Categories
World News

UK coronavirus death toll hits 44,220 after 22 more fatalities in lowest Sunday since lockdown

THE UK coronavirus death toll has hit 44,220, as 22 more people have died after testing positive for the virus, as of 5pm on Saturday.

This is the lowest Sunday death toll since the beginning lockdown, following last week's 36 fatalities.

⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates


The Government figures do not include all deaths involving Covid-19 across the UK, which are thought to have passed 55,000.

The Department of Health and Social Care also said that in the 24-hour period up to 9am on Sunday, there were 516 positive results. Overall, a total of 285,416 cases have been confirmed.

It comes as thirsty Brits returned to pubs yesterday after they reopened for the first time in four months, a police chief warned it was "crystal clear" boozers were not observing social distancing rules.

John Apter, Chair of the Police Federation, complained he dealt with "naked men, happy drunks, angry drunks, fights and more angry drunks" on shift in Southampton.

Revellers were filmed swinging punches in a beer garden in Tamworth, while a pub in Narborough, Leicestershire, had to shut early after a punter was assaulted and suffered neck injuries.

Richard Cooke, chair of the West Midlands Police Federation, predicted a second wave was round the corner.

He tweeted: "Just got home after a long shift late shift peppered with pub fights, domestic violence and drunken drugged up fools.

"If today was anything to go by the 'second wave' won't be long in the making."

However Health Secretary Matt Hancock insisted the majority of people who went out on so-called Super Saturday in England did the right thing.


Speaking on Sky's Ridge On Sunday, Mr Hancock said: "Well I think that from what I've seen, although there's some pictures to the contrary, very, very largely people have acted responsibly.

"The large proportion of people, the vast majority of people are, I think, doing the right thing".

However, he added: "But of course we'll take action when we need to when…if the minority break the rules."

The Metropolitan Police said there were "no significant issues" across London on Saturday.

Mr Hancock said the Government's message to the public is "enjoy the new freedoms, but do so safely".

His comments come as a former government chief scientific adviser claimed a further 27,000 excess deaths are "likely" between now and next April under the current approach to coronavirus.

Sir David King said it looked as though the current Government policy was to "maintain" the current level of about 3,000 new infections per day across England.

He said: "What we are saying is 27,000 excess deaths are likely between now and next April if the expectation by the chief medical officer is that he would be surprised and delighted if the UK is in the same place next spring.

"If he's correct we would still have about 2,000 to 3,000 new infections in England per day and that is the number of deaths that would follow from that.

He added: "It looks as if the policy is to maintain the current level of about 3,000 new infections per day across England, while Scotland, Ireland and Northern Ireland are heading towards net zero."

CORONAVIRUS CRISIS – STAY IN THE KNOW

Don't miss the latest news and figures – and essential advice for you and your family.

To receive The Sun’s Coronavirus newsletter in your inbox every tea time, sign up here.

To follow us on Facebook, simply ‘Like’ our Coronavirus page.

Get Britain’s best-selling newspaper delivered to your smartphone or tablet each day – find out more.

Source: Read Full Article

Categories
World News

Nigel Farage hits back at Lib Dem leader who reported him to police

‘Sad Ed Davey. Needs to get a life’: Nigel Farage hits back at Lib Dem leader who reported him to the police claiming he had broken lockdown rules with pub visit

  • Mr Farage, 56, denied breaking lockdown after he visited a pub yesterday
  • Critics said he broke lockdown as he returned from US less than 2 weeks ago
  • Acting Lib Dem leader Ed Davey reported him to Kent Police following outcry
  • He said he tested negative for the virus and has been back in the UK for 2 weeks

Nigel Farage told Ed Davey to ‘get a life’ after the Lib Dem leader reported him to the police claiming he had broken lockdown rules by going to the pub yesterday. 

Mr Farage, 56, denied breaking lockdown by having his ‘first proper pint in 103 days’ – after critics claimed he did so less than two weeks after he returned from a trip to the US.

Acting Lib Dem leader Davey reported him to Kent Police after many questioned how he could already be out of quarantine if he was in the US at a Donald Trump rally on June 20. 

Upon hearing about the report put forward by Davey, Farage told The Sun: ‘Sad Ed Davey. Needs to get a life.’ 

Nigel Farage told Ed Davey to ‘get a life’ after the Lib Dem leader reported him to the police claiming he had broken lockdown rules by going to the pub (pictured) yesterday

Mr Farage, 56, denied breaking lockdown by visiting a pub on Super Saturday – after critics claimed he did so less than two weeks after he returned from a trip to the US (a picture shared by Farage on June 20 of him in the USA)

Acting Lib Dem leader Ed Davey (pictured) reported Farage to Kent Police following claims that he had been in America on June 20 with many questioning how he could already be out of quarantine.

The Brexit Party leader proudly posted a picture online of himself at lunchtime yesterday holding a pint and declaring ’12 o’clock, first customer in. Love it.’    

The outcry prompted an immediate slapdown from pro-Brexit campaigner Mr Farage who insisted he had back for a fortnight so it was fine.

He declared: ‘To all those screaming and shouting about me going to the pub.

‘I have been back from the USA for 2 weeks and I have been tested — the result was negative.

Nigel Farage had tweeted a picture of himself enjoying his first pint in a pub, but things turned sour when Lib Dem leader Ed Davey asked police to investigate if he had broken quarantine rules

‘Sorry to disappoint you. Cheers!’

Mr Farage was among many in England who had taken the opportunity to go to the pub as they reopened on Super Saturday as part of lockdown easing. 

