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The UK’s current fuel crisis is disrupting English football.
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Prince Charles is praising Team England soccer player Marcus Rashford.
On Wednesday, the Prince of Wales spoke to U.K.’s Radio 4 about sustainable farming and highlight the celebrated athlete’s work off the field.
“From field to fork, extraordinary work is being done to try and build a better food system for everyone, be it Jamie Oliver promoting education and a balanced diet, Henry Dimbleby’s ambitions for safe, healthy and affordable food, or Marcus Rashford whose mission off the football field is to tackle child hunger,” said the 73-year-old.
Rashford, 23, has strongly advocated for the British government to provide free school meals, especially during school holidays, to combat hunger for children in underserved families, People magazine reported.
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And the cause hits close to home. The Manchester United forward was a recipient of free school meals when he was a child.
The outlet noted that this is the second time Charles has publicly supported Rashford. The first came on Monday when the royal shared an excerpt from his speech on Windrush Day 2020 in the U.K. The prince noted how “the rich diversity of cultures which make this country so special – and in many ways unique – lies at the heart of what we can be as a nation.”
Many saw the quote as Charles’s response to the racist abuse Rashford, along with England teammates Bukayo Saka and Jadon Sancho, endured racism after they missed penalty kicks in overtime, leading to Italy’s win in the Euro 2020 final.
That Clarence House post came shortly after Charles’s eldest son Prince William addressed the racism directly on Monday.
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“I am sickened by the racist abuse aimed at England players after last night’s match,” said the 39-year-old in a post on Twitter. “It is totally unacceptable that players have to endure this abhorrent behavior. It must stop now and all those involved should be held accountable.”
Many Twitter users called William a hypocrite for supporting Sancho, Rashford and Saka while never publicly coming to the defense of his sister-in-law, Meghan Markle, who is biracial and faced racism in the U.K. while working as a senior member of the British royal family.
Markle, a former American actress, became the Duchess of Sussex when she married William’s younger brother, Prince Harry, in May 2018 at Windsor Castle. The couple welcomed a son named Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor in 2019.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s departures from royal duties began in 2020 over what they described as the British media’s intrusions and racist attitudes towards the former “Suits” star, 39. The family now resides in the coastal city of Montecito, Calif.
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In the wake of quitting royal duties, they gave an explosive TV interview to Oprah Winfrey in March, in which the couple described painful comments about how dark Archie’s skin might be before his birth. The duchess talked about the intense isolation she felt inside the royal family that led her to contemplate suicide.
Buckingham Palace said the allegations of racism made by the couple were “concerning” and would be addressed privately. William also assured reporters directly at an event that “we are very much not a racist family.”
On June 4, the couple welcomed their second child, a daughter named Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor. The child is eighth in line to the British throne.
The name pays tribute to both Harry’s grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, whose family nickname is Lilibet, and his late mother, Princess Diana.
Fox News’ Jessica Napoli and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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Emergency services rushed to Raynes Park as several vehicles became stuck under the rising waters. The London Fire Brigade has taken more than 150 calls of people reporting heavy flooding across South West London. Heavy flooding has also been reported on roads close to the Westfield London shopping centre in the west of the city. Roads were also flooded in Hampstead, near Central London. Several people took to Twitter to share photos and videos of the incredible scenes.
One person posted a picture and wrote: “God must be English.
“He was crying heavily on my way home just now.”
Another person posted a video on Twitter showing roads flooded by several inches of water.
They wrote: “One of London’s major climate change risks is flooding as a result of more intense summer rainfall.
“Climate Heating before our eyes in Putney, SW London.”
A third person also posted footage of the floods, and wrote: “We got a bit of a flood worry near Westfield in west London.
“The flooding is everywhere.”
The Jambuster Twitter account also wrote: “A10 Shoreditch High Street (All Directions) at the junction of Norton Folgate.
“The thunderstorm has become almost stationary for nearly an hour. Really bad over Wembley, Ealing, Chiswick, Wimbledon…and other areas.
“Flash flooding happening no doubt…take care!”
The huge flooding caused disruption on the London Underground during the busy rush hour period.
On the Bakerloo line, service was stopped between Stonebridge Park and Harrow & Wealdstone, with minor delays on the rest of the line.
There was also no service declared from Marble Arch to North Acton on the Central Line.
