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PSG vs RB Leipzig confirmed line-ups: Team news ahead of Champions League fixture tonight

Paris Saint-Germain welcome RB Leipzig to the Parc des Princes in the Champions League tonight as the French side look to build momentum following the arrival of Lionel Messi. The Argentine scored a spectacular first goal for the club as PSG beat Manchester City 2-0 last time out in the Champions League but Mauricio Pochettino’s side then suffered their first defeat of the Ligue 1 season to Rennes in their last match before the international break. FOLLOW LIVE: Team news and all the action as Liverpool face Atletico Madrid in the Champions League Messi was unavailable as PSG beat Angers 2-1 on Friday night as he had yet to return from international duty but is set to start as the Ligue 1 club look to stay above City in Group A. RB Leipzig, who were beaten by PSG in the Champions League semi-finals two seasons ago, are yet to pick up a point in Group A following their opening defeats to City and Club Brugge. Here’s all the information you need before the match this evening. When is PSG vs RB Leipzig? The match will kick off at 8pm BST on Tuesday 19 October. How can I watch it? It will be shown live on BT Sport 3, with coverage starting from 7:30pm. BT Sport customers can also stream the match live on the BT Sport website and mobile app. Confirmed line-ups: PSG: Navas; Hakimi, Marquinhos, Kimpembe, Mendes; Verratti, Gueye, Herrera; Messi, Draxler, Mbappe RB Leipzig: Gulacsi; Klostermann, Simakan, Orban; Mukiele, Laimer, Adams, Haidara, Angelino; Nkunku; Silva Odds PSG: 7/15 Draw: 17/4 RB Leipzig: 31/5 Prediction Although the Bundesliga side arrive in Paris pointless in Group A, RB Leipzig can still pack a punch and have the in-form former PSG player Christopher Nkunku in their ranks. PSG remain favourites however, and will have the edge in a close match. PSG 2-1 RB Leipzig Read More Atletico Madrid vs Liverpool LIVE: Latest Champions League updates Cole Palmer scores classy goal as five-star Manchester City hammer Club Brugge Ricardo Pereira admits Leicester’s clash with Spartak Moscow is must-win

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PSG vs RB Leipzig LIVE! Champions League match stream, latest score updates today

PSG vs RB Leipzig - LIVE! Paris Saint-Germain will be looking to enhance their Champions League credentials and cement their place at the top of Group A as they host RB Leipzig tonight. Mauricio Pochettino’s men produced a statement performance to beat last season’s finalists Manchester City 2-0 in the previous round of fixtures, with Lionel Messi scoring his first goal for the club after joining on a free transfer from Barcelona in the summer. Prior to that, however, PSG’s new-look front-three of Messi, Kylian Mbappe and Neymar had flattered to deceive on opening night as the French side were held by Club Brugge, with whom they currently sit level on points at the top. Leipzig, meanwhile, are yet to get off the mark, making a slow start to the season after a turbulent summer in which they lost several key players, but their league form has gradually improved. Follow all the action LIVE with Standard Sport’s blog below... Read More How PSG will lineup against RB Leipzig tonight PSG vs RB Leipzig: Champions League preview Atletico Madrid vs Liverpool: Champions League - LIVE!

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Four booked for gang raping 26-year-old

Kasarvadavali police on Tuesday booked four persons for gang raping a 26-year-old woman. The woman, in her complaint, claimed the incident happened in 2019 after her boyfriend took her along with his three friends, who allegedly raped her unnaturally.

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Ghaziabad: 20-day diversions announced on NH-9 for pipeline repair works

The traffic diversions will come into effect from October 20 to November 10 on the National Highway 9 in the wake of Ganga water pipeline repair works which will be taken up by the National Highways Authority of India

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Brugge vs Man City player ratings: Phil Foden stars in scintillating Champions League display

