Change the law on refunds for cancelled holidays, or half-a-million jobs are at risk: that is the warning from Abta, the travel trade association.The coronavirus pandemic has brought almost all domestic and international tourism to a standstill.
The prime minister tested positive for the infection 10 days ago after developing its tell-tale fever and cough.
While it's great to recycle as much as possible, you may be surprised to find out that some of the items you've been throwing into your recycling bin don't actually belong there. While many people recycle items to try and cut back on waste or even make money, putting nonrecyclable items with recyclable items contaminates the process. And a lot of items that are widely presumed to be recyclable actually aren't (pizza boxes, we're looking at you), so it can get confusing at times. If you want to recycle more efficiently and easily, keep reading for 17 things you may have been recycling for years that you actually shouldn't be (and spread the word). Related: 11 Things You Can Do Right Now to Help Prevent Ocean Pollution
While beer and cider is not an essential item, an ice-cold bottle is a refreshing way to ring in the bank holiday weekend this Easter.Since your original plans have probably been scuppered amid the lockdown we're currently in, it doesn’t mean you can cheer on the weekend, the end of a working day or just for a pick-me-up at a strange time.
If you are bored and running out of things to do during self-isolation, you’ll be pleased to know that Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s stage version of Fleabag will be available to stream online, and all the proceeds will be going towards COVID-19 charities. The nation’s sweetheart (who is also responsible for Killing Eve and had a hand in the upcoming Bond film) joined forces with the National Theatre to allow audiences to view her one-woman stage show, on which the award-winning TV series is based. Following a sold-out run both in the West End and on Broadway, where final tickets were being sold for £600 on Viagogo, the show will be available to watch through Soho Theatre’s On Demand streaming website from today in the UK and Ireland for a minimum donation of £4. The recording will be available for 48 hours after donating. “I hope this filmed performance of Fleabag can help raise money while providing a little theatrical entertainment in these isolated times. Thank you to all our partners and to the creative team who have waived their royalties from this production to raise money for such vital causes in this unbelievably challenging situation,” Waller-Bridge said in a statement.“All money raised will support the people throughout our society who are fighting for us on the frontlines and those financially devastated by the crisis, including those in the theatre community. Thank you in advance to those who donate. Now go get into bed with Fleabag! It’s for charity! Px.”For every rental of Fleabag, the proceeds will be given to charities and individuals working on the coronavirus front line. Thirty-five percent will be sent to the National Emergency Trust supporting the most vulnerable in society, 35% will be sent to NHS Charities Together supporting NHS staff and volunteers caring for COVID-19 patients, and 15% will be sent to Acting For Others who distribute to people struggling across the theatre sector.Fifteen percent will also go to the newly launched Fleabag Support Fund which gives £2,500 grants to freelancers working in the theatre industry in the UK. So far, Waller-Bridge, TodayTIX and one anonymous donor have contributed £365,000 to distribute to those who need it during the pandemic. Fleabag is available to stream online now at Soho Theatre On Demand here.The World Health Organization has declared COVID-19 a global pandemic. It says you can protect yourself by washing your hands, covering your mouth when sneezing or coughing (ideally with a tissue), avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth and don’t get too close to people who are coughing, sneezing or with a fever.Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?Fleabag's Andrew Scott On So-Called 'Casual Sex'Olivia Colman On Her Fleabag <em>Character</em>"I Was Scammed On Ebay Because Of Coronavirus"
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After sharing in a now-deleted Instagram post that she had been kidnapped and raped, U.K. singer Duffy, who won a Grammy for Best Pop Vocal Album in 2009, has opened up in a lengthy essay about the details of the experience that resulted in her decade-long absence from music and public life. While the singer does not specify when the incident occurred or at the hands of whom, she provides a specific, disturbing account of the ordeal, which spanned weeks — and haunted her for years. The world’s current state of shared isolation inspired the singer to further open up about her trauma, given the she has been in a similar secluded state for the better part of a decade. Mostly, however, she’s sharing the experience to be “free” in hopes of starting a new chapter of her life. “It was my birthday, I was drugged at a restaurant, I was drugged then for four weeks and travelled to a foreign country. I can’t remember getting on the plane and came round in the back of a traveling vehicle. I was put into a hotel room and the perpetrator returned and raped me,” she wrote, later adding, “I contemplated running away to the neighbouring city or town, as he slept, but had no cash and I was afraid he would call the police on me, for running away, and maybe they would track me down as a missing person. I do not know how I had the strength to endure those days, I did feel the presence of something that helped me stay alive.”Sometime after they flew back to the U.K., the singer escaped. She says she went on to move five times in three years, never feeling safe. For similar reasons, she never aggressively pursued an investigation. “I could not risk being mishandled or it being all over the news during my danger. I really had to follow what instincts I had,” she wrote. “I have told two female police officers, during different threatening incidents in the past decade, it is on record.” Now, the singer is attempting to focus on what’s next — a difficult feat with the world sheltering from a pandemic. However, she’s been gradually returning to music. Back in March, the singer leaked her first song since “Whole Lotta Love” and “Dear Heart” in 2015 to Jo Whiley to play on her BBC Radio 2 show, “Something Beautiful.” “I don’t plan to release it, I just thought a little something might be nice for people if they are at home, on lockdown,” she wrote in a note to Whiley.“I / Can’t take the first steps to your love / So it leaves me only dreaming / Of something beautiful,” she sings in the chorus. Despite this, the singer does not have any immediate career plans. She’s just ready to get some semblance of her life back. “I can now leave this decade behind. Where the past belongs,” she ends the essay. “Hopefully no more ‘what happened to Duffy’ questions, now you know … and I am free.”Read her full account here.If you have experienced sexual violence of any kind, please visit Rape Crisis or call 0808 802 9999. Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?New Music To Know: Dream Wife, Zola & MoreBillie Eilish Plans A Virtual Music FestivalNew Music This Week: Courtney Marie Andrews & More
Government agencies are failing to protect victims of domestic abuse from contracting coronavirus during the ongoing pandemic, a charity in Ireland says.Safe Ireland said that it is growing “increasingly concerned” that the government is not responding to the seriousness of the situation facing women and children living in refuges and temporary accommodation.
Travel firms in the US have been accused of encouraging students to take trips over Spring Break, despite the global coronavirus pandemic.JusCollege, which organises all-inclusive group trips for college students, sent an email to customers saying: “our travel destinations remain among the safest and most enjoyable places in the world to visit right now,” reports NBC.