Full list of 100 areas in UK getting 'levelling-up funds' in 2021 Budget

Chancellor Rishi Sunak said he hopes the Tories' landmark levelling up agenda would act as a golden thread which runs through his 2021 Budget. A Tory led council got the single most biggest levelling up grant, worth £49.6 million pounds.
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Turning outrage into power: How far right is changing GOP
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s appears to have settled on a strategy as a handful of Republican lawmakers stir outrage with violent, racist and sometimes Islamophobic comments: If you can’t police them, promote them
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Teen Brit attacked by 10ft crocodile on holiday 'fully accepted' losing leg - 'Very lucky'
A TEENAGE girl who was dragged underwater by a 10 foot crocodile while traveling has said she "fully accepted" she would lose a foot.
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Trump-tied group pushing for voting changes in Wisconsin
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17 Elf On The Shelf Ideas If You're Running Low On Inspiration
Yes, that pesky elf is back, to the delight of kids and despair of many parents responsible for keeping him on the move throughout December.For those who need reminding, Elf on the Shelf is the annual Advent tradition of manouvering a small, mischievous elf around your house on the daily.You can go all out on the creativity front or take your inspiration wholesale from other parents doing the tricky brainstorming of new scenarios. If you’re still getting up to speed, we’ve got the full lowdown in our ultimate guide here.Either way, we’ve been looking through the best of this year’s bunch so far on Instagram for this crib sheet of ideas for any elf that is running out of steam.Disco elfView this post on InstagramA post shared by Country Cannabis (@countrycannabisak)Gym Buddy ElvesView this post on InstagramA post shared by Josie Citrigno (@josiecitrigno)Yogi elfView this post on InstagramA post shared by Michele Sedigh Doodnaught (@msedighr)Elf-IsolationView this post on InstagramA post shared by Ben Chajet (@yaggayo)Hammock ElfView this post on InstagramA post shared by Alfie the elf (@alfie_the_elf__)Elf MakeoverView this post on InstagramA post shared by Gemma Atchia-Fisher (@gems.hems)Elf in the KitchenView this post on InstagramA post shared by Dannii Mire (@dannimire)Bowling for ElvesView this post on InstagramA post shared by Emma (@honca_life)View this post on InstagramA post shared by Veronika Koen (@veronikakoen)DIY ElfView this post on InstagramA post shared by Jennifer Slayden (@jslayden82)Duck Duck ElfView this post on InstagramA post shared by Collette Murdoch (@mrsmurdochx)Micro-wah-vey ElfView this post on InstagramA post shared by Charissa Dotson (@reeseinspirethefire85)Down-The-Sofa ElfView this post on InstagramA post shared by samantha (@snazification)Spa-Day ElfView this post on InstagramA post shared by Heather Lewis (@mrs_lewis_13)Elves Behaving BadlyView this post on InstagramA post shared by Megan Bates (@meganbates8570)View this post on InstagramA post shared by Tinsley Snow & Cocoa Chanel (@tinsleysnow_cocoachanel)And finally... View this post on InstagramA post shared by BlingIsTheNewBlack.com, Inc. (@blingisthenewblack)Related...What Is Elf On The Shelf? The Ultimate Guide For Newbies This Christmas10 Things You Probably Don't Know About The Making Of Elf On The ShelfParents Have The Ultimate Covid-Inspired Elf On The Shelf HackI'm Dreaming Of A Less White Christmas For My Child of Colour
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Will We Really Need Annual Covid Jabs? Here's What Experts Say
The UK government has ordered 114 million new doses of the Covid vaccine to be delivered in 2022 and 2023. That’s 60 million doses of the Moderna vaccine and 54 million of Pfizer/BioNTech. These vaccines aren’t part of the booster programme but for potential vaccine rounds in winter 2022 and beyond.This comes after the head of Pfizer suggested Covid vaccines will be needed well into the future. “Based on everything I have seen so far, I would say that annual vaccinations... are likely to be needed to maintain a very robust and very high level of protection,” Pfizer chief executive Dr Albert Bourla told the BBC.Dr Bourla continued by saying that without vaccines the “fundamental structure of our society would be