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Professor Carl Jones delivers a lecture on ‘fake news’ for secondary school children

Carl Jones, a PR and Advertising senior lecturer at the University of Westminster has hosted an online lecture on ‘Fake news & how to Spot it’ earlier this week via the software Microsoft teams to almost 1,400 students within the UK.

The talk was arranged by the charity Speakers for Schools, which was established to put young people in touch with eminent figures and societal leaders including CEOs and professors, as well as their organisations.

As stated on their website, Speakers for Schools have managed to reach more than 890,000 students nationwide through their talks and work experience programme since the charity was founded in 2010.

During his talk, Jones discussed the theme of Fake News and later explored its appearances in social media sites, advertising, as well as journalism.

The talk was ended by providing a tool kit that young students are able to apply in order to find out whether a piece of information would be misinformation or not.

WNOL asked Carl Jones why he thought it mattered to make students – people aware of the circulation of fake news, his answer was:

Below is a Tweet of Carl Jones delivering the lecture a few days ago posted by Speakers for Schools charity.

By Gabriela Jimenez

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Challenges of dental clinics in Mexico during the pandemic

In the small town of Nogales, Mexico some dental clinics are struggling to maintain open despite orders to keep them closed until 1 June.

However, some dentists are defying the restrictions by opening their clinics only for emergency appointments. Despite health advice from the health secretary, dentists are at risk in being infected if they keep their facilities open.

This is what we heard from Dr. Ivan Gonzalez who has reopened his dental clinic and the challenges that the dental community is facing.

Dr Gonzales. Photograph by Patty Lopez

By Karina Corral

Image source: Dr. Gonzales. Photograph by Patty Lopez

Covid-19 patient in China tells of her ordeal

Report from DaLian, China

Below is a telephone interview that took place with a confirmed positive case of a student being treated in Beijing, Ditan hospital at present.

Following the discussion with the interviewee, she hoped that we would call her Tian.

Tian is a girl who are studies at one of London’s most prestigious universities. She said that once her university changed to online sessions, she decided to go back to China. Her flight back home was on the 17th of March. From London to Moscow, and Moscow to Beijing.

Jessie: When did you know you were among the confirmed cases?

Tian: I arrived in Beijing on the 18th and before you land at Beijing airport you have to complete a “Health form” to explain whether you have any existing symptoms or took any medicine in the last 14 days. I had no idea at that time that I am a positive carrier because I did not have any symptoms at all. But I did take ibuprofen for my otitis media problem. So, I wrote down I ate ibuprofen in the last 14 days. After I got off the plane, there was an ambulance take me immediately to the Ditan hospital for testing. I spent the whole night at hospital because they did not allow us to go anywhere else before the result come out and on the 19th I have received the message that I was confirmed on COVID-19.

Health declaration form

Jessie: Tell me a little me more about the environment in the hospital and your state

Tian: To be honest, I was shocked when I got the message. Because I did not feel unwell. The good thing is that the doctor told me that my symptoms are not serious. So hopefully, I can get out quickly. DiTan hospital is super busy currently, so at the very beginning I had to share a room with 3 other patients. Doctors do not allow us to leave the ward at any time of the day because this is an infectious disease. And because I went directly to the hospital all my luggage are still in the airport – I only have my phone and my passport with me.


After I spent 20 days with my three roommates, I got a chance to move to the single room because they told me I nearly recovered. During that time, my states did get worst at the end of March, I started to have a continuous cough to the point where I couldn’t even sleep at night.

Tian during her treatment

I got really depressed sometimes and that made it even more emotional with this on-going situation but gladly one of the doctors – whose name I don’t know because they all wearing the same protective suit to cover their whole body (which make me confused sometimes about who is who) – always came and spoke with me on my health. This helped me a lot with my negative thoughts.

Five corporations that are benefiting most due to coronavirus outbreak

The Coronavirus outbreak has had a massive impact on businesses. While many businesses have suffered tremendously due to the outbreak, with more than half a million companies reported to be in ‘significant distress’ within the UK alone, certain international corporations happen to be benefitting from the circumstances which the virus has brought. Here are five corporations which have particularly benefited from the lockdown:

Netflix

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With the lockdown forcing many to stay home, digital streaming services such as Netflix has seen an increase in sign-ups.

Netflix has told the BBC that almost 16 million people created accounts during the first three months of the year, which is almost double the new sign-ups the firm saw in the last months of 2019.

