Holiday childcare: ‘I’m lucky – my sister has my child’
Jul18

Holiday childcare: ‘I’m lucky – my sister has my child’

. . “There’s no way I can work, on my wages, and pay the childminder for the holidays,” says mother-of-one Emma. “I’ve been very lucky because my sister has my daughter for me.” For Emma, being able to leave her child with her sister and pay her a much reduced rate has been a godsend for childcare in the school holidays. But for many British parents, the impending holidays can mean an average bill...

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China’s most expensive film pulled after opening weekend
Jul17

China’s most expensive film pulled after opening weekend

. Youtube/AsuraFilmOfficial . The movie features a star-studded Chinese cast China’s big-budget fantasy epic Asura has been pulled from cinemas after a dismal opening weekend. The 750m yuan ($112m; £85m) film reportedly made less than 50m yuan on its weekend debut. Asura’s plot is based on Chinese mythology and featured leading actors and flashy special effects. Producers are reportedly planning to rework the movie and...

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Debenhams shares hit by insurance fears
Jul16

Debenhams shares hit by insurance fears

. AFP Shares in Debenhams have fallen again in a rocky day for its shares. Reports some insurers reduced cover for its suppliers sent shares down 5% in early trading. By midday they recovered to a small rise, but slipped again in mid-afternoon to be 5% down again. The Sunday Times said the retailer was facing “a cash crunch” because some credit insurers had tightened their terms for Debenhams suppliers. Suppliers use...

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Theresa May: Brexit plan will boost UK aerospace
Jul15

Theresa May: Brexit plan will boost UK aerospace

. . . Airbus’ wing production plant near Broughton in north-east Wales Theresa May is to promise extra investment for the aerospace industry just days after Airbus threatened to reduce its UK presence because of Brexit disruption. The Prime Minister will also say that her Brexit plan will secure millions of aviation jobs in Britain. It comes amid growing criticism of her plan from MPs, with another government member resigning in...

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Farnborough Airshow: Brexit and bulging order books dominate
Jul15

Farnborough Airshow: Brexit and bulging order books dominate

. . . US-made F-35B fighter jets will be jointly operated by the Royal Navy and RAF. The weather forecast may be warm and sunny, but there is still likely to be a cloud hanging over the Farnborough Airshow this week. The show is big event of the year for the aerospace industry. It’s where the latest multi-billion-dollar fighters and sleek airliners soar through the skies. However, on trade days – which kick-off the show...

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No affordable homes? We’ll build them ourselves
Jul14

No affordable homes? We’ll build them ourselves

. Keith Jenkin (centre) his wife Lorna and friends decided to help build socially affordable housing in Lyme Regis More funding is now being made available for community groups who want to develop and protect affordable housing in their local area. The government’s £60m Community Housing Fund was originally launched in 2016 and designed to help areas where high levels of second home ownership stop key workers and low-income...

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