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Heatwave could cause broadband outages and slow Wi-Fi, unless you follow these steps now

Speaking about the consequences of overheated broadband routers, Catherine Hiley, broadband expert at USwitch, told Express.co.uk: “We’re all struggling to keep cool in this heatwave, and electrical equipment like routers are no different. Just like laptops, phones and games consoles, routers require ventilation to get rid of excess heat. Therefore, you should avoid placing them in or near direct sunlight.

“Many of us put them close to windows because they are plugged into wires, which run through the external walls. So if yours is overheating, try moving it further inside the property. Keeping it in a shaded area and ensuring the room is well ventilated should be enough to stop it from overheating. If you’re using a fan to keep cool, make sure the router benefits from the moving air as well.

“If your router is regularly overheating, it could indicate that the device has an underlying problem or that it is getting too old to function properly. If this is the case, it may be worth asking your provider to send you a new router or purchasing a compatible one through a trusted retailer.”

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Can you syringe your own ear? Four steps to unblocking ear wax at home

For this method, you will need medical-grade olive oil or almond oil.

Step 1) Put two to three drops of medical grade olive oil or almond oil in the ear, three to four times per day, over a period of three to five days.

Step 2) Lie with the head on one side and a dropper can help with getting the oil in the ear.

Step 3) Stay lying on one side for a few minutes, as this allows the oil to travel through the ear canal.

Step 4) Lumps of earwax should start to fall out over a period of approximately two weeks.

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PS5 and PS4 warning: Sony urges PSN users to take steps to protect their accounts

PS5 and PS4 gamers have been been advised to make sure their PSN accounts are protected by Two Factor Authentication (2FA). Last month reports emerged that an alleged data breach was causing PlayStation 3 console IDs to be leaked, which was leading to some users being banned. It was claimed millions of PS3 gamers could have been affected by this alleged breach.

And in the aftermath of these reports emerging an official PlayStation Twitter account has given some security advice.

As reported by Siliconera (via Game Watch), the Ask PlayStation Japan has advised PlayStation gamers to enable Two-Factor Authentication on their accounts.

The @AskPS_JP Twitter said they had received many messages from PSN users who had their accounts hijacked.

And as a result, they were advising PlayStation gamers to activate 2FA on their PSN accounts.

The Ask PlayStation JP Twitter posted: “We have received many inquiries from customers whose accounts have been hijacked.

“As a countermeasure, we recommend setting 2-step verification. Click here for the setting method”.

There is no indication, however, that the reports of account hijacking are linked to the alleged PS3 data breach.

Nor is there any indication the PSN hijacking reports are a sign of Sony’s accounts being breached.

Two-Factor Authentication is an easy way to add an extra layer of security to your logins, and is offered by a wide range of services.

When you log in with your e-mail and password, you will be sent a verification ID to your mobile phone number which also needs to be entered to log in.

This code will only be valid for a limited amount of time, after which you will need to request another two-step code. Here’s how you can set-up two factor authentication on your PSN account.


• Go to Account Management on a connected device and select Security. Next to 2-Step Verification Status, select Edit > Activate > Continue.

• Select how you’d like to receive the verification code: Authenticator App or Text Message


• Go to Settings > Account Management > Account Information > Security > 2-Step Verification.

• Select Activate to switch on 2SV.

• Select how you’d like to receive the verification code: Authenticator App or Text Message


• Go to Settings > Users and Accounts > Security > 2-Step Verification.

• Select Activate to switch on 2SV.

• Select how you’d like to receive the verification code: Authenticator App or Text Message

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Cardinal Cupich: 5 steps to contrast growing violence in Chicago – Vatican News

By Lisa Zengarini

Amidst growing street violence in the city, Cardinal Blase J. Cupich of Chicago has called on Catholics and “all people of good will” to resist the temptation to retreat to what they consider “a safe space”, but rather to engage in dialogue and listening.

