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John Terry has already warned Chelsea about ‘underrated’ Jonny Evans ahead of FA Cup final vs Leicester City
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Government urged not to return to tiered lockdowns that ‘harm poorest in society’
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Mason Mount out to follow in footsteps of Chelsea FC legends like Lampard, Terry and Drogba in FA Cup Final
Mason Mount says he wants to follow in the footsteps of Chelsea legends like Frank Lampard, John Terry and Didier Drogba by winning major trophies at Stamford Bridge.
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Prince Harry 'trapped' by Meghan Markle who 'makes mind up for him'
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Russian jail builds replica ‘London’, complete with red phone boxes for inmates
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Masks off, Poles cheer reopening of bars and restaurants
Across Poland people are taking off masks and making toasts as restaurants, bars and pubs re-open for the first time in seven months
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Huge 120 tonne bridge collapses from crane crushing truck on street
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The top 10 most memorable FA Cup finals of the 21st century
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What Tuchel can learn from his past meetings against Guardiola
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UK Covid Live: Rapid expansion of green list ruled out leaving European holiday hopes dashed for UK travellers
The prime minister has ruled out the rapid expansion of the green travel list dashing European holiday hopes for UK travellers.
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Lockdown lifted: The best arts picks for May to July, from live music and theatre to comedy and art exhibitions
As art galleries and performance venues begin to open their doors once more, The Independent’s culture team picks some of the best events taking place in the coming months
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Coronavirus live news: Taiwan raises its Covid-19 alert level
Taiwan raises its coronavirus alert level following a surge in new domestic infections 8.14am BST Taiwan has raised its Covid-19 alert level on Saturday for the capital, Taipei, and New Taipei city, bringing in a two-week clampdown on gatherings as well as the closure of many venues as the government has reported 180 new domestic infections.Reuters reports: The new rules will not mean offices, schools or restaurants have to close, but will cause the shutdown of cinemas and other entertainment spots, while limiting family get-togethers to five people indoors and 10 outdoors.For the first time, masks will have to be worn outdoors.Taipei’s government has already ordered bars, nightclubs and similar venues to shut. Related: Taiwan records 180 new cases in island’s worst Covid outbreak of pandemic 8.02am BST Good morning, Tobi Thomas here covering the global coronavirus live blog. If you would like to get in touch with any tips, please do email tobi.thomas@theguardian.com or find me on twitter here. Thanks! Continue reading...
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12 Influencers Are Behind Most Anti-Vaccine Hoaxes On Social Media
Startling research has revealed that only a dozen people are responsible for most of the hoaxes and lies about Covid-19 vaccines on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.Yet social media companies have failed to adequately police the dangerous misinformation and its spreaders, according to the organisation that listed what it called the “Disinformation Dozen.”The misinformation super-spreaders are continuing to fuel vaccine reluctance among millions of people, which threatens to become a major hurdle to conquering the pandemic.The “Disinformation Dozen” produce 65% of the shares of anti-vaccine misinformation on social media platforms, concluded the nonprofit Center for Countering Digital Hate.The report, released in March, noted that “living in full view of the public on the internet are a small group of individuals who do not have relevant medical expertise and have their own pockets to line, who are abusing social media platforms to misrepresent the threat of Covid and spread misinformation about the safety of vaccines.”