KATE MIDDLETON’S outfits, accessories and even hair and makeup choices are the fascination of millions of royal fans. But how has her hair grown so long recently?
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KATE MIDDLETON’S outfits, accessories and even hair and makeup choices are the fascination of millions of royal fans. But how has her hair grown so long recently?
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AUSTRALIA’s government is on the verge of imposing Covid vaccinations on all health workers – a controversial move for local anti-vaxxers.
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The Daily Mail learned the Prime Minister had planned to give a speech to mark the momentous national lifting of lockdown in the style of wartime leader Winston Churchill.
However, a Government source claimed the event “no longer feels appropriate” as cases continue to soar across the country.
The source said: “The plan had been for Boris to effectively declare victory over the virus by summoning the spirit of Churchill, with appropriately stirring rhetoric.
“That no longer feels appropriate.”
Mr Johnson has previously said the long awaited Freedom Day be “cautious but irreversible”.
However, Jeremy Hunt, the former Health Secretary, said the situation is “very serious”, and raised the prospect of another lockdown this autumn.
He said that, if cases are still rising in September, “I think we are going to have to reconsider”.
Although Covid cases continue to climb at an unprecedented rate, deaths from the virus have remained extremely low.
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“This shows no-one is safe from this deadly virus,” she said.
“By easing all restrictions with cases surging, they are experimenting with people’s lives.
“Right now, they are pursuing a strategy of survival of the fittest, where the young and clinically vulnerable will be left defenceless.”
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A controversial rising star in the United States Republican Party, Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene has tweeted comments dismissive of the threat from the Delta variant of COVID-19 as President Joe Biden, a Democrat, pushes for greater acceptance of vaccines in the US amid a newly rising death toll in some areas.
“No one cares about the Delta variant or any other variant,” Representative Greene, a newly elected member of Congress from Georgia, said in a string of tweets she called a “message from America to the Swamp” unleashed on July 5.
“They are over covid & there is no amount of fear based screaming from the media that will ever force Americans to shut down again,” Greene said.
Prompting a backlash on Twitter, Greene’s comments are another sign of how the response to the coronavirus pandemic in the US has been politicised as the nation misses a goal set by President Biden for a 70 percent adult vaccination rate by July 4. Fewer than 60 percent of the US adult population had been fully vaccinated, according to the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
More than 605,000 Americans have died and 33.7 million have been infected by COVID-19, according to a tally by the Johns Hopkins University of Medicine.
US COVID-19 infections, hospitalisations and deaths have declined nationwide but are increasing in some areas of the country as the more infectious Delta variant spreads. Heavily Republican states like Idaho, Wyoming, Louisiana and Mississippi have only reached a 40 percent vaccination threshold, according to US data.
Biden was meeting at the White House on Tuesday with his team of COVID-19 advisers and plans public remarks to renew the US government’s push to get more Americans vaccinated.
Dr Anthony Fauci, the US’s top government infectious disease expert, said on July 4 in a US television interview that more than 99 percent of people who have died in the US in the past month from COVID-19 were not vaccinated.
“If you look at the number of deaths, about 99.2 percent of them are unvaccinated,” Fauci told NBC’s Meet the Press.
The Delta variant is surging worldwide and prompting renewed mask requirements and distancing in other nations even as the US seeks to move past the deadly pandemic that has killed more than 600,000 people in the country. The Delta variant is now the dominant strain in California, the US’s largest state.
6. No one cares about the Delta Variant or any other variant.
They are over covid & there is no amount of fear based screaming from the media that will ever force Americans to shut down again.
Forced masks and vaccines will cause Dems to lose big.
All voters are over covid.
— Marjorie Taylor Greene 🇺🇸 (@mtgreenee) July 6, 2021
Democrats in February voted to strip her of committee assignments for her attacks on House Democratic leaders. Greene apologised last month for remarks comparing government mandates that people wear masks to the Holocaust in Nazi Germany.
A group of 40 Democrats has demanded Republican House leader Kevin McCarthy take action against Greene after she mocked Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez as the “little communist from New York City” at a rally in Ohio with former President Donald Trump on June 26. Greene led the pro-Trump crowd in chants of “Fire Fauci”.
“By leaving her dangerous actions unchecked – McCarthy is saying that they are acceptable,” tweeted Representative Pramila Jayapal, a progressive Democrat.
“There’s no question – they aren’t,” Jayapal said.
