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Microsoft Corp (NASDAQ:MSFT) will sack dozens of journalists from its news platform and replace them with automated systems to curate news stories, according to press reports. The computing giant is planning to use artificial intelligence (AI) to curate stories and headlines on its MSN website as part of the companys ongoing evaluation of its business. READ: Microsoft cloud sales get big boost in demand from lockdown workers[hhmc] Microsoft currently pays news organisations to provide stories and content for its websites, however, it has its own team of journalists to decide which stories are displayed and how they are presented. Reports have said that up to 50 journalists could lose their jobs as a result of the changes, which come at a particularly bleak time as the wider news industry looks to cut costs across the board. According to the Guardian, around 27 of those facing the axe are empRead More – Source [contf] [contfnew] Proactiveinvestors [contfnewc] [contfnewc]

Motif Bio jolted back to life by appointment of Peel Hunt...

Motif Bio PLC (LON:MFB), the bombed-out cash shell, showed signs of a pulse, rising 64% to 1.3p after it appointed a strategic adviser. Peel Hunt has got the gig to provide directors with guidance on strategic initiatives, including selecting an appropriate reverse takeover candidate. Motif said it is in discussions with several reverse takeover candidates in the healthcare sector. The company has until July 28 to engineer a reverse takeover, otherwise, its listing on AIM will be suspended. 9.30am: De La Rue off to strong start to new fiscal year De La Rue PLC (LON:DLAR) shot up 37% to 55.69p in early trade on Monday after it said it had made a strong start to the new fiscal year. The banknotes and passports printer has had a rough couple of years that has seen the shares slump from around 600p but this morning it boasted of a series of significant contract wins for both its Authentication and Currency divisions. The company noted that the coronavirus pandemic had so far had littl..

Piers Morgan TEARS into Matt Hancock’s ‘utterly meaningless’ testing target

PIERS MORGAN has hit out at Matt Hancock’s announcement of a higher testing capacity. The Good Morning Britain presenter has been highly critical of the government throughout the coronavirus pandemic. In recent weeks, he has slated the governments defence of Dominic Cummings. He has also bemoaned a reported embargo of the programme by the government due to complaints he has been too aggressive in his questioning of the government’s response strategy. [contfnewc] The GMB host wrote on twitter decrying the new testing capacity of 200,000. Piers Morgan wrote that the higher capacity was “utterly meaningless”. He continued: “How many people are they testing? “Theyve stopped telling us because Matt Hancock wants to hide the truth.” It comes after the Health Secretary announced that the UKs coronavirus testing capacity has reached 200,00 a day early. According to the Department for Health and Social Care, a total of 205,634 tests were available on Saturday. This includes the capacit..

Pupils are more at risk by NOT returning to schools today

Primary schools are reopening on Monday to pupils in Reception, Year One and Year Six for the first time in ten weeks. Ministers have said that the intention is for all primary school students to be back at school by the end of the month. Nurseries have also been given the green light to reopen from Sunday. Secondary school students will not go back to school until June 15. Pupils in years 10 and 12 will return to the classrooms on a restricted basis. It is unclear yet when other students will go back to school, but any plans for their return over the summer holiday may be opposed by teaching unions. Dr Mary Bousted, joint general secretary of the National Education Union (NEU), said that educators should not be to return to the classrooms over the holidays. “Teachers have been working flat out to provide education for children at home,” she told Sky’s Sophy Ridge on Sunday. “So what should happen is – and we do support this – clubs and activities on a volunteer basis.” Dr Bous..

Sadiq Khan demands Brexit extension for London

SADIQ KHAN has sent an angry letter to Michael Gove demanding an extension to the Brexit transition period. The pro-Remain London Mayor insisted the “last thing” Britain needs is “more chaos and uncertainty” during the coronavirus crisis. Mr Khans letter to the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster comes as the fourth round of trade talks between the UK and the EU start on Tuesday. [contfnewc] Sadiq Khan said: “No one anticipated when voting for Brexit that the key negotiations would take place at a time when all governments are rightly focused on fighting a global pandemic. “The last thing the country needs as it tries to find a way back from the devastation wreaked by coronavirus is more chaos and uncertainty. “I urge the Government to put political ideology aside and pursue the pragmatic route of seeking an extension to the negotiations so that we and our European partners can focus on recovery from Covid-19.” Sadiq Khan said coronavirus is the “biggest health, social and econo..

