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Self-checkout has changed the supermarket shopping game. For some, it’s a helpful convenience that reduces the need to interact with people and allows for petty theft (joking!). For others, it’s a confusing bother that takes jobs away from actual humans.
However you feel about it, you’re likely to find folks on Twitter who agree with you. We’ve rounded up 40 funny tweets about the self-checkout experience.
Using self-checkout lane so I don’t have to interact with anyone.
Scans first item.
Register: … “Please wait for assistance.”
— Kate Hall (@KateWhineHall) January 25, 2018
I’m just a girl, standing in front of a self-checkout, screaming that there’s no unexpected item in the bagging area.
— Abby Heugel (@AbbyHasIssues) July 20, 2020
I always keep my cool when using self-checkout machines because I want them to vouch for me as an ally during the robot uprising
— Ashes to ashes (an spooky female) ⚪️ (@adult_mom) June 20, 2017
target self checkout cameras: you are ugly. you are nothing. you are the scum at the earth. look at you LMAOOOO. EYE SPY A BUM.
— queen quen (@quenblackwell) July 13, 2019
you can tell how much someone hates people by how skilled they are at the self-checkout
— Mary Charlene (@IamEnidColeslaw) February 8, 2013
at target self checkout & a rambunctious child stuck his butt on my bagging area & the register was like “unexpected item in bag” !!!!
— Gabby Noone (@twelveoclocke) March 22, 2017
All I want to do before I die is make it through the self-checkout one time without needing an employee to turn a key.
— mark (@TheCatWhisprer) May 3, 2016
sure. we had self checkout back in my day. it was called shoplifting
— kim. (@KimmyMonte) December 15, 2017
Day 1087 without sex: Purposely messed up my self-checkout at the grocery store just to hear a voice telling me what to do
— Vision Booooooored? (@VisionBored1) January 8, 2020
Grocery store self-checkout may put people out of work, but at least it’s also awful & annoying for customers.
— Ken Jennings (@KenJennings) May 9, 2019
they gotta turn down the volume on those self checkout machines in the grocery store. they be just screaming at me and making me nervous. give me fucking two seconds to put it in the bagging area please god damnit
— spooky blm donny (@_donnydrama) December 31, 2017
The cutest chick rang me up at the self-checkout today!
— Stephanie McMaster (@Smethanie) January 2, 2015
But if I use the self checkout who will see all of the pretentious food I bought?
— Life at Tiffany’s (@lifeattiffanys) February 7, 2017
This Target cashier seems frustrated that I need help with the self checkout like I am an actual employee.
— Simon Holland (@simoncholland) February 18, 2020
The target self checkout camera makes you look ugly as fuck so you lose self esteem and don’t steal
— cayne (@c0mic_sans) October 24, 2018
I decided to use the self-checkout and a lady asked me to scan her stuff, so I did. Then another lady asked me, anyway long story short I’m still checking people out and apparently I work here now. I hope I get a break soon because I’m hungry.
— Marcy G (@BunAndLeggings) September 8, 2019
self checkout?! gotta check items out myself?!! self checkout what’s next??! what’s next do i get a job?!! do i get a job and support myself
— tara shoe (@tarashoe) January 29, 2015
“Unexpected item in the bagging area”
Me: NO THERE IS N-
*notices that toddler has climbed up and is trying to bag herself*
OH, MY BAD
— TheBabyLady (@thebabylady7) January 19, 2018
My daughter just learned how to scan items at the grocery store self-checkout, so a trip for bread & milk is now 45 minutes and 137 scan attempts long.
— Stephanie Ortiz (@Six_Pack_Mom) June 21, 2018
Scanning the PS5 as a bell pepper at self-checkout>>>
— T O R ï (@returnofthetori) September 16, 2020
I am not brave enough to scam at self checkout. I don’t have it in me. pic.twitter.com/vSSWlUuzkV
— bri (@bigshitxtalker) September 3, 2017
A little boy changed his mom’s grocery self-checkout’s language to Spanish. She did not find it amusing. I did. #iheartboys
— Emily Volman (@emilyvolman) February 3, 2011
Sorry I sang “The Heat Is On” while you were using the self-checkout at Target.
— Kendra Alvey (@Kendragarden) May 15, 2018
Not bragging but I go thru the self checkout like it’s an Olympic competition
— Envy (@envydatropic) September 7, 2015
At least the self-checkout doesn’t ask me what I’m making for dinner with these items or when I’m going to call my mother.
