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‘Hoping and believing’: England prepare for ultimate World Cup test against France

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On the path to be crowned world champions, England must end France’s reign as champions.Beating the holders has never been achieved by England at a World Cup.
France pose the ultimate test to Gareth Southgate’s side at Al Bayt Stadium on Saturday evening in the quest to reach a third tournament semi-final in a row.Captain Harry Kane said: “I feel like the belief has been building and building over the last five years.”We have entered this tournament hoping and believing we can win it.”
Nullifying Qatar 2022 top-scorer Kylian Mbappe will be essential – a probable task for Kyle Walker.

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Southgate said: “Kyle is ready. We are talking about one of the opposition, but France are a fantastic team and we are aware of all of their players.”

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Not only has Mbappe scored five of France’s nine goals here, he’s set up another two of them.Then there’s the often under-appreciated Olivier Giroud.

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Three goals from the 36-year-old have taken the former Arsenal and Chelsea striker to a record 52 goals for France.And there’s the familiar face in the France goal – with Hugo Lloris spending the last decade in London at Tottenham.”Most of our players know them very well,” the France captain said. “We’re used to playing against them.”For some of us of course, we play and train with them on a daily basis in England and if we can help our teammates with any particular knowledge we have about them, then of course we do that.”On set pieces, yes, that’s one of their strengths, they’re very tall and they have some good players who take good free kicks. I think every little detail is going to count.”Read moreWorld Cup: Harry Kane says England are ready for ‘really tough’ quarter-finalReasons to be cheerful – three good omens for England ahead of France World Cup clash

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For England, that will be maintaining solidity at the back.The only goals conceded were in the 6-2 opening win against Iran – when the match was already won. Clean sheets have been kept in the three games since then.Up front, England have not been reliant on Kane, who is one goal from matching Wayne Rooney’s 53-goal national record.Just one of England’s 12 goals has come from the captain – with eight different scorers to France’s three. Click to subscribe to the Sky News Daily wherever you get your podcastsAnd Kane feels that the Euro 2020 finalists have “more belief” than in Russia in 2018 when they were denied by Croatia the chance to take on France in the final.Croatia could yet be finalists again after reaching the semi-finals – by stunning Brazil in a penalty shootout to set up a meeting with Argentina, who defeated the Netherlands in the quarters.The semi-final opponents for England or France will be Portugal or Morocco.

Christmas preparations on the Isle of Man – but there’s no sign of Michelle Mone at her luxury home

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She is no stranger to the spotlight. A book deal, regular television appearances and a prolific presence on Instagram, all part of a carefully crafted public image that helped Michelle Mone secure a peerage in 2015.Yet, Baroness Mone – or “Lady M” as she often refers to herself – has been keeping a low profile in recent weeks.
A series of damaging allegations have thrust the lingerie entrepreneur and Conservative peer into the centre of an alleged scandal that is engulfing the House of Lords.She is accused of attempting to “bully and hector” ministers into awarding public PPE contracts worth more than £200m to a company called PPE Medpro during the pandemic and of profiting from the deal – a claim she strongly denies.Having now taken a leave of absence from the House of Lords, Lady Mone says she wants to clear her name but she has been noticeably quiet so far.
On the Isle of Man, at the 154 acre-estate she shares with her husband Douglas Barrowman, preparations are under way for the festive period.Christmas trees, wreaths and decorations adorn the home, but staff – who have been told not to speak to journalists – insist they have no idea where the couple are.

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It’s a peaceful corner of the island and the gated property may offer Mone some refuge from the growing scandal – but the issue is not going away any time soon.The House of Lords is looking into whether Mone broke any rules and the National Crime Agency has launched a fraud investigation into PPE Medpro, whose gowns were unusable because they failed NHS checks.

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A number of official reports will follow but Lady Mone’s representatives have described it as a “witch hunt”.At the centre of the storm is Michelle and her husband Douglas. According to files compiled by HSBC, which were first obtained by The Guardian, accounts linked to Barrowman, and later Mone, received millions of pounds in transfers from PPE Medpro.

