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Kate Middleton and Prince William Make an In-Person Hospital Visit as Lockdown Lifts

Duchess Kate and Prince William have returned to some of their in-person official royal engagements, following an extended lockdown period due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Stepping out on Sunday, Kate and William paid a visit to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn to mark the 72nd birthday of the NHS, the National Health Service in the United Kingdom. The couple also took the opportunity to “thank health and social care staff who are continuing to provide crucial support in the national response to COVID-19,” per a press release from Kensington Palace.

During the visit, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge partook in an afternoon tea to celebrate the National Health Service’s birthday. Plus, Queen Elizabeth Hospital will celebrate its own 40th anniversary on July 22, 2020. Per Kensington Palace’s press release, “The Queen Elizabeth Hospital has been caring for patients since 1980 and currently serves a population of around 331,000 people from across Norfolk, Cambridgeshire and Lincolnshire.”

The hospital has also been key in providing care during the coronavirus pandemic, with approximately 450 COVID-19 patients receiving treatment at the center. The press release also revealed that Queen Elizabeth Hospital “has now recruited 46 patients to the COVID-19 Recovery Trial, with more than 500 enrolled in their other coronavirus research studies.”

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State school pupils will study just five or six GCSEs

State school pupils will study just five or six GCSEs as teachers cram to make up for lost learning – while those in private sector will do nine or 10

  • State schools could cut number of GCSEs studied from nine or 10 down to five
  • Harris Federation schools look to cut art, music, drama and foreign languages
  • Independent Schools Council say private schools won’t axe ‘softer’ subjects

State schools are set to limit the numbers of GCSEs their pupils study to just five or six as plans continue to be drawn up for the education catchup – but private school pupils will be taught nine or 10.

‘Softer’ subjects such as art, music, design and technology, drama and foreign languages could be withdrawn for many state pupils as head teachers try to make up for lost time.

With some state schools not having offered any online lessons since March, they will focus on getting pupils back up to speed with core GCSE subjects such as maths and English.

The chief executive of the Harris Federation, a successful chain of 43 academies, Dan Moynihan said he is planning to cut the number of GCSEs studied from the normal nine or 10, the Sunday Times reports.

Some state schools could limit the numbers of GCSEs their pupils study to just five or six by withdrawing ‘softer’ subjects such as art, music, design and technology, drama and foreign languages. Pictured: Harris Academy South Norwood, one of the Harris Federation schools

He told the paper: “I do not think they [the pupils] will be pleased to look back when they are 40 and see that, because of a bit of art or French or design and technology, they did not get the qualification in English or maths they needed to get a job.”

Usually state school children are expected to take at least eight GCSEs but government guidelines published last Thursday allow for this number to be dropped in exceptional circumstances.

However, the head of Ofsted Amanda Spielman has warned against narrowing the curriculum and said that now more than ever pupils needed a comprehensive education.

She said: ‘Schools should think about each child and what is right for them. I am not sure that focusing on English and maths is the kind of message anyone would expect for children at GCSE.’

However, the chairman of the Independent Schools Council Barnaby Lenon said that ‘softer’ subjects would not be dropped in private schools as the decision would limit A-Level choices.

Former Labour education minister Lord Adonis has also criticised the potential narrowing of the state curriculum claiming the move would increase the gulf between state and private education.

This news comes after it emerged this week that oral exams were set to be axed for modern foreign language GCSEs.

The chief executive of the Harris Federation, a successful chain of 43 academies, Dan Moynihan said he is planning to cut the number of GCSEs studied from the normal nine or 10

New plans outlined by exam watchdog Ofqual, will see oral exams, which usually make up 25 per cent of GCSE language grades, removed from the syllabus.

A ‘teacher endorsement’ will be given as evidence to exam boards to prove that students can speak the language, the Daily Telegraph reports.

Speaking to the paper, Dr Toy Breslin, a former chief examiner, said that scrapping oral exams would be ‘like removing numbers from maths’ and could damage the reputation of GCSEs as a qualification.

He described the move as: ‘A bit slash and burn.’

In a consultation document, Ofqual said the decision was made after teachers informed them that recorded oral exams take time to arrange and manage.

Other changes to GCSEs include geography field trips being cancelled, practical experiments will be scrapped for science students in favour of teacher demonstrations and design and technology students will not be allowed to use tools and will instead have to observe a teacher at work.

History will also be reduced in size by up to 20 per cent as many topics will become optional.

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Will Smith Reacts to Jada Pinkett Smith's Alleged Affair with August Alsina

Will and Jada Pinkett Smith are one of the most fascinating celebrity couples. Married for over 20 years with two kids, they have lived much of their lives blemish-free, navigating the rigors of Hollywood and the pitfalls of being public figures with near-enviable ease.

But their image is being called into question after singer August Alsina claimed in a recent interview that he’d had a relationship with Jada with Smith’s permission. Here’s a recap of what’s going on and what the Men In Black actor has to say about it.

