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Nuclear plant will help kick-start post-pandemic economy, says EDF

Nuclear plant will help kick-start post-pandemic economy, says EDF

Business
A planned new nuclear power station will help kick-start the economy following the coronavirus crisis, energy giant EDF has said.The power supplier has submitted an application to build the Sizewell C plant on the Suffolk coast, which it says will generate enough electricity to power six million homes and bolster the UK's energy resilience by reducing the need for imports. EDF also says it will create 25,000 jobs and 1,000 apprenticeships during construction, as well as providing 900 skilled jobs over its lifetime.The application for development consent to the Planning Inspectorate was delayed for two months due to the COVID-19 pandemic.But campaigners opposed to the project have criticised the move, arguing that coronavirus social distancing restrictions are likely to continue in the...
Brian May says he was ‘very near death’ after a heart attack

Brian May says he was ‘very near death’ after a heart attack

Entertainment
Queen guitarist Brian May has revealed he "could have died" after being rushed to hospital following a heart attack.The 72-year-old said he was "shocked" to discover he needed surgery after what he described as a "small" heart attack earlier this month.The star's heart scare came a few days after a separate medical issue, when he thought he had ripped his glutes during a gardening accident.He explained his latest health problem in a video posted to Instagram."I thought I was a very healthy guy," he said."But I turned out to have three arteries that were congested and in danger of blocking the supply of blood to my heart."May was subsequently fitted with three stents - tiny tubes that can hold open blocked arteries - and says he i...
All non-essential retail shops can reopen in England from 15 June, PM says

All non-essential retail shops can reopen in England from 15 June, PM says

Business
High street shops have been given the green light to start reopening from next week by Boris Johnson, as he tries to ease lockdown restrictions amid a huge public row over his top adviser.The prime minister said outdoor markets and showrooms will be able to start trading again in England from 1 June - so long as they keep customers safe. All other non-essential retailers - including shops selling clothes, shoes, toys, furniture, books, and electronics, plus tailors, auction houses, photography studios, and indoor markets - can follow suit two weeks later, from 15 June. Image: Shops have been told to carry out a risk assessment in consultation with workers Employers will face "spot checks" to make sure they are implementing social dist...
BoB says 65% customers opted for moratorium

BoB says 65% customers opted for moratorium

Finance
Mumbai: About 65% of Bank of Baroda (BoB) customers have opted to take the moratorium offered by the bank following a Reserve Bank of India (RBI) directive, CEO Sanjiv Chadha said in a conference call with journalists. "We have offered the moratorium to all borrowers and those who don't want it have to opt out. So those who are not paying are automatically considered for the scheme. Our calculations show that about 65% of borrowers have opted for it," Chadha said. BoB's numbers are higher than some peer banks like State Bank of India (SBI) which had said that only 20% of its borrowers had opted for the moratorium. Chadha however said he expects the nunbers to come down. "We expect that number to come down as the lockdown eases and cash flows improve," Chadha said. Some customers will come...
Piers Morgan’s lockdown behaviour ‘irresponsible and disgusting’, Lord Sugar says

Piers Morgan’s lockdown behaviour ‘irresponsible and disgusting’, Lord Sugar says

Entertainment
Lord Alan Sugar has accused Piers Morgan of "scaremongering" during the coronavirus pandemic, calling his behaviour "disgusting".Speaking to Sarah-Jane Mee on her new Sky News podcast In This Together, The Apprentice star said: "He's just gone completely over the top and in the early stages of [the COVID-19 pandemic] scaremongering, and his constant hammering of the government is absolutely irresponsible and disgusting to be honest." Image: Lord Sugar appeared on Piers Morgan's Life Stories When asked by Mee whether their friendship was beyond repair, Lord Sugar said: "I basically don't care really, to be perfectly frank. I think he's enjoyed it, enjoyed trying to make a name for himself."When this is all over who knows. Do I care? N...