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Specialized Sirrus Stop Ride

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Specialized Sirrus Stop Ride

Following the recent Specialized Sirrus stop-ride notice, the American brand has released its next-step instructions for owners, announcing an official recall to the affected models. 

In a letter from Jon Goulet, Director of Quality, Specialized announced that it is “conducting a voluntary recall of these bikes so that we can reinstall the cranks correctly and make sure they are safe to ride.”

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This means that owners will need to take their Sirrus or Sirrus X bike to an authorised Specialized retailer – at no cost – in order to have the repair carried out. The letter goes on to

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Saving the lost boys of lockdown

Boys have swapped the physical exertion and stress relief of team sport for months of hunching alone in their bedrooms, gaming - The Telegraph
Boys have swapped the physical exertion and stress relief of team sport for months of hunching alone in their bedrooms, gaming – The Telegraph
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The eleven-year old son of a friend is back at school. Even as a key worker, his mother felt guilty requesting him a place, as her husband is currently at home. But as lockdown went on her boy seemed increasingly “lost”. Her daughters, 13, and 15, were flourishing in lockdown – 8am runs, cycle rides, baking, relishing some respite from the social grind – but George, who loves football and cricket and chess, missed seeing his friends. He was lonely, bored, and bereft.    

With three teenage sons aged 13, 15 and 18, it’s no surprise to me that, anecdotally at least, boys have fared worse in lockdown than girls; suspicions that seem set to

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100 things the Royal Family have done in 100 days of lockdown

The UK has been in some form of lockdown for 100 days, in a bid to stop the spread of the deadly coronavirus.

For the Royal Family, the lockdown meant an end to in-person engagements, foreign trips and getting to grips with zoom calls and virtual openings.

There have been many firsts, and many rare occurrences, including televised addresses from the Queen. Here’s what the royals have been up to in 100 days of lockdown.

  • Opened NHS Nightingale hospitals: Designed to treat patients who needed hospital but not intensive care for COVID-19, Nightingale hospitals sprung up around the country, and most of them were opened by a royal. The first one, in the ExCeL centre in East London, was opened by Prince Charles, but via videolink from Aberdeenshire. It made it the first place to be opened by the Duke of Rothesay (as he’s called in Scotland) outside of Scotland.

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    I’ve experienced the world’s strictest lockdown, but I’d rather be here than America

    Obediently boxed in our adopted home (no daily walks or bike rides were allowed) for over a month, we emerged to a silent, shell-shocked Jaipur still reeling from the punch - lucie grace
    Obediently boxed in our adopted home (no daily walks or bike rides were allowed) for over a month, we emerged to a silent, shell-shocked Jaipur still reeling from the punch – lucie grace

    June in India was dramatic by anyone’s reckoning. Cyclones on both sides of the country, a plague of locusts eating their way across the north, and violent tiffs with China in the Himalayas and Pakistan in Kashmir all hit the giant nation as it attempted to reboot during the Covid crisis. Fortunately, the worst things to hit the Rajasthani capital of Jaipur were sandstorms and a heatwave that would make the Sahara sweat, as June 1 marked the beginning of “Unlock 1.0” – the first phase of lifting lockdown restrictions. 

    My lockdown was the opposite to that of my friends in the UK. While so many struggled with isolation-induced loneliness, I battled to get a moment to

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    Leicester residents express fears for their businesses as lockdown extended

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    Samuel Lovett

    George Neal, the owner of four hair salons across Leicester, believed his business could survive the coronavirus pandemic – if he was able to reopen in early July. But now a second lockdown has begun, his hopes of survival are fading.

    “I’ve been saying that the beginning of July is it,” he tells The Independent. “Any longer than that and I don’t know if we can survive.”

    His business is one of many that, after preparing for the reopening of trade on 4 July, is now facing fresh uncertainty and financial hardship as authorities attempt to grapple with a localised outbreak that has seen 944 cases recorded within the city over the past two weeks.

    As the rest of the country moves to take a welcome but tentative step out of lockdown, there is to be no such relief for the 330,000 or so residents of Leicester.

    Here,

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    Boris Johnson admits he is concerned by Leicester outbreak as lockdown looks set to remain in the city

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    Boris Johnson has admitted that the Government is “concerned about Leicester”, where there has been a surge in Covid-19 cases.