On the London Overground, there were problems between Willesden Junction and Richmond/Clapham Junction and between Euston and Watford Junction.
Severe delays were also caused between Stratford and Willesden Junction.
There are severe delays between Stratford and Willesden Junction.
Channel 4 News weather presenter Liam Dutton posted an image from the Met Office showing heavy rain sweeping in across parts of England.
He wrote alongside this: “Torrential downpours with thunder and lightning are breaking out across the UK at the moment.
“There are particularly heavy downpours across S England and W Scotland, with localised flooding possible.”
The Met Office issued a yellow weather warning for rain through to midnight on Monday, covering large areas south of Peterborough.
Sarah Kent, a forecaster at the Met Office, said some parts of the country could experience up to 60mm of rain over just a few hours on Monday evening.
She said: “The most intense rainfall is going to be in southern and western areas of the UK.
“Thundery downpours are coming from the English Channel as we speak.
“Certainly with the intense rainfall we are expecting, localised flooding and probably some travel disruption is on the way, unfortunately just as people are doing the school run and coming home from work.”
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Bandai Namco has announced that Super Robot Wars 30 will launch on Nintendo Switch across Japan and Southeast Asia on 28th October.
Super Robot Wars 30 is the latest entry in the Super Robot Wars series – a tactical RPG franchise that focuses on huge crossovers between various different mecha anime series released in Japan. A very lengthy first trailer has been released (which you can watch below), but first, let’s check out the full list of participating animes, with thanks to Gematsu:
Four different editions of the game have been confirmed for Japan – an 8,600 yen standard release, a 13,500 yen Digital Deluxe Edition, a 16,500 yen Digital Ultimate Edition, and a 28,600 yen ‘Super Limited Edition’ physical bundle. There are various pre-order bonuses available across these editions, including three bonus missions:
Those in the west will be pleased to hear that, just like Super Robot Wars T before it, Super Robot Wars 30 will include English-language subtitles. If you’re considering importing the game when it launches later this year, you’ll be able to play in English right out of the box.
Are you a fan of this mecha RPG series? Let us know in the comments below.
Adults with limited English skills receive far less health care than do those proficient in English, according to a new study in Health Affairs.
Jessica Himmelstein, MD, a Harvard research fellow and primary care physician at Cambridge Health Alliance in Cambridge, Mass., led a study of more than 120,000 adults published July 6, 2021. The study population included 17,776 Hispanic adults with limited English proficiency, 14,936 Hispanic adults proficient in English and 87,834 non-Hispanic, English-proficient adults.
Researchers compared several measures of care usage from information in the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s Medical Expenditure Panel Survey from 1998 to 2018.
They found that, in adjusted analyses, total use of care per capita from 2014-2018, measured by health care expenditures, was $ 1,463 lower (98% confidence interval, $ 1,030-$ 1,897), or 35% lower for primary-Spanish speakers than for Hispanic adults who were English proficient and $ 2,802 lower (98% CI, $ 2,356-$ 3,247), or 42% lower versus non-Hispanic adults who were English proficient.
Spanish speakers also had 36% fewer outpatient visits and 48% fewer prescription medications than non-Hispanic adults, and 35% fewer outpatient visits and 37% fewer prescription medications than English-proficient Hispanic adults.
Even when accounting for differences in health, age, sex, income and insurance, adults with language barriers fared worse.
The services that those with limited English skills are missing are “the types of care people need to lead a healthy life,” from routine visits and medications to urgent or emergency care, Himmelstein said in an interview.
She said the gaps were greater in outpatient care and in medication use, compared with emergency department visits and inpatient care, but the inequities were present in all the categories she and her coinvestigators studied.
Underlying causes for having less care may include that people who struggle with English may not feel comfortable accessing the health system or may feel unwelcome or discriminated against.
“An undercurrent of biases, including racism, could also be contributing,” she said.
The data show that, despite several federal policy changes aimed at promoting language services in hospitals and clinics, several language-based disparities have not improved over 2 decades.
Some of the changes have included an executive order in 2000 requiring interpreters to be available in federally funded health facilities. In 2010, the Affordable Care Act enhanced the definition of meaningful access to language services and setting standards for qualified interpreters.