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Another leaked document lists PPE Medpro as an “entity” of Barrowman’s family office, the Knox family office on the Isle of Man.It was prepared by Anthony Page, a finance director at one of its trusts and the registered owner of PPE Medpro.At his home in the centre of the Isle, Mr Page was keeping a low profile.He refused to speak when Sky News approached him for an interview.Neighbours described him as “a very pleasant family man” and said they were surprised by the news of his involvement in the scandal.Situation needs ‘proper investigation’Residents told us that news usually travels fast on the Isle of Man, but there was a sense of resignation about the latest revelations. A feeling that this is just another Westminster scandal.Frank Schuengel, a councillor for Douglas South Ward, said: “It’s a big topic in the UK, probably more there (than here) because we don’t have a House of Lords. It’s not applicable, we have our own government.”It’s not the kind of politics that I would personally do but I’m sure there will be processes and investigations.”It’s a shame whenever someone doesn’t act in a way that you would wish all politicians to act.”But I think it’s being investigated and if something is not right, one would hope that any investigation would uncover that.”

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Some wanted to avoid jumping to conclusions before investigations are completed, but others had already made up their minds.On Strand Street, the main shopping high street in Douglas, one local resident said: “It is disappointing. I think that anybody that does that kind of thing just isn’t really a moral person. So, it’s a bad example. Hopefully more will come to light.”Another added: “I just think it’s awful. There were a lot of irregularities surrounding all the PPE supplies during the pandemic. As far as Michelle Mone is concerned… and the situation around it, I think needs proper investigation.”‘Corruption at the highest levels’Mone’s lawyers claim she only made the “simple, solitary and brief step,” of referring the company to the government.They insist she and her husband, Douglas, had no involvement in PPE Medpro, nor did they play any role in the process through which it was awarded its government contract.

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That was before a series of damaging emails appeared to show her pressuring ministers to award PPE Medpro government contracts.At the height of the pandemic, she wrote to former health secretary Matt Hancock, allegedly saying: “I am going to blow this all wide open.”I smell a rat here. It’s more than the usual red tape, incompetence and bureaucracy. That’s expected! I believe there is corruption here at the highest levels and a cover up is taking place… Don’t say I didn’t warn you when Panorama or Horizon run an exposé documentary on all this.”I say a level playing field for all.”Read more:’Shameful and toxic’ MPs demand answers over billions of PPE going up in smokeGovernment PPE contract disputes could cost taxpayer £2.7bn, say MPsPPE Medpro was later awarded two contracts worth more than £200m without tender. The entire process is now coming under intense scrutiny.Lady Mone foresaw this – but she probably didn’t expect to be at the centre of it all.

Christmas preparations on the Isle of Man – but there’s no sign of Michelle Mone at her luxury home

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She is no stranger to the spotlight. A book deal, regular television appearances and a prolific presence on Instagram, all part of a carefully crafted public image that helped Michelle Mone secure a peerage in 2015.Yet, Baroness Mone – or “Lady M” as she often refers to herself – has been keeping a low profile in recent weeks.
A series of damaging allegations have thrust the lingerie entrepreneur and Conservative peer into the centre of an alleged scandal that is engulfing the House of Lords.She is accused of attempting to “bully and hector” ministers into awarding public PPE contracts worth more than £200m to a company called PPE Medpro during the pandemic and of profiting from the deal – a claim she strongly denies.Having now taken a leave of absence from the House of Lords, Lady Mone says she wants to clear her name but she has been noticeably quiet so far.
On the Isle of Man, at the 154 acre-estate she shares with her husband Douglas Barrowman, preparations are under way for the festive period.Christmas trees, wreaths and decorations adorn the home, but staff – who have been told not to speak to journalists – insist they have no idea where the couple are.

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It’s a peaceful corner of the island and the gated property may offer Mone some refuge from the growing scandal – but the issue is not going away any time soon.The House of Lords is looking into whether Mone broke any rules and the National Crime Agency has launched a fraud investigation into PPE Medpro, whose gowns were unusable because they failed NHS checks.

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A number of official reports will follow but Lady Mone’s representatives have described it as a “witch hunt”.At the centre of the storm is Michelle and her husband Douglas. According to files compiled by HSBC, which were first obtained by The Guardian, accounts linked to Barrowman, and later Mone, received millions of pounds in transfers from PPE Medpro.

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Michelle Mone is admitted to the House of Lords as Baroness Mone of Mayfair, after being made a Tory peer

Another leaked document lists PPE Medpro as an “entity” of Barrowman’s family office, the Knox family office on the Isle of Man.It was prepared by Anthony Page, a finance director at one of its trusts and the registered owner of PPE Medpro.At his home in the centre of the Isle, Mr Page was keeping a low profile.He refused to speak when Sky News approached him for an interview.Neighbours described him as “a very pleasant family man” and said they were surprised by the news of his involvement in the scandal.Situation needs ‘proper investigation’Residents told us that news usually travels fast on the Isle of Man, but there was a sense of resignation about the latest revelations. A feeling that this is just another Westminster scandal.Frank Schuengel, a councillor for Douglas South Ward, said: “It’s a big topic in the UK, probably more there (than here) because we don’t have a House of Lords. It’s not applicable, we have our own government.”It’s not the kind of politics that I would personally do but I’m sure there will be processes and investigations.”It’s a shame whenever someone doesn’t act in a way that you would wish all politicians to act.”But I think it’s being investigated and if something is not right, one would hope that any investigation would uncover that.”

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Some wanted to avoid jumping to conclusions before investigations are completed, but others had already made up their minds.On Strand Street, the main shopping high street in Douglas, one local resident said: “It is disappointing. I think that anybody that does that kind of thing just isn’t really a moral person. So, it’s a bad example. Hopefully more will come to light.”Another added: “I just think it’s awful. There were a lot of irregularities surrounding all the PPE supplies during the pandemic. As far as Michelle Mone is concerned… and the situation around it, I think needs proper investigation.”‘Corruption at the highest levels’Mone’s lawyers claim she only made the “simple, solitary and brief step,” of referring the company to the government.They insist she and her husband, Douglas, had no involvement in PPE Medpro, nor did they play any role in the process through which it was awarded its government contract.

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Baroness Michelle Mone attends the state opening of parliament in 2019

That was before a series of damaging emails appeared to show her pressuring ministers to award PPE Medpro government contracts.At the height of the pandemic, she wrote to former health secretary Matt Hancock, allegedly saying: “I am going to blow this all wide open.”I smell a rat here. It’s more than the usual red tape, incompetence and bureaucracy. That’s expected! I believe there is corruption here at the highest levels and a cover up is taking place… Don’t say I didn’t warn you when Panorama or Horizon run an exposé documentary on all this.”I say a level playing field for all.”Read more:’Shameful and toxic’ MPs demand answers over billions of PPE going up in smokeGovernment PPE contract disputes could cost taxpayer £2.7bn, say MPsPPE Medpro was later awarded two contracts worth more than £200m without tender. The entire process is now coming under intense scrutiny.Lady Mone foresaw this – but she probably didn’t expect to be at the centre of it all.

‘Completely different planets’ – government adviser quits because of home secretary’s views on women’s rights

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A government adviser appears to have quit her role because of Suella Braverman, saying she and the home secretary are on “completely different planets” when it comes to women’s rights.Nimco Ali began advising the government on tackling violence against women and girls in 2020, having been appointed by the then-home secretary Priti Patel.
But speaking on Times Radio on Friday, she hit out at the current head of the Home Office, saying she “wouldn’t feel comfortable” staying in the job alongside her.Politics live: Union claims striking postal workers would reject 50% raiseAsked if she would stay in post despite disagreements with Ms Braverman, she said: “No. I’m committed to ending violence against women and girls, and I think there’s many avenues in order to continue that.”
“I’m just saying that Suella and I are on completely different planets when it comes to the rights of women and girls, and also the way that we talk about ethnic minorities, and specifically people like me who are from a refugee background.”Pushed on the issues between her and the home secretary, Ms Ali – the chief executive of women’s charity The Five Foundation and a prominent campaigner against female genital mutilation – said there were some “incredible” civil servants and ministers working on tackling violence against women and girls.

