News archive from 29 August 2014

Jeremy Hunt tells hospitals they must serve up better and healthier food

Jeremy Hunt tells hospitals they must serve up better and healthier food

The standards will also give patients the right to a choice of meal and to ask to receive food in-between set mealtimes. Photograph: Rui Vieira/PA Hospitals will be forced to ensure patients receive better quality and healthy food in a crackdown by...

Guardian, 00:01 in Health
 

Chipmaker CSR rejects Microchip approach, shares soar

"The price proposed by Microchip has been rejected and the board is considering its options for the company," CSR said in a short statement on Thursday. Shares in CSR, which had fallen 9 percent in the year to date, shot up 37 percent at...

 
Human behaviour: is it all in the brain – or the mind?

Human behaviour: is it all in the brain – or the mind?

'Ephemeral and mysterious': an image of a brain from the Human Connectome Project. Courtesy of VJ Wedeen and LL Wald, Martinos Center, Harvard University You've seen the headlines: This is your brain on love. Or God. Or envy. Or happiness. And they're...

 
Pernod sees recovery for its China sales syndrome

Pernod sees recovery for its China sales syndrome

Pernod Ricard yesterday offered a glimmer of hope for recovery in its key Chinese market as Scotland's second biggest distiller's annual results were scarred by a slowdown in the Far East and adverse currency movements. Alexandre Ricard, group deputy...

Scotsman, 00:04 in Business
 
Power to punters as bookmaker’s profits tumble

Power to punters as bookmaker’s profits tumble

Paddy Power saw its profits tumble 20 per cent in the first half of the year as football and racing punters took the Irish bookmaker to the cleaners. Pre-tax profits at the Dublin-based firm fell to €61.6 million (£48.9m) in the six months to 30 June...

Scotsman, 00:04 in Business
 
Comment: Pernod Ricard can ride out China squeeze

Comment: Pernod Ricard can ride out China squeeze

WHEN the going gets tough, the tough get cost-cutting. Certainly in the premium drinks industry. Pernod Ricard, owner of Chivas Bros, Scotland's second-biggest whisky business, is currently in a three-year programme to take some €150 million (£120m)...

Scotsman, 00:04 in Business
 
‘Jury out’ on FLS after fresh slide in lending

‘Jury out’ on FLS after fresh slide in lending

The effectiveness of a flagship scheme designed to boost the flow of credit to cash-strapped firms remained in doubt yesterday as new figures showed another decline in lending. Although the Bank of England has tweaked its Funding for Lending Scheme...

Scotsman, 00:04 in Business
 
THURSDAY MARKEY CLOSE: US approach lifts shares in tech firm

THURSDAY MARKEY CLOSE: US approach lifts shares in tech firm

Shares in wireless technology firm CSR leapt by a third after it rebuffed a takeover bid from a US rival. Even though CSR rejected an initial offer from Microchip Technology, the shares surged 205p to 780p as traders anticipated a possible bidding war...

Scotsman, 00:04 in Business
 
Walking a mile a day can cut risk of dying from cancer by 40% – study

Walking a mile a day can cut risk of dying from cancer by 40% – study

Walking a mile a day can reduce the risk of dying from breast or prostate cancer by up to 40%, says a Macmillan study. Photograph: Gordon Scammell /Alamy People with two of the most common forms of cancer can cut their risk of dying from the disease...

Guardian, 00:07 in Health
 
Worksop: Man admits to damaging his ex-wife’s car

Worksop: Man admits to damaging his ex-wife’s car

A man has pleaded guilty to deliberately damaging his ex-wife's car. Dene Richardson, 50, of Cavendish Road in Worksop, admitted the offence at Worksop Magistrates’ Court. The court heard that Richardson had been with his ex-wife for 32 years but had...

 

Flat fire above shop in Bebington

Firefighters were called to a blaze at a flat above a shop. One person was reported injured in the fire on Bebington Road, Bebington, at 9.10pm tonight. Two fire crews were sent to the scene and were still there several hours later. No further details...

 
US seeks ‘coalition of willing’ to force back IS

US seeks ‘coalition of willing’ to force back IS

THE United States is intensifying its push to build an international campaign against Islamic State (IS) jihadist fighters in Iraq and Syria, including recruiting partners for potential joint military action, White House officials have confirmed....

 
Cops TV show crewman killed in police shootout

Cops TV show crewman killed in police shootout

A CREW member on an American police reality television show was shot and later died after officers opened fire on a robbery suspect. Bryce Dion, 38, a sound operator on the show Cops, was shot along with the robbery suspect, who was armed with a...

 
Immunity for ambassador who ‘beat girl with chair’

Immunity for ambassador who ‘beat girl with chair’

Equatorial Guinea's ambassador to the United States is 
alleged to have beaten his daughter with a wooden chair leg, but he will not be arrested as he has diplomatic immunity. Police in Arlington, near Washington DC, were called to Ruben...

 


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