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One of the six ravens in the Tower of London has disappeared
Workers fear he is dead, which could be a grim sign for the UK. According to legend, if there are less than six ravens in the Tower, the kingdom will perish.
The fusion energy device kept a temperature of 180 million degrees Fahrenheit, or 100 million degrees Celsius, for 20 seconds
The Korea Superconducting Tokamak Advanced Research (KSTAR) fusion reactor recently set a world record by maintaining its plasma temperature at a super-hot 180 million degrees Fahrenheit for 20 seconds. It may not seem like a long time, but no previous fusion plant has operated for more than 10 seconds under these conditions - even the KSTAR reactor only lasted eight seconds in 2019.
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Άρης: Σενάριο για Μήτρογλου - SDNA
Το όνομα του Έλληνα φορ που δεν υπολογίζεται στη Μαρσέιγ έπεσε στο τραπέζι των επιτελών του Άρη που εξετάζουν την περίπτωσή του.
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Football in Fortnite: New sport collaboration is 'just the start' - BBC News
The game announces a collaboration with some of the world's biggest football clubs.
By Will ChalkNewsbeat reporter image copyrightEpic Games After putting on in-game gigs that were watched by tens of millions of fans, Fortnite has announced its latest collaboration: The beautiful game. It's partnered up with some of the world's biggest football clubs to offer licensed skins and emotes. Fortnite has been one of the most popular games in the world for more than three years, and collaborations have played a big part in its success. And the man behind it hopes there will be more football in Fortnite to come. image copyrightGetty Images image captionNate Nanzer worked on the game Overwatch, before joining the Fortnite team in 2019 "We really view this as the the start of what we want to do in football," Nate Nanzer, whose official title is Head of Global Partnerships, tells Radio 1 Newsbeat. "We've dabbled in the past, like we did some stuff with Liverpool Football Club a few months ago, but that's now evolved into this, and the football calendar is pretty exciting over the next couple years, so hopefully we can keep doing more." Twenty-three teams have signed up to have their kits in the game, including Manchester City, West Ham, Celtic, Rangers and Juventus. There'll also be a separate game mode where players can use their pickaxes to play four versus four football. To the uninitiated, the addition of some new outfits and celebrations might not seem like a big deal, but games are constantly fighting to keep players jumping ship to one of their rivals. This means they have to keep the experience feeling new and exciting, but without taking away from the reasons people loved it in the first place. image copyrightEpic Games image captionPep Guardiola is probably firing up his console as we speak Tweaking little things such as the look of the characters can make a big difference. "I think I think we're constantly trying to push ourselves," Nate says, "and that's why Fortnite is stronger than it's ever been. "Back in December we had a Marvel-themed event that set an all-time concurrent user record for us - 15.3 million people. "So this football launch isn't a reaction to anything other games are doing - it's really an effort on our side to be thinking as globally as possible. "We're a US-based company, but what we want to do things that resonate all over the world." image copyrightGetty Images image captionTravis Scott's performance was watched live by more than 12 million people Fortnite got the most attention here in the UK last year when it put on gigs, by Travis Scott and Marshmello, that took place entirely within the game and were watched by millions. But they also had similar success in Japan with an artist called Kenshi Yonezu, and Latin America with Colombian singer J Balvin. The idea of the world's biggest artists performing within a game would have seemed absurd a few years ago, but Nate says things are changing quickly. "Fortnite has hit this level of awareness globally, so we don't have to explain to people what it is any more, so that's a great advantage," he says. "But first and foremost we're looking for people who're going to be great collaborators - we've never had a situation where someone has come to us and said: 'We'll pay you loads of money if you put us in the game.' "That's literally never happened." Listen to Newsbeat live at 12:45 and 17:45 weekdays - or listen back here.
Covid England: Deaths in care homes DOUBLE in a fortnight to 1,260 - Daily Mail
An Office for National Statistics (ONS) report found 1,260 residents died to the virus in the week ending January 15, almost twice the 661 fatalities two weeks ago.
