PM's NI bridge could be a TUNNEL, says Scottish Secretary Alister Jack

Boris Johnson’s bridge to Northern Ireland could be a TUNNEL: Scottish Secretary Alister Jack says PM now wants an underground link between mainland Britain and the province

  • Boris Johnson has praised the idea of a bridge that would link NI and Scotland 
  • Scottish Secretary Alister Jack said the link could actually end up as a tunnel
  • He said the PM agreed and an underground connection is likely to be cheaper 

Boris Johnson’s planned bridge to Northern Ireland could end up being a tunnel, the Scottish Secretary said today.

Alister Jack said the PM agreed with him that an underground link could be cheaper and avoid problems such as the huge Second World War munitions dump in the Irish Sea. 

Mr Johnson has previously extolled the virtues of a bridge, ordering the idea to be seriously investigated by government officials.

He insists the multi-billion pound scheme, potentially running for 20 miles between Portpatrick and Larne, would help strengthen the bonds between parts of the UK.

Speaking during an evidence session in the Scottish Parliament, Mr Jack said he was convinced the project would bring economic benefits for Scotland and the province.

Mr Jack said: ‘I’m very keen on it now, but it’s not a bridge that I’m keen on, it’s a tunnel.

Boris Johnson has previously extolled the virtues of a bridge between Northern Ireland and Scotland, ordering the idea to be seriously investigated by government officials 

Alister Jack (pictured on a visit to Scotland today) said the PM agreed with him that underground link could be cheaper and avoid problems such as the huge Second World War munitions dump in the Irish Sea

The Ministry of Defence estimates there are a million tons of munitions at the bottom of a deep trench at Beaufort’s Dyke 

‘It’s no different to the tunnels connecting the Faroes, it’s not different to the tunnels underneath the fjords, and it deals with the problem of Beaufort’s Dyke and the World War Two munitions.

‘The bridge for me is a euphemism for a link, which is a tunnel.’

Expanding on his views to reporters afterwards, Mr Jack said it could be the case that a crossing is made up of sections of both bridge and tunnel.

He added: ‘But I think the best solution if we’re going to bridge Scotland with Northern Ireland is a tunnel, and I’ve had conversations along those lines with the Prime Minister.’

Mr Jack also said he and the PM are ‘on exactly the same page’ when it comes to the idea of an underwater crossing.

He said he had been told by a number of engineers that a tunnel would cost less than a bridge.

Mr Jack described the plans as being in the ‘discussion phase’, and it would be for the Prime Minister to ‘push the button’ and move forward with a full feasibility study to test if the proposals are possible.

When the initial plans were made public, the Scottish and Northern Irish transport secretaries wrote to the Prime Minister and called for the estimated £20billion cost to instead be given to the devolved administrations to improve infrastructure – a position First Minister Nicola Sturgeon agreed with.

Mr Jack refused to reveal any costings he had been quoted for the crossing, but did say it would be ‘quite achievable’ to have the tunnel built by 2030, adding: ‘Since the Channel Tunnel, costs have come down and techniques have improved dramatically.

‘The problem is not about whether or not it’s feasible, it’s about how quickly you do it… If you’re going to do it you should get on and do it.’

It is thought that one of the designs for the approximately 20-mile bridge would copy a link between Sweden and Denmark which featured in a hit ‘Scandi noir’ crime drama. 

It would be modelled on the Oresund Bridge, which runs for five miles from the Swedish coast near Malmo to an artificial island in the middle of the Oresund Strait.

Mr Johnson (pictured on ITV’s This Morning) insists the multi-billion pound scheme, potentially running for 20 miles between Portpatrick and Larne, would help strengthen the bonds between parts of the UK

It then turns into a 2.5-mile tunnel to the Danish island of Amager, near Copenhagen.

The Oresund crossing was the setting for The Bridge, a popular BBC series starring Sofia Helin and Killing Eve actor Kim Bodnia as detectives investigating a gruesome murder. 

At an estimated 20 miles, the UK bridge would still be dwarfed by the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge-tunnel system, which traverses 30 miles of water. 

The structure spanning the greatest expanse of open sea is the 22.4-mile Hangzhou Bay Bridge in China.  

