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January 16, 2018 12:51 AM Carillion: Small firms count the cost of collapse

Thousands of small firms working for failed construction giant Carillion are waiting to learn if they will be paid, amid growing fears some could close. Carillion used an extensive network of sub-contractors and local suppliers, paying them almost £1bn a year, according to its latest annual report. Employers' groups are trying to assess the exposure 12

January 15, 2018 5:08 PM How salmonella destroyed the mighty Aztecs: Ancient teeth reveal how nearly ALL of Mexico was once wiped out by one of the most devastating food poisoning epidemics in human history

It has been described as one of the most devastating epidemics in human history - and now scientists have discovered what caused it. An outbreak of a mystery disease in 1576, and second wave in 1576, killed around seven million to 17 million people and helped destroy the mighty Aztec Empire. Known to the locals as cocoliztli, the symptoms of the disease 11

January 15, 2018 11:13 AM Self-employed builder makes bid for Carillion contracts

A SELF-EMPLOYED builder who owns his own lorry has bid for Carillion’s prison, hospital, school and Ministry of Defence contracts. Roy Hobbs, of Hobbs Construction in Macclesfield, whose slogan ‘We never leave a job unfinished’ is familiar to anyone who has seen it on his lorry, has told the government he is ready to pick up where Carillion has left off. He said: “We’ll

January 15, 2018 12:00 AM Britain braces for POLAR BLAST: Met Office issues UK snow and ice warnings for THIS WEEK

PEOPLE across the UK can expect a very chilly start to the week as a “polar maritime air mass” whips through the country, prompting the Met Office to issue snow and ice warnings. A yellow warning has been issued by the Met Office for northern parts of the UK from Monday with frequent and heavy hail and snow showers set to affect millions of people, with those 14

January 13, 2018 6:58 PM Ex-MIT prof pleads not guilty to scheme to swindle family

SALEM, Mass. (AP) - A former business professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has pleaded not guilty to accusations that he tried to swindle his dead son's family out of millions. The Salem News reports that 75-year-old John Donovan Sr., of Hamilton, pleaded not guilty in Salem Superior Court on Friday to charges including larceny, forgery 4

January 12, 2018 5:12 PM Philippe Coutinho trains for the first time as a Barcelona player as Brazilian puts in solo session in hope of early return from injury to make debut

Philippe Coutinho has put in his first training session since his British record £145million move from Liverpool to Barcelona. The Brazilian maestro donned Barca colours on Friday morning and undertook a solo session, under the eagle-eyed watch of the club fitness staff and medical team. Coutinho is now gearing up to make his debut for the Catalan giants 8

January 11, 2018 9:15 PM Pre-flight drinks at Exeter Airport could soon be banned in government crackdown

An early morning pint before jetting off on holiday could soon be a thing of the past... A pre-flight drink at the airport is often seen as part of the fun of going on holiday, but that could all soon be about to change. Airports bars often start to fill from as early as 5am most days, but the Home Office could be about to clamp down on early morning 14

January 10, 2018 11:29 AM Jamie Dornan reveals his sensational singing voice as he covers Paul McCartney's Maybe I'm Amazed for Fifty Shades Freed soundtrack

He left millions swooning when he made his debut as the kinky Christian Grey in Fifty Shades of Grey. And Jamie Dornan appears to be the gift that just keeps on giving as the handsome actor has also unveiled his impressive singing voice after lending his vocals to the Fifty Shades Freed compilation. The 35-year-old star proved himself to be a man of many talents 8

January 9, 2018 5:08 AM Christie set to deliver his final state of the state address

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is set to deliver his final state of the state address. The Republican governor will address the Democratic-led Legislature on Tuesday afternoon at the Statehouse. Christie will be turning over state government control to Democratic Gov.-elect Phil Murphy, who takes office on Jan. 16. FILE- In this Nov. 29, 2017, file photo 3

January 9, 2018 3:44 AM Clean-up after SA abattoir fire to begin

The clean-up of debris, including charred animal carcasses, from a still smouldering abattoir east of Adelaide is set to begin after a massive fire. The Environment Protection Authority will coordinate the clean-up of the Thomas Foods International plant at Murray Bridge, after a blaze that caused millions of dollars of damage, with carcasses being moved