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Oil firm led by Tory donor investigated over alleged bribes in nine countries

UK-based Petrofac accused of making payments over more than 15 years to secure contractsA multinational oil firm which was led by a major Conservative donor has been under investigation for allegedly paying million-pound bribes to secure contracts in nine countries.The anti-corruption agency the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has been examining allegedly suspicious payments made by the UK-based firm Petrofac. Continue reading...
Tags: Business, Politics, UK, Conservative, UK News, Oil and gas companies, Tory, Petrofac, Serious Fraud Office SFO, Petrofac Continue


Furloughed workers reluctant to return, says Andrea Leadsom

Former business secretary claims UK’s economic recovery under threat with firms struggling to persuade staff back to the officeThe former business secretary Andrea Leadsom has warned that some people are reluctant to return to work because furlough has been “great” for them while others were “terrified” of going back to the office, sparking criticism from workers and business-owners.The Conservative MP said some businesses in her South Northamptonshire constituency were struggling to get employe...
Tags: Business, Politics, UK, Economics, UK News, Economic recovery, Andrea Leadsom, South Northamptonshire, Coronavirus, UK job furlough scheme


COVID: It’s not just Delta — other coronavirus variants worry scientists, also

By Virginia Langmaid, CNN (CNN) — Coronavirus variants are what keep Dr. Scott Lindquist, an epidemiologist for Washington state, up at night. “I have got to be honest — last thing I think about before I go to bed are the variants and the first thing I think about in the morning are the variants,” Lindquist told a briefing this week. And while federal health officials are warning most about the Delta variant — the B.1.617.2 strain first seen in India — other variants are also gaining ground in ...
Tags: Business, UK, News, California, Cdc, Washington, White House, India, US, Sport, Cnn, Soccer, United Kingdom, Delta, Brazil, Pfizer


British food and drink exports to EU fall by £2bn in first quarter of 2021

Industry body says analysis of HMRC data shows structural rather than teething problems with BrexitBritish food and drink exports to the EU fell by £2bn in the first three months of 2021, with sales of dairy products plummeting by 90%, according to an analysis of HMRC data.Brexit checks, stockpiling and Covid have been blamed for much of the downturn, but the sector has said the figures show structural rather than teething problems with the UK’s departure from the EU. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Business, Politics, UK, Eu, Hmrc, European Union, UK News, Food & drink industry, Brexit, EU Continue, Trade Policy


Californians Must Actively Look For Work To Get Unemployment As Of July 11

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP/CBS13) — Californians will need to actively apply for jobs in order to receive unemployment benefits, Gov. Gavin Newsom’s administration announced Thursday. Federal law requires people who are out of work to be actively looking for jobs to be eligible for unemployment benefits. But the federal government let states waive that requirement during the pandemic because so many businesses were ordered to close. California’s Employment Development Department has waived its work-...
Tags: Business, Politics, News, Congress, California, Unemployment, Gavin Newsom, Sacramento Calif, U S Department of Labor, Employment Development Department, Newsom, California s Employment Development Department, Michael Bernick, Rita Saenz, California Workforce Association


Fourth Stimulus Check: Will You Get Another Relief Payment?

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Tags: Business, New York, Texas, News, Minnesota, Mississippi, Pua, California, Washington, Senate, White House, Massachusetts, Elizabeth Warren, West Virginia, Bloomberg, Joe Biden


Uber And Lyft Drivers Call For Federal Intervention In Their Gig Worker Labor Fight

(CNN) — It’s been more than a year since San Francisco Uber driver Lucas Chamberlain was knocked unconscious by a would-be customer who attacked him during an argument over whether or not the patron was old enough to ride solo. “I woke up with blood coming down under my eye,” Chamberlain told CNN Business. “I was like, ‘Why are there rocks in my mouth?’ It was my broken teeth.” The March 15, 2020 attack temporarily put Chamberlain in the hospital, which only made his problems worse. He says he i...
Tags: Lyft, Uber, Business, Politics, California, Joe Biden, Economy, Biden, National Labor Relations Board, Nlrb, Trump, Chamberlain, Economic Policy Institute, AB, Uber Lyft, Tulchin Research


Many States Ending $300 Federal Unemployment Benefits Early

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Tags: Utah, Business, Florida, New York, Texas, News, Minnesota, Mississippi, Maryland, Colorado, California, Montana, Washington, Kentucky, Oregon, White House


Fourth Stimulus Check: Is Another Relief Payment Coming Soon?

