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How to get an online supermarket delivery slot if you are shielding

first_imgSo what should those who have received a letter do to secure a slot? “I’ve wasted hours, getting up in the middle of the night to try and find slots”Hazel Dakers received a text from the NHS on March 31, informing her that she had been identified as extremely vulnerable. A four-page letter followed days later, spelling out that coronavirus put her at “very high risk of severe illness”.Warned to stay at home “at all times” and avoid any face-to-face contact for a period of at least 12 weeks, Dakers went online in the hope she could get groceries delivered rather than put herself at risk by visiting a store in person.Like so many others who have received the NHS letter, securing a delivery slot has been close to impossible.“I have been battling to obtain a supermarket slot on a regular – even if not frequent – basis. I have been banging my head against a brick wall,” said the 70-year-old, who suffers from asthma and other chronic conditions. “I feel very distressed.””I have been banging my head against a brick wall”Dakers, who lives in Brentford in west London, had already bought an Ocado Smart Pass on the advice of her son in March, booked one delivery and received it. But she hasn’t been able to secure a slot since, because three deliveries with the pass are required before Ocado considers someone a priority customer. She has a Waitrose card and had set up an order three weeks in advance. As she was editing her order to include items for neighbours, the slot vanished.“I was dismayed, and angry,” Dakers said. “It’s not what I find entertaining.”Dakers called the Sainsbury’s customer careline and left her details. Weeks later came an automated call back: “The wording and tone came across as though they didn’t believe me.” The advice given if she thought they had made a mistake was to call another number, but she would need a Nectar card first, which she doesn’t have.By “sheer chance” – tipped off by her daughter, who had heard on a community website that Tesco were releasing new slots one evening – Dakers managed to secure a one-time slot with the supermarket.“I’ve wasted hours, getting up in the middle of the night to try and find slots. Many times at midnight trying to find one. And many hours trying to source things elsewhere from independent shops,” Dakers says. “I’m extremely vulnerable, and they can’t be bothered.” Last month, the NHS wrote to around 1.5 million people in England warning they were at “very high risk of severe illness from coronavirus”.Recipients have been told to stay at home “at all times” and avoid any face-to-face contact for a period of at least 12 weeks. That includes “going out for food”.To get supplies, those deemed “extremely vulnerable” are advised to “ask a friend, neighbour or family member” for help. The letter implies that it’s also risky for someone else in the household to do the shopping, even though those on the so-called ‘shield list’ are advised to minimise contact with them, too.As a result, many of those shielding are turning to online grocery as their last hope in staying fed. They are not alone. Supermarket delivery services have been swamped by demand in recent weeks as Brits look to avoid going to the shops. You have completed the additional support form AND are an existing online customer of a supermarket. Now what?In most cases the supermarket will be proactively trying to contact you. In other cases, next time you log in there will be slots available to you.Waitrose: “We’ll be in touch with our customers on the list – they will see priority access to delivery slots when they log in (on an ongoing basis). Please be reassured that we’re doing all we can as quickly as possible. To allow us to cope with demand, we are kindly asking customers to wait for communication from us rather than trying to get in touch at this time.”Ocado: “We have already identified our customers on this list and reached out to offer them delivery slots with Ocado.com. We will continue to play our part as the government updates its shield list of people in need of support. In order for us to identify you on the government’s list, you must declare that you are in need of getting essential supplies delivered to you.”Asda: “We’ve contacted everyone who is on the list the government gave us and offered them free, recurring delivery slots.”Tesco: Existing customers should call 0800 917 7359.Sainsbury’s: “We continue to receive more data and have been able to match nearly 250,000 additional customers against our database so far, and are contacting them to arrange priority home delivery.”Morrisons: Has not revealed any use of the government database to give priority to those in it.Iceland: “We are regularly emailing customers that we have matched and are providing exclusive times for them to book a slot before other customers. The details on how to do this are contained within the email they receive, including a special link to use.” If you have received a letter and want to get a priority supermarket delivery slot, you must visit the website on the letter and fill out the online formThe government is sharing a database of people on the shield list with supermarkets to help them assign priority slots.However, the government is not sharing the entire shield list. To get on the database shared with supermarkets, letter recipients must register here.Although the website wording can seem like you are registering to get on the shield list, you are registering to “get support” as a shielding person, which includes priority deliveries.The online form will ask for your name and details, and your NHS number. This number is on the letter, but you can also proceed if you don’t have it to hand.The form asks: “Do you have a way of getting essential supplies delivered at the moment? For example, friends or family who can make sure you have enough food.”To get on the list shared with supermarkets, you must answer ‘No’.Next, the form asks if you have any dietary requirements and tells you that “deliveries will be left on the doorstep”. This is because everyone on the shield list also qualifies for a free food package from the government. Even if you don’t need a free food package from government, you must answer these questions and submit the online form in order to get on the database shared with supermarkets.Defra advises those shielding who only need access to online delivery slots to turn away the free food box at the doorstep when it arrives if they don’t want it, and it will be given to someone else. Once a delivery slot has been secured with a supermarket, you can go back and edit your needs.It is understood supermarkets are receiving updates to the database on a weekly basis. You have completed the additional support form BUT are NOT an existing online customer of a supermarket. Now what?“We are looking at how we can assist those who are clinically vulnerable, but who are not on any supermarkets’ existing online customer list, to gain access to an online delivery slot,” Defra says.In the meantime, if you are on the database shared with supermarkets but are not on the retailer’s own customer database, you will need to register as a new customer with one.Most supermarkets are still accepting new online customer registrations.Tesco: “New customers who have a letter from the NHS can either create an account online or call us on 0800 917 7359. We will then be able to verify whether they are on the government’s list.”Iceland: “We’re receiving regularly updated data from the government, so for new customers to be matched to this, they just need to create an Iceland account. Customers should make sure that the data they register with matches that which they have provided to the government to ensure we can match it.”Sainsbury’s: “We are working with government to understand how we can support customers who are not already signed up to a home delivery service.”Asda, Waitrose and Morrisons are also accepting new online customer registrations. Ocado is not. If you live in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland the whole process is similar. But supermarkets can’t help yetIn Scotland 136,000 people are in the shielded group and have been asked by text if they want their details forwarded to supermarkets for priority service. In Wales 88,000 are on the shield list, which has been passed to supermarkets.Housing minister Julie James last week acknowledged it was “very unlikely” all would get a priority slot and urged family and friends to help. In Northern Ireland there are 10,400 homes where someone is shielding.NI minister for communities Deirdre Hargey has said informing retailers is more complicated than in England because patient information is held on disparate databases.The supermarkets have stated they are ready to assist those on shield lists in each country but are waiting to receive government databases.last_img read more