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But she added: “I think the fair upsum is that I wouldn’t feel comfortable.”I think I can definitely say that I wouldn’t feel comfortable in serving under Suella or actually saying that she is somebody that we probably have the same feminist ideals as.”

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However, Sky News understands Ms Braverman and Ms Ali had never met, and her role was due to end in the next two weeks.A source close to Ms Braverman told Sky News: “The home secretary is determined to make our streets and homes safer for women and girls. That’s why she has made violence against women and girls one of her key priorities at the Home Office and today backed a new law on public sexual harassment.”She has already visited a women’s Refuge centre to spend time with the women there and hear their stories and experiences.”She will continue to focus on this policy and the rights of women and girls to live safely in our country.”But Labour’s shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper called the decision of Ms Ali to quit “damning” for Ms Braverman.”She has been sacked by one prime minister, sidelined by another, criticised by colleagues and now a significant independent adviser on violence against women and girls making clear she cannot work with her,” she said.”Those around her clearly don’t think she’s capable of doing the job. It shows how weak Rishi Sunak was to appoint her. More chaos at the heart of this Tory government.”Controversial appointmentMs Braverman was first appointed as home secretary by Liz Truss in her short tenure, but was sacked over a security breach which broke the ministerial code.She was controversially re-appointed to Rishi Sunak’s cabinet six days later, with Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer accusing him of doing a “grubby deal” with her to secure her support in the Conservative leadership contest to replace Ms Truss.But Mr Sunak has stood by his decision, saying she had apologised and was welcome back in cabinet.Ms Braverman has also attracted criticism for her language, especially over immigration, where she described asylum seekers crossing the Channel in small boats as “an invasion”.Sky News has contacted Ms Ali and the Home Office for a comment.

‘Completely different planets’ – government adviser quits because of home secretary’s views on women’s rights

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A government adviser appears to have quit her role because of Suella Braverman, saying she and the home secretary are on “completely different planets” when it comes to women’s rights.Nimco Ali began advising the government on tackling violence against women and girls in 2020, having been appointed by the then-home secretary Priti Patel.
But speaking on Times Radio on Friday, she hit out at the current head of the Home Office, saying she “wouldn’t feel comfortable” staying in the job alongside her.Politics live: Union claims striking postal workers would reject 50% raiseAsked if she would stay in post despite disagreements with Ms Braverman, she said: “No. I’m committed to ending violence against women and girls, and I think there’s many avenues in order to continue that.”
“I’m just saying that Suella and I are on completely different planets when it comes to the rights of women and girls, and also the way that we talk about ethnic minorities, and specifically people like me who are from a refugee background.”Pushed on the issues between her and the home secretary, Ms Ali – the chief executive of women’s charity The Five Foundation and a prominent campaigner against female genital mutilation – said there were some “incredible” civil servants and ministers working on tackling violence against women and girls.

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But she added: “I think the fair upsum is that I wouldn’t feel comfortable.”I think I can definitely say that I wouldn’t feel comfortable in serving under Suella or actually saying that she is somebody that we probably have the same feminist ideals as.”

