World News

Boris Johnson says staying on furlough forever 'not healthy for Brits or the economy'

BORIS Johnson has warned that the nation can't stay on furlough forever – as it's "not healthy" for them or the economy.

The PM is being urged to extend the furlough scheme beyond October for parts of the economy which are unable to open up again.

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

The mayor of Leicester, which has been put into the first local lockdown, has asked for support offered earlier in the pandemic to be restored in the city.

The Government has confirmed that people will be able to be put back on furlough in the city – for as long as the scheme lasts.

From July Brits are able to be furloughed part-time, and employers will have to start paying contributions from August.

In an interview with the Evening Standard today the PM said it was time to be “absolutely frank” and say to Britons that staying at home is “not, in the long-term, healthy either for the economy or for you”.

He refused to be drawn on whether the scheme would be extended.

“I’ve got to be very, very blunt with you," he said.

“We’ve spent £120 billion supporting people, it’s a huge commitment and we have put our arms around people.

"The best way forward for us now is to work together to beat the virus and get the economy back on its feet."

He said: “I think people need to recognise that the particular restrictions that furlough places on you are not, in the long term, healthy either for the economy or for you as an employee.”

He is clear it cannot keep being extended, telling the paper: “You are keeping people in suspended animation. You are stopping them from actually working.

"I am being absolutely frank with you, we are pushing it out until October but in the end you have got to get the economy moving.”

During a speech in Dudley earlier this week, the PM also stressed: "We want to get back to life as normal for as many as possible, as fast as possible."

How does the furlough scheme work?

ANY UK organisation with employees can apply to furlough their workers, including businesses, charities, recruitment agencies and public authorities.

It’s up to your place of work to apply to the scheme, meaning you won’t need to contact the government yourself.

To access the scheme, your employer must comply with the following:

  • Designate employees who cannot do their jobs due to the coronavirus measures put in place by the government
  • Notify those employees of their new “furloughed” status
  • Submit information to HMRC about furloughed employees to set up a system for reimbursement and about existing systems that will facilitate payments

To be furloughed, you must have been on a payroll on March 19.

Workers can ask previous employers to rehire and furlough them, even if they left for another job, but firms don’t have to do this.

The furlough scheme did, however, close to new applicants on June 10.

From September, employers will have to pay those contributions plus 10 per cent of salaries.

Then from October they will have to pay those contributions plus 20 per cent of salaries.

We've put together a guide to how furlough affects you, including pay, annual leave rights and how it works if you're on maternity or sick leave.


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

TV and Movies

South Park On HBO Max–Which Episodes Are Missing And Why

All 23 seasons of the iconic, raunchy animated TV show South Park are now available to stream on HBO Max, but there are five episodes in particular that are not on the streaming platform due to their controversial nature. Here’s why and which ones you won’t find on the streaming service.

The episodes “Super Best Friends,” “Cartoon Wars” Parts 1 and 2, and “200” and “201” were not released on HBO Max because of their depiction of the Prophet Muhammad, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

These are the same five episodes that were removed from Hulu when the show was streaming there. The episodes also got cut from rotation on broadcast TV re-runs.

Doug Herzog, the former boss of South Park network Comedy Central, told The Hollywood Reporter back in 2016 that these episodes were removed due to concerns about the safety of the production team.

HBO Max bought all 23 seasons of South Park for a reported $500 million. The show remains popular and on the air, with new seasons coming through the end of 2022.

Source: Read Full Article

World News

Golden Retriever floats on a pool noodle unbothered in cute clip

Chillin’! Golden Retriever floats on a pool noodle unbothered by the woes of the world in an adorable video

  • An adorable pooch enjoyed some time out on an above ground pool, resting on a set of pool noodles
  • The lackadaisical dog doesn’t even seem to notice the cameraperson filming them enjoying their time in the water 
  • It is unknown where the video was filmed but it is believed to be in the United States

Talk about a relaxing dip in the pool. 

An adorable pooch enjoyed some time out on an above ground pool, resting on a set of floaties. 

A brief clip shows the Golden Retriever resting on four styrofoam noodles in the pool.  

An adorable pooch enjoyed some time out on an above ground pool, resting on a set of pool noodles

As the dog approaches a large ball in the water, it doesn’t even bother to interact with the bouncy object. 

The lackadaisical dog doesn’t even seem to notice the cameraperson filming them enjoying their time in the water. 

The clip ends with the doggy still chilling in the pool.  

It is unknown where the video was filmed but it is believed to be in the United States. 