It was reported that Europe, the Middle East and Africa were recorded to have the largest of new members with nearly 7 million new subscribers. The US and Canada were also known to jump with 2.3 million new members streaming the service, compared to only 550,000 within the last few months of 2019.

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Data Source: Statista Netflix growth in the result of Covid-19 outbreak

Amazon

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Another corporation which is known to be doing pretty well despite the pandemic is Amazon.

Due to people having to remain inside more often, this has led to a boost in sales from the business.

According to The Guardian, the online retailer has been defined as a “clear winner” from the coronavirus predicament, with its share price rising by more than a third within a month, its clients are reported to be spending nearly $11,000 (£8,841) a second on its products and services and holder Jeff Bezos strengthening his position as the world’s wealthiest person owning $138 billion (£110 billion).

Uber Eats 

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One thing that everybody is surely doing during lockdown is eating more, which leads to our next benefitted corporation being Uber Eats.

During the pandemic, people find themselves ordering takeout more often, and Uber Eats appears to be one of the winners from benefitting from the circumstances.

According to The Telegraph, data has shown that Uber’s food delivery business has exceeded its original car-booking service within the US for the first time ever.

An article by Forbes reports that Uber Eats has seen a 30% surge in clients who are registering to the service, as well as has received an arrival of new drivers.

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Data Source: The Telegraph graph – Uber Eats overtakes Uber Rides in the US

Apple

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Next on our list is Apple, which despite the lockdown causing its stores to close down, it still saw growth during the first three months of 2020.

According to the BBC, sales by the corporation boosted up to $58.3 billion (£46.2 billion), up from $58 billion within the same time in 2019, and overthrowing expectations of $54.5 billion.

The boss of Apple, Tim Cook, said that the business saw a “record for streaming” as well as “phenomenal” growth in its online store.

Despite the lockdown affecting the supply of iPhone due to Chinese factories shutting, as well as a drop in demand for devices within China – a leading market for Apple – during the months of February and March, the firm’s boss told investors during a call: “I don’t think I can remember a quarter where I’ve been prouder of Apple.”

Apple’s wearables, home and accessories department, which produces the Apple Watch and AirPods, rose 22.5% to $6.3 billion (£5 billion), while subscription services such as Apple Music and Apple TV jumped 16.6% to $13.3 billion (£10.6 billion) equivalent.

Zoom

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As most people find themselves social distancing and working from home, this has led to video call services such as Zoom to increase in the number of users signing up.

According to The Guardian, there has been an increase in the demand for video-conferencing and downloads of video conferencing apps, as the lockdown has led a number of things including UK cabinet meeting to be moved online.

Zoom, which enables users to communicate to up to 99 other people at the same time has become one of the most popular apps being used during the lockdown, often being at the top of the download charts in Apple’s app store.

Although the company does not share daily download figures, app tracking company Apptosia stated that Zoom was downloaded 2.13 million times around the world on 23rdof March – the day lockdown was announced within the UK – up from 56,000 a day two months before.

By Gabriela Jimenez

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Update from Germany

Yesterday May 6th 2020, Germany’s Chancellor, Angela Merkel, had a crisis meeting with the Minister Presidents of the 16 federal states in Germany about easing lockdown restrictions and how individual states should deal with it.

In the following press conference, the Federal Chancellor announced, that the following easing measures had been adopted by the government: 

1. All shops are allowed to open again from next week under strict hygiene conditions and social distancing. Until now, only shops with a floor space of less than 800 square metres had been allowed to do so.

2. The ban against social contact will remain until the 5th of June at the least, to prevent the meeting of groups in a private area. 

3. Outdoor sports, such as tennis or football should be possible from next week under strict condition. It is still unclear when gyms and other sports clubs that offer indoor sports can reopen. According to Merkel “the risk is too high.”

4. Restaurants and bars can look forward to open their doors again. But there are also conditions here. Only half of the tables may be occupied due to social distancing and mask obligation applies. In order to be prepared in the event of a second wave, costumers are required to provide their contact details, so that the government are able to trace an infection chain. 

5. Restrictions have also been eased in the area of culture. Galleries and museums can now show their exhibitions again. Zoos and playgrounds can also rejoice life. 

6. Social contacts are also being considered. From now on you can meet with people from a second household 

7. The responsibility for new easing and how to proceed with the pandemic will now be in the hands of the federal states. 

