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Camping holidays: What camping gear do I need and how do campsite toilets work?

Camping is a great way to enjoy a holiday in nature and without extortionate costs. However, there’s no denying more preparation is required. Two burning questions often asked are what the toilet situation is like at campsites and what you need to pack.
Bassett continued: “On campsites with toilet blocks facilities, our advice would be to use the facilities (chemical toilet) in your own campervan as much as possible – as this will help to manage demand and minimise queues at toilet blocks.

“Some campsites will also provide toilet tents for customers to use on their allocated pitch.

“Always dispose of waste in the allocated waste disposal point.

“Let’s leave our beautiful countryside as we found it.”

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What do I need to pack for a camping holiday?

“The most essential thing to pack for your camping trip is a good sense of humour and a smile. Camping is meant to be fun, don’t take stuff too serious!” enthused Carl Collins from TentLife.

“Camping can be as basic or luxurious as you choose, but the bare minimum you’ll need for some fresh air fun is the following. A suitably sized tent, some gear to sleep in/on (sleeping bag and sleeping mat), some camping chairs and a bit of cooking gear (stove, pans, plates etc).

“Make sure that this stuff is packed in your car as the bare minimum. If you forget anything else, chances are a local shop or supermarket can help.”

Collins continued: “Don’t expect to have everything you need on your first camping trip, everyone is different. Just take the plunge, get out there add other gear to your future trips.

“It becomes a bit of a bug and you always find yourself buying new stuff.”

The camping expert shared TentLife’s recommendations for 2021.

Tent – Check out the Coleman Meadowood 6, poled tent with lots of features and space. Prefer pumping up your tent? The Berghaus Air range with its inflatable beams is a great choice, catering for all family sizes and used by thousands of happy campers.

Sleeping mat – Outwell Dreamboat (double), various thicknesses. Self-inflating, great pack size, will keep you warm and cosy even when placed directly on the ground.

Sleeping bags – Vango Radiate range, heated sleeping bags, perfect for cold sleepers. Also, Vango’s eco-friendly Earth Collection Evolve Superwarm range, made of recycled materials.

Chairs – Very comfy HiGear Vegas XL Deluxe Quilted Chair. Part tub style lounger that keeps your back out of the draught.

Stove – The very versatile Campingaz Party Grill 400 CV. It’s a stove, grill, BBQ and wok – a good allrounder that easily connects to their CV gas canisters.

Kitchen – HiGear Mirage deluxe kitchen unit. Ideal food prep area, good for cooking on and includes a washbasin and storage. Also a hanger for lights and so forth.

Google will FIX crashing Android apps TONIGHT: Gmail, Samsung, Outlook apps to work again

Struggling to open some of your favourite Android apps this week? You’re not alone. An infuriating bug has caused havoc for Android smartphone and tablet owners worldwide – with some of the most popular apps on the platform crashing as soon as you tap on the app icon to open them. The glitch, which was first spotted late on Monday night, has impacted everything from Gmail, Yahoo Mail, Microsoft Outlook, Google Chrome, as well as Amazon and BBC Weather apps on Android. Thankfully, some good news is on the way.
Google issued a fix for the problems yesterday morning, around 12-hours after the first reports of problems started to roll in. However, there are quite a few steps to follow to ensure everything is up-and-running again on your Android phone. If you haven’t tried the four-step process yet, you can find instructions here.

Unfortunately, even then, some users with Google, Samsung, and OnePlus smartphones find themselves still struggling with crashing apps. To try to solve that, Google has revealed some extra steps to help those who desperately need to use their Android apps to work remotely or keep in touch with friends.

But now, the Californian company is going a step further.

A spokesperson for Google has confirmed to Express.co.uk that will begin automatically installing the patch on users’ Android smartphones in the next 24-hours. So, if you haven’t tried to fix the problem yourself – or the steps haven’t resolved the crashing apps on your smartphone – Google is going to automatically tweak your settings and update your handset some time in the next few hours. Since this is a worldwide issue, there’s no exact estimate for UK users. However, we’d expect the update to begin overnight as this is likely to cause the least disruption to Android users (who have already had to endure a fair amount of disruption over the last few days).

