Married At First Sight’s Hayley Vernon wears a mask incorrectly as she takes her dog for a walk

MAFS’ Hayley Vernon wears a mask incorrectly as she takes her dog for a walk in Melbourne – after criticising Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews over the new mandatory rules and saying she would refuse to wear one

She criticised Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews for making face masks mandatory in a bid to stop the spread of COVID-19, last month. 

And on Friday, Married At First Sight‘s Hayley Vernon was spotted wearing her mask incorrectly as she took her dog for a walk, days after the new rule was implemented.

The Melbourne-based labourer, 33, placed the protective face covering on her chin instead of her mouth, as she roamed the streets and spoke on the phone.

Out and about: Married At First Sight’s Hayley Vernon wore a mask incorrectly as she took her dog for a walk in Melbourne on Friday

Hayley was dressed in a black jumper, green sport tights and wore a pair of white sneakers during the outing.

She also wore a black cap to protect herself from the sun as she held her dog’s leash.

Her outing came just one week after she criticised Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews for making masks mandatory, and told others to ‘stand up for their rights’.

‘Why are we wearing masks? Us people who are healthy,’ she wrote on Instagram. ‘This as you said “is about curbing behaviour”. I’ll be dammed if you are going to curb anything about me.’

Enjoying a walk: The MAFS star placed the protective face covering on her chin instead of over her mouth, as she roamed the streets

Enjoying a walk: The MAFS star placed the protective face covering on her chin instead of over her mouth, as she roamed the streets

She continued: ‘You are a walking talking oxymoron. I am woke. I will not be wearing a mask. MELBOURNE AND AUSTRALIANS STAND UP FOR YOUR RIGHTS. This is not the time to comply.’

Fans quickly hit back, describing Hayley as ‘ignorant’ and ‘selfish’ as face masks can be effective in preventing the spread of coronavirus.

‘Wow, this is the definition of ignorance. Shame on you for using your platform to act like a spoilt brat and spread such absurdity,’ one critic wrote. 

Protection: Hayley eventually placed the face mask over her mouth during her walk. A mask can help with preventing the spread of coronavirus as it limits infections spread by airborne transmission

Protection: Hayley eventually placed the face mask over her mouth during her walk. A mask can help with preventing the spread of coronavirus as it limits infections spread by airborne transmission

‘It’s not all about you. Stop trying to make something that isn’t about you, about you. If it’s mandatory then f**king do it, stop your complaining and suck it up. The masks are there to prevent it spreading,’ another commented.

‘Get over it. Shut up and just do what’s needed in order for us to move on and not go into stage four. Grow up,’ a third follower wrote. 

A face mask, which is meant to cover the mouth and nose, can help with preventing the spread of coronavirus as it limits infections spread by airborne transmission.

Conspiracy theorist: Her outing came just one week after she criticised Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews for making masks mandatory, and told others to 'stand up for their rights'

Conspiracy theorist: Her outing came just one week after she criticised Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews for making masks mandatory, and told others to ‘stand up for their rights’ 

Each time an individual coughs or sneezes, they release germs into the air and this can infect others around them.

Last Wednesday, Premier Daniel Andrews announced face masks were mandatory across Melbourne and Mitchell Shire in a bid to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Those who disobey the new government directive to wear masks outside the home – effective will face a $200 fine.

Rules: Last week, Daniel Andrews (pictured) announced face masks had became mandatory across Melbourne and Mitchell Shire in a bid to stop the spread of COVID-19

Rules: Last week, Daniel Andrews (pictured) announced face masks had became mandatory across Melbourne and Mitchell Shire in a bid to stop the spread of COVID-19

SpaceX completes first successful ‘hop’ test flight of its Starship rocket 500-feet above Texas

Elon Musk’s SpaceX took one small ‘hop’ closer towards the surface of Mars on Tuesday after completing the first successful launch and landing of its Starship rocket.

Dubbed the SN5, the potentially revolutionary prototype performed an almost 500-foot leap above SpaceX’s development facility in Boco Chica, Texas, at 5pm local time.

The nine-story large metallic cylinder ignited its single Raptor engine and slowly rose into the air before gently returning to the ground and landing upright a short distance away from where launched.

