Published 9 hours ago Share close Share page Copy link About sharing The fairy lights are down and the tree has been recycled, but for some people the Christmas cards have only just started arriving. People in an area of Essex have been receiving cards more than a month late as Royal Mail faces staff shortages. Sarah Merritt, from Chelmsford, said one card postmarked 13 December arrived on 13 January, with others arriving in "dribs and drabs". Royal Mail apologised and it was working to get services back to normal. A Covid outbreak at the Chelmsford depot had hit 70 of the 200 staff, a union said. Formula 1 fan Ms Merritt said she often received dozens of Christmas cards from all over the world from people she had met at races. She said she knew there was a problem with her post when only six cards had arrived by mid-December. "It seems to be coming through in dribs and … [Read more...] about Covid: Christmas cards arrive weeks late after Chelmsford outbreak
Russia: Portillo explains Germany’s fears over gas supply Sign up to receive our rundown of the day's top stories direct to your inbox SUBSCRIBE Invalid email We use your sign-up to provide content in ways you've consented to and to improve our understanding of you. This may include adverts from us and 3rd parties based on our understanding. You can unsubscribe at any time. More info The German confectionery industry has warned that supply chains are no longer working, cutting off supplies of raw materials and packaging necessary for popular Easter treats like chocolate bunnies. It comes just as one of the most important sales periods for the industry approaches, and the confectionery industry is desperately calling for a reduction in EU bureaucracy to help. Related articles Turkey changes name to Türkiye to reject English spelling South China Sea: 'Recovery ops!' US navy race China to recover jet Dr Casten … [Read more...] about Germany faces Easter ‘without chocolate’ as EU supply issues spiral
Alex Cole-Hamilton blasts Sturgeon over independence referendum Sign up for FREE now and never miss the top politics stories again SUBSCRIBE Invalid email We use your sign-up to provide content in ways you've consented to and to improve our understanding of you. This may include adverts from us and 3rd parties based on our understanding. You can unsubscribe at any time. More info As Omicron restrictions come to an end in Scotland, critics of Ms Sturgeon have argued that her reaction to Omicron has been a failure of her leadership. On Thursday, Conservative MSP Douglas Ross questioned Ms Sturgeon on her choice to toughen Covid restrictions in the face of Omicron, alongside Wales and Northern Ireland – shutting nightclubs and reintroducing social distancing measures. Related articles Boris urged to abandon 'playbook' to 'save his career' POLL: Do you support Britain's intervention in Ukraine-Russia row? Mr Ross … [Read more...] about Nicola Sturgeon POLL: Has SNP blown independence hopes with draconian Covid curbs?
The much-anticipated Sue Gray report into alleged COVID breaches inside Downing Street could prove damning for Boris Johnson - but the police inquiry that follows will be even more wide-reaching. Met Police Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick revealed on Tuesday her force has launched a probe into "a number of events that took place at Downing Street and Whitehall in the last two years in relation to potential breaches of COVID-19 regulations". She said the decision to launch a criminal investigation came amid "deep public concern" about the allegations in recent weeks and after information was handed to the force by the Cabinet Office. Johnson to decide how much of Partygate report is made public - follow live politics updates Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video player 1:01 Met launches investigation into a number of Downing Street events Why is the Met now investigating? Advertisement The police … [Read more...] about Downing Street parties: How is the Met Police inquiry into No 10 COVID breaches different to Sue Gray’s – and what could it cover?
