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TLDR: The QuickBooks Pro Desktop Certification Bonus Bundle can help anyone get a handle on business accounting with eight courses filled with almost 110 hours of material. There may be no element of starting and running a business that is more crucial, yet less inherently sexy than accurate bookkeeping. Since most entrepreneurs didn’t launch their new business to tally balance sheets and process invoices, this critical task may turn into that leader’s third or fourth full-time job. Or those duties could get farmed out, often to a spouse or a nephew or another employee who adds accounting as their second…

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You’ve got to feel for the people of Bolton. Under the government’s current Covid travel guidance, they’re advised against visiting a neighbouring town, but they are allowed to get on a jet to a ‘green list’ country. Travelling to 1,000 miles to Lisbon is fine. A trip down the road to Leigh ain’t so fine.

Confused? I don’t blame you. Confusion was the name of the game after England woke up to the updated guidance quietly placed on Gov.uk 11 days ago. Thanks to the Manchester Evening News, we learned the advice is to ‘avoid travelling in and out of affected areas’ and to meet people outside rather than inside.

The advice wasn’t just for Bolton, of course. It was for eight areas where the Indian variant of the virus has spiked. Yet it felt very much like their two million inhabitants were being placed in a neo-lockdown without any minister having the courage to say so explicitly, and without bothering to consult local MPs, public health chiefs and council leaders.

At the start of the day, cabinet minister Therese Coffey delivered the line-to-take from No.10, which was to say none of this came “out of the blue”. Why? Because Boris Johnson himself had, er, responded in a vague way to a Q&A at a Downing Street press conference on May 14. When asked if people should stay overnight with family in Bolton, the PM had replied: “I’d urge people to think twice about that.” Not exactly crystal clear, one might argue.

The line wasn’t really going to hold, especially as it was obvious that the change in guidance was significant in public health terms. What was baffling was the lack of engagement with the very public health chiefs who could convey that message. No.10 claimed today that “marketing assets”, such as posters and social media messaging, had been shared with councils but there’s little evidence of that.

The main problem with the new travel advice for Bolton and other areas was the lack of emphasis put on it. Guidance is just that, guidance, but its importance can vary hugely depending on ministerial terminology. A week ago, after confusion over the ‘amber list’, Johnson said its countries were “not somewhere where you should be going on holiday.” Yet he didn’t tell the people of Bolton “you should not travel in or out of the town for non-essential reasons”. 

The joint rebellion by all the councils on Tuesday, signing a letter suggesting they didn’t want or need special guidance, laid bare their frustration. But despite chatter that a U-turn was coming, all the government did by the close of play was to “clarify” the guidance to tell everyone that new guidance was not new restrictions. The comms failures just kept on coming, the public health messaging shambles became even more shambolic.

Now of course, the move out of lockdown inevitably means more reliance on voluntary guidance rather than compulsory restrictions. Yet the very voluntary nature of the advice ought to put an even higher premium on clarity. ‘You may not be legally prevented from doing something (like travelling to Mexico) but we would strongly advise against it’, for example. The public grasp when they’re being trusted to do the right thing, they just want clear messaging.

The threat of the Indian variant increases further that need for clarity. But perhaps what was most revealing about the past 24 hours is just how nervous the PM is about using “local lockdowns” to contain that variant. When the Tory leader of Bolton council David Greenhalgh and greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham are firmly united in opposing fresh restrictions, Johnson knows he has a serious problem.

Both local leaders today stressed just how furious Bolton people would be with any new lockdown that singled them out after already suffering longer than any other area of England. Greenhalgh, who has warned of civil disorder before, said: “I genuinely believe there is an underlying resentment that can very easily, if we are not careful, turn into anger.”

But the flipside of not having local lockdowns is keeping the rest of the country running at the pace of the areas with most Covid cases. One former cabinet minister told me today that “the rest of us can’t be held hostage” by some minority ethnic populations who are vaccine hesitant in the few areas with Indian variant spikes. No one in government wants to get into the unspoken racial element of this row, but some MPs feel deviation from the roadmap will breed further division either locally or nationally.

Given the huge backlash from the eight affected areas today, the only thing that has emerged with any clarity is that any fresh restrictions will end up angering somebody, especially when the vaccine rollout has proved so phenomenally successful overall. That’s why the PM will be crossing his fingers that the data this week on the Indian variant gets better not worse.