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However, Sky News understands Ms Braverman and Ms Ali had never met, and her role was due to end in the next two weeks.A source close to Ms Braverman told Sky News: “The home secretary is determined to make our streets and homes safer for women and girls. That’s why she has made violence against women and girls one of her key priorities at the Home Office and today backed a new law on public sexual harassment.”She has already visited a women’s Refuge centre to spend time with the women there and hear their stories and experiences.”She will continue to focus on this policy and the rights of women and girls to live safely in our country.”But Labour’s shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper called the decision of Ms Ali to quit “damning” for Ms Braverman.”She has been sacked by one prime minister, sidelined by another, criticised by colleagues and now a significant independent adviser on violence against women and girls making clear she cannot work with her,” she said.”Those around her clearly don’t think she’s capable of doing the job. It shows how weak Rishi Sunak was to appoint her. More chaos at the heart of this Tory government.”Controversial appointmentMs Braverman was first appointed as home secretary by Liz Truss in her short tenure, but was sacked over a security breach which broke the ministerial code.She was controversially re-appointed to Rishi Sunak’s cabinet six days later, with Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer accusing him of doing a “grubby deal” with her to secure her support in the Conservative leadership contest to replace Ms Truss.But Mr Sunak has stood by his decision, saying she had apologised and was welcome back in cabinet.Ms Braverman has also attracted criticism for her language, especially over immigration, where she described asylum seekers crossing the Channel in small boats as “an invasion”.Sky News has contacted Ms Ali and the Home Office for a comment.

‘Every day Scotland’s democracy is denied, the stronger our case will grow’: SNP pushes Sunak over democratic route to indyref2

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The SNP is calling on the prime minister to outline how Scotland can hold another independence referendum.The party’s new deputy Westminster leader, Mhairi Black, has written to Rishi Sunak to say he must “show leadership” on the issue.
Ms Black – who took on her role earlier this week – pointed to her SNP colleague Philippa Whitford, who asked about the options during Prime Minister’s Questions.Politics live: Union claims striking postal workers would reject 50% raiseMr Sunak had responded by saying he “fully respected” the decision of the Supreme Court, which ruled last month that UK government consent was needed to call another vote.
But Ms Black also pointed to the words of cabinet ministers Alister Jack and Michael Gove, who have previously conceded there could be another referendum if there was support for it in Scotland.She wrote: “This time, instead of helplessly hiding behind the Supreme Court, the prime minister could actually show leadership and outline exactly how Scotland can choose to exercise its democratic right in this so-called ‘voluntary union’.

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“However, the prime minister must be in no doubt that for every day Scotland’s democracy is denied, the stronger our case will grow.”SNP leader and Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said her party will use the next election as an informal referendum.

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But her critics have warned this would have no legal validity, urging the SNP to “set aside divisive constitutional issues”.

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A spokeswoman for the UK government said the people of Scotland want their leaders “to be concentrating on the issues that matter most to them – like growing our economy, getting people the help they need with their energy bills and supporting our NHS”.They added: “As the prime minister has been clear, we will continue to work constructively with the Scottish government to tackle our shared challenges.”Scotland held an independence referendum in 2014 and just over 55% voted to remain part of the UK.But the pro-independence SNP, which has led the country since 2007, believes it has a mandate to hold a fresh vote because of its continued success in elections – the majority of members in the Scottish Parliament back independence – and because of the change in circumstances since Brexit.A poll by Ipsos Scotland released this week showed 56% of decided voters supported independence, while 53% of people said they would vote for the SNP in the next general election if it were to be used as a de facto referendum.

‘Every day Scotland’s democracy is denied, the stronger our case will grow’: SNP pushes Sunak over democratic route to indyref2

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The SNP is calling on the prime minister to outline how Scotland can hold another independence referendum.The party’s new deputy Westminster leader, Mhairi Black, has written to Rishi Sunak to say he must “show leadership” on the issue.
Ms Black – who took on her role earlier this week – pointed to her SNP colleague Philippa Whitford, who asked about the options during Prime Minister’s Questions.Politics live: Union claims striking postal workers would reject 50% raiseMr Sunak had responded by saying he “fully respected” the decision of the Supreme Court, which ruled last month that UK government consent was needed to call another vote.
But Ms Black also pointed to the words of cabinet ministers Alister Jack and Michael Gove, who have previously conceded there could be another referendum if there was support for it in Scotland.She wrote: “This time, instead of helplessly hiding behind the Supreme Court, the prime minister could actually show leadership and outline exactly how Scotland can choose to exercise its democratic right in this so-called ‘voluntary union’.

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“However, the prime minister must be in no doubt that for every day Scotland’s democracy is denied, the stronger our case will grow.”SNP leader and Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said her party will use the next election as an informal referendum.