Coronavirus deaths in care homes have doubled in a fortnight in England, figures revealed today amid a spike in cases across the sector. An Office for National Statistics (ONS) report found 1,260 residents died of the virus in the week ending January 15, almost twice the 661 fatalities two weeks ago. The virus now accounts for a startling 40 per cent of all deaths in care homes in England, up from just over a quarter at the end of December. Ministers have been slammed by furious families and charities for failing to vaccinate care home residents who are first in the queue because they are most vulnerable to the disease. Even though only half of Britain's 400,000 residents have had their jab since the immunisation drive started six weeks ago, No10 has already expanded the scheme to over-70s. It comes after two-thirds of the elderly residents at a Lincolnshire died following a sudden outbreak of coronavirus in November which killed 17 people over six weeks. There are now questions over whether the spike in cases and deaths is linked to the Government's controversial policy to send Covid patients discharged from hospitals back into care homes. Under the scheme, designed to free up hospital beds and protect the NHS, care homes which passed inspection and were deemed Covid-secure were once again asked to house infected patients. The scheme was launched by the Department of Health in October in the hope that every local authority would have access to at least one approved site by the end of the month. But only a third of councils in England had an approved setting as of January 5. It emerged today that No10 will provide indemnity to care homes approved to take Covid patients, amid concerns that not enough homes were signing up because insurance companies refused to cover them. Industry bosses feared they would come under increasing pressure to accept Covid patients, with too few approved settings and rising numbers in hospitals. More than 20,000 care home residents died from Covid-19 during the first wave of the pandemic and experts say the decision to discharge thousands of untested hospital patients into care homes in spring was partly to blame. MPs accused ministers of throwing care homes 'to the wolves'. With history threatening to repeat itself, Britain announced another 1,610 Covid deaths today the highest daily figure since the pandemic began. Health bosses also posted 33,355 cases, with the outbreak continuing to shrink because of lockdown. An Office for National Statistics (ONS) report found 1,260 care home residents died to the virus in the week ending January 15, almost twice the 661 fatalities two weeks ago Public Health England has also recorded a spike in the number of suspected Covid-19 outbreaks reported in care homes. But it said many of these are be false alarms, although it couldn't say what number turned out not to involve the virus Ministers have been slammed by furious families and charities for failing to vaccinate care home residents despite the immunisation programme launching six weeks ago and already being expanded to over-70s LINCOLNSHIRE CARE HOME SUFFERS 'WORST OUTBREAK' OF THE PANDEMIC A Lincolnshire care home boss has described the 'absolutely horrendous' ordeal of seeing 18 elderly residents die in a coronavirus outbreak. All residents and 20 staff members at The Old Hall at Halton Holegate, near Spilsby, became infected with the virus in November, with the first resident dying on the 16th. Over the next six weeks another 17 people died from Covid. Most were in their 90s, with the youngest aged 79 and the oldest 99 Some of the deaths were so sudden staff did not have the chance to administer end-of-life treatment or arrange for loved ones to say goodbye. Following an inspection by CQC, the care home regulator, the home was found to have been doing everything it could to prevent the spread of the virus. Diane Vale, the care home's manager, said the situation had been 'absolutely horrendous' and that some deaths were so sudden staff could not administer end-of-life treatment or arrange for loved ones to say goodbye. ONS statistics revealed the number of Covid-19 deaths in care homes has risen for six consecutive weeks since the start of last month. There were 444 fatalities registered with the Care and Quality Commission in the seven days to December 4. But this had tripled to 1,260 by the week ending January 15, the latest date for which data is available. A separate dataset from Public Health England last week also showed they were receiving more reports of suspected Covid-19 outbreaks than at the start of the second wave. More than 800 suspected outbreaks with at least one confirmed Covid case were reported in the week to January 10, a hundred more than the previous week. For comparison, when the second wave began in August fewer than 100 were reported in the space of a week. A suspected outbreak or acute respiratory infection incident is when two or more cases of a virus are thought to have been identified in a home. But PHE has insisted these don't necessarily represent actual outbreaks, as many turn out to be false alarms although it doesn't say what proportion of all cases were not actual outbreaks. There are fears the resurgence of Covid in care homes is the result of ministers' controversial policy to send Covid patients discharged from hospitals into the sector - a move which has worrying echoes of the first wave when hospitals were permitted to discharge patients into care homes without testing them for Covid. These patients, bosses warned, seeded deadly coronavirus outbreaks in the homes which contributed to the sector's devastating death toll of 19,157 in 2020. When the plans were announced last autumn, they were met with fury by human rights groups, who described the move as 'like throwing a lit match into a haystack'. Kate Allen, director of Amnesty International, said: 'The discharge of Covid-19 patients into care homes full of vulnerable residents is widely regarded as one of the biggest and most devastating mistakes of the Government's handling of the pandemic. Yet the same deadly policy from earlier in the pandemic is being pursued, despite the knowledge of how disastrous it was and how many lives were lost as a consequence.' The scheme, which launched in mid-October, was for patients only to be sent into homes if they produced a negative test upon being discharged. But documents seen by the Guardian last week revealed the NHS - facing its biggest ever winter