Wedding venue boss facing financial ruin blasts Boris’ ‘devastating’ 3-tier rules and says: ‘We’re on our knees’

A STRUGGLING wedding venue boss whose case was discussed in the Commons has blasted the new three tier Covid rules as “a disaster”.

Mandy Baker-Bird’s fears for her business were raised at Prime Minister’s Questions by Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer.

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Mandy Baker-Bird was left devastated by the government's new three tier lockdown rules


Mandy Baker-Bird was left devastated by the government’s new three tier lockdown rulesCredit: Richard Rayner
Mandy owns Yorkshire Wedding Barns and fears for her business


Mandy owns Yorkshire Wedding Barns and fears for her businessCredit: Richard Rayner
The wedding venue boss said there is 'nothing in the new rules' which helps her


The wedding venue boss said there is ‘nothing in the new rules’ which helps herCredit: Richard Rayner

She was furious when Boris Johnson expressed sympathy but failed to announce any help for the wedding industry.

And she has hit out again now that the new Covid rules have left the sector – worth £14billion to the UK economy – hanging by a thread.


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With Alfond financial gift, UNE to move medical college to Portland campus

A substantial financial gift from the Harold Alfond Foundation will see the University of New England’s College of Osteopathic Medicine move to the Portland campus, and the development of new  programs at the Biddeford campus, UNE officials announced Friday. Brianna Soukup Photo/Portland Press Herald

BIDDEFORD — A substantial gift to the University of New England from the Harold Alfond Foundation will support relocation of the College of Osteopathic Medicine to the Portland campus.

The move will open space to bring new programs to the Biddeford campus and expand existing ones, UNE officials say.

The Harold Alfond Foundation announced that the University of New England is one of eight Maine educational institutions to benefit from a $500 million investment made to confront the state’s long-term economic challenges. Details about UNE’s share of the investment will be outlined with other details at a news conference set for 10 a.m. Tuesday, which may

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Women’s Financial Wellbeing Requires a Tailored Approach

By Marguerita Cheng

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Women’s Financial Wellbeing Requires a Tailored Approach

Two decades after the Food & Drug Administration started receiving complaints that Ambien and other sleep aids made women taking them particularly groggy the next morning, and even might have been responsible for driving accidents, the agency accepted and responded to the scientific evidence behind the anecdotes. It turns out that women’s bodies simply metabolized the active ingredient, zolpidem, in all these sleep aids much more slowly than men did. In 2013, the FDA finally acted, slashing the recommended dosage of these medications in half for women.


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Medicine isn’t the only field where attitudes that what is “good for the goose is good for the gander” still prevail. Equality is a wonderful goal, whether it’s a good night’s sleep or retirement security. How women reach those equal outcomes, however, may require taking a different pathway, whether

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Women business owners, there’s financial help out there if you need it

To state that COVID-19 has indelibly impacted our lives is an understatement. The arrival and spread of the still-mysterious virus has blighted every aspect of life, including the world of business and particularly, businesses catering to — and created by — women.

An American Express study last year found 22% of women-owned businesses were hair salons, nail salons and pet grooming studios, and that women own 16% of businesses in the food service and hospitality sectors — businesses that are particularly vulnerable amid pandemic restrictions. A survey by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce found that 24% of small businesses were on the verge of complete closure.

With loans becoming scarce and no guarantee of another stimulus package, business owners have been looking for alternative assistance, and many have found success locally with the LiftFund Women’s Business Center.

Since the pandemic hit the U.S., LiftFund advisers have been helping female entrepreneurs

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