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President Biden tests positive for Covid 19

It’s as he is campaigning in Las Vegas President Joe Biden has tested positive for coronavirus, according to a speaker at the UnidosUS annual conference broadcast on the White House’s YouTube channel. Mr Biden was due to speak at the event in Las Vegas on Wednesday afternoon as part of an effort to rally Hispanic voters ahead of the November election. UnidosUS president and CEO Janet Murguia told the guests that Mr Biden had sent his regrets and could not appear because he tested positive for the virus. The president had previously been at the Original Lindo Michoacan restaurant in Las Vegas, where he was greeting diners and was scheduled to take part in an interview with Univision. Published: 17/07/2024 by Radio NewsHub

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Starmer hosts summit to start new relationship with Europe

It’s taking place at Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire Sir Keir Starmer will use a major European summit to push for action to secure the continent’s borders as he steps up efforts to tackle the UK’s asylum backlog. More than 100 Home Office staff will be redeployed from working on the now-scrapped Rwanda scheme to focus on a “rapid returns unit” to send people with no right to be in the UK back to their home country. The Prime Minister, who is hosting the European Political Community (EPC) summit, called for continent-wide action to tackle the international “people-smuggling webs”. He will join a session on migration co-chaired by Italy’s right-wing leader Giorgia Meloni at the summit in Oxfordshire. Leaders from the 47-member EPC will gather as Sir Keir attempts to reset the UK’s relationship with its European neighbours after the turmoil of Brexit. The Labour Government is seeking a security pact with the EU and Sir Keir is also determined to cement European nations’ support for Ukraine in its war with Vladimir Putin’s Russia. The Prime Minister said: “We cannot let the challenges of the recent past define our relationships of the future. “That is why European security will be at the forefront of this Government’s foreign and defence priorities, and why I am focused on seizing this moment to renew our relationship with Europe. “The EPC will fire the starting gun on this Government’s new approach to Europe, one that will not just benefit us now, but for generations to come, from dismantling the people-smuggling webs trafficking people across Europe, to standing up to Putin’s barbaric actions in Ukraine and destabilising activity across Europe. ” He added: “We will only be able to secure our borders, drive economic growth and defend our democracies if we work together.” Under the Government’s plans to respond to the small boats crisis, asylum decisions will be accelerated and, under a new fast-tracked system in the returns and enforcement unit, officials will prioritise those with no right to be in the UK and who have the greatest chance of being returned. A new Border Security Command will use counter-terror powers to fight organised immigration crime, working “across Europe and beyond”, Home Secretary Yvette Cooper said. “Dangerous small boat crossings are undermining our border security and putting lives at risk,” she said. “Criminal smuggling gangs are making millions out of small boat crossings and the Tories left us with gimmick rather than grip. “We will work right across Europe to tackle this problem at source, going after those profiting from this awful trade and bringing them to justice.” More than 380,000 people are believed to have entered the EU through irregular routes in 2023 – an increase of 17% on the previous year. Around 41% of those arrivals are believed to have come in small boats across the Central Mediterranean, 26% on land through the Balkans, and 16% coming across the Eastern Mediterranean. The gathering at Blenheim Palace, birthplace of Winston Churchill, is a more informal affair than many international summits. The leaders will attend a reception hosted by the King in the palace’s Long Library, which has walls lined by more than 10,000 books, Sir Keir will have a series of face-to-face talks with key figures including Polish counterpart Donald Tusk – who was president of the European Council at the height of the Brexit drama – as he attempts to strengthen ties with the continent. The EPC was the brainchild of France’s Emmanuel Macron and involves 20 non-EU nations including the UK as well as the 27-strong EU bloc. Nick Thomas-Symonds, the minister for European relations at the heart of the Government’s reset plan, will also be at the gathering. Published: 17/07/2024 by Radio NewsHub

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England complete T20 series whitewash against New Zealand

