Day: October 8, 2020

Last orders are being called for ‘at least a third of UK pubs’

The pub is under threat as never before: at least a third of howfs and hostelries face permanent closure, according to experts on the sector.

The outlook from the point of view of the Scottish Licensed Trade Association (SLTA) is far worse than that.

Its spokesman, Paul Waterson, said its most recent survey of a tenth of the membership pointed to a third of them being financially non-viable.

Waterson told Business Matters, that the introduction of 10pm closure, along with restrictions to only two households meeting in groups of no more than six, has greatly worsened the outlook.

The SLTA estimate is now for up to two-thirds of them having to close in the next few months. And whereas it previously estimated 12,500 job losses, that forecast has doubled.

Such projections are what could happen if there is no government intervention to support the sector. And perhaps those numbers are

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Asda launches ‘first of its kind’ drive-through flu jab service

Supermarket Asda has launched a free NHS drive-through flu jab service for eligible people at 13 UK stores.

Anyone entitled to free jabs – such as the elderly, frontline NHS staff, and pregnant women – can use the service.

People regarded as non-vulnerable can get jabs for £8, which Asda claims is the cheapest on the market.

The drive-through jabs will be offered in Asda car parks, and come after reports people are put off visiting GPs and pharmacies due to Covid-19 worries.

Asda says the initiative, which began on Thursday, is the first of its kind in the UK.

Maq Din, lead pharmacist at Asda Pharmacy, said: “The sad truth is that there is an increased mortality risk if you catch Covid-19 when you already have the flu.

“We are putting a number of measures in place at our drive-through flu jab centres , so patients can be assured

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Culture and arts key to shaping Perth’s identity.

This is a place of great natural beauty, culture and enterprise, full of big dreams and stories as diverse and compelling as the people who call it home.

We have unique strengths and opportunities. Out here on the western edge of our vast continent, we are grounded on Whadjuk Noongar Boodjar and share an ocean and time zone with the most populous and dynamic region of the 21st century.

Many of us trace our heritage to cultures transplanted here, cross-pollinated by generations of migration and learning to adapt to a land that is home to the oldest continuous culture on Earth.

For nearly 70 years, as an arm of The University of Western Australia, Perth Festival has helped reflect and shape Perth’s distinct identity. It is at Festival time when all these ideas and influences are condensed, magnified and shared by Festival participants in their hundreds of thousands each

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Kaiser Health News hires Bichell as reporter

Rae Ellen Bichell

Kaiser Health News has hired Rae Ellen Bichell as a reporter on its Mountain States team.

Bichell has been a reporter for KUNC and The Colorado Sound since January 2018, covering the region for public radio stations in Colorado, Utah, Nevada, Wyoming and Idaho as part of the Mountain West News Bureau.

She also worked as a science reporter for NPR in Washington for four years.

Bichell holds a bachelor’s degree from Yale University in physical and biological anthropology.

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