RUTH SUNDERLAND: Covid changing old financial order

The Reddit forum WallStreetBets is not what Margaret Thatcher meant when she spoke of a shareholder democracy. But it is a demonstration of the power of shareholder activism.
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Modified vaccines to be fast tracked in bid to stop new Covid variants in UK
UK regulator The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency will use a similar approach to how the flu vaccine is modified  -as that jab already deals with new strains every year
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Germany’s coronavirus vaccine 'failure' blasted in British contrast - ‘National malaise’
GERMANY'S Coronavirus vaccine rollout has been condemned as a "failure" by a columnist, who contrasted the UK's jab programme to the European powerhouse.
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Meghan Markle launches brutal attack on Buckingham Palace - 'Perpetuating falsehoods!'
MEGHAN MARKLE appears to have launched an attack on Buckingham Palace during her interview with Oprah Winfrey.
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Modified vaccines for Covid variants to be fast-tracked for approval
The UK’s regulator said the jabs will not have to undergo lengthy clinical trials but it safety or effectiveness won’t be compromised
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Chinese astronauts training for space station crewed flights
China says a cohort of astronauts is training for four crewed missions this year as the country works to complete its first permanent orbiting space station
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'None of this is made up': The Covid ward fighting to stop whole families dying
ON THE FRONTLINE:In a series looking at healthcare in Greater Manchester during the pandemic, the Manchester Evening News visits Fairfeld General Hospital. We spoke to staff and patients on the acute respiratory unit, which has treated whole families hit by coronavirus
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Obesity linked to hundreds of thousands of Covid-19 deaths, says report
Hundreds of thousands of Covid-19 deaths could have been avoided if the obesity epidemic had been tackled, the World Obesity Federation has said.
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Ahead of Pope visit, survivor recalls Iraq church massacre
Louis Climis was a church youth leader, attending Mass at Our Lady of Salvation Church in Baghdad in October 2010 when six extremists stormed in and attacked worshippers
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Amazon opens first cashless London no-tills grocery shop
Amazon is to open its first grocery store on the UK high street, with customers shopping without the need to queue at a till.
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Jim Crocket Jr dead aged 76: WWE, AEW and more mourn wrestling legend
Such sad news.
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EU vaccine rebellion: French and Germans unsatisfied with Covid jab rollout - poll
THE EU's slow vaccine rollout has sparked frustration from people in France and Germany, recent polls have suggested.
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England rally through Stokes and Bairstow after early collapse against India in fourth Test
England drop two seamers after disastrous third Test, but still carry baggage into final match of series
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Classical reviews: Granados and various artists
The cellist Alessio Pianelli’s debut CD is a tribute to his native Sicily, while the pianist Xiayin Wang explores works by Enrique Granados
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UN envoy: Myanmar army is 'surprised' at opposition to coup
The U.N. special envoy for Myanmar says the generals who have seized power in the Southeast Asian nation indicated they don’t fear renewed sanctions, though they are “very surprised” that their plans to restore military rule without much opposition isn’t working
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Thursday briefing: Sunak elects to 'go long' with support then taxes
Labour says Tories have fundamentally damaged economy … loyalist armies set peace deal aside over Brexit checks … Musk rocket lands intact, brieflyGood morning – Warren Murray with your know now, rather than later briefing. Continue reading...
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Turin Brakes' playlist: 10 songs that take them back on the road
Olly Knights and Gale Paridjanian take a spin down memory lane, from California’s Redwoods to Nepal via the mean streets of south London Continue reading...
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Escape To The Chateau's Dick Strawbridge reacts to worries about attic discovery
Dick Strawbridge has responded to Escape To The Chateau fans' concerns on after his wife Angel has a near miss in her attic treasury
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Gillian Welch: ‘If you keep artists away from their art for too long, we start to go insane’
The Nashville singer-songwriter, who paved the way for Phoebe Bridgers, is up for a Grammy with an album recorded in lockdown. She talks to Leonie Cooper about making acoustic guitar cool and facing down tragedy with music
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Neville hints at imminent "big decision" on De Gea's Man Utd future
David de Gea is still the number one goalkeeper at Manchester United, but Dean Henderson's fine performances have put some serious pressure on the Spaniard this season
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Adrian Lam shares his thought process behind using the loan market
The Warriors could loan some of their younger members out for experience.
