Caveat: The tourism sector deserves to be taken more seriously in this crisis

There is a recent tendency on this side of the Irish Sea to revel in the apparent superiority of our political system compared to our nearest neighbour to the east. And, at times, Britain seems to have gone out of its way to justify some of this new-found Irish smugness, un-Irish as it may be. Brexit and coronavirus are two examples. Objectively, it does seem likely … Read more

‘Sad day’ for House of Ireland as tourism retailer goes out of business

House of Ireland, a tourist-focused giftware retail group with high-profile outlets in Dublin and Belfast, is shutting down, as damage from the coronavirus pandemic begins to take its toll on the beleaguered tourism and retail sectors. Five companies associated with the group have called creditor Zoom meetings for later this month to appoint a liquidator to the business, which has been operated for 45 years by … Read more

Masters plan for November shows Augusta National is out of touch

Augusta is one venue where silence can never be mistaken for inaction. As the US remains in the grip of Covid-19 – and its sporting calendar is altered accordingly – it would be an error to suppose those who preside over the Masters blithely believe their event is unaffected. In his last bulletin, in early April, the Augusta National chairman, Fred Ridley, sought to “emphasise that … Read more

US: Biden says his economic plan would create five million jobs

Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden promised on Thursday to spend $700 billion on American-made products and industrial research, which he said would give an estimated 5 million more people a pay cheque during a job-killing pandemic. “I’ll be laser-focused on working families: the middle-class families I came from here in Scranton, not the wealthy investor class,” Mr Biden said in a speech outlining the plan … Read more

Work on children’s hospital halted over Covid-19 costs stand-off

Construction work has yet to resume on the €1.7 billion national children’s hospital, seven weeks after coronavirus restrictions on building were lifted, because of a dispute between the main contractor and the board of the hospital. The stand-off relates “primarily to the cost implications of the closure and reopening of the site and who should bear them”, the hospital board has said. The board admitted there … Read more

Screwfix customer, 51, dies after he was assaulted inside store

Pictured: Father, 51, who died after he was ‘attacked outside Screwfix during row over queue-jumping’ – as 24-year-old man is arrested and bailed Police called to an ‘altercation’ between two men at the DIY chain in Warrington Andrew Webster, 51, was found with serious injuries and taken to hospital Was rushed to Aintree Hospital in Liverpool but died nearly a week later Police said a 24-year-old … Read more

Licence fee chaos as paying system already unable to meet demand

BBC licence chaos: System 4.5m pensioners will need to pay £157.50 fee before August 1 is ALREADY unable to meet demand due to covid staff cuts Controversial plans to end free licences for all aged over 75 given the green light Only those who receive the Pension Credit benefit won’t have to pay the fee  Pensioners will receive letters advising them to phone TV Licensing call … Read more

Elderly care home residents MUST be allowed see their families

Treat family of dementia patients like key workers: Charities call for relatives to get regular Covid tests so they can see vulnerable care home residents and prevent a ‘hidden catastrophe’ Seven charities, including Alzheimer’s Society, have written to Matt Hancock Their letter urges the Health Secretary to allow more family to visit care homes  They believe social isolation has hastened deterioration in dementia patients By Sophie … Read more

Tapping into crime fears, GOP conflates mayhem with protests

FILE – In this July 9, 2020, file photo President Donald Trump listens during a meeting with Hispanic leaders in the Cabinet Room, Thursday, July 9, 2020, in Washington. Republicans are trying to convince voters that the rare looting and violence that marred largely peaceful social justice protests foretell a wave of mayhem to come if Democrats are elected in November. Trump emphasized that menacing theme … Read more

WHO experts to visit China as part of COVID-19 investigation

FILE – In this Jan. 23, 2020, file photo, Dr. Gauden Galea, the World Health Organization (WHO) representative in China, speaks during an interview with The Associated Press at the WHO’s offices in Beijing. A pair of World Health Organization experts will visit China over the weekend to lay the groundwork for a larger mission to investigate the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, … Read more

Coronavirus: Canada’s economic recovery will be stronger in short term, poll suggests

The economic recovery underway in Canada will be stronger in the near-term than expected a few months ago, according to a Reuters poll of economists who said a resurgence in coronavirus infections and high unemployment were the two biggest risks. Like many other countries, the Canadian government imposed strict lockdowns to quell the spread of the novel coronavirus, forcing businesses to close and citizens to stay … Read more

Lou Holtz decries push to scrap college football, other sports: ‘What has happened to our way of life?’