Loose Women panelist Denise Welch has taken to Instagram to proudly reveal her slim figure after a losing a whopping two stone in just two months. Denise shared the transformation snap in celebration of her 9 years as an ambassador for diet plan company Lighter Life. In the before picture, Denise can be seen smiling in a bright pink bikini, clutching her chest as she makes her way down to the sand. In her more recent snap, she looked incredible in a show-stopping orange swimsuit that accentuated her toned legs and petite frame. Fans showered her with praise and left comments about the amazing achievement: “Wow Denise, lovely body!” Another said: “Beautiful lady!” while another left: “You look amazing.” “You look great Denise,” said a kind fan. She wrote in the caption: “When I gave up drinking ten years ago, I gained a sweet tooth and very quickly one addiction was in danger of being replaced by another." "I put on two stone and was aware that … [Read more...] about Denise Welch shows off slender figure in skimpy swimsuit after whopping 2st weight loss
close Video Fox News Flash top entertainment headlines for January 25 Fox News Flash top entertainment and celebrity headlines are here. Check out what clicked this week in entertainment. Kathryn Kates , an actress who appeared on " Seinfeld ," "The Many Saints of Newark," "Orange is the New Black" and more, has died. She was 73. A representative for Kates confirmed her death to Fox News. The actress passed away on Saturday "after a hard fought battle with lung cancer," representative Erica Bines of Headline Talent Agency said. "She was surrounded by her incredible family when she peacefully passed. She wasn’t just a dear client of ours but also our friend. Losing her is heartbreaking, but there’s no doubt that her immense talent will live on for generations to come," Bines said in a statement. A memorial for the actress is being planned to take place this spring, Bines added. ‘CHARLIE BROWN’ VOICE ACTOR FROM 1965 CHRISTMAS … [Read more...] about Kathryn Kates, ‘Seinfeld’ and ‘Orange is the New Black’ actress, dead at 73
A$AP Rocky has already declared girlfriend Rihanna is 'the one' – and there have even been rumours the pair are expecting a baby together . So do we also hear wedding bells for this music power couple in 2022? The pair, both 33, only went public with their relationship in September last year when they walked the red carpet together at the prestigious Met Gala . But US rapper A$AP, whose real name is Rakim Mayers, says he is in it for the long haul with his Bajan beauty. Describing her as the "love of his life", he said RiRi amounts to "like a million of other ones". Pals say a baby and a wedding are on the couple’s to-do list for 2022, so watch this space... Rihanna and ASAP Rocky have been an item since 2020 ( Image: Getty) Get all the biggest showbiz news straight to your inbox. Sign up for the free Mirror Showbiz newsletter. A source close to the pair told Heat magazine the duo had a "blissful" time celebrating Christmas in Barbados. … [Read more...] about Rihanna and A$AP Rocky ‘set to marry this year’ amid baby rumours
Published 1 hour ago Share close Share page Copy link About sharing People who were not able to avail of Stormont's high street voucher scheme are to be compensated, Economy Minister Gordon Lyons has said. He said about 6,000 people did not receive a Spend Local card and others had difficulty using them. The minister appeared before the economy committee on Wednesday. He said details of the "remedy payment" were being finalised and he hoped to bring forward the scheme in the coming days. Mr Lyons said his officials had shared proposals with their counterparts in the Department of Finance and were currently awaiting approval for the scheme. More than 1.4 million adults received a £100 spending card, which was to be used in shops and not online, before the scheme closed. However, the deadline for when the card could be be accepted was extended a number of times as many … [Read more...] about Spend Local: Minister reveals compensation plan
By Richard Morgan Published 13 December 2021 comments Comments Share close Share page Copy link About sharing Retail sales in Northern Ireland rose in November for the first time in four months, according to an Ulster Bank survey. The bank's monthly survey of private sector businesses is considered a reliable indicator of economic performance. The report also indicated employment levels continued to grow. Supply chain problems remain and inflationary pressures were described as severe. Ulster Bank's chief economist Richard Ramsey pointed to the High Street Voucher Scheme as one reason for the rise in retail activity. "Northern Ireland saw the pace of business activity accelerate in November, but this uptick was solely down to a rebound in one sector, retail," he said. "Local retail sales rose in November for the first time in four months with the High … [Read more...] about Spend Local scheme helps lift November retail sales – survey
ONE of the most famous names to come from Disney Channel is Brenda Song. Song , 33 , hasn't slowed down since she rose to fame thanks to her roles on the Disney Channel, and is engaged to Macaulay Culkin. What movies and series did Brenda Song star in on the Disney Channel? Here's a look at some of the series and movies Song starred in. The Ultimate Christmas Present Song got her start on Disney Channel after starring in the 2000 movie The Ultimate Christmas Present alongside Hallee Hirsh. In the movie, Sam Kwan (Song) and Allie Thompson (Hirsh) steal a weather machine from Santa Claus in order to try and make a snow day in LA. The machine breaks down and causes an uncontrollable snowstorm that they have to try and fix. Song won the Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a TV Movie Comedy, Supporting Young Actress, for her role in the film. more from disney OH SNOW! changes TIME FOR TEA … [Read more...] about What Disney Channel series and movies did Brenda Song star in?