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Biden to reinstate Covid travel rules, add South Africa


Washington, January 25

President Joe Biden on Monday will formally reinstate COVID-19 travel restrictions on non-US travelers from Brazil, Ireland, the United Kingdom and 26 other European countries that allow travel across open borders, according to two White House officials.

The officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the order, also confirmed Sunday that South Africa would be added to the restricted list because of concerns about a variant of the virus that has spread beyond that nation.        

Biden is reversing an order from President Donald Trump in his final days in office that called for the relaxation of the travel restrictions as of Tuesday.

The decision to reverse the order is not surprising, but the addition of South Africa to the restricted travel list highlights the new administration’s concern about mutations in the virus.

The South Africa variant has not been discovered in the United States, but another variant — originating in the United Kingdom — has been detected in several states. Reuters was first to report Biden’s decision to add South Africa to the list.

Biden last week issued an executive order directing federal agencies to require international air travelers to quarantine upon US arrival. The order also requires that all US-bound passengers ages 2 and above get negative COVID-19 test results within three days before traveling. AP





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COVID-19: Dubai issues new rules for dining in restaurants, cafes

Dubai: Dubai’s Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management issued new rules for dining out in the emirate on Friday.

It announced a decision to increase the distance between tables at restaurants and cafes from 2 metres to 3 metres.

Also the number of people allowed to sit at one table has been reduced from 10 to 7 at restaurants and to 4 at cafes.

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Police chief’s daughter, 19, breaks lockdown rules at illegal party

Amy Slattery (above) broke lockdown rules to party at her university halls of residence

The student daughter of a senior police chief has been caught on video at an illegal party brazenly flouting lockdown restrictions.

Second-year undergraduate Amy Slattery, 19, is seen dancing along to ‘Murder on the Dancefloor’ with other students at Leeds Beckett University in the clip from a boozy Saturday night party where no masks or social distancing were evident.

Her father, Cumbria Police Assistant Chief Constable Andy Slattery, has been at the forefront of the fight to control the pandemic and is chair of the county’s multi-agency Covid-19 Strategic Coordination Group.

The damning video footage of Amy and her mates in Leeds was posted to Snapchat by a fellow reveller from the event at 3am on Sunday. It is believed to have been held in one of the university’s halls of residence.

The day after the party, the university tweeted on its official account: ‘Unfortunately a small number of students have breached the regulations by organising or attending parties/gatherings in halls, putting the safety and welfare of other residents and staff at risk.’

The second year student, 19, was seen on camera dancing at the party that lasted until 3am on Sunday

Her father is Cumbria Police Assistant Chief Constable Andy Slattery, who warns people to stay indoors

Ms Slattery, 19, a second year student, was seen (left) dancing at the party that lasted until 3am on Sunday. Her father is Cumbria Police Assistant Chief Constable Andy Slattery (right)

The young people in the video were clearly making no attempt to take precautions against Covid-19 as the music boomed out, despite the fact that Leeds has been hard-hit by the virus.

A source told MailOnline they had been ‘utterly disgusted’ to witness the footage from the party.

‘Of course, it’s not just Amy who was behaving irresponsibly, but given who her father is, it’s outrageous that she has ignored all the rules in this way.

Ms Slattery was one of a number of students criticised by her university for breaking rules

Ms Slattery was one of a number of students criticised by her university for breaking rules

‘Her dad is never off the local TV and radio, rightly ramming home the message that we must all adhere to the laws on wearing facemasks and maintaining a safe distance if we’re to stay safe from this disease.

‘Andy takes all this very seriously. This won’t go down well at all.’

More than 1,000 people in the city have died since the start of the pandemic, and many areas of the city are still seeing above average infection rates.

ACC Slattery appears frequently on local media giving advice to the public on anti-Covid laws, and recently featured nationally when he pleaded with day-trippers to avoid driving to the Lake District to reduce infection.

In an interview with BBC Cumbria, earlier this month, he explained there had been 559 breaches in the county, resulting in 68 people being issued with a fixed penalty notice.

He said: ‘The virus doesn’t spread itself, the virus came here from the South East very quickly because it travels with people moving around the country and the government scientists are very clear that we’ve got to reduce the number of people travelling around the country and that’s why this stay local message is very important.’

On January 10, a week before the party, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust was one of five major trusts in England which ran out of adult critical care beds. 

Universities have been regarded as a key driver in spreading the virus not only within cities, but also across the country as students travel to and from home.

Mr Slattery (pictured), 53, joined the force in 1991, after graduating with a BA (hons) in Sociology from Lancaster University and was promoted to ACC in April 2019

Mr Slattery (pictured), 53, joined the force in 1991, after graduating with a BA (hons) in Sociology from Lancaster University and was promoted to ACC in April 2019

In his role as chair of Cumbria's multi-agency Covid-19 Strategic Coordination Group, Mr Slattery has often tweeted telling people to stay home and only go out when necessary

In his role as chair of Cumbria’s multi-agency Covid-19 Strategic Coordination Group, Mr Slattery has often tweeted telling people to stay home and only go out when necessary  

Statisticians have found that infection rates often rise more rapidly in areas with a high density of students in major university cities such as Leeds, Manchester and Sheffield.

Mr Slattery, 53, joined the force in 1991, after graduating with a BA (hons) in Sociology from Lancaster University and was promoted to ACC in April 2019.

