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Care homes and public told to immediately stop using brand of coronavirus test kit

Care homes and public told to immediately stop using brand of coronavirus test kit

Technology
The government has told care homes and the public to immediately stop using coronavirus testing kits produced by a healthcare firm after safety problems were discovered.The government said all labs must pause the use of COVID-19 test kits produced by Randox laboratories "with immediate effect until further notice". It said the tests, which were used as part of the NHS system, failed to meet safety standards.Health Secretary Matt Hancock said there had been a problem with the swabs but there was no suggestion that test results were affected.He told the Commons on Thursday: "We've identified some swabs that are not up to the usual high standard that we expect, and we'll be carrying out further testing of this batch as a precautionary measure. ...
Jimmy Kimmel apologises for using blackface makeup

Jimmy Kimmel apologises for using blackface makeup

Entertainment
US TV host Jimmy Kimmel has apologised for using blackface makeup to impersonate stars including Snoop Dogg and Oprah Winfrey.Kimmel said he had thought of his behaviour on Comedy Central's The Man Show, which aired between 1999 and 2004, "as impersonations of celebrities and nothing more". The 52-year-old added he wanted to say sorry to those who had been "genuinely hurt or offended".Kimmel said he had delayed apologising because he thought that it "would be celebrated as a victory by those who equate apologies with weakness and cheer for leaders who use prejudice to divide us".He added: "That delay was a mistake." ...
‘Rooney Rule’: Clubs using policy ‘loophole’ – Troy Townsend from Kick It Out

‘Rooney Rule’: Clubs using policy ‘loophole’ – Troy Townsend from Kick It Out

Sports
Some clubs are using a "loophole" in a regulation aimed at increasing the number of black managers in football, says Troy Townsend from anti-discrimination charity Kick It Out.The English Football League (EFL) has a policy - informally known as the 'Rooney Rule' - that clubs must interview at least one black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) candidate for a managerial vacancy.But that is not necessary if they do not have a shortlisting process and interview only one candidate. "I'm not saying clubs are not following a process but they aren't nailed on to a process because there is a little bit of a loophole there," said Townsend."You aren't going to be held accountable. It's like dipping your...
Nirmala Sitharaman launches facility for instant, free PAN using Aadhaar

Nirmala Sitharaman launches facility for instant, free PAN using Aadhaar

Finance
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman today officially launched the instant Permanent Account Number (PAN) facility which uses Aadhaar number based e-KYC. The beta facility was earlier launched in February 2020 on the income tax department's e-filing website. The is a paperless, real-time basis facility. As per the income tax department, the turnaround time of allotting the PAN through this facility is 10 minutes. Only those applicants who have a valid Aadhaar number and have a mobile number registered with Aadhaar can use this facility. This electronic PAN (e-PAN) will be issued to applicants free-of-cost, the department said on its Twitter handle. Hon’ble FM Smt @nsitharaman formally launched the facility for instant allotment of PAN through Aadhaar based e-KYC… https://t.co/pDHW2D5vzu&am
Scientists make sense of pulsating stars using NASA’s TESS satellite

Scientists make sense of pulsating stars using NASA’s TESS satellite

Science
May 13 (UPI) -- A team of scientists in Australia said they used a NASA space telescope to identify the pulsating rhythm of nearby stars, allowing them to learn more about the age and structure of the stellar objects. The researchers said they were able to make sense of the jumble of pulsations from nearby stars using the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Survey satellite, or TESS, according to a study published Wednesday in the journal Nature. Tim Bedding, professor at University of Sydney and lead author of the study, compared pulsations to musical notes. "Previously we were finding too many jumbled up notes to understand these pulsating stars properly," he said. "It was a mess, like listening to a cat walking on a piano. "The incredibly precise data from NASA's TESS mission have allowed us...