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Heatwave could cause broadband outages and slow Wi-Fi, unless you follow these steps now

Heatwave could cause broadband outages and slow Wi-Fi, unless you follow these steps now

Speaking about the consequences of overheated broadband routers, Catherine Hiley, broadband expert at USwitch, told Express.co.uk: “We’re all struggling to keep cool in this heatwave, and electrical equipment like routers are no different. Just like laptops, phones and games consoles, routers require ventilation to get rid of excess heat. Therefore, you should avoid placing them in or near direct sunlight.

“Many of us put them close to windows because they are plugged into wires, which run through the external walls. So if yours is overheating, try moving it further inside the property. Keeping it in a shaded area and ensuring the room is well ventilated should be enough to stop it from overheating. If you’re using a fan to keep cool, make sure the router benefits from the moving air as well.

“If your router is regularly overheating, it could indicate that the device has an underlying problem or that it is getting too old to function properly. If this is the case, it may be worth asking your provider to send you a new router or purchasing a compatible one through a trusted retailer.”

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Summer holiday warning as Brexit checks to cause chaos in weeks

Summer holiday warning as Brexit checks to cause chaos in weeks

Dover has warned that chaos could descend on the port this summer as foreign travel restrictions continue to ease for Britons. Yesterday, the Government confirmed that double-jabbed British tourists will be allowed to travel to amber list countries without needing to self-isolate on return.

Thousands, if not millions, of Britons are expected to travel abroad this summer after it was announced that fully vaccinated people living in England will be able to travel quarantine free.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps confirmed yesterday, July 8, that English residents will be able to visit amber list countries more easily and not have to self-isolate on their return to the UK.

Most European countries, including France, Portugal, and Spain, are on the amber list.

This means it is very likely that many Britons will travel through the Port of Dover to get to the continent.

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But now that the Government has scrapped a travel quarantine requirement for double-vaccinated Britons, it is likely there will be an increase in the number of vehicles travelling to the continent over the coming weeks.

Doug Bannister, CEO of the Port of Dover, said the port had managed to switch to the new full customs checks well so far, ever since Britain left the trade bloc at the end of last year.

He told Reuters: “That’s because we haven’t seen the demand for tourists coming from our facilities, as we would normally expect to see.”

“It’s at those points in time when the pressure on the total system increases.”

Before the pandemic, in 2019, around 2.4 million trucks passed through Dover, as well as 2 million cars and 74,000 coaches.

If the number of vehicles descending on the port will quickly increase, Mr Bannister said “there will be longer transaction times and more processing”.

The food supply industry is already struggling with trade due to Brexit, with many deliveries to British shops being delayed or missed because of a lack of workers.

Many lorry drivers who were EU citizens have returned to their home countries because of both Brexit and the pandemic.

In his announcement to the Commons yesterday, Grant Shapps explained the latest easing of travel restrictions in more detail.

He said: “I can confirm today that from the July 19, UK residents who are fully vaccinated through the UK vaccine rollout will no longer have to self-isolate when they return to England.

“They’ll still be required to take a test three days before returning, the pre-departure test, demonstrating they’re negative before they travel, and a PCR test on or before day two, but they will no longer be required to take a day eight test.

“In essence, this means that for fully vaccinated travellers the requirements for green and amber list countries are the same.

“To be clear, a full vaccination means 14 days have passed since your final dose of the vaccine, and it’s also important to note that health matters are devolved, so decision-making and implementation may differ across the UK administrations and we’ll continue to work with the devolved administrations to ensure we achieve our shared objectives of safe, sustainable and robust return to international travel.”

Jim Morrison death: How did Jim Morrison die? What was The Doors singer’s cause of death?

Jim Morrison death: How did Jim Morrison die? What was The Doors singer’s cause of death?

Today marks the 50th anniversary of Jim Morrison’s death on July 3, 1971. The singer is a member of the 27 Club, having died at just 27-years-old alongside a number of his contemporaries musicians. These include Brian Jones, Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin.

Morrison was the lead singer of the rock band The Doors and he was living in Paris, France when he died suddenly.

While he had an alcohol dependency, his cause of death remains disputed to this day since no autopsy was performed as it wasn’t required by French law.

After recording The Doors’ sixth album LA Woman, Morrison told the rest of the band he wanted to go to Paris.

In March 1971, his girlfriend Pamela Courson rented an apartment for him at 17-19 Rue Beautreillis in Le Marais.

Morrison lost some of the weight he’d recently gained and shaved his beard in the weeks that followed.

While in letters to friends, The Doors singer described going on long solo walks through Paris.

But then on July 3, 1971 – exactly 50 years ago today – Morrison was discovered dead by Courson, in the flat’s bathtub around 6am.

The official cause of death was heart failure but, as said, no autopsy was performed.

