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As England prepares to lift Covid-19 restrictions, Boris Johnson goes into self-isolation

As England prepares to lift Covid-19 restrictions, Boris Johnson goes into self-isolation

HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL, PRIME MINISTER, UK
British Finance Minister Rishi Sunak (L) and PM Boris Johnson, seen here on April 29, 2021, will self-isolate as England prepares to lift Covid restrictions. © Dan Kitwood, AFP As England pushes ahead with a controversial decision to lift its remaining coronavirus restrictions on Monday – dubbed "Freedom Day" by the UK press – Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the Chancellor of the Exchequer are self-isolating after meeting with Health Secretary Sajid Javid, who has since tested positive for Covid-19. "Please, please, please, be cautious," Johnson said in a video from isolation on Sunday. The UK government was thrown into turmoil on Sunday by its own rules on Covid self-isolation just as it controversially prepares to ditch pandemic curbs in England. Prime Minister Boris Johnson a...
Retain face coverings on London public transport – Sadiq Khan

Retain face coverings on London public transport – Sadiq Khan

COVID-19, HEALTH, London, Transport, TRAVEL, UK
London Mayor Sadiq Khan has called for use of face coverings to remain compulsory on public transport in the British capital after government plans to relax Covid-19 curbs begin on 19 July. Under the plans passengers on Transport for London (TfL) services - which include the city's tube, bus, tram and rail networks - would be required to wear a face covering after an England-wide requirement ends under plans set out by Prime Minister Boris Johnson's government. "I've repeatedly made clear that the simplest and safest option would have been for the government to retain the national requirement for face coverings on public transport," Mr Khan said in a statement. "I'm not prepared to stand by and put Londoners, and our city's recovery, at risk. This is why, after careful consid...
Boris Johnson announces withdrawal of most UK troops from Afghanistan

Boris Johnson announces withdrawal of most UK troops from Afghanistan

Afghanistan, INTERNATIONAL, POLITICS, Security, UK
The Prime Minister was warned the withdrawal could throw the UK's trustworthiness as an ally into doubt Boris Johnson has followed Joe Biden's lead in pulling troops out of Afghanistan (Image: OLIVIER MATTHYS/POOL/EPA) Britain's decision to follow the US in pulling troops out of Afghanistan throws into doubt the UK's trustworthiness as an ally, Boris Johnson was warned today. The Prime Minister told MPs most British servicemen and women had returned home from the war-ravaged country as the NATO mission ends. Taliban fighters continue to make huge gains, seizing back territory from Afghan government forces and raising fears the country could once again be overrun. But Mr Johnson insisted the nation was in a better state – and posed less of a terrorism risk to the UK – than w...
UK Ambassador Stresses Need to Support Libya’s Elections on Time

UK Ambassador Stresses Need to Support Libya’s Elections on Time

AFRICA, DEMOCRACY, ELECTIONS, LIBYA, PAN AFRICA, POLITICS, UK
Image Courtesey: Libya Review The British Ambassador to Libya, Nicholas Hopton, stressed the need to hold Libya’s elections on their set date. He also called for implementing the agreements of the Berlin Conference, which requires the departure of foreign forces from Libya without delay. In press statements, Hopton called on international actors to assume their responsibilities and support the Libyan people by withdrawing their forces, fighters, and mercenaries, for the stability and security of the country. On Thursday, the United Kingdom voiced its intention to work with Libya to develop renewable energy projects, to improve electricity production across the country. “Libya has huge potential for renewable energy, particularly with solar and wind,” the British Embassy said in a...
Self-isolation rules to ease as UK faces 100,000 cases a day

Self-isolation rules to ease as UK faces 100,000 cases a day

COVID-19, HEALTH, LOCK DOWN, UK
Government announces plans to relax measures, despite warnings from officials about a potential surge in infection rates. The UK government set out plans to relax self-isolation rules that had been designed to stop the spread of Covid-19, amid warnings that infection rates could rocket to 100,000 new cases per day. Health Secretary Sajid Javid announced that from August 16, “anyone who is a close contact of a positive case will no longer have to self-isolate if they have been fully vaccinated.” The same rule will apply to under-18s, who are not currently being vaccinated, he said. The news marks the latest step in the government’s plan to get the country back to normal and to encourage the public to learn to live with coronavirus, after most adults have been given vaccines. ...
UK students using orange juice to get fake COVID positive test results

