Before the coronavirus arrived in the UK, it was just 3.8 percent of the country’s 812,000 call center agents home based, according to the ContactBabel research group. In November 2020, working from home was almost twice as common among call center personnel as it was among the general workforce. This seems to stay.
Ireland has refused to pay ransom to hackers who shut down most of its healthcare systems, leaving doctors incapable access to patient records. “A ransom has been requested and will not be paid,” said a spokeswoman for the Irish Health Service Executive. The vaccination program against Covid-19 is not affected.
The theory that it was coronavirus accidentally released of a laboratory in the Chinese city of Wuhan “remains viable” and needs further investigation, a group of senior scientists said. An investigation into the origins of the pandemic last year by the World Health Organization dismissed the idea.
The state of Western Australia has submitted funding applications for civil society organizations providing assistance for the coronavirus crisis in India. The government said it was requesting A $ 100,000 (US $ 78,000) to A $ 500,000 in grants from it A fund of $ 2 million to help India through the pandemic.
Ocado non-executive director Jörn Rausing – a member of the Tetra Pak dynasty – was in the buyers’ circle in March when he picked up £ 16.3 million worth of shares. He continues to build up his stake, adding another tranche worth £ 25.9 million on May 7. UK lockdowns pushed Ocado supermarket sales up 39 percent in the most recent quarter.
Sean Gilbertson, CEO of Fabergé, said the brand aims to grow its annual online sales from about 12 percent today to a third in three to four years. He said things were “bad but not catastrophic” in 2020 as lockdowns resulted in store closings and the pandemic muffled interest in the luxury sector.
Marex, a brokerage controlled by two former Lehman Brothers investment bankers, is considering listing on the main London Stock Exchange market. Having commodity markets took off in the past year thanks to strong demand from China, a post-pandemic rebound and bets on “greening” the global economy.
Apple vendor Foxconn’s net profit in the first quarter increased dramatically compared to the same period last year when the company’s China-based factories were badly hit by first pandemic lockdown. Net income was NT $ 28.2 billion (US $ 1 billion), up from just NT $ 2.1 billion a year earlier. Sales increased 45 percent to NT $ 1.4 trillion.