— Just J (@junejuly12) October 13, 2019
Is it possible for the self-checkout machine to judge you?
— caprice crane (@capricecrane) September 17, 2012
If you want to know how much of a maverick I am, when the CVS self checkout says, “Please remember to take your receipt,” I just turn and walk away. I just leave the receipt in the machine like it’s nothing.
— Sandra Newman (@sannewman) June 29, 2018
*uses self-checkout to save time*
*waits 30 minutes for assistance after register freezes*
— mark (@TheCatWhisprer) July 15, 2015
[meeting god] sorry. you didn’t scan every item at the self checkout. looks like it’s downstairs for you, little lady
me: but free labor is theft. i paid myself for working as a cashier on behalf of a bloodsucking corporation
god: lmao, you got me. welcome to heaven, sis
— beth, uprising enthusiast (@bourgeoisalien) November 25, 2019
I’m always cool and confident until I’m paying for fruit at the self checkout.
— Possum Kingdom ? (@aissalanis) September 24, 2018
That camera at self checkout really humbles you
— Toks (@_Toks96) February 20, 2020
self-checkout lanes: because you hate people yet love doing someone else’s job for nothing
— Mary Charlene (@IamEnidColeslaw) September 22, 2012
With face recognition technology, grocery stores could save so much time by signaling the manager while I’m still in the self checkout line.
— Lurkin’ Mom (@LurkAtHomeMom) December 8, 2016
I wish I could be like the self checkout machine and work when I feel like working.
— Jessie (@mommajessiec) March 24, 2018
Self checkout should just be called “payment optional”
— Swishergirl (@Swishergirl24) September 2, 2013
When you’re in self checkout and your son is screaming “it didn’t scan” pic.twitter.com/7GlxdqeoUr
— Lake effect tech Ep 3 this Wednesday (@I_Exude_Sarcasm) October 4, 2018
having a panic attack because I’m 28 and I still use the self checkout to buy tampons because I’m too embarrassed
— Mary Charlene (@IamEnidColeslaw) December 28, 2013
Every time I almost think humanity will be okay, I see someone struggle with the self-checkout for 20 minutes.
— caprice crane (@capricecrane) December 16, 2011
self-checkout voice: remove item from bagging area
scv: stand up straight
scv: the fuck are you wearing?
— keely flaherty (@keelyflaherty) September 13, 2016
If you can’t find the barcode on a product, maybe the self-checkout isn’t for you. Don’t be a hero.
— Abby Heugel (@AbbyHasIssues) January 23, 2016
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Holland & Barrett collected all this data so they could analyse which cities on the whole were best for upping your exposure to sunlight, and therefore getting a hearty dose of vitamin D.
Its ‘Sunshine Cities’ report looked at metrics such as how short the working day was (meaning more time to spend outside), how many hours of sunlight each city had, how many free outdoor attractions they had, and how many hours sleep people were getting on average.
In total, 210 cities around the world were analysed. Each of the metrics was awarded a weighted score and these were combined to give each city a score out of 100. Where data was not available for every metric, the city wasn’t counted.
Rome was crowned the vitamin D capital thanks to the Italian city seeing plenty of hours of sunshine each year, as well as being home to hundreds of free outdoor attractions and shorter working and sleeping hours (meaning more time to spend outdoors).
Alice Springs in Australia came in second place, while Madrid in Spain came third. Here’s the ‘Sunshine List’ in full:
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Local leaders have argued that existing tier 2 restrictions have not brought cases down for months, and that financial support needs to be scaled up to help people and businesses hit by further lockdown measures.
Communities secretary Robert Jenrick in a letter offered £22m to help the city enter tier 3, worth around £8 per person, with “additional support commensurate” with that offered in Lancashire and the Liverpool City Region.
But Manchester Central MP Lucy Powell said the government’s offer was an “insult”.
Where to start with government response to GM this am:
?not good faith discussion but only 2 ministerial meets
?been in Tier 2 since July when our rates lower than lowest regions today
?rates are falling in Mcr and stabilising across region
?£7.85/person offer is insult
— Lucy Powell MP (@LucyMPowell) October 20, 2020
Speaking earlier on Tuesday, Burnham said he would “try to be positive and respond, and see if we can find a way forward” despite the “slightly provocative move” by the government.