From its earliest days, Trump downplayed the pandemic and discouraged social distancing and the wearing of masks. He has repeatedly alleged that if the pandemic had not damaged the economy, he would have easily won the 2020 US presidential election. Many of Trump’s supporters have eschewed masks and vaccinations.
Greene’s Twitter thread on July 5 asserted the 2020 presidential election was stolen because of “fraud with absentee ballots” – US courts have rejected those claims – and slammed Biden as “weak”, criticised the media and Democrats in the House and predicted they would lose seats in the next US congressional elections in 2022.
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And he sought to turn up the heat by claiming his nation’s claim on the remote archipelago enjoyed “explicit support” from nations throughout Asia, Africa and the Caribbean. Mr Filmus was speaking after a meeting of the United Nations Special Committee on Decolonisation (C-24), which was attended by among others Mark Pollard, chairman of the Falklands’ Legislative Assembly, and Leona Roberts, his deputy.
The Secretary of Affairs pertaining to the Malvinas – the name Argentinians have given the islands – told Buenos Aires-based newspaper Perfil: “We are very satisfied because it was not just a consensus vote on the resolution, but it was one of the sessions that gathered the most explicit support.
“Organisations and countries from our region, but also Asian, African and Caribbean countries, supported this project.”
Mr Filmus also suggested that Argentina saw Britain’s decision to quit the EU as an opportunity to step up its sovereignty push.
Boris Johnson and Argentina’s President, Alberto Fernandez
Daniel Filmus claimed nobody had spoken in the UK’s favour
He explained: “We have been working on this for months. This support is not achieved overnight.
“In the midst of the pandemic, it was very difficult to reach countries that had to vote today, so the work was done in the capitals, through our embassies, and in parallel to the work that was also done here at the United Nations, I think it has been very important. It exceeded our expectations.”
Mr Filmus also claimed the meeting had piled the pressure on the UK, which remains steadfast in its insistence that the Falklands will be a British overseas territory for as long as its 3,000-plus residents want it to remain as such.
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson
He bragged: “We don’t hear anyone speaking in favour of the UK sovereignty over the Malvinas Islands.
“There was no country saying that it agreed with either self-determination or the sovereignty of the United Kingdom over the Malvinas.”
Mr Filmus, who has accused the UK of “plundering” the natural resources of the islands, said: “That is why fishing, hydrocarbons and the entire military issue were raised by the chancellor and supported by all countries.
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Mark Pollard, chairman of the Legislative Assembly
Leona Roberts is Mr Pollard’s deputy
“And now we work hard so that this year the South Atlantic Peace Zone, which brings together all the African and Latin American countries that have a coastline, will meet again, as if to strengthen the denunciation of the illegality of the military base.”
In a separate interview with Radio Brisas, Mr Filmus said: “On the issue of Malvinas, we have found enormous solidarity.
“Not only was the resolution voted by consensus, but many countries, about 30, some that belong to the Committee and others who came especially to show solidarity, said there is no more place for colonialism in the 21st century, and that the United Kingdom has to comply with United Nations resolutions, especially resolution 2075, which is the one that says that this has to be negotiated.
“The United Kingdom has to sit at the dialogue table and also has to comply with other United Nations resolutions such as 3149, which obliges the United Kingdom not to take any unilateral action without authorisation from Argentina.
“In the case of Malvinas, every year the resolution is voted in the Decolonization Committee and the United Kingdom does not comply either; there is an inequality of power and inequality of obedience in front of the United Nations Assembly.
“It is a pity that the founding countries of the United Nations that wanted to create an egalitarian order look the other way; Argentina since 1833, 188 years ago, has been asking the United Kingdom to negotiate peacefully, through dialogue, the exercise of sovereignty over the islands and we find ourselves in a situation of deafness on the other side.
“It is important to be accompanied by the nations of the world, because of the 17 colonies that still exist, 10 are British.
“It is necessary to be aware of this and the pressure of countries telling the United Kingdom to end colonialism has to work.”
The Falkland Islands are in the south Atlantic
Argentina invaded the Falklands in 1982, triggering a short but bloody war which saw the a taskforce dispatched by then Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher regain control of the islands.
Addressing the committee last week, Mr Pollard, a sixth-generation Falklands, said of Argentina: “They have never shown remorse for their actions, instead they brazenly stand here before the world claiming to have been treated unjustly themselves.”
He added: “The only people who can solve the question of the Falkland Islands, are the people of the Falkland Islands and we see no problem
with our current political status.
