The Government has announced new restrictions to stop the spread of coronavirus across Greater Manchester and parts of east Lancashire and West Yorkshire.
But what restrictions have been imposed and what areas are affected?
A Manchester-born publisher has been identified as the alleged former girlfriend of Jeffrey Epstein named in legal papers relating to Ghislaine Maxwell that were unsealed by a Manhattan court last week. A woman named as “Shelley” was allegedly named by Ms Maxwell as Epstein’s girlfriend between 1999 and 2002, according to an email contained in papers released by US District Judge Loretta Preska. It has now been claimed that the woman is Shelley Ann Lewis, 43, a “wellness entrepreneur”, who runs a company called The Equanimity Expert. There is no suggestion that Ms Lewis was aware of any criminal behaviour by Epstein during the time of their alleged relationship. It coincided with the time when Virginia Giuffre alleges she was coerced into having sex with the Duke of York – an allegation that Prince Andrew has repeatedly and vehemently denied. Ms Lewis could, lawyers believe, be approached by prosecutors and attorneys in the United States acting for Epstein’s victims to ask what she knew about the alleged behaviour of Ms Maxwell and Epstein. The tranche of papers was compiled during a defamation case brought against Ms Maxwell by Ms Giuffre. They were released despite fierce opposition from Ms Maxwell’s legal team. In a January 2015 email to Epstein, Ms Maxwell wrote: “I would appreciate it if Shelley would come out and say she was your g’friend – I think she was from end 99 to 2002.” Epstein replied: “OK with me.” Ms Lewis’ name appears repeatedly on the flight logs of Epstein’s private planes, on occasion travelling alone with the disgraced financier, who was found dead in a jail cell a year ago. Destinations included New York and Little St James – the financier’s private island in the Caribbean where many of the offences are alleged to have taken place. It is believed they met in 1999 when Ms Lewis, then 22, was working for Christie’s auction house in New York. Epstein was 46 at the time. The company Ms Lewis now runs says it offers a six-week course hosted by “some of the leading thinkers in the fields of big picture decision making, neuroscience and psychology”. The company’s website adds: “After an experience of direct awakening at age seventeen, Shelley has been on the path of inner transformation ever since.” Her meditation centre, called Sacred Space, is intended to help New Yorkers find respite from the city’s frantic pace and “cultivate practices for Inner Peace”. Ms Lewis is understood to divide her time between New York and west London, where she owns a flat. She was also the author of A Key to the Heart, a bestselling children’s book, which has reportedly been praised by Laura Bush, the former First Lady and author J K Rowling. Ms Lewis’ father, Brian, a retired businessman told The Mail on Sunday: “I’ve not seen my daughter for ages. I have no idea what she would want to say.” Ms Lewis deleted all her social media profiles a short time after the release of the court documents on Friday. Ms Maxwell, the daughter of the late Robert Maxwell, a Labour MP and owner of the Mirror Group of newspapers, is in custody in New York awaiting trial. Charged with six counts of child abuse allegedly committed between 1994 and 1997, Ms Maxwell, who has denied the allegations, is due to stand trial next July. Other documents remain sealed and Ms Maxwell’s legal team are seeking to prevent their release. Some papers, which were due to be released on Monday, will be kept under wraps, including Ms Maxwell’s own deposition in which she has denied knowledge of Epstein’s activities. Judges in the US Court of Appeals agreed to delay their publication in a two-page order published on Saturday. A further hearing has been listed for September. The Telegraph has approached Ms Lewis for comment.
Tests for residents and staff was meant to have started on July 6 but will now be pushed back until September 7.
