Supermarket swipe

first_imgWould you like to read more?Register for free to finish this article.Sign up now for the following benefits:Four FREE articles of your choice per monthBreaking news, comment and analysis from industry experts as it happensChoose from our portfolio of email newsletters To access this article REGISTER NOWWould you like print copies, app and digital replica access too? SUBSCRIBE for as little as £5 per week.last_img

Real Estate defies market as purple patch continues

first_imgTo access this article REGISTER NOWWould you like print copies, app and digital replica access too? SUBSCRIBE for as little as £5 per week. Would you like to read more?Register for free to finish this article.Sign up now for the following benefits:Four FREE articles of your choice per monthBreaking news, comment and analysis from industry experts as it happensChoose from our portfolio of email newsletterslast_img

Itsu knockout

first_imgTo access this article REGISTER NOWWould you like print copies, app and digital replica access too? SUBSCRIBE for as little as £5 per week. Would you like to read more?Register for free to finish this article.Sign up now for the following benefits:Four FREE articles of your choice per monthBreaking news, comment and analysis from industry experts as it happensChoose from our portfolio of email newsletterslast_img

Talk of the towns

first_imgWould you like to read more?Register for free to finish this article.Sign up now for the following benefits:Four FREE articles of your choice per monthBreaking news, comment and analysis from industry experts as it happensChoose from our portfolio of email newsletters To access this article REGISTER NOWWould you like print copies, app and digital replica access too? SUBSCRIBE for as little as £5 per week.last_img

Drake weighs anchor

first_imgTo access this article REGISTER NOWWould you like print copies, app and digital replica access too? SUBSCRIBE for as little as £5 per week. Would you like to read more?Register for free to finish this article.Sign up now for the following benefits:Four FREE articles of your choice per monthBreaking news, comment and analysis from industry experts as it happensChoose from our portfolio of email newsletterslast_img

Twitter labels edited clip of Biden retweeted by Trump as manipulated media

first_imgTwitter Inc on Sunday used its new “manipulated media” label for the first time on a video clip of US Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden that was retweeted by President Donald Trump.The video, which was posted on Saturday by White House social media director Dan Scavino, showed Biden stumbling on a speech in Kansas City, Missouri, in which he said the words “Excuse me. We can only re-elect Donald Trump.”Biden’s full sentence, which was cut off by the clip, was “Excuse me. We can only re-elect Donald Trump if in fact we get engaged in this circular firing squad here. It’s gotta be a positive campaign so join us.” Twitter implemented its new policy, which labels tweets with manipulated or synthetic media such as deepfakes or more manually edited videos, on March 5.However, Twitter’s new label was not showing for all users.The tag was applied on Sunday afternoon, but Twitter said it was not showing when people searched for the tweet or clicked into it, only when it was seen in timelines. A Twitter spokesman said the company was working on a fix.”The video was NOT manipulated,” said Scavino in a later tweet. Social media companies are under pressure to police misleading or false information on their platforms ahead of the US presidential election in November, in which Biden and Senator Bernie Sanders are vying to be the Democratic nominee to oust Republican President Trump.The video, which had about 5.8 million views on Twitter at the time of writing, was also posted on Scavino’s Facebook page, where it had about 1 million views.The Biden campaign slammed Facebook Inc. for showing the video on its platforms without labels.”Facebook won’t say it, but it is apparent to all who have examined their conduct and policies: they care first and foremost about money and, to that end, are willing to serve as one of the world’s most effective mediums for the spread of vile lies,” said Greg Schultz, Biden’s campaign manager.Facebook did not immediately respond to a request for comment.Topics :last_img read more

Germany, with over 1,100 cases, reports first two coronavirus deaths

first_imgTopics : No large eventsTo limit the spread of the virus, the regional government in the also badly affected southern state of Bavaria decided to ban all events with more than 1,000 participants, the Augsburger Allgemeine newspaper reported.The decision followed a plea by German Health Minister Jens Spahn to call such large events off nationwide, along with a promise to discuss mitigating the economic consequences of that decision.Chancellor Angela Merkel’s governing coalition agreed to make it easier for companies to claim subsidies to support workers on reduced working hours until the end of the year.That would make it possible for firms to cut the hours and wages they offered their workers, with the government making up nearly two-thirds of the shortfall, preventing layoffs that might otherwise become necessary.Several German companies have been badly hit, including the carmaker Daimler and the airline group Lufthansa, which has cancelled half its flights over the coming months.Merkel said on Monday she expected Finance Minister Olaf Scholz and Economy Minister Peter Altmaier to present further measures this week to help companies bridge liquidity problems due to the coronavirus.Scholz told the RND media group on Monday that, if the epidemic pushed the economy into a severe crisis, the government would do “everything necessary” to stabilize it.Officials estimate that Berlin could put together a stimulus package worth up to 50 billion euros (US$57.30 billion), without ditching the government’s policy of not increasing debt. The patient in Essen had tested positive with coronavirus on March 3 after being taken to hospital in already critical condition, local authorities said.The patient in the Heinsberg district, in Germany’s rural far west had been admitted on Friday with pre-existing heart problems and diabetes, said Stephan Pusch, administrative head of the district.”This shows again that older people and people with pre-existing health problems are particularly at risk,” he said.center_img Germany confirmed its first two deaths from the coronavirus on Monday as its overall number of new infections rose by 20% to 1,139, the latest signs that the epidemic is spreading rapidly in Europe’s largest economy.Germany’s tally, far short of Italy’s 7,300, included a cluster of 322 in one municipality.Officials in the western state of North Rhine-Westphalia said an 89-year-old woman had died in the town of Essen and that a 78-year-old man with pre-existing health conditions had died in the badly affected region of Heinsberg.last_img read more

