County Commission to provide 90K pounds of food

MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) – Feeding the Gulf Coast along with the Mobile County Commission will  distribute approximately 90,000 pounds of fresh produce, dry goods and protein to 1,500 individuals and families, officials announced Friday.

The food drive will take place Saturday, September 12 at  Ladd-Peebles Stadium.

According to officials, the distribution, which will operate in a drive-through style to minimize contact for both clients and workers, was set up by Mobile County Commission in partnership with Feeding the Gulf Coast and  United Way of Southwest Alabama to address the dramatic increase in local need for food assistance and help  raise awareness of the 2020 Census.

There is no need for individuals to pre-register; food will be distributed first-come, first-served, and begins at  9:00 a.m. Additionally, volunteers will be on-site to help individuals complete the 2020 census and register to  vote. Neither is required to receive the food.

Adults need to present a valid ID to receive food.  

Martin Lewis shares a clever hack to earn hundreds of pounds with very little effort

Once the survey has been completed, participants will get the reward paid into their account.

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Iran set to be paid MILLIONS of pounds by UK – Boris Johnson risks furious Trump backlash

In 1976, the Iranian government purchased 1,500 Chieftain tanks from the UK in a staggering deal. Iran never received the tanks, and the British Government admitted in 2017 it owes Iran up to £400 million from the unfulfilled deal. But plans to repay Iran will likely anger Mr Trump, who has seen explosive tensions this year between the US and the Middle Eastern country.

Defence Secretary Ben Wallace acknowledged last week the UK Government is seeking to pay off the debt.

The attempt at paying off the Chieftain tank debt comes as the UK is looking to secure the release of British dual nationals from Iran.

Mr Wallace made the admission in a letter to Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s lawyers.

Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe has been detained in Iran since 2016 for reportedly “plotting to topple the Iranian government”.

He said: “With regard to IMS Ltd and the outstanding legal dispute the government acknowledges there is a debt to be paid and continues to explore every legal avenue for the lawful discharge of that debt.”

Mr Wallace has long believed the UK should pay back the debt owed to Iran.

In 2014, he said leaving the debt unsettled would be “un-British, double-dealing and obfuscatory”.

While neither Iran or the UK have said the payment is needed to free British dual nationals, Iranian judges have raised the debt as an issue and privately see it as the chief roadblock in release talks.

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The US government has taken a firm stance in recent months against lifting sanctions and an arms embargo from Iran.

Mike Pompeo, US Secretary of State, was disappointed last month with “freedom-loving” Britain’s refusal to back America’s United Nations proposal to extend Iran’s arms embargo.

In an interview with the Spectator, he said: “You know, I regret it… We need nations to step up and do the right thing, whether that’s the United Kingdom or the French, the Germans, or others.”

The US’ proposal was defeated by 13 UN member states to 2, and was followed by Mr Trump attempting to force sanctions via a “snapback” policy in the initial nuclear deal with Iran.

The US similarly saw the release of American hostages in 2016 after paying back debt owed to the Iranian government.

Iran paid the US for 300 F-16 fighter jets, which were never delivered due to the 1979 Iranian Revolution.

Barack Obama, then-President, secretly delivered $400 million to Tehran to pay off a debt from an unfulfilled arms deal.

Five Americans were released concurrently with the payment.



Two Mississippi boaters reel in a massive one-eyed alligator weighing over 477.6 pounds

“I said, we have a dinosaur, this thing is huge!” John Ladner told CNN.

Ladner and his friend, Derek Stiglet, were chasing a seven-foot alligator on August 29 and didn’t expect to find something much bigger.

The two were in Ladner’s 14-foot jon boat and knew the seven-footer would be a perfect fit. However, when they lost the trail at a split in the marsh, they started chasing something else.

“My buddy was on the front of the boat … and just saw a gator eye and said, ‘It’s over there!’ … when we hooked it we thought it was a log because it wasn’t moving like an alligator would.”

Ladner said when they pulled it up it was like the scene from Jurassic Park when the audience finally sees the eye and teeth of T-Rex for the first time.

Turns out, they hooked the notorious one-eyed giant of the Jourdan River. The gator weighed 477.6 pounds and was 12 feet long.

Ladner had to call a friend to come with a larger boat, since their small vessel was not going to be able to accommodate the load. They thought it was dead until it started thrashing its tail back and forth.

“The whole time we were waiting for our friend we just prayed (the gator) wouldn’t take off and flip our boat.”

It took three hours to get the gator into the boat, and when they got the gator to shore, they had to use a tractor to remove it.

A game warden came down to see just how big the catch was. It was determined that it was one of the biggest captured in the Diamondhead, Mississippi in the last 15 years.

Ladner said that the animal had over 100 pounds of meat.

“It was a once in a lifetime thing, and we are extremely thankful we got it,” Ladner said.