The Ministry of Defence estimates there are a million tons of munitions at the bottom of a deep trench at Beaufort’s Dyke, including 14,500 tons of 5in artillery rockets filled with phosgene gas, in addition to two tons of concrete-encased metal drums filled with radioactive waste which was dumped there during the 1950s. 

 

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Edward Norton skipped deposition in Harlem fire cases, victims’ lawyers say

Edward Norton skipped out on giving testimony in the cases over the deadly fire that broke out in the building where he was filming “Motherless Brooklyn,” outraged lawyers for the fire victims said in court Thursday.

The “Fight Club” actor was scheduled to be deposed on Feb. 20 about the blaze at 773 St. Nicholas Ave. that resulted in firefighter Michael Davidson’s death on March 22, 2018. But a week before the deposition, lawyers for Norton’s production company Class 5, Inc. notified the plaintiffs without explanation that Norton — who is not a defendant in the lawsuits — wouldn’t make the deposition.

“It is an emotional case,” said Vito Cannavo, the lawyer for Davidson’s widow Eileen Davidson, who has sued Class 5, the landlord and the city. “We ask for simple things. Your honor ordered that Mr. Norton should be produced on Feb. 20.”

“We get the email he’s not showing up. We are hoping that we would work this out, but it has become clear that we have gotten nothing but stonewalling,” Cannavo added at a Manhattan Supreme Court hearing.

“The deposition of Mr. Norton is not an invitation to a wedding or a dinner reservation it was a court order … signed by your honor,” said Elizabeth Eilender, a lawyer for four of the displaced tenants who have also filed suit.

“They are blowing off your honor’s order. It’s a disgrace,” Eilender said adding that this month is the two-year anniversary of the fire.

Eilender said the defendants “have been permitted to drag this [case] on through frivolous motions for almost two years.”

Class 5 lawyer Matthew Salerno countered that the plaintiffs are more interested in deposing Norton to grab headlines then they are in getting testimony from the landlord of the building or an executive of Class 5 who, they say, has more knowledge about the production process.

“It is all about one, single deposition,” Salerno said, adding that the plaintiffs have “no interest whatsoever” in taking the more relevant depositions.

“Sadly plaintiffs today once again showed that they are more interested in getting in the press than actually finding a recovery for their clients,” another Class 5 lawyer, Marvin Putnam said.

“The fire department investigations have shown both that the fire was caused by the boiler and that the sprinkler system was shut off by the buildings owner,” Putnam said, referring to a Fire Incident Report filed in Davidson’s case.

“Yet, they have neither sought to depose the building owner, nor demanded that he produce any discovery. They don’t want a recovery, they want a headline,” Putnam said.

Outside court, Eilender responded that Norton “was the writer, producer, director, and star of the movie … the fact that other people may also have knowledge doesn’t mean that he does not.

“In my experience, when I deal with high-profile parties, they think they are above the law and their lawyers try to protect them. Unfortunately for Mr. Norton, he is going to have to be inconvenienced.”

The deposition date for Norton has not been rescheduled.

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‘Cult mom’ Lori Vallow’s missing children pictured together for the last time on Yellowstone Park trip – The Sun

PICTURES of "cult mom" Lori Vallow's missing kids enjoying their last family trip together have been revealed.

The FBI shared images of Vallow's kids visiting Yellowstone National Park months before she was extradited back to Idaho today.



This family outing on September 8, 2019 was the last time Tylee was seen alive, court documents show.

Park goers have been urged to come forward with information about the kids after they visited the sprawling beauty spot with their mom and late uncle, Alex Cox.

In one picture, Tylee can be seen holding her adopted brother JJ, next to Cox, who is leaning on a fence. In another image, JJ poses with his mom for a selfie.

Visitors have been asked to send in their photos and videos taken on the day Tylee disappeared as the investigation continues.

The family traveled to the sprawling park that spreads into Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana in a 2017 Ford F-150 pickup with an Arizona license plate.

Little JJ was last seen playing outside on doorbell camera footage taken less than two weeks after his sister disappeared.

The video, captured by a neighbor and shared with KUTV, shows JJ playing outside in the yard with a friend in Rexburg, Idaho.

In the video, JJ runs across the sidewalk between yards with some kind of stick in his hand, as he and his friend yell playfully.

He occasionally raises his arms into the air, playing carefree with his friend as they run across the yard.


