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Why you should never use baking soda and vinegar to clean a drain

Although this might be perfect for cleaning carpets this reaction is useless for drains.

This is because once this reaction occurs the two will no longer continue to react, so this baking soda and vinegar mixture is not good for cleaning drains.

The two will initially combine to break up the particles found on the surface of the drain, but by the time they make it down the drain the reaction will already be complete, so they will have no effect on unblocking your drains.

When it comes to tough grease this mixture cannot help you as the reaction which cleans so brilliantly on other surfaces would have happened by the time it reaches the grease in your drains.

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China ‘will never tolerate’ foreign intervention in Taiwan amid largest PLA incursion

When asked whether recent military activity was related to the comments made during the G7 summit, Ma Xiaoguang, spokesman for China’s Taiwan Affairs Office, blamed Taiwan’s government for the tensions.

He said: “We will never tolerate attempts to seek independence or wanton intervention in the Taiwan issue by foreign forces, so we need to make a strong response to these acts of collusion.”

World leaders came together over the weekend for the G7 summit in Cornwall, during which the premiers urged China to “respect human rights and fundamental freedoms” in relation to the Uyghur Muslim minority group and Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters.

Within two days of the latest summit, at least 28 warplanes, including nuclear-capable bombers, entered Taiwan’s Air Defence Identification Zone (ADIZ) in the largest incursion to date.

According to Taipei, 14 J-16, six J-11 fighters and four nuclear capable H-6 bombers were used in the Chinese mission.

Taiwan also reported several other warplanes ranging from anti-submarine, electronic warfare and early warning aircraft.

The fly-by also occurred on the same day the USS Ronald Reagan and its corresponding carrier group entered the South China Sea.

Lieutenant Commander Joe Keiley, a spokesperson from the carrier group reported there was no interaction with any Chinese military aircraft.

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Responding to the NATO comments on Tuesday, a spokesperson for the Chinese Mission to the European Union accused the military alliance of slander and called on NATO to be more rational.

The Chinese spokesperson said: “We will follow very closely NATO’s strategic adjustment and its policy adjustment towards China.

“China will not present ‘systemic challenges’ to anyone, but we will not sit by and do nothing if ‘systemic challenges’ come closer to us.”

They also urged the military alliance to stop “hyping up in any forum the so-called ‘China threat’.”

China’s total military expenditure is around £148.4bn but is a fraction of the total sum of NATO’s allies which comes to around £795.3bn.

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What If Doctors Are Always Watching, but Never There?

This new system, which continually monitors and collects patient data, has recently gone wireless. It is being tested on patients in a hospital in Birmingham, England, but it and similar remote systems might be used in patients’ homes in the future. The more I read on the subject, the more I realized that remote patient monitoring could change medicine radically: hastening medical responses and improving health outcomes; remapping the zones of health care; but also perhaps transforming how doctors like me think, in ways we might not so readily welcome.

Close observation of patients has been a universal duty of all doctors throughout time. For millennia, medical practitioners used their senses to assess a patient’s condition. Even now, we doctors are trained to recognize the hard-candy breath of sick diabetics, the glass bottle clonking sound of an obstructed bowel, and the cold, clammy feel of skin when a patient’s circulation is shutting down. But the systematic recording of numerical observations is a surprisingly recent phenomenon.

In the late 1800s, instruments were designed to measure a standardized set of health indicators. These are the four main vital signs: heart rate, respiratory rate, temperature, and blood pressure. It was just before the turn of the last century that these vital signs, also known as observations, were first documented systematically. By World War I they were used routinely. Studies of these charts revealed that people basically never died when these vital signs were normal; hearts don’t stop out of the blue. But for the better part of a century, the art of interpreting these so-called obs charts was, to the untrained, as mysterious as reading tea leaves.

Then, in 1997, a team based at the James Paget University Hospital, in Norfolk, England, developed an early warning system with which a nurse could quickly turn vital signs into a score. If the score surpassed a threshold, it was a signal to call for a doctor’s assistance. Such systems were steadily rolled out for adult patients, but it was not clear if they would work in children, whose physiological responses to illness are different from those of adults.

Heather Duncan knew about about early warning systems for adult patients in 2000, when she was working in South Africa as a general practitioner with a keen interest in children’s health. Ordinarily, observations taken in a hospital aren’t connected to earlier ones made in primary care clinics. But Duncan tried to link these two datasets—from the community and the hospital—to create a more meaningful, continuous story of what was happening to patients. She took the trouble to scrutinize the records of her sickest children, plotting their vital signs from the time they were first recorded in primary care to their discharge or death in the hospital. “I noticed children were having cardiac arrests or intensive care admissions, and that actually there were missed opportunities where we should have acted further,” she remembers.

Her nagging feeling that more could be done for such children was later corroborated by the UK’s Confidential Enquiry into Child Deaths, which found that more than a quarter of children in National Health Service hospitals were dying of avoidable causes. In 2003, Duncan completed a fellowship in critical care at Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children, where—together with Chris Parshuram, a pediatric intensive care doctor—she developed the Pediatric Early Warning System, or PEWS, a bedside scoring system designed for sick children.

