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Dog owners can apply for a job reviewing luxury holidays

Braintree and Witham Times - Wed, 30/09/2020 - 15:12
THE hunt is on for dogs and their owners across the North-East to review dog-friendly holidays - and bag £1,000 towards their very own.
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Americans Are Drinking More Alcohol Than in 2019

Slashdot - Wed, 30/09/2020 - 15:10
Americans reported drinking alcohol more frequently and in higher quantities since last year, according to a study published in JAMA. From a report: Excessive alcohol consumption may cause or worsen mental health problems, such as anxiety or depression. Experts have also warned the stress of the pandemic has fomented alcohol and drug abuse. The greatest changes were among women and people 30 to 59 years old. On average, alcohol was consumed one day more per month by three of four adults. Frequency of alcohol consumption for women increased by 17%. Heavy drinking among women -- four or more drinks within a few hours -- spiked 41% since 2019. Adults aged 30 to 59 years increased their drinking by 19% since last year.

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Braintree and Halstead face 14 nights of roadworks at High Garrett

Braintree and Witham Times - Wed, 30/09/2020 - 15:00
MOTORISTS across the Halstead and Braintree area could be faced with a diversion of more than 14 miles as a vital road link prepares for weeks of roadworks.
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Toby Carvery travellers in Clacton moved on by Tendring Council

Braintree and Witham Times - Wed, 30/09/2020 - 14:54
A TRAVELLER encampment which pitched up next to a popular Clacton restaurant before it closed to the public has now been moved on by the council.
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Man who died in hospital 24 days after assault on Essex street named

This Is Total Essex - Wed, 30/09/2020 - 14:47
He was assaulted close to the town centre
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Brit tax collector HMRC wants fireside chat with suppliers to discuss ways to spend the annual £900m IT budget

The Register - Wed, 30/09/2020 - 14:45
Prising open that pork barrel again? Nah, it's never been closed

UK tax collector Her Majesty's Revenue & Customs wants to reboot its supply chain by opening up its entire £900m annual IT budget to the wider supplier landscape via a new Technology Sourcing Programme (TSP).…

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Damaged slipway to be removed from seafront

Braintree and Witham Times - Wed, 30/09/2020 - 14:36
A DAMAGED wooden slipway will be removed from Walton's seafront later this year.
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Bill Gates lays out a three-point plan to rid the world of COVID-19 – and anti-vaxxer cranks aren't gonna like it

The Register - Wed, 30/09/2020 - 14:00
Aunty Mabel on Facebook thinks he is a Bond baddie (spoiler: he's not)

Microsoft founder and philanthropist Bill Gates stuck an oar into tinfoil-hat-infested waters once again today with a pretty reasonable plan to deal with the ongoing global pandemic.…

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Dual-Flush Toilets 'Wasting More Water Than They Save'

Slashdot - Wed, 30/09/2020 - 14:00
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Toilets specially designed to save water are wasting more than they conserve, the UK's largest water firm has warned. Campaigners have warned for years that dual-flush toilets, introduced as more efficient alternatives that were expected to use less than half the amount of water per flush, are more prone to leaks. The problem is said to be so great that the costs are outweighing the benefits. "Because there's so many loos that continuously flow all through the day and night, collectively that water loss is now exceeding the amount of water the dual-flush design should be saving," said Andrew Tucker, water efficiency manager at Thames Water. "The volume of water loss is getting bigger every day as more people refurbish and retrofit older toilets and as more homes are built, so it's a growing problem." Thames Water said poor design and materials cause water to flow continuously into the bowl. And, according to the BBC, the Bathroom Manufacturers Association has acknowledged that the design of many dual-flush toilets is inherently more prone to leakage. "The majority of them use the drop valve system, which sits at the bottom of the cistern and opens to allow the water to flow out when the flush is pressed," reports The Guardian. "Debris and other issues can cause the mechanism to fail to close, meaning water continually flows from the cistern and into the bowl." "Older cisterns tend to use a siphon system, which works by pushing water upwards until it reaches a point at which it can flow into the bowl. Because that point is above the waterline when the toilet is not being flushed, the system is less likely to develop the same sort of leak." Jason Parker, the managing director of Thomas Dudley Ltd, one of the UK's largest plumbing manufacturers, told the BBC: "If we're serious about wasting water and we want to stop it, the only way to do that is put a siphon back in."

