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Coronavirus: Will offices be safe for a return to work?

Coronavirus: Will offices be safe for a return to work?

Technology
As lockdowns start to ease in many countries, so the tentative return to work begins, leaving people understandably concerned about how safe a space an office will be in the middle of a global pandemic.Alongside some mouldy old food in the communal fridges, there is likely to be an increase in the amount of technology used to monitor employees.From thermal cameras taking your temperature when you enter the building to apps or wearables to alert you if you get too close to colleagues, work could soon have the feel of the Minority Report movie.The Edge in Amsterdam was voted one of the smartest and most sustainable buildings in the world a few years ago, and it is adapting its sensor-packed offices to the new reality of living with...
New Banksy work appears at hospital – as note is left by artist

New Banksy work appears at hospital – as note is left by artist

Entertainment
A new Banksy artwork paying tribute to NHS workers has appeared in a hospital corridor.The piece, called Game Changer, is on view at Southampton General Hospital and was left with a note for hospital workers. It read: "Thanks for all you're doing. I hope this brightens the place up a bit, even if it's only black and white." :: Listen to the Daily podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, SpreakerThe artwork shows a young boy playing with a nurse superhero toy, while figures of Batman and Spider-Man lie untouched in a waste paper basket on the floor. ...
Coronavirus: How will you commute to work after lockdown?

Coronavirus: How will you commute to work after lockdown?

Technology
The traditional commute may never be the same again once people return to work after lockdown in what is likely to be an era of social distancing.It's a particularly big problem for workers in the UK's largest cities.One recent report warned that maintaining a 2m (6ft 6in) distance between Tube passengers in London, for example, would reduce its capacity to 15% of normal levels, and buses to 12%.But if more people take to the streets, will the road network cope?"If in big cities we are to have a radical shift to bicycles, scooters, other ways of getting about, that would require a sudden and radical change in road use," said Prof Tony Travers from the London School of Economics."You have to move people quickly through streets and...
Air Force awards $350M in contracts for road work at Alaska military bases

Air Force awards $350M in contracts for road work at Alaska military bases

Business
May 1 (UPI) -- The Air Force awarded $ 350 million to five contractors Friday for airfield/roadway paving and striping at five military bases in Alaska, the Department of Defense announced. The multiple award task order contract repair, maintenance and construction of roads, parking lots, airfields and related work at the following sites: Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska; Fort Wainwright, Alaska; Fort Greely, Alaska; Clear Air Force Station, Alaska; and 168th Air National Guard property in Alaska. The award went to five contractors: COLASKA, HC Contractors, Paving Products Inc., Great Northwest and Granite Construction. All but Granite are based in Alaska. According to the Pentagon, the contract award was the result of a competitive bidding process, with five bids received. The contracts i...
Whitmer: Stay-home order still in place; some return to work

Whitmer: Stay-home order still in place; some return to work

Health
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says Michigan's stay-at-home order remains in effect despite Republicans’ refusal to extend her underlying coronavirus emergency declaration, as she amended it to allow construction, real estate and outdoor work to resume next weekBy DAVID EGGERT Associated PressMay 1, 2020, 10:10 PM4 min read4 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleLANSING, Mich. -- Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Friday that Michigan's stay-at-home order remains in effect through May 15 despite Republicans' refusal to extend her underlying coronavirus emergency declaration, as she amended it to allow construction, real estate and more outdoor work to resume in person next week. The Democratic governor, who may be sued by the GOP-led Legislature, addressed reporters the same day that