“The letter is odd in that it is both an ultimatum but it references potential additional support that could be given to us,” he told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme.
“The thing is, we’ve never been given a figure for that additional support.
“What I’ll be proposing to the Greater Manchester leaders when we meet this morning, quite early, is that we write to the government setting out what we think a fair figure is for that support, given we’ve been under restrictions for three months and that has taken a real toll on people and businesses here.
“The second thing we would need is full flexibility to support the people that we think are going to need to be supported in a tier 3 lockdown.”
But he said he would not break the law if the government imposed the measures on Greater Manchester without the consent of civic leaders.
In his letter, Jenrick had warned there were now “more Covid-19 patients in Greater Manchester hospitals than in the whole of the south-west and south-east combined”.
“Despite recognising the gravity of the situation, local leaders have been so far unwilling to take the action that is required to get this situation under control,” he wrote.
“I have written to local leaders this evening to make clear that if we cannot reach agreement by midday [on Tuesday] then I must advise the prime minister that, despite our best endeavours, we’ve been unable to reach agreement.”
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A Danish submarine inventor jailed for murdering and dismembering a journalist has attempted to escape the prison where he is serving a life sentence.
Peter Madsen, who was convicted of torturing and murdering Swedish reporter Kim Wall in 2017, briefly escaped from Herstedvester Prison in Albertslund on Tuesday morning, The Copenhagen Post reports.
The newspaper says the 49-year-old was apprehended nearby by police snipers. Pictures from the scene appear to show a man surrounded by armed police in the area west of Copenhagen.
In Denmark, a life sentence equates to 16 years on average but can be extended.
Madsen was convicted of murder, sexual assault and the dismemberment of Wall, 30, after luring her onto his homemade submarine with the promise of an interview.
Madsen denied murdering Wall, saying she died accidentally inside the submarine, but has confessed to throwing her body parts into the Baltic Sea.
The trial heard Wall had “likely had begged for her life” while Madsen carried out “a sadistic, yes, inhuman, sexual fantasy”.
Violent videos in which women were tortured and killed were found on Madsen’s computer, Her cause of death has never been established.
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Carole was asked by PinkNews if she thought Joe Exotic was a good representative for the LGBTQ community, to which she replied: “I think he’s an embarrassment to the human community.
“It’s not a matter of what your sexuality is, this man is just a deviant in the way that he treats human life and animal life.
“I think he’s a malignant narcissist, and that it’s all about him. It doesn’t have anything to do with any of the communities that he may associate himself with.”
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We are constantly surrounded by technological innovations, so much so that we hardly pay attention to how significantly these new releases tend to simplify and streamline our lives. Technological tools get faster, smaller and more powerful – in fact, a single piece of medical wire measuring a fraction of a millimetre can change someone’s life.
We chatted to four incredible people about their journeys and the advanced medical innovations that transformed their lives, giving them the chance to do what they never expected they’d be able to: competing as a world-class athlete after losing a limb, hearing the laughter of a loved one after going deaf, controlling the previously impossible-to-stop tremors resulting from Parkinson’s disease.
Minnesota-based Mike Schultz was living the dream as a professional snocross racer at the top of his game when an accident in 2008 saw him thrown from his machine, his left leg hyperextended 180 degrees in the wrong direction. The accident severed one of the main arteries, and over the course of the next three days, Schultz learned doctors would have to amputate.
“Hearing that from the doctors was a hard one to accept. My family and I knew that after all the discussion, that was the right choice. OK, we’re going to accept it and we’re going to move on. I thought my competition and racing days were over,” says Schultz.
His love of sport and mental focus helped him recover swiftly and in a positive mindframe: six weeks after the operation, he knew he’d compete again – he just needed the right prosthetic to do it.
With Schultz’s interest in mechanics and tinkering – and his background in extreme sports – he knew that he required a leg with suspension components that functioned as a shock absorber on a snowmobile or dirt bike, so his leg could absorb the impacts when riding.
The Moto Knee was born – as was Schultz’s company, BioDapt, which designs and manufactures lower limb prosthetics for athletes, and has been in business for a decade. He also created the Versa Foot, which works in conjunction with the knee system. Since 2012, he’s been using machining tools from Scandinavian mechanical engineering firm, Sandvik, which he describes as “incredible.”
“I believe in having the right tools for the job. I look at my prosthetic equipment as tools that allow me to do what I want to accomplish,” he says.
