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What at first seems like an incredibly alarming statistic has been circulating on social media, promoted by a small and vocal group of journalists – at least 91% of coronavirus tests in the UK are “false positives”.If true, the implications would be staggering – the actual scale of the pandemic in the UK is less than a tenth of what we thought and the government has just announced further lockdown restrictions based on faulty data.This claim has been seized upon by, among others, radio show host Julia Hartley-Brewer...THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT: Matt Hancock told me on @talkRADIO that the False Positive Rate of Covid tests in the community is "under 1%". Sounds good, doesn't it? WRONG! An FPR of 0.8% when the virus prevalence is so low means that at least 91% of "Covid cases" are FALSE POSITIVES. https://t.co/f2Z85Lj4cj— Julia Hartley-Brewer (@JuliaHB1) September 18, 2020Journalist Toby Young, who in an article said health secretary Matt Hancock was “keeping this knowledge from the public for nefarious reasons”...If Whitty and Vallance had taken questions, I hope someone would have asked them what the projected number of cases would be on 13th Oct if you discount the 91% of “cases” that are false positives. I make it 4,410. pic.twitter.com/qyyAFXCj4P— Toby Young (@toadmeister) September 21, 2020And even a Tory MP...The government advisers today need to tell us how they are going to stop false test results distorting the figures. How are they going to calculate an accurate R Number? Data needs improving to improve decisions.— John Redwood (@johnredwood) September 21, 2020But there’s one problem – it’s simply not true.So where did it come from?Back in July, professor Carl Heneghan, director for the centre of evidence-based medicine at Oxford University and outspoken critic of the current UK response to the pandemic, wrote a piece titled: “How many Covid diagnoses are false positives?”This article explains, in a nutshell, how tests cannot be 100% accurate and therefore there is a certain margin of error in the results.Heneghan is particularly interested in “false positives” – those people who test positive for Covid-19 but actually aren’t infected. Health secretary Matt Hancock has said the false positive rate (FPR) for coronavirus tests is “less than 1%”.But Heneghan has argued that due to a bit of a fluke involving some slightly complicated statistics, this FPR in the UK could be as high as 50%.This theme was then taken up by Dr Michael Yeadon, who in a blog post argued the FPR was actually “around 90%”.It was this blog and the claim therein that was picked up by Hartley-Brewer and Co.Are they right?Yes, but only in a statistical sense. Applied to the real-world, the conclusions don’t stand up and are wildly misleading.How so?Well, forgive us but to explain that we need to outline some of those slightly complicated statistics we mentioned earlier.There are two key terms you need to be familiar with – “test sensitivity” and “test specificity”.Test specificityTest specificity is the proportion of people without coronavirus who have a negative test and is a measure of how good it is at avoiding false positives.The test specificity for coronavirus tests is extremely high and we can work it out from the FPR rate.We don’t know the actual FPR as we simply don’t have all the data required to work it out just yet. But the “under 1%” from Hancock is the figure used by those mentioned above to reach their conclusions and accuse the government of misinterpreting the figures.So if the FPR rate is “under 1%” then the test specificity must be at least 99%.Test sensitivityTest sensitivity is the proportion of people with coronavirus who test positive. Worryingly, current coronavirus tests are thought to only have a sensitivity of 80% meaning one in five people with coronavirus who get tested are told they don’t have it.(This actually means cases are being underreported but that’s not the main concern of this article so we’ll leave it at that.)Pre-test probability (AKA prevalence)The prevalence simply refers to how widespread the infection is in the general population. The latest estimate from the Office for National Statistics suggests even though it is rising, only 0.11% of the population are currently infected with coronavirus based on positive test results.(There is of course the issue of false negatives here but a high number of these would mean the pandemic is even larger than feared but as this isn’t what people are claiming, we’re going to ignore this as well).It’s this very low figure that is being used to suggest the number of false positives might be out of control as it means that even a tiny number of false positives can vastly skew the data in the way in which Heneghan and Yeadon propose.Every journalist and MP should be asking the PM & Health Secretary: why are we using a Covid-19 test that has 90% false positives? Read this by ⁦@MichaelYeadon3⁩: Lies, Damned Lies and Health Statistics – the Deadly Danger of False Positives. https://t.co/ibNK0Yt7G5— Julia Hartley-Brewer (@JuliaHB1) September 20, 2020How does it skew the data?At this point we hand over to Sam Watson, senior lecturer at Birmingham University, who told HuffPost UK: “Imagine 1,000 people turn up to the testing centre, and only one person has Covid. That one person has a positive test. “Of the remaining 999 people, if the FPR is 1%, then you’ll get another nine positive tests from these 999“So now you’ve got 10 positive tests, but only one of them has covid, so 90% of the positive tests don’t actually have covid.”The lovely people at The BMJ created this interactive chart where you can see how this works – it only uses a sample size of 100 but if you set the test sensitivity to 80, round up the prevalence rate (pre-test probability) to 1 and the test specificity down to 99, you’ll see for every one true positive you get one false positive.This infographic will display on browsers that support iframes.This gives the 50% FPR figure that Heneghan cites and if we could set the prevalence to 0.11%, we would get the 90% figure cited by Yeadon.The crucial third factorBoth Yeadon and Heneghan, and in turn Hartley-Brewer, Toby Young and John Redwood, make one huge assumption – that the prevalence of coronavirus in the population tested is 0.11% like the ONS has said.But this is not representative of the population that is actually being tested and whose results make up the material presented by the government and scientists of evidence of a second wave.The ONS figure is based on a weekly survey of households representative of the UK as a whole, while the evidence of a second wave is based on tests on people who have sought one out.Watson HuffPost UK: “If you took the UK population as a whole and randomly picked one person out of it, the probability of them having Covid is actually very low at it has a reasonably low prevalence. “But if you turn up to a testing centre you’re already thinking: ‘I might have Covid’ and if you turn up with a cough and a fever then it’s probably quite a high probability that you have Covid.”Let’s return to our interactive chart –  like before, set the test sensitivity to 80 and the specificity to 99, but this time play around with the pre-test probability.This infographic will display on browsers that support iframes.As you can see, tiny changes have a massive effect.Even if – as Hancock has said – a lot of people are getting tests without symptoms, if just one in five of those being tested are likely to have coronavirus because they have symptoms, the number of true positives dwarfs the false positives 16 to 1.If just half of them have symptoms, in a sample of 100 people the number of false positives is so small it doesn’t even show up. But this is all irrelevant anyway.Excuse me? Yes, it’s all irrelevant.Erm... why?Because we know rising positive cases aren’t due to false positives for a couple of other reasons.Positive test rates are going up as a percentage of total tests – this is not disputed. But this can’t be because of an increase in false positives as the rate of false positives remains constant unless the actual method of testing changes, which it hasn’t.Additionally, if false positives were causing the spike in numbers, it would be uniform across the UK and it isn’t.I’m still not convincedHospital admissions due to coronavirus are at their highest levels since June. You do not go to hospital with a severe case of the false positives.Why is this important?We’ll hand over to Dr Dominic Pimenta for this one, who told HuffPost UK: “What’s really dangerous here is eroding the trust in the test and trace system, based on supposition, and this is then amplified to negatively effect public behaviour at at time when that is crucially needed to control cases and prevent more deaths and worse restrictions.”And finally – the big questionFinally, there’s the elephant in the room – why exactly would the government actually want a second lockdown that would likely finish off the UK economy and negatively impact millions of people even if they don’t have Covid?Even Hartley-Brewer is stumped...Ok, so many of us accept that the data being used to convince us to go back into some kind of lockdown is dodgy as hell... But WHY, when the data doesn't predict a deadly second wave, would the Government want to pretend that it does? This is the bit I can't work out. 1/— Julia Hartley-Brewer (@JuliaHB1) September 21, 2020Related... Stricter Lockdown Measures Needed 'As Fast As Possible', Warns Government Science Adviser Coronavirus Sceptics And Anti-Vaxxers Told To Disperse Or Face Arrest In Police Clash This Pro-Trump TV Channel Makes Fox News Look Like CBeebies