‘Mars is looking real,’ Musk tweeted in response to the launch Tuesday evening, later adding that ‘Progress is accelerating’.

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The SN5 prototype, the first full scale model of its kind, performed an almost 500-foot leap above SpaceX’s development facility in Boco Chica, Texas, at 5pm local time

The nine-story large metallic cylinder ignited its single Raptor engine and slowly rose into the air before gently returning to the ground

The nine-story large metallic cylinder ignited its single Raptor engine and slowly rose into the air before gently returning to the ground

For a moment after the engine first ignited, it looked as if the prototype was struggling to get airborne, but then it suddenly rose above its own smoke, hovered and came in for a soft landing.

‘And when the smoke cleared, she stood there majestically, after the 150 meter flight!’ tweeted NASA’s top scientist, Thomas Zurbuchen.

The SN5 traveled a minute fraction of the more than 35 million miles Musk hopes the final Starship will traverse to take humans to Mars.

The current prototype, resembling a giant metal thermos, doesn’t have all the features of a traditional rocket as it has no nose cone, flaps or other structural features designed to guide it through the upper atmosphere.

The Starship envisioned by Musk will be 120 meters tall and will be able to land vertically on Mars, the CEO had pledged.

Musk later tweeted that in its next phase, the SN5’s landing legs will be ‘60% longer’ and ‘will be much wide and taller … but capable of of landing on unimproved surfaces & auto-leveling.’

The 500 feet it traveled is the furthest one of these prototypes has come in the testing process so far. Several previous prototypes exploded during ground tests, in a learning process of trial and error.

Each failure has taught SpaceX valuable lessons to inform design and material changes, Musk said, adding that such changes are already being worked into SN6, SN7, and SN8 prototypes, which are currently in various stages of assembly within the Boca Chica site.

For a moment after the engine first ignited, it looked as if the prototype was struggling to get airborne, but then it suddenly rose above its own smoke, hovered and came in for a soft landing

For a moment after the engine first ignited, it looked as if the prototype was struggling to get airborne, but then it suddenly rose above its own smoke, hovered and came in for a soft landing

The SN5 landed upright a short distance away from where it took off

The SN5 landed upright a short distance away from where it took off

An earlier ‘hop’ launch for the Starship was aborted on Tuesday moments before the successful launch.

SN5 completed seven key tests that led up to ‘liftoff,’ but following the 11:24 ET siren point, it began smoking. 

Plumes of liquid oxygen reaching nearly 100 feet in the air began flowing from the craft, which are said to be a result of an emergency detanking.

The team began a flare purge about 10 minutes later to release the pressure and eliminate the plume. 

The initial launch was originally scheduled yesterday but the test was scrapped on that occasion because the turbopump spin start valve wouldn’t open in its giant Raptor engine.  

The massive rocket is SpaceX’s planned next-generation fully reusable launch vehicle, the center Musk’s ambitions to make human space travel affordable.

Musk previously said the lifetime of each Starship will be around 20 to 30 years, ‘like an aircraft’.

Around three Starship flights will launch from Earth per day, or around 1,000 flights a year, and each will have a capacity of more than 90,000 pounds.

By continuously ferrying people the 180 million miles to Mars, Musk is predicting 1,000 human inhabitants by 2030 and ‘maybe around’ one million by 2050.

However, if SpaceX’s track record continues down the same path, the billionaire may never get the change to colonize Mars.

An earlier ‘hop’ launch for the Starship was aborted on Tuesday. The Starship completed a serious of tests leading up to liftoff, but the mission was scrubbed minutes following the siren stage.

An earlier ‘hop’ launch for the Starship was aborted on Tuesday. The Starship completed a serious of tests leading up to liftoff, but the mission was scrubbed minutes following the siren stage. 

In May, the prototype Serial Number 4 vanished into a fireball at SpaceX’s site in Texas shortly the engine was ignited for a pressurized test.

The SN4 had passed several important milestones during development, including a pressurization test that had foiled previous models.

The first rocket was tested in 2019, Mk1 prototype, but was engulfed in flames during a cryogenic pressure test.

