3 Ipswich Town players who could be sold or loaned in the summer

Ipswich Town is enjoying life under manager Kieran McKenna, who has certainly helped the Tractor Boys find an extra gear following his appointment in December. (Author: Gardener)

Ipswich TownCurrently on the periphery of League One play-off positions, Ipswich will believe the unlikely prospect of league football could be achievable with a favorable fixture schedule at the crucial stage of the season. With the forward-thinking McKenna trying to imprint his own ideas on the squad, the prospect of a summer reshuffle is likely, especially if Ipswich fail to win promotion this season. Here we take a look at three Ipswich Town players who could be on sale or on loan at the end of the season... After a stellar season for Tranmere Rovers led by Micky Mellon, Norwood made a deserved move to Ipswich in 2019 following his goals stint on Merseyside. The League Two Golden Boot winner during the 2018/19 season reached heights many would have believed as he netted 32 goals in Tranmere's consecutive promotion wins after improving his National League tally from 23. With keen interest in acquiring the 31st year of service, Norwood chose Ipswich as his next destination. After his explosive start, the former Eastbourne Town goalscorer struck 11 times in 30 league and cup appearances without reaching the extraordinary heights of the second tier. 43 games later with a credible 14 goals under his belt, Norwood is currently at a crossroads. His Ipswich career currently boasts a wealth of talent in the last third. Norwood was placed on the club's transfer list and demoted from the club hierarchy to the club's Under-23s before unexpectedly finding himself back in first-team favor during interim manager John McGreal's brief tenure. With Ipswich currently holding the option to extend Norwood's contract for another year this summer, Norwood's time at Portman Road could end early should Ipswich decide to cash in. A player of undoubted technical ability and talent, academy graduate El Mizouni is someone you think would benefit from regular first-team football. Having pledged their long-term future to the club through at least 2024, Ipswich certainly won't have any plans to sign the 21-year-old on a permanent basis any time soon, making a potential loan move more appropriate. Ipswich, who is currently on loan at Salford City from the second division, will certainly have a big decision to make about the 22-year-old's future in the summer. With Salford boss Gary Bowyer adding to the defender's qualities, could extending the loan period beyond this campaign be beneficial to all parties?


Jota Double keeps Celtic at the top of the Scottish Premiership

Match report where Jota scores winner to keep Celtic at the top of Scottish Premiership; Celtic led 2-0 at half-time; Christian Ramirez and Lewis Ferguson pulled Aberdeen back up to par; Celtic lead Rangers in the title race by a point (Author: Gardener)

