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workers in Liverpool believe virtual meetings are a waste of
A new study from the
UK's leading independent job board, CV Library, reveals that
84.6% of workers in Liverpool think virtual work meetings are a
waste of time; with 1 in 5 (20.8%) admitting that they excuse
themselves from online meetings that they get bored of.
The study surveyed 2,000 working professionals and reveals that
men were most likely to see them as a waste of time (81.3% of
men v 67.8% of women), and were also more likely to abandon an
online meeting altogether (40.7% of men v 26.8% of women).
Alongside this, a staggering 95.5% of professionals in Liverpool
currently have up to four virtual meetings a day, with each of
these lasting around an hour. Worse still, 13.6% said they spend
around 6.5 hours in virtual meetings every day.
Lee Biggins, founder and CEO of CV-Library, comments:- "We
know that more people are working from home right now than ever
before and it's definitely taking some getting used to. While
it's great to keep the momentum going and connect with
colleagues via conference calls or video chats, there is an
argument that these can sometimes be counter productive;
especially if they're filling up your entire day or nothing
positive ever comes out of them. Try to get a good balance of
personal and professional chat. It doesn't need to be business
all the time! For some people, virtual meetings may be all the
interaction they have with others right now, so be sensitive of
everyone's situations. If you're worried that you're not getting
much out of the meetings you're attending, why not suggest that
you shake them up a bit by introducing presentations or setting
a clear agenda."
In addition to the above, 39.1% of respondents in Liverpool say
their most productive meetings are under 30 minutes long, while
17.4% said 45 minutes, 26.1% an hour, 13% an hour and a half and
4.3% 2 hours plus.
Biggins continues:- "Research from a few years back found
that the average person's attention span is just 14 minutes; so
think about this when scheduling in your next virtual meeting.
Often, shorter, more frequent, meetings can be a lot more
bereavement:- 'How to help children cope'
AS the Coronavirus
death toll continues to rise, more and more youngsters are
having to cope with the loss of a loved 1. Former Primary School
Teacher Catherine Lynch of education resources and lesson plan
PlanBee has step by step advice
The daily announcement that yet again hundreds of loved ones
have died from Covid-19 continues to shock us; as it should. But
for young children, most of whom are stuck at home without the
distraction of School and socialising with friends, talk of
death can be extremely disturbing and overwhelming.
As the number of victims continues to rise; and with age
identified as one of the key risk factors; those lost may
include grandparents, elderly neighbours, or relatives of their
friends. And increasingly, as the virus takes hold, children are
mourning parents, uncles and aunts.
And for those whose parents and loved ones are key workers in,
for example, the NHS, supermarkets or transport, there may be
special worries that their relatives are particularly
If a relative or friend does succumb to the virus, here is some
advice as to how best to discuss it with your child, who may be
feeling bewildered as well as extremely sad. The challenge is to
be honest and truthful while making your dialogue
age appropriate and reassuring.
Don't shy away from difficult information...
Talking about illness and bereavement are incredibly challenging
conversations to have. It can be tempting to try and shield
children from difficult information, but they are likely to
overhear conversations and pick up on adults' emotions. This
makes it highly likely they will become frightened and confused
about the unknown. Where possible be honest with children in an
age appropriate way.
Tell them if a relative is unwell...
Talk to them about what is happening and tell them if someone
they know is unwell. Answer their questions as best you can.
Talk about how you are feeling, if you are able to. Don't be
shocked or worried if your child doesn't seem to engage with the
conversation. Follow their lead, give them time to process the
news and be ready to talk to them when they approach you.
Use direct language...
Talk to your child in simple, direct language to explain when
someone dies. Avoid comparing dying with falling to sleep. This
can make children incredibly anxious about going to sleep
themselves. Also avoid euphemisms like:- 'we have lostů'
This can be confusing for children. You may want to read a
picture book about bereavement together. Stories are excellent
for sharing difficult concepts with children in an accessible
way. They give people the language to discuss this type of
event. You may find a child will request a book about
bereavement rather than directly ask to discuss it. Books can
seem much less threatening than having a deep and meaningful
Anger is OK as well as sadness...
Acknowledge all feelings after a bereavement. This includes, but
is not limited to:- sadness, loss, anger, worry, relief, guilt,
happiness, numbness. Feeling any of these emotions is normal;
none of them makes someone a bad person. Most people experience
Adults are suffering, too...
Expect everyone in your household (this includes adults) to have
times where everything feels overwhelming. For children, this
may present in more challenging behaviour as they struggle to
regulate their emotions. They may also start acting as if they
are much younger than they are, seeking lots of cuddles, wanting
to be spoon fed at mealtimes, demanding they are given something
unrealistically expensive, and being completely devastated when
something small doesn't work out as they hoped.
Accept their feelings of anger...
