Rural vacuum for getting hold of cash

People living in rural areas are having to travel further to find somewhere to withdraw and deposit cash free of charge, says the City regulator. Almost every urban resident has access to a bank, building society, post office or ATM within 2km of home, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) said. This drops to three-quarters […]

Government rules out extending list of workers exempt from self-isolation

Ministers have ruled out extending the list of workers who are exempt from self-isolation rules and warned that the August 16 date for lifting quarantine for double-vaccinated people could be delayed. George Eustice, the environment secretary, said he recognised the “stress” that staff shortages were causing for businesses after a record 618,903 people were […]

House to adopt Senate version of POGO tax bill, Salceda says

Philippine-based companies that offer online gambling services to offshore markets, such as China, fueled office market growth in the country last year. — REUTERS The House of Representatives will adopt the Senate’s version of the proposed measure taxing Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGO), a key lawmaker said on Friday. “The House leadership, at my recommendation, […]

Duterte tightens quarantine over NCR because of Delta variant

PHILIPPINE STAR/ MICHAEL VARCAS President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Friday approved the recommendation of his pandemic task force to enforce stricter quarantine rules in Manila, the capital, and nearby cities amid the threat of the more contagious coronavirus variant that is ravaging Southeast Asian countries, according to the presidential palace. The National Capital Region (NCR) […]

37% optimistic their quality of life will improve — SWS poll Thirty-seven percent of Filipinos are optimistic that their lives will improve over the next 12 months, a non-commissioned survey shows. Of the 1,200 respondents in Social Weather Stations’ (SWS) June 23-26 poll, 37% percent saying their quality-of-life will improve (termed by SWS as “Optimists”), while 7% said it will worsen (“Pessimists”). Fourty-two percent said […]

Consumer groups file complaint alleging negligence against Energy Secretary

Energy Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi — PHILSTAR Six electricity consumers on Friday filed a complaint with the Ombudsman against Department of Energy (DoE) Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi, alleging that the government official has neglected his duties. “In his five years in office, Respondent Cusi has not issued a single policy to curb the yearly unplanned […]

Opposition coalition to name 2022 polls bets by late September Opposition coalition 1Sambayan on Friday said it may only name its official candidates for next year’s elections by late September, saying the party is still focused on its expansion activities. More than three months since it was launched, the coalition is “still in the process of accepting nominations,” retired justice Antonio T. Carpio, a […]

5 scammers arrested in joint NBI-SEC-ARTA operations

Five people who are believed to be involved in a scam that milked millions of pesos from its victims, were arrested in an entrapment operation in Quezon City on July 21. The operation was jointly launched by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and the Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA). […]

PSG to enforce strict health rules during Duterte’s last SONA

The President’s security force said on Friday that it is all set to handle the last State the Nation Address (SONA) of President Rodrigo R. Duterte, saying stricter rules would be enforced during the annual activity. The Presidential Security Guard (PSG) said that it had created a task force as early as May “for early […]

Gym King secures multi-million-pound investment from JD Sports Fashion PLC

Gym King, one of the UK’s fastest growing lifestyle performance brands, has secured a multi-million-pound investment from FTSE 100 listed JD Sports. The investment will see JD take a significant minority stake in the business. This strategic partnership is designed to fast track growth and international expansion, specifically into the USA, Europe and Asia […]