street. This attractive spa town has weathered the huge changes taking place in retail better than most places.But in the past two years it's seen a succession of big name chains pull out, such as Topman, Miss Selfridge, Cath Kidston, Prezzo and Jamie's Italian.Many have been the resu...
Loose Women’s Nadia brands EasyJet a ‘disgrace’ as she’s left stranded for two days

Loose Women’s Nadia brands EasyJet a ‘disgrace’ as she’s left stranded for two days

Entertainment
The TV star, who is thought to be worth around £2 million, took to Twitter to share a furious video from the check-in desk.Stood in a long queue, the make-up free ITV host appeared at her wit's end as she vented to camera.Nadia said: "I am never, ever going to fly EasyJet again."Do you remember the documentary about EasyJet and we used to wonder why are they so irate?"Why don't they calm down? Well we properly found out tonight."Not stopping there, Nadia continued: "EasyJet shame on you – people with children here for two days."[We've] been left with no information, not even any water brought to them... never again."Captioning the post, she fumed: "It’s so unbelievable what’s going on here!"A man with two children is having to sleep in the airport because your ground staff have said it’s t