Quit Netflix, wear a jumper: Britons face barrage of patronising tips on cutting costs | Cost of living crisis


From buying supermarket value brands to putting on a jumper in cold weather, people with wealth and power have been enthusiastically advising the public on how to cope with the cost of living crisis.

Many seem unaware that Britain’s poorest families have no margin to absorb higher costs, and that genuine need has given them first-hand experience of how to make their budgets go further. Recent analysis by the Resolution Foundation showed that household spending has risen most for those on the lowest incomes, which the thinktank said highlighted the need for proper targeted support rather than money-saving tips.

Here are some of the most ignorant suggestions that have provoked ire:

  • With gas and electricity increasing by up to 54% from April, energy companies have been offering their customers unwelcome advice on how to manage their bills. E.ON Next sent branded socks to customers to keep them warm – and subsequently had to apologise. Britain’s third biggest energy supplier, SSE, advised customers to keep their heating bills low by “having a cuddle with your pets”, eating “hearty bowls of porridge”, “doing a few star jumps” and drinking water instead of alcohol, comments it later admitted had “embarrassed” the company.

  • When Boris Johnson was asked on Good Morning Britain what he thought about a 77-year-old woman who has only one meal a day and travels on buses during the day to keep her household bills down, the prime minister replied: “The 24-hour freedom bus pass [allowing free bus travel for over-60s in London] was actually something that I actually introduced.” Observers have pointed out that it was the London boroughs that brought the pass in, while the pensioner, Elsie, said she was “disappointed” with his response.

  • The Bank of England governor, Andrew Bailey, who is paid more than £500,000, suggested that workers shouldn’t ask their employers for pay rises to contain the inflationary pressures confronting the British economy in 2022.

  • The education secretary, Nadhim Zahawi, told LBC that the government’s solution to the cost of living crisis was to “make sure there’s a job available” for people. This prompted the host, Tom Swarbrick, to ask whether “Molly-Mae has taken over the Conservative party”, in reference to the wealthy influencer who suggested that, regardless of socioeconomic background, “if you want something enough you can achieve it and it just depends to what lengths you want to go to”.

  • With many struggling to afford monthly rents that have reached record highs, let alone average house prices that are 6.7 times average earnings, Kirstie Allsopp was derided on social media for suggesting that young people could buy their own homes if they gave up Netflix, easyJet flights, the gym and coffees. With the average deposit for a first-time buyer £59,000, according to Halifax, buyers would have to forgo their subscriptions, trips and coffees for 37 years.

  • The wealthy chief executive of the energy supplier Utilita, Bill Bullen, suggested that people should use less electricity to deal with the cost of living crisis, after last winter drawing on his decades of industry expertise to recommend that people wear a jumper to keep heating bills down.



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UK airports including Manchester airport face chaos amid staff shortages | Travel News | Travel


Holidaymakers have been experiencing long queues at check in and security for the past month due to staff shortages.

Two weeks ago at Manchester Airport, some flyers reported waiting to board a flight.

Some holidaymakers even missed their flights due to the disruption.

On Monday, passengers arriving at the airport revealed they had been forced to sit on a plane for almost an hour in boiling conditions.

One traveller, Noel Phillips, took to TikTok to share scenes of the chaos.

He gave social media updates of the airport madness.

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The captions read: “Another day at Manchester Airport.

“Escalators and lifts are broken today too.

“Time to see how long security will take today.

“Finally onboard, but the bags haven’t turned up.”

TikTok user @andyrobbo58 commented: “The place is a disaster. I live basically at the end of the runway and would probably still rather go to Liverpool Airport.”

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Speaking on BBC Breakfast, Noel said: “I travel all around the world and as far as UK airports go, I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything as bad as Manchester.”

Far from a single occurrence, Noel revealed that this is the case “on a consistent basis”.

“This isn’t a one-off thing either, every time you go through you have issues.”

Pat Karney from Manchester City Council said: “I think they’ve completely underestimated the management of the airport, the quickness of the recovery and the scale of the recovery.

“I don’t think their planning has been really up to scratch. There’s been a failure of management.”

