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Mar 28, 2020 9:08 PM ET

The 5 best UK master’s programs in 2020

iCrowdNewswire - Mar 28, 2020 - Thanks to the quality education provided by UK colleges, the postgraduate programs offered by the universities are considered to be among the best in the world. In fact, students from across the globe prefer to finish their bachelor’s studies in colleges in their own country before finishing graduation with a UK grad school program. The UK is mainly the preferred college destination for Arts, Business, and Medicine students. In terms. [more...]

Mar 28, 2020 9:05 PM ET

Limit for contactless spending to rise to £45 at beginning of April

iCrowdNewswire - Mar 28, 2020 - The contactless limit for in-store spending is to increase from £30 to £45 from 1 April as retailers cut the need for physical contact in shops amid the coronavirus epidemic. However retailers warned that it may take some time for the new limit to come into force everywhere. The British Retail Consortium’s head of payments policy, Andrew Cregan, said: “The last contactless limit increase to £30 took two years to. [more...]

Mar 28, 2020 9:03 PM ET

Halifax withdraws majority of it’s mortgages as impossible to process

iCrowdNewswire - Mar 28, 2020 - Halifax, the UK’s biggest mortgage lender, has withdrawn the majority of the mortgages it sells through brokers, including all first-time buyer loans, citing a lack of “processing resource”. In a message sent to mortgage brokers this morning, Halifax said it would no longer offer any mortgages with a “loan-to-value” (LTV) of more than 60%. In other words, only buyers able to put down a 40% deposit will qualify for a. [more...]

Mar 28, 2020 9:01 PM ET

Government suspends Britains housing market

iCrowdNewswire - Mar 28, 2020 - The housing market was effectively suspended by the government last night in an unprecedented move as the sector was plunged into chaos by the coronavirus outbreak. Banks struggling with the volume of customer inquiries, difficulties with valuations and legal uncertainty have led ministers to call on people to delay moving. Finance has dried up as mortgage providers cease to offer many new home loans. They include Lloyds, which owns the. [more...]

Mar 28, 2020 8:59 PM ET

Mike Ashley apologises for poor decisions over groups Covid-19 actions

iCrowdNewswire - Mar 28, 2020 - Mike Ashley has issued a public apology after his spat with the government to try to keep his Sports Direct chain open when non-essential businesses were ordered to close. Ashley’s Frasers Group, which includes House of Fraser and Evans Cycles, had intended to keep Sports Direct open as other non-essential retailers closed, on the basis that selling sporting and fitness equipment made the company a vital asset as Britons were. [more...]

Mar 28, 2020 8:57 PM ET

Vodafone to offer 30 days of free unlimited data for half a million customers

iCrowdNewswire - Mar 28, 2020 - Vodafone is introducing 30-days free access to unlimited mobile data for half a million Pay Monthly customers. In addition, Vodafone will be proactively upgrading its Pay Monthly customers who are flagged as vulnerable in its systems to this 30 days unlimited data offer for free. Vulnerable customers eligible for this upgrade will receive a text informing them. Half a million other Pay Monthly customers, not already on unlimited data plans,. [more...]

Mar 28, 2020 8:54 PM ET

Getting to Know You: Martyn Cheney, Founder, Cheney Payroll Services

iCrowdNewswire - Mar 28, 2020 - Martyn Cheney BA (HONS) ChFCIPPdip, Founder at Cheney Payroll Services tells Business Matters his way of doing business. What do you currently do? I am the Founder of Cheney Payroll Services. As a Payroll Consultant, I work with businesses, small or large, who are looking to implement a new payroll system or improve their existing system, whether that is a full or partial rebuild, or streamlining processes, calculations and elements.. [more...]

Mar 28, 2020 8:51 PM ET

2,000 jobs at risk as Carluccio’s to call in administrator

iCrowdNewswire - Mar 28, 2020 - Carluccio’s, the casual dining chain which has been a fixture on affluent British high streets for 20 years, is on the brink of calling in administrators after being forced to close its restaurants amid the coronavirus pandemic. It is understood that Carluccio’s was on Friday afternoon lining up FRP Advisory to handle an insolvency process that would threaten more than 2,000 jobs. One insider said that the restaurant group’s board. [more...]