threatened”.Both of the vaccines on order, Moderna and Pfizer, are mRNA vaccines, which teach our cells how to produce protein that triggers an immune response inside our bodies. This immune response then creates antibodies that protect us from getting infected if we catch the real virus.Following trials by the CovBoost study, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation recommended only the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines for booster jabs, and it’s likely this would be the case for yearly vaccines, too.So, will we really need a yearly Covid-19 vaccine?Dr David Matthews, reader in virology at the University of Bristol, describes the government’s advance vaccine order as a reasonable precaution. “There are a lot of uncertainties right now so I think it’s prudent to pre-order now for next winter,” he says, especially in light of the new Omicron variant.“There may be a variant out there to come that has properties that we can’t anticipate,” Dr Matthews adds. “In my opinion, the likelihood of a variant of the virus emerging that completely renders our vaccines useless and starts to put people back in hospital again in large numbers is unlikely, but not impossible.”It’s better for the government to put in advance orders they can cancel, he says, then not having them when we need them. However, Dr Matthews isn’t convinced a yearly vaccine will be necessary. “In the long run, there’s a reasonable chance we won’t need vaccines every year,” he tells HuffPost UK. “For the first couple of years, we might, but I suspect over time, the need for it disappear. Or it may be that it’s only people who are particularly vulnerable that will need the vaccine.” Dr Matthews explains why this is the case. “I think there’s a reasonable chance that what we’ll see happen over the next year is everyone catching the virus, and everyone who’s recovered from the virus will have a new memory of that infection. That new memory means that when they meet the virus, although the virus will be different, it won’t be completely different, and they will have some immune memory from their previous exposure, or from the vaccine, or both.”So, yes, people will catch Covid-19 and even pass the virus on to other people, but they are likely to avoid hospitalisation. “If we can get it to the point where the vast majority of people avoid ending up in the hospital, then we will reach the point where it will become like the other common cold viruses,” he says.Dr Julian W Tang, professor of respiratory sciences and clinical virologist at the University of Leicester, agrees the need for an annual Covid vaccine will depend on how the Omicron variant behaves in populations globally.“If Omicron causes similar hospitalisation rates as Delta, then we may all need regular Covid-19 vaccination just to maintain the current status quo, which people seem happy to live with at the moment – of 30,000-50,000 daily cases, with 500-1000 hospitalisations,” he tells HuffPost UK.However, we are only just learning about the relative severity of Omicron. “Even if it is more transmissible and escapes vaccine protection, this may not matter if fewer people get sick enough to need hospitalisation,” says Dr Tang. “This would be more like flu and other seasonal common colds, which are more benign, endemic viruses.”When we say Covid-19 has become endemic, says Dr Matthews, it means it’s gone from being something new, an outbreak in a small area, to pandemic, meaning new and global, to a part of everyday life – and not going away. And it’s this, ultimately, that makes vaccination the key priority right now. As Dr Matthews says: “Everyone is going to catch the virus, and the vaccine is still 1000 times safer than catching the virus at whatever age.”Related...These Are The Two Most Effective Covid Boosters, According To ScientistsHow Dangerous Is Omicron?Here's Why The Covid Risk Is Still Higher Among Black And Asian BritsHow To Book Your Booster Covid Vaccine DoseHere's What We Know About Covid Booster Jab Side Effects
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How we did it: Apex Ride’s Simon Cook on due diligence, listening to customers and more
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'Keep an eye out!' Met Office warns of more weather warnings as Storm Barra blasts Britain
THE UK could be hit by even more weather warnings this week as Storm Barra looks set to batter Britain, the Met Office has warned.