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But her critics have warned this would have no legal validity, urging the SNP to “set aside divisive constitutional issues”.

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A spokeswoman for the UK government said the people of Scotland want their leaders “to be concentrating on the issues that matter most to them – like growing our economy, getting people the help they need with their energy bills and supporting our NHS”.They added: “As the prime minister has been clear, we will continue to work constructively with the Scottish government to tackle our shared challenges.”Scotland held an independence referendum in 2014 and just over 55% voted to remain part of the UK.But the pro-independence SNP, which has led the country since 2007, believes it has a mandate to hold a fresh vote because of its continued success in elections – the majority of members in the Scottish Parliament back independence – and because of the change in circumstances since Brexit.A poll by Ipsos Scotland released this week showed 56% of decided voters supported independence, while 53% of people said they would vote for the SNP in the next general election if it were to be used as a de facto referendum.

Strep A antibiotics skyrocket as prices ‘hiked up to take advantage’ of demand

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The cost of antibiotics needed to treat Strep A has skyrocketed – as industry professionals claim prices have been hiked up to take advantage of “unprecedented” demand. Multiple pharmacies have warned they cannot obtain the necessary medications to treat Strep A as a 16th child died in Sussex with a suspected infection on Friday – despite the government insisting there are “sufficient” stocks and dismissing concerns about a national shortage.
But one pharmaceutical industry leader who agreed to speak to Sky News anonymously said the cost of antibiotic Amoxicillin has risen from 80p to £18.Share your NHS experience with Sky NewsShortages have been driven by “complicated supply chains” for medications and the raw materials used to make them, in many different parts of the world.
However, the industry has also seen “volatile spikes in demand for drugs” – following a sharp decline in demand during the COVID-19 pandemic, when people were not mixing or seeing GPs.The Department of Health and Social Care told Sky News that it is “normal” for prices to “fluctuate based on demand”.

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“What’s important is patients are still able to access antibiotics, which they are,” a spokesperson said.”We are working urgently with manufacturers and wholesalers to explore what can be done to expedite deliveries and bring forward stock they have to help ensure it gets to where it’s needed, to meet demand as quickly as possible and support access to these vital medicines.”

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A letter from NHS England to pharmacists, seen by Sky News, said local pharmacy teams may be experiencing a “temporary interruption of supply of some relevant antibiotics due to increased demand.”Supply chain disruption in China Sky News understands there is particular disruption in the Chengdu region of China, where raw materials are sourced before being delivered to Bangladesh for manufacturing.”The minute there is a shortage, there are people who hold stocks who will take advantage of it in order to price it however they want to price it, and they can price it pretty much wherever they like,” the industry leader said.”So you have a lot of small, so-called short line wholesalers who will make hay while the sun shines and will be charging what they want, because they know there is enormous demand.”

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The NHS gives pharmacies a price each month for drugs they have been dispensed.But if the price falls sharply, pharmacies end up getting underpaid, the industry leader said.”The problem pharmacists are facing is there is a big cash shortfall when you see very rapid price increases.”Temporarily we might be able to cover the cost – but it might mean some pharmacists go bust,” they warned.The shortage is “scare-led and demand-led” but is unlikely to continue “indefinitely” and could “fade away quite quickly”.They likened the situation to people stockpiling toilet paper during the pandemic.”The amount the UK requires is extremely predictable but the moment anyone suggests there isn’t enough of it, immediately it goes out of stock because you can’t ramp up capacity that quickly.”Shortfalls will probably last for another year, they suggested.”Unprecedented shortage” But even a temporary shortage will be a “serious problem”, an independent pharmacist in Oxfordshire warned – describing the situation as “unprecedented”.Faheem Ahmed told Sky News’ Adele Robinson he had just three boxes of antibiotics – with many out of stock.”I hope it is temporary, but we are dealing with bacteria here, so when you say temporary, these bacteria multiply in minutes, seconds.”They are not going to wait for two, three, four days so whether it is temporary or long-term, if you look at it from a scientific level…the infection is going to spread.”

