Border operations centre is set up in bid to avoid Customs chaos after Brexit

Border operations centre is set up in bid to avoid Customs chaos after Brexit

  • Ministers are braced for border disruption that could last months after Brexit
  • State-of-the-art 24/7 facility will be used to gather information on flow of goods
  • The centre will help the Government and local police to make rapid decisions

A border operations centre has been set up to monitor the flow of goods and travellers in and out of the country.

With just one month to go until the end of the Brexit transition period, the Government is urging businesses to make preparations to avoid chaos.

Ministers are braced for border disruption that could last months as the country leaves the single market and customs union.

The state-of-the-art 24/7 facility will be used to gather live information on the flow across the border and help the Government and local police to make rapid decisions to ensure any problems are minimised.

A border operations centre has been set up to monitor the flow of goods and travellers in and out of the country

A border operations centre has been set up to monitor the flow of goods and travellers in and out of the country

Regardless of whether there is a post-Brexit trade deal, French authorities will impose full EU customs and controlled goods checks on all goods arriving from Britain from January 1.

Ministers fear the checks could lead to queues on this side of the Channel, with the possibility of up to 7,000 lorries waiting for two days in tailbacks.  

Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove said last night: ‘At the end of year we will take back control of our borders and that’s why we have set up the new Border Operations Centre to monitor and analyse flows of goods and people into the UK in real time.

Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove said last night: 'At the end of year we will take back control of our borders and that's why we have set up the new Border Operations Centre to monitor and analyse flows of goods and people into the UK in real time'

Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove said last night: ‘At the end of year we will take back control of our borders and that’s why we have set up the new Border Operations Centre to monitor and analyse flows of goods and people into the UK in real time’

‘This will help us tackle challenges quickly and decisively, and give us increased information which will make us safer and more secure.’

He added: ‘Regardless of the outcome of our negotiations with the EU, there are guaranteed changes that businesses must prepare for now. There is no time to lose.

Business Secretary Alok Sharma said: ‘Our fresh start outside of the EU single market and customs union is just on the horizon.

‘As we enter the home stretch, businesses must make sure they are fully prepared for the new rules and opportunities that being an independent trading nation will bring.

‘Amongst all our proactive work with business, I have written to nearly five million firms across the UK outlining the top actions they need to take, and reminding them that the Government is here to support them as the transition period ends.’

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Man becomes the fourth person in his family to have testicular cancer

Salesman Matt Inman-Shore first heard about testicular cancer when he was a boy — his father, grandfather and uncle had all been through it.

‘I was nine when my dad, Steven, now 60, got his diagnosis and 12 when the men in my family began having cringy conversations with me, telling me to check myself,’ says Matt, 31.

‘I always wondered when it was going to be my turn. But unlike my grandad, who waited five years to see the doctor, and my dad and uncle who both waited a year, I saw someone within 24 hours of feeling a lump,’ he says.

Salesman Matt Inman-Shore first heard about testicular cancer when he was a boy — his father, grandfather and uncle had all been through it.  He is pictured centre with his Grandad, left, and his Dad, right

Salesman Matt Inman-Shore first heard about testicular cancer when he was a boy — his father, grandfather and uncle had all been through it.  He is pictured centre with his Grandad, left, and his Dad, right

‘In August 2018, Dad thought his cancer had come back. He didn’t find a lump, but he just didn’t feel right and that’s what prompted me to check myself.

‘His turned out to be nothing, but that day I discovered a lump about the size of a Cadbury’s mini egg in my left testicle. I was so alarmed, I made sure I was in my GP’s surgery the next day.

‘My doctor immediately referred me to the urology department at Nottingham City Hospital because of my family history, and I had an ultrasound scan four days later.

‘Two weeks later, I had a biopsy and two weeks after that, the cancer was confirmed. It was a weird moment — I’d just moved from London to Nottingham and got engaged to my now wife, Stefanie, 34, so everything else in my life was going forward.’

The cancer most linked to genes 

Genetic inheritance plays a much more important role in testicular cancer than in most other cancers, according to new research published in the Scientific Reports journal.

Researchers found that 50 per cent of the risk of developing this cancer comes from our DNA — with environment and lifestyle contributing to the rest. In most other types of cancer, genetics typically account for less than 20 per of the risk.

Scientists studied patterns of testicular cancer in family groups in nearly 16 million Swedes, and the genetic code of 6,000 UK men.

This analysis showed the risk came from a large number of minor variations in DNA, rather than one faulty gene. Fewer than 10 per cent of mutations have so far been identified, however.

But this new research could help diagnose those at greatest risk and help them to manage that risk.

A follow-up CT scan showed a second, smaller cancer in his other testicle. ‘I could feel nothing, so I had no idea it was there,’ says Matt.

With no family history, men have a one-in-200 chance of developing testicular cancer, but the odds increase to 1 in 50 if you have a father who has had the disease and to 1 in 25 if your brother develops it.

No single faulty gene has been identified for testicular cancer, although the risk is higher in those born with an undescended testicle, and those who develop an inner groin (or inguinal) hernia.

Over the past 20 years, rates have increased with no obvious cause. Incidence for those aged 25 to 49 is up by 28 per cent, aged 50 to 59 by 56 per cent and 60 to 69 by 46 per cent.

According to Cancer Research UK, rates are set to rise by another 12 per cent by 2035, which will mean there are ten cases per 100,000.

The main symptom is a small lump or masses in one or both testicles.

‘If there is a significant difference in how one testicle feels compared with the other, get yourself to the doctor,’ advises Clare Turnbull, senior researcher at the Institute of Cancer Research and professor of genomic medicine at Queen Mary University of London.

