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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.”

China to impose security checks on overseas listings

Chinese companies that have the data of more than 1m users will need to pass a security review before issuing shares on overseas stock exchanges, the country’s internet regulator said on Saturday.

The announcement from the Cyberspace Administration of China came less than a week after the State Council, China’s cabinet, and the Chinese Communist party’s Central Committee said a new regulatory regime was needed to police overseas listings, which had previously escaped strict government oversight.

President Xi Jinping’s administration is most concerned about listings in the US, where more than 30 Chinese firms raised a record $ 12.4bn in the first half of this year, according to data from Dealogic.

The CAC’s edict confirmed its status as a powerful entity under the emerging regulatory regime for Chinese overseas listings. The regulator will inform IPO applicants if they have passed its data security review within 60 business days, but the process may take twice as long if there are disagreements.

On July 2, China’s internet regulator told Didi Chuxing, China’s largest ride-hailing group, to stop signing up new users on data security grounds, just days after it had completed a $ 4.4bn IPO on the New York Stock Exchange.

The CAC had wanted Didi to at least delay its US IPO, but had no legal powers to force it to do so. The regulator was concerned the group’s data, including the locations of sensitive government buildings and installations, could be obtained by foreign regulators.

The US has passed legislation compelling foreign companies to comply with domestic audits within three years or face forced delisting, but Beijing has ordered Chinese groups to not do so. US politicians have pointed to the Didi saga as justification for tighter oversight of Chinese companies listed in New York.

Didi’s shares fell more than 20 per cent on Tuesday, their first day of trading after the CAC’s intervention.

The CAC also banned downloads of the car hailing group’s main app last Sunday. On Friday night, it extended the ban to 25 more Didi-related apps.

In another sign of the increased clampdown China’s technology giants, the country’s market regulator also vetoed a Tencent-proposed merger on Saturday that would have created a dominant video game streaming operator.

The State Administration of Market Regulation said the merger of two US-listed Tencent units, DouYu and Huya, would have created an entity controlling more than 70 per cent of the market.

Tencent, which also operates the popular WeChat messaging app and one China’s largest online payment services, proposed the merger in October, just weeks before Xi’s administration blocked a $ 37bn initial public offering by Jack Ma’s internet finance platform, Ant Group, which would have been the largest ever. DouYu and Huya have a combined market value of $ 5.3bn.

The blocking of Ant’s IPO was the first salvo in a wide-ranging crackdown that has ensnared tech giants including Ma’s ecommerce flagship, Alibaba, Tencent and Didi.

Tencent, Didi’s third-largest shareholder with a 6.8 per cent stake, said it had accepted the regulators’ decision on the DouYu-Huya merger and would “fulfil our social responsibilities”. Tencent had previously been fined for not seeking regulatory approval of some acquisitions.

Scott Yu, an antitrust expert at Zhong Lun Law in Beijing, said it was the first time the market regulator had blocked a domestic merger. “It will make other companies more cautious in assessing antitrust prospects,” he said.

Tencent’s business is surging despite the crackdown. For the first quarter it reported a better than expected 25 per cent year-on-year increase in revenues, to Rmb135bn ($ 20.8bn).

Author: Tom Mitchell in Singapore and Ryan McMorrow and Yuan Yang in Beijing
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Caravan and motorhome owners face 'on the spot' checks and fines this summer

Drivers risk being hit with hefty fines and even penalty points on their licence for failing to use caravans or motorhomes safely. The move comes after experts are concerned about a possible surge in staycation holidays due to international travel quarantine rules.

They warn drivers could be issued fines of up to £2,500 for using a vehicle while it is in a dangerous condition.

Breaching this driving rule could also see drivers issued three penalty points or even be temporarily banned from the roads.

Drivers can also be fined up to £1,000 and bet three penalty points if they tow a caravan without proper towing mirrors

GOV.UK said any tow bars must be “type approved” and meet EU regulations for each car.

“It’s great to see caravans and trailers returning to the road but drivers who tow have a special responsibility to ensure they #towsafe4freddie.

“Many caravans and trailers have been parked up over winter, so we’re urging drivers who are new to towing or haven’t towed for a while to carry out some simple checks.

“Our ask is, whatever you’re towing, make it SAFE.”

