Cambridge University are seeking financial support from the Government

Cambridge University bosses are seeking financial support from the Government after huge downturn in international students amid coronavirus lockdown

  • Cambridge University is expecting significant financial strain due to COVID-19
  • A lack of incoming foreign students mean the institution is looking to cut costs
  • The 800-year-old institution is one of the richest universities in the UK 
  • Here’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19

Cambridge University is ‘actively seeking’ financial support from the government despite being the UK’s richest higher education institute.

The university’s vice chancellor Professor Stephen Toope has warned the institution risks losing hundreds of millions of pounds due to the coronavirus pandemic.

In an email to staff and students, he explained the university was looking for government support in a bid to avoid ‘unpalatable’ measures such as pay freezes and reductions.

Cambridge University (pictured) is seeking financial support from the Government despite the 800-year-old institution being one of the richest universities in the UK 

He added that even in the best-case scenario the university, which boasts a multi-billion pound endowment fund, is expecting ‘significant’ financial strain in the next academic year.

This is due to the expected drop in the number of international students – who pay higher tuition fees – and a drop in research funding.

‘Even a downturn that resolves itself swiftly, with a relatively quick return to business as usual, would cause the Collegiate University a reduction in cashflow of several hundreds of millions of pounds,’ Prof Toope wrote in the email seen by the Daily Telegraph.

‘An extended downturn, with long-lasting economic effects, would require significant changes within the academic University.’

He added that the 800-year-old university was analysing several cost-cutting measures.

It comes after Cambridge announced plans last week to host all of their lectures online for the entire 2020/2021 academic year.

The decision has proven unpopular with students who say they are willing to defer their studies for a more traditional university experience.

The university is expecting significant financial strain over the next academic year due to a lack of incoming international students and the institution is analysing cost-cutting measures 

Polls revealed one in five students would defer to the next academic year if social distancing measures are still in place in September.

If accurate, experts warned that UK universities could be £760 million out of pocket.

When asked about the unpredictable situation facing universities, the Prime Minister told MPs on the Liaison Committee he hopes all universities will be able to offer face-to-face tuition next year.

Cambridge’s central university’s endowment fund is valued at £3.4 billion, according to its most recent annual accounts. It holds total reserves of over £5.2 billion which includes the value of fixed assets.

It also has an annual expenditure of £2.3 billion.

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Children with asthma are NOT expected to return when schools reopen, campaigners say – The Sun

CHILDREN with asthma are not expected to return when schools reopen in England next week, according to experts.

Campaigners are advising parents who are concerned about sending their kids back should call their GP.

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It comes after Boris Johnson announced that primary schools will reopen on June 1 for reception, Years 1 and 6 and nurseries.

Some schools and colleges may also be able to offer some face to face contact and support for year 10 and year 12 pupils.

However, Asthma UK says this may be worrying for parents of children with asthma – as well as staff with the condition working in schools.

A spokesperson from the charity said: "Children and staff who are currently shielding are not expected to return to school or college at this time.

"Children and staff who have asthma and are not shielding are in the clinically vulnerable group, which means they are thought to be at higher risk of severe illness from coronavirus.

"Young children have consistently been shown to have very low risk of serious illness from coronavirus.

Parents will not be fined for not sending their children to school or college at this time

"But if your child has asthma and you are worried about them going back to school, the current government advice is to call your GP."

The charity added: "If your child is not going to attend school or college, let the school know, so that they can continue supporting your child as well as they can.

"Parents will not be fined for not sending their children to school or college at this time."

Parents are also advised to ensure their child's school has an up-to-date copy of their asthma action plan and a named, in-date reliever inhaler and spacer.

Children who are going to be with a different teacher than usual should be made aware of their asthma and what to do if they experience symptoms.

For staff who work in a school or nursery and have asthma, the charity says that employers should move you to the safest possible on-site role where possible, where you can stay 2m from others.

Phased reopening

The PM first announced the Government's plans for a phased reopening of schools on June 1 early in May.

Local councils criticised the move amid fears children and staff may still be exposed to coronavirus if they reopen classrooms too soon.

However, scientists deemed it safe after a major review of the evidence, children are 56 per cent less likely to contract the virus.

Professor Russell Viner, from the UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health, said: "Our findings show children and young people appear 56 per cent less likely to contract Covid-19 from infected others.

"Susceptibility is a key part of the chain of infection, and this supports the view that children are likely to play a smaller role in transmitting the virus and proliferating the pandemic, although considerable uncertainty remains.