The lackadaisical dog doesn’t even seem to notice the cameraperson filming them enjoying their time in the water

Source: Read Full Article

World News

Man, 24, arrested on suspicion of criminal damage after Edward Colston statue toppled in Bristol

A 24-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of criminal damage after the statue of Edward Colston was pulled down in Bristol.

Avon and Somerset police launched a criminal damage investigation after the statue of the 17th-century slave trader was torn down and thrown into Bristol Harbour on June 7.

The 18ft statue was pulled from its plinth by Black Lives Matter protesters at 2.30pm, defaced and dragged through the city in retaliation to the death George Floyd who died while he was under arrest in Minneapolis, US, in May.

Avon and Somerset police said they were hunting for 15 people they wanted to speak to in relation to the incident.

The force said the man arrested had been released under investigation and enquiries were ongoing into the incident.

Detective Superintendent Liz Hughes said at the time that "in the eyes of the law" a crime had been committed and she and the team were "duty bound to investigate without fear or favour."

She called for the public to help police identify the CCTV images, saying: "We've made a small handful of identifications and we've spoken to some of those individuals.'

"They will be coming in for voluntary interviews in the coming days.

"However, despite every effort being made to identify the remaining people we'd like to talk to, we still don't know who they are which is why we're now releasing images of them in the hope the public can help.

There's no denying it has polarised public opinion – but in the eyes of the law a crime has been committed and we're duty-bound to investigate this without fear or favour.

"Some of the images are not as clear as we'd like, and some of those we want to identify are wearing masks but we're confident someone will know them and be able to provide us with their name."

The statue had been in the city centre since 1895.

The bronze statue had caused anger and controversy among the people of Bristol for years, with campaigns to have it removed

Edward Colston's ships captured around 80,000 men, women and children from Africa and transported them to the Americas between 1672 and 1689.

After it was toppled, it was thrown in the water near Pero's Bridge – named in honour of an enslaved man.

Just days after it was tossed into the water, council workers rescued the Colston effigy from its watery grave and it will be given a new home in a city museum along with the Black Lives Matter placards.

The toppling last month was slammed by MPs, with Home Secretary Priti Patel describing the moment as "utterly disgraceful" and "completely unacceptable."

Prime Minister Boris Johnson branded the incident a "criminal act" and called for police action.

Det Supt Hughes added: "The incident attracted worldwide attention and there's no denying it has polarised public opinion – but in the eyes of the law a crime has been committed and we're duty-bound to investigate this without fear or favour. 

"I'd like to reassure people we're carrying out a thorough, fair and proportionate investigation and have sought early investigative advice from the Crown Prosecution Service."

Anyone with information relating to the CCTV images has been asked to contact the Avon and Somerset Police on 101, providing the reference number 5220123926, or anonymously via the Crimestoppers charity.

Statues throughout the UK have been targeted by Black Lives Matter demonstrators, with some demanding the removal of Churchill's statue in Parliament Square in London.

The statue of wartime Prime Minister Sir Winston was daubed with graffiti accusing him of being a racist.

Source: Read Full Article

TV and Movies

Lea Michele’s Fiddler on the Roof costar slams her as a ‘despicable, horrible human being’ who ‘lost touch with reality’ – The Sun

LEA Michele’s former Fiddler on the Roof costar has slammed her as a "despicable, horrible human being" after weeks of backlash for her behavior.

Actor Craig Ramsay said the actress "lost touch with reality" during their time together on the Broadway show.

Craig said of Lea on podcast Behind The Velvet Rope With David Yontef: “I think she’s a despicable, horrible human being.

"I think she has lost touch with reality."

The actor and fitness buff, who also appeared on Newlyweds: The First Year and Thintervention, recalled: "As far as Lea Michele is concerned, I think she is one of the most entitled people I have ever come across in this business!”

Craig also bashed Lea, who is expecting her first child with husband Zandy Reich, for how she changed once she got cast on Glee saying: “I was there when she got the call of, ‘I got Glee,’ and I think the entitlement just took over her body. She was possessed with this and from that moment on – cause she moved to L.A. the same moment I did from N.Y.

"And I cared for her greatly but the amount of entitlement… I have never seen the likes of it especially Broadway.

You can't mess with Broadway, you can get a reputation very quick if you don't respect where you come from.

"And she is talented, don't get me wrong. She is more talented than the gigs she did the last ten years, but none of that means anything if no one wants to work with you!”

Craig's remarks follow actress Samantha Ware accusing Lea of making her life "a living hell" on the set of Glee.

Samantha tweeted that Lea said she would "s*** in my wig."

She later told Variety Lea threatened her job "and said she would call Ryan Murphy in to come and fire me."

