‘Sick and tired of feeling sick and tired’

“I used to say I was sick and tired of feeling sick and tired,” Amber says. And in addition to chronic fatigue and nausea, she was having migraines, extreme abdominal pain, skin rashes and eczema. Her GP diagnosed a recurrence of teenage glandular fever. ‘Couldn’t walk’ And Amber, who lives in London, took two weeks off work to recover – but things got worse. “I lost my words – I couldn’t speak properly,” she says. “I’d sit at dinner with my partner and ask him to ‘pass the post’ instead of ‘the water’. “I couldn’t read numbers. “I couldn’t walk down to the shops – I’d have to sit down on somebody’s garden wall.” ‘Felt crazy’ As the two weeks …

‘My firm lost 90,000 in the House of Fraser sale’

Such deals are under scrutiny, with a key government report out soon which could reshape the process. Carrie James, president of the Insolvency Practitioners Association, argues that pre-packs are often the only way to save businesses and jobs. “If there’s nobody else interested in buying the business, the alternative is that quite often, that business would fail, so the return to suppliers or creditors would be much less. “The point of a pre-pack should be once the business has been sold and moved forward by a purchasing party, then they continue to work with those original suppliers, the idea being that whilst there’s this element of loss, there’s also a potential for recovery.” Related Topics Sports Direct House of Fraser …

Rough Trade: We’re selling more records than ever

Embracing change Rather than seeing digital music as the enemy, Rough Trade embraces podcasts and playlists, keeps a keen eye out for new talent and promotes its stores as community hubs. The Rough Trade Edit podcast, newly launched in the past week, is billed as “your first stop for new music”, featuring staff picks, recommended albums and guest appearances by bands. Receptionist Conor Austin and waitress Rebecca Foulger have come up to town for the day from their home town of Sandwich, in Kent. Conor, 18, explains that he got a record player for Christmas and is keen to expand his vinyl collection, even though he has Spotify on his phone. “I think it sounds different, it’s a different sort …

‘My sister died after taking a line of cocaine’

“But could I see it? Maybe not. Did I want to see it? That’s maybe the question.” Figures compiled for BBC News by NHS Digital show Lucy’s story is far from unusual, with record levels of cocaine use putting increasing pressure on the NHS in England. The figures indicate: a 76% increase in hospital admissions caused by cocaine since 2014-15 a 70% rise in admissions due to mental disorders linked to cocaine use people aged 30-39 have seen the largest increase in admissions the area with the highest admission rates is Merseyside Lewis, a 25-year-old from the Midlands, also suffered a heart attack after a line of cocaine. “My friend’s a nurse and she was taking my pulse and she’s …

City’s Roman wall collapses after digging work

The city walls, parts of which are almost 2,000 years old, are the oldest, longest and most complete in Britain, according to Visit Cheshire. Developer MJW Group was granted planning permission for new luxury apartments in the city in April. “I am appalled that the company carrying out development on this site has not exercised the care and diligence that we expect to see in such close proximity to this iconic ancient monument,” Mr Matheson said. MJW Group has been contacted by the BBC for a comment. The collapse took place behind Newgate Street near to the walkway leading from the Grosvenor Shopping Centre. A council spokesman said: “A section of Chester’s city walls collapsed last night after excavations being …

NI health workers’ unions suspend strike action

NIPSA has said it is not happy with the deal. Health unions to consider £30m pay offer Image caption Ms Speed raised said the union will now ballot its members on the agreement Mr Swann welcomed said it had been “a very difficult time”. “I want to again pay a heartfelt tribute to our nurses and other health workers and the great work they do,” he said. “Only yesterday, we saw figures showing that the number of compliments in our health service far outnumbers the number of complaints. “This illustrates the great health care that is provided day and daily across Northern Ireland, despite all the serious problems facing the system. I recognise, of course, that there is still a …

Do your colleagues know how much you earn?

“They stop workers from challenging unfair pay, allow top executives to hoard profits and encourage discrimination against women and disabled people.” ‘My boss lets me set my own salary’ Would you ask your colleagues what they earn? Half of workers asked said they did not know what senior managers in their organisation earned. And 53% said they were not given information about other people’s pay. Fewer than one five said their workplace had a transparent pay policy. “Talking about pay can feel a bit uncomfortable, but more openness about wages is essential to building fairer workplaces,” Ms O’Grady said. ‘Ignorance can be bliss’ Tracy Jordan, an HR professional, told the BBC she would rather not know what her colleagues are …

Government considers new funding for Flybe

But he added: “We see the importance of Flybe in delivering connectivity across the whole of the United Kingdom.” The airline carries about eight million passengers a year from airports including Birmingham, Manchester, Southampton, Belfast City, Cardiff and Aberdeen, to the UK and Europe. Tim Jeans, chairman of Cornwall Airport, said Flybe was “very important not just to our airport but to regions, to nations and to island communities across the UK”. “They provide lifeline services to destinations across the rest of the UK that simply are not replicated by either other airlines or convenient and affordable train services.”

