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25/03/20
« on: Wednesday, 25 March, 2020 @ 03:12:39 »
Heard a number of hotel owners are thinking of closing for the entire summer season. If that happens it's not good news for staff and suppliers. That's assuming the situation allows them the option to start the season late.

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« Reply #1 on: Wednesday, 25 March, 2020 @ 08:14:19 »
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'Avoid using microwave to get faster internet'

Offices, factories and schools across the UK have shut to manage the spread of the coronavirus.

And with the government now telling the nation to "stay at home", millions are logging on to work and keep themselves entertained during the lockdown.

But that has put pressure on broadband providers, with BT's Openreach reporting a 20% surge in internet use.

To keep speeds up, media watchdog Ofcom has compiled a list of tips to get the most from your internet.

'Don't use the microwave'

The advice ranges from the seemingly obvious, like downloading films in advance rather than streaming them when someone else may be trying to make a video call, to the less expected.

"Did you know that microwave ovens can also reduce wi-fi signals?" Ofcom asks.

"So don't use the microwave when you're making video calls, watching HD videos or doing something important online."

It suggests positioning your internet router as far as possible from other devices that may interfere with the signal.

Those devices include: cordless phones, baby monitors, halogen lamps, dimmer switches, stereos and computer speakers, TVs and monitors.

Other tips include:

*    Place your router on a table or shelf rather than on the floor, and keep it switched on
*    If you're carrying out video calls or meetings, turning the video off and using audio will require much less of your internet connection
*    Try starting those calls at less common times, rather than on the hour or half hour
*    For the best broadband speeds, use an ethernet cable to connect your computer directly to your router rather than using wifi
*    Where possible, try not to use a telephone extension lead, as these can cause interference which could lower your speed
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-52027348

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Re: 25/03/20
« Reply #2 on: Wednesday, 25 March, 2020 @ 08:22:41 »
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Coronavirus: No extra help for airlines, chancellor says

The UK chancellor has told airlines to find other forms of funding and not turn first to the government for help getting through the coronavirus crisis.

Demand for tickets has collapsed forcing companies to ground aircraft.

Aviation bosses have been lobbying the government for a targeted aid package to stop firms going under as a result of the slump in demand.

But in a letter on Tuesday Rishi Sunak said the government would only step in as "a last resort".

Mr Sunak instead urged airlines to try and raise money from shareholders.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-52027342


Seems Ricard Branson, who had sugested Virgin Atlantic staff took eight weeks unpaid leave, is going to dip into his own multi-millions, according to Forbes.

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« Reply #3 on: Wednesday, 25 March, 2020 @ 12:54:56 »
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Prince Charles tests positive for coronavirus
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-52033845

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« Reply #5 on: Wednesday, 25 March, 2020 @ 13:00:59 »
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‘Total disregard for people’s lives’: Hundreds of thousands of fake masks flooding markets as coronavirus depletes world supplies
Revealed: Counterfeit masks being shipped worldwide often made in unsterile sweatshops labelled with names of well-known medical supply companies and certification stamps
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/coronavirus-face-mask-fake-turkey-medical-supply-shortage-covid-19-a9423426.html

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« Reply #6 on: Wednesday, 25 March, 2020 @ 13:02:26 »
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Coronavirus: Drivers given six-month MOT holiday because of pandemic
Relaxation of rules applies to car, motorcycle and vans

Motorists who have an MOT due from Monday 30 March will not have to do anything and will automatically be given a six month extension.

However, vehicles must still be kept in a roadworthy condition, with garages remaining open for essential repair works, and prosecutions for unsafe vehicles still possible.
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/mot-extended-six-month-holiday-check-dvla-coronavirus-a9423501.html

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« Reply #7 on: Wednesday, 25 March, 2020 @ 22:37:02 »
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Coronavirus: Off-licences added to list of 'essential' retailers
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-52033260

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Re: 25/03/20
« Reply #8 on: Wednesday, 25 March, 2020 @ 22:51:02 »
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Confusion as to when coronavirus home testing kits will be available to Britons

The UK’s chief medical officer has dismissed suggestions a coronavirus antibody test will be ready to buy online next week.

Professor Chris Whitty said the accuracy of the tests needed to be properly tested before they were made available for public use.
https://www.itv.com/news/2020-03-25/coronavirus-home-testing-kits-expected-in-uk-retailers-within-days/