Linda Lusardi has said she and her husband Sam Kane are still feeling the after-effects of Covid-19, almost five months after first being diagnosed with the illness.The couple were both taken to hospital in the middle of March, after showing symptoms of coronavirus, with Linda remaining under medical care for a little longer than Sam.During that time, he regularly posted updates about her condition, claiming at one point she’d been taken to “death’s door” during her illness.After leaving hospital near the end of March, Linda has now told The Sun that she is still feeling the effects of Covid-19 five months on, which has included “distressing” hair loss on her part.She explained: “Sam’s had heart palpitations quite badly, and he’s under a cardiologist at the moment. They can’t see anything specifically wrong.“I’ve had some hair loss which has been a bit distressing.”The former glamour model and Loose Women panellist added that she’d also struggled to get her energy levels back to how they were before she contracted coronavirus, but noted: “I’m getting there. Every week’s a bit better.”She added: “It’s quite frightening when they’re talking about the long-term effects and how it can damage your kidneys and your liver and so on. But I’m just glad I’m here.”Linda also spoke about the mental and emotional effects of Covid-19, saying: “The mental trauma of it has touched us all even though it was me who was sick. My children had to deal with the fact they might lose both of us and then me, and the mental effect it’s had on us has been very traumatic really.“I think we’re still suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder a little bit.”Idris Elba, who also contracted coronavirus early on in the pandemic, recently made similar comments about how the illness had affected his mental health.“Mentally, it hit me very bad, because a lot was unknown about it,” he told Radio Times. “I felt very compelled to speak about it, just because it was such an unknown.“So the mental impact of that on both myself and my wife was pretty traumatic.”READ MORE:
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Coronavirus has changed everything. Make sense of it all with the Waugh Zone, our evening politics briefing. Sign up now.Hundreds of thousands of parents in private rented housing have had to cut back on food to help pay their rent since the start of the coronavirus outbreak.More than one in seven – some 429,000 adults – made the admission during a YouGov poll for housing charity Shelter. And nearly one in five – 458,000 adults – say they are more fearful than they were before the pandemic that their family will be made homeless.Robert Jenrick, the housing secretary, promised in March that “no renter who has lost income due to coronavirus will be forced out of their home” and the government introduced an eviction ban in England and Wales.But this will come to an end on August 24 and landlords will once again be able to begin eviction proceedings.As HuffPost UK reported earlier this week, renters are still being served eviction notices despite the current ban.The research conducted for Shelter published on Thursday also showed 49,000 parents who privately rent have had to resort to using food banks to survive. Polly Neate, Shelter’s chief executive, said many families “feel like they’ve been sold down the river without a paddle”.“Families are going hungry and taking on risky debt to pay private rent, and yet for too many even these sacrifices won’t be enough to avoid homelessness,” she said.“These parents need a way out of living hand to mouth, but so far, the government has offered them no alternative to private renting. This must change if we are ever going to build this country back better.“As rescue and recovery packages roll in, the government needs to prioritise building safe homes that everyone can afford.“Cuts to stamp duty are not a solution when you’re struggling to keep a roof over your head, and terrified of becoming homeless at the hands of this crisis.”Deborah, 54, a cleaning manager who lives with her daughter in Southport, said she was left with just £150 a month for food after paying rent and bills.“I’m not asking for handouts, I’m just asking for a decent and affordable place to live. I worry about becoming homeless 24/7, day in, day out,” she said.Related...
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The venture capital and real estate worlds have both long been overwhelmingly white and male industries, something that has come to the forefront in the aftermath of George Floyd's killing and a resurgence of attention for the Black Lives Matter movement.
Corigin Ventures, a New York-based venture fund, released a letter Tuesday outlining its specific plan to create a less-monolithically white venture and startup world.
The fund has historically invested heavily in proptech, or real estate tech. These plans could also bring more diversity to the cutting edge of real estate and tech.
The company set explicit benchmarks that Black and LatinX founders should make up 15% of its portfolio. It also plans to invest as an LP into venture funds operated by Black investors.
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In the wake of George Floyd's death at the hands of the Minneapolis police, institutions across the world have been reevaluating how they've been upholding racism or racial discrimination in their ranks and operations.
Venture capital is no different. The high-powered industry, like so many other high-paid professional industries, is overwhelmingly white and male, with Richard Kerby, general partner at Equal Ventures, calculating that 70% of venture capital professionals were white in 2018, while only 3% were Black and 1% were Latino. This has also meant that companies that secure venture-backing are largely white as well, with RateMyInvestor finding that only 1.8% of venture-backed founders are Latino and 1% are black.
