Manchester United star Mason Greenwood accused of sexual & physical assault by ex-girlfriend
In the news that took Manchester United’s fans by a storm, Mason Greenwood’s now ex-girlfriend Harriet Robson posted an audio clip where the footballer was purportedly heard attempting to force himself on her and several images showing injuries of domestic violence.
Although Robson deleted the Instagram posts and stories soon after, the clip and images were widely shared by social media users calling the footballer’s actions ‘sickening to hear’.
Mason Greenwood forcing his ex girlfriend to have sex with him recorded… this is genuinely sickening to hear pic.twitter.com/t5hkvfv4HJ
— 🕊️🇳🇴 (@erlingtxt) January 30, 2022
Harriet Robson’s father released a statement the next day expressing the family’s anguish on learning about the events adding that ‘her phone had been hacked.
— Transfer News Live (@DeadlineDayLive) January 30, 2022
Manchester United football club has made its stance clear that they do not condone violence of any kind and that Mason Greenwood will not train with or play for the club, until further notice.
Renowned Sports Journalist Fabrizio Romano shared the official statement of the club.
Manchester United official statement.
“Manchester United reiterates its strong condemnation of violence of any kind. As previously communicated, Mason Greenwood will not train with, or play for, the club until further notice”.
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) February 1, 2022
The Greater Manchester Police are investigating the charges. Greenwood was arrested and is now out on bail. He has not issued any statement yet, addressing the allegations.
Harriet Robson has since shared a post thanking everyone for their support.
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Nike has announced a suspension of their relationship with Greenwood, Manchester United has removed his merchandise from their website and EA Sports have removed him from the FIFA 22 squad.
In a U-turn, the UK Government plans to scrap the Covid vaccine mandate for NHS staff
The mandate that required health and social care workers in England to be vaccinated against Covid is set to be scrapped by the government following a consultation.
The news comes after the Government faced immense pressure and calls to delay the policy due to fear of mass resignations of NHS staff at a time when patient volumes are still running high.
Earlier in January, the NHS staff had thrown their uniforms on Downing Street as part of protesting the vaccine mandate.
NOW – NHS staff are throwing their uniforms in protest of the vaccine mandate at the police outside Downing Street.pic.twitter.com/2ygTwstWt4
— Disclose.tv (@disclosetv) January 22, 2022
NHS workers who had face-to-face contact with patients had to take the first dose before 3rd February or be dismissed. This threatened an exodus of as many as 60,000 NHS staff, while 40,000 staff working in care homes had already been pushed out.
Some have also launched legal action against the UK Government.
Most read from yesterday – NHS vaccine mandate 'is unlawful and must be stopped', says campaign taking legal action against governmenthttps://t.co/1VHGvvNfRt
— GB News (@GBNEWS) January 29, 2022
Health Secretary Sajid Javid called the jab requirement ‘no longer proportionate’ as he addressed the House of Commons on 31st January 2022 and said it is ‘only right to review it since the Delta Variant has been replaced by the less severe Omicron’.
.@sajidjavid has announced a consultation on ending regulations making vaccines a condition of deployment for health & social care staff.
It comes following the success of the booster programme & the latest scientific information on the Omicron variant.
Learn more 👇 pic.twitter.com/NbuhlKWvyL
— Department of Health and Social Care (@DHSCgovuk) January 31, 2022
Many have hailed this change in policy as ‘a win’ and Conservative MP Andrew Rosindell tweeted that the jobs of ‘free-thinking NHS workers are saved’.
The right decision @sajidjavid – these free thinking NHS workers jobs are saved and quite right too. Well done all those who had the courage to stand up for the values of a free society! https://t.co/fcuua75AmR
— Andrew Rosindell MP (@AndrewRosindell) January 30, 2022
However, NHS GP Dr. Renee Hoenderkamp said that the NHS is going to introduce this vaccine mandate ‘by the back door’.
NHS GP Dr Renee Hoenderkamp says the NHS is going to introduce the vaccine mandate "by the back door."
— TalkTV (@TalkTV) February 4, 2022
British homes set to see an ‘extremely worrying’ rise of over 50% in energy bills
A drastic increase in energy bills across the UK is expected since the country’s energy regulator Ofgem announced that the price cap would be raised by 54% due to elevated natural gas prices.
This record-breaking rise means many households could end up paying almost £ 700 more per year.
📣The government’s energy price cap is changing and this could affect you.
Record global gas price increases mean the energy cap will rise by £693 for customers on their supplier’s standard default tariff from 1 April.
Tap for more ⬇️
— Ofgem (@ofgem) February 3, 2022
Labour MP Jon Trickett called it a ‘robbery in broad daylight’.
• Energy Companies making up to £2 million profit an hour
• Your energy bills have climbed 66% since October
We’re being robbed in broad daylight.
— Jon Trickett MP (@jon_trickett) February 4, 2022
Conservative MP Rishi Sunak announced an Energy Bills Rebate plan for helping the citizens deal with the sudden price rise.
1/ The energy regulator OFGEM has announced that the energy price cap will rise in April.
Without action this would be very tough for millions of families.
So we're going to step in and directly help people manage those extra costs with a £350 Energy Bills Rebate.
