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Boris Johnson is expected to announce a new national lockdown across the UK after a rapid rise in coronavirus cases. Determined to "save Christmas", the Prime Minister has been forced to act after Britain's infections increased and Tier 3 restrictions across much of England failed to stem the spread. So what is he going to announce and why? Here's what we know so far. Will there be a second lockdown? The Government has confirmed it will hold an emergency cabinet meeting this Saturday, 31 October at 1:30pm, following leaked rumours that a national lockdown could be on the cards from as early as next week. It is understood that ministers will discuss the possibility of introducing a month-long lockdown through November. When might it start? The Prime Minister is set to consider new measures over the weekend with his Cabinet coronavirus subcommittee, with the potential for additional restrictions to come into force by next week. If Mr Johnson decides to announce the measures at a press conference on Monday, these could be introduced on Wednesday and last until December 1. Read more: National lockdown – what the latest measures could mean for you What measures might be announced? Any restrictions will have to go further than Tier 3 measures which have been unsuccessful in stopping the spread of the virus. In the past few days, officials had been drawing up fresh plans to add an extra lockdown level – a fourth tier. These plans could indicate the types of measures the Government might introduce next week. They include: Closing restaurants and non-essential shops Closing pubs Banning family gatherings, including wedding receptions The new measures may be even more severe. During the first lockdown, Britons were told they could not leave home except to shop for necessities, to exercise once a day or for medical care.
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Pheasant shooting will be curtailed across vast swathes of the countryside after the Government bowed to a wildlife campaign led by the BBC presenter Chris Packham. The amount of birds released each year is likely to be dramatically reduced, with officials at the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) in charge of licencing game bird releases. Next week, Packham's judicial review against Defra was due to be heard in the High Court as he pushed for a ban on releasing pheasants around sites of special scientific interest (SSSIs). However, before the case could be heard, the Government announced it would ban most releases within 500 metres of SSSIs, and all other game birds will only be allowed to be released subject to licence. The British Association of Shooting and Conservation estimates this makes up to 10 per cent of the land currently used for game bird shooting. Mr Packham's group, Wild Justice, has been criticised for using legal loopholes to "damage" shooting. Accusing the group of "time-wasting", the Countryside Alliance and the British Association of Shooting and Conservation said in a joint statement: "If Defra is to secure co-operation from the shooting community, it must do better. "At the moment, there is a great deal of scepticism that a unknown licensing system run by an underfunded public body can fix something that is not known to be ecologically damaging." Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown MP said: "Many parliamentarians are concerned to ensure that shooting is not damaged by whatever Defra does. We will be fighting for a sensible evidence-based and proportionate outcome." However, the group argues it has have a legitimate reason to campaign against these releases. At their peak, non-native game birds make up almost half of Britain's bird biomass. Fifty-seven million pheasants and red-legged partridges are released into the countryside each year, and a recent report commissioned by Natural England found that releasing them in high density causes problems for local songbirds and other native animals.
A giant spider which was feared extinct in the UK has been rediscovered at an army training centre after not being spotted for over 25 years. Conservationists say that interesting creatures are often unearthed at Ministry of Defence sites because they are undisturbed and unaffected by farming or development. The Great Fox-Spider is Red-listed as ‘Critically Endangered’ and was feared extinct in the UK as it hadn’t been seen since 1993. It was discovered by an arachnid-obsessed worker at the Surrey Wildlife Trusts, who had been hunting high and low on MoD land with his torch. For two years, Mike Waite, spider enthusiast at the Trust, walked around for hours at night in the hopes of finding the nocturnal, ground-dwelling arachnid. Finally he discovered some unidentifiable immature spiderlings, on MOD land managed by the Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Trust, and then, at last several mature males and one female Great Fox-Spider, which was 55mm or just over two inches in diameter including its hairy, spiny legs. The delighted naturalist said: “I am naturally over-the-moon to have finally proved the continued existence of the Great Fox-Spider in the UK. Although I’ve always held a latent interest in spiders, as a bona-fide arachnologist, I am still a relative newbie, so am doubly pleased to have made this important contribution to our scientific knowledge.” Mr Waite now plans to continue his study to gauge the size of the population, looking for their silk-lined burrows over winter. The spiders are named because of their wolf-like chasing of prey. They love to run across sandy terrain, over gravel and rocks before catching insects. The Great Fox-Spider then pounces, injecting the unfortunate bugs with deadly venom. The spider is then ready to feast on its catch using its strong, fang-bearing front appendages called chelicerae. Great Fox-Spiders have excellent eyesight with wrap-around vision provided by eight black eyes on its head, or cephalothorax. Two large eyes glint from the top of the head; two large eyes stare out the front; and four smaller eyes form a row just above the spider’s mouth. Conservationists have praised the MOD for preserving land for important animals. Rob Free, Weald Reserves Manager, Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (ARC) said: "The discovery of the Great Fox-Spider shows how amazing the MOD heathland is, not just for spiders, but also for Sand Lizard, Smooth Snake, Dartford Warbler, Nightjar, Silver-studded Blue butterfly and Marsh Clubmoss. The spider’s rediscovery is a wonderful exoneration of all the incredibly hard work put in by MOD staff, Conservation Group members, ARC staff and volunteers." ARC has managed key parts of the site since 1974, with particular emphasis on preventing the endangered Sand Lizard from becoming extinct, and as MOD’s conservation partner, ARC has been managing much of the open heathland on the site since January 2019. Managed for nature’s recovery, the MOD site is recognised as being nationally important for its populations of rare bird, reptile and invertebrate species. Rich Lowey, Defence Infrastructure Organisation's Head of Technical Services, said: “Many people are unaware of the size and diversity of the Defence estate and its tremendous wildlife richness. It has generally been protected from agricultural intensification and urban development, so it now provides a vital sanctuary for many of the country’s most rare and endangered species and habitats. We are proud to hear that the Great Fox-Spider has survived because of MOD’s commitment and enthusiasm to have positive and active conservation management on the Estate and close integrated working with ARC, Surrey Wildlife Trust and MOD Conservation Groups.”
