Business bad debt runs at £780,000 every day

The total level of insolvent business debt in the UK grew by around £72m in the final three months of 2020, according to data firm Red Flag Alert - or £779,997 per day.
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UK Covid live news: India added to UK’s coronavirus red list as travel ban begins
Latest updates: India joined UK red list from 4am, with returning British citizens and residents returning now having to quarantine at government-approved hotelsPeople in England could get Covid passports for foreign travel by 17 MayUK’s south Asian diaspora despairs as India joins Covid red listOne dose of Pfizer or Oxford jab reduces infection rate by 65% – studyWelsh government accused of ‘playing politics’ over lockdown easingGlobal coronavirus updates – live 9.29am BST Mark Drakeford, the first minister in Wales, has denied that his decision to bring forward the easing of some restrictions in Wales by two weeks is to do with the forthcoming Senedd election.The Welsh Labour leader said the changes are due to the creation of “extra headroom” in the public health situation amid criticism from opposition parties.If I had to be announcing more difficult news today, opposition parties would be demanding that I was there making that announcement.I make that announcement every three weeks. I’ve had to do it on some very difficult days when the news has not been good. 9.09am BST Passengers on flights into the UK from India must now enter hotel quarantine as the country is officially added to the UK’s coronavirus travel red list.As of 4am on Friday, people returning from India must quarantine in a government-approved hotel for 10 days, while anyone who is not a UK or Irish resident or a British citizen will be banned from entering the country if they have been in India in the previous 10 days. Continue reading...
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FirstGroup sells bulk of US transport business in $4bn deal
Transport operator’s shares rose 10% as it announces plans to focus on UK bus and railFirstGroup has sold the bulk of its North American transport business in a deal worth $4bn, as the transport group looks to focus on its UK bus and rail operations.The Aberdeen-based FirstGroup has sold First Student, America’s biggest school-run operator with about 43,000 yellow buses, and First Transit, which provides outsourced public transport, to EQT Infrastructure. Continue reading...
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Boy, 13, missing after ‘falling into the Thames on way to school’
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BBC hit with more complaints over coverage of Prince Philip’s funeral after breaking all-time record with backlash at TV schedule
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SpaceX Nasa launch - live: Latest as Elon Musk’s rocket company sends astronauts to space on Crew-2 mission
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Bette Midler sells her three-story, 14-room Fifth Avenue penthouse with elevator for $50M
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Sam Smith’s gorgeous new tattoo appears to reflect their non-binary identity
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Noel Clarke addresses Doctor Who return rumours amid speculation he’s replacing Jodie Whittaker
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'Depraved' Salford man jailed for thousands of extreme child sex abuse images
Carlos Calcano, 29, admitted to possessing "some of the most extreme images viewed by law enforcement".
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Police identify Mojave desert murder victims from 1980 cold case and link deaths to man in prison for other killings
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Labour would lose snap general election, Starmer ally admits
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Did we just get lucky over Super League collapse?
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Battlefield 6 reveal is soon – mobile game in 2022 confirms EA
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European Super League fallout, Premier League news and more – live!
Updates as managers address ESL fiasco and preview the actionPremier League and Carabao Cup: 10 things to look out forGet in touch! Email Tumaini here or tweet @tumcarayol 9.15am BST As always, here are 10 things we should all be looking out for over the next few days. Related: Premier League and Carabao Cup: 10 things to look out for this weekend 9.09am BST Hello! Welcome to another Friday football blog. The fallout from the ill-fated European Super League remains the most significant news on the agenda, which by now has lasted longer than the actual league itself. We will be hearing more from managers as we see where the sport is heading.Oh, and there is apparently also some football. Arsenal face Everton at 8pm tonight, then this is what the weekend looks like: Continue reading...
