Britain and Australia concluded a major trade deal earlier this week after Boris Johnson met Australian Prime Minster Scott Morrison in London. According to Trade Secretary Liz Truss this will cut the amount of EU beef imported per year by 230,000 tonnes.
Irish farmers are concerned they will lose out due to increased Australian competition.
However reacting to the story Express.co.uk readers were unsympathetic arguing Dublin was obstructive during the Brexit process.
One person posted: “You made your bed Ireland.”
Another added: “Great Britain moves on while the EU goes backwards.”
A third wrote: “The process of disentanglement continues. Goodbye EU.
“Your tentacles are being prised out of our country.
“Hopefully with 5-10 years no business in this country will care about you.”
Other readers urged Ireland to quit the EU and suggested it could join a new UK created common market.
Rural officers made some people wear the signs saying “do not come near me, I am not vaccinated. Please stay away from me”. Those who were vaccinated were given a sign with the colours of the Indian flag that read “I am a patriot as I am vaccinated”.
Police in the Niwari district of Madhya Pradesh say that they have introduced the policy to encourage more vaccinations, despite a vaccine shortage in India which is preventing many people getting their jab.
Police officer, Santosh Patel, told Reuters: “Watching the low vaccination rate in our district we decided to honour the people who got vaccinated, but then we also found a large number of people who were not vaccinated.
“So, to teach them a lesson and encourage them to get vaccinated, we administrated an oath to get them inoculated as soon as possible.”
NOW, formerly NOW TV, might be famed for its popular streaming service but the Sky-owned firm also offers customers access to broadband. That’s probably no surprise considering that all content supplied by the platform needs an internet connection to be viewed.
What may make you sit up and notice NOW’s broadband is the price with things being dropped to a new low. This latest price cut means users can get access to its Super Fibre – which offers speeds of 63Mbps – for £22 per month which is pretty good value when compared to some of its rivals.
BT currently has its Fibre 2 plan for £32.99 per month and even Sky is only offering its Superfast speeds for £28 per month. This NOW deal lasts for 12-months with things then increasing to a fairly hefty £35 per month – so you might want to set a reminder to cancel your contract at the end of the year to avoid those higher costs.
As a quick reminder 63Mbps speeds will allow you to download a full HD movie in around 12 minutes. It’s not the quickest but should be fine to steam NOW’s content without seeing any buffering.
Along with those speeds, you also get unlimited downloads, anytime calls and there’s no activation fee to pay.
Along with this price cut to its broadband, there’s also a deal on NOW’s Entertainment Membership which offers 50 percent off for two months.
That means you can watch a swathe of content from services such as Sky One and Sky Atlantic for just £4.99. Once the two months are up you’ll then pay £9.99 although, like all of NOW’s plans, you can cancel at any time.
The big update means some customers will pay a little less each month for their TV packages whilst others are being offered the chance to watch more content without paying anything extra.
NOW has confirmed that it’s dropping the price of its Cinema Membership to £9.99 (was £11.99) and will be bundling the Kids selection of channels for free to all customers who pay for the Entertainment Membership.
You can find full details about what is changing from July here.
Speaking about the shake-up, a NOW spokesperson revealed to Express.co.uk: “The new NOW offering will make it easier for members to access the world’s best entertainment, with the flexibility to choose the package that suits them, whilst avoiding price increases to the core content membership proposition.”
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Tina Turner net worth: Tonight on Tina Turner at the BBC, viewers can see archive footage of the famous singer’s performances. It will span BBC programmes from over the years, spanning the 70s, 80s and 90s.
The 81-year-old singer has been retired for several years.
Now, some of her most iconic performances can be seen all in one place.
The programme will feature solo versions of early hits with ex husband Ike, such as Nutbish City Limits.
After she divorced from her abusive husband, Tina came into her own in the 80s with timeless hits like What’s Love Got to Do with It.
Fans can also see a 2000 special live performance of Proud Mary.
