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  • 3 hours One In Eight Childcare Workers Paid Less Than £5 An Hour, Report Exposes Huffingtonpost
    Coronavirus has changed everything. Make sense of it all with the Waugh Zone, our evening politics briefing. Sign up now. One in eight childcare workers are paid less than £5 an hour, a new report which warns the UK faces an early years workforce crisis has found. The Social Mobility Commission says the childcare sector is “increasingly unstable” and it could affect the quality of education and childcare provision for under-fives. It comes as the Covid-19 crisis threatens to close scores of nurseries and childminders struggle to make ends meet. But the SMC underlines how the sector has been under pressure long-term, with not enough ... more
  • 3 hours UK Made ‘Critical Error’ By Not Imposing Border Restrictions At Start Of Coronavirus Pandemic, Say MPs Huffingtonpost
    Coronavirus has changed everything. Make sense of it all with the Waugh Zone, our evening politics briefing. Sign up now.The government made “critical errors” in the early months of the coronavirus pandemic which led to many more people contracting the illness, MPs have said.In a report published on Wednesday, the Commons home affairs committee said the government should have required people arriving in the UK to quarantine as early as March.From March 13 until June 8 there was was no quarantine or self-isolation requirements for asymptomatic travellers and no screening or testing at the border.The committee said the decision to lift ... more
  • 6 hours Poorest Pupils Hit Hardest As Exam Results Downgraded In UK’s First Covid Moderation Huffingtonpost
    The Scottish government has become embroiled in a row over the moderation of exam results disadvantaging students from poorer backgrounds as critics warned the same problem could happen in the rest of the UK.In Scotland’s first school year without exams due to coronavirus, the Scottish Qualifications Authority’s (SQA) moderation process reduced the pass rate of the poorest Higher pupils by more than twice that of the richest.The pass rate of pupils in the most deprived data zones was reduced by 15.2% from teacher estimates after the exam board’s intervention.In contrast, the pass rate for pupils from the most affluent backgrounds ... more
  • 8 hours Hardly Anyone Knows About Covid Death Payout Scheme, PM Told After Just Two Families Get Cash Huffingtonpost
    Coronavirus has changed everything. Make sense of it all with the Waugh Zone, our evening politics briefing. Sign up now. Boris Johnson has been told to better publicise a Covid-19 life assurance scheme after it emerged the government had made just two payouts for key worker deaths on the front line. Despite at least 300 health and social care workers losing their lives after contracting the disease, just 21 claims for the £60,000 had been successful as of July 23 – and only two families had received the cash so far. Now, a cross-party group of MPs has written to the prime minister calling ... more
  • 9 hours Tips For Creating A Budget With Emilie Bellet From Vestpod Huffingtonpost
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  • 10 hours Huge Explosion In Beirut Shakes Lebanon’s Capital Huffingtonpost
    A large explosion has rocked the Lebanese capital Beirut and images posted on social media show a giant column of smoke rising over the city.Reports suggested the blast occurred in the port area which contains warehouses. The blast rippled through several areas of the capital, shattering windows and doors, and wounding people.Local broadcaster LBC quoted the health minister as saying there was a “very high number” of injures and a large amount of damage. Al Mayadeen television said hundreds were wounded.Twitter videos posted on Tuesday appeared to show the massive blast and the damage being wrought. 
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  • 11 hours Far-Right Group Britain First Is Setting Up A ‘Training Centre’ In London Huffingtonpost
    The leader of the far-right group Britain First has revealed he is setting up a “training centre” in London where recruits will be “drilled” and taught “self-defence techniques”.Paul Golding, who earlier this year was found guilty of an offence under the Terrorism Act, said the property was donated by a supporter and would be equipped with “a fully sized boxing ring, a huge matted area and every piece of equipment that we need”.He added: “The purpose of this is simple. Because of our political opponents and the extremist jihadi Islamist movement in this country... we ... more
  • 11 hours Michelle Obama Celebrates Barack Obama’s Birthday With Sweet Throwback Family Snap Huffingtonpost
    Michelle Obama dug up an old family picture to wish her husband, former President Barack Obama, a happy 59th birthday on Tuesday.“Happy birthday to my favourite guy,” the former first lady captioned a sweet throwback snap of the couple with their daughters Malia and Sasha.“Here’s to all the good days, blue skies, and new adventures to come,” Michelle Obama added.
    Happy birthday to my favorite guy. Here's to all the good days, blue skies, and new adventures to come. 😘 pic.twitter.com/mxrnNSvJBn— Michelle Obama (@MichelleObama) August 4, 2020Michelle Obama has in previous birthday posts hailed her husband as “my favourite dance partner” ... more
  • 11 hours Small Aerosol Droplets Could Penetrate PPE, Scientists Warn Huffingtonpost
    We’re here to guide you through the coronavirus pandemic. Sign up to the Life newsletter for daily tips, advice, how-tos and escapism.Small aerosol droplets could penetrate some personal protective equipment (PPE) used to shield people from infections like coronavirus, scientists have warned.A team of researchers from Heriot-Watt University and the University of Edinburgh created a mathematical model that separated how small, medium and large aerosol droplets were dispersed through the air.The study, published in the journal Physics of Fluids, found both large and small droplets travelled further than medium-sized ones.The authors said while PPE such as masks and face shields ... more
  • 12 hours Katie Price Flashes A Veneer-Less Smile As She Gets A Brand New Set Of Teeth Huffingtonpost
    Make the most of your time indoors with a daily dose of celebrity news and guides to the best shows. Sign up to the entertainment newsletter.We all know Katie Price (a) loves a cosmetic procedure or two and (b) likes to commit most aspects of her life to film, and she did both on her recent trip to Turkey.During the family holiday, with her son Junior, daughter Princess and her new boyfriend Carl Woods, the model and reality star decided to get her old veneers replaced with a shiny new set of gnashers.
