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UK's Boris Johnson to extend Covid-19 restrictions in England, reports say
  + stars: | 2021-06-14 | by ( Elliot Smith | ) sentiment -1.00   time to read: +1 min
Boris Johnson is expected to announce a delay to the next phase of England's reopening of up to four weeks on Monday, amid a surge in the delta variant of Covid-19 first discovered in India. People will also be advised to continue working from home where possible, according to reports. More than 70 million vaccine doses have been administered across the U.K., with around 80% of the country having now received at least one dose. But a PHE paper in late May showed that the Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines were only 33% effective against the delta variant after a single shot. Johnson told Sky News on Saturday that he was prepared to be "cautious" in order to avoid any future reintroduction of lockdown measures.
Persons: Boris Johnson, Johnson Organizations: Public Health, Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Sky News Locations: India
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Britain wants to ease tensions with EU over N.Ireland, says Raab
  + stars: | 2021-06-13 | by ( ) sentiment -0.97   time to read: 1 min
Britain's Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab gestures during an interview with Reuters on the sidelines of G7 summit in Carbis Bay, Cornwall, Britain, June 11, 2021. REUTERS/Toby MelvilleBritain wants to ease tensions with the European Union over trade with Northern Ireland, British foreign minister Dominic Raab said on Sunday, repeating a warning that the bloc had to realise the province was part of the United Kingdom. "We want tensions eased, we want a flexible, pragmatic approach. What we cannot have is both the Northern Ireland protocol being applied in a very lopsided way or the Good Friday Agreement being undermined as a result of it," he told Sky News at a G7 meeting in southwestern England. Our Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Dominic Raab, Toby Melville Britain Organizations: Britain's, Reuters, REUTERS, European Union, Sky News, Thomson Locations: Carbis Bay, Cornwall, Britain, Northern Ireland, British, United Kingdom, England
"I think we can sort it out but ... it is up to our EU friends and partners to understand that we will do whatever it takes," Johnson told Sky News. NO NARROWING OF POSITIONSThe province has an open border with EU member Ireland so the Northern Ireland protocol was agreed as a way to preserve the bloc's single market after Britain left. "Both sides must implement what we agreed on," von der Leyen, European Commission president, said after meeting Johnson alongside Michel, the European Council president. Germany’s Merkel said the two sides could find pragmatic solutions on technical questions, while the EU protected its single market. The head of the World Trade Organization said she hoped the tensions would not escalate into a trade war.
Persons: Boris Johnson, Johnson, Joe Biden, I've, Emmanuel Macron, Angela Merkel, Ursula von der Leyen, Charles Michel, Peter Nicholls, von der Leyen, Michel, Germany’s Merkel, Brexit, France’s Macron Organizations: European Union, EU, U.S, Sky News, Ireland, Britain, European, REUTERS, European Commission, World Trade Organization, United, Irish Catholic, British, Thomson Locations: Britain, Northern Ireland, British, German, England, United Kingdom, Carbis Bay, Cornwall, United States, Carbis, Ireland
Rising UK COVID cases are 'serious, serious concern', Johnson says
  + stars: | 2021-06-12 | by ( ) + 0.97   time to read: +1 min
People leave a vaccination centre for those aged over 18 years old at the Belmont Health Centre in Harrow, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in London, Britain, June 6, 2021. REUTERS/Henry NichollsRising COVID case numbers and hospitalisations are a matter of "serious, serious concern", British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Saturday, adding he was less optimistic about reopening the country than he was last month. "It's clear that the Indian variant is more transmissible and it's also true that the cases are going up, and that the levels of hospitalisation are going up," he told Sky News. "Now, we don't know exactly to what extent that is going to feed through into extra mortality, but clearly it's a matter of serious, serious concern." Johnson is expected to set out on Monday whether a planned lifting of coronavirus restrictions can go ahead on June 21, or whether rising cases will force it to be delayed.