All testicular cancer is treated surgically, and advanced cases — stages 3 and 4, where the cancer has spread beyond the lymph nodes, to the bones and organs — will require chemotherapy and radiotherapy as well.

Chemotherapy is also used for stage 1 and 2 if the cancer recurs after the lump has been removed. It is highly effective and works for more than 90 per cent of patients.

Although diagnosed early, at stage 1, Matt had one round of chemotherapy as a precaution.

Men still produce sperm and testosterone with one testicle and can father children, but if both have been removed, they produce no sperm or testosterone and will need hormone replacement therapy for life.

Matt recalls: ‘I kept a journal and I wrote that if it was just one I wasn’t that bothered because I’d seen three men in my family survive. I was diagnosed at stage 1 and knew how curable it was. But when I found out I had cancer in both testicles, my chances of becoming a father evaporated.’

Matt (pictured) said: ‘It has been a real life-changer for me. I will never escape the fact I’ve had cancer, but there have been positives'

Matt (pictured) said: ‘It has been a real life-changer for me. I will never escape the fact I’ve had cancer, but there have been positives’

Matt, a salesman, recalls: ‘Stefanie and I both wanted children, so to have that option removed overnight was devastating. I had planned to freeze a sperm sample to use for IVF later, but my sperm count was low, down to one healthy sperm in ten million,’ he says.

‘The specialist said the tumour was strangling the tubes that carry sperm so the quality was unlikely to be good, so I decided not to freeze a sample.

‘Not becoming a father was the one thing that really got to me.’

Matt had both testicles removed and replaced with prosthetics in September 2017. Clearly the best option is to catch the cancer early — not least to reduce the need for chemotherapy, as it can affect fertility and, more rarely, cause complications. including heart damage, says Professor Turnbull.

‘It potentially gives young men consequences they have to live with for the next 50 years.’

But as Matt’s family’s experience demonstrates, men can be reluctant to go to the doctor.

He says: ‘Because my dad had left it a year to get a diagnosis, his treatment when he was 36 was much more severe. He was quite ill during six months of chemotherapy, lost all his hair, was vomiting and was very frail.

‘With my grandad John, now 86, avoiding the doctor was more a case of ignorance I think.

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These four options may contain slightly different compounds to make them easier to swallow, but all have the same active ingredient to treat diarrhoea: loperamide. 

It works by reducing the speed of the gut, which slows down how quickly the contents pass through, and so food remains in your intestines for longer. This allows more water to be absorbed back into your body and results in firmer stools that are passed less often. 

Two 2mg capsules should be taken initially and then one after every loose stool, up to a maximum of eight in 24 hours. Hydration is vital to stop you becoming dehydrated.

‘My uncle Gary, now 61, was diagnosed aged 39. He only checked himself because my father had just been diagnosed, and then Gary discovered he had a lump, too. He needed chemo, too,’ says Matt.

‘I was the youngest and feel lucky that I acted fast.’

Dr Richard Roope, cancer spokesman for the Royal College of General Practitioners, says: ‘There’s a culture where male adults don’t go to their GPs.

‘All men, from the age of 15, should check their testicles for lumps about once a month. Peak age for diagnosis is 30 to 34, but it can strike at any time.’

Matt adds: ‘It has been a real life-changer for me. I will never escape the fact I’ve had cancer, but there have been positives.

‘With the help of my family, my friends and the MoBro brotherhood [men who connect through the male cancer charity Movember], I asked for help and cried.

‘My friendship circle is full of alpha males. Talking about emotions is a thing we’ve never done, but my experience has made it possible for us to all open up.

‘My best friend went for a check after he found a lump. Thankfully it was only a cyst, but that shows the power of telling your friends and the value of going to see the doctor promptly.’

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Romain Grosjean’s wife pays emotional tribute with ‘superhero’ F1 driver set to leave hospital

‘It didn’t take one miracle but several’: Romain Grosjean’s wife pays emotional tribute with ‘superhero’ F1 driver set to leave hospital after escaping with minor burns from fireball smash which melted his visor

  • Romain Grosjean’s helmet visor melted as he sat in his burning car on Sunday
  • The Frenchman’s car burst into flames as it smashed into a barrier in Bahrain
  • It split in half and he was lucky to be pulled from wreckage with minor injuries
  • Grosjean posted a video message from his hospital bed, praising the car’s halo 

Romain Grosjean’s wife wrote an emotional statement on Instagram on Monday saluting her husband for scrambling out of his fireball car during the Bahrain Grand Prix on Sunday.

The driver’s car snapped in half and went up in flames after the first-lap accident that stunned the sporting world.

Wife Marion, a French TV personality who saw the drama unfold at their home in Geneva, wrote: ‘Thank you to our children, who pushed him to pull himself out of the fire.’

Romain Grosjean shared a video saying he was fine after his horrific Bahrain Grand Prix crash

Romain Grosjean shared a video saying he was fine after his horrific Bahrain Grand Prix crash

The pair, who married in 2012, have two boys and a girl, Sacha (7), Simon (5) and Camille (2).

Marion paid tribute to the rescuers and well-wishers, adding: ‘Thank you to Romain’s courage, his determination, his strength, his love, his physical training that kept him alive. It didn’t take one miracle but several.’

The 34-year-old Frenchman — hailed as a ‘superhero’ by Marion — escaped from his burning car after piercing the safety barriers at 140mph with little more than burns to the top of both hands.

Marion Grosjean with her husband Romain at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in Spain

Marion Grosjean with her husband Romain at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in Spain

Ian Roberts, the British medical delegate who was quickly on the scene, said: ‘He was very shaky and his visor was completely opaque and melted. I had to get it off just to check everything was OK.

