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Holidays in the UK could return by July, says the minister | World news

Holidays in the UK could return in early July, the secretary of culture announced, saying the government had ambitious plans to revive the tourism …

Holidays in the UK could return by July, says the minister | World news

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#PositiveCoronavirusNews Scotland – Ballet Company offers to help stressed hospital staff

Coronavirus in Scotland: Ballet moves to help stressed hospital teams

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/ballet-moves-to-help-stressed-hospital-teams-0kwr66xct

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#ScotBiz – Scottish Garden Centres plea for a rethink…

Coronavirus in Scotland: Garden centres plead to reopen after ‘illogical decision’

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/plea-to-let-garden-centres-reopen-9dbpnsdst

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#PositiveCoronavirusNews – Health News & Stats…

Coronavirus: How swapping the car for a bike can reduce commuters’ risk of an early death

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/coronavirus-how-swapping-the-car-for-a-bike-can-reduce-commuters-risk-of-an-early-death-cl30rm603

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Love Island ‘delayed until August and could be filmed in the UK’

LOVE Island could be filmed in the UK, according to insiders who say the show has been delayed “until August at the earliest”. The global coronavirus…

Love Island ‘delayed until August and could be filmed in the UK’

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The most lusted-after spots in Britain during lockdown

BRITS cooped up in their houses during lockdown are pining after family days out and nature spots. Among the top spots in Britain are Trebah Garden …

The most lusted-after spots in Britain during lockdown

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The Lockdown Choice

The Lockdown Choice – A Coronavirus Poem

When in Lockdown over Coronavirus,

we need to search down deep inside us.

We need to decide to live in so much fear,

Or learn to let that fear disappear!

Those in fear will panic and moan,

over eat, stay unhealthy and stay stuck all alone.

Whilst those that are optimistic, happy & positive,

will learn new things, stay healthy and choose to still live.

You can’t manage things beyond your control,

But you can choose your response, so make positive your goal!

Avoid negative people and negative press,

And anything else that will add to your stress.

Be thankful for the extra time and leisure,

And for doing more things that gives you some pleasure.

The Lockdown won’t last for too long,

Then life will continue, the show will go on.

Hopefully you will heed my advice,

Decide to enjoy Lockdown and make it quite nice.

Written by Mike Armstrong on 16/4/20.

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Can you wash your car during lockdown?

PG9PKN Young woman washing car with hose. Car detailing. (Credits: Alamy Stock Photo)With lockdown continuing to impact every aspect of life in the …

Can you wash your car during lockdown?

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Another Coronavirus Poem – The Upside of Coronavirus!

The Upside of Coronavirus- #CoronavirusUpside

After weeks in total Lockdown, we’ve had plenty of time to reflect…

On all our real values, and what we can affect.


Lots of things in life are outside of our control!

But staying connected with loved ones, has to be our goal.


When the going gets tough, the tough get going,

we need to thank our front line staff, by ways that keep on showing.


We can get through any crisis when we stand strong together,

It not just now that we’ve proved that, it’s been like that forever!


So use this time to reconnect with all the people you did forget.

Learn lots of new things and have some fun, take your hours exercise and get out in the sun.


It won’t be long until Lockdown’s over and normal will return.

But hopefully much better know, with what we did all learn!

Written By Mike Armstrong On 14/04/2020

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Supermarket opening hours on Easter Monday for Tesco, Asda, Morrisons, Sainsbury’s, Aldi, Lidl and Co-op

With most stores closed yesterday, some people may need to retire today to pick up some more essential items, so we’ve rounded up the supermarket’s …

Supermarket opening hours on Easter Monday for Tesco, Asda, Morrisons, Sainsbury’s, Aldi, Lidl and Co-op

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Supermarket opening hours on Easter Monday for Tesco, Asda, Morrisons, Sainsbury’s, Aldi, Lidl and Co-op

With most stores closed yesterday, some people may need to retire today to pick up some more essential items, so we’ve rounded up the supermarket’s …

Supermarket opening hours on Easter Monday for Tesco, Asda, Morrisons, Sainsbury’s, Aldi, Lidl and Co-op

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Positive Coronavirus News as Queen Gives Rallying Speach…

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People in Leicester watch the Queen deliver her address

Image captionPeople across the UK gathered to watch the Queen’s address

There have been difficult royal speeches and addresses in the past – times when the wrong word or the wrong phrase could have undermined the message or let slip a critical opportunity.

The broadcast after the death of Diana, Princess of Wales in 1997 for example, or the speech the Queen gave on her visit to Ireland in 2011.

