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Tier 4 restrictions could put thousands of jobs at risk, retail sector warns

Tier 4 restrictions could put thousands of jobs at risk, retail sector warns

Business
Britain's retail sector has warned of "severe" consequences from new Tier 4 restrictions, meaning non-essential shops in affected areas will have to close in the week before Christmas.The British Retail Consortium said thousands more jobs could be at risk - in an industry already devastated by months of pandemic disruption. It criticised the government's "stop-start approach" as "deeply unhelpful" and joined other groups in calling for an extension of a business rates holiday to help struggling firms. BRC chief executive Helen Dickinson said the Tier 4 announcement, which will affect London and much of the South East, was "hugely regrettable" after retailers had invested hundreds of millions making their premises COVID-secure."The consequences of this decision will be severe," she said...
Thousands more back Dr Timnit Gebru over Google ‘sacking’

Thousands more back Dr Timnit Gebru over Google ‘sacking’

Technology
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Thousands of Rohingya refugees being moved to ‘dangerous’ remote island

Thousands of Rohingya refugees being moved to ‘dangerous’ remote island

World
The Bangladesh government is moving thousands of Rohingya refugees to a remote island - despite human rights groups' calls to stop the process.Bhasan Char, which emerged from the sea less than 20 years ago, is exposed to annual flooding and cyclones during the monsoon season, which lasts for five months of the year. Parts of the island, which is about 21 miles off the coast of Bangladesh, get submerged during the rains and tidal channels can be seen cutting across the island. Image: The refugees will be taken to the island overnight On Thursday, 11 coaches carrying Rohingya refugees left Cox's Bazar, home to the world's biggest refugee camp, to head to the island, where they are expected to arrive on Friday...
Million MAGA March: Thousands of pro-Trump protesters rally in Washington DC

Million MAGA March: Thousands of pro-Trump protesters rally in Washington DC

World
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Thousands given wrong dates for self-isolation by Test and Trace

Thousands given wrong dates for self-isolation by Test and Trace

Technology
More than 7,000 people have been given the wrong dates for self-isolation by Test and Trace, Sky News can reveal, raising further questions about the competence of the troubled service.An error in the software used by Test and Trace meant that the contact-tracing service gave contacts of people who had tested positive for coronavirus the wrong dates for the start and end of their quarantine. A total of 7,230 people in England were affected, the Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC) confirmed to Sky News.Most were contacted with new advice on when their self-isolation period should end. But 2,455 individuals had already finished self-isolating before they could be reached. Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video player ...