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Just Eat Takeaway shares soar as COVID-19 fears keep home-dining orders coming

Just Eat Takeaway’s order growth jumps amid continuing demand for online delivery.


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Shares in Just Eat Takeaway leapt more than 5% on Wednesday, after the food-delivery platform reported a surge in online orders in the third quarter as more consumers turned to apps for their dining needs amid social distancing restrictions.

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said it had received 46% more orders in the three months to September, compared with the same period in 2019.

The Amsterdam-headquartered company delivered 151.4 million orders globally in the third quarter, bringing the total to 408.3 million in the first nine months of the year.

The strong results sent shares in Just Eat Takeaway up 5.34% in early morning London trading.   

Just Eat Takeaway saw the highest sales in the U.K., where it delivered 46.4 million orders in three months, up 43% on the previous year.

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Kim Jong Un orders remodeling of major hotels in Pyongyang

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un recently ordered sections of several hotels in Pyongyang to be remodeled by the end of 2021, Daily NK has learned. 

Specifically, Kim ordered that hotels for foreign visitors be rebuilt in a modern way to conform with world standards. The order seems to suggest that the country is preparing to opening its borders in the “post-coronavirus era” as part of efforts to earn foreign currency. 

A military source told the Daily NK on Sunday that Kim handed down the order to the command of the Seventh General Department, a military engineering unit, on Oct. 5.

Specifically, North Korean authorities ordered the unit to rebuild the basement restaurant and revolving observatory restaurant of the Koryo Hotel Pyongyang; the hall and 80 guest rooms of the Pothonggang Hotel; the revolving observatory restaurant, basement bowling alley and arcade of the Yanggakdo International Hotel; 30 bedrooms of the

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Stay-at-home orders cut noise exposure almost in half

Oct. 9 (UPI) — Sometimes, living the quiet life is a choice. Other times, it’s the reality of a global pandemic. New research suggests lockdowns and stay-at-home orders led to a dramatic reduction in noise exposure.

For the study, published Friday in the journal Environmental Research Letters, scientists at the University of Michigan collected noise exposure data from volunteer Apple Watch wearers in Florida, New York, California and Texas.

“Volunteer participants opted to share environmental sound data from their Apple Watch and headphone sound data from their iPhone,” researchers wrote. “Participants for this analysis were chosen from four states which exhibited diverse responses to COVID-19.”

Scientists analyzed more than half-a-million sound exposure measurements from before and during the pandemic.

In locations where governments issued social distancing recommendations and stay-at-home orders, average sound exposure dropped three decibels during March and April compared to January and February.

“That is a huge reduction

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Scottish Government Orders Edinburgh International Festival to Make Improvements to Diversity in its Programming

This comes after claims were made that women, disabled acts, and artists of color were overlooked in this year’s online programme.

The Edinburgh International Festival has been ordered to improve diversity in its programming by the Scottish Government, Edinburgh News reports.

This comes after claims were made that women, disabled acts, and artists of color were overlooked in this year’s online programme. The event will be monitored in the future to ensure it makes improvements.

Formal complaints made to culture secretary Fiona Hyslop and Iain Munro, chief executive of the government’s arts quango, Creative Scotland urged them to take steps to “ensure positive change happens and that this organisation is held accountable for their unethical working and programming.”

The festival responded, saying: “We make no excuses for our shortcomings and recognize that we are not yet where we want to be.”

EIF director Fergus Linehan and executive director Francesca Hegyi

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Judge orders Seminole Commission candidate Pernell Bush to repair damage to home

A judge ordered Seminole County Commission candidate Pernell Bush to move out of the home he shared with his estranged wife and pay for the damages he caused last month when he punched a wall 10 times, apparently in anger over earlier divorce proceedings.



a man wearing a suit and tie smiling and looking at the camera: Pernell Bush of Sanford is a candidate for the Seminole County Commission. n- Original Source: handout


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Seminole County Judge Jessica Recksiedler also ordered the Democrat and his estranged wife, Jalyn Isley, to sell their two-story house on Emerald Forest Court near Sanford.

