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Brief. Me - April 23, 2021 10:05 am
Covid-19: Ministers to consider £500 Covid payment to boost self-isolation rates
BBC News says anyone who tests positive for Covid-19 in England could be paid £500 to self-isolate under proposals to be discussed by ministers.
It is among the suggestions listed in a leaked document from the Department of Health to encourage people with symptoms to get tested and stay home.
There are fears the current financial support is not working because low paid workers cannot afford to self-isolate. The BBC has confirmed the government is looking at overhauling the system.
Next pulls out of plans to buy Topshop-owner Arcadia
CityAM says Next has backed out of plans to buy collapsed retail empire Arcadia Group, potentially putting up to 13,000 jobs at risk.
In a statement, the high street chain said it had withdrawn from plans to buy the Topshop owner because it was “unable to meet the price expectations of the vendor”.
“Next wishes the administrator and future owners well in their endeavours to preserve an important part of the UK retail sector,” it added.
EU leaders ‘discourage’ travel, consider tougher border rules to curb Covid
France24 says EU leaders have “strongly discouraged” Europeans from non-essential travel and warned tougher restrictions on trips could come within days if efforts to curb the coronavirus fell short.
The warning was issued after a four-hour summit by video link with the heads of government of the 27-nation bloc focused on responding to the second wave of the pandemic.
The tone of urgency was fuelled by fears over the spread of highly contagious coronavirus variants that could send already high infection rates skyrocketing and strain hospitals.
Google threatens to REMOVE search engine in Australia if legislators force it to share profits with news content creators
RT News says Australians could soon be deprived of Google’s search engine, with them threatening to cut off service should lawmakers pass a measure forcing tech firms to cough up revenue to media outlets.
As Australian legislators continue to debate the controversial law – which would compel internet platforms to hand over a cut of revenues to press agencies for sharing their content – Google stepped into the fray on Friday, insisting the move would make its operations unfeasible in the country.
“The code’s arbitration model with bias criteria presents unmanageable financial and operational risk for Google,” Mel Silva, managing director for Google’s Australia and New Zealand branches, told a senate committee.
French foreign minister calls for Iran to return to nuclear deal
Arab News says the French foreign minister called for Iran to immediately return to its commitments under an international deal to curb Tehran’s nuclear program.
His comments came as European powers are waiting to see what steps Joe Biden, the new US president, would take to revive the 2015 Joint Comprehension Plan of Action after Donald Trump withdrew the US from the accord.
Europe wants to save the deal but many in the Arabian Gulf and the West say it empowered Iran to pursue its aggressive foreign policy in the region unchecked.
COVID ‘could have been contained’: Taiwan’s ex-health minister
Aljazeera says the pandemic could have been contained if the authorities in Wuhan had notified the WHO earlier and allowed an expert team to investigate in December 2019, according to Dr Chen Chien-jen, Taiwan’s former vice-president and health minister .
“Transparency and openness is very important for the containment of infectious diseases,” Dr Chen told Al Jazeera. “If the situation in Wuhan was very well reported to the World Health Organisation and the WHO organised a team and went to Wuhan in mid-December 2019, I think the disease could have been contained and no other countries would have suffered.”
Daesh claims responsibility for twin suicide blasts in Baghdad
TRT World says Daesh terror group has claimed responsibility for twin suicide blasts on a commercial district in Baghdad that killed more than 32 people and left 110 wounded.
One Daesh suicide bomber targeted a group of shoppers and day labourers in Baghdad’s Tayaran Square, and a second bomber detonated his explosives when a crowd gathered to help the wounded.
According to Iraqi state media, this was the deadliest attack in the city since January 2018.
Biden inauguration leaves QAnon believers in disarray
BBC News says followers of the baseless QAnon conspiracy theory are divided after Joe Biden’s inauguration confounded their predictions that Donald Trump would remain president in order to punish his enemies in the “deep state”.
Many reacted with shock and despair as Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th US president.
“I just want to throw up,” said one in a popular chat on the Telegram messaging app. “I’m so sick of all the disinformation and false hope.”
Others insisted “the plan” had not failed, finding new theories to latch on to.
Jill Biden: The First First Lady to Hold Two Jobs
VOA says First lady Jill Biden took leave from her teaching job last year to assist with her husband’s campaign for president, but the longtime political spouse is not planning on giving up on her career.
Biden became the first second lady to hold a paying job outside the White House while her husband was vice president. Now she intends to continue teaching writing at Northern Virginia Community College, just south of Washington, where she taught full time while her husband was vice president.
“Many of my students don’t know that I have two jobs,” the first lady said.
UK WEATHER FORECAST
Much of the UK will have a chilly but bright day with spells of sunshine. However, western and north-western parts of the UK will also have showers, some wintry over hills.
A cold night for much of the UK with a sharp frost. However, southern Britain may see a few sleety showers at first and local fog later. Some north-western parts of the UK will see wintry showers too.
RIP Mick N.
You were a great man, an inspiration to many, always so polite and welcoming. Such a gent.
We lost a good one.
Let this be ANOTHER reason to check in on people and ask if they are ok. It’s imperative we talk.
Love to Kirk and the rest of the family 💔such sad news
RIP Mick N.
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YOUR QUESTIONS answered
what happened at the capitol?
On January 6, 2021, a mob of rioters supporting United States President Donald Trump’s attempt to overturn his defeat in the 2020 presidential election stormed the U.S. Capitol, breaching security and occupying parts of the building for several hours.
After attending a rally organized by Trump, thousands of his supporters marched down Pennsylvania Avenue before many stormed the United States Capitol in an effort to disrupt the electoral college vote count during a joint session of Congress and prevent the formalization of President-elect Joe Biden’s election victory.
After breaching police perimeters, they occupied, vandalized, and ransacked parts of the building for several hours. The insurrection led to the evacuation and lockdown of the Capitol building and five deaths. – Read on
what does brexit mean?
Brexit was the withdrawal of the United Kingdom (UK) from the European Union (EU) and the European Atomic Energy Community (EAEC or Euratom) at the end of 31 January 2020 CET.
To date, the UK is the first and only country formally to leave the EU, after 47 years of membership within the bloc, after having first joined its predecessor, the European Communities (EC), on 1 January 1973.
It continued to participate in the European Union Customs Union and European Single Market during a transition period that ended on 31 December 2020 at 23:00 GMT. – Read on
It was first identified in December 2019 in Wuhan, China. The World Health Organization declared the outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern in January 2020 and a pandemic in March 2020.
Meaning of “coronavirus” and related terminology “coronavirus” means severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2)