The group said: “Other adverts featured Judy Mikovits’ anti-vaxx conspiracy theories, who featured in the notorious Plandemic film, and adverts placed by Robert F Kennedy Jr’s Children’s Health Defense campaign that promote health misinformation about both vaccines and 5G mobile phone signals.”
Iceland has announced that it will be donating all profits from the sale of McVitie’s Penguin bars to Chester Zoo throughout next week.
The news comes after Iceland announced it will be adopting Chester Zoo’s entire rookery of Humboldt penguins earlier this week.
Following Chester Zoo’s plea to Save Our Zoo, thousands of people donated over £2.2m to financially help the zoo, keeping it running despite being forced to close due to lockdown.
Iceland has gone one step further and will be donating all of the profits made on McVitie’s Penguin bars in-store and online to financially support Chester Zoo as it recovers from a forced closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The offer will be on from 12th – 22nd June meaning shoppers can help Chester Zoo in a small but generous way!
Shoppers can buy a pack of McVitie’s Penguin Original Chocolate Biscuit Bars (£1) online and in Iceland stores or a bumper 21-bar pack from their local Food Warehouse: McVitie’s Original Penguin Chocolate Biscuit Bars (£2).
The classic chocolate biscuits start from just £1 in a pack of seven – pick up a pack (or two) and help support Chester zoo!
The response to Chester Zoo’s call for help has been overwhelmingly positive. Many of Icelands regional stores have been inspired to raise funds amongst staff and adopt more of Chester’s animals from chimpanzees to python snakes.
Responding to the news, Richard Walker, Managing Director at Iceland Foods said: “We’re delighted to support Chester Zoo during this difficult time – a cherished British attraction and one of my personal childhood favourites.
“Thankfully, the government is allowing zoos to open from 15 June, so we hope the hardest times are now behind Chester Zoo, but the McVitie’s Penguin biscuit profit donation will hopefully lend extra support needed to weather this difficult period.
“We’re so proud of everyone at Iceland who made this a possibility and we’re especially pleased to hear about staff at our regional stores who were inspired to make their own donations and adopt animals of their own.”
The two paramedics stabbed on a 999 call starred on reality TV show together
This is awful.
Two paramedics, who star in the reality show Inside the Ambulance, were stabbed while out on a 999 call helping a man.
Paramedic Michael Hipgrave screamed into his radio after he and his colleague, Deena Evans, were attacked on duty in Wolverhampton on Monday afternoon.
A witness reports hearing ‘a blood-curdling scream’ after the paramedics arrived to a 999 call at a home, where a man may have been suffering from a mental health crisis.
Both Hipgrave and Evans were stabbed in the ‘chest area’. Ms Evan’s father has said it seems she was ‘in the wrong place and the wrong time’.
A 52-year-old man was tasered by police and has been arrested on suspicion of wounding.
Both Evans and Hipgrave starred in the Christmas special episode of the series ‘Inside the Ambulance’ last year.
Mr Hipgrave has now been released from Queen Elizabeth hospital in Birmingham where they were both being treated. Ms Evans remains in hospital but is in a stable condition, according to the Mirror.
Ms Evans father told the Sun: “They’ve said she’s stable and she’s going to be OK. From what we know it was just a completely random attack. It just seems like she was in the wrong place and the wrong time.”
Mr Hipgrave’s son Tom tweeted: “My dad was one of the paramedics stabbed in #Wolverhampton. Its awful you can’t be safe at work. Hope you get better dad.”
His daughter Jess wrote: “My Dad was one of the two paramedics stabbed today in Wolverhampton. He was only trying to do his job.
“We are so lucky that we still have our Dad here with us and will be eternally grateful for the crew that helped him and his colleague. Today could have been so much worse.”
A spokesperson for West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) said on Tuesday: “Two members of staff are continuing to recuperate after they were stabbed by a man they had gone to help yesterday.
“Paramedics Michael Hipgrave and Deena Evans were attending a 999 call on Stephens Close in Wolverhampton at about 12.20pm when the incident took place.
“Michael was released from Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, last night and is continuing his recovery at home.
“Deena remains at the same hospital where she is receiving on going treatment; she remains in a stable condition.”
Assistant Chief Ambulance Officer Nathan Hudson said: “Thankfully, both Michael and Deena are recovering well after yesterday’s ordeal.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone at the hospital for their assistance and for looking after my members of staff in such a professional and caring manner.”
Ms Evans father said his daughter loves being a paramedic and will likely be eager to get back on the frontline as soon as possible. He also praised the police officers who responded and offered his thoughts to the second paramedic.