Hall of Fame college football coach Lou Holtz joined “The Ingraham Angle” Thursday to respond to the likelihood that the 2020 season will be severely curtailed due to the coronavirus pandemic — if there is a season at all. Holtz, who guided Notre Dame to its most recent football national championship in 1988, told host Laura Ingraham that what Ingraham called the “war on American life” brought … Read more

Melbourne man in his 20s tests positive for coronavirus in Sydney

Melbourne man in his 20s tests positive for coronavirus at Sydney holiday park – after driving 14 hours in a CARAVAN to beat the border closure in a ‘troubling’ case By Zoe Zaczek For Daily Mail Australia Published: 01:40 EDT, 10 July 2020 | Updated: 01:53 EDT, 10 July 2020 A man in his 20s who travelled to Sydney from Victoria with a caravan in tow … Read more

Victoria’s coronavirus spike could easily get away from us. Here’s what we need to do

Even as Melbourne and surrounds return to lockdown, Victoria has today reported 288 new cases of COVID-19. We’ve seen outbreaks in hospitals and aged care homes, cases spilling across borders into New South Wales and the ACT, and breakdowns in screening procedures even as state borders slam shut — again. Coronavirus questions answered Breaking down the latest news and research to understand how the world is … Read more

Tasmania to defer reopening of borders, citing ‘changing’ situation on mainland

Tasmania will not be opening its borders on July 24, as was previously announced. Premier Peter Gutwein said the lowering of the borders would be deferred by at least a week, if not longer. He said it was important to have a clearer picture about what was happening with coronavirus in the rest of the country before Tasmania lowered its borders. Coronavirus live news: Follow all … Read more

Public housing tower residents in Flemington, Melbourne go outside

Flemington gets back to business: Residents inside Melbourne’s housing commission towers leave for the first time in five days – as one local reveals a policeman’s act of kindness during lockdown Residents of eight public housing towers have been freed from hard lockdown Nine towers in inner-city Melbourne were put in house detention on Saturday   The tower at 33 Alfred Street will remain in self-isolation for nine … Read more

Laura Ingraham calls out Biden for ‘sleight of hand’ economic plan: ‘Just another act’

Ingraham: Biden’s America Last campaign Joe Biden is suddenly mimicking President Trump because his handlers know that in order to win, he’ll need some blue-collar love from voters in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Wisconsin. Laura Igraham took issue Thursday with presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden‘s “Made in America” economic plan, accusing the former vice president of copying President Trump to compensate for a “weak spot” in his … Read more

Brandis Kemp, actress from ‘Fridays’ and ‘AfterMASH,’ dead at 76: reports

Brandis Kemp, a veteran actress and comedian known for roles on the old ABC late-night show “Fridays” and the short-lived “MASH” spin-off “AfterMASH,” has died at age 76, reports said. Kemp succumbed July 4 from battles with brain cancer and the coronavirus, at her home in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles, according to The Hollywood Reporter. She was surrounded by family and friends, actress … Read more

Asia Today: Australia’s Victoria state has record 288 cases

Australia’s Victoria state has reported the new daily record of 288 coronavirus cases, which also reflects a record number of tests exceeding 37,500 By The Associated Press July 10, 2020, 4:35 AM 4 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article CANBERRA, Australia — Australia’s Victoria state on Friday reported the new daily record of 288 coronavirus cases, which also reflects a record number of … Read more

Brazil LGBTQ group hides from virus in Copacabana building

About 50 LGBTQ people have sheltered from the new coronavirus in a formerly abandoned building a few blocks from Rio de Janeiro’s Copacabana beach By YESICA FISCH Associated Press July 10, 2020, 4:07 AM 3 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article RIO DE JANEIRO — In a courtyard a few blocks from Rio de Janeiro’s Copacabana beach, a dozen people get settled on … Read more

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The latest headlines in your inbox twice a day Monday – Friday plus breaking news updates Quarantine rules for people returning to or visiting the UK from certain countries will be relaxed today. The UK Government has published a list of 76 countries and territories from which people arriving into England will no longer need to self-isolate for 14 days. This includes Spain, Germany, France and … Read more