Merkel named the positive development but on the same time warned for caution.

She furthermore assured if Germany is close to a second wave, the easing would be withdrawn again.  

sources: BBC: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-52557718

OWL 24: https://www.owl24.de/owl/angela-merkel-per30389/coronavirus-nrw-obergrenze-lockerungen-deutschland-nrw-armin-laschet-covid-19-zr-13748828.html

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FrywGkMRbSU

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WNOL reveals what the millennials want and it is not a return to normality

Boris Johnson announced that an easing of the lockdown will happen next Monday. He will set out his exit strategy at the weekend.

His plan for the ‘second phase’ to fight against the coronavirus will be televised on Sunday, where more information of an easing of the lockdown will be explained.

The UK has been in lockdown since 23rd March and is now in the middle of the seventh week. While other countries such as France will see some businesses opening back on the 11th May, the British position remains uncertain.

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Approaching the easing of the lockdown, we created a poll to find out how many people wish to return to what we used to know and call it a normal life, or whether they would rather keep some elements of the lockdown.

We, therefore, conducted the same poll on two different platforms, Twitter and Instagram.

Twitter Results. Graph by Sam Tabahriti
Instagram Results. Graph by Sam Tabahriti

Results show a large desire to keep some elements of the lockdown.

To find out more in regards to why they would wish to keep some of the elements, we conducted a survey and targeted a rather young adult audience, whom most are students in their first or second year of university.

The survey showed that 87.8% are aged between 17-24 and most responders were women (87.8%).

To the question: “how do you feel about the future?”, most of the answers were about uncertainty and worries about what will happen next.

Unsurprisingly, every single response to: “What is the first thing you want to do once lockdown is lifted?”, was going out to meet friends and socialise as we normally do.

Photograph by Priscilla Du Preez on Unsplash

Students show optimism about the nearest future, where 41.5% of the responses show they are confident to find a new job in the next three months, 22% in the next six months, 17.1% in the next 9 months, however, 19.5% responded they may find a job in the next 12 months.

Queues in supermarkets have become a socialising way to meet new people and have a laugh with others than the people you live with, giving you a good escape moment.

The survey responses show that many people actually enjoyed the queuing system put into place and would like to keep a similar system.

Image source: Chris Spiegl on Unsplash

Will lockdown be lifted on Monday?

UK’s prime minister Boris Johnson attended PMQ’s for the first time after his recovery due to Coronavirus.

Having been confronted by the Labour Leader, Sir Keir Starmer, he hinted that the measures he intends to set out on Sunday could be put into place as quickly as the following day. However, he did not indicate how or which lockdown restrictions would be lifted. 

Clearly, this will not happen until he has considered the scientific and medical advice from the experts. There is a need for families and businesses to return to some normality in order to ensure stable mental health and economic easing. 

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The prime minister’s words come shortly before the Secretary of State announced the total death toll rising to over 30,000 as another 649 people tragically died.

The government urges the public to be aware that no lockdown restrictions will be lifted until the “five tests” have been accomplished. 

BBC political correspondent has suggested that even though small tweaks may occur on Monday, the lockdown will “largely stay in place”. This could mean changes in the number of times we can exercise and our freedom within outdoor areas.

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Many other countries have suffered a great loss since the start of the pandemic, however, currently, the United Kingdom is the hardest-hit country in Europe and has the second-highest number of deaths in the world.

However, the government have argued it is too early to make international comparisons. 

The pandemic is at different stages around the world, countries have begun to make changes to their lockdowns, easing restrictions and giving their population more freedom.

Spain, Italy and Switzerland are among many countries in Europe that have allowed citizens to exercise and small businesses have been reopened. 

Moving outside of Europe, Pakistan along with other countries.

Along with other countries, Pakistan is gradually lifting their lockdown as well. The government has allowed people to open their businesses, despite a surge in Covid-19 cases that are more than 23,000 with over 500 deaths in the country. 

The National Coordination Committee (NCC) had a meeting in which they decided that it is important to ease the lockdown for the daily wage workers and small businesses since Pakistan is immensely struggling economically due to the Coronavirus outbreak.

The lockdown has caused tension for 7 million daily wagers in the country and their families. 

However, the prime minister has urged people to follow SOPs and maintain social distancing even after the restrictions are lifted.

By Grace Staley and Warshma Chughtai

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