More than a third of UK music industry workers lost jobs in 2020

1 día 14 horas ago

UK Music’s annual report says 69,000 people lost work as the pandemic wiped billions off the value of the sector

More than a third of UK music industry workers lost their jobs last year – 69,000 in total – as venues closed, festivals were scrapped, tours ground to a halt and the pandemic wiped billions off the value of the sector.

UK Music, the umbrella organisation representing the commercial music industry from artists and record labels to the live music sector, said the value of the industry almost halved last year due to the financially crippling impact of the Covid crisis.

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Mark Sweney and Nadia Khomami

Covid live: Latvia closes schools and venues as curfew introduced; UK situation ‘concerning’, says expert

1 día 14 horas ago

Latvia has closed schools, restaurants and entertainment venues for a month; UK reports 49,156 new cases and 45 Covid-linked deaths

Australia’s Northern Territory chief minister, Michael Gunner, has hit back at US senator Ted Cruz who criticised the Northern Territory’s vaccine policy, telling the Texan conservative “you know nothing about us”.

The spat began when the US Republican shared a video of Gunner announcing the territory’s wide-ranging vaccine mandate for workers. Cruz lamented the “Covid tyranny of their (Australia’s) current government,” which he said was “disgraceful and sad”.

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Harry Taylor (now); Tom Ambrose, Martin Belam and Samantha Lock (earlier)

Army veteran on trial in Belfast over Troubles killing dies with Covid-19

1 día 15 horas ago

Trial of Dennis Hutchings, who was 80, has been adjourned for three weeks after he contracted the virus

An army veteran whose trial at Belfast crown court over a Troubles shooting was adjourned due to his ill health has died after contracting Covid-19, it has been reported.

It is understood that Dennis Hutchings died on Monday. The trial had been adjourned for three weeks after he contracted Covid.

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‘A Covid incubator’: outbreak in Melbourne refugee detention hotel grows as vaccination rate lags

1 día 15 horas ago

Up to six men infected as advocate warns Park hotel is circulating air between floor with confirmed Covid cases and other levels

A Covid outbreak among refugees and asylum seekers inside Melbourne’s Park Hotel has grown to as many as six, with growing concern lagging vaccination rates – and the forced confinement within hotels commandeered as detention centres – is exposing unvaccinated and vulnerable people to the virus.

At least 40 men held in the hotel are awaiting test results. Some said they had been told it could take two days for them to come through. Three positive cases have been confirmed, and up to another three are in isolation with symptoms.

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Ben Doherty

UK Covid cases near 50,000 in one day as No 10 warns of ‘challenging’ winter

1 día 18 horas ago

Reported number of cases rise steadily in October to reach highest level since 17 July

Downing Street has warned of “challenging” months ahead as UK coronavirus cases reached their highest level since mid-July.

The reported number of Covid cases in the UK increased steadily through October and reached 49,156 on Monday, the highest reported since 17 July and a 16% rise in new cases over the past week.

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UK government ordered to reveal firms awarded ‘VIP’ Covid contracts

1 día 18 horas ago

Information commissioner says Department of Health has breached FoI Act by failing to disclose names

The UK government has been ordered to reveal which companies were given “VIP” access to multimillion-pound contracts for the supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) in the early months of the Covid pandemic, in a ruling from the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO).

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has previously refused to disclose the names of 47 companies that had contracts awarded through the privileged, fast-track process allocated to firms with political connections.

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UK lab investigated for false negative Covid tests is not fully accredited

1 día 19 horas ago

Neither Immensa nor Dante Labs has ever been accredited, Ukas says, contrary to government comments

The private laboratory that is under investigation for potentially issuing more than 40,000 false negative Covid tests was not fully accredited to perform the work, contrary to assurances made by health officials.

The UK’s independent accreditation service, Ukas, told the Guardian on Monday that neither Immensa Health Clinics Ltd nor its sister company, Dante Labs, had ever been accredited by the service, and that it had informed the Department of Health that statements suggesting otherwise were incorrect.

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Ian Sample Science editor

I’m among the unlucky last to endure two weeks’ hotel quarantine in NSW. It makes no sense | Andrew Thomas

1 día 21 horas ago

Think hotel quarantine in NSW is over? Not for those of us in the air when Dominic Perrottet made the surprise announcement to reopen to the world

If ignorance is bliss; in-flight wifi is its antithesis, a curse.

I wish I had not turned it on. But on Singapore Airlines free connectivity is a business-class perk and for those not used to the pointy end of the plane, it’s hard to resist.

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Jellied eel canapés and venison: No 10 hosts biggest names in business

1 día 21 horas ago

Boris Johnson dines with Bill Gates, David Solomon and more to kick off global investment summit

Boris Johnson will host 20 of the world’s most influential business leaders on Monday evening as he urges them to provide a “rocket boost” for “global Britain”, as the UK emerges from the coronavirus pandemic and life outside the EU.

Among those sitting down for the power dinner with the prime minister in No 10 will be the Goldman Sachs boss, David Solomon; the JP Morgan chief executive, Jamie Dimon; Jes Staley, the head of Barclays; and the Microsoft founder turned climate crisis campaigner, Bill Gates.

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Rupert Neate and Peter Walker