Do clubs have to give a Guard of Honour to new champions? Is it a compulsory Premier League rule? – The Sun

MANCHESTER CITY are expected to give Liverpool a traditional Guard of Honour tonight when the clubs meet.

But Reds manager Jurgen Klopp has said the new Premier League champions do not need one… so do City have to?

Do clubs have to give a Guard of Honour?

Clubs do NOT have to give a Guard of Honour, but choose to do so to show respect for the new champions.

It is not compulsory, but is instead an agreement between the clubs.

A Guard of Honour is not a rule in the Premier League regulations.

What have the manager's said?

Pep Guardiola: "Of course we are going to do it. We are going to do the guard of honour, of course.

"Always we receive Liverpool when they come to our house in an incredible way. They cannot complain and, of course, we are going to do it because they deserve it."

Jurgen Klopp: "I'm not sure if I've ever had one. It was a long time ago in Germany. I don't know if it's a tradition in Germany.

"It's a nice gesture – 100 per cent.

"I don't need it, to be honest. We go there to play a football game and win a football game.

'We don't celebrate a thing that happened a week before.'

When is Man City vs Liverpool?

  • This Premier League clash is set for Thursday, July 2.
  • Kick-off at the Etihad will be at 8.15pm BST.
  • When the sides met earlier in the season at Anfield, Liverpool ran out emphatic 3-1 winners.

Which TV channel and live stream can I watch it on?

  • You can catch this game live on Sky Sports Main Event and Premier League.
  • Coverage will begin at 7.15pm.
  • If you're not a Sky customer, grab a NOW TV pass from £9.99 to stream on a number of devices.

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Schools reopening: GCSE and A-Level exams will take place later next SUMMER to give kids more time to revise

GCSE and A-level students who return to school in September will take their exams later in the summer to give them more teaching time after the disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

More optional questions could be used in test papers under proposals unveiled by England's exams regulator.

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Ofqual has launched a two-week consultation on their plans for the GCSE and A-level exam series in 2021 after students have faced months of school and college closures due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The watchdog is considering how next year's exam timetable could be changed to allow more time for teaching – and one of the proposals being looked at is postponing starting GCSE exams until June 7.

Meanwhile the government has confirmed that pupils who had their exams cancelled this summer have the option to sit them in the autumn.

They said: "Following the cancellation of summer 2020 exams, the exam boards will be providing students with calculated grades (except in some exceptional cases) this summer, which students will use to move onto their next step. 

"The Department for Education, however, also announced that there will be an opportunity for students to sit exams in the autumn and Ofqual has confirmed these exams will be available in all subjects."


But head teachers are concerned about the practicalities of the announcement.

They say accommodating a full set of autumn exams alongside getting all pupils back to school in September will be a "huge challenge".

Geoff Barton, general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said: "We are concerned about how schools and colleges will be able to accommodate and manage a full suite of autumn exams alongside the huge challenge of bringing all their pupils back in September, identifying learning gaps, and putting catch-up support in place.

"We had argued for the autumn series to be restricted to A-levels, and GCSE English and maths.

"However, we understand the pressure on the government and Ofqual to provide the option of a full suite of exams in the event that pupils and parents are unhappy with centre-assessed grades in August."

Paul Whiteman, general secretary of the NAHT school leaders' union, said while he supported offering exams for all of the GCSE, AS and A-level subjects this autumn, schools might need other "hub centres" to accommodate exams.

It comes as the government announced plans for getting all pupils back after the summer following up to six months at home.

Schools in England will have to group children into "bubbles" when they return to the classroom in September.

But it means if there are two confirmed coronavirus cases in 14 days, all the pupils in that group, or even the whole school, could have to be sent home.


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Behold! A 4,000 horsepower luxury yacht from Lamborghini

It’s a fact of life that there’s always someone out there with a better boat than you.

And then there’s the Tecnomar, a one-of-a-kind luxury yacht created by Automobili Lamborghini and The Italian Sea Group.

This limited-edition wave rider is powered by twin V12 engines pumping out 2,000 horsepower apiece. It can reach a top speed of 60 knots – enough to get you to your second home in Monaco in about the time it takes to mix a really good Martini.

The 63-foot craft is modelled on the Lamborghini Sian, the company’s first production-bound hybrid. Like the car, it’s constructed from carbon fibre and the steering wheel and gauges in the cockpit are designed to look like those inside a Lambo supercar. Even the starter button is identical.

‘This yacht represents the significance of creating a valuable partnership, at its best: our co-operation allows the essence of both organizations’ style and expertise to be transferred to different worlds, sharing in their diversity to interpret and add value to the final product in a new environment,’ said Stefano Domenicali, Chairman and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini.

‘If I had to imagine a Lamborghini on water, this would be my vision. I’m delighted to celebrate this successful collaboration.’

Only 63 of these are scheduled to be made and Lamborghini hasn’t revealed what the asking price will be. We hate to break it to you, but it probably won’t be cheap.

