LLOYDS BANK has introduced a vital technique to help Britons avoid contactless card fraud. It comes as the new, higher £100 limit on payments is set to be introduced in October. While the change will offer Britons ease of payment, many are worried they could be at the behest of criminals seeking to exploit their finances.
It comes after the tragic loss of contestants from different series, Sophie Gradon and Mike Thalassitis, who both took their own lives.
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Longstanding Love Island presenter and nation’s sweetheart Caroline Flack also died in February 2020 after taking her own life.
ITV were questioned for their treatment of the people involved with the show.
Producers have now introduced duty of care protocols for each contestant entering the villa to protect their mental health.
The channel announced their welfare plans on Wednesday.
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They said: “Ahead of the forthcoming seventh series of ITV2’s Love Island, ITV today published details of its duty of care protocols, with detailed welfare plans in place to support participants before, during and filming.”
They stated that the process for all contributors involved in the show includes:
Comprehensive psychological support
Training for all islanders on the impacts of social media and handling potential negativity
Training for all Islanders on financial management
The aftercare package includes:
Bespoke training on dealing with social media and advice on finance and adjusting to life back home
A minimum of eight therapy sessions will be offered to each Islander when they return home
Proactive contact with Islanders for a period of 14 months after the series in which they have appeared has ended, with additional help provided where applicable
What’s more, producers will will encourage Islanders to secure management to represent them after the show.
The full detail of the duty of care and welfare the show will be implementing can be found on the ITV website.
Brexit: Expert discusses UK’s ‘major advantages’ in trade
From July 1, customers will have to pay import charges on all goods entering Germany from countries outside of the continental trading bloc, following a plan from Brussels aimed at coming down hard on VAT fraud. But the move from Germany has added more fuel to the fire between the UK and European Union as post-Brexit tensions continue to intensify following Britain’s full and completed departure from the bloc on December 31. A UK-based SME selling music records has compared Brexit to “death by 1,000 cuts” because of the increasing number of restrictions they are continually faced with, and warned their trade with the EU is already plummeting.
The record seller told freight and logistics industry news website The Loadstar: “It leaves me in a Brexit limbo right now, where I am continuing to sell stuff direct, but only low-value, under €22.
“And it is now beginning to affect our sales, with the percentage of trade with the EU dropping from 25 percent to 17 percent.”
The SME believes conducting businesses through the likes of eBay and Amazon could cut through much of the Brexit trading red tape they are struggling with and offer a more straightforward route to market.
But the record seller warned this could also see costs surge.
Brexit news: Germany introduces tough new rules on U (Image: GETTY)
Brexit news: The VAT move from Germany has been attacked by small businesses in the UK (Image: GETTY)
James Sibley, head of international affairs at the Federation of Small Businesses, is hopeful the £20 million SME Brexit Support Fund could help avoid some of the financial and trading issues.
The SME Brexit Support Fund provides firms with £2,000 to help with training or professional advice if the business has up to 500 employees and no more than £100million annual turnover.
Mr Sibley is calling for UK and EU ministers to work together to minimise and trade barriers for smaller firms, warning the new VAT exemption “will hit a lot of firms hard”.
He told The Loadstar: “What we really need to see is policymakers on both sides of the Channel doing their utmost to minimise additional tariff and non-tariff barriers for the smallest firms as we try to get the global economy back on track.
Brexit news: Tensions between the UK and EU have intensified over recent weeks (Image: GETTY)
“Fundamentally though, firms are struggling with the new requirements that have arisen because of the EU-UK trade deal and ending the VAT exemption will hit a lot of firms hard.”
International courier DHL has warned customers of the upcoming VAT exemption changes but added some exceptions would remain in place.
The company, which delivers over 1.5billion parcels each year, said: “Customers will not have to pay import duties if the goods were ordered from an online marketplace already registered in the EU and pays the VAT due in an EU country (the so-called import one-stop shop solution (IOSS).
