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Evening Star News

Review: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is everything you could hope for and more (2 hours old)

With talented well-known stars, unscripted fits of laughter and something for everyone to enjoy - The Regent have pulled off another unforgettable Christmas pantomime.

Snow is unlikely for Suffolk, but ‘freezing rain’ could lead to icy roads (3 hours old)

Drivers are warned of possible treacherous road conditions this evening as “freezing rain” could turn roads icy.

Audience evacuated during Ipswich panto (13 hours old)

A fire alarm temporarily stopped the show going on at the New Wolsey Theatre.

Missing prisoner found in Ipswich (15 hours old)

A prisoner from Hollesley Bay has been found after an appeal was launched to locate him.

Two-fingered gesture to police camera costs driver £300 (17 hours old)

A man has been fined almost £300 for taking his hands off the wheel to make a two fingered gesture at a speed camera in Suffolk.

Bird group hopes Suffolk rook survey will help people ‘connect with nature’ (18 hours old)

A Suffolk birdwatching group is offering people the chance to have something to crow about – by taking part in a county-wide rook survey.

White van with ‘no current keeper’ seized (18 hours old)

A white van registered as having “no current keeper” was stopped by police - and then seized as the driver had no insurance or licence.

Revealed - The latest food hygiene ratings for takeaways in Ipswich (18 hours old)

Half of Ipswich’s late night eateries have received full marks following their most recent visit from the council’s food hygiene inspectors and have been awarded a five-star award - while one received zero stars

Revealed - Cost of free Ipswich iCards for youngsters and how many people used them (18 hours old)

Free iCards for Ipswich youngsters last summer cost £100,000 it has emerged, as latest figures have revealed the extent of take up.

Fake bank notes used across Suffolk, warn police (18 hours old)

A flurry of fraudulent bank notes have surfaced in Suffolk, with fraudsters trying to pay for low-value items with fake money.

UK homepage

May threatens to crash Brexit deal after summit showdown (17 hours old)

PM warns of snap vote to kill plan but EU refuses to budge

The Conservatives and their thirty years’ war over Europe (18 hours old)

The Tories’ delirium over the EU has destroyed three prime ministers and imperils the party

PayPal shuts crowdfunder’s account after alt-right influx (1 hour 40 minutes old)

SubscribeStar site hosts rightwing activists and pornographers

Bleak run-up to Christmas caps sorry year for UK retail (19 hours old)

Unusual weather, cautious consumers and Black Friday discounting have made trading very difficult  

EU agrees to create budget for eurozone (17 hours old)

French demand to strengthen single currency area accepted in less ambitious form

UK cycling dominance in doubt after Sky ends sponsorship (14 hours old)

Despite winning Tour de France in six of past seven years, Team Sky faces uncertain future

FT Seasonal Appeal auction: have lunch with an FT writer (8 days old [07/12/18])

In aid of Habitat for Humanity, we will be offering the chance to dine with some of our award-winning journalists

May must call the Brexit hardliners’ bluff (22 hours old)

The PM should put country first and challenge Labour to back a second referendum

The best sparkling wines for the festive season (23 hours old)

Whether you’re happy paying £12 or £2,200, here is Jancis Robinson’s choice of fantastic festive fizz

Chinese data showing slowdown spook global markets  (14 hours old)

Wall Street responds badly as gloom gathers around world economy

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Business | The Guardian

Royal Mail queues lengthen as depots close across UK (5 hours old)

The service’s cost-cutting has led to a storm of protests – not least in south-east LondonIf you face a long wait in the queue at your local parcels office to pick up a missed Christmas delivery this weekend, spare a thought for those living in one part of south-east London who say they have endured months of postal woes after Royal Mail closed their depot.Lost bank cards, letters taking a month to arrive, several days between deliveries and, most frustrating of all, 60-minute waits in the rain to pick up parcels that could not be delivered: these have all been endured by East Dulwich resident[...]

Global economy fears rise as manufacturing growth slumps in China (17 hours old)

Figures also show dramatic slowdown in business activity across Europe and the USFears are growing about the state of the global economy after a slump in Chinese manufacturing output growth and a dramatic slowdown in business activity across Europe and the US.Stock markets sagged on Friday as China‘s government said industrial production and retail sales slowed in November. Traders were also spooked by surveys that showed French business activity contracted this month and the US economy slipped to its lowest growth rate for 18 months in December. Continue reading...

Will you lose out if you back a venture on Kickstarter? (5 hours old)

After complaints about a project called Zen Blanket, we look at the pros and cons of crowdfundingIt is described as a hi-tech blanket that will give you “the best sleep ever” and reduce your stress levels, though at about £195 ($249) a pop it is certainly not cheap. The Zen Blanket was promoted on the crowdfunding websites Kickstarter and Indiegogo, prompting thousands of people to sink money into the venture – but some are now crying foul, demanding their money back and discussing class action lawsuits.One of those who is definitely not feeling zen is Don Dennis from Scotland. He pledged £118[...]

