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Mum fuming as nursery shortens daughter’s name ‘because they can’t pronounce it’

Paris Tautu is furious that teachers can’t be bothered to pronounce her daughter Mahinarangi’s nameA five-year-old girl is too embarrassed to say her own name because both nursery staff and children can’t be bothered to pronounce it properly. Mahinarangi Tautu had only just started to attend a daycare centre in New Zealand when staff told her mum Paris that they would call her ‘Rangi’. They said her traditional Maori name, meaning ‘moon in the sky’ was too difficult to pronounce. Meanwhile other children have been teasing and laughing at her about it. In a community Facebook post, Paris said: ‘Can you imagine your child being too embarrassed to say their name because people won’t make a decent effort to pronounce it properly? ‘I am sad that in 2021, in Aotearoa (Maori name...

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Rishi Sunak accused of ‘failing to level with public’ over tax hikes

The chancellor said yesterday he wanted to be ‘honest’ about the challenges in recovering the economy (Picture: AFP) The chancellor said yesterday he wanted to be ‘honest’ about the challenges in recovering the economy (Picture: AFP)Rishi Sunak has been accused of failing to ‘level with people’ over a £4 billion-a-year funding cut to public services. The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) said the chancellor’s spending plans to recover the Covid-battered UK economy ‘do not look deliverable, at least not without considerable pain’. Setting out his Spring Budget yesterday in the Commons, Mr Sunak insisted he must be ‘honest’ about the challenges ahead. But IFS Director Paul Johnson said ‘Santa Sunak’ is ‘more like Scrooge Sunak’ after cutting spending and raising taxes by nearly £...

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Amazon opened its first physical store outside the US. The London, UK, store uses weight sensors to detect what customers pick up, and bills their card automatically.

Summary List PlacementAmazon opened an "Amazon Fresh" grocery store in London, UK, on Thursday — its first-ever physical store outside the US. The cashierless store is located in the London Borough of Ealing, west London, and works the same way as the chain's autonomous Amazon Go stores in the US. The new store carries a private UK food brand called "by Amazon," and lets consumers skip the checkout line when they shop. Customers scan a smartphone app to open the store's entry gates. Ceiling cameras and shelf weight sensors determine what shoppers add to their carts or put back, and their on-file credit cards are automatically billed after they exit. The location is much smaller than a supermarket, at around 2,500 square foot, and will sell prepared meals, some groceries, and Amazon devi...

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From scrutiny of app stores, to competition in the ad market, these are the key investigations facing Big Tech in Europe

Summary List PlacementAfter years of levying fines against the big platforms for antitrust and data-privacy violations, regulators in Europe are looking at whether to implement landmark reforms to help it tame the most powerful companies in tech. European Union competition policy chief Margrethe Vestager is pushing ahead with investigations into the tech giants as proposals for new Europe-wide rules governing all social media sites and online platforms edge closer to becoming law. Meanwhile, data and competition authorities in countries including the UK, Italy, France, Germany and Ireland are currently assessing a flurry of cases concerning the world's biggest tech companies. The regulatory landscape is also increasingly busy in the US, too. Google and Facebook in particular are up agai...

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Alex Jones utterly bewildered by The One Show co-host’s question to Kaley Cuoco: ‘Who are you talking about, Jermaine?’

To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Alex Jones was all sorts of confused as her The One Show co-host Jermaine Jenas asked Kaley Cuoco about fears her career would go south after the success of The Big Bang Theory. Actually, the former Penny star has only gone from strength to strength, landing a Golden Globe nomination for her performance in the upcoming Sky One thriller The Flight Attendant – which she also produced FYI. In turn, Alex was floored when Jermaine asked the megastar is she was anxious about life after The Big Bang Theory when it came to an end after 12 seasons in 2019. ‘Were there concerns about your next step because, we’ve seen it with a few sitcoms...

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Dr Pimple Popper coated in pus helping twins with ‘squirt guns on their head’ as oozing cysts explode without warning

To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Dr Pimple Popper has her work cut out for her with twin sisters who have matching giant ‘squirt gun’ cysts on their head.  In the latest episode of the surgical show, Stacie and Tracie head to Dr Sandra Lee to bed for help as both their heads are covered in pus-filled lumps that sometimes bursts without warning.  Stacie explains: ‘That’s my geyser, I got a squirt gun on top of my head. ‘I never let anyone touch my head because it’ll pop, and it has an horrendous smell to it.’  Tracie has also been left lacking confidence and in pain as wearing her hair up at work means a golf-ball sized lump is left exposed. She also can’t sleep properly

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Science

5 years warranty as standard

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Which states best handled the pandemic? There’s no clear answer.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) this week lifted his statewide mask mandate and allowed businesses to operate at 100 percent capacity, shocking public health officials worried the coronavirus variants circulating around the country could still lead to one final, deadly surge before the vaccination effort ends this crisis once and for all. President Biden assailed the move as "Neanderthal thinking," while conservatives cheered what they regard as a long-overdue step toward normalcy. But what if none of them are quite right? Throughout the pandemic, one constant has been the gleeful finger-pointing on the left and right. I've done it, and so has almost anyone who has written publicly about this crisis. Opponents of hasty re-openings deemed them an "experiment in human sacrifice." Those who belie...

