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England’s Mings slams UK’s home secretary over racism remarks

England’s football player Tyrone Mings says Patel ‘stoked the fire’ with her comments about players taking the knee.

England’s football player Tyrone Mings has criticised Home Secretary Priti Patel, saying she had “stoked the fire” by defending fans who booed Black players taking the knee during Euro 2020 final with Italy.

Patel had previously said taking the knee was “gesture politics” and Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who has enthusiastically waged verbal war on so-called woke politics, had also equivocated for days over the issue.

Patel had said on Monday the online racial abuse of the three Black players – Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka – after missing penalties in the shoot-out defeat by Italy was “disgusting”, but Mings issued a stinging response.

“You don’t get to stoke the fire at the beginning of the tournament by labelling our anti-racism message as ‘Gesture Politics’ and then pretend to be disgusted when the very thing we’re campaigning against, happens,” he tweeted.

Patel had previously said taking the knee was ‘gesture politics’ [File: Hannah McKay/Reuters]

The allegation of hypocrisy levelled against the government by Mings and even some Conservative MPs is particularly dangerous for Johnson, as the England team basks in widespread sympathy after its agonising loss.

Rashford had become a hero to many inside and outside football by successfully lobbying Johnson to provide free school meals for underprivileged children during the coronavirus pandemic.

“I’m Marcus Rashford, 23-year-old black man from Withington and Wythenshawe, South Manchester. If I have nothing else I have that,” the Manchester United forward wrote on Twitter.

“I can take critique of my performance all day long, my penalty was not good enough, it should have gone in but I will never apologise for who I am and where I came from,” Rashford added.

Images on social media showed a mural honouring Rashford in Withington had been defaced before locals covered the hateful language with messages of support.

“Seeing the response in Withington had me on the verge of tears,” Rashford said, as sympathisers planned a protest at the mural later on Tuesday.

Premier League teams have taken the knee since last year following the murder of George Floyd at the hands of a white police officer in the United States.

‘The painful truth’

Patel’s fellow Conservative legislator and former defence minister Johnny Mercer said: “The painful truth is that this guy (Mings) is completely right.

“Very uncomfortable with the position we Conservatives are needlessly forcing ourselves into.”

England manager Gareth Southgate said the online abuse was “unforgivable”, and team captain Harry Kane also lashed out at the trolls.

“Three lads who were brilliant all summer had the courage to step up and take a pen (penalty) when the stakes were high,” he said.

“They deserve support and backing, not the vile racist abuse they’ve had.

“If you abuse anyone on social media you’re not an England fan and we don’t want you.”

The racist attacks have also been strongly condemned by the English Football Association. Its president, Prince William, said he was “sickened” by the abuse.

‘Urgent need for action’

At a cabinet meeting, Johnson told his ministers that “the abuse was utterly disgraceful and has emerged from the dark spaces of the internet,” according to his spokesman.

He said that in his meeting later on Tuesday with representatives of social media companies, the prime minister will “reiterate the urgent need for action, ahead of tougher laws coming into force” in the UK.

The government’s planned “online harms bill” will, for the first time, bring firms such as Facebook and Twitter within the orbit of the UK’s communications regulator.

Under the bill, if social media companies fail to take down abusive content promptly, they could be fined up to £18 million ($ 25m) or 10 percent of their annual global turnover, whichever is higher.

Street artist Akse P19 repairs the mural of Manchester United striker and England player Marcus Rashford on the wall of the Coffee House Cafe on Copson Street, in Withington, Manchester [Jon Super/AP]

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UK’s Queen Elizabeth wishes England team good luck ahead of Euro soccer final

LONDON, (Reuters) – Britain’s Queen Elizabeth has sent a message to the England soccer manager to wish the team luck ahead of its most anticipated game since the 1966 World Cup final.

England are due to play Italy today in the Euro 2020 final at London’s Wembley Stadium, prompting excitement across the country, with beer sales soaring and special permission for children to start school late tomorrow.

Elizabeth wrote a letter to manager Gareth Southgate in which she recalled her memory of presenting the World Cup to England in 1966 and seeing the joy that brought.

“I want to… send my good wishes for tomorrow with the hope that history will record not only your success but also the spirit, commitment and pride with which you have conducted yourselves,” she wrote.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson also wished the team good luck in a letter on Saturday. He congratulated them on what they have achieved so far and praised their teamwork and “sheer flair”.