The second rocket, dubbed Serial Number 1 (SN1), fell victim to another pressure test when it failed to contain its liquid nitrogen.

However, this time the stainless steel cylinder flew off the stand and came down crashing.

And the third time SpaceX saw its third catastrophic failure was in April – again the Starship prototype imploded during the cryogenic pressure test.

The news follows a number of failed Starship tests, as Musk has watched four of the Mars bound rockets burst into flames at the launch site. The prototype Serial Number 4 vanished into a fireball in May (pictured) shortly the engine was ignited for a pressurized test

The news follows a number of failed Starship tests, as Musk has watched four of the Mars bound rockets burst into flames at the launch site. The prototype Serial Number 4 vanished into a fireball in May (pictured) shortly the engine was ignited for a pressurized test

The second rocket, dubbed Serial Number 1 (SN1), fell victim to another pressure test when it failed to contain its liquid nitrogen. The top went flying off the rocket that was left mangled on the test pad

 The second rocket, dubbed Serial Number 1 (SN1), fell victim to another pressure test when it failed to contain its liquid nitrogen. The top went flying off the rocket that was left mangled on the test pad 

This was the fourth Starship rocket that has been lost while testing - all of the the previous vessels also imploded during testing. It began smoking shortly after the test began

This was the fourth Starship rocket that has been lost while testing – all of the the previous vessels also imploded during testing. It began smoking shortly after the test began

Musk said after the flight of SN5 that the next phase of testing won’t involve flying prototypes very high, at least initially.

‘We’ll do several short hops to smooth out launch process, then go high altitude with body flaps,’ he said Tuesday.

It’s been a successful year for the Elon Musk-owned space firm.

Among its achievements are the fact it launched and returned the first astronauts for the International Space Station from US soil in nearly a decade.

SpaceX is also due to launch its Starlink internet broadband service to customers later this year after putting nearly 600 satellites into orbit.

It is also one of three companies in the running to build a lunar Human Landing system for NASA alongside Jeff Bezos-owned Blue Origin and Dynetics.

SPACEX STARSHIP: ELON MUSK PLANS TO SEND THE GIANT ‘CREWED’ SPACESHIP TO MARS AND BACK 

The BFR (Big F***ing Rocket), now known as Starship, has been designed as a passenger and cargo spaceship that can go to Mars or put satellites into orbit.

Elon Musk, SpaceX Chief Engineer said the rocket would take its first trip to the red planet in 2022, carrying only cargo.

It will be followed by a crewed mission in 2024 and, according to Musk, other SpaceX’s products would be ‘cannibalised’ to pay for it.

The rocket would be partially reusable and capable of flight directly from Earth to Mars.

Once built, Musk believes the rocket could be used for travel on Earth – saying that passengers would be able to get anywhere in under an hour.

It could also be used for ‘hops’ to the Moon and SpaceX is one of three firms shortlisted to build a human lunar lander for NASA. 

Hilarious snaps capture the people who are having the WORST day ever

Look on the bright side! Hilarious snaps capture the people who are having the WORST day ever – including a swimmer being attacked by a frog

  • Shareably rounded up snaps of people around the world having a bad day 
  • One person destroyed their laptop after placing a candle on the same table
  • Another individual discovered an insect frozen in an ice cube in their drink 


Harrison Ford, 78, is a silver fox in a T-shirt that shows off his toned arms

Harrison Ford, 78, is a silver fox in a T-shirt that shows off his toned arms as he steps out for LA outing

He has been a Hollywood hunk for half a century.

And Harrison Ford, 78, was a silver fox as he stepped out in Los Angeles this Wednesday for a casual outing.

The Indiana Jones icon showed off his still toned arms in a pale green T-shirt, which he tucked into his dark blue jeans.

Out and about: Harrison Ford, 78, was a silver fox as he stepped out in Los Angeles this Wednesday for a casual outing

He cinched a belt around his waist and made sure to wear a mask as he emerged from lockdown amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Late last month he was glimpsed arriving in a Tesla to Hawthorne Municipal Airport possibly to get in a bit of flying.

