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Americans got $48 billion in unemployment benefits last month. It could have been double

Americans got $48 billion in unemployment benefits last month. It could have been double

Finance
A store in Arlington, Virginia, remained temporarily closed on May 14, 2020. Another 3 million people filed initial unemployment claims last week on a seasonally adjusted basis, according to the Department of Labor.Olvier Douliery-AFP/Getty ImagesStates paid a record $ 48 billion in unemployment benefits last month as the coronavirus pandemic caused millions of Americans to lose their jobs.But the payout could have been much larger — about double — were it not for administrative delays among states, according to an analysis from researchers at the Brookings Institution."A lot of money is going out," said Jay Shambaugh, director of the Hamilton Project, an economic initiative within the left-leaning think tank, and one of the authors of the report. "But it's nowhere near how much
Coronavirus: 2,000 scams linked to outbreak in past month

Coronavirus: 2,000 scams linked to outbreak in past month

Technology
People are being urged to report coronavirus scam emails to the government as part of a new campaign.The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) says criminals are increasingly using the COVID-19 outbreak as a way to scam people. It comes after a recent survey by TSB suggested that 42% of people believe they have been targeted by a scam email during the virus pandemic. A Cyber Aware campaign has been launched offering advice and tips on how to protect passwords, accounts and devices.A suspicious email reporting service will also allow people to forward possible scam emails to the centre for analysis. ...
Self-employed to get 80% of monthly profits paid by govt – up to £2,500 a month

Self-employed to get 80% of monthly profits paid by govt – up to £2,500 a month

Business
The chancellor has announced that self-employed people will be able to claim grants worth 80% of their average monthly profits - up to £2,500 a month.Rishi Sunak said the support for those affected by coronavirus would be in place for at least three months and amounted to "one of the most generous packages in the world". The chancellor said it would deliver parity with his previously announced support for employed workers, and was "an unprecedented level of support" for cleaners, plumbers, electricians, musicians, hairdressers and others.
No family, fanfare for NASA astronaut launching next month

No family, fanfare for NASA astronaut launching next month

Technology
A NASA astronaut who's about to leave the planet for six months will blast off without any family or fanfare because of the coronavirusBy MARCIA DUNN AP Aerospace WriterMarch 19, 2020, 7:38 PM4 min readCAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- A NASA astronaut who's about to leave the planet for six months will blast off without any family or fanfare because of the coronavirus. Chris Cassidy said Thursday that he won't have any guests at his April 9 launch from Kazakhstan. He expects to say goodbye in Russia to his wife, Julie, on Friday, three weeks earlier than planned. Because of the coronavirus outbreak, she's going back home to Houston. One of their three children, meanwhile, is trying to get back to the U.S. from New Zealand. There will be a smaller team than usual at the launch pad, too. “It reall

Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Reaction to Chelsea draw, Arteta on January plans and injuries, Barcelona want Aubameyang THIS MONTH

Sports
[unable to retrieve full-text content]We’ll keep you updated with all the latest Arsenal news with the transfer window now open… ‘We left our soul at Highbury’, admits former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger Arsenal have been urged not to sign Paris Saint-Germain defender Layvin Kurzawa by Giles Grimandi Arteta says Chelsea game is a ‘must-win’ and suggests Arsenal may not […] talkSPORT