Windows 11 requires a Windows 10 mode

Microsoft is relying on the redesign of Windows 11. An interface option would have been a better idea. (Author: Gardener)

As with every previous mega-update to the records-breaking desktop operating system over the years, the new user interface has encountered opposition. The record will show that I've never been a hatred of new Windows features. I even found things I liked in the disastrous Windows 8 version. One major difference, however, is that Microsoft has created something original and new, at least with Windows 8. I know software and all other art forms make use of the recent work of others, but the Windows 11 interface design is more of a clone of Chrome OS than something original. Don't interpret this to mean that Windows 11 is a complete rip-off - Microsoft's desktop operating system has far more features and even a certain simplicity that cannot be found in Google's operating system. This is my take on how we got here: Microsoft saw Google's lightweight Chrome OS laptop and desktop operating systems decrease its market share. First, the company decided to create a new competitor for the school-preferred operating system that brought us the unfortunate Windows 10X. At some point, the folks at Microsoft decided that everyone who uses Windows should get a Chrome OS-like interface, not just the markets the company wanted to win back from Chrome OS. There are many Windows users who have been perfectly happy with the Windows 10 interface, so it doesn't seem to make sense for the new one to be imposed on them. It's a similar scenario to what Windows 8 spawned: Microsoft saw the Apple iPad take over the world and decided it needed to turn its main operating system into a tablet operating system. Windows 10 will be around at least until 2025, but if you ignore Windows 11 you are missing out on its not drastic but pleasant new features like snap layouts and attractive design materials like acrylic, mica, and smoke. Rounded corners don't appeal to me that much, but I wouldn't have a problem with that, as long as I could keep the more informative taskbar, Start menu, and Action Center like in Windows 10 Microsoft raised Windows 10 settings for these three key user interface elements in Windows 11 - the underlying operating system code would not need to be changed much. After all, the company had planned to keep Windows 10 and a separate 10X operating system, so simply offering alternative UI options isn't too great. I just don't see the logic of forcing existing users who are happy with Windows to adapt to new ways of using their PCs. Here are a few examples of why the Windows 10 Start menu is more efficient: The Start button (as well as the search field) is always in exactly the same place in Windows 10. When you open more apps in Windows 11, the button will move to the left. (Yes, there is a setting to keep it on the left in Windows 11, but it's not the default, and it's not very obvious either.) Also, you can see the list of all the apps installed on the computer with a press of the Start button; Another click is required to reach them in Windows 11. Windows 10's Action Center keeps everything together in one well-organized area with notifications at the top and quick settings at the bottom. In Windows 11, these are broken down into a more Chrome OS layout. It can be unintuitive because pressing the battery icon doesn't just show the power information, nor does pressing the speaker icon just show the sound settings, like in Windows 10. The taskbar in Windows 10 makes it clearer which apps are running. In Windows 11, you basically have the same uninformative Dock as in Apple macOS (though at least you don't have the confusion of two different sections / classes of icons). Microsoft has decided to give up much of its years of interface design expertise in order to hunt down a new competitor. According to StatCounter, Chrome OS only has under 3% of the desktop OS market share and Windows over 75%.


5 things you should know before jumping into Windows 11

The latest version of Windows makes both big and small changes so you can get to know them right now. (Author: Gardener)

