Contrary to widespread belief, chickens raised for meat in New Zealand aren't kept in cages. Although layer hens – the birds that supply eggs – can be housed in cages, meat chickens are raised in either barn or free-range systems. Things are improving for layer hens, too, but that's another story. … [Read more...] about The brief life of a meat chicken
Coronavirus latest – About 3.4 million people in England, or 6% of the population, have already been infected with Covid-19, a figure far higher than previous estimates, a study suggests. The results come from the world’s largest home testing programme to find antibodies for the coronavirus, a study involving more than 100,000 volunteers and carried out by Imperial College London. The 3.4 million figure is many times higher than the tally of known cases for the entire UK. The programme suggests 13% of people living in London have Covid-19 antibodies, compared with less than 3% in the south-west of England. New Zealand’s hard won and much-vaunted claim to be Covid-free is falling apart, with a cluster in Auckland growing to 17 cases so far. Officials have conceded the virus may have been spreading undetected for weeks. England’s death toll has been revised down by 5,000 to account for people who had recovered from the virus before they died. It means the UK total … [Read more...] about Thursday briefing: Far from a level playing field, say teachers
A SIMPLE GUIDE: How do I protect myself? AVOIDING CONTACT: The rules on self-isolation and exercise WILL I GET PAID IF I CAN'T WORK? Rules on sick pay and wages LOOK-UP TOOL: Check cases in your area STRESS: How to look after your mental health High Street chains such as Oasis and Warehouse, as well as fast food firms KFC and McDonald's, have all furloughed staff as their work has come to a standstill under lockdown. … [Read more...] about Coronavirus: More than 140,000 firms claim wage bill help
On 1 July, 48 hours after the deadline, easyJet informed me that it had to cancel my flights and I could apply for a full refund. I did so and, three weeks later, I received an email informing me that I was not entitled to a refund as I had been sent the vouchers I had applied for. … [Read more...] about Was this just an easyJet ploy to get out of paying a refund?
FiveThirtyEight said in a statement: “While it’s clear that Biden is comfortably ahead of Trump right now – nationally and in most battleground states – the forecast shows Trump with a meaningful chance of winning because there’s still plenty of time for the race to tighten.” … [Read more...] about Trump news LIVE: President brands Kamala Harris a ‘liar’ and is surprised Joe Biden picked her as running mate