News archive from 16 December 2013

Almost a tenth of adults think coffee causes cancer

Almost a tenth of adults think coffee causes cancer

Beliefs that coffee causes cancer or helps with weight loss have no scientific backing. Photograph: Graham Turner for the Guardian Almost a 10th of adults mistakenly believe that coffee causes cancer, according to research by a leading charity. The...

Guardian, 00:02 in Health
 

Wesfarmers to sell insurance underwriting unit to IAG

Media reported in late October that Zurich Insurance (ZURN.VX) was in advanced talks to buy Wesfarmers' insurance business and had started due diligence. The sale includes commercial lines of Wesfarmers' insurance underwriting operations, the Lumley...

Reuters, 00:03 in Business
 

Abenomics scorecard: 'A' for early initiative, 'C' for follow-through

Abe's recipe of massive money printing, fiscal stimulus twinned with longer-run consolidation and pro-growth policies has already made it into economic vernacular as "Abenomics" and won praise for its initial "print and spend"...

Reuters, 00:07 in Business
 

Japan business sentiment improves in December - BOJ tankan

The survey also showed that large companies plan to increase capital spending by 4.6 percent in the financial year to March 2014, less than a 5.1 percent rise projected in the survey in September. The market median forecast was for a 5.5 percent...

Reuters, 00:13 in Business
 

Australia rolls the fluffy dice on stalling autos sector

But Harrington is one of a savvy breed of engineering firms that saw the writing on the wall long before General Motors announced last week it would follow Ford Motor Co, Mitsubishi Motors and Nissan Motor in halting manufacturing in Australia....

Reuters, 00:13 in Business
 

Missing Jayden: Man Charged With Murder

A 22-year-old man has been charged with the murder of Oxford teenager Jayden Parkinson. Ben Blakeley, of Christchurch Road, Reading, has also been charged with perverting the course of justice. He has been remanded in custody to appear at Oxford...

 
Cuts to care funding mean half a million fewer looked after, study finds

Cuts to care funding mean half a million fewer looked after, study finds

Since governments adopted austerity programmes, the number of older people who receive state-funded care and support in England has slumped. Photograph: Paula Solloway/Alamy Almost half a million fewer old and disabled people are receiving care and...

Guardian, 00:16 in Health
 

After China Mobile sugar rush, Apple will fight for customers

A deal with the world's largest mobile carrier, expected as early as this week, nets Apple 759 million potential new customers that could generate $3 billion (1.8 billion pounds) in 2014 revenue, or nearly one-quarter of Apple's projected revenue...

Reuters, 00:18 in Business
 

KPMG says UK profit up 27 percent

KPMG said some of the profits would be used to improve and increase its services in the UK, where the firm plans to invest 450 million pounds over the next three years. "We have ambitious plans to build on 2013's successes in cyber security and...

Reuters, 00:18 in Business
 

'I'm going to miss you all terribly:' Gary Barlow bows out of The X Factor gracefully performing with his...

It was his last night on The X Factor, but Gary Barlow didn't want to leave the show without a proper send off. Appearing on stage with his 'lifelong hero' Elton John, Mr Barlow waved goodbye to ITV show after three years of being head judge. The pair...

 

Sailing off into the sunset! Sir Ben Ainslie and Georgie Thompson make their red carpet debut as a couple...

90 View comments She recently confirmed that they had been quietly dating since April. And Georgie Thompson and Sir Ben Ainslie finally made their red carpet debut as a couple as they arrived at the 2013 BBC Sports Personality Awards at the Leeds...

 

Nicole Scherzinger steals the spotlight in a plunging semi-sheer gold gown slashed to the NAVEL at The X...

136 View comments She was criticised for stealing the spotlight from Sam Bailey during their duet in the first leg of The X Factor final on Saturday night. And it would seem that Nicole Scherzinger was intent on being the centre of attention once...

 

'He let Nicholas sing, unlike others:' Louis Walsh makes a sly dig at Nicole Scherzinger afters she's...

68 View comments The X Factor was full of drama and duets on Saturday night. But longest-serving judge, Louis Walsh was not going to let the show pass by without a dig at Nicole Scherzinger, who completely stole the limelight from duet partner Sam...

 

Not so much a Roar as a snore? Tamera leads X Factor finalists in underwhelming pre-recorded opening...

It was expected to be one of the big highlights from the very last X Factor show of the season, but when returning contestants, led by Tamera Foster, performed a pre-recorded group rendition of Katy Perry's Roar it sounded like more of a snore....

 

Film legend and Lawrence of Arabia star Peter O'Toole dies at the age of 81

593 View comments The film industry is in mourning after legendary film actor Peter O'Toole died at the age of 81. O'Toole's agent Steve Kenis confirmed the Lawrence Of Arabia star's death, saying he died on Saturday at the Wellington hospital in...

 


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