With the Omicron covid variant spreading like wildfire through the UK, a number of different countries have been taking action to reduce the risk posed by UK travellers. The UK has seen its daily coronavirus case record tumble numerous times in the last week or two with the latest record being set this Saturday at 93,045. As a result a number of countries in Europe and further afield have been amending their travel rules regarding UK travellers, Germany the latest to do this today. Other nations have been imposing tougher quarantine rules on UK arrivals, effectively banning tourists and others already had blanket bans on all travellers. In total now there are 30 different countries where travellers from the UK are effectively barred. Travellers to Germany from the UK will now have to prove a negative test and quarantine for two weeks ( Image: Anadolu Agency via Getty Images) Germany New rules introduced on Sunday evening in Germany classify the UK as a virus … [Read more...] about Omicron: 30 countries that have effectively banned UK travellers due to Covid surge
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold the first India-Central Asia summit on Thursday, in a videoconference with five Presidents from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. Government officials said the major areas of focus for the conference would be trade and connectivity, building development partnerships and enhancing cultural and people-to-people contacts, but it is clear that a number of global and regional developments will also form a large part of the discussions, set to begin around 4.30 p.m IST. During the conference, the countries are expected to propose ways to increase trade between India and the region, which is only about $2 billion at present, most of which comes from energy imports from Kazakhstan. India extended a $1 billion Line of Credit (LOC) for development projects in the areas of energy, healthcare, connectivity, IT, and agriculture in 2020 and proposes to increase the number of educational opportunities for students from Central … [Read more...] about Focus on trade and connectivity as PM Modi set to host first India-Central Asia summit
A guest on a Rupert Murdoch-owned news channel referred to the Hunter Biden email accusations as "the biggest story of [his] lifetime," while also comparing the Biden family to The Sopranos . The New York Post , another publication owned by the media tycoon, this week published an article claiming to report emails between Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden 's son Hunter and a Ukrainian business associate thanking the former vice president's son for arranging a meeting with his father in April 2015, and urging him to use his "influence" in May 2014. The story has led to the Trump administration pushing the narrative that Biden acted corruptly during his time as vice president to benefit Hunter's business interests in Ukraine and China. The Biden campaign has dismissed such claims and no substantive evidence has come forward to confirm claims the former vice president acted corruptly. U.S. Commentator Christopher Stear appeared on Murdoch's Sky New Australia today … [Read more...] about “Biden crime family” compared to ‘The Sopranos’ by guest on Rupert Murdoch news channel
Every year thousands of people are arrested in the UK for sexual abuse - with most crimes occurring in the family home. The Mirror has spoken to one mum who discovered that her husband was a paedophile after her daughter revealed the horrific abuse she’d endured. Respecting their privacy, we are keeping their identities and personal details a secret - but helping to share a sadly common story with permission. Kaisha & and her partner Craig had been together for a long time when the abuse came to light.* They lived in a cosy family home, and had children together, and Kaisha's eldest daughter also lived with them. While she wasn’t Craig’s ‘flesh and blood’ as he put it, he had raised her since she was one year old and the pair were as thick as thieves, or so it seemed. The mum was horrified to learn she has to pay to strip her husband of his parental rights (Stock image) ( Image: iStockphoto) Get the news you want straight to your inbox. Sign … [Read more...] about ‘My husband is a paedophile, now I need to raise thousands to divorce him’
(Reuters) -Microsoft Corp on Tuesday forecast revenue for the current quarter broadly ahead of Wall Street targets, driven in part by its Intelligent Cloud unit. The outlook soothed concerns about growth sparked by results for the December quarter, which initially dragged on Microsoft's shares in after-hours trade. But the shares reversed course following the outlook, trading 3% above the closing price. Investors were seeking assurances that the enterprise cloud business is still growing strongly and got it from Microsoft. "So the quarter itself was, ho hum. Good, but not as great as we've seen past quarters," said Brent Thill, an analyst at Jefferies. "But then the guidance for the third quarter really turned the tape around and saved the Nasdaq, if you will." Thill said Microsoft's guidance that Azure revenue would be up sequentially was strong assurance that cloud demand was solid. Microsoft forecast Intelligent Cloud revenue of $18.75 billion-$19 billion for its fiscal … [Read more...] about Microsoft offers strong forecast, lifting shares