Over 2000 people  shot in Chicago in 2021

The Chicago Police Department reported a record of 100 shootings during the Independence Day weekend holiday, with 14 dead, including 2 children, and 83 injured.  The shootings have raised more questions about security in the city. 2,019 people have been shot in Chicago as of July 4 2021, an increase of almost 13% over last year and a 58% increase in shootings compared with 2019.

A “spiritual crisis” 

Following the latest incidents, Cardinal Cupich has issued a Pastoral Letter reflecting on the issue and suggesting a possible way to invert this dangerous trend which threatens everybody. “Understandably, we want this horrifying situation resolved without delay”, he writes, recalling that Government leaders and community activists have offered many ideas, including “more effective policing, reforming the criminal justice system, stemming the flood of illegal guns, dismantling gangs, investment in historically disadvantaged neighborhoods, strengthening education and shoring up family life”. On his part, Cardinal Cupich points to the underlying “spiritual crisis” that this violent and unstable situation has provoked.

We are inextricably connected with each other

“When violence prompts grief, fear, and a loss of hope, as it always does, people feel alienated from one another. On one level, the fractures appear to be along the lines of race, ethnicity, economic class, and political affiliation. But it runs much deeper than that”, he notes. “We seem unable or unwilling to comprehend that we are inextricably connected with each other”. “Yet we truly are all brothers and sisters to each other”, the prelate points out citing Pope Francis’ Encyclical ‘Fratelli tutti’ and Martin Luther King’s words in 1964. “If we lose that sense of interconnectedness, we also lose our sense of compassion, empathy and responsibility for each other”.

Asking questions, listening, praying and staying connected 

As a way forward, Cardinal Cupich therefore suggests five steps. The first step is to “ask questions”, but being “prepared to authentically listen, even when what we are hearing proves painful”. The second step proposed is dialogue, that is seeking “honest exchanges with people of different backgrounds”, which helps mutual understanding and empathy. Cardinal Cupich also suggests praying, to ask for enlightenment and discerning God’s will.

“If you want peace, work for justice”

Finally, he recommends “staying connected”: “The great temptation during a time of crisis is to retreat to what we consider a safe space”, he says. “In fact, what we most need is to go out of our comfort zones and accompany one another, even when that calls for effort and even some risk”.

The letter concludes with the words of Psalm 91: God, my refuge,  and of Pope Paul VI: “If you want peace, work for justice.”

What causes stye in your eye? 3 steps to getting rid of styes

Most styes are harmless and will clear up on their own in a couple of weeks, but you shouldn’t self diagnose.

If it’s a stye, the skin around it may be swollen and red and the stye may be filled with yellow pus. The redness may be harder to see on brown and black skin.

Your eye may be red and watery but your vision should not be affected, and styes usually only affect one eye but it’s possible to have more than one at a time.

The NHS site recommends seeing your GP if the stye is very painful or swollen or impacts your vision.

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‘Outstanding’ Mahmood steps up for England

“I always thrive… when I’m given that extra responsibility”; Saqib Mahmood delighted to take his England opportunity with man-of-the-match display against Pakistan; Rob Key says the fast bowler was “perfect” and backs him to play for his country in all formats

Last Updated: 08/07/21 9:45pm

Saqib Mahmood took two wickets with his first three balls to get England off to a flyer in Cardiff

Saqib Mahmood took two wickets with his first three balls to get England off to a flyer in Cardiff

Saqib Mahmood further enhanced his growing reputation with four wickets in a man-of-the-match display as a much-changed England side thrashed Pakistan in the first one-day international.

The 24-year-old Lancashire fast bowler, playing in just his fifth ODI, took two wickets in the first three balls of the match and finished with figures of 4-42 in a comprehensive nine-wicket win for the hosts under stand-in captain Ben Stokes.

With the entirety of the initial England squad self-isolating following a coronavirus outbreak in the camp, Mahmood was one of the more experienced players in the revised group and pressed his claim for more regulation inclusion with a match-winning display in Cardiff.

“I always thrive, whatever team I play for, when I’m given that extra responsibility,” he told reporters.

