A mother fears for her son severely injured in a 100ft balcony plunge after her local council stopped funding his round-the-clock care. Shaun Whitmore was 19 when he suffered severe brain damage falling while on holiday in Ibiza in 2005. The trauma left him wheelchair bound for life, unable to talk or carry out basic daily tasks, reported Liverpool Echo . Shaun is now being looked after by a team of carers, who visit his Everton's home three times a day, including a night-time carer who sleeps at the Bungalow on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. But mum Hilary, 53, was recently told Liverpool Council is going to stop funding Shaun's healthcare. That could mean Mr Whitmore being taken into emergency care and ending the arrangement of the last 15 years of him being looked after by his mum. In a statement, Liverpool City Council said: "We are aware of Mrs Whitmore’s concerns and we are working with her and Shaun to ensure that his needs continue to be met in his own home.” A team … [Read more...] about Mum’s fears for son brain damaged after 100ft Ibiza balcony fall after care funding cut
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Britain's relations with Russia are already cool. The attempted murder of a former Russian spy in Salisbury could plunge that relationship even deeper into the diplomatic permafrost.Before the basic facts of the case have been established, both sides have indulged in an early exchange of fire. The Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson, told the House of Commons there were echoes of the death of Alexander Litvinenko, another former Russian spy whose murder on British soil has been blamed on the Kremlin. "It is clear that Russia is, I am afraid, in many respects now a malign and disruptive force," Mr Johnson told MPs. The country was, he said, launching cyber-attacks against British infrastructure which "I increasingly think that we have to categorise.. as acts of war". In response, Maria Zakharova, Russia's foreign ministry spokeswoman, accused British politicians and journalists of using the incident to foster anti-Russian sentiment. "This story was straight away used to boost an … [Read more...] about Russian spy: What now for the UK/Russia relationship?
A Russian billionaire who lived in Britain has died after he was hit by a car while walking his dog. Dmitry Obretetsky, 49, was hit close to his home in Oxshott, Surrey, in an incident that involved three cars. A Russian friend and associate of Mr Obretetsky has questioned whether he was deliberately knocked down during the fatal incident, which reportedly initially left him in a coma. The man’s dog, believed to be called Oscar, was also killed in the collision on Monday, November 25. Surrey Police said a man had died five days after the crash, and while the force has not confirmed his identity Mr Obretetsky was named as the victim in Russian media. A succession of Russian immigrants to Britain have died in suspicious circumstances in recent years but it is unclear if foul play is suspected in this case. Sources said Mr Obretetsky was a billionaire who made his fortune in Volgograd after the fall of the Soviet Union before moving to Britain with his wife and children. He founded … [Read more...] about Russian billionaire hit by car in UK dies amid fears he was ‘specially knocked down’
Britain’s vote to leave the EU has unleashed a wave of discrimination against UK researchers, with elite universities in the country coming under pressure to abandon collaborations with European partners. In a confidential survey of the UK’s Russell Group universities, the Guardian found cases of British academics being asked to leave EU-funded projects or to step down from leadership roles because they are considered a financial liability. In one case, an EU project officer recommended that a lead investigator drop all UK partners from a consortium because Britain’s share of funding could not be guaranteed. The note implied that if UK organisations remained on the project, which is due to start in January 2017, the contract signing would be delayed until Britain had agreed a fresh deal with Europe. The backlash against UK researchers began immediately after the June referendum when the failure to plan for a post-Brexit Britain cast serious doubts over the chances of … [Read more...] about UK scientists dropped from EU projects because of post-Brexit funding fears
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Supreme Court justices on Wednesday appeared skeptical of Intel Corp’s bid to avoid a lawsuit accusing it of violating federal law in making employee retirement plan investments that cost beneficiaries hundreds of millions of dollars. FILE PHOTO: Computer chip maker Intel's logo is shown on a gaming computer display during the opening day of E3, the annual video games expo revealing the latest in gaming software and hardware in Los Angeles, California, U.S., June 11, 2019. REUTERS/Mike Blake The justices heard an hour of arguments in Intel’s appeal of a lower court ruling reviving the proposed class action lawsuit that a judge decided in 2017 had been filed too late. The case is significant for companies because it could expand the time that many plan beneficiaries have to bring lawsuits, which could lead to higher damages. Conservative and liberal justices alike seemed to sympathize with the former Intel employee who filed suit in … [Read more...] about U.S. Supreme Court skeptical of Intel in retirement fund dispute