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Coronavirus: UK service sector activity plummets at record pace

Coronavirus: UK service sector activity plummets at record pace

Business
A widely watched economic survey shows the country's dominant service sector all but stalled in April.Widespread business shutdowns in response to the coronavirus resulted in the sharpest decline since data collection began.Around 79% of UK service providers, such as restaurants, reported a fall in business activity.The Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) showed a record-low reading of just 13.4 in April, down from 34.5 in March.Prior to the last two months, the survey's record low stood at 40.1 in November 2008, the period of the credit crisis.Readings below 50 indicate contraction.Purchasing managers - senior employees in businesses who keep across what is happening to a company's orders and its supplies - see before anyone else if activity is slowing.The ...
Boeing nabs $75.1M for Super Hornet service life modification

Boeing nabs $75.1M for Super Hornet service life modification

Business
April 24 (UPI) -- Boeing received a $ 75.1 million contract Friday to support the F/A-18E-F Super Hornet service life modification program, according to the Pentagon. Under the contract Boeing will provide engineering services to extend the aircraft's service life beyond the original design of 6,000 flight hours. In February Boeing delivered the first Super Hornet modified under the Service Life Modification program. The SLM upgrades are expected to extend each aircraft's service life from 6,000 to 7,500 flight hours, with future modification plans that may extend it to 10,000 flight hours. According to Boeing, there are now 15 Super Hornets in the SLM program on production lines in St. Louis and San Antonio. Earlier this month General Electric was awarded $ 51.5 million to provide engin...
British PM’s praise for health service could boost its cause

British PM’s praise for health service could boost its cause

World
LONDON -- His skin pale and his eyes hooded from a week in the hospital with the coronavirus, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson looked into the camera and paid tribute to the two nurses who never left his bedside for 48 hours, a time when his fight to survive "could have gone either way.″ Jenny McGee from New Zealand and Luis Pitarma from Portugal, he said, embodied the caring and sacrifice of National Health Service staff on the front lines of the pandemic, which has already killed 11,329 people in Britain. “The reason, in the end, my body did start to get enough oxygen was because, for every second of the night, they were watching and they were thinking and they were caring and making the interventions I needed,” he said in an address to the nation Sunday. “So that is also how I know
NHS staff urged to help service tackle climate change

NHS staff urged to help service tackle climate change

Health
NHS staff are being encouraged to drive to work less and bring in reusable cups and bottles to help the health service tackle climate change.The suggestions are part of an NHS plan to cut carbon emissions to net zero and reduce air pollution. Hospitals will also be told to switch to less-polluting anaesthetic gases and reduce emissions from buildings.The plan follows the launch of Climate Assembly UK this week, which is looking at how the UK can best get to net zero.The government has committed to the UK reaching the target - where the same volume of greenhouse gases is being emitted as is being absorbed through offsetting techniques like forestry - by 2050. Are there too many people on Earth... and other questions Climate change: Where we are in seven ch...
Travelex: Banks halt currency service after cyber-attack

Travelex: Banks halt currency service after cyber-attack

Business
A number of High Street banks have stopped customers ordering foreign currency, following a ransomware cyber-attack on Travelex.Problems at Lloyds, Barclays and Royal Bank of Scotland follow disruption at supermarkets Sainsbury's and Tesco.All get their foreign notes from Travelex, whose computer system is down after hackers demanded $ 6m (£4.6m) in return for customer data.Travelex says there is no evidence customer data has been compromised.However, Travelex cashiers have been resorting to using pen and paper to keep money moving at cash desks in airports and on the High Streets.And banks are now reporting their supply of notes from Travelex has dried up following the cyber-attack, which struck last week.An RBS representative said: "We are currently una