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Prince Joachim of Denmark is discharged from hospital after his emergency brain surgery

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Prince Joachim of Denmark has been released from hospital and reunited with his family after undergoing emergency brain surgery in July. 

The Danish royal,  51, was spending the summer holidays with his family in France in the Chateau de Cayx, which belongs to his mother, when he fell ill. 

The son of Queen Margrethe, who is sixth in line to the throne, was rushed to Toulouse University Hospital, where he was immediately operated on. The Danish Royal Palace said he’s not expected to suffer any long-term side effects after the surgery. 

He’s finally been discharged and returned to the family after spending the weekend in the intensive care unit, with Princess Marie, 44, at his bedside. 

Prince Joachim of Denmark has been released from hospital and reunited with his family after undergoing emergency brain surgery in July. The Danish royal, 51, was spending the summer holidays in France in the Chateau de Cayx, which belongs to his mother, with his family when the health scare struck (pictured with his wife Princess Marie, 44 at the state dinner of Christianborg Palace in Copenhagen)

Prince Joachim of Denmark has been released from hospital and reunited with his family after undergoing emergency brain surgery in July. The Danish royal, 51, was spending the summer holidays in France in the Chateau de Cayx, which belongs to his mother, with his family when the health scare struck (pictured with his wife Princess Marie, 44 at the state dinner of Christianborg Palace in Copenhagen)

A statement by the royal palace said: ‘It is now the opinion of the doctors that the prince’s health has improved to such an extent that his royal highness can be discharged and Prince Joachim is now staying at the Château de Cayx.

‘It is still the family’s wish that the prince has the necessary peace to recover completely.

‘Prince Joachim and Princess Marie would like to take this opportunity to thank the hospital staff involved.’ 

Lene Balleby, a spokeswoman for the royal household, said in an official statement at the time: ‘The blood clot in the brain was due to a sudden dissection of an artery, and the hospital’s medical team assesses that the risk of recurrence is very small when the artery has healed.’ 

Pictured left to right: Princess Marie, Prince Joachim, Prince Felix, 19, Prince Nikolai, 20, Alexandra, Countess of Frederiksborg. At the front, Princess Athena, eight and Prince Henrik, 11

Pictured left to right: Princess Marie, Prince Joachim, Prince Felix, 19, Prince Nikolai, 20, Alexandra, Countess of Frederiksborg. At the front, Princess Athena, eight and Prince Henrik, 11

It added: ‘It is the doctors’ assessment that Prince Joachim will not have any physical effects or other injuries as a result of the blood clot.

‘Prince Joachim is expected to be moved out of the intensive care unit as soon as possible but will continue to be hospitalised for some time to come.

In a previous statement the Palace said: ‘His Royal Highness Prince Joachim was admitted to the University Hospital of Toulouse, France, late last night.

‘The prince was operated on immediately afterwards for a blood clot in the brain and the operation was successful. The condition of His Royal Highness is stable today.

Princess Marie, 44, stayed by Joachim's side as he recovered from surgery in hospital last week

Princess Marie, 44, stayed by Joachim’s side as he recovered from surgery in hospital last week 

‘The Royal House has no further information at this point in time, but it is the wish of Her Majesty The Queen that the public respects the privacy of the family during the hospitalisation.’

The sudden medical emergency struck as the Prince was vacationing with his wife and their four children. They had just celebrated the 18th birthday of his second eldest son Prince Felix, who hit the milestone on July 22. 

Joachim had marked the event alongside the teenager’s mother and his ex-wife, Alexandra, Countess of Frederiksborg.

The parents were joined by their eldest son Prince Nikolai, 20, and Joachim’s current wife Princess Marie and their two children Prince Henrik, 11, and Princess Athena, eight.

The family had been celebrating the 18th birthday of Prince Felix, Prince Joachim's second eldest son

The family had been celebrating the 18th birthday of Prince Felix, Prince Joachim’s second eldest son 

Sharing intimate family photographs to Instagram, the group are seen hugging one another in a group snap.