Belgium closes schools, bars to fight coronavirus outbreak

first_imgTopics : Belgium will close schools, cancel all cultural events and shutter bars and restaurants to stave off the spread of the coronavirus outbreak, the government said on Thursday.Announced by Prime Minister Sophie Wilmes after a meeting of the national security council, the measures will come into force at midnight on Saturday (2300 GMT on Friday).”This is not a lockdown,” Wilmes said. “We want to avoid situations like Italy. These measures must prevent lockdowns.” Wilmes said at the press conference that “all recreational events: sporting, cultural or folkloric” are cancelled, “regardless of size and whether it is a private or public meeting.”The closure of schools at national level will be effective until April 3, the day before the Easter holidays, effectively keeping students out of school for a month.The government said that parents with no option for child care would be helped by authorities. This was an effort to avoid citizens resorting to retired people, the age group most vulnerable to the virus.”The idea is not for children to be looked after by their grandparents,” she said.center_img Nurseries or crèches can remain open, Wilmes added.Beginning Saturday, only stores that provide essential services — such as pharmacies and grocery stores– will remain open under normal conditions. All other stores will remain open during the week, but closed at weekends.The government asked Belgians to work from home as much as possible. Wilmes said those heading to the office should stagger their shifts to keep public transport uncongested.If followed, Wiles said the measures could allow Belgium to avoid an uncontrollable epidemic such as seen in Italy, where more than 1,000 people have died.Neighboring Luxembourg also closed schools for at least two weeks and closed all retirement homes to visitors.last_img read more

France reports 108 new coronavirus deaths in last 24 hours: official

first_imgFrance has since Tuesday been in lockdown, with only essential trips outside the house permitted, in a bid to slow the spread of the coronavirus infections.”If everyone reduces their contacts, we are going to have far fewer people infected, it is as mathematical as that,” he said.”You need to stay at home to avoid other deaths and other serious cases,” he added.The country had the day earlier reported 89 new deaths across France over the previous 24 hours. The coronavirus epidemic has killed 108 more people in France over the last 24 hours, bringing the total death toll from the outbreak in the country to 372, the top French health official said Thursday.”The number of infections is doubling every four days,” Jerome Salomon told reporters, adding that the virus was spreading in France “rapidly and intensely”.He said that 10,995 cases of coronavirus infection had now been recorded in France, while warning this did not account for all infections as non-serious cases were not tested, with these patients advised simply to stay at home. Topics :last_img read more

Maluku to intensify border restrictions after first confirmed COVID-19 case

first_imgTopics : The numbers have increased sharply upon the return of residents who had visited other regions, especially in Tanimbar Islands, which previously had only one person under monitoring.Kasrul said Maluku residents were advised to remain calm in responding to the positive COVID-19 case and continue to take proper preventive measures while monitoring directions from the government and the authorities.“We should remain cautious and vigilant.”  (syk) Kasrul said the infected patient had been placed under surveillance at Dr. Haulussy General Hospital in Ambon since arriving from Bekasi. His condition had been improving before he tested positive for the novel coronavirus.“The test results of the samples we sent [on Saturday] to the Health Ministry’s research and development center have returned and one sample was confirmed positive for [COVID-19] while the other one tested negative,” he said.Kasrul added that the patient had been isolated and was currently in intensive care.Maluku has placed 53 people under monitoring for COVID-19, consisting of 26 people from Tanimbar Islands, six from Ambon, three from West Seram, 10 from Buru, two from Tual and six from Aru Islands.center_img The Maluku administration is set to tighten all entry points to the province after announcing on Sunday its first confirmed COVID-19 case, a resident who had moved from Bekasi, West Java, to the city of Ambon.According to the head of the province’s COVID-19 response team, Kasrul Selang, the Maluku administration was working closely with a number of agencies to coordinate the various steps needed for the stringent measure.“With the discovery of a positive [COVID-19] case in Maluku, we will step up efforts to tighten controls at points of entry such as airports and ports,” Kasrul said in a press conference at the Maluku governor’s office in Ambon on Sunday afternoon.last_img read more