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  • 13 hours BBC Responds To Complaints About Use Of N-Word In Report About Racist Attack – But Fails To Apologise Huffingtonpost
    The BBC has failed to apologise in a statement responding to complaints over the use of the N-word in a report about an unprovoked racist attack in Bristol. The broadcaster was criticised after airing the word uncensored during the segment last Wednesday, as Fiona Lamdin reported on how two men drove a car into a man, before running off and shouting racist abuse at him.In the report, which aired just after 10.30am, she said: “Just to warn you, you are about to hear highly offensive language. Because as the man ran away they hurled racial abuse, calling him a n*****.”Following a number ... more
  • 14 hours Met Police Investigating Racist Threat Made Against David Lammy Huffingtonpost
    David Lammy has called on Twitter to be “much faster at stamping out racist threats and abuse” after receiving a threat on the social media platform.The shadow justice secretary, who is Black, posted a screenshot of a message he received in which a Twitter user said he would “hang from a lamppost” if he “wasn’t careful”.In response to the abusive tweet, Lammy replied: “Vile racists like you will not silence me.“But social media must not be a platform for threats and abuse.”On Sunday he reported the threat to the Metropolitan Police, who have confirmed they are investigating an “allegation of ... more
  • 15 hours The Five Wildest Moments From Donald Trump’s Interview with Axios Huffingtonpost
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  • 15 hours Meghan Markle Turns 39 Huffingtonpost
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  • 15 hours These Are All 40 Activists Featured In British Vogue’s September Issue Huffingtonpost
    Listen to our weekly podcast Am I Making You Uncomfortable? about women’s health, bodies and private lives. Available on Spotify, Apple, Audioboom and wherever you listen to your podcasts.From Black Lives Matter to campaigns raising awareness of mental illness, 2020 has been a year of activism – and it’s celebrated in British Vogue’s September issue.Marcus Rashford graces the cover for his work campaigning to end child poverty in the UK. The footballer used his platform to force a government U-turn during the pandemic, after officials cut the food voucher scheme over the summer holidays – at a time when families were ... more
  • 16 hours Twitter Users Stunned At ‘Full-Blown Lunacy’ Of Trump’s Wild Axios Interview Huffingtonpost
    President Donald Trump’s long-awaited Axios interview with Jonathan Swan finally aired on Monday night and it was a wild ride. Trump tried to paint a rosy picture of the coronavirus pandemic, claiming “we’re last, meaning we’re first” in an attempt to downplay the death toll and current surge in fatalities. Trump doubled down on his well-wishes for Ghislaine Maxwell, the longtime associate of child sex predator Jeffrey Epstein, who is in custody and facing her own charges. “I do wish her well,” Trump said. “I’m not looking for anything bad for her.”Trump was also asked about the legacy of the ... more
  • 16 hours Home Office Scraps ‘Racist’ Visa System Following Court Challenge Huffingtonpost
    Coronavirus has changed everything. Make sense of it all with the Waugh Zone, our evening politics briefing. Sign up now.The Home Office has abandoned a visa system branded “racist” by human rights campaigners after being challenged in court.A computer algorithm, or streaming tool, used by the department automatically graded each entry application on a traffic-light system of green, amber and red.The Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI) said the computer programme discriminated on the basis of nationality — by design.People applying for visas from a “secret list of suspect nationalities” were more likely to be coded red and therefore ... more
  • 16 hours Michael Eavis Thinks Glastonbury Returning In 2021 Is ‘Wishful Thinking’ Huffingtonpost
    Make the most of your time indoors with a daily dose of celebrity news and guides to the best shows. Sign up to the entertainment newsletter.Glastonbury fans might have to keep their wellies stored away a little longer than hoped after Michael Eavis suggested the music festival won’t return until 2022.The festival’s organiser said he is “moving heaven and earth” to try and make it a reality next year but admitted it was probably “wishful thinking”.The annual event was due to celebrate its 50th birthday in June but was forced to cancel because of the ... more
  • 16 hours Donald Trump Makes Bizarre Claim US Is Beating Coronavirus: ‘We’re Last, Meaning We’re First’ Huffingtonpost
    Get the latest on coronavirus. Sign up to the Daily Brief for news, explainers, how-tos, opinion and more.After nearly four years of perplexing interviews with US president Donald Trump, the bar is pretty high for what qualifies as outrageous, jaw-dropping or even just plain mad.Enter Jonathan Swan of American news site Axios, who not only managed to clear that bar but fly so far over it that even in 2020 his interview has still managed to prompt a general response of “omg is this actually real life?”.
