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‘I have put everything into my winery’

However, Mr Steyn cautions that with South Africa now approaching its quieter winter trade trading season, plus ongoing uncertainly around the pandemic, the challenges are not over yet. For example, while you can still buy alcohol in restaurants and bars over the...

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Why April is a big month for your finances

The City regulator, the Financial Conduct Authority, said that mortgage lenders could now enforce repossessions of homes from borrowers unable to make repayments. These were paused during the Covid lockdowns. Despite the restart, lenders must adhere to strict guidance...

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Minimum wage rises for two million workers

This rise in the legal minimum wage will be welcome news, particularly as most households across the UK are also seeing their bills going up from the start of April. Planned price rises kick in for gas and electricity, council tax, water charges, the license fee, TV...

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Biden to unveil spending plan worth trillions

Joe Biden could have gone in a number of different policy directions after narrowly getting his covid pandemic aid package through Congress. That he opted to push for an infrastructure bill, rather upping the pressure for gun control, voting rights, immigration, the...

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AstraZeneca vaccine – was it really worth it?

Astra has become a political football in a European blame game. One minute his compatriot, the French President Emmanuel Macron, is describing the vaccine as "quasi-ineffective", and the next, President Macron is volunteering to have the jab himself and backing a move...

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How bees and drones team up to find landmines

That's where the drones come in. A team from Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia have come up with a way of using drones to monitor the bees while they work. The unmanned aerial vehicles fly around, capturing footage of the insects, which is later analysed by computers...

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Historic Amazon union drive set to conclude

If it loses, it would be forced to enter formal negotiations with representatives from the Retail Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU) over a contract for nearly 6,000 staff at the warehouse, located just outside Birmingham, a city in the north central region...

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Liberty Steel bailout plea turned down

"The financial structure and the tie in to the Greensill administration is very complex so I'm not surprised by this but, as we've been calling for two or three weeks now, the government really does need to lay out a plan B for what it is going to do to support...

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The Suez Canal blockage explored in numbers

"The rudder was not moving and it is now moving, the propeller is working now, there was no water underneath the bow, and now there is water under it, and yesterday there was a 4m (13ft) deviation in the bow and the stern," SCA's chairman General Osama Rabie told...

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BBC reporter records phone call with fraudster

BBC Radio 4 Money Box reporter Dan Whitworth was phoned by a fraudster and managed to record the call.The National Crime Agency says there's been "an explosion" in this type of impersonation fraud - when criminals spoof phone numbers to make it look like they're...

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Retail sales stage partial recovery in February

Jonathan Athow, ONS deputy national statistician for economic statistics, said anecdotal evidence from retailers suggested people had been spending on home improvements and on outdoor furniture, as people prepared for lockdown easing, which will allow gatherings in...

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Santander to close more than 100 branches

"Branch usage by customers has fallen considerably over recent years so we have made the difficult decision to consolidate our presence in areas where we have multiple branches relatively close together," said Adam Bishop, head of branches at Santander.

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New Alan Turing £50 note design is revealed

However, campaigners are still questioning how much the Bank's collection of banknotes represents society. Three feature men - Winston Churchill on the £5 note, JMW Turner on the £20 note, and soon Alan Turing on the £50 note. Only the £10 note, with the portrait of...

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