1,000 jobs at risk when furlough ends

Holiday camp operator Butlin’s has yet to tell 1,000 furloughed workers what their future is when the government’s wage subsidy scheme ends next month.

A document sent to staff and seen by the BBC suggests employees either take paid holiday if they have any remaining or unpaid leave if not.

Butlin’s is currently operating at 50% capacity and is heading into the winter months when income falls significantly.

It said no decision had been made about workers on the government scheme.

The company said: “Since we reopened Butlin’s we’ve worked hard to bring back as many of our team as possible whilst ensuring we’re safe and secure.

“There has been no decision made regarding our team who are still furloughed.”

Butlin’s – whose workers are known for their distinctive red jackets – has 6,000 employees in total. It is part of the privately-owned Bourne Leisure Group which also operates Haven

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British supermarket Waitrose to close four stores; 124 jobs at risk

LONDON, Sept 16 (Reuters) – British supermarket chain Waitrose, part of the employee-owned John Lewis Partnership , plans to close four stores in December because it cannot make them profitable, it said on Wednesday.

The stores are in Caldicot, Wales; Ipswich Corn Exchange, eastern England; and Shrewsbury and Wolverhampton in central England. The Wolverhampton store is being sold to market leader Tesco.

Waitrose said 124 employees, or partners as it calls them, face the risk of redundancy, while 140 workers in the Wolverhampton store will transfer to Tesco.

“Sadly, we have not been able to find a way to make these shops profitable in the long-term,” said Bérangère Michel, the partnership’s executive director of customer service.

The Waitrose closures follow a July announcement from the partnership’s department stores arm that it would close eight stores, putting 1,300 jobs at risk.

After the closures, Waitrose will trade from 331 stores –

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COVID-19 laid bare the inequities in Higher Education. Now, we risk losing an entire generation

When COVID-19 peaked in the Northeast, my home state of New Jersey moved into lockdown, including remote instruction for the state college and university systems. This educational shift, the virus’s disproportionate impact on Black and brown communities, and economic dislocation have had enormous impacts on the aspirations of students from low-income families who seek the transformational power of higher education.

For many families living below the poverty line in New Jersey and across the country, public universities and community colleges offer opportunity: to be the first in the family to receive a college education and to take a step up the ladder of social mobility. Today, one-fifth of college students nationally come from low-income backgrounds, and more than half are first-generation students — many of whom rely on public education institutions to transform their lives and the lives of their families. Even as economic mobility has decreased in the

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Lagundi trial gets green light, virgin coconut oil seen to reduce risk of coronavirus

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 29) — The Food and Drug Administration approved clinical trials for herbal medicine ‘lagundi’ as a supplement coronavirus treatment, Science and Technology Secretary Fortunato dela Peña announced Saturday.

De la Peña said in a briefing that participants will be around 200 COVID-19 patients with mild symptoms and admitted at the Quezon Institute quarantine center, Sta. Ana Hospital, and Philippine National Police-National Capital Region community quarantine center.

Experts from the Philippine General Hospital will lead the medical research.

“Ang hangad natin ay ma-address ang symptoms gaya ng ubo, lagnat at mga sore throat,” De la Peña said.

[Translation: We hope that lagundi could address symptoms such as cough, fever and sore throat.]

He added that the research will also try to find out if ‘lagundi’ may reduce severity of symptoms.

Other clinical trials

The FDA has yet to approve the studies which aim to look into

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Pizza Hut to close 29 restaurants putting 450 jobs at risk



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Pizza Hut has confirmed a list of 29 sites up for closure as part of a rescue deal which could lead to the loss of 450 jobs.

Sites in Cambridge, Leicester, Sheffield and Stratford, east London, are all at risk as the group considers cutting about 10% of its 244 outlets.

The main UK franchisee of the US-owned business is also seeking to cut rents, asking landlords to base payment demands on turnover at each outlet, under a restructuring deal called a company voluntary arrangement (CVA).

The CVA, which was confirmed on Friday, does not affect the Pizza Hut delivery business, which is separately owned. Landlords and other creditors will have to approve the deal in the coming weeks.

Pizza Hut Restaurants said: “We are doing everything we can to redeploy our team members from our Pizza Hut Restaurants locations that are

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Report: Indiana’s School Funding System Is Inherent Risk

An investigation by the Indiana State Board of Accounts into alleged fraud by two shuttered virtual charter schools found weaknesses in state code that make it difficult to ensure accurate student enrollment counts.

