Fintech week sees Bank Of England launch digital currency taskforce
The Bank of England (BoE) is investigating the potential of a new, digital form of currency that would be similar to Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, except issued by the UK’s central bank.
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Boris Johnson should face consequences for his constant failure to be honest with parliament
When the prime minister shows such a casual disregard for the truth, it sets the tone for all government ministers. If some statements cannot be believed, can anything?
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Taxi passenger ‘fat-shamed by driver who said she needed a bigger cab’
Kyer Hoskin, 29, suffers from a binge-eating disorder and has hit out at people's 'ignorance' towards bigger people.
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Scottish parties urged to commit to making country first rewilding nation
Poll taken last year suggested 76 per cent of Scots would back rewilding plan
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Every known Line of Duty criminal, how they're related and police connections
Line of Duty fans have been struggling to remember who is who as the current series keeps referring back to OCG members from previous years, including Lee Banks and Tommy Hunter
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‘Really hard to understand’ – Mesut Ozil slams European Super League plans
His former sides Arsenal and Real Madrid are 'founding clubs'.
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Boris Johnson unable to name current Conservative mayor on visit to southwest
Boris Johnson appeared unable to name the mayor of the West of England during an awkward encounter at a campaigning visit to rally support for the party ahead of next month’s local elections.
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Maldives will no longer require PCR tests from tourists who've had the Covid jab
The Maldives will no longer require tourists to have a negative PCR test result to enter the islands - as long as they're vaccinated
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Huawei ‘may have eavesdropped on Dutch mobile network’s calls’
Chinese firm could have been monitoring calls of KPN’s 6.5m users without its knowledge, report claimsThe Chinese telecoms equipment supplier Huawei was able to monitor all calls made on one of the Netherlands’ largest mobile phone networks, according to a confidential report seen by the Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant.The report, made for KPN by the Capgemini consultancy firm in 2010, concluded that the Chinese company could have been monitoring the calls of the provider’s 6.5m users without the Dutch company’s knowledge, according to the newspaper. Continue reading...
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Football Clubs Joining European Super League May Have To Repay Covid Cash, No. 10 Says
Ministers trying to block the breakaway European Super League (ESL) are looking at “a range” of sanctions, Downing Street has confirmed. Boris Johnson’s official spokesman said that boosting football fan ownership, new competition law and clawing back Covid relief cash handed to Premier League clubs were all being considered by the government.  A decision by the ‘Big Six’ of Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham to join the planned ESL has been met with widespread fury. The ESL said the founding clubs would compete in a “new midweek competition” with teams continuing to “compete in their respective national leagues”. But many feel the new league will damage domestic leagues and goes against the integrity of the sport.The PM said it was “not good news” for fans and that he and culture secretary Oliver Dowden would do “everything” possible to stop the ESL forming. The spokesman was also asked about a proposal of clawing back taxpayer money given to clubs in coronavirus loans.Arsenal borrowed £120m and Spurs £175m via the Bank of England’s Covid Corporate Financing Facility - a form of low-cost borrowing to help firms get through the pandemic.“Again, another suggestion put forward. We want to look at everything possible, we’re not ruling anything in or out, we want to look at the options,” the spokesman said.Asked if the prime minister backs a German-style system of 51% fan ownership of clubs, his official spokesman said on Monday: “I’ve seen a number of proposals that have been put forward as potential solutions or mitigations for this, I’m not at this stage planning on getting into each one.“We’re considering a range of options and the prime minister wants to look at everything we can do here to make sure these proposals don’t go ahead as proposed.”Asked about new legislation or existing competition regulations being used, he said: “We’re not looking to rule anything out at this stage.” Downing Street has said details of the fan-led review of football governance promised in the last Tory manifesto will be set out “in due course”.The prime minister’s official spokesman said: “We’ve continued to work closely with fans and football stakeholders on issues.“I think, as I’m sure you’ll accept, the focus has been on the global pandemic and the response to that, and that includes protecting the immediate future of football clubs, but we will build on this with our fan-led Government review as soon as possible.”Asked when it will get the go-ahead, he said: “We will set out details in due course.”Unlike the Champions League, which teams must qualify for, the ESL would include the same 15 teams every year, with the remaining five qualifying annually.World governing body Fifa had previously said it would not recognise a European Super League, and any players involved could be denied the chance to play at a World Cup.Related...What Is The European Super League And Why Is Everyone So Angry About It?UN Experts Say UK's ‘Reprehensible’ Race Report ‘Normalises White Supremacy’
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Phillip Schofield pokes fun at Ofcom after making cheeky caterpillar blunder
Phillip Schofield was joined by Rochelle Humes as he hosted the latest edition of the ITV show and they were keen to discuss the current caterpillar cake war between M&S and Aldi
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No10 hits back at UN group that said race report 'normalises white supremacy'
Downing Street said the response by human rights experts 'misrepresents' the findings of a widely-panned Government-backed review into racism in the UK
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The Simpsons slammed as ‘hurtful and racist’ by Morrissey in blistering statement as episode parodies rocker
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UN experts slam UK report for repackaging 'racist tropes'
A body of experts that advises the United Nations on human rights concerns has slammed a widely criticized British government-backed report that concluded there was no systemic racism in the country
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‘Definately’: Line of Duty fans think subtle misspelling holds key to H’s identity
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Xbox working on Cyclone multiplayer project and three other new games claim insiders
An online multiplayer game codenamed Cyclone is in development for Xbox, and it aims to be completely different to its competitors.