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South Korea’s first transgender soldier found dead after she is forced out of military
Byun Hee-soo launched a landmark legal battle against the military to challenge her dismissal
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Thousands of people 'receive wrong jab dosage' at mass vaccination site
People received too little of the Pfizer doses of the vaccine at a mass inoculation site California, US on Monday. Reports say about 4,300 people had given their jabs incorrectly
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Your morning briefing: What you should know for Thursday, March 4
Budget receives broad welcome from voters despite looming tax rises - opinion polls
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California to give 40% of vaccine doses to vulnerable areas
California will begin setting aside 40% of all vaccine doses for the state's most vulnerable neighborhoods in an effort to inoculate people most at risk from the coronavirus more quickly
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India spinner Axar Patel continues grip on England top order as Fourth Test gets underway
Lunch, day 1: England 74-3
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Landmark US bill to 'stop voter suppression' passes first hurdle in House
Voting legislation, which also targets gerrymandering and campaign finance, needs 60 votes in Senate to become lawHouse Democrats have passed sweeping voting and ethics legislation over unanimous Republican opposition, advancing to the Senate what would be the largest overhaul of the US election law in at least a generation.House Resolution 1, which touches on virtually every aspect of the electoral process, was approved 220-210. It would restrict partisan gerrymandering of congressional districts, strike down hurdles to voting and bring transparency to a murky campaign finance system that allows wealthy donors to anonymously bankroll political causes. Continue reading...
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Prince Charles favourite meal laid bare by Royal chef – 'He was a foodie'
PRINCE Charles' favourite meal comes with a specific request from the heir to the throne himself, a former royal chef has said.
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Gary Neville's response when quizzed on Premier League's most underrated player
The topic of the Premier League's most overrated and underrated players is one that is always highly debated, and Man Utd legend Gary Neville has had his say on the biggest unsung hero
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The Sex Column: ‘Where has all the lust gone?’
'Sex feels so disappointing in comparison to what it was.'
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FTSE 100 set to fall as fears of interest rate rise stalk markets and Rishi Sunak tax hikes hit big companies
UK shares set to slip after bigger falls on Wall Street yesterday
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Bond hearing for man who killed ex-Saints star Will Smith
The man who fatally shot former NFL star Will Smith after a 2016 traffic collision is set for a bond hearing, now that his manslaughter conviction has been vacated
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Mum dies just months after giving birth to 'miracle' baby during cancer fight
Danielle Kelley, 30, and her partner Liam, 25, were told against all odds in March 2020 that she was pregnant, after undergoing months of chemotherapy for breast cancer
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With Biden's backing, Dems revive bill to overhaul policing
House Democrats rushed to pass the most ambitious effort in decades to overhaul policing
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House passes sweeping voting rights bill over GOP opposition
House Democrats approved sweeping voting and ethics legislation over unanimous Republican opposition, advancing to the Senate what would be the largest overhaul of the U.S. election law in at least a generation
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World Book Day: five simple costumes anyone can make, even in lockdown
Are you left scrambling for paints and glue-guns every year? Never fear – here are some options that Donna Ferguson and nine-year-old Flora put together in less than 30 minutesIt’s World Book Day in the UK and Ireland today, one many parents approach each year with a stomach-clenching sense of dread. I know, because I used to be one of them. I cannot sew, I am useless at craft and I am not the most organised parent in the world. Or even in our house.But my daughter Flora is nine, and I’ve learned a few tricks over the years. Armed with just four essential items – a professional face-paint kit, safety pins, a stash of coloured card and ribbons – I can throw together a World Book Day outfit in minutes, using the clothes in my daughter’s wardrobe. Here are five options using things most of us will already have in the house, and a good daytime activity that will cheer up those still remote-learning in the UK. Continue reading...
