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After 23 years in critical care, nothing prepared ANTHEA ALLEN for war zone at her London hospital

After 23 years in critical care, nothing prepared ANTHEA ALLEN for war zone at her London hospital


Senior sister Anthea Allen has been a nurse for well over 20 years and thought she had ‘seen it all’ in her long NHS career. Then came the coronavirus pandemic.

When it hit, she was — still is — among those in charge of the critical care unit at St George’s Hospital in South London, one of Britain’s biggest clinical teaching establishments. Now it is in the eye of the Covid-19 storm.

Even in the days before lockdown, some shops within hospitals were refusing to serve nurses in scrubs because of fear of infection. Critical care staff found themselves unable to buy biscuits or a chocolate bar to see themselves through 12-hour days.

So Sister Anthea, a mum of two, appealed to family friends. She was soon inundated with food donations. A Twitter funding page called @CriticalNhs was launched, which has raised nearly £100,000 so far.

She also began a weekly internet diary — to share with a few dozen associates. Now she has agreed to parts of her diary being published exclusively in the Mail, a gripping and deeply moving account of NHS life on the front line.

Senior sister Anthea Allen (pictured in her PPE) has been a nurse for well over 20 years and thought she had ‘seen it all’ in her long NHS career. Then came the coronavirus pandemic

WEEKS 1 & 2: THE GATHERING STORM

MARCH 19 TO APRIL 6

I’m so proud of my colleagues. Before this happened, nurses were stretched to the limit; now they are under truly immense pressure, exposing themselves daily to the threat of Covid-19.

There’s not enough room and not enough people to deal with this gathering storm, so we’re opening up other areas to care for the critically ill, and employing agency staff.

I’ve seen tears, fear and exhaustion among colleagues working long hours, skipping breaks and going the extra mile to ensure patients feel safe — all the while wearing this strange, cumbersome protective gear.

Still, there are shafts of sunlight in the gloom. On Friday, a friend dropped off a huge box of doughnuts for the nurses on my unit — within an hour they had gone!

One night, when I returned home exhausted, there was a tin of homemade chocolate brownies sitting on the doorstep with a card saying ‘Thank you, nurses’. I’ve no idea who made them, but thank you, too. A local school has emailed, offering to arrange deliveries of sandwiches.

The kindness of strangers, the spirit of the community and my very dear friends have warmed my heart. I did not expect this response — bin bags packed with biscuits, chocolate, cake, and cereal bars. We’ve had pizza, curry, homemade bread, cheese and huge baskets of fresh fruit.

The staff on critical care are being kept afloat by this support and we are sharing what has been donated.

Everyone here is performing beyond the call of duty; doctors, nurses, reception staff, ward clerks, porters, cleaners, security, nurse educators, technicians, lab workers, blood bank staff, pharmacists, dietitians and many others, including the fabulous volunteers.

One nurse said: ‘We are like the band in the film — we keep on playing while the ship goes down.’ But this ship will not sink and we will keep on keeping on.

When coronavirus hit, Sister Anthea (far right) was — still is — among those in charge of the critical care unit at St George's Hospital in South London, one of Britain's biggest clinical teaching establishments. Now it is in the eye of the Covid-19 storm

When coronavirus hit, Sister Anthea (far right) was — still is — among those in charge of the critical care unit at St George’s Hospital in South London, one of Britain’s biggest clinical teaching establishments. Now it is in the eye of the Covid-19 storm

WEEK 3: KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON

APRIL 7-11

It’s like being in a sci-fi movie; staff gowned up with visors, masks and head covers. From three critical care units with a total of 30 beds, we now have 147 beds in seven areas.

Highly trained nurses who usually care for one intensive-care patient now have three to four, with helpers who are ward nurses. Many have never set foot on an intensive care unit (ICU).

It’s tough. It’s claustrophobic in the personal protective equipment (PPE). We’re always thirsty; enclosed in the same room for 12 hours, the only escape is to eat or visit the loo.

It’s raw and real, and we also have our non-Covid critical care patients. Accidents, illness, cardiac arrests, stabbings still happen.

Part of my job is nurse recruitment and the younger ones call me ‘Mama Anthea’.

I’ve become a temporary parent to some, mopping up tears and cuddling those who miss their families. I’m also proud to have recruited my daughter Claudia as our new ward clerk until she can return to university in Bristol.

It’s tough for us but tougher for the patients with no visitors and scared of this vicious virus.

WEEK 4: ‘WHEN THIS IS DONE, SO AM I’

APRIL 12-20

Attention to detail on the ICU is high on our list. I have friends who carefully label every jar in their larder because we are so conditioned to labelling drugs and equipment to ensure we are alert to expiry dates, to what a specific drug is and its dose.

We keep a diary for patients so when they recover they can know their journey. If they don’t survive, we know these diaries are a comfort to family.

We brush patients’ teeth, we change their position, we talk to them even if they are unconscious. We explain to family, we wash hair. We smuggle in a dog to visit, we put a favourite teddy in the bed.

We respect religion, race, sexuality. I have repositioned a bed to face Mecca and dropped off a Valentine’s card for an elderly patient’s wife.

Sister Anthea (pictured with her daughter Claudia) began a weekly internet diary — to share with a few dozen associates. Now she has agreed to parts of her diary being published exclusively in the Mail, a gripping and deeply moving account of NHS life on the front line

Sister Anthea (pictured with her daughter Claudia) began a weekly internet diary — to share with a few dozen associates. Now she has agreed to parts of her diary being published exclusively in the Mail, a gripping and deeply moving account of NHS life on the front line

We are a competent, highly-knowledgeable, kind, caring group of individuals who are proud to be critical care nurses.

It’s different now, though. We are in a growing storm. We just fire-fight to do whatever we can to keep someone alive, to try to help them beat this unrelenting, deadly virus. The personal touch is impossible. One nurse said to me: ‘I don’t even know my patients’ names.’

We all have trouble sleeping and many of our permanent nurses (who come from all over the world) want to go home. They probably will do after this is done. We are broken.

But there is hilarity amid the madness. We laugh and cry and support each other. We have offers of counselling but are too busy.

Our priority outside the ward is to eat, sleep and have a very long shower.

We feel wretched and exhausted while at work, and guilty when not at work.

I walked through one of the ICUs a few days ago and blew kisses at the nurses I recognised beneath swathes of fabric, plastic and paper. Today, I received a text message from one of the Italian nurses: ‘Please come by and send me flying kisses again.’

The level of anxiety increases each day. It’s particularly tough for the junior staff, suddenly expected to lead and guide staff deployed from other areas.

We continue on and on and on, and still more patients arrive, ill and scared.

One man said: ‘Please don’t let me die.’

This is a different way of nursing. Uncharted, with no end in sight.

There are many NHS workers, some unseen, who are struggling. The mortuary staff, for example — our mortuary is full.

There are the lab technicians processing the stream of swabs from patients with Covid-19 symptoms, as well as the routine testing of blood and specimens.

Our technicians must keep servicing and cleaning the ventilators — some are more than 50 years old. The pharmacy is keeping up with the supply of drugs required. Recruitment is processing new, redeployed and temporary staff.

A junior doctor told me: ‘When this is done, so am I. No amount of money could make me stay.’

Week 5: Death stalks my ward

APRIL 21

If this is the front line, then we are fighting a war without weapons. One of our doctors who has worked in Afghanistan says he feels the ‘dramatic level of trauma’ is somehow worse than what he experienced out there.

This monster is worse? But yes, in this Covid war the enemy is unseen, and all we have is our dwindling supply of PPE, supposedly to protect us.

On Sunday I cared for patients in a makeshift and cramped ICU in what is usually a neurosurgical ward. Cables trailing along the ground, monitors balanced on top of ventilators and the emergency oxygen supply for my patient attached to the bed of another patient with roles of green tubing that looks like a garden hose hanging off the end of the bed.

The PPE is suffocating. It’s hot, it’s tight. I’ve a cut above my left ear from the mask elastic. We have to shout or we can’t be heard.

At one point I felt an overwhelming desire to break free and rip it all off. To lift my visor up and just breathe. My nose was blocked, my throat was sore — but then an alarm went off. A patient became unstable and I was distracted.

One man died. He was 60 and, apart from being diabetic, a working husband and father.

A junior nurse and I held his hands as he died; we spoke to him, talked about the photo of him at his daughter’s wedding last summer. I tucked that photo into his hand. There were no curtains around his bed, no family with him. Another Covid victim, snatched from life. The junior nurse had tears running down her face. ‘This is not how it is supposed to be,’ she said.

Later, I spoke to his daughter on the phone and I could hear her pain as I tried, inadequately, to describe his final moments and reassure her he was not alone when he died.

The dying man had been sedated. It’s hard for the patients who are conscious because they cannot see our faces. But I hope they can see us smile at them from behind our mask. We touch their face and hands so they feel reassured that we’ll do all we can to help them.

I recognise one patient — one of our own nurses. He had refused to be ventilated at first because he was scared.

Now I am programming his ventilator, giving him medication. He is doing well and I hope will make a full recovery.

A patient who was ventilated for 21 days left critical care today. As he was wheeled out, staff lined the corridors clapping and he smiled, waving his arms in victory.