Mar 28, 2020 8:48 PM ET

Slack wants you to be able to call Microsoft Teams users (yes, you read that correctly).

iCrowdNewswire - Mar 28, 2020 - According to a CNBC report, Slack is working on a method that you can use to call people using Microsoft Teams. You know, his biggest competitor. “We are working on team integrations for call functions,” said Stuart Butterfield, CEO of Slack, during a call with RBC analyst Alex Zurkin on Thursday, according to CNBC. There’s no word on when such a feature would be available, but Slack is already integrating. [more...]

Mar 28, 2020 8:47 PM ET

Collapse of rent-to-own giant BrightHouse puts 2,400 jobs at risk

iCrowdNewswire - Mar 28, 2020 - Britain’s biggest rent-to-own retailer will next week become the latest corporate casualty of the coronavirus outbreak when it collapses into administration, putting 2,400 jobs at risk. It is understood that BrightHouse is to appoint Grant Thornton, the accountancy firm, as administrator within days after its investors withdrew support for a proposed restructuring. The insolvency will reinforce fears of a cataclysm on the high street as non-food retailers close their stores. [more...]

Mar 28, 2020 8:44 PM ET

Coronavirus is pushing hospitals. The next wave could break it

iCrowdNewswire - Mar 28, 2020 - Looking east, California can imagine its future as a coronavirus in New York City’s crowded medical centers. Looking west, one can hope for the rapid decline of the disease in Asian countries, which quickly imposed strict physical isolation measures on infected people. Two months after its first confirmed case of fatal respiratory disease in California, the state is preparing to face the cruelest month that the health authorities agree –. [more...]

Mar 28, 2020 8:41 PM ET

SeaWorld temporarily dismisses over 90% of its employees

iCrowdNewswire - Mar 28, 2020 - “Our parks remain closed and cannot generate revenue, so we made the painful but necessary business decision to temporarily take over 90% of our current workforce, including the company’s employees, to temporarily position the company for long-term profitability.” SeaWorld shared Friday in a statement with CNN Business. According to SeaWorld, it is not known how long the employees are fired. The company, which operates 12 theme parks in the United. [more...]

Mar 28, 2020 8:38 PM ET

Legislators are asking Amazon to take occupational safety seriously in the midst of the Covid 19 pandemic

iCrowdNewswire - Mar 28, 2020 - After several alarming reports of Amazon’s poor response to the Covid 19 pandemic, U.S. lawmakers are demanding responses to how the world’s richest company wants to protect its employees. in the a letter to Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon On Friday, Senator Bernie Sanders and representative Ilhan Omar pressed for details on how to implement the e-commerce giant’s health guidelines to curb the spread of the virus. A dozen other members of. [more...]

Mar 28, 2020 8:35 PM ET

The FDA approves Abbott Labs’ 5-minute COVID-19 test

iCrowdNewswire - Mar 28, 2020 - CHICAGO – A five-minute on-site coronavirus test could hit hospitals next week, and experts say this could be “groundbreaking.” The U.S. Food and Drug Administration last Friday gave the Illinois-based medical device manufacturer Abbott Labs an emergency license to do a coronavirus test that delivers positive results in just five minutes and negative results in 13 minutes. The company expects the tests to be available next week and expects production. [more...]

Mar 28, 2020 8:30 PM ET

Distilleries in Tennessee trying to keep up with disinfectant guidelines

iCrowdNewswire - Mar 28, 2020 - The white capital letters, neatly written on the black easel and blocking the entrance to the headquarters of the Corsair Distillery in Nashville, begin to tell the story. “We no longer donate disinfectants to the public,” read the sign on Friday afternoon. “Everything is aimed at hospitals.” All of this can be produced and bottled anyway. Large and small distilleries in the state and nation have switched from producing alcohol. [more...]

