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Microsoft plans to address dwindling water resources in its latest environmental pledge. Microsoft made a new commitment to replenish even more water than it uses for its global operations by 2030, making the company “water positive.”
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For now, the commitment is more of an aspirational vision than it is a concrete plan. Microsoft hasn’t set out exact details for how it will give back more water than it uses up, and it hasn’t said how much it’s going to spend on the endeavor. “We’re going to invest as much as we need to meet that goal,” says Lucas Joppa, Microsoft’s chief environmental officer. “Companies that can do more, should do more.”
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If you search social media for “NHS Test and Trace” you’ll find not the latest figures on infections in the UK, nor Boris Johnson’s plan for dealing with them, but post after post of people imploring others to drop “NHS” from the name.Instead, they claim the name – and the negative connotations that result when the system fails to reach its targets – should reflect the private companies that actually run most of the network.Exactly. Can the media stop referring to it as the NHS test and trace scheme. Its a failed Serco Test and Trace scheme. https://t.co/FCVOpRjJyJ— Deborah Meaden (@DeborahMeaden) September 16, 2020“Everyone has NHS Test and Trace hoodies but none of them work for the NHS,” a test site worker employed by a private company who wished to remain anonymous told HuffPost UK.“As far as I can tell, the whole thing is run by private companies as much as humanly possible.”The ‘data processors’Thirty-five organisations are listed as “data processors” involved in the NHS Test and Trace system but only four are NHS bodies. Four are Lighthouse Labs (see below).A further four are Public Health England bodies and another is the Ministry of Defence.The remaining 22 are private companies: ACF Technologies – provided software to enable you to book a test at a regional test siteAmazon – provides logistics for home delivery of test kits, collecting completed test kits from homes and delivering them to labsAmazon Web Services (AWS) – provides digital solution for ordering home test kitsAstraZeneca – analyses samples from the completed test kits Barcode warehouse – provides bar codes for test kitsBoots – provides testers and test supervisors on regional test sitesDeloitte – manages the registration and appointment booking, provides the capability for users to enter sample bar codes and responsible for holding data captured by the registration system and making it available to the NHSDHL – collects completed test kits from homes and delivers to labsEMIS Health – provides Keystone product to enable NPEx to link your test result to your GP recordExperience Lab – provides user or market research for people who have undertaken testsG4S – provides facilities management for some regional test sitesJigsaw24 – provides mobile phones and SIMs for the mobile test units appsKuenhe + Nagel – Collects completed test kits from homes and delivers to labsLevy – provides facilities management for some regional test sitesPalantir – analyses anonymised dataRandox – supplies home test kits, analyses the samples, informs you of the result of your Randox home test Royal Mail Group – collects completed test kits from homes and delivers to labsSerco -– provides facilities management for some regional test sites”ServerLabs – builds the “digital solution”Sodexo – provides testers on regional test sites, and facilities management for some regional test sitesTeleperformance – provides call centre assistanceTransUnion – provides identity verification checks as part of the registration process for a home test kit The Lighthouse LabsThe Lighthouse Labs are “super labs” set up specifically to test for coronavirus and form a central part of the UK’s fight against the pandemic.There are Lighthouse Lab sites in Glasgow, Milton Keynes and Alderley Park, Cheshire and the project is funded by the UK Government.But while the overall responsibility for the system lies with the Department of Health, they are are managed through a partnership with the Medicines Discovery Catapult, UK Biocentre, the University of Glasgow, GSK, AstraZeneca, the University of Cambridge, and PerkinElmer.Why does it matter?Boris Johnson continues to refer to the “NHS Test and Trace” yet the irony is, when the NHS was actually in charge of the UK’s testing a diagnostic network, it was better perhaps better prepared to deal with a pandemic.Dr Valerie Bevan, a retired microbiologist who helped manage NHS-run labs in the ’90s, told HuffPost UK: “It wasn’t all perfect but there was a network of 52 laboratories and I think what would have happened is that testing could have been ramped up because there was good communication and trained scientists were already there.“In the late 2000s a lot of labs were given over to the private sector, to companies like Serco who managed them. It meant they were independent from the NHS and had to cut costs and be profit-making which was a false economy. “Had a network of laboratories been maintained and properly resourced, it would have kept pace with the changes that were happening, so if you had a big outbreak, it would have been prepared for it.”This week, leading doctors groups joined the revolt against the government’s handling of the crisis.Following health secretary Matt Hancock’s admission on Tuesday that tests for Covid-19 will have to be rationed amid a surge in cases, the British Medical Association told HuffPost UK “we don’t have a fit-for-purpose testing system”.Deputy chair Dr David Wrigley, added: “NHS Test and Trace – despite its name – is not an NHS service, it’s a largely outsourced programme that sees numerous private companies given billions of pounds to run testing sites, process samples and manage contact tracing call centres.“Despite billions changing hands, we don’t have a fit-for-purpose testing system. People can’t access tests, they’re not getting results in time, they’re having to isolate for days on end while waiting for results and we see contact tracers failing to reach enough people.”A Department of Health and Social Care spokesperson told HuffPost UK: “These claims are inaccurate and do not present a fair picture or reflect the huge amount of important work being carried out by our professional and dedicated teams. NHS Test and Trace is made up of public health experts from across the UK, including NHS staff.” Bevan said the solution lies in having a “fully funded system where all public health services including NHS and public health labs are fully integrated”.She added: “I worry that we are heading for a two-tier system where the NHS deals with the routine diagnostic testing and the extraordinary is dealt with by the private sector.”Related...