Venture capital has attempted to respond to this crisis in many ways: highlighting successful Black and people of color founders and investors, raising funds specifically for minority-owned businesses, like SoftBank's newly announced $100 million Opportunity Fund, and having open industry discussions about the role of race in the industry.
For its part, Corigin Ventures, the venture arm of real estate investment company Corigin, is committing to making startups launched by Black and LatinX founders 15% of its portfolio as part of a greater diversity initiative, according to a letter seen by Business Insider.
Ryan Freedman, chairman and CEO of Corigin and general partner of Corigin Ventures, told Business Insider that while there's been a lot of positive movement in the venture world, some recent moves in the industry aren't strong enough to lead to actual change.
"If you look under a hood, you can tell if a company's stance or a fund's stance is actionable," Freedman said. "We didn't just want to write a nice letter showing support for the community and promising to do better."
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The letter outlines a four-part plan to give capital to Black venture investors, benchmarks goals for funding Black and other minority founders, open up the firm's deal-making process to more people, and hire diverse investors for the firm itself.
While Corigin is a generalist VC fund that has invested in products like Brad's Raw Veggie Chips and ClassPass, its roots are in real estate, and most of its investments have a real estate flair. Real estate, especially corporate real estate, is overwhelmingly white and male as well, with countless studies finding just a few senior executives of color in the industry.
Corigin didn't explicitly mention real estate in its note, but if the fund is successful, it may also have an impact on up-and-coming companies that could disrupt that world.
The benefits of diversity
With the overwhelming whiteness of real estate and venture, Freedman and Corigin Ventures have their work cut out for them. Diversity for its own sake is part of the goal, though Freedman also referenced McKinsey reports that found that more diverse firms have better financial results.
Freedman said he's seen this dynamic play out in his own fund; the fund's first investment was in tech-forward residential brokerage Compass, founded by Robert Reffkin, who is a Black man. Corigin Ventures invested in Compass's seed and A rounds; its most recent funding round valued the company at $6.4 billion.
Freedman said that the company had previously focused on the lack of representation of female founders and female board members, but that the current climate has caused the firm to focus more deeply on Black and other minority founders.
Concrete steps forward
Corigin's four-part commitment begins with a plan to invest $2.5 million into funds operated by Black investors over the next year. The company committed to writing 3-5 commitments between $500,000 and $1 million each to US-based funds that are majority-black owned and focus on seed and pre-seed investments.
By shifting from its usual roles as GP in investments to becoming an LP, Freedman hopes that the Corigin's investors can widen their social networks, and get to know more minority and Black-run businesses.
"A lot of our deals come from our personal networks, and out personal networks have limited reach at the end of the day," Freedman said. Freedman hopes that widening the firm's networks with LP investments, the firm may be able to invest directly in the same Black and minority-run companies as they grow over time.
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The second commitment is to set strict benchmarks for the firm to invest in Black and minority-run businesses. Moving forward, the fund pledges that 50% of its portfolio companies will include under-represented founders (which the firm defines as female, Asian, Indian, Black, LatinX or LGBTQ+), and 15% of companies will have Black or LatinX founders.
The firm also released its current numbers: 34% of the companies it has invested in had underrepresented founders, while 7% of companies had Black, LatinX, or Indigenous founders. Counting just the firm's most recent fund, the number raised to 45.8% and 8.3% respectively.
Hitting the mark
To hit these goals, the company will not only pay attention to the makeup of the deals that they've closed, but also work to match those same percentages in its deal funnel. Freedman also said that the company hopes to make major strides in diversity in companies' board of directors and hiring plans.
The third commitment is to adjust the way the fund evaluates deals to make it easier to meet and invest in Black and minority-run businesses. The fund plans to do this in two ways: seriously considering "cold intros" and not just relying on their social networks for deals, and broadening their networks by making close connections with Black and minority social networks at New York City's schools.
The final commitment is to hire more diverse talent at the firm. The company hired Aubrey Pagano, the female founder of customizable clothing company Bow and Drape, as its first female partners earlier this year.
Freedman hopes to hire a Black investor soon as well. Freedman said that the fund hopes to do this by finding talented, early career-Black investment professionals, and helping them gain experience to become leaders at Corigin or other venture firms. SEE ALSO: New York's commercial real-estate industry is concentrated in the hands of rich white men. One of the few Black brokers to rise through the ranks says top brokerages should emulate the construction industry if they're serious about diversity.
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It’s been such a newsy week that we’re ending it with two columns — enough to last you the whole weekend. First, we have what we hope is the ultimate Twitter hack FAQ, in response to this week’s catastrophic security breach. Yesterday’s issue was the most-read in Interface history, and we wanted to make sure you had all the latest developments.