Manchester City romped to victory with swagger and plenty of style in Belgium on Tuesday night to sink Club Brugge 5-1 and reassert themselves in Group A of the Champions League. Here is how the players rated: Ederson, 6: A relatively quiet night but still drawn into action on a couple of occasions in the second half especially, and seemed to have proved himself up to the task of maintaining City’s clean sheet until Hans Vanaken’s late goal. Kyle Walker, 8: A rare goal was just reward for a probing performance down the right side, constantly asking questions and delivering dangerously. Ruben Dias, 7: Solid and dependable as ever. Aymeric Laporte, 7: Not his busiest night in a City shirt but built well from the back when afforded plenty of space. Replaced after 57 minutes. Joao Cancelo, 8: Took his first-half goal brilliantly with the arcing run of a seasoned centre-forward and a finish to match. So much more than a full-back. Kevin De Bruyne, 8: Some ropey moments in the first half an hour but gradually came into the game and produced a perfectly weighted pass for Walker’s goal, having already scored once himself. Replaced after an hour to a warm reception from former rival fans in his homeland. Rodri, 7: The fulcrum of the team’s slick passing in the opening period which stunned Brugge into submission. Bernardo Silva, 7: Bright and sharp without reaching the levels of his very best performances this season. Replaced as soon as the game looked wrapped up in a reminder of just how important he is to Pep Guardiola right now. Riyad Mahrez, 8: An excellent display from a player who has found himself on the fringes this season so far, with a penalty and later another goal to show for his efforts. Phil Foden, 9: The best player on the pitch. There were several highlights but the pick of the bunch was his perfectly weighted pass on to the chest of Cancelo to set up the first goal, from which City never looked back. Another replaced on the hour, showing just how key he is to this team. Jack Grealish, 7: Not at his cutting-edge best like in the win over Leipzig but showed glimpses of his talent, which still feels a touch inhibited somehow, as if he needs to find his most confident self before he can really thrive. Substitutes: Ake 6, Gundogan 6, Sterling 5, Palmer 7, Fernandinho 7.

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Sloppy Bangladesh beats Oman by 26 runs in T20 World Cup

Bangladesh has overcome sloppy fielding and erratic bowling to beat co-host Oman by 26 runs and keep its hopes alive of advancing in the T20 World Cup

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Plan to link mortgages to green standards will hurt first-time buyers, government warned

Home buyers could soon be asked to improve the insulation of their properties as part of their mortgage requirements under plans announced by Boris Johnson’s government. Mortgage lenders will be asked to disclose the energy efficiency performance of homes in their portfolio – sparking fears it could deter banks from lending to people hoping to buy “leakier” properties. The announcement has prompted warnings that first-time buyers may struggle to obtain mortgages unless they pay for costly upgrades to prospective homes. The Lib Dems urged the government to ditch the move. “This is an insult to first-time buyers who have scraped and saved to get on the housing ladder,” said leader Sir Ed Davey. He added: “The Conservatives must cancel this plan immediately. Ministers are attempting to clean up their own mess by forcing innocent first-time buyers to fork out thousands of pounds extra, just as an interest rate rise is about to bite.” UK Finance – the body representing mortgages lenders – warned the government that its proposals could lead to a “two-tier market” by pushing some homeowners in negative equity if they cannot afford insulation improvements. “New and newer-build properties are likely to have better energy performance – it could be much more difficult to bring older properties up to standard in a cost-effective way,” UK Finance stated. The mortgage lenders group warned against “unintended consequences that might trap owners in poorer performing properties or create a two-tier market where borrowers pay more but have less choice”. But Downing Street denied that the plans to boost energy efficiency would punish those attempting to get on the property ladder. Mr Johnson’s official spokesperson said the aim of the scheme was “to catalyse the development of the green finance market”, adding: “We would only introduce a policy which was guided by fairness for the public.” On Tuesday the government set out its proposals to encourage green home improvements in its heating and building strategy, alongside its wider plan to achieve net zero emissions by 2050. The strategy revealed that ministers are considering “mandatory disclosure requirements for mortgage lenders on the energy performance of homes on which they lend”. The government will also set voluntary improvement targets for mortgage lenders to make sure their properties have an average EPC band of C or better by 2030. The document said the government reserves the option of making the target mandatory if “insufficient progress is being made”. Only 40 per cent of homes in the UK currently have a C energy rating or above. Mr Johnson’s government said it would also “consider” whether to set a date for all homes to meet minimum energy standards ahead of the 2050 net zero target. Meanwhile, the government came under fire over plans to hand out £5,000 grants to help residents replace their gas boilers with green heat pumps. But just 90,000 of the UK’s 22 million gas-heated households will benefit in a plan branded “inadequate” by environmentalists. Labour also said the plan “falls short” of action need to deal with the climate crisis, calling for a “long-term” plan to retrofit Britain’s homes. Read More Reshuffle in full: Who is out and who has been promoted? Boris Johnson flexes muscles with cabinet shake-up for post-Covid era PM won’t say how Universal Credit claimants can recoup lost £20-a-week

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Anshu, Sonam and promise of a new era in Indian women’s wrestling

Anshu Malik, who became the first Indian woman to reach a world championships final, and Sonam are leading the rise of young talent.