The radio host and Brexit Party leader had posted on his Twitter feed a picture of himself wearing sunglasses in America on June 20.

Mr Farage had gone to America to support President Donald Trump at a rally

He was broadly grinning and giving the thumbs up, beside a caption saying ‘In the USA, only twenty four hours from Tulsa.’

Ed Davey MP, the acting leader of the Liberal Democrats, wrote to Kent Police asking them to investigate whether Mr Farage had broken roles.

He said: ‘There are clearly serious questions to answer for Nigel Farage. It is clear from his social media posts that he was in America on 20 June, and he was pictured at a Trump rally that evening. 

‘Given the current requirements for visitors returning to the UK to isolate for 14 full days on their return, Nigel Farage appears to be in violation of the quarantine.

‘It is a responsibility of everyone to take the lockdown requirements seriously in order to stop the spread of the virus.

‘By choosing to go to the pub when it appears he should have been staying at home, Mr Farage is showing a flagrant disregard for the safety of people in his community.’

He had travelled to Oklahoma to attend a rally for Donald Trump in Tulsa, which took place on June 20.

Quarantine rules in England at the time he returned state even if people test negative they have to stay in isolation for 14 days.

Source: Read Full Article

Categories
World News

Widow transformed 19th century chapel into £450,000 dream home

Widow, 59, transformed 19th century Methodist chapel into £450,000 dream home using DIY skills learned from her late husband

  • Jayne Fowler, 59, decided to buy £155,000 property in Salisbury, Wiltshire, after walking past estate agents
  • She was able to draw on carpentry skills she learnt from late husband Harry when they built a house in 1999
  • She project managed the renovation and helped out where she could, including using hand drills and saws

A widow used DIY skills she was taught by her late husband to renovate a 19th century Methodist chapel and transform it into a £450,000 dream home. 

Jayne Fowler, 59, decided to buy the £155,000 property in Salisbury, Wiltshire, after walking past an estate agents window while housesitting for a friend two years ago. 

Within a week the former school administrator set to work and project managed the renovation for the next 12 months. 

She spent £135,000 renovating it, including a costly re-roofing. Her new home was finished last July and she has been living in it ever since.   


The exterior of the house before and after the renovations. The £155,000 chapel is now estimated to be worth £450,000 after Jayne’s renovations 

During the renovation, she was able to draw on her carpentry skills having been taught everything from how to work a drill to mixing cement when she and late husband Harry built a house from scratch in 1999. 

The grandmother-of-three now lives in the 1852 chapel which boasts a modern interior with a kitchen, plush bedroom and its own stain-glass window. 

The chapel is currently valued at £375,000 but Jayne has had other valuations come in at the £450,000 mark. 

Jayne, who is a mother of two, said: ‘I’m pretty pleased with how it turned out. When I got my Completion Certificate I looked at Harry’s photo and said “I did it Harry!!”

‘When we built Pear Tree Cottage from the ground up I learnt everything. Harry taught me how to use power tools and then let me use them under his guidance until I was confident to use them safely.

‘He taught me everything – from how to mix cement, chop wood, how to cork and tape plasterboard.’ 


The before and after of the interior. In the first three months, Jayne gutted the interior and then put down new flooring and gave it a modern interior

 The grandmother-of-three now lives in the 1852 chapel which now boasts a modern interior with a kitchen, plush bedroom and its own stain-glass window

Jayne used the skills she was taught by her late husband Harry when they built a home from scratch in 1999

‘After he had passed away I realised I had a real curiosity for self build, renovations and the housing market in general.’

While she mostly project managed the renovation, she helped out where she could and used hand drills, regular hand saw, jigsaw and chop saws. She said helping out with the flooring was a lot of fun. 

She added: ‘It took about a year and I did have sleepless nights wondering whether I could pull it off and one of my neighbours seriously doubted me.

‘But a year later I did it! A 59-year-old widow with more determination than sense it seems!’

Jayne spent £135,000 renovating it, including a costly re-roofing. Her project was finished last July and she has been living in it ever since

The property now has a modern grey and white kitchen with books lining the side underneath one of the cupboards

The bedroom in the home has grey tones on the bed and walls with a blue seat in the window and lots of wardrobe space

The bathroom is neutral-toned with white fittings and tones of grey, beige and black decorative items and towels

Jayne built Pear Tree Cottage in Pamber End, Hampshire, with former civil engineering manager Harry in 1999. The pair lived there until Harry’s death in 2015. 

Suddenly widowed, she sold the home and bought a holiday lodge. But three years later while housesitting for a friend, Jayne stumbled across the Ebenezer Methodist Chapel in a Middleton and Major estate agents window. 

She viewed it two days later, bought it the day after that for £155,000 and started work on it in the following few days. 

Three other people were interested in buying the property but Jayne put in the best offer.  

In the living room there is a fireplace and three candles on the floor in front of it with a vase of red flowers and small metal bucket which says firewood

On the outside of the house there is a window box with a small patio area, flower bed, bird feeders and a potted plant 

She said: ‘The next morning I woke up and my husband popped into my head. I thought ‘Oh my God Harry, what have I done?” But there was no going back and I didn’t have Harry to help me.’ 

Jayne said that Harry ‘gave me the ultimate gift of giving me the confidence to take on a challenge. I see it as a legacy to him.’

When Jayne first arrived at the chapel, it was covered in ivy and mould. The windows and roof timbers were rotten and had to be redone. 