Windows 11 is almost here and that means it is time for every PC user to find out what this will mean for their daily life. Windows 11 officially launches on October 5th and is the first new numbered version of Windows in more than six years. On the surface, at least (pun not intended, but acknowledged), Windows 11 looks like a pretty radical departure from what came before. Basic Windows staples like the taskbar and the start menu, for example, have been completely redesigned from decades before. The good news is that once you start using Windows 11, it's clear that these changes aren't that intimidating after all. However, it can't hurt to prepare for the Windows 11 experience before diving headfirst into the future of PCs. Here are some of the biggest changes you should know before installing Windows 11. Basically, as long as I've lived, the Windows Start menu has been the main PC hub for organizing and finding installed applications, always at the bottom left corner of the screen. Sure, the look and feel of the Start menu itself has changed a lot over time, but every PC user's muscle memory tells them to move the mouse pointer down and left to find it. In what is probably the biggest visual departure from previous versions of Windows, the Windows 11 start button is now on the left side of a taskbar that has been centered at the bottom of the display. To be honest, it looks like a leaner version of the signature app dock on macOS. It's not the most original version of a user interface for a home computer, but I personally think it looks good. When you click the Start menu icon or press the Windows key, you will find that the actual appearance of the menu itself has changed significantly as well. A grid of pinned apps occupies the top half of the Start menu, which can of course be edited and rearranged by pinning or detaching apps to your heart's content - just like the Windows taskbar has been for years. Below that is a Recommended section that shows apps or documents that you've recently viewed that you may want to re-access. Finally, a search text box at the top of the Start menu lets you find anything on the PC you're looking for, be it a Word document or a specific part of the Settings menu. This new start menu and taskbar arrangement is more of a redesign than a complete redesign of the Windows user interface, but long-time PC users will certainly need to train themselves to stop clicking the lower-left corner of the screen. There are many different reasons and ways to use a Windows PC. With the new "Desktops" feature of Windows 11, you can keep all of these programs open at the same time without them getting in each other's way. Just click the icon that looks like two overlapping rectangles on the system tray and you can create different desktops and switch between them. Each desktop is basically a separate branch of the typical Windows start screen, where you can open and arrange any apps and keep them away from everything else. It's a computer version that separates the personal from the professional. Just like the centered taskbar, this isn't exactly new to home computing. Some versions of Linux have had this function for many, many years. You no longer have to open and close different apps all day long if you don't want to. With a grid, you can easily split the screen into four equal-sized windows for honestly overwhelming productivity. The next feature I'll highlight goes hand in hand with desktops. Windows 11 makes it much easier to arrange different windows in a visually appealing and functionally useful way with "Snap Layouts". If you have two or more windows open it couldn't be easier to place them in these pre-made grids. Just hover your pointer over the maximize button in the window (that's the button to the left of the close button in the top right corner) and Windows will show you a handful of different grids that you can use. Click on the specific part of the screen where you want to place this window and Windows 11 will automatically shape and scale the window according to your needs. You can also do this manually by clicking on a window and dragging it to the edges of the screen, but I think the other way is easier and more precise. This is an easy way to distinguish one desktop from another. On one, I have work stuff that takes up most of the screen, with Slack as the right sidebar. This is just a simple, intuitive organization tool that makes resizing and organizing windows faster than before. The new "Widgets" feature in Windows 11 is nowhere near as useful as the changes mentioned above. It's worth talking about though, as it assumes a button that, as far as I can tell, you can't remove from the system tray. If Microsoft really wants us to use widgets, then at least they should know how they work. Clicking the Widgets button (a long vertical rectangle with smaller ones to the right of it) brings up a customizable panel full of widgets. These can range from local weather to news on topics you mark as your interests in the settings menu to the latest baseball results. This isn't revolutionary as even earlier versions of Windows had things like that, but Windows 11 widgets are at least pretty clean to look at and live entirely within this menu if you never want to bother with them. Of course, you can add and remove widgets as you wish. Oh, and if you're using a Surface (or any other Windows 11 touch-controlled device), you can always bring up widgets by swiping in from the left side of the screen. This is honestly a little more intuitive than clicking a system tray button, so widgets may be best for people who prefer to use Windows 11 in tablet form. Lastly, Windows 11 offers a sizeable range of accessibility options to suit the needs of different users. Just open the settings menu and search for "Accessibility" in the left sidebar to see all that Windows 11 has to offer in this regard. There are contrast settings for people with light sensitivity, subtitle adjustment tools for the hearing impaired, and even a handful of different color blind modes for people like me whose eyes can't easily distinguish some hues. A computer-aided speaker's voice can be customized with different tones, pitches and speaking speeds for anyone who needs Windows 11 to read the contents of the screen to them. Windows already had a lot of these things, but Windows 11 efficiently groups them together and makes it easy to customize these settings to suit your specific needs. The color blind filters here may not be particularly useful for my particular brand of color deficiency, but they will certainly help someone out, for example. Despite all of the changes Microsoft made to Windows 11, it is still Windows at its core. If you've been using Windows for years, it shouldn't take long to adjust. Personally, I'm thrilled with most of the changes, even if the new taskbar orientation is a little Mac-like. This is nowhere near as awkward as Vista was, for those of us old enough to remember it. It's clean, simple, and offers many ways to make your everyday life a little easier.