“If the value of the goods is so low that import VAT due is less than €1 – meaning the goods are worth no more than €5.23 – customs will waive the charges.”
Brexit news: The UK and EU signed a trade deal at the end of last year (Image: GETTY)
Brexit news: The value of imports coming into the UK from EU member states has plummeted (Image: GETTY)
DHL added for customers who fail to pay import charges in advance, it would pay these charges before collecting them from the recipient on delivery when it is picked up at a retail outlet, in addition to a VAT customs clearance fee of at least €6 also included.
The latest post-Brexit change comes after the latest figures from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) showed the value of goods imported from the EU has plunged.
In March 2019, imports from the remaining 27 EU member states totalled £25.2billion, compared with £17.8billion for the rest of the world.
But this year, EU imports have plummeted by nearly 30 percent to £18.9billion, while non-EU imports increased slightly by 2.1 percent to £19.3billion.
Brexit news: The key moments that led to the UK’s departure from the EU (Image: EXPRESS)
This first time the latter has outstripped the former since records began.
In a further blow for Brussels following Brexit, the figures, shared by Facts4EU, also reveals a huge year-on-year drop in the value of imports from the EU27.
During the first three months of 2019, more than half (55.9 percent) of all good imported into the UK came from the bloc’s 27 remaining member states.
But that has started to dip since then, to 52.9 percent in the same period last year and to 48.7 percent during the three month period in 2021.
Google is changing things up from June 1 and it could have a major impact on some users of its popular Gmail, Photos and Drive services. The new terms will basically allow the US technology firm to delete personal files stored on its servers without needing any permission to do so.
“We are writing to let you know that we recently announced new storage policies for Google Accounts using Gmail, Google Drive (including Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, Drawings, Forms, and Jamboard files) and/or Google Photos that bring us in line with industry practices,” Google explained in the email seen by Express.co.uk.
Now, for anyone who has endless private emails or family photos stored with Google, this all sounds pretty terrifying but hopefully, the impact should be minimal. Google has brought in these changes to enable it to do some serious spring cleaning when users stop using these services and don’t bother to inform the tech giant.
To combat this data problem Google is now giving users two years to log into their accounts. Anyone who stays away for more than 24 months could then see things disappearing with Google having the option to start removing content.
“If you’re inactive for 2 years (24 months) in Gmail, Drive or Photos, we may delete the content in the product(s) in which you’re inactive. If you exceed your storage limit for 2 years, we may delete your content across Gmail, Drive and Photos,” the firm said.
Users will get plenty of notice before their family snaps are sent to the rubbish bin with anyone affected receiving an email to inform them that their content could be removed so they should have plenty of time to get things in order.
It’s also worth noting that, although the changes come into effect from June 1, no content will be removed until at least June 1 2023.
This is because the new rules don’t come into force until June 2021 and users then have two years to comply. As always, every Google Account will continue to come with 15 GB of free storage across Gmail, Drive and Photos, which Google estimates should last the majority of its users several years.
Although this change might not please everyone there is better Google news coming later this month. Google CEO Sundar Pichai has told investors to expect some “significant product updates and announcements” during the Californian company’s developer conference. Google IO is scheduled to run between May 18-20 and it could be an exciting few days for fans of the US tech brand.
Asda has followed in the footsteps of Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Morrisons as it removes free plastic bags previously available for fruit and vegetables. It has also updated its online Click & Collect service, but some customers are not happy.
“The reusable bags are 30p each and are made from 100 percent recycled plastic water bottles.
“The initiative will remove 101 million pieces of single use plastic each year.”
Free plastic bags have already been scrapped in supermarket chains including Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Morrisons.
While the retailer will help cut back on single use plastic, some shoppers are not happy about the change.
Venting their frustrations on Twitter, one suggested: “Charging 30p for a bag is not a huge change, it’s just another rip off, Asda really going downhill lately.”
Another claimed: “It is all about making more money.”
A third questioned why paper bags are not used instead, and wrote: “What’s wrong with paper bags?”