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  • 16 hours Normal People’s Paul Mescal To Appear In Rolling Stones Music Video Huffingtonpost
    Normal People star Paul Mescal just got even cooler, after teaming up with the Rolling Stones. The Irish actor is set to appear in the band’s latest video for new track Scarlett. A short teaser of Paul in action debuted on Monday, showing him in a dishevelled state in a hotel room, struggling to get the song to play on a laptop.He then downs a drink and says to the camera: “I think we’ll be fine.”The full video for the song – which is a previously unreleased track the group recorded with Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page in 1974 – will see ... more
  • 17 hours A Morbid Toy Story Question Gets A Dark Answer From Director Huffingtonpost
    Talk about a Buzz kill.Toward the end of Toy Story 3, viewers everywhere were traumatised when their favorite lovable toys slid toward an incinerator and were nearly destroyed. The toys were saved at the last minute, but what would’ve happened if they hadn’t been? Would they have died? Would their spirits have gone to the great (infinity and) beyond? Well, that very “childhood-ruining debate” (as Uproxx called it) went viral over the weekend, with a Twitter user wondering if the toys in Toy Story could die.
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  • 17 hours 9 Women Named Karen Talk About, Well, Being An Actual Karen Huffingtonpost
    The first time lifestyle journalist Karen LeBlanc was shown a “Karen” meme centred on the coronavirus, she freaked out a little. LeBlanc, who’s the host of GenXtra, a lifestyle show for Generation X, said her 15-year-old showed her a collage of white women, all sporting Kate Gosselin’s now-iconic reverse mullet and self-righteous smirks. “The Karenovirus is responsible for 3 managers being fired this month alone,” the caption read.
    View this post on InstagramA post shared by MuCuSandChEeSe (@mucusandcheese) on Feb 26, 2020 at 8:53am PSTIn the earliest incarnation of the Karen memes, a Karen (or a ... more
  • 18 hours What We Know About The Two New 90-Minute Covid-19 Tests Huffingtonpost
    We’re here to guide you through the coronavirus pandemic. Sign up to the Life newsletter for daily tips, advice, how-tos and escapism.When it comes to testing for Covid-19, there are two new kids on the block:  LamPore and DnaNudge. But what are they, how do they work, and who can benefit from them?The two tests, which give results in 90 minutes, are to be rolled out in healthcare settings in the coming months. They can detect both Covid-19 and flu, which will be invaluable come winter when the NHS faces the burden of seasonal illness. Here’s a quick guide to what ... more
  • 18 hours Pizza Express Set To Shut 67 Restaurants And Cut 1,100 Jobs Huffingtonpost
    Get the latest on coronavirus. Sign up to the Daily Brief for news, explainers, how-tos, opinion and more.Pizza Express has said it could close around 67 of its restaurants in the UK.Up to 1,100 jobs are expected to be at risk as a result of the major restructuring plan.The chain said it plans to launch a company voluntary arrangement (CVA) in the “near future” in a bid to push down its rents.The restructuring deal could lead to the closure of 15% of its 449 restaurants, although the final outcome of the restructuring has “yet to be decided”.The company said: “This decision ... more
  • 18 hours Ross Kemp Reveals Extreme Swollen Lip After Being Stung In Wasp Attack Huffingtonpost
    Ross Kemp has renamed himself “wasp Kemp” after he disrupted a wasps nest while accessing his loft space at homeThe former EastEnders actor was left with extreme swelling on his top lip after being stung by the insects on Monday.Ross had to go to hospital to receive treatment after his lip swelled up as a result of the attack. Speaking in a series of videos to his Twitter followers, he said: “Now being seen by our fantastic NHS – local doctor’s just giving me a hydrocortisone. Hopefully that’s going to bring it down a bit.”
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  • 19 hours Ellen DeGeneres’ Wife Portia De Rossi Breaks Silence Over ‘Toxic’ Workplace Accusations Huffingtonpost
    Ellen DeGeneres’s wife has broken her silence and thanked fans for their support amid accusations of a “toxic” work environment on the set of the star’s US talk show.Portia De Rossi shared a message of support for the beleaguered host on Monday.The actress posted a picture on Instagram reading “I stand by Ellen” and wrote in the caption: “To all our fans….we see you. Thank you for your support.”
