EasyJet (Other OTC: EJTTF - news) founder Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou has launched a foray into the discount grocery market with a new store selling a range of foods for just 25p. The brand has expanded to easyCar, easyHotel, easyGym and easyProperty.9 days agonews.sky.com
Footballer Adam Johnson has admitted one count of sexual activity with a 15-year-old girl and one count of grooming. However, the Sunderland winger continues to deny two charges of sexual activity with the same child. The 28-year-old, from Castle Eden, County Durham, appeared at Bradford Crown Court.
The ASA said: ‘We noted that the ad had been delivered to the primary school in error, and in any case considered that it was unlikely that children at the school would have seen it. ‘We considered, however, that a circular distributed to homes in an untargeted manner was likely to be seen by young children, and noted that the references to ‘FAT bastard’ appeared on the outside where they were immediately visible. ‘Notwithstanding that we considered the language in the ad was unlikely to cause serious or widespread offence, we considered that the references to ‘FAT bastard’ were unsuitable to be seen by young children and should not have featured on the outside covers of the circulars.
By Jan Strupczewski and Alastair Macdonald BRUSSELS (Reuters) - British and EU negotiators have substantially agreed a text of reforms aimed at helping keep Britain in the European Union but arguments over migration and treaty change will be left to political leaders to settle next week, diplomats said. After talks on Thursday in Brussels among top officials from London and the 27 other member states to review generally minor adjustments to proposals made a week ago, an EU source said they made "good progress" on clarifying technical and legal issues. "But main political issues are still outstanding and they will have to be dealt with by leaders next week," the source added, referring to an EU summit on Feb.18-19 where Prime Minister David Cameron hopes for a final deal on which he can campaign at home to keep Britain in the bloc at a referendum.
David Bowie found out that he would have been a grandfather just days before he died from cancer last month. His son, film director Duncan Jones, revealed on Wednesday that he had told his father the news in a Christmas card. Love you, granddad," Jones wrote on Twitter as he posted the drawing of a foetus in a uterus.
(Reuters) - English Premier League football club Manchester United showed its commercial strength when it raised its core earnings expectations for the year as it posted a 26.6 percent rise in quarterly revenue. The upgrade comes despite another mixed season on the field when United have failed to qualify for the knock-out stages of the lucrative European Champions League. United said it expects adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) of 178 million pounds to 188 million pounds for the year, compared to its earlier outlook of 165 million to 175 million.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has reportedly ordered the execution of his military chief, after he was found guilty of corruption and other offences. The reported execution of Ri Yong Gil, chief of the North Korean military’s general staff, is the latest in a series of killings and purges since Kim took power in 2011. Details about North Korea’s government are notoriously hard to obtain, but South Korean sources say that Ri’s execution was part of Kim’s effort to strengthen his grip on power.
The ban could be enforced by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), the UK consumer regulator and watchdog, after research showed that such deals were "seducing" shoppers to spend an additional £1,000 (€1,287, $1,453) a year. The watchdog's plans to clamp down on the supermarkets including, Waitrose, Tesco, Sainsbury's and Asda are in the final stages.
The woman’s son rang Liveline and the ambulance arrived a few minutes after he spoke on the radio.
Artist’s impressions of the new ship. (Picture: Blue Star Line)
A "fearless speed-demon", "lifelong petrolhead" and "no-nonsense car reviewer" are among the seven new presenters for the rebooted Top Gear. The BBC has announced the full line-up which will see motorsport guru and Formula 1 commentator Eddie Jordan, German racing driver Sabine Schmitz, motoring journalist Chris Harris and car reviewer Rory Reid join Chris Evans. Friends actor Matt LeBlanc was announced last week, and trusty sidekick The Stig will also return.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday threatened to send the millions of refugees in Turkey to European Union (EU) member states, as NATO agreed to deploy ships to the Aegean Sea to ease the migrant crisis.
What changes are being proposed for Junior Doctors' anti-social working hours, pay and maximum working hours?
A new Harry Potter book will be released nine years after JK Rowling's final story, The Deathly Hallows.
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt says he has decided to impose a new contract on junior doctors. He spoke in parliament after receiving a letter from the Government’s chief negotiator Sir David Dalton saying that he believed negotiations with the BMA on working unsociable hours could go no further. Making a statement in the House of Commons, Mr Hunt told MPs: “Under the existing contract, doctors can receive the same pay for working quite different amounts of unsociable hours.