The Tow Safe 4 Freddie campaign was launched after 3-year-old Freddie Hussey was killed when a trailer became unhitched as he walked near his home.

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‘We don't want to scaremonger!' Dermot O'Leary checks Dr Sara's vitamin D advice

You should also avoid putting petroleum jelly on sunburn – the pores in the skin can’t breathe and this can cause infection. 

Also avoid popping blisters and don’t pick or scratch any of the peeling. 

If blistering skin becomes swollen you should contact your GP. 

And if you feel dizzy, confused, suffer from fits, these could be signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke. 

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Texas Senator part of bipartisan deal to strengthen gun background checks

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FILE – In this Oct. 2, 2018, file photo, semi-automatic rifles fill a wall at a gun shop in Lynnwood, Wash. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)
WASHINGTON (KXAN/NBC) — A Texas Republican Senator is joining forces with a Connecticut Democrat to pass a bipartisan bill to strengthen background checks on firearms. The change is small but would end an unintended loophole that has led to mass shootings.

Sens. John Cornyn, R-Texas, and Chris Murphy, D-Connecticut, have been quietly negotiating this bill, NBC News reported Wednesday, but the senators believe they could be on the verge of a compromise deal.

Democrats in the U.S. House passed a bill that would require background checks on almost all gun purchases, but that bill then stalled in the Senate.

This new bill from Cornyn and Murphy would clarify who exactly must register as a Federal Firearms Licensee and conduct FBI checks on people buying a gun. The current law’s ambiguity has allowed unlicensed sellers to “transfer weapons to dangerous people who skirt the background system,” NBC reports.

Police believe that loophole was responsible for the 2019 mass shootings in Midland and Odessa.

Efe Obayagbona (left) pictured with the sheriff’s deputy (right) who came to his rescue and transported him to the hospital on August 31, 2019. Obayagbona was seriously injured during a mass shooting along I-20 when he was driving a truck for his work at the time. Photo Courtesy Obayagbona’s family.

“We need to clear that up,” Cornyn said. “That by definition will make more people get background checks because all Federal Firearms Licensees have to do background checks.

“What we’re trying to protect, or carve out, are the hobbyist and or casual transactions between friends and family members, but capture the people who literally are making a living and making a profit selling firearms, and give that to the U.S. attorneys to prosecute.”

Murphy has been one of the leading voices for gun control legislation on Capitol Hill ever since the Sandy Hook Elementary School mass shooting in his state in 2012 killed 27 people, including 20 children between the ages of 6 and 7 years old.

Murphy says his partnership with Cornyn could encourage more support from reluctant Republicans to fix this loophole.

“It’s an opportunity for agreement,” Murphy said. “There is interest about reclassifying — about clarifying who is a dealer who isn’t. It’s very difficult to enforce, because the statute is ridiculously vague right now.”

NBC News says negotiations have been slow and quiet, but the two senators appear on the verge of a deal.

“Coming up with the exact language is a little bit of a challenge because you’re always going to find somebody who’s trying to parse those words,” Cornyn said. “But I think we can.”

Author: Wes Wilson
This post originally appeared on KXAN Austin

Michelle Heaton checks into rehab after lockdown binge drinking

Author: news@hulldailymail.co.uk (Lucy Needham, Lisa Baxter)
This post originally appeared on Hull Live – Celebs & TV

Liberty X singer Michelle Heaton has checked into rehab today for a drinking problem after struggling with early menopause and lockdown which left her at ‘rock bottom’.

The singer is receiving treatment after battling medical problems during lockdown left her turning to alcohol as a ‘crutch’.

In her last post to Instagram, Michelle told how she’d been left with just four inches of hair left after going into early menopause, which she said hit her hard.

The 41-year-old mum has also been devastated by the death of her close friend Nikki Grahame, who lost her battle with anorexia this month, The Mirror reports.

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The tragedy came just weeks after Michelle and her entire family tested positive for Covid.

Michelle has underlying health issues and previously underwent a hysterectomy in 2012 and a double mastectomy in 2015 to reduce her risk of cancer.

A spokesperson for the star confirmed to the Mirror that Michelle entered a rehabilitation facility earlier today where she is taking the ‘time she needs to get better.’