Just a week after the video was taken, Vallow pulled her children out of school and said she was going to homeschool them.

JJ was last seen at school on September 23. The children were not reported missing until November, when JJ's family asked cops to perform a welfare check.

This was when Vallow and her fifth husband, Chad Daybell, bolted to Hawaii.

Daybell told cops JJ was with his grandmother, Kay Woodcock – the person who asked local police to check on him, according to a probable cause affidavit.

That same day, Vallow claimed JJ was staying with a friend in Arizona who told cops she had not seen the little boy in months, court documents show.

Vallow and Daybell met while they were both married to other people but both of their previous spouses died in mysterious circumstances.

JJ's adopted dad Charles Vallow was shot dead by his brother-in-law Cox, who claimed it was self-defense.

Daybell cashed in on a $430K life insurance policy after his wife of 23 years, Tammy Daybell, suddenly died.

Cops have launched an investigation into the slew of deaths while Vallow maintains her innocence.

Hawaiian cops charged Vallow with two felony counts of desertion and non-support of dependent children on a warrant issued from authorities in Idaho on February 20.

She had previously defied a court order from Madison County on January 30 to produce her two missing children within days.

She is being held in the county jail until her 2pm court appearance tomorrow after being extradited from Kauai.



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3-Month-Old Baby Died of Internal Injuries in 2018 – Now His Father’s Been Charged with Murder

Days before Julius “J.J.” Vazquez was supposed to turn 3 months old on Nov. 14, 2018, deputies were called to his Deltona, Fla., home because he wasn’t breathing.

A detective in the area, working on an unrelated case, responded to the call and performed CPR on the infant until paramedics arrived, officials said.

J.J. died the next day.

On Wednesday, the same detective arrested J.J.’s father, Emmanuelle Vazquez, according to a statement released by the Volusia Sheriff’s Office. He was indicted by a grand jury and charged with one count of first-degree felony murder and one count of aggravated child abuse.

Vazquez is being held without bail at the Orange County jail.

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At the time of J.J.’s death, an autopsy revealed severe internal injuries to his head and torso. “J.J.’s death was ruled a homicide via blunt force,” according to the statement.

Initially, Vazquez denied knowing how J.J. was injured, but he told investigators that he allegedly accidentally dropped his infant son head-first onto the ground in his backyard, the report stated.

“However, a lengthy investigation into the case revealed evidence that J.J.’s injuries were caused by more than an accidental fall,” officials stated.

It is unclear whether Vazquez has obtained an attorney.


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Trump trolls Bloomberg, mocks his height with ‘Spaceballs’ tweet

President Trump on Thursday struck back at Mike Bloomberg with a parody video clip showing him giving Bloomberg a stiff-arm as the former NYC mayor haplessly flails at the president with a lightsaber.

“Mini Mike, you’re easy,” the commander-in-chief tweeted along with the two-second clip, which shows Bloomberg’s head superimposed on an image of “Spaceballs” villain Dark Helmet, played by Rick Moranis in the 1987 Mel Brooks film.

The tweet was a response to Bloomberg’s own mocking tweet Wednesday — after he dropped out of the presidential race — in which he compared himself to Obi-Wan Kenobi and Trump as Darth Vader in a lightsaber duel.

“Your powers are weak old man,” Vader tells Kenobi.

“You can’t win you know, because if you strike me down, I shall become more powerful than you could possibly imagine,” the Jedi Master, played by Alec Guinness, replies.

“See you soon, Donald,” Bloomberg wrote with the clip.

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Ex-lover of £148million lottery winner reveals how she attacked him

Ex-lover of £148million EuroMillions winner Gillian Bayford reveals how she ‘attacked him and treated him like a ‘chihuahua in Paris Hilton’s handbag’

  • Gavin Innes, 45, was attacked by Gillian Bayford, 47, twice in their relationship 
  • She won £148million with her then husband on a EuroMillions jackpot in 2012 
  • Innes said his abuser treated him like a ‘chihuahua in Paris Hilton’s handbag’ 

The ex-lover who was attacked by £74million lottery winner has revealed how his abuser ‘treated him like a chihuahua in Paris Hilton’s handbag’. 

Gavin Innes, 45, was twice attacked by Gillian Bayford, 47, during their fiery relationship. 

