Will lockdown restrictions be lifted on Christmas Day?
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The Chase’s Mark ‘The Beast’ Labbett blocks fans amid backlash over ‘Say no to lockdown’ tweet
<p>Labbett had used the hashtag #SayNoToLockdown</p>
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Mum sells home to build massive outdoor gaming centre for sons – then turns it into business
The mum turned the gaming centre into a business.
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Veteran Sherpa guide who set Everest record dies at age 72
A veteran Sherpa climbing guide who was the first person to climb Mount Everest 10 times has died at age 72
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Kai Havertz’s place will be under threat when Christian Pulisic and Hakim Ziyech are fit, says ex-Chelsea midfielder Craig Burley
'He was underwhelming.'
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Covid cases could hit 50,000 a day by October - is lockdown coming back?
CORONAVIRUS cases could reach 50,000 a day by October a staggering graph showed today, but is lockdown coming back?
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UK Facing 50,000 Covid Cases A Day Within Weeks If Rise Is Not Halted, Says Top Scientist
Chief scientific officer Patrick Vallance has warned there could be 50,000 daily cases of Covid-19 by mid-October and 200 deaths a day by mid-November if nothing changes. Speaking at a snap public briefing in Downing Street on Monday alongside chief medical officer Chris Whitty, he laid out what the country will face if the current rate of infection is not halted. It comes after Boris Johnson warned on Friday that a second wave “is coming” to the UK. He said: “The way that we reduce the spread is by limiting our number of contacts, by reducing contact in environments where spread is more likely – those are crowded environments, indoor environments, poor ventilation – and making sure that we reduce the probability of coming into contact with anyone who is infectious.“And that’s the importance of self-isolation, keeping out of circulation if you have, or may have, the virus.”Last week, the all important R rate of the virus, which shows whether the pandemic is growing, jumped to between 1.1 and 1.4. The daily positive case number also went over 4,000 for the first time since May. The government has introduced a new “rule of six” on social gatherings and hefty £10,000 fines for those who fail to self-isolate. On Monday, Matt Hancock has refused to guarantee that pubs will be open this weekend. The health secretary said there would be no return to the full lockdown seen in March, however, stressing restrictions would be “different to last time”.Related... Pubs Might Be Closed By The Weekend, Matt Hancock Suggests Top Coronavirus Advisers To Hold Urgent Briefing As UK Hits 'Critical Point' Boris Johnson Says Coronavirus Second Wave Is Coming And Hints At Lockdown
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Scientists warn of ‘50,000 cases a day’ if infections keep rising
Chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance said: ‘As the hospitalisations have increased… very sadly, but not unexpectedly, deaths are also increasing.’
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Biden urges moderate Republicans to delay Ruth Bader Ginsburg replacement – US politics live
Supreme court: Biden accuses Trump and Republicans of abuse of powerWho is Amy Coney Barrett, Trump’s likely supreme court pick?213 new coronavirus deaths and 36,401 new cases in US yesterday Sign up for our First Thing newsletter 11.14am BST If you need a quick refresher on what is at stake here, our video team have put together this explainer on why Democrats are worried about the prospect of a conservative majority supreme court for decades to come, and are hoping to push back the appointment of a replacement for Ruth Bader Ginsburg until after an election they hope to win. 11.11am BST Within hours of the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Donald Trump tweeted that he would select her replacement “without delay”, then said he would select a woman. He recently issued a list of potential supreme court nominees, and one of the women on it, considered a front-runner for the pick, is Amy Coney Barrett. Here’s Soo Youn in Washington with a profile of the woman who might end up at the centre of the supreme court storm as election day approaches:In Barrett, 48, conservatives see a young, strict constructionist who interprets the constitution through what she thinks its writers intended – a jurist in the mold of Antonin Scalia, the conservative justice (and close friend of Ginsburg), who died in February 2016 and for whom Barrett clerked.That the devout Catholic mother of seven – she and her husband, Jesse M Barrett, have five biological children and adopted two from Haiti – is seen as a potential successor to Ginsburg has raised concerns among progressives. Many fear that if confirmed on the bench, Barrett would vote to overturn Roe v Wade, the 1973 ruling which safeguards the right to abortion. Continue reading...
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Pampering your pet could be increasing your energy bill by as much as £120
Electric heaters and warm baths could be to blame.
