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Coronavirus live news: India variant found in 44 countries – WHO; Taiwan faces new outbreak
Another record rise in India deaths; samples show UK is most affected by B.1.617 strain outside India; cluster of six in Taiwan could lead to shop closures US authorises Pfizer coronavirus vaccine for children ages 12 to 15Australia: fresh outbreak blamed on hotel quarantine leakExplainer: the deadly ‘black fungus’ seen in Covid patients in IndiaSee all our coronavirus coverage 5.34am BST India posted a record rise in deaths from Covid-19 in the 24 hours to Wednesday morning local time, pushing its total fatalities past the 250,000 mark.Deaths swelled by 4,205, while daily cases rose by 348,421, with India’s overall caseload now surging past 23 million, according to health ministry data. 5.31am BST The World Health Organization said on Wednesday that a variant of Covid-19 behind the explosion of cases in India has been found in dozens of countries all over the world.The UN health agency said the B.1.617 variant of Covid-19, first found in India in October, had been detected in more than 4,500 samples uploaded to an open-access database “from 44 countries in all six WHO regions”. Its weekly epidemiological update on the pandemic said it had received reports of detections from five additional countries. Continue reading...
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Emergency program to give people $50 off internet bill
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Live: India Covid variant found in 44 countries, black fungus cases found in many Indian cities
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Brits to bask in 22C heat next week as hot Atlantic air blows away storms
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One in four cities cannot afford climate crisis protection measures – study
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A Scarborough B&B Has Been Rated Top In The World, No Joke
There’s never been a better time for a staycation, now that a Scarborough B&B has been named the best in the world. We’re not joking.In fact, five of the world’s 15 top rated B&Bs are in the UK, according to Tripadvisor’s annual Travellers’ Choice ‘Best of the Best’ awards. The Toulson Court Bed and Breakfast in Scarborough took the title of world number one for the first time. Run by couple Angela and James, it’s located close to the seaside town’s Peasholm Park and a short walk from the beach. The Torcroft in Torquay and Dorset House in Lyme Regis take second and third place in Europe and third and fourth in the world respectively. While Torlinnhe Guest House in Fort William and Haven Cottage in Ambleside celebrate fourth and fifth in Europe and sixth and 12th in the world. Every year, Tripadvisor trawls through millions of reviews from its community of travellers to find the hotels and B&Bs that people have raved about most – those that go the extra mile, the most wanderlust worthy. Even during the pandemic, travellers continued to discover new places and share their advice with other holiday-goers in 2020. “Now that staycations are back on in the UK and the ban on overseas travel is days away from lifting, Brits will want to start getting plans in motion for what could possibly be the most longed for holiday of their life,” said Tripadvisor spokesperson, Hayley Coleman.“This celebration of the best of the best hotels around the world should serve as the perfect guide for discovering places to stay that are fit for the trip of a lifetime.”Here are the top 10 B&Bs in the UK:The Toulson Court, ScarboroughThe Torcroft, TorquayDorset House, Lyme RegisTorlinnhe Guest House, Fort WilliamHaven Cottage, AmblesideCoombe House, Bourton-on-the-waterThe 25 Boutique B&B, TorquayThe Elmdene, TorquayThe Somerville, TorquaySampford Guest House, BrixhamHere are the top B&Bs in the world:The Toulson Court, Scarborough, UKBayfront Westcott House Bed & Breakfast, St Augustine, USThe Torcroft, Torquay, UKDorset House, Lyme Regis, UKPousada Gaia Viva, Igarata, BrazilTorlinnhe Guest House, Fort William, UKAbiington Green Bed & Breakfast Inn and Spa, Asheville, USCandleberry Inn on Cape Cod, Brewster, USThe Blue Horse Inn, Woodstock, USGazebo Inn Ogunquit, Ogunquit, USTo see all Travellers’ Choice Best of the Best Hotel winners for 2021, across all subcategories, visit: tripadvisor.co.uk/TravellersChoice-Hotels. Related...Men Journal, Too – And They’re Starting To Talk About ItIs It Safe To Travel? What To Consider Before Booking Your Holiday10 Of The UK’s Most Eco-Friendly Airbnbs For A Summer Getaway
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Scarborough B&B named best in the world
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British troops were twice as likely to be killed in Afghanistan as US forces
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7 Ways To Undo The Brain Fog You're Feeling Because Of The Pandemic