Having been a detective in every rank of the force he has previously held posts as Head of Serious and Organised Crime, Counter Terrorism, Public Protection and Intelligence, taking on the role of Detective Chief Superintendent, Head of Crime in October 2016.

The Cumbrian-born officer lives with his family in the county, and is a competitive fell-runner, ultra distance runner and a member of the Bob Graham Club, whose members run up and down as many Lake District hills in 24 hours as possible.

Amy, who is a keen runner herself, attended the exclusive £25,500-a-year mixed independent Sedbergh School in Cumbria.

When MailOnline called at Mr Slattery’s home, his wife Rachel, 52, replied: ‘It’s nothing to do with me, sorry’ and closed the door.’ 

Leeds Beckett University tweeted its disappointment (above) that students who attended parties, putting the safety and welfare of other students and staff at risk faced a £500 fine

Leeds Beckett University tweeted its disappointment (above) that students who attended parties, putting the safety and welfare of other students and staff at risk faced a £500 fine

Cumbria Deputy Chief Constable Mark Webster said in a statement: ‘We have been made aware of a video which appears to show a number of individuals at a party in another police force area. Any investigation into that is a matter for the local force concerned.

‘However, we are at a critical stage in the pandemic and the rules and guidance are clear. It is incumbent on everyone to comply, to ensure that we reduce the spread of infection.

‘In line with our policy throughout the pandemic we do not identify or single out individuals that have breached, or are alleged to have breached, restrictions – and this instance is no different.

‘Cumbria Constabulary continues to encourage everyone to follow the restrictions, which are in place to stop the spread of the virus, protect the NHS and save lives.’

A Leeds Beckett University spokesperson said: ‘The majority of students act responsibly and all Leeds Beckett students have been made aware of their personal and collective obligations when it comes to safety, social distancing and government guidelines on Covid-19.

Miss Slattery (centre) recently posted this photo on Instagram with her mother Rachel (left) and her father Andy (right) and captioned it 'my quarantine buddies'

Miss Slattery (centre) recently posted this photo on Instagram with her mother Rachel (left) and her father Andy (right) and captioned it ‘my quarantine buddies’

‘Where students are found to have breached the regulations by organising or attending parties in halls we act swiftly to investigate and take action as necessary.

‘Students who break the law by organising or attending parties in halls will face disciplinary action which could lead to a fine of up to £500 under the Student Code of Conduct.’

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The 5 basic rules for creating nutritious and slimming salads | The State

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Without a doubt the salads they are probably the most iconic dish of diets focused on weightloss, they are believed to be the Perfect complement for accelerate weight loss. However we have news for you, there are certain preparations of salads that are associated with opposite effect and they can make us gain weight. Why? Because many of the most popular salad ingredients are full of fat and calories.

It has also been proven that in many cases “When dealing with salads” people usually eat much larger portions and they end up consuming many more calories than with other types of food.

While is true that replace a heavy, high-calorie meal, with a healthy salad is a excellent way to lose weight. It’s fundamental be clear about the rules of the game, that is, to know what are the best and worst ingredients and believe it or not there are some variants of common salads what contain more calories that even one piece of pizza.

The truth is that when preparing them with correct items, salads can be a great way to get vitamins and nutrients important. They are also the perfect ally for increase consumption of fruits and vegetables, which contribute many antioxidants and fiber and that are associated with great therapeutic properties.

It has scientific references that endorse the benefits of eat a salad a day, to keep away chronic diseases and the aging. In addition to its refreshing natural flavor and its great crunchy texture along with their wonderful colors and fragrances, eat a large portion of fresh and raw vegetables every day can have important health benefits.

A good salad is a tangible and sustainable habit in disease prevention, promotes healthy weight, benefits digestion and rise the levels of energy. Considering that we are all interested in having more Health and vitalitySalads take a very special place in the daily diet. We took on the task of compiling the 5 basic rules to create slimming and healthy salads, they represent the perfect balance.

1. Choose the best green bases

The base of salads is the first and most important step, and to make them slimming you should always contemplate the use of green leafy vegetables. Salads made with bases of pasta and potatoes tend to be more high in calories and fat. In some cases to give you a turn to the typical use of lettuce or spinach, nutritionists recommend using a bean base They are also excellent and very nutritious since they are full of protein and fiber. However green vegetable bases are infallible, very low in calories and rich in essential nutrients. Best of all, they provide some versatility and you can create different combinations, the best alternatives are fresh spring greens: arugula, spinach, chard, watercress, mustard greens, and beet greens are leaves of soft and tasty spring. Complement by adding leafy vegetables green fresh, crisp and low calorie: iceberg, bibb, romaine lettuce, chicory, endive, endive, lettuce leaves and frisée.