    View this post on InstagramA post shared by Portia de Rossi (@portiaderossi) on Aug 3, 2020 at 10:03am PDTLast week, Ellen issued an ... more
  • 19 hours WHO Chief Warns There May Never Be A ‘Silver Bullet’ For Coronavirus Huffingtonpost
    Get the latest on coronavirus. Sign up to the Daily Brief for news, explainers, how-tos, opinion and more.The director of the World Health Organization warned Monday that there may never be a “silver bullet” for defeating Covid-19, even as pressure mounts from the White House to create a vaccine well before the end of this year.“A number of vaccines are now in phase 3 clinical trials and we all hope to have a number of effective vaccines that can help prevent people from infection,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said at a media briefing. “However, ... more
  • 20 hours Will Young’s Twin Brother Rupert Has Died, Aged 41 Huffingtonpost
    Will Young’s twin brother, Rupert, has died at the age of 41.A spokeswoman for the singer confirmed the news, saying: “I can confirm that Will’s brother has very sadly passed away.“We would like to request privacy for Will and his family during this very difficult and sad time.”Rupert had spoken openly about his mental health and alcoholism, and was diagnosed with dysthymia – a depressive mood disorder – in 2005.Rupert set up the Mood Foundation, a charity that built a national database of private therapists who offered free, one-to-one treatment to anyone over 18 diagnosed with depression or anxiety.He said ... more
  • 20 hours Motorist Handed £90 Parking Fine After Drive-Through Coronavirus Test Huffingtonpost
    Get the latest on coronavirus. Sign up to the Daily Brief for news, explainers, how-tos, opinion and more.A motorist says he was “flabbergasted” to receive a £90 parking fine after taking a drive-through coronavirus test at a car park.Geoff Pugh, 52, was handed the penalty after taking his wife and two children for a throat and mouth swab at Edmonton Green Shopping Centre in Enfield, north London on July 7.He said he was at the site for a total of 23 minutes and followed all of the instructions given to him by staff.The photographer told PA Media: “At first I ... more
  • 20 hours Trump And His Company Under Investigation Over Reports Of Bank Fraud Huffingtonpost
    The Manhattan district attorney’s office suggested that President Donald Trump and his business were under investigation over bank and insurance fraud, according to court documents filed on Monday.The documents – filed as part of an ongoing legal battle between district attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. and Trump over Trump’s tax returns – mention “public reports of possibly extensive and protracted criminal conduct at the Trump Organization.”The office was already known to be investigating alleged hush-money payments Trump’s legal team made to two women who claim to have had affairs with Trump before he took office. The new ... more
  • 20 hours Man Fires On Police With AK-47 After Refusing To Wear A Mask: Officials Huffingtonpost
    Authorities have arrested a Pennsylvania man after he allegedly fired on police with an AK-47 a day after shooting at a store clerk who asked him to wear a face mask.Adam Zaborowski, 35, opened fire on three local and state police officers when they pulled him over near his Slatington home the day after the store shooting, Pennsylvania state police said in a statement. Zaborowski was shot at least twice and arrested. He’s expected to fully recover. An officer was left with bullet fragments in the arm.The violence comes amid a spate of ugly confrontations involving Americans refusing to wear face ... more
  • 20 hours The 15 Best Instagram Recipes From July 2020 Huffingtonpost
    We’re here to guide you through the coronavirus pandemic. Sign up to the Life newsletter for daily tips, advice, how-tos and escapism.In the summer, we’re expected to crave light foods that won’t weigh us down, such as fresh salads and juicy slices of fruit. But instead ― maybe because of the stress of a pandemic or just the general state of the world ― we’re carbo-loading on Swedish meatball pasta, fried mac and cheese and ice cream-stuffed brownies. It’s a truly weird year, this 2020.The HuffPost Taste Instagram account shared plenty of cold, crisp salads and fresh produce in July, but most ... more
  • 21 hours How To Make A Career Plan When You Feel Like There Are No Options Huffingtonpost
    Listen to Huffpost UK Life’s weekly podcast Am I Making You Uncomfortable? about women’s health, bodies and private lives. Available on Spotify, Apple, Audioboom and wherever you listen to your podcasts.It’s a scary time to lose your job. Whole sectors, from aviation to the arts, all but disappeared overnight at the start of the coronavirus pandemic, and workers continue to be hit by redundancies across many other industries. With the self-employment grant and furlough schemes soon coming to an end, millions of people are unsure what the knock-on effect will be.It’s caused many workers across the ... more
  • 21 hours My Cancer Treatment Means I’m Shielding Until April 2021 Huffingtonpost
    Sports have always been a massive part of my life. I’ve always been super active, and I was always the keen bean, always the most enthusiastic, I was training every evening and working out before work. I ran marathons and played national league hockey. My nickname was even ‘Hockey Heather’.So, in 2014, I kept putting my lower back pain down to a bad tackle or something. But when I started to experience intermittent bleeding, I went to my doctor and was referred to hospital, where I was hit totally out of the blue: they found a five-centimetre tumour on my ... more
  • 21 hours How Do You Help Girls Grow Up Without Hating Their Bodies? Huffingtonpost
    Listen to our weekly podcast Am I Making You Uncomfortable? about women’s health, bodies and private lives. Available on Spotify, Apple, Audioboom and wherever you listen to your podcasts.If there’s one thing many parents worry about, it’s their children’s self-esteem.And if you’re a parent of girls, chances are you’re even more concerned – research shows only 46% of girls globally have high self-esteem. In the UK, the figure is even lower (39%).So, how can we protect girls’ perception of themselves – and is there anything parents can do to boost it? Charlotte Markey, a psychology professor who has ... more
