CovidCards work but making them mandatory would be ‘an extreme last resort’, says minister

Estelle Sidler

CovidCard contact tracing devices have been shown to work in controlled environments but would only be made compulsory as an “extreme last resort”, Government Digital Services Minister Kris Faafoi says.

The devices, which supporters say could be provided to all Kiwis at a cost of $100 million, have been examined by the Defence Technology Agency, Otago University experts, and the GCSB.

But Faafoi indicated the Government was still hedging its bets, saying a range of technology options was being considered to improve contact tracing “including Bluetooth app technology being used in Ireland, which has shown promise”.

If the CovidCard got the go-ahead from the Government all Kiwis – perhaps those aged over 16 – would be able to get one of the Bluetooth devices, which would be worn as a lanyard or attached to clothing to record people’s close contacts.

* Government plans roll-outs of Covid Card as

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Computer Use, Browsing Reopening At Heights Libraries

Estelle Sidler

CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, OH — Computer use and browsing will be expanded in September at the Heights Libraries.

“We are so happy to welcome customers back, and we have worked very hard to do so safely,” said Heights Libraries Director Nancy Levin. “Services look very different now. While we can’t yet welcome the community to spend time in our buildings, we still offer free access to computers, books, music, and DVDs, and all kinds of information is available on our website and through our reference staff.”

Expanded computer use will begin Sept. 15. Browsing at branches will expand Sept. 22.

Due to precautions implemented for COVID-19, computer use and browsing will look different than pre-pandemic. Computer use will require a reservation and reservations must be made over the phone. Walk-up and online reservations are not available at this time, the library system said.

Computer use is limited to one session per

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Best Batman gadgets of all time

Estelle Sidler

Batman is known as the ultimate ‘man with a plan’ – an ultra-prepared, impeccably skilled, unflappably cool crimefighter who always has the right tool for the job.

And when we say tools, we mean the arsenal of groovy gadgets Batman keeps stashed away for just the right occasion – from Batarangs, to grappling hooks, to Bat-shark repellent and beyond – some of which are just as iconic as the Caped Crusader himself.

So without further ado, here are the ten best Bat-Gadgets of all time!

Utility Belt

(Image credit: DC)

Where does he get those wonderful toys? Well, once Batman is out in the field, he gets the grand majority of them from his Utility Belt.

How exactly he holds everything in this strapped-on wonder of pouches and pellets is a mystery that Batman will never reveal, but this is without a double the handiest accessory in all of comic

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Marks & Spencer to cut 7,000 jobs as clothing sales collapse ::

Estelle Sidler

— Marks & Spencer will axe 7,000 jobs over the next three months, delivering another blow to the struggling UK economy as the pandemic changes the way people work and shop.

The venerable UK retail chain, which sells clothes, food and household goods, said in a statement Tuesday that cuts to its 78,000-strong workforce will be made in support functions, in regional management and in its UK stores, “reflecting the fact that the change has been felt throughout the business.”

“It is clear that there has been a material shift in trade and whilst it is too early to predict with precision where a new post Covid sales mix will settle, we must act now to reflect this change,” added the company, which was founded in 1884 and now operates in 62 international markets.

The retailer said it has learned that employees can work

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CNC On The Desktop Hack Chat

Estelle Sidler

Join us on Wednesday, August 26 at noon Pacific for the CNC on the Desktop Hack Chat with Matt Hertel and John Allwine!

Once limited to multi-million dollar machines on the floors of cavernous factories, CNC technology has moved so far downscale in terms of machine size that it’s often easy to lose track of where it pops up. Everything from 3D-printers to laser engravers use computer numeric control to move a tool to some point in three-dimensional space, and do it with unmatched precision and reproducibility.

CNC has gotten so pervasive that chances are pretty good that there’s a CNC machine of some sort pretty close to everyone reading this, with many of those machines being homebrew designs. That’s the backstory of Pocket NC, a company that was literally started in a one-bedroom apartment in 2011 by Matt and Michelle Hertel. After a successful Kickstarter that delivered 100 of

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Online Car Insurance Quotes Will Help Drivers With Limited Budget Find Affordable Coverage

Estelle Sidler

LOS ANGELES, CA / ACCESSWIRE / August 25, 2020 / ( has released a new blog post that explains how drivers with limited financial possibilities can still get affordable car insurance.

