Michael Gove tells Britons to work from home as No10 abandons plan to return to the office

Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove said there was going to be a “shift in emphasis” on the Government’s advice about working from home. Mr Gove explained the advice has changed and the Government is now encouraging people to work from home. It comes as Boris Johnson will announce a package of measures aimed at halting the swiftly accelerating second wave of the coronavirus outbreak.

Speaking to Sky News, Mr Gove said: “One of the things we are going to emphasise is that if it is possible for people to work from home, we are going to encourage them to do so.

“There is going to be a shift in emphasis.

“They are reluctant steps that we’re taking, but they’re absolutely necessary because as we were reminded yesterday and as you’ve been reporting the rate of infection is increasing, the number of people going to hospital is increasing, therefore we need to act.”

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Michael Lonsdale, actor who played Bond villain in 'Moonraker,' dies at 87


Lonsdale passed away on Monday at 7 a.m. ET, his agent confirmed to CNN. The cause of his death is unknown.

Lonsdale starred opposite Roger Moore in the 1979 film “Moonraker” as the villain Hugo Drax, an industrialist who was plotting to commit global genocide.

“We are very sad to learn of the passing of Michael Lonsdale, who played Hugo Drax in Moonraker,” longtime 007 producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli said in a tweet. “He was an extraordinarily talented actor and a very dear friend. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this sad time.”
The family-run twitter account for Sir Roger Moore, who died in 2017, described Lonsdale as “a smooth-tongued and cultured adversary to 007.”
“Michael Lonsdale, a legend who will be missed but not forgotten!” actor Jean-Claude Van Damne wrote on Twitter. “My thoughts are with his family, friends and fans at this sad time.”

Lonsdale is also known for his roles in “Ronin,” “Munich” and “The Day of the Jackal.”

His last acting role was in the 2016 film “Sculpt,” which starred Willem Dafoe.



Michael Schumacher health: Neurologist issues heartbreaking update on F1 legend's recovery

The seven-time F1 world champion suffered the horrific injury in December 2013 after hitting his head on rocks while skiing in the French Alps. Schumacher has not been seen in public since the accident, with very few details being released on his condition. The 51-year-old motor racing legend has reportedly been receiving round-the-clock care at a facility at his Lake Geneva home in Switzerland.

But now Zurich-based neurology specialist Professor Erich Riederer has revealed his thoughts on the German’s condition and his chances of a full recovery from his injuries.

The Professor told a documentary for French TV channel TMC about Schumacher’s unknown condition.

He said: “I think he’s in a vegetative state, which means he’s awake but not responding.

“He is breathing, his heart is beating, he can probably sit up and take baby steps with help, but no more.

“I think that’s the maximum for him. Is there any chance of seeing him like he was before his accident? I really don’t think so.”

But despite this bleak outlook, Jean Todt, a close friend of Schumacher, visited him recently and provided a much more positive update.

The former Ferrari boss oversaw five of the German’s seven Formula One triumphs with the famous motor racing team.

Todt, president of the FIA – motor racing’s governing body – revealed he visited Schumacher earlier this month.

He said: “I saw Michael last week. He is fighting.

“My God, we know he had a terrible and unfortunate skiing accident which has caused him a lot of problems.

“But he has an amazing wife next to him, he has his kids, his nurses, and we can only wish him the best and wish the family the best, too.

“All I can do is to be close to them until I am able to do something, and then I will do it.

Schumacher was wearing a helmet when he suffered a brain injury when his head hit a rock while skiing in the French Alps resort of Meribel on December 29, 2013. He spent several months in a medically induced coma.

But the sporting legend began displaying “moments of consciousness” and was slowly taken out of the coma as doctors reported “small encouraging signs”.

During the six years since, he has received round-the-clock specialist care at his home.

It has also been reported Schumacher underwent pioneering stem cell therapy at the Georges-Pompidou hospital in Paris last September.

At the time he was thought to be in the care of Professor Philippe Menasche, a cardiac surgeon specialising in stem cell research.

Reports in Paris said Schumacher was first seen by the expert at the Pitie-Salpetriere hospital where he is a director of the Brain and Spinal Cord Institute, before being transferred.



