Elderly patients could be sent to "hospital hotels"


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Tens of thousands of elderly patients could be sent to 'hospital hotels' to free up bedsThe model is based on a system widely used in ScandinaviaNew mothers and stroke patients could also use such services By Lucy Osborne PUBLISHED: 01:33 GMT, 23 April 2013 | UPDATED: 01:33 GMT, 23 April 2013 Tens of thousands of elderly patients could be sent to hotels to recover from illnesses under plans being considered by the Government to free up hospital beds. New mothers and stroke patients could also use such services, which would be run by private hotel chains and allow more flexible visiting hours.

Councillor who described all Muslims as "terrorists" and asked why people should be "interested in black history" apologises


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Councillor who described all Muslims as 'terrorists' and asked why people should be 'interested in black history' apologisesMarjorie Snowden made comments on equality and diversity courseOfficial complained about the offensive comments to a colleagueThe reply was 'well, that's Marjorie', before it was reportedCllr Snowdon is a former mayor of Sherborne in Dorset By Leon Watson PUBLISHED: 15:42 GMT, 18 April 2013 | UPDATED: 16:01 GMT, 18 April 2013 A councillor has formally apologised for labelling 'all Muslims as terrorists' while on an equality and diversity course. Marjorie Snowden, a former mayor of Sherborne in Dorset, also asked why council members should be 'interested in black history' during the training. A horrified official complained about the offensive comments to a colleague but the reply was 'well, that's Marjorie', before it was reported.

Former Labour deputy leader Roy Hattersley granted "quickie" divorce from wife after 57 years of marriage


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Labour's 80-year-old former deputy leader Roy Hattersley is granted a 'quickie' divorce from his wife after 57 years of marriageGiven a 'quickie' divorce in just 55 seconds today at the age of 80 Couple had not lived together for five yearsGranted because he would now find it intolerable to live with Molly By Jill Reilly PUBLISHED: 13:04 GMT, 12 April 2013 | UPDATED: 01:58 GMT, 13 April 2013 Veteran Labour politician Roy Hattersley was given a 'quickie' divorce in just 55 seconds today at the age of 80 from his wife of 57 years. Baron Hattersley in his full name of Roy Sydney George was granted a decree nisi at London's High Court because of the irretrievable breakdown of his 1956 marriage to wife Edith Mary known as Molly.

NATO airstrike Afghanistan: Eleven children and a woman killed


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Eleven children and a woman killed in Nato airstrike against Taliban commanders Local officials said the strike hit houses in the Kunar province, AfghanistanSaid the woman and children died when their homes collapsed on them Six insurgents, including two senior Taliban leaders, died in the strike International Security Assistance Force said it is assessing incident By Daily Mail Reporter PUBLISHED: 16:05 GMT, 7 April 2013 | UPDATED: 17:49 GMT, 7 April 2013 A Nato airstrike killed at least 11 children yesterday during an operation targeting Taliban commanders. At least one woman also died in the strike and more than six others were injured in the strike on a village in Shigal district in Kunar province, on the Pakistani border

"He was like a rag doll": Nine-year-old boy tumbled 160ft down a mountain and walked away with only a bruised leg


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'He was like a rag doll': Nine-year-old boy tumbled 160ft down a mountain and walked away with only a bruised legMarwaan Rajakazee was climbing Helvellyn mountain in the Lake DistrictFather Marwaan Rajakazee was convinced his son had died during fallHe described son as 'cat with nine lives' after surviving previous accident By Daily Mail Reporter PUBLISHED: 17:29 GMT, 10 March 2013 | UPDATED: 19:01 GMT, 10 March 2013 A nine-year-old boy who tumbled 160 feet 'like a rag doll' down one of the UK's highest mountains survived with only a bumped head and a bruise on his leg. Marwaan Rajakazee had been climbing Helvellyn mountain in the Lake District with his father Imtiaz who could do nothing to stop his son plummeting after he slipped on an ice-covered slope. As Mr Rajakazee rushed down towards his son's lifeless body he was convinced he had died but, upon reaching the scene, Marwaan sat up and said 'I'm alive.' Tumble: Marwaan Rajakazee, nine, from Preston, Lancashire, was climbing Helvellyn in the Lake District with his father Imtiaz when he slipped on an ice-covered slope He described his son as a 'cat with nine lives', having previously survived an accident in which a quad bike toppled on him.

