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Nathan Evans’ sea shanty Wellerman goes to number one in UK chart

Nathan Evans’ sea shanty Wellerman goes to number one in UK chart

Entertainment
Official Charts CompanyScottish postman-turned-social media sensation Nathan Evans has reached number one in the UK charts with his version of a 19th Century sea shanty.Evans first found fame on TikTok by singing traditional seafaring songs, before being offered a record deal and giving up his day job.A pop remix of one song, Wellerman, has spent seven weeks in the top three but has now finally reached the top spot."We've done it! Unbelievable, I'm speechless," he said."Everybody's support has been absolutely fantastic, thank you each and every one of you. We made it!"His rise to number one comes after an appearance on Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway last weekend.Wellerman was thought to have been written by New Zealand whalers about an employee of the Weller Brothers shipping compan...
Corporate lenders vs taxman: Round one of bankruptcy bout goes to the lenders

Corporate lenders vs taxman: Round one of bankruptcy bout goes to the lenders

Finance
Administrators selling off bankrupt companies, or their assets piecemeal, need not worry about claims from the income tax authorities. In the pecking order on recoveries, the taxman ranks below the lenders, says a ruling by the National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT). The ruling is set to give comfort to lenders looking to recover money without having to worry about the tax implications. Liquidators at S.Kumars had dragged the income tax department to NCLAT after they sold off some of the assets of the company to UPL limited for Rs 43 crore. The tax department was of the view that 1% tax must be paid (tax deducted at source) in this transaction. The liquidator on the other hand contested that in the “waterfall mechanism”, the tax department cannot supersede corporate lenders. “W...
The Latest: German area goes into de-facto virus lockdown

The Latest: German area goes into de-facto virus lockdown

Health
BERLIN — A second German district has gone into a de-facto lockdown as new coronavirus infections surge in the country and across Europe.The restrictions in Bavaria’s Rottal-Inn county, on the border with Austria, began Tuesday, news agency dpa reported. Rottal-Inn follows Berchtesgaden, another Bavarian county in Germany’s southeastern corner, which introduced similar restrictions last week.Schools and kindergartens will be closed and events canceled, and people told not to leave their homes without good reason.Rottal-Inn has recorded well over 200 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants over the past seven days. In Germany, measures are required once new infections top the 50 per 100,000 mark.On Tuesday, the country’s national disease control center reported 11,409 new infections. Another...
Nobel Peace Prize goes to UN World Food Programme

Nobel Peace Prize goes to UN World Food Programme

World
The 2020 Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) for its efforts to combat hunger. The Norwegian Nobel Committee said the WFP had acted "as a driving force in efforts to prevent the use of hunger as a weapon of war and conflict". The prize is worth 10m Swedish krona ($ 1.1m; £872,600).The WFP, the 101st winner of the prize, said it was "deeply humbled"."This is in recognition of the work of WFP staff who put their lives on the line every day to bring food and assistance to more than 100 million hungry children, women and men across the world," it said on Twitter. WFP head David Beasley told the Associated Press news agency it was "the first time in my life I've been without words". Yem...
Nobel Prize for Medicine goes to Hepatitis C discovery

Nobel Prize for Medicine goes to Hepatitis C discovery

Health
Three scientists who discovered the virus Hepatitis C have won the 2020 Nobel Prize in Medicine or Physiology.The winners are British scientist Michael Houghton and US researchers Harvey Alter and Charles Rice.The Nobel Prize committee said their discoveries ultimately "saved millions of lives".The virus is a common cause of liver cancer and a major reason why people need a liver transplant. In the 1960s, there was huge concern that people receiving donated blood were getting chronic hepatitis (liver inflammation) from an unknown, mysterious disease.The Nobel Prize committee said a blood transfusion at the time was like "Russian roulette".Highly sensitive blood tests mean such cases have now been eliminated in many parts of the world, and effective anti-v...