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Horse-racing might be shut down but a virtual Grand National is on

Forty runners and riders will line up tomorrow for the biggest and most anticipated race of the jumps season – but, with horseracing shut down, the venue will be cyberspace, not Aintree. Using state-of-the-art computer-generated imagery, complex mathematical algorithms and a detailed analysis of racing form, boffins and racing experts have been working round the clock to deliver the Virtual Grand National. Inspired Entertainment, the company which delivers virtual reality racing for Britain’s betting shops, is behind the project and has compiled a list of runners from the original entries…

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Gladys Berejiklian says she has ‘no intention’ to impose stricter coronavirus restrictions

Premier Gladys Berejiklian has said she hopes no more coronavirus restrictions will be required in New South Wales. The state – along with Victoria, Queensland, Tasmania and the ACT – issued a stay-at-home order on 31 March. Residents can only leave their homes for food, exercise, travel to work or school, and medical care. Ms Berejiklian said she has ‘no intention’ of moving to further restrictions which would prevent residents exercising outdoors or ordering takeaway food.  Gladys Berejiklian has said she hopes no further restrictions will be required in New South Wales…

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Starbucks will pay its workers through May 3 whether they are at work or not due to coronavirus

Starbucks will pay its employees through May 3rd, whether they come in to work or stay home due to the coronavirus outbreak.  The coffee store giant said Thursday that it was adding two more weeks of pay to a month’s worth of compensation it had already committed to its employees after the deadly pandemic forced it to shut down most of its cafes across the country.  Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson previously said he wants to provide some ‘economic certainty’ to the chain’s roughly 350,000 employees, whom he called the chain’s…

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As Eddie Large dies of coronavirus, here’s how he gave Britain… a large helping of laughter 

The day Spike Milligan died, motormouth comedian Eddie Large was waiting for a heart transplant.  The way he liked to tell it, his children were driving down from Manchester to Bristol, to see him in hospital, when they switched on the radio and heard the headline: ‘Comedy legend dies.’  ‘I told them,’ Eddie chuckled, ‘as soon as they heard the word ‘legend’, they should have known it wasn’t me.’  Throughout the Eighties, though, when their Saturday night show on BBC1 was commanding audiences of up to 18 million, the double…

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Seattle nursing home faces $600k amid coronavirus

The Seattle nursing home where at least 40 people died from coronavirus is facing a $600,000 fine from federal authorities for placing its residents in danger amid the pandemic.  The Life Care Center of Kirkland is where the coronavirus outbreak in the US initially took hold and is the facility where the largest number of cases have been linked to so far.  Federal health officials and state regulators inspected Life Care on March 16 as coronavirus cases were growing rapidly in Washington state.    They found serious infractions that they…

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Branching out: Garden centres turn to deliveries to survive

Garden centres faced with the prospect of losing millions of pounds’ worth of plants have started home delivery services to prevent stock going to waste. Companies delivering locally said they had experienced a boom in requests – with some forced to stop taking new orders, such is the demand. Others were handing plants and flowers out for free to community projects, schools and NHS workers rather than see them destroyed. Plants inside a garden centre on April 2. Goulding’s garden centre, near Rosebank, Lanarkshire, said it had been inundated with orders…

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Duke and Duchess of Cambridge share phone call with NHS doctors and nurses

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have shared a phone call to NHS doctors and nurses with Prince William describing their tireless work during the coronavirus crisis as a ‘different level’.  Prince William, 37, and Kate Middleton, 38, spoke to doctors and nurses at the Queen’s Hospital Burton, Staffordshire, and the University Hospital Monklands in North Lanarkshire.  The royal couple heard the impact, both personally and professionally, of coronavirus on the hospital staff.  In an Instagram recording posted by Kensington Palace tonight, William is heard praising the hospital staff and…

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Donald Trump’s net worth plummets by $1 billion in a single month

President Donald Trump‘s net worthy has dropped by $1 billion and a stunning one-third amid the coronavirus outbreak he is seeking to manage, according to a respected estimate. The latest estimate by Forbes has Trump’s worth plummeting to $2.1 billion in a single month, as the coronavirus has ravaged people around the world and hammered the global economy. Beyond the human toll, the disease has battered commercial real estate, a big component of Trumps empire, as well as the hospitality industry. Some states have even closed golf courses – although…

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So, David Walliams, is your granny REALLY a gangster? the author was asked by child fans

To grown-ups, he’s the Little Britain star who brings his humorous touch to the Britain’s Got Talent judging panel. But to children everywhere, he’s the reigning king of kids’ fiction, bringing his comedic flair to hilarious hits such as Gangsta Granny, Mr Stink and Billionaire Boy. Often declared the successor to Roald Dahl, last year David Walliams saw his sales pass the £100million mark, making him one of the most successful children’s authors of all time. Tomorrow, the Daily Mail has a treat for young readers with an exclusive extract…

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What the wedding industry is doing to stay afloat during COVID-19

While a bride spends months and months planing every detail of her big day,  nothing could prepare her for an international pandemic.  Like most businesses, the wedding industry is struggling right now, with couples having to postpone or cancel their nuptials amid coronavirus spread concerns.  But brands like Anne Barge, Pronovias and Berta are taking the necessary steps to adapt to the new normal. FEMAIL reveals what bridal companies are doing to stay afloat during COVID-19. Worse than rain: While a bride spends months and months planing every detail of…

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