Business groups from across the EU have warned Theresa May on the threat to investment and jobs without "urgent progress" in Brexit talks within the next two weeks. The delegation visited Downing Street to voice fears that current uncertainty over the UK's future trading relationship with the EU was damaging to firms across the continent.Business groups from countries including Germany, France and Ireland joined UK counterparts in urging both sides in the break-up to heed their united stance on the need for trade talks to be given the green light by EU leaders at their December summit in two weeks' time.As we leave the EU, we must do all we can to ensure that UK and EU businesses continue to thrive side-by-side. That’s why it was so important to speak to European business leaders in Downin
Shares in doorstep lender Provident Financial plunged 58% after it issued its second profit warning in months.It says it now expects to make losses of £80m to £120m as its debt collection rates have dropped to 57% compared with a previous rate of 90% in 2016.Bradford-based Provident recently changed the way it collected its loans, replacing self-employed agents with "customer experience managers".Its chief executive, Peter Crook, has resigned.The company has some 2.5 million customers, many of whom would not qualify for a standard bank loan and are therefore categorised as "sub-prime".Agent lossThe BBC has been contacted by a number of former Provident agents. All of them left when the collection system was changed and many are angry.They say they had had a strong relationship with their b
Orton will step into the Punjabi Prison this Sunday Wednesday, July 19, 2017Fans who have yet to experience the sheer presence of a Punjabi Prison got a sneak peek on last night’s SmackDown Live as Randy Orton sent a direct message to his Battleground opponent.WWE Champion Jinder Mahal opened the show to re-introduce the WWE Universe to the frightening structure and proclaim he would destroy the Viper inside the reinforced steel bamboo on Sunday. Not one to take a verbal bashing lightly, Orton joined in proceedings and stated his own intentions. Scaling the top of the cage, he vowed to end Mahal’s title reign and reminded the champion that he has the weight of 1.3 billion on his shoulders, while Orton has nothing to lose.[embedded content]See me twist Orton up with steel and bamboo in Phil
The shrinking size of whales over the 20th Century could help scientists detect when wildlife populations are in trouble, a study suggests.The analysis shows that the average body size of four whale species declined rapidly during the second half of the 20th Century in response to hunting.But warning signals were visible up to 40 years before whale stocks collapsed.The work appears in Nature Ecology and Evolution journal.Christopher Clements, from the University of Zurich in Switzerland, and his colleagues looked at records on the abundance and body size of whales caught by commercial whaling vessels between 1900 and 1985, after which a global whaling moratorium took effect."We looked at data on blue, fin, sei and sperm whales and found significant declines in body size, with sperm whales ...