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Six Nations 2020: England win title after France beat Ireland

Six Nations 2020: England win title after France beat Ireland

Sports
England won the Six Nations after France beat Ireland on a thrilling final day of the delayed tournament.Eddie Jones' side had claimed a bonus-point win against Italy earlier on Saturday but faced a tense wait as both teams in the day's final fixture attempted to take the title.England's first title since 2017 was confirmed by France's 35-27 victory.Ireland, who would have taken the crown if they had beaten France by six points or more, led 10-7 at one point.The hosts took control to win in Paris but needed a bonus point and a winning margin of 31 points or more to claim the Six Nations themselves.But they were unable to win by a large enough margin as England took the title on points difference.England will fly home on Sunday and be presented with the trophy on their return.Their victory ...
Cineworld to close all cinemas in the UK and Ireland this week

Cineworld to close all cinemas in the UK and Ireland this week

Business
Cineworld will close all of its cinemas in the UK, Ireland and US this week because of the impact of coronavirus. It follows the announcement that upcoming Bond film No Time To Die has been pushed back to April, after it was set to be released in cinemas next month. Cineworld could shut all of its 128 UK and Ireland cinemas, putting up to 5,500 jobs at risk, according to The Sunday Times. Image: Cineworld is one of the world's biggest cinema operators The decision may be announced as early as tomorrow with the chain's bosses preparing to write to Boris Johnson and Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden to say the industry has become "unviable", the newspaper reported.Cinemas were closed in March when the UK went into a national lockdown, but...
Coronavirus: Shielding ends for two million in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland

Coronavirus: Shielding ends for two million in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland

Health
More than two million people shielding against coronavirus in most of England, Scotland and Northern Ireland can now leave their home and return to work.Vulnerable people were advised in March to stay at home, or shield, to avoid contracting Covid-19. In Wales the advice stays in place until 16 August.But Macmillan Cancer Support said people in the shielded group do not feel safe enough to leave their homes.It comes after the PM applied the brakes to easing restrictions further.Meanwhile, Graham Medley, a member of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage), which advises the government, has said England could have to consider closing pubs in order to reopen schools in September.And businesses that have furloughed staff during the coronavirus pa...
Apple and Ireland win appeal over EU’s €13bn tax demand

Apple and Ireland win appeal over EU’s €13bn tax demand

Technology
Apple and Ireland have won an appeal against an EU order that the tech giant pay the country €13bn (£11.6bn) in back taxes. In 2016, the European Commission ruled that Ireland had breached state aid rules by giving Apple unfair tax benefits, and ordered Ireland to recover the money plus interest. Both Ireland and Apple appealed that judgment and, this morning, the General Court of the European Union annulled the European Commission decision.In its decision today, the General Court decreed that Apple had not been "granted a selective economic advantage" by Irish tax policies.The Irish Department of Finance welcomed the ruling, saying: "Ireland has always been clear that there was no special treatment provided to [Apple]. The correct amount of Irish tax was charged, taxation in line with nor
Northern Ireland to launch separate contact-tracing app

Northern Ireland to launch separate contact-tracing app

Technology
Northern Ireland is planning to release its own coronavirus contact-tracing app within weeks, the BBC has learned. It follows the failure of the NHS app in England, which was trialled on the Isle of Wight.The NI app will be based on the Google/Apple model. It is designed to be compatible with an app due to be released soon in the Republic of Ireland. That app is also based on the toolkit provided by Apple and Google. The Apple and Google model is more privacy-focused, but provides less data to epidemiologists than the centralised version that England was trialling."The Health Minister has commissioned work to develop a proximity app, based on the de-centralised Google/ Apple model, for use in Northern Ireland," said the Northern Ireland Department of Hea...