How primary schools will look from June 1 – with kids dropped off in pens & sent home if they refuse to social distance – The Sun

A PRIMARY school has revealed how classrooms will look from June 1 with children being dropped off into pens and sent home if they refuse to social distance.

Pupils at Kingsholm church of England school in Gloucester will be separated by bollards on arrival and given a three-strike policy to play by the rules.

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Headteacher Jan Buckland said the holding pens will be “roughly a quarter of the size of a netball court”.

She added the barriers will consist of “bollards with a bit of ceiling tape around to designate the area, some cones and things”, Gloucester Live reports.

Youngsters will arrive at schools in a staggered system with queues and walkways for parents and pupils to follow.

Some schools, such as Kingsholm, are using timeslots based on surnames, with parents being asked to drop children off alone, without siblings or other children.

Later, a member of staff will take each group to their classroom.

There is also a set route parents must follow through the school site, arriving and leaving by different entrances.

THREE STRIKE POLICY

Mrs Buckland said that if pupils refuse to follow the strict social distancing rules they will be sent home – with a three-strike policy in place.

She added: “We will talk to the parents, if a child is being [non-compliant] then what we will do is phone the parents and the parents will then have to come and collect them.”

Schools across the country preparing classrooms with teachers at St Anne's CE primary school in Sale, Greater Manchester, photographed measuring the distance between desks and spraying markings for pupils outside.

Parents have been forced to homeschool their children since the lockdown began at the end of March.



NEW RULES FOR SCHOOLS

  • Ensuring 2m distance between secondary pupils – meaning most classes are no more than half their usual size
  • Kids should be encouraged to wash their hands more regularly – and schools should get more cleaning
  • Pupils should be kept in small groups only, and not allowed to mix with others
  • Breaks and start times should be staggered so that kids aren't mixing in corridors and on playgrounds
  • Schools can use rota systems, but they should do them for individual days and not split them between mornings and afternoons
  • Pupils should be encouraged to walk or cycle to school where possible
  • Kids should be told not to socialise with their friends outside the school gates before and after classes
  • Anyone with virus symptoms should stay home

BACK TO SCHOOL

But last weekend Boris Johnson gave the green light for primary school kids to go back to school from June 1, and other years from June 15.

However, older pupils were today told that the main form of their education for the meantime will be at home and online.

Government advice said: "We are asking secondary schools to offer this face-to-face support to supplement the remote education of year 10 and year 12 pupils, which should remain the predominant mode of education during this term for pupils in these year groups."

It comes after a huge row between the Government and teaching unions about whether it's safe for schools to return for more pupils yet.

Firebrand unions have come up with a string of conditions that have to be met first.

But Boris Johnson has insisted his track and trace system will be in place from June 1, so that any new coronavirus cases can be easily tracked and stopped from spreading further.

And he has acknowledged that not all schools will be able to go back at once, allowing classrooms time to get ready if they need to.


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TikTok star shows how to trim split ends in 3 easy steps on lockdown

That shaggy-haired self-isolators around the world are willing to risk their lives for a trim during the coronavirus pandemic has been well-documented.

But London-based beauty and fitness influencer Stefanie Williams claims to know a hair hack that will rid your mane of mangy split ends in minutes, from the safety of your home.

Williams shared the trick in a TikTok post that has been viewed more than 1.7 million times.

The “trick my mum taught me” prevents “split ends and means hair won’t break off so easily,” she writes in the caption, adding, “Curly hair straighten it first.”

In the clip, she demonstrates the steps, which begin with well-brushed straight hair. Next, she separates her hair along top and bottom layers, then divides the bottom layer into smaller sections. Taking one of the small sections in her hand, she twists it “tight” to reveal the split ends of her strands squeezing out of the twisted locks. Finally, she uses a sharp pair of scissors to snip away at the frayed hairs — effectively ridding her hair of the broken parts.

“Don’t go too close to the twist,” she warns at the end, then telling her 222,000 followers to “repeat all over” and every three weeks to maintain healthy hair growth.

Many showed their appreciation for the handy advice in the comments.

“I tried this and tbh I’m pleasantly surprised. My hair feels and looks more smooth,” one fan wrote.

“Omg I started doing this and trimming the bottom and my hair grew so much, like a lot,” claimed another.

Others, however, were less enthusiastic with the results of their quarantine cuts, and warned that too much twisting could also weaken strands.

“I did it and now I have loads of whispy hairs that fly around everywhere. I would not recommend but I probs did it wrong lol,” one wrote.

“Last time I tried this on my best friend I accidentally cut six inches of her [hair] off,” another cautioned.

Of course, embarrassing, homemade haircuts have become relatable fodder for social-media posters and entertainers alike, all of whom have commiserated over bad hair days during the lockdown caused by COIVD-19. The first sign of hair-care restlessness came with reports of women thoughtlessly giving themselves bangs, mostly out of boredom, when salons first closed back in March. Last month, The Post reported on a few inspiring couples who chose to stay together even after one partner gave the other a horrible amateur haircut. Meanwhile, many celebrities — including Anthony Rapp, Riz Ahmed and Carson Daly — have attempted trims while social distancing, with mixed results.

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How to get $1 flip flops at Old Navy

The $1 Old Navy flip flop sale is easily one of the most popular, if not the most popular, sales of the year. Usually, a cardholder sale takes place earlier in the summer, followed by a sale for all customers a bit later on, typically around the middle to end of June. Flip flops are a summer must-have, and you can’t really do better than spending just a buck on a pair — or several dollars on several pairs —since most stylish and savvy shoppers rarely stop with just one (plus, don’t you kinda want to buy flops for every member of your family and maybe some friends?). The classic Old Navy variety never goes out of fashion, either, so they’re a solid bet each year.