Sports Direct's Mike Ashley considers bid to buy Hamleys (20 hours old)

Centuries-old British toy shop chain put up for sale in October after £9.2m annual lossMike Ashley, the billionaire founder of Sports Direct, is reportedly considering a bid to take over Hamleys, the 258-year-old toy retailer best known for its flagship store on Regent Street in London.Sports Direct was on Friday said to be among a pack of retailers to have lodged their interest in taking over Hamleys, which has been put up for sale by its Chinese owner C.banner. Continue reading...

Brazil charges former Trafigura executives with corruption (16 hours old)

Bribes of more than $1.5m were allegedly paid to help secure more favourable oil tradingFederal prosecutors in Brazil have filed corruption charges against two former executives from commodities multinational Trafigura, a former executive at Petrobras and a middleman, over $1.5m allegedly paid in bribes for oil trading operations.In a 146-page indictment, prosecutors in Curitiba in the southern state of Paraná said that former Trafigura executives Mariano Ferraz and Marcio Magalhães, middleman Carlos Herz and former Petrobras executive Marcus Alcoforado were involved in a corruption and asset [...]

Sainsbury’s and Asda get extra time over CMA merger inquiry (17 hours old)

CMA says its priority is to ‘assess if shoppers would face higher prices’ due to mergerSainsbury’s and Asda have won extra time to respond to a competition authority investigation into their planned £7.3bn merger.A competition appeal tribunal hearing in London on Friday ruled that the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) must give lawyers for Sainsbury and Asda more time. Continue reading...

UK airport travellers receiving less than $1 for every £1 exchanged (20 hours old)

British tourists in New York face eye-watering Christmas prices, with sterling at new lowTravellers at some UK airports are receiving less than $1 for every £1 they change after a week of Brexit turmoil pushed sterling to fresh lows.At Cardiff airport, the bureau de change was offering customers only $0.97 for every £1 on Friday. At Bristol airport, Moneycorp is giving customers only $1.03 for £1, while at Gatwick the rate is only $1.06. At Heathrow, Travelex is paying $1.05 for every £1. Continue reading...

Gordon Brown: I didn't think I'd see child poverty again in my lifetime (23 hours old)

Ex-chancellor’s tax credits started to erase problem – but universal credit reverses trendGordon Brown is on familiar territory. The former prime minister is parked on a sofa in a family centre in the heart of his old constituency and holding forth about poverty.The venue, a family centre called the Cottage, is in the Templehall part of Kirkcaldy and easy to miss. The poverty that it is helping to alleviate is not. When it launched its first Christmas appeal eight years ago – the year Brown’s Labour government was turfed out of office – the centre assisted 80 families. Last year it was 950: th[...]

Ex-BHS owner claims to be 'victim' as he hits out at Philip Green (18 hours old)

Dominic Chappell tells court he wishes he had ‘never got involved’ with BHSThe former owner of BHS has hit out at Sir Philip Green, claiming to be a “victim” of the retailer’s earlier failures after being hit with a £120,000 court fine.Defending himself in Hove crown court on Friday, Dominic Chappell was found guilty of failing to provide vital documents to the pensions regulator following BHS’s collapse in 2016. The former racing driver’s re-sentencing follows a failed appeal earlier this year. Continue reading...

Bank of England to cut staff expenses after £390,000 travel bill row (21 hours old)

Allowances made public for first time and policy will come into force in March 2019The Bank of England is cutting meal and hotel allowances for staff after coming under fire over a £390,000 travel bill racked up by two of its economics advisers.The central bank has for the first time published its travel and expenses policy to the public, following criticism by MPs over the “staggering” costs run up by US-based members of its financial policy committee. Continue reading...

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Huawei vows to do ‘anything’ to soothe security concerns (2 days old [13/12/18])

Chinese group prepared to make wholesale changes, says western Europe chief

Huawei spat comes as China races ahead in 5G (2 days old [13/12/18])

US fears that it will lose ‘commanding heights’ of new technology

Huawei CFO released on C$10m bail (3 days old [12/12/18])

Meng Wanzhou must surrender passports and pay for private security guards to accompany her

Verizon: broken oath (3 days old [11/12/18])

The telecoms group’s bet on digital media was mistaken but has not been harmful

Calls renewed to keep Huawei out of American 5G (4 days old [11/12/18])

Security concerns about Chinese telecoms group grow in wake of finance chief’s arrest

UK’s CDC to invest $180m in Africa’s Liquid Telecom (4 days old [11/12/18])

Fibre optic and cloud computing provider plans expansion as demand for data surges

Huawei under fire (4 days old [10/12/18])

World’s biggest telecoms equipment maker under sharp scrutiny after CFO’s arrest

Vodafone to install 4G and 5G kit under manhole covers (4 days old [10/12/18])

Telecoms group eyes connection speed boost as demand for mobile data surges

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Technology sector

Facebook faces fresh probe after photo leak (17 hours old)

Bug let developers see private images belonging to up to 6.8m users

Ren Zhengfei: Huawei’s general musters for a fight (22 hours old)

The Chinese telecoms magnate is at the centre of the US’s trade war with his country

Technological obsolescence: they think it’s all over (23 hours old)

Predicting the death of old technologies is seldom simple — as the vinyl LP renaissance shows

Japan Display/smartphones: crystal whipped (1 day old)

In desperate times investors will pounce on every bit of good news

How we lost our ambitions for the tech-enabled home (1 day old)

Mid-20th century designers offered bold visions. What changed?

