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Chancellor to launch a 'Winter Economy Plan' to prevent a 'tsunami' of job losses

The chancellor has taken the highly unusual step of cancelling his November Budget because "now is not the right time to outline long-term plans and people want to see us focused on the here and now", it was revealed. A Treasury source told Sky News: "No-one wanted to be in this situation but we need to respond to it.

Australia's Westpac to pay record fine for money-laundering

"I would like to apologise sincerely for the bank's failings," Peter King, Westpac's chief executive, said in announcing the fine, the largest civil penalty in Australian history. The fine, agreed between Westpac and AUSTRAC, Australia's financial intelligence watchdog, must be approved by a federal court.

'A very big mistake': Former NBN boss says network rollout to homes should always have been the priority

The former head of NBN Co has criticised the recently announced plan to give 6 million houses access to ultra-fast internet, saying it would have cost less for both the Government and customers if it had been done in the first place. Key points: Founding CEO Mike Quigley says the decision to use....

Grassley urges more aggressive lending of pandemic relief funds

Sen. Chuck Grassley is urging the U.S. Treasury to be more aggressive in pushing coronavirus relief funds into the economy to offset the impact of pandemic. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said this week that the $454 billion federal lending programs enacted in March to protect the economy were working as intended.

PA schools allowing more sports fans after court ruling

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Some Pennsylvania school districts are letting more fans in the stands after a federal judge’s ruling that tossed statewide pandemic limits on crowd size, although legislative Republicans on Wednesday lost an effort to enshrine local control of school sports into law.

Michigan lawmakers unveil, approve $62.7B state budget

The bipartisan plan was unveiled in the morning and won final approval by day's end — a week before the Oct. 1 deadline — before going to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer for her expected signature. Majority Republicans skipped the normal monthslong routine of holding committee hearings and publicly offering....

For NBA players, Taylor grand jury decision 'not enough'

Wednesday’s decision by the grand jury , which brought no charges against Louisville police for Taylor’s killing and only three counts of wanton endangerment against fired Officer Brett Hankison for shooting into Taylor’s neighbors’ homes, was not unexpected by many NBA players and coaches. They had a sense it wasn’t going to go how they hoped.

Governor: Mask mandate remains, but most other COVID-19 restrictions to be lifted

INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana’s statewide mask order will continue for at least another three weeks under a new order the governor announced Wednesday, in spite of public discontent over coronavirus restrictions. Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb said he would be dropping most other limits on businesses and....

B.C. government urged to ensure local candidates get criminal record checks

The resolution before this year’s virtual annual convention said those holding local government office are elected into a position of trust and power where they have access to sensitive data and are expected to “conduct themselves in an open, transparent and accountable manner” according to the Candidate’s Guide To Local Government Elections in B.

Record number of people being monitored for COVID-19 in B.C.

A record 3,368 people are actively being monitored by health officials for potentially having COVID-19 as a result of identified exposure to known cases, the B.C. government said September 23. The government started releasing this statistic on a daily basis in August. "Thousands of people in B.C.

Election battle lines run through the Tri-Cities

Here in the Tri-Cities, the early messaging took direct aim at young families. “BC Liberals commit to funding new Burke Mountain Middle/Secondary school,” read one Friday dispatch out of Coquitlam-Burke Mountain MLA Joan Isaacs ’s office. “NDP continue to mislead public on child care progress,” read another Saturday morning.

Trudeau: Country on brink of fall that could be "much worse than the spring"

In a rare primetime address, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau warned Canadians that the country is on the brink of a fall "that could be much worse than the spring." "The second wave isn't just starting, it's already underway," said Trudeau, noting that when Canada first entered a lockdown mid-March, it did so after 47 cases had been identified.

Five highlights from the speech from the throne

Helping provinces reinforce COVID-19 testing. The Liberals vowed to support provinces to increase their COVID-19 testing capacities, so Canadians don’t wait in lines for hours. A federal testing assistance response team will be created to quickly meet surging testing needs, including providing tests in remote and isolated communities.

O’Donnell delivers withering assessment of Government’s coronavirus response

Boris Johnson’s Government has over-promised and under-delivered as it proved incapable of combating Covid-19, a former head of the civil service is set to say. In a withering assessment of the Government’s actions, Lord O’Donnell who served as cabinet secretary to Tony Blair, Gordon Brown and David....

Good Morning Britain: Government slammed for boycotting ITV show for nearly 150 days

Speaking on ITV’s Good Morning Britain on Wednesday, September 23, she said: “Right now, communicating directly with the public is a real public duty on the part of leaders.” GMB host Piers Morgan had told her: “As a rule of thumb, you come on pretty much whenever we ask you to be accountable for your decision making.

How to use the coronavirus contact tracing app

Users can download the NHS Covid-19 app from Apple’s App Store on iOS or Google’s Play Store for Android devices. Search ‘NHS Covid-19’. 2. Set-up. Users will be met with details about what the app does and a privacy notice first. The app will then ask for permission to use Bluetooth to carry out....

