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National Living Wage increase for nearly two million workers

National Living Wage increase for nearly two million workers We know an increase to the minimum wage would help those on the lowest end of the scale, but we also know it would flow on to every award rate, in nearly every industry, affecting 2.3 million Australians. Council tax and TV licence fees will both go up this month, as well as many broadband subscriptions and energy tariffs. The increases were announced after Ofgem increased the energy price cap b... [Full Article...]

Ford Puma moniker to be revived for new small SUV

Ford Puma moniker to be revived for new small SUV And while earlier speculation talked about the newcomer replacing the EcoSport (this is also producer at Craiova), it looks like the latter will remain on sale as a budget offering, whereas the newcomer lands as a more refined proposal. We're told the new Puma will be powered by a three-cylinder EcoBoost powertrain with up to 153bhp, and it'll include a mild-hybrid system, too. The fresh Puma ... [Full Article...]

Toyota to share hybrid vehicle secrets for free

Toyota to share hybrid vehicle secrets for free Toyota, which holds roughly 20,000 active patents in the field, is expected to make accessible most of the latest ones covering motors, power converters and batteries, according to the report . Toyota is nearly synonymous in many people's minds with the idea of gasoline-electric hybrid vehicles. It says the guidance will allow firms to "achieve high levels of vehicle performance". [Full Article...]

Theresa May tries to get Corbyn to back the backstop

Theresa May tries to get Corbyn to back the backstop The only way to avoid no deal Brexit and will be through a positive majority in House of Commons. It is understood that Mr Corbyn found out about Mrs May's proposal of... Motion G - Parliamentary Supremacy (Cherry) Proposed by Joanna Cherry from the leftist SNP, it would prevent the United Kingdom leaving the European Union without a deal by first requiring the government seen an extension if a ... [Full Article...]

Bitcoin tops $5 000 as crypto market springs to life

Bitcoin tops $5 000 as crypto market springs to life However, it wouldn't be the first time a technical rally turns into a real one. Fundamentally the signals have been strong despite the massive downturn in prices over the past year. Outsized price moves of the kind rarely seen in traditional markets are common in cryptocurrency markets, where liquidity is thin and prices highly opaque. [Full Article...]

You can now order groceries from Walmart through Google Assistant

You can now order groceries from Walmart through Google Assistant Rather than adding items to another list with Google Assistant and then having to translate that into a Walmart grocery shop at a later date, you can now cut out the middle man. IDC expects the global market for smart home devices to grow 27 percent in 2019 to 832.7 million shipments. Apparently, Voice Order is also capable of remembering your past orders to make future shopping a bit faster. [Full Article...]

Hays woman buys out closing Payless store to donate to Nebraska

Hays woman buys out closing Payless store to donate to Nebraska Payless announced in February that all of its 2,100 stores in the USA and Puerto Rico would be closing. "I wanted them to go to people who actually needed them", Tritt told CBS News Tuesday. They included 162 pairs of baby shoes, two pairs of men's shoes, and the rest were women's shoes. The cost of the shoes came out of Tritt's own pocket. [Full Article...]

McConnell warns about impact of closing border

McConnell warns about impact of closing border Trump's threat to shut down trade could make it more challenging for Mexico's lawmakers to sign off, said Phil Levy, a senior fellow at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, who served as a senior economist for trade under President George W. [Full Article...]


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