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Can I walk my dog if I’m self-isolating?

While you’re stuck at home, make sure your pet can still get out (Picture: Getty)Dogs make everything better. There’s a reason they are man, woman and person’s best friend – but not even dogs are immune from coronavirus consequences. With England currently in lockdown following a surge in case numbers – caused largely by the new, more infectious variant of Covid-19 – many pet owners have no doubt been among those who have tested positive in recent weeks, or been in close contact with someone who has. But if you have a dog and you need to self-isolate, what happens to your four-legged friend? Can you take your dog for a walk if you’re self-isolating? Can you walk your dog if you’re in quarantine? No, if you are isolating because you have shown symptoms and awaiting a test ...

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Sumit Singh Confesses to 90 Day Fiance Fans: I Was Shocked by How Old Jenny Looked!

90 Day Fiance fans are all too aware that Jenny Slatten and Sumit Singh are not yet married. The clock is ticking on Jenny's visa, but Sumit's parents are unwilling to give the union their blessing ... and Sumit isn't brave enough to cut them off. A newly revealed 90 Day Bares All clip shows the never-before-seen aftermath of Jenny learning that Sumit was married. On top of that, Sumit's parents and Sumit himself voice some horrible insults to her appearance. First, this clip from 90 Day Bares All shows a 90 Day Fiance producer arriving with a production team in India. This arrival took place five days after Sumit's family showed up and whisked him away -- in a manner almost indistinguishable from a kidnapping. This left Jenny traumatized and frighteningly alone. She spent...

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Couple fined for travelling 260 miles for a Sunday roast

The hungry couple were fined for breaking the rules (Stock picture: EMPICS Entertainment)A man and woman were fined for breaching coronavirus regulations after they made a 260 mile round trip to Yorkshire to find a Sunday roast. Officers caught the couple in the act after they’d travelled from Derbyshire to in search of dinner. The pair, in their 20s, told officers that one of their mum’s had ‘let them down’ after promising to cook for them. They ended up driving 130 miles to York in search of a takeaway roast in the birthplace of Yorkshire puddings. A police spokesperson posted on Facebook: ‘We know nobody does Yorkshire puddings better than us here in Yorkshire. ‘But they’re really not worth getting into trouble for. ‘While most people continued to stay home and sta...

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Fauci is worried that delaying second COVID-19 vaccine doses could worsen the spread of mutant virus variants

Summary List PlacementDr. Anthony Fauci said Monday he was "concerned" that delaying the second dose of COVID-19 vaccines could risk the spread of mutated coronavirus variants. "You don't get full efficacy until you get the second dose, and if you allow suboptimal efficacy, you can actually immunologically select for mutations," Fauci, speaking on a virtual World Economic Forum panel. Fauci did not elaborate on what he meant — however, some experts have warned that delaying second doses, and therefore delaying the maximum potential effectiveness of a vaccine, may promote an "escape mutant" that can survive and evade COVID-19 shots. The UK's top scientist on January 5 called this a "real worry but quite a small real worry." Fauci, the top infectious disease expert in the US and Presiden...

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Man charged with dumping damaged car in middle of train tracks

The car was left abandoned on the railway in Kent on Sunday (Picture: SWNS)A man has been charged after a crashed car was left dumped in the middle of the railway. Pictures from the scene showed the abandoned Ford Mondeo straddling the tracks near Stone Crossing Station in Kent in the early hours of Sunday morning. It’s unclear how the car got into that position and the emergency services had to work quickly to remove it before it was hit by a train. British Transport Police confirmed Shane Mills, 38, has been charged with obstruction of the railway and has been released on bail until he appears in court in March. The severely damaged car had part of its bonnet hanging off and its boot was open while the wheels were wedged between the tracks. Police said the driver did not...

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Disneyland to remove ‘negative depictions of native people’ from Jungle Cruise ride

The Jungle Cruise rides at Disneyland and Walt Disney World will undergo major storytelling updates to remove “negative depictions of native people” as Disney continues to address diversity and inclusivity issues in its theme park attractions. Walt Disney Imagineering will update Jungle Cruise scenes featuring shrunken head dealer Trader Sam and a rhino chasing a safari group up a tree while adding a new scene with a half-sunken boat overrun by chimps. “Imagineers are constantly looking for opportunities to enhance experiences, and when it comes to updating classic attractions, they employ a very careful and thoughtful approach,” Disney officials said in a statement. “In this particular case, Imagineers created a storyline that builds upon what people love the most while addressing negativ