“Anti-vaccine activists on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Twitter reach more than 59 million followers, making these the largest and most important social media platforms for anti-vaxxers,” it added.Particularly troubling, the anti-vaxxers are using these social media platforms to specifically “target Black Americans, exploiting higher rates of vaccine hesitancy in that community, to spread conspiracies and lies about the safety of Covid vaccines,” the report said.The disinformation peddlers are anti-vaccine advocates, alternative health entrepreneurs and physicians, some of whom run multiple accounts across the platforms and profit by selling supplements and books. Among the 12 named in the report are Joseph Mercola, who sells dietary supplements, and his business partner Erin Elizabeth, who runs an alternative-health website. Also listed is Robert F. Kennedy Jr., the son of the late US Senator Robert F. Kennedy and chairman of Children’s Health Defense, a US anti-vaccine group.In a follow-up report on Thursday, the organisation called on social media platforms to take more decisive action to eradicate dangerous misinformation about the vaccines. “Big Tech’s failure to act on the Disinformation Dozen resulted in 105 pieces of vaccine disinformation being viewed up to 29 million times in the past month,” the update said.Members of US Congress and state attorneys general have strongly urged Facebook and Twitter to ban the 12 influencers. The social media companies have been reluctant to banish them but have cracked down in other ways by labelling posts as misleading, removing outright lies and banning some repeat offenders.Facebook moved on Thursday against several of the accounts, according to NPR, which was the first to report the new research.The company has now removed 16 accounts linked to the dozen from Facebook or Instagram and has placed restrictions on 22 others, including blocking them from promoting themselves through paid ads, NPR reported Thursday.Vaccine Reality Check7 Things To Remember If You’re Worried About The VaccineConcerned By How Quickly The Covid Vaccine Was Developed? Read ThisOperation Un-Mask: Will We Ever Stop Wearing Face Coverings?Will Lockdown Be Extended? What The India Variant Could Mean For Covid Rules
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15 times pets looked accidentally terrifying looking that will haunt your nightmares
Owners from around the world have shared photos of their pets at their scariest and the best examples have been collated in a gallery by Bored Panda.
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Are YOU struggling to stay on top of your post-lockdown plans?
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The 16 moments that have defined David Byrne’s career: From Stop Making Sense to American Utopia
As the former Talking Heads frontman celebrates his 69th birthday, Kevin E G Perry looks back at key moments from the groundbreaking musician’s life and work
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Jensen's Bolton spell reviewed as Burnley goalkeeper moves to Icelandic side
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UK’s top universities fearful of extra student numbers if A-level grades are high
With teacher-assessed grades this summer expected to result in more top marks, universities are worried about space in halls and staffingHeads of some of the UK’s elite universities fear they may be forced to take thousands of extra students they feel they do not have room for this summer, if teacher-assessed A-levels lead to far more 18-year-olds achieving the grades they need to obtain a place.During last summer’s A-level fiasco, when thousands of students had their A-levels marked up at the last minute, some elite universities accepted up to a third more students than planned because so many met their offer grades. This year, teacher-assessed A-levels are widely expected to result in far more students with top grades again, leaving some universities worrying about how they will cope. Continue reading...
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China space agency successfully lands on Mars after its own ‘seven minutes of terror’
US’s Nasa and now China are the only organisations to safely land on the red planet
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Southampton vs Fulham: Prediction, kick off time, TV, live stream, team news, h2h results, odds
Fulham will be hoping to put disappointment aside and finish the season on a bright note as they head to Southampton for their first Premier League match since their relegation was confirmed.
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Katherine Kelly: ‘There were a lot of raised eyebrows when I went from Rada to Coronation Street’
The actor who played Becky McDonald in Coronation Street for years, is starring in the second series of ITV’s Innocent. She talks to Charlotte Cripps about her latest role as a woman wrongly convicted of murder, moving back up north, and her new sitcom podcast
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West Ham XI vs Brighton: Predicted line up, confirmed team news, latest injury updates for Premier League
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Zachary Quinto And Billy Porter To Voice Gay Dads On New Disney+ Series