A fantastic moment — patient and NHS staff united together in success.

We are shattered and do what we can to ensure we all have space to shed a tear or time out to eat and drink.

Hospitals seem to be designed with only a spare inch of space but the genius who designed the Atkinson Morley Wing at St George’s added a large balcony.

We can eat hot lasagne provided by @CriticalNhs and, just for a moment, we sit with our face in the sun and feel like the world is normal again.

I received a text from a Portuguese nurse: ‘I need some chocolate, a Coke and a new hair cover. Is there a pink one?’ I was able to fulfil all three requests!

We are brilliant, and to quote my daughter, Claudia, who I have the great pleasure of working beside: ‘The nurses are beautiful, hilarious, tireless heroes.’

I found one of our young nurses in the changing room, sobbing. I cuddled her as she cried, wondering what hideous thing she had just experienced. After a few minutes she said simply: ‘I miss my mum.’

This is our normal and we are adjusting to a new way of working until we have won this war.

Week 6: THIS MUM SHOULD NOT BE DYING 

APRIL 26

I’ve not cried at work for years but yesterday I felt a deep sadness that stayed with me all day. I cried on my lunch break. I got home and cried in the shower. I then cried again. I had a large glass of wine and cried some more. My patient was dying. I pride myself on my end-of-life care but I’d never imagined taping my iPhone to a drip pole with Elastoplast and angling it so the camera looked on to my patient’s face so her husband and children ‘could be with her’ as she died.

It was the best I could do but far from good enough. Usually, families are with a patient, holding their hand, brushing their hair, even lying next to them.

This felt so wrong and crude.

This woman should not be dying. She should be at home nagging her children to do their homework or brush their teeth. Discussing with her husband what to have for supper. Normal mum and family stuff.

I’m a marathon runner. The sheer exhaustion felt in those final metres to the finishing line is how I feel at the end of a shift on a Covid ICU — minus exhilaration and the smile on my face. But the crowd support and the kindness of strangers is the same.

Today, the new and amazing community network that was fired up by an email from me asking for biscuits has provided one of my lovely European nurses with a flat to live in for a few weeks. No rent, no bills, just a set of keys and the WiFi password.

It is quieter now at the hospital but a level of crazy still fills the air. I miss the old way of working, the routine, the familiarity.

Yesterday I didn’t recognise a friend in her PPE, and when she spoke I couldn’t hear her as my hazmat suit covered my ears. We did laugh and bump elbows.

How I took for granted our cool, navy, cotton scrubs and seeing colleagues’ faces.

The tide has changed direction somewhat. The resilience of staff has blossomed and we are settling into our new normal.

We have fewer admissions, but none of us want to relax as the invisible monster can rear its ugly head at any moment.

We can only do our best and the staff I have the privilege of working with are doing that and so much more.

We have many staff from all over the world, from Europe, India, the Philippines. These dedicated and fabulous people help hold up our health service.

We have the strength to keep fighting this battle. We will go to work — you stay at home.

  • #CriticalNHS is now providing food to staff at 15 hospitals across London and Surrey. The Daily Mail has made a donation to @CriticalNhs. If you want to help @CriticalNhs, which provides meals and many other items to support the staff at St George’s and other hospitals, click on the link below. https://paypal.me/pools/campaign/ 113431121376689453.

Additional reporting: Simon Trump



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Virgin Media broadband outage affects thousands

Virgin Media broadband outage affects thousands


Hundreds of Virgin Media broadband users are still reporting being unable to get online today – despite the company saying an overnight outage has been fixed.   

The nationwide outage started just before 5pm last night, according to data from website Downdetector, which monitors online outages

Virgin Media users took to social media to complain about the outage, which the company says was fixed ‘in the early hours of the morning’.

But some customers say they are still facing issues this morning, sparking complaints on social media.

Others have hit out at the company’s lack of communication with customers, with Virgin Media posting just one update on its Twitter account in just 12 hours following the outage.

One Twitter user, Jake Ballinger, said: ‘Any chance of an update today? If I wasn’t losing money already in this crisis, losing even more now that I am unable to work from home because of this isn’t acceptable.’

Another said: ‘Any idea of when you will update the information on this outage as there has been nothing from you in 12 hours.’ 

Problems were reported in towns and cities across the UK including Birmingham, Nottingham, Glasgow, London, Manchester, Bristol, Southampton, Eastleigh and Liverpool. Pictured, a live map on website Downdetector at 8.30am today

Virgin Media broadband outage affects thousands

Virgin Media broadband outage affects thousands

Virgin Media broadband outage affects thousands

Outages have continued into today as customers reported their internet failing every hour on Downdetector.

At 6.43am today there were 553 reports of people having issues on Downdetector. 

As of 8am, that had more than doubled to around 1,200.

Over three quarters of those affected, 78 per cent, reported problems with their wired connection – as some complained their Virgin Media internet had been periodically cutting out recently.

Some 19 per cent reported their mobile internet was also down. 

A Virgin Media spokesperson said: ‘An intermittent broadband issue that started yesterday evening was fixed in the early hours of this morning.

‘This was not caused by increased usage or a lack of capacity.

‘We know how frustrating this was for customers and we sincerely apologise for any inconvenience caused.’ 

However Virgin customers have lambasted the company for not providing any updates on their Twitter account – the last update was more than 12 hours.

One user said: ‘Where’s the update Virgin Media? The last one was eight hours ago which is unacceptable for an incident of this scale.’ 

As of 8am, there were around 1,200 complaints of connectivity problems from Virgin Media customers, according to website Downdetector

As of 8am, there were around 1,200 complaints of connectivity problems from Virgin Media customers, according to website Downdetector

Virgin Media broadband outage affects thousands

Virgin Media broadband outage affects thousands

Virgin Media broadband outage affects thousands

Virgin Media broadband outage affects thousands

Virgin Media tweeted at 10.08pm to let its frustrated customers know it’s technicians were working on a solution, but knew the problem wasn’t being caused by increased usage or ‘a lack of capacity’.

Instead a ‘technical fault’ is the reason thousands of people are suffering through their internet connection consistently shutting down.

The Tweet read: ‘The issue is causing broadband connectivity to drop for a few minutes before returning again. 

‘We know that this is not being caused by increased usage or a lack of capacity – it is a network technical fault. Our teams are currently working on a fix.’

Another Twitter post was made more than 12 hours later, at around 9.30am today. 

In response to this morning’s issues, a spokesperson for Virgin Media told the MailOnline: ‘There are no widespread problems still occurring on the network.

‘Our customer service teams will pick up with any customers facing individual, potentially in-home, connectivity problems.’

Virgin Media tweeted at 10.08pm to let its frustrated customers know it's technicians were working on a solution, but knew the problem wasn't caused by increased usage or 'a lack of capacity'

Virgin Media tweeted at 10.08pm to let its frustrated customers know it’s technicians were working on a solution, but knew the problem wasn’t caused by increased usage or ‘a lack of capacity’ 

Birmingham, Nottingham, Glasgow, London, Manchester, Bristol, Southampton, Eastleigh and Liverpool were among the locations with the highest rate of reports.

Reports from Birmingham peaked at 8pm with 1381, while in Manchester there were 766 reports at 7.52pm.

In Southampton the outage peaked at 469 at 5.54pm. And outages continued through the night with 8,763 complaints recorded by Downdetector at midnight.

Some 44,859 customers took to website Downdetector to report problems even at 8pm yesterday evening.

Connections appeared to be cutting in and out as users took to the site to report problems at 5pm, 7pm and 8pm.

Customers vented their frustration on social media at a time when reliable home internet networks are proving crucial. 

@valinor__ tweeted: ‘When I die, you lot better get Virgin Media Wifi to sponsor my funeral so they can let me down one last f****** time.’

The number of people reporting intermittent problems spiked at around 5pm, 6pm, 7pm, 9pm, 11pm and 12am BST, each with tens of thousands of people reporting complaints

The number of people reporting intermittent problems spiked at around 5pm, 6pm, 7pm, 9pm, 11pm and 12am BST, each with tens of thousands of people reporting complaints

@VijayArogyasami wrote: ‘Second time in a month my Virgin Media service has gone down. This time it was only half a hour. Last time, it went down at 8pm in the evening and wasn’t back on until 11am the next day.’ 

@superninja106 said: ‘If you take a shot every time virgin media’s wifi went back up you might never get drunk.’

While @Doomwatch9 wrote: ‘Virgin Media boasts lightning fast internet (when it works) the only known thing that moves faster is Beardy Branson’s hand moving to get a government bailout.’

While most of the red had cleared up by 8.30pm it is clear from this Downdetector graphic that many homes were still without internet

While most of the red had cleared up by 8.30pm it is clear from this Downdetector graphic that many homes were still without internet

Virgin Media broadband outage affects thousands

Virgin Media broadband outage affects thousands

Virgin Media broadband outage affects thousands

Twitter users took to the site to share jokes about internet switches being turned off and technicians trying to fix the problem

Twitter users took to the site to share jokes about internet switches being turned off and technicians trying to fix the problem

@OMGItzMartinnn penned: ‘To be fair my family has been with virgin media 17 years and this happens pretty often tbf. @virginmedia improve your infrastructure!’  

