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Macron claims debunked: Expert picks apart President’s Covid speech – ‘None are founded!’

On Monday, the French President announced Covid vaccines would be compulsory from September. It would be mandatory for health workers and special passes would be required for anyone wanting to go to a restaurant or on a train or a plane.

While addressing the nation, Mr Macron made several scientific claims about the virus and the Delta variant.

Mr Macron claimed the more infectious Delta variant is “three times more contagious” than the first strain.

However, Professor Peter McCullogh from the Baylor University Medical Centre hit back.

He said because of “herd immunity, the virus cannot infect so easily as it did last year”.

Therefore, the Delta variant is “not three times more contagious”.

Elsewhere in his speech, Mr Macron said all the vaccines that are available in France protects the public against the Delta variant.

But Professor McCullogh argued that in the UK 42 percent of Delta infections were in fully-vaccinated patients.

He argued that the “vaccine has no impact in its severity” and the Delta strain is mild for everyone “whether they have been vaccinated or not”.

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The Professor of Medicine also lashed out at Mr Macron’s claims that to end the pandemic, “we must vaccinate everywhere”.

Professor McCullogh went on to say how the world will “not get to zero cases”.

He said: “It will degenerate into a form of common cold.

“It will be hard to distinguish from other upper respiratory infections.”

Professor McCullogh added: “The lack of safety and efficacy of vaccines limits their use.

“In the near future, the vaccination programme will end and we will treat the most serious cases in hospital just like we do with common colds.”

While addressing the nation, Mr Macron said: “We must go towards vaccination of all French people, it is the only way towards a normal life.

“A new race against the clock is on.

“We may need to ask ourselves the question of mandatory vaccination for all.”

Additional reporting by Maria Ortega

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Harry Kane’s wife ‘in tears’ as she pens emotional letter after weeks apart ahead of final

Following weeks apart as Harry Kane, 27, and his England team compete in the Euro 2020, his wife Kate has expressed how proud she is of him in a heartfelt tribute. The mother-of-three told fans she used to laugh at him when he said he’d play for the national team one day, but praised him for chasing his dream and succeeding.

In view of her 182,000 Instagram followers, she wrote: “H, you know I am not one to cry too easily but I found myself in tears when I started writing down how proud you’re making us all and what you’re doing for the country.

“I use to laugh at you when we started going out and you’d be round at mine playing penalties with my brother Tom and Seamus the dog, and you’d say you would be England captain one day.

“But that’s you – you set yourself a goal and you achieve it and you always said you were going to the Euros to get to the final.”

She went on to praise the Tottenham player for being “an amazing husband and dad”, adding they couldn’t wait to have him home.

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Kate added: “Imagine telling them all about this summer one day when they’re a bit older. We all love you so much, Skipper.

“Bring it home for the country, you deserve to lift that trophy with this incredible England team!”

The footballer’s wife hasn’t been able to see Harry during the tournament due to coronavirus restrictions, but his hasn’t stopped her supporting her spouse from afar.

Earlier this week, she shared a selfie of her beaming for the camera at a social distance from Harry at Wembley Stadium.

Many of Kate’s fans flocked to her post to comment.

Harry commented with two love heart emojis, while Harry Maguire’s wife-to-be Fern Hawkins also liked the post.

A second added: “Come on England!”

“He played class,” a third added.

The footballer’s wife has also been giving fans an insight into her home celebrations in recent weeks.

On Wednesday, she shared a picture of her children wearing England T-shirts as the family watched the game from a teepee.

The details included England flags, lights, a cardboard cutout of her spouse and a fancy cocktail menu.

England vs Italy kicks off tomorrow at 8pm on ITV.

'Europe is not the EU!' Guy Verhofstadt torn apart for deluded reaction to damning poll

The Belgian MEP acknowledged the results showed that a majority of EU citizens are disappointed with the bloc as it is today. But Mr Verhofstadt clung to the result that saw a majority of respondents believing Europe needs more co-operation.

The latest Eurobarometer published this week revealed that just 23 percent of all EU27 citizens surveyed chose: “I’m in favour of the European Union as it has been realised so far” – a drop of four percent compared with the previous survey.

For some countries, the results were even worse – in Italy and Greece for example, just 15 percent of respondents chose the option.

Just six percent were optimistic about the bloc’s future, with almost half – 49 percent – thinking it was going in the wrong direction.

There was further bad news in relation to the bloc’s much-criticised coronavirus response.

