A woman who found a rare two-headed snake in her sunroom has found the reptile a new home.
A woman who found a rare two-headed snake in her sunroom has found the reptile a new home.
The Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines are neck-and-neck to become the first to be rolled out in Europe after they both submitted their approval applications. Pfizer and BioNTech submitted its emergency application on Monday to the European Medicines Agency (EMA), while Moderna submitted its on Tuesday, the agency said. If everything goes to plan, the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine will get approval to be used in Europe first.
A Jamaican convicted criminal who successfully fought his deportation after being released from prison has been charged with murder. The man was due to be deported in February after serving a six-year jail sentence for possessing a gun, ammunition and drugs. However, it is understood he claimed his deportation was a breach of his rights and he was removed from a flight to Jamaica. Within eight months, he was charged with the murder of a young man, attempted murder and the possession of a banned weapon. The disclosure came as the Home Office on Monday faced demands from the Labour Party in the Commons and from campaigners to halt a deportation flight to Jamaica on Wednesday of up to 50 foreign criminals released from jail. It is likely to inflame the row over "activist lawyers" – lawyers that Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister, and Priti Patel, the Home Secretary, claim are thwarting efforts to deport and remove foreign criminals and failed asylum seekers with spurious last-minute appeals. Chris Philp, the minister for immigration compliance and the courts, told MPs the 50 Jamaican criminals' offences include murder, rape, manslaughter, drug dealing, child sexual abuse, grievous bodily harm and firearms possession. He said they posed a danger to the public, having spent a total of 228 years in jail plus one with a life sentence, and that their deportation was vital to protect the public, adding: "These are serious offences which have a real and lasting impact on the victims and on communities. This flight is about criminality, not nationality." As Conservative MPs called for "activist lawyers" to be prevented from stopping flights at the last minute, Mr Philp revealed that one murderer jailed for life had already successfully mounted a late legal challenge to avoid deportation on Wednesday. It is understood a drug dealer has also appealed against his deportation amid fears within the Home Office that the number to be deported could be substantially reduced by similar last-minute legal challenges. Mr Philp said: "We do find that there are last-minute claims made often immediately before removal or deportation, often 24 hours in advance – even though there has been plenty of opportunity previously – apparently with the expressed intention of frustrating the process. "There is also opportunity for people to raise repeated claims, in sequence, sometimes over a period of many years, in a manner that would appear to me to be potentially vexatious. That is something I think the Government does need to act to sort out, and we do intend to legislate next year to close precisely these problematic areas." The deportation flight has already drawn criticism from 82 black public figures including model, actress and businesswoman Naomi Campbell, historian David Olusoga and actors Naomie Harris and Thandie Newton, who have written to airlines urging them not to carry the Jamaicans the Home Office wants to deport. A similar flight to Jamaica earlier this year to deport 50 criminals including a killer, two rapists and seven violent criminals was halted at the 11th hour following an emergency ruling by the Court of Appeal. Holly Lynch, the shadow minister of state for immigration, said the Labour Party had "no faith" that the Government had "done its due diligence" on the people it was seeking to deport to ensure it was justified, lawful and not a further chapter in the Windrush scandal. "Of course, we recognise that those who engage in violent and criminal acts must face justice, but we also hear that at least one person on that flight has a Windrush generation grandfather," she said. "Another whose great aunt was on the HMT Windrush, another whose grandfather fought in the Second World War for Britain. It's clear that we have not yet established just how far the consequences of the Windrush injustice extend." The Windrush scandal began to surface in 2017 after it emerged that hundreds of Commonwealth citizens, many of whom were from the "Windrush generation" – people who arrived in the UK from Caribbean countries between 1948 and 1973 – had been wrongly detained, deported and denied legal rights. Mr Philp said each case had been individually checked and "not a single person is eligible for Windrush compensation".
