Rail unions vow to fight government strike threat

Rail unions have reacted with fury to a government threat to make strike action illegal unless a minimum number of train staff work during a walkout. Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said a law would protect freight shipments of goods such…

Atom Bank eyes New York IPO in major snub to London

UK digital lender Atom Bank is eyeing up a listing in New York in what will be a major blow to London’s efforts to promote itself as a premier destination for tech IPOs. Durham-headquartered Atom, founded in 2013 by Mark…

Royal Mail warns it will put prices up again

The prices of parcels and stamps are likely to rise again as Royal Mail tries to cover higher costs, including wages, energy and fuel expenses. The firm said it would try to “mitigate” the costs through “price increases and growth…

Smart is ‘operator to beat’ in the Philippines – Opensignal  

Leading mobile services provider Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) has won the most number of citations in the latest Mobile Network Experience Awards by Opensignal, underscoring Smart’s superiority as the operator to beat with the widest 5G reach and best 4G…

Beijing urges millions to keep working from home amid COVID outbreak menace

A general view shows Beijing’s skyline on a sunny day, China Jan. 10, 2017. — REUTERS BEIJING/SHANGHAI — Beijing authorities extended work-from-home guidance for many of its 22 million residents to stem a persistent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak, while…

Sri Lankan medicine shortage a death sentence for some, doctors say

TOWFIQU BARBHUIYA-UNSPLASH COLOMBO — A shortage of medicine caused by an economic crisis in Sri Lanka could soon cause deaths, doctors said, as hospitals are forced to postpone life-saving procedures for their patients because they do not have the necessary…

IMF warns against global economic fragmentation from Russia-Ukraine war

REUTERS THE INTERNATIONAL Monetary Fund (IMF) warned against global economic fragmentation as a consequence of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, saying that undoing decades of integration will make the world poorer and more dangerous. Nations should lower trade barriers to alleviate…

Biden says would be willing to use force to defend Taiwan

TOKYO — US President Joseph R. Biden said on Monday he would be willing to use force to defend Taiwan, rallying support on his first trip to Asia since taking office for US opposition to China’s growing assertiveness across the…

Brexit increases battles over trademarks

Trademark application disputes have surged to record levels since Brexit, according to research by a law firm of official figures. The number of oppositions to UK trademark applications more than doubled to 8,026 last year, compared with 3,584 in 2020,…

Mentors needed to deliver Sunak’s SME business training scheme

Rishi Sunak’s small business management training scheme has awarded an £8 million contract to a consortium of support agencies to recruit thousands of voluntary business mentors. The contract from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has gone to…

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