Queen Elizabeth confirms she wants Camilla Parker Bowles to be known as ‘Queen Consort’
In a message thanking the public and her family for support on the eve of her 70th anniversary of accession to the throne, Queen Elizabeth made her wish known that when Prince Charles becomes King, Camilla shall be known as ‘Queen Consort’.
✍️ On the eve of the 70th anniversary of her Accession to the throne, The Queen has written a message thanking the public and her family for their support, and looking forward to #PlatinumJubilee celebrations over the coming year. #HM70 pic.twitter.com/U6JfzeZMLn
— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) February 5, 2022
‘Queen’ is a title used only for a female ruler who becomes a monarch through the line of succession, while ‘Queen Consort’ is a traditional title for the wife of a reigning monarch.
Queen Elizabeth’s message put an end to years of speculation about the future of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.
Royal Editor of The Sunday Times, Roya Nikkhah, shared a video of the Duchess where she expressed, she is ‘very, very, honoured and touched’ by the Queen’s wish.
FIRST words from the Duchess of Cornwall on her new future title of #QueenCamilla during an engagement this morning. Camilla says she is “very, very honoured and very touched” by the Queen’s intervention and “sincere wish” that her daughter-in-law be crowned as Queen Consort pic.twitter.com/ND9npMyUVF
— Roya Nikkhah (@RoyaNikkhah) February 10, 2022
While many expressed their disapproval on Twitter, GB News Presenter, Dan Wootton said that ‘he cannot stop thinking about the pain and anguish such a move would have brought to Princess Diana’.
It is the Queen’s wish and many will believe her feelings should be respected.
But I cannot stop thinking about the pain and anguish such a move would have brought to Princess Diana.
The very thought horrified her.
— Dan Wootton (@danwootton) February 5, 2022
However, GB News Presenter, Colin Brazier, said ‘Camilla is a class act’ and ‘nobody deserves it more.’
Nobody deserves it more. Camilla is a class act. Warm, funny, humane.
God Save the Queen. https://t.co/1of12G9EGa
— Colin Brazier (@ColinBrazierTV) February 5, 2022
Ever since the Queen gave her ‘blessing’ to Camilla, her popularity has soared among the Brits. A public poll found 55% supported the decision and only 28% opposed it. Nevertheless, most believe Princess Diana would have suited the role better.
Samsung Launches Galaxy S22 Series phones with BTS Support containing parts made from Recycled Fishing Nets
The much-awaited and latest in the Samsung Galaxy series, S22 has been launched offering a sleek and simple design as well as stunning colour options.
— Samsung UK (@SamsungUK) February 9, 2022
Among the many innovative features, the launch has been accompanied with a powerful message for a sustainable future – ‘Galaxy for the Planet’.
Joining forces with popular South Korean band BTS, Samsung has kickstarted its global campaign on repurposing ocean-bound plastics.
— Samsung Mobile (@SamsungMobile) February 9, 2022
As part of the campaign, Samsung Electronics said it has developed a ‘new material’ with repurposed ocean-bound fishing nets to be incorporated in the new Galaxy devices.
At Samsung, one way we’re expanding the use of sustainable materials is by repurposing ocean-bound plastics for new Galaxy devices. Learn more: https://t.co/pA8Dm8YunI
— SamsungDC (@SamsungDC) February 10, 2022
The company was lauded by many users on social media for its efforts in reaching out to global audiences for awareness. Many called the campaign ‘beautiful and cool’.
However, Greenpeace East Asia, an international NGO working for the environment, called out Samsung for ‘greenwashing’ and asked it to take real action. In a Twitter thread, the organization alleged that Samsung Electronics is the No.1 electricity consumer in South Korea.
We need @samsung to care about the 🌏.
But the fact that #Samsung uses recycled materials in *some parts* of its phones shouldn’t distract from how the company STILL refuses to commit to 100% renewable energy worldwide, unlike rivals Apple & Sony. [1/3]https://t.co/Xf68c3NO51
— Greenpeace East Asia (@GreenpeaceEAsia) February 11, 2022
Noteworthy Moments and Winners of the BRIT Awards 2022 with British Superstars like Adele and Ed Sheeran on Stage
From a sold-out O2 arena with buzzing crowds to best dressed artists and an all-British line-up of entertaining performances, BRIT Awards 2022 with Mastercard celebrated the most talented artists of the music industry.
With three breath-taking outfit changes, a standout performance of her song ‘I drink wine’, and winning three out of four main awards (Best Artist, Album, and Song of the Year), Adele was unstoppable!
What a night! Thank you @BRITs, thank you Sally and Tom for being so accommodating. Thank you to everyone who was there in the crowd, you were so loud and loving! Congratulations to all the other winners and nominees, keep on smashing it! 🇬🇧 ✨ pic.twitter.com/8jDoF0DJ6E
— Adele (@Adele) February 9, 2022
Rapper Dave performed ‘In the Fire’ at the ceremony with a guitar flamethrower and took home the award for the Best Hip Hop/Rap/Grime Act.
Unforgettable night pic.twitter.com/TbQ2mKqEhq
— SANTAN (@Santandave1) February 9, 2022
Ed Sheeran performed his famous hit ‘Bad Habits’ at the ceremony and posed with his award for Best Songwriter of the Year.
— Ed Sheeran HQ (@edsheeran) February 9, 2022
The ceremony was also broadcast live on ITV and streamed on YouTube for non-UK viewers. But in case you missed it, here is a full list of the 2022 BRIT Award winners.
— The Independent (@Independent) February 9, 2022
And a huge win in the fight for change this year marked the first Brits without gender categories. The gendered categories were replaced with gender-neutral Artist of the Year and International Artist of the Year.