What August Alsina said about Jada Pinkett Smith

He had been talking to Angela Yee of The Breakfast Club in an interview published on June 30 when he was asked about his relationship with Jada.

The pair met in 2015 and became good friends, with August Alsina even joining the Smiths on vacation and accompanying Jada to the 2017 BET Awards. But their closeness prompted fling speculation, especially due to longstanding rumors that the Smiths have an open marriage.

The two have always described their relationship as strictly platonic, but August Alsina alleged to Yee that it was actually more than that.

“I actually sat down with Will and had a conversation due to the transformation from their marriage to life partnership that they’ve spoken on several times and it not involving romanticism… He gave me his blessing,” he continued, referencing interviews such as one in July 2018 interview where Smith said he and Jada no longer view themselves married but as “life partners.”

Going on, the “No Love” singer continued, “I totally gave myself to that relationship for years of my life and I truly and really, really, deeply loved and have a ton of love for her. I devoted myself to it. I gave my full self to it — so much so to the point that I can die right now and be OK with knowing that I truly gave myself to somebody and I really loved a person. I experienced that.”

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Will Smith’s response to August Alsina’s claims

The Hitch actor himself has yet to directly address the claims. But his purported representative told The Daily Mail that August Alsina’s story is “wrong.”

Jada’s representative also pushed back on the singer’s claims to Page Six. Though she also hasn’t directly commented on the accusations, she suggested on Twitter that she might open up on an upcoming episode of her Facebook Watch show, Red Table Talk.

Only time will tell if she actually does speak out, but August Alsina doesn’t seem to be harping on it either way. As he told Yee, “I never could even get into the thought of that because I’m only responsible for myself and I’m only responsible for what I do when I’m repressing things and it starts to affect me.”

He continued, “I just always stayed silent because I never wanted to be the person to cause confusion because I love these people. I really, genuinely do.”

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Ghislaine Maxwell will NEVER sell out Prince Andrew says confidante

Ghislaine Maxwell will NEVER sell out Prince Andrew says confidante Laura Goldman as she claims the royal and the socialite had a fling – and the Duke is urged to go to the FBI

  • Maxwell was arrested on charges of procuring underage girls for Jeffrey Epstein 
  • She was arrested Thursday at $1million ‘Tuckedaway’ home in New Hampshire 
  • Pressure mounted on Prince Andrew to speak to the FBI first last night
  • But Ghislaine’s friend Laura Goldman said she would ‘never sell out’ the Prince
  • She suggested Maxwell could discuss US Presidents Bill Clinton and Donald Trump’s relationships with Epstein

Pressure mounted on Prince Andrew to speak to the FBI before Ghislaine Maxwell starts ‘naming names’.

Maxwell faces up to 35 years in prison for child sex charges after officers swooped on her US bolthole on Thursday. 

It comes as a close confidante of Maxwell says she will ‘never sell out’ Prince Andrew as part of any plea deal with investigators after she was arrested on child sex charges.

Laura Goldman, who has known Maxwell for several years, told The Telegraph she would ‘never’ offer information about alleged links between Prince Andrew and Jeffrey Epstein.

‘The only way she can walk is if she gives someone up, but that definitely won’t be Andrew,’ Ms Goldman told the publication.

‘She is so appreciative that when she first came to New York, the Duke helped to launch her into high society. She always talks about what a true friend he is. She doesn’t see any reason to speak about him to the authorities.’

Ms Goldman suggested Maxwell would be more likely to discuss Epstein’s dealings with former US President Bill Clinton and his successor Donald Trump. No allegations have been made about either man. 

There is concern among royal circles over what implications Ms Maxwell’s arrest in New Hampshire on Thursday could have for the Duke, 60, who was reportedly introduced to the billionaire paedophile by her in 1999. 

Tonight, a new photograph emerged of the socialite sitting in the Throne Room at Buckingham Palace alongside actor Kevin Spacey in 2002, years before police began investigating Epstein’s links to sex trafficking and abuse.

Tonight’s bombshell revelation comes as the Mail can reveal:

  • Maxwell started legal moves to purchase her secluded New Hampshire bolthole the very day after Andrew’s car crash TV interview;
  • Victims urged the duke to speak to the FBI, saying ‘more excuses, more delays’ were ‘torture’ for them;
  • The duke’s immediate fate rests with Home Office officials who must judge if the US can quiz him in a court;
  • Andrew’s accuser Virginia Roberts branded Maxwell ‘an evil monster’ and said she cried tears of joy at her arrest. 

Laura Goldman, who has been friends with Ghislaine Maxwell for several years said she would ‘never sell out’ Prince Andrew following her arrest on child sex charges

Yesterday one former associate of her late paedophile boyfriend Jeffrey Epstein predicted she would co-operate fully with the authorities in a bid to reduce any future jail time, adding: ‘There’s a lot of people very worried. She knows everything.’

One lawyer representing Epstein victims, Gloria Allred, said: ‘If Miss Maxwell decides that she is going to co-operate and talk about Prince Andrew… Prince Andrew might want to get to the prosecutors first.’