The Palace could have played it safe, stressed unity and given thanks. It would have served. 

This was a different and much more ambitious broadcast, designed to reassure and to inspire.

But most of all to recast the coronavirus crisis as a defining moment for a nation which will forever remember its collective effort to save the lives of its vulnerable. 

Given the number of Second World War metaphors and comparisons that are around at the moment – a war the Queen remembers well – the temptation might have been to draw parallels to that conflict.

But the only direct reference was to her first ever radio broadcast, in 1940, when the Queen – then a young princess – and her sister Margaret, spoke to children who had been evacuated. 

The Queen:

Video captionThe Queen: “We will be with our friends again, we will be with our families again, we will meet again”

It was a reminder, not just of the innocence of childhood and of the sacrifices of an earlier generation, but of her long perspective on Britain’s history.

Echoes of that struggle of the 1940s, which for so long defined Britain and its self-image, ran through the broadcast.

Winston Churchill said, after the fall of France in 1940, that even after a thousand years it would still be said of Britons that “this was their finest hour”.

Today the Queen spoke of how history would judge the nation – that “those that come after us will say the Britons of this generation were as strong as any”.

“The pride in who we are is not part of our past,” she said, “it defines our present and our future”.

The Queen did not revert to talk of Blitz spirit; instead she celebrated the communal feeling that exists today.

The applause for care and essential workers she said is “an expression of our national spirit” and “its symbol will be the rainbows drawn by children”.

There was no talk of fighting, of struggle, of conflict. Instead she spoke of more peaceful national traits – “self-discipline”, “quiet, good-humoured resolve” and “fellow-feeling”.

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Prince Charles

Image captionThe Queen’s eldest son, Prince Charles, spent seven days in isolation after testing positive for coronavirus

This was not a warrior-queen’s speech; it was about collective effort.

“Together we are tackling this disease,” she said. “If we remain united and resolute, then we will overcome it.”

“We will succeed,” she insisted, “and that success will belong to each and every one of us”.

There was time for some great-grandmotherly wisdom; she, who occupies an often lonely position, offered her thoughts to those who are now alone though self-isolation.

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Hard times, she acknowledged, but also perhaps an opportunity “to slow down, pause and reflect, in prayer or meditation”.

And at the end, one more echo of the conflict that so often this crisis has been compared to. The defining song of the Second World War was for many Vera Lynn’s We’ll Meet Again – a longing for better times to come.

“Better days will return,” said the Queen. “We will be with our friends again; we will be with our families again; we will meet again.”

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Lockdown could be lifted soon if you ‘play your part and stay at home’

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick said the end of the lockdown is in sight (Picture: BBC/Splash News)Sweeping social distancing measures could …

Lockdown could be lifted soon if you ‘play your part and stay at home’

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Hardest day of lockdown yet with temperatures set to hit 20C

A police officer talks to a group of sunbathers on Brighton beach yesterday (Picture: Peter Macdiarmid/LNP)Today could be the most challenging …

Hardest day of lockdown yet with temperatures set to hit 20C

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Recruitment drive for NHS volunteers stopped now as levels reach 750,000…

The NHS drove for volunteers have reached their target just two days after it was extended, the Royal Voluntary Service announced today.

The recruitment drive has been such an overwhelming success that it has now been temporarily paused to allow the charity to process the torrent of applicants and work with the NHS to get the volunteer army up and running.

Those who registered will be helping the health service perform ‘vital roles’ that will allow people to comply with strict government advice on self isolation and social distancing.

Community response volunteers will collect and deliver shopping, medication or ‘other essential supplies’ for people under isolation.

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Positive Coronavirus News – We have the Internet To Keep Us Connected – #PositiveCoronavirusNews

We have the internet to keep us connected…

Before the internet, isolation would have been extremely lonely.

But thanks to the advent of modern technology, it is easy to FaceTime & video call our loved ones and keep up with them on Social Media, making us feel much more connected then we otherwise would have.

Dr Shmerling said: “We currently have ways to practice social distancing that preserve at least some social and medical connections.

“People in isolation or quarantine can ask for help, visit friends, ‘see’ family and doctors virtually and provide updates on their condition.”

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Dave King leaves the Rangers and reveals funding plans “pending” due to the coronavirus crisis

Rangers President Dave King has officially resigned from his role in Ibrox. King announced in November that he intended to leave the “new year” and …

Dave King leaves the Rangers and reveals funding plans “pending” due to the coronavirus crisis

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Coronavirus: Stay home plea as Scotland deaths rise to 33

Eight more people with Covid-19 die in Scotland as the FM urges people to observe lockdown rules this weekend.

