Brexit disruption for 60% of manufacturers in 'Dante's fifth circle of hell'

Trade body Make UK called on the Government to find an urgent solution after firms were snarled up by import and export paperwork
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The 17 worst sex scenes in film, from Fifty Shades of Grey to Avatar
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Matt Hancock schools Andrew Marr as he fact-checks BBC host's own data in heated clash
MATT HANCOCK fact-checked the BBC's own coronavirus graphics live on-air as he clashed with Andrew Marr on the India travel ban.
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Matt Hancock defends involvement in PPE bid from former Tory MP
‘Perfectly reasonable’ to send on bid for £180m goggle contract to procurement team, says health secretary
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Prince Charles ‘to open up palaces to the public when he becomes king’
Prince of Wales said to want to transform ‘private spaces to public places’
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'Labour did not ask!' Andrew Marr tears apart Yvette Cooper over Starmer's Covid stance
THE BBC's Andrew Marr has torn apart Sir Keir Starmer's position during the coronavirus pandemic in a brutal grilling of Labour's Yvette Cooper.
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18 people are in hospital in Bolton with Covid - five of whom have had one jab
The Health Secretary said the majority of the sick patients had not been vaccinated, but were eligible for one
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Conor McGregor and Charles Oliveira exchange messages after spectacular UFC 262 main event
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More than 60 care homes investigated for banning family visits during lockdown
Care Quality Commission responds to accusations that it has failed to take firm action Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageMore than 60 care homes have been investigated by the care regulator for preventing families from visiting their vulnerable elderly relatives.The Care Quality Commission said it had conducted 1,282 inspections since 8 March and had taken action against 5% of care providers about which it had “outstanding concerns” relating to visiting, and had taken further steps against 37 cases of blanket bans on visiting. Continue reading...
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On immigration, Michel Barnier has joined the race to the bottom | Kenan Malik
The former EU Brexit negotiator joins many other European politicians with his rhetoricMichel Barnier seems to have ruffled as many feathers in France with his latest comments on immigration as he did in Britain during his stint as EU Brexit negotiator. Positioning himself to run as the rightwing candidate in next year’s presidential elections, Barnier told a TV interviewer that he wanted to suspend immigration to France from outside the EU, including family reunions, for three to five years.Immigration, he suggested, was linked to terrorism and was a threat to the stability of French society. He also called for talks with other members of the Schengen group (the 26 European countries that have abolished all passport controls at their mutual borders) to strengthen the EU’s external borders. Continue reading...
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The Latest: 100s of bodies found buried on India riverbanks
Police are reaching out to villagers in northern India to investigate the recovery of bodies buried in shallow sand graves or washing up on the Ganges River banks
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Lifting ban on foreign holidays 'should be delayed' amid Indian variant fears
Labour's Yvette Cooper said the Government needed to be 'much more cautious' on reopening international travel
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Prince Harry 'lost the plot by blaming Queen and Philip for his genetic pain'
Prince Harry has done nothing but court attention and headlines since quitting the Royal Family for a private life with Meghan Markle and baby Archie in LA, says Apprentice star Karren Brady
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Israel-Gaza live: Israeli military destroys home of senior Hamas leader as airstrikes kill 23 Palestinians
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Coronavirus vaccines to be offered to over-35s within days, Matt Hancock says
Over-35s will be able to book their Covid-19 jabs potentially starting this week
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Back in business! Pub and restaurant reservations up 46% for May 17 lockdown easing
RESTAURANT bookings have surged ahead of the next stage of lockdown easing on May 17 - with indoor service set to return.
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Primark launches budget period pants range with prices starting at £6
They can hold the equivalent of up to four tampons.
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Fears of Indian variant grow among hospitality workers as bars and restaurants reopen their doors
High vaccination rates ‘no excuse’ for slacking on Covid safety measures, unions warn
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The story behind the hand on the American Beauty poster
The hand in the promo material for the 1999 classic belongs to a Mad Man star
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Death toll in Israel-Gaza crisis hits 158 after week of brutal bombing
Health officials have confirmed at least 148 people have been killed in Gaza since the violence began on Monday, with Israel and Hamas both insisting cross-border fire will continue
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AJ Pritchard ‘still loves’ girlfriend Abbie Quinnen as he reassures her after freak fire accident
He’s been a pillar of support for Abbie since the incident in January.
