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Boris Johnson to hold 5pm press conference – but he won’t be in Downing Street

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to speak at a press conference at 5pm today.

But he will do it from his Buckinghamshire countryside residence, Chequers, where he is in isolation after Health Secretary Sajid Javid tested positive for Covid-19.

Meanwhile, scientists including Jonathan Van-Tam, the Deputy Chief Medical Officer, will be taking part in the same press conference from Downing Street.

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Most Covid restrictions come to an end today, called “Freedom Day” by some people, but the Prime Minister has urged everyone to continue being cautious.

Issues the Prime Minister is likely to talk about include:

  • The need to continue taking precautions to control the spread of Coronavirus, even though most laws enforcing lockdown are no longer in effect
  • The controversy over the announcement over the weekend that Mr Johnson and Chancellor Rishi Sunak would not self-isolate, despite being told by the “test and trace” programme that they had been in contact with Health Secretary Sajid Javid, who has the virus. There was a swift U-turn after the announcement provoked widespread criticism
  • The decision to order fully-vaccinated travellers arriving from France to quarantine
  • Fears that the number of people ordered to self-isolate is causing a staff shortage, including in the NHS.

Mr Johnson is spending England’s so-called “Freedom Day”, with most legal restrictions now abolished, self-isolating at his official country residence at Chequers following a U-turn over an initial attempt to use an opt-out testing regime.

Mr Johnson and Chancellor Rishi Sunak – who were both “pinged” by NHS Test and Trace after coming into contact with Health Secretary Mr Javid, who subsequently tested positive for the virus – initially tried to get round the requirement to quarantine by saying they would join a daily workplace testing programme being trialled by the Cabinet Office and No 10.

However, they were forced into a hasty reversal on Sunday amid widespread public anger at their “special treatment” while tens of thousands of people were being forced to miss work or school and stay home.

Vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi said the Government “don’t get every decision right” and admitted the Prime Minister had to rethink his initial decision.

Asked on ITV’s Good Morning Britain whether an error had been made in announcing that the Cabinet ministers would take part in the pilot, Mr Zahawi said: “Of course, and as soon as the Prime Minister realised that this would be wrong, he came out very clearly and said ‘We will self-isolate, that’s the right thing to do’.”

Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng said the Prime Minister had “done the right thing” by self-isolating and denied that it had been “damaging” for the Downing Street incumbent to have considered taking part in the testing scheme, which is not widely available to the public.

Mr Johnson will self-isolate until July 26, which will include the final Prime Minister’s Questions before the Commons goes into recess, and the two-year anniversary of him entering No 10, which is on Saturday.

The Prime Minister is having to bunker down on Monday while having given those in England some of their freedoms back following more than a year of restrictions.

Face masks are no longer mandatory in shops and on public transport, limits on gathering have gone and the work-from-home guidance has ended.

Nightclubs – with people queuing across the country to hit the dance floors at one minute past midnight – theatres and restaurants can fully reopen while pubs are no longer restricted to table service only.

The UK Government’s decision to ease restrictions on social distancing and mask wearing, and replace it with guidance, comes as the country has already hit 50,000 Covid-19 cases a day.

Mr Zahawi said he was “confident” the Government was “doing the right thing” in lifting the measures but urged people to “respect” businesses and public transport providers insisting on mask wearing continuing.

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‘Travel confidence utterly destroyed’: Simon Calder warns it ‘won’t be a normal summer’

“However, [the Government gave] the impression just nine days ago that we can start a race to the sun,” he continued.

“[Now to] find out the rules have changed fundamentally for many people, [they] are either cancelling trips or trying to work out if they can self-isolate.

“It’s just triggering a huge amount of upset… and a sense they cannot possibly have any confidence in any travel arrangements.

“The travel industry is just saying consumer confidence is utterly destroyed by this latest move.”

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Majority of Express readers won’t visit amber list country this summer

From July 19, double-vaccinated travellers will be able to visit amber list countries without having to quarantine on return. Children under 18, regardless of vaccination status, won’t need to quarantine for 10 days either.

Mr Shapps said: “I can confirm today that from the July 19, UK residents who are fully vaccinated through the UK vaccine rollout will no longer have to self-isolate when they return to England.

“They’ll still be required to take a test three days before returning, the pre-departure test, demonstrating they’re negative before they travel, and a PCR test on or before day two, but they will no longer be required to take a day eight test.

“In essence, this means that for fully vaccinated travellers the requirements for green and amber list countries are the same.”

However, in an exclusive poll conducted by Express.co.uk 64 percent of respondents were against the impending rule.