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Green leaves. / Photo: Pixabay

2. Integrate colorful fruits and vegetables

Once you chose one green leafy vegetable base, it is essential to complement with the use of colorful fruits and vegetables that should always be the most abundant ingredient in any healthy and light salad. The better alternatives will always come in one wide range of colors, which are a reflection of a good balance in essential nutrients. For a variety of flavors and nutritional benefits add raw or roasted fruits, vegetables decade color category. Some low calorie ideas: Red: chopped or sliced ​​tomato, grated or sliced ​​radishes, chopped red onion, sliced ​​red bell peppers, diced beets, cold sliced ​​red potato, Strawberries, raspberries /Orange: grated or thinly sliced ​​carrots, sliced ​​orange bell peppers, cold pumpkin in cubes, cold diced sweet potato, orange or mandarin segments /Yellow and white: chopped sweet onion, fresh cooked corn kernels, yellow tomato cut into quarters, cubed jicama, mushrooms quartered or sliced, cauliflower, white asparagus /Blue or purple: diced purple potatoes, shredded purple cabbage, aubergine, blackberries, blueberries / Green: thinly sliced ​​green onion, chopped green tomato, quartered artichoke hearts, green peas, broccoli, sliced ​​cucumber (without skin), Brussels sprouts, diced celery and kiwi.

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3. Integrate healthy fats

It is very important to add healthy fats in any salad, they are an important element in nutritional matters and they provide satiety. Of course, fats naturally increase calorie count, however there are some sources that are from a lot of quality, are a great element to promote weight loss and a great help to control anxiety about eating. Below is a list of reasonable portions of the most popular fontss of healthy fats for salads:

  • Avocado: 1 to 2 tablespoons
  • Olives: 5–10 olives
  • Olive oil: 1 to 2 tablespoons
  • Nuts (almonds, pine nuts, walnuts, pistachios): 10-15 nuts
  • Seeds (sunflower seeds, chia seeds, pumpkin seeds): 1 to 2 tablespoons
Avocado and strawberry salad
Avocado salad. / Photo: Shutterstock

4. Always add protein

If the salad is the main course of the meal, it is essential to add a lean source of protein to obtain the significant benefits they bring. Between the main benefits of integrating proteins is its satiating power and its qualities for increase muscle mass, very important aspects in the weightloss. Protein salads keep us away from food cravings and cravings. Bet on the use of animal sources natural, sodium free and preservatives: grilled chicken, natural turkey, roasted pork, tuna, Salmon, sardines, shrimp, anchovies. Sources of vegetable origin like Gfrogs: quinoa, wild rice, Integral rice and barley. As additional data contemplates that a portion of protein usually contains 3 to 4 ounces, for example if you add a large piece of chicken breast 6-8 ounces, allow for the extra (albeit nutritious) calories. Also remember that the more protein you add, you will use more dressing Watch out!

Chicken salad
Chicken salad. / Photo: Pixabay

5. Avoid commercial dressings, prepare them homemade

If you have filled your bowl with delicious and healthy ingredientsyes, the last step is add dressing. Unfortunately, most toppings are full of fat and calories. Some store-bought products, including those sold as “Lights” as well they are full of sugar. So to really get the benefits of all the ingredients in your super salad, it is important seasoning little and with low calorie items. I bet you add olive oil, vinegar or lemon, salt and pepper. Avoid at all costs the use of creamy dressings made with cheese and cream, for days with a craving make a homemade version using yogurt and some fragrant herbs.

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Dressing./Photo: Pixabay

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Twitter says a new video from Trump doesn’t break the rules

On January 8th, Twitter permanently banned President Donald Trump, and proceeded to play whack-a-mole as he attempted to dodge that ban by using different Twitter accounts, each of which Twitter suspended in turn.

And yet less than a week later, a Trump video has been posted on the official @WhiteHouse account delivering a new video speech. The speech is not inflammatory — quite the opposite. It features Trump denouncing violence, lawbreaking, and vandalism.

It contains messages many might have hoped Trump would issue immediately during or perhaps even before the attack on the US Capitol, to avoid the violence and the five deaths that occurred.

Still, it’s very strange to see Trump’s face in a new Twitter video, considering such a video was one of the inciting incidents that got Trump kicked off the platform. Twitter initially removed that video due to a “risk of violence” before deciding it was too risky to allow Trump to retain an account at all… and yet he’s now able to publish a video speech to Twitter from a different account. When Twitter banned Trump, the company told us it would try to limit the use of even government accounts like @WhiteHouse if Trump tried to use them to evade his ban.

But Twitter told NBC reporter Dylan Byers that this doesn’t constitute a ban evasion at all.

When we asked how this doesn’t count as ban evasion, Twitter declined to comment.

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Lisa Vanderpump doesn’t believe fired Vanderpump Rules stars are racist but actions were ‘ignorant’

Lisa Vanderpump doesn’t believe fired Vanderpump Rules stars Stassi Schroeder and Kristen Doute are racist but their actions were ‘stupid and ignorant’

Lisa Vanderpump has defended Vanderpump Rules castmembers including Stassi Schroeder and Kristen Doute who were fired last year over a racist incident.

The 60-year-old restaurant mogul appeared on an episode of Dear Media’s The Skinny Confidential Him & Her Podcast on Monday as she reflected on their removals.

She denied that any of her former employees are racist as she said: ‘It wasn’t right what they did at all, but do I think they’re racist a thousand percent? No… I have a lot of diverse people working for me that they [were] very close to over the years.

Taking a stand: Lisa Vanderpump (seen in November 2019) has defended Vanderpump Rules castmembers including Stassi Schroeder and Kristen Doute who were fired last year over a racist incident

Center of controversy: Schroeder and Doute seen in September 2015

Center of controversy: Schroeder and Doute seen in September 2015

‘Do I think it was a racist action? No, not at all. I just think it was just awful timing and stupid and ignorant.’