He claims she would regularly lose her temper with him and fly off the handle if he disagreed with her. 

Bayford, who was convicted this week of attacking him, allegedly stopped Mr Innes using her cars and used her fortune to control him.  

Gavin Innes, 45, was twice attacked by Gillian Bayford, 47, during their fiery relationship (pictured together)

He told The Sun: ‘The deal always felt to me like I had to please her. I felt trapped in a golden cage, like she is.’ 

He added that she would constantly talk about marriage and was desperate for him to have a child with her. 

So much so that she vowed to give him £5million and a house in a pre-nuptial agreement. 

Bayford got her large fortune after winning £148million on a EuroMillions jackpot ticket with her then husband Adrian in 2012. 

They divorced the next year and she moved back to Dundee from Suffolk. 

Her lawyer claimed that Mr Innes had initially targeted her to use as a ‘pension fund’. 

Bayford, who was convicted this week of attacking him, allegedly stopped Mr Innes using her cars and used her fortune to control him

However, he claims he had no idea that she had won the lottery when he first met her and he even paid on their first dates. 

He believes that because he took time to get to know her and wasn’t interested in her for money, she wanted to control him with money. 

He said: ‘I felt like Paris Hilton’s dog being carted around in a handbag.’ 

He added: ‘I hated it, but I stayed with her because I knew there was a good person in there somewhere and she asked me to be patient.’

Mr Innes, who is a father also from Dundee, said he met Bayford when he approached her to be a trustee for his male domestic abuse charity. 

Bayford (pictured outside Dundee Sheriff Court) got her large fortune after winning £148million on a EuroMillions jackpot ticket with her then husband Adrian in 2012

He said: ‘We went to a cafe and just talked, but we made each other laugh and there was definitely a spark. On our first date we went to a cheap carvery and I bought the cups of tea.

‘In fact, the first four or five times we met up it was me who paid for everything. There was no masterplan, we just got on.’

Mr Innes believes that because he took time to get to know her and wasn’t interested in her for money, she wanted to control him with money

It was only after she turned up to meet him in an Audi SQ7 4×4 that he questioned where her money came from and she told him about her lottery win. 

Within weeks their relationship became physical after Mr Innes bought her a Robbie Williams blanket for her birthday.  

He said: ‘She showered me with presents. She bought me an iPhone and an Audi A3.

‘She bought me a £115,000 house and talked of setting me up as a property developer.’

But Mr Innes insists he wasn’t interested in the money. 

It was after a few weeks of their relationship beginning that Bayford would start flying into an uncontrollable rage and would even get physical and push him. 

Mr Innes said he felt pressured and didn’t want to hurt Bayford’s feelings so suggested the couple move in together. 

It was then that she began to constantly bring up the topic of marriage.  

Mr Innes said: ‘But she made everything so intense. She wanted to have everything now — she had no patience.

‘I remember once she took her car into the Audi garage for a repair. She saw a picture of a limited edition £70k RS5 in Jamiroquai green and bought it on the spot.

‘Money had completely lost its meaning to her.’

Mr Innes said that Bayford would confiscate things from him as though he were a badly-behaved child. 

Mr Innes said that Bayford (pictured with her ex-husband Adrian) would confiscate things from him as though he were a badly-behaved child

Although Bayford (pictured with her ex-husband Adrian) admitted both 2017 attacks, she denied ever buying vehicles for Mr Innes

He said he was attacked twice during their six-month relationship, which ended in November 2017. 

Although Bayford admitted both 2017 attacks, she denied ever buying vehicles for Mr Innes, claiming they were hers and she would simply let him borrow them from time to time.  

She was convicted of a breach of the peace and was admonished – meaning she was able to go free with a warning from the judge.  

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Coronavirus cases will go up, warns Chief Medical Office Chris Whitty

UK cases of coronavirus WILL keep rising and infections are taking place between Britons, warns Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty as he says the focus is now on delaying the spread

  • Chief Medical Office Professor Chris Whitty has been giving evidence to MPs 
  • Warned that numbers of coronavirus infections in the UK are set to keep rising
  • Government’s focus is now on delaying rather than containing the spread 

UK cases will keep rising and infections are taking place between Britons, Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty said today.

Prof Whitty said hopes of containing the virus largely in its origin site in China were ‘slim to zero’.