Only 48 percent of EU citizens were satisfied with the measures taken by Brussels, with less than half even knowing what the EU has been doing about it.

Just 44 percent of EU citizens were satisfied with the degree of cooperation between member states in combating Covid.

When asked about what the EU should prioritise in tackling this crisis, nearly 40 percent of EU citizens identified rapid access to safe and effective vaccines as the most crucial issue.

Meanwhile 29 percent said the EU should put more money into the development of treatments and vaccines.

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There were also no questions related to the impact of Britain’s decision to quit the bloc, despite the UK having represented 13 percent of its population and having contributed 15 percent of its GDP.

A press release commenting on the results and issued by the European Commission last week said: “Eight out of ten respondents know what the EU is doing to tackle the pandemic’s consequences, while citizens put public health, the fight against poverty, supporting the economy and jobs as well as tackling climate change at the top of their priorities for the European Parliament.

“Overall, the European Parliament’s spring Eurobarometer survey shows robust support for the European Union as well as broad consensus that global challenges such as the COVID-19 pandemic are best tackled at EU level.”

A total of 26,999 EU citizens from 27 EU countries were interviewed between March 16 and April 12 for the Eurobarometer survey.

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“Citizens are disappointed with the European Union institutions after the pandemic, but they still believe strongly in European cooperation.

“This is why the Conference on the Future of Europe is so important.

“Destroy the EU, never!

“Reform the EU, so it can act, absolutely!”

His comments sparked the fury of social media users who took to Twitter to respond to the Belgian politician.

One person said: “And cooperation happened before and will continue to happen after your superstate.

“Europe is not the EU!”

And another: “People believe in cooperation, not in German exploitation and domination.”

Someone else added: “Even the UK believed in European cooperation but not Federalism!”

Another user said: “There is no future for Europe while the EU cartel bullies try to continue with their failed political project.”

Finally, someone lashed out: “Eurocrats are spiteful, threatening, bitter and hostile towards anyone who seeks to leave them, yet claim to be democratic?!

“Look how the EU is now treating Switzerland.

“The anti-democratic EU ignored Danish, Dutch, Irish, French, Greek referendum results against EU treaties.

“I respect democracy so if other Europeans are happy in the EU then that’s their democratic choice.

“But I’m sceptical of the honesty and accuracy of the pie charts shown by Verhofstadt given the large rise of Eurosceptic party votes in nations such as France and Finland, etc.”

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Marks and Spencer ripped apart for 'not listening' to customers: 'People loved them'

The 136-year-old company accelerated plans to cut 950 jobs last year as part of a restructuring process following the impact of coronavirus. Marks and Spencer said the move marked “an important step” in it becoming a “stronger, leaner” business, but many felt M&S had already lost touch with its roots. It came after the company – which became adored for selling high-quality British-made products under its ‘St Michael’ brand – made the unprecedented change in 2000 to switch to overseas suppliers.
Many, including retail analyst at NBK Retail Natalie Berg, believe they have lost their way since.

She said: “In trying to be everything to everyone, they’ve ended up being nothing to no one.”

And retail expert Kate Hardcastle agreed.

She told the BBC: “Generally they have got a 25-year-old model wearing garments targeted at a 65-year-old, who doesn’t feel included.”

Ms Hardcastle stated that “M&S doesn’t listen to its customers,” adding that many of the clothes were not what the demographic want.

She added: “They don’t connect with customers enough, so they never know what the customers want.”

In particular, she noted that M&S’ traditional base of over-45s felt neglected.

She added: “In all of my years commentating on retail, I’ve never seen such an outpouring of emotion in a brand.

“People loved them and what they stood for.

“They traded on that emotion, but they’ve not invested in the brand for so long, and that’s why people get mad and sad about it.”

Another point experts agreed on was having difficulty understand the thinking behind some of the business decisions M&S has made over the years.

One example was the Sparks Card customer loyalty scheme, launched in 2015, which was unsuccessful and was re-launched last year.

Ms Hardcastle said in July: “Because they were so late to market with the rewards scheme, they had a significant amount of time to watch what best practice was and even improve on it, but they did it the M&S way.”

And Ms Berg claimed: “If you were launching a retail business today, you wouldn’t dream of recreating the M&S model.

“We don’t go into department stores anymore.”

Retail Analyst Chris Field said going to M&S was no longer an enjoyable experience.

He stated: “Old men’s clothes, next to men’s suits, next to pants, next to childrenswear makes no sense anymore.”

Many expect M&S to become more of a food than clothing business in the future.

