Happy, happy birthday to twin sisters, Dorcas Tobin and Edith Dumbleton, who met up for the first time since lockdown began to celebrate their 100th birthday. There were tears of joy during their much-awaited reunion. Their family had arranged a special tea party for the pair in a garden with a dozen relatives.
Ms Dorcas, from Banbury, in Oxfordshire, said: "It was really nice. We sat quite close to each other, and we might've broken the law. It only happens once." Cheeky.
It seems we’re not "two tired" to clamber onto bikes for essential travel and enjoyment (sorry). Last week London’s cycle hire scheme had a record day as residents sought to avoid public transport. On June 24 nearly 52,000 cycle hires were made, the most since it was launched in 2010. The weekend of June 20/21 also saw an increase of 151 per cent compared to the same weekend in 2019.
A plasma bank has been set up in India’s capital, Delhi, with the hope that it will help coronavirus patients access antibody-rich blood to help them recover faster. Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal told local media: "To have a systematic approach, the plasma bank has been set up for treatment of corona patients." India has also approved human trials for a second vaccine candidate – the potential vaccine, Zydys, has shown a “strong immune response” in animal studies.
And some delightful news for Super Saturday – puppy school is reopening. K9 Anytime in Shropshire is one of the schools offering socially distanced lessons, with reduced class sizes and one-way systems for the dogs.
Also in animal news, the World Health Organization has said that there’s “very little risk” that pets can infect owners with Covid-19 – so squish away.
Also in the news today:
The number of job adverts increased this week as industries emerge from months of lockdown. There were 990,000 job adverts in the last week of June, which is 27,000 more than in the first week of the month, according to the Recruitment & Employment Confederation.
A newly-developed app in Angola has given performers a lifeline. Artists can steam live shows during the lockdown (in which gatherings are still prohibited) for which fans pay to watch. Soba Channel App is the first virtual entertainment platform in the country, with fans paying between $2-5 per hour.
Plans are under way for the BBC Proms “virtual” opening. Artists have been booked for two weeks of live performances, which will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3, BBC Four and iPlayer at the end of August. Social distancing restrictions mean it is unlikely the performers will play to a live audience.
The Norfolk and Norwich University Trust has launched a new pilot to help new mothers receive a recommended exercise programme – which will help women with pelvic health issues and physical rehabilitation after birth – online. It comes after expecting mothers have been unable to have their normal face-to-face consultations.
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