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A man was involved in an altercation with a couple after a cup of coffee was thrown on him at Manhattan Beach, California, on July 31.James Hernandez recorded a video that shows him sitting with his friend, Matt Roy, on an outdoor bench to eat a burrito before a couple wearing masks approaches them.“You’ll need to be wearing a mask,” the woman can be heard saying in the video.“We’re on the other side of the fence, we don’t believe this stuff,” Hernandez responds.The dispute between Roy and the couple escalates before the woman throws her cup toward Roy and the liquid inside spills over the man.“Oh s***, that was dumb, " Hernandez says before Roy stands up to fight with the couple. His shirt is ripped during the scuffle.The video then shows the man calling the police to report being assaulted by Trump supporters. Hernandez says the man will need to “get your story straight”.“You threw the coffee first, stupid,” Roy says when the man is calling the police.The video goes on to show Roy and Hernandez explain to the police what happened.Hernandez told Storyful that he wore a Trump MAGA 2020 hat on the day and a body-cam on his waist. Hernandez said the police made the couple apologize, so he and Roy declined pressing charges.On July 31, the City of Manhattan Beach recorded 264 cases and four deaths of coronavirus. The city issued an emergency service order on July 15 to ask residents to wear a cloth face covering and will issue a fine to those who violate the order. Credit: James Hernandez via Storyful
Women who join Isis are being “underestimated” by international security services because of gender stereotypes, the United Nations has warned.The head of its Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED) told The Independent there were a “range of different biases in investigations, charging, sentencing and the provision of rehabilitation and reintegration support”.
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Cornwall Council has criticised “ignorant” holidaymakers refusing to wear masks amid growing unease over the number of visitors crowding the UK’s tourist hotspots.Adam Paynter, the authority’s deputy leader, said locals were “concerned” about a possible rise in coronavirus infections as people flock to the south coast for holidays instead of travelling abroad during the pandemic.
A primary school is facing calls to ditch "Rhodes" from its name in the wake of the Black Lives Matters movement despite its founder having no links to colonialism. Former pupils at Rhodes Avenue school in Wood Green, North London, are among those calling for a clean break with "Rhodes" because of an apparent immediate association with British imperialist Cecil Rhodes. But it is understood the school's name was adopted after his great uncle Thomas, once a wealthy landowner in the area. And while no evidence implicates Thomas Rhodes with colonialism, campaigners have argued the Rhodes family "has a legacy born in white supremacy, imperialism, and apartheid". Former pupil Alex Wiffin told the Ham & High newspaper: "What we really want to stress is that whatever the link to the family, the fact is that when most people hear the name, they do immediately think about Cecil Rhodes and Rhodesia. Trying to find ways around that is missing the point." A petition has now been created calling for the school to be renamed after Oliver Tambo, a prominent Anti-apartheid activist. Frances Browning, founder of the petition and former student, described Cecil Rhodes as "one of the most controversial figures of the British Empire" and argued that the name Rhodes "is a family name which cannot be disentangled from the pursuit of white supremacy and the dehumanisation and subjugation of Black people." The movement has attracted the support of local politicians such as Joseph Ejiofor, Labour leader of Haringey Council. He said : "If we were naming roads today, we would never choose Rhodes Avenue, which is named after Thomas Rhodes, great uncle to Cecil, an imperialist, colonialist, and white supremacist." "The Head of Rhodes Avenue School hopes to be guided by the Mayor’s Commission regarding the changing of the school’s name" . Thomas Rhodes owned a 450 acre dairy farm across the areas now known as Muswell Hill, Wood Green and Hornsey. Upon his death in 1856, his family inherited Tottenham Wood Farm which later became the site of Alexandra Palace. However, Trevor Phillips, former head of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, told the Mail on Sunday that he was puzzled by the outrage over the name. He said: "I find it puzzling that the most important thing about this school is thought to be its name, which refers not to Cecil Rhodes, but to Thomas, who can hardly be held responsible for his great nephew’s actions." "Rather than trying to erase a tenuous link with the past, shouldn’t we be focusing on the black lives of the future?" Haringey Council and Rhodes Avenue Primary have been contacted for comment.
