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Shamima Begum says she could help UK ‘fight terrorism’ because ‘you clearly don’t know what you’re doing’

Begum claimed her own experience with extremists could help the UK government prevent more girls like her joining terror groups

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In an astonishing interview this morning, Shamima Begum insisted that she could help the UK government with its fight against terrorism because ‘you clearly don’t know what you’re doing.’

The twenty-two year old, who fled her East London home to join terror group ISIS in Syria at the age of fifteen, appeared on Good Morning Britain from a women’s and children’s camp in Syria, where she was quizzed on her fight to return to the UK.

Dressed in Western attire, Begum said she regretted her actions and asked the British people for forgiveness. She said: “I do not believe that one evil justifies another evil. I don’t think that women and children should be killed for other people’s motives and for other people’s agendas.”

In her interview, Begum also insisted that she could be a big help to the UK government in its fight against terrorism and online grooming, saying with confidence: “I want to say that you are clearly struggling with extremism and terrorism in your country.

“And I want to help with that by telling you my own experience with these extremists, and what they say and how they persuade people to do what they do and to come to places like Syria.

“I think I could very much help you in your fight against terrorism because you clearly don’t know what you’re doing.”

Begum also touched upon previous comments made about the Manchester Arena bombing, saying that she ‘didn’t know’ women and children had been hurt in the attack. She said: “I did not know about the Manchester bombing when I was asked. I did not know that people were killed, I did not know that women and children were hurt because of it.”

She also apologised to anyone who has been affected by Isis and the terror group’s actions, saying: “I’m in a different camp, obviously. I have friends now. I have a security shield now around me with my friends and I feel more confident in myself.

“I obviously don’t have my son anymore so I only have to think about my safety so if I do get attacked for taking my hijab off, it’s on me. While I’m in this camp, I’m trying to change myself. I’m trying to better myself, because I can.”

Begum made headlines back in 2015 when she and two friends travelled to Syria from London to join ISIS. The girls went on to marry Jihadi fighters, Begum herself marrying a Dutch recruit. 

She was found heavily pregnant in a Syrian refugee camp in February 2019. The baby later died of pneumonia and Begum said she had previously lost two other children. Ever since, the young woman has been appealing the revoking of her British citizenship, while the Home Office continues to stress that she remains a ‘security risk.’

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GP reveals why ‘worst cold ever’ is affecting people across Greater Manchester at the moment

That explains a few things…

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A GP has offered an explanation as to why people across the region are experiencing what has been described as ‘the worst cold ever’.

As you’ll probably be aware, thousands of Brits have been experiencing crippling symptoms not unlike those of Covid-19, but are receiving negative PCR tests. The only other explanation? Well, it has to be some form of super cold on steroids.

Some people have been claiming that the new ‘super cold’ has left them feeling like they’ve ‘been hit by a bus’, while others have said with confidence that it is ‘the worst cold’ they’ve ever had.

So, why is the seasonal cold so bloody awful this year?

Well, a GP has offered her expertise on the matter and, as it turns out, the easing of Covid-19 restrictions could be to blame for the new illness.

Dr. Philippa Kaye told BBC Newsbeat : “We’ve actually been seeing a rise in the number of coughs and colds and viral infections. We are mixing in a way that we haven’t been mixing over the past eighteen months.”

She added that during the first lockdowns, numbers of other non-Covid infections fell as a result of social distancing measures and the restrictions on mixing with other households. 

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Dr. Kaye advised to always take a Covid-19 test when feeling unwell and, if it comes back as negative, to simply consume ‘loads of fluids and rest, over-the-counter simple painkillers for headaches and aches and pains’.

She added: “You can get lots of advice from your local pharmacist for minor coughs and colds.

“But if you become more unwell, if you cough up blood, have chest pain, if you have shortness of breath or chest tightness, then you need to seek medical advice.”

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Manchester woman called GP 673 times in one morning to be told to ‘try again tomorrow’

‘Waited further 20 minutes to speak to receptionist to be told there are no appointments left and try again tomorrow’

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A woman from Manchester recently shared her experience when trying to book a face-to-face GP appointment, saying she called over 600 times to be told to ‘try again tomorrow’.

