The Prime Minister has announced the Government is "squeezing the break pedal" on plans to ease lockdown restrictions for activities deemed to be at a higher risk for the spreading of coronavirus.
The PM warned that the country was "not out of the woods yet" as he praised people tackling spikes.
Duncan Bannatyne has vowed not to open another business in Scotland in the wake of Nicola Sturgeon's "absolutely ridiculous" decision to keep gyms closed until the middle of September. The former Dragons' Den star, who owns 11 gyms north of the Border employing 600 people, told The Telegraph it was "unbelievable" she considered it safe to reopen pubs, bingo halls and bowling alleys but not health clubs. He said Ms Sturgeon and her officials had not bothered to see for themselves the safety measures implemented, arguing that she had a "hidden agenda" and was only interested in independence. The Scottish entrepreneur said he would "never again" open a business north of the Border, adding: "I don't know if many people would."
Dove Cameron has never been one to hide her tiny tattoos. With ink dating back to when she was just 14 years old - she has admitted she got it illegally and without parental permission - she has expanded and grown her collection of tattoos ever since and is an open book when it comes to the most intimate meanings behind each. Cameron has 11 known tattoos to date, with one of the most recent being of a gun with a rose on her wrist in honor of her friend Cameron Boyce who died at age 20 from epilepsy. She also has a tattoo on her arm in honor of her father, who passed away when she was 15. While most of her tattoos are on areas in plain sight, she has four that are usually hidden from the public eye - most of which are matching with people like her mom and sister and even past boyfriends. One of these hidden tattoos is the saying "Matière D'étoiles" on her ankle, which she got with her mom and sister based off a bedtime story her mom wrote for them. Another is the sketch of a sunshine between her fingers that she got with her current boyfriend, Thomas Doherty. She also has the Capricorn symbol on one hip (this is the tattoo from when she was 14) and the Gemini symbol, which is her ex Ryan McCartan's sign, on her other hip. Ahead, see the rest of Cameron's tattoos and learn what each one means.
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Boris Johnson is understood to be furious after he was blocked from giving peerages to some of the Conservative Party's financial backers, and is threatening to reform the House of Lords in retaliation. The Prime Minister is said to be "very frustrated, angry and upset" after a Lords watchdog refused to sign off peerages for some of his business supporters this summer. Instead, the list – which has been ready to publish for a number of days – will largely consist of political backers, with a second list of financial supporters, including businessmen Johnny Leavesley and Peter Cruddas, due to be published in the autumn. The House of Lords Appointments Commission is said to have raised objections after the Lords Speaker, Lord Fowler, expressed concerns about the size of the Second Chamber, which is set to surge above 800 after the appointments. There is no suggestion that any problems have been found with the nominations of Mr Leavesley or Mr Cruddas. Mr Johnson is said to be "very frustrated" about the last-minute hitches. He has put forward the names of former Labour MPs Frank Field, Ian Austin and John Woodcock after Labour's nominations for former deputy leader Tom Watson, ex-House of Commons speaker John Bercow and party aide Karie Murphy were blocked. One source said: "The issue is from the House of Lords itself. They are stamping their feet. There are a lot of people not going in, like Bercow and Watson, and they are slapping Boris around a bit." One source said the Prime Minister had expressed his extreme displeasure with the Commission and is now considering measures to reform the watchdog. The source said: "He is going to sort it out." Mr Johnson is said to be furious because he sees the new list of peers as people who will advance the Tory cause in the House of Lords, where Conservatives are in the minority. The Dissolution list – which could be unveiled on Friday – is thought to include the former Conservative MPs James Wharton, Ed Vaisey, Philip Hammond and Ken Clarke. The former Scottish Conservatives leader Ruth Davidson is understood to have agreed to accept a peerage but will not take it up until she steps down as an MSP next May. A Downing Street spokesman declined to comment. The House of Lords Appointments Commission was approached for comment.
India will for the first time since independence stop offering primary schools where the main language for teaching is English, the government announced, part of the first major overhaul of national education policy in the country for 34 years.Prime minister Narendra Modi’s cabinet approved the new National Education Policy on Wednesday afternoon, and the government said it would pave the way for “transformational reforms” in schools and higher education.