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Grenfell relatives say they will fight attempts to demolish tower
Campaigning groups support idea that the building could be turned into ‘vertical forest’ insteadRelatives of Grenfell Tower fire victims have put forward plans to turn the building into a “vertical forest”, days after the government announced it was prepared to pull it down.A group representing the immediate family members of people who died in the blaze suggest that nature could be allowed to take over the 24-storey tower in west London. Continue reading...
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The Sorrows of Satan review – Faustian fun from a stately home
Available onlineBased on a fin-de-siecle novel loved by Oscar Wilde, this satanic stage musical has snappy songs and a devilish witThis light, witty, devilishly well delivered “play with music” within a play with music is loosely based on the bestselling 1895 novel of the same title by Marie Corelli, itself loosely based around the myth of Faust. Here, there’s a twist to the tale. Satan, who secretly longs for redemption, is damned more deeply every time he succeeds in converting a soul to evil. Hence his suffering when impoverished writer Geoffrey Tempest succumbs to the temptations of fame, fortune and a kiss from the lips of the woman he loves.In this online stage version, set in the 1920s, Tempest has written a pretentious “play with music” – emphatically not “musical comedy” – also loosely based on the Faust legend. It is being rehearsed at the splendid Mayfair home of Tempest’s new acquaintance, Prince Lucio Rimânez (AKA Satan), with the assistance of one of Lucio’s earlier fallen souls, Amiel, and a succession of identical young women in the role of The Woman – the only unnamed character in Tempest’s text. It’s a piece of sexism not lost on the writer of popular musical comedies Mavis Clare who is, at first, critically traduced, then ardently admired by Tempest (Molly Lynch, in all the “women” roles, fully deserves critical approval and admiration). Continue reading...
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Nigel Slater’s recipes for a spring vegetable tart, and ricotta stracciatella dessert
Capture the taste of spring with green veg and a fresh fruit trifleI bring radishes home, two bunches at a time, snowy tipped and bushy leaved, and plunge them, leaves and all, into deep, icy water. It feels like the start of something. And so it is, with those late-spring, early-summer trips to the greengrocer, coming home with peas and broad beans – tiny, like doll’s house vegetables – the first tomatoes from the Isle of Wight and, of course, asparagus. There is mint and basil in pots on the windowsill getting their first taste of early-summer sun.I make a dressing for my daily salads, but I have also taken to eating salad leaves fresh from the icy water, with not a jot of olive oil of vinegar – just to taste each leaf, each sprig, pure and crisp and clean. We had a vegetable tart the other night, too, raiding the veg-box delivery for early radishes and leaves, with herb-freckled cream cheese and some unnecessary but beautiful wild garlic flowers, like tiny white stars. Cut into slices and eaten outside, it felt like we were celebrating something. Perhaps we were. Continue reading...
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Switzerland 'could learn from Boris Johnson' as Brexit Britain's EU approach sparks 'envy'
BREXIT is causing "envy" in Switzerland as the country's former president said, "we could learn something from Boris Johnson."
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US will not stop eating meat! John Kerry slaps down Andrew Marr's go vegetarian demand
JOHN KERRY slapped down BBC's Andrew Marr suggestion that the "brutal truth" is that Americans will have to eat less meat in order to fight climate change and reduce carbon emissions.
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Brave boy, 5, calls 999 after pregnant mum collapses at home
The boy was left alone with his eight-month-old sister after their mum collapsed.
