COVID-19 variant spreading in New York City has mutation that may weaken effect of vaccines

A new COVID-19 variant spreading through New York City has mutations that may weaken the effectiveness of vaccines, according to two new studies. The B.1.526 variant, which first appeared in samples collected in New York City in November, now makes up about 27 percent of viral sequences deposited into a database shared by scientists called GISAID, […]

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WHO says vaccine passports should NOT be used for foreign travel

WHO says vaccine passports should NOT be used for foreign travel as there are ‘critical unknowns’ around how jabs protect people Proof of a jab should not be required because there remain ‘critical unknowns’ The WHO added that inoculated passengers should not sidestep existing curbs It is a fresh blow for both holidaymakers and tourism […]

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Covid Germany: Merkel warns of third wave of infections that could trigger ANOTHER lockdown

German Chancellor Angela Merkel last night warned that new Covid variants risk a third wave of infections sweeping across the country which could provoke another national lockdown. Coronavirus cases have started to increase again in Germany with only four per cent of the public vaccinated, while Britons are already counting down the days to freedom […]

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Ribena is to cut plastic straws and replace them with cardboard in major boost for eco-drive 

Ribena is to cut 41m polluting plastic straws from cartons and replace them with cardboard in major boost for eco-drive Ribena are set to replace their plastic straws with easily recyclable paper ones The switch to paper straws will save around 16 tons of plastic every single year Working with Tesco, Ribena developed a paper […]

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MPs’ fury as ministers dodge cladding vote

MPs’ fury as ministers dodge cladding vote: Anger as Commons is denied the chance to protect leaseholders from paying to fix fire-risk issues  Ministers were blasted for denying MPs the chance to protect leaseholders Government struck down attempts to guarantee flat owners wouldn’t have to pay for safety repairs  Prime Minister avoided a rebellion against his […]

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What will replace GCSEs and A-levels and will the system be fair?

What will replace GCSEs and A-levels and will the system be fair? As Government plans to hand teachers control over this year’s exam grades, we answer the important questions By Josh White Education Reporter For The Daily Mail Published: 20:24 EST, 24 February 2021 | Updated: 20:25 EST, 24 February 2021 What’s going on? Since […]

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SAM LEITH argues technology has made plotlines more ingenious than ever

One of our foremost contemporary novelists, Ian McEwan, is fretting that recent advances in technology have had an unexpected downside: they have made it harder for novelists to write plots. Speaking in a Q&A recently, he said that given a smartphone-addled world in which the characters ‘all know everything, as it were, and can always […]

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Now Priti Patel demands MPs probe ‘Nick’ shambles

Priti Patel signalled a dramatic new intervention into Scotland Yard’s disastrous VIP child sex abuse investigation yesterday. The Home Secretary admitted there were ‘outstanding questions’ about the Operation Midland scandal and urged MPs to launch an ‘all-encompassing’ inquiry. It escalated tensions between Miss Patel and Metropolitan Police Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick, after the Home Secretary refused […]

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Drug used to treat lice and scabies drug could cut Covid deaths by up to 75%, research suggests 

Drug used to treat lice and scabies drug could cut Covid deaths by up to 75%, research suggests New study suggests ivermectin cuts Covid infections by around 75 per cent More than 30 trials globally found the drug caused improvements in treatment The study is set to be published in the US journal Frontiers of Pharmacology […]

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Children are NOT legally required to wear face masks in schools, officials admit 

Children are not legally required to wear face masks in schools and should not be sent home if they refuse to wear one, government officials said last night. This week Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that secondary school pupils will have to wear masks if they cannot maintain social distancing in No10’s ultra-cautious ‘roadmap’ out […]

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Half of people showing signs of cancer delayed seeking a test during first lockdown

Half of people showing signs of cancer delayed seeking a test during first lockdown because they were worried about overstretching the NHS, study shows MPs have written to Boris Johnson warning Britain was facing a ‘cancer disaster’  Survey found almost half of people with cancer symptoms did not contact GP Health psychologist said ‘stay home’ […]

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Teachers are to take control in school exams free-for-all

Teachers will have almost complete control over deciding the GCSE and A-level grades of their pupils this summer, it was announced last night. Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said staff will also get to choose how they assess children – after exams were cancelled due to the pandemic. Teachers can decide to rely on previous essays, […]

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Maternal deaths link to hospital visit ban, report claims

Maternal deaths link to hospital visit ban: Pregnant women might have died because their partner was not present during labour, report claims Partners are banned from attending childbirth because of Covid restrictions Report says some patients died alone in hospital or discharged themselves early Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch examined 19 deaths when visitors were only […]

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Australia passes world-first new law forcing Facebook and Google to pay for news

Australia has passed a world-first law to make Google and Facebook pay media organisations for hosting their news content. Both tech giants have already agreed multi-million-dollar deals with some of Australia’s biggest news companies – and more negotiations are under way.  The bill passed on Thursday with bipartisan support after the government made some last […]

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New research shows statins are wrongly blamed for the aches and pains of old age 

Patients are warned not to shun statins after new research shows they are wrongly blamed for the aches and pains of old age New study suggests statins wrongly blamed for aches and pains in old age London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine found the drugs had no effects They believe symptoms could be result […]

