Morrisons cleared over staff salaries leak, court rules

City of Lethbridge urges against gas hoarding during COVID-19 pandemic

The City of Lethbridge delivered its latest COVID-19 response update on Wednesday, and the chief fire marshal had a stern message for anyone opting to take advantage of low gas prices by filling up more than just their vehicle.

“Approved gasoline containers are a must and it’s not an option,” said Heath Wright.

Alberta RV dealer donates trailers to health-care workers needing to self-isolate away from families

Every day, Laura Schnell does anywhere from 20 to 40 one-to-one COVID-19 assessments on anyone who comes into Calgary’s Sunridge Mental Health Clinic.

The registered psychiatric nurse also does followups with patients at the clinic whose needs are more urgent or who need additional consultation on things like medications.

Kazakhstan cuts oil output forecast, sees GDP shrinking this year

NUR-SULTAN, April 2 (Reuters) – Kazakhstan’s economy will contract 0.9% this year on lower oil prices and output, forcing the government to withdraw more money from its rainy-day National Fund, Economy Minister Ruslan Dalenov said on Thursday.

The Central Asian nation now plans to produce 86 million tonnes of oil in 2020, down from the previous forecast of 90 million tonnes, Dalenov told a government meeting. (Reporting by Tamara Vaal; Writing by Olzhas Auyezov; Editing by Christian Schmollinger)

Saskatchewan students learn about music to cure the isolation blues

Musicians are banding together to teach Saskatchewan students impacted by the COVID-19-driven school closures.

Saskatchewan Band Association (SBA) CEO Suzanne Gorman said they began late last fall looking into options for online delivery to band students and musicians in remote parts of the province.

City of Saskatoon calling on province to act now to help city’s homeless during pandemic

The Government of Saskatchewan needs to act faster to help Saskatoon’s homeless and vulnerable populations amid the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the city.

“This is a matter of hours, not days,” said Mayor Charlie Clark during a virtual press conference Wednesday afternoon.

China interbank market regulator plans to up number of "quality" bond issuers – sources

SHANGHAI, April 2 (Reuters) – China’s interbank market regulator said it will increase the number of “quality” bond issuers, according to three people with knowledge of the matter.

THe National Association of Financial Market Institutional Investors (NAFMII) said it plans to relax rules for the issuance of short-term bills and medium-term notes, according to the people.

NAFMII did not immediately respond to requests for comment. (Reporting by Hou Xiangming and Ryan Woo in Beijing Writing by Samuel Shen and Engen Tham in Shanghai)

National Grid: FY Earnings, Before COVID-19 Impacts, In Line With Guidance

National Grid plc (NG.L,NGG) said, for 2019/20, its expectation for underlying earnings per share for the Group is in line with previous guidance, before taking account of any COVID-19 impacts. However, in determining the final dividend for 2019/20 the Board will take into account expected business performance and regulatory developments, including an assessment of the impact of COVID-19.

National Grid stated that it has not seen a material impact on financial performance as a result of COVID-19, however it is starting to see some delays and disruption to capital programme. The Group now aims to publish full year results in mid-June, with a planned date to be confirmed in due course.

National Grid plc also announced the appointment of Badar Khan as President of the US Business, following the departure of Dean Seavers. Badar has been acting as interim President since November 2019.

Diarrhea May Be The Only Symptom For Some COVID-19 Patients, No Cough, Fever

The COVID-19 pandemic is spreading at an alarming rate, and as of this writing, the number of confirmed cases globally is 936,170 while the death toll is 47,249.

The usual symptoms displayed by people affected by SARS-CoV-2, nearly 2 to 14 days after exposure to the virus, include fever, sore throat, cough and shortness of breath.

But a new study performed at Union Hospital, Tongji Medical College (Wuhan, China) has found that some COVID-19 patients with mild disease severity initially experience only digestive symptoms mainly diarrhea. The usual respiratory symptoms like cough, shortness of breath and fever may crop up later or may never manifest in these patients.

According to the authors of the study, “Failure to recognize these patients early and often may lead to unwitting spread of the disease among outpatients with mild illness who remain undiagnosed and unaware of their potential to infect others”.

The study was published in pre-print on March 30, 2020, by The American Journal of Gastroenterology.

Currently, there are no drugs to treat COVID-19, caused by the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. A number of companies are working to find a treatment or vaccine for the novel coronavirus.

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Morrisons cleared over staff salaries leak, court rules

The supermarket had challenged previous court judgments giving thousands of employees the go-ahead for compensation claims. The Supreme Court ruled yesterday that Morrisons was not “vicariously liable” for the actions of Andrew Skelton, who disclosed the information. The court’s president Lord Reed said Skelton leaked the data because of a “grudge” after he was given a verbal warning following disciplinary proceedings.

The decision overturns previous rulings in the High Court and Court of Appeal, which held that Morrisons was liable.

Skelton was jailed for eight years in 2015 for his actions. A senior internal auditor at the retailer’s Bradford HQ, he leaked the payroll data which included names, addresses, bank account details and salaries.

Morrisons said no one suffered losses, adding: “A single employee…held a wholly unreasonable grudge against Morrisons and wanted to hurt the company and our colleagues.”