If you are confused about whether to wear a face mask, you're not alone. Even scientists cannot come to a consensus on whether they are a useful health intervention or could make the situation worse. The politicians seem equally divided, with Boris Johnson signalling that mask-wearing will soon become mandatory, while Michael Gove believes people should be allowed to use their own judgment. At the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, the World Health Organisation (WHO) advised against mask wearing, only changing its advice last month to encourage their use where physical distancing is difficult, such as on public transport. But even the WHO is concerned that face coverings give a false sense of protection which may lead people to abandon other crucial strategies, such as hand-washing and social distancing. So what do we know about the effectiveness of masks?
The Yulin “Lychee and Dog Meat” festival is an annual 10 day event where over 10,000 dogs are eaten. Cat meat, fresh lychees and liquor are also available at the festival.The event in this remote part of southern China has proved to be very controversial in recent years, particularly in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
Irish actor Brendan Gleeson transformed himself into the 45th President of the United States for a forthcoming series about the conflict between Donald Trump and former FBI director James Comey.Showtime announced the two-part miniseries The Comey Rule will air after the 2020 election in November, with Jeff Daniels in the title role.
The trailer for South Korea’s newest horrifying zombie thriller, Alive, dropped on Monday.The film, which follows the lives of two protagonists in a zombie apocalypse, is directed by Cho Il-hyung, and adapted from the screenplay of Hollywood screenwriter Matt Naylor titled Alone.
Patrick Dempsey, Zach Braff and Jennifer Garner returned to their roles as on-screen doctors to thank US healthcare workers for their dedication during the coronavirus pandemic.In a video curated by actress Olivia Wilde, who appeared on House, MD, a cast of famous faces who made their names playing TV doctors virtually came together to pay tribute to real-life medics.
Pixar’s new animation Onward has been banned in a number of cinemas in the Middle East because of its representation of homosexuality, according to Deadline.The report states the film has been forbidden from cinemas in Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and Saudi Arabia as a result of one of the film’s characters openly referencing their lesbian relationship.
Fellow celebrities and fans have expressed their support after Welsh singer Duffy revealed she was drugged, raped and held captive in an ordeal that took place at some point in the past 10 years.“Of course I survived. The recovery took time. There’s no light way to say it,” she wrote. “But I can tell you in the last decade, the thousands and thousands of days I committed to wanting to feel the sunshine in my heart again, the sun does now shine.”
“A new luxury resort just opened in Tanzania!”“Hi Helen, fancy checking out the ski scene in Uzbekistan?”
The Darkness frontman Justin Hawkins is the latest celebrity to be unveiled on controversial singing competition The Masked Singer UK.Fans were stunned to see the musician unmasked after wearing a chameleon costume during the show.
I took 25 flights in the first half of 2019.Twenty-five. That’s almost one a week. Let that sink in for a moment.
You've been looking forward to taking a break all year, but now you've set everything up with blankets and mince pies you've drawn a blank on what you actually want to watch.Several new Christmas films come out every year - you've got far too many films to choose from, and most of them aren't much good anyway.
The Simpsons showrunner Al Jean has denied suggestions by the show’s composer that the long-running sitcom is coming to an end.Danny Elfman, who wrote the the series’ classic theme tune, recently gave an interview hinting that The Simpsons was preparing to bow out after 30 years on air.
Smugglers cut a hole in the border wall in Southern California and then drove a utility truck through it, according to a new report.Sixteen people, all of whom were in the white Dodge that drove through the border wall, were later arrested by Customs and Border Patrol (CPB) once the truck had crossed into the US. Fourteen of the people arrested were Mexican, and two were Guatemalan.
The best place to celebrate Halloween in the world. It must be Transylvania, the home of Dracula, right? Or Salem, Massachusetts, for its history of witches, right. Maybe even New York, for its celebrity-led annual Village Parade.One place you almost certainly wouldn't think of is Derry – the second city of Northern Ireland. But that's where you'd be wrong.
