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Protesters rally in Peru against decree classifying seven gender identities as “mental illness”


Sexual diversity activists protested in Peru’s capital in front of the health ministry Friday to demand that the government repeal a decree that characterizes seven gender identities, including transgenderism, as “mental illnesses.”

Protesters also gathered outside the Peruvian Embassy in Ecuador‘s capital, Quito.

The demonstrations coincided with the International Day Against Homophobia, celebrated since 2005 to mark May 17, 1990, when homosexuality — then considered a mental illness — was removed from the World Health Organization’s International Classification of Diseases.

In Lima, hundreds protested last week’s decree by President Dina Boluarte’s administration. The Ministry of Health said the action would guarantee “comprehensive mental health care coverage” to those affiliated with public, private or mixed health plans, saying it relied on WHO disease categories ended in 2022.

Peru does not recognize same-sex marriage.

Demonstrators carried signs with a variety of messages, among them “My life is freedom, not a disorder,” “Health is not legislated in the past,” “The disease is you, transphobia kills” and “No diversity with Dina.”

Several people beat on drums and others chanted, “Trans people are love.”

“We have had conservative governments for many years. We had military governments, then right-wing governments linked to Catholic and evangelical churches, so the position regarding us they have revived again,” said Gia Cruzado, a transgender woman and writer.

“The decree is a step backwards and is a way to continue closing the doors to progress for our community,” Cruzado said.

Gahela Cari, a transgender woman who unsuccessfully ran for congress in 2021, said that “being gay, lesbian, non-binary or bisexual is not a disease, it is a human condition.”

In Ecuador, dozens of members of a collective defending the rights of the LGTBQ+ community marched to Peru’s embassy. They staged a sit-in outside while waving flags and signed declaring that “being trans is not a disease.”

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PGA Championship: Xander Schauffele leads with Scottie Scheffler chasing despite pre-round arrest at Valhalla

Xander Schauffele sits top of the leaderboard after an extraordinary Friday at the PGA Championship, where Scottie Scheffler remains in contention despite being arrested ahead of his second round.

Schauffele, who matched the lowest round in a men’s major and carded the first 62 in PGA Championship history on the opening day, added a three-under 68 at Valhalla Golf Club to head into the weekend on 12 under and a shot clear of Collin Morikawa.

Two-time major winner Morikawa fired five consecutive birdies on his way to a second-round 65, the lowest score of the morning wave, which came after play had been delayed by 80 minutes due to a fatal accident outside the course.

Leaderboard after day two

-12 Xander Schauffele

-11 Collin Morikawa

Selected others: -10 Sahith Theegala; -9 Scottie Scheffler, Bryson DeChambeau; -8 Viktor Hovland (Nor); -7 Robert MacIntyre (Sco), Brooks Koepka; -5 Rory McIlroy (NIrl); +7 Tiger Woods

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Collin Morikawa took the lead during his second round with a stunning five-birdie burst

Scheffler was arrested by police after trying to drive into the golf club in heavy traffic caused by the incident, with the world No 1 detained before being released from custody in time to card a remarkable five-under 66 and stay within three strokes of the lead.

Sahith Theegala sits in third on 10 under, with Scheffler – chasing back-to-back major titles and a fifth win in six starts – in tied-fourth alongside Bryson DeChambeau, Mark Hubbard and Thomas Detry.

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Speaking after his second round at the PGA Championship, Scottie Scheffler detailed his arrest and detainment before being released in time to make his tee time at Valhalla Golf Club.

Incredible Friday at Valhalla

Speculation around whether Scheffler would feature dominated early proceedings when the second round finally got under way at 8.35am local time (1.35pm BST), while Morikawa made a charge up the leaderboard when he followed an opening-round 66 with a six-under 65.

Morikawa – starting on the back nine – birdied the 13th and 18th to reach the turn in 34, then made five in a row from the fourth to get to 12 under before dropping a shot on his final hole of the day.

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Collin Morikawa posted a second-round six-under-par 65 to take the clubhouse lead at Valhalla on Friday.

“The little five-birdie run was me just playing solid golf and sometimes when the putts drop, that’s what happened,” Morikawa said. “That’s the kind of golf I’m going to ask for myself over the next two days and 36 holes, to just stay present, hit shots and execute them.

Scheffler arrived at the course just under an hour before his delayed tee time, having been handed four charges by police for the earlier incident, although shrugged off a rushed start to mix six birdies with a lone bogey.

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A look back at the highs and lows of world number one Scottie Scheffler’s second round at the PGA Championship at Valhalla.

“I was pretty rattled to say the least,” Scheffler admitted. “The officer that took me to the jail was very kind. He was great. We had a nice chat in the car, that kind of helped calm me down. I was never angry. I was shaking for like an hour, I would say in shock and in fear.”

Schauffele – one of the later starters – drained a 40-footer at the par-three second and temporarily went two clear after three birdies in a four-hole stretch from the seventh, only to miss a five-footer to save par at the 11th and fail to add to his tally over the closing holes.

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During the opening day, Xander Schauffele became the first player in PGA Championship history to card a round of 62 with a sensational performance.

“When you haven’t won a golf tournament in a few years, you have to be pretty resilient,” said Schauffele, who matched the championship scoring record set by Brooks Koepka in 2019. “I’m just patient and trying to play the best golf I can and stay out of my own way.”

Theegala sits third after a four-under 67 and Detry is three back after a brilliant final-hole eagle, with Hubbard briefly holding a share of the lead during an eventful round that had six birdies and three bogeys.

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Last year’s runner-up Viktor Hovland is four behind, while Scotland’s Robert MacIntyre carded a bogey-bogey finish to drop into the share of 11th that contains defending champion Brooks Koepka and England’s Matt Wallace.

Rory McIlroy’s bid for a first major in a decade – at the venue he last won the PGA Championship in 2014 – suffered a setback as a level-par 71 left him seven adrift with Justin Rose, as Tiger Woods missed the cut after a six-over 77.

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Rory McIlroy shot a level par 71 during his second round to stay at five-under-par heading into the weekend

“I need to clean up my rounds,” Woods said. “Physically, yes, I am better than I was a month ago [The Masters]. I still have more ways to go, lots of improvement to go physically, and hopefully my team and I can get that done pre-Pinehurst [US Open] and going into it.”

Play was suspended due to darkness at 8.41pm local time (1.41am BST), with 17 players now required to return on Saturday morning to complete their rounds. The cut is currently projected to be at one under, which would leave Jon Rahm and Matt Fitzpatrick among those not part of the weekend action.

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Fury vs Usyk: Date, fight time, undercard, prediction, ring walks, odds


Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk go head to head this weekend in what is the biggest heavyweight fight in more than two decades.

All the belts are on the line in Riyadh on Saturday night as the undisputed king will be crowned, the first time the division has had one clear champion at the top since Lennox Lewis between November 1999 and April 2000, and the first time at all in the four-belt era.

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Forget PS5 and Xbox: from now on I’m only playing indie games – Reader's Feature

Balatro – one of the best games of 2024 (Playstack)

A reader is disillusioned by the state of triple-A gaming and the conduct of major publishers and decides to switch solely to indie games.

We’ve all seen the meltdown over the last few months, with Xbox and PlayStation, and the endless job cuts from every publisher, big and small. It’s as confusing as it is infuriating, especially as it seems like there’s nothing we can do about it. But I feel there is. As ordinary gamers we have a huge influence over what companies do, as the multiple U-turns that happen every year prove.

Obviously, nobody’s going to do a U-turn on all those lost jobs, but I’m just about done supporting big budget triple-A games from Western publishers. There was a very good Reader’s Feature the other week, about this whole circus, which ended with the suggestion that soon all that will be left of gaming is Nintendo, a few other Japanese companies, and indie games.

They implied that this would be an improvement on what we have now, and I would definitely agree with that. A games industry dominated by Nintendo would probably lead to their most negative traits coming to the fore, so I’m not going to pretend they’re a charity or anything, but for me the only Western games I can see myself playing in the future are indie games.

I’m not going to get on my high horse and pretend that if something really good comes out, from a horrible company like Take-Two, that I’m going to deny it to myself (and no, I’m not thinking of GTA 6) but as a general rule I’m done with triple-A games.

Apart from anything, indie games are just better. They’re definitely less reliant on sequels, to the point where indie sequels are famous for always selling mysteriously badly. I’m not sure why but in a way I’m glad because it must discourage others and make them realise that the reason people are interested in their games is because they’re new and original and not made purely to make money.

