UK finally extends visa for NHS doctor who was critically ill with Covid

a man standing in front of a mountain: Dr Basem Enany, a consultant cardiologist, was placed on a ventilator after developing Guillain-Barré syndrome, a rare complication of Covid-19.

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Dr Basem Enany, a consultant cardiologist, was placed on a ventilator after developing Guillain-Barré syndrome, a rare complication of Covid-19.

An Egyptian NHS doctor who feared he might be removed from the UK because he was too sick to work after becoming critically ill from Covid-19 complications is celebrating after his visa was finally extended by the Home Office.

Dr Basem Enany, a locum consultant cardiologist at York teaching hospital, had treated many coronavirus patients. He was placed on a ventilator after developing Guillain-Barré syndrome, a rare complication of Covid-19 and other viruses, which left him partially paralysed. Enany believes that there is only one other recorded Covid-related case like his in the UK.

The stress of being critically ill was compounded by fears that the Home Office would not renew his work visa because of his illness, leaving the family at risk of removal, or of

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Stripe Capital Extends Lending To Online Platforms

Payments giant Stripe is taking Stripe Capital, its push into online business finance and lending, to the next level.

Stripe Capital first got off the ground in September 2019, offering customers and businesses financing options through its online platform.

On Tuesday (Dec. 1), Stripe went live with the next phase in its business lending campaign, which enables online platforms to offer financing to their business customers through Stripe Capital.

In particular, Stripe Capital noted it equips platforms with an “end-to-end lending API” through which they can provide financing options. That enables platforms to offer an additional service for online merchants in need of a quick infusion of cash or some working capital without having to build their own lending solution.

With traditional banks scaling back their lending to small businesses, Stripe is looking to step into that void, with rapid lending decisions based

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Main Street Skowhegan extends Small Business Saturday to Dec. 5

In a photo of Christmas past, James Albert, left center, rings up customers at the River Roads Artisans Gallery in Skowhegan on Small Business Saturday last year. In 2020 merchants are stretching Small Business Saturday from Nov. 28 to Dec. 5. Michael G. Seamans/Morning Sentinel file

Main Street Skowhegan has partnered with a handful of local businesses to create #ShopSmall Week, an event that offers shoppers incentives for supporting small businesses in the area.

From Saturday, Nov. 28 to Dec. 5, shoppers can receive a variety of discounts from the 49 participating shops and restaurants in the Skowhegan area.

Every time a shopper makes a purchase at a business, they can fill out a raffle ticket for a drawing of two $100 gift cards and two $50 gift cards. Raffle winners will be selected at the end of the week, and the gift cards can be used at any local

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Mastercard Extends Open Banking Efforts with Close of Finicity Acquisition

PURCHASE, N.Y.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Mastercard (NYSE: MA) today announced it has completed its acquisition of Finicity, a leading North American provider of real-time access to financial data and insights.

“Today is a great milestone as we continue to build out the solutions that deliver on the potential of open banking,” said Craig Vosburg, president, North America, Mastercard. “We now turn our focus on bringing these two talented teams together. That starts with our shared commitment to consumer-centric data practices to create more value for consumers and businesses from the information in their account and give them more control in how that data is used.”

With a direct connection to the North American banking, lending and wealth management ecosystem, Finicity adds to Mastercard’s commitment to be a one-stop partner for banks, merchants, fintechs and governments. These connections are supported through next generation open banking APIs and consumer approvals.

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Small Business Administration extends deadline for wildfire disaster loans


The U.S. Small Business Administration has extended its deadline for businesses impacted by the Oregon wildfires to apply for disaster loans.

Now Oregon businesses in the eight counties affected by wildfires, including Lane County, have until the end of the month to file. Counties eligible to apply are Lane, Clackamas, Douglas, Jackson, Klamath, Lincoln, Linn and Marion.

More: Oregon lawyers offer free help to wildfire victims navigating insurance, rebuilding

The business administration has two types of business disaster loans available: physical disaster loans and economic injury loans, according to a news release from the administration.

Physical disaster loans are used for businesses to repair or replace damaged property “including real estate, inventories, supplies, machinery and equipment,” the release stated.

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Coronavirus: The UAE extends grace period for visa overstay violations

The UAE has extended its grace period for expired visas until December 31 2020, according to state news agency WAM.

Those whose visas expired before March 1 2020 will be exempt from all overstay fines, provided that they leave the country.

Major General Saeed Rakan Al Rashidi, Director-General of Foreigners Affairs and Ports at ICA, said the extension is to enable violators to adjust their status in the country before the end of the year, according to WAM.

The UAE has introduced grace periods for those with expired visas several times this year in the wake of uncertainty caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

On August 18, it was announced that violators of entry and residence laws would be given an additional three months grace, with overstay fines not enforced.

This extension expired on Tuesday November 17, the same day the latest announcement was made.

Other Gulf countries, including Bahrain, have

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UAE extends fine waiver for visa violators till December 31

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Abu Dhabi: The UAE’s Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (ICA) has announced an extension of the grace period of exemption for “all violators” of the law on entry and foreigners’ residency law until the end of the current year (December 31, 2020).

Major General Saeed Rakan Al Rashidi, Director General of Foreigners Affairs and Ports at Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (ICA), said the grace period extension runs from until end of this year.

“The period of extension for overstay violators has been extended until the end of December 31, 2020. The extension is for people who violated the entry and foreigners’ residence law before March 1, 2020. They will be exempted from all fines provided they leave the country before the deadline,” Maj Gen Al Rashidi said in a statement.

As per the statement, the order applies to people who have been illegally

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IRDAI extends new rule to all products till March 31, 2021

text, whiteboard: The communication with the buyer needs to clearly highlight the Sum Assured, premium amount payable, policy term and the premium payment term.

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The communication with the buyer needs to clearly highlight the Sum Assured, premium amount payable, policy term and the premium payment term.

The insurance industry is riding the digital wave with the regulator allowing the life insurance companies to obtain the customer’s consent through electronic means, i.e., without requiring a wet signature on the proposal form. Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI) had earlier allowed insures to dispense with physical signatures on proposal forms in the case of pure risk products only till 31st December 2020, but now business solicited by individual Insurance Agents and Insurance Intermediaries under all products till 31st March 2021 can be done without requiring wet signatures on the proposal form.

The suitability assessment, benefit illustration (wherever applicable) and the completed proposal form shall be sent to the proposer on his / her registered e-mail ID or mobile

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UAE Extends Golden Visa Eligibility, Allows 10-Year Residency To Some Professions

With hospitals full, El Paso extends business shutdown for 3 weeks

EL PASO, Texas — El Paso’s temporary shutdown of nonessential businesses will continue for at least three more weeks under a new executive order issued by County Judge Ricardo Samaniego. The move extends a previous order Samaniego issued on Oct. 29 in an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19 in this border city, where local hospital beds are scarce because of a surge of coronavirus patients.

The county has struggled to contain new infections, which have exceeded 1,000 daily cases several times during the last two weeks. The outbreak was responsible for another 14 deaths reported Wednesday, and active cases in this border area are now at more than 29,000. Nearly 1,100 patients are hospitalized, including 279 in intensive care, according to the latest government statistics.

Samaniego’s extension of the shutdown order until Dec. 1 comes despite the Texas attorney general’s office’s ongoing efforts to have the county order

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