‘He had some pain on his foot and hands so from that point we knew it was safe enough to move him into the (medical) car, get some gel on his burns then get him into the ambulance and off to the medical centre.’

Grosjean was kept in hospital for a second night but is likely to be discharged on Tuesday. Pietro Fittipaldi, grandson of double world champion Emerson, will fill the drive in his place at the Sakhir Grand Prix, a second successive race in Bahrain but this time staged on a different configuration.

The FIA have opened their investigation into the incident, with race director Michael Masi saying there will be ‘no knee-jerk’ safety changes in the interim.

Shocking images show the moment Romain Grosjean managed to pull himself from the burning wreckage on Sunday after he was exposed to the flames for almost 30 seconds

Shocking images show the moment Romain Grosjean managed to pull himself from the burning wreckage on Sunday after he was exposed to the flames for almost 30 seconds

The French driver was lucky to walk away largely unscathed after his Haas car smashed into a barrier, burst into flames and split in half on lap one

The French driver was lucky to walk away largely unscathed after his Haas car smashed into a barrier, burst into flames and split in half on lap one

An F1 doctor has revealed that the visor on Grosjean's helmet melted as he sat in the wreckage

An F1 doctor has revealed that the visor on Grosjean’s helmet melted as he sat in the wreckage

Missing man, 62, is found alive clinging to his capsized boat 86 miles off the coast of Florida

A sailor who went missing off Port Canaveral on Florida’s east coast was found alive almost two days later clinging to his capsized motorboat some 86 miles from shore.

The U.S. Coast Guard say 62-year-old boater, Stuart Bee, went missing in his 32-foot boat after setting out at 4pm on Friday afternoon.

His family raised the alarm when he did not return from his trip, saying it was unusual for him to stay on the water overnight.

The Coastguard ran patrols and even sent a Hercules C-130 aircraft to join the search.

On Sunday morning, the crew of a passing 225-foot container ship named Angeles spotted him clinging to the bow of his recreational boat, Stingray, which had capsized.

The crew rescued him from the water and brought him back to shore.

He had been at sea for almost two straight days by the time he was found on Sunday morning at 11am.

Stuart Bee, 62, climbs aboard the Angeles container ship after being found 86 miles from shore

Stuart Bee, 62, climbs aboard the Angeles container ship after being found 86 miles from shore

Bee can be seen clinging to the bow of his sunken boat in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean

Bee can be seen clinging to the bow of his sunken boat in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean

Bee is thrown a life ring as he swims towards a passing container ship, the Angeles

Bee is thrown a life ring as he swims towards a passing container ship, the Angeles

A container ship, the Angeles, pictured, came across Bee during the course of its voyage

A container ship, the Angeles, pictured, came across Bee during the course of its voyage

Bee departed Cape Marina in Port Canaveral on Friday at 4pm.

Although he did not tell family members when he would be back specifically, they found it unusual that he did not return home, telling the Coastguard that Bee never stays out on the water for more than 24 hours. 

Bee’s vessel became disabled sometime on Saturday after suffering mechanical issues. 

He was woken abruptly sometime after midnight on Sunday when water rushed into the forward cabin and pushed him out of the front hatch of the vessel.

Stuart Bee was rescued 86 miles east of Port Canaveral, Florida

Stuart Bee was rescued 86 miles east of Port Canaveral, Florida

Bee is given a helping hand moments after climbing up the steps of his rescue ship

Bee is given a helping hand moments after climbing up the steps of his rescue ship

After sunrise he noticed a container ship, the Angeles, in the distance, removed his shirt and began waving to gain the attention of the crew according to details released by the Coastguard. 

Lacruiser P. Relativo, a merchant mariner, who was onboard the Angeles took a photo with Bee and gave him fresh clothes to wear.

‘I choose to offer him my ‘lucky shirt’. I could give him a new one but this 1 is my favorite. I wish him the same comfort this shirt has given me during those tiring job interviews. Just like him, I was lucky to get the job. He was lucky too that our course crossed near Atlantic,’ he wrote on Facebook. 

Relativo explained: ‘I was awakened by a call with sense of urgency that we need to rescue someone. As merchant mariners, we were trained to the toughest degree of distress that can possibly happen at sea. 

‘However, the actual scene often different. After careful maneuvers, we successfully rescued Mr. Stuart. Before I could start questioning, he first asked me “What day it is today?”, “November 29!”, I responded. 

‘By the look on his face, I saw his teary eyes as he made sign of the cross. He was drifted in the open sea for days, maintaining his stance at the top of his capsized boat, to not make any single move as it may trigger his yacht to sink fully.’

Lacruiser P. Relativo, a merchant mariner, right, who was onboard the Angeles container ship took a photo with Bee and gave him fresh clothes to wear

Lacruiser P. Relativo, a merchant mariner, right, who was onboard the Angeles container ship took a photo with Bee and gave him fresh clothes to wear

Bee's boat, Stingray, ran into difficulties on the open water and then ended up capsizing

Bee’s boat, Stingray, ran into difficulties on the open water and then ended up capsizing

A C-130 Hercules aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater had joined the search and rescue effort after Bee did not return home.

A further call was also made to any mariners located in the area to keep a lookout for Bee’s vessel and the man himself.  

‘Saving lives at sea is our highest calling. This is a truly incredible outcome that demonstrates the bond among all mariners and our community,’ said Capt. Mark Vlaun, commanding officer of Sector Jacksonville. 

