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parents lose appeal against high court’s rome travel ban

the parents of toddler alfie evans, who has been at the centre of a life-support treatment battle, have had their latest legal challenge dismissed by court of appeal judges.three judges analysed the latest stage of the dispute over the 23-month-old boy at a hearing in london and rejected all grounds raised by alfie’s parents, tom evans and kate james.the pair, who are both in their early 20s and from liverpool, appealed following a ruling made by a high court judge late on tuesday.mr justice hayden had decided, at a hearing in the family division of the high court in manchester, that alfie should not be allowed to leave alder hey children’s hospital in liverpool and travel to a hospital in rome.on wednesday, the judges dismissed the appeals on grounds brought by the father first and th...





daily express editor admits paper's front pages have been 'downright offensive'

the editor-in-chief of the daily and sunday express has admitted some of his paper’s previous front pages have been “downright offensive”. giving evidence to the house of commons home affairs select committee, gary jones admitted some of the publication’s stories had contributed to an “islamophobic sentiment” within the media. jones took over at the helm of the papers last month, having previously edited the sunday mirror and sunday people and promised he was “making changes”.“i’ve gone through a lot of former express front pages and i’ve felt very uncomfortable looking at them,” he told mps.“there have been accuracy issues on some of them, and some of them are just downright offensive and i wouldn’t want to be party to any newspaper that would publish such ma...





a robot allowed jack mclinden to join his heroes and become everton’s mascot

everton fan jack mclinden became football’s first remote mascot thanks to an innovative robot that allowed him to experience being on the pitch with the players.the 14-year-old, who has multiple health conditions, was able to make use of a telepresence robot called av1 which is designed to help those with long-term illnesses who can’t leave their homes.the robot was carried onto the pitch by everton captain phil jagielka for monday’s game against newcastle. everton fc via getty images as jagielka walked onto the pitch with av1, jack was then able to use the robot’s panoramic cameras and microphone to see and hear everything on an ipad back at home.the robot was then placed at the side of the pitch giving jack an unparalleled view of the game and finally at half-time the ro...





woman prints hilarious descriptions of her cats for pet-sitter

any cat owner will know the pain of leaving their moggies behind while going off on holiday. after all, how would a temporary cat-sitter even begin to know their likes and dislikes which you’ve carefully decoded over the years?one proud cat mum wanted to ensure her felines got the best care possible, so she left very detailed descriptions of her four cats for the pet-sitter. photos of the printed bios, which came illustrated with photographs no less, were shared on twitter by the woman’s daughter allison (@ablington), from massachusetts.the lengthy descriptions - which featured everything from their eating to humping habits - have had the internet in hysterics and also nodding in agreement, with other cat owners crawling out of the woodwork to compare notes.the first cat to get a per...





salisbury nerve agent could still be at ‘toxic’ levels in places, residents told

toxic levels of the nerve agent used to attack sergei skripal and his daughter could still be present at “hot spots” around salisbury, government scientists believe.a small amount of the deadly novichok substance is thought to have been used in liquid form to target the former russian agent, 66, and yulia, 33, last month. work is to begin decontaminating nine locations across the city where experts think the substance could still be present, in a multi million-pound operation which could take months to complete.officials from the department for environment, food and rural affairs (defra), joined local council, police and health representatives to update residents on the clean-up process at a public meeting on thursday evening.asked whether the chemical remains at the same “lethal”...





jeremy corbyn secures debate on mps approving military action as pm refuses to promise vote before more syria bombing

jeremy corbyn has secured an emergency debate in the house of commons on the need for mps to approve military interventions after theresa may refused to confirm she will consult mps before taking action in syria.in the commons this afternoon, mps from all sides questioned why may had not recalled parliament before giving the green light to bombing targets in syria in the early hours of saturday morning.later, mps supported an emergency debate application from the labour leader which will allow them to consider the rights of parliament to debate and approve military action by british forces overseas.commons speaker john bercow said the debate will be scheduled for tuesday and last three hours.late on monday night, mps did have a vote after the snp forced members to go through the voting lob...





ant mcpartlin fined £86k after pleading guilty to drink-driving charge in court

ant mcpartlin has been fined £86,000 after pleading guilty to drink-driving in court. the tv presenter has also received a 20-month driving ban, £225 in costs and a £170 surcharge, after he attended a hearing at wimbledon magistrates’ court on monday (16 april). ant only spoke to confirm his name, date of birth, address and nationality before entering his guilty plea, having been charged for crashing his car while twice over the legal limit on 18 march. his breathalyser test gave a reading of 75mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath – the legal limit is 35 mcg.he said in a statement made to the police that was read out to the court: “i am very sorry i did this. i am ashamed and mortified that this happened.“i accept full culpability for this and wish to apologise to all tho...