Second, I’m excited to share a conversation I had this week with Facebook’s chief diversity officer, Maxine Williams, on the occasion of the company releasing its annual diversity report. I wanted to know why progress on the issue has been so hard to come by, what it means that she reports to Sheryl Sandberg now, and much more. Williams is a dynamo; I hope you’ll enjoy our chat.
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While the US has long been a tech sector destination, the country's recent political climate has pushed noncitizen tech workers to reconsider their options — and Canada could be benefiting, Axios reported.
Axios cited a study from the Center for Security and Emerging Technology which found that even before the pandemic, Canada's skilled immigration program has been successfully processing a high number of noncitizen American residents.
From 2017 to 2019, more than 20,000 applied for and received express entry permanent residence in Canada, and the number increased by 75% over that period, the study found.
From the Trump administration freezing H-1B visas to nearly barring international students at colleges operating remotely, the US is at risk of intensifying this flow of residents, and pushing its top tech talent out.
Following the H-1B visa ban, the CEO of Ottawa-based Shopify tweeted: "If this affects your plans, consider coming to Canada," suggesting that company at least is welcoming American talent.
In 2019, the US was the third most popular recipient of express entry for skilled noncitizen workers, behind India ... and Canada.
Canadian immigration numbers are likely to increase and US immigration numbers are likely to fall. A study from the National Foundation of American Policy projected that enrollment of new international students at US colleges — the exact kind of person Canada would welcome — is set to decline this fall by 63% to 98%.
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Earlier this year, it was reported that an astronaut in space had developed a potentially life-threatening blood clot in the neck. This was successfully treated with medication by doctors on Earth, avoiding surgery. But given that space agencies and private spaceflight companies have committed to landing humans on Mars in the coming decades, we may not be so lucky next time. Surgical emergencies are in fact one of the main challenges when it comes to human space travel. But over the last few years, space medicine researchers have come up with a number of ideas that could help, from surgical… This story continues at The Next Web
When you're scrolling through Facebook's app, the social network could be watching you back, in more ways than just your data, concerned users have found.The issue came to light with several posts on Twitter, showing that their cameras were activated behind Facebook's app as they were watching videos or looking at photos on the social network.After clicking on the video to full screen, returning it back to normal would create a bug where Facebook's mobile layout was slightly shifted to the right.It's since been tweeted about two other times, and CNET has also been able to replicate the issue.Facebook did not immediately respond to a request for comment.Daryl Lasafin, the creative director of marketing agency Dame Digital in the Philippines, said he dismissed the issue when he first noticed it on Sunday morning, thinking it was a minor glitch.
Current-generation VR controllers are fairly limited in enabling users to “feel” virtual objects; bow strings vibrate with haptic shivers, while guns kick back as they fire bullets.Now researchers at Russia’s Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology are proposing a big step forward called TouchVR — a wearable accessory that applies direct force on the palm and vibrotactile feedback to the fingers, enabling users to feel the weight, texture, softness, and slippage of VR objects.Each TouchVR wearable looks like the foundation of an Iron Man glove: a circular DeltaTouch 3D force generator centered on the palm, plus vibration motors wired with Velcro pads to the thumb and fingers around it.So equipped, the wearer can feel applied force and sliding motions in the palm, combined with vibrations that run from the palm to the fingertips to simulate object textures.There’s no need to hold another controller, as hands are tracked with a Leap Motion hand sensor and HTC Vive Pro VR system.The researchers are using several Unity-based VR apps to demonstrate TouchVR’s capabilities, including a virtual spider moving on the wearer’s palm, a bouncing soccer ball, and a pulsing dragon’s egg.
”Det finns ingen ursäkt för och går inte att glömma det som hände Jamal Khashoggi och det var fel av mig att kalla det ett misstag”, skriver Ubers vd på Twitter.Jamal Khashoggi mördades förra hösten på Saudiarabiens konsulat i Istanbul.USA:s underrättelsetjänst CIA har lagt ansvaret på den saudiske kronprinsen Mohammed bin Salman.I intervjun för Axios fick Dara Khosrowshahi frågor om bolagets koppling till Saudiarabien, vars statliga investeringsfond äger fem procent av Uber och har en styrelsepost.Dara Khosrowshahi kallade då mordet ”ett allvarligt misstag” och jämförde det med en dödsolycka med en av Ubers självkörande bilar.Läs mer: Ubers sparkade grundare dumpar aktier – har sålt 20 procent
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OnePlus has got something cooking, and it's not a phone.The company posted an image of whatever the hell it's been working on on its Twitter account, saying that the product would be "coming soon."It's a pretty dark picture, and turning up the brightness didn't illuminate the situation any further, although you can see a cheeky "nice try" slipped in there.— OnePlus UK (@OnePlus_UK) November 7, 2019Here's the same image with the brightness cranked up:So far, OnePlus says no one has guessed correctly, so that means it's not a tablet either if that tweet is to be trusted.