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Joss Whedon Allegedly Fired a 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer,' 'Angel' Actor For Being Pregnant

Joss Whedon is well-known for his directing on big projects like Avengers: Age of Ultron and Justice League. His most influential project, though, was Buffy the Vampire Slayer, which is still talked about today and even taught in college courses. However, with recent allegations around toxic work environments he caused, another one of Whedon’s controversies comes to mind. 

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Ray Fisher accused Joss Whedon of ‘gross, abusive’ on-set treatment 

On July 1, actor Ray Fisher tweeted, “Joss Wheadon’s on-set treatment of the cast and crew of Justice League was gross, abusive, unprofessional, and completely unacceptable.” Fisher played Victor Stone, aka Cyborg, in 2017’s Justice League. Whedon co-wrote the screenplay and came on to finish Snyder’s director duties.

“He was enabled, in many ways, by Geoff Johns and Jon Berg,” he continued. “Accountability>Entertainment.”

This came after Fisher’s previous tweet on June 29 where he said he wanted to “forcefully retract every bit of this statement,” followed by a clip. In the video, Fisher is seen at San Diego Comic-Con saying that Whedon was a “great guy” who Zack Snyder picked out to “come in and finish up” after Snyder had to leave. 

Another controversy involved Whedon and a ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ and ‘Angel’ actor

This incident is hardly the first controversy Whedon has found himself in. In 2017 his ex-wife wrote about his “feminist hypocrisy.” With a show like Buffy The Vampire Slayer, it was easy to see Whedon’s writing and vision as feminist, but she said that wasn’t the case. 

Moving forward, Charisma Carpenter was also written out of the spinoff show Angel after Season 4. Carpenter played Cordelia Chase, who started off as a minor mean girl character on Buffy, but grew into a bigger role that carried over into Angel’s spinoff. Her last storyline on Angel had to do with her being pregnant, which seemed to coincide with her in real life. 

However, after she was written out of the show after Season 4, many speculated that Whedon had done it on purpose because her pregnancy storyline hadn’t gone over well with fans. Almost like a punishment of sorts for Carpenter. In 2003, Whedon simply said it was the character’s time to say goodbye. 

“We felt like we had taken that story… about as far as it could go,” he told TV Guide. “It just seemed like it was time because we were revamping the show, and then paring it down… it just seemed like a good time for certain people to move on.”

He didn’t want to touch on if he and Carpenter were on good terms in real life, though. 

Allegedly, he fired Charisma Carpenter from ‘Angel’ after she got pregnant

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As for Carpenter, she revealed in 2009 that her relationship with Whedon was “strained” as she went through personal issues behind the scenes. She then became pregnant. Carpenter said that Whedon seemed to want the fourth season to go differently, and that it was her “least favorite.” She then revealed that she thinks Whedon was mad.

“I think he was mad at me and I say that in a loving way, which is – it’s a very complicated dynamic working for somebody for so many years, and expectations, and also being on a show for eight years, you gotta live your life,” Carpenter said. “And sometimes living your life gets in the way of maybe the creator’s vision for the future. And that becomes conflict, and that was my experience.”

With such an unexpected departure, many assume he fired Carpenter, and many fans were sad to see her go. 

Carpenter said it was ‘one of the hardest realities’ in her career 

On April 20, 2019, Carpenter twitted in annoyance at a ScreenRant article that said she hid her pregnancy during Angel’s fourth season. One writer responded, saying Carpenter received a “bullsh*t sendoff” which wasn’t what fans of Cordelia would have wanted.  

“Finding out I was not invited back for S5 will always be a deep wound,” Carpenter replied. “It would have been a g8 honor/joy 2see Cordy thru to the very end. She should have been there 2 fight along side the only family she had. Even if she was only there in spirit.”

Another user wrote she was missed in the fifth and final season of the show, to which Carpenter responded with how difficult it was for her.

“One of the hardest realities in my career to face,” she wrote. “So scary too -post baby. A terrible time to be out of work. Which I think is not unique to me. Many of us have found ourselves out of work when we are most vulnerable. But this cut. Deep.”

There are other controversies attached to Whedon’s name, with his ex-wife’s open letter being a big one. Only time will tell how others will react to the newest claim from Fisher against Whedon. 

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Vanilla Ice is hosting a 4th of July concert in Texas despite surging COVID-19 cases – The Sun

VANILLA Ice is hosting a 4th of July concert in Texas despite surging coronavirus cases.

The singer will be performing at the Independence Day Throwback Beach Party in Austin – where all other bars are closed due to the pandemic.

He will be performing at the Emerald Point Bar & Grill, meaning it's allowed to go ahead due to a legal loophole, according to the Austin Chronicle.

It is technically a restaurant, with a large capacity outdoor concert space, meaning they avoid the guidelines restricting large crowds.

The singer wrote alongside footage of previous concert: "I can't wait to get back to this. The 90s were the best.

"We didn't have coronavirus, or cell phones, or computers. We had 5.0's, blockbuser, Beavis and Butthead, Wayne's World, Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan…

"Mortal Kombat is still better than Fortnight… the last of the great decades."

The venue is selling at half capacity, which is 2,500 tickets. They are $25 for general admission and $300 for VIP seating. However, these are sold out.