Samantha played Jane Hayward in 2015 on the sixth season of the musical series which centered around Rachel Berry, played by Lea.

Her accusations came after Lea paid tribute to George Floyd on Twitter.

Last week Lea's costar on Glee, Matthew Morrison, said of the allegations against Lea on FUBAR Radio’s Access All Areas: “You want to be a good, pleasant person to be around.

“That’s about all I’m going to say on that.”

However, he also argued there are more important things to focus on noting: “I honestly think it’s a distraction of the bigger issues that are going on right now.

“It’s kind of like, ah.”

Source: Read Full Article

TV and Movies

Hamilton On Disney Plus Review Roundup — Here's What The Critics Think

A movie version of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s acclaimed Broadway musical Hamilton is coming to Disney Plus on July 3, and it’s expected to be one of the network’s biggest exclusives to date. Disney paid a reported $75 million to acquire the movie, which is a taping of multiple performances in 2016, and the company originally planned to release it in theatres in October 2021. Disney then moved forward the release date by 15 months due to the COVID-19 crisis, and announce a Disney Plus release.

Reviews for the movie have started to show up online ahead of its debut–and they are very strong. You can check out a sampling of opinions from reviewers below, while you can also see GameSpot’s list of 8 things to look out for when the movie arrives.

Hamilton on Disney Plus is directed by Thomas Kail, who directed Hamilton on Broadway, in addition to Miranda’s In the Heights. The Disney Plus version of Hamilton won’t be the exact way it was on Broadway, as a few F-bombs were edited out to make it more family friendly.


  • Directed By: Thomas Kail
  • Written By: Lin-Manuel Miranda
  • Starring: Lin-Manuel Miranda, Daveed Diggs, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Phillipa Soo, Jonathan Groff, Chris Jackson, Jasmine Cephas Jones, Leslie Odom Jr., Okieriete Onaodowan, Anthony Ramos.
  • Release Date: July 3

The New York Times

“It’s also heartbreaking. One lesson that the past few years should have taught–or reconfirmed–is that there aren’t any good old days. We can’t go back to 1789 or 2016 or any other year to escape from the failures that plague us now. This four-year-old performance of Hamilton, viewed without nostalgia, feels more vital, more challenging then ever.” — A.O. Scott [Full review]


“A modern take on our collective, complicated history, Hamilton finds fresh relevance in the Black Lives Matter protests and this divided political moment. It’s that rare work of art that celebrates diversity while urging us to put aside superficial differences, using Hamilton’s tragic outcome as a kind of warning, and his accomplishments as inspiration. Best of all, it leaves room for some future adaptation of Miranda’s brilliant musical to break free of the stage and find new, big-screen expression down the road–at which point it may resonate in entirely different ways.” — Peter Debruge [Full review]


“A lot of fantastic stage productions can fall flat or feel staid when taped, a pitfall that Hamilton avoids. However, the cinematography, editing, and the direction that urged the performers to ignore the at-home audience keeps it from feeling cinematic. In short, Hamilton the stage musical may be a 10/10. But this filmed version falls short by repeatedly reminding the audience of what we missed by not being there.” — Kristy Puchko [Full review]

The Guardian

“It has political intrigue, personal tragedy, a sex scandal, and lightning changes of mood that sweep us along at speed. Best of all is the wit that sits neatly alongside its politics: ‘Immigrants, we get the job done,’ says one character archly, and the audience laughs knowingly. ‘What is a legacy?’ says Hamilton, in the heart-stopping last moments, and the film leaves us reflecting on America’s.” — Arifa Akbar [Full review]


“Entertaining, energetic and unfailingly smart, this is theatre at the highest level, performed by a cast without a weak link. You can’t say no to this.” — Helen O’Hara [Full review]


“This is Hamilton as you always wanted to see it, and it always will be. And with Disney+ releasing it just in time for the Fourth of July, it doubles as a perfect reminder that America is only worth celebrating because of what it aspires to be–the version of it we see in our minds’ eye, and not the one that’s petrified on the pages of our history books..” — David Ehrlich [Full review]

Disclosure: ViacomCBS is GameSpot’s parent company

Source: Read Full Article

World News

70 penguins found dead on Brazilian beaches after being caught in nets

70 penguins are found dead on Brazilian beaches after getting caught in fishing nets during migration

  • 70 Magellanic penguins were discovered on two neighbouring beaches in Brazil 
  • R3 Animal Association found the birds on the Santinho and Mocambique beaches
  • One penguin was discovered alive and was taken to a centre for rehabilitation 

The bodies of 70 penguins have been discovered on two neighbouring beaches in Brazil after apparently getting caught in fishing nets.

