BASKING in the sun, Wally the walrus bellows and flashes his long white tusks and spiky whiskers. The sight of the blubbering 600lb beast bobbing up and down in the ocean could be straight from a David Attenborough documentary. But then I hear gulls squawking above and I snap back to reality — because Wally is not in his natural home of the Arctic. He is, in fact, the new celebrity of Tenby, in Pembrokeshire. It is a surreal sight that locals in the Southwest Wales resort could never have imagined they would see. But Wally’s surprise appearance 47 days ago has brought excitement and interest to the area after a year of lockdown misery. So much so that people from all over the country are travelling to catch a glimpse of the magnificent marine mammal. And locals tell me there are lots of tall stories circulating as to how Wally came to be in Tenby. 'COMPLETE GODSEND' John Mather, who runs The Nook Shop, is selling Wally cushions and merchandise and says: … [Read more...] about How Wally the walrus floated to Wales on an iceberg and melted a town’s heart
Depression in Britain's adults more than doubled in early 2021 compared with levels recorded before the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, figures have shown. Around 21% of adults in Britain experienced some form of depression compared with 10% before the coronavirus outbreak took hold in early 2020. Among people aged 16 to 39 the figure stood at 29%, up from 11%, while for those with a disability the figure was 39%, up from 27%. Some 25% of people living in a single-person household experienced depression in early 2021, up from 15% before the pandemic. Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video player Are vaccines having a real impact on COVID cases? For those living in a household with at least one child under 16, the proportion stood at 23%, up from 6%. Advertisement When comparing age groups, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) found more than four in 10 (43%) women aged 16 to 29 years experienced depressive … [Read more...] about COVID-19: Depression in adults has more than doubled since before pandemic
Liberty Steel tycoon Sanjeev Gupta has promised thousands of UK workers facing uncertainty after the collapse of lender Greensill that he will not close any of its plants. In an interview with Sky News, Mr Gupta gave a bullish assessment of prospects for the business - while admitting the collapse was a "shock to the system". He said his business empire had already been in the process of switching away from Greensill as a source of financing and that his only regret was not doing so earlier. In comments directed at Liberty Steel's 3,000 UK workers, Mr Gupta said: "I will not give up on you. You are my family. "Under my watch, none of my steel plants will close, I promise." Advertisement Liberty Steel is the UK's third-largest steel producer while its parent company, Mr Gupta's GFG Alliance, has a further 2,000 UK staff working in the aluminium and renewable energy sectors. Sky News revealed last week that GFG had asked ministers to … [Read more...] about Liberty Steel tycoon Sanjeev Gupta promises workers ‘no plants will close under my watch’
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’
From today, everyone in England is being urged to take two rapid lateral flow COVID-19 tests a week, to help keep track of the virus. Only people in England will be able to get the tests, with devolved governments in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales making their own decisions on mass-testing. Sky News looks at how the frequent testing will work. What are lateral flow tests? The government wants lateral flow tests to be used to identify asymptomatic people, as one in three people with COVID-19 has no symptoms. Advertisement They use similar technology to a pregnancy test and can produce a result within about 30 minutes. Lateral flow tests are a type of antigen testing. They look for antigens - proteins on the surface of the virus to detect if a person has COVID-19 . More on Covid-19 COVID-19: Last two rounds of Premier League fixtures only open to home fans COVID-19: Depression in adults has more than doubled since … [Read more...] about COVID-19: How do lateral flow tests work and how will England’s twice-weekly programme be operating?