No coronavirus test slot found in whole of London as fears over rising Covid cases grow

The full scale of the Covid testing crisis in London can be exposed today after an Evening Standard investigation found appointments were not available to book online in any borough.
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Chelsea ready bargain £40m swoop for Declan Rice as Frank Lampard bids to end defensive woes after West Brom struggles
The Blues shipped three first-half goals at the Hawthorns.
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Culture secretary plays down reports BBC critics were offered top jobs
Oliver Dowden declines to confirm reports PM has offered Charles Moore and Paul Dacre BBC and Ofcom rolesHardline BBC critics reportedly offered top media rolesThe culture secretary, Oliver Dowden, has declined to confirm a report that two close allies of Boris Johnson could be parachuted in to head the BBC and Ofcom, but argued that the BBC needed to expand its scope beyond “narrow, metropolitan areas” of the UK.Dowden said it was too early to comment on the possibility of former Telegraph editor Charles Moore being made BBC chairman, and the ex-editor of the Daily Mail, Paul Dacre, becoming head of Ofcom, the media regulator. Continue reading...
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Boris Johnson’s disdain for local government is a big reason why we are in this current coronavirus mess
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How to make KFC gravy - the viral copycat recipe you need to try at home
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Trump Gripes 'Fake News' Didn't Tout His Two Nobel Peace Prizes (That Never Existed)
President Donald Trump complained at a Pennsylvania campaign rally Saturday night that the “fake news” completely skipped reporting his two Nobel Peace Prizes.Trump has no Nobel Peace Prizes.He was nominated this year for a 2021 prize.On Saturday, Trump grumbled that there wasn’t a word in the “fake news” about his Nobel recognition.“Somebody had a show where they said the amount of time devoted to Donald Trump’s Nobel Peace Prize — two of ’em — [was] zero on the networks, zero,” he emphasized. ”It is so disgraceful. They’re so bad.”Trump is talking as though he actually won two Nobel prizes instead of merely being nominated for them pic.twitter.com/q5XKsfHwbW— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) September 27, 2020Earlier in his speech, Trump did refer to his Nobel Prize “nomination.” He said he was so disappointed as he sat with First Lady Melania Trump in front of the TV that news reports failed to mention his nomination and instead focused on “weather.”That weather in early September happened to be the beginnings of Hurricane Sally. He then falsely claimed he was nominated for another peace prize the very next day.FactCheck.org has taken Trump to task for “repeatedly conflating winning a Nobel Peace Prize with being nominated for one.” Trump has grumbled about the huge media coverage of Barack Obama’s nomination for a prize, when in fact Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009.Christian Tybring-Gjedde, a far-right member of the Norwegian Parliament, told Fox News in early September that he nominated Trump for the 2021 prize. (He also says he nominated Trump in 2018.)Two days later, Magnus Jacobsson, a member of Sweden’s Parliament for the Christian Democrats, announced on Twitter that he nominated “the US government” for the award — along with the governments of Kosovo and Serbia —“for their joint work for peace and economic development.”I have nominated the US Gov. and the governments of Kosovo and Serbia for the Nobel Peace Prize for their joint work for peace and economic development, through the cooperation agreement signed in the White House. Trade and communications are important building blocks for peace. pic.twitter.com/XuhkLbHZAV— Magnus Jacobsson (@magnusjacobsson) September 11, 2020While the Nobel Prize Committee reports numbers of nominees, it does not identify — nor confirm — who has been nominated. Trump was also nominated in 2017 and 2018 for his “ideology of peace through force” strategy — a very Trumpian kind of concept. Those recommendations were believed to have been made by the same mysterious American who assumed the identity of a qualified nominator both times, according to an official of the Norwegian Nobel Committee. He refused to reveal the identity of the American whom committee members suspect.Being nominated is not quite the “big thing” Trump makes it out to be, according to FactCheck. There are 318 candidates for the Nobel Peace Prize for 2020 — 211 individuals and 107 organizations. Russian President Vladimir Putin has also been nominated for the 2021 peace prize. Joseph Stalin was nominated — twice.“Any person or organization can be nominated by anyone eligible to nominate,” the Nobel Committee web site states. There are potentially hundreds of thousands of people eligible to nominate a candidate. Earlier this year Trump demanded “fake news” reporters return their “Noble [sic] Prizes.” There are Nobel Prizes for literature but not for journalism.Related... Comedian Michael Spicer Says 'Incompetent Idiots' In Government Gave Him His Career Trump Formally Nominates Devout Catholic Amy Coney Barrett To Supreme Court Also on HuffPost
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Russian GP: Lewis Hamilton bids to equal Schumacher's F1 record – live!