Increase in Heart Attack & Stroke Risk over long-term Paracetamol Use, Study Warns
The Telegraph reported a study conducted by the experts at the University of Edinburgh that placed 110 people with a history of high blood pressure on ‘1 gram of paracetamol four times a day or a placebo for two weeks, before reversing the regime so the placebo group got paracetamol’.
Within four days, blood pressure increased significantly for those taking paracetamol increasing the risk of heart attack or stroke by 20%.
Long-term paracetamol use could increase the risk of heart disease and strokes in people with high blood pressure, a study suggests. https://t.co/LOESbEEjV4
— The University of Edinburgh (@EdinburghUni) February 8, 2022
Often assumed as a safer alternative to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), many patients across the UK have a long-term prescription of paracetamol for chronic pain. But researchers suggest opting for the lowest possible dose for the shortest possible time.
According to the scientists, it has been assumed that paracetamol was a completely safe drug to use in patients with high blood pressurehttps://t.co/jN0csPrmpP
— The National (@ScotNational) February 7, 2022
Recently many studies on every day activities increasing heart attack risks have been published, making people question the relevance. Former LBC Radio show host and British activist Majid Nawaz shared a series of such news on Twitter.
Does “skipping breakfast” cause a heart attack? How about “cold weather” or your “energy bill”?
Everything and anything.. except something.
— Maajid أبو عمّار (@MaajidNawaz) February 6, 2022
NHS General Practitioner, Dr. Renee Hoenderkamp questioned why the British people were being ‘bombarded with stories of everyday things that may now cause heart attacks.”
We are being bombarded with stories of everyday things that may now cause heart attacks. From snow clearing, cold weather, household chores, healthy food and now… Why?
Urgent warning to millions of Brits as paracetamol increases heart attack risk https://t.co/hTAPagEyJZ
— Renée Hoenderkamp (@DrHoenderkamp) February 7, 2022
GB News Panellist and Essex representative Adam Brooks tweeted that he has stayed away from all these heart attack stories but complained that ‘it’s becoming relentless’.
I’ve stayed away from all these heart attack stories, but ffs, it’s becoming relentless.
Anything that doesn’t increase risk atm ?
“Urgent warning to millions of Brits as paracetamol increases heart attack risk” https://t.co/3CsLE6Qt0U
— Adam Brooks 🇬🇧 (@EssexPR) February 7, 2022
Growing Backlogs across the NHS highlight the Increased Wait Times and a Huge Crisis that lies ahead
The demand for hospital NHS treatments had outpaced capacity long before the Covid pandemic, but the figures now indicate that it might take years to clear the NHS backlog.
NHS care backlog grows to 6.1 million, amid record A&E wait times https://t.co/GCRhzTwCWm
— Rebecca Thomas (@Rebeccasmt) February 10, 2022
According to a BMA analysis, a record 6 million+ people are waiting for NHS treatments. The backlog also includes those who haven’t yet presented to their GP to seek referral, patients who have had procedures cancelled, referrals delayed or cancelled, and referrals refused due to lack of capacity.
On the other hand, the hidden backlog is growing, and cancer targets are being missed as well.
Patients are even waiting longer (over 12 hours) for emergency care. Experts say the chronic shortage of NHS doctors, staff, and resources is at the core of this crisis, which has been ongoing for years.
The Government has time and again blamed Covid19 for the backlog, citing people not coming forward for elective care during the pandemic. But the number reveals a different story.
British Actor and Comedian David Schneider highlighted the pre-Covid numbers in a tweet, blaming the failure of the Tory Government.
People dying in A&E corridors
17000 beds cut
106,000 staff short
43000 nurses short
11000 doctors short
Record waiting times
Social care in crisis
Then they failed to protect the NHS
The Tories are to blame for the NHS breaking, not Covid https://t.co/UKL309sMhH
— David Schneider (@davidschneider) February 7, 2022
NHS Palliative Care Dr. Rachel Clarke blamed ‘years of calculated, deliberate underfunding and understaffing’ for the backlog.
These are not ‘Covid’ backlogs.
There were 4.5 million people on NHS waiting lists before the pandemic began – thanks to 10 years of calculated, deliberate underfunding & understaffing.
It suits the govt to blame Covid, but please don’t fall for it.https://t.co/vETO5piKtw
— Rachel Clarke (@doctor_oxford) February 7, 2022
Every Doctor UK, a doctor-led campaign organization fighting for a better NHS, has begun a petition #DemandJavidsPlan demanding the Government to do more, take responsibility, and support NHS doctors and staff. Dr. Julia Grace Patterson, the founder of the organization, said ‘we need radical, transformative thinking about the future of NHS’.
👇 This isn't good enough.
NHS staff are working as hard as they can, but the government is not supporting them. Staff + patients deserve better.
— EveryDoctor (@EveryDoctorUK) February 11, 2022
The UK Government has revealed a plan to tackle the backlog that includes the following measures:
an extra £2 billion of funding for elective recovery this year, £8 billion more over the next 3 years
additional £6 billion for new beds, equipment, and technology
reforms to allow NHS to perform at least 6 million extra tests, checkups, and procedures by 2025 and 30% more elective activities each year in 3 years’ time.
Increasing capacity along with more healthcare support workers and clinicians on the frontline
Although ministers say, the waiting list will not decrease for the next two years.
Health Secretary Sajid Javid tweeted the biggest takeaways from the plan.
Today we published our plan to tackle the Covid Backlog:
👉🏽 deliver 9 million more tests, checks & procedures by 2025
👉🏽 end waits over a year for 99% of people by 2024, and everyone by 2025
👉🏽 offer patients more choice about their care pic.twitter.com/s6yA3TSfKz
— Sajid Javid (@sajidjavid) February 8, 2022
And that’s a wrap for another week of controversy, gossip and news.
Post curated by Nidaa Koreishi & Manuela Willbold