The SNP’s ruling body is under pressure to reverse a “stitch up” which led to a leading rival to Nicola Sturgeon abandoning her bid to win a Holyrood seat. Joanna Cherry, the QC and Edinburgh MP, had been set to stand for the SNP nomination in Edinburgh Central against Angus Robertson, the party’s former deputy leader, who is also keen to enter the Scottish Parliament next year. The fight to be selected as the candidate had been seen as a proxy battle between the two main factions within the party. Ms Cherry has issued a series of thinly-veiled attacks on Ms Sturgeon’s approach to independence and is an ally to Alex Salmond, while Mr Robertson is part of the party establishment has emphasised his loyalty and close ties to the First Minister. Both would be seen as leading contenders for the party leadership, should Ms Sturgeon step down.
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Corey Taylor has become the latest artist to express his support for Kanye West, after the rapper caused concern over his public behaviour.Speaking to Loudwire, the Slipknot frontman speculated that West’s documented mental health issues had been “[exacerbated] with fame and money and all of these different things”.
Campaigners have criticised the BBC for permitting Capita to ask over 75s to hand over bank statements to prove they are eligible for a free television licence. Age UK has said the “administrative headache” for millions of people could see older people abandoning their right to a free licence because they are worried about fraud. The condemnation comes amid concerns the elderly are among those most often targeted by fraudsters trying to persuade the vulnerable to hand over sensitive information as part of confidence tricks and financial scams. Since Saturday, only over-75s who receive pension credit remain exempt from paying the £157.50-a-year licence. But, it has emerged Capita telephone helpline staff hired by the BBC have the option to ask callers to send copies of their bank statements as proof they are in receipt of the Government payouts. Campaigners fear that option sends a mixed message to the old, who are so often being urged to be wary of such requests. The boss of Age UK and the Labour peer Lord Foulkes of Cumnock, who have campaigned against making the over 75s pay for their television licence, say the move put the elderly at greater risk of theft and fraud. Helpline advisors usually ask callers to send in a photocopy of their pension credit documents. But, as a possible last resort, they have the option to see whether the pensioner would send in a copy of their bank statement where the Government payment could be seen on the slip. Caroline Abrahams, director of the charity Age UK, said older people would be upset by the suggestion they may have to go out to photocopy documents or send in original papers, describing the move as an “administrative headache”. She said: “Sharing sensitive data with the Government is one thing, but with our national broadcaster and their agents it’s quite another. “For some this will feel like an unwarranted intrusion on their privacy, and that’s without adding in concern about the heightened risk of fraud. This is just one more of a whole host of reasons why the free TV Licence for our oldest citizens needs to be restored.” Lord Foulkes, the former director of Age Concern Scotland who predicted cancelling the free licence would lead to chaos, said he had received letters from elderly people afraid they could fall victim to scams. “Elderly people are the main target because they can get confused and they tend to be more trusting. For Capita and the BBC to have the option to ask for such documents is disgraceful. Posting bank statements could lead to identity theft.” It is also feared that the hard of hearing or deaf could be most at risk because they would struggle to get help on the hotline and may resort to posting bank statements to resolve the issue. A BBC spokesman said over 75s did not need to do anything until they received a letter from the corporation. He said: “If older people don’t wish to leave their home or can’t go online, call centre staff will prioritise a verbal declaration process to identify if customers are in receipt of pension credit. We are also giving all over 75s plenty of time to either set up a payment plan or to claim a free licence if they are eligible. In either case, no one needs to leave their home. “TV Licensing is not actively seeking bank statements – this is simply an option and we don’t expect to make very much use of it. The TV Licensing team take extreme care with personal data and have a wide range of measures in place to protect it.” The licence fee exemption was introduced in 2000 by the then Labour government. In 2015 George Osborne, the Conservative chancellor, handed responsibility for funding the benefit to the BBC, with the government phasing out its contribution to the scheme.
Chelsea head coach Frank Lampard says he does not know where Willian's future lies but is hopeful that the Brazil forward signs an extension with the club.