– Focus on globally benchmarked workplace health, safety and environmental standards

MUMBAI, India, Oct. 12, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Mindspace Business Parks REIT (Mindspace REIT), has been accredited with the British Safety Council’s COVID-19 Assessment, for its projects across Mindspace Airoli West, Mindspace Airoli East, Commerzone Pune, The Square, Pune, Mindspace Hyderabad, and Paradigm, Malad (Mumbai Region). The assessment, based on a structured and comprehensive risk mapping module, strengthens Mindspace Business Parks’ robust COVID-19 protocol framework, continually evaluating risks across sites, and implementing effective control measures.

The assessment focuses on five elements of business recovery i.e. risk management & organizational context, operational processes & risk assessment, health & wellbeing, stakeholder engagement and facilities & workplace adjustments, that will assist stabilization and future growth of organisations. With the endeavor to enable businesses globally to implement robust practices and protocols, while keeping employers and their customers safe, the assessment evaluates methodical

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By Kate Holton and James Davey

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s billionaire Issa brothers and private equity group TDR Capital have bought Asda from Walmart in a deal which gives the British supermarket chain an enterprise value of $8.8 billion and the buyers a platform to roll out smaller stores.

Mohsin and Zuber Issa, who founded petrol station operator EG Group nearly two decades ago, are taking Asda back under British ownership for the first time since 1999, when U.S. retail giant Walmart

paid 6.7 billion pounds for it.

“The Issa brothers have a reputation for good brand partnerships, for convenience and for growth and that’s really what we were interested in for Asda,” Judith McKenna, President and CEO of Walmart International told Reuters on Friday.

McKenna said the deal was not about job cuts and the new owners said they are targeting growth by expanding into convenience shops from its

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UK finance minister Rishi Sunak, battling record deficits and soaring debt due to his government’s emergency coronavirus response, faces a politically dangerous balancing act to pay the bill, analysts say.

As the outbreak raged, total public debt rocketed above £2.0 trillion for the first time, striking a record high proportion of 102 percent of gross domestic product (GDP).

Commentators argue that a combination of taxation, inflation, spending cuts, and even economic growth could help balance the books for Sunak.

But the public purse also faces the additional threat of a potential no-deal Brexit at the end of this year.

Public sector net borrowing — the state’s preferred measure of the deficit — hit a record £173.7 billion in the first five months of its 2020-2021 fiscal year, or April to August.

That was an eye-watering £145 billion more than the year-earlier figure.

– ‘Unavoidable’ tax hikes –

“It is unavoidable

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  • The Marines’ F-35B fighter jets just departed on an unprecedented deployment — not on a US Navy ship, but the only British aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth.
  • The Marine Corps F-35s will join British F-35Bs for training during a multi-month deployment, ahead of the Queen Elizabeth’s first full-length deployment next year.
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The Marines’ 5th-generation fighter jets have just departed on an unprecedented deployment — embarked not on a US Navy ship, but on the United Kingdom’s only aircraft carrier.

Ten F-35B Joint Strike Fighters embarked the carrier Queen Elizabeth on Tuesday from Portsmouth, England, as part of a multi-month training deployment, according to a Marine Corps news release. It’s in preparation for the Queen Elizabeth’s inaugural full-length deployment, set to take place next year.

The Marine Corps F-35s, from Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 211, out of Yuma, Arizona, will be joined in training

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SoftBank’s deal in July 2016 for Arm, and its ambitions, were par for the course for Mr. Son. Months later, he unveiled SoftBank’s $100 billion Vision Fund, which was tasked with buying stakes in promising start-ups across the tech landscape, from Uber to WeWork to a company that used robots to make pizzas.

But those bets have not quite played out the way he has expected.

The Vision Fund later drew criticism for paying top dollar for sometimes questionable start-ups, contributing to a nearly $13 billion annual loss for SoftBank in the fiscal year that ended March 31. (The conglomerate said that the Vision fund has since returned to profitability as of June.)

