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Archive for September, 2017

EasyJet lets passengers book partner flights

September 13, 2017

UK budget airline EasyJet is to let customers use its website to book long-haul flights with other carriers. It says it is the first global airline connections service by a European low fares carrier. EasyJet is teaming up with Norwegian and WestJet to offer flights to North and South America, as well as Singapore, from […]


Apple iPhone X adopts facial recognition and OLED screen

Apple has revealed a high-end smartphone with an “edge-to-edge” screen that has no physical home button. The iPhone X – which is referred to as “ten” – uses a facial recognition system to recognise its owner rather than a fingerprint-based one. Apple said FaceID can work in the dark by using 30,000 infra-red dots to […]


Unemployment rate falls to 4.3% as wages stagnate

UK unemployment fell by 75,000 in the three months to July, bringing the jobless rate down to 4.3% from 4.4% in the previous quarter. The rate remains at its lowest since 1975, but a squeeze on real incomes continues, according to the Office for National Statistics figures. Wages in the period were 2.1% up on a […]


Grenfell fire chief calls for sprinklers in tower blocks

London’s fire commissioner says the Grenfell Tower blaze must be a “turning point”, calling for sprinklers in all high-rise council flats. At least 80 people died when fire engulfed the west London block in June. A BBC Breakfast investigation which focused on half the UK’s council and housing association-owned tower blocks found just 2% have […]


Northern Rock: How the crisis improved savers’ protection

September 11, 2017

The safety net for savings has been strengthened considerably since the queues outside Northern Rock 10 years ago, but savers still face pitfalls. When customers led the first run on a British bank for more than a century, only the first £31,700 of savings was guaranteed. Now the first £85,000 per person, per institution is […]


Hurricane Irma wrecks Sir Richard Branson’s Necker Island home

Sir Richard Branson says most of the buildings and vegetation on Necker, his Caribbean island, have been destroyed or badly damaged by Hurricane Irma. Necker is among the 50 British Virgin Islands (BVI). Sir Richard says he has visited the nearest ones to Necker and has seen “first-hand how ferocious and unforgiving this storm was”. The hurricane […]


Offshore wind power cheaper than new nuclear

Energy from offshore wind in the UK will be cheaper than electricity from new nuclear power for the first time. The cost of subsidies for new offshore wind farms has halved since the last 2015 auction for clean energy projects Two firms said they were willing to build offshore wind farms for a subsidy of […]


Google appeals against huge EU anti-trust fine

Tech giant Google has lodged an appeal against the 2.4bn euro fine (£2bn / $2.8bn) it was ordered to pay by the European Commission in June. The regulator had ruled that positioning its own shopping comparison service at the top of Google search results was an abuse of power. The fine was the largest penalty […]


Hurricane Irma pummels Turks and Caicos islands

September 8, 2017

Hurricane Irma has pummelled the Turks and Caicos Islands after leaving a trail of destruction across the Caribbean, killing at least 14 people. Howling winds and rough seas battered the British overseas territory, experiencing a top-rated category five hurricane for the first time. Some 500,000 people were told to leave south Florida with Irma due […]


Fizz Friday: Why women are picking prosecco over champagne

It’s Friday and across the country, people will soon be clocking off with a glass of fizz. Sales of the Italian wine are soaring faster than you can say “I’ll be there in a prosecco”, but what’s the secret behind its sparkling success? On Instagram, there are almost two million photos tagged #prosecco and a […]


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