“If the international community would support our basic human right to determine our own future then it will have fixed ‘the question of the Falkland Islands’.“
(Additional reporting by Maria Ortega)
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Lord Sugar, 74, has admitted he thinks the England team have “no chance” of winning Euro 2020 after watching tonight’s game against the Czech Republic. The Apprentice star shared he didn’t want to sound “unpatriotic” but couldn’t help feel sceptical over the England teams chance of a victory this year.
He typed: “Very sorry to say and not wishing to sound too unpatriotic but England have no chance winning this tournament.”
In response, some agreed as they said the team looked poor this year.
One commented: “I was just thinking that. This is the worst England team I’ve ever seen.”
A second replied: “It’s like watching pensioners play. So boring. Scotland match much faster they are outplayed by Croatia.”
Elsewhere, Former Spurs chairman Lord Sugar dubbed the failed European Super League “a joke” as he revealed his warning to Daniel Levy.
He told White and Jordan on talkSPORT: “I’m delighted that all of the [Premier League] clubs pulled back.
“Tottenham, my club, what they did was say, ‘Hold on a minute, include us, please.’
“We’re a big club, we want to come in, so don’t just leave it as the Manchester clubs, Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal, we want to come in.
“I spoke to Daniel Levy and I said to him, ‘Daniel, this is not a good idea. You have an opportunity here of being magnanimous and pulling out and saying the fans don’t want it, so we’re going to come out.’
“It’s an absolute, total joke and an example of the Americans trying to take over our game.”
Lord Sugar insisted the fans were more important than any amount of money in his conversation with Levy.
He added: “All I did was send him a WhatsApp message.
“We communicate quite a lot with each other on certain things. But I said to him, ‘the fans are more important’.”
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NEW YORK — Hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers head to the polls Tuesday to pick the next mayor of the nation’s biggest city. But the closing days of the election, and perhaps the weeks that follow, may as well be a referendum on the ballot itself.
The city’s new ranked-choice voting system, which will allow voters to pick their top five candidates in order of preference, has upended standard political assumptions since the start of the campaign. Now, a racially-tinged battle has erupted over the process, with the leading candidate leveling accusations of voter disenfranchisement after two of his opponents formed a last-minute alliance to bolster their own campaigns.
The claims by frontrunner Eric Adams, the Brooklyn borough president and former NYPD captain, have laid the groundwork for him to contest the results if the race doesn’t go his way — an echo of the fallout from the 2020 presidential election.
Adams, who is Black, implied the alliance between Kathryn Garcia and Andrew Yang was a form of voter suppression, though such arrangements are one of the intended outcomes of ranked-choice voting. Supporters of the borough president went as far as to say the move was intended to “disenfranchise Black voters,” a claim made in statements distributed by the Adams campaign.
The controversy has led to uncertainty about how the outcome of the election will be received, since no ranked-choice tallies will be released until a week after election day and it could be weeks until a final call is made.
Asked Monday if he would accept the results of the election, Adams didn’t make any promises.
“Can you assure voters that’s not what you’re doing here?” a reporter asked, referencing former President Donald Trump’s claims that the presidential election was stolen.
“Yes,” Adams replied. “I assure voters that no one is gonna steal the election from me.”
But experts in ranked-choice voting, which has never been tried in an election of this size, argue Adams’ concerns are overblown — that in most cases the person leading the pack in the polls and the one who emerges with the most first-place votes on election night wins. In fact, Adams may be turning off some voters by casting doubt on the integrity of the election, they say.
“There have been 429 elections in the U.S. that have used ranked-choice voting. In all but 15, the candidate with the most number of first place votes won,” said Alex Clemens, a veteran Bay Area political strategist and lobbyist with Lighthouse Public Affairs. “It’s unusual when that doesn’t happen.”
The dispute about the election process comes after more than six months of concerted campaigning, much of it from behind Zoom screens as the city was still under pandemic lockdown. After a summer of protests against police brutality and chants of “Defund the Police,” a surge in shootings and rash of hate crimes has put public safety at the forefront of voters’ minds, boosting Adams’ anti-crime appeal.
Yang, whose presidential fame helped him dominate early polls, receded as Adams took the lead within the last few months. Garcia’s message of steady management, and endorsements by the New York Times and Daily News helped her surge to first and second place in some recent polls. And Maya Wiley is riding a late wave of support from the city’s far-left, with progressive luminaries like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Public Advocate Jumaane Williams backing her campaign in recent weeks.
The new voting system and the rapidly changing dynamics at the top of the field have deprived Adams of the usual comfort a frontrunner would take into an election.