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South Carolina, UConn, Stanford women top preseason Top 25

South Carolina is ranked No. 1 in The Associated Press preseason women’s basketball poll for the second consecutive season

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Full Moon October 2021: How to see ‘unique’ moonrise of Hunter’s Moon

This months full moon, known as the Hunter’s Moon, is set to peak on Wednesday, offering skygazers a “unique” opportunity to see an autumnal moonrise. The full moon comes less than a month after the autumn equinox, meaning the lunar orbit is more ecliptic than usual. This phenomenon results in the full moon rising at around sunset in northerly latitudes, providing a colourful backdrop for the moonrise. EarthSky magazine notes that “nature is particularly cooperative” around this time of year for the Harvest and Hunter’s moons, making “the fall full moonrises unique”. The proximity of the Moon to the horizon as it rises may make it appear orange, as the light reflecting off it from the Sun has to pass through more of the Earth’s atmosphere before it reaches our eyes on the ground. The Moon will also appear bigger than usual at this position in the sky due to an optical illusion known as the Moon Illusion. This is where the brain is tricked into thinking that the Moon is larger when compared with the relative size of objects on the horizon, such as buildings and trees. The exact science behind it remains unclear, with Nasa explaining that it is to do with the way we visually perceive the world. “There’s some thinking that objects in the foreground of your lunar view play a role,” the US space agency explained in a blog post. “But this isn’t a perfect explanation. Nasa astronauts in orbit also see the Moon Illusion, and they have no foreground object to act as distance clues. So there’s likely more going on.” The Hunter’s Moon will peak on Wednesday, 20 October, at 3.57pm BST, but will appear full on both Tuesday and Wednesday night. The best time to see the next full moon in the UK will be on Wednesday, shortly after sunset, though weather conditions may not be ideal in certain parts of the country. According to the Met Office, the weather will be “windy, unsettled and changeable with many areas seeing showers or longer spells of rain at times, including some thundery showers for parts of England and Wales” on Wednesday. Read More Blue Origin launches William Shatner into space Astronomers see star ‘switching on and off’ Call for armchair astronomers to help search for new planets Nasa’s brand new Lucy probe has a problem with its solar panel

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Club Brugge 1-5 Man City: Palmer scores as visitors escape the Belgian boiler with key Champions League win

Cole Palmer got on the scoresheet as Manchester City overcame an intense atmosphere to win 5-1 at Club Brugge Tuesday's early evening affair turned Group A back upright, before Paris Saint-Germain’s clash with RB Leipzig, with the Belgians starting the night as the surprise leaders - and City third. But Joao Cancelo and Riyad Mahrez capped a dominant first-half performance to send Pep Guardiola’s men on their way to three key points in the race for the last-16. Kyle Walker and Palmer added their first Champions League goals after the break. Raheem Sterling was back on the bench as Jack Grealish started at Jan Breydel Stadium, a decision the manager insisted was essentially down to his gut feeling given the embarrassment of talent he has to pick from. John Stones also missed out, through personal reasons. Grealish was one of the key architects of City’s strong start yet, with Gabriel Jesus only returning to the bench, a number of dangerous crosses went unmet. Ultimately, it was left-back Cancelo who broke the line after half an hour to roll home a delightful Phil Foden pass. Cups rained down from the home end, underlining the fervent background that the away side expertly ignored. Mahrez was felled by a rash Stanley N’Soki challenge on the edge of half-time, before picking himself and executing the key second goal. Kyle Walker burst through after the break, teed up on the underlap by Kevin De Bruyne, to fire home the third. The surprise on the right-back’s face at hitting the back of the net underlined the irregularity of his name on the scoresheet - although City may soon get used to seeing one of his young teammate’s. Substitute Sterling was set free down the left and cut back for Palmer. Yes, he had time and space in abundance to shift it onto his left boot and curl his shot home, but the fact he pulled it off was nonetheless highly impressive from this talented teenager. Brugge, driven on by the home support who had provided Belgium’s own De Bruyne with a stirring reception after his exit, refused to give up and were on the board after a finish from Hans Vanaken. The hosts’ desire to continue pressing forward allowed Mahrez the chance to beat the offside trap and slash home his second of the night, and his fifth goal in three meetings with Brugge. Read More PSG vs RB Leipzig LIVE! Champions League match stream, latest team news, lineups, TV, prediction today Atletico Madrid vs Liverpool LIVE! Champions League match stream, latest team news, lineups, TV, prediction

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Jelani Day was buried Tuesday. His family is still looking for answers on what led to his death

The funeral for 25-year-old Jelani Day, an Illinois graduate student whose body was identified nearly a month after he was reported missing, was held Tuesday in Danville, Illinois.

