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Carillion was left with just £29m before going bankrupt

Carillion was left with just £29m before going bankrupt

Business
Media playback is unsupported on your deviceCarillion was in talks with the government since October as part of a desperate bid to stave off collapse, according to the chief executive.Keith Cochrane says the construction giant was left with just £29m in cash by the time it went bust on Monday.Until the last moments, directors still believed a rescue was possible, but banks became more demanding, he said.The details are included in a document Mr Cochrane has prepared as part of the insolvency process.His statement sets out attempts to save Britain's second biggest construction company after three profits warnings and a collapse in the share price.Efforts to sell off parts of the business failed and Carillion's banks became more demanding, only agreeing fresh funding under tight new conditio
USS John McCain crew rated it 'below average' before deadly collision

USS John McCain crew rated it 'below average' before deadly collision

Business
Dec. 29 (UPI) -- Crewmembers serving aboard the USS John S. McCain were overworked, unprepared and unhappy in the year leading up to its collision with a merchant vessel in the Pacific that killed 10 Navy sailors, according to a report obtained by UPI.In a 163-page report detailing the results of a mandatory climate survey aboard the Navy destroyer, its 142 crew members rated 17 of 18 major categories "below service average." The survey, conducted July 21, 2016 -- 13 months before the Aug. 21, 2017 crash -- included questions on exhaustion, job satisfaction, organizational effectiveness and leadership prowess.Meanwhile, a Government Accountability Office report requested by Rep. Joe Courtney, D-Conn., shows the McCain -- and the USS Fitzgerald, which was also involved in a deadly crash in ...
SpaceX unveils new Falcon Heavy rocket before January launch

SpaceX unveils new Falcon Heavy rocket before January launch

Technology
SpaceX unveiled its new Falcon Heavy rocket on Wednesday, a month before its first launch. Photos posted by SpaceX chief executive Elon Musk show the new rocket inside its Florida hangar. Missing is the cargo for the January test flight. Musk has said the Falcon Heavy will launch his own cherry-red Tesla Roadster into space. First, SpaceX will test-fire the rocket's 27 engines at the pad; the company is aiming to do that by the end of the month. The launch is planned for a few weeks after the test. Falcon Heavy is essentially the company's Falcon 9 times three. It features three Falcon 9 first-stage boosters joined together with a second-stage on the middle one. It also has three times more engines. The Falcon 9 is now used to hoist satellites and supplies to the International Space Stati...
Gillian McKeith, 58, strips to saucy santa outfit – before FAINTING on the ice

Gillian McKeith, 58, strips to saucy santa outfit – before FAINTING on the ice

Entertainment
The Scottish TV presenter, who famously collapsed live on I'm A Celebrity, has done it again.Gillian, 58, was at a Christmas event at Tulleys Farm in Sussex with her daughters Skylar, 23, and Afton, 17,This saw the trio dress in festive-themed outfits before taking to the ice for a skate.Gillian was full of smiles at first as she posed with her daughters.She then went for some fast-paced fun on the dodgems.FLYNET/SPLASH NEWSFESTIVE OUTING: Gillian dressed up as an elf with her two daughtersFLYNET/SPLASH NEWSWILD RIDE: The presenter just about covered her modesty on the dodgemsThe blonde just about contained her modesty in her short elf dress and striped stockings.However, things got much worse than any wardrobe malfunction.Gillian took to the ice dressed in her second outfit, which was a C...
The Best and Worst Foods to Eat Before a Night of Drinking

The Best and Worst Foods to Eat Before a Night of Drinking

Health
The food in your stomach when you start drinking affects how quickly that booze goes to your head. With more food in your stomach, alcohol is absorbed more slowly, and it takes longer to feel its effects, explains George F. Koob, PhD, director of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. “When you drink on an empty stomach, you feel tipsy very fast, whereas you might not even notice if you consumed the same amount of alcohol with a meal,” he says.While just about any food in your belly is helpful, Koob notes that some experts argue meals with protein and fat are even more effective at slowing alcohol absorption. For that reason, nutritionist Claudia T. Felty, PhD, RDN, recommends Buddha bowls: “They provide a healthy dose of plant protein, healthy fats, and hydrating veg