However, others shared their praise for the scheme. One commented: “Great idea!”
A second stated: “The solution is to bring your own bag.”
This follows more new charges introduced by the supermarket giant.
Asda has recently updated how much shoppers pay to use its Click & Collect service.
When using the contact free scheme, shoppers can choose Express Collection, where they can collect within four hours and it comes with a fee of £3.50.
Same Day Collection offers orders to be collected four hours from when the order is placed and Next Day Collection is also available.
There was previously no charge to use the service for baskets costing more than £25, with a £4 charge for orders less than that.
However, fees have now been introduced for all Same Day and Next Day collections.
Shoppers with Same Day orders over £25 will pay a fee of £1.50, with Next Day orders incurring a 50p charge.
Once again, Asda customers used social media to share their concerns at the change.
One post on Twitter read: “@asda not happy at the new 50p click and collect fee. We frequently have missing or substituted items and usually have a long and disorganised wait to pick up our shopping.”
Another added: “@asda how come I am now being charged 50p for click and collect? Still being advertised as free on the app!”
One social media user questioned: “@asda @Tesco when did you sneakily start charging for click and collect? @asda is 50p.”
Supermarkets have constantly updated shopping rules during the coronavirus pandemic.
Changes have often been made in line with Government coronavirus advice.
Earlier this year, the team at First Watch Games launched Season One of Rogue Company, which introduced our first Battle Pass and a new Rogue, Kestrel. Today, we’re excited to announce the release of our latest update for Season One – available now on Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One! Complete with our newest playable Rogue, Seeker, and one of our most ambitious maps to date. Let’s break down everything this update has in store for players!
First, let’s take a look at the new Rogue who will be joining the roster of Rogue Company in this update. Seeker, a former gold medalist Olympian, joins the team as one of their youngest recruits ever – but don’t mistake his age for inexperience! Recruited by Kestrel as an official member of Rogue Company in order to embark on a deadly mission, Seeker must now prove his mettle on the battlefield which a lifetime of training and competition has prepared him for! In-game, Seeker’s bow isn’t just deadly – dealing additional damage when you land a ricocheted shot on an enemy – it’s also crucial to your team’s tactics. With his Arrow Scanner ability, Seeker fires an arrow which reveals enemies along its flight path – giving your team an undeniable advantage on the battlefield!
This update also introduces our newest map, Hollows, to the world of Rogue Company. Built on a remote island, Hollows is a secret base of the mysterious vigilante organization, Jackal. Constructed in order to launch a stealth weapons platform into space via rocket, the Hollows will ultimately become a deadly battlefield in the fight for logistical superiority between Jackal and Rogue Company. Consisting of a large underground cavern, Hollows is a scenic location which belies its deadly intent – a fact not lost on Rogue Company, who have dispatched a team to sabotage the missile launch and save the day! Seeker’s big moment will arrive when he has to make an impossible shot to disable the rocket, preventing it from launching – can he make the shot that he’s spent practically his whole life training for? The release of Hollows will also include the introduction of the new limited-time mode called Assault, a 4v4 game mode where the attacking team must plant and detonate a bomb against the defending team. Fast-paced strategic gameplay makes Assault a game mode you won’t want to miss!
We here at First Watch Games hope you enjoy the continuation of Rogue Company Season One with the release of Seeker, Hollows, and our limited-time Assault game mode on Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One. Download and play the newest update of Season One of Rogue Company for free today!
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The world needs saving and only the best of the best can do it! Rogue Company is the third-person tactical action shooter that puts the fate of the world in your hands. Suit up as one of the elite agents of Rogue Company, each with their own individual set of skills, and go to war in a variety of different game modes. Download and play FREE now! Rogue Company is action packed with no shortage of weapons, gadgets, and style. The mission starts now. Save the Day, Look Good, Get Paid.
Nicholas ‘Avi’ Bashore, Senior Community Specialist, Rogue Company