Day: June 26, 2020

Volunteer marketplace set to explode as workers battle to keep themselves relevant

The volunteer marketplace has never been so important, as people try and ensure they have the skills and experience necessary to keep themselves relevant.

This is the message from Furloughed Life, which was launched in April to assist workers on furlough gain more skills during the COVID-19 pandemic. The online platform recently expanded so it can also help people who have been made redundant and just graduated.

Manoj Ranaweera, founder of Furloughed Life and managing director of Techcelerate, comments: “Unfortunately, as we enter the fourth month of furlough, further business closures and more redundancies are inevitable. The harsh truth is there are not going to be enough 9-5 jobs to go around, and it will take years for the economy to return to growth mode.  As we battle through this pandemic, the way we all work is going to change forever so it is vital that everyone does what

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UK sales of bikes up 60% in April as Covid-19 changes lifestyles

Britons bought 60% more bikes in April as the nation turned to two-wheeled transport during the coronavirus lockdown.

Government advice to avoid public transport and to limit travel to essential journeys led to a complete turnaround in the cycle market. In the first three months of the year, the value of bike sales was down 4% and 8% fewer bikes were bought in the UK, according to the Bicycle Association.

However, in April, the value of sales surged by 57% as the number of bikes sold rose 60%. The biggest change was in more affordable bikes valued at £400 to £1,000, sales of which doubled in April. Sales of bikes costing more than £3,000 fell.

Almost 50% more electric bikes were sold in April, a big step up in the pace of growth from the 29% seen in the first quarter of the year. However, the Bicycle Association said the

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Google to launch news service licensing “high-quality” journalism

Google has announced that it will be launching a rival news service to Apple News, reports Business Insider.

The new news service, would allow Google to curate and license a number of articles from news partners and the company has already signed deals with a number of publishers in Germany, Brazil, and Australia.

This will also allow the tech giant to ringfence who it’s paying for news.

Google’s VP of product for news Brad Bender wrote in a blog post:

“Today, we are announcing a licensing program to pay publishers for high-quality content for a new news experience launching later this year.

“Where available, Google will also offer to pay for free access for users to read paywalled articles on a publisher’s site. This will let paywalled publishers grow their audiences and open an opportunity for people to read content they might not ordinarily see.

“Alongside other companies,

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