With everything else going on in the world right now, we can remain safe in the knowledge that the $1 Old Navy flip flop sale is here, and not even a worldwide pandemic can stop it. Rejoice!

Get your feet on some Old Navy $1 flip flops

WXYZ reports that the sale is officially on for shoppers with an Old Navy credit card (Passion for Savings notes anybody with a Gap or Banana Republic credit card can also shop the cardholder-only sale, provided they present it at checkout). Solid-color flip flops can be purchased for just a dollar when using the code “HOLLA” between now and May 29th. Non-cardholders can purchase the same selection of flip flops for $3, down from $3.99. Men’s, women’s, and kids’ sizes are all included but transactions are limited to 10 pairs per shopper (five if you’re shopping online).

Patterned flip flops, available in a variety of prints including leopard and juicy fruits like watermelons and pineapples, have also been marked down from $4.99 to $4.50. If you’re shopping online but wish to pick up in person, Old Navy are providing contactless curbside pickup so you don’t have to go inside or interact with other customers. A sales associates will simply come out, check the receipt, and then place the order safely in your trunk.

Look for the non-cardholder flip flop sale also coming soon!

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How a Japanese cult tested nerve gas on sheep at Australian property

Untold story of how a deadly Japanese doomsday cult bought 400,000 hectares in the Australian Outback to test a Nazi nerve agent on sheep – before they poisoned 5,500 commuters in Tokyo’s subway

  • The Aum Supreme Truth cult was founded by Shoko Asahara in Japan in 1984
  • The sect purchased the remote Banjawarn Station in Western Australian in 1993
  • Cult members used the property to test the deadly nerve agent sarin on sheep
  • In 1995 they released sarin into the Tokyo subway system, killing 12 commuters 
  • The story is featured in the Australian Federal Police’s latest Platypus magazine  

Banjawarn Station takes up a million acres of shrub and grassland on the edge of the Great Victoria Desert in the middle of Western Australia. 

It is marginal land to graze livestock but about as isolated as any habitable place that exists on the planet and the perfect location to do things without being watched. 

In April 1993 two senior members of the Japanese doomsday cult Aum Supreme Truth flew from Tokyo to Perth on a fact-finding mission looking for just such a spot.

The group’s second-in-charge and its ‘intelligence minister’ chartered a plane with a local real estate agent and inspected properties for sale across the Outback.

The sect planned to stage terrorist attacks its leader believed would start a nuclear war between superpowers, and remote Australia seemed a safe place to seek refuge in the fallout. 

More immediately, they were in search of a hideout to plan and prepare for what has been described as the first use of a weapon of mass destruction by terrorists.  

Banjawarn Station was bought by the Japanese doomsday cult Aum Supreme Truth in 1993 and used to manufacture and test the nerve agent sarin. Two years later the cult used sarin in a fatal attack on Tokyo’s subway system. The Banjawarn homestead is pictured

Aum Supreme Truth cult members tested sarin on sheep and their carcasses were found by its next owners. Australian Federal Police visited the station after the 1995 Tokyo terrorist attack and tested the skeletons of the animals (pictured)

On the morning of March 20, 1995, members of the Aum Supreme Truth sect released the nerve agent sarin on five train stations in Tokyo, then the busiest subway network in the world. The attack (pictured) killed 12 commuters and poisoned 5,500, seriously injuring more than 50

Forward scouts Kiyohide Hayakawa and Yoshihiro Inoue eventually settled on Banjawarn Station, 4,047 square kilometres of mulga and saltbush, about 14 hours’ drive north-east of Perth.

The sect paid less than $500,000 for the land, avoiding foreign ownership rules by starting up two companies through an Australian citizen of Japanese decent. 

Over the next 18 months the sect – also known as Aum Shinrikyo – would use this property to conduct experiments with the nerve agent sarin, a chemical weapon developed in Nazi Germany.

What the group learnt about sarin on the station would culminate in an attack on the Tokyo subway system in 1995 which would kill 12 innocent people and poison 5,500 other commuters.

Events at Banjawarn Station would become a focus of the Australian Federal Police’s Operation Sea King and inform the crime-fighting body’s future response to international terrorist threats. 

On September 9, 1993, a party of 25 sect members including their charismatic blind guru Shoko Asahara arrived in Perth on tourist visas issued in Tokyo, immediately attracting the attention of Customs. 

On September 9, 1993, a party of 25 sect members including their blind leader Shoko Asahara (pictured) arrived in Perth on tourist visas issued in Tokyo, immediately attracting the attention of Customs. The group later travelled to Banjawarn Station

Aum Supreme Truth members carried mining equipment and chemicals including hydrochloric acid to Perth in sake bottles and glass jars marked ‘hand soap’. Pictured are chemicals left behind by members of the Aum Supreme Truth sect at Banjawarn Station

Banjawarn Station is 4,047 square kilometres of mulga and saltbush 14 hours’ drive from Perth

The group had brought with them mining equipment and chemicals including hydrochloric acid contained in sake bottles and glass jars marked ‘hand soap’.

Their arrival and what they would later do at Banjawarn Station is covered in a feature article in the latest issue of the Australian Federal Police magazine Platypus. 

Detective Leading Senior Constable Mark Creighton told the magazine an AFP officer noted the amount of excess baggage the group was carrying and the jars of acid they claimed were soap.

‘Customs invited them to put their hands underneath the bottles and pour it out and they said, “Oh, no, no, we don’t want to do that”,’ Leading Senior Constable Mark Creighton said.

‘Then, apparently one of the Customs officers accidentally brushed against leader Shoko Asahara and were set upon by other sect members because they’d touched their “god”. 

‘They could not have done anything more to draw attention to themselves. Customs basically said, “Right, we’re going to go through you like a dose of salts.”

