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Britain's Got Talent judge Simon Cowell 'to propose to Lauren Silverman' – pals say

Britain's Got Talent judge Simon Cowell 'to propose to Lauren Silverman' – pals say

Entertainment
GETTY MARRIAGE: Simon Cowell is about to propose to Lauren Silverman, according to pals The Britain’s Got Talent boss, 58, is said to have agreed to pop the question.Simon and Lauren, 40, have been together for more than four years and have a son, Eric, four.Now we can reveal loved ones have been trying to convince Simon to finally make official.An insider said: “Everyone close to Simon thinks a proposal is long overdue.“They would love nothing more than to see him and Lauren get hitched. “Simon’s family have been badgering him to finally pop the question and he’s tentatively agreed he’ll do it.“It’s possible he’ll do it live on TV during the B...
Jaguar Land Rover 'to cut 1,000 jobs'

Jaguar Land Rover 'to cut 1,000 jobs'

Business
Jaguar Land Rover is to shed 1,000 jobs and cut production at two sites, according to reports.The carmaker said it would make an announcement to employees on Monday regarding its production plans for 2018/19.It added: "In light of the continuing headwinds impacting the car industry, we are making some adjustments to our production schedules and the level of agency staff."We are however continuing to recruit large numbers of highly skilled engineers, graduates and apprentices as we over-proportionally invest in new products and technologies."We also remain committed to our UK plants in which we have invested more than £4bn since 2010 to future-proof manufacturing technologies to deliver new models."Production will be cut at the Castle Bromwich and Solihull sites, with affected staff based a
Apple 'to buy Shazam for $400m'

Apple 'to buy Shazam for $400m'

Business
Apple is close to buying the music recognition app Shazam for about $ 400m (£300m), media reports say.Shazam, a UK company founded in 1999, allows people to use their smartphone or computer to identify and buy music through a snippet of sound.Shazam, which says it has more than 100 million monthly users, makes most of its revenue from commissions paid on referrals to Apple's iTunes Store.Neither Apple nor Shazam have commented on the reports on the TechCrunch site.If the deal is confirmed, Shazam will become the latest in a string of UK technology firms to be bought up by larger businesses. Shazam - a billion dollar London successThe influential Music Business Worldwide site points out that the reported price is significantly lower than the $ 1bn valuation placed on Shazam during its last
Ivory trade to be banned in UK 'to protect elephants'

Ivory trade to be banned in UK 'to protect elephants'

Science
The sale and export of almost all ivory items would be banned in the UK under plans set out by the government.Environment Secretary Michael Gove has announced a consultation to end the trade in ivory of all ages - previous attempts at a ban would have excluded antique ivory produced before 1947.The government says there will be some exemptions, for musical instruments and items of cultural importance. Conservation groups have given a guarded welcome to the plan.Growing marketWhile the UK has had a ban on the trade in raw ivory tusks, it has become the world's leading exporter of legal ivory carvings and antiques in recent years. According to an Environmental Investigation Agency report, there were more than 36,000 items exported from the UK between 2010 and 2015, more than three times that...
Brexit: Theresa May 'to offer 20bn euros transitional deal'

Brexit: Theresa May 'to offer 20bn euros transitional deal'

Business
Theresa May is set to propose a transitional deal with the EU of up to two years in a speech on Friday, a cabinet source has told BBC News.The PM is also expected to make an "open and generous" offer, potentially worth 20bn euros over the two years. It would mean the EU does not have to unpick its current budget - so no other EU member loses out from Brexit.No 10 hopes the speech, which has been agreed by the cabinet but could yet be revised, will speed up Brexit talks. Mrs May briefed her top team at a marathon two and a half hour cabinet meeting in Downing Street on what she will say in Florence.A government source said that the intention was to make the potential payments conditional on continued access to the single market and some form of customs union which allowed the UK to strike i...