Just this year I’ve bought, played, and enjoyed Pacific Drive, Balatro, Pepper Grinder, Minishoot’ Adventures, No Rest For The Wicked, Another Crab’s Treasure, and Animal Well. Not only were they all good, and some genuinely great (Balatro is my favourite) but none of them were overly long and bloated and none of them were very expensive, compared to triple-A games – which is why I was able to afford them all.

None of those games are anything like each other, none of them is a sequel, and apart from No Rest For The Wicked and maybe Another Crab’s Treasure none of them are anything like what a major publisher would call triple-A and charge full price for, and that’s what makes them so good.

It’s clear that big business is killing video games. It’s probably not even Phil Spencer that’s making the decisions at Xbox now, but people higher up than him – now he’s wasted all their money on Activision Blizzard. Sony don’t even pretend that anyone with an interest in gaming is in charge of PlayStation. Jim Ryan clearly didn’t care, and they haven’t even had a proper boss for months.

The reasons these things are happening is because these companies need to show growth and the simplest way to do that is lay people off and stick to the surest bets possible in terms of games. I’m not interested in that. Little business will provide my games from now on and I expect that to be cheaper and more entertaining. Also, I won’t have to know that I’m supporting awful companies doing awful things.

By reader Septon

Animal Well – one of many great indie games this year (Bigmode)

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Yusuf, other Northwest governors push for more UN interventions

Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf of Kano State on Friday joined his Northwest counterparts on advocacy meeting with the officials of United Nations (UN) in Abuja.

Those at the meeting alongside Yusuf were Governors of Kaduna, Uba Sani; Katsina, Ummaru Dikko Radda; Jigawa, Mohammad Namadi; Zamfara, Dauda Lawan Dare; and the deputy governor of Sokoto State who represented the governor.

The governors’ meeting with the UN officials was compelled by unfolding developmental challenges bedeviling the states within the region and the urgent need to solicit for international interventions in the region across critical areas of the economy.

A statement by Sanusi Bature Dawakin-Tofa, spokesperson to Kano governor, explained that governors in the region pushed for development agenda for the Northwest.

The statement emphasised that the first joint meeting of the Northwest governors with the UN officials enabled an avalanche of opportunities to relate issues on health, education, security, agriculture and other salient matters overstretching the capacity of the states.

In their collective submissions, the Northwest governors sought for accelerated interventions of the United Nations through its agencies and volunteers to rescue the region from multiple concerns threatening the survival of the region.

Recall that the Northwest governors were recently hosted on a security symposium by U.S. Institute of Peace to broaden knowledge on strengthening conflict prevention in the region.

The three days U.S. conference, attended by Governors of Kano, Katsina, Zamfara, Kaduna, Niger, Sokoto, Kebbi, Jigawa and Plateau, was designed to support the states address insecurity in Northern Nigeria and better option to mitigate the challenge.

The intensive executive engagement enabled the governors of some of the troubled states deepen understanding on the dynamics of security threat, its socioeconomic dimensions, and near-term opportunities to drive stability in Northern Nigeria.

The 2023 class of governors have, for the first time in the political history of the region, collectively agreed to nurture a regional development agenda in key areas of human endeavours under the leadership of Katsina State governor, Ummaru Dikko Radda.

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Three Spanish tourists killed by gunmen in central Afghanistan


Seven others including four foreigners were injured, Afghan officials say.

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We won lottery & turned our hobby into an 'empire' – people think we're crazy

A COUPLE who won £1million on a Euromillions jackpot have opened up about how they turned a quirky hobby into an “empire”.

Jeff and Davinia Pritchard landed the cash in 2015 and have been reaping the rewards ever since.


Jackpot winners Davinia and Jeff Pritchard have opened up about what life’s been like since scooping £1millionCredit: Aled Llywelyn
They couple have turned their quirky passion of beekeeping into an 'empire'


They couple have turned their quirky passion of beekeeping into an ’empire’Credit: Aled Llywelyn
The Welsh grandparents scooped the seven-figure sum in 2015


The Welsh grandparents scooped the seven-figure sum in 2015Credit: Aled Llywelyn
They now pour their time and efforts into their bees


They now pour their time and efforts into their beesCredit: Aled Llywelyn

But the Welsh grandparents aren’t still splurging on endless toys and jetting off on holidays – they’re making the most of one of their passions.

Jeff, 60, started tending to bees decades ago, but the £1m win have given him and Davina the chance to build an empire.

The couple have invested in their property, and the environment, and now even make their own honey which they sell locally.

