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Boris Johnson Is 'A Fighter' Who Will 'Pull Through' In Coronavirus Fight, Says Dominic Raab

By Rachel Wearmouth

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The cabinet will “not flinch” in the fight against coronavirus while “fighter” Boris Johnson is being treated in critical care, de facto deputy PM Dominic Raab has said.

The foreign secretary said he was “confident” the prime minister would pull through, and be back at the helm “in short order”.

Johnson is being treated in an intensive care unit at London’s St Thomas’ Hospital on Sunday night after suffering “persistent symptoms” of Covid-19.

Raab, who is the first secretary of state and next in command, said at today’s Downing Street briefing: “He’s not just our boss – he’s also a colleague and he’s also our friend.”

He added: “And I’m confident he will pull through because if there is one thing that I know about this prime minister is he is a fighter and he will be back leading us through this crisis in short order.”

The prime minister was diagnosed with the disease some 11 days ago.

“He’s receiving the very best care from the excellent medical team at St Thomas’s Hospital. He remained stable overnight,” Raab said.

“He’s receiving standard oxygen treatment and breathing without any assistance. He’s not required any mechanical ventilation or non-invasive respiratory support.

“He remains in good spirits and in keeping with usual clinical practise his progress continues to be monitored closely in critical care.”

Raab went on to reassure the public that work was continuing on tackling Covid-19 in the PM’s absence.

He said: “For us in cabinet, we know exactly what he wants from us and expects from us right now.

“And following cabinet discussions today, I can reassure the prime minister, and we can reassure the public, that his team will not blink or flinch in the task ahead at this crucial moment.

“We will keep all of our focus and all of our resolve, with calm determination, on delivering the government’s plan to defeat the coronavirus.”

It came as health chiefs confirmed a further 786 deaths in hospital of people who have tested positive for coronavirus.

According to the NHS, patients who died in England were aged between 23 and 102. Of these, 29 patients – between the ages of 23 and 99 – had no known underlying health condition.

It brings the total to at least 6,227 – an increase of nearly 16%. Yesterday’s rise was a little over 8%, or 439 deaths.

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Fast fashion speeding toward environmental disaster, report warns

By Nicola Davis

Study highlights industry failures and calls for shift in consumer attitudes

The fashion industry needs to fundamentally change in order to mitigate the environmental impact of fast fashion, experts have said.

Clothes rental, better recycling processes, pollution control technology and the innovative use of offcuts are among measures that could help, they said.

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Via:: https://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2020/apr/07/fast-fashion-speeding-toward-environmental-disaster-report-warns


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How To Help A Friend Or Neighbour You Believe Is Experiencing Domestic Abuse

By Rachel Moss

We’re here to guide you through the coronavirus lockdown.
‘Higher Risk’ Of Domestic Abuse During Coronavirus Self-Isolation, Warn Campaigners

Heather*, a survivor who was able to escape her abusive ex-partner last year, points out that while lockdown has the potential to exacerbate abuse, it is not the reason for it.

Coronavirus doesn’t trigger abuse. An abuser triggers abuse. They find a reason even on a sunny day with no financial or health problems,” she tells HuffPost UK. “Blaming coronavirus or blaming financial worries for abuse or murder suggests anyone could become an abuser or do the same given the circumstances and this is simply not true. The responsibility for domestic abuse starts and ends with the abuser. The abuse belongs to them.”

Ordinarily, the window for a victim of abuse to seek help is “extremely limited”, says Refuge, but during periods of isolation with perpetrators, “this window narrows further”.

So, how can you tell if a neighbour, friend or family member may need help?

It’s important to remember that domestic abuse isn’t always physical. Abuse can be emotional, economic, psychological or sexual, Refuge points out.

“Coercive control is an act or a pattern of acts of assault, threats, humiliation and intimidation or other abuse that is used to harm, punish, or frighten their victim,” adds Lisa Johnson, manager of direct services for Women’s Aid.

“This controlling behaviour is designed to make a person dependent by isolating them from support, exploiting them, depriving them of independence and regulating their everyday behaviour.”

During this period of isolation, Johnson says signs of abuse to out look for include:

  • Your loved one being deprived of basic needs such as food or medication.