UK students using orange juice to get fake COVID positive test results

COVID-19, HEALTH, UK, VACCINE
Year 10 student, Isaac O'Hare, 15, takes a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) test at Harris Academy Beckenham , ahead of full school reopening in England as part of lockdown restrictions being eased, in Beckenham, south east London, Britain, March 5, 2021. Students in the United Kingdom are using orange juice to get fake COVID-19 positive test results to get two weeks off from school, The Guardian reported on Saturday.The experiment, which requires using a COVID lateral flow test, “is not a result of the juice containing the virus. Rather it appears to be linked to its acidity, which essentially breaks the test.”A rapid flow test is usually self-administered and shows results after 30 minutes. A sample is taken inside the mouth and nose using a swab which is then soaked in a liquid then s...
Johnson to restore freedoms as he tells UK to ‘learn to live’ with Covid-19

Johnson to restore freedoms as he tells UK to ‘learn to live’ with Covid-19

COVID-19, ENGLAND, HEALTH, LOCK DOWN, PRIME MINISTER, UK
Boris Johnson will lead a Downing Street press conference on Monday where he will tell the public that the country must “begin to learn to live with this virus” Boris Johnson is expected to tell people in England that it will be left to their “judgment” to manage coronavirus risks as he prepares to restore freedoms on July 19. The British Prime Minister will lead a Downing Street press conference on Monday where he will tell the public that the country must “begin to learn to live with this virus” in the clearest indication yet that he is preparing to do away with a swathe of restrictions on daily life. Mr Johnson will update the nation on the future of the one metre-plus rule in hospitality venues, the use of face coverings and work from home guidance, with multiple reports ...
Ukraine 0-4 England: Kane attacks  twice as England  move on top

Ukraine 0-4 England: Kane attacks twice as England move on top

ENGLAND, FIFA, Football, Sports, UK, UKRAIN
Match in brief Volume 0% Star of the Match: Watch Kane's England double Having brought in Jadon Sancho and Mason Mount, England set out to dominate possession, and were in front inside five minutes, the ever-slippery Raheem Sterling cutting inside from the left to slide the ball through to Harry Kane, who eluded his marker and stretched out a leg to beat Georgiy Bushchan. The Three Lions looked to patiently pick off Ukraine thereafter; Kane headed over from a Luke Shaw cross, and Declan Rice thumped a powerful shot at Bushchan from distance. An injury to defender Serhiy Kryvtsov forced Ukraine to switch to a more aggressive formation on 35 minutes, but any extra threat evaporated after a devastating spell of England play after the interval. Shaw's free-kick teed up Ha...
Why are British C-17s flying to Libya at night?

Why are British C-17s flying to Libya at night?

AFRICA, LIBYA, POLITICS, POWER, RELATIONS, Security, UK
For several years now Libya has been involved in a civil war between the Government of National Accord (GNA) based in Tripoli & the House of Representatives based in Tobruk which you may have seen commonly referred to as the LNA due to the Libyan National Army doing the majority of the fighting for the House of Representatives. More recently it has been noted that the Royal Air Force has been making C-17 flights from Brize Norton to Libya. With C-17s landing at air bases near Tripoli within GNA-controlled territory. The earliest of these flights that can be found took place on January 20th. & the most recent at the time of the article was on May 29th. A commonality amongst all of these flights is that they are all in & out of Libya within a few hours & have all t...
Euro 2020: UEFA could strip Wembley of hosting final, semis over UK quarantine rules

Euro 2020: UEFA could strip Wembley of hosting final, semis over UK quarantine rules

EURO 2020, EUROPE, FIFA, Football, Sports, UEFA, UK
Wembley Stadium could be stripped of the Euro 2020 final and semifinals, with the fixtures moved to Hungarian capital Budapest, if the United Kingdom government fails to allow quarantine exemptions for visiting supporters and UEFA guests to attend the games, sources have told ESPN. As first reported by The Times, UK ministers are discussing a proposal to exempt UEFA officials, VIPs and sponsors, and international broadcasters, from the requirement to quarantine for 10 days -- visitors can self-release after five days with a negative COVID-19 test -- on arrival in the UK. Sources have told ESPN that UEFA have raised the issue with the UK government primarily to secure an exemption for supporters of competing teams to travel to London for the semis and the final next month. Eur...
India vs New Zealand, WTC Final: Preview – Pitch Report, Probable XI and Head to Head record