Over the next three months, she started gutting it out, applied for a change in planning consent and had to have a bat survey done. 


When Jayne first arrived at the chapel, it was covered in ivy and mould. The windows and roof timbers were rotten and had to be redone in the £135,000 renovation 

Jayne’s home has its own stain-glass window above a stone with the name of Ebenezer chapel which was built in 1852

She said that she took it back to just four walls and started from there. 

Jayne added: ‘I did have some serious doubts over the course of it. I had many sleepless nights wondering if I could pull it off. There was a point where I was £200,000 out of pocket and the place was anything but habitable.’ 

Jayne had an interest in properties after building the first house, which was built from scratch on an acre site with a derelict 15th century cottage, a London South West first class train carriage and lots of tin outbuildings. 

The couple cleared the land and outbuildings, built a three-bed detached and thatched house and then renovated the little cottage. 

Source: Read Full Article

Categories
World News

Frank Sinatra hated Trump, late singer's daughter tells Mia Farrow

‘He actually did loathe him’: Frank Sinatra hated Donald Trump, the late singer’s daughter tells her former stepmother Mia Farrow as president plans to put statue of Ol’ Blue Eyes in new National Garden of American Heroes

  • Trump said in a speech at Mount Rushmore on Friday that he wished to create a ‘National Garden of American Heroes’ which would include Frank Sinatra
  • Mia Farrow, Sinatra’s ex-wife, reacted to Trump’s announcement on Twitter, saying: ‘Frank Sinatra would have loathed Donald Trump’
  • Nancy Sinatra, the late singer’s daughter from his first marriage to childhood sweetheart Nancy Barbato, agreed, tweeting: ‘He actually did loathe him’   
  • In 2017, Sinatra’s manager claimed that in 1990 the singer told Trump to ‘go f*** himself’ after mogul said he was paying him too much to sing at his casino 
  • Nancy Sinatra, 80, is one of three children that the singer had with his first wife, childhood sweetheart Nancy Barbato
  • Farrow and Frank Sinatra divorced after two-year marriage in the 1960s

Frank Sinatra’s eldest daughter has claimed the late singer ‘loathed’ Donald Trump after the president declared he wanted to honor Ol’ Blue Eyes with a monument alongside other American icons.

Nancy Sinatra made the claim on Friday in response to a tweet from her former stepmother, actress Mia Farrow.

Farrow, who was briefly married to the Hoboken-born crooner in the mid-1960s, reacted to Trump’s speech near Mount Rushmore on Friday in which he said he would include Sinatra in a ‘National Garden of Heroes.’

‘Frank Sinatra would have loathed Donald Trump,’ Farrow tweeted on Friday.

Frank Sinatra ‘loathed’ Donald Trump, according to the late singer’s elder daughter, Nancy Sinatra. Frank Sinatra is seen right alongside Trump (far left) and his then-wife, Ivana Trump (center) at an event in New York City in May 1988

The president on Friday said in a speech near Mount Rushmore that he wanted to honor Frank Sinatra with a monument in a planned ‘National Garden of Heroes’

Sinatra’s ex-wife, Mia Farrow, tweeted in response: ‘Frank Sinatra would have loathed Donald Trump’

Nancy Sinatra replied to her former stepmother: ‘He actually did loathe him.’

To which Nancy Sinatra replied: ‘He actually did loathe him.’

In the fall of 2017, Frank Sinatra’s former manager, Elie Weisman, wrote a book claiming that the singer told Trump to ‘go f*** himself’ after the then-business mogul complained that he was paying too much to feature the singer at the opening of his Atlantic City casino.

Weisman recounted the alleged 1990 incident in the book titled The Way it Was.

Sinatra had planned to perform at the opening of Trump’s Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, along with fellow Rat Pack member Sammy Davis Jr and vocal duet Steve and Eydie.

According to Weisman, a deal had been in place with casino operator Mark Grossinger Etess, who died in a helicopter crash before it could be finalized. That’s when The Donald took over.

Paul Anka, the famous singer-songwriter, is said to have warned Weisman at Etess’s funeral that the manager was about to learn the meaning of The Art of the Deal, Trump’s business deal-making book. 

In the new negotiations, Trump said that the cost of the 12 dates Sinatra was scheduled to perform on was ‘a little rich’, according to Weisman.

Trump also decided that he didn’t want the additional acts that were part of the original deal – including Davis, who had just been diagnosed with cancer, and Steve and Eydie.

‘Who’s Steve and Eydie?’ Weisman recalls Trump asking.

The manager said he tried to choke the business mogul by the tie but Weisman’s son restrained him.

Nancy Sinatra, 80, is one of three children to Frank Sinatra and New Jersey childhood sweetheart Nancy Barbato

Frank Sinatra is seen right with Nancy Sinatra in this photo taken in 1967

Later, when Weisman called Sinatra to tell him what had happened, Ol’ Blue Eyes said he could take one of two choices: Tell Trump to ‘go f*** himself’ or give Trump’s phone number to Sinatra so that he could do it himself.

Weisman said he returned to Trump’s office and told him: ‘Sinatra says “go f*** yourself”.’

Sinatra ended up performing at the Sands Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas instead.

Nancy Sinatra, 80, is one of three children to Frank Sinatra and New Jersey childhood sweetheart Nancy Barbato, who raised the kids virtually solo until the singer left her for the movie star Ava Gardner in 1951.

Nancy Sinatra, who would later forge her own successful singing career in the 1960s with hits like These Boots Are Made For Walking, has publicly criticized Trump in the past.