Vanderpump went on to say that she does not listen to every interview that her staffers do but added: ‘You can’t be cavalier just because you’re young and unaware.’

In June of 2020, Bravo announced that two of Vanderpump Rules’ original cast members, Schroeder and Doute, would not being returning to the show.

'I just think it was just awful timing and stupid and ignorant': The 60-year-old restaurant mogul appeared on an episode of Dear Media's The Skinny Confidential Him & Her Podcast on Monday as she reflected on their removals

‘I just think it was just awful timing and stupid and ignorant’: The 60-year-old restaurant mogul appeared on an episode of Dear Media’s The Skinny Confidential Him & Her Podcast on Monday as she reflected on their removals

Their firing came after former co-star Faith Stowers exposed the pair for once ‘reporting her to the police for a crime she’d had nothing to do with.’

Two of Vanderpump Rules’ newer stars, Max Boyens and Brett Caprioni, were also sacked from the series for publishing ‘racist’ tweets in the past.

‘Bravo and Evolution Media confirmed today that Stassi Schroeder, Kristen Doute, Max Boyens and Brett Caprioni will not be returning to Vanderpump Rules,’ read the network’s official statement. 

More recently it was revealed the the series’ most controversial character Jax Taylor, as well as his wife Brittany Cartwright, would be bidding farewell to Vanderpump Rules.

Ouch: In June of 2020, Bravo announced that two of Vanderpump Rules' original cast members, Schroeder and Doute, would not being returning to the show

Ouch: In June of 2020, Bravo announced that two of Vanderpump Rules’ original cast members, Schroeder and Doute, would not being returning to the show

The latest: Their firing came after former co-star Faith Stowers exposed the pair for once 'reporting her to the police for a crime she'd had nothing to do with'

The latest: Their firing came after former co-star Faith Stowers exposed the pair for once ‘reporting her to the police for a crime she’d had nothing to do with’

Back in November they took to social media to say that they were departing from the program ahead of its ninth season, as they’re expecting their first child.

‘The last 8 years on Vanderpump Rules have been some of the most challenging, rewarding and fulfilling years of my life,’ Taylor said. ‘We are excited to take this time to focus on our growing family and share with you our new endeavors. Stay tuned, We can’t wait to share what we have planned.’ 

A Bravo spokesperson told Variety at the time that Jax Taylor and Brittany Cartwright ‘will not be returning to Vanderpump Rules’ amid the outlet’s report Jax had been fired. 

'Thank you to all of our fans': More recently it was revealed the the series' most controversial character Jax Taylor, as well as his wife Brittany Cartwright, would be bidding farewell to Vanderpump Rules

‘Thank you to all of our fans’: More recently it was revealed the the series’ most controversial character Jax Taylor, as well as his wife Brittany Cartwright, would be bidding farewell to Vanderpump Rules

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Priyanka Chopra flouts Covid-19 lockdown rules in London, Aamir Khan seen playing with kids without mask


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Aamir Khan plays cricket with children in Mumbai, actor Kishwer Merchantt criticises them for not wearing masks

Actor Aamir Khan stepped out in Mumbai on Thursday and was spotted playing cricket with some children. He was seen hitting fours and sixes but not everyone was impressed. When a popular paparazzi Instagram account shared a video of Aamir playing cricket in a field, a few, including actor Kishwer Merchantt, called him out for not wearing a mask.

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Happy birthday Yash: Did you know KGF star is the son of bus driver, hails from middle-class family?

Actor Yash enjoys a massive fan base among Kannada audiences and has already established himself as a star with a few hits to his credit. With the release of his last film KGF, which went on to become a pan-Indian hit, he expanded his market beyond Kannada industry and has cemented his position as the next bankable big star from the south.

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Priyanka Chopra flouts Covid-19 lockdown rules in London by visiting salon, police alerted: report

Priyanka Chopra visited a salon in London on Wednesday evening, seemingly violating the UK’s Covid-19 lockdown rules. The UK is under a total lockdown, possibly until mid-February, to curb spiralling cases amid rising concerns surrounding a more infectious new variant of the virus.

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KGF Chapter 2 teaser: Yash faces off against intimidating Sanjay Dutt. Watch

The teaser for KGF: Chapter 2, which was originally slated to be released on Friday on the occasion of actor Yash’s birthday, was released on Thursday night, following a leak. The visuals of the teaser promise an action-packed second chapter in the franchise.

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Bigg Boss 14: Rahul Vaidya’s mother says Disha Parmar came home after his proposal, confirms marriage is on the cards

Singer Rahul Vaidya’s mother, Geeta Vaidya, has confirmed that his wedding is on the cards. She said that she has had discussions about marriage with his fiancee, actor Disha Parmar, and her family. The wedding date and other details will be confirmed once he is out of Bigg Boss 14.

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FA Cup Covid-19 rules as uncertainty surrounds Villa vs Liverpool tie and more

Coronavirus has already put paid to one of the FA Cup third round ties this weekend, but several others seem set to go ahead with clubs selecting shadow squads due to players being forced into self-isolation.

The clash between Southampton and Shrewsbury at St Mary’s has already been called off as the Shrews reported a “quite astronomical” number of positive cases in their squad earlier this week.

Chief executive Brian Caldwell said that the new variant of the virus had “wiped through” the club and meant that it would be unsafe for them to travel to Southampton and fulfil the fixture.

