The Ministry of Health has confirmed two new COVID-19 cases in Singapore as of noon on Wednesday (2 December), taking the country’s total to 58,230.
Allied Irish Banks will cut costs by 10% more than announced earlier this year to meet capital and profitability targets by 2023, saying on Wednesday that the COVID-19 crisis made significant change both necessary and possible. AIB set out new medium-term targets on March 6, a week before Ireland began to impose COVID-19 restrictions, leading to one of Europe's longest lockdowns that forced Ireland's largest mortgage lender to set aside 1.3 billion euros ($1.57 billion) in impairments. In March, AIB said it planned to cut its cost base to 1.5 billion euros in 2022, target a fully loaded core equity tier 1 (CET1) capital ratio above 14% and a return on tangible equity (ROTE) in excess of 8%.
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Romain Grosjean says he “saw death coming” during his fiery crash at the Bahrain Grand Prix and believes the terrifying accident will mark his life forever. Grosjean came away from a horrific ordeal with partial burns to the back of both of his hands, which have subsequently been bandaged and treated during a three-night hospital stay in Bahrain. “There’s going to be some psychological work to be done, because I really saw death coming,” Grosjean - who will leave hospital on Wednesday - told French broadcaster TF1.
A Chinese woman who filed a sexual misconduct lawsuit against a TV host told dozens of cheering supporters at a courthouse Wednesday she hopes her case will encourage other victims of gender violence in a system that gives them few options to pursue complaints. Zhou Xiaoxuan spoke ahead of a trial for her lawsuit, which was delayed for two years and reflects the challenges Chinese women have in pursuing sexual misconduct complaints despite the spread of the global #MeToo movement. Zhou, 27, accuses Zhu Jun, a popular state TV host, of forcibly kissing her in 2014.
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Tesco has decided to repay the £585 million business rates relief it has been given during the pandemic. The retail giant said it will repay the money to the UK government and the devolved administrations. A number of supermarkets have faced scrutiny about benefiting from the business rates holiday, aimed at helping firms ride out the virus crisis, because they are also paying out dividends to shareholders.
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Villanova stayed in Connecticut's “Bubbleville” at the Mohegan Sun resort casino for a full week, playing four games, including two that were not on it schedule when the Wildcats arrived. Coach Jay Wright says he's not worried about the physical toll that took on his 12th-ranked team. “Everything was perfect here,” Wright said.
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The capital will be in Tier 2 from today, Wednesday December 2 and the new curbs will have a huge impact on how Londoners live their lives over the next few months. Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove reportedly strongly advocated at a crunch meeting last Wednesday that the whole capital should go into the most draconian restrictions. Boris Johnson suffered a major backbench rebellion over plans to push the measures through the Commons during a crunch vote on Tuesday.
(Bloomberg) -- Xiaomi Corp. dropped the most ever in Hong Kong after China’s No. 2 smartphone maker raised $3.1 billion in the city’s biggest top-up placement on record.The stock fell as much as 12% Wednesday, the biggest intraday loss since its 2018 listing. Xiaomi’s shares were halted during the morning session after the company failed to disclose the placement in time for the open, surprising some market participants. Xiaomi eventually confirmed it had sold shares at HK$23.70 apiece -- a 9.4% discount to its last close -- in a filing released during the midday break.Xiaomi lost 6.5% to HK$24.40 at 3:21 p.m. local time. That wiped out about $5.5 billion in value from the stock, or almost twice what Xiaomi raised with its top-up placement.With its 143% rally through Tuesday, Xiaomi was this year’s best-performing stock on the Hang Seng Index, a benchmark which it joined in September. Xiaomi’s decision to tap the market for more cash spurred some analysts to question whether the company’s valuation had reached a near-term peak.“The timing isn’t quite right,” said Jason Sun, an analyst at China Renaissance in Hong Kong who last week reiterated his buy recommendation on the stock. “Xiaomi is not short of cash. Their decision to issue a large amount of new shares right now has raised eyebrows.”The company’s failure to announce the stock sale more quickly came about a month after Hong Kong was rattled by an abrupt decision by Chinese regulators to yank Ant Group Co.’s planned initial public offering, which would have been the largest ever.Hong Kong’s stock exchange requires a company to apply for a trading halt if certain inside information is made public before an official disclosure. Bloomberg News first reported the deal on Tuesday.“It may have taken more time to get placement confirmation from investors, delaying the disclosure,” said Steven Leung, executive director at UOB Kay Hian in Hong Kong. “There’s also pressure from the issuance of convertible bonds -- some investors may buy the bond and short the shares in order to get a more fixed income-like exposure to Xiaomi’s convertible bond.”Proceeds from the sale and a separate issue of about $900 million in convertible bonds will add to a war chest aimed at helping Xiaomi compete with the likes of Huawei Technologies Co.Xiaomi grabbed market share from Huawei when American sanctions deepened, particularly in overseas markets from Europe to India. Some analysts recently questioned Xiaomi’s ability to challenge Huawei, after its latest quarterly update showed internet services revenue grew at the slowest pace in three years.Credit Suisse Group AG, Goldman Sachs Group Inc, JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Morgan Stanley arranged Xiaomi’s deal. The Chinese company’s 2018 initial public offering was one of Hong Kong’s most high-profile stumbles, with the shares falling on debut after being sold at the bottom of a marketed range.(Updates with details, voices and trading from second paragraph)For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.
