Tesco major fall in profits
operating profits have more than halved in the first half of the year, although
the supermarket giant has managed to improve its UK sales.
Britain’s biggest supermarket posted £354m in operating profits for the first six months of the year, 54% lower than the £779m last year, excluding income from Tesco’s now sold South Korean business. Tesco continue to be under major pressure from discount retailers like Aldi and Lidl.
Paul Walker's daughter 'sues Porsche'
daughter of the late Fast and Furious actor Paul Walker is to sue carmaker
Porsche over the crash in which he died, US reports say. Walker was a passenger
in a Porsche a friend was driving when it hit a pole and
burst into flames in November 2013. US media report that a wrongful death case has now been filed by Walker's daughter Meadow, who is 16, alleging the carmaker took safety shortcuts.
Porsche has not yet publicly responded to the claims.
TMZ states there is legal documents which says his seatbelt "snapped Walker's torso back with thousands of pounds of force, thereby breaking his ribs and pelvis," and trapping him when the vehicle caught fire.
Supermoon'combined with a lunar eclipse
A supermoon occurs when the Moon is in the closest part of its orbit to Earth, meaning it appears larger in the sky. The eclipse - which made the Moon appear red - has been visible in North America, South America, West Africa and Western Europe. This phenomenon was last observed in 1982 and will not be back before 2033.
Pope Francis in Havana
Pope Francis and Fidel Castro met in Havana on Sunday at the former Cuban leader's home. Mr. Castro, who was accompanied by his wife and several children and grandchildren, presented the pope with a book of interviews with himself that focused on his views of religion.
Jackie Collins Passed away
novelist Jackie Collins has died of breast cancer at the age of 77, her family
said in a statement. The British-born writer, sister of actress Joan Collins,
died in Los Angeles, her spokeswoman said.Collins's raunchy novels of the
rich and famous sold more than 500 million copies in 40 countries. In a career
spanning four decades, all 32 of her novels appeared in the New York Times
The family statement said the writer lived "a wonderfully full life", adored by family, friends and readers."She was a true inspiration, a trailblazer for women in fiction and a creative force. She will live on through her characters but we already miss her beyond words," it added. Collins was diagnosed with stage-four breast cancer six-and-a-half years ago, according to US celebrity magazine People.Her sister Joan, 82, who only learned the news herself in the last fortnight, told People magazine she was "completely devastated"."She was my best friend. I admire how she handled this. She was a wonderful, brave and a beautiful person and I love her," she said.
Collins had lost her mother, second husband and fiance to cancer. She told the Press Association earlier this month that she had chosen to celebrate life rather than mourn those she had lost.
R.I.P Jackie Collins!
Notting Hill Carnival
Notting Hill Carnival bands are taking to the roads of west London for the second day of what is thought to be Europe's largest street music festival. Up to 60 bands in colourful costumes are taking part in the Grand Finale street parade. There are also 38 sound systems to entertain crowds.
Stepbrother Admits of the killing of Becky Watts
stepbrother of Becky Watts has admitted killing her but denied murder in a
crime the prosecution claim had a sexual motive.Nathan Matthews, 28 pleaded
not guilty to murder at Bristol Crown Court but a jury has been told he admits
killing the teenager, saying he tried to kidnapand imprison her before strangling
her. He claims to have acted alone and has denied conspiring to kidnap her.The
prosecution told the court Becky died as a result of a plan by Matthews and
his girlfriend Shauna Hoare to kidnap her, motivated by their "apparent
dislike of Rebecca Watts" and a sexual interest.Becky, 16, went missing
from her home in St George, Bristol on 19 February. Her body parts were discovered
at a property in the city on 2 March.
Opening the case, prosecutor William Mousley QC said that Becky was killed in her bedroom on 19 February, adding: "She was suffocated, despite her fighting for her life.
"There followed a deliberate, carefully planned and grotesquely executed plan to cover up her killing."
The prosecution claims that after her death, Becky's body was cut up with a knife and power saw, with the parts then being packed and moved to prevent them being found.
Matthews' girlfriend Shauna Hoare, 22, has denied all of the charges against her, including murder. Karl Demetrius, 29, and his girlfriend Jaydene Parsons, 23 have pleaded guilty to assisting an offender, but they maintain they "did not know or believe" that bags they helped move contained Becky's body.
Donovan Demetrius, 29 - Karl's twin brother - and James Ireland, 23, both deny assisting an offender.