"This new data provides essential evidence to governments around the world to inform their decision-making on whether to reopen schools and reduce or end lockdown measures."

'Controlled and careful'

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson assured teachers and parents the June 1 returns would be the first phase of a "controlled and careful" return to schooling with a range of protective measures.

These include keeping class sizes small, making sure pupils stayed within small groups, observing strict hygiene and cleaning measures, and having breaks and mealtimes staggered to reduce crowding.

Schools and other settings should communicate their plans to parents once they have had a chance to work through them in detail.

For secondary schools and colleges, classes will be halved, the government said.


That means that classrooms and workshops will be rearranged "with sitting positions two metres apart.

"Where very small classes might result from halving, it would be acceptable to have more than half in a class, provided the space has been rearranged.

"Support staff may be drawn on in the event there are teacher shortages," the advice added.

Williamson said if scientific advice proposed a "limited number" of children could be sent back to school, it was his duty to allow this to happen.

"Of course safety comes first but we must also be aware of the potential damage to a child's education from not getting them back in the classroom," he added.

England is the only part of the UK asking schools to begin phased reopenings from the start of next month, raising fears among teachers' unions about the risks of infection from the coronavirus.

Yet many schools across the country have said they will not be able to ensure the safety of their pupils.

And a rival group to the government's Sage committee said June 1 would be "too early" to reopen.

The "Independent Sage" committee has claimed that the government should delay the reopening date for another two weeks.

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Another 80 migrants are picked up in SEVEN boats

Another 80 migrants are picked up in SEVEN boats including a man in a kayak as figures show 1,600 have crossed the English Channel so far this year

  • Border Force officials detained 80 migrants who attempted to cross Channel 
  • Migrants were intercepted in seven incidents between 3am and 11am yesterday 
  • Some 1,600 migrants crossed Channel this year, compared to 1,890 last year 

Border Force officials detained 80 migrants who attempted to cross the English Channel in seven separate incidents yesterday, taking the total number to 1,600 so far this year.  

Around 65 migrants had arrived on six vessels by 10am after mainly setting off from Gravelines, 16 miles east of Calais. Another 15 arrived an hour later, with one man even travelling in a kayak. 

The first small boat was intercepted at 3.31am, when a Border Force patrol spotted three Libyan and Moroccan nationals travelling to British shores from France.

An hour later, a group of 11 males and two females from the Middle East were stopped by authorities and brought to Dover, Kent, where they were assessed to establish whether they had any medical requirements.

Around 65 migrants had arrived on six vessels by 10am after mainly setting off from Gravelines, 16 miles east of Calais, France. Pictured: Migrants arriving today

A third dinghy was stopped by Border Force at 6.35am – with 12 males and one female from Afghanistan and Iran on board – and a fourth was intercepted at 7.45am.

The small boat contained 16 migrants who said they were Iraqi, Syrian, Eritrean and Kuwaiti nationals. 

Minutes later, at 7.51am, officers in HMC Hunter stopped another boat which was carrying a group of four men from Sudan, North Africa.

Yet another small vessel was intercepted at 8.15am, carrying 15 migrants, before the seventh and final boat was stopped by Border Force at 11.13am.  

It was reported one of these vessels – a rigid inflatable boat – had been escorted into British waters unchallenged by a French naval boat.  

At least 1,200 migrants have now crossed to the UK on small boats since the coronavirus lockdown was announced, according to data.      

At least 1,200 migrants have now crossed to the UK on small boats since the coronavirus lockdown was announced, according to data

Pictured: Border Force officials in HMC Hunter intercept a dinghy as it crossed the Channel

Yesterday’s arrivals were brought to Dover and, in line with established processes, were assessed to establish whether they had any medical requirements. 

None were reported and all have now been transferred to immigration officials, it was said.

They will be interviewed and their cases will be dealt with in line with the immigration rules, transferring to detention where appropriate. 

The latest arrivals come as Priti Patel yesterday launched a major push for controversial new powers designed to tackle the growing migrant crisis.

The Home Secretary has told Border Force chiefs to examine whether they have the legal authority to turn migrant boats around in the Channel – and send them back to France.

 Yesterday’s arrivals (pictured) were brought to Dover and, in line with established processes, were assessed to establish whether there are any medical requirements

A border force vessel approaches a small boat carrying migrants in the English Channel as it is handed over by the French authorities to the English Border Force

If this proves impossible under current law, she is said to be drawing up plans for specific new legislation allowing UK patrol boats to turn back the vessels.

