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Theresa May says 'incomprehensible' travel rules are keeping Britain 'shut for business'

The former Prime Minister hit out at the Government’s coronavirus travel guidance during a debate on the aviation industry in the House of Commons on Thursday. She said if travel was banned every time the UK finds a new strain of concern, “we will never be able to travel abroad ever again”.

Mrs May recalled promises from ministers last year suggesting they were “working hard” to ensure international travel could be resumed safely.

She added: “One year on we are no further forward, indeed what we have is a devastated industry, jobs lost and global Britain shut for business.

“More than not being any further forward, we’ve gone backwards.

“We now have over 50 percent of the adult population vaccinated – a wonderful programme – yet we’re more restricted on travel than we were last year.

“In 2020, I went to Switzerland in August, South Korea in September; there was no vaccine and travel was possible – this year there is a vaccine, travel is not possible.”

She added she did not understand the standpoint the Government is assuming.

Earlier this week, Environment Secretary George Eustice advised Brits to “holiday at home” as ministers backed travel restrictions currently in place.

He said the UK’s holiday destinations might be “very, very busy” due to decreasing hopes of international getaways being allowed.

This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: UK Feed

Vic Reeves talks renewing vows and keeping romance alive with wife Nancy after baby news

“We’ll go somewhere near where we are or the Lake District as we like it there, we used to go every February half term.”

The comedian, who shares 15-year-old twins Beth and Nell with Nancy, added he’d like Angus to be a Page Boy.

“When the twins were little, I had an idea of making a baby grow in the shape of a glam rocker which would be a glitter suit with zigzags and platform boots.

“So maybe I’ll make one of those for Angus,” he continued to The Mirror.

This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Celebrity News Feed

Cities have unique microbiomes which could be key to keeping us healthy

When the world gets lonely, just remember: We are all marinating in a shared vat of microbial life. That’s a good thing, for the most part. You might have heard of the human gut microbiome, the community of tiny organisms in our digestive tract that can influence our health in still-mysterious ways, but cities have microbiomes, too—and a recent study suggests that they’re actually unique, ranging in composition from city to city.   

The study, published on May 26 in the journal Cell, mapped out microbial communities in 60 cities across six continents, analyzing over 4,700 samples taken from subways and bus systems to get a sense of the bacteria, viruses, and archaea that live there. “What we knew before is that there were definitely thousands of species awaiting us at every turnstile and bench,” says lead author Chris Mason, an associate professor at Weill Cornell Medicine in New York. “But we didn’t have a sense of how different these microbiomes are between cities.” 

An international team of researchers swabbed ticket kiosks, railings, seats, turnstiles, and other heavily-touched surfaces in the mass transit systems of cities around the world, including Bogotá, New York City, and Tokyo, over a period of three years. The researchers found a consistent group of 31 “core” species found in nearly all sites, including species like Cutibacterium acnes, a common bacterial species that lives on human skin. But they also found that microbial communities had distinct compositions, or “signatures,” in different cities. 

These differences could be partly due to different environments, with different temperatures and humidity levels, says Mason. Across cities, they also found different amounts of genes that signal potential antimicrobial resistance—a global health concern—which the researchers suggest could reflect the types of antibiotics being taken locally. The good news, Mason says, is that compared to soil or human gut samples, there are fewer genes signaling antimicrobial resistance in the city environment. The researchers also found a whole lot of DNA from viruses and bacteria that had never been classified before. 

“Every time you sit down [on the subway], you’re probably sitting right on top of a species that has not yet been discovered,” says Mason. 

“This paper presents the first comprehensive survey of built environment genes globally,” wrote Maria Gloria Dominguez-Bello, a professor of microbiology at Rutgers University who was not involved in the research, in an email to Popular Science. It’s important because it brings new information about our current environment, she writes, which is a very different environment than the one our ancestors evolved in. 