Interestingly, Marianne Faithfull has claimed her ex-boyfriend, drug dealer Jean de Breiteuil, who died in 1972, was responsible for The Doors singer’s death.

She said she and Jean had dropped off some heroin at Morrison’s apartment just hours before his death and the drug proved strong enough to kill him.

Marianne told MOJO in 2014: “I mean I’m sure it was an accident. Poor b*****d. The smack was too strong? Yeah. And he died.”

Morrison died exactly two years to the day after Brian Jones and around nine months after Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin.

While three years later, Courson died of a heroin overdose and she was just 27 too.

Morrison was buried in Père Lachaise cemetery in Paris in the week after he died, with just a few mourners in attendance.

The Doors singer was incorrectly listed in the cemetery’s records under Douglas James Morrison, instead of James Douglas Morrison.

While his death wasn’t announced to the world, including to his parents, until after the service had taken place.

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Diabetes type 2 warning: The vegetables that can cause blood sugar levels to rise

Diabetes type 2 warning: The vegetables that can cause blood sugar levels to rise

“And it is not just the vegetable type that matters but how it is cooked and presented; warm cooked vegetables produce greater rises than cold and mashed vegetables more than left natural.”

According to doctor Abraham, the lower the fat content of vegetables, the slower the rate glucose is broken down.

He explained: “A baked potato with butter will be less glycaemic than one without the butter and crisps, full of fat, have lower glycaemic potential than the same weight of potatoes cooked differently.”

To stabilise blood sugar levels when choosing vegetables, you should opt for fresh vegetables, cooking them minimally.

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COVID May Cause Long-Term Brain Loss, Study Says

COVID May Cause Long-Term Brain Loss, Study Says

A new study from researchers in the United Kingdom has found that the coronavirus may cause long-term brain loss and could be the reason some COVID-19 patients lose their sense of smell and taste.  

“In short, the study suggests that there could be some long-term loss of brain tissue from COVID, and that would have some long-term consequences,” former FDA Director Scott Gottlieb, MD, said on CNBC’s The News with Shepard Smith.

“You could compensate for that over time, so the symptoms of that may go away, but you’re never going to regain the tissue if, in fact, it’s being destroyed as a result of the virus,” said Gottlieb, who is also a CNBC contributor.

According to the study, researchers in the United Kingdom had access to brain image testing on about 40,000 people that was done before the start of the coronavirus pandemic. 

In 2021, they asked hundreds of those people to come back for more brain scans. Almost 800 responded. Of those patients, 404 had tested positive for COVID-19, and 394 had usable brain scans that were taken before and after the pandemic.

Comparison of the before-and-after brain scans found “significant effects of COVID-19 in the brain with a loss of grey matter” in parts of the brain connected to smell and taste.

“All significant results were found in the primary or secondary cortical gustatory and olfactory areas, in the left hemisphere, using grey matter information (volume, thickness),” the study found.

Loss of smell and taste is one of the hallmarks of a COVID-19 infection. Research shows it can continue up to 5 months after the virus first strikes.

“The diminishment in the amount of cortical tissue happened to be in regions of the brain that are close to the places that are responsible for smell,” Gottlieb said. “What it suggests is that the smell, the loss of smell, is just an effect of a more primary process that’s underway, and that process is actually shrinking of cortical tissue.”

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CNBC. “New Covid study hints at long-term loss of brain tissue, Dr. Scott Gottlieb warns.”

MedRxiv. “Brain imaging before and after COVID-19 in UK Biobank.”

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Delta variant may cause hearing and balance issues while irritating tinnitus says study

Delta variant may cause hearing and balance issues while irritating tinnitus says study

The Delta variant is now accounting for more than 90 percent of new cases in the UK. While the country’s vaccination programme continues to roll out, people should continue to spot if they have symptoms of the virus and to self isolate upon a positive Covid test to stop further spread.

The main symptoms of Covid are still stated as a high temperature, a new continuous cough, and a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste.

But new and different symptoms are beginning to emerge in recent research.

A study led by Professor Colleen Le Prell’s study suggests Covid can cause hearing and balance issues while irritating tinnitus – the term given for hearing noises not caused by sounds coming from the outside world.

Professor Le Prell, of the University of Texas in the USA, said symptoms are most commonly witnessed in patients who already have tinnitus.

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The virus has been shown to cause inflammation which can damage hearing and balance “pathways” in the central nervous system in a similar way to how it impacts smell and taste.

These effects can then be magnified by things such as lockdown-related stress and can impact people who had tinnitus before the pandemic the most.

She said: “Increases in tinnitus bothersomeness were associated with reports of pandemic-related loneliness, sleep troubles, anxiety, depression, irritability and financial worries.

“In other words, participants who experienced general increases in stress reported their tinnitus to be more bothersome than before the pandemic.”