With some of the players who haven’t tested positive deemed to be close contacts of the positive cases, it has meant that the League One Shrews are unable to cobble together a team to take on Ralph Hasenhuttl’s men.

Shrewsbury Town may have to forfeit their game with Southampton

The FA have told clubs that, in practice, they must fulfil their tie if they have a minimum of 14 players fit and available, i.e. not suffering from the virus and not self-isolating due to be being a close contact.

No club will be forced to forfeit their tie immediately, with the FA aware of the increasingly fraught individual circumstances of different clubs.

However the FA do want any postponed ties to take place before the fourth round starts on January 23. This presents a problem for Shrewsbury as Southampton face Leeds in the Premier League on January 20.

The FA’s Professional Game Board will meet next week to discuss the postponed fixtures, but it seems likely that Shrewsbury may have to forfeit the tie as they simply don’t have enough players to play in it.

Derby County have already confirmed that interim manager Wayne Rooney and his entire first-team squad won’t make the trip to Chorley for Saturday lunchtime’s third round tie, but that match is still on.

Wayne Rooney won't be at Chorley vs Derby
Wayne Rooney won’t be at Chorley vs Derby

A team made up of Derby’s under-23s and under-18s players will take on the National League North side, with under-23s coach Pat Lyons and Gary Bowyer taking charge.

An additional problem for Derby is that six of their more promising under-23s players have been training as part of the first-team ‘bubble’ in recent weeks, meaning they may still not have enough players for the fixture.

Aston Villa could also be forced to field a young side for Friday night’s all Premier League tie at home to Liverpool after they confirmed a “significant” outbreak at the club on Thursday.

With Villa facing a Premier League match against Tottenham next midweek and then both clubs playing midweek matches the week after, it seems unlikely that the game could be rescheduled if it has to be postponed.

That raises the possibility of Villa forfeiting the match should they not be able to raise a side, although their vast youth resources means they should be able to.

Liverpool fielded a young team at Aston Villa in the Carabao Cup last season
Liverpool fielded a young team at Aston Villa in the Carabao Cup last season

Ironically, Liverpool fielded their under-23 side against Villa in the Carabao Cup quarter-finals last season as the first-team were away at the Club World Cup, and it seems as though the roles could be reversed as a young Villa side takes to the pitch this time around.

Sheffield Wednesday are another club to confirm ‘significant’ Covid cases among the first-team squad, including caretaker boss Neil Thompson, ahead of their tie at Exeter.

Middlesbrough, who faced Wednesday in the Championship last week, are also struggling with what the club call ‘a number of positive tests’ ahead of their tie at Brentford.

Burnley boss Sean Dyche has also confirmed that the Clarets have a small number of cases ahead of their third round clash with the MK Dons.

Sean Dyche says there are "a couple" of positive cases at Burnley
Sean Dyche says there are “a couple” of positive cases at Burnley

“We have got a couple of cases that will affect us,” he said.

“We have some at the moment and we are having to be wise and re-pod the players.

“The worry for us across the sport is the knock-on effect. We have a couple of cases, which could affect us over the next few days.

“It’s a tough challenge for all, so we’re having to be wise and push the rules as hard as we can, to stop any future cases.”

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Priyanka Chopra flouts Covid-19 lockdown rules in London by visiting salon, police alerted: report


Priyanka Chopra visited a salon in London on Wednesday evening, seemingly violating the UK’s Covid-19 lockdown rules. The UK is under a total lockdown, possibly until mid-February, to curb spiralling cases amid rising concerns surrounding a more infectious new variant of the virus. The regulations state that ‘personal care services’, including salons and spas, must close.

According to a report, Priyanka arrived at the salon with her mother, Dr Madhu Chopra, and pet dog Diana at around 4.55pm. Celebrity stylist Josh Wood was also present. The police were alerted of the breach and reached the salon to give a verbal reminder to the owner. No fine was imposed.

Metro.co.uk quoted a spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police as saying, “Police were alerted at around 17:40hrs on Wednesday, 6 January to reports of a Covid breach taking place within a hairdressers on Lansdowne Mews, Notting Hill. Officers attended and the owner of the salon was given a verbal reminder of the important need to comply with all regulations regarding Covid-19 and signposted to other sources of advice. No fixed penalty notices were issued.”

Priyanka is reportedly stranded in London with her husband, Nick Jonas. She was in the city to shoot for her upcoming film, Text For You. While filming was originally supposed to end later this month, the production team is trying to arrange for everyone to return to the US at the earliest.

Also read | When Ranbir Kapoor requested Hollywood star Natalie Portman for a picture, but she asked him to ‘get lost’

Last month, Nick shot for a cameo in Text For You, which features Priyanka and Sam Heughan in the lead roles. Celine Dion, Russell Tovey and Omid Djalili will also star in the film, a remake of the German film SMS Fur Dich.

Directed by Jim Strouse, Text For You is about a young woman, reeling from the death of her fiancé in a car accident, who continues to send romantic messages to his old phone number even after two years. When his number is reassigned, she develops a bond with the new owner.

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YouTube U-turn: TalkRadio reinstated after Covid rules criticism

Google has made a U-turn and reinstated TalkRadio’s YouTube channel after it was shut down amid claims the broadcaster ‘violated’ the website’s ‘community guidelines’ by airing criticism of coronavirus lockdowns.

