UK tiers: MPs urged NOT to block Boris Johnson’s tier system in Commons vote | UK | News

The second national lockdown in England will officially end on December 2 and the Prime Minister has outlined a plan to divide the country into three tiers. The regional approach will place 99 percent of the UK into the toughest tier 2 and tier 3 restrictions – which will enforce curbs on the hospitality sector and a ban households mixing indoors. Environment Secretary George Eustice has warned up to 100 Tory backbench MPs could vote down the plans in the Commons on Tuesday. Conservative rebels are seeking concrete reassurances over…

Christmas bubble exemption exposed: How bubbles can continue even after December 27 | UK | News

The UK Government and devolved administrations have agreed on a temporary easing of coronavirus rules over Christmas, allowing three households to mix in a bubble for five days over the festive period. Households are allowed to mix between December 23 to 27. But legislation published this afternoon shows travel disruption can enable families to form bubbles after Christmas. LBC’s Westminster Correspondent Ben Kentish said: “Since it was announced we’ve talked about that strict time period, December 23 to 27. “But it appears it’s not quite as strict as we thought…

Police escalate Covid enforcement fines netting £1.3million as penalties DOUBLE in a month | UK | News

The National Police Chief’s Council (NPCC) has fined approximately 133 people a fine of £10,000 this month alone. This is double the 64 fines issued last month. Fines of up to £10,000 have been issued for illegal gatherings such as raves. The police have also increased the number of fines issued for those failing to wear masks on public transport. The fines for not wearing masks in shops or on public transport have been increased to 641 this month. This is up from 258 in October. Speaking to the Daily…

Nigel Farage issues warning on China as former Australian foreign minister savages UK | UK | News

Alexander Downer, who served as Australia’s high commissioner to the UK, lashed out at David Cameron and George Osborne’s “golden era” and “lucrative market” for Chinese investment in Britain. In a savage attack Mr Downer claimed their policy was “superficial” and claimed “the UK was no longer a global geopolitical player, just a trading nation”. And now the leader of the Brexit Party has issued a warning to the Government to avoid becoming too “dependent” on China. Sharing an article featuring Mr Downer’s comments, he tweeted: “This shows what happens…

Can we travel to France for Christmas? | Travel News | Travel

On October 30, 545 cases were reported and the rate started to get higher and higher. On November 20, there were a staggering 1,220 cases reported. Putting the nation into lockdown seems to have improved the situation, and French President Emmanuel Macron announced a three-step plan to end the lockdown. The lockdown rules in France will be lifted slightly on November 28, so if you did travel to France you may feel a little freer after this. On this date, non-essential shops can reopen until 9pm, and people will be…

ISA savers losing over £100bn in cash accounts as MPs call for a break up of UK banks | Personal Finance | Finance

These results come at an unfortunate time for banks and other lenders as both public and political sentiment have turned against some of the biggest high-street names. Today, news emerged of a cross party group of MPs forming to call for a break up of Britain’s main banks, on the grounds they’re exploiting vulnerable customers. Some of the accusations levelled at the big banks by the all-party parliamentary group (APPG) include widespread practices of predatory pricing models and “loyalty penalties”, whereby customers are lured in with an attractive deal, only…

How to live longer: Lifting weights could reduce heart attack risk and boost longevity

Lifting weights for less than an hour a week could reduce your risk of a heart attack or stroke by 40 to 70 percent, a study by Iowa State University found. The results, some of the first to look at resistance exercise and cardiovascular disease, showed benefits of strength training are independent of aerobic activity. The Aerobics Centre Longitudinal Study, published in Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, analysed nearly 13,000 adults. Three health outcomes were measures – cardiovascular events such as heart and stroke that didn’t result in…

Driving after Brexit: Car insurance green cards will be required by commuters

In a statement online, the ABI said: “The Green Card is an international certificate of insurance proving visiting motorists have the minimum compulsory motor insurance cover required by the law of the country visited. “All European Economic Area (EEA) countries (EU countries, and Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway) are part of a Green Card free circulation area, meaning that motorists based there do not have to carry Green Cards when visiting other countries in the area. “However, when the transition period ends then UK motorists will be required to carry Green Cards…

Brain scientists confirm your ‘personal identity’ survives throughout lifetime | Science | News

A second trial asked them to identify the life stage of the person: childhood, adolescence, or adulthood. Meanwhile, dozens of electrodes were examining the mix of brainwaves generated from their grey matter, painting a map of neural activity. The result strongly suggest our impression of our ‘I’ is updated throughout our lives, giving stability to or identity. And they also discovered intriguing similarities in how we process impressions of our past self and that of our close friend. This suggests a complexity in how time may play a key role…

Cyber Monday Phone deals – huge discounts on iPhone, Samsung and more

If you thought the end of Black Friday meant the end of the sales, you’ll be glad to hear how wrong you were. Cyber Monday is a whole other sales extravaganza that takes off the Monday following Black Friday and is an online-only sales event that, in some cases, puts Black Friday to shame. Amazon, Currys, and Carphone warehouse are three of the top retailers getting involved, so we rounded up the best sales from each store so you can be sure you’re getting the best deal. Storage: 32 GB…