The Covid-19 recovery has cost the UK £407 billion, Rishi Sunak admitted today in his Budget speech. The Chancellor announced an additional £65 billion in spending on the recovery - extending furlough and other support for firms and workers through to September. He announced the creation of eight "free ports" - a scheme popular with Tory MPs to create "tax havens" within the UK. Duty on alcohol and fuel will both be frozen. And the minimum wage will increase by 19p an hour to £8.91 for over-23s. And he announced the creation of a Treasury branch office in Darlington - near to his own Richmond constituency. Describing the battering the economy had suffered during the Covid-19 pandemic, he said the forecasts show that this year the Government has borrowed a "record" £355 billion, the equivalent of 17% of the UK's national income - and the highest figure since World War II. He told MPs: "Next year, as we continue our unprecedented response to this crisis, borrowing is … [Read more...] about Budget 2021: £407billion cost of Covid unveiled in grim figures from Rishi Sunak
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Nearly a year after his highly-anticipated sequel A Quiet Place II was pushed from its March 2020 release date, the sequel is finally coming this summer. Writer-director-star John Krasinski took to Twitter on Thursday evening, revealing that his long-delayed sequel will arrive on May 28, over the Memorial Day holiday weekend. It remains to be seen if a new trailer or poster will be released between now and the new release, though Krasinski did release a cryptic teaser image. Finally: Nearly a year after his highly-anticipated sequel A Quiet Place II was pushed from its March 2020 release date, the sequel is finally coming this summer Twitter reveal: Writer-director-star John Krasinski took to Twitter on Thursday evening, revealing that his long-delayed sequel will arrive on May 28, over the Memorial Day holiday weekend 'They always say good things come to those who wait. Well... I think we’ve waited long enough. A QUIET PLACE PART II MEMORIAL DAY,' … [Read more...] about John Krasinski reveals his delayed sequel A Quiet Place II will arrive on Memorial Day weekend
SAUDI Arabia’s Crown Prince stands accused of having blood on his hands over the audacious murder of rebel journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The dissident was slain in the Saudi consulate in Turkey more than two years ago — and dramatic new evidence suggests the oil-rich nation’s ruler Mohammed bin Salman watched the killing via video link. Bin Salman, the Saudis’ Crown Prince, denies having anything to do with Jamal’s death but investigators suspect the victim was killed on camera so the murder could be overseen in his home country. The evidence features in new documentary The Dissident , directed by Oscar winner Bryan Fogel. US investigators, as well as the United Nations, believe Bin Salman backed the slaying of Jamal. The Turkish authorities recorded all of the conversations inside the Saudi consulate where the journalist was killed in October 2018. The documentary claims the murder had been planned in advance. ‘THEY START TO CUT UP THE BODY WITH A BONE SAW’ … [Read more...] about Why is Saudi Prince Bin Salman not being punished for my fiance Jamal Khashoggi’s brutal murder?
FOR SOME PlayStation fans, hunting down trophies is as much fun as conquering a Dark Souls boss or swinging above the streets of New York as Spiderman. But not all trophies are created equal. Some are far easier to unlock than others, offering a quick way to boost your virtual collection. Trophies are awarded for a range of achievements, such as beating games, finding collectibles, or completing certain tasks. They range in difficulty from gold trophies for hard-to-beat challenges to bronze trophies for assignments that don't eat up too many hours. Platinum trophies are the crème de la crème of the trophy-hunting world, rewarded for attaining every trophy a game has to offer. It's a challenging feat for longer games, requiring patient gamers to sweep up every collectible and explore every virtual nook and cranny. However, some games offer relatively easy platinum trophies that take just a few hours to obtain. In a recent feature, Gamerant highlighted what is … [Read more...] about Easy PS5 and PS4 platinum trophies – how to get your score up with these games
The opening scenes of "Jole Dobe Na" — Bengali for "Those Who Do Not Drown" — are apocalyptic. The camera moves slowly, visually documenting parts of an abandoned building, its doors and walls stripped of paint, until it reaches a large window that overlooks the courtyard. A man's voice says, "What if I told you, all this never happened. We are fine and we will be fine. [That] The whole catastrophe was a dream after all? They promised, science could do everything, cure the sick, bring Lazarus back to life…" Having lived most of the last year under COVID-induced lockdowns, these words seem to reflect our inability to grasp the "new normal" consisting of social distancing and isolation, and our collective vulnerability as humans. But "Jole" is not about the pandemic. Its actors managed to finish filming the movie shortly before the lockdown began and COVID-19 did not really influence the movie's storyline. But in the current global context, the story raises a couple of important … [Read more...] about Pondering love and loss amid COVID at the Berlinale