Amazing home reno: Bulimba Queenslander makeover a mix of old meets new

first_imgJill Warlow at the Bulimba property she renovated and is now selling. Image: AAP/Claudia Baxter.AS if life as a doctor and mother-of-five isn’t busy enough, somehow Jill Warlow finds the time to indulge in her other passion — home renovation.Her latest passion project in Bulimba is turning heads, even in a suburb already overflowing with restored Queenslander homes.Dr Warlow bought the house at 53 Harrison Street last year through a buyer’s agent who was aware of her love of old Queenslanders. RELATED: Fixer uppers prove hot for buyers BEFORE: The front of the house at 53 Harrison St, Bulimba, before the renovation. AFTER: The back of the house after the renovation.Wall-to-wall glass doors and louvred windows connect the lower level with a decked alfresco pavilion, long glass-framed swimming pool and large lawn.The biggest challenge during the renovation process was mother nature.It rained for two weeks after the hole for the pool had been dug out, and it actually collapsed at one point and had to be redug. “It is so well engineered now that it would not move,” Dr Warlow said. “He said; ‘Oh, Jill, this one’s a great one!’” Dr Warlow said. BEFORE: One of the bedrooms in the house at 53 Harrison St, Bulimba, before the renovation. AFTER: The main bathroom after the renovation.This was Dr Warlow’s sixth building and renovation project.“My grandfather was brought over from Scotland to plan and build Wellington Harbour years ago, so I’ve got this in my blood really,” she said.“I just love real estate. I love old properties.” BEFORE: The main bathroom in the house at 53 Harrison St, Bulimba, before the renovation. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus12 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market12 hours agoBEFORE: The back deck on the house at 53 Harrison St, Bulimba, before the renovation.center_img AFTER: The back deck and outdoor entertaining area after the renovation.The original three-bedroom, one-bathroom house has been transformed into a five-bedroom, three-bathroom property.The property was actually in good condition as it was, but Dr Warlow has spared no expense in transforming into a large family home fusing the old with the new. MORE: River home fetches massive price AFTER: One of the bedrooms after the renovation.After recruiting a designer and builder, she set about raising the property and bringing the house forward to make room for a pool and a decent sized backyard, “because that’s what people want”.That required restumping the house and also replacing the roof.The lower level of the home is ultra-modern, with an open-plan living, dining and kitchen space, while the upper level honours the home’s rich history, with its restored VJ walls, decorative timberwork and stained-glass windows. BEFORE: The back of the house at 53 Harrison St, Bulimba, before the renovation. AFTER: The front of the house after the renovation.One inspection later and she knew it was the perfect property. “I’ve always loved the old Queenslanders and I’ve never destroyed a house ever,” Dr Warlow said.“I’m always excited when I get something I can lift and make beautiful and new.” BEFORE: The kitchen in the house at 53 Harrison St, Bulimba, before the renovation. AFTER: The kitchen after the renovation.Dr Warlow said she loved the finished product so much, she had considered keeping it for herself and moving in.Marketing agent Brenton Faehrmann of Place – Bulimba said many buyers were looking for Queenslander homes that had been fully renovated, so that they could reap the benefits of a character home without the maintenance.“If you buy a Queenslander that’s not renovated or hasn’t been for quite some time, there’s a lot of work in maintaining it,” Mr Faehrmann said.“A home like this offers all the benefits of a new home, but with the feel of a Queenslander.”The property is scheduled for auction on Saturday, June 29.RENO FACT CHECKTime taken: 10 months Total spend: $800,000last_img read more