Persons: Henry Nicholls, Boris Johnson, it's, Johnson Organizations: Belmont Health, REUTERS, British, Sky News, Thomson Locations: Belmont, Harrow, London, Britain
Richard Branson's Virgin Orbit, with a rocket under the wing of a modified Boeing 747 jetliner, takes off for a key drop test of its high-altitude launch system for satellites from Mojave, California, July 10, 2019. Virgin Orbit, the satellite-launching spinoff of Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic, is in advanced discussions to go public at about a $3 billion valuation through a SPAC led by a former Goldman Sachs partner, CNBC confirmed Saturday. NextGen II is a special purpose acquisition company led by George Mattson, who previously co-led Goldman's global industrials group. The company is a spin-off of Branson's space tourism company Virgin Galactic. Virgin Orbit is privately held by Branson's multinational conglomerate Virgin Group, with a minority stake from Abu Dhabi sovereign wealth fund Mubadala.
Persons: Richard Branson's Virgin, Sir Richard Branson's Virgin, Goldman Sachs, NextGen, George Mattson Organizations: Boeing, CNBC, NextGen, Sky News, Virgin, Virgin Galactic, Orbit, Virgin Group Locations: Mojave , California, Abu Dhabi
Britain's Raab says ball in EU's court over N.Ireland issue
  + stars: | 2021-06-11 | by ( ) + 0.97   time to read: 1 min
Britain's foreign minister Dominic Raab said that it was up to the European Union to respond to the UK's proposals on resolving the Northern Irish trade issue. "The ball's very much in the EU's court," Raab told Sky News on Friday. "We've put forward proposals, it's up to the EU now to come forward with a way that delivers win win, rather than the divisive approach we've seen recently." A bilateral meeting between British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and U.S. President Joe Biden was "incredibly warm" but Raab said that the pair did not "linger" on discussions on the Northern Irish issue. Our Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Dominic Raab, Raab, We've, Boris Johnson, Joe Biden Organizations: European Union, Northern Irish, Sky News, British, Northern, Thomson
REUTERS/Dylan Martinez/File PhotoBritish online trading group CMC Markets (CMCX.L) on Thursday set out plans to launch a wealth management platform, going head to head with existing players such as Hargreaves (HRGV.L) and AJ Bell (AJBA.L), after reporting a doubling in annual profits. CMC, which facilitates the trade of complex financial instruments, raised its outlook multiple times this year as a retail trading boom fuelled volumes. Rivals IG (IGG.L) and Plus500 (PLUSP.L) have also reported strong results, powered partly by the "GameStonk" retail trading phenomenon. read more'UNDERCUT THE MARKET'The GameStonk effect has been most visible in the United States, where online brokers such as Robinhood have thrived on the back of a retail trading boom. The company did not disclose further details on its planned wealth platform, first reported by Sky News, but Cruddas was confident of its prospects.
Persons: Dylan Martinez, Hargreaves, AJ Bell, Peter Cruddas, David Fineberg, Cruddas Organizations: CMC Markets, REUTERS, CMC, Reuters, Rivals, GameStop, Sky News, Thomson Locations: London, Britain, United States
COVID-19 outbreak closes hotel hosting G7 summit delegation
  + stars: | 2021-06-10 | by ( ) sentiment -1.00   time to read: +1 min
The Pedn Olva Hotel is seen, after it was closed due to a guest contracting coronavirus disease (COVID-19), during the G7 leaders summit, in St Ives, Cornwall, Britain, June 10, 2021. REUTERS/Dylan MartinezA hotel, which British media reported was being used by members of Germany's delegation to a Group of Seven summit in England, has closed because members of staff tested positive for COVID-19, its owners said on Thursday. Among the guests were security staff for the German delegation and a media team working for a U.S. broadcaster, Sky News reported. "Following extensive discussions over the last few days with PHE (Public Health England) and Cornwall Council, we have taken the decision to fully close the hotel," said a spokesperson for the owners, St Austell Brewery. The spokesperson said the hotel would reopen once a full COVID-19 deep clean had taken place and there were enough staff to run it.
