Niall Horan
The singer will play a show to an empty Royal Albert Hall

Singer Niall Horan has announced a one-off live streamed show, with proceeds going to members of his road crew.

The pop star has been working with some of his team since One Direction’s first tour in 2011 – and he says the pandemic has left many of them stranded.

“My stage manager is working on a building site currently,” he told the BBC. “A couple of lads are working in Tesco and Sainsbury’s.

“If there’s no touring, they don’t have a job. They’ve been left behind.”

The star and his crew were supposed to be on tour for six months this year, visiting Australia, Asia, Europe and America.

But while Horan used lockdown to write new songs and play radio sessions, he realises others don’t have that luxury.

“I’m obviously one of the lucky ones, but not everyone is as lucky as me,” he said. “I’m a 27-year-old dude, I live with one person, my cousin, in the middle of London. I’m fit and I’m healthy.

“Our crew members are the ones that have basically been forgotten about. Furlough doesn’t touch them – and they are the ones who have mortgages and families and homes and lives to pay for [but] they haven’t got any funds to do so.”

The idea of a live-streamed fundraising show arrived last month, and the star hopes to sell between 60,000 and 70,000 tickets to watch online – enough to “pay all of my crew”.

“I felt it was absolutely the least I could do, was stick a gig on,” he says. “And I urge all the other artists, including friends of mine, to do the same.”

No audience will be permitted into the venue, and the concert will not be available

We asked the members of the 2020 Female Founders 100 for their best advice about money. These are the highlights.

Suma Wealth
If you go into a room where everyone looks the same and no one looks like you, think, “No one has my experience, and that’s why I’m valuable.”

Eight Sleep
To build a strong, diverse investor roster, you need to start early and be patient. It’s much easier and better to get women investors in the early rounds.

The Alinker Inventions
All my employees make a living wage, as determined by the MIT calculator. I think I make around $21 an hour. I refuse to focus on money: It takes all of us to run this company and to build this community.

Heal
Just when you think you really should give up: Don’t. With the five minutes extra that you put in, there might be someone around the corner who wants to help you. It happens just at that moment where you’re like, it’s not going to happen.

Outer Aisle
We had to raise money to build our manufacturing facility. There was so much skepticism from investors. We made a pact that we wouldn’t be desperate to get the money. We walked away from some deals with far-reaching onerous terms. If you don’t do the math and understand what the legal covenants mean, very quickly an investor owns your company. Also: Get a very good securities attorney.

Summersalt
Learning how to tell our story differently was the biggest thing that allowed us to raise $17 million. Investors tend to ask female founders mostly “prevention” questions–in other words, how are you going to mitigate risk? Male founders mostly get “promotion” questions: How big can this be? If you never get the opportunity to paint the biggest picture of your

LONDON, Oct 13 (Reuters)Britain’s debt mountain is likely to rise and hold above 100% of gross domestic product for at least the next few years but Prime Minister Boris Johnson should be in no rush to tackle it with tax hikes, a think tank said.

Public borrowing in 2020 will hit a level unseen outside the two world wars, thanks to the government’s 200 billion-pound ($260 billion) coronavirus spending surge and a 95 billion-pound hole in tax revenues, the Institute for Fiscal Studies said.

Britain’s public debt pile has already hit 2 trillion pounds, or just over 100% of gross domestic product.

The IFS said it was likely to stand at 110% of GDP in the 2024-25 financial year, the end of its forecast period.

“Without action, debt – already at its highest level in more than half a century – would carry on rising,” IFS director Paul Johnson said. “Tax rises, and big ones, look all but inevitable, though likely not until the middle years of this decade.”

Just to keep debt at 100% of national income, the government would need to raise taxes – or cut spending – by about 2% of national income in 2024/25, or 40 billion pounds.

The world’s sixth-biggest economy has weaker growth prospects than some of its peers because of the large share of jobs hit hardest by the pandemic and the drag from Brexit, according to analysts at bank Citi who worked with the IFS.

At the same time, demands for higher spending on healthcare are unlikely to fade.

Finance minister Rishi Sunak ripped up the economic orthodoxy of his Conservative Party by unleashing a wave of public spending at the onset of the pandemic.

He says his priority remains to slow rising job losses although he has replaced his

Yes, there is a pandemic.

Yes, the skies opened up Saturday afternoon and doused volunteers in Norfolk who were waving and hoping drivers would stop and donate money.

No, Regina Darden and more than 200 volunteers were not deterred as her H.O.P.E. Foundation held its second annual World Homeless Day telethon from the Murray Center in Norfolk.

“Homelessness is just a situation, it’s not who you are,” Darden said to cameras inside the center which were streaming the fundraiser on Facebook. “So many of us are one paycheck from being homeless. This could be any one of us….Give us a chance to give someone else a chance.”

Darden started H.O.P.E. Foundation — Helping Others Pursue Excellence — from her Virginia Beach home four years ago after she said God put it in her heart to feed and house the homeless.

Darden has been handling the bulk of the feeding part on her own. Last year, she ran an overnight shelter out of Lighthouse Community Church in Ocean View. Three times a week, she cooked dinner for the homeless, whom she calls “guests.” In between the cooking and staying overnight at the shelter a couple of nights a week, she put in more than 40 hours as a longshoreman. She also enlisted helpers to manage the shelter and work with the guests with other needs such as applying for jobs, counseling and registering to vote.

Getting the housing will take more work and that’s how Darden developed telethon. She envisions buying or, God help her, she says, a church or business donates a building that will be a fulltime home for her guests. Her people need lockers to store their belongings. They need a computer room to check email and job applications. They want to play board games and watch TV

Henry Ford Health System announced Friday it will raise the minimum wage for most of its lowest-paid workers to $15 an hour. 



a car parked on the side of a road: Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital valet employee Kenneth Douglas, 31, of West Bloomfield, runs back to the main entrance after parking a car on Oct. 8, 2020. Douglas said a pay increase may relieve him of having to hold two jobs to make ends meet.


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Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital valet employee Kenneth Douglas, 31, of West Bloomfield, runs back to the main entrance after parking a car on Oct. 8, 2020. Douglas said a pay increase may relieve him of having to hold two jobs to make ends meet.

The increase takes effect Sunday, and will boost the pay of more than 3,000 employees in at least 100 different types of benefits-eligible jobs, including food service workers, environmental services staff andnurse assistants, among others.

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Michigan’s minimum wage is $9.65 an hour.

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The pay increase is expected to cost the health system about $6 million annually, and is part of a multi-phase plan that is expected to include a general increase for other employees later this year.

“Our core mission is to improve people’s lives,” said Henry Ford President and CEO Wright Lassiter III. “We know that across so many sectors of our country, where you have team members who have who have hourly wage levels that may not provide them with a sense of economic security and prosperity as we all would want for our own family members, loved ones, etc., that organization needs to think about stepping up to make that kind of investment in their team members.



a man wearing a suit and tie: Henry Ford CEO Wright Lassiter III speaking at the new sports medicine center in the Henry Ford Detroit Pistons Performance Center Wednesday September 18, 2019 in Detroit Michigan.


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Henry Ford CEO Wright Lassiter III speaking at the new sports medicine center in the Henry Ford Detroit Pistons Performance Center Wednesday September 18, 2019 in Detroit Michigan.

“While we can’t assert that raising the wage to $15 as the minimum standard for