CelticCeltic remain top of the Scottish Premiership after Jota's double secured the points in a five-goal thriller in Aberdeen. The Portugal winger slammed the ball in at the back post after a poor home defense before Matt O'Riley's deflected second put the away side firmly in front. However, two goals five minutes into the second half from Christian Ramirez and Lewis Ferguson brought the hosts level. It's another big win for Ange Postecoglou's side who are now unbeaten in 20 league games. Aberdeen, who last won the Scottish Premiership on Boxing Day, falls to ninth place. It was another frustrating night for the home side and their fans, who haven't seen a Pittodrie win against Celtic since 2016, while Postecoglou's side showed off their skills. But the savvy visitors, who had brought Jota and O'Riley on board for Giorgos Giakoumakis and Tom Rogic, remained calm. Indeed, Celtic should have taken the lead in the 12th minute when overlapping right-back Anthony Ralston found Daizen Maeda with a spot-on cross, but the Japanese striker headed wide from 12 yards out. But just five minutes later, Aberdeen keeper Gary Woods and defender Calvin Ramsay were denied by an O'Riley cross from the right, and Jota snuck in at the back post to put the ball in from close range. The Dons soon had more problems when O'Riley's shot from the edge of the box, after switching to a pass from Maeda, was deflected off Aberdeen defender David Bates and landed behind Woods. Stephen Glass made changes at half-time and Funso Ojo and Matty Kennedy replaced Ramsay and McGeouch early in the second half - and what an impact they made. The Dons got back in the game when Ojo set up Ramirez and he swept a drive low past Hoops keeper Joe Hart. Suddenly there was hope and moments later Ramirez had the ball back in the Celtic net but the offside flag was up. It was all at right angles in the 61st minute, however, when Ojo's free-kick was thrown in from Ferguson's right. The home fans were still celebrating as Celtic ran up the park a minute later and Jota went over to a Ralston header before deflecting a shot past Woods to make it 3-2. Referee Willie Collum stood firm against protests from the Aberdeen players, who are believed to have claimed that Liel Abada was originally flagged for offside. There was more goal-scoring action at either end as both sides continued to aim for goals, with Ferguson parrying a Hart header before flashing a free-kick just over the bar. Maeda and Reo Hatate made room for Giakoumakis and Nir Bitton in the 75th minute to thwart Aberdeen's pursuit of a third goal and although the Dons can draw some encouragement from their second-half performance, Celtic once again showed they know what they're doing it takes to get the job done. Aberdeen manager Stephen Glass: “I was too [angry at the goal]. He looks offside from the side but still fouls Batesy and keeps him from running back to deal with Jota, who scores the goal." I was warned or informed at the end of the game by the fourth official (Craig Napier) not going on the pitch and talking to the referee but he didn't tell both managers, he told one manager and maybe because he realized he had made a mistake. “The fourth official was told to tell me not to speak to him on the pitch after the game but both managers were not treated equally so maybe there is a reason. It's very easy to be beaten by a very good Celtic team but we were much better in the second half." Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou: "It was a big part of the way we work, we obviously want to be a team that plays the game dominates and scores goals. We had to do that again today, we've had two tough away games since the derby and we took six points from them." That's positive from our point of view, but the second half showed that we can still improve. Everyone was good in the first half, but in the second we had to do better. Aberdeen meet Scottish Premier League side Motherwell in the fifth round on Saturday.


Shaken up this morning as Alison and Dermot head to the Saturday Night Takeaway set

This Morning, Alison Hammond and Dermot O'Leary traded sets for a Saturday Night Takeaway special with Ant and Dec (Author: Gardener)

this morningGet daily celebrity exclusives and behind-the-scenes house tours straight to your inbox. Get daily celebrity exclusives and behind-the-scenes house tours straight to your inbox. 'This Morning' experienced an unexpected jolt during the ITV daytime program on Friday (18 February) as presenters Dermot O'Leary and Alison Hammond walked out of the regular studio. Instead, the Friday duo headed to the Saturday Night Takeaway stage in a different area of ​​the ITV site, where they caught up with NTA legends and presenter duo Ant and Dec for a chat. With their interview and cue cards in their hands, beaming were Alison, 47, and Dermot, 48, who were caught up in a hilarious name mix-up by Loose Women panelist Kaye Adams on Thursday as they settled down to chat with the boys about her new series, which is set to return this weekend. Viewers used the comments to share their thoughts on the change. Get the daily newsletter from OK! exclusive celebrity stories and fabulous photoshoots straight to your inbox. One person joked, "Think Alison & Dermot are staying #thismorning there." While noting that the presenters were a lot more excited about the show change, another viewer commented, "Bet Ant and Dec are mad they left at 10am." had to get up for Alison and Dermot to yell at her #thismorning." "Don't worry Allison, if I ever met Ant and Dec I would be totally uncool," encouraged another fan. "In fact, like a baby, I probably would # Crying ThisMorning.” Others were unimpressed by the preparations for the return of 46-year-old Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly's popular Saturday night entertainment show. "I won't bother watching Saturday Night Takeaway. Time for a movie instead #ThisMorning,” shared one viewer. Another laughed, "I don't really watch Saturday Night Takeaway but I need to see Jeremy Clarkson get pranked on #ThisMorning." "I used to enjoy Saturday Night Takeaway but the last series wasn't the best, too bad written and childish. #ThisMorning,” opined a third person, followed by others who claimed it was “past its sell by date.” Unconvinced viewers notwithstanding, the show attracts huge audiences each year, with Ant and Dec remaining two of Britain's most popular presenters. Sign up for our daily newsletter for the BEST celebrity home tours and BIGGEST exclusive interviews. During the chat, as Ant and Dec reflected on some of the pranks they've pulled on celebrities in the past and what's to come throughout this series, Dermot also asked the TV stars if they were worried that the People get their own back when they're "out for dinner" or have other activities. "You live your life in a paranoid state," Dermot laughed as Dec explained that unfortunately they do. "And it's when the thumb gets a little too close to you, you know what, you're like, 'Wait a minute, that's an undercover.'" Ant nodded. "I didn't know we were going south of the river," Dermot chimed in through the hysteria, as Dec teased, "Wait, I know those hands," and Alison ended the hilarious conversation by joking, "Those aren't pillows! This Morning airs weekdays at 10am on ITV. Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway returns on ITV on Saturday 19 February at 7pm. For updates on all your favorite stars and TV shows, subscribe here for our daily newsletter.


