NEWS DIGEST 20.05.2020: Saving bees and businesses

 

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Today’s bulletin is a summary of the latest current affairs on my personal Twitter account @VShah1984. The band 311, which was scheduled to tour all fifty of the United States this year, has been forced to cancel their tour due to the pandemic, according to their official Twitter account. Fans who bought tickets are to be refunded at the point of purchase and will receive communications from the venues they purchased from. The band thanked its fans for their ongoing support.

 

BBC News reported yesterday that the UK government will remove tariffs from goods such as scissors, bakery items and mirrors under a new post-Brexit tariff regime to go live from 1 January, 2021. The Department for International Trade said the new UK Global Tariff is a simpler, more liberal scheme which “backs consumers and business”. While the goods covered by the plan will now be cheaper for British consumers to buy, other items, such as beef and vehicles, will still have tariffs imposed, and economists have said that the effect on the cost of living for Britons will at best be ‘minimal’, and that food prices could still rise, as it costs more for European exporters to get their produce into the country – Mirrors and garden shears prices set to fall in Brexit tariff plan (BBC News)

The UK is also looking at extending an helping hand to the car industry and in particular, the company Rolls-Royce, after the firm warned it would have to shed up to 9,000 jobs from its 52,000-strong global workforce. The country’s justice secretary Robert Buckland said: “Clearly we will have to go to work with the employer to look at the options. “All of us will be looking not just at Rolls Royce but at the whole sector and the implications of this for the supply chains as well, let’s not forget them, to make sure we are doing everything we can in terms of plans and action to support what is a very high skilled part of our economy,” – UK will look at helping Rolls Royce employees and the sector: minister (Reuters)

The People Development Magazine posts on four upsetting emotions that people on lockdown might be experiencing as they undergo isolation and how to face them head-to-head. People suddenly finding themselves stuck at and working from home are experiencing boredom, loneliness, a sense of being overwhelmed and despair, and the magazine has suggested handy tips to deal with the quarantine blues – 4 UPSETTING EMOTIONS YOU MAY EXPERIENCE DURING LOCKDOWN AND HOW TO COMBAT THEM (The People Development Magazine)

In the USA, Inc. magazine talks about how people and businesses can track COVID-19 infection rates without compromising privacy. One method touted is to use QR codes to enable people to declare that they are not infected, using their mobile phones to prove they are tested as negative – How to Track Covid without Surrendering Privacy (Inc.)

Steve Keating @LeadToday, a Minneapolis, USA-based sales expert talks on the ethics of good leadership in a post dated April 2019. In the article on his website, Keating discusses how leaders with strong business ethics can bring value to their staff and companies, espousing fairness, accountability, mutual respect and always doing what is right. Valuable advice at a time when business scandals are a frequent headliner in the news today – The Ethics of Leadership (LEAD TODAY)

HoldTheFrontPage.co.uk, a British journalism news portal, reported that the country’s print media watchdog, the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO) has ruled against Scotland’s Daily Record newspaper after the body received a complaint from a convicted stalker against its coverage of her case. The Daily Record reported that Jill Sharp “silently stalked” a man over the internet for four years, created a fake Twitter account claiming to be the man, and sent “romantic” messages between their accounts. IPSO ruled that reporting as fact that Ms Sharp had “stalked” the man constituted a failure to distinguish comment, conjecture and fact on the part of the newspaper – Watchdog upholds convicted stalker’s complaint against daily (HoldTheFrontPage.co.uk)

Technology magazine Irish Tech News reports on a special tie-in between Microsoft and the bee monitoring company ApisProtect to help the later develop new technological procedures to study the international decline in bee populations. The chief executive officer of ApisProtect, Dr. Edwards Murphy, said: “Our bee monitoring technology will enable beekeepers to manage their apiaries more effectively and focus on cultivating larger and stronger colonies. We are delighted to be working with Microsoft as we scale our company globally over the next two years”. “In many countries, up to 50% of our honey bees are dying every year. A host of problems, diseases, and pests are devastating hive populations around the globe. It’s becoming harder and harder every year for beekeepers to manage the variety of problems their bees are experiencing. By providing beekeepers with insights into what is happening in the hive, we can help beekeepers reduce losses and improve the health of honey bees worldwide.” – WORLD BEE DAY – APISPROTECT AND MICROSOFT WORKING TO PROTECT HONEY BEES (Irish Tech News)

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