Kat Church, the head of Hannah More Infant School and Grove Junior School in Nails, Somerset, says that a ‘number of pupils’ were being allowed to urinate outside as their parents picked them up after school. 'If an adult was to behave in the same way in a public place there would be consequences.
The Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge to be unveiled at the MWC 2016 in Barcelona may pack a huge 3,600mAh battery capacity according to a document filed by Samsung with the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The FCC filing is a regulatory requirement to sell phones in the US. In absolute terms, this will be a mammoth 72% increase in battery capacity over its predecessor Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, which had a 2,600mAh battery.
Peter Phillips has stepped down as a trustee of a charity which will distribute funds from the Queen's 90th birthday lunch because of a conflict of interest.
A daring pilot was forced to make an emergency landing after the propeller fell off his 80 year old plane at 2,500 ft, it has emerged. The pilot made a distress call to Newquay Airport before he eventually managed to successfully land the plane on a landing strip next to a golf course in Polzeath, Cornwall.
Telecoms giant BT is to launch a "breakthrough" new service aimed at diverting millions of nuisance calls.
The drivers of London's famous black cabs brought the centre of the capital to a standstill on Wednesday in protest against Uber and government regulations they say compromise passenger safety. San Francisco-based Uber, whose investors include Goldman Sachs and Google, has grown rapidly around the world but has faced protests, bans and restrictions in several cities. On Wednesday, thousands of black taxis lined up in the main streets around the Houses of Parliament and Prime Minister David Cameron's 10 Downing Street residence to choke traffic for around 90 minutes.
The physics world is abuzz ahead of a hotly anticipated announcement concerning the quest to track down gravitational waves. But what are they, and why should you care?
Tributes have been paid to a teenager who trained with Crystal Palace after his death in a scooter crash following a police chase.
Spain has already beaten records in the number of foreign visitors for three years in a row, and 2016 is expected to follow the same trend
Judy Murray has thanked people for their well wishes on the birth of her first granddaughter.
A mystery buyer forked out a whopping £69,500 to buy the bottle of Big Mac sauce on eBay, after it went on limited sale. McDonald’s put the bottle up for auction to raise money for charity, and it was the centre of a two-week bidding battle as buyers upped the stakes. A spokesman confirmed: “The Big Mac burger sauce is so hard to get hold of.
Parents at a boarding school in Somerset have been left fuming after it emerged that GCSE pupils had spent months studying the wrong book. Pupils were then forced to swiftly get to grips with J B Priestley’s An Inspector Calls ahead of their GCSE exams in May. Downside headmaster, Dr James Whitehead, said: "While there was an error with the set text being taught for a period last term, pupils and parents were informed appropriately and there was no negative impact on pupils’ work.
Russia's Defence Ministry said on Thursday that two U.S. aircraft had bombed the Syrian city of Aleppo on Feb. 10, and that Russian planes had not been operating in the area. A Pentagon spokesman had accused Russian and Syria government forces on Wednesday of destroying Aleppo's two main hospitals with air strikes, though he did not specify when the strikes were alleged to have taken place. The Syrian army has made rapid advances near Aleppo in recent weeks with the help of Russian air strikes.
Turkey's coastguard says it has rescued a Syrian refugee who clung on alone to a sinking boat for his life after it went down while seeking to cross the Aegean Sea to Greece.
Israeli navy veteran Ami Daniel points at his computer screen and explains why the ship he was tracking should have been stopped and searched.
Meryl Streep has dismissed questions about the all-white panel at the Berlin Film Festival by telling reporters that "we're all Africans really". Asked by an Egyptian reporter whether she understood films from the Arab world and North Africa, Streep said that while she did not know much about the region, "I've played a lot of different people from a lot of different cultures". The seven-member jury at Berlin will choose the winners of the Golden Bear and various Silver Bear awards at the first of the year's major European movie festivals.
For months Iranian Christian migrants have been sleeping in a makeshift shelter outside a church in the Belgian port town of Zeebrugge, from where they hope to smuggle themselves over to Britain.
Israeli opposition leader Isaac Herzog said Wednesday that no peace deal was possible for now and his country must begin unilaterally separating from the Palestinians "as much as possible" to restore security.
Chancellor George Osborne's psychiatrist brother faces being struck off from the medical profession after he had a two-year affair with his "vulnerable" patient.