Michael Schumacher health: Neurologist issues heartbreaking update on F1 legend's recovery

The seven-time F1 world champion suffered the horrific injury in December 2013 after hitting his head on rocks while skiing in the French Alps. Schumacher has not been seen in public since the accident, with very few details being released on his condition. The 51-year-old motor racing legend has reportedly been receiving round-the-clock care at a facility at his Lake Geneva home in Switzerland.

But now Zurich-based neurology specialist Professor Erich Riederer has revealed his thoughts on the German’s condition and his chances of a full recovery from his injuries.

The Professor told a documentary for French TV channel TMC about Schumacher’s unknown condition.

He said: “I think he’s in a vegetative state, which means he’s awake but not responding.

“He is breathing, his heart is beating, he can probably sit up and take baby steps with help, but no more.

“I think that’s the maximum for him. Is there any chance of seeing him like he was before his accident? I really don’t think so.”

But despite this bleak outlook, Jean Todt, a close friend of Schumacher, visited him recently and provided a much more positive update.

The former Ferrari boss oversaw five of the German’s seven Formula One triumphs with the famous motor racing team.

Todt, president of the FIA – motor racing’s governing body – revealed he visited Schumacher earlier this month.

He said: “I saw Michael last week. He is fighting.

“My God, we know he had a terrible and unfortunate skiing accident which has caused him a lot of problems.

“But he has an amazing wife next to him, he has his kids, his nurses, and we can only wish him the best and wish the family the best, too.

“All I can do is to be close to them until I am able to do something, and then I will do it.

Schumacher was wearing a helmet when he suffered a brain injury when his head hit a rock while skiing in the French Alps resort of Meribel on December 29, 2013. He spent several months in a medically induced coma.

But the sporting legend began displaying “moments of consciousness” and was slowly taken out of the coma as doctors reported “small encouraging signs”.

During the six years since, he has received round-the-clock specialist care at his home.

It has also been reported Schumacher underwent pioneering stem cell therapy at the Georges-Pompidou hospital in Paris last September.

At the time he was thought to be in the care of Professor Philippe Menasche, a cardiac surgeon specialising in stem cell research.

Reports in Paris said Schumacher was first seen by the expert at the Pitie-Salpetriere hospital where he is a director of the Brain and Spinal Cord Institute, before being transferred.



Brexit talks BREAK DOWN as hauliers rage at Michael Gove over 'washout'

During Government talks with Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove, hauliers were not assured that the transition was “going to be smooth” for the freight industry. The meeting on Brexit preparedness, described as a “washout”, was organised by Road Haulage Association (RHA) boss Richard Burnett who said it “fell far short of expectations”.

The RHA argues there has been “no clarity” from Michael Gove on how border checks will operate after the Brexit transition period ends on December 31.

It also fears custom checks will cause chaos in the country’s ports. 

It comes after the EU warned trade talks could be suspended if the UK uses domestic legislation to override the original exit deal. 

Richard Burnett, chief executive of the RHA, added: “Although I don’t think we’re quite back at square one, we’re certainly not much further ahead”.

“The mutually effective co-operation we wanted to ensure seamless border crossings just didn’t happen and there is still no clarity over the questions that we have raised.

“With only 75 working days of the transition period left, we shall continue to work relentlessly on behalf of our members and the rest of the haulage logistics industry for whom the success of these negotiations have become a matter of make or break.”

From January 1 2021, customs declarations would be required for both imports and exports to and from the EU.

Duties would also be payable on imports under a new UK Global Tariff where people who are importing goods would need to declare the customs value of the goods and where they are from.

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However, Whitehall has made clear it would be possible to defer customs declarations by up to six months on standard goods meaning payments can be deferred until such a time that the declarations are made.

Goods being imported from the EU would also be subject to VAT and importers would need to account for this.

Shane Brennan, chief executive of the Cold Chain Federation, said: “There is no point pretending it’s going to be smooth – we are heading for major delays and disruption – systems are not ready, processes are unclear, awareness of what will be required is low across the industry.”

“We will need calm heads and a willingness from customs, food and security officials (on the UK and EU side) to make sensible, pragmatic decisions, probably throughout 2021 as systems bed down and new ways of working emerge.”

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Meanwhile, Logistics UK, formerly the Freight Transport Association, warned businesses about a “massive blow” after discovering that the Government’s Smart Freight System, which is designed to reduce cargo delays after Brexit, will still be in testing mode after the transition period ends on January 1 2021.

