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ITV blunder on The Million Pound Cube leaves viewers really confused - My London
You weren't the only one who was having technical problems
Were you left very confused during The Million Pound Cube on Saturday night? Don't worry, you weren't the only one. Fans eagerly awaited the first episode of the new series, following half a decade without one of the nation's favourite gameshows. But the show returned with a couple of changes this time - a larger prize fund is up for grabs (as the title indicates) and contestants now play in pairs. For more news and features about London directly to your inbox sign up to our newsletter here. Saturday night's (October 17) episode kicked off the series with a celebrity line-up, including Jason Manford with his brother Stephen, and Mo Gilligan with his best friend, actor David Ajao. The celebs braved a range of challenges in The Cube, raising money for charity while Phillip Schofield presented alongside. All was going well, but when Mo was in The Cube trying his luck again, the sound dimmed, before completely cutting out. And of course it wasn't long before viewers took to social media to share their confusion. Read More Related Articles Read More Related Articles "So I thought I went deaf during The Cube ..... what happened [there was] no volume......" one person Tweeted. "I think someone sat on the mixing desk in the gallery...wanna turn the sound back up?" another asked. Jason Manford's brother Stephen got pretty invested in the game (Image: Objective Media Group / ITV) "Was one of the challenges on The Cube tonight for the sound engineer to make everyone think there was something wrong with their TV speakers? Because if so, they really smashed that!" one person posted. "I didnt like sound anyway" another joked. Read More Related Articles Read More Related Articles But the problem did not last long, as the glitch was soon fixed, with ITV apologising during the end credits for the show. And viewers still seem to be looking forward to more new episodes, which will follow with non-celebrity contestants over the next week. The Million Pound Cubekicks off its regular editiononMonday (October 19) at 9pm. Got a story? Get in touch on [email protected]
Martin Lewis shares warning to shoppers who use cash to pay in supermarkets - My London
The Money Saving Expert said customers need to be aware of the law
Money Saving Expert Martin Lewis has shared an important warning about a law around how people pay in shops and supermarkets. In what will come as a surprise to many - he said shops are completely within their rights to only allow card payments. They are not breaking any law by refusing to accept cash, reports the Manchester Evening News. It's a question that many of us may have been thinking about throughout the pandemic. Many shops as well as cafés and restaurants have temporarily stopped accepting cash due to the potential for it to spread coronavirus. The question arose on ITV's The Martin Lewis Money Show, where one person asked: "If cash is legal tender, are businesses breaking rules by only accepting cards?" Martin's answer was very simple, as The Mirror reports. For more news and features about London directly to your inbox sign up to our newsletterhere. Many shops have been refusing to accept cash during the pandemic (Image: David Cliff/NurPhoto via Getty Images) "No, they are not breaking any rules," he said. "You are allowed to take card only as long as it's not discriminatory for race or disability or something." But that brought up the question of what, exactly, legal tender was. Read More Related Articles Read More Related Articles "The legal tender thing is interesting," Martin said. "Legal tender has a strict definition. "It means if you have a court awarded debt against you, if someone tries to settle and they're paying in legal tender you cannot refuse it. "And that's all it means." He pointed out that in some parts of the country, the only thing that's legal tender is, in fact, coins. "In Scotland, no notes - neither Bank of Scotland nor Bank of England, are legal tender." But that doesn't mean they're not legal. "They're all legal currency," he added. As to whether it's time to switch to a cashless society, Martin had made an excellent point. Read More Related Articles Read More Related Articles "I know many people are saying 'why don't we just switch to a cashless society?' - I don't want that, because there are many vulnerable people who need cash," he said. And there was good news coming for people who rely on cash, but are finding it harder to get hold of with bank branches closing and ATMs being removed. "The Government has said that once we leave the EU in January it will change the rules so if you want to get cash out form a supermarket you don't have to buy anything," he said. "And with the closures of ATMs and bank branches that will be useful."
