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Travel Bans Across UK, Introduces Tier 4 Lockdown



After all non-essential shops were ordered to close from midnight yesterday, high streets, which would normally be full of last-minute Christmas shoppers, were empty.

After thousands of people left the capital over the weekend after new Tier 4 rules were enforced, London’s streets were abandoned on Monday.

With millions of Londoners obeying the government’s “work from home” order, the underground was almost empty of commuters.

After all non-essential stores were ordered to close from midnight on Sunday, high streets, which would normally be teeming with last-minute Christmas shoppers, were empty.

This morning, Oxford Street and Regents Street were completely deserted and most shops and restaurants were closed in the largest shopping centers in London in what will normally be one of the busiest weeks of the year.

It comes on Saturday night and Sunday morning after a mass exodus from the capital as the government banned travel over Christmas from Tier 4 areas and people rushed to break a 48-hour ban on flights from Britain to Ireland.

On Saturday night, trains from Kings Cross to the North East were sold out as people desperately tried to bring their families home for the festive season.

An “Irish exodus” was identified by one traveler as crowds queuing at Heathrow hoping to catch the final evening flight to Dublin.

A last-minute later flight, described by one traveler as a “Christmas miracle,” the Irish Government gave the green light.

Similar scenes occurred in Dover as passengers tried to cross the Channel until the UK-French border was closed amid fears about increasing cases of Covid-19 and a new strain of the virus.

In the wake of a new mutant strain of coronavirus spreading through South East England, France is also among a host of European countries introducing travel restrictions.

According to early results, the latest version of the virus is potentially 70 percent more transmissible.

The government has announced that passengers who were preparing to travel for Christmas who have canceled their plans will have their train and coach bookings refunded.

In the face of tightening Covid-19 restrictions across the UK, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said consumers would not be “left out of pocket” for “doing the right thing.”

For canceled rail and coach bookings in England, cash refunds will be issued for the previous Christmas travel window of 23 to 27 December, the Department for Transport (DfT) said.

Flights from the UK to countries around the world, including Spain, India, and Hong Kong, are being suspended.

France has closed its border with the United Kingdom for 48 hours, meaning that no lorries or ferries will depart from Dover Port.

He talked with French President Emmanuel Macron, Boris Johnson said, and both sides agreed to solve “these problems as fast as possible.”

Several countries announced plans over the weekend to close down their boundaries with Britain. All banned flights from the UK exist in Europe, France, Germany, Italy, Ireland, and the Netherlands, while Austria and Sweden are reportedly planning to do the same.

Source: Standard UK, CNBC


Fruit Wholesaler Loses Over RM400,000 In Musang King Deal



KUANTAN, July 28 — A fruit wholesaler was cheated of RM414,932 by a man who pretended to be the buyer of his Musang King durians.

Pahang Commercial Crime Investigation Department chief Supt Mohd Wazir Mohd Yusof said the 29-year-old victim claimed that the suspect contacted him on June 30 to buy 10 baskets of durians.

“The victim claimed that the suspect had shown him a copy of an online transaction receipt as proof of payment, then his employee came to the shop to pick up the fruit on the same day.

“This caused the victim to trust the suspect and continued to sell durians to him from July 1 to 27 and payment was made directly to his company’s bank account,” he said in a statement today.

Mohd Wazir said the victim realised he had been cheated when the total price of RM414,932 was actually not credited to the account and he later lodged a police report at the Sungai Ruan police station in Raub.

Sources: BERNAMA

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Olympic Winners Love To Bite Their Medals, These Are The Reasons Why They Do It



Olympic winners throughout all the years often bite their medals on the podium and nobody knows why they love to do it as the reason why is such a mystery. In fact, it’s such an enduring mystery that even Olympic historians do not understand it in detail. It is not a chocolate coin wrapped in gold foil. That is indeed actual metal that composes that Olympic medal. At first, people always think they bite their medals just for the pose when their pictures are being taken. Little did many people in this whole wide world know, there are actually some unexpected reasons behind it.

A little bit of history. The Olympic Games as we know them first debuted in the year of 1896. However, at the first games, rather than gold, first place competitors won silver medals, second place won bronze. In the next Olympics in the year 1900, the winners mostly received trophies or even cups. It was not until the 1904 Olympics that medals made of solid gold were awarded to top athletes. These are the reasons why Olympic winners bite their own medals.

Picture: ABC News

1) Purity Check

Traditionally, because gold is softer and more malleable than other metals, one way to determine whether or not it was real gold was to bite into it. If it is authentic, the Olympic winners’ teeth would have left an indentation.

2) Photographer Obsession

It has become an obsession with photographers. Shutterbugs consider the medal biting pose to be the shot that can make it to the front page of the next day’s newspaper and hence request the athletes to do so.

The 2020 Tokyo Olympic medals are actually so unique as they are a product of the Tokyo 2020 Medal Project, which saw the collection of small electronic devices such as used mobile phones from all over Japan to produce the Olympic and Paralympic medals.

Sources: Olympics.

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Boxer Youness Baalla Tries To Bite Opponent’s Ear During Olympics Bout



ANKARA, July 28– Moroccan boxer Youness Baalla attempted to bite off his New Zealand opponent David Nyika’s ear during a match on Tuesday at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

According to Anadolu Agency, Baalla attempted to bite Nyika’s ear in the third and final round of the bout.

Nyika said, after the match, that it was unfortunate that the referee could not see what had happened.

“He couldn’t get my ear into his mouth. I am lucky for that,” said Nyika, who won 5-0 and advanced to quarter-final.

The fight drew comparisons with a 1997 infamous bout between Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield.

In the second heavyweight championship match between the two in the US state of Nevada, Tyson bit a part of Holyfield’s ear off and was disqualified.

Tyson’s boxing licence was revoked for 15 months after the incident.

Sources: BERNAMA

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