Prince Joachim of Denmark and his ex-wife, Alexandra, Countess of Frederiksborg divorced in 2004 after 10 years together – they were Denmark’s first royal split in nearly 160 years. 

The prince, who is the second son of Margrethe and Prince Consort Henrik, is sixth in line to the throne after his elder brother Crown Prince Frederik and his four children with Australian-born Crown Princess Mary.

He has since remarried Paris-born Marie Cavallier, now Princess Marie and the couple have two children together Prince Henrik, 11, and Princess Athena, eight.

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Suspect taken into custody for ‘sending a deadly poison RICIN package to Donald Trump’

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A suspect has been taken into custody for allegedly sending a package containing the poison ricin to Donald Trump. 

The package addressed to the president was intercepted by law enforcement earlier this week.

All packages addressed to the White House are sorted and screened at a secure offsite facility prior to delivery. 

Two law enforcement sources told CNN that two tests were done to confirm the presence of ricin.

The envelope to the White House was caught at the final offsite processing facility where mail is screened before being sent to the White House mail room. 

Investigators believe that it was sent from Canada, a law enforcement official told the New York Times

The Secret Service has intercepted a package addressed to Trump containing deadly ricin

The Secret Service has intercepted a package addressed to Trump containing deadly ricin

Ricin is a highly potent toxin derived from castor beans, and is extremely lethal if inhaled or injected, but less so if ingested. Inhaling a dose the size of a few grains of salt can be lethal to adults. 

‘The F.B.I. and our U.S. Secret Service and U.S. Postal Inspection Service partners are investigating a suspicious letter received at a U.S. government mail facility,’ the Federal Bureau of Investigation said in a statement to the Times. ‘At this time, there is no known threat to public safety.’ 

Deadly ricin has previously been used to target American politicians through the mail.

In 2014, actress Shannon Richardson, who appeared on The Walking Dead, was convicted of sending envelopes containing ricin addressed to then President Barack Obama and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

She was sentenced to 18 years in prison. 

All packages addressed to the White House are sorted and screened at a secure offsite facility prior to delivery

All packages addressed to the White House are sorted and screened at a secure offsite facility prior to delivery

Ricin was also featured in a multi-season plot arc in the television series Breaking Bad, which inspired several real-life criminal schemes involving the poison.

In 2014, Georgetown University student Daniel Milzman pleaded guilty to a federal charge after a bag of ricin was found in his dorm room. 

Prosecutors say he had planned to use it on another student he had formerly been in a relationship with. He was sentenced to one year and one day in federal prison. 

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Whitehall cash haul! Number of mandarins on at least £100,000 pay surges by 15% in just 12 months

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The number of Whitehall mandarins on £100,000 or more has gone up by 15 per cent in just 12 months.

Official figures show a record 1,560 civil servants are paid at least three times the national average salary.

The exclusive club has increased by 200 in the past year alone – almost doubling in a decade.

Ian Booth, left, pictured here with Defence Secretary Michael Fallon, is the best-paid civil servant in Government, raking in a £275,000 salary as well as a £180,000 bonus as head of the Ministry of Defence¿s submarine delivery agency. Former Brexit Minister Steve Baker said the civil service needs good people, but also needs realistic pay. 'Most of my constituents would think £50,000 a year is an enormous amount of money, never mind £150,000. They would be astonished to learn that their taxes are paying more than 1,500 civil servants that amount.' (file photo)

Ian Booth, left, pictured here with Defence Secretary Michael Fallon, is the best-paid civil servant in Government, raking in a £275,000 salary as well as a £180,000 bonus as head of the Ministry of Defence’s submarine delivery agency. Former Brexit Minister Steve Baker said the civil service needs good people, but also needs realistic pay. ‘Most of my constituents would think £50,000 a year is an enormous amount of money, never mind £150,000. They would be astonished to learn that their taxes are paying more than 1,500 civil servants that amount.’ (file photo)

At the same time the austerity years saw the wages of nurses, teachers and police officers frozen.

