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Nightclubs throw their doors open at 3pm with half-price drinks
The Prime Minister's decision to order pubs, bars and restaurants to close at 10pm came into force last night, leaving venues missing out early hours service.
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Paris stabbing: Three injured in knife attack near Charlie Hebdo office - attacker on run
AT LEAST three people have been injured in a knife attack in Paris near the office of where the Charlie Hebdo attack took place.
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Tottenham handed League Cup bye after Leyton Orient tie was cancelled following coronavirus outbreak
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Dido Harding’s Failing Test And Trace Risks Harming Reputation Of NHS, Senior Labour MP Says
The “politicised” appointment of “crony” Baroness Dido Harding to run England’s coronavirus test and trace service risks “denigrating” the NHS, a shadow cabinet minister has suggested.Steve Reed told HuffPost UK’s Commons People podcast that hiring the Tory peer amounts to a “deskilling” of the civil service and is partly to blame for the problems plaguing NHS Test and Trace. The service is falling short of key targets, with just one in 10 Covid tests being processed within 24 hours last week, despite Boris Johnson wanting a 100% completion rate by the end of June.With the public complaining of huge delays in even booking a test, the total number of results processed decreased by 19% compared to the previous week. But despite being a Tory peer, Harding is not a minister and is not compelled to answer questions about the service in parliament.The system is also largely managed by outsourcing giant Serco and call centre company Sitel. Last week, the British Medical Association (BMA) told HuffPost UK that test and trace is “not an NHS service” but a “largely outsourced programme that sees numerous private companies given billions of pounds to run testing sites, process samples and manage contact tracing call centres”. Reed told HuffPost UK that the politicisation of the service was leading to failures, blaming the prime minister’s top adviser Dominic Cummings. “It’s part of a bigger story I think,” the shadow communities secretary said.“One of the great things about this country is we have a non-party political civil service but they are trying to politicise it.“So it’s extraordinarily unusual, well it’s unprecedented, that you would appoint a Conservative peer to a civil service job, and yet that’s what is happening.“We’ve all seen some of the leaked reports coming out of No.10 about Dominic Cummings, about his desire to politicise the civil service.“Well I think that’s really damaging.“Senior civil servants are appointed because of their expertise, not because they are cronies of whoever happens to be in 10 Downing Street at that particular moment.“And the more that we move towards a politicised model the more we are deskilling it and the more that will go wrong, and I think that’s what we’re seeing with Dido Harding.“But it’s not only Dido Harding now.” Asked if Labour could call for the acronym NHS to be stripped from the title of the test and trace service, Reed said: “I’m happy to pick you up on that one.“The brand of the NHS is one of the country’s greatest institutions, we can’t let it be denigrated.” Related... Has Rishi Sunak Done Too Little Too Late To Prevent The Unemployment Tsunami? Second Covid Test Centre 'Shut Down Overnight' To Make Way For Brexit Lorry Park NHS Test And Trace App Needs Seven Million Users To Be Effective
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Lisa Armstrong moves items out of £5m home after dumping Ant McPartlin's stuff
Lisa Armstrong hired removal men to move her belongings out of her £5million marital home she shared with Ant McPartlin after dumping his stuff in the street
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Croydon police officer is first shot dead in UK since Dale Cregan killing
The fatal shooting of the police officer at Croydon Custody Centre this morning is the first incident of an officer being gunned down on active duty since Dale Cregan slaughtered Nicola Hughes and Fiona Bone
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Higher ground: the expert guide to making the perfect cup of coffee at home
Over the past six months, many of us have been trying to replicate our morning takeout in our kitchens. From beans to milk, here’s how to get the most from your mugAs the world of work has changed this year, so has the world of coffee. With more people working from home, and fewer opportunities to grab a cup on the go, more of us are trying to replicate our morning takeout in our own kitchen. Of course there’s nothing wrong with just a jar of instant – but if you want to up your coffee-making game the choices are pretty much endless. For those on the quest for the ultimate, world-beating cup of coffee-heaven, here’s our expert guide. Continue reading...
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Jurgen Klopp ‘loved’ Takumi Minamino performance and hints at future Liverpool role for forward
<p>The Reds hold the record for most League Cup wins</p>
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EastEnders Slater family now - from tragedy to Hollywood and even working in B&M
The Slater family have been causing trouble in EastEnders' Albert Square since they arrived in 2000 - but what about the actors and actresses who play the iconic clan
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Tesco joins Morrisons to curb sales of some items
Limits on loo roll and flour are back as supermarkets act to prevent a repeat of March's panic buying.
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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hints at new centre-back pairing amid Lindelof struggles
The Red Devils boss suggested a defender may return to the starting line-up for the Premier League clash with Brighton on Saturday in place of out-of-form Lindelof
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London shooting: 'Long-serving' Croydon police officer murdered at HQ had extended family
A "long-serving" Metropolitan Police officer died after he was shot inside a police station by a man who then turned the gun on himself.
