Monday, 15 October 2018

Business

Electric car body is made from flax and sugar beet

LONDON: The bio-based composite is claimed to have similar strength/weight to glass fibre, although it is based on flax fibre-reinforced sheets with a honeycomb core (see photo) made from (sugar beet-based in this case) PLA bio-plastic – the same plastic using in this phone from NEC over a decade ago (which ...

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Ofcom fines KCOM over emergency call failure

LONDON: Ofcom has fined KCOM, the local operator in Hull, £900,000 after a network failure left customers unable to contact the emergency services for four hours. All telecoms companies are required by the regulator to provide uninterrupted access to the emergency services, and to ensure that their systems are resilient ...

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Morrisons is now selling foot long sausage rolls for £1

MORRISONS has begun selling sausage rolls that are twice the size of Greggs’ for just £1. The national supermarket chain has today launched the new savoury treat, which is believed to be the biggest in the whole of the UK. It weighs half a kilo and is ‘double the length ...

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Google fires employee behind anti-diversity memo

NEW YORK: Internet giant Google has fired the male engineer at the center of an uproar in Silicon Valley over the past week after he authored an internal memo asserting there are biological causes behind gender inequality in the tech industry. James Damore, the engineer who wrote the memo, confirmed ...

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Tesco to scrap single-use carrier bags this month

LONDON: Tesco is scrapping single-use carrier bags this month. The 5p bags will no longer be available from 28 August onwards, and customers will instead need to buy a 10p “Bag for Life”, which is made from 94 per cent recycled plastic. The sales from the new bag will be ...

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Pre-pay customers to see £19 reduction in energy bills

LONDON: The change, which comes into force on October 1, will see the average annual dual fuel bill for pre-payment customers cut from £1,067 to £1,048, Ofgem said. The watchdog introduced a temporary safeguard tariff in April and will update it every six months based on the estimated cost of ...

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UK ready to pay up to 40 billion euros to leave EU

LONDON: Britain is prepared to pay up to 40 billion euros (36.12 billion pounds) as part of a deal to leave the European Union, citing three unnamed sources familiar with Britain’s negotiating strategy. The European Union has floated a figure of 60 billion euros and wants significant progress on settling ...

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British ticket holder wins £51m Euromillions jackpot

LONDON: A lottery jackpot worth £51.7m has been won by a player in the UK – but remains unclaimed almost a week after the draw. The National Lottery has launched an appeal to find the mystery winner and has urged anyone who played in the EuroMillions draw on Friday 28 ...

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U.K. Stocks Propelled To 6-week High

U.K. stocks highest in six weeks, with Royal Bank of Scotland Group PLC climbing after a well-received earnings report, while the pound dropped against the dollar after a stronger-than-expected U.S. jobs report for July. The FTSE 100 index rose 0.5% to end at 7,511.71, the best finish since June 19, ...

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Russia plans to auction giant 51-carat diamond online

MOSCOW: Russian miner Alrosa said on Tuesday it plans to sell at an online auction in November a rare collection of polished diamonds produced domestically, including a giant 51.38-carat gem. This huge, traditional round-cut diamond, whose 2.5 cm (1 inch) diameter is equal in size to the visible part of ...

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