The duke’s allies insisted he wants to ‘do his best’, claiming he had tried unsuccessfully to break the deadlock with US prosecutors three times in the past month.

The comments came as former Epstein associate Steven Hoffenberg, a convicted fraudster who worked with the financier in the 1980s, said of Maxwell: ‘She’s going to co-operate and be very important. There’s a lot of people very worried. She knows everything. She’ll totally co-operate.’

‘She is so appreciative that when she first came to New York, the Duke helped to launch her into high society. She always talks about what a true friend he is. She doesn’t see any reason to speak about him to the authorities,’ said Ms Goldman

Lawyer Lisa Bloom, who represents six of Epstein’s victims, said it was ‘highly likely’ Maxwell, 58, would strike a plea deal with prosecutors.

Another lawyer representing more Epstein victims, Spencer Kuvin, agreed. ‘I think [Maxwell] will talk,’ he said. ‘She will be in panic mode, and will want to do anything to get a lighter sentence. For anyone who has culpability for anything over the past ten to 15 years, I’d be nervous.’

Chillingly, he added: ‘I don’t think she is going to get out of jail alive. I said the same thing about Jeffrey Epstein and people laughed at me. I think she knows way too much… I just have this gut feeling.’

Epstein hanged himself in his cell last August while awaiting trial on child sex charges. His guards were found to have faked records saying they had checked on him.

 ‘The only way she can walk is if she gives someone up, but that definitely won’t be Andrew,’ Ms Goldman said of Maxwell. Pictured: The Prince with Maxwell at Ladies’ Day at Ascot in June 2000

Conspiracy theories abound that Epstein was killed to stop him talking about his powerful friends. Prince Andrew stayed with Epstein at his mansions in New York, Florida and the Caribbean, where women have claimed they were abused. He also flew on Epstein’s private jet, nicknamed the ‘Lolita Express’.

However, he insisted last year that he never saw, witnesses or suspected ‘any behaviour of the sort’ that led to Epstein’s arrest and conviction for child sex offences.

London mayor Sadiq Khan was among those urging the duke to talk to US officials, telling LBC: ‘I think it’s really important for those of us in positions of power and influence to lead by example.

‘We shouldn’t lose sight of… who the victims are. The victims were children at the time, vulnerable children, young women, and it’s really important that anybody who’s got information helps the FBI and that includes Prince Andrew as well.’

Mrs Allred, who represents five Epstein victims, told Good Morning Britain: ‘I’m just so tired of the excuses. The victims want the truth. We know that Prince Andrew was at Epstein’s home in London and in Manhattan and elsewhere, so he is an important person, and if Miss Maxwell decides that she is going to co-operate and talk about Prince Andrew and what he did there, Prince Andrew might want to get to the prosecutors first.’

Andrew’s immediate fate is in the hands of Home Office officials, who must decide whether to grant US officials’ request for ‘mutual legal assistance’ made in April. Under the terms of a 1994 treaty between the US and UK, this could see the duke forced to give evidence in a courtroom

Yesterday sources close to the duke, 60, claimed he wants ‘to do his best to offer his assistance as a witness’. They insisted his legal team had been proactive, sending three emails in the past month to the Americans to ‘open negotiations’ to discuss the terms under which he might give a witness statement.

The last contact was made within the past few days but there has been no response, the sources said.

The FBI has made no secret of its wish to meet Andrew face-to-face and question him under oath – suggesting a statement drafted with his lawyers would not suffice.

One insider said Andrew and his team were puzzled as to why other high-profile men linked to Epstein were not being pursued with the same vigour.

‘It seems like the duke is a high-profile scalp for the Department of Justice and they are using his name to rattle cages and look like they are actively doing something,’ they said.

Andrew’s immediate fate is in the hands of Home Office officials, who must decide whether to grant US officials’ request for ‘mutual legal assistance’ made in April.

Under the terms of a 1994 treaty between the US and UK, this could see the duke forced to give evidence in a courtroom.

A specialist unit of civil servants within the Home Office is ‘processing’ the request ‘via the normal channels’, sources said.

Once their recommendation has been made, the final ruling is expected to be made by Home Secretary Priti Patel.

With no time limit attached to the request, officials may not wish to rush their decision. They may also hope the prince resolves the situation himself.

British socialite Maxwell, the daughter of disgraced newspaper tycoon Robert Maxwell, now faces six federal charges including child abuse, trafficking and perjury.

She was said to have spent the first day following her arrest at Merrimack County Jail in Boscawen, New Hampshire. She will eventually be transferred to Manhattan, where she could end up in the jail where Epstein, 66, killed himself.

She was arrested in a secluded property in the New Hampshire, fittingly called ‘TuckedAway’. The Mail can reveal it was bought via limited company Granite Reality, which was established on November 18 last year.

This was one day after Prince Andrew’s Newsnight interview, intended to clear up his relationship with Epstein but which led to him quitting frontline royal duties.