Feeling loopy? The coronavirus pandemic has continued to disrupt our lives and it has taken a toll on us — emotionally, mentally and physically. A year of being isolated at home has made people more stressed, anxious and fearful of what the future may look like. Due to the social distancing measures in place, we haven’t been able to resume the activities we’re used to doing, so we’re not actively engaging our brains. Instead, our brains feel fuzzy and it’s slowing us down. We may be taking longer to do tasks or forgetting them altogether. “Brain fog is used to describe feelings of exhaustion, confusion and lack of concentration,” said Jessica Gold, an assistant professor in the department of psychiatry at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Brain fog, also described as quarantine brain, is actually how your brain is responding to all the chaos that’s going on right now, Gold said. “There’s only so much our brains and bodies can handle living in a state of uncertainty for the past year,” she said. Understand that you’re not alone and that it’s completely normal to be feeling this way.  Luckily, there are some ways to get rid of some of your brain fog symptoms and increase your mental clarity. Here’s what you can do: Take breaksChances are, you’re working continuously if you’re doing most of your activities at home. The pandemic makes us feel like our days are blended together and it may feel like you’re working all day if there’s no sense of time.  Take care of yourself by taking breaks often. When you start to feel overworked or exhausted, pause and step away from your screen for a moment. “While taking a break, make sure you’re doing something that is not work-related to allow your brain to rest and recover,” Gold said.  Go on a walk with friends, take a spontaneous coffee break, or phone a family member. Consider taking more vacations and time off work. Find ways to stimulate your mind and improve your mood through activities that make you happy. Try a mindfulness exerciseMindfulness can help us regain the focus, concentration and alertness from our brain fog. By being aware of the present moment, we can calm our mind and body, which has been in “survival mode” during this crisis.  “Mindfulness meditation quiets your mind, but it also removes the mental ‘cobwebs,’ creating a sense of awakening in your brain. This break on our brains allows it to reboot and be effective,” said Cynthia Catchings, a licensed therapist at Talkspace.Carve out some time for mindfulness each day, whether it’s doing a meditation or deep breathing practice. If you’re looking for more physical activity, try an online or in-person yoga class. Socialise with othersIf you’ve been staying at home for the past year, chances are you’ve not had much social interaction with others in-person. The good news is thatfully vaccinated people can now engage in gatherings with other people. “Lifting some of the strict restrictions we’ve been tied to for the past year can help reduce the brain fog. If you have been disconnected for a year, now you can safely ease back into socialising with others,” Gold said. She suggested making plans with other people ― whether it’s going for a walk together or doing a lunch date. Taking this slowly and steadily will not only help with all that numbness but also help with transitioning back into this “new normal.” Get a good night’s sleepThe amount of shut-eye you get every night has a tremendous impact on your overall health and wellbeing. The extreme stress caused by the pandemic may be leading to a lot of sleepless nights. “Sleep gives us the restoration our body needs in order to pay attention and think better,” Catchings said.While it’s easier said than done, try to get at least six to eight hours of sleep at night. It may be helpful to build a consistent sleep and wake schedule, limit your screen time before bed, and do something relaxing, like taking a warm bath, in the evening to make sure you get a good night’s rest. Rebuild your routineDuring the earlier months of the pandemic, you may have attempted or even started a routine to provide some structure to your days. Now, that routine may seem tedious and tiresome as you continue to do it over and over again. That can leave your mind feeling fuzzy or as if you’re just rolling through the motions.Try to incorporate joy-induced activities in your routine that you will look forward to throughout the week, Gold said. She suggested doing a “fake commute” if you once commuted to work, which entails replacing that time you had for commuting to work with a long walk or drive. By drawing a fine line through your personal and professional life, you are restoring that work-life balance and engaging your brain in a different way.Engage in positive self-talkIt’s normal to feel completely out of it right now. Don’t be too hard on yourself. “Give yourself some grace. Tell yourself that it’s OK to be adjusting to all of this and that it’s OK to be feeling what you’re feeling,” Gold said. Whenever you don’t have the brain power to devote to any task, give yourself some positive self-talk and validate what you’re feeling. This inner support can combat some of that anxiousness and self-doubt.  