Coronavirus impacts on Pokemon group

By Kira Gibson

Many of the local Pokemon group in March, Cambridgeshire have been affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Almost all of the group have started working from home, if possible, and those who can’t have been trying to cope with the early closure of schools and worrying about keeping their families safe.

Laura Collop-Miller, one of the group admins, said: “I’m very fortunate that I can do my job easily from home with no disruptions.

“If anything, it [the outbreak] has increased my productivity.

“Socially it’s a struggle, I live alone and not seeing people for days at a time is not easy.

“I’m a carer for an elderly friend once or twice a week so my main priority is making sure that when I do go out, I’m much more aware of who’s around and how far away.”

There have been a multitude of different responses to the outbreak in the UK with some being frustrated as they’ve lost their job because of everything closing to try and halt the spread of the disease.

A parent in the group, Chantelle Banks-Tahir, said: “It’s not too bad apart from having to entertain the three kids all day long and the issues around food with supply and demand.”

Overall, the group has placed a ban on raiding (battling and catching rare Pokemon in groups) unless it is in keeping with government guidelines as many of the group use the game as an escape and an outlet for their mental health difficulties.


The Pokemon Group in July 2018 (Photo credit Stuart Mokler)

Local schools in Fenland providing for the free school meals scheme amid COVID-19 crisis

By Kira Gibson

Local primary and secondary schools in Fenland are providing children with either free lunches sent to the home or with Tesco vouchers if they are entitled to free school meals.

They are doing this to help out parents with providing for their children for the remainder of the school year amid the Coronavirus pandemic, as not all parents can provide for their children successfully which is why they are on the scheme.

Each parent receiving the vouchers is emailed a code that is redeemable in store only, after verification of how many students are within the household. Each student is allotted around Ā£30 to cover from the day they closed the schools until the end of the year.

Parents find ways of teaching

Parents are trying to find out new and fun ways to teach their children while they are in lockdown.

By Joshua Solomon

Parents have found out exactly how hard teaching is with the task to entertain and teach their children being placed upon them due to the (COVID-19) lockdown.

Many parents have found this challenging and have taken to social media to ask for helpful sites that they can use for their own children.

Celebrities such as Rio Ferdinand, Wayne Rooney and more have uploaded their routines and favourite learning sites to their social media pages.


Teaching children is not as easy as many parents have now come to understand and there have been calls from parents to give teachers a raise with NBC political analyst Karine Jean-Pierre saying: ā€œ I tell you educators need to be making way more money because their line of work is extremely hard.ā€


Mike Ashley faces backlash from the people

BUSINESS MOGUL writes an apologetic letter to the public in the hope to repair his reputation

By Joshua Solomon

Newcastle Football Club and SportsDirect owner Mike Ashley has written an open letter apologizing to the public for undertaking a series of bad decisions as they were ill-advised and insensitive at such a time.

This week Mr. Ashley made the decision to keep open sporting stores after the Prime Minister had called for all non-essential stores to be closed.

He insisted that the equipment he sold was essential, but after the government concluded that no it was not, he was forced to close all SportsDirect outlets.

After being instructed to close sporting stores, he then raised the online price of items by up to 50% in the wake of the COVID19 pandemic, and was said to be forcing staff into branches of his clothes store Jack Wills to work, completely disregarding the Prime Minister’s order that only essential workers should be permitted to do so.

His feud with the Newcastle supporters started up again on Wednesday as he collected payments from his season ticket holders even though the league has been suspended for about three weeks now and they are not clear on whether or not the league will be resumed.

The lack of care of his employees who have had to risk themselves unlawfully angered many people.

The backlash led Mr Ashley to apologize profusely and he blamed his actions on the incoherent message sent out from the government and his poorly timed emails to the government in a time of crisis.

The Boss of Frasers group, which includes House of Fraser, Jack Wills and Evans Cycles, also offered his whole fleet of delivery trucks to the NHS and other Government workforces as he attempts to mend relationships by showing his eagerness to help out in any way possible.

DMU courses change format

By Kira Gibson

Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the government guidelines now being in place stating that no face to face interaction should happen unless it is extremely necessary (such as food shopping and medical assistance) De Montfort University has changed all lessons to be online based.

The majority of the remaining taught lessons have been scheduled over Blackboard Collaborate Ultra, where students and teachers can use video chat to complete their lessons.

However, for those in the nursing sector, things have been a little harder to get to grips with.

One student, who wished to remain nameless, said “our course has been turned upside down. All we get given is a general statement from the nursing and midwifery council and no information from the uni. I go out into practice in two weeks and I have no information about what is going on.”

According to the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) first year nursing students will be having their practice hours suspended and everything theory related will be completed online. Volunteering hours don’t count towards the course for first years either.

For any other nursing and midwifery students (all years) their course will change to be 80% practice and 20% theory with all lectures being online and no seminars due to the lecturers being registered nurses who have gone back into practice to help with the Coronavirus pandemic.


The email sent to all nursing students from DMU lecturers

To read the statement from the NMC follow the link below: