Full list of nominees as Netflix and Brits dominate film and TV awards

On February 3, Hollywood actresses Sarah Jessica Parker and Taraji P Henson announced the film and television nominations for the 72nd annual Golden Globes, as voted for by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association – kicking off this extremely unorthodox awards season. Streamer Netflix dominated in both categories, with 22 movie nods and 20 in TV.  In … Read more

Father’s lawyer says critics of conservatorship ‘have it so wrong’ 

“This is a story about a fiercely loving, dedicated and loyal father who rescued his daughter from a life threatening situation. People were harming her and they were exploiting her. Jamie saved Britney’s life.” Ms Thoreen repeated an argument that has been advanced in court – that Jamie’s shrewd handling of his daughter’s estate saved her … Read more

When non-essential shops will reopen after lockdown

Which shops will re-open that have been closed? All non-essential stores are currently closed, but the Government roadmap states that they can reopen from April 12. This includes department stores, book shops, technology stores and more high street stalwarts, which all have had to shut.   The full list of non-essential shops includes: clothing and homeware stores, vehicle … Read more

What are the claims, what happens next and who is behind it?

Nearly nine months since the first bombshell allegations of abuse at the heart of British Gymnastics, the governing body has now been served notice of a group claim being brought against it by 17 gymnasts, including three Olympians. After a “culture of abuse” was exposed in the sport last July, UK Sport and Sport England … Read more

Eric Dier rejects Jose Mourinho’s ‘crisis of confidence’ claims

Eric Dier has dismissed Jose Mourinho’s claim that he has suffered a crisis of confidence this season and insisted he can cope with the tough love dished out by Tottenham Hotspur’s head coach. Central defender Dier was recently dropped by Mourinho for the games against Brighton and West Bromwich Albion, following costly errors in the … Read more

Rangers and Antwerp produce another goal fest as Steve Gerrard’s team stride into Europa League last-16

For the second time in a week Rangers and Royal Antwerp produced a fusillade of goals that necessitated periodic checks to establish exactly how their relative positions had adjusted in this Europa League tie. In the event, Rangers strode into the last 16 for the second year in succession, inspired by Alfredo Morelos, who opened … Read more

Six Nations thrown into chaos as France’s clash with Scotland postponed over fresh Covid positive test

The Six Nations has been thrown into chaos with France’s game against Scotland set to be postponed until after the tournament was due to finish and both teams facing the prospect of fielding weakened sides.  A positive Covid test in the French camp on Thursday morning – the 11th positive over the past week – saw Sunday’s … Read more

UK government creates new ‘global health’ team to tackle pandemic and beyond

The British government has created a new “global health” directorate in the Foreign and Commonwealth Development Office, a sign of a renewed focus in the wake of the worldwide devastation wreaked by Covid-19.  The new team will prioritise tackling the pandemic as well as coming up with strategies for how to prevent the next threat. … Read more

Spain and US trips could be unlocked amid vaccine passport talks

Robert Jackman says:  There was a cursory check as you got onto the plane that you’d filled out your landing form and you had your PCR test certificate. They didn’t scrutinise them or anything, so it was very quick. Immigration at Heathrow took significantly longer; probably two hours in total. Annoyingly the first bit is … Read more

Eddie Jones makes two changes in the pack

Elliot Daly is set to make his 50th appearance for England, at full back, while captain Owen Farrell is at inside centre, Henry Slade at outside centre and George Ford stays at fly half. In the pack Jamie George returns at hooker, while Mark Wilson starts at blind-side flanker. England starting XV: E Daly (Saracens), A Watson (Bath), H … Read more

Jill Biden opens up about divorce in first solo interview as first lady

Jill Biden offers comforting advice to Kelly Clarkson, telling the singer and talk-show host who is going through a divorce that things happen for the best and that life will eventually “look better.” The first lady – a divorcee herself – also reveals what she looks forward to when Covid-19 clears up and explains why … Read more

Ban on attending hospitals with pregnant partners ‘may have contributed to maternity deaths’

Rules that banned people from attending hospitals with their pregnant partners during the first wave of the Covid pandemic could have contributed to maternity deaths, a new report has suggested.  Public messaging around the virus, such as “Stay Home”, may have also “caused delays” in those who lost babies seeking care before they died, the … Read more

Peer-reviewed study of real-world Pfizer jab confirms second dose boosts protection dramatically

The Pfizer vaccine provides strong protection against Covid symptoms and severe disease after two doses but markedly lower protection after a single dose, the first large-scale peer-reviewed study of the real-world effectiveness of the vaccine has found. Separate survey data published by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) found that for those over 80 … Read more

School days ‘will not be longer’ says Gavin Williamson

The Education Secretary has ruled out lengthening school days and promised not to be “timid in terms of our aspirations” when getting children to catch up on the schooling they have missed. At a Downing Street press conference, Gavin Williamson also confirmed there will be “no algorithms whatsoever” in this summer’s exam results, adding it will … Read more

Will the stamp duty holiday be extended in the 2021 Budget?

