Pandemic complicates Liberal leadership contest that will elect 14th N.L. premier

ST. JOHN’S, N.L.—Newfoundland and Labrador will have a new premier in August as a Liberal leadership race disrupted by COVID-19 barrels ahead amid heightened scrutiny. The contenders are Andrew Furey, a prominent surgeon and charity founder with family connections in Ottawa, and John Abbott, a former civil servant who has served in deputy minister roles. Both have run physically distant campaigns in recent weeks, holding video-call … Read more

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The latest headlines in your inbox twice a day Monday – Friday plus breaking news updates Only 15 coronavirus tests a day were available for patients at the London hospital where an outbreak among staff has forced it to close to emergency ambulances for a week. Hillingdon, the main hospital for Boris Johnson’s Uxbridge and South Ruislip constituency, has been diverting ambulances since last Tuesday after … Read more

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The latest headlines in your inbox twice a day Monday – Friday plus breaking news updates The US Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has been hospitalised for treatment of a “possible infection”. A court spokeswoman said the 87-year-old “underwent an endoscopic procedure… to clean out a bile duct stent that was placed last August”. She is “resting comfortably” and will stay at Baltimore’s Johns Hopkins … Read more

UK coronavirus live: test and trace ‘as good as or better than anywhere in world’, claims Boris Johnson

News updates: all the day’s UK Covid-19 developments as prime minister faces Keir Starmer at PMQs Matt Hancock rules out mandatory face masks in offices Nurses not wearing masks led to A&E closure, inquiry finds Infection rate in England fell sharply month before lockdown lifted Global coronavirus updates – live LIVE Updated Play Video Test and trace: Boris Johnson and Sir Keir Starmer’s explosive exchange – … Read more

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The latest lifestyle, fashion and travel trends The tourism industry has been one of the hardest hit by the Covid-19 pandemic – so Airbnb has come up with a new way to salvage lost income for its hosts. The home-sharing platform has asked its users to donate money to previous hosts who may have lost income during the pandemic. And it’s not gone down well. An … Read more

Banksy’s coronavirus-related artwork removed from London underground train

Banksy’s latest artwork inside a London Underground train carriage, with messages about the spread of coronavirus, has been removed by Transport for London (TfL). The graffiti artist uploaded a 59-second video captioned “If you don’t mask – you don’t get” to his Instagram and YouTube pages on Tuesday afternoon. It showed Banksy spray painting stencils of his famous rats inside a Circle Line train. One of … Read more

Like ‘a grandfather at the sherry cabinet’: Trump’s meandering monologue

In theory, US president Donald Trump summoned television cameras to the heat-baked Rose Garden early on Tuesday evening to announce new measures against China to punish it for its oppression of Hong Kong. But that did not last long. What followed instead was an hour of presidential stream of consciousness as Trump drifted seemingly at random from one topic to another, often in the same run-on … Read more

July stimulus is ‘last chance’ to save the economy, Chambers Ireland warns

The umbrella group for 40 Irish chambers of commerce has warned the Government that “half measures will no longer cut it” and says the upcoming July stimulus is a “last chance” to prevent huge, long-term economic damage from the impact of coronavirus. Chambers Ireland, whose members represent 8,000 companies, has called for an extension of the temporary wage subsidy scheme, whereby the State pays up to … Read more

A Montana Care Home Refused Free COVID-19 Tests. Now, Nearly Every Resident Has Coronavirus

(BILLINGS, Mont.) — It was meant to be a last line of defense to protect the most vulnerable as the coronavirus spread across the United States: Montana officials offered free testing in May for staff and residents at assisted living and long-term care facilities. But not all of them followed through, according to state data, including a facility in Billings, Montana’s largest city, that cares for … Read more

L.A. teachers demand better technology to avoid remote learning chaos in fall

FILE PHOTO: Outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Seattle, Washington More By Jane Ross and Andrew Hay LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – After being told to return to remote education in the fall, Los Angeles teachers are demanding greater technology support to avoid the chaos they say they faced when the COVID-19 pandemic forced schools to abruptly switch to online learning in March.   The nation’s second-largest … Read more

Fearing COVID ‘cocktail of risks’, EU urges more flu vaccinations

FILE PHOTO: European Union flags flutter outside the European Commission headquarters in Brussels More By Francesco Guarascio BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union executive urged member states on Wednesday to launch earlier and broader vaccination campaigns against flu this year to reduce the risk of simultaneous influenza and COVID-19 outbreaks in the autumn. The European Commission wants to head off the risk of hospitals being again … Read more

