We can handle the virus and other commentary

From the right: We Can Handle the Virus

“The COVID-19 lockdown has served its purpose” and must end, declares The Washington Post’s Marc Thiessen. “The objective” was never to stop every infection, “which is impossible; it was to buy time to learn about the virus and prevent our health-care system from being overwhelmed.” We’ve done that — at a cost. Of the 38 million lockdown layoffs, 42 percent “may be permanent.” One expert predicts the toll on non-COVID patients will be higher than COVID deaths because they’ve “been forced to put off care” for “cancer and cardiac disease,” and one study sees “an additional 40,000 deaths due to suicides and drug overdoses among the jobless.” It’s “senseless” to wait for a vaccine; we must “stop asking millions of Americans to sacrifice their livelihoods” when we “have the capacity to handle” any spike in cases when lockdowns end.

From the left: I Was Wrong — We Must Reopen

USA Today’s Michael J. Stern’s “status as a die-hard Democrat” put him in the “stay at home until it’s safe” side of the coronavirus debate. No longer: “New circumstances have convinced me that cities should reopen sooner rather than later.” Not only does the science show “the chance of an effective vaccine is far from guaranteed,” but we now know that “staying home won’t deliver us to the safety zone.” A “life of home confinement” is “not economically feasible” and “not a world in which most of us would want to live.” People will have “hard choices to make” about “working from home, going to restaurants and visiting friends” — but balancing “risk and reward” should now be a choice individuals make themselves.

Campaign watch: Joe’s Auspicious Absence

Democrats worry that Joe Biden’s absence from the campaign trail amid the pandemic makes him look “weak and marginal at a time of national crisis.” They shouldn’t, argues The Week’s Damon Linker: Unlike most politicians, “Biden benefits by staying in the background.” By laying low and “avoiding embarrassing gaffes,” he plays to his key strength, the “warm glow” of “affirmative feeling” voters have for him, and “comes closer to resembling” a popular “generic Democrat.” His campaign will eventually “need to decide precisely how, and how much, to use the candidate on the stump,” but now Biden’s “best way to win the game is barely to play at all.”

Liberal: The Better Way To Shame

Angry mobs are punishing social-distancing violators, most notably Dominic Cummings, top adviser to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. “The mobs,” sighs The Atlantic’s Graeme Wood, “are doing God’s work, but badly.” It suggests “our shaming skills need sharpening. If you are conducting your shaming in the frozen-food aisle, you’re already too late.” Better to mobilize “silent disgust,” associated with the primal sense of “honor” many older societies understood — as in the “moral revolution” in 18th-century England that saw gentlemen reject dueling as not only “wrong but also dishonorable. Feeling silent disgust” is “a much more visceral reaction than merely to recognize that something is wrong, and to say so loudly.” Once we get to the point where a would-be father-in-law would be ashamed to announce his daughter’s marriage to a distancing violator, “silent disgust” will have done its work, rendering “outrage mobs” superfluous.

Culture critic: Pandemic Self-Righteousness

The “universal” coronavirus crisis “should be a unifying moment,” with everyone “feeling the same fear, anxiety and uncertainty” — and yet, laments National Review’s Jim Geraghty, some are taking the opportunity to “judge others and whip up and direct public scorn.” From Staten Island shoppers who decided to “swarm and berate a woman for not wearing a mask” to Gothamites heeding Mayor de Blasio’s calls to rat out their neighbors, some Americans insist they’re “the good people — practicing the right steps to protect themselves and their loved ones” — while anyone “doing something different is one of the bad people.” It seems “if we cannot feel good, then we can at least feel superior.” Such “smug virtue-shaming” isn’t persuasive, especially when we’ve never had “a greater need for empathy.”

— Compiled by The Post Editorial Board

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Coronavirus test and trace: your questions about new system answered

How will the coronavirus test and trace system work, will I be fined if I refuse a test and will it help to lift the coronavirus lockdown? Your questions about the new system answered

  • Delayed scheme was unveiled tonight by Health Secretary Matt Hancock 
  • He said it was the ‘civic duty’ of the public to adhere to new rules from tomorrow
  • Come into effect from 9am tomorrow for people who’ve already tested positive
  • Here’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19

Locked-down Britain may finally start to return to ‘normality’ after nine weeks of uncertainty through the government’s coronavirus tracing system.