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Naomi Klein: how big tech helps India target climate activists
Companies such as Google and Facebook appear to be aiding and abetting a vicious government campaign against Indian environmental campaignersRepublished with permission from The InterceptThe bank of cameras camped outside Delhi’s sprawling Tihar jail was the sort of media frenzy you would expect to await a prime minister caught in an embezzlement scandal, or a Bollywood star caught in the wrong bed. Instead, the cameras were waiting for Disha Ravi, a nature-loving 22-year-old vegan climate activist who against all odds has found herself ensnared in an Orwellian legal saga that includes accusations of sedition, incitement and involvement in an international conspiracy whose elements include (but are not limited to): Indian farmers in revolt, the global pop star Rihanna, supposed plots against yoga and chai, Sikh separatism and Greta Thunberg.If you think that sounds far-fetched, well, so did the judge who released Ravi after nine days in jail under police interrogation. Judge Dharmender Rana was supposed to rule on whether Ravi, one of the founders of the Indian chapter of Fridays for Future, the youth climate group started by Thunberg, should continue to be denied bail. He ruled that there was no reason for bail to be denied, which cleared the way for Ravi’s return to her home in Bengaluru that night. Continue reading...
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Shopping is a whole new world now I have to wear a mask | Adrian Chiles
I’ve been snubbed in the DIY store and pampered in the pet shop. And for once it has nothing to do with my being on TVMasks have opened up a new world to me. Due to the amount of television work I used to do, my face remains pretty widely recognised. In terms of my retail experience this skews matters somewhat. If I’m being served nicely, I suspect it is because the sales assistant has clocked me, even if they didn’t say so. Conversely, if I’m treated less well, I assume it is because they have either not seen me on television, or have seen me and not much enjoyed the experience.Shopping, masked and anonymous, has therefore been quite a revelation. Obviously, with most shops closed, my research has been limited to supermarkets, pet shops, DIY stores and petrol stations. Incognito, I’ve been met with marked indifference, which is just fine. Not infrequently, this indifference seems to dip into disdain, but that might just be my imagination. Continue reading...
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Europe's unusually warm week breaks temperature records
Mild end to February saw Germany record sharpest temperature rise in a week, going from -23.8C to 18.1C Europe experienced well above normal temperatures last week, with the cold conditions at the start of February all but a distant memory. The mild and very dry conditions developed thanks to an extensive area of high pressure, combined with south to south-westerly winds from Morocco and Algeria. A number of all-time February temperature records were broken, most notably in Sweden where 16.8C was recorded in Kalmar on the 25th. On the same day, 22.1C was observed in Maków Podhalański, surpassing Poland’s record. Göttingen in Germany also recorded the country’s sharpest temperature rise in one week, with -23.8C on the 14th, and 18.1C recorded one week later. Continue reading...
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Florian Zeller on The Father: 'Anthony Hopkins took me in his arms. We knew the miracle had happened'
The French director and dramatist reveals how he pushed Hopkins into giving one of the most wrenching performances of his career in an unflinching dementia drama also starring Olivia ColmanWhen Florian Zeller set out to turn his harrowing hit play The Father into a film, he made a minor, talismanic tweak to the main character. André is an elderly man with dementia, who suspects his daughter of plotting to steal his flat. This meatiest of roles – which demands sudden waves of confusion, charm, rage, terror and sobbing helplessness – has been quite the awards magnet: Kenneth Cranham won an Olivier in 2016 for his performance in the London production, while Frank Langella took home the Tony in New York.Zeller had a dream actor in mind for the movie version so, as he embarked on the screenplay, he switched the character’s name from André to Anthony. “It was a way to make my unrealistic idea a bit more realistic,” says the 41-year-old, Molière award-winning French playwright, with the sheepishness of a grown man confessing to penning Anthony Hopkins fan fiction. Continue reading...
