Free NHS Prescriptions for all over 60 – may be ‘Axed’ from April 2022 in England.
For more than 25 years, prescriptions that have been free from the NHS for Brits over the age of sixty could come at a cost from April 1, as reported by the Daily Express.
The controversial Government proposal aims to raise the age for a free prescription to 66.
Moreover, the current per prescription price of £9.35 may also increase.
This move could come as a blow to millions of people especially those with chronic conditions, though many will still be exempt from charges.
Professor of Accounting and Member of House of Lords of the UK, Prem Sikka, tweeted about the news, calling the Government ministers ‘billionaires who have no idea how people survive’.
Govt raising the free NHS prescription age in England from 60 to 66, amount per medication to also rise.
Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales don't have a Tory govt and NHS medications are free. Billionaire ministers have no idea how people survive.https://t.co/fbPPPdAPli
— Prem Sikka (@premnsikka) January 4, 2022
The NHS prescription charge reforms will come on top of a wave of tax increases and price hikes over the next few months that will include higher income tax bills, energy prices, national insurance charges, and rail fares.
The blow for the over-60s comes amid increases in National Insurance, energy bill costs, income tax, rail fares and council tax.https://t.co/74fgW8gIPc
— The London Economic (@LondonEconomic) January 5, 2022
In Scotland and Wales, no matter the age, residents are still eligible for a free prescription through NHS.
However, the discrepancy that England residents will have to pay until 66 has drawn quite an outrage on social media.
A Twitter user posted about this being like a robbery and not what people had worked for their whole life.
So free prescriptions to go for pensioners in the New Year. So, not only robbed of my pension, pension age going up but free prescriptions to 60+ is going too? I really am going to die at work aren't I and millions like me. Worked from 16 for this? 😡😢
— Liz Ex Labour (@LizAllen16) December 31, 2021
A Senior Reporter from iNewspaper, Serina Sandhu, pointed out that this decision could cost more and do lasting damage to the nation’s health.
Sandra is afraid to see the doctor about her illnesses because she already struggles to afford her prescriptions as Government consults on increasing the free prescription age from 60 to 66 @ageuklondon @prescriptionCC @theipaper https://t.co/ONdfdZ7blx
— Serina Sandhu (@SerinaSandhu1) January 6, 2022
After Being Denied Entry in Australia, Unvaccinated Djokovic Fights Deportation
After a 10-hour stand-off with Australian Border Force (ABF), Novak Djokovic’s visa was cancelled and he was denied entry at Melbourne Airport early Thursday.
The world’s current tennis No. 1 and three-time defending Australian Open Champion appears not to have taken the Covid19 vaccine but had applied for a medical exemption with the Victorian State Government and Tennis Australia.
However, he was denied entry by ABF, which operates under the Australian Government, on grounds of insufficient evidence for the exemption.
Scott Morrison, Prime Minister of Australia, tweeted that ‘rules are rules and no one is above it.
Mr Djokovic’s visa has been cancelled. Rules are rules, especially when it comes to our borders. No one is above these rules. Our strong border policies have been critical to Australia having one of the lowest death rates in the world from COVID, we are continuing to be vigilant.
— Scott Morrison (@ScottMorrisonMP) January 5, 2022
The Serbian tennis star now faces the prospect of deportation and has launched an appeal, while he waits in an immigration detention hotel.
Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic rallied in support of Djokovic and called this a ‘political witch hunt’.
Novak Djokovic supporters take to the streets of Belgrade in support as Serbian president accuses Australian PM Scott Morrison of 'political witch hunt' https://t.co/QbuvG2bE0d
— Daily Mail Online (@MailOnline) January 7, 2022
A chief sportswriter for The Telegraph, Oliver Brown, called the incident a show trial and pointed out that Novak Djokovic was approved to board on the plane.
Increasingly uneasy about how Djokovic is being treated. Whatever your views on the man, he was approved to board that plane. And now? An 8hr interrogation, a glorified detention centre, and global ridicule. This does not feel like 'rules are rules'. It feels like a show trial.
