Sky News understands that L&G is in advanced discussions with Smart Pension, a platform aimed at helping thousands of smaller companies comply with new British laws requiring them to offer workplace pensions to employees. Co-founded in 2014 by a former head of Lloyds Banking Group (Other OTC: LLOBF
Celebrity Big Brother kicks off in just two days time, which means that we have all been subjected to the usual rumours about who will be going into the famous house. It looks like the speculation can stop as the ‘official’ line-up has been leaked and with the usual suspects of a TOWIE star, a Geordie Shore star and random US celebrities allegedly making the final cut, it looks like it could be legit…. According to The Sun, actor and entertainer Christopher Biggins has nabbed himself a huge £150,000 to take part in the show.
Tracy Rosner, who works at the Coral Reef Elementary school in Palmetto Bay, Florida, had applied for a position that included one hour of foreign language teaching a day. The district rejected Rosner’s application on the grounds that she does not speak Spanish, kicking off a bizarre lawsuit.
Uh-oh, it looks as though all is not well between One Direction star Liam Payne and his former manager Simon Cowell, with Si seemingly hitting out at the star in a sly dig. Speaking about the biggest X Factor success in the show’s history, Simon spoke out to praise the “loyalty” of Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson and Niall Horan, but failed to mention Liam.
By Luciana Lopez and Amy Tennery PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - Democrats divided over the future of their party agreed on at least one thing at their national convention in Philadelphia on Monday night: Michelle Obama was a star. The first lady gave a speech in support of a former first lady, presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton, and described America as "the greatest country on earth", clashing with Republican Donald Trump's "Make America Great Again" slogan and bringing an arena crowd riven by a fierce fight for the nomination to its feet. "I wake up every morning in a house that was built by slaves, and I watch my daughters - two beautiful, intelligent, black young women – playing with their dogs on the White House lawn," Michelle Obama said.
A man being hunted for trying to abduct an RAF serviceman may have a black eye after his intended victim headbutted him. The serviceman was approached by two men with a knife at RAF Marham, near King's Lynn in Norfolk, at about 3pm on Wednesday. Police have said the main suspect grabbed the serviceman, aged in his late 20s, while he was jogging and tried to pull him into a dark-coloured Ford Galaxy.
A woman who was dumped inside a telephone box when she was a baby has now begun a quest to find the man who rescued her. Kiran Sheikh was just two hours old when she was abandoned by her mother in the middle of the night on April 30 1994.
The Syrian man who blew himself up outside a bar in Ansbach vowed the people of Germany "won't be able to sleep peacefully anymore" in a video filmed before the attack. Investigators said the suicide bomber, known only as Mohammad D., had declared loyalty to Islamic State in the recording - and announced "a revenge act against Germans because they are standing in the way of Islam". The attacker had been denied asylum in Germany because he had already been accepted in Bulgaria, and immigration officials had ordered him to be deported there less than a fortnight ago.
Shannen revealed that she was fighting breast cancer last year.
By David Milliken LONDON (Reuters) - Britain could borrow nearly 65 billion pounds more than planned in the next couple of years as new Chancellor Philip Hammond seeks to 'reset' government budget policy to ease the shock of last month's vote to leave the European Union. Ratings agencies and economists widely expect borrowing to rise materially next year for the first time since 2010, as Hammond has to call time - temporarily - on the austerity which dominated his predecessor George Osborne's six years in office. After taking office two weeks ago, Hammond said the darker post-Brexit outlook meant policies the Conservative government had pursued since 2010 needed to change - and economists are now starting to put numbers on what this might mean.
A doctor has died after being shot at a hospital in Berlin - reportedly by a patient who then turned the gun on himself. German police said there was no sign of a link between the shooting and terrorism, and there was no suggestion of other suspects.
Sharon’s comments come just hours after Ozzy confidently told GMA that the couple’s relationship was “back on track” following their latest bust-up. “Some days it’s good, some day it’s terrible, some days you just drift apart for a while,” he explained.
Does this mean that Pokémon are real?!
Congratulations Little Mix! The British girl group have broken another long-standing chart record this week. The vocal quartet – featuring Perrie Edwards, Jesy Nelson, Jade Thirlwall and Leigh-Anne Pinnock – are now the most certified girl group of all time in Australia, after their latest sassy single, Hair, went platinum. Music artists qualify for a platinum certification when more than 70,000 copies of their singles and/or albums are shipped to retailers – and this marks the group’s 17th ARIA certification.
