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‘It’s a disgrace’: NHS vaccine passport scam warning as restrictions ease for Britons

‘It’s a disgrace’: NHS vaccine passport scam warning as restrictions ease for Britons

“This is yet another example of unscrupulous fraudsters taking advantage of the pandemic to line their pockets.

“We all hope that the summer brings some enjoyment after what has been a period of unprecedented challenges for everyone, but scammers want to ruin that. It is vital that we not only avoid these scams, but also report them to Action Fraud.

“More data received means that the authorities can build a richer picture and identify the full scale of this serious issue.”

Police in Derbyshire, where thousands of people were targeted, said: “It appears scammers are already trying to use this scheme as part of a bid to trick people out of cash.

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Gareth Southgate hails four England unsung heroes as Three Lions ease into Euro 2020 semis

Gareth Southgate hails four England unsung heroes as Three Lions ease into Euro 2020 semis

“But we have got to make those decisions, the right call for the right game, the right system, but all of the players have been brilliant.”

Southgate does not want to get carried away but is delighted to create such joy back home.

“Look, it’s fabulous,” he continued. “I suppose it’s still sinking in a bit. We’re in another semi-final, that’s three in three years.

“We obviously want to go the step further, the two steps further, I know what will be happening at home – and that’s great.

“It’s lovely to send everybody on a Saturday night, beer in hand, whatever it is and they should enjoy it. I’m chuffed that the two performances has brought so much enjoyment and happiness to people.”

Author: Lewis Winter
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San Antonio is celebrating a smaller Fiesta to ease back to normal after Covid

San Antonio is celebrating a smaller Fiesta to ease back to normal after Covid

SAN ANTONIO — The temperature was rising and the sweat rolling, but the number of people who turned out to celebrate a slimmed-down, delayed Fiesta kept growing Monday.

The majority went maskless at the Mercado, or Market Square, downtown where colorful strings of plastic “papel picado” fluttered in a welcomed breeze, as locals and visitors moved among food and drink stands, band performances, restaurants and stores. The crowd wasn’t as big as a Fiesta, but it was a comfort to many.

“I was scared, thinking people weren’t going to come out, but the first couple of days were pretty good,” said Jay Suarez, 29, who sells turkey legs at several of the events that make up Fiesta.

Fiesta, San Antonio’s signature celebration of its history and culture, yields a $ 340 million economic impact — in normal years, organizers say. It’s such a popular event that its kickoff day is a local holiday.

Covid-19 erased the celebration last year.

This year’s 11-day-event opened Thursday, cautiously. Organizers cut a couple large parades, some events have limited capacity and guests are being reminded to practice Covid-19 prevention protocols. Fiesta also is being held later. Usually, the celebration is in April, when temperatures are lower.

After last year’s hiatus, Juarez was happy to be back selling turkey legs and seeing others just as eager to start life after lockdowns. On Monday, he proudly opened the doors to his “state-of-the-art” oven to show off the food he was selling at Fiesta de los Reyes, one of many Fiesta events.

For many, the annual Fiesta brings needed income. This year many workers are happy to see crowds turning out even if they are not as large.Suzanne Gamboa / NBC News

His booth helps him earns him some disposable income but also helps fund scholarships.

Despite a better turnout than he expected, “people are still scared, but (also) there’s a shortage of a lot of products there’s a shortage of a lot of help also because no one really wants to work,” he said.

Fiesta creates thousands of jobs and generates hundreds of thousands of dollars for charities. The nearly two-week celebration is packed with a carnival, parades, bike rides, music and the Night in Old San Antonio event that draws heavy crowds and many othter events.

Mario Elias, 48, of San Antonio, wore a straw hat to shield himself from the sun as he directed cars to $ 20 parking nearby. He was pleased to see people turning out, after a year of almost no work because of canceled events.

“We are a little surprised that more people are coming. There are quite a few more cars. We thought it would be much slower,” Elias said in Spanish.

Roy and Henry Perez performed an early show with their band Rhythm Kings at one of the stages at the event that had a lineup of bands through the night.

They had not stopped playing during the pandemic but shows were smaller, if anyone showed, and the pay was less, they said.

Jessica Guzman, 23, and David Ramirez, 23, who live in Houston, but are from San Antonio, said they missed the food and culture that is the essence of Fiesta. When they heard it was back on, they made plans to partake.