Maxwell has already made one brief court appearance in New Hampshire but has not entered any plea to allegations relating to three girls, one as young as 14 and another in London.

She allegedly befriended schoolgirls and took them shopping before luring them into Epstein’s clutches, as well as abusing them herself. She has previously denied all allegations of wrongdoing.

Virginia Roberts, who claims she was Epstein’s teenage sex slave and was forced to have sex with Prince Andrew three times, thanked the FBI for arresting ‘an evil monster’.

Miss Roberts – whose claims the prince strenuously denies – added: ‘When I got the call, I was elated, crying tears of joy, laughing… finally, we got her. This woman found me, groomed me, abused me and handed me over to Jeffrey and his friends.’

From Donald Trump to Naomi Campbell, why it’s not just Prince Andrew feeling the heat after Jeffrey Epstein’s ex-girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell was arrested by the FBI

ByGuy Adams for the Daily Mail 

He might not be able to sweat, but Prince Andrew won’t be the only one feeling a little hot under the collar following Ghislaine Maxwell’s arrest. 

The socialite ran almost every aspect of Jeffrey Epstein’s seedy existence, from his homes and private jet to his colourful social calendar, which saw him rubbing shoulders with some of the most famous people in the world. 

Here are some of the figures who had connections to the late paedophile financier and may dread being dragged into the case as witnesses…

He might not be able to sweat, but Prince Andrew won’t be the only one feeling a little hot under the collar following Ghislaine Maxwell’s arrest

Bill Clinton

Clinton and Jeffrey Epstein first met in the early 1990s, when the financier made large donations to both his presidential campaign and to refurbish the White House following his election.

Flight logs from Epstein’s private jet, which was famously dubbed the ‘Lolita Express’, suggest that after leaving office the former US president took at least ten trips on it.

Maxwell is seen above (circled) as Bill Clinton walks daughter Chelsea down the aisle at her wedding

One was a jaunt to Africa when he was joined on board by the actor Kevin Spacey, who much like Mr Clinton, has faced a string of allegations of sexual misconduct.

A book called A Convenient Death: The Mysterious Demise Of Jeffrey Epstein has alleged that during this period, Clinton and Ghislaine Maxwell were conducting an affair.

The book also claims Epstein once took Mr Clinton to an orgy during an overseas jaunt. The ex-president allegedly walked in but immediately said ‘No, no, no, this is not my thing,’ before leaving.

Even after Epstein’s arrest, Clinton continued to give and receive hospitality. The financier made a $25,000 donation to his foundation in 2006, and in 2010 Maxwell was invited to the wedding of Chelsea Clinton.

Clinton (whose appears 21 times in Maxwell’s ‘little black book’ of contacts) has described claims of an affair as ‘a total lie’ and a spokesman has insisted that he ‘knows nothing about the terrible crimes’.

Donald Trump

The most powerful man in the world was once proud to call himself a bosom buddy of Epstein.

‘I’ve known Jeff for 15 years. Terrific guy,’ he told a New York magazine journalist in 2002. 

‘He’s a lot of fun… It is even said that he likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side.’

Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell is pictured above with Donald Trump and his now-wife Melania Trump at Mar-a-Lago in Florida

A now-notorious photo shows Trump and his future wife Melania posing with Epstein and Ghislaine at a tennis tournament in Palm Beach, where both men kept homes.

Donald Trump is pictured above with future wife Melania and Ghislaine Maxwell

Further insight into the pair’s relationship comes courtesy of a video of the duo taken in 1992 at Mar-a-Lago in which they ogle young women on the dancefloor.

The future president (then recently divorced) is seen grabbing a female guest’s backside, saying: ‘Look at her, back there… She’s hot!’ 

Epstein reacts with a smile and a nod. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Trump has lately changed his tune about his old wingman, saying last year: ‘I haven’t spoken to him in 15 years. I was not a fan of his, that I can tell you.’

Alan Dershowitz

One of America’s most famous lawyers, who represented Trump at his recent impeachment trial, headed up the legal ‘dream team’ which negotiated an extraordinary 2008 plea bargain that saw Epstein spend 13 months in an open prison after being accused of dozens of child sex crimes.

The former attorney for everyone from OJ Simpson to Harvey Weinstein was dragged back into the Epstein affair in 2014 by Virginia Giuffre (formerly Roberts) – perhaps the financier’s most high-profile victim. 

In court papers, Giuffre claimed that she was routinely made ‘available for sex to politically-connected and financially-powerful people’, saying that Dershowitz had abused her as a minor ‘not only in Florida but also on private planes, in New York, New Mexico, and the US Virgin Islands’.

The former attorney for everyone from OJ Simpson to Harvey Weinstein was dragged back into the Epstein affair in 2014 by Virginia Giuffre (formerly Roberts) – perhaps the financier’s most high-profile victim

In a 2018 court hearing, it emerged that a second alleged victim, Sarah Ransome, claimed to have been told by Maxwell ‘to have sex with third parties, including Alan Dershowitz, for example’.

