Hinkley Point: UK approves nuclear plant deal

Hinkley Point: UK approves nuclear plant deal

Hinkley Point: UK approves nuclear plant deal 49 minutes ago From the BBC section on Business   Image copyrightPAImage captionArtist’s impression of Hinkley Point C building proposals The government has given the go ahead for a new £18bn nuclear power station in the UK after imposing “significant new safeguards” to protect national security. The new plant at Hinkley Point in Somerset is being financed by the French and the Chinese. In exchange, China wants to use…

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New taxation rules come into force for watching BBC iPlayer

New taxation rules come into force for watching BBC iPlayer

TV licence iPlayer rules come into force TV viewers are being reminded that all users of the iPlayer must now own a TV licence, regardless of whether or not they watch programmes live. Getty Images The new rules, which will close the so-called “iPlayer loophole”, have come into effect this morning. Previously, only viewers who were watching shows as they were being broadcast required a licence. That meant it was legal to watch content after broadcast via…

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Scarborough hit hardest by ‘gull muggings’ – report

Scarborough hit hardest by ‘gull muggings’ – report

Scarborough hit hardest by ‘gull muggings’ – report Posted at09:10 A total of 22 people say they’ve been the victim of so-called “gull muggings” in North Yorkshire’s seaside towns this summer – with Scarborough hardest hit. Thinkstock New figures show 19 of the 22 reported “muggings” by seagulls between March and August this year took place in Scarborough. The figures are contained in a report due to go before Scarborough councillors next week. The report also shows: A further two reports of “gull muggings” came…

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UK net migration remains close to record levels

UK net migration remains close to record levels

From the BBC section on UK Politics Image copyrightPA Net migration to the UK was 327,000 for the year to March, according to Office for National Statistics estimates. The figures – covering the period before Britain voted to leave the EU – are down slightly on record levels of 336,000. Net migration is the difference between the number of people coming to the UK for at least a year and those leaving. The figure for net…

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CMA sets out provisional concerns about ICE/Trayport merger

CMA sets out provisional concerns about ICE/Trayport merger

From: Competition and Markets Authority First published: 16 August 2016 Part of: Mergers The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has provisionally found that ICE’s acquisition of Trayport may give rise to competition concerns. Intercontinental Exchange, Inc. (ICE) is the largest operator of exchanges and clearinghouses in the trading of European utilities. It has its own proprietary software which allows trading of energy commodity and utility derivatives on its exchanges. Trayport’s software permits the trading of energy commodity and…

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English actor Kenny Baker, who starred as R2-D2 in six Star Wars films, has died aged 81

English actor Kenny Baker, who starred as R2-D2 in six Star Wars films, has died aged 81

13 August 2016 From the BBC section Entertainment & Arts Image copyright GETTY IMAGES English actor Kenny Baker, who starred as R2-D2 in six Star Wars films, has died aged 81 after a long illness, his niece has confirmed. Baker made his name as the robot in the first Star Wars film in 1977 alongside Anthony Daniels’s C-3PO character. Star Wars creator George Lucas paid tribute to a “real gentleman” and Mark Hamill – Luke Skywalker in…

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Rising star to lead UK’s fusion energy programme

Rising star to lead UK’s fusion energy programme

From: UK Atomic Energy Authority, Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy and Jo Johnson MP First published: 3 August 2016 Professor Ian Chapman has been appointed Chief Executive of the UK Atomic Energy Authority by Universities and Science Minister Jo Johnson. New CEO, Prof Ian Chapman Professor Chapman will take over the role from present CEO Steve Cowley on 1 October. He will lead the UK’s magnetic confinement fusion research programme at Culham Science…

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Six-year restriction for former snooker star who gambled away £453,200

Six-year restriction for former snooker star who gambled away £453,200

From: The Insolvency Service First published: 3 August 2016 William Joseph Thorne was handed a 6 year restriction on 01 August 2016 after filing a petition for bankruptcy. William Joseph Thorne has been handed a 6 year bankruptcy restriction from 01 August 2016 for borrowing £453,200 from friends and acquaintances that he had no reasonable expectation of repaying. He spent the money on gambling which has resulted in his bankruptcy which he filed on his…

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Removal of property leads to prison term for company director

Removal of property leads to prison term for company director

From: The Insolvency Service First published: 3 August 2016 Company director Mr Ian Ellison has been imprisoned for 6 months following an initial investigation by the Insolvency Service. On 24 June 2016, the Preston Crown Court sentenced Mr Ian Ellison to immediate imprisonment for 6 months. Mr Ellison had pleaded guilty to one offence of Removal of Property under section 357(3) of the Insolvency Act 1986. Mr Ellison’s conviction follows an initial investigation by the…

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Pension liberation company shut down after Insolvency Service investigation

Pension liberation company shut down after Insolvency Service investigation

From: The Insolvency Service First published: 3 August 2016 Thames Trustees Ltd, a Preston-based company, which facilitated and operated a pension liberation scheme, has been wound up in the High Court following an investigation by the Insolvency Service. The company acted as trustee of the Westminster Pension Scheme (‘the Scheme’) which was established in December 2012. Clients were induced to move their existing pension funds into the Scheme on the basis that they would receive…

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