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Fears coronavirus will spark divorce surge as couples self-isolate for months

Coronavirus is "very likely" to lead to an increase in marriage break-ups because of people being confined together for long periods in self-isolation, a leading divorce lawyer has said.Baroness Shackleton of Belgravia, whose previous clients have included Sir Paul McCartney, the Prince of Wales, Madonna and Liam Gallagher, revealed the view of the profession as a growing number of households go into voluntary lockdown in a bid to curb the spread of infection.Official health advice states that if one person in a property has a persistent cough or fever, everyone living there should stay at home for 14 days.Nicknamed the "Steel Magnolia" for her skills and charm, Lady Shackleton told peers at Westminster: "The prediction amongst divorce lawyers is that following self-imposed confinement it is very likely that the divorce rate will rise."Our peak times are after long exposure during the summer holidays and over Christmas."One only has to imagine what i…

Ahead of the Pack, How Microsoft Told Workers to Stay Home

Mr. Nadella, Mr. DelBene and three other Microsoft executives directly involved in the company’s decision making spoke with The New York Times last week.Other giant, Seattle-area employers have faced similarly difficult choices. Before officials announced a virus-related death in America, Amazon was one of the first large companies in the country to halt nonessential domestic travel, and has created a fund for infected gig workers and other contractors who deliver packages. It is also giving grants to small businesses that depend on foot traffic by its headquarters staff. Boeing has worked to keep its production lines open even as several members of its work force have tested positive.“We are dealing with the most serious outbreak of Covid-19 anywhere in the nation,” said Dow Constantine, the leader of King County, which includes Seattle, when he called on employers to encourage staff to telecommute on March 4. “Our actions are forming the model that will be followed in other parts of…

iPhone 12 'to get revolutionary camera that can capture ANY scene in 3D'

APPLE'S next iPhone will allegedly add a revolutionary new camera feature that allows users to scan the world around them in 3D.Dubbed a "depth camera", the tech will apparently enable funky new 3D photo and video effects when the mobile launches sometime in September.It will also give the rumoured phone boosted augmented reality (AR) features.AR overlays computer-generated images onto your real world view through a phone or other device.Hugely popular AR mobile app Pokémon GO, for instance, beamed the game's cartoon characters onto a player's surroundings.The 3D depth camera coming to the next iPhone is actually a laser, sensor and software system, a source told Fast Company.It will allegedly sit on the back of the mobile and measure distances between the iPhone and various objects and surfaces around it.That will allow it to capture almost any scene you point your camera at in 3D, granting users the chance to perform all kinds of image wizardry.Apple engineers …

Bernie Sanders Vows To Stay In Presidential Race Despite Disappointing Night

Despite losing several key primaries on Tuesday night, Senator Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., has vowed to remain in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination.Sanders spoke to reporters on Wednesday, a day after losing to former Vice President Joe Biden in Michigan, Missouri, Mississippi and Idaho.“Last night obviously was not a good night for our campaign from a delegate point of view,” said Sanders, who won in North Dakota and narrowly leads Biden in Washington.However, Sanders argued that his campaign is winning the “ideological debate” as well as the “generational debate,” noting his strong support among younger voters.“Today I say to the Democratic establishment: In order to win in the future, you need to win the voters who represent the future of our country,” Sanders said.He added, “And you must speak to the issues of concern to them. You cannot simply be satisfied by winning the votes of people who are older.”Sanders acknowledged he is losing the debate over which candidate…

The US Strategic Petroleum Reserve: 5 facts

Challenges lie ahead for oil industry in short run: American Petroleum Institute senior vice presidentAmerican Petroleum Institute Senior Vice President Frank Macchiarola discusses the sharp downturn in oil prices and the short-term impact it will have on American producers.The Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) is the world’s largest supply of emergency crude oil owned by the US government.Continue Reading BelowWhy was the SPR created?It was established in 1975 in the aftermath of the OPEC oil embargo, primarily to reduce the impact of disruptions in the sale of commercial oil and to carry out obligations of the United States under the International Energy program.Where is the SPR?Crude oil is stored at the SPR in underground salt caverns at four major oil storage facilities in the Gulf Coast region of the United States, two sites in Texas (Bryan Mound and Big Hill) and two sites in Louisiana (West Hackberry and Bayou Choctaw).GET FOX BUSINESS ON THE GO BY CLICKING HEREHow much oil is…

Coronavirus demand for traditional herbal remedies

Dr. Oz answers your questions about coronavirus‘Dr. Oz Show’ host Dr. Mehmet Oz joins Harris Faulkner to discuss the coronavirus outbreak on ‘Outnumbered Overtime.’NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York City acupuncturist and herbalist Clayton Shiu says demand for traditional Chinese remedies has surged at his practice since March 1, the day New York announced its first case of the novel coronavirus.Continue Reading Below“It was like a light switch was flipped,” said Shiu, who had stocked up and had an ample supply of herbs on hand for his patients.WHERE CAN YOU GET A CORONAVIRUS TESTKamwo Meridian Herbs, a shop in the heart of New York’s Chinatown and a longtime supplier to practitioners like Shiu, has experienced a similar jump in demand for traditional Chinese remedies for respiratory and other ailments.An employee of Kamwo Herbal Pharmacy wears a mask at work in Chinatown, New York City, Feb. 13, 2020. (REUTERS/Yana Paskova/File Photo)To counter the outbreak in China, which has reported ne…

