Britain's leading share index has risen sharply on the prospect of more help for the housing sector in Rishi Sunak's Budget later this week, as well as a boost for government stimulus in the US. The FTSE 100 was up by about 2% - or more than 100 points - in morning trading, with builders such as Persimmon, Taylor Wimpey and Barratt Developments leading the way. It was part of a global rally for stocks following the approval by the US House of Representatives on Friday of President Joe Biden 's $1.9trn coronavirus pandemic relief bill. Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video player Businesses react to chancellor's promises In London , the rally for house builders came after it was revealed over the weekend that a scheme to guarantee 95% of mortgage loans for first-time buyers will be announced in the Budget . They are also in line to benefit if, as reported, the chancellor extends a stamp duty holiday announced last … [Read more...] about Budget: FTSE 100 rallies as Chancellor Rishi Sunak plans help for home buyers
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The last year has brought untold stresses for thousands of people, and we’ve had to adapt to a new way of working as well as worrying about our health and that of our loved ones. It’s no surprise then, that many of us are turning to technology to help us unwind. The best gadgets to help you de-stress and relax at home can do everything from helping you to get a better sleep to boosting your mood with aromatherapy and oils. Stress can wreak havoc with our mental and physical wellbeing, causing anxiety and affecting our sleep. However, there are things you can do and buy to help control it. According to On Buy, there were 105,000 searches for air quality monitors, and 13,200 searches for mist diffusers in the last year to help de-stress. We've rounded up the best nifty gadgets below to help you relax at home. Best gadgets to help you de-stress and relax at home 1. Murlien Massage Roller Ball This bestselling massage roller ball is a great gadget to help de-stress by using … [Read more...] about Best gadgets to help you de-stress and relax at home
The UK's first cases of the Brazil variant of coronavirus have been detected, with up to six people infected with the mutant strain. An urgent search was launched to find one of the six as officials have no idea who they are or where they live. That's because that person didn't fill in their test registration card. The P.1 variant is one of four variants of concern, and measures were brought in to prevent it from being brought into the country. However, they were too late, as a handful of travellers, who returned despite a ban on direct flights and days before quarantine hotels were brought in, have now tested positive for the variant, which may spread more rapidly and may respond less well to existing vaccines. Get the day's biggest stories delivered straight to your inbox. Sign up for the Mirror newsletter here. The Brazil variant was first detected in the city of Manaus in December. It has been in the UK for a few weeks, UK health officials confirmed on … [Read more...] about Brazil Covid variant in UK: Where was it found, is it deadlier and do vaccines work?
THE boyfriend of a £5.5million lottery winner who was stabbed in the face at their luxury home has denied trying to kill her. Stephen Gibbs, 45, will stand trial accused of the attempted murder of partner Emma Brown, 49, at their £700,000 home . Ms Brown scooped the huge sum around three years ago and quit her job to move into the detached cottage. She required surgery following the alleged knife attack in Barry, South Wales on January 30. Flooring worker Gibbs, whose address was given as the home he shared with Ms Brown, today appeared at Cardiff Crown Court via videolink from HMP Cardiff. He wore a grey sweatshirt and spoke softly as he denied attempted murder. Judge Daniel Williams set a three day trial for September 13 and remanded Gibbs in custody. He told Gibbs: “You have pleaded not guilty to attempted murder. The prosecution seek a trial and that will take place on September 13. “You must set out a defence statement setting out what your defence is … [Read more...] about Boyfriend of £5.5million lottery winner stabbed in the face at their £700k home denies trying to kill her
A desperate mum says she has been left 'begging the council' for a new home after hers was left riddled with damp. Anne Davidson, who suffers from advanced COPD, claims her already severe health issues are being made worse inside the property in Cloventsone, Edinburgh. The 41-year-old says the home is 'crumbling' and 'covered in dark mould' due to a leak on her roof. The woman has been told by the council that she is on the high priority list due to her health issues and the problems with her house, but she claims that she has been waiting for a new home for a number of years now, despite constantly complaining that her health is getting worse. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is a health condition that affects the lungs, gradually getting worse over time and limiting your normal activities. Because of the health issues, Anne says she can't move too far away from where she lives as she is often so ill that she needs to get a taxi to her nearby receptionist job at an … [Read more...] about Desperate mum begs council for new home after spending years in damp-riddled house