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Comments on "Human Intelligence in a Digital Age" - A brilliant Speech by MI6 Chief Richard Moore, and the neglected elephants in the room
Justified compliments about Mr. Moore's speech have been spread extensively and appropriately in the pages of many newspapers, but I would like to remark on precisely what I think was missing in the speech. Missing, not necessarily becau...
'Hiring anyone that shows up': SF businesses struggle to stay afloat amid labor shortage
"Right now we'll take anyone who are willing to learn and stay with us." The pandemic's effects on the labor force are still being widely felt, but are especially pronounced for small and medium-sized businesses that may not survive.
Jurors at Maxwell trial shown Epstein's massage table, photo of sex toys
A green massage table seized from Jeffrey Epstein's Palm Beach estate was carried into a Manhattan federal courtroom on Friday, where British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell is on trial for her alleged role in the sex abuse of underage girls.
Chris Cuomo's spokesman says sexual misconduct allegation is 'not true' following anchor's CNN firing
The "Cuomo Prime Time" host was first suspended over trying to investigate the women accusing his brother of sexual harassment.
Chinese govt thinktank proposes growth target of above 5% for 2022
China's top government thinktank on Monday recommended the government set an economic growth target of above 5% for next year as the economy slows due to the persistent COVID-19 cases and high commodity prices.
British supermarket chain Tesco facing pre-Christmas strikes
Workers at several Tesco distribution centres across Britain are set to strike in the run-up to Christmas, potentially hitting product availability, the Unite union said on Monday.
Banksy bids to buy prison that held Oscar Wilde
Mysterious street artist Banksy has offered to raise £10 million ($13.28 million) to turn Reading Prison, where Oscar Wilde was incarcerated, into an arts center, by selling a stencil used to paint a sketch onto the building.
Prince Harry denies involvement in scandal with Saudi donor
Prince Harry has denied any involvement in the cash-for-honors scandal, involving Prince Charles and a Saudi billionaire, insisting he had “expressed concerns” about the motives behind lavish donations of the latter.
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‘Lifestyle’ drug users may lose passports
The UK government has unveiled a 10-year plan to tackle drug dealers and users, giving police new powers to strip passports and driving licenses from citizens, as drug-poisoning deaths in England and Wales reach record levels.
School to change name after founder's statue dumped in harbor during BLM protests
Just over a year after the statue of its founder was toppled amid Black Lives Matter (BLM) protests, Colston’s School in Bristol has announced it will change its name, despite the public supporting its retention.
Everything You Need to Know: Limewash Paint - A Beginner's Guide + DIY Tutorial for Interior Walls
A beginner’s guide to Limewash for Interiors.
Spain’s former king seeks immunity from ex-lover’s spying claims
Businesswoman Corinna zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn says Juan Carlos I showered her with gifts, but things turned sour when she refused to rekindle the relationship. The 57-year-old Danish businesswoman alleges she was threatened, and that g...
Prince Harry says resigning from a joyless job can help your mental health
The Duke of Sussex announced his new position as chief impact officer of BetterUp Inc., a coaching and mental health startup for businesses and individuals, in March 2021. The Duke of Sussex left his own senior position in the British ro...
Apple AirTags Are Now Being Used To Steal Cars In Canada
The trackers have anti-stalking measures, but those don't seem to be an issue for thieves
Tradition again: Biden celebrates Bette Midler, Joni Mitchell at Kennedy Center Honors
President Joe Biden celebrates artists including Bette Midler, Joni Mitchell and Lorne Michaels on Sunday at the Kennedy Center Honors, bringing back presidential participation in the annual ceremony skipped by Republican Donald Trump.
S.Africans protest against Shell oil exploration in pristine coastal area
Wild Coast residents join a demonstration against Royal Dutch Shell's plans to start seismic surveys to explore petroleum systems off the country's popular Wild Coast at Mzamba Beach, Sigidi, South Africa
UK's Sunak plans to cut income tax or slash VAT before next election
Britain's finance minister Rishi Sunak is preparing to cut income tax by 2 pence to the pound or to slash rates of Value Added Tax (VAT) before the next election, The Times reported on Friday.
Britain reports 43,992 new COVID-19 cases, 54 deaths
Britain on Sunday reported 43,992 new cases of COVID-19 and 54 deaths within 28 days of a positive test for the virus.
Cocaine-influenced government: Why speaker wants sniffer dogs in UK Parliament
The Speaker of the House of Commons is said to be considering bringing in sniffer dogs, amid reports there’s an allegedly rampant drug problem on Parliament grounds, including the use of cocaine.
Raab says ‘formal party’ in No 10 last Christmas would have broken rules
Dominic Raab, the corrupt "justice" secretary that has been removed from his previous job as a health secretary because of a face-mask bribe scandal and paying his lover 800,000 tax payers money to finance his sex affairs, has become th...
Baldwin's interview was rehearsed: Terrell
Alec Baldwin on why he is speaking out now about ‘Rust’ tragedy
Ex-Trump Attorney Michael Cohen To Sell NFT Of His Prison Badge
Former President Donald Trump's one-time personal attorney Michael Cohen is planning to sell his former prison badge as a non-fungible token (NFT).
Singapore suspends crypto exchange over row with K-pop band BTS
Singapore’s financial regulator has reportedly suspended Bitget, a crypto exchange that is mired in a row involving South Korea’s biggest boyband, BTS.. Bitget reportedly loses licence after it promoted Army Coin, named after group’s ‘BT...