The outage appears to have lasted for less than an hour, with some Twitter users reporting a short-term issue of between seven ad 15 minutes.

‘Who tripped over the plug that goes to the UK at Virgin Media? Entire country down for like 7 minutes and then straight back up,’ tweeted @blakeinghearts.  

Virgin Media broadband outage affects thousands

Virgin Media broadband outage affects thousands

Virgin Media broadband outage affects thousands

Virgin Media broadband outage affects thousands

Virgin Media broadband outage affects thousands

Virgin Media broadband outage affects thousands

Virgin Media broadband outage affects thousands

Virgin Media broadband outage affects thousands

Virgin Media broadband outage affects thousands

Virgin Media broadband outage affects thousands

While some Twitter users joked about a rogue employee flicking the UK Internet switch, others called out angry customers for being too harsh to call centre workers

While some Twitter users joked about a rogue employee flicking the UK Internet switch, others called out angry customers for being too harsh to call centre workers

Another said: ‘Mine went off for about 15 odd minutes then came back on. I hope this has resolved for everyone else? Tbf Virgin Media have been quite good, for us at least.’ 

Other users were cut off from virtual meetings or forced to stop teaching mid-lesson when their internet stopped working. 

One said: ‘So @virginmedia went down temporarily during a zoom meeting and suddenly the precariousness of my online existence became all too clear. 

Virgin Media broadband outage affects thousands

Virgin Media broadband outage affects thousands

Virgin Media broadband outage affects thousands

Some Twitter users reported that the outage lasted for a few minutes before they were reconnected

Virgin Media broadband outage affects thousands

Other users were cut off from virtual meetings and were forced to stop teaching mid-lesson when their internet stopped working

Other users were cut off from virtual meetings and were forced to stop teaching mid-lesson when their internet stopped working

‘I know we’re all moaning but without it I would not have seen another human I know for 6 weeks.’

Another wrote: ‘Looks like I can blame @virginmedia for my @zoom_us lesson cutting out this afternoon. 

‘Looking at their tweets they are aware there is an issue and are working hard to resolve it. That’s good then – let’s hope I can teach online tomorrow okay! #teachingfromhome’

Lots of users joked business magnate Richard Branson may be withholding internet to encourage the Government to grant his airline a £500 million loan. 

Virgin Media broadband outage affects thousands

Virgin Media broadband outage affects thousands

 

Virgin Media broadband outage affects thousands

Lots of users joked Richard Branson may be withholding internet to encourage the Government to grant his airline a £500 million loan

Lots of users joked Richard Branson may be withholding internet to encourage the Government to grant his airline a £500 million loan

Branson, 69, is battling to save Virgin Atlantic by begging the British Government for a loan —and offering to mortgage Necker Island, his private Caribbean retreat believed to be worth £80 million.

The business mogul pledged to ‘raise as much money against the island as possible to save as many jobs as possible’ in an attempt to persuade the authorities to help Virgin through ‘the devastating impact this pandemic continues to have’.

@Cardiac1963 wrote: ‘Branson’s not getting any money for his planes so he’s pulled the plug out on Virgin Media Wifi there defo.’

Sir Branson (pictured in October), 69, is battling to save Virgin Atlantic by begging the British Government for a loan

Sir Branson (pictured in October), 69, is battling to save Virgin Atlantic by begging the British Government for a loan

@_toiletroad said: ‘Virgin media is down cause Richard Branson is having a sulk about everyone calling him a knob head.’

Another user, @youneshh, said: ‘Feel for all you who use Virgin Media for internet. Richard Branson has just taken you all as ransom for government bailout.’ 

The rumours have very little grounding and Branson actually only owns 15 per cent of the media company. 

US billionaire John Malone’s group, Liberty Global, bought Virgin Media in a cash and stock deal worth $23.3bn (£15bn) in 2013. 

Virgin Media broadband outage affects thousands

Virgin Media broadband outage affects thousands

Virgin Media broadband outage affects thousands

Virgin Media broadband outage affects thousands

Virgin Media broadband outage affects thousands

Virgin Media broadband outage affects thousands

Customers took to social media to vent their frustration at a time when reliable home internet networks are proving crucial

Customers took to social media to vent their frustration at a time when reliable home internet networks are proving crucial

Thousands of Virgin Media customers were left without internet or phone access early last month due to another outage affecting parts of England, especially Southampton and surrounding areas. 

Coronavirus lockdown has caused UK internet usage to almost DOUBLE 

Data from Openreach, the UK’s largest which owns and operates most of the UK’s phone broadband lines, reveals daytime data consumption has almost doubled in March. 

On March 9, one week before Boris Johnson gave his first daily coronavirus press conference urging people to work from home wherever possible, the total amount of data used between 9am and 5pm was 27 petabytes.

On Monday March 30, this figure reached 51Pb, almost double the previous figure. One petabyte is the same as one million gigabytes. 

The peak time during the day continues to be between 2pm and 5pm, while the evening peak is between 8pm and 11pm.

‘Overall, the network is coping very well as we have expected,’ a spokesperson told MailOnline.

At the time, one Virgin Media broadband customer in London told MailOnline that they have been without internet for a whole week with ‘no clear explanation’. 

The outage came as a shock to the thousands of Brits now working and studying at home.

It was recently revealed Britons were using the coronavirus lockdown to upgrade their internet, with the amount of people switching broadband supplier jumping by 30 per cent from the end of February to the end of March.

Millions of adults and children are stuck inside all day during the nationwide lockdown and high-speed internet has become a necessity.

Children are e-schooling, parents are working from home, and streaming TV programmes is a key hobby in the evenings.

As a result, internet consumption has almost doubled in the UK in March and many are looking to boost their internet speed. 

Comparethemarket.com says it has seen considerable demand for products with faster speeds since the restrictions began.

The comparison site also claims four in 10 households have experienced issues with their broadband since lockdown, which has impacted their ability to work.

Customers opting for download speeds of 51+MB or more – fast enough to easily download files – made up less than half of all switches at the start of March.

But by the end of the month, after lockdown was implemented, customers opting for these speeds made up almost two thirds of those switching.

Figures from comparethemarket.com also reveal a huge spike of 95 per cent in people purchasing the fastest internet package,providing more than 61mbps.

Children are e-schooling, parents are working from home, and streaming TV programmes is a key hobby in the evenings. As a result, internet consumption has almost doubled in the UK in March and many are looking to increase their bandwidth and have quicker internet speeds (stock)

Children are e-schooling, parents are working from home, and streaming TV programmes is a key hobby in the evenings. As a result, internet consumption has almost doubled in the UK in March and many are looking to increase their bandwidth and have quicker internet speeds (stock)

Holly Niblett, head of digital at comparethemarket.com, said: ‘We have seen a surge in demand for faster broadband packages since the lockdown began. 

‘Broadband is increasingly being recognised by the government as an essential utility, yet many people adjusting to the new ways of working are realising that their existing connection isn’t up to scratch.

‘Millions of households are stuck on out-of-contract deals with their existing provider which are often expensive and uncompetitive.

‘The reality of a patchy connection speed, combined with a growing awareness that cheap, reliable and fast broadband is no longer a pipedream, is motivating growing numbers to switch provider.

‘Switching provider is straightforward and can generate savings over the course of a year that can easily run into hundreds of pounds.’  



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What is the best age to begin music lessons?

Many people ask us “what is the most effective age to begin learning music?” Honestly? The response varies from one person to another.

When learning a brand-new instrument or taking a songs private lessons – ιδιαίτερα μαθήματα – for the first time, you will be called for to find out Music Theory. The relevance of discovering concept is what will assist you review the songs, figure out the music as well as become privy to the music language. As a musician, instructor or student, there are certain terms that you must understand, both fundamental as well as advanced, that will certainly guide you, aiding you to comprehend songs and also come to be even more of an expert on the subject.

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Does your kid show an interest in music?

If not, it does not necessarily suggest they aren’t all set, however if you have a kid who really replies to music, through dance clapping, even banging in the table, that’s an indicator that it’s time to funnel that enjoyment right into one on one songs lessons. A teacher can show them how to clap on beat sing songs, check out various percussion tools, music improvisation and also begin to identify basic note analysis and balanced patterns.

Do they gravitate towards various other instruments?

Do you discover your youngster frequently using your mpoyzoyki? If you begin noodling on your guitar, are they at your feet either paying attention or attempting to play some chords? Those are respectable indications that they could actually benefit from even more structured music lessons.

5 years old is an ideal age to start lessons. Then, kids are normally respectable at being able to rest as well as focus with a songs educator in their residence. However if you have a curious 4 and even 3 year old that you understand has the interest span for a songs lesson, of course, give it a try!

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All artists, educators, vocalists and also others who research songs in depth ought to know or at least have a working knowledge of songs concept. If you have an excellent theory base, the songs itself comes to be less complicated, extra identifiable and also a breeze to exercise and also develop your skills.

There are several various other music theory terms that you can acquire expertise of than the ones discussed right here, so never quit learning as well as excavating deep right into theory in your music trip.

