By Andrew MacAskill
LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is considering imposing a new month-long national lockdown in England next week after scientists warned the coronavirus was spreading faster than their worst predictions, local media reported.
The pandemic is spreading in most parts of Britain, where the official death toll of 46,299 is the highest in Europe.
Johnson is expected to hold a news conference on Monday to announce the new measures, which would allow only essential shops and schools, nurseries and universities to remain open, The Times newspaper said.
The new measures were still under discussion, and no final decision had been made, the paper said, citing a senior government source.
The prime minister’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Reuters.
Currently, the government has a three-tier system of restrictions for local areas in England, with Level 3 the highest. Scotland, Wales and North Ireland run their own policies on fighting the pandemic.
A member of the government’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) warned on Saturday that the virus was “running riot” across all age groups.
“For the naysayers that don’t believe in a second wave, there is a second wave,” Calum Semple, a professor of outbreak medicine at the University of Liverpool, told the BBC.
“And unlike the first wave, where we had a national lockdown which protected huge swathes of society, this outbreak is now running riot across all age groups.”
A new lockdown would heap fresh pressure on finance minister Rishi Sunak and the Bank of England to increase their already huge support for the UK economy, the world’s sixth-biggest. The economy slumped a record 20% in the spring and has been struggling to maintain its recovery.
In the current system, Tier 3 includes a ban on mixing of people in different households, pubs and bars are closed, wedding receptions are not permitted, and travel to or from the area should be avoided.
The government is also considering tougher regional measures, known as Tier 4, but ministers are said to be in favour of a nationwide policy, The Times said.
Some analysts have said the regional restrictions on businesses imposed in recent weeks will cause the economy to contract again in the fourth quarter and a national lockdown would inflict greater damage.
The BoE is widely expected to increase its bond-buying programme on Thursday for the third time since the pandemic struck in March. Economists polled by Reuters mostly predicted a 100 billion-pound top-up.
(Reporting by Andrew MacAskill; Editing by Frances Kerry)
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Ten Things We're Thankful For in Sports Media: TRAINA THOUGHTS – Sports Illustrated
This is the last edition of Traina Thoughts until Monday, so we’d like to give a shoutout to what we’re thankful for in the world of sports media.
Obviously, it goes without saying that in this bizarre year, what we should all be thankful for more than anything when it comes to sports is all the people who helped give us sports back after they were shut down because of the pandemic.
From the athletes playing in the games, to the people working in stadiums and arenas, to broadcasters and camera people and everyone in between, there were tons of people who put their health at risk in order for the sports world to return in the second half of 2020.
My list, though, will focus on the lighter side of sports. So, without further ado, here are 10 things I’m most grateful for in 2020 from the world of sports media:
10. John Sterling and Suzyn Waldman: Since I’m a Yankees fan, John and Suzyn, who call New York games for WFAN in New York, are the voices of my summer. This summer, I needed familiarity more than anything. Hearing their voices and the unique way they call a game helped distract me from what was going on in the real world.
9. Stephen A. Smith: I don’t care about any of Smith’s sports takes and I can only handle the performance artist in small doses, but every now and then he hits all the right notes on something wacky, like NBA players not being able to abstain while in the NBA bubble, and it’s great TV.
8. Chris “Mad Dog” Russo: Still the single most entertaining sports radio host in the country. I don’t agree with about half of what he says, he can’t pronounce anyone’s name and he may be stuck in the Dark Ages when it comes to things like social media and technology, but from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. every day on SiriusXM, the Doggie will entertain you like no other.
7. Inside the NBA: In the most unusual season they will ever cover, Ernie, Chuck, Kenny and Shaq were as good as ever. The way the hosts can instantly switch gears from ribbing each other to talking about social issues is a skill few have in sports media. They also aren’t afraid to go where most in sports media won’t go. We could use more of that on sports television.
Just two of many highlights from this season: Barkley calling Shaq “Karen.”
And Ernie Johnson giving Barkley a cognitive test.
6. Conrad Thompson/Bruce Prichard/Jim Ross: If you are a wrestling fan who grew up in the ’80s and stuck with the WWF/WWE through the attitude era, the podcasts hosted by these men are essential listening. Thompson and Prichard host Something to Wrestle and Thompson teams up with Ross for Grilling JR. I can’t recommend these podcasts enough.