While it can feel frustrating when your child loses the plot
over their brick tower falling down, remember that they are
processing a lot of complicated emotions. It is much easier to
express anger and upset over something specific and tangible
than to explain feelings around something as big and sometimes
abstract as the death of a loved one. If they are seeking much
more attention than usual it may feel smothering, especially
while our support networks are so different from usual. Arrange
video calls with friends and family and don't feel guilty about
extra cuddles on the sofa. Try to engage your support network as
best you can remotely and be kind to yourself.
Remember your loved one...
Share memories of the person who has died. This is especially
important at the moment when only a small number of family
members are permitted to attend wakes and funerals. You may want
to plan a memorial service for when restrictions have been
lifted. This is an opportunity for separated families to work
together and may provide a useful thing to focus on.
Say your own goodbye...
Holding your own, personal ritual as a household is a lovely,
gentle way to say goodbye. You could all share a memory of the
person. Encourage your child to draw pictures or write messages
to put in a memory box; think about what is most fitting for you
and your family.
Possibly most importantly look after yourself. Don't be hard on
yourself. You will probably feel a wide range of emotions and
regulating your own emotions while holding your child's is
incredibly difficult. Give yourself time to process the loss.
Wish or:- Child
Bereavement UK to access
more support for children and families.
takes further action to support bus and lorry drivers who are
keeping the country moving
THE UK Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps, on Friday, 17
April 2020, announced that it will be easier for bus and lorry
drivers to renew their expiring driving licences. This latest
action taken by the Government and DVLA will ensure that bus and
lorry drivers can continue their vital work and keep the country
As NHS staff rightly focus on the nationwide response to
Coronavirus, the Government has temporarily relaxed the
requirement for bus and lorry drivers to provide a Doctor's
medical report in order to renew their licence.
Under the scheme, drivers will be able to receive a temporary 1
year licence, providing they do not have any medical conditions
that affect their driving and their current licence expires in
2020. This temporary change will not only keep 30,000 drivers on
the road each month, but will also relieve pressure on NHS staff
who are working hard on the frontline to tackle Coronavirus and
help parts of the emergency services to deliver their critical
Drivers with health issues will still need to declare these, and
those with health issues that prevent them from driving safely
will not have their licence renewed.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said:- "With our NHS
staff working around the clock to combat Coronavirus, we are
determined to help vital bus and lorry drivers support our
incredible industry and keep Britain moving. By temporarily
relaxing the requirement to provide a doctor's medical report as
part of the bus and lorry driving licence renewal process we
will ensure that those who are fit to drive can continue
delivering critical goods around the country and getting workers
to the front line. This will also help to ensure doctors and
nurses can continue their crucial efforts to fight Coronavirus."
This temporary change will only apply to those drivers whose
licences are due to expire or have expired since 1 January 2020.
The licence will only be valid for one year and then the driver
will need to submit a completed D4 when the licence is next due
campaign halted after CLA lobbying
A company selling sky
lanterns to raise funds for the NHS has stopped its campaign
after concerns were raised over the damage they would inflict on
the countryside. Night Sky Lanterns were selling Union Jack
lanterns for ₤6 and encouraging people to release them every
Sunday night during COVID-19. The Country Land and Business
Association (CLA) where among those who quickly reacted to this
misguided sentiment, contacting all rural MPs and asking them to
raise awareness to the dangers of sky lanterns. Subsequently,
the company has stopped this initiative and refunded all orders.
CLA Director North, Dorothy Fairburn, said:- "Releasing a
naked flame, with absolutely no control over where it will land,
is a serious threat to:- rural businesses, livestock, wildlife
and the environment. There is simply no responsible way of using
them. Therefore it's good that the company has seen sense and
decided to end the campaign, especially as there are much better
ways to show support and appreciation for the invaluable work of
the NHS. While this move is positive, we've been campaigning for
a number of years for these to be banned on safety and
environmental grounds and this now needs to be actioned more
The CLA has published a dedicated advisory and information page
(regularly updated) on the Coronavirus; which can be accessed on
after claiming he had Coronavirus and threatening to spit at
officers in Liverpool
A man has been jailed for 16 weeks after claiming he had
Coronavirus and threatening to spit at British Transport Police
officers in Liverpool. The incident happened at Liverpool Lime
Street Station, at around 5.40pm, on Friday, 27 March 2020.