— Oliver Brown (@oliverbrown_tel) January 6, 2022
However, Broadcaster and Journalist Piers Morgan commented that sports stars should play by the same rules as others and the Australian Government has a full right to deny him entry.
The #Djokovic saga is not about whether you believe in covid vaccines, but whether you believe famous sports stars should play by the same rules as everyone else. He has the right not to be jabbed, and Australia has the right to chuck him out for making a dodgy visa application.
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) January 5, 2022
Meanwhile, supporters have taken to the streets and social media to protest the denial. The stunning saga has also unleashed a wave of memes around ‘Djokovic’, one such coming from Australian cricket all-rounder Neesham.
Immigration is no djoke…
I’m sorry https://t.co/FoAvIn18mY
— Jimmy Neesham (@JimmyNeesh) January 5, 2022
The decision on the legal appeal will be announced on Monday according to Australian government officials.
Return to Hogwarts, A Heart-Warming Reunion on the 20th Anniversary of Harry Potter
Generations of fans cried and laughed together with the cast of Harry Potter who got together in a reunion for the first time since the release of Deathly Hallows Part 2 in 2011.
The whole cast including Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Helena Bonham Carter, Robbie Coltrane, Tom Felton, James, and Oliver Phelps showed up.
— Wizarding World (@wizardingworld) January 1, 2022
The special showed behind-the-scenes footage, exclusive interviews of the star cast, and a recap of all the emotions that spanned a decade of filming together. It also paid tribute to the cast and crew members who have passed away.
Tom Felton, who played Draco Malfoy, called on all the teary-eyed fans on Twitter.
Who cried in the first five minutes #ReturnToHogwarts
— Tom Felton (@TomFelton) January 2, 2022
Spoiler Alert! Watson revealed she had a crush on Tom Felton and Radcliffe said ‘I wish I’d just been born 10 years earlier while revealing he had a crush on Helena Bonham Carter.
In the episode, Rupert Grint reflected all our sentiments when he said, ‘We’re family, and we’ll always be a part of each other’s lives.”
Jason Isaacs, who played Lucius Malfoy, joked about Dobby the elf on Twitter.
On ‘holiday’ in isolation with the family, who’ve all tested positive (we’re fine thanks) but can’t see #ReturnToHogwarts
Somebody tell me – was Dobby talking shit about me again? Pointy-eared ingrate.
— Jason Isaacs (@jasonsfolly) January 1, 2022
However, due to a recent controversy about her views on gender and sex-based rights, JK Rowling was not invited to the reunion. Instead, snippets from her old interview were included in it.
Piers Morgan criticized the Potter star cast calling them ‘ungrateful’.
Weasley by name, and nature. These Potter stars are such a bunch of ungrateful little twerps … more interested in pathetic virtue-signalling than supporting the right of the woman who made them all rich & famous to have an opinion most people agree with. https://t.co/2iX8upheoK
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) December 29, 2021
Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts is streaming now on HBO Max.
Wordle, an Online Word Game that Has Taken the Internet by Storm
British software engineer Josh Wardle created a word-guessing game for his partner Palak Shah and as a play on his last name, called it Wordle. After playing it for months, he shared it on his family WhatsApp group before sharing it with the world.
Since then, the game has become a sensation that has reached thousands. On November 1, there were 90 players, and just 2 months later more than 300,000 players were guessing the words!
— Josh Wardle (@powerlanguish) November 24, 2021
The most frequently searched questions on the internet these days are:
- What is wordle?
- How do we play wordle?
The once-a-day game gives you 6 chances to guess a 5-letter word, at the end of which it tells you whether any of your letters are in the word and whether they are incorrect place.
