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Former banking lobby chief Jones joins shared branches start-up OneBanks

Former banking lobby chief Jones joins shared branches start-up OneBanks

Business
The former boss of Britain’s most influential financial lobbying group is throwing his weight behind the trial of a service that it wants to become a national solution to the disappearance of thousands of bank branches across Britain.Sky News has learnt that Stephen Jones, who ran UK Finance until last year, has joined OneBanks as its vice-chairman. The start-up, which is piloting a shared branch kiosk in a Co-op store Denny, near Falkirk, Scotland, plans to raise millions of pounds in a Series-A fundraising during the summer, according to insiders.It has already secured capital from backers including Rupert Pennant-Rea, former deputy governor of the Bank of England, and Baroness Bottomley, the former Conservative cabinet minister.OneBanks has been set up to provide an answer to one of the...
Former officials in Jordan arrested for ‘security reasons’

Former officials in Jordan arrested for ‘security reasons’

World
April 3 (UPI) -- Security officials arrested former officials in Jordan Saturday for "security reasons." Sharif Hassan bin Zaid, a former royal envoy, Basem Ibrahim Awadallah, a former Royal Hashemite Court chief, were arrested, along with others, an unnamed security source told Petra state news agency. Advertisement The arrest operation was made after close security follow-up, the source added. Up to 20 officials, including close associates of Prince Hamzah, civilian and military figures have also been arrested, Gulf News reported. Major General Usef Ahmed Al-Huneiti denied allegations reported about the arrest of Prince Hamzah, a former crown prince, in a separate statement to Petra Saturday. Al-Huneiti added investigations are ongoing and "no one is above the law," in the statement. ...
Eddie Howe: Celtic manager talks at advanced stage with former Bournemouth boss

Eddie Howe: Celtic manager talks at advanced stage with former Bournemouth boss

Sports
Eddie Howe is the clear favourite to become the next manager of Celtic, with talks between the two parties at an advanced stage.The former Bournemouth boss, 43, has held discussions with members of the club's board, including major shareholder Dermot Desmond.Howe left Bournemouth in August 2020 when the club's five-year stay in the Premier League came to an end.He has been linked with Sheffield United and Newcastle in recent weeks.Howe was in charge at Vitality Stadium for more than 450 games across two spells spanning more than a decade, guiding them to three promotions in six seasons and taking them from League Two to as high as ninth in the Premier League.He also had a stint with Burnley in the Championship from January 2011 to October 2012.Neil Lennon resigned as Celtic manager in late...
Reds release former All-Star infielder Dee Strange-Gordon

Reds release former All-Star infielder Dee Strange-Gordon

Sports
March 26 (UPI) -- The Cincinnati Reds released veteran infielder Dee Strange-Gordon on Friday, the team announced. Strange-Gordon, a non-roster invitee to spring training who auditioned at shortstop, got a chance with the Reds after Freddy Galvis signed with the Baltimore Orioles as a free agent. Advertisement However, Strange-Gordon's chances to make the roster took a hit after the Reds' decision to move Eugenio Suarez from third base to shortstop. Cincinnati also received strong performances from versatile infielders Jonathan India and Alex Blandino this spring. Strange-Gordon, a two-time All-Star selection and former National League batting champion, spent the past three years with the Seattle Mariners. In those injury-plagued seasons in Seattle, he recorded a .266 batting average with...
Bill Nelson: Former astronaut and senator nominated as Nasa chief

Bill Nelson: Former astronaut and senator nominated as Nasa chief

Science
JEFF MITCHELLBill Nelson, a US senator and one-time astronaut, has been nominated to be the next head of Nasa.The 78-year-old is seen as a moderate Democrat, and his nomination by President Joe Biden on Friday drew bipartisan praise.He will need to be confirmed in the Senate before he can take up the role.Mr Nelson said he was "honoured" to be picked to lead the US space agency, adding that he would "help lead Nasa into an exciting future".In a statement, the White House said he was "known as the go-to senator for our nation's space programme" for many years. "Almost every piece of space and science law has had his imprint," it said.The Republican Senator from Florida, Marco Rubio, said: "I cannot think of anyone better to lead Nasa."Test success for world's most powerful rocketArtemis: To...