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‘Terrorism is always a concern’: FBI hunt for fleeing boat after mystery beach explosion
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Astronauts face higher debris risk in spacewalk to replace ISS antenna
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UK film classification board tightens up on N-word and racism
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Hail in South Africa and record lows in Europe as extreme weather strikes
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Draconian border security doesn’t work and costs lives. Why is Britain pushing it? | Daniel Trilling
Our politicians say they want to stop smuggling. What they mean is they want to stop migrationIn the Calais museum to the second world war, housed in a former Nazi bunker in one of the town’s parks, there is a room dedicated to people smugglers. A giant map shows the routes by which members of the French resistance spirited Jews, stranded British soldiers and others out of German-controlled territory. The paths stretch from France into southern Europe and out over the Mediterranean – an echo of the dangerous journeys taken by many who seek to reach the UK without permission today.Smuggling people across borders is neither inherently good nor inherently evil. Those who do it can show a callous disregard for human life. Or they can be motivated by a desire to protect and nurture, like when Rob Lawrie, an army veteran who volunteered in the Calais refugee camp in 2015, hid a four-year-old Afghan girl in his van and tried to board a ferry to the UK. (Lawrie narrowly escaped a prison sentence but was found guilty in France of the lesser offence of endangering a child.) Very often, the “smugglers” are the people on the move themselves, helping one another out as they travel.Daniel Trilling is the author of Lights in the Distance: Exile and Refuge at the Borders of Europe and Bloody Nasty People: the Rise of Britain’s Far Right Continue reading...
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FCDO racially discriminated against black senior civil servant, tribunal rules
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‘We need to break the junk food cycle’: how to fix Britain’s failing food system
From ultra-processed junk to failing supply chains and rocketing food poverty, there are serious problems with the way the UK eats. Will the government ever act?When I was younger, and at war with my own body, I was a sucker for diets. I tried The Rotation Diet (Lose Up to a Pound a Day and Never Gain it Back), The Beverly Hills Diet (a 35-day programme, but I never made it past the first three days) and numerous punitive low-fat regimes involving raw carrots and dry crispbread. None of them lasted long, but each time I broke a diet, I would soon be looking around for another, equally unrealistic, weight-loss plan. No matter how similar the new diet was to the last, it gave me a sense that I was doing something productive about what I saw as the problem of my body.Personal weight-loss diets have a lot in common with obesity policies in England and beyond. For a start, the sheer quantity of these policies is astonishing. Earlier this year, two researchers based at the University of Cambridge – Dolly Theis and Martin White – published a paper showing that from 1992 to 2020, there were no fewer than 689 separate obesity policies put forward in England. Like failed diets, almost none of these initiatives have been realised in any meaningful way. Instead, their main effect has been to remind people with obesity that the government views the mere existence of their bodies as a “crisis”. Continue reading...
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The life and tragic death of John Eyers – a fitness fanatic who refused the vaccine
He did triathlons, bodybuilding and mountain climbing and became sceptical of the Covid jab. Then, at 42, he contracted the virusIt was one of those rare, almost magical, summer evenings. Warm enough to sit outside in a T-shirt, listening to birdsong; warm enough to stay out late, savouring a meal; warm enough not to notice night settling in, the visitor that slipped into the party unannounced.It was 11 June 2021. Jenny McCann sat in the garden of her home in north London with her twin brother, John Eyers, their parents, Lyn and Derek, and Jenny’s husband and children. It was her son’s 10th birthday party. John and their parents had come down from Southport in Merseyside for the weekend to celebrate. Jenny made Lebanese lamb and parathas. The adults were buzzed on wine, the kids on birthday cake. “Life felt really good,” says Jenny. Continue reading...