[Read more: Bacteria wars are raging in soil, and it’s keeping ecosystems healthy]

“Historically, when we’ve thought about microbes and the environment and health, we’ve really focused on pathogens and trying to sanitize surfaces as much as possible,” wrote Erica Hartmann, an assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering at Northwestern University, who was not involved in the study. This has been particularly true during the recent COVID-19 pandemic. “By taking a step back and looking not just at pathogens but all microbes and seeing what’s really there, it gives us a different perspective, one that will hopefully lead to better approaches to managing our microbial cohabitants”—like noting which microbes are present normally and reassessing when and which disinfectants may be needed. 

“There are microbes all around us, and while some of them might make you sick, the vast majority are neutral or maybe even beneficial,” Hartmann added. “It’s really important to work with the microbes, not against them, so that we don’t create worse problems for ourselves—like superbugs.”

With over half of the human population living in cities, city services like mass transit systems are “probably the greatest shared tactile ecosystem that we all have,” says Mason. Understanding what resides in this ecosystem, he says, could help us figure out how to preserve resilient, diverse, and more pathogen-resistant urban microbiomes.

Author: Claire Maldarelli
This post originally appeared on Science – Popular Science

Thomas Tuchel keeping PSG secret from Chelsea players ahead of Champions League final

“It is a different team and a very different situation,” Tuchel said on Friday ahead of the final.

“If I was a player, I wouldn’t like my coach to talk about his personal experience in the last year. If I was a player, that would only help me if we had that experience together that we could share, use and grow from it.

“But, for me and my staff, the experience is a crucial thing. After every match I am a smarter coach with more experience.

This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Sport Feed

Last Night of the Proms: Brits praise keeping Rule Britannia uncensored – 'Common sense!'

The BBC added: “This means the words will be sung in the Hall, and as we have always made clear, audiences will be free to sing along at home.

“While it can’t be a full choir, and we are unable to have audiences in the Hall, we are doing everything possible to make it special and want a Last Night truly to remember.

“We hope everyone will welcome this solution. We think the night itself will be a very special moment for the country – and one that is much needed after a difficult period for everyone. It will not be a usual Last Night, but it will be a night not just to look forward to, but to remember.”

Today the 2021 Last Night of the Proms was confirmed with “all the traditional elements” including Rule, Britannia! and Land of Hope and Glory’s lyrics remaining uncensored as they were last year.

This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Entertainment Feed

‘They are exclusive’: NBA star Devin Booker ‘holds hands’ with model and ‘Keeping up with the Kardashians’ stunner Kendall Jenner

Author: RT
This post originally appeared on RT Sport News

Two-time NBA All-Star Devin Booker has reportedly taken his relationship with US it-girl Kendall Jenner a step further over the weekend, sending gossip columns wild after he was pictued holding her hand in New York.

Towering shooting guard Booker has been linked with Jenner since the pair took a road trip from Los Angeles to Arizona together last April, although celebrity outlets in the US widely reported that they had kept their partnership low-key and casual.

The 24-year-old Phoenix Suns superstar has not featured TV favorite Jenner in any of his Instagram photos, preferring to use the more temporary Stories feature on the platform to show them lying on a blanket in a picturesque outdoor setting.

Jenner, who is the half-sister of mega-famous celebrities Kim, Khloe, Kourtney and Rob Kardashian, is said to be more content with Booker than she had been in her previous two reported relationships with NBA players, dating Blake Griffin and Ben Simmons for less than a year each.

“This is the happiest Kendall has ever been in a relationship,” People quoted a source as saying about the 25-year-old socialite. “She and Devin started out slowly but have dated for about a year now.

“What first seemed like a fun hookup is now a relationship. They are exclusive and Kendall is very happy with Devin.

“Her family thinks he is great. He was even invited to Kim’s 40th birthday celebration in Tahiti.”

Booker could not resist leaving a comment on Jenner’s Instagram, where she is followed by a staggering fanbase of more than 160 million, after she pictured herself in a floral dress in woodland earlier this month, writing: “Very beautiful… course.”

On Valentine’s Day, Jenner pictured herself lying on what appeared to be a kitchen worktop underneath Booker, adding a white heart symbol as the pair laughed together.

The son of former professional basketball player Melvin, 6ft 5in Booker has been named on the All-Star team in each of the past two seasons.

