Worshippers may be banned from singing hymns when they return to church to stop spread of coronavirus – The Sun

WORSHIPPERS could be banned from singing hymns when they return to church, synagogues and mosques.

Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick said he was talking to faith leaders about how to reopen places of worship safely.

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He suggested churches might have to cordon off parts of their venue to make them a Covid-friendly environment.

Places of worship would also need to ensure regular cleaning and limit congregation numbers at any one time.

Mr Jenrick said: "We certainly don't want large gatherings in places of worship particularly because of the demographic in some faiths.

"Because of singing hymns and so on, which can lead to exhalation can create particular problems."

He added: "I understand how important it is for millions of people in this country.

"I can understand how people of faith would consider it strange that shops, cafes, pubs, restaurants, many other settings, might be open in the weeks and months ahead, but not somewhere as important as a place of worship."


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Bride freezes embryos after being diagnosed with breast cancer at 24

Bride-to-be Georgia Day, from Liverpool, was devastated when she was diagnosed with triple-negative breast cancer last month, something she feared would shatter her dreams of having children of her own.

The 24-year-old decided to delay chemotherapy which could leave her infertile, to save her dream of becoming a mum.

Georgia and computer programmer fiancé, Isaac McCarthy, 24, who had been planning to get married in October, decided to freeze her embryos before she begins treatment next month.

Chemo can affect your ovaries and the production of eggs. As a precautionary measure, some people freeze embryos or eggs and Georgia chose to have her embryos stored.

Georgia, who lost her job as a receptionist in March, says she didn’t always plan on having a family of her own but that changed when she met Isaac.

The childhood sweethearts have dreamed of having a family and hoped to start trying after their planned ceremony in Gretna Green in front of 18 of their friends and family.

But due to the global pandemic and Georgia’s health, the couple will have to wait to tie the knot.

Georgia said: ‘We’re still devastated about it because all the plans we had for the future have to change and mould around the fact that I have cancer.

‘I lost my job, got diagnosed with cancer and now I can’t get married. All the problems are piling on top of each other. Can it get any worse?’

Next month, Georgia will begin aggressive treatment every two weeks for five months.

Georgia discovered she had the faulty BRCA2 gene, which puts her at a higher risk of breast and ovarian cancer, when she was 21 and regularly checks her breasts.

Her gran, Sheelagh, 72, mum, Jess, 44, and sister, Danielle, 26, also carry the gene.

Georgia said: ‘In April, I had pains in my armpit but there wasn’t a lump then one day I had a shooting pain in my breast, went to grab it and felt a lump.

‘I was devastated. I immediately knew there was something wrong and I thought it was cancer. I knew deep down.

‘It’s a difficult situation and with the pandemic I couldn’t tell my family and friends in person.’

Georgia’s embryos that don’t carry the gene can be specifically picked out so that her children don’t have what she described as ‘a head start in cancer’.

She said that if the frozen embryos don’t work for them, the couple will look into adopting.

Georgia is speaking out to raise awareness of the importance of checking breasts regularly.

She said: ‘I want people to check their boobs and be aware of how their body is changing.

‘Cancer doesn’t discriminate depending on age. I don’t care if you go to the gym 24 times per week, you can still get cancer.

‘If I can get it at 24, anyone can and health is one of the most important things.’

The couple are now raising money for when they are finally able to get married.

To donate, go to their GoFundMe page.

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When will I be able to graduate? – The Sun

THE outbreak of coronavirus has affected a number of sectors including higher education.

Thousands of students who were set to graduate in 2020 have been left wondering whether they will still be able to receive their certificates without attending graduation ceremonies.

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When will I be able to graduate?

As a result of the coronavirus outbreak and the lockdown measures taken to tackle it, several universities have had to either cancel or postpone graduation ceremonies.

Holding ceremonies will mean universities are in break of Government directives which puts a ban on mass gatherings.

Due to this, many institutions have relied on the internet to hold graduations online.

Universities who have cancelled graduations include the University of Oxford and University of Edinburgh, while Imperial College London, University of Westminster and Cambridge have all said it has postponed their events.

There are similar responses among universities across the country with the majority yet to confirm a new date for the postponed occasions.

You will find information of graduation plans on your university website.

If still unsure, you can contact your university for further clarity.

Will I be able to receive my degree certificate without graduating?

With the directive for non-essential businesses to close and people to stay home rather than go to work at the beginning of the lockdown, several university printers who would print certificates had to temporarily close down.

Several universities have expressed uncertainty whether they will be able to provide them with certificates in the summer.