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Carol England 2020-09-21
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A German warship that was sunk during World War II has been identified off the coast of Norway.
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Carol England 2020-08-20
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[Chris Morris voice:] This is the one thing we didn't want to happen.
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Carol England 2021-07-06
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The French Lion last tasted victory at La Sarthe in 2009.
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Carol England 2021-05-07
Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge

Shortly before the Epic v. Apple trial, Epic Games made an interesting announcement: it would offer the indie game storefront Itch.io as an app on its own Epic Games Store. The Fortnite publisher was going to trial with the aim of making Apple offer competing app stores on its iPhone and iPad, so the move showed that Epic was willing to open up its own store in the same way.

On the fifth day of court, however, Apple tried to turn Itch.io into a liability — by telling Epic Games Store general manager Steven Allison about “so-called adult games” that were “so offensive we cannot speak about them here.”

Itch.io is one of relatively few non-game apps on the Epic Games Store, along with software like the Brave browser. It’s also, as we’ve...

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Carol England 2020-09-18
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Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston have reunited again - and things got a little flirty between the former couple.

Alas, it was all in the name of art when they took part in the star-studded table read for the classic 1980’s film Fast Times At Ridgemont High.

Brad and Jen, who were married between 2000 and 2005, were joined by a stellar cast including Oscar-winning actors Julia Roberts, Matthew McConaughey, Sean Penn and Morgan Freeman, who took the role of narrator.

Henry Golding, Shia LaBeouf, Jimmy Kimmel, John Legend and Ray Liotta also took part, along with host Dane Cook.

During the reading, Brad read the lines of popular high school student Brad Hamilton while Jennifer played the part of Linda Barrett.

And in a perfect bit of casting, the Hollywood stars recreated a risque scene between Phoebe Cates and Judge Reinhold from the 1982 film.

Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt

Brad’s character has a daydream about Jennifer’s Linda making an advance on him

“Hi, Brad,” Jennifer read. “You know how cute I always thought you were. I think you’re so sexy. Will you come to me?”

Brad struggled to keep a straight face throughout. 

Hollywood’s former golden couple have rekindled their friendship in the years following their split, and in January shared a touching moment backstage at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, where they were both winners.

The table read was to support charities Core and Reform Alliance in their efforts to alleviate the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Carol England 2020-08-14
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There’s an equally impressive list of actors who didn’t make it onto the roster, and one of them includes the future Batman.
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Carol England 2021-06-11

A lucky 25 customers received Tesla’s redesigned Model S “Plaid” at an event hosted by CEO Elon Musk in Fremont, California on Thursday night.

The Silicon Valley automaker has billed this new $130,000 version of the Model S — first announced in January and originally slated to ship in March — as the “quickest production vehicle ever made,” with the ability to go from 0-60mph in under 2 seconds. Its name is a reference to the unthinkable speed beyond “Ludicrous” in the comedy classic Spaceballs. It’s also expected to get around 390 miles of range. (Tesla is selling a less powerful version of the redesigned Model S with more range — 412 miles — that starts at just a hair under $80,000. Deliveries of those start later this year.)

Why so...

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Carol England 2021-04-25
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Between its backing of PS5 exclusive Returnal and recent comments about diversifying PS5 exclusives, I’m hoping Sony could offer us something a bit different this generation.
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Carol England 2020-09-11
Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge

In July, amid increasing scrutiny from the Trump administration, TikTok announced a novel effort to build trust with regulators: a physical office known as the Transparency and Accountability Center. The center would allow visitors to learn about the company’s data storage and content moderation practices, and even to inspect the algorithms that power its core recommendation engine.

“We believe all companies should disclose their algorithms, moderation policies, and data flows to regulators,” then-TikTok CEO Kevin Mayer said at the time. “We will not wait for regulation to come.”

Regulation came a few hours later. President Trump told reporters on Air Force One that he planned to ban TikTok from operating in the United States, and a few...

