NEWS DIGEST 22.05.2021: New Mauritian mayor of Rugby a world first, other stories

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Deepa Brojmohun has become the first ever British Mauritian mayor after she was elected to be council leader of the town of Rugby, in Warwickshire county, England. Aged 54, and having lived in England for twenty years, Brojmohun originates from the Mauritian region of Grande-Rivière-Nord-Ouest in the capital Port Louis. She also has the honour of being the first Mauritian to be elected into such a position in a city or town outside the east African island – En Angleterre : Deepa Brojmohun élue maire de la petite ville de Rugby dans le Warwickshire (Top FM)

A nurse who cared for Boris Johnson when he was gravely ill with Covid-19 says she has handed in her resignation, such is her disillusionment with the “lack of respect” shown by the government for the NHS and healthcare workers. “We’re not getting the respect and now pay that we deserve. I’m just sick of it. So I’ve handed in my resignation,” said Jenny McGee, referring to the government’s proposed 1% pay rise for NHS staff, which unions have described as a “kick in the teeth”. In a documentary, The Year Britain Stopped, she told of how she felt deeply disappointed in the government’s treatment of healthcare workers – particularly over nurses’ pay. In a statement released on Tuesday through Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS foundation trust, McGee said: “After the toughest year of my nursing career, I’m taking a step back from the NHS but hope to return in the future.” A Downing Street spokesperson said: “Our NHS staff have gone above and beyond over the past year and this government will do everything in our power to support them. We are extremely grateful for the care NHS staff have provided throughout the pandemic in particular.”That is why they have been exempted from the public sector wide pay freeze implemented as a result of the difficult economic situation created by the pandemic.” – Nurse who cared for Boris Johnson resigns over ‘lack of respect’ for NHS workers (The Guardian UK Edition – NHS)

EU citizens living and working in the UK have revealed how they are being met with suspicion and threats that they will be refused entry at the UK border for the first time in their lives, fuelling fresh fears that Border Force officials have not been trained in the new Brexit rules – UK like an ‘enemy state’ to EU nationals detained by Border Force (The Guardian UK Edition – Brexit)

A man has been jailed for ten years after raping a woman in Ilford, a town near London. Police were called on the morning of Wednesday, 25 November 2020 after a woman in her twenties reported being bundled into a car by two men on Ilford High Road. She was driven a short distance away, where she was raped inside the car. The woman was walking along Ilford High Road at approximately 3.30am when the car pulled up beside her. The woman suffered injuries to her body and face after being held down and repeatedly punched. Specially trained officers have provided support to the victim – One man jailed for raping woman in Ilford (TIME 107.5fm)

Microsoft’s Internet Explorer will finally be retired next year after more than 26 years of service, the tech giant says. The computer software provider has been phasing out the old browser for several years – but in 2019 it had to issue an emergency patch for it, for security reasons. Some very old websites – and crucially, internal company web-based tools – were built on older web technology, which modern browsers have trouble processing. In a blog, Microsoft Edge programme manager Sean Lyndersay wrote that the newer browser was “a faster, more secure and more modern browsing experience”, and was also now better able to handle older applications. In 2013 Microsoft was fined €561m for failing to promote alternative browsers within its Windows operating system. Many PCs are now using Microsoft’s Edge browser, the natural successor to IE – Farewell (again) to Microsoft’s Internet Explorer (BBC News – Technology)

Liverpool will look at the Premier League table a little longer and a little harder. A resolute Burnley were defeated 3-0 at Turf Moor to move Liverpool above Leicester City into that all-important position four in the standings, one point off Chelsea. The trend continued at Burnley, where Roberto Firmino’s finish on 43 minutes past debutant Will Norris settled some nerves and injected greater belief that Liverpool could crawl over that Champions League line. Liverpool’s midfield was either being bypassed or bullied if they took too long on the ball and, despite the scoreline, they had to sidestep an almighty battle to stay in the ascendancy and in that Champions League hunt. Liverpool weathered the uncomfortable long hits, thanks largely to Phillips, and unloaded a weapon of their own – Liverpool surge past Burnley and into fourth place as unlikely silver lining looms (Independent)

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