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Utah grandfather who has played Santa for 40 years gets his hearing back

Utah grandfather who has played Santa for 40 years gets his hearing back


Kid’s eyes twinkle as they impatiently wait around their flip to climb on to Santa’s lap and tell him a important secret: what they’d like for Christmas. 

But, for far more than a 10 years, all 1 Utah Santa Claus was retaining a mystery of his own. 

‘Every child desired the exact matter, and that was a mumble,’ Mark Woodmansee, 57, instructed DailyMail.com. 

Woodmansee has been taking part in Santa for 40 many years (because he was just 16), but some 18 a long time back, his hearing started to vanish. 

He tried examining lips, hearing aids, and the normal smile-and-nod, but almost nothing created kid’s wishes or his family’s text any clearer. 

At last, in 2016, Woodmansee acquired a cochlear implant surgically placed – and a transferring movie captured the to start with time the the unit was switched in and Woodmansee read all he’d been lacking for so lots of a long time. 

Every single 12 months, Mark Woodmansee (proper) dons his Santa suit to spread joy to local households in Provo, Utah and deprived children. But 18 a long time back, he started to get rid of his hearing 

Currently being Santa runs in the loved ones for Woodmansee, who carries on the custom his father begun – of listening to the desires of deprived young children. 

Significantly of what the Woodmansee Santas do is charity get the job done for young children with mental or actual physical disabilities. 

But when the younger Woodmansee was just 16, relatives close friends asked, as they normally did, for his father to enjoy Santa for a holiday occasion. 

Considering the fact that his father was already booked for the night, he requested his teenage son if he’d fill in for him. 

‘Of training course, I stated, no, I did not want anything at all to do with that,’ Woodmansee mentioned. 

‘But then, I stated, “what the heck, I will do it.”‘ 

And that was that. Woodmansee ‘found it to seriously be a large amount of fun,’ and then he just kept accepting requests and, 40 decades later, he’s continue to performing it.  

Some things did get started to alter, however, in the early 2000s. 

Woodmansee was dating his wife, Nena, when she questioned if he had issues listening to. 

He’d under no circumstances recognized, but Nena mentioned she typically experienced to repeat herself to him. 

However, Woodmansee shrugged it off, right until it began to have an effect on his other work, as a salesman for an expedited freighting company. 

He couldn’t make out what was becoming claimed in meetings. Far more and additional, he sat in the again straining to hear what his colleagues reported, but not finding a great deal. 

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Nena (left) first noted to Mark (right) that she had to repeat herself to him when they were dating nearly 18 years ago

Nena (remaining) 1st noted to Mark (suitable) that she experienced to repeat herself to him when they had been dating virtually 18 decades ago 

At very last Woodmansee gave in and got listening to aids, which authorized him to limp together for some five a long time. 

When these aids began failing him, Woodmansee swapped them out for a different pair. 

‘I experienced them about two or 3 months, and they did not perform incredibly well. I thought, these are garbage, you will find no sweet place on them,’ he recalls. 

So, again to the physician he went. Points have been considerably far more dire than Woodmansee had realized. 

His still left ear was fully deaf. Fewer than 10 % of his ideal aspect listening to remained, and he could only recognize about six per cent of the words stated to him. 

Woodmansee (left, as a child) inherited the role of Santa from his father (right) beginning at age 16

As his hearing started to fade, Woodmansee said every child's Christmas wish became just a 'mumble.'

Woodmansee (significantly remaining, as a child) inherited the role of Santa from his father (right of still left) beginning at age 16. As his listening to started off to fade, Woodmansee (ideal) reported each and every kid’s Xmas would like grew to become just a ‘mumble’ 

Almost a quarter of more mature adults – people aged 65-75 – have disabling listening to loss, in accordance to the National Institutes of Health. 

But Woodmansee was nevertheless in his early 50s. Only about two percent of Us residents among 45 and 54 have this sort of bad hearing. 

Woodmansee’s hearing experienced degraded outside of the arrive at of listening to aids. If he wished to hear, he’d need to have a cochlear implant. 

Hearing aids simply just amplify audio, so that you will find much more stimulus for a person’s remaining internal ear hairs to decide up. 

A cochlear implant successfully replaces that biological system entirely. A microphone photos up sound and a little processor translates them into alerts that are delivered by electrodes implanted inside the ear to the auditory nerve so the brain can course of action auditory facts. 

In February of 2016, Woodmansee had surgery to place his cochlear implant

A month later, he was healed enough for the device to be 'activated'

In February of 2016, Woodmansee experienced surgical treatment to spot his cochlear implant. A month later, he was healed plenty of for the unit to be ‘activated.’ Pictured still left and appropriate: The day his implant was switched on 

After so many year's straining, hearing fully again for the first time was an 'emotional' moment for Woodmansee

Immediately after so several year’s straining, hearing totally yet again for the to start with time was an ’emotional’ instant for Woodmansee 

‘I was terrified to death, but I did analysis just after a whole lot of soul seeking and pondering and, I imagined, “I’ve gotta do anything,”‘ Woodmansee claimed. 

In February 2016, he bit the bullet an underwent small surgery to have the gadget implanted. 

Choclear implants absolutely replace the ear’s hearing method, so when the gadget is not switched on, individuals are completely deaf – which Woodmansee was for the very first thirty day period immediately after the operation, whilst he healed and the inflammation subsided. 

By March, he was properly more than enough healed for the unit to be switched on. 

‘I was activated for the to start with time, and that was extremely emotional,’ Woodmansee remembers. 

‘Now, I sit and imagine about all the blessings of acquiring it, and what it is performed for far more not just skillfully, but personally.’ 

With the implant, Woodmansee has regained the potential to hear children’s wishes, is back again to full ability at get the job done and has listened to priceless words and phrases from cherished kinds. 

Not long right after he obtained the implant, Woodmansee’s son-in-legislation, Allah, was diagnosed with leukemia. 

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‘I was equipped to be in that struggle with him the 12 months I experienced of his life,’ Woodmansee suggests. 

‘One of the very last conversations I experienced with him, I was so grateful that I was capable to recognize the recommendations that he was offering me for having treatment of my daughter, his spouse.

‘And to have that trade, where I listened to him explain to me he loves me and he read me tell him I appreciate him…without the need of [the implant], I truly would not have been in that struggle.’ 

Woodmansee however grieves for Allah, who died in December 2018. But he’s grateful for people final precious times with them, to be ready to hear what his wife states (most of the time) and the Disney flicks he shares with his 17 grandchildren. 

And he proceeds to have on the tradition of instilling some magic into Xmas for youngsters and family members in Provo, Utah. 

‘Dad explained to me, “you can have the Santa match that you go on to have on custom of browsing drawback youngsters and families that don’t have significantly for Xmas,”‘ Woodmansee suggests. 

Now, Woodmansee can hear every word children say to him, and repeat back exactly the color and kinds of toys they want - a feat that was impossible before the implant

Now, Woodmansee can listen to each individual word young children say to him, and repeat back just the colour and sorts of toys they want – a feat that was difficult ahead of the implant 

‘And I’ve held that guarantee and completed that every single single calendar year.’ 

In advance of he bought the cochlear implant, when he was playing Santa, ‘I would desperately consider to examine [kids’] lips and a great deal of periods I wouldn’t assure anything at all and just notify them to keep staying great,’ Woodmansee stated. 

‘Now I can listen to what color of car or truck or doll they want, and repeat it back again to them.’ 

This season’s been as chaotic as ever, and once he’s read ever would like and unfold a lot of cheer, Woodmansee seems ahead to comforting at home, surrounded by cherished kinds. 

‘Once I get that Santa match off on the evening of the 24th – becoming in the crisis freight business enterprise and then participating in santa December is a [busy] month, and I am fatigued – so I appear ahead to downtime among the holidays.’ 



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Mummified Inuits that lived 500 years ago had clogged-up arteries despite omega-3 rich fishy diets

Mummified Inuits that lived 500 years ago had clogged-up arteries despite omega-3 rich fishy diets


Scans of mummified Inuits from 16th-century Greenland discovered that the historic hunters endured from clogged-up arteries even with a eating plan abundant in omega-3 fatty acids.

Atherosclerosis — the build-up of plaques of excess fat, cholesterol and calcium in one’s arteries — is a leading bring about of death currently in the world’s wealthier nations.

Though normally observed as a product or service of contemporary existence, evidence of the condition has been discovered in human remains relationship back again as much as around 4,000 BC.

Nonetheless, none of these illustrations appreciated a diet regime rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which has been proposed can aid defend versus plaque construct-up.

Researchers turned to four amazingly well-preserved Inuits, who would have eaten a marine-centered, omega 3-rich diet program, to see if the fatty acid improved arterial overall health.

The conclusions advise that diet plans rich in omega-3 may not guarantee versus plaque buildup — nonetheless, the researchers warning that it is unclear what other variables were at perform.

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Scans of mummified Inuits from 16th-century Greenland revealed that the ancient hunters suffered from clogged-up arteries despite a diet plan abundant in omega-3 fatty acids

Cardiologist L. Samuel Wann of Ascension Healthcare in Milwaukee and colleagues examined four Inuit mummies taken from the collections of the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology in Cambridge. 

Preserved mostly by the cold, the mummified men and women were uncovered on the island of Uunartaq, off of the coastline of Greenland, in 1929. 

