The insurance regulator IRDAI has, in COVID 19 related instructions issued to insurance companies, said that they "may allow travel insurance policyholders to extend the start/end dates of policies valid between March 22, 2020, and April 30, 2020. This means that policyholders may soon get an option from insurers to extend their travel insurance policy dates without paying extra charges to ensure that the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on their travel plans and finances is cushioned. The option to extend dates without extra charges will come as a relief for those policyholders who have or will now have to reschedule their air ticket bookings due to the strict lockdown measures announced by the government to contain the spread of the deadly coronavirus (COVID 19). In a circular issued on March 30, the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI) states, "In case insurers have issued travel insurance policies which were/are valid between 22nd March 2020 and 30th … [Read more...] about COVID 19 impact: IRDAI asks insurers to allow travel insurance policies’ extension sans charges
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Barclays: Waiving interest fees from Friday March 27 until end of April. Barclays customers can apply for a three-month payment holiday on their mortgage. They can also switch mortgages from repayment to interest-only, as well as applying for a temporary increase on their credit card limit. Penalty charges to access fixed savings accounts early have also been removed. Co-op Bank: The bank can waive overdraft fees and review interest rates for some customers. The Co-op bank says that it has a range of measures that can help customers on a case by case basis. First Direct: First Direct has announced a £250 interest-free overdraft. 39.9 per cent for arranged overdrafts. The bank is also giving customers early access to fixed rate savings accounts without closure charges, as well support for customers with unsecured debt by offering breathing space, tailored to individual customer need. Customers can apply for an increase in credit card and overdraft limits and the option … [Read more...] about We’re self-employed single mums – our kids ask ‘will lockdown make us homeless?’ as we face 3-DAY queues on helplines
Elvis Is Back, the album resulting from the instant post-demob recording sessions, went some way towards re-establishing his credibility with his old fans through a compelling version of the bluesman Lowell Fulson's Reconsider Baby. In the summer of 1960, however, he released a single that created as permanent division among his following. It's Now or Never was an ornately orchestrated rewrite of the classic Neapolitan ballad O Sole Mio, an awfully long way from what purists believed to be his roots in the vernacular music of dirt-poor Tennessee. It prefigured Kitsch Elvis – the Presley of Are You Lonesome Tonight, Wooden Heart, Surrender, Bossa Nova Baby and Viva Las Vegas – and thereafter his music tended to be a highly personal mixture of Nashville, New York and Naples (and occasional detours to Nazareth). … [Read more...] about Elvis Presley: The return of the King
Season ticket refunds In the capital, Transport for London says users can now apply online for a backdated Oyster card refund, provided they bought the ticket from TfL and there is at least six weeks remaining on an annual ticket, or seven days left on monthly tickets. Users need to apply within eight weeks of their last journey. … [Read more...] about Can you pause season tickets, Sky Sports or car insurance during lockdown?
10:09 a.m. San Francisco partners with nonprofits to install Wi-Fi “SuperSpots”: San Francisco city and school officials announced they will install 25 Wi-Fi connection devices to bolster internet service throughout the city as schools move to online learning. The devices will be placed in areas that need them the most, including public housing sites, single-room occupancy buildings, community centers and neighborhoods where there are concentrations of students lacking internet access, city officials said. They will be deployed the week of April 13. The initiative is part of a partnership with nonprofit organizations EducationSuperHighway and the 1Million Project Foundation. “Every student in San Francisco needs to be able to stay connected to their teachers and classmates and keep learning as they stay home with their families during this time, regardless of where they live or if their family can afford to pay for high-speed internet,” Mayor London Breed said … [Read more...] about Coronavirus live updates: Nearly 500 cases in San Francisco, 3 more dead in San Mateo County