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NEW YORK – ViacomCBS Inc is cutting up to 400 employees across CBS as part of its plan to save $750 million from its merger with CBS, a source familiar with the matter said on Thursday.

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Digital and local media companies including Atlantic Media, Vice Media, Gannett Co Inc and Tribune Publishing Co have slashed jobs since the start of the coronavirus pandemic due to drops in ad revenues adding to a declining industry which has seen employment drop by 23% between 2008 and 2019, according to the Pew Research Center.

ViacomCBS eliminated about 500 jobs since the closing its merger in December.


"We are restructuring various operations at CBS as part our ongoing integration with Viacom, and to adapt to changes in our business, including those related to COVID-19," a CBS spokesman said in a statement.

ViacomCBS's layoffs, which were first reported by Deadline, include a number of executives from the entertainment group and news divisions.


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DFS to reopen 88 showrooms tomorrow – see the full list

FURNITURE retailer DFS is reopening another 88 showrooms this Friday, May 29. 

It comes after the homeware chain reopened its first three showrooms since the coronavirus shutdown last week. 

The latest reopenings means DFS will have 91 showrooms open for business by this weekend.

Customers will be able to browse and shop in stores, but there will be social distancing measures in place.

In addition, shoppers will find hand sanitiser stations around stores and there will be a limit on the number of people allowed inside at one time.

DFS has also introduced an appointment system for customers who want to seek advice and purchase furniture.

Which DFS stores are open?

DFS has started reopening stores across the UK.

Already reopened:

  • Bolton
  • Leicester
  • Milton Keynes

Reopening on May 29:

  • Aintree
  • Ashford
  • Banbury
  • Barnstaple
  • Basildon
  • Basingstoke
  • Beckton
  • Birmingham
  • Birstall
  • Bradford
  • Brent Cross
  • Brentford
  • Brigg
  • Bristol
  • Bury St. Edmunds
  • Cambridge
  • Cannock
  • Carcroft
  • Carlisle
  • Chelmsford
  • Cheltenham
  • Christchurch
  • Colchester
  • Colne
  • Coventry
  • Croydon
  • Darley Dale
  • Derby
  • Droitwich
  • Dudley
  • Eastbourne
  • Enfield
  • Exeter
  • Farnborough
  • Gateshead
  • Grantham
  • Hanley
  • Hereford
  • High Wycombe
  • Hove
  • Huddersfield
  • Hull
  • Ipswich
  • Kettering
  • Kings Lynn
  • Lincoln
  • Longwell Green
  • Luton
  • Maidstone
  • Manchester
  • Measham
  • New Malden
  • Northampton
  • Norwich
  • Nottingham
  • Oldham
  • Oxford
  • Peterborough
  • Plymouth
  • Poole
  • Preston
  • Reading
  • Romford
  • Rotherham
  • Rugby
  • Salisbury
  • Sheffield
  • Shrewsbury
  • Sidcup
  • Slough
  • South Ruislip
  • Southampton
  • Speke
  • Stevenage
  • Stockport
  • Stockton
  • Sunderland
  • Swindon
  • Taunton
  • Torquay
  • Truro
  • Tunbridge Wells
  • Warrington
  • Waterlooville
  • Watford
  • Wednesbury
  • Westwood Cross
  • York

Shoppers will be allowed to visit stores for a comfort test of a product, but they'll be encouraged to complete their order online or over the phone.

To book an appointment, use the store location tool to find your nearest branch, and then click "book an appointment".

DFS closed all its stores on March 23 and temporarily stopped all deliveries.

The retailer has now restarted limited deliveries across England – however, it won't be delivering to any home where the customer is shielding.

In these instances, DFS says it will offer a revised doorstep delivery option, or will store the order until the delivery can be fulfilled safely.

DFS has around 120 shops in the UK.

The furniture retailer hasn’t said when its remaining shops will open.

The update from DFS follows the government easing restrictions on homeware retailers and garden centres.