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Unable to update Google apps to fix crashing bug? Here’s the fix

Google’s official @Android Twitter account has yet to announce the automatic update that will be rolling out soon. However, it confirmed the initial patch this morning when it tweeted: “A number of users experienced app crashes over the last 24 hours, which has since been fixed. If your device is still affected, please update Android System WebView and/or Google Chrome via Google Play.”

Of course, if you need to use your Android apps right now – and don’t want to wait for the automatic updates to start, we’ve got the initial instructions from Google below.

  • Open Google Play Store on the smartphone or tablet suffering the issues
  • Search for “Android System WebView”
  • Select “Update”. If it doesn’t say “Update”, skip this step
  • Search the Play Store for “Google Chrome”
  • Select “Update”
If the above steps aren’t working – for example, if the Update button crashes as soon as you tap it – then there are some additional steps to try. If you’re unable to update either of the apps above from the Google Play Store, you’ll need to follow these steps:

  • Open your phone’s Settings app.
  • Tap Apps & Notifications > See All Apps > Google Play Store > Storage & Cache > Clear Data

However, it’s worth noting that Google is warning Android users that the above the steps will clear Google Play Store settings like parental controls and auto-update preferences. So, if you’re trying to get a shared tablet or phone working – you’ll need to remember to head back into your settings and set up age limits again as they will have been wiped. That’s not ideal… but maybe still a little better than not being able to load any apps.

You don’t need to understand exactly how “Android System WebView” works to fix the app crash problems. In a nutshell, this is core part of the Android operating system that powers a number of Google-developed and third-party apps. “Android System WebView” is tied with Chrome and enables allows Android apps to display content from the web.

That’s why you need both Android System WebView and Google Chrome updated to fix the problem.

Since the problem is caused by this core system component, it’s also why deleting and reinstalling the apps that are crashing – whether it be Microsoft Outlook, Amazon, Gmail, Yahoo Mail, or whatever – will not solve the problem.

Atlanta Shooting Victims Are Remembered for Love and Hard Work

Ms. Yue found work as a cashier at a grocery store outside of Fort Benning and the couple stayed there until getting divorced in 1982. Their families had been close — “She used to take my sister to the spa,” Mr. Peterson said — and they had kept in touch, having lunch together as recently as last summer.

“She was a good mother,” Mr. Peterson said. “She was always there for her kids.”

Ms. Yue was the last person killed in the shootings on Tuesday.

Ms. Grant’s sons, Eric and his brother Randy, 22, first learned about the attacks from a Gold Spa employee’s daughter. They did not know that their mother had died until late that night, after a relative in Korea saw Ms. Grant’s name in a news report.

On Friday morning, the brothers were at home, looking through photo albums for their mother’s upcoming memorial.

This was a new place for them, relatively. They had moved into the house, a rental, from an apartment last year, a moment of celebration because it was a step closer to Ms. Grant’s dream of buying a home.

But Ms. Grant had not spent as much time in it. She was gone for days and weeks on end, Randy Park said. She often stayed at Gold Spa or at a friend’s place near the business, he said, because she did not have a car and the commute to work was lengthy and tedious.

Still, Randy Park said his mother called every night after work to check in on him and his younger brother. The last time she called was Monday evening, he recalled. She asked if they were doing OK and if they had eaten, and then wished them good night.

“I knew she was working for us,” said her youngest son, Eric. “So I never resented her for when she wasn’t around.”

Juliana Kim reported from Atlanta, Corina Knoll from New York, and Campbell Robertson from Pittsburgh. Reporting was contributed by Richard Fausset, Jack Healy, Inyoung Kang, Linda Qiu, Rick Rojas and John Yoon from Atlanta, Giulia McDonnell Nieto del Rio, Sarah Mervosh and Edgar Sandoval from New York, and Nicholas Bogel-Burroughs from Tivoli, N.Y. Susan C. Beachy contributed research.

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Summer holidays: How will travel work? Will you need a vaccine passport?

The public has received mixed signals when it comes to the summer of 2021, with the ‘roadmap’ setting out the opening up of international travel from May 17, but the transport secretary telling people not to book holidays yet. But with more than 24 million Britons now vaccinated against coronavirus, it’s inevitable that people will want to plan their holidays after a long lockdown winter.