Foetal epilepsy drug danger shown

first_img Share HealthLifestyle Foetal epilepsy drug danger shown by: – June 8, 2011 Share Share 11 Views   no discussionscenter_img Tweet Sharing is caring! Too much electrical signalling in the brain can cause a fit.The risk posed to unborn children by powerful epilepsy drugs could be easier to avoid, following an 11-year study.While the four most common drugs are all linked with a higher chance of birth defects, researchers believe they have pinpointed the safest.The 3,900 patient study, published in Lancet Neurology, could help doctors work out whether to switch drugs or cut doses.The Epilepsy Society said avoiding seizures in pregnancy was a priority.The link between epilepsy drugs and birth defects was first noticed in the 1960s, but choosing the right drug for women of childbearing age without exposing them to the risk of seizures can be a balancing act for doctors.Simply taking a patient off medication entirely is not usually an option, as uncontrolled seizures could harm both baby and mother.Earlier studies have highlighted valproic acid as the drug most linked to birth defects, but there has been little information as to the safety of alternatives.The latest research, from the Karolinska Institute in Sweden and the University of Pavia in Italy, also looked in detail at other drugs such as carbamazepine, lamotrigine and phenobarbital.Researchers studied 3,909 women and 4,540 pregnancies. Of those, there were 230 pregnancies involving major birth defects, including heart defects and neural tube defects such as spina bifida.None of the major drugs was given the all clear, and as the dose of each increased, so did the risk.However, the lowest risk was linked to smaller doses of lamotrigine and carbamazepine.Healthy majorityThe researchers stressed that, regardless of which drug was used, the vast majority of women still gave birth to perfectly healthy children.They added: “Our results show that dose selection is as crucial as the choice of drug.”In an editorial in the same journal Professor W Allen Hauser, from Colombia University in New York, said that the findings were “important” because they offered alternatives to the drugs linked most strongly to problems.He said: “The data provide another reason for use of the lowest dose of a drug associated with optimum seizure control.“Incidence of major congenital malformations associated with a low dose of a higher risk drug might be lower than that associated with a high dose of a lower-risk drug.”Professor John Duncan, Medical Director at The Epilepsy Society, said that the results would be useful to GPs with a specialist interest in epilepsy and hospital neurologists, both of whom would be well placed to offer advice to women.But he warned that controlling seizures should remain a priority, even during pregnancy: “It should be remembered that a lot of women have epilepsy, and it is not an uncommon cause of death during pregnancy.“This research helps to clarify the extent of the risks involved with these drugs – and all drugs carry some degree of risk.”BBC Newslast_img read more

Domestic violence suspect arrested

first_imgHerson Lausing, 45, was caught around 9 a.m. on June 12, a police report showed. The Zarraga police staged Lausing’s apprehension on the strength.  ILOILO City – Charged with domestic violence, a man was arrested in Barangay Tuburan Sulbod, Zarraga, Iloilo. The suspect was detained in the lockup cell of the municipal police station. The court recommended a P72,000 bail bond for his temporary liberty./PNlast_img