In response to the concerns, the Government promised to “intensify” talks with the industry after yesterday’s talks.

A Cabinet Office spokeswoman, who described the meeting as “constructive” said: “Government will continue to intensify engagement with industry in the weeks ahead so we can hit the ground running on January 1, 2021, and seize new opportunities.

“To help businesses prepare, we have launched a major communications campaign in the UK and EU, committed to investing £705 million in jobs, infrastructure and technology at the border and provided an £84 million support package to boost the capacity of the customs intermediary sector.”

Data from the Port of Dover, a vital point of entry for billions of goods from the EU, shows that nearly 2.4 million road haulage vehicles passed through the port last year, meaning an average of over 6,500 vehicles per day.

In a bid to help with port delays, Kent Police and the Port of Dover have activated a controversial Operation Stack in which M20 motorway is used as a temporary parking lot for lorries.

The “emergency measure”, which closes parts of the motorway, is designed to prevent gridlock on Kent’s road network.

The operation led to miles-long queues on route to the port yesterday.



Michael McIntyre weight loss: Comedian reveals his secret to losing 14lb in one week

Michael McIntyre is the popular comedian, writer and tevevision presenter. He has struggled with his weight over the years and has tried many ways to lose it. After trying cutting out carbohydrates and booze, exercising more and having healthy meals delivered straight to his door, the comedian turned to something a little more unusual to try and shed the extra pounds. 

My son has an app called Akinator the Genie that guesses the famous people you’re thinking of by asking questions, so for egotistical reasons I thought while my son was at school I’d see if I was on it. It started asking questions like, ‘Is it a man?’ and ‘Is he American?’ and it narrowed it down to a British comedian with dark hair.

“I’m getting a little excited wondering if it’s me in the game and then it asks, ‘Is he slightly over weight?’ So I had a moment of truth, took a deep breath and said ‘yes’ and it replied, ‘Is it Michael McIntyre?’ So I haven’t eaten since then!”

However after trying various different weight loss techniques and spending hundreds, Peter decided to turn to professionals. 

Speaking on Jessie Ware’s Table Manners podcast, Michael explained how he visited a Mayr clinic in Austria with his friend Paul Tonkinson in February 2017.

The best way to lose weight safely is to make long-term changes to diet and physical activity that result in a steady weight loss. 

The NHS recommends losing around one to two pounds a week which will then help slimmers keep the weight off in the long-term.

Crash dieting can cause you to lose muscle instead of fat and can actually cause weight gain once you start to return to normal eating. 

From one comedian to another, Peter Kay’s weight loss hasn’t gone unnoticed. 

Peter’s large frame has made him recognisable by fans over his career, but insiders now claim he has lost a lot of weight. 

Whilst he has never actually spoken out about losing weight, he was pictured recently at a screening looking slimmer in his suit. 

His sets also joke about food constantly with consistent jokes on garlic bread. 



Michael Cohen's daughter says she was taken aback by Trump's behavior toward her father


“Trump’s attention was diverted to another skirt walking off a tennis court. ‘Look at that piece of a–,’ Cohen recalls Trump saying, as he whistled and pointed,” according to Vanity Fair. “‘I would love some of that.’ It so happened that Trump was referring to Cohen’s then 15-year-old daughter, Samantha.”

“Cohen informed Trump of his mistake. ‘That’s your daughter?’ Trump responded. ‘When did she get so hot?’ When Samantha reached her dad, Trump asked her for a kiss on the cheek, before inquiring, ‘When did you get such a beautiful figure?’ and warning her that in a few years, he would be dating one of her friends,” the magazine reported.

Asked about the alleged incident by CNN’s Alisyn Camerota on “New Day” on Monday, Samantha Cohen said it’s “a little bit less clear to me” because she’s become “desensitized to men making these kinds of comments,” adding that she remembered “insulting” comments Trump made toward her father during the episode.

“The story is a little bit less clear to me, I’m sure many women can relate — you become desensitized to men making these kinds of comments to you, and you allow them to go over your head and you kind of tune out the noise,” she said. “But what stood out to me in that moment was he said to my dad, ‘Well, there is no way that she got her looks from you. Thank God you married a beautiful woman.'”

