Piers Morgan still 'waging a war' on NHS frontline staff parking fines

Piers Morgan has revealed he’s ‘waging a war’ on every single authority issuing parking fines to NHS staff on the frontline amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The Good Morning Britain presenter pledged back in March that he would pay every single ticket handed to critical hospital workers while on shift, and today shared an update on his progress.

‘I offered to pay for doctors and nurses who got parking tickets during the crisis,’ he began. ‘I said I would pay and then the government said in 24 hours they were going to stop having people charged.

‘So I got a lot of people to write to me. I said what I will do rather than just paying them, is I will fight the fight with every single one of the authorities trying to fine them.

‘My very diligent PA Tracey has actually written on behalf of every single doctor, nurse, and consultant. She’s been winning battle after battle getting many of the tickets cancelled.’

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Piers continued: ‘Some of them have moved to the second stage of the increased payment because the authority has refused. Just to let you know, the battle continues and there will be a proper update when I’ve really got to bottom of it.

‘We’ll be naming and shaming those who in the end want payment and I will write cheques to all those who are adamant they want to pay.’

He also clarified that ‘none of the people who wrote in will pay’.

‘I want to wage the war individually on every one of these tickets to see if we can shame them into the right thing,’ he added.’

Back in March, Piers vowed to pay off the parking tickets of health workers who are being fined in hospital car parks while they’re on shift fighting coronavirus.

Piers demanded that all tickets given to health care workers for doing their jobs in the midst of this crisis should be null and void – and he’s prepared to fight for them should need be.

He announced: ‘I will say now, to any health worker during the future of this crisis, how ever long it lasts, if any of you get a parking ticket, at a hospital where you’re working, I will pay it for you. 

‘I will pay it, and I will then go to the government and have the battle, and you don’t get involved.’ 

Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV.

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Lance Armstrong still bitter at ‘piece of s–t’ Floyd Landis

Any simmering Chicago Bulls feuds have nothing on Lance Armstrong’s animosity towards former cycling teammate Floyd Landis.

In ESPN’s 30 for 30 documentary about his rise and fall, Armstrong says, “It could be worse. I could be Floyd Landis … waking up a piece of s–t every day.”

Is that what he really thinks?

“That’s what I know,” Armstrong said. “I don’t think it. I know it.”

There were tensions between Armstrong and Landis during their careers, but it was Landis’ self-admission of doping and accusations against Armstrong in 2010 that ultimately led to the collapse of Armstrong’s empire as a seven-time Tour de France Champion and American sports icon with sponsorship deals and the Livestrong charity.

Landis, who was stripped of his 2006 Tour de France win, later filed a whistleblower lawsuit against Armstrong. They reached a settlement, with Armstrong reportedly owing $6.65 million to Landis, his attorneys and the government.

“I hope he’s changed, and I hope he finds some peace,” Landis said of Armstrong during the documentary. “I don’t know why people can’t move on, but here we are.”

After ESPN’s “The Last Dance” documentary about the Bulls, Horace Grant — and allegedly Scottie Pippen — didn’t like how they were portrayed by Michael Jordan.

But Armstrong took it to the next level with his former teammate.

After Armstrong’s “piece of s–t” remarks about Landis were teased in a preview to the documentary, Landis responded on ESPN Radio two weeks ago.

“I have some empathy for him because I went through some real public humiliation and it hurts,” Landis said, according to CyclingWeekly.com. “You want to blame somebody and sometimes it’s easier to find the most obvious thing or person and blame them. He can blame me. Maybe it would still be a secret if it wasn’t for me.

“I had to come clean. He’s obviously not happy about that. I hope he finds some peace in his life. I don’t have any further animosity towards him.”

Landis admittedly was angry at being cast as the fall guy in a sport where performance-enhancing drug use was rampant at the time. Armstrong claims he began doping in 1995 and continued after his bout with testicular cancer through 2005.

“Lance didn’t invent doping,” Landis said in the documentary. “It wasn’t his idea.”

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Man Utd still top of Premier League rich list with value of £2.84bn as Liverpool go ahead of Chelsea and Man City – The Sun

MANCHESTER UNITED have retained their place atop the Premier League rich list – valued at £2.84billion.