Ball State Helps Fund OA Business Department

first_imgBusiness/Journalism Teacher Johnathon Maple is using additional funding to improve classroom experience.OLDENBURG – Business and journalism students at Oldenburg Academy are experiencing a new classroom environment this school year as a result of two grant awards.Ball State University awarded OA Business/Journalism Teacher Johnathon Maple with the 2014 Ball State Teachers College Alumni Society Innovative Grant.Also helping with the 4-year classroom renovation plan, the Will and Dot Ricke Fund through the Decatur County Community Foundation helped fund the upgrades.Through these grants, thirty office chairs could be purchased and installed for the start of the school year.Maple, the 2014 Colin Goodnight Technology Educator of the Year, was also able to use prize money to purchase an Apple TV, and 55” flat screen television for his classroom.“Truly, I am so grateful for all of the help and support of the granting organizations – students are having the opportunity to have be challenged and inspired in a 21st century business classroom – awesome preparation for college,” Maple commented.The new office chairs accompany conference room tables simulating a real-world business conference room.last_img read more

Ireland scrum coach Greg Feek urges unity to suppress aggressive Italy scrum

first_img Press Association Ireland must keep their cool and suffocate Italy at the scrum to secure their World Cup quarter-final berth, according to Greg Feek. Specialist scrum coach Feek has challenged Ireland to fend off Italy’s fiery and bullish set-piece work to starve the Azzurri of a chance to launch their attacking platform. Rob Kearney could yet fail to recover from his gluteal strain and Jared Payne his bruised foot, ahead of Ireland’s pivotal Pool D clash at London’s Olympic Stadium on Sunday. Ireland scrum mastermind Feek has warned his squad that Italy will try to whip up a front-foot frenzy through their pack. “The mental side of things is important of course, but also it’s the collective side – we don’t want boys doing their own thing,” said Feek. “We have a process that if everyone does right it will build that confidence anyway. “It’s a battle within a battle, and that’s the mentality we need. “We’ve got to try to stop them getting in the game through their scrum. “They might even try to exit that way through trying to win a penalty. “So if they can’t do that then they have to play, and all those little things come into play in matches like this. “We’ve got a French referee in Jerome (Garces) and we’ve taken that into account, and I’m sure the Italians will have as well. “A good surface will help and I think the attitudes of the players, it comes down to them as well.” Simon Zebo is primed to slot in at full-back while Keith Earls could start at outside centre as Joe Schmidt’s side chase their third successive pool-stage victory. “They are very aggressive at scrum-time, they are very passionate about it and they are all in there,” said Feek. “They like to walk over the ball so that means they have to push you off it basically. “So that’s means every time they have a scrum it’s going to be hard yards. “So we need to get the mindset and everything else we’ve done right, to be able to combat that. “We’ve got to be clinical and not let the emotion cloud what we do.” Veteran Italy prop Martin Castrogiovanni remains a doubt to face Ireland, while Leicester hooker Leonardo Ghiraldini is unlikely to be ready in time for Sunday’s clash. Inspirational captain Sergio Parisse is expected to recover from his calf haematoma just in time for his first action of this World Cup, while Robbie Henshaw is fit for Ireland after hamstring trouble. last_img read more

Cricket News Australia’s key to success? Ensure Marcus Stoinis does not score more than fifty

