Grieving households should be allowed to form "bereavement bubbles" with others who have lost loved ones during any future coronavirus lockdowns, a charity has said.
Piers Morgan has condemned Denise Welch for a controversial interview she gave about coronavirus on ITV’s This Morning.Welch appeared on the breakfast show on Friday morning (4 September) to call out what she perceives as “fearmongering” by the press in its coverage of Covid-19.
Rishi Sunak could soon be a problem for Johnson as well as for LabourThe coronavirus crisis has made a star of the chancellor. He’ll want to be in a different post when his policies are paid for
European Union chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier is set to be sidelined by EU leaders in a bid to get a breakthrough in the negotiations about a trade treaty with the UK. Representatives of the bloc’s 27 member states expect Ursula von der Leyen, the president of the European Commission, to pave the way for heads of state and government to intervene in the deadlocked talks in a September 16 flagship speech. EU leaders are hoping that by stepping in to get the talks moving, it will help bridge the deep divides between the two sides, allowing Mr Barnier and his UK opposite number Lord Frost to agree the details. Two more rounds of trade negotiations are scheduled this month, with the first taking place in London next week, but the two sides remain divided. Relations between the UK and EU have descended into mutual recriminations, with both sides blaming each other for the deadlock after no progress on the major issues of fishing and state aid. Time is now running out, with Mr Barnier previously warning that a deal must be agreed by the end of October, to give the EU time to ratify the agreement before the end of the year.
A woman who was filmed naked while sleeping at a luxury hotel said the incident has “ruined my life” as the man responsible was finally brought to justice.Emily Hunt, 41, woke up next to a "creepy" man at the five-star Town Hall Hotel in east London in 2015, with no idea how she got there and her last memory being having lunch with her father.
Declan Donnelly has said there was “no way” he would host the 2018 series of I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! with another male presenter.Donnelly’s long-time collaborator, Anthony McPartlin, took a break from his television commitments two years ago in the wake of his arrest for drink-driving, meaning a new co-host needed to be drafted in as his temporary replacement.
Men must step up and donate their blood plasma to help defeat coronavirus, the NHS has urged, as it is revealed that women make up almost two thirds of donors. Female patients are far more willing to provide samples and represent 63 per cent of all volunteers (73,369), compared with 37 per cent of male patients (42,809). However, women's plasma is less valuable as men are three times more likely to produce a sample with a high quantity of antibodies, according to NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT). The health service is now urging men who have had the virus to come forward to donate ahead of a possible second wave in the autumn. Antibody-rich plasma can be transfused into people who are struggling to develop their own immune response to the virus, potentially saving many lives. Dr Lise Estcourt, head of NHSBT’s clinical trials unit, said: “We’re not sure yet why there is an imbalance in people coming forward but we do know we need more men to offer to donate. Men have a special role to play in fighting this virus. Men who’ve had coronavirus are more likely to be able to save lives. “We’re urgently asking men who’ve had confirmed coronavirus or the symptoms to offer to donate and help us be prepared for any second wave of Covid this autumn – you could save lives.”
Sweden, whose Covid-19 death rate soared above its locked-down Scandinavian neighbours at the peak of the pandemic, now has a case rate lower than those of Denmark and Norway for the first time since March. "Sweden has gone from being one of the countries with the most infection in Europe, to one of those with the least infection in Europe, while many other countries have seen a rather dramatic increase,” Anders Tegnell, the country's state epidemiologist, said at a press conference earlier this week. According to numbers submitted to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Contol (ECDC), Sweden registered an average of 12 new cases per million people over the past week, compared to 18 for Denmark and 14 for Norway. The number of deaths is currently averaging at two to three per day, down from the peak of over a hundred a day it suffered in mid-April. Stockholm, the centre of Sweden's pandemic in April and May, registered the lowest number of new cases since March last week. Denmark, meanwhile, registered 179 new cases on Friday, the highest daily number for more than four months. Moreover, a test last week of 2,500 randomly selected people found that not one had an active Covid-19 infection, compared to 0.9 per cent at the end of April and 0.3 per cent at the end of May.
It had been a long time coming. Donald Trump was first handed the Queen’s invitation for a formal state visit to the UK just days after entering the White House in January 2017. The offer, passed on by Theresa May during her Washington visit, was considered a masterstroke in Whitehall, playing to the new US president’s love of royalty inherited from his Scottish mother Mary, born on the Isle of Lewis. But as months turned to years without taking place the trip had morphed from the crowning glory of the renewed special relationship to an albatross around its necks. The prospect of a hostile British public, inevitable protests and the possibility of Mr Trump reacting to both had, White House sources believed, resulted in the UK dragging its heels. Now though, in the summer of 2019 - some two and a half years after the invitation was made - the state visit was on. There was, however, a snag. Buckingham Palace demands As planning for the trip intensified, the White House aides repeatedly pressed upon their Downing Street colleagues that one element was apparently critically important - a stay in Buckingham Palace. Mr Trump, an instinctive royalist, had met the Queen for tea at Windsor Castle during his first trip to Britain as president the year before, something he would recount often and with joy to advisers once back home. This time though Mr Trump was bringing the whole family - not just wife Melania but his four adult children Ivanka, Donald Jr, Eric and Tiffany, a law student at the time. Only Barron, still a teenager, remained.
