Big decisions in store for England as a fine summer ends

It was a thrilling, fitting end to a fine summer. England had been living dangerously, and in a decider against the old enemy, their brinkmanship finally caught up with them.
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Elon Musk announces 'tabless' battery for Tesla's electric cars that is six times more powerful
Tesla CEO Elon Musk revealed the firm has designed a 'tabless' battery that is six times more powerful and will be made in-house at Telsa's factory in Fremont, California.
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Winnie the Pooh 50p coin launches today - could it be in your change?
Winnie the Pooh is the latest character from a children's book to appear on a 50p coin, complete with a jar of honey, although those hoping to find one in their change will be left feeling sour.
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Liverpool transfer round-up: Sarr agreement reached as Wijnaldum snubs new deal
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is reportedly keen on further bolstering his squad, despite having already made three signings so far this summer
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Amish brothers accused of sexually molesting 13-year-old relative spared jail
Brothers Aaron C.M. Schwartz, 22, and Petie C.M.Schwartz, 18, from Seymour in the US state of Missouri, would have been "eaten alive" by the prison system, a prosecutor says
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Sex after a heart attack can help improve your chances of survival
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North Carolina board agrees to more absentee ballot changes
North Carolina election officials have agreed that mail-in absentee ballots returned with deficient information this fall can be fixed without forcing the voter to fill out a new blank ballot
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Trump dishes FURY on China over coronavirus ‘plague’ as Xi Jingping calls for ‘one family'
DONALD TRUMP took China to task over its role in the coronavirus pandemic at the first ever virtual United Nations meeting.
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Elon Musk unveils battery with 500% more power that he claims will revolutionise Tesla
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Donald Trump to announce his Supreme Court pick at 5 pm on Saturday
President Donald Trump said he will announce his nominee for the Supreme Court at 5 pm on Saturday. 'I'm getting very close to having a final decision made, very close,' Trump said.
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Digital minister Caroline Dinenage calls for tighter regulation on 'loot boxes'
Digital minister Caroline Dinenage issued an appeal for evidence amid claims the boxes may encourage or lead to problem gambling among children.
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Legal advisors say offences motivated by hatred of women should be punishable by seven years in jail
The Law Commission said misogyny should be punishable by up to seven years in jail. It also proposed the sentence for anyone convicted for hate crimes against transgender people.
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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer provides transfer update after Man Utd’s win against Luton
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Peter Andre gets Princess to turn off Instagram comments in bid to protect her
The doting dad has revealed he’s ''so happy'' Princess has ''stopped the trolls in their tracks'' by deciding to turn the comments off on her social media
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Drive-thrus can remain open past 10pm and restaurants will still deliver
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'Major Questions' Over Covid Contact-Tracing App As Charity Warns Pilot Data Missing
The long-awaited NHS coronavirus contact-tracing app is set to be released on Thursday but “major questions” about its effectiveness remain unanswered, a charity has warned.The Health Foundation said results from the NHS Covid-19 app’s trial run had been “notably absent”, adding failure to show how the technology had performed during testing risked reducing public confidence.The app uses Bluetooth technology to keep an anonymous log of other app users in close proximity and can notify them they were close to an individual who later tested positive for coronavirus.The Department of Health and Social Care said trials of the app in Newham and the Isle of Wight – which began in mid-August – had revealed the app is “highly effective when used alongside traditional contact tracing to identify contacts of those who have tested positive for coronavirus”. But the Heath Foundation said the public had yet to see the results of these pilots and called for greater transparency. Josh Keith, a senior fellow at the charity, said: “With a virus that is transmitted as quickly as Covid-19, the automated contact tracing that the app promises could prove invaluable in reducing its spread.“Also, the additional features of the app, such as booking a test, reporting symptoms or checking the risk level in postcode district could provide a helpful single source of Covid-19 related advice and support.“However, for any major, nationwide public health intervention it is important the Government publishes evidence that it is effective and ready for mass rollout in advance of its launch.“This is key for building confidence in the app as people will want to know that it will benefit them and their communities.“But any data on the pilots that took place in August have been notably absent, leaving major questions over the app’s effectiveness unanswered.”After months of delay, technical issues and concerns over privacy, the NHS Covid-19 app is finally expected to launch in England and Wales on Thursday.Health secretary Matt Hancock has described the app’s launch as a “defining moment” and said it would help to contain the virus “at a critical time”. A spokesperson for the Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC) said: “Ensuring a wide range of people download and use the app is essential.“The NHS Covid-19 app forms a central part of NHS Test and Trace in England, and works alongside traditional contact tracing services and testing, to help individuals to understand if they are at risk of infection so they can take action to protect themselves and their communities.“We have spoken with groups with protected characteristics, such as age, ethnicity and disability, those experiencing health inequalities and those groups particularly impacted by coronavirus and the app and supporting material will be available in multiple languages.”Related... Boris Johnson Urges Public To Show 'Discipline And Resolve' To Avoid Second National Lockdown Boris Johnson Scoffed At The Idea Of Enforcing Covid Rules. Now The Army Could Be Used Boris Johnson Attempts To Defend Test And Trace... By Completely Undermining It
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Yew Trees hospital: Ten staff suspended at mental health unit
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Why children ARE more protected from severe COVID-19 than adults
Researchers at Yale University and Albert Einstein College of Medicine found that adults who catch coronavirus are nine-times more likely to die of the infection compared to children.