The adjusted gap in annual health care expenditures per capita between adults with limited English skills and non-Hispanic, English-proficient adults widened by $ 1,596 (98% CI, $ 837-$ 2,356) between 1999-2000 and 2017-2018, after accounting for inflation.
Himmelstein said that though this study period predated COVID-19, its findings may help explain the disproportionate burden the pandemic placed on the Hispanic population.
“This is a community that traditionally wasn’t getting access to care and then suddenly something like COVID-19 comes and they were even more devastated,” she noted.
Telehealth, which proved an important way to access care during the pandemic, also added a degree of communication difficulty for those with fewer English skills, she said.
Many of the telehealth changes are here to stay, and it will be important to ask: “Are we ensuring equity in telehealth use for individuals who face language barriers?” Himmelstein said.
Olga Garcia-Bedoya, MD, an associate professor at University of Illinois at Chicago’s department of medicine and medical director of UIC’s Institute for Minority Health Research, said having access to interpreters with high accuracy is key to narrowing the gaps.
“The literature is very clear that access to professional medical interpreters is associated with decreased health disparities for patients with limited English proficiency,” she said.
More cultural training for clinicians is needed surrounding beliefs about illness and that some care may be declined not because of a person’s limited English proficiency, but because their beliefs may keep them from getting care, Garcia-Bedoya added. When it comes to getting a flu shot, for example, sometimes belief systems, rather than English proficiency, keep people from accessing care.
Addressing barriers caused by lack of English proficiency will likely take change in policies, including one related reimbursement for medical interpreters, Himmelstein said.
Currently, only 15 states’ Medicaid programs or Children’s Health Insurance Programs reimburse providers for language services, the paper notes, and neither Medicare nor private insurers routinely pay for those services.
Recruiting bilingual providers and staff at health care facilities and in medical and nursing schools will also be important to narrow the gaps, Himmelstein said.
Strengthening standards for interpreters also will help. “Currently such standards vary by state or by institution and are not necessarily enforced,” she explained.
It will also be important to make sure patients know that they are entitled by law to care, free of discriminatory practices and to have certain language services including qualified interpreters, Himmelstein said.
Garcia-Bedoya said changes need to come from health systems working in combination with clinicians, providing resources so that quality interpreters can be accessed and making sure that equipment supports clear communication in telehealth. Patients’ language preferences should also be noted as soon as they make the appointment.
The findings of the study may have large significance as one in seven people in the United States speak Spanish at home, and 25 million people in the United States have limited English proficiency, the authors noted.
Himmelstein receives funding support from an Institutional National Research Service Award. Garcia-Bedoya reports no relevant financial relationships.
This article originally appeared on MDedge.com , part of the Medscape Professional Network.
After a historic win yesterday, Gareth Southgate’s team will now play Italy in the Euro 2020 finals on Sunday. But following their victory, Danish media hit out at refereeing decisions and claimed “cowardly tricks” made them lose the game.
One of country’s biggest newspapers, Berlingske, had the headline, “There was no penalty”, referring to the extra-time spot-kick that was won by Raheem Sterling.
This allowed Harry Kane to secure that second goal, pushing England to the win.
Journalist Poul Hoi went on to attack Britain’s “poor” leadership when it came to the coronavirus pandemic.
He said the UK’s death toll was evidence that readers are “lucky” to live in Denmark.
His headline read: “Let the English party.
“They have nothing else.
“And rejoice in one thing instead.”
Describing some of the celebration scenes in London following the win, the journalist wrote: “It is no coincidence that the third wave began in the British Isles and that it is so much more dramatic than elsewhere.
Another Danish tabloid attacked the “disgusting and cowardly trick” by an England supporter who shone a laser at Kasper Schmeichel during the penalty.
While some Danish newspapers hit back at England’s win, others praised the national side and looked to the future.
The headline in newspaper B.T. read: “Thank you, boys.”
While the Politiken said: “Thank you for a fairy-tale Danish Euros.”
It then described a “beautiful Danish defeat” in its centre pages.
Former Danish national football coach, Age Hareide, praised the team and said it has its brightest days ahead.
He wrote: “It has been an incredibly beautiful journey for Denmark and for the boys.
“You should be proud of their performance throughout.
“Denmark has many young players who can become really good in the years to come.
“Maybe you do not feel that way right now, but I can assure you that the sun is shining.