India vs New Zealand, WTC Final: Preview – Pitch Report, Probable XI and Head to Head record

Cricket, GAMES, INDIA, Sports, UK
After two years of continuous battle between different teams, the World Test Championship (WTC) 2020-21 organised by the International Cricket Council (ICC) has reached its business end with India and New Zealand set to face each other in the final, starting from Friday (June 18) at Rose Bowl in Southampton. Even on economic grounds, the WTC final has much more value than any other Test match. Recently, the ICC announced that the winners of the summit clash would get $ 1.6 million along with the ICC Test Championship Mace. Similarly, the runners-up will take home $ 800,000. “The winners of the much-awaited ICC World Test Championship (WTC) Final between India and New Zealand will take home a purse of $ 1.6 million along with the ICC T...
Boris Johnson ‘confident’ lockdown restrictions will end in England on 19 July

Boris Johnson ‘confident’ lockdown restrictions will end in England on 19 July

HEALTH, LOCK DOWN, PRIME MINISTER, UK, World Health Organization
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he is "confident" that no further delay to the lifting of remaining Covid restrictions in England will be necessary, and will come to an end on 19 July. The Prime Minister confirmed on Monday (14 June) that lockdown measures would remain in place until July - pushed back from 21 June - due to the rapid spread of the Delta variant. 'Now is the time to ease off the accelerator' The Prime Minister said 19 July will now be the "terminus date" for the remaining restrictions on social contact. Covid restrictions in England were due to come to an end on 21 June, but this has been pushed back by four weeks to 19 July amid the rise of the Delta variant. Limits on numbers for sports events, pubs and cinemas will remain in place, with nightclubs t...
After a 17 year war over jet subsidies, US and EU eye a truce

After a 17 year war over jet subsidies, US and EU eye a truce

HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, TRAFFIC, TRANSFER, Transport, TRAVEL, UK, USA, WORLD
A deal to end or pause world’s largest corporate trade war will help dozens of industries caught in tit-for-tat tariffs. The dispute between the US and EU dates back to 2004 over subsidies to Boeing and Airbus [File: Edgar Su/Reuters] The United States and Europe are speeding efforts to reach a pact to end a 17-year-old dispute over aircraft subsidies but may settle for a prolonged truce in recent tariff wars, people familiar with the matter said. A deal to either end or pause the world’s largest corporate trade dispute would grant relief to dozens of other industries affected by tit-for-tat tariffs that were suspended in March. They face a renewed trade war within weeks if there is no progress. US Trade Representative Katherine Tai discussed the dispute in her first face-to-f...
Mo Farah to make final bid for Olympic spot at British Athletics Championships

Mo Farah to make final bid for Olympic spot at British Athletics Championships

Atheletics, EUROPE, GAMES, OLYMPICS, Sports, UK
Great Britain’s Sir Mo Farah is aiming to qualify for the Olympics. The four-time Olympic champion still needs to beat the Games qualifying time to go to Tokyo. Sir Mo Farah will make a last-gasp attempt to qualify for the Olympics at the British Athletics Championships. The four-time Olympic champion is yet to hit the qualifying standard for the 10,000m after a failed attempt earlier this month. He needs to beat 27 minutes 28 seconds to stand a chance of defending his title from 2012 and 2016 and will race at the Championships in Manchester on Friday, June 25. Farah clocked 27 mins 50.64 secs at the British 10,000m Championships at the University of Birmingham on June 5 to come eighth in his first 10,000m race since quitting the track to focus on the marathon in 2017 but s...
Boris Johnson To Hold Downing Street Coronavirus Press Conference

Boris Johnson To Hold Downing Street Coronavirus Press Conference

COVID-19, HEALTH, UK, World Health Organization
The prime minister is expected to announce a delay to the end of England's lockdown at 6pm. Boris Johnson will hold a Downing Street press conference on Monday at 6pm, No.10 has confirmed, where he is expected to announce a delay to the lifting of coronavirus rules in England. The prime minister will be joined by Chris Whitty, the chief medical officer and Patrick Vallance, the chief scientific adviser.  Johnson is set to announce the ending of social-distancing rules – which had been slated for June 21 – will be delayed for four weeks to July 19. The move follows warnings from scientists that the rapid spread of the Delta variant first identified in India risks a third wave if it is allowed to spread unchecked. ealth minister Edward Argar said that if the June 21 ...
What the G7 Agreed This Weekend – China, Climate and Vaccines