Who is Robobunny on The Masked Singer UK? All hints and theories

Who could Robobunny be under the costume in Season 3 of The Masked Singer UK? Here are all the clues and theories for when the finale arrives. (Author: Gardener)

RobobunnyThe Masked Singer UK has had the nation putting their guesses on, particularly when it comes to star performer Robobunny on Season 3 of the hit ITV show. The bizarre character has wowed viewers with her performances, including her heartbreaking cover of Whitney Houston's 'Saving All My Love For You.' Judges Rita Ora, Mo Gilligan, Jonathan Ross and Davina McCall racked their brains after the performances trying to guess which celebrity might be underneath the costume. Robobunny has now made it to the finals alongside Panda and Mushroom, which means her identity will be revealed soon. So what are all the clues and theories that are pointing to the star who has taken on the Robobunny personality so far? * They initially had a Cockney-sounding accent, which the judges thought was wrong. * Her last clue during the first episode was, "I may be metal, but that doesn't stop me from making a splash. * In her second VT, Robobunny entered a warehouse showing a police badge, cowboy boots, a Native American headgear, and a builder's hat. While the judges initially thought she might be an actor, Mo pointed out that each of the objects was related to the Village People music group. * Robobunny said, "Nothing makes me happier than standing on my deck with nothing around me but a bit of land," leading the judges to think they might be from another country. * They also revealed that they love a little bit of dancing and relate to line dancing. For her two lies and one truth, Robobunny said... * It was a mind-blowing performance that kick-started my career. *The VT started with Robobunny doing some gardening, suggesting this is a pastime of theirs. * They said, "Rabbits come from big families, this rabbit is no exception" - so what big families in showbiz can you think of? * A pair of boxing gloves were emblazoned with the initials "MA," which some think may represent boxing legend "Muhammad Ali." * They also referred to the "truth of the gospel" so they may have a background in gospel music. * Robobunny also said that people often say, "Isn't she good" - so are you a female celebrity after all? * Cup of Joe - maybe a famous Joe or someone who starred in Joseph * References to Grease - maybe someone who appeared in the musical? So who did the judges pick as possible singers behind the mask for Robobunny? * In Robobunny's first VT of the finale, the character was featured in a retro video game, a possible indication of a connection to the 80's or 90's. * After her performance, the QR code on her back teased, "Winning The Masked Singer would be my biggest second win," leading Mo to think it might be Donny Osmond, the US runner-up on The Masked Singer would. Many viewers are convinced that Robobunny is Westlife singer Mark Feehily. Some said they recognized his voice immediately, while others suggested the line dancing references may have been a connection to his home in Sligo, which had its own ranch. Someone with a tough outside who's really soft on the inside - of course Vinnie Jones comes to mind. People might be surprised to know that he also has a musical past, releasing his single Wooly Bully in 1993 and his album Respect in 2002. The mention of Robobunny having "control" prompted the jury to link the points to Drake's song Controlla from his fourth studio album views. All the mechanics that make up Robobunny's costume could be a reference to another show with machines... aka Top Gear, which Paddy McGuinness is the host of. When you look at Robobunny and imagine a famous person who is heavily involved with robots, your mind naturally goes to Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla. During Robobunny's second performance, her VT made several references to country music and dance. Of course, Billy Ray Cyrus, the lead singer of Achy Breaky Heart, was also mentioned. Several symbols in Robobunny's VT indicated that the singer was an actor, with the judge noting that the actor had read scripts and therefore the singer could be none other than Danny from The Script. Mo took one look at Robobunny's name and took the letters RB, leading him to think it might be his friend, actor and rapper Richard Blackwood, whom he described as an "all-round entertainer". With all the references to line dancing in Robobunny's video, it shouldn't have been surprising that Kevin Bacon, who starred in the 1984 classic film Footloose, was brought up as a suggestion. Not only did Will Smith play Muhammad Ali in a biopic — who the MA boxing gloves might point to in a Robobunny VT — but he also has an established music career. After performing BTS' Dynamite at The Masked Singer UK, Jonathan floated the idea that it could be Jason Derulo since the singer had a hit with the band. One of Robobunny's hints in the finale was, "Winning The Masked Singer would be my biggest second win." Donny Osmond was a runner-up on The Masked Singer season one in the US, so Mo figured that might be a connection. Not only did the judges think they could hear an Irish accent from Robobunny, but the costumed singer also referred to "zones" in her VT in the finale, leading Jonathan to suspect it might be a reference to Boyzone . What do you think? The Masked Singer UK ends on ITV tonight at 7pm If you have a celebrity story, video or pictures please contact the entertainment team by emailing us at [email protected], call 020 3615 2145 or visit our content submission page - we'd love to hear from you. MORE: Joel Dommett 'lost his mind' over The Masked Singer finale reveal: 'It comes out of nowhere'


