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The largest provider of international students to Britain's higher education institutions is preparing to kick off a £700m sale amid uncertainty about Brexit's impact on UK immigration restrictions. Sky News has learnt that the controlling shareholder in Study Group, which is headquartered in London, has hired bankers at Morgan Stanley (Xetra: 885836 - news) and Rothschild to oversee an auction of the company.
The 'Walkie Talkie' skyscraper, seen in the centre front of this photo, fetched the e highest price ever paid for a single building in Britain at £1.3 billion (1.5 billion euros, $1.7 billion)
Conor McGregor is widely expected to suffer an ignominious defeat when he makes his professional boxing debut against Floyd Mayweather, on August 26 at the T-Mobile Arena.
Britain is prepared to deploy troops to Asia amid regional tensions as part of a greater post-Brexit commitment, Boris Johnson has said. The Foreign Secretary is ending a nine-day tour of Japan, New Zealand and Australia, as he tries to forge new trade relationships for when the UK quits the EU. Mr Johnson revealed his trip was also planned to pass on the message that Britain is "now going to be more committed to the Asia-Pacific region" as the UK looks "afresh" at the area after Brexit.
Manchester United will turn towards Emil Forsberg as the likelihood of a deal for Ivan Perisic recedes. The Manchester Evening News reports the RB Leipzig winger, 25, has emerged as a person of interest for Jose Mourinho. Set-piece specialist Forsberg, 25, was a key player as RB Leipzig shocked the Bundesliga by finishing second to Bayern Munich, qualifying for the 2017-18 Champions League in the process.
A key priority for manufacturers since the EU referendum has been ensuring government addresses the acute skills gap in manufacturing now and in the future. The government has commissioned the MAC to do just that.
Prince William has spoken from the heart about serving as an air ambulance helicopter pilot ahead of his final shift today. As William hangs up his flight suit, he said he is "proud" to have served with such an incredible team of people, who save lives across the East Anglian region every day. Writing in the Eastern Daily Press, William said "As I arrive for work at East Anglian Air Ambulance this evening, my last shift with this incredible team, I wanted to say thank you to my colleagues, team mates and the people of East Anglia who I have been so proud to serve.
Sky has announced plans to create hundreds of technology jobs as it reported a dip in full-year profits prompted by a spike in the cost of broadcasting live Premier League football. The home and mobile entertainment and communications company, which owns Sky News, announced a 6% fall in operating profit to £1.47bn for the year to 30 June. Sky plc said that revenue during the year had risen by 10% on a constant currency basis to £12.9bn as it continued to expand its range of products across the handful of countries in which it operates.
When parallels were spotted between Larry David and Bernie Sanders' appearance and demeanour and people mused that the pair must be related, no-one thought to employ Occam's razor: they actually are. David recently took part in PBS' genealogy series Finding Your Roots and discovered a not-that-remote link to the Vermont senator and almost Democratic presidential nominee. "He's in the line... like a third cousin, or something," David revealed at a Television Critics Association panel for Curb Your Enthusiasm season 9 this week.
The eponymous emperor in Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito dispenses his clemency to forgive and save his lifelong friend Sesto, following the latter’s assassination attempt. Both Sesto’s motivation (the love of a woman, Vitellia) and Tito’s clemency are sometimes seen as dramaturgically problematic. Claus Guth’s new production attempts to account for both by interjecting filmed sequences of Tito and Sesto as boys, depicting friendship, betrayal and a child’s potential for cruelty and moral degradation.
Large British employers gave staff an average 2 percent annual pay rise in the three months to the end of June, unchanged since the end of 2016, a report from pay analysts XpertHR said on Thursday. "Despite elevated inflation levels and low unemployment, organisations' ability to pay, combined with economic uncertainty, are continuing to keep pay increases in check," said XpertHR analyst Sheila Atwood. XpertHR said there were few signs in its data that pay was likely to pick up soon, despite pressure on finance minister Philip Hammond to lift the 1 percent cap on public-sector pay awards that has been in place for several years.
Prime Now's launch in Singapore marks Amazon's first foray into Southeast Asia, which is seen as the next battleground in the e-commerve industry
Moreso than any rival drinks, Scotch inspires something of a manical devotion among its lovers: Robert Burns was one of these, devoting verse after verse to the stuff, declaring it his muse and inspiration. Below are ten of the finest drams available at a range of price points, offered in no particular order. Caol Ila have recently built a name for themselves as an Islay giant and this shows why: it’s an introduction into peaty whisky that won’t terrify those new to the party: the peat floats around the drink, adding a touch here and there, rather than dominating the dram.