Fauci says states with surging Covid-19 cases should pause reopening efforts

US news Public health expert made remark after US set world record for most new Covid-19 cases reported in one day Dr Anthony Fauci in Washington DC on 30 June. Photograph: Reuters As the US set a world record for most Covid-19 cases in one day, with 60,000 reported on Wednesday, Dr Anthony Fauci, a senior member of the White House coronavirus taskforce, said states needed … Read more

Foreign Office urges holidaymakers to avoid cruise ships

Coronavirus outbreak New travel advice means many upcoming cruises could be cancelled or postponed Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage P&O cruise ships Aurora (left) and Arcadia moored in Weymouth Bay in May this year. Photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA UK holidaymakers are being urged by the government to avoid travelling on cruise ships. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) issued a statement on Thursday … Read more

‘Make things right’: criminal justice officials urge California to release prisoners amid Covid-19 surge

California San Francisco attorney general and lawmakers issue joint call San Quentin prison has recorded 1,500 cases and seven deaths Within three weeks of 187 prisoners at high risk of Covid-19 being transferred to San Quentin, the prison went from zero cases to nearly 500. Photograph: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images California lawmakers and top criminal justice officials joined organizers and families to urge the California governor, Gavin … Read more

Park Won-soon: Seoul mayor found dead after being reported missing

South Korea Body found as local reports say Park had been subject of sexual harassment complaint Park Won-soon speaking at an event in Seoul this week. Photograph: Yonhap News Agency/Reuters The missing mayor of Seoul, who had reportedly been accused of sexual harassment, has been found dead more than half a day after leaving a message for his daughter that was “like a will”. Police said … Read more

US imposes sanctions on senior Chinese officials over Uighur abuses

Xinjiang Mike Pompeo says US ‘will not stand idly by’ over abuses of ethnic minorities in China’s western region of Xinjiang Xinjiang party secretary Chen Quanguo is among the Chinese officials targeted by US sanctions over the treatment of the Uighur ethnic minority. Photograph: Greg Baker/AFP/Getty Images The United States has imposed sanctions on three senior officials of the Chinese Communist party, including a member of … Read more

Trump’s ex-fixer Michael Cohen back in custody over early-release rule breach

Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer and fixer, Michael Cohen, was returned to federal prison on Thursday, after balking at certain conditions of the home confinement he was granted because of the coronavirus pandemic. The federal Bureau of Prisons said that Cohen had “refused the conditions of his home confinement and as a result, has been returned to a BOP facility”. Lanny Davis, a Cohen legal adviser, … Read more

Oxford part of study on long-term health impact of coronavirus

A MAJOR new study is using Oxford patients to study the long-term impact of coronavirus. Led by the NIHR Leicester Biomedical Research Centre (BRC), the study will draw on expertise from leading researchers and clinicians from across the UK to assess the impact of Covid-19 on patient health and their recovery. Oxford investigators have been at the forefront in leading this study with the Leicester investigators, … Read more

Stroke charity £1.5m shortfall ‘catastrophic’

A LEADING stroke charity has warned research faces a long-term threat due to coronavirus. Almost three quarters (74 per cent) of stroke research projects funded by the Stroke Association have been suspended because of the pandemic. The charity also anticipated a shortfall of £1.5m in its funding programme this year, to resume current research and support new projects. It has warned of a ‘catastrophic’ knock on … Read more

Share of Oxford coronavirus antibody testing firm sold for £18m

AN OXFORD-based company producing coronavirus antibody tests has a new major stakeholder. Asset management firm Mercia has sold its almost 50 per cent stake in The Native Antigen Company. The deal, worth £18m, sees the shares go to LGC, a global leader in life sciences. The Native Antigen Company was one of the first to start production of the Covid-19 antigens in February, which can be … Read more

Claims that Victorians are SNEAKING into Queensand

‘Hope they are caught and fined’: Queenslanders claim Victorians in caravans are SNEAKING over the border after spotting their licence plates – as the holiday state open up for the first time in 106 days Queensland’s border will reopen to tourists after COVID-19 shutdown in March But Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk told southerners there will be lengthy waits  The border is opening at midday on Friday to … Read more

A US Marine in Darwin has tested positive to COVID-19

US marine tests positive for coronavirus after landing in Darwin US marine tested positive to coronavirus after landing in Darwin, NT Soldier doesn’t have any symptoms and had no direct contact with community  The marine is currently being looked after at the Royal Darwin Hospital  NT plans to reopen its borders to rest of country, except Victoria, on July 17  By Aidan Wondracz For Daily Mail … Read more

