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Covid-19: Charities urge vulnerable people to book vaccines

Covid-19: Charities urge vulnerable people to book vaccines

Health
PA MediaMillions of vulnerable people with underlying health conditions, such as cancer, diabetes and heart disease, are being urged to book their Covid jabs.Charities including Cancer Research UK, Mencap and the Terrence Higgins Trust have written an open letter to those in priority group six.They are trying to reassure people that vaccines are safe and effective.The Department of Health said more than half of the seven million people in that group have had their first dose.Priority group six includes those aged 16 to 64 with an underlying health condition, their carers, and people with learning disabilities.Underlying health conditions include chronic respiratory, heart, kidney and liver disease and neurological conditions, immunosuppression, asplenia, diabetes, morbid obesity and severe...
Costa Book of the Year: ‘Utterly original’ Mermaid of Black Conch wins

Costa Book of the Year: ‘Utterly original’ Mermaid of Black Conch wins

Entertainment
Ian GavanThe Mermaid of Black Conch, a dark love story about a fisherman and a mermaid torn from the sea, has won the Costa Book of the Year award.Trinidadian-born British writer Monique Roffey beat four other contenders with her sixth novel to scoop the £30,000 prize.Judges said the book was "utterly original... and feels like a classic in the making".A "delighted" Roffey said her win was a vote for Caribbean literature."A huge thank you to the judges for exposing my book to a wide readership. I'll be pinching myself for weeks to come," she added.Based on a Taino legend of a beautiful woman transformed into a mermaid, the story is set in the Caribbean village of St Constance.David, a fisherman, unexpectedly attracts the attention of Aycayia, a mermaid who is drawn to his singing. When she...
Desire for escapism fuels rise in book and audiobook sales

Desire for escapism fuels rise in book and audiobook sales

Entertainment
There has been an increase in the number of books being consumed since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.The Publishers Association said that while sales for print books fell by 17% in the first half of 2020, demand for digital books rose by 13%. Adult fiction proved to be the most popular genre, seeing a 13% rise in demand.The sharpest increase in demand was for audiobooks, which saw sales increase by 47%.Natalie Trice, a mother of two, told Sky News her family turned to audiobooks during their daily school journeys. Advertisement ...
‘The Book of Boba Fett’: New ‘Star Wars’ series set for Disney+ in 2021

‘The Book of Boba Fett’: New ‘Star Wars’ series set for Disney+ in 2021

Entertainment
Dec. 18 (UPI) -- A new Star Wars television series based around bounty hunter Boba Fett titled The Book of Boba Fett is coming to Disney+ in December 2021. The announcement came Friday during the after-credits scene for the Season 2 finale of fellow Star Wars show, The Mandalorian. Advertisement Fett, portrayed by Temuera Morrison, became a supporting character in Season 2 of The Mandalorian and was featured returning to Jabba the Hutt's palace. Fett shot up the place and sat down on Jabba's throne before a title card arrived announcing The Book of Boba Fett. Disney has yet to officially announce the series. The company plans on releasing roughly 10 Star Wars shows to Disney+, including Mandalorian spinoffs Ahsoka and Rangers of the New Republic. British actor Jeremy Bulloch, who original...
Watch: Onewe reflects on the past in ‘A Book in Memory’ music video

Watch: Onewe reflects on the past in ‘A Book in Memory’ music video

Entertainment
Dec. 11 (UPI) -- South Korean boy band Onewe released on Friday the music video for their single "A Book in Memory," which appears on newly released single album, Memory: Illusion. Onewe reflect on past memories in the clip, which also features the band performing the song together. Advertisement The members of Onewe rock out in a brightly lit brick building that is eventually engulfed in a blue light and fog. Memory: Illusion, also released on Friday, additionally includes the songs "Trauma (Aquarium) and "Eraser." Onewe consists of members Yonghoon, Kanghyun, Harin, Dongmyeong, and CyA. The group originally made its debut in 2015 under the name M.A.S. 0094. Embed code for news quiz on stories for Friday and beyond: Let's block ads! (Why?) Entertainment...