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Patisserie Valerie collapses into administration as rescue talks fail

Patisserie Valerie collapses into administration as rescue talks fail

Business
Cafe chain Patisserie Valerie has collapsed into administration after the failure of rescue talks with banks.Administrators KPMG will close 70 outlets immediately, while the remaining 121 will continue trading in the hope of finding a buyer.KPMG said there would be "significant" redundancies. The BBC understands up to 900 of the 3,000 staff may go.In October, Patisserie Valerie uncovered "significant, and potentially fraudulent, accounting irregularities".The company said in a statement that it did not have enough money to meet its debts. The biggest shareholder and chairman, entrepreneur Luke Johnson, had been in talks to extend a cash lifeline from HSBC and Barclays. Mr Johnson has personally e...
Child advice chatbots fail to spot sexual abuse

Child advice chatbots fail to spot sexual abuse

Technology
Two mental health chatbot apps have required updates after struggling to handle reports of child sexual abuse.In tests, neither Wysa nor Woebot told an apparent victim to seek emergency help.The BBC also found the apps had problems dealing with eating disorders and drug use.The Children's Commissioner for England said the flaws meant the chatbots were not currently "fit for purpose" for use by youngsters."They should be able to recognise and flag for human intervention a clear breach of law or safeguarding of children," said Anne Longfield.Both apps had been rated suitable for children.Wysa had previously been recommended as a tool to help youngsters by an NHS Trust.Its developers have now promised an update will soon improve the...
Scallop wars: British and French fail to reach deal

Scallop wars: British and French fail to reach deal

Business
British and French fishermen have failed to reach a deal to end the scallop wars in the English Channel. Talks broke down in Paris on Friday, with industry bosses unsuccessful in an attempt to agree a compensation package that would address recent skirmishes.Tensions rose last week when five British vessels sparred with dozens of French boats in the Seine Bay - with footage showing fishermen from both sides ramming each other. 1:05 Video: French v Brit Channel clashes ...
Cheryl mocked over Liam Payne split in epic England tweet fail

Cheryl mocked over Liam Payne split in epic England tweet fail

Entertainment
GETTY MOCKED: Cheryl was mocked for her 'every direction' football tweet The chart-topper, who was married to England footballer Ashley Cole, took to Twitter to congratulate England for beating Sweden in the 2018 World Cup in Russia.However, while the post was intended to highlight the unity and patriotic nature of the nation, her choice of words left her mercilessly mocked.Posting to her 6.4million followers, Cheryl wrote: "The cheers I can hear outside coming from every direction is giving me chills. #itscominghome."Within seconds fans seized on the opportunity to joke about her split from One Direction singer Liam Payne.Cheryl and Liam Payne  split earlier this month after two and a half years together. ...