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The “perfect fit” digitizer solution

Digitizing analog signals is fundamental - and we have the perfect fit solution for you. You can embed our technology by simply inserting a PCIe card into your PC, mix and match ATE systems using PXIe modules or network with stand-alone LXI instruments. Digitizers are available with sampling speeds from 5 kS/s to 5 GS/s and resolutions of 8 to 16 bits.  Create your own system with 1 to 128 synchronous channels! Additional digital inputs are also available for mixed-signal testing requirements.   Image:  URL:  https://spectrum-instrumentation.com/en/digitizers Text of the link:  130 different digitizers Background-color:    Newsletter Sponsored:  SPECTRUM Sponsored NL T&M - 100321 Image Format:  Full Width ...read more Source:: E.E.Newseurope...

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The House closes for business

There will be no business done in the U.S. House of Representatives today. The chamber is closed because of fears that QAnon conspiracy theorists — who believe that March 4 is the real presidential inauguration date — may storm the Capitol in a bid to restore former President Donald Trump to power. "We have obtained intelligence that shows a possible plot to breach the Capitol by an identified militia group on Thursday, March 4," the Capitol Police said in a statement. "We are taking the intelligence seriously." The Capitol is still surrounded by barbed wire fences, and remains protected by hundreds of National Guard troops, but the memories of the violent Jan. 6 insurrection are still fresh enough that officials decided to err on the side of caution. (On the House side anyway; the Senate...

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Meghan ‘rowed with Palace staff over freebie designer clothes’

Meghan is said to have rowed with aides about ‘freebie’ designer clothes (Picture: Getty)Meghan Markle clashed with royal aides over wearing designer dresses, according to reports. It comes as Buckingham Palace launched a bullying investigation into the Duchess of Sussex, around historic claims made against her when she was a working royal. She strongly denies all the allegations against her, which arose amid heightened tensions between the couple and the rest of the royal family – and ahead of a highly anticipated interview with Oprah Winfrey early next week. She has also accused the family of ‘perpetuating falsehoods’. Meghan, who is pregnant and expecting a second child with Prince Harry this year, wore designer labels while she was a working royal. One unnamed source told T

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Hospital worker arrested for murder, rape and sex assaults on stroke ward

A murder investigation was launched after the death of Valerie Kneale, 75, at Blackpool Victoria Hospital in November 2018 (Picture: Rex)A hospital worker has been arrested on suspicion of murder, rape and sexual assault following a probe into the mistreatment of patients on a stroke ward.  Police launched a murder investigation into the death of Valerie Kneale, 75, at Blackpool Victoria Hospital in November 2018, when it was revealed she died from a haemorrhage caused by a non-medical related internal injury.  Officers also received information related to other allegations of serious sexual assaults against two patients, as well as the sexual assault of a healthcare professional working on the stroke unit.  The male worker, who has not been named, was detained on Wednesday and ...

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Deported Veterans to Biden: Bring Us Home!

U.S. Army/Courtesy Ivan Ocon/The ConversationIvan Ocon thought he would be headed back to civilian life as a U.S. citizen after serving the U.S. Army in Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003. Ocon, who was born in Mexico, came to the United States as a legal permanent resident in 1985 to reunite with his mother. He joined the Army in 1997, and his recruiter assured him that enlisting would make him a U.S. citizen. When Ocon received orders of deployment to Iraq he was given a pre-deployment checklist to help him get his affairs in order. Confirming his immigration status wasn’t on that list, because citizenship is not required for overseas military service. at The Daily Beast. ...read more Source:: The Daily Beast...

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China advisers meet amid pandemic, Hong Kong crackdown

China’s top legislative advisory body opened its annual session Thursday against the background of a crackdown on Hong Kong’s political opposition and the country’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. In his opening address, the head of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, Wang Yang, pledged support for calls that only “patriots” who show undivided loyalty to the ruling Communist Party should be allowed to hold elected office in Hong Kong, a semi-autonomous southern Chinese city where Beijing imposed a sweeping national security law last year. “We will strengthen unity and friendship with our compatriots overseas and in Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan, and conduct studies and consultations on fostering patriotism among young people in Hong Kong and Macao,” Wang told dele...

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