Business

Ford to cut thousands of jobs in turnaround plan

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Carmaker Ford has announced plans for a major shake-up of its operations in the UK and mainland Europe.It is expected to lead to thousands of job losses across Europe, including the UK, although cuts at its UK factories are not thought to be imminent.But Ford Europe boss Steven Armstrong said should the UK leave the EU without a negotiated deal, a further review of UK
Entertainment

Lady Gaga breaks her silence on R Kelly

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption R Kelly and Lady Gaga performed together at the 2013 American Music Awards Lady Gaga has apologised for working with embattled R&B star R Kelly, and vowed to remove their duet, Do What U Want, from streaming services.It comes after the broadcast of a new documentary about Kelly, which detailed allegations of sexual and physical abuse against women and underage girls, spanning several
Business

Aspall owner unveils £10m upgrade plan at Suffolk factory site

[ad_1] Image copyright Aspall Image caption Aspall's American owners plan to invest up to £10m over the next three years Cider maker Aspall has revealed the first details of a £10m expansion plan.The upgrade to its site near Debenham, in Suffolk, will include a new processing building, weighbridge for vehicles and extra storage tanks.Manager Dale Scott said the changes, being considered by councillors next week, would increase capacity, create jobs
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Who is Stonehaven’s ‘secret sculptor’?

[ad_1] Image copyright Martin Sim The discovery of more artwork around Stonehaven bay has sparked new intrigue over the artist's identity.The latest sculpture, which is the fifth piece of art of its kind, was spotted by a local in late December.The structure portrays a sea world takeover, in which giant animals rule the roost and the remains of human beings lay in baskets.It has caused some locals to ask the
US & World

Yemen soldiers killed in Houthi drone attack on base

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionDrone explodes above a podium where officials were watching a military parade at a Yemeni base.A drone attack on a Yemeni government base by the rebel Houthi movement has reportedly killed at least six soldiers and injured several senior officials.One video showed a drone exploding above a podium where the officials were watching a military parade. It is not clear if
Health

Man died ‘in agony’ after stroke amid ambulance delays

[ad_1] Image copyright Michelle Lane Image caption Michelle Lane said her husband, a G4S guard, had "a tough exterior but was really soft like a marshmallow inside" A woman has described how her dying husband was left "in agony" from a stroke after she was told it would take up to an hour to get an ambulance.Michelle Lane now has post-traumatic stress disorder and gets flashbacks of husband Tony screaming
Entertainment

King Princess is the runner up in this year’s BBC Music Sound Of poll

[ad_1] Brooklyn born Mikaela Straus (aka King Princess) was probably destined for a career in music.Her dad Oliver was a recording engineer who worked with the likes of Arctic Monkeys and Mumford and Sons.However, King Princess has her own star credentials, having sold out venues worldwide and been the first signee on Mark Ronson's own record label.She is now also the runner up in the BBC Music Sound Of 2019
UK News

John Lewis staff bonus in doubt

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images John Lewis says sales in the seven-week Christmas period were 1.4% higher than for the same period last year. However, that may not be enough to secure a bonus for its staff this year, the firm said.Gross like-for-like sales, which strip out the impact of store opening and closures, at its Waitrose supermarkets, were £1.05bn, up 0.3% on last year. The John Lewis department stores
Business

Debenhams sales tumble over Christmas

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Struggling department store chain Debenhams has reported a fall in sales during the crucial Christmas trading period.In a "volatile" environment with customers seeking discounts, Debenhams reported a 5.7% fall in like-for-like sales in the 18 weeks to 5 January.The group, which is closing 50 stores, said it would not sell off any businesses while it spoke to its lenders.Talks with lenders were "constructive".In the shorter
Education

Ex-Langley School teacher banned for sexual touching

[ad_1] Image copyright Graham Hardy/Geograph Image caption Mr Brittain left Langley School in February 2016 after entering into a settlement agreement A former teacher alleged to have sexually touched a pupil while giving her physics tuition has been banned indefinitely from the profession.Robbie Brittain, 33, taught at Langley School in Loddon, Norfolk, when it was alleged he engaged in sexual activity with the girl in school rooms.A jury at Norwich
US & World

Thousands raised to free Aboriginal women jailed over debts

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Experts say the law disproportionately affects indigenous Australians Campaigners in Australia have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to help free Aboriginal women jailed for being unable to pay fines.Western Australia is the nation's only state that regularly jails people for unpaid fines, often on minor crimes.Experts note the law disproportionately affects indigenous Australians, as well as poor and vulnerable people.The state government
Entertainment

BBC Sound of 2019: Queer pop star King Princess is the runner-up

[ad_1] Image copyright Zelig Music Image caption King Princess: "Everyone has a right to have people they look up to, and I'm so honoured if they think that's me" Type "King Princess" into Google, and the headlines are overwhelming."A gay icon in waiting," says the NME. "A queer pop star for a new generation," agrees DIY magazine. "All Hail King Princess, the newest member of queer pop royalty," declares The
US & World

Felix Tshisekedi: Opposition leader named winner in DR Congo poll

[ad_1] Image copyright Reuters Image caption Mr Tshisekedi is the son of the late veteran opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi Opposition candidate Felix Tshisekedi has won the Democratic Republic of Congo's tightly contested presidential vote, the electoral commission says.Provisional results put him ahead of another opposition candidate, Martin Fayulu, and the ruling coalition's Emmanuel Shadary.If confirmed, Mr Tshisekedi will be the first opposition challenger to win since the DR Congo gained
Business

Trade war: China says US talks ‘laid ground’ to resolve dispute

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images China said talks with the US "laid the foundations" to resolve a damaging trade dispute between the world's two largest economies. The negotiations in Beijing this week were "extensive, deep and detailed," China's commerce ministry said. The US highlighted China's pledge to purchase more agriculture and other goods, without providing specifics. Neither side has said when the two countries will meet again for further negotiations.
Technology

CES 2019: Amazon and Google voice assistants carve up CES

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Alexa and Google Assistant aren't clamouring to be heard, they're clamouring to be spoken to At CES, there's no shortage of gadgets to talk to. Smart TVs, cars, pianos - and even a toilet - these are just some examples of devices that come with voice-activated helpers.No matter who makes the hardware, the virtual aide linked to or packaged inside is likely to
UK News

Brexit: General election ‘answer to deadlock’

[ad_1] Image copyright AFP A general election is the most democratic way of breaking the Brexit deadlock, Jeremy Corbyn is to argue.The Labour leader will tell activists in Yorkshire that only a government with a "renewed mandate" will get public support for a withdrawal deal.His party will oppose Theresa May's deal next week, and push for a vote of no confidence if it is rejected by MPs.The PM is considering
US & World

Kim Jong-un leaves China with ‘backing for second Trump summit’

[ad_1] Image copyright Reuters Image caption A train believed to be carrying the North Korean leader departs Beijing Railway Station on Wednesday After his surprise visit to China, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un left with backing for a possible second summit with US President Donald Trump, state media said.Mr Trump and Mr Kim first met last June, but progress over denuclearisation has since stalled.Chinese President Xi Jinping said he hoped