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Carol England 2020-08-05
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Grab your Happy Helmet and find your Log: The iconic cat and dog show that only looks like it's for kids is coming back.
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Carol England 2021-05-28
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Conservatives including Gaetz have long accused technology companies of being ideologically biased against them.
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Carol England 2021-01-22
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Your odds of having an allergic reaction in the minutes after receiving Moderna's vaccine are almost - literally - one in a million.
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Carol England 2020-08-28
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Amazon Prime Video adds new titles every month. Here's a rundown of movies and TV shows for September 2020.
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Carol England 2020-07-28
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Drivers aren't happy.
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Carol England 2021-07-21
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TLDR: The QuickBooks Pro Desktop Certification Bonus Bundle can help anyone get a handle on business accounting with eight courses filled with almost 110 hours of material. There may be no element of starting and running a business that is more crucial, yet less inherently sexy than accurate bookkeeping. Since most entrepreneurs didn’t launch their new business to tally balance sheets and process invoices, this critical task may turn into that leader’s third or fourth full-time job. Or those duties could get farmed out, often to a spouse or a nephew or another employee who adds accounting as their second…

This story continues at The Next Web
Carol England 2021-06-11

A lucky 25 customers received Tesla’s redesigned Model S “Plaid” at an event hosted by CEO Elon Musk in Fremont, California on Thursday night.

The Silicon Valley automaker has billed this new $130,000 version of the Model S — first announced in January and originally slated to ship in March — as the “quickest production vehicle ever made,” with the ability to go from 0-60mph in under 2 seconds. Its name is a reference to the unthinkable speed beyond “Ludicrous” in the comedy classic Spaceballs. It’s also expected to get around 390 miles of range. (Tesla is selling a less powerful version of the redesigned Model S with more range — 412 miles — that starts at just a hair under $80,000. Deliveries of those start later this year.)

Why so...

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Carol England 2021-05-25
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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.

You’ve got to feel for the people of Bolton. Under the government’s current Covid travel guidance, they’re advised against visiting a neighbouring town, but they are allowed to get on a jet to a ‘green list’ country. Travelling to 1,000 miles to Lisbon is fine. A trip down the road to Leigh ain’t so fine.

Confused? I don’t blame you. Confusion was the name of the game after England woke up to the updated guidance quietly placed on Gov.uk 11 days ago. Thanks to the Manchester Evening News, we learned the advice is to ‘avoid travelling in and out of affected areas’ and to meet people outside rather than inside.

The advice wasn’t just for Bolton, of course. It was for eight areas where the Indian variant of the virus has spiked. Yet it felt very much like their two million inhabitants were being placed in a neo-lockdown without any minister having the courage to say so explicitly, and without bothering to consult local MPs, public health chiefs and council leaders.

At the start of the day, cabinet minister Therese Coffey delivered the line-to-take from No.10, which was to say none of this came “out of the blue”. Why? Because Boris Johnson himself had, er, responded in a vague way to a Q&A at a Downing Street press conference on May 14. When asked if people should stay overnight with family in Bolton, the PM had replied: “I’d urge people to think twice about that.” Not exactly crystal clear, one might argue.

The line wasn’t really going to hold, especially as it was obvious that the change in guidance was significant in public health terms. What was baffling was the lack of engagement with the very public health chiefs who could convey that message. No.10 claimed today that “marketing assets”, such as posters and social media messaging, had been shared with councils but there’s little evidence of that.

The main problem with the new travel advice for Bolton and other areas was the lack of emphasis put on it. Guidance is just that, guidance, but its importance can vary hugely depending on ministerial terminology. A week ago, after confusion over the ‘amber list’, Johnson said its countries were “not somewhere where you should be going on holiday.” Yet he didn’t tell the people of Bolton “you should not travel in or out of the town for non-essential reasons”. 

The joint rebellion by all the councils on Tuesday, signing a letter suggesting they didn’t want or need special guidance, laid bare their frustration. But despite chatter that a U-turn was coming, all the government did by the close of play was to “clarify” the guidance to tell everyone that new guidance was not new restrictions. The comms failures just kept on coming, the public health messaging shambles became even more shambolic.

Now of course, the move out of lockdown inevitably means more reliance on voluntary guidance rather than compulsory restrictions. Yet the very voluntary nature of the advice ought to put an even higher premium on clarity. ‘You may not be legally prevented from doing something (like travelling to Mexico) but we would strongly advise against it’, for example. The public grasp when they’re being trusted to do the right thing, they just want clear messaging.

The threat of the Indian variant increases further that need for clarity. But perhaps what was most revealing about the past 24 hours is just how nervous the PM is about using “local lockdowns” to contain that variant. When the Tory leader of Bolton council David Greenhalgh and greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham are firmly united in opposing fresh restrictions, Johnson knows he has a serious problem.

Both local leaders today stressed just how furious Bolton people would be with any new lockdown that singled them out after already suffering longer than any other area of England. Greenhalgh, who has warned of civil disorder before, said: “I genuinely believe there is an underlying resentment that can very easily, if we are not careful, turn into anger.”

