The coronavirus pandemic has brought out the best and the worst in society. While headlines have focused on stripped supermarkets, some companies have been quietly helping out local communities, despite facing ruin. We want to hear of those heroes, big or small, who have found creative ways to offer support and cheer. … [Read more...] about Share your stories of businesses helping communities during the Covid-19 crisis
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Rowena's tips for finding an engagement ring Avoid magic weights: Magic weights are round numbers e.g. 1ct or 0.5ct Diamond. By buying e.g. 0.99ct or 0.48ct instead, you can save up to 30 per cent as it's not a rounded 'magic number'.Think outside the box: Supporting a British designer is a great way to make an engagement ring without over-paying a big corporate brand. You get to design it yourself, and work with the maker to produce something unique and special to you.Think practicalities: Will your partner love this in 10 years time? Or will it catch on clothes when she gets dressed. Often wacky isn't very helpful. Lab Grown vs Mined Diamonds: These days you don't have to buy diamonds which are millions of years old and come from a mine. Science has lent a helping hand in growing diamonds, with the same chemical composition the mined ones, which saves my proposers money and any ethical concerns. … [Read more...] about Woman who runs a business helping men find the perfect engagement ring reveals she visits jewellers, transports the rock and even helps nervous boyfriends navigate airport security
But there will be tricky trade-offs to navigate. For example, there is significant momentum behind proposals for cash transfers and interest-free lending to protect vulnerable segments of the population, keep companies afloat and safeguard strategic economic sectors. Rightly so. The idea is to minimise the risk that liquidity problems will become solvency problems. And yet, a cash- and loan-infusion programme will face immediate implementation challenges. Aside from the unintended consequences and collateral damage that come with all blanket measures, flooding the entire system in today’s crisis would require the creation of new distribution channels. The question of how to get cash to the intended recipients is not as straightforward as it seems. … [Read more...] about Coronavirus forces economics profession to leave comfort zone
In an interim update to its climate policy, Barclays said it would restrict financing for companies that benefit from thermal coal activities but would continue funding some companies involved in controversial tar sands projects in Canada that aim to cut their emissions. Barclays will no longer support new Arctic drilling and will not finance fracking in the UK or Europe but will consider other global projects. … [Read more...] about Barclays sets net zero carbon target for 2050 after investor pressure
My flight to Europe is cancelled. All I’m being offered is an alternative flight or vouchers. Is this legal? No. But that hasn’t stopped a number of airlines doing exactly that. All flights on EU carriers within, or into the EU, and all flights leaving from an EU airport, are protected by the EU’s “denied boarding” rules, which requires refunds or rerouting when flights are cancelled. … [Read more...] about Coronavirus travel shutdown: what are your rights?