Davinia said: “One of the most important things our win has bought us is time – time for us to pursue a hobby we love and maintain the land to ensure it’s the best environment for our bees, and us.

“Pottering about at home definitely brings us just as much joy as the new cars and exotic holidays we’ve been able to enjoy.

“Our bee adventure actually started well before the win, when Jeff decided to build an ornamental beehive for the garden, and then figured if he had the hive he ought to get some bees.

“We’d never have imagined that 20 years down the line we’d have won on The National Lottery and be living the good life.”

She said the couple “already felt like they’d won the jackpot” before they landed the seven-figure sum as they’d snapped up the dream cottage and some land for the bees.

Davina said it was a “retirement plan” – until the won big.

The 58-year-old continued: “Then, thanks to that dose of Lottery luck, we were able to clear the mortgage and complete the renovation works that we had started sooner than planned so that we had more space for the family and can make the most of the garden, and views across the paddock to the beehives.”

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Jeff added: “I’ve always loved being outdoors with my bees, and our win made that easier to do.”

He said they suddenly had more time to create a “bee-friendly environment”, adding: “As a result, the hives are thriving, our home looks amazing and we are producing plenty of lovely local honey.”

The couple raked in the winnings back in 2015 – and celebrated with a Chinese takeaway.

Jeff told WalesOnline at the time: “I had the shock of my life when I had the email about my ticket – the most I’ve ever won is £95 and a couple of smaller wins of £6.80 or so.

“At first I thought it might be a spam email when I saw it on Saturday afternoon, but logged into our National Lottery account and had to reach for my glasses – the writing can get a bit blurry on the iPad. I couldn’t believe my eyes.

“Davinia was in work so I left a message, but then she walked through the door and I told her she had better sit down. 

UK’s biggest lottery winners

By Ethan Singh

  • Anonymous winner£195,707,000

A UK ticket-holder scooped the record EuroMillions jackpot of £195 million on July 19 2022 – the biggest National Lottery win of all time.

The holder, who remains anonymous to this day, amassed the fortune with just one lucky ticket.

  • Joe and Jess Thwaite£184,262,899.10

Britain’s previous EuroMillions record holders were Joe and Jess Thwaite.

The couple won a record-breaking £184million jackpot in May 2022 and shared hopes of a Hawaiian holiday and a new horse box for their children’s ponies.

Joe bought his winning ticket online on May 10, 2022, and the following morning received an email with good news.

As he learnt of the huge win, he was in disbelief and initially kept it for himself as he did not want to disturb his wife, who was sleeping.

Joe, a communications sales engineer, and Jess, who runs a hairdressing salon with her sister, have been married for 11 years and have two children.

  • Colin and Chris Weir, £161,653,000

Colin and Christine Weir landed the colossal prize money in 2011 and were Europe’s second-biggest winners until someone in Italy won a jackpot worth £193m in 2019.

They splashed the cash at an astounding rate of £100,000 a week before tragedy struck.

But at the time of Colin’s death in December 2019 his share of the prize money had dwindled by around £40m.

He spent the millions living a life of luxury, forking out for sports cars, property and the football club he supported.

Colin and Christine divorced shortly before his death after being married for 38 years.

He left money for their children Carly and Jamie.

  • Adrian and Gillian Brayford £148,600,000

Adrian and Gillian won 190 million euros in a EuroMillions draw in August 2012, which came to just over £148 million.

But Adrian split from Gillian the following year because of the stress of the win.

The couple bought a Grade II listed estate in Cambridgeshire, complete with cinema and billiards room, but it was sold in 2021.

After divorcing in 2013, he failed to woo ex-sausage factory worker Marta Jarosz — but fell for stable girl Sam Burbidge.

She left him in 2017, taking 30 prize horses Adrian bought.

It might have worked out in the end for Adrian though as the former postman was seen smiling with ambulance worker Tracey Biles last year.

  • Frances and Patrick Connolly – £114,969,775

Former social worker and teacher Frances set up two charitable foundations after she and her husband hit the jackpot.

They scooped almost £115 million on New Year’s Day 2019.

She estimates that she has already given away £60 million to charitable causes, as well as friends and family.

  • Richard and Debbie Nuttall£61,000,000

The couple from Colne, Lancashire, took home £61 million on January 30 2024.

Both 54, they were enjoying a holiday in Fuerteventura, celebrating their 30th wedding anniversary.

