Brits enjoy cheap pints before second lockdown

first_imgA server wearing a face mask or covering due to the Covid-19 pandemic, pours a pint of Camden Pale Ale inside a pub in Mayfair, London on November 3, 2020.DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS | AFP | Getty Images A pub offering up to 50 percent off alcohol for drinkers in Soho, London, ahead of a national lockdown for England from Thursday.Yui Mok/PA Images via Getty Images Laura Martindale, manager of The Rocket public house in Whiston, pours away spoilt beer that has gone off after the pub was placed into tier three and now faces a four week lockdown ahead of a national lockdown for England from ThursdayPeter Byrne/PA Images via Getty Images A sign outside a pub reads ‘ Never too late to pop in for the last pint before lockdown’ on November 4, 2020 in London, England. Non-essential businesses, including pubs and restaurants, will be forced to close from Thursday, Nov 5, following a new national lockdown in England.Peter Summers/Getty Images “Cask conditioned beer will not last, so any beer that will not have been sold by the time the pubs are shut will have to be thrown away, simple as that. And the logic is we’d be better off selling it than throwing it away,” he said.The British Beer and Pub Association, a trade association representing brewers and pubs in the U.K. (and there are over 47,000 pubs in the country), estimated back in May that during the U.K.’s first lockdown in March as many as 70 million pints of British beer would have been destroyed due to closures.The association described it at the time as “heart-breaking to see so much British beer, brewed with supreme skill and care, poured away rather than enjoyed in pubs across the U.K.” LONDON — Many Brits headed out to enjoy their last trip to a pub for at least a month on Wednesday, with some offering cut-price pints of beer before a second lockdown kicked in.Pubs across the country slashed the price of draught beer before lockdown began at 00:01 a.m. local time on Nov. 5. Some offered pints for as little as 95 or 99 pence ($1.28) in a bid to get rid of their stocks rather than pouring it down the drain, literally.Wetherspoons, the U.K.’s largest national pub chain and already known for its cheap drinks menu, was among those offering pints of ale for 99 pence in a bid to avoid wastage before the lockdown — which is forcing pubs, restaurants, leisure centers and gyms in England to close for a month. – Advertisement – – Advertisement – Some brewers found other ways to use the beer including feed for anaerobic digesters to create organic fertilizer for farming, the association noted, as well as beer reused as animal feed.The second lockdown is due to last until Dec. 2, depending on how effective it is at lowering the country’s coronavirus infection rate. The U.K. currently has the third-highest infection count in Europe after France and Spain, with just over 1 million reported cases of Covid-19, according to Johns Hopkins University data. On Oct. 31, U.K. government data showed the seven-day average number of cases stood at 22, 329.As infections started to rise in September, pubs, bars and restaurants were forced by the government to close at 10 p.m. and table service became obligatory.The British Beer and Pub Association is among industry groups calling for more support from the government, including requesting tax cuts for the hospitality sector, employment support and business grants.It has warned that almost a quarter of pub and hospitality industry members believe they could go out of business before the end of the year without government help.The Stonegate Pub Company owns over 700 pubs and bars nationwide in the U.K. and it also announced a three-day sale of all cask ale earlier this week, with pints for 95 pence across its venues.Managing Director Helen Charlesworth lambasted the government ahead of the English lockdown, issuing a statement that “once again, the hospitality industry is being told to bear the financial brunt of further regulations in the Government’s response to Covid-19.”“Given the short notice, this 95p pint sale is to ensure minimal wastage of product across our estate.” – Advertisement – The deal only applied to cask ales, not lager, ciders or wines which can keep, Wetherspoons’ spokesman Eddie Gershon told CNBC Wednesday.- Advertisement –last_img read more

10,000 TEU Boxship Joins Navios Containers’ Fleet

first_imgMonaco-based owner and operator of containerships Navios Maritime Containers has taken delivery of a secondhand 10,000 TEU boxship.Acquired in January this year for USD 52.5 million, the 2011-built ship was handed over to the company on April 23, 2019.The unit is chartered out at a net rate of USD 26,325 per day until November 2020 and thereafter at a rate of USD 27,300 per day until October 2021.Navios Containers owns 30 containerships, including one 10,000 TEU boxship it expects to take delivery of in Q3 2019, totaling 152,821 TEU, with a current average fleet age of 10.7 years.Since the end of 2017, Navios Containers has grown its fleet capacity by 72% on a TEU basis. The company’s fleet increased from 21 to 30 vessels, representing a 43% rise in the number of vessels.last_img