The NHS Trace and Test system for England is expected to start tomorrow at 9am. 

It was unveiled tonight by Health Secretary Matt Hancock , who said it was the ‘civic duty’ of the public to adhere to the new rules. 

However, it is being launched without its NHS contact tracing app centrepiece, prompting concerns that without the new technology the government could struggle to tackle the spread of the disease.

Experts immediately said the complexity of the programme meant there could be ‘several points of failure’ while the Government’s political opponents said ministers should never have largely ditched contact tracing in the first place.

So what do you need to know about the NHS Trace and Test system for England? And how will it affect you and your loved ones? 


The NHS Test and Trace system was unveiled by Health Secretary Matt Hancock (right) and Baroness Harding (left) at the daily coronavirus press conference at No10 today

A government diagram tries to explain how the anticipated NHS Test and Trace system, which is expected to start tomorrow morning at 9am, will work

What is the NHS Trace and Test system? 

The NHS Trace and Test system will see anyone who develops Covid-associated symptoms told to self-isolate and get tested.

The close contacts of those who are found to be positive for the disease will then be told to quarantine for 14 days – even if they test negative and are not sick. 

Boris Johnson’s government has hired an enormous army of 50,000 people who will attempt to make this huge undertaking possible. 

Around 25,000 are contact tracers who will contact people who return positive coronavirus tests to grill them on their movements and their known associates. 

The idea is to build a picture of who they have come into contact with and so who might be at risk of a) becoming ill and b) passing it on to more people.    

Another 25,000 people in the scheme are testers, who will go out into the community and test these known associates.

Either way, these known associates will be under orders to immediately quarantine, even if the tests they return are negative.  

Baroness Dido Harding, executive chairwoman of NHS Test and Trace, said the scheme was central to easing the lockdown further.

She said: ‘NHS test and trace is designed to enable the vast majority of us to be able to get on with our lives in a much more normal way. 

‘We will be trading national lockdown for individual isolation if we have symptoms.

‘Instead of 60 million people being in national lockdown, a much smaller number of us will be told we need to stay at home, either for seven days if we are ill or 14 days if we have been in close contact.’

The tracers can track down the contacts of 10,000 people per day. 

How exactly will the NHS Test and Trace System work? 

The UK’s coronavirus tracing programme will be split into two parts.

  • Part One: 

People will be ordered to self-isolate for seven days if they develop symptoms. Anyone in the same household will have to do the same. 

Those people should then order a coronavirus test online or by calling 119. This will be available for residents in Wales from Saturday.

If a test is positive, that victim must complete seven days in isolation. If the test comes back negative, no one needs to self-isolate.

However, people with a positive test for Covid-19 will then be contacted via text message or email or by phone and told to answer questions.

They will be asked to share phone numbers and email addresses for close contacts.

For those under 18, they will receive a call from the team and a parent or guardian must give permission for the call to continue. 

  • Part Two:

People who have been listed as a person with whom a coronavirus victim has had close contact will receive a text message or an email.

They will then be asked to self-isolate for up to 14 days based on when they last came into contact with that person.

Other household members do not need to self-isolate unless symptoms are present.

If they develop Covid-associated symptoms, all other household members should self-isolate and they should then order a test.

If the test is positive, self-isolation must continue for seven days. If the test is negative, that person should still complete 14 days in case the virus is not showing.

How long will it be before I know if I have the coronavirus?

The aim of the scheme is to get all test results processed and returned within 24 hours but it is unlikely to hit that goal right at the start of the rollout. 

That means some people could face lengthy waits to find out if they have tested positive, potentially delaying the tracing process and allowing the virus to spread. 

Baroness Harding said of the test timings so far: ‘Yesterday, the turnaround time of our tests – we returned 84 per cent of all tests in our drive-in centres within 24 hours.

