Covid: Room 46 musical emulates experiences of teenagers during lockdown

A musical showcasing the experiences of teenagers during the lockdown is to tour nationally after its Northamptonshire premiere later. Room 46 charts the changing social environment caused by the pandemic through the eyes of six young people. It will be performed and recorded at the Castle Theatre, in Wellingborough, for the first time on Thursday.Continue reading “Covid: Room 46 musical emulates experiences of teenagers during lockdown”

Nations agree to 15% minimum corporate tax rate

Some 136 countries agreed to enforce a corporate tax rate of at least 15%, as well a fairer system of taxing profits where they are earned. It follows concern that multinational companies are re-routing their profits through low tax jurisdictions to cut their bills. Yet critics say a 15% rate is too low, and firmsContinue reading “Nations agree to 15% minimum corporate tax rate”

Covid: Deaf woman wins claim over lack of sign language at briefings

A deaf woman has won a claim against the government after a judge found a lack of sign language at two Covid briefings “served to disempower, to frustrate and to marginalise”.Katie Rowley, 36, from Leeds, started court action after the sessions went ahead without interpreters on screen. The government denied breaching its legal obligation toContinue reading “Covid: Deaf woman wins claim over lack of sign language at briefings”

Covid-hit New Orleans turns homes into floats for Mardi Gras

The coronavirus pandemic has forced the cancellation of many much-loved events and traditions but the good people of New Orleans were not going to let it ruin their annual Mardi Gras. When the mayor of the Louisiana city announced that the raucous, crowd-filled street carnival parades would not be going ahead, residents decided to turnContinue reading “Covid-hit New Orleans turns homes into floats for Mardi Gras”

Covid: Old bikes given a new life for lockdown

There has been a surge in interest in the outdoors during the Covid pandemic, prompting a pair of cycling enthusiasts to breath new life into old, discardedbicycles.Beth Ward and Robin Hughes are turning unwanted bikes into electric powered cycles in Denbighshire.They hope it will help encourage new riders to get fitter, for a fraction ofContinue reading “Covid: Old bikes given a new life for lockdown”

Faith and spirituality in the time of Covid

Like many millennials, Ms Allard had not attended church in years. She went every Sunday as a child, but when she hit her teenage years, she lost interest.Now, with nothing but time on her hands, she decided she would revisit her faith and see if she could find it a home. The pandemic had causedContinue reading “Faith and spirituality in the time of Covid”

Covid: The Rhondda boy who climbed a mountain carrying potatoes

People devised many ways to avoid becoming couch potatoes during lockdown.But few were as novel as actually carrying sacks of potatoes up a Rhondda mountain.Corey Williams, 10, did not stop there though – cycling up another and running up a third.His efforts raised £4,000 to buy tablet computers for patients at hospitals such as Llantrisant’sContinue reading “Covid: The Rhondda boy who climbed a mountain carrying potatoes”