“It does feel good to see people out and about. We are both vaccinated and we made sure to get that right away … It does feel good to have the opportunity to connect with the community,” Ramirez said.

Seeing everyone out also “makes it feel like staying home and being safe was worth it, to protect people,” Ramirez said.

“Yeah, it’s almost back to normal, but not completely back to normal, yet,” Guzman added.

David Ramirez, 23, and Jessica Guzman, 23, made the trip back home to San Antonio from Houston to partake in the smaller Fiesta celebration that was canceled last year because of Covid-19.Suzanne Gamboa / NBC News

Several of the Fiesta-goers stopped themselves while expressing excitement about returning to normal to acknowledge those lost to Covid or who were infected and hospitalized.

Michael Perez, 51, of San Antonio, wore a multicolored sombrero he had accessorized for Fiesta — wearing decorated hats, wreaths of crepe paper flowers and streamers, custom-made medals and other gear is part of the celebration’s tradition.

Perez had pasted several cards from the Mexican bingo-like game Loteria, except the cards depicted were from the pandemic Loteria deck created by a San Antonio artist.

Michael Perez of San Antonio made a hat for Fiesta festooned with cards similar to those found in the Mexican bingo-like game, Loteria, but with symbols of the coronavirus crisis on the cards.Suzanne Gamboa / NBC News

Perez said he wasn’t trying to make fun of the pandemic but wanted to acknowledge the trying year.

“You might forget what happened five years ago, but you’re never going to forget Covid … It’s something that really happened, that is tragic,” he said.

He was among a smaller number of people who wore a mask at the outdoor events at Market Square. He said he was most concerned that he might cause someone else to be sick, even though he is vaccinated.

Despite those fears, he said he chose to attend the festivities not only to reunite with friends but to help the workers and businesses get back on their feet.

“Everybody wants everything to go back to normal,” he said.

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As COVID Restrictions Ease, RSV and Other Viruses Re-Eemerge

It’s not just people coming out of lockdown: As COVID-19 restrictions ease and masks come off, as crowds gather and vacationers travel, viruses that had been reduced, in some cases to negligible threats, are reemerging.

Some of the indications of fewer viral illnesses have been anecdotal, notably about influenza and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infections.

But now the data is coming in. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a health advisory to notify clinicians and caregivers about an increase in cases of interseasonal RSV across parts of the southern United States.

With this increased activity, the CDC urges broader testing for RSV among patients presenting with acute respiratory illness who test negative for SARS-CoV-2.

The CDC noted increases in positive RSV tests in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas.

Viruses Coming Out of Lockdown Too

RSV is more commonly seen in the fall and winter, so its early emergence is troubling, says pediatrician Martha F. Perry, MD.

Dr Martha F. Perry

Perry, associate professor and medical director at the University of North Carolina Children’s Primary Care Clinic in Chapel Hill, told Medscape Medical News that, with so many viruses kept at bay with COVID-19 mitigation efforts, they now may start circulating simultaneously.

“We are seeing an increase in presentation to our primary care clinics, our emergency room and urgent care settings with viral-type illnesses,” she said.

“The concern is,” she added, “are we going to see a summer and winter wave at the same time?”

Perry said that experts are keeping a close eye on RSV in the United States because Australia, where seasons are opposite those in the United States, already saw summer spikes in RSV after COVID-19 restrictions lifted there.

The Jewish Telegraphic Agency also reports on a recent outbreak in Brooklyn of RSV. According to the city’s health department, there were 10 documented cases of RSV in Brooklyn during the last week of February. From April 4 through April 10, there were 294.

A study by Parsa Hodjat, published in the preprint medRxiv and not peer-reviewed, showed sharp increases in seasonal respiratory viruses, including RSV, in Houston, Texas, after relaxing COVID-19 restrictions.

Researchers found that RSV cases increased 166% by May 25 when compared with cases in April.

Parainfluenza — a common virus that can cause respiratory illnesses such as colds, bronchitis, croup, and pneumonia — rose 424% in Houston from March to April, the study found. It also increased 189% from April through May 25.

Seasonal coronaviruses, which typically emerge in the winter and decline in March, increased by 211% in Houston from March to April and continued to increase in May.

Rhinovirus and enterovirus cases were up 85% in Houston from March to April.