Anyone who’s ever been asked to be a bridesmaid knows that the honour is not without its pain points, especially when it comes to picking out a dress for the occasion. For starters, there’s the tradition of making every bridesmaid wear the same dress, which inevitably ends with a handful of bridal party members wearing a colour that doesn’t suit them or a silhouette that doesn’t work for their body. Dresses also tend to be expensive, yet they are often purchased with the intention of wearing them one time and one time only. But while the process isn’t easy for anyone involved, shopping for a bridesmaid dress when you’re plus-size is all the more difficult. Due to the bridal industry’s long-standing ignorance toward their sartorial needs, plus-size women are far too often forced to endure painful shopping experiences. Given that bridesmaids are there to serve the bride and make her life leading up to the wedding calmer, rather than more stressful, the issues around plus-size dresses have long been swept under the rug, with bridesmaids often hiding their frustration, anger, and insecurities in order to spare their loved one’s feelings. But, according to Sharon Feliciano, a two-time bridesmaid from Seattle, WA, rarely can the frustration go unnoticed by the bride. Despite trying to hide her discomfort throughout the dress-selection process at her first wedding as a bridesmaid, the bride, her sister-in-law, saw it written all over her face. “I think shopping for a bridesmaid’s dress is stressful for everybody — it’s stressful for the bride and it’s stressful for straight-sized people,” Feliciano tells Refinery29. “But there’s an extra layer of stress and anxiety that comes along when you don’t know if [the store is] going to have a size that you can try on.” During her first experience in a bridal party, Feliciano was the only bridesmaid who was plus-size. According to her, she was also the only bridesmaid to experience disrespect from sales associates, who pressured her into trying on sizes far too small and far too big because the store — a popular bridal chain — didn’t stock her size in-person; and the only one to spend the wedding in an ill-fitting dress. “By the time it was all said and done, I felt beautiful,” she says. “But a lot of that had to do with the bride and feeling like a cherished part of her team and welcoming her into my family. Having her make me feel that way really helped to soften the pain of being a bigger body trying to shop in a store full of smaller bodies and dresses made for smaller bodies.” “No one should have to alter themselves to feel good in their skin on a day when they want to feel confident for both themselves and the friend they are supporting during a momentous occasion.”Alessandra Gonzalez Alessandra Gonzalez, a makeup artist living in New Jersey, had a similar experience to Feliciano’s. “I’ve been a bridesmaid twice now, and each time was equally frustrating in its own right,” she tells Refinery29. Gonzalez, too, visited a chain bridal retailer first, because she believed it was her best bet for finding dresses of all styles for all sizes. “I was definitely wrong.” Like Feliciano, she, too, was made to try on dresses that were too small and too large, making it so she couldn’t get an idea of what any of the styles would look like after alterations. “You’re a 20, but we have a 16, so just try it,” she recalls the associate saying to her. “‘I know my body, and it’s just not going to pull up over me. Please stop bringing me these sizes,’ I told them, but nothing. And then the other option was a size 24, which they could get on and clip up, but it gave no impression of what the dress would look like in my actual size.” Once the dress was chosen, she had to go through rounds of alterations — at her own expense — only to end up with a dress she didn’t feel confident in. “It was disheartening, to say the least,” she says. A second attempt at being a bridesmaid brought Gonzalez to a luxury store that advertised plus-sizes on their website. “Thinking this would be a different scenario, I was very excited to go and try on dresses,” she says. “Upon my arrival, though, that feeling quickly left.” There, she recalls being greeted by associates who scoffed at her for asking for a size they didn’t have in-stock while politely serving her straight-sized friends. “I am a size 18 (UK size 22) — a very common size in the plus-size world — so I can only imagine how much harder it is to shop there in an even bigger body,” she says. In the end, she left feeling “dissatisfied”: “I went on to purchase a $300 (£240) dress that needed $200 (£130) worth of alterations because I