Will hotels be open in Tier 2? | Travel News | Travel

The Government revealed the tougher tier system earlier this month. The system will see each area of the country placed into one of three tiers. Speaking on the tier system ahead of the vote on December 1, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “We can’t simply allow the current restrictions to expire for the reason he gives with no replacement whatsoever. “With the spread of the epidemic varying across the country, there remains a compelling case for regional tiers in England and indeed Mr Speaker a compelling necessity for regional tiers.…

Shoppers with store cards could lost out as Arcadia and Debenhams fold | Personal Finance | Finance

Consumers with outstanding gift cards or refund vouchers should act fast to spend them while they can, while those with pending orders face an anxious wait for them to arrive. The retail meltdown is also a warning for Christmas shoppers to avoid buying gift vouchers or cards from any store at risk of going bust in these troubled times. Kevin Mountford, co-founder of savings platform Raisin UK, said typically there is no guarantee that outstanding vouchers will be honoured once a store goes into administration: “Once appointed, administrators have the…

Motor Neurone Disease: Scientists find mutation that could end hell of disease

Researchers found it was present in the so-called “junk” DNA of up to one in 100 sufferers. They believe that a drug currently in development may be effective for people carrying this mutation and could halt the disease in its tracks. Around 5,000 people in the UK live with MND, where signals from nerves in the brain eventually stop reaching the muscles, causing them to weaken, stiffen and waste. Former Leeds Rhinos rugby league star Rob Burrow and Scottish rugby legend Doddie Weir have been diagnosed with the disease. Non-coding…

Winter 2020: MINI urges drives to be prepared and avoid common laws for road safety

With the drop in temperatures, up to 62 percent of road users may be prepared for winter breakdowns. According to NFU Mutual and the RAC, drivers were more likely to carry an umbrella than basic safety equipment. Speaking exclusively to Express.co.uk, MINI has revealed their top tips for dealing with slippery road conditions and freezing cold temperatures. Stock up A MINI spokesperson has warned drivers they must be “prepared” to tackle the winter elements. They warn that drivers should stock up on essentials to help them in the event of a…

Meteor shower 2020: When are the Geminids this year? | Science | News

The Geminid meteor shower is among the best and most reliable displays of nature’s fireworks. Like clockwork, the meteors burst out into the night sky each year in December. But the shower is most intense on one night in particular when more than 100 meteors an hour can be seen. The Geminids appear each year when our planet smashes into a field of debris left in the path of the space rock 3200 Phaethon. Unlike most meteor showers, Geminids are associated with an asteroid and not a comet. The meteors…

First Android smartphones to get supercharged Snapdragon 888 processor revealed

Qualcomm announced its new and incredibly powerful Snapdragon 888 processor during the first day of its annual Tech Summit yesterday afternoon, and now it has confirmed some of the devices that’ll be powered by this latest system-on-a-chip. A number of manufacturers have rushed to confirm that they will be launching 888-powered smartphones in the coming months, with both OPPO and Xiaomi boasting they will be amongst the first to hit shelves worldwide. Xiaomi’s all-new Mi 11 handset is confirmed to pack the new Snapdragon chipset at launch and OPPO says…

FIFA 21 TOTW 10 reveal date, time, FUT predictions and Team of the Week packs | Gaming | Entertainment

FIFA 21 Team of the Week 10 (TOTW) is about to be revealed by EA Sports. Just a couple of days before the PS5 and Xbox Series X upgrade, EA Sports is getting ready to reveal the best players of the past week. As part of the TOTW reveal, fans will be able to nab upgraded FUT cards as part of the latest Team of the Week promo. The TOTW 10 squad will be revealed at 6pm GMT UK time. The Team of the Week cards will be available in…