Households facing ‘winter like never before’, warns OVO energy boss
Households facing ‘winter like never before’, warns OVO energy boss
The Cabinet minister described the UK as ‘Europe’s unicorn factory’ in a speech to investors in New York.
'Today is all about me': Gino D'Acampo takes Holly and Phillip's spot on This MorningThis Morning, ITV
Veteran broadcaster David Dimbleby made a rare outspoken remark while on air as he discussed the UK’s economic turmoil of recent days with the BBC.The former Question Time host said the “massive change” announced by the Government at a time when members of the public were being forced to make tough decisions was “a complete s***storm” for some people.It comes less than a fortnight after Dimbleby came out of retirement to front the BBC’s coverage of the Queen’s committal at Windsor Castle.
In total, 1.2 million adults have reached out to 'unscrupulous' loan sharks in the last 12 months.
FORMER Bank of England governor Sir Mark Carney has said the Government has effectively under-cut the central bank's efforts to rein in rocketing inflation.
Friday is the last day that people can use the Bank of England’s paper £20 and £50 notes in shops or to pay businesses.
Russia will annex four regions of Ukraine that its troops occupy at a grand ceremony in the Kremlin on Friday, Moscow said, after President Vladimir Putin threatened he could use nuclear weapons to defend the territories. The threats have not deterred a sweeping Ukrainian counter-offensive, which has been pushing back Russian troops in the east and is on the doorstep of the Donetsk region town of Lyman that Moscow's forces pummelled for weeks before capturing this summer. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters that the annexation of these four areas would be formalised at a ceremony in the Kremlin and that Putin would deliver a "major" speech. The Russian leader himself then blamed the conflict in Ukraine on the West and said simmering conflicts in the ex-USSR were the result of the Soviet collapse. The rhetoric built on his now famous phrase that the collapse of the USSR was a tragedy and he has recently suggested Moscow should extend again its influence over the former Soviet region. "It's enough to look at what's happening now between Russia and Ukraine and what is happening on the borders of some other CIS countries," Putin told security chiefs from former Soviet countries. - 'Soviet collapse' - "All this, of course, is the result of the collapse of the Soviet Union," he said. The Kremlin-installed leaders of the four regions that pleaded to Putin for annexation this week were gathered in the Russian capital Thursday ahead of the ceremony. Their nearly simultaneous requests came after they claimed residents had unanimously backed the move in hastily organised referendums that were dismissed by Kyiv and the West as illegal, fraudulent and void. Ukraine after the so-called referendums said the only appropriate response from the West was to hit Russia with more sanctions and to supply Ukrainian forces with more weapons to keep reclaiming territory. "Ukraine cannot and will not tolerate any attempts by Russia to seize any part of our land," President Volodymyr Zelensky said. The Ukrainian leader on Thursday called an "urgent" meeting of his national security council on Friday, his spokesman said, after the Kremlin announced the timing of the annexation ceremony. The four territories -- Kherson and Zaporizhzhia in the south; Donetsk and Lugansk in the east -- create a crucial land corridor between Russia and the Crimean peninsula, annexed by Moscow in 2014. Together, all five make up around 20 percent of Ukraine, whose forces in recent weeks have been clawing back ground. In the south, Ukrainian forces have been wresting back territory near Kherson and residents of recently recaptured villages described to AFP journalists this week months of terror under Russian occupation. "They robbed and humiliated us," 72-year-old Maria Syzhuk said in the village of Vysokopillya, echoing with the dull thuds of artillery from both sides -- mostly in the distance, but sometimes a little too close. Kyiv's army in particular has been progressing in the eastern Kharkiv region and recapturing territory in Donetsk. Military observers say Kyiv's forces are close to capturing Lyman. "At the moment, our units are managing to repel all attacks," a Russian-backed official in the Donetsk region, Alexei Nikonorov, told state TV on Thursday. - 'I don't want to kill people' - Moscow's forces are striking back along the entire frontline and officials in Kyiv said Thursday that Russian bombardment had killed three in the Dnipropetrovsk region, five in Donetsk and wounded seven in the Kharkiv region. Along with threats to use nuclear weapons, Putin announced a mobilisation of hundreds of thousands of Russian men to bolster Moscow's army in Ukraine, sparking demonstrations and an exodus of men abroad. Finland's Vaalimaa crossing has been flooded with new arrivals recently and has grown more precarious after Helsinki announced it would close its border from midnight to Russians holding European tourism visas for the Schengen zone. "I just made it through, I don't know how the others will get through. It's sad, sad," Andrei Stepanov, a 49-year-old Russian, told AFP of Finland's new restrictions. On a bright morning in Mongolia's capital Ulaanbaatar, a young Russian fleeing Moscow's first military call-up since World War II had a stark answer for why he had left: "I don't want to kill people." "It was very difficult to leave everything behind -- home, motherland, my relatives -- but it's better than killing people," the man in his 20s told AFP, speaking on condition of anonymity. Russia's move to annex the Ukrainian territories was met with the announcement from the United States of a new package of weapons and supplies worth $1.1 billion, including precision rocket systems, ammunition, armoured vehicles and radars. And the European Commission proposed fresh sanctions targeting Russian exports worth seven billion euros, an oil price cap, an expanded travel blacklist and asset freezes. bur/imm
Blast tore through metal and shattered glass as people queued to travel to Russian-occupied territory
Qatar has announced the COVID policy for international fans attending this year's World Cup. People arriving in Qatar will not be asked to quarantine, but will be told to isolate if they test positive during their stay. The official guidance on the Qatar 2022 website also says masks will be mandatory on public transport and in healthcare facilities during the competition, which begins on 20 November.
Detectives have made another arrest in connection with the murder of Olivia Pratt-Korbel in Liverpool. The 40-year-old man from Dovecot was arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender on Friday. Olivia was shot dead in Dovecot on 22 August after convicted burglar Joseph Nee forced his way into her home while running away from a balaclava-clad gunman.
'I'm gonna teach this young man a lesson', Chris Eubank Jr said to Conor Benn ahead of match. Source: GMB
Finance minister announces €200bn fund to protect citizens from rising gas prices driven by Russia’s war in Ukraine
Five currently closed Glasgow community centres have been identified as warm banks for people who will struggle to heat their homes this winter.
Dutchman could seal championship with five races remaining – only Nigel Mansell and Michael Schumacher have ever sealed the title so early
The FTSE dropped as much as 2.2% to a fresh six-month low before recovering somewhat later in the morning
Jagot will be the seventh woman appointed to the court, replacing Patrick Keane once he reaches mandatory retirement age
The BBC has announced almost 400 job losses as the corporation makes cuts to the World Service’s foreign-language broadcasting.
The high street retailer told investors on Thursday that August was ‘below our expectations’.
Hundreds of people are queuing outside Windsor Castle as it opens to members of the public for the first time since the Queen’s death. It is the first opportunity the public have had to view the Queen’s final resting place and see the ledger stone in the George VI memorial chapel which is inscribed with her name.
Under-fire Liz Truss must face the Conservative faithful in Birmingham from Sunday. Here’s what to expect