A major tightening of asylum law is also on the drawing board, which will force claimants to lodge all their arguments at the beginning of a case.

This would stop them making a series of claims in the courts under different parts of human rights laws to delay their deportation. Both measures are likely to be highly contentious.

The UK Border Force is already looking at what powers it has to ‘turn people around in the Channel without any legislative changes’, a source said. 

Priti Patel wants new powers to curb illegal migrants sneaking into UK and calls for law change so dinghies can be turned around in the Channel and sent back to France

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Priti Patel has launched a major push for controversial new powers designed to tackle the Channel migrant crisis, the Daily Mail can reveal.

The Home Secretary has told Border Force chiefs to examine whether they have the legal authority to turn migrant boats around in the Channel – and send them back to France.

If this proves impossible under current law, she is said to be drawing up plans for specific new legislation allowing UK patrol boats to turn back the vessels.

The Home Secretary Priti Patel (pictured) has told Border Force chiefs to examine whether they have the legal authority to turn migrant boats around in the Channel – and send them back to France

A major tightening of asylum law is also on the drawing board, which will force claimants to lodge all their arguments at the beginning of a case.

This would stop them making a series of claims in the courts under different parts of human rights laws to delay their deportation. Both measures are likely to be highly contentious.

The UK Border Force is already looking at what powers it has to ‘turn people around in the Channel without any legislative changes’, a source said. At present, the border patrol cutters are only allowed to intervene when they see a migrant vessel in danger.

If new laws are required to turn back vessels at sea, the way it will work will inevitably be tied into the UK’s final Brexit negotiations with the European Union.

On the planned asylum reforms, a source added: ‘The Government wants to get into the position where asylum claimants cannot continually change their story and keep appealing. This is very detrimental for genuine asylum seekers who need the help of this country.

Pictured: Priti Patel with Border Force Director General Paul Lincoln attending a press conference to update the nation on coronavirus

‘The current legislation does not work. It’s not fit for purpose.’

Ministers are understood to believe they will win public support for plans which require all reasons for an asylum claim to be made at the beginning of a case.

The maritime measures being pursued by the Home Office are thought to be conditional on securing the support of the French. Mrs Patel has already raised the issue with her Paris counterpart Christophe Castaner.

The Home Office is also understood to be looking at simplifying and streamlining the schemes which govern how asylum seekers are housed across the country.

Currently, some of the schemes involve local authorities volunteering to accept asylum seekers – such as the project for unaccompanied children who have claimed refugee status. Kent County Council leader Roger Gough has called for that scheme to be made compulsory after the number of lone children being cared for by his organisation soared.

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Are the BBC scrapping free TV licenses for over-75s? – The Sun

THE BBC says it will go ahead with its proposed plan to cancel the free TV license scheme for people aged over -75.

Plans to charge the annual £157.50 fee from June 1 were already put on hold until August due to the COVID-19 crisis.

Will the free BBC TV license for over-75s be scrapped?

The BBC director-general, Lord Hall, confirmed on Sunday that despite issues around coronavirus, the free TV license for over-75s will be cancelled.

Earlier in March, the BBC boss said: "The board met on Sunday to take that decision, to put the implementation off until August, and the phrase is 'under review'.

"I think on all of this … we must just keep doing what we think is right each day and keep everything under review."

It comes despite warnings that telly is a lifeline for many elderly Brits who are lonely in lockdown.

What has the BBC said about the free TV license for over-75s?

Lord Hall said the corporation would push ahead with plans to scrap the freebie.

He told the Andrew Marr show: “The board took the decisions to delay a few months ago. We are preparing for an August launch.

“However they made it clear at the time they would review the situation closer to the time.”

“People in their droves – 94 per cent of the population of the UK – have turned to the BBC for either information, education or entertainment during this crisis," he continued.

"So the question is, ‘What’s the best way of funding that universally so that everybody, this great democratic idea, gets something we can all share?”

Will over-75s on pension credit still have free TV license?

Only over-75s on pension credit will continue to get the freebie from August.

About 3.7 million households which previously got it will now have to pay.

A statement on the TV Licensing website reads: "From 1 August 2020, there will be a new scheme. Under the new scheme, anyone aged 75 or over receiving Pension Credit, will be eligible to apply for a free TV Licence, paid for by the BBC.

 

"You need to be receiving Pension Credit in your name, or in your partner’s name if you are a couple.