Talk to a mental health professionalIf brain fog is inhibiting your ability to get through the day, it’s probably time to get some help. Consider scheduling an appointment to connect with a mental health professional now. (And if cost is a barrier, online therapy services like BetterHelp and Talkspace are more affordable options.) “A mental health professional like a psychiatrist or therapist will work with you to manage your brain fog. We’re here for you and will help you get better,” Gold said. Related...6 Subtle Signs You’re Dealing With Seasonal Depression8 Foods That Could Be Putting You In A Bad MoodLong Covid Isn't Just Leaving People Sick – It's Taking Everything They've Got
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Do You Have FODO? How To Tackle Your Fear Of Dining Out
If you’re feeling a little on edge about the prospect of dining out come May 17, you’re not alone.Earlier in 2021, a survey by Lifesum of more than 10,000 people revealed two in five (40%) felt “nervous or apprehensive” about going out for dinner – and this was back when restrictions allowed for outdoor eating only. From May 17, pubs, restaurants and cafes in England will once again be allowed to serve customers indoors.Dubbed fear of dining out, or FODO, it’s pretty normal to feel worried about returning to restaurants. After all, we’ve spent the last year mostly being told staying home is safe, going out is bad. Except during Eat Out To Help Out, when we were actively encouraged to take up chancellor Rishi Sunak’s dinner discounts – only to find out that the scheme had increased infection rates.Which is all the say, if your brain isn’t quite on board with the concept of going for brunch in a public place where there’ll be ~ gasps ~ complete strangers, that’s to be expected.Equally, if you’re practically bouncing off the walls with excitement about meeting your mates for a Sunday roast indoors at your favourite local, that’s normal too – 79% of those surveyed said they were “looking forward” to dining in a restaurant again and embracing JODO (the joy of dining out).Why do we get FODO?Therapist and Counselling Directory member Shelley Treacher says FODO is a “completely normal response to the abnormal situation of coming out of isolation caused by a killer virus”. One reason we may feel this way, she suggests, is because our physiological systems have got used to being on guard. “It may take us a while to come out of the body’s threat cycle response, to calm down, and to get back to normal,” she tells HuffPost UK. “We have been vigilant for so long.”On top of that, it’s also possible that some of us have developed social anxiety (link) after being isolated from others for so long. As such, we may have a natural inclination to stay indoors.If this rings true, it’s important to be kind to yourself. It’s ok to take your time when returning to socialising, says Treacher. Saying ‘no’ to a dinner invite doesn’t mean there is anything wrong with you, just that you are being cautious. “This is a good survival skill,” she adds.If you’re on the fence about eating out, it might help to check the latest facts about safety and the virus: what are the cases like in your area? How can you stay safe while out and about? Could you dip your toes in with a first meal out that’s with people you trust at a restaurant or pub you’re familiar with?“Allow yourself to return when you are ready,” says Treacher. “This is another exceptional circumstance, so it will help to take it with care.”How to dine out safely Throughout the pandemic, Professor Paul Hunter, from the Norwich School of Medicine at the University of East Anglia, has been sharing advice on Covid safety.He tells HuffPost UK data suggests going out to eat in a restaurant is not one of the riskier activities when it comes to the transmission of coronavirus, although he notes it is obviously more risky than staying at home.Here are his tips for minimising your risk if and when you do go out to eat:1. Dine ‘out’ out. If the weather is good and the restaurant has outside seating, still think about eating outdoors. This is because the risk of outdoor transmission is far lower than from indoors. 