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When will the new Winnie the Pooh 50p be released and how can you get one?
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Staff at Essex mental health hospital caught abusing patient, say inspectors
CCTV shows staff at Cygnet Yew Trees private hospital slapping and kicking womanStaff at a private mental health hospital were caught on camera dragging, slapping and kicking a patient, inspectors have said.The Care Quality Commission (CQC), the independent regulator of health and social care services in England, carried out an unannounced inspection of Cygnet Yew Trees in Kirby-le-Soken in Essex after its provider, Cygnet Health Care, reported allegations of patient abuse. Continue reading...
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Misogyny 'should become a hate crime in England and Wales'
Law Commission, which recommends legal changes, calls for sex or gender to be protected traitMisogyny should be made a hate crime in England and Wales, according to the independent body that recommends legal changes, as part of an overhaul of legislation.The Law Commission is proposing sex or gender should be made a protected characteristic in hate crime laws, primarily to protect women, in a consultation launched on Wednesday. Continue reading...
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'They won't buy tickets to see women': 50 years on from a tennis rebellion
On 23 September 1970 nine women decided they had seen enough misogyny in tennis and broke away to play their own tournament, sowing the seeds for today’s WTAIf Kristy Pigeon’s father had had his way, she certainly would not have been a tennis player. She would have spent her youth as a cheerleader with ample angora sweatshirts and then in college her priority would have been the pursuit of her future husband, of her future breadwinner.“That’s just another indication of how men viewed women back 50 years ago,” Pigeon says in a phone interview. “I was teased when I would jog and be training for tennis. In high school ... people thought it was not very attractive for women to want to pursue a sport.” Continue reading...
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Talking Horses: Cheltenham counts cost of winter behind closed doors
The racecourse is expected to lose at least £15m in revenue with spectators unlikely to be admitted on 13 of its 16 racedaysCheltenham racecourse, the home of National Hunt racing, is expected to face a loss of at least £15m in ticket revenue alone following Tuesday’s announcement that paying spectators are almost certain to be absent from British racecourses for the next six months.The period to the end of March 2021 includes all but three of Cheltenham’s 16 annual race days, and all of the major fixtures during the winter campaign including the three-day BetVictor Gold Cup in November, the International meeting the following month and the National Hunt Festival in mid-March. Continue reading...
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'Offensive' Black Cars Matter Advert Banned For Trivialising BLM Movement
An advert for a car leasing company has been banned by the UK’s advertising watchdog for being socially irresponsible and “likely to cause serious offence” on the grounds of race.The advert, which appears in the form of a Facebook post, was shared by car leasing company LingsCars.com on June 16. It features the phrase: “Black cars matter. I asked Holly for a headline for this A4... and she said: ‘Once you go black, you never go back!’”Below the text is an image of a raised fist with a wristband displaying the Audi logo alongside an image of a black Audi car. Text states: “Audi A4 black power edition” and “Manual gearbox (big gearknob)”.Three people complained about the post, saying the claims ‘black cars matter’ and use of the phrase ‘Once you go black, you never go back’ alongside the image of the raised fist were insensitive and offensive. They challenged whether the advert was likely to cause serious offence and was socially irresponsible.The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has since ruled that the advert should be removed and not appear in its current form again. However it is yet to be taken down.When asked to provide a response to the complaints, LingsCars.com – founded by Ling Valentine – stood by its advert, saying ‘black cars matter’ was inoffensive.It said the phrase was a pun on the launch of the new car, the Audi “Black Edition”, and that “Once you go black, you never go back” was a well-known phrase that would not be offensive to Black people.The company, based in Newcastle Upon Tyne, said the image of the raised fist was the symbol of the ‘Black Power’ movement and argued it was a positive symbol and was not seen as offensive in other contexts, such as the recent Grand Prix where Lewis Hamilton raised his fist.The ASA noted how the ad appeared shortly after the Black Lives Matter protests and during a public debate about racism in the UK. “We considered that people would understand the headline ‘black cars matter’, the image of the raised fist and the name ‘Audi A4 Black Power Edition’ to be references to the Black Lives Matter and Black Power movements,” ASA said in a statement.“By using that slogan and iconography simply to draw attention to an ad for a car had the effect of trivialising the serious issues raised by those movements.”Related... ITV Stands By Diversity's 'Authentic And Heartfelt' Britain's Got Talent Performance ASA added that the claim, “Once you go black, you never go back!” in addition to the reference to a “big gearknob” was likely to be seen as objectifying and fetishising black men.