The AFP removed the Aum Supreme Truth sect’s ‘Laboratory Door’ from Banjawarn Station as evidence (pictured). ‘Toyo Laboratory’ was written in Japanese – a reference to sect member and Tokyo University physics graduate Toru Toyoda

Following the Tokyo terrorist attack police flew to Banjawarn station. They are pictured digging for evidence in 1996. Some of the evidence they gathered was sent to London for testing

Customs officers found ammonium chloride, sodium sulphate, perchloric acid and ammonium water, all of which was seized along with some laboratory equipment. 

The group claimed to be ignorant of local laws and said they were simply planning to do some gold mining. 

They paid $30,000 in excess baggage fees to cover equipment including a mechanical ditch digger, picks, petrol generators, gas masks, respirators and shovels. 

Leading Senior Constable Mark Creighton said the group attracted the attention of the AFP for another even more sinister reason. 

‘Accompanying the group were six or seven Japanese girls who were under the age of 18,’ he said. 

‘Their parents weren’t with them and the thing that struck us at the time was that this might have been child abuse because Banjawarn Station is miles from anywhere.’

Customs charged two members of the group, including ‘head scientist’ Seiichi Endo, with carrying dangerous goods on an aircraft and fined them $2,400 each but did not stop them proceeding. 

‘When the new station owners moved in they saw a particular site where a lot of sheep had perished,’ Leading Senior Constable Creighton told Platypus. ‘They thought, “Well, that’s a bit unusual” because the sheep hadn’t been shorn’. Sheep skeletons on the station are pictured

Shinrikyo Aum was founded by Shoko Asahara (pictured) in Tokyo 1984 as a belief system drawing upon elements of Indian and Tibetan Buddhism, as well as Hinduism, Christianity, yoga, and the writings of Nostradamus

That same day the sect members travelled by air and road to Banjawarn Station, where they would set up a laboratory in the homestead’s kitchen.

The lab would eventually be fitted with evaporators, bunsen burners, beakers, a rock crushing machine and its own generator but eight days after the sect’s arrival in Australia most of the group had flown home. 

SARIN IN THE SUBWAY 

On the morning of March 20, 1995, members of the Aum Supreme Truth sect released the nerve agent sarin on five train stations in Tokyo, then the busiest subway network in the world.

The terrorists used the tips of their umbrellas to pierce plastic bags of sarin before disembarking and escaping in getaway vehicles. 

The coordinated attacks killed 12 commuters and poisoned 5,500, seriously injuring more than 50.

Japanese prosecutors suggested cult leader Shoko Asahara knew about planned police raids on Aum Supreme Truth facilities and ordered the attacks to divert police attention away from the group.

At the cult’s headquarters in Kamikuishiki police found explosives, a Russian military helicopter and a stockpile of chemicals that could be used for producing enough sarin to kill four million people.

They also located cells containing prisoners and a safe holding millions of US dollars in cash and gold.

Over the next six weeks more than 150 cult members were arrested. Asahara was eventually found hiding within a wall of a cult building on May 16.

A subsequent trial found Asahara guilty of masterminding the Tokyo subway attack and he was sentenced to death.

Asahara and 12 other cult members were executed in Tokyo in July 2018.

A month later Asahara and several other sect members unsuccessfully applied for visas to return to Australia. 

In coming weeks and months those who had remained at Banjawarn would source local chemicals to replace what was confiscated in Perth and buy earth moving equipment from Kalgoorlie, 350km south of the station. 

The group bought eight mineral exploration leases from the Western Australian Government, believing that would prevent outsiders coming onto the station without their approval.

‘They had the mining leases and they thought they could do what they liked,’ Leading Senior Constable Creighton told Platypus.

Phyliss Thomas, an elder in the nearest Aboriginal community, would later report having seen about five people wearing ‘space suits’ at the property in August. 

The group was standing by a twin-engine airplane while others were in the aircraft.

Bill Leaver, who delivered mail and groceries to sheep stations in the region, told the ABC he found the new occupants of Banjawarn stand-offish.

Mr Leaver, who once delivered barrels of hydrochloric acid to the station, said he witnessed a man cutting the lawn with scissors and heard strange repetitive tapes playing in the background.

Even more bizarrely, he spoke to a woman who said she was purging demons from her body by drinking mustard and salt water. 

Mr Leaver told the ABC he saw no evidence the new owners had any knowledge of grazing or interest in running a sheep station. 

Sect members may have thought their presence had gone largely unnoticed but by October the AFP had contacted the National Police Agency of Japan and received information including Shoko Asahara’s criminal record.

‘There was an officer based in Sydney we had a very good relationship with,’ Leading Senior Constable Creighton said. ‘And they replied very, very quickly to the effect that essentially, “these people are no good”.’

Australian Federal Police travelled to Banjawarn Station in troop carriers from Kalgoorlie. Detective Superintendent Blaise O’Shaughnessy is pictured right putting on a protective mask before undertaking a search at the property

Aum Supreme Truth bought eight mineral exploration leases from the Western Australian Government, believing that would prevent outsiders coming onto the station without their approval. Police are pictured searching the property after the Tokyo subway attacks

The sect was suspected in Japan of conducting illegal activities but was classified as a religious organisation and police were wary of conducting overt investigations.

Shinrikyo Aum, founded by Asahara in Tokyo 1984, was a belief system drawing upon elements of Indian and Tibetan Buddhism, as well as Hinduism, Christianity, yoga and the writings of Nostradamus.

At its height the sect claimed tens of thousands of members. 

In 1992 Asahara declared himself to be Christ and Japan’s only fully enlightened master, identifying himself as the ‘Lamb of God’.