Seventy-nine percent of the 1,878 voters said they will not be visiting an amber country this summer – and three percent said they were unsure.

The poll also found that the majority (71 percent) of respondents are still favouring holidays in the UK this summer.

British holidaymakers returning from amber countries will still have to pay for at least three Covid tests – costing around £100.

However, a whopping 70 percent of readers who voted believe the new rules will increase the number of positive Covid cases in the UK.

Mr Shapps did warn that mandatory hotel quarantining could return if an amber country moves to the red list.

The former President used his speech to focus on a single subject: The 2020 election he lost eight months ago. He won’t stop lying that he won.

But former President Donald Trump’s current dishonesty is overwhelmingly focused on a single subject: the 2020 election he lost eight months ago but won’t stop lying that he won.
In a rambling Sunday address to the Conservative Political Action Conference in Dallas, Trump returned again and again to election-related lies — some of them detailed and wrong, most of them vague and wrong.
What can you even say about claims so disconnected from reality? Here’s a brief fact check of eight of them.
Trump: “And we were doing so well until the rigged election happened to come along. We were doing really well.”
The election was not rigged. Trump lost fair and square.
Trump: “Unfortunately, this was an election where the person that counts the votes was far more important than the candidate, no matter how many votes that candidate got — and we got record numbers of votes.”
Joe Biden was the candidate who earned a record number of votes: more than 81 million. Trump earned more than 74 million votes — a record for a sitting president, but that’s not what Trump said here.
Trump: “You know, the New York Times asked me a question: ‘What happened in 2020 — that was different from 2016.’ I said, ‘Well I’ll tell you: we did much better in 2020 and we got 12 million more votes. We won by a much bigger margin.”
Trump lost. Biden beat him by 74 votes in the Electoral College, 306 to 232, and by more than 7 million votes in the national popular vote.
Trump did receive about 11.2 million more votes than he did in 2016 — side note: that doesn’t round to “12 million” — but Biden received about 15.4 million more votes than Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton got in 2016.
Trump: “Every time the media references the election hoax. they say the fraud is: ‘Unproven! And while there is no evidence…’ No evidence? No evidence? There’s so much evidence.”
There was no election hoax. And while there were some scattered cases of fraud, including some by Trump supporters, there is indeed no evidence of widespread fraud or outcome-altering fraud — as Republican elections officials in various states, Trump-appointed former Attorney General William Barr, and numerous others have pointed out.
Trump: “…the Justice Department, they failed to call out a late-night ballot stuffing that took place in Georgia, remember that? Where they made up a story of a water main break in order to get people and security to leave the premises. And then they went into a rampage of stuffing, essentially, the ballots.”
There was no ballot “stuffing” at an elections facility in Georgia. While initial reports of a burst pipe or broken water main at State Farm Arena did turn out to be inaccurate — the reality was that a urinal had overflowed — Trump’s claim that local elections workers proceeded to stuff the ballot box has been debunked by the office of Georgia’s Republican elections chief, Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger.
Trump: “They deleted, Georgia, over 100,000 votes.”
Didn’t happen. Rather, Raffensperger announced in June that more than 100,000 names would be deleted from Georgia’s voter registration rolls to keep the state’s voter files “up to date,” saying “there is no legitimate reason to keep ineligible voters on the rolls.” That is not even close to the same thing as deleting actual votes.
Trump: “The drop boxes were off very late. ‘Where are they? Where are they? What happened?’ They’re supposed to be — they’re not. I could tell you what happened. Sometimes late by days in showing up to the vote-counting areas.”
There is no evidence that ballot drop boxes were delivered improperly late. There is no evidence for Trump’s suggestion that something nefarious happened with ballot drop boxes.
Trump: “Detroit was so corrupt.”
There is no evidence that Detroit was “corrupt” in the 2020 election. In fact, a Republican-led investigation debunked some of Trump allies’ false claims about what happened in Detroit, such as their inaccurate assertion that large numbers of ballots were cast in the names of deceased Detroit residents.

The Beatles Get Back: Peter Jackson reveals what ‘people won’t be expecting’ in show

In November Jackson’s revitalised version of Let It Be will be released on Disney Plus under a new title: Get Back. The three-part documentary tells the 30-day story of how The Beatles wrote and recorded their final album, Let It Be in 1969. The films will detail how happy the band were together, just months before they split up and started suing one another. Jackson has now spoken out in a new interview about the film’s style and content.

Jackson began by saying: “It’s like a time machine transports us back to 1969 and we get to sit in the studio watching these four friends make great music together.”

The original Let It Be film went down in history as the band breaking down in real-time on-screen.

