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    DAME Esther Rantzen has called for a new bank holiday to remember those killed by Covid-19. The veteran TV presenter, 80, thinks Brits need a day off to mourn those lost to the pandemic - as the UK's death toll hit 116,908. ???? Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 3A new bank holiday should mark a 'national day of mourning' for all victims of Covid pandemic, says Dame Esther RantzenCredit: PA:Press Association 3The TV presenter has called on the Government to create a new bank holiday to remember those killed by the virusCredit: Akira Suemori - The Sunday Times She said in The Times: "It would be helpful to create a day during which everybody remembers the people we have lost." Dame Esther warned that if people did not deal with their grief they would be "angry and hurt" - feelings which could...
    HOTELS could open for staycations when lockdown is eased in a boost for fed-up Brits wanting a holiday. Under Boris Johnson's road map for lifting Covid restrictions, the hospitality industry could open its doors again from the Easter weekend. ???? Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 11Brits could enjoy a staycation this year This would include hotels - meaning Brits would at least be able to enjoy a holiday in England as international travel is likely to still be on hold. But the plans would only happen if the crucial R-rate remains low up to April 2. The PM is set to announce how he will ease the nation out of lockdown on February 22. He is expected to axe the hated tier system and has vowed to prioritise the reopening of schools no sooner than March 8, the i reports. 11Boris is to...
    TURKEY holidays are soaring in popularity for the summer as Brits hope to return to the hot destination. However, one expert has warned that it may not be able to welcome tourists before the end of the year due to the Covid situation. 2Turkey holidays are popular this year - but they may not open in time for the summerCredit: Getty Images - Getty Last year, the country was placed onto the UK's quarantine list over concerns that they were not fully reporting all cases in the correct way. At the time, according to the Financial Times, the Turkish health minister admitted it changed the way they reported coronavirus cases per day, changing the words of "today's number of cases" to "todays number of patients". Health minister Fahrettin Koca said the word “patients” means those who had tested positive and had symptoms of coronavirus - but those who tested positive...
    SAN ANTONIO – There is still time and room to pre-register for the San Antonio Food Bank’s holiday distribution event on Tuesday. The event will take place at 9 a.m. at the AT&T Center. H-E-B is donating 10,800 H-E-B Meal Simple holiday dinners, along with 40,000 pounds of fresh produce in lieu of hosting its annual Feast of Sharing dinner. The San Antonio-based grocery giant was forced to pivot due to the pandemic. In addition to food, gift cards, coloring books, gas cards, vouchers to illumiNight: A Magical Drive-Thru Experience and much more will be handed out to families. Spurs Give, Frost Bank, Valero, EVO Entertainment and several other partners donated the non-food items for Tuesday’s event. You can sign up for the distribution event by clicking here. The food bank expects about 2,000 households to take advantage of the food distribution. Copyright 2020 by KSAT - All rights reserved.
    APTOS (CBS SF) — Across the San Francisco Bay Area residents are struggling with the impact of the COVID pandemic and its economic fallout. Local food banks have been stretched to the limit. In Aptos, the congregation of the Twin Lakes Church decided to do something about it. Over 6-week food drive, church members have generated $428,949.09 for the annual Second Harvest Food Bank holiday food drive. “We always hope to kick off Second Harvest’s holiday food and fund drive with a splash, but I never expected to bring in this much,” said Twin Lakes pastor Rene Schlaepfer in a news release. It was the largest donation ever received by Second Harvest during the holiday food drive. The previous record was $319,000 from Plantronics in 2017. Willy Elliot McCrea, executive director of Second Harvest Food Bank said he was “speechless … absolutely floored” by the donation. “That is going to...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The San Francisco-Marin Food Bank needs volunteers, they say their help is low considering the holiday season is approaching.Since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, SF-Marin Food Bank has ratcheted up its fulfillment of resources to the communities they serve.RELATED: Furloughed SF chef helps turn discarded food into elaborate meals for people in needDoubling the households, the bank reaches to 60,000 and providing nearly 1.3 million meals every week.This massive undertaking has left the food bank with a dire need for volunteers. A quick glimpse of volunteers hard at work at our Marin warehouse this morning. We couldn’t continue to distribute food out to the community without the help of our amazing volunteers!Consider signing up for a shift today: https://t.co/kFgw6a8n3y pic.twitter.com/yyr1td2zK2— San Francisco-Marin Food Bank (@SFMFoodBank) October 20, 2020According to our media partner the Marin I-J, the food bank has 60 open slots for volunteers at...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The Maryland Food Bank is asking for more volunteers as the holiday season is upon the state. With growing demand due to the coronavirus pandemic, they said they need more people to keep up with the demands through the holidays. They said the food bank has seen a decline in volunteers since the start of the school year. Hours in September were down 9% last year, according to the Bank, and down 31% compared to August 2020. “As the holidays near, we are entering the time of year when we typically need volunteers the most,” said MFB President & CEO Carmen Del Guercio. “Because of the pandemic, we’re seeing more need for food assistance yet fewer corporate groups available to help. Now more than ever, volunteers are absolutely vital to our operations, which is why we’re calling on Marylanders to join us so that we can ensure...
