The B.1.617 variant is the fourth variant to be designated as being of global concern and requiring heightened tracking and analysis. The others are those first detected in Britain, South Africa and Brazil."We are classifying this as a variant of concern at a global level," Maria Van Kerkhove, WHO technical lead on COVID-19, told a briefing. "There is some available information to suggest increased transmissibility."
KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) -Malaysian telecommunications firm Axiata Group Bhd on Tuesday said Japanese peer SoftBank Corp will invest $60 million in its digital analytics and artificial intelligence (AI) arm ADA. SoftBank will own 23% of ADA via new shares, with its investment valuing the unit at $260 million, Axiata said in a statement. ADA will use the proceeds to expand in South and Southeast Asia, while SoftBank will establish the unit as its core digital and data marketing partner in Asia, Axiata said.
Forensic experts, eye-witnesses and more than 60 former soldiers gave evidence across 100 days of hearings at Belfast Coroner’s Court.
Ten people, including a mother of eight and a Catholic priest, were killed in disputed shootings involving the Army in west Belfast in August 1971.
The planned new 900-megawatt (MW) Peterhead CCS Power Station could capture up to 1.5 million tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) every year, 15% of the UK government's annual target of 10 million tonnes of CO2 capture by 2030, the companies said. SSE operates a combined cycle gas turbine power station at the site in Aberdeenshire, which it is seeking to decarbonise.
The move came as the Covid-19 alert level in the UK was downgraded after a ‘consistent’ fall in cases, hospital admissions and deaths.
According to the latest figures from the British Retail Consortium (BRC), along with KPMG, total sales in Britain increased by 7.3% across the month of April, compared to the same month in 2019.
The Insurance Fraud Bureau wants drivers to remain vigilant as lockdown eases and more people take to the roads.
Drive for more student diversity paying off, says Oxford UniversityInstitution doubles proportion of new students from disadvantaged backgrounds in five years The University of Oxford says it has worked with schools across the UK to improve student diversity. Photograph: Matthew Childs/Reuters
Woodlands which grow back could store billions of tonnes of carbon dioxide – helping in the climate fight, conservationists say.
About one in four older people are finding everyday activities harder since the first lockdown, according to a survey for Age UK.
SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford said there was now a ‘cast iron mandate’ for another referendum to take place.
Diabetes UK warned that obesity is fuelling type 2 diabetes, accounting for 80% to 85% of someone’s chances of developing the condition.
Demonstrations are also taking place outside the University of Oxford and the pharmaceutical firm’s Macclesfield site.
But figures show that nearly half of British students admitted to Oxford between 2018 and 2020 came from London and the South East of England.
Very Rev Susan Brown spoke out ahead of the announcement of a new Sovereign Borders Bill in the Queen’s Speech.