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GMB's Dr Amir Khan urges caution over claims Britain is 'no longer in pandemic'
Britain is claimed to 'no longer be in a coronavirus pandemic' by experts and a chief investigator of a new study, following the vaccination rollout
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Prue Leith recalls being ‘so embarrassed’ to find out party she attended was an orgy
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Albania heads to polls after a bitter political fight
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Madonna’s daughter Lourdes reminisces about ‘first boyfriend’ Timothée Chalamet
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FirstGroup sells two North American divisions for £3.3bn
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Chingford fire: Woman dies after blaze rips through east London flat
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'Loving and devoted' Salford dad died after being hit by train
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Gordon Brown slaps down Tony Blair over lobbying that makes him 'very angry'
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Versatile living: Stylish furniture that works Indoors or outdoors
The once firm distinction between indoor and outdoor furniture is fast disappearing, as people seek out smart and durable pieces that will adorn both the exterior and the interior.
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Discover mindful eating and supercharge your health with Noom’s psychology-based program
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Rapper Lil Mosey wanted by police after missing court hearing for rape charge
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BTS are Louis Vuitton’s newest global brand ambassadors
BTS have been announced as French fashion house Louis Vuitton’s latest global ambassadors.
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Manchester United and Chelsea given boost as Raphael Varane prefers Premier League move ahead of PSG switch
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Prince Louis birthday marked with new photo and royal fans are stunned
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Franco Manca owner hungry for new restaurant sites, as it cheers strong reopening trade
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Married prison teacher, 39, who exchanged love letters with inmate avoids jail
Iryna Durham wrote to an inmate at HMP Moorland in Doncaster, South Yorkshire, for five months before their affair was discovered, a court heard.
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Shock G death: Ice Cube and Viola Davis among stars to pay tribute after Digital Underground star found dead
‘Thank you for the joy you gave me. Rest well,’ actor Viola Davis wrote
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Oscars 2021: Through the keyhole - What we’ve learned from a year of video snooping into celebrity homes
Ahead of the 93rd Oscars this weekend, Olivia Petter speaks to interior designers about the insight the last year has given us into celebrity homes
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Eco-friendly homes take inspiration from the great architects of the past
Over the past 100 years, our homes have changed radically - led by the pioneering architects of the 1920s and 1930s who began to reinvent the way we live, says author Dominic Bradbury.
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European Super League latest: Liverpool fan group accuses John W Henry of 'damaging the reputation of our club and our city'
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Chris Noth Talking About His Favourite Sex & The City Scene Is Quite Literally A Gas
Turns out the man behind Mr. Big was more into the silly moments on Sex & The City than the, uh, sex.Chris Noth spoke with Kelly Clarkson on her show this week and regaled viewers with some of his favourite moments from the iconic HBO series.Chris portrayed Mr. Big aka John James Preson – the on-and-off love interest of main character Carrie Bradshaw, portrayed by Sarah Jessica Parker – in the series and, later, both Sex & The City films.“My favourite [scene] was when [Carrie] farted in bed,” said Noth, without hesitation. “I insisted on doing the sound to get it right because I’m an expert in farts.” Through laughs, Kelly quipped that Chris is still a “boy” and a “child at heart.”Chris was referencing was a moment in the penultimate episode of the first season. Carrie farts in bed with Mr. Big, whom she has been dating for awhile. Nestling under the covers to hide her mortification, Mr. Big jokes that it “might be worse under there.” You can watch the scene here:   Chris added that he’s also partial to the episode Cock a Doodle Do!, the season three finale. In it, he and Carrie attempt to kiss near the boathouse in Central Park and end up in the lake.“We had one take to do it,” Chris said. “There were so many great moments in the series of comedy. It was just a blast to do it.”It remains unclear if Chris is participating in the upcoming reboot of the series, but we’ll just have to hope we have not seen the last of Mr. Big.READ MORE:Got Questions You 'Can't Help But Wonder' About Sex And The City's Return? Well, We've Got AnswersA Major Character Is Returning For The Sex And The City RebootThe Sex And The City Gang Look Set To Be Joined By A New Pal Following Kim Cattrall's Exit
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Alan Smith column: Arsenal fan protests won’t bother Silent Stan — he just worries about profit margins
When he first heard, Carlo Ancelotti thought it a joke. The Everton manager couldn't believe that such a selfish scheme was actually real.