So how might travel work?

Across the board, experts agree that testing is key to open up the travel industry while vaccines are rolled out at varying speeds around the world.

Earlier this month, British Airways announced it is planning to offer discounted rapid antigen tests to passengers to get moving again.

These will cost £33 and can reportedly give results in 20 minutes.

READ MORE: AstraZeneca ban ‘could cost lives’ as Europe ‘indulging anti-vaxxers’

Elsewhere, private companies are already offering rapid testing at airports and venues in the UK to provide quick turn around “fit to fly” certificates.

Christian Corney, CEO of Express Test who have facilities in Heathrow and Gatwick, and have recently opened drive-thru testing centres in London’s Brent Cross Shopping Centre and Cardiff City Stadium, said this is the best way to ensure travel can reopen.

He told Express.co.uk: “Everybody wants to get back to normal, be that spending time with friends and family, getting back to the office or enjoying holidays again.

“The best way for travel to re-open safely after May 17 is through a combination of gold standard PCR (polymerase chain reaction) testing and vaccination.

“This will be particularly important if vaccine passports are introduced, which should also include a Covid test and infection history.”

Companies such as Express Test offer testing at a fee to symptomless travellers who don’t qualify for free testing via the NHS.

A test will set you back between £80 and £99 and you’ll receive your Fit To Fly letter the next day.

Will you need a vaccine passport?

At the moment, anyone who has had the jab receives a vaccination card, and the details go in their medical records.

The UK is among a number of countries considering whether to introduce more formal proof that someone has had the jab.

There have been suggestions a passport feature could be added to the existing NHS app.

People could then use their phone to prove they have been vaccinated or had a recent negative test.

British developers Mvine and iProov are working on an immunity and vaccination passport, which is being tested by the NHS.

They say it would enable a person’s test results or vaccination status to be registered and proved without the need for extensive new infrastructure.

European officials have announced plans for a “Green Digital Certificate” which would allow anyone vaccinated against COVID-19, or who has tested negative, or recently recovered from the virus, to travel within the European Union.

However, vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi has repeatedly said it will not be called a “vaccine passport” in the UK.

A petition asking the government not to introduce vaccine passports has gathered more than 300,000 signatures in the UK, meaning it will be considered for a debate by MPs.

The online petition says the passports could be “used to restrict the rights of people who have refused a COVID-19 vaccine”.

Covid passport: EU proposes vaccine passport but how do Digital Green Certificates work?

The planned introduction of these Covid certificates would open up EU-wide travel.

European Commission President Ursula Von Der Leyen said: “What is the function of this certificate? It states whether the person has either been vaccinated or has a recent negative test or has recovered and thus has antibodies.

“Secondly the certificate will show data [that is] mutually recognised in every member state.

“Thirdly with this certificate, we aim to reinstate the freedom of movement in a safe, responsible and trusted manner.

“We are aiming at the reopening but a precondition of that is vaccination and the vaccines.”

Floyd Mayweather ‘to work with Anthony Joshua’ ahead of Tyson Fury fight – and claims he’ll make $100 MILLION from Logan Paul bout

Floyd Mayweather has offered a helping hand to Anthony Joshua as he prepares for his world heavyweight title unifier against Tyson Fury, with the American ring icon also claiming he could earn $ 100 million from his own next bout.

The news broke on Monday that Joshua and Fury had finally both put pen to paper on a contract for a blockbuster double-header, with the first fight potentially coming in June or July at an as yet undetermined location.

The bout will see Joshua put his WBA, WBO and IBF titles on the line against unbeaten WBC and lineal world champion Fury.
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As Joshua, 31, tunes up for the contest he can count on the advice of former five-weight world champion Mayweather. 

Speaking on Rob Moore’s ‘The Disruptive Entrepreneur’ YouTube show, Mayweather revealed that he and Joshua were “on the regular” and that he was ready and willing to step in to help the Londoner.

“I look forward to working with Anthony Joshua real soon, we communicate all the time, we talk all the time,” said Mayweather, who hung up his gloves after defeating UFC star Conor McGregor in 2017 to improve to 50-0.  