The places on the London Underground map not under Tier 2 lockdown restrictions - My London
Not every Tube station falls inside the boundaries of London’s borough
It is a good thing the Night Tube isn't currently running as from midnight Londoners have to obey tougher lockdown restrictions. The new 'Hiigh' alert level Tier 2 rules, coming in from 0.01am on Saturday, October 17, will mean people in the capital can no longer mix indoors with anyone from outside their household or social bubble. Londoners will still be able to meet outdoors as long as they obey the rule of six. Pubs and restaurants will remain open, as will shops and gyms - but different households will not be allowed to meet indoors, including inside pubs. People are also being told not to avoid using public transport where possible. Get the latest London headlines to your inbox by signing up for our newsletters here. Read More Related Articles Read More Related Articles For many Londoners, this will mean staying away from the Tube but if they do need to use the London Underground to travel then it is advised to go travel when it is quiet - so outside of peak hours. A face mask must be worn unless you are exempt, and social distancing obeyed at all times. The Tier 2 restrictions will cover all of Londons 32 boroughs as well as the City of London. However, not every Tube station falls inside the boundaries of Londons boroughs. This means not every area which has a Tube station falls under the new regulations. Check the lockdown rules in your area with our handy widget: There are 16 London Underground Stations which arent in London - although some of them are in places which will have Tier 2 restrictions from Saturday. There are eight stations at the end of the Central line in Essex: Chigwell, Grange Hill, Roding Valley, Buckhurst Hill, Loughton, Debden, Theydon Bois and Epping. These areas all come under the responsibility of Essex County Council which has voluntarily decided to enter a Tier 2 lockdown. The other eight stations which are outside of Londons boroughs are split across Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire. There are five stations on the Metropolitan line which are in Hertfordshire. These are Moor Park, Rickmansworth, Chorleywood, Croxley and Watford. Residents in Hertfordshire will not have to face Tier 2 restrictions but this could change if the rate continues to rise there. In Buckinghamshire there are three London Underground stations these are Amersham, Chalfont & Latimer and Chesham. Chesham is a ridiculous 25 miles (40km) north west of Charing Cross, making it the furthest London Underground station from Central London. Like Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire will not have to follow stricter regulations but with the rate creeping up to 128.5 cases per 100 000 people in the county it could very quickly follow London back into lockdown.
St Thomas' Hospital live: Armed police scramble to scene as area 'evacuated' - MyLondon
The incident is believed to have been stood down, however several road closures remain
Westminster Bridge is closed in both directions amid reports of an incident at St Thomas' hospital. On Tuesday (October 13) a number of people reported seeing armed police by the hospital and that people in the area have been evacuated. Westminster Bridge has been closed in both directions since around 9.55am due to a 'police incident' between Lambeth Palace Road and Victoria Embankment. A large cordon was in place across the bridge and outside the hospital. The incident is now believed to have been stood down, however road closures remain as several officers remain at the scene. MyLondon has gone to the Met Police for comment. Follow our live blog below for updates. Did you see anything? Email [email protected] with any information. Want more news? Go to the MyLondon homepage.
London Covid: New coronavirus lockdown restrictions explained and what they mean for the capital - My London
London has been placed in the lowest tier
The Prime Minister has announced the new coronavirus three tier alert levels for the country. The three Covid-19 tiers have been defined as medium, high and high risk by the Government. London has been placed at the medium level which means that currently there is no change for Londoners. However, the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has warned that London could move into tier two (high risk) very soon. The MEN reports that the PM explained that local lockdown rules had become "complex to understand and enforce" and that the new tier system would simplify local measures, in the same way the rule of six simplified national measures. For more news and features about London directly to your inbox sign up to our newsletterhere. He said another full lockdown would not be the right way to go - despite the fact that there are now more people in hospital with coronavirus than there were when the national lockdown was implemented on March 23. He told the Commons that regulations for the new three-tier system would be made today before being debated in Parliament tomorrow and coming into force on Wednesday. Residents will be able to find out which rules they are under by using a postcode checker on the gov.uk website, or by using the NHS Covid-19 app. Read More Related Articles Read More Related Articles Here is what each level of the new three-tier system means: Covid local alert level - Medium This is for areas where national restrictions continue to be in place. This means:
- All businesses and venues can continue to operate, in a Covid secure manner, other than those that remain closed in law, such as nightclubs.
- Certain businesses selling food or drink on their premises are required to close between 10pm and 5am. Businesses and venues selling food for consumption off the premises can continue to do so after 10pm as long as this is through delivery service, click-and-collect or drive-thru.
- Schools, universities and places of worship remain open
- Weddings and funerals can go ahead with restrictions on the number of attendees
- Organised indoor sport and exercise classes can continue to take place, provided the "Rule of Six" is followed
- People must not meet in groups larger than 6, indoors or outdoors
- People must not meet with anybody outside their household or support bubble in any indoor setting, whether at home or in a public place
- People must not meet in a group of more than 6 outside, including in a garden or other space.
- People should aim to reduce the number of journeys they make where possible. If they need to travel, they should walk or cycle where possible, or to plan ahead and avoid busy times and routes on public transport.
