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Covid scepticism behind high Bolton infection rate, says local MP

Exclusive: social media hashtag #thinkingforyourself bolsters residents refusing to follow rulesCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageCovid scepticism in Bolton has led to it having the highest infection rate of coronavirus in the country, a local MP has said, as a #thinkingforyourself social media trend gains traction.With 169 cases for every 100,000 people, the Greater Manchester town has the highest rate in England and has featured among the worst-hit areas in Europe. He...
Tags: Health, England, Social Media, Society, UK News, Greater Manchester, Bolton, Coronavirus outbreak, Europe Health


Matt Hancock’s Covid cavalry is not yet on the horizon. We need a global approach now

The UK has done well on building capacity. But only wide access to simple, effective tests will allow us to manage life under coronavirusCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAs the UK battles with the overwhelming demand for Covid-19 tests, the health secretary, Matt Hancock, said on Friday that the country needs to come together to keep the infection levels down while we await the cavalry on the horizon.The cavalry, he said, would come in the shape of the science that wil...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, Society, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, World Health Organization, Matt Hancock, Coronavirus outbreak


Global preparation: how different countries planned for the second wave of Covid-19

Lockdowns brought temporary relief to some but, everywhere, test and trace is key Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe first wave of coronavirus swept through a world unprepared. Authorities struggled to test for the disease, and didn’t know how to slow the spread of Covid-19.Lockdowns brought the virus under temporary control in some places, including the UK, buying a window for the revival of education and the economy, and time to prepare for future waves that epidem...
Tags: Health, South Korea, Europe, UK, China, Germany, Africa, Americas, Spain, Society, UK News, World news, Australia news, Czech Republic, Hungary, Asia Pacific


Bundle up: Britons urged to embrace an alfresco Covid winter

Rugs, patio heaters and fire pits fly off the shelves as the nation gears up to socialise through the colder monthsWinter is coming. Game of Thrones fans know that this is a warning to prepare for dark times, and it has never been more apt than during the Covid pandemic.Six months ago, Boris Johnson gave the nation a “simple instruction” – to stay at home to stop the spread of the disease. The weather that day in most of the country was pretty good for early spring – widespread sunshine after a ...
Tags: Health, Business, Life and style, Society, UK News, Retail industry, Health & wellbeing, Boris Johnson, Parks and Green Spaces, Coronavirus outbreak


£10,000 fines warning for failing to self-isolate as Covid infections soar

Penalties are part of carrot-and-stick plan that includes cash help for lost earnings during isolation periodsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coveragePeople who refuse to self-isolate when required to do so will face fines of up to £10,000 under an emergency “carrot and stick” plan to control the second wave of Covid-19 sweeping the country.With infections rising at rates last seen before the full lockdown in March, around four million people on low incomes and in receipt of ...
Tags: Health, Politics, Conservatives, Society, UK News, World news, Poverty, Labour, Boris Johnson, Sadiq Khan, Coronavirus outbreak


What happens when your partner comes out as trans?

Five people who stayed close talk about navigating a seismic shift in their relationship, plus their partners on how it was for themTom Gaebel, 54, is engaged to Allie Velasquez, 41. The couple live in Los Angeles. Continue reading...
Tags: Gender, Relationships, Los Angeles, Life and style, Society, Transgender, LGBT rights, Allie Velasquez


Billionaire Chuck Feeney achieves goal of giving away his fortune

Irish-American mogul’s philanthropic foundation runs out of cash after 38 yearsChuck Feeney has achieved his lifetime ambition: giving away his $8bn (£6bn) fortune while he is still around to see the impact it has made.For the past 38 years, Feeney, an Irish American who made billions from a duty-free shopping empire, has been making endowments to charities and universities across the world with the goal of “striving for zero … to give it all away”. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Business, Society, World news, Retail industry, US news, Ireland, Philanthropy, Feeney, Chuck Feeney


Engagement with anti-vaccine Facebook posts trebles in one month

Exclusive: Guardian analysis prompts calls for new drive to combat conspiracy theories Medical experts v anti-vaxxers: the Covid-19 information battle Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageEngagement with anti-vaccine posts on a sample of UK Facebook pages trebled between July and August, analysis by the Guardian has found, triggering calls for a major new push to tackle conspiracy theories.Interactions on posts expressing scepticism or hostility towards vaccines on six UK ...
Tags: Health, Facebook, Politics, Technology, Media, Internet, Social Media, Society, UK News, Infectious Diseases, Guardian, Vaccines and immunisation, Internet Safety, UK Facebook, Coronavirus outbreak


Malcolm Gladwell live | How to re-examine everything you know

Add event to your calendar In a time when we're all forced to be distant, we are directed into mind states of introspection, examination, and, too often, confusion. Malcolm Gladwell joins Big Think Live to discuss this unique moment in time with Radiolab's Latif Nasser. Together, they'll dive into Gladwell's latest season of Revisionist History, as well as the choices journalists and media figures make in recounting current events, social and political movements, history, and the ever-el...
Tags: Psychology, Politics, Media, Society, History, Brain, Innovation, Storytelling, Mind, Malcolm Gladwell, Radiolab, Gladwell, Latif Nasser


Covid test and trace: how does UK compare with other countries?