Sophie Wilding is the latest candidate to be fired

Sophie Wilding became the youngest contestant to be fired from The Apprentice after a disastrous driverless vehicle challenge on Thursday. (Author: Gardener)

SophieSophie Wilding became the youngest contestant to be fired from The Apprentice after a disastrous driverless vehicle challenge on Thursday. Lord Sugar gave the 32-year-old bar owner her marching orders after her 'Star Pod' vehicle failed to match sales from the opposing team's 'Bee Pure' offering, with Sophie accused of changing her mind about the style of the pods. Meanwhile, fans tuning in to the episode branded her "rude" after she got up and left without "thanking" Lord Sugar for the opportunity. The two teams were tasked with designing an innovative driverless vehicle that they would use to target large corporate customers in order to generate big sales. In the end, Lord Sugar, who had previously described Sophie's offer as a 'pimp mobile', had made up his mind, stating that the task's failure was 'crystal clear', noting it was a 'bad idea' that had been 'poorly executed' . ' But while all the other evicted contestants usually thanked Lord Sugar for his time, Sophie suddenly got up and walked out of the room, a move that didn't sit well with fans. "Sophie didn't even say thank you to Lord Sugar from the boardroom! With another sharing: "Ooh Sophie what no thanks Lord Sugar for the opportunity or Karen and Tim. Bit grumpy.' 'Sophie didn't thank Lord Sugar for the opportunity... Tut Tut!' tweeted a third. A fourth shared: "How bloody rude was Sophie, she didn't thank Lord Sugar." With another agreeing: "Sophie didn't say 'Thank you Lord Sugar for the opportunity blah blah blah' just rude." Meanwhile, the fired star opened up about how she believes some of her former co-stars are on the show for "fame" - after becoming the boardroom's seventh victim. The boutique cocktail bar owner from Cheltenham insists she took part in the BBC One series to do business with Lord Sugar rather than for exposure and the possibility of further TV opportunities. Sophie, who was fired by Lord Sugar after failing to impress as project manager, told MailOnline she's put "blood, sweat and tears" into her business, while some people on the show are "not on it for the right reasons". . ' "I didn't go into the show for fame, I wanted the investment. I've invested hundreds of thousands in my business and I've poured blood, sweat and tears into it. I wanted to go into the show for the investment and be mentored by Lord Sugar to expand and learn quickly. "I've done everything myself so far and I wanted to keep learning, so I feel like I went in with 100 per cent the best vision, but if everyone was like me it might not be an entertainment show, so you really need a mix of individuals . "Maybe these people aren't in it for the right reasons, they're in it for fame but that's why it's fun and laughing and it's an entertainment show." The Apprentice continues on BBC One on Thursday at 9pm, followed by You're Fired on BBC Two. Watch live and on demand on BBC iPlayer.


