UK announces new plan to help workers hit by pandemic LONDON — Britain’s treasury chief announced a new income support program Thursday for workers hurt by the coronavirus pandemic, as the government races to prevent widespread layoffs when earlier employer subsidies end next month. Chancellor Rishi Sunak, in a speech to lawmakers, unveiled his plan to subsidize the wages of workers whose hours are cut due to the pandemic as part of a wider package of measures to help businesses and bolster the economy. Businesses and labor unions had pressed the government to step in with more direct support for people in precarious work situations. Under a furloughed worker program that expires next month, the government pays 80% of the wages of workers placed on leave. “The primary goal of our economic policy remains unchanged — to support people’s jobs — but the way we achieve that must evolve,'' Sunak said, adding that the Conservative government wants to support viable jobs but not preserve those that are no longer needed.
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CDC broadens eviction protections amid pandemic The White House said the order will apply to Americans who qualified for direct payments under the CARES Act, which covered individuals who earn less than $99,000 a year. People will also have to prove that they've made efforts to get government assistance for their rental payments, declare that their inability to pay is because of financial hardship due to Covid-19 and that they would likely become homeless if they were evicted. Under the CARES Act, only renters in federally backed units were protected from eviction, and there's also a moratorium on evictions and foreclosures for federally backed, single-family home mortgages. Tuesday's move covers any rental unit in the United States so long as the requirements are met, an official said.
Donald Trump steps up wild attacks on Joe Biden as first debate looms Five weeks from from polling day, two days from the first presidential candidates’ debate, and moments after the New York Times published bombshell revelations about Donald Trump’s taxes, the US president took aim at his Democratic opponent Joe Biden with a series of wild and unproven accusations. In an unfocussed White House briefing, the president retailed baseless allegations, including that his Democratic opponent, Joe Biden had used “performance-enhancing drug” during appearances. Trump compared Biden’s performance across primary debates, including, according to the president, that he was stronger in some debates than others: “People say he was on performance-enhancing drugs. A lot of people have said that,” Trump claimed, without evidence. When challenged Trump told reporters to “look on the internet” to see who was saying it. . “I will be strongly demanding a drug test of Sleepy Joe Biden prior to, or after, the debate on Tuesday night,” Trump later wrote on Twitter.
Move over Tony, the Antonyo Awards are here to celebrate black theatre talent Image copyright Getty Images Covid-19 means the 2020 Tony Awards - New York's annual celebration of Broadway theatre - are on hold. But the first Antonyo Awards are happening later. The idea is to recognise the best of African American theatrical talent, which the organisers say doesn't always get its due. Darius Barnes is a Broadway dancer and choreographer who until March was in the Tina Fey musical Mean Girls. Cheap Digital Accountants The Sole Trader starter package is ideal for individuals and small businesses who don’t generate a ton of paperwork. numbrz will deal with 150 transactions annually for you, and assist you in account and tax queries through the year, helping you out with your Self Assessment Tax Return to make sure you don’t fall foul of complex tax laws. The Limited Company starter package includes bookkeeping of up to 250 records a year. There’s still the aforementioned tax and accounts advice, and a cheap digital accountant will help out with the preparation and submission of your CT600 and any other major documentation. The Partnership package, like the Limited Company package, will support you through 250 transactions a year and advise you through tax queries and any preparation of accounts.
Man suspected of attacking officer guarding Rand Paul outside RNC arrested The man suspected of attacking a police officer who was guarding Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., last week has been arrested. The U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia announced Wednesday that Brennen Sermon, 27, of Orlando, Fla., was arraigned on a charge of assaulting a law enforcement officer. Around midnight, following the last night of the Republican National Convention, a DC police officer was holding a police line around Paul and his wife when, according to an affidavit, the defendant kicked his bicycle and fled. The suspect is accused of then punching the officer in the face, causing a cut that needed stitches. Paul tweeted after the altercation that he was “attacked by an angry mob of over 100, one block away from the White House.”
Google Pixel phone 'designed for economic downturn' image copyrightGoogle Google's hardware chief has said its new flagship smartphone was designed to go on sale during an economic downturn. As a result, the Pixel 5 has abandoned some of its predecessor's headline features and runs on a slower chip in order to be sold at a lower price. However, it does gain 5G connectivity and some new photography capabilities. US police reform: Trump signs executive order on 'best practice' Media playback is unsupported on your device US President Donald Trump has signed an executive order introducing several police reforms while rejecting calls to defund or dismantle the police. His order offers federal grants to improve practices, including creating a database to trace abuses by officers. It comes amid anger over the police killings of African Americans, though Mr Trump did not comment about the ongoing US racism debate. Several US cities have proposed more radical reforms. Speaking at the White House on Tuesday, Mr Trump began by saying he had met a number of African-American families who had lost loved ones, including the relatives of Antwon Rose, Botham Jean and Ahmaud Arbery - the black jogger killed in Georgia earlier this year.