Heather Knight’s side won by 20 runs against the Kiwis England completed a clean sweep over New Zealand after a captain’s knock by Heather Knight inspired a 20-run victory in the fifth Vitality T20 international at Lord’s. Knight’s team were back at the home of cricket for the first time since a dramatic Ashes win last July, but not as much was on the line with the five-match series already wrapped up. The prospect of a 5-0 whitewash and the chance to secure a 13th win in 14 matches was up for grabs, but England collapsed to 87 for six and required Knight to hit 46 not out to guide them to 155 for seven. Charlie Dean offered strong support with a crucial 24 before she backed this up with a two-wicket haul and Lauren Bell’s three for 21 restricted New Zealand to 135 for eight as England continued their unbeaten home summer. Jon Lewis once again rotated with Sarah Glenn rested after her four-wicket haul at the Oval and Maia Bouchier recalled in one of four changes for the finale. Bouchier had been out for a golden duck in the third T20I in Canterbury and opening partner Danni Wyatt suffered that fate after she pulled the excellent Fran Jonas to Amelia Kerr at deep midwicket. It helped the White Ferns take control of this dead-rubber and despite Alice Capsey hitting two fours off Lea Tahuhu’s expensive 14-run over, Jonas returned to dismiss Bouchier as England reached 40 for two at the end of the powerplay. Nat Sciver-Brunt signalled her intention with a sumptuous cover drive to the boundary, but she was Jonas’ third victim and it was a stunner as she stuck out her right hand to claim an outstanding caught-and-bowled opportunity. Capsey followed after a patient 25 with her eagerness to up the ante proving her downfall after she was stumped from Eden Carson’s first ball. It was down to captain Knight to steady the ship with England on 66 for four at the halfway mark, but wickets continued to fall with Carson accounting for Amy Jones before Jonas bowled Freya Kemp. A misfield for four brought up the three-figure mark for England after 14 overs and Knight swept another away to the boundary rope before Dean timely struck back-to-back fours off Tahuhu. It helped England up to a competitive total, with Knight able to delight a youthful Lord’s crowd with the first six of the night with a sweetly struck straight drive off Carson, which also marked a crucial 50-run partnership with Dean. Dean departed in the next over to Jess Kerr after a pivotal hand of 24 off 19 balls, but Sophie Ecclestone flicked away for four as New Zealand were set 156 to deny England a whitewash. Bell thought she had Suzie Bates out when she appeared to get a faint touch with the outside of her boot to Georgia Plimmer’s drive, which sent the ball crashing into the stumps, but it was ruled not out. Three balls later and Plimmer was gone after she could only scoop Bell behind to Jones before Lauren Filer bounced Bates out. New Zealand could only crawl to 31 for two after the powerplay, but runs started to flow more easily off spin duo Ecclestone and Dean. It resulted in Knight going back to pace and the introduction of Kemp tempted White Ferns captain Sophie Devine to go big and yet she could only pick out Bouchier at long-on to reduce the tourists to 63 for three. Brooke Halliday tried to shift the momentum and smashed a six off Ecclestone before Amelia Kerr ticked along nicely, with a maximum of her own off Kemp. When New Zealand reached three figures after 15 overs, it left 56 runs to chase off 30 deliveries but Bell returned and sent down a wide delivery which Halliday edged behind for 25. Dean capped a fine all-round display with two wickets in the 18th over, including Amelia Kerr stumped for 43, to ensure England continued to build momentum ahead of the T20 World Cup in October. Published: 17/07/2024 by Radio NewsHub

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Tom Daley says his body is feeling the strain of gearing up for fifth Olympics

Tom Daley joked he wakes up a “lot more sore” now than he used to as he prepares to compete in his fifth Olympic Games. The four-time Olympic medallist made his Games debut in 2008 at the age of just 14 and has since become a stalwart of the Team GB diving line-up. After claiming bronze in London and Rio, Daley finally ended his long wait for Olympic gold at Tokyo 2020 with victory in the 10-metre synchro event alongside Matty Lee. The 30-year-old will now defend his crown in Paris with new partner Noah Williams and he admitted his training routines have had to change since his Olympic bow 16 years ago. “I wake up a lot more sore and I feel like I’m having to have a lot more machinery to help,” Daley said. “I have things for my knees, my back, I have to wear heated trousers to the pool and then I have to have certain physio things. It takes a lot more. (In) 2008 I’d be like, ‘Right, here we go’, and off I went, I was fine. “Now it takes a lot more for me to warm up and a lot more specific conditioning, prehab exercises, all of those kind of things, but in terms of the dives themselves, when I’m diving the dives look good. “I’m not able to do the same volume as I did in Tokyo, but that’s kind of why I just did the synchro event because I knew if I chose just one event I could hone all my energy into that.” Daley took a break from the sport in the aftermath of Tokyo 2020 but returned to training last year with the aim of competing in Paris and he sealed his place on the team alongside Williams when the pair claimed silver in the 10-metre synchro at the World Aquatics Championships in February. Following his break from the sport, Daley says winning another medal in front of his family “would be lovely”. “If you had told me a year and a bit ago that I was going to be able to get back in time for my fifth Olympic Games, I’d have been a bit like, ‘That’s not possible’,” Daley said. “I wouldn’t have put it past me to get there, but this time round I’ve won an Olympic gold medal. For me, my Olympic gold medal this time is having my kids there to watch, that’s really the thing I’m looking forward to most going into this competition. “I wanted to set an example, even to my kids, that if you have a dream and set your mind to it you can get there. “Of course I want to win another medal, that would be lovely. Anyone that would say they don’t want to win and don’t want to win a medal would be lying to you, because that’s not what you go to an Olympic Games for. “We just have to take it one step at a time and do what we can to the best of our ability.” As well as claiming bronze and gold medals in Tokyo, Daley also caught attention after being pictured knitting and crocheting while watching team-mates and he revealed work has already begun on his Paris projects. He added: “Since I got into camp I started my Paris projects, so I’m going to be making something similar to what I made in Tokyo, something commemorative of Paris, which I’m excited about. “I’ve got it with me in my bag, it’s part of my routine every single day, it’s my mindfulness, my one time of day where I can switch off from everything else.” Published: 17/07/2024 by Radio NewsHub