'contrapposto' is everyone's favourite new word thanks to this 'queer eye' star

for those wondering, wikipedia defines it as “an italian term that means counterpoise. it is used in the visual arts to describe a human figure standing with most of its weight on one foot so that its shoulders and arms twist off-axis from the hips and legs”. so there you are. ‘queer eye’ bosses recently announced the rebooted show will be returning for a second series, after earning a huge fanbase following its netflix debut earlier this year. one of the stand-out stories from series one was tom jackson, whose on-off relationship with ex-wife abby really captured the public’s imagination.he recently revealed they are now engaged again, following his stint on the show. ‘queer eye’ season one is available to stream on netflix now. 





rochdale abuse inquiry finds missed opportunities to prosecute mp cyril smith

‘valuable opportunity’ to prosecute cyril smith in 1999 was lostex-council leader richard farnell lied during his evidence last octoberno ‘deliberate cover-up’ farnell suspended by labour party rochdale council: ‘we are truly sorry’ farnell: ‘i told the truth’ an inquiry into historic allegations of child sexual abuse and exploitation in rochdale has revealed the authorities showed a “total lack of urgency” to address the matter. a report of the findings, published on thursday, described how boys at a council-run school were regarded as “authors of their own abuse.” pupils at now-closed knowl view residential school were also sexually exploited in the town centre, the bus station and at public toilets across the road from the borough council’s offices over a...





clashes in hither green as tributes to burglar henry vincent ripped down for a fourth time

floral tributes to an intruder killed in south london have been taken down yet again as angry residents lashed out on wednesday, describing the makeshift shrine as “inappropriate”.local resident iain gordon tore down the latest bouquets from a fence opposite the hither green home of richard osborn-brooks, who was arrested last week after an intruder died in his home. the bouquets had been left earlier on wednesday on south park crescent by the family of henry vincent, who was fatally stabbed during a bungled burglary. as he was tearing down the tributes, gordon declared: “we’ve had enough in this country of scumbags.”gordon, who said he was from the fair society group, added: “these people are scum bags, scum bags, scum bags.“if you don’t know why i pulled the flowers d...





donald trump pledges swift decision on response to 'heinous' syrian chemical attack

donald trump has said he’ll make a decision on the us response to the “heinous attack” in syria in the next 24 to 48 hours as russia’s un ambassador warned american military action could lead to “grave repercussions”.trump’s timeline emerged as theresa may said the uk was “working with our allies on any action that is necessary”, indicating britain was four-square behind the us.on monday, the us president condemned a suspected chemical weapons attack on a rebel-held town in syria that killed at least 42 people.his comments came ahead of an emergency meeting of the united nations security council on monday - called by the us, uk and france among others - in the aftermath harrowing pictures showing medics desperately battling to keep gassed children alive.speaking at a cabi...





what you need to know before a friend officiates your wedding like adele

when you’ve got a mate like adele, you want her to be part of your wedding. on tuesday alan carr revealed the signer was “ordained” in the us in order to conduct a wedding ceremony between him and husband paul drayton in los angeles in january. if the news has made you think about asking a friend to deliver your vows joey-from-friends-style, there are a few things you have to consider. kaleel anwar, a family lawyer from slater and gordon, says it’s not as easy to conduct a wedding in the uk as the us. “there are only certain registered people who are given licences to perform a marriage in this country, this is either someone who is part of the church and has a licence to do so, or alternatively if you are a registrar whose job it is to conduct marriages,” he tells huffpost ...





winnie madikizela-mandela, south african anti-apartheid campaigner, has died aged 81

winnie madikizela-mandela, an anti-apartheid stalwart and wife to nelson mandela when he was imprisoned on robben island, has died. the death, on monday, was confirmed by her personal assistant zodwa zwane.madikizela-mandela was 81.zwane gave no further details but said a statement would be released later.this is a breaking news story and will be updated. check back for the fullest version. follow huffpost uk on twitter here, and on facebook here.