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The Great British Art Tour: Marie Laurencin’s Vase de Fleurs at the Royal Academy of Music
With public art collections closed we are bringing the art to you, exploring highlights from across the country in partnership with Art UK. Today’s pick: Marie Laurencin’s Vase de Fleurs at the Royal Academy of MusicThis ethereal canvas hangs in a teaching room at the Royal Academy of Music, where it vies for space with works by Chagall, Pissarro and Miró. Continue reading...
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Californians on universal basic income paid off debt and got full-time jobs
A program, financed by private donations, gave $500 per month for two years to Stockton residents who earned less than the median incomeAfter receiving $500 per month for two years without rules on how to spend it, 125 people in California paid off debt, got full-time jobs and had “statistically significant improvements” in emotional health, according to a study released Wednesday.The program was the nation’s highest-profile experiment in decades of universal basic income (UBI), an idea that gained national attention when it became a major part of Andrew Yang’s 2020 campaign for president. Continue reading...
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'Families are struggling': Britons react to Rishi Sunak's 2021 budget
We ask people about what measures on furlough, universal credit, property and more will mean for themThe coronavirus crisis has hit household finances after Covid restrictions froze key parts of the British economy. Wednesday’s budget included measures designed to help first-time buyers and the self-employed, and news that a temporary increase in universal credit would be extended. We spoke to people about what it would mean for them and their families. Continue reading...
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This year's World Book Day set to be most popular ever
Books That Make You LOL hosted by rapper Kenny Baraka ‘liked’ by 112,000 young peopleOrganisers are predicting that Thursday’s World Book Day will be the biggest ever after a pre-event on Wednesday saw a record 20,000 children taking part online – more than 20 times more young people than attended a single event in previous years.Books That Make You LOL – which is still available to watch on demand and was hosted by the south London rapper and lyricist Kenny Baraka – was “liked” by 112,690 young people who were unable to engage in World Book Day’s traditional, annual attempt to spark children’s interest in reading by encouraging them to dress up in the costumes of their favourite book characters at school. Continue reading...
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Westminster warned as poll shows record backing for Welsh independence
Survey for ITV News Tonight reported ‘dramatic uplift’ with 40% backing independence and most support amongst young peopleA poll suggesting that backing for independence among Welsh citizens is at a record high should serve as a warning for the UK government and prompt it to work harder at its relationship with the devolved nations, supporters of the union have said.Just under 40% of Welsh people polled who expressed an opinion said they would vote for independence, citing feelings that their country has different social attitudes to the UK as a whole and unhappiness at Westminster’s response to the Covid pandemic. Continue reading...
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For Sri Lankan reporters, the ghosts of violence and intimidation loom again
The terror of earlier crackdowns taught me to write between the lines as a journalist – now I see repressive tactics returningTerror tore through me when I heard that my friend and editor of the Nation newspaper, Keith Noyahr, had been abducted. It was May 2008; the civil war was raging and Sri Lankan troops were chalking up victories against Tamil Tiger separatists in the north. In the fog of war, government critics were being terrorised all over the country. We had learned to expect the worst when a journalist went missing.Outside Noyahr’s home that night, through his six-year-old daughter’s screams, I heard phone calls pleading with diplomats and politicians to save Keith’s life. The journalist was released by his abductors shortly before dawn and staggered home, his head matted with blood, legs unsteady from continuous beatings. Continue reading...