Michelle last posted to Instagram five days ago where she shared her excitement at visiting the salon after revealing she’d been left with just four inches of hair left after going into early menopause.

Liberty X singer Michelle Heaton has checked into rehab after struggling with alcohol during lockdown (Image: wonderwomanshel/Instagram)

“We won’t be commenting more at this time on her private medical information other than to say she has the love and support of her family and friends,” they added.

A source close to Michelle told The Sun: “She was just about coping when lockdown hit last year, but the effect of being at home and being unable to distract herself, saw her hit rock bottom.

“She realised she needed to get help when she’d increasingly turned to alcohol as a crutch as she couldn’t cope with the effects of her operations.

“Michelle was left feeling like she had lost so much of what made her a woman and when she went into early menopause that brought with it a whole other collection of problems.”

Earlier this month, Michelle spoke of her sadness at the sudden death of her friend Nikki Grahame.

The Big Brother star died at the age of 38 following a decades long battle with anorexia.

In a tribute post, Michelle wrote: “I was scared to see you . . . to say anything that may be a trigger to lose you . . . I was a coward and I’m so sorry.”

After speaking out about her friend, Michelle was horrified to be targeted by cruel trolls who bombarded her with a string of nasty messages.

Liberty X singer Michelle Heaton has checked into rehab for a drinking problem (Image: wonderwomanshel/Instagram)

Among the nasty posts, one vicious troll accused Michelle of being the reason her pal died.

The Just A Little Bit singer shared the messages with her followers and fired: “Who ever this piece of s*** is.. I feel sorry for you. You need a hug. You never know what anyone is going through.

“However, to tell me I was reason she died … wow … I just hope if you loose someone you love you DO NOT get told it’s your fault… coz.. who ever u r .. your lucky I’ve been through and seen so much I’m not easy to crack.

“Who ever you are .. those words can break someone on the edge. I see u have one follower … who ever follows you report this piece of s***.

“I’ve been Called many things in my life… this is the lowest of them all. You need hugs. X.”

The tragedy came just weeks after Michelle, who has underlying health issues, told fans that she and her entire family had contracted Covid.

Michelle shares Faith, nine, and Aaron, seven, with her husband of ten years Hugh Hanley.

Taking to Instagram after testing positive, Michelle said: “I could have been a lot worse, or may be hospitalised. I’m doing OK, enough strength to tell the kids off anyway!”

The pop star last posted to Instagram five days ago, where she revealed her excitement at having her first hair cut in months.

Thanking her hairdresser, Michelle wrote: “Today I came.. and you explained to me why I had lost most my hair. My hormones aka #menopause, had simply made my hair snap to touch.

“I had about 4-5 inches left. If that!

“Today, the family (that’s what I call all the hair technicians as to me they are and anyone who is lucky enough to visit @inanchlondon will agree) the family, with tender loving care gave me hair! And made me smile and actually start to look at myself again in the mirror rather then walk past and pretend my hair was ok! Love u all xxx”

Frank offers confidential advice about drugs and addiction (email frank@talktofrank.com, message 82111 or call 0300 123 6600) or the NHS has information about getting help.

Stimulus checks – Your $1,400 payment might still be in the post… here’s how to spot them

Author: Alice Peacock
This post originally appeared on World News – breaking international headlines and exclusives | The Sun

THOUSANDS of Americans are still reportedly waiting to receive the latest stimulus check from the federal government.

While millions of the checks have reportedly been dispatched to Covid-hit Americans, those who haven’t yet received them may be wondering what the much-anticipated envelopes look like.


Thousands of Americans are reportedly still waiting to receive their stimulus checks in the mailCredit: Getty


For those receiving their payments via pigeon post, checks will arrive by mail in a white envelope from the U.S. Department of the TreasuryCredit: Getty

While some Americans are receiving direct stimulus deposits to their bank accounts, a significant number of Americans are getting their payments in the mail, either as a paper check or as a prepaid EIP card.

The IRS and the U.S. Department of the Treasury are therefore urging people who are eligible for the stimulus payments and have not received a direct deposit, to watch their mail carefully.

The federal government has also shared sample images of what the envelopes, checks and EIP cards look like.