He will be playing alongside act Color Me Badd.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott ordered all the bars in Texas to close again on Friday due to the a surge in coronavirus cases.

There are upwards of 6,000 new cases every day and hospitals are now reaching capacity.

Bar owners in Texas are now suing governor Greg Abbott and the Texas Alcohol and Beverage Commission after they were ordered to close again.

In court documents, the businesses argue that the executive order forcing them to close has single them out unfairly, according to CBS News.

Lawyers representing the businesses claim in the documents that the orders meant the bar owners had been "relegated to Abbott's loser category and sentenced to bankruptcy."

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Girl, 12, has hand amputated after freak accident on trampoline

A 12-year-old girl had her hand amputated after a "freak accident" on a trampoline.

Vienna Hayers, from Bedford, suffered a life-changing injury to her arm which meant blood could not flow to her hand after performing a flip on June 10.

The dance enthusiast underwent several operations to try to save her hand before the amputation.

Brave Vienna said she was "getting stronger every day".

"I will be back to dance before you know it," she said from Great Ormond Street Hospital in London.

"I'm hoping to get back to competing by working hard. My bravery and determination will get me far."

Vienna was performing a flip on the trampoline in her garden when she landed heavily on the arm, breaking her elbow.

Surgeons eventually had to remove the limb because blood could no longer reach her right hand.

Her electrician dad Gary told the Sun Online: "It was just an accident. It was just unfortunate. She's a very, very active child, very sporty, loves her dancing, it's just a freak accident.

"It was an horrendous moment in time. But you've got to get on with it.

"They reckon it will take a two year cycle to come to terms with it."

Gary, who has only been allowed to visit Vienna once because of coronavirus, added: "She gave me a speech before she went down for her operation on Facetime and I know she's my daughter but I think if anyone had managed to record that speech I think she would have won an award for it.

"She was reassuring me and asking me not to cry and just being immensely brave. The photograph that's been shared online of her sitting up with a big smile on her face was taken just before she had her operation done.

"I don't know if I would have been smiling like that.

"She's desperate to come home, which will start the mental recovery. I've already started adapting her living environment to make her smile when she comes home."

Gary, who has has a son Finley, 14, said his sporty daughter used to do 11 dance classes a week, including ballet, modern and musical theatre.

He explained: "We're hoping that dance family is our route back to salvation. She currently works with baby ballet, and she goes in on Saturday morning to work with the new dancers.

"Hopefully she will be able to inspire others who are struggling with their own bits."

Michelle Hayers, Vienna's mum, said the last few weeks had been a "rollercoaster."

She said: "Just one freak accident changes your whole life.

"On 10 June she was on the trampoline and did a flip and she landed very badly and her arm took the full impact.

"We went to Bedford Hospital A&E and they could tell right away it was a very bad injury.

"For some reason her body wasn't allowing blood to flow to her hand. She had several operations there before being transferred to Great Ormond Street Hospital.

"They did everything they could to save her hand but it wasn't enough. They had to amputate her right hand and the lower part of her arm."

Michelle said her daughter, who has been dancing since she was two-years-old, is determined to not let her amputation stop her.

Two crowdfunding pages, which have raised more than £12,000, will be used for adaptations, gym equipment to help with rehabilitation and to support Vienna's wellbeing.

Mrs Hayers added: "She's right hand dominant so she will have to get used to using her left hand for now but she's hoping to go down the prosthetic route and the money will really be able to help."

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Gemma Atkinson details worries about her and beau Gorka Marquez ‘in the back of her head’

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Gemma Atkinson, 35, met her now-boyfriend Gorka Marquez, while partnered up with professional dancer Aljaž Skorjanec, 30, on Strictly Come Dancing in 2017. However, the Emmerdale favourite revealed she had worries about where their romance would go once the programme’s live tour came to an end.

In the back of my head.

Gemma Atkinson

It comes after Gemma opened up about her worries while speaking to her former Hollyoaks co-stars Kelly Condron and Alex Carer in a video on The Dog In The Pond YouTube channel.

While reflecting on how she and Gorka were inseparable during the tour, the actress divulged: “When we finished Strictly, we went on tour, and we were together every day.

“After the tour, we said we want it to be something, but the thing with Strictly is, and you’ll know from theatres and tours and stuff, everything is done for you.”

Gemma explained: “When we were travelling anywhere, they booked your travel, they booked your hotel, it’s a very nice, comfy bubble that you’re in for a bit with Strictly where all you need to do is get your call sheet, pack your case, and everything is done for you.


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“So there is no kind of real life stress or issues, or worries to deal with and in the back of my head, I thought, once this is all over, we might annoy the hell out of each other,” she shared.

The BBC star added: “You know when you say it’s like the bubble you’re in, and once the show ends and you’re like, ‘Ugh, this is real life.’

“So we said let’s just go away, the two of us, and see what happens,” she recalled.

“We went to Tenerife for five days.”

Things couldn’t have worked out better for the pair after the show ended in early 2018, with them welcoming their daughter Mia together in July last year.

Elsewhere, she recently spoke out about how a rumour almost put the brakes on their relationship before it had even begun.