For more info and free quotes, visit

Auto insurance is a necessary, but expensive service. On average, it can cost more than $800 per year. Luckily, there are ways to keep costs under control and even lower them. Comparison shopping is recommended by all insurance experts. Drivers can get free car insurance quotes from and look for offers at reasonable prices.

  • First, determine the available budget. Before getting any price estimate, a client must know how much they can spend on coverage. That will tell him what policies to buy and maximum coverage limits. Purchasing the minimum requirements is mandatory by law. After the requirements are met, anything extra is up to the
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School students collect gadgets to help rural girls study online

Estelle Sidler

a group of people posing for the camera: members with a former Carmel Convent teacher who motivated them to help rural girls. (HT Photo)

© Provided by Hindustan Times members with a former Carmel Convent teacher who motivated them to help rural girls. (HT Photo)

In a heartwarming gesture five city students from classes 11 and 12 in a private school have started a project,, to collect and donate mobile phones, tablets and laptops to facilitate online learning in the times of Covid-19 to girls in rural areas.

Saachi Ahuja, Ustatt Anand, Samridhi Verma, Tara Khanna and Divjot Kaur were motivated to start the project by Karnail Kaur, a former teacher of Carmel Convent and now principal of Green Field Public School in Nadiali, a village located on the outskirts of Chandigarh.

The grim reality, shares Kaur, is that there are countless students who are unable to access online classes as they don’t have smartphones or laptops as their families are unable to afford them. Significantly, there are gender based inequalities when

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Bulked-up Starc hopes to test 160kph mark

Estelle Sidler

Mitchell Starc standing in front of a crowd: FILE PHOTO: Ashes 2019 - Fourth Test - England v Australia

© Reuters/Jason Cairnduff
FILE PHOTO: Ashes 2019 – Fourth Test – England v Australia

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Mitchell Starc remains wary of injuries from bowling too fast but the Australia paceman hopes to push the 160 km per hour mark in the coming home summer after adding five kg to his frame during a long off-season.

The left-armer is one of only a handful of bowlers to have recorded a delivery over that mark, sending down a sizzling 160.4 kph yorker during the second test against New Zealand at the WACA in 2015.

Starc broke down early in the next match at Adelaide Oval, the inaugural day-night test match, with a stress fracture.

He also strained a pectoral muscle last year after cranking up the pace against Sri Lanka in Canberra.

However, feeling refreshed and stronger from the long break since COVID-19 put a halt to cricket in March, Starc

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North America Work Wear market estimated to witness modest growth with CAGR of 4.05% and reach the revenues of USD 16,111.43 million by 2026

Estelle Sidler

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Aug 18, 2020 (Market Insight Reports) —
North America Workwear Market has achieved steady growth during recent years and is anticipated to grow with a CAGR of 4.05%.over the forecast period 2020-2026. The total revenue generation is estimated to reach the level of USD 16,111.43 million by 2026. The aspects attributable to the growth comprise stringent policy regarding implementation of safe dress codes in the industrial and commercial sectors, readiness among men and women to wear stylish attire at work, and the rising demand for customized work-wear. The growing organization sizes in the US, and the growing necessity of work-wear is propelling the market of work-wear in North America.

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The demand for clothing materials in manufacturing industries which can withstand temperatures, as well as other specifications of

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Student-Run IT Help Desks Adapt to the World of Remote Learning

Estelle Sidler

Now, instead of troubleshooting problems on the spot, his students are tackling other jobs from their homes — “everything from contributing to the help desk blog to dealing with random technical issues,” Wong says. Two students, for example, helped him produce a video tutorial explaining how to use Google Meet in Google Classroom. “A teacher had questions about it, and everyone’s videoconferencing now, so we decided that could be useful to a lot of people.”

Remote Student-Run Help Desks Can Get Tricky

Also focused on videoconferencing at the moment is the student-run help desk at Bethlehem Central School District in New York. The district

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