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‘Check eligibility’ DWP urges Britons to see if they can get over £100 off energy bill

PENSIONERS have been urged by the Department for Work and Pensions to check their eligibility for Pension Credit, which could lead them to other key benefits such as the Warm Home Discount. Successful applicants could receive £140 off their electricity bill during the winter months, helping to reduce the costs of heating their home during the coldest time of the year.

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News: IATA urges global government to adopt WHO travel rules

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has called on states to follow new guidance on travel from the World Health Organisation (WHO).

The guidance recommends a “risk-based approach” to implementing measures related to Covid-19 and international travel.

Specifically, WHO recommended that governments:

  • Do not require proof of Covid-19 vaccination as a mandatory condition for entry or exit.
  • May relax measures such as testing and/or quarantine requirements for travellers who are fully vaccinated or have had a confirmed previous Covid-19 infection within the past six months and are no longer infectious.
  • Ensure alternative pathways for unvaccinated individuals through testing so that they are able to travel internationally. The WHO recommends rRT-PCR tests, or antigen detection rapid diagnostic tests (Ag-RDTs) followed by confirmatory rRT-PCR tests of positive samples, for this purpose.
  • Implement test and/or quarantine measures for international travellers “on a risk-based manner” with policies on testing and quarantine regularly reviewed to ensure they are lifted when no longer necessary.

“These common sense, risk-based recommendations from WHO, if followed by states, will allow for international air travel to resume while minimizing the chance of importing Covid-19.

“As the WHO notes – and as the latest UK testing data proves –  international travellers are not a high-risk group in terms of Covid-19.


“Out of 1.65 million tests carried out on arriving international passengers in the UK since February, only 1.4 per cent were positive for Covid-19.

“It’s long past time for governments to incorporate data into risk-based decision-making process for re-opening borders,” said Willie Walsh, IATA director general.

WHO also called on states to communicate “in a timely and adequate manner” any changes to international health-related measures and requirements.

“Consumers face a maze of confusing, uncoordinated and fast-changing border entry rules that discourage them from traveling, causing economic hardship across those employed in the travel and tourism sector.

“According to our latest passenger survey, 70 per cent of recent travellers thought the rules were a challenge to understand,” said Walsh.

Additionally, WHO encouraged states to look at bilateral, multilateral, and regional agreements, particularly among neighbouring counties, “with the aim of facilitating the recovery of key socioeconomic activities” including tourism, for which international travel plays a vital role.

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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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New Mexico Popular Painter/Publisher Urges Families To Reconnect With Local Museums And Support Cultural Forums

Popular Painter/Publisher Lori Faye Bock At Home With Genteel Teddyroo, A Jacob Ram

When? …. An Abiquiú 6 Pack by Popular Painter/Publisher Lori Faye Bock Featured at the Museum Store Association Summer Atlanta Market – July 13 to 19

Taking A Breather …. An Abiquiú 6 Pack by Popular Painter/Publisher Lori Faye Bock Featured at the Museum Store Association Summer Atlanta Market – July 13 to 19

Popular Painter/Publisher Lori Faye Bock Featured at Museum Store Association Atlanta Summer Market – July 13 to 19

Museums are an integral part of every community which help us all discover the past and peer into the future.”

— Lori Faye Bock

ABIQUIU, NEW MEXICO, UNITED STATES, July 13, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — With the pandemic seemingly under control in America, long time Abiquiu, New Mexico popular painter/publisher Lori Faye Bock urges families once again to venture safely out and rediscover cultural institutions such as local museums to reconnect with the past and peer into the future.

As a little girl growing up in Michigan, frequent visits to museums and other cultural institutions, life both at home and abroad, has contributed to a happy, informative and well-rounded life.

She invites everyone to discover the past and explore the future by visiting museums.

Lori Faye Bock
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Piers Morgan urges England fans to be ‘classy and respectful’ amid ‘hypocrisy’ claims

A second added: “Two days ago he’s saying we are coming out of lockdown too soon, clearly not following his own advice. Obviously not too concerned.”