He was supported by NBA legend LeBron James earlier this year, who told his millions of social media followers: “Devin Booker is the most disrespected player in our league – simple as that.”

Jenner was heavily criticized in November after reportedly throwing a huge maskless party at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, attended by a plethora of celebrities including pop star Justin Bieber and actor Will Smith’s son, Jaden.

“All we can do is live our lives the best way we know how and be responsible and do the right thing, and we’re doing that exactly,” she told a radio show as a backlash ensued, adding that her family was “very lucky to work in an industry where we get tested once or twice a week.”

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Brian May praises ‘gallant’ fans keeping Queen and Adam Lambert tickets ‘It'll be alright’

Last year, Queen and Adam Lambert were set to tour the UK and Europe throughout the summer. However, the pandemic forced the band to reluctantly postpone the set of shows to 2021, before having to do so again to summer 2022. Now in an exclusive interview with Express.co.uk, Brian May has praised the patience of “gallant” fans for holding on to their tickets rather than having them reimbursed.
Brian May said: “It’s heartbreaking. We very reluctantly postponed twice, a year at a time.

The 73-year-old admitted it was tempting for Queen and Adam Lambert to try and cram the dates into autumn 2021, but they felt the chances of being about to do the shows properly were not looking very good.

He continued: “It’s galling because all those dates are held, all those tickets are sold.

“People are sitting there with their tickets gallantly holding on to them, which is a great compliment to us that people don’t want to trade their tickets back.”

READ MORE: Brian May shares guitar video with dad Harold who would be 100 today

Brian said: “I think we have to time things so that we come back when it’s possible to pack those arenas again and have a proper Queen show.”

In the meantime, he and Roger Taylor have been keeping busy in lockdown.

To celebrate Queen’s 50th anniversary this year without live shows meant they had to come up with some alternatives for the fans.

Obviously, there was their UK No 1 album Queen and Adam Lambert: Live Around The World last year, but they’ve since also released a mobile rhythm game called Queen Rock Tour.

Then there’s the weekly 50 episode mini-documentary series Queen The Greatest, which is hosted on the band’s official YouTube channel every Friday at midday.

Of all their projects, Brian added: “I guess we’re those kind of animals. We like to be busy, we like to create and that’s what we do.

“We try to make stuff which makes people happy; which makes people feel inspired, so you just have to adapt.

“And like the rest of the world, it’s different now. It’s just different.”

Parents sue Katy ISD for keeping mask mandate, after Gov. Greg Abbott lifted statewide requirement

A group of parents are suing the Katy Independent School District, calling its continued requirement for masks in schools unconstitutional and a violation of Gov. Greg Abbott’s executive order from[2] last month that lifted the statewide mask mandate, among other COVID-19 safety restrictions.

The lawsuit, filed Thursday by a Houston attorney for parents Bonnie Anderson, Jenny Alexander, Doug Alexander, Heather Calhoun and Stephen Calhoun, takes issue with the district’s current safety protocols for in-person schooling, specifically its requirement that students wear masks in hallways, buses, and other common areas.

When Abbott announced his executive order, he did not address the ways rescinding the mask mandate affected public schools. In a later interview with radio host Chad Hasty, Abbott said he expected the Texas Education Agency to leave the decision to require masks up to local school boards[3].

The agency’s updated mask policy has allowed “local school boards have full authority to determine their local mask policy,” according to its website[4]. In public planning guidance, the agency also recommends the use of masks.

Under Katy ISD’s policies, students who don’t comply with the mask policy will be moved to online school and aren’t allowed to participate in other student activities. Those who have medical conditions that preclude them from wearing a mask must notify the school nurse and have documentation from their medical provider, according to the policy.[5]

The lawsuit also argues under the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision Brown v. Board of Education that forcing students to switch to virtual school is a form of “separate but equal” discrimination.

The Supreme Court case’s ruling focused on segregation between Black and white students in public schools and discrimination on the basis of race.

Experts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say attending school in person can be relatively safe, if schools can contain the community spread of COVID-19 and follow safety procedures — including the universal and correct use of masks[6].

