Iceland’s job announcement follows similar moves from rivals, hoping to benefit from the accelerated move to online shopping. Before lockdown the grocer had a minor online operation, compared with some of its competitors. But since then orders have soared four-fold. … [Read more...] about Iceland creates 3,000 new jobs to cope with online grocery demand
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Support bubbles Your questions Skip Support bubbles When will people be allowed to resume physical contact with a loved one in a bubble scenario? from Sue in Chester If you and your boyfriend both live alone and in England, you can form a support bubble, which means that you can spend as much as time as you want in each other’s company, inside or outside a house. You don’t have to keep a 2m distance from one another, and you can stay overnight at each other’s house. … [Read more...] about Coronavirus: Will universities be exempt from the new rules? And other questions
The doggedly free marketeering Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) party was set up only in 2009 after a small group of businessmen and economists decided to "stop grumbling about the conditions in Slovakia" and get organised, as the chairman, Richard Sulik, puts it. But after winning 12% in last year's general election, its 22 MPs were invited to make up the numbers in a precarious four-party ruling coalition and found itself with influence way out of proportion with its size. Sulik, one of the architects of Slovakia's 20% flat tax, was fiercely opposed to the European Financial Stability Facility (EFSF) bailout fund. "Just like it is impossible to extinguish fire with a fan, it is equally impossible to solve the debt crisis with new debts," said Sulik in party pamphlet which called the EFSF "a road to socialism" (a potent threat in a post-communist country). When all 22 of its MPs voted against the bill, the motion failed and the government collapsed. … [Read more...] about Pirate party leads new breed out to change European politics
With Gamble’s help, the men managed to get the babies passports and returned to the UK, where parental orders were granted despite the lack of written consent. Tariq never did find out what happened to his boys’ surrogate mother, and still doesn’t know her identity. “You just hope the surrogate got whatever deal she entered into. You have to think that if anything [had] happen[ed] to her a report would have been filed with the police… there would be a lynch mob on the doorstep of the clinic. She signed an affidavit to say she did receive the money, but that’s the only thing we have to go on.” … [Read more...] about The kindness of strangers: should surrogates get paid?
Age has always been Radio 1's achilles heel, and the policy that Ergatoudis is talking about has been cause for much criticism by artists who have been left off the Radio 1 roster. In 1996 Status Quo took the station to court for having a "blanket ban" on their songs, and in the same year Paul McCartney was riled enough to write an article for the Daily Mirror stating that "you can't put an age limit on good music" after the Beatles' posthumous Real Love was overlooked by the station. More recently, Robbie Williams made headlines after he called Nick Grimshaw a bastard because his single Candy wasn't playlisted, Dizzee Rascal slammed the station on Twitter for being "two-faced" and Noel Gallagher ranted in an interview: "I don't understand it. It's when radio stations start focus groups. They literally go outside their building and ask people walking by, 'If I played you this song, what would you think?' and all that. Don't ask the man on the street! He's a cunt!" That's why he's the … [Read more...] about Radio 1’s playlist secrets uncovered: the battle of the ‘brands’