    SAN ANTONIO – The San Antonio Food Bank is asking the community for support as it helps provide meals to area families and persons affected by layoffs and unemployment related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Following September’s successful Hunger Action Month efforts, San Antonio Food Bank organizers are still looking toward community donations and financial support as the holiday season approaches to keep shelves stocked and bellies full. Related: How you can help support the SA Food Bank for Hunger Action Month Eric Cooper, president of the San Antonio Food Bank, said he was proud of the community for stepping up to help those in need and looks forward to a similar effort as the holiday season nears. “When we put the need out, San Antonio always responds,” Cooper said. Cooper said 120,000 regular clients, twice as many as before the COVID-19 pandemic struck the country and state, now depend on...
    PRITI Patel has slammed secret ravers as "breathtakingly selfish and senseless" as fears for Bank Holiday parties grow. The Home Secretary made it clear that police will be clamping down on illegal gatherings and blasted those using social media to organise the parties. 5Shocking pictures taken from a police helicopter show thousands of people gatheringCredit: SWNS:South West News Service 5Priti Patel has slammed the 'breathtakingly selfish behaviour'Credit: PA:Press Association Numbers of officers typically deployed for New Years Eve will be sent onto the streets to shut down underground gatherings that risk fuelling the spread of Covid-19 this Bank Holiday weekend. Writing in The Telegraph, Ms Patel warned the events were "hotbeds of anti-social behaviour" where young people were targeted and exploited by drug gangs. "There is still a small minority of inconsiderate individuals who show blatant disregard for the safety of others. “We will not allow this breathtakingly selfish...
    THE weather may have turned but that doesn't mean you can't get a last minute UK holiday booked in this bank holiday. There are still some cheap deals for a long weekend away, be it camping or a hotel break. 2A last minute bank holiday staycation can be yours from just £14 eachCredit: Haven Brits have been opting for UK holidays this summer, as holiday hotspots such as France, Spain and Malta are placed back onto the quarantine list. With fears of being stranded abroad or having holidays cancelled at the last minute, a staycation has become more popular than ever. This has also led to overbooking problems and limited availability - many campsites are fully booked until the end of August while some families found their room already taken when they arrived. Here are some of the best deals we have rounded up across the country, with camping, hotels...
    REUTERS/Shannon StapletonJuneteenth acknowledged. The Star Tribune’s Nicole Norfleet reports: “Minneapolis-based companies Target Corp. and U.S. Bank have moved to establish Juneteenth, the June 19 celebration of the emancipation of African-Americans from slavery, as official company holidays as more businesses continue to adjust their internal policies in the wake of widespread protests on racial equity. … While all Target stores and distribution centers will remain open on Friday, full-time hourly team members will have the option to take the day off with full pay. Hourly employees who decide to work that day will be paid time and a half. The Minneapolis headquarters offices will be closed in observance.” All about Cup Foods. The New York Times’ Nicholas Bogel-Burroughs and Jack Healy report: “It is a lifeline where customers, [George] Floyd among them, bought cigarettes, fresh produce and more minutes for their cellphones. Neighbors said they swung by to pick up cilantro...
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