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News: Celebrity Silhouette extends UK summer season

Celebrity Cruises is extending its UK summer sailings onboard Celebrity Silhouette.

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The line has announced three new itineraries, all of which are available to book now.

Departing from her homeport in Southampton, Celebrity Silhouette will be embarking on three additional seven- and nine-day itineraries around the breath-taking British coastline on September 4th, 11th and 18th.

The ship will visit Dover, Belfast, Portland, Southampton, Kirkwall, Inverness and Liverpool.

Celebrity Silhouette began her UK summer season on July 3rd, welcoming fully vaccinated British guests for the first time in over 15 months and showing off her bow-to-stern revitalisation.

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UK holidays: Haven extends park openings until November – deals as low as £61

Though the family caravan staycation provider usually closes its parks at the end of October half term, this year it is set to remain open for an extra two weeks at select locations.

This includes the likes of Dorset and Devon which have both been sought after holiday hotspots this year.

The 11 parks remaining open until November 15 include Berwick, Caister-on-Sea, Combe Haven, Devon Cliffs, Golden Sands, Hafan y More, Kiln Park, Marton Mere, Primrose Valley, Seton Sands and Weymouth Bay.

Though demand has seen holiday prices at various accommodation across the UK surge, the good news is Haven’s extended opening dates also bring with them some impressive deals.

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Self-employed to be hit as Boris Johnsons extends lockdown – new 'stimulus package' urged

Self-employed workers have been hit particularly hard by the pandemic, but new employment figures released from the ONS showed freelancers may be recovering from the effects of coronavirus. According to the ONS, the total number of freelancers in March had risen by 21,000 compared to the previous month.

This is the second consecutive month-on-month increase in self-employed numbers since the beginning of the pandemic.

However, IPSE warned there are still 500,000 fewer freelancers now than there were in the same period last year.

Andy Chamberlain, the Director of Policy at IPSE, commented on this and reflected on the additional challenges the self-employed may face in light of the recent lockdown extension.

He said: “The data this morning shows clear and welcome signs the self-employed sector is finally moving in the right direction.

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“Although overall numbers are still down by over 500,000 compared to the same time last year, we have now seen the second month-on-month increase in the number of self-employed since the beginning of the pandemic.

“The halt to the roadmap announced yesterday, however, may be a blow to this progress, and we continue to urge the Government to introduce a sectoral support and stimulus package to protect affected sectors such as events and the creative industry – and also give them the boost they need to get back on their feet once the economy fully re-opens.”

Yesterday, Boris Johnson announced there would be a short extension to reopening the economy in the face of new coronavirus variants.

This was undoubtedly disheartening for the British public but the Prime Minister assured it should be the last extension of its kind as the Government ramps up its vaccine commitments.

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As he detailed: “By Monday 19 July we will aim to have double jabbed around two thirds of the adult population including everyone over 50, all the vulnerable, all the frontline health and care workers and everyone over 40 who received their first dose by mid-May. And to do this we will now accelerate the 2nd jabs for those over 40 – just as we did for the vulnerable groups – so they get maximum protection as fast as possible.

“And we will bring forward our target to give every adult in this country a first dose by 19th July that is including young people over the age of 18 with 23 and 24 year olds invited to book jabs from tomorrow – so we reduce the risk of transmission among groups that mix the most. And to give the NHS that extra time we will hold off step four openings until July 19 except for weddings that can still go ahead with more than 30 guests provided social distancing remains in place and the same will apply to wakes.

“And we will continue the pilot events – such as Euro2020 and some theatrical performances. We will monitor the position every day and if after two weeks we have concluded that the risk has diminished then we reserve the possibility of proceeding to Step fout and full opening sooner.

“As things stand – and on the basis of the evidence I can see right now – I am confident we will not need any more than four weeks and we won’t need to go beyond July 19. It is unmistakably clear the vaccines are working and the sheer scale of the vaccine roll-out has made our position incomparably better than in previous waves.”

For self-employed workers who are still being hit by the pandemic, it is possible to receive continued support through SEISS.