donald trump says daca deal is off as he signals need for 'tough laws now'

donald trump has said that there will be no deal to legalise the status of young adult immigrants called dreamers and claims the us-mexico border is becoming more dangerous.after tweeting a “happy easter” message, the us president wrote: “border patrol agents are not allowed to properly do their job at the border because of ridiculous liberal (democrat) laws like catch & release. getting more dangerous.″‘caravans’ coming. republicans must go to nuclear option to pass tough laws now. no more daca deal!” he wrote, adding a threat to kill the north american free trade agreement which is being renegotiated with mexico and canada.”deferred action for childhood arrivals (daca) is a program created in 2012 under former president barack obama that trump sought to rescind last autum...





labour's disciplinary chief christine shawcroft quits amid 'holocaust denial' row

the chairwoman of the labour’s disputes panel has stood down after asking for a council candidate embroiled in a “holocaust denial” row to be let back into the party.in a fresh anti-semitism row that continues to engulf the party, christine shawcroft said she would not have sent an email calling for the candidate to have his suspension lifted if she had been aware of all the facts in the case.shawcroft, an ally of jeremy corbyn, said she had not seen the “abhorrent” image posted on facebook when she made the request.her departure follows the times obtaining an e-mail sent by shawcroft. according to the press association, shawcroft said: “i sent this email before being aware of the full information about this case and i had not been shown the image of his abhorrent facebook po...





ken dodd specifically requests funeral-goers to donate to merseyside's homeless

dotted along the route were sir ken’s famous tickling sticks, which were positioned on statues and outside public buildings. some fans were invited inside the cathedral to join sir ken’s friends and family in remembering him, whilst others watched the service on a large screen erected outside the cathedral.many of the comic’s famous friends attended including les dennis, jimmy tarbuck, roy chubby brown and claire sweeney.the legendary british entertainer died on 11 march, days after leaving hospital where he had been treated for a chest infection.he married anne jones, his partner of 40 years, at their house just two days before his death.





9 innovative ways to organise your home with your photos

they say a picture is worth a thousand words, but we all know some photos are worth so much more than that - they’re memories to cherish and the best artwork you can possibly hang on your walls.so what about photos that make a statement in your home and help you get organised? yes, please.these days, most of the photos we take live in our smartphones or social media accounts. but with a high-quality printer, all of those firsts, adventures and unforgettable moments can be printed and transformed into something useful, that helps you organise your home - and your life.unleash your inner craft whiz and soon you’ll be making scrapbooks of your favourite trips or recipes, using photos to streamline your wardrobe storage, or sticking those loose bits of paper you’d otherwise lose onto yo...





jeremy corbyn plans in-house lawyer in anti-semitism crackdown on 70 unresolved claims of abuse

pa wire/pa images jeremy corbyn has told labour’s new general secretary jennie formby to make tackling anti-semitism her “first priority” as it emerged that around 70 cases of alleged jew hate by labour members remain unresolved by the party. the labour leader’s fresh drive on the issue will involve the appointment of an in-house lawyer to advise on cases, as well as a special new legal panel to advise disciplinary processes, huffpost understands.the move came amid claims that some of his allies on the ruling national executive committee (nec) had fuelled the backlog by refusing to refer allegations to the party’s disciplinary body.huffpost has been told that the number of outstanding cases is “between 60 and 80”, with roughly “a third” of them being investigate...





cash for virtual reality gaming in £150m boost for creative industry

pa wire/pa images business secretary greg clark, left, with culture secretary matt hancock virtual reality gaming entrepreneurs will share in £150m of government investment targeted at uk creative industries ahead of brexit. ministers are aiming to double britain’s share of the global creative immersive content market by 2025, which is forecast to be worth more than £30bn by 2025.the funding boost is part of the government’s creative industries sector deal to be announced on wednesday by culture secretary matt hancock, business secretary greg clark and co-chair of the creative industries council, nicola mendelsohn.a dedicated £33m will develop immersive technologies such as virtual reality video games, interactive art shows and augmented reality experiences in to...





great ormond street hospital to keep money donated from scandal-hit presidents club

great ormond street hospital has u-turned on its decision to return hundreds of thousands of pounds to a disgraced charitable trust following a scandal-hit fundraising event.in january, the children’s hospital said it would be returning donations from the presidents club charitable trust after an undercover investigation exposed alleged sexual harassment at a men-only charity gala.the presidents club had donated £530,000 to the charity via three gifts between 2009 and 2016.great ormond street hospital (gosh) said on tuesday that the trustees have decided to keep the funds donated by the presidents club .a spokesperson for great ormond street hospital children’s charity said in a statement: “our thinking is always guided by our aim to maximise the support we give to the hospital...