crisis - is now is asking care homes to start accepting Covid patients directly from hospitals and without a recent negative test, as long as they have been in isolation for 14 days and have shown no new symptoms. There are no figures yet to show how many patients have actually been sent into homes, meaning it's impossible to know if the wave of infections in care homes is linked to the policy. The Department of Health reassured that homes selected to house infected patients would be carefully inspected so the facilities would not turn into breeding grounds for the virus. But leaked documents sent by local councils to care homes seen by Amnesty International offered no concrete assurances that facilities will be properly Covid-secure, the human rights group said. It comes as the Government announced it will provide indemnity for care homes in England approved to safely receive Covid-19 patients discharged from hospital, in recognition that insurance issues have led to too few numbers. Vaccine Deployment minister Nadhim Zahawi has announced a 'time-limited state-backed indemnity' for care homes registered or intending to register as 'designated settings' who are unable to obtain sufficient insurance cover. These are care homes or alternative sites that have been inspected and approved by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) for the rapid discharge of hospital patients with coronavirus. In mid-October, when the scheme was launched, the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) said it hoped every local authority would have access to at least one approved site by the end of the month. Figures from the CQC last week show that more than a third of local authorities in England had no approved setting as of January 5. No10 to provide indemnity for care homes in England approved to safely receive Covid-19 patients discharged from hospital Families won't be able to sue care homes if a relative dies from coronavirus as a result of taking in infected hospital patients, under new Government plans. Number 10 said today it will be providing indemnity for care homes in Engand that have been approved to receive Covid-19 patients discharged from hospital. Since mid-October, the NHS has been sending infected patients into the sector in a desperate bid to free up beds and protect the health service from being overwhelmed. But not enough care homes have been signing up because insurance companies have been refusing to cover them if the tactic sparks outbreaks. Vaccine Deployment minister Nadhim Zahawi has today announced a 'time-limited state-backed indemnity' for care homes registered or intending to register as 'designated settings' who are unable to obtain sufficient insurance cover. When the scheme was launched, the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) said it hoped every local authority would have access to at least one approved site by the end of the month. Figures from the CQC last week show that more than a third of local authorities in England had no approved setting as of January 5. There have been fears that, with too few approved settings and rising numbers in hospitals, care homes who have not been approved will come under increasing pressure to accept patients. Mr Zahawi acknowledged that an inability to get sufficient insurance cover has been a barrier for some care homes wishing to join the scheme. In a written ministerial statement on Monday, he said: 'This is limiting the ability of a small number of local authorities to operationalise designated settings capacity, and in other areas is limiting the expansion of such capacity in response to rising demand. 'Given the severity and immediacy of the pressures facing the NHS, we want to take all possible steps to remove obstacles to sufficient local designated settings provision. 'This includes ensuring that where the creation of designated settings has created barriers to insurance, the Government will introduce a targeted and time-limited indemnity offer to fill gaps in commercial cover.' The indemnity will cover clinical negligence, employer's and public liability and remain in place until the end of March, with a review in mid February. Care England said a lack of insurance has been a 'major stumbling block' in care homes agreeing to become designated sites. Chief executive Professor Martin Green said: 'We are delighted that the Government has listened to Care England about the critical issue of insurance. 'We look forward to working with the Government to make the best of this important decision and will continue to campaign to have the difficulties associated with securing insurance cover extended to the rest of the care home sector who are crippled by sky-high premiums and lack of Covid cover.' Care England said it expected further guidance from the Government in due course. The Association of British Insurers (ABI) said it welcomes the opportunity to work with the Government and supports the scheme's aims. Director general Huw Evans said: 'The insurance industry remains supportive of the care home sector and will continue to work with the Government on the detail of this scheme and to assist with ongoing insurance provision wherever possible in these most challenging circumstances.' The National Care Forum welcomed the scheme but said it does not go far enough, calling for it to be extended to the entire social care sector. Executive director Vic Rayner said: 'Aside from those care homes operating designated settings who have now received indemnity, care providers continue to struggle to negotiate affordable insurance cover with many seeing substantial increases to insurance premiums, restrictions and exclusions that prevent adequate cover for Covid-19-related claims. 'We have raised this consistently and it is hugely frustrating that it has taken until now for the Government to act.' The DHSC will also provide clinical negligence indemnity to community pharmacies carrying out vaccinations, up until June 30. Mr Zahawi said the need for this was 'extremely urgent' as pharmacy-led vaccination centres were not able to start vaccinating people until this was in place. Vaccination has begun at six centres as of Monday, he added. He said: 'Delaying would have postponed the rollout of this vital aspect of the vaccination programme, restricting access to the vaccine in some areas of the county. We concluded that such a delay was not acceptable and I hope it is clear why this was indeed a case of special urgency. '