Two Australian women with Covid-19 who returned to Brisbane from Melbourne via Sydney and avoided quarantine by concealing their point of origin had attended an illegal party in Victoria, it was revealed Thursday. They arrived in Queensland on 21 July, eight days before that state’s government banned arrivals from Greater Sydney. The news emerged as Victoria reported two grim records, with 13 Covid-19 deaths and 723 new cases in 24 hours. The 723 Victorian cases on their own broke the previous record for the entire country, and came alongside 19 new cases in New South Wales, where three outbreaks have been identified in Sydney. The women, aged 19 and 21, who attended work and a number of other sites after returning to Queensland but before testing positive, were at a gathering of at least 20 people in Melbourne which was shut down by police. Melbourne and neighbouring Mitchell Shire have been under a lockdown since June in response to Victoria’s surge in Covid-19 cases.
The co-founder of Republican anti-Trump group The Lincoln Project has called congressman Louie Gohmert ”America’s craziest and dumbest congressman”, following confirmation he tested positive for coronavirus.Steve Schmidt co-founded the Republican political action committee that is aiming to prevent the reelection of Donald Trump, alongside George Conway, the husband of the president’s adviser Kellyanne Conway.
At least 202 illegal migrants reached the UK by boat across the Channel yesterday to set a new single-day record for crossings. Border Force vessels intercepted at least 20 boats as smugglers took advantage of exceptionally calm summer conditions, the Home Office confirmed yesterday. The new record for migrants reaching the UK by boat in a single day surpasses that set on July 12 when at least 180 made it to the English shore line. It means the number of migrants to have crossed the Channel this year is already nearly double the 1,892 for the whole of last year. The Summer surge will pile pressure on Priti Patel, the Home Secretary, who has been trying to negotiate a new agreement with the French whereby they will take back migrants at sea wherever they are found in the Channel. The flagrant bravura of the migrants was underlined yesterday when a group of five migrants landed on a Kent beach and took selfies to celebrate crossing the Channel by boat. They jumped out of their dinghy as they approached the coast and swam to shore at St Margaret's At Cliffe near Dover in the early hours of the morning. Two of the men were later snapped grinning while taking a selfie on a silver phone, while others laid back and waited around near the beach before police arrived and gave them face masks. Another vessel carrying 10 migrants landed on the beach near the Tudor-built Walmer Castle - a former artillery fort near Deal built for Henry VIII. It was the official home of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother in her role as the Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports, and she regularly had summer holidays there. The migrants are said to have been "bemused" after they managed to avoid Border Force vessels and reach British land. They ditched their boat in the water and a member of the public brought it to shore. A boat carrying nine people made it to shore at Kingsdown Beach, near Deal, around 9am - and they were found in a nearby churchyard. Another two vessels - one carrying around 20 people - are believed to have been spotted in the Channel in a busy morning for Border Force officials. It is also understood a migrant on a kayak attempted the crossing flanked by a French vessel. If true, it confirms the Home Secretary’s concerns. Last month she accused the French authorities of failing to turn back illegal migrant boats even when they are just 250 yards from their shore. She disclosed that she had had “difficult” conversations with the French who were refusing to intercept the boats even in their own waters despite a UK Government assessment that it was legal under maritime law to return them to France. Britain has offered to work with the French on joint exercises at sea to see how the boats could be returned to France safely when the migrants might resist. Border Force officers have already conducted their own exercises at sea with the Navy to develop ways of picking up boats and returning them to France. Among measures being trialled are nets that the military deploy to clog propellers and bring the boats to a standstill. “That’s the dialogue we are entering into with [the French] to get them to work with us and show willing,”said Ms Patel. “To end this route, we have to intercept boats at sea and return them to France.” Of yesterday’s record 202 migrants crossing, a Coastguard spokesman said: "HM Coastguard has today coordinated search and rescue responses to multiple incidents off Kent, working with Border Force and other partners. "Border Force vessels Seeker, Speedwell and Hunter were sent. "We are committed to safeguarding life around the seas and coastal areas of this country. "HM Coastguard is only concerned with preservation of life, rescuing those in trouble and bringing them safely back to shore, where they will be handed over to the relevant partner emergency services or authorities." It comes as a charity blamed French police "violent" migrant camp evictions for fuelling Channel crossings. More than 1,000 refugees have been cleared from settlements in Calais over the past two weeks - the "most intense" since the 2016 jungle clearance - with officers regularly using tear gas. Care4Calais, which supports the migrants, said evictions have been happening on a daily basis and that 500 were removed from a camp on July 10 - twodays before Ms Patel visited France. They were taken to other parts of France by bus, but most have returned to the port city. Police are also said to have cut food and water supplies to those living in camps. Charity chiefs said the evictions - which see migrants' possessions destroyed - is driving the surge of small boat crossings. They also said Ms Patel "has no strategy" to protect refugees and control the borders - and that she and her French counterparts are "only adding to the chaos in the Channel". And they accused her of "mounting a coordinated campaign to demoralise refugees" through the French to deter them from crossing. Care4Calais founder Clare Moseley said a "safe, legal" asylum process is needed, and that it would bring an end to the evil, lucrative trade of people smuggling.