‘Didn’t know it’s virus reservoir’: Chinese travel blogger forced to apologize for eating BAT on camera
A Chinese blogger has landed in hot water after a video of her enjoying a 'bat dish' resurfaced amid an outbreak of a previously-unknown deadly coronavirus, which has been linked to bat meat.
Banksy offers to raise £10m to buy Reading prison for art centre
Banksy has offered to raise millions of pounds towards buying Reading prison, where Oscar Wilde was once held, so that it can be turned into an arts centre. Artist would sell stencil used to paint mural depicting what was thought to be O...
Anti-vaxxers have made me lose faith in the political right
As someone who has generally identified as a conservative, I’m beginning to lose patience with right-wing politics. There are too many people behaving like they are members of a cult in opposing Covid vaccines.
Court hears from Epstein’s former house manager as Ghislaine Maxwell trial enters fifth day
The fifth day of testimony in the sex trafficking trial of Ghislaine Maxwell is underway in New York, where a defence lawyer has been cross examining Jeffrey Epstein's former house manager Juan Alessi - in an effort to discredit his evid...
Harris faces staff exodus as questions on her leadership style emerge: 'This is a sinking ship'
Reports of a toxic work environment have plagued Vice President Kamala Harris since she took up the post less than a year ago and the recently announced exodus of her chief spokesperson has only prompted more questions.
CNN finally fires Chris Cuomo
CNN said Saturday that anchor Chris Cuomo has been "terminated" by the network, "effective immediately."The announcement came after an outside law firm was retained to review information about exactly how Cuomo aided his brother, former ...
Elon Musk homeless! Billionaire finally finds a buyer for his 'last remaining house'
Elon Musk can finally focus on funding a 'colony on Mars' after he scored a buyer for his 'last remaining house'.
Takeaways from the Pegasus Project
Here are key takeaways from the Pegasus Project, which found that spyware leased by the NSO Group was used in attempted and successful hacks of 37 smartphones belonging to journalists, human rights activists, business executives and the ...
A discomfort with Western liberalism is growing in Eastern Europe
People of the former Soviet bloc rejoiced when the Iron Curtain fell and embraced membership in the European Union. Hungary is an example of a growing culture clash in the conservative East.
Brazil's top court opens investigation into Bolsonaro for vaccines claim
Brazil's Supreme Court has ordered an investigation into President Jair Bolsonaro's false claim that people who have been vaccinated against Covid-19 may have a higher risk of contracting AIDS.
COVID-19: Pre-departure tests return for all UK arrivals to tackle Omicron - as Nigeria added to red list
The health secretary acknowledges that the measures are "hugely unfortunate" for people who already had travel plans but insists they will be "temporary".
Is the future of football financing in cryptocurrency?
With examples of football players now being bought, sold, and paid using Bitcoin, we ask the question, is football and crypto a match made in heaven?
Risk Of New Variants Arising When Animals Catch Coronavirus From Humans
Confirmed COVID-19 cases in a variety of wild, zoo, and household animals demonstrate cross-species transmission, which is a rare occurrence for most viruses.
Bitcoin has dropped by 20%. Why has it plunged this time?
The value of Ether also dropped by 10 per cent amid a broad sale of cryptos which saw the $1 billion wiped off the market. What caused the drop?
Why is Turkey's currency crashing and what impact is it having?
Turkey's currency is at an all-time low, as citizens rush to convert their savings. The fall-out of all this could make things difficult for President Erdogan.
Antony Blinken: “What's most important for Russia to understand is that actions have consequences"
Moscow's military build-up near Ukraine's border has stoked tensions between NATO, the EU and Russia. Between diplomacy and the threat of even tougher sanctions, foreign ministers meeting in Sweden are seeking to avoid any confrontation ...
Can Manage Fourth Wave Without Further Restrictions: South African Health Minister
The Omicron variant has over 50 mutations, and scientists have called it a big jump in the evolution of the virus.
Facebook ordered to sell GIF making service Giphy
The social media giant bought the GIF sharing service last year, but UK competition authorities said it would distort Britain's digital advertising market.
Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies fell sharply, cryptos see $1 billion worth liquidated
Bitcoin, the largest cryptocurrency by market value, was trading at $48,125.67 around 12:30 p.m. Eastern Time on Saturday, down more than 12% in 24 hours, according to data from CoinDesk. Around midnight it had plunged to $42,000 before ...
Apple announces the 2021 App Store Award winners and most downloaded apps of the year
Apple today released its anticipated annual list of the best apps and games of the year across iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple TV and Apple Watch. This year, children’s app maker Toca Boca won iPhone App of the Year for “Toca Life World,” and R...
Criminal charges against Alec Baldwin not ruled out
Criminal charges against actor Alec Baldwin, who shot dead a cinematographer and wounded the director on the set of his latest movie, have not been ruled out, the local district attorney said Wednesday.
Why more Brits are turning to food banks
London’s food banks were busy before the pandemic. But now, rising food prices, higher energy costs and cuts to government benefits are forcing legions of people to turn to charity.
In Rare Move, US School Shooter's Parents Charged With Manslaughter
Four students, aged 14 to 17, were killed in the US school shooting at Oxford High School north of Detroit and six more were wounded, along with a teacher.
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