Harrison has a passion for flying planes but this April he was investigated by the Federal Aviation Administration after mishearing an air traffic controller’s advice while landing at Hawthorne, the New York Times reported.

Legging it: The Indiana Jones icon showed off his still toned arms in a pale green T-shirt, which he tucked into his dark blue jeans

Legging it: The Indiana Jones icon showed off his still toned arms in a pale green T-shirt, which he tucked into his dark blue jeans

‘No one was injured and there was never any danger of a collision,’ his publicist Ina Treciokas pointed out after the incident.. 

Three years earlier he was required to have awareness training after he made an error and flew over a commercial jet holding 100 passengers before landing onto a taxiway at Santa Ana’s John Wayne Airport.

Harrison crashed onto a golf course in 2015 after suffering an engine problem, and an eyewitness told NBC he ‘saved several lives’ by managing not to bring the plane down on the suburban buildings just ’20 to 30 yards’ away.

Off he goes: He cinched a belt around his waist and made sure to wear a mask as he emerged from lockdown amid the coronavirus pandemic

Off he goes: He cinched a belt around his waist and made sure to wear a mask as he emerged from lockdown amid the coronavirus pandemic

Another Indiana Jones movie is currently in development with Harrison attached to reprise his role as the title character in the iconic franchise.

Steven Spielberg, who directed the first four movies, has decided not to return for the fifth one, Variety reported this February.

However he will remain involved with the project in a producing capacity, with the directing gig going to James Mangold of Ford Vs. Ferrari fame.

Pubs and restaurants had their busiest ‘Monday of the year’

Britain’s pubs and restaurants had ‘the busiest Monday of the year’ as more than 73,000 outlets took up the Government’s half-price Eat Out to Help Out scheme on food and soft drinks.

Spending at eateries was up by a sixth on the same day the week before, as tens of thousands of people went out to enjoy the discount on food and soft drinks which is running from Mondays to Wednesdays throughout August.

Some restaurants in London said they would extend the 50 per cent discount offer through into next month, without the subsidy from Chancellor Rishi Sunak, in the hope of catching more returning workers.

But fears remained that some employers had advised staff not to return to the offices until 2021, and the British Beer and Pub Association warned that more than one-third of pubs cannot break even one month after reopening.

However, among the pubs enjoying a boost was The Owl in Loughton, Essex, which tweeted: ‘Busiest Monday this year so far, excellent scheme and really shown it works. Thanks for the support, Rishi Sunak and team.’

Andrew Macleod, of Emilia’s Crafted Pasta in London, said guest numbers had doubled on last week, while John Molnar, of The Cod’s Scallops in Nottingham, said eat-in sales exceeded takeaway for the first time since March. 

Diners sit outside at restaurants on James Street in Central London yesterday as they take advantage of Eat Out to Help Out

Diners enjoy a meal on James Street in London's Marylebone area yesterday as they make the most of a lunchtime discount

Diners enjoy a meal on James Street in London’s Marylebone area yesterday as they make the most of a lunchtime discount

People enjoy a half-price meal at restaurants on James Street in London's Marylebone yesterday afternoon

People enjoy a half-price meal at restaurants on James Street in London’s Marylebone yesterday afternoon

People queue up to enter a McDonald's restaurant on Queen Street in Cardiff yesterday which is offering the discount

People queue up to enter a McDonald’s restaurant on Queen Street in Cardiff yesterday which is offering the discount

An HM Revenue & Customs spokesman said on its Facebook page: ‘By midnight August 2, 73,089 restaurants have now signed up to the Eat Out To Help Out scheme. Sign up and register your restaurant, pub or café now.’ 

But the British Beer and Pub Association, which represents brewers and pubs, warned this week that more than one-third of pubs in the UK cannot break even one month after reopening.

Q&A: When is Eat Out to Help Out on and do I need a voucher?

When is it available?

It runs every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from August 3 to 31.

What is it?

A 50 per cent discount when you eat in up to a maximum saving of £10 per diner. The business reclaims the value of the saving from government.

What establishments can take part?

Restaurants, cafés, bars or pubs; work and school canteens; food halls.

What are the restrictions?

No discount on alcoholic drinks or service charges.