had to order it without trying it on and was unable to view it on a plus-size model.” The experience didn’t just take a toll on her financially. “I spent the next nine months dieting extremely and exercising excessively in order to not to hate myself in comparison to my friends in the wedding pictures,” Gonzalez says. “No one should have to alter themselves to feel good in their skin on a day when they want to feel confident for both themselves and the friend they are supporting during a momentous occasion.” According to Chelsea Kronengold, the Communications Manager at the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA), shopping for a bridesmaid dress can be particularly triggering for women who wear larger sizes. “Bridesmaids dresses notoriously run small, and the price often increases after a certain size,” Kronengold tells Refinery29. “When everyone is wearing the same dress, it’s understandable that comparisons may occur among bridesmaids.” “Having the choice of trying on a size 14 (UK 18) or a 22 (UK 26) when you’re actually an 18 (UK 22) is not good enough.”Caitlin Scanlon Four-time bridesmaid Caitlin Scanlon tells Refinery29 that having the freedom to choose her own dress — keeping to black was the only requirement from three of the four brides she served as a bridesmaid for — makes all the difference. “I had more flexibility than some other bridesmaids are afforded,” she says. During Feliciano’s second bridesmaid experience, she, too, had a better experience when she found out she could choose her own dress. According to her, in addition to dresses, bridesmaids were given the option to rent a tux, opt for a jumpsuit in the same color as the dress options, or add a sleeve or capelet if they wanted to conceal their arms. “The part of the experience that made shopping as a plus-sized person feel a lot more comfortable was having many more options to choose from,” she says. Even with the added flexibility, though, neither Scanlon nor Feliciano were immune to the industry’s lack of options for people who wear larger sizes, which, in the US, is 67% of all women. “The dresses available in plus sizes still leave a lot to be desired,” Scanlon says. “Forget about seeing it on in the colour you need. You’re forced to use your imagination and rely on blind faith that the dress will look right in your size and colour. Both of these factors come together to create what amounts to a guessing game.” I’m researching bridesmaid dresses, and so many “big name” bridal shops have sad excuses for plus size dresses. I want my family to look and feel beautiful in my wedding, but Fashion says they don’t get to. I hate y’all. Make bigger clothes.— Aurora Palomino (@Pixel_Poff) July 21, 2020 These women are hardly exceptions: Twitter is flooded with stories of brides trying and failing to find bridesmaid dresses designed with all bodies in mind, bridesmaids pleading with brides to stop forcing them into unflattering dresses, and friends complaining about how every dress they do find in their size shows off their bras, which are needed since none of the options have proper chest support. One thread even told the story of a man who uninvited his sister-in-law from his wedding after she refused to include his future fiancée in her wedding party because she was plus-size. “She didn’t ask my girlfriend to be a bridesmaid because she didn’t want to be constrained to picking out a bridesmaid dress available in plus-sizes,” the tweet stated. (Twitter user @clapifyoulikeme shared this story, which was originally posted on Reddit’s Am I The Asshole? forum.) As some commenters were quick to point out, leaving someone out because of their size, no matter the added time it may take to find a dress that works for their body, is fat-shaming. That said, as others pointed out, brands should be held responsible for making dress option in a size 16 and larger. Feliciano adds that brands should also be offering as many sizes in-store as are offered online, so that women can enter any location knowing that there will be something that fits them no matter what size they are, rather than being forced to fit into a smaller or larger size. “Having the choice of trying on a size 14 (UK size 18) or a 22 (UK size 26) when you’re actually an 18 (UK size 22) is not good enough,” says Scanlon. Show real people with fat bodies in your advertising. I want to see how a dress is going to look on me — not just a very tall woman who is a little big-boned, curvy, and is a plus-size model.Sharon Feliciano This should extend to campaigns, too. “Show real people with fat bodies in your advertising,” Feliciano adds. “I want to see how a dress