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Jill Biden decks the White House halls for Christmas – in pictures
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‘Having to close would be a disaster’: Omicron is ominous for hospitality
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Dad and son, 5, 'inches from death' after rhino smashes into car at safari park
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Omicron: entry bans spread as China pledges 1bn jabs for Africa
Hong Kong and Ecuador join ranks of countries imposing new restrictions, cases rise in Australia and Canada, but stock markets bounce backFollow updates in the pandemic here See all our coronavirus coverage here More countries have imposed travel restrictions on visitors from other parts of the world in order to try to contain the spread of the Omicron variant of Covid-19, as China pledged to send 600m vaccine doses to Africa.As the number of cases of Omicron continued to grow around the world, Hong Kong widened its ban on non-residents entering the city on Tuesday to include visitors who have been to Australia, Canada, Israel or six European countries in the past 21 days. Non-resident arrivals from four southern African nations have already been barred. Continue reading...
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At the stroke of midnight Barbados becomes the world’s newest republic
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How To Make Sufganiyot, The Perfect Jam Doughnut For Hanukkah
While you may know Hanukkah as the festival of lights, it’s really the festival of oil. I won’t get into the full story, but basically, a band of Jews fought in 168 BCE to rededicate a temple desecrated by the Greeks.While victorious, they only had enough oil to light the eternal light of the temple (a flame that is supposed to burn 24/7) for one day. The miracle was that the oil lasted for an incredible eight days.Today, we celebrate by ingesting as much oil as we possibly can as tribute to this holy story. That means a spread of latkes galore and the king of all holiday doughnuts: sufganiyot.I grew up with a mother who fried up the most delectable latkes, but rarely ventured into the world of pastries, let alone yeasted doughs. It wasn’t until much later that I discovered the magic of this Hanukkah sweet: a fluffy doughnut filled with bright fruit jam and showered in powdered sugar.As the official latke-fryer in the family now, I’ve added the doughnuts to the Hanukkah menu, adding the perfect sweet end to the fried feast. In this recipe, an orange-scented brioche dough is fried until airy and golden before getting filled up with the jelly of your choosing.If this is your first venture into the realm of frying doughnuts, no need to fear: It’s as straightforward as it is delicious. The most important takeaway is to obey the proof. Remember that everyone’s kitchen is different, with a different temperature. This means that every dough may take a slightly different amount of time to proof (or rise). What you want to be keeping an eye on is the dough itself. For the first proof, you’re looking for the dough to double in size. For the next two proofs, you’re looking for it to puff up, but not to the degree of doubling.Once you’ve mastered the dough, it’s time to give the filling some love. While you can make your own, I’m all about a good shortcut. It’s totally kosher to pick up a high-quality jelly or smooth jam to fill these golden beauties. My only advice is to invest in a squeeze bottle with a pointed nozzle for easy filling.So crack out your menorah and dreidel, because these sufganiyot are to fry for.Sufganiyot (Hanukkah Jelly Doughnuts)Makes: about 12 sufganiyot250ml whole milk, warmed to 46°C3 tablespoons light brown sugar2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast3 1/2 cups (440g) all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened, plus more for greasing1 teaspoon kosher salt1 teaspoon finely grated orange zest2 eggs, plus 1 yolk, beatenVegetable oil, for frying2 cups (250g) fruit jelly / jamConfectioners sugar, for dusting1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook attachment, mix together the milk, brown sugar and yeast. Let sit until the mixture is foamy, 15 minutes. Add the flour, butter, salt, orange zest and eggs, then mix on medium speed until a smooth dough forms. Transfer the dough to a large greased bowl, cover with plastic wrap and proof in a warm place for 1 hour.2. After the first proof, the dough should have doubled in size. Punch it down in the bowl, cover with plastic wrap and allow to proof again for 45 minutes.3. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough to a 2cm thickness. Using a 9cm ring cutter, punch out doughnuts. Re-roll the scraps as needed to get 12 doughnuts. Place on a parchment-lined sheet pan and proof for another 30 minutes.4. Heat 5cm vegetable oil in a large heavy bottomed saucepan or casserole dish to 175°C. Line another sheet pan with a wire rack. Working in batches, fry the doughnuts, flipping once, until golden brown and puffed, 1 to 2 minutes per side. Transfer the cooked doughnuts to the prepared baking sheet to drain.5. As soon as you can handle the fried doughnuts and using a squeeze bottle, insert the tip into the top of each doughnut and fill with your choice of fruit jelly. Dust with confectioners sugar and serve.Related...The Best Supermarket Mince Pies For 2021 (Yes, We Tried A Lot)6 Delicious Diwali Recipes You'll Want To Try This WeekThe Best (And Worst) Christmas Sandwiches For 2021