Weeks after Trump was elected president in November 2016, it was announced that he and his wife, Melania Trump, would dance to Frank Sinatra’s hit tune ‘My Way’ at an inauguration ball in Washington, DC.


Mia Farrow, the actress and activist, was married to Frank Sinatra in 1966. They divorced two years later. The image on the right shows the couple at their wedding

Farrow’s ex-boyfriend, Woody Allen, acknowledged earlier this year in a memoir that Frank Sinatra could be the biological father of his son, Ronan Farrow (seen left with his mother in New York City in April 2019) 

When told of Trump’s plan, Nancy Sinatra tweeted: ‘Just remember the first line of the song.’

The first line of ‘My Way’ is: ‘And now, the end is near.’

In the fall of 2017, Frank Sinatra’s former manager claimed in a book that the singer told Trump to ‘go f*** himself’

Nancy Sinatra deleted her tweet and hit out at CNN after the network reported her comment.

‘That’s not true. I never said that. Why do you lie, CNN?’

Nancy Sinatra has criticized Trump in the past for his remarks about climate change and other issues. 

She has also praised former President Barack Obama for passing the Affordable Care Act and has expressed her backing for Planned Parenthood.

Her former stepmother, Farrow, is a well-known activist on behalf of liberal causes who has repeatedly slammed Trump.

Years after her split from Frank Sinatra, Farrow dated director Woody Allen for 12 years.

Farrow and the Annie Hall filmmaker split in 1992 amid revelations that Allen had an affair with Mia Farrow’s then 22-year-old adopted daughter, Soon-Yi. 

At the time of their break up, Farrow accused Allen of abusing their daughter, Dylan, who had been adopted by Allen. Allen has denied the allegations.

Dylan’s brother, award-winning investigative journalist Ronan Farrow, is Allen’s son.

In a new memoir released earlier this year, Allen conceded that Ronan Farrow could be Frank Sinatra’s biological son.

Allen writes that it is possible Ronan was conceived while he and Farrow were separated. 

According to Frank Sinatra’s former manager, the singer was irate with Trump after the then-business mogul complained that he was paying too much to feature him at the opening of his Atlantic City casino in 1990. Trump is seen above in front of the Taj Mahal Casino Hotel in 1990

Trump announced on Friday that the new landmark will include statues of the ‘giants of out past’ and the ‘greatest Americans who ever lived’. 

Trump described the new monument as ‘a vast outdoor park’ that will include statues of the likes of former conservative Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, President Ronald Reagan and civil rights activists Martin Luther King Jr. and Harriet Tubman.  

The reveal came as protesters around the United States are calling for statues of certain historical American figures to be toppled in light of the recent demonstrations over racial injustice.  

The Executive Order marking the new garden took a direct hit at these statue removals claiming that protesters wish to ‘desecrate our common inheritance’ and vowing to ‘stand strong against this violence’. 

Trump announced the new landmark as he opened the Fourth of July weekend with a fiery speech and fireworks at the iconic Mount Rushmore, pictured above


Former conservative Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia (pictured right) and President Ronald Reagan (pictured left) are among the names included in the initial lists

A statue of civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. will be included if the memorial is built

Trump made the announcement as he opened the Fourth of July weekend with a fiery speech and fireworks at the iconic Mount Rushmore. 

The famed landmark itself has come under fire, especially from Native Americans who say it was built on stolen land.

Around 100 protesters gathered on the road into Keystone ahead of the president’s speech. 

President Trump’s new executive order calls for the park to include statues of the following Americans: 

  • John Adams, second US president
  • Susan B. Anthony, leader of the women’s suffrage movement 
  • Clara Barton, nurse and founder of the American Red Cross
  • Daniel Boone, American pioneer
  • Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, Civil War Union colonel
  • Henry Clay, US Secretary of State under John Adams
  • Davy Crockett, US frontiersman
  • Frederick Douglass, abolitionist leader during Civil War
  • Amelia Earhart, first woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean
  • Benjamin Franklin, US Founding Father and inventor 
  • Billy Graham, evangelist 
  • Alexander Hamilton, US Founding Father
  • Thomas Jefferson, US Founding Father and third president 
  • Martin Luther King, Jr., civil rights leader and minister
  • Abraham Lincoln, 16th US president
  • Douglas MacArthur, WWII Army general
  • Dolley Madison, US first lady and wife of James Madison 
  • James Madison, fourth US president and Founding Father
  • Christa McAuliffe, astronaut 
  • Audie Murphy, WWII hero 
  • George S. Patton, Jr., WWI Army general
  • Ronald Reagan, 40th US president  
  • Jackie Robinson, first African American MLB player 
  • Betsy Ross, designer of first American flag
  • Antonin Scalia, Supreme Court Justice
  • Harriet Beecher Stowe, abolitionist and author of Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • Harriet Tubman, abolitionist and leader of Underground Railroad 
  • Booker T. Washington, prominent African American educator and leader during Jim Crow era
  • George Washington, first US president
  • Orville and Wilbur Wright, inventors of world’s first motor-powered airplane

Trump led into the garden announcement by paying tribute to a litany of American icons, from political figures like Ulysses S. Grant and Frederick Douglass to entertainers like Elvis Presley and Sinatra.

‘We gave the world the poetry of Walt Whitman, the stories of Mark Twain, the songs of Irving Berlin, the voice of Ella Fitzgerald, the style of Frank Sinatra, the comedy of Bob Hope, the power of the Saturn V rocket, the toughness of the Ford F-150, and the awesome might of the American aircraft carriers,’ Trump said.. 