Whenever Schultz sees a new challenge or needs a new prosthetic for a sport, he hits the drawing board, eventually creating a product he shares with customers around the world – and his top competitors. He’s already launched next-gen iterations of the Moto Knee and Versa Foot, and a downhill ski foot is coming soon.
Schultz’s sports career has gone from strength to strength: he started skiing with the Moto Knee, a sport he enjoys in his downtime with his wife, and has picked up global recognition and a slew of medals in the ensuing years, including a gold and silver in snowboarding at the Paralympics in Pyeongchang in 2018, as well as 10 X Game gold medals for snowmobile, snobike and motocross.
“Getting to compete for Team USA at the Paralympic Games in 2018, winning gold and silver for my country, was the most surprising moment, hands down,” he says.
“It was also an incredible moment not just because I won, but because 15 athletes competing in snowboarding were using equipment that I developed.”
36-year-old, Jacob Johanen, a native of Gothenburg, Sweden, describes his life as happening in three parts, or acts.
Act one: in 2004, aged 19-20, he was a happy-go-lucky, super sociable young man with a part-time job and a girlfriend, who suddenly discovered he had a rare disease, Cogan syndrome, which causes vision problems, vertigo and hearing loss. In the space of a couple of weeks, Johanen’s hearing disappeared almost completely.
“It turned my life upside down,” he says. “It was a daily struggle. It was very difficult for me.”
With the help of medication, a hearing aid and strategies like lip reading, he was able to gain some hearing back. He still suffered quite a lot: constant tinnitus in his ear, exhaustion from trying to communicate and engineer social situations where he would be able to hear best and recurring eye inflammations during that period, which he describes as “torture.” He worked to reestablish his studies, social life and work, and coped quite well for the next eight years, a period he terms his “second life.”
Then, in 2012, the little hearing he had left went completely. Doctors re-introduced the possibility of a cochlear implant (when it was initially mentioned when he was first diagnosed, he rejected the idea).
“I was older. I had a different confidence, a different self image. At this point in life, I had much more to lose. I had built up a life, even with all these bad circumstances, that I wanted to continue living. I didn’t want to pause all of this,” Johanen says.
He also didn’t have a choice: if he was going to hear again, he would need the cochlear implant, which includes a microphone and speech processor that sits outside of the body, and uses EXERA® fine medical wire from Sandvik to stimulate the auditory nerves to deliver sound, while bypassing the damaged portions of the ear.
After hearing only tinnitus in his ear for eight years, Johanen finally heard sounds again. Part three of his life has a new soundtrack: his wife’s voice, his friends laughing around him, his social work clients calling him on the phone, asking for help or advice.
“When I put them on, I hear so well. I get constantly reminded of how much it gives me because at the end of the day, I take my aids off. In the morning, I wake up, I hear nothing. The cochlear implant affects me in all aspects of life, and it’s all positive,” he says.
Born and raised in Stockholm, Amanda Rosengren is a 13-year-old girl who loves gymnastics, acting and art – activities she pursues with fervour alongside attending school each day.
Amanda is also managing Type 1 diabetes, which she was diagnosed with at the age of four. Her parents spent years taking finger prick blood samples to manually check her blood sugar levels – as many as 20 times a day.
“Me and my husband, we had to get up during the night and check her blood sugar with finger sticks. We had to set the clock in the middle of the night, so it was a 24/7 job to check because you didn’t know. You couldn’t really see and you didn’t know what blood sugar she had. It was like a surprise every time,” Amanda’s mother, Helen Blomqvist, tells HuffPost.
In 2014, the hospital where Amanda was a patient suggested she try a CGM device, which monitors her blood glucose in real time and has three parts: a monitor, a transmitter and a sensor that’s slimmer than a needle, which detects glucose levels in the blood, measuring a chemical reaction with glucose oxidase every few minutes. The glucose is converted to hydrogen peroxide, which creates an electrical signal as it reacts to the sensor, which is transmitted through a tiny wire, created by medical engineering group, Sandvik.
Amanda changes the device weekly, which she uses alongside her insulin pump. She simply needs to peek at the Apple Watch on her wrist – which is connected to her phone – to check her blood sugar levels while she’s at school. The watch vibrates if her blood sugar is too high or too low.
“I don’t think about it so much,” says Amanda, who is now able to be independent in school for the first time. Thanks to the device, she no longer needs to have someone monitoring her.
