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Supermarkets braced for surge in online deliveries as half a million people go into quarantine

Around 160,000 tourists made it back to the UK before the 4am deadline
Around 160,000 tourists made it back to the UK before the 4am deadline

Supermarkets are dramatically expanding home delivery slots to cater for the huge number of returning holidaymakers who will be forced to self isolate due to new quarantine regulations.

An estimated half a million tourists are currently on holiday in countries that have been added to the Government’s quarantine list and will be required to remain at home for 14 days when they return to the UK.

The lack of notice means that most will be arriving home to empty shelves and cupboards, but they could face a £1,000 fine if they pop to the shops to stock up.

Supermarkets fear they are likely to be inundated with requests for online deliveries in the coming weeks and are ramping up their capacity in a bid to ensure people self isolating can get food and other essentials when they

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  • August 15, 2020
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Tea at the Ritz soured by credit card scammers

The Ritz hotel in London
The Ritz hotel in London

Diners at the luxury Ritz hotel in London have been targeted by “extremely convincing” scammers who posed as hotel staff to steal payment card details.

The scammers phoned people with exact details of their restaurant bookings, asking them to “confirm” card details.

They then tried to spend thousands of pounds at the catalogue retailer Argos.

The Ritz told the BBC it was investigating a “potential data breach” and said it had alerted the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO).

However, the ICO told the BBC it had not yet had a report from the Ritz.

How did the scam work?

The fraudsters phoned people who had already made a restaurant reservation at the Ritz, pretending to be hotel staff.

One woman, who had made an online booking for afternoon tea at the Ritz as part of a celebration, received a call the day before her reservation.

The

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  • August 15, 2020
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Why Men Are Turning to Cosmetic Procedures for a Competitive Edge in the Boardroom

Not long ago, a successful Silicon Valley tech entrepreneur decided to make a risky new investment he’d been toying with for years. “I’d just hit 50 and sold my second company,” he recalls. “I looked at myself and thought, I have another 20 years of work in front of me, so I’m going to go do this now.”

Marc paid $25,000 for a lower face-lift and a nose job. (His name and those of the other patients who spoke to Robb Report have been changed at their request.) “One of the best investments I’ve made,” he says. Unlike other investments in Marc’s career, this one was a closely guarded secret, known only to his doctor, wife, brother—and now you.

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Nine out of 10 cosmetic procedures in the US are performed on women. Yet to Marc and a growing number of high-flying men, nips, tucks and injections

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  • August 15, 2020
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5 castles in the UK you can tour virtually for a positively aristocratic ‘vacation’ from your couch

The Palace of Holyroodhouse <p class="copyright">Samot / Shutterstock</p>
The Palace of Holyroodhouse

It’s that time of year — or at least, it’s that time of the pandemic — when photos of Europeans going on vacation to Italy or the south of France take over social media.

It hurts only a little, especially as the borders to the EU remain closed to US tourists and a 14-day quarantine is mandated for those traveling to the UK. Many countries are keeping American travelers out because the outbreak is not considered contained in the US, with total reported cases approaching 5.5 million at last count — far more than any other country’s reported case total.

Luckily, a few English and Scottish castles were nice enough to “open” their doors so anyone (including US citizens) can virtually take the holiday we all very much need. And though we can’t actually sit in the gardens at Scotland’s Blair Castle or

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  • August 15, 2020
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UFC’s commentary team on what it’s like to be cageside for the biggest fights in the world

Who has the hardest job in the UFC?

You could argue that there are just shy of 600 correct answers to that question, with the name of any fighter who steps foot in the Octagon a valid response. Jon Anik, Megan Olivi and Brendan Fitzgerald wouldn’t dare to dispute that notion, but the truth is that all three of them – as part of the UFC’s wider broadcast team – are subject to a similar level of scrutiny and pressure to their colleagues on the other side of the Octagon fence. Then there is Dan Hardy, who has stood inside the ring wearing cuts and bruises, but who now sits outside it, wearing a headset and a mic.

Play-by-play commentators Anik and Fitzgerald provide vital layers to the soundtrack of the in-ring action on their respective nights on the job, their contributions for the viewers at home filling the space

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  • August 15, 2020