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SMALL CAP IDEAS: Blackbird sees the contracts flying in

While the past five months have seen the unfolding of an international health emergency with a very human dimension, when Blackbird boss Ian McDonough looks back on lockdown, he may remember this unprecedented period for different reasons. For around the end of March is when the tectonic plates started shifting …

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Covid: Australia hopes to roll out almost 85 million vaccine doses

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Coronavirus: Hundreds to self-isolate after football outbreak

Image copyright Google Image caption The outbreak is linked to a charity match at Burnside Working Men’s Club Up to 300 people who attended a charity football match are being told to self-isolate after 28 people tested positive for Covid-19. The event at Burnside Working Men’s Club, in Fencehouses on …

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Coronavirus: India overtakes Brazil in Covid-19 cases

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RUTH SUNDERLAND: Aviation needs a huge lift

The crisis in the aviation industry goes far beyond holidays and jobs for cabin crew, important though those are.  The Government’s abject failure to get the planes flying again is devastating for our aerospace manufacturing industry and will kybosh ambitions to be an open, free-trading economy post-Brexit.  Most outrage has …

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Statistical ‘artefact’ weighed on French GDP contraction

France’s economic contraction has been amplified by the way the country measured the impact of the coronavirus lockdown on its vast public sector, explaining partly its underperformance compared with Germany and making it likely to outperform in the third quarter, according to economists and statisticians. Gilles Moëc, chief economist at …

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Covid-19 restrictions threaten shipping lanes and crew

The closure of international borders, flight caps and quarantine procedures owing to Covid-19 pose a grave threat to global shipping supply chains and the welfare of seafarers, the head of Australia’s maritime safety authority has warned. Mick Kinley, chief executive of Australian Maritime Safety Authority (Amsa), said there was an …

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