News UK, which owns the radio station, had been urgently seeking a full explanation from the tech giant about the ‘nature of the breach’ that led to the account being removed from its platform. 

In what appeared to be an extraordinary clampdown, Google terminated the station’s YouTube channel at around 1am, reportedly for violating its ‘community guidelines’, according to Guido Fawkes.   

But TalkRadio’s YouTube channel is now back online, following a freedom of speech backlash led by senior minister Michael Gove and actor Laurence Fox, with civil liberties groups comparing Google’s ‘chilling attack’ to Chinese-style censorship. 

A YouTube spokesperson told MailOnline: ‘TalkRadio’s YouTube channel was briefly suspended, but upon further review, has now been reinstated. 

‘We quickly remove flagged content that violate our Community Guidelines, including COVID-19 content that explicitly contradict expert consensus from local health authorities or the World Health Organization (WHO). 

‘We make exceptions for material posted with an educational, documentary, scientific or artistic purpose, as was deemed in this case.’ 

Former Brexit Party MEP Alex Phillips appeared on TalkRadio after the news broke, warning Britons to fear ‘cyber enterprises being governed by woke wannabes’.

TalkRadio presenter Julia Hartley-Brewer today denied that the broadcaster had flouted YouTube’s community guidelines, tweeting: ‘We simply challenge the evidence that lockdowns are a proportionate response to the Covid virus. It’s called free speech.’

The station has interviewed lockdown sceptics during the pandemic who doubt that massive restrictions on public life implemented by western governments can suppress the disease. 

In October 2020, the WHO said in a statement that lockdowns were needed to ‘suppress the virus and avoid health systems being overwhelmed’, but the measures were ‘not sustainable solutions because of their significant economic, social and broader health impacts’.  

YouTube has shut down TalkRadio’s channel after the broadcaster criticised lockdowns

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Julia Hartley-Brewer

TalkRadio presenters including Mike Graham (left) and Julia Hartley-Brewer (right) have criticised the Government’s use of lockdowns during the pandemic

TalkRadio presenter Ms Hartley-Brewer today denied that the broadcaster had flouted YouTube's community guidelines. 'We simply challenge the evidence that lockdowns are a proportionate response to the Covid virus. It's called free speech,' she tweeted

TalkRadio presenter Ms Hartley-Brewer today denied that the broadcaster had flouted YouTube’s community guidelines. ‘We simply challenge the evidence that lockdowns are a proportionate response to the Covid virus. It’s called free speech,’ she tweeted

Lockdown sceptic Peter Hitchens said: 'Are we any longer free if this sort of thing can happen?'

Lockdown sceptic Peter Hitchens said: ‘Are we any longer free if this sort of thing can happen?’

Dissenting experts who have challenged the lockdown policy have included Oxford epidemiologist Professor Sunetra Gupta, who co-authored the anti-lockdown Great Barrington Declaration, and Irish engineer Ivor Cummins. 

Some of TalkRadio’s presenters, including Ms Hartley-Brewer, Mike Graham and Dan Wootton, have  criticised government measures to slow the spread of coronavirus as excessive or ill-targeted. 

Mr Graham has invited Mail on Sunday columnist Peter Hitchens onto his Independent Republic show every Monday for nearly a year to discuss the Government’s handling of the crisis. 

The radio station used YouTube to stream its live video content and archive old shows, and accrued tens of millions of views and 250,000 subscribers as its popularity soared last year. 

YouTube’s policies are supposedly in place to ‘protect’ its ‘community’, which means stopping the spread of misinformation about coronavirus along with conspiracy theories, hate speech or ‘other harmful content’. 

The company reviews each video that is flagged and will remove a video if it is deemed to violate these policies, issuing a strike. 

TalkRadio had issued a statement earlier today saying: ‘TalkRadio has not yet received any explanation about what aspect of the guidelines it is alleged that we have breached.

‘The channel is still removed by Google/YouTube.’

A spokesman for TalkRadio said: ‘YouTube is making decisions about which opinions the public are allowed to hear, even when they are sourced to responsible and regulated news providers.

‘This sets a dangerous precedent and is censorship of free speech and legitimate national debate.’

A spokesperson had earlier told MailOnline: ‘We urgently await a detailed response from Google/YouTube about the nature of the breach that has led to our channel being removed from its platform.

‘TalkRadio is an Ofcom-licensed and regulated broadcaster and has robust editorial controls in place, taking care to balance debate. 

‘We regularly interrogate government data and we have controls in place, use verifiable sources and give space to a careful selection of voices and opinions.’ 

TalkRadio later tweeted a poll which asked: ‘Will Britain’s freedoms ever fully return?’ 

TalkRadio: Its owner, hosts and controversies

TalkRadio is owned by News UK and is the sister station of national radio stations TalkSport and Times Radio.

It has about 424,000 listeners, according to the latest figures from market research provider Rajar. 

Its current presenters include Mike Graham, Julia Hartley-Brewer, Dan Wootton, and Mark Dolan.

TalkRadio has courted controversy since its relaunch in 2016.

Presenter James Whale was suspended over a July 2018 interview with an alleged sex assault victim that was said by the station to have ‘completely lacked sensitivity’.

He was given a week’s suspension and his show returned soon afterwards. He apologised to the alleged victim.