2. It’s okay to be picky. Try to choose a restaurant that’s clearly committed to making your visit as low risk as possible. Are there signs up about its Covid safety measures? Are there one-way systems in place? Does the place look clean and are the tables wiped down properly between meals? Are the staff wearing face coverings?3. Eat at quieter times. Try and choose times to go when the restaurant may not be that busy. Prof Hunter notes one of the problems with last August’s Eat Out To Help Out scheme was that some days were really busy and others not so busy. “If the place is packed, consider going elsewhere,” he advises.4. Stay hygienic. Wash your hands or use sanitiser on entry, after visiting the loos and when leaving.5. Cover up. Continue to wear your face mask or covering whilst moving around the venue, including when you go to the toilet. 6. Seating plans are ok. Even if you’re eating with people from another bubble,  try and sit opposite someone you live with so you’re not facing someone else. Related...All The Things You Can Do From May 17The 10-Minute Mental Health Workout To Boost Self-EsteemMen Journal, Too – And They’re Starting To Talk About ItHow To Get Your Confidence Back If It's Shattered Right Now
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The 10 Most Popular Hair Styles Of 2021, From Curtains To Mullets
The past year has been a pretty weird time for our hair – we cut it ourselves, or desperately tried hacks to cover up its lack of maintenance, as hairdressers were closed for months on end. But now they’re back open (let’s hope, for good), it’s time to find out what trends our locks will be enjoying this year.The team at Cosmetify has released their 2021 Hair Report, revealing the most searched hairstyles over the past 12 months, as well as the styles which have had the biggest increase in popularity.Fancy something new, as the world opens up again? Try these for inspiration.The 5 most popular hairstyles of 20211. The mulletDescribed by the BBC as ‘style’s unlikeliest comeback’, the mullet, sported here by Miley Cyrus, is – apparently – back on trend. It was the most searched hairstyle in the past year, the report says, by more than 15.5 million people. 2. WavesWaves = a popular answer to hair growth during lockdown, giving us beachy holiday vibes when we’re still a few months off from having one ourselves. 3. WingsA style beloved of the tousled skateboarding and surfer community – instead of lying flat to your ears, the hair flips up and comes straight out like an airplane wing, hence the name. Forget Redbull, let Harry Styles show you how it’s done.4. CurtainsYep, they’re back (again) – think Peter Andre in Mysterious Girl. Also known in the US as the “butt cut”.5. ExtensionsWhile most of us are desperate for a chop, there’s no lengths some won’t go to achieve the hair of their dreams. Beloved of influencers and coming in fifth place: extensions... for those looking for a little extra boost. 5 more styles on the rise As well as looking at the most popular hairstyles of the past year, researchers looked at the hair searches going up in popularity.1. Curtain bangsThese are exactly what you’d expect: a long fringe parted in the middle to frame your face. The style had a whopping 1,016% increase in search.2. The new pixieA slightly longer, thicker variation of your standard pixie crop, says the report.  3. Layered locksMassive TBT. And just in time for the Friends reunion. The Rachel anyone? 4. Modern mulletThe “modern” mullet – or making a bad hairstyle marginally more acceptable – is achieved by shaving the sides, then applying the usual mullet formula. 5. Middle partingWhat Gen Z uses to troll Millennials. Pick a side. No, wait, don’t. Related...19 Before/After Haircuts To Show *Just* How Much We Needed ThemMen Are Reaching Burnout – Is Self-Care The Solution?These Simple Interior Design Hacks Could Give You A Real Mood BoostI Quit Watching Porn For My Wellbeing. Lockdown Is Testing My Resolve
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Can Labour survive Britain’s political realignment? - podcast
After another set of disappointing election results, columnist John Harris asks if Labour can ever reconnect with voters in its former heartlands, where support is increasingly swinging to the ConservativesLast week’s local elections were the first serious electoral test for the Labour leader, Keir Starmer, whose first year in the job has been dominated by Covid-19. It did not go well. On Friday morning the news came through from Hartlepool that Labour had been beaten into second place by the Conservatives in the hotly contested byelection. And the party had also lost a clutch of council seats in its former heartlands in the north of England and the Midlands. There were gains in key mayoral contests and in Wales but the overall picture was one of a party failing to make the gains necessary to put pressure on a Conservative party in power for more than a decade. Guardian columnist John Harris tells Anushka Asthana that there are no easy answers for Labour. It must now do the hard work of reconnecting with lost voters in places such as Hartlepool. If it doesn’t, the party could be out of power for a generation. Continue reading...
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