Ant McPartlin was forced to apologise after Alex Jones corrected the star over his use of the term 'cameraman'. The 45-year-old television presenter and his co-star Declan Donnelly appeared on The One Show when they were quizzed about what other media professions they would like to try. Ant admitted that he was quite keen to get behind the camera, but kept referring to members of the crew as cameramen despite there being women camera operators on set too. After Alex pointed out the faux pas, Ant quickly apologised and corrected himself. It was nearing the end of the show, when the Britain's Got Talent duo opened up about their dream television roles. "I've always quite fancied being a cameraman though,” Ant said, before turning off set and asking the crew: “Is it as good as it looks?" "He's [the cameraman] having the time of his life over there," Dec added. Dec then went on to suggest that he would quite fancy himself as the director and could boss his co-star … [Read more...] about Ant McPartlin apologises as Alex Jones calls him out over cameraman faux pas
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Defence experts warn a huge defence overhaul could weaken the UK on the world stage. A defence spending review expected within two weeks is predicted to put greater emphasis on space and cyber conflicts. Critics fear “boots on the ground” numbers will be slashed by 10,000, with several Army battalions axed. Tanks and other under-used weapons are also expected to be retired despite warnings that Britain’s ageing vehicles would be outmatched in any conflict with Russia. MPs of the Commons Defence Committee say UK tank units face “mass obsolescence” after two decades of being run down. And a report by the School of Security Studies at King’s College London says previous revamps massively under-estimated the costs of new technologies. The study by Dr David Jordan also notes that a 1966 review scrapped a planned aircraft carrier, which would have been a boon in 1982’s Falklands War. Dr Jordan adds 1982 Defence Secretary John Nott had had to make “deep cuts” to the Royal … [Read more...] about Defence overhaul could weaken UK with real-world assets lost amid high-tech review
Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to play Tap to play The video will auto-play soon 8 Cancel Play now Voting in today's crucial 'Super Thursday' elections is entering its crucial final few hours before polls close at 10pm. Keir Starmer and Boris Johnson were among those casting their ballots early on Thursday. They have been followed by Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and his Tory rival Shaun Bailey. Polls close at 10pm in what is Starmer's first major test as Labour leader, with supporters eager to see progress is being made after the disastrous defeat in the 2019 General Election under his predecessor Jeremy Corbyn. Labour Party hope to make gains on councils, retain power in the Welsh Senedd and hold on to the stronghold of Hartlepool in a crunch parliamentary by-election. There is a lot at stake in Scotland, where the SNP are battling to achieve a majority in the Scottish Parliament - something Nicola Sturgeon believes will … [Read more...] about Local elections 2021 LIVE: Super Thursday voting enters final hours before polls close
Tui will offer coronavirus tests for a fraction of standard prices to 'make travel a possibility' once restrictions are lifted on May 17. The UK's largest holiday company said its cheapest package - made up of a lateral flow test and PCR test - will be available for just £20. The tests will be requirements for people returning to or visiting England from green list destinations under the Government's traffic light system for international travel from May 17. Passengers from green list countries - expected to include Malta, Jamaica and Portugal - must get a lateral flow or PCR test no more than 72 hours before flying into the UK. They must also get a PCR test once they have landed. The Government is set to provide free rapid Covid test kits to those travelling abroad so they can avoid the hassle of finding one before they returned, Whitehall sources claimed. But arrivals would still have to pay at least £50 each for the gold-standard PCR test on landing. The package from … [Read more...] about Tui will offer £20 Covid tests for holidaymakers travelling to green list destinations this summer
Dozens of armed groups have operated for years in the Democratic Republic of Congo's (DRC) North Kivu and Ituri provinces, and civilians have been subjected to horrifying massacres. Armed militias and inter-communal violence have killed more than 300 people so far in 2021. Presidential spokesman Tharsice Kasongo Mwema said on Tuesday that the two provinces would be declared under siege for 30 days starting on Thursday May 6. "To respond to the situation during the state of siege, the provincial governments of Ituri and North Kivu ... will be replaced by offices of the armed forces of the DRC or the national police," he said. Security and judicial vacuum It was the first time since the Democratic Republic of Congo's independence that a president used the exceptional "state of siege" or state of emergency. President Felix Tshisekedi said he wanted to eliminate insecurity in the two provinces, where the Congolese government has failed to enforce the rule of law. "There is a … [Read more...] about DRC: Is President Tshisekedi’s ‘state of siege’ a cover-up?