Woman battered by killer brother before he murdered their mum

Lorraine Bristow said her brother Ross Taggart attacked her years before he killed their mother, nursery boss Carol, at the family home in Fife, Scotland
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Aviva and Persimmon agree to leasehold changes amid watchdog probe
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Gareth Southgate’s pragmatism is a new England ideal which could prove to be the most crucial
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Sancho transfer date set as Man Utd handed fresh ultimatum by Borussia Dortmund
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Blinken brings Biden Europe charm offensive to Germany
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Vanessa Bryant settles wrongful death lawsuit in relation to helicopter crash that killed husband Kobe and daughter Gianna
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Aviva and Persimmon agree changes after leasehold scandal investigation – business live
Rolling coverage of the latest economic and financial newsCMA secures ‘landmark commitments’ in leasehold scandalAviva to remove unfair ground rent terms and repay homeowners who saw rents doubledPersimmon Homes to let leasehold house owners buy freehold at a discounted priceCMA urges other housebuilders and investors to followFrom 2017: aristocrats and shell firms among those making millions from ground rent 8.41am BST Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick has welcomed today’s agreement:The Government asked the CMA to conduct this investigation – and I welcome their efforts to bring justice to homeowners affected by unfair practices, such as doubling ground rents, which have no place in our housing market.This settlement with Aviva and Persimmon is a hugely important step and demonstrates our commitment to support existing leaseholders who may have been mis-sold properties. 8.33am BST Good morning, and welcome to our rolling coverage of the world economy, the financial markets, the eurozone and business.Britain’s competition watchdog has declared a win for thousands of people caught up in the UK’s leasehold scandal. Related: Victory! New-build leaseholds banned … but what of those already trapped? Related: Ground rent scandal: leaseholders in England get new rights House builder @PersimmonHomes agrees to let anyone who purchased a long leasehold home since 2000 can buy freehold for max £2000. Deal with @CMAgovUK will also compensate those who have paid more. Expect others to follow rapidly. pic.twitter.com/p2gxmJxaHmThis is a real win for thousands of leaseholders – for too long people have found themselves trapped in homes they can struggle to sell or been faced with unexpectedly high prices to buy their freehold. Now, they can breathe a sigh of relief knowing things are set to change for the better.It’s good that Aviva and Persimmon have responded positively to this investigation, enabling these issues to be fixed for leaseholders. But our work isn’t done. We now expect other housing developers and investors to follow the lead of Aviva and Persimmon. If not, they can expect to face legal action. Related: Travel industry accuses UK government of neglect in its ‘darkest hour’ The head of Britain’s second-biggest drugmaker will present a 10-year outlook to shareholders and analysts, under pressure from an aggressive US hedge fund to demonstrate that she is the right person to lead the company beyond its breakup next summer. Related: Will Emma Walmsley’s radical therapy cure GlaxoSmithKline? Continue reading...
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Mourinho picks out England's major negative ahead of Euro 2020 knockout stages
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Inside spooky prison where Nazis slaughtered hundreds which is now a hotel
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Netflix could be forced to follow Ofcom rules to ‘level the playing field’
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Government backs ‘One Britain One Nation’ campaign by former police officer
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NSW plan to use ‘napalm’ poison to control mouse plague rejected over fears for wildlife
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Vin Diesel claims Dwayne Johnson feud began amid his attempts to ‘assist’ his acting
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Six politically opposed pairs came together to talk Brexit, Megxit and sausages
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Love Island's Kem Cetinay and Amber Gill to host new ITV show about metal health
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PS5 stock UK – live: Today’s Playstation 5 restock updates from Amazon, Asda, Currys and more
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Apple Daily: Hong Kong’s last pro-democracy newspaper says it will close by Saturday
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Britain's FM meets with Cambodian officials for trade talks
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Pub landlady bans kids for good because they are ‘feral and too noisy’
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Your Birthday Could Actually Raise Your Covid Risk
Celebrating a birthday could raise your risk of Covid-19 by a third, a new study suggests.In US counties with high rates of Covid-19, households that recently celebrated birthdays were 30% more likely to be diagnosed with coronavirus, compared with households with no birthdays, according to the study by Harvard Medical School and nonprofit research organisation the RAND Corporation.It’s no surprise really when you think about it. At gatherings with close friends and family members, it’s not unusual for people to bend social distancing rules with a hug here and a kiss there. Blowing out candles on a birthday cake isn’t the most hygienic of activities either.Age also seems to matter – in households with children celebrating a birthday, the risk of catching Covid was even higher. Researchers speculated this could be because households with children’s birthdays were less likely to cancel plans in the pandemic, or that social distancing may have been followed less strictly.For the study, published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine, researchers analysed a nationwide sample of nearly 3 million US households with data provided by the insurance firm Castlight Health.Over the first 45 weeks of 2020, the researchers found that in counties with high Covid-19 transmission, households with recent birthdays averaged 8.6 more cases per 10,000 individuals than households in the same counties without a birthday. In households in which a child had a birthday, the impact was even greater, with an increase in Covid-19 cases of 15.8 per 10,000 persons in the two weeks following the birthday compared to cases in families without one. In households with an adult birthday, the increase was 5.8 additional cases per 10,000.Interestingly, they didn’t count actual birthday parties in their analysis. Instead, they used birth dates of household members as a proxy for social gatherings and in-person festivities.Nonetheless, they said the findings signal that social gatherings, such as birthday parties, may have contributed to infections during the height of the pandemic.