Boris Johnson speech in full: UK reaches 'perilous turning point' as second wave hits

“First, we are once again asking office workers to work from home where they can do so.

“Second, from Thursday, all pubs, bars and restaurants must operate at table service only except for takeaways.

“Together with all hospitality venues they must close from 10pm. That means alas closing and not just calling for last orders, because simplicity is paramount.

“I’m sorry this will affect many businesses just getting back on their feet but we must act.

“Third, we will extend the requirement to wear face coverings to include staff in retail, customers in taxis, and customers in indoor hospitality settings, except when seated at tables.

“Fourth, in retail, leisure and tourism and other sectors our Covid-secure guidelines will become legal obligations.”



Boris Johnson shows ‘powerful’ new coronavirus map turning dark as cases soar 'Must act!'

Boris Johnson held a press briefing on Thursday 4pm to discuss the recent increase in coronavirus cases and the next steps the Government must take. While with the Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty, the Prime Minister detailed the trend seen across England. Mr Johnson insisted that to avoid a second coronavirus spike in the winter Britons needed to remember the basics. 

During the briefing, Professor Whitty showed an animation that showed the amount of cases seen across the UK and after a drop during the summer months, the animation highlighted a slow increase in recent weeks. 

After watching the animation, Mr Johnson said: “It is clear from that very powerful graphic that we must act.

“The most important thing for all of us is to remember the basics.”

Professor Whitty explained the significance of the graphic and what information it was attempting to convey.

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Hair loss treatment: Turning this fruit into a mask protects the scalp for hair growth

Papaya’s are a pear-shaped tree-fruit that is commonly referred to as the “the fruit of the Angels,” due to its multiple health benefits.

The papaya contains a large amount of Vitamin C, which is crucial for its restorative and healing properties.

It also contains about 224 percent of one’s daily needs of vitamins and minerals.

The folic acid that papaya contains, as well as Vitamin C, both improve circulation throughout the body, including the scalp.

The scalp is fed the nutrients and minerals that are needed to produce healthy hair growth and stimulate the sebaceous glands.

The sebum that is produced nourishes, conditions and protects the scalp, providing a healthy environment for new growth to flourish.

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How to stop your ring turning your finger green

Buying the perfect ring can make you want to show of your hands at every opportunity, whether its holding your drink for an Instagram post, handing someone something or getting your nails done. However, sometimes rings can have an unfortunate affect on your skin, turning your finger green.

Contrary to popular belief, if a ring turns your finger green it doesn’t mean your silver ring is fake.

The green tinge occurs when your skin reacts with the metal in the ring, or a specific skin cream or your sweat can trigger the discolouration.

This can happen with silver, which can oxidise after coming into contact with certain acids.

Another reason can be if your sterling silver ring has not been correctly pickled – which is where the ring is left to sit in a solution of sodium bisulphite to prevent copper oxide occurring on the surface – creating green skin.

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Specialist polymer barrier

Another solution is to use a polymer barrier between your skin and the ring. 

Apply a barrier product, such as Jeweller’s Skin Guard, to the ring according to the manufacturer’s directions, a quick google search will bring up a wealth of options.

These special products are created to seal the metal and protect your skin from staining.

A single application of these products lasts for around two months and your can reapply as needed, dependent on how often you wear your jewellery.

Avoid creams

If you tend to wear hand cream or apply suncream or hand sanitiser to your hands try and avoid your ring when you do so.

Also avoid wearing the ring in the shower or at the swimming pool, as your toiletries and chlorine from the pool can increase the green-tinging effects.

Ultimately, the one way you can ensure a ring will not turn your finger green is to chose jewellery made of stainless steel, platinum and rhodium-plated.

All of these includes almost entirely white gold, which can be pricey but will not turn your finger a sickly green colour.



Breweries are turning carbon dioxide into liquid gold

Although literally tons of it are produced during fermentation, CO2 is not easy or cheap for small brewers to capture, so it’s often vented into the atmosphere. Instead of grabbing that CO2 to carbonate beer, tanks of CO2 are trucked in from across the country to meet brewers’ needs.