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Boris Johnson news – live: Cummings blamed for leaks as Labour demands details of PM’s meeting with Woodward
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Shock G, co-founder of hip-hop group Digital Underground, dies aged 57
Rapper scored a US hit with raunchy single The Humpty Dance, and produced some of 2Pac’s early workUS rapper Shock G, who as co-founder of Digital Underground was one of the most colourful figures in the early hip-hop scene, has died aged 57.According to TMZ, he was found in a hotel room in Tampa, Florida, though no cause of death has yet been ascertained. His co-founder Chopmaster J wrote on Instagram: “34 years ago almost to the day we had a wild idea we can be a hip hop band and take on the world through it all … long live Shock G AKA Humpty Hump and Rest In Peace my Brotha.” Continue reading...
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Tesla’s Autopilot is ‘easily’ tricked into working without a driver
Tesla’s Autopilot feature can be tricked into operating without a driver, a US consumer magazine has found.
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In pursuit of Nancy: the life, novels and romances of the wittiest Mitford sister
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Woman, 41, organises lockdown wedding in 36 hours after husband's cancer diagnosis
Stuart Bathers, 39, and Esther Bate-Williams, 41, from Cheltenham, clicked so instantly on their first date in June 2020 that they even started talking about stared a family together.
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Kitten died after catching Covid 19 from its owner
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Own a holiday let property? 4 ways to boost staycation bookings
As 2021 looks set for a staycation boom, here’s how to make the most of opportunities to let your holiday property out. By Vicky Shaw.
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Ask an expert: Can I have a caesarean just because I’m scared of giving birth?
An obstetrician discusses planned c-sections and says scared mums-to-be can ask for one, but reassures there are many ways to ease childbirth pain.
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From Get Out to Goodfellas: 10 of the best films that didn’t win best picture Oscar
Orson Welles’s classic, Sofia Coppola’s platonic meet-cute and Ang Lee’s cowboy masterpiece – here are the greatest losers in HollywoodThis is it – the key moment in the great narrative of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences getting it wrong. Welles’s Citizen Kane lost out to … what was it again? It was How Green Was My Valley, a stirring family drama set in the valleys of south Wales. Strong, sturdy stuff – but a horse-and-buggy compared to Welles’s supersonic rocket ship. Continue reading...
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How the Just So Stories were Made by John Batchelor review – an origin story of origin stories
A scrupulous account of the brilliance and family tragedy that lies behind Kipling’s joyful collection of animal stories Rudyard Kipling’s Just So Stories are often described, O Best Beloved, as creation myths. In 13 tales, more varied in tone and shape than most grownups ever quite remember, Kipling explains how the elephant got his trunk, the leopard his spots and the rhinoceros his saggy, baggy skin. The stories appeared in their final form in 1902 when Kipling was 36 and already a literary star, thanks to the success of Kim and The Jungle Book, both of which drew heavily on his Indian childhood to tell fables of social and emotional maturation. Now here he was, circling back to the shorter forms with which he had started his career, most obviously in his breakthrough collection Plain Tales from the Hills, assembled when he was working as a cub journalist in Lahore in the 1880s.In this origin story of origins stories, John Batchelor sets out to explain the genesis of Just So. The first three tales – concerning the whale, the camel and the rhinoceros – were conceived as bedtime performances for Kipling’s eldest child, Josephine, and published initially in an American children’s magazine in the 1890s. It is “Effie” who wanted things “just so” in the way that small listeners often do. If her father changed the rhythm, or swapped a word, let alone altered the ending, she would insist that he correct his course until everything was as it was before. From here the phrase “just-so story” came to be used by evolutionary biologists in the 1960s to describe a fictional or fantastical origin yarn that politely yet stubbornly resisted rational challenge. It is so because I say so, O Best Beloved. Continue reading...
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