‘We will raise the next generation of American patriots.

‘We will write the next thrilling chapter of the American adventure. And we will teach our children to know that they live in a land of legends, that nothing can stop them, and that no one can hold them down.’ 

According to an Executive Order issued by the White House Friday, the garden should be completed and open for public access before the 250th anniversary of the proclamation of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 2026. 

The site it will be built on has yet to be revealed but will be ‘a site of natural beauty that enables visitors to enjoy nature, walk among the statues, and be inspired to learn about great figures of America’s history’.  

It will feature statues of several presidents as well as other historic notables, including Davy Crockett, Amelia Earhart, Billy Graham and Orville and Wilbur Wright. 

The wording of the Executive Order took a direct hit at the removal of Confederate statues in recent weeks following protests sparked by the death on May 25 of black man George Floyd while in police custody in Minneapolis.

It praised the importance of keeping the country’s monuments and lashed out at those ‘inflamed by fashionable political passions’ who wish to take them down. 

‘America owes its present greatness to its past sacrifices,’ the order reads.

‘Because the past is always at risk of being forgotten, monuments will always be needed to honor those who came before. Since the time of our founding, Americans have raised monuments to our greatest citizens. 

‘These statues are silent teachers in solid form of stone and metal. They preserve the memory of our American story and stir in us a spirit of responsibility for the chapters yet unwritten. 

‘To destroy a monument is to desecrate our common inheritance. In recent weeks, in the midst of protests across America, many monuments have been vandalized or destroyed,’ it added. 

‘These statues are not ours alone, to be discarded at the whim of those inflamed by fashionable political passions; they belong to generations that have come before us and to generations yet unborn.’

In the order, Trump vowed that ‘my Administration will not abide an assault on our collective national memory’.

‘In the face of such acts of destruction, it is our responsibility as Americans to stand strong against this violence, and to peacefully transmit our great national story to future generations through newly commissioned monuments to American heroes.’ 

American abolitionist and political activist Harriet Tubman was also named in the list of heroes


The order states that those chosen ‘contributed positively to America throughout our history’ such as baseball player Jackie Robinson (left) and abolitionist Frederick Douglass (right)

Frontiersman Davy Crockett was named in Trump’s initial list of American heroes

The order states that those chosen ‘contributed positively to America throughout our history’ and included everyone from the Founding Fathers to those who fought for the abolition of slavery or participated in the underground railroad. 

Those included, and not included, may cause controversy, however.  

Elected officials and institutions are reckoning with whether it is appropriate to continue to honor people, including past presidents, who benefited from slavery or espoused racist views, with monuments or buildings and streets named after them. 

Names that may court controversy include Scalia, who died in 2016, a conservative Supreme Court judge. There is no liberal counterpart named on the list. 

Republican president Ronald Reagan is also the only modern-day president on the list, excluding Democrats John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson. 

The inclusion of Founding Fathers such as George Washington may be controversial 

There have already been calls to remove the Lincoln Emancipation Memorial in D.C.

The inclusion of The Founding Fathers, in particular, will be unwelcome to some as calls are already mounting to have their likeness taken down in monuments across the country.  

Protesters in Washington, DC,  have already targeted the Emancipation Memorial which features Lincoln standing with a former enslaved person kneeling at his feet. The statue was funded by former slave but they had no say in its controversial design. 

Absent from Trump’s initial list are any Native American or Hispanic individuals. 

The order includes language to make clear that non-US citizens who played significant roles in American history also could be honored in the garden.

As examples of individuals who made substantive contributions to America´s public life or otherwise had a substantive effect on America’s history, it cites: Italian explorer Christopher Columbus; Junipero Serra, a Roman Catholic priest who established Spanish missions in California; and the Marquis de La Fayette, a French officer who fought in the American Revolutionary War.

A statue of Columbus, who has been criticized for brutal treatment of Native Americans, was removed this past week from outside the city hall in Columbus, Ohio. 

Trump announced the garden during a speech followed by fireworks at Mount Rushmore 

It comes as elected officials and institutions are reckoning with whether it is appropriate to continue to honor people, including past presidents, who benefited from slavery or espoused racist views, with monuments or buildings and streets named after them. Pictured is a toppled George Washington statue in Oregon torn town by protesters on June 19

Last month, protesters also toppled a statue of Serra in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. 

Some historians say that Serra, who was canonized by the Catholic Church, had a mixed history that included him acting as an agent of the Spanish Empire´s colonization efforts in the 18th Century.

The monument is far from a done deal and Trump’s plan could be dashed if presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden denies him a second term in November. 

The full list of those whose statues will be included are John Adams, Susan B. Anthony, Clara Barton, Daniel Boone, Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, Henry Clay, Davy Crockett, Frederick Douglass, Amelia Earhart, Benjamin Franklin, Billy Graham, Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson, Martin Luther King, Jr., Abraham Lincoln, Douglas MacArthur, Dolley Madison, James Madison, Christa McAuliffe, Audie Murphy, George S. Patton, Jr., Ronald Reagan, Jackie Robinson, Betsy Ross, Antonin Scalia, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Harriet Tubman, Booker T. Washington, George Washington, and Orville and Wilbur Wright. 

