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....”. Nonetheless, the longer-term ramifications of the scheduling blunder now pose the first genuine threat in years to a business that has proved to be an unstoppable force. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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Cancellations and staffing crises – is Ryanair losing height at last? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 23rd of September 2017 03:00:19 PM
....”. Nonetheless, the longer-term ramifications of the scheduling blunder now pose the first genuine threat in years to a business that has proved to be an unstoppable force. ...
Should first-class train travel be abolished? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 11th of September 2017 08:00:00 AM
.... They have no word for this class: “It’s just who we are,” the press officer blithely told me. Apparently their customers are forever tweeting about how they thought they’d blundered into first, only to realise with delight that one size fits all. ...
Getting to grips with a £32,220 student debt – and how you can lighten the load image
.... After 30 years the debt is wiped however much is paid off. The SLC has been plagued with reports of administrative blunders, with some graduates reporting that errors have left them out of pocket, sometimes by thousands of pounds. ...
Energy customers overpaying to the tune of £102m image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 19th of August 2017 06:00:06 AM
....A study by comparison site uSwitch found that more than a quarter of gas and electricity customers had been charged an amount that didn’t reflect their meter readings. Other blunders included erroneous direct debits, incorrect fees and incorrect tariff or product details. ...
Do your fellow Brits a favour. Stop going on holiday | Simon Jenkins image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 3rd of August 2017 06:00:08 AM
.... Billions of pounds are to be denied to rail services in the north merely to ease the least-crowded commuter line into London – to be followed by a new London Crossrail 2. It is an epic infrastructure blunder. ...
Tax raid on YOUR pensions: Shock as savers overcharged £26million in THREE months image
. In an “outrageous” blunder, tax inspectors admitted having to repay more than £26million in the past three months. ...
'A wall of foam rose 6ft high, everyone ran' – your biggest work blunders image
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O’Reilly’s exit shows the sons are rising in the Murdoch empire image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 23rd of April 2017 05:59:05 AM
. The trouble with rickety global media players (owned by Murdoch Inc) is that botch and blunder know no borders. ...
Technology is a marvel – now let’s make it moral | Martha Lane Fox image
.... We rely on technology for almost everything – our banks, our healthcare, our transport – but we have no idea how it might work or how to hold it to account. At best, that leads to “understand the necessary hashtags”-style blunders. ...
Oscars will still use accountant firm PwC despite envelopegate blunder image
....PriceWaterhouseCoopers counts the votes and organises the envelopes being handed out at the ceremony. Mr Cullinan was the accountant who gave the wrong envelope to actor Warren Beatty, resulting in the blunder at last month's ceremony. ...
Watchdog finds £3bn in child support arrears may never be collected image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 28th of March 2017 05:01:19 AM
....The report, which looks at the DWP’s handling of the winding up of the original CSA scheme over the past five years, concludes that the process of closing the cases has been slow and dogged by inaccurate assessments. The CSA was set up in 1993 and swiftly became a watchword for Whitehall incompetence as it struggled with a series of IT problems, assessment blunders, case backlogs and poor customer service. ...
The Observer view on George Osborne as editor of the Evening Standard image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 19th of March 2017 12:05:01 AM
.... His Russian experience probably sees little wrong with the systemic interweaving of politics and journalism. And the Standard – given away free very successfully these days – isn’t particularly vulnerable to costly editorial blunders. ...
'LED street lights are disturbing my sleep' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 13th of March 2017 12:41:48 AM
.... . Miller Gabriel argues that many city-dwellers are blundering around in neighbourhoods that have never been properly lit, allowing crime to fester in the shadows. ...
PwC issues apology after Oscars best picture envelope mistake image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 27th of February 2017 11:26:00 AM
. PricewaterhouseCoopers, the accountancy firm that has overseen the counting of the Oscars ballots for 83 years, has apologised for the most spectacular blunder in the history of the starry ceremony – when the award for best film was mistakenly presented to La La Land instead of the actual winner Moonlight. ...
EasyJet should take on board our complaints about communications image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 18th of January 2017 07:00:01 AM
....Your husband counted 10 other passengers left stranded and says the easyJet customer service rep in the terminal admitted that the single tannoy call for the flight had been made five minutes after the plane had taken off and only after other passengers had complained of the lack of information. EasyJet insists that only two passengers missed the flight, but admits a blunder. ...
A new stock market bubble? Neil Woodford may have a point image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 12th of January 2017 03:21:32 PM
....To be fair to Lewis, he never said it would be quick. What’s more, after previous management’s catastrophic blunder in chasing self-defeating targets for profit margins, you can’t blame him for deciding the priority was to fix the offer for customers. ...