‘If you think that Covid is a joke, if you think this won’t be you...then trust me; it hits everybody differently’, 38-year-old Joe Luna said before succumbing to the illness
Frontier-style placards appear weeks before president leaves White House
Nicola Sturgeon has sent a message of unity to countries in the European Union (EU) as Brexit looms. The UK is scheduled to leave the EU at the end of next month, following the end of the transition period.
Boris Johnson will get a deal: but it will be a betrayal of the Brexiters. This is the moment when he’ll have to accept that no-deal is a disaster – and break all those fairy-dust promises
Michael Gove appeared to contradict comments made by the new minister responsible for the vaccine rollout.
The Duke of Sussex’s godmother, Lady Celia Vestey, has died suddenly at the age of 71. Lady Celia and her husband, Lord Samuel Vestey, were members of the Queen’s inner circle and keen horse racers. Lord Samuel served as Master of the Horse to the Royal Household from 1999 to 2018, and was appointed as permanent Lord-in-Waiting to the monarch last August. The couple married in December 1981 and had three children, the eldest of whom, William, served as a Page of Honour to the Queen from 1995 until 1998. Lady Celia was one of six godparents the Prince of Wales and Diana, Princess of Wales, chose for Prince Harry ahead of his christening in 1984.
These amazing images show the sheer majesty of the world’s most beautiful birds.But the winner of the Society of International Nature and Wildlife Photographers Bird Photographer of the Year 2020 took their picture in Britain.The competition, in aid of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), received entries from across the globe.However, the winner, Ravi Parvatharaju, 58, from Woodford Green, London, took his photo of a kingfisher feeding its two chicks at RSPB Rye Meads nature reserve in Hertfordshire.Parvatharaju, a consultant neonatologist at Homerton Hospital in East London, said: "The kingfisher chicks had fledged that morning and were mostly hidden in the bushes and their parents were taking fish to them.Read more: Couple reunited with dog who was stolen six years ago"Suddenly, two came out of the bushes and landed on a perch in front of me. I had started taking pictures when to my surprise and joy, the adult male, their father, landed on the same perch between his babies with a fish."Both the chicks started opening their mouths wanting to be fed. I got this picture as he was passing the fish into the mouth of one of the babies and the other chick had its mouth still open."It was, and remains to this day, truly a moment of magic for me and an unforgettable wildlife experience which I cherish."The other photos to be recognised in the competition included a lone penguin in the Falklands surrounded by chicks and two camouflaged nightjars on the forest floor in Madagascar.The Judge’s Choice award was won by British photographer Kevin Nash, 55, a company director from Warrington, Cheshire, who took a picture of a vulture with wings outstretched being chased by a jackal at the Zimanga Game Reserve in South Africa.The competition raised more than £2,000 for the RSPB.
"It wasn't a surprise when we realised that we were coming to some sort of conclusion."
Mr Trump called on the governor to overrule the secretary of state to do a match of signatures on ballots and envelopes
Switzerland is emerging as a model for how the coronavirus can be contained without a national lockdown, after daily new infections halved since the start of November despite pubs, restaurants, gyms and sports remaining open in much of the country. The figures were hailed as a triumph for the “Swiss special way” by Swiss government doctors last week, and will be seen as evidence that regional tiers can work in the UK. Rather than ordering a general lockdown, Switzerland allowed regions to decide their own measures and only the worst-hit imposed tough restrictions. But critics have charged that the success came at too high a price, after the country experienced some of the highest death rates in Europe. Switzerland has been described as the “new Sweden” after it refused to follow the UK and other countries into a second lockdown this month. The Swiss government imposed only minimal restrictions at a national level, including a limit of ten on private gatherings, an 11pm curfew for restaurants and the compulsory use of facemasks in crowded areas.
In some instances, the number of deaths reported internally were more than double the figures released to the public
The Strictly Come Dancing presenter also says she’s “barely slept” since this year’s castle-based series kicked off.
The 38-year-old Time Lord was so upset to say goodbye to her co-stars that she had to be carried back to her trailer.
