Trump accuses US spy agencies of acting like Nazis
In a chaotic press conference just nine days before he takes office as the President of the United States, Donald Trump accused US intelligence chiefs of behaving like Nazis, yesterday. The comments, made in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York, came following the publication of unverified claims that he was caught in a compromising position in Russia – the details of which he blasted as “fake news”. “I think it was disgraceful that the intelligence agencies allowed any information that turned out to be so false and fake out. I think it’s a disgrace… That’s something that Nazi Germany would have done, and did do.” The head of US spy agencies, James Clapper, has denied the claim.
Natalie Portman reveals Hollywood gender pay gap
Hollywood actress Natalie Portman has revealed that Ashton Kutcher was paid three times as much as her for their respective appearances in the 2011 romcom, No Strings Attached. She said in a recent interview with Marie Claire UK, “I knew and I went along with it because there’s thing with ‘quotes’ in Hollywood. His was three times higher than mine so they said he should get three times more.” Kutcher tweeted that he was “proud” of 35-year-old Portman for speaking out over the issue.
NHS crisis: 20 hospitals declare black alert
An unprecedented number of patients requiring urgent care has led to more than 20 hospitals in England declaring a black alert this week. At least 23 hospital trusts have said they can’t cope after being overcrowded, and finding themselves unable to guarantee patient safety and normal service. The Red Cross declared that the NHS was in “crisis” earlier this week, yet Theresa May yesterday branded the claims “irresponsible”, despite stark reports from hospitals. Overcrowding is expected to worsen in the coming days as cold weather sweeps the country.
Parliament votes against compulsory sex and relationships education
Parliament has voted against implementing compulsory sex and relationships education (SRE) in schools. The vote will be a disappointing result for campaigners and young people – three quarters of whom believe that compulsory SRE would make them safer. According to NSPCC research, 27 per cent of 13-17 year old girls have experienced sexual violence in their relationships.
Oxfam reports highest Christmas sales for five years
Increased demand for secondhand clothes and ethical gifts has resulted in charity Oxfam reporting its highest sales for five years following the Christmas period. The charity posted a 10 per cent year-on-year rise in sales for November and December. It said the sales – worth £17.2m – would provide £1.7m to help fight global poverty and hardship.