News archive from 23 October 2013

Review: Jessie J, SSE Hydro, Glasgow

Review: Jessie J, SSE Hydro, Glasgow

As a pop star, Jessie J makes a good celebrity. The woman born Jessica Cornish's involvement with the Voice and charitable causes may have cemented her status in the public eye, but this arena jaunt was often too banal to succeed as a pop...


Most U.S. primary dealers see Fed trimming purchases in March 2014 - Reuters poll

News that U.S. employers added far fewer workers than expected in September, suggesting a loss of momentum in the economy, only reinforced the view that cuts in the amount of Treasuries and mortgage-backed securities the Fed has been buying to...

Reuters, 00:03 in Business

Dutch lender Rabobank to face near-$1 billion Libor charge - FT

Rabobank was previously expected to face a fine of between the 290 million pounds imposed on Barclays (BARC.L) and the $612 million deal struck by Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS.L), according to a Bloomberg report from February that cited a source with...

Reuters, 00:03 in Business
Thrill ride technology: 'Bigger! Faster! Scarier!'

Thrill ride technology: 'Bigger! Faster! Scarier!'

Technology has transformed the theme park thrill ride, fuelling a global arms race to create the fastest, tallest, scariest rides the world has ever known. Alton Towers in Staffordshire has just opened the world's first 14-loop roller coaster, called...

BBC, 00:07 in Business
Kent hospital maternity unit fails inspection in all six key areas

Kent hospital maternity unit fails inspection in all six key areas

The Care Quality Commission has raised concerns about maternity services at Medway Maritime hospital in Kent Photograph: Janine Wiedel/Janine Wiedel Photo Library Maternity services at an NHS trust that is in special measures for its poor care...

Guardian, 00:09 in Health

Lawyer for accused al Qaeda figure says case will take months to prepare

Bernard Kleinman said in federal court that he had just begun representing Libyan Nazih al-Ragye, better known as Abu Anas al-Liby, who last week pleaded not guilty to involvement in the 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania that...


France wants U.S. spying allegations on European summit agenda

"President Francois Hollande has asked that the topic be added to the summit agenda. It is not only a French question but a European one," Ayrault told parliament on Tuesday. "We need to protect ourselves and must demand that new rules...

One killed in Bahrain explosion - police

One killed in Bahrain explosion - police

Witnesses said one worker staying at a nearby warehouse was injured by the blast. The Interior Ministry had earlier said that the police operations room received a call from a person reporting the blast and were told one person was dead at the scene....


Greece cuts off state funding to far-right Golden Dawn party

A legislative provision passed by 235 lawmakers in the 300-seat parliament suspends state funding to political parties if their leaders, or a tenth of their lawmakers, are charged with involvement in a "criminal organisation" or "acts...


Asia messaging apps seek to upend rivals with marketing might

The big bucks strategy stands in stark contrast to other messaging apps, or even apps in general, which spend little on marketing. U.S. rival WhatsApp eschews advertising altogether and has instead relied on word of mouth to become the dominant chat...


STMicro posts third-quarter loss as Asian demand sputters

The company, whose chips are used in cars, computers and mobile phones, reported quarterly net revenue of $2.01 billion, down from $2.17 billion in the year-ago quarter. Ahead of the results, Bernstein and JP Morgan analysts said STMicro could also be...


RF Micro revenue forecast misses, WiFi chip demand slows

RF Micro's shares fell as much as 6.6 percent to $5.75 after the bell on Tuesday. The company's multi-market products business unit, which makes routers and chips for wireless infrastructure such as WiFi connectivity, is its second-biggest revenue...


Major in tax call over energy firms

Energy companies should be hit with a windfall tax to cover the cost of Government help for people struggling with "unjustified" hikes in their bills, Sir John Major has said. The former prime minister said the Government will have to...


Quinn crowned Bake Off champion

The Great British Bake Off winner Frances Quinn says she was in "complete and utter shock" after being crowned victor of the TV show. Children's clothes designer Quinn, 31, beat former model Ruby Tandoh, 21, and psychologist Kimberley...


Alarm over child obesity 'timebomb'

More needs to be done to tackle the "obesity timebomb" in children, including identifying families who are in denial about their child's weight, experts say. New guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) says...


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