“It’s like day and night. Before, you worried a lot because you didn’t know what blood sugar level Amanda had. Now you can see it, it’s visualised. This is a life-changer for sure,” says Helen.
With Amanda’s blood sugar values transmitted every five minutes and pre-set alarms on the device, the family is finally able to sleep through the night.
Andrew Johnson was working for a large New Zealand bank as Senior Legal Counsel, celebrating his son’s second birthday and looking forward to the arrival of his second child, when he was diagnosed with early-onset Parkinson’s disease, aged 35. Parkinson’s disease is an incurable progressive degenerative neurological disorder affecting movement, motor function and cognitive skills.
“Physically, I was having trouble finding treatment that would allow me to live a relatively normal life. I was having difficulty finding periods of relative stability: I was either rigid and stuck, unable to move quickly or flailing wildly around with dyskinesia, the unwanted limb movement associated with particular medications,” explains Johnson.
A couple of years after his diagnosis, Johnson learned about DBS, deep brain stimulation surgery, which research has shown can prolong the efficacy and longevity of treatment in early-onset Parkinson’s. The surgery implants electrodes into the brain on a lead. A 0.1mm thin wire – part of Sandvik’s EXERA® fine medical wire range – attaches to the lead that runs through the body and connects to a battery-operated stimulator. Day to day, Johnson hardly has to think about the device, although you can program a range of settings to change the levels of stimulation.
Johnson doesn’t hesitate in calling the surgery “life changing.” These days, he enjoys exercising, socialising, reading, playing music and focusing on the now – instead of fretting about the future or rueing the past..
“It gave me control over my body again. It has made me aware of how grateful I am for everything that I have in my life. Close friends, an amazing wife, great kids, a warm place to live, good food and better wine (though much reduced in volume of consumption), the New Zealand health system and access to world class medical treatment… Then I forget I have Parkinson’s and make the best of the hand of cards I was dealt,” says Johnson.
By Rachel Moss
You can now access a rapid Covid-19 test that’ll give you results before your flight at Heathrow airport – but you’ll still have to abide by the quarantine rules.
The tests, available from Tuesday, aim to deliver results within an hour and will be available at two new pre-departure testing facilities in Terminals 2 and 5.
Thinking of booking a holiday after hearing the news? Here’s what you need to know first.
The tests will initially only be offered to passengers travelling to Hong Kong and Italy – two countries that require UK travellers to show evidence of a negative test result taken within 72 hours of travel.
Cathay Pacific, British Airways and Virgin Atlantic Airlines all fly routes that now require pre-departure tests.
The test at Heathrow costs £80, and passengers interested in using the facility are required to book a test online before making their way to the airport. The testing facilities will initially be open for four weeks.
Some countries that require a negative result upon arrival – for example, Italy – allow passengers to take a free test at the airport when they arrive as an alternative. However, if this comes back positive, beware you’ll be stuck quarantining in a hotel room or quarantine facility.
To begin with, the facilities will offer LAMP testing – an abbreviation for loop-mediated isothermal amplification. These tests require a throat and nose swab. They are not the same as the PCR (polymerase chain reaction) tests used by the NHS.
Unlike the PCR tests, LAMP tests can be processed without being sent to a laboratory. The use of rapid testing for Covid-19 is currently being evaluated, Professor Lawrence S. Young, from Warwick Medical School, tells HuffPost UK.
“These tests need to be validated against the gold standard laboratory tests used in hospital and PHE laboratories,” he says. “Rapid tests tend to be less sensitive than the standard test, but could be useful in some settings where infected individuals need to be rapidly isolated (e.g. care homes, hospitals).”
The lower sensitivity of LAMP tests compared to PCR tests “means that the rate of false negatives will be higher”, explains Dr Joshua Moon, research fellow in the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) at the University of Sussex Business School.
A pilot for LAMP tests within some NHS hospitals has also been announced. The airport facilities are expected to expand to also use antigen testing in the next few weeks. Again, these tests are thought to be less sensitive than the PCR tests.
The tests may help you to enter another country, but you’ll still need to self-isolate when you return to the UK if that country is not listed as a travel corridor.
For example, Italy was recently removed from the exemptions list. If you return from Italy, you’ll still need to self-isolate for 14 days.