It is more than 90 years since DH Lawrence’s famously outrageous novel Lady Chatterley’s Lover was first published and times have certainly changed since then. Sally Rooney’s Normal People, Costa Novel of the Year 2018, revisits many of the issues and the ostensible plot of Lady Chatterley. Normal People is basically a romance, but it’s a romance that crosses class boundaries.
The First World War saw useful advances in every form of military transport, from troop train to armoured tank, from motor ambulance to fighter airplane. Out of the ashes of that war emerged a primitive ministry of transport – the precursor to today’s Department for Transport – now celebrating its 100th year.
Hundreds of passengers suffered disrupted journeys after sightings of a suspected drone grounded flights for around an hour at Britain's busiest airport. Heathrow suspended departures after a gadget was spotted in the air near the take-off point on one of its two runways. The transport secretary, Chris Grayling, said he was preparing to deploy the same military technology used at Gatwick if the west London hub required it to keep planes flying.
Heathrow airport temporarily suspended all departures on Tuesday evening after a drone was spotted near one of the hub's two runways. The suspension of takeoffs from runway 27R of Britain's busiest airport was announced shortly before 6pm on Tuesday. Chris Grayling, the transport secretary, said he was prepared to deploy the same anti-drone military technology used at Gatwick if needed.
Naomi Watts will play the lead in HBO's Game of Thrones prequel. The English actor, 50, is set to appear as "a charismatic socialite hiding a dark secret" in the prequel's pilot, Variety reported on Tuesday. Screenwriter Jane Goldman, who co-wrote Kick-Ass with Matthew Vaughn, is behind the prequel, which takes place thousands of years before the events told in Game of Thrones.
Twelve anxious couples competed in this weekend's Strictly Come Dancing, but only eleven will make it through to next week’s Halloween spook-tacular, when the dance-floor will be covered in cobwebs, pumpkins and a criminal amount of face paint. Tonight (20 October) we saw Danny John Jules nab the first ten of the series, Seann Walsh plummet towards the bottom of the leaderboard, and Charles Venn produce a surprise routine that had everyone in tears. Plus Bruno’s understudy Alfonso Ribeiro was fun for five minutes (and then we all started missing our favourite Italian).
Strictly Come Dancing 2018 continued following the departure of Blue singer Lee Ryan who was eliminated from the BBC competition last week. The episode saw many highlights across its two-hour running time, ranging from Seann Walsh and dancing partner Katya Jones’s first dance after their headline-making kissing scandal as well as several acclaimed dances from candidates including Ashley Roberts, Vick Hope and Stacey Dooley. All eyes were on Seann Walsh and his dancing partner Katya Jones who, earlier this week, were forced to apologise after being caught kissing in public despite being in relationships.
The Greatest Showman may have been sneered at by film critics but its devoted following among audiences means it’s getting the live treatment on Broadway. The musical about the life of 19th century American circus ringmaster PT Barnum, starring Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, Michelle Williams and Zendaya, was accused of glossing over the less appealing aspects of its subject’s personality and was memorably dismissed as “a shrill blast of nothing” by Peter Travers of Rolling Stone. While the producers can’t fail to put together a lavish, visually spectacular theatrical show, to which the Barnum story is uniquely well suited, no cast information has yet been confirmed, nor is there any word yet on ticketing.
Zoe Ball is in advanced talks to replace Chris Evans as the host of BBC Radio 2's breakfast show, it has been reported. The Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two host beat fellow BBC Radio 2 presenter Sara Cox to the hosting job and is currently working out the details of a contract, according to The Sun. "We are in advanced negotiations with Zoe to replace Chris," a BBC source told the paper.
Disney has unveiled the first image from its much-anticipated live-action Mulan film, showing Liu Yifei, also known as Crystal Liu, in the starring role. Production has started on the remake of the 1998 animated film and will take place in China and New Zealand. Finding an actress to play Mulan, a young woman who disguises herself as a man in order to stop her father from joining the military, involved interviewing nearly 1,000 candidates across five candidates for the role.