Day: July 12, 2020

Dulux forced to limit paint purchases after rise in demand from lockdown renovations

Only tester pots can now be purchased online - Nitzan Assaf / EyeEm /Getty Images
Only tester pots can now be purchased online – Nitzan Assaf / EyeEm /Getty Images
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Dulux has been forced to limit paint purchases after a surge in demand due to lockdown renovations.

The company introduced a strict limit on the number of items that can be bought after they were flooded with orders.

Only tester pots can now be purchased online – and there is even a strict limit on those.

A message on the Dulux website reads: “We are now taking new orders for testers only via this website, however to manage continued exceptional demand, we are limiting the number of orders taken each day.

“If our daily capacity has been reached you will see a message displayed when trying to add items to your shopping cart, and we ask you try again the next day.”

Last week the company had to suspend

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The anatomy of a fake news headline

As confrontations between Black Lives Matter protesters and police erupted across the country earlier this month, some Oregonians, mostly older people, saw a Facebook ad pushing a headline about how a Republican politician “Wants Martial Law To Control The Obama-Soros Antifa Supersoldiers.”

Needless to say, there was no army of left-wing “supersoldiers” marching across Oregon, nor were former president Barack Obama and billionaire George Soros known to be funding anything antifa-related. And the politician in question didn’t actually say there were “supersoldiers.” The headline, originally from the often-sarcastic, progressive blog Wonkette, was never meant to be taken as straight news.

The whole thing was a mishap born of the modern news age, in which what headlines you see is decided not by a hard-bitten front-page editor but instead by layers of algorithms designed to pick what’s news and who should be shown it. This system can work fine, but in

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Florida Breaks Record Daily Cases in U.S. Outbreak: Virus Update

(Bloomberg) —

Florida reported 15,300 new virus cases, the biggest one-day rise since the coronavirus pandemic began in the U.S. The number exceeds records from New York, California and Texas, all of which have reported daily counts at almost 12,000. Reported deaths in Florida dropped to 44, from 95 the day before.

U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said “the rule should be that kids go back to school this fall,” despite rising cases around the country. Arizona reported a higher increase in fatalities, even as new cases declined.

South Africa may reintroduce tighter regulations on the movement of people and curb sales of alcohol as coronavirus infections soar, the Sunday Times reported. Hungary is also restricting travel after spikes in neighboring countries. Infections in Germany increased by 377. U.K. cases remained steady.

Key Developments:

Global Tracker: Cases top 12.7 million; deaths surpass 565,000Aversion to mask-wearing holds back U.S. economyU.K. set

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How Ocado went from understated British grocer to an $18.4 billion tech giant, as the coronavirus pandemic confirms the future of grocery shopping is online

"Bots" are seen on the grid (or "The Hive") of Ocado's "smart platform" in Andover, Britain, on May 1, 2018.
“Bots” are seen on the grid (or “The Hive”) of Ocado’s “smart platform” in Andover, Britain, on May 1, 2018.

REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

  • As grocery stores worldwide experienced stockpiling, long lines, and health worries amid the coronavirus pandemic, millions of people turned to shopping online.

  • It has been a goldrush for the British company Ocado, an online-only grocery marketplace that also operates technology for supermarket giants worldwide.

  • Ocado was the best performing stock on the FTSE 100 in the second quarter of 2020, and, in May, Ocado raised over $1 billion to grow its services.

  • It is now betting big on its US expansion, hoping to convert Americans to grocery shopping online.

  • Huge challenges remain, though. Many Americans are still reluctant to buy food they can’t see in person, and some fear the current online pandemic-driven boom could prove a one-off.

  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

The coronavirus pandemic

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What meeting your spouse online has in common with arranged marriage

<span class="caption">David and Elizabeth Weinlick, a Minnesota couple who began their life together through an arranged marriage </span> <span class="attribution"><a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="http://www.apimages.com/metadata/Index/Arranged-Wedding-Renewing-Vows/c700db29a86948808707a64f7ff11777/21/0" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:AP Photo/Kyle Potter">AP Photo/Kyle Potter</a></span>
David and Elizabeth Weinlick, a Minnesota couple who began their life together through an arranged marriage AP Photo/Kyle Potter

Most Americans who get married today believe they are choosing their own partners after falling in love with them. Arranged marriages, which remain common in some parts of the world, are a rarity here.