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Drug which extends life of mice hints at longer healthy old age for humans

A new drug has increased the life of laboratory mice by up to 25%, according to a study. Researchers say the findings raise the “tantalising” prospect that the drugs could have a similar effect in elderly humans. They hope the findings could one day potentially extend healthy ageing in people by reducing frailty and the signs of ageing. The mice that were given the treatment lived for an average of 155 weeks, compared with 120 weeks in untreated mice. Researchers found that the treatment largely reduced deaths from cancer in the animals, as well as reducing the many diseases caused by chronic inflammation and poor metabolism, which are hallmarks of ageing. Essentially, the animals lived healthier lives for longer, and according to the findings, there were very few side effects. Scientists at the Medical Research Council Laboratory of Medical Science and Imperial College London found that switching off a protein called IL-11 increased the healthy lifespan of mice. In humans, levels of this protein increase as people age, and past research has linked it to a number of conditions associated with ageing, including chronic inflammation, disorders of metabolism, muscle wasting and frailty. Professor Stuart Cook, who was co-corresponding author, from the Medical Research Council Laboratory of Medical Science (MRC LMS), Imperial College London and Duke-NUS Medical School in Singapore, said: “These findings are very exciting. “The treated mice had fewer cancers, and were free from the usual signs of ageing and frailty, but we also saw reduced muscle wasting and improvement in muscle strength. “In other words, the old mice receiving anti-IL-11 were healthier.” He added: “Previously proposed life-extending drugs and treatments have either had poor side-effect profiles, or don’t work in both sexes, or could extend life, but not healthy life, however, this does not appear to be the case for IL-11. “While these findings are only in mice, it raises the tantalising possibility that the drugs could have a similar effect in elderly humans. “Anti-IL-11 treatments are currently in human clinical trials for other conditions, potentially providing exciting opportunities to study its effects in ageing humans in the future.” The scientists tested the effects of the protein by creating mice that had the gene producing IL-11 (interleukin 11) deleted. This extended the lives of the animals by more than 20% on average. They also treated 75-week-old mice – equivalent to the age of about 55 years in humans – with an injection of an anti-IL-11 antibody, a drug which stops the effects of the IL-11 in the body. According to the findings published in Nature, the mice given the drug from 75 weeks of age until death had their average lifespan increase by 22.4% in males and 25% in females. Assistant Professor Anissa Widjaja, who was co-corresponding author, from Duke-NUS Medical School, Singapore, said: “Although our work was done in mice, we hope that these findings will be highly relevant to human health, given that we have seen similar effects in studies of human cells and tissues. “This research is an important step toward better understanding ageing and we have demonstrated, in mice, a therapy that could potentially extend healthy ageing, by reducing frailty and the physiological manifestations of ageing.” The effects of IL-11 inhibition in humans remain to be seen, but early-stage clinical trials are underway to understand the effects of this treatment in patients with fibrotic lung disease. Published: 17/07/2024 by Radio NewsHub

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Fresh talks to be held in bid to resolve train drivers dispute

The Government is to hold fresh talks with the union representing train drivers in a bid to resolve their long-running pay dispute. Aslef said there will be an initial meeting with the Department for Transport (DfT) next Tuesday, voicing hopes of “constructive” talks. It is understood the Rail Delivery Group, which represents train companies involved in the row, will not be involved in the discussions. Aslef members have taken 18 days of strikes since the dispute started two years ago, causing huge disruption to passengers. Mick Whelan, general secretary of Aslef, said: “We’re having an initial meeting with the DfT on Tuesday. “We hope, with a new government in place, that we can have constructive talks to get a positive resolution that works for train drivers, who have not had an increase in salary for five years, since 2019, and will help get our railway back on track.” Mr Whelan said the Conservative government and its transport ministers had “put the brakes” on a deal, adding: “Now, with a new Secretary of State for Transport in place, I hope, and think, we can, and will, get a deal done.” It will be the first meeting between the union and the department since April last year. Previous talks have involved the Rail Delivery Group. Transport Secretary Louise Haigh said in a recent message on X, formerly Twitter: “Fourteen years without a workforce strategy has left our railways understaffed, reliant on voluntary working and lurching from one crisis to the next. Our urgent priority is to reset workforce relations and put passengers first.” Published: 17/07/2024 by Radio NewsHub