“You have lifted the spirits of the whole country, and tomorrow we know you can lift that trophy too,” Johnson wrote.

“We are not just hoping or praying. We believe in you, Gareth, and your incredible squad. On behalf of the entire nation, good luck, have a great game – and bring it home!”

If England wins the tournament, there is speculation that Johnson could announce a national holiday to celebrate. A petition asking for a day off if the team win has gained more than 350,000 signatures.

While England have only once previously reached the final of a major tournament, this will be Italy’s 10th such final. In England’s favour, the 60,000-strong crowd will be overwhelmingly supporting the home nation.

Of the other nations in the United Kingdom, Scotland and Wales were knocked out in earlier stages of the tournament while Northern Ireland did not qualify.

UK’s Queen Elizabeth wishes England team good luck

IMAGE: Britain’s Queen Elizabeth wrote a letter to manager Gareth Southgate in which she recalled her memory of presenting the World Cup to England in 1966 and seeing the joy that brought. Photograph: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth has sent a message to the England soccer manager to wish the team luck ahead of its most anticipated game since the 1966 World Cup final.

England are due to play Italy on Sunday in the Euro 2020 final at London’s Wembley Stadium, prompting excitement across the country, with beer sales soaring and special permission for children to start school late on Monday.

Elizabeth wrote a letter to manager Gareth Southgate in which she recalled her memory of presenting the World Cup to England in 1966 and seeing the joy that brought.

“I want to… send my good wishes for tomorrow with the hope that history will record not only your success but also the spirit, commitment and pride with which you have conducted yourselves,” she wrote.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson also wished the team good luck in a letter on Saturday. He congratulated them on what they have achieved so far and praised their teamwork and “sheer flair”.

“You have lifted the spirits of the whole country, and tomorrow we know you can lift that trophy too,” Johnson wrote.

“We are not just hoping or praying. We believe in you, Gareth, and your incredible squad. On behalf of the entire nation, good luck, have a great game – and bring it home!”

If England wins the tournament, there is speculation that Johnson could announce a national holiday to celebrate. A petition asking for a day off if the team win has gained more than 350,000 signatures.

While England have only once previously reached the final of a major tournament, this will be Italy’s 10th such final. In England’s favour, the 60,000-strong crowd will be overwhelmingly supporting the home nation.

Of the other nations in the United Kingdom, Scotland and Wales were knocked out in earlier stages of the tournament while Northern Ireland did not qualify.

App Radonautica becomes new TikTok trend – and it helps users avoid UK’s saddest

Called Randonautica, the free app that launched in February 2020 where users are taken to ‘happy locations’ based on the persons’ mood. Several users known as randonauts have shared their outdoor adventures across social sharing sites including Reddit, TikTok, Twitter and YouTube. The app has attracted the attention of millions of people from across the globe where users have documented their random treks to places less visited.

A statement on the company’s website reads: “Randonauting is the act of using the Randonautica app to generate truly random locations sourced with quantum entropy.

“The user can then choose to venture to these locations to see what they find. They often discover that what they see lines up with their intention, which is what they were thinking about when they generated the point.

“But even if this doesn’t happen, it’s a way to mindfully explore the world around them.”

Setting up Radonautica is straightforward – you will be first asked your current location, then choose an intention (eg. forest) and finally follow the directions to a random point that the app selects.

Radonautica was created by Joshua Lengfelder from Texas, a former circus performer whose app has been downloaded over 11 million times.

Three different types of locations can be chosen from, each randomly generated – the first is called an “attractor” location which finds a dense area.

A “void” location does the opposite to the first option by finding sparse areas while an “anomaly” will search for places if you have a strong intention to discover more about a particular subject.

Coordinates are then randomly given for the user to follow which then decide whether to say yes or no to.

Up to 10 sets of coordinates can be generated for free each day users wanting to have more mystery walkabouts must then pay for more.

However, not all of the final locations have ended on a memorable note, in June 2020 a group of teenagers in Seattle, Washington found a bag with two dead bodies.

But as the past 18 months has proven for many that the worldwide lockdown has led to many people finding new ways to help cope with boredom and loneliness.

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Author: Hannah Hastings
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Sussex named UK’s best walking holiday spot with ‘most awe-inspiring views’

Those travellers looking for a relaxing walk and the most photogenic views during a staycation will want to visit one of the UK’s best walking holiday spots.

A recent study has revealed Sussex as the location with the best walking holidays.