Aum Supreme Truth sect members held unwavering beliefs in Asahara who encouraged them to drink 30ml bottles of his bathwater, which they bought for $300.  

Headsets were rented to members with the promise of mimicking Asahara’s brain waves and he offered his blood to drink as a way of achieving enlightenment.

Asahara’s stated mission was to take the sins of the world upon himself, claiming he could transfer spiritual power to his followers. He prophesied a third world war instigated by the United States which only Aum members would survive. 

Members of the Australian Federal Police and Western Australian Police are pictured around a campfire at Banjawarn Station as they searched the property in 1995 

The Tokyo subway deaths brought international attention to Banjawarn Station in 1995. Japanese reporters are pictured at the property after news of the sarin attack broke 

‘A lot of the members of the sect were outcasts and excluded from society,’ Leading Senior Constable Creighton told Platypus. ‘They were either so intelligent that they couldn’t relate to other people or they were in their own fantasy world.’ 

Among the information Japanese police had received about the sect was its possible link to the 1989 murder of lawyer Tsutsumi Sakamoto, who had been preparing a class action lawsuit against them. 

WHAT IS SARIN GAS? 

Sarin is a colourless, odorless liquid used as a chemical weapon due to its extreme potency as a nerve agent.

Exposure is lethal even at very low concentrations and death can occur within one to ten minutes after direct inhalation.

It causes suffocation from lung muscle paralysis unless antidotes are quickly administered.

Sarin is discovered in 1938 and developed in Nazi Germany. Its production is internationally outlawed.  

‘We had a pretty good handle on the membership of the group  and we worked closely with the Department of Immigration and Customs,’ Leading Senior Constable Creighton said. 

‘The special police liaison officer in Tokyo made sure that their further applications for visas would be “politely refused”.

‘The fact that two of the group had been convicted of a really, really dangerous offence of carrying these dangerous goods on aircraft helped – in addition to all the other intelligence that we and other agencies collected.’

While authorities rejected further visa applications of known sect members, in November two adherents were granted travel documents from the Australian consulate in Osaka and went to Banjawarn where they stayed for six months. 

In June the sect staged a sarin attack on the Japanese city Matsumoto, releasing gas it had tested at Banajwarn from a refrigeration truck, killing eight people and injuring more than 500. 

In August it sold Banjawarn Station at a loss of $200,000 and in October the last of the group flew out of Perth and returned to Japan. 

Soldiers are pictured cleaning out Kasumigaseki subway station in Tokyo after the Aum Supreme Truth attack in March 1995. The rush-hour poisoning killed 12 commuters 

The little-known sect gained international attention when on March 20, 1995 it released sarin in five Tokyo train stations on what was then the busiest subway system in the world.  

The new owners of Banjawarn contacted local police several days after the attacks when news broke of Aum Supreme Truth’s involvement. 

‘When the new station owners moved in they saw a particular site where a lot of sheep had perished,’ Leading Senior Constable Creighton told Platypus. 

‘They thought, “Well, that’s a bit unusual” because the sheep hadn’t been shorn – it looked like they’d been bludgeoned to death rather than shot.’ 

The new owners had also found laboratory equipment and containers of chemicals in the homestead. 

An AFP team flew to  Perth and joined local Western Australian police, then along with a government chemist drove from Kalgoorlie to Banjawarn in troop carriers laden with camping equipment. 

Rescue workers are pictured carrying survivors of the Tokyo subway attacks to emergency tents on March 20, 1995. The five attacks were timed to take place simultaneously

Tokyo Fire Department officers are pictured leaving Kasumigaseki station on March 20, 1995 in Tokyo after decontaminating the subway

Investigators carried out extensive searches and testing at the site, uncovering evidence of sarin experiments that had been conducted on sheep at the property. 

Forensic Officer Steve Olinder took samples from the dead animals back to Kalgoorlie where he spent a night in a motel with sheep skulls around him. 

The laboratory door taken by police from Banjawarn Station is at the AFP Museum

There was also evidence the sect had plans to build nuclear weapons and had dug up uranium with an excavator. 

‘The teams took samples, they took statements and they brought the samples back,’ Leading Senior Constable Creighton said. 

‘The government chemist ran the checks… and they came back positive for sarin.

‘My understanding is that the chemist fell off his chair – like he’d done something wrong. But he checked it again and come back with exactly the same result.’

The samples were sent to a scientist in London who had previously found that Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein killed thousands of Kurds in 1988 using mustard gas and nerve agents.

Information obtained by the AFP was also exchanged with the FBI and the NYPD Joint Terrorist Taskforce, which were investigating a New York chapter of Aum Supreme Truth. 

Leading Senior Constable Creighton said the Tokyo sarin attacks and events at Banjawarn marked a new era of crime fighting for the AFP and sparked one of its first investigations into international terrorism.

‘It was the basis of the counter terrorism legislation we take for granted today,’ he told Platypus. ‘It’s one of the more significant investigations that I have ever taken part in. 

DID AUM SUPREME TRUTH TEST A NUCLEAR BOMB AT BANJAWARN? 

On the night of 28 May 1993 a seismic disturbance was detected south of Banjawarn Station. It was a month after the property had been bought by the Aum Supreme Truth cult.

The event sent shock waves through hundreds of kilometres of desert but was witnessed only by a few long-distance truck drivers and gold prospectors.

They reported seeing a fireball in the sky and hearing a protracted low-frequency sound. No large asteroid impact was found and a mining explosion was discounted.

The Urban Geoscience Division of the Australian Geological Survey Organisation determined the event ‘showed similar characteristics consistent with typical seismic activity for Western Australia,’ and was most likely an earthquake.

Following the revelation that Banjawarn had been owned by the sect there was speculation the disturbance might have been the result of a test explosion of a nuclear device.

