June 19, 2017 8:13 AM Madonna shares a special Father's Day tribute ... to herself
Singer Madonna wished herself a happy Father’s Day as she described herself as both “the mommy and the daddy”. The mother-of-six posted a photo of herself with her children on Instagram and Twitter with the message: “Happy Mother’s Day Madonna.” The 58-year-old added the caption: “And Happy Father’s Day to Me too because lets face it … Im the Mommy and the Daddy 8
June 17, 2017 11:04 PM Self-employment 'main reason quarter of new fathers miss out on paternity leave'
One in four new fathers are missing out on paternity leave and pay mainly because they are self-employed, a new study shows. Research by the TUC found that of the 625,000 men who became fathers in 2016, more than 157,000 did not qualify for statutory paternity leave or pay. The main reason was self-employment, although 44,000 fathers had not been working 4
June 13, 2017 12:34 PM Dad's Can't Get Postnatal Depression..
"Dad's can't get postnatal depression" - The words that many struggling new fathers hear. In the weeks after the birth of my child, I had three midwives asking me about my mental health. They were concerned about me, as 10-15% of new mothers can develop depression. Yet, what the midwives did not do, is ask how my child's father was coping. The well-being 7
May 12, 2017 2:20 PM Reality Check: Are fathers using their paternity leave?
The Liberal Democrats have promised to increase paid paternity leave to one month. The policy was dubbed "Daddy month". Labour has also said it would double paid paternity leave to four weeks and would increase paternity pay. Paid paternity leave of two weeks was first introduced in 2003. It allows fathers or same-sex partners to take two weeks of leave 14
May 5, 2017 5:13 AM Donald Trump hails ‘iron bonds’ between US and Australia
The meeting came as Mr Trump celebrated the House passage of legislation undoing much of his predecessor Barack Obama’s health law. US president Donald Trump has hailed ties between America and Australia, following a meeting with the country’s prime minister Malcolm Turnbull. Mr Trump said “iron bonds” were forged in the waters of the Pacific during 20
April 22, 2017 11:05 PM Newspaper headlines: Tories increase poll lead
Given that it's the first weekend following the announcement of a snap general election, politics unsurprisingly dominates the front pages. Under the headline "May parks her tanks on Labour's lawn", the Sunday Times claims that the Conservative manifesto will include a pledge to cut household energy bills. According to the paper, the Tories plan to cap the gas and electricity 14
April 22, 2017 7:00 AM Yorkshire artist Fiona Scott heads for leading London gallery
A RYEDALE painter has had her work selected from nearly 2,000 entries to appear in a London exhibition. The work by Fiona Scott, a portrait painter from Sproxton near Helmsley, will appear alongside paintings by some of Britain’s leading portrait artists at the Royal Society of Portrait Painters’ annual open submission exhibition. The portrait which 2
March 24, 2017 11:45 PM Sky Views: Has Westminster security gone too far?
This week's attack on Westminster was brutally simple. A lone assailant, Khalid Masood, killed four people and seriously wounded more than 20 others. It took a matter of seconds and the weapons - knives and a car - are readily available to most adults in this country. Masood did most damage on the soft targets - pedestrians, many of them tourists, crowding 17
March 24, 2017 6:58 AM UK lags behind rest of Europe for maternity leave, union warns
The UK is almost bottom of a European league table for maternity leave, according to a new study. Research by the TUC found that the UK ranks 22 out of 24 countries across Europe that offer statutory maternity leave. Mothers in the UK are entitled to six weeks’ decently-paid maternity leave, compared with six months in Croatia, more than four months 17
March 20, 2017 12:06 AM 17% of mothers still lend money to their adult children, survey finds
Mothers are more likely than fathers to continue giving their children cash handouts after they have grown up, a survey has found. One in six (17%) mothers with adult children say they lend them money, compared with around one in 10 (9%) fathers, Nationwide Building Society found. And 16% of mothers with adult children still cook and bake for them, compared 16