Dershowitz vigorously denies all claims of impropriety. He admits having received a massage at Epstein’s home but says it came from an ‘old woman’.

The film-maker didn’t appear to have much in common with Jeffrey Epstein, aside from having been on the wrong end of abuse allegations, when he agreed to attend a dinner party at the convicted child sex offender’s Manhattan home shortly before Christmas 2010.

His dinner party invitation was extended by Maxwell, who assembled an array of stellar guests.

The main draw, however, was Prince Andrew who, according to the New York gossip columns, waxed lyrical about Prince William’s forthcoming wedding. 

‘Everyone at the table, including Woody Allen jokingly asked him for an invite,’ read a report. ‘But he just smiled.’

Allen and Epstein’s relationship blossomed. In 2013, the duo were spotted strolling around the city’s Upper East Side together, with a US newspaper reporting: ‘The former hedgefunder was “hugging (Allen) and talking close to his ear” on Sunday.’

The film-maker didn’t appear to have much in common with Jeffrey Epstein, aside from having been on the wrong end of abuse allegations, when he agreed to attend a dinner party at the convicted child sex offender’s Manhattan home shortly before Christmas 2010

Jean-Luc Brunel

The French modelling agent made his name in the 1980s, claiming to have launched the careers of Jerry Hall and Sharon Stone.

He became matey with Epstein during the late 1990s, growing to become his closest male friend, and has been widely accused of using a Florida agency they co-founded called MC2 to fly dozens of young girls to America on model visas.

Court papers allege the women were ‘farmed out’ to have sex with the paedophile and his associates.

Naomi Campbell

The hot-tempered supermodel – – was dragged into the Epstein affair in 2010, when court papers revealed that she had once flown in the paedophile’s private jet.

In January, further controversy erupted when Virginia Giuffre used Twitter to share photographs of herself standing next to Maxwell and Campbell at the supermodel’s 31st birthday party in St Tropez in the early 2000s.

In January, further controversy erupted when Virginia Giuffre used Twitter to share photographs of herself standing next to Maxwell and Campbell at the supermodel’s 31st birthday party in St Tropez in the early 2000s

Ehud Barak

The one-time Israeli prime minister featured prominently in Epstein’s address book.

It has emerged Epstein had invested in one of Barak’s business ventures in 2015. Then US tax records revealed he had received $2million in grants from a foundation which counted the disgraced financier as a trustee.

In July, the dispute went stratospheric when the Mail published photos from 2016 showing Barak wearing a huge coat and hat to enter the child sex offender’s New York home. Several young women were photographed entering the property around the same time.Barak later confessed he’d met Epstein at least ten times, but denied ever seeing him ‘in the company of women or young girls’.

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Hollyoaks Leela and Peri will get pregnant after mum and daughter BOTH sleep with drug dealer Jordan, predict fans

HOLLYOAKS fans have predicted that Leela and Peri will both get pregnant after they slept with drug dealer Jordan.

Viewers have been left horrified after the bad boy, played by Connor Calland, charmed his way into both of the mother and daughter duo's beds, two-timing them in recent scenes.

Jordan left Peri devastated when he brutally dumped her last month after moving into their family home because he needed a place to stay.

With Leela unaware of what went on between them, he quickly turned his attention to her – under the promise of keeping their romance a secret.

However, a recent Hollyoaks episode saw cruel Jordan tell Peri that he still had feelings for her in a desperate bid to stop her from telling her mum about a stash of his drugs that she discovered.

She ended up sleeping with her former flame – unaware that he is also sleeping with her mother, Leela, in secret.


The Daily Star report that bookies have Jordan odds on to get both women pregnant in an explosive storyline at 4/1.

A spokesperson added: "Jordan is headed for some trouble with his affairs and he's going to be exposed.

"We certainly can see a pregnancy storyline happening."

And fans of the Channel 4 soap also predict a pregnancy twist, with one tweeting: "What’s the bet Jordan is gonna end up getting both Leela and Peri pregnant at the same time."

Another added: "What if the Peri/Jordan/Leela storyline ends up as them both getting pregnant with Jordan’s baby a bit like the Eastenders Sharon/Phil/Keanu storyline?"

A third wrote: "I bet Jordan gets Leela and Peri pregnant."

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As of Wednesday there will be three new flavours of Cadbury Dairy Milk chocolate

Are you a Fruit and Nut fan or a caramel connoisseur when it comes to Dairy Milk chocolate?

There might just be a new contender on the block for your eating pleasure, as Cadbury have announced the three finalists for their Inventor 2020 competition.

Earlier in the year, chocolate lovers were asked to submit their ideas for new flavours of Dairy Milk, and three of the top ones have now been announced.

These three flavours will go on sale in Tesco as of Wednesday Wednesday 8 July before launching in participating supermarkets nationwide on 22 July.

Members of the public will then be able to vote for their favourite, which will become a permanent fixture on the shelves.

Let’s see the new Dairy Milk bars on offer, shall we?