He warned ‘community transmission’ was happening in the UK, and the government’s focus had moved from the ‘contain’ phase to focus on efforts to ‘delay’ the spread.

He also raised the possibility that in a bad scenario there could be a ‘huge number’ of cases needing hospital treatment, ‘overtopping the ability of the NHS realistically to put everybody in beds’. The service could ‘look quite different’ at the peak of the outbreak, he said. 

Prof Whitty also backtracked on suggestions that the authorities could stop providing geographical information about new cases in the UK. After complaints about a lack of transparency, he said such details would still be released and blamed a ‘communications fumble’. 

Giving evidence to the Health Select Committee, Prof Whitty said: ‘I’m expecting the number only to go up. 

‘There are now several – not large numbers – but several cases where we cannot see where this has come from in terms of a clear transmission, either because someone has come directly from overseas or because they’ve had a close contact with someone who has recently returned from overseas.

‘That I think makes it highly likely therefore that there is some level of community transmission of this virus in the UK now.’ 

Giving evidence to the Health Select Committee, Prof Chris Whitty said: ‘I’m expecting the number only to go up.’

Prof Whitty warned ‘community transmission’ was happening in the UK, and the government’s focus had moved from the ‘contain’ phase to focus on efforts to ‘delay’ the spread.

The government will keep releasing information about the location of new coronavirus cases, the Chief Medical Officer said today. 

Prof Chris Whitty was pressed on suggestions the government will not provide daily geographical information after a sharp rise in cases.

But he blamed a ‘communications fumble’, saying in fact the government will give details – although there might be a ‘short delay’ to get the facts correct if there are a large number of cases.

‘We are intending to provide geographical information. In fact in the medium term we will provide much more information with maps and a dashboard,’ he said. 

‘What we are intending to do is have some kind of delay to make sure we have got the details right…

‘What we don’t want to do is give people incorrect information.’   

Officials had been accused of ‘secrecy’ after the new arrangements were mooted, with claims the public should be given as much information as possible so they could protect themselves.

Authorities in Singapore reveal the exact street where each case is diagnosed.

He added: ‘It is here at very low levels at this point in time, but that should be the working assumption on which we go forward. 

Asked by chairman Jeremy Hunt whether the government had shifted its focus fro ‘contain’ to ‘delay’, Prof Whitty said: We are now basically mainly delay.’ 

Prof Whitty was pressed on suggestions the government will not provide daily updates on the location of new infections. 

But he blamed a ‘communications fumble’, saying in fact the government will give details – although there might be a ‘short delay’ to get the facts correct if there are a large number of cases.

‘We are intending to provide geographical information. In fact in the medium term we will provide much more information with maps and a dashboard,’ he said. 

‘What we are intending to do is have some kind of delay to make sure wqe have got the details right…

‘What we don’t want to do is give people incorrect information.’ 

There are now 90 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK after Scotland declared three more.

Overall, current figures show 80 cases in England, six in Scotland, one in Wales and three in Northern Ireland.

The Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage), which is chaired by the Government’s chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance, is also meeting on Thursday to discuss the situation.

In other key developments today:

  • Health Minister Edward Argar said the Government is awaiting the advice of Prof Whitty before moving from the current containment phase to the delay phase of tackling the virus.
  • ITV revealed travel companies are deferring their TV advertising because of the disease, with advertising revenue due to drop 10 per cent in April.
  • Europe’s largest regional airline Flybe has collapsed into administration, with sources saying coronavirus ‘made a difficult situation worse’.
  • The Grand Princess cruise ship, with around 2,500 passengers and 1,000 crew, is being held off the coast of California after a former passenger died from Covid-19.
  • Kings College Hospital in south London, confirmed two recent patients had tested positive for Covid-19, with some staff told to self-isolate. 

Prof Whitty told MPs it had initially been hoped that the virus could have been contained mainly within China with a few outbreaks elsewhere and once the authorities got on top of it the Covid-19 would go away.

But, he said: ‘That is becoming an extraordinarily unlikely long-term outcome.

‘We are not completely there and it is important to acknowledge that for ‘contain’ we need to have an international view about what we do about this.

‘This is something which we should, in a sense, take the views of other nations as well as our own.