Over 2 million vulnerable ‘shielders’ will be allowed to meet loved...

Boris Johnson is easing more lockdown rules, this time allowing those vulnerable to coronavirus who are shielding to leave home and go outdoors. The change will coincide with other rules being eased on Monday and comes despite a backlash from leading scientists who claim the government is moving too soon. Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer has accused the prime minister of making difficult decisions more risky because of his mistakes over the past week. PM reveals lockdown changes from Monday The latest relaxation of lockdown rules will allow 2.2 million at-risk people shielding in England to go outside with members of their household, while continuing to follow the two-metre rule. Those who live alone can meet outside with one other person from another household, according to the new rules. Advertisement People who are shielding are classed as extremely clinically vulnerable and include some cancer patients, organ transplant recipients and those with severe respiratory condition..

Hundreds flout lockdown rules to attend illegal party in east London

Hundreds of revellers have gathered at an illegal party in east London despite lockdown measures, police say. Pictures and videos posted on Snapchat show large crowds gathered in Detmold Road, Clapton, as a DJ plays in the street. At around midnight on Sunday, Hackney Police said officers were at the scene and a police helicopter was also being used. Image: The party was held in a residential street Image: Footage shows DJ decks being used In a tweet, it said: "There is a large scale unlicensed music event in a residential street in E5 involving many hundreds of revellers. "@NPASSouthEast are providing aerial support to officers on the ground." Advertisement More Snapchat footage shows police cars and officers at the scene as it becomes dark outside. Videos and photos posted on Twitter also show large crowds gathered on Hackney Marshes earlier on Saturday. More from Covid-19 In one video, a man says: "Check this out, there's a party going on in the park. There'..

‘The next best thing to a hug’: Care home uses plastic...

After a couple of pumps of hand sanitiser, Judy Ogilvy walks into a small room and says simply: "Hello, dad." Pre-COVID-19, that would be nothing special. But today it is. Because this is the Beverley Parklands care home, and it's the first time Ms Ogilvy has seen her 92-year-old father, Dick Ferriday, face to face for 11 weeks. Image: Ms Ogilvy says she is still upset she can't hug her father This visit has been made possible by the simplest of solutions: a sheet of airtight acrylic glass cuts the room in half. On one side, where Ms Ogilvy now sits, there is a door leading directly to the car park. On the other side, with a door leading into the care home, sits Mr Ferriday and one of the staff. Advertisement It's frustrating that the physical contact is absent. The hugs, the holding of hands, the daughter's caring touch, all will have to wait for another time. But for now, this is a welcome alternative. More from Covid-19 "It's the first time I&#03..

‘The next best thing to a hug’: Care home uses glass...

After a couple of pumps of hand sanitiser, Judy Ogilvy walks into a small room and says simply: "Hello, dad." Pre-COVID-19, that would be nothing special. But today it is. Because this is the Beverley Parklands care home in East Yorkshire, and it's the first time Ms Ogilvy has seen her 92-year-old father, Dick Ferriday, face to face for 11 weeks. Image: Ms Ogilvy says she is still upset she can't hug her father This visit has been made possible by the simplest of solutions: a sheet of airtight acrylic glass cuts the room in half. On one side, where Ms Ogilvy now sits, there is a door leading directly to the car park. On the other side, with a door leading into the care home, sits Mr Ferriday and one of the staff. Advertisement It's frustrating that the physical contact is absent. The hugs, the holding of hands, the daughter's caring touch, all will have to wait for another time. But for now, this is a welcome alternative. More from Covid-19 "It's th..

Covid causes child detention crisis, and a timebomb in adult prisons

A series of “serious consequences for childrens rights, wellbeing and long-term outcomes” has been identified in an investigation by the office of the childrens commissioner for England. This comes with ministers warning that there is now an increased risk of self-harm and violence in adult prisons as a result of measures introduced to tackle Covid-19. Children in custody have been subject to restricted activities for the past eight weeks, as institutions attempt to comply with official social-distancing guidance. Face-to-face education sessions have stopped in most centres, and visits have been hugely reduced. “Access to time out of cell, education, activities and family and professional visits have been severely curtailed,” the investigation finds. “Some children in custody have been spending all but 40 minutes of the day locked in their cells during lockdown. As lockdown slowly eases for many of us, and we are encouraged to spend as long as we want outside because of the benefits ..

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