In the same video, she discussed: “The good thing about Strictly is, whoever your partner is, they come to you. So if you’ve still got a job, I was still presenting the breakfast show.

“I’d do the breakfast show… then we would go down to London on a Friday, and then you would do the show [on] Saturday,” she claimed.

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“You would have to come back home on the Sunday, so I only got to see Gorka in the live shows.”

Gemma reflected: “It was a bit embarrassing because it was in the paper that we were seeing each other before we were, and I remember thinking, ‘Christ I hope he doesn’t think I’m going round saying [it] to people.'”

The star went on to tell Kelly and Alex how she then asked one of Gorka’s friends to let him know that she hadn’t been spreading rumours about them.

While looking back on what she said, Gemma stated: “Please let him know I haven’t said anything, I didn’t want it to look like it was me, and I didn’t know he was saying the same thing to his mates!”


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Despite the pair having been together a while, Gemma revealed they aren’t considering getting married anytime soon as things are “perfect” the way they are.

The ITV star told Hello magazine: “People are always commenting on our Instagram photos with ‘Put a ring on it’ and I think, shouldn’t you ask if I want to get married?

“No, I think how we are is perfect,” she announced.

“We both like the fact that it keeps it fresh and keeps us on our toes.”

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'Leicester lepers' are BANNED from holiday parks

‘Leicester lepers’ are BANNED from holiday parks, campsites and hotels as bosses in nearest seaside resort Skegness ask people from Covid-hit city to stay at home

  • Several tourist destinations said they would turn away visitors from Leicester 
  • The move has sparked concerns among Leicester residents of a ‘leper’ effect
  • Holiday parks in Skegness and St Austell are among locations banning visitors  

Concerns of a ‘leper’ effect have emerged today after tourist destinations said they would turn away visitors from Leicester.

Pentewan Sands holiday park near St Austell, Cornwall, said on Facebook it was no longer open to visitors from the East Midlands city.

There have also been concerns in destinations near Leicester, with health officials in Skegness saying they are worried about the prospect of visitors ‘travelling from an area with a higher rate of infection than ours’.

Local child-protection worker, Tracy Jebbet (pictured with her family), revealed her upcoming holiday to Cornwall had just been cancelled

Pentewan Sands holiday park near St Austell, Cornwall, said on Facebook it was no longer open to visitors from the East Midlands city

While the rest of Britain will see pubs, hotels and campsites reopening this weekend, Leicester has been told to go the other way. Schools must close, along with non-essential shops and people are being told to stay at home. 

Many residents say they now find themselves branded as outcasts.

‘We’re like the Leicester lepers,’ local child-protection worker, Tracy Jebbet, told Radio Leicester as she revealed her upcoming holiday to Cornwall had just been cancelled. 

The management of her St Austell campsite – Pentewan Sands – have announced a ban on all bookings from Leicester and have told her she cannot go. 

Ms Jebbet, from West Knighton, said her had been due to travel on 11 July but now do not know when they will be able to re-book.

The 50-year-old told the BBC: ‘We have not had an email from the park and can’t get hold of them.

‘I understand it’s for the safety of the people camping there and the staff, but we have adhered to the lockdown guidelines 110% and feel we are being penalised,’ she said.

‘We are regulars there and had been looking forward to it, but I felt like a bit of a Leicester leper when I saw the post.’

In a Facebook post, Pentewan Sands holiday park wrote: ‘Following the government announcement last night that Leicester city and some surrounding areas will be returning to stricter lockdown rules, we regret that we will not be able to welcome any guests from these affected areas until the lockdown is lifted.

‘We realise that this will be disappointing news and that these areas may be updated throughout the course of the day.’

As Leicester remains under stringent new lockdown measures today, it has also emerged: 

  • A report found a recent rise in coronavirus cases in Leicester and the growing number of people found carrying the virus could partly be due to a ‘growth in availability of testing’ in the city’;
  • Fashion chain Boohoo defended its supply chain practices after a garment workers’ rights group said the online fashion retailer was putting workers at risk of coronavirus infection in its Leicester factories;
  • Academics and clinicians from the University of Leicester said reimposing lockdown represents a ‘failure of timely intervention’;
  • Drinkers will be asked to prove they are not from Leicester when the nation’s pubs reopen on Saturday;
  • Measures will not be lifted in Leicester on July 4 and Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer warned that ‘there are now real fears of further local lockdowns across the country’. 

A city council worker carries rubbish from a coronavirus testing centre at Spinney Hill Park in Leicester

Pictured: The lockdown zone in Leicester, which has left some Britons in lockdown while their neighbours are not

Data shows how Leicester’s coronavirus outbreak has grown over time. The numbers compiled for England only include pillar one swab tests, which officials say are only given to patients with a medical need or key workers

Public Health England say increase in tests may be behind part of the increase that was not caused by any specific outbreak 

A report today found a recent rise in coronavirus cases in Leicester and the growing number of people found carrying the virus could partly be due to a ‘growth in availability of testing’ in the city’. 