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Tags: Business, New York, Texas, News, Minnesota, Pua, California, Washington, Senate, White House, Massachusetts, Elizabeth Warren, West Virginia, Bloomberg, Joe Biden, Missouri


LA City Councilman Mike Bonin served recall notice

Los Angeles City Councilman Mike Bonin was served with a recall notice on Tuesday, June 15, making him the second progressive council member to be the target of a recall effort in less than a week. “This recall campaign is an extravagant waste of taxpayer money, a thinly disguised attempt to derail my efforts to provide real solutions to our homelessness crisis, and the latest in a series of recall attempts to silence strong progressive voices,” Bonin said in a statement released Tuesday afterno...
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UK-Australia trade treaty is the ‘new dawn’ you may never notice

Analysis: No 10 hopes we’ll enjoy price reductions in supermarkets but estimated savings put at £1 per householdIt is billed as good for British consumers and good for business, and the first of many post-Brexit trade deals. But while hailed as a “new dawn” by Boris Johnson, the prime minister’s trade treaty with Australia has few economic benefits.Ministers hope consumers will have more choice on the supermarket shelves, a Brexit boost in the first entirely new trade deal since leaving the EU. ...
Tags: Business, Politics, Australia, International Trade, Economics, European Union, UK News, Australia news, Foreign Policy, Global Economy, Boris Johnson, Brexit, Jacob, Creek, Hardys, UK Australia


Fourth Stimulus Check: Will You Get Another Relief Payment?

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Tags: Business, New York, Texas, News, Minnesota, Pua, California, Washington, Senate, White House, Massachusetts, Elizabeth Warren, West Virginia, Bloomberg, Joe Biden, Missouri


UK-Australia trade deal: what does it mean?

The main elements of the ‘historic’ post-Brexit deal signed by Boris Johnson and Scott MorrisonBoris Johnson has hailed a “historic” trade deal with Australia as a “new dawn” for the two countries, but what is the deal about? Continue reading...
Tags: Business, Politics, Australia, International Trade, UK News, World news, Australia news, Foreign Policy, Global Economy, Boris Johnson, Brexit, UK Australia, Scott MorrisonBoris Johnson


Fourth Stimulus Check: Is Another Relief Payment Possible?

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Tags: Business, New York, Texas, News, Minnesota, California, Washington, Senate, White House, Massachusetts, Elizabeth Warren, West Virginia, Bloomberg, Joe Biden, Missouri, Cbs


Rishi Sunak rejects calls by businesses for furlough extension

Failure to maintain Covid support measures will push firms into bankruptcy, says Labour Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageRishi Sunak has rejected business demands for an extension of the furlough scheme despite expectations the government will delay the easing of Covid-19 restrictions currently set for 21 June.Business leaders and Labour have warned that a failure to maintain emergency economic support measures in line with public health restrictions would push struggl...
Tags: Business, Politics, Economics, UK News, Retail industry, Labour, Ed Miliband, Economic recovery, Services sector, Hospitality Industry, Rishi Sunak, Coronavirus, COVID, UK job furlough scheme


UK ministers may face five-year lobbying ban after leaving office

Anti-corruption watchdog demands overhaul in wake of David Cameron Greensill scandalMinisters could be banned from lobbying for up to five years after leaving office and also face possible penalties if they break the rules, the anti-corruption watchdog has said.Lord Evans, the chairman of the committee on standards in public life, made the proposal in an emergency review published on Monday in the wake of the Greensill scandal. Continue reading...
Tags: Business, Politics, UK, David Cameron, UK News, Civil Service, Lobbying, Greensill, Lord Evans, David Cameron Greensill


Rishi Sunak’s billionaire in-laws hit with £5.5m bill in Amazon India tax dispute

News follows disclosure of competition case brought by small traders against US tech giant and family-run Indian joint venture CloudtailA joint venture between Rishi Sunak’s billionaire in-laws and the internet retailing giant Amazon is in a multimillion-pound dispute with the Indian tax authorities, a Guardian investigation has found.The disclosure adds to the list of legal battles currently involving the joint venture, following news on Friday that India’s competition commission has been given...
Tags: Amazon, Business, Politics, Technology, Internet, India, US, UK News, World news, Regulators, E-commerce, South and Central Asia, Amazon India, Amazon Continue, Rishi Sunak


End of the line? How Brexit left Hull’s fishing industry facing extinction

The UK’s departure from the EU was supposed to reinvigorate our fishing industry. Instead, it has forced the country’s last distant-water trawler to sit idleAt 4am on 24 April 2019, 25 brass players, two percussionists and a conductor piled into a coach in Hull for a 200-mile drive to London. It was a Wednesday morning and it had been touch and go whether all of them would be able to get time off from their day jobs to make the trip. Seven hours later, they stood on the quayside at Greenwich, as...
Tags: Europe, Business, Politics, UK, London, Eu, European Union, UK News, World news, Foreign Policy, Greenwich, Hull, Brexit, Anne, Kirkella, Fishing Industry


Some Federal Unemployment Benefits Run Out This Weekend, How Long Does Your State Have?

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Tags: Utah, Business, Florida, New York, Texas, News, Minnesota, Mississippi, Maryland, Colorado, California, Montana, Washington, Kentucky, Oregon, White House


Fourth Stimulus Check: Will You Get Another Relief Payment?