Mar 28, 2020 8:29 PM ET

Two million self-employed Brits could miss out on £10bn coronavirus bailout designed to help them

iCrowdNewswire - Mar 28, 2020 - Up to two million self-employed people could miss out on the chancellor’s multi-billion-pound coronavirus bailout, it has emerged. On Thursday, Rishi Sunak unveiled a scheme handing out cash grants worth up to £2,500 a month, in a massive boost for taxi drivers, musicians, gig economy workers and freelancers. Only people turning a profit of less than £50,000 a year are eligible however, meaning those earning anything over that will not be. [more...]

Mar 28, 2020 8:27 PM ET

April Bill’s Loom. The economy depends on how many remain unpaid.

iCrowdNewswire - Mar 28, 2020 - Progressive, including Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez from New Yorkhave called for moratoriums on rent and other financial obligations. And even conservatives, despite concerns about government initiatives that are already more expensive than those in the 2008/09 financial crisis, have said that this is a case where it makes sense to grant grants – not just loans – to individuals and businesses. Michael R. Strain, director of economic policy studies at the right-wing. [more...]

Mar 28, 2020 8:26 PM ET

Virgin Atlantic set to seek millions in state help amid Covid-19 slump

iCrowdNewswire - Mar 28, 2020 - Virgin Atlantic is applying for hundreds of millions of pounds in state aid to keep afloat during the coronavirus crisis, after the chancellor told the stricken aviation sector this week he would consider assisting firms on a case-by-case basis. With a purely long-haul and passenger business, Sir Richard Branson’s carrier has been hit hard by the travel bans and does not have the cash reserves of larger rivals such as. [more...]

Mar 28, 2020 8:25 PM ET

Instacart buyers plan to strike over corona virus protection

iCrowdNewswire - Mar 28, 2020 - Instacart, a technology company that uses an app to deliver groceries and other household items, is planning a nationwide strike on Monday. The company has not provided them with any supplies to protect them from infection during the coronavirus pandemic. It is unclear how many employees could go on strike. The company has approximately 200,000 customers and plans to add 300,000 over the next three months. The buyers are independent. [more...]

Mar 28, 2020 8:23 PM ET

Business Secretary announces insolvency rule changes to allow business to bounce back

iCrowdNewswire - Mar 28, 2020 - Business Secretary Alok Sharma says the government told workers and business leaders that he “appreciates just how tough the situation is”. Sharma told them: “You are delivering for our nation through this difficult time.” He also announced that there will change elements of the insolvency system to help UK companies keep trading. He said that legislation will be introduced soon to allow UK companies to “weather the storm” of the virus.. [more...]

Mar 28, 2020 8:22 PM ET

Coronavirus: experts in safe food shopping during a pandemic

iCrowdNewswire - Mar 28, 2020 - Grocery stores are still open, but that doesn’t mean you should shop as usual. Business Insider spoke to two experts to find out what precautions buyers should take in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. Dr. Eric Cioe-Peña is director of global health at Northwell Health and assistant professor at Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra University, while Dr. Jaimie Meyer Assistant Professor of Medicine and Assistant. [more...]

Mar 28, 2020 8:18 PM ET

Regus under fire for charging start-ups rent on empty offices

iCrowdNewswire - Mar 28, 2020 - Workspace provider Regus is facing criticism for charging rent on deserted offices to start-up businesses that have been ordered to shut by the government. As the UK battles to contain the coronavirus outbreak  global office space provider Regus continues to chase and charge clients for full rates, and has refused requests to terminate or suspend contracts. It has sparked concerns that the organisation is putting “profit before welfare” in the wake. [more...]

Mar 28, 2020 8:18 PM ET

Information about the latest COVID-19 cases

iCrowdNewswire - Mar 28, 2020 - Clark County Reports 4 Other Coronavirus Deaths; total now 14 The Southern Nevada Health District reported four more coronavirus deaths on Saturday. The total number of deaths in Nevada is now 14. The new information says that of the 14 deaths, 10 had underlying conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, kidney disease, lung disease and immunodeficiency disorders. All 14 deceased were hospitalized; Sometime and 10 were intubated. The Clark. [more...]