Broadcast watchdog Ofcom ruled in 2019 that two episodes of ex-MP George Galloway’s show on Labour Party anti-Semitism and the Salisbury poisoning breached impartiality rules. 

Galloway was sacked by the station in June 2019 for praising Liverpool FC for winning the 2019 UEFA Champions League Final instead of Tottenham Hotspur, a team with strong links to the Jewish community. 

Last September, Mark Dolan cut up a face mask while claiming they did not have a significant impact on the spread of coronavirus.

His action sparked a protest resignation by Jamie East, while Piers Morgan called Dolan’s behaviour ‘reckless and stupid’. 

Broadcasting watchdog Ofcom, which regulates TalkRadio, said: ‘This was a decision for YouTube. 

‘Like other UK stations, TalkRadio’s radio channel comes under our Broadcasting Code. When we assess programmes under our rules, we take account of a broadcaster’s right to freedom of expression, and the right of listeners to receive information and ideas.’  

YouTube has implemented a ‘COVID-19 medical misinformation policy’ which allows it to ban ‘content that spreads medical misinformation that contradicts local health authority information or World Health Organization (WHO) medical information about COVID-19’.

Examples of content which is banned from YouTube include ‘denial that COVID-19 exists’, ‘claims that people have not died from COVID-19’, and ‘videos alleging that social distancing and self-isolation are not effective in reducing the spread of the virus’. 

It warns YouTube users that it will remove content which violates the policy and give them a warning with no penalty if it is a first-time violation.

Google has a three-strike policy where channels that break its community guidelines three times within a 90-day period can be permanently banned. 

The tech giant has previously banned conspiracy theorist David Icke and suspended One America News Network for breaches of its Covid rules. 

However, a YouTube webpage states that the video streaming site is committed to freedom of speech and freedom of expression, claiming: ‘We believe people should be able to speak freely, share opinions, foster open dialogue, and that creative freedom leads to new voices, formats and possibilities.’

It also claims: ‘We believe everyone should have easy, open access to information and that video is a powerful force for education, building understanding, and documenting world events, big and small.’

Ofcom has also pledged to crack down on coronavirus misinformation that could cause serious harm, though no TalkRadio content about the disease has been subject to investigation by the watchdog. 

Michael Gove today blasted ‘Big Tech censorship’, telling Ms Hartley-Brewer on TalkRadio that lockdown critics ‘should be heard’.

‘I don’t believe in censorship, and we have a free and fair press, and we have commentators and interviewers of distinction who do criticise the Government’s position’, the Cabinet Office minister said. 

‘I respectfully disagree with them but I think it’s important that their voices are heard and that debate takes place.’ 

Ms Hartley-Brewer later tweeted that no one at the station ‘has ever endangered any lives or worked against the NHS’, adding: ‘Free speech, debate and questioning policies that destroy lives, livelihoods and freedoms are a good thing.’

Actor Laurence Fox, who has also criticised shutdowns, warned: ‘This is just the beginning’ – in a suggestion that more online anti-lockdown rhetoric could be removed.  

Toby Young, director-general of the Free Speech Union, called Google’s move ‘an assault on the freedom of the press’. 

Civil liberties group Big Brother Watch said the removal of the channel was ‘a bold censorship move that would make China proud’.  

Director Silkie Carlo told MailOnline: ‘YouTube’s termination of TalkRadio is evidence, if needed, that Big Tech censorship is out of control. 

‘This chilling attack on a broadcaster is the type of thing you see in China. It is no coincidence that TalkRadio is one of the loudest critics of the Government’s mismanagement of the pandemic, nor that the Government is pressuring Big Tech companies to increase censorship under ‘online harms’ policies.  

TalkRadio presenter Dan Wootton has also criticised the use of shutdowns to tackle Covid

TalkRadio presenter Dan Wootton has also criticised the use of shutdowns to tackle Covid

Dissenting experts who have spoken on TalkRadio include Oxford epidemiologist Professor Sunetra Gupta, who authored the anti-lockdown Great Barrington Declaration

Dissenting experts who have spoken on TalkRadio include Oxford epidemiologist Professor Sunetra Gupta, who authored the anti-lockdown Great Barrington Declaration

Actor Laurence Fox today tweeted: 'This is just the beginning'

Actor Laurence Fox today tweeted: ‘This is just the beginning’

Triggernometry YouTube channel host Konstantin Kisin said: 'Today is the day we can all be 100% certain that free speech is over'

Triggernometry YouTube channel host Konstantin Kisin said: ‘Today is the day we can all be 100% certain that free speech is over’

‘This assault on free expression must be resisted and overturned.’ 

Triggernometry YouTube channel host Konstantin Kisin said: ‘Today is the day we can all be 100% certain that free speech is over’. 

It comes as Mr Gove today admitted there was ‘no certainty’ that the brutal squeeze imposed by Boris Johnson on England last night will be eased at the end of February as hoped.

The PM set a goal of giving first doses of vaccine to more than 13 million vulnerable people over the next seven weeks, with doubts already voiced over whether it is possible.

But Mr Gove cautioned that even in the best case scenario not ‘all’ of the curbs will go, as he braced the weary public for a long haul to combat the fast-spreading new variant of coronavirus. 

Under the new guidance, primary and secondary schools will close, with only the vulnerable and offspring of key workers allowed to go in. 

