UK risks twice-as-big second Covid-19 wave without better testing, study finds

LONDON (REUTERS) - Britain faces a second wave of Covid-19 this winter twice as widespread as the initial outbreak if it reopens schools without a more effective test-and-trace system in place, according to a study published on Tuesday (Aug 4). Researchers from University College London and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine modelled … Continue reading UK risks twice-as-big second Covid-19 wave without better testing, study finds

British banks write off $31 billion in first-half mayhem

LONDON (BLOOMBERG) - British lenders have offered a taste of how much the worst recession in centuries is going to cost. The bill's already at 17.2 billion pounds (S$30.95 billion). Write-offs at the country's six biggest banks so far this year roughly equal Barclays Plc's current market value. Lloyds Banking Group Plc's profit had been … Continue reading British banks write off $31 billion in first-half mayhem

Germany already dealing with second coronavirus wave, says doctors’ union

BERLIN (REUTERS) - Germany is already contending with a second wave of the coronavirus and risks squandering its early success by flouting social distancing rules, the head of the German doctors' union said in a newspaper interview published on Tuesday (Aug 4). The number of daily confirmed coronavirus cases has ticked up steadily in recent … Continue reading Germany already dealing with second coronavirus wave, says doctors’ union

In Lebanon, Hariri assassination victims’ kin await justice 15 years on

BEIRUT (REUTERS) - Ms Ehsan Fayed keeps reliving the day her husband was killed in a 2005 bombing in which Lebanon's former prime minister Rafik al-Hariri was assassinated, waiting for justice that may never come. Ms Fayed, whose daughters were aged seven and four then, hopes the verdict on Friday (Aug 7) of a UN-backed … Continue reading In Lebanon, Hariri assassination victims’ kin await justice 15 years on

Computer engineers develop tool that hopes to protect one’s online photos from facial recognition

NEW YORK (NYTIMES) - In recent years, companies have been prowling the Web for public photos associated with people's names that they can use to build enormous databases of faces and improve their facial-recognition systems, adding to a growing sense that personal privacy is being lost, bit by digital bit. A startup called Clearview AI, … Continue reading Computer engineers develop tool that hopes to protect one’s online photos from facial recognition

US ‘cloud’ supremacy has Europe worried about data

PARIS (AFP) - Europe is sitting on a wealth of data that is the 21st equivalent of a precious metal mine during the gold rush. But instead of exploiting it themselves Europeans may be allowing American tech giants to gain control of all the excavation equipment, some experts say, pointing to a flurry of European … Continue reading US ‘cloud’ supremacy has Europe worried about data

Coronavirus: UN chief warns world facing ‘generational catastrophe’ on education

UNITED NATIONS (REUTERS) - UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned on Tuesday (Aug 4) that the world faces a "generational catastrophe" because of school closures amid the coronavirus pandemic and said that getting students safely back to the classroom must be "a top priority." Guterres said that as of mid-July schools were closed in some 160 … Continue reading Coronavirus: UN chief warns world facing ‘generational catastrophe’ on education

Coronavirus pandemic’s economic fallout will worsen conflicts: UN diplomats

UNITED NATIONS, UNITED STATES (AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE) - The coronavirus pandemic is worsening the humanitarian situation in the world's deadliest conflicts and threatens to unleash economic devastation that will intensify violence, United Nations diplomats and experts warn. Covid-19 is hampering aid programmes, diverting the attention and resources of major powers battling the deadly virus at home, … Continue reading Coronavirus pandemic’s economic fallout will worsen conflicts: UN diplomats

Boeing given long list of proposed fixes for return of 737 Max grounded after two fatal crashes

WASHINGTON (BLOOMBERG) - US aviation regulators have proposed a long list of fixes to Boeing's grounded 737 Max in one of the most extensive set of requirements the agency has issued following an accident. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on Monday (Aug 3) asked for public comment on the changes it expects to require to … Continue reading Boeing given long list of proposed fixes for return of 737 Max grounded after two fatal crashes

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Golden Globes voters hit with antitrust lawsuit

Los Angeles (AFP) The exclusive group of film journalists that awards the Golden Globes was accused Monday of sabotaging non-members while gorging on lavish perks and unparalleled access to Hollywood stars. An antitrust lawsuit filed against the Hollywood Foreign Press Association said the organization illegally monopolized entertainment reporting in Los Angeles while creating near-impossible barriers … Continue reading Golden Globes voters hit with antitrust lawsuit

Texas bar owner fights to save her last-chance saloon

Houston (AFP) "Sorry, we are closed," reads the sign on the glass door of the Jailhouse Saloon, a bar in Texas. The sign has hung forlornly in place for months during the coronavirus lockdown, despite the owner's best efforts to get it re-opened in the face of lockdown orders issued by the local authorities. Bar … Continue reading Texas bar owner fights to save her last-chance saloon