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Gary Lineker denies his criticism influenced Gareth Southgates departure

Gary Lineker has insisted his criticism of Gareth Southgate and his team during Euro 2024 had no influence on the England boss’s decision to step down. The Football Association is on the hunt for a new England manager after Southgate announced his decision to end his eight-year spell in charge, two days after defeat to Spain in Berlin. Former England striker Lineker described Southgate as “tactically inept” and England’s display as “s***” after their group-stage draw with Denmark. The BBC Match of the Day presenter received plenty of flak himself for his comments, but denied criticism of England’s performances and tactics by him and other pundits was responsible for Southgate’s departure. Lineker said on The Rest Is Football podcast: “We (pundits) were critical at times, because you can’t say when a team is not playing very well, that they played well. “If they played awfully, you say they played awfully, and they did in the early part of the tournament. “There’s no question about that. But then to try and make it that that’s the reason, that criticism is the reason he’s gone. It’s not. It’s not that at all. “We speak to the players and they understand where it’s coming from.” Jude Bellingham described Southgate as “easily one of the best coaches in the history of the national team” when leading the players’ tributes on Tuesday and said he was “an unbelievable human being”. Southgate failed to deliver England’s first major trophy since 1966, but led them to two European Championship finals and the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup and in the modern era only four predecessors have a better win percentage (59.8). Lineker, who scored 48 goals in 80 England appearances, added: “I think he’s been the right person to bring the nation together in terms of the football team. “And, now, maybe it’s time for someone else with a more modern, attacking style of football. Because I think the game’s gone away from being successful if you’re really defensive.” England Under-21s boss Lee Carsley, Pep Guardiola, Eddie Howe, Mauricio Pochettino, Jurgen Klopp, Graham Potter and Thomas Tuchel have all been linked with the England vacancy following Southgate’s departure. Newcastle boss Howe and former Brighton and Chelsea manager Potter currently top the bookmakers’ lists. Published: 17/07/2024 by Radio NewsHub

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Live/Wire brings electrifying AC/DC act to Scunthorpe’s Baths Hall this October

Live/Wire, the tribute act that performs AC/DC, is set to deliver a critically acclaimed High Voltage two-hour rock ‘n’ roll set. The performance will feature not only cannons and a full bank of Marshall amps but also a journey through some of the best-selling albums of all time, from ‘Back in Black’ to the 2020 release ‘PWR UP’, with a healthy dose of classics from the Bon Scott era. The Live/Wire show boasts the vocal prowess of Podge Blacksmith as Brian Johnson, the virtuoso talent of Simon Davies as Angus Young, and the metronome-like accuracy of Dan Mosley as Malcolm Young. The line-up is rounded off by Eddie Clark as long-time bassist Cliff Williams and James Last providing the Phil Rudd-like groove from behind the kit. Read more: The show will be held on Saturday, October 19. Doors open at 7.30pm. Tickets are priced at £20.00 plus booking fees + £1.50 per ticket venue levy. Tickets for the LIVE/WIRE (AC/DC Show) October 2024 Scunthorpe show are available from the link here. Original artice: https://www.grimsbytelegraph.co.uk/all-about/scunthorpe

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Brave runners take on sleepless 24-hour relay for Lindsey Lodge Hospice