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Average house deposit for first-time buyers now £57,000 – after rising £10,000 in a year

You’ll need more cash as a first-time buyer (Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto)People trying to get on the property market are going to find it even harder to buy a home as the average deposit for first-time buyers is now £57,000 in the UK. That figure is up £10,000 in a year, according to new research from Halifax. The bank found the average amount put down in 2020 was £57,278, compared with £46,449 the year before. The highest deposit was (unsurprisingly) in London, where the average rose from £110,145 to £130,357 in 2020. The biggest change was in Wales, where the average went from £26,029 to £32,663, an increase of 25%. Despite many feeling priced out of the market particularly with low-deposit mortgages being pulled last year, first-time buyers still made up 50% of home

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People self-isolating should be tracked using GPS, says Jeremy Hunt

A woman takes a coronavirus test – Jeremy Hunt has suggested people who test positive should have to track themselves using GPS to prove they are self isolating (Picture: Getty)The Government should consider using GPS tracking to check whether people are properly self-isolating, according to former health secretary Jeremy Hunt. The influential Conservative MP, who now chairs the Commons Health Committee, says rates of compliance among those told to quarantine need to be urgently improved. Mr Hunt also backed the idea of paying people to stay at home if they test positive for Covid as a way of bringing down infections without the need for more lockdowns. Responding to reports that three quarters of people fail to properly self isolate after being told to do so by Test and Trace,

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Federal court strikes down some California COVID-19 church restrictions, leaves others intact

A federal appeals court on Monday handed a partial victory to a Pasadena church by agreeing to its request to strike down state coronavirus rules setting specific church attendance numbers, but the court still upheld other limits on worship services in areas hit hard by the pandemic. A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, in response to a lawsuit brought by Harvest Rock Church, barred state-imposed indoor church attendance restrictions of 100 and 200 people for areas that are in the second and third tiers of the state’s four-tier pandemic tracking system. However, the appellate justices allowed the state to continue to fully prohibit indoor worship services in regions that are in the first tier, which is the strictest tier, of the tracking system or under stay-at-hom

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Biden doesn’t need to wait to start cleaning up Trump and Pompeo’s mess in the Middle East

Summary List PlacementPresident Joe Biden is entering office as the country is beset with a host of domestic problems, from the rollout of the coronavirus vaccine to civil unrest. But Biden's foreign policy doesn't have to play second fiddle to these domestic challenges. In the Middle East in particular, the Biden administration can advance US interests in a short time frame with minimal political challenges. Most critical is undoing the final actions of former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in listing the Houthis, a Yemeni rebel group fighting Saudi Arabia, as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO). The problem with this designation is that it mismatches rhetoric and reality. The US can view the Houthis as malign actors while acknowledging that this designation does not promote US inte...

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Prosecutors say the woman accused of stealing Pelosi’s laptop is attempting a cover-up by deleting her social-media activity during house arrest

Summary List PlacementDepartment of Justice prosecutors have accused Riley June Williams, the 22-year-old woman suspected of stealing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's laptop during the Capitol riot, of trying to cover up her tracks by deleting her social-media activity, according to Law & Crime and NBC 4 reporter Scott MacFarlane. In a Monday court hearing, prosecutors also said Williams has been telling others to delete messages she had sent them, according to WHTM. Prosecutors are now asking that Williams be cut off the internet while she's under house arrest, according to the reports. The judge has yet to make a decision on the matter because Monday's hearing had to end abruptly due to a scheduling conflict with Williams' new public defender, Law & Crime reported. The hearing is ...

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Shkodran Mustafi’s agent plays down talk of Arsenal defender’s contract being terminated

Mustafi has barely featured for the Gunners this season (Picture: Getty Images)Shkodran Mustafi’s agent and father says there are no ongoing discussions regarding an early termination of the Arsenal’s defender’s contract, but confirmed he won’t be at the club beyond this season. The 28-year-old, whose current deal is due to expire at the end of June 2021, has found game time difficult to come by this term. The arrivals of Gabriel Magalhaes and Pablo Mari has pushed Mustafi further down the pecking order of centre-backs at the club, with David Luiz and Rob Holding also ahead of him. Most of Mustafi’s playing time under Arteta this season has been in the Europa League (Picture: Getty Images)Reports on Monday claimed that the Germany international, who has been at the club since 2...