  • 21 hours 10 Baby Names From The Edwardian Era That Stood The Test Of Time Huffingtonpost
    We’re here to guide you through the coronavirus pandemic. Sign up to the Life newsletter for daily tips, advice, how-tos and escapism.There are some baby names which never seem to fall out of favour – and if the top monikers from 1908 are anything to go by, they never will. Researchers from Preply.com, who analysed the top 100 baby names from 1908 and 2018, found that nine out of 20 of the most popular boys’ names from the Edwardian era still featured in the top 30 names, 110 years later. We have a wealth of baby name inspiration on HuffPost UK Parents, but here ... more
  • 21 hours I Never Wanted Kids. Covid-19 Changed My Mind Huffingtonpost
    During college, when I got accidentally knocked up during a friends-with-benefits situation, I recall looking down at my still-flat belly and marvelling at how strange it was that this would be the only time I’d have a bun in the oven. So, though I can’t recall the exact age that I decided I didn’t want kids, it’s been awhile. It’s difficult to broach the subject of parenthood in the 30-something dating world. In your 20s, few people are thinking long-term like that, but in your 30s, they are getting down to business.  With one guy, I brought it up during our second ... more
  • 21 hours We’ve Been Hit By Insomnia During The Pandemic. This Is What’s Helped Us Huffingtonpost
    We’re here to guide you through the coronavirus pandemic. Sign up to the Life newsletter for daily tips, advice, how-tos and escapism.If you’ve struggled to sleep during the pandemic, you’re not alone. Insomnia and other sleep problems have dramatically increased since lockdown began in March, new research suggests, with women with young children, key workers and BAME people most affected. The research, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council and conducted by the University of Southampton, found one in six people experienced sleep problems before the pandemic, compared to one in four  after lockdown had been implemented.   Perhaps unsurprisingly, it found ... more
  • 1 day Coronavirus Second Wave Fear Unless NHS Test And Trace Expanded Huffingtonpost
    Get the latest on coronavirus. Sign up to the Daily Brief for news, explainers, how-tos, opinion and more.The NHS Test and Trace programme needs to be scaled up in order to reopen schools safely, researchers have said.A new modelling study has implied that reopening schools in September must be combined with a high-coverage test-trace-isolate strategy to avoid a second wave of Covid-19 later this year.The study comes as Australian research found there were “low” levels of coronavirus transmission in schools and nurseries.The modelling study – which simulates various scenarios – examined the possible implications of ... more
  • 1 day A Farm Worker Police Feared Was Murdered Has Been Found Alive After Five Years Huffingtonpost
    A missing farm worker who police feared had been murdered has been found living in the woods – almost five years after he went missing.Ricardas Puisys was 35 when he was last seen at the Nightlayer Leek Company, where he worked in Chatteris, Cambridgeshire on September 26, 2015.Cambridgeshire Police launched a murder probe, but officers could find no trace of the Lithuanian national despite a string of public appeals.Detective chief inspector Rob Hall, from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire major crime unit, said the case had been a “complete mystery” until photographs of Puisys were posted to a Facebook account ... more
  • 1 day Charity Calls Out Westminster’s Attempts To ‘Close Rank’ Around Rape Allegation Huffingtonpost
    MPs should not “close ranks” to protect colleagues accused of sexual assault, a survivors’ charity has said, as a minister defended the decision not to suspend the whip from an MP accused of rape.Tory chief whip Mark Spencer said on Monday the party takes the matter “very seriously” but would wait until the police reached a “conclusion” before acting.Questioned about Spencer’s inaction, business minister Nadhim Zahawi told BBC Radio 4: “I think it’s only right that we wait for the police to complete their investigation.“They are very, very serious cases and when the information is finally in the public domain, ... more
  • 1 day UK Insists It Has ‘Robust’ Security Following Reports Liam Fox’s Email Account Was Hacked Huffingtonpost
    Coronavirus has changed everything. Make sense of it all with the Waugh Zone, our evening politics briefing. Sign up now. The government has insisted it has “robust” security systems in place, following reports that secret documents detailing trade talks between the UK and US were stolen from former trade secretary Liam Fox.On Monday, Reuters reported suspected Russian hackers had accessed Fox’s emails multiple times last year.Fox is currently the UK’s nominee to lead the World Trade Organisation (WTO).The documents, which were leaked, were seized upon by Jeremy Corbyn during the 2019 election campaign as proof Tories were hatching a trade deal with Donald ... more
  • 1 day BBC Rejects Complaints Over Same-Sex Kiss In Children’s Series The Next Step Huffingtonpost
    The BBC has rejected complaints made about a same-sex kiss in children’s drama The Next Step.The broadcaster stood by the inclusion of a romantic moment between teenage characters Jude and Cleo in the Canadian series – which airs on CBBC – stating that it is “proud to reflect all areas of children’s lives across our factual and fictional output”. The scene was widely praised online for providing LGBTQ+ representation to a younger audience when it aired last month, but Metro reported the BBC had also received “more than 100” complaints about the kiss. Responding to the complaints, the BBC also pointed out ... more
  • 2 days Young People Have Struggled To Be Heard In Lockdown. Here’s What They Have To Say Huffingtonpost
