So, this challenger bank caper is all proving rather challenging. The idea was that, in the wake of the financial crisis they at least partly caused, the mainstream banks would be, if not swept aside, at least slapped around by a new breed of lender. The nation would delight as beastly old Lloyds, money laundering HSBC and error-prone Barclays got their comeuppance for years of mistreating us. Ten years down the line, well, we’ve had some entertainment but the market shares of the big players are stubbornly unmoved and the challenger banks are mostly fighting among themselves. Freed from the shackles of Lloyds, TSB was going to earn the love of swathes of new customers. Instead, its computers fell over. All of them. Customer-lover-in-chief Paul Pester had to go. Virgin Money was forced into the hands of CYBG once it became clear that, for all of its marketing razzamatazz, it was about as challenging as coleslaw. Yesterday OneSavings Bank and Charter Court confirmed they are in … [Read more...] about Simon English: The challenger banks have finished up on the ropes
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By Amanda Becker MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (Reuters) - U.S. Senator Cory Booker made the nation's complicated history with race relations and racial disparities a focal point at events in the key state of Iowa during his first 2020 presidential campaign swing over the weekend. Booker, 49, a former Democratic mayor of Newark, New Jersey, frequently discussed incarceration and employment disparities, while also telling his parents' story of trying to buy a house in an un-integrated New Jersey suburb in the late 1960s with the help of a volunteer civil rights lawyer. Booker's focus was an overture to the coalition of young, diverse voters that twice elected former Democratic President Barack Obama, while also differentiating his style from that of the first black U.S. president, who rarely discussed race during his campaign. Booker's emphasis on his personal and mayoral past, as well as his work as a senator on criminal justice issues, may also set him apart in a crowded field of Democratic … [Read more...] about Booker focuses on race relations in initial 2020 White House swing
By Jerry Rice | [email protected] | Daily BulletinPUBLISHED: January 10, 2019 at 8:37 am | UPDATED: January 14, 2019 at 3:49 pm In 2019, there are so many fun things to do in Southern California it will take 52 weeks to fit them all in. Whether you’re into art, beer and wine, classic cars, food, movies, music, sports or something else, here’s our annual guide to dozens of the best events happening during the next 12 months. Jump to a month: February | March | April | May | June | July | August | September | October | November | December JANUARY Palm Springs International Film Festival One of the largest film festivals in North America features more than 200 films from nearly 80 countries. Regular screenings continue through Jan. 13, with Best of the Fest presentations happening Jan. 14. When: Through Jan. 14 Where: Six theaters in the Palm Springs area, including Regal Cinemas Stadium 9 and Palm Canyon Theatre Tickets: $13 individual screenings, $69 for six Information: … [Read more...] about 2019 list of festivals, fairs and special events in Southern California
While big cities like Paris or Rome are probably at the top of your travel bucket list, there are plenty of off-the-radar destinations that deserve your attention. From overlooked second cities – Bergen, Norway, and Valparaíso, Chile, to name a few – to beautiful islands such as Anguilla and Pangkor Island, Malaysia, INSIDER has you covered with unexpected spots that you’ll want to visit. Keep reading to learn about 40 of the most underrated travel destinations around the world. Bergen, Norway While often overshadowed by Oslo, the Norwegian capital, Bergen – the country’s second-largest city – has plenty to offer. From the vibrant buildings that dot Bryggen, a historic harbour district and UNESCO World Heritage Site, to the spectacular views from Fløyen Mountain, which is accessible by funicular, charm and natural beauty abound. An ideal destination for watersport fans, visitors can also go kayaking and rafting through Norway’s … [Read more...] about 40 of the most underrated travel destinations around the world
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Business Log In Subscribe Log In Today’s Paper Business | It’s Africa’s Quiet Killer. This Entrepreneur Says He Has a Low-Cost Fix. Supported by ByPeter S. Goodman Dec. 6, 2018 Eric Reynolds will tell you that he is on the verge of freeing much of humanity from the deadly scourge of the cooking fire. He can halt the toxic smoke wafting through African homes, protect what is left of the continent’s forest cover and help rescue the planet from the wrath of climate change. He is happy to explain, at considerable length, how he will systematically achieve all this while constructing a business that can amass billions in profit from an unlikely group of customers: the poorest people on earth. He will confess that some people doubt his hold on reality. “A lot of people think it’s too good to be true,” says Mr. Reynolds, a … [Read more...] about It’s Africa’s Quiet Killer. This Entrepreneur Says He Has a Low-Cost Fix.