And Arm has not quite turned out to be the home run that SoftBank had expected, with relatively stagnant sales growth and an inability to take a significant share in the internet-of-things market.

SoftBank began months ago

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The British Medical Journal revealed on Wednesday a calculator that can predict patients’ risk of death from the coronavirus, Daily Mail reported.

The calculator has a checklist that includes: age, sex, number of co-morbidities or other health conditions, rate of breathing, oxygen saturation levels, level of consciousness, urea level, amount of a protein circulating in the blood that shows inflammation.

The calculator has a scoring range between 0 and 21. This device will be used at the entrance of the hospitals.

If a patient scores high, s/he may be rushed to the intensive care unit; those who score low will be discharged.

This calculator will also help in containing the overwhelming crowd in hospitals due to the coronavirus.

The researchers developed the app after testing it on over 57,000 patients in the United Kingdom. Patients who participated in the study had an average age of 74 years.

The calculator classifies

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  • UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock has blamed the British public for delays to the government’s mass coronavirus testing program, saying many people seeking the tests have been “ineligible.”
  • Sarah-Jane Marsh, who is responsible for the mass-testing program, on Tuesday apologized for the delays and said they were caused by issues with testing capacity in laboratories.
  • Cases have particularly spiked in Bolton, England, where a councillor said the virus was “moving around uncontrolled.”
  • Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Tuesday announced a ban on gatherings of more than six people in England amid rising cases.
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UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock has suggested the British public is to blame for a shortage in coronavirus testing because people without COVID-19 symptoms are seeking tests.

Demand for tests has risen in recent weeks as the country has recorded a sharp increase in coronavirus infections. The National Health Service

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By Carolyn Cohn and Barbara Lewis

LONDON (Reuters) – British theaters and live music venues say the show will only go on if the government provides a financial backstop, as the COVID-19 pandemic means they can no longer get commercial insurance.

While venues for indoor live performances are not yet open in all of Britain, theaters and concert halls in England have in theory been open to socially-distanced audiences since mid-August.

But only a handful have opened, citing insurance as one of the many barriers, as underwriters have been excluding COVID-19 from the cover they provide.

That means a theater has no protection against cancellation or legal action from anyone in the audience or cast who falls ill or from a lockdown due to COVID-19.

Some small theaters are carrying on regardless and hoping for the best, but for tours, festivals and big names, it’s a deal breaker and has

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By Shashank Nayar

Sept 2 (Reuters)London-listed shares rose for the first time in four sessions on Wednesday as a surge in house prices to record highs powered stocks of homebuilders, while Rolls-Royce jumped to the top of the FTSE 100.

The blue-chip index .FTSE and the mid-cap FTSE 250 .FTMC climbed 1.4% and 0.7%, respectively, with homebuilders .FTNMX3720 set for their best day in nearly two months as data showed house prices jumped 2% in August, the biggest month-on-month increase since 2004.

“Investors have begun to regain confidence following some positivity on the economic front (but) the sentiment remains largely cautious as markets are factoring in a slower pace of recovery going ahead,” said David Madden, an analyst at CMC Markets.

The FTSE 100 has bounced since a coronavirus-driven crash in March, but is still about 22% below its January highs, lagging U.S. and European peers, which

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LONDON, Aug 27 (Reuters)Britain’s energy market regulator Ofgem said Centrica-owned British Gas CNA.L has made total payments of 1.73 million pounds ($2.28 million) because it mishandled a change in a top-up provider for prepayment meters.

British Gas has paid 1.48 million pounds to impacted customers and will pay an additional 250,000 pounds into an energy redress fund, which supports consumers in vulnerable situations.

Following these measures, Ofgem has decided not to take formal enforcement action.

With a prepayment meter, customers pay in advance for their energy supply by topping up their credit on a card or key at certain shops.

British Gas failed to notify around 270,000 pre-payment customers about a change of top-up provider, from Paypoint to Payzone, which happened on Jan. 1 this year, Ofgem said.

Some customers might have wasted journeys to top up their meters at shops that no

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