SCHOOLS won't have to enforce face masks or carry out regular testing on pupils, it was revealed today. Speaking to Good Morning Britain this morning, education minister Nick Gibb said twice-weekly testing will not be compulsory for pupils to go to school in England but remains “highly recommended”. With pupils returning to schools in March 8, Gibb confirmed a "no test, no school" policy is not in place but said he hopes the majority of students will volunteer to test themselves at home twice a week before coming in to school. "No, they’re not compulsory but we highly recommend it, it’s everybody doing everything we can to identify asymptomatic cases of Covid , helping to reduce the transmission," he said. "The first three tests will be taken in the school that will show the students how to do it most effectively and it’s the students themselves that will do it at home with supervision by their parents," he added. Meanwhile, normal summer exams have been ditched and … [Read more...] about Coronavirus news UK update – A Levels and GCSEs SCRAPPED for 2021 as schools told testing & masks won’t be compulsory
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New details of the forcible return of Dubai's "missing" princess reveal the moment the royal daughter knew her escape had failed - the sound of boots. Princess Latifa is the daughter of Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum. She attempted to flee in 2018. Until video messages emerged this week , she had not been heard from publicly since her failed escape. In previously unseen video messages released by Sky News, Princess Latifa said: "I can hear heavy boots, um, and people screaming and gunshots. And none of the crew wore boots. So I knew that somebody had boarded and the gunshots sounded very close." She attempted to escape her family three years ago by trying to sail across the Indian Ocean - but was brought back to Dubai in what the royal family say was a rescue mission after she was tricked by criminals seeking money. Advertisement The sheikh, a powerful and influential man regularly seen alongside heads of state such as … [Read more...] about Princess Latifa: Dubai’s ‘missing’ princess reveals moment she knew her escape had failed
LEGENDARY Mr. Potato Head has been a popular toy among children since 1952. The toy also has a female counterpart, Mrs. Potato Head, followed by brother Spud and sister Yam, who were developed a year later. Did Mr. Potato Head go gender neutral? Mr. Potato Head will no longer have a gender , according to Hasbro, the company that makes the toy. The toy will now be known as Potato Head and the change will be implemented in the boxes later this year. Kimberly Boyd, a senior vice president and general manager at Hasbro who works on the Potato Head brand, said the brand now wants to stop leaning so heavily into this traditional family structure, Fast Company reports. She said: "Culture has evolved. Kids want to be able to represent their own experiences. "The way the brand currently exists - with the “Mr.” and “Mrs.” - is limiting when it comes to both gender identity and family structure." What can families expect from the new Mr. Potato Head? Children and … [Read more...] about Did Mr. Potato Head go gender neutral?
THIRTY BBC staff lapped up an online guide to drinking water funded by taxpayers. Critics blasted the hour-long webinar, titled Hydration, as “pointless and patronising”. The event was among several courses aimed at supporting workers’ mental and physical health. A description emailed to staff said: “Attending this webinar will help you identify the importance of being fully hydrated and find practical ways to achieve this state every day. “It will help you understand how being fully hydrated will improve health, wellbeing and performance.” A Freedom of Information request revealed 30 staff took part but the BBC did not divulge the cost of the course. 'UTTERLY POINTLESS' Critic Robin Aitken, who worked for the BBC for 25 years, said: “It’s absolute madness, utterly pointless and incredibly patronising.” John O’Connell, of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said: “The BBC has been caught pouring taxpayers’ money down the drain yet again.” The Sun revealed last month … [Read more...] about BBC sends 30 staff on a course on how to drink WATER
IN a little over a decade, Ellie Goulding has shifted 15million albums and 102million singles and has enjoyed global success. But as she revealed her first pregnancy this week , in a carefully choreographed announcement alongside an interview with fashion bible Vogue, the 34-year-old singer and socialite made it clear her ambition is far bigger. This wasn’t just baby news, but a statement of intent. Just hours after the announcement, she made her first appearance with a burgeoning bump when she took centre stage at a high-end fashion launch for Hugo Boss as it unveiled a new collaboration with heavyweight boxing champion Anthony Joshua. And the real revelation was the transformation of Ellie — now the darling of the fashion world, close friend of the royals and eager to branch out to become a top businesswoman alongside her already impressive showbiz credentials and an estimated £30million fortune. As one insider put it: “She’s done all she can as a pop star — her … [Read more...] about Ellie Goulding was plagued by doubt and anxiety but now she’s pregnant and planning her showstopping comeback