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Covid-19 news: Coronavirus restrictions to ease slightly in England

New Scientist

People in England can return to work if they can't work from home Restrictions to curb the spread of coronavirus are being eased slightly in England this week, but many have criticised the government for creating confusion with a new slogan telling people to "stay alert", which replaces previous advice to "stay at home." In a video message broadcast on Sunday evening, prime minister Boris Johnson announced the following changes to the government's policy in England, which are listed in full online and will come into effect from Wednesday 13 May: These new policies mean that social distancing rules in England are now different from the advice given to UK citizens in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Scotland's first minister Nicola Sturgeon said people should continue to "stay at home", and Northern Ireland's first minister Arlene Foster also rejected the new slogan. Some London Underground platforms were packed with passengers this morning following last night's announcement.


Salmond crowdfunder closed after passing £100,000 mark

BBC News

Alex Salmond's crowdfunding appeal to pay for his legal action against the Scottish government has closed after raising double its £50,000 target. The former first minister is seeking a judicial review of the government's handling of sexual misconduct complaints against him. Mr Salmond strongly denies the allegations, describing them as "patently ridiculous". His fundraiser has been heavily criticised by opposition parties. They have raised concerns that the high-profile crowdfunding campaign could make women less likely to come forward with sexual harassment complaints against other powerful men in the future.


US 'professional huntress' who shot dead a sheep quits social media

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A'professional huntress' who sparked outrage after posting pictures of herself posing with a wild goat shot on Islay is leaving social media for two weeks after receiving death threats. American TV presenter Larysa Switlyk said she was'headed out on a bush plane for my next hunting adventure' and would be out of service for a fortnight. Ms Switlyk, who hosts the Larysa Unleashed programme on various channels, has been widely criticised after posting a picture of herself smiling behind the wild goat, with more than 12,000 people commenting on the image. Ms Switlyk was previously an accountant in New York before going hunting full time. The Scottish Government has said it will review the law around animal culling in the wake of the response to the images.


Goat kill hunter attacks 'ignorant people'

BBC News

An American TV host who sparked anger after shooting a wild goat on Islay has criticised "ignorant people" who sent her death threats on social media. Larysa Switlyk, who presents the Larysa Unleashed programme, posted pictures of herself posing with the dead goat on a hunting trip to the Scottish island. The hunt was legal - but sparked outrage on social media. The thousands of replies sent to Ms Switlyk included some calling for her to be killed. Ms Switlyk is understood to have been in Scotland a month ago, but only posted the pictures of the dead goat on Tuesday.


JK Rowling Defends Theresa May After Twitter User Calls Her A 'Whore'

International Business Times

Rowling, an active Twitter user with over 10 million followers, has previously been critical of May, especially over her meeting with United States President Donald Trump in January. May praised Trump for what she called a "stunning election victory," and she invited him for a state visit to the United Kingdom. Prior to May's meeting with Trump, Rowling sent her a warning via Twitter. J.K. Rowling attends the 70th EE British Academy Film Awards at Royal Albert Hall on February 12, 2017 in London, England Photo: Getty Images Rowling has drawn both praise and criticism for voicing her opinions on issues such as same-sex marriage, Brexit and the Scottish referendum. She has previously used Twitter to express her negative opinions about President Trump.