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John Boyega: Perfume brand Jo Malone London ‘deeply apologises’ over ad cut

John Boyega: Perfume brand Jo Malone London ‘deeply apologises’ over ad cut

Entertainment
Media playback is unsupported on your device British perfume brand Jo Malone London has issued an apology to John Boyega for dropping an ad he made for them and replacing him with a Chinese actor.Boyega was last year named as the company's first male global ambassador.The firm re-shot the personal video the Star Wars actor made, in his home town of London, for the Chinese market."We deeply apologise for what, on our end, was a mistake in the local execution of the John Boyega campaign," they said in statement.Boyega's sister Grace posted the Chinese version of the advert in a Twitter response.Jo Malone London, owned by Estee Lauder, said the ad re-shoot was a "misstep", "painful" and one that caused "offence".While the script for the aftershav...
Olympics Rewind: London 2012 – 10 things you may have forgotten

Olympics Rewind: London 2012 – 10 things you may have forgotten

Sports
Media playback is not supported on this device Olympic Rewinds: 14-24 JulyWatch the best moments of the 2008, 2012 and 2016 Olympics on BBC TV, BBC iPlayer, BBC Red Button, the BBC Sport website and BBC Sport app.Click here for full details and timesCan you believe eight years have passed since the magical days of the London 2012 Olympics?Moments from those Games will live with those who watched them for a lifetime - Danny Boyle's astounding opening ceremony, Super Saturday's golden rush and Andy Murray finally winning at SW19.But what about the parts you may have forgotten? Those little...
Virgin Media broadband down in parts of London

Virgin Media broadband down in parts of London

Technology
Virgin Media users across London are reporting they have been left without internet after an outage in the capital. Thousands of Londoners said they had no connection this morning, with outage maps showing large parts of the city affected. Many have been left unable to do their jobs, with the government still encouraging people to work from home where possible due to coronavirus.Tweeting her frustration, one woman wrote: "When there's a major outage at Virgin Media and all you can do is sit and wait as your time-sensitive work slowly burns."Someone else posted: "Hi @richardbranson. Can you please fix this. None of us can currently do our jobs. Kind regards, Every Virgin Media Customer." ...
Lloyd’s of London and Greene King apologise for slave trade links

Lloyd’s of London and Greene King apologise for slave trade links

Business
Two of the UK's largest companies have apologised and pledged to make big donations to race equality charities over historic links to the slave trade.Greene King, the pubs, restaurant and hotels operator, and insurance market Lloyd's of London announced the moves after a University College London (UCL) database, seen by the Daily Telegraph, revealed financial gains for founders under a UK government compensation scheme when slavery was abolished in 1833. The paper reported that Benjamin Greene received £500,000 in today's money to surrender plantations in the Caribbean while Simon Fraser - linked to Lloyd's - was paid almost £400,000 to give up an estate in Dominica.The revelations were made as anti-racism campaigns - prompted by the death of George Floyd in the US - gather momentum global
Lloyd’s of London to pay out up to £3.5bn over coronavirus

Lloyd’s of London to pay out up to £3.5bn over coronavirus

Business
Lloyd's of London is set to pay out up to £3.5bn to customers as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.The insurance market said it was on a par with the impact of 9/11 but that it expects the eventual overall cost of COVID-19 to the industry to be "far in excess" of that and other catastrophes. Lloyd's estimates that overall, when taking into account falling investment values as well as the cost of paying claims, the global insurance industry stands to lose £164bn this year.Chief executive John Neal said: "The global insurance industry is paying out on a very wide range of policies to support businesses and people affected by COVID-19."The Lloyd's market alone is currently expected to pay claims amounting to some $ 4.3bn (£3.5bn), making it one of the market's largest pay-outs ever.