Postponed from its usual April slot on the sporting calendar, the rejigged 2020 edition of the London Marathon finally takes place this weekend – read on to find out how to watch this iconic race online, no matter where in the world you are.xfhg

This year’s rescheduled event will only feature elite runners who have prepared for the event within a biosecure bubble in an ‘athletes only’ hotel outside of London. The route is also set to be somewhat unfamiliar, eschewing its famous trip around the UK capital’s landmarks for a more Covid-19-safe revised 19.6 lap closed-loop circuit around St James’s Park.hf

The race marks the first major event of the year for the majority of runners taking part on Sunday, with the big talking point a rare and much-anticipated match up between world record-holder Eliud Kipchoge and 2019 Berlin Marathon winner Kenenisa Bekele.

With weather conditions currently favouring fast finishing times, both runners will also have one eye on setting a new marathon world record.

There appears to be a similar objective for Kenyan superstar Brigid Kosge in the womens race, who will be looking to better her own world record, while Daniel Romanchuk and Manuela Schär both return to defend their wheelchair race titles.hfg

Who will win this year? Read on to find out how to watch the 2020 London Marathon no matter where you are in the world.

Marathons are long-distance running events with a lot of participants. London Marathon is one of them held in London, United Kingdom. London Marathon was established by Olympic winner and reporter Chris Brasher and athlete Jhon Disley in 1981. As a part of the World Marathon Majors (WMM), the London marathon is setting a lot of World records to break.g

Since 2010, the race has been sponsored by Virgin Money

Postponed from its usual April slot on the sporting calendar, the rejigged 2020 edition of the London Marathon finally takes place this weekend – read on to find out how to watch this iconic race online, no matter where in the world you are.xfhg

This year’s rescheduled event will only feature elite runners who have prepared for the event within a biosecure bubble in an ‘athletes only’ hotel outside of London. The route is also set to be somewhat unfamiliar, eschewing its famous trip around the UK capital’s landmarks for a more Covid-19-safe revised 19.6 lap closed-loop circuit around St James’s Park.hf

The race marks the first major event of the year for the majority of runners taking part on Sunday, with the big talking point a rare and much-anticipated match up between world record-holder Eliud Kipchoge and 2019 Berlin Marathon winner Kenenisa Bekele.

With weather conditions currently favouring fast finishing times, both runners will also have one eye on setting a new marathon world record.

There appears to be a similar objective for Kenyan superstar Brigid Kosge in the womens race, who will be looking to better her own world record, while Daniel Romanchuk and Manuela Schär both return to defend their wheelchair race titles.hfg

Who will win this year? Read on to find out how to watch the 2020 London Marathon no matter where you are in the world.

Marathons are long-distance running events with a lot of participants. London Marathon is one of them held in London, United Kingdom. London Marathon was established by Olympic winner and reporter Chris Brasher and athlete Jhon Disley in 1981. As a part of the World Marathon Majors (WMM), the London marathon is setting a lot of World records to break.g

Since 2010, the race has been sponsored by Virgin Money

Richard Branson has pushed ahead with plans to raise up to $480 million through a blank check special purpose acquisition vehicle, or SPAC, according to a statement from his new company, VG Acquisition Corp.

Trading will kick off today on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol VGAC.U, with 48,000,000 shares initially priced at $10 each. The money is earmarked, according to a Virgin source, simply for a “new businesses venture.”

SPACs are shell companies that raise money by going public, then seek an existing business to merge with or acquire using the proceeds of the IPO. Branson himself will lead the management team of VG Acquisition Corp., which says it will focus on finding businesses from Virgin Group’s core sectors—namely travel, leisure, financial services, health, technology and renewable energy.

Branson has been modernizing the Virgin portfolio, with recent investments in Agilyx, a  difficult-to-recycle waste plastics company founded in a garage in Longview, Washington, and BMR, a wind power venture focused on the West Indies and Latin America. After the pandemic grounded Branson’s Virgin Atlantic fleet and threatened his business empire, the focus is shifting back toward innovation and high-growth entrepreneurship.