But the flipside of not having local lockdowns is keeping the rest of the country running at the pace of the areas with most Covid cases. One former cabinet minister told me today that “the rest of us can’t be held hostage” by some minority ethnic populations who are vaccine hesitant in the few areas with Indian variant spikes. No one in government wants to get into the unspoken racial element of this row, but some MPs feel deviation from the roadmap will breed further division either locally or nationally.

Given the huge backlash from the eight affected areas today, the only thing that has emerged with any clarity is that any fresh restrictions will end up angering somebody, especially when the vaccine rollout has proved so phenomenally successful overall. That’s why the PM will be crossing his fingers that the data this week on the Indian variant gets better not worse.

Carol England 2021-04-25
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Between its backing of PS5 exclusive Returnal and recent comments about diversifying PS5 exclusives, I’m hoping Sony could offer us something a bit different this generation.
Carol England 2020-09-21
img
A German warship that was sunk during World War II has been identified off the coast of Norway.
Carol England 2020-09-11
Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge

In July, amid increasing scrutiny from the Trump administration, TikTok announced a novel effort to build trust with regulators: a physical office known as the Transparency and Accountability Center. The center would allow visitors to learn about the company’s data storage and content moderation practices, and even to inspect the algorithms that power its core recommendation engine.

“We believe all companies should disclose their algorithms, moderation policies, and data flows to regulators,” then-TikTok CEO Kevin Mayer said at the time. “We will not wait for regulation to come.”

Regulation came a few hours later. President Trump told reporters on Air Force One that he planned to ban TikTok from operating in the United States, and a few...

Continue reading…

Carol England 2020-08-20
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[Chris Morris voice:] This is the one thing we didn't want to happen.
Carol England 2020-08-05
img
Grab your Happy Helmet and find your Log: The iconic cat and dog show that only looks like it's for kids is coming back.
Carol England 2021-07-06
img
The French Lion last tasted victory at La Sarthe in 2009.
Carol England 2021-05-28
img
Conservatives including Gaetz have long accused technology companies of being ideologically biased against them.
Carol England 2021-05-07
Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge

Shortly before the Epic v. Apple trial, Epic Games made an interesting announcement: it would offer the indie game storefront Itch.io as an app on its own Epic Games Store. The Fortnite publisher was going to trial with the aim of making Apple offer competing app stores on its iPhone and iPad, so the move showed that Epic was willing to open up its own store in the same way.

On the fifth day of court, however, Apple tried to turn Itch.io into a liability — by telling Epic Games Store general manager Steven Allison about “so-called adult games” that were “so offensive we cannot speak about them here.”

Itch.io is one of relatively few non-game apps on the Epic Games Store, along with software like the Brave browser. It’s also, as we’ve...

Continue reading…

Carol England 2021-01-22
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Your odds of having an allergic reaction in the minutes after receiving Moderna's vaccine are almost - literally - one in a million.
Carol England 2020-09-18
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Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston have reunited again - and things got a little flirty between the former couple.

Alas, it was all in the name of art when they took part in the star-studded table read for the classic 1980’s film Fast Times At Ridgemont High.

Brad and Jen, who were married between 2000 and 2005, were joined by a stellar cast including Oscar-winning actors Julia Roberts, Matthew McConaughey, Sean Penn and Morgan Freeman, who took the role of narrator.

Henry Golding, Shia LaBeouf, Jimmy Kimmel, John Legend and Ray Liotta also took part, along with host Dane Cook.

During the reading, Brad read the lines of popular high school student Brad Hamilton while Jennifer played the part of Linda Barrett.

And in a perfect bit of casting, the Hollywood stars recreated a risque scene between Phoebe Cates and Judge Reinhold from the 1982 film.

Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt

Brad’s character has a daydream about Jennifer’s Linda making an advance on him

“Hi, Brad,” Jennifer read. “You know how cute I always thought you were. I think you’re so sexy. Will you come to me?”

Brad struggled to keep a straight face throughout. 

Hollywood’s former golden couple have rekindled their friendship in the years following their split, and in January shared a touching moment backstage at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, where they were both winners.

The table read was to support charities Core and Reform Alliance in their efforts to alleviate the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

Carol England 2020-08-28
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Amazon Prime Video adds new titles every month. Here's a rundown of movies and TV shows for September 2020.
Carol England 2020-08-14
img
There’s an equally impressive list of actors who didn’t make it onto the roster, and one of them includes the future Batman.
Carol England 2020-07-28
img
Drivers aren't happy.