Data from the Covid Symptom Tracker app, run by King's College London, shows there were days in March and April when more than 100,000 cases of coronavirus were estimated to have been caught in the UK. But testing figures were showing fewer than 6,500, meaning that the numbers of cases now cannot be compared like for like, because the currently estimated number of new cases is around 3,200 and many of them are now being picked up by tests, whereas only a vanishingly small number were at the start … [Read more...] about ‘Boris won’t ruin my Christmas!’: Furious English parents threaten to IGNORE Prime Ministers new ‘rule of six’ after Nicola Sturgeon said children under 12 WON’T be included in anti-Covid restrictions in Scotland
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Business Amazon’s main UK business paid only 3% more tax last year despite a 35% rise in profits to nearly £102m as the online retailer benefited from the switch to home shopping. The group’s warehouse and logistics operation, which employs more than two-thirds of its 30,000-plus UK workforce, paid £14.46m in 2019, up from £14.03m the year before. The FTSE 100 is set to open lower as world markets struggle with a selloff in tech stocks on Wall Street. The pound is down thanks to Brexit uncertainty at $1.296 and €1.100 as the Briefing hits your inbox. … [Read more...] about Wednesday briefing: England under rule of six
The British government backed a series of measures Thursday (NZ time) it hopes will stem a worrying increase in new coronavirus cases, particularly among young adults, including a legally enforced ban on any social gatherings of more than six people in England. … [Read more...] about Coronavirus: New Covid-19 rules crack down on gatherings in England
Prophets of the end of the dollar regime – under which the US dollar serves as the world’s main reserve currency – are right to sense change, but wrong in their diagnosis. It is not the end of the postwar world that we are witnessing, but the end of the uniform central banking model of the 1990s. What central banks do is becoming more complex, more diverse and more multipolar. What is emerging is a hybrid assemblage that combines market mechanisms with massive intervention and seemingly limitless credit. Its Frankenstein quality is undeniable, but what kind of monster it is, remains to be seen. … [Read more...] about The world’s central banks are starting to experiment. But what comes next?
On his fifth studio effort, Michael Bernard Fitzgerald weaves intricate narratives over twangy guitar notes and sweeping instrumentals. Intimacy is the operative mode, and that's evident as early as the album's lead single, "I Love That Sound." To promote the new material during times of social distancing, Fitzgerald will perform a series of small outdoor concerts all over Canada. … [Read more...] about 100 Albums Released in 2020 to Put on Your Radar