News archive from 14 December 2016

Barrow woman accused of sexually assaulting man with pair of scissors changes plea at eleventh hour

Shannon Jones had previously denied being responsible for the assault, which was alleged to have happened on November 29 last year. But at Preston Crown Court today, the 20-year-old pleaded guilty to sexual assault of a male by penetration, sexual...

 
HSBC closes a quarter of branches, as 1,000 banks shut for good

HSBC closes a quarter of branches, as 1,000 banks shut for good

HSBC has closed more than a quarter of its UK branches over the last two years, as part of 1,000 bank closures in total, research by Which? has found. The consumer organisation says that HSBC closed 321 branches since January 2015, or 27% of its...

BBC, 00:09 in Business
 

Tories in tax hike warnings ahead of draft SNP budget

The Conservatives have warned that firms may be forced to top up salaries to compensate for Scottish Government tax hikes. The warning was delivered ahead of tomorrow’s draft Scottish budget which will see tax changes which will eventually see higher...

Scotsman, 00:09 in Politics
 

Everton boss Ronald Koeman hails his side's fighting spirit after last-gasp win over Arsenal at Goodison Park

Everton boss Ronald Koeman has urged his players to shake off their nervous approach to games after beating title-chasing Arsenal at Goodison Park. The Toffees, who had won just one game in 10 prior to Tuesday night's match, came from behind to shock...

Daily Mail, 00:13 in Sport
 

Brexit endangers U.S.-UK trade as some U.S. firms could move: report

Brexit could hit trade relations between Britain and the U.S, with nearly 40 percent of American firms considering moving their British office to the EU and two-thirds saying the vote is impacting investment choices, according to a survey. Food and...

 
UK government 'must take action' on 5G

UK government 'must take action' on 5G

The rollout of the UK's future 5G mobile network must be handled better than 4G was, according to a new report. The current 4G network ranks only 54th in the world in terms of coverage, a panel of government-appointed experts has said. The National...

BBC, 00:14 in Business
 

Brexit endangers U.S.-UK trade as some U.S. firms could move: report

Brexit could hit trade relations between Britain and the U.S, with nearly 40 percent of American firms considering moving their British office to the EU and two-thirds saying the vote is impacting investment choices, according to a survey. Food and...

Reuters, 00:16 in Business
 

Dixons Carphone joins with energy supplier SSE for UK 'connected home' venture

Dixons Carphone, Europe's largest electrical goods and phones retailer, and UK energy supplier SSE have formed a strategic partnership to provide "connected home" services to a combined UK customer base of 10 million households, they said on...

Reuters, 00:16 in Business
 
The bank lent me $2m so I spent it on strippers and cars

The bank lent me $2m so I spent it on strippers and cars

Luke Brett Moore, a young Australian, had just lost his job when he discovered his bank was mistakenly allowing him unlimited credit. It was too good an opportunity to miss. As he explains here, in his own words, he started spending and didn't stop -...

BBC, 00:18 in World News
 
Why do people buy old telephone boxes?

Why do people buy old telephone boxes?

As soon as the red phone box arrived at Steve and Michelle Spill's house, it had captured people's attention. "There's only love for it. From the moment it was in our drive, the postman, delivery men, everyone was commenting on it," says...

BBC, 00:18 in Business
 
Could robots be marking your homework?

Could robots be marking your homework?

What do you call a sick bird? An illegal. OK, it's not exactly hilarious. But it's not a joke from a five-year-old with a Christmas cracker. This is computer-generated wordplay and an example of how the boundaries of artificial intelligence are...

BBC, 00:18 in Business
 
Murder on the High Seas?

Murder on the High Seas?

First stop was Australia, where Farmer spent a few months working as a doctor at a medical centre in Brisbane. From there they flew to Mexico, before travelling overland to Belize, then known as the British Honduras.  After a stop-off in Belize City...

 
Monsanto shareholders back Bayer deal, CEO hopeful of U.S. approval

Monsanto shareholders back Bayer deal, CEO hopeful of U.S. approval

Shareholders of U.S. seeds and agrochemicals company Monsanto Co (MON.N) approved the company's $66 billion acquisition by Bayer AG (BAYGn.DE) on Tuesday, a deal that still requires regulatory approval to close as expected in late 2017. Increased...

Reuters, 00:22 in Business
 
Japan big manufacturers' mood improves in fourth quarter - BOJ tankan

Japan big manufacturers' mood improves in fourth quarter - BOJ tankan

Sentiment at big manufacturers improved in December from three months ago, a closely watched central bank survey showed on Wednesday, in a sign a weaker yen and a pickup in global economy buoyed corporate morale. The headline index for big...

Reuters, 00:22 in Business
 

Dylan Hartley hopes of retaining England captaincy given a boost as RFU chief Ian Ritchie lends his backing

Dylan Hartley’s hopes of retaining the England captaincy regardless of the outcome of Wednesday’s disciplinary hearing received a significant boost on Tuesday when RFU chief executive Ian Ritchie gave him his backing. The 30-year-old Northampton...

Daily Mail, 00:25 in Sport
 


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