‘And 95 per cent of all tests within 48 hours. I still don’t think that’s good enough. It’s got to get better and better.’ 

Who is a ‘close contact’?

A close contact is anyone who has been within two metres (6ft 6in) of the infected person for more than 15 minutes without protective equipment.

The government hopes the requirements of the system will focus the minds of the public on the importance of maintaining social distancing.

When the coronavirus app is up and running, the victim’s mobile phone should automatically identify anyone they have come close to.

Until that happens, patients will identify likely contacts via an online process.

What about Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland?

Scotland has announced its own system will start tomorrow.

Wales’ system is set to start in early June, while Northern Ireland has its own version of the NHS Test and Trace system up and running. 

A MailOnline chart explains how the new NHS Test and Trace system is expected to work

The NHS Test and Trace system will be launched as the coronavirus death toll rises to 37,257

Are there any pitfalls? If so, what are they?

Yes there are pitfalls. This scheme has been cobbled together as quickly as possible by ministers and officials working under extreme pressure.  

Experts immediately said the complexity of the programme meant there could be ‘several points of failure’ while the Government’s political opponents said ministers should never have largely ditched contact tracing in the first place. 

Without the app, contact-tracking will be based on the say so of people who have tested positive. That means people will need to remember exactly where they have been and who they have been close in the days leading up to their positive test. 

If people forget or remember inaccurately who they’ve seen, the virus could spread. 

Baroness Harding told the Downing Street briefing: ‘We have 25,000 contact tracers ready to start work tomorrow – that is easily enough to trace down the contacts today when the vast majority of us are in lockdown.’

She said data from the Isle of Wight suggests people have been within two metres of fewer than five others at the moment.

What happens if people refuse to isolate? Will they be fined? 

The government has said that it is relying on the British public to voluntarily self-isolate if they display symptoms of Covid-19.

But it has warned that it will impose penalties if people do not follow its orders. Spot checks could be made to households and fines could be issued.

It is not known how much people would be fined if caught flouting self-isolation. 

A spokesman for the Department of Health and Social Care told MailOnline: ‘We are confident that the public will want to play their part in reducing the spread of the virus to keep themselves, their families and communities safe and to protect the NHS. This means complying with advice to self-isolate.

‘However, if we find that people are not complying with isolation instructions, we will not hesitate to introduce tougher measures, for example making visits to check they’re at home or issuing fines if they are found outside the house.’ 

At tonight’s press conference, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the government is ‘confident’ that when told to self-isolate, people will, adding: ‘Now of course we could also mandate that, but in the first instance we’re not going to.

‘This will be voluntary at first because we trust everyone to do the right thing.

‘But, we can quickly make it mandatory if that is what it takes. Because, if we don’t collectively make this work, then the only way forward is to keep the lockdown.’

Could people end up having to self-isolate repeatedly? 

Yes. The government has discussed imposing ‘local lockdowns’ on whole towns if there are future regional flare-ups of coronavirus cases. 

Mr Hancock said last night that the ability to tighten restrictions in individual regions will be part of the NHS test, track and trace system.

This could lead to local schools, businesses or workplaces being closed in areas with high prevalence of infection, according to the government’s ‘exit strategy’.

However, part of the rationale for the Test and Trace system is to allow local, small-scale action to be taken where there appears to be an outbreak.

Will people who have had coronavirus be exempt from self-isolating if they come into contact with a new Covid-19 sufferer?

No. Even people who have had positive tests for coronavirus will have to stay at home for 14 days if they come into close contact with a new sufferer.

The government has said that the scientific advice remains that it is uncertain if people who have had the virus are immune to it. 

What checks are in place to stop it being open to abuse, or pretending to have the disease as a joke? 

The emphasis of the entire scheme is on testing people. So people claiming to have the disease will be tested. There will be very little wriggle room. 

Although if those who test positive fail or refuse to reveal who they have been in contact with, without the app there is very little the contact tracers can do to tell if people are telling the truth.