Live updates: Company declares failure when WhatsApp, Instagram and other apps are back online

Facebook down - Live updates: Company declares outage when WhatsApp, Instagram and other apps are online again - Latest news as Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp are active again (Author: Gardener)

WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook are now back online after being down for more than six hours in a major outage. WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook are now back online after being down for more than six hours in a major outage. The three apps - which are all owned by Facebook and run on a shared infrastructure - stopped working shortly before 5 p.m. UK time on Monday. The three apps - which are all owned by Facebook and run on a shared infrastructure - stopped working shortly before 5 p.m. UK time on Monday. Other related products like Facebook Messenger and Workplace also stopped working. Other related products like Facebook Messenger and Workplace also stopped working. Facebook has now explained in a detailed blog post what caused the failure - and why it took so long to fix. Facebook has now explained in a detailed blog post what caused the failure - and why it took so long to fix. It comes, as former Facebook product manager and data scientist Frances Haugen testifies before a Senate subcommittee on the company's research into the impact of Instagram on the mental health of young users. It comes, as former Facebook product manager and data scientist Frances Haugen testifies before a Senate subcommittee on the company's research into the impact of Instagram on the mental health of young users. While the outage lasts until the fifth hour, Facebook tries to restart on Monday, October 4th, 2021, 10:21 pm, Andrew Griffin Rumors are circulating on the Internet that, among other things, Facebook was "deleted", that it was "hacked" is gone". Essentially, Facebook deleted its DNS or address book that is helping people find its websites. When someone types "" into a web browser, the DNS should be able to provide them with the numeric address to get the data representing the website. But this DNS is broken, so the web browser will be lost and you will get an error message. (The same thing happens to the app effectively, if not as obviously.) This is so common because Facebook controls its DNS. And Facebook does this on behalf of all of its own services: WhatsApp, Instagram, Messenger, Workplace, Oculus, and more. The fact that the DNS isn't working, for example, means that the engineers who were supposed to fix it won't be able to access it either. Because of this, it is reported that employees are now being sent to actual physical data centers to try and get things working again. And here we are now. To take an analogy from earlier, it's as if we (or our web browsers) showed up in the Facebook office hoping to get into one of the many rooms. But the receptionist who usually keeps the records of which room is gone - they have been deleted - and you're stuck outside not knowing where to go is a lot of the internet. And all the people who could normally hire a new receptionist cannot find their way around the building either. We're all stuck outside looking in, even the people who would normally be inside. It's now been five hours since Facebook lost its receptionist. Some details of the outage appear on Monday, October 4, 2021 at 9:18 pm, Andrew Griffin.Some details of what exactly went wrong and how Facebook is rushing to fix it seem to be getting through. Some details of the outage appear on Monday, October 4, 2021 at 9:18 pm, Andrew Griffin.Some details of what exactly went wrong and how Facebook is rushing to fix it seem to be getting through. This from security researcher Steve Gibson offers something of a picture, although it is not clear where the error is coming from. This from security researcher Steve Gibson offers something of a picture, although it is not clear where the error is coming from. Catch-22.— Steve Gibson (@SGgrc) October 4, 2021 If so, it means, in a nutshell, that a version of the address book * discussed earlier has been deleted. Catch-22.— Steve Gibson (@SGgrc) October 4, 2021 If so, it means, in a nutshell, that a version of the address book * discussed earlier has been deleted. But to get it back in place, those working from the appropriate servers need the address book to find where they're going. But to get it back in place, those working from the appropriate servers need the address book to find where they're going. Most likely, the fix would require actually going to those servers and doing the work to get them working again. Most likely, the fix would require actually going to those servers and doing the work to get them working again. That's probably what's happening right now as Facebook engineers struggle to fix everything. * Scroll down to the post after this if you're looking for a painful analogy to explain all of this. That's probably what's happening right now as Facebook engineers struggle to fix everything. * Scroll down to the post after this if you're looking for a painful analogy to explain all of this. Facebook was "removed" from the Internet phone book Monday, October 4, 2021, 8:27 pm, Andrew Griffin Facebook appears to have taken its DNS entries from the global routing tables. In a little less nerdy language, that means that,, and presumably the rest of them have deleted their records from the internet address book. If you type one of these urls into your internet browser, Facebook should be able to talk to Facebook and ask where to go - but the system that does this has been shut down. It's like showing up for a meeting in the Facebook office but the receptionist is not there. (Or something like that.) It's not clear why this happened. Facebook is so big that - unlike other smaller companies - it operates its own DNS, so that only someone on Facebook would have the power to stop DNS entries that tell the systems how they are https: // t. co / qHzVq2Mr4E or have been removed from the global routing tables this morning. Can you imagine working at FB now if your email has stopped working and all of your internal FB-based tools are failing? - briankrebs (@briankrebs) October 4, 2021 We don't know why this change was made. FB alone has control of its DNS records. - briankrebs (@briankrebs) October 4, 2021 To be more specific (and Geek Factor 5), the BGP routes that serve Facebook's authoritative DNS have been withdrawn, removing all of Facebook Domains became inaccessible. That's per @DougMadory who knows a few things about BGP / DNS. — briankrebs (@briankrebs) October 4, 2021