He also predicted delays and queues over Easter.

Manchester airport told BBC Breakfast that they are facing “staffing and operational challenges” and is launching a large scale recruitment drive.

Manchester Airport has apologised for the disruption to travellers.

Karen Dee, Chief Executive, Airport Operations Association, oversees the airports.

She said: “At the start of the year we were under travel restrictions that meant there were virtually no passengers, and what airports have had to do is really scale up in a very short space of time.”

Heathrow airport alone is recruiting 12,000 staff.

“The industry as a whole is scaling up and we are doing this as fast as we can.”

However she warned: “We do think there will be queues in peak times over the Easter period.”

Her advice to flyers is: “Check with the airline you are flying with because they will not want people arriving before they are permitted to check-in.

“Make sure you’re looking at the types of documents that you need because that will speed through your check-in too.

“When you’re approaching security, think, ‘Do I have liquids?’, ‘Do I have a laptop?’ – all of those things that we’ve actually forgotten about because we haven’t travelled for so much time.”





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Tennis Terps Travel To Philly To Face UPenn


Maryland vs UPenn 

March 22 // Noon

PHILADELPHIA — The Maryland women’s tennis team (11-1) will travel to Philidelphia, PA to play against UPenn (10-6) Tuesday afternoon. The match will begin with a round of doubles, followed by a round of singles. 

The Terps last defeated Rutgers 7-0, winning nine consecutive matches, continuing its longest win streak in over 20 years. 

Graduate Student, Marta Perez Mur clinched the match for the Terps against the Scarlet Knights winning her singles match in straight sets, 6-0 6-2. 

The Quakers will face the Terrapins coming off a 4-0 win against Rutgers.

Fans can follow along on Twitter and Instagram @terptennis.

A complete schedule for 2022 can be found here. All dates are subject to change.





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Surging Celtics travel to Denver to face Nikola Jokic, Nuggets


The Denver Nuggets just had one streak end and now they’re hoping to end another.

Denver lost at Cleveland on Friday night, ending a seven-game road winning streak, and now head home to open a four-game set, starting with the Boston Celtics on Sunday night.

The Nuggets are trying to avoid a third loss in a row on their home court and keep pace in the Western Conference playoff race. In addition, they will try to avenge a loss in Boston on Feb. 11. It was Denver’s last road loss before falling in overtime to the Cavaliers.

The Celtics are in the midst of a four-game road trip that started with a win at Golden State and continued with a rout of Sacramento on Friday night. Boston has been one of the hottest teams in the NBA since the end of January, going 18-3 to move within a game of Philadelphia in the Atlantic Division.

The Celtics have found some success with different lineups. One of the more productive offensive groups pairs Jayson Tatum with four bench players. One of the biggest beneficiaries of Tatum’s skill set is Payton Pritchard, who has scored 10 and 14 points, respectively, in the first two games of the road trip.

He hit all four of his 3-point attempts Friday night.

“It’s big having a guy that can space the floor and knock down those shots,” said Tatum. “And he just makes us more dynamic, and it builds confidence. There’s nothing better than seeing the ball go through the net, especially as a shooter. So happy for him and keep it going.”

The bench will be a challenge for the Nuggets, but they have a bolstered reserve unit that has played well since Bryn Forbes and DeMarcus Cousins have been in the rotation.

Still, the team revolves around Nikola Jokic, who is making a serious bid to repeat as the league MVP. He is averaging 26.1 points, which ranks ninth in the NBA, and his 13.7 rebounds per game are second. Throw in his 8.1 assists average per game, and he has solid credentials for the NBA’s top award.

His play has helped Denver win 14 of its last 19 games to tread water in the Western Conference. The Nuggets entered Saturday a game ahead of Minnesota, which holds the top play-in spot, but 2 1/2 games behind Utah for fourth and a homecourt advantage in the first round.

With 11 games left, Denver could land anywhere in that range, but it is not consuming coach Michael Malone.

“Control what you can control,” he said. “We’re not allowing teams ahead of us or behind us to determine how we approach each game.”