Concern for Newborns

Perry said there is also concern around immunity usually transferred to fetuses in utero but potentially compromised when mothers’ exposure to viruses has been subdued.

If pregnant women haven’t been exposed or had only mild infections while they were pregnant or just prior to being pregnant, the usual immunity is not going to get passed to the infant, Perry said.

“That’s where we may see more severe infection,” she said.

Dr Costi Sifri

Costi Sifri, MD, director of hospital epidemiology at University of Virginia Health in Charlottesville, told Medscape Medical News that at one point this winter his hospital had zero cases of flu and very few RSV cases.

Recently, he said, he has been seeing an increase in cases of parainfluenza after a dearth of cases during the pandemic.

He also said that coinfection of respiratory viruses may be a consequence of a year with few cases.

In a very rare example, he said, this week an infant at UVA Health was hospitalized with parainfluenza, adenovirus, RSV, and rhinovirus/enterovirus at the same time.

“I’ve never seen any patient, any child, with four different respiratory viruses at the same time,” Sifri said.

While he said that would likely continue to be very rare, “multiple respiratory viral infections at the same time are certainly possible, particularly as people go back indoors in the fall and are not wearing masks.”

He noted that while transmissions of COVID-19 are rare on surfaces, it is not uncommon for other viruses to be passed that way, so slacking off on handwashing or relaxing sanitizing measures could invite a boost in non-COVID respiratory infections.

He said it’s possible that people who escaped the usual colds and flu through the pandemic could be more susceptible to reemerging viruses, but it’s too early to tell.

With the uncertainty, “It will behoove us to really promote influenza vaccination,” Sifri said.

According to CDC data, US clinical health labs and public health labs confirmed just 2150  flu cases between September 27, 2020, and May 29, 2021 (though the true number of people who got the flu was likely higher).

For comparison, between October 2019 and April 2020, the CDC estimated that at least 39 million people contracted the flu.

Dr Maximo Brito

Maximo Brito, MD, professor of medicine, University of Illinois at Chicago, and Chief of Infectious Diseases, Jesse Brown VA Medical Center in Illinois, told Medscape Medical News he doesn’t see increased threats but a normal return to prepandemic levels.

Clinicians, however, will have more diagnostic challenges.

Whereas now “every flulike illness that walks into the emergency room is COVID until proven otherwise,” other respiratory diseases will need to be given serious consideration again, he said.

The CDC has developed a test that will check for A and B type seasonal flu viruses and SARS CoV-2 at the same time. The test will be used by US public health laboratories. Testing for the viruses at the same time will give public health officials important information about how flu and COVID-19 are spreading and what prevention measures are necessary.

The US Food and Drug Administration has given the CDC Emergency Use Authorization for the combined test.

The CDC recommends that all people 6 months and older get a yearly flu vaccine.

Brito said that predicting what strains vaccines will need to protect against will be more difficult because the flu has been so subdued during the pandemic.

He said he is also worried that the amount of misinformation circulating with COVID-19 will make people even more reluctant to get the flu vaccine this next season. Last season, only 49.2% of Americans got a flu shot.

Brito said he is seeing people in his practice who never questioned routine vaccinations in the past becoming hesitant now.

“I worry they will make the wrong choices in the future,” he said. “I hope I’m wrong.”

Perry, Sifri, and Brito report no relevant financial relationships.

Marcia Frellick is a freelance journalist based in Chicago. She has previously written for the Chicago Tribune, Science News, and Nurse.com, and was an editor at the Chicago Sun-Times, the Cincinnati Enquirer, and the St. Cloud (Minnesota) Times. Follow her on Twitter at @mfrellick.

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M&S, Next, Primark, IKEA and Tesco shopping rules may change as lockdown restrictions ease

M&S, Next, Primark, IKEA and Tesco shopping rules may change as lockdown restrictions ease
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has shared the next steps in easing the current coronavirus lockdown. New rules will be introduced from Monday, May 17.
He said: “I can confirm today that we have met our four tests for further easing of the lockdown in England.

“With deaths and hospitalisations at their lowest since last July and the four chief medical officers today agreeing a reduction in the alert level, the data now supports the moving to step three in England from next Monday, May 17.

“This means the rule of six or two households that is applied outdoors will now apply indoors. The limit for outdoor meetings will increase to 30.

“From next Monday you will be able to sit inside a pub and inside a restaurant.