HIV SELF-TEST NOW IN ILOILO

first_img“We should connect, engage and talk alwaysabout this. Gahatag kita hope sa tawo,” said Diones. Meanwhile, PrEP is for people who do not haveHIV but are at very high risk of getting HIV. To prevent HIV infection, theyhave to take a pill every day, said Diones. “Kon negative ka kag partnermo positive (sa HIV), at least indi ya kamalatnan,” said Diones. HIV testing is essential for slowing the spread of HIV infectionand Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS). Many people are unaware thatthey are infected so they may be less likely to take precautions to helpprevent spreading the virus to others. Early diagnosis often results in earliertreatment. When someone is exposed to HIV throughunprotected sex or sharing of infected needles used in injectable illicitdrugs, the pill can work to keep the virus from establishing a permanentinfection, said Diones. They can already access HIV testing services,said Figuracion, citing Republic Act 11166 (Philippine HIV and AIDS Policy Act)which allows minors to access this service even without the consent of parents. Studies have shown that PrEP reduces the riskof getting HIV from sex by about 99 percent when taken daily. When taken daily, PrEP is highly effective forpreventing HIV, she stressed. “Around 15,000 people still don’t know theirHIV status that is why we are innovating, making sure that we cover the keypopulations,” said Figuracion./PN Figuracion also said HIV testing is not onlyfor adults but also for minors as young as 15 years old. PrEP can also be secured from FPOP for free. “Rather than nagpa-test ka lang kay mayrisgo ka, this should be a normal thing to do, at least once to twice ayear,” he said. Meanwhile, Roberto Figuracion Jr., officer ofthe Raising Awareness for Junior Advocates on HIV (RAJAH) Community Centerunder the FPOP, said the two innovate tools aim to “normalize” the HIV testingpractice. center_img FPOP’s community center is located on RizalStreet, City Proper. It is open all year-round for those who want to availthemselves of free HIVST kit, said Diones. In 2016, the World Health Organization (WHO)published the first global guidelines on HIV self-testing and recommended thatthis be offered as an additional approach to HIV testing services. “This improves the coverage of HIV testing inthe Philippines, and we are doing it here in Iloilo,” said Figuracion. Among people who inject drugs, PrEP reducesthe risk of getting HIV by at least 74 percent when taken daily, said Diones,but PrEP is much less effective if it is not taken consistently. “Ginapangitata kon sin-o ang may virus. Tanipanumdumon ta man nga ining mga tawo nga wala pa, we should protect them. Indi na naton sugtan nga magka-HIV sila,” said Diones. The pill (brand name Truvada) contains twomedicines (tenofovir and emtricitabine) that are used in combination with othermedicines to combat HIV. ILOILO City – Know your status. Self-testingfor HIV or the human immunodeficiency virus is now possible in this city. There are about 77,000 people living with HIVin the Philippines, said Figuracion, citing the estimates of the United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS, but only about 62,029have been diagnosed and reported. HIV Self-Testing (HIVST) is a process where aperson collects his or her own specimen (oral fluid or blood) and then performsan HIV test and interprets the result, often in a private setting, either aloneor with someone he or she trusts, according to Mona Lisa Diones,FPOP Iloilo program manager. The Family Planning Organization of thePhilippines (FPOP) and Department of Health (DOH) launched this and anotherinnovative tool to combat the spread of HIV – the pre-exposure prophylaxis(PrEP) – here yesterday coinciding with World AIDS Day. Diones underscored the importance of educatingthe public on these positive approaches in combatting HIV.last_img read more

Greene satisfied with fourth place finish at Natural Mania Universe

first_img… set to compete in WNBF World Championships next monthNATURAL bodybuilder Rawle Greene is satisfied with his fourth place finish at the 2019 INBF Natural Mania and WNBF Pro Universe competition, which was held last weekend in New York.The US-based Guyanese, who was known in his younger years as one of the fastest men in Guyana, said, “It was a good field of bodybuilders from around the world.”Greene, who is a pro in the World Natural Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation, added that “making top five out of seven and placing fourth in the PRO men’s was ok.”Saturday night was the 42-year-old’s fourth time at the prestigious event.The former sprinter, who switched sports in 2007 after picking up an injury trying to qualify for the 2008 Olympics, said that athletics has helped his bodybuilding career.“The leg muscles I developed as a sprinter doing me well in bodybuilding.”Four years into bodybuilding, the naturally gifted athlete won his International Natural Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation (INBF) Pro Card in 2011 after he won the INBF Mr America title.Since then he has competed in four Universe and two World events along with the Central American and Caribbean (CAC) championships and a string of competitions in the U.S.Greene, who is a personal trainer, said that working with clients all day and then having to train can be “tiresome”; nevertheless he is still gearing up to do the World Championships in New York next month.last_img read more