But they then discovered the big EuroMillions win.

Richard revealed they originally thought they had won £2.60, but then received another email telling the pair to check their account.

Other eye-watering anonymous winners:

Another anonymous winner scooped up a prize of £123,458,008 in the June Superdraw rollover.

Following nine rollovers, one ticketholder bagged the £122,550,350 jackpot last April.

The successful participant chose to remain anonymous.

Another anonymous winner found their fortune during the Superdraw jackpot rollover in April 2018, securing £121,328,187.

“She wondered what I had done and didn’t believe me when I said we had won the lottery. I had to have her double-check the Millionaire Maker code online.”

In 2022 Jeff and Davina opened up about how they splashed some of their cash on getting grandkids.

The couple, from Carmarthenshire, Walessplashed out on a luxury car and renovation on their home to start with – before paying for a gastric surgery for their daughter.

Claire weighed more than 20st at the time, and had been having problems conceiving.

But after the surgery she shed 10stone and soon became pregnant – much to the delight of her parents.

Davinia, 56, told The Mirror: “Of everything we’ve done with our Lottery winnings, our two little grandchildren are far and away the best.

“When we won we wanted to spread the joy to our family and that’s what we’ve done.

“I was booked in for surgery and I inquired if they could do Claire as well. We asked if they would do a buy one get one free deal.”

EuroMillions winner ‘quits pasty obsession’

By Rob Pattinson

LOTTERY winner Adrian Bayford could be spraying the bubbly again — after creating a vineyard on his estate.

Ade, who scooped a £148million EuroMillions jackpot with then-wife Gillian in 2012, has planted what look to be meunier grapes.

It is one of the three main varieties used in the production of Champagne — but his fizz cannot carry the name as it is not from the French region.

Pals say the move was inspired by green-fingered fiancée Tracey Biles, 45, who has transformed the grounds since moving in to Ade’s pile in Haverhill, on the Suffolk/Essex border.

One said: “It’s fantastic to see Adrian using his fortune to explore new ventures. It shows what a fantastic influence Tracey is on him.

“Hopefully we’ll all be able to buy Chateau Bayford soon.”

And it could prove profitable for ex-postie Ade, 53, as the region is tipped to compete with Champagne as the climate here gets warmer.

Jane Clare, of wine blog One Foot in the Grapes, said: “If Mr Bayford is planting grapes to make fizz, he’ll be adding his own sparkle to our home-grown wines which are taking off.

“As our climate gets warmer, it is easier to ripen these grapes to a quality which in turn can create quality sparkling wines.”

A vineyard may also improve the property’s saleability.

Ade, who is due to marry Tracey this summer, took the £12million pad off the market after failing to find a buyer.

The English wine industry produced 22million bottles last year, up from 5.3million in 2017.

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30,000 OAPs die every year while waiting for help from social care system


Almost 30,000 desperate pensioners die every year waiting for help from Britain’s broken social care system, figures show.

Campaigners fear many of the frightened and vulnerable begging for assistance spent their final weeks and months in distress and discomfort because supply simply cannot meet demand.

Age UK, which uncovered the extent of the crisis, said: “These miserable numbers reflect a social care system in which long waits have become a common experience. The fault rests squarely on the lack of public money to allow local authorities to assess older people speedily, and on there often being insufficient care workers to staff the care services a growing older population urgently needs.”

Analysis of NHS data shows the number of deaths in the most recent year for which figures were available reflect a system in which unbearable waits have become a commonplace.

It reveals 28,655 people aged 65 and over passed away waiting for social care in 2022/23, a figure equal to 79 deaths a day, 550 a week, or 2,388 a month, and “emblematic” of the deep-seated crisis.

The numbers are broadly similar to those from a year earlier, suggesting no meaningful progress has been made to address the emergency despite repeated promises to do so.

It comes days after this newspaper revealed how cash-strapped councils are slashing services to the bone as they struggle to care for the elderly in a scandal that “shames Britain”.

Caroline Abrahams, Age UK charity director, said: “Good social care makes a big difference whenever it is needed, but never more so than in the last weeks and months of our lives.

“The numbers of older people dying while waiting for care are also emblematic of the now chronic systemic problems within social care, as hard pressed local authorities try to meet the needs of a growing older population with resources that in no way match up. Social care lacks sufficient funding and, in many places, trained staff, and unless and until we get a government that’s prepared to face up to these problems older people will continue to go to their graves without receiving the social care they are due.”