“The sky is really blue for Danish football.”
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The best part is that you can enjoy heaps of fun experiences from tastings to walking tours, not to mention there are often some cosy cottages and countryside pubs for a quintessentially British getaway.
Luckily the team at Holidaycottages.co.uk are on hand to offer up some inspiration, having picked out their six favourite English vineyards – and of course, there are some beautiful cottages nearby to be found too.
Check out their top picks below and why they need to be on your radar…
1. Chapel Down Vineyard, Kent
Located at the edge off The Weald in Tenterden, here you’ll find everything from rose to white and sparkling wines.
Chapel Down also boasts the same chalky soil as the famous Champagne region in France, which helps give their wines that distinctive flavour.
Find out more at chapeldown.com. As for where to stay nearby, you can find cottages in Tenterden with seven-night stays from £390.
2. Camel Valley, Cornwall
With a picturesque location on Cornwall’s Camel Trail, this valley near Bodmin is the first English wine producer to have received a Royal Warrant.
Expect sparking, rose and white wines to discover, while also taking in that glorious Cornish scenery.
Find out more on camelvalley.com. You can find cheap cottages in Bodmin from £331 for seven nights.
3. Nyetimber, West Sussex
Nyetimber has been producing sparkling wines for over thirty years, with their vineyards spread across Hampshire, Kent, and West Sussex.
The West Chiltington vineyard often hosts open days where you can also sample the fruits of their labour.
Find out more on nyetimber.com. You can find cheap cottages in West Sussex from £438 for seven nights.
4. Llanerch Vineyard, Wales
The largest and oldest premier vineyard in Wales, Llanerch Vineyard is set among 20 acres of beautiful Glamorgan countryside.
They produce five different varieties wines, and offer vineyard tours and tastings for guests.
Find out more on llanerch.co.uk. There is a luxury hotel onsite if you’re looking to celebrate something special!
5. Ryedale Vineyard, York
The UK’s most northern vineyard, Ryedale Vineyard is hidden away at the foot of the Yorkshire Wolds, just 30 minutes’ drive from York and under an hour’s drive from Scarborough.
With a wide array of guided tours and tasting sessions, it can make for a fun day out.
Find out more on ryedalevineyards.co.uk. You can find cheap cottages in York from £353 for seven nights.
6. Rathfinny, Sussex
Located in Alfriston along the popular Sussex South Downs, Rathfinny produces a variety of sparkling wines and offers year-round tours of their vineyard.
For something a little different, the winery uses the same traditional in-bottle fermentation method that’s common in Champagne.
Find out more on rathfinnyestate.com. You can find cheap cottages in Alfriston from £414 for seven nights.
If you’re planning a staycation and need a few more ideas, you may want to check out our sister site 2Chill where both locals and visiting Brits have been sharing their recommendations on everything from the best pubs and restaurants, to cool attractions and picturesque walks not to be missed.
Found somewhere on your adventures that you want to shout about? You can also share your own recommendations.
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Fancy a trip to a historical English location with the family this summer? There is special deal available for M&S Sparks card members where they can get big discounts on tickets to heritage sites – join the free membership and get tickets now.
This summer, Britons are keen to spend the season travelling around the country with friends and family.
Just in time for the holidays, get 50 percent off tickets to English Heritage sites for a limited-time.
From castles to battlegrounds and gardens, over 130 historic sites are included in the offer like Stonehenge, Hadrian’s Wall and Battle Abbey.
The perfect summer opportunity to visit long-awaited locations or find nearby destinations, don’t hesitate to book tickets now.
This deal is only available for M&S Sparks card members but membership is free and easy to sign up for.
To join M&S Sparks, register for a free card here.
In addition, M&S Sparks card members get faster checkout service, offers, rewards and digital receipts.
Members can also download the M&S app on their phones to access their Sparks card.
To redeem the tickets, choose an English Heritage site to visit here.
Then click ‘book your visit’ and select date and time for your visit.
Next, enter the promo code ‘SPARKS1610TK’ at checkout on the English Heritage page to book tickets.
Please note, ticket holders need to show their M&S Sparks card or their digital M&S sparks card via the M&S app and their booking confirmation at site entry.
Wondering where to take the family or go with friends?