California, Florida and Texas report highest daily coronavirus death tolls

The coronavirus crisis nationwide is not only deepening, it is growing more deadly. The country’s three biggest states — California, Florida and Texas — are reporting their largest single-day death tolls since the pandemic began. Hospitals there are struggling to keep up with the rising number of patients.  In California, 149 deaths were reported on Wednesday, the highest single-day number since the pandemic began. “For those … Read more

Trump call to reopen schools draws pushback from Dem governors Inslee, Whitmer

At least two Democratic Party governors said Thursday they’ll delay reopening schools for the fall semester if they decide the coronavirus pandemic makes reopening them unsafe for students and staff. The statements by Gov. Jay Inslee of Washington and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan came two days after President Trump said his administration would “very much put pressure” on governors to reopen schools in the fall. … Read more

Singapore votes against backdrop of pandemic

Voting is under way in Singapore’s general election, under the cloud of the coronavirus pandemic and its economic fallout. The small city state is one of a handful of countries to hold a vote during the pandemic so far. Strict safety measures are in place, with voters wearing gloves and masks and given timed voting slots. Singapore has been one of the worst hit countries in … Read more

Coronavirus live news: Bolivia president tests positive amid record rise in South Africa cases

Covid-19 outbreak accelerates across Africa; Venezuelan Socialist Party boss also tests positive; Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro ‘in good health’. Follow the latest updates: South Africa warns of coronavirus ‘storm’ as outbreak accelerates across continent Bolivia’s president and Venezuela’s Socialist party leader test positive for Covid-19 WHO says coronavirus pandemic still accelerating Trudeau and Trump’s responses see wildly different results LIVE Updated A health worker checks the … Read more

How you can make a case to work from home FOREVER 

An effective handover, proof of increased productivity and flexibility: How you can make a case to work from home FOREVER About 92 per cent of workers would want to work from home regularly if allowed  FlexCareers’ Marko Njavro has made a ‘five-step success plan’ to apply to WFH Mr Njavro said workers should write a clear plan before approaching their boss Workers should be clear about … Read more

Victoria records biggest rise in cases since pandemic began  

Victoria is hit with 288 new cases of coronavirus – the worst EVER daily figure for an Australian state – as locked down Melbourne is smashed by its second wave By Charlie Moore, Political Reporter For Daily Mail Australia Published: 23:40 EDT, 9 July 2020 | Updated: 00:01 EDT, 10 July 2020 Victoria has recorded 288 new coronavirus cases, its biggest spike since the pandemic began.  … Read more

Flights into Australia reduced by half

Australia is to slash international flights into the country by HALF to stop the spread of coronavirus and some residents will be forced to fork out for their own hotel quarantine By Charlie Moore, Political Reporter For Daily Mail Australia Published: 23:16 EDT, 9 July 2020 | Updated: 23:58 EDT, 9 July 2020 Australia will slash international flights into the country by half to stop the … Read more

Australia to slash international arrivals by half

The number of Australian citizens and residents allowed into the country will be slashed to ease pressure on state and territory coronavirus quarantine systems. Key points: The number of people allowed into Australia each week will be cut “by just over half” It will mean 4,000 fewer Australian citizens and residents allowed to return home each week All states and territories will move towards charging people … Read more

World Health Organization acknowledges that coronavirus can linger in the air

Under growing pressure from researchers, the World Health Organization acknowledged Thursday that the coronavirus can linger in the air indoors and potentially infect people even when they practice social distancing. The United Nations agency had maintained that such airborne transmission occurred only during certain medical procedures and that nearly all infections occur when people inhale respiratory droplets expelled in their immediate vicinity or when they touch … Read more

Moment man FAINTS while chatting to a shocked Prince Charles

Moment Asda worker FAINTS while chatting to a shocked Prince Charles before helpers rush to his aid – and the unflappable royal moves on to speak to another staff member Man fainted as he was greeted by the Prince of Wales outside an Asda centre Worried members of staff rushed to his aid before he was brought to his feet  Prince Charles, 71, and Camilla, 72, … Read more

Gyms will be allowed to reopen in England on July 25 

Nail bars, tanning salons and tattoo parlours across England can reopen on MONDAY while gyms can welcome back customers from July 25 Oliver Dowden said that beauticians, tattooists and spas can reopen on Monday However ‘high risk’ treatments, involving working near the face, will be banned  Indoor pools, gyms and other sports facilities will then follow suit from July 25 Outdoor swimming pools in England able … Read more