But while doing research about arranged marriages, I’ve made a surprising observation: These seemingly different kinds of matrimony may be beginning to converge.

Couples who ostensibly marry after spontaneously falling in love increasingly do that with some help from online dating services or after meeting through hookup apps. And modern arranged marriages – including my own – are becoming more like love marriages.

Going strong in India

According to some estimates, more than half of the marriages taking place around the world each year are arranged. They are the norm in India, comprising at least 90 percent

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Result and reaction from Premier League fixture today

Tottenham Hotspur are hosting Arsenal this afternoon in the north London derby as both rivals look for a win to re-establish themselves in the race for Europe.

There will be no fans in the stadium to create the usual raucous atmosphere as the Premier League continues behind closed doors, and it will also be an occasion on which neither side are quite finding their groove. Spurs are particularly shaky at the moment and currently sit 10th in the table, behind Burnley, while Arsenal are eighth with three wins and a draw from their past four games.

Follow all the action live:

When is it?

Tottenham vs Arsenal kicks off at 4.30pm BST today.

How can I watch on TV and online?

The match will be broadcast live on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League in the UK.

Sky Sports subscribers can watch online via the website or

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The rumors are true: These are all cakes.

The rumors are true: These are all cakes.
The rumors are true: These are all cakes.

If you’re feeling slightly traumatized from seeing a gorgeous pair of Crocs sliced in half, a roll of toilet paper demolished, or a lively-looking plant hacked apart with a giant knife, just know you’re not alone.

It’s a bit unnerving to watch everyday objects be carved up on your social media timelines without warning, but if you keep watching, you’ll learn that these objects are, in fact, all edible cakes.

Viral cake-cutting videos have been making the rounds on social media after Buzzfeed’s Tasty account shared a compilation of @redrosecake_tubageckil’s realistic-looking baked goods on July 8.

Chef Tuba Geçkil of Red Rose Cake specializes in making 3-D cakes that look so real that the sheer act of slicing them in half is intriguing — and in some cases, extremely jarring. Chef Geçkil has 2.71K YouTube subscribers, and regularly shares her masterful creations

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Last chance! Casper’s massive mattress sale will save your aching back

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Casper has the mattress of your dreams, and it’s on sale for the 4th of July. (Photo: Casper)
Casper has the mattress of your dreams, and it’s on sale for the 4th of July. (Photo: Casper)

How’s your back? If you’re like most of us, these last few months of less activity (and more staying in) have meant noticeable aches and pains. Add to that the stress of sleeping on an old mattress and you might find your back in a constant state of discomfort. 

While core exercises are never a bad idea, no amount of Zoom fitness will fix your back if your bed is the root of the problem. Of course now is not the time to visit mattress stores and plop down Goldilocks-style in search of a match. But it IS

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Push to Reopen U.S. Schools; New York Cases Steady: Virus Update

U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said “the rule should be that kids go back to school this fall,” despite rising cases around the country. New York reported 677 new cases, in line with daily rises in the last week, and five deaths.

South Africa may reintroduce tighter regulations on the movement of people and curb sales of alcohol as coronavirus infections soar, the Sunday Times reported. Hungary is also restricting travel after spikes in neighboring countries. Infections in Germany increased by 377.

Thailand plans to start human trials for a locally developed, potential Covid-19 vaccine as early as September, making it among the first done outside high-income countries, after encouraging results in monkeys and mice.

Global Tracker: Cases top 12.7 million; deaths surpass 565,000Aversion to mask-wearing holds back U.S. economyU.K. set to tighten rules on wearing face masksWall Street forges a new relationship to data in coronavirus ageConflicting visions emerge … Read More

Virus spread, not politics should guide schools, doctors say

As the Trump administration pushes full steam ahead to force schools to resume in-person education, public health experts warn that a one-size-fits-all reopening could drive infection and death rates even higher.

They’re urging a more cautious approach, which many local governments and school districts are already pursuing.

There are too many uncertainties and variables, they say, for back-to-school to be back-to-normal.

Where is the virus spreading rapidly? Do students live with aged grandparents? Do teachers have high-risk health conditions that would make online teaching safest? Do infected children easily spread COVID-19 to each other and to adults?

Regarding the latter, some evidence suggests they don’t, but a big government study aims to find better proof. Results won’t be available before the fall, and some schools are slated to reopen in just a few weeks.

“These are complicated issues. You can’t just charge straight ahead,” Dr. Tom Frieden, former director of

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