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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
August eclipse left a wake in ionosphere, researchers reveal

August eclipse left a wake in ionosphere, researchers reveal

Science
Dec. 27 (UPI) -- The August 21 solar eclipse caused waves in the uppermost part of the atmosphere, the ionosphere, which researchers say they were able to observe for the first time.The eclipse across North America was seen by millions of people, as well as by 2,000 positioning sensors installed across its path on Earth by researchers of MIT's Haystack Observatory and Norway's University of Tromso.Data from the sensors confirmed what scientists believed, but could not confirm until now: the rapid cooling and heating of the ionosphere, the earth's upper atmosphere, caused by the interruption and return of the sun's rays, made V-shaped atmospheric waves similar to that of the bow of a boat traveling through water.In a paper published Tuesday in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, resea...
Haskell left out of England squad for autumn internationals

Haskell left out of England squad for autumn internationals

Sports
Exeter back-row Sam Simmonds has received his first England call-up, but experienced flanker James Haskell has been left out of Eddie Jones' 34-man squad for the autumn internationals.Sale wing Denny Solomona is included with uncapped Marcus Smith and Zach Mercer picked as "apprentice players".After being suspended for the matches against the Pumas and Australia, prop Joe Marler has been left out.England face Argentina on 11 November, before playing Australia and Samoa.They host the Wallabies at Twickenham on 18 November before their last Test against Samoa on 25 November.Wasps' Haskell, 32, has 75 international caps and is one of the highest-profile casualties, while Marland Yarde, Teimana Harrison and Tom Wood are among those left out."I had a good chat to Haskell on Saturday, " said hea...
Derek Carr hits Michael Crabtree with no time left as Oakland Raiders drop Kansas City Chiefs

Derek Carr hits Michael Crabtree with no time left as Oakland Raiders drop Kansas City Chiefs

Sports
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Derek Carr threw a 2-yard touchdown pass to Michael Crabtree with no time remaining, lifting the Oakland Raiders to a stunning 31-30 victory against the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday night at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. The Raiders marched 85 yards in 11 plays for Carr's touchdown pass, tying the game 30-30. Giorgio Tavecchio kicked the extra point. Carr threw what was initially ruled to be a 29-yard touchdown pass to tight end Jared Cook with 16 seconds left. However, after a review, Cook was ruled to be down by contact inside the 1. Crabtree then caught a 1-yard touchdown pass with three seconds left, but he was flagged for offensive pass interference. Carr threw incomplete on the next play, but Chiefs safety Ron Parker was penalized for holding. A holding ca...
Irma: Eight dead at Florida nursing home left without power

Irma: Eight dead at Florida nursing home left without power

World
Media playback is unsupported on your deviceEight people at a Florida nursing home that was left without power for days after Hurricane Irma have died.Police evacuated 115 residents on Wednesday from the facility, whose air conditioning was cut by the storm.Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief said three were found dead at the nursing home in the city of Hollywood. Five others died in hospital.Ten million people are still without power in Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas after Hurricane Irma.The storm - which has claimed more than two dozen lives in the US - struck southwestern Florida on Sunday morning as a category four hurricane before weakening to a tropical depression on Monday.Irma earlier left a trail of destruction in the Caribbean, where nearly 40 people were killed.Hollywood Po...