Lap-by-lap updates from Sochi, race starts 12.10pm BSTLewis Hamilton on pole as he bids to match SchumacherGet in touch! Email Luke or tweet @LukeMcLaughlin 11.33am BST Red Bull’s Christian Horner speaks to Sky on his hopes and aims for Max Verstappen’s start: “First of all, unlike the last two starts, I’m hoping he gets a decent start this week ... the Honda guys have been working really hard on that. But it’s the dirty side of the grid, so the most important thing for him is to get in that tow as quickly as he can, behind Lewis. And then Lewis is starting, if you like, on the less preferable tyre. So it will be fascinating to see how that plays out.” 11.29am BST The Formula 1 season so far has provided a healthy amount of excitement, with the odd, inevitable procession thrown in, and the ingredients already in the pot for today’s Russian Grand Prix in Sochi contain plenty of potential for drama.Britain’s endlessly impressive world champion and the current drivers’ championship leader, Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes, produced pole position on Saturday under massive pressure, narrowly sneaking into Q3 after a couple of earlier mishaps left him with just over two minutes to deliver a lap good enough to make it into the final shake-up. He found a way to make Q3, and was then fearsomely fast in taking pole. Continue reading...
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Universities POLL: Should students have fees SCRAPPED due to lockdown shambles? VOTE HERE
UNIVERSITY chiefs are facing calls to waive fees for thousands of students confined to their halls of residence with freshers' events cancelled and lectures taking place online. With students banned from leaving their halls and disputes over accommodation and other costs, should tuition fees be scrapped because of the lockdown shambles?
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Two is the magic number: why are we fascinated with power couples?
From Ant and Dec, through the Rodham-Clintons, to the Knowles-Carters, some people work better when they’re part of a duoThere is something about the “power of two” in our culture, a unique, contained bond that can form between two people and generate a particular catalysing spark. We are fascinated by “odd couples” but not odd trios; we love watching double acts and obsess over Hollywood couples; so many great achievements seem to have been the work of dual partnerships: Lennon and McCartney; Marie and Pierre Curie; French and Saunders. But what is that something?Perhaps one of the reasons I’m so drawn to duos like this is that I am not a natural collaborator. As a child, I ploughed my own furrow and was, I suspect, rather similar to Briony, the hero of Ian McEwan’s novel Atonement: “One of those children possessed by a desire to have the world just so.” Briony not only writes the play she puts on at the start, but designs the posters, programmes and tickets – and constructs the sales booth. Way to go, Briony! Well, up to a point. In my professional life I’ve had to learn to be collegiate. Television – and to a lesser extent the newspaper industry – relies on teamwork to get the programme to air or the paper to press. Continue reading...
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Boris ‘offers top Ofcom job to former Daily Mail editor Paul Dacre’
Paul Dacre, who stepped down from the helm of the Daily Mail in 2018, is said to be Boris Johnson's preferred candidate for the job.
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Pundits make their Man City vs Leicester predictions
Manchester City take on Leicester City in the Premier League on Sunday and pundits have made their predictions.
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We need to rethink social media before it's too late. We've accepted a Faustian bargain | Jeff Orlowski
A business model that alters the way we think, act, and live our lives has us heading toward dystopiaWhen people envision technology overtaking society, many think of The Terminator and bulletproof robots. Or Big Brother in George Orwell’s 1984, a symbol of external, omnipotent oppression.But in all likelihood, dystopian technology will not strong-arm us. Instead, we’ll unwittingly submit ourselves to a devil’s bargain: freely trade our subconscious preferences for memes, our social cohesion for instant connection, and the truth for what we want to hear. Continue reading...