Persons: Dylan Martinez Organizations: REUTERS, Sky News, Public, Cornwall Council, St Austell Brewery, Thomson Locations: St Ives, Cornwall, Britain, England, U.S, St Austell
A COVID-19 outbreak shut down a hotel one mile from the G7 summit where world leaders are gathering. The Pedn Olva hotel in St. Ives was hosting the German delegation's security detail, Sky News reported. The Pedn Olva hotel in St. Ives is hosting members of the security detail for Germany's delegation, British media reported. Several media crews, including CBS, were also staying at the hotel, Sky News reported. Cornwall, the county home to St. Ives, reported nearly triple the number of COVID-19 cases on Thursday as on Wednesday, Newsweek reported.
Persons: Ives, Joe Biden's Organizations: Sky News, Reuters, Security, CBS, Health, Newsweek Locations: St, Cornwall, England, British, France, Germany, Canada, Italy, Japan
Group of UK lawmakers call for raising age of sale of cigarettes to 21 -Sky
  + stars: | 2021-06-09 | by ( ) sentiment -0.99   time to read: 1 min
A cigarette stub is seen in an ashtray on a street in Liverpool , northern England October 17 , 2016. REUTERS/Phil NobleA group of British members of parliament has called on the UK government to consider raising the age of sale of cigarettes to 21 from 18 to end the "tobacco epidemic" by the end of the decade, Sky News reported on Wednesday. The All Party Parliamentary Group on Smoking and Health said the age of sale should be increased from 18 as part of tougher regulations to stop children and young people from becoming smokers, as well as to help current smokers quit, the report added. Our Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Phil Noble Organizations: REUTERS, Sky News, All, Parliamentary, Health, Thomson Locations: Liverpool, England
Lloyd-Webber vows to re-open London theatres, even if it means arrest
  + stars: | 2021-06-09 | by ( ) sentiment -0.97   time to read: +2 min
Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber arrives for the world premiere of the movie "Cats" in Manhattan, New York, U.S., December 16, 2019. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly/File PhotoBritish theatre entrepreneur Andrew Lloyd-Webber has vowed to reopen his shows in London without social distancing restrictions later this month, even if he is arrested for it. "We are going to open, come hell or high water," Lloyd-Webber said in an interview with The Telegraph published on Wednesday. Britain has raced ahead of many other countries by giving a first COVID-19 shot to more than three-quarter of adults. Asked by the Telegraph what he would do if the government postpones the June 21 re-opening, Lloyd-Webber said: "We will say: 'Come to the theatre and arrest us'."
Persons: Andrew Lloyd Webber, Andrew Kelly, Andrew Lloyd, Webber, Lloyd, Boris Johnson, Robert Jenrick Organizations: REUTERS, Telegraph, Sky News, Thomson Locations: Manhattan , New York, U.S, London, England, Britain, India
Sausage wars: UK urges EU to move on Brexit trade with N.Ireland
  + stars: | 2021-06-08 | by ( ) + 0.00   time to read: +4 min
Police officers stand by port security as a lorry drives in at the entrance to the Port of Larne, Northern Ireland, Britain January 1, 2021. "Further threats of legal action and trade retaliation from the EU won't make life any easier for the shopper in Strabane who can't buy their favourite product." Preserving the delicate peace in Northern Ireland without allowing the United Kingdom a back door into the European Union's single market through the 310-mile (500 km) Irish land border was one of the trickiest issues of the Brexit divorce. It has also pointed to rising tensions among pro-British unionists in the province who say the Brexit deal was undermining a 1998 peace agreement. A spokesman for Johnson said on Tuesday there was "no case whatsoever for preventing chilled meat from being sold in Northern Ireland".