Mayweather added that he was not on such close terms with Fury, but nonetheless praised him as a “great guy.” 

“I’ve met Tyson Fury on a few occasions, great guy, very interesting, after the fight I like to see him sing,” Mayweather said. 

“I haven’t seen him fight a lot of times, I’ve seen him fight probably only twice. I’ve only seen Tyson Fury fight twice, against Deontay Wilder.”

Fury, 32, has won 30 of his 31 professional bouts, drawing the other fight against America’s Deontay Wilder.

‘The Gypsy King’ went on to defeat Wilder in February of 2020, which was his last appearance in the ring and saw him capture the WBC title.

Joshua’s sole defeat in 25 professional contests came when he was shocked by underdog Andy Ruiz Jr in New York in June of 2019 – a loss he avenged 6 months later.

Joshua’s last outing was against mandatory IBF challenger Kubrat Pulev in London in December, with the Brit stopping his Bulgarian rival in the ninth round.

Mayweather was pictured ringside at that contest and also caught up with the Brit after the bout.

Discussing the match-up with Fury, Mayweather said the fact that Joshua had tasted defeat before could work in his favor.

“Anthony Joshua has a lot of experience, Tyson Fury as well has a lot of experience. But I think with Anthony Joshua losing a fight, that helped him become stronger,” said the 44-year-old known as ‘Money’.  

“But it’s a very intriguing match-up, you can never say what’s going to happen in the sport of boxing. Both guys are great competitors. Like I say, me and Anthony Joshua talk on the regular, so I look forward to working with Anthony Joshua.” 
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Mayweather’s pledge to help Joshua is not the first time he has offered his ring know-how to one of Fury’s rivals. 

Back in March of 2020, Mayweather said he could “teach” heavyweight rival Wilder how to beat the 6ft 7in Fury, should the pair meet a third time. 

READ MORE: Floyd Mayweather offers to help Deontay Wilder exact revenge in Tyson Fury trilogy fight

When asked who he would put his money on in the Joshua-Fury contest, Mayweather dodged the question outright, but suggested his previous comments gave a clear indication of who he favored.

“Well you just asked me that, but you already asked me in a different way, so I already answered that,” said the ring legend.

Mayweather himself is set to step between the ropes for an exhibition bout with YouTuber Logan Paul, 25, later this year – although the contest has already been postponed once after being pushed back from its original date of February 20. 

The delay was supposedly due to issues over the agreement between the pair, although some reports claimed it was down to a lack of interest. A new date has not been set.  

In the same YouTube interview with Rob Moore, Mayweather claimed he could make “$ 100 million or more” from the fight – which would be more than taking on a career fighter. 

“Look up how many followers Logan Paul has on social media,” Mayweather said.

“Me and Logan Paul or a YouTuber can go out and make nine figures.” 

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Back to work tips for you and your colleagues as lockdown has literally changed minds

Now we face the prospect of getting back out into the outside world of work. This will be a big emotional shift after a year of being lockdowned in to our homes. As we go back to work we must take our own and our colleagues’ mental health very seriously to be in with the chance to ‘build back better’. Many warn of a mental health crisis looming in the workplace (the Centre for Mental Health model suggests up to 20% of the population will need new or more mental health support. Other estimates in younger cohorts suggest 40% may be suffering undue stress or actual illness.  As an expert in how our brains react to change will make managing mental health in the new work world easier. 
Read on to find out what happens and how to help. COVID 19 has had an impact on the brain and nervous system of every single one of us.

This invisible danger will literally have changed our minds. One of our brain’s primary jobs is to protect us from threats. Another of our brain’s primal drivers is to keep us close to other people, especially those we care about. The virus has put those two things in direct conflict and this is really upsetting to our nervous system.

Many will be desperate to get into the office and get reconnected with colleagues and friends. Others will be genuinely scared to do just that. So, we are bound to experience a really mixed bag of reactions as we venture out again. I predict that a lot of people will be surprised at their own reactions as we won’t yet know (never having been in this situation before) exactly how our own brains are going to react to being back out there.