    We’re here to guide you through the coronavirus pandemic. Sign up to the Life newsletter for daily tips, advice, how-tos and escapism.Following a pandemic that has impacted the world, young people have struggled to be heard on issues that matter to them.With the so-called ‘generation lockdown’ determined to share their views, poet Caleb Femi has given them a voice by teaming up with youth organisation the National Citizen Service to produce a spoken word piece and short film.Femi crowdsourced young people’s hopes about their futures, post-lockdown, and used these soundbites to create a spoken word piece: ... more
  • 2 days Can Trump Really Ban TikTok – And Could It Happen In The UK Too? Huffingtonpost
    TikTok is known more for its viral dance challenges than its place in geopolitics, but that could be about to change. With Trump announcing on Friday that the US administration is now pursuing a ban on the popular app, TikTok’s position as a Chinese-owned social media giant has come under renewed scrutiny.Owned by Beijing-based tech company ByteDance Ltd and launched in 2017, the app has become the focus of security fears – particularly around the potential for sharing user data with Chinese officials There have also been allegations of the censorship of videos critical of the Chinese ... more
  • 2 days Penny Lancaster Moving Between Rooms To Show Off Her House On Loose Women Is A Total Lockdown Mood Huffingtonpost
    We’ve made no secret of how much we’ve enjoyed nosing around the homes of the rich and famous as they’ve broadcasted from home during lockdown. However, Penny Lancaster went to whole new lengths to impress viewers as she returned to Loose Women on Monday. Penny, who is married to rocker Rod Stewart, was back on the panel of the ITV daytime show after nearly seven months off, dialling into the studio from the couple’s UK home. But instead of settling for just one background that showed off her house on the video call, Penny kept switching rooms between ... more
  • 2 days London And Other Areas Could Face Travel Lockdown, No.10 Confirms Huffingtonpost
    Coronavirus has changed everything. Make sense of it all with the Waugh Zone, our evening politics briefing. Sign up now. Travel in and out of London and other areas across England could be halted to curb a second wave of Covid-19. No.10 confirmed the government could move to shutdown local transport networks and stop travel if any “localised area” was “badly affected”.  It comes amid a flurry of reports that airports in the capital could be frozen and other travel stopped.Asked to clarify whether such a lockdown could happen in London, Boris Johnson’s official spokesperson did not rule it ... more
  • 2 days Trump’s Personal Banker Under Investigation For Buying Flat Linked To President’s Son-In-Law Huffingtonpost
    Deutsche Bank is investigating the longtime personal banker of Donald Trump and his son-in-law Jared Kushner over her purchase of a flat in New York from a company partly owned by Kushner, according to two news reports.The connection emerged in personal financial disclosures filed recently by Kushner and his wife Ivanka Trump, who hold jobs as White House senior advisers.Banker Rosemary Vrablic and two colleagues bought a flat in Park Avenue, Manhattan, for about $1.5m (about £1.27m in 2020 terms) in 2013 from Bergel 715 Associates, The New York Times first reported on Sunday. It was sold two years later ... more
  • 2 days What Does The Coronavirus Financial Crisis Mean For Employment? Huffingtonpost
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  • 2 days Instead Of Saying ‘Hey, Guys!’ At Work, Try These Gender-Neutral Alternatives Huffingtonpost
    “Hey, guys!” It’s the greeting that launched a thousand meetings and Zoom calls. Etymologists trace the term “guys” to the historical figure Guy Fawkes. It’s evolved from the name of one man who attempted to assassinate King James I in 1605 to an informal address for a group of people in contemporary American English.But when used to address your colleagues, it’s a gendered greeting that could be sending signals about who is ― and isn’t ― included in your workplace. The Case Against Using “Hey, Guys”The problem with “guys” is that it is a “masculine word,” according ... more
  • 2 days BBC News’ George Alagiah Says He’s ‘Learnt To Live With Uncertainty’ During Cancer Fight Huffingtonpost
    BBC newsreader George Alagiah has told of how he has “learnt to live with the uncertainty” during his fight against cancer. The 64-year-old was first diagnosed with an advanced form of bowel cancer that spread to his liver in 2014, but the disease returned in 2018 and has since spread to his lungs. George is now undergoing intensive rounds of chemotherapy, which leaves him having a “shit week” of feeling “totally wiped out”. However, he has told The Times (£) that he no longer worries about his illness. “Just after the first diagnosis it was easy to get overwhelmed by ... more
  • 2 days Painkillers ‘Should Not Be Prescribed For Chronic Pain’ Huffingtonpost
    We’re here to guide you through the coronavirus pandemic. Sign up to the Life newsletter for daily tips, advice, how-tos and escapism.Painkillers such as paracetamol, ibuprofen, aspirin and opioids should not be prescribed to treat chronic pain, health officials have said.Draft guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) said there was “little or no evidence” the commonly used drugs for chronic pain made any difference to people’s quality of life, pain or psychological distress.But the draft guidance, published on Monday, said there was evidence they can cause harm, including addiction.Chairman of ... more
  • 2 days Mini Doctor’s Uniform Eases Hospital Anxiety For 7-Year-Old With Autism Huffingtonpost
    We’re here to guide you through the coronavirus pandemic. Sign up to the Life newsletter for daily tips, advice, how-tos and escapism.We might be in the middle of a pandemic but that hasn’t stopped one learning disability nurse from going above and beyond to help a child with autism feel more comfortable during a trip to hospital.Seven-year-old Jessica, who has autism, was extremely anxious about her upcoming hospital appointment at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital.So, to ease her worries, Emily Kavanagh, who works in the outpatients department, asked if Jessica wanted to be a doctor for ... more