An Australian Federal Police investigation found no evidence to support the suggestion and cult members were not believed to in Australia at the time of the event.

‘Certainly, from a world-wide perspective, probably the highest one. It’s been 27 years since this and we’re still talking about it.

‘Not only were we speaking with the Japanese authorities, we were speaking with the FBI and preparing our submissions which eventually went to the US Senate as part of their Permanent Committee on Investigations.

‘When the AFP investigations team came to their conclusions they didn’t have any of the legislative tools that we take for granted now. 

‘There was no counter terrorism legislation. The [sect’s] idea was that their actions would kick off a nuclear war between the Americans and the Russians – and that Australia would be a safe haven after this.’

Police work done before the Tokyo attack had stopped Aum Supreme Truth from establishing anything more than a small, short-lived base in Australia. 

The graziers who bought Banjawarn Station alerted police to suspicious finds they had made when they learnt of the Tokyo attacks. Troop carriers are pictured taking police and supplies to the property

‘At the time the Aum sect were prevented from establishing a foothold in Australia by some very determined and proactive work by Federal and Western Australian agencies,’ Leading Senior Constable Creighton said.

‘The AFP, Australian Customs and Department of Immigration worked together to prevent senior Aum members from returning.’

Asahara was executed with Kiyohide Hayakawa and Yoshihiro Inoue, the pair who had scouted Banjawarn, as well as Seiichi Endo, the so-called head scientist, and nine other sect members in July 2018.

Aum Shinrikyo was classified as a terrorist organisation and still exists under the name Aleph.

Cattle have replaced sheep at their one-time Australian base and there is little trace left of the cult at Banjawarn Station. 

A brick barbecue built by police who searched the property remains on the site and writing on the wall of a machinery shed provides instructions in Japanese on how to start up the generator. 

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How Jade Roper Told Tanner Tolbert About 3rd Pregnancy: 'You Mothereffer'

Spilling the beans! Jade Roper told her husband, Tanner Tolbert, about her third pregnancy as soon as she found out.

“Jade just came down one night and throws the test down on the table and goes, ‘Tanner!’” the Bachelorette alum, 33, told Entertainment Tonight on Thursday, May 21.

His wife, also 33, chimed in, “This is my first cycle back from being pregnant with Brooks so I was like, ‘OK maybe it’s just that my cycle is off. That happens. That’s normal. I have a test, I’m just gonna take it just to be sure.’ I saw it and was like, ‘You, mothereffer.’ I slapped it down on the table, and he was just so shocked.”

While the Bachelor alum, who already shares Emerson, 2, and Brooks, 9 months, with Tolbert, “wanted to wait” to conceive baby No. 3 until their son turned 3, she doesn’t mind this shift from her “ideal family planning.”

“[We’re] excited and happy,” Roper told the outlet. “Sometimes things come in ways you don’t plan and they’re the best surprises.”

The “Mommies Tell All” podcast cohost does blame the Missouri native for her pregnancy, though. “She says that,” Tolbert revealed. “She did say that. She’s had a lot of morning sickness, so I’ve had a lot of: ‘You did this to me, Tanner.’”

Roper can “remember back to the very specific conception date” in February, she said. “I had a feeling that I was like, ‘Hmm.’ And now I know.”

The Bachelor in Paradise alums announced earlier this month that they have a little one on the way, but have yet to find out the sex.

“HERE WE GROW AGAIN,” the Colorado native captioned her Instagram reveal at the time. “It feels so good to be able to finally talk about this pregnancy! If you noticed I haven’t been on social media much the past couple of months, it’s because I was dealing with terrible nausea and fatigue, on top of taking care of two kiddos during a pandemic. … We are beyond happy to love another baby, to give Emmy and Brooks another sibling and to have our children be so close! #partyof5.”

She and Tolbert tied the knot in January 2016 in California.

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How Newcastle could line up with £200m Saudi transfer investment including Griezmann, McGinn and McNeil – The Sun

NEWCASTLE'S prospective new owners will inject £200million to be spent on transfers, according to reports.

And the Geordies could use their new cash to swoop for out of favour Barcelona striker Antoine Griezmann.

SunSport has exclusively revealed that the Premier League are ready to give the takeover the green light with an announcement expected around June 1.

And the Toon's wealthy new backers will pour cash in straight away to allow the club to immediately compete in the transfer market, according to the Mirror.

Since news of the takeover emerged, several big names have been linked with moves to St James' Park.

But Griezmann – who is a target, according to Italian outlet Sport Mediaset – is by far the biggest of the lot.

The 29-year-old has struggled to hit his Atletico Madrid heights for Barcelona since his £107.6m transfer last summer.

The French International has managed just eight goals in 26 league appearances this season.

But Newcastle may have trouble luring him from Catalonia after SunSport previously reported the LaLiga giants were also considering using the World Cup winner in a part-exchange for Neymar.

SunSport also revealed that playing just behind him could be Benfica’s midfield playmaker Rafa Silva — but the move is currently on hold.

The Toon were working on a project to land Silva, who has been in and out of the side and looking for a possible move away.

Benfica wanted £25million for the Portugal ace but the Geordies hope to beat them down to £15m.

SunSport also revealed Everton are targeting a summer swoop for Allan Saint-Maximin, but Newcastle will surely be able to resist any attempts to sign their prized asset with an influx of cash.

On the opposite flank, Newcastle are hoping to steal a march on Manchester United and Chelsea in the race to land £35million-rated Burnley star Dwight McNeil.

The Evening Chronicle claim the club’s scouting unit have been furloughed but the 20-year-old was looked at before the coronavirus pandemic.

Alongside him, the Magpies are reportedly poised to raid Aston Villa with a £30m bid to land John McGinn.