Chancellor Rishi Sunak is under pressure to extend the stamp duty holiday to prevent buyers being caught in a “completion trap”. Around 88pc of home purchases in England and Northern Ireland are currently tax-free after the Chancellor raised the nil-rate tax band from £125,000 to £500,000 in July. Sales have since boomed, but there are … Read more

GPs told to invite those on learning disabilities register to get jab

It is “going to take many years for us to realistically get back on top” of tackling waiting lists, which are now longer than they have been for about 20 years, according to NHS Confederation chief executive Danny Mortimer. He told Times Radio that, once the impacts of the spike of the virus in January … Read more

when the scheme could end, and how to claim your pay

Will my employer have to top up my pay? No, your employer is not legally required to pay out the remaining part of your salary. However, they can do if they choose to.  To require this could defeat the effectiveness of the scheme, said Mark Hammerton of law firm Eversheds Sutherland.  “For example, if a … Read more

live score and latest updates from Ahmedabad

Good morning and welcome to coverage of the third Test between India and England, a day-night match starting at a respectable hour with the series poised 1-1 after back-to-back Tests at Chennai. We do not really know what to expect at Motera, AKA the Sardar Patel Stadium, the vast enclosed bowl that has risen from … Read more

The advice on drinking alcohol after having the Covid vaccine – and everything else to expect

The rollout of the coronavirus vaccine is well and truly underway, with jabs set to accelerate in the coming weeks as several new mass vaccine centres open their doors. As of Feb 22, 17,723,840 people had received the first dose of the vaccine, with 624,325 second doses having been administered by the same date, taking the total to … Read more

Social distancing rules, support bubbles and exemptions explained

The chief medical officer, Professor Chris Whitty, and chief scientific adviser, Sir Patrick Vallance, agreed that the action was needed urgently after the number of positive cases rose steeply. Where do these rules apply? The lockdown restrictions mean people will not be allowed to gather or mix with different households in any public place, indoors or … Read more

latest Covid rules and roadmap plan

Scotland will return to a tiered system from the last week in April, Nicola Sturgeon has said, as she confirmed her ‘framework’ would be staggered by three weeks – two weeks faster than in England. The First Minister told MSPs the five-level system should see the entire country enter Level 4 and drop down to Level … Read more

Tiger Woods car crash: Golfer in surgery with ‘multiple injuries’

In 2009, Woods smashed his car into a tree and a fire hydrant outside his luxury Florida home, sparking a series of scandalous revelations that led to the end of his marriage and harmed his reputation. He divorced his wife, Elin Nordegren, with whom he has two children, after a number of women claimed they had affairs … Read more

who are the British athletes competing in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics?

If the 2020 Olympics go ahead this summer for 2021, Team GB is expecting to take roughly 375-380 athletes to Tokyo, with more British women than men for the first time. This number would exceed the 366-strong team for the last Games in Rio, which was then Team GB’s biggest travelling delegation since Barcelona 1992. … Read more

The Hundred to launch with women’s game

A women’s match will open The Hundred competition’s inaugural season at the Kia Oval this July, in a major first for team sport in the UK.  The Oval Invincibles will take on Manchester Originals in a standalone women’s match on July 21, with their male counterparts playing on the following day. It will be the … Read more

When can I meet my friends and family? What the new lockdown roadmap means for socialising

Boris Johnson has unveiled his long-awaited roadmap for easing coronavirus lockdown restrictions. On Twitter, the Prime Minister said that the roadmap will prioritise “ways for people to reunite with loved ones safely”, while in the House of Commons he described the “cautious but irreversible” plan as a “one-way road to freedom”. There will be four different ‘stages’ … Read more

NASA releases new video of Perseverance rover landing on Mars

NASA has released new video footage from its Perseverance rover showing the moment it touched down on Mars. The plutonium-powered rover, which is 10ft long, nine feet wide, seven foot high and weighs 126kg, parachuted down onto the red planet on Thursday evening and has begun its epic quest to search for signs of ancient life. … Read more

Finland’s secret weapon in the fight against fake news: its kindergarten children

When 5G masts were attacked in May, the Government was left scratching its head. On New Year’s Eve, when anti-vaccine campaigners shouted “Covid is a hoax” at doctors and nurses leaving London’s St Thomas’ hospital there was a collective grimace. Last week, it was reported that almost half of the UK’s children complained they were … Read more

which restrictions could be lifted and when

Police presence has already been increased as border checks are ramped up at ports and airports. People who do not have a valid reason for travelling will be told to return home, or they will face a fine. Pre-departure testing of travellers inbound to England and Scotland is also to be introduced as part of a toughening of border controls to combat … Read more

live score and latest updates from Round of 16 tie

Klopp says he doesn’t need time off, nor, he added, did he require “special support at this minute” because “nobody needs to worry about me. I may not sleep a lot but I am fine, full of energy.” Which brings us to tonight’s fixture. A second round Champions League match against RB Leipzig, second in … Read more

When will schools reopen for primary and secondary pupils? Latest Covid-19 lockdown updates

It comes as a new “catch-up” tsar who will run a task force to oversee plans for children to have one-to-one tuition and summer school was appointed by Mr Johnson on Feb 3. The Education Secretary, Gavin Williamson, has confirmed that schools will receive a two-week notice period before they reopen in order to allow staff to prepare for … Read more

Who is next on the priority list for Covid vaccines

How will the storage requirements of the Pfizer vaccine affect the programme? The vaccine must be stored at -70C to be effective, meaning it can only be delivered to GPs with the facilities to keep it at that temperature. It will be difficult to administer in care homes. Deputy chief medical officer professor Jonathan Van-Tam said: “This … Read more