Group of child care operators ask Ontario to fully reopen sector

By Staff The Canadian Press Posted July 15, 2020 7:11 am Smaller font Descrease article font size –A Larger font Increase article font size A+ TORONTO — A group of Ontario child-care operators is asking the province to allow the sector to fully reopen in September. The six operators, who are all women, say a government plan that restricts capacity could result in the closure of … Read more

California restaurant owner worried as new shutdown takes effect: ‘We’re asking for survival’

A restaurant owner in California, where many businesses were recently closed again to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus, told Fox News that the past four months have been “difficult to deal with.” “The biggest challenge has been just the inconsistency and not really knowing what the next week is going to look like,” Waterfront Bar & Grill owner Chad Cline told “Fox & Friends First” on Wednesday. “And … Read more

Whether inmate mentally fit for execution could cause delay

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — The man next on the list to be executed by the federal government after a nearly 20-year hiatus ended this week may have a better chance of avoiding lethal injection, legal experts say, because he suffers from dementia and so, his lawyers say, can no longer grasp why he’s slated to die. Wesley Ira Purkey, convicted of a gruesome 1998 kidnapping and … Read more

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The latest headlines in your inbox twice a day Monday – Friday plus breaking news updates Boris Johnson today dodged a question about whether he had read a government report which estimated 120,000 people could die during the winter. The Prime Minister said he was “aware of the report” but stopped short of saying he had read it as he came to blows with Labour leader … Read more

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The latest headlines in your inbox twice a day Monday – Friday plus breaking news updates Boris Johnson has confirmed an independent inquiry into the UK’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic will go ahead – but not now. Addressing MPs at Prime Minister’s Questions on Wednesday, he said: “I do not believe that now, in the middle of combating a pandemic, is the right moment to … Read more

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The latest headlines in your inbox twice a day Monday – Friday plus breaking news updates Matt Hancock today ruled out making office workers wear face masks because they do not “make much difference” in combating coronavirus in such settings. “We will not be recommending masks in the office,” the Health Secretary, said, arguing that they were appropriate only in settings such as trains and shops … Read more

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The latest headlines in your inbox twice a day Monday – Friday plus breaking news updates Fundraising hero Captain Tom Moore is to be knighted by the Queen, The 100-year-old Second World War veteran raised almost £33 million for NHS charities by walking laps of his Bedfordshire garden earlier this year. Originally setting out to raise £1,000, Captain Tom surpassed that total significantly and won the … Read more

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The latest headlines in your inbox twice a day Monday – Friday plus breaking news updates Survivors of coronavirus on intensive care wards can experience similar traumatic mental health symptoms to bombing victims, a leading clinical psychologist who treated 7/7 victims has said. It comes as mental health services are preparing for increased demand to treat conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder and travel phobia. Dr … Read more

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2020-07-15T12:02:45.170Z Calls for Government to review guidance on working from home Chairman of the Conservative Party 1922 Committee Sir Graham Brady called on the Government to review its guidance on working from home.    Sir Graham said in the Commons: “Some people are anxious to return to work and some people find that they are actually as happy and productive at home working as they would … Read more

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The latest headlines in your inbox twice a day Monday – Friday plus breaking news updates Antibodies derived from llamas have shown to be a “powerful diagnostic” in combatting coronavirus, said researchers in a new study. Researchers hope the antibodies, known as nanobodies due to their small size, could eventually be developed as a treatment for patients with Covid-19. The team of scientists from the Rosalind … Read more

‘I can’t afford to turn away business’: view from shops on face mask rules

Coronavirus outbreak The Guardian speaks to shop owners about new face mask rules in Scotland and England Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Shoppers wearing face coverings in Blackburn, Lancashire, on Wednesday. Photograph: Paul Ellis/AFP/Getty Images After mixed messages last week from the UK government over the wearing of face coverings, the health secretary, Matt Hancock, announced on Tuesday they would be made … Read more

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The latest headlines in your inbox twice a day Monday – Friday plus breaking news updates South Africa’s total number of coronavirus cases has surpassed that of the UK with the crisis-hit country now suffering one of the highest infection rates in the global pandemic. The country reported 10,000 fresh cases yesterday, taking its total to more than 298,000 — the eighth highest in the world … Read more

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The latest headlines in your inbox twice a day Monday – Friday plus breaking news updates Banksy‘s new artwork in a London Underground train carriage has been removed by Transport for London as it violated its anti-graffiti policy. The graffiti artist uploaded video captioned “If you don’t mask – you don’t get” to his Instagram and YouTube pages on Tuesday afternoon. Footage showed Banksy spray painting … Read more