“Because those claims, particularly in the context of an ad for an unrelated product alongside references to recent protests opposing racism against Black people, were likely to cause serious offence on the grounds of race, we considered the ad was socially irresponsible,” it said.Lingscars.com Ltd has been told to remove the ad and it must not appear again in its current form.Ling Valentine, who runs LingsCars.com, has made headlines previously for the design of her website – as the Independent wrote in 2016: “Its aesthetic can best be described as late-’90s GeoCities page, designed by a disgraced clown after ingesting a pillowcase full of LSD” – as well as a publicity stunt which saw her buy a nuclear rocket truck with her company’s name on the side, which she parked along the motorway.In a Q&A published on the ‘about me’ section of the company’s website, Valentine writes: “Racism never bothers me, and it’s very rare, or maybe I never notice it. I really can’t understand people that are so politically correct that they think you don’t have a racial identity.”A post shared on the LingsCars Facebook page after the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) banned the advert, reads: “I can only respond by suggesting the ASA should have the ‘big gearknob’ shoved right up their arse.”At the time of writing, the Facebook post had not been taken down. Related... Diversity's Ashley Banjo Speaks Out Over Racist Abuse Since BGT Performance Piers Morgan To Those Who Complained About Diversity's BGT Performance: 'You're The Problem' BBC Admits Failing To Meet BAME Leadership Target
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Misogyny Could Become A Hate Crime, Says Law Commission As Review Launched
Misogyny is a step closer to being classified as a hate crime, the Law Commission has said. A new consultation by the body, which is responsible for reviewing laws, will look at whether those who abuse women due to their gender should face tougher sentences.As it stands, gender is not a protected characteristic or group under hate crime law and campaigners want that to change.  Currently protected by law in England and Wales are race, religion, sexual orientation, disability and transgender identity. The commission has called for evidence from victims of hate crime, police officers, prosecutors and civil liberties groups so it can consider how a misogyny hate crime law might work in practice. Campaigning Labour MP Stella Creasy, one of the most high-profile campaigners on the issue, has urged women attacked “online or offline” because of their gender to “to come forward and be heard”.She said: “Misogyny drives crimes against women – recognising that within our criminal justice system will help us detect and prevent offences including sexual assault, rape and domestic abuse.” Seven police forces in the country have already begun treating misogyny as a hate crime offence, which Creasy said has “proven results” in tackling violence against women. She added: “I now urge every woman who has walked with keys in her hands at night, been abused or attacked online or offline to come forward and be heard in this consultation.“This is our moment for change - rather than asking women to pick a side of their identity to be protected, its time to send a message that women should be equally able to live free from fear of assault or harm targeted at them simply for who they are.”Among the areas for consideration is the level of online abuse and threats of violence directed at women in the public eye and the effect on their participation in debate and public life.It will look at whether amending offences in which the majority of victims are women, such as rape, sexual assault and female genital mutilation, is helpful considering their already gendered nature.A preliminary paper also raises the fact that domestic violence and coercive control by men against women may have a complex set of motivations beyond misogyny.The consultation will also consider whether protection should cover both men and women, or just women.The proposals on misogyny are part of a wider consultation into the patchwork of existing hate crime laws, which have been criticised for their complexity and the different levels of protection offered to different characteristics.Offences including assault, criminal damage and harassment attract longer sentences when the perpetrator is deemed to be motivated by prejudice or hatred towards a certain group.There is separate legislation for inciting hatred on the basis of race if behaviour is found to be “threatening, abusive or insulting”.But similar behaviour towards a particular religion or sexual orientation can only be prosecuted if the conduct is threatening, and not just abusive or insulting.Criminal law commissioner Professor Penney Lewis said: “Hate crime has no place in our society and we have seen the terrible impact that it can have on victims.”