Why Adele will always be unique

COMMENT: The Grammy winner is this rare artist who appears to be able to spark global conversation with little fanfare. Roisin O’Connor celebrates just a few of the reasons we love her (Author: Gardener)

Adele has a powerful, unique voice, now with four additional tones. It's not exactly "Hello, it's me". But still ... Adele is officially "back" preparing to release her fourth studio album, if you can appreciate the 30 mysterious logos popping up around the world. Adele doesn't like being rushed. She reacted sharply to fans nagging her when she returned with new music. "Of course not," she said to such a fan last year. But patience is not a virtue most contemporary music fans are familiar with. Thanks to social media, we live in a state of eternal “content” in which the traditional “album” format has lost a lot of its relevance. Even Taylor Swift, an artist formerly known for her complex and lengthy campaigns, has dropped three records in less than a year without relatively little warning. Then came the fall theme of Evermore and in April of this year a re-recorded version of their country pop album Fearless. In doing so, she seemed to be rebelling against the predominance of the artistic "era" - the way a new music project has to go along with a new look, a new sound, the prerequisite for attracting the attention of an increasingly distracted audience. Adele is that rare artist who appears to be able to spark global conversation with little to no fanfare. There's no doubt that all the gears and wheels are spinning behind the scenes at Adele HQ; that TV spots, exclusive interviews and glossy magazine covers were discussed and planned with military precision. She's not a trend hunter either. Their albums show respect for the art required to arrange a great pop song and generally avoid over-the-top adornment and clever production tricks. There is something about women who grew up in north London. We're Bolshie, we stand out for bar chats, we don't suffer from fools and there is a special kind of laugh - Amy Winehouse had it too - that seems to be a defining characteristic. It's more of a cackle at the top of your throat that throws your head straight back. Although Adele moved to Brighton and then Brixton after the age of nine, that quality seemed to persist. Both Adele and Ed Sheeran have been put into pejorative categories such as "the new boring," which means that their ordinariness is a driving factor in their appeal and that the once-idolized glitz of pop has ceased to be worth striving for. Perhaps this is more true of Sheeran, whose wardrobe has barely changed since his first appearance on the live music scene and whose first three albums have remained true to an assignable singer-songwriter style. But Adele was more down to earth than an artist like Madonna, but she was always touched by glamor. Her successes - Grammy Awards, millions of albums sold - match those of Celine Dion, Whitney Houston, Barbra Streisand. What do these women have in common? A powerful, unique voice. Adele's voice is capable of tremendous athleticism. She may not have the reach or the honeyed melisma of Mariah Carey or Ariana Grande, but her voice is so rich and moving that she can melt even the stony of hearts. She's not the best songwriter, but she's a very good one. "He's a real lover / And invents the past / Feeling his girl / As if he had never felt a character", she sings on "Daydreamer" from 2008. Rumor Has It: Adele is preparing to release her fourth Studios before album (Getty) You can hear it in her excellent breath control on “River Lea” and in the dramatic way she meets that Bruno Mars-like key change on “All I Ask”. At this point, Adele had undergone a vocal operation which she found to be adding four notes to her upper range. Experts at the time suggested that, despite those additional four grades, this would not be the last time Adele discovered new, previously hidden abilities within herself. "Her voice has evolved as all of our voices evolve and change, and for me it's about continuing to feel comfortable and being brave enough to show other aspects of her voice," said CeCe Sammy, one of the leading vocal coaches Of the UK, versus Vulture in 2015. While her fourth album may not be the drum and bass album she joked about in 2019 (yet another reaction to fan and media pressure), it's pretty likely Adele has some surprises in store. At least rumors say. From news to politics, travel to sports, culture to climate, The Independent offers a variety of free newsletters for your interests.