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Jeep to revive its Bruce Springsteen Super Bowl ad after DWI charge were thrown out against The Boss

Car manufacturer Jeep has decided to revive its blockbuster Super Bowl ad featuring Bruce Springsteen after charges of DWI and reckless driving were thrown out against the singer by a New Jersey judge on Wednesday. The 120-second ad, titled The Middle, which debuted at Super Bowl LIV, was pulled by Jeep on February 10 after […]

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Qantas says international flights in October as it loses $1billion

Qantas plans for international flights to return by the end of October – just as Australia’s vaccination program ends – as it reveals losses of $1BILLION over the past six months Qantas CEO Alan Joyce said the billion dollar loss was ‘stark but not surprising’ The loss was thanks to a $6.9 billion Covid-related loss […]

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DAVID JONES: Tiger Woods is a genius whose life has been one long car crash

Tiger Woods after his arrest on suspicion of driving under the influence in May 29, 2017 in Florida Lying in a Californian hospital with his legs shattered and his glittering 30-year career surely beyond salvation, Tiger Woods might reflect that his personal life has been one long car crash. Both literally and figuratively. With a […]

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Rishi Sunak’s to axe fuel tax hike and slash hospitality VAT slashed in upcoming budget 

Rishi Sunak will use a giveaway budget next week to pave the way for a post-lockdown boom. Help for motorists, hospitality firms and the housing market is expected to be among a string of eye-catching policies. The Chancellor is set to shelve plans for tax rises, including a threatened 5p increase in fuel duty that would […]

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Alex Salmond and Nicola Sturgeon at war: Scotland’s First Minister mocks ‘conspiracy theory’

Scotland First Minister Nicola Sturgeon launched a stunning attack on her predecessor Alex Salmond yesterday as an open war erupted between the two big beasts of the SNP. Miss Sturgeon accused her former friend and mentor of creating an ‘alternative reality’ to paint himself as the victim of a conspiracy. She said Mr Salmond peddled […]

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Custody officer who hit a 16-year-old suspect before making him strip is convicted of battery

Custody officer who hit a 16-year-old suspect in the face before making him strip and locking him in a cell naked is convicted of battery Thames Valley Police Sergeant Matthew Myers has been convicted of battery He struck a 16-year-old suspect who was in custody and made him strip naked Myers ‘abused his position as […]

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Colin Pidgeon calmly responds as cat delivers pigeon whilst he addresses Northern Irish politicians

Unflappable Colin Pidgeon calmly responds as his cat delivers a live pigeon into his home while he addresses Northern Irish politicians via Zoom Colin Pidgeon interrupted by pigeon while on call to Northern Ireland Assembly The researcher was providing evidence to the Assembly’s Finance Committee    He was forced to stop after catching a pigeon his cat had […]

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Transport Secretary Grant Shapps, 52, becomes first Cabinet minister to receive coronavirus vaccine

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps, 52, becomes first Cabinet minister to receive coronavirus vaccine – revealing he was eligible due to ‘cancer treatment 20 years ago’ The Transport Secretary received the Pfizer jab at University of Hertfordshire  Cancer treatment in the late 1990s meant the 52-year-old was contacted by GP  He also filmed a video thanking […]

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Joe Biden to phone Saudi King Salman ahead of Jamal Khashoggi report

President Joe Biden‘s administration will name Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman as the man who approved the 2018 killing of Jamal Khashoggi when it releases an intelligence report on the journalist’s murder.  Four U.S. officials told Reuters the forthcoming declassified U.S. intelligence report – to which the CIA was the main contributor – assesses that […]

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Online bidder pays £18k for ‘extremely rare’ 1929 Irish £10 note

Online bidder pays £18,000 for ‘extremely rare’ £10 note that was printed in 1929 The rare Irish £10 banknote is from Dublin’s Northern Bank and dated May 1929 Auction house Dix Noonan Webb of Mayfair, London, sold the note for £18,000  An example of the note from ‘Ploughman’ series hadn’t been seen for a decade By […]

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Jill Biden opens up to Kelly Clarkson about her divorce in first solo interview as First Lady

Jill Biden offered some motherly words of wisdom about divorce to Kelly Clarkson and said the first thing she’s going to do post-pandemic is drink a martini and eat french fries in her first solo interview as First Lady. Dr. Jill, 69, made the comments during an appearance on The Kelly Clarkson Show, which was […]

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Police probe statue of Margaret Thatcher’s head on a pike

Police have launched an investigation into suspected criminal damage after a local artist erected a statue of Margaret Thatcher’s severed head on a pike in the former Prime Minister’s home town at the weekend. Welshman Mark Roberts, who uses the pseudonym Markrobla, hoisted his carved plaster version of the Iron Lady on a plinth in […]

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Primary school teacher sacked after asking if he could ‘motorboat’ his colleague, hearing is told 

Primary school teacher was sacked after asking if he could ‘motorboat’ his colleague before ‘groping’ her breasts while on school trip, hearing is told A primary school teacher allegedly groped a female colleague without consent The victim claims the male teacher also asked if he could ‘motorboat’ her Both teachers had been sitting in a […]

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