Coronavirus: Stay home plea as Scotland deaths rise to 33

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Coronavirus could have ‘already infected HALF the population – and it’s been spreading since January’

Coronavirus could already have infected HALF the British population and has been spreading in the UK since January, a new study claims. Oxford …

Coronavirus could have ‘already infected HALF the population – and it’s been spreading since January’

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No school for the “foreseeable” future. Exams off. Clubs closed. Millions of children will be looking forward to a spring, and possibly a summer, free of responsibility and routine. But these are not normal times – they’re likely to have to spend days and nights indoors with parents or guardians. They won’t get much personal contact with friends and, for teenagers, the cancellation of exams will make a difficult time of year even more worrying. “It’s the perfect storm for parents and children,” says Sam Cartwright-Hatton, professor of clinical child psychology at the University of Sussex.  

 
 
 

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Several of the newspapers have pictures of crowds taking advantage of the spring sunshine to get outdoors – in spite of the guidelines on social distancing. “Madness” is the Daily Mirror’s headline. “Stay home or face lockdown”, warns the Sun, while for the Daily Mail, the headline states starkly, “Obey the virus rules – or else”. The Daily Telegraph says there’s been deep concern within Whitehall as it emerged over the weekend that public messages urging people to stay at home and avoid socialising were apparently being ignored. According to the Times, Boris Johnson is facing calls from his cabinet and senior advisers to impose a full lockdown in London. A senior government source tells the paper: “It is inevitable – you just have to look at other countries.” Elsewhere, on the issue of the Olympics, the Financial Times reports that talks in recent days have focused on the length of a delay, possibly even to 2022.

 
 
   
   
 

 
 

As we said, those deemed most vulnerable are being encouraged to adopt a policy of total isolation, but what is it really like to do that? Listen to the latest episode of BBC Ouch’s podcast in which some of those in that position – those with health conditions or disabilities – share the emotional and practical challenges.

 
 
 

 

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Scottish Business News / ScotBiz – New Coronavirus Helpline Launched for Scottish Businesses…

A new helpline has been launched to supply Scottish businesses with tailored advice on coronavirus.

It will be open Monday to Friday from 08:30 to 17:30, based at Scottish Enterprise’s call centre in Clydebank.

Call handlers will answer questions from businesses related to Covid-19 as well as relaying the challenges faced by businesses to the Scottish government.

It comes as the UK enters the second phase of virus management.

The helpline number is 0300 303 0660.

Where are the Scottish cases?. . .

On Thursday the Scottish government advised that gatherings of over 500 people should be cancelled from Monday to free up the emergency services.

People with symptoms of the virus – namely a fever or a new cough – are now urged to stay at home for a period of seven days. 

Those who have been in contact with someone who is experiencing symptoms should only self-isolate if they begin to experience symptoms. 

There have now been 60 cases of Covid-19 confirmed in Scotland – a rise of 24 from Wednesday.

Economy Secretary Fiona Hyslop said the situation presents a “significant risk” to the global and domestic economies, which is why there was a need for the new business helpline.

She said that work was under way to identify further needs of businesses including calls for planning authorities to relax their approach to restrictions on shop delivery times and opening hours.

Ms Hyslop said: “I also chaired a meeting with representatives from Scotland’s business support organisations including the STUC to hear their concerns and provide reassurance that the Scottish government will do everything in our power to protect the workforce, businesses and our economy. 

“I’d also encourage everyone to refer to the new guidance on Covid-19 that includes workplace advice on reducing the spread of infection.

“Following the UK government’s budget we also require urgent clarification on what funding Scotland will receive from the announcements made by the UK government, at a time when prospects for the economy and public finances remain very uncertain as the short term impacts of Covid-19 unfold.”

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Scottish Business News / ScotBiz – £320m Scottish Business Coronavirus Rescue Package From Scottish Government…

Scottish Finance Secretary Kate Forbes has announced a £320m rescue package for businesses.

The cash is being made available to support business through the Covid-19 outbreak.

She also revealed that a £50m hardship fund will be made available to people who lose their jobs as a result of a downturn caused by the virus. 

The action has been taken to try to limit the impact of the pandemic on Scotland’s economy.

The first Scots fatality was confirmed on Friday after an elderly patient with underlying health issues died in the NHS Lothian area.

