The loss of mental capacity of a director, partner or shareholder could be devastating for a business unless there are the necessary safeguards in place. Just consider: what would happen if a business owner or majority shareholder was unable to make critical decisions – would someone be able to authorise payments, enter into contracts and keep the business running? ...

An aerial view shows the storage tanks for treated water at the tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Okuma town, Fukushima prefecture, Japan, Feb. 13, 2021, in this photo taken by Kyodo. Kyodo/via REUTERS TOKYO - Japan plans to release into the sea more than a million tonnes of radioactive water from the destroyed Fukushima nuclear station, it said ...

WASHINGTON - World Bank President David Malpass and Jose Manuel Barroso, chair of the Gavi vaccine alliance, on Monday discussed the importance of countries with excess COVID-19 vaccine supplies releasing them as soon as possible, the World Bank said. Malpass expressed his desire to work closely with Gavi on a 2022 strategy, including helping expand vaccine production capacity for developing ...

The UK economy “showed some improvement” in February after growing by 0.4%, according to official figures. However, the Office for National Statistics said the economy was still 7.8% smaller than a year earlier, before the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Coronavirus restrictions remained in place to varying degrees across all four nations of the UK throughout January and February. ...

Microsoft Corp plans to buy a tech firm known for helping to develop Apple’s Siri speech recognition software in a deal valued at $19.7bn (£13.3bn). The purchase of Nuance Communications is the second largest in Microsoft’s history, after its acquisition of networking site LinkedIn in 2016. Microsoft said it would bolster its software and artificial intelligence expertise for healthcare ...

The UK is edging towards a new deal with the EU on Brexit arrangements for Northern Ireland with the potential for easing border checks on certain goods. Officials in London and Brussels have been involved in intense “technical talks” in the past two weeks over the future checks on food, plants and parcels going from Great Britain to Northern ...

Shoppers have surged back onto high streets across England and Wales as fashion stores, toy shops, hairdressers and other nonessential retailers reopened their doors for the first time in more than three months. The number of people in shopping destinations by 3pm on Monday was more than doublethe level of the previous Monday and only just over a quarter ...

BEIJING - China's exports grew at a robust pace in March in yet another boost to the nation's economic recovery as global demand picks up amid progress in worldwide COVID-19 vaccination, while import growth surged to the highest in four years. The data suggests the world's second largest economy will continue to gather momentum as it emerges from the COVID-19-led ...

GENEVA – Some 14.1 million doses of the Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine have been allocated to 47 countries and economies for delivery in the second quarter of this year, the Gavi Vaccine Alliance said on Monday. Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, the Philippines, South Africa, and Ukraine are set to be among the main recipients of the Pfizer vaccine between April and ...

MANILA – Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte reappeared in public on Monday after an absence of nearly two weeks which had fuelled concerns about his health that the government insists are unfounded. The Philippines is battling one of the worst coronavirus outbreaks in Asia, with hospitals in the capital Manila overwhelmed amid record daily infections, while authorities face delays in delivery ...

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