Seven new driving laws will come into effect in 2021 affecting millions

Anyone who falls foul of the upcoming rules could be slapped with fines or have penalty points put on their licence and in some circumstances motorists could have their car insurance revoked
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Inside Politics: ERG Tory MPs want Boris Johnson to scrap the protocol
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Faded Isco accentuates decline in listless Real Madrid performance
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Australia passes world-first law to make Facebook and Google pay for news
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Brits would get £150-a-head vouchers to spend in shops under Covid recovery idea
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David Cameron backs vaccine passports as he urges Boris to keep an open mind
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Father of Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker found dead after drowning in lake in Brazil
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Kelsey Grammer Confirms Frasier Reboot Is Coming In 2022
Kelsey Grammer has confirmed he’s set to reprise his most iconic TV role for a rebooted series of Frasier.The American actor played the title character in Frasier for 11 years, having originated the role in the sitcom Cheers a decade earlier.It’s now been 17 years since the show came to an end, with Kelsey confirming he’ll be back for a brand new series, expected to debut on the US streaming service Paramount+ next year.He said: “Having spent over 20 years of my creative life on the Paramount lot, both producing shows and performing in several, I’d like to congratulate Paramount+ on its entry into the streaming world.“I gleefully anticipate sharing the next chapter in the continuing journey of Dr. Frasier Crane.”At the moment, it’s not clear which other members of the Frasier cast – including David Hyce Pierce, who played Frasier’s brother Niles – will be back for the revival.David Stapf, president of CBS Studios, enthused: “There has long been a call from fans for its return, and that call is now answered thanks to the amazing Kelsey Grammer reprising his iconic role of Dr. Frasier Crane... we can’t wait to reveal its next chapter on Paramount +.”In recent years, Kelsey has made no secret of his hopes to revive Frasier, speaking about a potential return as far back as 2019.In between Frasier and Cheers, the actor also played his most famous role in the spin-off show Wings.Over the years, Kelsey has been awarded two Golden Globes and three Emmys for playing Frasier Crane.MORE NOSTALGIA:No, Jennifer Aniston Doesn’t Have A ‘Vocal Tic’, It’s Called Acting, DaaaahhlingChris Noth Shares Cryptic Message Amid Rumours He's Not Returning For Sex And The City RevivalA Wizard Of Oz Remake Is Happening, And Twitter Has Thoughts
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Senior executives at Stellantis, Vauxhall's parent company, are set to decide the future of the Cheshire plant, marking a critical moment for Britain's post-Brexit manufacturing.
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Rory McIlroy fears Tiger Woods’ golf career is over after car crash
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Primark bosses have revealed that the firm's sales were hit by £1.1 billion over the last six months amid the coronavirus pandemic.
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Don't give Britain an inch! Barnier's final warning to EU over fears bloc could crumble
MICHEL Barnier has issued a final warning to EU chiefs ahead of his departure as the bloc's chief Brexit negotiator.
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Southern exposure: Cold wreaks havoc on aging waterworks
The snow and ice that crippled some states across the South has melted, but it has exposed the fragility of aging waterworks that experts have been warning about for years
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Rugrats: CGI reboot of classic animated series dubbed ‘f***ing horrifying’
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BLM launches Survival Fund amid federal COVID-19 relief wait
The Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation is formally expanding a $3 million financial relief fund that it quietly launched earlier this month to help people struggling to make ends meet during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic
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Family Guy abortion episode axed as animated comedy arrives on Disney Plus
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EU plot exposed: Bank of England chief shamed 'controversial' plan to steal UK business
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‘Red Wall’ Voters Strongly Support Green Policies, Study Finds
Voters in “Red Wall” seats strongly support green policies and defy stereotypes that they aren’t interested in the environment, a new study shows.Polling by YouGov for the Centre for Towns think tank found that people in villages, communities and small towns are just as likely to say protecting the planet is important to them personally as people in cities.Some 94% said that the issue was very or fairly important to them, and support for policies to tackle climate change and cut waste have increased markedly in the past five years at the same rate in both towns and cities.Backing for new “green jobs” and energy efficient infrastructure stands at 79% for big cities, only narrowly ahead of the 75% support in small towns.Support for more wind and solar power to replace coal, gas and and oil is fractionally higher in small towns (86%) than it is in cities (85%).And even when given a choice between the options of protecting the environment versus economic growth and creating jobs, support was similar between cities 63%) and small towns (58%).The report also found high levels