Martin Lewis shares eBay and Facebook tricks to make you hundreds of pounds this weekend

Nineties nostalgia sells 

While it may seem like it was just a few years ago for some, many items from the 1990s are already considered to be vintage – which means all your childhood favourites could now be worth hundreds. 

Martin revealed that 90s music clothing such as a Nirvana t-shirt could sell for up to £600, while an old pair of Dr Martens boots or Laura Ashley’s heritage dresses could fetch up to £150. 

Old gadgets are also more popular than ever, with Sony Walkmans selling for up to £350 and even original iPods could make you almost £200. 

Your retro toys could fetch a tidy sum too – dig out your My Little Ponies, Polly Pockets or Tamagotchis to top up your bank balance. 

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Play more than 20 Lottery jackpots with millions of pounds in prizes on new website

If you love playing lotteries and dream of scooping a life-changing jackpot – and who doesn’t?! – you might want to visit the new HealthMillions.co.uk website.

It’s a one-stop-shop for playing some of the biggest and best lotteries from around the world all from the comfort of your own home.

And with more than £165million to be won in jackpots right now, you could soon be celebrating.

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And if you are a lucky winner, you’ll be notified automatically – meaning you don’t need to worry about missing out on your prize!

Health Millions is a brilliant new gaming site that allows you to bet on the outcome of some of the world’s biggest lotteries.

Health Millions also have a £5million draw every Monday and Thursday for you to enter – meaning even more chances to win big!

Launching the Health Millions, a spokesperson said: “Since Health Millions launched, the support we have received from our loyal players has been phenomenal.

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Hard water warning: How silent menace can cost you hundreds of pounds each year

As well as increasing the efficiency of household appliances and providing huge cost savings for homeowners, soft water also combines more effectively with soap and washing detergents to create a proper lather which can lead to healthier hair and smoother skin.

Soft water also has other benefits including cleaner clothes with no mineral stains and a healthy water pressure in your home.

Water softener systems work by reducing the concentration of minerals from the water. Instead of having higher levels of calcium and magnesium, soft water tends to have higher concentrations of sodium, or salt.

Whilst it may be hard to remove limescale from a boiler, it is fairly easy to prevent the build up in household appliances like a kettle.



Car parking charges worth hundreds of pounds may be issued to commuters under new plans

Car parking fees could be handed out to businesses who offer staff car parking spaces in a range of sweeping changes suggested by campaigners. Workplace parking schemes are already in place in Nottingham  -which is so far the only city to have a scheme in place. 

The Campaign for Better Transport says to “expedite” the adoption of the scheme, the government should issue further guidance to cities. 

The campaigners reveal cities must gain the permission by the Transport Secretary to introduce schemes but have pushed for this to be removed. 

The report says: “Local authorities in England have had the powers to implement WPL – a levy paid by employers over a certain size in a specified area based on the number of parking places they provide – since 2000, although schemes must be approved by the Secretary of State for Transport. 

“So far, Nottingham is the only city that has implemented a WPL, but a number of local authorities and boroughs in London are considering it. 

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“To expedite the adoption of this mechanism, the government should issue further guidance clarifying the process, conditions and the amount of levy that can be charged (as the Mayor of London has provided in the guidance for boroughs), and remove the requirement to seek permission from the Secretary of State. 

“Money raised should be used to support specific local transport improvements, which will also benefit levypaying businesses and their employees and customers directly through improved active  or public transport.”

The Campaign for Better Transport has suggested the charges alongside a range of schemes to help the government meet its zero carbon target. 

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They have also pushed for a new approach to charging motorosts through a road use fee.

Members of Scottish Parliament also approved legislation to introduce a WPL scheme last October. 

Nottingham has had a workplace parking levy in place since 2012 and raised up to £64million over the first seven years. 

Firms in the city pay £417 per space per year to the council if they offer staff 11 or more parking bays. 

The charge is increased by small increments each year based on the measure of inflation. 

A printing company on the outskirts of Nottingham has previously revealed they pay £7,000 per year for its parking spaces. 

The firm has described the scheme as a “stealth tax” due to the likelihood drivers would pay the charges to get to work. 

Businesses and employers will be responsible for paying the WPL charge although firms can choose to pass the fee onto staff to help manage costs. 

It is believed that eight out of 10 companies have decided to pass the charges directly onto their staff. 

But the new proposals could encourage the government to introduce charges more widespread across the UK to switch motorists toward using public transport. 

Greater Manchester has recently rejected plans to introduce a scheme as part of their air pollution plans. 

However, other major cities such as Birmingham, Oxford, Leicester and Reading are looking into how they can fit WPL schemes into their city. 

Green Party candidate Sian Bettyu has previously pushed for a similar scheme to be introduced in London. 

She estimated that more than half a million spaces across the capital could be charged which would raise a massive £670million. 

Nottingham has used the money made in the scheme to redevelop transport services such as the train station and bus networks. 