A fifth set of grants, covering May to September 2021, will be open to claims from late July onwards.

These grants, as with the ones that came before them, will be taxable and paid out in a single instalment.

The Government details guidance for claiming these grants will be available by the end of June.

To be eligible for the fifth set of grants, a person must be a self-employed individual or a member of a partnership.

They must also have traded throughout the 2019 to 2021 tax years.

Claimants must also either:

  • Be currently trading but are impacted by reduced demand due to coronavirus
  • Have been trading but are temporarily unable to do so due to coronavirus

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Samsung extends deadline before it will DELETE your photos, videos and files

The latter is only available until August 12, 2021. After that, you’ll only be able to download your files to local storage until Samsung Cloud completes shuts down on September 30, 2021. When that happens, Samsung will remove everything stored on Samsung Cloud by users.

In other words, if you haven’t switched your back up from Samsung Cloud to OneDrive by August 1, or downloaded all of files to another machine by September 30, then any photographs, videos, or documents will be deleted by Samsung.

Confirming the three-month extension to the initial deadline, Samsung wrote in an email to customers with data locked away in its Samsung Cloud service, “To make sure we provide our customers with enough time to migrate or download their data, we have decided to postpone the final end of features date by an extra 3 months from the originally announced date.”

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Wall Street extends slide on rising inflation fears

Wall Street extends slide on rising inflation fears© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: The front facade of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) is seen in New York City, U.S., May 4, 2021. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Wall Street slid on Wednesday as inflation data blew past expectations and further stoked jitters over the prospect of the Fed raising rates sooner than anticipated.

All three major U.S. stock indexes were deep in negative territory in the wake of the Labor Department’s April consumer prices report, which showed the biggest rise in nearly 12 years.

The report, which measures the prices U.S. consumers pay for a basket of goods, was hotly anticipated by market participants who have grown increasingly worried over whether current price jumps will defy the U.S. Federal Reserve’s reassurances by morphing into long-term inflation.

But pent-up demand from consumers flush with stimulus and savings is colliding with a supply drought, sending commodity prices spiking, while a labor shortage drives wages higher.

“The argument is whether this bout of inflation is transitory or here to stay,” said Peter Tuz, president of Chase Investment Counsel in Charlottesville, Virginia. “I think it’s here to stay until you see labor costs and commodity costs mitigate some,” Tuz added. (Graphic on inflation) https://tmsnrt.rs/3we4MO7

The fell 478.89 points, or 1.4%, to 33,790.27, the lost 71.27 points, or 1.72%, to 4,080.83 and the dropped 305.72 points, or 2.28%, to 13,083.70.

Of the 11 major sectors in the S&P 500, 10 were in negative territory, with tech down most.

Energy was the sole gainer, advancing 1.4%, boosted by rising crude prices. [O/R]

U.S. Treasury yields climbed following the consumer prices report, which helped shield rate-sensitive banking stocks from the broader sell-off.

The , a gauge of market anxiety, appeared set to close at its highest level since March 4.

Market-leading mega-caps, including Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:), Amazon.com Inc (NASDAQ:), Apple Inc (NASDAQ:), Alphabet (NASDAQ:) Inc, Microsoft Corp (NASDAQ:) and Tesla (NASDAQ:) Inc, fell between 1.6% and 2.9% as investors shied away from what many feel are inflated valuations.

Bumble Inc slipped 7.5% ahead of the online dating platform’s first-quarter results expected after the closing bell.

First-quarter earnings season is on the wane, with 456 constituents of the S&P 500 having reported. Of those, 86.8% have beaten consensus estimates, according to Refinitiv IBES.

Declining issues outnumbered advancing ones on the NYSE by a 3.81-to-1 ratio; on Nasdaq, a 2.22-to-1 ratio favored decliners.

The S&P 500 posted eight new 52-week highs and no new lows; the Nasdaq Composite recorded 30 new highs and 85 new lows.

