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Price controls considered in UK to stop hikes in coronavirus essentials

Price controls considered in UK to stop hikes in coronavirus essentials

Business
The competition regulator is considering whether to advise the government that price controls may be needed to prevent coronavirus outbreak profiteering.The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) made its announcement hours after the banking sector revealed it was offering help to customers as growing virus disruption threatens payment deadlines. Meanwhile, the governor of the Bank of England has reiterated that collective action being planned with the Treasury to support the economy would have "maximum impact" if deployed.The CMA said it was urging retailers "to behave responsibly" in their pricing of goods and not exploit the evolving COVID-19 situation.The statement threatened enforcement action against firms charging excessive prices - adding that those making "misleading claims about...
Coronavirus: Rescue plan ‘considered’ for Britons trapped on cruise

Coronavirus: Rescue plan ‘considered’ for Britons trapped on cruise

Health
The Foreign Office is "considering all options" for Britons trapped on a quarantined cruise liner in Japan struck by coronavirus - including flying them home.Some of the 74 UK passengers and crew on the Diamond Princess said they felt "forgotten", as other countries flew citizens home.The ship was quarantined on 3 February.Meanwhile, a hotel at Heathrow Airport has been block-booked to isolate arrivals suspected of having the virus.On Monday, Japanese officials said there were 99 new cases of infections on board the ship, bringing the total to 454 confirmed cases. It is the largest cluster of cases outside China.It emerged that about 3,700 passengers and crew could be stuck in quarantine beyond the initial 19 February deadline.A ...
Esper: U.S. never discussed, considered sending 14K more troops to Middle East

Esper: U.S. never discussed, considered sending 14K more troops to Middle East

Business
Dec. 6 (UPI) -- Reports that the U.S. is considering sending an additional 14,000 troops to the Middle East are "flat out wrong," Secretary of Defense Mark Esper said in a statement Friday. "As the Department has stated repeatedly, we were never discussing or considering sending 14,000 additional troops to the Middle East," Esper said in the statement. "Reports of this are flat out wrong. DOD will always stand ready to respond to future actions by our adversaries if and when they arise, but the Pentagon is not considering sending 14,000 troops to CENTCOM. This report is false." On Wednesday, the Wall Street Journal reported the administration is considering sending 14,000 additional troops to the Middle East, a claim Pentagon officials have denied since. But on Thursday, John Rood, under...
Andy Murray: Britain’s three-time Grand Slam winner ready to be considered a singles player again

Andy Murray: Britain’s three-time Grand Slam winner ready to be considered a singles player again

Sports
Andy Murray does not tend to sugar coat his answers.He accepts there are reasons to be cheerful after his 6-4 6-4 defeat by Richard Gasquet in Cincinnati, but admits he is "quite far away from where I would like to be".That is to be expected after just two weeks of dedicated practice before his first singles match for seven months. Murray will only play doubles in New York, when the US Open gets under way in a fortnight. But you can now consider him a singles player above all else once again. A singles player who expects to be back in his peak physical condition in January: 12 months after the second operation on his right hip. "I think nine to 12 months after the operation is when I would e...
Internet regulator considered for UK

Internet regulator considered for UK

Technology
The UK government is considering "all options", including a regulator, as part of new legislation governing the internet.It has previously said it will publish a White Paper in the coming months, laying out its proposals.According to Buzzfeed News, the White Paper will propose a regulatory body similar to Ofcom, which regulates broadcasters and telecoms companies.The government told the BBC it would publish the White Paper this winter.But a spokesman for the department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) said it had nothing to share at this time.A cross-party committee investigating misinformation and fake news has already suggested areas for new legislation ahead of the White Paper.In July, it recommended: reforming electoral law for the digital...