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Please Explain podcast: Should the government prioritise home ownership over increasing superannuation?

The federal government is locked in a debate over whether to keep, delay or cancel a scheduled increase in the superannuation guarantee. The guarantee is legislated to rise incrementally from 9.5 per cent to 12 per cent by 2025.

Meanwhile, Victorian Liberal MP Tim Wilson is urging the Morrison government to allow young Australians trying to break into the housing market to tap into their super accounts early.

He has also criticised some of the findings from a 600-page retirement income review, which suggested rather than lifting the super rate, retirees should instead tap into the equity of the family home to fund their golden years.

In this episode, senior journalist Jacqueline Maley and senior economics correspondent Shane Wright talk through Mr Wilson's super plan and the impact on first home owners and seniors.

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'I should take his credit card away': Sunak jokes about PM's spending

‘I should take his credit card away’: Economic hawk Rishi Sunak jokes about Boris Johnson’s desire to turn on the spending taps as he prepares to outline coronavirus economic plans

  • The Chancellor made the quip ahead of spending review on Wednesday 
  • Mentioned elf-on-the-shelf toy which makes sure his two children are behaving
  • Asked if PM needed one, said: ‘ I like that idea. I should take his credit card away’

Rishi Sunak has joked that he should confiscate Boris Johnson’s credit cards because he wants to spend too much money.

The Chancellor made the quip as he prepares to reveal how he plans to start balancing the UK’s books and recover from the pandemic in his spending review on Wednesday.

He hinted that taxes could rise in the spring and warned that Britain is experiencing an ‘economic shock’ that must be paid for somehow, in an interview with the Sunday Times.

The Chancellor is set to outline a £100billion plan for long-term infrastructure investment and a £3billion package of new spending to support the NHS in recovering from the pandemic.

But in the interview ahead of his spending review on Wednesday, he mentioned Rocky, an elf-on-the-shelf toy who comes out every December to make sure his two children are behaving.

Asked if he should get one to watch over the Prime Minister and fine him when he spends too much, he joked: ‘I like that idea. I should take his credit card away.’

Today, in an interview with Times Radio, he stressed: ‘The credit card thing was very much a joke. We have an incredibly close relationship’. 

However, the two men are known to have clashed over the best way out of the coronavirus economic quagmire. 

The PM has moved to over-rule his chancellor in recent days to plough more money into green economic projects and the military. 

The Chancellor made the quip as he prepares to reveal how he plans to start balancing the UK’s books and recover from the pandemic.

The two men are known to have clashed over the best way out of the coronavirus economic quagmire

In an interview ahead of his spending review on Wednesday, he mentioned Rocky, an elf-on-the-shelf toy who comes out every December to make sure his two children are behaving

Mr Sunak has suggested he could impose a public sector pay freeze in his spending review, but insisted the nation will not see a return to austerity next week.

He is due to announce a multibillion pound plan to invest in long-term infrastructure projects and fund the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, on Wednesday.

Mr Sunak insisted it is not the time to impose tax hikes ‘in the fog of enormous economic uncertainty’, but he did not rule out capping the salaries of millions of public sector workers.

He has said some combination of spending cuts and tax rises are anticipated following the crisis but added it is a ‘question of timing’ while the economy is in difficulty. 

It comes as Downing Street soared to a record borrowing high of £22.3billion last month, with the UK expected to hit £350billion for the year amid the pandemic.

The Institute for Fiscal Studies previously warned £40billion would need to be raised through taxes and spending cuts in order to pay back the cash.

Paul Johnson, director at the Institute for Fiscal Studies, said the amount borrowed during the pandemic was ‘the most ever outside of the first and second world wars’, but said more may still be needed in the coming years.

He told the Andrew Marr Show that the UK’s position would eventually become ‘unsustainable’ and that taxes would need to be raised, but that this would likely not happen in the short-term.

‘We’re probably looking into the middle years of the 2020s but we need a clear route to doing that,’ he said.

‘We don’t know at what point this becomes unsustainable but as and when it does, and if it does, the consequences really can become dreadful.

‘The big judgment, and it’s a terribly tough one, is when to start taking that action.’

Asked if the public should accept tax increases, Mr Johnson said: ‘I think that’s right.

‘I don’t think it’s right to scare people with the idea that this is going to happen immediately and I think it’s absolutely right the Government is clear it will do what it needs to do in the short run to support jobs and the economy.

‘Getting the message right is really important.’

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Children should be taught 'the good and bad about history'

Children should be taught ‘the good and bad about history’, says Gavin Williamson as he insists we should be ‘very proud’ of Britain’s past – after calls to ‘decolonise’ the curriculum

  • Gavin Williamson said it is ‘really important’ that history classes reflect diversity
  • He said: ‘We have got to ensure that we teach the good and bad about history’
  • It was revealed today that a quarter of British students ‘self-censor’ their views 

Children should be taught ‘the good and bad about history’, the Education Secretary said today, as he insisted we should be ‘very proud’ of Britain’s past. 

Gavin Williamson has indicated he would be ‘incredibly interested’ in making sure the country’s history curriculum is ‘reflective’ of Britain’s diverse population.

He told the Sunday Telegraph: ‘It is really important that the history taught in schools looks at the rich diversity and tapestry that has made our nation so great, and the important role that people from all backgrounds have played in our history.’ 

The Education Secretary said we should be ‘very proud of our history,’ adding: ‘I would always want schools to be celebrating our great nation’s history and the important role that we have played in the world and shaping the world for the better.’

Mr Williamson explained this means ‘making sure we are always very reflective of diversity and of all those people who have made an important role in making the history of our nation.’  

Gavin Williamson (pictured) has indicated he would be ‘incredibly interested’ in making sure the country’s history curriculum is ‘reflective’ of Britain’s diverse population

It comes after private schools revealed plans to alter history lessons in an attempt to ‘decolonise’ their curriculums in the wake of the Black Lives Matter protests earlier this year.

Top independent schools such as Winchester, Fettes, Ampleforth and St Paul’s Girls are said to be ‘formulating new approaches’ to teaching about Britain’s colonial past.

‘We have initiated a review into the school’s culture and practices, and it is our intention that this review will conclude next term,’ Winchester College said in June.

‘A major focus will be our curriculum and our desire to teach beyond the traditional syllabus by applying a global perspective and a broader range of source material,’ it added. 

Tony Blair’s former school of Fettes College in Edinburgh said it would use the moment as ‘a catalyst for real change, and we are working with staff to produce an action plan’. 

Asked about the row at the time, Mr Williamson said children should learn about ‘the good and the bad’ of the country’s past. 

He added: ‘It is absolutely vitally important, incredibly important, that when children are learning about our nation’s history, they learn all aspects of it.’ 