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The UK poaching nurses from countries struggling to cope with coronavirus is unethical
<p>The cunning plan is to recruit nurses from countries like India – nations that need all the help they can get in tackling Covid-19</p>
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Deaths will rise to hundreds a day if coronavirus continues at current rate, Vallance warns
<p>Increase at current rate could lead to 50,000 new cases a day by mid-October, says scientific adviser</p>
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Sheffield United do not fear second-season syndrome, says defender John Egan before Aston Villa test
<p>Chris Wilder's Blades began the new campaign with a 2-0 home defeat to Wolves</p>
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Beyonce drives fans wild with sexy snaps as she breaks her social media silence
Pop star Beyonce sent her fans into a frenzy by posing in a black two-piece outfit for a series of smouldering snaps as she returned to Instagram
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UK could face 50,000 coronavirus cases a day within weeks if rise is not stopped
In a grim TV address to the nation, Chief Scientific Advisor Sir Patrick Vallance warned cases could hit 49,000 a day by October 13 if the doubling time is not curbed - meaning 200 deaths a day by mid-November
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UK could face 50,000 Covid cases and 200 deaths a day if surge in infections continues, Sir Patrick Vallance warns
Britain could be facing 50,000 new Covid-19 cases a day within weeks leading to 200 deaths if the current rate of infection is not halted, the Government's chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance has warned.
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Coronavirus lockdown: Matt Hancock says closure of pubs by this weekend cannot be ruled out
<p>‘We haven’t taken the final decisions about what we need to do in response to the surge that we have seen in the last few weeks,’ health secretary says</p>
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Is the UK going into a second lockdown?
<p>Chief medical officer to warn UK infection rate ‘heading in wrong direction’</p>
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iPhone users claim their phones are overheating following the iOS 14 update
Many users who have updated their iPhone to iOS 14 have reported an unexpected side effect - smartphone overheating
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Twitter's photo algorithm prioritised white faces over black ones, company says it’s ‘got more analysis to do’
<p>White people, cartoon characters, and dogs were all prioritised over those with darker features</p>
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Gary Neville responds to fan who mocked his doomed spell at Valencia
Gary Neville was asked if his wife ‘ever brings up’ his managerial disaster at Valencia – and he responded by saying ‘she thought I was a better right back’, referring to his former team-mate
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When is WWE Clash of Champions 2020? Date, matches and more
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Dad quoted £20k for dream garden builds his own for just £7,000
'It’s totally changed the function of our garden.'
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Manchester celebs issue a stern warning for Manchester's freshers
There are concerns that house parties could damage Manchester's recovery from Covid-19
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Stacey Solomon whips up hearty breakfast in campervan after huge fight with Joe
The mum-of-three, 30, was horrified by the huge campervan her partner Joe Swash purchased, causing a row to take place as she dubbed it a 'monstrosity'
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Gucci is selling denim dungarees with grass ‘stain effect’ for £850
<p>The dungarees are part of the new collection for men </p>
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UK coronavirus live news: Whitty and Vallance giving rare joint briefing on virus
Top UK government scientists making direct appeal to the public, warning ‘a critical point has been reached’Follow Covid rules or see UK deaths return to spring levels, Shapps warnsGlobal coronavirus live: latest news 11.03am BST Vallance presents the first slide.It shows cases in Spain and France. 11.01am BST Vallance starts the briefing.He describes how the virus spread, and why keeping away from people is important. Continue reading...
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B&M sell Ben & Jerry's tub of ice cream that's 10 times bigger than usual for £5
The 4.5 litre tub of peanut butter cup has been spotted in B&M stores and fans of the dessert are rushing to get their hands on it
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Egyptian necropolis found to contain 2,500-year-old sealed sarcophagi
The coffins were uncovered at the ancient site of Saqqara
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Incredible moment 80-year-old dad with dementia creates beautiful piece of music on the spot with just four notes
Paul Harvey created a beautiful piece of music on the spot.
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Where is Perugia and did Boris Johnson secretly visit the Italian city?
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I lived the climate crisis every day of my childhood. This November, I'll vote on it | Jessica Díaz Vázquez
Chemical headaches, plant sirens – these were the constant background to my home and school life. My community is on the climate frontlineMy teacher first taught me about global warming in the third grade. She explained how an increase in greenhouse gases increased the amount of heat that could be trapped in our atmosphere. We discussed how climate change is melting the ice caps polar bears call home, leading to their extinction. We didn’t discuss how the climate crisis was already at our homes.I grew up with the smell of freshly made salsa from chiles picked from our backyard garden, the bright colors of fruit gifted to us by neighbors, and the sound of off-key singing to Joan Sebastian and Selena Quintanilla. At school, my friends and I slipped between English and Spanish, moving between the topics of our English essay to la quinceañera de nuestra mejor amiga with ease. But looming over my vibrant community was, and is, the fossil fuel industry. Continue reading...
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'Not a normal childhood': California parents struggle as Covid and fires collide
Kids were already grappling with shutdowns and online school. Then the wildfires forced them to stay insideWith much of northern California still under lockdown and wildfires raging across the state, Corinne Perham’s nine-year-old daughter recently asked: can coronavirus and fire make people extinct?Covid-19 changed the lives of Perham’s family in ways large and small – her husband, an emergency room doctor, started showering before he came home from work, and her nine- and 10-year-old daughters were distance learning at their Chico home. Then a deadly wildfire burning nearby rained ash on the region and created hazardous air that meant no one could go outside for days. Perham’s kids started asking “when will the fires be over?” along with “when will corona be over?” Continue reading...