Author and illustrator Jonny Sun tweeted about the game’s success, making him lost for words.
wordle: name a 5-letter word
my brain: …TUNA
wordle: literally any 5-letter word
my brain: …QUENCH
wordle: LITERALLY JUST TYPE IN THE FIRST 5-LETTER WORD THAT COMES INTO YOUR HEAD
my brain: …LOPPO?
wordle: A WORD. A REAL WORD THAT IS 5 LETTERS LONG
my brain: … BBBBB
— jonny sun (@jonnysun) January 6, 2022
London-based influencer Jemma Styles called the game ‘a letter-based fight club’.
Feel like I’ve just discovered a letter based fight club
Wordle 199 5/6
— Gemma Styles (@GemmaAnneStyles) January 4, 2022
The game has no distracting ads, banners, or pop-ups asking for money, just pure love for words and a good quiz or puzzle.
Citing similar reasons, Anil Dash, CEO of Glitch, a software development start-up company, said the success of Wordle is well deserved.
The real web is @powerlanguish making a game for someone he loves, not smothering it in surveillance-based ads or creepy growth hacks, and limiting it so it doesn’t even try to steal more than a few minutes of your time. Wordle deserves all its success. https://t.co/LCNbIJah7O
— Anil Dash (@anildash) January 4, 2022
Russian ‘Peacekeeping’ Forces Arrive in Kazakhstan after President Seeks Help to Quell Unrest
According to Russian news agencies, Russian paratroopers have reached Kazakhstan as part of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) after the country’s president sought help in controlling violent clashes between protestors and the police.
Russia issued a statement viewing the protests as externally provoked.
❗ Russia supported the urgent measures amidst the surge of violence in #Kazakhstan.
☝️ We view the recent developments in this friendly country as externally provoked attempts at disrupting the security & integrity of the state through violent means.
— MFA Russia 🇷🇺 (@mfa_russia) January 6, 2022
The protests that initially erupted on the weekend due to rising fuel prices, gave way to calls for broader political reforms before turning bloody and leading to dozens of people losing their lives, as reported by local news agencies.
Economist at the John Hopkins University Steve Hanke tweeted a video of the protests.
— Steve Hanke (@steve_hanke) January 5, 2022
Authorities in Almaty, the country’s largest city, claimed on Thursday that 12 police and security personnel had been killed and 353 injured. Thousands of protestors have reportedly been arrested and many are in intensive care.
President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev has sacked Kazakhstan’s government and declared a two-week national emergency, blaming foreign-trained ‘terrorists’ without giving any evidence.
NetBlocks, a watchdog organization monitoring the governance of the internet, confirmed a national-scale blackout of internet services in Kazakhstan.
⚠️ Confirmed: #Kazakhstan is again in the midst of a nation-scale internet blackout as of early morning Thursday.
While service was available, President Tokayev gave a televised speech appealing to Russia for assistance to "protect the state."
— NetBlocks (@netblocks) January 5, 2022
The UK Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office issued a statement condemning the acts of violence and calling for calm as well as the resumption of internet services in Kazakhstan.
UK Minister of State for South Asia and the Commonwealth, Lord (Tariq) Ahmad of Wimbledon shared the statement on Twitter.
The violence surrounding the protests in Kazakhstan is deeply concerning. Today I spoke to Kazakhstan’s 🇰🇿 Ambassador to the UK 🇬🇧 Erlan Idrissov and called for a peaceful resolution based on dialogue and respect for human rights. @KazakhEmbassyUK https://t.co/6myCjkd1eq
— Lord (Tariq)Ahmad of Wimbledon (@tariqahmadbt) January 6, 2022
Meanwhile, the US has warned that the world is watching Russian conduct for any violation of human rights. United States Secretary of State, Antony Blinken expressed their commitment to a peaceful and diplomatic resolution of disputes.
Productive call with Kazakhstani Foreign Minister Mukhtar Tileuberdi today. We are committed to supporting Kazakhstan’s constitutional institutions and the peaceful and diplomatic resolution of disputes.
— Secretary Antony Blinken (@SecBlinken) January 6, 2022
The new year is certainly starting off on a controversial note.
Post curated by Nidaa Koreishi & Manuela Willbold