Families are devastated after deadly mudslides in Brazil

Gardening tool in hand, Gisela Arcaminate searched through the mud and debris on Wednesday in hopes of finding her daughter. (Author: Gardener)

BrazilPETRÓPOLIS, Brazil -- Holding a gardening tool in hand, Gisela Arcaminate searched through the mud and debris Wednesday in hopes of finding her daughter. Arcaminate, along with other volunteers, are still searching for people who are missing after torrential rains caused flooding and mudslides, destroying homes, roads and much of the infrastructure of the city of Petrópolis north of Rio de Janeiro. In Morro da Oficina, where Arcaminate was searching for her relatives, 80 houses disappeared in a few minutes. As of Friday, 117 bodies had been found, and more than 100 people are still missing. Maicon Pinto, 39, a businessman, said he lost an aunt in the mudslide that sped through the hill at a height of nearly 26 feet. "The sheer size of the wave even made it impossible to dig up the debris by hand," he said. Located almost 3,000 feet above sea level, Petrópolis has a population of around 300,000 and is a major tourist destination in the region. Less than an hour away from the famous capital, the city attracts thousands of tourists every year. It is also known for its summer rains. The latest storm to hit the area delivered a month's expected rain in just three hours, according to meteorologists. The deluge also hit a very specific part of the city, soaking the already thick ground that overlies a layer of rock. The massive weight triggered mudslides that tumbled down the steep slopes, destroying dozens of homes and quickly inundating the city's historic center. Similar storms and floods hit Europe in July, with climate experts warning such storms will become more frequent as Earth's atmosphere warms. PICTURED: Rescue teams and local residents search for survivors after a mudslide in Petropolis, Brazil, on February 16, 2022. Stories like Pinto's can be heard across the city. Josimar da Silva, a longtime friend of Pinto, said he lost three sons and his wife. A local lawyer, João Barreto, was stuck in a building during the disaster and said once the water receded, many bodies could be seen in the main streets. Luciane Esteves, 41, a bank teller, said heavy rain in the summer is so common that it took many by surprise. The entire commercial district was destroyed and many areas of downtown are still vulnerable," she said. Many residents said events repeated what happened 11 years ago, when a similar downpour triggered massive landslides, killing nearly 1,000 people in the area. Romário Portilho, 30, a geography student, said the differences between the two events are crucial. This one, he said, seemed more destructive. "What happened recently focused on five neighborhoods," he said. Once a thriving industrial city, Petrópolis suffered during Brazil's economic crisis of the 1980s and saw many of its factories and jobs disappear. The decline in the population's income and rising unemployment contributed to the irregular houses being built on the slopes and hills of the city, which is located in the Atlantic Rainforest. This urban sprawl has helped create the scenario for the current destruction, with these precarious dwellings weakening an already thick layer of earth. Paulo Artaxo, a physics professor at the University of São Paulo and a member of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, said although the rain was unusual, the disaster's toll could have been fewer. Image: Aerial view after a mudslide in Petropolis, Brazil, on February 17, 2022 during the second day of rescue operations. He noted that those affected by the disaster are among the poorest and most vulnerable, making their recovery even more difficult. "Here in Brazil, there are extreme event warning systems that work all the time, and in such cases, cities are warned," Artaxo said. "Public authorities have the scientific information to make decisions, for example removing people from risk areas during rain." He added that this disaster is also an example of the effects of climate change. "Anomalous events like these rains, which used to be rare, are happening more frequently here and around the world," Artaxo said. The local response to the disaster was the target of heavy criticism. Rio de Janeiro state governor Cláudio Castro was booed during a visit to the affected area. He said at a news conference on Wednesday afternoon that preventive measures were needed to prevent these tragedies from repeating themselves, but admitted he was indebted to the city's citizens. The body of her 17-year-old daughter was found Wednesday afternoon along with her other relatives and friends.


