A report by the Care and Quality Commission recently highlighted how staff shortages in residential and nursing homes is causing record levels of stress and fatigue among carers. According to the Office of National Statistics, about 1.3 million working parents now rely on their own parents to help them care for their children.
Fiona Phillips is stressed. This is not the first time that Phillips has battled stress, nor is it the worst. GMTV viewers, who watched her with their cereal from 1997 to 2008, will know she spent more than a decade working in the high-pressure job with its 3.30am starts.
“Who do you represent, Ivanka? There the 35 year-old sat, flanked by the political heavy-weights Angela Merkel and Christine Lagarde, betraying the merest hint of nerves as she embarked on the first foreign event in her new official capacity: Adviser to the President. The W20 summit – designed to promote women’s economic empowerment – was a coming out of sorts for Ivanka, and a high pressure one at that.
Taylor Swift, Emma Watson - and pose for a selfie. This week, Chancellor Angela Merkel was asked during a panel discussion at the Berlin W20 women's empowerment summit whether she called herself a feminist. Unlike fellow attendee Ivanka Trump, Merkel did not immediately say 'yes'.
A former BBC reporter, Clarence Mitchell was appointed to assist Kate and Gerry McCann as their media spokesman following the disappearance of their daughter, Madeleine, in Portugal in 2007. Here is his incredible account of the youngster's disappearance, the police operation to find her and the subsequent 10 years of anguish.... The first moment came very early on, just weeks after her disappearance on May 3, 2007.
Europe seems to be obsessed with the attire of Muslim women. Last month, the European Court of Justice ruled against two Muslim women from France and Belgium, upholding the right of their employers to ban them from wearing headscarves. In many cases these bans will affect people, who aren't Muslim women, but in reality they will primarily affect Muslim women. These bans will be touted as an accomplishment by the far Right across Europe, who decry headscarves not only as oppressive but as a threat to social cohesion which is incompatible with secular vehicles.
Women Help Women, a Netherlands-based organisation, already helps women around the world to take legal abortion pills at home. It advises them on how to take misoprostol and mifepristone - legal drugs approved by the World Health Organisation that are typically administered by clinicians. In the US, abortion is currently legal in every state and each has at least one clinic that provides abortion care.
Blogger Bunmi Laditan has won support after hitting out at the large amount of homework her 10-year-old daughter is being given to do. Writing on Facebook, Laditan shared an email she'd sent to the school telling staff the 10-year-old would be drastically reducing the amount of homework she would be doing each week.
It was the distinctive smell of burning fabric that gave me the first inkling something was wrong. Earphones in, I was listening to The Guilty Feminist - a podcast fronted by comedian Deborah Frances-White, which explores the “noble goals” of twenty-first century feminists, and the “hypocrisies and insecurities which undermine them” - albeit with a lot of jokes thrown in. One of her guests, the stand-up Cal Wilson was recounting sitting in a coffee shop with her boyfriend and explaining to him that, “like a fridge humming in the background”, a woman in a public place is always aware, at least on the periphery of her consciousness, that she is vulnerable - a potential target. People either walked past or stood around bemused.
My mother married my father in 1993, when I was seven, but left him a year later. One morning, we were in the car on the way to school when Mum said that she had something important to tell me: that she was in love with a woman.
I grew up in Kingsclere, Hampshire, in a house on the top of a steep hill, less than a mile from the stables where my father was responsible for around 100 racehorses. He trained one of the best horses of all time, Mill Reef, who won The Derby at Epsom in 1971, the year I was born. His owners included businessmen, American and Canadian billionaires, members of the aristocracy and the Queen, who gave us this Shetland pony, Valkyrie, as a present.
Discrimination against pregnant women in the workplace is sadly nothing new. It details some of the sexist and plain stupid comments pregnant women have had in the workplace - ranging from observations on weight to questions about parentage. The conversation was started by a woman who is currently 25 weeks pregnant.
First of all, before we go any further, can we just agree on something? Can we make a deal to never say “middle-age” again? Because middle-age is a dress that no longer fits.