of support for a tax on carbon emissions by business, with backing marginally higher in villages and small towns (88%) than in core cities (84%).Support for limiting the number of times people can fly each year is almost equal in small towns (39%) and cities (40%), with highest backing in rural villages (45%).However, the one area of real difference between towns and cities was on plans to tax car use, with less metropolitan areas having much less access to public transport.And on the government’s policy of ending the sale and use of petrol and diesel vehicles by 2030, people in villages, communities and small towns (32%) are less likely to support the idea compared to those in cities (44%).The study suggests that Boris Johnson will get support electorally in seats he won from Labour in the 2019 election if he pursues green policies that some had assumed would not be popular in working class areas.Sir David Attenborough is also a unifying figure across different parts of the country and different classes, and support for the conservation charity the National Trust is similar too in all areas.As the UK prepares to chair the global climate change talks this year, Johnson has already pledged that wind power could power every home by 2030 and has put investment in green jobs like insulation and turbine manufacture at the heart of his “levelling up” agenda.Analysing British Election Study statistics, the think tank found that around 60% of the public felt that measures to protect the environment had not gone far enough, levels that have nearly doubled since 2015 in all areas.When asked specifically to name the most important environmental issue ‘climate change’ was the second ranked issue, with 60% of respondents naming it as one of four most important issues, narrowly behind ‘the growing amount of waste we produce’ (on 61%).“The high level of public concern about waste is notable, and may reflect the aftermath of Sir David Attenborough’s Blue Planet series in 2018, which highlighted the highly damaging environmental impact of plastic pollution,” the report says.Attenborough is trusted across all areas, often four times more than groups like Extinction Rebellion.Shadow cabinet minister Lisa Nandy, who co-founded the Centre for Towns, writes in the forward to the report: “Despite frequent suggestions to the contrary, environmentalism is not the preserve of our “woke” cities – it matters to us all.“We hope this report will be both a call to arms and a wake-up call for those who make stereotypical, wrongheaded assumptions about the views of people in our towns and cities, finding divisions where none exist.”But Nandy added: “The consensus breaks down in one area: transport. Campaigns that fail to take into account the reality of life in towns where buses are scarce and alternatives are lacking may prove counter-productive. Being radical is no substitute for being relevant.”The study states that on average, people who live in towns in England tend to be more socially conservative, relatively uncomfortable with social change and are more likely to identify as English, while city-dwellers tend to be more socially liberal on issues such as same-sex marriage or immigration.The report’s author Will Jennings, Southampton University’s professor of political science, said: “Despite a growing electoral divide between our towns and cities, there are many areas of consensus on environmental issues and signs that the divide between voters on green issues may be shrinking.” * The survey of 1,721 UK adults was conducted online by YouGov between 25th and 29th June 2020.Related...Attenborough Warns UN 2021 Is Last Chance To Save Planet From 'Runaway' Climate ChangeWant To Live A Greener Lifestyle? These 10 Top Brands Can Help2020 Broke All These Climate Records – Despite The Pandemic
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Rishi Sunak must deliver a workers’ budget to ensure a post-Covid recovery | Frances O'Grady
Job creation is vital, but the work must also be skilled, secure, well-paid and greenFrances O’Grady is general secretary of the TUCWe all hope the pandemic is receding. But what it leaves behind is the prospect of mass unemployment and whole industries fighting for survival. At next week’s budget, working people across the UK need the chancellor to set out a new vision of good jobs for everyone. Related: 'Deafening silence': UK government blasted over delays to employment reforms Continue reading...
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India v England: third Test, day two – live!
Live updates from the day/night Test in AhmedabadEngland offer up a long resigned sigh of an inningsGet in touch! Email Simon or tweet @Simon_Burnton 2.00pm GMT The best thing about yesterday, from England’s point of view, is that it ended. But though it’s a new day it’s the same game, and the tourists are chest-deep in a fetid hole. Today is India’s opportunity to bat them out of the match, out of all hope of series victory, and out, for what it’s worth, of the World Test Championship final. England need an avalanche of wickets, but they need to attack without runs on the board to defend. It’s all, in short, extremely awkward. Here’s Ali Martin’s report on day one, and welcome!England went into the day-night third Test in Ahmedabad buoyed by the prospect of the pink ball helping their seamers. But come the end of the opening day this optimism had melted away, their batsmen having endured yet another collapse to spin that means India are again the team in full control.As Joe Root’s players trudged off the field their faces wore wry smiles and their heads were filled with regret. They had earlier been bowled out for a measly 112 in 48.4 overs – Axar Patel, the left-arm spinner, taking six for 38 – and in reply the hosts were within touching distance of parity at 99 for three. Related: England capitulate to Axar Patel and give India control of third Test Continue reading...
