Senior dentists have warned that many practices will not reopen next week because they cannot comply with required steps to protect patients and staff. Rooms will be left “fallow” for an hour after certain procedures to allow air to circulate and remove virus particles. All surfaces will need to be cleaned. Staff will have to wear heavy-duty PPE. A letter from Sara Hurley, chief dental officer, was sent from NHS England to dentists last week asking them to start opening from Monday June 8 “for all face-to-face care” where they had necessary infection prevention
Since all its shops were shut by the lockdown, Card Factory has had to rely on online sales and its partnership with other retailers, such as AldiInvestors in Card Factory were not in the mood for celebrating yesterday after the greeting cards retailer completed a hat-trick of dividend cuts. Shares in the company, which were floated at 225p by Charterhouse, the private equity firm, in 2014, closed down 3¾p, or 9.2 per cent, at 37¼p last night after confirmation that it does not expect to pay any dividend in the year to next January. The group, which at the start of the year had been tipped to pay a total of 14.3p, scrapped a 5p special dividend after a profit warning in January and in March cancelled its dividend for the year to January 2020. The retailer, which Dean Hoyle started in 1997 by selling cards from the back of a
China is “attempting to drive a high-tech wedge” between Britain and the United States using Huawei, an American senator has told MPs. Tom Cotton, a Republican from Arkansas, yesterday claimed that US combat jets and aircrew based in Britain would face a “dangerous risk” if the government pressed ahead with plans to allow Huawei to help to develop the 5G mobile network. The critic of China warned that the move could force Washington to withdraw military aircraft and personnel from UK bases, redeploying them to the western Pacific where the threat was considered “more severe”. The US Air Force has about 50 F-15 fighter jets based at RAF Lakenheath in Suffolk, along with Osprey helicopters. It also has C-130 Hercules military transport aircraft
Hammerson shares roared higher again yesterday as the hedge funds that had bet against the retail landlord scrambled to cover their short positions. The owner of the Bullring shopping centre in Birmingham, among others, is the second-most-shorted stock on the London market, with 12.5 per cent of its shares on loan to those who think its value will fall. However, the share price has more than doubled over the past couple of weeks as its tenants prepare to reopen their doors, forcing some naysayers to start closing out their bets. If enough of the short-sellers buy back shares at the same time, demand leaps, driving up the price, which in turn forces more of the funds to cover their positions, creating a vicious — or,
I am not in the profession of advising the royal family, God forbid, but there are moments when one suffers an overwhelming urge to advise their advisers. Strongly, deploying the impatient vigour with which a terrier shakes a troublesome rat. The report that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge plan legal proceedings against Tatler magazine’s article entitled “Catherine the Great” is plain horrifying. It portends decades of time-wasting, lawyer-feeding, utterly pointless, meretricious and nationally depressing nonsense. Anna Pasternak’s trademark snobbish, sourly gossipy piece, though larded with sentences of
No coal-fired power plants were used during last month, the first time that has happened since Britain began generating electricity from coal in 1882Britain’s electricity mix was its greenest on record last month as sunny weather and low power demand during lockdown left no need to burn polluting coal. National Grid said that solar power had provided a record high of 11.5 per cent of electricity generation in May, in what the Met Office has said was the sunniest-ever calendar month. No coal-fired power plants were used during the entire month, the first time that has happened since Britain began generating electricity from coal in 1882. The “incredible coal-free run” stands at 53 days and counting, National Grid said yesterday.