Gillian’s Cadbury Dairy Milk Coconutty

Gillian is 36, and is a Liverpool FC fan from Northern Ireland.

Her bar is inspired by her children’s love of fresh coconut, and includes milk chocolate with coconut crumble, studded with smooth white crisp pearls. 

Gillian said ‘My children and I are big fans of white chocolate and coconut. After realising there aren’t that many white chocolate options in chocolate bars, the combination of coconut and white chocolate was formed to appeal to fresh coconut lovers who are dreaming of a tropical paradise this summer!’

Shannon’s Cadbury Dairy Milk Crunchy Honeycomb

Shannon, 19-year-old student from Nottingham, combined her favourite flavours for this crunchy bar.

Shannon’s bar combines milk chocolate, golden crunchy honeycomb pieces with tasty caramel flavoured fudge, and chopped hazelnuts to add an even more crunch.

Taylor’s Cadbury Dairy Milk Out of the Blueberry

Taylor, 24-year-old mother of two from Leeds, says she created Out of the Bluberry because of her son’s love and obsession for blueberries.

Taylor’s bar consists of milk chocolate with juicy blueberry flavoured nuggets and white crisp pearls. 

Taylor said ‘My eldest son is completely obsessed with blueberries and white chocolate – his love of the two inspired me to create the Out of the Blueberry bar. The blend of sweet white chocolate and mouth-watering blueberries complement the milk chocolate to make a yummy snack for all to enjoy.’

Try them out from next week, and cast your vote for your favourite on www.cadburyinventor.com until 6 September.

Each will cost from £1 (at Tesco on promotion, £1.49 RRP) for a 105g bar.

The winner will be crowned the nation’s favourite and become the latest addition to the iconic Cadbury Dairy Milk range for good, so the stakes are high.

And if you don’t think any of these flavours are worth your votes you can put your own hat into the ring for 2021 here.

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When will nightclubs and music venues open in the UK? – The Sun

ON June 23 Boris Johnson announced that many public spaces will be able to open again in the UK from July 4, including pubs and hairdressers.

Many businesses however have had to remain closed – and the list includes nightclubs and music venues.

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When will nightclubs and music venues open in the UK?

From July 4, hotels, pubs, libraries, hairdressers, and caravan sites will be able to open.

However, nightclubs, gyms and spas will stay closed as they pose too much of a risk due to the close proximity of people in these spaces.

The full list of businesses that have to remain closed are:

  • Nightclubs
  • Casinos
  • Bowling alleys and indoor skating rinks
  • Indoor play areas including soft-play
  • Spas
  • Nail bars and beauty salons
  • Massage, tattoo and piercing parlours
  • Indoor fitness and dance studios, and indoor gyms and sports venues/facilities
  • Swimming pools and water parks
  • Exhibition or Conference Centres – where they are to be used for exhibitions or conferences, other than for those who work for that venue.

The UK's May 11 three-step plan said that reopening venues whose “core purpose is social interaction (such as nightclubs)… may only be fully possible significantly later depending on the reduction in the numbers of infections.”

The government is cautious as there was a coronavirus spike in South Korea as soon as they reopened nightclubs in late April and had to shut them down again after only two weeks.

In Germany, where the virus is almost under control, the ban on nightclubs will last until July 31 at least, while gatherings of more than 5,000 people aren't happening until October 24.

When will concerts be back on?

Gigs and concerts are unable to take place unless they are being live-streamed due to the risk of people singing and passing on the virus.

Open-air concerts will likely be the first to reopen as they are better ventilated and fields have much more space than clubs.

The Government plan says: “Reopening outdoor spaces and activities (subject to continued social distancing) comes earlier in the roadmap because the risk of transmission outdoors is significantly lower.”

Some music venues have already started hosting performances for broadcast.

In June Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden shared this five-step plan for the gradual reopening of music venues, although there are no dates as to when these steps can be taken.

  • Stage One – Rehearsal and training  – no audiences and adhering to social distancing guidelines
  • Stage Two – Performances for broadcast and recording purposes, adhering to social distancing guidelines
  • Stage Three – Performances outdoors with an audience plus pilots for indoor performances with a limited distance audience
  • Stage Four – Performances allowed indoors or outdoors, with a limited and distanced audience indoors
  • Stage Five – Performances allowed indoors or outdoors, with a fuller audience indoors

Dowden said: "I am determined to ensure the performing arts do not stay closed longer than is absolutely necessary to protect public health."

What social distancing measures will be in place?

The Government hasn't said much about what social distancing measures will be in place for gigs and concerts, but the chances are that the bar will be socially distanced the same way it will be in pubs.

It is highly likely that there will be reduced capacities and space between attendees, such as spaced seating in venues like Wembley.

Capacity will likely be increased over time as the R value goes down in the local area, but that all depends on how things go.