- Pubs and bars must close, and can only remain open where they operate as if they were a restaurant - which means serving substantial meals, like a main lunchtime or evening meal. They may only serve alcohol as part of such a meal.
- Wedding receptions are not allowed
- People must not meet with anybody outside their household or support bubble in any indoor or outdoor setting, whether at home or in a public space. The "Rule of Six" applies in open public spaces like parks and beaches.
- People should try to avoid travelling outside the Very High area they are in, or entering a Very High area, other than for things like work, education, accessing youth services, to meet caring responsibilities or if they are in transit.
- People should avoid staying overnight in another part of the UK if they are resident in a Very High area, or avoid staying overnight in a Very High area if they are resident elsewhere.
- Up to 15 people for wedding ceremonies and receptions not permitted.
- Up to 30 people for funerals and 15 for wakes.
- Closure and additional restrictions of gyms, leisure centres, libraries and personal contact services remain open but restrictions subject to consultation.
- May continue to travel to open venues within area, but should minimise the number of journeys and advised against travel in or out of the affected area (withclear exceptions e.g. work, school, transit journeys). Those in the area advised against overnight stays in otherparts of the UK. People outside of the area advised against overnight stays in the area.
- Registered and wraparound childcare with supervised activities permitted in private homes. Childrens groups permitted. Childcare bubbles for under 14s.
- No household mixing at places of worship.
Aldi, Lidl and Iceland are urging customers not to eat these products - My London
The stores have issued urgent recalls on a number of items
Some of the UK's biggest supermarkets have issued urgent warnings not to eat several products over safety fears. Chicken and milk are among the items being recalled by the likes of Sainsbury's, Waitrose, Aldi and Lidl. The Food Standards Agency have issued warnings across several big chains, with milk and chicken included in the product recall notices, the Liverpool Echo reports. Some of the products may even contain salmonella, while others contain ingredients not mentioned on the label. For more news and features about London directly to your inbox sign up to our newsletterhere. When a product is recalled, for any reason, the Food Standards Agency shares details on what you should do if you have bought the item, as well as detailed information on why the product is being pulled from shelves. It said anyone with any of the below items should visit their nearest supermarket for a full refund or exchange. Sainsbury's Sainsbury's is recalling its UHT milk Sainsbury's is recalling its semi-skimmed UHT milk because of possible microbiological contamination. The supermarket said it has taken the precautionary step as the product could be unsafe to consume. Pack size: 1 litre Best before
- December 28, 2020
- December 29, 2020
- February 27, 2021
- March 17, 2021
- April 8, 2021
Tesco introduces new 'rationing' policy with three item limit on some products - My London
A spokesperson has confirmed new stockpiling restrictions now apply on essential items
Supermarket giant Tesco has introduced a three item limit on some products following the introduction of new coronavirus restrictions. The popular grocer said new stockpiling restrictions now apply on essential products including: flour, dried pasta, toilet roll, baby wipes and anti-bacterial wipes. There are additional limits online on items such as tinned vegetables and rice. A spokesperson from Tesco told The Mirror : "We have good availability, with plenty of stock to go round, and we would encourage our customers to shop as normal. "To ensure that everyone can keep buying what they need, we have introduced bulk-buy limits on a small number of products." In a separate message, the supermarket chain urged customers to wear face coverings when shopping in stores. It said disposable masks are available to buy at the entrance of all branches. "To help our customers shop safely, we will also have colleagues at the entrances of our larger stores to remind customers about the safety measures we have in place, including the legal requirement to wear a face covering." If you've struggled to get the items you need at a supermarket near you, get in touch with us at [email protected]
Morrisons is scrapping its Bag for Life and its replacement will cost 30p - My London
The supermarket found the point of the reusable bag was being ignored
In a bid to reduce its plastic waste even further, Morrisons is completely scrapping its Bag for Life, replacing it with a more environmentally friendly solution. The strong plastic carrier bag was introduced to encourage people to reuse the same bag again and again, with customers offered a replacement for free once the bag wore out. The major supermarket ditched 5p single use plastics bags in 2018, and the cost of a bag for life was increased from 20p to 30p last year. For more news and features about London directly to your inbox sign up to our newsletter here. However, the chain has ditched the idea altogether as it found most customers still only use the bags once before throwing it away. Instead, Morrisons is running a trial offering only paper bags in eight stores across the UK, and will roll the initiative out to all branches if successful. If the trial is popular, introducing paper bags only across all its 494 stores would save 90 million plastic bags being used annually, the equivalent of 3,510 tonnes of plastic per year, the company said. Read More Related Articles Read More Related Articles Shoppers will still be able to buy the jute, cotton and reusable woven bags too but they'll set them back £2.50, £1.50 and 60p each. Chief executive David Potts said: "We believe customers are ready to stop using plastic carrier bags as they want to reduce the amount of plastic they have in their lives and keep it out of the environment. Download the MyLondon app Get the latest London news straight on your phone without having to open your browser - and get all the latest breaking news as notifications on your screen. The MyLondon app gives you all the stories you need to help you keep on top of what's happening in the best city ever. You can download it on Android here and Apple here. "We know that many are taking reusable bags back to store and, if they forget these, we have paper bags that are tough, convenient and a re-useable alternative." The proposed paper bag can carry up to 16kg, has handles, can carry a similar amount of items as its plastic counterpart and is easily recyclable, the food retailer added.