ITV warns adverts are being pulled over coronavirus fears 

ITV has warned that its advertising revenues are being hit by the outbreak of coronavirus as travel companies pull their ads from TV.

The broadcaster said it has already felt the pinch in March, and is expecting a 10% drop in ad revenue in April.

It comes as the company reported a 1.5% drop in full-year advertising revenue in 2019, although that is better than the 2% fall it had previously forecast.

Pre-tax profit fell by 7% to £530 million, on revenue of £3.9 billion, up 3%.

ITV said it is too early to tell how big the overall impact of coronavirus will be.

It still expects ad revenue to grow by 2% in the first three months of the year; however this does not include April.

The disease has spread around the world since it was first discovered in China late last year. Almost 100,000 people are now thought to have been infected, with several thousand deaths reported.

‘But I think we need to be realistic about the fact that with so many different outbreaks, containing looks pretty optimistic.’

He said the delay phase was aimed at pushing back the peak of the epidemic.

That could move the peak of cases away from the ‘winter pressures on the NHS in all four nations of the UK’.

It would also allow more time for research into the nature of the Covid-19 virus and, thirdly, there was a possibility that – as with flu and colds – there could be a seasonal element which meant the rate of transmission went down.

Prof Whitty said there would not be a ‘step move’ from the contain phase to the delay phase but ‘we are putting greater and greater priority on the elements of this which are delay’.

‘For the early stages of delay, contain and delay are very similar, not quite the same. They are largely around finding early cases, isolating them, following their chains of transmission, where necessary isolating those people,’ he said.

But as time goes by there would be measures that involved ‘changes to society’, he said.

Prof Whitty said deaths from Covid-19 could be a ‘very small number’ as a proportion but a ‘large absolute number’ depending on how many are infected.

The impact on the health service would be most sharply felt over a period of around three weeks to nine weeks at the height of the epidemic.

‘For those people who get the disease severe enough to need hospital but not severe enough, fortunately, to kill them, they will still need NHS and health care.

‘One of the things which is clear, if you model out the epidemic, is you will get 50% of all the cases over a three-week period and 95% of the cases over a nine-week period, if it follows the trajectory we think it’s likely to.

‘If all of those were spaced out on the NHS over two or three years, that would be easily manageable, but it’s the fact they are so heavily concentrated.’

The period at the height of the epidemic would mean the NHS has ‘huge pressure on it for a relatively short period of time’.

Access to critical care beds could be under the most pressure in the NHS as a result of the virus, Prof Whitty said.

‘The bit of the system which will come under pressure first will be those conditions that require people to have oxygen and particularly to have critical care beds, and that bit, I think, will come under pressure at quite an early stage if we have a high-end-of-the-range epidemic for this,’ he said.

 

 

 

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Tik Tokers perform viral Vietnamese dance about coronavirus prevention

A VERY clean dance routine! Tik Tok users love Vietnamese song about coronavirus prevention and show off some super enthusiastic handwashing moves – as talk show host John Oliver calls the tune a ‘club banger’

  • Vietnam health officials released a song about coronavirus prevention
  • The song entitled Ghen Cô Vy has been dubbed the ‘Hand Washing Song’
  • The lyrics urge the public to wash their hands and avoid touching their face
  • Dancer Quang Dang made a dance to the catchy tune that’s gone viral on Tik Tok 
  • Dance has become a viral sensation with users around the world mimicking it
  • Late night host John Oliver featured the dance on his show Sunday, praising the song as a ‘genuine club banger right there’ 

A Vietnamese song and matching dance about coronavirus prevention is going viral on Tik Tok, with fans across the U.S. sharing footage of themselves enthusiastically performing the hand washing routine. 

Late night host John Oliver featured the ‘Hand Washing Song’ on his show Last Week Tonight, applauding Vietnam health officials for releasing the catchy PSA tune that warns the public about the coronavirus outbreak and how to avoid catching it.

‘Vietnam made a song about washing your hands to prevent coronavirus infection and it absolutely slaps. That’s a genuine club banger right there,’ Oliver gushed on his show on Sunday.

‘In fact people love that dance so much it became a Tik Tok dance challenge,’ he added.