Sometimes it's just not enough for a celeb to have their own moment on the red carpet – they seem to need to leap face-first into someone else's time to shine, too. Here are the most memorable times when famouses have gatecrashed a photo with glorious results – be they the public's or other stars' snaps. From Digital Spy
1. Facebook beat Wall Street's expectations in its second quarter earnings, with $9.32 billion (£7.09 billion) in revenue, driven mostly by mobile ads. The social network maintained a 17% year-on-year user growth, and said two thirds of its over 2 billion users visit the site every day. 4. Giant Taiwanese manufacturer Foxconn announced its plans to build a factory in Wisconsin, US during a press conference with President Donald Trump at the White House. The company, which is behind the assembling of products like Apple's iPhone and Microsoft's Xbox, among others, said that the move is part of a $10 billion (£7.6 billion) investment which will create no less than 3,000 new jobs. 5. Samsung Electronics reported its earning results for the latest quarter, posting a $9.9 billion (£7.5 billion) net profit and a strong 89% year-on-year growth. The $54.8 billion (£41.7 billion) revenue marks a 19.8% year-on-year increase, too, primarily driven by strong sales of semiconductors, display panels, and the firm's high-end smartphone, the Galaxy S8, which reportedly outsold its predecessor.
Up to half of the Milky Way is made up of matter that came from distant galaxies, having been ejected from its home during supernova explosions. Using supercomputer simulations, scientists were able to track how, over time, matter had been moved around the universe via a process called “intergalactic transfer.” The team, from Northwestern University, say their findings have important implications for galaxy evolution, providing an insight into how matter becomes distributed throughout the cosmos. In the study, published in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, researchers developed numerical simulations that produced 3D models of galaxies—showing how they changed from when they formed, just after the Big Bang, to present day.
Senior Labour politicians have opened the door to supporting Britain remaining a member of the single market after Brexit in a dramatic shift in stance for the party. Shadow chancellor John McDonnell and shadow Brexit secretary told Labour supporters that all options should be considered to ensure Britain retained the benefits of the single market and customs union. The comments mark a significant change for the party, which said in its General Election manifesto it wanted to keep the “benefits of the single market” but did not back membership.
At the Geestmerambacht wastewater treatment plant near Alkmaar in the Netherlands, a two-year pilot project is using an industrial sieve to sift 400kg of cellulose, the natural fibres found in loo roll, from toilet sludge each day. A portion is also exported to the UK, where Brunel University is working on technology to transform it into an energy source, bioplastic bottles and other products. The Dutch preference for luxury loo roll means the cellulose is of premium quality, says Carlijn Lahaye, managing director of CirTec, one of two companies behind the Cellvation project, which launched in June with help from an EU grant.
Romania needs to pass a vaccination law and overhaul medical services to prevent the spread of a measles outbreak that has already claimed 32 deaths, the most of any European country, the health ministry said late on Wednesday. Vaccination rules are being tightened across Europe, where a decline in immunisation has caused a spike in diseases such as measles, chicken pox and mumps, according to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).
In an interview with FRANCE 24, Egypt’s foreign minister Sameh Shoukry lashed out at Qatar, accusing the Gulf nation of directly supporting terrorism in Egypt, saying there was evidence of Doha "financing and providing safe heavens" to terrorists. He warned that there was no room for negotiation in the current crisis and that it was up to Qatar to meet the demands of Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to once and for all cut ties with terrorism and extremism.
China's Xinhua news agency accused fugitive tycoon Guo Wengui of using "fabricated and distorted information to mislead the public", the latest salvo in a campaign to discredit the billionaire who has made accusations of Communist Party corruption. Central to Guo's claims over recent months has been that a man named Yao Qing used his status as a nephew of a senior Communist Party official to amass a business empire worth tens of billions of dollars. In an online video stream last month, Guo produced a corporate tree diagram which he said showed companies linked to Yao, including GI Technologies (Beijing) Co. Xinhua interviewed Yao, who is listed in corporate records as general manager of GI Technologies.
Sitting in her Karachi home, Jamshed Jahan Ara looks straight into the camera as she explains in a trembling voice how her family fled India during Partition in 1947.