The report reveals that about half of all cases were among Asian or British Asian people living in Leicester, and focussed in the east of the city, where BAME communities make up two-thirds of the local population. 

The PHE report found an increase in the number of people aged under 19 who had been infected in the East Midlands city, from 5 per cent of all cases in mid-May to 15 per cent in June, and a similar increase in infections among working-age people.

The report said the increase in positive tests is ‘probably linked, in part, to the availability of testing to the general public’. 

The NHS set up another temporary coronavirus testing centre in the north east of Leicester – the epicentre of the city’s Covid-19 outbreak – taking the total to five in the city. 

Experts have said that increased testing could be responsible for the rise in cases – but not entirely responsible. 

Prof Paul Hunter, Professor in Medicine at UEA in Norwich, said: ‘It is possible – though in my view unlikely – that, as raised in the conclusions, the increase reflects increased uptake of pillar 2 testing’.

The report concluded evidence for the scale of the outbreak was limited, but added the proportion of positives from PCR testing – the national standard for identifying new coronavirus cases – is rising. 

The preliminary investigation report – released on Wednesday evening – suggested the infection rate in the city had fallen from 140.2 to 135.7 per 100,000 people in the from the week to June 20 to the seven days prior to June 27.

This is still significantly higher than the overall infection rate in England which fell over the same period from 10.7 to 6.7 per 100,000 – despite the easing of some lockdown restrictions.

It adds customers can transfer their holiday or request a refund. 

Hendra holiday park, in Newquay, also wrote on Facebook: ‘We will sadly not be able to welcome guests from these affected postcodes [in Leicester] until this lockdown is lifted.’ 

Tony McGinty, assistant director of Public Health Lincolnshire, said Skegness – as the closest holiday resort to Leicester, could still see tourists arrive but was ‘concerned’ about the arrival of tourists from the area. 

This comes as a report today found a recent rise in coronavirus cases in Leicester and the growing number of people found carrying the virus could partly be due to a ‘growth in availability of testing’ in the city’.

Public Health England’s investigation also found ‘no explanatory outbreaks in care homes, hospital settings, or industrial processes’ after the rise in infections led to the UK’s first local lockdown.  

Health Secretary Matt Hancock tightened restrictions across Leicester and nearby suburbs on Monday, ordering non-essential shops to close and urging people not to travel in or out of the area. 

The NHS set up another temporary coronavirus testing centre in the north east of Leicester – the epicentre of the city’s Covid-19 outbreak – taking the total to five in the city.  

Britain’s fast fashion chain Boohoo also today defended its supply chain practices after a garment workers’ rights group said the online fashion retailer was putting workers at risk of coronavirus infection in its Leicester factories.

Labour Behind the Label, which campaigns for workers’ right, said in a report it received reports of ‘workers being forced to come into work while sick with COVID-19. 

Meanwhile, academics and clinicians from the University of Leicester said reimposing lockdown represents a ‘failure of timely intervention’.

In a letter to The Lancet medical journal, the group of academics and clinicians wrote that the spike of regional infections had exposed ‘key problems’ that need to be ‘urgently addressed’. 

But the letter’s signatories report that news of the city’s outbreak came as a surprise to local health organisations, who were only able to access ‘pillar 1’ data at that time.

Pillar 1 data – tests carried out in NHS and PHE laboratories – found that the number of new cases per day was low throughout the first half of June, according to the authors.

The academics and clinicians wrote that information through pillar 2, testing of the wider community, indicated an ongoing spike but was ‘not communicated in a timely manner’ to local authority and health organisations.

The correspondence raises concerns that an area-specific lockdown will ‘target and disproportionately affect ethnic minority communities’, adding that adherence to any proposed measures requires effective community engagement. 

The letter, signed by seven academics and clinicians from the university, calls for a coordinated public health response that is ‘locally led, agile, and responsive to prevent unnecessary morbidity and mortality’.  

Roadblocks could be imposed to enforce the country’s first local lockdown as police said they were considering ‘all options’ in Leicester as cases continued to rise in the city.

Yesterday, the Walkers crisps firm confirmed that 28 of its workers had tested positive for Covid-19 at its Leicester factory, which employs more than 1,400.

But the manufacturer denied the rise in cases in the city was sparked by the factory outbreak and said some staff who had tested positive had already returned to work.

Members of the 7th regiment are running the Levington leisure centre covid-19 testing facility in Leicester as a Public Health England report said that the increase in cases in the city could be due to increased testing generally

Around half of the positive cases were among the Asian and British Asian communities in Leicester

The statistics reveal that the vast majority of cases are among the working population of 18 to 65 years old

Most of the test results were pillar 2 positives – meaning that they were taken in the community rather than in hospitals and care homes

This graph shows that the positive cases were focussed on the east of the city centre with the highest numbers in dark blue

Pub landlords in Nottingham will demand council tax bills from patrons to prove they’re not from Leicester as bars outside the locked down city’s limits are told by police to brace for carnage on ‘Super Saturday’ 

Pub landlords in Nottingham will ask patrons to provide council tax bills to prove they aren’t from Leicester as bars outside the lockdown limits are told to brace for ‘Super Saturday.’

