Secondary school students could soon find themselves no longer required to wear face coverings. Education Secretary Gavin Williamson has said the government plans to lift the requirement for pupils in England as part of the third step of its roadmap out of lockdown. This would mean no earlier than 17 May. Mr Williamson told the Telegraph: "As infection rates continue to decline and our vaccination programme rolls out successfully, we plan to remove the requirement for face coverings in the classroom at step three of the roadmap. "Removing face masks will hugely improve interactions between teachers and students, while all other school safety measures will remain in place to help keep the virus out of classrooms." Advertisement But the move is not popular with a group of teaching unions and scientists, who have written to Mr Williamson calling for the rule to remain until at least 21 June. Their letter warned that an estimated 43,000 … [Read more...] about COVID-19: Face mask rule for high school students may be lifted within weeks
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A SUPER mum has revealed how she makes a month worth of sandwiches in one go for just £11. The Aussie mum showed how she uses just three ingredients to make weeks of lunches in one batch. Taking to the Facebook group Markdown Addicts Australia she shared a photo of her sandwiches mid-production. To make the affordable snacks, she bought three roast chickens for $15 (£10) from her “local chip shop” and two loaves of bread for $6 (£4). She then shredded the chicken and set to working making her 18 sandwiches with butter and some stuffing. The woman wrote: “The result was 18 sandwiches with butter and chicken (some with stuffing) for just over $20. “I’m all set for lunch every day at work for a month, for a grand total of $21. “Yummy in my tummy.” She then froze the sandwiches in zip lock bags to keep them fresh. Her post has racked up hundreds of likes, and people praised her batch-prepping. One said: "This is so amazing, I wish I had a big freezer to do … [Read more...] about Super mum makes a month’s worth of sandwiches for her lunches in one go for just £11
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?
CHELSEA’S rush for cup glory has been inspired by a boozy Hell’s Angels advert. The Blues are chasing Champions League and FA Cup trophies this month. The on-pitch evolution has been taking place throughout a season which threatened to implode, as Frank Lampard was sacked and replaced with Thomas Tuchel . But the German, 47, has also been working to change the mentality of his stars - not least by using a two-minute advert featuring a pack of tattooed bikers to convince them not to be scared of anyone. The players were left bemused several weeks ago when they were called together at the club’s Cobham training ground to watch what they thought was a tactical film. Instead they were greeted by a video of a cinema packed full of Hell’s Angels in an ad made ten years ago by Carlsberg. Chelsea stars exchanged quizzical looks as they watched a series of couples enter the cinema to be confronted by the unsettling audience, with only two seats available right in the … [Read more...] about Chelsea’s Champions League push fuelled by boozy Hell’s Angels advert Thomas Tuchel used as inspiration