    On a visit to a construction site in West London, the Prime Minister said: “We are concerned about Leicester, we are concerned about any local outbreak.

    “I want to stress to people that we are not out of the woods yet. We are making these cautious, calibrated steps, we are opening as much of hospitality as we can on July 4, opening as much of the economy as we can – some things, alas, still remain closed until they can become Covid-secure. But to make all that possible we have to remain vigilant.”

    In response to the flare-up in cases, current lockdown restrictions could remain in place in Leicester for two weeks past July 4 to control the outbreak, according to the city’s mayor.

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    First local lockdown could be enforced in Leicester ‘within days’ after surge in cases

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    The Government is considering imposing the first local lockdown “within days” following a surge in Covid-19 cases in Leicester, the Home Secretary has confirmed.

    The Health Secretary Matt Hancock is reportedly examining the legislation required for the shutdown after it was revealed that there have been 658 cases of the coronavirus in the Leicester area in the fortnight to June 16.

    Speaking on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show, Priti Patel said it was “correct” that the Government was considering the move.

    In other news, global Covid-19 cases have exceeded 10 million today according to a tally by Reuters, marking a major milestone in the spread of the virus that has so far killed almost half a million people in seven months.

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    Sexual health service sees spike in demand as lockdown eases

    Three months of abstinence was relieved for many when the government introduced lockdown 'support bubbles'. (Getty Images)
    Three months of abstinence was relieved for many when the government introduced lockdown ‘support bubbles’. (Getty Images)

    Demand for sexual health services has reportedly spiked after government officials relaxed the coronavirus lockdown.

    Boris Johnson announced on 11 June, people who live alone in England could form “support bubbles”, allowing them to visit one other household and even stay the night from 13 June.

    The government said the move was to help combat loneliness for those who had nothing but their own company for three months.

    Professor Linda Bauld from the University of Edinburgh called it a “very British way of saying intimacy matters”.

    The online doctor Zava reported a spike in sales in the week that followed the announcement, with demand for emergency contraception 43% higher than normal.

    People will have to be particularly cautious as relaxed restrictions allow us to get closer. (Getty Images)
    People will have to be particularly cautious as relaxed restrictions allow us to get closer. (Getty Images)

    Zava also reported sales of

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    Sexual health service use spikes as lockdown eases

    Three months of abstinence was relieved for many when the government introduced lockdown 'support bubbles'. (Getty Images)
    Three months of abstinence was relieved for many when the government introduced lockdown ‘support bubbles’. (Getty Images)

    Demand for sexual health services has reportedly spiked after government officials relaxed the coronavirus lockdown.

    Boris Johnson announced on 11 June, people who live alone in England could form “support bubbles”, allowing them to visit one other household and even stay the night from 13 June.

    The government said the move was to help combat loneliness for those who had nothing but their own company for three months.

    Professor Linda Bauld from the University of Edinburgh called it a “very British way of saying intimacy matters”.

    The online doctor Zava reported a spike in sales in the week that followed the announcement, with demand for emergency contraception 43% higher than normal.

    People will have to be particularly cautious as relaxed restrictions allow us to get closer. (Getty Images)
    People will have to be particularly cautious as relaxed restrictions allow us to get closer. (Getty Images)

    Zava also reported sales of

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    Illegal lockdown parties hosted in online rentals

    Lockdown parties hosted in properties booked via online sites, including Airbnb and Booking.com, are putting “communities at risk”, the Bed and Breakfast Association has said.

    Hosts and residents have complained of groups of up to 30 breaking social-distancing rules and taking drugs.

    BBC News has been told of several such parties in the past month.

    Airbnb has suggested it has gone further than its rivals to protect public health during the pandemic.

    However, last week a man was stabbed at a party in a south London property police believe had been rented out via the platform.

    ‘Take responsibility’

    Following a previous BBC News investigation into “coronavirus retreats”, Airbnb had told users they could make bookings if they were key workers or required “essential stays” only.

    But that restriction is to be lifted, in line with local rules on hotels and self-catering accommodation, in:

    Rival platform Booking.com does not currently flag

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