Crusader: How we fought to get you justice in 2016 image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Saturday 24th of December 2016 07:08:00 AM
....We also had success getting third party agencies, acknowledge their moral if not legal responsibilities, when things go wrong. Daughter Jill Stanford and mum Jean had the time of their lives seeing stars Michael Ball and Alfie Boe in the seats they first paid for after Crusader intervened following a ticket blunder that relegated them to the back rows of the theatre where Jean, who has limited sight, would have been unable to see the performance. ...
The 2016 awards for worst customer service, plus homes for Christmas walks image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 22nd of December 2016 02:16:49 PM
....How can a car hire firm take money from my card without authority?. We’re £15,500 out of pocket after a Lloyds blunder over house sale. ...
2016: the year Facebook became the bad guy image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 12th of December 2016 11:00:10 AM
....Then 2016 happened. As the year unfurled, Facebook had to deal with a string of controversies and blunders, not limited to: being accused of imperialism in India, censorship of historical photos, and livestreaming footage of human rights violations. ...
Don’t teach Brexit schoolkids about Tennyson: teach them maths image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 20th of November 2016 07:00:30 AM
....In the last few days, everyone from Labour’s John McDonnell to the president of the CBI have readied themselves to join the Tory Brexiters and charge into the cannon that lie in wait across the channel. They know “someone had blunder’d,” and yet theirs is not to reason why: theirs is to stampede onwards. ...
Love to chat  image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 25th of August 2016 11:23:25 PM
....The world loves to chat, and mobile phones have made instant yakking as easy as pie, whether by text, video, photo, voice, or all methods combined. No wonder so many of us blunder into lamp-posts and each other rather than looking where we're going. ...
Gas meter blunder leaves thousands of consumers out of pocket image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 15th of August 2016 02:22:16 PM
. Thousands of people have been overcharged, possibly by thousands of pounds, following a billing blunder that saw energy companies confuse old-style imperial gas meters with newer metric ones. ...

World Chess Championship to be held in New York, putting an end to months of speculation and cynicism 
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....American fans had hoped Brooklyn-raised Fabiano Caruana or the then US champ Hikaru Nakamura could set up a title match involving a home challenger. But in a nerve-racking final game, Karjakin sprung a surprise by overcoming Caruana when the Italian-American star blundered. ...

Clare Balding's wife Alice Arnold falls victim to BBC Olympics fencing spoiler as viewers think TV coverage is live
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....Many television viewers - wrongly thinking they were watching the match live - had the match ruined for them by "dual-screening" as they looked at social media at the same time. Even Alice Arnold, wife of the BBC’s Olympics anchor Clare Balding, has fallen victim to the blunder. ...

Suicide Squad actress Margot Robbie reveals she texts Prince Harry - and he's always quick to reply
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....Robbie, 26, first met Harry at a party last December in London - only to later admit she didn't recognise him. She mistook him for singer Ed Sheeran and she joked that he got offended when she admitted her blunder. ...
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Steven Woolfe insists he will be on Ukip leadership ballot despite missing deadline
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. Ukip leadership hopeful Steven Woolfe has left the door open for a legal challenge if party officials block him from the contest after technical blundering meant he missed the nominations deadline. ...

Isil's new front as it slaughters priest in French suburb
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Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Tuesday 26th of July 2016 09:03:52 PM
.... . He had been kept in custody for 10 months after being caught trying to travel to Syria last year, raising fears French security had blundered in failing to keep him under surveillance. ...

Isil knifemen who 'slit 85-year-old priest's throat' and took nuns hostage shot dead as second victim fights for life 
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....On Tuesday night it emerged that one of the alleged killers, Adel Kermiche, 19, had been under police supervision and wearing an electronic tag at the time of the attack. He had been kept in custody for 10 months after being caught trying to travel to Syria last year, raising fears French security had blundered in failing to keep him under surveillance. ...
Are you one of millions overcharged £72 by blundering energy companies? image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Wednesday 8th of June 2016 01:07:00 PM
.... "It’s unacceptable in this day and age that customers are picking up the cost of suppliers’ mistakes. Households are already trying to cope with the high cost of energy and can’t afford the additional cost of simple blunders. ...
The Crusader: Despair over parking appeal bungling image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Monday 6th of June 2016 08:00:00 AM
.... . The blunder it made led to it having to perform a sharp U-turn even though its website states all decisions are final. ...
EU DISASTER? Even tiniest crisis will TEAR fragile union apart, top credit agency warns image
....The question now seems to be "when" will the system break "rather than if", said Moody's in a scathing report. Years of austerity policies have fuelled resentment and disappointment with the project and Europe's blundering response to the migration crisis has also exposed weaknesses, according the firm. ...