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'Selfish' driver reached speeds of 140mph before causing fatal A12 crash

This Is Total Essex - Wed, 30/09/2020 - 13:18
"This is a heartbreaking tale, where a young man has lost his life"
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Corsair's K70 MK.2 does nothing a cheaper keyboard can't, but the steep price gets you top-notch components

The Register - Wed, 30/09/2020 - 13:15
It also lights up like a Christmas tree

Review  In many respects, working from home is liberating. Standards of attire and hygiene are the first to depart; after all, the only person likely to see you in person is the Deliveroo courier. Best of all, the absence of a manager walking past your desk also allows you to take certain liberties with your work environment.…

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The new way Morrisons shoppers can get their groceries delivered

This Is Total Essex - Wed, 30/09/2020 - 13:02
The supermarket will be helping to pack Amazon Prime Now customer grocery orders
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YouTube axes crowdsourced captioning: Use our buggy speech-to-subtitle code or pay an approved third party

The Register - Wed, 30/09/2020 - 12:30
Gigantic internet radicalization operation calls time on volunteer efforts

YouTube has removed the capability for netizens to add captions to videos after it said the feature was hardly ever used – and if it was, it was used to slap “spam, abuse, and low quality submissions” on web vids.…

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Cases of coronavirus in Essex rise by 67 in 24 hours

Braintree and Witham Times - Wed, 30/09/2020 - 11:57
The number of recorded coronavirus cases in Essex increased by 67 in the space of 24 hours, official figures show.
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Not one to be outdone by Microsoft, Apple's cloud fell over too. Unlike Microsoft, it hasn't said what happened

The Register - Wed, 30/09/2020 - 11:51
Apple TV, iCloud Mail, iWork for iCloud, App Store and more go TITSUP*

The rivalry between Apple and Microsoft continued last night as the fruity firm's cloud services took a tumble a mere day after Azure crapped itself.…

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What time is Boris Johnson speaking today and what will he say

This Is Total Essex - Wed, 30/09/2020 - 11:49
The Prime Minister could introduce new rules and guidance
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'Bullying normalised' at ambulance trust, report finds

This Is Total Essex - Wed, 30/09/2020 - 11:16
An inspection by the CQC found "bullying and abuse" by leaders at the East of England Ambulance Service
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NHS England awards £1.6m deal to build digital staff 'passports' in fight against coronavirus second wave

The Register - Wed, 30/09/2020 - 11:01
Leaving it a bit late, aren't we? They better be blue

NHS England has left it until late September amid record UK coronavirus infections to award a software development contract said to be crucial to the health service's response to the second wave of the pandemic.…

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Letter: 'We are being failed and put at risk by private companies'

Braintree and Witham Times - Wed, 30/09/2020 - 11:00
On May 21, Boris Johnson (pictured above) proclaimed in Parliament that, in order to stop a second coronavirus peak, a “world-beating” track and trace system would be “up and running” in time for schools in England to reopen on June 1.
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'I Monitor My Staff With Software That Takes Screenshots'

Slashdot - Wed, 30/09/2020 - 11:00
AmiMoJo shares a report from the BBC: Shibu Philip admits he knows what it's like to "maybe waste a bit of time at work." Shibu is the founder of Transcend -- a small London-based firm that buys beauty products wholesale and re-sells them online. For the last year and a half he has used Hubstaff software to track his workers' hours, keystrokes, mouse movements and websites visited. With seven employees based in India, he says the software ensures "there is some level of accountability" and helps plug the time difference. "I know myself. [You can] take an extra 10-minute break here or there. It's good to have an automatic way of monitoring what [my employees] are up to," says Shibu. "By looking at screenshots and how much time everyone is taking on certain tasks, I know if they're following procedures. "And, if they're doing better than I expected, I also study the photos and ask them to share that knowledge with the rest of the team so we can all improve," he says. US-based Hubstaff says its number of UK customers is up four times year-on-year since February. Another company called Sneek offers technology that takes photos of workers through their laptop and uploads them for colleagues to see. Photos can be taken as often as every minute, although it describes itself as a communication platform. Its co-founder, Del Currie, told the BBC that it had seen a five-fold increase in its number of users during lockdown, taking the firm to almost 20,000 in total.

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