Rob Richie, the president of FairVote, a national nonprofit that advocates for electoral reform, said he was surprised by the vitriol coming from Adams, considering he stands to do pretty well in ranked-choice voting.
“If I was his campaign, I wouldn’t have done some of the same things they’ve done in the last few days,” Richie said. “The more you sort of separate yourself from other people, the more risky that is in a ranked-choice voting strategy.”
The Adams campaign has run a scorched earth operation since Yang, a former presidential candidate, teamed up with Garcia, the former city sanitation commissioner, in the final days of an unruly election season.
Adams said Monday that his competitors were tone deaf for beginning their alliance on Juneteenth, a commemoration of the end of slavery that was recently made a federal holiday.
“African Americans are very clear on voter suppression. We know about the poll tax. We know about the fight that we’ve had historically, how you had to go through hurdles to vote,” he said on CNN. “So if [my supporters] feel, based on their perception, that it suppressed the vote, then I respect their feeling.”
Ashley Sharpton, daughter of the Rev. Al Sharpton, said in a statement issued by the Adams campaign that the alliance was “a cynical attempt by Garcia and Yang to disenfranchise Black voters. We didn’t march in the streets all summer last year and organize for generations just so that some rich businessman and bureaucrat who don’t relate to the masses can steal the election from us.”
In early June, well before the Yang-Garcia alliance, Adams had already begun to sow doubt about the ranked-choice process.
“What happens to everyday New Yorkers? The Board of Elections betrayed us once again and didn’t properly educate and get information out,” he said at a Lower Manhattan campaign stop. “It would be lucky if we get these results by January 18. We don’t know how long this is going to take. I’m really troubled about the outcome of this, I hope the counting does not equal the rollout.”
Under the new voting system, adopted by referendum in 2019, if no one gets more than 50 percent of the vote initially, the last-place candidate is eliminated and their supporters’ votes are redistributed to the voter’s second choice. That process continues until someone gets a majority of all votes.
“It’s been held up as a voting rights remedy and it’s been used in many diverse cities,” Richie said. “What it does, in kind of its most straightforward way, is it encourages candidates to reach out to more diverse groups of people.”
In 2018, London Breed, the first Black woman elected mayor of San Francisco, faced a similar scenario to what Adams is facing in New York.
“A Black candidate was leading the polls, and a white candidate and an Asian candidate formed an alliance,” Clemens said. “Ultimately the Black candidate, London Breed, prevailed.”
There are exceptions: In a 2018 Congressional race in Maine, an incumbent Republican was defeated despite winning the most first-choice votes. Rep. Jared Golden, a Democrat, won by picking up more down-ballot votes from two independent candidates. Mayor’s races in Oakland and San Leandro, Calif., and Burlington, Vt., have also been won by candidates who weren’t in first place in initial voting. But those instances represent less than 4 percent of the ranked-choice elections that have been conducted in the U.S.
“The headline for ranked-choice voting is that 96 percent of the time, the leader prevails,” Clemens said.
Other Black leaders condemned Adams’ attempts to inject racial politics into the maneuver by Yang and Garcia.
“It is disingenuous and dangerous to play on the very real and legitimate fears of bigotry and voter disenfranchisement by pretending it’s present where it’s not,” said Public Advocate Jumaane Williams, who is supporting Wiley, former counsel to de Blasio.
Wiley, who is vying to be the first Black woman elected mayor, also decried Adams’ comments as “cynical and insensitive.”
“The leadership we need right now is a leadership that says, ‘Trust in our voting system because it works.’ We are not the city where we are suppressing the vote,” she said at a campaign stop in Washington Heights Monday.
Sal Albanese, a former City Council member who was appointed by Adams to the charter revision commission that proposed ranked choice voting for the ballot, said the borough president showed little interest in the process at the time.
“I really never heard from Eric,” said Albanese, who said he attempted to brief Adams but had five scheduled phone calls canceled. “I tried to brief him throughout the process, but it was radio silence.”
Albanese, who is running for Council again, has endorsed Yang.
“I think it’s unfounded,” he said of Adams’ criticisms of the Yang-Garcia alliance. “In my view, it’s a cynical political move. Ranked-choice voting, he understands it fully. He knows that there are alliances that are made.”
Jesse Naranjo, Janaki Chadha and Sally Goldenberg contributed to this report.
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British No 2 Cam Norrie has admitted that he is relishing the challenge of facing Rafael Nadal at the Spaniard’s favoured French Open on Saturday afternoon. The pair will go head-to-head for a place in the fourth round of the competition, with Norrie going into the match as the clear underdog against his vastly superior opponent.
