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Nationwide offers 90% mortgages to first-time buyers

Nationwide offers 90% mortgages to first-time buyers

Business
The Nationwide will lower the minimum deposit it requires from first-time buyers to 10% from 20 July.The UK's largest building society had restricted its mortgages in June in response to the coronavirus crisis.But Henry Jordan, director of mortgages, said "we feel it is the right time to enhance our lending".It follows the government's announcement of a temporary stamp duty holiday for people in England and Northern Ireland.Homebuyers will pay no stamp duty on the first £500,000 of their purchase under the tax break, which will last until 31 March.Amid signs that the UK housing market is picking up, the Nationwide will offer an unlimited number of 90% loan-to-value mortgages to first-time buyers.Since June, only customers with 15% deposit had been able to
Australia suspends Hong Kong extradition treaty and offers visa extensions

Australia suspends Hong Kong extradition treaty and offers visa extensions

World
Australia has suspended its extradition treaty with Hong Kong, and offered visa holders from the territory a five-year extension with a pathway to permanent residency, in response to China's imposition of a national security law.The 10,000 Hong Kong citizens in the country on student or temporary work visas are likely to benefit from the move. "There will be citizens of Hong Kong who may be looking to move elsewhere, to start a new life somewhere else, to take their skills, their businesses," said Prime Minister Scott Morrison. Image: The colonial flag of Hong Kong is held aloft during a march by protesters He also made a pitch for international financial services, consulting and media businesses with regional headquarters in Ho...
Starz offers 8 titles pertaining to racial issues for free

Starz offers 8 titles pertaining to racial issues for free

Entertainment
June 5 (UPI) -- Starz announced Friday that a collection of eight titles would be available to watch for free on their app or on-demand services. These documentary films and series examine racial inequality. Starz calls the collection Black Voices: Strength, Pride, History. Hoop Dreams director Steve James directed the docuseries America to Me, with episodes tackling racial, economic and class issues in the education system. The series premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Advertisement Spike Lee directed A Huey P. Newton Story, playwright Roger Guenveur Smith's one-man show about the Black Panther co-founder. Smith also plays Newton. The documentary For Ahkeem follows a teenager trying to graduate a court supervised high school. It encompasses the Ferguson protests and her personal st...
Los Angeles offers virus tests to all, still has unused kits

Los Angeles offers virus tests to all, still has unused kits

Technology
LOS ANGELES -- With ample coronavirus tests and not enough sick people seeking them, the mayor of Los Angeles recently did something on a scale no other major U.S. city had done — allow anyone with or without symptoms to be tested as often as they want. A website to book a test was quickly swamped by residents in the nation’s second-largest city and the surrounding county who couldn’t get tested under more stringent guidelines and were concerned they were infected or could be asymptomatic carriers unwittingly exposing others. But despite overbooking to compensate for a third of the people who didn't show up, the city still has thousands of tests that aren't being used each week, according to figures provided to The Associated Press by the mayor's office. “Wasted tests at a time when we s
Coronavirus: China offers to help North Korea fight pandemic

Coronavirus: China offers to help North Korea fight pandemic

World
China's president has expressed concern about the threat of the coronavirus to North Korea and offered help. Xi Jinping was responding to a message that he received from the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un. Chinese state media reported that the message congratulated Mr Xi on China's apparent success in fighting Covid-19.North Korea's government maintains that there has not been a single confirmed case there, though analysts have questioned whether that is possible. North Korea was the first country to suspend tourism and to shut its borders in response to the virus, in the third week of January.The country has a fragile health system, which experts fear would be quickly overwhelmed by even a small outbreak of Covid-19.In his "ve...