“We were only able to examine a single kind of event that likely leads to social gatherings, but given the magnitude of the increased risk associated with having a birthday in the household, it’s clear that informal gatherings of all kinds played a significant role in the spread of Covid-19,” said study co-author Christopher Whaley, from the RAND Corporation.Co-author Anupam Jena, associate professor of Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School, added: “These gatherings are an important part of the social fabric that holds together families and society as a whole. However, as we show, in high-risk areas, they can also expose households to Covid-19 infections.”The findings hold important clues for public health officials and individuals should more waves of Covid occur. “Our results could help inform future measures,” Jena said. “They do underscore the importance of understanding the types of activities that may worsen viral spread during a pandemic and can inform policy and individual decisions based on risk. The findings also quantify the potential risk of gathering with people that we know.”Commenting on the findings, Professor Christl Donnelly, an expert in statistical epidemiology at Imperial College London, told HuffPost UK: “What makes this analysis clever is that rather than having to ask people about their social contacts, the researchers looked for an association between a birthday of someone in the household and subsequent increased Covid-19 risks. “What they found were increased risks in the following two weeks, with bigger effects when the birthday was of a child. This may well reflect children’s birthdays being more likely to be celebrated with a party and/or the party size being larger.” She added that “there is nothing about a birthday party that makes it higher risk than other get-togethers of the same size”.Those wanting to stay safe and reduce their risk at gatherings, including birthday parties, can use the same measures that protect you elsewhere, says Prof Donnelly. “If possible, stay outdoors, wear masks (when not eating cake) and limit the number of people,” she says. “Finally, I’d suggest that if any candles are to be blown out that they are restricted to the birthday girl’s or boy’s piece of cake – not the whole cake to be served to everyone.”Related...The Disgusting Truth About Birthday Candles In A Covid-19 WorldThe Risk Of Heading To Gyms And Fitness Classes Right NowThe Germiest Places At The AirportThe Problem With Perspex: Why Covid Screens Might Not Be SafeWhat's The Deal With International Travel After July 19?
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EU braced for pandemonium – Sweden dubbed 'next one to leave' before plunging into chaos
THE EU could soon lose another member as after Brexit, Sweden is the country most likely to leave the European club, a German lawyer told Express.co.uk.
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Prince Harry and Prince William made heart-wrenching promise to Diana, says author
PRINCE HARRY and Prince William made a promise to Princess Diana they would "always be each other's best friends", a royal historian has said.
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England coaches think Man United captaincy has changed Harry Maguire
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You’ll be sorry! EU’s petulant plot to censor British TV shows branded ‘counterproductive’
PLANS to curb the number of British TV shows being broadcast on the continent have been branded a "very short-sighted protectionist move" by an industry expert.
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Government urged to publish post-lockdown events guidance immediately
It comes after Kendal Calling announced it was postponing for a second year in a row due to a lack of guidance from the government on the measures large events will need to take after lockdown is lifted
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Minister defends scrapping quarantine for 'some' international Euro 2020 fans
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Euro 2020: crunch time for Spain, plus Portugal v France buildup – live!
Opening round reaches its finale with end of Groups E and FEuro 2020 overview: all the latest tables, results and fixturesAnd feel free to email Tom, tweet @tomdaviese17 or post BTL 8.25am BST Some reaction from last night. Gareth Southgate reckons England are still improving and look difficult to play against (indeed, the last time England got through a group stage without conceding was 1966): Related: England will be ready for Euro 2020’s big hitters, insists Gareth Southgate Related: Bukayo Saka’s versatility has Czechs flailing as England enjoy themselves | Jonathan Liew Related: Jack Grealish casts his spell to offer England a welcome touch of theatre | Barney Ronay Related: Croatia’s brain Luka Modric bewitches and bewilders Scotland to Euros exit | Louise Taylor Related: Scotland’s Euro 2020 dreams dashed as Croatia and Modric turn on the style 8.16am BST Morning everyone. And the England fans among you should be feeling a little perkier after last night’s first half against the Czech Republic, which was enough to produce the goal and win that put Gareth Southgate’s side through as group winners. Not least because a goal that involved Bukayo Saka, Jack Grealish, Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling should strike several of the nation’s sweet spots at once. Saka, who plays with the flair and enterprise of a teenager and the intelligence of a 35-year-old, was a particular star, while Grealish also strutted some of the stuff that was being constantly invoked last week.Then it all got a bit boring and we flicked over to see Scotland and, ah well. Croatia decided to properly shake off their lethargy for the first time this tournament and Steve Clarke’s men had no answer. They at least scored a fine goal, presaging a cracking little spell towards the end of the first half but it wasn’t enough. And, 23 years on from the last one, they can file this latest group-stage exit with all the others (perhaps just behind 82 and 92 and just above 78), though they played a good deal better in 2021 than in 98. Related: Scotland bow out as England advance in top spot – Euro 2020 Football Daily Continue reading...
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One Nation, One Britain POLL: Should children across UK sing new patriotic song? VOTE
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