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Apart from this, the increase in adoption of fleet management in the e-retail space to enhance customer experience by availing real time package tracking to assist the market growth during the forecast period.Product Type - Segment AnalysisActive vehicle tracking system market held the majority of the share in 2019 and is also estimated to grow at the highest rate during 2020-2025 owing to the increase in demand for passenger ride services for office commutation and general commutation with mobile based live tracking of the vehicles.Request for Sample of the Report @ https://www.industryarc.com/pdfdownload.php?id=502030Report Price: $ 4500 (Single User License)Vehicle Type - Segment AnalysisBy vehicle type, the global vehicle tracking system market has been segmented by commercial and passenger vehicle.The passenger vehicle tracking system market held the major share of the market in 2019 owing to the broad based of fleet operators in developed economies and rapid increase of the same in emerging economies.The commercial vehicle segment is set to witness the highest growth during 2020-2025 owing to the increase in penetration of fleet management in the commercial transportation and logistics segment which mandates the incorporation of tracking systems in the vehicle to geofencing, asset tracking, fleet monitoring and other applications.The rise in rental self-drive vehicle demand and increase in usage based insurance in this sector is set to assist the market growth for vehicle tracking system during 2020-2025Industry Vertical- Segment AnalysisThe various industry verticals comprehended in the global vehicle tracking system market includes transportation and logistics, construction, retail, government and others.Since these offer live package tracking of the deliveries, the demand for vehicle tracking systems is also set to grow as these systems will be incorporated by the in-city logistics fleet.Geography - Segment AnalysisNorth America acquired the significant share of 40% of the global vehicle tracking system market in 2019 owing to the major users of fleet management for commercial vehicles in the transportation and logistics vertical.APAC is also set to witness the highest growth during 2020-2025 owing to the broad passenger vehicle user base, increase in the entry of ride sharing and rental car companies during the forecast period.Some of the biggest rental car startups across the globe includes eHI Car Services, Zuche, PPzuche, Reocar, Turo, Atzuche, iCarsclub, Zipcar, Silvercar, Drivy, Zoom Car and so on.
Boris Johnson and Donald Trump were never going to fare well in the revival of satirical puppet series Spitting Image, but we have a feeling they definitely won’t want to see it now, following the release of a very NSFW trailer. The UK prime minister and US president feature heavily in a two-minute promo for the new series, but there’s one particular scene that is bound to have people talking. It sees a half-naked Boris and Trump enjoying a bucket of chicken together in a steam room, as they discuss their worries about being made to look stupid. However, their bonding session is interrupted by the arrival of (a miniature) Russian president Vladimir Putin, accompanied by two blonde women. After proclaiming it is his steam room, he begins attacking the pair by tweaking their nipples, causing their towels to drop. It’s at this moment that Boris and Trump are exposed in all their *checks notes* glory before a rather well endowed Putin uses his own weapon to hit them where it really hurts. It was previously claimed the *ahem* sword fight had been vetoed by TV execs, with The Sun reporting scenes had been reshot, but it appears they’ve had second thoughts. The trailer also offers a look at a number of other celebrities who will be getting the Spitting Image treatment, including Kim Kardashian, Kanye West and Gwyneth Paltrow. The likes of RuPaul, Adele, James Corden, Beyoncé and Prince Andrew are also set to feature. In March, it was announced the show was coming back, airing on BBC and ITV’s subscription streaming service BritBox. Spitting Image originally ran for 18 series between 1984 and 1996 and was watched by 15 million viewers in its heyday.Spitting Image begins streaming on Britbox from 3 October, with a second series following next year. READ MORE: Spitting Image Unveils Unmistakable Puppets Of Michael Gove And Dominic Raab Ahead Of New Series Spitting Image Unveils Johnson And Cummings Puppets And Obviously, They're Genius
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A concentration camp guard aged 94 is facing extradition to Germany from the US in what could be among the last Nazi war crime trials.Friedrich Karl Berger is said to have served at a Neuengamme sub-camp near Meppen, Germany, where prisoners were held in “atrocious” conditions and exploited “to the point of exhaustion and death”.A two-day trial in March found that Berger, who lives in Tennessee, continues to receive a pension from Germany based on his employment “including his wartime service.”According to US Department of Justice documents, Berger participated in “willing service as an armed guard of prisoners at a concentration camp where persecution took place.”At the end of March 1945, with the advance of British and Canadian forces, the Nazis abandoned Meppen.  The court found that Berger helped guard the prisoners during their forcible evacuation to the Neuengamme main camp – a nearly two-week trip under inhumane conditions, which claimed the lives of some 70 prisoners. “Berger was part of the SS machinery of oppression that kept concentration camp prisoners in atrocious conditions of confinement,” said assistant attorney general Brian A Benczkowski.  “This ruling shows the department’s continued commitment to obtaining a measure of justice, however late, for the victims of wartime Nazi persecution.”Berger, who had been a member of the German navy, told The Washington Post he was ordered to work in the camp. He added: “After 75 years this is ridiculous. I cannot believe it. I cannot understand how this can happen in a country like this. You’re forcing me out of my home.”Although the number of suspects is dwindling due to old age, prosecutors are still trying to bring individuals suspected of Nazi war crimes to justice. A landmark conviction in 2011 opened the way to more prosecutions as it was the first time that working in a camp was sufficient grounds for culpability, with no proof of a specific crime.Germany agreed in 2009 to take John Demjanjuk, a retired Ohio car worker who was accused of serving as a Nazi guard.He was convicted in 2011 of being an accessory to more than 28,000 killings and died 10 months later, aged 91, with his appeal pending.Related... Convicted Nazi War Criminal John Demjanjuk Dies Aged 91 I Live On A Road Called 'Swastika Trail'. I've Been Trying To Change Its Name For Years. US Couple Wears Nazi Face Masks To Walmart After State Mask Mandate