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Luxury hotels will temperature scan guests for signs of fever

Checked on check in! Luxury hotels will temperature scan guests for signs of fever when they reopen on Super Saturday as part of measures to tackle coronavirus

  • Guests will be checked by staff using a contactless device in the hotel’s car park
  • If the reading is above 38C, customers will be told they cannot enter the hotel
  • The Langham, Cliveden House and The Bath Priory among those trialling system 

Luxury hotels reopening tomorrow will turn away guests if they fail temperature checks as part of efforts to combat coronavirus.

The Langham in central London, Cliveden House in Berkshire and The Bath Priory in Bath are among those which will screen visitors for signs of fever in an attempt to identify anyone with symptoms.

Andrew Stembridge, executive director of Iconic Luxury Hotels, which owns a handful of boutique venues including Cliveden House, said he hopes the checks will be ‘quite relaxed’.

Cliveden House, pictured, is among the luxury hotels which will screen visitors for signs of fever in an attempt to identify anyone with symptoms

Arriving guests will be greeted at the car park of their hotel and a member of staff will use a handheld contactless device, pictured, to take their temperature

Arriving guests will be greeted at the car park of their hotel and a member of staff will use a handheld contactless device to take their temperature.

Mr Stembridge said: ‘We put in our (booking) confirmation ‘If you are above 38C then I’m really sorry we’re going to have to send you home again’.

‘At least by doing it in the car park, you haven’t got that slightly awkward situation where someone’s already in the building.’

He said he believes guests will be relieved such checks are being carried out.

‘It’s one thing going to Waitrose, but if you’re going into an environment where you’re going to be in there for the next three or four days, knowing that every single person has been temperature checked (gives you) peace of mind,’ he said.

Mr Stembridge said most of his hotel rooms have been reserved for Saturday night and the rate of bookings is three times higher than normal for this time of year.

‘I don’t think every hotel is going to have a great summer,’ he added. ‘I think there’s a great opportunity for those hotels that have lots of space and a location that feels very rural.’

Most UK hotels were closed when the coronavirus lockdown was introduced on March 23, with only those providing accommodation for key workers allowed to continue operating.

Kelly-Anne McKittrick, Executive Head House Keeping Manager at the Grand Central Hotel in Belfast checks rooms before reopening

Head housekeeper Carolanne Rowe attaches a deep cleaning seal to a hotel suite door at St Moritz hotel and spa, Cornwall, after saintising the rooms in preparation ahead of reopening

Aaron Murray, Assistant Front Office Manager, at the Grand Central Hotel in Belfast, prepares to reopen to guests

Head housekeeper Carolanne Rowe wears PPE as she moves sun loungers on a balcony in a hotel suite at St Moritz hotel and spa, Cornwall

Rooms are being prepared by staff at hotels up and down the country ahead of Super Saturday

Head housekeeper Carolanne Rowe wears PPE as she deep cleans a hotel suite at St Moritz hotel and spa, Cornwall

Stephen Meldrum General Manager of the new Grand Central Hotel in Belfast stands near the socially distanced tables and chairs

Head housekeeper Carolanne Rowe wears PPE as she cleans a balcony dining set in a hotel suite at St Moritz hotel and spa, Cornwall

Guests at the Grand Central Hotel in Belfast will be met with signs reminding them to observe social distancing

Hotels in Northern Ireland and England are permitted to reopen from Friday and Saturday respectively, while those in Wales with en-suite facilities can welcome guests from July 11.

The Scottish Government has set a later date of July 15.

Hilton will reopen the majority of its hotels in England from Saturday, including properties in Brighton, Cambridge, Liverpool, London and Manchester.

Staff will not carry out temperature checks, but new safety standards include putting seals on bedroom doors to show no-one has entered rooms after they have been cleaned.

Stephen Cassidy, Hilton’s managing director in the UK and Ireland, acknowledged ‘expectations will be different’ when hotels reopen, with cleanliness and hygiene ‘more important than ever’.

Premier Inn, which has more than 800 hotels in the UK, is reopening those in England in phases from Saturday.

As part of enhanced hygiene measures, screens will be placed at check-in areas, hand sanitiser stations will be installed in public areas and breakfasts will be served in boxes rather than at restaurants.

Simon Ewins, managing director of Premier Inn, said he wants to reassure guests of the ‘stringent hygiene standards that exist from check-in to check-out’.

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When will swimming pools reopen in the UK?

SWIMMING pools have been closed during the lockdown in a bid to limit the spread of coronavirus.

This has seen a number of keen swimmers miss out on their favourite exercise – but with rules being further relaxed on July 4, will people be able to get back in the water?

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When will swimming pools reopen?

On June 23, Boris Johnson confirmed the reopening of the hospitality industry from July 4 as the risk of coronavirus decreases.

However, swimming pools are among the few businesses that will remain closed.

Pubs and restaurants will be able to reopen on Saturday, while lockdown barnets will be a thing of the past as hairdressers return.

But pools, bowling alleys, casinos, nightclubs and beauty salons will stay shut.

And swimming centres would need some pre-warning that they can return as one expert has said most pools would need three weeks notice before opening to the public.