Other retailers, including Furniture Village, Dunelm and Ikea have also started reopening branches.

Nick Smith, managing director of DFS, said: “We have assessed and adapted our processes across our manufacturing, retail and delivery operations to ensure we can prioritise colleague and customer safety.

“We have been careful to test these new operating processes by reopening just a handful of stores to begin with before expanding more widely across our estate.

“While the relatively larger size of DFS’ stores means we can effectively maintain strict social distancing, by implementing additional safety measures in line with government and British Retail Consortium guidance.”

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EastEnders Maisie Smith ‘to appear on Strictly Come Dancing’ after TikTok success say bookies – The Sun

EASTENDERS actress Maisie Smith could be heading for the Strictly Come Dancing ballroom.

According to bookies the redhead beauty stands a good chance of appearing on the show after impressing fans with her moves on TikTok.

The teen star has been delighting followers on the social media app during lockdown – and this could lead her all the way to the Strictly dance floor according to Ladbrokes.

The bookies make her just a 2/1 shot to appear on the next series of Strictly Come Dancing – although its format is still up in the air due to the pandemic.

Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: "Strictly chiefs love getting soap stars on board and Maisie Smith may well be the next to take to the dance floor."

Maisie won last year's Strictly's Children in Need special after impressing fans with her hidden dance talent and looks set to be back for more.

She told Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman: "I had the most amazing week, I couldn't have asked for a more wonderful team by my side, it's just been amazing."

The 18-year-old Eastenders actress has been keeping her followers entertained with impressive videos in recent weeks, and the latest one is no exception.

The child star first joined the BBC One soap as Tiffany Butcher in 2008 when she was just seven years old.

Now at 18, Maisie describes herself as an actress and recording artist who enjoys posting videos of herself singing on Instagram.

She documents her glamorous life giving fans a sneak peak inside her life when she's not filming EastEnders.

As well as her sizzling photos, the soap star is no stranger to showcasing her home in selfies and Tik Toks, many of which include her mum.


She had her followers in stitches with her TikTok video with her mum, where they were dancing to Britney Spears' Toxic.

Maisie takes her health and fitness seriously and regularly posts snaps from the gym.

Despite being so young, she's already enjoyed a successful career since starting off in stage school as a youngster.

In addition, Maisie has been delighting fans with videos of herself working out, painting, and even singing – including an emotional self-penned song about her battle with body dysmorphia.


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Is Will going to discover Harriet and Malone's affair? Emmerdale fans are raging

EMMERDALE fans were left livid after Harriet accepted Will Taylor’s marriage proposal despite her ongoing affair with dodgy detective Malone. 

So is Will going to discover what Harriet’s up to and cancel their wedding? Here’s everything you need to know…

Is Will going to discover Harriet and Malone’s affair?

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Emmerdale are yet to confirm whether Will sees the light and dumps Harriet before she manages to make it down the aisle, but that hasn’t stopped fans hoping that Harriet will meet her downfall. 

One fan tweeted: “I feel so sorry for poor Will , Harriet is being so unfair, its all going to end badly”

Another fan added: “I can't wait will taylor find out about Harriet and Dl Malone history together and they sleeping together too and will taylor butter off with Kim Tate than Harriet”

A third said: “Harriet caught the filth bug off Moira, proper minging."

What do we know about Harriet’s affair with Malone?

Fans predicted that Harriet and Malone had history weeks ago when she called him to say that Will seemed to be up to something dodgy.

And viewers were right as Malone turned out to be an old friend who she knew from her time as an undercover cop. 

Harriet asked Malone if he’d been able to trace Will’s gun back to his old gang and Malone pretended he hadn’t had any leads, before changing the subject to Harriet’s dating life.

But Harriet eventually discovered what Malone was up to – and that he was the culprit who had drawn Will into a dodgy drugs operation.

Harriet threatened to call the police if Malone didn't stop blackmailing Will into doing his dirty work for him – and Malone agreed to let Will go.

