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I’m A Celeb ‘investigated by police’ over bushtucker trials – but show defends its use of bugs

I’m A Celeb ‘investigated by police’ over bushtucker trials – but show defends its use of bugs

Entertainment
I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! has defended filming with bugs in Wales following reports that police are investigating the show over concerns it is using non-native wildlife.A spokesman for the hit ITV series, which has moved from Australia to the UK this year due to COVID-19 restrictions, said all insects used for bushtucker trials are "non-invasive species" and only released in a contained area. But North Wales Police is reportedly investigating the show over its use of insects such as cockroaches, maggots, spiders and worms, according to The Guardian, following complaints the species could threaten wildlife in the area around Gwrych Castle, near Abergele. Image: Contestants have been covered in insects during challenges The...
Chancellor defends Eat Out To Help Out scheme in face of UK’s second coronavirus wave

Chancellor defends Eat Out To Help Out scheme in face of UK’s second coronavirus wave

Business
Chancellor Rishi Sunak has defended encouraging people back to pubs and restaurants over the summer, prior to the government being forced to take fresh action to limit the spread of coronavirus.Mr Sunak's "Eat Out To Help Out" scheme handed Britons discounted meals during August, as ministers attempted to restart the economy after the UK's lockdown. Pubs, bars and restaurants - along with the rest of the hospitality industry - have since been handed a 10pm curfew as the government attempts to deal with a second wave of COVID-19 infections.Live coverage of the latest coronavirus news and updates Image: Rishi Sunak defended his Eat Out To Help Out scheme At the weekend, Prime Minister Boris Johnson hailed the meals discount programme fo...
Negative interest rates: Bank of England policymaker defends plan

Negative interest rates: Bank of England policymaker defends plan

Business
A Bank of England (BoE) policymaker has defended the potential use of negative interest rates, which could take the cost of borrowing below zero.Silvana Tenreyro told the Sunday Telegraph that evidence from other countries was "encouraging".On Tuesday, the BoE governor played down the prospect of taking rates below zero, insisting it just needed to make sure it could do so if needed.The Bank has so far responded to the pandemic by cutting rates to just 0.1%. If interest rates are negative, the BoE charges for any deposits it holds on behalf of the banks. That encourages banks to lend the money to business rather than deposit it.In an interview with the newspaper, Ms Tenreyro - an external member of the Bank's Monetary Policy Committee - said that evidenc...
Rishi Sunak defends emergency jobs scheme

Rishi Sunak defends emergency jobs scheme

Business
Media playback is unsupported on your device Chancellor Rishi Sunak has said it is "impossible" to predict how many jobs the government's new wage subsidy scheme will save. The scheme, set to replace furlough, will see the government top up the pay of people unable to work full time.It aims to stop mass job cuts after the government introduced new measures to tackle a rise in coronavirus cases.Mr Sunak said he hoped the plan would "benefit large numbers", but he could not say what job is "viable or not".Under the Job Support Scheme, if bosses bring back workers part time, the government will help top up their wages with employers to at least three-quarters of their full-time pay. It will begin on 1 November and last for six months. How will th...
Covid: Raab defends ‘targeted’ new coronavirus measures

Covid: Raab defends ‘targeted’ new coronavirus measures

Health
Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has defended the "balanced, targeted and proportionate" new coronavirus measures amid criticism from some scientists.In England, people are being told to work from home if they can and rules on face coverings have been expanded.The measures have exposed a split among scientists. Prof John Edmunds, who advises the government, said they did not go "anywhere near far enough".But other scientists say they hope they are a shift towards a coherent policy.It comes as Scotland recorded 486 new cases on Wednesday - the highest daily total since the pandemic began.First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said it was "a real cause for concern", although she added that more people were being tested now than at the peak of the outbreak. Tighter re...