The UK left the European Union on January 31. Here we look at the latest figures and key dates in the ongoing Brexit process.
More than 3,000 new cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in the UK in the last 24 hours.As of 9am on Tuesday, there had been a further 3,105 lab-confirmed cases, bringing the total to 374,228, the Government said.
The government has given itself two weeks to make its 'rule of six' law work before reimposing tougher lockdown measures, according to a report.
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Staff at a coronavirus testing site in Twickenham have told the public they can jump the queue for a local swab by pretending they live in Aberdeen. Entering a postcode 400 miles from the testing site at Twickenham stadium allows people to book a test near their homes, but local people who are honest about their address have been told they must travel hundreds of miles to another centre. Matt Hancock on Tuesday urged the public not to "game the system" by changing their postcode to receive a local test, but could not explain why it worked.
Britain offered tentative concessions on fisheries in trade talks with the European Union last week, two diplomatic sources told Reuters, just as London was publicly threatening to breach the terms of its divorce deal with the bloc. The sources, who did not attend last week's talks between the sides' chief negotiators but were briefed on them by the EU negotiating team, described the offer as a possible bid by London to overcome a key obstacle to a new trade deal from 2021.
If they were able to take a test and find they do not have the virus they could return to work immediately. The Department for Education says 99.9% of schools opened at the start of term. But their figures show 8% of state funded schools were partially closed. And pupil attendance rates have fallen to 88%, down from 95.3% last year. Like hundreds of schools across the country, Coleshill Heath Primary School has had to ask some pupils to isolate after a confirmed case of COVID-19. Susan Venables has a daughter in year 4 who is off school and another daughter in year 1 who still has to go in.
The production of Coronation Street was disrupted after an actor tested positive for coronavirus.The cast member discovered they had Covid-19 at the end of last week.
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A list of top earning BBC stars has been released by the corporation as it faces criticism for offering pay rises despite a wave of redundancies earlier this year.The BBC is having to make savings of £125m this year because of the pandemic, and has announced a swathe of job cuts in its news division.Despite the job losses, however, Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker topped the list with a salary of £1.75m in the year to the end of March, although he will take a 23% pay cut. Meanwhile presenters such as Zoe Ball saw her pay increase by £990,000 in the past year.Last year's figures put the Radio 2 Breakfast Show host on about £370,000, but she had only just replaced Chris Evans on the airwaves.Fiona Bruce also moved up the published pay figures by £195,000 to around £450,000, now she is hosting Question Time.And Graham Norton is on at least £725,000 – a rise of around £115,000.The BBC’s new boss Tim Davie said he expects presenters to work for less because of challenges posed by coronavirus and defended the pay rises for stars like Ball."Zoe is absolutely a broadcaster at the top of her game. She's delivering over eight million listeners," he said.And he added of the station as a whole: "I think we're getting incredible value."
From deploying mules to large transport aircraft, India's military has activated its entire logistics network to transport supplies to thousands of troops for a harsh winter along a bitterly disputed Himalayan border with China. In recent months, one of India's biggest military logistics exercises in years has brought vast quantities of ammunition, equipment, fuel, winter supplies and food into Ladakh, a region bordering Tibet that India administers as a union territory, officials said. The move was triggered by a border stand-off with China in the snow deserts of Ladakh that began in May and escalated in June into hand-to-hand combat.
A biker who pulled a 100mph wheelie on a motorway while passing an unmarked police car has admitted dangerous driving. A video camera on the front of the Northumbria Police vehicle showed Lee Embleton, 51, hurtle past just as the officers were joining the A194(M) at Follingsby Lane in Gateshead.