Earthly Labs, a startup out of Texas, hopes to change that. The company wants to establish a recycling loop via a fridge-sized machine named CiCi — shorthand for “carbon capture” — that allows small breweries to trap their CO2, use it to carbonate their beers and potentially sell extra gas to others who need it.

Launched in 2016, Earthly Labs, based in Austin, Texas, operates as a public benefit corporation, meaning it’s a for-profit business that prioritizes contributions that are socially good — in this case, targeting one of the main greenhouse gases that contributes to the rapid warming the planet.

Earthly Labs’ goal is to avoid the emission of 1 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide (about 26 billion trees) by making the pricey CO2 capture systems used by large, multinational companies economical enough for craft brewers and other small businesses.

“Our original vision: Breweries capture their waste and reuse it, save money and, in the process, save the planet,” Amy George, Earthly Labs’ founder and chief executive officer, told CNN Business.

But what started as an environmentally focused action is garnering increased attention for its potential economic benefits by some brewers during the Covid-19 pandemic. The closures of taprooms, bars and restaurants have breweries canning and bottling more beer. And looming over those brewers are heightened concerns about CO2 shortages.
Kaitlin Urso (Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment), Amy George (Earthly Labs), Brian Cusworth (The Clinic) and Charlie Berger (Denver Beer) checking the valves for Denver Beer's CO2 tank and Earthly Labs' CO2 recovery equipment that will later be used in The Clinic's cannabis plants.

The unit from Earthly Labs costs roughly $100,000, George said. Most brewers see a 2- to 3-year return on investment in normal circumstances; however, rising CO2 prices or supply constraints would accelerate that payback, she said.

Brewers need more CO2 at a time when those supplies and money have grown tighter.

“Our CO2 price doubled per pound,” said David Kroening, co-founder and president of Buoy Beer, a riverside brewery and restaurant in Astoria, Oregon.

Buoy was set to install an Earthly Labs system earlier this year, but those efforts were pushed to the back burner when Covid-19 hit and the brewery had to lay off nearly half of its staff.

“We stopped all capital projects until we saw where the cards were landing,” Kroening told CNN Business. “This one, when you layer in shortages and higher prices for CO2, kind of sped back up.”

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Not wanting to be at the mercy of CO2 suppliers, Kroening opted to resurrect the Earthly Labs project. Earlier this month, workers were on-site at Buoy installing the CO2 capture system.

Earthly Labs’ client roster includes just under two dozen breweries, but that total is growing. Because of the confluence of business disruptions caused by Covid-19, nearly 100 craft brewers and other businesses have contacted Earthly Labs, George said.
The spike in inquiries are coming at an opportune time for Earthly Labs, which just completed a pilot program in Colorado that involved capturing CO2 at a local brewery and then selling that gas to a local cannabis company to stimulate plant growth. The brewery, Denver Beer, captured the equivalent of 93 trees worth of CO2 from hitting the atmosphere, and The Clinic cannabis company completed its 16-week harvest at a 15% reduced cost.

The two businesses toasted the occasion with the respective launches of a 93 Hoppy Trees beer and a 93 Hoppy Trees line of cannabis flower.

“The Clinic is not the only CO2 user in town,” said Charlie Berger co-founder of Denver Beer. “We needed to prove the model that there’s a market for reclaimed CO2.”

Chris Baca (The Clinic, center) explains to Charlie Berger (Denver Beer) and Kaitlin Urso (Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment) how the vegetative state of growing cannabis works inside The Clinic's grow operation.

CO2 acts like a nutrient for the indoor-grown cannabis. With the added boost, plants can grow larger and more vigorously, said Zach Engel, director of operations for the cannabis cultivator, processor and retailer.

The Clinic uses about 6,000 to 7,000 pounds of CO2 per month, and those tanks are trucked to its facilities from the East Coast. The CO2 from Denver Beer came from just 8 miles up the highway.

Engel estimates The Clinic shaved off about 20 cents per pound on its CO2 expenditures by using the Denver Beer product. Plus, tests have shown the brew-produced CO2 is more pure than what is produced during typical gas processing, he said.

