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‘Real danger’ schools could remain closed until the summer

Pupils have been learning from home since the start of the year (Picture: Getty)There is a ‘real danger’ schools will stay closed until the summer, the Children’s Commissioner has warned. Anne Longfield said a ‘lack of planning’ has made this ‘inevitable’ as she called on ministers to create a roadmap for reopening schools. Her report came as Boris Johnson said they will ‘look at’ the idea of reopening classrooms in areas where the virus is less prevalent. When England’s latest lockdown was announced, the Prime Minister said it was his hope that coronavirus levels would be sufficiently reduced for schools to fully reopen around the middle of February. But as coronavirus continues to rage across the country, reports have suggested they may not reopen until after Easter at the ea

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Over half a million Covid-19 misinformation videos removed from YouTube

YouTube has been trying to clear out false claims about the pandemic for the last year (Photo Illustration by Rafael Henrique/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)More than half a million misinformation videos about coronavirus have been removed by YouTube in the past 12 months, the Google-owned platform’s boss has said. Concerns around misinformation have been exacerbated by the pandemic, forcing tech giants to re-examine their rules against false claims such as suggestions the virus is a hoax or promoting medically unsubstantiated cures. ‘We’ve continued to make updates to our Covid-19 policies to stay current with the science, and we’ve removed more than half a million videos under these policies since February,’ said YouTube chief executive Susan Wojcicki. ‘Now our focus...

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AC Milan respond to Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s controversial ‘voodoo’ dig at Romelu Lukaku

Romelu Lukaku and Zlatan Ibrahimovic clashed in the Milan derby on Tuesday (Picture: Getty Images)Representatives of AC Milan have insisted that Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s ‘voodoo’ dig at Romelu Lukaku during the Milan derby was not a racial slur, but a niche reference from the Belgian’s time at Everton. The two powerhouse strikers clashed in the Copa Italia contest, with insults flying and a physical altercation resulting in a yellow card for both men. Lukaku appeared to suggest taking things outside with the Swede, to which Zlatan replied: ‘Okay, call your mother.’ The Belgian was not impressed, saying: ‘He wants to talk about mothers? Son of a b****.’ He also screamed at Ibrahimovic: ‘F**k you and your wife.’ It was all quite pathetic, but the comment which stood out was from I

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Santa Clarita man pleads guilty to fraud in $655,000 COVID-19 financial assistance scheme

LOS ANGELES — A Santa Clarita man pleaded guilty Tuesday to a federal fraud charge for obtaining $655,000 in Paycheck Protection Program loans by submitting phony tax documents and employee information. Raymond Magana, 39, pleaded guilty, via Zoom, to a single count of fraud in connection with major disaster or emergency benefits, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. U.S. District Judge Stanley Blumenfeld Jr. set a May 11 sentencing hearing in Los Angeles federal court. Magana admitted to using fraud to obtain $655,000 in PPP loans. Last month, co-defendant Steven R. Goldstein, 36, of Northridge, pleaded guilty to the same charge. Blumenfeld scheduled a March 30 sentencing hearing for Goldstein. Prosecutors say the defendants applied for more than five separate PPP business loans tota...

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The Walking Dead makes powerful statement to stand with LGBT fans ahead of season 10

Caption: Comedy spin-off of The Walking Dead in the works Provider: (Picture:AMC)The Walking Dead team has fiercely stood behind their LGBT fanbase ahead of season 10’s return – making clear the show has no space for homophobes. Posting a statement on all social media channels last night, the apocalypse zombie series made it undeniably clear that the show would not tolerate discrimination of any kind. In fact, if you felt that way, they would rather you not be in the fanbase at all. The short but powerful statement read: ‘Hi, hello. If LGBTQ+ characters on television (or anywhere) make you uncomfortable or angry, please unfollow us.  ‘While we also encourage you to look within and be more accepting, know that there is no place in our fandom for hateful discrimination or wil...

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Conor McGregor Failed to Address His Biggest Weakness, Costing Him UFC 257 Against Dustin Poirier

Dustin Poirier punches Conor McGregor at UFC 257 | Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLCRELATED: Conor McGregor recently returned to the UFC after a year away from the sport, and it was a surprising result. McGregor’s comeback fight at UFC 257 was against Dustin Poirier, a fighter he beat in the past. Despite this, Poirier shocked the world by knocking out McGregor. UFC fans think it was because McGregor failed to address some of his biggest weaknesses.   UFC 257 was a big night for Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor Dustin Poirier punches Conor McGregor at UFC 257 | Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLCRELATED: Conor McGregor’s Boujee Watch Collection Is Worth Over $1 Million Going into UFC 257, both fighters had a lot riding on this contest. McGregor spent most of 2020 being embroiled in a feud with the UFC.

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10 things in tech you need to know today

Summary List PlacementGood morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Wednesday. Sign up here to get this email in your inbox every morning. Have an Amazon Alexa device? Listen to this update by searching "Business Insider" in your flash briefing settings. Sign up for 10 Things in Politics You Need to Know Today — launching next week! Twitter bought Revue.  Revue, a competitor to the popular newsletter creator Substack, will operate as a standalone service.  Microsoft reported quarterly revenue of $43.1 billion. Microsoft's stock price was up as much as over 5% in after-hours trading immediately following the release, to around $242 per share. Google halted donations to election refuseniks. The firm won't donate via its PAC this cycle to members of Congress who voted ag...