Police have advised landlords across the city, which is 30 miles north of Leicester, to prepare for a rush of customers from the locked down area when premises reopen this weekend.

Landlords and licensees in Nottingham attended a Zoom meeting this afternoon, where they were briefed on the situation by the police and local authorities.  

Many of the city’s pubs will now ask drinkers to prove they are from Nottingham with council tax or utility bills before they can be served a long-awaited pint.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock extended lockdown measures in the East Midlands city on Monday after a dramatic surge in coronavirus cases, with non-essential shops closed again and schools shut from Thursday. 

Sheila Martin, who lives outside the lockdown zone, had been looking forward to opening her pub, The Black Horse in Blaby, on Saturday until Leicester’s lockdown

Pictured: Adam Cropper, one of the owners of the Ned Ludd in Nottingham, which is preparing to reopen on July 4

The nationwide easing of restrictions this Saturday – including the reopening of pubs, hair salons and restaurants – will not extend to the city.  

Venues in Nottingham have already cancelled pub sessions pre-booked by Leicester visitors, and the Castle Rock Brewery will demand proof of address before patrons are served.   

Required identification could include council tax bills, utility bills or student loan letters.

Head of Marketing at Castle Rock, Lewis Townsend, told the Nottingham Post: ‘In-line with government guidelines, we will be taking names and contact details at the door and customers may need to provide ID and postcode information. 

‘We know this may cause disappointment, but we simply must ensure the safety and well-being of our teams and customers.’

Robert Glasby, manager of the Playhouse Bar and Kitchen in Nottingham, said: ‘I understand these are drastic measures, and in some cases will not be fair, but these are precautions we must take to ensure our city and its people are safe,’ 

Those inside a boundary drawn by the Government in Leicestershire and will face extended lockdown rules to limit the spread of the coronavirus after a recent surge of cases in the city.   

Matt Keshavarz, manager of Nottingham’s Oz Bar, is confident he will manage to spot pub tourists when he opens his doors for the first time in three months on Saturday

Debbie Murray, 55, is desperately disappointed she will not be allowed to open the Star and Garter in Wigston, Leicester

Leicester has an infection rate of 135 per 100,000 people, which is three times higher than the next highest local area. Hospital admissions are also much higher than the norm at between six and ten per day.  

Under the lockdown, those who live in the area cannot make unnecessary journeys and pubs will remain closed, raising fears a large numbers of residents will travel 30 miles to Nottingham for a drink.  

‘The police told us they are preventing large groups travelling and they have spoken to coach companies,’ said Gavin Morrison of the Magpie Brewery, which runs the Crafty Crow in Nottingham.

‘They told us to put booking systems in place which might help to identify people coming from Leicester.’

But some landlords are not convinced they will be able to weed out drinkers from their East Midlands neighbour.

‘The police have said it is difficult because you can see their postcode on their driving license but you cannot see if they actually live in the lockdown zone,’ said Adam Cropper, one of the owners of the Ned Ludd.

‘The map of the locked down zone does not allow you to zoom in and check the postcode, so for me, it is impossible to police.’

Pictured: Ms Martin has prepared her pub with tape over seats and social distancing signs

Under the Government’s rules, pubs are expected to take down drinkers’ details so they can be traced in the event of a Covid-19 outbreak linked to a premises.

However, a driving licence may not be shown. Where proof of identification is asked for and given as a passport, there would be no verification of the person’s address, only place of birth.

‘They could give us any name or address,’ added Mr Cropper.

A landlord at another city centre bar, who did not want to be named, was more abrupt. ‘People are not honest,’ he said. ‘Everybody tells lies’.

But Matt Keshavarz, manager of Nottingham’s Oz Bar, is confident he will manage to spot pub tourists when he opens his doors for the first time in three months on Saturday.

‘People from Leicester will not get in,’ he said. ‘It is nothing against Leicester people, it is just keeping our customers and staff safe.

The Oz Bar is fully booked on Saturday and is expecting 170 customers, compared to the usual crowd of 520.

A person walks past a closed pub following the coronavirus disease outbreak in Leicester

Health Secretary Matt Hancock extended lockdown measures in the East Midlands city (pictured) on Monday after a dramatic surge in coronavirus cases

The pub has asked for postcodes and will request to see driving licenses on the door when booked guests arrive, however, Mr Keshavarz accepts some people may use a passport.

‘There are more cases of Coronavirus in Leicester and they have decided to stay in lockdown. My message would be to follow the guidelines. Stay at home and stay safe. 

‘There is a high risk of people coming from Leicester but the police have said they will try to police it.’ 

Sheila Martin had been looking forward to opening her pub, The Black Horse in Blaby, on Saturday until Leicester’s lockdown.

Being 50 metres outside of the exclusion zone the popular landlady is pressing ahead with her plans, but now she feels nervous and fears she will be overwhelmed by residents from lockdown areas, who are desperate for a pint.

‘I am feeling very apprehensive,’ said Sheila, 56, who has run the community pub for 18 years.

