Openpay sets sights on retail for UK expansion

PM Lee Hsien Loong celebrates Chinese New Year with Singaporeans in Zurich

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Mrs Lee attended a gathering at the Zurich Marriott Hotel on Thursday night for Singaporeans living and working in Switzerland.

Around 250 people were at the event.

Mr Lee was in Switzerland for the World Economic Forum in Davos earlier in the week.

He had said earlier that it was unfortunate he would miss his own Chinese New Year reunion dinner, but added that a highlight of his trip was the chance to celebrate with the Singaporean community in Zurich.

Ayanna Pressley Throws Down Gauntlet To Betsy DeVos Over Slavery-Abortion Comparison

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos likened ending abortion to ending slavery and drew a scathing response from Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.), who challenged DeVos to repeat the claim to her in person.

“As a Black woman & the Chair of the abortion access task force, I invite you to come by the Hill and say this to my face,” Pressley tweeted Thursday.

“Would welcome the opportunity to educate you,” added Pressley, who last week garnered widespread praise for revealing she has alopecia.

In a second tweet, Pressley said “the rhetoric & policies of anti choice zealots like DeVos put the lives & bodily autonomy of far too many people at risk.”

Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) ― a fellow member of the House’s so-called “Squad” of four freshman Democratic congresswomen of color ― appeared to approve of Pressley’s response:

DeVos likened President Abraham Lincoln’s fight to end slavery to conservative Christians’ fight to restrict abortion during a Colorado Christian University dinner on Wednesday, reported the Colorado Times Recorder.

“Lincoln was right about the slavery choice then, and he would be right about the life choice today,” DeVos claimed. “Because as it’s been said: Freedom is not about doing what we want. Freedom is about having the right to do what we ought.”

Passengers rushed to hospital after a serious crash in Kilkenny

TWO PASSENGERS have been rushed to hospital after a serious crash on the N77 earlier this morning.

The two-vehicle crash took place on the N77 near Freshford between Kilkenny and Ballyragget at approximately 8.50am earlier today.

Two occupants of the cars have been rushed to hospital.

Emergency services are attending the scene and the road is currently closed, according to a garda spokesperson.

“The road is currently closed for examination and local diversions are in place,” said a garda spokesperson.

Death toll rises to 22 after earthquake hits eastern Turkey

The death toll from a strong earthquake that rocked eastern Turkey climbed to 22 Saturday, with more than 1,000 people injured, officials said.

Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu, speaking at a televised news conference near the epicentre of the quake, said 39 people had been rescued from the rubble of collapsed buildings, including a woman recovered 14 hours after the main tremor.

Trump Senate impeachment trial live updates: Trump's team makes its case

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President Trump's legal team on Saturday is making its case before the Senate impeachment trial for why Trump should be acquitted.

It comes after the Democratic House managers wrapped up their final arguments late Friday.

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China says confirms total of 1,372 cases from coronavirus outbreak: state media

BEIJING (Reuters) – China says it has a total of 1,372 cases of the coronavirus nationally with 41 people having died, as of 6 p.m. local time (1000 GMT) on Saturday, according to state-owned CCTV.

The number of dead remains the same as that reported earlier on Saturday. Some 39 people have been discharged, according to CCTV.

How UK Power Networks sorts you out when the energy fails

It’s the main source distributing more than 25 percent of the UK’s electricity, making sure the lights stay on in the south and east of England (five others provide the service in the rest of the country regardless of who people pay their energy bills to).

Once the emergency call had been made by our reader, who was shivering alone in the dark, the engineers came within two hours as promised and the service centre called several times to supply updates and ensure the customer was coping ok. The power was back before they left.

UKPN engineers work round the clock, 365 days a year, and will supply a generator if an on-the-spot fix is not possible. There is no charge. If the electricity fails and your meter is dead, this is the service and heroes you need.

Ringing 105 (free) will route you through to your local electricity distributor. If you are in vulnerable circumstances and live in UK Power Networks’ area you can join its free Priority Services Register to benefit from extra support in a power cut.

Openpay sets sights on retail for UK expansion

Managing director Andy Harding said that the company wants to establish itself as the leading player in the growing “buy now, pay later” finance market. Openpay entered the UK last summer and its competitors include Klarna, Clearpay and Payl8r.

“Our competitors have first-mover advantage, but we can overhaul them, we have the better product,” Harding said.

Openpay makes its money by charging retailers, such as TV shopping channel Ideal World, to use its platform. Shoppers spread the cost of their purchases over two to three months and there are no interest payments or fees.