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Covid passes are no longer required for Premier League matches

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In response to the government’s recent easing of Plan B restrictions, the Premier League have announced what fans should expect at future Premier League matches.

With immediate effect, fans are no longer required to show Covid passes to gain entry to Premier League matches.

Fans attending the Burnley and Watford match on 5 February will be the first to experience the change.

The relaxing in rules means fans don’t need Covid passes to attend matches at St. James’ Park anymore.

Premier League Chief Executive Richard Masters said: “Fans have shown fantastic support for the measures in place, and we thank them for helping keep each other safe and grounds open at full capacity.

“Despite Government restrictions easing, everyone still has a role to play in making sure people feel safe at our matches. We and our clubs urge supporters to continue to do all they can to follow public health guidance to minimise the risk of passing on COVID-19.”

The Premier League are encouraging fans to take a test on matchday if possible and wear masks in indoor and crowded areas.

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Rishi Sunak boasts of taking money from ‘deprived urban areas’

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Rishi Sunak boasted of taking money from “deprived urban areas”
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A recently leaked video shows the former chancellor saying that Labour “shoved all the funding into deprived urban areas” and that “needed to be undone”.

 

The video shows the former chancellor proudly telling grassroots Conservatives that he had started changing public funding formulas to ensure more prosperous towns receive “the funding they deserve”.

 

Shadow levelling up secretary Lisa Nandy reaced to the video saying “Rishi Sunak is openly boasting that he fixed the rules to funnel taxpayers’ money to rich Tory shires.

 

Watch the video here: EXCLUSIVE: Rishi Sunak boasted of taking money from “deprived urban areas” to help wealthy towns – New Statesman

 

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“Geordie lass” Lynsey Hipgrave to replace Jake Humphrey in BT Premier League coverage

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BT Sport have replaced long-running presenter Jake Humphrey with Newcastle’s Lynsey Hipgrave. Hipgrave will now be the lead presenter for BT Sport’s Premier League coverage from the start of the 2022/23 season this weekend. 

Jake Humphrey has hosted Premier League football for BT since it first came to the channel in the 2013-14 season. As well as this, he regularly presents their Champions League and Europa League coverage.

The role is a promotion for “football mad Geordie lass” Lynsey Hipgrave, who has been a secondary presenter for BT Sport since 2013. Her previous role was to present on other matches if BT were broadcasting multiple games at once, and to present Europa League coverage. With Humphrey’s departure, Hipgrave will now receive top billing.

Hipgrave compared her promotion to the progress women in football have made with England’s Euro 2022 success. She wrote that “after a weekend of dreams coming true for women in football, the dreams of a football mad Geordie lass have also come true.”  Hipgrave, 42, even has “Toon, Toon, black and white army!” in her Twitter bio, with her cover photo a picture of the Quayside.

Initial reports suggested that BT Sports had ‘axed’ Jake Humphrey. Humphrey hit back at “misleading nonsense headlines”. He clarified that he will continue to host some coverage, including Champions League football for BT, and the decision came after he held talks to reduce his busy schedule. Hipgrave, however, will take over the top spot in the presenting team.

Humphrey showed that there is no ill will in his response to Hipgrave’s announcement: “You’re going to be amazing Lynsey. So delighted for you. Please just let me back for the odd game.”

Lynsey Hipgrave, born in Newcastle and a Magpies fan, first made her name on Radio 5 Live, co-presenting on the Danny Baker Show since 2010. She has also hosted sports coverage for Al Jazeera and ESPN. She will host her first game in the new role, Fulham vs Liverpool, this Saturday.

Newcastle United fans will hope her appointment might lead to some more favourable coverage of the club in future.

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Our top picks ahead of Newcastle’s restaurant week

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Newcastle’s restaurant week returns this summer from the 8th to the 14th of August. It’s set to be bigger than ever before!

The twice-yearly event is highly anticipated. It’s a great chance for everyone to try out local food spots at fantastic, affordable prices.

This is the 21st time restaurant week has ran and it’s extremely popular. NE1 now reports that this event boosts the local economy by more than £600,000 every time it’s held!

We’ve narrowed down our top picks so you can pick between the best places to celebrate Newcastle restaurant week.

Image credit: Instagram (@Scream_for_pizza)

Scream for Pizza:

This popular pizza spot has two great offers during restaurant week.

For £10 you can get any slice of pizza, the choice between an ‘I Scream Sundae’ or an ‘I Scream Cone’ and a dip and a soft drink.

For £20 you can get any big pie, two dips, and either two house alcoholic drink or one ‘I Scream Sundae’ to share.

If you haven’t tried the famous pizza slices you are truly missing out! And now is the perfect time to get yourself a delicious slice of pizza and an unmissable deal.

They have lots of choice of toppings, from Lamb Fender (Baharat sauce, mozzarella, lamb kofta, red pepper, tzatziki and parsley) to Truffle in Paradise (vegan truffle cream, mushrooms, caramelised fennel and roasted pumpkin seeds). You’ll be spoilt for choice.

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Aveika:

Situated on the Quayside, you can have yourself a delicious 3 course meal for only £20 (and 2 courses for £15).

This Japanese restaurant and sushi bar serves up Asian inspired cuisine, offering a creative and unique menu. Their offer extends throughout all of August 2022 (excluding Saturday evenings).

You can choose between chicken katsu sushi, salmon nigiri, tempura vegetables and many other options to start. For main, we were particularly drawn to the teriyaki chicken robata marinated in soy, garlic, garlic, mirin, sake and coriander.

It really is an offer you can’t afford to miss out on.

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