As she prepared to cover her premises, which date from 1959, with black and yellow hazard tape to mark out social distancing, Ms Martin told MailOnline: ‘No one else is opening in Blaby and I think there will be a mad rush from everywhere else. That’s why I am having regulars only. I will be on the door.’

Leicester has an infection rate of 135 per 100,000 people, which is three times higher than the next highest local area

Hospital admissions are also much higher than the norm at between six and ten per day

Pedestrians wear masks as a precaution against the spread of coronavirus in North Evington, Leicester

On a busy Saturday night Ms Martin might serve 200 customers, but this weekend she is limited to only 60, who will be accommodated in the back bar to allow a one-way system to operate, and in the car park, which has been fenced off to allow tables to be put in.

Ms Martin is prepared to ask for driving licenses to check postcodes, but most of the lucky ones who will gain admission she simply knows by sight.

‘Other pubs near here are staying closed until the city reopens,’ explained Ms Martin, whose regulars have demanded she finally open the doors after a thirsty three-month wait.

‘Judging by my Facebook people are ready for a drink,’ said Sheila, who has lost £120,000 in takings at the Trust Inns pub during lockdown.

‘We have said we will open at 12 on Saturday and most people have responded by saying they will be camping outside.’

Meanwhile, a few miles down the road in Wigston another landlady, Debbie Murray, 55, is desperately disappointed she will not be allowed to open the Star and Garter.

The traditional Everards pub, which was once an old coaching house and dates from 1879, is just a few metres inside the lockdown area and so must stay closed.

‘I put so much into getting ready, I was getting excited and just finished everything and then to be told there was another two-week lockdown, well, I just burst into tears,’ said Ms Murray, who runs the pub with her husband, Darren, 57.

The multi-room public house can accommodate around 200 people when full, but capacity will be halved when the Star and Garter finally opens.

A lot of preparation was completed before the new lockdown announcement, with Perspex screens on the bar and new furniture for outside, totalling thousands of pounds.

‘The brewery has been fantastic,’ said Ms Murray, who estimates takings of £180,000 have been lost during the three-month closure. ‘They have been really supportive.’

How a large BAME population, poverty and crowded households may have contributed to Leicester’s spike in cases 

Government officials, local politicians and scientists are divided over whether Leicester is experiencing a real surge in cases or whether better testing is simply finding more of them where it wasn’t before.

It is also not clear whether there are any characteristics of Leicester which make it more likely to see a surge in cases, or if random chance has meant the first ‘second wave’ is happening there. Experts say many of the risk factors in Leicester are the same in all major cities in England.

The mayor of the city, Sir Peter Soulsby, said on BBC Radio 4 this morning that a report sent to him by the Government ‘actually acknowledges that it’s very likely that the increase in number of positives identified is a result of increased testing, and that actually there’s perhaps nothing of any great significance in those results.’

Director of Public Health for the city, Ivan Browne, said: ‘Interestingly it [the surge in cases] is very much around the younger, working age population and predominantly towards the east part of our city. We started to see this level through our testing programme.

‘Young people work in many industries across the city so at this stage what we’re trying to do is gather as much epidemiological information as we can to really try and get underneath and have an understanding. I don’t think at the moment that we are seeing a single source or a single smoking gun on this’.

It was always likely that surges in cases would be seen in cities first. There are more people, raising the risk, and those people are more likely to live in densely populated areas and come into contact with strangers on a regular basis.

Dr Shaun Fitzgerald, from the University of Cambridge, said: ‘There will be differences in the ease with which people can maintain physical distance between densely populated areas and rural environments – so it isn’t surprising to me that we may see localised flare-ups, which in turn may need suppressing through delayed easing or temporary re-introduction of some constraints on some movements and activities.’ 

Leicester also has high levels of deprivation, which affects people’s lives in ways that put them at risk of catching the virus. 

Dr Simon Clarke, a microbiologist at the University of Reading, told MailOnline: ‘In deprived areas people are more likely to have to go to work, less likely to be able to work from home, and more likely to use public transport. They can’t distance themselves from others.’

The Samworth Brothers sandwich factory in the city reported over the weekend that it had diagnosed cases of Covid-19 among its staff.

Food processing factories are a higher transmission risk because cold environments allow the virus to survive for longer on hard surfaces and make people’s airways more susceptible to infection.

Dr Clarke added that the types of work people do may increase their risk.  

‘Blue collar cities are now at higher risk than places like London and Manchester which have more financial services,’ he added. 

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Varya Malina Responds to a '90 Day Fiancé' Fan Who Asks Why She and Geoffrey Paschel Aren't Following Each Other on Instagram

Geoffrey Paschel and Varya Malina infamously didn’t attend the 90 Day Fiancé “Tell-All.” After fans of the show found out that Geoffrey was accused of domestic assault, they started a petition to have TLC remove him from the show. A short time later, he was uninvited from the “Tell-All.”

Geoffrey Paschel and Varya Malina on not attending the ’90 Day Fiancé’ Tell-All

“I feel that the network has bowed down to the pressure of a few thousand people as opposed to the 3 million people that watch the show, which is unfortunate. We’re in a different time now. The whole Me Too movement and whatever. So there’s a lot of pressure to cower to the minority,” Geoffrey said in an interview with The Domenick Nati Show on May 19 about the network’s decision to uninvite him.