By Stephen Culp

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Turkey: FCDO issues warning as country ‘extends lockdown’ rules – ‘green list' concerns

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Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan made the decision to re-enter a three-week lockdown on Monday, with the national curfew extended until May 17. In line with this, the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) has issued an updated warning for Britons already in the country or those hoping to travel in the future.

“An extended curfew will begin at 7pm on Thursday April 29 and last until 5am on Monday May 17.”

Turkish residents are being asked to stay at home during this time, with schools closed and restaurants only permitted to offer delivery serviced.

“During this time, other than a few exceptions, intercity travel will not be permitted by private vehicle during curfew hours if you are a Turkish citizen or a resident of Turkey.

“Travel by public transport is only possible with a travel permit, issued in exceptional circumstances including, but not limited to, attending the funeral of a family member, or travelling to the hospital for medical treatment.

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“Turkish citizens and residents can apply for travel permits through e-devlet or by calling ALO 199.

“Public transport will be limited to 50 percent capacity, with no standing passengers allowed.”

However, the FCDO explains “restrictions do not apply to those visiting for tourism.” This could be the case moving forward should Turkey continue to impose rules for citizens in the future.

“[Tourists] can freely tour with their passports, visit museums and archaeological sites. Being a tourist is advantageous in Turkey,” Nuri Ersoy said.

However, the extended lockdown might be concerning for those who had their hopes pinned on Turkey making it onto the “green list”.

According to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) over the last 14 days cumulative Turkey has recorded 781,397 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

By comparison, the UK has recorded 28,432 during the same time.

Whether or not this latest lockdown update will impact Turkey’s chances of being included on the “green” or “amber” lists remains uncertain.

The Department for Transport has said it is “too early to predict which countries will be on which list over the summer”.

Analysis carried out by Robert Boyle, former strategy chief at BA and its owner IAG identified eight nations that could be on the green list based on the UK Government’s four “risk” criteria for travel.

Though the US, Iceland and Malta were included, Turkey did not make it onto his predicted list.

While Britons are currently not permitted to travel to Turkey for leisure purposes, those travelling for “essential” reasons can fly directly to the country.

Passengers must follow coronavirus regulations in place.

“Direct flights between UK and Turkey are currently operating,” explains the FCDO.

“Before boarding, all passengers aged six years and above will be required to show a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to departure.

“There is currently no requirement to self-isolate once in Turkey.”

Call of Duty Warzone server queue update as live Nuke Event extends to Rebirth Island

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UPDATE: Today’s Warzone server queue issues are expected to continue on and off following developers Raven Software releasing a new patch to help with issues.

According to the latest COD news, The Destruction of Verdansk Playlist will continue until 11pm BST, while the new Rebirth Island experience will be available until the next Warzone update is released.

This is scheduled to happen at 5am BST, on Thursday, April 22. The event list now reads:

  • 2P PT: Seek safety from Verdansk on Rebirth Island
  • 9P PT: Update your comms (console) and investigate Rebirth Island
  • 12:00P (4.22) PT: Return tomorrow to Rebirth for updated instructions

ORIGINAL: The good news is that while Warzone server queues are back, gamers are reporting getting through them pretty quickly.

And for those who have been receiving server errors, the current advice is to back out and start again.

As ever, these issues could continue for some time as everyone tries to access Warzone servers.

This is part of the new Nuke Event, which is now live in-game and available across all platforms. However, some gamers are also reporting problems staying in the event, which starts with dropping and finding a Juggernaut suit.

A message from Activision adds: “Operators, The above quote should ring true for us today, as in less than an hour, you will be launching the most massive coordinated effort that Operation Rapid Sunder has ever seen.

“Over the past year of our Operation, we had our differences and disputes. Over the past year of our Operation, we made errors and even lost some objectives. Indeed, over the past year of our Operation, there were even some “friendly fire” incidents.

“But this is the same task force that infiltrated Verdansk day in and day out, whether it be on the brightest days or the cover of night. This is the same task force that swayed the mercenary Shadow Company from our enemies to our fellow Operators. This is the same task force that overcame the nightmares of October 2020.

