World Cup 2018 – LIVE: Latest news and updates ahead of Denmark vs Australia and build-up to France vs Peru

The 2018 World Cup is well underway in Russia.

Spain are up and running but not without a scare or two after Iran pushed them all the way on Wednesday evening. It’s day eight with Christian Eriksen‘s Denmark and Australia, Paul Pogba‘s France and Peru and Lionel Messi‘s Argentina facing Croatia in what promises to be another exciting day of action.

We’ll also have all the latest from Repino where Gareth Southgate‘s England are putting in their final preparations ahead of the second game of Group G against Panama in Nizhny Novgorod on Sunday.

We will have all the latest news, views, pictures and video direct from Russia throughout the day as we pick up the pace at the biggest football tournament in the world.

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I write this as an anonymous NHS consultant – I recognise the culture that led to Gosport

I write this as an anonymous NHS consultant, who wants to work in a more honest and open health service.

I want to work in an NHS where families can feel confident that their love ones are in “safe hands” and where compassion comes as standard.

An NHS in which poor care is shunned and speaking-up is the norm.

An NHS which actively learns from its failings and pro-actively involves patients and carers in ensuring future patients are protected from harm.

I want to work in an NHS where patient safety is ingrained within the culture of the organisation, where covers-ups (and therefore the necessity for whistle-blowing) have been confined to history.

Gosport hospital deaths: Norman Lamb accuses the NHS of closing ranks after deaths of elderly patients from alleged overprescribed painkiller drugs

However, today, as a healthcare professional I feel shamed by the Report of the Gosport Independent Panel into the care of patients at Gosport War Memorial Hospital.

What’s more, as a human, I feel sorrow and sympathy for those families who have had to battle with a corrupt governance system for almost two decades in order for the truth to be heard.

Over a 12 year period, there was a culture within Gosport War Memorial Hospital which seemingly normalised the use of strong opiates and sedative analgesia, which in turn prematurely caused death. There appears little doubt on the basis of the report’s findings that Dr Jane Barton was pivotal in this culture; but others at the hospital including doctors, nurses, pharmacists and managers (as well as regulatory bodies) enabled it to persist unchecked.

When asked why they didn’t speak up, a nursing staff member commented; “I cannot explain why I didn’t speak out against the regime”. That answer is indicative of an unhealthy organisational culture, where poor care is tolerated, allowed to fester and become normalised.

Sadly in 2018 a culture of deny and defend remains evident within the NHS and the words of The Right Reverend James Jones KBE will resonate with many families who have had more recent experience of the NHS complaints & incident review process;

“Some of the family members are the first to acknowledge that their quest for truth and accountability has had an adverse effect on their own lives. They know that the frustration and anger that they feel has sometimes consumed them…

“Over the many years during which the families have sought answers to their legitimate questions and concerns, they have been repeatedly frustrated by senior figures… The obfuscation by those in authority has often made the relatives of those who died angry and disillusioned…

“It is a lonely place, seeking answers to questions that others wish you were not asking… But it is impossible to move on if you feel that you have let down someone you love, and that you might have done more to protect them from the way they died.”

Over the 20 years since the events at Gosport, we have seen a large number of reports, guidelines and policies introduced to improve patient care and bring about a “cultural shift” within the NHS. Among the more notable are the Duty of Candour legislation and the Freedom to Speak-up Guardians. There has also been an array of oversight agencies in the healthcare sector, including the National Patient Safety Agency, NICE, CHI and the Care Quality Commission to name a few. However, from my own experience and from speaking with patients and carers, I am aware that seeking the “the truth” and “learning from harm” can remain a battle in too many areas of the NHS as an organisation.

In my opinion, you cannot centrally legislate for culture change; it must come from within the organisation and run through its fabric. Within the NHS there are inherent conflicts that continue to stifle the open culture that we seek. These include both psychological conflicts (fear of senior colleagues, interpersonal relationships) and organisational or corporate conflicts (fear of reputational damage for instance). Until we openly discuss and address these issues, we will never achieve the culture we desire.

The 2013 Berwick review into patient safety, titled “A promise to learn – a commitment to act”, recommended that “patients and their carers should be present, powerful and involved at all levels of healthcare organisations from wards to the boards of Trusts”. Sure enough, top down legislation and regulation has not worked, and I firmly believe that the cultural shift we desire, will only occur once patients and carers are given this strong voice within the governance structure of NHS, providing both insight and oversight and defining the culture of the organisation. 