However, Jackson says this isn’t the case. After combing through more than 55 hours of film, he has a much different story to tell.

He said: “There’s probably more conversations with The Beatles in the films than there is actual singing. People won’t be expecting that, I think.” (Via GQ Hype)

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Jackson continued: “That sort of intimacy, that fly-on-the-wall aspect of it, where you’re in a time machine and you’ve gone back and you’re a fly on the wall with The Beatles. That will, I think, surprise people, because it is very intimate.

“It’s The Beatles as you’ve never seen them before. And the other thing that I think will surprise people is how funny the films are, which, considering the reputation of this footage and the Let It Be movie, you don’t associate with January 1969, but they’re very funny films.”

The Lord of the Rings director then added: “They’re all good friends and they remain good friends all the way throughout the series. This is before the Allen Klein period when they start to argue.”

Jackson’s reference to Apple Corps’ Klein is the tumultuous period of time that involved the band suing one another over the ownership of The Beatles’ songs.

What do you think? Will fans enjoy the new version of the events? Join the debate in the comments section here

The argument in question took place between Paul McCartney and George Harrison over the structure of a song.

Jackson revealed: “The moment when George is arguing with Paul, which you see in the original film, is actually the worst of [their arguments].

“You know, when George says: ‘I’ll play whatever you want me to play. Or I won’t play at all if you don’t want me play’ … ‘I’ll do anything to please you’ sort of thing.

“I’ve tried to use nothing at all from Let It Be, so Get Back is completely different. I didn’t want to usurp the original film, so this is a companion piece. But the one area we did break that rule is that little exchange between Paul and George, because I didn’t want to be accused of sanitising the films by not having that, because that’s the bit everyone remembers.”

Jackson also revealed he hadn’t done much visual editing on the film.

Other than “colour balancing skin tones” he had not altered any colours in the picture, making the 1960s clothing styles to really pop on screen.

The Beatles Get Back arrives on Disney Plus in three parts on November 25, 26 and 27.

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Thor Love and Thunder Taika Waititi: ‘Maybe I won’t work again’ after latest Marvel movie

Next year the Marvel Cinematic Universe will be continuing the storyline of Asgard’s God of Thunder: Thor (played by Chris Hemsworth) in Thor Love and Thunder. The muscle-bound hero was last seen in Avengers Endgame leaving Earth to start the Asgardians of the Galaxy alongside the current Guardians of the Galaxy. Since then, set photos and hints from Waititi have been revealed for Thor Love and Thunder – and now the director himself has opened up about the process of creating the next huge MCU hit.

Waititi recently revealed: “Well, just between (me and) you and the readers, I’ve done some crazy s**t in my life. I’ve lived, like, ten lifetimes. But it’s the craziest film I’ve ever done.” (Via Empire)

While the film’s plot has been kept under wraps over the past two years, he hinted it is more elaborate than fans know.

The New Zealander said: “If you wrote down all the elements of this film, it shouldn’t make sense. It’s almost like it shouldn’t be made.

“If you walked into a room and said: ‘I want this and this and this.’ Who’s in it? These people. What are you going to call it? Love And Thunder.”

READ MORE: Marvel movies: What Marvel movies are coming out after Black Widow?

Waititi then joked about his job prospects after the film, saying: “I mean, you’d never work again. Maybe I won’t after this.”

Going on to compare the picture to his previous Thor movie, 2017 movie Thor Ragnarok, he revealed: “It’s very different from Ragnarok.

“It’s crazier. I’ll tell you what’s different. There’ll be far more emotion in this film.

“And a lot more love. And a lot more thunder. And a lot more Thor, if you’ve seen the photos.”

What do you think? Will fans see Taika Waititi direct another Thor movie? Join the debate in the comments section here

Hemsworth went on: “Thor is far too young for that. He’s only 1,500 years old.

“It’s definitely not a film that I say goodbye to this brand. At least I hope so.”

To make matters even more exciting, Thor Love and Thunder has since been confirmed to include the Guardians of the Galaxy.

Groot actor Vin Diesel said earlier this year: “Thor[Love and Thunder] will incorporate some of the Guardians of the Galaxy.” (Via ComicBook)

Diesel went on: “That’ll be very interesting, nobody knows, maybe I shouldn’t have said anything.”

In the meantime, fans will have to wait and see how they are involved and what kind of threat they are facing.

Thor Love and Thunder is due to hit cinemas on May 6, 2022.

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Postecoglou: Signings imminent | I won’t plead players to stay

Ange Postecoglou is optimistic Celtic will announce some new signings “in the next few days” as he insisted it was not his responsibility to convince wanted members of his squad to stay.