Once available, certificates are expected to be posted to graduating students.

Some universities have offered alternative arrangements when it comes to issuing certificates.

For more information about your certificate, it is best to contact your university.

How will social distancing work after lockdown?

Most universities have not indicated exactly when graduation ceremonies will take place.

However, if they do take place in the near future, it is expected institutions will have to comply with Public Health England guidelines on social distancing.

According to PHE guidelines, individuals who are not from the same household must always ensure there is a gap of two metres between them at all times.

Universities in the Philippines have used robots with the student's face on in virtual graduations.

In the US, outdoor ceremonies have been given the go-ahead in New Jersey with graduands and their parents spaced out from July 6, 2020.

Universities may decide to have ceremonies without any friends or relatives.

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Jason Bourne Could Be Re-Bourne In New Film Series From The Original Series' Producer

The Bourne franchise, which consists of four films starring Matt Damon as Jason Bourne, amnesiac special agent, could return–but Damon will not be playing the character again. A reboot of the franchise is being planned, and it’ll be separate from both those films and the 2012 spin-off The Bourne Legacy, which starred Jeremy Renner.

In an interview with Collider, producer Frank Marshall has discussed plans to bring Bourne back to the big screen with a new creative team. “I do like the Bourne series, and I do think that’s an opportunity for different filmmakers to come in now,” he said. “So, I’m hoping that we can find a new story for Bourne and a new filmmaker. We are looking.”

While this doesn’t necessarily mean that a new Bourne film will definitely happen, planning is, at least, underway.

The last movie in the previous Bourne franchise, simply titled Jason Bourne, released in 2016, and there were no plans for more. A spin-off TV series, Treadstone, was announced in 2018; it eventually launched to little fanfare, and was cancelled after one season. Combined, the five Bourne films have earned over $1.6 billion worldwide at the box office.

Elsewhere in the interview, Marshall discusses plans in motion for Indiana Jones 5, which will be handled by Logan director James Mangold.

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Out of work underwear model becomes asparagus picker in lockdown

The coronavirus pandemic has forced so many people into career changes – but one woman has made a more unique change than most

Aniko Michnyaova is a top lingerie model, used to shooting for high-end brands like La Senza, Boux Avenue, M&S and Debenhams, but with work drying up because of the global crisis, Aniko is going to work fully-clothed as an asparagus picker.

The 32-year-old model has moved out of her West London home and into a caravan on a farm to pick and pack vegetables.

Working for minimum wage of £8.72 per hour, she does up to 10 hour shifts a day to earn £2,000 a month – what she previously earned in just a day as a model.

And, instead of sexy underwear, Aniko wears a bin bag to gather muddy veg on Cobrey Farm near Ross-on-Wye, in Herefordshire.

Aniko now lives in a £57-per-week three-bed caravan she shares with five others. But she was so determined to work on a farm, that she applied to scores of jobs as a produce picker.

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‘I applied through many, many websites. I went through all the big recruitment agencies,’ says Aniko.

‘I filled out tonnes of applications. I even had a spreadsheet so I could keep track of how many places and where I had applied.

‘I started the journey with two friends – who I call my “Covid Land Army” or the “Strawberry Team”.

‘We originally wanted to do strawberry picking but soon enough we found out that only starts later, like the end of May or June and we wanted to start as soon as possible.

‘What really motivated me is to feed the nation and I’d read many articles about how crops will go to waste if we don’t pick them.’

Aniko started her new role on 1 May and says she is happy to spend her time doing something good.

‘It depends on the order from the supermarkets and on the asparagus itself due to the weather. So it can be anything from a five hour to a ten hour day,’ she explains.

‘Picking beans or fruit is better because they pay after how much you have picked. So that means that pickers can make about £2000 and £2500 a month.

‘As asparagus pickers we are only making about £1,200. In my normal job, that would be a day rate but I have to adapt to the “normal” now and just swallow my pride and get on with it.’

The model says the work is fast-paced and the work is pretty relentless.

‘When working in the grading house, they have seven machines – or “lines” as we call them,’ she says.

‘Imagine this like a machine gun shooting asparagus at you with the speed of light.

‘We have to pick a bunch up and grade them into ten different boxes, from extra fine, to jumbo and rubbish.

‘Sometimes I feel like I’m in a war zone. If I just turn for five seconds, when I’m back in my little tube, it’s full again.

‘Sometimes it’s so much asparagus-volcano flying at you that we have five of the best people grading like little robots.’