Henry Long, 19, and 18-year-olds Jessie Cole and Albert Bowers are being sentenced for manslaughter, having been cleared of murder.
A woman wearing a mask at a Walmart in Gainesville, Georgia, abused another customer, who was in the store without a mask alongside her maskless children on July 20.Martin Ayala filmed this video showing the confrontation. “I hope you all die because you’re all gonna kill me,” the masked woman said to the mother before walking away.“Did she just say she hopes us all die?” Ayala can be hears saying in the video after witnessing the incident.The mother, identified in local news reports as Desiree Alis Vansickle, posted another video on her Facebook page stated that she lost it when the masked woman said, “I hope you and your kids die”.“You can see her look my kids in the eyes and say ‘I hope you all die’. It took a lot for me to not hit her, " she wrote in the Facebook post.Walmart required all shoppers to wear face-coverings from July 20. The Georgia government also urged all residents to wear cloth face masks when in public. Credit: Martin Ayala via Storyful
Nicola Sturgeon has been accused of misleading the UK public after she was criticised by a statistics watchdog for making unsubstantiated comparisons about coronavirus rates in Scotland and England. Scotland’s First Minister repeatedly claimed earlier this month that the prevalence of the virus was “five times” higher in England, and opponents said she had deployed the figure "to suggest her policy was working better than elsewhere in the UK". She also used the statistic to justify her controversial refusal to rule out imposing quarantine on visitors crossing the border into Scotland and taking a different approach to Boris Johnson on air bridges. But in an intervention described by her critics as “damning”, Ed Humpherson, Director General for Regulation at the Office for Statistics Regulation, said that the "uncaveated" comparison should never have been made as it was not backed up by sound data. An investigation also found that the justification for the claim provided to the media who questioned its basis was different to the one provided to regulators, after Ms Sturgeon's officials changed their story. The accusations of citing false figures will prove embarrassing for Ms Sturgeon, who has won widespread praise for her handling of the pandemic despite separate statistics published on Thursday confirming that Scotland has the third-highest rate of excess mortality deaths in Europe.
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Lynda Carter has revealed she is still in possession of her original Wonder Woman bracelets.The actor wore the cuffs while portraying the superhero on the eponymous TV series between 1975 and 1979.
A police officer charged in connection with the death of George Floyd has applied to have his charges dropped, court documents show.Lawyers for Tou Thao, 34, have put forward a motion stating that the former Minneapolis police officer could not have known that Derek Chauvin, who knelt on Floyd’s neck for almost nine minutes, was about to commit a crime.
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You can buy the priciest foundation, the most popular concealer, and the setting powder with thousands of five-star reviews, and it won't matter if your skin underneath that makeup isn't prepped properly. One of the most important steps when doing your makeup is exfoliating and moisturizing your skin beforehand, because the smoother and more hydrated your complexion, the better your makeup will look, the longer it will last, and the less of it you'll have to wear. This means having a really good moisturizer to wear underneath your makeup is key. "Choosing the right moisturizer for your skin is really important to get the best out of your foundation and to avoid your base becoming patchy or oily," makeup artist Zoe Taylor told POPSUGAR. Sounds simple enough, but anyone who's tried searching for a new face cream before knows that there are a whole lot of options out there, and in this case, not only does it need to suit your skin type and sensitivity levels, but it also needs to play nicely under makeup. If it's too greasy, foundation won't stick to it. If it's not hydrating enough, your concealer will crease. And then there's whether or not it will peel and roll the minute you put something on top of it. With so much to consider, we decided to turn to professional makeup artists to find out which creams, lotions, and serums they keep stashed in their kits. These pros have troubleshot hundreds of formulas, whittling down which ones work and which ones don't, and the moisturizers on this list do it all. Not only do they hydrate and smooth, but they also help keep makeup in place, acting like a primer but without having to add an additional layer to the skin (always a plus). From bargain buys to luxury options, keep reading to discover these miracle moisturizers that also make wonderful makeup primers.