Nurse Pleads Not Guilty Of Murdering Eight Babies

Judge sentenced 31-year-olds to pre-trial detention and set the trial date for one year (Author: Gardener)

A nurse pleaded guilty to the murder of eight babies and attempted murder of ten others. Lucy Letby appeared at Manchester Crown Court via video link from HMP Peterborough and repeated the words "not guilty" 18 times as the charges were read out. The 31-year-old, who wore a dark blue top and had her hair tied in a ponytail, listened to the remainder of the 30-minute hearing, which was mostly administrative matters, after submitting her requests. While working in the neonatal unit at the Countess of Chester Hospital in Chester, Ms. Letby is believed to have murdered five boys and three girls. She is also charged with the attempted murder of five boys and five girls. In May 2017, hospital detectives opened an infant death investigation, initially investigating the deaths of 15 babies over 12 months as of June 2015. Reporting restrictions remained in place at the Countess of Chester Hospital, where Lucy Letby worked (Getty Images). the ban on naming the alleged victims and those accused of killing them. Ms. Letby, of Arran Avenue, Hereford, has been taken into custody by Mr Justice Goss, who set a trial date in Manchester Crown Court on October 4, 2022, which is expected to last up to six months. Another preliminary negotiation will take place in January.


Victims of a burning plane crashed into an office building in Milan

Romanian billionaire Dan Petrescu, his wife and son were all killed, along with 32-year-old Italian Filippo Nascimbene, his wife and young son Rafael, whose baptism brought the group together. (Author: Gardener)

When a small plane belonging to Romanian billionaire Dan Petrescu crashed near Milan on Sunday, everyone on board was killed, including a baby who had just been baptized. Petrescu, his wife and son were all killed, along with 32-year-old Italian Filippo Nascimbene, his wife and their young son Rafael, whose baptism on Sunday morning had brought the group together just hours before the crash. The single-engine Pilatus PC-12 took off from Linate Airport in Milan shortly after 1:00 p.m. local time and was heading for Olbia in the north of the Italian island of Sardinia. The plane crashed just a few minutes later in San Donato Milanese, southeast of Milan and, according to witnesses, was already on fire before the crash. His 65-year-old wife Dorotea Petrescu Balzat, who also had French citizenship, and their son Dan Stefano (30) were killed in the crash. Meanwhile, the Corriere della Sera newspaper reported that Filippo Nascimbene, a 32-year-old Italian from Pavia, was killed along with his wife Claire Stephanie Caroline and their young son Rafael, despite the fact that Milan prosecutor Tiziana Siciliano originally claimed that only foreigners died. The family shared the plane when Dan Stefano Petrescu attended the christening of baby Rafael - son of his friend Filippo - who was born in January 2020. Corriere reported, citing Romanian media, that Petrescu's son was working as a researcher in Canada and had arrived in Italy to attend the baptism of his friend Filippo's child. Nascimbene, 32, was born in Pavia and was a manager at Start Hub Consulting, a Milan-based company based in the Maciachini region. "We are still in disbelief over the tragedy and death of Filippo," Fabio, a colleague of Filippo's at Start Hub, told Corriere. According to the newspaper, Petrescu bought the plane in 2015 together with Vova Cohn, a former shareholder of Dinamo Bucharest football club. Investigators have opened an investigation to investigate the crash of the private plane just 11 minutes after it took off from Milan's Linate Airport on its way to Olbia Airport on the island of Sardinia. Firefighters tweeted that no one but those on board were involved in the early afternoon accident near a metro station in San Donato Milanese, a small town near Milan. The building was under renovation, but as it was Sunday there were no workers on site at the time of the crash. Siciliano said the plane kept flying to a certain point, then an anomaly appeared on the radar screen and it crashed and hit the roof of the building. The prosecutor said the plane did not send an alarm signal. It was too early to give a possible cause for the crash, Siciliano said, adding that the flight recorder had been accessed. The plane was reported to have flown from Bucharest, Romania to Milan on September 30 with no apparent problems. The Italian news agency ANSA quoted the national aviation safety authority ANSV as saying: "The plane hit the building and started to burn." The aircraft was said to be a PC-12, a single-engine Executive aircraft. The fire department previously said the plane crashed into the building's facade. But after further investigation, the prosecutor said it was evident that the plane hit the roof. Firefighters put out the flames in the heavily charred and gutted building that was allegedly being renovated.