“Speaking to Stokesy, he said he wanted me to take the new ball and even out there, bringing me on when we needed wickets, that sort of stuff, I thrive off that. I’m glad I was able to back that up and make the most of that responsibility.”

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The best of the action from the first ODI between England and Pakistan

The best of the action from the first ODI between England and Pakistan

Asked whether he might have expected to have played more games for England by now, Mahmood pointed to the quality of the players currently ahead of him in the pecking order and admitted that previously he had not quite done enough when he had been given a chance.

“I think the main thing is that this is the No 1 side in the world and you’ve got to do some pretty special things to take over from the guys who have got the spots,” he said.

“When I’ve played for England, I haven’t managed to take that opportunity. I don’t think it is a side where when you come in, you’ve got time to settle, I guess.

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“You’ve got to come in and make the most of your opportunity because there are that many good players around, especially if you’re trying to come in and try and nail your place down.

“I’ve felt in the T20s I haven’t nailed my place yet but in the ODIs, I was just starting to make a few strides last summer. I haven’t played for the past 12 months but I’m glad I was able to take that opportunity today and hopefully I can back it up for the rest of the series.”

While his international career has been solely in the white-ball arena to date, Mahmood has impressed for Lancashire in the County Championship this season and confirmed that he also has ambitions to play Test cricket.

Ben Stokes praised England for doing the basics right in a 'clinical performance' as the side secured a nine-wicket victory over Pakistan in the first ODI in Cardiff

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Ben Stokes praised England for doing the basics right in a ‘clinical performance’ as the side secured a nine-wicket victory over Pakistan in the first ODI in Cardiff

Ben Stokes praised England for doing the basics right in a ‘clinical performance’ as the side secured a nine-wicket victory over Pakistan in the first ODI in Cardiff

Sky Sports pundit Rob Key believes the Birmingham-born bowler has improved significantly since he first got his chance with England and all the tools to continue his progress in white-ball cricket and force his way into the red-ball side as well.

“It’s not as easy, I don’t think, for a fast bowler to catch your eye,” the former England batsman said. “But, straight away, as soon as he started, he was perfect.

“He has that angle in, and just gets the ball to straighten. He is quick – 88, 89mph – and has good control. Plus, he looks a pretty smart bowler – he is constantly setting his own fields.

“It was so encouraging for England. He was absolutely brilliant from the start, he gave Pakistan no room to breathe whatsoever.

“I thought he was outstanding.

“We get carried away in England when someone puts in a good performance but from what we saw in the Roses clash earlier in the year, when you watch him on the streams, I reckon he’s someone who we will start to see in all formats for England and he’s really enhanced his case.”

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KKR steps up pursuit of UK companies amid buyout frenzy

KKR steps up pursuit of UK companies amid buyout frenzy

KKR is expanding its operations to target more takeovers in the UK, as the record-breaking pursuit of British companies by private equity groups reignites a debate over the role of the buyout industry in the economy.

One of the world’s largest private equity groups will set up a new team of five dealmakers to focus on buying British companies, the heads of its European buyouts business said in an interview with the Financial Times.

“The idea is to have a few more British people covering British companies from a relationship perspective than we have in the past,” said Mattia Caprioli, co-head of KKR’s European private equity business.

There will be “dedicated people covering the UK proactively as a main job”, he added. Its London staff are moving to a larger office in Mayfair’s Hanover Square.

Founded in 1976 by Henry Kravis and George Roberts, KKR helped shape the modern private equity industry and manages about $ 367bn in assets.

A combination of Brexit and the pandemic have depressed valuations in Britain, prompting private equity groups to snap up companies there at the fastest pace in history. Buyout groups have bought or announced bids for 366 UK companies so far this year, the most for a comparable period since records began in the 1980s, according to figures from Refinitiv.

The latest in the wave of deals came over the weekend when an investor group led by US investment manager Fortress agreed a £9.5bn deal for supermarket group Wm Morrison in what would be the country’s largest leveraged buyout since KKR bought Boots in 2007.

