Amazon to escape UK digital services tax that will hit smaller traders

A spokesman for Amazon said: “Like many others, we have encouraged the government to pursue a global agreement on the taxation of the digital economy at OECD level rather than unilateral taxes, so that rules would be consistent across countries and clearer and fairer for businesses.”

Bay Area faces ‘truly extreme’ fire weather this weekend, probably most dangerous of season

“This will likely be strongest & most widespread offshore wind event of season, & is reminiscent of extreme events in 2019 & 2017,” UCLA climate scientist Daniel Swain wrote on Twitter. “Hardest-hit areas appear to be west slopes of Sierra Nevada (gusts of 70+mph) & SF Bay Area (widespread gusts 40-50mph; higher in hills).

UK cinemas set for worst year since 1996 due to coronavirus

Cinema owners had been banking on Hollywood blockbusters in the form of Disney’s Mulan and Christopher Nolan’s latest sc-fi Tenet later this month to reignite their year. However, they were dealt a blow at the end of last week when the premieres of both films were pushed back yet again, to 12 and 21 August […]

Covid-hit UK hotels unlikely to recover for four years, says PwC

“The reason why London is so strong normally is that it’s heavily reliant on international travel and the corporate market,” said Samantha Ward, PwC’s UK hotels leader. “Unfortunately for London, it’s those two markets that have been hit hardest and will have the longest recovery.”

Coronavirus: UK’s COVID-19 alert level upgraded to level four amid ‘rapidly’ rising cases

Level 2 – To shift to this level, the government guidance says the virus would be present in the UK, but that the number of cases and transmission is low. It says this would then allow “no or minimal social-distancing measures”, but with enhanced “testing, tracing, monitoring and screening”.

Nearly 200 airports in UK and Europe could go bust due to collapse in air travel

“They have cut costs to the bone and have resorted to the financial markets to shore up balance sheets and build emergency war chests. This sudden increase in debt – an additional €16bn for the top 20 European airports – is equivalent to nearly 60% of their revenues in a normal year. This, along with […]

‘Not out of the woods’: Latest Bay Area fire threat eases, but dry weather isn’t over

So far this year, 31 people have died and 9,358 structures have been destroyed in wildfires. Five of the top 10 largest fires in California history have struck this year. The largest fire ever, the August Complex, in Mendocino, Humboldt, Trinity, Tehama, Glenn, Lake and Colusa counties, is now 93% contained. The 374,000-acre Creek Complex, […]

Typhoon weakens to tropical depression, flash floods forecast to occur

Roofs of a house in Quang Nam Province are damaged by the typhoon – PHOTOS: VNA HCMC – After battering some central provinces of Vietnam, Typhoon Molave weakened to a tropical depression this afternoon, October 28, but Quang Nam Province is forecast to face flash floods, according to the national weather center.

Ministers drag another 16 authorities into Tier Two as Britain creeps towards full lockdown – as UK confirms another 23,065 cases and 280 deaths

Labour MP for Batley and Spen, Tracy Brabin said on Twitter: ‘There is a lack of transparency from the Government about how we enter/exit Tier 3, and it is unfair on every person living in West Yorkshire to be left in the dark on this. I have been pushing the Government to show us that […]