Successful schemes in South Korea and Germany show speed and targeting are keyCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAs chaos continues to engulf Britain’s test and trace system, attention has focused on how successful other countries have been in using testing and contact-tracing to suppress coronavirus transmission.While many have embraced test/trace regimes, comparing the relative successes – and failures – is complicated by the fact that different countries count things...
Tags: Health, South Korea, UK, Science, Germany, Society, UK News, World news, Britain, Infectious Diseases, Coronavirus outbreak


Burglars beware: tech pioneers aim to make south Africa's townships safer

Innovative community alarm system provides solution in places where violent crime and theft have become endemicNtsako Mgiba was sleeping at his aunt’s place in eMalahleni (previously known as Witbank) in Mpumalanga province when thieves broke in and stole hundreds of pounds worth of laptops, smartphones and other tech. The next morning Mgiba followed the burglars’ footprints – theirs was not the only home to be targeted. The police filed a report that afternoon, but any hope of tracking them dow...
Tags: Technology, Africa, Society, World news, South Africa, Global development, Mpumalanga, Witbank, Mgiba


Parents report more anxiety in lockdown, Scottish poll finds

Fears grow that ‘rule of six’ has a disproportionate impact on poorer childrenCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageFamilies with children have experienced greater financial pressure and mental health worries during the coronavirus pandemic than those without, according to analysis commissioned by the Scottish government.The report, which captures parental anxieties during lockdown, was published on Thursday amid growing concerns that the latest “rule of six” guidance on so...
Tags: Health, Children, Scotland, Society, UK News, Mental Health, Parents and parenting, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Coronavirus outbreak


Covid-19 has more severe impact on less well-off children, Scottish poll finds

Fears grow that socialising ‘rule of six’ will exacerbate disproportionate impact on poorer familiesCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageFamilies with children have experienced greater financial pressure and mental health worries during the coronavirus pandemic than those without, according to analysis commissioned by the Scottish government.The report, which captures parental anxieties during lockdown, was published on Thursday amid growing concerns that the latest “rule ...
Tags: Health, Children, Scotland, Society, UK News, Mental Health, Parents and parenting, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Coronavirus outbreak


Which coronavirus measures are likely to work best in the UK?

We look at the strategies available to authorities and how effective they appear to beCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAs Covid cases in the UK continue to rise, we take a look at measures that could be on the cards, and which might have the greatest effect. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, UK, Society, Health policy, Coronavirus outbreak


Stumptown Cancelled at ABC Following Season 2 Renewal

Stumptown cancelled at ABC following Season 2 renewal After Stumptown secured a second season renewal last May, Deadline brings word that ABC has decided to reverse their decision by officially cancelling the Cobie Smulders-led action drama after one season. According to the outlet’s sources, the decision was made due to scheduling conflicts related to the production start which were caused by the ongoing pandemic. Stumptown’s studio ABC Signature is reportedly planning to shop the series to...
Tags: TV, Movies, Abc, Society, Netflix, TV News, Portland Oregon, Cobie Smulders, Grey, Walter Mitty, Jake Johnson, ComingSoon, ABC Signature, Greg Rucka, Jason Richman, Tookie


Betfred billionaire owners paid £10m dividend each

Sum follows bumper profits despite Fred and Peter Done warning cuts to FOBT stakes would slash revenueBetfred paid its billionaire owners a £10.2m dividend after reporting bumper operating profits, as the impact of curbs on fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) proved far milder than the industry had predicted.Fred Done, who owns the business with his brother Peter, warned in November last year that bookmakers were “fighting for our lives”, after the government cut the maximum wager on FOBTs from...
Tags: Business, Real Estate, Gambling, Sport, Society, UK News, Commercial Property, Corporate Governance, Sport betting, Peter, Fred, Peter Done, Fixed-odds betting terminals, Fred Done