Duncan now works as a consulting pediatric intensivist in Birmingham Children’s Hospital. I caught up with her on Zoom last October. Duncan was working from home, wrapped up against the English autumn in an oversized, cream fleece, her hair pulled back into a loose bun, and wearing blue-rimmed specs that matched her eyes. She speaks with a genteel South African accent and has a calming manner, surely an asset working in such a stressful specialty. Her hospital had adopted the PEWS score in 2008 and seen a drop in the number of children dying after suffering a cardiac arrest—from 12 in 2005 to no deaths in 2010.

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Heart attack symptoms: The five signs 'you should never ignore' – FULL list

Heart attacks are a serious medical emergency that require immediate medical attention. It’s crucial that you’re aware of the most common signs of a heart attack, so that you can respond quickly if you ever have to.

Heart attacks are caused by a lack of blood reaching the heart.

Without enough blood, the heart could become seriously damaged – and it may even be life-threatening.

A heart attack could also be a symptom of coronary heart disease, which is where fatty deposits build up in the arteries, which limits the amount of blood reaching the heart.

There are numerous symptoms of a heart attack, and they tend to differ between both men and women.

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You might also notice excessive sweating and unexplained nausea, it added.

Some patients could feel very lightheaded or dizzy, and become overwhelmed with fatigue.

“During a heart attack, the blood supply that normally nourishes the heart with oxygen is cut off and the heart muscle begins to die,” it said.

“Some people who are having a heart attack have warning signs, while others show no signs.

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Brian May: Why he never uses a guitar pick and how he built his Red Special guitar

Brian added: “So in the end, I picked up a coin, and it was just perfect. That’s all I needed. And I changed the way that I held the pick, sort of bending one of the fingers around, and I never went back from that point.

“The sixpence has another great advantage – it’s hard enough to, you know, give you all that contact, it’s also soft enough not to break your steel strings because it’s made of nickel silver, or whatever.

“And it has this lovely serrated edge, and if you turn it at an angle to the strings, you get a lovely kind of splutter.

“So to me, the guitar is like a voice, and that splutter is one of the consonants that helps to make the guitar talk.”

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Queen Letizia has ‘stunning’ diamond engagement ring from Felipe – but she never wears it

Queen Letizia of Spain married King Felipe VI in a wedding ceremony in Madrid’s Almudena Cathedral after meeting back in 2002. Letizia, who was well-known thanks to her job as a journalist for Spanish national TV, revealed their wedding plans during a news conference in November 2003. 
When Felipe proposed to Letizia, he presented her with a stunning diamond engagement ring.

It featured a white gold band which was set with 16 baguette-cut diamonds.

The ring was made by Suárez.

After the wedding ceremony, Queen Letizia stopped wearing her engagement ring and is rarely seen wearing it to this day.

Taking to Instagram to ask why, one person wrote: “I noticed she is wearing a fashion ring but not her wedding ring, why do you think that is?”

Another said: “I think her engagement ring is stunning and she should definitely wear it!”

“I love her jewellery regardless of what she wears, such a trend setter,” said a third.

Queen Letizia regularly carries out visits and engagements in Spain, with one of her most recent appearances saw her attending her daughters’ confirmation in Madrid.

For the occasion, the royal wore a white asymmetric blouse with buttons up one side.

Known for wearing designer brands, the Masks white blouse retails for a whopping £120.

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Santander scam warning: Britons attacked via text, phone & email – ‘never click the link!'

Santander is used by millions of savers, but unfortunately, this gives a wide range of people for cybercriminals to target. While people may have come across scams in the past, it appears fraudsters are stepping up their efforts during the pandemic to prey on uncertainties. A particularly challenging issue at present has arisen with Britons receiving a barrage of text messages which claim to be from Santander. 
People have been asked to press a key in order to retrieve a message from their bank, but are told to hold the line.

This could be a way for scammers to connect individuals to a premium rate phone line and drain their money this way, rather than through a phishing effort.

As a result, individuals are always encouraged to be on the lookout, and with scammers deploying a wide range of techniques, protecting oneself is key.

Britons are always urged to delete any unexpected text messages they receive, particularly those with links.

They should always check where a message comes from, for example the domain name of an email, which may be false.

When thinking about phone calls, these should also be disconnected promptly. 

A person can also contact their bank by independently looking up contact details to confirm correspondence is legitimate. 

A number of people shared their close brushes with scams which claim to be from Santander.

One said: “I got a scam one from ‘Santander’. No point in telling them the phone number it came from, as they rotate these.

“I feel the phone provider should be responsible as they must be seeing these texts being sent in bulk across their network.”

Another wrote: “I get loads daily from ‘Santander’ and ‘HSBC’ and I don’t even have an account with them so know it’s a scam. Common sense should prevail. Most people just delete this.”