‘Thank you to our mission partners that launched into action and to all who got the word out to find and rescue Mr. Bee’ 

Bee set off in his 32ft boat for the open water off Florida on Friday. Pictured here in better times

Bee set off in his 32ft boat for the open water off Florida on Friday. Pictured here in better times

When he didn't return by nightfall his family raised the alarm knowing he would never usually stay out on the open ocean overnight

When he didn’t return by nightfall his family raised the alarm knowing he would never usually stay out on the open ocean overnight

The Coastguard ran patrols and even sent a Hercules C-130 aircraft to search for him, pictured

The Coastguard ran patrols and even sent a Hercules C-130 aircraft to search for him, pictured

The Undoing finale leaves UK viewers with mixed feelings after it is revealed who killed Elena Alves

Viewers have been waiting with bated breath to discover who killed Elena Alves, and The Undoing’s season finale, which aired on Monday, finally revealed the truth.

As the six-part HBO drama came to a close on Sky Atlantic in the UK it was revealed who murdered Elena (Matilda De Angelis), after Jonathan Fraser (Hugh Grant) was arrested for the crime.

Although they had been kept on tenterhooks for the duration of the series, fans were left with mixed feelings following the finale, with some claiming it was a ‘derivative, cliched ending’ while others hailed it as ‘top tier telly’.  

Drama: The Undoing left UK viewers with mixed feelings on Monday as some praised it as 'top tier TV' while others claimed it was a 'waste of time' after it was revealed who killed Elena Alves

Drama: The Undoing left UK viewers with mixed feelings on Monday as some praised it as ‘top tier TV’ while others claimed it was a ‘waste of time’ after it was revealed who killed Elena Alves

In the end, Jonathan was unmasked as the killer, despite mounting evidence in previous episodes that someone had framed him. 

A major cliffhanger at the end of episode five left viewers once again questioning the culprit, after Grace (Nicole Kidman) discovered a mallet – the potential murder weapon – hidden in a violin case in her son Henry’s bedroom. 

And episode six kicks off where five left off, as Grace and Henry (Noah Jupe) stare at each other intensely as they realize the gravity of what she has discovered.

Henry confesses that he discovered the weapon in an outdoor fireplace at the Fraser family beach house, which was still bloodied, so he decided to run it through their dishwasher (twice!) to clean it off.  

Expected? In the end, Jonathan was unmasked as the killer, despite mounting evidence in previous episodes that someone had framed him

Expected? In the end, Jonathan was unmasked as the killer, despite mounting evidence in previous episodes that someone had framed him

The child admits to his shocked mother that he was only trying to cover for his father, who he is convinced killed Elena.

As the episode continues, all the signs point to Jonathan as he admits on the stand that he took his tuxedo from the night in question to the dry cleaners, while making his way to the beach house to see his wife and child.

A shocking flashback from the night of the murder shows his white blood-spattered shirt, however it is still unconfirmed who the killer is at this point.

When Grace confronts her husband over Henry’s claims, he suggests that the weapon was planted by the police in order to frame him, and then even suggests his own 12-year-old son Henry is the killer. 

Whodunnit? Throughout the series many claimed it would be 'too obvious' for Jonathan to be the one who killed Elena (Matilda De Angelis - pictured) and theorised about who did it

Whodunnit? Throughout the series many claimed it would be ‘too obvious’ for Jonathan to be the one who killed Elena (Matilda De Angelis – pictured) and theorised about who did it

New twist! Episode six kicks off where five left off, as Grace and Henry (Noah Jupe - pictured) stare at each other intently as they realize the gravity of what she has discovered

New twist! Episode six kicks off where five left off, as Grace and Henry (Noah Jupe – pictured) stare at each other intently as they realize the gravity of what she has discovered

This appears to be the straw that breaks the camel’s back for Grace, who finally accepts what was been staring her in the face all along. Her husband Jonathan is Elena’s killer.

Grace reverses her decision to not testify for the defense in Jonathan’s murder trial, but in a cold twist she gives information under cross-examination that help the prosecution nail down her husband. 

She tells the jury how Jonathan felt no ‘guilt or grief’ when his young sister ran out into the road and was killed by a car. Grace had earlier learned this information from Jonathan’s mother, who labeled her own son a sociopath. 

Further flashbacks take the viewers back to the night where Jonathan visited Elena at her studio on the night of the school auction as they made love.

Things turned nasty between the couple as Jonathan warned Elena to stay away from his family, while Elena insisted that he would never be able to leave her.

Jonathan then smashed her head against a wall before trying to leave, but as she launched herself at him with a mallet he stopped her, threw her down and bludgeoned her to death.

Dark union: Grace began to doubt her husband's guilt throughout the series before her son confronted her with the truth

Dark union: Grace began to doubt her husband’s guilt throughout the series before her son confronted her with the truth

Hard hitting: Grace reverses her decision to not testify in Jonathan's murder trial, and offers snippets of information that help the prosecution nail down her husband

Hard hitting: Grace reverses her decision to not testify in Jonathan’s murder trial, and offers snippets of information that help the prosecution nail down her husband

On the day Jonathan is set to be convicted, he tells his son that he wants to take him out for breakfast but instead tries to go on the run.

While in the car Henry says: ‘You murdered someone’, while Jonathan insists: ‘Not the real me. Not the dad you know.’  

He continues to drive on at dangerous high-speed and narrowly avoids smashing into another vehicle after clearing a red light.

Jonathan eventually comes to a stop on a bridge where he threatens to jump off, while his son begs him not to jump, as Grace who has been following in hot pursuit sprints towards her son.  

The victim: Flashbacks take the viewers back to the night where Jonathan visited Elena at her studio on the night of the school auction as they made love

The victim: Flashbacks take the viewers back to the night where Jonathan visited Elena at her studio on the night of the school auction as they made love 

Grace manages to safely retrieve Henry and leads him to her father’s helicopter as they fly off as Jonathan is hand cuffed. 