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The Email Subject Lines That Will Help You Get A Job
What you write in your email subject line may be the first words a recruiter or potential colleague will read about you, and you want those words to get your email opened. You definitely don’t want them to be the reason your message ends up ignored. A winning email subject line will help get you the response you want.But Ashley Watkins, a job search coach with corporate recruiting experience, said she’s received CVs with no subject line or even no message in the email body, and she calls that a big mistake.“I have no reference as to what it is for, and a lot of times I didn’t open those emails because I don’t know if it’s spam,” she said. “I’m not going to click and download a document from a source I don’t trust, so you build that trust by letting the person know, ‘Hey, this is what this is in reference to.’”A job seeker could write something like, “Executive director seeking nonprofit leadership roles” in the email subject line, Watkins said. “That way, I know who they are and I know what they want. And then in the body of the email, they back up what they said in the subject line,” she added.Here are lines you should consider in common job-hunting situations.1. If you are making a specific ask, get right to the point in the subject lineWhen you are emailing to ask about job openings or to request an informational interview, lead with that ― and save conversational starters such as “How are you?” and “How is it going?” for the email body. With the subject line, “Your goal is to say, ‘Hey, this email is relevant to you, and you should click it and open it,’” said Josh Doody, a salary negotiation coach and former hiring manager.“People frequently try to get too cute with their email subject lines, and I think it’s much better, especially when it’s a transactional sort of thing, where you’re trying to say, ‘Hey, do you have any job openings?’ to be as direct and as explicit and as clear as possible,” Doody said.Doody said one way to write such a subject line is “Do you know of any good opportunities for a software developer?” This works, he said, because “you’re telling them exactly what is going on: ‘I’m looking for this kind of role.’ And you’re also giving them an explicit call to action by asking them a question in that subject line.” If the answer is no, they can ignore your email, but if it’s a yes, they can reply immediately.Your goal is give the recipient the simplest possible next steps, so if they can help you, they can do it with the minimum amount of effort, Doody said.2. If you’re emailing about a specific role, list it in the subject lineIf you are responding to a specific posting, you can email the recruiter with a subject line that includes your name and the job title, or your name and the job posting number given on the job listing.This may seem like a boring subject line, but it will make your email easily accessible to a recruiter: They can find your email by your name or by the position, Watkins said.“If you list something that has nothing to do with your name and the position, when that recruiter closes the email and wants to refer back to it, they have no idea what they’re looking for, because they don’t remember your name,” Watkins said.She also suggested keeping your subject line short, because you don’t want it to be cut off by an email platform.3. If you have a referral, lead with that as your subject lineMentioning a referral in your subject line is one of your best chances of getting that email opened, said Watkins. “Recruiters absolutely love referrals, especially referrals from high performers,” she said. “There is also that element of trust, because if I trust you, I’m going to trust your referral.”Watkins suggested leading with the referrer’s name in language like “Referral from [their name]” or “Referral from [their name], quick question.” This is because they’re probably going to remember and respect the referral’s name before they remember yours, Watkins said.Doody said he would mention the referral in the subject line with language such as “John Smith suggested I reach out to you about [job title] openings.”4. When you are networking with strangers, keep your subject line request in proportionWhen you are networking for a job with people with whom you don’t have a prior relationship, you don’t want to make big asks, like a referral or an informational interview that takes up an hour of their time.Your subject line should reflect the level of commitment you can ask of someone at this stage in the relationship.“If what I’m asking ultimately is for you to give me an informational interview, then what I would put in the subject line, is ‘Could I have a few minutes of your time?’ or ‘Quick question,’” Watkins said.Pro tip: Don’t start a new subject line for follow-up communicationsIf you are having an ongoing conversation with someone about a job, you don’t need a new email subject line titled “Following up.” In fact, if you write a new subject line, it will probably break the email thread and make it harder for the other person to follow your conversation, Doody said.“I would discourage against starting a new thread, because you’re probably giving that person a whole lot of homework if they’re a busy person. They may not remember all the details,” he said. Instead, stick to the original email thread and let the hiring manager or company contact direct you to new email threads as the hiring cycle moves along.“From your side, you’re trying to start a conversation, get something going. From their side, they’re managing essentially a prospect pipeline ... and you want to let them use their process and their system,” he said.Related...My Kids Refused Their Inheritance. Here’s How We’re Giving It All AwayThese Tips Will Help You Nail Adulting And Make Your Life EasierThese New 'Second Class Citizen' Stamps Send A Powerful Message
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