In fact, toddler life is so full of hazards that I’ve become a nervous wreck in my mission to pre-empt potential disasters. When I get home, I find Newish Husband on the phone with a travel brochure that reads ‘Cuba’ in bright letters.
Research published in the Harvard Business Review has found that people who use their email cleverly can climb the career ladder. It found that when people copied in their supervisors or line managers to emails, they could show off their recent work - or show up a colleague. Professor David De Cremer, who led the study, said: "This finding suggests that when your coworkers copy your supervisor very often, they may be doing so strategically, as they consciously know what the effect will be on you".
Time and time again, studies prove a link between our environment and how well we work, so it’s no surprise Vicky sees bookings soar around exam time. ‘For the last few years, I’ve increasingly been employed by parents to spend a day in their teenager’s bedroom to make it more study-friendly. Teenagers are territorial, so explain your plan and the benefits. Stress expert Sir Cary Cooper, a professor of health and psychology at the University of Manchester, says a messy bedroom around exam time is often a reflection of teenage stress; ‘I have four grown up children and we’ve gone through the exam process with all of them,’ he says. ‘One was very tidy and structured, two were incredibly messy and one was in between.
You ask someone - a man - a tricky question. Earlier this month, it emerged that the Sunderland manager made those comments to BBC reporter Vicki Sparks. Why wait until after the interview to display your sparkling sense of humour, David?
The Wimbledon champion, known for speaking her mind, did not hold back when a comment was made about the child she is about to have with her fiancé’, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian. Nastase, the Romanian Fed Cup captain who won two grand slam titles in the 1970s, was caught on tape at a press conference saying in response to Williams’s pregnancy announcement: “Let’s see what color it has.
If you're one of the many office-workers who tend to experience a slump in the afternoon, you might be tempted to grab yourself a coffee or a can of Coke to get a much-needed boost. Scientists found that 10 minutes of walking up and down stairs at a regular pace is more likely to make you feel energized than ingesting 50 milligrams of caffeine. For the study researchers looked at 18 female college students, all of whom reported being chronically sleep deprived.
Weddings are no longer the extravagant affairs they used to be. Country Life magazine has stepped in to call for restraint, warning couples that weddings have turned into “the nuptial equivalent of an arms race”. From strapless dresses to three day weddings, the magazine has warned upcoming brides and grooms of the biggest wedding pitfalls.
Do you consider yourself to have high emotional intelligence? Being emotional intelligent means that, among other qualities, you are able to recognise how people are feeling based on their behaviour. Studies suggest that having high emotional intelligence correlates with better mental health, being a better worker with good leadership qualities.
Most Blockbuster outlets are long gone. In the UK the VHS and DVD rental chain went into administration in 2013, as consumers turned to movie streaming services in favour of video rentals.
When Sophie Ellis-Bextor gave birth to her first baby, she had been dating the father for precisely eight months. The reason for the unlikely timeline was that Sonny, conceived weeks into a whirlwind romance with fellow musician Richard Jones, arrived early. The young couple, still unpacking after setting up home together, suddenly found themselves parents to a premature baby.
The idea of a husband raping his wife only hours after their wedding ceremony, is genuinely shocking. No, the reason we should all be horrified is by the number of people who still don’t know that rape in marriage is a crime in this country – and has been ever since the law was changed in 1992. When Emmerdale character Pierce Harris dragged his bride Rhona Goskirk indoors after a blazing row and raped her, he was committing a serious criminal offence.
If, as has been widely predicted, 39-year-old Emmanuel Macron enters the Élysée Palace in two weeks’ time, he will be France’s youngest president since Napoleon and, to many, “France’s answer to JFK”. Beside him will be the woman who has been his greatest champion since he was a schoolboy: his wife and former teacher, Brigitte Trogneux. In 1993, following his star turn in a school play, Trogneux planted a tender kiss on the cheek of 14-year-old Macron in front of the parents and pupils at a private Jesuit school in Amiens.