News Today 22nd October 2021

Written by on October 22, 2021

Meghan Markle urges congressional leaders to fight for paid parental leave

“Like any parents, we were overjoyed. Like many parents, we were overwhelmed,” the Duchess of Sussex wrote about welcoming her daughter with Prince Harry.

“Over the past 20 months, the pandemic has exposed long-existing fault lines in our communities,” she wrote. “At an alarming rate, millions of women dropped out of the workforce, staying home with their kids as schools and daycares were closed, and looking after loved ones full-time. The working mom or parent is facing the conflict of being present or being paid. The sacrifice of either comes at a great cost.”

Meghan continued that the real “American dream” is stability.

“I started working (at the local frozen yogurt shop) at the age of 13,” she wrote. “I waited tables, babysat, and piecemealed jobs together to cover odds and ends. I worked all my life and saved when and where I could — but even that was a luxury — because usually it was about making ends meet and having enough to pay my rent and put gas in my car.”

Meghan, who shares son Archie, 2, and Lili, 4 months, with husband Prince Harry, shared that her current circumstance sets her apart from many American parents.

“Like any parents, we were overjoyed. Like many parents, we were overwhelmed,” the mom of two wrote. “Like fewer parents, we weren’t confronted with the harsh reality of either spending those first few critical months with our baby or going back to work. We knew we could take her home, and in that vital (and sacred) stage, devote any and everything to our kids and to our family. We knew that by doing so we wouldn’t have to make impossible choices about childcare, work, and medical care that so many have to make every single day.”

 

Meghan’s letter comes as President Joe Biden’s Build Back Better agenda, which includes paid parental and family leave policies, faces pushback in the Senate.

“I’m writing to you on behalf of millions of American families who are using their voices to say that comprehensive paid leave should not be a place to compromise or negotiate,” Meghan shared. “I know how politically charged things can—and have—become. But this isn’t about Right or Left, it’s about right or wrong. This is about putting families above politics.”

She added, “Paid leave should be a national right, rather than a patchwork option limited to those whose employers have policies in place, or those who live in one of the few states where a leave program exists. If we’re going to create a new era of family first policies, let’s make sure that includes a strong paid leave program for every American that’s guaranteed, accessible, and encouraged without stigma or penalty.

“Over 2 million women in the U.S. alone and tens of millions around the world have lost their jobs due to COVID, and I think if we all do it and all commit 40 minutes to some sort of act of service we can create a ripple effect,”

Police arrest two men in Nottingham after spate of ‘drug-spiking’ reports

Following the interview with Zara Owens the police have put a lot of resource into finding men that are in night clubs drugging women.

Two men have been arrested in connection with a spate of reports of drug-spiking involving needles in Nottingham.

Nottinghamshire police said the men, aged 18 and 19, were arrested on suspicion of conspiring to administer poison after they received information from a member of the public on Wednesday.

The force said the men were in custody after being arrested “on suspicion of conspiracy to administer poison with intent to injure, annoy or aggrieve”. The arrests are not being linked to any specific allegation of spiking by a needle, or of a drink.

This week, the home secretary requested an urgent update from police on the reports of women being “spiked” by needles.

Nottinghamshire police have said they are investigating 15 separate incidents in less than a month of young women and men being jabbed with “something sharp”.

The force said more officers would be deployed in the city centre over the weekend, with a police dog operation planned for Saturday night and plainclothes officers on duty. They said they had received 32 other spiking reports since 4 September.

Supt Kathryn Craner, of Nottinghamshire police, said further checks would be carried out over the weekend. “It is really important that people carry on reporting any incidents of spiking to us as quickly as possible over the coming days and the weekends,” she said. “I also want to reassure people that as a force we are placing a lot of resources into these inquiries and continuing to thoroughly investigate every report made to us.”

Earlier, Lincolnshire police said it had arrested a 35-year-old man at 3am on Friday in connection with an attempted drink-spiking at a nightclub in Lincoln.

Lincolnshire’s police and crime commissioner, Marc Jones, said: “We cannot accept people being unsafe when they go out with friends for a drink. This arrest should send a huge signal to those would-be criminals who look to prey on our community in this despicable way.”

The campaign group Girls Night In is calling on people to boycott local bars and nightclubs on particular nights to put pressure on venues to do more to prevent spiking. The group wants measures including providing lids for drinks, and first aid and drug misuse training for staff.

Nationally, police have said there have been around 140 confirmed reports across September and October of drink spiking and 24 reports of some form of injection.
National Police Chiefs’ Council lead for drugs, Deputy Chief Constable Jason Harwin, said: “There are both male and female victims, though the majority have been young women. Alleged offences have taken place at licensed premises and private parties.”

A petition calling for clubs to be legally required to search guests before they enter has collected more than 162,000 signatures.

Devon and Cornwall police said they were investigating reports of a woman being attacked with a needle in Fever & Boutique in Exeter last Saturday.

Sarah Buckle Told spoke about her ordeal of being drugged whilst in the nightclub “I feel violated”

Boris Johnson news – live: MPs offered guards after David Amess death as foreign aid cuts condemned

MPs will be offered security guards at constituency surgeries from today, following the murder of Sir David Amess last Friday in Leigh-on-Sea.

The veteran politician was stabbed to death in a suspected terrorist attack while he was offering support to some of his constituents.

Home secretary Priti Patel and speaker Lindsay Hoyle wrote in a joint letter that a “trained and accredited security operative” would be available to every MP, as they are at risk from a “small minority of hostile individuals”.

Meanwhile, the chancellor’s plans to cut billions more from the foreign aid budget has been condemned by some of the government’s own advisers.

In a letter to Boris Johnson, they wrote that the UK needed to be “serious about” about helping poor nations to tackle pressing issues such as the climate crisis.

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