A group of determined runners are preparing themselves for an intense 24 hours as they race day and night to raise money for a charity close to their hearts. Running club TeamBR aims to raise £1,000 for Lindsey Lodge Hospice in Scunthorpe during the relay race this Friday, July 19. The hospice has provided care for many people with life-limiting diseases, including the late mum of runner Mark Morris. Denise Morris was diagnosed with stage IV bowel cancer and sadly died at the age of 60 in 2016. She received fantastic care at Lindsey Lodge and Mark has been fundraising ever since – this time supported by his friends at TeamBR. READ MORE: Mark, 48, from Brigg, said: “I’ve been fundraising for Lindsey Lodge for the past eight years. My mum died of bowel cancer back in May 2016 and ever since then, I’ve been running 80-mile races and half marathons to raise money to give back for the support they gave my family. “The group support me loads and we just thought it would be a fitting charity. A lot of people in the area do use Lindsey Lodge or they’ve had family members or friends who have been to Lindsey Lodge, it’s such a worthy cause.” Steve Portess, the founder of TeamBR, said there will be teams of no more than five people per team running two-mile loops for the entire 24 hours. He said this means there will be short breaks for each runner before it’s their turn again and they’ll be staying up all night. He is in a team with just one other runner. The second team is made up of five people. Steve said: “What we’ve got to do basically is do a two-mile loop around Broughton and then give our teammate a high five and then they will do the two-mile loop. “We’ll keep doing that until it goes back to us again and we’ll do it for the full 24 hours. The good thing is we’ve got people running with really different abilities. We wanted to do something with the community and give something back to Lindsey Lodge.” He added: “We’re not really going to have long to sleep or anything like that. The team of five people will probably have a break of 40 minutes to an hour maximum while they wait for their turn. “In that situation, you can’t really put your head down you have to keep awake. It’s not just the endurance, it’s going to be that sleep deprivation. It’s going to be really tough.” At the time of writing, TeamBR has reached 41% of its fundraising target. You can help them out by donating on the Just Giving page and sharing it. Original artice: https://www.grimsbytelegraph.co.uk/all-about/scunthorpe

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Chelsea and FIFA investigating after Enzo Fernandez posts offensive video

Chelsea and FIFA are investigating after midfielder Enzo Fernandez apologised for an “offensive” video posted on his Instagram account. The French Football Federation said on Tuesday it would file a legal complaint alleging “racially offensive and discriminatory remarks” were made by Argentina players following their Copa America victory over Colombia. The complaint follows footage that was posted by Chelsea midfielder Fernandez, which appeared to show him and his team-mates chanting about the France team as they celebrated their 1-0 win in Sunday’s final. Fernandez put a statement on his Instagram account on Tuesday night, saying: “I want to apologise sincerely for a video posted on my Instagram channel during the national team celebrations. “The song includes highly offensive language and there is absolutely no excuse for these words. “I stand against discrimination in all forms and apologise for getting caught up in the euphoria of our Copa America celebrations. That video, that moment, those words, do not reflect my beliefs or my character. I am truly sorry.” Fernandez’s French club-mate Wesley Fofana posted the video on his own social media accompanied by the message: “Football in 2024: Uninhibited racism.” Chelsea released a statement on Wednesday morning welcoming Fernandez’s apology, while announcing disciplinary proceedings. Football’s world governing body FIFA said it too was investigating. “Chelsea Football Club finds all forms of discriminatory behaviour completely unacceptable,” the statement read. “We are proud to be a diverse, inclusive club where people from all cultures, communities and identities feel welcome. “We acknowledge and appreciate our player’s public apology and will use this as an opportunity to educate. The club has instigated an internal disciplinary procedure.” A FIFA spokesperson said: “FIFA is aware of a video circulating on social media and the incident is being looked into. FIFA strongly condemns any form of discrimination by anyone including players, fans and officials.” In a statement on Tuesday, the FFF – the governing body of French football – said its president Philippe Diallo would challenge FIFA president Gianni Infantino and Argentina Football Association boss Claudio Fabian Tapia to respond to the alleged remarks. The statement read: “The president of the French Football Federation, Philippe Diallo, condemns in the strongest terms the unacceptable racist and discriminatory remarks which were made against the players of the French team in the context of a song sung by players and supporters of the Argentina team after its victory in the Copa America and broadcast in a video on social media. “Faced with the seriousness of these shocking remarks, contrary to the values of sport and human rights, the president of the FFF decided to directly challenge his Argentinian counterpart and FIFA, and to file a legal complaint for insulting remarks of a racist and discriminatory nature.” Argentina beat France in a penalty shoot-out in the 2022 World Cup final, a match around which some fans of the Argentina team were heard to sing discriminatory songs. Anti-discrimination charity Kick It Out said: “The video of the Argentina team singing a discriminatory chant is unacceptable and clearly needs to stop. We stand with and show our full support to Wesley Fofana after he responded publicly and brought it to wider attention. “Although there has been an apology from Enzo Fernandez, and Chelsea say they will investigate the incident, several players are seen singing the song which means there will be a wider impact on team-mates and fans at other clubs. We call upon all relevant clubs, the Argentina federation and FIFA to address this concerning issue with empathy, sensitivity and understanding. “Responses to these incidents cannot start and end with an apology. More important is the action taken afterwards to ensure players are educated and held accountable, both in England and on a global scale.” Published: 17/07/2024 by Radio NewsHub

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