If you search around the shorelines of the North Pacific, you might get lucky and spot a “wandering meatloaf,” a round reddish-brown mollusk also known as the gumboot chiton or, more scientifically, as Cryptochiton stelleri. It trudges along coasts and scrapes algae off rocks with its small but incredibly gritty teeth.
In analyzing this bizarre animal’s hardy chompers, scientists found that its stylus (the long, hollow structure that connects the teeth to the soft membrane below) actually contains tiny particles of santabarbaraite, a rare iron-based mineral that until now had only been found in actual rocks. Santabarbaraite is what gives these mollusks their bite—it makes the root of their teeth light but remarkably strong, and among the hardest materials ever found in nature. Studying how santabarbaraite integrates into chiton teeth not only helps scientists understand how they feed, but the discovery could help advance 3-D printing technology. The findings were published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
When analyzing the animal’s teeth the researchers used a variety of advanced imaging techniques, such as microscopy and spectroscopy. While they knew these mollusks’ have exceptionally strong teeth, finding the santabarbaraite inside the stylus was quite unexpected. “[This mineral] has never before been seen in a biological context,” Derk Joester, a material scientist at Northwestern University and the senior author of the paper, said in a statement. “It has high water content, which makes it strong with low density. We think this might toughen the teeth without adding a lot of weight.”
The team also observed that the mineral’s distribution within the tissues that make up the stylus affected the stiffness of the different parts of the hollow structure. They then wondered whether they could use this same principle to make more robust ink for 3-D printing. The researchers produced a synthetic santabarbaraite alternative using a compound similar to chitin, as well as iron and phosphate.
The ink worked well when printed immediately after mixing, and hardened as it dried. Depending on how much iron and phosphate was added to the mix, the printed material could be soft and rubbery or tough and rigid.
“It should be possible to mix the ink at a ratio that you can change immediately prior to printing,” Joester told The New York Times. “And that would allow you to change the composition, the amount of nanoparticles, and therefore the strength of the material on the fly. Meaning that you can print materials where the strength changes very dramatically over relatively short distances.”
The natural world is a great place for scientists to look for inspiration on how to solve problems of engineering and design. Having ultrahard materials connected to soft underlying structures like in chiton teeth is an interesting mechanical feat, said Joester in a statement—“This remains a significant challenge in modern manufacturing, so we look to organisms like the chiton to understand how this is done in nature, which has had a couple hundred million years of lead time to develop.”
A leaked presentation showed plans to extend the school week by an extra two-and-a-half hours in a bid to help students catch up with their studies. The proposal was put together by education czar Sir Kevan Collins, who will be leading the education recovery efforts.
The presentation, seen by the Times, estimates that each pupil will need to spend an extra 100 hours in the classroom a year from 2022 to make up for the time lost to the pandemic.
It also showed that five million of the most affected pupils in England will receive additional tutoring.
Some 500,000 teachers will receive more training in order to deliver the expected results.
It follows warnings from leading health expert suggesting the UK is in the early stages of a third Covid wave.
Professor Ravi Gupta from Cambridge University called on the Government to delay ending Covid restrictions in England on June 21.
He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “Of course the numbers of cases are relatively low at the moment – all waves start with low numbers of cases that grumble in the background and then become explosive.
“So the key here is that what we are seeing here is the signs of an early wave.”
Christina Pagel, a professor at University College London, made similar remarks and warned the UK should extend the lockdown measures for a further two months instead of reopening on June 21.
She said the UK “should wait a few more months to unlock fully” to ensure enough people have been fully vaccinated.
Brexit: Bill Cash says Churchill and Thatcher ‘would be proud’
Mrs Thatcher’s reputation as the Iron Lady, a nickname bestowed on her by the Soviet press, was cemented after she took on the miners in the mid-Eighties and won. The year-long strike that stretched between 1984 and 1985, led by Mr Scargill as president of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), changed the face of Britain forever. A behind-the-scenes account of how Mrs Thatcher defeated the miners, with contributions from Downing Street insiders, will air on Channel 5 this evening.