The worsening situation has left those in desperate need of help, and those caring for them, to shoulder an intolerable burden.

Councils are responsible for organising and funding support and care for those with moderate or high needs who are unable to fund it themselves and can arrange care services for self-funding individuals who may require assistance.

They receive taxpayer cash from central government grants and, locally, through council tax, social care precept and business rates.

Social care funding is not typically protected which means councils can decide how much cash to spend.

Many have been pushed to the brink trying to service growing needs from an elderly population and only two thirds of 152 councils providing adult social care are confident of meeting all their legal duties next year, according to the Local Government Association [LGA].

This is despite 8 in 10 forecasting slashing spending on services like parks, libraries and leisure in a desperate scramble to keep heads above water.

The number of people aged 85 and over is forecast to double by 2040, an estimate experts fear will only see the bleak picture further deteriorate.

Baroness Ros Altmann, 68, former pensions minister and older people’s champion, said: “More and more people are being left languishing without the care they need, unable to look after themselves and with nobody else to look after them either. Social care should be a national provision, not left to local authorities who simply cannot raise enough money to pay the rising bills.

“These people are often unable to complain, nobody listens if they do and the system is the biggest failure of social policy in our lifetimes. Ten years on, no radical reforms are in place, despite legislation and promises to do better. This shames our country.”

Age UK says the numbers reflect what it hears from those trying to navigate a system unable to cope.

One third of older people – around 7.5 million – are now deeply concerned about their ability to access local authority care services in a damning indictment of a shattered system former Prime Minister Boris Johnson vowed to “fix once and for all” so “every older person [has] the dignity and security they deserve”.

The charity has demanded the next government to publishes a comprehensive plan to reform social care within 18-months, and commit to implementing it in full over five years; fund an immediate pay rise for care professionals, introduce a right to at least five days paid carer’s leave, plus a longer period of unpaid leave, and significantly increase access to respite services and practical support for carers that recognise the specific needs of older carers.

Mike Padgham, chair of social care provider organisation The Independent Care Group, said: “We need to hear concrete proposals as to how politicians plan to get care to the 1.6m who currently can’t get it, recruit 152,000 care staff to meet current demand, pay and reward the workforce properly and find the extra 440,000 staff we will need to meet growing demand by 2035.

“And we need to hold those politicians accountable.”

Meanwhile, thousands of OAPs are at risk of being shunted into care against their wishes because of unacceptable waits for basic home aids and simple adaptations.

Surveys consistently show older people want to remain living independently at home for as long as possible with modifications like walk-in showers and stair-lifts which help reduce falls, maintain better health, lessen dependency, and ease hospital bottlenecks.

But in 2021/22, the most recent year for which figures are obtainable, more than two-thirds of local authorities took longer than the recommended six months to install most adaptations using the Disabled Facilities Grant, a taxpayer-funded pot specifically designed to help. Delays mean increased pressure on NHS and care services.

The NHS said local councils spent £23.7 billion on adult social care in 2022/23 – an increase of £1.7 billion on the previous year – but it still barely scratches the surface of demand.

David Fothergill, of the LGA, said: “We are at a critical point, for people who draw on care, councils and the sector. Councils are doing all they can to ensure they meet their duties, including cutting spending on other neighbourhood services, but many still fear they will not be able to over the coming years.

“Adult social care needs urgent attention. This must be top of the in-tray for any incoming government.”

A government spokesperson said: “Our sympathies are with the families of all those who have died.

“We want to ensure everyone gets the care they need and help even more people to live independently. That’s why we have made available up to £8.6 billion in additional funding over two years to support adult social care and discharge, enabling local authorities to improve workforce recruitment and retention.

“Councils are responsible for assessing individuals’ care and support needs and, where eligible, for meeting those needs. This financial year, councils in England will receive up to £64.7 billion – a 7.5% increase in cash terms on 2023-24.”

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What's live on Sky Sports today? TV guide and listings plus how to watch on Sky Sports App and NOW

There are a host of events to watch on Friday live on Sky Sports with the PGA Championship continuing, Southampton and West Brom vying for a place in the Championship play-off final, the Emilia Romagna GP track action starting plus the weigh-in for Tyson Fury vs Oleksandr Usyk.

Live coverage of the second round of the second major of the year continues on Sky Sports Golf at 1pm, with Xander Schauffele holding a three-shot lead after round one.