The Old Trafford squad remain the second-most valuable club in Europe, according to KPMG.

In a turbulent year, the Red Devils actually saw their value decrease by 2 per cent.

And it was recently revealed they are in crippling debt, not helped by the coronavirus pandemic – with their monies owed rocketing by £127.4million to a total of £429m.

But the big story came out of Anfield, as Liverpool leapfrogged Manchester City and Chelsea to sit second in England and fifth in Europe.

The European champions and Premier League champions-elect saw a monster 19.3 per cent bump to their value.

The Reds are now worth an astronomical £2.26bn, ahead of City (£2.21bn) and Chelsea (£1.88bn) – with the Blues seeing a 6.3 per cent decrease in their value.

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Fans Still Can't Get Over the Bad Marketing That Likely Got 'Agent Carter' Canceled

With Marvel fans cooped up because of the pandemic, many of them have been rewatching the MCU. That doesn’t stop with just the 23 movies, but with the TV shows, including Agents of SHIELD and Agent Carter. And they’re lamenting Agent Carter’s demise anew. 

Despite Peggy Carter being a fan favorite, her show managed to last only two seasons, while Agents of SHIELD is just wrapping up its seventh and final season. How could a show with such a well-liked character be so short-lived? Fans and Hayley Atwell herself have thoughts. 

What happened to ‘Agent Carter?’ 

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Agent Carter got canceled for the same reason most shows get canceled: Not enough people were watching. Of course, the reasons cut a little deeper than that. The character got the show in the first place based on a short film, and Disney-owned ABC gave Marvel the go-ahead in 2014. 

The show depicted Peggy’s adventures after Captain America: The First Avenger. She still mourned the loss of Steve Rogers but made her way continuing to be a spy. That was easier said than done after the Allies won World War II and expected women to return from the factories and bond rallies to start punching out kids. Which they did, in record numbers. Peggy wasn’t going to go domestic that way.

The show had a decent viewership in the first season. In the second season, however, the ratings dropped by more than half, to just over 3 million viewers, Variety reports. That wasn’t good enough for a third season, and the cancellation ax fell. Atwell moved on to another show, Conviction, which only lasted one season.  

Fans want to know: why did Agent Carter end so soon? 

On Reddit, a fan couldn’t understand why the show ended prematurely, asking, “The characters are engaging and lovable (especially in season 2) and the storylines are well thought out and entertaining. Plus, a female lead that is kick ass despite not having super human abilities. I totally get why Cap went back to be with her.”

One fan responded, “Terrible marketing. Hardly anyone knew when it was on. I hope (Kevin) Feige decides to bring it back on Disney+, because there’s still a lot of material that show can cover, more especially the beginning of SHIELD & Peggy’s earliest adventures as director.”

Feige sort of is bringing Carter back for at least one show in the animated What If …? Which imagines what would have happened if Peggy had taken the super soldier serum. Atwell herself lamented Agent Carter’s demise in an interview with the AV Club, saying, “You know, Marvel didn’t want it to end. There’s lots of online campaigns to bring her back. Fans loved her. I think it was just a network economical thing.”

What is Hayley Atwell doing now?

Luckily, fans will be seeing and hearing more of Atwell in the near future.  Not only will she reprise Peggy in What If …? which should be on Disney+ next year, but she’ll get into more spy games, appearing in the seventh Mission: Impossible movie. That’s quite a feather in Atwell’s acting cap, considering the series has sported other strong female leads, including Michelle Monaghan and Rebecca Ferguson. 

According to Cinema Blend, writer-director Christopher McQuarrie has said Atwell’s character would be a “destructive force of nature, which makes her sound like she might be a villain. Without tipping her hand too much, Atwell said, “What I know is there is ambiguity, and the interesting thing we’re kind of exploring is her resistance to a situation she finds herself in, and how she starts off and what she becomes. The journey of what she comes into and then what is asked of her and potentially where she ends up.”

The seventh Mission: Impossible is expected to hit theaters in November 2021. It’s being shot concurrently with the eighth movie, which will follow in November 2022. 

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There's Still Time to Fill Out Those FAFSAs, Parents!

