Queensland records one new Covid case and more restrictions are brought in

Queensland has recorded one new Covid-19 case as more restrictions are brought in and fears of a lockdown linger.  The new case announced on Wednesday is a fully vaccinated man aged in his 50s and is linked to an aviation worker who had already tested positive.  A second case was also recorded but this was in NSW and won’t be counted in Queensland’s numbers. This infection was in a truck driver who lives in Gavin on the Gold Coast and was infectious in the community for three days before returning to…

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New ‘Cod War’ as three in four small French boats are turned down for post-Brexit fishing licences 

A fresh row was brewing with France last night after ministers refused to let dozens of its boats fish off the UK coast. Just 12 of the 47 EU small vessels that applied have been granted permission for post-Brexit fishing rights in UK waters, it emerged. The majority were denied licences because they failed to provide evidence that they had fished in the six-to-12-mile nautical zone in the years before the UK’s referendum on leaving the EU. But it provoked threats of reprisals from the French government over what they…

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Long Covid hits more than a THIRD of coronavirus sufferers, new study finds

A third of people infected with coronavirus will have at least one symptom of long Covid, a study suggests.  Researchers at the University of Oxford, the Oxford Health Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) and the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) studied more than 270,000 people in the United States who were recovering from coronavirus.  Long Covid symptoms were diagnosed in 37% of patients three to six months following infection, The Guardian reports.    Anxiety/depression was the most common of nine primary symptoms, followed by abnormal breathing, abdominal symptoms, chest/throat pain and fatigue.   A…

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Rosie Duffield makes surprise appearance at party conference amid reports she would stay away 

Labour’s Rosie Duffield made a surprise appearance at the party conference after reports suggested she would avoid it over safety concerns. The Canterbury MP was at a fringe event supporting sex-based rights last night despite previously saying ‘it was better for everyone if I quietly stayed away’ due to fears that she may need security. Miss Duffield had received threats after writing on Twitter that ‘only women have a cervix’.  Labour’s Rosie Duffield made a surprise appearance at the party conference after reports suggested she would avoid it over safety…

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Andy Burnham calls for council tax to be SCRAPPED and replaced with a wealth levy

Andy Burnham yesterday called on Labour to back a wealth tax based on the value of property. The Greater Manchester mayor said he wanted to see council tax scrapped and replaced with the new levy. The ‘proportional tax’ would see homeowners paying an annual levy worth around 0.5 per cent of the value of their home instead of council tax and stamp duty. Supporters, such as the think-tank IPPR, say it is unfair that those who have benefited from soaring house prices should pay so little.  Andy Burnham (pictured) said…

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Hollyoaks’ Jennifer Metcalfe slammed for plugging gadget on Instagram without admitting she was paid

Hollyoaks actress Jennifer Metcalfe has been warned by a watchdog for posting adverts on Instagram for a hair styling gadget without revealing she was paid to promote it. The soap star, 38, posted an image of herself holding a HairCybele styling device with the caption: ‘Me again! Use code JEN70 for 70% off! @HAIRCYBELE Swipe up to view website.’ A reader complained that the post was not obviously identifiable as an ad. Hollyoaks actress Jennifer Metcalfe has been warned by a watchdog for posting adverts on Instagram for a hair…

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Biden CANCELS trip to Chicago to push vaccine mandates to lead negotiations over his $3.5T budget

President Joe Biden canceled his trip to Chicago on Wednesday to remain in D.C. to lead negotiations over his $3.5 trillion budget resolution package Joe Biden is indefinitely postponing his Wednesday trip to Chicago meant to highlight the importance of COVID-19 vaccines and will instead remain in Washington, D.C. to lead negotiations on the infrastructure and reconciliation packages. According to several reports of White House officials’ comments, Biden nixed the the trip to Illinois‘ largest city because he feels ‘progress is being made’ on the two pieces of legislation and…

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Grandmother, 58, who staged one-woman Extinction Rebellion stunt is let off by judge

A retired teacher brought chaos to her home town with a one-woman protest – and was then let off by a judge. Fiona Prior, 58, blocked one of the busiest roads into Carlisle as part of an Extinction Rebellion stunt. The grandmother sat on a stool in the road with a placard and was charged with wilfully blocking the highway. But in a sign that the courts are reluctant to tackle direct action groups, a judge found her not guilty. At Carlisle Magistrates’ Court this week, District Judge John Temperley…

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John Bercow takes swipe at Labour leader Keir Starmer just moments after singing his praises 

John Bercow was caught disparaging Keir Starmer at the conference – just moments after praising him. The former Commons speaker told delegates the ‘jury’s out’ on the Labour leader – and suggested he did not know whether he had it in him to win the next election.  Just moments earlier he told a fringe event Sir Keir was ‘a good guy’ and ‘has got a great brain’. Mr Bercow, who was a Tory MP until he became speaker, joined Labour in June, and at Monday evening’s event he turned his…

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Victoria records 950 new cases and seven deaths but experts warn there could 3,000 a day in October

Victoria has recorded 950 new Covid-19 cases and seven deaths as experts warn the state could see up to 3,000 infections a day in a matter of weeks. Deakin University epidemiology chair Professor Catherine Bennett predicted the grim numbers could be seen in late October before infections start to drop. Tuesday was Victoria’s highest ever daily total of cases since the pandemic began, putting it in front on NSW for the first time since June. While the figure representing how many have been infected on average has slightly dropped to 1.25, experts…

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