And ahead of the documentary’s release, unearthed reports cast light on Mr Scargill’s alternative narrative of events.
Speaking 25 years after the strike, Mr Scargill claimed a negotiated settlement was actually agreed by Mrs Thatcher’s Government – and further argued that then Labour leader Neil Kinnock would have become Prime Minister if he had thrown his weight behind the miners.
Mr Scargill, who noted that the deals were kept strictly secret, insisted that the NUM actually negotiated five separate settlements.
Four of them, he said, were “sabotaged or withdrawn following the intervention of Mrs Thatcher”.
Margaret Thatcher’s team ‘made secret deals with Scargill’ (Image: GETTY)
Arthur Scargill during the miners’ strike (Image: GETTY)
On a fifth occasion, in October 1984, he claimed he was told by an unnamed minister that the Cabinet had agreed to “settle the strike on the union’s terms” – until the pit deputies’ union abandoned its pledge to join the industrial action.
Mr Scargill, speaking to The Guardian in 2009, remained defiant and unapologetic despite the accusation from former Tory minister Norman Tebbit that he had “declared war on democracy”.
Mr Scargill rejected claims he had refused to hold a national ballot and defended his decision to concentrate mass picketing at the infamous Orgreave coking plant in Yorkshire.
He also hit out at his critics, arguing that the likes of Mr Kinnock tried to smear him to “cover up their own guilt” in failing to give British miners the support that could have “changed the political direction of the nation”.
Mr Scargill claimed: “If Mrs Thatcher had lost, the Tories would have dumped her as they did in 1990.
“Mr Kinnock didn’t see what Mr Wilson did and even Mr Foot did in 1981.
“If he had supported the strike openly and called on other workers to support it, I believe Mrs Thatcher would have fallen and Mr Kinnock would have become Prime Minister.”
Johnny Depp‘s role in the next Pirates of the Caribbean has not yet been revealed. Disney have remained quiet about what will happen in the sixth outing for the billion-dollar franchise so far, except for a couple of key details. Disney insider Daniel Richtman has now claimed a new key part of the new film will focus on making Captain Jack Sparrow a joke.
The insider has spoken out about some upcoming Disney projects in the past with middling results.
His latest claims read: “Disney wants [the] new Pirates movie to make fun of Jack Sparrow.”
As usual, the tipster hasn’t left any further details about what this means, but a lot of information can be gleaned from his comment.
First of all, it is important to note that Depp has not yet been officially removed from the franchise.
Rumours have circulated repeatedly that Depp will not be reprising his role in Pirates of the Caribbean 6, following a public court battle.
The Hollywood star fought a newspaper’s claims he was a “wife-beater”. These claims were backed up by his ex-wife, Amber Heard.
In the midst of the court battle, Depp was asked by Warner Brothers to step down from his Harry Potter role of Gellert Grindelwald in the Fantastic Beasts series. Since then, it has been speculated Depp would also be asked to leave the Disney franchise, but no official word has come yet.
Also, further rumours have suggested the next Pirates of the Caribbean film is going to be a reboot.
What’s more, the new film will be penned by Birds of Prey writer Christina Hodson.
On her casting, Robbie explained there will be lots of “girl power” in the series. She added: “It’s too early to talk about it. I love Christina, obviously.
“I’m not a producer on Pirates, so I’ll sit back and kind of wait for the process. We’re really, really excited at the prospect of adding obviously a very key female element to that world.”
Again, news of Depp’s involvement with Robbie’s film has been scarce.
Last year executive producer of the Pirates series Jerry Bruckheimer mentioned the legendary character’s part in the new film.
He told Collider: “The one we’re developing right now, we’re not sure quite what Johnny’s role is going to be.”
He added: “So, we’re going to have to see.”
The Pirates of the Caribbean films are available on Disney Plus now.