Thousands of dangerous drivers with dozens of penalty points still on the road due to bizarre legal loophole – The Sun

RECKLESS drivers with dozens of penalty points still on the road due to a bizarre legal loophole.More than 10,000 Brits still hold their licence despite amassing 12 or more points on their licence.Shockingly, one man has avoided a ban after collecting 66 penalty points, as have another two motorists with 60 points.Drivers who amass 12 or more points on their licence typically are given a lengthy road ban, as well as hefty fines.But some drivers are exploiting the system and escaping punishment by successfully arguing in court that it would cause them "exceptional hardship", such as losing their job.Judges base exceptional hardship on a case-by-case basis, but drivers can dodge a ban by proving it would adversely impact someone who relies on their vehicle.Other motorists are able to continue driving despite accumulating several speeding convictions by simply ignoring their disqualification notice or re-offending after serving a ban.Figures obtained by the Daily Mail reveal me…

Biogen Staffers Test Positive for Virus After Boston Meeting

Biogen Inc. said three employees have tested positive for the coronavirus after attending a meeting in Boston last week.The Cambridge, Massachusetts-based drugmaker said in a statement that a number of attendees reported varying degrees of flu-like symptoms after the meeting. Three cases were confirmed as Covid-19 and some others were diagnosed as the flu.The strategic management meeting hosted about 175 attendees and took place at the Boston Marriott Long Wharf, a company spokeswoman confirmed in an email. The hotel is less than a five-minute walk from historic Faneuil Hall Marketplace and the New England Aquarium.All individuals are doing well and under the care of health professionals, according to the statement. The company said two of the Covid-19 patients are based in Europe and the third is based in the U.S. outside of Massachusetts.Biogen said all meeting attendees have been directed to work from home for two weeks, regardless if they have symptoms. Biogen is restricting trave…

Scam email offering ‘Coronavirus safety measures’ hits inboxes – delete this message NOW

CYBER criminals are taking advantage of the Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak by sending scam emails claiming to be from the World Health Organization (WHO).The aim of the scam is to trick targets into opening links that claim to be WHO "safety measure" information.Experts at SophosLabs tracked this scam campaign in Italy, where the Coronavirus outbreak has been particularly bad.However, similar scams to this happen all over the world.For the Italy focused scam, the crooks made it look convincing by writing in Italian, pretending to quote a WHO Italian official, referencing the virus outbreak in the country and stressing that Italians in particular should read the attached document.Unlike some phishing scams which are very general so they can be sent to as many people as possible, this one seems to be trying to play on fears where they will be most acute in the hope of getting more clicks.
A translated version of the email reads: "Coronavirus: important information on prec…

Child Benefit tax: Why the charge may see your state pension reduce unless you 'act fast'

The High Income Child Benefit Tax Charge was introduced from January 2013, and since then, the tax charge has applied to anyone with an income over £50,000 who claims Child Benefit – who whose partner does. While some people may not be thinking about their state pension at this time of their life, it may be that they should do so – and fast.READ MOREState pension age: Could you add £500 to your income?This is because some people may opt to waive claiming Child Benefit, due to being affected by the High Income Child Benefit Tax Charge.The charge is equal to one percent of a family’s Child Benefit for every extra £100 of income that is over £50,000 each year.As such, if an individual’s income exceeds £60,000, the charge equals the total amount of the Child Benefit.By waiving the payment, these people would therefore not need to pay the charge.However, failing to fill out a Child Benefit claim form, on which a person can state they are waiving the payment, could have an impact on a membe…

ISignthis chief's wife behind shareholding mystery

Billion-dollar tech stock iSignthis clarified how its controversial founder and chief executive John Karantzis apparently doubled his shareholding overnight to a stake worth more than $481 million – the additional shares are owned by his wife.It means the couple own more than 41 per cent of the former tech darling which has been suspended from trading since October last year while the ASX and the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) investigate the company which provides payment processing and verification services.The latest iSignthis annual report revealed Mr Karantzis owned 450.3 million shares as of January 1, 2019. But his last directors' interest notice lodged with the ASX in September last year reported that Mr Karantzis owned just 227.9 million shares.An iSignthis spokesman pointed out that the annual report declaration includes shares owned by directors like Mr Karantzis but also includes "personally related parties". In this case his wife.iS…