Taking to Twitter, some fans heaped praise on the show as they also gave particular kudos to Grant for his performance as Fraser.

One fan wrote: ‘The undoing was exceptional top tier telly. Grant magnificent.’

In the line of fire? Fernando Alves (Ismael Cruz Córdova - pictured) was a secondary suspect

In the line of fire? Fernando Alves (Ismael Cruz Córdova – pictured) was a secondary suspect

Suspicious: Franklin Reinhart (Donald Sutherland - pictured) also had motive to kill Elena

Suspicious: Franklin Reinhart (Donald Sutherland – pictured) also had motive to kill Elena

Another gushed that it was the ‘best series I’ve seen in a long time’, which one fan agreed with as they wrote: ‘best programme I’ve watched all lockdown.’

Tagging the Notting Hill star in their tweet, one person wrote: ‘You were brilliant in the “Undoing”… bravo! Shame the series is finished now.’

Praising his acting skills, another joked: ‘Is it time to watch “Love Actually” again….. After watching The Undoing, I’m not sure I can look at Hugh Grant in quite the same cute way as I used to.’ 

 

Delighted: Taking to Twitter, some fans heaped praise on the show as they also gave particular kudos to Grant for his performance as Fraser

Delighted: Taking to Twitter, some fans heaped praise on the show as they also gave particular kudos to Grant for his performance as Fraser

But not everyone was pleased with the ending, as others claimed they had wasted their time with the show as the reveal was too ‘cliche’ for their liking.

One declared: ‘wish i could undo the last few weeks of watching The Undoing. lmao what an awful ending.’

Another added: ‘The Undoing, a disappointing derivative and cliched ending, wasting all the careful set up.’ 

While one viewer said: ‘Feel like I wasted 6 Monday nights watching The Undoing!! So disappointed with how it ended expected so much better! (sic).’ 

Unhappy: But not everyone was pleased with the ending, as others claimed they had wasted their time with the show as the reveal was too 'cliche' for their liking

Unhappy: But not everyone was pleased with the ending, as others claimed they had wasted their time with the show as the reveal was too ‘cliche’ for their liking

Restaurants, bars and cinemas may turn customers without Covid jab away

No jab? You’re barred! Bars, restaurants, cinemas and sports venues could turn away anyone who hasn’t had a Covid-19 vaccine, minister warns

  • Restaurants, bars & cinemas may turn people away if they haven’t had a jab 
  • Airlines have already been examining the idea of asking for ‘immunity passports’ 
  • Some experts tonight said they were uneasy about such schemes 

Restaurants, bars and cinemas may turn customers away if they have not had a Covid jab, the new minister for the mass vaccine roll-out suggested tonight.

Nadhim Zahawi indicated that although an injection would be voluntary, some venues – including sports grounds – might insist on proof of one in return for granting entry.

The minister said individuals would have to decide for themselves but would be given the ‘strong message’ that jabs were good for their family, community and country.

Airlines have already been examining the idea of asking for ‘immunity passports’ as a condition of flying.

Restaurants, bars and cinemas may turn customers away if they have not had a Covid jab, the new minister for the mass vaccine roll-out suggested tonight

Restaurants, bars and cinemas may turn customers away if they have not had a Covid jab, the new minister for the mass vaccine roll-out suggested tonight

Some experts tonight said they were uneasy about such schemes and raised concerns over data privacy and human rights.

The UK has put in orders for early access to 357million doses of seven coronavirus vaccines. And on a visit to a pharmaceutical company yesterday Boris Johnson said it was possible that one of the jabs could be available ‘in a few weeks’.

The imminent prospect of a huge vaccination drive raises questions over whether those waiting for a jab – or refusing to have one – will enjoy fewer freedoms than those who have protection. Health Secretary Matt Hancock said last night: ‘For a long time now we’ve been looking at the questions that Mr Zahawi was talking about and the question of what’s the impact on the individual in terms of what they can do.’

MPs will today give their verdict on the Prime Minister’s new coronavirus tiers. Although the plans are likely to pass, Mr Johnson is facing a revolt from Tories angry about the stringent restrictions.

In other developments:

  • Ministers finally published a health and economic assessment of Covid and the tiering approach;
  • Rishi Sunak was poised to announce tens of millions of pounds in extra grants for pubs crippled by restrictions;
  • A row broke out over whether a Scotch egg counts as a ‘substantial meal’ to allow Tier Two drinkers to order a pint;
  • Environment Secretary George Eustice suggested Britons could be looking at another six months of curbs;
  • Data showed hospital admissions are falling, with Mr Hancock saying the outbreak was ‘back under control’;
  • Local authorities in Tier Three areas, the highest level of restrictions, can apply for a new six-week community coronavirus testing drive;
  • Confusion reigned over care homes after ministers urged families not to bring loved ones home for Christmas – but said it was not against the law;
  • Pubs in Wales will be banned from selling alcohol and forced to close early despite the ‘firebreak’ lockdown;
  • Shops would be able to open for 24 hours under plans to help them recover;
  • A poll suggested Conservative Party members were frustrated by the lack of data on the impact of lockdowns.

In his first interview since becoming minister for Covid vaccine deployment, Mr Zahawi was asked yesterday about immunity passports and vaccination status being included in the NHS Covid app.

Referring to the vaccine, Mr Zahawi told BBC Radio 4: ‘It is right that it is voluntary. But the very strong message that you will see, this is the way we return the whole country to normal, and so it’s good for your family, it’s good for your community, it’s good for your country.’

