Monthly Archives آگوست 2020

Pair released after ‘suspicious device’ on passenger plane found to be mobile phone

Two men have been released from police custody after a suspicious device found in the bathroom of a passenger plane was found to be a mobile phone. 

Typhoon jets were scrambled to intercept the Ryanair flight from Vienna to London on Sunday after the object sparked concern.

The pair – a 34-year-old man from Kuwait and a 48-year-old man from Italy – were detained at Stansted Airport shortly after 7pm under the Terrorism Act.

They have been released without charge after officers from the Eastern Region Special Operations Unit (ERSOU) found neither had committed any offence.

An ERSOU spokesperson confirmed the “suspicious” object was a mobile phone.

Detective Superintendent Andy Waldie, head of ERSOU’s counter terrorism policing unit, said: “We understandably take...

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McDonald’s slams ex-CEO as ‘morally bankrupt’ after he asks for dismissal of chain’s lawsuit against him

Steve Easterbrook, then-chief executive officer of McDonald’s Corp., speaks during the opening of the company’s new headquarters in Chicago, Illinois, on Monday, June 4, 2018.
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McDonald’s slammed former CEO Steve Easterbrook in a new legal filing on Monday, arguing that he should have to defend his conduct in court. 

More than two weeks ago, Easterbrook asked the Delaware court to dismiss the case filed by McDonald’s, which is suing him to recoup his severance package after saying it discovered that he had sexual relationships with three additional women while at McDonald’s.

The board ousted Easterbrook in November and awarded him a severance package with an estimated value of tens of millions of dollars after he acknowledged an affair ...

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‘Extreme’ August ends with cooler conditions – and they’re set to continue into next month

Bank holiday temperatures will bring “unseasonably cool” conditions to the UK, marking the an end of an extreme month of weather which has included a heatwave and two named storms.

The chilly and cloudy spell is also in stark contrast to last year’s late August Bank Holiday Monday – which was the hottest on record, when the mercury hit 33.2C (91.8F) at Heathrow.

And it comes just weeks after people flocked to the nation’s beaches as temperatures reached 36.4C (97.5F) on what was the hottest August day for 17 years.

People enjoy the beach at Tynemouth despite the unseasonably cooler temperatures
Image: People enjoy the beach at Tynemouth despite the unseasonably cooler temperatures
Surfers at the beach at Tynemouth as temperatures struggle to rise across the UK
Image: Surfers at the beach at Tynemouth

London and Cardiff are expected to reach around 18C (64F) on Monday afternoon, while Edinburgh could see temperatures struggle to hit 1...

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History of Apple stock splits says investors shouldn’t rush in to buy lower-priced shares

Apple is having a great year, and its 4-for-1 stock split on Monday is expected to make the market’s most-valuable company even more attractive to a wider universe of retail investors. But the limited history of Apple stock splits says there is no reason to rush in to buy the lower-priced shares. 

The technology giant has been on fire.

Apple became the first company to reach a $2 trillion market cap earlier in August, and it eclipsed a $500 price per share. The stock is up roughly 70% this year. 

This will be Apple’s fifth stock split since going public. The company’s previous four stock splits occurred:

  • June 9, 2014: 7-for-1
  • February 28, 2005: 2-for-1
  • June 21, 2000: 2-for-1
  • June 16, 1987: 2-for-1

Apple stock-split selloffs

While the split is designed to lower the nominal price-pe...

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Adele accused of cultural appropriation over Notting Hill photo

Adele has been accused of cultural appropriation after sharing a photo showing her in a Jamaican bikini top and with her hair in Bantu knots.

The 32-year-old posted the picture on Instagram, writing: “Happy what would be Notting Hill Carnival my beloved London GBJM”.

The 2020 edition of west London’s traditional celebration of Caribbean and Black culture took place remotely for the first time in its 50-year history due to coronavirus, and Adele was clearly keen to celebrate from her home in LA.

But som...

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Coronavirus live updates: U.S. approaches 6 million cases as new infections rise in more states

New cases of the coronavirus are rising in more states across the U.S. compared with a week ago, according to a CNBC analysis of data collected by Johns Hopkins University. New cases nationwide are still falling, though the pace of improvement has slowed. The U.S. reported an average of about 42,100 new cases over the past seven days, down just 1.2% compared with a week ago, according to CNBC’s analysis.

The following data was compiled by Johns Hopkins University:

  • Global cases: More than 25.24 million
  • Global deaths: At least 846,851
  • U.S. cases: More than 5.99 million
  • U.S. deaths: At least 183,068

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‘Masks under noses and no social distancing’: Passenger describes flight linked to COVID-19 cases

One of more than 200 people who have been told to self-isolate after 16 coronavirus cases were linked to passengers on board a flight from Zante has said “no distance was enforced” on the plane.

Of those COVID-19 cases that have linked to people aboard the Tui flight to Cardiff on 25 August, seven were infectious or potentially infectious whilst on the flight, according to Dr Gwen Lowe, consultant in communicable disease control for Public Health Wales.

She said there have been around 30 cases in Wales in the last week that have come back from the Greek island, with those infected having been on different flights and staying at different locations.

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Entire flight to Cardiff told to self-isolate

Stephanie Whitfield was on the Tui flight 6215 to Cardiff on Tuesday and has de...

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Nestle pays $2 billion to secure Aimmune’s allergy treatment

A pedestrian passes a Nestle SA logo at the Nescafe factory, operated by Nestle SA, in Tutbury, U.K., on Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018.
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Nestle plans to pay $2 billion to gain full ownership of peanut allergy treatment maker Aimmune Therapeutics, as the Swiss company expands its fast-growing health science business.

Known for its KitKat chocolate bars and Nescafe instant coffee, Nestle set up Nestle Health Science (NHS) in 2011 to open up a new area of business between food and pharma.

Nestle said in a statement that its offer for Aimmune values the California-based biopharmaceutical firm, which it has been working with since 2016 and in which it already has a stake of around 25.6%, at $2.6 billion.

“Aimmune has $261 million in cash and $13...

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Labour calls for 2021 exams delay – as pupils warned over ‘malicious coughing’ in class

Labour is calling for next year’s A-levels and GCSEs in England to be delayed because of coronavirus – amid reports pupils going back to one school this week could be sent home for “malicious coughing”.

Shadow education secretary Kate Green said exams should be pushed back to allow extra teaching time as pupils now face a “mountain to climb” after losing out on up to six months of teaching.

She said exams due next May should be delayed until June or July.

Govt urges parents to send children to school

Ms Green said: “Pupils across the country who have missed out on vital teaching time will have a mountain to climb to prepare for May exams unless the government steps in.

“Ministers had warning after warning about problems with this year’s exam results, but allowed it to des...

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Israeli, U.S. delegations depart to UAE in 1st direct flight

Israeli national flags fly alongside United Arab Emirates national flags on the side of a road in Netanya, Israel, on Monday, Aug. 17, 2020.
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A Star of David-adorned El Al plane took off Monday from Israel’s Ben-Gurion Airport, carrying a high-ranking American and Israeli delegation to Abu Dhabi in the first-ever direct commercial passenger flight to the United Arab Emirates.

The Israeli flag carrier’s flight marks the implementation of the historic U.S.-brokered deal to normalize relations between the two nations and solidifies the long-clandestine ties between them that have evolved over years of shared enmity toward Iran.

With the U.S...

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