How much CO2 is offgassed during the fermentation process varies by brewer and by the beer — brews with higher alcohol content produce more of the gas. Denver Beer estimates it produces about 10 pounds of CO2 per barrel, and the brewery pumped out 21,000 barrels of beer last year. It bought about 140,000 pounds of CO2 for its carbonation needs.

Having a willing customer on the other end could help breweries recoup their investments in the systems more quickly, said Kaitlin Urso, an environmental protection specialist at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Urso spearheaded the pilot as means to help brewers and cannabis companies reduce their environmental impacts.

“Breweries produce way more CO2 than what they would actually reuse within their own operations,” she said. “This is a new way for them to think about it as a commodity.”

The pandemic is turning into a super-expensive business quagmire


Not all sectors will have to adapt in the same way. But offices, for example, will all have to make drastic changes. They will have to be virus-safe for the full workforce to return, which will require companies to spend money on upgrading their technology and capabilities. Even employees outside of infection hotspots will expect a certain degree of safety measures.
Retailers are struggling with different aspects of the pandemic. Although some don’t have enough demand, others struggle to stem the tide. Amazon and Walmart, for example, announced they would hire hundreds of thousands of workers to keep up with heightened demand.

All this means spending more money that will weigh on profits and balance sheets. Many of those costs will be passed along to the customer.

More people shopping online will also hurt the real estate sector and lower commercial property values. Physical stores will continue to close — dozens of traditional retailers have gone bankrupt this year.

All of these changes will affect corporate credit ratings as well, Moody’s said.

Lower profit margins and higher costs, as well as weaker growth prospects during the years of recovery and a slower pace of repaying of debt, will weigh on companies’ creditworthiness.

So far, and unsurprisingly, Moody’s has downgraded the highest number of credit ratings in the sectors that have been hit the hardest by the pandemic. That includes the leisure industry, complete with cruise lines and restaurants, as well as airlines, shipping, autos, gaming, retail and export-oriented manufacturing. For firms in these industries, business as usual has changed dramatically.

Kate Middleton body language shows turning point in 'tense' relationship with Royal Family

“Kate’s hands appear to be balled into fists, again suggesting a desire to get everything right while she’s with her grandmother-in-law.”

However, their bond appears to have grown with the Queen looking like she very much enjoys Kate’s company.

Judi added: “While the Queen always appears to affirm the fact that, despite her age, she is not in any need of support or aid, she often looks happiest when her granddaughter-in-law and future Queen accompanies her or acts as co-host, while Kate seems very adept at keeping a quiet eye on the Queen but without fussing.”

Prince Philip has been officially retired since 2017 but before that he would often cross paths with his granddaughter-in-law.



Sophie, Countess of Wessex body language shows turning point in relationship with Queen

Sophie is thought to have a lot in common with the Queen, from shared hobbies to living near each other.

It is also thought Sophie has stepped in to support the monarch at events since Prince Philip retired in 2017.

However, body language expert Judi James explained their close relationship was not always obvious.

When Sophie married Prince Edward, there was speculation on how she would be received in the family.

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The expert told Express.co.uk: “When Sophie married Edward she was hailed as the new Diana.

“However, what followed looked like a masterclass in hunkering in as the soap-opera-free royal bride who managed to be a stabilising influence on her husband while keeping press and royal fan attention to a minimum.”

When Sophie joined the family, Judi explained she seemed to handle royal life well.

The mother-of-two kept a low-profile while also serving the monarch as a full-time royal.

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Her attitude towards royal life could have been a turning point in her relationship with the Queen.

When the royal ladies appear out together, they seem comfortable in each other’s company, Judi continued.

“The Queen’s body language with Sophie suggests her daughter-in-law is a bit of a confidante,” she said.

“Sophie’s relaxed, constantly calm and upbeat demeanour seems to allow the Queen to relax more in her company, too.

“In terms of her body language she tends to blend some of the signals of the kind of laid-back calm and fun that we get from Zara with the stoic, deft formality of the Queen herself.”