Data from FootActive ranked the top UK’s walking locations for those who enjoy a bit of exercise and being in contact with nature during their British vacation.

Based on walking difficulty and distance, proximity to somewhere to stay and how photogenic the location is, South East England was ranked the best location for a walking holiday.

South Downs Way walk, in Sussex, has been named the most idyllic spot for a summer excursion with the family.

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The walk stretches across Winchester and Eastbourne, and it’s a great option for both families and hikers.

There are over 100 miles to explore with some very photogenic spots including The Seven Sisters, Beachy Head, Devil’s Dyke, Jack and Jill Windmills, Ditchling Beacon and Chanctonbury Ring.

The Seven Sisters, with its magnificent cliffs and white sandy beaches, will probably be the highlight of your walk.

There are more than 5,000 hotels and Bed and Breakfasts around the area, meaning that if travellers take the full 100 miles, they will find a nice place to relax after a long day of walking.

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FootActive’s recommendation is to stick to 10 miles a day, and the route will be completed in just over 10 days.

For those who love hiking and enjoy long walks, Offa’s Dyke Path in Wales, was ranked the most popular walk in the UK with the most miles available.

If an easy walk is what you are after, White Cliffs of Dover have been named the best family walking trip.

The trail is perfect for those who want to spend time with the family but enjoy keeping active during their holiday – and it has amazing views.

William Munro, Director at FootActive, said: “It’s fantastic to see this research highlighting the range of natural walking spots we have across the country and the joy they can bring to avid walkers and families alike this summer.

“Incorporating an element of walking or activity into your holiday is a great way to maintain a healthy balance and mindset while you’re away.

“Plus, walking is the perfect activity for burning off some energy while also remaining calm and relaxed.

“Not to mention the opportunity to see some of the UK’s most awe-inspiring views which you can only access by foot!”

From the coast to the woodland, Britons can choose between a wide range of walking spots to explore on their next staycation.

Best UK walking holiday spots

1. South Downs Way, South East England

2. Cannock Chase, West Midlands

3. West Highland Way, Scotland

4. Offa’s Dyke Path, Wales

5. The Ridgeway National Trail, South East England

Author: ANDREA BLAZQUEZ
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Dr Mosley on how he does 40 press ups a day to cut risk from one of UK’s biggest killers

On his BBC Radio 4 podcast Just One Thing, Dr Mosley revealed his more health-conscious decision behind the exercise regime. After learning press-ups can cut your risk of heart disease, he’s all for it. “Not bragging, but I try to do 40 press-ups most days,” he said on the show. Dr Mosley said press-ups “do seem to be a good predicator of heart health”.
He continued to talk about a recent study in the US that involved firefighters.

“Those who could do 40 press-ups or more in one go when they were in their late 30s were far less likely to have a heart attack in the next 10 years than those who could manage less than 10,” Dr Moseley revealed.

“Like any exercise, it’s vital to start gradually, because you don’t want to pull a muscle,” he added.

For beginners, Dr Mosley recommends doing press-ups against the wall or while kneeling.

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“It’s really important you do them correctly, so check out the NHS website,” said Dr Mosley.

Heart disease

The British Heart Foundation (BHF) certified that heart disease is the “single biggest killer worldwide”.

To specify, coronary heart disease is when the arteries supplying blood to the heart muscle is narrowed by a build-up of fatty material.

This reduces the amount of oxygen-rich blood reaching the heart muscle, which can lead to symptoms of angina.

The best preventative tool for heart disease is to lead a healthy lifestyle.

As Dr Mosley says, exercise is vital – so, yes, doing push-ups will help, as long as you work out consistently.

The free NHS health check assess a person’s risk of heart disease; this overall examination is available to people aged over 40 in England and Scotland.

This health check usually takes place at the GP’s surgery, and you must take on board the GP’s practical advice about keeping healthy.

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France threatens retaliation towards UK’s financial services as fishing row escalates

French Secretary of State for European Affairs Clement Beaune has hit out at the UK once again over the ongoing fishing dispute, warning that Paris will not sit idly by if Britain fails to grant licences to French fishermen.

In an interview published by the Journal du Dimanche on Sunday, the official said that some 40 licences are still pending approval. While he is confident that they get through, he said that France “will not hesitate to take retaliatory measures in other areas, such as access to financial services” if they are denied.

