Chancellor Rishi Sunak sets out measures to combat the cost of living crisis in Spring Statement
As millions of citizens across the UK suffer the cost-of-living squeeze, Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s spring budget statement was grim news. Some measures included 5p off a liter of fuel for the next 12 months, the promise of an income tax cut, and raising the threshold of National Insurance to £12,575.
Rishi Sunak shared the highlights of the ‘2022 Spring Statement’ on Twitter.
— Rishi Sunak (@RishiSunak) March 23, 2022
However, the public services and public sector workers have not been given anything in this statement to help them compensate for the soaring energy prices and food costs.
Rishi Sunak blamed the slow post-pandemic recovery of the UK on the war in Ukraine.
Meanwhile, the Chancellor has also been in the news for his statement on March 13, where he urged UK firms to ‘think very carefully about their investments in Russia and how they may aid the Putin regime’.
I am urging firms to think very carefully about their investments in Russia and how they may aid the Putin regime.
— Rishi Sunak (@RishiSunak) March 13, 2022
Sky News journalist Jayne Secker grilled Rishi Sunak in an interview about his family’s links to Russia and his wife having a stake in Infosys which operates in Moscow.
.@JayneSeckerSky: It's been reported that you have family links to Russia and that your wife has a stake in Infosys, which operates in Moscow.@RishiSunak: "I'm here to talk to you about what I am responsible for, my wife is not."https://t.co/WaBU5XQk1v
📺 Sky 501 pic.twitter.com/1sOuHkePo9
— Sky News (@SkyNews) March 24, 2022
Political editor for the Byline Times, Adam Bienkov criticized him for the same while sharing pictures of the Sunak’s father-in-law with Putin.
Rishi Sunak said today that he has "absolutely no idea" about links between his wife's family company and Putin.
He should ask his father-in-law. pic.twitter.com/3EwlBuOgz1
— Adam Bienkov (@AdamBienkov) March 24, 2022
Bridgerton Season 2: Reviews call the period drama less compelling and miss Simon
The much-acclaimed 19th century high-society drama on Netflix, Bridgerton’s season 2 is being rated on an average ‘3 stars’ by various media outlets. With season 1’s protagonist Daphne being almost entirely absent and the Duke of Hastings, Simon Basset having bid adieu to the series, the new season mostly focuses on the senior Bridgerton son Anthony, played by Jonathan Bailey.
Bridgerton Season 2 is now on Netflix!! pic.twitter.com/lcEzIKxLdT
— Netflix (@netflix) March 25, 2022
Of course, the mysterious and funny Lady Whistledown continues to enchant and enthrall her readers.
A Twitter user shared her anguish on missing Duke Simon, played by Regé Jean Page in Season 1, while many others also lament on social media that the drama is not the same without his charisma.
— Ikhlas Anita 𓃵 🇬🇭 (@chefAmah) March 24, 2022
However, the second season is more lavish with sparkling balls, lush gardens, delicate outfits, and spicier gossip about the people.
The plot introduces the glamourous Sharma half-sisters, Kate, and Edwina. The elder sister, Kate is played by Simone Ashley, a British actress, who has played small parts in Broadchurch and Strike.
A Twitter user appreciated the accurate representation of the sisters’ South-Asian descent.
It's such a small thing but seeing Kate and Edwina always refer to their dad as "Appa" is really making my Tamil heart burst with happiness. This is one form of representation and it matters. #Bridgerton #bridgertonseason2 pic.twitter.com/85NgEf3ir1
— karm ✨ (@karmeeleon) March 25, 2022
A huge damper for many season 1 fans, however, is the fewer number of intimate scenes in season 2. The previous season noted many explicit scenes surrounding the young love of Daphne and Simon, while the new season revolves around more grown-up and emotional relationships.
Writer and podcaster, Lyra Hale appreciated the first-rate performances of both Jonathon Bailey (Anthony) and Simone Ashley (Kate) after watching season 2.
After watching #Bridgerton season 2 I can confirm that Jonathan Bailey & Simone Ashley are first-rate actors who absolutely transport you into another world. Their chemistry is masterful & their #Kathony scenes are riveting! Period. 💖🔥 pic.twitter.com/JU6rjAiYvX
— Lyra Hale 🏳️🌈✍️🇵🇷 (@TheAltSource) March 20, 2022
UEFA World Cup Qualifiers 2022: Italy will miss their second consecutive FIFA World Cup
European Champions Italy will not be a part of the 2022 World Cup after suffering a loss of 1-0 to North Macedonia on Thursday night in UEFA qualifiers. While it was a great result for the 67th FIFA-ranked Macedonian team, it was a major upset for Italy as they miss out on the World Cup ticket for the historic second consecutive time.
NORTH MACEDONIA!!! ONE OF THE GREAT UPSETS OF ALL TIME 🤯
AS IT STANDS, ITALY ARE OUT OF THE WORLD CUP! pic.twitter.com/DBRBcUhZC5
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) March 24, 2022
Aleksandar Trajkovski scored the winning goal that sent Italy crashing out of the World Cup, two minutes into the additional five minutes with a precise aim from 20 yards right.