Who is in charge of the operation where I am? 

Councils and public health officials will be tasked with cracking down on local outbreaks of Covid-19, but it is not clear who will lead those efforts.

It is also not clear today how many staff members would be available to help or if local authorities will get extra funding and powers to act appropriately. 

Why not simply keep going the way we are?    

Though the government claims that lockdown has dramatically reduced Covid-associated deaths, the policy is destroying the economy.

Millions of workers have been furloughed by small businesses and big companies since tough restrictions on movement were introduced by the government.

Over half of the adult population of the UK is now being paid by the state in some capacity, whether in the public sector, on furlough, or benefits.

Business and companies have received hundreds of billions of pounds in emergency loans to date from Chancellor Rishi Sunak.

But this state of affairs cannot continue forever.

Economists estimated in early April that lockdown, which began on March 23, is costing Britain around £2.4billion per day.

The Bank of England forecast that UK GDP contracted by 2 per cent in the first quarter, and is set to shrink by 30 per cent in the second quarter.

Bank staff believe the economy could ‘bounce’ by around 15 per cent by the end of the year, meaning the UK would be around 15 per cent poorer than before lockdown.

Faced with what the Bank called the biggest economic nosedive in 300 years, the government is trying to restart the engines of UK plc.

The PM has committed himself to bringing Britain out of lockdown safely by managing the risk to public health posed by coronavirus.

The NHS Test and Trace system is meant to help do just that. 

Mr Hancock told the press briefing: ‘Until an effective treatment or vaccine comes through how can we get back to doing more of the things that make life worth living without risking safety or putting lives at risk? NHS Test and Trace is a big part – not the only part – but a big part of the answer to that question.’ 

What is this app people are talking about? 

The NHS Trace and Test system is being launched without its NHS contact-tracing app centrepiece, prompting concerns that without the new technology the government could struggle to tackle the spread of Covid-19. 

Experts believe the app will be crucial to the success of the programme because it can identify contacts much quicker than human contact tracers. 

The smartphone app uses bluetooth to register other phones it has been near for a prolonged period of time. A date has not been set for the nationwide roll out of the app but without it contact tracing will not be as swift as it would be with it. 

Matt Hancock said it is ‘not technical problems’ which are preventing the test and trace app from being rolled out nationwide.

He said: ‘It is that one of the things we learnt about in the Isle of Wight is that rolling out the system where people are asked to isolate, even if they have no symptoms, starts better when it comes in human form from the contact tracers.’

Mr Hancock added that ‘the app is working in the Isle of Wight’, and said that when the government has ‘successfully embedded’ the new NHS Test and Trace system, ‘then that is the time to bring the app to bear’.

He continued: ‘Because the app is a compliment to this system, even without it this system would be successful, but it is a compliment because there are some contacts that you don’t know that you might have made.’

Have other countries used contact tracing?

South Korea has monitored credit card transactions, CCTV footage and mobile phone locations, while Singapore has used police investigations and detective work to piece together where people have been and who they’ve seen.

Iceland saw 40 per cent of the population download its app, though its government says manual tracing is just as important.

Austria introduced a decentralised app operated by the Red Cross, which users can manually control. It was the first to roll out this app. 

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The best and worst gardening trends of all time have been revealed

Whether it’s gnomes, water features or potted plants – everyone has their own taste when it comes to gardens.

But new research has shed light on the best and worst gardening trends of all time.

A poll of 2,000 adults, commissioned by Draper Tools, uncovered the nation’s best-loved and most hated outdoor features.

It found that summer houses, decking, bird feeders, vegetable patches and water features came out on top, as well as herb gardens, living walls and outdoor kitchens.

Among the worst trends were hot tubs, trampolines, wind chimes, gnomes, fake grass, fences painted with orange wood stain and coniferous trees.

Decorative items which attract wildlife – such as hedgehog homes, meadow areas and bumblebee nest boxes – found themselves in the ‘good’ category.

Similarly, tree houses, lanterns and pond areas also proved popular, along with sustainable trends like composting.