“Our proposals will ensure all protected characteristics are treated in the same way, and that women enjoy hate crime protection for the first time.”As well as misogyny, the consultation will look at whether other groups and characteristics should be offered protection, for example homeless people, sex workers and members of alternative subcultures such as goths or punks.The Law Commission is further reviewing whether age should be included, citing the physical vulnerability of the elderly and the fact they are often specifically targeted by fraudsters.It will also consider whether certain non-religious philosophical beliefs merit protection, such as humanism.The Law Commission’s call for evidence is open from September 23 until December 2.The campaign is backed by major campaign organisations on hate crime, women’s rights and community safety including Citizens UK, Refuge, Women’s Aid, Southall Black Sisters, the Fawcett Society and Plan UK and Hate Crime Campaigners including the Jo Cox Foundation, Hope not Hate and Tell Mama.It has also been supported by London Mayor Sadiq Khan, Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham, Mayor of the Liverpool City Region Steve Rotherham, Mayor of Sheffield City Region Dan Jarvis and Shadow Mayor for the West Midlands Liam Byrne – who came together earlier this year to back a call for all police forces to record when existing crimes are motivated by misogyny when Stella Creasy tabled an amendment to the Domestic Abuse Bill on the issue.Related... Home Abortion Made Easier For Women Under Coronavirus Lockdown Keir Starmer Makes His Mark On Labour With Shadow Cabinet Appointments Anti-Abortion Party Launches Bid To Unseat Stella Creasy
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How the fallout from the Alexei Navalny poisoning has the Kremlin lost for words
<p>Moscow’s change of tack appears to be a reflection of the delicate international situation it now finds itself in, writes Oliver Carroll</p>
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The winners and losers of the virtual party conferences
<p>While some political leaders will be breathing a sigh of relief, others will be far more unhappy that all this year’s party get-togethers are being hosted by Zoom, writes Sean O’Grady</p>
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Disney fans go into meltdown as new Winnie-the-Pooh 50p coin launches in the UK
The commemorative fifty-pence-piece features the original illustrations by E.H. Shepard and marks the first time the cuddly bear has been featured on an official UK coin
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Frank Field calls for radical shake up of health and welfare funding
The former Labour welfare reform minister says National Insurance should be mutualised and owned by contributors
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Vaping in pregnancy 'increases risk of having a child with behavioural issues'
Exposure to flavoured e-cig chemicals in the womb leads to hyperactive offspring, while those with nicotine cause even more dramatic changes to a growing foetus' grey matter, warn scientists
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What you need to do NOW to avoid unexpected phone bills and other issues on EU holidays
New rules will come into force from January 1 2021 on data roaming and EU travel
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Will we still be working from home three years from now?
<p>What will really determine the new-age office environment will be what is most efficient, writes Hamish McRae </p>
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Keir Starmer broke decisively with Jeremy Corbyn’s legacy – by not mentioning him
<p>The Labour leader has moved on from his predecessor with surprising stealth and speed, writes John Rentoul</p>
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Insurers are sneaky – the FCA must keep a close eye on how they react to price hike bans
<p>New proposals by the financial watchdog mean customers could save a combined £3.7bn over 10 years. Firms will be looking for ways to claw this money back, says James Moore</p>
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New York’s Governor Cuomo came up with one of the weirdest social distancing rules yet
<p>Cuomo’s popularity at the peak of the pandemic was sky-high but now, with this weird rule, he may well have thrown it all away, writes Holly Baxter</p>
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What could negative interest rates mean for your finances?
<p>From savings to mortgages, pensions to insurance, the latest rumblings from the Bank of England could change the way you manage your money</p>
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Sellers lose more than £600m a year in property ‘fall throughs’
<p>As the property market continues to defy the laws of economics, an old threat to movers rears its head</p>
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Criminal gangs are trying to clean illicit cash – are you a money mule?
<p>Europol gears up to target criminal gangs and their naive accomplices</p>
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Paul McCartney to share never-heard Beatles song for John Lennon’s 80th birthday
Sir Paul will play a segment of an unheard Beatles track called Just Fun on what would have been John Lennon’s 80th birthday
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New rules will come into force from January 1 2021 on data roaming and EU travel
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Boris hits out at Covid rule breakers and warns 'your cough can be someone's death knell!'
BORIS JOHNSON lashed out at those breaching the coronavirus rules in a speech explaining the new restrictions being brought in.
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Michelle Keegan dubbed ‘Kim Kardashian’ as she dons skin-tight dress
Former Corrie star Michelle Keegan showcased her killer curves in a figure-hugging dress while enjoying a night out in London and with fans have compared her to Kim Kardashian
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Cindy McCain endorses Biden for president in rebuke of Trump
Cindy McCain is endorsing Democrat Joe Biden for president in a stunning rebuke of President Donald Trump
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