Asda, Aldi, Tesco, Lidl, Sainbury's, Co-op and Morrisons reveal if purchase limits will return

Asda. The supermarket chain said they currently have good availability in their stores and online slots. On Wednesday (September 23), Asda also announced a number of additional safety measures across its stores to provide an enhanced level of protection for customers and staff.

NHS Covid-19 contact tracing app launches across England and Wales: How it works

A coronavirus contact tracing app has launched across England and Wales following months of delay and questions about its effectiveness. The latest version of the app has been in testing among residents on the Isle of Wight and in the London borough of Newham since mid-August, after the first was marred by technical issues and eventually scrapped.

Boost funding for invasive species battle to save economy £2.7bn – nature groups

Spending just 6 million a year tackling invasive plants and animals in the UK would save 2.7 billion for the economy over 20 years, conservationists said. Wildlife and Countryside Link, a coalition of environmental groups, is urging the Government to increase its spend on tackling invasive species....

Making HGVs obtain permits to enter Kent ‘pointless and counterproductive’

Requiring hauliers to obtain special permits to enter Kent from neighbouring counties will be “pointless”, an industry body has claimed. Road Haulage Association (RHA) policy director Duncan Buchanan said the measure aimed at avoiding post-Brexit gridlock is simply a “tick box exercise”.

Quebec youth protection sees increase in child abuse reports following Granby girl's death 27 mins

Quebec’s youth protection directors from centres across the province tabled their 2019-2020 annual report on Wednesday. Despite a drop in reported cases of child abuse during the first months of the coronavirus pandemic, statistics show an overall increase of 12 per cent compared to the previous year.

Quebec government’s moves to protect French language spark debate amid pandemic 1 hour

Quebec’s national assembly has passed a motion to affirm the importance of protecting the French language. Parti Québécois (PQ) Leader Pascal Bérubé’s motion asked that the national assembly declare that the protection of the French language is essential and a priority at all times, even during a pandemic.

BC SPCA marks 125 years since its first goal to protect working horses

The BC SPCA was created Sept. 21, 1895 to help care for and advocate against the mistreatment of horses who were being used to haul heavy materials under the province’s booming construction industry. “A small group of clergy, journalists and businessmen concerned about the abuse of these horses....

Canada ‘on the brink’ of coronavirus surge, second wave underway in some regions: Trudeau Thanksgiving gatherings likely out of the question as coronavirus cases surge, says Trudeau 1 hour Canada

Canada is “on the brink” of a coronavirus surge as many parts of the country enter a second wave. And it’s likely Thanksgiving gatherings will be out of the question as cases spike across the country following the recent lifting of many social restrictions.

Trump won't commit to leaving office peacefully if he loses Justin Boggs 4:11 PM, Sep 23, 2020

President Donald Trump was asked on Wednesday if he would commit to leaving office peacefully in January if he loses to Joe Biden in November. Trump’s response: “We're going to have to see what happens, you know I have been complaining very strongly about the ballots. And the ballots are a disaster,” Trump said.

Election 2020 Trump won't commit to leaving office peacefully if he loses Justin Boggs 6:11 PM, Sep 23, 2020

President Donald Trump was asked on Wednesday if he would commit to leaving office peacefully in January if he loses to Joe Biden in November. Trump’s response: “We're going to have to see what happens, you know I have been complaining very strongly about the ballots. And the ballots are a disaster,” Trump said.

National Too much candy: Man dies from eating bags of black licorice Marilynn Marchione, Associated Press 6:05 PM, Sep 23, 2020

A Massachusetts construction worker’s love of black licorice wound up costing him his life. Eating a bag and a half every day for a few weeks threw his nutrients out of whack and caused the 54-year-old man’s heart to stop, doctors reported Wednesday. “Even a small amount of licorice you eat can increase your blood pressure a little bit,” said Dr.

Angels win again to stay barely alive in postseason chase

The Angels continue to play their best baseball at a time when it’s almost futile. The Angels completed a two-game sweep of the playoff-bound Padres on Wednesday in San Diego, winning 5-2 keep their faint mathematical hopes for the postseason alive. The Angels (26-31) have won six of seven and 14 of 20.

Pandemic's needs ease export drop

With rising demand for rubber gloves, products related to working from home, appliances, healthcare items and food because of the pandemic, the Commerce Ministry expects the country's overall exports to shrink by just 5-8% this year. Pimchanok Vonkorpon, director-general of the Trade Policy and....

Explore hidden gems outside Bangkok

The other day when I learned that the Tourism Society, an academic network of communities that run tourism operations, was planning an outing to Ban Sala Daeng Nuea and nearby sites of interest, my heart leapt with joy. This Mon community by the Chao Phraya River is one where the residents still cherish their cultural heritage.

Dusit Thani holding on to cash until 2021

Dusit Thani has developed back-up plans to cope with uncertainty related to the pandemic and slowed new hotel investments to preserve cash flow. "Given the ever-changing situation, we have to preserve sufficient cash flow until the end of next year," said Suphajee Suthumpun, group chief executive of Dusit International.
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