Boss Steve Bruce is reportedly prepared to splash the cash to be reunited with the midfielder, who he signed for his former club for a measly £2.5m back in 2018.

And he could lineup alongside Matty Longstaff who SunSport exclusively revealed hopes to extend his stay at St James'.

At the back, goalkeeper Martin Dubravka has proven himself among the Prem’s elite while captain Jamaal Lascelles commands a spot in the line-up.

And a popular move for the new owners would be to make Danny Rose’s loan deal permanent after Jose Mourinho gave the left-back the green light to leave.

 

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Here’s how much Lance Armstrong is really worth

Lance Armstrong captured the hearts of millions in the late 1990s and 2000s with his heart-wrenching yet inspirational story of perseverance and survival. But the athlete later fell from stardom after allegations of performance-enhancing drug use, effectively pumping the breaks on his historic and world-renowned career as a competitive cycler.

Armstrong first flexed his athletic muscle at 10 years old when he took up swimming and running, per Biography. At 13, he plunged into competitive cycling and eventually became a professional triathlete, scoring championships in the 1989 and 1990 national sprint-course triathlons. 

Shortly after, Armstrong decided that cycling was his one true love and honed in on the sport. He trained with the U.S. Olympic development team when he was still just a teenager and a senior in high school (don’t worry, he still managed to earn his high school diploma thanks to private classes). 

Although the world eventually discovered the dark reason behind Armstrong’s outstanding athletic performances, the cyclist still enjoyed a career that left him with notoriety and a happy bank account. Let’s explore how much Armstrong is worth today and how that’s changed over the years.

Lance Armstrong's net worth has taken some hits

At the peak of his career, Lance Armstrong was worth around $125 million, according to Sportscasting. He made over $20 million each year, largely from endorsements. When he was tragically diagnosed with testicular cancer, he raised almost $500 million for cancer research through his charity, Livestrong (via The New York Times).

After he survived the battle and hopped back on his wheels, though, he suffered a financial hit. Despite his interest in returning to competitive racing, French cycling team Cofidis dropped his annual contract, making him a free agent, per the Associated Press. Prior to his cancer diagnosis, the contract had been worth $2 million for two years. He was eventually able to find sponsorship from the United States Postal Service team, which afforded him $200,000 annually (via Biography)He went on to smash cycling records, win multiple Tour de Frances, and snag an Olympic medal.

All that changed when allegations of doping came to light. Armstrong eventually admitted that he’d used performance-enhancing drugs since the ’90s, and his finances took a nosedive along with his career (via ABC News). Once worth $125 million, the former world champion, cancer survivor, and icon is now worth less than half that amount. According to Celebritynetworth, he’s worth an estimated $50 million.

Despite the success story gone sour, Armstrong remains a wealthy figure. He opened up more about his fraught journey with cycling and performance-enhancing drugs in a new ESPN documentary, “Lance.”

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How Kinesio Tape Actually Works

Your Personal PT, Rachel Tavel, is a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) at Shift Wellness in NYC, so she knows how to get your body back on track when it’s out of line. In this weekly series, she gives you tips on how to feel better, get stronger, and train smarter.

Around the time of the 2004 Athens Olympic Games, colorful strips of tape strategically stuck in various ways across athletes’ bodies started popping out on broadcast competitions. The bright, sticky stuff reappeared in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, drawing even more attention. Volleyball players reached for balls with bright pink and black tape stretched in criss-crossing patterns around their shoulders and swimmers appeared with it strewn about their backs. For those outside athletics, the application was mystifying: What was this tape all about?

Kinesio Tape (KT) is a brand of elastic therapeutic tape used in rehabilitation practices and sports to reduce pain and disability from injury. The goal is to help anyone from an elite athlete to a weekend warrior (or even grandma and grandpa) to move better. The brand is actually one of many different types of kinesiology tape, and probably the most well known—like Kleenex for tissues.

Originally developed in 1979 by Japanese chiropractor, Dr. Kenzo Kase, the goal of the tape was to provide support while allowing movement and promoting healing of soft tissue injuries. Different application techniques serve different purposes, so depending on what is going on in your body, a trained and certified practitioner and user of KT will know which approach is right for you.

The tape itself is made up of a gentle cotton fiber strip that has one medical grade adhesive acrylic side that adheres to skin (and yes, hair… brace yourself for the removal part). It’s actually designed to mimic the elasticity of human skin. The material is latex free, hypoallergenic, water resistant and designed to stay stuck to the body through showers, sweat and all that life throws at you. The stuff should stick for three to five days, but then you’ll need to reapply.

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By lifting the top layer or skin ever so slightly, KT creators claim the adhesive quality of the tape helps promote lymphatic drainage and promote circulation, therefore reducing inflammation and pressure on the underlying tissue. The technique may even have the ability to help relax or stimulate muscles.

Depending on why you are using the tape, knowing the underlying anatomy of the body is critical for proper application. Different amounts of stretch and different attachment points are strategically selected to obtain the desired effects. Oftentimes the taping patterns you see on the surface of the skin will match up with where tendons attach to bones, where muscles are injured, or where swelling persists around a joint. But one thing is consistent: the taping is applied in a way that still allows you to move. Unlike other materials that completely limit movement, KT is not strong enough to completely immobilize a joint—and that is deliberate, in this case.

While the tape might not look like it is doing anything on the surface (except making you look extra sporty and cool), research suggests that it actually does what it claims to do. One small study, for example, showed KT is effective at improving muscle torque and strength in the quadriceps muscles of female athletes and another much larger study showed it is effective at reducing neck pain and improving mobility.

The effect of using kinesio tape is more neuromuscular than musculoskeletal, meaning it affects proprioception or your body’s awareness of itself in space rather than just mechanically distorting the tissue. In other words, the tape can help to improve signaling between the sensory receptors in the body and the brain so your brain has a better response to what is happening in the environment.