Persons: Phil Noble, Boris Johnson, Joe Biden, David Frost, Maros Sefcovic, Frost, Sefcovic, We've, Robert Jenrick, Johnson Organizations: REUTERS, European Union, EU, Host, Times, London, European, Northern, Telegraph, Britain, Brussels, Sky News, Thomson Locations: Port, Larne, Northern Ireland, Britain, European, British, England, London, Strabane, United Kingdom, Brussels, Bangor, Wales
Police officers stand by port security as a lorry drives in at the entrance to the Port of Larne, Northern Ireland, Britain January 1, 2021. The row has been dubbed the "sausage war" by British media because it affects the movement of chilled meats from Britain to Northern Ireland. London says it has no choice because some of the checks hamper supplies to Northern Irish supermarkets. "We've put forward some solutions to the EU," housing minister Robert Jenrick told Sky News. "It can't be right that ... sausages can't travel from Bangor in Wales to Bangor in Northern Ireland."
Persons: Phil Noble, Boris Johnson, Joe Biden, David Frost, Maros Sefcovic, Frost, We've, Robert Jenrick Organizations: REUTERS, European Union, EU, Northern Ireland, Times, London, European, Northern, Sky News, Thomson Locations: Port, Larne, Northern Ireland, Britain, Brussels, Northern, England, British, London, United Kingdom, Bangor, Wales
Police officers stand by port security as a lorry drives in at the entrance to the Port of Larne, Northern Ireland, Britain January 1, 2021. REUTERS/Phil Noble/File PhotoBritain and the European Union failed on Wednesday to agree any solutions to ease post-Brexit trade with Northern Ireland and exchanged threats in a standoff that could cloud a weekend international summit. The row has been dubbed the "sausage war" by British media because it affects the movement of chilled meats from Britain to Northern Ireland. "We've put forward some solutions to the EU," housing minister Robert Jenrick told Sky News. "It can't be right that ... sausages can't travel from Bangor in Wales to Bangor in Northern Ireland."
Persons: Phil Noble, Boris Johnson, Joe Biden, David Frost, Maros Sefcovic, Frost, We've, Robert Jenrick Organizations: REUTERS, European Union, Northern Ireland, EU, Times, London, European, Northern, Sky News, Thomson Locations: Port, Larne, Northern Ireland, Britain, Northern, Brussels, England, British, London, United Kingdom, Bangor, Wales
Revolut is hiring an investor-relations team, a step normally taken by firms wanting to go public. The $5.5 billion fintech is reportedly seeking more capital at a valuation up to $15 billion. Revolut, a $5.5 billion fintech startup, is hiring a head of investor relations, a step usually taken by companies soon to go public and increasingly by startups that have raised considerable private capital. In addition to a head of investor relations, the fintech is looking to hire two investor-relations analysts. In February 2020, Revolut raised $500 million at a $5.5 billion valuation in Series D round, led by the US investor TCV.
Persons: Revolut, Nik Storonsky, Vlad Yatsenko, Hill's, Storonsky, TCV Organizations: Insiders, British, LinkedIn, Revolut, Financial, TSG Consumer Partners, Sky News, FT Partners
Damien Meyer | AFP | Getty ImagesThe world's biggest tech companies are facing a corporate tax avoidance crackdown after the Group of Seven most developed economies agreed a historic deal Saturday. FacebookNick Clegg, Facebook's vice president for global affairs, welcomed the G-7 deal and said the social networking giant "has long called for reform of the global tax rules." The agreement is a "significant first step towards certainty for businesses and strengthening public confidence in the global tax system," Clegg tweeted Saturday. Apple wasn't immediately available for a comment on the G-7 agreement when contacted by CNBC. The tech tax debate
Persons: Damien Meyer, Janet Yellen, Nick Clegg, Clegg, Apple wasn't Organizations: Apple, Facebook, AFP, Getty, Treasury, Amazon, CNBC, Google, Sky News Locations: U.S
Op-ed: Quality TV news could be a casualty of the streaming wars
  + stars: | 2021-06-07 | by ( Tom Rogers | ) + 0.00   time to read: +8 min
ESPN, which has been slow out of the gates into streaming, has recently signed renewal deals for substantial amounts of professional sports programming that give it flexibility to air those offerings on the ESPN+ streaming service. In addition, Amazon recently agreed to pay the NFL $10 billion just to air Thursday Night Football on its streaming service over the next ten years. So, while the streaming wars heat up, and legacy television channels lose both viewing audience and subscribers, no one is really focused on what this means for television news. Providing a separate news bundle to households who otherwise subscribe to Peacock could drive broad uptake of news content while also driving enhanced distribution of the broader entertainment streaming service. Right now, there is no obvious answer to saving TV news as pay-TV subscribership declines, but let's not allow quality television news to become collateral damage in the entertainment streaming wars.