“There’s more value at a high level in the UK than there is in other markets,” Caprioli said. Companies in the FTSE 100 index are valued at similar multiple of their earnings as they have been for years, he said, whereas valuations have risen in many other countries.

Caprioli, who alongside Philipp Freise was promoted to co-head of KKR’s European private equity division in 2019, said the group was “not that focused” on buying listed companies in the UK, however, because such deals were “difficult” compared with acquiring privately owned businesses.

As part of its UK push, the group is hiring Michaela Wood, an investment director at rival buyouts group CVC Capital Partners, to join the new team, people familiar with the matter said.

KKR’s rivals are taking similar steps. Blackstone has hired Alexander Walsh, a managing director at TowerBrook Capital Partners, as a partner to focus on UK private equity deals, a person familiar with the matter said. Carlyle last year appointed Simon Dingemans, GlaxoSmithKline’s former chief financial officer, to oversee UK buyouts

The rise in dealmaking has sparked a fierce row with some fund managers saying the industry is buying up businesses too cheaply. The UK’s Daily Mail newspaper has launched a campaign against what it calls “ruthless” and “predatory” dealmaking.

Freise described the reaction as “absolutely normal”, adding that “we saw it in Germany 2001 to 2005 [when a senior Social Democrat politician likened the industry to locusts], we saw it in the François Hollande period [in France] . . . and we’re now seeing it arriving in the UK”.

The UK is “finding its new role in the world” after Brexit, he said. “With that comes a lot of uncertainty, and it’s only right to ask questions about the various participants in that change . . . With greater uncertainty in terms of safe jobs [and] the role of the City, comes greater scrutiny.

“So I think you see us, as leaders of the private equity business, entirely appreciative of the need to communicate and be transparent.”

He said a backlash from shareholders over takeover bids was “welcome” because “that’s their job”.

Freise and Caprioli said they had already been prepared to hunt bargains as the pandemic plunged the world into crisis last year.

“We were prepared for a dislocation, for a correction,” Caprioli said. “We had a playbook — a book, literally.”

On the first day of the shift to remote working in the spring of 2020, he said, its dealmakers “had their target list [and] the only difference was, before, the market price had been 20 per cent, 30 per cent, 40 per cent ahead. And suddenly we were in business”.

During a hectic period, KKR struck deals for French hospitals company Elsan, Spanish telecoms operator MasMovil, and US cosmetics maker Coty. The group spent about twice as much last year as it usually would, Freise said.

Shares in KKR and many other listed private equity groups are trading at all-time highs, as investors funnel ever-larger sums into the industry, boosting fee income.

“Private equity came out stronger as an industry, you know, through Covid,” Caprioli said.

Author: Kaye Wiggins and Arash Massoudi in London
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Russia to respond harshly to unfriendly US steps, Lavrov says

Moscow plans to respond harshly to Washington’s possible unfriendly steps, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in an interview with Indonesian newspaper Rakyat Merdeka, Trend reports citing TASS.

“Russian leader [Vladimir Putin] clearly stated, including in public, that the result in all directions is possible only through finding a mutually acceptable balance of interests strictly on a parity basis. No objection sounded at the talks [with US President Joe Biden in Geneva]. However, almost immediately after they were over US officials, including participants of the Geneva meeting, with redoubled force started their previous lectures: well, we “told Moscow, we clearly warned and outlined demands.” By the way, all these warnings come along with threats: if Russia “within several months” fails to accept “the rules of the game” outlined in Geneva it will be subject to new pressure,” Lavrov said.

“The attempts to hold dialogue with us from the position of force are initially doomed to failure: we will respond harshly and resolutely to unfriendly steps. There is the need for fair cooperation if Washington really wants stable and predicted relations, as it says,” Russia’s top diplomat said.

Moscow believes that the Russian-US summit was frank and business-like, but still has no illusions, Lavrov stressed. “Meanwhile, we are satisfied, that the sides, which made principled statements, showed a wish to understand each other. It should be considered that the key outcome is a modest but still a step forward towards restoring normal relations between our countries, which as we are strongly convinced, are impossible without mutual respect and taking into account each other’s interests,” Lavrov said.