The decision to review curricula came after Oriel College, Oxford, decided to take down its statue to benefactor Cecil Rhodes following a long-running campaign accusing him of white supremacy. 

Private schools revealed plans to alter history lessons in an attempt to ‘decolonise’ their curriculums in the wake of the Black Lives Matter protests earlier this year.  Pictured: Protests in London

Tony Blair’s former school of Fettes College in Edinburgh, pictured above, said it would use the moment as ‘a catalyst for real change, and we are working with staff to produce an action plan’

The developments follow other schools with links to historical figures implicated in the slave trade exploring name changes.

Beckford School in north London, named after former Lord Mayor of London William Beckford, and Branfil Primary School, in east London, which named after a slave-trading squire, were among those seeking to ditch the references.

Meanwhile, it was revealed today that more than a quarter of students ‘self-censor’ because they fear their views will clash with the ‘woke’ values promoted by their university.

In the latest evidence of the free speech crisis engulfing campuses across the country, 27 per cent of students said they have actively ‘hidden’ their opinions when they are at odds with those of their peers and tutors.

More than half of those who ‘self-censored’ did so because of their political views. A further 40 per cent withheld their opinions on ethical or religious matters for fear of being judged.

In a chilling indication that those with ‘unfashionable’ views fear speaking out will have long-term consequences, almost 40 per cent of those polled said they believed their career would be adversely affected if they expressed their true opinions at university.

Free speech campaigners last night likened some campuses to ‘Maoist re-education camps’ dominated by ‘woke orthodoxy’ where only the most liberal and Left-wing views are tolerated.

Matthew Goodwin, Professor of Politics at the University of Kent, said: ‘We need to keep our world-leading universities as free as possible and we need students and the people teaching them to feel that they can debate, discuss and exchange ideas and perspectives from different angles.

It was revealed today that more than a quarter of students ‘self-censor’ because they fear their views will clash with the ‘woke’ values promoted by their university

More than half of those who ‘self-censored’ did so because of their political views. A further 40 per cent withheld their opinions on ethical or religious matters for fear of being judged

‘If we lose that, we’re going to lose what it is that makes our universities great in the first place. Freedom of speech is a fundamental aspect of our national identity.’

The survey – conducted by Survation on behalf of ADF International, a faith-based legal advocacy organisation – found that more than a third (36 per cent) of students hold views that are legal to express but that would be considered ‘unacceptable’ by their student union.

Ryan Christopher, Director of ADF International UK, said: ‘Of all places, university is where students should be free to debate and explore ideas – especially those with which they disagree.

‘Institutional policies and practices can suggest that even mainstream views are beyond the pale.

‘Today’s censorship on campus can easily become cancel culture in the public square.’

The poll, which received responses from 1,028 current university students and recent graduates across the country, discovered that 44 per cent believed lecturers would treat them differently if they publicly expressed views important to them.

Two-fifths of those questioned said so-called ‘no platforming’ – where events are cancelled due to the views held by speakers – had become more frequent at their university. 

British Library adds Poet Laureate Ted Hughes to a dossier linking him to slavery and colonialism

The celebrated poet Ted Hughes has been added to a dossier linking him to slavery and colonialism by the British Library.

The former Poet Laureate, who came from humble origins in Yorkshire, was found to be a descendant of Nicholas Ferrar who was involved in the slave trade some 300 years before Hughes was born.

Ferrar, born in 1592, and his family, were ‘deeply involved’ with the London Virginia Company, which sought to establish colonies in North America.

The celebrated poet Ted Hughes has been added to a dossier linking him to slavery and colonialism by the British Library

The research is being conducted to find evidence of ‘connections to slavery, profits from slavery or from colonialism’

The research is being conducted to find evidence of ‘connections to slavery, profits from slavery or from colonialism’, The Telegraph reported. 

Hughes was born in 1930 in the village of Mytholmroyd in West Yorkshire where his father worked as a joiner before running a newsagent’s and a tobacconist’s.

He attended Cambridge University on a scholarship where he met his future wife Sylvia Plath.

Along with Hughes, who died in 1998, the British Library has identified Lord Byron, Oscar Wilde and George Orwell as benefits of slavery through distant relatives.

Lord Byron, who died in 1824, has been identified as a beneficiary of slavery because of his great-grandfather’s and uncle’s involvement in the trade

Oscar Wilde was included because of his uncle’s interest in the slave trade, even though the research noted there was no evidence the acclaimed Irish writer inherited any of the money

It is part of the institution’s plans to become ‘actively anti-racist’ by providing context to the remembrance of historical figures.

It comes in the wake of this year’s Black Lives Matter movement which led to a reassessment of a number of people and institutions from our past.

But the tenuous link between Hughes and Ferrar, who he is related to through his mother’s side, has prompted ire among experts of the great writer.

His biographer Sir Jonathan Bate said: ‘It’s ridiculous to tar Hughes with a slave trade connection. And it’s not a helpful way to think about writers.

‘Why on earth would you judge the quality of an artist’s work on the basis of distant ancestors?’

He added that Ferrar was better known as a priest and a scholar who founded the religious community Little Gidding.

George Orwell, who was born Eric Blair in India, had a great-grandfather who was a wealthy slave owner in Jamaica

Mural of Winston Churchill attracts complaints from ‘woke brigade’ 

A mural of Winston Churchill wearing stockings and suspenders and giving the V sign (pictured) has attracted complaints from locals who claim the hand gesture is ‘offensive’

A mural of Winston Churchill wearing stockings and suspenders and giving the ‘V’ sign has attracted complaints from locals who claim the hand gesture is ‘offensive’.

The mural of the wartime leader wearing lingerie was painted on a side wall of the Sandpiper guest house in Brighton by an illusive local artist who goes by the name Horace. 

Guest house owner Mr Phillips – who only provided his last name – received a call from Brighton and Hove City Council who told him they had received complaints about the mural. 

Mr Phillips – who was given three days to alter the image – called Horace as he feared local authorities would ‘ruin the painting’.

But the council made a u-turn at the eleventh hour, claiming the ‘decision had been overturned’, and the mural would not need to be changed because the gesture was ‘historically authentic’. 

Churchill gave the iconic ‘V for victory’ salute during World War Two. 

Churchill giving the iconic ‘V for victory’ salute on November 10, 1942, during World War Two

Romantic poet Lord Byron was added to this list because his great-grandfather was a merchant who owned an estate in Grenada.

His uncle through marriage also owned a plantation in St Kitts.

Oscar Wilde was included because of his uncle’s interest in the slave trade, even though the research noted there was no evidence the acclaimed Irish writer inherited any of the money through the practice.

Meanwhile George Orwell, who was born Eric Blair in India, had a great-grandfather who was a wealthy slave owner in Jamaica.