Twenty civil servants are on more than £200,000, twice the number just three years ago. 

The best-paid, Ian Booth, who heads the Ministry of Defence’s submarine delivery agency, landed a £180,000 bonus on top of his £275,000 salary.

Richard Holden MP, who worked on Boris Johnson’s leadership campaign and sits on the public accounts committee, said: ‘With six-figure salaries shooting up and work from home the norm – it’s clear the civil service are increasingly out of touch with the public and going against the clear instructions of the Government.

‘It’s time for the senior leadership of the civil service to shape up or ship out sharpish.’

Former Brexit minister Steve Baker said: ‘We do need great people in the civil service but we’ve got to be realistic about their pay.’

Ruth Todd, commercial director at the submarine delivery agency, is paid up to £229,999, making her the highest paid female civil servant. A Government spokesman said last night: ¿The civil service deals with complex issues and needs to attract, recruit, retain and motivate highly skilled individuals and sometimes it is appropriate to pay higher salaries.' (file photo)

Ruth Todd, commercial director at the submarine delivery agency, is paid up to £229,999, making her the highest paid female civil servant. A Government spokesman said last night: ‘The civil service deals with complex issues and needs to attract, recruit, retain and motivate highly skilled individuals and sometimes it is appropriate to pay higher salaries.’ (file photo)

‘Most of my constituents would think £50,000 a year is an enormous amount of money, never mind £150,000. They would be astonished to learn that their taxes are paying more than 1,500 civil servants that amount.

‘The sheer scale of top pay in the civil service demonstrates the importance of decentralising power and privatising functions – we just can’t afford all of this government.’

The figures were released without publicity by the Cabinet Office over the summer. At the end of March, 6,450 employees were at ‘senior civil service’ level, up from 4,300 five years earlier.

Their median salary stands at £81,440 – three times the average across all ranks of £28,180.

Analysis by the Daily Mail reveals the extent of wage growth at the very top since March 2010. Back then 917 civil servants were on more than £100,000.

As the Coalition imposed swingeing budget cuts this fell to 720 in 2013. But in the past few years the trend has reversed, to 1,360 last year and 1,560 this March. 

Boris ‘worried’ about money? Friends claim £150,000 is not enough for the Prime Minister

Boris Johnson's friends claim he's finding it tough to live on his £150,000 salary.

Boris Johnson’s friends claim he’s finding it tough to live on his £150,000 salary.

Boris Johnson may have been trying to lose the pounds lately… but not the ones sitting in his bank.

The Prime Minister is ‘worried’ about money, according to his friends.

As a backbench MP, with a newspaper column earning him £275,000 and lucrative speaking engagements, he was taking home at least £350,000 a year.

But now that he is Prime Minister, he has seen his income drop by more than half to £150,000.

He is supporting four of his six children and has been through a costly divorce.

The use of the Downing Street flat he shares with his fiancee, Carrie Symonds is taxed as a benefit in kind.

Food sent up from the Downing Street kitchen has to be paid for.

And if the couple want to have friends stay at Chequers then they get a bill from the Government.

One friend told The Times: ‘Boris, like other prime ministers, is very, very badly served… He doesn’t have a housekeeper, he has a single cleaner and they’re worried about being able to afford a nanny.

‘He’s stuck in the flat and Downing Street is not a nice place to live.

‘It’s not like the Elysee or the White House where you can get away from it all because they’re so big. Even if he or Carrie want to go into the rose garden they have to go through the office.’

Another friend added: ‘He’s always worried about money, he has a genuine need to provide for his family, all of them, and I think that does worry him.’

Sources said it was untrue he was worried and complaining about money.

 

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Separate figures published by the Cabinet Office identified the recipients of the biggest pay packets. In the same bracket as Mr Booth – up to £284,999 – was Sir Simon Bollom, an ex-RAF officer who heads MoD equipment and support. Next was Crawford Falconer who is the chief trade negotiation adviser.