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Varya said in an interview with Nati that she was still invited to the season “Tell-All,” but that she decided not to attend because she didn’t think it’d be fair to Geoffrey to go without him.

So 90 Day Fiancé fans still aren’t sure if Geoffrey and Varya ended up together. They got engaged at the end of the season, but Varya’s been seen without her ring and they don’t follow each other on Instagram.

A ’90 Day Fiancé’ fan asks Varya why she doesn’t follow Geoffrey on Instagram

One fan of the show recently asked Varya outright why she and Geoffrey don’t follow each other on the social media platform.

“Why r u not following geoffrey i hope ur still together a fan from wv,” commented the fan.

Varya actually responded.

“Stay tuned, I have a big surprise for my followers coming soon!!!” she wrote back. So fans are hoping the reality TV star is able to update them soon enough on her relationship status.

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Совсем забыла, что сегодня праздник. Я хочу поздравить всех соотечественников с Днём России и призвать верить в себя и в нашу страну! Для меня прекрасная Россия будущего — это честные выборы; власть, которая уважает своих граждан; ощущение, что у тебя есть права и ты можешь эти права защитить. Хочется, чтобы такой Россию увидели не только наши внуки и правнуки, но и дети. . I completely forgot that today is a holiday. I want to congratulate all compatriots on the Day of Russia and urge you to believe in yourself and in our country! For me, the beautiful Russia of the future is fair elections; a government that respects the citizens; the feeling that you have rights and you can protect these rights. I want this Russia to be seen not only by our grandchildren and great-grandchildren, but also by our kids.

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In the meantime, fans are speculating.

One fan wrote that they heard Geoffrey explain why he and Varya don’t follow each other.

“Something along the lines of keeping composure and sanity. If he was watching every comment made on her stuff jealousy could get the best of him. Varya has said before they are in contact. Remember they are still under contract with TLC. They are so popular regardless of not being invited to the tell all they may be doing something on their own,” they weighed in.

Neither Varya nor Geoffrey have confirmed if they’re still together or if they’ve broken up. Geoffrey has also told fans to “just be patient. I promise, promise, promise it will be worth it.”

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Sia Is 'a Great Mom' to Her Kids According to Kenzie Ziegler

Though some celebrities prefer to keep their personal lives private, Sia seems to take things to an entirely different level. The talented Australian singer is famous for not even showing her face during many guest appearances and performances. Furthermore, though she has a social media presence, it is not run by her, but by her team. Instead, Sia prefers to live a life outside of the spotlight. But, one thing that Sia has been willing to share with fans is that she has two kids.

Back in May of 2020, Sia was a guest on SiriusXM Radio and she confirmed that she was, in fact, a mom to two kids. She adopted her two sons back in 2019 when they were 18, right as they were aging out of the foster care system. The “Cheap Thrills” artist expressed her love for them and shared how they were both coping with quarantine.

Sia reveals that she now has two grandkids

But, the songwriter isn’t just a mom anymore. Today, on DJ Zane Lowe’s Apple Music podcast, the 44-year-old revealed that she now has grandkids, courtesy of her youngest son. “My youngest son just had two babies. I’m a fu*king grandma! I know, right. I’m just immediately horrified,” Sia joked, citing that she had become a grandmother at such a young age.

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Though the “Eye of the Needle” singer is still getting used to being a grandmother, those close to her think she’s a natural when it comes to being a mom. One person who was quick to gush about Sia’s parenting skills is Kenzie Ziegler. Ziegler has been close to the songwriter for years. The two met after Sia tapped her older sister, Maddie Ziegler, to work with her after seeing her dance on the hit Lifetime show, Dance Moms.

Maddie Ziegler has collaborated with the Australian artist for years

Maddie and Sia’s first collaboration was for the music video Chandelier and it immediately became an instant success. The pair continued to collaborate over the years for tours and other music videos like Elastic Heart. Most recently, the pair collaborated on the music video, Together. But, their relationship extends far beyond just a working one; the pair have become exceptionally close. In fact, Maddie even considers Sia to be her godmother.

Kenzie has also developed a close relationship with the Aussie over the years. In fact, the pair recently collaborated on a song together called “Exhale.” Though Sia wrote Kenzie’s song “Wonderful” back in 2018, “Exhale” marks the first time that the two were singing together on a song. In past interviews, Kenzie has been open about what an inspiration Sia has been to her. She also has shared that the Australian has encouraged her to have fun with music.

Kenzie Ziegler gushes over Sia

Because Kenzie’s family is so close to Sia, she has had the opportunity to meet Sia’s kids and experience their interactions. According to the “Motives” singer, Sia is an excellent parent and very nurturing to her sons.”She’s a great mom. I mean, she acts like a mom to my sister and I, so I’ve always thought that about her. It’s really awesome. She’s the sweetest person and she does anything for everyone,” Kenzie shared with People. We extend our congratulations to Sia on her new grandkids and feel sure that Kenzie will be able to meet them in due time also.

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