Francine Jury, a health researcher, took to Twitter to explain how difficult it was to get an appointment via the telephone at her local GP surgery.

She wrote: “Just Dialled GP 673 times over 28 minutes to get into phone queue at position 9. Waited further 20 minutes to speak to receptionist to be told there are no appointments left and try again tomorrow #primarycare is broken. #NHS”.

Francine later followed up her tweet by explaining that her frustration wasn’t with the NHS staff themselves, but with the ‘broken’ system that manages appointments.

She wrote: “The incredible NHS primary care staff are working in a completely broken system. Needs better funding and GPs need more flexibility… GP practices know their patients and communities best and how best to serve them.

“Give them the support they need to make the system work for everyone. Founding principle of NHS- healthcare free at point of NEED, needs better support at primary care level.”

This comes just one week after Rossendale Borough Council raised concerns over the current booking systems and availability of in-person appointments since the pandemic.

Councillor Alan Neal said that patients are visiting NHS walk-in centres and accident and emergency departments as an alternative to the lengthy waiting times to see their own doctors.

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He said: “This is not a criticism of the medical profession. It is a criticism of the organisational system. A few years ago, CCGs [clinical commissioning group] were were set up across the country but, sadly, that system is not fit for purpose.”

Health secretary Sajid Javid recently urged GPs to scale down phone consultations now the height of the crisis is ‘way past’.

He told MPs last week that the government ‘intends to do a lot more’ to ensure in-person consultations go ahead, but did not reveal what specific actions ministers would take.

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Calling women ‘birds’ is ‘plainly sexist’, a judge has ruled

The woman’s boss allegedly used the phrase around her repeatedly, despite her asking him to stoo

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A UK judge has ruled that calling women ‘birds’ is ‘plainly sexist’ and to even use the term jokingly is ‘foolish’ in a landmark discrimination case.

Judge John Crosfill was ruling on the case of a Barclays investment banker who won a sex discrimination claim after her boss repeatedly referred to herself and other female employees as ‘birds’.

According to the Daily Mail, the tribunal heard how Anca Lacatus grew uncomfortable after her boss James Kinghorn continued to use the term, even after she had asked him to stop. Kinghorn defended his use of the word, however, by saying he was being ‘light-hearted’ with the term, but the tribunal ruled the term is ‘plainly sexist’.

The tribunal, based in East London, heard that Lacatus was initially reluctant to complain about her boss’s sexist language out of fear it would have been damaging to her career, but is now set to receive compensation for his treatment of her.

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In a statement, Lacatus, who worked as a £46,000-a-year analyst for Barclays in what was her first job in investment banking since graduating from university, said her boss had first referred to a female employee as a ‘bird’ in February 2018.

She said that she immediately told him off for using the phrase but he allegedly continued to say it in a deliberate effort to make her feel uncomfortable.

The tribunal heard how Kinghorn assumed Lacatus saw his use of the word ‘bird’ as light-hearted banter, and that he was joking when he told her not to report his behaviour to HR. At the tribunal, he also accepted his language had been inappropriate.

Judge John Crosfill said: ‘The use of the phrase ‘bird’ was a misplaced use of irony which inadvertently caused offence. We accept that when this was pointed out to [Mr Kinghorn], he ultimately got the message and stopped trying to be funny. We consider that it was very foolish to assume that anybody else would find this language amusing.

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“We find that it is likely that it took some time before Ms Lacatus was sufficiently blunt that the message hit home. The language is plainly sexist, whether misplaced irony or not.”

At the tribunal, Lacatus also won her claim that Barclays failed to accommodate to her request to change her working hours as a result of her endometriosis and anxiety diagnosis’, with her being expected to work past 7pm and between forty to forty-eight hours a week on average. Judge Crosfill slammed this as a ‘serious act of discrimination and one that was exceedingly thoughtless’.

She was signed off in January 2019 and was later made redundant by the bank. A hearing to decide compensation will take place at a later date.

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