During the 2020-21 financial year, business will be boosted with:

  • 75% rates relief for retail, hospitality and leisure sectors with a rateable value of less than £69,000 from 1 April 2020
  • £80m fund to provide grants of at least £3,000 to small businesses in sectors facing the worst economic impact of Covid-19
  • 1.6% rates relief for all properties across Scotland, effectively reversing the planned below inflation uplift in the poundage from 1 April 2020
  • Fixed rates relief of up to £5,000 for all pubs with a rateable value of less than £100,000 from 1 April 2020
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Finance secretary Kate Forbes

Image captionFinance secretary Kate Forbes has offered £320m to help business

The finance secretary will also write to all local authorities urging them to respond positively to requests from ratepayers for payment deferrals for a fixed period.

Ms Forbes said: “Covid-19 will have challenging implications for businesses and the economy over the coming weeks and months. 

“As well as following the latest health and travel advice, it’s also crucial we consider the latest economic analysis and listen carefully to what the business community is telling us. We know that the tourism and hospitality sectors are facing immediate pressure, which is why we have directed support to them in particular.”

She said that all ratepayers would benefit from a relief that effectively reversed the planned inflationary uplift that was due to come into effect in April.

Hardship fund

She also said the Scottish government was preparing a £50m fund for people who lose their jobs as a result of measures taken to limit the spread of the virus. This makes up the rest of the £360m-plus grant given by the Treasury in last week’s budget. 

She told BBC News: “£50m will go to a hardship fund which will be announced shortly. That will look at, for example, people who are self- employed or people who have lost their jobs.

“We have allocated every consequential penny we have received towards business support but I would believe and hope that further support comes to help us meet business needs.”

Business reaction

David Lonsdale – Scottish Retail Consortium

“In dealing with this unprecedented scenario the Scottish government has listened to business and has taken steps which should improve cashflow and confidence for those impacted by the virus. These are the right decisions for the present, albeit both the UK and Scottish government may have to take further steps as this very unpredictable and unprecedented situation evolves.”

Andrew McRae – Federation of Small Businesses Scotland

“While the shape of this help is slightly different to the support being offered to businesses south of the border, it is a substantial attempt by ministers in Edinburgh to help perfectly sound businesses facing severe short-term cashflow problems. Time is of the essence, so this new money must be easy to access. This is no time for bureaucratic hold-ups. Further, should this initial package of measures prove insufficient, we must not hesitate in delivering a further expansion.”

Liz Cameron – Scottish Chambers of Commerce

“The Scottish government have outlined an initial number of measures that will be welcomed by businesses – particularly in the most affected sectors such as retail, hospitality and tourism – following on from the measures introduced in the UK Budget earlier this week. This is a positive initial response by the Scottish Government, but the situation needs to be reviewed on a daily basis to identify what additional support is required, particularly around how business can retain employees and the cost of businesses changing their operating models, for example to flexible working practises.

Tracy Black – CBI Scotland

“These are substantive steps from the Scottish government that will be hugely welcomed by business. Sector-specific support is vital in hospitality, leisure and retail. Freezing rates and introducing direct grants are also important elements – and more may be needed, as knock-on effects are emerging daily in sectors and businesses of all sizes. So the scale of response must keep pace with the impact. Agility is essential.”

Gail Macgregor – Cosla

“We recognise that the Scottish government is taking action to mitigate the impacts of coronavirus and the measures announced today will help local businesses and communities. Cosla will continue to work closely with the Scottish government and other agencies to ensure our businesses and communities across Scotland are supported during this exceptionally challenging period.”

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Celtic reportedly back proposal for Champions League reform – #Championsleague

CELTIC have given their backing to a new proposal that would require fewer matches to qualify for the group stages of the Champions League, according to reports.

The “Copenhagen Access Model” – named after the Danish club who have submitted the plan – would still see the top four leagues of England, Spain, Germany and Italy retain their four places in Europe’s top club competition, but would likely strip some clubs of a guaranteed place in the group stage.

Under the proposed format, as reported by The Athletic, all 79 clubs that have qualified from the tournament would be ranked in an “entry list” based on European results over the previous 10 years, with the top 20 qualifying directly for the 32-team group stage.

The following 12 clubs would enter in the play-off round, the next dozen in the third qualifying round, the next 13 in the second and the remaining 22 would enter at the first round of qualifiers.

Celtic have reportedly shown their support to the revised model alongside Dutch champions Ajax, who reached the semi-finals last season.

Had the suggested shake-up to the format been implemented this season, Neil Lennon’s side would have entered the qualification process at the third round – the same point where they were knocked out by Cluj earlier in the campaign.

In such a scenario, five clubs who had to compete in the play-off round – Ajax, Dynamo Kiev, Olympiakos, Porto and PSV Eindhoven – would have been guaranteed a group-stage berth. Of the quintet, only Ajax and Olympiakos qualified for the Champions League proper.

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