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The Covid-19 lockdown made people feel “much worse” about their body image, with people under 18 struggling the most, a new survey has revealed. The body image survey, carried out by MPs on the Commons’ women and equalities committee, found 58% of people under 18 and 53% of adults said lockdown has damaged their view of their appearance. Seeing more online ads for weight loss products, the closure of gyms, media articles about “lockdown weight gain” and less mental health support were all cited as reasons for the collapse in self-esteem. Just a small proportion (14% of adults and 16% of children) said lockdown made them feel better or much better, adding they had time to focus on their health and felt less societal pressure to look good. The survey underlined that Brits have poor body image overall, with the majority of people feeling negative about themselves most of the time (61% of adults, 66% of children). Women, people with a disability and transgender people were most likely to have a negative view of their body. Six in 10 women felt negative about their body, blaming diet culture, post-natal pressures, “being bombarded with images of photoshopped, edited and sexualised women” and seeing fewer older women in the media. A total of 71% of people with a disability reported feeling bad about their body image, compared with 60% of adults overall. They reported bad experiences with healthcare professionals, who focused heavily on their weight, and feelings of being “ignored, judged or isolated about their appearance”. Not a single transgender person said they felt “very positive” about their body image, and 23% said they felt very negative most of the time (compared with 12% of non-transgender people). Because it’s such a widespread problem, influenced by multiple factors, it’s easy to underestimate the real misery it causes – and to so many people.Equalities committee chair, Caroline Nokes, on body imageTrans people said gender and body dysphoria impacted their view as well as the threat of harassment and “the pressure to look ‘cis’”. Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) women said their body image was hit by advertising campaigns that targeted “plus size BAME women” and a lack of representation of minorities in the media overall. Men, meanwhile, said body image concerns for them are “common” but discussing them is “still taboo”, with pressure to “gain muscle mass” and look masculine a factor. The report said people want more discussion of body image in schools, regulation of advertising – for example, labelling images where the individual has had cosmetic surgery – and for the media and large organisations to focus on diversity. Chair of the women and equalities committee Caroline Nokes said the committee will further examine the issue and make recommendations next year.She said: “Poor body image is a well-known problem among teenage girls and young women – and that is clearly where it is most severe. But it impacts a much wider range of people as well, damaging mental and physical health and contributing to discrimination.“And it impacts some people more than others: teenagers – boys as well as girls; people who are considered under or over weight; women, especially those who are older or BAME, LGBT people – especially gay men and trans people, and people with disabilities or a visible difference.“Because it’s such a widespread problem, influenced by multiple factors, it’s easy to underestimate the real misery it causes – and to so many people.“There has been plenty of commentary on the problem, but identifying proposals to tackle it is more challenging. Our inquiry aims to do exactly that: we will be hearing from a wide range of witnesses – both experts and individuals speaking from their own experience, and we will be making recommendations to government early next year.”Related... Stricter Lockdown Measures Needed 'As Fast As Possible', Warns Government Science Adviser Opinion: If You're Complaining About Lockdown 2.0, You're Showing Your Coronavirus Privilege Why Boris Johnson Risks 'Too Little, Too Late' On Covid Again
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Stricter lockdown measures need to be put in place “as fast as possible”, a member of the government’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) has warned.Professor John Edmunds said Boris Johnson’s decision to impose a 10pm curfew on bars and restaurants was likely to have a “trivial” impact on the spread of coronavirus.“Overall I don’t think that the measures have gone anywhere near far enough,” he told BBC Radio 4′s Today programme.The prime minister on Tuesday announced a raft of new measures he said would suppress the recent spike in infections, including a nationwide curfew for pubs and restaurants in England and harsher fines for people who refuse to wear a mask.But Edmunds, the dean of the Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, said he expected the UK to continue to see an increase of the epidemic.“I think working from home if you can is certainly a good idea. I think that the measures in terms of closing bars an hour early and restaurants at 10pm – I mean, nobody goes to a restaurant after 10pm anyway,” he said.“I think that’s fairly trivial in terms of it’ll have a small impact on the epidemic.“Overall I don’t think that the measures have gone anywhere near far enough. In fact I don’t even think the measures in Scotland have gone far enough.”In Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon went further than Johnson and has banned people from visiting each other in their homes.Asked if there was a realistic chance the R could be brought under 1 by Christmas, Edmunds said: “I suspect not. There’s a chance, of course there’s a chance.”On Tuesday night Johnson warned the public they could face much tougher measures if new rules fail to get the infection rate under control.In a televised address, the PM said the nation faces an “unquestionably difficult” winter and warned the latest restrictions could last for six months.He said “we must reserve the right to go further” if the pace of transmission continues to rise.Johnson said he was “deeply, spiritually reluctant” to infringe on people’s freedoms, but unless action was taken now there would be a need for harsher regulations later “when the deaths have already mounted”.The new strategy for England will see office staff once again working from home, the wider use of face masks and a 10pm curfew on pubs and restaurants.Businesses will face £10,000 fines or closure for failing to comply with regulations, and people risk £200 penalties for failing to wear masks or breaching the “rule of six”.The military could be used to free up police officers to tackle coronavirus rulebreakers.Related... Why Boris Johnson Risks 'Too Little, Too Late' On Covid Again
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Emily Matlis had a very unfortunate slip of the tongue during Tuesday night’s Newsnight.The presenter was introducing former health secretary Alan Johnson who was appearing via video link from Hull.Mr Johnson, who was also Hull West and Hessle MP for many years, was on the current affairs programme to give his reaction to the latest restrictions introduced by Boris Johnson to tackle the coronavirus pandemic.Except Emily didn’t introduce him quite as he was expecting.“Former Health Secretary Alan Johnson joins us down the line from hell [laughs] Hull.“I’m never going to recover from that now am I?”“We join Alan Johnson down the line from hell ... I mean HULL.” pic.twitter.com/JLNhDpic6L— Scott Bryan (@scottygb) September 22, 2020In May, Emily was at the centre of a row over an opening section of Newsnight where she addressed the backlash that Dominic Cummings received after it was revealed he’d taken a 260-mile trip to his parents’ house in Durham during lockdown.The following day, the BBC ruled that Emily’s comments breached their impartiality guidelines, with staff being sent a “reminder” about the broadcaster’s stance on neutrality.It was later revealed that the corporation received a total of 23,674 complaints about the episode in question, from viewers who felt that Emily showed “bias against Dominic Cummings and/or the government”.The corporation added that the complaints came “after invitations to complain were posted online”.Amid the controversy over her opening speech, Emily asked for “the night off” from Newsnight, with Katie Razzall taking her place on the episode that followed.Emily later revealed Dominic Cummings had sent her a message of solidarity after her Newsnight monologue.Speaking to Tatler magazine, she said: “It was peak surreal getting a message of support from him in the middle of all the crazy stuff.”Emily also said she was overwhelmed by the public support she received amid the controversy. “I think that was the biggest I’ve had – more than Andrew, more than anything. I was overwhelmed by it,” she said.“I wasn’t expecting such a flood of warmth.”Newsnight airs weeknights at 10.45pm on BBC Two.READ MORE: Emily Maitlis Clarifies Reports She Was 'Replaced' On Newsnight Following Cummings Controversy Calls For BBC To Apologise To Emily Maitlis After Police Ruling On Cummings Emily Maitlis Reveals Dominic Cummings Sent Her 'Text Of Support' Amid Newsnight Monologue Row