The Proud Family is going to have some brand new additions when it returns to our screens next year. Disney+ this week unveiled artwork and voice cast additions for the forthcoming reboot of the beloved animated series, which concluded its original run 16 years ago.Slated for release in 2022, The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder will star Zachary Quinto and Billy Porter as Randall and Barry Leibowitz-Jenkins.The characters are described as a mixed-race gay couple who are the adoptive parents of 14-year-old activist Maya Leibowitz-Jenkins, another new addition who will be voiced by Keke Palmer. EJ Johnson, who is the son of NBA legend Magic Johnson, is also joining the cast as Michael Collins, described in press notes as a gender-nonconforming trendsetter who serves up “fierce looks at school and on the basketball court”.Michael did appear in the original Proud Family series, when the character was voiced by Phil LaMarr.The Proud Family was hailed as a culturally inclusive milestone for children’s entertainment when it premiered on the Disney Channel in 2001, thanks to its predominantly Black cast of characters.The original series followed the adventures of 14-year-old Penny Proud (Kyla Pratt), and her eccentric family.  A holiday-themed episode in the show’s debut season won praise for exploring the traditions of Kwanzaa.Fans may also recall the show’s infectious theme song, which was performed by Destiny’s Child and Solange Knowles.  A made-for-TV feature film, The Proud Family Movie, aired in 2005 as the series finale. Last year, Disney+ announced that most of the original Proud Family cast would return for the reboot.In addition to Kyla Pratt, The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder will feature Tommy Davidson as Oscar Proud, Paula Jai Parker as Trudy Proud, Cedric the Entertainer as Uncle Bobby and Soleil Moon Frye as Zoey Howzer. In recent weeks, Zachary Quinto has been doing promo with Jim Parsons for the documentary Tennessee & Truman: An Intimate Conversation, in which the two actors provide voiceovers as writers Tennessee Williams (Quinto) and Truman Capote (Parsons).Billy Porter is currently starring in the third and final series of Pose, which began airing in the US earlier this month.Later this year, he’ll be seen as the Fab G ― a genderless fairy godparent ― in the new film adaptation of Cinderella, co-starring Camila Cabello. HuffPost may receive a share from purchases made via links on this page. Prices and availability subject to change.MORE DISNEY NEWS:Nothing To See Here, Just Harry Styles Posing Up A Storm In A Disney Princess-Inspired Photo-ShootMiley Cyrus Had A Seriously Heartfelt Reaction To Hannah Montana's 15-Year AnniversaryEmma Stone Unleashes Chaos As A Young Cruella In First Trailer For New Disney Film
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Chelsea FC vs Leicester: FA Cup Final prediction, kick off time, TV, live stream, team news, h2h results, odds
Chelsea are looking to claim their first silverware of the Thomas Tuchel era as they take on a Leicester side looking to cap a superb season with a trophy in today’s FA Cup final at Wembley.
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How European women’s football elite sharpened their financial elbows
Chelsea and Barcelona have displayed stellar management and team building, but money has helped tooWhen Chelsea signed the Denmark forward Pernille Harder from Wolfsburg for a record fee early last September, they were not so much parking as amassing their tanks on Lyon’s front lawn.The then all-conquering French side had just won a fifth successive Champions League final but the pictures of Chelsea’s manager, Emma Hayes, and the club’s influential director, Marina Granovskaia, flanking Harder signalled a changing of the guard. Continue reading...
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‘He grabbed the lead and said: give me the dog’: can pet detectives stop the rise in animal theft?
Dogs are more valuable than ever – which is why so many are being snatched. But some owners and pet detectives are fighting backThe village of Partridge Green in West Sussex on a gorgeous spring morning. The early mist has burnt off; a wood pigeon coos; a flurry of pink snow falls from a showy cherry tree; outside the butcher’s, an orderly, socially distanced queue has formed; a chap out for a morning spin motors along the high street in his vintage MG. It is, as my companion, Colin Butcher, says, a scene straight out of Midsomer Murders.There are no murders today in Partridge Green, but it is a crime scene, and the crime is one that appears to be sweeping the nation. Butcher – ex-police (you can tell), then private investigator, now company director and chief investigator of The UK Pet Detectives – is on the case. He steps from his Range Rover wearing a fleece with an official-looking badge and “UKPD” emblazoned across the back; a twist on NYPD, except PD stands for Pet Detective. “I know the impact of seeing that UKPD – it’s such an international sign,” he says later, putting the jacket on before knocking at an address linked to his main suspect. Continue reading...