Betfred's billionaire owners receive £10m despite FOBT shift

Firm makes bumper profits despite Fred and Peter Done warning about cuts to fixed-odds betting terminal stakesBetfred paid its billionaire owners a £10.2m dividend after reporting bumper operating profits, as the impact of curbs on fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) proved far milder than the industry had predicted.Fred Done, who owns the business with his brother Peter, warned in November last year that bookmakers were “fighting for our lives”, after the government cut the maximum wager on FO...
Tags: Business, Real Estate, Gambling, Sport, Society, UK News, Commercial Property, Corporate Governance, Sport betting, Peter, Fred, Peter Done, Fixed-odds betting terminals, Fred Done


'There are a lot of frightened people': Rhyl dreads return of Covid-19

Residents of Welsh seaside town fear economic impact of a possible second wave amid rising unemploymentCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAt first, Tom’s two young sons saw setting up home in a large metal box as an adventure. Forced to leave their home in the north of England because of a family breakdown, the three had loaded their possessions into a van and headed to north Wales, Tom’s place of birth.They could find nowhere to stay so Tom (not his real name) put their...
Tags: Business, England, Wales, Housing, Economics, Travel & leisure, Communities, Society, UK News, Poverty, Homelessness, Unemployment, Social exclusion, Tom, Denbighshire, Coronavirus outbreak


'A voice for our emotions': Poland's club scene fights for LGBTQ+ rights

As towns declare themselves ‘LGBT-free zones’, Polish DJs and musicians are leading furious opposition to widespread homophobia and police brutalityIn August, as a giant bouncy castle was throwing a shadow on Warsaw’s baroque-style Ujazdow castle – home to the Centre for Contemporary Art – a party was under way. It was the last in To Be Real, an events series aimed at maximising the space’s fleeting inclusivity of Poland’s LGBTQ+ community. One of the artists was running late. “I came almost str...
Tags: Europe, Music, Justice, Society, World news, Culture, Punk, Sexuality, LGBT rights, Poland, Electronic Music, Clubbing, Experimental music, Warsaw, Margot Human Rights Watch


Dalits bear brunt of India's 'endemic' sexual violence crisis

Girls in Uttar Pradesh targeted in assaults aiming to reinforce caste and gender hierarchies, say activistsA spate of brutal rapes and murders of young girls in a single district of India over the past month has provoked outrage and exposed the ongoing use of sexual violence as a tool of oppression and revenge against lower caste communities.Over the past month, the Lakhimpur Kheri district of the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh has witnessed four incidents of girls being raped and brutally murder...
Tags: India, Women, Society, World news, South and Central Asia, Uttar Pradesh, Lakhimpur Kheri, Rape and sexual assault


Stress, anxiety and depression levels soar under UK Covid-19 restrictions

Researchers say mental health levels may worsen as infections rise and lockdowns are imposed Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageRestrictions to curb the spread of coronavirus in the UK has driven stress, anxiety and depression far above normal levels and may do again in coming months if widespread lockdowns are re-imposed, researchers say.A major study into the mental health impact of the pandemic found that in the early stages of lockdown 57% of those who took part repo...
Tags: Health, UK, Society, UK News, Mental Health, Coronavirus outbreak


Steve Bannon Is Behind Bogus Study That China Created COVID

A new study purporting to show that the novel coronavirus was manufactured in a Chinese lab was published by a pair of nonprofit groups linked to Steve Bannon, the former top Trump strategist now facing felony fraud charges.The study, co-authored by a Chinese virologist who fled Hong Kong this year, claims that “laboratory manipulation is part of the history of SARS-CoV-2.” Its findings were quickly picked up by a handful of prominent news organizations such as the New York Post, which hyped the...
Tags: Google, Hong Kong, New York Post, News, China, Society, Fox, Daily Mail, Fox News, Columbia University, Donald Trump, Wall Street Journal, The Daily Beast, Wuhan, Trump, Tucker Carlson


Survey: Half of U.S. job seekers on the hunt because of coronavirus

As of August 2020, United States' unemployment rate remains at 8.4 percent, more than double February 2020's numbers. A new survey, commissioned by Amazon, found that roughly half of today's job seekers are looking as a result of coronavirus. Amazon released survey highlights in advance of its Career Day event, where it will seek to fill some of its 33,000 open corporate and tech positions. The United States economy added 1.4 million jobs this August, reducing the unemployment rate to 8.4 perce...
Tags: Amazon, Work, Education, Markets, Economics, Society, United States, Innovation, Universal Basic Income, Social Change, World Economic Forum, Industries, Andrew Yang, Kenzie Academy, Coronavirus, Beth Galetti Amazon