  • They are not allowed out to go out, not even once a day to the shops.

  • They are not allowed to call any support services, including medical services.

What can you do if you suspect someone is experiencing abuse?

If you are concerned about someone’s welfare, do not approach the perpetrator, says Refuge. “This could escalate the abuse and put you and the victim at risk of harm,” a spokesperson explains.

Instead, Refuge advises calling the Freephone 24h National Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0808 2000 247, or visiting www.nationaldahelpline.org.uk to use the contact form for a call back from one of the helpline staff.

“They can offer you confidential support on how best to help the person you are worried about,” the spokesperson says. “If you are worried about their safety, call 999.”

If someone experiencing abuse reaches out to you, Johnson says it’s important to listen to them, try to understand their situation and take care not to blame the victim.

“Tell her that no one deserves to be threatened or beaten, despite what her abuser has told her – nothing she can do or say can justify the abuser’s behaviour,” she says. “Acknowledge that it takes strength to trust someone enough to talk to them about experiencing abuse. Give her time to talk or write, but don’t push her to go into too much detail if she doesn’t want to.”

Are women’s support services still running in lockdown?

Women’s Aid’s usual support services are still running during lockdown and Lisa Johnson recommends highlighting this to anyone who needs reassurance. The majority of UK shelters are still open, but there have also been calls for empty hotels to provide space for a potential increase in people fleeing their homes amid the pandemic.

“Survivors often find accessing online help is safer than making a phone call where they could be overheard,” Johnson adds. “Tell your friend or neighbour to contact Women’s Aid for expert support through our Live Chat helpline 10am – noon Monday to Friday, and email helpline Monday to Friday ([email protected]). Women’s Aid Survivors’ Forum will enable her to speak with other survivors in a supportive community.”

You should also encourage the person you’re trying to help to keep a mobile phone with them at all times if possible.

“The police are a key service when in immediate danger. Tell her not to be afraid to call 999 in an emergency,” says Johnson. ”If she can’t speak after calling 999, there is a system called Silent Solution – tell her press 55 on her phone and the police will know it is an emergency and she can’t speak. ”

The ’55′ Silent Solution function does not work on a landline. Those who rely on landlines, but can’t speak aloud, should “stay on the line and the operator will connect you to a police call handler,” says Refuge.

“If you need to put the phone down, the line will stay open for 45 seconds. If you pick it up again during this time and the operator is concerned for your safety, they will put you through to a police call handler. Calling 999 from a landline means the police may be able to retrieve information on your location to send help,” the spokesperson adds.

While it’s natural to want to help if you think someone is in trouble, both Refuge and Women’s Aid highlight the importance of taking a moment to consider the best course of action, instead of storming in. Try not to pressurise the victim into taking immediate action, adds Johnson.

Let her create her own boundaries of what she thinks is safe and what is not safe,” she says. “Don’t urge her to follow any strategies that she expresses doubt about.”

Remember, to report a domestic abuse emergency, you can always call 999.

Other useful numbers:

If you, or someone you know, is in immediate danger, call 999 and ask for the police. If you are not in immediate danger, you can contact:

  • The Freephone 24 hour National Domestic Violence Helpline (run in partnership by Women’s Aid and Refuge): 0808 2000 247
  • In Scotland, contact Scotland’s 24 hour Domestic Abuse and Forced Marriage Helpline: 0800 027 1234
  • In Northern Ireland, contact the 24 hour Domestic & Sexual Violence Helpline: 0808 802 1414
  • In Wales, contact the 24 hour Life Fear Free Helpline on 0808 80 10 800.
  • National LGBT+ Domestic Abuse Helpline: 0800 999 5428
  • Men’s Advice Line: 0808 801 0327
  • Respect helpline (for anyone worried about their own behaviour): 0808 802 0321

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40 Tweets From Parents About Homeschooling Amid Coronavirus

By Caroline Bologna

Parents are currently facing new challenges as communities across the country practice social distancing in the midst of the covid-19 pandemic.

One of the biggest changes is the closure of schools and implementation of distance learning, which effectively means many moms and dads have to add “homeschool teacher” to their resumes.

Needless to say, the new educational circumstances have been a source of chaos and humour in countless households. As always, many parents have turned to Twitter to vent their frustration.