Persons: HBO Max, Peacock, Tom Rogers Organizations: Netflix, Disney, HBO, Apple, Paramount, Amazon, Time Warner, Sports, ESPN, NFL, CNN, CNBC, MSNBC, Fox News, News, TV, FCC, Comcast, Sky News, NBC, Fox, Fox Nation, Fox News Channel, NBC Cable Locations: Hulu, United States, Switzerland
Too soon to say if English lockdown will end June 21, Hancock says
  + stars: | 2021-06-06 | by ( ) sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
Steve Parsons/PA Wire/Pool via REUTERSBritish health minister Matt Hancock said on Sunday it was too early to say whether the government would stick to its plan to fully lift COVID-19 lockdown restrictions in England on June 21. "The prime minister and I and the team will be looking at all the data over this week. Britain's swift vaccine rollout had weakened, but not broken, the link between the virus, hospitalisation and death, Hancock said. Last week, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he could see nothing in the data that would derail the plan to end lockdown restrictions, although caution was needed. read moreBritain's overall death toll from the pandemic stands at 127,836 and is the sixth-highest in the world, according to Johns Hopkins University data.
Persons: Matt Hancock, Steve Parsons, Hancock, It's, We've, we'll, Boris Johnson Organizations: State, Health, Oxford Botanic Gardens, Mansfield College, Oxford University in, Sky News, Johns Hopkins University, Thomson Locations: Oxford University in Oxford, Britain, England, India, COVID
Turkey's Sea of Marmara has seen the largest outbreak of "sea snot" on record. Turkey's President Erdogan has promised to save the country's seas from "sea snot," a slimy layer of gray or green sludge that could endanger marine life and the fishing industry. The substance, which is known as marine mucilage or "sea snot," forms when algae is overloaded with nutrients due to climate change and water pollution. He added that "the trouble will be enormous" if substance expands to the Black Sea, BBC News reports. BBC News reports that fishermen travelling through the sea are prevented from working as the "sea snot" is clogging up their motors and nets.
Persons: Erdogan, YASIN AKGUL, Getty Images Erdogan, Bayram Ozturk Organizations: BBC, Sky News, Getty Images, Turkish, BBC News, Turkish Marine Research Locations: Marmara, Aegean, Greece, Istanbul, AFP, Turkey, Istanbul —
UK could make COVID-19 jabs compulsory in healthcare, minister says
  + stars: | 2021-05-30 | by ( ) + 0.98   time to read: 1 min
A phial of the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine concentrate is diluted with 1.8ml sodium chloride ready for use at Guy's Hospital. Victoria Jones/Pool via REUTERSThe British government is thinking about making COVID-19 vaccination compulsory for healthcare workers to stop the spread of the virus in hospitals, vaccine minister Nadhim Zahawi said on Sunday. "There is precedent for this; obviously surgeons get vaccinated for hepatitis B. So it's something that we are absolutely thinking about." Our Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: BioNTech, Victoria Jones, Nadhim Zahawi Organizations: Pfizer, Guy's Hospital, REUTERS, British, Sky News, Thomson
Belarus was courting its patron Russia on Friday amid ongoing international outrage over the forced landing of a commercial flight to seize a Belarusian journalist. As the West moved to isolate the former Soviet bloc country, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko was set to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Black Sea resort of Sochi. Russian President Vladimir Putin and Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko talk during another meeting in Sochi, Russia in September 2020. On Wednesday, he threatened to flood western Europe with drugs and migrants if sanctions were imposed on his country for the forced landing of the Ryanair flight. “Neither the Russian aviation authorities nor the Russian services and agencies have anything to do with what happened in Belarus with the Ryanair flight,” he said Friday.