Could Italy be the unlikely saviour of Project Europe? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 29th of April 2016 04:00:43 PM
.... But one way or another, Europe’s political economy will have to adapt to the new type of global capitalism evolving out of the 2008 crisis. With luck, a new breed of wily and agile Italian leaders will out-manoeuvre the blundering German dinosaurs, whose outdated rules and doctrines are leading the EU toward extinction. ...
10 biggest MISTAKES Britons make with their pensions  image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Thursday 7th of April 2016 12:31:00 PM
. Investment broker Hargreaves Lansdown has identified ten of the biggest pension mistakes and offered advice on how to save for your pension without making blunders. ...
ECB cuts interest rates to zero amid fears of fresh economic crash image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 10th of March 2016 08:32:28 PM
....Related: ECB can only buy time, not solve eurozone growth woes. “Having mislaid his bazooka in December, Mario Draghi has returned to the fray firing a blunderbuss,” said Simon Ward, chief economist at Henderson Global Investors. ...
Central bankers on the defensive as weird policy becomes even weirder image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 21st of February 2016 02:00:28 PM
.... The absence of supportive fiscal policy could be making an already tough job that much tougher. But the longer this goes on the more the suspicion grows that central bankers aren’t quite so clever as they think they are, and that what is dressed up as a carefully calibrated policy response is really just blundering around in the dark. ...
Putin is a bigger threat to Europe’s existence than Isis | George Soros image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 11th of February 2016 10:22:07 AM
.... There is no reason to believe he intervened in Syria in order to aggravate the European refugee crisis. Indeed, his intervention was a strategic blunder because it embroiled him in a conflict with Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, which has hurt the interests of both. ...
Keynes helped us through the crisis – but he's still out of favour image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 7th of February 2016 12:24:00 PM
....The fourth lesson would be contained in a special chapter in the 2016 edition of the General Theory devoted to the eurozone. Keynes would have been at his most acerbic in detailing the manifold failings of monetary union, from its flawed design to the succession of avoidable blunders made by the European Central Bank and European finance ministers since 2007. ...
Politicians need to get off their knees with the likes of Google | Andrew Rawnsley image
. You don’t need a search engine to answer the question: did George Osborne commit a serious blunder over Google? We know his next-door neighbour thinks so because David Cameron and his spokespeople have pointedly refused to repeat the chancellor’s ill-judged brag that it was “a major success” to extract just £130m in 10 years of back taxes from the digital monopolist. ...
Barclays picks from JP Morgan's ranks for new risk boss image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Friday 29th of January 2016 05:00:10 PM
.... . Mr Staley has pledged to slim down the investment bank and continue his predecessor Antony Jenkins’ focus on improving behaviour and culture following a series of blunders including the Libor-rigging scandal. ...
Watchdog says Tesco knowingly delayed supplier payments  image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Tuesday 26th of January 2016 10:00:42 AM
.... Tesco chief executive Dave Lewis apologised last year for the way the supermarket had treated its suppliers in the past  Photo: Reuters. Mr Lewis first apologised in October for the supermarket’s historical blunders with its suppliers. ...
Enough is enough: Banks told to stop payments systems crashing image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Sunday 24th of January 2016 01:43:20 PM
.... “Every few months we have yet another IT failure at a major bank. These IT blunders and weaknesses are exposing millions of people to uncertainty, disruption and sometimes distress. ...
Why the falling oil price may not lead to boom image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 17th of January 2016 10:59:04 AM
.... The net sum of seven years of unprecedented stimulus provided by zero interest rates and quantitative easing would be a half-baked recovery, a widening of the gap between rich and poor, emerging markets in crisis, and developed countries deep in deflation. Related: Janet Yellen and Fed left with face full of egg after interest rate rise blunder. ...
Janet Yellen and Fed left with face full of egg after interest rate rise blunder image
....Four weeks and one market meltdown later, the Fed’s decision no longer looks quite so clever. Indeed, if things continue as they have since the turn of 2016, the increase in US interest rates will go down in the annals as one of the great economic blunders. ...
Political uprising in Spain shatters illusion of eurozone recovery image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Monday 21st of December 2015 08:10:13 PM
.... Yet Podemos, a child of the ‘Indignados’ revolt against austerity, is led by young university professors steeped in the theories of Italy’s former Communist guru Antonio Gramsci. They have learned a lesson watching Syriza make blunders in Greece, but they are no less radical. ...
SA gets third finance chief in a week image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 14th of December 2015 12:16:32 AM
...."International investors are probably thinking: 'Why didn't the president make a much more considered decision in the first place?'" he said. President Jacob Zuma's decision to fire two finance ministers in the space of a week has been a colossal blunder. ...