Jared Woodfill, the attorney who filed the lawsuit, said the district’s mask policy is illegal.

“You don’t create a policy that is geared around a minority,” Woodfill said of the fraction of students and teachers who are at risk because of health conditions.

“You don’t shut down and force 99.9% of the people to wear a mask all day long,” he added.

Katy ISD responded to the lawsuit with a statement that it is complying with the agency’s public planning recommendations.

“Katy ISD continues to follow the Governor’s Executive Order GA-34 and comply with the Texas Education Agency’s Public Health Planning Guidance,” said the statement, obtained by Fox 26 Houston.[7]

The lawsuit cites multiple international studies that show children are at low risk from COVID-19 and that masks do not prevent the spread of the virus. Although children are infected at lower rates, they are capable of spreading the virus to at risk family members, and children with disabilities, who are immunosuppressed or have other health conditions are still at high risk for severe symptoms from the virus, according to the CDC[8].

In the past, TEA has opted against mask mandate enforcement in schools. Last November, the Tribune reported that North Texas-area Peaster ISD chose not to require masks as required, despite being in a county with more than 20 active cases. The agency said it would not take action because the concerns from parents “appear to be local in nature.”

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Covid-19 Vaccine Card Guide: Keeping it Safe, Travel, Information, Passport and Benefits

“Customers began seeking out ways to protect their Covid-19 vaccine record cards, knowing they will likely be important to have on hand in the future,” Craig Grayson, vice president of print and marketing services for Staples, said in an email on Wednesday. “Leveraging our existing capabilities in store felt like a natural way to provide a free solution.”

People can also get their completed vaccine cards laminated for free at Office Depot and OfficeMax[1] stores nationwide using the code 52516714 through July 25.

Dr. Ikediobi also recommends keeping the card in a safe place, as you would your passport, rather than carrying it around. “It does not necessarily need to be on your person at all times,” she said.

In some cases, yes. Some destinations and cruise lines have started requiring that travelers be fully vaccinated before they travel. As of March 26, fully vaccinated Americans who can present proof of vaccination can visit Iceland, for example, and avoid border measures such as testing and quarantining, the country’s government said[2].

The cruise line Royal Caribbean is requiring passengers and crew members 18 or older to be vaccinated in order to board its ships, as are Virgin Voyages, Crystal Cruises and others. These companies will restart cruise operations this spring and summer. None of the companies are yet operating cruises out of United States ports, because the C.D.C. has yet to give them the guidelines[3] they’ll need to follow.

For the moment, airlines are not requiring vaccinations for travel. But the idea has been much talked about in the industry. In an interview with NBC Nightly News[4] recently, Ed Bastian, the chief executive officer of Delta Air Lines, said that proof of vaccination will likely eventually be required on international flights, but whether that is paper proof or a digital vaccine passport, is unclear.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo last week announced[5] the launch of Excelsior Pass, a free app that will allow businesses to scan a code to confirm whether someone has been vaccinated or tested negative for the coronavirus. To sign up, New York residents should visit the Excelsior Pass website,[6] where they will be asked to enter their name, date of birth and ZIP code. A pass — a QR code that can be scanned by businesses — will automatically be generated using data from state vaccination records or testing lab data.


  1. ^ Office Depot and OfficeMax (media.officedepot.com)
  2. ^ the country’s government said (www.government.is)
  3. ^ has yet to give them the guidelines (www.nytimes.com)
  4. ^ interview with NBC Nightly News (www.nbcnews.com)
  5. ^ announced (www.governor.ny.gov)
  6. ^ Excelsior Pass website, (epass.ny.gov)

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Charley Webb admits to keeping an eye on son due to changes: 'Doesn't want us around him'

“I’m talking wooden toys that really hurt, breakfast, lunch and dinner all get lashed. He smacks you then just laughs. He smacks everyone.”

She continued: “He throws things at the kids. He’s out of control. I don’t remember this happening with the others.

“What do I do? Do I just ignore it? Do I put him on thinking time? Do I just ignore the bad and praise the good?

“When I ignore him it just makes no difference, he just does it more,” as she added the caption: “Any advice is welcome.”