The horrific scene was discovered by the R3 Animal Association on the Santinho and Mocambique beaches in the city of Florianopolis in south-eastern Brazil.

R3 Animal Association are one of the institutions which carry out the Monitoring Project of the Santos Basin Beaches.

70 dead Magellanic penguins were discovered washed up on two neighbouring beaches, Santinho and Mocambique, in south-eastern Brazil

The horrific scene was discovered by the R3 Animal Association which carry out the Monitoring Project of the Santos Basin Beaches

They said: ‘We monitor the beaches on the island [of Santa Catarina where Florianopolis is located] in search of dead or weak marine animals.

‘The dead animals undergo examination to determine the cause of death, and the living animals are rehabilitated before being released.’

The beach monitoring is monitored because of an environmental requirement enforced when licensing was given for the exploration of possible oil and gas reserves in the Santos Basin.

Marks on the flippers of some of the Magellanic penguins and the fragment of a fishing net still attached to one of the penguins led to the belief that the birds were killed after getting caught in the netting.

Team members from R3 Animal Association examine and document the bodies of some of the penguins

Marks on the flippers of some of the Magellanic penguins and the fragment of a fishing net still attached to one of the penguins led to the belief that the birds were killed after getting caught in the netting

All 70 birds have been taken to the Centre of research, Rehabilitations and Depetrolisation of Marine Animals for an autopsy.

Vet Janaina Rocha Lorenco said that preliminary analysis shows a lack of feathers on the birds’ flippers, generalised congestion and other signs point to the penguins potentially having bee trapped in fishing nets and trying to free themselves.

One penguin was discovered by a team on Mocambique beach and has been taken to a centre for rehabilitation.

Magellanic penguins are often seen in the area at this time of year as they migrate from Patagonia in southern Argentina.

Share this article

All 70 birds have been taken to the Centre of research, Rehabilitations and Depetrolisation of Marine Animals for an autopsy

Source: Read Full Article

TV and Movies

'Counting On': Social Media Followers Are Livid With Jinger Duggar For Her Statements on Anxiety

Jinger Duggar and her husband, Jeremy Vuolo, have changed the way they interact with their audience on social media in recent weeks. Family followers have noticed that the duo has switched to more polished content. Not everyone is a fan of their new approach to social media, though, and Jinger’s recent post about anxiety has upset more than a few followers.

Jinger Duggar tried to offer fans tips for dealing withanxiety

Jinger took to Instagram to tell her fans how she’s beendealing with feelings of anxiety. Jinger, who resides in California with herhusband, is currently expecting her second child. In recent weeks, Californiahas experienced a spike in Coronaviruscases, which likely prompted Jinger’s post.

RELATED: FeelingAnxious About Coronavirus? Words of Hope from Celebrity Pastors andMotivational Speakers

In the post, she stated that she uses prayer to help alleviate feelings of anxiety. She offered her followers her favorite bible passages that deal with stress, as well. While some followers were happy to see Jinger acknowledge anxiety as a valid feeling, others took issue with her statement. Many felt that Jinger was minimizing the seriousness of mental illnesses.

Followers drag Jinger Duggar for suggesting anxiety can be “prayedaway”

While some Instagram followers thanked Jinger for sharingher ways of combating feelings of anxiety, others were livid with the realityTV star’s sentiment. Several users noted that Jinger appeared to be downplayingthe mental health struggles that so many face. Some followers were offended bythe notion that they could “pray away” their mental health issues.  The way Jinger’s caption is worded appeared tomake some followers believe Jinger was suggesting those who live with anxietyaren’t “trying hard enough”.

RELATED: ‘CountingOn’: Jessa Duggar and Jinger Duggar Share a Sponsor

The Duggar family has been criticized in the past for their lack of awareness about mental health. Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar were lambasted when it was revealed they did not provide counseling to their four daughters after they found out their eldest son, Joshua Duggar, had been inappropriately touching them. Jinger, who was one of the victims, has never spoken openly about seeking professional counseling. To date, the only Duggar who has publicly acknowledged seeing a licensed counselor is Jill Duggar. Jill’s husband, Derick Dillard, confirmed Jill is working with a professional during an interview.

How common is anxiety?

During the pandemic, individuals across the globe havereported feelings of increased anxiety. Feeling anxious in uncertain times isexpected; however, many people live with anxiety, even when a pandemic or otherworld events are not changing the way people live and interact with the worldaround them.

