Thomas Cook collapsed after 178 years this morning leaving more than 160,000 Britons stranded abroad and a million more customers with cancelled holidays. 21,000 staff face an uncertain future after losing their jobs including 9,000 in the UK as the world's oldest and most famous travel operator officially went bust at 2am. A £100million taxpayer-funded fleet of 40 or more jets are today already heading to Europe, America and Asia to start bringing 160,000 Britons home from more than 50 destinations over the coming fortnight. Britain's biggest peacetime repatriation effort, codenamed Operation Matterhorn, will see around 16,000 people flown back to UK airports every day. Holidaymakers stuck in resorts around the world are today waiting for news about how and when they will get home. Thomas Cook check-in desks at the 20-plus UK airports the business flew from are shut today with all customers with holidays and flights told they are cancelled. Last-minute … [Read more...] about Thomas Cook goes bust: Nearly 200,000 customers face up to a FORTNIGHT wait to be repatriated after travel giant COLLAPSES overnight and ministers line up 40 jumbo jets to fly Britons home
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Furious customers last night savaged Barclays for axeing cash withdrawals at post offices. Around 15million transactions were carried out last year – 41,000 a day – yet the bank is to end the vital service from January. This will leave its customers with longer journeys to access their savings at fast-disappearing cash machines and high street branches. The Mail has been campaigning to protect local post offices and maintain access to cash for the vulnerable or isolated. High streets lost 3,300 bank branches, around a third of the network, between January 2015 and August 2019 [File photo] The Mail has been inundated with letters and emails from customers threatening to desert Barclays. And an online petition calling for the decision to be reversed has already attracted 4,000 signatures. MPs told Barclays boss Jes Staley to perform a ‘rapid U-turn’ yesterday. Anger at the move has been amplified by the bank’s programme of closures. MPs told … [Read more...] about Think again, Barclays! Savers made 15 MILLION cash withdrawals from the Post Office in one year – so why IS the bank banning them from January?
In 2010, the small community of specialists who pay attention to US road safety statistics picked up the first signs of a troubling trend: more and more pedestrians were being killed on American roads. That year, 4,302 American pedestrians died, an increase of almost 5% from 2009. The tally has increased almost every year since, with particularly sharp spikes in 2015 and 2016. Last year, 41% more US pedestrians were killed than in 2008. During this same period, overall non-pedestrian road fatalities moved in the opposite direction, decreasing by more than 7%. For drivers, roads are as safe as they have ever been; for people on foot, roads keep getting deadlier. Through the 90s and 00s, the pedestrian death count had declined almost every year. No one would have confused the US for a walkers’ paradise – at least part of the reason fewer pedestrians died in this period was that people were driving more and walking less, which meant that there were fewer opportunities to be … [Read more...] about Collision course: why are cars killing more and more pedestrians?
In a BBC interview last week, Facebook’s vice-president, Nick Clegg, surprised viewers by calling for new “rules of the road” on privacy, data collection and other company practices that have attracted heavy criticism during the past year. “It’s not for private companies … to come up with those rules,” he insisted. “It is for democratic politicians in the democratic world to do so.” Facebook’s response would be to adopt a “mature role”, not “shunning” but “advocating” the new rules. For a company that has fiercely resisted new laws, Clegg’s message aimed to persuade us that the page had turned. Yet his remarks sounded like Newspeak, as if to obscure ugly facts. A few weeks earlier Facebook’s chiefs, Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg, snubbed a subpoena from the Canadian parliament to appear for questioning. Clegg then showcased Silicon Valley’s standard defence against … [Read more...] about It’s not that we’ve failed to rein in Facebook and Google. We’ve not even tried