But planters made to look like old shoes or fake bicycles and metal wall ornaments resembling birds, animals or butterflies were all considered to be bad trends – along with sonic animal repellers and patio heaters.

Kev Smith, head of marketing at Draper Tools, commented: ‘The research goes to show just how passionate we are about our gardens – clearly those polled have pretty strong opinions on what works and what doesn’t.

‘However gardens are a very personal thing and what is right for one person isn’t necessarily right for another, so if you’re happy with your garden then that’s all that matters.

‘But it’s certainly fascinating – and a bit of fun – to find out what people are keen on and what they’re not quite so fond of.’

The poll also revealed that a quarter of green-fingered enthusiasts said they made an effort to keep up-to-date with the latest trends in the gardening world.

The top 30 gardening trends

The 30 worst gardening trends

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I'm 10 years old and running 250km in a month to raise money for the NHS

Every day when my mum gets home from work, she has to come in the back door, put all her clothes into the washing machine and go straight into the shower. 

It means I can’t hug her like I usually do but I understand why – my mum is a children’s nurse at Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospital in Cardiff, so we have to do social distancing to keep everyone safe. 

A lot of the hospital’s money comes from fundraising but they can’t go out to raise money because of coronavirus, and they have a lot less than they need for things like equipment, and paying play leaders and support packages for parents.

So I decided I wanted to do something to help.  At first I wanted to run 500km but my dad talked me out of that! Instead he and I agreed to run 250km together – about six marathons – going out along the Taff Trail in Wales every day for a month. I love sport at school but I’ve never run this far before.

I was in one, two-mile cross country race at school but mostly I play football, and since lockdown I haven’t been able to do much exercise apart from bouncing on our trampoline and going for walks. This challenge seemed like a good way to get a bit fitter, as well as to raise money. 

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On the first day, I ran 8.7km in 59 minutes, which was over my 8.3km target and rather than being tired, I just felt good and was happy at how far I had run. 

Day three was much harder – I ran just under 10km and it was really tough the whole way round – even my dad was struggling.

It might have been the time of day we went as it was hot in the afternoon. I have to do my runs around my siblings, Mum and Dad’s work and my own school work, which can be hard. 

We went out again the next day and it was much easier, and all my runs since then have been great. My dad and I play a game on the way round, where we start of in different directions and dad sees how fast he can catch me. It helped me get my fastest time: 5km in 26 minutes.

I’m now doing between eight and 10km every day, and I’ve almost hit my fundraising target of £3,000.  

There is still a long way to go but I don’t feel any pressure, as my mum told me I can stop anytime.

Both my parents have been really supportive and after they did some interviews on local media, strangers have been coming out to see me.

A lady asked Dad if I was ‘that running boy’ – that was cool! It’s a bit weird to have people yelling my name and telling me to keep going, but I love it. 

I definitely think that I’m a hero! Only joking… the other day I asked my mum if I should run in a cape (she said no). I am proud of myself for doing this, though, and I’m not running for myself – I’m doing it so that my mum’s hospital gets the money it needs.

It’s a scary time to work in a hospital – I know that people are dying of coronavirus, but I’m really proud of what my mum does and I love going out to do the Thursday night Clap For Carers. 

There’s so many people doing what they can to help others during coronavirus, I want to do what I can, too. I know I won’t quit. I am quite shy usually but I know I can do this, and I’m really determined.

To donate to Jake’s run, visit justgiving.com

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Women’s Super League and Championship AXED as yet more divisions bite the dust due to coronavirus – The Sun

THE FA Women's Super League and Championship have been AXED as yet more divisions bite the dust amid the coronavirus crisis. 

The outcome of the league is yet to be decided with promotion and relegation remaining in the balance.

Manchester City currently lead the top-flight by one point over Chelsea but the Blues would be crowned champions if the league is determined by points-per-game.

An FA statement said: "Following overwhelming feedback from the clubs, the decision to bring an end to the 2019/20 season was made in the best interest of the women’s game.