Don’t believe me? That’s okay. I was once a doubter, too. But after smacking some tape on and seeing results, I’m now a believer and a fan. Next time you have an injury, ask your PT if KT is appropriate for you and make your own conclusions. The pain of ripping it off when you’re done might just be worth it.

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When to use it: A certified physical therapist can help determine when it is appropriate to use KT in your treatment, but here are a few common uses of KT:

When using Kinesio Tape:


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How much does Nasa pay its astronauts?

Astronauts have to risk their lives for the job, so it’s perhaps unsurprising that they get paid pretty well for the work they do.

But how much, exactly?

Well, you have to remember that astronaut isn’t usually someone’s first job. Often, they’re test pilots – it’s required that any astronaut has logged three years’ professional experience or 1,000 hours flying a jet before they can qualify.

They’re also required to have degrees in science, engineering or maths and have to pass a rigorous selection process that’s much harder than getting into any university you care to name.

Once they make it though, they get paid a lot for their work.

Nasa pays employees on a scale called the Federal Government’s General Schedule. Astronauts are on so-called ‘grades’ known as GS-12 and GS-13. Within each grade are several ‘steps’ that go form 1 to 10 and are based on performance and years of service.

If you’re a new astronaut on GS-12 step 1, then you’re looking at $66,167 (£54,110) per year.

If you move up to GS-12 step 10, then you’re in line for a $86,021 (£70,326) per year.

Now, if you’re an excellent astronaut and have served for many years, you may be a GS-13 step 10 earning $102,288 (£83,625) per year, according to Nasa.

The General Schedule is also just a guide. Astronauts may receive more or less depending on which locations they work in or what missions they’re involved in.

Nasa is currently looking at the next generation of astronauts to go back to the moon and eventually to Mars. In a job listing, the space agency listed a salary range of $104,898 to $161,141 per year.

Two astronauts, Douglas Hurley and Robert Behnken, are set to earn their paychecks later this month when they take off for the International Space Station aboard a SpaceX Crew Dragon craft for the first time.

The launch is set to take place on May 27 from Cape Canaveral in Florida. It will be the first time Nasa has launched astronauts from American soil since 2011. Since retiring the space shuttle, Nasa has relied on Russian rockets to transport crew to the ISS. Next week’s launch will be a huge moment for both Nasa and SpaceX.

‘The Demo-2 mission will be the final major step before NASA’s Commercial Crew Program certifies Crew Dragon for operational, long-duration missions to the space station,’ the space agency said.

‘This certification and regular operation of Crew Dragon will enable NASA to continue the important research and technology investigations taking place onboard the station, which benefits people on Earth and lays the groundwork for future exploration of the Moon and Mars with the agency’s Artemis program.’

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How to recession proof your finances as inflation plummets and BoE considers negative interest rates

WITH inflation falling and a global recession on the horizon, we look at how your finances could be affected, and how best to protect them.

It comes as UK inflation for the year to April today halved from 1.5 per cent to 0.8 per cent, with experts saying it could fall further still.

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Meanwhile this week chancellor Rishi Sunak warned of a "never-seen-before coronavirus recession" leaving permanent damage to the economy.

This follows stock markets suffering their largest crash since 1987 and the Bank of England base rate dropping to a historic low of 0.1 per cent.

Some experts even believe negative interest rates could be on the horizon in a bid to boost the economy.

But what does this mean for your money, and how can you try and keep it safe? We take a look.

What is furlough?

THE aim of the government’s job retention scheme is to save one million workers from becoming unemployed due to the lockdown.

Under the scheme, the government will pay 80 per cent – up to £2,500 a month – of wages of an employee who can’t work because of the impact of coronavirus.

Workers will be kept on the payroll rather than being laid off.

The government will pay the associated employer national insurance contributions and minimum automatic enrolment employer pension contributions on top.

The scheme has been extended to run until the end of September (although businesses will be asked to chip in from August) and can be backdated to March 1 2020.

It’s available to all employees that started a PAYE payroll scheme on or before March 1, 2020.

If you’re between jobs, have started at a new place of work or were made redundant after this date then you can ask your former employer to rehire you to be eligible for the scheme.

Employers can choose to top up furloughed workers’ salaries by the remaining 20 per cent but they don’t have to.

Firms who want to access the scheme will need to speak to their employees before putting them on furlough.

While on furlough, staff should not undertake any work for their employer during the scheme.

Check your finances and set-up a rainy day fund

Do a stock take of your finances and look at where you can cut can cut costs. Can you switch energy provider to save or cancel a gym subscription you're currently not getting any use from?

Rachel Springall, finance expert at comparison site Moneyfacts.co.uk said: "Interest rates on savings and mortgages are falling and unsecured lending on credit cards or loans is becoming more expensive.

"This alone should bring a personal finance review to the forefront of the mind, particularly if someone has free time to spare. Making just a few changes could result in decent savings."

While it may be difficult, if you do have any spare cash it's a good idea to set-up a rainy day fund to fall back on if things get any worse.

Myron Jobson, personal finance campaigner at investment platform Interactive Investor, said: “Historically, it’s often said that three months salary is a fair rule of thumb for an emergency cash safety net.

"That will be a tough challenge for many of us at the best of times. But given what we been through, many people will want to double that."

Safety-proof your savings

When you're setting up a rainy day savings pot, the first thing to check is that your savings are protected by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS).

This scheme covers cash up to £85,000 per financial institution if the bank goes bust.

Secondly, make your money work for you by ensuring you're making the most of interest.

Comparison site Moneyfacts says the number of savings accounts available has fallen to its lowest point in three years with 220 deals pulled since the start of March 2020.