By Ron Bousso LONDON (Reuters) - U.S. shale oil production will double over the next 20 years as drillers that became more efficient amid a slump in oil prices unlock new resources, British energy giant BP said on Wednesday. In its industry benchmark 2035 Energy Outlook, BP forecast global demand for energy to increase by 34 percent, driven by growth in the world population and economy, with the share of oil declining in favour of gas and renewables. U.S. shale or tight oil production using fracking technology was a key driver behind global supply growth in recent years.
The judge said she hoped that custody may give the teenager stability.
Former City regulator chairman Lord Adair Turner has issued a warning about the fledgling peer-to-peer lending industry - predicting losses which will "make the worst bankers look like absolute lending geniuses".
French dancer Brahim Zaibat, a former lover of Madonna, was fined one euro by a Paris court Wednesday for sneaking a selfie with far-right patriarch Jean-Marie Le Pen as he snoozed on an airplane.
Tunisia has made nearly half a billion dollars from the sale of assets confiscated from ousted president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and his allies, a minister said Wednesday.
At least 12 indigenous children in Peru have died from rabies after being bitten by blood-sucking bats, which locals at first blamed on witchcraft, health officials said.
A wild elephant went on an hours-long rampage in a town in eastern India on Wednesday, damaging about 100 homes, shops and other buildings, a state minister said.
NASA on Wednesday said it was unlikely a meteorite was responsible for killing a man at a college campus in India last week, as local scientists continued to examine the mysterious object recovered from the scene.
Long seen as a destination strewn with shortcomings, Iran is making a fresh pitch for tourists, with the recent lifting of economic sanctions providing an opportunity to cash in.
A badger has shot to the top of the world’s greatest archeologists after its inquisitive burrowing managed to uncover an ancient Bronze Age cremation site. The excavation, situated near Stonehenge, features artefacts including an archer’s wrist guard, copper chisel, bronze saw and cremated human remains dating back to 2,200 BC. Experts have hailed the “exciting” find, which is all down to a badger and his pals having a good old dig around land belonging to the Ministry of Defence (MOD) in Netheravon, Wiltshire.
A former Auschwitz guard has gone on trial in Germany accused of being implicated in the deaths of 170,000 Jews. Reinhold Hanning, 93, is alleged to have joined Adolf Hitler's Schutzstaffel (SS) paramilitary organisation at the age of 18, taking part in battles in eastern Europe before becoming a guard at the camp in 1942. Around 1.5 million people, mainly European Jews, were gassed, shot, hanged and burned at Auschwitz in what was then Nazi-occupied Poland during the Second World War.
A seriously ill Australian boy was Thursday granted his wish to become a superhero like Iron Man, with police staging an elaborate event on the Sydney Opera House steps as Hollywood star Robert Downey Jr tweeted his support.
By Barani Krishnan NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. crude prices fell 2 percent on Wednesday as stockpiles at the main U.S. delivery point hit record highs amid output cuts by refiners, while Brent rose for the first time in five days after global production cuts suggested by Russia. Inventories at the Cushing, Oklahoma delivery point for U.S. crude futures rose to an all-time high just shy of 65 million barrels, data from the government's Energy Information Administration (EIA) showed. The Cushing build eclipsed a more bullish number from the EIA showing total U.S. crude stockpiles down for the first time in three weeks.
Stunt bike rider Danny MacAskill and First Minister Nicola Sturgeon take part in the new VisitScotland campaign
By Anjuli Davies and Olivia Oran LONDON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Swiss bank UBS AG is looking at the relative pay of men and women in its investment banking arm as part of its compensation review, and is taking steps to close any significant gaps, sources familiar with the matter said. Reuters reported on Tuesday that the Swiss bank was freezing pay across its investment bank, pending a review in the second quarter of the year.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk speaks at the Model X launch event in Fremont, California on September 29, 2015
British Gas and EDF Energy have become the last of the Big Six providers to lower prices, announcing moves to cut gas bills next month.
Actors and technicians get ready to shoot an advert for a Thai bank promoting a scholarship fund
Hong Kong riot police walk along a cordoned-off street on February 9, 2016 following overnight clashes between protesters and police in the Mongkok area
Special offers and multi-buy deals are seducing supermarket shoppers into spending more than £1,000 a year on average than planned, according to a new report. The Money Advice Service (MAS) found 76% of people regularly spend more than they mean to in grocery stores due to the deals and "bogof" (buy one get one free) offers. Meanwhile the research also found those who make a shopping list and stick to it typically spend £200 a year less than those who rarely or never did so.
A primary school head teacher has written to parents asking them to stop their children from urinating in the playground.