“You will be able to go to the cinema and children will be able to use indoor play areas.”

The Prime Minister continued to say hotels, theatres and conference centres will also all be allowed to open.

The rules state people can meet in groups up to six indoors for a number of reasons.

This includes meeting up with friends or family to visit shops.

Shopping trips to the likes of Primark, Marks & Spencer, Next and IKEA could be permitted as long as customers follow individual store guidelines.

Some retailers ask shoppers to visit alone or in small groups to avoid overcrowding so checking stores rules is important.

What are the current shopping rules?

Marks & Spencer

A statement said: “To keep all our customers and colleagues well, our stores will have additional social distancing measures in place. Please be kind and give everyone space.”


The IKEA website states: “Everyone’s health and well-being is our top priority, so we ask you to continue to follow these simple rules: wear a face covering, use hand sanitiser and keep a safe distance from each other.”


“Safety remains our top priority so that employees and customers can return to Primark with confidence,” a statement explained.

“Limits on the number of customers allowed in store at any one time to allow for the appropriate distance in between customers and employees, following local Government guidelines.”

Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury’s

The popular supermarket chains currently urge customers to shop alone where possible.

However, this could change in line with Government restrictions and shoppers are encouraged to check with the retailer before visiting.

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Arthritis diet: Solanine and nightshade vegetables could help to ease symptoms

Arthritis diet: Solanine and nightshade vegetables could help to ease symptoms

Arthritis comes in many forms but the most common in the UK is osteoarthritis, which affects nearly nine million people. Osteoarthritis initially affects the smooth cartilage lining of the joint. This makes movement more difficult than usual, leading to pain and stiffness. By adding more solanine and nightshade vegetables to your diet symptoms of arthritis may be reduced.

It is not possible for specific foods or nutritional supplements to cure osteoarthritis, but, according to the Arthritis Foundation certain diets can improve people’s symptoms.

Some foods have anti-inflammatory capabilities which can help reduce symptoms while other foods may amplify them.

A balanced, nutritious diet will give the body the tools it needs to prevent further damage to the joints, which is essential for people with osteoarthritis.

Adding more solanine and nightshade vegetables to your diet could help improve arthritis symptoms.

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“Multiple studies confirm the role of nuts in an anti-inflammatory diet,” said Doctor José M. Ordovás, director of nutrition and genomics at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University.

He added: “One study found that over a 15-year period, men and women who consumed the most nuts had a 51 percent lower risk of dying from an inflammatory disease (like RA) compared with those who ate the fewest nuts.

“Another study found that subjects with lower levels of vitamin B6 – found in most nuts – had higher levels of inflammatory markers.

“Nuts are jam-packed with inflammation-fighting monounsaturated fat.

“And though they’re relatively high in fat and calories, studies show noshing on nuts promotes weight loss because their protein, fibre and monounsaturated fats are satiating.”

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Nightshade vegetables

Nightshade vegetables, including eggplant, tomatoes, red bell peppers and potatoes, are disease-fighting powerhouses that boast maximum nutrition for minimal calories, said the Arthritis Foundation.

The health site continued: “Some experts believe these vegetables contain a potent nutrient mix that helps inhibit arthritis pain.

“However, many people do report symptom relief when they avoid nightshade vegetables.

“So, if you notice that your arthritis pain flares after eating them, consider eliminating all nightshade vegetables from your diet for a few weeks to see if it makes a difference.

“Then slowly add them back into your diet to see if symptoms worsen or stay the same.”

Processed sugars can prompt the release of cytokines, which act as inflammatory messengers in the body and should be limited in a person’s diet.

The sugars that manufacturers add to sweetened beverages, including soda, sweet tea, flavoured coffees, and some juice drinks, are the most likely to worsen inflammatory conditions.

Foods high in saturated fat should also be avoided and these include foods such as pizza and red meat which can cause inflammation in the fat tissue.

Reducing the amount of refined carbohydrate consumed will also help with a person’s inflammatory marker.

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NYSE to ease floor restrictions for vaccinated traders

NYSE to ease floor restrictions for vaccinated traders© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: The floor of the the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) is seen after the close of trading in New York, U.S., March 18, 2020. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The New York Stock Exchange will allow more traders to return to its 11 Wall Street trading floor, based on vaccination rates, and ease restrictions for people who have had a shot, its President Stacey Cunningham said on Friday.