Head of facilities for Swim England, Richard Lamburn says pools will have to pass a microbiological test before they can reopen and added that the water will need to be reheated, this has to be done at an increase of 0.25C an hour.

This is while chlorine, which is used in pools to keep it clean also inactivates most viruses.

What are Swim England's Returning To The Pool guidelines?

Swim England published a list of guidelines for swimmers called "Returning To The Pool" on Monday ahead of pools reopening which could be as early as July.

Swimmers will have to adhere to social distancing rules in the water, while pool cleanliness will be a top priority.

Jane Nickerson, chief executive of Swim England, said: "In the early days, it may be that you are encouraged not to use the changing rooms.

"What we're suggesting is going 'beach ready'. Some pools might ask you just to put on a towelling robe and — let's hope you're not on a bus, you're in a car — travel home like that."

People may be told to change by the pool and put their valuables in a bag inside a locker.

Social distancing rules for swimmers in the water will be stricter than usual.

A standard 25-metre pool will be modified so it has three lanes, rather than the normal six.

Under the proposals, this would mean 10 people to a lane, and 30 in the pool in total.

Ms Nickerson said: "It will be a much stricter regime…not standing at the end, but to keep swimming – and to keep five metres from the person in front of you.

"We are saying if you do need to stop for a rest, or catch your breath, just make sure you get to the edge of the lane, to allow others to turn, and keep your head away, face the wall."

When will kids' swimming lessons restart?

There is no official date set for the return of swimming lessons for kids.

Kids "playing around" will be banned from pools unless they are taking lessons.

But children who do not yet know how to swim will still be welcome in pools so they can enjoy lessons.

Ms Nickerson said: “Kids playing around – I don’t think we’ll be seeing that for some time because of the social distancing.

"It doesn’t mean that we couldn’t do lessons, or some club and community activity – as long as they are programmed and maintaining a distance.”

How will pools and changing rooms be kept clean?

Ms Nickerson said facilities would be limited for those attending the pool – with local indoor facilities seeming "very different" when they reopen.

“At this time, we are bound by the Government on when we’ll be able to get back to the sports we all love.

“One thing is clear – initially things aren’t going to be the same when pools do reopen.

“We will have to adhere to social distancing guidelines in changing rooms, the poolside and the water itself as well of the rest of the building and be more mindful of our surroundings.”

She said that communal areas may have to be closed and that people would have to arrive with their swimsuits on underneath their normal clothing.

Swimmers are urged to shower at home, arriving wearing their swimwear under their clothes already and to bring toys and floats with them.

This change, called “beach ready” and is designed to make sure swimmers spend less time in the changing room and to ensure that showers are available post-swim

People may be told to change by the pool and put their valuables in a bag inside a locker.

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Will fifth place in the Premier League mean Champions League qualification after Man City are banned for FFP breach? – The Sun

MANCHESTER CITY have been hit with a shock two-year Champions League ban by Uefa.

The reigning English champions have also been handed a £25million fine in a dramatic ruling which has huge ramifications for this season's table.

But what does this mean for this year's Premier League and that all important fourth qualifying spot?

Why are Man City banned from the Champions League?

CITY have been slapped with the sanction having been found guilty of seriously misleading European football’s governing body.

Uefa investigated claims that City had hidden millions in funding by the club’s Abu Dhabi owners under the guise of legitimate sponsorship income.

The probe was launched following the Football Leaks document dump of emails and letters.

City were initially fined £49m for FFP breaches in 2014, although that was later reduced to £16m.

The club have always vehemently protest their innocence but were today found guilty and Uefa bigwigs have come down hard.

A statement from the club said: “Manchester City is disappointed but not surprised by today’s announcement by the UEFA Adjudicatory Chamber.

"The Club has always anticipated the ultimate need to seek out an independent body and process to impartially consider the comprehensive body of irrefutable evidence in support of its position.

“In December 2018, the UEFA Chief Investigator publicly previewed the outcome and sanction he intended to be delivered to Manchester City, before any investigation had even begun.

"The subsequent flawed and consistently leaked UEFA process he oversaw has meant that there was little doubt in the result that he would deliver.  The Club has formally complained to the UEFA Disciplinary body, a complaint which was validated by a CAS ruling.

“Simply put, this is a case initiated by UEFA, prosecuted by UEFA and judged by UEFA. With this prejudicial process now over, the Club will pursue an impartial judgement as quickly as possible and will therefore, in the first instance, commence proceedings with the Court of Arbitration for Sport at the earliest opportunity.”

Will fifth place Premier League finish secure CL spot?

WITH the title all but gone, much of City's season has been geared towards securing Champions League football for next season.

They look almost certain to finish in the top four, but will not by allowed to enter next year's competition if the Uefa ruling stands.

As such, the team that finished fifth in the Premier League WILL go into the Champions League next season if City finish in the top four.

Guardiola's men are still in this season's competition and face Real Madrid in the knockout stages, but will NOT qualify for the tournament even if they win it – unless the ban is overturned.

City have appealed the ban and will learn their fate on July 13.

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