"This will also enable clubs, the FA Women’s Super League & Women’s Championship Board and The FA to plan, prepare and focus on next season when football returns for the 2020/21 campaign.
"Supporting the welfare of the clubs and players will continue to be our primary concern throughout this process, which also involved a robust and thorough examination of the logistical, operational and financial challenges that the game currently faces."

The FA reached out to WSL and Championship clubs last week, asking them to respond by Friday to a letter requesting their opinion on whether to axe the leagues and how to decide them if so.

Clubs were asked whether they wanted promotion from the Championship and relegation from the WSL or just promotion from the Championship.

If so, Aston Villa would be promoted from the second-tier and Liverpool would be relegated or saved from the drop.

A number of leagues across Europe have been KO'd at the hands of the killer virus. 

League Two clubs decided unanimously to END their season with points-per-game system set to determine table and play-offs for promotion

Across the pond, France's Ligue 1 and 2 were axed last month and with a 12-point lead and a game in hand PSG were crowned top -flight champions while Amiens and Toulouse relegated.

Belgium was the first country to pull the pull the plug on its top-flight with Club Bruges declared champions but no relegation.

In Holland Ajax were denied the Eredivisie title on April 24 after dutch PM Mark Rutte banned football.

The Amsterdam giants were leading rivals AZ Alkmaar on goal difference before the league was suspended.

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Lionel Messi and Sadio Mane are in but Cristiano Ronaldo is left OUT of John Barnes’ controversial world best XI – The Sun

CRISTIANO RONALDO has been left out of a world best XI as Lionel Messi and Sadio Mane earn the nod from John Barnes.

The Liverpool hero put together a line-up for Bonus Code Bets and explained that the Juventus forward simply lacks the power that helped win him five Ballon d'Or titles.

In picking Messi, Barnes, 58, explained why the Argentine is his favourite player ever.

He wrote: "My favourite player of all time has to be in there, Lionel Messi.

"He speaks for himself. What he’s done for the last few years and in terms of this season and last season at Barcelona has been incredible.

"Winning the League and running away with it. Cristiano Ronaldo is still an effective player, but he is not the power that he once was."

Liverpool were well represented in Barnes' line-up with Mane described as his favourite Reds star of the moment, alongside Roberto Firmino.

But the Brazilian missed out on a place in the XI to Robert Lewandowski, who the ex-England winger likened to Ian Rush as a "classic number nine".

It’s not just how many goals Mane scores, or the chances created, but how hard he works for the team as well."

On Mane, he noted: "As much as Firmino, Mane has been my favourite Liverpool player and has been so impressive in the last year.

"It’s not just how many goals he scores, or the chances created, but how hard he works for the team as well. For me he’s been better than Salah this season."

Kevin de Bruyne and Frenkie de Jong sit above N'Golo Kante in midfield, the Chelsea anchor man being the "best defensive midfielder in the world".

With Alisson Becker in goal, young full-backs Trent Alexander-Arnold and Alphonso Davies get the call alongside another Liverpool ace, Virgil van Dijk.

However Barnes admitted that his second centre-back choice may not be a hugely popular one at Anfield.

He wrote: "Unfortunately for Liverpool fans, the player I have alongside Virgil is Sergio Ramos, which the Liverpool players wouldn’t really like!

"But over the last ten years he’s been one of the best centre backs consistently. This is a defender who knows how to defend. Him and VVD would be impenetrable, he’s got to get into the side, for me."

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Man Utd and Newcastle eye former PSG sporting director Antero Henrique ‘after he helped seal Bruno Fernandes transfer’ – The Sun

TRANSFER guru Antero Henrique is reportedly being chased by both Manchester United and Newcastle as they look to appoint him as their director of football.

The 52-year-old is currently without a job having left his role as Paris Saint-Germain's sporting director last summer after three years spent in the French capital.

Henrique was responsible for the signings of Kylian Mbappe and Neymar in 2017, and he has already helped out the Red Devils this season.