She continued: “And I was desensitized to men making creepy comments about me, but I was not desensitized to someone blatantly insulting and degrading my father in front of me, someone who I looked up to and loved very much, and that was very upsetting to me.”

Samantha Cohen said the experience changed her impression of Trump and made her think that “maybe Trump doesn’t treat my father so well.”

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany dismissed Cohen’s claims Monday morning.

“Michael Cohen is a disgraced felon and disbarred lawyer, who lied to Congress. He has lost all credibility, and it’s unsurprising to see his latest attempt to profit off of lies,” she said.

Asked by Camerota if she ever got the impression that Trump was hitting on her, Samantha Cohen said she did not, but that she believed he was “interested in younger women.”

“I didn’t get the impression that he was hitting on me directly, but I had the impression that he was interested in younger women, and that, you know, women would age out for him, and that when one woman became too old, he’d find a new younger one,” she said.

Trump has been accused of sexual misconduct by a number of women in recent years, allegations that span from groping on planes to unwanted advances in Trump Tower to sexual assault in a department store. Trump has strongly denied all of those allegations.

This story has been updated to include reaction from the White House.

CNN’s Max Blau and Maegan Vazquez contributed to this report.

Michael Mosley weight loss: Fast 800 diet plan to lose a stone in 21 days

Weight loss often takes many months to see results and the NHS recommends losing around one to two pounds a week. However the Fast 800 was developed by Dr Michael Mosley to help people lose weight as well as staying healthy and living longer. The diet plan involves eating a very low calorie diet consisting of 800 calories a day which will help overall body weight decrease as well as targeting harmful belly fat that is often very hard to shift.

The Fast 800 website explains that the diet works in burning fat in different ways and claims that consuming 800 calories, which is a huge deficit for everyone, is safe. 

Firstly, the diet works by putting your body in a metabolic state called ketosis, similar to the keto diet. 

The website says: “Your body is like a hybrid car; it runs on two different fuels – sugar and fat. When your body needs a quick burst of energy, the first fuel source it turns to is the glucose (sugar) in your blood. 

“Next it will draw on the sugar stored in your liver and muscle (glycogen). Only when this starts to run low does the body turn to its fat stores. 

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“Your body can’t just burn fat. Instead it turns some of your fat stores into ketone bodies, which it uses as energy. The buildup of ketones in your blood is called “ketosis”.

“When you are on a low calorie diet (800 calories a day) you will begin to rapidly use up your fat stores. The first fat to go will be that around your gut, the visceral fat. This is also the most unhealthy fat. Because The Very Fast 800 plan is also moderately low in carbohydrates, this will add to the fat burning.

“People worry about running out of energy on a low calorie diet, but the reality is that most of us have such big fat stores we could go for months without eating. The reason you may feel hungry and perhaps more tired than usual for the first week that you are on the diet is because your body is having to adapt to running on a different fuel, fat. But you should soon start to feel better – more energetic and clearer thinking.”

Secondly, excessive snacking is discouraged on the diet as this will add more calories into your diet as well as providing the body with unnecessary amounts of sugar. 

Eating sugary foods produces lots of insulin to bring your blood sugar levels down.

Unless this is burned off instantly to use that sugar up as energy, it will otherwise get stores as fat, meaning snacking can contribute to weight gain. 

Creator of the 5:2 diet, Micheal Mosley explains that 800 calories a day is sustainable enough to provide the body with enough nutrients and vitamins it needs.

He says: “Most rapid weight loss studies are now based on 800 calories a day, which is high enough to be sustainable and give the nutrients you need, and low enough to lead to rapid weight loss and other beneficial health changes.

“You might worry about getting hungry but most people who do the Fast 800 diet say that within a very short time your hunger passes. Rapid weight loss encourages your body to switch over to fat burning. It also reduces insulin levels, increases growth hormone and boosts levels of a hormone called BDNF in the brain, which helps improve your mood.

The Fast 800 as a weight loss plan is based on cutting-edge medical research. It works! It’s not so much a diet, as a bespoke weight loss planner, designed to fit around your own needs.

“It embraces time-restricted eating and the Mediterranean principles of consuming a diet rich in healthy proteins and vegetables and lower in carbs. 