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Octavia Spencer says her house is haunted by the spirit of a late movie star
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Jury to hear opening statements in Potter case this week
Opening statements loom this week for a white former Minnesota police officer who said she drew her handgun by mistake when she fatally shot Black motorist Daunte Wright
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Covid news – live: Omicron cases in over a dozen US states as Fauci says ‘less severe’ disease possible
For the first time in two months, the US is recording over 100,000 cases a day
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Asian shares mixed after China Evergrande warns of cash woes
Shares are mixed in Asia after troubled Chinese property developer Evergrande warned  late Friday it may run out of money
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Jurgen Klopp may be tempted to keep Liverpool 'legend' despite Michael Owen's verdict
Liverpool have one of the most exciting strike forces in world football, with Diogo Jota waiting in the wings as cover too, but Jurgen Klopp could be tempted to keep another fringe player at the club
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'Blessed' - Fred reacts to Manchester United winner in Ralf Rangnick's first match
Man Utd defeated Crystal Palace in the Premier League fixture on Sunday afternoon thanks to a stunning effort from midfielder Fred.
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China ‘modified’ the weather to create clear skies for political celebration – study
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Piers Morgan reignites Dan Walker feud by mocking his exit from Strictly Come Dancing
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Semeru volcano eruption: stormy weather halts search-and-rescue efforts in Indonesia
Residents warned of ongoing threat amid reports some had returned home after deadly eruption to check on belongings People living near Indonesia’s Mount Semeru volcano have been warned to remain vigilant after a deadly eruption over the weekend, as heavy wind and rain brought search-and-rescue efforts to a halt.The tallest mountain on the island of Java erupted dramatically on Saturday, shooting a towering column of ash into the sky which blanketed surrounding villages. Fourteen people were killed and dozens more injured. Continue reading...
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Miles Bridges leads Charlotte Hornets past Atlanta Hawks
Donovan Mitchell helped himself to 35 points as the Utah Jazz edged a 109-108 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers.
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Japan's military, among world's strongest, looks to build
Dozens of Japanese tanks are participating in a major exercise on the northern island of Hokkaido in a display of military power that coincides with a recent escalation of Chinese and Russian military moves around Japanese territory
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‘Beyond heartbreaking’: 500 Indigenous deaths in custody since 1991 royal commission
Aboriginal justice expert says governments continue to ‘stall on urgent action’ to prevent deathsGet our free news app; get our morning email briefingFive hundred Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have died in custody in Australia in the 30 years since a royal commission handed down a report aimed at preventing Indigenous deaths in the justice system. The national Aboriginal legal service released the grim toll on Monday, saying it is “beyond heartbreaking”.The latest Australian Institute of criminology figures show there were 489 Indigenous deaths in custody since the end of the 1991 royal commission to June 30, this year. Continue reading...
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Man Utd transfer-roundup: Lingard's 'record' offer as Rangnick ponders midfield overhaul
Ralf Rangnick was victorious in his first match in charge of Manchester United, however, the German may also have an eye on the upcoming January transfer window
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Ralf Rangnick names two players perfect for Manchester United's 4-2-2-2 formation
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Ghislaine Maxwell trial – live: Victim calls Maxwell ‘engineer of Epstein’s abuse’ as trial resumes today
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What the papers say – December 6
A warning over future pandemics features among the stories on the nation’s front pages.
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White House ‘to boycott Beijing Olympics’ - report
Biden administration’s pullout from 2022 Beijing Olympics will send message to China, report says
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MPs urge Rishi Sunak to protect firms like LV from private equity sharks
A group of 100 cross-party MPs and peers has called on the Chancellor to strengthen the laws governing friendly societies and mutuals to make them less vulnerable to buyouts.
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Chelsea transfer round-up: Blues told Erling Haaland can leave Dortmund as Jules Kounde 'hint' given
The Stamford Bridge outfit have been widely tipped to move for Borussia Dortmund's Erling Haaland and Sevilla's Jules Kounde as coach Thomas Tuchel looks to add to his squad
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Solomon Islands leader faces no-confidence vote after riots
Lawmakers in the Solomon Islands are debating whether they still have confidence in the prime minister, after rioters last month set fire to buildings and looted stores in the capital
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Face mask rules 'to stay in place until the new year' in bid to fend off tougher curbs
Emergency laws were reinforced last week until December 21 in a bid to help slow the spread of the new Omicron variant
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Jennifer Lawrence shows off baby bump as she glows at premiere of Don't Look Up
Jennifer Lawrence was attending the world premiere of Netflix's Don't Look Up in New York and was joined by co-star Leonardo DiCaprio
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More Covid jabs stockpiled than needed as poorer nations fall behind - 'A disconnect'
A VACCINES chief manufacturer has warned the world has stockpiled more COVID-19 jabs than needed as poorer nations fall behind in the fight against the coronavirus.
