Young men and women attend their graduation ceremony in Pasay City. — PHILIPPINE STAR/ EDD GUMBAN Three-fourths of Filipino youth aged 15 to 30 are optimistic that their quality of life will improve over the next five years despite the pandemic, according to a national survey conducted in 2021 by Youth Leadership for Democracy (YouthLed) and Social Weather Stations (SWS).  ...

Charities linked to Baroness Mone and her husband are distancing themselves from the couple after they were accused of secretly receiving £29 million by lobbying for a PPE company. ActionAid has said it will no longer accept any donations from the Barrowman Foundation which was founded by Mone’s husband, the financier Doug Barrowman, and lists her as a trustee. ActionAid ...

London firms will be forced to weather a sharp drop-off in investment in the coming months before it rebounds in full force, a top official at the British Business Bank has warned. Matt Adey, senior economist at the state-backed economic development bank, said choppy markets in the UK meant that investment into London’s growing firms would slow in the period ...

Farmers without solar panels could be missing out on up to £1bn over the next two years, according to new analysis from the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit (ECIU). Solar panels have enabled farmers to sell energy they generate themselves to cut their own bills. However, the vast majority of England’s farms do not have solar panels – with only ...

Facebook and Instagram have asked for government protection from Jacob Rees-Mogg’s bonfire of up to 4,000 EU laws on post-Brexit statute books. In a letter to a parliamentary committee to be published on Friday, the parent group, Meta, asks that laws underpinning social media firms are either “explicitly maintained elsewhere” or “removed from the scope” of the retained EU law ...

Michael Murray’s attempt to “elevate” the Frasers Group brand has stepped up a gear after the Sports Direct owner confirmed it had bought Gieves & Hawkes. The Savile Row tailor, which has dressed royalty as well as Lord Nelson, Winston Churchill and Noël Coward, was put up for sale this year after its Chinese owner was placed into liquidation. Frasers’ ...

Atom Bank has pushed back its flotation by at least two years after tapping backers for another £30 million, giving it a post-deal valuation of £460 million. The fast-growing, Durham-based online lender is now aiming for a “liquidity event” in 2024 or 2025, having previously pencilled in 2022 or 2023. A liquidity event could be an initial public offering on ...

Jeremy Clarkson has said that Britons “do not pay enough for their food”, while recounting an experience when he was battered by heavy rain as he tried to help pigs mate. The broadcaster, 62, bought an Oxfordshire farm in 2008 and began managing the land when a tenant farmer retired in 2019. His efforts have been documented in the TV ...

PHILIPPINE STAR/ MICHAEL VARCAS By Luisa Maria Jacinta C. Jocson, Reporter The National Government’s budget deficit ballooned to P99.1 billion in October, as state spending outpaced revenue collections, the Bureau of the Treasury (BTr) reported on Friday. In its latest cash operations report, the BTr said the October budget gap rose by 54.08% from the P64.3 billion deficit in the ...

REUTERS One of the UK’s biggest pork producers has spent £4 million ($4.8 million) hiring butchers from the Philippines, after a staffing crisis threatened to hamper production. Cranswick Plc, which supplies supermarkets with pork and poultry, is paying for 400 butchers to travel from the Asian islands to work in Britain after staff from continental Europe flocked home following Brexit. ...