Which countries could be removed from the red list this week?

An update is expected on October 7th (Author: Gardener)

South Africa is currently on the UK's Red List. Traffic light roulette has now been replaced by a slightly simpler travel-related game - red list bingo. Starting October 4th, the UK's green, yellow and red categories will be streamlined to just two lists: Red and Rest of the World or ROW. Fully vaccinated travelers entering from countries with the latter will no longer need to take a pre-departure test before returning to the UK, but will still need to have a PCR test on the second day afterwards (a move that is expected to ease further in late October ). Unvaccinated comers are still required to take the test before departure and are not allowed to have quarantine-free options. You must self-isolate for 10 days when entering the UK from any ROW country. Meanwhile, the Red List is business as usual, from which all passengers have to pay thousands of pounds for a 10-day stay in a government-mandated quarantine hotel. The 54-person Red List continues to be updated every three weeks, with the next reorganization expected to take place on or around October 7th. Expectations are high that South Africa could finally make the leap from red to ROW after the UK High Commission in Pretoria tweeted a joint statement by UK diplomats and the South African government saying that the latest results “are in the next review of the British border measures will be incorporated ”. ". Covid data guru Tim White believes we might see “wholesale moves” in the red list this time after many were disappointed with the lack of countries promoted to amber in the last update. "I understand that the cabinet was reluctant to act too softly by removing a number of countries from the red list when cases were growing in the UK," he told The Independent. “The main criterion for keeping (or adding) countries to the Red List is the risk of variants of the coronavirus; Case numbers shouldn't really go into the equation unless there is an extremely high rate of infection. So I hope the Joint Biosecurity Team started with a blank sheet and just added the countries with variants. ”White sees Thailand's chances of shaking off its Red List status“ not positive ”as there are still beta cases there Variant to be discovered. The Dominican Republic could suffer the same fate as White says the government "has been conservative from the start [worrying variants] to the point of folly on this issue" (remember, when France closed the island over beta cases Amber was from Réunion?). However, he believes the next announcement should have a lot to celebrate, especially for those with families in South America. "Argentina, Chile, Peru and Uruguay should all be red next week," he says. Further north, White believes Mexico, along with Indonesia and South Africa, has a good chance of getting on the ROW list. "One problem countries will have is proving that they don't have worrying variants," added White. “Nevertheless, I think that Georgia and currently the only country on the red list in Europe, Montenegro, have a pretty good chance of getting out of the 'red zone'.” Analyst Donal Kane assumes that, in addition to South Africa, “some neighboring countries like Namibia with very similar positions ”will lose the red status. He told The Independent that the Asian countries on the red list are also "all good candidates to be removed next week," including Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines and Nepal. However, Kane is less optimistic than White about South America: “In terms of the number of cases alone, it looks pretty strange to have Chile (like New Zealand) or Brazil (like Australia) on a red list. I assume, however, that the 'variant card' is being played here and that despite the low odds (and probably the prominence of the Delta variant anyway) South America or the Caribbean will be less likely to escape next time. "Kane is like various other travel experts and - analysts firmly believe that the entire UK Red List should be abolished, reflecting Ireland's move to end hotel quarantine. “It is clear that the concept of the Red List will soon have to disappear; Britain is completely out of line in Europe with the harsh restrictions it imposes on travelers from these countries, ”he says. I believe it should be completely abolished before any further hardship is inflicted on those who need or want to travel from these countries and before further damage is done to the UK's reputation. ”Simon Calder, travel correspondent for The Independent, agreed and said: “With Ireland closing its Red List - and its quarantine hotels - over the weekend, the UK's Red List has become increasingly difficult to justify. “I can imagine the Foreign Office and British diplomats from Addis Ababa to Santiago taking dozens of calls every day from angry governments asking the reasons for maintaining an effective travel ban for their nations. Aside from some previously hidden data on alarming Covid variants, I predict that "new information" will enable ministers to remove half of the countries from the red list - with some Latin American and African nations pulled out of the danger zone. "His Predictions for the upcoming update? "The Dominican Republic, Chile and most of Africa have good arguments in favor of switching to the ROW list next Wednesday, Thursday or Friday." From news to politics, travel to sports, culture to climate, The Independent offers a variety of free newsletters for your interests.