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Read more: Strep A: Find out how many severe infections and scarlet fever cases are in your areaAntibiotics could be given to schools with Strep A infectionsMr Ahmed said in the 10 years since he qualified, he has never known a shortage of antibiotics – and parents are “panicking”.The NHS would typically reimburse around £1.39 for drugs which have now risen more than double in price to £3.50.”For some reason in the space of three to four weeks, we can’t get hold of the raw materials,” Mr Ahmed told Sky News.”The manufacturers say ‘we don’t have it’, the suppliers don’t have it, so now we have the demand which will always be there at this time of year.”It has gone up, supply has come down and I wouldn’t be surprised once the NHS has to pay more, I think stock will be back.”

Sixteenth child dies after suffering Strep A infection

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A pupil at a school in Sussex has died after suffering a suspected infection of the invasive strain of Strep A.

The UK Health Security Agency said the child attended Hove Park School and that specialists from the UKHSA are working with the city council following the death.

Dr Rachael Hornigold, consultant in health protection at UKHSA South East, said: “We are extremely saddened to hear about the death of a young child and our thoughts are with their family, friends and the local community.

“Infection with Group A Streptococcus bacterium usually causes a sore throat, scarlet fever or skin rash, and is passed by physical contact or through droplets from sneezing or coughing.

“In very rare cases, the infection can become invasive and enter parts of the body where bacteria aren’t normally found, which can be serious.

“We will implement public health actions, including advice to the city council and school community.”

The child is the 16th to die in the UK since September after contracting Strep A.

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On Thursday, the UKSHA said the number of deaths in the UK had risen to 15. The death of a 4-year-old child in Ireland has also been linked to an invasive form of Strep A.

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A pupil at a school in Sussex has died after suffering a suspected infection of the invasive strain of Strep A.

The child’s age and gender were not released, however Hove Park School is a secondary school, meaning the child would be over 11.

A year 8 boy in London was the first secondary school child to die from Strep A earlier this week.

Alistair Hill, Alistair Hill, director of public health at Brighton and Hove City Council, said: “We are working with the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) and Hove Park School following the death of a pupil who attended the school.

“We offer our heartfelt condolences to the family, friends and the whole school community who will all be deeply affected by the very tragic loss of this young child, and we are providing our support to them at this incredibly sad time.

“While we cannot comment on individual cases, we ask that the privacy of the family is respected.

“As a precaution, we have also been working closely with the school to raise awareness amongst parents and carers of the signs and symptoms of Group A Streptococcal infections, and what to do if a child develops these, including invasive Group A Streptococcal disease (iGAS).”

The UKHSA has said there is no current evidence that a new strain of Strep A is circulating and the rise in cases is most likely due to high amounts of circulating bacteria and increased social mixing.

Harry and Meghan defend decision to make Netflix series

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have defended their decision to make a six-part Netflix series looking at their private lives.

The first three of six episodes began streaming yesterday, in which Prince Harry and Meghan talked about the pressure they felt from media interest in their lives.

Now, their global press secretary Ashley Hansen has told the New York Times: “Their statement announcing their decision to step back [from royal duties] mentions nothing of privacy and reiterates their desire to continue their roles and public duties.

“Any suggestion otherwise speaks to a key point of this series. They are choosing to share their story, on their terms, and yet the tabloid media has created an entirely untrue narrative that permeates press coverage and public opinion.

“The facts are right in front of them.”

The three-part series, named “Harry and Meghan”, was released on Thursday and starts with a written statement, describing the show as a “first-hand account of Harry & Meghan’s story told with never before seen personal archive”.

In the second episode, the Duke of Sussex talks about paparazzi interest in their relationship and social media harassment, and refers to his mother, Diana.

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“To see another woman in my life, that I love, go through this feeding frenzy, that’s hard,” he says. “It is basically the hunter versus the prey.”

Dating Meghan “became a combination of car chases, anti-surveillance driving and disguises, which isn’t a particularly healthy way to start a relationship but we always came at it with as much humour as possible”, he says.