She also says it has been fascinating to learn about farming and to witness just how fast asparagus can grow.

‘If it’s picked a day late, then it’s all rubbish,’ she explains.

‘We all know that if the asparagus is too flowery, that we are going to have a very long and hard day.

‘I never imagined this is how we grade vegetables and fruit.’

The Hungarian-born model – who has lived in the UK for eleven years – has been amazed at how much we actually waste.

‘We throw out so much just because it has a curve in them and when we go to the shops and pick up a bunch of asparagus, we still judge them and if we don’t like it, we put it back, which is so crazy because all these veggies have been graded by hand,’ she says.

‘It’s crazy to think about how picky we are. Also, I will definitely wash my fruit and veg once I take them home.’

In her new job, Aniko wears a blue hair net and gloves, which she says looks ‘ridiculous’.

‘My parents just told me to not get sick,’ she adds.

‘Social distancing definitely would be hard at this place. Everybody needs to work close and for some reason, there is no sign of the virus here.

‘It feels like we are in a normal world.’

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Tony Stark Could Be The Reason The Fantastic Four Come To Be, Even After His Death

Fans have been waiting for The Fantastic Four to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And it looks like some spotted an event in Avengers: Endgame that might serve as their origin story. Some fans think Tony Stark’s (Robert Downey Jr.) actions are the reason The Fantastic Four come to be.   

Who are The Fantastic Four?

The Fantastic Four first appeared in Marvel Comics in 1961. The team consists of four superheroes, all with different powers. The group is led by Reed Richards, aka Mister Fantastic — a scientist who can stretch and elongate himself into any shape.

Sue Storm, aka the Invisible Woman, can make herself invisible and project powerful fields of energy to shield herself, levitate, and blast her opponents. Johnny Storm, aka the Human Torch, is Sue’s younger brother, who can engulf his body in flames and control fire. Ben Grimm, aka Thing,  is a gigantic stone-like man with super strength.

In Marvel Comics, the superhero team has battled villains like Doctor Doom and the Silver Surfer. And they’ve worked alongside other superheroes including Spider-Man and the Avengers.

They aren’t yet a part of the MCU

Three Fantastic Four films have been released in the past two decades. The first, which stars Jessica Alba and Chris Evans as Sue and Johnny Storm, came out in 2005. And its sequel, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer was released two years later. 

A reboot, starring Michael B. Jordan, Kate Mara, and Miles Teller, was released in 2015. But because the film did poorly at the box office, the planned sequel was canceled. 

Now, the MCU is reportedly planning to bring the superheroes back into the fold. Disney and Marvel haven’t confirmed any details, but Marvel insider Roger Wardell did tweet out some information that has fans intrigued. 

“MCU’s Fantastic Four and X-Men will be primarily based on their Earth-1610 counterparts,” Wardell’s tweet reads. “John Krasinski and Giancarlo Esposito in talks to portray the leading roles.”

Of course, this is pure speculation. And until MCU bigwigs release official details on the project themselves, fans should take all rumors with a grain of salt. 

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Fans think Tony Stark created the Fantastic Four in ‘Avengers: Endgame’

By now, fans know that almost all the movies in the MCU are interlinked and connected. After watching Avengers: Endgame, one Redditor pointed out a scene that could hint that Tony Stark is responsible for the creation of Fantastic Four. 

“In Avengers: Endgame, it is revealed that the team can track Thanos by the cosmic wave created when he used the infinity stones,” the fan wrote on Reddit. “The basic origin story of the Fantastic 4: Reed Richards, Susan/Johnny Storm, and Ben Grimm are space exploring when they are bombarded with… cosmic radiation.”

The user suggested that when Thanos is waging war at the end of the movie, Tony sacrifices himself to save the day. But in doing this, he may have inadvertently created the superhero team.

“Tony’s snap emits a cosmic wave, hitting the 4 and giving them their powers,” the Reddit fan continued.  “Thus allowing them to enter phase 5 of the MCU (as phase 4 had been announced already).”

This fan theory is definitely interesting. And if and when the Fantastic Four make it to the MCU, it would be really cool them give a shout out to Tony Stark.

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These Are The Season's Best Kids Swimsuits

Swim season is upon us — and we can maybe, finally, possibly, leave our houses (?!). Parents know what that means: Do you have enough adorable tiny kids bathing suits yet or what? Of course, there’s no way you have time to scour the internet looking at every option, so we’ve compiled a shortlist for your perusal. We’ve covered plenty of price points, so whether you want something high-end or are on a budget, there’s an option for you here. And regardless of the price or style, kids are sure to make a splash in any of these suits.