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Boris ‘to unveil road map out of lockdown by mid-February’

It comes as the boss of AstraZeneca says the UK is likely to hit its target of vaccinating all over-50s by March (Picture: AP / Metro.co.uk)The prime minister is preparing to reveal what England’s exit from lockdown will look like in the coming weeks. Sources think the ‘ambitious’ document is likely to be published around February 15, which is the date the PM had promised to review the current coronavirus lockdown measures. They believe some schools will be the first thing to reopen provided the country hits important targets such as the rollout of the vaccine and a drop in infection numbers. A source told the Daily Mail: ‘It’s at an early stage, but we are beginning to look at what the metrics and criteria will be when we are ready to start thinking about unlocking. ‘What are

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Glenn Close thinks it would be cool to never win an Oscar

Glenn doesn’t mind if she misses out on an Oscar (Picture: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)Glenn Close doesn’t mind if she never wins an Oscar, after being nominated for seven Academy Awards. Much like the campaign to get Leonardo Di Caprio an Oscar before he won for The Revenant, fans really, really want Glenn to bag herself a best actress win after being denied a trophy on seven occasions. However, the 73-year-old reckons the work itself is the real prize. (Exactly what a deserving winner would say.) The Wife star was in conversation with Pete Davidson for Variety, with the Saturday Night Live actor saying: ‘What can we do to get you an Oscar? We have to get the internet to help, because you deserve seven!’ Glenn said: ‘Is it better to be wheeled out in a wheelchair and get the

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HS2 protesters dig 100ft tunnel network under Euston station park

A protester known as ‘Larch’ in part of a tunnel network (Credits: HS2 Rebellion/PA)HS2 protesters have claimed they have dug and are ready to occupy a 100ft tunnel network under a London park which they say is at risk from the railway’s construction. They claim Euston Square Gardens, a green space outside Euston station, will be built over with a temporary taxi rank before being sold off to developers. HS2 Rebellion, an alliance of groups and individuals campaigning against the planned high-speed railway, said ‘tree protectors’ were prepared to occupy the tunnels, dug ‘in secret’ over the last few months. Protesters claim they will stay underground ‘for as long as it takes to stop HS2’. A spokeswoman for HS2 Ltd said it could not comment on the specifics of protesters’ activ

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Oakland: Injury shooting near Lake Merritt under investigation

OAKLAND — Police were at the scene of an injury shooting in a business corridor near Lake Merritt Tuesday night, authorities said. Shortly after 10:30 p.m., officers responded to a report of ShotSpotter activity in the 400 block of Cheney Avenue in the city’s Grand Lake neighborhood. When officers arrived, they found a person near Lake Park and Grand avenues suffering from a gunshot wound to a leg. No update was immediately available on the victim’s condition, or on any suspect or associated vehicle description. After providing medical care, officers responded to canvass the area for evidence. For information leading to the arrest of a suspect, police are offering up to $5,000 in each shooting. Anyone with information may call police at 510-238-3426 or Crime Stoppers of Oakland at 510-777...

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Ulrika Jonsson brands Liz Hurley’s topless photo ‘wholly inappropriate’ after her mum, 80, takes racy snap

Ulrika Jonsson says Liz Hurley’s topless photo shoot is ‘wholly inappropriate’ (Picture: Rex, ITV, Backgrid)Ulrika Jonsson has shared her thoughts on Liz Hurley’s controversial topless photo in the show, and branded the shoot ‘wholly inappropriate’.  The Royals actress Liz, 55, raised eyebrows when she shared a photo of herself posing in the snow wearing only a thick jacket and knickers without a bra.  It was initially assumed that Liz’s son Damian Hurley had taken the racy snap but the actress later confirmed it was actually her 80-year-old mother.  That didn’t make it any less uncomfortable for Ulrika, who said that while Liz looked amazing, it probably should have been taken by someone other than a family member.  Writing in her column with The Sun, Ulrika said: ‘There is no

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People arriving from 30 ‘high-risk’ countries to face hotel quarantine

Portugal, UAE, Kenya, Nigeria, Ethiopia, and parts of South America and South Africa will be labelled ‘high-risk’ by the Government (Picture: EPA/Getty)The Prime Minister is set to introduce 10-day hotel quarantine stays for travellers returning from a list of 30 ‘high-risk’ countries this week, according to reports. Boris Johnson is believed to have met officials last night to sign off on the new scheme, which could cost international arrivals more than £1,000 each. Countries labelled ‘high-risk’ by the Government include Portugal, UAE, Kenya, Nigeria, Ethiopia, and parts of South America and South Africa, MailOnline reports. The new system will be introduced in England later this week, with the Government ‘reserving the right’ to require all visitors from anywhere in the world...

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The Rock relives difficult ‘tough love’ childhood memories in Young Rock sitcom

Dwayne Johnson reflected on his childhood (Picture: Getty)Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson had to relive some ‘incredibly tough’ memories about his late father for his new Young Rock sitcom. The upcoming show – which is based on the former WWE star’s life and sees Joseph Lee Anderson playing Rocky Johnson – is largely lighthearted while still referencing some of his early struggles during his formative years. Speaking during NBC’s TCA press tour, he said: ‘I thought, well, let’s not take the easy route. But it was incredibly complicated and it was incredibly tough… ‘Growing up, and you know we specifically went with these timelines in my life that were very defining times at 10 years old, 15 and 18 … there’s a lot of things in between those years that took place… ‘But it was complic...

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