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The Great British Bake Off finally returned to our screens on Tuesday night, and there was a new face in that famous tent.Matt Lucas has joined Noel Fielding on the Bake Off presenting team following Sandi Toksvig’s departure - and needless to say, there were japes a plenty from the Little Britain star.As well as mocking Boris Johnson before the show had even properly started, Matt delivered plenty of memorable gags that went down a (sweet) treat with viewers.Here are some of the highlights…On fluffing his debutAs Matt and co-host Noel went to kick off the signature challenge, he shouted “Bake!” at the wrong time – first too early, and then too late. Hats off to Matt Lucas! He made quite an impression in Cake Week! #GBBOpic.twitter.com/0UJgbCx1P6— British Bake Off (@BritishBakeOff) September 22, 2020On his eating habitsSpeaking to one contestant, Matt admitted: “I have the eating age of a nine-year-old. I just eat Super Noodles.“You know they are called Batchelors Super Noodles? Because I am homosexual I call them Confirmed Batchelors Super Noodles.”On the show’s high stakesAs the technical challenge came to a close, Noel announced: “Bakers, you only have got half an hour left.”Matt replied: “We don’t mean half an hour to live, we just mean half an hour to the end of the challenge, so don’t panic too much.”Noel then added: “One of you has got half an hour to live…”On a bubble gum-flavoured cakeLoriea, a diagnostic radiographer from Durham, delivered a bubble gum Battenberg during the signature challenge, but failed to impress the judges.Matt told her: “I do rather like it. When I have my ninth birthday party can you cook for me please?”On the episode’s dropped cakesThe technical challenge saw the bakers asked to craft six miniature upside-down pineapple cakes.As they delivered their creations to the judges, Sura swung her arm to hit a fly and knocked Dave, causing four of his six cakes to fly across the room.Matt quipped: “It’s my fault because I was looking at you when it happened. And you were probably hypnotised by my beauty.”This year’s series opener notched up Bake Off’s biggest overnight launch audience since its move to Channel 4, the broadcaster said, averaging 6.9 million viewers and peaking at 7.9 million.The Great British Bake Off airs on Tuesdays at 8pm on Channel 4.MORE BAKE OFF: Matt Lucas Hilariously Mocks Boris Johnson In Great British Bake Off Debut Toppling Tiers And Custard Crimes: Great British Bake Off’s Biggest Disasters Ever This Year's Great British Bake Off Contestants Are (As Ever) A Seriously Eclectic Mix
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The long-awaited NHS coronavirus contact-tracing app is set to be released on Thursday but “major questions” about its effectiveness remain unanswered, a charity has warned.The Health Foundation said results from the NHS Covid-19 app’s trial run had been “notably absent”, adding failure to show how the technology had performed during testing risked reducing public confidence.The app uses Bluetooth technology to keep an anonymous log of other app users in close proximity and can notify them they were close to an individual who later tested positive for coronavirus.The Department of Health and Social Care said trials of the app in Newham and the Isle of Wight – which began in mid-August – had revealed the app is “highly effective when used alongside traditional contact tracing to identify contacts of those who have tested positive for coronavirus”. But the Heath Foundation said the public had yet to see the results of these pilots and called for greater transparency. Josh Keith, a senior fellow at the charity, said: “With a virus that is transmitted as quickly as Covid-19, the automated contact tracing that the app promises could prove invaluable in reducing its spread.“Also, the additional features of the app, such as booking a test, reporting symptoms or checking the risk level in postcode district could provide a helpful single source of Covid-19 related advice and support.“However, for any major, nationwide public health intervention it is important the Government publishes evidence that it is effective and ready for mass rollout in advance of its launch.“This is key for building confidence in the app as people will want to know that it will benefit them and their communities.“But any data on the pilots that took place in August have been notably absent, leaving major questions over the app’s effectiveness unanswered.”After months of delay, technical issues and concerns over privacy, the NHS Covid-19 app is finally expected to launch in England and Wales on Thursday.Health secretary Matt Hancock has described the app’s launch as a “defining moment” and said it would help to contain the virus “at a critical time”. A spokesperson for the Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC) said: “Ensuring a wide range of people download and use the app is essential.“The NHS Covid-19 app forms a central part of NHS Test and Trace in England, and works alongside traditional contact tracing services and testing, to help individuals to understand if they are at risk of infection so they can take action to protect themselves and their communities.“We have spoken with groups with protected characteristics, such as age, ethnicity and disability, those experiencing health inequalities and those groups particularly impacted by coronavirus and the app and supporting material will be available in multiple languages.”Related... Boris Johnson Urges Public To Show 'Discipline And Resolve' To Avoid Second National Lockdown Boris Johnson Scoffed At The Idea Of Enforcing Covid Rules. Now The Army Could Be Used Boris Johnson Attempts To Defend Test And Trace... By Completely Undermining It
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Misogyny is a step closer to being classified as a hate crime, the Law Commission has said. A new consultation by the body, which is responsible for reviewing laws, will look at whether those who abuse women due to their gender should face tougher sentences.As it stands, gender is not a protected characteristic or group under hate crime law and campaigners want that to change.  Currently protected by law in England and Wales are race, religion, sexual orientation, disability and transgender identity. The commission has called for evidence from victims of hate crime, police officers, prosecutors and civil liberties groups so it can consider how a misogyny hate crime law might work in practice. Campaigning Labour MP Stella Creasy, one of the most high-profile campaigners on the issue, has urged women attacked “online or offline” because of their gender to “to come forward and be heard”.She said: “Misogyny drives crimes against women – recognising that within our criminal justice system will help us detect and prevent offences including sexual assault, rape and domestic abuse.” Seven police forces in the country have already begun treating misogyny as a hate crime offence, which Creasy said has “proven results” in tackling violence against women. She added: “I now urge every woman who has walked with keys in her hands at night, been abused or attacked online or offline to come forward and be heard in this consultation.“This is our moment for change - rather than asking women to pick a side of their identity to be protected, its time to send a message that women should be equally able to live free from fear of assault or harm targeted at them simply for who they are.”Among the areas for consideration is the level of online abuse and threats of violence directed at women in the public eye and the effect on their participation in debate and public life.It will look at whether amending offences in which the majority of victims are women, such as rape, sexual assault and female genital mutilation, is helpful considering their already gendered nature.A preliminary paper also raises the fact that domestic violence and coercive control by men against women may have a complex set of motivations beyond misogyny.The consultation will also consider whether protection should cover both men and women, or just women.The proposals on misogyny are part of a wider consultation into the patchwork of existing hate crime laws, which have been criticised for their complexity and the different levels of protection offered to different characteristics.Offences including assault, criminal damage and harassment attract longer sentences when the perpetrator is deemed to be motivated by prejudice or hatred towards a certain group.There is separate legislation for inciting hatred on the basis of race if behaviour is found to be “threatening, abusive or insulting”.But similar behaviour towards a particular religion or sexual orientation can only be prosecuted if the conduct is threatening, and not just abusive or insulting.Criminal law commissioner Professor Penney Lewis said: “Hate crime has no place in our society and we have seen the terrible impact that it can have on victims.”“Our proposals will ensure all protected characteristics are treated in the same way, and that women enjoy hate crime protection for the first time.”As well as misogyny, the consultation will look at whether other groups and characteristics should be offered protection, for example homeless people, sex workers and members of alternative subcultures such as goths or punks.The Law Commission is further reviewing whether age should be included, citing the physical vulnerability of the elderly and the fact they are often specifically targeted by fraudsters.It will also consider whether certain non-religious philosophical beliefs merit protection, such as humanism.The Law Commission’s call for evidence is open from September 23 until December 2.The campaign is backed by major campaign organisations on hate crime, women’s rights and community safety including Citizens UK, Refuge, Women’s Aid, Southall Black Sisters, the Fawcett Society and Plan UK and Hate Crime Campaigners including the Jo Cox Foundation, Hope not Hate and Tell Mama.It has also been supported by London Mayor Sadiq Khan, Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham, Mayor of the Liverpool City Region Steve Rotherham, Mayor of Sheffield City Region Dan Jarvis and Shadow Mayor for the West Midlands Liam Byrne – who came together earlier this year to back a call for all police forces to record when existing crimes are motivated by misogyny when Stella Creasy tabled an amendment to the Domestic Abuse Bill on the issue.Related... Home Abortion Made Easier For Women Under Coronavirus Lockdown Keir Starmer Makes His Mark On Labour With Shadow Cabinet Appointments Anti-Abortion Party Launches Bid To Unseat Stella Creasy