'Their tough-guy acts and f***-your-feelings s***-talk have become a furious whine of complaints’
Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton has said he is "gutted" he won't be able to race in this weekend's Sakhir Grand Prix in Bahrain after testing positive for coronavirus. The British driver's Mercedes team said he had three negative test results last week but woke up on Monday morning with "mild symptoms". A statement said that Hamilton, 35, was informed at the same time that someone he had been in contact with before his arrival in Bahrain had tested positive.
China has provided North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and his family with an experimental coronavirus vaccine, a US analyst claimed on Tuesday, citing two unidentified Japanese intelligence sources. Harry Kazianis, a North Korea expert at the Center for the National Interest think tank in Washington, said the Kims and several senior North Korean officials had been vaccinated. It was unclear which company had supplied its drug candidate to the Kims and whether it had proven to be safe, he added. "Kim Jong-un and multiple other high-ranking officials within the Kim family and leadership network have been vaccinated for coronavirus within the last two to three weeks thanks to a vaccine candidate supplied by the Chinese government," Mr Kazianis wrote in an article for online outlet 19FortyFive. Mr Kazianis claimed the sources who disclosed Mr Kim's vaccine spoke to him on condition of anonymity.
European Union governments are getting impatient over the lack of progress in the Brexit negotiations, Angela Merkel warned on Monday. The German chancellor said Ursula von der Leyen, the president of the European Commission, was getting "increasingly involved" in a sign that talks were nearing their endgame. Mrs Merkel said the negotiations in London, which remain deadlocked over the critical issues of fishing, "level playing field" guarantees and the deal's enforcement, were "difficult and challenging". UK and EU negotiators are in a race against time to strike a trade deal and ratify it before the end of year no deal deadline, when Britain leaves the Single Market and Customs Union. Failure will mean the UK trading with its major trading partner on less lucrative WTO terms, with tariffs and quotas, and severe disruption to trade at borders. "Some member states are getting a little impatient," Mrs Merkel said, 32 days before the no deal deadline. "There's not much time left." France's Europe minister warned that there would be no trade deal without "sustainable and wide-ranging access to British waters". "Our fishermen are no less important than theirs, and they didn't have the right to vote in the referendum," Clement Beaune said during a visit to Madrid. Ireland's foreign minister said it was "ridiculous" that Britain was playing a "blame game" with the EU after it refused to extend the transition period beyond December 31. "The truth of Brexit is now being exposed in terms of the challenges of it," Simon Coveney said. On Monday, the European Commission resisted demands by France, the Netherlands and Belgium to publish emergency no deal plans for fear of upsetting the delicately poised trade negotiations. The Prime Minister's official spokesman said: "We have been clear that we won't change our negotiating position." George Eustice, the Environment Secretary, said a no-deal Brexit could create "new opportunities" for British farmers because tariffs on EU imports would mean they would sell more produce in the UK. Mr Eustice said the next week to 10 days would be "crucial" in getting a deal done. The National Farmers Union has warned that tariffs on the 60 percent of UK food and drink that is exported to the EU would cripple them. A new multi million-pound centre will use experts and cutting edge software to try and cope with border chaos after Britain leaves the transition period. The Border Operations Centre will monitor the flow of people and goods into the UK around the clock and in real time. Border traffic is expected to be disrupted, whether or not there is a trade deal with Brussels. Officials expect "short term" disruption but hope the centre will minimise it. Michael Gove, the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, said the centre would "help us tackle challenges quickly and decisively, and give us increased information which will make us safer and more secure". The UK hopes to have the "world's most effective border" by 2025, but concerns have been raised about the current system's ability to cope with Brexit. The EU has said it will bring in full customs checks on UK products from January 1. Britain will introduce a phased approach, which will not bring in full checks until July, which the Government blamed on coronavirus. Brexit: what happens next? Sign up to the Telegraph’s Q&A; to chat to our experts.
Pair will not be continuing their regular Friday hosting duties in 2021