RELATED: AnxietySymptoms: Signs You Have an Anxiety Disorder

According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, anxiety disorders are the most common mental health issue in the United States. According to several studies, around 40 million adults are believed to living with an anxiety disorder right now.

Source: Read Full Article

TV and Movies

'Counting On': Jinger Duggar Reveals She Deals With Anxiety, Says It Can Be a 'Serious Struggle'

Jinger Duggar and her husband, Jeremy Vuolo, star in the popular TLC show Counting On. But the two have recently taken on a new adventure of starting a podcast. And fans have learned more about the couple as they discuss how God helps them get through daily life. Duggar recently revealed that she deals with anxiety and said it can be a “serious struggle” — plus, how she handles it.

Jinger Duggar and Jeremy Vuolo recently launched a podcast

Duggar and Vuolo have been living in California for about ayear, and since then, the two have been trying to dive into something otherthan the family’s reality show. The two moved out there so Vuolo could worktoward his master’s degree, but since the move, they’ve been looking for a newcareer path. Duggar has been doing some Instagram ads, but she’s lost severalpartnerships over her family’s views, so it hasn’t worked out as well as she’dhoped.

Recently, Duggar and Vuolo announced a new podcast. It’s unclear if they are monetizing it, but the podcast’s Instagram does have nearly 30,000 followers, suggesting thousands of people tune in. It’s also likely the reason Duggar has completely changed up her Instagram content.

RELATED: ‘Counting On’ Fans Say They Miss the ‘Relatable’ Jinger Duggar

Duggar revealed she deals with anxiety

These days, most of what Duggar posts has to do with how shehandles daily life and how God guides her. On June 29, Duggar posted a photothat suggests she frequently deals with anxiety. “There’s so much going onaround us that can make us worry,” Duggar wrote. “Anxiety could be a seriousstruggle every day if we let it be,” implying that she faces it as well.

Duggar revealed that her key to managing anxiety is “thankful prayer.” She noted that the “peace of God… Will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Many fans commented detailing their own struggles with anxiety and thanked Duggar for posting the content. Duggar did her best to respond to each one, showing that she was in support of her fans and that they aren’t the only ones going through something similar.

RELATED: ‘Counting On’ Fans Are Shocked Jinger Duggar Has Time to Take Naps While Pregnant With Baby No. 2

Duggar and Vuolo are expecting another baby in November

Duggar was thrilled to announce that she and Vuolo are expecting a baby this November. The couple made the announcement in late May, and Duggar also informed fans that she had gone through a miscarriage last fall. Shortly after telling her family the two were expecting last year, she woke up to learn she had lost the baby.

Now, Duggar and Vuolo are expecting anotherbaby in the fall; the two will welcome a little girl. The couple shares onedaughter, Felicity, and they are thrilled to watch her become a big sister.Duggar and Vuolo haven’t said how many kids they want, but fans have noticedthe two aren’t in a rush to have a big family the way some of Duggar’s siblingsare. They seem to have their hands full of projects right now, so it wouldn’tsurprise us if they choose to limit the number of kids they have.

Source: Read Full Article


Adama Traore lifts lid on playing with Messi and Ronaldinho and how Barcelona legends’ winning mentality drove him on – The Sun

LIVERPOOL target Adama Traore believes Ronaldinho and Lionel Messi taught him everything he needs to know about a winning attitude when he watched on in awe as a Barcelona kid.

Spanish winger Traore, 24, has also been linked with a £60million Nou Camp return after a sensational Premier League season with Wolves.

And he claims it was the mentality as much as the magic of the two Barca legends that has inspired him.

Traore describes "happy" ex-Brazil star Ronaldinho, now 40, as "the figure who changed Barcelona" as they overturned Real Madrid's dominance.

And he says Messi, 33, gave him just as powerful a career lesson with a remorseless drive to always win and keep improving.

Ronaldinho changed everything for me. He made people think, 'why not?' He also made people who did not love football love football.

Traore told talkSPORT: "Before Ronaldinho it was Madrid. They were winning everything with Zidane, Ronaldo, Figo, Makelele… it was amazing. they were the best.

"Ronaldinho changed everything for me. He made hope, he made people think, 'why not? This team can beat Madrid, they can do history'.

"He also made people who did not love football love football because every time he touched the ball he was different, he was magical."

Traore says Messi's emergence in 2005 – midway through Ronaldinho's five-year spell at the Nou Camp – then further "changed the dynamic".

And it made still-uncapped speedster Traore realise every moment, every match matters when it comes to developing the right mental approach.

He said: "I learned a lot from Ronaldinho and Messi.

Source: Read Full Article