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Boy, 16, arrested in connection with bike robberies in Richmond Park

A 16-year-old boy has been arrested in connection to a number of bike robberies in Richmond Park. He was arrested on Friday 15 October on suspicion of robbery, attempted robbery, possession of an offensive weapon and allowing to be carried in a stolen vehicle. He remains under investigation for the offences relating to the robberies. He was charged with offences related to a separate investigation. Earlier this month, reports emerged of a machete-wielding gang who were terrorising cyclists as they ride through Richmond Park . At the time, Chief Superintendent Elisabeth Chapple gave her reassurance the police were investigating the thefts. The Chief Superintendent - who is responsible for local policing in south-west London - said: “Many people in the area would have seen these reports on social media and will understandably be concerned. I can reassure you that we are doing everything we can to track down those responsible for these terrible crimes. “Everyone should be able to feel safe when using Richmond Park and that’s why I have arranged for additional officers to be in the area over the comings days. They will work alongside our dedicated Royal Parks officers and I would encourage anyone with concerns to approach them, or to call 999 in an emergency.” Enquiries into the circumstances are ongoing and anyone with information that could help the investigation is asked to call 101 or tweet @MetCC quoting CAD 5103/07OCT. Information can also be provided to Crimestoppers, anonymously, by calling 0800 555 111. Read More Bike wars: How cyclists became the target of violent moped gangs Machete-wielding moped gang terrorising cyclists in Richmond Autistic environmental photographer debuts book on private lives of exotic wildlife

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Cycling-WADA investigation finds British Cycling conducted private testing

(Reuters) - The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) said on Tuesday that British Cycling had collected samples from riders and screened

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Travel expert Simon Calder answers 21 pressing questions on your trips abroad