London hospitals record 0 new coronavirus deaths - MyLondon
The good news was announced by NHS England today
No new deaths from coronavirus were announced in London hospitals today. The good news came from NHS England's daily announcement. This is the second time this has happened since the early days of the pandemic, which shows the progress Londoners are making in fighting the pandemic. A similar announcement was made on Monday June 8. Since then the numbers have fluctuated but stayed below 20, a far cry from the height of the pandemic when over 200 people were dying daily. NHS England's announcement don't necessarily mean no deaths have occurred in the past 24 hours as hospitals sometimes take a few days to report them. For more coronavirus news from your part of London, use our handy widget below: Across England a further 26 people were said to have died in hospitals. A spokesperson for NHS England said: "A further 26 people, who tested positive for the Coronavirus (Covid-19) have died, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals in England to 28,318. "Patients were aged between 61 and 94 years old. All patients had underlying health conditions. "Their families have been informed." Like the MyLondon Facebook page To keep up to date with all the latest breaking news, stories and events happening across London, give the MyLondon Facebook page a like. We will provide you with the latest traffic and travel updates, including updates on train and London Underground services, and the roads around the capital. The latest breaking news will be brought straight to your news feed including updates from the police, ambulance and fire brigade. We will also bring you updates from our courts and councils, as well as more lighthearted long reads. We also publish your pictures and videos, so do message us with your stories. Like the My London Facebook page here. You can also follow us on Twitter here and Instagram here. How have you or your family been affected by coronavirus? Please get in touch at [email protected]
Scientists' anger at redundancies plan at London university which is working on coronavirus vaccine - MyLondon
University chiefs plan to save £2 million from staff costs
Scientists at Imperial College London who have been playing a crucial role in the battle against coronavirus have spoken out against the universitys plan to make 75 of its ICT staff redundant. More than 150 support staff at the prestigious university in Kensington have been told their jobs are at risk, and that half of those roles will be axed. The University and Colleges Union (UCU) said the redundancies have been planned since before the pandemic arrived. Imperials scientists have taken a leading role in advising the Government on how the different stages of the pandemic are likely to impact the country, and some of its staff are working on a vaccine. Many of them continue to work from home, which has seen demand for ICT (information and communications technology) assistance go up. COVID-19 Response Team member Dr Samir Bhatt is currently advising the state of New York as it comes out of lockdown. Dr Bhatt said: "For weeks now, all of our COVID-19 response work has had to be done remotely. "It goes without saying that our work is of significant public health importance, both within the UK and around the world, and it would have been impossible without the Imperial ICT staff and their heroic efforts in the midst of incredibly trying circumstances." Read More Related Articles Read More Related Articles Another member of the team, Dr Seth Flaxman, a senior lecturer in statistical machine learning and senior author of multiple reports into the pandemic, said: "My team has published a major paper... quantifying lives saved by lockdown, for which we relied heavily on specialised computing services supported by Imperial's ICT staff." UCU says Imperial chiefs hope the redundancy process which will see one quarter of all the ICT staff go could take eight months and save £2 million a year. A spokesperson for Imperial College London said: "We are reforming our information technology services to provide the best support for our world class research and education. "Our COVID-19 Response Team will continue to receive first-rate ICT support. We are simplifying some processes and adopting a structure that makes it easier for us to respond quickly to the changing needs of our researchers and students. "This project predates the pandemic, but the urgent need to support remote working, teaching and learning made these changes even more important. "We are consulting with and supporting our staff who are affected by these changes." The university was asked whether the redundancy plan was linked to a potential drop in the number of international students who would enrol for September due to the coronavirus pandemic. The spokesperson did not respond to this question. If you have a story from Kensington and Chelsea, please email our reporter at owen.s[email protected]