Persons: Alexander Lukashenko, Vladimir Putin, Lukashenko, brazenly, Jens Stoltenberg, Roman Protasevich, Sophia Sapega, Protasevich, , , Dmitry Peskov, Peskov, , demurred, Putin Organizations: Soviet, NATO, ” NATO, Sky News, News, Comcast, NBC News, Belarusian, West, Ryanair, European Union, United Nations, Union, Belarus, EU, NBC, Air, Austrian Airlines, Kremlin, International Civil Aviation Organization Locations: Belarus, Russia, Belarusian, Black, Sochi, British, Minsk, Poland, Lithuania, Greece, Soviet, United States, United Kingdom, Europe, Moscow, Air France, Austrian, Vienna, Russian
An update to UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock's mobile phone app has removed direct access to its online 'Have Your Say' forum. Hancock boasted upon launching the app that it would provide followers with "a chance for you to tell me what you think." The update emerged as Hancock became the centre of a media storm over his role in handling the Covid pandemic in the UK. A quiet update to the UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock's mobile phone app has hidden access to its Have Your Say online forum, amid a public storm over his role in handling the coronavirus pandemic. The update to Hancock's app comes after it became a target for online trolls.
Persons: Matt, Hancock, Boris Johnson's, Dominic Cummings, Matt Hancock, Cummings, Beth Rigby, Pippa Crerar, unmuted Organizations: Health, UK, Telegraph, Mario Kart Wii, Thursday's Downing, Sky News, Daily, Health and Social Care Committee, Science and Technology Locations: Hancock
Belarusisan dissident Roman Protasevich's girlfriend was also arrested when their flight was intercepted. A video released Tuesday showed Sofia Sapega appearing to confess to editing a Telegram channel. Opposition politicians in Belarus said the video was likely made under duress. The girlfriend of detained Belarusian dissident Roman Protasevich has appeared in an apparent confession video. The video appeared on a Telegram channel supportive of Belarus' president, Sky News reported.
Persons: Roman, Sofia Sapega, Roman Protasevich Organizations: Sky, Sky News, Sunday, Novaya Gazeta Locations: Belarus, Belarusian, Protasevich, Greece, Vilnius, Minsk, Russian
But a new state law, passed in early May, is set to ban the teaching of certain topics pertaining to systemic racism and implicit bias. “It has to, because now for teachers, you don't want to lose a job,” said Crawford, 31, who is Black. Oklahoma’s new law targets critical race theory, a study of the legacy of racism and its history in legal and social systems. Oklahoma is one of at least a dozen states that have introduced measures to ban or limit teaching about systemic racism, bias and privilege in schools. She and other classmates noted that nobody in Oklahoma thought to legislate to prevent Black students from hearing traumatic stories about slavery or racial violence.
Persons: Anthony Crawford, he’s, George Floyd, doesn’t, Crawford, , ” Anthony Crawford, Kevin West, , Kimberlé Crenshaw, Floyd’s, it's, ” Jenni White, ” Teresa Manning, Sapphira Lloyd, Cecilia Robinson, Woods Organizations: Sky News, Sky News . OKLAHOMA CITY, Millwood High School, Republican, UCLA, Columbia, Trump, National Association of Scholars, America Locations: Sky News ., Oklahoma City, Texas, Utah, California . Oklahoma, Luther , Oklahoma, America, Oklahoma
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