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Succession season 3 episode 8 recap: a Philip Larkin poem set at a Tuscan wedding
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Review: Broadway's 'Mrs. Doubtfire' follows safe formula
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How Pablo Escobar’s ‘cocaine hippos’ became a biodiversity nightmare
Animals brought illegally to Colombia by the drug kingpin have been allowed to roam free and are now disrupting the fragile ecosystemMyths and legends continue to surround Colombia’s most notorious drug lord Pablo Escobar 26 years after his death. But his legacy has had an unexpectedly disastrous impact on some of the country’s fragile ecosystems. A herd of more than 80 hippos roam free, the descendants of animals smuggled to Colombia from Africa in the 1980s and now flourishing in the wild.Reporter Joe Parkin Daniels tells Michael Safi that when Escobar was shot dead by police on a rooftop in his hometown of Medellín, the authorities seized his estate and the animals on it. While most were shipped to zoos, the logistics of moving his four hippos proved insurmountable and they were left to wander the Andes. Continue reading...
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Manchester United 'step up interest in Barcelona's Frenkie de Jong' and other transfer rumours
Ralf Rangnick is reported to be an admirer of the Barcelona midfielder as he lays out his plans for the January transfer window.
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Man City transfer round-up: Club ‘ready to launch attack’ as Spurs 'regret' Harry Kane deal
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Families tell of 'disgust' as trespassers urinate and vomit on the memorial garden
Caroline Curry, from South Shields, whose 19-year-old son Liam was killed in the bombing alongside his girlfriend, Chloe Rutherford, 17, said she had been left devastated by the trespassers.
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Judges due to rule on legal challenge brought over Priti Patel bullying claims
The FDA union brought a judicial review over the PM deciding last year to go against the findings of his then adviser on ministerial standards.
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Judges due to rule on legal challenge brought over Priti Patel bullying claims
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O'Neil, Hodges, Miñoso, Kaat, Oliva, Fowler get baseball HOF
Buck O’Neil, a champion of Black ballplayers during a monumental, eight-decade career on and off the field, has joined Gil Hodges, Minnie Miñoso and three others in being elected to the baseball Hall of Fame
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Donald Trump says his planned Twitter rival TRUTH Social has raised $1 BILLION in investment cash
Donald Trump's new anti-censorship social-media site has attracted a further $1 billion in investments, the former president announced Saturday.
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Police report 'aggressive' and 'inexperienced' driver who ends up in ditch
The driver veered off the A580 and was lucky to escape the car uninjured
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'Help, I've been stabbed!' Last words of Columbia student revealed in court as 'killer' arraigned
Vincent Pinkney, 25, was charged with murder, attempted murder, assault and attempted assault. He appeared before a judge in Manhattan on Sunday and was remanded in custody.
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Trump claims social media company has raised £1bn in ‘fight back against Big Tech tyranny'
DONALD TRUMP has claimed his new social media company has raised £1billion as the ex-President vows to launch a "fight back against the tyranny of Big Tech".
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Kent State, Wyoming to meet in Famous Idaho Potato Bowl
Wyoming and Kent State will meet for the first time ever in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl on Dec. 21 in Boise
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Incredible seven-story castle businessman built for his princess-obsessed daughters sale $35m
Former President Donald Trump spoke at an event at Mar-a-Lago in which he called journalists a 'bunch of very dishonest, crooked b*****ds', boasting about being responsible for the press' low approval ratings
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Graffiti-covered granite plinth that once held statue of Confederate general will be removed
The pedestal (left) that once held General Robert E. Lee's statue (inset) will be removed, officials say. Crews will begin removing the plinth months after the statue itself was removed (right) to cheers (pictured)
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