But the Orwell Society said the money had long since disappeared before Orwell was even born. 

It was recently reported how the British Library was also ‘reviewing’ its Sir Hans Sloane manuscripts after activists targeted one of scores of London landmarks – including the famous Sloane Square – which are named after the pioneering doctor.

The move was revealed in a note on its website, and coincides with a wider review of Sloane’s legacy that saw the British Museum – which he founded – remove his bust from a pedestal and attach the label ‘slave owner’.

The 18th-century philanthropist partly funded his collection of 71,000 artefacts with money from his wife’s sugar plantation in Jamaica, which used slave labour. 

A statue of his likeness on Duke of York Square, off the Kings Road, has attracted the ire of protesters.

But the multi-million pound Cadogan Estate which manages the site on behalf of his descendant, the billionaire Earl Cadogan, resisted calls for the statue to be removed.

They pointed to his astonishing legacy, which included pioneering the smallpox vaccine and the use of quinine to treat malaria. He is also credited with inventing hot chocolate.

The questioning of his legacy could also see campaigns to rename the scores of streets that memorialise him – many of which are located on the Cadogan Estate.

As well as the British Museum, Sloane also founded the Natural History Museum and the Chelsea Physic Garden, and was a founding governor of the Foundling Hospital. All these sites include references to Sloane that could now come under threat.

Another target could be the famous Sloane Square and its well-heeled denizens… nicknamed Sloane Rangers, of which Princess Diana was considered to be an archetype.

Sloane’s descendant, Earl Cadogan, has a seat in the House of Lords and still owns swathes of some of the most exclusive real estate in London as part of his inheritance.

Much of this land is named after the eminent physician and collector, including Sloane Street, Sloane Avenue, Sloane Terrace, and a network of three streets bearing his first name, Hans.

There is also a statue of Sloane on Duke of York Square, an exclusive shopping, dining and residential complex off the Kings Road that sits at the heart of the 300-year-old Cadogan Estate.

The British Library now holds the Sloane manuscripts, which include works by the Elizabethan astronomer John Dee, medieval illuminated manuscripts and Henry VIII’s collection of medical recipes. 

The British Library said on its website: ‘Some items now at the British Library, previously owned by particular named figures cited on these pages, are associated with wealth obtained from enslaved people or through colonial violence. 

‘Curators in the Printed Heritage Collections team have undertaken some research to identify these, as part of ongoing work to interpret and document the provenance and history of the printed collections under our care.’ 

The British Library was contacted for comment.

Tory MPs urge Boris to go to war on BBC and National Trust wokery: PM told to speak out for Britain’s patriotic silent majority against ‘elitist bourgeois liberals’ at institutions

By Glen Owen and Brendan Carlin for the Mail on Sunday

Tory MPs are to demand that Boris Johnson launch a fightback against the politically correct ‘woke’ agenda of institutions including the BBC and the National Trust, The Mail on Sunday can reveal.

The Prime Minister will be urged to speak out for Britain’s ‘patriotic’ silent majority and take a stand against bids by ‘elitist bourgeois liberals’ to rewrite or denigrate the nation’s history.

More than 25 Tory MPs will write to Mr Johnson this week, warning him that ‘Britain’s heritage is under attack – ironically from those missioned to guard it’.

The appeal, led by senior backbencher and ex-Minister Sir John Hayes, will call for drastic action including decriminalising the BBC licence fee and potentially stripping the National Trust of its charitable status. In a stern warning last night, Sir John said: ‘Those responsible for our heritage must stand with us or stand aside.’

The group of Tory MPs and peers also take issue with the BBC’s move to ‘censor’ The Pogues’ song Fairytale Of New York over its use of the word ‘faggot’

Oxford college drops benefactor’s name from its famous library

Oxford’s most elite college has dropped the name of a slave-owning benefactor from its famous library – but decided to keep his statue standing.

All Souls said that it will cease to refer to the ‘Codrington Library’, named after Christopher Codrington, who endowed the college with £10,000 to build a collection when he died in 1710.

He is just one of many historical benefactors British philanthropists who have had their legacies – and involvement in slavery – reassessed in the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement and renewed interest in colonialism.

In Bristol the statue of Edward Colston, a slave-trader who endowed schools in the city. was pulled down by a mob in June, while at least once school named after him changed its name.

In Oxford, the highest-profile campaign has been against Cecil Rhodes.The future of his statue at Oriel College is currently being decided by an ‘independent commission’.

But All Souls, which takes no undergraduates and is famous for taking a handful of new students each year who pass ‘the hardest exam in the world’, said it would not be removing its controversial statue.

The college said that while it would cease to use the name ‘Codrington Library’, ‘further forms of memorialisation and contextualisation’ would be added to explain the sculpture.

These additions will ‘draw attention to the presence of enslaved people on the Codrington plantations, and will express the College’s abhorrence of slavery’, the college said.

While many have hailed the recent campaigns to reassess British colonialism and its consequences, others have expressed caution at ‘rewriting’ the past.

PM Boris Johnson himself has said people should not ‘edit our national CV to make it look more politically correct’.

 

Their letter, seen by this newspaper, calls for a panel of ‘patriots’ to vet major public appointments, and shows their anger over the National Trust’s decision to ‘commission a review of its properties’ links with colonialism’ – including Churchill’s home, Chartwell.

And it rebukes ‘unheroic characters at the National Maritime Museum’ for ‘re-evaluating Nelson’s heroic status’.

The appeal for the ‘patriotic’ fightback is being organised by the Common Sense group of 60 Tory MPs and peers. Sir John, its chairman, said: ‘It’s time to defend British traditions and values… to stand against the senseless woke whingers and the soulless militants who despise the best of Britain.’

They also take issue with the BBC’s move to ‘censor’ The Pogues’ song Fairytale Of New York over its use of the word ‘faggot’. 

They write: ‘In light of the BBC’s repeated refusal to address its organisation’s undoubted liberal bias, illustrated most recently by its bizarre decision to censor a well-known Christmas song, (perhaps, similarly, the whole canon of popular music is to be reviewed by a highly paid zealot!), we believe it is now time to decriminalise the licence fee, so enabling ordinary Britons to choose whether or not to pay for the BBC’s content.’ 

Members of the group – which includes many so-called Red Wall Tories who won seats from Labour last year – are understood to have had a ‘positive’ response from Mr Johnson when they met him this year.

‘We know that the Prime Minister, because of his learning and thoughtfulness about this, recognises that history can neither be sanitised nor rewritten,’ said Sir John. ‘So, we believe he is on the right side of this argument.’

Signatory Tom Hunt said: ‘The vast majority of people in this country are patriotic. They realise that in history there are occasions when we haven’t always got it right.