But Bush said Monday that he moved out of the home the day after the Sept. 14 incident and has since been living in Sanford’s Goldsboro community.

His new address is within commission District 5 — the seat he is seeking — which includes Sanford, Heathrow and a portion of Lake Mary. Seminole commissioners are elected countywide, but required

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Home Office moved Covid-affected asylum seekers against orders

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The Home Office moved dozens of asylum seekers involved in a Covid outbreak more than 120 miles despite an enforcement order saying they should remain in self-isolation for 14 days, the Guardian has learned.



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Home Office contractors have been accused of being “beyond reckless” in their handling of the initial outbreak.

Among those who were moved despite the instruction to self-isolate, at least nine people were found to have Covid following testing, although the Home Office had initially said none had tested positive.

The initial outbreak was among asylum seekers in Home Office accommodation in Birmingham. Public health officials deemed it too overcrowded to be Covid-secure after at least 26 people tested positive. Enforcement action was taken ordering everyone

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Stay-at-Home Orders More Effective on Virus Than Closing Businesses

(Bloomberg) — Shelter-in-place orders by U.S. state and local governments did more to combat the spread of the coronavirus than business closures while destroying fewer jobs, researchers at the University of Pennsylvania said in a new study released Wednesday.



a man sitting on a table: A person works from home in an arranged photograph taken in Princeton, Illinois, U.S., on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020. Coronavirus cases in the U.S. increased 0.4% as compared with the same time Monday to 6.32 million, according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University and Bloomberg News.


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A person works from home in an arranged photograph taken in Princeton, Illinois, U.S., on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020. Coronavirus cases in the U.S. increased 0.4% as compared with the same time Monday to 6.32 million, according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University and Bloomberg News.

Interventions “that target individual behavior (such as stay-at-home orders) were more effective at reducing transmission at lower economic cost than those that target businesses,” economist Kent Smetters and analysts Alexander Arnon and John Ricco wrote.

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The paper is one of several being presented Thursday at a conference hosted by the Brookings Institution in Washington studying the impact of Covid-19 on

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This Week: Home sales, Costco earns, durable goods orders

A look at some of the key business events and economic indicators upcoming this week:

WHITE HOT HOUSING MARKET

U.S. home sales have surged this summer, fueled by ultra-low mortgage rates and competition for a limited supply of properties.

Sales of previously occupied U.S. homes jumped by a record 24.7% in July to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.86 million homes. That was the second straight month of accelerating home purchases. Economists expect the trend continued last month. The National Association of Realtors issues its August home sales tally Tuesday.

Existing home sales, in millions, seasonally adjusted annual rate:

March 5.27

April 4.33

May 3.91

June 4.70

July 5.86

Aug. (est.) 5.95

Source: FactSet

SPOTLIGHT ON COSTCO

Wall Street expects that Costco Wholesale’s latest quarterly report card will show solid results.

Analysts predict the membership warehouse club will report Thursday that its fiscal fourth-quarter earnings and revenue increased from

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Some college students face stay-at-home orders as local leaders try to control Covid-19 spread

Hoping to slow an outbreak of Covid-19 cases among their students, a small college in Rhode Island announced a stay-at-home order this week.



a group of people sitting at a picnic table: Students here are seen moving onto the campus at Grand Valley State University in Allendale Township in late August. Students in the township are now under a 'staying in place' order


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Students here are seen moving onto the campus at Grand Valley State University in Allendale Township in late August. Students in the township are now under a ‘staying in place’ order

“We are out of options,” Providence College President Rev. Kenneth Sicard said Thursday. “If we are not successful, we will have no alternative other than to shut down our campus for the remainder of the fall semester.”

The college moved to remote learning for at least a week after more than 80 students tested positive for the virus over two days, Sicard said. Indoor and outdoor gatherings and travel to bars, restaurants and neighborhood businesses are not allowed. Violations will result in “immediate interim suspensions,” the president

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