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Italian Graveyard Crumbles Off Cliff, Sending 200 Coffins Into Sea
A cemetery in the seaside resort town of Camogli, in northern Italy, collapsed due to a landslide on Monday afternoon, sending an estimated 200 coffins into the ocean.The cemetery, built more than a century ago, was located along a rocky cliff. Francesco Olivari, the mayor of Camogli, told CNN that the disaster was an “unimaginable catastrophe” that had likely occurred due to erosion along the coast.“This type of collapse that happened today is very hard to detect or to predict,” Olivari said. “This area is subject to this type of collapse ― it’s very fragile.”Aside from the cemetery, the landslide destroyed two chapels that had bodies contained in them, and rubble from the structures also tumbled down the cliff into the Mediterranean Sea below. According to local Italian media, as of Tuesday, 10 bodies had been recovered from the sea, five of which were identified. Images and video posted to Twitter by Vigili del Fuocol, the official account of Italy’s firefighting brigade, showed the extent of the catastrophe.Frana a Camogli (GE), cede il terreno sotto una struttura del cimitero: nessuna persona coinvolta, squadre e #sommozzatori dei #vigilidelfuoco al lavoro per verifiche tecniche, messa in sicurezza e il recupero delle bare finite in mare #22febbraiopic.twitter.com/fEbPHQOC8Y— Vigili del Fuoco (@emergenzavvf) February 22, 2021Frana cimitero a #Camogli (GE), è ripresa in mattinata la ricerca e il recupero delle bare finite ieri in mare: #vigilidelfuoco impegnati nelle delicate operazioni con il nucleo #sommozzatori, gli specialisti nautici, il reparto volo e i dronisti #23febbraiopic.twitter.com/UfOOiy4YB0— Vigili del Fuoco (@emergenzavvf) February 23, 2021#Camogli (GE), frana cimitero: prosegue da parte di specialisti #sommozzatori e nautici dei #vigilidelfuoco la ricerca e il recupero delle centinaia di bare finite in mare lunedì pomeriggio. Droni in volo per monitorare le operazioni delle squadre e l’area del crollo #24febbraiopic.twitter.com/cRFxHw0KJe— Vigili del Fuoco (@emergenzavvf) February 24, 2021Camogli’s councillor for public works, Tino Revello, told Italian news agency ANSA that the graveyard had been cordoned off prior to the collapse due to “strange creaking sounds.” Italy’s National Council of Geologists commented on the collapse in a press release and said it represented the “enormous fragility” of structures in Italy’s countryside, as well as “the poor maintenance that we geologists have been denouncing for years.”In 2018, a 50-year-old bridge in Genoa ― about 15 miles west of Camogli ― similarly collapsed due to torrential rain, killing 43 people and leaving 600 homeless. The bridge had long been a subject of controversy, with experts arguing that it was structurally unsound and a disaster waiting to happen.Coronavirus LatestThis Is How School Exams Will Be Graded This YearChildren Should Not Hug Their Grandparents 'Too Much' YetRevealed: 1 In 5 Shielders Still Hadn't Had Jab When Government 'Hit Target'
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Serco boss makes the case for the restart of dividend payments
Serco boss Rupert Soames defended the restart of dividend payments on Thursday after a year in which the outsourcer secured £350 million in revenues from NHS Test and Trace.
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Markets rebound as inflation worries fade – business live
Rolling coverage of the latest economic and financial newsDow hit record high last nightFed chair: could take three years to reach inflation targetJ&J vaccine news also boosts markets 7.57am GMT Copper prices have jumped to their highest levels in almost a decade today, lifted by economic optimism and Jerome Powell’s dovish comments to Congress this week.The most-traded April copper contract on the Shanghai Futures Exchange rose as much as 4.5% to 70,740 yuan ($10,964.04) a tonne, a level unseen since March 2011, before easing to close at 70,150 yuan a tonne, still up 3.6%.Three-month copper on the London Metal Exchange rose 2.3% to $9,518.50 a tonne by 0714 GMT. 7.40am GMT Good morning, and welcome to our rolling coverage of the world economy, the financial markets, the eurozone and business.Risk appetite showed signs of returning to global markets over the last 24 hours as Fed Chair Powell stuck to his reassuring tone and continued to signal that the central bank would keep policy accommodative for some time to come. Expectations are high for the J&J vaccine to be distributed in the US over the next month.Basic refrigeration and the fact that it is a single dose vaccine could be a gamechanger in the global fight against COVID. Related: Johnson & Johnson's one-shot Covid vaccine effective, FDA review says European Opening Calls:#FTSE 6686 +0.40%#DAX 14058 +0.59%#CAC 5826 +0.49%#AEX 670 +0.78%#MIB 23279 +0.78%#IBEX 8335 +0.79%#OMX 2049 +0.57%#STOXX 3727 +0.57%#IGOpeningCallDow futures rise 100 points following index's record close https://t.co/8DJPxtYrZs Continue reading...
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Trisha Goddard reveals she is still hunting for her biological father
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People reveal the WORST moment from their day - including a woman who dyed her finger
People from around the world have contributed photos showing the worst moment from their day to a gallery on Bored Panda, including one whose car was vandalised on the day they lost their job.
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Katharine McPhee and husband David Foster welcome baby boy
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