On immunity passports he continued: ‘You’ll probably find restaurants and bars and cinemas and other venues – sports venues – will probably also use that system as they’ve done with the app. The reason the app has been so successful is because a lot of places that you would go to, they’ve got the QR code from the NHS that you scan for your own safety.’

Nadhim Zahawi indicated that although an injection would be voluntary, some venues ¿ including sports grounds ¿ might insist on proof of one in return for granting entry. Zahawi is pictured in this file image above

Nadhim Zahawi indicated that although an injection would be voluntary, some venues – including sports grounds – might insist on proof of one in return for granting entry. Zahawi is pictured in this file image above 

He suggested service providers might say: ‘Look, demonstrate to us that you have been vaccinated.’

But government adviser Professor Robert Dingwall, of Nottingham Trent University, speaking in a personal capacity, said: ‘The idea of vaccine passports generally has been condemned by bioethicists, and there are concerns about medical privacy and a long history of abuse of these kinds of measures.

‘There was no need for the minister to discuss the possibility of businesses asking for vaccination status before vaccines are even available to those who want them. This may end up fuelling anti-vaxxers.’

Dr Ana Beduschi of the University of Exeter Law School said health passports posed ‘essential questions for the protection of data privacy and human rights’.

A government spokesman said last night: ‘We have no plans to introduce immunity certificates. Our priority is to ensure we can deploy vaccines rapidly if they pass essential safety checks.’

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Dramatic rescue of hiker who got trapped under a boulder for 12 HOURS in California mountains

An injured hiker who slipped and got trapped under a massive falling boulder in California for 12 excruciating hours has been miraculously rescued after he cut his pants open with a pen knife to get his phone and he dug his way out from under the rock.

Jason Koch, 48, was hiking in the heavily wooded mountains of Mount St. Helena near Calistoga, California searching for his missing drone on Monday November 23 when he slipped on a rock at 5pm. 

When he fell a large boulder fell on top of him and pinned his backpack and right arm to the ground for hours, all while his phone was tucked into his pocket. 

‘Something slams into me and I have moments of excruciating pain,’ Koch said from his hospital bed to CBS News

‘I found that my left arm was stuck down under below me. I’m kind of laying with my chest sort of flat, but my hips kind of rotated sort of sideways. So it’s a really weird position to be laying in,’ he added.

For hours Koch tried to free himself and reach his phone in the freezing cold. 

He said he had a flashback to the movie 127 Hours, where James Franco plays a rock climber who got trapped and had to cut off his own arm to free himself and get help. The movie is based on the life of American outdoorsman Aron Lee Ralston.

‘I actually reached across with my pen knife, cut my pants open and was able to reach into the pocket and pull my phone out,’ Koch said to Live5News.  

Hiker Jason Koch, 48, was rescued early Tuesday after he slipped and got trapped under a massive falling boulder for 12 excruciating hours. A view of him being warmed with foil blankets after he was found by rescue crews above

Hiker Jason Koch, 48, was rescued early Tuesday after he slipped and got trapped under a massive falling boulder for 12 excruciating hours. A view of him being warmed with foil blankets after he was found by rescue crews above

A view of the boulder that fell and pinned Koch to the ground late Monday during his hike in Mount St. Helena above

A view of the boulder that fell and pinned Koch to the ground late Monday during his hike in Mount St. Helena above 

'I actually reached across with my pen knife, cut my pants open and was able to reach into the pocket and pull my phone out,' Koch said on his rescue

‘I actually reached across with my pen knife, cut my pants open and was able to reach into the pocket and pull my phone out,’ Koch said on his rescue

After cutting his phone free and digging his way out from beneath the rock he called for help and was located by California Highway Patrol rescue crews. Due to the rough terrain and his injuries they waited for daylight to airlift him to safety early Tuesday

After cutting his phone free and digging his way out from beneath the rock he called for help and was located by California Highway Patrol rescue crews. Due to the rough terrain and his injuries they waited for daylight to airlift him to safety early Tuesday 

But before he could dial 911, he had to escape from under the rock. 

Koch freed himself from the boulder by forcing his helmet off, which was keeping him stuck under the tight space. 

‘I made a whole bunch of efforts. And finally I was like, you know what? You’re not trying hard enough. Try harder. So I’m like, I forced my hand up even harder and was able to get that pinch and popped free. And I was so elated. I was like, in your face. Right,’ Koch recalled.

Once the helmet was off he noticed the rock pinning him down wiggle a little and he realized he could move it. 

Koch then started to move with his face on the ground and grabbed a nearby branch and started digging into the dirt underneath and around the rock. He made a hole and then shoved the rock into the ditch to free himself. 

‘Then I was able to bring my arms up and I was able to back backwards out of my backpack and at that point I was able to get out from underneath the rock,’ he said.

Finally free, he called 911 in the pitch black darkness with just six percent battery left on his phone, as per the Napa Valley Register.

Koch said he had a flashback to the movie 127 Hours, where James Franco plays a rock climber who got trapped and had to cut off his own arm to free himself and get help. A view of Franco trapped amid rocks in the movie above

Koch said he had a flashback to the movie 127 Hours, where James Franco plays a rock climber who got trapped and had to cut off his own arm to free himself and get help. A view of Franco trapped amid rocks in the movie above

Koch said remembering the movie 127 Hours (pictured) reminded him to stay positive and to cut his pants to reach his phone

Koch said remembering the movie 127 Hours (pictured) reminded him to stay positive and to cut his pants to reach his phone

The California Highway Patrol helicopter crew said it received a 911 call at 2.20am near the Oat Hill Trail in the area known as the Palisades. The CHP H-30 crew flew to the GPS coordinates, which were provided by Cal Fire, and located him using night vision goggles and their FLIR system which is a thermal camera that detects infrared energy, or heat, and converts it into a visual image making it easy to track

The California Highway Patrol helicopter crew said it received a 911 call at 2.20am near the Oat Hill Trail in the area known as the Palisades. The CHP H-30 crew flew to the GPS coordinates, which were provided by Cal Fire, and located him using night vision goggles and their FLIR system which is a thermal camera that detects infrared energy, or heat, and converts it into a visual image making it easy to track

A view of the rescue helicopter that found Koch above

A view of the rescue helicopter that found Koch above 

The California Highway Patrol helicopter crew said it received a 911 call at 2.20am near the Oat Hill Trail in the area known as the Palisades.  