Jeremy Hunt is a passionate advocate for patient safety and I would invite him to respond to my twitter request to facilitate a patient carer “Schwartz round” and help promote an NHS in which openness, candour and the simple truth become the norm. Maybe then I too will be able to speak openly in my own name, without fear.

Dr Murphy is an NHS consultant who tweets @DrMurphy11

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World Cup 2018: Burger King sorry for offering lifetime supply of Whoppers to Russian women impregnated by players

Burger King has apologised for offering a lifetime supply of Whoppers to Russian women impregnated by World Cup players. 

The burger chain launched the promotion on VK – a Russian alternative to Facebook – promising 3 million roubles (£36,000) as well as the free food to “girls who manage to get the best football genes” and “lay down the success of the Russian national football team”. 

“We believe in you!” the advert exclaimed. 

Critics condemned the promotion, which was pulled from Burger King’s social media accounts on Tuesday, as sexist and demeaning. 

The fast food company posted a Russian-language statement on local network VKontakte, saying “we offer apologies for the announcement we made. It was too offensive”.

Adverts in Russia often play on sexist stereotypes, and are particularly common around sports events such as the World Cup.

Burger King’s Russia division has past form for tasteless advertising campaigns. Last year, the company used the likeness of a teenage rape victim, Diana Shurygina, to promote a buy one get one free burger offer. 

In a statement to the Associated Press, Burger King said: “We are sorry about the clearly offensive promotion that the team in Russia launched online.”

It said the offer “does not reflect our brand or our values and we are taking steps to ensure this type of activity does not happen again.”

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Summer Solstice 2018: When is the longest day of the year and how do people celebrate?

The anticipation in the lead up to summer has been building up for many months.

However, the start of the season has now officially arrived in the form of the summer solstice.

The longest day of the year is a cause of celebration for many, whether you feel a spiritual connection to the power of the sun or are simply relieved that summer has finally arrived.

Here’s everything you need to know about the summer solstice 2018:

What is it?

The summer solstice – otherwise known as the estival solstice, midsummer or Litha – is the longest day of the year.

It occurs when the earth’s geographical pole on either the northern or southern hemisphere becomes most inclined towards the sun and officially marks the beginning of summer.

When the summer solstice takes place in the northern hemisphere this month, the sun will reach its highest possible altitude.

As a result, the day on which the summer solstice falls will have the longest period of daylight of the year.

In some cultures, such a paganism, the summer solstice is symbolic of fertility and the harvest.

When is it?

The summer solstice in the northern hemisphere occurs in June, while it comes about in the southern hemisphere in December.

The summer solstice in the northern hemisphere will be taking place this year at exactly 11.07am on Thursday 21 June.

According to The Weather Channel, the UK will be treated to 16 hours and 38 minutes of daylight, with the sun rising at 4.43am and setting in the evening at 9.31pm.

Every year, the summer solstice happens on the day when the earth’s geographical pole is most inclined towards the sun.

How is it celebrated?

It’s believed by some that Stonehenge was built as a kind of astronomical calendar.

On the day of the summer solstice, the rising sun lines up with the Heel stone and the Altar stone of the ancient site.

Thousands of people gather at Stonehenge to watch the spectacle and celebrate the start of summer.

However, many will also celebrate the summer solstice in other ways regardless of whether they feel a religious affiliation with the event or not.

Expect to see numerous summer picnics, bonfires and maybe even some Maypole dancing take place to mark the occasion.

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Famous birthdays for June 21: Chris Pratt, Juliette Lewis

June 21 (UPI) — Those born on this date are under the sign of Cancer.

They include:

— Boy Scouts of America founder Daniel Carter Beard in 1850

— Cartoonist Al Hirschfeld in 1903

— Philosopher/author Jean-Paul Sartre in 1905

— Actor Jane Russell in 1921

— Actor Maureen Stapleton in 1925

— Singer O.C. Smith in 1932

— Actor Bernie Kopell in 1933 (age 85)

— Actor Monte Markham in 1935 (age 83)

— Actor Ron Ely in 1938 (age 80)

— Actor/TV host Mariette Hartley in 1940 (age 78)

— Comic actor Joe Flaherty in 1941 (age 77)

— Actor Michael Gross in 1947 (age 71)

— Actor Meredith Baxter in 1947 (age 71)

— Nobel Peace Prize laureate Shirin Ebadi in 1947 (age 71)

— Musician Ray Davies (The Kinks) in 1944 (age 74)

— Writer Ian McEwan in 1948 (age 70)

— Musician Nils Lofgren in 1951 (age 67)

— Two-time Prime Minister of Pakistan Benazir Bhutto in 1953

— Actor Robert Pastorelli in 1954

— Country singer Kathy Mattea in 1959 (age 59)