We’ve rounded up 40 funny and relatable tweets about homeschooling kids in this time of social distancing. Enjoy!

me: *at every parent/teacher conference ever* I want passion in my kids, a joie de vivre, the desire to question everything

me: *homeschooling day 1* just sit down, shut up and I’ll ask the questions

— bacon popsicle 🥋🧟‍♂️ (@Gupton68) March 29, 2020

I’m not saying I’m going to suck at homeschooling my kids but my daughter just asked
“Dad, what’s a synonym?”
And I replied
“It’s a spice”
Have a top week, everybody

— joe heenan (@joeheenan) March 30, 2020

Quarantine Homeschool Spirit Week!

Monday: Pajama Day!
Tuesday: Pajama Day!
Wednesday: Pajama Day!
Thursday: Pajama Day!
Friday: Pajama Day!

— Taco Dragon (@tchrquotes) March 28, 2020

First week of homeschooling I felt like Ms. Frizzle. I was so excited to teach my children in fun creative ways, but now after 2 weeks of this “homeschooling” I’m just walking around with a bottle of wine yelling at things.

— Marcy G 🍕 (@BunAndLeggings) March 31, 2020

Two weeks into homeschool and my 9 year old has already broken the world record for longest amount of time spent sharpening a pencil.

— Lurkin’ Mom (@LurkAtHomeMom) March 30, 2020

[Homeschool field trip to the laundry room]

Kids: Dad, what IS this place?

Me: I have absolutely no idea

— Son of Dad (@ThugRaccoons) March 31, 2020

Homeschool update day 10, no 12:

Somehow my kids are late to school. What is time!?

— Heather 🦠doo do doo do doo do doo do (@dishs_up) March 27, 2020

[spelling bee]

judge: your word is homeschool

me: ok, I’ve got this

judge: *laughs* do you though?

— Divergent Mama (@Divergentmama) March 26, 2020

Everyday is Crazy Hair Day at homeschool.

— Marl (@Marlebean) March 27, 2020

Homeschooling day 5

Me: don’t forget to write the date at the top of the page

7: mummy what day is it?

Me: um I think it’s Tuesday or maybe July I don’t know

— MumInBits (@MumInBits) March 27, 2020

How is your homeschooling going we are screaming at each other about parallelograms right now

— Rodney Lacroix (@RodLacroix) April 2, 2020

Homeschooling day 7: The PE teacher is not wearing a bra.

— Jessie (@mommajessiec) March 24, 2020

Homeschooling would be a lot more fun if the kid in our class wasn’t a bully.

— WTFDAD (@daddydoubts) March 30, 2020

Day two of home school: My three year-old is better than you’d expect at Grand Theft Auto.

— Julius Sharpe (@juliussharpe) March 13, 2020

Homeschooling update day 7

6 year old said she was really missing her teacher

She said it TO MY FACE

Bit rude

— ThreeTimeDaddy (@threetimedaddy) March 31, 2020

The best thing about homeschooling is that now I can add “I’ll fail you” to my repertoire of empty parenting threats

— SpacedMom (@copymama) March 27, 2020

First day of homeschool and my 13yo tried to call in sick…

— No Idea: Daddy Blog (@byclintedwards) March 30, 2020

Quarantine Day One: This could be fun! I’ve always wondered what it would be like to homeschool!


— Lurkin’ Mom (@LurkAtHomeMom) March 16, 2020

If you see my boys locked outside, mind your business.

We’re having a fire drill.#homeschool

— Jack’s Dad (@DaddingAround) March 24, 2020

Homeschooling day 4

Today there was a lot of yelling & crying, things were thrown around, it was anarchy.

But I calmed down and apologised to the kids and they seem ok about it

— MumInBits (@MumInBits) March 26, 2020

Homeschooling is just standing behind your kid checking their math on your phone calculator

— SpacedMom (@copymama) April 2, 2020

Homeschooling update day 2:

Helped 6 year old with telling the time. For instance, how there are 60 seconds in a minute, 60 minutes in an hour, and 245,934,992 hours in 2 days of homeschooling

— ThreeTimeDaddy (@threetimedaddy) March 24, 2020


Monday: Mac n cheese with fruit cup
Tuesday: Chicken nuggets & chips
Wednesday: Mac n cheese again
Thursday: Make your own damn lunch
Friday: Cheetos

— Jessie (@mommajessiec) March 27, 2020

Day 1 of kids at home

All morning: Doing homework and reading
– No commute
– No dropoff line
– Working quietly
– Finished their projects in record time

Me: I may homeschool them from now on!!

