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Archive for May, 2018

Blitz on sweet treats sees slow start

May 22, 2018

The sugar hit in puddings, biscuits and chocolate has not been cut despite a government crackdown on sweet treats. Public Health England has set a target of reducing the sugar intake from a host of popular foods by a fifth by 2020. Its first year update shows progress in yoghurts and breakfast cereals, but not […]

Elon Musk to fix Tesla ‘braking flaw’

Tesla boss Elon Musk has admitted there is a braking issue in its Model 3 cars but promised a firmware update to fix it “in the next few days”. The problems were flagged up in a review of the electric car by US website Consumer Reports. “Our testers found flaws – big flaws – such as long […]

How Ed Sheeran is tackling ticket touts

Ed Sheeran has taken an aggressive stance against touts by cancelling more than 10,000 tickets for his upcoming stadium tour. After the tour went on sale, the star’s team identified purchases by known touts and revoked their tickets. Any tickets listed for re-sale on sites like Viagogo were also cancelled. Fans who’d bought from those […]

M&S to close 100 stores by 2022

Marks and Spencer plans to close 100 stores by 2022, accelerating a reorganisation that it says is “vital” for the retailer’s future. Of the 100 stores, 21 have already been shut and M&S has now revealed the location of 14 further sites to close. Under its plan, M&S wants to move a third of its […]

Manchester attack: Hundreds gather to remember victims

Hundreds of people have gathered for a service marking the first anniversary of the Manchester Arena attack. Twenty-two people were killed and hundreds injured when a bomb was detonated at the end of an Ariana Grande concert on 22 May 2017. Prince William and Prime Minister Theresa May joined families of victims at the Manchester […]

Great Northern, Southern, Thameslink and Northern trains cancelled and delayed

May 21, 2018

Rail passengers are facing further cancellations and delays on a day dubbed “Meltdown Monday” by unions after new timetables were introduced. Great Northern, Thameslink, Southern and Northern have been affected by an overhaul billed as the UK’s biggest. The rail firms apologised for the disruption, saying changes would result in extra services on the network. The […]

US vows ‘strongest sanctions in history’ on Iran

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said the US is imposing the “strongest sanctions in history” on Iran. In a speech in Washington, America’s top diplomat said Iran would be “battling to keep its economy alive” after the sanctions took effect. He said he would work closely with the Pentagon and regional allies “to deter […]

UK’s clean car goal ‘not ambitious enough’

The government’s ambition to clean up motor vehicles by 2040 is not ambitious enough, a leading energy expert says. Professor Jim Watson, head of the prestigious UK Energy Research Centre, said the target should be at least five years earlier, as in Scotland. The government is currently considering obliging new cars to run on electricity […]

New tougher MOT tests come into force

Motorists face tougher MOT tests on their vehicles from Sunday, as an updated test introduces new categories under which a vehicle can fail or pass. The categories include “dangerous”, “major” and “minor” which determine whether a car, van or motorcycle must be taken off the road or can be driven as long as repairs are […]

Ryanair reports soaring profits but warns of headwinds

Ryanair has reported record annual results, despite it having to cancel thousands of flights in September due to problems with pilots’ rotas. The Irish airline said profits after tax rose 10% to €1.45bn (£1.27bn), despite the wave of bad publicity. However, it warned higher costs would make the year ahead more difficult. The outlook for […]

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