Gary Lineker agrees £400,000 BBC pay cut and to tweet more carefullyAll corporation staff to be bound by strict new social media guidelines within weeks
Experimental drug could be administered by inhalation or a spiky plaster-like patch, researchers say
An army barracks will be transformed into the UK’s first “migrant camp” following a surge in Channel crossings, as the local council complains it was not consulted on the plans. Around 400 people who are having their asylum claims processed will be moved to Napier Barracks in Folkestone from next week, with the Home Office looking at using other MoD sites around the country to house more people. The move has angered local officials, who say that they "cannot support" the decision and have “great concerns” about the impact on the local community. In a joint letter to Home Secretary Priti Patel, Conservative MP Damian Collins along with the leader of Folkestone and Hythe District Council and the chairman of Sandgate Parish Council demanded that the decision be reversed. "We have great concerns about the impact this large open camp will have on the welfare of the local residential community and also those people in the asylum system who will be placed at the barracks itself," they said.
Changing your hair color is always a big decision, and with dozens of options jumping out at you every day - like "champagne pop" and "honey blond" - deciding on just one fall hair-color transition might be a little tough. But if the internet has taught us anything, it's that there's an easier way of determining these things that don't involve much trial and error: your zodiac sign. Your astrological sign says a lot about you: what you're like, what people might experience when they're around you, and in general, the best words that describe your personality, but we think it's also a great tool to use when determining what color to dye your hair. If your Instagram feed and a constant barrage of insider hair-trend knowledge isn't doing much to help you narrow down a hue, keep reading to see our predictions on what fall hair color you should try according to your zodiac sign.
The overarching theme of this season's biggest hair-color trends: they look as good as they sound. With "black cherry," "chocolate almond," and "black espresso" hair colors already gaining popularity among brunettes, it only makes sense that "amaretto biscotti" is the next best fall hair color for blondes. Named after the sweet toasted almond cookie, this fall hair color is a warm golden blond that looks flattering on all skin tones. "This amaretto biscotti shade looks like a combination of light and bright confection, toasted almonds with a touch of nutmeg, and organic sugar cane," said Leianna Hillo, the lead colorist at eSalon . "You can almost taste the fresh-baked cookies as you swish and flip your hair away." Hillo notes that this hair color works best on light to dark blond hair and serves as an easy way to spice up your hairstyle for fall and beyond as we transition into the colder winter months. To achieve this look at the salon, Hillo said: "Start with a medium brown or dark blond base, adding natural copper tones to bring warmth and shine to your look. Then pop in a hint of light-reflecting golden tones for those moments when we need to bring a little glow to our facial features." Keep scrolling for more amaretto biscotti blond hair-color inspiration.
SHOTLIST BRUSSELS, BELGIUMSEPTEMBER 16, 2020SOURCE: EBSRESTRICTIONS: NO RESALE 1. SOUNDBITE 1 - Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission (female, English, 46 sec): "It cannot be unilaterally changed, disregarded or disapplied. This a matter of law, trust and good faith. And that is not just me saying it. I remind you of the words of Margaret Thatcher. I quote: 'Britain does not break Treaties. It would be bad for Britain, bad for relations with the rest of the world, and bad for any future treaty on trade.' End of quote. This was true then, and it is true today. " ///-----------------------------------------------------------AFP TEXT STORY: leadEU chief says Brexit deal 'cannot be changed' by lawBrussels, Sept 16, 2020 (AFP) - EU chief Ursula von der Leyen complained Wednesday that hopes of a post-Brexit trade deal are fading and warned Britain not to unilaterally modify the withdrawal deal."With every day that passes, chances for a timely agreement do start to fade," the president of the European Commission said in her annual State of the European Union address."Negotiations are always difficult, and we are used to that... But talks have not progressed, as we would have wished. And that leaves us very little time."Von der Leyen warned the attempt by Prime Minister Boris Johnson to override parts of the withdrawal treaty he signed last year is illegal and unacceptable."This withdrawal agreement took three years to negotiate," she said. "And we worked relentlessly on it line by line word by word, and together we succeeded."The result "guarantees our citizens rights, financial interests, the integrity of the single market and crucially, the Good Friday Agreement," she said. The European Union and Britain "jointly agreed it was the best and only way to ensure peace on the island of Ireland. And we will never backtrack on that," von der Leyen said."And this agreement has been ratified by this house and by the House of Commons," she told the European Parliament."It cannot be unilaterally changed disregarded or misapplied. This is a matter of law and trust and good faith."dc/pdw/spm