London children will be given daily “emotional well-being” classes and PE lessons to help them deal with the mental and physical effects of lockdown.Pupils at Stanhope Primary in Ealing will be given training in self-worth, confidence and expressing their emotions in an effort to help them feel safe again and cope with the return to school.
Young people are feeling more bored and lonely during the coronavirus pandemic than those aged 60 and over, Government data has shown. Three quarters (76 per cent) of people aged 16 to 29 said their well-being had been negatively affected by the outbreak, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said. A further 42 per cent said the lockdown was making their mental health worse. Despite the youngest age group (16 to 19-year-olds) reporting lower anxiety on average than most other age groups, those aged 16 to 29 who said they were worried about the impact of the health crisis on their well-being were significantly more likely to report being stressed or anxious (72 per cent) than those aged 60 and over (54 per cent). They were also significantly more likely than either those aged 30 to 59 or those aged 60 and over to report feeling bored, lonely (51 per cent) or that the lockdown was making their mental health worse. In comparison, 43 per cent of people aged 60 and over reported feeling bored, while 27 per cent of 30 to 59-year-olds and 26 per cent of people aged 60 and over reported feeling lonely.
Reusable containers are safe to use during the pandemic, more than 100 scientists, doctors and academics have said, amid concern over the return of single-use plastics. As long as they are thoroughly washed with soap and hot water, tupperware, reusable coffee cups and cutlery have a similar risk to their single-use alternatives, according to a joint statement organised by Greenpeace. It comes after the plastics industry lobbied the EU to drop its ban on certain single-use plastics because of the pandemic. Several coffee shops including Starbucks, Caffè Nero and Pret a Manger, have all halted the use of reusable cups over hygiene concerns. The Government has also paused its ban on plastic straws and stirrers during the pandemic, citing the pressure on business. Meanwhile, the rise in personal protective equipment has led to a surge in plastic waste globally, with masks and gloves finding their way into oceans in Europe and Asia. “Reuse and refill systems are an essential part of addressing the plastic pollution crisis and moving away from a fossil fuel-based economy,” says the statement, which was signed by experts from 18 countries. It adds: “Based on the best available science and guidance from public health professionals, it is clear that reusable systems can be used safely by employing basic hygiene.” The statement highlights that evidence suggests the virus is spread mainly via inhaling aerosolised droplets, rather than contact with contaminated surfaces. It says disposable products present similar issues to reusable ones because either could become contaminated, and says cleaning with hot water and soap or detergent is sufficient to reduce the risk. Restaurants and cafes should use contact-free systems when customers are bringing their own kitchenware, the statement says. Professor Charlotte K. Williams, Professor of Chemistry at Oxford University, who signed the statement, said: "I hope we can come out of the Covid-19 crisis more determined than ever to solve the pernicious problems associated with plastics in the environment. In terms of the general public’s response to the Covid crisis, we should make every attempt to avoid over-consumption of single use plastics, particularly in applications like packaging."
The Yulin “Lychee and Dog Meat” festival is an annual 10 day event where over 10,000 dogs are eaten. Cat meat, fresh lychees and liquor are also available at the festival.The event in this remote part of southern China has proved to be very controversial in recent years, particularly in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
Irish actor Brendan Gleeson transformed himself into the 45th President of the United States for a forthcoming series about the conflict between Donald Trump and former FBI director James Comey.Showtime announced the two-part miniseries The Comey Rule will air after the 2020 election in November, with Jeff Daniels in the title role.