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The latest headlines in your inbox twice a day Monday – Friday plus breaking news updates Ministers were today urged to allow children whose parents lose their jobs over the summer to receive free school meals. The national free school meal voucher scheme was extended to cover the summer holidays following a campaign by the Manchester United and England footballer Marcus Rashford . Schools had to … Read more

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The latest headlines in your inbox twice a day Monday – Friday plus breaking news updates Barnard Castle is thanking Dominic Cummings for a spike in tourism. During the scandal over his lockdown whereabouts in May, the PM’s chief advisor claimed he had driven to the town from Durham in order to do an “eye test” for driving. Now an English Heritage spokesperson tells The Londoner … Read more

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The latest lifestyle, fashion and travel trends People are in two camps when it comes to post-lockdown summer holidays. The do-or-die crowd who will stop at nothing to face-plant on a sun lounger in the Med, or the Covid-cautious for whom the thought of venturing much further than their own back garden is anxiety-making. The Government’s “travel corridors” came into effect at the end of last … Read more

Trump Admin Drops Order to Bar Foreign Students After Pushback

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. Under sharp pressure from states, universities, and technology companies, the Trump administration today abandoned a policy announced July 6 that would have forced international students — including international medical students — to return to their home countries if their fall college courses were conducted entirely online. Several hundred medical students were among … Read more

The map that shows why Sydney is doomed as coronavirus outbreaks grow

The map that shows why Sydney is doomed to another outbreak: At least NINETEEN venues are shut down for cleaning after being exposed to coronavirus as deadly disease expands through city 19 venues have been impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak in Sydney Outbreak spreads beyond western suburbs to the CBD and Blue Mountains  Business owners have been forced to close bars, restaurants and gyms   By Louise Ayling For … Read more

Kanye West ‘bows out of presidential race’  

‘Kanye’s out’: Election strategist hired by rapper reveals he has dropped out of the presidential race – but bid WAS serious with 180 campaign staff hired to help him get on the ballot in Florida and South Carolina Kanye West’s bid for the White House has reportedly already ended  Rapper, 43, reportedly hired staff to try to get him on the ballot in several states They … Read more

Party boy broke lockdown rules in Melbourne FIVE TIMES in one night

Party boy breaks lockdown rules in Victoria FIVE TIMES in one night – telling cops he was ‘exercising’ and drinking Canadian Club to ‘stay hydrated’ James Casey, was one of the first people charged with a COVID-19 breach The 20-year-old was caught five times in five hours for flouting restrictions He was found drinking on the streets of the Victorian town of Mildura  Casey has walked … Read more

Moderna’s coronavirus vaccine ready to advance to final phase of testing

The first COVID-19 vaccine tested in the U.S. revved up people’s immune systems just the way scientists had hoped, researchers reported Tuesday. The shots are poised to begin key final testing.  “No matter how you slice this, this is good news,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, the U.S. government’s top infectious disease expert, told The Associated Press. The experimental vaccine, developed by Fauci’s colleagues at the National Institutes … Read more

Europe’s shift to electric cars picks up despite recession

1 / 2 Europe Electric Cars FILE- In this Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020 file photo, robots work on an electric car ID.3 body at the assembly line during a press tour at the plant of the German manufacturer Volkswagen AG (VW) in Zwickau, Germany. The coronavirus has cancelled business plans all over the world but Europe’s push into electric cars isn’t one of them. Sales of … Read more

Fearing autumn COVID wave, EU urges earlier, broader flu vaccination

FILE PHOTO: European Union flags flutter outside the European Commission headquarters in Brussels More BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Commission said on Wednesday European Union states should launch earlier and broader vaccination campaigns against flu this year to reduce the risk of simultaneous influenza and COVID-19 outbreaks in the autumn. The EU executive wants to prevent the risk of hospitals being again overwhelmed by a surge … Read more

Quarantines or not, Americans descend on summer vacation spots

New Mexico struggles to stop tourists and slow the spread of COVID-19 More By Andrew Hay RED RIVER, N.M. (Reuters) – In the New Mexico mountain resort of Red River, tourists from Texas stroll along Main Street, most disregarding Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham’s orders they quarantine and wear masks. It’s the same in other New Mexican tourist towns such as Taos and Santa Fe, except nearly … Read more

As pandemic worsens, Miami Beach visitors party, residents mostly comply

1 / 2 As pandemic worsens, Miami Beach visitors party, residents mostly comply The Miami Beach Convention Center, which has become a drive up/walk up COVID testing site By Zachary Fagenson MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (Reuters) – A few blocks from the Miami Beach Convention Center, where an emergency field hospital stands ready to treat a potential tidal wave of COVID-19 patients, it’s party-on along the resort … Read more