It begs the question: why do we still need quarantine rules if the technology is there to test at all airports? “We need to be sure that rapid testing is reliable before it can be used to make decisions about travel,” says Professor Young.
Dr Moon adds: “Importantly, neither this nor PCR would be all that effective if individuals had gotten infected on the plane so the quarantine is still necessary.”
Unless accuracy is guaranteed, both Professor Young and Dr Moon say we’d need more than one test.
“What would be more effective in this case is multiple tests during the quarantine to ensure that negative results are true,” says Dr Moon. “Three negative results over, say, six days, would provide a reasonable justification for somebody leaving quarantine.”
Collinson and Swissport, the companies behind the new facilities, described the pre-departure testing regime as the “crucial next step toward keeping the travel industry moving while limiting the spread of the virus” – but not everyone is convinced.
Virgin Atlantic’s chief executive Shai Weiss believes: “As long as the 14-day quarantine remains in place, demand for travel will not return.”
Earlier this month, the government unveiled a task force to develop a universal coronavirus testing system as a potential way of easing quarantine restrictions for arriving passengers.
Weiss added: “Half a million UK jobs depend on open skies and a fully functioning UK aviation industry. The government’s global travel task force must act swiftly to replace quarantine with passenger testing in November.”
Does Professor Young think the new system will open up travel? Not particularly – “only when the tests are reliable and we are confident that they are robust and accurate,” he says.
By Lee Moran
Borat Sagdiyev brought chaos to the set of Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Monday.
Things only went further off-the-rails from there.
Borat spouted wild conspiracy theories and tried to literally squash a Covid-19 particle as he promoted the sequel to his 2006 mockumentary, Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan.
Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, directed by Jason Woliner, is released on Friday.
The faux Kazak journalist then quizzed and inspected Jimmy for the virus, zinged late-night hosts Jimmy Fallon and Conan O’Brien with a “liquid release” test gag and then forced Jimmy into swapping trousers.
Check out the full interview below…
Sacha Baron Cohen originated the character of Borat on his series Da Ali G Show.
The first Borat film, directed by Larry Charles, grossed $262 million worldwide and was nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay at the Oscars.
In September, Amazon confirmed it had acquired worldwide streaming rights to the new Borat film, which will debut on 23 October.
From a COVID-19 inspection and conspiracy theories to a “liquid release” test and a pants-swap.
Chris Giarmo and Tendayi Kuumba on the “naturalistic” choreography, getting makeup advice from Spike Lee and singing with Mavis Staples.
The comedian’s latest video crushed it on Twitter.
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Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham has said he would not “break the law” if Boris Johnson put the region into tier 3 coronavirus measures, but accused the government of trying to respond to the Covid-19 pandemic “on the cheap”.
Johnson is preparing to impose stringent new coronavirus controls on 2.8 million people in the region after talks with local leaders failed to reach agreement on Monday.
Burnham and other local leaders have been lobbying for a better financial support package before agreeing to the lockdown.
But communities Secretary Robert Jenrick warned local leaders on Monday night that they have until midday on Tuesday to reach a deal or face unilateral government action.
Appearing on Sky News on Tuesday morning, Burnham was asked what he would do if further restrictions were imposed.
The Labour mayor said: “Of course we wouldn’t break the law. We’ve never said that we would.
“We would obviously have to accept that decision, in the end it’s the government’s prerogative.
“But I would say to them at this point are they sure that that is a wise thing to do?”
Burnham said he simply wanted to ensure the lowest-paid people in the region were supported if tier 3 restrictions were brought in.
“If we go into a lockdown where we don’t support people who are in the lowest-paid professions we will have a mental health crisis on top of a pandemic,” he said. “We’re trying to respond to a pandemic on the cheap, that’s how it feels.
The leader of Manchester City Council Sir Richard Leese said he still hoped it would be possible to find an agreed way forward in the hours remaining.
However speaking to BBC Newsnight he also acknowledged they would have no choice but to comply if ministers decided to impose the most stringent Tier 3 restrictions.
Jenrick said that after 10 days of negotiations failed to reach an agreement, the deteriorating situation in the region meant the government had no choice but to act.
“There are now more Covid-19 patients in Greater Manchester hospitals than in the whole of the south west and south east combined,” he said in a statement late on Monday evening.
“But, unfortunately, despite recognising the gravity of the situation, local leaders have been so far unwilling to take the action that is required to get this situation under control.
