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August, 2020

  • 3 August

    Virtual house hunting gets a pandemic boost

    Image copyright Matterport Image caption Some systems can work out exact dimensions It’s Saturday evening in London, and I’m house shopping in Dublin, thanks to a virtual-reality headset. Temporarily forgetting she is sitting beside me, I shout to my wife: “I’m in the children’s bedroom.” We can’t go to the …

  • 3 August

    Twitter needs to act over racist abuse, says David Lammy

    Shadow justice secretary David Lammy has called on Twitter to be “faster at stamping out racist threats” after receiving abuse online. The black Labour MP reported a user to the Metropolitan Police on Sunday after getting a tweet using a racial slur and saying he would “hang from a lamppost”. …

  • 3 August

    Championship play-off final: Brentford and Fulham set for richest game

    Brentford beat Fulham when the teams last met in June at Craven Cottage Brentford play Fulham on Tuesday for the chance to return to the English top flight for the first time in 73 years – and earn about £160m in the process. The west London rivals, separated by just …

  • 3 August

    Footballers can now get red cards for deliberate coughing

    Players can be red-carded if a referee deems they deliberately coughed at an opponent Players who deliberately cough at other players or match officials can be red-carded, say football’s rule-makers and the Football Association. The International Football Association Board (Ifab) said such an offence fell within “using offensive, insulting or …

  • 3 August

    Coventry refuse workers ‘warned daily’ over fence urination

    Image copyright PA Media Image caption Several refuse collectors were found to be regularly urinating on a Coventry property Refuse workers had to be issued with daily warnings after they were found to be urinating regularly outside a house. A council investigation found “many members” of Coventry’s bin crews used …

  • 3 August

    Russian hackers stole trade papers from Liam Fox email

    Image caption Conservative MP Liam Fox is a former trade minister Documents on UK-US trade talks, leaked ahead of the 2019 general election, were stolen from an email account belonging to Conservative MP Liam Fox, it has emerged. The papers were published online and used by Labour in the 2019 …

  • 3 August

    Coronavirus in Scotland: Sturgeon ‘would consider’ closing pubs again

    Image copyright PA Media Image caption Pubs reopened to customers last month First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said she “won’t hesitate” to reintroduce lockdown restrictions if Covid-19 starts to get “out of control”. She said efforts to deal with the virus created a “delicate balance” which could easily be thrown …

  • 3 August

    Eat out to help out: Coronavirus scheme offering UK diners 50% off begins

    Image copyright PA Media Diners across the UK will be able to enjoy half-price meals throughout August from Monday, as part of a government scheme aimed at boosting restaurants and pubs post-lockdown. “Eat out to help out” applies to eat-in food and drink on Monday to Wednesdays at more than …

  • 3 August

    Coronavirus: New 90-minute tests for Covid-19 and flu ‘hugely beneficial’

    Image copyright Getty Images New “life-saving” 90-minute tests which can detect coronavirus and flu will be rolled out in care homes and laboratories from next week. The “on-the-spot” swab and DNA tests will help distinguish between Covid-19 and other seasonal illnesses, the government said. The health secretary said this would …

  • 2 August

    Coronavirus: ‘Institutional racism left minorities exposed’

    Image copyright Family photo Image caption Nicola Mincher told her partner Raza Ghulam she did not want him going into work, but he said he could not afford time off Institutional racism may have contributed to the disproportionate impact of Covid-19 on ethnic minorities in Wales, a top judge has …