U.S. Paycheck Protection hit some of its mark, but missed the most vulnerable

1 / 2 U.S. Paycheck Protection hit some of its mark, but missed the most vulnerable FILE PHOTO: Destiny USA mall reopens as COVID-19 restrictions are eased By Howard Schneider and Brad Heath (Reuters) – The Paycheck Protection Program appears to have thrown a critical safety net under U.S. middle and upper-middle-wage jobs, but it faltered when it comes to lower-paying positions and the industries hit … Read more

Two in three Americans want to see Trump’s tax returns, Reuters/Ipsos poll shows

U.S. President Donald Trump attends a news conference in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington More By Chris Kahn NEW YORK (Reuters) – Two out of three Americans want to see President Donald Trump’s income taxes, and about half believe he has been withholding them for reasons that could hurt him politically, according to a Reuters/Ipsos public opinion poll. The July 13-14 poll … Read more

Coronavirus: Gaps in Canadian security technology a concern for traders working from home

The shift to Canadian traders working from home during COVID-19 is putting the systems used to monitor their activity to the test, with some experts saying the technology needs to be more robust to secure against unauthorized activity or possible insider trading. The Bank of Canada warned in May the move to remote work could leave financial institutions more exposed to operational vulnerabilities, including increased challenges to trade … Read more

Coronavirus: Video showing Toronto restaurant patrons crammed together triggers investigation

TORONTO — A popular Toronto restaurant is under investigation after a video released on social media over the weekend appeared to show patrons and staff failing to follow COVID-19 public health rules. Mayor John Tory has confirmed that the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario has launched an investigation into MARBL, located in the city’s downtown. A video originally published to Instagram shows dozens of patrons … Read more

Cold War 2.0 may already have begun

WASHINGTON — The signal wasn’t subtle. While China practiced amphibious landings in a contested area of the South China Sea this month, the U.S. Navy dispatched two aircraft carriers to the area “to support a free and open Indo-Pacific,” the Navy said in a statement. It’s unclear how close the American and Chinese warships got to one another. But it was among the more dramatic recent … Read more

These couples are stuck thousands of miles apart because of travel bans

Leah Howd is worried that her 5-month-old son, Johan, won’t remember his father when they are finally reunited. “He is too small to understand the person on the computer monitor is his dad,” she said. Howd, 39, of Peoria, Illinois, hasn’t seen her partner, Bas Bruurs, 41, of the Netherlands for three months — they are among thousands of couples now kept apart in different corners … Read more

Daniel Turner: Biden’s harmful radical energy plan panders to AOC and other far-left extremists for votes

Former Vice President Joe Biden unveiled a confusing and impractical $2 trillion plan to combat climate change Tuesday that would harm our economy, destroy more jobs than it would create, and offer little if any environmental benefits in a world where China and other nations keep increasing carbon dioxide emissions. The move by the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee is an effort to please both environmental extremists … Read more

Atlanta mayor’s ties to predecessor could damage VP chances

Who is Keisha Lance Bottoms? As the pressure rises on presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden to announce a black woman as his running mate, Atlanta’s mayor has earned a national spotlight for her reported spot on the shortlist for Biden’s potential running mates. Here’s 5 things you need to know about Keisha Lance Bottoms. Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, considered to be on former Vice President Joe … Read more

Ali Noorani: Trump should let DACA recipients become citizens — it will benefit US and his election chances

What will President Trump do about the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program, created by President Obama to allow children brought to the U.S. without authorization to remain here? The president has tried unsuccessfully to kill the program, but he said Tuesday he will somehow keep it alive — without giving us any details. Trump would be wise to allow the 650,000 or so current … Read more

US politics: new bodycam videos of George Floyd killing to be made available – live updates

Video from bodycams of two officers available for public viewing by appointment – media banned from publishing Trump inaccurately argued white Americans are dying more often at hands of police than Black Americans Officer brutalized woman during minor traffic stop, then took her to jail Sign up to our First Thing newsletter LIVE Updated A pedestrian walks past a Black Lives Matter mural in Washington, DC … Read more

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The latest lifestyle, fashion and travel trends The coronavirus pandemic has been frustrating, to say the least. People are furloughed and losing their jobs, the economy has taken a downturn and we’re in desperate need of a holiday. A survey has found that 45 per cent of Brits are feeling increasingly stressed, frustrated and tense due to lockdown and 31 per cent of us are ‘left … Read more