Some trends we’re loving? The Hawaiian hibiscus print is still going strong — as are other popular prints, from fruits to florals to cacti. In fact, there’s a definite desert theme going on that we are particularly into for 2020. Retro trunks are a groovy addition to this year’s offerings, and there’s a variety of vibrant colors to choose from. Plus, more and more suits — from board shorts to rash guards to two- and three-piece sets — are catering to kids of any gender expression. So you can even go wild and get matchy-matchy with the entire fam.

From ruffled bikinis to sun-safe one-pieces, there’s something for every water baby (and kid) right here.

Our mission at SheKnows is to empower and inspire women, and we only feature products we think you’ll love as much as we do. Please note that if you purchase something by clicking on a link within this story, we may receive a small commission of the sale and the retailer may receive certain auditable data for accounting purposes.

A version of this story was originally published in June 2019.

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SNY ends shows, trims staff because of coronavirus impact

SNY ended its 5 p.m. programming that featured “The Thread” and “Loudmouths,” while trimming its staff of 20 production people as another result of the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact.

The host of “The Thread,” Justine Ward, has resigned, but it is not in protest of the moves, but rather a career change as she is soon starting an MBA program at Notre Dame.

As for the regulars on the 5 o’clock hour, SNY is de-emphasizing freelancers, but will still continue with “Baseball Night in New York” now and, when things are up and running, “SportsNite.” This could offer some opportunities, but SNY isn’t clear yet if it will use freelancers.

“For 15 years, we have made adjustments and improvements to ensure SNY’s health and sustained growth,” SNY said in a statement. “The Covid-19 pandemic has forced us to do a comprehensive assessment of our business, and we are, again, responding with changes. We have decided to discontinue two of our television programs, ‘The Thread’ and ‘LoudMouths,’ while we further evaluate our programming strategy. These decisions are never easy, but necessary to keep SNY well-positioned for the future.”

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School reopening could be DELAYED beyond June 1 as Northern towns revolt at plans

THE REOPENING of schools could be delayed beyond June 1 amid a growing Northern revolt over the plans.

Calderdale Council in Yorkshire today joined Bury, Liverpool, Hartlepool and Blackburn and Darwen councils and advised schools against reopening at the start of next month

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It comes after a huge row between unions and the Government whether it's safe for more pupils to go back yet.

Northern Mega Mayor Andy Burnham backed the refuseniks and demanded No10 “show flexibility” and let some schools stay closed longer.

It came as Education Secretary Gavin Williamson met with teaching union bosses today to try to persuade them to ditch their opposition to reopening.

As the great revolt ratcheted up, the PM’s official spokesman stressed it was only “possible” that primaries will start letting more kids back on June 1.

He said: "We’re continuing to work closely with teachers, schools and the unions as we have done for the past eight weeks and remain keen to hear any concerns they may have.

“We are preparing for the possible reopening of schools from June 1 at the earliest but that will only happen if it’s safe to do so."

He added: “We set out in the roadmap that we would like to get some children in early years Year 1 and Year 6 back into school and we gave a date of June 1 at the earliest.

“And we continued to work with schools, teachers and others to get more children in schools when it is safe to do so.”

The government has set out five strict tests – including getting Covid death and infection rates down and tackling the PPE crisis – before schools can reopen.

Only three of those have been met, Boris Johnson said last weekend.

Schools have been ordered to start getting themselves ready to go back from June 1 – and ministers have issued reams of advice on how to stay safe.

Some places have sent out pictures of what kids might have to face when they go back – including playing in their own hoops outside, and spreading out across desks.

But a growing army of councils across England are revolting and have ordered their heads not to let kids back in on June 1 – whatever the government advice.

Labour-run Calderdale Council in West Yorkshire said it is “advising our schools against opening more widely on June 1.”

Their director of public health, Deborah Harkins, said: “The current evidence within Calderdale indicates three of the Government’s five tests are not met and unfortunately we are not assured that this will change before June 1.

“This means that we cannot advise our local schools that it will be safe to reopen yet.”

Blackburn and Darwen Council has ordered its schools to stay closed until June 8 at the earliest.

Dominic Harrison, their director of public health, told the BBC: “It feels like with schools we aren’t applying the same level of rigour of making sure children and teachers are safe

"If the infection rate doubled in the first two week of returning to school I don’t think any local authority would know because the data stream isn’t there.

“I think that’s a big risk in terms of assuring people that it’s safe.”