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The findings of the study were presented at the annual meeting of the Acoustical Society of America.

Professor Le Prell also said some early experimental treatments, such as chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine, can also have auditory side effects, particularly in patients with kidney problems.

She continued: “When the kidneys are not functioning properly, the drug may not be metabolised and eliminated from the body as quickly, which can increase physiological drug concentrations and risk of side effects.

“Old age is often accompanied by decreased renal function, and COVID-19 can cause renal dysfunction.”

According to data from the ZOE Covid study at King’s College London, Delta variant cases aren’t presenting with the classic triad of Covid symptoms.

Symptoms of the Delta variant have been described by study lead Professor Tim Spector as more like a bad cold.

Fever and cough have been shown to be less common than with previous variants, and loss of smell isn’t even in the top ten.

Professor Spector said most cases appeared to be in young people who had not yet been vaccinated and the variant appeared to be far more transmissible with every person infected passing it on to six others.

Professor Spector warned cases were rising exponentially and people who have only had one vaccine dose should not be complacent.

He said: “The UK really does now have a problem and we’ll probably be seeing, in a week, 20,000 cases and by 21st June well in excess of that number.

“Most of these infections are occurring in unvaccinated people. We’re only seeing slight increases in the vaccinated group and most of those in the single vaccinated group.

“Covid is also acting differently now. It’s more like a bad cold in this younger population and people don’t realise that and it hasn’t come across in any of the government information.

“This means that people might think they’ve got some sort of seasonal cold and they still go out to parties and might spread it around to six other people and we think this is fuelling a lot of the problem.”

The number one symptom of the Delta variant was found to be headache, followed by runny nose, sore throat and fever.

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Avengers Infinity War theory: Doctor Strange knew Loki would cause Multiverse of Madness

Avengers Infinity War theory: Doctor Strange knew Loki would cause Multiverse of Madness

Doctor Strange’s actions at the end of Avengers Infinity War completely baffled Tony Stark. The Sorcerer Supreme willingly gave up the Time Stone to Thanos in exchange for Iron Man’s life. The Mad Titan then went on to collect all six Infinity Stones and snap away half the universe including Doctor Strange himself.

Of course, prior to this Doctor Strange had used the Time Stone to view all 14,000,605 possible conclusions to the Infinity War and only one of those saw Thanos defeated: the events of Avengers Endgame.

Knowing the only possible victorious future, the Sorcerer Supreme needed to save Tony from death in 2018, so Iron Man could willingly sacrifice himself by snapping away Thanos five years later in 2023’s final battle.

But now the MCU is beyond Endgame, we’re beginning to see the ramifications of the Time Heist on the Marvel multiverse.

After all, a variant Loki from 2012 escaped with the Tesseract because 2023 Tony Stark was knocked over by Hulk.

Interestingly, the first episode of the Disney+ Loki show saw the variant watch a video explaining how the TVA works to stop Nexus events like his that could descend the multiverse into madness.

Now considering Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is arriving in cinemas in 2022, we wouldn’t be surprised if this variant Loki is the cause of it.

But here’s the thing: surely when considering the Endgame future in Infinity War, the Sorcerer Supreme was aware that a version of the god of mischief would dip out of the Sacred Timeline and be captured by the TVA, before causing havoc across alternate realities.

Sure, the TVA has said that the Avengers’ Time Heist was part of this Sacred Timeline and so was always meant to happen, but alternate Loki’s actions were not.

While Docile_Doggo commented on this writing: “Which is weird, because Doctor Strange said he saw only one future that had the Avengers ‘winning’, so that future Strange saw must have included Loki stealing the Tesseract.

“Either Doctor Strange simply didn’t view all possible futures, Doctor Strange lied, or a Sacred Timeline in which Loki never stole the Tesseract and the Avengers still ‘won’ was never possible to begin with.

“Or maybe, by the end of the Loki series, the TVA simply ‘resets’ the fact that Loki stole the Tesseract, thus preserving the Sacred Timeline.

Whatever’s going to happen, it seems likely that variant Loki will cause the multiverse of madness and impact the events of Spider-Man No Way Home.

After all, Doctor Strange will be mentoring Peter Parker in that blockbuster, just three months before his Multiverse of Madness movie.

While Spider-Man No Way Home itself is heavily rumoured to feature not only Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield’s Web Slingers but villains from their Sony movies too.

So far only Doc Ock star Alfred Molina has admitted he’s in the movie, while Jamie Foxx’s Electro has been confirmed too. And who knows, perhaps Loki and Scarlet Witch will be turning up too?

Spider-Man No Way Home hits cinemas on December 17, 2021 and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness follows on March 25, 2022.