The travel correspondent of The Independent is occasionally called upon by his Hollywood contacts to scout locations for forthcoming movies. This weekend found Simon Calder exploring the Hisma Desert that extends for many hundreds of miles across the Arabian peninsula – though he flew back from Riyadh in time to take top travel questions for an hour. American adventures Q: We have cancelled our planned summer trip to California in both 2020 and 2021. We have now re-arranged for 2022. However, we are worried that the US may be one of the countries that will view vaccines given long ago as expired. My husband and I should be fine as we will be due boosters at the end of this year, but my 16-year-old had his second jab in early August so it will be a year (plus a few days) since that jab when we go to the US. Do you think US will allow a PCR test as alternative? And what about access to theme parks that require vaccination proof? Josie1970 A: To everyone’s huge relief, the US is due to open up to fully vaccinated British travellers – and visitors from the rest of Europe – on 8 November. Details of what will be required of us just 19 days ahead is still frustratingly sketchy. My presumption is that we will face the current rules as they apply to the very large number of nations from which travel to the US is possible. Under 18s are welcome with vaccinated adults though they require a Covid test within three calendar days of arriving in America. Lateral flow will do – a slow and expensive PCR is unnecessary. Adults will need that test, too, as well as evidence of vaccination. Evidence of recovery from Covid in the past three months is an alternative. Predicting less than three weeks ahead is tricky – and what the rules might be for travel to the US 10 months from now is anybody’s guess. Given that the tourism industry in California and elsewhere will be desperate to welcome Brits back I’m sure there will be a fairly low bar on requirements. By summer 2022, of course. we will also know more about the efficacy and the longevity of vaccines. Increasingly, tourist attractions in the US are dropping their stipulations about proof of vaccination. But right now the future is another country … Q: Are you aware of any movement in the US in respect of exemptions for children travelling from 8 November? Particularly for children over 12 as only one dose is being offered here in the UK. And the lateral flow tests for the US, do these need to be supervised rather than the home kits? Alex Irwin A: The baffling lack of communication by the US after the splendid news of the reopening is most infuriating. My presumption is that we will face the current rules as they apply to the very large number of nations from which travel to the US is possible: under 18s are welcome with vaccinated adults though they require a Covid test (lateral flow will do) within three calendar days of arriving in America. And if I can get my retaliation in early on jabs: any vaccination recognised by the World Health Organisation will do, too. On testing, I am pretty sure the US will require a properly medically supervised test, such as those performed at airports. The DIY tests allowed by the UK are regarded internationally as a bit of a joke. Q: Do we know what format of vaccine passport the US will allow from 8 November yet? Hello Benj A: Nothing certain yet, but standard NHS certificate is a pretty good guess. Always worth getting a paper one: for England the link is here. Q: I’m booked to go to New York for Christmas and only there for five days. Will we still need to do a test when we’re there and what will this consist of? Do we take tests with us or do it there? Heidi E A: There are still no clarity: it is possible that a second test on day 3, 4 or 5 after arrival will be required, or it may simply be advisory. My view with all these “and another test X days after you arrive” rules: If you are leaving the country by the deadline, you need not take a test. If a test does turn out to be mandatory, do not assume that a UK-bought test will count. The rule is likely to require a properly medically administered test. Q: We are looking to get some Christmas sunshine in California for Christmas with family. Have you heard anything on what the situation is for children under 12 (unvaccinated) entering the US? A Shoesmith A: As answered just now, nothing definite but presumption is just a lateral flow test before departure. Red list rumours Q: What are the chances of the Dominican Republic coming off the red list by the December holidays? Why does it remain on the list? Kaytee A: To answer your questions in reverse order: it is very difficult to see why the Dominican Republic should still be on the red list, one of the seven countries from which hotel quarantine is still mandatory. I imagine there was some politics going on, with the UK government wanting to avoid scrapping the red list altogether overnight (as Ireland has done) to avoid the impression that the whole thing has been a damaging waste of time, money and emotion for months. Therefore to answer your other question: I think it is odds-on that the Dom Rep will be removed from the red list as part of the next changes due on 28 October, taking effect on 1 or 2 November. If I am wrong, there is another opportunity on 18 November. Backpacking soon? Q: With more countries accepting proof of vaccination in place of PCR tests, what do you think the prospects are for multi-destination backpacking travel in late 2022 and in to 2023? Harriet 123456 A: I hope things will have eased up through Europe by next year. But multinational trips beyond Europe are going to be tricky, I fear, for a while. I have just been from the UK to Turkey to Jordan to Saudi Arabia, and I have a sheaf of tests and permits to prove it. All the individual nations’ requirements were significantly different, and costly in terms of time and testing. For a while when long-haul travel starts in earnest I will be doing mainly single-country backpacking. India – with such miraculous diversity – looks the most obvious location. Right now there are strict quarantine rules, and I think that may prevail for the rest of this year. But I do hope that I am wrong – and that barriers between countries collapse just as quickly as they were applied in March 2020. Frontier formalities Q: Do you know why there are queues now at Heathrow? Previously it was easy to go through the e-gates but now everyone is put in the same queue till it branches off? And are they planning to increase number of e-gates? Sjb A: When I arrived at the start of the morning peak today there was no significant queue (there had been only a couple of arrivals, though). Time taken through e-gates: less than one minute. UK Border Force has outsourced Covid checks to the airlines, which means that only identity verification is needed. Q: I’m flying into Edinburgh from Lanzarote on 31 October. Once in Edinburgh I’ll be driving home to England. For my day two test do I follow the English rules which allow for cheap lateral-flow tests or Scottish rules, which currently is expensive PCR test. Thank you Mick 6565 A: Live in England and travelling straight home from a Scottish airport? It’s English rules. Have a great trip. Q: I am travelling to Austria on 31 October. Do I need to have a “fit to fly” test or complete any pre-travel checks? I am double vaccinated. Mandy D A: Austria is now one of the more liberal countries vis-à-vis UK travellers, given the extraordinarily high Covid rates here. Just turn up with your proof of vaccination. No need to fill in a passenger locator form in advance. Jab journeys Q: If I am on a trial vaccine which EU countries can I travel to without an NHS app international vaccine passport? Jonny L M A: Broadly, if the NHS says you’re good to go, then most EU countries will accept that. But for people who have taken part in trials, the news from the NHS isn’t great: “You’ll be able to get an NHS Covid Pass for travel soon. Some people already can, it depends if your clinical trial site has put your vaccination information on the NHS vaccine database. ”If you cannot get an NHS Covid Pass, contact your clinical trial site.