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Rachel Roddy's recipe for marsala cake | A kitchen in Rome
Sicily’s famous fortified wine makes for a versatile ingredient – and lends this sponge the flavours of zabaioneIf I could afford it, I would always have a bottle of marsala made by the De Bartoli family on my shelf. When there is one there, there is no one I would rather share it with than my partner Vincenzo’s parents, Bartolomeo and Carmela: for their bright glee at the sight of the bottle, the twisting squeaks of its cork, its escaping scent, its amber glow and that first sip, like almonds and iodine, caramel and wood. Also, marsala is not called a fortified wine for nothing: sips are warm and strengthening, not that my mother-in-law needs any assistance when going into battle over a game of cards.Marsala, named after the Sicilian city in the western province of Trapani, varies hugely according to who made it, much like any wine. Its character is defined by the grape from which it is made – most commonly white (catarratto, grillo, inzolia), although sometimes red – and how the nature of that grape is encouraged or manipulated by the grower and maker. The grape used affects the colour, too; you might see marsala defined as oro (gold), ambra (amber) or rubino (ruby), but bear in mind that the colour can also be affected by additions. Continue reading...
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Climate takeover: meet the first-time voters guest editing the Guardian US
Seven Generation Z climate activists from across the United States come together to curate a special edition of the Guardian US. Read their section hereGeneration Z didn’t cause the climate crisis, but we’re paying for it. The damage caused by global heating is already doing untold damage to the entire planet, disproportionately hurting BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and people of color). For our generation, the toll isn’t just physical, but mental: solastalgia, the stress caused by environmental changes to one’s home, is on the rise.We are seven first-time voters from diverse backgrounds across the United States who have come together to curate a special climate edition of the Guardian. We want to bring attention to the physical and mental burdens that our generation is saddled with due to the negligence of past generations. We want to highlight environmental justice during this election season. And we will be keeping environmental issues in mind when we all vote. – Alice Shinn Continue reading...
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Matt Hancock admits Christmas wont be normal with Covid vaccine roll out unlikely before early 2021 
The Health Secretary admitted it was unlikely a Covid vaccine would be rolled out before early next year as he said that 'as close to normal as possible' was the best Christmas available.
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Mother mocks Wayne Lineker's bizarre girlfriend post with her own list of demands
Kerrie Berrie, 36,  of Hitchin, Hertfordshire, took to Instagram to release her light-hearted list with requirements including 'having a six-pack', making dinner every night and loving chick flicks.
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Where is Boris Johnson? Scientists deliver latest coronavirus briefing without PM
THE CORONAVIRUS crisis has reached a "critical point" according to the Government's leading advisers, but where is Boris Johnson as these advisers deliver an update to the nation?
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British triathlete hails 'very rare' sporting gesture by Spanish rival
James Teagle failed to turn the corner onto the final stretch of the race and dropped into fourth place. But Spanish athlete Diego Méntrida let Teagle take the bronze in an incredible show of sportsmanship.
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Man City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan tests positive for coronavirus
Ilkay Gundogan will be unavailable for Manchester City's next three matches after testing positive for coronavirus.
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Worst areas affected by coronavirus this week as UK hits ‘critical point’ in pandemic
Rates are highest in the North West of England.
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World on alert: Kim Jong-un considers TERRIFYING surprise on huge North Korea anniversary
Kim Jong-un may unveil a terrifying new missile during a massive military parade in North Korea next month - barely a fortnight before the US Presidential election, an UK-based expert has warned.
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Phil and Holly accused of mollycoddling Matt Hancock in This Morning interview
This Morning's Phil Schofield and Holly Willoughby were accused of giving Health Secretary Matt Hancock an "easy ride" and slammed the MPs vague answers
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Trudeau bets on strength of his Covid response in gamble to stay in power
Canadian PM hopes his handling of the crisis can override uproar over ethics inquiries and his prorogation of parliamentHe has broken ethics laws twice and is facing investigation for a third possible violation.But Justin Trudeau is betting that his government’s handling of the coronavirus the pandemic will be enough to let him remain in power as he makes the riskiest gamble in his tenure as Canada’s prime minister. Continue reading...
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British Army major is fined £5,000 after corporal suffers serious burns running over burning coals
Major David Landon told Corporal Nathan Black he had to either sing the regimental song or tackle a burning fire pit after being accused of losing his tank regiment's mascot in Latvia.
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Ilkay Gundogan becomes third Man City player to test positive for Coronavirus
The Germany international midfielder has tested positive for Covid-19, with Aymeric Laporte and Riyad Mahrez having also previously contracted the virus
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Exclusive: Sancho youth coach makes Man United transfer claim
Man Utd are still interested in a move to sign Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund before the summer transfer deadline next month.
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