And the retailer appears to be stepping in that direction.

Last year, in response to the pandemic, it launched its “Never the same again” programme which aimed to use the lessons of the crisis to “radically accelerate the pace and ambition of its transformation plan”.

It said: ”While some consumer habits will return to normal, others have been changed forever.”

M&S core shops now typically feature a selection of the company’s clothing, homeware and beauty ranges and an M&S Foodhall.

But many stores are now standalone Foodhalls and in 2019, M&S launched five of these as part of the transformation of the business.

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APD bomb squad helps take live pipe bomb apart in Temple

TEMPLE, Texas (KXAN) — The Austin Police Department bomb squad helped local authorities in Temple take apart a live pipe bomb Monday.

McLennan County Sheriff Office deputies responded to a home in Temple in the 3700 block of Lynx Trail for a search warrant, and when the explosive was found, the county’s bomb squad was called in to respond. The explosive was taken to a range where both bomb squads disabled it.

McLennan County Sheriff Parnell McNamara said the APD bomb squad had a special tool to cut into suspected bombs to help take them apart while keeping components intact that can help potentially trace the bomb back to its creator.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco Firearms and Explosives is part of the investigations. A man and woman were detained by authorities at the home, but charges are not known at this point. Once more information is made available, we will update the story.

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The Hamburglar? How a Story About Meat Limits Fell Apart

Author: AP News
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NEW YORK (AP) — President Joe Biden spent only a weekend as the “Hamburglar” in the conservative media world.

But while the false story lasted, it moved with a damaging speed and breadth, another example of a closed ecosystem of information affecting public opinion.

An academic study published a year before Biden became president was used to speculate that he would place limits on how much red meat Americans can consume as part of his stated goal to sharply reduce greenhouse gas pollution.

It was a potentially potent, visceral argument with punchy cable TV octane, namely that Biden was trying to limit people to eating one hamburger a month — an allegation that could seriously undermine his climate change plan before he even announced it.

There was one main problem: He’s said no such thing.

Yet two days after the Daily Mail brought up the topic in a report last Thursday, Rep. Lauren Boebert, a Colorado Republican, was tweeting, “Why doesn’t Joe stay out of my kitchen?”

The Mail’s story, by Emily Crane, was headlined “How Biden’s climate plan could limit you to eat just one burger a MONTH, cost $ 3.5K a year per person in taxes, force you to spend $ 55K on an electric car and ‘crush’ American jobs.”

Crane cited a January 2020 study by the University of Michigan’s Center for Sustainable Systems, which discussed how a transition to a more plant-based diet by Americans could cut down on greenhouse gas emissions. The paper estimated the environmental impact of a 90% reduction in beef consumption.

Martin Heller, a research specialist at Michigan and one of the study’s authors, said there was no connection between the research and Biden’s plans.

“The conversation so quickly gets pushed to these extremes and I think that’s an effort at poking at people’s fears,” Heller said. “That’s the frustrating part to me — that we can’t have a conversation about how to get creative in this sort of middle space.”

The Britain-based Daily Mail defended its story while criticizing others in the media.

“President Biden has announced an extremely ambitious target for carbon emissions reduction that will have a massive effect on the American economy and way of life without giving a single detail of how he expects to achieve it,” a newspaper spokesperson said.

“Unlike the rest of the overwhelmingly White House-whipped American media, the Mail attempted to explore this gaping hole at the center of the president’s announcement,” the representative said.

In fact, Biden has discussed several initiatives to help reach his climate goals, including increasing the use of wind and solar power and slashing emissions from fossil fuels such as coal and oil.

The newspaper’s spokesperson said that “we made it very clear these were steps that MIGHT have to be taken.”

But as the story spread, the qualifiers were deemphasized or disappeared entirely.

The conservative website Gateway Pundit ran a story Friday with the headline “Biden’s climate requirements: cut 90 percent of red meat from diet; Americans can only eat one burger per month.”

The body of the story itself was less incendiary, quoting the Daily Mail and using the qualifier “could.”

While a graphic on Friday’s “Fox & Friends” talked about what will be required to meet Biden’s green targets, host Ainsley Earhardt said, “He wants to cut out 90% of the red meat that you all eat.”

Later, Fox News anchor John Roberts said: “Say goodbye to your burgers if you want to sign up for the Biden climate agenda. That’s the finding of one study.”

A graphic onscreen, with a picture of a cheeseburger, read: “Up in your grill. Biden’s climate requirements: cut 90 percent of red meat from diet, max 4 lbs. per year, one burger per month.”

