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Ryanair says refunds to take up to six months as it axes jobs

Ryanair says refunds to take up to six months as it axes jobs

Business
Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary has said it will take up to six months to refund passengers for flights cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic.He told the BBC the airline was struggling to process a backlog of 25 million refunds with reduced staff.However, he pledged: "If you want a cash refund, you will receive a cash refund."Ryanair is set to cut 3,000 jobs - 15% of its workforce - as it restructures to cope with the coronavirus crisis.It said the 3,000 posts under threat were mainly pilot and cabin crew jobs.There are likely to be pay cuts of up to 20% for remaining staff, the airline added.Mr O'Leary told the BBC that the planned cuts were "the minimum that we need just to survive the next 12 months". He said that if a va...
Morrisons supermarket axes 3,000 managers in huge shake-up

Morrisons supermarket axes 3,000 managers in huge shake-up

Business
Morrisons is axing 3,000 management roles as part of a huge restructuring to create more shop floor jobs.The firm says it is also creating 7,000 new hourly-paid roles at its 500 stores, meaning a net 4,000 new posts.The new jobs will be in customer-facing roles, such as more butchers, bakers, fishmongers, the supermarket said.Morrisons said the new roles will be a mixture of part and full time posts, but declined to reveal how the numbers will be split.Managers will be able to move to the new jobs, with the firm saying there will be roles "for everybody who wants to continue to work at Morrisons".David Lepley, Morrisons group retail director, said: "Whilst there will be a short period of uncertainty for some managers affected by these proposals we will be...
YouTube axes comments on kids videos over paedophile fears

YouTube axes comments on kids videos over paedophile fears

Technology
By Emily Mee, news reporter YouTube will disable comments on videos featuring children, after a vlogger alleged he had found instances of paedophiles targeting videos of young girls on the site.The video-sharing platform said it had suspended comments on tens of millions of videos over the past week which "could be at risk of attracting predatory behaviour". US-based vlogger Matt Watson, who runs the channel MattsWhatItIs, claimed he had discovered a "wormhole" into a "soft-core paedophile ring".In a video posted to the platform, he said paedophiles were providing links to child pornography, sharing contact details and trading unlisted videos in the comment sections underneath videos.Many of the videos being targeted are "innocuous" and legal, showing chi...
BBC axes Film programme after 48 years

BBC axes Film programme after 48 years

Entertainment
The BBC has axed its long-running Film programme after 48 years. The broadcaster says 2018 will be the final year of the show, which has been hosted in the past by Barry Norman, Jonathan Ross and Claudia Winkleman.A new-look programme is set to replace Film but the details have not yet been confirmed by the corporation.A spokeswoman for the broadcaster said: "We are constantly looking at how we present the arts to ensure we are serving all audiences in the best way possible."In 2019 we will be creating an enhanced offer for lovers of film both on television and online which will be a more consistent approach across the year and will replace the Film Show. Image: Barry Norman hosted the BBC's Film show for 26 years ...
Spotify axes R Kelly from playlists amid backlash

Spotify axes R Kelly from playlists amid backlash

Technology
R&B singer R Kelly's music will no longer feature on Spotify's curated playlists under the streaming service's new policy on hate content and hateful conduct. On Thursday, the music app said it would no longer promote the I Believe I Can Fly singer's songs in its editorial or algorithmic playlists.It comes following a string of sexual misconduct allegations against the 51-year-old, who has strongly denied any wrongdoing.Spotify told Billboard: "We are removing R Kelly's music from all Spotify owned and operated playlists and algorithmic recommendations such as Discover Weekly."His music will still be available on the service, but Spotify will not actively promote it."We don't censor content because of an artist's or creator's behavior, but we want our editorial decisions - ...