The CHP H-30 crew flew to the GPS coordinates, which were provided by Cal Fire, and located him using night vision goggles and their FLIR system which is a thermal camera that detects infrared energy, or heat, and converts it into a visual image making it easy to track. 

After locating him by air, Koch signaled the helicopter using a small flashlight. 

The crew then hiked for one hour off the trail and reached Koch.  

He was found with 11 broken ribs and a torn aorta, which is the main artery that carries blood away from the heart to the rest of your body. 

An aerial view of airlifting Koch to safety above. He was found with 11 broken ribs and a torn aorta, which is the main artery that carries blood away from the heart to the rest of your body

An aerial view of airlifting Koch to safety above. He was found with 11 broken ribs and a torn aorta, which is the main artery that carries blood away from the heart to the rest of your body

However, the rescue crew realized they could not get him out due to the tough terrain and his injuries. 

Thankfully his injuries were not life-threatening and the crew decided that a first light rescue was the best way to save the hiker. 

The crew then waited for daylight and built a small fire with their survival gear and warmed up the hiker up using foil blankets in the frigid low 30s temperatures. 

When the sun rose the crew airlifted Koch out of the area and transported him to an ambulance that was waiting for him at the Calistoga Fairgrounds and he was transported to a local hospital.

‘I’m grateful for my family, my friends and my life,’ he said. 

A GoFundMe has been created to help with his hospital expenses and has reached over $1,000 so far. 

Kangaroos BRAWL outside a pub in Perth, Western Australia

The ultimate pub fight: Incredible moment huge kangaroos BRAWL outside a hotel as a crowd of furry spectators watch on

  • The fight was captured by an onlooker outside John Forrest Tavern near Perth
  • The kangaroos were seen standing on their hind legs while throwing punches
  • Two sparring kangaroos garnered an audience of other intrigued marsupials  

Two huge kangaroos have been caught brawling outside a pub as a crowd of entertained roos watched on.

The intense nature fight was captured by a shocked onlooker outside the John Forrest Tavern, which sits east of Perth.

‘Two male Western Grey Kangaroos fighting outside the John Forrest Tavern, could it possibly get any more Aussie than this?’ the witness captioned his video.

The two sparring kangaroos garnered an audience of other marsupials during the daylight fight

The two sparring kangaroos garnered an audience of other marsupials during the daylight fight

The two sparring kangaroos garnered an audience of other marsupials, who gathered around the dirt plot to witness the action. 

The roos were seen standing on their hind legs and tails while staring each other down before hopping on the spot and throwing punches at each other.

The pair then locked arms and wrestled back-and-forth while balancing on their tails.

Kangaroos are known to box each other, and are able to leap up to seven metres in a single bound.

During a ‘boxing’ bout, kangaroos balance their entire body on their tails before kicking forward with their powerful legs.

Male roos are known to engage in this type of boxing as a way of determining who ‘wins’ a particular female as a mate.  

The intense nature fight was captured by a shocked onlooker outside the John Forrest Tavern, west of Perth (pictured) as the two huge kangaroos brawled outside a pub

The intense nature fight was captured by a shocked onlooker outside the John Forrest Tavern, west of Perth (pictured) as the two huge kangaroos brawled outside a pub

The pair then locked arms and wrestled back-and-forth while balancing on their tails

The pair then locked arms and wrestled back-and-forth while balancing on their tails 

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Sunshine Coast: Carpet python tries to choke nine-week-old wolfhound cross named Jasper to death

Terrified dog owner forced to wrestle with a PYTHON as it slips out of a bush to choke her nine-week-old puppy Jasper – puncturing his face and lung

  • A Sunshine Coast woman has saved her new puppy Jasper from a carpet python 
  • Michella van Schouwen heard her pooch’s cries for help and rushed outside 
  • She found the snake wrapped around Jasper and hit it with Christmas paper roll 
  • But when the snake wouldn’t budge she had to pull it off with her bare hands 

A brave pet owner has saved her nine-week-old puppy named Jasper with her bare hands after a carpet python attempted to choke the dog to death.

Footage showed the snake make a beeline towards Jasper from where it was hiding in a chilli bush before wrapping itself around the dog.

The wolfhound-cross’ owner Michelle van Schouwen, from the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, didn’t hesitate to put herself in danger for the dog.

Footage showed the snake make a beeline towards Jasper (pictured, safe after the attack) from where it was hiding in a chilli bush before wrapping itself around the dog

Footage showed the snake make a beeline towards Jasper (pictured, safe after the attack) from where it was hiding in a chilli bush before wrapping itself around the dog

The wolfhound-cross' owner Michelle van Schouwen, from the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, didn't hesitate to put herself in danger for the dog

The wolfhound-cross’ owner Michelle van Schouwen, from the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, didn’t hesitate to put herself in danger for the dog

Ms van Schouwen heard heard dog crying and immediately rushed outside to help Jasper get free.  