“I have written to local leaders this evening to make clear that if we cannot reach agreement by midday tomorrow then I must advise the Prime Minister that despite our best endeavours we’ve been unable to reach agreement.”
Asked what would happen if there was no agreement, Jenrick said: “That is a matter for the prime minister.”
The imposition of tier 3 controls would mean a ban on households mixing – including in private gardens or outdoor hospitality settings – while pubs and bars will be forced to close unless they serve meals.
So far only Liverpool City Region and Lancashire have come under the tightest restrictions in England – in each case with the agreement of local leaders.
A “depraved” man who had sex with his pet chickens while his wife filmed him has been jailed for three years.
Rehan Baig, 37, was sentenced at Bradford Crown Court after pleading guilty to offences including having intercourse with chickens, possessing images of himself and his wife engaging in sex acts with a dog and making indecent images of children.
His wife, Haleema Baig, 38, was handed a six-month suspended sentence after admitting that she filmed her husband.
The court heard that the offending was discovered when National Crime Agency officers executed a search warrant at the family home on Shepherd Street, in Bradford, in July 2019, after intelligence that Baig was in possession of indecent images of children.
Computer equipment was seized from the house and 49 indecent images of children were found – including 11 in the most serious category, some of which featured children as young as six.
Officers also found a “significant” quantity of extreme pornographic images, including a number of “first-generation, homemade movies” featuring Baig, and occasionally his wife, engaging in sexual activity with animals and saved under the file name “Family Vids”.
Some of the images featured the couple engaging in sex acts with a dog, while others “of some duration in length” were of Baig performing intercourse with chickens and also, on occasion, with his wife, who filmed some of the footage on a mobile phone.
Sentencing the couple on Monday afternoon, Judge Richard Mansell QC said the acts “would make any right-thinking member of society sick to their stomach” and were carried out for Baig’s “own depraved sexual gratification”.
The judge described Baig’s offending as “depraved, perverted and despicable” and said the creation of the videos was “simply beyond comprehension”.
The court heard that the images showed two of the chickens dead on the cellar floor and another video showed Baig placing one of the deceased animals in a bin bag. He was also filmed having intercourse with a chicken that had already died.
Judge Mansell said: “The pain and suffering you inflicted on these animals must have been horrific.”
Mrs Baig admitted three counts of aiding and abetting sexual intercourse with an animal, but said it was against a background of coercive and controlling behaviour by her husband.
Abigail Langford, prosecuting, said they found her to be a willing participant in the images found at their home, but told the court that a hidden camera had been found in the couple’s bedroom, of which she was unaware.
Langford said the chickens started as family pets and they all died as a consequence of Baig’s actions.
There were no chickens or a dog present at the house when it was searched by police.
Baig admitted three counts of making indecent images of children, three counts of possession of extreme pornography, three counts of sexual intercourse with an animal and two counts of possession of controlled drugs.
He was banned from keeping animals and placed on the sex offenders’ register for life.
Mrs Baig’s six-month sentence was suspended for 18 months, with a requirement to attend 20 days rehabilitation. She was placed on sex offenders’ register for seven years.
A Labour MP slammed Talk Radio host Dan Wootton as a “dangerous conspiracy theorist” during a row over the Welsh ‘firebreaker’ lockdown.
Chris Bryant, MP for Rhondda, appeared on Wootton’s show on Monday evening, during which Wootton claimed that “science had forever used herd immunity to deal with coronaviruses”, confirming that he subscribed to the so-called herd immunity approach alongside “protecting the vulnerable”.
Wootton, who has hosted a regular show on Talk Radio since 2018 alongside his work as a columnist and executive editor of The Sun, has long-criticised lockdowns with a recent tweet referencing “our [the UK’s] march towards an authoritarian Covid state”.
Dan Wootton and Labour MP Chris Bryant have a disagreement over the effectiveness of coronavirus lockdowns.
— talkRADIO (@talkRADIO) October 19, 2020
When questioned by Bryant on how exactly the UK could protect the vulnerable amid a ‘herd immunity’ approach, Wootton declined to give specifics, opting instead to say there is “a whole load of ways to do it”.
Wootton did cite the Great Barrington Declaration, a controversial proposal was published by a right-leaning American thinktank, the American Institute for Economic Research, which garnered thousands of signatures from health professionals – as well homeopaths, therapists, or obviously fake personas such as Dr Johnny Bananas and Dr Person Fakename, Sky News revealed.
