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The story behind UK’s Zoom democracy – and questions over whether it’s working

The story behind UK’s Zoom democracy – and questions over whether it’s working

Technology
Since the COVID-19 crisis escalated, the boisterous shouting of the House of Commons has been replaced by an unusual quiet.Only 50 MPs can fit in there - at a two-metre distance from each other - and 120 others can join in by videolink. This is the new "hybrid" system which was unveiled last month. And this week MPs voted remotely for the first time by pressing a button on their laptops. The man who set up UK's Zoom parliament ...
Are you a good tipper? Here’s how to tell whether you’re truly generous.

Are you a good tipper? Here’s how to tell whether you’re truly generous.

Finance
Young female barista has a disappointed expression on her face as she counts her tips at the end of the day.Steve Debenport | E+ | Getty ImagesWhen it comes to tipping, most Americans believe they are better than average.But some may be overestimating just how generous they are.A new survey from TD Ameritrade finds that 81% of Americans rate themselves as great tippers.Broken down by generation, baby boomers have the highest opinions of themselves, with 81% indicating they are great at tipping. That compares to 79% of Generation X and 79% of millennials who said the same.But exactly when each generation tips varies with each situation.One group of workers that almost everyone agrees should receive a tip: restaurant waiters and waitresses. Ninety-one percent of baby boomers said they typica...
‘I hope Nacho Monreal washed his hands’ – Arsenal fans speculate whether defender went to the toilet during Napoli match

‘I hope Nacho Monreal washed his hands’ – Arsenal fans speculate whether defender went to the toilet during Napoli match

Sports
GOTTA GO Arsenal booked their place in the semi-finals of the Europa League but these Gooners appeared to be more concerned about Monreal, who left the pitch before coming back on a few minutes later When you’ve gotta go, you’ve gotta go but ideally you can hold it in when you’re playing a Europa League quarter-final match! However, this may not be the case for Arsenal defender Nacho Monreal, who rather bizarrely left the field of play during their second leg at Napoli. Monreal helped secure Arsenal’s place in the Europa League semis at Napoli’s expense Monreal left holding his stomach around the hour mark but was back on the pitch a few minutes later to complete the rest of the game. His absence didn’t affect the Gunners’ form as they secure...
South Korea pondering whether to provide North Korea oil for cultural event

South Korea pondering whether to provide North Korea oil for cultural event

World
SEOUL, South Korea, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- South Korea may decide to ship refined petroleum to North Korea to power an inter-Korean cultural event next week.A South Korean government official said Sunday that Seoul is currently considering the move as "the North's oil supplies aren't in good condition" but there has been criticism "this would go against the flow of international sanctions on Pyongyang."The inter-Korean event on Feb. 4 will likely take place at a cultural center in North Korea's Mt. Kumang region. The facility, which was built by a South Korean firm, runs on a diesel-fueled generator.South Korea had asked the North to provide the power to hold the concert, according to the government official.However, the North responded that it would be difficult as it faces an oil supply shorta...
Whether for recreation or sustenance, seagrass proves vital to fishing around the globe

Whether for recreation or sustenance, seagrass proves vital to fishing around the globe

Science
Nov. 17 (UPI) -- New research reveals the importance seagrass plays as host to fishing activity.When scientists looked at seagrasses and marine meadows around the globe, they found high levels of fishing activity are constant.The research -- published this week in the journal Fish & Fisheries -- suggests scientists need to consider how to protect and manage seagrass ecosystems in order to promote healthier, more sustainable fisheries."If there is seagrass and people there is most certainly fishing," Lina Mtwana Nordlund, an ecologist at Stockholm University in Sweden, said in a news release. "It doesn't matter if it is a country with high or low human development, fishing occurs. But the reasons for fishing and the target species vary."In less developed nations, seagrass tends to host ...