Source: Read Full Article

Categories
World News

Security 'who had SEX' with travellers replaced with flight attendants

Security guards ‘who had SEX’ with quarantined travellers inside five-star hotels in Melbourne will be replaced by flight attendants – as Victoria grapples with COVID-19 second wave

  • Department of Justice posted a job advertisement on Qantas’ internal job site 
  • The positions are for infection prevention and control in Melbourne CBD hotels 
  • Security guard breaches have been blamed for Victoria’s coronavirus surge
  • There were 74 new cases of COVID-19 recorded on Sunday in the second wave
  • Nine public housing towers across Melbourne have been shutdown for five days 

Security guards are set to be replaced by airline staff in Melbourne’s quarantine hotels after a sex scandal was linked to Victoria’s second coronavirus wave. 

A job advertisement posted by the Department of Justice on Qantas’ internal job is calling on airline staff to take over from trained security guards who were tasked with enforcing mandatory 14-day quarantine for returned travellers.

Claims that guards were sexually active with guests in isolation are being investigated as part of a probe into the state’s bungled quarantine program. 

The advert reads: ‘You will work within a number of Melbourne CBD hotels to support the compulsory hotel quarantine arrangements for people arriving from overseas. This includes following infection prevention and control processes.

‘Reporting to a team leader, you will use your positive influencing skills to ensure that physical distancing measures and good hygiene practices are being adhered to at all times.’

Premier Daniel Andrews has launched an inquiry into hotel quarantine breaches  which may have contributed to the state’s spike in community transmission cases. 

Frontline health care workers wearing full personal protective equipment in Flemington on Sunday during Victoria’s second wave surge in coronavirus infections

Police speaking with a relative of a resident of the housing commission tower at 120 Racecourse Road in Flemington after the building was put into lockdown on Sunday

It has been claimed security guards were sleeping with locked-down guests in the lead up to the second coronavirus outbreak. 

The Herald Sun reported airline staff are already replacing security guards at several major hotels.

A Qantas Group spokeswoman confirmed staff who had been recently stood down had been offered resident support roles by the government.

Transport Workers Union Victoria branch secretary John Berger did not support putting untrained staff on the front line.

‘In a time of economic and social uncertainty, the chance of employment is one aviation workers do not take for granted,’ he said. 

‘However, during a global pandemic and in performing a frontline role as residential support officers — the safety of workers must be paramount.’

There were 74 new cases of the disease recorded on Sunday with 3,000 of the state’s most vulnerable people in nine public housing commission towers in the suburbs of Flemington, Kensington and North Melbourne placed in total lockdown.

An emergency field hospital is being erected at Melbourne Showgrounds to cater for a feared spike in cases from the housing commission towers.

Nine public housing commission towers in Flemington (pictured), Kensington and North Melbourne placed in total lockdown

Police and emergency services at Flemington housing commission tower wore face masks on Sunday after the spike in COVID-19 cases in the area

All residents of the towers will be tested for COVID-19 and with a negative test will be allowed to leave quarantine after five days.

If residents refuse to be tested they will be isolated for a further 10 days, a letter seen by Daily Mail Australia states.

‘You will be detained for a further 10 days from the end of the initial detention period if you refuse to be tested for COVID-19 at the request of an authorised official,’ reads the letter.

‘This detention will be required because, having regard to the medical advice, this further detention is reasonably necessary for the purpose of eliminating or reducing a serious risk.’

Victoria’s Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton expected case numbers from the towers to continue to grow.

‘I do expect more to be found,’ he said. ‘The reason why these measures are in place is because this environment, this specific setting, has genuinely explosive potential for the spread of this virus.’

Residents in Sutton Street in North Melbourne peer out the window during lockdown on Sunday

Source: Read Full Article

Categories
World News

Austria police probe murder of Chechan critic as political hit

Fox News Flash top headlines for July 5

Fox News Flash top headlines are here. Check out what’s clicking on Foxnews.com.

A critic of Vladimir Putin pal and Chechen strongman Ramzan Kadyrov has been killed near Vienna in what Austrian police suspect was a political hit, according to reports.

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty cited Chechen dissident sources in identifying the victim as Chechen separatist Mamikhan Umarov.

Austrian officials were saying only that the victim was a 43-year-old asylum seeker from the Russian Federation and that he was shot dead Saturday in a parking lot outside a shopping center in the Vienna suburb of Gerasdorf, RFE/RL reported.

Austrian authorities said they captured a suspect, described only as a Russian citizen, a few hours later and 125 miles away in Linz following a major manhunt, according to the news outlet.

Umarov has described himself as a former mercenary who worked as a security service official in the former de facto independent Chechen state of Ichkeria, RFE/RL reported. He frequently accused Russian security forces of carrying out the assassinations of former Chechen separatists in European countries.

The Associated Press, which didn't name the victim, reported that the suspect in the shooting was a 47-year-old Russian.

“The circumstances of the crime are unclear,” police said, adding that the investigation is being handled by regional anti-terrorism authorities.

The killing follows several other attacks on Chechens abroad.

German prosecutors last month charged a Russian man in the brazen daylight killing in Berlin of an ethnic Chechen from Georgia. The victim had fought Russian troops in Chechnya and fled to Germany in 2016. Prosecutors said the suspect had been tasked with the killing by Russian authorities.

In February, Imran Aliyev, who also had a YouTube channel criticizing Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov, was found stabbed to death in a hotel in Lille, France. That same month, another Chechen dissident, Tumru Abdurakhmanov, was attacked in Sweden.