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Charlize Theron has a word of warning for all potential suitors: Come with “a lot of game” or don’t even bother. The Oscar winner is very much single and that’s the way she likes it, revealing on Thursday’s episode of The Drew Barrymore Show that she hasn’t dated anyone seriously in five years.“It is strange for people to, kind of, wrap their heads around it,” Theron told Barrymore, who said she’d also been on a dating hiatus. “I’ve been on a few dates, but I haven’t dated anybody for over five years.” Theron’s life is understandably quite full without a romantic partner, as she’s raising two children, reigning as the blockbuster action queen, and, you know, just trying to make it through 2020 like the rest of us. While the actor said she was “open” to the idea of dating someone in the future, she has some reservations, too.“I feel like I’m in a place in my life where you’ve got to come with a lot of game, not the kind of game that we think of, the kind of game that’s like my life is really good so you better be able to bring that and maybe better because I just won’t accept anything less,” she said. “And my life with my children and with my incredible adopted family that I have around me I don’t long for that much.”Barrymore agreed, adding that she too wants someone who will “be an addition [to] the equation and not a subtraction.” Theron was most recently linked to Sean Penn before the two split for good in 2015.The star later clarified that they were never engaged despite reports at the time. She previously dated actor Stuart Townsend for nearly a decade after meeting on the set of their film Trapped in 2002.Theron has since started a family of her own. She has two daughters, Jackson, 8, and August, 5, whom she adopted in 2012 and 2015, respectively. The actor recently gave a rare glimpse into her home life during a no-fuss virtual celebration for her 45th birthday. View this post on InstagramA post shared by Charlize Theron (@charlizeafrica) on Aug 7, 2020 at 7:25pm PDT“I can honestly say this on my life, I don’t feel lonely. Once I had my children, it’s not that it replaces something or makes you less interested in something else,” she said on the daytime talk show Thursday. “I’m still firing on all cylinders. I think your priorities are in a place that is of high demand because it’s a lot of work to be a parent,” Theron said. “Part of that is at the end of the day I get in bed and I go I wouldn’t want this day to be anything different.”And we don’t blame her after Theron shared her worst date ever story, telling Jimmy Kimmel earlier this year about a man who asked her to “make out with my nose.”Earlier this year, Theron said that she doesn’t feel like she’s “missing out on something in my life” by not dating.“I really do believe that women really ... make shit happen for ourselves,” she said on E!’s “Daily Pop.” “And I think this idea of relationships, sometimes we approach ... or society approach them in the sense of like, ‘Obviously, that is something that you need and want.’ And that’s really not been the case for me.”READ MORE:
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(Princeton University, Engineering School) Limitations in DNA sequencing technology make it difficult to detect some major mutations often linked to cancer, such as the loss or duplication of parts of chromosomes. Now, methods developed by Princeton computer scientists will allow researchers to more accurately identify these mutations in cancerous tissue, yielding a clearer picture of the evolution and spread of tumors than was previously possible.
Sony ended its presentation today with the long-awaited price and release date for the PS5 — but stopped short of telling gamers when and where to buy one, until a tweet seemed to make things clearer: pre-orders would begin tomorrow on September 17th. Or so it seemed for an hour or two. Now, it’s become an utter mess.
Perhaps eager to capitalize on the demand, retailers quickly turned the pre-order situation into a free-for-all, opening the floodgates a day early and allowing the quickest and savviest buyers to swoop in. Some called or walked into their local GameStop to secure a pre-order a day early, or seemingly lucked out with one of Walmart’s listings for the PS5 and PS5 Digital Edition. Walmart even gleefully tweeted that it was...
ITV has voiced its support for the dance troupe Diversity, following their performance during the first of this year’s Britain’s Got Talent semi-finals.When BGT returned to our screens earlier this month, the former winners returned to the stage, with a performance inspired by the events of 2020.This included references to both the coronavirus pandemic and the killing of George Floyd, as well as the global protests in support of Black Lives Matter that followed.Although the group’s routine won widespread praise from viewers, in the weeks since it aired, it has been reported that more than 20,000 people have complained to Ofcom, while group leader Ashley Banjo has spoken out about racist abuse he’s been subjected to since the performance.Speaking in defence of Diversity’s performance, an ITV spokesperson said on Tuesday: “Britain’s Got Talent has always been an inclusive show, which showcases diversity and supports strong storytelling in all forms and ITV stands behind the decision to broadcast Diversity’s performance on BGT.“Ashley and the group are a great example of the talent, creativity and diversity of modern Britain and their performance was an authentic, heartfelt response to many of the issues and events which have affected society in 2020.”Diversity previously received public support from BGT star Alesha Dixon, as well as Piers Morgan, who was a judge on the talent show when the troupe was crowned champions in 2009.Ashley Banjo recently told his Instagram followers: “We’re feeling positive, proud, happy, confident and we stand by every single decision that we made with that performance.”Since then, he has posted shocking examples of the racist comments that he and his fellow performers have received on social media since the performance aired.“Please don’t worry about or feel sorry for me,” he insisted. “Feel sorry for the people that endure this kind of abuse and have no voice or platform. Feel sorry for the people that have been singled out, abused and in some cases murdered because of the colour of their skin.“The only saving grace is that this is the vast minority... But for all the people asking or wondering – yes [racism] is very real and yes it does exist.”As well as performing during the first semi-final, Ashley is currently serving as a judge on BGT, filling in for Simon Cowell, who is recovering from surgery on his back.READ MORE:
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