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Tags: Business, New York, Texas, News, Minnesota, California, Washington, Senate, White House, Massachusetts, Elizabeth Warren, West Virginia, Bloomberg, Joe Biden, Missouri, Nebraska


US will restore $1 billion for California’s troubled bullet train

SACRAMENTO — The federal government has reached an agreement to restore nearly $1 billion in funding for California’s troubled bullet train, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced. The U.S. Department of Transportation finalized settlement negotiations to restore the money for the high-speed rail project that was revoked by the Trump administration in 2019, Newsom said Thursday night. The restoration of $929 million in grant funding “will continue to spur job creation, advance the project and move the stat...
Tags: Business, Politics, News, California, US, California News, Sacramento, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sport, Soccer, Gavin Newsom, Trump, U S Department of Transportation, Newsom, National News


California jobless claims fewest since COVID closures began

California workers filed the fewest unemployment claims for the week that ended June 5 since just before government agencies began to order wide-ranging business shutdowns to combat the coronavirus. Statewide initial jobless claims totaled 53,000 last week, 19,000 fewer than the prior week, the U.S. Labor Department reported. Last week’s unemployment filings in California were the lowest since the week that ended on March 7, 2020 — 15 months ago. After that time, state and local government offic...
Tags: Business, Politics, Jobs, News, California, US, California News, Sport, Economy, Soccer, United States, Labor Department, U S Labor Department, Coronavirus, Coronavirus Economy


Will psychedelics become legal in California?

BY MARISSA GARCIA | CalMatters Amid growing scientific research into therapeutic uses for psychedelic drugs and a progressive push to soften punishment for drug crimes, California lawmakers are considering a bill to legalize magic mushrooms, Ecstasy and several other hallucinogenic substances. The proposal has set off an intense debate over how far California should go to embrace novel medical treatments and destigmatize drug use without compromising public safety. While research into the potent...
Tags: Business, Politics, Texas, News, California, Drugs, Oregon, Senate, California News, San Francisco, Sport, Snapchat, Soccer, Veterans, Gop, Bill


Fourth Stimulus Check: Is Another Relief Payment Coming?

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LA considers adding Neutra Reunion House to list of historic monuments

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday will consider adding the Dion Neutra/Reunion House, designed by modernist architect Richard Neutra, to the city’s list of Historic-Cultural Monuments. The hillside home, at 2440 Neutra Place in Silver Lake, was built in 1951 as a speculative home. It was named the “Reunion House,” as it was envisioned to be a house where grandparents would live and family reunions would happen, according to the cultural monument nomination form. Neutra woul...
Tags: Business, Real Estate, Politics, News, Congress, La, Germany, California News, Los Angeles, Sport, History, Vienna, Soccer, Venice, City Council, Richard


Fourth Stimulus Check: Can You Expect Another Relief Payment?

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UK pushes for City of London to be exempt from G7 tax plan

Chancellor seeks carve-out for financial services in ‘historic’ global corporation tax agreementBritain will seek to exclude the City of London’s financial services companies from a global tax overhaul targeting the world’s most profitable businesses agreed between G7 finance ministers last weekend.The chancellor, Rishi Sunak, is concerned that under a version of the plan put forward by the US president – which involves redistributing the profits of the world’s 100 largest businesses – digital b...
Tags: Facebook, Business, Politics, UK, London, US, UK News, World news, US news, Tax Avoidance, Corporate Governance, US taxation, G7, Google Amazon, Tax Havens, Rishi Sunak


How the UK lost its leading role in the global fight against corruption

The UK last hosted the G7 in 2013 but progress on David Cameron’s grand plans has been woefulThe last time the UK chaired a summit of the G7, or the G8 as it was in 2013, David Cameron was in an ebullient mood as he held a closing press conference in glorious late afternoon sunshine by Lough Erne in Northern Ireland. He sensed he had pulled off a diplomatic triumph by putting a new subject at the forefront of world leaders’ agenda: the global fight against corruption.“These are really strong com...
Tags: Business, Politics, UK, China, Russia, David Cameron, UK News, World news, US news, Northern Ireland, Cameron, Corporate Governance, G8, Boris Johnson, Alexei Navalny, G7


Councilman Mark Ridley-Thomas calls for ‘Right to Housing’ in LA

LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles City Councilman Mark Ridley-Thomas spoke Tuesday about the need for federal aid and a “Right to Housing” ahead of the City Council’s approval of a resolution to support any legislation that increases rental assistance resources, including housing vouchers, to help the region address its homelessness crisis. “We need to aggressively seek a new paradigm of federal legislation that would effectively support our attempt to scale up our response to this crisis. I think all o...
Tags: Business, Politics, New York, News, California, Housing, La, New York City, California News, Los Angeles, Sport, Joe Biden, Soccer, United States, Homeless, Venice


Nearly one in five pubs fear they will fold before early August

ONS data finds pub and bar owners struggling with pandemic restrictions and rental payments Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageNearly a fifth of pubs and bars fear they won’t survive until early August, official figures show, despite an upturn in optimism since restrictions on hospitality were eased.According to data gathered by the Office for National Statistics, pub and bar owners are 20 times more confident now than they were in February, when hospitality venues acros...
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