Gregor Townsend believes a mouth-watering opener at home to England will focus the minds of his Scotland players as they go in search of Six Nations success. The Scots have high hopes of making a significant impact at this year’s tournament, with some big results over the past 18 months allied to strong competition for places fuelling the feelgood factor. Head coach Townsend feels his team can draw additional motivation from the fact their first Six Nations match in almost two years in front of supporters will be the Calcutta Cup showdown with the Auld Enemy at BT Murrayfield on Saturday week. “I believe it’s the most eagerly awaited game we’ve had for a few years,” he said. “The Six Nations is a brilliant tournament, it’s a real privilege to be involved in it, and to have crowds back this year makes it even more special. “We know this is the biggest game we face, it’s such a historic fixture. We’re playing for a famous trophy and it’s 151 years old. To have it … [Read more...] about ‘This is the biggest game’: Gregor Townsend savouring Scotland’s Six Nations clash with England
Wales boss Wayne Pivac admits it is “a long-shot” that Alun Wyn Jones will play any part in this season’s Six Nations . But Pivac claims he would “never say never” as 36-year-old Jones continues his recovery from a shoulder injury. Jones, who has played in a world record 161 Tests for Wales and the British and Irish Lions, has undergone two operations since he was hurt during the Autumn Nations Series opener against New Zealand in October. He also had shoulder issues ahead of last summer’s Lions tour to South Africa, but he defied expectation and recovered in time to captain the tourists in all three Tests. “Never say never. It’s Alun Wyn Jones,” Pivac said. “I probably wouldn’t enter the conversation if it was anyone else, but the guy has broken so many records. Recommended Wolves complete permanent deal for Hwang Hee-chan Dickie Bird pays tribute to ‘outstanding man’ Ray Illingworth at his funeral Gregor Townsend … [Read more...] about ‘Never say never’: Wales not ruling out Alun Wyn Jones from playing in Six Nations
The Biden administration’s effort to distribute 400 million N95 masks for free dealt a blow to ailing American mask manufacturers that were just starting to see their sales recover during the recent omicron variant surge. Small U.S. mask makers saw their N95 sales decline by around 70 to 80 percent following President Biden Joe Biden Deputy AG: DOJ investigating fake Trump electors On The Money — Vaccine-or-test mandate for businesses nixed Warner tests positive for breakthrough COVID-19 case MORE ’s mask announcement, potentially putting their operations at risk unless the federal government swiftly purchases more respirators, according to the American Mask Manufacturer’s Association (AMMA), their trade group. “We absolutely support that the Biden administration is helping get high-quality masks on people’s faces quickly, but there is an unintended consequence to that action and we’re hoping that it’s followed up with purchases based on President … [Read more...] about N95 distribution plan could imperil small US mask makers
Microsoft announced record profit and sales on Tuesday despite investor fears that the pandemic-fueled tech boom may be over. The first of the largest tech companies to report earnings for the three months ending in December, Microsoft said it had $51.7 billion in sales, up 20 percent from a year earlier, and profit rose 21 percent to $18.8 billion. The company saw particularly strong growth in its cloud services while locking up long-term customer deals. Although it beat Wall Street expectations, the company’s shares were down almost 5 percent in aftermarket trading but rebounded later in the day. The drop was most likely caused by a jittery stock market and some results that fell short for bullish investors. In a call with investors, executives shared an optimistic outlook for the next quarter, sending Microsoft’s share price higher. Satya Nadella, Microsoft’s chief executive, said the demand for services was still strong. “Coming out of the pandemic we are seeing … [Read more...] about Microsoft’s profit continues to climb.
Dec. 2: This article has been updated with information about additional observations completed by astronomers after it was published. It was after midnight on Sept. 19 and Paul Chodas, the manager of the Center for Near Earth Object Studies at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., was working late, studying an object called 2020 SO that other astronomers had spotted in the night skies just the day before. Something about its orbit was peculiar. The computer program he was working with showed that 2020 SO followed a nearly circular path just slightly outside our planet’s orbit. And the plane of the object’s orbit was just barely tilted relative to Earth’s. “I was suspicious immediately,” he said. Out of curiosity, Dr. Chodas ran his simulation in reverse. With time dialing backward, he watched 2020 SO pass very near Earth in September 1966. “Close enough that it could have originated from the Earth,” he said. At 1:12 a.m., Dr. Chodas acted on his hunch, and … [Read more...] about NASA Launched a Rocket 54 Years Ago. Has It Finally Come Home?