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Estate agents to charge potential buyers £30 just to VIEW a property in attempt to weed out time-wasters and nosey neighbours

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Estate agents plan a £30 charge for those viewing a property to stop people booking a slot and not showing up as well as nosey neighbours.  The new website, ViewRabbit, will send a link to prospective buyers and tenants where they can pay the fee to guarantee the viewing.  The charge is currently £30, but the website has not ruled out a higher charge for highly sought-after or more expensive properties, The Times reported.   Founder Michael Riley got the idea after seeing estate agents become fed up with the number of people who skipped viewings after reserving them.  Estate agents plan a £30 charge for those viewing a property to stop people booking a slot and not showing up through new website ViewRabbit, which sends a link to prospective buyers and tenants where they can pay the fee to guarantee the viewing (file photo)  Ryan Woolfenden, the marketing director, said that out of 12 viewings for a sale, seven of the prospective buyers didn't show up.  He said that it was often bec

Naughty pupil who got the last laugh: Expelled for giving teachers chocolate cornflake cakes spiked with laxatives... but now he's the Welsh schools chief

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His teenage naughty streak got him expelled when he gave his teachers chocolate cornflake cakes spiked with laxatives. But how the tables have turned for Owen Evans, who has just been appointed... a chief inspector of schools. He carried out the prank in the 1980s – but felt being thrown out of school was the 'massive kick up the bottom' he needed to become a success in life.  Now 53, Mr Evans has been appointed chief inspector of schools in Wales and will take up the job in January. The role follows a four-year stint at Welsh-language television channel S4C – where he is currently chief executive – and a previous stint as deputy permanent secretary of the Welsh government, responsible for education and public services. How the tables have turned for Owen Evans, who has just been appointed... a chief inspector of schools In that role, he drew up a list of 40 schools to be prioritised for investment – nicknamed the 'naughty forty' by some. Following Mr Evans's chocol

Tory poll lead over Labour collapses to just four percent - the lowest in six months - amid fury over national insurance tax hike to fund social care reforms

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The Tory party's lead has collapsed to just four percent - the lowest in six months - amid fury over a national insurance tax hike to fund social care reforms.    The data gave Johnson's government only 38 per cent support, down from 44 per cent the previous week. By comparison, Labour had gained three points for 34 per cent support. It comes as Johnson faces a Cabinet revolt over social care after Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng publicly dismissed the idea of funding social care reforms by hiking national insurance.    The PM, Chancellor Rishi Sunak and Health Secretary Sajid Javid are believed to be on the verge of agreeing a 1p increase on NI contributions to raise up to £10billion a year. That would pay for a lifetime cap on the amount people contribute towards their care.  Boris Johnson's Tory party's lead has collapsed to just four percent - the lowest in six months - amid fury over a national insurance tax hike to fund social care reforms The PM and Chancellor

Japan vows to fly controversial Rising Sun flag at the Olympics despite fury of South Korea over WW2 legacy and claims that Olympic officials said it was banned

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An extraordinary row has broken out at the Olympics after Japan vowed to keep flying its controversial Rising Sun flag - despite South Korea demanding it be taken down after they were forced to remove a banner referring to the 16th-century war between the two neighbours.  South Korea's Olympic committee were forced to remove banners at the athlete's village in Tokyo after the International Olympic Committee ruled they were provocative.  In agreeing to take down the banners, South Korea's committee claimed the IOC promised displaying the Japanese Rising Sun flag would also be banned at stadiums and other Olympic venues.  The flag, portraying a red sun with 16 rays extending outward, is resented by many people in South Korea and other parts of Asia who see it as a symbol of Japan's wartime past.  But South Korean media later reported that some activists carried the rising sun flag near the athletes' village and media reports said Japan's organising committee ruled

'Get your freedom back': England manager Gareth Southgate urges young people to get Covid vaccines so we can 'open up' - with TWO THIRDS of 18-29s still to get first dose

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England manager Gareth Southgate has urged young people to get their freedom back by supporting the coronavirus vaccination programme. In the UK, more than 46 million people have now had a first Covid-19 vaccine dose, and more than 36 million have had both doses. But one in three 18-to-29 year olds have still not had a first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, and the virus is running rampant in this age group, with more than one in 100 aged 20 to 29 testing positive last week. Around three million young adults in the UK are yet to be vaccinated, even though all over-18s have been eligible since June 18. Southgate, 50, whose England side lost this month's Euro 2020 final on a penalty shoot-out to Italy at Wembley, said in a video message: 'I just firstly wanted to say thank you for the support you gave the team this summer, but also to say we know the last 18 months have been incredibly difficult for everybody. 'And there's no doubt that the vaccination programme is our best

'More people die of peanuts': Doctor from Sydney's Covid-hit west urges Australians to get the AstraZeneca vaccine

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An Australian doctor has urged younger Australians to consider the AstraZeneca Covid vaccine, saying the risk from an adverse reaction to peanuts is higher.  Dr Kean-Seng Lim from Mt Druitt in Sydney's west said NSW is in a situation where for those in hotspot areas, getting a vaccine as a priority may be better than waiting for Pfizer vaccine.  Australia's peak authority on vaccines ATAGI recommends Pfizer for people aged under 60 because of a very rare blood-clot side-effect linked to AstraZeneca - but anyone over 18 can access this option if the provide 'informed consent'.  Australia's vaccine authority recommends the Pfizer jab for under 60s but anyone over 18 can get the AstraZeneca jab if they provide 'informed consent'  Thousands of young Australians have already had the AstraZeneca vaccine and Dr Lim said it was an 'amazingly effective' vaccine provided the risks and benefits are considered.   'There are reactions to vaccines even in no

Here come the storms! Lightning, hail and four inches of rain batter staycationers on the south coast overnight after Met Office issued rare warning urging campers to avoid tents and caravans amid 55mph winds

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Lightning, hail and four inches of rain have battered staycationers on the south coast overnight after the Met Office issued a rare warning urging campers to avoid tents and caravans amid gusts of wind up to 55mph.   About 400,000 tourists headed to airports this weekend and up to 2.3million drivers are set to hit the roads as the school holidays kick off - but thunderstorms are set to cast a shadow over the great British summer getaway.  Torrential rain and large hail stones are set to cause flooding, travel disruption and could even leave some areas 'cut off' this weekend as a month and a half's worth of rain falls in just a few hours.  A thunderstorm warning is in place until 10pm on Saturday, with the possibility of heavy rain that could cause disruption and flooding. This will affect Britons heading to some of the 7,297 campsites across the UK, including 5,978 which accept caravans.   The British Holiday and Home Parks Association estimated 90 per cent of sites are now