Mr Kipling maker says low-sugar products helped to drive sales

2 días ago

Premier Foods maintains growth momentum as lockdowns lead to increase in at-home eating

The maker of Mr Kipling cakes has reported stronger than expected sales in the three months to early July as customers tucked into low-sugar versions of their sweet treats.

Premier Foods, which makes store cupboard staples such as Bisto gravy and Sharwood’s cooking sauces, said its total sales for the last quarter were lower than last year because of a boom in home cooking during the first coronavirus lockdown but sales had climbed by 6.3% compared with two years ago.

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Jillian Ambrose

Republican bid to limit health officials could cause ‘preventable tragedies’ – experts

2 días ago

At least nine states have considered ‘emergency power limitation’ legislation proposed by conservative organization Alec

Republican lawmakers across more than a dozen states are working to limit the powers of local health departments in ways experts say is likely to lead to “preventable tragedies” during disease outbreaks, including the Covid-19 pandemic.

The attempts to limit the emergency powers of public health agencies comes alongside harassment of individual public health workers, renewed concern about the spread of the highly transmissible Covid-19 Delta variant, and a flagging US vaccination campaign.

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Jessica Glenza

Morrison says time between Pfizer doses to increase in NSW after state records 136 new cases – as it happened

2 días ago

Gladys Berejiklian says 53 of the new NSW cases were infectious in the community. This blog is now closed.

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And that’s where we will leave things for the evening. A big day today:

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And a story by my colleague Paul Karp that you might be interested in:

Scott Morrison was advised last week by Australia’s chief medical officer that anyone who attends his Canberra residence should be vaccinated against Covid-19 and take daily saliva tests – advice that was not followed in relation to journalists at recent press conferences.

Related: Morrison held press conferences at the Lodge despite health advice visitors should be vaccinated

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Lisa Cox (now) and Nino Bucci,Elias Visontay,Mostafa Rachwani and Michael McGowan (earlier)

NSW Covid outbreak: there are hints of what’s to come, and it doesn’t look good

2 días 1 hora ago

As the strategy to quash the virus flounders, premier Gladys Berejiklian and chief health officer Kerry Chant pin their hopes on vaccines

Amid the politicking, blaming and panicked rhetoric of NSW’s daily Covid update, there was a surprising number of insights into why the state is struggling to bring this outbreak under control, and what’s coming.

Here’s what we learned:

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Anne Davies

Morrison held press conferences at the Lodge despite health advice visitors should be vaccinated

2 días 2 horas ago

Prof Paul Kelly gave written health advice to the prime minister on 18 July with ways to mitigate risk while in quarantine

Scott Morrison was advised last week by Australia’s chief medical officer that anyone who attends his Canberra residence should be vaccinated against Covid-19 and take daily saliva tests – advice that was not followed in relation to journalists at recent press conferences.

On Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, the prime minister held press conferences outside the Lodge, where he is quarantining after returning to Canberra from Sydney.

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Paul Karp

Fears for Indonesia provinces as Delta variant spreads out of Java

2 días 2 horas ago

Shortages of beds and oxygen as Covid variant reaches areas with weaker healthcare systems

Scenes that have for months haunted hospitals across Indonesia’s Java island are appearing across the country, as the Delta variant spreads to new provinces, causing shortages of beds and oxygen.

Images have circulated on social media of overstretched hospitals in both Papua and Kalimantan. One video shows a patient lying inside an ambulance, with two of his relatives sitting next to him. “The people need help. [I] have brought them to hospitals but all of them rejected us. [The hospitals] said there is no oxygen. How come the government can’t provide oxygen?” the ambulance driver, who recorded the video, can be heard saying. The Twitter account reported that the patient finally died.

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Gemma Holliani Cahya in Jakarta and Rebecca Ratcliffe

Jacinda Ardern announces Australian travel bubble suspension as Covid outbreak worsens – video

2 días 3 horas ago

New Zealand will suspend its quarantine-free travel bubble with Australia for two months, as the country grapples with a number of serious outbreaks of Covid-19. Travel with the states of New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia had already been paused but will now expand to the entire country. At a press briefing on Friday, the prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, said because of the Delta variant there was 'greater risk now … than when we opened the travel bubble'. While Ardern said she remained committed to the travel bubble, Ardern added 'Covid has changed and so must we'

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Activewear brand Lorna Jane fined $5m for claiming clothes could stop Covid spread

2 días 3 horas ago

Company falsely claimed its anti-virus activewear had been sprayed with a substance that protected people against pathogens

Lorna Jane has been fined $5m and labelled “predatory and exploitative” by the federal court after the popular activewear brand falsely claimed its clothes could eliminate Covid-19 and stop it spreading.

During the deadly virus outbreak, the company claimed its anti-virus activewear had been sprayed with a substance called “LJ Shield”, which protected people against pathogens.

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Ladies and gentlemen, put your hands together for… the standing ovation! | Hannah Jane Parkinson

2 días 3 horas ago

We have been denied crowd and audience participation for so long, and absence makes the heart grow fonder

I’m not usually good at things that could be considered slightly cringeworthy. There are certain displays of collective emotion, jubilation or despair that I find too earnest to bear. But the first day of this year’s Wimbledon – my enjoyment of which I wrote about recently – reminded me of how much I can get down with a standing ovation.

As a pre-match announcement was made that Dame Sarah Gilbert and her team, who developed the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine, and some NHS staff, were seated in one of the boxes, a deafening ripple of seemingly endless applause filled the court. Then, perhaps realising this wasn’t sufficient praise and appreciation, the crowd rose to their feet. A closeup of Gilbert’s face saw her quite dumbstruck and overwhelmed, tears dancing in her eyes. It was partly thanks to Gilbert that the crowd were able to be there at all. It was extremely moving.

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Hannah Jane Parkinson

Australian Medical Association says NSW Covid lockdown failing and urges change to AstraZeneca advice

2 días 4 horas ago

Exclusive: Dr Omar Khorshid says Atagi advice must be changed given growing number of cases from Sydney outbreak

The president of the Australian Medical Association, Dr Omar Khorshid, says it is unlikely lockdown measures can contain the Delta outbreak in New South Wales and has urged the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (Atagi) to recommend the AstraZeneca vaccine for more age groups.

Currently, the Atagi advice recommends the Pfizer vaccine, which is in short supply and high demand in Australia, “as the preferred vaccine for those aged 16 to under 60 years” due to the risk of rare but severe clotting known as TTS linked to AstraZeneca and more frequent in the under-60 age group.

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Melissa Davey

Daily Covid tests for students found to be as effective as group isolation

2 días 4 horas ago

Sending bubbles home after contact with Covid cases no better than testing to stop infection spreading, say scientists

Scientists have recommended daily tests for students who come into contact with Covid cases at secondary schools and colleges after finding that it prevents the spread of infection as much as sending whole bubbles home to isolate.

Researchers at Oxford University compared the two approaches in 201 schools and colleges between April and June this year. Daily testing with lateral flow devices appeared to marginally reduce symptomatic infections in the schools, but had a greater impact on lost education, reducing the number of absences by an estimated 20% to 39%.

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Ian Sample Science editor

Vaccinate all UK university students by September, says union

2 días 4 horas ago

UCU urges government to prevent universities being ‘incubators for Covid-19 all over again’

University staff are demanding the full vaccination of all students by September and compulsory face masks on campus to stop the Delta variant from ripping through universities in the new academic year.

The University and College Union (UCU) has written to the education secretary, Gavin Williamson, warning that the Covid chaos seen in universities last year will be repeated unless strict measures are in place to protect staff and students.

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Sally Weale Education correspondent