Teachers tell parents in England to ignore 'baseless' letters on face masks. Templates on social media warn of legal action against schools and are ‘threatening’
Turkey on Friday accused Greece of shunning dialogue and lying after Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said NATO-brokered talks to reduce tension in the eastern Mediterranean could only be held if Ankara stopped making "threats".
As former Vice President Joe Biden prepared for Thursday’s trip to Kenosha, Wisconsin late Wednesday evening, Donald Trump’s White House was unveiling plans to shift his rhetorical war on American cities into a fiscal one.
Ray Winstone tucks into snail eggs, sausage and mountains of pasta in his new travel series, Ray Winstone’s Sicily. The Sexy Beast star is joined by friends as he travels the full length of the Italian island, sampling the best of its food and drink.
My first instinct when a celebrity announces a sharp left turn into the cosmetics industry is a slight eyebrow raise. I'm all for people pursuing passion projects, but makeup artists, cosmetic scientists, and Rihanna have us pretty much covered on the product development front, right? How many celebrity beauty brands does the world need? But from the moment tiny previews of Selena Gomez's Rare Beauty line started trickling in online, I was intrigued. Chic, minimalist packaging and a foundation range boasting 48 shades? Promising indeed. When the opportunity popped up to receive Rare Beauty items for review, I knew exactly which difficult-to-perfect category I wanted to take for a spin first: a creamy liquid lipstick Rare Beauty dubbed as "Lip Soufflé." Picking clumps of congealed formula from dried, creased lips is a personal pet peeve of mine, so I was eager to see if this matte lipstick could really pack a pigment punch while wearing comfortably on the lips. Reader, I'm here to report that Rare Beauty's Lip Soufflés delivered. This particular product's texture is unique in the world of matte lipsticks - creamy and buildable, while still feeling surprisingly lightweight and breathable. After a few minutes of wear, the suede-like finish starts to feel barely there, almost like a powder and far more comfortable than the tacky, glue-like texture common in other liquid lip products. Available in 12 shades, I was pleasantly surprised by how easy application of even the most high-impact Rare Beauty red color was on my lips. Dabbing on two to three dots of product and tapping outward with my ring finger achieved full coverage in fewer than 30 seconds. A lip liner might come in handy, but I didn't find it necessary for the four shades I tested: Inspire, Brave, Fearless, and Honesty. Check out photos of the shades I tried ahead, and feel free to put me on the record as a reformed celebrity beauty cynic. If every celebrity's foray into the beauty world is as intentional, user-friendly, and beautiful as Selena Gomez's Rare Beauty offerings, I'm all in.
The tiny Pacific nation of Palau has urged the United States military to build bases on its territory - which lies in a region where Washington is pushing back against growing Chinese influence. US Defense Secretary Mark Esper visited the island nation last week and accused Beijing of "ongoing destabilising activities" in the Pacific. Palau President Tommy Remengesau later revealed he told Mr Esper the US military was welcome to build facilities in his country, an archipelago about 1,500 kilometres (930 miles) east of the Philippines. "Palau's request to the US military remains simple - build joint-use facilities, then come and use them regularly," he said in a letter to the US defence chief that his office released this week. The note, addressed to Mr Esper and marked "by hand delivery, Koror. Palau," said the nation of 22,000 was open to hosting land bases, port facilities and airfields for the US military. Mr Remengesau also suggested a US Coast Guard presence in Palau to help patrol its vast marine reserve, which covers an area of ocean the size of Spain and is difficult for the tiny nation to monitor. While Palau is an independent nation, it has no military and the US is responsible for its defence under an agreement with Washington called the Compact of Free Association.
The first Black woman is on a major party presidential ticket, Americans of all races are showing their support for the Black Lives Matter movement and at the same time white nationalists are ramping up recruiting efforts and public activism. "Each wave of civil rights progress brings us a little closer to real equity, but there will always be backlash from those who feel threatened by that progress," said Cynthia Miller-Idriss, director of research with the Polarization and Extremism Research and Innovation Lab at American University in Washington.
Donald Trump has said his former chief of staff, John Kelly, could have been one of the four anonymous sources used by The Atlantic in the publication’s report that the president made disparaging comments about military troops.“It could have been a guy like a John Kelly,” Mr Trump said while calling the story a “hoax”.