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One in five people could be walking around with ‘silent’ Covid-19, a study published in the journal Thorax suggests, leading researchers to suggest these people may act as an important driver of viral spread in the community.Lead author Professor Sung-Han Kim, from the Department of Infectious Diseases at Asan Medical Center, Seoul, said the findings add further support to the use of face masks by the general public.He also said the scope of testing for Covid-19 should be expanded to include asymptomatic individuals in high-risk settings, such as nursing homes or healthcare facilities. In the UK, asymptomatic people are not currently tested for Covid-19, however care home residents and staff members are able to get tested even if they don’t have symptoms.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the US recently U-turned on its advice around testing asymptomatic people and now stresses the need to test asymptomatic and pre-symptomatic people, including close contacts of a person with confirmed Covid.Related... Everything You Could Possibly Need To Know About Face Masks And Coverings What did the new study on silent Covid find?The new study found those with asymptomatic Covid appear to have similar viral loads to those with symptoms, echoing the results of past studies. Viral load refers to the total amount of virus a person has inside them. In theory: the higher the viral load, the more infectious someone is likely to be.Researchers looked at a large cluster outbreak of Covid-19 in Daegu City, South Korea, early on in the pandemic. The close contacts of the cluster were traced and more than 3,000 cases of Covid-19 were uncovered, ranging from people having no symptoms at all to severe effects.Those with mild or no symptoms were admitted to dedicated care facilities for isolation and monitoring. The 213 participants involved in this study had been admitted to one such facility.People were classified as symptomless if they had none of the following: fever; chills; muscle pain (myalgia); fatigue; runny nose (rhinorrhea); blocked nose; loss of taste or smell; sore throat; swallowing difficulties; cough; phlegm production; coughing up blood; headache; dizziness; loss of appetite; nausea; vomiting, abdominal pain; and diarrhoea.Related... Will A Curfew Work? Here's What Scientists Think In 213 patients with the virus, 41 (19%) remained asymptomatic. Of them, 39 (95%) underwent follow-up testing after an average of 13 days, while in 172 patients with mild symptoms, 144 (84%) underwent follow-up testing.The follow-up testing is important as it showed those with silent Covid didn’t then develop symptoms, which would’ve meant they were pre-symptomatic. A large proportion of mildly symptomatic patients with Covid-19 and asymptomatic individuals showed persistent positive upper respiratory RT-PCR results at follow-up. Asymptomatic individuals and symptomatic patients also had very similar viral loads.Researchers said further studies are needed to clarify whether the persistence of viral DNA in people without any symptoms warrants precautionary quarantine measures. They added that most of the participants were in their 20s and 30s, so the findings might not apply to other age groups.Nevertheless, they pointed out: “Considering that most asymptomatic individuals with Covid-19 are likely to go unnoticed by healthcare workers and continue to reside within communities, such individuals may act as an essential driving force for the community spread of Covid-19 and the ongoing pandemic state.”Related... 8 Myths About Covid-19 Testing, Busted So, what does this mean?Until we know how long, and to what extent, asymptomatic people might be infectious, testing should be extended to certain groups as a precautionary measure, the researchers recommended.While we don’t know exactly how many people tend to be asymptomatic, we do know that the number could range from 20-50%. It could be even higher.A study from Italy published at the end of June found that of residents who tested positive for Covid-19 in the municipality of Vo’, a small town near Padua, 42% were asymptomatic. Another study of 9,000 people selected to take a coronavirus test in Iceland found 50% of them tested positive for Covid-19, but didn’t have any symptoms.While it’s good news that some people aren’t getting sick from coronavirus, this presents a problem if those people are still going to the shops and to work, because they think they’re fine, but are inadvertently spreading it around.Dr Jenna Macciochi, an immunologist and author of Immunity: The Science of Staying Well, previously told HuffPost UK asymptomatic carriers are “one of the biggest challenges” with easing lockdown restrictions.Related... This Is How Covid-19 Is Spreading In The UK Right Now Can Covid-19 Cause Hearing Loss? Pubs Might Be Closed By The Weekend, Matt Hancock Suggests
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You’re reading The Waugh Zone, our daily politics briefing. Sign up now to get it by email in the evening.Belgian waffle?For a man who loves having his cake and eating it, there was something delicious about the timing of Boris Johnson’s latest TV address to the nation on coronavirus. Serving as an hors d’oeuvre for the return of Channel 4’s Great British Bake Off, the PM’s recipe felt awfully familiar: a reheated mix of blithe optimism, cod Churchillian rhetoric and verbal blancmange.His signature dish included “moonshot” rapid testing and a healthy portion of U-turns (go to the office, no don’t go to the office). But there was a missing ingredient: any sense of regret at failures made earlier this year, or even earlier this month. Had he over egged the pudding of EatOutToHelpOut, the Rule of Six (which relaxes rules for six households) or the back to work drive? We didn’t find out, because no questions were allowed.‌Perhaps what will stick in the throat of many of his critics was the suggestion that the new curbs would succeed because “we have succeeded before”, as if having one of the world’s worst death tolls from Covid was somehow a footnote rather than a damning indictment of his government.‌There was even the characteristic dollop of military talk, with the PM saying again that the Army would be deployed as “backfill” to help the police enforce the new rules. This, despite the National Police Chiefs Council saying earlier that “no military involvement is necessary, nor do we anticipate this will be needed”.‌Still, those warlike allusions were irresistible for the PM. When he said “Never in our history has our collective destiny and our collective health depended so completely on our individual behaviour…” the intended echo was of his great political hero. Sadly, given his indulgence of Dominic Cummings’ own individual rule breaking, he sounded more like a poundshop Winston Churchill.Bizarrely linking lockdown “breaches” with the UK’s history as a “freedom-loving country” only furthered the impression that Johnson somehow felt an absence of civic duty was not to be condemned, but excused. Which was all the more strange given he had new penalties for breaking existing rules like mask wearing.‌One real irony is that the UK is taking lessons on Covid from the ‘enemy’ itself, the home of the forces that Johnson has made a career out of attacking. Yes, Belgium is being used by Britain as a template for three key measures unveiled or refined today: the 10pm curfew, the Rule of Six itself, and the ‘work from home’ edict were all pioneered in Brussels and its nearby cities.‌Belgium did have some success with strict curfews (they went much further than just pubs closing early) and socialising with five others, and that’s what led health secretary Matt Hancock to sing its praises. But the unfortunate fact is that Belgium too has had a sharp increase in cases over the past couple of weeks. Its cases per capita have also been among the highest on the planet.Only today, we learned the EU summit has been postponed a week because European Council President Charles Michel has had to go into self-isolation.