‘But they realise that by and large this country has been a force for good and are proud of being British. They find it incredibly frustrating and infuriating when very high-profile public organisations – in some cases charitable ones supported by the taxpayer – are promoting divisive political agendas.’

The letter comes amid growing concern within the party over the influence of the Prime Minister’s fiancee, Carrie Symonds, identified by many Tories as the guiding force behind Mr Johnson’s new focus on the ‘green’ agenda.

The Common Sense Tories make a direct threat to the funding of the National Trust, telling Mr Johnson: ‘As long as the purpose of these charitable organisations is perverted by political posturing, we request that you ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport to review all outstanding funding applications from [bodies] that pursue political causes.’

They want the Charity Commission to consider ‘the withdrawal of charitable status of guilty parties, notably the National Trust’.

The group’s letter rebukes ‘unheroic characters at the National Maritime Museum’ for ‘re-evaluating Nelson’s heroic status’ (pictured: the Lord Nelson statue at top of Nelson’s column)

On public appointments, they say: ‘It is vital that those appointed reflect public perceptions of what’s just and right, rather than parroting the preoccupations of the liberal Left. To which end, perhaps all appointments should be overseen by a “people’s panel” of patriots.’

The BBC said Fairytale Of New York would be played with its full lyrics on some stations, but not Radio 1, whose young listeners are particularly sensitive to derogatory terms for gender and sexuality.

The National Trust said that ‘exploring and sharing the history of places we look after’ was ‘completely within our charitable objectives’.

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Prisoners should get the coronavirus vaccine AHEAD of 60-year-olds

Prisoners should jump the coronavirus vaccine queue and get the jab AHEAD of 60-year-olds, scientists say

  • Oxford scientists looked at the risk prisoners face from coronavirus 
  • Found they are a vulnerable population due to conditions and health issues 
  • Experts suggest they should jump the queue for a Covid jab, when there is one  

Criminals locked up in prison should among the first groups of people to get a coronavirus vaccine when one is available, experts have today urged. 

Oxford scientists looked at the risk coronavirus poses to prisoners and found the close proximity to other people, reluctance to disclose symptoms and high prevalence of comorbidities makes society’s incarcerated a ‘high-risk’ group. 

Professor Seena Fazel led a review of 28 studies looking at prison outbreaks, including of TB, flu and Covid-19. 

He believes there needs to be discussion among politicians and experts about how to protect this ‘vulnerable’ group of people and to determine where they will fit in the Government roll-out of a vaccine. 

Plans previously released by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JVCI) do not specify where prisoners are on the priority list.  

Currently, care home residents and staff will be the first to get a Covid-19 vaccine when one is approved. Everyone over the age of 80 and NHS staff will be second.

Professor Fazel told MailOnline prison workers should fall into this group because of the risk of them transmitting the virus from the community into the prison, and vice versa. 

The jabs will then be prioritised according to age and general health, with healthy under-50s last in line.

However, Professor Fazel’s proposal would see prisoners skip the queue and be ahead of over 60s, but behind over-65s. 

‘My view would be around the category of “high risk adults under 65”,’ Dr Fazel told MailOnline. 

‘There is also the issue of prison officer and other prison staff – not sure where they should go. Possibly with other health and social staff.’

Oxford scientists looked at the risk coronavirus poses to prisoners and found the close proximity to other people, reluctance to disclose symptoms and high prevalence of comorbidities makes society’s incarcerated a ‘high-risk’ group (stock)

WHERE WOULD PRISONERS SIT IN COVID VACCINE PECKING ORDER?

The non-bold text indicates the official guidance from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JVCI).

The text in bold indicates the proposed additions suggested by Oxford academics in a new study.  

There have been several coronavirus outbreaks in prisons.

One organisation claimed that in early June, across 79 countries, 73,254 prisoners tested positive for COVID-19, of which more than 1,100 died from complications.

‘Overall, infection rates in custodial facilities both among prisoners and staff appear to be higher than in the general population, including in the USA, and England and Wales,’ the researchers say in their study. 

Last week, the Yorkshire Ripper Peter Sutcliffe died of SARS-CoV-2-related pneumonia, effectively the same as Covd-19, which he caught while at HMP Frankland in Durham.

In the study, published recently in the journal BMJ Global health, the researchers explain that prisons are petri-dishes allowing for swift spread of infection. 

‘There is a high risk of rapid transmission due to high population density and turnover, overcrowding and frequent movements within and between establishments,’ the researchers write. 

‘In addition, there is a high proportion of people in prison who may be more vulnerable to severe COVID-19 due to underlying risk factors (such as male sex, older adults and having chronic underlying health conditions).

‘In England and Wales, for example, around 95 per cent of prisoners are men, and four per cent are aged 60 and older.’

Poor ventilation, hygiene and sanitation further compounds the issue, they say. 

Professor Fazel said: ‘Prisons are high-risk settings for the transmission of contagious diseases and there are considerable challenges in managing outbreaks in them. 

‘Our research suggests that people in prison should be among the first groups to receive any COVID-19 vaccine to protect against infection and to prevent further spread of the disease. 

‘The prison population is generally at higher risk of complications from infection because of the increased prevalence of underlying health conditions, and the overrepresentation of marginalised groups that have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19. 

‘A public health approach to managing COVID-19 in prisons is important now and for any future infectious disease outbreaks.’  

Today, leaked NHS plans reveal coronavirus vaccinations could be under way as soon as next month if a vaccine is approved on schedule. 

HOW DOES THE NHS’S SCHEDULE LOOK? 

The NHS’s preliminary vaccination schedule in documents leaked to the Health Service Journal suggests vaccines could be offered to the public in this order:

  • Early December: Care home residents and staff, and health workers;
  • Mid December: Over-80s;
  • Late December: Over-70s;
  • Early January: Over-65s and high-risk younger adults, such as those with serious illnesses;
  • Mid January: Over-50s; 
  • Late January: All adults over the age of 18.  Most of this group will not actually get vaccinated until spring. 

Documents seen by the Health Service Journal suggest even those in the lowest risk group may be able to start getting vaccinated in just two months’ time if everything goes to plan.  

The files say all pencilled-in dates for vaccines are dependent on the arrival of supplies – with up to seven million doses expected next month – and are based on NHS proposals to create huge GP-run facilities to deliver the shots.

Regulators are expected to approve at least one vaccine by the end of the year, with a £15-a-dose jab from Pfizer currently odds-on to be the first to get a licence.  

The UK has ordered 40million doses of Pfizer’s vaccine – with the first batch set to arrive next month – and five million of Moderna’s – which are due in spring next year. It also has an order in place for up to 100million vials of Oxford’s candidate which scientists say should finish clinical trials by Christmas.