A Vietnamese song and matching dance called ‘Ghen Cô Vy’ about coronavirus prevention is going viral on Tik Tok, with fans in the US posting themselves performing the hand washing dance. The viral dance was created by dancer Quang Dang (right) in collaboration with Vietnam’s National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health

The song and dance spreads health tips on how to prevent the spread of the deadly virus

And Tik Tokers across the globe can’t get enough, with many recreating the choreography and sharing it online


Jac Vanek of the podcast The Lady Gang performed herself doing the hand washing dance on Tik Tok 

The song was made by lyricist Khac Hun and Vietnam’s National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health based on the pop hit ‘Ghen’ which means ‘Jealous’. 

The PSA song is entitled ‘Ghen Cô Vy’, taking on a new meaning about coronavirus. 

The chorus of the song says: ‘We definitely have to be responsible to keep it from exploding/ Wash our hands, rub, rub, rub, rub evenly/ Do not touch eyes, nose, mouth/ And limit visits to crowded places/ Push back the virus corona, corona.’

A popular dancer in Vietnam named Quang Dang choreographed a fun dance with moves that match the lyrics, sparking the Ghen Cô Vy Challenge and Coronavirus Dance Challenge on Tik Tok. 

In his viral video he and a pal, both dressed in bright yellow, perform hand washing motions and peace signs. 

Late night host John Oliver featured the ‘Hand Washing Song’ on his show Last Week Tonight on Sunday where he performed the move and praised the song as a ‘club banger’


Dang’s dance sparked the viral Ghen Cô Vy Challenge also known as the Coronavirus Dance Challenge on Tik Tok. In his viral video he and a pal, both dressed in bright yellow, perform hand washing motions and peace signs

The chorus of the song says: ‘We definitely have to be responsible to keep it from exploding/ Wash our hands, rub, rub, rub, rub evenly/ Do not touch eyes, nose, mouth/ And limit visits to crowded places/ Push back the virus corona, corona’

And Tik Tokers across the globe can’t get enough, with many recreating the choreography and sharing it online.

Even a Tik Tok account for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies recreated the routine while educating followers on coronavirus prevention. 

Dang says that The National Institute of Occupational and Environmental Health asked him to come up with a dance to the song to spread the health tips and prevent the spread of the deadly virus. 

Dang said he came up with the choreography in just 15 minutes. 

‘I think the importance of the song and dance is the RIGHT information that they give to the audience,’ he said to CBS. 

‘And the viral dance will help spread this information to the community. Especially the young people… they tend to not get the right information,’ he added. 

‘In the dark days like this, Corona virus has made this world upside down. There are things like dance and music that make us look into the bright side of life, stay positive and connect people. This makes me love dance more than ever!’ 

UNICEF promoted the dance sharing it on Facebook saying: ‘We love this handwashing dance from Vietnamese dancer, Quang Đăng. Washing your hands with soap and water is one of the first steps to protect yourself from #coronavirus.’ 

As of Thursday afternoon Dang’s dance had 260K likes.  

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NYT’s 1619 Project tries to rob black Americans of their stake in 1776

The New York Times’ 1619 Project argues that the United States is inextricably rooted in the evil of slavery, brought to these shores in 1619. As a black scholar, I reject this narrative. Instead of 1619, I take pride in our true Founding — 1776.

And I’m not alone.

Some of 1619’s attempts to link contemporary America to slavery are plain absurd. Matthew Desmond says US capitalism is uniquely brutal, and “you can trace that to the plantation” (no, you can’t). Jeneen Interlandi argues that the one-syllable reason we don’t have single-payer health care is “race.” Project leader Nikole Hannah-Jones argues that our wealth is due largely to slavery, a widely debunked claim.

For good measure, there is even a 1619 essay headlined “How Segregation Caused Your Traffic Jam.”

Numerous eminent historians, many of them of the left, have pointed out the manifest factual errors behind the project’s larger claims, in The Post and other ­venues. The notion, for example, that preserving the Peculiar Institution was a major cause of the American Revolution is quite literally incredible. Yet Hannah-Jones and her colleague seem impervious to scholarly correction.

That renders the potential political impact of 1619 all the more dangerous. If the prestige of the Times leads elites and ordinary Americans to accept its assertions as true, then the United States must be ­remade — or else African Americans and others will remain justified in hating the country.