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North Korea’s Kim offers rare apology over shooting and burning to death of South Korean official
<p>North Korean leader says ‘very sorry’ for ‘unsavoury’ incident in disputed sea boundary</p>
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Good Morning Britain viewers despair as Christmas music plays three months early
Good Morning Britain presenters Ben Shepherd and Kate Garraway interviewed Noddy Holder today and viewers were not pleased when the show played Christmas music in September
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Asos releases Groovy Chick merchandise
<p>Items are quickly selling out on fashion retailer’s website</p>
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Rolf Harris looks frail as he's pictured for first time since turning 90
Paedophile Rolf Harris has been seen in public for the first time since he turned 90 during the coronavirus lockdown. He was spotted taking his dog for a walk in Bray in Berkshire.
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Britons value good WIFI above their PARENTS! Survey reveals the things in life we hold dear
According to a Travelodge study, many of us also appreciate a good cup of tea, and the joys of a good belly laugh, while the NHS, a garden and the family pet are also among the top things in life.
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Mariah Carey swipes at family members who treated her like 'ATM machine in wig'
The Heartbreaker singer says she suffered a breakdown after being pushed to the limit by 'money grabbing' family members
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Baffling royal rules Princess Eugenie will have to follow when she gives birth
Princess Eugenie has announced she and husband Jack Brooksbank will welcome their first baby next year
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Woman jailed for breaching the Isle of Man's strict coronavirus laws
Amie Murphy, 36, failed to go straight home to self-isolate last week
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Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer drops Eric Bailly hint amid Victor Lindelof defensive issues
<p>Bailly played alongside Harry Maguire in United’s 3-0 win over Luton on Tuesday</p>
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Long-serving worker at Aunt Bessie's Yorkshire pudding plant dies two weeks after Covid outbreak
The woman worked at the firm's factory in Freightliner Road, Hull, where the previous cases were discovered and where she was described by colleagues as 'an important member'.
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Argentinian MP resigns after kissing his mistress's breasts during an online parliamentary session
Married father-of-three Juan Emilio Ameri shocked fellow lawmakers by letting a pretty blonde sit on his lap, pulling down her top and kissing her right nipple during a parliamentary session..
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Sheffield United and Leeds spark long overdue revival of Yorkshire derby
<p>Yorkshire has a rich football culture, yet it has had precious little influence on the top end of the national game in the 21st century</p>
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Policewoman and married officer sacked over secret sex flings while they were meant to be on duty 
Zoe Phillips and Andrew Perry worked for Gwent Police in Wales but resigned when the affair came to light, before a disciplinary panel ruled their actions amounted to gross misconduct.
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Two men who knifed 16-year-old over a missing dog jailed
Braydon Hall and Jake Grainger left the boy with life-threatening injuries after stabbing him multiple times, including in the neck and chest, after he lost a dog he was looking after
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‘The Boys’: Amazon to fast-track an ‘R-rated’ spin-off set in superhero college
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Student accused of raping woman as she slept messaged to say ‘sorry if it’s true’
Nicholas Beanland, 24, has denied rape and assault by penetration.
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Alex Morgan: the Tottenham signing who is bigger than her club
US striker could make her Spurs debut against Arsenal in the FA Cup on Saturday and her presence is already being feltMany a manager has trotted out the “no player is bigger than the club” cliche. It’s a negative, usually aimed at a player perceived to have grown too big for their boots and often at one on their way out of the door. Managers use it to temper the frustrations of fans about to lose a star, but they also believe it.Except there are exceptions, and with the recruitment of the US superstar Alex Morgan Tottenham have propelled their women’s team, who have gone on a gravity-defying promotion journey to reach the top flight, to another level. Continue reading...
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Steve Coogan ‘flabbergasted’ by Alan Partridge statue as he shuts down claims he was behind guerilla project
Steve had no idea the Alan Partridge statue was coming.
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‘Sometimes it’s a relief to be taken out the line of fire’: How a struggling goalkeeper finds form
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Rescuers forced to start putting down pilot whales in mass stranding
Rescue teams have been racing to save 20 pilot whales after 470 became stranded on the sandbanks at Macquarie Harbour, off Tasmania's west coast, on Monday.
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Man United have three genuine Jadon Sancho alternatives to consider
Transfer negotiations for Sancho have been unsuccessful and Man Utd are exploring other targets to bolster Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's squad.