The NYSE, which is owned by Intercontinental Exchange (NYSE:) Inc, said trading firms with 100% of their floor staff vaccinated can increase headcount at their booths, and while vaccinated traders still have to socially distance, they can remove their masks when seated.

“Given the fact that so many more people are vaccinated now, we can start to ease off on some of the restrictions that we’ve had in place since we reopened,” Cunningham told CNBC.

The NYSE floor is the last physical U.S. stock trading venue, as a slew of all-electronic competitors have emerged and eaten away at the Big Board’s once dominant market share.

Futures exchange operator CME Group Inc (NASDAQ:) said on Tuesday it would permanently shutter the physical trading pits it closed last March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 144-year-old London Metal Exchange said last month it will announce around June 8 whether it will reopen its open outcry trading ring or permanently shut the only such floor in Europe.

The NYSE closed its trading floor in March 2020 and moved to electronic trading for the first time in 228 years after several traders contracted the coronavirus.

The exchange reopened the floor, which it also uses for its opening and closing bell ceremonies, to tout initial public offerings, and as a backdrop for several television news programs, in May 2020 with reduced capacity and extra safety measures.

Cunningham said the NYSE floor is currently at around 50% of its pre-COVID capacity.

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By John McCrank

Author: Reuters
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AirTags review: Find your keys with ease, but only if you own an iPhone

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Apple AirTags review

Apple AirTags review (Image: APPLE)

Apple’s new AirTags arrive in stores today. These little £30 puck-shaped gadgets promise to help you find your belongings whenever they go missing inside the house…. or further afield. For anyone who spends countless hours searching for their keys, handbag, or coat this sounds like the ultimate solution, but are the AirTags really any good and can they end the nightmare of losing your possessions?

Express.co.uk has had an AirTag attached to our keys for the past week and so far, so good.

There’s no question this is a highly capable device that impresses the minute you remove it from the packaging. Apple has made the set up so simple that even the biggest technophobe should have no issues getting things up and tracking in minutes.

You simply peel and pull away the plastic cellophane which then instantly breathes life into the tag – a bleep lets you know it’s activated. Hold it next to your iPhone and wait for the pop-up window to appear, which then takes you through the set-up process – from naming the tag and adding any contact details you want to appear should someone find it.

And that’s it. You’re all up and running. So, what happens if you actually lose your keys or can’t find your bag?

Apple AirTags review

The AirTags attach to keys and bags via addition accessories (Image: EXPRESS NEWSPAPERS)

Apple has added a new menu in the Find My app, which now lets you discover lost possessions. For those who don’t remember, Find My is an amalgamation of the Find My Friends and Find My iPhone apps preinstalled on any iPhone. Both features are now found in the single Find My app, as well as any possession you’re tracking using AirTags.

Like with a lost iPhone, the minute you can’t find something you simply launch the application. Tap on the Items menu at the bottom of the screen and you’ll find all of your AirTags’ last known location on an interactive map. As long as the AirTag is nearby you can then play a sound that booms out of it via the in-built speaker.

If you’d rather not bother anyone with a loud noise, you can use the very clever Find function which guides you, via interactive arrows on your iPhone, to its exact location. It’s all clever stuff and works really well with arrows pointing you in the right direction and even showing an exact measurement of how far away you are.

Apple AirTags review

The AirTags connect easily to your iPhone (Image: EXPRESS NEWSPAPERS)

When you move the right way things go green but start heading away from the tag and you’ll get a warning with the iPhone’s display switching to black. Our only slight niggle with this feature is that it struggles with height and can get confused if an AirTag is on the floor above you. So, if you own a four-storey townhouse – or live in an apartment block and left your bag in reception, twelve flights below you – it might take a little longer to discover where you’ve hidden your keys.

That said, we’ve had plenty of games of hide and seek with our AirTag and found it every time so you really shouldn’t ever miss your train again because you couldn’t find your keys.

It’s also worth noting that to be able to use these guiding arrows on-screen to guide you to a mislaid AirTag, you’ll need an iPhone 11 or iPhone 12. That’s because these newer devices have the Ultra-wide Band sensor tucked inside. If you have an older iPhone, you’ll have to make do with the good ol’ fashioned bleeping sound to find that lost luggage!