If, for example, we don’t have a single-payer system not because only 31 percent of Americans favor such a system, but because of the legacy of slavery, then establishing single-payer becomes an urgent moral imperative.

The most hyper-competitive economy in the world is Singapore’s, which didn’t have slavery. But if the competitiveness of ours owes to slavery, as the Times claims, then what choice do we have but to shift our entire economy in a social-democratic direction? In an era when leading presidential candidates propose just that, the implicit message of 1619 is clear — and potent.

I propose an alternative narrative. I am, along with Bob Woodson, Glenn Loury, Clarence Page, John Sibley Butler, Carol Swain, Coleman Hughes, ­Taleeb Starkes, John Wood and many others, a founding member of “1776,” an African-American-led pro-American organization launched partly to respond to the 1619 Project.

Our project advances three core theses. First, many of the major claims of 1619, and of radical social science in general, are simply not true. That much the contributors to The Post’s “Twisted History” series have already demonstrated.

Second, we believe that slavery was radically evil, but also that it doesn’t account for the uniqueness of America today; virtually every nation in the world had both slaves and slave-owners until the mid-19th century, and only one became the United States. Since the elimination of US slavery in 1865-66, our population has increased by 874 percent and our GDP by 11,796 percent, with both jumps driven by modern-era immigration.

Third and most important, 1776 ­offers an alternative, positive view of America. We believe that the United States is a flawed but very good society, where it is frankly not very hard to succeed with hard work and personal responsibility.

People regularly immigrate to America from developing countries like Vietnam, Ethiopia and many others, and they outperform many native-born citizens. Rather than endlessly chastise America for the crimes of generations dead and gone, these sojourners look to the future. Rather than being hobbled by our nation’s past, they draw inspiration from our timeless, world-leading ideals.

Teaching those ideals anew to our own citizens is the best way for all of us to move forward, together.

Wilfred Reilly is an associate professor of political science at Kentucky State University, and the author of the book “Taboo: Ten Facts You Can’t Talk About” and “Hate-Crime Hoax.” Twitter at @Wil_da_Beast630 http://www.1776unites.com

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2,300 left cruise ship after passenger tested positive for coronavirus

Some 2,300 people were allowed to depart a cruise ship in Greece just one day after officials revealed that an Austrian tourist who had already disembarked had tested positive for the coronavirus, according to reports.

The 1,579 passengers and 723 crew members were ordered back on board the MSC Opera in Athens “immediately” Wednesday as the group enjoyed an excursion on the mainland, the Daily Mail reported.

Passenger Antonio Montalto told the outlet that no one explained the order at first — and some passengers assumed it had to do with the tensions on the Greece-Turkey border.

But the captain later explained that an Austrian tourist who left the ship the Friday before, on Feb. 28, came down with the virus. It is unclear where he contracted the illness but he had traveled on the ship for 11 nights from February 17, embarking and disembarking in Genoa in northern Italy — a region highly affected by the deadly bug, according to The Telegraph.

He reportedly began showing symptoms after he left the cruise and was diagnosed back in Austria on March 3.

“The check was to assess if any additional onboard health measures should be put in place following reports that a passenger who had disembarked the ship six days ago had tested positive for COVID-19 coronavirus two days after returning to Austria via Northern Italy,” an MSC spokesman said in a statement to the Daily Mail.

The spokesperson also added passengers were never “quarantined and all were able to freely make use of the ship’s facilities and restaurants before it departed yesterday.”

Around 1 p.m. local time Thursday, the vessel was given the all-clear from Greek health authorities to continue its journey from Piraeus to Corfu, Metro UK reported.

Once in Corfu, all on board were allowed to leave the vessel.

Health authorities “deemed the vessel needed no further health measures beyond the ship’s existing strict preventative health measures,” the spokesman said in the statement to the Daily Mail. “There is no reported illness today, nor yesterday, among any of the 2,302 passengers and crew.”

Meanwhile, in the US, dozens of people on board the Grand Princess cruise left in limbo off the California coast will be tested for coronavirus, the cruise liner confirmed in a Thursday morning statement.

The Grand Princess was traveling to Ensenada, Mexico, but instead headed Wednesday to San Francisco following news that a 71-year-old passenger died from the virus after returning home, the company said.

Last month, the Diamond Princess cruise ship — with more than 700 infected passengers — was quarantined in Japan.

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