Dependent on their clothes and encompassing grave merchandise, archaeologists have concluded that the mummies have been buried in the 1500s.

Throughout their life, the team would have lived in huts produced from stone, whale bone and seal pores and skin and would have hunted from kayaks with spears, bows and arrows.

Their prey would have included fish, birds, marine mammals and caribou — with this marine-dependent eating plan likely to have been loaded in omega-3 fatty acids.

Centered on their skeletal and dental attributes, the industry experts determined that the mummies included two adult men and two ladies involving the ages of 18–30. 

The researchers utilised a CT scanner to consider in-depth photos of the mummies’ insides, which have been then analysed by Dr Wann and his staff of four other cardiologists and two radiologists with expertise decoding scans of mummified stays.

Three of the mummies have been discovered to have so-called ‘calcified atheroma’ — an accumulation of plaques of fatty material in the arteries which appeared as large-density locations in the CT scans.

The buildups have been viewed to be comparable to individuals in dwelling humans with atherosclerosis — whilst in the mummy’s scenario, it was unclear if this problem led to their demise.

Atherosclerosis — the build-up of plaques of fat, cholesterol and calcium in one's arteries — is a leading cause of death in the world's wealthier countries. Pictured, a 3D reconstruction of one of the mummies' abdomens. The arrow points out a calcified atherosclerotic plaque

Atherosclerosis — the develop-up of plaques of body fat, cholesterol and calcium in one’s arteries — is a top bring about of dying in the world’s wealthier nations. Pictured, a 3D reconstruction of a person of the mummies’ abdomens. The arrow factors out a calcified atherosclerotic plaque

While often seen as a product of modern lifestyles, evidence of atherosclerosis has been found in human remains dating back as far as around 4,000 BC. Pictured, a 2D reconstruction of one of the mummies' abdomens. The arrow points out a calcified atherosclerotic plaque

Whilst generally viewed as a merchandise of modern-day life, proof of atherosclerosis has been observed in human stays dating again as much as about 4,000 BC. Pictured, a 2D reconstruction of just one of the mummies’ abdomens. The arrow factors out a calcified atherosclerotic plaque

Researchers turned to the four preserved Inuits, who would have eaten a marine-based, omega 3-rich diet, to see if such a lifestyle resulted in improved arterial health. Pictured, 2D (left) and 3D (right) reconstructions of one of the mummies' chests. The arrows point out calcified atherosclerotic plaques

Scientists turned to the 4 preserved Inuits, who would have eaten a marine-dependent, omega 3-rich diet, to see if this sort of a way of living resulted in improved arterial overall health. Pictured, 2D (remaining) and 3D (correct) reconstructions of one of the mummies’ chests. The arrows level out calcified atherosclerotic plaques

The findings suggest that such diets may not guarantee against plaque buildup — however, the researchers caution that it is unclear what other factors were at play.Pictured, 2D (left) and 3D (right) reconstructions of one of the mummies' necks. The arrows point out calcified atherosclerotic plaques

The results counsel that these types of diet plans may not ensure versus plaque buildup — nevertheless, the scientists caution that it is unclear what other elements ended up at perform.Pictured, 2D (still left) and 3D (proper) reconstructions of one of the mummies’ necks. The arrows stage out calcified atherosclerotic plaques

‘This [study] provides evidence for the presence of calcified plaques in the mummified remains of 3 young Inuit individuals residing 500 many years back,’ the researchers wrote in their paper.

This, they included, suggests ‘the presence of atherosclerosis in spite of [the mummies’] vigorous way of life and marine-dependent diet.’

However, the scientists cautioned that the advanced nature of atherosclerosis helps make it tough to pinpointing the actual impact of certain components, such as the preventative outcome of an omega-3-prosperous diet plan.

Other variables — like environmental smoke developed by the use of indoor fires — could have helped produce atherosclerosis in this historical Inuit inhabitants. 

The full results of the analyze have been revealed in the journal JAMA Community Open up.

Cardiologist L. Samuel Wann of Ascension Healthcare in Milwaukee and colleagues studied four Inuit mummies taken from the collections of the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology in Cambridge. Preserved largely by the cold, the mummified individuals were found on the island of Uunartaq, off of the coast of Greenland, in 1929

Cardiologist L. Samuel Wann of Ascension Healthcare in Milwaukee and colleagues researched 4 Inuit mummies taken from the collections of the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology in Cambridge. Preserved mainly by the chilly, the mummified men and women have been located on the island of Uunartaq, off of the coastline of Greenland, in 1929

WHAT IS ATHEROSCLEROSIS? 

The stages of plaque development in atherosclerosis

The stages of plaque growth in atherosclerosis

Atherosclerosis occurs when plaques produced of fats, cholesterol, calcium and other substances accumulate in artery partitions.

In excess of time, the blood vessels harden and slender, which restricts the stream of blood all around the system.

When these plaques rupture, they type a blood clot that can additional block the movement of oxygen-prosperous blood.

Atherosclerosis is most really serious when it decreases blood supply to the coronary heart or mind, which can end result in a heart attack or stroke, respectively.

The situation, and the illnesses it can lead to, is the single major cause of dying in the produced globe, with it remaining dependable for one in a few fatalities.

Atherosclerosis usually begins in childhood and worsens with age, nonetheless, most do not expertise indicators until finally middle age or more mature.

Risk components include things like:

  • Smoking cigarettes
  • Significant blood tension
  • Elevated cholesterol degrees
  • Inactivity
  • Being overweight
  • Diabetes
  • Poor diet
  • Too much liquor intake

All the earlier mentioned can problems the slim layer, the endothelium, that retains the inside of our arteries clean.

As soon as ruined, ‘bad’ cholesterol accumulates in the artery wall.

The entire body sends immune cells to clean up up this cholesterol, which can then get trapped in the ruined site. 

This will cause plaque to construct-up over time. 

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Amazon is awarded a patent for technology that uses HAND recognition

Amazon is awarded a patent for technology that uses HAND recognition


Amazon is established to ‘wave’ goodbye to card payments at its cashierless grocery shop.

The organization gained a patent for a ‘touchless scanning system’ that identifies buyers applying hand recognition.

Clients would scan their hand in purchase to enter the retail outlet and all over again when they are ready to obtain things at the sign-up – the procedure identifies individuals through the wrinkles and veins in their palms.

Whilst a patent is not a absolutely sure matter, the New York Write-up noted in September that Amazon was tests a related method at Whole Food items that lets folks checkout at a sign up by scanning their hand.

The patent was submitted on June 21, 2018 and revealed December 26 by the US Patent & Trademark Office, which was initial documented on by Redcode.

The document describes a contactless biometric technique with a hand scanner that captures pictures of a customer’s palm.

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Amazon is established to ‘wave’ goodbye to card payments with new know-how at its cashierless grocery merchants. The company acquired a patent for a ‘touchless scanning system’ that identifies prospects as a result of hand recognition

The technologies gathers it ‘using light of a initial polarization at a very first time demonstrate surface area characteristics these as wrinkles in the palm even though pictures obtained working with light of a second polarization at a next time demonstrate deeper features these as veins,’ the patent reads.

‘A consumer may be recognized dependent on a comparison of the present signature with a previously saved reference signature that is associated with a person identifier.’

The scanner is comprised of an infrared mild source, a controller and digicam.

Customers would just convey their things to the sign up and wave their hand across the scanner to entire the acquire.

That data would then be linked to patrons’ lender data, meaning prospects would be in a position to waive their fingers in entrance of scanner and comprehensive the transaction in below a second. 

Customers would scan their hand in order to enter the store and again when they are ready to purchase items at the register - the system identifies individuals through the wrinkles and veins in their palms

Prospects would scan their hand in get to enter the retail outlet and yet again when they are prepared to obtain goods at the register – the program identifies persons by way of the wrinkles and veins in their palms

The technology gathers it ‘using light of a first polarization at a first time show surface characteristics such as wrinkles in the palm while images acquired using light of a second polarization at a second time show deeper characteristics such as veins,’ the patent reads

The technological innovation gathers it ‘using mild of a very first polarization at a 1st time demonstrate area traits these types of as wrinkles in the palm whilst pictures acquired applying mild of a second polarization at a second time demonstrate deeper characteristics these kinds of as veins,’ the patent reads

And it would seem the firm could use the technological innovation in its Amazon Go retailers, as a lot of of the investors mentioned on the software are included with the cashierless grocery places.   

The technological innovation initially surfaced in September by the New York Put up, as resources cited Amazon was establishing pc eyesight technologies that can decide the condition and sizing of customers’ palms to develop a exceptional handprint.

Among the the exceptional rewards of employing a handprint to test out, says the report, is its unparalleled velocity. 

Although cell payments acquire various seconds to conclude, Amazon’s hand-studying technological innovation allegedly verifies consumers in just 300 milliseconds and does not necessitate the use of any other gadget apart from one’s possess hand. 

As opposed to fingerprint technological innovation, the hand-audience will reportedly not involve shoppers to physically place their arms on a scanner, but rather will go through their signature remotely.

The Post reviews that while the know-how, which is codenamed ‘Orville’ at this time features a .0001 % failure charge, engineers are doing the job to get that rate to .000001 — a single millionth of a per cent — prior to it launches.

