Social media users more likely to believe conspiracies

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Social media app icons are seen on the screen of a smartphone in this close-up photo
Social media app icons are seen on the screen of a smartphone in this close-up photo

From the idea that the coronavirus was created in a lab to the belief that it is all part of a plan to bring in compulsory vaccinations, conspiracy theories have been plentiful in recent months.

Now, research indicates that people who get their news from social media are more likely to believe in such theories – and also more likely to break lockdown rules.

Researchers from King’s College London and Ipsos Mori found that some conspiracy theories were believed by quite a high proportion of the population.

In an online survey of over 2,000 people carried out in late May, 30% thought that the coronavirus was created in a lab, up from 25% in April. A similar proportion thought the true death toll from Covid-19 was being hidden by the authorities.

About 13% believed

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Duchess of Cambridge tells children lockdown is ‘difficult for us all’ in online assembly

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The Duchess of Cambridge will tell children lockdown has been a difficult time for everyone as she encourages them to look after their mental health in an online assembly.

Kate, a mother of three, recorded an assembly from Anmer Hall which is being broadcast with Oak National Academy, an online classroom developed during the pandemic.

She will tell children tuning in on Thursday morning that “frustrations are totally normal” as she encourages them to be kind to each other.

The duchess will say: “Today, I wanted to talk to you about the importance of being kind and looking after one another.

“We all have our ups and down, especially when things change in our lives as they have in so many ways recently. This can cause us to have a huge range of different feelings. Sometimes these feelings may be good, but sometimes they may be uncomfortable, and we feel

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Execs Express Optimism & Christopher Nolan Sends A ‘Tenet’ Update To Online Conference

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The 2020 edition of CineEurope got underway online today with executives chiming in on what exhibition and distribution will look like as coronavirus restrictions ease. The studios normally would have been in Barcelona this week to show off their upcoming slates to European exhibitors. Instead, Film Expo Group did a nice job of pivoting to an online conference that on Day One served up messages from executives, and even Christopher Nolan.

Nolan’s Tenet is one of the most anticipated films of the year, and certainly one of the first due to open as theaters come back online (Warner Bros recently moved it from July 17 to July 31). The director, who is a big proponent of the theatrical experience, sent a taped missive to CineEurope participants. Here’s what he said:

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What Is a Living Will and What to Know About Writing One | Family Finance

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Creating a living will is a task that’s often neglected on a financial to-do list — but it shouldn’t be.

One reason it’s neglected is that plenty of people don’t know what a living will is — or they know but understandably aren’t interested in thinking about end-of-life issues. According to a 2020 survey of 2,400 Americans from the caregiving website, only 6% of people have a living will.

So if you’re wondering what a living will is — and whether you need one — we’ll try to get you up to speed.

[Read: How Living Longer Will Impact Your Retirement.]

What Is a Living Will?

A living will is a legal document, also known as an advance health care directive, that details how you want to be cared for if something unexpectedly impacts your health and you wind up on life support. A living will also forces

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Westport Enters ‘Phase 2’ Reopening As Coronavirus Cases Drop

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WESTPORT, CT — As the number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Westport continues to slow down, the town on Wednesday entered Phase 2 of the state’s reopening efforts.

Phase 2 of the State’s reopening plan includes allowing indoor restaurant dining with restrictions, reopening of fitness facilities and other personal services and many other business sectors.

The town’s ReOpen Westport team is working with businesses to ensure safety for residents and employees, according to Westport Second Selectwoman Jennifer Tooker.

“As always, the business owner is empowered to make the decision to open their doors,” Tooker said. “However, if they do, the ReOpen Team is working diligently to support them through this complicated process. We want our residents to know we are taking this seriously. It is our goal to build confidence throughout the entire community during this reopen period.”

As of Wednesday, there were 298 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Westport, and

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Run-DMC Legend Inspires NYC Teens On Virtual Field Trip For 1,000

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NEW YORK CITY, NY — Young people from more than 150 schools who have been isolated during the coronavirus pandemic — forced to embrace distance learning and see dreams for proms, senior days and other long-time traditions derailed —were able to come together last week during a virtual field trip for more than 1,000 New York City students.