Licence fee chaos as paying system already unable to meet demand

BBC licence chaos: System 4.5m pensioners will need to pay £157.50 fee before August 1 is ALREADY unable to meet demand due to covid staff cuts Controversial plans to end free licences for all aged over 75 given the green light Only those who receive the Pension Credit benefit won’t have to pay the fee  Pensioners will receive letters advising them to phone TV Licensing call … Read more

Moment man FAINTS while chatting to a shocked Prince Charles

Moment Asda worker FAINTS while chatting to a shocked Prince Charles before helpers rush to his aid – and the unflappable royal moves on to speak to another staff member Man fainted as he was greeted by the Prince of Wales outside an Asda centre Worried members of staff rushed to his aid before he was brought to his feet  Prince Charles, 71, and Camilla, 72, … Read more

Canada pushes back on U.S. Congress members’ call to reopen border amid coronavirus

The federal government is softly pushing back against an effort from U.S. Congress members to reopen the border with Canada amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, saying any decision will be made “by Canadians, for Canadians.” A bipartisan group of 29 federal lawmakers led by New York representatives Blaine Higgins and Elise Stefanik sent a letter to Public Safety Minister Bill Blair and Acting Homeland Security Secretary … Read more

Robert De Niro’s lawyer says coronavirus has caused the actor financial strain

The coronavirus pandemic has not only stopped Robert De Niro from working, but he’s also taken quite the pay cut this year as well. In court, De Niro’s estranged wife Grace Hightower asked for an emergency order for her husband, 76, to raise her monthly American Express credit card limit from $50,000 to $100,000, according to Page Six. Hightower’s lawyer told the judge that De Niro … Read more

President Trump says Biden’s been ‘brainwashed’ in ‘Hannity’ exclusive

President Trump phoned in to “Hannity” Thursday where he covered a bevy of topics including the coronavirus and Democratic presidential frontrunner Joe Biden who he said appeared as if he had been “brainwashed.” “He’s been taken over by the radical left. He has no clue what they’re doing and what they’re getting him into,” Trump told host Sean Hannity. “And you look at the deal they … Read more

Mike Rowe predicts skilled workers will be in ‘demand like never before’ in post-coronavirus era

“Dirty Jobs: Rowe’d Trip” host Mike Rowe told “Tucker Carlson Tonight” Thursday that skilled laborers “will be in demand like never before” as employers adapt to a post-coronavirus pandemic world. “If you have a skill that’s in demand, you are going to be in demand like never before,” Rowe told host Tucker Carlson, “and I’ve never been more certain of that than I am right now. MIKE ROWE ON ‘DIRTY JOBS’ REBOOT “I’ve been … Read more

Coronavirus leads NYC’s de Blasio to cancel all large events through September

New York City is canceling street fairs, outdoor concerts, parades and other big events through September because of coronavirus as local officials try to keep city blocks open for restaurants and the public. Large outdoor gatherings have been officially banned in New York since the spring, though thousands have taken to city streets to protest against police brutality. Mayor Bill de Blasio, a Democrat, said Thursday … Read more

Schools or bars? Opening classrooms may mean hard choices

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — President Donald Trump insists that schools reopen this fall. Many parents, educators, doctors and economists want the same thing. But getting children back to school safely could mean keeping high-risk spots like bars and gyms closed. A growing chorus of public health experts is urging federal, state and local officials to reconsider how they are reopening the broader economy, and to prioritize K-12 … Read more

A US Marine in Darwin has tested positive to COVID-19

US marine tests positive for coronavirus after landing in Darwin US marine tested positive to coronavirus after landing in Darwin, NT Soldier doesn’t have any symptoms and had no direct contact with community  The marine is currently being looked after at the Royal Darwin Hospital  NT plans to reopen its borders to rest of country, except Victoria, on July 17  By Aidan Wondracz For Daily Mail … Read more

Hydrogen didn’t work for the Hindenburg, but could it work for households?

Ever since the Hindenburg airship disaster of 1937, hydrogen gas has suffered from an image problem. Key points: A hydrogen electrolyser in Adelaide’s south is one of more than a dozen projects across Australia Despite technical challenges, experts say hydrogen can be safely handled Advocates hope hydrogen can become part of the nation’s natural gas mix The inferno killed 36 people at Lakehurst, New Jersey, and … Read more