Nations agree to 15% minimum corporate tax rate

Some 136 countries agreed to enforce a corporate tax rate of at least 15%, as well a fairer system of taxing profits where they are earned. It follows concern that multinational companies are re-routing their profits through low tax jurisdictions to cut their bills. Yet critics say a 15% rate is too low, and firmsContinue reading “Nations agree to 15% minimum corporate tax rate”

Many can stop anti-depressants without relapse

Many people who have taken anti-depressants for at least two years may be able to stop them without relapsing, but most will still need long-term treatment, a UK study suggests. Prescriptions for the drugs have more than doubled in the past 15 years because people are staying on them for much longer. But it’s notContinue reading “Many can stop anti-depressants without relapse”

Three Polish regions scrap anti-LGBT resolutions

Three Polish regions voted on Monday to scrap resolutions that declared them free of “LGBT ideology”. It comes after the European Commission threatened to pull funding. The resolutions were first passed in 2019, with local authorities viewing campaigns for gay rights as an attack on “traditional”, Catholic values. Almost 100 other regions passed similar anti-LGBTContinue reading “Three Polish regions scrap anti-LGBT resolutions”

Switzerland same-sex marriage: Two-thirds of voters back yes

Almost two-thirds of Swiss voters have backed same-sex marriage in a referendum. Some 64% supported the measure, making it one of the last countries in western Europe to legalise same-sex marriage. Campaigners have hailed the vote as a historic moment for LGBT rights in the country. In the build up to the vote, church groupsContinue reading “Switzerland same-sex marriage: Two-thirds of voters back yes”

Northamptonshire woman, 110, shares her secret to a long life

A 110-year-old woman said the secret to a long life was “healthy living, outdoor activities and fresh food”. Joyce Wooding celebrated her birthday on 6 September at Collingtree Park Care Home in Northampton. She said she sometimes felt she was “too old”. “It’s really too long to live because you’ve outlived your parents, your familyContinue reading “Northamptonshire woman, 110, shares her secret to a long life”

CBD trial to treat hallucinations in Parkinson’s disease

Researchers across the UK are trialling a range of cannabis extracts to treat conditions from pain and asthma to brain cancer. Charles Ogilvie-Forbes is taking part in a study at King’s College Hospital, London, using CBD to treat the hallucinations he experiences due to his Parkinson’s disease. https://www.bbc.com/news/av/health-58667520

Nancy Pelosi gifts US flag to Chorley for hosting G7 summit

An American flag which flew during US President Joe Biden’s inauguration has been gifted to the people of Chorley. The Lancashire town has welcomed politicians from around the world for the G7 Speakers’ Summit this weekend. US politician Nancy Pelosi presented the flag to House of Commons Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle as a “symbol ofContinue reading “Nancy Pelosi gifts US flag to Chorley for hosting G7 summit”

Festival of Rescue sees firefighters showcase skills

More than 300 firefighters from around the UK are putting their skills to the test during a mass exercise on the banks of the River Tyne. The Festival of Rescue has attracted hundreds of spectators to the Newcastle and Gateshead quaysides. Teams are taking part in challenges designed to showcase the expertise they bring toContinue reading “Festival of Rescue sees firefighters showcase skills”

Ruling limiting under-16s puberty blockers overturned

Under-16s can take puberty blockers without parental consent, the Court of Appeal has ruled. The appeal was brought by the Tavistock Trust, which runs the UK’s only youth gender identity clinic. The decision reverses a 2020 ruling that under-16s lacked capacity to give informed consent to the treatment, which delays the onset of puberty. TheContinue reading “Ruling limiting under-16s puberty blockers overturned”

Great North Run 2021: Thousands set off as event returns

Thousands of people are taking to the streets of Tyneside in the 40th staging of the Great North Run. Last year’s event was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic and organisers have changed the half-marathon’s route this year to aid social distancing. Participants are starting and finishing in Newcastle rather than making their way toContinue reading “Great North Run 2021: Thousands set off as event returns”