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People 35 And Over To Be Offered Covid Jab, Matt Hancock Says
People aged 35 and over will be invited for a Covid jab this week, Matt Hancock has said. Speaking on Sunday, the health secretary also said new evidence had shown a “high degree of confidence” jabs work against the more transmissible Indian variant, which has said was now “relatively widespread, but in small numbers”. He also said it was “appropriate” to push on with the major easing of lockdown in England on Monday, despite warnings from scientists and medics.Warning the India variant could “spread like wildfire among the unvaccinated groups”, he ruled out making jabs mandatory, adding it could disrupt a successful vaccines programme that had been “positive” and “cheerful”: “We don’t think that is the right approach.”Hancock was also forced to defend the government against criticism it acted too late in imposing heightened border restrictions for travel from India.He told the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show: “Throughout the pandemic I’ve had these ‘Captain Hindsight’ questions, and what I am telling you is how we took decisions at the time based on the evidence we had at the time.”Hancock said there are now more than 1,300 cases of the variant in total and it was becoming taking hold in areas including Bolton and Blackburn in the North West.He adde it was “quite likely” the Indian variant of Covid-19 to become the dominant variant in the UK.“I think it’s quite likely this will become the dominant variant. We don’t know exactly how much more transmissible it is but I think it is likely it will become the dominant variant here,” he said. “What that reinforces is the importance of people coming forward for testing and being careful because this isn’t over yet.” “But the good news is because we have increasing confidence that the vaccine works against the variant, the strategy is on track – it’s just the virus has just gained a bit of pace and we’ve therefore all got to be that bit much more careful and cautious.”He was unable to rule out regional lockdowns and said the government would use surge vaccinations to tackle a localised rise in cases. Hancock said five people who have had a single jab have been hospitalised with the Indian variant in Bolton, and one who had received both..@SophyRidgeSky: "SAGE are very worried about tomorrow - why are we going ahead?"If the Indian variant is 50% more transmissible "we have a problem" – but it may be lower – "we just don’t yet know", says Health Secretary @MattHancock.#Ridge: https://t.co/3tZ5MrLvaApic.twitter.com/DaBmRrphoL— Sophy Ridge on Sunday (@RidgeOnSunday) May 16, 2021He told Marr: “We think that there are five people who have ended up in hospital having had one jab.”Asked about people who have received two jabs, he said: “We think there’s one person, but that person was frail.“A small number have had one jab and then there’s one case where they’ve had two jabs and they’ve ended up in hospital and they were frail.”Asked if anyone had died with the Indian variant after receiving two jabs,  Hancock said: “Not that we’re aware of.”Offering good news to plans to ease restrictions without unleashing a fresh wave of infections and deaths, Hancock said there is “new very early data” from Oxford University giving confidence that existing vaccines work against the variant.“That means that we can stay on course with our strategy of using the vaccine to deal with the pandemic and opening up carefully and cautiously but we do need to be really very vigilant to the spread of the disease,” he told Sky’s Sophy Ridge On Sunday.“We have a high degree of confidence that the vaccine will overcome.”Hancock said the government will decide on June 14 whether all legal restrictions can be ended in the final step of the road map out of lockdown on June 21.He did not rule out the possibility that Monday’s easing may have to be reversed if the variant pushed up case numbers, but said the hope is the “cautious and irreversible approach” can continue. Related...What Is The India Variant And Where Are Cases Rising In The UK?Vaccinations Could Be Targeted On Areas With Spike In Covid CasesNo.10 Admits Secret 'Lessons Learned' Review Of Covid Pandemic Has Been Conducted
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Leicester star risks wrath of Chelsea with "disrespectful" FA Cup final act
Leicester upset the odds to see off Chelsea in the FA Cup Final but in the aftermath Daniel Amartey has been accused of disrespecting the Blues with his celebrations
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We benefited from international kindness 75 years ago – now is not the time to turn our backs on others
It’s a dereliction of duty if we fail to help others like we were helped in the wake of the Second World War, writes Laurie Lee
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Fred West’s daughter says Rose may take secret of Mary Bastholm’s death to grave
Fred West is believed to have killed Mary more than 50 years ago.