Its now illegal to Smoke inside a vehicle
law banning smoking in vehicles carrying children has come into force in England
and Wales.Drivers and passengers who break the law could face a penalty fine
of £50 - but police say they will take a non-confrontational approach
Whenever an under-18 is in the car, smokers will still be liable even if the windows are down or sunroof open.But the law will not apply to people who are driving in a convertible which has the roof down.Nor does it apply to e-cigarettes.
The Scottish Parliament is expected to consider bringing in its own law banning smoking in cars carrying children next year.
Meanwhile, officials in Northern Ireland said they would look at how the ban is working elsewhere before deciding whether or not to follow suit.
Nasa scientists find evidence of flowing water on Mars
Liquid water runs down canyons and crater walls over the summer months on Mars, according to researchers who say the discovery raises the chances of being home to some form of life.The trickles leave long, dark stains on the Martian terrain that can reach hundreds of metres downhill in the warmer months, before they dry up in the autumn as surface temperatures drop.
Big touble for Volkswagen
11 million vehicles worldwide are involved in the VW emissions scandal that has erupted over its rigging of US car emissions tests.It said it was setting aside €6.5bn (£4.7bn) to cover costs of the scandal. VW added this would pay for "necessary service measures and other efforts to win back the trust of our customers".The boss of Volkswagen's US business, Michael Horn, has admitted it "totally screwed up" in using software to rig emissions tests. VW shares were down more than 20% on Tuesday in Frankfurt.Last Friday, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said VW diesel cars had much higher emissions than tests had suggested and that software in several diesel cars could deceive regulators.
French Finance Minister Michel Sapin has called for an EU inquiry, but a UK car industry spokesman said there was "no evidence" of cheating. Mike Hawes, who is chief executive of the UK's Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, said the EU operated a "fundamentally different system" from the US, with tests performed in strict conditions and witnessed by a government-appointed independent approval agency.
is no evidence that manufacturers cheat the cycle," he said. "Vehicles
are removed from the production line randomly and must be standard production
models, certified by the relevant authority - the UK body
being the Vehicle Certification Agency, which is responsible to the Department for Transport."France's Mr Sapin said inquiries in Europe had to be conducted "at a European level".However, he also described current testing methods as "outdated" and said the car industry wanted an updated emissions test, "more representative of on-road conditions".
15-Mile Motorway Jam in Migrant Crackdown
Drivers on a Hungarian motorway leading to the Austrian border are facing 15-mile tailbacks because of tighter controls on people smuggling.New checks on vehicles have been introduced by the Austrian authorities after 71 refugees were found dead in an abandoned lorry last week.The M1 motorway and a nearby main road were jammed, state road operator Magyar Kozut told National News Agency MTI. Officials said 200 asylum seekers and five suspected people traffickers had been found during the first few hours of the operation.
Notting Hill Carnival 30th and 31st Aug.
Skrillex, Craig David and Rudimental are performing at Notting Hill Carnival on the soundsystem @ Leamington Road Villas.
Wimbledon Tennis Screenings
Square Wimbledon Screenings
Kings Cross Visitor Centre: Mon, Thur, Fri 10am-5pm; Tue-Wed noon-5pm; Sat 10am-4pm
Granary Square, London, N1C 4AAt
Winter Wonderland, Hyde Park London - 21st November 2014 to 4th January 2015 (free enterance)
Nigerian Onyemaranwanneya Womans Associationy Annual Dinner Dance, Saturday 21st June 2014
Tottenham Green Leisure Centre 1 philips Lane, London N15 4JA. Come down to the events and enjoy the festivities which includes dinner, cultural dance and many more!
12th June 14, Trafalgar Square 12:00pm to 7:00pm
A free event in a carnival style atmosphere with live music, DJs, dance lessons, short films, drumming, capoeira and more, climaxing with samba. You can get in the World Cup mood in the football zone where the whole family can enjoy games and a range of fun activities, including an inflatable football pitch and a photo-op with life-sized images of the Brazilian team.
Have some fun and check out the games section
The Business section Is now available
The business section on this site is now up and running, feel free to check it out (more updates will soon be available).
Come and learn Forro!!
:: WEEKLY LESSONS
Every Sunday @ Guanabara: free lessons till 07:00 pm - Guanabara - Parker Street WC2B 5PW, London
Every Monday @ Freud, Oxford: from 07:30 pm - £5 - Freud, 119 Walton St, Oxford OX2 6AH
Every Wednesday @ Etrusco: from 07:00 pm - £5 - Etrusco - Basement/ 1 Hurdwick Place NW1 2JE ( Next to Mornington Crescent Tube) London