Money has also been spent on a new tram and the introduction of cycling schemes across the city.  Express.co,uk have contacted the Department for Transport on whether WPL schemes could be extended.



Weight loss: How to lose lockdown pounds safely – important advice over crash dieting

Crash dieting is widely considered to be unhealthy and ineffective, but there are still many who wish to see rapid weight loss results and ultimately starve the body of essential nutrients and vitamins. This form of weight loss may show instant weight loss results but it is not sustainable and can only often deliver short term results.

The expert has shared her top tips on how to lose weight healthily and safely without crash dieting.

Stop counting calories

Instead of counting calories, you should pay attention to the quality of the food you are eating. Eating healthier nutrient dense foods will automatically make you eat less foods and therefore counting the calories is irrelevant.

Also counting every calorie you consume can be unhealthy for your mindset and make you obsessive about what you are putting into your body and you may miss some nutrients that the body needs.

Eat organically, locally and seasonally

Consuming more fresh produce like organic fruits and vegetables has been a consistent link to weight loss because they are high in fibre and nutrients.

This can help control appetite but also eating preservative and pesticide free foods can help nurture the body and provide it with more energy.

Stick to a routine

Sticking to the same bed time every evening and waking up every morning at the same time can help ensure that your body is getting enough sleep but not too much and can help provide your body with energy for the rest of the day.

Hannah recommends going to sleep at around 10:30pm every night and waking up at around 7 every day to get your body into a routine.

Drink water

Hannah says: “Drink water on waking before meals and after every bowel movement.”

While drinking water may be an obvious one and you should consume lots of water each day, consuming water before meals may help to make you feel fuller, making you eat less food overall.

This can help keep your diet in a calorie deficit and ultimately help you shed the extra pounds.

Alcohol free days

Having alcohol free days each week can help improve sleep and reduces the risk of heart disease and cancers.

It is advised that in order to improve overall health and to lose the weight, alcohol consumption must be reduced as it contains a lot of calories and sugar.

Hannah recommends having around five days alcohol free each week to see the results.

Eat vegetables

Eating green, starchy and fibrous vegetables each day can be one of the key points to losing weight.

These foods are both rich in nutrients and fibre which can help you keep fuller for longer and at the same time provide your body with essential nutrients and vitamins that the body needs.

Hannah says: “Don’t be worried about eating carbohydrates such as rice, lentils or grains. However, be wary of processed food, alcohol, corn sugar, additives, preservatives, trans fat, hydro go side milk, commercially farmed meat, cheese that has elastic qualities and sweets.”

Stop comparing yourself

Comparing yourself to others can ultimately result in crash dieting to help you lose weight fast. This may work initially but as Hannah explains this can cause your body to bounce back and can also result in binge eating.

Listen to your body

The nutritionist explains: “Listen to your body – instead of automatically reaching for a biscuit or glass of wine, ask yourself if you are really hungry or thirsty, or just bored. Keep yourself busy and feed your body, not your emotions. Make sure you exercise each day, ideally outdoors in the fresh air. A long, brisk walk is great for both mind and body.”

Experts recommend around an hour a day of exercise but you may want to do a little bit more to burn those extra pounds. However, excessive exercise is not sustainable and is not advised.



NHS Charities Together in new partnership which could raise thousands of pounds

Health Games has partnered with NHS Charities Together to help raise vital funds, it has been announced.

The money will go towards charitable organisations through NHS Charities Together to support National Health Service staff, volunteers and patients.

Online gaming site Health Games will match 20% of every first deposit made on their site and donate this sum on a bi-montly basis to the organisation – so the money raised could run into thousands of pounds.

NHS Charities Together act as collective voice for over 250 NHS charities – and coordinate national fundraising efforts.

These charities give £1million EVERY DAY to the NHS so that people can stay well for longer and get better faster.

NHS Charities Together  have funded major capital projects, pioneering research and medical equipment at our hospitals in recent years, helping patients access the best possible care when they need it most. But they still need more help.

Health games is proud to have supported numerous grassroots health projects in the UK through donations in the past. These include projects such as Kids Aware, Isabel Hospice, Little Hearts Matter, The Legacy Rainbow House, Little Hearts Matter, POCA and others.

Health Games received over 12,000 votes from the public to choose the winner of the most recent donation. Strongbones Children’s Charitable Trust, that helps disabled children up to 21 that have complex needs coupled with a bone condition, received the £5,000 Health Games charitable donation this week. Norman McNamara, a trustee of Strongbones Children’s Charitable Trust said: “We are so delighted with this donation and want to thank Health Games and our supporters. These funds are going to provide sensory equipment bundles to children with disabilities and learning difficulties

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Health Games is matching a generous 20% of players’ first deposits and donating that sum to NHS Charities Together . The site gives you the chance to enjoy your favourite Bingo, Instant Win and slot games, while supporting NHS Charities Together .

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