Malone and Harriet’s romantic history was then confirmed as the pair gave into their desires for one another in the church.

But Harriet immediately regretted her actions and, when Will proposed to Harriet earlier this week, she buried her guilt about Malone and accepted his proposal.

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Faulty gene linked to dementia DOUBLES risk of severe coronavirus, experts warn – The Sun

A FAULTY gene linked to dementia could double the risk of having severe coronavirus symptoms, experts have warned.

New research has found people with a particular gene called APoE4 could be genetically predisposed to ending up critically ill from COVID-19.

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Leader of the study, David Melzer, a professor of epidemiology and public health at Exeter University, said: "Several studies have now shown that people with dementia are at high risk of developing severe Covid-19.

"This study suggests that this high risk may not simply be due to the effects of dementia, advancing age or frailty, or exposure to the virus in care homes.

He added: "The effect could be partly due to this underlying genetic change, which puts them at risk for both Covid-19 and dementia."

The research – published in the Journal of Gerontology: Medical Sciences – analysed data from the UK Biobank, which collects health and genetic data on 500,000 people.

They found people who have two faulty copies of the APoE4 gene, which is linked to dementia, doubled the risk of being more severely ill if they catch coronavirus, than those without the genetic mutation.

People of European ancestry are more likely to carry two faulty copies of the gene.

Study co-author Dr Chia-Ling Kuo, of the University of Connecticut School of Medicine in the US, said: "This is an exciting result because we might now be able to pinpoint how this faulty gene causes vulnerability to Covid-19.

"This could lead to new ideas for treatments."

However, Dr Carol Routledge, director of research at Alzheimer's Research UK, urged caution when interpreting these findings.

Commenting on the research, Dr Routledge, who was not involved in the study, said: "We don't yet know how this Alzheimer's risk gene might make people more susceptible to the virus.

"Despite the large study group, only 37 people with the risk gene tested positive for Covid-19, and we must be careful about the conclusions we draw from such small numbers.

"These findings will need to be followed up with further research to see if this link could present avenues for new treatments."

Prof Tara Spires-Jones, deputy director at the Centre for Discovery Brain Sciences at the University of Edinburgh, added: "An important limitation of the current paper is that this type of observational study cannot prove that the ApoE4 gene is the cause of the observed increased risk of Covid-19.

"The scientists did a thorough job of trying to control for other things associated with ApoE4 that could account for the risk, but it is still possible that there is an unknown related factor causing the increased risk."


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Full list of shops allowed to reopen on June 15 including charity and betting shops

THE government has revealed the full list of retailers that can reopen on June 15.

Fashion stores, betting shops and charity stores all allowed to welcome back customers in less than three weeks, it said.

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Although, the date could change if reductions in coronavirus infections fail to meet expectations plus the experience will be very different.

Gift shops in museums, retail spaces in theatres, libraries, heritage sites and tourism sites will also be allowed to open – paving the way for visitors to return to tourist hotspots.

Minister for the Cabinet Office Michael Gove said shoppers would need to "exercise restraint" by not trying on clothing and testing goods before buying them.

He told BBC Breakfast today: "It's also the case that we need to ensure that some of the shopping habits people may have grown used to in the pre-Covid days are habits that we exercise a degree of restraint on.

"So when it comes to touching and testing goods, when it comes to trying on clothing, when it comes to trying make-up and so on, that all of us exercise restraint in not doing that."

"As these stores reopen, it is a new normal, but it will allow us to ensure there are a wider range of goods and will also ensure the economy can return to a new normal, that is absolutely vital for people's jobs."

The full list that can be open from June 15, although some are already allowed to be open, includes:

  • Food retailers
  • Chemists
  • Hardware/homeware stores
  • Fashion shops
  • Charity shops
  • Betting shops and arcades
  • Tailors, dress fitters and fashion designers
  • Car dealerships
  • Auction houses
  • Antique stores
  • Retail art galleries
  • Photography studios
  • Gift shops and retail spaces in theatres, museums, libraries, heritage sites and tourism sites
  • Mobile phone stores
  • Indoor and outdoor markets
  • Craft fairs
  • Similar types of retail

The guidance also applies to those currently open, including banks, post offices and other money businesses, it added.