5. Scott Van Pelt’s “Bad Beats:” I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again, if you are an individual who partakes in sports betting, you absolutely, positively must watch this segment that airs each Monday night on Van Pelt’s edition of SportsCenter. Of course, you can always catch it each Tuesday in Traina Thoughts.
4. Good Morning Football: If you read Traina Thoughts, you know I write about this show a lot—and with good reason. No hot takes, no outlandish comments that the host spewing them doesn’t believe and four people—Kay Adams, Nate Burleson, Kyle Brandt and Peter Schrager—who are immensely likable. It’s the perfect way to get your morning started each weekday beginning at 7 a.m. ET on NFL Network.
3. The Rock’s Instagram: You really get it all with The Great One on IG: gluttonous cheat meals, ridiculous workout videos, videos of him singing to his daughter, hilarious throwback photos from his younger days, complete with self-deprecating captions, and much more.
2. Al Michaels, Joe Buck, Jim Nantz: In this day and age when you can pinpoint every single mistake, no matter how small it is, and blast it all over Twitter, we take for granted how good we really have it on Sundays. Each and every week, the biggest NFL game of the day is called by a GREAT play-by-play broadcaster, whether it’s Nantz on CBS, Buck on Fox or Michaels on NBC. Their styles are different, but each one works perfectly.
1. The SI Media Podcast listeners: Don’t get me wrong, I’m grateful and thankful for the Traina Thoughts readers, as well. If you include the old Hot Clicks days, I’ve been doing this a long time, and the loyalty many of you have shown me is something I don’t take for granted. The fact I have an audience after all this time blows me away on a daily basis.
But listening to the podcast takes a little more effort than reading the column, so that’s why I want to single in on SI Media Podcast listeners. I can’t thank you enough for subscribing and listening.
I’d also like to plug a brand new episode that dropped Wednesday morning. It features an interview with New York Post sports media columnist Andrew Marchand.
We discussed the situation with Jim Nantz’s contract and the payday he’s seeking, the weird battle between ESPN and The Dan Le Batard Show, NFL ratings bouncing back, the state of NFL broadcasters and much more.
Be sure to catch up on past editions of Traina Thoughts and check out the Sports Illustrated Media Podcast hosted by Jimmy Traina on Apple, Spotify or Stitcher. You can also follow Jimmy on Twitter and Instagram.
Abu Dhabi to Expand Media Hub to Diversify Economy – Financial Post
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Twofour54, named after Abu Dhabi’s geographical coordinates, was set up in 2008. Garin, who has more than 40 years’ experience as a media industry executive, was appointed CEO in January.
Garin is also trying to attract gaming companies to grab a piece of one of the fastest-growing sectors in entertainment. The global video game industry is now estimated to be larger than film and music combined — the sector generated annual revenue of $135 billion in 2019 and Morgan Stanley Investment Management expects double-digit sales growth by 2025.
Twofour54 has partnered with Unity Technologies SF to make Abu Dhabi the “center of the digital and gaming world,” according to Garin. Unity is the company behind video games including “GooBall” and “Angry Bots Demo.”
Garin said the center has already signed nine deals with gaming companies in the region, and is expecting to attract as many as 45 more over the next three years, creating 450 jobs.
Twofour54 has been attracting companies by subsidizing rent and offering other financial incentives. Abu Dhabi Film Commission offers a 30% cashback rebate on all productions in the emirate and Garin saidAbu Dhabi is negotiating reduced school fees and building affordable housing to attract new companies.
The UAE is expected to suffer a steep economic contraction this year. Foreign workers have been forced to go home amid a wave of job cuts in the private sector and, earlier this year, Oxford Economics estimated the UAE’s population would shrink by nearly 10%.
Earlier this week, the country abolished the need for companies to have Emirati shareholders, local media reported, in a major shake-up of foreign ownership laws aimed at attracting investment into an economy reeling from the coronavirus and a decline in oil prices.
“We’re trying to build Abu Dhabi, and we’re building it by allowing these companies to build and enjoy the success of their efforts,” Garin said.
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