Ardern’s online messages keep spirits up in New Zealand’s coronavirus lockdown

New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern speaks in a live streaming message to New Zealanders, amid a lockdown to control the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in New Zealand, at Wellington, Australia, March 25, 2020, in this still image from video obtained via social media. Video taken March 25, 2020. Jacinda Ardern via REUTERS

New Zealand: Police Website to Inform on Neighbours Breaking Lockdown So Popular It Crashes

The South Pacific nation is in the midst of a four-week Covid-19 lockdown, with residents under orders to stay at home or remain at least two metres (6.5 feet) apart if they must go outside.

New Zealand’s Ant Timpson Is Watching the End of the World From the Ends of the Earth

Toby Harvard, who I worked on Come to Daddy with, we’ve written a new one. We were just starting to go out to actors before everything went south. I don’t like bothering people at the moment because, even though there’s probably a lot of spare time around, family hopefully comes as a paramount. It’s also […]

Gunmen kill New Zealand man at Freeport mine office in Indonesia’s Papua

FILE PHOTO: Trucks are parked at the open-pit mine of PT Freeport’s Grasberg copper and gold mine complex near Timika, in the eastern region of Papua, Indonesia on September 19, 2015 in this file photo taken by Antara Foto. REUTERS/Muhammad Adimaja/Antara FotoATTENTION EDITORS – THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS […]

Virender Sehwag backs India, South Africa, West Indies, New Zealand as potential ICC World T20 2016 semi-finalists

Talking about the health of the game, Sehwag said T20 is most popular but all three formats are relevant. “All three formats make their own space. T20 is short and that is why more people like to watch the format. People who prefer hard cricket, they still prefer Test and ODIs. Crowds in India are […]

DAILY BLOG, March 26: What new $500m stimulus package means for you and your family

Local stocks had rocketed in the final minutes of trade on Wednesday after US politicians finally reached a deal – yet to be passed – on a $A3.3 trillion stimulus measure to shore up the world’s biggest economy.

MONEY TROUBLES – ‘I’ve got a £980 Flybe holiday booked – can I get a refund?’

‘I’ve got a Flybe holiday booked – will I get my money back?’ I booked a flight with Flybe earlier this year and I’m due to travel in May – but what will happen now that the airline has gone bust?

MONEY TROUBLES: ‘Universal credit flaw makes it look like I’ve been paid twice’

This includes cold weather payments to help with energy bills, discretionary housing payments if your Universal Credit payment is not enough to pay your rent (it’s paid those who are behind on rent due to welfare reforms), WaterSure to cap your bills if you have a water meter and a reduction in your Council Tax.

MONEY TROUBLES: ‘I’ve lost my job, so why can’t I get a mortgage holiday?’

“The request for a mortgage payment holiday for a 3 month period has been approved, and we’ve suggested our customer meets with a mortgage adviser at the end of this period to consider a number of options that may help them further with the repayment of the mortgage.

UK payday lenders start suspending new loans in Covid-19 crisis

Both firms have warned that in light of the economic uncertainty they were withdrawing any financial forecasts. Provident said: “We expect both our credit issued and collections performance to be adversely impacted during this period of uncertainty. It is too early to quantify the potential financial impact of Covid-19 on the group’s financial performance and, […]