Advertising giant WPP has reported a fall in like-for-like sales in the first quarter as it continues to feel the pain of big client losses. Advertising giant WPP has reported a fall in like-for-like sales in the first quarter as it continues to feel the pain of big client losses. In the UK, like-for-like sales dipped 0.9%. “As anticipated, our first-quarter trading update reflects the impact of certain significant client losses in 2018, in particular in the United States. In October, shares in WPP collapsed when the firm trimmed full-year guidance, reported lower-than-expected third-quarter sales and confirmed that it wants to offload Kantar.
April 26, 2019 06:47 UTC
Income at Ulster Bank in the Republic of Ireland remained "stable" at €166m during the first three months of this year, compared to the same period last year. Income at Ulster Bank in the Republic of Ireland remained "stable" at €166m during the first three months of this year, compared to the same period last year. Ulster Bank made an operating profit of €23m during the period, more than double the profit made in the first three months of 2018. Outgoing chief executive Ross McEwan said: "This is a solid set of results set against a highly uncertain and competitive backdrop. In October, RBS set aside £100m (€116m) to reflect the "more uncertain economic outlook" in Britain ahead of Brexit.
April 26, 2019 06:44 UTC
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has criticised the US for taking a “unilateral attitude in bad faith” at his February meeting with Donald Trump in Hanoi. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has criticised the US for taking a “unilateral attitude in bad faith” at his February meeting with Donald Trump in Hanoi. Mr Kim blamed that as the cause of the diplomatic standstill, North Korea’s state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said. Mr Kim paid his respects at a ceremony honouring the war dead to round off his visit on Friday. After meeting Mr Kim, Mr Putin later headed for a two-day trip to Beijing, where he said he will inform the Chinese leadership about the summit.
April 26, 2019 06:11 UTC
But research shows that some of us have to wait until we’re in our fifties before we really start to flourish. A study of Nobel Prize winners found there are two peaks of creativity – one between the ages of 25 and 29 and a second around the age of 57. The researchers studied 31 Nobel laureates and divided them into two categories: ‘conceptual’ and ‘experimental’. Experimental thinkers accumulate knowledge throughout their careers and analyse that knowledge to come up with new ways of thinking. They found that conceptual thinkers peaked at either 25 or 29 years old, while experimental laureates peaked when they were roughly twice as old – somewhere in their mid-fifties.
April 26, 2019 06:11 UTC
The suspected ringleader of Sri Lanka's Easter Sunday bomb plot has been confirmed dead, the country's President revealed. Zahran Hashim led the attack against the Shangri-La hotel in Colombo alongside Ilham Ibrahim, the son of a wealthy spice merchant, Maithripala Sirisena said. Muslims in Sri Lanka were urged to pray at home on Friday and not attend mosques or churches after the State Intelligence Services warned of possible car bomb attacks, amid fears of retaliatory violence. The Easter Sunday bombings shattered the relative calm that had existed in Buddhist-majority Sri Lanka since a civil war against mostly Hindu ethnic Tamil separatists ended 10 years ago. Britain warned its nationals on Thursday to avoid Sri Lanka unless it was absolutely necessary because there could be more attacks.
April 26, 2019 06:03 UTC
An important pre-trial hearing in Harvey Weinstein’s sex assault case could be held in secret if a judge rules against news organisations fighting to keep the courtroom open. An important pre-trial hearing in Harvey Weinstein’s sex assault case could be held in secret if a judge rules against news organisations fighting to keep the courtroom open. Both the prosecution and defence have asked that Friday’s hearing dealing with trial strategy and potential witnesses be held behind closed doors. Lawyers for the news organisations, including The Associated Press and The New York Times, are due to appear before Judge James Burke before he rules. They argue that the sides have not met a high legal standard for closing the court.
April 26, 2019 05:48 UTC
It is Swift’s first new music since her 2017 album Reputation. Me’s music video opens with a snake – an animal heavily linked to Reputation and its ensuing tour – slithering over a cobbled street before bursting into butterflies. Swift and Urie are then introduced as a warring couple who own a pair of cats. The four-minute video, directed by Dave Meyers, features Swift in a variety of colourful outfits while the song’s chorus contains the lyrics: “I’m the only one of me/Baby, that’s the fun of me.”Taylor Swift debuted new music and released an accompanying music video (Greg Allen/PA)Shortly before releasing the song, Swift, 29, appeared on US TV network ABC to preview the track. She told host Robin Roberts: “It’s a song about embracing your individuality and really celebrating it and owning it.
