University students: Are you entitled to a student accommodation rent cut? | UK | News

Are you entitled to a student accommodation rent cut or refund? There is no mandated Government position forcing student accommodation providers to issue refunds or reductions in rental rates. Prime Minister Boris Johnson last week said the Government was looking into ways it could offer additional support to students. He said: “I think we need to look very hard at the deal that students are getting. “We need to see what more we can do, frankly, to support students and to help them in what has been a very, very…

Covid rates mapped: Which UK country has the highest infection rate? | UK | News

Infection rates are rising across all four nations of the UK, even with heavy restrictions in place across all areas. The R-rate average for all four nations of the UK is currently somewhere between 1.0 and 1.4, meaning the virus is moving exponentially throughout the population. The Health Secretary and the Prime Minister have begged the public to comply with rules as the virus is now “out of control” according to NHS England chief Sir Simon Stevens. Mr Hancock said in a press briefing this evening: “The NHS, more than…

Dubai holidays: UAE axed from travel corridor list – new quarantine rules | Travel News | Travel

“Travellers may also be tested on arrival in Dubai even if they have had a COVID-19 PCR test before departure. “If you test positive for COVID-19 on arrival in Dubai, depending on your symptoms and your accommodation plans, you may be required to self-isolate in a government-led facility, a hospital, your hotel or privately arranged accommodation for at least 10 days.” Varying rules are in place for the rest of the UAE. “For the rest of the UAE, all travellers have to undertake a COVID-19 PCR test in the country…

SEISS: Rishi Sunak under fire for lack of support for excluded UK – ‘kick in the teeth!’ | Personal Finance | Finance

SEISS is formally known as the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme, and offers help to eligible self-employed people in the form of grants. The scheme was extended by the Chancellor Rishi Sunak, following further restrictions and a cry for support from those affected by the pandemic. However, for a number of different reasons, some have been excluded from SEISS as well as other government support measures such as furlough.  Mr Sunak today appeared in the House of Commons to give a statement, and many hoped he would address the matter. While…

Ford Fiesta: Popular hot hatch is the most popular car of 2020, said SMMT and Motorpoint

Analysis from leading vehicle dealer Motorpoint and figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has both put the Ford Fiesta at the top of the table. According to the SMMT, over 49,000 models were sold this year making it the most popular new car on the market. Last year, data from the SMMT showed almost 78,000 models left the forecourts highlighting a slowing down of sales in 2020. Both the SMMT and Motorpoint put the Vauxhall Corsa as the second most popular car of the year. SMMT…

Yellowstone volcano: USGS reveals ‘behemoth’ Steamboat Geyser erupting at ‘record pace’ | Science | News

Nestled in Yellowstone National Park, Steamboat Geyser is the world’s tallest currently-active geyser. And boasting a pair of vents, this unpredictable spring has been erupting at a “record pace” since March 2018, the USGS has confirmed. A research paper released today has revealed what is responsible for Steamboat’s mysterious energetic eruptions. USGS Yellowstone observers have counted 128 major eruptions taking place at the geyser between March 2018 and the end of last year. The volcanologists wrote: “This may not seem very impressive at first — Old Faithful Geyser can erupt…

Google set to reveal a new Amazon Echo rival as secret speaker discovered

The battle of the smart speakers rages on with it looking highly likely that Google will be the first firm to release a new intelligent device in 2021. The tech giant recently refreshed its popular Home speaker with the launch of the new Nest Audio and now it appears that the popular Nest Hub is set for a refresh. A listing from Google has been spotted on the Federal Communications Commission website for a new “interactive device”. As noted by 9to5Google, this all points to a reboot of the Nest…

Cyberpunk 2077 update 1.07 – Patch #1 January 2021 expected release date for PS4, Xbox One | Gaming | Entertainment

Cyberpunk 2077’s launch was a disaster, especially on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. While all versions of the open-world role-playing game have issues, the last-gen editions were particularly problematic. In addition to game-breaking bugs, the PS4 and Xbox One versions had consistent performance issues that make for a scrappy experience. Things were so bad on last-gen consoles that Sony pulled the game from PSN, while CD Projekt has agreed to issue refunds. Fortunately, however, CD Projekt is working on some pretty major updates, beginning with “Patch #1” in January (which…

Face mask rules: Which supermarkets have banned shoppers who refuse? | UK | News

The British Retail Consortium (BRC), which represents more than 170 major retailers including the big supermarket groups, has called for the police to do more after interventions by staff led to a sharp rise in incidents of abuse. Andrew Opie, the BRC’s director of food & sustainability said: “While enforcement of face coverings is the responsibility of the police, retailers continue to do what they can to encourage their use throughout stores. “Sadly, this has led to a sharp rise in incidents of violence and abuse against shop workers, which…

Covid deaths mapped: Which areas have highest death rates? Covid cases ‘out of control’ | UK | News

The coronavirus death toll is growing every day with the rate of coronavirus patients in hospitals jumping by 22 percent in just a week to its highest level ever. NHS England chief Sir Simon Stevens has warned the Covid crisis is now “out of control”, and Health Secretary Matt Hancock today warned the new Covid-19 variant is putting the NHS under severe pressure. Mr Hancock warned Britons to stick to lockdown rules and said death rates remain “stubbornly high” but where in England has the worst death rates right now?…