D isney's chief executive has warned Georgia that the company's film and TV productions are likely to abandon the state if its controversial abortion bill becomes law . Bob Iger said it would be "very difficult" for the entertainment giant to continue working in the state if the so-called "heartbeat bill", which outlaws terminations from as early as six weeks, comes into force. The Walt Disney Company has shot some of its biggest films in the US state, including Black Panther and Avengers: Endgame. Speaking to Reuters, Iger said: "If it becomes law, it'll be very difficult. "I think many people who work for us will not want to work there, and we will have to heed their wishes in that regard. "Right now we are watching it very carefully." … [Read more...] about Disney says it won’t make any more films in Georgia if draconian abortion laws come into force in the US state
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Malta has announced that it will pay tourists to come and visit the island over the summer holidays. The country's tourism authorities have launched a new scheme which will pay visitors up to €100 (approximately £86) when they book a stay at a hotel for at least three nights. The amount you receive will depend on the level of hotel that you book. Tourists can get €100 for a stay at a 5* hotel, €75 for a stay at a 4* hotel, and €50 for a stay at a 3* hotel. The payments are given to individual travellers - so there are multiple people on booking, they will each receive the money. It's hoped that the new scheme will attract around 35,000 tourists to the sun-soaked island. The good news is that Brits could well be some of the visitors able to make use of the scheme. That's because Malta has already said it will welcome back vaccinated Brits from June 1 with no need for a further Covid test. (You will however need to have received the second dose of one of the approved … [Read more...] about Malta will pay tourists to come and stay at its hotels for summer holidays
With the vaccine rollout going so well and daily deaths dwindling to single figures, the challenge now is how to future-proof our shield against the virus - and prevent the need for another lockdown. The Chief Medical Officer has been signalling since the start of the year that booster doses are likely to be given to the vulnerable in the autumn. And Vaccines Minister Nadhim Zahawi told Sky News: "We want them to be able, if they need to, from September onwards to boost those that are most vulnerable". That looks increasingly certain, probably for everyone over 50 - they are the most likely to suffer severe disease if their immunity against the virus wanes. Live COVID updates from UK and around world Advertisement And once again the oldest are likely to be at the front of the queue, just as they were in the spring. Their immunity from a vaccine tends to be lower and less durable. More on Covid-19 COVID-19: Last two rounds of … [Read more...] about COVID-19: Booster jab rollout ready from the autumn – but which vaccine to give?
US President Joe Biden said the government is gearing up to give the coronavirus vaccine to 12 to 15-year-olds. Mr Biden announced the next phase in America's vaccine rollout and said that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is expected to approve the Pfizer jab for children as young as 12. All of the current vaccines are authorised for use in people over 16 in America. Subscribe to the Daily podcast on Apple Podcasts , Google Podcasts , Spotify , Spreaker The president also laid out plans to vaccinate 70% of American adults - a total of 160 million - by 4 July. Advertisement The target is well within reach given that 105 million have already had COVID-19 jabs and the US is vaccinating nearly a million adults per day. However, the vaccination rate is half of what it was just three weeks ago. More on Covid-19 COVID-19: Last two rounds of Premier League fixtures only open to home fans COVID-19: … [Read more...] about COVID-19: US President Joe Biden expects Pfizer vaccine to be approved for 12 to 15-year-olds
The "super Thursday" vote on 6 May will be Britain's biggest set of elections outside a general election in nearly 50 years. With around 48 million people able to vote, it will also be the first opportunity to test the mood of the electorate in the wake of the UK leaving the EU and a year of the COVID-19 pandemic. People in England, Wales and Scotland will cast votes in a wide range of different contests - choosing their representatives in devolved parliaments and local councils, and picking the candidates they want as their elected mayors and police and crime commissioners. Voters in Hartlepool will even get to choose their new MP in a key by-election . How many elections are taking place? Advertisement In Scotland all 129 seats in Holyrood parliament are up for grabs, and in Wales candidates are competing for all 60 seats in the Senedd. Whichever parties can win a majority, or build coalitions that amount to a majority, will form the … [Read more...] about Vote 2021: A voter’s guide to ‘super Thursday’