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Virgin Media O2 explores bid for rival TalkTalk

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Virgin Media O2 has explored making a multibillion-pound offer for broadband and the telecoms company TalkTalk in its latest move to build scale to create a new “national champion” to challenge BT and Sky. The pay-TV,...

UK will not impose direct rule on British Virgin Islands, Truss says

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Direct rule will not be imposed on the British Virgin Islands (BVI) after the UK foreign secretary decided to give the territory’s emergency administration two years to implement reforms to tackle endemic corruption. ...

Virgin Atlantic’s easing of cabin crew tattoo policy marks industry shift

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Virgin’s easing of its policy on employees displaying tattoos marks a significant shift in an industry that has long had strict criteria on who is suitable to be cabin crew and how they should look. In the early days,...

No decision yet on British Virgin Islands direct rule, says UK minister after visit

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The Foreign Office minister Amanda Milling has said a decision on whether to impose direct rule on the British Virgin Islands (BVI) has still be to be made following her return from a three-day visit to the overseas t...

Virgin flight turns back to replace pilot who’d not done final flying test

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A Virgin Atlantic aircraft turned back to Heathrow after it emerged the first officer had not completed his final flying test. The Airbus A330 jet was nearly 40 minutes into its journey to New York on Monday when the ...

Caribbean states warn against direct rule of British Virgin Islands

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Seven Caribbean states have condemned as “retrograde” the potential imposition of direct rule from London on the British Virgin Islands (BVI) amid allegations of corruption and the arrest of the former BVI premier las...

British Virgin Islands premier demands release from US custody in cocaine case

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The premier of the British Virgin Islands has demanded his immediate release from US custody, arguing he is immune from prosecution on cocaine-smuggling charges because he is the elected, constitutional head of govern...

Call for direct UK rule of British Virgin Islands resisted by acting premier

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The acting premier of the British Virgin Islands has said he opposes a recommendation that the UK take direct control of the territory after his predecessor appeared in a US court on charges linked to drugs traffickin...

UK set to impose direct rule on British Virgin Islands as premier faces cocaine charges

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Britain is poised to impose a form of direct rule over the British Virgin Islands after the Caribbean territory’s premier was arrested in Miami on suspicion of drug running, and a UK-appointed commission of inquiry fo...

British Virgin Islands premier arrested on cocaine charges in US sting operation

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The premier of the British Virgin Islands (BVI) has been arrested in a sting operation in Miami on charges of conspiring to import cocaine into the United States and money laundering. The BVI governor, John Rankin, co...

BA and Virgin Atlantic put aside rivalry for return of leisure flights to US

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The UK’s long-haul airlines will put the worst of the pandemic – as well as old rivalries – behind them on Monday morning, when British Airways and Virgin Atlantic take off simultaneously at Heathrow for the first tra...

Virgin Wines posts sales rise and brushes off supply chain crisis

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Virgin Wines has announced a jump in sales and said it was confident it would avoid the supply chain chaos affecting other retailers because it had stocked up for this Christmas last year. Shares in the online drinks ...

Virgin Money to close 31 branches across Scotland and north of England

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Virgin Money has announced it will close 31 branches – almost all in Scotland and the north of England – in the latest stage of the UK banking sector’s retreat from the high street. The bank said it expected to make 1...

Virgin Media’s recycling promise gets zero marks

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Last year I upgraded my Virgin Media TV package, and, as result, ended up with two set-top boxes I needed to dispose of. One, sent in error, was new and unused. Despite my repeated attempts, Virgin refuses to take the...

Virgin Atlantic reports 600% surge in flight bookings to the US

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Virgin Atlantic has reported a 600% surge in flight bookings to the US and British Airways reported a jump in searches after the US said it would lift restrictions to allow fully vaccinated passengers from the UK and ...

Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic space flight investigated by US regulators

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British entrepreneur Richard Branson’s flight on his own spaceship is under investigation from the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) owing to a disturbance on his brief 11 July journey to space. On ...

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