Here are two brain basics that can help: first, expect the unexpected, our brains are wired for us to react emotionally three times faster than we can understand the reaction rationally – feelings always happen first.  Secondly, the tried and tested brain-friendly model below is proven to help yourself and your co-workers to settle back in and find new ways forward:

Connect: Take time to really hear how it feels for people. Some will be in the room, some won’t. Don’t let a two-tier workforce develop (those who physically come back in and those who won’t/cannot) Two-tier is dangerous and risks reducing both well-being and productivity.

Compassion: Basically, just be kind. It’s easy to end up judging other people for handling the back to work situation differently than you do. Treat everyone with compassion and look for ways to help people. If ‘each one can reach one’ and work colleagues can build a supportive community people will feel safer faster. Any mental health issues will be picked up quickly too. Sometimes friends and colleagues can spot difficulties first. Remember, when the going gets tough, the tough get help.

Curiosity: We don’t have a back to work blueprint – so we are going to be co-creating this one. This is actually pretty exciting. Really include everyone’s views in how to create new ways of working. There will be some really cool ideas out there and possibly from the least expected places. Gen Z will have a very different view than older generations. 

Control: Let everybody really have the air time they need to say what they think about the way forward. Give each person control of sharing their thoughts.  Including all the brains in the business in generating the way forward will keep your business current. Work patterns are changing. Stay modern.

Mental health matters. Brains that feel safe, seen and connected are far more productive than those that don’t. Whether you love or hate them for their recent interview Meghan and Harry are right to talk about mental health issues so openly.  Mental health is a normal everyday part of being human. Post COVID workplaces can help all our brains ‘build back better’.

Kate Lanz is a neuropsychologist, consultant, and author of the ‘All the Brains in the Business’ (Palgrave Macmillan, 2020).  She was the first female General Manager at Diageo.

Do ear candles really work to remove earwax?

Ear candles are exactly what you’d imagine them to be, you light the candles up and put them in your ear canal, with the wacky devices claiming to naturally draw out the wax from ears in a safe manner. It sounds bizarre, but some swear by the unconventional method.
Candling your ears sounds like it could be quite painful, but the process is over quickly and is completely pain free. It just feels a bit odd if you’re not used to it.

What are ear candles and what does it do?

Also known as ear coning, candling is the practice of placing a lit, cone-shaped candle into the ear.

It’s a method of wax-removal that’s been popular for thousands of years, with people using ear candles to remove wax, improve hearing, and treat ear infections.

However, there isn’t any valid scientific evidence on the benefits of ear candling. In fact, doctors don’t recommend this practice because it’s considered dangerous and ineffective. It can also do more harm than good.

What exactly is an ear candle?

An ear candle is a small tube made from cotton soaked in either beeswax, paraffin, or a mix of the two. The wax tends to have ingredients such as rosemary, sage, chamomile or honey.

How do you use an ear candle?

The practice of coning is usually done by a professional, for example a beautician or a herbalist. But many do try the method at home, which isn’t recommended.
It’s usually inserted through foil or a hole in a paper plate, which are used to catch the hot wax.

If done by a professional, they’ll first have you lie on your side with one ear facing up. The pointed end of the candle is placed in your ear and then lit.

As the candle burns, it will be trimmed and still kept open, making sure no wax actually drips on or in the ear, wit the whole process lasting about 15 minutes per ear.

Do ear candles really work?

The procedure is done through the warmth of the candle flame creating a vacuum to draw out earwax through the suction.

These can range from burns on the face or ear canal, ears being plugged by wax and a punctured eardrum to bleeding or even accidental fires.

Is it safe?

The FDA reports that ear candles are associated with dangerous side effects.

To avoid any accidents it’s always best to go to a licensed practitioner who has experience with candling.

Ant Middleton breaks silence as Channel 4 refuse to work with him again 'Time to move on'

“Following a number of discussions Channel 4 and Minnow Films have had with him in relation to his personal conduct it has become clear that our views and values are not aligned and we will not be working with him again.”

Ant followed up his announcement with the comment: “Stay positive.”

Many of his fans flocked to his post to share their thoughts.

Tipping Point host Ben Shephard wrote: “Have loved every minute @antmiddleton we’ll miss watching you on the show but will look forward to what’s coming next!”

Another commented: “Gutted you’re leaving Ant, you’ve been an inspiration, whatever you choose to do next good luck!”