Branson says Virgin Galactic flight opens space to tourism (1 day old)

Founder sees promising business in putting communication satellites into low-earth orbit

Apple seeks to resolve China iPhone ban with software update (1 day old)

Qualcomm accuses US tech group of disregarding Chinese court’s infringement ruling

New Zealand hits out at Google for naming murder suspect (1 day old)

Technology group faces prosecution if it breached a court suppression order 

Scooter start-ups Lime and Bird fly south for winter (1 day old)

Wind, rain and snow in some markets threaten to damp rapid growth

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BBC News - Business

What's knocked markets off course? (14 hours old)

Financial markets had seen smooth sailing in recent years. But it looks like that's over.

Johnson & Johnson shares drop after asbestos report (19 hours old)

Shares drop as Reuters study says firm knew asbestos "lurked" in its talcum powder for decades.

BHS ex owner Dominic Chappell failed to give pension information (19 hours old)

The man who bought BHS for £1 is fined for not providing documents about the collapsed chain's pension schemes.

New Facebook bug exposed millions of photos (20 hours old)

Photos of up to 6.8 million Facebook users, including ones they never posted, could be accessed.

Were Taylor Swift fans tracked at her gig? (20 hours old)

A stadium in LA confirms it uses facial recognition technology at pop concerts.

Tourist pound now down at close to just one dollar (1 day old)

Airport currency exchanges are offering rates as low as $1.05 for a pound

Brexit: No-deal will near-bankrupt UK, says Branson (1 day old)

The Virgin founder says "quite a few" UK businesses will close if there is a no-deal Brexit.

Brexit: No visa but Britons will pay €7 to travel to EU countries (22 hours old)

Britons will not need a visa but will have to apply for a travel document, which lasts for three years.

Euro falls as 'gilets jaunes' protests hit French economy (1 day old)

Business activity in France has contracted following the gilets jaunes protests, a survey suggests.

Why are people spending less this Christmas? (1 day old)

Brexit uncertainty and rising prices in shops are influencing consumers' shopping habits in the run-up to Christmas.

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UK equities

Stocks to watch: GVC, Bovis, Telford Homes, Cairn Energy, Roche (1 day old)

UK housebuilders should rally if the UK can avoid a recession, says Canaccord

Growth worries stalk European bourses (1 day old)

Weak data from France adds to concern about global slowdown while trade war fears linger

Buyers of overpriced UK homes left in the lurch (1 day old)

People are effectively being forced to gamble on a resumption of house price inflation

Stocks to watch: G4S, Serco, Tui, Sports Direct, Spire, Filtronic (1 day old)

Ultra Electronics downgraded by Barclays following critical report

Stocks to watch: Superdry, Dixons, Wood Group, Sainsbury’s (3 days old [12/12/18])

Metro Bank looks vulnerable to no-deal Brexit risks, warns Citi

Stocks to watch: WPP, 888, Pfizer, Aviva, Standard Life, BASF, Total (4 days old [11/12/18])

Superdry’s turnround may require another year of clearance sales, says Berenberg

The pound is only getting lighter in your pocket (4 days old [10/12/18])

Mike Mackenzie’s daily analysis of what’s moving global markets

Stocks to watch: BASF, Just Group, Funding Circle, Straumann (4 days old [10/12/18])

Beware of Funding Circle’s unproven business model, says Citigroup

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Opinion today: Huawei's tough founder is ready to battle (6 hours old)

Ren Zhengfei’s ambitions for his tech firm are anything but modest

Why ‘no deal’ would not be disastrous (12 hours old)

Investing in UK equities is one of the least crowded trades in the marketplace

Why the fate of European stocks lies with China (13 hours old)

Fiscal rules and still-loose monetary policy mean the region has to look elsewhere for stimulus

Football and society must dig deeper to root out racism (14 hours old)

Raheem Sterling and his generation have strong anti-racist norms and expect equality

Thoughts for the weekend (14 hours old)

“Stay humble and HODL.”

Pinn’s illustration of the week: Chain of command (17 hours old)

Three-year prison term for Trump’s former lawyer

Uber and Starbucks’ hot idea has a tepid future (18 hours old)

Coffee delivery services aim to tap our indolence and impatience

It turns out “bond tokens” and “share tokens” might just be classed as securities  (19 hours old)

“Having to apply US securities regulation to the system had a serious negative impact on our ability to launch”.

Theresa May and Brexit (20 hours old)

The ECJ rules the UK can revoke Article 50, May delays a vote but hangs on to her job

Wall Street’s leveraged buyout profits are on thin ice (20 hours old)

Stress points being felt in financial markets today could intensify as fees evaporate

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