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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THIS is the stomach-churning moment a "disgusting" bloke uses a filthy train seat as a dining table while sitting cross-legged on the floor. The sickening photo shows a man sitting on the floor as he digs in his takeaway meal while travelling on a service in Perth. The passenger, dressed in jeans and a dark T-shirt, was spotted using the train seat as a table and a plate as he casually continued scrolling on his phone. The disgusting image was posted on Facebook by The Bell Tower Times, on Monday. The caption reads "Improvise, adapt, overcome. Don't miss out on all those seat flavours". Facebook users were shocked someone would choose to eat their meal off a train seat. "And when he's finished he can choose any flavour chewy from under the seat," one user said. "Yum yum the taste of a**," another one said. One Facebook user said "Gotta love some eggs, bacon and bodily fluids in the morning." A comment reads "Nothing like a bit of butt salt as seasoning!" while … [Read more...] about ‘Disgusting’ bloke uses filthy train seat as a dining table while sitting cross-legged on floor
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?
One month ago, Myanmar made international headlines when the military staged a coup d'etat on February 1. De facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi and other political allies from the democratically elected National League for Democracy (NLD) were detained just before the new parliament was about to start. Since then, people all over the country have taken to the streets and many civil servants have joined a strike movement opposing the coup. Nobody wants to go back to dark days of the 1990s and 2000s when Myanmar was under the rule of a military junta. Zeya Thu is editor in chief of Myanmar's Voice Weekly news outlet The police adopted a "wait and see approach" initially, but eventually cracked down violently on the protesters. Myanmar violence increasing Yesterday, February 28, was the bloodiest day so far, with at least 18 people reportedly killed across the country . I witnessed yesterday's violence while covering a mass protest Sunday morning at Hledan, a popular … [Read more...] about Opinion: Myanmar sanctions will not stop the bloodshed
THE Brazilian "variant of concern" that has been discovered in the UK could disrupt plans to lift all lockdown measures in the UK by June 21 an expert has suggested. Asked about the variant on Times Radio, Danny Altmann, professor of immunology at Imperial College said the public should be "somewhat worried but not total panic, perhaps." But he suggested the Brazilian variant could have a real impact on the UK's jab rollout, saying "The way I think about it is it's a bit like, and I think about the effect that the Kent variant had... it just slowed everything up." If the variant does slow the UK jab rollout, Boris Johnson's lockdown roadmap will almost certainly be impacted as one of the key conditions for June 21 lifting of measures is vaccines continuing at their current pace. Any slowing down of the rollout could potentially push the June 21 date back by weeks or even months, as the Prime Minister made clear when he first announced his plans on February 22. The … [Read more...] about Coronavirus UK latest news – Covid cases and deaths falling slower Matt Hancock warns as he confirms 20m now vaccinated