  • 2 days Couple Celebrate 65th Wedding Anniversary Physically-Distanced With Whisky And Cuddle Cushions Huffingtonpost
    We’re here to guide you through the coronavirus pandemic. Sign up to the Life newsletter for daily tips, advice, how-tos and escapism.Two great-grandparents separated over lockdown celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary with a physically-distanced outdoor lunch at a care home.Andy Davidson, an 88-year-old resident at Jesmond Care Home in Aberdeen, and his 86-year-old wife Margaret, enjoyed some food and a whisky while separated by a Perspex screen as they marked the milestone.Their daughter Brenda had cushions made with pictures of their faces on them “so they can cuddle up together” while care home visiting remains restricted.She also organised a cake, while Andy ... more
  • 2 days Andrew Lloyd Webber Criticises Cats Director Tom Hooper, Calling Film Adaptation ‘Ridiculous’ Huffingtonpost
    Andrew Lloyd Webber has given his verdict on the Cats film adaptation – and it doesn’t sound like he was a fan. The musical maestro has branded last year’s big-screen version of his stage show “ridiculous”, hitting out at director Tom Hooper. Speaking to the Sunday Times magazine: “The problem with the film was that Tom Hooper decided, as he had with Les Mis, that he didn’t want anybody involved in it who was involved in the original show.“The whole thing was ridiculous.”It was the first time Andrew has directly criticised the film, but earlier this year he ... more
  • 2 days Kate Garraway Reveals ‘Kind’ Jeremy Kyle Has Helped Out As Her Husband Remains In Intensive Care Huffingtonpost
    Make the most of your time indoors with a daily dose of celebrity news and guides to the best shows. Sign up to the entertainment newsletter.Kate Garraway has revealed how Jeremy Kyle has stepped in to help as her husband Derek Draper continues to be treated for the effects of Covid-19.The former host of The Jeremy Kyle Show, which was axed last year, gave Kate the use of his driver to take the couple’s children, Billy and Darcey, to their grandparent’s home after she put stringent safety measures in place to keep them all safe.Speaking ... more
  • 2 days Remember Tracy Beaker? Well, The Kids’ TV Character Is Returning – This Time As A Mum Huffingtonpost
    Kids of the 00s, prepare to feel old – Tracy Beaker is returning, but this time as a mum. The character will return in a new CBBC series My Mum Tracy Beaker, which will follow the next chapter of her life as she tackles motherhood. Actor Dani Harmer, 31, is reprising her role as Tracy, who she first started playing in 2002. “I can’t wait to return again to the role of Tracy,” she told The Sun. “I’m a fan myself and want to know what happens next and where this journey takes her. Being a mother, I know ... more
  • 2 days Dave And Sir David Attenborough Teaming Up For New Planet Earth TV Special Huffingtonpost
    Dave and Sir David Attenborough are teaming up to “lift viewers’ spirits” on a new episode of Planet Earth. The Brit Award-winning rapper will play the grand piano with the BBC Concert Orchestra for the soundtrack of Planet Earth: A Celebration. The TV special will be voiced by Sir David with the BBC saying it aims to cheer up viewers at “a time of international uncertainty”.It will feature eight sequences of animals overcoming adversity taken from Planet Earth II and Blue Planet II.Composer Hans Zimmer has created new compositions and rearranged the original scores.Highlights will include the ... more
  • 2 days I’ve Been Shielding For The Past 4 Months – And I’m Not Stopping Now Huffingtonpost
    One hundred and twenty seven days ago, over two million people in the UK were classed as highly vulnerable to Coronavirus and instructed to shield; not going out at all and limiting contact to only those who were shielding with them. Having been born with Cystic Fibrosis, and lucky enough to have received a lifesaving double lung transplant in 2017, I was one of these people. For the past four months, myself, my husband and our dog have largely been leaving the house only for dog walks at anti-social times to avoid people, relying on online shopping orders for all our needs ... more
  • 2 days Navy SEALS Investigate Video Of Dogs Attacking Colin Kaepernick Stand-In Huffingtonpost
    The US Naval Special Warfare Command is investigating a video that surfaced on Sunday, showing dogs attacking a person in a Colin Kaepernick jersey. The video’s caption suggests that the video was filmed during a demonstration at the Navy SEAL Museum in Fort Pierce, Florida. It was originally posted to Instagram in January 2019, but it went viral over the weekend after it was shared on Twitter.In a pair of videos from the event, men outfitted in military gear send several dogs to attack a man wearing Kaepernick’s San Francisco 49ers jersey over protective gear while ... more
  • 2 days Our Post-Pandemic Future Depends On Putting Young People First In Any Recovery Plan Huffingtonpost
    When previous generations passed into adulthood, rites of passage signalled the start of a new and hopeful horizon, whether learning to drive, going to university, getting your first full-time job or taking time out to travel the world. But sadly for young people today the world they are emerging into is one where instability, uncertainty and sparse opportunity is the new normal. Having grown up in the shadow of the 2008 crash and austerity, young people now face the daunting prospect of starting their adult lives in the wake of a global pandemic and subsequent ... more
  • 2 days Linda And Anne Nolan Reveal They Have Both Been Diagnosed With Cancer Huffingtonpost