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Hope To Cope If The Omicron News Has Resurfaced Anxiety, Anger And Despair
It feels like we’ve been here before. The pandemic rages on, new variants are emerging, and it’s uncertain how the Christmas period will go.News of the Omicron variant is especially concerning, with many wondering how it will impact vaccines and whether we’ll need another lockdown. We’re also seeing reinforcement of safety measures we had previously said goodbye to. From Tuesday, face masks will be mandatory again in shops and on public transport in England, bringing the country in line with existing policies elsewhere in the UK. Secondary school teachers and pupils will also be advised to wear masks in communal spaces. The rules on self-isolation are also changing; anyone who’s identified as a contact of an Omicron case will have to isolate for 10 days, regardless of vaccination status, and anyone returning to the UK from aboard will have to isolate until they have a negative PCR test.All that is bound to stir up a lot of feelings, according to Dr Nihara Krause, a consultant clinical psychologist and founder of youth mental health charity stem4. She tells us it’s natural to experience a mixed range of emotions right now. “The ongoing nature of the pandemic together with the uncertainty of not knowing what to expect can cause frustration and anxiety in most people. This is because when we are faced with uncertainty, we do not know what to prepare for and we see the unknown as a threat,” Dr Krause tells HuffPost UK. “It’s also very disappointing for many people to either put their plans on hold or to cancel something they have been looking forward to, especially if they had to put this on hold all of last year.”We’re slowly learning to live with Covid, but the message from scientists so far is that it’s too early to know how Omicron will impact transmission rates or serious disease. This in itself is unsettling.But while we can’t rush the science, there are some things we can all do to improve our mental health if the news has knocked you for six. Dr Krause advises you to:1. Focus on the present rather than the unknown future. “This is because when we are unsettled in the present, we tend to create worst case scenarios of the future which then makes us more unsettled,” she says. “Focussing on the present includes looking at what is working now, what certainties you do have at the moment, things you can do today to make it a positive one. ”2. Catch worse-case scenario thinking and ‘dial down’ to other less worrying alternatives. “For example, if the worse-case scenario is another lockdown, then limited number gatherings will seem less frustrating.”3. Stop over-checking! “Rather than listening to lots of news reports, searching the internet, joining social media chat groups all worrying about what next, etc, decide on a reliable source of information that you will get information from with less frequency, for example, once a week.”4. Plan for something positive in the New Year. “Even though you probably don’t want to deal with another disappointment, things will change for the better.”If your feelings do not feel manageable, speak to your GP or another mental health professional for more personal support. And don’t forget, we are still in a better position than we were a year ago. The vaccine programme has been widely successful, booster jabs are being circulated and the world’s sharpest minds are working together to find a way to live with this virus without catastrophic consequences.A lot is changing, and much of it is for the better.Help and support:Mind, open Monday to Friday, 9am-6pm on 0300 123 3393.Samaritans offers a listening service which is open 24 hours a day, on 116 123 (UK and ROI - this number is FREE to call and will not appear on your phone bill).CALM (the Campaign Against Living Miserably) offer a helpline open 5pm-midnight, 365 days a year, on 0800 58 58 58, and a webchat service.The Mix is a free support service for people under 25. Call 0808 808 4994 or email help@themix.org.ukRethink Mental Illness offers practical help through its advice line which can be reached on 0808 801 0525 (Monday to Friday 10am-4pm). More info can be found on rethink.org.Related...All The Covid Rule Changes You Need To Know For The Omicron VariantCovid Latest: Watchdog Recommends Rolling Out Boosters To 18-Year-Olds And OverEverything We Know (And Don't Know) About The Omicron Variant So FarWhy Do We Enjoy Feeling Sorry For Ourselves?
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Should We Still Be Going To The Work Christmas Party?