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FC Andorra: Sarabia and Piqué regroup after Barça woe in the mountains
Eder Sarabia and Gerard Piqué have FC Andorra moving up as they look to move on from one of Barcelona’s worst nightsOn a cold, wet Sunday night in a valley some way up the Andorran Pyrenees, 18km beyond the Spanish border and somewhere above the clouds, the linesman turns towards the bench and delivers a warning. Behind him the manager of the home team is on his feet, pacing and shouting. “Eder,” the linesman says, correctly imagining a long evening already, “we haven’t even been playing six minutes.”There is a smile then and again two hours later, sitting in aportable building at the south end of the pitch where coaching staff and sporting director dissect the match, magnetic players on the whiteboard, flipchart scrawled with the week’s objectives, laptop open. You haven’t changed, then? Eder Sarabia laughs. “Look,” he says, “I live this with passion. And since I came here people have said it’s nice to have someone natural, unafraid to express that, to be themselves.” Continue reading...
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UK rapper Enny: ‘Black women are beautiful. They don’t get told that enough’
Her track Peng Black Girls was a love letter to womanhood, and a huge lockdown hit. Now the rising south-London star is ready for her closeup.Photography by Suki Dhanda. Styling by Barbara Ayozie Fu Safira.In the depths of a bleak Covid winter, very few of us were feeling peng. With Zoom meetings and state-mandated daily walks our only form of socialising, there was little to dress up for, and few opportunities for us to feel beautiful. Related: The Guide: Staying In – sign up for our home entertainment tips Continue reading...
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A starfish is born: hope for key species hit by gruesome disease
US team succeeds in captive breeding of sunflower sea stars and aims to reintroduce them to the wildScientists in a San Juan Island laboratory in Washington state have successfully raised sunflower sea stars, or starfish, in captivity for the first time, in an effort to help save these charismatic ocean creatures from extinction.Sunflower sea stars, whose colours vary widely, can grow as big as a bicycle wheel and have about 20 legs. They were once abundant in coastal waters from Alaska to Mexico, but since 2013, nearly 6 billion of these now critically endangered animals have died from a gruesome wasting disease linked to warming seas. Populations have plummeted by more than 90%. Continue reading...
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Zara’s new makeup line is far from throwaway | Sali Hughes
Zara Beauty is extraordinarily good and follows its own pathI own just four garments from fast-fashion behemoth Zara and felt guilty buying even those. Fairly or not, the Spanish retail chain is judged widely for the environmental impact of its low-cost, trend-driven model. So when the brand told me that a makeup line was in the works, I expected faddy designer dupes with similarly ephemeral appeal, piles of single-use plastic packaging and that same unease at having supported a culture that should be doing considerably better.They agree, it seems. Instead of copying high-end creatives for Zara Beauty, they’ve engaged them in the process. Legendary makeup artist Diane Kendal took on the product development, while renowned aesthete Fabien Baron conceived the lacquered white refillable packaging (yes, almost every product is a buy-once-and-keep-refilling proposition). The resulting line is extraordinarily good and, to my surprise, follows its own path. Continue reading...
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Debenhams bows out after 200 years leaving town centres counting the cost
Venerable department store chain closes its doors as other retailers struggle to survive on the high street Shoppers and staff react to store closuresThere were queues of bargain hunters at the tills at Debenhams in Sheffield but it had the feel of a market hall rather than a department store chain that can trace its roots back more than 240 years.Large areas were roped off with black and yellow tape, the beauty department had been stripped bare with some brand names now obscured by black spray paint, while the lingerie display was little more than four cardboard boxes of bras. Continue reading...
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‘It’s important to build pride’: Coventry looks to future as UK city of culture
Organisers have faced huge challenges in the Covid pandemic, but hope their events can help rejuvenate the arts sectorUnder the colourful kaleidoscope of Coventry’s latest public artwork, Chenine Bhathena reflects on what the next 12 months hold for the city as it begins its year as the UK’s city of culture after a four-month delay due to the pandemic.“The city is transforming around us. I think it will be really important to build pride for people here, and to be able to show off on a national stage, to help people understand the city as it is now,” she said. “After Covid, the city of culture is more important than ever.” Continue reading...
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Five defensive midfielders Man United could sign this summer
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Dr Zoe Williams says there’s ‘an air of suspicion’ with Will Smith weight loss
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Former EastEnders star calls on Government to honour Dame Barbara’s dementia plea
Kellie Shirley is taking part in Dementia Action Week as she continues her former castmate Dame Barbara Windsor's campaigning work.
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