It comes as the government continues to defend its three-tier localised approach to try and restrict the continued spread of COVID-19 infections.
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Mark Drakeford said it was hoped coronavirus in Wales would be ‘brought back under control’ ahead of the Christmas period.
Local restrictions in Scotland and Wales have made people more likely to socialise indoors, Government data suggests. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) published weekly data on the social impacts of Covid-19 on Friday – the first set to take into account the three-tier system of coronavirus restrictions in England, covering the period from October 20 to 25. Researchers found that people living in higher tier areas in England reported lower levels of socialising indoors, while the opposite was true for those under local restrictions in Scotland and Wales. According to the latest data, 81 per cent of people living in a lockdown area of Scotland or Wales met two to six people indoors, in contrast to 72 per cent of people who do not live in a lockdown area. In comparison, the percentage for people living in Tier 1 in England was 86 per cent, with the figures at 75 per cent for for Tier 2 and 73 per cent for Tier 3.
A mountain lion found with burn injuries sustained during California’s Bobcat Fire was released back into the wilderness on the weekend of October 24 after receiving a month-long treatment from the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine staff.According to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), wildlife biologist Amelia Viera captured the lion after a homeowner in Monrovia found her with paw injuries in his backyard.The lion had sustained burns earlier in October during the Bobcat Fire in northern Los Angeles, officials said. The fire had endangered rare species in the San Gabriel Mountains, local news reported.The CDFW and UC Davis also rescued and treated two black bears that were caught in the North Complex Fire and the Zogg Fire. The North Complex Fire that started in August burned nearly 319,000 acres in the counties of Plumas and Butte, according to the National Wildfire Coordinating Group. The Zogg Fire burned over 56,000 acres in Shasta County since it started in September, according to Cal Fire.The CDFW posted this video to Facebook, showing the lion’s treatment and release. They quoted Viera who called the lion’s recovery the “ultimate success story.” Credit: California Department of Fish and Wildlife via Storyful
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Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, whose death aged 78 was announced in Iraq, was for nearly quarter of a century Saddam Hussein’s second-in-command. After the toppling of the dictator in 2003, he continued to champion the Ba’athist cause, first against the occupying American-led forces, then against the growing influence of Iran in the governance of Iraq. As a former field marshal and vice-chairman of the Revolutionary Command Council, he was high on the list of people wanted dead or alive by the coalition. In the pack of playing cards issued by American intelligence agencies to identify the most notorious members of the old regime, he figured as the King of Clubs, with Uday, Saddam’s elder son, as the suit’s ace. A price of $10 million was put on his head. Yet such were al-Douri’s powers of evasion that he remained one of a handful of that marked elite who was neither killed nor captured. He was reported to be suffering from leukaemia and more than once was declared dead, only to pop up again in audio and video messages.
Boris Johnson is expected to announce a new national lockdown next week after scientists warned Covid-19 was spreading faster than their worst predictions. The Prime Minister spent Friday in crisis meetings with ministers and aides after being told deaths were tracking above the “worst case scenario” that suggested 85,000 in the second wave. Mr Johnson is understood to have been persuaded that a national lockdown is the only way to save Christmas, and will spend the weekend contemplating exactly how severe it should be. Senior government sources stressed that no final decision had been made and the measure would need to be put to the Cabinet before any announcement to the nation. Mr Johnson is likely to summon ministers from his Cabinet coronavirus subcommittee over the next 48 hours and could hold a full meeting on Sunday if he decides he needs to act as soon as Monday. The alternative to a national lockdown would be a fourth tier of restrictions on top of the existing three tier system, but government scientists now believe even Tier 3 is not enough to stop the spread of infections.
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Wanna know the only thing more cringe-worthy than your Uncle Joe telling the same dirty joke over latkes during the holiday season? Watching someone feign delight after unwrapping a gift they hate . . . especially if it's from you. (Pro tip: the person in your family who geeks out over skin care and makeup probably doesn't want an air-fryer.) To help keep the awkward level down to a manageable 2 - and because it's hard to offend anyone on the other end of a fancy Diptyque candle or Drunk Elephant skin-care set - we've asked POPSUGAR editors to share the foolproof beauty gifts they'll be giving (and also, most likely keeping) this year. As for how to deal with inappropriate relatives? Well, you're on your own there.
A group of spinner sharks put on a flipping awesome display for fishermen off Cape Hatteras, North Carolina.The sharks can be seen leaping out of the water, spinning several times before crashing back down, in the video uploaded to Facebook by Aaron Penny.Seeing the spinner sharks was “a first for us in all the years we’ve fished,” Penny told Storyful.The slender sharks spin out of the water “in quick bursts of speed to catch a meal,” according to the oceana.org website.Penny commented on Facebook that the display was “awesome to witness firsthand.” Credit: Aaron Penny via Storyful