Mar 28, 2020 8:14 PM ET

Mt. Morris man indicted after trying to infect others with COVID-19 in the supermarket, police say

iCrowdNewswire - Mar 28, 2020 - FLINT, Mich. – A 26-year-old Mt. Morris man was charged with three crimes after allegedly claiming to have COVID-19 and deliberately touching several shopping carts at a local grocery store during the coronavirus outbreak. Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton has charged Jonathan David-Asher Miracle with harmful substance – a person who was falsely exposed, a 5-year crime; Malicious Destruction of Police Property, A 4-Year Crime; and police attack / resistance /. [more...]

Mar 28, 2020 8:12 PM ET

The Detroit Auto Show was canceled when the TCF Center was converted into a field hospital

iCrowdNewswire - Mar 28, 2020 - The North American International Auto Show 2020 in Detroit was canceled because the Federal Emergency Management Administration chose the TCF Center as a field hospital for COVID-19 cases for at least six months. The show, one of Southeast Michigan’s most important events, will resume in June 2021, the organizers told the show’s sponsors in a memo on Saturday. “The health and wellbeing of the citizens of Detroit and Michigan are. [more...]

Mar 28, 2020 8:09 PM ET

Almost one in four Americans lost their job or was on leave due to a corona virus: Reuters / Ipsos survey

iCrowdNewswire - Mar 28, 2020 - NEW YORK (Reuters) – Nearly one in four adults in the United States said they were released or given leave during the coronavirus outbreak. However, a non-partisan majority of Americans want companies to remain closed to slow the spread of the deadly virus despite its economic impact, according to a Reuters / Ipsos survey. Crowds can be seen at the entrance to Prospect Park in front of the Grand Army. [more...]

Mar 28, 2020 8:06 PM ET

For Dr. Deborah Birx is associated with urgent calm with violent criticism

iCrowdNewswire - Mar 28, 2020 - This week she met with Dr. Fauci, Stephen M. Hahn, Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, and Robert R. Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, where the group raised concerns about the acceptance of antimalarial drugs as potential treatments by the Trump Administration argued for Covid-19 to be the disease caused by the coronavirus, a senior official said. Dr. Birx, alongside Mr. Trump and Vice. [more...]

Mar 28, 2020 7:22 PM ET

Stimulus Checks: Should You Submit Your 2019 Tax Return For The Coronavirus Stimulus Bill Immediately?

iCrowdNewswire - Mar 28, 2020 - The $ 2 trillion stimulus package was signed by President Donald Trump on Friday. The Corona Virus Aid Plan will offer a unique benefit to Americans based on their adjusted gross income. If the IRS has your tax return for 2019, it will use these numbers to calculate your performance. If not, numbers from your return in 201 8 will be used. (If you haven’t submitted a tax return in. [more...]

Mar 28, 2020 7:20 PM ET

5 takeaways from Joe Biden’s CNN City Hall on the coronavirus response

iCrowdNewswire - Mar 28, 2020 - From a remote feed at his home in Wilmington, Delaware, Biden said he started his morning with sequential information about the health and economic impact of the pandemic – and he spoke regularly to governors who manage their states. Answers, as the number of confirmed cases increases over 100,000 nationwide. Biden criticized President Donald Trump’s actions and said his administration was slow to provide the necessary resources for hospitals. But. [more...]

Mar 28, 2020 7:18 PM ET

US corona virus: Rhode Island is looking for New Yorkers to slow the spread of the corona virus

iCrowdNewswire - Mar 28, 2020 - Kentucky’s governor says he is considering closing the Kentucky-Tennessee border, and checkpoints have been set up in the Florida Keys to restrict access. “Right now we have an exact risk that we need to address and we have to be very serious, and that risk is called New York City,” Gina Raimondo, governor of Rhode Island, said at a press conference on Friday. As of Saturday, Rhode Island police officers. [more...]