“ It also adds, helpfully, ”Check the entry requirements for the country you’re visiting.“ The one clear message is that you are regarded as fully vaccinated for returning to the UK, if that is any consolation. Q: Is UK going to accept Argentina´s vaccine certificate this next review on 28 October? Martin Arg A: I can’t say. The UK is unique, as far as I can tell in regarding vaccines from more than half the countries in the world as inadequate or somehow suspect. The reason for this unusual view is one of the many things I will be seeking during the review into the way that travel has been so badly damaged by a series of inexplicable decisions by ministers. Q: Do you have any further info about the vaccine expiry issue? Does this mean we will have to have a booster every six months in future? Sib A: We really don’t know at this stage. I imagine that once we reach the point at which double vaccinated people will have had the second jab over a year ago, individual countries – or better still the world collectively – will take a view on what else might be needed. That will start happening early in the New Year. Q: I’ve had my booster 19 days ago but doesn’t show on the NHS Covid passport. Will this be updated? Toffeeman A: At present I am unaware of boosters being required or appreciated by destination countries. That is probably just as well because I understand boosters are not showing up. “The sell-by date” to which you refer is simply a privacy precaution – the NHS doesn’t want to give you a long-dated QR code in case it falls into the wrong hands. Every time you ask the NHS app for a certificate/QR code for travel, it is automatically valid for a month. Testing times Q: According to the Foreign Office, the South African authorities require the following information on a PCR test certificate: “It should be conducted by a certified medical practitioner, and should have the name and signature of the practitioner who conducted the test marked clearly on it, as well as the time at which the sample was taken.” Do you know any testing companies that provide this information on the test certificate please? John LPL A: Any reputable, medically run testing centre will provide this information as a matter of course. I tend to use Collinson at airports (booking with the code BA20OFF to get a one-fifth discount) and have never had a problem. I have just checked the latest, and it includes the time to the minute the sample was taken, a certification of accreditation from the UK authorities and the signature and stamp of the global medical director – Dr Simon Worrell. Although he didn’t personally take the sample, I have never encountered any problems with the official status of the test. Spanish practices Q: We are planning on travelling to mainland Spain for Christmas and then continuing on to the Canaries. Our daughter turns 12 in December (before our trip) and wondered if there is any guidance on unvaccinated children travelling within Spain? We may be able to get one vaccine before travel to Spain but we think she may nevertheless need a PCR test before departure to Spain. I wondered also if there are rules about travelling within the Spanish territories after being in the mainland. James A: The UK’s “one jab for teens” policy is incompatible with the rules for getting into a large number of countries, including Spain, without too much formality. Unfortunately because your daughter will no longer be 11 when she arrives in Spain, she will need a test: either PCR or Lamp. The latter is much faster but also harder to find. Regional governments in Spain retain legal powers to ease or tighten restrictions on travel/testing, and these have been deployed over the past 18 months. The Canary Islands are clearly in a strong position to enforce its own rules – but at present I am unaware of any intra-Spanish restrictions. French Formalities Q: A 12-year-old and a 14-year-old will be travelling together – but without an adult – from UK to France over half term. They have only have one vaccination each and so are not “fully vaccinated” and cannot access the digital Covid pass. Do they need two lateral flow tests, pre and on return? Can they access the French pass sanitaire to enable entry to public venues? Sparkler A: I can give some basic advice, but I suggest you liaise with the helpful French embassy in London to ensure that you have the right strategy organised for unaccompanied minors. Getting in: they must each present a negative lateral flow test result taken no more than 48 hours before arrival in France. For the TousAntiCovid pass, they will need – as things – stand to be tested every 72 hours. The French embassy says: “Three types of proof are accepted: proof of full vaccination, proof of a test less than 72 hours old or proof of recovery from Covid-19 more than 11 days ago and less than 180 days ago. ”Verification is carried out by QR code, which may be presented in digital or paper format.“ Asian access Q: Even though UK is opening up for travel, where can we realistically go? Are parts of South East Asia open? Sjb A: My understanding is that Thailand will be opening much more widely to UK visitors (and other nationalities) on 1 November. The country has suffered extreme hardship due to the absence of significant numbers of tourists. If you are longing for South East Asia before that, then Singapore has just included the UK on its latest list of permitted arrivals (alongside Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Spain and the US. Stringent pre- and post-travel testing rules apply, and you must fly on designated “vaccinated passengers only” flights. Q: Any thoughts on China lifting restrictions? Haven’t seen my son in two years. Anonymous A: I have seen no sign of China’s hardline stance changing. It may be that your son would be able to get to the UK rather than you going there. But I know a number of expatriates who’ve come back to the UK who have encountered horrendous problems going back into the People’s Republic, so that may not be a welcome option for him. Sorry I can’t be more optimistic. Q: Do you think bars and restaurants in Phuket will be open by January? Rach McCruiser A: Yes – although it’s a few years since I was on that wonderful island, so I hesitate to give you any specific recommendations. Truly annoying Q: I am waiting for a refund from Truly Travel for a cancelled holiday in June 2020. Do you think it is likely that the Consumer Watchdog (CMA) will get me my money back? SparklesS A: I hope so. Truly Travel is the company that trades as Teletext Holidays. The Competition and Markets Authority said on Monday: “After reviewing Truly Holdings’s final report on progress with repayments, the CMA wrote to Truly Holdings on 16 September stating it would take the company to court unless it took urgent action to improve how it handles refunds to package holiday customers. ”The CMA does not consider that Truly Holdings has done enough to provide refunds to package holiday customers with outstanding claims, including recent cancellations, or to make sure that it pays all future refunds that are due within the 14 days required by law. “The CMA has therefore filed proceedings requesting a court order that outstanding refunds be immediately repaid.” The trouble is, there is no date for the court case. In addition, in some of these kinds of cases the company under investigation goes out of business – leaving customers who are owed refunds as unsecured creditors. Sorry I can’t be more optimistic. Read More Which countries are on the red list? What are the new travel changes and how will rules work? Travel industry relief mixed with fury after government eases rules