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Ex On The Beach's Harriette Harper announces pregnancy with second baby
Harriette Harper shared a snap of a framed baby scan photo and a rose, and confirmed she and boyfriend Taser Hassan will be welcoming a baby girl into the world next March
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Armenia imposes martial law after clashes with Azerbaijan
Mobilisation follows alleged Azerbaijani attack on disputed region Nagorno-KarabakhArmenia has declared martial law and ordered the total mobilisation of its military after claiming to have destroyed several Azerbaijani aircraft and tanks in clashes over a disputed region on Sunday.Armenia said Azerbaijan had carried out an air and artillery attack on the disputed region, Nagorno-Karabakh, but Azerbaijan said it had responded to Armenian shelling. Continue reading...
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Schalke fires coach David Wagner after 18-game winless run
Schalke has fired former United States international David Wagner as coach after starting the Bundesliga season with two defeats and failing to stop a run of 18 games without a win
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Haulage firm boss admits helping criminals move drugs and dirty money
“Maher was the logistics man for a number of crime groups, and played a key role in an important criminal infrastructure."
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WWE Clash of Champions 2020 preview: UK start time, matches, live stream and more
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Manchester United could change Sancho stance to fire up three players
Jadon Sancho has been Man United's top priority for some time though their madcap 3-2 win over Brighton exposed other areas of concern.
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Borat 2: Sacha Baron Cohen's sequel has an obscenely long working title
<p>And it looks like the plot could involve US vice president Mike Pence</p>
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Graeme Souness dismisses Arsenal’s Premier League title chances but praises seven players
'I admire how Mikel Arteta has handled the Arsenal job so far'
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Dimitar Berbatov makes Liverpool vs Arsenal prediction ahead of clash at Anfield
Both sides go into the game at Anfield with a 100% record in the early stages of the Premier League season
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The Ring actress Yuko Takeuchi dies aged 40
She was found at her home in Tokyo.
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Dad cycles from Glasgow to Manchester on daughters’ tiny pink bike
Both his daughters learned to ride on the bike.
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Paloma Faith wondered if she’d ever be happy again at height of postpartum depression
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Boris Johnson faces 'certain' defeat over coronavirus curbs, says Tory rebel
The revolt comes amid mounting Tory anger at No10's handling of the coronavirus crisis - with fears from senior backbenchers over the threat to civil liberties
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SNP SHAMED: 'Divisive' new independence plot condemned by Tories - 'Absolute disgrace!'
THE SNP has been branded an "absolute disgrace" by Scottish Tory politician Dean Lockhart for continuing to talk about independence in the midst of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
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Harry and Meghan Markle's US election intervention 'violated Megxit deal terms'
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex may have put their links with the Royal Family in jeopardy after they urged people to "reject hate speech" in remarks interpreted as referring to Donald Trump
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Sheffield United v Leeds: Premier League – live!
Live updates from the Yorkshire derby, kick-off 12pm BSTWilder faces Bielsa in duel of the master tacticiansAnd why not email Rob with your thoughts 11.02am BST Sheffield United (3-5-2) Ramsdale; Basham, Ampadu, O’Connell; Baldock, Berge, Norwood, Lundstram, Stevens; Burke, McGoldrick.Substitutes: Foderingham, Jagielka, Lowe, Fleck, Norwood, Sharp, McBurnie.Leeds (4-1-4-1) Meslier; Ayling, Koch, Cooper, Dallas; Phillips; Costa, Roberts, Klich, Harrison; Bamford.Substitutes: Caprile, Struijk, Alioski, Davis, Shackleton, Poveda, Rodrigo. 10.34am BST Pre-match readingI’ve seen a few excerpts from Paddy Kenny’s book, including a great story about Branislav Ivanovic having two QPR players in a simultaneous headlock during a tunnel ruck, and it looks highly entertaining. Related: Chris Wilder faces Marcelo Bielsa in derby duel of the master tacticians Related: Paddy Kenny: 'It was just a fight over who was to pay for the curry' Continue reading...