"If you are not receiving Pension Credit in your name – or in your partner’s name if you are a couple living at the same address – you will need to pay for your next TV Licence."

The website also advised that people "aged 74" who turn 75 before 1 August "can apply for a free over 75 TV Licence", which will cover the applicant with "a short-term licence to cover you until your 75th birthday."

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Are Megan Thee Stallion and Tory Lanez Dating?

Though they’ve been in the house as the rest of us, Megan Thee Stallion and Tory Lanez certainly haven’t been bored. The rappers have been linking up amid Stay-At-Home orders to entertain their fans on Instagram, drink, practice Tik Tok dances, and hang out.

When they were seen first hanging out in April 2020 on Instagram Live, fans were alarmed that they weren’t following social distancing orders. However, now that they’ve been spotted again, fans are wondering if something else might be happening between the pair.

This is what we know about the Houston-born rapper and “The Take” rapper’s relationship.

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Inside Megan Thee Stallion’s dating history

Since she stepped onto the rap sense with her mix-tape Make It Hot, there has been a ton of interest in Megan’s dating life. In 2019, the Fever rapper dated Money Bagg Yo. Though Moneybagg began appearing on the “Savage” lyricist’s Instagram page in July 2019, by November of the same year he had vanished from her social media. She has since then declared she’s single.

Then, in February 2020, Megan was seen getting cozy with G-Easy in a Miami club, G-Easy even posted a series of photos of Megan on his Instagram account. However, the Suga rapper made it clear that that was a simple flirtation. “Lol alright nowww y’all got all y’all jokes out — but I am not f–king G Eazy,” she tweeted.

Megan has been living her best life, but now she’s being linked to Tory Lanez.

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Megan Thee Stallion and Tory Lanez have been hanging out amid quarantine

Though major cities including Los Angeles where Megan currently lives are still under Stay-At-Home orders, fans were alarmed when she and the Canadian rapper were seen hanging out at her home.

On April 19, the pair met up to hang out, drink, and practice Tik Tok dances. Megan was especially alarmed after seeing Lanez’s dance moves to the Out West Challenge. However, fans were less than pleased about their hangout session amid the pandemic.

“Does Megan not understand the severity of this?? Why did she invite Tory over to her house?????” one tweet read. Another fan added, “how are megan thee stallion and tory lanez on live together i’m calling the snitch line.” Yet someone else said, “Ion like dis at all.”

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Megan Thee Stallion and Tory Lanez are just friends for now

While fans were initially alarmed that Megan and Lanez weren’t practicing proper social distancing, others noticed how adorable they looked together. “But why Tory Lanez and Megan look cute together…” one fan said.

It looks like Megan and Lanez have continued to hang out together amid quarantine. The “Still Be Friends” rapper posted a video of Megan and her friend wearing hot yellow bikinis while trying to balance wine glasses on their heads.

From their witty banter it appears that Megan and Lanez are just friends, but that could always change. Still, last time we checked Megan was happily single and Lanez called himself shooting his shot at Kylie Jenner. This could be awkward considering the fact that Megan is good friends with Jenner’s ex-bestie, Jordyn Woods.

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Fans Are Confused by Khloé Kardashian's Face in Her New Instagram Pics

Khloé Kardashian posted new Instagram photos that left some of her fans so confused. The reality star looked almost unrecognizable in the images and people weighed in with their thoughts — some couldn’t decide if her face looked like it had been heavily Photoshopped or if she had plastic surgery.

Kardashian posted stunning new pics

On May 22, Kardashian posted a series of photos of herself looking sunkissed and bronde, with the caption “location: under bitches skiiiinnnnn.”

So many of her fans are loving the new look, with comments about how gorgeous the reality star is and how they are won over by her bronde hair color. Kardashian explained in the comments, “a little switch up is needed” about the new look.

When pal Malika Haqq commented “GO OFF,” Kardashian responded, “Seeing how incredible you look two months after baby I really have to step my sh*t up.”

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Fans weighed in on Twitter

Over on Twitter, things blew up as fans and critics tried towrap their heads around why Kardashian looked so different than she usuallydoes.

“This isn’t khloe kardashian?! Am I crazy,” one fan asked. Another pondered, “Ummm. This looks like an avatar of Khloe. I’m so confused.”

Some fans were in denial, with one tweeting: “No, no, no! There is no way that’s Khloe. That’s beyond photoshopping. She’s an entirely different person!”

Another fan agreed, stating, “I’m telling you, the Kardashians switch faces like clothes. I refuse to believe this is Khloe Kardashian.”

