Day: January 18, 2022

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Covid news – live: Javid ‘optimistic’ rules will end next week, as variants predicted to become ‘less severe’

US yet to reach ‘national peak’ of Omicron wave, says Surgeon General Health secretary Sajid Javid has said he is “cautiously optimistic” that the UK’s coronavirus restrictions will be eased from next week. The Tory frontbencher told the Commons on Tuesday that the measures, imposed last year to combat the spread of the Omicron variant, […]

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Tonga receives hundreds of bitcoin donations after volcano devastation

Hundreds of bitcoin donations have been made to a Tonga relief fund set up to aid recovery efforts following a devastating volcanic eruption. Set up by Tongan politician and crypto advocate Lord Fusitu’a, the BTC wallet received more than $40,000 through 250 separate donations within three days of going live. Follow all the latest news […]

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Mastercard fined £31.5m for operating cartel in pre-paid card market

Mastercard is among five firms that have been fined £33m by regulators for operating cartels in which they agreed not to poach each others customers for pre-paid cards. The cards were used by local authorities to distribute welfare payments to vulnerable members of society, such as the homeless, victims of domestic violence and asylum seekers. […]

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Covid-19 Omicron variant symptoms: Which signs to look for

Given that the symptoms associated with the original strain of Covid-19 and its first variants were so similar to the common cold, it has been difficult to tell over the last year or so whether the onset of headaches and sniffles meant you had contracted the coronavirus or just a bout of conventional winter flu […]

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Hospital staff to wear cameras as violence soars

Body cameras will be worn by emergency department staff at an NHS trust where acts of violence and aggression have more than doubled in a year. Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (OUH) said there were 80 reported incidents of abusive behaviour towards staff across the trust in November 2020 compared to 180 in November […]

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Garmin Fenix 7 and Epix: New rugged smartwatches launched – with a built-in torch and whole new display

Garmin has launched a new addition to its premium Fenix line – and another, new version of the watch. The Fenix 7 comes with a range of new features, including a torch and a stamina tool that aims to tell people when they are getting tired during races. But perhaps the more significant update is the […]

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Nintendo warns Switch buyers of accidentally using scam websites as chip shortage makes OLED console hard to get

Nintendo has warned against fake websites purporting to be selling its Switch console at a discount. “We have confirmed the existence of a fake website that impersonates Nintendo’s homepage”, the video game company tweeted. “Please be careful not to mistake it for our website, and do not purchase products from fake websites.” Nintendo also warned […]

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Martin Lewis warns Britain faces ‘absolute poverty crisis’ over rising energy costs

Martin Lewis has called for action to protect millions of Britons from rising energy costs – warning that Britain faces an “absolute poverty crisis”. The Money Saving Expert founder said a “substantial” increase in funding was needed to help those who were worst hit by the surge in prices. Mr Lewis told the BBC: “We […]

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Government to launch anti-encryption ads to convince ‘easily swayed people’ into wanting weaker phone security

The government will launch an ad campaign against end-to-end encryption, the technology that keeps messages on WhatsApp, Apple’s iMessage, and Signal secure. The Home Office has hired the M&C Saatchi advertising agency to plan the campaign using £534,000 of public funds. “We have engaged M&C Saatchi to bring together the many organisations who share our […]

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NHS hospitals given fresh warning over ‘vulnerable’ blood stocks

Hospitals in England have been sent a fresh warning over national blood stocks as the regulator says it urgently needs donations of rare blood type, The Independent has learned. NHS laboratories have been asked to reduce any stock holds of O-negative blood and told to ensure they have emergency plans in place should operations need […]

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