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‘We don’t know the root cause’ says Luma CEO as huge fire cuts power to 50% of Puerto Rico

‘We don’t know the root cause’ says Luma CEO as huge fire cuts power to 50% of Puerto Rico

Thousands have been left without power after a huge fire devastated a substation. Wayne Stensby, the CEO of LUMA Energy Puerto Rico, told the media: “We don’t know the root cause [of the power station explosion].

He added that the situation had been made safe and that work was being done to restore power.

Posting on Twitter, LUMA issued a statement shortly after the incident pledging to restore power as soon as possible.

“A fire broke out in a transformer at LUMA’s Monacillo substation,” it read.

“Protection systems interrupted electrical service. The restoration will begin in two hours and will continue overnight.”

LUMA recently took over the power distribution system on June 1.

The country’s power system took a severe blow after Hurricane Maria destroyed large sections of the grid which left some residents without electricity for nearly a year.

Javier Jiménez, mayor of San Sebastián, said the incident had “turned into chaos.”

Mr Stensby added that roughly 700,000 people were without power across the country and that around 100,000 have had power restored.

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Game-changing Alzheimer's drug 'targets the cause of dementia' – Dr Hilary

Game-changing Alzheimer's drug 'targets the cause of dementia' - Dr Hilary

As Dr Hilary explained, the drug “targets the cause of dementia instead of easing the existing symptoms.”

The development strengthens the fight against dementia but there are a couple of caveats to consider.

According to Dr Hilary, the extent to which the drug slows down memory loss is mooted.

Trial results have been conflicted. In March 2019, late-stage international trials of aducanumab, involving about 3,000 patients, were halted when analysis showed the drug, given as a monthly infusion, was not better at slowing the deterioration of memory and thinking problems than a dummy drug.

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Marks and Spencer’s ‘painfully apparent’ cause of decline pinpointed by expert: ‘Outdated’

Marks and Spencer: How company was ‘overwhelmed’ in 1980

Last year, the 136-year-old company accelerated plans to cut 950 jobs as part of a restructuring process following the impact of coronavirus. M&S said the move marked “an important step” in it becoming a “stronger, leaner” business, but many felt it was long overdue. 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.

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Analysts have often tipped this as the catalyst to its more recent struggles, but fashion expert Jan Shure disagrees.

Writing in the Jewish Chronicle, she stated: “By the 2010s fashion at M&S was in the doldrums.

“I didn’t hold back in my criticism at the time – fabrics were foul, colours were lurid, styles were hideous.

“CEOs seemed never to be given quite enough time to complete the transformation.

“It seemed to me that, in the absence of rocketing fashion sales, M&S CEOs — like the football manager who can’t rescue a failing club in a single season — were ousted and the next person was ushered into the boardroom to see what he or she could do.

“But, slowly, with new teams in place, M&S pulled back inch by inch.”

Ms Shure, who is the co-founder of online fashion site SoSensational, stated that she believed the clothes were not the issue that needed addressing.

She added: “I don’t know whether the truly gorgeous clothes and accessories on sale now result from changes put in place several years ago, or are the result of a more recent overhaul by chairman Archie Norman and CEO Steve Rowe. Yet, still, M&S fashion sales are in decline.

“Beautiful merchandise, therefore, wasn’t — isn’t — the answer.

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“Why not? One reason is what Steve Rowe calls ‘profound structural change in our industry’ — in other words, how online shopping has killed the high street.

“And then there is M&S’s ‘ageing customer base,’ explicitly acknowledged by Rowe in a statement.

“But, in my view, older customers and the internet are not the only reasons — or even the main reasons — for the continued downward trend in M&S fashion sales.”

Ms Shure pointed out in her piece that she believed the “dismal presentation” of the “sheer number of items of clothing” she saw at stores was one reason why many had fallen out of love with M&S.

She added: “I’ve also recently visited M&S at Westfield, Stratford. Completed in 2012, its aesthetic is flawless. It is all gleaming surfaces, light-flooded spaces and artfully arranged merchandise.

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“Yet you feel as though you are shopping in an aircraft hangar. And no one — of any age — wishes to feel that they are shopping in an aircraft hangar.

“That is especially true for younger customers, more accustomed to the intimacy and chiaroscuro of a Hollister or a Victoria’s Secret.

“But however much M&S might fiddle with the lighting, or carve out floor space, however they may rearrange the racks and rails into less linear and more welcoming shapes, the sheer size and scale of its stores make the shopping experience feel dismal and outdated.”

Ms Shure argued in 2018 that the retailer would benefit from investing in smaller stores.

And the company appears to be following that idea.

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.

Tonight Marks and Spencer will feature in a Channel 5 documentary: ‘M&S vs Waitrose: Which Is Better Value?’ which will seek to examine the rivalry between the supermarkets as they face “tough challenges”.

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