Mr Burnham, the Labour Mayor of Greater Manchester, said he “supports” the council revolt.

He said: “I just think there needs to be a little flexibility offered to councils like Bury to put in place the local arrangements to reassure parents, teachers and wider community.”

He added: “If that means a week or a couple of weeks beyond June 1, I say so be it.”

The schools row turned into open warfare in Bury where the Tory MPs laid into the Labour-run council over the rebellion.

In a blistering letter, James Daly and Christian Wakeford urged heads to ignore the council’s “political grandstanding” and make their own call on reopening.

They said the Labour council “does not have the power to close schools”, and slammed the council for peddling its “political view” which they said “does not appear to be based on clinical advice”.



Solihull, West Midlands, became the first Tory Council to say they probably will not reopen their schools on June 1.

Council leader Ian Courts emailed saying the first week of June will be needed to prepare classrooms, and that kids may not get back to class until June 8.

He wrote: “Schools are undertaking detailed risk assessments and putting in place a range of protective measures before they will open their doors to more pupils.

“The government has the ambition of a 1 June return, but the reality in Solihull is that schools will need to use that first week in June to ensure they are completely ready for more pupils to attend.
“So places may only be available from the week beginning 8 June.”

Fuming union bosses have ordered their members don't engage with plans, and have put in a string of demands that must be met first.

No10 yesterday signalled that a final green-light for schools could come as early as this week.

Asked when the Government would be able to say if June 1 would definitely see the opening of schools to more pupils, a spokesman said: "You can see from the discussions that have taken place … that we are working to seek to resolve this as soon as we can."

He didn't challenge claims that the final decision could come this week because next week is half-term.

Officials have stressed that nothing will happen before June 1, and any changes may happen from then onwards.

And the Government will publish its scientific advice and SAGE minutes on school safety "as soon as possible".

Union leader Geoff Barton claimed yesterday that the Government will make the final decision next Thursday – when all the lockdown rules are up for their three-week review.

He said: "It is also important to understand that the government will only make the final decision on whether to press ahead with the reopening of schools when it reviews the latest science on May 28, and that if the evidence does not support this decision at that time, it will be delayed."

Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove over the weekend said the Government was “confident that children and teachers will be safe” when they do return to classrooms.

“The clear scientific and clinical advice is that it is safe to have schools reopen, accompanied with social distancing,” he told the BBC's Andrew Marr show.

The Government's roadmap gives no specific date on when a decision will be made on any changes.

All it says is that "changes will be announced at least 48 hours before coming into effect."

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NFL ‘voting on rule to give better draft picks to teams that hire a person of color as head coach or general manager’ – The Sun

THE NFL is to vote on whether to give better draft picks to teams who have a person of color as coach or general manager.

NFL owners are to cast a vote next week on the resolution, which would improve a team's draft position if that team hires a person of color as head coach or general manager, according to NFL Media.

Teams would have first dibs on higher ranked players if they hire a minority in one of the two positions.

Currently, there are just two black general managers and four head coaches of color.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell previously addressed the lack of diversity in leadership positions during his state of the league address at the last Super Bowl, three months ago.

"Clearly we are not where we want to be on this level," Goodell told the Miami crowd on February 7. "It's clear we need to change. We have already begun discussing those changes, what stages we can take next to determine better outcomes."

If a team were to hire a minority head coach, the team would move up six places for draft picks in the third round, ahead of the coach's second season, NFL Media reported.

Teams that hired a person of color as general manager would move up ten spots in the same round of draft picks.

If both positions were filled with a minority candidate in the same year, teams could move up 16 spots in drafts, NFL Media reported.

The response to the voting news has already been mixed, with arguments over whether or not the touted resolution is racist, and concern that the rule equates to a "bribe".

"Teams should hire minority coaches because they're a good fit, not because of the incentives," wrote one Twitter user, with another adding "this is kind of racist".

A third chimed in: "I support the need to address the inequality, but the idea to need to basically bribe these owners into giving Black men a fair shot (in 2020 no less!) is still somewhat stomach churning."

Calvin Retterath, a 49ers fan, commented: "I absolutely agree there needs to be more representation in this league but incentivizing it is ugllly."

Since 2003, the NFL has had what's called the "Rooney Rule" – named after former Steelers owner Dan Rooney.

The rule makes it mandatory for teams to interview minority candidates for head coaching positions, Sports Illustrated reported.

Over time, the rule has been expanded to include general management positions.

A female must also be interviewed for all front-office job positions under another similar rule that was also adapted, Sports Illustrated reported.

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