‌Earlier in the Commons, Johnson’s statement to MPs was as undercooked and underwhelming as his TV address. His line about the mental health problems of home isolation being a good reason to go into work seemed made up on the hoof, rather than included in any guidance. His defence of test and trace turned a bizarre claim that the system had “very little or nothing to do with the spread and transmission” of the virus. Waffle was the main item on the menu.‌Crucially, the emphasis on “six months” of new rules, on what he called “tough enforcement” with military support, felt like a distraction from what was ultimately a light-touch response to the September surge. The economic “hawks” in the Cabinet have stopped a genuinely tough move to stop households mixing indoors, or at least to go back to just two households mixing outdoors (which was the case until last Monday, and the BMA wants it to return).‌While the nation was treated to Chris Whitty and Patrick Vallance’s scary presentation yesterday, the Cabinet had a different backdrop. On Saturday, it was “economic advisers” who also delivered a presentation to ministers as well as the scientists. And in a whole new meaning to ‘alternative Sage’, Johnson has been advised in No.10 by lockdown sceptics Prof Carl Heneghan and Prof Sunetra Gupta to give effectively a second opinion.‌It was noticeable today that at no point was there any attempt to reveal any scientific basis or evidence for the impact on the spread of the virus of either a 10pm curfew or the ‘work from home if you can’ switcheroo. We certainly haven’t been told what impact a ban on mixing households indoors could have, from Sage’s modelling.‌At least Nicola Sturgeon today created her very own lab experiment on such a tough restriction. If Scotland’s drastic curb (which actually is currently experienced by 14 million people in lockdown areas in the UK) fails, the PM may privately breathe a sigh of relief.‌Yet if Scotland’s cases and deaths rise slower than England’s, or even fall, there will be huge pressure on Johnson to follow suit - with all the political damage of being seen to have done “too little, too late”, for a second time in the pandemic. For some voters, that really would be a showstopper. And proof they’ve been victim to another Great British fake off, courtesy of their PM.Quote Of The Day“The tragic reality of having covid is that your mild cough can be someone else’s death knell.” - Boris JohnsonTuesday Cheat SheetAnother 4,926 people have tested positive for coronavirus in the UK, the highest daily figure since 7 May. Hospitalisations rose too.Keir Starmer has declared that Jeremy Corbyn“deserved” to lose the last general election because the public didn’t trust Labour with their security, jobs or their money.A YouGov snap poll found that 78% of Brits support the new Covid curbs, with 45% saying they should go even further. Yet Labour hasn’t itself called for tougher curbs.Rishi Sunak is weighing up plans to replace the furlough scheme with German-style wage subsidies, the Guardian reports.The government has confirmed that it will not allow trans people to change their legal gender via self-identification.The firm behind last year’s tax credits scandal as well as companies linked to debt collection services are among those who have been handed contact tracing roles by Serco, PoliticsHome revealed.What I’m ReadingEven The Italian Mafia Is On TikTok - ViceGot A Tip?Send tips, stories, quotes, pics, plugs or gossip to [email protected] Subscribe To Commons PeopleEach week, the HuffPost UK Politics team unpack the biggest stories from Westminster and beyond. Search for Commons People wherever you listen to podcasts and subscribe. Related... Did Boris Johnson’s Summer Policies Hasten A Second Wave? Are Ministers Spreading The Covid Blame Again, This Time To The Public? 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The military can help the police as they target Covid-19 rule breakers, the PM has announced – six months to the day since he appeared flabbergasted at the suggestion officers could be involved at all. During a daily press briefing on March 22 – just a day before the UK went into full national lockdown – the PM was asked by a reporter if the government would consider using the police to enforce social distancing rules. “Bring in the police?” he responded, apparently shocked at the suggestion that officers could be involved in maintaining a host of regulations enforced by the government. Just four days later it was confirmed that police would in fact be given new powers to enforce rules, with fines issued to those contravening the rules on leaving home “without reasonable excuse”.Now, exactly half a year on from the UK’s first lockdown and facing the reality of a second wave of Covid-19, Boris Johnson told MPs in the Commons that not only will fines be increased for those violating the “rule of six”, but armed forces personnel could be brought in to help police fulfil their duties amid the pandemic. Speaking on Tuesday afternoon, Johnson said there would now be “greater police presence” on the streets with “the option to draw on military support where required”.Later on Tuesday Downing Street confirmed that the armed forces would be able to help fulfil certain police duties such as office roles and guarding protected sights to free up officers, but would not be granted “additional powers”.The PM’s official spokesperson said: “To further free up the police to have a greater presence on our streets they will have the option to draw on military support, where required, using tried and tested mechanisms.“This would involve the military back-filling certain duties, such as office roles and guarding protected sites, so police officers can be out enforcing the virus response.“This is not about providing any additional powers to the military, or them replacing the police in enforcement roles, and they will not be handing out fines. It is about freeing up more police officers.”It’s far from the first time Johnson’s government has shifted stance during the pandemic. Just hours before announcing that the army could fulfil some policing roles, Michael Gove admitted that the government’s push for workers to return to offices had been reversed. The government’s official position, confirmed by the PM during his speech, is now that employees who can work from home should do so wherever possible. The U-turn follows a dozen other reversals, which include the wearing of masks, the abandonment of algorithm-produced exam results, and bans on evictions. Related... Here's What You Can And Can't Do Under The New Covid-19 Rules These Are The Coronavirus Rule Breaches You Can Be Fined For Will A Curfew Work? Here's What Scientists Think Opinion: If Boris Johnson Wants The Public's Backing On New Restrictions, He Must First Apologise
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This morning, during his Labour leader speech to a near-empty room in Doncaster, Sir Keir Starmer outlined Labour’s vision going forwards with an emphasis on the importance of family, security, and patriotism. It was an obvious attempt to distance himself and the party further from Corbyn’s internationalism and collectivism. Later in the day, this somewhat strange emphasis on patriotism was then re-enforced by shadow foreign secretary Lisa Nandy.“We stand up for Britain, we stand up for British people, we stand up for British interests and we will always put that first,” she told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme.If you didn’t know that you were listening to a Labour MP, you probably wouldn’t be blamed for thinking you were listening to the words of a right-wing nationalist group or Nigel Farage. But no, these are the words of a party who only a few years ago mourned the death of one of their own, Jo Cox, who was murdered by an individual shouting the very words “Britain First”.Like many, I’ve had people regularly tell me to go back to where I came from, as if my brown skin and foreign sounding name don't fit in with British values.This kind of rhetoric conjures up many painful and traumatic memories of right-wing discrimination and violence against people of colour – all in the name of nationalism, patriotism, and “preserving British culture”. Far-right politics and nationalist groups have been around since the 1930s, but really rose in popularity in the 1960s and 70s, with groups such as the National Front and British National Party (BNP) becoming established organisations with relatively large memberships. And even though these specific groups have dwindled in recent years, we now have the likes of the English Defence League (EDL) gaining popularity. All were and are violently opposed to non-white immigration and multiculturalism, with the EDL taking a specific angle on the perceived “Islamification” of Britain.Along with the rise of these groups, we’ve also seen the rise of far-right extremism. These beliefs hark back to this deeply entrenched idea that people of colour aren’t really British, unpatriotic, and simply don’t belong in this country. We are still seen as taking jobs, housing, healthcare, and forcing multiculturalism on the “British way of life”. We are viewed as not having existed or formed part of Britain until the days of the Empire. And because of these views, we are harassed, discriminated against, or worse, have violence inflicted against us. Related... Keir Starmer Says Corbyn 'Deserved' To Lose The 2019 Election Starmer Tells Ex-Labour Voters Party Is 'Under New Leadership' UK Facing Second National Lockdown Because of Boris Johnson's 'Failure And Incompetence', Says Angela Rayner Like many, I’ve had people regularly tell me to go back to where I came from, as if my brown skin and foreign sounding name don’t fit in with British values. Growing up in the BNP’s heyday has meant the English flag now holds a lot of uncomfortable and fearful connotations for me, even walking past a house with the flag waving makes me nervous. Most people do now tend to associate patriotism with the far-right, even though they aren’t intrinsically linked. So, the fact that Labour is situating itself with nationalist and patriotic values and rhetoric will undoubtedly make a lot of people of colour both nervous and angry.It’s clear that Labour is attempting to reclaim patriotism and shift its associated narratives away from the far-right. A shift that has the potential to work. However, Starmer’s Labour party is unlikely to make it work, and this is due to its track record of being quite poor on issues that particularly impact people of colour. These issues include crucial areas such as immigration, housing, and Universal Credit. But the best example to illustrate how Labour has recently treated people of colour is with the leaked report back in April of this year. This report showed racism, Islamophobia, and anti-Semitism running deep within the party, and yet, apart from announcing an investigation, little has been done to tackle or prevent this from happening again in the future.Related... Opinion: If Christmas Isn't Cancelled, Boris Johnson Will Have To Answer Questions About Eid And so, people of colour were already feeling quite fed up with the Labour party under Starmer’s leadership. From empty statements on migrants crossing the English Channel to calling the Black Lives Matter movement a “moment”, a lot of people have frankly become disillusioned with the party. I know I’ve felt like it isn’t a party who cares or stands for people like me anymore. This focus on patriotism and “Britain first” rhetoric could be a tipping point for a lot of people of colour who were already on the fence with their party membership. To be part of a political movement that now serves as a reminder of far-right politics and discourse, and the discrimination and violence so many of us face because of it, will likely no longer be a viable option for many still in the membership.Shahed Ezaydi is a freelance journalist. Related... 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A mountain lion was caught on camera seemingly sizing up some kids in a neighborhood near San Francisco. Timothy Kerrisk, who filmed the incident, told local news station KRON that he thought a dog had gotten into his Pacifica yard. Then he realised what it was ― and that it was watching children playing in the street.“I started yelling at the kids, ‘Get inside! Get inside! Get inside!’” Kerrisk told the station. Kerrisk uploaded his footage without the audio, which he said in the comments section was “just me yelling for the neighbour across the street to come down and grab the kids.”After being spotted, the big cat hid under a nearby pickup truck, where it continued to watch the kids for a few seconds. It then slinked off in response to Kerrisk’s commotion: Zara McDonald of the Bay Area Puma Project told NBC Bay Area that the group has been tracking this particular mountain lion, which is a “people observer.” She said there’s been “nothing abnormal or scary or threatening about its behavior thus far,” but that people should give the cats plenty of space if they encounter them. Mountain lion attacks on humans are rare in California; there have only been four nonfatal attacks on children over the past 16 months, including one in the Bay Area earlier this year. The cat involved in that incident was caught and euthanised. US News Ruth Bader Ginsburg Will Be First Woman Ever To Lie In State At US Capitol Front Runner For Trump's Supreme Court Pick Is A Catholic Who Opposes Abortion Trump Spreads Disinformation About Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Dying Wish
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The fashion industry is shifting towards significant digital transformation. From 3D design to the digital showcasing of fashion collections, the digitalisation of physical garments demonstrates key areas of rapid expansion, as well as offering hope and opportunity to an industry in flux.The complex, global supply chain ground to a halt during the height of the coronavirus pandemic and remains sluggish as it steadily reopens. In the midst of physical lockdowns, shrinking economies and cancelled fashion week shows, the desire for fashion brands to engage consumers and, ultimately, sell their products, intensifies. But with all the physical and fiscal challenges, the question is: how? Agile and progressive brands have turned to 3D and extended reality (aka XR, which includes VR and AR) to create and promote their products and gain an edge over the competition. The value of utilising 3D digital assets in AR experiences has been demonstrated by a number of brands, including Nike and Gucci (who both created AR apps for sneaker fit and Tryon) and JW Anderson, who partnered with HoloMe on an AR fashion presentation earlier this year.  The Spring 2021 collection was captured using a green screen and computer vision in order to insert them, via a smartphone app, into the user’s immediate environment. The app hosted live feeds for wholesale buyers to visualise the collection in their own environment, from which they were able to make decisions on which garments to order for retail―a critical solution in the face of physical travel restrictions and social distancing. Add to this Shopify’s integration of 3D and AR tools, which it claimc “have been shown to increase conversion rates by up to 250% on product pages,” and the benefits of 3D and AR for the fashion industry are clear.Pushing this extended reality concept further, the recent Fabric of Reality VR fashion show brought together emerging fashion designers and VR artists to take part in a show that was live-streamed to a global audience of over 100,000 people. The project was the brainchild of RYOT (Verizon Media’s award-winning content studio and innovation lab) and the Fashion Innovation Agency at London College of Fashion and has been covered extensively on HuffPost UK.  During London Fashion Week, the VR show has now taken on a new incarnation, with the garments of the three fashion designers, Charli Cohen, Damara Ingles and Sabinna Rachimova, being ‘teleported’ out of the VR realm and into WebAR.  This demonstrates the potential for fashion brands to not only create designs digitally and present them virtually (with all the time, waste and cost savings it affords), but also share them to global audiences to experience in their immediate location in augmented reality, and share on social media.Click on the links below to be taken into a 3D AR experience, and hit the “Sound On” button on the top right corner to hear the designers talk about their garments.Fashion week is a pivotal time for brands to raise awareness, engage consumers and drive sales, however, this is proving challenging for many as traditional catwalk shows have been replaced with digital ones, which Business of Fashion declared earlier this year “a flop, at least on social media”.  It reported that London Fashion Week in June, which features menswear, saw social media engagement plunge 55 per cent from January, according to data analytics and software provider, Launchmetrics. Given that social media is fundamental to brand awareness and sales, this appears to raise major concerns over the effectiveness of digital fashion shows. However, on review, the most common types of digital shows were 2D videos―many were traditional catwalks (filmed behind closed doors)― which may explain why they fell flat with digital-native audiences who are used to highly creative digital content, and stalwart fashion week insiders used to front row benefits and physical fanfare.  Considering the digital tools readily available to the industry – including 3D design, augmented and virtual reality, virtual catwalk models, animation and 3D gaming environments – it’s fortunate that the fashion industry has far richer technical toolkits to plunder before declaring digital fashion shows inferior.  