Santander latest bank to set 40% overdraft rate

How will savers be affected? Between March 2012 and November 2016, those with up to £20,000 in their 123 account earned 3% in savings interest a year. This, alongside some significant marketing, prompted a host of customers to sign up for the account. The rate then dropped to 1.5% and, from May, will fall to 1%. Cashback benefits on household utility bills will also become less generous. The account fee of £5 a month remains. Susan Allen, head of retail banking at Santander, said: “While we have had to make some difficult decisions in the current environment, our current account range remains very competitive.” Banks told to stop short-changing loyal savers However, Martin Lewis, founder of Moneysavingexpert, described the account …

Cold-calling boss banned from being a director

Some people were called repeatedly in one day and it was also reported calls were made at night, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) said. The ICO began investigating the company after receiving more than 1,000 complaints. 99.5 million marketing calls Mr Rudd’s conduct while director was referred to the Insolvency Service, where it was alleged he failed to ensure his company complied with privacy policies, that Keurboom allowed its lines to be used for up to 99.5 million marketing calls without consent and that Keurboom was responsible for the acts described in 1,036 complaints. Mr Rudd signed a disqualification undertaking, in which he did not dispute the claims. Mark Bruce, chief investigator for the Insolvency Service, said: “This ban is …

Sacked pregnant worker wins 17k from beauty firm

She told the hearing she believed her redundancy was rushed through before her maternity leave when she would have fallen into a protected period of employment. The mother of two said she was not interviewed for two new digital marketing roles at Liz Earle, even though they were similar to the job she had been doing. Mrs Larkin, who represented herself, said she had brought the case to “empower women to speak up”. Related Topics Ryde Original Article : HERE ;

Drunk driver banned after falling from lorry cab

The force said “it quickly became apparent” the driver was not in cardiac arrest and he was arrested on suspicion of drink driving. Latest news from the West Midlands Insp Jem Mountford said: “We are extremely thankful that no-one was killed or seriously injured.” “Several members of the public put themselves in considerable danger by stopping their vehicles on the hard shoulder of the motorway to help this man.” Kwik was also fined £416 and told to pay a victim surcharge of £31 and costs of £135. Related Topics Coventry Original Article : HERE ;

Call to stop poor transport holding city back

“Cardiff is at a very dangerous point,” said the think tank’s Simon Jeffrey. “Where its success attracts more and more people but congestion starts to clog up the network and the benefits start to be outweighed by the costs.” Image caption Network Rail said passenger numbers will continue rising by 5% to 6% annually over the next decade. But the pace of Cardiff’s growth means it needs to keep updating its forecasts What’s happening with trains? The Welsh Government’s arms length body TfW took over the running of trains from the much-maligned Arriva Trains Wales in October 2018. But it has been hit by the same complaints about cancelled services, packed trains and how the network operates. Long-term Wales will …

The struggle to get a job after losing an election

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionLaura Smith: “What do people expect me to do?” There is often an assumption that former MPs are set for life after losing their seat, with many walking into consultancy jobs or similarly well-paid roles. While public sympathy may be low for those who fail to get re-elected, the reality of instant political redundancy rarely involves strolling into a high-flying position – it means a trip to the job centre. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Laura Smith said she wasn’t ashamed of going to the job centre Former teacher Laura Smith lost the Crewe and Nantwich seat in the December election after two years in the role. When she was photographed …

Main NI parties agree power-sharing deal

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionSinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald (left) addressed reporters at Stormont Sinn Féin have said they will re-enter devolved government in Northern Ireland after three years of deadlock. The Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) had earlier also given its support to a draft deal to restore Stormont’s political institutions. The British and Irish governments published the draft proposals on Thursday, after nine months of talks. Stormont’s power-sharing coalition, led by the DUP and Sinn Féin, collapsed in January 2017 over a green energy row. How the parties got a done deal What’s in the draft Stormont deal? Three years of political deadlock at Stormont Prime Minister Boris Johnson welcomed the agreement, tweeting it …

NHS pressures ‘put medical breakthroughs at risk’

That is for the whole research sector – although the NHS is expected to be a major beneficiary of this. The Academy of Medical Sciences said this would help, but NHS staff would need protected time to ensure they could take part in research. It wants to see a pilot scheme launched involving 10 UK hospitals which would allow one in five consultants to have one day a week to carry out research. Academy of Medical Sciences president Prof Sir Robert Lechler said investing in research was “critical” and needed to be prioritised even at a time when the NHS was struggling with a shortage of doctors and nurses. “We are enjoying an exciting era of unprecedented medical discovery. “Patients …