It’s been a rocky summer for cannabis brands, from warning letters from the FDA to CBD companies for inaccurate claims to the unfortunate vape crisis that has led to vape bans in some areas.Two clear issues have emerged from this chaos.First is that the illicit market is still thriving, and legal companies operating in regulated markets need to ward off counterfeits and help consumers recognize that they are holding a real, legal, authentic product.The second issue revolves around reassuring consumers that they are buying safe and effective products and the best way to show this is to have transparent test results.This can be done by being transparent and educating the consumer on why test results matter then showing the potency, purity and safety of the product that they are about to purchase.Cannabis is still a new industry, so best practices, standards and protocols are still developing.
A think-tank composed of people who really, really like batteries has said the UK needs to rapidly up its ability to produce the massive banks of cells needed by electric cars, and ought to find as much as £1.5bn to build a local equivalent of US carmaker Tesla's "Gigafactory" battery-only manufacturing facility.This is from the independent battery enthusiasts at the Faraday Institution, with boss Neil Morris warning that UK-based carmakers are already negotiating long-term battery supply contracts with overseas battery specialists to ship to the UK for insertion into future EV models; quite mad when you consider the size and weight of the things.Morris says the UK needs to be churning out local batteries by 2023, which is great news for the Cornish lithium miners hoping to ramp up production in various distances of future too.Nissan currently has the UK's only EV battery facility, which Morris says is a "very small" facility outputting 2GWh of capacity each year.A proper UK Gigafactory clone would need to create 15GWh per year to meet 2023's anticipated demand.
Been thinking about cutting the cord?Maybe looking for a less expensive alternative to the recently departed PlayStation Vue?Right now there are few live-TV streaming services offering better value than Philo: It's just $20 per month, a price that includes nearly 60 channels and unlimited DVR.Try this: For a limited time, new Philo subscribers can get a free Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K with a six-month Philo subscription.All you have to do is try Philo free for seven days and then, assuming you like it, prepay for six months of service (for a total cost of $120).That's me, and even in different browsers and incognito mode, I couldn't get the offer to appear.
Today, Barclays said that maybe Apple is losing its strong pricing power.Tim Long, Barclays IT hardware analyst, said in a report to clients on Thursday: ‘iPhone revenues were in-line, but we believe the iPhone average selling price was weaker.’Also Read: Donald Trump Misses The Home Button On The iPhoneDespite the decline in iPhone sales, Apple reported third-quarter earnings and revenues better than expected.Moreover, its share price rose by more than 1%.The tech giant, led by Tim Cook, reported earnings per share of $3.03 and revenue of $64 billion.
SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son spoke on a panel this week at a global investment conference in Saudi Arabia dubbed "Davos in the desert."On a recording of the conference posted on YouTube, Son can be seen visibly nodding off for around 25 seconds as the panelist next to him talks, then waking up after his head slumps down.It's been an incredibly chaotic few months for Son and SoftBank, who led the charge to remove WeWork CEO Adam Neumann and recently took control of the embattled office-rental company.The head of Japanese investor SoftBank is likely exhausted following the dramatic WeWork controversy, and it may explain why he appeared to fall asleep while onstage at a conference this week.Masayoshi Son spoke on a panel about tech investment Tuesday at the Future Investment Initiative conference, dubbed "Davos in the desert," which was held in Saudi Arabia.It's not clear when Son exactly started to nod off, but he appears to be dozing off when the livestream first cuts a wide-shot showing Son between the panel moderator and private equity CEO Robert Smith, who's in the middle answering a question.
If you’re a gamer looking to spice up the look of your desk or setup with a rainbow and spectrum of colorful RGB lights, then Razer has you covered with the new Firefly V2 gaming mouse mat.It packs in several enhanced features, including all-round edge lighting, and a built-in cable catch.While still keeping its ultra-wide (355 mm x 255 mm) signature micro-textured hard surface, it is also slightly thinner.Measuring in a 1mm thinner than the original Firefly, it is now easier for gamers to rest their wrists on the edges.All around, the Firefly V2 has everything that it takes to be visually impressive and put on a light show.When its braided USB cable is plugged in, the Chroma RGB LED lights running along the mouse mat will cycle through a spectrum color by default.