Resources cited by the Publish assert that staff at Amazon’s New York place of work are at present piloting the know-how by employing it at specially-intended vending machines that market snacks.

Amazon will reportedly appear to begin rolling out Orville in select Complete Food items early following 12 months provided the system’s achievement, and expand that feature to merchants throughout the US thereafter.

The technology’s roll out will also be contingent on regardless of whether Whole Food items is able to implement devices and educate staff in an simple manner.

Although a patent is not a sure thing, the New York Post reported in September that Amazon was testing a system at Whole Foods that lets people checkout at a register by scanning their hand (stock photo)

Whilst a patent is not a sure detail, the New York Publish described in September that Amazon was testing a program at Total Foodstuff that lets persons checkout at a sign up by scanning their hand (inventory picture) 

Amazon has tested out similar technology at some of its other stores. At Amazon 'Go' customers never see a register and are charged via an array of sensors and computer vision.

Amazon has tested out equivalent technologies at some of its other shops. At Amazon ‘Go’ clients never ever see a sign up and are charged via an array of sensors and pc vision.

Amazon has now begun to roll out very similar technological innovation throughout its ‘Go’ usefulness retailers exactly where shoppers examine in at a turnstile making use of their mobile device and then buy products and solutions without the need of at any time encountering a register.

A mixture of computer vision and sensors in the course of the story watch how lots of,  and what style of objects prospects decide on up and then quickly prices the complete to customers’ Amazon accounts. 

In spite of Oriville’s ease element, the technological innovation will possible only go on to irk skeptics of Amazon’s other biometric engineering, like the facial recognition computer software Rekognition, which has observed its way into the arms of law enforcement throughout the country. 

Civil rights advocates warn that Rekognition could direct to an uptick in phony accusations and have pointed out that devices are primarily susceptible to misidentifying the faces of people of coloration.

HOW DO AMAZON’S GO Stores Get the job done?

In December 2016, Amazon unveiled a usefulness retail store in downtown Seattle that changed cashiers with know-how located in self-driving cars.

It opened to the public in January 2018.

To start off shopping, consumers will have to scan an Amazon Go smartphone application and go via a gated turnstile.

Prepared-to-eat lunch products greet consumers when they enter.

Deeper into the store, shoppers can find a compact range of grocery goods, including meats and meal kits.

An Amazon employee checks IDs in the store’s wine and beer segment.

Amazon's first Go Store opened in Seattle earlier this year and are looking to expand and open stores in Chicago and San Francisco  

Amazon’s initially Go Store opened in Seattle previously this calendar year and are searching to broaden and open shops in Chicago and San Francisco  

Modern black cameras checking from over and excess weight sensors in the shelves assist Amazon ascertain accurately what folks just take.

If a person passes again by means of the gates with an product, his or her affiliated account is charged.

If a shopper puts an product back again on the shelf, Amazon gets rid of it from his or her digital cart.

A great deal of the shop will come to feel common to buyers, aside from the look at-out course of action.

Amazon, renowned for dynamic pricing online, has printed value tags just as traditional brick-and-mortar retailers do.



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Spotify joins Twitter by hitting 'pause' on political ads for 2020

Spotify joins Twitter by hitting ‘pause’ on political ads for 2020


Fb may quickly be the past a person with political ads on its platform, as Spotify has declared it putting them on ‘pause’ in early 2020.

The tunes site unveiled Friday it will halt political ads since it does not have the means to ‘validate and review’ this sort of information.

The change will acquire result on Spotify’s advertisement-supported tier, and on exceptional and first podcasts, but will exclude external podcast that previously have advertisements embedded in them.

Spotify follows at the rear of Twitter, which put an finish to political campaign and problem adverts in November, calling it an significant phase in lowering the move of election-similar misinformation.

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Spotify has declared it will ‘pause’ them in early 2020. The music web site unveiled Friday it will halt political commercials for the reason that it does not have the methods to ‘validate and review’ this style of articles

The news was initially documented by AdAge, which disclosed Spotify will ‘pause political advertising in early 2020 across its ad-supported tier—which boosts approximately 130 million users— as well as the streaming giant’s authentic and exclusive podcasts, some of which involve ‘The Joe Budden Podcast’ and ‘Amy Schumer Offers.’

The change will only reflect in the US, as the organization does not operate political adverts in other nations.

A Spotify spokesperson advised DailyMail.com: ‘Beginning in early 2020, Spotify will pause the marketing of political advertising.’

‘This will include things like political promoting content material in our ad-supported tier and in Spotify first and special podcasts.’

Spotify follows behind Twitter, which put an end to political campaign and issue ads in November, calling it an important step in reducing the flow of election-related misinformation

Spotify follows powering Twitter, which place an stop to political campaign and difficulty advertisements in November, contacting it an critical phase in minimizing the stream of election-similar misinformation

A Spotify spokesperson told DailyMail.com: 'Beginning in early 2020, Spotify will pause the selling of political advertising.' 'This will include political advertising content in our ad-supported tier and in Spotify original and exclusive podcasts.'

A Spotify spokesperson explained to DailyMail.com: ‘Beginning in early 2020, Spotify will pause the selling of political marketing.’ ‘This will include things like political promoting information in our ad-supported tier and in Spotify original and special podcasts.’

‘At this place in time, we do not nonetheless have the required degree of robustness in our procedures, programs and applications to responsibly validate and assessment this written content.’

‘We will reassess this final decision as we proceed to evolve our capabilities.’

Spotify is the newest newcomer to take away this style of written content political adverts, as Twitter was a person of the initially sites to spark the movement.

Even so, compared with Spotify’s pause, Twitter has occur out swinging with a comprehensive ban.

CEO Jack Dorsey tweeted the modify to his system in Oct, indicating the company is recognizing that promotion on social media provides an unfair amount of focusing on compared to other mediums.

And the new coverage took into impact on November 22.

‘We’ve designed the conclusion to stop all political advertising and marketing on Twitter globally. We believe that political concept achieve should really be earned, not acquired. Why? A several reasons…’ he tweeted.

CEO Jack Dorsey (pictured) tweeted the change to his platform in October, saying the company is recognizing that advertising on social media offers an unfair level of targeting compared to other mediums

CEO Jack Dorsey (pictured) tweeted the change to his system in October, declaring the business is recognizing that advertising and marketing on social media gives an unfair level of concentrating on as opposed to other mediums

Spotify joins Twitter by hitting 'pause' on political ads for 2020

A political information earns reach when people today make a decision to abide by an account or retweet. Shelling out for attain gets rid of that determination, forcing remarkably optimized and targeted political messages on individuals. We think this conclusion must not be compromised by money.

‘While web marketing is extremely powerful and incredibly helpful for industrial advertisers, that electricity provides important threats to politics, where by it can be used to affect votes to have an affect on the lives of millions.’

Nevertheless, Twitters rival, Fb, did not continue to be quiet for as well lengthy before CEO Mark Zuckerberg strike back again with his own thoughts of political adverts for the duration of an earnings meeting phone in October.

He claimed: ‘This is sophisticated things. Any individual who says the respond to is straightforward hasn’t thought about the nuances and downstream troubles.

‘I do not assume anyone can say that we are not doing what we believe or we haven’t assumed challenging about these problems.’

CEO Mark Zuckerberg (pictured) hit back with his own ideas of political ads during an earnings conference call in October. He said: 'This is complex stuff. Anyone who says the answer is simple hasn't thought about the nuances and downstream challenges

CEO Mark Zuckerberg (pictured) strike again with his very own suggestions of political advertisements throughout an earnings conference connect with in October. He claimed: ‘This is elaborate stuff. Anyone who suggests the answer is uncomplicated hasn’t considered about the nuances and downstream worries

Spotify joins Twitter by hitting 'pause' on political ads for 2020

Mark Zuckerberg posted on Facebook after his conference call to reiterate the importance of 'free expression' in relation to the upcoming US presidential election next year. He also claimed the company had removed multiple foreign interference campaigns from Iran and Russia

Mark Zuckerberg posted on Facebook following his conference call to reiterate the value of ‘free expression’ in relation to the future US presidential election up coming calendar year. He also claimed the firm experienced taken out various international interference campaigns from Iran and Russia

Right after the convention simply call, Zuckerberg then posted a lengthy concept on Fb that he strongly thinks in the social media organization has an ‘important role’ in ‘defending free of charge expression’.

He wrote: ‘I feel strongly – and I consider that record supports – that totally free expression has been vital for driving development and building additional inclusive societies all around the planet, that at periods of social rigidity there has normally been urge to pull back on cost-free expression, and that we will be ideal served more than the extensive time period by resisting this urge and defending free of charge expression.

‘Today is undoubtedly a historical minute of social stress, and I see an significant purpose of our enterprise as defending free expression.’

Zuckerberg reported he has also regarded as banning political ads, but remains cautious of the move’s influence. ‘It’s challenging to outline the place to attract the line,’ he claimed.

‘Would we actually block ads for significant political challenges like local weather alter or women’s empowerment?’

The movement to eliminate or pause the ads may be from the fiasco of the 2016 election, which noticed an inflow of misinformation flood social media web-sites – precisely Facebook.