There was concern as well. “Khloe Kardashian morphs more and more in every post. She must have to reset her facial recognition on her iPhone every other day,” one Twitter user noted.

Of course, there were those who wondered if Kardashian had plastic surgery, as one Twitter user noted, “Khloe Kardashian’s surgeon about to get hella new clients.”

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Reddit users discussed it, of course

Meanwhile, on Reddit, fans tried to figure out what they were looking at and they really put Kardashian’s lastest post under the microscope. “Can’t tell if it’s photoshop or surgery? I mean, she looks great but WOW… it’s different,” one Redditor noted.

“This ain’t it. I’m hoping it’s extreme photoshop and not more surgery… this is very very uncomfortable,” another wrote.

Others agreed it was “unsettling,” as one Redditor shared, “There is no doubt, this is a beautiful photo with great hair. The thing that is unsettling is the amount of surgery that has happened here and how this in no way looks like the Khloe 5 years ago.”

In addition to comparing her look to Malika, Chrissy Teigen, and Denise Richards, there was a deep dive into how much Photoshop was at play.

“Half of her necklace chain is gone,” one Reddit user pointed out. “That whole area is off. I can see a hint of the chain that was there and the area right where her neck and hair meet has an unexplainable brown chunk of color — I can’t tell if it’s a shadow or her hair,” another noted.

“I think what’s so disconcerting with them is each eye is looking in a slightly different direction. As well as one higher than the other. Also, half her necklace chain is missing. Think it’s 2 photos merged into one,” one eagle-eyed fan shared.

Still another Redditor explained, “Whoever photoshopped this went a little crazy. I zoomed in and it looks like her left front tooth is coming out of her lip.”

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Kids and young people are ‘56% less likely to catch coronavirus’, major study shows – The Sun

KIDS and young people are HALF as likely to catch coronavirus, a major new study has revealed.

But the evidence around how likely children are to spread Covid-19, is less clear, scientists caution.

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The new findings will add to the data Government experts will review when making decisions about reopening schools and easing lockdown measures.

Professor Russell Viner, from the UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health, said there is an "increasing amount" of data available, adding this is the first major review to focus on risk of kids catching and spreading the bug.

He said: "Our findings show children and young people appear 56 per cent less likely to contract Covid-19 from infected others.

"Susceptibility is a key part of the chain of infection, and this supports the view that children are likely to play a smaller role in transmitting the virus and proliferating the pandemic, although considerable uncertainty remains.

"This new data provides essential evidence to governments around the world to inform their decision-making on whether to reopen schools and reduce or end lockdown measures."

The debate around whether or not schools should reopen has caused controversy over the last few weeks as both teachers and parents alike are concerned about the risks their children may be exposed to, while teachers are also concerned about their own health, as measures such as social distancing will be hard to implement in schools.

Kids are unlikely superspreaders

Prof Viner's team screened 6,332 studies – and identified 18 which contained useful data.

They found children and young people, aged under 20 years old, had 56 per cent lower odds of catching Sars-CoV-2 – which causes Covid-19 – from an infected person, when compared with adults.

The scientists said there was not enough data to determine if children under 12 have a different risk to teenagers.

In addition, while kids appear less likely to catch the virus from others, once infected Prof Viner's team remain uncertain about how likely children are to spread coronavirus.

Their conclusions do, however, suggest that children have a lesser role in the transmission of the virus at a population level.

That's because kids are significantly less likely to catch it in the first place.

The researchers did note that their findings have not yet been peer reviewed, or published in a journal, as was typical practise with all scientific studies in a pre-coronavirus world.

Low risk of severe cases or death

Prof Viner said: "It is well known that children and young people make up only a very small percentage of confirmed clinical cases of Covid-19, in most countries, including the UK.

"Children and teenagers make up an even smaller proportion of severe cases or deaths.

“However such data about confirmed infection among clinical cases tells us little about susceptibility or transmission – as most children have few, if any, symptoms and therefore many do not present for testing or come to the attention of doctors.

“To understand susceptibility and transmission it was essential we looked at studies which trace and test all the close contacts of those with infection and at studies which screen whole populations for infections and not just those with symptoms.”


Co-author Dr Rosalind Eggo, of London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, said: “The available evidence has been brought together in a systematic way to better understand SARS-CoV-2 infections of children.

"It suggests that children and young people are at lower risk of infection than adults and may therefore play a smaller role in the epidemic as a whole.