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2020-07-15T11:02:05.273Z Prime Minister’s Questions has started. 2020-07-15T10:55:27.430Z The mother of a 30-year-old school assistant who died with Covid-19 issued a heartfelt warning to young people today to “socialise responsibly” as lockdown measures are eased:  2020-07-15T10:33:23.110Z Priti Patel said she does not know how many people are coming into the UK with coronavirus:  2020-07-15T10:28:03.746Z Tourism minister Nigel Huddleston today urged visitors to return to London to help bring back … Read more

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The latest headlines in your inbox twice a day Monday – Friday plus breaking news updates The mother of a 30-year-old school assistant who died with Covid-19 issued a heartfelt warning to young people today to “socialise responsibly” as lockdown measures are eased. Charity Telford, 60, was issued with PPE to stay at her daughter Channe’s hospital bedside before she lost her five-week fight for life … Read more

China threatens retaliation against US for ‘gross interference’ in HK

China threatens retaliation against the US after branding Trump’s moves in Hong Kong a ‘gross interference’ in its domestic affairs Trump yesterday lauded an executive order intended to ‘hold China accountable for its oppressive actions against the people of Hong Kong’ Ends special privileges granted to once autonomous city after China power grab China called it ‘gross interference’ in domestic policy and threatened to hit back … Read more

Teens dress up as senior citizens with face masks to buy alcohol

Who needs a fake ID! Teenagers dress up as senior citizens with face masks to buy alcohol from liquor stores in trend sweeping TikTok US teenagers are dressing up as senior citizens to buy alcohol from liquor stores The TikTok users wear face masks to add to the effect and cover their face  Some went so far as to wear plastic gloves under the guise of … Read more

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The latest headlines in your inbox twice a day Monday – Friday plus breaking news updates Only 15 coronavirus tests a day were available for patients at the London hospital where an outbreak among staff has forced it to close to emergency ambulances for a week. Hillingdon, the main hospital for Boris Johnson’s Uxbridge and South Ruislip constituency, has been diverting ambulances since last Tuesday after … Read more

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The latest headlines in your inbox twice a day Monday – Friday plus breaking news updates 100-year-old veteran Captain Tom Moore captured the hearts of Britain when the Second World War veteran decided to walk 100 laps of his garden to help fund the NHS during the Covid-19 pandemic. Captain Moore’s determination inspired the British public, and he raised tens of millions of pounds within days. … Read more

Man, 82, catches coronavirus TWICE in two months

How long does coronavirus immunity REALLY last? 82-year-old man who recovered from the disease is struck down again just 10 days later with the SAME symptoms Sickly elderly man was taken into intensive care for four weeks and survived Just 10 days after being discharged from hospital he needed intensive care again Doctors and scientists can’t work out whether people can be infected twice Suggest the … Read more

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The latest headlines in your inbox twice a day Monday – Friday plus breaking news updates Wildlife experts have alerted the Evening Standard that a global conservation “crisis” is unfolding as the disruption caused by Covid-19 causes a surge in the poaching of species for the illegal wildlife trade. India, Nepal and Pakistan and several African countries have all reported a poaching spike. In Botswana, it … Read more

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The latest headlines in your inbox twice a day Monday – Friday plus breaking news updates The US Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has been hospitalised for treatment of a “possible infection”. A court spokeswoman said the 87-year-old “underwent an endoscopic procedure… to clean out a bile duct stent that was placed last August”. She is “resting comfortably” and will stay at Baltimore’s Johns Hopkins … Read more

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The latest headlines in your inbox twice a day Monday – Friday plus breaking news updates Young adults were today advised to maintain social distancing after the biggest-ever study of coronavirus in England found they had the highest infection rates. The research into the spread of the virus in the community, by Imperial College London, also found that children were more likely to be infected than … Read more

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The latest headlines in your inbox twice a day Monday – Friday plus breaking news updates Priti Patel said she does not know how many people are coming into the UK with coronavirus. The Home Secretary said the figure is “held centrally elsewhere in government” during a grilling by chair of the home affairs select committee Yvette Cooper. The senior Labour MP asked the Secretary of … Read more

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The latest headlines in your inbox twice a day Monday – Friday plus breaking news updates A pair of British Army soldiers have been praised after they helped two mothers with the births of their babies. Serjeant Wayne Delahunty, 35, and Lance Corporal Dan Ells, 25, jumped into action during separate call-outs with the ambulance service. Both men, from 1st Battalion The Rifles based in Beachley … Read more