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Coronavirus: Self-employed need financial help, unions warn

Coronavirus: Self-employed need financial help, unions warn

Business
Media playback is unsupported on your device Financial help is urgently needed for the five million self-employed workers hit by the coronavirus pandemic, trade unions and a former cabinet minister have urged.Conservative MP David Davis said the economy could suffer a near "fatal seizure" if they were not protected.The government is to pay 80% of salaries of staff kept on by employers.But Treasury minister Stephen Barclay said it would be "operationally" hard to protect self-employed incomes.He said the self-employed were being helped by measures such as the deferral of self-assessment tax requirements, payment holidays for mortgage payers and the strengthening of the welfare "safety net".Frances O'Grady, general secretary of the Trades Union ...
Coronavirus poses greater global threat than terrorism, WHO warn

Coronavirus poses greater global threat than terrorism, WHO warn

World
The coronavirus is "the worst enemy you can ever imagine" and poses a greater global threat than terrorism, the World Health Organisation has warned.Urging the world to "wake up" and be as aggressive as possible in tackling the outbreak, the UN health agency has given a new name to the disease that has sickened more than 44,600 people. It is now going to be officially known as COVID-19 - CO stands for corona, VI for virus, D for disease and 19 for the year it emerged. Image: Leading doctors say the coronavirus must be treated as 'public enemy number one' Chinese health officials have expressed hope that the outbreak will be over in April, but the head of the World Health Organisation was far less optimistic.Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyes...
Satellite constellations: Astronomers warn of threat to view of Universe

Satellite constellations: Astronomers warn of threat to view of Universe

Science
Astronomers are warning that their view of the Universe could be under threat. From next week, a campaign to launch thousands of new satellites will begin in earnest, offering high-speed internet access from space.But the first fleets of these spacecraft, which have already been sent into orbit by US company SpaceX, are affecting images of the night sky.They are appearing as bright white streaks, so dazzling that they are competing with the stars.Scientists are worried that future "mega-constellations" of satellites could obscure images from optical telescopes and interfere with radio astronomy observations.Dr Dave Clements, an astrophysicist from Imperial College London, told BBC News: "The night sky is a commons - and what we h...
Instagram to warn users over ‘bullying’ language in their captions

Instagram to warn users over ‘bullying’ language in their captions

Technology
Instagram will start warning users when it detects potentially bullying language in its captions.The app said it will use artificial intelligence to spot possibly harmful language and give users the opportunity to reconsider it before sharing. A similar feature was introduced earlier this year which warned users if it thought their comments on other people's posts contained bullying or offensive language.If the AI spots something, a message will appear telling the user the caption looks similar to others that have previously been reported and gives them the option to edit it, learn about why it was flagged, or share it anyway.It comes amid criticism that Facebook-owned Instagram has not acted quickly enough to remove abusive and potentially dangerous content from the platform. ...
U.S. health officials warn of eastern equine encephalitis outbreak

U.S. health officials warn of eastern equine encephalitis outbreak

Health
Nov. 21 (UPI) -- An old disease transmitted by mosquitoes called eastern equine encephalitis has reared its head in eight U.S. states so far in 2019, but health officials emphasize there's no need to bug out. In a commentary published Thursday in the New England Journal of Medicine, officials from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases noted that, as of Nov 12, there have been 36 confirmed cases of eastern equine encephalitis, or EEE, this year. In all, 14 of these cases were fatal. "Although EEE isn't a major threat at this time, the public needs to be aware that it's out there," NIAID Director Anthony S. Fauci, MD, told UPI. To date, cases of EEE have been confirmed in Connecticut, Indiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, North Carolina, New Jersey, Rhode Island and Tenness...