first_imghighlights Marcus Stonis’ fifty could not give Australia victory.Australia has lost all seven matches Stoinis has gone past fifty.The Nagpur ODI victory was India’s 500th in this format. New Delhi: Marcus Stoinis’ sixth fifty had put Australia on course for a thrilling win. The right-hander had successfully negotiated Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami, India’s key death-overs bowlers. Australia needed 11 runs off the final over which was bowled by Vijay Shankar, who had conceded 13 runs in the only over which he bowled earlier. Stoinis was confident and was backing himself to get Australia over the line. However, with the first ball bowled by Shankar, Stoinis slogged across the line and was trapped LBW. The right-hander opted for the review in desperation but the decision could not be overturned and Australia lost the match by eight wickets to trail 0-2 in the five-match series. Stoinis was dismayed and was bitterly disappointed as it continued a trend where he has not been able to get Australia over the line. Stoinis has hit fifty six times and has scored a century in ODIs and each time, Australia has lost. In every instance, the right-hander has fallen at a crucial time which has prolonged Australia’s pain in bilateral ODI series, having not won a series since 2017. The first instance happened during the Chappell-Hadlee encounter against New Zealand in Auckland in January 2017. New Zealand reached 286/9 with Martin Guptill scoring 61 and Neil Broom slamming 73. In response, Australia were reduced to 67/6 but Stoinis kept Australia in the hunt with a 81-run stand for the seventh wicket.  The right-hander pummeled the New Zealand bowling and in a spectacular display of power-hitting with the tail, Australia had staged a remarkable turnaround. Stoinis blasted a century off 95 balls and tore the New Zealand bowling to shreds, blasting nine fours and 11 sixes. In the 47th over, Stoinis slammed Tim Southee for two sixes and the partnership with No.11 Jos Hazlewood crossed 50 with no contribution in terms of runs and balls from Hazlewood. Australia were one hit away but Kane Williamson’s brilliant fielding ran-out Hazlewood for 0 and Australia lost the game by six runs. More finishing woes for Stoinis In the game against India in Kolkata, Virat Kohli’s 92 helped India reach 252 all out. Australia were undone by Kuldeep Yadav’s hat-trick and at 148/8, the game seemed to be up. However, Stoinis fought and took the attack to the Indian bowlers, slamming six boundaries and three sixes in his attacking knock of 62 but Australia still lost the game by 50 runs. In the series against England in 2018, Stoinis failed to get Australia over the line in three out of the five ODIs as Australia were hammered 1-4 in the series. In the game in Sydney, Jos Buttler’s brilliant 83-ball century helped England reach 302/6. Aaron Finch’s 62 and Mitchell Marsh’s 55 kept Australia in the hunt but they lost wickets at crucial intervals. Stoinis stepped in and blasted 56 off 43 balls but Australia lost by 16 runs. In the Melbourne ODI, Australia reached 304/8 with Finch hammering a century with Marsh and Stoinis slamming fifties. However, Jason Roy’s brilliant 180 helped England cross the line. In the final ODI at the New Perth stadium, Stoinis smashed 87 off 99 balls but his dismissal opened the door for England and Tom Curran’s maiden five-wicket haul gave Eoin Morgan’s side a thumping win. In the Hobart ODI against South Africa in 2018, David Miller and Faf du Plessis’ record 252-run stand boosted the Proteas to 320/5. Shaun Marsh hit a century and once again Stoinis kept Australia in the hunt with 63 off 76 balls with five boundaries and four sixes but with their dismissals, Australia lost by 40 runs to lose the ODI series. In all seven matches, Stoinis has started brilliantly but has departed at a crucial time. In a cruel twist of fate, it seems Australia’s only chances of winning a game is possible only if Stoinis cannot score a fifty. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Sports Ministry’s Assets Seized over N10m Debt

first_imgOlawale Ajimotokan in AbujaThe Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports suffered an ignominious seizure of its assets wednesday when three companies bundled away some of the properties belonging to it over a debt valued at just N9.9 million.For failing to pay up the debt, the companies shocked officials, when they impounded three buses, a Hilux truck and two Mikano generators from its premises. The companies were, Zeminex Nig. Ltd, Micnovos Nig. Ltd and B.N. Donagel Ltd.They were executing an order granted them in 2010 by an FCT High Court, in respect of the debt owed them by the ministry.Though the debt was not in contention, the seized assets were comparatively above the liability.Nwude I. Emmanuel, the principal partner of Ifeanyi Nwude & Associates law firm, led the companies and court bailiff in enforcing the court order yesterday afternoon.“We are obeying the judgment of the court following the failure of the Ministry of Sports to pay the debt owed our clients since 2010. The total liability is N9.9 million, but the matter can be resolved if the ministry begins to make payment of the debt, even on instalment basis,” Nwude clarify.THISDAY learnt that the case was heard on May 12, 2016 and judgment given on March 6, 2017.Although sources in the ministry claimed that the matter was referred to the Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung, no efforts were made to respect the court order before the bailiffs stormed the ministry t5o cart away the assets wednesday.No official of the ministry was willing to make any official statement on the matter when THISDAY sought the reaction of some directors.“What do you want me to tell you? You witnessed what happened here now. Go to the minister’s office to find out why the debts were not paid despite the court judgment before this embarrassment,” retorted an angry official of the ministry to our reporter wednesday.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more