This is the coolest collection of animals in town. This family of seven, made up of four dogs, a cat and two ducklings, were all rescued by Kasey Boggs and her husband Blake. It might seem unbelievable, but dogs Roxy, Edith, Rosie and Jake, cat Mia and ducklings Gertrude and Donald are inseparable. You can follow their adventures on Instagram, where they have 35,000 followers. “Whenever I have to take a pic of two or three of them, I put the others in a different room,” Kasey told BarkPost.com. “If I try to do it in front of them, they will come together, because they are so used to being together.” The couple, from Missouri, have been adopting animals for a decade.
A priest has died from a slashed throat after two knifemen burst into a church as he celebrated mass, in what appears to be the latest in a string of terror attacks in France. Two men, believed to be the assailants, held members of the congregation hostage for an hour before being shot dead by police after emerging on to the courtyard of the church in Normandy, according to local reports.
Early next year could be the best time for Britain to trigger formal divorce talks with the European Union so a deal can be reached before the next national election in 2020, international trade minister Liam Fox was reported as saying. The Wall Street Journal reported Fox also said London would likely seek to enter a free-trade agreement with the EU rather than a closer customs union, which he said could restrict its ability to negotiate lower tariffs with other trading partners. New Prime Minister Theresa May has said Britain will not trigger Article 50 of the EU's Lisbon Treaty, which formally begins the process of leaving the bloc, this year as it needs time to prepare for negotiations.
Indonesia will execute several people including a Pakistani on Friday, a Pakistani embassy official said, its first executions since last year when it put to death 14 people, most of them foreign drug convicts, sparking an international outcry. Indonesian officials have said 16 people will be executed this year, including citizens of Nigeria, Zimbabwe and Pakistan, though they have not confirmed any more details. Syed Zahid Raza, charge d'affaires at the Pakistani embassy in Jakarta, said the embassy had been informed about the imminent execution of the Pakistani, Zulfikar Ali, convicted of smuggling drugs.
By William James LONDON (Reuters) - London Mayor Sadiq Khan, seeking more powers for the British capital to protect the city after Britons voted to leave the European Union, commissioned a study on Tuesday to draw up a list of devolution demands. The June 23 vote to leave the EU is threatening to send Britain's $2.4 trillion economy into a recession that would cast a long shadow over London, the centre of the country's prosperity and home to its world-leading financial services industry. "London needs a stronger voice so that we can protect jobs and growth from the economic uncertainty ahead," Khan said in a statement announcing a new 'Finance Commission' tasked with drawing up a "wide-ranging suite of devolution requests".
The now-extinct marsupial terrorised the forests of Australia some five million years ago. The New Riversleigh site was discovered in 2012 and a team from the University of New South Wales (UNSW) began exploring it the following year. UNSW professor Mike Archer, the lead author of a study into the find, said the animal "had very powerful teeth capable of killing and slicing up the largest animals of its day".
Brian McFadden has spoken about his parenting style after admitting to, in a way, trying to ‘buy his children’s affections’ in the past. Brian is dad to Molly, 14, and Lily-Sue, 13, with ex-wife Kerry Katona, and says that he felt guilty when the two split, which led to him trying to make up for it by spoiling them.
Formula One chief Bernie Ecclestone's mother-in-law has reportedly been kidnapped in Brazil. Aparecida Schunck was taken from her home in Interlagos, San Paolo, last Friday night, according to Brazilian news magazine Veja. The 67-year-old is the mother of Ecclestone's wife, Fabiana Flosi, whom the entrepreneur married in 2012 - three years after meeting her at the Brazilian Grand Prix.
People of both sexes in the UK are a long way down the international height league table.
A Catholic priest was forced to kneel by two men armed with knives before they slit his throat, according to a nun who witnessed the deadly attack. The killers of 86-year-old Father Jacques Hamel also filmed the murder at the church in Normandy.
British energy giant BP faces fresh losses in Q2 2016 on new charges arising from the devastating 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill disaster
NASA is putting the finishing touches to a spacecraft that will land on an asteroid for just five seconds to scan for the building blocks of life. OSRIS-Rex will launch in September and travel to the Bennu asteroid to harvest samples from the surface. The team behind the project hopes the sample will help answer some key questions about the make-up of the very early solar system.