A third penned: The man who has continually criticized people without masks, not following rules, big crowds that ‘kill people’ Cheltenham in particular. Calling people covidiots for having a view or questioning anything. Tonight is football and heyho, amongst thousands of people. Where’s truth eh?”(sic) a third person remarked.

Others sent their support for England on Piers post.

The following day, the journalist returned to social media to defend his time at Wembley Stadium.

He penned: “Very happy to attend outdoor events where everyone is either fully vaccinated or has had a lateral flow test.

“Not so happy if everything gets opened up on July 19 without such requirements, and with covid cases surging so fast + many millions still unvaccinated.”

‘Stop it!’ Geoff Hurst urges England fans NOT to boo Italian national anthem on Sunday

The England football legend called on fans attending the Euro 2020 final at Wembley on Sunday to avoid booing the Italian national anthem. A section of England fans booed throughout Denmark’s national anthem at Wembley on Wednesday evening in England’s 2-1 triumph in the tournament’s semi-final.

Good Morning Britain’s co-host Alastair Campbell asked the 1966 World Cup winner: “Can I just ask you as someone who I know is massively respected by anybody that goes to football matches, would you just urge them to show respect to the Italian team, players and indeed their national anthem?

“This is a massive international event, the one thing that marred it the other night and against Germany was some of the crowd booing the national anthem.”

Sir Geoff replied: “Yes we have seen that sadly over the years, disrespecting the opposition.

“I do sincerely hope that the English fans can behave with great respect.

“We are talking about another country which is a fantastic country, a fantastic football country, they have got many legends, it is a very good team.

“I said at the beginning of this tournament, the team that beats Italy will probably win the tournament.”

More to follow…

Author: Svar Nanan-Sen
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DWP urges Europeans to make EU Settlement Scheme claims despite deadline passing

European citizens had until June 30 to apply for the ESS which awarded EEA and Swiss citizens with either settled or pre-settled status. Both of these statuses allowed European citizens to access certain British state benefits, pensions and NHS services.

The Government detailed a person can still apply for ESS beyond the original deadline if they had “‘reasonable grounds” for why it was missed or, they had certain extenuating circumstances.

For some people, the deadline of June 30 2021 did not apply and this would be the case if the claimant was one of the following:

  • The family member of someone from the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein who was living in the UK by December 31 2020, and they joined them in the UK on or after April 1 2021
  • They’re applying for a child, who was born or adopted in the UK on or after April 1 2021
  • The family member of an eligible person of Northern Ireland, but they could not move back to the UK by December 31 2020 without the claimant – they must be from outside the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein
  • Exempt from immigration control, or they stopped being exempt from immigration control after June 30 2021
  • They’re in the UK with limited leave to enter or remain in the UK (for example, if they’re here on a work or study visa) which expires after June 30 2021
  • A family member of a British citizen who they lived with in the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein – they must have lived with them in that country by December 30 2020, and returned to the UK with them

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Those who are applying as a family member of a British citizen who they lived with in the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein, must apply by March 29 2022.

People will also be able to apply for the scheme beyond the June deadline if they remain eligible and can show “reasonable grounds” for why they did not apply by the deadline that applied to them.

The DWP detailed there are “many different reasons” that can be included as reasonable grounds for missing the deadline.

It noted however there is not a “complete list” of reasons available and claimants can still act and have their application considered even if they do not hit certain examples.

On June 30, the Home Office also announced it would accept many claims as on time even as the deadline passed, revealing a certain amount of leeway.

This was due to unprecedented last minute demand, as the Home Office detailed: “We are seeing exceptionally high volumes of applications to the EU Settlement Scheme.

“If you are on the website waiting to apply, please continue. Your application will be accepted as in time, even if it is submitted after midnight.”

It remains to be seen how many claimants apply for the scheme overall but as it stands, around five million Europeans applied prior to the deadline.