“And this is the task force that saved the world from evil once before. It’s time to do it again.

“To the Operators active in Verdansk, we must honor the spirits of our fallen squadmates and bring them justice, no matter what host these parasites have taken over.”

British Airways extends suspension of short-haul Gatwick flights – cancellation updates

British Airways[1] (BA) made the decision to suspend some operations out of [2] due to a major drop in foot traffic amid the coronavirus [3] restrictions. The airline has since confirmed that it will continue the pause of short-haul services from the airport until the end of October.
During this time, the majority of its short-haul services which would normally operate out of Gatwick will instead depart from Heathrow.

However, it will continue to operate some long-haul flights from Gatwick, as well as a domestic service to Glasgow.

In a statement, the airline explained: “Until the end of October, most of our short-haul flights will continue to operate from Heathrow.

“This enables us to ensure a smooth, uninterrupted, and efficient operation across our business at a time when demand is yet to return and international travel restrictions remain in place.

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A BA spokesperson told Express.co.uk: “All affected customers will be contacted and offered a refund.”

In a statement, the travel provider added: “If we cannot fulfil a holiday, we’re committed to ensuring customers receive a full refund within 14 days.

“Customers who are unable to travel, or choose not to, can continue to change their holiday without a change fee, or request a voucher for future use.”

Amid the ongoing uncertainty of travel restrictions, BA has introduced a “Protection Promise” which aims to provide customers with more “flexibility”.

“Our book with confidence commitment means you have the option to change your booking date and destination or even cancel it completely,” explains the airline’s website.

For bookings made on or after March 3, 2020, for journeys that are due to have been completed by April 30, 2022, customers have the option to change their booking or cancel their booking in exchange for a voucher for future travel.

In a boost for holidays, the airline has also recently unveiled its April flight and holiday sale.

The impressive deals could see passengers snapping up return flights to the US from £329.

Return flights are on offer to New York from £329, meanwhile Miami flights start at £339.

Flights to San Francisco and Los Angeles are also on sale from £348.

Deals also span Antigua, St Lucia, Tel Aviv and Dubai.

The airline is also boasting an array of package deals, including flights and hotels from as little as £199 per person.

Popular European hotspots including Malaga, Faro and Majorca are up for grabs.

References

  1. ^ British Airways (www.express.co.uk)
  2. ^ (www.express.co.uk)
  3. ^ (www.express.co.uk)
  4. ^ Cabin crew secrets: Why you should never lean against plane windows (www.express.co.uk)

Bitcoin rally extends into fifth day as major players voice support for cryptocurrency

The world’s top digital asset, bitcoin, continued to rally on Wednesday, pushing above $ 56,000. The surge comes as major pullback in US government-bond yields sparks demand for risky assets like cryptocurrencies.

Bitcoin was trading at $ 56,166 at 2:46pm GMT, marking a day-by-day gain of more than three percent, according to CoinDesk.

The cryptocurrency climbed for the fifth straight day on Wednesday, hitting a record high over the past month as support keeps on building among major financial institutions and corporate giants.
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“Bitcoin is recovering after having logged a short-term oversold reading in late February above its rising 10-week moving average,” Katie Stockton, a technical analyst for Fairlead Strategies, wrote in her newsletter, seen by CoinDesk.

“Short-term momentum is positive and there is room to initial and final resistance near $ 58,000,” the analyst added.

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Spain extends ban on British travellers once again – latest FCDO travel advice

The UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) updated its travel advice today.

“On 22 December 2020, Spain introduced travel restrictions on passenger travel from the UK by air and sea,” the FCDO said.

“These measures have been extended until 6pm (GMT+1) on 30 March 2021 (5pm / GMT in the Canary Islands), with the exception of Spanish and Andorran nationals and those legally resident in Spain or Andorra.”

Despite this blow to Spain travel, it follows an announcement from the Spanish Minister of Industry, Trade and Tourism that holidaymakers will be allowed back to the country in May.

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