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Emmerdale’s Lawrence Robb shares disgust in former friend Kevin Guthrie over sex assault
Lawrence shared his thoughts via Twitter about Kevin.
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Mesut Ozil and Ander Herrera lead players in condemning European Super League
Mesut Ozil and Ander Herrera are among the players to speak out against the breakaway European Super League that includes the likes of Man Utd, Liverpool, Barcelona and Real Madrid
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Teden Mengi returns to Manchester United after suffering season-ending injury
Teden Mengi has impressed on loan at Derby from Man Utd but is returning to his parent club due to injury.
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Japanese journalist detained in Myanmar
Japan has asked Myanmar to release the journalist as soon as possible and to explain the arrest
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Primark's gingham co-ord sets are perfect for summer and shoppers love them
Primark shoppers have spotted two "lovely" ginham co-ord sets on social media and can't wait to snap them up
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How to get the best iPhone deal
The Apple phone has taken on a life of its own over the years, with September and October being flagged as key months for the unveiling of the latest handset, a tradition going back to when the iPhone 4 was released back in 2011.
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Girl, 8, kidnapped in France is found with her mother five days later
The mother has been arrested for her alleged role in the kidnapping
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Fishmongers’ Hall: Saskia Jones was comforted by ex-offender in her final moments, inquest hears
Fishmongers’ Hall terror attack victim Saskia Jones was comforted by a former prison inmate who told her she was “loved and beautiful” in her final moments, the inquest into her death heard today.
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Mickey Guyton becomes first Black woman to host Academy of Country Music Awards and dedicates landmark moment to son Grayson
She dedicated the moment to her son Grayson.
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A women's European Super League feels suspiciously like an after-thought by the male club owners
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Anglicans played key role in delivering Brexit says new study into ‘religious vote’
Fifty-five per cent of Church of England followers voted Leave – while 61 per cent of Catholics backed Remain
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My Son Just Turned One. My First Year As A Mum Has Been Lonely, Scary And Confusing
Born amid the UK’s first national lockdown, I remember my son’s birth like it was yesterday. I remember spending the days before filled with panic and dread. As a high-risk mother with gestational diabetes, pregnancy-induced hypertension and an autoimmune disease, he was to be born two weeks early by caesarean section. Not only that, it was a time where partners of pregnant people were being told that they could not attend the births of their own child, at least until the person was in active labour. I was lucky. My partner was allowed to attend, and stayed with me both before and after — the latter of which was only for one hour; but as I said, we were lucky.Due to complications, I had to stay in the hospital alone with our newborn for four days. Struggling after the surgery, it was painful to bend down to change nappies and sleepsuits. But I persevered. I had been diagnosed with MRSA just one day before the procedure, and so I had been kept in a side room, of which the nurses barely entered because it meant gowning up in full PPE each time. My partner was only allowed to visit once a day for one hour, so for the first four days of my son’s life, it was just me and him. It was a lonely, scary and confusing time. I couldn’t wait to get out of the hospital to experience something more ‘normal’. But what I have experienced as a new mother, right up until no longer being a ‘new’ mother, has been far from normal.  My own mum didn’t hold my son for months, time we’ll never be able to get back. We didn’t get to experience the joys (and annoyances) of people turning up on our doorstep every twenty minutes to see the baby. We didn’t have any help from friends or family members. No respite to catch up on sleep or to grab a shower. Instead, it was just myself, my partner, and our son – which was lovely to have that somewhat abnormal early family alone time, but still heartbreaking. Family meets were done over FaceTime or across the drive. My own mum didn’t hold my son for months, time we’ll never be able to get back. But it’s not just sentimental or emotional things like this that have been hard. In my time of writing, we have seen a health visitor twice: once just after our son was born, to get him weighed and to do checks, and once very recently to check my son’s development. Apparently, everything is fine and my son is developing brilliantly — which is great news. But before we knew this, and still now, to be honest, it’s still a worry. My son, in his life so far, has only met one