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Duterte dares senators to slash budgets of gov’t agencies by one-third

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte early Wednesday dared senators to slash the budgets of government agencies by one-third.The President made the dare after ordering members of his Cabinet not to attend the Senate's investigations into the government's COVID-19 response.“You threaten the budget of different agencies of the executive because the officials refuse to attend to your hearings. Ito ‘yung mga pang-abuso talaga, itong masabi ko sa gobyerno pagka demokrasya,” Duterte said during his Talk to the People.(These are abuses, this is what I can say in a democratic government.)“Itong (This) separation of powers, co-equal, and everything, and th

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When is the Autumn Budget 2021?

Chancellor Rishi Sunak will deliver his next Budget and Spending Review to the House of Commons on Wednesday 27 October 2021. Mr Sunak is expected to make a swathe of announcements as he seeks to rebalance the books after the “fiscal meteorite” that was the Covid-19 pandemic saw him shell out billions of pounds to keep the country afloat. A plan for jobs is expected to be at the centre of this Autumn Budget, Mr Sunak having already announced £500m in funding to help people back into work after the winding down of the furlough scheme on 30 September. As part of Boris Johnson’s “Build Back Better” strategy to shift the country to a “high wage, high skill, high productivity economy”, as outlined in his recent address to the Conservative Party conference in Manchester, Mr Sunak is also being tipped to raise the minimum wage for over-23s to £9.42 per hour, having last done so in his Spring Budget on 3 March when he lifted it to £8.91. He may end the one-year freeze on public sector pay, which last year hit 1.3 million professionals including civil servants, council staff, teachers and emergency services personnel (NHS frontline workers were exempted) in a move the government deemed necessary at the time to rein in the national deficit. Mr Sunak spoke in Manchester on 4 October of his preference for making tax cuts while stressing he is unlikely to be able to do so this time out given that the government borrowed a record £299bn at the height of the pandemic between April 2020 and April 2021. Instead, another council tax rise is thought to be likely, given that the Conservatives have raised local levies every year for the past 10 and could do so again, perhaps by as much as 5 per cent. The Treasury has already frozen income tax thresholds and announced an unpopular 1.25 per cent rise in National Insurance contributions to pay for health and social care, a move that flew in the face of the Tories’ 2019 election manifesto pledge that it would not raise taxes. Climate change is expected to be a key topic given that the Budget takes place just four days before the crucial Cop26 summit of world leaders gets underway in Glasgow. The Treasury has yet to outline its plans for how Britain can pay its way towards realising the 78 per cent reduction in carbon dioxide it has pledged to hit by 2035 and achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050. But the government has already trailed the availability of £5,000 heat pump grants from next April to encourage homeowners to dump their existing gas boilers for low-carbon alternatives with a view to phasing out the fossil fuel-reliant precursor by 2035. In a bid to recoup cash, the chancellor might also lower the threshold at which students begin to repay their higher education loans. Currently, students in England and Wales pay 9 per cent of everything they earn above £27,295 per year until their loan is paid off but that could come down to as little as £23,000 in the interests of clawing back £2bn a year more quickly, at no little cost to recent graduates. Keen observers have also suggested the Treasury could significantly bolster its coffers by curtailing tax relief on pension savings for those on high salaries or by capping the amount employees can put aside for their retirement years. Read More Price of pint to increase by 30p as supply shortages drive up costs Sunak must fund mental health system to tackle racial inequalities, psychiatrists warn Sunak faces ‘messy’ economic outlook as inflation eats into his Budget, Resolution foundation says Reshuffle in full: Who is out and who has been promoted? Boris Johnson flexes muscles with cabinet shake-up for post-Covid era PM won’t say how Universal Credit claimants can recoup lost £20-a-week