The story spread rapidly on social media. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott tweeted Fox’s “Up in your grill” graphic, adding, “Not gonna happen in Texas!” Idaho Gov. Brad Little retweeted Abbott, adding, “Idahoans also have beef with this agenda and for dinner!”

It was Republican Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene who dubbed Biden “The Hamburglar,” a reference to a character in McDonald’s commercials.

There were some 23,000 examples of terms like Biden’s climate plan, requirements or mandates appearing together with “meat consumption” in the context of political conversations online between Thursday and Monday, according to the media intelligence firm Zignal Labs. “Red meat” also had some 59,000 mentions in political chatter.

“This is pure propaganda,” said Jennifer Grygiel, a Syracuse University communications professor who specializes in disinformation.

There is little incentive for politicians and others to check their facts before posting on popular social media platforms, and those platforms aren’t doing it for them, Grygiel said.

Once the false claim gets into people’s heads, it’s hard to dislodge. Many targets of the story are unlikely to see fact-checks, said John Cook, a research fellow at the Monash Climate Change Communication Research Hub.

Republicans have been frustrated in trying to find lines of attack that will stick against Biden in his first 100 days in office. Many in the conservative media world have also continued to spread lies about widespread fraud in the 2020 election.

Also this past weekend, the New York Post reported that migrant children entering the United States across the southern border were getting copies of a book from Vice President Kamala Harris in a welcome kit. The Post has since corrected the story to say there has been only one known time that a migrant child got Harris’ book.

The reporter who wrote the Post story, Laura Italiano, tweeted late Tuesday that she had resigned from the paper. She called the article “an incorrect story I was ordered to write and which I failed to push back hard against.”

On Sunday, Biden spokesman Mike Gwin posted on Twitter a photo of a smiling Biden grilling steaks at a campaign stop, and linked to a CNN fact-checker who called claims about the president proposing limits on meat consumption “completely imaginary.”

The Daily Mail on Monday updated its story on Biden’s climate control plans without saying what was done. The headline did not change, and a spokesperson said it was for “minor cosmetic reasons.”

On Fox, meanwhile, Roberts told viewers that while the network correctly presented data from the Michigan study, “a graphic and the script incorrectly implied it was part of Biden’s plan for dealing with climate change. That is not the case.”

A Fox spokeswoman on Tuesday would not discuss the network’s editorial decision-making, including whether a journalist checked with the Biden administration before reporting on the issue.

Sarah Drew Teases ‘Trouble’ For Cindy: Her Family Is Starting To ‘Fall Apart’

Author: Avery Thompson
This post originally appeared on Hollywood Life

Sarah Drew spoke EXCLUSIVELY with HL about Cindy’s feelings about her daughter in the wake of Kate’s return and more. Plus, she gives a morsel of information about where the heck Cindy is.

Cindy Turner’s seemingly perfect facade is crumbling around her on Cruel Summer. The rumors about Jeanette seeing Kate while she was being held captive are running rampant. As Jeanette is being questioned by the police, Cindy is clearly starting to doubt her own daughter. HollywoodLife spoke EXCLUSIVELY with Sarah Drew about Cindy’s motives. Is Cindy just concerned about her family’s reputation or the truth about what happened between Jeanette and Kate?

“I think it’s a combination of both,” Sarah told HollywoodLife. “One of the kinds of defining characteristics of her as a human is that she, her identity is wrapped up into the success of her family, especially her children, you know, it’s like, well, I spent my life raising these kids, and if they’re not successful, then I’m not successful. That’s kind of where her brain is, I think. I don’t know that she’s aware of that. I think that for her, she thinks she’s just loving her child. But I think what’s really happening underneath it is that she’s starting to see some cracks in this sort of tableau that she thought she created or helped create. The 1994 version of Jeanette is definitely who Cindy wants her daughter to be. And then when things start to crack, it’s like, quickly, let’s like plaster that crack up. God, that can’t be true. It doesn’t even matter if it’s true or not. We just have to plaster it up really quick before more people find out about it or hear about it. I think that gets her into a little bit of trouble.”

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Sarah Drew with Chiara Aurelia on ‘Cruel Summer.’ (Freeform)

When Jeanette is brought in to be questioned about Kate, that’s when Cindy’s world begins to collapse. The police ask Jeanette about the necklace Kate claims is Jeanette’s, but Jeanette swears it’s not hers. Sarah breaks down what is going through Cindy’s mind.