Self-employment grant: who can claim?

YOU can claim if you're a self-employed individual or a member of a partnership and you:

  • have submitted your self assessment tax return for the tax year 2018/19
  • traded in the tax year 2019/20
  • are trading when you apply, or would be except for coronavirus
  • intend to continue to trade in the current tax year (2020/21)
  • have lost trading profits due to coronavirus.

The problem is banks link savings rates to the Bank of England's base rate, which means if the base rate drops, savings rates drop too.

And with banks paying out millions in the form of bounce back loans to small business customers, and offering three-month mortgage repayment holidays they have less spare cash and less incentive to lure in customers with high savings rates.

But you still need to try and ensure your interest rate is higher than the inflation rate – otherwise your savings will be eroded by higher prices when you come to spend it.

Use a comparison site, such as Moneyfacts, to check for the best buys. The top easy-access rate is currently 1.16 per cent but you can earn more if you're able to lock cash away.

If you're on Universal Credit or other benefits, also make sure you're not missing out on £1,200 from the government's Help to Save scheme.

Jason Hollands, managing director of investment platform Bestinvest said: "Take a long-hard look at how much cash you need to keep readily available. Interest rates are very low across the board, but make sure you are getting the best terms possible while taking care to ideally not hold more than £85,000 with any one UK bank or building society.

"This is the amount that is protected under the Financial Services Compensation Scheme in the event a financial institution collapses. That's a rare occurrence but it can happen."

Consider fixing your mortgage

Mortgage rates are also linked to the base rate, and if base rate falls, so do interest rates on mortgages.

And with the base rate at a historic low now could be the ideal time to lock into a cheap fixed deal if you're coming up to remortgage.

Ms Springall said: “Remortgage customers could benefit from the fall in interest rates if they are sitting on a standard variable rate, thanks to the base rate cuts, but they could make bigger savings if they switch to a low fixed rate instead.

What to do if you can't pay your bills

FALLING behind on your energy bills can be extremely stressful.

If you’re struggling to pay what you owe, contact your supplier as soon as possible.

Your provider has to help you come up with a solution, and you should be able to negotiate a deal that works for you both.

One option is to agree a payment plan where you pay off your debts in affordable instalments.

You may be able to pay off your debts directly from your benefits through the Fuel Direct Scheme.

A fixed amount will automatically be taken to cover what you owe plus your usage.

To be eligible, you must be getting one of the following benefits:

  • Income-based jobseeker’s allowance
  • Income support
  • income-related employment and support allowance
  • Pension credit
  • Universal Credit (but only if you’re not working)

If you cannot come to an agreement with your supplier, they may try to force you to get a prepayment meter installed.

In very rare cases, where you refuse to negotiate, your supplier might threaten you with disconnection.

"In fact, there is only a small difference between the average two-year and five-year fixed mortgage, so borrowers may prefer to choose a longer-term fixed mortgage for more peace of mind."

Just be aware that if you've been furloughed, which means your salary has most likely dropped, you're unlikely to be able to borrow as much from your mortgage lender and you may struggle to remortgage.

Nick Morrey from broker John Charcol points out that in this situation you might want to consider a product transfer instead, which is when you take out a mortgage from your existing lender.

He said: "Lots of people have been furloughed and the self-employed could be struggling to remortgage too as lenders will be asking for proof of earnings.

"Lenders usually offer their best deals on remortgages, but product transfer is another options and lenders are now far better at offering competitive products to existing borrowers.

"Alternatively, people with changes to their circumstances coming up might be better served with a product with no early exit fees – usually tracker and discount mortgages as opposed to fixed deals. This gives people more freedom to make changes."

If you've taken a mortgage repayment holiday just remember you will eventually need to repay this cash, plus interest, so it's best to start saving now.

Speak to a free broker, such as London and Country or Trussle, to check what's best for you and which mortgage to go for, and remember to include set-up fees in any calculations – don't simply focus on the rate.

Consolidate debts and speak to lenders

Make sure you're repaying priority debts and where you're struggling to do so, speak to your lender.

Due to the coronavirus crisis, loan providers, payday lenders and IVA providers have all started offering three month repayment holidays for borrowers – just bear in mind payments will still need to be repaid eventually, plus interest.

If you've got high interest debts, you might want to consider moving those debts onto a 0 per cent balance transfer card to cut interest costs.

Moneyfacts says fees have already started to creep up on the top balance transfer deals, while the length of 0 per cent offers on purchase cards has started to be slashed.

Use a tool such as MoneySavingExpert.com's eligibility checkers to check which cards and loans you're likely to be accepted for without it hurting your credit score.

Keep pensions and investments diversified

If you've got a pension or investments make sure your pots are well diversified.

Being overexposed to one asset class or one particular company could put your savings at risk if something goes wrong.

Laura Suter, personal finance analyst at investment platform AJ Bell, said: “Those who think the worst is yet to come can prepare their portfolio now for future falls.

"This includes ensuring they’re not overexposed to one area or market, making sure they have a good spread across asset classes and putting some money in more cautious funds that may be more able to ride out a recession or another downturn.”

For more on pensions and what it means depending on your age, see How to protect your pension.

Consider taking out insurance

Consider taking out insurance to protect you from future financial or health shocks, such as income protection cover or mortgage protection cover. Just ensure it covers crises such as the coronavirus epidemic.

Use a broker to find the best deal. Use can use the British Insurance Brokers Association (BIBA) tool to help you find the right cover.

Mr Hollands said: "Few people would have anticipated a health crisis like this just a few months ago. It is a reminder that life can be very unpredictable.

"Consider insurance arrangements, such as life cover, critical illness cover or income protection that will protect your finances should anything unexpected happen and give you greater peace of mind."

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