Bryant responded by saying: “You’re a nutcase, you’re a complete and utter nutcase, and you’re dangerous as well.”
Wootton then demanded producers “get rid of this man”, at which point Bryant’s microphone was cut off.
The most recent World Health Organisation (WHO) advice on herd immunity, published on October 15, clearly states that the term refers to “a concept used for vaccination” – not, as is commonly misunderstood, allowing a virus to move freely through a population.
The WHO has clarified: “Herd immunity is achieved by protecting people from a virus, not by exposing them to it,” adding “attempts to reach ‘herd immunity’ through exposing people to a virus are scientifically problematic and unethical.
“Letting Covid-19 spread through populations, of any age or health status will lead to unnecessary infections, suffering and death.
Bryant doubled down on his comments in the wake of the interview, tweeting: “I had no idea this man was such a dangerous conspiracy theorist.”
In response to accusations from Wootton that Bryant was in fact the “dangerous one” and “not listening to the science”, the Labour MP said: “You believe we should surrender to the virus which means additional unnecessary deaths plus the overwhelming of our NHS.
“I talk to my local physicians all the time. You’re just a loudmouth Trump-lite.”
You believe we should surrender to the virus which means additional unnecessary deaths plus the overwhelming of our NHS. I talk to my local physicians all the time. You’re just a loudmouth Trump-lite.
— Chris Bryant (@RhonddaBryant) October 19, 2020
Earlier in the interview Wootton said scientific evidence suggested there was “no link” between lockdowns and decreased mortality and urged Bryant to outline his reasoning for the lockdown.
Wootton did not cite his source for this claim, but it mirrors a findings of a research paper published by medical journal The Lancet, in which scientists said “rapid border closures, full lockdowns and and wide-spread testing were not associated with Covid-19 mortality per million people.”
But in the next sentence, the researchers state “full lockdowns and reduced country vulnerability to biological threats… were significantly associated with increased patient recovery rates.” Further down in the study, it is also stated that governmental policy of full lockdowns, when compared with partial lockdowns or curfews, “was strongly associated with recovery rates.”
The researchers involved have also highlighted the limited nature of the study, as the data capture ended on May 1 and only involved 50 countries – meaning the full impact of lockdown measures may not yet have been visible as restrictions had not been in effect for long enough.
Bryant responded to Wootton’s questioning by saying: “Well you don’t seem very bright then. It’s fairly simple. Our local hospitals are absolutely rammed full.”
Wootton asked for proof of statistics on hospital occupancy, claiming the government “was putting out false stats on this”, to which Bryant responded by saying his local intensive care unit (ICU) was around 75% full – around double what it was in 2019.
It’s not the first time Talk Radio has attracted controversy for its hosts’ presentation of the pandemic.
Presenter Jamie East left the station in late September, several weeks after colleague and comedian Mark Dolan cut up a face mask on air – a moment which then went viral as a video clip online.
It’s clear that TalkRADIO has a clearly defined idea of where it’s heading, sadly not many of those ideals were a great fit. So, off the back of the recent @thesmart7pod‘s success I’m able to wish them all the best for the future. Wear a mask, save lives.https://t.co/bO0cKop70j
— Jamie East (@jamieeast) September 28, 2020
Sharing the video East said: “It’s clear that Talk Radio has a clearly defined idea of where it’s heading, sadly not many of those ideals were a great fit.”
The “Late Show” host mocks Texas Sen. John Cornyn for saying he only disagrees with Trump in private.
By David Moye
According to a story first posted by Vice, Toobin’s transgression occurred during a virtual conference between New Yorker staff and local radio station WNYC.
In a statement to Vice, Toobin called the incident “an embarrassingly stupid mistake.”
He added, “I apologise to my wife, family, friends and co-workers.”
The reporter, who is also CNN‘s chief legal analyst, said the entire incident was accidental. “I believed I was not visible on Zoom. I thought no one on the Zoom call could see me. I thought I had muted the Zoom video,” he told Vice.
HuffPost reached out to Toobin for comment, but he did not immediately respond.
A spokesperson for The New Yorker confirmed that Toobin has been suspended “while we investigate the matter.”
In addition, Toobin is stepping away from his CNN gig, according to a statement given to the Associated Press.
“Jeff Toobin has asked for some time off while he deals with a personal issue, which we have granted,” a CNN spokesperson said.