Take inspiration from a variety of locations and discover places to visit here.
Popular choices include the 1066 Battle of Hastings, Abbey and Battlefield in Sussex, Apsley House in London and Audley End House and Gardens in Essex.
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Emmanuel Macron’s government has sought to boost the cultural importance of the French language within the European Union after Britain’s departure. France will head the rotating presidency of the EU council in 2022. Now French officials have stated they will conduct key meetings and working groups in French.
An EU diplomat told the Daily Telegraph that notes from these meetings will be taken in French and translations will not always be provided.
France has also stated it will distribute funding for free French language classes for diplomats who may wish to learn.
It is common for French presidencies of the European Council to insist on the use of French.
However, France is hoping push for French to be the foundation language for EU institutions.
Clement Beaune, France’s Europe minister, said in April: “Even though the French language is alive, flourishing, and its teaching is developing around the world, it is at home, within the European institutions, that it suffers.
“In the Commission, in the Council, in the agencies, bodies and administrations, meetings are now too often held in English.
“This has given rise to reports in English, even though this language is now no more than that of two Member States.”
Now President Macron has said initiatives to boost French learning across the world and promote plurilingualism is one of his major goals.
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French is one of the bloc’s three working languages, the other two being English and German.
There are a total of 24 official languages in the EU.
French used to be the dominant language in EU diplomatic circles in the predominantly French-speaking city of Brussels.
However, the expansion of the EU in 2004 to include eastern European countries such as Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic.
This resulted in a decline of the use of French.
The use of English, the most spoken language in Europe, became more commonly used within the corridors of EU institutions in the Brussels.
Within the bloc the importance of speaking English as a second language has been growing over the past few years.
Since Britain left the bloc there are now only two member states that speak English, Ireland and Malta.
The dominance of English as an official language is now at risk.
As of 2020, it has been estimated that 80 percent of European Commission staff speak French as their first, second or third language.
It has been reported that letters sent to the European Commission in English go unanswered.
Speaking to the Daily Telegraph an EU diplomat said: “When a French commissioner receives a letter in English, we wait for the French version before we hand it over to Paris.
“We will speak French during the Council’s working groups.
“Some of the working groups do not have translation systems.
“If something has not been understood, on the side-lines of the meeting we will explain it again.
“We are in Brussels, among the European civil servants there is a vast majority that speaks French.”
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LONDON (Reuters) – A double dose of COVID-19 vaccines is almost as effective against the fast-spreading variant of the coronavirus first identified in India as it is against Britain’s dominant strain, English health officials said on Saturday.
Britain’s health minister said the data was groundbreaking and he was increasingly hopeful that the government would be able to lift more COVID restrictions next month.
A study by Public Health England found the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine was 88% effective against symptomatic disease from the B.1.617.2 variant two weeks after the second dose.
That compared with 93% effectiveness against the B.1.1.7 “Kent” strain which is Britain’s dominant COVID variant.
Two doses of the AstraZeneca (NASDAQ:) vaccine were 60% effective against symptomatic disease from the Indian variant compared with 66% effectiveness against the Kent variant, PHE said.
“I’m increasingly confident that we’re on track for the roadmap, because this data shows that the vaccine, after two doses, works just as effectively (against the Indian variant),” Health Secretary Matt Hancock told broadcasters.
Under the government’s plans, a lifting of remaining coronavirus restrictions is due to take place from June 21.
Britain has rushed out Europe’s fastest vaccination programme so far but it has faced a new challenge from the spread of the variant first found in India.
Data published on Saturday showed new COVID cases reported in Britain rose by 10.5% in the seven days to May 22 although it remained a fraction of levels seen earlier this year.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson this month ordered an acceleration of remaining second doses to the over 50s and people who are clinically vulnerable.
PHE said a first dose of both vaccines was 33% effective against symptomatic disease from B.1.617.2 after three weeks, lower than its 50% effectiveness against B.1.1.7.
Hancock said that showed that getting both doses of the vaccine was “absolutely vital.”
Concern about rising cases in Britain of the variant first found in India prompted Germany to say on Friday that anyone entering the country from the United Kingdom would have to quarantine for two weeks on arrival.
Also on Friday, the head of Germany’s public health institute said existing COVID-19 vaccines might be less effective against the B.1.617.2 variant.
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