John Barrowman AXED 'from Dancing On Ice by ITV

John Barrowman won't be returning to his role as judge on Dancing On Ice for a third year, ITV has confirmed - five months after apologizing for exposing himself on the set of other shows. (Author: Gardener)

John Barrowman was removed from Dancing On Ice five months after apologizing for exposing himself in historical incidents on the set of other shows. The 54-year-old entertainer, who appeared on the show last year and appeared in two seasons, previously admitted playing "Tomfoolery" on the sets of Doctor Who, where he started playing Captain Jack Harkness in 2005 and a year later the spin-off series Torchwood. ITV clearly believes that having someone like John the center of attention on a family-friendly show doesn't look good. An ITV spokesperson told MailOnline that John won't be returning to the dance show but will be back on the channel when he returns to host All Star Musicals. The broadcaster said: "We thank John Barrowman for two brilliant years on the Dancing on Ice panel and look forward to working with him again as the host of the upcoming All Star Musicals specials." A show insider added, "John has not been" fired from Dancing on Ice and we continue to work with him at ITV. " John's team said, "John is thrilled to return to work for ITV as the host of the new All Star Musicals," but declined to comment on his departure from the skating show in May following more serious sexual harassment allegations against his Doctor Who -Co-Star Noel Clarke revealed. It was published by The Guardian newspaper, which investigated Clarke's behavior on the set of Doctor Who. In an interview in front of a live audience, Clarke is seen spoiling fellow actors Annette Badland and Camille Coduri with stories about John's behavior on the set of Doctor Who and exposing himself "every five seconds". Clarke "deeply" apologized for his actions and said he would seek professional help, but has "vehemently" denied sexual misconduct or criminal behavior. In an interview with Weekend magazine, John said his behavior on set was to "defuse awkwardness" when filming a sex scene in Torchwood. He said, “I was the star of Torchwood as Captain Jack Harkness, so I felt like it was up to me to run the company and maintain it. If I was filming a nude scene or a love scene, it was clear in the script that I was going to be naked and everyone would have known that at least 48 hours in advance. Then, when I stood there waiting to do a scene where I had to be naked and someone came into view, I would make a joke to reassure them and myself. "My actions were simply designed to defuse any possible clumsiness between the cast and the crew." John announced that he had been called to a meeting with Doctor Who and Torchwood Executive Producer Julie Gardner, who told him to control his behavior. The actor added that he can now see that his behavior was "youthful" and it wasn't something he would do today. It comes after John told the Guardian that his "cocky behavior" was "only ever intended with a good mood" to entertain colleagues on set and backstage - rather than sexual harassment when he apologized for his earlier behavior. "In retrospect, I understand that my exuberant behavior may have caused anger, and I apologized for it beforehand," he said. In May, Tory MP Alec Shelbrooke told The Sun on Sunday that the skating competition was a "family show" and that the actor should not be in it. Shelbrooke claimed, “Inappropriate behavior like this is not acceptable under any circumstances. ITV and the BBC are responsible for the standards they set. “Dancing On Ice is a family show and ITV shouldn't give in to this behavior in any way. It is up to the broadcasters to show that they will not condone such behavior in any way. ' John broke his silence that same month and went to Instagram to share a video with fans from the garden of his Palm Springs home. He said: “Hello everyone, it's John here and I just want to thank my whole family of fans and everyone who has come up with the countless messages of support over the past few weeks. Lots of love and thanks. '


What is Britain trying to isolate? Explained the goals of the protest group and who the climate activists are

What drives this environmental group to protest and why is it so important (Author: Gardener)

