Standard Life chairman Sir Gerry Grimstone says its £11bn merger with Aberdeen Asset Management will create a global champion - but admits there will be some job losses
Susanna Reid criticised Piers Morgan on Good Morning Britain after he slated Kate Beckinsale for her romance with a younger man. The presenters were discussing some snaps of 43-year-old Beckinsale with her new boyfriend 21-year-old Matt Rife during Tuesday’s show, when Morgan commented that he found the pictures “toe-curling”. Reid clearly wasn’t satisfied with his reasons and pointed out the significant difference in ages between US President Donald Trump (a friend of Morgan’s) and his wife Melania.
Tom Holland, the star of Spider-Man: Homecoming, has confirmed a fan theory linking the character to the Marvel Cinematic Universe from as early as 2010. The theory generated from a moment during the climax of Iron Man 2 where a small boy, dressed up as the Robert Downey Jr character, is about to be obliterated by a killer drone when the real Iron Man soars in, saves the day and hands all credit to the kid. Following the beat, fans surmised that this child could be a very young Peter Parker - a fact Holland confirmed to Huffington Post.
From Sir Patrick Stewart and Sir Ian McKellen cementing their bromance with a kiss on the red carpet to Olly Murs hitching a ride on the back of Jonathan Ross in Leicester Square and Kate Moss posing up a storm in the DJ booth, we've got the celeb pictures covered.
The European Commission has told the internet search giant that it now has 90 days to stop the practice or face a penalty of up to 5% of the average daily turnover of the firm's parent company, Alphabet. However, Google said it was considering launching an appeal against the commission once it had reviewed the decision.
After sacking two directors, Lucasfilm has now hired an acting coach for Han Solo's main star. When Disney bought the Star Wars franchise for more than $4bn seven years ago, George Lucas said he felt like he had just sold his life's work to "white slavers". Apparently, the visionary director had a few ideas on how the next trilogy should pan out, and even got them in writing to show them to Disney.
Samuel Smith’s introduced an anti-bad language policy in April, vowing to ban swearing customers. Bemused drinkers were ordered to leave the Arlington Hotel, in Loftus, North Yorkshire, on Wednesday after the landlord overheard foul language in the beer garden. "Next thing, the door burst open and this man started shouting about the Sam Smith's policy on swearing.
The EU accuses Google of giving its own online shopping services top priority in search results to the detriment of other price comparison services
While technology is an enabler of flexible working, the most important communication is that of team members feeling they can open up to their employers. Picture the scene – you’re a small business and you want your first team members to be close-knit, but one of them wants to work from home on Mondays and Fridays. Wayne Guthrie is the founder and director of innovation consultancy Fearlessly Frank.
A mother who gave birth in the car park of a west London police station has named her newborn baby Bobby as a thank you to the officers who rushed to her aid. Pregnant Rebecca Fox was on her way home from hospital on June 22 after not going into labour when expected. As they drove through Chiswick, Ms Fox felt she needed to push and within a few minutes could feel the baby’s head.
The last 12 months saw an increase in the number of super-rich people in the world, a change from the decline in 2015, despite political and market uncertainty. The number of super-rich people in the world is predicted to rise significantly by 2021.
Residents have written to Prime Minister Theresa May demanding the Grenfell Tower disaster investigation leaves “no stone unturned”. A letter written on behalf of the residents of Hurstway, Testerton, Barandon and Grenfell Walks on the Lancaster West estate to Mrs May and Home Secretary Amber Rudd, said they wanted to ensure "justice is served for everyone on the estate". The group, part of the Justice4Grenfell campaign, wrote: "The investigation must leave no stone unturned.
Astronomers have spotted six of the fastest stars of the Milky Way, hurtling through space at over 300Kms/sec. The stars were propelled into their current paths over a million years ago, after coming into contact with a supermassive black hole in the Milky Way galaxy. The high-speed stars were spotted via the ESA's (European Space Agency) Gaia satellite and a specially designed neural network, which functions as an artificial human brain.
Love Island star Jessica Shears has set pulses racing once again with a raunchy photo. The glamour model took to social media on Monday (26 June) to share the image, in which she can be seen looking over the London skyline from her hotel room window with her back towards the camera. Busy day ahead for me after a good night celebrating Joanna May Parker birthday," she wrote alongside the photo, according to The Sun.
The potential terrorist threat to the UK is far greater than MI5 has estimated, a former intelligence adviser to the government has warned. Colonel Richard Kemp said that MI5’s figure of 23,000 “suspects of interest” is likely just “the tip of the iceberg”. In an interview with BBC Newsnight, the former chair of the Cobra Intelligence Group said the UK is “reaping the horrors” after years of failing to deal with extremism.
DiffBlue, an artificial intelligence startup spun out of Oxford University, has raised $22 million (£17.3 million) in Series A funding for technology which checks and corrects code. The round was led by Goldman Sachs Principal Strategic Investments, alongside Oxford Sciences Innovations and the Oxford Technology and Innovations Fund. The company was cofounded by an Oxford computer science professor, Daniel Kroening, and Sussex computer science professor Peter Schrammel.
Over the past year, late-night comedy host Stephen Colbert has been criticising the Donald Trump administration nightly, often commenting on their alleged Russian ties. Last week, Colbert went to visit the country, appearing on a Russian TV show where he jokingly announced he would for President of the United States in 2020. “I don’t know if you knew this, but I was in Russia last week.
A new survey of NHS trusts showed 64% reported they were worried about insufficient ambulances to meet demand. Last winter, NHS staff responded heroically to extraordinary pressures. This had knock-on effects for ambulance response times and there were similar pressures in mental health and community services.
A 17-year-old girl who died after a botched bungee jump from a bridge in Spain was killed in part because of her instructor’s “poor English”, a court has ruled. Dutch national Vera Mol died in August 2015 when she went bungee jumping with a group of teenagers outside Cabezón de la Sal, in Spain’s northern region of Cantabria. The teenager died when she jumped from a road bridge before her rope had been secured to anything, after her instructor said “no jump”, which she may have heard as “now jump”.
Twice Mithkal Alzghair has been lined up to perform in London. It should be smoothly processed by the time you read this but Alzghair knows not to take anything for granted. The tousle-haired 36-year-old is sitting under a tree in a park in Paris, sipping a beer, fresh from a successful performance at a summer dance festival.