Other nice features included with the AirTag are the water-resistant design that can cope with being submerged for 30 minutes and a changeable battery which should mean the AirTag lasts an infinite amount of time.

This is an important addition from Apple as some of its rivals, such as a few of the line-up from Tile, are a sealed unit meaning you have to throw them away once the battery runs out – not great for the environment.

Apple AirTags review

Directions appear on your iPhone (Image: EXPRESS NEWSPAPERS)

Something else that Apple has thought about is what happens should you leave your keys or bag on a train or bus and they end up miles away from you. This is where the firm’s huge popularity comes into its own.

Apple’s Find My network is approaching a billion Apple devices and can detect Bluetooth signals from a lost AirTag using all of those iPhones in people’s pockets across the globe to relay the location back to its owner, all in the background, anonymously and privately.

Users can also place AirTag into Lost Mode and be notified when it is in range or has been located by a passing iPhone or iPad. If a lost AirTag is spotted by someone, they can tap it using their iPhone or any NFC-capable device and be taken to a website that will display that contact phone number you added during the setup process.

We’re still fully testing this feature and will update this review in the coming days with our thoughts.

One final thing to note is that Apple has made sure the AirTag can’t be used to track someone without their permission. The thought that one of these tags could be popped in a bag and used to monitor a location is pretty scary but there’s a clever way to make sure that never happens.

If an AirTag is separated from its owner, but realises that it’s in close proximity to another iPhone for a prolonged period – even as that iPhone moves around, it will instantly send an alert warning them that an AirTag is in close proximity. That said, it’s not immediately clear what happens if that person owns an Android phone.

Apple AirTags review

Apple AirTags review (Image: EXPRESS NEWSPAPERS)

It feels like Apple really has thought of everything with the AirTag and it’s very hard to pick fault with these possession-tracking discs.

If we had one big gripe it would be the fact that Apple doesn’t supply any way of attaching them to your belongings in the box. There’s simply the little silver and white disk and that, we’re afraid, is all you get.

If you want to hook them to your keys or strap one to your bag you’ll need to pay for a pouch with Apple charging at least £29 for the privilege.

We understand why Apple doesn’t ship a case with its iPhone or supply a laptop bag with a MacBook, but the AirTag really is useless without a way of hooking it to your keys. And while you can drop it into the bottom of a rucksack – features like the contact information show that Apple believes the best way to use AirTags is to have them on display, like a luggage tag.

As such, it does hurt a bit that you’re expected to fork out more for something so vital.

Apple AirTag review: Final Verdict

PROS • Neat design and it’s waterproof • Good tracking capabilities • Changeable battery • Simple setup
CONS • Struggles to pinpoint location on different floors • No way to clip it to keys without paying extra

Apple’s AirTags are simple to set up and brilliantly easy to use. They offer a great way to track your possessions and the changeable battery means they should last for years.

At just £29 they also seem pretty good value for money although the fact you need to pay extra to hook them to your keys is very annoying.

That said, if you own an iPhone and are constantly losing things, you won’t find a much better way to track them down.

Ford says chip shortage to halve second-quarter vehicle output, but could ease this summer

Author: Reuters
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Ford says chip shortage to halve second-quarter vehicle output, but could ease this summer© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Ford Motor Co. CEO Jim Farley walks to speak at a news conference at the Rouge Complex in Dearborn, Michigan

By Ben Klayman and Paul Lienert

DETROIT (Reuters) – Ford Motor (NYSE:) Co on Wednesday said it expects a global semiconductor shortage could ease this summer but may not be fully resolved until 2022, as the automaker reported a strong first-quarter profit but said the shortage may slash second-quarter production by half.

Ford said the ongoing chip shortage would cost it about $ 2.5 billion and about 1.1 million units of lost production in 2021.

The No. 2 U.S. automaker handily beat Wall Street’s profit estimate for the quarter, earning 81 cents a share, compared with the consensus 21 cents, according to Refinitiv IBES data. In last year’s first quarter, the company lost 50 cents a share.

Ford shares were down 2.9% in after-hours trade on Wednesday.

Ford Chief Executive Jim Farley told analysts: “There are more whitewater moments ahead for us that we have to navigate. The semiconductor shortage and the impact to production will get worse before it gets better. In fact, we believe our second quarter will be the trough for this year.”