Author: Connor Coombe-Whitlock
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Holiday chaos: Ryanair urges UK to join EU Covid pass – ‘major operational risk’ warning

HOLIDAYS in the European Union are back in full swing, however, a series of travel restrictions in the UK means travel for Britons is not so simple. As airlines warn of “major operational risks”, Ryanair’s boss has urged the UK to join the EU Covid pass certificate scheme.

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HSBC urges Britons to ‘switch on summer’ with £125 offer and 1% interest rate

HSBC is used by millions of people right across the country, but of course there are individuals who opt for other providers. In what appears to be an effort to entice new savers to the bank, HSBC is offering an incentive for switching. A new HSBC current account switching offer is being provided which has come into effect in recent days.

It offers £125 to new customers when they choose to switch to an HSBC Advance or Premier Bank Account.

They must, however, use the official Current Account Switching Service – which is actually designed to make switching easier for Britons.

While the switching offer is enticing in and of itself, there are also other benefits to changing to HSBC.

Particularly of note is the savings account which currently offers a one percent interest rate to savers.

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Furthermore, HSBC customers may also benefit from additional savings on shopping through this promotion.

The bank’s Home and Away offers site has a number of different choices including discounted cinema and theatre tickets as well as offers from Costa Coffee and ASOS to name a few.

To be eligible, customers must not currently be an HSBC current account holder on the date of application, and have not been on or after January 1, 2018.

The offer is also not available to customers who have opened a first direct account since January 1, 2018.

Customers must use the Current Account Switch Service using a complete a full switch within 30 days of the account opening.

They are required to set up a minimum of two direct debits or standing orders within this time frame, also.

For an HSBC UK Advance Account, Britons must pay in at least £1,750 a month into the account each month, or a minimum of £10,500 every six months.

This does not include money which is transferred from any other sole or joint personal accounts held with HSBC.

Fiona Anderson, HSBC UK’s Head of Everyday Banking, commented on the new offer.

She said: “With lockdown and social distancing restrictions easing, the country is starting to switch back on. 

“People have more opportunity to switch from back gardens to pub gardens, switch from FaceTime to face-to-face time.

“Instead of staying local, people can switch to enjoying more of the country and some of the wonderful experiences it has to offer.

“Our current account offer will provide switchers to our Advance and Premier current accounts with £125 cash to help them move on from what has been a challenging year and a half and to celebrate as summer finally arrives.”

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Stonewall urges teachers to stop using term ‘boys and girls’ in mixed-gender classes

Stonewall, a charity founded in 1989 that fights for LGBTQ-inclusive education, has urged educators to ditch gendered language in the classroom. In guidance documents shared by the charity, school staff are encouraged to teach primary school children to use the pronoun “they/them”.

The documents said: “It is unnecessary to say ‘boys and girls’ when referring to learners of all genders, you could instead say ‘learners’.”

Schools have also been urged to check and update their policies.

The charity urged schools to remove “unnecessarily gendered language”.

“Instead of using ‘he’/’she’, you could use ‘they’,” the charity guidance said.

The charity is also championing for schools to ditch policies on gendered uniforms and allow children to compete in mixed-sex sports.

British educational institutions have the opportunity to become a member of the Stonewall School & College Champion schools by paying a yearly fee which can be as much as £800 plus VAT for institutions with over 2,000 pupils.

Once accepted, champion schools can apply for a bronze, silver or gold award to show they are following the “best practice” for inclusive education.

Stonewall advises school staff that they should: “Avoid dividing learners by gender, whether in the classroom (you could divide them by their favourite colour, month of birth or something else) or through uniform, sports activities or other aspects of school life.”

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A Stonewall spokesperson said they were “very proud of all of our work supporting schools to create supportive and inclusive environments which help everyone feel accepted for who they are”.

They added that the advice given to schools is “robust” and “in line with the Department for Education’s guidance for schools in England, and the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s Equality Act Code of Practice”.

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