CLICK HERE FOR THE FOX NEWS APP

Putin, the Russian president, has denied accusations of Kremlin involvement in the poisoning of former double agent Sergei Skripal, 66, and his daughter, 33-year-old Yulia, in the U.K. two years ago.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Source: Read Full Article

Categories
World News

New Jersey man dies after hit by July 4 fireworks blast: reports

Fox News Flash top headlines for July 5

Fox News Flash top headlines are here. Check out what’s clicking on Foxnews.com.

A New Jersey man died after fireworks exploded outside a public housing complex early on the Fourth of July, according to reports.

Jersey City police officers responded around 1 a.m. Saturday to the Booker T. Washington housing buildings, where they found a victim bleeding heavily, The Associated Press reported.

Witnesses said the man, who has not been identified, was struck in the neck by fireworks, NJ.com reported. First responders worked to revive the man. He was later pronounced dead at Jersey City Medical Center.

Further details on the incident were not immediately available.

As police investigated the area Saturday, abandoned liquor bottles and debris from illegal fireworks were littered on the sidewalk and street, according to the outlet.

Illegal firework usage explodes nationwide

Firework complaints rise by 236 percent in New York City; reaction and analysis on ‘The Five.’

New Jersey legalized the use of certain fireworks in 2017, allowing devices such as sparklers and poppers. Explosive and aerial products have remained illegal.

CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP

Jersey City appointed a task force to investigate the use of fireworks after multiple social media videos showed men having shootouts with Roman candles, according to the outlet.

Source: Read Full Article

Categories
World News

Trump issues executive order to rebuild non-Confederate toppled statues for new ‘National Garden of American Heroes’ – The Sun

PRESIDENT Donald Trump has issued an executive order to rebuild non-Confederate toppled statues for the new "National Garden of American Heroes."

The Executive Order on Building and Rebuilding Monuments to American Heroes was issued by the White House on July 3.


It comes in the aftermath of George Floyd's controversial Minneapolis death and the Black Lives Matter demonstrations that followed across the United States – and resulted in statues of mainly Confederate leaders being demolished.

"America owes its present greatness to its past sacrifices. Because the past is always at risk of being forgotten, monuments will always be needed to honor those who came before. Since the time of our founding, Americans have raised monuments to our greatest citizens," the order states.

"To destroy a monument is to desecrate our common inheritance. In recent weeks, in the midst of protests across America, many monuments have been vandalized or destroyed."

Some monuments which have been "vandalized, destroyed, or removed" were of Christopher Columbus, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, Francis Scott Key, and Ulysses S. Grant.

On Saturday evening, protesters in Maryland had pulled down a statue of Columbus and thrown it into Baltimore's Inner Harbor – prompting the President to brand them as "terrorists."


The order continued: "These statues are not ours alone, to be discarded at the whim of those inflamed by fashionable political passions; they belong to generations that have come before us and to generations yet unborn.

"My Administration will not abide an assault on our collective national memory.

"In the face of such acts of destruction, it is our responsibility as Americans to stand strong against this violence, and to peacefully transmit our great national story to future generations through newly commissioned monuments to American heroes."

In response to the widespread protests and destruction which took place across the US, the Trump administration ordered the creation of a task force for the rebuilding of monuments.

"In the face of such acts of destruction, it is our responsibility as Americans to stand strong against this violence, and to peacefully transmit our great national story to future generations through newly commissioned monuments to American heroes," the order reads.

According to the order, it is the United States' role to create a "statuary park named the National Garden of American Heroes."

The National Garden will be composed of statues, including: "John Adams, Susan B. Anthony, Clara Barton, Daniel Boone, Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, Henry Clay, Davy Crockett, Frederick Douglass, Amelia Earhart, Benjamin Franklin, Billy Graham, and Alexander Hamilton," the White House explained.

The other notable figures named were: "Thomas Jefferson, Martin Luther King, Jr., Abraham Lincoln, Douglas MacArthur, Dolley Madison, James Madison, Christa McAuliffe, Audie Murphy, George S. Patton, Jr., Ronald Reagan, Jackie Robinson, Betsy Ross, Antonin Scalia, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Harriet Tubman, Booker T. Washington, George Washington, and Orville and Wilbur Wright."

The designated Task Force has been ordered to submit a report, including options on how and where to create the National Garden, to Trump within 60 days of the order.

According to the order, the National Garden should be open to the public before July 4, 2026 and "depict historically significant Americans… who have contributed positively to American throughout our history."

"Statues should depict historically significant Americans, as that term is defined in section 7 of this order, who have contributed positively to America throughout our history.

Trump's order said examples of statues include: "The Founding Fathers, those who fought for the abolition of slavery or participated in the underground railroad, heroes of the United States Armed Forces, recipients of the Congressional Medal of Honor or Presidential Medal of Freedom, scientists and inventors, entrepreneurs, and civil rights leaders."

Other examples named were: "Missionaries and religious leaders, pioneers and explorers, police officers and firefighters killed or injured in the line of duty, labor leaders, advocates for the poor and disadvantaged, opponents of national socialism or international socialism, former Presidents of the United States and other elected officials, judges and justices, astronauts, authors, intellectuals, artists, and teachers."

Trump admitted that "none will have lived perfect lives, but all will be worth honoring, remembering, and studying."

Speaking Friday in South Dakota, Trump used his Independence Day celebration speech at Mount Rushmore to attack the toppling of historic statues by "angry mobs."

As Trump spoke about the famous carved mountain backdrop behind him, he called Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and George Washington "the greatest Americans who ever lived."

Trump added: "This monument will never be desecrated. These heroes will never be disgraced. Their legacy will never, ever be destroyed."