The New Zealander was handed a rise last year to take his salary close to £269,999.

The highest-paid female mandarin was Ruth Todd, commercial director at the submarine delivery agency. She pocketed up to £229,999. 

Three senior officials at the much-criticised quango Public Health England were paid more than £200,000 last year. Former Cabinet minister and Tory leader Sir Iain Duncan Smith said those working for the Prime Minister should not be paid more than his £150,000.

But a Government spokesman said last night: ‘The civil service deals with complex issues and needs to attract, recruit, retain and motivate highly skilled individuals and sometimes it is appropriate to pay higher salaries.

‘Ensuring taxpayer value for money is paramount, which is why cases for salaries above £150,000… require the approval of the Chief Secretary to the Treasury.’ 

There is also concern that well-paid chiefs of government departments are still working from home while also saving thousands on commuting costs.

Mr Johnson’s chief adviser Dominic Cummings has warned that ‘a hard rain is coming’ because the pandemic exposed ‘fundamental problems in the Whitehall machine’.

He has already forced out five mandarins, including Cabinet Secretary Sir Mark Sedwill. 

Mr Cummings has just moved from No 10 to a ‘mission control centre’ in the Cabinet Office with a handful of aides. 

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Sort out testing… or else: Teaching union warns Government schools could be forced to close again

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Schools could be forced to close unless the Government takes emergency measures, a teaching union warned yesterday.

In a fresh threat, the National Education Union told Boris Johnson that he should not take support for wider reopening of schools ‘for granted’.

The NEU has written to the Prime Minister demanding that children and staff be made a ‘high priority’ for testing.

Students at St Columba's High School, Gourock are seen lining up to disinfect their hands. The union was accused of attempting to block children¿s gradual return to school before the summer holidays

Students at St Columba’s High School, Gourock are seen lining up to disinfect their hands. The union was accused of attempting to block children’s gradual return to school before the summer holidays

The Government should ‘move towards asymptomatic testing of staff and older pupils’ and reduce class sizes to minimise Covid transmission and ‘avoid rota operation wherever possible’, it said.

The union also suggests the creation of socially distanced ‘Nightingale Schools as well as Nightingale Hospitals’.

The letter says that coronavirus cases could ‘return us to March levels within a few weeks if urgent action is not taken’.

Joint NEU general secretaries Dr Mary Bousted and Kevin Courtney say: ‘The situation is markedly worse in some localities and we and our members are disturbed that 44 districts are now on your intervention list.’

The NEU has previously warned ministers it must be informed of all school outbreaks if lessons are to continue across the country. Students are pictured above at the King Edward VI High School for Girls in Birmingham

The NEU has previously warned ministers it must be informed of all school outbreaks if lessons are to continue across the country. Students are pictured above at the King Edward VI High School for Girls in Birmingham

Referring to the infection rate R number, they add: ‘We hope that you will be able to get this situation under control quickly but, if you cannot, then we believe that you will have to take steps to reduce wider school opening in these areas to help get R below 1.

‘School leaders, teachers and support staff have supported the wider opening for all pupils and worked hard to make it as safe as possible, but you cannot, and must not, take this support for granted.’

The NEU has previously warned ministers it must be informed of all school outbreaks if lessons are to continue across the country.

The union was accused of attempting to block children’s gradual return to school before the summer holidays.

In May, the union attracted huge criticism when footage emerged of NEU leaders discussing how to ‘threaten’ head teachers who backed plans for a phased return to the classroom from June 1.

The comments were made in Zoom meetings for thousands of NEU members, recorded on May 14, and posted on the union’s YouTube account.

Students in Doncaster are pictured wearing masks. In a fresh threat, the National Education Union told Boris Johnson that he should not take support for wider reopening of schools ¿for granted¿

Students in Doncaster are pictured wearing masks. In a fresh threat, the National Education Union told Boris Johnson that he should not take support for wider reopening of schools ‘for granted’

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