Chief Financial Officer John Lawler said Ford’s outlook was driven largely by a factory fire suffered by Japanese chipmaker Renesas. The flow of chips from Renesas is expected to be restored in July, but the global shortage of automotive semiconductors may not be fully resolved until next year, Lawler said.

Ford said its net income of $ 3.3 billion was the best since 2011, and adjusted pre-tax profit was a record $ 4.8 billion, including a $ 900 million non-cash gain on its investment in Rivian, the electric vehicle start-up. Ford lost $ 2.0 billion in the first quarter of 2020.

The company said the chip shortage will slash full-year earnings before interest and taxes to $ 5.5 billion-$ 6.5 billion.

In February, CFO Lawler said the company was on course to earn $ 8 billion to $ 9 billion in adjusted EBIT.

Revenue in the quarter increased to $ 36.2 billion, from $ 34.3 billion a year earlier.

Ford was able to offset some of the impact of lost production in this year’s quarter by boosting the average transaction price per vehicle sold to nearly $ 48,000, compared with just over $ 44,000 a year ago, according to research firm Edmunds.com.

Ford dealers were able to command higher prices because of chip-induced shortages of popular models, such as the best-selling F-150 pickup.

Lawler said Ford in the future may stick with leaner inventories of F-150 and other models “because it’s a better way to run our business.”

Overseas, Ford reported revenue in Europe up 13% to $ 7.1 billion, and $ 341 million in pre-tax profit, reversing a year-ago loss.

Revenue climbed 39% to $ 800 million in China, where Ford narrowed its loss to $ 15 million, compared with a loss of $ 241 million a year earlier.

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Covid rules strengthened over summer – as professor warns

CORONAVIRUS rules should be strengthened over the summer months as many young people remain unvaccinated, one expert has warned.

Professor Peter Openshaw today said easing restrictions too fast would be a “big mistake”.

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One expert has warned that easing coronavirus restrictions too fast would be a mistake

One expert has warned that easing coronavirus restrictions too fast would be a mistakeCredit: Rex

The Imperial College London expert, who has been advising the government on Covid-19, today warned that while many people have received a coronavirus vaccine, we shouldn’t rely on them to keep us safe from infection.

The vaccine rollout has been hailed at driving transmission rates down, as well as the impact of a third national lockdown.

Further restrictions are set to be eased on May 17, with some calling for lockdown to end sooner, but Prof Openshaw warned against early loosening.

He said: “I really think that we’re doing the right thing by being cautious and by proceeding according to the evidence and not easing too fast.

“I think we do know that easing too fast would be a big mistake and we don’t want to lose all the ground that’s been gained by massive public effort to get to where we are now.

“It’s so vital that we do keep up the precautions and move with cautious speed”, he told BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme.

Professor Openshaw has warned against easing restrictions early

Professor Openshaw has warned against easing restrictions earlyCredit: Imperial College London


Prof Openshaw said as restrictions continue to ease across the country, Brits “mustn’t let their guard down”.

“We need to also strengthen precautions of mask-wearing and testing and tracing, particularly for indoor crowded events which are such high risk, particularly things like exercise classes, we’re probably going to need keep some pre-testing.

“I think we mustn’t drop our guard during the summer, we must use the summer to strengthen our precautions and to roll out vaccines into the groups that are most transmitting, which are younger people who so far perhaps haven’t been vaccinated so much.

“So, we mustn’t lose our concentration during this summer interval.”

His comments on extra precautions come after it was today revealed that that a single dose of a Covid-19 vaccine can cut transmission by up to half.

Experts think that vaccinated patients are less likely to pass on the bug because they produce less of the virus.

The Pfizer jab reduced the chance by 49 per cent and Oxford/AstraZeneca by 38 per cent.

One in four adults in the UK are now fully immunised with their second shot.

There are three vaccines currently being rolled out across the UK, the Oxford/AstraZeneca, the Pfizer/BioNTech and the Moderna jab.

So far over 33.8 million Brits have received a vaccine with 13.2 million have also had a second.

Prof Openshaw said the results of the Public Health England (PHE) study, were “very reassuring”.

He said: “It shows that the immune system is doing something a lot more than we were expecting of it really.”

He said it is known from other studies that infection is “typically much milder” in people who have been vaccinated and added that with two doses the outcome is “almost certainly going to be even better”.

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Author: Terri-Ann Williams
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