By Noor Nanji & Star McFarlane Published 12 hours ago Share close Share page Copy link About sharing Related Topics Coronavirus pandemic Lockdown measures imposed during the Covid-19 pandemic led to a surge in demand for online services, but two years on, have those trends reversed? Stuck indoors, there was a boom in demand for takeaways, online shopping, streaming and online fitness. But as restrictions eased, some pandemic darlings are now finding life tougher. Netflix, Peloton and Boohoo have all seen the popularity they enjoyed during the pandemic fade. So who is still winning and who is losing? Online fitness With lockdowns came the closure of gyms, yoga studios and fitness centres, meaning people turned to screens for their daily endorphin hits. Peloton, the global firm that sells exercise bikes and membership subscriptions for remote … [Read more...] about Covid: Have the lockdown success stories lost their shine?
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By Kevin Peachey Published 9 October 2020 Share close Share page Copy link About sharing Start-up firms are being "stifled" at birth as they find it almost impossible to open a business bank account. Major banks are closed to new applications for business current accounts, or warning of long delays. Entrepreneurs have told BBC News of how requests for a new account "disappear down a black hole". One lobby group said such firms were fundamental to any economic recovery, but banks say they are busy processing coronavirus loan support schemes. 'Literally impossible' Sophia Murday has set up a greengrocer in a previously-empty shop in Glasgow just yards from her flat, marking a career shift from working on sustainability projects. The 39-year-old is selling fruit, vegetables, milk and eggs to locals. "It serves a purpose and is useful to the community, particularly … [Read more...] about Coronavirus: ‘My bank account request disappeared down a hole’
Published 15 March 2017 Share close Share page Copy link About sharing The United Nations says the world is facing its biggest humanitarian crisis since the end of World War Two. A famine has already been declared in parts of South Sudan. There have also been warnings of possible famine in north-east Nigeria, Somalia and Yemen. The UN says in all nearly 20 million people are at risk of starvation. Why are there still famines and what can be done about it? What is happening in South Sudan? UN agencies say 100,000 people are facing starvation in South Sudan and a further 1 million there are classified as being on the brink of famine. This is the most acute of the present food emergencies. It is also the most widespread nationally. Overall, says the UN, 4.9 million people - or 40% of South Sudan's population - are "in need of urgent food, agriculture and nutrition assistance". "Many families … [Read more...] about Why are there still famines?
THE CHEAPEST house in Shildon - Britain's budget property capital for the third year in a row - has just been sold at auction with a guide price of £35,000. For the same money in New Malden, South London , that would currently buy a lock-up garage with faded and chipped paint on its roller door. It seems like an incredible bargain - but neighbour Sandra Comrie, 58, rolls her eyes and sighs: "Whoever's bought it has over-paid." The one-bedroom terraced house with off-street parking, just behind the high street in the County Durham town, needs a bit of work. But as far as care home worker Sandra is concerned, no amount of TLC could make it a decent investment . "The last bloke who lived there was driven out by the local kids smashing his windows night after night," she says. READ MORE UK NEWS SLIGHT OF FASHION I'm being sued by Vogue over my pub- they think punters will get confused SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL I'm … [Read more...] about I live in UK’s most affordable town – you can snap up a home for £35k and a pint is £2 but there’s a big catch
Every bookworm knows the thrill of being hooked on a good book . Hours pass by before you realise your hands are cramping and your eyes are stinging. To help you out, we pulled together a list of some genuinely useful book-ish gadgets that can help you read for longer, in comfort. They will also help you remember what you’ve read and keep track of your favourite passages, while you’re busy getting lost in the story. Whether you’re a serious book lover, want to get out of a reading slump , or are stumped on what to buy your book-loving friend, these are all BookTok tested and approved. Some are necessary, others are helpful additions and the rest are, well, just for the pure dopamine boost. Let’s get into it. Clear and colour-coded sticky notes The best books are filled with writing that forces us to pause so we can read it again. And, unless you have a photographic memory, even the most thought-provoking, beautiful or breathtaking words get lost. So … [Read more...] about 13 genuinely useful accessories and gadgets that every book lover should try
By Matthew Tucker Published 38 minutes ago Share close Share page Copy link About sharing Award-winning documentary photographer Joanne Coates has created an exhibition featuring portraits of women in agriculture across Northumberland and the Scottish Borders. A collaboration with more than 40 women, Daughters of the Soil explores questions around land inheritance, farming stereotypes and the history of who has traditionally worked the land. "The project offered the opportunity to chronicle the lives and stories of these women," explains Ms Coates. "Women aren't as visible as men on farms but we are seeing them more. "The female workforce are driving tractors, having a social-media presence and can be seen on TV, but they don't often inherit land or work in leadership positions." The photo exhibition is being displayed at The Gymnasium Gallery , in Berwick-upon-Tweed, … [Read more...] about Focus on female farmers in Northumberland and the Scottish Borders