This is not the first time Beaune has warned about France taking retaliatory steps on the UK’s financial sector. Last month, the official said Paris will not give authorizations for financial services the UK has asked for “until we have guarantees that, on fisheries and other issues, the UK respects its commitments.”
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Fishing rights were one of the most debated topics during the Brexit negotiations. Under the deal, EU vessels did not lose their access to UK waters, but the bloc’s fishing quota in UK waters will be reduced over the next five years. After that the quotas, which currently stand at 25%, will be renegotiated annually.

Tensions have been mounting between London and Paris, with French fishermen complaining over difficulties in obtaining post-Brexit licences from the UK, and from the small island of Jersey in particular.
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The situation is partly about a “bureaucratic hitch,” Hilary Fordwich of the British-American Business Association earlier explained to RT. According to the analyst, Jersey demanded that the boats demonstrate using GPS systems that they have a previous track record for fishing in those waters, but most of the vessels don’t have GPS.

The latest escalation saw the UK and France dispatching military boats to the island as dozens of French fishing boats staged a protest in the area. Earlier this week, French Maritime Minister Annick Girardin said that France could leave Jersey without electricity.

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Four more countries added to UK’s red list – travel ban list in full

Arrivals returning from four more newly red-listed countries will be required to self-isolate in a Government approved hotel. Direct travel between the UK and these nations, however, will not be axed but travellers are advised to “check their travel[1] plans before departing for England”.
The four latest countries to be added to the list are Pakistan, Kenya, Bangladesh and the Philippines as concerns mount over concerns about new variants of COVID-19[2], much like those found in South Africa and Brazil.

Only British and Irish citizens or residents will be allowed to enter the country from these nations from 4am on Friday April 9.

At this point, those with legal citizenship or residency returning from these nations will be required to foot the bill for their government-approved quarantine.

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“From 4am on Friday 9 April, international visitors who have departed from or transited through Philippines, Pakistan, Kenya and Bangladesh in the previous 10 days will be refused entry into England.

“Only British and Irish citizens, or those with residence rights in the UK (including long-term visa holders), will be allowed to enter and they must stay in a government-approved quarantine facility for 10 days.

“They will also be required to arrive into a designated port.

“No direct flight bans from these countries will be put in place, but passengers are advised to check their travel plans before departing for England.

References

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  2. ^ COVID-19 (www.express.co.uk)
  3. ^ Portugal holidays: FCDO issues update for self-isolating arrivals (www.express.co.uk)

Pound euro exchange rate set for ‘optimistic’ BoE outlook amid ‘UK’s economic recovery'

The pound to euro exchange rate has been fighting to get above the 1.17 mark in recent weeks, as positivity mounts about the UK’s ongoing roadmap out of lockdown. Today, the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee is due to meet, which could result in some change for the pound.
Though it could see GBP shaken, and possibly even lose some of its current strength, one expert suggests it may also spark an “optimistic note” about the UK’s “economic recovery”.

The pound is currently trading at a rate of 1.1675 against the euro according to Bloomberg at the time of writing.

Michael Brown, currency expert at Caxton FX spoke with Express.co.uk to share his insight into the current exchange rate.

“Sterling-euro remains well-confined to the recent ranges, once again rejecting an attempt to move above the 1.17 handle yesterday, though also finding buyers fairly rapidly around 1.1650,” he said.

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“Amidst an expected rapid recovery and rising bond yields, investors will be keeping a close eye on the Bank of England’s policy decision tomorrow, which could trigger currency volatility in the afternoon.

“For now GBP/EUR is circa 7 percent higher than six months ago.”

So, what does this mean for travel money?

For now, Britons are not able to jet off on holiday under the current lockdown rules.

However, as Boris Johnson’s roadmap out of lockdown continues to move ahead, some overseas leisure travel could resume from May 17.

While it might be tempting to switch your travel money while rates are decent, one travel money expert has pointed out this might not be the wisest idea.

James Lynn, co-CEO and co-founder of travel card Currensea, explained: “It may be tempting to take out foreign currency in anticipation of a future holiday, while the exchange rate is favourable.

“However, I would advise against this. Market movements are often more marginal in reality than they appear.

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“Once we are allowed to travel again, this will signify the end of the COVID bump and I anticipate this will mean the pound has improved even more significantly than the level it is at today.”

For those who need to travel for essential reasons, many high street travel money firms are offering exchanges online.

The Post Office Travel Money is offering a click and collect service for its customers.

It is currently offering a rate of €1.1266 for amounts of £400 or more, and rates of €1.1488 for amounts of £1,000 or more.