The leaked plans suggest vaccines could be made available to all UK adults by the end of January but the bulk of 18 to 50 year-olds would likely be vaccinated in March with an aim that everyone in Britain who wants a jab will have had one by April.   

The roll-out of the coronavirus vaccine will be one of the biggest medical projects in modern British history and the rapid nature of the proposed timetable will inevitably prompt questions over whether it is actually deliverable.  

Critics will likely point to the Government’s record on previous pandemic-related health initiatives like the delayed development of the contact tracing app and rocky first few months for NHS Test and Trace as evidence that ministers may struggle to hit the targets.

It came after Matt Hancock said vulnerable Britons could start to be vaccinated against Covid-19 within weeks, as he promised to take ‘personal control’ of the immunisation drive.   

HOW DOES HANCOCK PLAN TO VACCINATE A MILLION PEOPLE A DAY? 

The Health Secretary has revealed ambitions to inoculate a million Brits against Covid every day as soon as a vaccinate is given the green light by the UK drugs watchdog.

Though Mr Hancock has admitted it was going to be ‘one of the biggest civilian projects in history’. 

Normally the NHS vaccinates 15 million people against flu every year winter over the space of about four months. 

The Government plans to set up dozens of mass coronavirus vaccination sites across the country in the coming weeks.

Doctors, nurses, firefighters and soldiers will be trained up to help deliver the inoculations. 

Retired medics, medical students and other NHS staff who normally don’t give vaccines – including physiotherapists – are also being recruited. 

GP surgeries have been told to organise the initial wave, which will involve using community centres, village halls, and practices themselves to administer the jabs to care workers and the elderly as soon as next month.

The NHS is establishing a series of much larger venues to inject millions of others once those at the top of the priority list have had the jabs. 

Empty NHS Nightingale Hospitals and sports centres, including the Derby Arena, area are reportedly being lined up as possible venues.

Mr Hancock told Sky News the roll out should be ‘relatively straightforward’ because the NHS has the infrastructure.

But the health service will have to juggle the unprecedented Covid drive with the biggest flu vaccination programme ever – 30million people are being vaccinated on the NHS compared the 15million normally.

There is also the logistical problems with Pfizer’s vaccine – which looks set to be the first jab to be approved.

It needs to be stored at -70°C (-94°F), which means the UK will need to buy specialist freezers and huge supplies of dry ice. 

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Prince Harry should 'stand by Prince William over Diana interview'

Prince Harry should ‘forget’ the rift with his brother Prince William and ‘stand by him’ and back the Panorama investigation, royal biographer Ingrid Seward claims

  • Prince Harry accused of ‘failing to stand with Prince William over Diana interview
  • Royal expert said the Duke of Sussex, 36, ‘should man up and forget fall-out’ 
  • Ingrid Seward called it ‘odd’ Prince Harry ‘hasn’t spoken about BBC and Bashir’
  • Comes as William welcomed inquiry into Bashir’s alleged use of ‘dirty tactics’
  • Future king has ‘kept a close eye on what’s unfolded’ and welcomed the inquiry 

Prince Harry ‘should forget the fall-out’ with Prince William in order to ‘stand by his brother over the BBC’s Princess Diana interview and upcoming inquiry, according to a royal expert.

The Duke of Cambridge, 38, spent the past fortnight in contact with the BBC to ensure they hired a top judge who will ‘establish the truth’ about Martin Bashir’s interview with the late royal, and released a statement earlier this week calling the inquiry ‘a step in the right direction.’

Meanwhile the Duke of Sussex, 36, who is currently living in his $14 million mansion in Santa Barbara with Meghan Markle, 39, having stepped back from royal duty in March, has not made any public statement on the matter.

Speaking to The Sun, Ingrid Seward, editor-in-chief of Majesty Magazine, criticised Prince Harry for his silence, saying: ‘He is normally so keen on letting his opinions be known — why hasn’t he done so in this case and stood by his brother to share the responsibility?’

Prince Harry, 36, ‘should man up and forget fall-out’ in order to ‘stand by Prince William, 38, over the BBC’s Princess Diana interview and upcoming inquiry,  royal expert Ingrid Seward said 

She went on to call it ‘odd’ that he hadn’t ‘spoken out’ about the case, because he has recently been vocal about other topics, including the US election and Black Lives Matter.

Ingrid continued: ‘Harry should really man up and forget the fallout with his brother.’    

Earlier this week, the Duke of Cambridge called Lord Dyson’s appointment ‘a step in the right direction’ after the former Supreme Court judge was unveiled as the eminent head of a probe into allegations of forgery, deceit and cover-up surrounding Mr Bashir’s scoop.

Mr Bashir, who is signed off work with illness but was pictured yesterday charging his electric Mercedes SUV, allegedly peddled 32 lies and vile smears to the vulnerable princess to clinch his explosive 1995 Panorama exclusive in which she famously said: ‘There were three of us in this marriage’ when asked about Camilla Parker-Bowles.

The Duke of Cambridge spent the past fortnight in contact with the BBC to ensure they hired a top judge who will ‘establish the truth’ about Martin Bashir’s interview with the late royal

MailOnline understands William, who was 13 when the interview took place, has maintained channels of communication with the BBC over the past fortnight. 

This has kept pressure on the broadcaster to ensure it found an authoritative enough figure to probe his concerns about how his mother was treated.

A source close to the Duke of Cambridge added: ‘Well of course this is in part about protecting his mother’s legacy, so it is a very personal matter for William. He has kept a close eye on what’s unfolded but believes things are moving in the right direction.

‘The BBC has kept him informed appropriately. In the end, what he wants is the same as everyone else – for the truth to be unearthed and any appropriate action taken.’

Meanwhile Prince Harry has stayed silent about the Princess Diana interview or BBC inquiry, despite making public appearances this week (pictured, at a studded veterans fundraiser, Stand Up for Heroes)

Prince William said earlier this week: ‘The independent investigation is a step in the right direction. 

‘It should help establish the truth behind the actions that led to the Panorama interview and subsequent decisions taken by those in the BBC at the time.’ 

The interview, in which Diana also admitted her infidelity with army captain James Hewitt, was watched by 23 million people and sent shockwaves through the Royal Family. 

It led to the Queen demanding that Charles and Diana swiftly divorce in 1996, a year before the princess died following a car crash in a road tunnel in Paris in August 1997. 

Meanwhile earlier this month, the Duke was criticised for staging a photoshoot with wife Meghan Markle on Remembrance Sunday 

Meanwhile Prince Harry has not publically spoken or made reference to the matter during recent appearances.

Speaking from his California mansion earlier this week, he joined a star-studded veterans fundraiser where he said ‘service is what happens in the quiet… when people aren’t watching’.