Prince Harry 'feels unsafe in the UK' as the royal fights for police protection in the High Court

The first hearing in the case took place at the Royal Courts of Justice in London on Friday (Author: Gardener)

Prince Harry 'Prince Harry doesn't feel safe when he's in the UK after losing police protection, the High Court has heard. Harry is filing a lawsuit against Priti Patel's decision not to allow him to pay for police protection for himself and his family while in the UK. The Duke of Sussex's family lost their taxpayer-funded police protection when they relinquished their positions as senior working royals in early 2020. Britain "is and always will be his home," said Harry's lawyers, adding the Duke wants to bring his children from the US to visit, but he and his family "can't go back to his homeland" because it's too dangerous . The court heard that Harry, pictured with wife Meghan, would like to come to his home country for a visit (Getty Images). He argues that his private protection team in the US does not have appropriate overseas jurisdiction or access to the British intelligence information needed to protect his family. The first hearing in the case was held at the Royal Courts of Justice in London on Friday, which Harry did not attend. At the preliminary hearing, the court heard a request by both sides that some parts of the court documents in the case be kept secret. The couple have had two children since leaving the UK (Getty Images). Shaheed Fatima QC, who presented the case, said for the Duke: "This allegation relates to the fact that the applicant does not feel safe being in the UK given the security arrangements that applied to him in June 2021 and continue to do so will apply to him.” The Duke returned briefly from Los Angeles last year to unveil the memorial statue of Diana, Princess of Wales on July 1, and the day before, on June 30, he met seriously ill children and young people at a WellChild garden party and afternoon tea at Kew Gardens, West London. But Harry's visits to the UK have been infrequent (Getty Images). Harry's bid for a review of the Home Office's decision was made in September and has not yet been granted or denied permission for a full hearing. The Duke has previously said he has "inherited" a risk of being born into the royal family. Harry and his wife Meghan now live in the United States with their children Archie and Lilibet. The couple lost their taxpayer-funded police protection after quitting as senior working royals in early 2020. This was one of the main issues when the couple said they wanted to step down. It has been several years since the two couples attended an event together (Getty Images). They were later forced to disclose that they had "privately funded security arrangements" in place for their move to the US after President Donald Trump said his country would not pay for their protection. The hearing before Mr Justice Swift continues.


Sydney residents celebrate Freedom Friday

Revelers in Sydney began celebrations on Friday to mark the end of the hated Covid-19 restrictions, with the party expected to last into the wee hours. (Author: Gardener)