Nearly one in six people in UK will refuse a coronavirus vaccine, new survey finds
A new survey states that nearly one in six Britons will refuse a coronavirus vaccine when one comes available.
The findings come as large anti-vaccine sentiment spreads across social media, posing a threat to efforts contain the disease.
The poll was carried out by YouGov for the Centre for Countering Digital Hate (CCDH), and found that 16% of British adults will ‘probably’ or ‘definitely’ avoid a COVID-19 vaccine.
The survey of 1,663 people also found there was a difference in people’s sentiment towards the vaccine based upon if they got news from social media or traditional media.
Those who got their news from traditional media platforms were nine percentage points more likely to definitely or probably get a vaccine.
Since the beginning of the coronavirus crisis, the 150 largest anti-vaccination social media pages and YouTube channels have collected about 8 million more followers.
The 400 outlets in the sample have a combined following of 55 million people.
On those pages, false conspiracy theories are often shared such as one that spread the rumour that Bill Gates created the coronavirus pandemic, that vaccines cause coronavirus and tests for the vaccine have caused women to become infertile.
The majority of the followers are on Facebook, despite Facebook officially opposing anti-vaccine content in 2019 with policies to reduce the spread of posts that have ‘exaggerated or sensational health claims’.
At the time, a Facebook product manager said: “People come together on Facebook to talk about, advocate for, and connect around things like nutrition, fitness and health issues. But in order to help people get accurate health information and the support they need, it’s imperative that we minimise health content that is sensational or misleading.”
Both Facebook and Twitter have enabled advertising opposing vaccination, despite bans on such promotions on both sites.
Adverts come from influences such as David Wolfe who is deemed by the CCDH as ‘an anti-vaccine wellness guru’ who promoted a popular panacea, colloidal silver, as “my #1 recommendation under the current crisis”.
In a statement, a Facebook spokesperson said: “We are working to stop harmful misinformation from spreading on our platforms and have removed hundreds of thousands of pieces of COVID-19-related misinformation.
“We reduce vaccine misinformation in News Feed, we don’t show it in search results or recommend it to you on Facebook or Instagram, we don’t allow it in ads, and we connect people with authoritative information from recognised health experts.”
Chancellor set to announce £5,000 vouchers to households for home improvements
Some good news…
Homeowners are set to get £5,000 worth of vouchers to insulate their homes as part of the government’s Green Scheme.
Chancellor Rishi Sunak is reportedly to announce that £2 billion worth of vouchers will be sent to homeowners to allow them to insulate their homes.
The announcement will come as part of the Chancellor’s Green Scheme which sets to make 100,000 green jobs and make hundreds of homes environmentally friendly.
Having insulation or improving current insulation in your home can help reduce the households environmental impact and carbon footprint through reduced energy consumption. It can also reduce the number of chemicals released into the environment through air conditioning units.
The Green Homes Grant scheme is set to provide extra jobs for plumbers, builders and tradespeople to help the industry and economy as a whole recover.
The announcement is set to be made on July 8th, as part of the mini-budget news.
The scheme is planned to go live in September and means families will save up to £600 a year on energy bills, according to Treasury estimates.
The grants – which could be up to £10,000 for the poorest families – are part of a wider £3 billion investment into green technology as part of the UK’s goal to be carbon neutral by 2050.
The extra £1 billion is set to be spent on revamping public buildings and social housing.
“As Britain recovers from the outbreak, it’s vital we do everything in our power to support and protect livelihoods across the nation,” Mr Sunak said, speaking to The Sun.
He added: “Our Green Homes Grant will not only cut families’ bills by making their homes more energy-efficient, it will also kick-start our economy by creating thousands of green jobs and supporting those skilled tradespeople who are ready to work.”
The scheme means the government will cover at least two-thirds of the costs to homeowners as part of green improvements.
For example, a £4,000 bill for cavity wall and floor insulation for semi-detached or end-terrace house would be split as £1,320 to the homeowner and £2,680 to the government. Those on the lowest incomes will not be expected to pay anything.
Mr Sunak is expected to reveal a £50 million project that will make social housing greener and save the poorest households £200 a year in energy bills.
News of the green voucher scheme has been welcomed by businesses.
Mike Cherry, boss of the Federation of Small Businesses, said: “This will offer a much-needed boost to tradespeople and others whose livelihoods were affected by the pandemic by creating green jobs, while at the same time improving energy efficiency.
“The Government must now ensure this scheme is easy to access in order to get those who need it the most back in work as quickly as possible.
“We hope this heralds similar measures to incentivise small business owners to make their premises more environmentally friendly.
“The Government will not hit its environmental targets if businesses aren’t empowered to be part of the solution.”