While discussing the military and the impact of the pandemic at virtual veterans fundraiser Stand Up for Heroes, Harry claimed: ‘As far as I see it, service is what happens in the quiet and in the chaos. It’s what happens when people aren’t looking and it’s about how we take care of each other every single day.’ 

The Duke’s views on ‘quiet’ acts of service are very much at odds with the heavily-criticized photoshoot that he and Meghan arranged on Remembrance Sunday, when they visited a Los Angeles cemetery to lay flowers at the graves of fallen Commonwealth soldiers – a move that sparked outrage on both sides of the Atlantic.     

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Beauty Products You Should Be Buying At Dollar Tree

A lot of people turn up their nose at the idea of dollar stores in general, but over the past few decades, these once-dingy hole-in-the-wall shops flogging goods of dubious provenance have turned into big businesses. IBISWorld notes that large dollar store chains are the ones most likely to see continued growth, but among the major players they name, only one — Dollar Tree – is truly worthy of its name, as most stores (as well as the chain’s website) still sell most of their items for the easy-to-calculate price of one buck.

Shoppers on a tight budget, as well as those who love a good bargain, have known for years that Dollar Tree is a great place to buy party products, paper goods, and cleaning supplies, and they even have some surprisingly edible foods (as well as other not-so-great stuff). Only truly in-the-know fashionistas, however, are aware that Dollar Tree can be a pretty fantastic place to source amazing beauty products at a price that’s always right. These are the beauty products you should be buying at Dollar Tree.

Skin Nutritions facial serums

Hyaluronic acid and vitamin C serums are some of the hottest beauty products going these days, but it might surprise you that you don’t always need to spend the big bucks to get a decent-quality skin product that combines the two. Dollar Tree’s Skin Nutritions Hyaluronic Acid/Vitamin C combo serum even comes in a one-ounce dark glass bottle, same as the pricier stuff. 

As one Influenster commenter said of this product, “I’ve used so many kinds of hyaluronic acid serum and this one is still my fave. I’d pay much more for it but hopefully won’t ever have to. It’s lightweight, super moisturizing and makes skin feel so supple.” Another commenter raved: “This stuff is amazing! I was HIGHLY [skeptical] since it does come from the dollar tree but let me tell you what, I’m about to buy all of this serum my local dollar tree has in stock!”

Dollar Tree also offers a retinol serum for your nighttime wrinkle-treating needs, also by Skin Nutritions and also with rave reviews. On Influenster, one user said that after they started with this serum, “Within 2 days, the acne was 75% gone and in a week my skin coloring has started evening out and is becoming smoother,” while another claimed, “My [skin’s] appearance and overall health has drastically improved!”

Luxe Beauty Care retinol skin cream

Serum isn’t the only retinoid product you can get for a buck. There’s also a skin cream by Luxe Beauty Care, an anti-aging cream that uses a base of shea butter but has retinol as its active ingredient. You get a 1.7 ounce jar for your dollar, and all the reviews on Dollar Tree‘s website are either four or five stars.

One Dollar Tree shopper said that after using the cream, “My skin is firmer. It’s probably taken years off my appearance,” while another admitted, “I tried this on a whim, ‘Hey, it’s a dollar.’ And omg. My skin loves it!,” going on to say, “I’ve tried so many creams as my skin has changed in my 40s and this is the only thing I’ve found that works well for me.” Yet another review was from someone with severe eczema and rosacea, who said they saw real improvement after only a few days: “I apply it and the bottle of Double strength Retinol Night Repair Serum before bed and wake up looking and feeling so much better! My skin is brighter and softer. There is no cure for Eczema or Rosacea but this product definitely helps.”

L.A. Colors lip gloss & lipstick duos

In addition to skin care products, Dollar Tree also has some not-too-shabby makeup in stock. One brand they carry a full range of is L.A. Colors, and one of our favorite L.A. Colors items is the lip gloss and lipstick duos. 

One reviewer on the Dollar Tree website said, “I am so impressed with this product! As someone who used to work at Sephora, I can testify to using name brand lipsticks that ranged anywhere between $20 – $40 … The [L.A. Colors] lipstick by itself is great, but what makes this look high end, is the gloss that comes with it.” Yet another satisfied customer agreed that the gloss is what puts this product over the top: “Not only is it lipstick it has a lip gloss on the bottom which is like two for the price of one! What a steal!” Meanwhile, a third person not only found this to be a decent lipstick at a fantastic price, but said, “I was so excited to see that they are Cruelty Free! What a find!”

L.A. Colors Art Deco nail art lacquer

Yet another L.A. Colors product Dollar Tree has in stock on a regular basis is the nail polish. But one particular variety, the Art Deco nail lacquer, is particularly popular among those who like to get creative with their nail art, since it comes with a special “precision point brush” that allows painting teeny little designs. 

This nail polish has a 4.5 star review from Makeup Alley, with one user noting that it’s “super cheap and easy to find … with a rainbow of ‘art’ colors good for specialty work,” and another saying, “These are incredible. They’re very opaque, smooth, dirt cheap, fast-drying, etc etc etc. I would buy this even if it was $5+.” On Dollar Tree‘s own website, the product rates 4.7 stars, with comments including, “Amazing … the size of these brushes are perfect for any nail art design,” as well as, “I love this product because I can get salon nail art for only paying a dollar a bottle.”

Softee hair treatments

Dollar Tree also carries a range of hair products meant for people of color. And unlike certain Walmart locations used to, they don’t tend to lock them up, either. Users of the Softee Herbal Gro have left comments such as, “Honest to God I couldn’t of found a better hair product … it really protects [my hair] from any type of weather and … I love the silky shiny look it provides.” Another person wrote, “Herbal Gro leaves my hair soft, shiny and very manageable [so] I love it and now my sister in law and my niece are using it too. That’s why I always buy in cases so that I never run out.”

Softee Hair Food with Vitamin E is equally popular, with one user saying it “works so great on my hair keeps my scalp moist and helping my hair to grow,” while another commented, “I have been using this hair food for 20+ years. It works well even for long curly hair.” It’s also a beauty product that seems to span the ages (and genders), as yet another customer wrote, “Bought this hair food / grease for my 1 year old toddler with coarse hair. Adds the perfect amount of moisture without being over powering and has a great scent.”

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Why we should respect Tracey Emin's decision to keep friends distant

DR MAX PEMBERTON: Why we should respect Tracey Emin’s decision to keep her friends distant

  • Dr Max Pemberton said people should respect Tracey Emin’s decision
  • 12 surgeons operated for six hours to deal with her bladder cancer 
  • Any friends who tried to contact her about it were told they would be off her list

There’s no right or wrong way to deal with a cancer diagnosis, but I have a lot of sympathy with the approach Tracey Emin has taken. She’s been ill for several years with bladder and kidney problems, but in June developed a pain and was found to be suffering from bladder cancer. 

