‘Level up’ the country by scrapping benefits cut and backing pay rises, Boris Johnson told

Boris Johnson is being urged to “level up” Britain by backing pay rises for workers, scrapping his proposed cut in Universal Credit and tackling child poverty. The challenge comes from TUC leader Frances O’Grady in a call to the government to protect workers from further pandemics, climate change and the

Catch up: Millions to receive stimulus payments next week.

Some of the most vulnerable Americans still haven’t received their stimulus checks, but millions of them who receive federal benefits should get their payments next week, according to the Internal Revenue Service. People who receive benefits from Social Security, Supplemental Security Income, the Railroad Retirement Board and Veterans Affairs —

Denver auto thefts up 145% this year with more than 2,300 stolen

Automobile thefts are up in Denver this year, over the same time period as last year, by a whopping 145%. From Jan. 1 to March 15, about 2,345 vehicles were reported stolen in Denver, police said in a Thursday news release. That number compares to 956 stolen last year during

Denver weather: Up to 6 more inches of snow possible Sunday as storm settles in over Colorado

Denver could see up to 6 more inches of snow Sunday as the winter storm settles in over the metro. The slow-moving system already dumped about 6 inches Saturday in some parts of the city, while northern Colorado’s totals are already in the double digits. The storm is expected to

UK inflation up by 0.7% on back of rising food prices

UK inflation rose last month pushed by higher food prices and less discounting on household goods, official figures show. The Consumer Prices Index (CPI) increased to 0.7% in January from 0.6% in December, according to the Office for National Statistics. The figure was ahead of analyst forecasts, with many economists

Shell to cut up to 9,000 jobs as oil demand slumps

Royal Dutch Shell has said it plans to cut 7,000 to 9,000 jobs as it responds to challenges including the slump in oil demand amid the Covid-19 pandemic. The oil giant said the cuts would be implemented by 2022 and included 1,500 people who were taking voluntary redundancy. It gave

Could churches double up as bank branches?

A financial hub in a Methodist church and drop-and-go deposit points for small firms are among ideas being tested in cash-stricken communities. Local people will also have access to cashback from convenience stores – even if they do no shopping. Eight trials have been confirmed as part of a project

Venice test brings up floodgates for first time

For the first time a system of 78 mobile floodgates has been tested in Venice, after years beset by delays and corruption. The 1.5km (one-mile) Mose system of yellow dams was a “powerful project that has taken years to complete”, said Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte. Venice was hit by the

Growing up, interrupted

We’re living in unusual times – and it can be a particularly strange time to be a teenager. The coronavirus pandemic hasn’t just led to classes and holidays being cancelled – it has also made it harder to mark the moments you come of age, whether in a religious ceremony,