Nurseries can stay open, but university students are being told to stay at home and study remotely – while GCSE and A-level exams will not go ahead as planned. 

Non-essential retail, all hospitality, gyms and swimming pools will be ordered to close – with Rishi Sunak due to lay out another package of support today amid growing fears about the impact on the economy.

Cafes, bars and restaurants will be allowed to serve takeaway – but in a tightening from the draconian measures last spring, they will not be allowed to serve any alcohol. 

Vulnerable people are being told to shield where possible.

The public will once again only be allowed to leave home for one of five reasons: to go to work if essential, shop for necessities, exercise – allowed with one other person from another household, care for someone, or to seek medical help or flee threat such as domestic violence.

Communal worship can continue with social distancing in place.

Those who break the rules face a £200 for the first offence, doubling for further offences up to a maximum of £6,400. 

YouTube’s ‘COVID-19 Medical Misinformation Policy’

YouTube implemented a 'COVID-19 Medical Misinformation Policy' last year to remove content that 'poses a serious risk of egregious harm'

YouTube implemented a ‘COVID-19 Medical Misinformation Policy’ last year to remove content that ‘poses a serious risk of egregious harm’

YouTube implemented a ‘COVID-19 Medical Misinformation Policy’ last year to remove content that ‘poses a serious risk of egregious harm’.

The webpage on ‘community guidelines’ states that users cannot upload content which includes treatment, prevention, diagnostic or transmission misinformation. 

A YouTube channel is terminated if it accrues three Community Guidelines strikes in 90 days, or is determined to be wholly dedicated to violating our guidelines. When a channel is terminated, all of its videos are removed. 

Treatment Misinformation

YouTube counts this as content which ‘discourages someone from seeking medical treatment by encouraging the use of cures or remedies to treat COVID-19’.

Examples include: 

  • Content that encourages the use of home remedies in place of medical treatment such as consulting a doctor or going to the hospital;
  • Content that encourages the use of prayer or rituals in place of medical treatment;
  • Content that claims that there’s a guaranteed cure for COVID-19;
  • Claims about COVID-19 vaccinations that contradict expert consensus from local health authorities or WHO;
  • Content that claims that any currently-available medicine prevents you from getting the coronavirus;
  • Other content that discourages people from consulting a medical professional or seeking medical advice.

Prevention Misinformation

According to YouTube, users cannot upload content which ‘promotes prevention methods that contradict local health authorities or WHO’.

This could include:

  • Claims that there is a guaranteed prevention method for COVID-19;
  • Claims that an approved COVID-19 vaccine will cause death, infertility, or contraction of other infectious diseases;
  • Claims that an approved COVID-19 vaccine will contain substances that are not on the vaccine ingredient list, such as fetal tissue;
  • Claims that an approved COVID-19 vaccine will contain substances or devices meant to track or identify those who’ve received it;
  • Claims that an approved COVID-19 vaccine will alter a person’s genetic makeup;
  • Claims that any vaccine causes contraction of COVID-19;
  • Claims that a specific population will be required (by any entity except for a government) to take part in vaccine trials or receive the vaccine first.

Diagnostic Misinformation

YouTube claims this includes content ‘that promotes diagnostic methods that contradict local health authorities or WHO’.

Transmission Misinformation

Google, which owns YouTube, states that content which ‘promotes transmission information that contradicts local health authorities or WHO’ also cannot be uploaded.

It lists as examples:

  • Content that claims that COVID-19 is not caused by a viral infection;
  • Content that claims COVID-19 is not contagious;
  • Content that claims that COVID-19 cannot spread in certain climates or geographies;
  • Content that claims that any group or individual has immunity to the virus or cannot transmit the virus;
  • Content that disputes the efficacy of local health authorities’ or WHO’s guidance on physical distancing or self-isolation measures to reduce transmission of COVID-19.

Examples of banned content

YouTube would ban videos which contain the following information:

  • Denial that COVID-19 exists Claims that people have not died from COVID-19; 
  • Claims that any vaccine is a guaranteed prevention method for COVID-19; 
  • Claims that a specific treatment or medicine is a guaranteed cure for COVID-19; 
  • Claims that certain people have immunity to COVID-19 due to their race or nationality; 
  • Encouraging taking home remedies instead of getting medical treatment when sick; 
  • Discouraging people from consulting a medical professional if they’re sick; 
  • Content that claims that holding your breath can be used as a diagnostic test for COVID-19; 
  • Videos alleging that if you avoid Asian food, you won’t get the coronavirus; 
  • Videos alleging that setting off fireworks can clean the air of the virus and will prevent the spread of the virus;
  • Claims that COVID-19 is caused by radiation from 5G networks Videos alleging that the COVID-19 test is the cause of the virus; 
  • Claims that countries with hot climates will not experience the spread of the virus;
  • Videos alleging that social distancing and self-isolation are not effective in reducing the spread of the virus; 
  • Claims that the COVID-19 vaccine will kill people who receive it; 
  • Claims that the COVID-19 vaccine will be used as a means of population reduction;
  • Videos claiming that the COVID-19 vaccine will contain fetal tissue Claims that the flu vaccine causes contraction of COVID-19; 
  • Claims that the COVID-19 vaccine causes contraction of other infectious diseases or makes people more vulnerable to contraction of other infectious diseases; 
  • Claims that the COVID-19 vaccine will contain a microchip or tracking device.