It is still undetermined whether the Nuggets’ two injured stars, Jamal Murray (ACL) and Michael Porter Jr. (back), will be back before the end of the regular season. Both got some work in with the G-League and are progressing, but Denver won’t rush either one back, especially Murray, who hasn’t played since last April.

“He still has a lot more hurdles to get through,” Malone said.

–Field Level Media

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Surging Celtics travel to Denver to face Nikola Jokic, Nuggets


The Denver Nuggets just had one streak end and now they’re hoping to end another.

Denver lost at Cleveland on Friday night, ending a seven-game road winning streak, and now head home to open a four-game set, starting with the Boston Celtics on Sunday night.

The Nuggets are trying to avoid a third loss in a row on their home court and keep pace in the Western Conference playoff race. In addition, they will try to avenge a loss in Boston on Feb. 11. It was Denver’s last road loss before falling in overtime to the Cavaliers.

The Celtics are in the midst of a four-game road trip that started with a win at Golden State and continued with a rout of Sacramento on Friday night. Boston has been one of the hottest teams in the NBA since the end of January, going 18-3 to move within a game of Philadelphia in the Atlantic Division.

The Celtics have found some success with different lineups. One of the more productive offensive groups pairs Jayson Tatum with four bench players. One of the biggest beneficiaries of Tatum’s skill set is Payton Pritchard, who has scored 10 and 14 points, respectively, in the first two games of the road trip.

He hit all four of his 3-point attempts Friday night.

“It’s big having a guy that can space the floor and knock down those shots,” said Tatum. “And he just makes us more dynamic, and it builds confidence. There’s nothing better than seeing the ball go through the net, especially as a shooter. So happy for him and keep it going.”

The bench will be a challenge for the Nuggets, but they have a bolstered reserve unit that has played well since Bryn Forbes and DeMarcus Cousins have been in the rotation.

Still, the team revolves around Nikola Jokic, who is making a serious bid to repeat as the league MVP. He is averaging 26.1 points, which ranks ninth in the NBA, and his 13.7 rebounds per game are second. Throw in his 8.1 assists average per game, and he has solid credentials for the NBA’s top award.

His play has helped Denver win 14 of its last 19 games to tread water in the Western Conference. The Nuggets entered Saturday a game ahead of Minnesota, which holds the top play-in spot, but 2 1/2 games behind Utah for fourth and a homecourt advantage in the first round.

With 11 games left, Denver could land anywhere in that range, but it is not consuming coach Michael Malone.

“Control what you can control,” he said. “We’re not allowing teams ahead of us or behind us to determine how we approach each game.”

It is still undetermined whether the Nuggets’ two injured stars, Jamal Murray (ACL) and Michael Porter Jr. (back), will be back before the end of the regular season. Both got some work in with the G-League and are progressing, but Denver won’t rush either one back, especially Murray, who hasn’t played since last April.

“He still has a lot more hurdles to get through,” Malone said.

–Field Level Media



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Heathrow to drop mandatory face mask requirement


Heathrow airport is to remove the requirement to wear a face covering from Wednesday (16 March) as Covid-19 restrictions continue to be reduced.

The UK’s hub airport said passengers would no longer be mandated to wear masks at its terminals, rail stations and offices, although people would still be “strongly encouraged” to wear face coverings.

British Airways and Virgin Atlantic have also decided to make wearing face masks a matter of “personal choice” on their flights – except when travelling to destinations which still require face coverings to be worn by passengers, such as the US.

Heathrow’s chief operating officer Emma Gilthorpe said: “We acted quickly to institute face coverings as one of our first lines of defence, and we’re pleased that we’re now able to move away from a mandatory requirement as society learns to live with Covid longer term.

“While we still recommend wearing them, we can be confident the investments we’ve made in Covid-secure measures – some of which aren’t always visible – combined with the fantastic protection provided by the vaccine will continue to keep people safe while travelling.”

Virgin Atlantic said it would now make wearing a mask onboard its flights a matter of personal choice for passengers on routes where “international regulations around mask-wearing do not apply”.

