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One of UK’s biggest care home providers on brink of administration

One of UK’s biggest care home providers on brink of administration

Business
By Mark Kleinman, City editor Four Seasons Health Care (FSHC), one of Britain's biggest private care home operators, is on the brink of administration after months of failed efforts to reduce its mammoth debt-pile.Sky News has learnt that two of FSHC's holding companies will seek court approval to appoint administrators later on Tuesday, placing the long-term ownership of the business in doubt. The company is a key player in the UK's social care sector, serving about 17,000 residents and patients, and employing roughly 20,000 staff.Alvarez & Marsal (A&M), the professional services firm, has been lined up to handle the administration, which would be the biggest in the care homes sector since Southern Cross collapsed in 2011.People close to the situation...
12,000 pieces of official govt advice added to Alexa and Google Home

12,000 pieces of official govt advice added to Alexa and Google Home

Technology
Information on public services - from renewing a passport to the state pension - can now be accessed through voice-activated smart speakers and virtual assistants such as Amazon Alexa and Google Home.The government says the public can now access more than 12,000 pieces of official information from the Gov.uk website without having to search online. Users can access details on subjects including how to apply for free childcare, and ask to find out what the basic rate of tax and the national minimum wage is.It could soon be extended to cover additional services such as renewing road tax or finding out details of how to get married, ministers say.The head of Gov.uk, Jennifer Allum, added: "These results are promising because voice services can be a really convenient way to get information, pa...
World’s smallest boy going home from hospital

World’s smallest boy going home from hospital

World
April 20 (UPI) -- A Japanese baby believed to be the smallest surviving boy ever when he was born at 258 grams in October, left Nagano Children's Hospital Saturday growing and healthy. Ryusuke Sekino was born the equivalent of 9.1 ounces six months ago. Doctors weighed the toddler in at 3.37 kilograms, or 7.42 pounds. His birth size set a world's record for the smallest surviving boy. "After going home, I want the baby's brothers and sister to hold him in their arms," Toshiko Sekino, the boy's mother, said. The family lives in Karuizawa, Nagano Prefecture, but spent plenty of time at the Nagano Children's since Ryusuke's birth. Doctors admitted Toshiko Sekino to the hospital Sept. 29 after suffering from hypertensive disorders in connection with the pregnancy. Two days later, she deliver...
Watch: Dwyane Wade goes for 30 in Heat home finale

Watch: Dwyane Wade goes for 30 in Heat home finale

Sports
MIAMI, April 9 (UPI) -- Fans were wickedly warm at AmericanAirlines Arena Tuesday in Miami, and it wasn't because of the pregame flames shot over the court during player introductions. It was the man in the No. 3 jersey who has meant so much to the community that it was unofficially named "Wade County" in his honor. The man who teamed up with Shaquille O'Neal to win the franchise's first NBA Finals in 2006. The man who helped court LeBron James and Chris Bosh in order to bring back-to-back championships to the Miami Heat in 2012 and 2013. Dwyane Wade. Faithful followers flocked to the Biscayne Blvd. building and serenaded Wade with "MVP" and "We want Wade" chants throughout the game against the playoff-bound Philadelphia 76ers. The future Hall of Famer played in the final home game of h...