SydneyRevelers in Sydney began celebrations on Friday to mark the end of the hated Covid-19 restrictions, with the party expected to last into the wee hours. For the first time in months, singing and dancing has been allowed in Sydney's pubs, which also no longer have to work with previous density restrictions and/or requirements for guests to check in with a QR code. Relieved venue owners hoped the crowds that filled Sydney's pre-Covid facilities could now return with the despised fun bans ending. “Sydney, the time has come! Are you ready to return to the dance floor?' The Argyle said Pop It Like It's Hot in a post ahead of his club night. "This isn't practice Sydney and the news we've all been waiting for! So kick off your weekend, celebrate even more liberties and dance like nobody's watching.” “And we're back,” wrote the Kings Cross Hotel. "Restrictions are finally over, which means it's time to dust off your dancing shoes and get ready for some cardio on the D floor." Sydney's pub and nightclub owners were determined to look back in the rear-view mirror at a "terrible" few months put. Mitchell Crum, owner of The Lord Gladstone hotel in central Sydney, said operating during the Omicron restrictions had been "terrible, really tough". But he feels the "vibe is back" after hosting a Facebook event on Friday to celebrate the easing of restrictions, which has "gone pretty much viral". "The last few months have been tough. The "return to normal" will be celebrated by Graham Cordery, owner of The Soda Factory venue in Surry Hills. "It's overdue so it's going to be great - I feel like there's a real positive attitude," he said. "Let's just say it's definitely about time they put them (live music venues) on the same footing as many, many other industries that are going back to normal," Mr Cordery said. He said since the restrictions were introduced in January, customers have become "even more eager to share those fun times in Sydney". "We're just going to do whatever we can to hopefully be one of the leaders in live entertainment." NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet announced the rolling back of a range of COVID-19 restrictions from Friday, including QR code check-ins and bans on singing and dancing in pubs. Mr Perrottet said it had been "a very difficult two years". ensured that we saw downward pressure on our hospital system," he said. Singing and dancing will be allowed to resume in most settings, the two-metre density limit for indoor venues has been removed and QR check-ins will only be required for nightclubs and music festivals with more than 1000 revelers. The obligation to wear face masks will also no longer apply in most facilities next Friday. NSW reported 9,243 new COVID cases and 15 deaths as of Friday. The eight women and seven men who died were between the ages of 50 and 90, and five were unvaccinated, including one under 65 who had "significant underlying health problems," NSW Health said. Research released on Friday showed NSW was able to safely return children to classrooms. The National Center for Immunization Research and Surveillance has been tracking coronavirus transmission in schools in collaboration with Sydney University, NSW Health and the Department for Education. The study was led by Archana Koirala, Specialist in Pediatric Infectious Diseases at the University of Sydney, who says despite the high number of exposures in the final semester of 2021, there has been no dramatic increase in transmission in school settings. "Our results confirm that vaccinating students and teachers, as well as other mitigation measures in schools and the wider community, can minimize transmission in educational settings," said Dr. Koirala.


Storm Eunice, latest hourly forecast for Friday with expected winds of 90mph

The latest weather forecast for Strom Eunice warns of wind speeds of up to 140 km/h (Author: Gardener)

FridayA raft of weather warnings, including a rare red Danger to Life warning, are in place across Wales as Storm Eunice rolls in. It was predicted to be one of the worst storms in 30 years, with winds up to 90mph. It was the calm before the storm on Friday morning as Ireland bore the brunt, but forecasters have warned people not to be fooled. Read more: Find all of our Storm Eunice content in one place. BBC Wales weather presenter Behnaz Akhgar said on Friday: "It's one of the worst forecasts I've ever had to make. These were the last wind gusts at 8.50am: Here is an hourly forecast for Friday. The red weather warning for parts of South Wales began at 7am this morning. Gusts of more than 77mph have been recorded in parts of Wales and forecasters warn these speeds will increase as the morning progresses The Red Alert says: "Extremely strong west to south west winds will develop over south west England and south Wales early on Friday . "Widespread inland gusts of 70 to 80mph are likely and up to about 90mph near some coasts with hazardous beach and shoreline conditions. Winds from the west are expected to ease later in the morning." BBC Wales weather presenter Behnaz Akhgar said: "I was trying to explain to someone who messaged me to say: 'Well, it is not so bad.' I explained the warning started at 7am but that doesn't mean we will see the worst because we have a window a few hours before and a few hours after when the worst wind is going to be. Just before 8.30am Behnaz Akhgar said: "The storm is currently over Ireland so I would imagine that in the next hour or two we will really start to see the full effect of the winds. All of Wales is covered by one yellow warning, in effect until 9pm on Friday evening, which reads: "Extremely strong winds are expected to develop over south west England early on Friday before spreading north and east throughout the day. Gusts blowing inland in the range of 60-70mph but up to 80mph in some places."Gusts of 80-90mph are possible around the coasts of West Wales and South West England. Winds are expected to pick up in the western areas by the afternoon and in eastern areas will ease in the evening." BBC weather presenter Matt Taylor said the strongest morning winds will blow in the west before moving east where there is another red alert for eastern England and London. He said a Speaking to BBC Breakfast on Friday morning: "The Environment Agency has issued a severe flood warning as we expect a tidal wave to rise if the winds continue west, pushing the water up the Bristol Channel and lifting it quite significantly." Wales could be up Experience wind speeds of up to 90 miles per hour on Friday noon. The red warning for Wales ends at 12pm but winds are expected to remain strong. Winds will ease westbound but a yellow warning remains in place and winds will remain strong throughout the afternoon. Meteorologist Behnaz Akhgar said: "We have rain early in the day but it will clear up fairly quickly and this storm will pass through fairly quickly as well. So we are expecting the main impact of the storm in the morning and then by then afternoon it will ease off a bit so later on it will be less life threatening but will also have strong storms throughout the afternoon. These are the temperatures expected at 3pm in the evening. It remains windy for most of the night with gales along the coasts. The yellow warning ends at 9pm but there are yellow warnings in place for parts of Wales on Saturday.