Kensington Palace has sent a legal complaint to Tatler magazine over claims the Duchess of Cambridge feels “overworked”, it is understood. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are understood to have asked that the society magazine remove its ‘Catherine the Great’ profile from the website. The Royal couple are reportedly upset about what they say is unfounded criticism of the Duchess’s family, her children and her weight. The Tatler article described the Duchess as “perilously thin” and referred to Princess Diana’s eating disorders. The society magazine claimed to have spoken to various friends of the Duchess of Cambridge for the profile with a source reportedly claiming the princess feels “exhausted and trapped” after taking on more royal duties following Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s decision to step back. Kensington Palace has denied this account. "Meghan and Harry have been so selfish,” one source told Tatler. “William and Catherine really wanted to be hands-on parents and the Sussexes have effectively thrown their three children under a bus. “There goes their morning school runs as the responsibilities on them now are enormous." Another source allegedly added: “Kate is furious about the larger workload. Of course she's smiling and dressing appropriately but she doesn't want this. She feels exhausted and trapped. “She's working as hard as a top CEO, who has to be wheeled out all the time, without the benefits of boundaries and plenty of holidays.” Earlier this week a source familiar with the Duchess's work emphatically denied to the Telegraph that she feels "exhausted and trapped" by her duties, saying the description was inaccurate and offensive. They added: “Like many people across the country, the Duchess is juggling home schooling and work. But she's not also having to juggle being a front line worker. She is of course cognisant of that. "That's who she would much prefer the attention to be on." A Royal source told The Mail on Sunday the description of the Duchess as “perilously thin” is “such an extremely cruel and wounding barb. It's disgusting. It's sexist and woman-shaming at its very worst. “The [Tatler] piece is full of lies. There is no truth to their claim that the Duchess feels overwhelmed with work, nor that the Duke is obsessed with Carole Middleton. It's preposterous and downright wrong.” Tatler's article also claims that the Duchess had an argument with the Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle ahead of her wedding to Prince Harry in 2018. It claimed the row took place at a rehearsal two days before the wedding and was over whether the young bridesmaids should wear tights. Quoting an unnamed friend, the article said: “There was an incident at the wedding rehearsal. It was a hot day and apparently there was a row over whether the bridesmaids should wear tights or not. “Kate, following protocol, felt that they should. Meghan didn't want them to. The photographs suggest that Meghan won." But Kensington Palace insisted the story is wrong, the Mail on Sunday reported. In response to the Tatler claims a Kensington Palace spokesperson said at the time: “This story contains a swathe of inaccuracies and false misrepresentations which were not put to Kensington Palace prior to publication”. Tatler issued its own statement: “Tatler's Editor-in-Chief Richard Dennen stands behind the reporting of Anna Pasternak and her sources. “Kensington Palace knew we were running the 'Catherine the Great' cover months ago and we asked them to work together on it. The fact they are denying they ever knew is categorically false.” During the pandemic the Cambridges are working from home at Anmer Hall, homeschooling Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis while holding royal engagements over Zoom. Along with the rest of the Royal Family, they have changed the focus of their work to helping the country through the coronavirus crisis, paying particular attention to mental health. The children have joined in the "clap for our carers" movement, and delivered homemade pasta to their isolated neighbours. Since the Covid-19 lockdown, the Duchess of Cambridge has launched photography exhibition Hold Still, and taken part in video calls to schools, hospitals and maternity services, as well as playing bingo with pensioners to highlight social care. Tatler did not respond to a request for comment on the legal complaint and Kensington Palace declined to comment.
The National Trust has announced it will begin reopening some parks and gardens in England and Northern Ireland from 3 June following more than two months of lockdown.Only members and visitors who have booked tickets in advance will be allowed to access sites. Parks and gardens will operate at around one third of their usual capacity to help people observe social distancing measures, the Trust added.
The world’s first cannabis-based medicine trial on babies has begun in the UK, with researchers saying it is the first step in such a treatment being used to help newborns at risk of seizures and brain injury.Within hours of his birth in an emergency caesarean, Oscar Parodi became the first baby in the world to join the drug trial at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (Nicu) at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.
The trailer for South Korea’s newest horrifying zombie thriller, Alive, dropped on Monday.The film, which follows the lives of two protagonists in a zombie apocalypse, is directed by Cho Il-hyung, and adapted from the screenplay of Hollywood screenwriter Matt Naylor titled Alone.
Keeping your kitchen stocked with fresh vegetables can be tricky as lockdown continues.Some supermarkets have lifted their product restrictions but rather than rely on shop stock levels, you can take matters in to your own hands and have a go at growing your own.
A loss or changed sense of smell or taste are to be added to the official list of symptoms for coronavirus infection, the government will announce today - weeks after concerns were raised that cases were being missed because these symptoms were being dismissed.Deputy chief medical officer professor Jonathan Van Tam said the addition would mean identifying up to 2 per cent more cases of the virus in the community.