1st free time: 60 MIN OF SCREAMING.


— Robert Knop (@FatherWithTwins) March 16, 2020

Not everyone knows this but a homeschool day is actually 40 times as long as a regular day.

— Mommy Owl (@Lhlodder) March 17, 2020


10yo: Ugh, why do I have to do all this stupid work?
Me: So you can one day become a brilliant scientist who discovers cures for viruses and saves parents from having to homeschool.

— SpacedMom (@copymama) March 18, 2020

Homeschooling day 6

Me: write a short description about life in Roman times

7: “in Roman times they were all butt heads and farted really loudly out their big butts”

Me: I don’t think that’s quite…..oh fuck it *emails to teacher*

— MumInBits (@MumInBits) March 30, 2020

So far, the kids have had the subjects of math, reading and coloring shamrocks during our homeschool time. They’ll be well ahead of the curve after the pandemic is over.

— It’sReally10Months (@really10months) March 17, 2020

After an hour of attempting to homeschool my kids, they revolted, went off schedule and started playing nicely together. New rule! If you are playing nicely together, you can continue. If you start fighting, back to the schedule!

— Ilana Wiles (@mommyshorts) March 16, 2020

L ranked all his teachers today.

I came in last place.

So, yeah. Homeschool is going great.

— Becky Too Many Kids, Send Help (@beckyhas4kids) March 18, 2020

The hardest part of homeschooling is trying to figure out what happened to Carole Baskin’s husband at the same time.

— Paige Kellerman (@PaigeKellerman) March 30, 2020

Homeschooling isn’t going great but at least my son has learned the skill of hiding in the bathroom in case he has kids one day

— Mom On The Rocks (@mom_ontherocks) March 26, 2020

It turns out the best way to respect homeschool families is to be forced to become one.

— Sammy Rhodes (@sammyrhodes) March 21, 2020

Your kids are doing homeschool still wearing Christmas pajamas too right?

— Simon Holland (@simoncholland) March 19, 2020

If there is a way to teach 4th grade fractions without a lot of crying, I don’t know what it is.

— the Mom TruthBomb (@momTruthBomb) March 27, 2020

Homeschool prom gonna be lit this fall

— Sammy Rhodes (@sammyrhodes) March 24, 2020

Homeschooling day 12: Fed the math homework to the dog myself.

— Jessie (@mommajessiec) March 31, 2020

We‘re done with homeschooling we do anger management now.

— WTFDAD (@daddydoubts) April 6, 2020

Well the good news is that all those insufferably chipper homeschooling moms have stopped posting their daily schedules.

— Ramblin Mama (@ramblinma) April 6, 2020

If there’s one thing that scares me more than an apocalyptic end of the world, it’s the possibility that if my kids fail at homeschooling they have to retake it

— ThreeTimeDaddy (@threetimedaddy) March 26, 2020

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Kim Wilde: ‘I look miserable, but I was having the time of my life’

By As told to Leah Harper

The singer on pouting like Lauren Bacall, DIY hairdos, gardening in nightwear and discovering the joys of colour

This was taken in 1981 or 1982, right at the beginning of my career. All my clothes at that time were secondhand – a hangover from being at art college. The top that I wore in the Kids in America video was from Oxfam, and so was this. These are the same boots that I wore in that video, too.

I was a big fan of Lauren Bacall – I really loved that she didn’t smile for the camera. When I first started having my photograph taken, lots of male photographers would say: “Come on Kim, give us a smile!” and it used to drive me insane. So I would just think about Bacall and pout furiously, as I am doing in this photograph. I looked thoroughly miserable most of the time, whereas I was having the time of my life.

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Via:: https://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2020/apr/07/kim-wilde-i-look-miserable-but-i-was-having-the-time-of-my-life


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