Meet PRSA Board of Directors Nominee Jeff Wilson, APR

Each week this fall, PRsay will interview one of the nominees for the 2021 PRSA Board of Directors. Name: Jeff Wilson, APR Location: Richmond, Va. Current title: Vice President, Agency Marketing and Promotion, Padilla Board nominee position: Director, Mid-Atlantic District Alma mater: University of South Carolina Number of years as a PRSA member: 16 What initially inspired you to join PRSA? The agency I work with has always been extremely supportive of PRSA. I’d gone to several meetings before...
Tags: Virginia, Society, Pr, Richmond, Thought Leadership, Jill, Richmond VA, PRSA, Jeff Wilson, Diversity Committee, John Elsasser, PRSA Board, PRSA Board of Directors, PRSA National Board, PRSA Board of Directors Nominee, Promotion Padilla Board


The Crown Flower: Painting Calotropis gigantea for the IDSBA exhibition

Calotropis gigantea, otherwise known as the Crown Flower or Giant Milkweed, is a plant that I've admired ever since first seeing it on Gili Trawangan Island, Indonesia, in 2015 and every year since. It's the most striking of plants in structure, so I didn't have to think for too long about selecting it as a subject when it came to entering the Indonesian Society of Botanical Artists exhibition, scheduled for June 2020 in Jakarta. Calotropis gigantea finished painting, 51cm x 39cm watercol...
Tags: Art, Bali, Indonesia, Painting, Society, Thailand, Jakarta, Lombok, Dianne Sutherland, Quinacridone Magenta, Stillman Birn Zeta, Winsor, Gili, North West coast, Botanical Illustration, Trawangan Island Indonesia


First funeral held using ‘living coffin’ made of mushroom fibre

Netherlands-based startup company behind eco-friendly fungi mycelium casketAfter months of testing, the first funeral has taken place in the Netherlands using a fast-composting “living coffin” made of mycelium, the mat of fibres that forms the underground part of fungi.“I didn’t actually go, but I talked to a relative beforehand – it was a moving moment, we discussed the cycle of life,” Bob Hendrikx, the founder of Loop, the startup producing the Living Cocoon, told the Metro newspaper. Continue...
Tags: Europe, Environment, Society, World news, Netherlands, Death and dying, Metro, Bob Hendrikx, Living Cocoon


'It's like family':Swedish housing experiment designed to cure loneliness

A radical new scheme offers homes to different ages and backgrounds – and insists that they (safely) mingleErik Ahlsten is unequivocal. “This is the best accommodation I’ve ever had” His friend and neighbour Manfred Bacharach is equally enthusiastic. “I really like this way of living,” he says. “It’s very much my cup of tea.”The two are referring to their new home, Sällbo, a radical experiment in multigenerational living in Helsingborg, a small port city in southern Sweden. Its name is a portman...
Tags: Europe, Sweden, Housing, Communities, Society, World news, Young People, Older people, Loneliness, Bacharach, Helsingborg, mingleErik Ahlsten, Manfred Bacharach, Sällbo, Ahlsten


'Bus drivers were forced to play Russian roulette' – the shocking truth about the death of Mervyn Kennedy

‘Mally’ Kennedy was a dedicated father of three girls working as a London bus driver. Would PPE and an earlier lockdown have saved him?Ellen Kennedy had only been living with her dad for a few weeks, but already they had settled into an easy routine. Mervyn Kennedy, known to all as Mally, would wake up at about 9am and ask his youngest daughter to go for breakfast with him. Ellen, 31, would demur – the vegan options around their south London flat weren’t great – but Mally would insist, and so th...
Tags: Politics, UK, London, Society, UK News, World news, Cities, Infectious Diseases, Transport, City transport, Zimbabwe, Road transport, Transport policy, Ellen, Tfl, Kennedy


Reflections on George Bizos, on whose shoulders we stand

The conviction of young activists is going to play a huge role in sustaining and improving on the legacy of our struggle heroes The post Reflections on George Bizos, on whose shoulders we stand appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
Tags: Opinion, Society, Change, Constitution, Citizenship, Openaccess, George Bizos, Top Six, South Africa (country


Tell Me Why game review: a poetic exploration of memory against a stunning Alaskan landscape

Dontnod’s latest game is a thoughtful, atmospheric narrative adventure – and with its trans lead character, a defining moment for the industryAs the first major studio game release to feature a trans lead character, Tell Me Why represents a pretty major milestone. The first two chapters of the narrative adventure game from Dontnod, the French developer behind the Life is Strange franchise, were released recently for Windows and Xbox One; the third and final chapter dropped last week.You play as ...
Tags: Games, Technology, Microsoft, Xbox One, Society, World news, Australia news, Transgender, Culture, Alaska, Alyson, Dontnod, Erica Lindbeck, Tyler Ronan, August Aiden Black