New Zealand’s Ardern extends lockdown to stamp out coronavirus outbreak

Ardern said contact tracing and genomic testing had found no links with the current outbreak to the country’s border entry points or managed quarantine facilities. She said genome sequencing disproved the theory from some health experts that the virus could have been quietly moving through community since the original outbreak.

Romania and Bulgaria to join EU

Today’s announcement means that every Warsaw Pact country outside the former Soviet Union – bar Albania – will be a member the EU by January 1. So far only three former Soviet republics – the Baltic States of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia – have been allowed in.

How Japanese sushi offensive sank move to protect sharks and bluefin tuna

While countries that voted against the ban, including Libya, Egypt and Zambia, denied they had been subjected to undue pressure, Japan conceded it had funds to offer to fishing industries in developing countries, and that some of that money had been used to send delegates to attend the Doha meeting.

Major peace agreement between Israel and United Arab Emirates

The agreement gives Netanyahu a domestic boost at a time when Israel’s shaky coalition government is plagued by infighting and facing the possibility of early elections in the coming months. Netanyahu has seen his popularity plummet as the country grapples with a renewed coronavirus outbreak and skyrocketing unemployment as the result of earlier lockdown measures.

Sam Morgan’s CovidCard: The cases for and against

Essentially we know that it’s about the size of a credit card and uses Bluetooth to exchange unique codes with other CovidCards in close proximity, theoretically enabling it to keep track of who the wearer has been in close contact with.

Couple raffle their stunning £475,000 beach home in a West Sussex village where neighbours include Kate Winslet for £2.50 a ticket – and will donate £50,000 of the proceeds to charity

The couple need to sell 240,000 tickets to be able to give the property away and cover the transfer costs for the winner, which includes stamp duty up to £15,000, conveyancing fees up to £1,500, and up to £2,000 for its first year’s running cost, as well as other expenses and the charitable donation.

‘Jackass’ Star Steve-O Tapes Himself To Hollywood Billboard To Promote New Comedy Special, ‘Gnarly’

In this latest incident, Steve-O and some assistants duct-taped himself to a billboard at the busy intersection of Cahuenga Boulevard and Yucca Street in Hollywood using several layers of black duct tape. The wrap covered him from chest to thighs, leaving him shirtless, barefoot, but able to socially post to Instagram.

‘Jackass’ Star Steve-O Taken Down After Taping Himself To Hollywood Billboard

Glover posted a selfie on Instagram, showing several layers of what appears to be black tape covering his body from his armpits to his thighs. Video of him being removed from the billboard showed he only wore what appeared to be white underwear underneath the tape.

Plant extracts could be key to new Māori-led export sector

Called Molecularly Imprinted Polymers, the technology had been around since the 1930s but Ligar was the first company in the world to use it at scale. It could also filter out contaminants, like pesticides in wine for example, Slaughter said.

Delingpole: Britain Is Now the Sick Man of Europe

Well, it’s easy to blame Boris, as I have done on occasion, for being a priapic lard-butted lightweight chancer who should never have been given the keys to Number 10. As we’ve learned to our cost, he’s all mouth and no trousers, great for an impromptu bon mot or jolly photo op but perfectly useless […]