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Got a Disney fan in your life? Want to get a jump on your holiday gift shopping? That's a double "yes" for most of us. Well, Amazon's here to help on both fronts: It's now got the Echo Wall Clock: Disney Mickey Mouse Edition for just $38 (down from$50). Here's your chance to show your love for the Disneyphile in your life, while also keeping them delighted, organized and more importantly, on time (see, there's something in it for you too!).
The device features the iconic Mickey on a 10-inch wall clock, while his cute little hands are used as the clock’s hour and minute hands. Plus, since it’s Alexa-enabled, it pairs easily with every Echo device—including Echo, Echo Dot, Echo Show 5 and much more. (Note: In order to work properly, the clock needs to be paired to an Echo device.)
Here’s how it works: Once you sync it to your home’s Wi-Fi network via the Alexa app on your smartphone, just say “Alexa, set up my Echo Wall Clock.” And that’s it! The Echo Wall Clock: Disney Mickey Mouse Edition will set to the correct time. And oh yeah: It'll automatically adjust for daylight savings time.
“For us, this clock was the easiest setup ever,” added a delighted shopper. “Took it out of the box, put batteries in and told our Echo to set up the wall clock. The hands started moving and within about 30 seconds the time was set.”
The smart wall clock also doubles as a digital kitchen timer with 60 red LED lights to show you one or more set timers. It’s perfect for pulling together those big family meals...you know, like at holiday time, wink, wink.
Want something a little more classic? Amazon also has a traditional black and silver Echo Wall Clock on sale for just $29. It can do everything the Disney Mickey Mouse Edition can do, without the irrepressible rodent on its clockface. But if you ask us, Mickey’s just way too cute to pass up.
Police have arrested a second man in connection with the murder of Rishmeet Singh in Southall. Detectives arrested a 17-year-old boy on suspicion of murder on Thursday. Police said Rishmeet’s family have been updated on the arrest and are being supported by specially trained officers.
The Kremlin said on Thursday that the probability of a new conflict in eastern Ukraine remained high and that Moscow was concerned by "aggressive" rhetoric from Kyiv and an increase in what it called provocative actions. Moscow denies planning an invasion and accuses Ukraine of building up its own forces in the east of the country.
The US is moving to require all air travellers entering the country to show a negative Covid test taken a day before departure in a bid to stem the spread of the Omicron variant. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said the revised timeline would help to “make international travel as safe as possible” amid growing concern over the spread of the new strain. Currently, vaccinated international air travellers can present a negative antigen test result obtained within three days from their point of departure.
The race is on to administer as many booster shots as possible. The Government has set a target of offering a third dose to everyone in England over the age of 18 by the end of January. Meeting this must be a national priority. The reality is we must ramp up capacity to meet these targets, save Christmas and protect our economic recovery.
Deputy Labour Leader Angela Rayner has written a letter to Cabinet Secretary Simon Case calling for an investigation into claims the prime minister hosted a Christmas party last year during lockdown. She said his actions show "a blatant disregard for the rules" and wants to "clarify whether the law was broken".
Shadow Business Secretary Jonathan Reynolds says "if there is one thing" known about Boris Johnson, it is that he "doesn't believe" rules apply to him. He concedes that expanding the booster campaign "is the right thing to do" but thinks the government needs to back the Test and Trace system to stop disruption to people's lives.
The South Africa Open is facing further disruption after four golfers tested positive for Covid-19 ahead of the tournament starting on Thursday. Darren Fichardt, an 18-time winner on the local Sunshine Tour, Teaghan Gauche, Dylan Mostert and Siyanda Mwandla are the players who have been forced to withdraw. It comes after the discovery of a new coronavirus variant in the country last week led to travel restrictions being imposed around the world, and the golf schedule being significantly affected.
The UK has recorded 53,945 new cases of coronavirus - the highest daily figure since mid-July following the European football championship. The last time more cases were reported was on 17 July, when 54,674 new COVID-19 cases were recorded, six days after the tournament's final at Wembley. Public Health England previously said that England's deep run in the competition - losing to Italy on penalties in the final - was linked to more than 9,000 new cases of COVID.