other baby once. I remember his face lighting up, as though he was in a complete other world. It was amazing but awful to see. It reminded me of everything he’s missed out on in his start to life: cuddles with family members; days out; trips to baby groups; the ability to be able to explore the world as we knew it before the pandemic.I’ve worried about his development constantly. How will this new world affect him? If we return to normal, will he be an overly anxious, clingy child? Is he meeting all of his milestones? How do I know if he isn’t?I was diagnosed with postnatal depression six months after giving birth. Not because that’s when it started (which was just weeks after birth), but because that’s how long it took me to seek help. It was actually my health visitor who I called — who’d had no idea (not just because I hadn’t told her), but because she hadn’t been there to see the signs. How will this new world affect him? If we return to normal, will he be an overly anxious, clingy child? Is he meeting all of his milestones? How do I know if he isn’t? I know I am not alone. There have been frequent reports of new mothers having not seen vital care providers since giving birth, and an increase in postnatal mental health issues.  According to a 2020 survey by online chat forum Mumsnet, out of 1,517 users, 88% say they couldn’t attend parent and baby groups due to pandemic restrictions, while 74% say they have had fewer visits at home from midwives or health visitors. With my son turning one in April, I know I am lucky to have at least seen my health visitor those couple of times; some of my friends, who had babies around the same time, haven’t even had that. Instead, they’ve been left in complete limbo, unsure of what to make of being a new mother. It feels like new mothers have been forgotten about in this pandemic; and with mental health issues on the rise, this seems more damaging than ever.I made the most of my son’s birthday, even though it was just a very, very small do with myself and my partner and my mum. But it was hard. It was hard to not have a room full of babies playing with his toys. It was hard not to have my friends there to support me. And it was heartbreaking not having all the people I know and love there to encourage him to blow out his first birthday candle. Hattie Gladwell is a freelance journalist. Follow her on Twitter at @hatttiegladwellHave a compelling personal story you want to tell? Find out what we’re looking for here, and pitch us on ukpersonal@huffpost.comRelated...I Believed Romance Was Off-Limits Because Of My Mental Illness. Not AnymoreI’m Cycling From Bristol To Beijing During A Pandemic. Here’s WhyI Befriended A Man On Death Row. Here's What He Taught Me Before He Was Put To Death
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Merseyside police chief says he would rather pump billions into cutting poverty than upholding law
Andy Cooke, marking his retirement as Chief Constable of Merseyside Police, said if he was given a £5 billion budget to cut crime, he would spend £1 billion on crime and £4 billion on tackling poverty.
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UK supreme court gets second female judge as Lady Justice Rose joins
Appointment fails to quell concerns about all-white court’s lack of diversityLady Justice Rose has joined the supreme court, doubling the number of female justices in the UK’s highest court in an appointment that has failed to quell concerns about lack of diversity.Rose, educated at both Oxford and Cambridge, is a rare member of the senior judiciary whose previous career was mainly in the government legal service. Continue reading...
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Texas shooting: search for fugitive after three people killed in Austin
Police say those who live near no longer have to shelter in place as they search for former sheriff’s deputy Stephen BroderickA manhunt was underway on Sunday for a former sheriff’s deputy wanted in the fatal shooting of three people in Austin, Texas. An official said it wasn’t known if the suspect was still in the city.Interim Austin police chief Joseph Chacon said those who live near where the shooting happened late on Sunday morning no longer had to shelter in place, but should “remain vigilant”. He said officials were transitioning the search for Stephen Broderick, 41, from that area to a “fugitive search”. Continue reading...
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That’s not all folks: why is there so much animated TV for adults?
Adult humour in cartoons was once virtually unheard of – now, animated TV is saturated with grown-up jokesIn the Guide’s weekly Solved! column, we look into a crucial pop-culture question you’ve been burning to know the answer to – and settle it, once and for allThe phrase “The Simpsons did it first” gets thrown around a lot. But Matt Groening’s sitcom about a volatile nuclear family – now 700 episodes in and recently renewed until at least 2023 – was a genuine trailblazer. In 1990, its second season premiere received more than 30 million US viewers, proving a brightly coloured animated TV series with whip-smart writing could attract mature eyeballs in primetime. If their children liked it too, all the better. Continue reading...