New signing Osaze Urhoghide made his debut on Saturday as Celtic ran out 2-1 winners against Charlton in the club’s second pre-season friendly win of their training camp in Wales.

The futures of Odsonne Edouard, who came on in the second half of the match in Newport, and Kristoffer Ajer remain uncertain, with one year remaining on the pair’s contracts at Celtic Park.

Speaking after the game, Postecoglou told reporters: “We are trying to get some players in and hopefully get some deals done.

“We need some players to come in because we lost a fair few from last year. It is not an easy process at the moment, but we are pushing hard and hopefully we will get some in the next few days.”

Postecoglou Signings imminent
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Celtic have won their opening two pre-season friendlies under Postecoglou

Postecoglou is building his new side towards the first leg of their Champions League second qualifying round tie against Midtjylland on July 20.

Asked if Celtic had received any bids for their players, Postecoglou said: “To be honest, I am not as focused on outgoings as I am on incoming. Incoming is where my pure focus is at the moment. I can’t control who leaves, what I can control and push for is to bring people in.”

The Greek-born Australian added: “I’m focused on a couple of key areas – working on the players we have here and trying to get players in.

“I guess it will come down to whether players want to be a part of this or not. Some may have already made their minds up, others will make their mind up as they go along.

“I am not here to plead our case at the moment. That is not the business I am in. If people want to be a part of it, I am happy to include them.”

Postecoglou insisted that bringing in another forward is not a priority, despite Leigh Griffiths leaving the training camp amid an ongoing investigation by Police Scotland over alleged improper online behaviour.

“We need players in a number of positions, it’s not just one,” he said. “Even looking at those who have gone from last season, purely on numbers, we need players.”

One player who appears to have a chance of a revival under Postecoglou at Celtic is midfielder Olivier Ntcham.

The French midfielder, who spent the second half of last season on loan at Marseille, saw a proposed move to AEK Athens collapse and made his first appearance of pre-season against Charlton.

“I had chats with him and he said he wanted to come back and make an impression this year,” the former Australia boss said.

“I take that at face value. He has been good at training.

“He is lacking a bit of match touch and fitness but he is part of the squad and hopefully he can make an impact this year.”

Amber list countries vaccinated Britons won’t have to quarantine from this summer in full

Grant Shapps has announced the Government’s latest rules on foreign travel. People in England will be allowed to travel to countries on the amber list for leisure from July 19. This means that English tourists will be able to go on holiday to or see family and friends in France, Portugal, the US and more.

Children under 18 years of age will not have to self-isolate on return to England from an amber country either.

This means that children can travel with double-jabbed adults and adhere to the same rules as them when back at home in the UK.

However, Mr Shapps stressed that due to Britain’s devolved governments, rules in Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland are different to those in England.

Speaking from the Commons today, the transport secretary said: “I can confirm today that from the July 19, UK residents who are fully vaccinated through the UK vaccine rollout will no longer have to self-isolate when they return to England.

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“They’ll still be required to take a test three days before returning, the pre-departure test, demonstrating they’re negative before they travel, and a PCR test on or before day two, but they will no longer be required to take a day eight test.

“In essence, this means that for fully vaccinated travellers the requirements for green and amber list countries are the same.

“To be clear, a full vaccination means 14 days have passed since your final dose of the vaccine, and it’s also important to note that health matters are devolved, so decision-making and implementation may differ across the UK administrations and we’ll continue to work with the devolved administrations to ensure we achieve our shared objectives of safe, sustainable and robust return to international travel.”

Mr Shapps added: “I don’t underestimate for a second just how difficult the last 16 months have been for those who have not been able to travel to see their families, and the tourism and for the aviation sector itself, of course, and no minister, let alone Transport Secretary, would want to ever curtail freedom and ask people not to travel.

On proving vaccination status, Mr Shapps said: “More than 30 countries and territories are now recognising vaccine certification as part of entry requirements – either accepting a proof of vaccination letter or the NHS app itself, and we will continue to increase that number so the NHS app becomes the natural default.”

The transport secretary also said: “From July 19, we will remove the guidance that people should not travel to countries on the amber list. This means people will be able to travel for leisure, business and to see family in amber list countries.”

But Mr Shapps warned “an amber list country could still turn red”, meaning hotel quarantine would become a requirement.