“I think what’s happening in that moment is that the narrative that she had created about what her family was is starting to fall apart,” Sarah continued. “It’s a very big moment for Cindy when that necklace comes out. Because for her, [it’s like], are you lying? Are you? Are we not? Did you do? So it’s not only it’s the betrayal, it’s the potential of the betrayal of me. You’ve betrayed me because you’ve lied to me. But there’s also the potential of what does this mean for our family? If this is true, then how do I fix it? How can I possibly fix it? Something needs to be done. All of these things, I think are going through Cindy’s brain in this moment. Whether she really believes Jeanette’s been lying or not, it’s a crack. It’s a massive, gaping crack in what she thought was true about her life.”

In the year 1993, Cindy reveals to Jeanette that she and Kate’s mom used to be friends in high school. In Cindy’s eyes, Kate’s mom was the one always chasing after Cindy. All the guys had eyes for Cindy. Sarah noted that Cindy and Joy’s past, as well as what’s going with Kate and Jeanette, explores the idea of perception.

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Cindy and Jeanette in the 1993 timeline. (Freeform)

“There’s a lot to be told there, especially watching the scene between Joy and Kate in episode 2 and seeing kind of a mirror of that same conversation between Cindy and Jeanette in episode 3,” Sarah told HollywoodLife. “But in Joy’s version, Joy was the popular one and Cindy was always chasing after her, and all the men wanted Joy, not Cindy. In Cindy’s version, all the guys including Joy’s husband wanted Cindy, Joy was the one chasing after Cindy like a puppy dog. What I find so fascinating about this show is that it really does explore the idea of perception, right? In just watching those two scenes next to one another, you could think as an audience member: is Cindy lying? Is Joy lying? One of them might be lying. One of them might be in denial. Or maybe that was their experience of both those times for them. That’s the thing that I think is so fascinating is that we, as humans, can interact and receive the same situation differently than someone else. And for me, this is truth. And for you, it happened in a totally different way because of how it made you feel.”

In the 1995 timeline, Cindy is still nowhere to be seen. Sarah could only say this about Cindy’s whereabouts: “Yes, you will find out where she is. But that’s the only thing I’m allowed to say about that.” Cruel Summer airs Tuesdays at 10 p.m. on Freeform.

Mike Tyson ‘turns down $25mn offer to fight Evander Holyfield’ as deal for trilogy between heavyweight icons ‘falls apart’

Boxing fans hoping to see veteran legends Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield run it back more than two decades after the pair last fought appear to have had their wishes dashed after Tyson reportedly rejected a deal for the bout.

Speculation had been mounting that Tyson, 54, and fellow former world heavyweight champion Holyfield, 58, could return to the ring this summer to finish what they started with a pair of fights in the 1990s.

Representatives for the pair are said to have been in talks since Tyson made his comeback for an exhibition contest with Roy Jones Jr last November, which was deemed a commercial success by organizers.
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Holyfield, who last stepped into the ring competitively in 2011, had also teased fans with footage of himself in training in the hopes that he would step between the ropes with ‘Iron Mike’ once more.

But those chances now appear to have been ruined, according to an announcement by Holyfield’s team on Monday.

“We thought this was a done deal but it quickly fell apart when Tyson’s people declined all offers,” said Holyfield’s manager, Kris Lawrence.

“We were negotiating in good faith all along and it appears we just ended up wasting our time.”   

According to Holyfield’s representatives, Tyson and his team had rejected a $ 25 million guarantee to step into the ring on May 29 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida.

Tyson appeared to indicate his frustrations over the weekend when he posted an angry message that he would never again work with Triller – the platform which put on his comeback contest with Jones Jr.

“I am a partner in Legends Only League and my next event is with my league,” Tyson wrote.  

“I will never do another event or any business with Triller so anyone misrepresenting that they own the rights to my name or my next event isn’t true. I am not with or ever will be with Triller’s Fight Club.”

Tyson still appears intent on capitalizing on the lucrative market for exhibition bouts and the clout that his name still commands among fans. 

Reports varied on how much Tyson made from dusting off his gloves against Jones Jr, but some estimates put the figure at $ 10 million. 

Interest in bout with Holyfield – with whom Tyson shared one of the most infamous episodes ever seen in a boxing ring when he bit off a chunk of his rival’s ear during their second fight in 1997 – would likely have been even higher, not least with fans returning to arenas across the US. 

However, it now appears that Tyson will have to cast his net elsewhere for his next opponent on the comeback trail.  


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