On March 23, the government ordered all non-essential shops to close due to coronavirus.

Meanwhile, supermarkets and grocery stores, pharmacies, banks, hardware stores, petrol stations, vets and pet stores, food markets and bike shops – were allowed to remain open.

Days after the original announcement, it confirmed that off-licences and other licensed shops selling alcohol, including those in breweries, could also stay open.

Restaurants, pubs and cafes were all forced to shut their doors to customers as part of the lockdown, but remained able to serve takeaway food to customers in line with social distancing measures and deliver takeaways.

And on May 10 in his address to the nation, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that he hoped to begin a phased reopening of shops by June 1 at the earliest.

Some of the hospitality industry could reopen from July 1, he added.

More recently, garden centres and estate agents were both given the go-ahead to reopen on May 13.

Before reopening, bosses must consider who is essential to be on the premises, plan for the minimum number of people needed on site and keep across the mental and physical wellbeing of staff.

Clinically vulnerable workers can return to work, with the Government saying they "should be offered the option of the safest available on-site roles, enabling them to stay 2m away from others", if working from home is not an option.

However, the Government has so far declined to bring forward any legislation to legally protect workers beyond the current health and safety laws.

Unions have been calling for changes to protect staff, but the PM has said businesses should use "common sense".

The announcement on the new rules was overshadowed by Mr Gove being forced to defend the PM's adviser Dominic Cummings over his decision to travel nearly 300 miles from his primary residence to seek childcare.

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Wanda Nara leaves little to imagination in tiny crop top as Mauro Icardi’s wife vows to release fitness videos – The Sun

THE agent of Mauro Icardi is ready to delve into a new side business by releasing a fitness video.

Wanda Nara already has her hands full looking after the future of Inter Milan's wantaway striker.

She also juggles her time as a model and television presenter – becoming one of the most well-known figures across Italy.

And now she's ready to expand her personal profile after releasing the revelation to her 6.5million Instagram followers.

Nara went about advertising her new fitness regime in the only way she knows how… with a selfie in a skimpy crop top.

Leaving little to the imagination in her gym kit, she wrote: "Soon you will see my workouts."

Nara is likely to be busy over the summer sorting out her husband's next career move.

The former Inter captain has spent the season on loan at Paris Saint-Germain following a huge fall out with chiefs at the Serie A side.

But with the French season cut short over the coronavirus, Icardi has been left in limbo.

PSG offered Inter £54million for the Argentine but Inter turned them down.

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According to Sky Sport Italia and Gazzetta Dello Sport, Inter are refusing to reduce the £62.7m fee required to make the 27-year-old's deal permanent.

Of that fee, Antonio Conte's side are believed to want at least £54m in cash now for the player, who has scored 20 goals in 28 games in France.

Arsenal and Chelsea have both been linked with the 27-year-old but a permanent move to France remains his most likely destination.

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NASA astronauts go back to the future with capsule launch

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — It’s back to the future as NASA astronauts launch again from the U.S. — aboard a retro-style “Right Stuff” capsule.

Make no mistake: This is not your father’s — or grandfather’s — capsule.

SpaceX’s Dragon crew capsule outshines NASA’s old Apollo spacecraft in virtually every way. The Dragon’s clean lines and minimalist interior, with touchscreens instead of a mess of switches and knobs, make even the space shuttles seem yesteryear.

This fresh take on a vintage look will be on full display Wednesday when SpaceX plans to launch NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken to the International Space Station — a first for a private company.

It will be the first astronaut launch from Florida since Atlantis closed out the space shuttle program in 2011, and the first American-made capsule to carry people into orbit since the Apollo-Soyuz mission in 1975.

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket — with the crew capsule atop — will soar from the same pad used for both of those earlier missions.