“Paper checks will arrive by mail in a white envelope from the U.S. Department of the Treasury,” the IRS said. 

“For those taxpayers who received their tax refund by mail, this paper check will look similar, but will be labeled as an ‘Economic Impact Payment’ in the memo field.”

Meanwhile, the IRS is urging taxpayers who have not received the cash, or who got a less-than-expected amount, to file a federal tax return in order to claim it. 

Essentially, Americans who saw their income reduced or lost their job, or who had a child, got married or could no longer be claimed as a dependent last year, should file one as soon as possible.

This will guarantee a stimulus payment or a “plus-up” payment which is for those who did not get their entire payments from the three rounds of federal stimulus checks.

This is worth $ 1,200, $ 600 and $ 1,400.

Americans who are owed more money have two ways to claim the funds.

One is you can get a recovery rebate worksheet to calculate how much you should receive from the original two checks.

Then, you claim that amount on Line 30 of Form 1040 and Form 1040-SR when filing your tax returns. 

And that money will arrive as part of your refund check.

If you are owed more based on your 2020 tax returns, the IRS will automatically adjust the payment after you file your returns with a “plus-up” check.

The IRS extended the traditional tax-filing deadline from April 15 to May 17 earlier this year.

This was to process a slew of pandemic-related changes to the tax code.

Football reporter cites ‘mean’ messages as she ‘checks out’ from Twitter after missing red card in viral TV blunder (VIDEO)

Sky Sports reporter Michelle Owen was targeted by “mean messages” from social media trolls after she was guilty of repeating a classic blunder by missing a red card on live TV during a game in the English fourth tier.

Reporting from the Walsall versus Tranmere clash in League Two, Owen was none the wiser when Sky presenter Jeff Stelling handed over to her for an update after a red card was issued to Tranmere’s Jay Spearing in the 74th minute.

A comical exchange followed in which Owen – a veteran of seven years at Sky Sports – admitted she hadn’t seen the sending off.  

“Not unless I’ve just done a Kammy (Chris Kamara) and completely missed something Jeff. Have I completely missed something?” asked the baffled Owen. 

Stelling responded by asking Owen to count the number of Tranmere players on her fingers to see if one had in fact been given his marching orders. 

The clip was reminiscent of the iconic moment fellow Sky Sports presenter Kamara missed a red card in the Premier League clash between Portsmouth and Blackburn back in 2010. On that occasion, Kamara had responded by bursting out laughing.   

Owen initially took the incident in similarly good spirits, sharing the clip on her Twitter account with a laughing and face-palm emoji. She also received widespread support as others joined in on the gaffe.

However, Owen appears to have been unsettled by a small minority of negative comments, later feeling the need to explain herself for the glaring oversight.

“Here’s full clip, context is everything. There’s a pillar in the way and the action I described just before the sending off proceeded what I couldn’t see,” she wrote to her almost 80,000 followers.

“Justifying it for the trolls. As you can see I am peering round a pillar. Thanks most for seeing the funny side!”

That was followed by a message that she was “checking out” of Twitter for a while, citing “mean messages.”

“I’m checking out for a bit as I’m taking my little boy to see some animals then continuing our charity run. More productive than the small minority that sit on social media being mean. Have a lovely day and thanks for the nice messages.”

Any mean-spirited responses seem to have firmly been in the minority, although one reply to the clip read: “It would have been funny if the reporter had a personality.”

Owen mainly received an avalanche of support or good-natured humour. 

“Career-defining moment Michelle! You’re now, officially, a Soccer Saturday/Special legend alongside [Kamara],” joked one fan.

“Do you need us to check the prescription in those glasses?” addedthe official account for opticians Specsavers.

“Wonder how many times you are going to be reminded of this. Can’t beat live television and you took it in good spirits,” added another fan.

“Very well dealt with, Michelle,” wrote another.

Fellow female presenter Kelly Somers wrote: “Erm has no one complimented you on how WELL you handled this?! This happens ALL the time in live reporting and you’ve dealt with it with humour and class, whilst remaining unflustered. Pro as always x.”

“Omg who is being mean! Obviously just a laugh… I thought it was great and funny! People have zero sense of humour, especially on here these days,” added radio DJ Polly James. 

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