Explainer 👇 pic.twitter.com/N5t3NOkS7p
— Rishi Sunak (@RishiSunak) February 3, 2022
However, many criticized it as a ‘loan’ rather than a rebate. Many Labour MPs also questioned PM Boris Johnson’s Brexit promises that included reduced energy bills.
Novelist and Journalist Tony Parsons tweeted about feeling cheated.
I can’t think of one Brexit promise that has been kept. Not one.Slashing taxes? No. Reducing energy bills? No. Taking back control of borders? No. Making a bonfire of EU regulations? No. This Government has broken every big bold Brexit promise.Ever feel like you’ve been cheated?
— Tony Parsons (@TonyParsonsUK) February 2, 2022
Distressed citizens have taken to social media to raise their voices against this cost-of-living crisis. A Twitter user asked why the dividends to shareholders were so high, while the energy prices are to rise and pointed out that France has capped their price rise to 4% only.
Please can someone explain this to me as if I’m a 5 years old, if energy prices are to rise to eye watering levels, why are the dividends to shareholders so high? Why are the lowest paid to pick up the tab? France is capping their rise to 4%!!
— Yer maw (@Yermaw44) February 3, 2022
Lunar New Year 2022 celebrations begin with traditional dances, wishes, and good luck.
This year’s most important day in the Chinese Calendar, February 1, 2022, is the start of the Lunar New Year, the rise of the second new moon after the winter solstice, and ‘Year of the Tiger’ – a symbol of bravery, wisdom, and strength.
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson tweeted a video wishing those celebrating, a very happy Lunar New Year.
A very happy Lunar New Year to everybody who is celebrating in the UK and around the world.
I wish you all a very happy and prosperous Year of the Tiger.
— Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) February 1, 2022
The Chinese New Year festivities go on for more than two weeks with celebrations that include parades, chants, prayers, and dragon dance across countries.
Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, visited Chinatown in Central London wearing the lucky red-coloured scarves they were gifted, ready to embrace this year as ‘the year of action’.
To celebrate the Year of the Tiger, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall spent time in Chinatown today, where they met members of the local community and visited some of the fantastic businesses located in this busy area of London. pic.twitter.com/DtPwO4o9Fh
— Clarence House (@ClarenceHouse) February 1, 2022
With the oldest Chinese community in Europe, Liverpool has a long tradition of vibrant performances and colourful celebrations in the city centre. After two years of the pandemic, the community is back with in-person celebrations like never before.
⛩️YOUR WEEKEND GUIDE⛩️
It's all about #ChineseNewYear celebrations this weekend @CultureLpool. Plus new club nights for @TresLiverpool, a huge evening walk @ClatterbridgeCC. And Stockbridge Village lights up with @cultureknowsley like never before. 🤩
— The Guide Liverpool 🌇 (@TheGuideLpool) February 4, 2022
Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, shared pictures of Trafalgar Square lit up beautifully to mark the beginning of the Lunar New Year.
Fantastic to see Trafalgar Square lit up to mark the beginning of Lunar New Year tomorrow.
— Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan (@MayorofLondon) January 31, 2022
The Sue Gray verdict exposes ‘failures of leadership’ and blames a wider office culture
A 12-page partial version of the Sue Gray report on the alleged No. 10 Downing Street parties was released finding ‘serious failures in leadership and judgment’ and behaviour that is ‘difficult to justify.
The report urges PM Boris Johnson to get on with widespread reforms based on learning drawn from the events.
Sue Gray’s verdict: ‘Failures of leadership’ https://t.co/Is5wn0hVG8
— The Guardian (@guardian) February 1, 2022
The slimmed-down version of the report, due to ongoing police investigation, has drawn widespread anger from UK citizens and the opposition parties.
In the events that followed, PM Boris Johnson has apologized and was allowed him to publish a second ‘full’ report.
U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson apologizes for lockdown-flouting parties, and says “I understand the anger that people feel” after ‘Partygate’ report finds “failures of leadership and judgement.” https://t.co/aL3VqSbpXm pic.twitter.com/h9j5MlI7pF
— ABC News (@ABC) January 31, 2022
The Metropolitan Police says Ms. Gray had given them, “well over 500 pieces of paper, about a ream and a half, and over 300 photographs”.
Allegations surrounding the parties have gravely affected the Prime Minister’s approval ratings. A recent snap poll by Opinium found that 64% of voters want Boris Johnson to resign following the Sue Gray report.
Snap poll by Opinium finds:
– Two thirds of voters (64%) want Boris Johnson to resign following the Sue Gray report.
– 83% believe he broke lockdown rules
– 75% believe he is not telling the truth.
— Adam Bienkov (@AdamBienkov) January 31, 2022
In a recent turn of events, a string of resignations from the PM’s team of aides has rocked Downing Street. This includes 4 senior staff members and policy advisor Elena Narozanski.
Energy Minister Greg Hands, in an interview with Sky News, referred to the departures as the PM ‘taking charge’.
"The PM was absolutely clear there would be changes at the top and that's what he has delivered."
Energy minister Greg Hands says the four departures from Number 10 is the prime minister "taking charge".https://t.co/t6BS6fcVhH
📺 Sky 501, Virgin 602, Freeview 233 and YouTube pic.twitter.com/YhM4wRtcDV
— Sky News (@SkyNews) February 4, 2022
And that’s a wrap for another week of controversy, decisions and trending discussions.
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