Child abuse may be going unreported because people do not know where to go for help during the UK’s coronavirus lockdown, it has been warned.A survey by the NSPCC revealed that a quarter of British adults would not know where to seek help if they thought a child was being hurt or neglected.
Coronavirus is exacerbating the gender gap as women bear the brunt of childcare responsibilities and homeschooling during lockdown – whether they’re working or not, a new study has found.The report, carried out by the London School of Economics, shows women are more likely than men to lose their jobs in the upcoming recession because a greater proportion work in sectors which are predicted to be hardest hit.
Sharon Osbourne has said she does not believe overweight women who say they are "really happy in their bodies”.Speaking on her show The Talk on Tuesday (12 May), Osbourne said: “When these women say that they are really happy in their bodies, I don’t believe them. My body was really, really big. But I wasn’t happy. Sure on the surface, but at night in bed alone I was very unhappy.”
Sally Rooney’s first novel Conversations With Friends is set to be adapted for TV by the same creative team who worked on her recent BBC3 hit Normal People.Speaking to Heart, co-producer of Normal People Ed Guiney was asked if fans could expect a Normal People sequel.
Elon Musk and his girlfriend Grimes have announced the birth of their baby boy.On Tuesday, the billionaire Tesla CEO replied to one of his Twitter followers to reveal that Grimes was in labour.
Dermatologists have discovered five skin conditions connected with contracting coronavirus.Research conducted on 375 patients in Spain has shone a light on how Covid-19 might be displayed in the form of skin symptoms.
Boris Johnson and his fiancee Carrie Symonds celebrated the birth of their first child in the early hours of Wednesday, just 17 days after the Prime Minister left hospital after beating coronavirus. The couple’s son, who has yet to be given a name, is the Prime Minister’s sixth child and was born on only his third day back at work after his sick leave. A spokeswoman for the Prime Minister and his partner said: "The Prime Minister and Ms Symonds are thrilled to announce the birth of a healthy baby boy at a London hospital earlier this morning. Both mother and baby are doing very well. "The PM and Ms Symonds would like to thank the fantastic NHS maternity team." The baby will become arguably the highest-profile newborn in the country, with lots of questions still outstanding about his birth and his future.
Coronavirus chaos is set to wreak havoc on women’s sexual and reproductive health around the world, a report has found.The study, carried out by the United Nations sexual and reproductive health agency (UNFPA), has estimated 47 million women in 114 low and middle-income nations will not able to access modern contraception if coronavirus disruption carries on for six months.
Britain’s coronavirus lockdown will have “devastating consequences for a generation” unless the government urgently tackles rising abuse inside homes, MPs have warned.The Home Affairs Committee called for the government to mount a wide-ranging strategy to tackle domestic violence and protect victims and their children.
Martin Clunes caught the attention of Good Morning Britain viewers early today when he was interviewed while wearing his pyjamas.The Men Behaving Badly star spoke to host Piers Morgan via video link to try and raise money for the charity Guide Dogs UK, but left the presenter in red-faced laughter with his choice of casual attire.
Women in Northern Ireland will be able to have early abortions due to an emergency response brought in to tackle the coronavirus crisis.The new scheme, launched by sexual and reproductive health charity Informing Choices NI, will cover the first nine weeks and six days of pregnancy.
Fearne Cotton stepped back from working on BBC Radio 1 because the pressure was “ruining” her mental health.The presenter began her career presenting on children’s TV when she was just a teenager in 1996, going on to present the Radio 1 Chart Show in 2007 and hosting her own daily show on the station in 2009.
Selena Gomez is suing the makers of a mobile phone game for allegedly using her image without permission.On Tuesday, the “Lose You To Love Me” singer filed a lawsuit against the collection of the tech companies behind Clothes Forever – Styling Game, accusing them of profiting from using her likeness and name.
Amy Schumer has revealed that she has legally changed the name of her 11-month-old son after realising the name bore an unfortunate homonym.Speaking on her podcast, Amy Schumer Presents: 3 Girls 1 Keith, the comedian revealed that she and her husband Chris Fischer had named their son Gene Attel Fischer, in tribute to the comedian David Attell.