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Joanne Atkinson

Joanne Atkinson

Principal Lecturer, Law, University of Portsmouth

High street pawnbrokers: risky, expensive, but a lifeline for so many

Oct 04, 2019 14:44 pm UTC| Insights & Views Business

With the consumer credit market now saturated by online and payday lenders, it was perhaps no surprise when the Japanese-owned company Speedloan Finance abruptly announced that it was closing high street pawnbrokers...

MasterCard survives £14 billion class action but more could follow

Jul 24, 2017 13:59 pm UTC| Insights & Views Law

Convenience often comes at a cost. As consumers, many of us are resigned to seeing a surcharge or processing fee on goods and services when we pay by credit or debit card. At present, it is lawful for businesses to charge...

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Economy

China imposes 212% tariffs on Australia's wine, claims dumping

Chinese regulators would impose tariffs of between 107.1 and 212.1 percent on Australian wines after finding preliminary evidence of dumping, causing material damage to the domestic wine industry in China. An...

Oil price reaches highest level since March due to promising vaccine, Biden transition

Oil surged to $47 a barrel Tuesday, its highest level since in March on Tuesday, due to AstraZenecas promising coronavirus vaccine that spurred demand recovery hopes and US President-elect Joe Bidens transition to the...

Taiwanese money supply continues to see strong growth, CBC likely to keep rates on hold in December

Taiwanese MIB and M2 money supply continued to record solid growth in the month of October. On a year-on-year basis, MIB money supply grew 12.85 percent, while M2 money supply rose 7.05 percent in the month. This is the...

UK inks stopgap trade deal with Canada to get ready for Brexit

The UK signed a stopgap agreement with Canada, allowing trade between the two countries to continue under the same terms as Canadas existing treaty with the EU. The two countries are working on a new bilateral...

UN agency's heavy fuel oil ban in Arctic criticized as outrageous

The Clean Arctic Alliance criticized as outrageous the UN agency International Maritime Organizations (IMO) ban on the use and carriage of heavy oil fuel (HFO) by ships in Arctic waters as it would come into effect only in...

Politics

Barack Obama says Drake can play him in a biopic

There have been several screen adaptations that portrayed former President Barack Obama over the years. However, should there be another screen adaptation of the former president again, Obama has already given his approval...

Joe Biden victory: President-elect gains more votes in Wisconsin county recount

States are beginning to certify the wins received by president-elect Joe Biden as he moves forward to building his incoming administration before getting inaugurated by January. Following a recount of votes in Wisconsin,...

Melania Trump reportedly in talks to write a memoir with support from husband Donald Trump

Many political figures have often ventured into writing memoirs about their time as active public servants or even in the midst of their tenures. Outgoing first lady Melania Trump may soon be one of them as she is...

Donald Trump defeat: Supporter demands his $2.5 million donation be refunded in lawsuit

Donald Trump and his allies have continued to push their claims of voter and election fraud to court only to be met with overwhelming failure. Now, one of Trumps supporters is filing a lawsuit to demand a refund of his...

Science

Reincarnation: Top NASA scientist believed there is scientific proof of life after death

One of the biggest mysteries in life is the concept of the afterlife, something that could only be viewed in a more spiritual sense than scientific. However, one top NASA scientist believed that there is scientific...

Climate change warning: Antarctica's ice sheet may become unstable if global warming continues

The whole world may be suffering from climate change, but the icy region of Antarctica is among the worst-hit. As the ice has already melted at a concerning rate, scientists have warned that the ice sheet of the continent...

NASA discovery: Cassini probe detects elements for life in Saturn's moon Enceladus

There are certain places in our planetary neighborhood that scientists believe can host life or may have hosted life. One of those places, as NASA has discovered, might be Saturns moon Enceladus. Seen in the Discovery...

NASA news: Agency tests new solar thermal propulsion system for future launches

Agencies like NASA are already exploring possibilities in faster space travel including ways to launch satellites or probes into space. Recently, NASA is already testing out a new kind of propulsion system for launching...

Technology

‘Forza Horizon 5’ release date could happen in 2021

Xbox fans who also love racing games might be getting a new Forza game way sooner than they expected. A known gaming journalist reported that Forza Horizon 5 could be released as soon as 2021, even before the already...

Next ‘Mass Effect’ game could return to Andromeda

BioWare announced that it is working on an all-new installment to the Mass Effect franchise. While it is unclear if it will be an addition to the classic trilogy or a follow-up to Mass Effect: Andromeda, it could feature a...

‘GTA 6’ clue found in Google Map image of a dirt road in Virginia?

It has been evident that fans of the Grand Theft Auto franchise are dedicated to finding all the clues there could be to have enough reasons to still hope for the launch of GTA 6. In their latest quest of Easter eggs, the...

Standalone ‘GTA Online’ launches in 2021 with PlayStation-exclusive perks

Rockstar Games was one of the developers that actively participated in the Sony PlayStation events earlier this year that lead to the announcement of a GTA Online standalone release slated for next year. The launch will...
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