Americans have massive credit score misconceptions, study shows

Americans missing out on credit card rewards programs: Bankrate.com analystBankrate.com industry analyst Ted Rossman gives debt-free Americans tips for getting the most out of their credit cards.While Americans know their credit score is extremely important to their financial lives – a majority don’t appear to know what goes into it.Continue Reading BelowAccording to a new study from CompareCards, 62 percent of Americans did not know the main factor that determined their three-digit score was their payment history. As previously reported by FOX Business, for the average individual’s payment score typically accounts for 35 percent of their overall score.Millennials and Generation X were less likely to know the correct answer when compared with older generations.WHAT FACTORS DETERMINE YOUR CREDIT SCORE?There are a number of factors that are taken into account when your credit score is calculated, and among each person, the weight placed on each category will be different based on things…

Tax dodging: Indonesia's luxury car 'owners' cry foul

JAKARTA (AFP) – No one was more surprised to learn that Dimas Prayitno owned a Rolls-Royce than the 21-year-old Indonesian himself, who was baffled when told he owed US$15,000 (S$20,800) in taxes on the luxury vehicle.But a look at the construction worker’s home in a rundown neighbourhood quickly convinced officials that Prayitno was the latest victim of tax evasion by one of Jakarta’s wealthy elite.Rampant tax dodging costs Indonesia billions of dollars in lost revenue annually and it has taken on a renewed urgency as Jakarta moves to pass a raft of bills aimed at revving up Southeast Asia’s biggest economy and adding millions of poor to the middle class.“I was shocked and asked them ‘what car’?” Prayitno told AFP about his visit from tax officials.“How could I afford a car when you see me living in a house like this?”Prayitno – whose top pay is about 150,000 rupiah (S$14.70) a day – later learned he’d been duped by a former boss who took his government ID card ostensibly for a legit…

Universal Credit, ESA and PIP: DWP announces new system for benefit assessments

Currently, separate organisations run assessments for Personal Independence Payment (PIP) and the Work Capability Assessments in Employment Support Allowance and Universal Credit, with these using different IT systems. However, yesterday, the Government announced changes were ahead.READ MOREUniversal Credit: Coronavirus-hit claimants urged to contact DWPThe DWP said that the new system, which would be trialled ahead of being rolled out nationally, would deliver all assessments using a single digital platform.This would be developed and run by the DWP.It’s not yet known where the new system will be launched, with the DWP saying the region will be confirmed “in due course”.It will be developed initially from 2021, ahead of the trial and then the subsequent national rollout.This announcement comes following a commitment made in 2019 to explore ways of improving support for disabled people, including reducing the need for face to face assessments and eliminating the need to supply the sam…

Huawei Makes End-Run Around U.S. Ban by Turning to Its Own Chips

Huawei Technologies Co., the Chinese technology giant barred from doing business with U.S. suppliers, isfinding a way around the strict limits imposed by the Trump administration.The Commerce Department, citing national security concerns, has largely forbidden American companies from selling Huawei the computer chips it needs to make a piece of equipment integral to newly introduced high-speed wireless networks. In response, China’s largest technology company ramped upits own capabilities to manufacture the gear, which is known as a base station.In a sign that the self-reliance is working, Huawei in the fourth quarter sold more than 50,000 of these next-generation base stations that were free of U.S. technology, according to Tim Danks, the U.S.-based Huawei executive responsible for partner relations. That’s only about 8% of the total base stations that Huawei’s sold as of February, but the company is quickly ramping up at its secretiveHiSilicon division to make more of these American…

Revenue up strongly for Bega Cheese but challenges remain

Dairy and food company Bega says it expects continued challenges to milk supply in the short term as farmers battle drought, but a surge in export earnings has helped it offset challenges facing the dairy industry.Export revenue, up 17.3 per cent to $230 million and stronger peanut butter and vegemite sales helped Bega deliver a 14 per cent jump in revenue to $741.2 million.Strong peanut butter sales helped Bega generate much stronger revenue.Credit:BloombergOn a statutory basis the company's half year profit jumped 71 per cent to $8.5 million. But on a normalised basis Bega's half year normalised operating profit was down 21 per cent to $15 million. The normalised result was driven down by $9.2 million before tax in costs for legal fees and an information system upgrade across the business.Bega emerged from a trading halt on Monday morning and its shares were down 6.4 per cent to $3.79 shortly after 10.30am, but had been down 13.1 per cent in earlier trading to $3.52.Bega had…

I worked at the world's most southerly Post Office 800 miles from the nearest pub – here's how you can apply

AT THE northern tip of Antarctica, 800 miles from the nearest pub, lies the world's most southerly Post Office – and they're hiring.Port Lockroy, a former British outpost and now an Antarctic research station, has no running water and lies on an isolated island about the size of a primary school playing field.A team of four adventurers live there for a few months each year tasked with running the Post Office and keeping an eye on the 2,000 gentoo penguins that inhabit the island.With workers bracing frigid -10C temperatures and sometimes going days without a wash, you might ask who'd be mad enough to take a job there.Step in Laura MacNeil: A librarian based in Edinburgh who describes her stint at Lockroy as a "once in a lifetime trip".Running the base's gift shop between November 2016 and March 2017, Laura, 40, admits she had a few tough moments at the site on Antarctica's Goudier Island.
"On a daily basis, everything's just a little bit harder th…