The presentation, “Let’s Talk About It,” was hosted by the United Federation of Teachers and Road Recovery, a not-for-profit organization founded by Gene Bowen and Jack Bookbinder. Road Recovery focuses on helping young people “battle addiction and other adversities by harnessing the influence of entertainment industry professionals who have confronted similar crises and now wish to share their experience, knowledge, and resources,” according to the group’s mission statement.

The virtual field trip featured Daryl McDaniels of the groundbreaking hip hop group Run-DMC, who spoke passionately about his experience with alcoholism, fame, recovery

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Kate Middleton Leads Online School Assembly About Feeling ‘a Little Bit Better’ During Lockdown

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Kate Middleton is going back to school on Thursday — and she’s bringing a special message along with her.

The royal mom of three will lead a morning assembly for the Oak National Academy — an online classroom and resource hub created by teachers — to speak about the importance of mental wellbeing among children.

Oak National Academy has provided more than 12 million video lessons and given free resources to parents and teachers during lockdown. The service’s weekly assembly enables students across the U.K. to experience a key part of the normal school routine.

In her video speech,  Kate says, “Talking to someone, whether it’s a friend, family member, or teacher, is something you can do to make yourself feel that little bit better. And you can also play your part in helping others to feel better too, whether offering a friendly ear, or helping someone in need. Small

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These products won’t protect you from coronavirus. But they will make you laugh

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The COVID-19 pandemic is a crisis of the unknown. Our understanding of the disease and the best ways to fight it seem to change from week to week. This murky information environment creates opportunities for entrepreneurs offering the promise, if not always the reality, of safety.

You can find many of those entrepreneurs on crowdfunding sitessuch as Kickstarter and Indiegogo, where catchy-sounding ideas can go viral on the basis of nothing more than a demo video, raising millions of dollars from would-be customers eager to be first in line.

Right now, if you’re so inclined,, you can throw your cash at a mask that only covers your nose, or a wearable plastic bubble, or a keychain to touch elevator buttons for you.

But would you actually be backing something made of science, or just something science-flavored?

We rounded up some of the most questionable innovations and presented them to Paula

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Health minister says app should roll out by winter

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NHS Covid-19 app
NHS Covid-19 app

A government minister has said the NHS coronavirus contact-tracing app is “not a priority” and he was not sure it would be out by winter.

The app, which has been trialled on the Isle of Wight, was initially expected to launch nationally weeks ago.

The BBC can also reveal that the project’s two lead managers – NHSX’s Matthew Gould and Geraint Lewis – are stepping back.

And Simon Thompson – a former Apple executive – is joining to manage it.

Mr Thompson is currently chief product officer at the online grocer Ocado. He has been appointed to Baroness Dido Harding’s Test and Trace team, where he will have other duties in addition to the app.

Mr Gould and Mr Lewis had always expected to move back to their other duties this month, however they had intended for the app to have had its national rollout by now.

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Edited Transcript of SATSA.OL earnings conference call or presentation 12-May-20 6:30am GMT

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Jun 17, 2020 (Thomson StreetEvents) — Edited Transcript of Sats ASA earnings conference call or presentation Tuesday, May 12, 2020 at 6:30:00am GMT

Good morning, everyone, and welcome to SATS first quarter presentation. We hope you are all doing well and staying healthy. We are presenting today from our office here in Nydalsveien in Norway. My name is Sondre Gravir, the CEO of SATS. And together with me, I also have Cecilie Elde, our CFO, who will run through the financials.

This quarter is, to a large extent, characterized by COVID-19 and the closure of clubs specifically. We will have a Q&A session towards the end of the presentation, and you can post questions online during the presentation through the webcast interface.

But before we dive into the numbers, I would like to remind us all on what is the core of SATS, our vision and our guiding star, and … Read More