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Patisserie Valerie scandal: Five people arrested

Patisserie Valerie scandal: Five people arrested

Business
Five people have been arrested and questioned over alleged accounting fraud at the Patisserie Valerie chain, the Serious Fraud Office has said.The arrests took place last Tuesday, 18 June, in a joint operation with police, the SFO said.The move comes eight months after the firm's former finance director, Chris Marsh, was arrested and freed on bail.Patisserie Valerie went into administration in January and was bought for £5m by Causeway Capital.The collapse followed the discovery of a huge black hole in the firm's accounts, eventually valued at £94m.After it went into administration, the cafe chain was found to have overstated its cash position by £30m and failed to disclose overdrafts of nearly £10m.Patisserie Valerie's former chairman, Luke Johnson, who
Soaring second home ownership hitting young people

Soaring second home ownership hitting young people

Business
The number of British people who own a second home, buy-to-let or overseas property has doubled since 2001, says think tank the Resolution Foundation. While the number of millennials who own a home continues to fall, one in 10 people now own an additional property.Just 37% of people born in the 1980s managed to buy a home at the age of 29, compared with half of those born in the 1960s.Wealth from owning a second home has risen since 2001 to almost £1 trillion.Buy-to-let property is now the most common form of property wealth, having grown by 58% since 2006-08, the report found.However, when looking at the number of people who can afford an additional property, millennials match the property ownership rates of other generations.This suggests that only youn
The people of Central Asia smoke marijuana during rituals 2,500 years ago

The people of Central Asia smoke marijuana during rituals 2,500 years ago

Science
June 12 (UPI) -- Today, marijuana is the most popular drug in the world, but little is known about when and how humans first began taking advantage of its psychoactive properties. New research suggests the people of Central Asia were smoking marijuana as early as the first millennium B.C. Scientists were able to identify THC preserved in funerary incense burners recovered from an ancient cemetery in the Eastern Pamirs, an extension of the Himalayas. Researchers didn't set out to study early cannabis use. Instead, they were interested in analyzing the early use of wooden burners in funeral rituals by the ancient inhabitants of the Pamir Mountains. But spectral analysis of chemicals on the burners matched the signature of cannabis. What's more, the ancient marijuana remains featured elevat...
Milk teeth reveal previously uknown Ice Age people from Siberia

Milk teeth reveal previously uknown Ice Age people from Siberia

Science
June 5 (UPI) -- Siberia has been inhabited by humans for some 40,000 years, and new genomic analysis made possible by the recovery of ancient baby teeth is shedding light on the ancient humans who lived there. For the new study, published this week in the journal Nature Communications, researchers analyzed DNA samples from 34 individuals recovered from Russia's Yana Rhinoceros Horn Site, an archaeological site in northeastern Siberia. The oldest human remains, two children's baby teeth, were dated to 31,000 years ago up. Scientists also analyzed DNA from the 10,000-year-old remains of a young man. The analysis suggests the ancient people of northern Siberia endured extreme cold and survived by hunting woolly mammoths, woolly rhinoceroses and bison. "These people were a significant part o...
BBC now filming series based on Irish novel ‘Normal People’

BBC now filming series based on Irish novel ‘Normal People’

Entertainment
June 1 (UPI) -- Filming is underway on a 12-part, modern love story set in Ireland and based on Sally Rooney's novel, Normal People. Daisy Edgar-Jones from Cold Feet and newcomer Paul Mescal are to star in the series, which Room filmmaker Lenny Abrahamson and Howard's End director Hettie McDonald are helming. The show is expected to air via the BBC's platforms in Britain and Europe, and on Hulu in the United States. Rooney wrote the screenplays for the show alongside Alice Birch and Mark O'Rowe. "As a long-time admirer of Lenny Abrahamson's work, it's a special privilege for me to be working alongside him on the adaptation of Normal People. I couldn't be happier with the cast and team we've put together, and I'm very excited to watch them bringing new life to the story on screen," Rooney...