Corneel Koster, chief customer and operating officer, added: “This policy will be introduced gradually, beginning with our Caribbean services from Heathrow and Manchester airports and we encourage everyone to be respectful of fellow passengers’ mask preferences.

“Across our network, we continue to adhere to all regulatory requirements both in the UK and in destination countries, recognising that mask requirements differ by market. Masks will still be required on many of our routes, including flights operating to or from the United States until 18 April at the earliest.”

British Airways is adopting a similar policy from 16 March with passengers only having to wear a face mask if their destination requires it.

Jason Mahoney, BA’s chief operating officer, added: “As an international airline we fly to a large number of countries around the world, all of which have their own local restrictions and legal requirements. 

“For destinations where the wearing of a face covering is not mandated, our customers are able to make a personal choice, and we kindly request everyone respects each other’s preferences.”



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Men’s Basketball Accepts Bid and Will Face Youngstown State in First Round of The Basketball Classic


BALTIMORE, Md. (March 14, 2022) — The Morgan State men’s basketball team will see its season continue as the Bears have been chosen and accepted a spot in The Basketball Classic presented by Eracism.

The first round will be Wednesday, March 16 when the Bears travel to take on the Youngstown State Penguins of the Horizon League. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. inside the Beeghly Center in Youngstown, Ohio. 

The Bears and Penguins will play in The Marques Haynes Game, which is one of five Legends Games in the first round of The Basketball Classic presented by Eracism, with the winner receiving a trophy and advancing to the second round of the tournament.

The Basketball Classic is a 32-team tournament which will debut this March, creating another opportunity for student-athletes and fans to stay involved in a postseason basketball tournament and compete for a championship. The Basketball Classic field will be announced Sunday, March 13, and will begin on Monday, March 14, with the semifinals scheduled for Tuesday, March 29 and the championship game on Thursday, March 31.

 

This will mark Morgan’s first-ever appearance in The Basketball Classic and just its fourth overall Division I postseason appearance. The Bears previously advanced to the NCAA tournament in 2009 and 2010, and also made an appearance in the 2008 NIT Tournament.

This is the second meeting between Morgan and Youngstown State and the first since the 1985-86 season. The Penguins defeated the Bears, 88-64, on Dec. 30, 1985.

 

The Bears were 13-14 on the season and 7-6 in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference for fourth place. Morgan reeled off a 5-game winning streak before falling to Norfolk State (72-63) in the conference tournament semifinals on March 11. Malik Miller leads the Bears averaging 12.5 points, 8.6 rebounds and is shooting 55 percent from the field. Lagio Grantsaan is averaging 10.7 points, to go along with 5.8 rebounds, and De’Torrion Ware, an All-MEAC Second Team selection, is averaging 10.6 points, 4.8 rebounds.

Youngstown State (18-14, 12-9 Horizon League) finished the season winning six of their last nine games in the Horizon Conference, before falling to Robert Morris (77-73) in the first round of the conference tournament on March 1. Dwayne Cohill leads the Penguins in scoring with 14.2 points, followed by Michael Akuchie (13.7 ppg, 7.8 rpg) and  Tevin Olison (12.8 ppg). The Penguins set a school record for most conference victories with 12 Horizon League wins, and their 18 overall wins rank tied for fourth in YSU’s Division I history.




Each game of the Basketball Classic will be held on the campus of one of the participating schools. In lieu of a traditional bracket, the field and matchups will be set after each round.

All games will be broadcast on the ESPN+ platform.

 

Administering the Basketball Classic is a seasoned panel with deep roots in the sport that previously conducted the College Insider, Inc. Postseason Tournament (CIT) from 2009-19.

For more information on The Basketball Classic go to www.thebasketballclassic.com

 

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Morgan State University, founded in 1867, is a Carnegie-classified high research (R2) institution offering nearly 140 academic programs leading to degrees from the baccalaureate to the doctorate. As Maryland’s Preeminent Public Urban Research University, and the only university to have its entire campus designated as a National Treasure by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Morgan serves a multiethnic and multiracial student body and seeks to ensure that the doors of higher education are opened as wide as possible to as many as possible. For more information about Morgan State University, visit www.morgan.edu.


 



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