Retired soccer player, Taylor Twellman pointed out the ‘ruthless’ nature of the qualifiers (WCQ) citing Italy lost only once in the #WCQ, while Uruguay and Ecuador qualified despite having lost 6 times in the qualifiers.
— Taylor Twellman (@TaylorTwellman) March 25, 2022
Sports journalist Fabrizio Romano exclaimed it to be an ‘incredible disaster’ for Italy after missing out on Russia in 2018.
After missing on Russia 2018, Italy are out of the World Cup 2022. What an incredible disaster. 🇮🇹 #Italy
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) March 24, 2022
Italy coach Roberto Mancini called the evening his ‘biggest disappointment’.
🎙️ #Mancini: "The victory in the Euros was the most wonderful moment of my career. What happened this evening is my biggest disappointment."#ITAMKD #Azzurri #VivoAzzurro #WCQ pic.twitter.com/YIMfp3Uq0C
— Italy ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (@Azzurri_En) March 24, 2022
The qualification results will be complete only after the resolution of Scotland’s match with Ukraine, postponed due to the Russian invasion. This is a part of Path A of the UEFA qualifiers, while results for Path B and C will be decided this month.
Ten European teams have already qualified for the World Cup and the twelve teams from Paths A, B and C are battling it out for the last three spots.
China Eastern Airline’s plane nosedives: All 132 passengers and crew on board die
Flight MU5735 plummeted from cruising altitude to crash in a heavy forest area of Guangxi while traveling from the southwestern city of Kunming to the port city of Guangzhou.
The video of the plane nose-diving was widely shared on social media.
— Sang (@Panjelajah) March 21, 2022
Given the nature of the plane crash, there was little hope of finding any survivors. Late on Saturday, Beijing state media confirmed that all 132 onboard – 123 passengers and 9 crew members had been killed.
— Reuters (@Reuters) March 26, 2022
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson shared a condolence message on Twitter for the families of the victims of this tragedy.
Terrible news about the China Eastern Airlines flight MU5735. My thoughts are with the families of all those caught up in this tragedy and the search and rescue teams currently responding.
— Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) March 21, 2022
Due to the impact and the site of the crash, the DNA and debris were scattered widely and created a 20-meter-deep pit on the side of the mountain slope. Firefighters taking part in the search have recovered both the black boxes and the cockpit voice recorder (an orange cylinder), despite the muddy and rainy terrain.
Meanwhile, experts weighed in on the mystery of the crash with many citing a potential mid-air breakup.
The mystery of the China Eastern plane crash is growing, with evidence pointing to a potential mid-air breakup.@PhilipGlamann reports from the wreckage area https://t.co/CbbcIrr2Xn pic.twitter.com/moCCGyDGK9
— Bloomberg Quicktake (@Quicktake) March 25, 2022
China Eastern is one of China’s 4 major airlines. The carrier and its subsidiaries have grounded all Boeing 737-800s since the crash as a precaution. Boeing said in a statement that ‘a technical team is supporting the NTSB and the Civil Aviation Administration of China’ who are leading this investigation.
Boeing will continue to support our airline customer during this difficult time. In addition, a Boeing technical team is supporting the NTSB and the Civil Aviation Administration of China who will lead the investigation.
— The Boeing Company (@Boeing) March 26, 2022
The major incident involving gas leak at London Aquatics Centre forces evacuation and closure
About 200 people were evacuated from the venue and 29 rushed to the hospital with breathing problems, following a major incident of chlorine gas leak at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Stratford, on Wednesday.
The London Aquatics Centre was used for swimming, diving, and synchronized swimming during the 2012 Olympics and was opened to the public in 2014.
A number of casualties with breathing difficulties were being treated by London’s ambulance service on Wednesday after a leak of noxious fumes at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park’s aquatics center, emergency services said. | @Reuters https://t.co/vX1TTflh0X
— Inquirer (@inquirerdotnet) March 23, 2022
Almost 50 were treated by paramedics, many could be seen wearing blankets, some being rushed in ambulances, while residents in the area were asked to close their doors and windows after an alarm was raised.
Paramedics are treating a number of patients for breathing difficulties at the swimming pool at London's Olympic Park in Stratford. Firefighters at the scene a "high quantity of chlorine gas" has been released due to a "chemical reaction". https://t.co/0uQSxgHD9B
— BBC Essex (@BBCEssex) March 23, 2022
The London Fire Brigade said the high quantity of chlorine gas was released due to a ‘chemical reaction’ and that ‘positive pressure ventilation fans’ would be used to disperse the gas into the atmosphere.
The roads in the area were cordoned off as emergency responders handled the developing situation.
Emergency services are responding to a gas leak at Aquatics Centre on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
The area has been evacuated and cordoned off.
— London Live (@LondonLive) March 23, 2022
The centre remains closed since the incident and will reopen when safe.
London Aquatics Centre will be closed today following yesterday’s incident.
Our thoughts are with those affected and we thank the emergency services for their prompt action.
We will reopen as soon as it is safe to do so.
— LondonAquaticsCentre (@AquaticsCentre) March 24, 2022
Meanwhile, a pregnant woman injured by the poisonous gas leak plans to sue the park.
Woman injured by poison gas leak at London’s Olympic park plans to sue https://t.co/8SLFGMHJbg
— The Guardian (@guardian) March 25, 2022
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