Nadal breezed into the third round with a commanding victory over Richard Gasquet on Thursday evening to set up a meeting with the South African-born Brit.
The 35-year-old has gained a formidable reputation as the ‘king of clay’ after winning all but three editions of the French Open since 2005.
He will be widely expected to brush Norrie aside on Saturday on his way to a record 21st Grand Slam title, but his unfancied opponent has refused to rule out the possibility of a sensational upset.
The two players have already faced each other twice since the turn of the year, with Nadal winning every single set in their respective duels at the Australian Open and Barcelona Open.
However, Norrie has suggested that the lack of expectation on him to succeed at Roland Garros could aid his chances of pulling off a shock victory.
“It is another great opportunity to have a crack at him [Nadal],” the 25-year-old told reporters.
“Obviously I’m going to be the underdog going in there, so no pressure on me. I will go out, see if I can execute my game and frustrate him.
“It is another wonderful experience for me playing him again in the third round of a slam, especially where he’s been very dominant.
“I feel great physically, which is a bonus for me. I’ll back my legs against anyone, even against Rafa. But I’m going to have to execute, and it’s not going to be easy.”
Norrie has enjoyed an impressive French Open campaign so far, defeating Bjorn Fratangelo and Lloyd Harris in his first two matches at the tournament.
The world No 41 could potentially achieve a career-high ranking on Saturday, but admitted that there is still plenty of room for improvement in order to start raising his game to the next level.
“It would be great for me to get a career high,” added Norrie. “I think I’m a lot more calm in bigger moments than I had been in the past.
“I’ve been very consistent and have kept the momentum with me, not really letting too many little things throw me off. I’ve been pretty dead set on improving and bringing my level every day.
“I don’t think I’m playing, like, out-of-this-world excellent. I’m doing a lot of fundamentals well, and I think that’s paying off.”
Norrie is the only British player remaining in the French Open after the premature exits of Johanna Konta and Heather Watson.
Dan Evans was also dumped out in the opening round of the competition by unseeded Serbian hopeful Miomir Kecmanovic despite winning the first set.
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However, it was pointed out that an Indian variant was discovered weeks before that date.
One angry audience member lashed out at Nadhim Zahawi’s, questioning whether the Government had failed by not closing the borders to India when they had the chance.
The audience member said: “On April 9, cases in India were at 90,000 a day. It was reported all over the media and, quite frankly, [you] didn’t have to be a minister or a virologist to actually work out there’s a problem here.
“Our Government’s like a hesitant driver at a roundabout. You don’t know if you’re coming or going or which way you’re going to go round next.
“But one thing is clear. How many lives is it going to cost? You’re doing testing all over the country, there’s cases in 117 areas of the country.
“You seem to be shooting from the hip and have absolutely no direction. I don’t trust you.”
Under current rules, entry to the UK from red list countries is only allowed for UK nationals – or those who have residence and must quarantine in a hotel.
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In March 2021, The New York Times reported that U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida was under investigation for whether he had violated federal sex trafficking laws that make it illegal to induce someone under 18 to travel over state lines to engage in sex in exchange for money or something of value. Gaetz allegedly paid for a 17-year-old girl to travel with him around two years prior. The bombshell report drew scrutiny of Gaetz’ past, including his voting record.
For example, one meme shared on Twitter highlighted the potentially ironic fact that Gaetz had been the sole “no” vote on a “Sex Trafficking Bill” in 2017.
In 2017, Gaetz was the sole “nay” vote on an anti-human trafficking bill in 2017, however, it should be noted that 12 House representatives including Democrats and Republicans did not vote. The Combating Human Trafficking in Commercial Vehicles Act (S.1536) designated a trafficking prevention coordinator at the Department of Transportation and created a committee for states and transportation groups to develop best practices on combating human trafficking.
Gaetz’ vote can be seen on Govtrack.
He defended his vote in a Facebook live video in December 2017, saying, “Unless there is an overwhelming, compelling reason that our existing agencies in the federal government can’t handle that problem, I vote no because voters in Northwest Florida did not send me to Washington to go and create more federal government. If anything, we should be abolishing a lot of the agencies at the federal level like the Department of Education, like the EPA and sending that power back to our state governments.”
The bill ultimately passed and was signed into law by then-U.S. President Donald Trump in January 2018.
Given that Gaetz’ “no” vote was well-documented by various sources, we rate this claim as “True.”
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