"This new evidence will help us better understand the possible effect of school reopening on transmission in schools and in the community."

This study is co-authored by researchers from UCL, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University of Cambridge, University of Exeter, University of Sydney and National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), Bilthoven, The Netherlands.

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Are Birkenstocks Cool? Jason Momoa Just Ended the Debate.

When it comes to experimenting with style choices, every man has his limits. Trends like fanny packs, clunky dad sneakers, and rompers for men—that one still has us shook—are embraced by some and scoffed at by most. Truth is, we men know what we like, and in terms of style, we know what’s a safe bet.

However, on the ever-so-rare occasion, a new accessory comes along or a new trend gains momentum that piques our interest. Yes, trying to figure out how to wear something and when to wear it can be too intimidating for most men to take the plunge. As a style editor who welcomes new trends and is rarely intimidated to dress outside my comfort zone, even I drew the line at Birkenstock sandals and clogs.

Growing up in New York City, I’ve always had an aversion to “mandals.” Can you imagine how many germs can reach your toes when pounding the pavement of dirty city streets? Because I can. And when I did finally shake my germaphobia, I opted for a sleek, minimalist sandal, not the footwear I associate with crunchy, granola folks who enthusiastically recall stories of Woodstock.

Somehow, some way, over 50 years since the first Birkenstock sandal was produced, I surprisingly find myself googling images of the Arizona and Boston style. So, what drives a man to question his sartorial choices? For one, Birkenstocks have slowly but surely gained popularity over the past two decades. The New York Times reported college kids embracing the footwear brand back in 2006, while The Wall Street Journal debated Birkenstock’s cool factor in 2015, and The Financial Times even dared to call them “sexy” this past summer. Even on the fashion runways, extra-orthopedic sandals were dubbed a top trend for men this summer. Sure, this kind of built-up ethos can sway a man’s opinions, but what really changed my mind was one photo of Jason Momoa looking effortlessly cool in pair of Birkenstock’s Boston clogs.

Momoa’s unshakable confidence and bold style choices could inspire any guy to unapologetically peacock with a fresh look, but as we’ve seen with his style evolution morph over the years, the Aquaman actor’s best looks can be credited to his collaboration with Jeanne Yang, veteran celebrity stylist to A-List actors like Robert Downey Jr., Keanu Reeves, Christian Bale, and Collin Farrell. So, when I saw this simple-yet-elegant Birkenstock look Yang styled Momoa in last year, I knew she would be the perfect style savant to discuss all things Birkenstocks with. Exceeding my expectations to finally answer the simple question “Are Birkenstocks cool?,” Yang revealed the one thing all men should do when embracing a style decision outside of their comfort zone that can have you channelling the cool confidence of Hollywood’s most stylish men.

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Are Birkenstocks Cool?

Birkenstocks are not a trend, they’re a style staple. “There’s something interesting to the way the company straddles between cool and comfortable and it’s really rare,” says Yang. “To me, Birkenstocks are like the Stan Smith. This is something that for the rest of your life you can wear and you never have to worry about it going out of style. When you do a closet clean out, you won’t think of tossing them, you’ll think of getting a new conditioning kit, because it’s still cool and always will be.” Both Momoa and Yang are longtime fans of Birkenstock. In fact, Momoa’s whole family wears Birkenstocks.

When styling Momoa, both for his appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show (when he wore Birkenstocks) and other events, it’s a true collaboration. “Jason is who Jason is,” says Yang. “He’s always his genuine, authentic self.” Instead of just pulling outfits for a specific event, Yang will curate a capsule of separates each season for Momoa to don—like the dirty pink sweater from The Row that Yang bought a few months prior, before Momoa wore it with white Tom Ford jeans and Birkenstock Boston clogs.

So when Momoa was planning on surprising two lucky people on Ellen’s “Greatest Night of Giveaways” episode in December 2019, the duo wanted Momoa to look like his casual, cool self, but slightly more dressed up for this appearance. After debating between flip-flops, which felt too casual, and rugged boots, which felt too serious, Yang settled on her and Momoa’s go-to comfortable shoes.

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“He’s essentially playing Santa to this family and the Birkenstocks were the perfect touch—you know, the suede Bostons,” says Yang. “Because there’s a warmth to them, they’re comfortable, and he was giving a gift to a family in need. It was one of those situations where he wanted to feel natural and comfortable and those Birkenstocks were perfect thing to create that soft and comfortable warm feeling.”