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Germany admits claim Oxford vaccine is only 8% effective is wrong

A spokesman for AstraZeneca named German reports ‘completely incorrect’ (Picture: AP/PA)Scientists have blasted a suggestion that the AstraZeneca-Oxford Covid vaccine is only 8% effective in the over-65s. The ‘nonsense’ figure was reported in the German media, which claimed unnamed Government sources had ‘confirmed’ the news. However, the German Health Ministry later said the 8% figure actually refers to the number of people in an AstraZeneca study aged between 56 and 69. Reporters at Handelsblatt and Bild made a major error, Politico reports. A phase 3 Lancet study published in December by AstraZeneca and Oxford University said older age groups had been recruited later into the study so ‘efficacy data in these cohorts are currently limited by the small number of cases, but add

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Makeup brushes, an oil mister, nanofilter masks and Henley tops

There are so many things I’ve ordered from Amazon which I use every day. It’s hard to remember them all, but they include my awesome coffee maker, which I’ve had for almost two years, this magnetic 2021 page-a-week meal planner that fits on the fridge. I got it at the end of last year and it’s 50% off now! Also I got this affordable high quality webcam under $24! I got that about a month ago but wanted to test it out for a while and it works great. I also still really like the laptop stand we talked about last month. Here are some more things I’m looking at on Amazon. Nanofilter Masks you can breathe in that are also protective My mom was telling me about these new masks from Korea my aunt loves. My aunt has asthma and says she can breathe easily in them, but from what I’ve read they see...

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Armie Hammer hints he may have been fired from Gossip Girl after old clip resurfaces online

Armie Hammer hinted that he may have been fired from Gossip Girl (Picture: The CW Aftershow)Armie Hammer hinted that he may have been fired from Gossip Girl after an old interview clip resurfaced online. The video, which was aired in 2017, shows the actor answering audience member’s questions on Watch What Happens with Andy Cohen. He was also joined by American comedian Chelsea Handler on stage. Armie, who played the role of Gabriel on season two, suggested that he was given the boot after a member of the audience asked “On Gossip Girl, who was the biggest diva on set?”. ‘You can say it because it’s so far away from where you are now,’ Chelsea chipped in. ‘I suggest that you do not pass on another question.’ ‘I wish I could take all my passes back,’ Armie answered awkwa

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Thanks to Yewande Biala, I’m now going to correct people who mispronounce my name

It’s an issue for me that escalated in childhood with kids at school nicknaming me Puntahontas, Poon-ti-ha-ha and a myriad of other stupid and embarrassing things. (Picture: Punteha van Terheyden)At the age of six and a half – after 18 months of correcting school friends and teachers that my first name was Pun-teh-ah – I gave up and accepted the ugly, incorrect pronunciation they’d forced on me for their own convenience: Punta. It made me cry in my mum’s arms at bedtime. ‘Why can’t they just say it properly?’ I said. Her only consolation was that my family would say it correctly every day.  The debate around proper pronunciation of ethnic and minority names reignited this week with former Love Island star Yewande Biala sending a powerful message to an Islander who repeatedly didn’t s

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Putin Says He Doesn’t Know Anything about the Billion-Dollar Palace Russia Just Built Him

Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Photos GettyPresident Vladimir Putin has consistently refused to use the name of the recently jailed democracy activist Alexei Navalny, referring to him as a “blogger” or, after his Novichok poisoning and evacuation to Germany, as the “Berlin patient.” Putin even said at his annual press conference in December that the unnamed man was not important enough to warrant being killed. Yet Putin acknowledged on Monday in a virtual meeting with university students that he took time out of his work schedule to watch excerpts from Navalny’s explosive video “Putin’s Palace: A History of the Greatest Bribe,” which documents the construction of one of the world’s most lavish vacation retreats. It was effectively the first time Putin has acknowledged the importanc...

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Mary-Kate Olsen officially divorced from Olivier Sarkozy

The former spouses have been granted a divorce (Picture: James Devaney/WireImage)Mary-Kate Olsen is officially divorced from Olivier Sarkozy, nine months after their separation. The exes’ divorce was granted on January 25, with the New York Supreme Court disposing the case and a judge signing off on Mary-Kate and Olivier’s settlement agreement, according to Us Weekly. The decision comes two weeks after Mary-Kate, 34, and Olivier, 51, came face to face at a virtual hearing, held over video call, to agree their divorce settlement. At that, Olivier’s lawyer Michael Mosberg said the ‘deal is done’, while Mary-Kate’s representative Nancy Chemtob said ‘all issues are resolved’. According to reports, It Takes Two star Mary-Kate nodded when Judge Lori Sattler said: ‘If we get the agree

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