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Biden's climate plan at risk, Dems scramble for alternatives

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Boris Johnson misses House of Commons minute’s silence for David Amess

Boris Johnson missed a minute’s silence held in the House of Commons to honour Conservative MP Sir David Amess due to a diary clash. In a packed Commons chamber on Monday, MPs from across the political spectrum took part in a minute's silence and paid tribute to the Southend West MP, who was fatally stabbed in his constituency on Friday. Footage from the chamber showed MPs, dressed in black and heads bowed, although Mr Johnson was conspicuous by his absence from the government front bench. The prime minister was said to have been unable to attend as he was meeting with the first ministers of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland on Monday afternoon. He is understood to have held a separate minute’s silence at that meeting before returning to the Commons’ chamber around an hour later to deliver his own remarks on Sir David. Mr Johnson later joined politicians from all parties at an emotional church service for the Southend West MP. Monday’s meeting between the prime minister and first ministers Nicola Sturgeon, Mark Drakeford and Paul Givan was held to discuss the UK’s Covid recovery and preparations for Cop26 climate summit in Glasgow. They were joined by Michelle O’Neill, the deputy first minister of Northern Ireland, Michael Gove, the minister for intergovernmental relations, and Sajid Javid, the health secretary. The secretaries of state for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland also participated virtually, along with other ministers from the devolved administrations. Speaking in the Commons later on Monday, Mr Johnson said Sir David died doing what he believed was the most important part of an MP's job. “That Sir David spent almost 40 years in this House, but not one day in ministerial office, tells everything about where his priorities lay,” the prime minister said. “He was not a man in awe of this chamber, nor a man who sought patronage or advancement. He simply wanted to serve the people of Essex. ”And it was in the act of serving his constituents that he was so cruelly killed. In his recent memoir, Sir David called surgeries a part of the great British tradition of the people openly meeting their elected politicians. “Even after the murder of Jo Cox and the savage attacks on Stephen Timms and Nigel Jones, he refused to accept that he should in any way deterred from speaking face-to-face with his constituents. ”And so when he died, he was doing what he firmly believed was the most important part of any MPs job - offering help to those in need.” Read More Reshuffle in full: Who is out and who has been promoted? Boris Johnson flexes muscles with cabinet shake-up for post-Covid era PM won’t say how Universal Credit claimants can recoup lost £20-a-week

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J&J Wants Talc Suits On Hold After Unit’s Bankruptcy Filing

(Bloomberg) -- Johnson & Johnson wants a bankruptcy judge to immediately halt all lawsuits targeting the company over its talc-based

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'Four Hours at the Capitol' grimly recounts the events of Jan. 6 in a taut HBO documentary

As the Jan. 6 Committee continues its work, "Four Hours at the Capitol" presents a methodical, up-close-and-personal tick-tock of the insurrection, exposing what a chaotic, strange and yes, violent day that was. Interviewing members of Congress, police and protestors/rioters, it's a visceral account of what transpired through the eyes -- and cameras -- of those swept up in the moment.

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Man shoots self after killing woman in Greater Noida’s Dadri

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Kerala cannot ignore signals of climate change anymore, warn experts

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U.S. House committee nears contempt vote on Trump aide Steve Bannon

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U.K.’s Sunak Resists Spending Pressure as BOE Set to Hike Rates

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