April 26, 2019 05:37 UTC
The three-year-old and her brother were allegedly left alone after their father, David Kooros Parsa, killed his wife, Mihoko Koike Parsa. They were rescued on Sunday afternoon when officers responded after a concerned grandfather had phoned the police. The grandfather was aware of his son's mental health issues, depression and stress, said Detective Bob Dinlocker in a press conference. But neighbours who helped rescue the children said the girl remembered hearing her mother crying and a loud noise, according to Daily News. Both of the children were taken into the custody of the Department of Child and Family Services and are doing well and healthy.
April 26, 2019 04:18 UTC
It’s 2001 in China and youngsters (and not so youngsters) take to the dancefloor to the strains of Village People’s YMCA, blissfully unaware of the upheavals to come. Qiao, played by the director’s partner and longtime lead Zhao Tao, is a young woman who lives in a shabby coal-mining town where the pit is facing closure. Her boyfriend Bin (Liao Fan) is a dashing young jianghu, who runs a local seedy nightclub. Upon release she goes to see him – he hasn’t visited her in prison – and he hides behind a new girlfriend and a new veneer of respectability. As ever, Zhao Tao puts in the best performance you’ll see this year.
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April 26, 2019 04:07 UTC
Several large explosions at the Tata steelworks in Port Talbot rocked the Welsh town this morning, leaving at least two people hurt. The site's owners, Tata Steel, said: 'We're dealing with an incident at our Port Talbot site. The steelworks, which Tata took over from Corus Steel in 2007, employs 4,000 people. The Tata steelworks in Port Talbot, West Glamorgan, which employs 4,000 people (file photo)He wrote: 'Woke me sharply, and continued to crash as I came to. A spokeswoman said: 'South Wales Police is currently in attendance with emergency service colleagues from fire and rescue and the ambulance service at an incident at Tata Steelworks, Port Talbot.
April 26, 2019 03:30 UTC
A diner in China was disgusting to take a bite out of her meal - and find real chicken feathers poking out of her McWings. Luckily she showed no sign of illness after the meal, with mum marching back to the restaurant to complain. In it the mum shows the McDonald's receipt and the McWing with offending feathers. (Image: WEIBO)Mum then describes how McDonald's offered ten times the price of the meal back in return - and vouchers equalling about £34. "We have questions about how the restaurant handles food safety," she told Chinese media in an interview.
April 26, 2019 03:22 UTC
Taylor Swift has said she is releasing a new single and music video called “ME!” on Friday that is about “embracing your individuality and really celebrating it”. Taylor Swift has said she is releasing a new single and music video called “ME!” on Friday that is about “embracing your individuality and really celebrating it”. WELL GUYS it's almost midnight and my new song “ME!” featuring @brendonurie of @panicatthedisco will be out. Swift thanked the artist who created the mural in an Instagram post on Thursday. Next clue: I’ll be joining the magnificent @robinroberts for a chat tonight on ABC 💕 pic.twitter.com/TGmvbiWJWV — Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) April 25, 2019“The fans are amazing.
April 26, 2019 03:00 UTC
Another said: "I swear something just blew up in port Talbot. Reaction began flooding in soon after the blast, with one twitter user simply posting "Port Talbot is gonners". Paget wrote: "That must of woke the whole of port Talbot , really hope everyone's ok in the steel works." Matthew Kearney: "Port Talbot, that was the loudest thing I've ever heard. Twitter user @Buff423 write: "There was just a big explosion from port Talbot steelworks that just shook the house, hoping no one was hurt."
April 26, 2019 02:49 UTC
Hasson was arrested February 15 and is awaiting trial on firearms and drug charges. Marcia Murphy, a spokeswoman for U.S. Attorney Robert Hur's office, said prosecutors would oppose any conditions of release for Hasson. Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas Windom said prosecutors had presented 'clear and convincing evidence' that Hasson poses a danger to the public. Hasson, a former Marine, worked at Coast Guard headquarters in Washington on a program to acquire advanced new cutters for the agency. A Coast Guard spokesman has said Hasson will remain on active duty until the case against him is resolved.
April 26, 2019 01:55 UTC
The British multinational is understood to be inviting bids for BT Ireland as part of a wider exit from its Global Services international arm. The mooted sale was reported in the 'Daily Telegraph' in London. However, BT Ireland managing director Shay Walsh cast doubt on the story yesterday via social media. A spokeswoman for BT Ireland said it would not comment "on rumour or speculation". BT Ireland employed 608 people here according to its most recently filed accounts for the 12 months to the end of March 2018.
April 26, 2019 01:30 UTC