Do I need a voucher?

No. The discount will be automatically applied by the participating outlet. The saving can be used alongside other offers and discounts.

How do I find participating outlets?

Treasury has set up a postcode finder that will list outlets offering a scheme within a two mile radius – here

What about chain restaurants?

Ninety businesses have registered to take part in the scheme, including McDonald’s, Burger King, and KFC; burger chains such as GBK, Five Guys, Honest Burgers; coffee shops such as Costa, Starbucks, Pret a Manger, Caffe Nero; pub chains such as Wetherspoon, Fullers, Greene King, Mitchells & Butlers; restaurant chains such as Wagamama, Pizza Hut, Pizza Express, TGI Fridays, Côte Brasserie, Franco Manca.

 

The finding, from a survey of the group’s members, came exactly a month after pubs in England reopened on July 4 after lockdown.

About a quarter of pubs also said they didn’t feel their business was sustainable beyond the end of March 2021 under present conditions, despite the launch of Mr Sunak’s scheme on Monday.

When lockdown measures were announced on March 23, most retailers were forced to close unless they sold essential goods such as food. 

The national shutdown prompted many stuck indoors to turn to online shopping, with internet retailers such as Amazon reporting a boom in sales. 

The launch on Monday triggered a rush for some of London’s best-known eateries, although the area around Covent Garden was still largely devoid of its usual hordes of office workers, tourists and theatre-goers.

But the steep discounts whetted the appetite of the area’s remaining regulars at a nearby branch of By Chloe, a vegan restaurant chain. Its sales increased by 20 per cent on the first day of the scheme compared with a week earlier.

Despite the signs of the initial success of the scheme, the lure of cheap lunches and dinners will not be a silver bullet for the country’s struggling hospitality industry.

Many people in Britain remain worried about the risk of infection in shared spaces, hampering efforts by Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government to get the economy going again and to get workers back in their offices.

‘Coming to London feels like you’ve walked into a scene from 28 Days Later,’ Stephen Entwhistle said, referring to the 2002 post-apocalyptic horror film as he waited in By Chloe for his lunch.

The 35-year-old advertising worker said the scheme gave him a chance to lend a hand to Britain’s economy. ‘I will probably go out a lot more now, rather than trying to decide what to cook every day,’ Mr Entwhistle said.

Data from booking firm Opentable showed a 10 per cent jump in the number of diners at reopened restaurants in Britain on Monday compared with the same day in 2019, the first rise since March.

At the start of last week, the number of diners had been down more than 40 per cent.

Mr Sunak announced the scheme last month as part of a latest wave of emergency measures to shore up the economy which contracted by a quarter in the March-April period. 

The £500million scheme offers 50 per cent off the bill for eat-in food and drink – up to £10 per person and excluding alcohol – on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays in August.

Restaurants on James Street in London were busy with lunchtime eaters taking advantage of the discount yesterday

Restaurants on James Street in London were busy with lunchtime eaters taking advantage of the discount yesterday

Restaurants in James Street, W1 swell with lunchtime eaters taking advantage of the Eat out to help out government scheme.

Restaurants in James Street, W1 swell with lunchtime eaters taking advantage of the Eat out to help out government scheme.

Diners enjoy a half-price meal at a restaurant on James Street in London's Marylebone yesterday afternoon

Diners enjoy a half-price meal at a restaurant on James Street in London’s Marylebone yesterday afternoon

Diners go out for a ramen lunch on James Street in London yesterday as they enjoy the Eat Out to Help Out discount

Diners go out for a ramen lunch on James Street in London yesterday as they enjoy the Eat Out to Help Out discount

Chancellor Rishi Sunak, pictured at a Wagamama branch on July 8, has launched the scheme

Chancellor Rishi Sunak, pictured at a Wagamama branch on July 8, has launched the scheme

The Government hopes the unprecedented subsidy, along with cuts to value-added tax for the hospitality sector, will help to reduce job losses at restaurants, cafes, bars and pubs which employ 1.8 million people.

How you could get a further £5 off your meal out with an Amex card

American Express is giving customers £5 cashback for spending £10 or more in small shops, which can can be used in conjunction with the Government’s Eat Out To Help Out scheme.