RBS blunder leaves thousands of customers denied access to dormant accounts image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Sunday 13th of December 2015 11:59:27 AM
.... RBS, which is 72. 9pc owned by the taxpayer, has launched an internal investigation into the blunder, while the Financial Conduct Authority, which polices the City, has also been informed, according to the Sunday Times . ...
Beware the balancing act in George Osborne’s false economy image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 13th of December 2015 07:00:17 AM
....Even Osborne may well come to regret this. If, thanks to a combination of strategic blunders on the part of David Cameron and events, we end up with “Brexit”, then the reaction of the financial markets, which are already beginning to wake up to the seriousness of the trade position, could be devastating. ...
'Student Loans Company started taking money without warning seven years after I repaid my loan' image
. Major blunders by the Student Loans Company are continuing to disadvantage graduates, leaving them thousands of pounds out of pocket. ...
Cameron must not fudge hard-line EU negotiation image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Saturday 14th of November 2015 05:00:21 PM
.... . By making it clear for several years that he wants Britain to stay in whatever the outcome of his “renegotiation”, Cameron has blundered badly. ...
I told you so. Obama right and Europe wrong about way out of Great Recession image
....The White House was left incredulous by this act of self-immolation, and no wonder. When the history books are written, the economic blunders Europe committed in the name of sound money will be right up there with Britain’s decision to go back on the gold standard in 1925. ...
China should avoid financial meltdown image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 16th of October 2015 11:39:30 AM
....China certainly experienced a turbulent summer, owing to three factors: economic weakness, financial panic, and the policy response to these problems. While none on its own would have threatened the world economy, the danger stemmed from a self-reinforcing interaction among them: weak economic data leads to financial turmoil, which induces policy blunders that in turn fuel more financial panic, economic weakness, and policy mistakes. ...
Look beyond the jobless claims to find the truth about the US economy image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 15th of October 2015 02:45:35 PM
.... Americans filing new jobless claims fell to 255,000 last week – the lowest figure since Richard Nixon was president during the final few months of the post-second world war boom 42 years ago. Fewer claims for unemployment benefit means the labour market is running hot, which in turn means the economy is overheating, which in turn means the Federal Reserve made a strategic blunder when it confounded Wall Street by declining to raise rates in September. ...
Politicians should be doing less, not more image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Friday 9th of October 2015 08:13:00 PM
.... We are still paying for Gordon Brown’s spending spree. I fear that our monetary policy has been badly misguided, with endless blunders since the 1970s and beyond. ...
Swansea Bay tidal energy scheme strives to generate waves of optimism image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 2nd of September 2015 06:16:36 PM
....Related: World's first tidal-lagoon clean energy scheme prompts environmental row. The fast-talking Shorrock is a persuasive salesman with a track record in pulling off wind and solar schemes, but he has also made the odd blunder. ...
AEP: China's market Leninism turns dangerous for the world image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Monday 24th of August 2015 08:19:10 PM
.... What is clear is that the world is no longer willing to give the economic benefit of the doubt to Chinese leaders. The pretensions of market Leninism have been shattered by one policy blunder after another over the past year. ...
Windows 95 at 20: how Bill Gates' software changed the world image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Sunday 23rd of August 2015 07:58:04 PM
.... . A few months after Vista emerged, Apple launched the iPhone, and a series of blunders under Mr Gates’ successor, Steve Ballmer, meant Microsoft never made so much as an imprint on the smartphone market. ...
Jeremy Corbyn is right to blame the banks, not Labour, for the financial crisis image
.... As Corbyn has rightly noted, people did not queue outside Northern Rock branches for three days in September 2007 because Labour was spending too much on teachers and nurses. It has been a catastrophic political blunder not to challenge the myth that Brown’s government caused the crisis and the austerity that followed. ...
Northern Rock customers miss out on £258m mortgage compensation image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Thursday 23rd of July 2015 11:10:13 AM
.... . More than 150,000 smaller borrowers were told in 2012 they were in line for £270m worth of compensation for blunders in the loan paperwork, even if they had not suffered losses as a result. ...
How an illegal pension unlocking firm could be running your company retirement fund image
.... A similar regulatory loophole meant the workers were able to start saving, even though the scheme had not been officially recognised by the authorities. The blunder has lead to them losing around three month’s pension contributions. ...
Production rose in America after pay rises – could the same happen here? image
....The move has divided economists. Some regard it as the most scandalous economic blunder yet committed by George Osborne, arguing that it is an idiotic attempt to interfere in the free labour market. ...
Co-op supermarket admits it double-charged 'hundreds of thousands' of customers in recent days image
....” . It is the latest blunder for the Co-op, whose problems began in 2013 with the emergence of a £1. ...

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