A team of 12 surgeons operated for more than six hours.

She has had her bladder, uterus, fallopian tubes, ovaries, lymph nodes, urethra and parts of her colon and vagina removed. That is a mind-blowing amount of surgery and demonstrates quite how serious things are for her.

While some people might seek comfort and solace in friends and family, Emin has done the opposite.

Dr Max Pemberton believes people should respect Tracey Emin’s (pictured) decision to distance herself from her friends following a surgery

She emailed about 70 friends before the surgery with the frank instructions: ‘Do not contact me. Don’t call me. Don’t text me. Don’t email me. If you want to know how I am, call the studio. If you do contact me, you will not be on this mailing list any more.’

Someone did reply, suggesting a surgeon. Her response? ‘…I was, like, “F*** off, I’ve got a really good surgeon.” What, so Tracey went out and got a bad surgeon? They’re off the list.’

It sounds harsh, and I suppose the tone might be considered typically Emin. She is, after all, famous for not mincing her words. But I get the sentiments entirely.

The idea of having everyone crowding round, head on one side offering pitying smiles and tray bakes would fill me with dread. Everyone offering advice and making suggestions — it would drive me mad.

UK’s oldest person has died at 112 

 Joan Hocquard, has died at 112. Her secret? There was none. 

According to her son she ‘enjoyed lashings of butter and cream and scoffed at the idea of dieting’. 

Her long life was down to luck, as is so much of our health. So just enjoy your life and live it well. 

Like Tracey, I’d much rather just be left alone to deal with it by myself, in my own way. Head down, sort it out and come to terms with things, in my own time and at my own pace.

Sartre wrote that hell is other people, and too often I’ve seen quite how hellish they can be for people living with cancer. Those around coo and fuss, but some people hate being mollycoddled like that. I can’t think of anything worse.

People are well meaning; they want to help and support and care for you. But too often it becomes about them — about trying to make themselves feel better, or managing their grief, or their anxieties so that the person with cancer ends up getting almost lost in it all.

I’ve seen this many times in clinic and on the wards where you notice that the patient — the one who is actually dealing with the cancer diagnosis — is having to consider the feelings of friends or family, rather than their own.

One of the strange things about cancer that I’ve seen time and time again is the way that the patient will often feel responsible for making those around them feel better. They put on a brave face, not wanting to burden anyone, worried about the impact their illness is having on others.

When I worked in breast surgery as a junior doctor, I remember a young woman who had been diagnosed with a tumour breaking down in tears. Yet all she was worried about was how her mother and husband were going to cope.

I was gobsmacked that this was the first thing she thought of. If there’s a time when you should be the focus of your worries it’s when you’ve just been told you have cancer.

But there’s also the fact that when you have something like cancer, everything is experienced through that prism.

The disease is always there, colouring your experiences with other people, muscling in on any fun you’re having. It’s like a small, constant niggle in the back of everyone’s mind. You’re no longer the person you were, you’re a tumour, a cancer patient, instead of silly, funny old you who just happens to have cancer as well.

Dr Max Pemberton (pictured) said that everyone is different in how they deal with a cancer diagnosis and says that although some people like Tracey Emin, and himself, want to be left alone, others need support from others

When Emin told her twin brother, she arranged to spend a day at the seaside and waited until the end before giving him the news, explaining that if she’d said at the start it would have cast a shadow over the entire day, yet by not telling him they’d had a wonderful day together.

‘I said to him, “Look, you know we’ve spent all day together. Had I told you at the beginning of the day, you’d have been upset all day. But I didn’t tell you, so that shows it’s going to make no difference to anything for the moment. And that’s how you’ve got to think about it, because that’s how I’m thinking about it. So don’t cry.” ’

Fair enough, I think.

The fact is, everyone is different in how they deal with a cancer diagnosis. Of course, while there are people like Emin and me who want to be allowed to get on with it themselves, there are plenty of people who want the distraction of others and actively seek their support.

Do whatever works for you. And if a loved one has cancer, you absolutely must be led by them in how they want you to deal with it. Just don’t make it about you.

Sadly, Fay is far from alone…

At the age of 89, author Fay Weldon has filed for divorce from her husband of nearly 30 years, citing ‘coercive behaviour’. It takes courage to leave someone in your 80s. More than that, it is notoriously difficult for people to exit these relationships.

I’ve seen many during my career, and most victims don’t even realise they’re in one.

A few weeks ago, a woman in her 60s came in with depression. She was convinced her unfaithful husband, who was in total control of their finances, was having another affair. 

Author Fay Weldon, 89, (pictured, has filed for divorce from her husband of almost 30 years

She wanted to see a private psychotherapist but, despite being wealthy, didn’t have enough money of her own and would have to ask her husband to pay, which she was too scared to do.

I’m astonished at how common this kind of relationship is, and I’m sorry to say that while I have come across a few men in coercive relationships, most are women. 

Dementia patients are being given ‘archaic and dangerous’ anti-psychotic drugs to keep them sedated, according to a study showing a rise in prescriptions in the pandemic.

Some 43,352 dementia patients were told to take the medication in September alone. It is used not to treat the dementia; rather, to manage the more disruptive symptoms. This can be useful sometimes — those who are paranoid or very distressed can get great relief from small doses.

But too often anti-psychotics, which can double the chance of death, are used only to make caring for patients easy.

Dr Max prescribes… Posh biscuits

It’s not often a doctor prescribes biscuits, but these gorgeously decorated creations are something else.

They can be posted through the letterbox and are ideal for people who are shielding as an alternative to flowers. Now we’re entering a second lockdown, it’s more important than ever to remind loved ones, we are still thinking of them (biscuiteers.com).

Dr Max has prescribed these intricately decorated biscuits which can fit through a letterbox and are ideal for people who have to shield because of the coronavirus

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George Springer should be at center of Steve Cohen’s Mets overhaul

Maybe this won’t matter. Maybe Steve Cohen really is planning on looking at the offseason the way you or I would stepping up to a breakfast buffet (at least back in the halcyon days when a “breakfast buffet” didn’t conjure the same image as a friendly round of Russian roulette, anyway).

(“Do I want the eggs or the French toast? I want the eggs AND the French toast!”

“Toast, English muffin or bagel? Why, all of the above!”

“More of anything? More of EVERYTHING!”)

Maybe Steve Cohen will show up for work this week with his checkbook already open, and when he and Sandy Alderson sit down and begin to talk about the 2021 Mets and which prime free agent they’d like to pursue, the conversation will go this way:

Sandy: “J.T. Realmuto, Trevor Bauer or George Springer?”

Steve: “Yes.”

Sandy: “Yes to which of them?”