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Tiger King's Joe Exotic Shares Cancer Diagnosis
Joe Exotic – who rose to prominence last year as the subject of the Netflix documentary Tiger King – has announced he’s been diagnosed with prostate cancer.Currently serving a 22-year prison sentence for charges including killing abuse and hiring someone to murder big cat enthusiast Carole Baskin, Exotic shared his diagnosis on social media earlier this week.A post on his Twitter page read: “John Phillips has received my medical records from FMC Fort Worth and my PSA count came back very high for prostate cancer. The prison has approved testing to verify what stage it is in.“My body is tired, I have lost a tremendous amount of weight, the mouth sores are out of control.”He further outlined his symptoms in a series of follow-up tweets, urging Joe Biden to “make this right and sign that pardon that Trump left behind so I can go home and get proper medical care and proper food”.Exotic – whose legal name is Joseph Maldonado-Passage – is currently onto the third year of his 22-year sentence.He was found guilty of two counts of hiring someone to kill Carole Baskin, eight counts of falsifying wildlife records and nine counts of violating the Endangered Species Act by killing tigers and selling some across state lines. Last year, he made an appeal for Biden’s predecessor, Donald Trump, to pardon him, to no avail.Tiger King debuted on Netflix in March 2020 at a time when much of the world was going into lockdown, and quickly became a hit on the streaming platform.READ MORE:Tiger King Star Joe Exotic's Husband Dillon Passage Seeking A DivorceTiger King's Carole Baskin 'Relieved' Joe Exotic Did Not Receive Pardon From TrumpTiger King's Joe Exotic Forced To Hand Zoo Over To Carole Baskin Following Legal Battle
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Severe cyclone heading toward southern India; 4 dead
A severe cyclone is roaring in the Arabian Sea off southwestern India with winds of up to 140 kilometers per hour (87 miles per hour)
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Bolton surge vaccinations: Hancock accelerates testing and vaccines - how to get one?
SURGE vaccinations and testing have been launched in Bolton in response to Indian variant that is prevalent throughout the area. How do I get a vaccine or test?
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Blairite thinktanks join forces in bid to broaden appeal
Online conference launching ‘big tent’ progressive group aimed at overcoming factionalismTwo of Labour’s leading organisations on the Blairite wing of the party will be officially dissolved on Sunday in a dramatic move aimed at ending bitter factionalism and reuniting the party around a modern, progressive agenda for winning back power.Progress and Policy Network, both closely linked to New Labour and hugely disliked by the left, will cease to exist and will be relaunched as Progressive Britain – a new platform for debate, political education and policymaking whose founders are determined will be a “big tent” grouping open to all-comers in the party . Continue reading...
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Police seal off street after 'gun spotted' and vehicles damaged
Police say around five vehicles were damaged with a brick on Burgin Walk but no gun was found
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Justin Timberlake and rarely seen son Silas have a blast at Disney World
Justin Timberlake left wife Jessica Biel and new arrival Phineas in peace to take son Silas on a day out to Disney World and they headed straight for the Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge experience
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Tough restrictions on international travel ‘should stay’ this summer to keep variants out
Government should have imposed tighter controls at airports from start of pandemic, says Yvette Cooper
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Andy Burnham: ‘Red Wall’ seats would have been safer under my leadership, Greater Manchester mayor says
Former Labour MP warns party does not have bold vision to ‘take on big injustices’
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People over 35 to be invited for Covid vaccines this week, says Matt Hancock
Younger people will be able to book their jabs within days as fears mount over the spread of the Indian variant
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What next for Leicester after FA Cup victory sparks overwhelming emotions?
The Foxes claimed their second ‘one in a lifetime’ moment in the space of five years at Wembley by defeating Chelsea
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Gorton homes that sold within hours as prices in the area 'skyrocket'
'It's following the trend of nearby Levenshulme'
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Zinedine Zidane tells Real Madrid squad he’s leaving club at the end of the season
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Three police injured and 20 arrested as Rangers fans celebrate in Glasgow
Thousands of Rangers fans took to the streets despite warnings against gathering due to the pandemic.
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Denise Van Outen postpones wedding to partner Eddie Boxshall as they’re ‘not in a rush’
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How will isolation affect long-term immunity?
Healthy immune systems work best when exposed to microbes. So what will lockdown have done to our resistance to germs? Every time you kiss another human being intimately for 10 seconds, more than 80m bacteria are transferred from mouth to mouth. If you’re at a party and double dip your tortilla chip into the salsa three times, around 10,000 bacteria will be transferred from your lips to the dip. Say “hi” to your co-workers as you sit down at your office desk and you’ll also be greeted by over 10m bacteria on its surface.Disturbing as these figures may seem, many scientists believe that exposure to these microbes helps fine-tune our immune systems – the network of cells and molecules that protect us from diseases. In 1989, epidemiologist David Strachan first proposed the “hygiene hypothesis” – the idea that being too clean causes defects in the immune system, leading to a rise in inflammatory diseases, such as asthma and allergies. While Strachan’s theory is debated and hygiene saves countless lives, decades of data support the idea that exposure to microbes helps the immune system develop. Continue reading...
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