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Spoilers: Sharon and Phil buy the Vic in EastEnders as the future is revealed

It seems that celebrations will be in store for Sharon Watts (Letitia Dean) and Phil Mitchell (Steve McFadden) in EastEnders, as during tonight’s episode, the queen returns to Walford, and seemingly decides to follow through with her husband’s plan to buy the Queen Vic.

Sharon hightailed it out of Walford earlier this year following the tragic death of her beloved son Dennis (Bleu Landau), but she makes what will no doubt be an iconic return during tonight’s instalment — which leaves Phil at a loss for words.

Upon her return, she catches up with Phil — that is, until they’re interrupted by Ben (Max Bowden), who is intent on discussing the approaching job he’s set to undertake with his dad.

Meanwhile, Sharon struggles to adjust to life back in Albert Square, and thus she heads off to speak to Linda. She reveals to the current Queen Vic landlady that she wants to give things with Phil another go.

Linda soon gives her blessing to Sharon and Phil in regards to buying the Vic.

Later, Phil and Sharon share a drink together.

Will they sign on the dotted line and take over the iconic boozer?

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Sharon could well have other things on her mind, as Karen (Lorraine Stanley) and Billy (Perry Fenwick) soon turn up, and it all gets a bit much for Sharon.

She helps Linda pack upstairs, but they soon come across some of Dennis’ belongings.

One to watch: Monday 25 May at 8pm on BBC One.

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BTS' Jin and Jungkook explain their cameo in Suga's Daechwita music video

BTS stars Jin and Jungkook have shared how their cameo in Suga’s new music video came about.

The pair appear in the Agust D video for 대취타 – pronounced Daechwita, which sees the BTS rapper play two different roles.

In one scene where Suga, real name Min Yoongi, walks through a crowded marketplace, he bumps into a man who then bumps into a second man and the pair begin fighting.

BTS fans would have been happy to spot that the two scrapping men were Jin and the group’s maknae Jungkook.

According to Jin, Suga ‘begged’ them to be in the video.

In a video giving us a look behind-the-scenes of Daechwita, Jungkook explained: ‘We here as backgrounds. Don’t think of us as BTS, we are Kim Seokjin, actor and Jeon Jungkook, actor.’

Jin added: ‘Yoongi begged us to be in this. He was like, “Please be in it. Please just once.”‘

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The pair filmed a couple of scenes for the video, including one where they ended up bopping along to the music with Suga.

In the finished video, shots of them having a tussle in the background were used. We think you’ll agree they did a great job.

Suga also gave his explanation on of the roles he played – the ‘mad king’.

He said: ‘Four years ago, Agust D became king. Now, another Agust D is confronting him.’

The 27-year-old said Daechwita, the lead track from his mixtape D-2, is ‘more about the auditory enjoyment than the lyrics’.

‘I’d say you should focus more on the visual and auditory layers,’ he went on, ‘I chose this as the title track because I thought it would be fun.’

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Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli Thought Going to Trial Would Be "Reckless" at This Point

A little more than a year after pleading not guilty for their part in the college admissions scandal, Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli decided to change their minds and pled guilty earlier this week. But why the change of heart? According to Us Weekly, the couple realized that the case against them was too strong.

A source shares with the outlet that “Lori and Mossimo felt going to trial would just be reckless…It was going to get ugly.” Plus, the insider says that Lori and Mossimo “were tired of being in limbo” and were concerned that “the kids’ lives were also being affected” (they were particularly worried about Bella and Olivia Jade having to testify against them in court). The source adds, “In the end, they had the choice of 50 years or a few months behind bars. You do the math.” And while that’s fair enough, it seems like Lori and Mossimo could have done “the math” between pleading guilty and pleading not guilty a year ago when this whole thing started—just saying!

So what’s going to happen now that Lori and Mossimo pled guilty? Well, Lori agreed to serve two months in prison, pay a $150,00 fine, serve 100 hours of community service, and serve two years of supervised release. Mossimo will likely have to serve more time in prison (he’s expected to be sentenced to five months), and he agreed to pay a $250,000 fine, serve 250 hours of community service, and also serve two years of supervised release. After that, this whole legal mess will be behind them.


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