It means you could buy a meal costing £20, get £10 off at the restaurant through the Government discount, then a further £5 cashback via Amex – meaning you pay just £5 for the meal.

A couple using two different Amex cards could split the bill, so they could both get £5 cashback as long as they each spend at least £10 on their card. 

Under the scheme, you can qualify for the £5 cashback up to ten times – meaning up to £50 is available to each customer. You can use the offer only once at each retailer. The cashback is being funded by Amex, not the store.

Amex has signed up thousands of small businesses across the UK for the deal, including family-run butchers, clothes shops and hair salons in addition to pubs and restaurants. It says it wants to help small firms struggling to survive the pandemic. 

Kate Nicholls, chief executive of UKHospitality, an industry group, welcomed the support but said around a third of Britain’s bars and restaurants are at risk of permanent closure.

‘At the moment it’s taking a little while to unwind,’ she said. The Government’s emergency support, which also includes a massive job retention programme and rules preventing eviction by landlords until September, was helping to slow job losses.

‘But they will start to come through,’ Ms Nichols said.

She said she was pressing Mr Sunak for more support in his autumn budget, including measures to help bring down the burden of rents and debt taken on during the crisis.

Scot Turner, vice president of operations at QOOT Co., which runs the By Chloe vegan food chain, said his firm would extend the 50 per cent discount offer through September, without the government subsidy, in the hope of catching more returning workers.

But he added it was extremely worrying that some employers had advised staff not to return to the offices until 2021.

‘My fear, in central London, is whether there’s enough being done to drag people back into town,’ he said.

The degree of caution that consumers feel is also a big unanswered question for the Bank of England which will announce its latest outlook for the economy tomorrow.

The uncertainties underscore the scale of the challenge ahead even for restaurants that have been swamped with booking requests such as the Hawksmoor chain of steakhouses, which is offering an extra £10 off between Monday and Wednesday in August, on top of the government’s subsidy.

When it announced 5,500 seats on its website with its Eat Out to Help Out offer, they were all gone within six hours.

‘So far, the re-openings have gone better than we hoped,’ said Huw Gott, one of Hawksmoor’s founders, above the growing hubbub from a dining room. ‘But who knows what September and October will bring?’ 

Which chains and restaurant groups are registered for the Eat Out To Help Out scheme?

Atalian Servest

Atlas Hotels

Bakers + Baristas

Bannatyne Health Club

Bar + Grills

Bill’s

Black Sheep Coffee

Blue Diamond

Boparan Restaurant Group

Brains

Brewdog

Burger King

Buzz Bingo

CH&CO

Caffè Nero

Center Parcs

Coffee#1

Company of Cooks

The Cornish Bakery

Costa Coffee

Crussh

Côte Brasserie

D&D London

David Lloyd Clubs

Deep Blue Fish & Chips

Dobbies Garden Centres

Euro Garages

Everyman

Five Guys

Franco Manca 

Fullers

G1

GAIL’s Bakeries

Giggling Squid

Gourmet Burger Kitchen

Greene King

Grosvenor Casinos

Hall & Woodhouse

Haven

Hollywood Bowl

Honest Burgers

Hydes

JD Wetherspoon

JW Lees

Joe & The Juice

Joseph Holt 

Jurys Inn

KFC

Kew Green Hotels

Leon Restaurants

MacDonald Hotels

Marston’s

McDonald’s 

McMullen

Mecca

Mitchells & Butlers

Morrisons – Cafe and Barista Bar

New World Trading Company

Park Holidays

Patisserie Valerie 

Pho 

Pizza Express 

Pizza Hut

Pret A Manger 

Prezzo

Punch

Revolution Bars Group

Raj Douth

Raj Gate

Roadchef

Selfridges & Co

Shepherd Neame Ltd

Spice Garden

St Austell Brewery

Starbucks

TGI Fridays

Team Sport

Tenpin

The Ivy Collection

The National Trust

Tony Macaroni

Tortilla

Turtle Bay

Vacherin

Village Hotels

Viva Italia

Wagamama

Wasabi

Wildwood

YO Sushi

Youngs