Earlier this year, the state accused leaders at Indiana Virtual School and Indiana Virtual Pathways Academy of fraudulently collecting nearly $70 million in tax dollars by inflating student enrollment numbers for years. A federal investigation is ongoing.

A review of the two schools found more than 8,500 students were improperly included in enrollment counts during 11 years. Of those students, there were 4,706 instances where students completed no courses.

The State Board of Accounts special compliance report released in August focused on how Indiana’s funding of public schools is calculated based on a school district or charter school enrollment, also referred to as average daily membership (ADM). This student count takes place in the fall and spring

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Almost $14 Billion in Ready Investment to Fuel Post-COVID Economic Recovery at Risk, Report Finds

Delays, obstruction or cancellation of pipeline infrastructure projects are threatening at least $13.6 billion in economic activity, over 66,000 jobs and more than $280 million a year in state and local tax revenue at a time when America’s financial recovery from COVID-19 requires more investment and tax revenue, a new Consumer Energy Alliance report finds.

The report, How Pipelines Can Spur Immediate Post-COVID Economic Recovery,” for the first time quantifies the potential and actual economic harm that anti-energy interest groups and allied policymakers, regulators and even judges are creating, and contrasts that with the harsh COVID-related economic realities that exist right now in states where energy infrastructure is needed – but is being impeded.

The findings of the report, which examines a representative sample of states, demonstrates how new energy infrastructure construction activity could provide relief for struggling families and small businesses, put thousands back to work at wages

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New Data Show Genentech’s Enspryng Significantly Reduces Severity and Risk of Relapse in Neuromyelitis Optica Spectrum Disorder

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Genentech, a member of the Roche Group (SIX: RO, ROG; OTCQX: RHHBY), will present new Enspryng (satralizumab-mwge) data on reducing relapse severity in the treatment of neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder (NMOSD), a rare disease of the central nervous system. These data are being presented at MSVirtual2020, the 8th Joint Americas Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis (ACTRIMS) – European Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis (ECTRIMS) Meeting, in addition to longer-term efficacy data supporting the continued effect of Enspryng on reducing the risk of NMOSD relapse, as well as its favorable benefit:risk profile.

“The data for Enspryng at MSVirtual2020 are promising and suggest it significantly reduces relapse severity and frequency, which are important goals of the treatment for people with NMOSD,” said Anthony Traboulsee, M.D., neurologist and professor, University of British Columbia, and Research Chair of the MS

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450 Pizza Hut jobs at risk as it plots turnover rents in test of landlords’ appetite

Pizza Hut is to become the latest major UK restaurant chain to test landlords’ appetite for transforming the basis on which it pays rent as it unveils a comprehensive financial restructuring.



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Sky News has learnt that Pizza Hut Restaurants, which employs more than 5,000 people in Britain, is to propose switching to a turnover rent model, which would see it paying landlords based on revenue levels in each of its 245 outlets.

It later confirmed an intention to shut 29 of its UK sites, placing around 450 jobs at risk.

The proposals would be implemented through a company voluntary arrangement, making Pizza Hut Restaurants the latest in a string of big hospitality names to turn to insolvency mechanisms to reorient their business during the coronavirus pandemic.



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Pizza Express is closing dozens of sites

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New data show Roche’s ENSPRYNG (satralizumab) significantly reduces severity and risk of relapse in neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder (NMOSD)

  • ENSPRYNG lowered relapse severity in double-blind periods of SAkura Phase III studies.

  • Pooled data from SAkura open-label extension (OLE) studies support continued effect of ENSPRYNG reducing risk of relapse in the longer term

  • Ongoing data continues to show a favourable safety profile for ENSPRYNG

  • ENSPRYNG was recently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for adults with anti-aquaporin-4 (AQP4) antibody positive NMOSD

Basel, 10 September 2020 – Roche (SIX: RO, ROG; OTCQX: RHHBY) will present new ENSPRYNG® (satralizumab) data on reducing relapse severity in the treatment of neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder (NMOSD), a rare disease of the central nervous system. These data are being presented at MSVirtual2020, the 8th joint ACTRIMS-ECTRIMS meeting, in addition to longer-term efficacy data supporting the continued effect of ENSPRYNG on reducing the risk of NMOSD relapse, as well as its favourable benefit:risk profile.

“The data for ENSPRYNG at MSVirtual2020 are promising and

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