This season, some brands have begun exploring these tools to engage fashion week audiences, including ‘brand of the moment’ Khaite, who this week released their SS2021 shoe collection via WebAR. In terms of generating engagement and lasting impact, research shared by Gorilla In The Room, an agency testing consumer responses to AR and VR indicates that VR experiences impact implicit memory, causing heightened emotional responses as if the person is experiencing something from a first-person perspective. Due to the feeling of presence in the VR environment, episodic memories (autobiographical in nature) are created in favour of semantic (general factual) memories, which can amplify retention of what is experienced. In essence, VR has been proven to be a powerful tool to connect people to the stories behind products in a way that gives them deeper meaning and value.  This cuts straight to the core of what brands seek to achieve in building affinity and loyalty with their target audience.In a similar manner, AR places the brand’s product into the world of the viewer, allowing them to create new content that is personal and unique to them.  Designer Damara Ingles articulated the importance of this when saying: “Extended Reality opens a whole new dimension of fashion possibilities and future dreaming, allowing us to expand the wearable vocabulary in ways that become inclusive of our digital identities.”  As digital-native Gen-Z inhabit online realms as a natural extension of their physical lives, it seems that VR and AR will be crucial to engaging this cohort – both emotionally and commercially.An important catalyst for brands’ increased adoption of VR and AR experiences will be the expansion of 5G networks, which will facilitate blisteringly-fast streaming, content creation and sharing.  Moin Roberts-Islam, Technology Development Manager at the Fashion Innovation Agency at London College of Fashion says that this expansion promises to not only allow vast and rapid data transfer in technical terms but a drastic reduction in latency for users, allowing truly interactive shared but unique-to-user AR and VR experiences.  With the computation being done by powerful machines located remotely, the device, be it a smartphone, tablet or a headset, serves as simply the object of delivery, rather than a limiting factor. At the same time as this technological leap, and accelerated by physical limitations brought about by Covid-19, brands are swapping 2D for 3D design and photogrammetry with widespread digitisation of products in the early stages of conception.  This is creating a ‘perfect storm’ of digital assets that are virtual and augmented reality-ready. Utilising these digital products will help facilitate not only end-to-end digital supply chains from design to retail, but also with marketing, promotion and sales. The sustainability gains, cost reductions and enhanced branding and marketing opportunities shouldn’t be underestimated.  Stylus trends intelligence agency declared in their recent 5G retail futures report that “5G will enable a technological revolution, realising a ‘phygital’ world in which our physical experiences will be intertwined with digital layers, including seamless upgrades of AR uniting real life with imagined brandscapes.”  The fashion industry may be facing unprecedented challenges, but digital transformation coupled with 5G rollouts and extended reality tools offers unprecedented creative and commercial opportunities. 
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For one of the warmest and cosiest shows on TV, there can still be a hell of a lot of tension on The Great British Bake Off. Most of that stems from when things aren’t going exactly to plan for the bakers, as they navigate the challenges set by Paul Hollywood, Prue Leith and previously Mary Berry. Over the course of the last 10 series, there have been many memorable-for-all-the-wrong-reasons moments. Here’s the biggest disasters to strike inside that famous tent... #BinGate Let’s start with the obvious one, shall we?In one of the most memorable Bake Off moments ever, Iain Watters binned his Baked Alaska back in 2014 after it fell apart when he removed it from the tray, having failed to freeze. To add to matters, fellow competitor Diana Beard had momentarily removed it from the fridge, with some viewers wrongly accusing her of ruining his bake. Toppling tiersBake Off’s first-ever Vegan Week didn’t go exactly as planned for contestant Ruby Bhogal back in 2018, when she had trouble getting her two-tier cake to stay in place. After a team effort to get it to stay, the bakers headed out of the tent as they awaited the judges’ verdict, only for the top tier of Ruby’s cake to make a break for it…Heatwave horrorThe heatwave of 2018 also played havoc with one of Terry Hartill’s bakes during Cake Week, when the heat caused his Eiffel Tower cake to start looking more like the Leaning Tower Of Pisa.After his attempts to save it, the chocolate decorations crumbled and he binned the top layer, presenting the judges with only two thirds of the French landmark. An act of godPaul Jagger earned a place in the hearts of Bake Off fans with his incredible lion bread, but he had much less luck during Patisserie Week in 2015.  His religieuse a l’ancienne showstopper collapsed under the weight of construction ahead of the final judging, with Paul subsequently exiting the competition. Baking bloodbathThere was a bloodbath in the tent back in series three, when eventual winner John Whaite had a kitchen mishap involving a blender. John nearly lost a finger after dipping his hand in the Magimix, and he came close to passing out as blood filled his glove. He was later taken out of the tent to receive medical attention. Devastating demolition Funnily enough, Louise Williams was eliminated from the competition after presenting this to Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood back in 2016, after disaster struck her gingerbread house in the final moments. Speaking afterwards, she said: “I laugh at it now but it was devastating at the time. I think I could have got top marks for a cake disaster award.”Flattened muffinsWe miss Mel and Sue a lot on Bake Off, but one person who might have wished they weren’t in the tent during his series was Howard Middleton. Back in 2013, Sue was responsible for flattening his muffins (!) during Bread Week when she leant down on the counter to have a chat with him, not realising her arm was resting on his bakes. However, Howard’s mauled muffins were just the start of his problems...Custard crimesJust a week later, Howard suffered another setback when Deborah Manger mistakenly stole his custard during Dessert Week. Deborah soon realised her error and confessed to Sue, in what became known as #CustardGate on social media. “It’s either a terrible error or the most incredible case of baking espionage I’ve ever seen,” Sue joked, before Debroah offered Howard her custard to use instead. Gloopy gateau Series six contestant Dorret Conway was left in tears in the very first week of the competition when her showstopper challenge went off course. She’d had trouble getting her black forest gateau to firm up, putting it in the fridge to help it set. But – as you can see from above – her hopes were dashed when it came to taking it out of its plastic.  It wasn’t all bad though, as a strong enough performance in the signature and technical challenge helped see her through to the next week. Fit for the floorBack in series three, competition favourite James Morton experienced every baker’s worst nightmare when he dropped an entire cake on the floor. While he still had time to whip up another to replace it, his final efforts still didn’t hit the right spot with the judges. A sorry soufflé Steph Blackwell had been the favourite to win the 10th series in 2019, but was left in tears when her stilton soufflés collapsed into liquid during the final technical challenge. After her later showstopper was badly received, she was given a hug by Paul, before David Atherton was crowned the winner of the series. Early errorsThe bakers had only been set their first challenge when disaster struck Henry Bird in 2019. An intricate topper for his signature bake – a house made out of piped royal icing – smashed into tiny little pieces as he tried to place it on the top of his fruit cake. Still, it didn’t set Henry back in the long run, as he went on to last eight weeks in the competition.The new series of The Great British Bake Off airs Tuesdays at 8pm on Channel 4. READ MORE: From Penis Loaves To A Giant Meringue Turd, These Are The Rudest Bake Off Creations Ever The 18 Most Controversial Great British Bake Off Moments Ever What Ever Happened To The Winners Of Bake Off Past?
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