 



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Meghan and Harry spent first Christmas with baby Archie at $14m Canadian waterfront mansion

Meghan and Harry spent first Christmas with baby Archie at $14m Canadian waterfront mansion


Prince Harry and Meghan Markle spent their first Christmas with baby Archie in a $14.1 million waterfront mansion owned by a mystery multi-millionaire, DailyMail.com can reveal.

The royal family and the Duchess of Sussex’s mother Doria Ragland enjoyed time in one of the most idyllic spots on Vancouver Island.

Their presence in Canada had been confirmed before Christmas by prime minster Justin Trudeau. 

It has been reported that some royals had urged Harry and Markle to return from abroad to spend Christmas in the UK, following the hospitalization of Prince Philip. 

The eight-bedroom gated estate on Vancouver Island, Canada, boasts two beaches and views across the peninsula from the four acre property.

Luxurious getaway: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle spent their first Christmas with baby Archie in a $14.1 million waterfront mansion in Canada. Temporary fencing is seen on the property

Luxury property: The French country-inspired mansion was listed by Sotheby¿s in 2012 for $18,459,645 Canadian dollars ($14.1 million USD, £10.7 million) fully furnished

Luxury property: The French country-inspired mansion was listed by Sotheby’s in 2012 for $18,459,645 Canadian dollars ($14.1 million USD, £10.7 million) fully furnished

Grandeur: The main house is 11,416 square feet with five bedrooms and eight bathrooms and a 2,349 square foot guest cottage with three beds and two baths

Grandeur: The main house is 11,416 square feet with five bedrooms and eight bathrooms and a 2,349 square foot guest cottage with three beds and two baths

Tight security: Cameras and fences were erected at the property as early as December 19, and the mansion is now swarming with security guards

Tight security: Cameras and fences were erected at the property as early as December 19, and the mansion is now swarming with security guards

Discreet: Screens are seen covering the gates at the property to afford the royals some more privacy during the holidays

Discreet: Screens are seen covering the gates at the property to afford the royals some more privacy during the holidays

Private: A 'private property, no trespassing' sign is seen near the eight-bedroom gated estate on Vancouver Island, Canada

Private: A ‘private property, no trespassing’ sign is seen near the eight-bedroom gated estate on Vancouver Island, Canada

Locals in the island’s rural community of North Saanich noticed cameras and fences erected at the property as early as December 19, and the mansion is now swarming with security guards.

One officer from the couple’s royal protection team was spotted patrolling the roads dressed in a Barbour jacket and driving a black Range Rover, and two other British guards were seen flying out from nearby Victoria International Airport, swapping in for new officers.

Locals described the weather as ‘excellent’ for the time of year. The royal couple have enjoyed mostly sunshine with highs of 48F during the day and lows of 32F at night. On Christmas day there was light rain in the morning with a temperature of 41F, which brightened into sunshine with clouds and 43F for the afternoon.  

The French country-inspired mansion was listed by Sotheby’s in 2012 for $18,459,645 Canadian dollars ($14.1 million USD, £10.7 million) fully furnished, with a 11,416 square foot main house with five bedrooms and eight bathrooms and a 2,349 square foot guest cottage with three beds and two baths. 

New parents: Meghan and Harry have been spending time at the private property, having spoken of the pressures they have felt in the public eye

New parents: Meghan and Harry have been spending time at the private property, having spoken of the pressures they have felt in the public eye

Baby Archie was front and center in the Christmas card shared with fans

Baby Archie was front and center in the Christmas card shared with fans 

Inside the main house is a formal dining room, paneled office with fireplace, large two-story living room opening to the chef’s kitchen with pizza oven, game room with wet bar, media room and wine tasting room, according to the Sotheby’s listing. 

A friend of a previous resident, 41-year-old Hsin Pai, told DailyMail.com that the property used to be owned by a German actress.

The property was then bought around 2010 by Bernadette Wolfswinkel, the ex-wife of disgraced Arizona property magnate Conley Wolfswinkel who was convicted of bank fraud and was accused of owing US taxpayers $2 billion.

In 2012, Wolfswinkel, 70, listed the property for $14.1 million with a Sotheby’s realtor. Wolfswinkel’s friend, Pai, said she sold the mansion to a wealthy businessman around that time.

A neighbor also told DailyMail.com the house had been sold ‘a few years ago’, and an estate agent involved in the deal confirmed that the property had been sold to a US-based ‘billionaire’ who was neither American nor Canadian. 

The property is designed for its ownership to remain discreet. It is ultimately the property of a country club, and the purchaser bought shares in the country club to become its owner. 

The owners have held lavish fireworks displays from their property.

One neighbor, who asked to remain anonymous said: ‘We were all down there. They floated a barge out there and shot of a good $30-40,000 worth of fireworks.

Opulence: Inside the main house is a formal dining room, paneled office with fireplace, large two-story living room opening to the chef¿s kitchen with pizza oven, game room with wet bar, media room and wine tasting room, according to the Sotheby¿s listing

Opulence: Inside the main house is a formal dining room, paneled office with fireplace, large two-story living room opening to the chef’s kitchen with pizza oven, game room with wet bar, media room and wine tasting room, according to the Sotheby’s listing

Previous owner: A friend of a previous resident, 41-year-old Hsin Pai, said the property used to be owned by a German actress

Previous owner: A friend of a previous resident, 41-year-old Hsin Pai, said the property used to be owned by a German actress

Changing hands: The property was then bought around 2010 by Bernadette Wolfswinkel, the ex-wife of disgraced Arizona property magnate Conley Wolfswinkel who was convicted of bank fraud and was accused of owing US taxpayers $2 billion

Changing hands: The property was then bought around 2010 by Bernadette Wolfswinkel, the ex-wife of disgraced Arizona property magnate Conley Wolfswinkel who was convicted of bank fraud and was accused of owing US taxpayers $2 billion

Mystery multi-millionaire: In 2012, Wolfswinkel, 70, listed the property for $14.1 million with a Sotheby¿s realtor. Wolfswinkel¿s friend, Pai, said she sold the mansion to a wealthy businessman around that time

Mystery multi-millionaire: In 2012, Wolfswinkel, 70, listed the property for $14.1 million with a Sotheby’s realtor. Wolfswinkel’s friend, Pai, said she sold the mansion to a wealthy businessman around that time

‘We’re down there all the time,’ the neighbor added. ‘It’s very different looking right now. There’s a camera down there and temporary fencing.

‘It looks very cut off right now, it’s not usually like that. I knew they were here on Wednesday, and by Friday everybody around here knew.

‘By Christmas day it looked like Halloween. No-one’s ever on that street normally, but there were massive amounts of people just “walking their dogs”,’ the neighbor said.

‘It’s got a full on turret on one side. It’s pretty neat. I’m glad they’re staying there, because it’s an $18m (CAD) property, that’s what it was on sale for a few years ago, and it’s such a waste of the property for no one to be there.’

The property boasts a conservatory out on the four-acre grounds with two beach access points.

Stunning setting: The hideaway boasts two beaches and views across the peninsula from the four acre property

Stunning setting: The hideaway boasts two beaches and views across the peninsula from the four acre property

Presence at the property: One neighbor said: 'I knew they were here on Wednesday, and by Friday everybody around here knew. By Christmas day it looked like Halloween. No-one¿s ever on that street normally, but there were massive amounts of people just ¿walking their dogs¿'

 Presence at the property: One neighbor said: ‘I knew they were here on Wednesday, and by Friday everybody around here knew. By Christmas day it looked like Halloween. No-one’s ever on that street normally, but there were massive amounts of people just “walking their dogs”’

In 2012, then-owner Wolfswinkel told Ocean Home magazine that the property used to be the home of a German movie star, but that when she bought it she knocked it down and rebuilt it to her own specifications.

‘I can’t really explain it,’ Wolfswinkel told the agazine. ‘People may come for a few days or a week, but they don’t want to leave. And I feel it myself. It is very Zen, very comforting.’

Wolfswinkel set up a website in 2012 to advertise the property. The site is now defunct, but as recently as October 2016 it had pictures advertising the estate to rent with ‘full maid service, concierge and chef’.

A version of the site built in 2012 and archived in 2016 says the property is ‘presently being offered for sale, international executive retreat, vacation rental or event destination’.

Harry and Meghan’s presence in North Saanich was first revealed by local restaurateur Pierre Koffel and his wife Bev, who reportedly turned away the royal couple from their high-end restaurant because of their intense security requirements.

Out of the public eye: The luxurious and discreet getaway in North Saanich (pictured) has been home for part of the time as news parents they decided to spend away from their official royal life

Out of the public eye: The luxurious and discreet getaway in North Saanich (pictured) has been home for part of the time as news parents they decided to spend away from their official royal life

Locals in the island¿s rural community of North Saanich had become aware of the extra security at the property

Locals in the island¿s rural community of North Saanich had become aware of the extra security at the property

Spotted: Locals in the island’s rural community of North Saanich had become aware of the extra security at the property

Koffel says he was merely visited by the royals’ security team and didn’t decline their reservations – but has still faced a backlash with ‘hundreds’ of emails and ‘dozens’ of phone calls from Harry and Meghan fans berating him for denying their favorite royals their Christmas dinner.