“Whenever we saw each other we would give each other a massive hug and try and have as much of a normal life as possible.”

Meghan also describes paparazzi following her and how she received a death threat while she was in Toronto.

“I would say to the police, if any other woman in Toronto said to you I have six grown men who are sleeping in their cars around my house who follow me everywhere that I go and I feel scared, wouldn’t you say that it was stalking?

“And they said yes, but there’s really nothing we can do because of who you’re dating. I was like, so I’m just supposed to live like this? And then I got a death threat and things changed because I needed to have security.”
In another clip, she says she was assured the press interest would die down after the couple got married.

“At that point I was still very much believing what I was being told which was, it’ll pass, it’ll get better, it’s just what they do right at the very beginning,” she says.

“But truth be told no matter how hard I tried, no matter how good I was, no matter what I did, they were still going to find a way to destroy me.”

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced they were stepping back from royal duties in January 2020.

In a statement at the time, the couple wrote: “After many months of reflection and internal discussions, we have chosen to make a transition this year in starting to carve out a progressive new role within this institution.

“We intend to step back as ‘senior’ members of the Royal Family and work to become financially independent, while continuing to fully support Her Majesty The Queen.”

Harry and Meghan defend decision to make Netflix series

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have defended their decision to make a six-part Netflix series looking at their private lives.The first three of six episodes began streaming yesterday, in which Prince Harry and Meghan talked about the pressure they felt from media interest in their lives.
Now, their global press secretary Ashley Hansen has told the New York Times: “Their statement announcing their decision to step back [from royal duties] mentions nothing of privacy and reiterates their desire to continue their roles and public duties.”Any suggestion otherwise speaks to a key point of this series. They are choosing to share their story, on their terms, and yet the tabloid media has created an entirely untrue narrative that permeates press coverage and public opinion.”The facts are right in front of them.”

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Brazil knocked out of World Cup after losing to Croatia on penalties – but Argentina make it through

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Tournament favourites Brazil have been knocked out of the World Cup after losing to Croatia who won on penalties 4-2 in their quarter-final clash.The match had finished goalless after normal time.
Then superstar Neymar equalled Pele’s Brazil scoring record with his 77th international goal to give his side the lead in the first half of extra time at the Education City Stadium.However, Bruno Petkovic equalised with just four minutes left as the game ended 1-1 after extra time.

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The Brazilians had outclassed South Korea in their round of 16 tie with a 4-1 win – and they were hotly tipped to add another World Cup title to their five so far.
World Cup news latest: Southgate warns star may not play FranceHowever, Croatian goalkeeper Dominik Livakovic proved the hero, again, for the 2018 runners-up.

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He made three penalty saves in Croatia’s gruelling last-16 tie against Japan and pulled off a string of saves to deny Brazil during the goalless first 90 minutes.Livakovic then saved a shootout penalty from Rodrygo and Marquinhos hit the post.

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“This is just for the Croatian people,” said winning coach Zlatko Dalic.Qatar World Cup: Which team is predicted to win?”A great match from the first minute to the last. We eliminated the biggest favourites. This is not the end for us, let’s keep going.”This is a victory for all of us, everyone gave their best. Thanks also to those on the bench, who also live for this national team.”Croatia now face Argentina in Tuesday’s first semi-final, after the South American side came through a nail-biting penalty shootout against the Netherlands to secure their spot in the last four.

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Goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez was the hero as he saved two penalties, including one from Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk, to help his side to a 4-3 penalty shootout win.Earlier in the match, Argentina looked like they were cruising to the semi-finals after Lionel Messi put his side 2-0 up with a superb penalty, after superbly assisting Nahuel Molina’s first-half strike.But an 83rd-minute header from Wout Weghorst, followed by the towering striker’s dramatic equaliser in the 10th minute of injury time, sent the game to extra time and then penalties.England will face France on Saturday while Morocco take on Portugal, with the winners then going head-to-head in the other semi-final on Wednesday.

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