“Healthy fats such as olive oil and nuts are encouraged and the occasional glass of wine or bite of dark chocolate is allowed, so that people eat well, remain sated and don’t feel deprived.”

However with every diet, it may not be suitable for everyone and those wishing to try it out should consult their doctors beforehand. 



Michael Gove refuses to rule out new national lockdown after fears UK 'losing control'

Cabinet Minister Michael Gove flatly refused to rule out imposing a new nationwide lockdown, amid a surge in coronavirus cases across the UK. This comes after the R number for the country was raised to between 1 and 1.2 for the first time since March, indicating that the UK’s epidemic was growing again. BBC Breakfast’s Charlie Stayt accused the Government of “again losing control of coronavirus”.

On Friday, the number of new daily confirmed UK cases of the virus rose to 3,539 – an increase of more than 600 on the previous day.

New cases of coronavirus are doubling almost weekly across England, with a marked rise in infections in the north and among young people. 

Restrictions set to be introduced in Birmingham next week mean more than 7.3 million people – 11 percent of the UK population – will be living in areas affected by some level of local lockdown.

Mr Gove pleaded for people across the UK to follow the rules as new laws on how many people can socialise are being introduced from Monday in an attempt to stem the rise in infections.

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The new “rule of six” will restrict indoor and outdoor gatherings in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Mr Gove said: “The rule is there, the rule is clear, and the rule commands public confidence.

“If we maintain these rules, and maintain keep a sense of discipline, and restraint, we can keep the re-infection rate down.

“We can protect our grandparents, and we can ensure that these restrictions in time can be relaxed and we can enjoy a proper Christmas.”

Mr Gove responded: “It is precisely because we want to avoid national restrictions, which are even more restrictive than those at the moment, that we are taking targeted local action.

“It has been the case that following local interventions, we have been able to release some areas of these restrictions – like in Luton and Kettering.

“These places have had tough measures and they are now being relaxed, and it’s precisely because we don’t want nationwide restrictions.”

Charlie hit back: “It seems that once again you are losing control of the coronavirus.”

Mr Gove responded: “I don’t accept that. Look at other European countries, there has been a significant risk of infection and people dying across Europe. 

“It’s because we’ve seen what’s happening in those European countries that we are taking those steps now.”



‘Michael Schumacher is fighting’ Ex-Ferrari boss visits F1 star at home

Ex-Ferrari boss Jean Todt, one of the few to see Schumacher, 51, since a skiing accident left him with a severe head injury, said he visited the German racing driver last week. Schumacher’s condition at his home in Lake Geneva, Switzerland, has been a closely guarded secret among family and close friends. Todt, president of the FIA – motor racing’s governing body – oversaw five of Schumacher’s seven world titles as team principal for Ferrari.

He said: “I saw Michael last week. He is fighting.

“My God, we know he had a terrible and unfortunate skiing accident which has caused him a lot of problems.

“But he has an amazing wife next to him, he has his kids, his nurses, and we can only wish him the best and wish the family the best, too.

“All I can do is to be close to them until I am able to do something, and then I will do it.”

Despite wearing a helmet, Schumacher suffered a brain injury when his head hit a rock while skiing in the French Alps resort of Meribel on December 29, 2013. He spent months in a medically induced coma.

But he began displaying “moments of consciousness” and was gradually withdrawn from the coma as doctors reported “small encouraging signs”.

He has not been seen in public since the accident.

From September 2014 he has received round-the-clock specialist care at his home.

It was also reported that he underwent pioneering stem cell therapy at the Georges-Pompidou hospital in Paris last September.

At the time he was said to have been in the care of Professor Philippe Menasche, a cardiac surgeon specialising in stem cell research.

According to reports from Paris, Schumacher was first seen by Prof Menasche, 70, at the Pitie-Salpetriere hospital where he is a director of the Brain and Spinal Cord Institute, before being transferred.

Michael Schumacher is F1’s greatest champion. He won his first two titles with Benetton in 1994 and 1995 then five in a row with Ferrari between 2000 and 2004.

Schumacher won 72 of his record 91 victories for Ferrari.

Lewis Hamilton will move to within just one win of Schumacher’s all-time win tally if he triumphs at Ferrari’s home track of Mugello tomorrow.

The 35-year-old British driver is also on course to match Schumacher’s record seven world titles this year.