According to Gutzon Borglum, one of the creators of Mount Rushmore, the four presidents on Mount Rushmore were chosen as “they represented the most important events in the history of the United States.”

Source: Read Full Article

Categories
World News

How to get rid of spiders in the house: The ultimate guide to removing creepy crawlies

SPIDERS are among the creatures most people feel uncomfortable sharing their house with.

They particularly thrive in mild weather and seem to always find a way to enter your home. But how can you get rid of them?

Why do spiders come into our houses?

Spiders tend to flock to shelter in late summer and early autumn to find a mate and prepare for the winter.

As days become shorter and the weather gets colder, they tend to enter houses to look for somewhere warm to stay.

They usually seek out white walls and surfaces so they can stand out to potential mates.

Spiders lay eggs which hatch into miniature spiders and then grow (after shedding their skins several times) into the adults, according to Pest UK.

The female spider in all species is larger and heavier than the male.

Many spiders have acute vision, especially the ‘Hunting ‘spiders that stalk their prey.

How do I get rid of spiders?

Requests for spider controls are more common in autumn and early winter, when the spider population is at its peak.

The most effective way to control spiders is to limit their food source, experts at Rentokil say.

This should include clearing away dead flies, woodlice, millipedes, centipedes and other crawling insects.

While pest control specialist will usually charge around £150 to £200 per day, the cost can change depending on the treatment needed.

Here are some of the most common ways to get rid of the creepy crawlies.

Insecticide

To get rid of spiders, Pest UK apply a residual insecticide externally around windows and doors as well as inside on walls and ceilings concentrating on the wall/floor and wall/ceiling junctions.

Removing creepers and vegetation from external walls can also help as they are often used as shelter.

The most common sprays used are Effect Microtech CS and K-Othrine WG250.

They kill spiders as they walk over the spray and their effect usually lasts for up to three months.

Spider traps

Rentokil sells DIY spider traps to catch and control light spider infestations.

Declutter your home

Spiders will have fewer places to hide if you keep clutter to a minimum. 

Also, make sure you clean surfaces and vacuum often as bits of food may attract other insects, which could in turn attract spiders.

Keep windows closed

Spiders tend to enter houses at night as they aim to look for a warm place once the sun sets to find food and mating opportunities.

Closing your windows at night may help to keep them away.

Natural deterrents

Spiders detest the smell of citrus fruits, so you could place slices of lemon or lime across your windowsills and doors as a natural bug repellent.

You could also use other essential oils such as peppermint, cinnamon or tea tree oil to keep the spiders away. 

Alternatively, a water and vinegar spray will have a similar effect at deterring spiders.

Wash windows

Cleaning windows with ammonia and water helps to prevent the creatures from getting inside.

Deter all insects

Use lighting in a way that is less attractive to the insects – flies – that spiders feed on.

Fill in gaps

Filling in walls, around pipework and under doors can deter entry.

Are there dangerous spiders in the UK?

There are more than 35,000 species of spiders worldwide, but approximately only 650 of these are found in the UK.

Although they are mostly beneficial to our environment, many people do have a fear of spiders, known as arachnophobia. 

Thankfully, the majority of spiders that are native to the UK are not harmful to humans.

But there are still regular cases of venomous spiders leaving people with nasty nips.

The false widow spider is the most common of these creepy crawlies to pose a bite threat to Brits.

Other common spiders capable of biting people are the cellar spider and the woodlouse spider.

Their bites are painful and have been known to cause swelling for a few hours, according to Science Focus.

In 2014, a 60-year-old woman died after being bitten by a false widow spider.

However, the cause of death was due to a bacterial infection from the puncture wound, rather than the spider venom itself.

Source: Read Full Article

Categories
World News

Sports stars will NOT have to quarantine so Champions League and Masters Golf can take place this summer

SPORTS stars are to be exempted from the UK's quarantine rules to enable major sporting events to take place this summer.

Champions League football, the British Golf Masters, the World Snooker Championships, horse racing, darts tournaments and international cricket will all go ahead this summer thanks to the move.

The arrangements, revealed by the Mail on Sunday, will allow players, medical staff, coaches, mechanics and foreign media to skip the 14 day quarantine period.

They will "prepare and perform in a bubbled, controlled environment behind closed doors"

The plans will enable sports stars travelling from countries not on the quarantine exemption list to visit the UK to take part this summer.

Arrivals from 73 countries will no longer required to self-isolate for 14 days from July 10.

But several notable countries such as the US, Portugal, Egypt and many in South America are not on the list.

GAME ON!

The special exemption for sports stars will allow American golfers like Tiger Woods to play in the British Masters later this month near Newcastle.

It is the first in the 'UK Swing' series of golf tournaments taking place this summer.

The quarantine-free travel arrangement for sports stars will mean Manchester City and Chelsea can continue to compete in the remaining rounds of the Champions League football next month.

A mini-tournament will take place in Lisbon next month to complete the remaining fixtures, with the final staged on August 23.

Portugal was left off the list of quarantine-free countries by the Government, but officials are hopeful of including the Mediterranean country on the exemption list in the coming weeks.

Racing drivers had already been given an exemption to allow the Silverstone Grand Prix to go ahead next month.

And the West Indies cricket team has also been given an exemption so they can play England in the Test series that starts at Hampshire's Rose Bowl on Wednesday behind closed doors.

But the quarantine-free travel came too late for Wimbledon, which should have been culminating this week


 

Source: Read Full Article