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Breonna Taylor's family to speak after second night of protests for justice – US politics live
Taylor’s family to give first press conference since grand jury verdictArrests made as protesters took to streets in many major citiesTop Republicans dismiss Trump’s refusal to commit to peaceful transfer45,176 new US cases of Covid and 885 deaths reported yesterdaySign up for Fight to Vote – our weekly US election newsletter 11.17am BST Louisville Metro Police have confirmed to the Associated Press that at least 24 people were arrested in Louisville during the second night of protests over a grand jury’s decision not to indict police officers on criminal charges directly related to the death of Breonna Taylor.Among them, the Louisville Courier Journal reports, were high-profile Louisville Democratic state lawmaker Rep. Attica Scott and well-known Black activist Shameka Parrish-Wright. The paper says that Scott’s daughter, Ashanti Scott, was arrested alongside them. Olivia Krauth writes:All three are charged with first-degree rioting — a felony — along with failure to disperse and unlawful assembly, both misdemeanors.“The allegations are outrageous on their face,” said Ted Shouse, Parrish-Wright’s lawyer.If you arrest the loudest voices fighting racial injustice in Louisville, we have to believe you want to silence the fight against racial injustice. Let @atticascott4ky and @Seasoned4u out and get out of their way. 11.09am BST There were protests in many major US cities last night demanding justice for Breonna Taylor. Reporters for Associated Press spoke to people who were protesting in Kentucky. “We’ve got to take it lying down that the law won’t protect us, that they can get away with killing us,” said Lavel White, a regular protester in downtown Louisville who is Black. He was drawn to a march Thursday night because he was devastated by a grand jury’s decision a day earlier not to charge the officers. “If we can’t get justice for Breonna Taylor, can we get justice for anybody?” Continue reading...
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Pensioner, 88, who hasn’t seen a doctor in 70 years reveals his secret to keeping healthy
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Bradford join Bolton in chase to sign Portsmouth midfielder - reports
The 32-year-old is poised to leave Fratton Park
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‘Everything's for sale’: the shocking film on the privatization of American public lands
Public Trust highlights the 640m acres owned by the country’s citizenry, lands that some in the Republican party want to sell offTowards the middle of the new film Public Trust, about the continued push by zealous conservatives to privatize ownership of the United States’ federally-managed public lands, the stakes are laid bare: “If you don’t get engaged, you lose,” says Land Tawney, president and CEO of the nonprofit Backcountry Hunters and Anglers. “When you get complacent, things are done to you.”Tawney is speaking of the 640m acres that are owned by the country’s citizenry. Few things in politics are as quintessentially American as the country’s vast system of public lands. No other nation on earth has this much property that belongs to its people and is intended to be management by the government for the benefit and uplift of all. Yet selling off those lands is still listed as a goal in the Republican party platform, and the Trump administration seems singularly focused on rolling back protections to usher in more drilling and mining. Continue reading...
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Lorry driver killed woman, 91, in horror crash while fiddling with his radio
The driver also severely injured two men in the crash.
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Tory Lanez denies shooting Megan Thee Stallion in new album lyrics
Alleged altercation between star rappers ended with Lanez being arrested and charged with carrying a concealed weaponRapper Tory Lanez has denied shooting chart-topping rapper Megan Thee Stallion in a July incident in Los Angeles.On his new album Daystar released today, Lanez raps “I ain’t do it” and alleges: “Megan[’s] people trying to frame me for a shooting.” Megan has not responded to the allegation. Continue reading...
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Sarah Ferguson's touching words about becoming gran as Eugenie reveals pregnancy
Eugenie's mum The Duchess of York gushed over her youngest daughter's pregnancy announcement and said she couldn't wait to welcome a new baby into the family
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Milli Vanilli moment? Valencia's voice behind mask not what it seems
Spanish councillor criticised after it emerges speech for Europe city award was dubbedSome have railed against the mandatory use of face masks, attacking them as a muzzle on their civil liberties. Others have civically adopted them without so much as a whimper. And then there are those who have seen the opportunities they present amid the crisis.Valencia may have lost its bid to become the European Capital of Innovation 2020 – the Belgian city of Leuven claimed the honour – but a councillor from the city in eastern Spain did his hometown proud with a minute-long speech in stunningly fluent English and without the slightest trace of a Spanish accent. Continue reading...
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The Latest: Cypriot soccer ramps up coronavirus testing
Cyprus is ramping up coronavirus testing for soccer players and shutting down smaller stadium locker rooms following the emergence of large clusters of COVID-19 infections at two first division teams
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Manchester United have become a club that caves under pressure - they need to start making unpopular decisions
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We talk Assassins, Nazis and talking cats with Synthesis localisation studio
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NASA snaps stunning psychedelic photo of swirling cyclones on Jupiter
The psychedelic photo was snapped by NASA’s Juno spacecraft, which is currently orbiting Jupiter
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Transgender man stops hormone treatment to start a family
Transgender man Bennett Kaspar-Williams, 36, who lives in Los Angeles, California, reveals he's expecting a child with Malik Kaspar-Williams, 39, after stopping his hormone treatment.
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Manchester United manager Solskjaer sends message to EFL clubs
There have been calls for the Premier League to offer financial support to EFL clubs after plans to let fans back into stadiums were scuppered by the second wave of coronavrius.
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