The key to Birkenstock’s cool factor is their unmatched comfort and ease. Yang compares the growing interest in Birkenstocks to the trajectory of sneakers, having made their way from casual to red-carpet approved.

“I remember years ago when I dressed Robert Downey, Jr. for the Oscars red carpet in a tuxedo and a pair of Lanvin sneakers and it was thought to be this crazy thing,” says Yang. “Sneakers have become a huge part of people’s lives [outside of performance wear] and I think it’s not necessarily the sneaker, it’s about the comfort level. I think the next iteration is someone who wants to have that feeling of comfort, but wants to show more personality.”

How to Wear Birkenstocks

If there’s one thing we can all agree on, it’s that a pair of Birkenstocks carry a punch of personality. However, Yang suggests there are multiple ways to wear it if the bohemian chic look isn’t your cup of tea. Whether you’re going for a California-cool vibe or want to add a relaxed feel to your preppy garb, just make sure your pants balance out the width of your Birkenstocks.

“Because Birkenstocks have a wider last, I would avoid wearing a pant that’s too slim with it,” says Yang. “It’s a real juxtaposition and might be too significant seeing the width of the shoe with the narrowness of the pant leg. Generally speaking, it is a little bit more of a relaxed shoe, but if you’re going to dress them up, go with a fresh pair of Birkenstocks in a rich texture, like suede.”

Yang recommends strappy Arizona sandals for a summer shorts outfit and the Boston clogs to pair with a longer pant. Momoa’s suede Boston clogs provided the perfect textural mix when paired with his white denim jeans and soft pink sweater—it elevates his look, without making it look too forced. Isn’t that what every guy wants to look like? Cool, confident, and expensive.

Confidence Is Key to Wearing Birkenstocks

You might be sold on the comfort and style of Birkenstocks, but if you’re not sure you can pull off the look, all you have to do is look to yourself for the answer (and a few friends.)

“From my post, I had people saying ‘Jeanne, let’s be honest, he can wear anything’ and I say ‘Yeah, you’re totally right,’ but I think sometimes taking that picture and having a friend say to you ‘Oh my God, you look amazing! Go for it!’ is important—that’s what these celebrities get,” says Yang. “They get confidence from stylists, groomers, publicists, agents, and to have four or five people give a little sense of ‘yeah, you look good,’ it makes a big difference.”

While millennials and the Gen Z crowd feel more comfortable taking selfies, older men might feel silly taking photos of themselves, but Yang encourages men to take pictures or even take a good look in the mirror to see their own reaction. If you looked pained in the face, you’re not going to fool anyone, but if the photo or your reflection makes you look comfortable and happy, you can wear anything.

“I think it’s really about how comfortable they are,” says Yang of celebrities’ confidence on a red carpet. “If you look at Julianne Moore or Charlize Theron, all these ladies wear Birkenstocks all the time, because they’re comfortable and you can wear them with anything. It kinda conveys a feel of cool. You’re just like ‘oh yeah’—there’s this sort of underlining hipness to them.”

A smirk and some swagger goes a long way for confidence that translates to how you carry this new look. And when in doubt, find yourself a cheerleader.

“I holy profess the importance of getting cheerleaders,” says Yang. “It’s just like sports without cheerleaders, without crowds, without the audience. You want the reassurance of people and that is a big confidence booster.”

As I wrapped up my conversation with Yang, she assured me that I wouldn’t regret my choice in purchasing Birkenstock Boston clogs. Though she did warn me that I might curse her for “cheerleading” this purchase.

“The real problem I find is, once people try a pair, they never want to take them off or wear another shoe,” says Yang. “It’s not about trying to get someone into Birkenstocks, it’s about trying to get someone to take them off.”


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Meghan and Harry are ‘living the fairytale’ in LA – and got their mega mansion as they ‘know people’, reveals Gayle King

MEGHAN Markle and Prince Harry are “living the fairytale” since moving to LA with one-year-old son Archie, friend Gayle King claims.

The US host, who is a close friend of the Duchess of Sussex, reflected on the couple’s relationship on their second anniversary on Monday.


Speaking to Entertainment Tonight, the CBS This Morning host said: “They've got a little baby, Archie, they're living in the United States, and I think the fairytale continues for them and it just makes me happy.”

Harry and Meghan are believed to be staying at producer Tyler Perry’s swanky £15million Tsucan-style villa in LA.

And while it was rumoured that Meg’s pal Oprah Winfrey had orchestrated the stay, Gayle, 65, says that’s not the case.