A young couple who died during the devastating Taiwan earthquake on New Year’s Eve were found in each other’s arms by rescuers. Tsai Meng-chia and his girlfriend Huang Ruo-hsin, both just 21, were found beneath the rubble of a residential building that collapsed during the magnitude 6.4 earthquake on New Year’s Eve. The pair are now amongst the 55 people confirmed dead from the quake, that struck Taiwan’s south-western Tainan City.
EU president Donald Tusk said Wednesday he had cleared his schedule to hold urgent meetings with leaders including Angela Merkel and Francois Hollande to push for a deal to keep Britain in the bloc at a summit next week.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has published guidance for pregnant women concerned about the Zika virus. Amid fears the mosquito-borne infection can cause foetal abnormalities, the agency issued advice on a number of areas - including facts on prevention and how the illness is transmitted to others. It comes as a senior Public Health England official confirmed that seven travel-associated cases of the Zika virus had been documented in the UK.
A cryogenically frozen rabbit brain has been returned from preservation in near-perfect condition. Researchers behind the breakthrough say there is no reason their technique could not be applied to larger mammals, including cows and primates, for long-term cryogenic preservation. The team at 21st Century Medicine has been awarded the Small Mammal Brain Preservation Prize for this achievement. Their study was published in the journal Cryobiology and shows how the neural circuits of an intact rabbit brain could be preserved in long-term storage using a preservation method they developed. Kenneth Hayworth, president of the Brain Preservation Foundation, which runs the award, said: "Every neuron and synapse looks beautifully preserved across the entire brain. Simply amazing given that I held in my hand this very same brain when it was vitrified glassy solid... This is not your father's cryonics." The researchers, led by Robert McIntyre, used a combination of chemical fixation and cryogenic cooling – which they call aldehyde-stabilised cryopreservation (ASC). In the study, they wrote: "To demonstrate the feasibility of ASC, we perfuse-fixed rabbit and pig brains with a glutaraldehyde-based fixative, then slowly perfused increasing concentrations of ethylene glycol over several hours in a manner similar to techniques used for whole organ cryopreservation." Once a specific ethylene glycol level was reached, the brains were frozen at -135C for long-term storage. The brains were then rewarmed and evaluated for signs of damage. "Preservation was uniformly excellent: processes were easily traceable and synapses were crisp in both species," they said. "ASC has many advantages over other brain-banking techniques: chemicals are delivered via perfusion, which enables easy scaling to brains of any size; vitrification ensures that the ultrastructure of the brain will not degrade even over very long storage times; and the cryoprotectant can be removed, yielding a perfusable aldehyde-preserved brain which is suitable for a wide variety of brain assays." The researchers said they do not see any reason the technique cannot be used to preserve even larger brains, including cows, dogs and primates. However, they said human brains may prove more difficult because brain banks normally only receive them many hours after death. "Furthermore, we do not see any simple way for ASC to be compatible with research protocols that require both fixed and unfixed tissue from the same brain; ASC delivers chemicals via perfusion and so must fix and cryopreserve the entire brain. Although we have emphasised the neurobiological applications of ASC here, our method is general and should be applicable to any organ system, or even to entire animals." They added: "ASC promises to be a powerful new technique in the quest of connectomics researchers to unravel the mysteries of the mind. We also hope that ASC will inspire investigators in other fields to consider the possibility of cryobiological solutions to their problems." Scientists working in cryonics have been searching for a way to put terminal patients into a state of long-term preservation in the hope that they could one day be woken up and cured by future medical and technological breakthroughs. Over the last 20 years, a number of breakthroughs have been made – specifically to stop ice forming on the brain. This is known as vitrification. However, while this prevents damage to cell structures, when it is applied to whole brains there is "dramatic shrinkage" of the tissues. Should McIntyre and his team's technique prove successful in larger mammals, this problem may be overcome. In the longer term, scientists working on cryogenics hope to find a way to preserve not just the brain, but the memories it holds. "There is compelling preliminary evidence from the neuroscience literature that preserving a brain at the ultrastructure level... might also preserve the memories stored in that brain," the BPF said. "Now that whole brain preservation is a scientific reality, we look forward to a lively scientific debate over the exact level of preservation necessary to preserve memory."
Mylan, one of the world's leading generic drugs manufacturer, said the Meda acquisition would broaden and deepen its global reach
The woman was stopped by a dark coloured Ford Mondeo which had a blue flashing light attached – giving the impression it was a garda car.