Russia’s workhorse Soyuz capsules, still in use after a half-century plus, have kept NASA astronauts flying to the space station. While reliable, the Soyuz looks dated compared with the snappy Dragon.

“We want it to not only be as safe and reliable as you’d expect from the most advanced spacecraft in the world … we also want it to look amazing and look beautiful,” said Benji Reed, a SpaceX mission director.

SpaceX and Boeing, NASA’s other commercial crew provider, opted for capsules from the start.

Another early competitor, Sierra Nevada Corp., proposed a small space plane for astronauts, but did not make the final cut. NASA has since hired the company to haul space station supplies aboard its mini shuttle starting as soon as next year.

There was no need for another flying machine like the shuttle, which was built to haul hefty satellites and space station parts, said retired NASA manager Steve Payne.

“What we’re trying to do now is just taxi service up and down, and you don’t need the huge semi anymore. You can use a sedan,” Payne told The Associated Press.

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TikTok star shows how to trim split ends in 3 easy steps on lockdown

That shaggy-haired self-isolators around the world are willing to risk their lives for a trim during the coronavirus pandemic has been well-documented.

But London-based beauty and fitness influencer Stefanie Williams claims to know a hair hack that will rid your mane of mangy split ends in minutes, from the safety of your home.

Williams shared the trick in a TikTok post that has been viewed more than 1.7 million times.

The “trick my mum taught me” prevents “split ends and means hair won’t break off so easily,” she writes in the caption, adding, “Curly hair straighten it first.”

In the clip, she demonstrates the steps, which begin with well-brushed straight hair. Next, she separates her hair along top and bottom layers, then divides the bottom layer into smaller sections. Taking one of the small sections in her hand, she twists it “tight” to reveal the split ends of her strands squeezing out of the twisted locks. Finally, she uses a sharp pair of scissors to snip away at the frayed hairs — effectively ridding her hair of the broken parts.

“Don’t go too close to the twist,” she warns at the end, then telling her 222,000 followers to “repeat all over” and every three weeks to maintain healthy hair growth.

Many showed their appreciation for the handy advice in the comments.

“I tried this and tbh I’m pleasantly surprised. My hair feels and looks more smooth,” one fan wrote.

“Omg I started doing this and trimming the bottom and my hair grew so much, like a lot,” claimed another.

Others, however, were less enthusiastic with the results of their quarantine cuts, and warned that too much twisting could also weaken strands.

“I did it and now I have loads of whispy hairs that fly around everywhere. I would not recommend but I probs did it wrong lol,” one wrote.

“Last time I tried this on my best friend I accidentally cut six inches of her [hair] off,” another cautioned.

Of course, embarrassing, homemade haircuts have become relatable fodder for social-media posters and entertainers alike, all of whom have commiserated over bad hair days during the lockdown caused by COIVD-19. The first sign of hair-care restlessness came with reports of women thoughtlessly giving themselves bangs, mostly out of boredom, when salons first closed back in March. Last month, The Post reported on a few inspiring couples who chose to stay together even after one partner gave the other a horrible amateur haircut. Meanwhile, many celebrities — including Anthony Rapp, Riz Ahmed and Carson Daly — have attempted trims while social distancing, with mixed results.

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Chelsea willing to let Jeremie Boga go as they refuse to activate £13m buy-back clause.. but demand transfer sell-on fee – The Sun

CHELSEA are reportedly willing to part ways with Jeremie Boga as they have refused to activate his £13million buy-back clause.

But they WILL demand a sell-on fee should Italian side Sassuolo sell the Ivory Coast international.

Boga, 23, shone in Serie A this season before the coronavirus outbreak halted sport across the globe.

And Napoli are understood to been waiting in the wings with an offer should Frank Lampard's side decide not to bring the midfielder back to Stamford Bridge.

Now, according to the Guardian, the Blues are now hashing out a deal that would see them scoop a sizeable chunk of any future transfer fee.

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