After another difficult year, the Christmas season is finally upon us. In 2020, we missed out on festive socialising and gatherings with our friends and family, making this December feel more special. Yes, even the office Christmas party.We didn’t realise how much we enjoyed company-subsidised drunkenness and/or three-course set menu team meals until we didn’t have them anymore.Despite the excitement, however, there are a few concerns about festivities now that omicron has made itself known – namely that this new variant of concern could be a major party pooper.Since cases of the contagious omicron variant have been found in the UK, prime minister Boris Johnson has announced a list of emergency measures aimed at stopping its spread, from making mask wearing in shops and on public transport mandatory to adding several countries back on the travel red list. Health secretary Sajid Javid has told the public that they should plan for a “great” Christmas “as normal”, adding that it was “nowhere near” time to reintroduce social distancing rules and work-from-home guidance.However, for those keen to prioritise time with (older or vulnerable) family, this poses a new question: should we skip the work party altogether to avoid exposing ourselves – and by extension our loved ones – to Covid? As party season begins, here’s what you need to consider before you RSVP.Is the risk of catching Covid greater at a party? Probably, yes, says Professor Paul Hunter, an expert in infectious diseases at the University of East Anglia, but that doesn’t mean you should definitely miss it.“At Christmas, respiratory viruses tend to spread less readily at the Christmas day event, as we actually mix less with people there than during a normal work or school day,” he says. “But Christmas parties in the run up to Christmas are a different thing and would certainly increase risk of transmission.”This is because a work party is likely to be in a crowded, indoor space, two of the conditions that make transmission of Covid particles more likely when people breathe, talk, cough or sing. And there’s often singing at a party.“Whilst for people who go out clubbing a lot, the risk may not be that much greater than normal, for people who would not normally do so, then the office Christmas party carries an increased risk, depending of course on what you get up to at the Christmas party and how many people are there,” he says.Things you need to consider before your RSVPFind out how many people will be at the party and what the venue capacity and setup is – is it all indoors or will there be open windows, good ventilation, and outdoor space? How crowded into the space will guests be?What date is the party being held, and do you have 10 day period of grace after it and before you plan to see your family or friends for Christmas – in case you need to isolate after a positive test?You should also consider your company policy on vaccination and testing. Will all guests have to disclose their vaccination status and/or a negative Covid test? Are you or someone you’re seeing soon after the party vulnerable? If you have any concerns, raise them in confidence with a manager or your HR team.How can you protect yourself before the partyA few things, according to Prof. Hunter. One of those is getting fully vaccinated, which is increasingly understood to mean not just getting you first and second doses of the Covid-19 vaccine, but also your third booster jab.“Although there is still a lot we don’t know about omicron, it still seems likely that the single most important thing we can do is get a booster jab when called, and that applies even if omicron does escape immunity to a degree,” he says.Other control measure like face coverings will help, he adds, but they may not be sufficient to stop the spread of this new variant, he adds. Even so, wear your mask while travelling to and from the venue on public transport.The new variant seems to be spreading more rapidly than delta, but we don’t know why for certain. “A large part is likely to be down to immune escape, but that may not mean more severe disease,” says Prof. Hunter.What to do if you experience Covid symptoms Previously, the government stated that people should be taking two two lateral flow tests per week, but the advice is now to take one before attending any event in a crowded indoor space, too.If you do test positive before (or after) the event let your employer know and stay at home and isolate. Don’t panic – we don’t yet know how serious the omicron variant can may be. “Early indications from South Africa suggest omicron may be milder, but it is too early to say for certain,” says Prof. Hunter.“I do think it will drive up infection numbers at least for a while. How that translates into new hospitalisations and deaths will depend in part on how well the booster campaign goes over the next few weeks.”Related...All The Covid Rule Changes You Need To Know For The Omicron VariantCovid Latest: Watchdog Recommends Rolling Out Boosters To 18-Year-Olds And OverRevealed: How More Contagious Covid Variants SpreadHere's How To Stay Safe While You're Christmas Shopping'Carry On With Christmas Plans' Says Sajid Javid
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