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Camilla makes faux pas with matching mask as she steps out in new blue coat at Royal Ascot

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall was seen at the racecourse with her husband Prince Charles. The royals arrived by car rather than carriage as Queen Elizabeth II was not present. Camilla wore a stylish coat and appeared to hold her face mask instead of putting it on.

Camilla has often worn blue ensembles for royal engagements but it seems to be the first time she has stepped out in that particular number.

The coat had long sleeves and hidden latches which held it closed.

Camilla’s garment cut off at the knee and she appeared to be wearing a light blue skirt underneath.

She matched the coat to a blue striped face mask which she held in front of her face.


The royal opted to keep her legs bare and wore a pair of cream pumps with a notable black toe cap.

Camilla has worn the heels on many occasions and they are thought to be by designer Chanel.

She held a light grey leather clutch bag in her left hand.

In line with the Royal Ascot dress code, Camilla styled her look with a hat.

Camilla also wore a three string pearl necklace which is a piece of jewellery she is rarely seen without.

She sported the Four Strand Pearl Chokers with Diamond Clasps.

The chain is held up with four rows of pearls and has a central diamond clasp which is surrounded by three rows of diamonds.

The Duchess of Cornwall also had on her £100,000 diamond engagement ring.

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How to make a weed killer with white vinegar

As the summer months arrive, our gardens are the place to spend time, host friends and family and generally enjoy. Getting the garden into tip-top shape after a long and cold winter can be time-consuming, especially when it comes to weeding.
Weeding can be a strain, both physically and on your time with hardy weeds spreading to all corners of your garden, in between pavements and even among your plants.While stores sell weed killer, and you can pull by hand, you can save money – and time – by making your own weed killer.

Often store-bought weed killers are high in chemical content, so for a more natural method, you can opt for white vinegar.

White vinegar’s high acidity is ideal for targeting weeds and removing them for good.

Read More: Gardening expert shares warning over weeding

Depending on the hardiness of the weed you could see results as soon as an hour after spritzing with white vinegar.However, make sure you avoid spraying the mixture on any plants you wish to keep, as it can kill those too.

You will need to grab yourself some white vinegar, table salt, washing up liquid and a spray bottle.

So read on for the best way to kill weeds with white vinegar.

White vinegar weed killer: Weeds on driveway

White vinegar weed killer: Weeds can wreak havoc in gardens and driveways (Image: GETTY)

White vinegar weed killer: White vinegarWhite vinegar weed killer: Make sure you avoid spraying the mixture on any plants you wish to keep, as it can kill those too (Image: GETTY)

How to make a weed killer with white vinegar

White vinegar – including five percent household vinegar – is ideal for this method.

For quicker results you can opt for higher concentration vinegar such as 10 or 20 percent, however, this can be costly.

You will need

  • 1 litre of white vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons of salt
  • 3 tablespoons of washing up liquid
  • Spray bottle

Add the salt to the vinegar in a jug and stir until the salt has dissolved.

Then add the washing up liquid and mix once more.

Pour the mixture into your spray bottle and you are ready to get spraying.

For the best results, spray any weeds at noon, when the sun is at its highest.

White vinegar weed killer: Dandelions

White vinegar weed killer: Spray the mixture directly onto the weed’s leaves (Image: GETTY)

The sun will aid the mixture in drying out the weeds and speed up killing them.Be careful where you spray as if any of the mixture gets on regular plants, it can destroy them too.

This mixture can also turn your soil acidic, so it may be best to use on any weeds between paving stones rather than amongst flowerbeds or in your lawn.

To get rid of dandelions and small weeds spritz your white vinegar solution onto the leaves.

For bigger weeds which have set root both spray the leaves and pour onto the plant to target the roots.You should see weeds shrinking away within an hour.

For weeds in your lawn, best opt for a store-bought weed killer or pull by hand to avoid destroying your grass.

Other methods include using boiling water or dish soap, however again you may risk damaging your lawn itself.

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