Steve: “Yes to all of them.”

More of anything? More of everything!

More likely, even Cohen’s deep pockets will only shake enough free to acquire one. There are other things to consider: strengthening analytics, strengthening infrastructure, beefing up international scouting, figuring out what to do with current Mets. (Do you buy out Pete Alonso’s arbitration years? Do you extend Michael Conforto? Where does Noah Syndergaard and his surgically repaired elbow fit into the Mets’ future?)

Maybe Cohen tells Alderson he can have one of the fancy toys.

Which fancy toy do you want?

The object of the Mets’ affection for years has been Realmuto, probably the best all-around catcher in the game. The Mets thought long and hard about swapping a cache of their own bright young players for Realmuto two years ago, and he will be a free agent for real this week. Also, the Mets, at present, have Tomas Nido as their first-string catcher.

But catchers are heavy risks when you lay out the kind of scratch Realmuto will command. And he has expressed an early interest in staying where he is.

Bauer would be an immediate reinforcement of Alderson’s commitment to building a strong starting rotation. The first time around, Sandy dreamed of a Harvey-deGrom-Syndergaard-Wheeler-Matz five-headed weapon that would wreak havoc with the National League. The fact it never happened is beside the point. It was a fine dream. Teaming Bauer with deGrom (and, eventually, Syndergaard) is a nice starting block back.

But if the choice is mine, the choice is Springer.

Now, Springer has had himself a year. He was, of course, an Astro the past 6 ½ years, and as such he was right in the middle of the sign-stealing controversy that was all anyone in baseball talked about until COVID-19 declared: “Hold my beer.” He also had a relatively down year, his .265/.359/.540 slash line a significant drop-off from 2018 (.292/.383/.591) in which he finished seventh in the American League MVP vote.

(Cue the chorus: Baseball’s a lot harder when you don’t know what’s coming, ain’t it?)

But Springer is exactly what the Mets have been craving for years: a terrific center fielder who would be a plus leadoff hitter. He is, by every tangible measurement, an upgrade over Brandon Nimmo. And he would allow the Mets to shop Nimmo as part of a package in which they could upgrade elsewhere.

Now, there are a couple of things you need to be comfortable with if you sign Springer. First and foremost: You must believe he is not a complete creation of the Astros Way. And look, even the harshest data-driven analyses of the scandal concede the results of the scam were relatively modest. A bad player didn’t become good because of it, but good players got a little bit better.

And if you saw Springer this postseason when, presumably, the Astros were playing cleaner than Felix Unger, he had four homers and nine RBIs (giving him 19 postseason homers overall for his career). There is little to question about his ability.

What about the fact if there is a reasonably normal 2021 season, the Astros players will finally be forced to answer for their past sins, whether they are playing in Houston or elsewhere? Will that be an added distraction for Springer, and for the Mets? But Springer, as much as any of the Astros, owned his part in it and expressed regret.

“I wish I had done more,” he said last spring. “Every member of that team has to take responsibility.”

Maybe he can be part of an ensemble of imports. Steve Cohen is enough of a wild card that we can honestly say: Who knows? But if it’s to be just one, Springer — of UConn and New Britain High — should be that one. That would be an excellent place to start.

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Why you should add chives to your diet

The little green leaves that come on your fries or baked potatoes may be doing more good for your body than you think. Chives taste similar to onions, but are actually a vegetable themselves — as such, they’re a part of the allium genus, which includes garlic, leeks, and onions, as explained by Medical News Today.

Nutrient-dense and loaded with vitamins and minerals, chives may be beneficial in fighting cancer cells, as well. According to the outlet, a 2015 study found that those who ate allium vegetables — like chives — frequently had a lower risk of certain cancers, including gastrointestinal cancer. Essentially, chives’ high levels of “sulfur-containing compounds and antimicrobial benefits” make them a useful ally in staying healthy. 

Packed with Vitamin K, chives may also aid in bone strength for this same reason by increasing bone mineral density, per Dr. Axe. So you might consider adding chives to other Vitamin K-dense foods, such as broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, and scallions, for a bone-strengthening boost. And if you suffer from chronic inflammation, the publication notes that chives can offer valuable antioxidants to fight off diseases associated with this common issue, as well.

Chives may help with nervous system issues

Choline is a nutrient found in chives, which proves valuable in countless bodily functions — like “maintain[ing] the structure of cellular membranes,” according to Medical News Today. It also aids in mood, muscle control, memory, and various other central nervous system functions. 

While it’s not enough to meet your full daily supply of choline, adding chives to your meals can boost this vital nutrient in your diet. Plus, if you’re low on Vitamin B, chives also contain folate, which is just a water-soluble version of the vitamin. Folate may also be beneficial those with conditions like depression, dementia, cancer, and more — so getting enough of it is important for a variety of other functions.

If all of this isn’t enough for you to run to the store to stock up on chives, these little green onions also contain the powerful carotenoids, lutein and zeaxanthin, which are beneficial for your eyesight, as noted by the outlet. So you can top your omelets, potatoes, eggs, pastas, casseroles, and more meals with these green gems for a flavorful, healthy addition.

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What time you should go to bed to avoid feeling tired the next day – The Sun

WE all know it's better to hit the hay sooner rather than later for a restful night of sleep.

But do you know what time of night is your ideal bedtime to feel refreshed in the morning?

Lucky for us, blind and curtain company Hillarys has come up with a nifty calculator to help you work our the perfect time of night to turn in.

A rep from the company said: "Getting a good night's sleep is about more than simply going to bed early – it's about waking up at the right time too.

"Using a formula based on the body's natural rhythms, the Sleep Calculator will work out the best time for you to rise or go to sleep."

Science says a sleep cycle lasts for around 90 minutes. You should aim to get through five or six sleep cycles a night.

Waking up mid-sleep cycle disrupts the body's natural flow and will leave you feeling tired and grumpy.

The good news is, the sleep calculator doesn't necessarily recommend going to bed early.

Instead, you should plan your bed time so you're able to sleep through a complete 90-minute cycle.

For example, if you need to wake up at 7 am, Hilary's sleep calculator reckons you're best off going to bed at 9:46 pm, 11:16 pm, 12:46 am or 2:16 am.

The recommendations are based on the idea most people take around 14 minutes to go to sleep.

For a better chance of a good night's rest, the NHS website also advises having a regular bedtime routine and aiming for between six and nine hours of rest a night.

For more sleep stories, a new mum stays awake to show what 36 hours with no sleep does to your skin.

Plus, we told you how to get the best night’s sleep EVER as the temperature drops & why the hairdryer is going to be your new best friend.

And a slumber expert offers eight tricks to help your kids get a good night sleep, including feeding them tuna and doing the hoovering.

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