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Thomasina Miers’ recipe for poached eggs with tamarind and coconut sauce | The simple fix
A blissfully simple egg curry with a light, tangy sauce (just add a naan for mopping purposes)Given that I have a weakness for eggs as well as for curries, it is not surprising that I love an egg curry. While some traditional recipes use hard-boiled eggs, I can’t resist a runny, bright orange yolk, especially if I have some just-toasted garlic naan for mopping up. This recipe uses an old-fashioned method of poaching that I came across last year: think of it as “frying” the eggs, not in oil but in water, which saves time (and energy) by not heating up a large pan of water and is blissfully simple. Continue reading...
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1 dead, 100,000 displaced as typhoon blows near Philippines
An approaching typhoon has left one person dead, another missing and prompted the evacuation of more than 100,000 people as a precaution in the Philippines, although the unusual summer storm is not expected to blow into land
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Neighbours spoilers: Sad farewell as the Rebecchi family exits
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Jose Mourinho's big-money Tottenham payout as severance package suffers blow
Jose Mourinho won't receive his full severance pay from Tottenham after being fired on Monday, it has emerged, with the team's poor performance in the Premier League playing a role
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Ex-MP Jared O’Mara stripped of Parliament pass due to sexual misconduct
Ex-staffer Jennifer Barnes said the former Labour MP bombarded her with 'wildly inappropriate' messages - and an independent panel found he breached the rules on sexual misconduct
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Atomwaffen Division: UK to ban US-based neo-Nazi group as terrorist organisation
The British government is to ban the US-based Atomwaffen Division neo-Nazi group as a terrorist organisation.
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European Super League plans condemned by supporters groups from all six Premier League founding members
Supporters groups from every Premier League club announced as a founder member of the new European Super League have strongly spoken out against the controversial plans.
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Ex-MP Jared O’Mara sanctioned over sexual harassment complaint
Former Labour member for Sheffield Hallam has parliamentary pass revoked by standards watchdogFormer Labour MP Jared O’Mara has been sanctioned by the House of Commons for an “abuse of power” and the sexual harassment of a former staffer, sending her “inappropriate messages and approaches”.Parliament’s standards watchdog revoked the former Sheffield Hallam MP’s parliamentary pass which he is entitled to hold as an ex-member. The complaint, which was made in July 2019, has taken almost two years to result in a sanction and is likely to prompt calls for the process to be made swifter for victims. Continue reading...
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What you need to know about Byron Bay, the Aussie town taking on a Netflix reality show
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'Expert' Paul Gascoigne branded useless by co-stars after failing to catch fish
Paul Gascoigne insisted to his Celebrity Island reality show teammates that he knows how to fish but was later branded 'useless' by them
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Bayern like to be in control and did not like Flick wresting it from them | Andy Brassell
Hansi Flick is a players’ man and that meant his tenure at the club could not last longer than 18 exhilarating monthsIt had been a week heavy with a feeling of finality; first in Paris, then in Wolfsburg. Bayern Munich’s stride towards retaining the Champions League had come to a halt in the French capital, with Leon Goretzka’s withdrawal through injury perhaps the straw that broke the camel’s back in a campaign beset with personnel issues. Everything, this time, wasn’t enough.After everything that happened in the two legs with Paris Saint-Germain – the setbacks, the comebacks, the good-but-not-quite-ruthless-enough performances – it felt good to move on with a relative test against one of the Bundesliga’s surprise packages, and a likely Champions League qualifier, in Lower Saxony on Saturday. Bayern performed to type at Wolfsburg, both in terms of Paris and in the framework of the personality of the Hansi Flick era’s team as a whole. They were sometimes irresistible, sometimes extraordinarily careless and never less than totally engaging. Continue reading...
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Toto Wolff rebukes George Russell over Imola F1 crash with Valtteri Bottas
Russell speared his Williams into side of Bottas’s carWolff reminds Russell he is a Mercedes junior driverThe Mercedes team principal, Toto Wolff, has dismissed George Russell’s suggestion that his crash at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix with Valtteri Bottas was caused because the Finn feels his future is under threat from the British driver. Related: Max Verstappen wins Emilia Romagna F1 Grand Prix after Hamilton blunder Continue reading...
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High street lenders bring back 5% deposit mortgages as new scheme launches
Major lenders have unveiled the loans they will be offering under the Government’s new 5% deposit mortgage scheme.
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Iran, Indonesia foreign ministers discuss trade, economy
Visiting Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has discussed trade and economic issues in a meeting in Jakarta with his Indonesian counterpart
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