Full list of countries on the amber list:

Akrotiri and Dhekelia

Albania

Algeria

Andorra

Armenia

Aruba

Austria

Azerbaijan

The Bahamas

Belarus

Belgium

Belize

Benin

Bhutan

Bonaire, Saint Eustatius and Saba

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bulgaria

Burkina Faso

Cambodia

Cameroon

Canada

Central African Republic

Chad

China

Comoros

Congo

Cook Islands, Tokelau and Niue

Côte d’Ivoire

Croatia

Cuba

Curaçao

Cyprus

Czech Republic

Denmark

Djibouti

El Salvador

Equatorial Guinea

Estonia

Fiji

Finland

France

French Polynesia

Gabon

The Gambia

Georgia

Germany

Ghana

Greece (including islands)

Greenland

Guadeloupe

Guatemala

Guinea

Guinea-Bissau

Honduras

Hong Kong

Hungary

Indonesia

Iran

Iraq

Italy

Jamaica

Japan

Jordan

Kazakhstan

Kiribati

Kosovo

Kuwait

Kyrgyzstan

Laos

Latvia

Lebanon

Liberia

Libya

Liechtenstein

Lithuania

Luxembourg

Macao

Madagascar

Malaysia

Mali

Marshall Islands

Martinique

Mauritania

Mauritius

Mayotte

Mexico

Micronesia

Moldova

Monaco

Montenegro

Morocco

Myanmar

Nauru

Netherlands

New Caledonia

Nicaragua

Niger

Nigeria

North Korea

North Macedonia

Norway

The Occupied Palestinian Territories

Palau

Papua New Guinea

Poland

Portugal (including the Azores) (Madeira is on the green watchlist)

Réunion

Romania

Russia

Samoa

San Marino

Sao Tome and Principe

Saudi Arabia

Senegal

Serbia

Sierra Leone

Slovakia

Slovenia

Solomon Islands

South Korea

South Sudan

Spain (including the Canary Islands) (The Balearic islands are on the green watchlist)

St Kitts and Nevis

St Lucia

St Maarten

St Martin and St Barthélemy

St Pierre and Miquelon

St Vincent and the Grenadines

Sweden

Switzerland

Syria

Taiwan

Tajikistan

Thailand

Timor-Leste

Togo

Tonga

Turkmenistan

Tuvalu

Ukraine

United States (USA)

Uzbekistan

Vanuatu

Vietnam

Wallis and Futuna

Western Sahara

Yemen

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Microsoft won’t let you use Windows 11 unless you agree to new rule

With Windows 11, Microsoft is finally bringing in a rule that has slowly been years in the making. With Windows 11 Home, Microsoft will force users to sign-in to a Microsoft account. If you don’t have one already, you’ll need to create one as part of the setup process.

While Windows 11 Pro users will be able to avoid this new requirement and set-up the desktop operating system with a local account. Windows 11 Home will require everyone to use an online account. It is possible to create a local-only account once your operating system is up and running. But the requirement to use a Microsoft account during the initial set-up means your model numbers and other hardware identifying data has already been sent to the US tech giant.

Longtime Windows users won’t be too shocked by the latest requirement.

After all, the Redmond-based company has been increasingly pushing users towards its online accounts. With a recent Windows 10 update, users accused Microsoft of hiding the “Use Offline Account” option in the set-up – pushing users to use a Microsoft account to create their Windows profile, rather than a local account.

Ranting on Reddit, one disgruntled Windows user wrote: “I always install Windows 10 without being connected to the Internet. It’s so annoying how much of a mess they made Windows 10 into when you do fresh installs. They had the annoying Cortana at 67% volume, they try so hard to force the online account, and then being connected to the Internet once you reach the desktop forces the ads and stuff on the start menu.”

With the transition to Windows 11, Microsoft seems to be no longer offering a way to skirt the requirement to use a Microsoft account.

It’ll be interesting to see whether Microsoft addresses why it’s happy to allow those paying for the Windows 11 Pro installation, which is typically found on high-end desktop PCs, laptops and enterprise hardware, the option to work without an active internet connection while those on Windows 11 Home, which will be used by more users worldwide, are left with an obligation to sign in or create a Microsoft account.

Microsoft unveiled Windows 11 at an event streamed from its headquarters last month. The all-new desktop operating system boasts an almost unrecognisable Start Menu, performance boost for gamers and access to the Xbox library via Game Pass, interactive widgets, and a dizzying number of new layouts to juggle multiple applications on-screen. There’s also new themes and deep integration with Microsoft Teams.

All in all, it’s a hefty upgrade. And best of all, Microsoft has confirmed that it will be completely free for anyone who is running Windows 10 at the moment. And of course, if you still have Windows 7 or Windows 8 on your machine, there’s still time to upgrade to Windows 10 for free (and therefore get the bump to Windows 11).

Author: Aaron Brown
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