And a third stated: “So many scam calls texts and emails at the moment. 

“Email purportedly from Santander warning me to improve my online security to avoid scammers! I don’t have these accounts so easy to spot, but very convincing. Never click the link.”

The founder of Money Saving Expert, Martin Lewis, recently tweeted about the issue of scams, following being targeted himself by a text claiming to be from HSBC.

The financial journalist was quick to point out he did not have an HSBC account, but called for further action to be taken on the matter.

He said: “If only we’d proper regulation and place funded to deal with UK’s biggest crime, which hits financial and mental health.

“Rather than it effectively being an unpunished free for all.”

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Vodafone update means TikTok users will never run low on data again

If you spend hours on TikTok watching video after video, you’ll want to take notice of the latest announcement from Vodafone. The UK network is now offering unlimited data when watching content on video-sharing platform TikTok, meaning you should never run out of internet access ever again. This upgrade is part of Vodafone’s VOXI service which already offered unlimited access to content on YouTube, Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, My5, TVPlayer and UKTV Play. And now, TikTok is joining this plan, which VOXI calls Endless Video.
Vodafone says that prices start from £15 per month which includes unlimited calls and text plus 20GB of data. That’s not the biggest data bundle ever but all content streamed via TikTok and the other services mentioned above won’t count towards that small limit.

Another bonus is that VOXI tariffs also include Endless Social Media (unlimited data for Facebook & Facebook Messenger, Instagram, WhatsApp, Pinterest, Snapchat and Twitter) and 5G at no extra cost.

Customers currently on a 15GB or 45GB 5G plan with Endless Video will also automatically be upgraded to enjoy endless streaming on TikTok from today.

Speaking about the update, Scott Currie, Head of VOXI, said: “We have seen how incredibly popular TikTok is with our VOXI customers, with usage having spiked massively over the last year. By adding TikTok to our Endless Video plans we are giving our customers the freedom to access the content and channels they love, with simple, cost-effective prices – on a mobile network they can count on.”

It is worth noting that a number of rival networks continue to offer fully unlimited data no matter what you are watching when away from your broadband.

In fact, SMARTY has just announced that it’s actually cutting the cost of its totally unlimited SIM to just £18 per month which makes it one of the cheapest ways to get all you can eat access to the web.

SMARTY, which uses Three’s 3G and 4G signal and doesn’t require customers to sign up to a length contract, says this unlimited SIM deal is available until July 13. Three is offering its unlimited data plan half price for the first six months with it then costing £20 per month for the rest of the term.

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Only Fools and Horses legend has famous brother you never knew about

Sir David Jason has graced our television screens for decades and become best known for his legendary role in Only Fools and Horses.

The actor, who has been a part of our lives for generations, played Derek ‘Del Boy’ Trotter.

The BBC sitcom was first broadcast in 1981 and follows wheeler-dealer Del Boy and the Trotter family on quests to make quick cash, and eventually become millionaires.

Born David John White in 1940, the television star has been the epitome of British comedy and drama and has rose in the ranks to become a national treasure.

And it appears some fans didn’t realise that the talent runs in his family, My London reports.

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David Jason and Arthur White have both had successful TV careers

Over the years, his roles have included playing Granville in Open All Hours, Blanco in Porridge, Pop Larkin in The Darling Buds of May, and DI Frost in A Touch of Frost, and many more.

And it appears acting is a talent that runs through’s David’s family as he has a famous brother.

David’s older brother, Arthur White, features in a number of episodes of police crime drama A Touch of Frost playing the role of PC Ernie Trigg.

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Rumour has it, it was in fact Arthur that inspired David to pursue acting early in his career.

Back in 1996, Arthur starred in Goodnight Sweetheart which also stars Nicholas Lyndhurst, who played Rodney Trotter in Only Fools and Horses, as the lead role.

Arthur, who was born in London in 1933, has also featured in a number of popular television series.

He played Albert Fogerty in Heartbeat back in 2007 after landing a part in Holby City in 2006 as Sidney Bickton.

Other television appearances include Doctors, Family Affairs, London’s Burning, Grange Hill, and many more.

In 1991, Arthur starred alongside brother David when he appeared in two episodes of The Darling Buds of May as Uncle Pearce.

It’s a shame the two famous siblings never acted alongside each other in Only Fools.

Well, there’s always hopes for an on-screen reunion.

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Never lose your remote again! Google will be able to help you control your TV

Not only that, but this upcoming feature will also work with the Google TV platform that debuted with last year’s Chromecast. So, if you lose your remote for your Chromecast with Google TV you’ll just be able to use your Android phone as a stand-in until it shows up again.

To use an Android phone as a TV remote, you’ll just need to pair your device with a telly or Chromecast that supports the function.

Google said that there are 80million monthly active Android TV devices out there right now, so there are plenty of people who would find this new tool useful.

The upcoming functionality will let people turn on their Google TV or Android TV device with their phone, and use their device’s screen to navigate menus.

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