Netherlands 2-1 Germany, De Koel Stadium (Groenen 16', van de Donk 60' — Freigang 44') In the final showdown of this mini-tournament, Germany were finally made to pay for their imprecision at both ends of the pitch. "We simply have to score goals. I felt like tearing my hair out today," Voss-Tecklenburg said afterwards. After both sides had beaten Belgium — the third nation in this series of friendlies between three countries' bidding to host the 2027 World Cup — the stage was set for the most anticipated game. Unaided by the absence of talismanic centre-back Marina Hegering (muscle problems), Germany's cohesion suffered as a back four with three new faces struggled to gel. The Dutch attack offered a stark contrast. Voss-Tecklenburg had warned beforehand of the Dutch's well-established rhythms, and proof came in the form of Jackie Groenen's opening goal. Vivianne Miedema charged deep into the box to collect a through ball, before finding her unmarked teammate with … [Read more...] about Germany lose to Netherlands as mistakes prove costly
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HOPES are rising for millions of drivers that fuel duty might NOT rise in next week's Budget following The Sun's Keep It Down campaign. Mr Sunak is under pressure to keep the freeze on fuel duty rises as he searches for ways to fill his Covid black hole. Pleas not to hike fuel duty — backed by The Sun’s Keep It Down crusade — come as a new eco-petrol is sanctioned for use at UK pumps. Ministers signed off plans for E10 — a mix of petrol and ethanol made from materials including grains, sugars and waste wood — from September. The cut in emissions will be like taking 350,000 cars off our roads. Hopes of Rishi keeping fuel duty down come after The Sun revealed how more than two dozen Tory MPs have written to him urging him not to raise fuel tax in his Budget. They say Boris Johnson made a pledge in 2019 not to increase the hated levy and breaking the vow would betray voters. The 26 Conservatives - including former ministers Tracey Crouch, Esther McVey , … [Read more...] about Hopes rising for millions of drivers fuel duty might NOT rise in Budget after Sun’s Keep It Down campaign
The UK introduced a COVID alert level system in May 2020 to reflect the degree of threat to the country from the virus. The system involves a scale of one to five, with five being the highest threat, and determines how much pressure the NHS is under and how strict the levels of social distancing need to be. The Joint Biosecurity Centre is constantly looking at the COVID threat level and recommends whether it should be raised or lowered. It is then endorsed by the chief medical officers of all four nations before it can be changed. They also look at the number of cases and the R number - the average number of people each infected person passes the virus on to. Advertisement The system is designed to mirror the UK's independent terror alert system. Here is what each alert level means: Level 5 - The highest on the scale, this indicates there is a "material risk" of the NHS being overwhelmed. Reaching this level would involve tighter … [Read more...] about Coronavirus: What is the UK’s COVID alert level and what does it mean?