The prospect of filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) sounds as enticing as having teeth pulled with rusty pliers, but if you have a child about to attend college, this is a very necessary extraction. The good news is, if you’re reading this, you have access to the internet, and the online application process has become so much easier over the years. You can even apply on a mobile app. It’s still not exactly fun, but the rewards — loans, grants, work-study, and other help paying for college — are so worth it. Here, we’ll walk you through some of the FAFSA basics and frequently asked questions.

Who should fill out a FAFSA?

All students who are citizens or permanent residents, even other non-citizen students, who are about to enter college should fill out a FAFSA form, even if you think your family makes too much to qualify for federal aid. While the maximum household income to qualify for a Federal Pell Grant is around $50,000, you may be surprised to learn that your child does, in fact, qualify for a subsidized or unsubsidized loan. Schools, states, and other scholarship funds also often use the FAFSA information to determine other financial aid benefits.

As to who should fill out the form itself, this should probably be a joint effort between you and your kid. It’s technically the student who applies, and they will need to sign up for an FSA ID. But if you are the child’s legal parent and claim them as a dependent, you can also get your own FSA ID to help fill in your financial information. Get those IDs here.

If you and your child’s other parent are married, fill out the information for both of you. If you and your child’s other parent are divorced or unmarried, the parent who provided the most support for the past 12 months is the person whose info they need. There are a lot of other nuances about parents that do or don’t live together, so if your situation is complicated, check out this page for more information.

Male students (and students assigned male at birth) between the ages of 18-25 will need to have signed up for Selective Service or they’ll have to check the option to be automatically registered for it when submitting the form, as that’s also a requirement for federal aid.

One good thing to know is that students can enter zeros for the Social Security number of undocumented parents, if necessary.

When is the FAFSA due?

The federal FAFSA deadline for the 2020-2021 school year is June 30, so you probably shouldn’t put it off any longer. Many other deadlines, for aid from states and individual schools, may have already passed for the coming school year. Check this page for state deadlines, and contact the schools’ financial aid office for more information.

If you’re planning for the 2021-2022 school year, the earliest you can start filling out the FAFSA is on October 1.

Even if you haven’t filed last year’s taxes, don’t delay submitting the FAFSA. You can use estimated taxes and amend it later. You have until September 12, 2021 to make changes to your 2020-2021 information.

What information should you gather?

You and your child will need:

  • A list of the schools you’d like to receive the FAFSA info (regardless of acceptance status).
  • Student’s Social Security number
  • Student’s driver’s license number or state ID
  • Student’s tax information from the previous year (2018 for the 2020-21 school year)
  • Student’s records of untaxed income
  • Student’s current bank statements
  • Student’s current investments
  • Parents’ tax information from the previous year
  • Parents’ records of untaxed income
  • Parents’ net worth and investment information
  • Parents’ current bank statements

Hot Tip: Use the magical IRS tool

Sometimes, the fact that the government knows everything about you can work to your advantage. If you’re filling out the FAFSA online, you can use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) to have your previous year’s tax information automatically imported to the FAFSA form.

What if something changes?

The financial information the FAFSA asks for is based on last year’s income. We all know a lot has changed in the world since then. If your household income has gone down due to job loss or other financial hardship, you should contact the school’s financial aid office directly to tell them what’s up. They’ll take this into account when determining aid packages.

What happens next?

After your child submits the form, you can go back to the FAFSA site to check on the status of the application. You’ll receive a Student Aid Report, a summary of the form, anywhere between three days and three weeks after it’s submitted. This is your chance to double and triple check that everything is correct. You may also have to verify the information you submitted with additional documentation (sometimes this happens at random, so be prepared).

Next, it’s up to the schools that have accepted your child to send you a financial aid offer, using the cost of attendance (tuition, room, board, other expenses) and your Estimated Family Contribution (EFC). If you want to try to figure out what that EFC is in advance, you can use this worksheet or one of the calculators available online.

It’s up to you and your child whether to accept the aid offered. If there offer isn’t enough, you can appeal to the school for more funding (which, unfortunately, may come in the form of a bigger loan). It’s always worth a shot to ask for more help. Much of the aid will go straight to the school your child attends, but they may also receive funds directly to pay for expenses like food and books.

Finally, keep all that information handy and get ready to do it all again next year!

