Uncertainty as industries miss out on job support

Industries hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic are facing further uncertainty after missing out on help in the chancellor’s new emergency jobs scheme. Hospitality, events and retail workers and businesses expressed concern, as have those on zero-hours contracts. Rishi Sunak said employees must be in “viable” jobs to benefit from the wage top-up scheme. This […]

No sign of US, China as global vaccine plan gathers momentum

The COVAX initiative pools resources to ensure poorer nations will have access to any life-saving future vaccine. An initiative to ensure any future vaccine against COVID-19 is fairly shared throughout the world has secured the backing of 156 countries and territories, representing about 64 percent of the global population, but the United States and China have yet […]

Rivalries challenge UN as it marks 75 years since founding

Calls for reform and cooperation as pandemic, US scepticism and growing US-China tensions undermine int’l organisation. World leaders came together, virtually, on Monday to mark the 75th anniversary of the United Nations, as the coronavirus pandemic and economic disruption challenge the effectiveness and solidarity of the organisation that was set up after the horrors of World War […]

As Democrats balk, Trump to make high court pick by Saturday

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said Monday he expects to announce his pick for the Supreme Court on Friday or Saturday, after funeral services for Ruth Bader Ginsburg and just days before the first presidential election debate. Trump told “Fox & Friends” that he had a list of five finalists, “probably four,” and that he […]

As Hurricane Sally chugs to coast, Gulf residents get ready

NEW ORLEANS — Storm-weary Gulf Coast residents rushed to finish last-minute preparations Monday as Tropical Storm Sally chugged slowly through warm Gulf waters. Forecasters predicted landfall as a hurricane, and said the biggest threat is flooding, with as much as two feet of rain falling in some areas. “The bottom line continues to be that […]

Lauren Boebert’s rise as right-wing Twitter celebrity gives her added visibility in close race

Republican congressional candidate Lauren Boebert has amassed a Twitter following of more than 200,000 supporters — more than Colorado’s current governor, its former governor, and a U.S. senator — giving the conservative upstart an online edge over her Democratic opponent in Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District race, which is expected to be a close contest. “Somebody […]

Peloton sales surge as virus boosts home workouts

Peloton, which won an early celebrity fanbase for its exercise bikes and remote workout classes, has seen demand surge during the pandemic. The firm’s global membership base hit 3.1 million at the end of June, more than double a year earlier, as gym closures due to Covid-19 increased demand for at-home workouts. The jump in […]

Amazon pays £290m in UK tax as sales surge to £14bn

Online retail giant Amazon paid £293m in tax in the UK last year, while its sales surged 26% to £13.73bn. The firm, which employs 33,000 people in the UK, said the taxes included business rates, corporation tax, stamp duty and other contributions. Amazon and other tech firms have faced scrutiny over how much tax they […]

Pound continues fall as Brexit fears rear up again

The pound has fallen against major currencies as the prospect of a no-deal Brexit returns. Sterling was already nudging lower after the government ramped up rhetoric on Brexit, saying the UK would “prosper mightily” with or without a deal. On Tuesday the pound fell 1.6% to just over $1.30. It fell a similar amount against […]

Outrage in the Philippines as Duterte pardons 'killer' US Marine

Lance Corporal Joseph Scott Pemberton was jailed in 2015 for killing Jennifer Laude in Olongapo City. Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has pardoned a US Marine convicted of killing a transgender woman in the country nearly six years ago, sparking widespread condemnation from opposition leaders and activists who described the move as a “mockery of justice”. […]