Month: September 2020

Negative interest rates: Bank of England policymaker defends plan

Image copyright Getty Images A Bank of England (BoE) policymaker has defended the potential use of negative interest rates, which could take the cost of borrowing below zero. Silvana Tenreyro told the Sunday Telegraph that evidence from other countries was “encouraging”. On Tuesday, the BoE governor played down the prospect of taking rates below zero, …

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Brexit trade talks: Deal can and must be made, says CBI boss

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Dame Carolyn will step down as CBI boss in November A post-Brexit trade deal “can and must be made”, the organisation representing British businesses has said ahead of further UK-EU trade talks on Monday. Dame Carolyn Fairbairn, the boss of the Confederation of British Industry, said it was the …

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Female street artists: ‘People assume I’m not the artist’

Rosie Woods and Camille Walala are both street artists passionate about brightening up our cities and making art accessible beyond galleries. But as well as creating giant works, Rosie says she’s also faced assumptions that her partner is the real artist and that she’s just his assistant. She and Camille are taking part in this …

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Covid-19: Swansea soprano stars in drive-in London opera

Image copyright Novkov Photographer Image caption Natalya Romaniw stars in the opera, performed outdoors under social-distancing rules A night at the opera might summon up images of people in suits and ballgowns sitting in stalls and boxes overlooking a stage. But when she performs in Europe’s first drive-in opera this weekend, Welsh soprano Natalya Romaniw …

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Dennis Skinner: Song about ex-MP tops Amazon download charts

image copyrightPA Media image captionDennis Skinner was an ever-present in British politics for the best part of five decades A song about a former Labour MP has been topping the Amazon download charts ahead of Lady Gaga, Kylie Minogue and Bruce Springsteen. Dennis Skinner, the so-called Beast of Bolsover, lost the seat he had held …

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EasyJet ‘hanging by a thread’, says union official

Image copyright Getty Images An airline union official says he believes that EasyJet is “hanging by a thread”. In a leaked recording obtained by BBC News, Martin Entwisle said the company was in a “really, really dire situation.” Mr Entwisle made the comment after a meeting with the airline’s chief financial officer, Andrew Findlay. EasyJet …

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Coronavirus: Shoppers lost £100m in vouchers expiring in lockdown – Which?

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Shops were closed for about three months, before reopening in June UK shoppers may have lost a total of nearly £100m in unused vouchers during the coronavirus lockdown, the consumer group Which? has estimated. A survey of 2,000 adults suggested a quarter of people possessed a voucher that expired …

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