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Former Indian minister Jaswant Singh dies at age 82
Jaswant Singh, a veteran Indian politician who served as defense minister, finance minister and external affairs minister during his career, has died
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Dream proposal turns to disaster as photographer doesn't look where he's going
Joshua Rosario was asked by friend Chris Vigo to photograph the moment he proposed to his girlfriend - but focusing on the couple and not where he was standing resulted in a nasty accident
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Kim Kardashian dismisses divorce rumours as she and Kanye reunite for date night
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West met up in LA after his trip to Haiti for some close friends' garden wedding, where Kim joked she needed a drink
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Everything you can and can't do in England from Monday under new rules
People who fail to comply with the rules could face fines of up to £10,000
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Attenborough gives shark tooth to 7-year-old Prince George
Veteran broadcaster David Attenborough has given Britain’s Prince George a giant shark tooth fossil after a private viewing of his new documentary at Kensington Palace
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Sheffield United vs Leeds LIVE: Team news, line-ups and more ahead of Premier League fixture today
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Liverpool legend Graeme Souness reveals his one ‘question mark’ over Diogo Jota transfer
The Reds signed Jota from Wolves earlier in the month.
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Knock before entering: stars in their dressing rooms – in pictures
Theatre photographer Simon Annand has been snapping actors backstage for almost four decades. His latest book, Time to Act, is a collection of more than 200 portraits of some of the world’s greatest performers. Here are 12 of the bestAll photographs: Simon Annand Continue reading...
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Manchester United morning headlines as Solskjaer addresses Pogba form
All the latest Man Utd news, views and transfer rumours from the MEN following their 3-2 victory over Brighton in the Premier League.
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Russian Grand Prix 2020, F1 live: latest updates from Sochi as Lewis Hamilton aims to equal wins record
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The Latest: Goffin and Sinner begin main draw at French Open
Postponed and its crowds nearly all driven away, the French Open is finally underway, defying both the coronavirus and autumn rain with play for the first time under the new roof at the revamped Philippe Chatrier showpiece court
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One of Britain's first gay fathers, 50, welcomes baby girl with daughter's ex-boyfriend
Barrie Drewitt-Barlow, 50, announced on Instagram he's welcomed baby daughter Valentina Willow Drewitt-Barlow with his eldest daughter's ex-boyfriend, Scott Hutchison, 25, via surrogate today.
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'There's no science!' Tory MP squirms as Marr warns 10pm curfew 'will make things worse'
ANDREW MARR launched a scathing attack on Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden this morning as the minister tried to defend the Government's controversial decision to enforce a 10pm curfew for pubs and bars across the UK.
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Man City morning headlines Ruben Dias transfer latest and Liam Delap hint
All the latest Manchester City news, views and transfer rumours from the MEN.
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Cabinet minister refuses to deny ‘behind-the-scenes’ talks to line up right-wingers for Ofcom and BBC jobs
<p>‘I have conversations with people all the time’ says culture secretary - asked about Paul Dacre and Charles Moore appointments</p>
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French Open 2020: day one – live updates!
Live updates as Roland Garros begins with stars in actionMurray fired up by battle with old-stager WawrinkaGet in touch! Email Daniel or tweet @DanielHarris 10.41am BST Bay-gel or bye-gel? A question that has taxed Talmudic scholars for generations. But the correct answer is bay-gel. 10.40am BST A thunking backhand down the line gives Goffin the immediate break back; he and Sinner are now 4-3. Still nothing doing on Lenglen, but elsewhere, Sebastian Korda has take the first set 6-2 against Andrea Seppi and Shelby Rogers has done likewise against Kamilla Rakhimova. Sakkari, meanwhile, has bageled Tomljanovic. Continue reading...
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Rio Ferdinand noticed change Bruno Fernandes has made to his game vs Brighton
The Red Devils beat the south-coast club 3-2 on Saturday in an incredible controversial game in which Manchester United were awarded a penalty after the final whistle
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Israelis mark Yom Kippur under 'painful' virus lockdown
The solemn Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur, which annually sees Israeli life grind to a halt, is taking place in a nation already under a sweeping coronavirus lockdown
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Tears amid tributes as families 'showed the world who died' in the Arena bombing
'Each of them is not just one of the 22 that died. Each was an individual'
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Kanye West shares snippet of new song 'Believe What I Say'
<p>Glimpse of new music comes amid rapper’s surprise visit to Haiti</p>
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