Sophie and the Queen live near each other, both being based in and around Windsor.

In the past, it has been reported Sophie and the Queen would regularly spend time together in their homes.



You can help a Georgia woman celebrate turning 105. All it takes is a birthday card

Helen Mangham was born on August 2, 1915. Woodrow Wilson was president and America had not yet entered World War I. In 2020, she still lives on her own in Lifsey Springs, a rural area in Pike County, about an hour south of Atlanta.

She’s well-known and loved in the community and her granddaughter said the family was planning to celebrate with a reception with more than 100 guests.

“Due to Covid-19 this year, we’re having to do things a little differently,” Pam Vickers told CNN. They’re now planning a smaller gathering with just the immediate family.

Mangham loves to read her Bible and watch TV and she enjoys getting mail, so the cards will be a treat, her granddaughter said.

“Even when she gets just a few cards for Christmas or her birthdays in the past, it has just made her so happy,” Vickers said. “So I wanted to try to reach out to the world, actually, and just see how many cards we could get for her.”

Vickers is asking people to send birthday cards to her, so the family can surprise her grandmother with all the cards and messages on the big day.

The address is 257 Wallie Road, Molena, Georgia, 30258, if you’d like to send a card.

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Vickers says her grandmother gets around pretty well and mowed her own yard until she was in her 80s. These days, Vickers cooks meals for her grandmother and Vickers’ father — Mangham’s 85-year-old son — heats them up for her and takes care of things around the house.

“She’s not on any medication, she doesn’t take anything,” Vickers said. “She’s, I guess, as healthy as a 105-year-old can be.”

Her grandmother credits trusting God and living by the Bible for her long life, Vickers said.

Mangham’s mother and grandmothers lived into their 90s and her sisters are still going strong at 103, 101 and 94 years old. Her brother was in his 90s when he died a few years ago.

The siblings earned a Guinness World Record for their longevity in 2016.

They’re expecting five generations of the family at the party, but Vickers says she lives on 20 acres of land, so they’ll be plenty of room to social distance. And there’s a nice air-conditioned spot to protect her grandmother from the Georgia heat.

Turkey explosion: 200 workers trapped as fireworks factory erupts turning sky black

Terrifying footage showing huge plumes of smoke and fireworks blasting rapidly into the air is being shared online. Local residents have been advised to close their door and windows to prevent smoke inhalation. Sakarya Governor Çetin Oktay Kaldırım said that there were about 150 to 200 people working in the factory at the time of the explosion.

Governor Oktay Kaldırım added that the factory had 110 tonnes of fireworks in its warehouse at the time of the explosion.

The National reported that up to 200 employees inside the burning factory “cannot be reached”.

It was not immediately clear what triggered the blasts. A huge plume of dark grey smoke rose from the area, video footage on CNN Turk showed.

Many ambulances and fire fighting vehicles rushed to the scene after the blasts which were heard up to 50 km (31 miles) away, Anadolu said.

It comes as Germany will keep reviewing travel advice for Turkey, Foreign Minister Heiko Maas told his Turkish counterpart on Thursday, saying decisions were coordinated with the European Union and based on reliable infection data and the health situation.

Turkey is disappointed that the EU has excluded it, along with the United States and others, from a list of countries deemed safe for non-essential travel. Ankara has called on the bloc to correct its “mistake”.

Speaking to reporters after talks with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu in Berlin, Maas said reviews of the situation took place every two weeks.

He said: “This is about how we guarantee safe tourism in the corona crisis,” said Maas, adding that the EU had taken first steps in opening up tourism.

Turkey has identified more than 200,000 coronavirus cases with 5,150 deaths.

Maas welcomed the latest information given him by Cavusoglu, including on Turkey’s use of the hydroxychloroquine drug on coronavirus patients, which has been an area of concern.

“It was clearly said that in the event of an infection in Turkey, no measures must be given against the will of the infected person,” said Maas. “This is an important advance.”

Cavusoglu said getting tourism going again was important also for German travel companies.” After evaluating the situation based on the objective criteria, Turkey should be listed within the safe and secure countries,” he said.