Boy, 10, flown to hospital after slipping and falling 165ft down snow-covered mountain


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Boy, 10, airlifted to hospital after slipping on snow and plunging 165ft down England's third highest mountain Boy from Preston was climbing down Swirral Edge ridge on HelvellynWhile walking on the Lake District mountain he slipped on a steep slope Had suspected pelvic and head injuries and flown to hospital with father By Mark Duell PUBLISHED: 08:37 GMT, 18 February 2013 | UPDATED: 11:05 GMT, 18 February 2013 A 10-year-old boy was last night flown to hospital after falling 165ft down a snow-covered mountain. The boy, from Preston, Lancashire, was climbing down Swirral Edge ridge on Helvellyn in the Lake District with his father at 3:30pm yesterday when he slipped on a steep slope, mountain rescue said. A doctor and paramedic were dropped on the ridge by an air ambulance, and rescuers made their way to the boy.

TV Hotel Inspector Ruth Watson gets a taste of her own medicine as she launches legal bid after her restaurant was given just ONE star out of FIVE for…


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TV Hotel Inspector Ruth Watson gets a taste of her own medicine as she launches legal bid after her restaurant was given just ONE star out of FIVE for food hygiene62-year-old furious after The Crown and Castle in Suffolk was poorly rated Suffolk Coastal District Council carried out the inspection in November Certain dishes have been removed from the menu because of rating 'We strongly disagree with the score we have received' said Mrs Watson By Anthony Bond PUBLISHED: 09:41 GMT, 4 January 2013 | UPDATED: 10:07 GMT, 4 January 2013 Angry: Top food writer and broadcaster Ruth Watson has launched a legal challenge after inspectors gave her hotel The Crown and Castle just one star out of five for food hygiene As a top food writer and broadcaster, Ruth Watson is used to giving advice to struggling hoteliers desperate to revive their fortunes. But it seems the 62-year-old could do with some advice of her own after her rural hotel restaurant received a damning critique

Soldiers hunt killer elephant in Nepal after it pulls elderly couple from bed and tramples them to death


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Army hunts 'mad' killer elephant in Nepal: 'Wild beast' pulls couple from bed then tramples them to death Elephant kills four people in three months in NepalSoldiers told to find and kill it | UPDATED: 18:42 GMT, 17 December 2012 A killer elephant is being hunted by Nepalese soldiers today after it strayed into villages and killed four people in three months. The rogue wild elephant walked into a thatched house in Gardi village adjoining Chitwan National Park, 50 miles south of Kathmandu, pulled a couple in their 60s from their bed and trampled them to death, said Shiva Ram Gelal, assistant district administrator from Bharatpur, the nearest city. Nepal has about 300 elephants, including around 100 domesticated adults which take tourists on jungle rides in the country's many safari resorts.

Benefit cheat bride used 10,000 of taxpayers" cash to fund wedding in Antigua


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The sunshine swindler: Benefit cheat bride used 10,000 of taxpayers' cash to fund dream wedding in CaribbeanAbigail Martin, from Sussex, received suspended sentence over three-year fraudSpent taxpayers' money on luxury spa treatments and Disney World holiday | UPDATED: 14:42 GMT, 14 December 2012 Fraud: Abigail Martin, pictured in Antigua on her wedding day, swindled 10,000 from taxpayers A benefit cheat who used taxpayers' money to pay for a luxury wedding in the Caribbean has escaped jail. Abigail Martin spent three years pretending to be a single parent in order to claim more than 10,000 in housing and council tax benefits to which she was not entitled

UK weather: Rivers are frozen solid… but they"ll be running again by the weekend


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Rivers are frozen solid… but they'll be running again by the weekend as warmer weather (and the rain, unfortunately) returns Gale force winds will reach speeds of up to 60mph at exposed southern coasts and high groundSunny spells and rain will reach the UK by the weekendTemperatures expected to reach up to 11C tomorrow in the southThermometer will hover around 2C and 4C today for large parts of the country | UPDATED: 16:30 GMT, 13 December 2012 A thick sparkling frost coated much of the UK today, leaving many places cold but with a winter wonderland look.