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UK coronavirus cases are still too high to ease lockdown

UK coronavirus cases are still too high to ease lockdown, member of secretive SAGE committee warns

  • ProfJohn Edmunds said contact tracing infrastructure would be overloaded
  • Current influx of daily cases would stretch tracking capacity to breaking point
  • The warnings came as Britain passed the grim 20,000-death milestone 
  • Here’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19

Leading scientists have poured cold water on hopes the lockdown could be relaxed, warning the rate of new infections is still too high.  

Tacking to a containment strategy based on rigorous testing and contact tracing is widely touted as the route to easing restrictions.

But the UK’s track-and-trace infrastructure would cripple under the load of daily cases at their current levels, experts have said.

They have lined up behind Professor John Edmunds, who sits on the government’s scientific advisory group, Sage, to not jump the gun on lifting the social distancing.

The warnings came as Britain passed the grim 20,000-death milestone in the coronavirus outbreak.

A further 813 recorded fatalities took the total toll to 20,319, while cases also rose by 4,913 to 148,377.

Professor Edmunds, of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, said this influx of daily cases would stretch contact tracing capacity to breaking point. 

A further 813 recorded fatalities took the total toll to 20,319, while cases also rose by 4,913 to 148,377 

Experts have lined up behind Professor John Edmunds, who sits on the government’s scientific advisory group, Sage, to not jump the gun on lifting the social distancing

The number of people to have tested positive for the deadly bug surged by 4,913 to 148,377, it was revealed on Saturday afternoon

‘If we lifted the lockdown now, the testing and tracing system would be overwhelmed,’ he told the Observer. 

‘We will have to get case numbers down a lot lower than they are now before we can think of lifting current regulations.’   

Professor Paul Hunter, professor of medicine at the University of East Anglia, said the true number of cases could be double the official figure.

He said: ‘The World Health Organisation said yesterday that about half of all deaths in Europe are occurring in residence of elderly care homes.

‘We know for a fact the figures reported every day are an underestimate, possibly a significant underestimate of the total number of deaths.’

He added the UK is well on track to hit 30,000 deaths in hospital, perhaps even 40,000 before the pandemic is brought under control.

This weekend, Britons were seen basking in the unseasonably warm weather, while the level of traffic on the roads also began to steadily creep upwards (Bournemouth pictured) 

The Home Secretary (pictured yesterday) urged the public to ‘stay strong’ and observe social distancing

In a bleak prediction, Prof Hunter said ‘We are undoubtedly going to have one of the highest death rates in Europe.’ 

Ministers have doubled down their calls for people to stay indoors amid signs swathes of the public are growing restless with life under lockdown.  

This weekend, Britons were seen basking in the unseasonably warm weather, while the level of traffic on the roads also began to steadily creep upwards.  

Pressure is growing on the government to publish a blueprint out of lockdown, in step with Scottish first minister Nicola Sturgeon who promised to treat her electorate ‘like grown ups’ when she sketched out a plan to phase out curbs.

Countries across the world are also starting to reveal their plans to relax tough distancing measures.

But ministers in Westminster continue to deflect calls for an exit strategy and stick to hammering their core message to obey the guidance.

At yesterday’s Downing Street press briefing, Home Secretary Priti Patel urged the public to ‘stay strong’ and observe social distancing.   

 A police officer tells members of the public that they are not allowed to sit and enjoy the sunshine on the grass, but are allowed to walk to take exercise, in London Fields park in east London

Professor Stephen Powis, the medical director of NHS England who flanked the Home Secretary, insisted the social distancing measures were having an effect

Professor Stephen Powis, the medical director of NHS England who flanked the Home Secretary, insisted the social distancing measures were having an effect.

However, he emphasised the difficulties in dealing with a new virus which had created a ‘once-in-a-century global health crisis’.

He said: ‘This was going to be a huge challenge not just for the UK, but for every country.

‘Even in countries that have got on top of this early on, we are unfortunately beginning to see new infections.

‘So I think the first thing to emphasise is that this unfortunately is not going to be something we will begin to get over in the next few weeks.

‘This is something we are going to have to continue working our way through over the months ahead – as I have said before this is not a sprint, this will be a marathon.’   

 

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