Insulate Britain is the latest group to protest the effects of climate change and cause disruption, but what is it protesting against and what makes it different from other environmental activist groups? The group emerged from another activist group, Extinction Rebellion, which has been active since 2018 and regularly protests against climate change. The most notable protest came in April 2019 when it protested in London's West End for two weeks to force the government to declare a climate emergency and review its carbon emissions targets. Protesters at Insulate Britain roadblock in London (Photo: PA) As the name suggests, Insulate Britain wants the government to take responsibility for the isolation of all public housing by 2025. Almost 15 percent of the UK's total emissions come from our heating and, according to Insulate Britain's website, the country has 29 million homes and we have “the oldest and least energy efficient housing stock in Europe”. In order to comply with the Paris climate protection agreement below 1.5 ° C, emissions from heating households must be reduced by 78 percent over the next 15 years. Insulate Britain's argument is that many families, especially those in public housing, cannot afford it. The group wants the government to commit to two things: The UK government should immediately fully fund and take responsibility for social housing insulation by 2025. The UK government must come up with a legally binding national plan within four months to fully fund and take responsibility for the full low-energy, low-carbon retrofit of all UK households by 2030 at no external cost as part of a just transition to full decarbonisation of all parts of society and economy . Insulate Britain claims, “Improving the quality of our homes is fundamental to meeting the UK government's goals for climate change, energy poverty and water reduction. Like Extinction Rebellion, Insulate Britain has used an extremely visible and effective form of protest to draw attention to the actions of its members. While all of these tactics are irritating to road users, they are more likely, and research shows that direct action is more effective than “non-disruptive” methods such as petitions and demonstrations. National Highways, the government agency that operates motorways, won a High Court injunction last Tuesday banning Insulate Britain from targeting the M25. Many have criticized the group's actions and there have been more than a few comments from parts of the media with Insulate Britain in the crosshairs. Home Secretary Priti Patel announced new plans, dubbed the "Criminal Disruption Prevention Ordinance", to curb the group's ability to protest, despite being seen as an attack on democratic rights. Even so, the group says it will continue to protest and continue its actions until the government releases "a meaningful statement indicating that they will isolate all 29 million leaky houses in the UK by 2030".


The Guardian's view on Insulate Britain: the art of protest

Editorial: Priti Patel's plans to restrict civil liberties make it all the more important that activists keep the public on their side (Author: Gardener)

The draconian law on police and crime is going through parliament, and Interior Minister Priti Patel said at her party's conference on Tuesday that she planned to withdraw even more rights from political protesters. The legislation, which is already dramatically expanding police powers, is being supplemented with new crimes of disrupting highways and national infrastructure. Tory members loudly applauded their illiberal Home Secretary as she denounced the Insulate Britain protesters who repeatedly blocked roads. Many others, including former Prime Minister Theresa May, have raised concerns about a bill that will create a new trespassing crime, allow police to dictate the timing of demonstrations and limit protests that (by them) see noise and "harassment" . . These are shocking restrictions clearly aimed at making impossible the kind of actions anti-racism and environmental protesters have taken in recent years, including those that followed the murder of George Floyd. Six-month prison sentences for new offenses previously treated as civil matters are excessive. Her speech sought to portray desperate migrants crossing the canal and protesters blocking the streets as enemies of the law-abiding British, along with the pedophiles and murderers whose fines will also increase their bill. But shooting the messenger can never destroy the message: this country is going to hell unless you take emergency measures to stop CO2 emissions into the air. ”With at least 115 protesters and more than 400 arrests - some protesters have been arrested several times - this disruptive form of direct action will continue for the time being until the organizers decide to stop (the police are currently unable to take arrested demonstrators into custody). - one more thing that Mrs Patel wants to change). Anyone who shares activists' deep concern over the climate emergency and deep frustration over the government's failure is likely to have at least some sympathy for the protests, even if they disapprove of the tactic. Climate experts agree that the UK is lagging behind when it comes to house insulation and transportation. And although buildings are responsible for around 17% of emissions, our houses are among the draftiest and least energy efficient in Europe. Environmentalists and green politicians have been pushing for housing to be retrofitted for years; now direct action has made the headlines for isolation and kept you there for weeks. But activists who want to influence politics through the power of protest must always keep an eye on public opinion. Tactics that annoy large sections of the public carry political risks. And while the vast majority of the public supports measures to reduce emissions, many believe they have the right to choose when and how often to drive around. In recent years, environmental protests have flourished, from the divestment movement and challenges to fossil fuel sponsorship and school strikes. Activists are right that the climate problem cannot be left to politicians; it was tried and it did not work. Green activists perform a kind of public service with their protests.