is going to look on me — not just a very tall woman who is a little big-boned, curvy, and is a plus-size model. I still have yet to see somebody, who’s got a little bit of a belly roll showing through their bridesmaid dress in advertising, and that’s just reality.” Gonzalez urges bridesmaid shops to not only carry every dress in every size, but to also “make the slight adjustments necessary to turn a straight-size dress into a plus-size one,” rather than just adding more fabric. This process — called size or pattern grading — occurs when a designer creates a sample, which is then used as a reference to “grade” the sizes above and below. Issues arise during the process when brands don’t account for different body shapes. Sure, more bridal brands are offering extended sizes in bridal than ever before — BHLDN recently launched a plus bridesmaid category, as did Birdy Grey and Lulus — but it’s still bleak, with few options available to plus-size bridesmaids. “When you have fat people in your life, you’re going to face situations like these,” Feliciano says. “Brands need to make it so that the onus is not on the bride to make sure her bridesmaids don’t feel terrible about their shopping experience.” That’s the job of the brand, not the bride — and especially not her bridesmaids. Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?Here's Why I Prefer Clothing Swaps To Shopping New5 Plus-Size Models On Self-Love, Tokenism & IconsWhy Are Boots For Plus-Size Women So Hard To Find?
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(Bloomberg) -- The U.K. became the first western country to approve a Covid-19 vaccine, with its regulator clearing Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE’s shot ahead of decisions in the U.S. and European Union.The emergency authorization clears the way for the deployment of a vaccine that’s expected to play a significant role in the global effort to halt the coronavirus. Pfizer and its German partner said in November that the shot, relying on novel technology called messenger RNA, was 95% effective in a final analysis of clinical-trial data.The vaccine will be available in Britain from next week, according to a government statement. The U.K. regulator, the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency, said on Wednesday that the vaccine “met its strict standards of safety, quality and effectiveness.”The U.K. had signaled it would move swiftly in approving a vaccine to protect its population, and doctors across the country were put on standby for a possible rollout. For the government, it’s an opportunity to make up for missteps during the pandemic as Britain’s death toll nears 60,000.Regulators are facing pivotal decisions as companies including Pfizer, Moderna Inc. and the University of Oxford’s partner, AstraZeneca Plc, sprint ahead in a bid to deliver coronavirus vaccines in record time.EU ApplicationPfizer and BioNTech earlier this week sought regulatory clearance for their vaccine in the European Union, putting the shot on track for potential approval there before the end of the year. In the U.S., a Food and Drug Administration panel is set to meet on Dec. 10 to discuss the vaccine.China has given authorization to its three front-runners for emergency use. Russia cleared a vaccine known as Sputnik V in August, while a second inoculation was approved in October, even as the last stage of trials to establish safety and efficacy are still taking place.The British government in late November invoked a special rule allowing its drug regulator to move ahead of the EU as the country prepares for the Brexit transition period to conclude at the end of this year. The U.K. has ordered enough doses of the two-shot Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to immunize 20 million people. The companies also have deals to supply hundreds of millions of shots to Europe, the U.S., Japan and elsewhere.The Pfizer-BioNTech shot dashed to the head of the queue after delays to the trials of the AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine, which has also shown promising signs in preliminary results of broad studies. The U.K. partners have faced questions after acknowledging that a lower dosage level that appeared more effective resulted from a manufacturing discrepancy.(Updates with statement on safety, other details)For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.
Union push to improve delivery riders’ pay and conditions after five deaths in two monthsIndustrial relations minister Christian Porter says there is ‘clearly an issue’ but insists it is the purview of the states
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