She continued: “Oprah didn't hook that up. Harry and Meghan know people.

“Tyler knows people. Oprah knows people but she did not make that connection for Harry and Meghan to live in Tyler's house.”

The Tuscan-style villa offers spectacular, sweeping views of the city from their ultra-exclusive neighbourhood.

And inside, the home is kitted out with all the amenities any A-lister could crave, including a Grecian spa-style bathroom with white pillars and a sunken bath.

There is also a spacious kitchen with a marble island that looks perfect for foodie Meghan to whip up some meals for her small family.

Meghan and Harry reportedly flew on Tyler’s £120m private jet to move into his Beverly Hills mega-mansion in March.

Insiders told the Daily Mail: "It was a well-planned operation that appears to have worked perfectly" – allowing the couple to avoid any type of wait at customs.

It is unknown whether the couple are renting or staying there as guests, but there is no record of the mansion having been sold.

Aerial photographs reveal the couple's A-list neighbours – with red carpet stars such as Katy Perry, Jennifer Lawrence and Sir Elton John. 

In other royal news, we told you how Kate and William didn't publicly congratulate Harry and Meghan on their second anniversary.

And Meghan Markle loved learning martial arts her former trainer has revealed – and she chatted to him in Spanish.

Meanwhile, the Queen is said to have found Meghan Markle’s wedding dress ‘surprising’ because it was so white, royal sources claim.

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The surfaces where you are most likely to pick up COVID

The surfaces that are most likely to give you COVID-19: Medical officer issues warning as restrictions are eased

  • Surfaces normally touched by lots of people could allow the virus to spread 
  • Dr Kerry Chant said extra cleaning is required to protect customers  
  • Lift buttons, restaurant tables, ATM machines and stair rails need to be cleaned
  • Here’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19

Lift buttons, restaurant tables, stair rails and ATM machines could spread coronavirus, the New South Wales Chief Health Officer said today.

Surfaces that are normally touched by lots of people could allow the virus to spread as economic activity increases due to the easing of lockdown restrictions. 

In a message to businesses, Dr Kerry Chant said extra cleaning is required to protect customers. 

Businesses need to thoroughly clean lift buttons, restaurant tables, ATM machines and stair rails to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the New South Wales Chief Health Officer said today 

Surfaces that are normally touched by lots of people could allow the virus to spread as economic activity increases due to the easing of lockdown restrictions

‘People need to be conscious of surfaces. We say make sure cleaning is increased in high-touch points,’ she said.

‘What we mean by that is maybe ATM machines, lifts stair rails, surfaces where people are going to be sitting down at.

‘All businesses need to re-think the way they provide services and usual cleaning has to be turned around to consider what are the risks to my patrons in a COVID environment. 

The NSW premier has flagged there could be an increase in people allowed to dine in restaurants and cafes in the coming weeks as the government works to boost the economy after its battering by COVID-19.

Gladys Berejiklian on Thursday said her government has been working with the industry on increasing patronage in restaurants and cafes in June and July.

‘The government will have more to say in the very near future about what restaurants and cafes will look like in June and July,’ she told reporters in Sydney on Thursday.

Currently, dining venues can allow up to 10 patrons if they maintain social distancing, including alcohol table service with a meal at NSW pubs and clubs.

Increasing patronage in June would align with the easing of regional travel restrictions across the state and the opening of museums, galleries and libraries from June 1.

In a message to businesses, Dr Kerry Chant said extra cleaning is required to protect customers

The premier has also flagged plans to allow international students back into NSW, potentially through the hotel quarantine system in place for Australians returning home.

This would help support regional towns and universities relying on the sector for economic activity and employment, she added.

‘We have demonstrated our capacity to process people in quarantine,’ Ms Berejiklian said.

‘It’s opportune for us to consider when we can safely welcome back foreign students.’

‘People need to be conscious of surfaces. We say make sure cleaning is increased in high-touch points,’ said Dr Kerry Chant

The premier noted this wouldn’t be happening until after July and discussions are still underway with the federal government.

On Thursday the state reported two new COVID-19 cases from more than 9700 tests,

Three people are in intensive care.

One of the new cases was a student from Saint Ignatius’ College in Riverview and another is a person who acquired the infection in Victoria.

The premier on Thursday also defended her calls for other states to re-open their borders, insisting it’s in the best interests for Australia.

‘This isn’t personal. This is about doing what we believe is in the best interest of our citizens,’ she said.

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