What the G7 Agreed This Weekend – China, Climate and Vaccines

DIPLOMACY, Diplomats, G7, G7 SUMMIT, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, UK, WORLD
The Group of Seven rich nations met this weekend to tackle several issues. FILE PHOTO: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, U.S. President Joe Biden, France's President Emmanuel Macron, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, President of the European Council Charles Michel, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa and South Korea's President Moon Jae-in attend a working session during G7 summit in Carbis Bay, Cornwall, Britain, June 12, 2021. Leon Neal/Pool Carbis Bay, England: The Group of Seven rich nations promised to tackle China‘s growing influence, fight climate change, get more COVID-19 jabs to poor countries and keep up th...
Previously unseen area of Windsor Castle gardens revealed – and it’s stunning

Previously unseen area of Windsor Castle gardens revealed – and it’s stunning

Entertainment, POLITICS, PRESIDENT, QUEEN, UK, USA
The Queen hosted President Biden at her residence on Sunday The Queen's historic meeting with US President Joe Biden on Sunday was marked with a new photo of Windsor Castle which was posted shortly before the event. In the image, which was shared by the Royal Family's official Twitter account, a different angle of the residence could be seen from those that are usually shown in photos. Windsor Castle appeared in the distance, with a circular path interspersed with neatly groomed patches of grass and flower borders in green and red in the foreground. Small, triangular bushes decorated the scene with steps close to the frame and a balustrade on the far right side. The accompanying tweet's caption sweetly started with emojis of the UK and U.S flags and read: "Today, The Qu...
UK’s Johnson set to announce delay to end of COVID restrictions

UK’s Johnson set to announce delay to end of COVID restrictions

COVID-19, EUROPE, HEALTH, UK, World Health Organization
A social distancing sign is seen amid the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Leicester, Britain, May 27, 2021. ritish Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to announce on Monday that the end of COVID-19 restrictions will be delayed following concern about the rapid rise of infections of the Delta variant of the coronavirus. Under a roadmap outlined by Johnson back in February, the government signalled all social restrictions imposed to control the spread of the disease would be lifted "no earlier" than June 21, when pubs, clubs and other hospitality venues could fully reopen. But, in recent weeks there has been a fast growth again in the number of new cases caused by the Delta variant, first discovered in India, which health officials believe to be 60% more trans...
G7 leaders meet in Cornwall to discuss the main issues of our time

G7 leaders meet in Cornwall to discuss the main issues of our time

CANADA, France, G7, G7 SUMMIT, GERMAN, INTERNATIONAL, Italy, JAPAN, POLITICS, POWER, PRESIDENT, PRIME MINISTER, QUEEN, UK, USA, WORLD
G7 leaders met in Cornwall, in the South of England on Friday (11 June) to discuss the main issues of our time.  They are later today expected to commit to using all their resources in an effort to ensure the devastation caused by a pandemic like Covid-19 is never repeated in a declaration that sets out a series of measures intended to achieve this. The G7 (Group of Seven) is an organisation made up of the world's seven largest so-called advanced economies: Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Italy, the UK and the US. The Summit is also attended by the president of the European Council and the president of the European Commission. Mr Johnson, who is hosting the three-day gathering at the Cornish seaside resort of Carbis Bay, said it was vital to learn from the "mistakes" of the 200...
Duchess of Cambridge and Jill Biden come together to call for better care and education for our young children is key to rebuilding after Covid pandemic in co-written article

Duchess of Cambridge and Jill Biden come together to call for better care and education for our young children is key to rebuilding after Covid pandemic in co-written article

ADVOCACY, CHILDREN, DIPLOMACY, G7, G7 SUMMIT, INTERNATIONAL, POLITICS, UK, USA, WORLD
The Duchess of Cambridge and Jill Biden have said better care and education for young children is key to rebuilding the UK after lockdown. Kate Middleton joined the US First Lady yesterday to meet children aged four and five in reception class at the Connor Downs Academy near Camborne followed by a round table discussion with UK education experts. In a joint opinion piece written for CNN the women said a 'fundamental shift' was needed in the UK and US' approach to educating children.While Mrs Biden has been a teacher for more than 30 years, Kate has shown a passion for early years since becoming a mother to her children George, 7, Charlotte, 6, and Louis, 3. Kate Middleton joined the US First Lady (pictured together) yesterday to meet children aged four and five in reception clas...
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