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Chinese car battery giant weighs stake in ailing Aston Martin

Chinese car battery giant weighs stake in ailing Aston Martin

Business
By Mark Kleinman, City editor One of China's leading electric vehicle battery-makers is weighing a deal that could involve taking a stake in Aston Martin Lagonda, the ailing manufacturer of James Bond's favourite cars.Sky News has learnt that CATL, which floated on China's Shenzhen stock exchange in 2018, is among a number of parties which have held talks with Aston Martin and its advisers in recent weeks as they seek to recapitalise its battered balance sheet. It was unclear this weekend whether the approach from CATL would result in any form of agreement between the two companies.Aston Martin, which has been left reeling by a string of profit alerts since its ill-fated 2018 initial public offering in London, is scrambling to raise fun...
‘Beyond what was appropriate’: BBC rules on Jo Brand’s battery acid joke

‘Beyond what was appropriate’: BBC rules on Jo Brand’s battery acid joke

Entertainment
Jo Brand's controversial battery acid joke "went beyond what was appropriate" for a Radio 4 comedy show but did not incite violence, the BBC has ruled.The 62-year-old star made the jibe on an episode of Victoria Coren Mitchell's Radio 4 show Heresy in June. Referring to political figures who had been hit by milkshakes, Brand said: "I'm thinking why bother with a milkshake when you could get some battery acid."She added: "That's just me. I'm not going to do it, it's purely a fantasy, but I think milkshakes are pathetic, I honestly do, sorry." ...
Jo Brand battery acid joke ‘went too far’, BBC rules

Jo Brand battery acid joke ‘went too far’, BBC rules

Entertainment
Jo Brand's controversial joke about throwing battery acid "went beyond what was appropriate" for a Radio 4 comedy show, the BBC has ruled.The corporation has partially upheld complaints about the quip made by the comedian on Radio 4's Heresy in June.Referring to political figures who had been hit by milkshakes, she said: "I'm thinking, why bother with a milkshake when you could get some battery acid?"But the BBC dismissed complaints that her remark amounted to incitement.Following the broadcast, Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage, who had a milkshake thrown at him by protesters several weeks earlier, accused Brand of "inciting violence". The corporation's Editorial Complai...
Apple recalls some MacBooks over battery fire risk

Apple recalls some MacBooks over battery fire risk

Technology
Apple is recalling some of its older generation MacBook Pro laptops which contain a battery that may overheat and pose a fire risk. The recall only affects the 15-inch laptops sold primarily between September 2015 and February 2017. No other 15-inch MacBook Pro units or other Mac notebooks are being recalled.People can find out if their device is affected by visiting the Apple website and entering their product serial number.The technology giant confirmed that the laptops in question contain a battery which "may overheat and pose a safety risk". Advertisement The firm has asked people to stop using the affected devices. "If you have 'MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Mid 2015)', enter your computer's serial num...