Officers approached a closely gathered group at the station's
main entrance and intended to advise on the current pandemic. 1
of the group, Robert Carson, reacted aggressively. He later
admitted being under the influence of drugs and alcohol. The 54
year old, of Fraser Street in Liverpool, began shouting in the
face of an Officer. Carson refused to leave the station multiple
times and soon started launching violent threats and insults. He
was arrested and continually spat at the dividing glass as he
was being driven to custody in a Police Van. He also made more
threats, claiming he had Coronavirus and intended to spit in the
faces of Officers. Carson was charged with using threatening
behaviour and common assault of an emergency worker. He pleaded
guilty to both offences and was sentenced to 16 weeks in prison
at Liverpool Magistrates Court, on Tuesday, 7 April 2020. TP
Chief Inspector David Rams said:- "The national emergency
has created challenges for policing in general, and for my
officers who day in and day out work hard to ensure the safety
and security of the railway network. What doesn't help is
threats and abuse while they're trying to ensure the safety of
the public. I'm pleased the courts have taken this incident
extremely seriously and ensured Carson has been dealt a
custodial sentence. I hope this serves as a deterrent to anyone
tempted to threaten or spit at Officers."
Service to assist NHS with Covid-19 work
FOLLOWING the unprecedented Agreement reached on 26 March
2020, between the:- Fire Service National Employers, National
Fire Chiefs Council and Fire Brigades Union, it has been agreed
to add a further three areas of work to reflect the scale of the
national crisis and the urgency of the response required.
Firefighters will be able to assist in:-
► Taking samples for Covid-19
► Drive Ambulance Transport not
on blue lights (excluding known Covid-19 patients) to outpatient
appointments or to receive urgent care.
► Provide driving Instruction by
FRS driver trainers to deliver training for non Service
personnel to drive Ambulances (not on blue lights)
Firefighters will also continue responding to core emergencies,
such as fires and road traffic collisions, but under the
agreement can now provide additional services specifically
related to Covid-19. This adds to the areas of additional work
already agreed through this joint process:-
► Ambulance Service assistance:-
Ambulance Driving and Patient/Ambulance personnel support,
limited to current competence (Not additional FRS First or
► Vulnerable persons - delivery
of essential items.
► Covid-19 - Mass casualty
(Movement of bodies)
► Face Fitting for masks to be
used by frontline NHS and clinical care staff working with
► Delivery of PPE and other
medical supplies to NHS and care facilities.
The 3 organisations will continue to meet weekly, or more
frequently if required, to discuss any additional requests for
assistance made by Local Resilience Forums and Strategic
Cllr Nick Chard, Chair of the National Employers, said:-
"We will continue to work at pace to bring an extra resource to
the battle against the impact of Covid-19, working
collaboratively with the FBU and NFCC for the benefit of local
people. Fire and Rescue has always played its role in meeting
immense challenges and this crisis is no exception. We have
stepped up our assistance to support our over stretched public
sector colleagues, especially ambulance services, with our can
do attitude and sense of community spirit and will continue to
Total UK cases
COVID-19 Cases Update for Liverpool City Region and
ON the 17 April
2020, as the world learned that China had revised its
official death toll from the Novel Coronavirus, raising the
number of fatalities attributed to the Pandemic by more than
a ⅓, we all heard that the UK could soon have the
highest death rate in Europe. This warning about the UK was
attributed to the failings of the UK Government to take
early action and that we are still in the dark about deaths
outside of Hospital, related to Covid-19. The
number of fatalities had again risen by 847 to 14,576 lab
confirmed Covid-19 Hospital deaths. The number of UK
laboratory confirmed COVID-19 infections has again risen by
5,599 in just a day, to 108,692, but testing has also
dramatically been increased by the Department of Health,
giving us a clearer picture of the problems the UK faces in
tackling the Pandemic. In England, there are a total of
83,474 confirmed cases. North West - total of 12,687
confirmed cases. Current confirmed cases within the
following local authorities are as follows:-
► Liverpool, 1,028 confirmed cases.
► Sefton, 578 confirmed cases.
► Wirral, 688 confirmed cases.
► St. Helens, 427 confirmed cases.
► Halton, 230 confirmed cases.
► Lancashire, 1,842 confirmed cases.
► Cheshire West and Chester, 497 confirmed cases.
► Cheshire East, 506 confirmed cases.
► Manchester, 788 confirmed cases.
► Stockport, 579 confirmed cases.
► Trafford, 424 confirmed cases.
► Wigan, 375 confirmed cases.
► Bolton, 482 confirmed cases.
► Rochdale, 291 confirmed cases.
► Bury, 272 confirmed cases.
► Tameside, 338 confirmed cases.
► Oldham, 395 confirmed cases.
► Blackburn with Darwen, 204 confirmed cases.
These stats are according to Public Health England as of
17/04/2020. Last updated 3:02 pm GMT.. Last updated 2:44 pm GMT.. UK total includes cases detected through:-
"Pillar 2" testing (tests carried out by
commercial partners) and therefore does not equate to the
sum of the 4 countries' counts, which only include:-
"Pillar 1" (tests carried out by NHS / PHE /
Devolved Administration Labs).
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