— Sportscaster Kevin Harlan in 1960 (age 58)

— Indonesian President Joko Widodo in 1961 (age 57)

— Actor David Morrissey in 1964 (age 54)

— Yingluck Shinawatra, ousted in May 2014 as prime minister of Thailand, in 1967 (age 51)

— Actor Juliette Lewis in 1973 (age 45)

— Actor Chris Pratt in 1979 (age 39)

— Rock musician Brandon Flowers in 1981 (age 37)

— Britain’s Prince William in 1982 (age 36)

— Actor Jussie Smollett in 1983 (age 35)

— Edward Snowden, former CIA employee who exposed government secrets, in 1983 (age 35)

— Singer Lana Del Rey in 1985 (age 33)

— Actor Natalie Alyn Lind in 1999 (age 19)

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On This Day, June 21: Typhoon Fengshen capsizes ferry, killing hundreds

On this date in history:

In 1788, the U.S. Constitution became effective when it was ratified by a ninth state, New Hampshire.

In 1945, Japanese defenders of Okinawa surrendered to U.S. troops.

In 1964, Ku Klux Klan members killed three civil rights activists — James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner — and hid their bodies in unmarked graves. An informer led the FBI to the three men’s graves 44 days later.

In 1972, Hurricane Agnes hit the eastern U.S. seaboard, killing 118 people over a seven-state area.

In 1982, John Hinckley Jr. was found not guilty by reason of insanity in the March 1981 shootings of U.S. President Ronald Reagan and three other people who were also wounded. Hinckley has been in a hospital in Washington, with permission in recent years to spend time outside the institution with his family.

In 1985, international experts in Sao Paulo, Brazil, conclusively identified the bones of a 1979 drowning victim as the remains of Dr. Josef Mengele, a Nazi war criminal, ending a 40-year search for the “angel of death” of the Auschwitz concentration camp.

In 1990, an earthquake measuring 7.7 on the Richter scale struck northwestern Iran, killing up to 50,000 people.

In 1997, Cambodia announced the capture of former Khmer Rouge leader Pol Pot.

In 2000, NASA announced that its Mars Global Surveyor had spotted grooved surface features, suggesting a relatively recent water flow on the planet.

In 2004, Connecticut Gov. John Rowland resigned during his third term amid a corruption scandal. Rowland, a Republican, later pleaded guilty to a conspiracy charge and spent 10 months in a federal prison.

In 2005, a Mississippi jury convicted 80-year-old former Ku Klux Klan leader Edgar Ray Killen of manslaughter in the 1964 killings of three civil rights workers. He was sentenced to 60 years in prison.

In 2008, nearly 1,400 people, most of them on a ferry that capsized, were killed in Typhoon Fengshen in the Philippines.

In 2010, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of a law making it a crime to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization.

In 2011, a RusAir passenger plane flying from Moscow to Petrozavodsk in rain and fog crashed on a highway near an airport and broke apart in flames. Forty-four people died, eight survived.

In 2013, President Barack Obama nominated James Comey, a Justice Department official during the George W. Bush administration, to head the FBI. Comey was sworn-in in September and was later fired by President Donald Trump in 2017.

In 2017, Romania’s Parliament ousted Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu in a no-confidence vote six months after he assumed office. The action came after the Social Democrat Party accused Grindeanu of failing to undertake economic reforms.

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Peter Fonda apologizes for violent tweet aimed at Trump’s 12-year-old son

June 21 (UPI) — Peter Fonda apologized for a tweet he wrote on Wednesday that suggested President Donald Trump‘s 12-year-old son should be put “in a cage with pedophiles.”

During a Twitter rant on Wednesday, the 78-year-old actor fumed about the president’s immigration policy on the U.S.-Mexico border, which has resulted in an increase in children being separated from their parent or parents when attempting to cross the border illegally.


The tweet has since been deleted.

Later in the day — and after Trump signed an executive order aimed at stopping the practice of separating children from their families at the U.S.-Mexico border — Fonda apologized for his earlier tweet.

“I tweeted something highly inappropriate and vulgar about the president and his family in response to the devastating images I was seeing on television,” Fonda said through his spokesperson, the Los Angeles Times reported. “Like many Americans, I am very impassioned and distraught over the situation with children separated from their families at the border, but I went way too far.”

Threats or perceived threats against the president of the United States or his family are typically investigated by the Secret Service, and on Wednesday The New York Times reported it was “aware” of the tweet but, “as a matter of practice,” could not confirm if an investigation was taking place.

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