There is something wonderful about the fact that a small island in the Pearl River Delta rose to become a great trading city and commercial powerhouse of East Asia. Hong Kong succeeds because its people are free. They can pursue their dreams and scale as many heights as their talents allow. With their abilities thus released, Hong Kong’s people have shown that they can achieve almost anything. They have prospered hand in hand with China’s economic renaissance; today their home is one of the richest cities in the world and hundreds of mainland companies have
The NHS test-and-trace system is failing to trace the contacts of at least 60 per cent of people who test positive for coronavirus, new figures suggest. Matt Hancock, the health secretary, said on Monday that the programme was “working well” and that the vast majority of new cases had been contacted since it began last Thursday. However, figures disclosed last night appear to show serious problems at the start of the scheme. They suggest that 1,831 of 4,456 patients, or 40 per cent, put on the system after testing positive for Covid-19 had provided information about their close contacts, either in an online form or to contact tracers. About a third of the 4,634 close contacts provided by those who had coronavirus — an average
It’s modish to talk of the learning that lockdown has delivered for those of us who have the eyes to see. For me it’s been impossible not to see shorts, very short shorts, everywhere I look, or — all too often — try not to look. Yes, my principal corona-aperçu is not, alas, related to birdsong and/or slowing down. It’s that the kind of shorts that do what they say on the tin — by which I mean deliver very little garment and an awful lot of leg — have left the beach and/or gym and/or festival and hit the high street and/or park and/or supermarket. So abbreviated are these garments, indeed, that I am not sure shorts is what they should
Queueing outside a shop for milk, I start chatting to a mother clasping her baby and toddler in the midday sun. It’s been far worse for her asthmatic husband, she explained, he’s locked up in Exeter jail. Inmates are only allowed out for 30 minutes a day, they can’t go to the gym, join communal meals, chat on the phone or use the chapel. They certainly can’t have visitors but they also can’t ask for compassionate leave and many fear they may never see their families again. But most people have forgotten about prisoners or decided that they deserve to be shut in their cells for longer during the pandemic.
Dozens of proteins in the blood appear to forecast how a patient is likely to fareScientists are poised to recruit NHS patients in the search for a blood test that could predict how ill people with Covid-19 are likely to become. Researchers at the Francis Crick Institute in London have identified dozens of proteins in the blood that appear to forecast how a patient is likely to fare. These biomarkers could be analysed to identify those at most risk and so prioritise them for treatment. The blood samples would be processed using mass spectrometers, diagnostic machines that many hospitals already use. Each spectrometer could run as many as 800 tests in a day “at low cost”, the researchers said yesterday.
The sun was out, the brasserie was open and four Parisian friends — two authors, a singer and an environmental campaigner — were celebrating the resumption of old habits. “It’s like the liberation of Paris in 1944,” said the singer, who asked to be identified only by his stage name of Monsieur Untel (Mister Such and Such), as he finished an espresso that had cost him €3.40 at Le Select, a brasserie in the Montparnasse district of the capital. “If we had flags, we’d wave them, just like they did then.”The feeling was widespread. After being ordered to close on March 15 as the coronavirus epidemic arrived in France, bars, cafés and restaurants reopened yesterday after a government announcement last week that the country
Jeremy Richards was about a mile out to sea when he first saw a strange shape bobbing in the waves. Mr Richards, a sea captain from Porthleven, Cornwall, had seen a roe deer fawn paddling through the waves pursued by a large seal. After managing to catch the fawn with a fishing net, he took the animal onboard where it sat peacefully on the deck. While he waited for an RSPCA officer to arrive, Mr Richards covered the deer with a blanket to keep it calm. Mr Richards, a member of Porthleven
Mystic BritainSmithsonian Channel★★★☆☆The A WordBBC One★★★★☆The ancient Picts are something of a mystery. This lost tribe of Scotland who terrified the Romans left virtually no written records of their lives before they vanished around the 9th century, leaving them forever depicted as painted maniacs with anger issues. They were, of course, a bit smarter than that — it was found recently, for example, that they used padlocks (how did they open them? They pict them). Clive Anderson, right, made history fun in Mystic BritainMystic Britain, the fun returning series about our ancient past and featuring Mr Witty himself, Clive Anderson, had a few revelations about the Picts too, and not all of them suggested that they had brains to go with the
Intu, which owns the Trafford Centre in Manchester, is struggling with more than £4 billion of debts and falling valuations and rental incomeIntu Properties has laid bare its cash forecasts for the next 18 months in an attempt to persuade lenders that it can survive if they agree to waive its debt obligations. The struggling shopping centres group is preparing for a battle with its bondholders because a drop in rental income during the coronavirus pandemic and a slump in the value of its properties mean that it is likely to breach debt covenants at the end of this month. The owner of Manchester’s Trafford Centre and other large shopping malls has forecast that its cash position would fall from £81.1 million in June to £24.1 million at the end of December if lenders to the vehicles that hold its individual shopping centres were to agree an