Southampton and West Brom head into the second leg of their play-off semi-final after a goalless first leg knowing Leeds await them in the final. Coverage is on Sky Sports Football from 7pm ahead of the 8pm kick-off.

At Imola it is Friday practice for the Emilia Romagna GP. Coverage of Practice One gets begins at 12pm on Sky Sports F1 ahead of a 12.30pm green light, with Practice Two on air from 3.45pm for a 4pm start.

And the weigh-in for the undisputed heavyweight championship between Fury and Usyk will be streamed live on the Sky Sports App and website from 7pm.

Sky Sports is your home of Premier League, EFL, Scottish Premiership and WSL football, every F1 race, all nine golf majors, every England home cricket match, tennis, darts, Super League, netball and much more.

You can upgrade to Sky Sports here, and non-Sky subscribers can watch all the action with a NOW pass.

Here’s what’s coming up live on Sky Sports over the next few days:

Friday May 17

8am – Super Rugby: Hurricanes vs Moana Pasifika – live on Sky Sports Action

8.50am – Emilia Romagna GP: Formula 3 Practice – live on Sky Sports F1

9am – NRL: Canberra Raiders vs Canterbury Bulldogs – live on Sky Sports Arena

10am – Ladies European Tour: Amundi German Masters – live on Sky Sports Golf

10am – Emilia Romagna GP: Formula 2 Practice – live on Sky Sports F1

10.30am – International Raceday Live – live on Sky Sports Racing

10.30am – Super Rugby: Melbourne Rebels vs Chiefs – live on Sky Sports Action

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1pm – The PGA Championship Round Two – live on Sky Sports Golf

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6.15pm – IndyCar: Indy 500 Practice Five – live on Sky Sports F1

7pm – Fury vs Usyk: The Weigh-In – live stream on Sky Sports App

7pm – Championship Play-Off semi-final second leg: Southampton vs West Brom – live on Sky Sports Football, kick-off 8pm

Saturday May 18

3am – Super Rugby: Fijian Drua vs Reds – live on Sky Sports Action

5.30am – Super Rugby: Brumbies vs Crusaders – live on Sky Sports Action

6am – NRL: Gold Coast Titans vs Newcastle Knights – live on Sky Sports Arena

8am – Super Rugby: Blues vs Highlanders – live on Sky Sports Action

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11.15am – Emilia Romagna GP: Practice Three – live on Sky Sports F1, session starts 11.30am

11.30am – Scottish Premiership: Celtic vs St Mirren – live on Sky Sports Football, kick-off 12.30pm

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1.10pm – Emilia Romagna GP: Formula 2 Sprint Race – live on Sky Sports F1

1.30pm – IndyCar: Indy 500 Practice Six – live on Sky Sports Action

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2pm – WSL Final Day: Manchester United vs Chelsea – live on Sky Sports Premier League, kick-off 3pm

2.10pm – Emilia Romagna GP: Qualifying – live on Sky Sports F1, session starts 3pm

2.20pm – Bundesliga: Bayer Leverkusen vs Augsburg – live on Sky Sports Arena, kick-off 2.30pm

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5.30pm – IndyCar: Indy 500 Qualifying – live on Sky Sports F1

6pm – Netball Super League: Surrey Storm vs Severn Stars – live stream on Sky Sports App

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Sunday May 19

2am – Fight Night International: Emanuel Navarrete vs Denys Berinchyk – live on Sky Sports Action

4.50am – NRL: New Zealand Warriors vs Penrith Panthers – live on Sky Sports Arena

7.05am – NRL: Melbourne Storm vs Parramatta Eels – live on Sky Sports Arena

7.25am – Emilia Romagna GP: Formula 3 Feature Race – live on Sky Sports F1

8.55am – Emilia Romagna GP: Formula 2 Feature Race – live on Sky Sports F1

9.25am – NRL: Wests Tigers vs Dolphins – live on Sky Sports Arena

10am – International Raceday Live – live on Sky Sports Racing

10.50am – IPL: Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Punjab Kings – live on Sky Sports Action

11am – WTA & ATP Tennis: Rome – live on Sky Sports Tennis, choose your court in Sky Sports App

11am – Ladies European Tour: German Masters – live on Sky Sports Golf

12pm – League Two Play-Off Final: Crawley vs Crewe – live on Sky Sports Football, kick-off 1pm