    Linda and Anne Nolan have revealed they are both receiving treatment for cancer after being diagnosed within days of each other. The siblings – who are part of the famous Nolan Sisters – have been undergoing chemotherapy together during lockdown at Blackpool’s Victoria Hospital. Anne, 69, has breast cancer, which she has been told is at stage three – the most serious being stage four. It is the second time she has been told she has breast cancer, previously being diagnosed in 2000. Just days after Anne’s diagnosis in May, Linda was told she has incurable cancer in her liver, which is the ... more
  • 2 days People Are Convinced Trump Wants TikTok Banned Because A Comedian Is Mocking Him On It Huffingtonpost
    There’s a new conspiracy theory in town: Donald Trump wants TikTok drop-kicked out of the US because he can’t stand comedian Sarah Cooper’s blistering presidential impersonations.Trump told reporters on Friday that he plans to ban the Chinese-owned short-form video-sharing app from operating in the US “As far as TikTok is concerned, we’re banning them from the United States,” he declared aboard Air Force One. The president claimed he could use emergency economic powers to ban the app — possibly as early as Saturday.Trump says he has security concerns about TikTok becasue it’s owned by the Chinese. But perhaps not so ... more
  • 2 days New 90-Minute Coronavirus Tests For Care Homes And Hospitals Huffingtonpost
    Get the latest on coronavirus. Sign up to the Daily Brief for news, explainers, how-tos, opinion and more.New tests which can detect coronavirus and flu will be made available in hospitals, care homes and laboratories from next week.The swab and DNA tests promise to deliver results in 90 minutes and will help clinicians and NHS Test and Trace to differentiate between Covid-19 and other seasonal illnesses, the Department of Health said.About half a million of the new rapid swab tests will be available from next week, with millions more to be rolled out later in the year.Thousands of DNA test machines, ... more
  • 2 days After Ten Days In A Coma, I Had To Relearn Everything. Here’s What My Life Is Like Now Huffingtonpost
    In 2015, I fell 20 to 25 feet out of a tree.All of my medical records list different heights since no one knew the precise distance — that detail feels important to me. The person I had been climbing with said we were near the top of a redwood on the University of California, Santa Cruz’s campus when I turned to her and said, “I have to get down. Now.” Then, without waiting for a response, I scrambled downward until I was out of sight. A moment later, she heard two smacks followed by a thud.Before I fell out of ... more
  • 2 days I Only Found Out I Was Pregnant At Seven Months Huffingtonpost
    When I felt a flurry of alien movement in my stomach last year, movement which felt peculiar and unlike anything I’d experienced before, my first thought wasn’t pregnancy. You had to be far along in order to feel a baby kicking, after all. The idea was so implausible that I didn’t allow myself to think it: I’d had no morning sickness, no sore breasts, no baby bump, and I’d felt as energetic as my usual self for months. After consideration and clouded conversations with myself, I took a pregnancy test at work the next morning, just to settle my doubts. To ... more
  • 2 days ‘I’m Getting Panic Attacks’: How Shielders Feel About Returning To Work Huffingtonpost
    We’re here to guide you through the coronavirus pandemic. Sign up to the Life newsletter for daily tips, advice, how-tos and escapism.Sarah, 39, is a care home worker from Lincolnshire, who has relapsing multiple sclerosis. This week, she’ll return to work in one of the industries most affected by coronavirus. Despite needing to shield since March, Sarah was refused furlough and has instead been receiving statutory sick pay (SSP), which has left her struggling financially. SSP is set at just £95.85 per week – £600 a month less than Sarah would have received if she was furloughed. But with the shielding period – ... more
  • 2 days Kids Will Flip Out Over This Banana Pancake Recipe Huffingtonpost
    Cooking With Kids is our new weekly recipe series on getting creative in the kitchen with the family.There’s always time for pancakes, just ask chef Adam Rawson, who loves to turn overripe, blackened bananas into sweet, fluffy American-style pancakes with his son. It’s a pretty simple, straightforward recipe to make with kids so it works really well,” Rawson, who is executive chef at Double Standard and Isla at The Standard restaurants in London, tells HuffPost UK. “There’s lots for kids to get involved with – anything from the weighing, whisking, mixing, squeezing the banana pulp, cooking, and, of course, flipping the pancakes!” Besides ... more
  • 2 days Coronavirus Is A Minefield. We’ll Help You Understand It. Huffingtonpost
    We’re here to guide you through the coronavirus pandemic. Sign up to the Life newsletter for daily tips, advice, how-tos and escapism.Why does singing spread coronavirus? How does a face mask protect me? Is it safe to get on a plane right now? Can I pass coronavirus onto my cat?If someone had mentioned Covid-19 at the start of the year, you would’ve looked at them wide-eyed, wondering what on earth they were talking about.Since then, it’s become the subject of daily conversation and our lives have fundamentally changed because of it. In the UK alone, there have been over 300,000 ... more
  • 2 days Greater Manchester Declares Major Incident After Rise In Coronavirus Infections Huffingtonpost
    Get the latest on coronavirus. Sign up to the Daily Brief for news, explainers, how-tos, opinion and more.A major incident has been declared in Greater Manchester due to increases in coronavirus infection rates across “multiple localities”, just days after the government announced new lockdown restrictions for parts of north-west England.The decision means the readiness of emergency and public services to respond to the escalating Covid-19 transmission rate in the region has been upped so they can “respond as effectively as possible”.It does not mean there are any further changes to lockdown rules, a spokesman for Greater Manchester Combined Authority said.Health secretary Matt Hancock announced ... more
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