Once the preserve of gamers, virtual reality (VR) has been seized on by the financial sector as a way of enlivening home working for lonely traders or isolated executives and replicating real-world sales, networking or training events. "Working from home has massively accelerated the interest in virtual/online spaces," said Stuart Warner, head of technology at Fidelity International which manages $3.3 trillion in assets. Having internally explored VR and augmented reality (AR) technology, which unlike VR is not fully immersive and involves computer-generated elements being visible through a smartphone screen for example, Fidelity now aims to trial VR with its sales teams' interactions with clients.
Landlords have been left disappointed about the lack of a return to offices proposal in the government’s Covid-19 winter plan, as numerous central London headquarters remain severely under occupied. Guidance set out yesterday “encourages employers to enable a greater degree of home working”, and the government wants people to work from home where they can. Brian Bickell at Shaftesbury, which has a portfolio of offices, shops and restaurants in the West End, told the Standard: “It’s disappointing there is no clear signal about when we can start to prepare for a return to working from the office-many jobs and businesses depend on the footfall and spending it will bring.”
Taiwan began construction on a fleet of indigenous submarines on Tuesday, the latest move by the out-gunned island to bolster its defences against increasingly bellicose threats from Beijing.
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French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said he was launching a probe into clashes that broke out late on Monday after police cleared out a new migrant camp in Paris' Place de la Republique, adding that images of the scuffles were "shocking". "Some of the images of the dispersion of the illegal migrant camp at Place de la Republique are shocking," Darmanin wrote on Twitter in the early hours of Tuesday, adding that he was seeking a full report into the incident. The migrant camp at Place de la Republique emerged just a week after police had cleared out a bigger, illegal migrant campsite near the French national sports stadium.
A Russian warship caught a U.S. Navy destroyer operating illegally in Russia's territorial waters near the Sea of Japan, but chased it off, Russia's defence ministry said on Tuesday. It said in a statement that the U.S ship had returned to neutral waters after being warned by a Russian destroyer, the Admiral Vinogradov.
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An opposition lawmaker called on Tuesday for Malaysia to outlaw online hate speech, accusing authorities of downplaying the gravity of an issue highlighted by a Reuters investigation into abuse on Facebook of Rohingya refugees and undocumented migrants. Citing the Reuters report on rising xenophobia online in Malaysia in the wake of the coronavirus epidemic, lawmaker Chan Foong Hin asked the Communications and Multimedia Ministry last week to state its plans to combat such hate speech.
Forces battling Ethiopia's federal government in the northern Tigray region "completely destroyed" the army's 21st mechanised division, a spokesman for the Tigray forces, Getachew Reda, said on Tuesday. A government spokesman did not return calls seeking comment. Reuters has been unable to verify statements made by either side since phone and internet connections to the Tigray region are down and access to the area is strictly controlled.
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Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi arrived in Japan on Tuesday to meet with his Japanese counterpart and discuss ways to revive their pandemic-hit economies as well as regional concerns over China’s growing influence. During his two-day visit, Wang and Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi are to discuss resuming business trips between the world’s No. 2 and No. 3 economies through a “business track” program that would allow visitors to engage in limited business activity during 14-day quarantine periods. Japan recently launched such arrangements with a few less-infected Asian countries.
Pepe and Alioski were subjected to racial abuse on social media after the game, and Arsenal and Leeds said they would work with authorities to trace those responsible. Pepe will miss Arsenal's next three Premier League matches but could feature in Thursday's Europa League game at Molde.
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The staff tested positive last week and Maxwell was checked for the virus on Nov. 18 using a rapid test which was negative, the prosecutors said in a letter to U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan. Maxwell was placed in quarantine at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn for 14 days, said the letter. Maxwell has not shown any symptoms of COVID-19 and will be tested again at the end of her two-week quarantine.
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London [UK], November 24 (ANI): Tottenham's Dele Alli on Monday stunned everyone by pulling off an "outrageous catch" as he played cricket with his teammates.
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Britain may pull its judges out of Hong Kong's highest court, a move that could deal a blow to the city's legal reputation. The presence of foreign judges serving in Hong Kong is enshrined in its Basic Law, the mini-constitution that guarantees the city's freedoms under Chinese rule. UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said on Monday (November 23) that pulling the judges would be in response to recent actions by Beijing in the city. The UK sees a new law for Hong Kong imposed by China this summer as a breach of guarantees made before the city was handed back to Beijing in 1997. Promises of Hong Kong's freedoms and autonomy included keeping up common law from its time under British rule. The new national security law came after a year of sometimes violent protests. It allows for a crackdown on what the authorities broadly define as secesssion, sedition, and collusion with foreign powers. London has also objected to new rules from mainland China to disqualify elected legislators in Hong Kong. Raab wrote in a report on the city that "This has been, and continues to be, the most concerning period in Hong Kong's post handover history." He said he was considering whether it was appropriate for British judges to sit on Hong Kong's Court of Final Appeal. Raab's comments came just hours after Hong Kong's most prominent pro-democracy campaigner Joshua Wong, and two fellow activists, were remanded in custody, after pleading guilty to charges of organising and inciting an unauthorised assembly. Hong Kong's government has hit back at Raab's remarks, calling them sweeping attacks and groundless accusations.
Asian shares were mostly higher Tuesday, encouraged by news on the development of coronavirus vaccines and more assurance for a transition of power in the U.S. to President-elect Joe Biden. The U.S. federal government recognized Biden as the “apparent winner” of the Nov. 3 election, giving the green light for cooperation on a transition of power despite efforts by President Donald Trump to overturn the election. Hong Kong's Hang Seng inched up less than 0.1% to 26,500.81, while the Shanghai Composite slipped 0.5% to 3,398.47.