The excitement for the League of Ireland is back and we're getting that Friday feeling back

There's a sense of hope in the league this year - and also a sense of new direction (Author: Gardener)

the League of IrelandFinally Fridays are getting their enthusiasm for the League of Ireland back. I feel like there's a little more hope in the league this year. Season tickets sell out fast and pitches are impeccably cut, lined and marked ready for the big kick-off. Players will welcome the cue ball rolling as the pre-season slog is left behind. There is great anticipation about the place, a new energy. The only dark clouds hanging over this week's build are that of Storm Eunice and while no one will welcome rain and snow, it's refreshing that the turbulent conditions are weather and football driven. Season ticket sales are reportedly strong as many clubs start investing in their stadiums to improve the fan experience and if the atmosphere on the ground was anything at the end of last season many Friday night games should be sold out. Add to this the recent launch of the FAI's Strategic Plan, in which there is a pillar dedicated entirely to shaping the future, which means people have a duty to deliver. Facility development is also a prominent area, with more than half of respondents to an FAI survey emphasizing the importance of infrastructure and the need for greater collaboration with governments and local authorities. The nationwide tax audit is important work, but it has to be seen with different eyes. Now, asking the right questions of the people we expect to use will create facilities that embody the inclusive football culture the strategy aims to create. As a football coach in the League of Ireland up until last season I had a choice between going outside to use the ladies' toilet used by the fans, which is not always ideal on high stakes away pitches, or using the toilet next to the urinals that everyone uses. Just asking if female teams are using the facilities is there room for male staff? If male teams use the facilities, is there room for female staff? The facilities audit has the potential to become one of the most important works ever undertaken in Irish football and the follow-up to the delivery will be a game changer. But for now, facilities will be packed to the rafters for the start of the Premier and First Division on Friday night. An added bonus is the fact that we start this season with a vision for the next. Plans for a men's third division by 2023 and for a women's second division by 2025 are just the kind of forward thinking that's needed. The biggest thing this league lacked was vision and now it has to go somewhere. This can also bring the shorter term business of winning games and competing into focus. The Premier Division looks like an intriguing prospect, with some great personalities running teams and some exciting players playing in them. Everyone goes into the first day of the game with that slightly nervous energy, wondering if the pre-season was enough. You never know where you are until about 20 minutes into that first game. A draw isn't the end of the world, but losing the first game can be a real brake on energy and the pressure is immediate. Losing the first game also means you must win the second. One game after the next and trying to generate momentum. Both men's divisions will be hard fought this year. St Patrick's Athletic, under new boss Tim Clancy, looks like the final years of development are starting to suit them, while the Damien Duff factor is hugely engaging at Shelbourne and that at Tolka Park is set to hit the TV screens for adorn those who prefer to watch from home. Derry City could be the dark horse this year. Dundalk under Stephen O'Donnell will be an interesting prospect after a very turbulent year and as far as the subplots go, Friday night's opener between these two clubs will be intriguing. The first division looks like it could be more competitive than last year. Waterford, Galway United, Cork City and Bray Wanderers are looking strong. Good luck for the season to all those taking on this rate. Let's hope it's a great one that sets some records for the right reasons.