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Coronavirus: NHS staff need tests ‘twice a week’

Coronavirus: NHS staff need tests ‘twice a week’

Health
A leading surgeon has said NHS staff must be routinely tested for coronavirus up to twice a week.Prof Derek Alderson, president of the Royal College of Surgeons, said it was vital, to reassure patients staff were not unwittingly carrying the virus.But hospital trust bosses say they are still waiting for clarity on plans for regular testing.The Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC) said it was focusing on routine testing in care homes.Prof Alderson was speaking at a Health Select Committee meeting about the necessary steps to get all NHS services back up and running.He said: "It's absolutely essential to regain public confidence that we are able to test our staff regularly."It would be "pragmatic" for testing to take place "about twice weekly", he a...
British Airways’ treatment of staff ‘a disgrace’ – MPs

British Airways’ treatment of staff ‘a disgrace’ – MPs

Business
British Airways' treatment of staff during the coronavirus crisis "is a national disgrace", MPs have claimed.A Transport Select Committee report accuses the airline of a "calculated attempt to take advantage" of the pandemic by cutting thousands of jobs and downgrading terms and conditions.BA said it was doing all it could to keep "the maximum number of jobs".But the MPs said the airline's actions fell "well below the standards we would expect from any employer".The aviation industry has been one of the hardest-hit since the pandemic forced a lockdown. Airlines including EasyJet, Ryanair, and Virgin Atlantic, and suppliers Rolls-Royce and Airbus, have announced thousands of job cuts.BA plans a major restructuring, which could mea...
Senate confirms Charles Q. Brown as first black Air Force chief of staff

Senate confirms Charles Q. Brown as first black Air Force chief of staff

Business
June 9 (UPI) -- The Senate voted unanimously Tuesday to make Gen. Charles Q. Brown the Air Force's 22nd chief of staff -- and the first African-American to lead a U.S. military branch. Brown, who is currently the commander of the Pacific Air Forces, will replace Gen. Dave Goldfein as the Air Force's top general. Advertisement "Congratulations to Gen CQ Brown on his nomination to be our next Chief. He's led worldwide - in the Pacific, Europe, the Middle East and Africa," Goldfein tweeted when Brown was nominated in March, calling Brown "one of the finest warriors" the Air Force has ever produced. On Tuesday, President Donald Trump tweeted that Brown's confirmation marked a "historic day in America." Last week, Sen. Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska, delayed Brown's nomination from moving forward due...
Coronavirus: Twitter allows staff to work from home ‘forever’

Coronavirus: Twitter allows staff to work from home ‘forever’

Technology
Twitter has told staff that they can work from home "forever" if they wish as the company looks towards the future after the coronavirus pandemic.The decision came as the social media giant said its work-from-home measures during the lockdown had been a success.But it also said it would allow workers to return to the office if they choose when it reopens.Earlier this month Google and Facebook said their staff can work from home until the end of the year. Twitter said: "The past few months have proven we can make that work. So if our employees are in a role and situation that enables them to work from home and they want to continue to do so forever, we will make that happen."The announcement has been described as "an era-defining moment" by one digital inn...
Kotak Mahindra Bank declares 10% pay cut for staff with over Rs 25 lakh annual salary

Kotak Mahindra Bank declares 10% pay cut for staff with over Rs 25 lakh annual salary

Finance
Private sector lender Kotak Mahindra Bank has decided on a 10 per cent pay cut for the employees earning above Rs 25 lakh per annum, in a business sustainability move amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to a communication. The move comes weeks after the top management voluntarily surrendered 15 per cent of their payments for 2020-21. The COVID-19 crisis is expected to have a heavy impact on the economy and many corporates have been cutting salaries. Some have also retrenched staff, with the unorganised sector being hit the most. The unemployment rate in India touched 27 per cent in the week to May 3, according to think-tank CMIE. What seemed like a 2-3 months phenomenon in the beginning, has turned out to be a pandemic with serious implications on both lives and livelihood. More impor...