She was forced to hit the snake with a roll of Christmas paper but when she realised the snake wasn’t moving she had to use her hands.

Ms can Schouwen threw the snake away and immediately tended to the wounds of her dog. 

‘It was just panic, so I ran and when I got to the end of the patio I just sort of froze and screamed,’ Ms van Schouwen told Win News.

‘I just saw the python wrapping all around him.’

Luckily, Jasper is in good health after the attack.

He managed to escape with a bite to his left ear and a bruised lung. 

Social media users commended the woman’s actions as brave and heroic.

Luckily, Jasper is in good health after the attack. He managed to escape with a bite to his left ear and a bruised lung

Luckily, Jasper is in good health after the attack. He managed to escape with a bite to his left ear and a bruised lung

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Why you need to deep clean your kettle now: Mum shares her simple one-ingredient cleaner

An Australian mother-of-two has revealed how to deep clean your kettle using one natural ingredient.

The woman, who goes by Mama Mila, from Melbourne, shared a video on TikTok with her 160,000 followers and demonstrated how easy the ‘need to know’ cleaning hack is to complete.

‘This is the natural, no-scrub way to rid kettle limescale,’ she captioned the video.  

The spotted stains at the bottom of the kettle appear over time as a result of overuse and minimal cleaning.

The effortless tactic involves filling the kettle with water and adding slices of lemon into the appliance, which act as a natural deodoriser.

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The spotted stains at the bottom of the kettle appear over time as a result of overuse and minimal cleaning

Melbourne local Mila shared a video on TikTok and demonstrated how easy the cleaning hack is to complete

The spotted stains at the bottom of the kettle (left) appear over time as a result of overuse, but mum Mila shared how to easily clean the kitchen appliance

Once you have added the lemon to your kettle, Mila said you should then boil the kettle twice and keep the hot water in the kettle for a total of 30 minutes before draining.

The DIY cleaning hack worked wonders at instantly cleaning the inside of the kettle and removing the stain.

The acidity in the lemons is known to kill bacteria, mould and germs and also acts as a great natural cleaning product.

After publishing the video, the post has been viewed more than 95,000 times.

The effortless tactic involves filling the kettle with water and adding slices of lemon into the appliance

Mila then boiled the kettle twice and kept the hot water in the kettle for a total of 30 minutes before draining

The effortless tactic involves filling the kettle with water and adding slices of lemon into the appliance, then boiling the kettle twice and leaving it to sit for 30 minutes before rinsing 

This isn’t the first time a savvy mum has shared the kettle cleaning hack online, as in late October Stephanie shared before and after images to the Mums Who Clean Facebook group.

‘The odd time you pop your head inside the kettle and see how gross it is,’ she said, as the dark stain looked repulsive.

Also using chopped lemons, Stephanie was able to remove the stain using the anti-bacterial ingredient.

‘Quick fix with a chopped lemon and let it boil,’ she said and chopped multiple lemons to boil in the kettle.

This isn't the first time a savvy mum has shared the kettle cleaning hack online. Stephanie shared an image of the brown spotted stains inside her kettle along the bottom rim that had built-up over time through continuous boiling (pictured)

This isn’t the first time a savvy mum has shared the kettle cleaning hack online. Stephanie shared an image of the brown spotted stains inside her kettle along the bottom rim that had built-up over time through continuous boiling (pictured)

Also using chopped lemons, Stephanie was able to remove the stain

'Quick fix with a chopped lemon and let it boil,' she said and sliced four lemons to boil in the kettle

‘The odd time you pop your head inside the kettle and see how gross it is,’ she said, as the dark stain looked repulsive. But luckily Stephanie was able to also remove the stain using a natural anti-bacterial ingredient

The DIY cleaning hack worked wonders at instantly cleaning the inside of the kettle and eliminating the stain

The DIY cleaning hack worked wonders at instantly cleaning the inside of the kettle and eliminating the stain

Both social media posts quickly received attention from others who were just as shocked at the state of the kettle and how easy the stains were to remove.

Many also shared their DIY cleaning recommendations and products they use, including vinegar, lemon juice and citric acid.

‘Citric acid also does a treat, only [costs] a couple dollars,’ one person said.

‘Be careful with vinegar and a full kettle, it will boil over – found out the hard way,’ another added.

A third said: ‘My hubby didn’t believe that this would work!! Loved proving him wrong.’ 

The acidity in the lemons is known to kill bacteria, mold and germs and also acts as a good natural deodoriser

Many also shared their DIY cleaning recommendations and products they use, including vinegar, lemon juice and citric acid

The acidity in the lemons is known to kill bacteria, mold and germs and also acts as a good natural deodoriser

Another woman who tried the clever trick for herself shared step-by-step images (pictured) of how the lemons remove the bad stains inside the kitchen appliance

Another woman who tried the clever trick for herself shared step-by-step images (pictured) of how the lemons remove the bad stains inside the kitchen appliance

Another woman who tried the clever trick for herself shared step-by-step images of how the lemons remove the bad stains inside the kitchen appliance.

Lemons are also handy to use to clean other kitchen appliances and items, including the microwave, wooden chopping boards, the sink, countertops and containers.

For those who don’t wish to spend money on lemons, bottled lemon juice from the supermarket is a cheap alternative. 

TEN WAYS TO USE LEMON IN THE KITCHEN 

1. Clean the microwave

2. Clean wooden cutting boards

3. Remove stains from butcher block countertops

4. Make an all-purpose kitchen cleaner

5. Polish copper

6. Freshen the garbage disposal

7. Scrub stubborn stuck-on food off dishes

8. Clean and deodorise smelly plastic containers.

9. Polish spotty knives

10. Clean the blender

Source: thekitchn.com