The chef and co-owner of the Deep Cove Chalet in North Saanich told DailyMail.com that he and his wife were tricked into revealing the royals’ secret getaway, and have now received ‘hundreds of emails, tens of phonecalls’ accusing he and his wife of being ‘terrible people’.

The restaurateur’s wife, Bev, told the Vancouver Sun on Christmas Eve that they had been visited by Harry and Meghan’s security detail, casing their restaurant for a potential dinner spot for the couple.

‘She’s been getting so much grief, she got hijacked by the lovely little journalist from Victoria,’ Pierre told DailyMail.com. ‘She didn’t think it was an official interview.

Getaway revealed: Harry and Meghan¿s presence in North Saanich was first revealed by local restaurateur Pierre Koffel and his wife Bev of Deep Cove Chalet (pictured)

Getaway revealed: Harry and Meghan’s presence in North Saanich was first revealed by local restaurateur Pierre Koffel and his wife Bev of Deep Cove Chalet (pictured)

Backlash: Koffel says he was merely visited by the royals¿ security team and didn¿t decline their reservations ¿ but has still faced a backlash with ¿hundreds¿ of emails and ¿dozens¿ of phone calls from Harry and Meghan fans berating him for denying their favorite royals their Christmas dinner.

Backlash: Koffel says he was merely visited by the royals’ security team and didn’t decline their reservations – but has still faced a backlash with ‘hundreds’ of emails and ‘dozens’ of phone calls from Harry and Meghan fans berating him for denying their favorite royals their Christmas dinner.

‘We’ve been getting hundreds of emails, tens of phonecalls. Nothing but s**t, saying what terrible people we are. And we didn’t even meet the people or see them. It just took a life of its own. It f***ing pissed me off.’

The local newspaper reported that Pierre turned down Harry and Meghan because of their disruptive security needs, but the chef said it wasn’t true.

‘They came to have a look and then they left,’ he said. ‘I didn’t turn them down. I’ve got no idea where that came from, things take a life of their own.’

He said the emails and phonecalls berating the couple for turning down the royals had left them shaken.

‘We’re not used to it. I wish I was never involved in it, it’s getting worse and worse.’

North Saanich councillor Celia Stock told DailyMail.com the upmarket restaurant is often visited by wealthy clients who sometimes arrive by helicopter on its waterside front lawn, and is fully booked for the holiday season.

 



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Couple accidentally threw away £15,000 in cash at a recycling plant 

Couple accidentally threw away £15,000 in cash at a recycling plant 


Few unintentionally threw away £15,000 in funds when they still left containers that contains the money at a recycling plant

  • The few threw the money absent just after clearing a lifeless relative’s house 
  •  Honest staff at the recycling site found the income and alerted law enforcement
  • *Do you know the few who accidentally threw the funds away?* Get in contact at chantalle.edmunds@mailonline.com**

A pair who accidentally threw absent £15,000 in income have had their money returned many thanks to genuine recycling centre staff members. 

The duo from Burnham-On-Sea experienced taken a number of packing containers of garbage from the house they ended up clearing, belonging to a deceased relative, to a recycling depot in Midsomer Norton, Somerset.

Unknown to them a substantial sum of revenue was tucked within.

Eagle-eyed staff members had been on the lookout for an electrical cable when they spotted the cash within a person of the boxes.  

The duo from Burnham-On-Sea had taken a number of containers of rubbish from the household of a deceased relative that they were being clearing to a recycling depot in Midsomer Norton, Somerset. Mysterious to them a significant sum of income was tucked inside

The sincere personnel then contacted Avon and Somerset Police who located the few with the help of CCTV footage from the recycling centre. 

Officers determined the car or truck that experienced dropped them off and were then in a position to obtain the couple’s handle. 

At Radstock Law enforcement station they instructed law enforcement that they had been clearing a relative’s dwelling in Tub and dropped off bins at the recycling centre. 

The pair additional that the relative experienced been recognised to disguise funds in bizarre sites all around the dwelling. 

Avon and Somerset Police explained on Fb : ‘We would like to say a huge thank you to the workers at the recycling centre.

‘Without their diligent mind-set, integrity and guidance, the loved ones would by no means have identified about the cash observed, and we would not have been ready to return it to them, primarily in time for Christmas. 

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Police investigate hate crime after thugs scrawled anti-Semitic graffiti in London

Police investigate hate crime after thugs scrawled anti-Semitic graffiti in London


Police investigate Hanukkah hate crime after thugs scrawled anti-Semitic graffiti across a synagogue, shops and cafes in London’s Hampstead and Belsize Park

  • The Star of David and ‘9/11’ drawn on shops around Hampstead and Belsize Park
  • It is understood that the numbers refer to a conspiracy theory over 2001 attacks
  • The Metropolitan Police said it is ‘investigating a racially motivated hate crime’

Anti-Semitic graffiti found daubed across several shop fronts and a synagogue in north London has been condemned as ‘disgraceful’ and ‘senseless’.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn sent a message of ‘love and solidarity’ to Jewish communities, while shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer and Hampstead and Kilburn MP Tulip Siddiq also spoke out against the incident during the Jewish festival of Hanukkah.

The Jewish holy symbol alongside the numbers ‘9 11’ was spray-painted in red and purple on several premises in the Hampstead and Belsize Park area, including South Hampstead Synagogue, on Saturday night.

The graffiti references an anti-Semitic conspiracy theory that Jews are responsible for the 9/11 terror attack, and was found less than two hours after five people were stabbed at a rabbi’s home in New York. 

Anti-Semitic graffiti has been scrawled across a synagogue (pictured, South Hampstead Synagogue) and shops in north London overnight

The South Hampstead Synagogue in North London is pictured. Vandals scrawled graffiti on the side of it overnight

The South Hampstead Synagogue in North London is pictured. Vandals scrawled graffiti on the side of it overnight

Police have said they are investigating the graffiti as a racially motivated hate crime after receiving reports of the vandalism at 11.30pm on Saturday.

The graffiti was seen being removed from shop windows on Sunday afternoon.

Mr Corbyn said on Twitter: ‘How terrible that Chanukah started with a message of hope and on this last day we face antisemitic graffiti in London and horrific stabbings at a party in New York.

‘We stand with all our communities facing hate. We send love and solidarity to Jewish communities around the world.’ 

The Star of David and '9/11' were plastered over cafes and stores in Hampstead and Belsize Park

The Star of David and ‘9/11’ were plastered over cafes and stores in Hampstead and Belsize Park

Ms Siddiq condemned the vandalism as ‘unbelievable, senseless, disgusting anti-Semitism at the heart of our community’.

She added: ‘I am in touch with Camden Council and Borough Commander (Raj) Kohli regarding clean-up and attempting to find these criminals – we must all stay vigilant in order to continue the fight against this hatred.’

And Sir Keir said: ‘I agree with Tulip. This graffiti is disgusting and we must stand with the Jewish community against antisemitism.

‘If you have any information about who may be responsible for this crime, please contact the Camden police on 101.’ 

It is understood the numbers are in reference to a conspiracy theory that tries to link Jews to the September 11 attacks in New York in 2001

It is understood the numbers are in reference to a conspiracy theory that tries to link Jews to the September 11 attacks in New York in 2001

The Board of Deputies replied to James Sorene's tweet, posting: 'This is a reminder that antisemitism is still with us'

The Board of Deputies replied to James Sorene’s tweet, posting: ‘This is a reminder that antisemitism is still with us’

Camden Council leader Georgia Gould released a joint statement alongside Sir Keir and Ms Siddiq, which said they were ‘horrified’ by the vandalism.

The statement read: ‘Camden is and always will be no place for hate.

‘We stand together with all of our Jewish residents and our whole community in saying these cowardly pedlars of hate do not represent Camden and our values.

‘We are proud to have a strong, vibrant Jewish community as part of our beautiful borough. (…)

‘This is not an isolated incident and we must all confront the rising tide of hate crime and antisemitism in the UK.

‘Now is the moment to find the courage to confront hatred and prejudice wherever we see it.’

Ant-semitic graffiti is cleaned off the shop Esclot on Hampstead High Street

The cleaner walks away from the window

Ant-semitic graffiti is cleaned off the shop Esclot on Hampstead High Street (left and right)

The Metropolitan Police said it is 'investigating a racially motivated hate crime in the Hampstead area'

The Metropolitan Police said it is ‘investigating a racially motivated hate crime in the Hampstead area’

Inspector Kev Hailes said: ‘This is clearly a concerning incident and one we are taking seriously.

‘We have liaised with our partners in order to remove the graffiti and various inquiries are under way to find who is responsible.

‘Officers will be on patrol throughout the area in order to provide some reassurance to local communities. Please approach us if you have any questions or concerns.’

Police have asked anyone who saw anything suspicious on Saturday night to call them on 101.

The incident comes after five people were stabbed at a rabbi’s home north of New York on Saturday night.

A knifeman attacked a Hanukkah celebration in Monsey, before fleeing in a vehicle at around 10pm, police said.

The attack appeared to be the latest in a string targeting Jews in the region, including a massacre at a kosher grocery store in New Jersey earlier this month.

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