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French police raid homes of gov’t officials as part of COVID-19 inquiry

French police raid homes of gov’t officials as part of COVID-19 inquiry

World
Oct. 15 (UPI) -- Authorities on Thursday raided the homes of the former French prime minister and current and former health ministers over Paris' response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The raids were carried out in connection with an investigation by Paris prosecutors after they received a number of complaints from coronavirus patients, doctors, police and other officials. Advertisement Police conducted morning raids at the home of former Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, health hinister Olivier Veran and former health minister Agnes Buzyn. Officials also searched Veran's office. Authorities also searched the home of Sibeth Ndiaye, former spokeswoman for President Emmanuel Macron, officials said. The investigation of public officials is targeted in scope to examine specific aspects of the gove...
Top producers ‘part ways’ with Ellen DeGeneres show following toxic workplace allegations

Top producers ‘part ways’ with Ellen DeGeneres show following toxic workplace allegations

Entertainment
Three top producers from Ellen DeGeneres' TV show have "parted ways" with the series following allegations of a toxic workplace environment.A spokesperson for producer Warner Bros said in a statement that executive producers Ed Glavin and Kevin Leman, as well as co-executive producer Jonathan Norman, had left the long-running daytime show. It comes after a BuzzFeed News report based on 36 interviews with former staff members on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Some said they had experienced or witnessed improper and unfair treatment - prompting an internal company investigation that found "deficiencies related to the show's day-to-day management". Image: DeGeneres' wife Portia de Rossi has spoken out in support of the star Allegations includ...
Last of Us Part II: Is this the most accessible game ever?

Last of Us Part II: Is this the most accessible game ever?

Technology
Media playback is unsupported on your device The first time Steve Saylor fired up the hotly-anticipated new game The Last of Us Part II, he burst into tears. "Y'all don't even know how much..." he says between sobs in his video of the moment, which has now had nearly half a million views."I'm sorry. I don't even know what to say." Steve is legally blind, and was looking at the overwhelming accessibility options menu.Courtney Craven, editor of accessibility-focused gaming site Can I Play That, is hard of hearing and has some motor-control issues, and had a similar reaction. "The first thing I did upon launching [the game] for the first time was FaceTime a friend and cry," she says.The game has already been dubbed "the most accessible game ever"...
Coronavirus: Racism ‘could play a part in BAME Covid deaths’

Coronavirus: Racism ‘could play a part in BAME Covid deaths’

Health
Factors such as racism and social inequality may have contributed to increased risks of black, Asian and minority communities catching and dying from Covid-19, a leaked report says.Historic racism may mean that people are less likely to seek care or to demand better personal protective equipment, it says.The Public Health England draft, seen by the BBC, contains recommendations.Other possible factors include risks linked to occupation, it said.And inequalities in conditions such as diabetes may increase disease severity.The report, the second by PHE on the subject, pointed to racism and discrimination as a root cause affecting health and the risk of both exposure to the virus and becoming seriously ill.It said stakeholders expres...
Fancy lunch with Joan Collins? Take part in COVID-19 auction for NHS

Fancy lunch with Joan Collins? Take part in COVID-19 auction for NHS

Entertainment
Ever wondered how fabulous it would be to dine with Dame Joan Collins?Well, now you can be in with a chance, as lunch with the star at swanky Mayfair hotel Claridge's is among the lots going under the hammer to raise funds for the NHS during the coronavirus pandemic. Not only that, but the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity - to be taken once social distancing is over - also includes guests Percy Gibson, Dame Joan's husband, and actor Christopher Biggins, plus an overnight stay in a suite (stars not included for that part). Image: Test your knowledge with a families University Challenge round on Zoom The not-for-profit digital auction is being conducted by Bonhams, with pledges from some of the country's leading actors, musicians and arti...