SPACs—So Hot Right Now

This isn’t Branson’s first experience with SPACs, sometimes referred to as “blank check companies.” In October 2019, he took his aerospace firm Virgin Galactic public via a merger with a SPAC led by venture capitalist Chamath Palihapitiya, in an $800 million deal. 

According to Barron’s, citing data from industry resource site SPAC Insider, there have been 116 initial SPAC public offerings this year that have raised $44

SYDNEY (Reuters) – As Virgin Australia shrinks to survive the pandemic, tiny Regional Express Holdings Ltd (Rex)

is picking up some of its larger rival’s planes and staff on the cheap – and attracting investors who see profit in the high-stakes plan.

A Boeing Co

737 leasing deal announced on Wednesday is the latest step in Rex’s gamble to take on Qantas Airways Ltd

and Virgin starting with Sydney-Melbourne, the world’s fifth-busiest domestic route before the pandemic.

The move by Rex, until now an operator of ageing 30-36 seat turboprops, is a rare example of an airline expanding into new markets as the pandemic cripples air travel.

Shares in Rex and charter operator Alliance Aviation Services Ltd

have risen this year as investors look for counter-cyclical growth stories. Rex’s shares reached a one-year high on Thursday.

Graphic – Regional carriers Regional Express and Alliance Aviation are outperforming larger peers as they undertake counter-cyclical expansion plans: https://fingfx.thomsonreuters.com/gfx/ce/bdwvkkyqqvm/AustraliaRegionalAviation.png

Rex entered the pandemic with a licence, little debt, a paid-off fleet and no planes on order. Last week it signed a term sheet with Asian investment firm PAG Asia Capital for up to A$150 million ($106.23 million) of convertible notes to pay for service to big cities, funds Rex Deputy Chairman John Sharp told Reuters will be kept separate from its government-subsidised regional operations.

But even with those advantages and the ability to sign cut-rate contracts, analysts say Rex faces formidable odds in competing against larger players. Those well-established brands have strong loyalty programmes, more frequent flights and fancier airport lounges, and will scramble to win back share as demand recovers.

“They are really poking the bear here,” Rico Merkert, a professor of transport at the University of Sydney Business School, said of Rex. “Qantas will do everything they can to defend their

SYDNEY, Sept. 29, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Ascenda, a global loyalty solutions company has been selected by Virgin Money Australia (part of the Bank of Queensland Group) to deliver market-leading reward capabilities within its newly announced digital bank.

Virgin Money Australia partners with Ascenda to deliver new loyalty program later this year.
Virgin Money Australia partners with Ascenda to deliver new loyalty program later this year.

The partnership will leverage Ascenda’s market leading technology to help launch a new loyalty programme that aims to reimagine the way customers are engaged and rewarded. Virgin Money Australia will look to reward customers for positive behaviours beyond transactional spend or upfront bonuses that traditional programmes focus on.

The new loyalty programme has been designed with Virgin Money Australia customers at the heart of the experience. A programme that will allow customers to earn points and unlock personalised offers, all from the palm of their hands anywhere in the world.

Virgin Money Australia customers will be rewarded on a wide range of everyday behaviours, like achieving their savings goals, staying within their spending target, shopping online or on purchases they make in store.

Mr Greg Boyle, Virgin Money Australia CEO said: “Australians are well aware of the value they deliver to the banks, but they don’t believe this is reflected in the service they receive. Instead they feel unrecognised and undervalued. We’re going to change that. We want our customers to feel recognised and rewarded every day they’re with us. Recognising loyalty should go beyond typical upfront bonuses or transactional rewards. We want to share value with our customers, whether it’s as they grow their relationship with us, to help them celebrate achieving their own financial goals, or to thank them for choosing us.” 

“Ascenda’s cloud-based API and white label capability is key to helping us achieve this. It will allow us to offer