12.30pm – Women’s T20: England vs Pakistan – live on Sky Sports Cricket

12.30pm – The Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – live on Sky Sports F1, race starts 2pm

1pm – WBBL Final: London vs Newcastle – live on Sky Sports Mix

1.30pm – Raceday Live – live on Sky Sports Racing

1.50pm – IPL: Rajasthan Royals vs Kolkata Knight Riders – live on Sky Sports Action

2pm – The PGA Championship Final Round – live on Sky Sports Golf

3pm – Premier League Final Day: Manchester City vs West Ham – live on Sky Sports Main Event, kick-off 4pm

3pm – Premier League Final Day: Liverpool vs Wolves – live on Sky Sports Premier League, kick-off 4pm

3pm – Premier League Final Day: Chelsea vs Bournemouth – live on Sky Sports Arena, kick-off 4pm

3.45pm – BBL Final: London vs Cheshire – live on Sky Sports Mix

4pm – Gillette Labs Soccer Special – live on Sky Sports News

7pm – IndyCar: Indy 500 Last Chance Practice – live on Sky Sports F1

8pm – IndyCar: Indy 500 Qualifying – live on Sky Sports F1

Monday May 20

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10am – ATP Geneva, ATP Lyon, WTA Strasbourg, WTA Rabat – live on Sky Sports Tennis, choose your court in Sky Sports App

1.45pm – Raceday Live – live on Sky Sports Racing

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Your investments are safe in Nigeria – Tinubu tells Chinese investors

President Bola Tinubu says Nigeria is a safe hub for investments and that his administration will always provide the needed support to ensure that businesses thrive in the country.

Speaking when he received a delegation led by the Chairman of the China Railway Construction Corporation (CRCC), Dai Hegen, at the State House on Friday, President Tinubu assured the Chinese business executives that their investments in Nigeria are safe and that his government will further strengthen the business environment.

The president stated that his administration welcomes the opportunity to expand business collaboration with the company, as well as upgrade critical infrastructure and facilities for the mutual benefit of both parties.

“I have listened to you carefully. Your operation is consistent with our objectives. We are reforming the economy and taking crucial actions to ensure accelerated growth. The CRCC, with its subsidiary, CCECC, is a leading company and one of the best partners to work with. I am happy that you are partnering Nigeria in so many areas, particularly in rail construction.

“We will do everything required to ensure that the rail link between the Ibadan end of the Lagos-Ibadan railway and the Federal Capital Territory is completed. We must connect the hinterland with our coastal seaports.

“I am proud of what I started as governor of Lagos State with the Lekki Free Trade Zone. It is now a flourishing environment. It is important to give you the assurance that we will do well to strengthen our partnership and relations,” President Tinubu said.

The president commended the corporation, particularly its subsidiary, China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC), headquartered in Beijing, for its efforts in delivering value on infrastructural projects in the country.

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President Tinubu encouraged the corporation to also explore other avenues of cooperation, especially in solid minerals, adding: “The door is open for partnership, and partnership that will add value to both sides. Solid minerals development is the next frontier for mutually-beneficial growth and collaboration.”

“We need each other. The sustainable path to success is a two-way street. We assure you that your investment is safe in our country. Once you succeed here, I know your reputation in other countries will be further strengthened,” the president said.

In his remarks, the Chairman of the China Railway Construction Corporation highlighted some of the projects in the works and those completed by the corporation.

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“In the railway construction sector, the Kano-Kaduna Railway is 39 percent completed and is on course for completion in the second quarter of 2026. The Abuja-Kaduna Railway and Lagos-Ibadan Railway have carried approximately nine million passengers since they were completed and commissioned. Freight services have officially commenced along Lagos-Ibadan axis since September 2023, and a total 180,000 tons of cargo have been transported,” he said.

Mr Hegen also said the corporation has signed investment cooperation agreements with 119 companies, stimulating investments of $3 billion, and creating 4,000 direct jobs for Nigerians, as well as paying $125 million in taxes.

He extended the invitation of the Chinese government to President Tinubu to attend the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) to further deepen cooperation along mutual areas of interest.

“With the support of Your Excellency, we plan to increase our investments in key areas, such as agriculture, power, solid minerals, natural gas, and renewable energy technologies to promote the economic development of the country,” the CRCC Chairman added.

Ajuri Ngelale

Special Adviser to the President

(Media & Publicity)

May 17, 2024

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