Lloyds sets aside further 100m for PPI

The Lloyds results follow first quarter reports from Royal Bank of Scotland and Barclays, who both blamed falling margins on intensifying competition in the mortgage market and slowing business investment due to Brexit uncertainty. PPI deadline A deadline of 29 August 2019 has been set by the UK’s financial regulator for the final PPI mis-selling claims to be made. More than £30bn has already been paid out in compensation across the industry as a whole, and major banks have set aside another £10bn or so for future claims. In 2018, Lloyds set aside £750m for PPI claims. The latest £100m charge takes Lloyds’ total provision to £19.525bn. As many as 64 million PPI policies were sold in the UK from …

Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner married by Elvis impersonator in Las Vegas

(CNN)“Game of Thrones” actress Sophie Turner and musician Joe Jonas are now married after a surprise ceremony in Las Vegas. And clips from an Instagram live video posted on his account have been surfacing on Twitter. One shows the moment that the couple exchange vows in a ceremony led by an Elvis Presley impersonator. Turner’s publicist Gertie Lowe at Public Eye confirmed to CNN that the pair were married in the US last night. The couple announced their engagement in 2017 following a whirlwind romance. Turner, 23, is best known for her role as Sansa Stark in the smash hit TV series “Game of Thrones,” while Jonas, 29, is a member of the award-winning pop rock band The Jonas Brothers. …

Dems mock William Barr’s no-show with empty chair and chicken in escalating feud with Justice Department

(CNN)The House Judiciary Committee played to an empty chair on Thursday with a hearing where its witness, Attorney General William Barr, did not appear. Rep. Steve Cohen, a Tennessee Democrat, brought in a bucket of Kentucky Fried Chicken and a ceramic chicken, sharing his food with his Democratic colleagues. “Chicken Barr should have shown up today and answered questions,” he told reporters while holding the ceramic chicken. Barr’s absence stemmed from a dispute over whether staff attorneys would be able to question the attorney general in a 30-minute block. After the committee voted to allow it on Wednesday, over Republican objections, the Justice Department told Nadler that Barr would not attend. The hearing itself lasted just 15 minutes, with opening …

Bingo night blighted by ‘rotten singer’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionBingo callers are forced to abandon their wireless microphones when the voice strikes Bingo nights are being repeatedly plagued by a “rotten” mystery singer taking over the PA system at a club. Players were shocked to hear a “screeching” interruption at Darfield Community Centre, Barnsley, in March, and the unknown crooner has since struck six more times. Christine and David Baker, who run the night, say the culprit is unknown. The bingo callers are regularly forced to abandon their wireless microphones during the event for the elderly. The Bakers run the weekly Darby and Joan Club at the centre on Ilsley Road and said they initially thought they had a “resident ghost”. …

The Forest That Inspired Winnie-The-Pooh’s Hundred Acre Wood Ravaged By Fire

The fire at Ashdown Forest in East Sussex in southern England started on Sunday night and lasted until early the next morning, park officials reported in a Local officials In February, two wildfires were Gareth Fuller – PA Images via Getty Images The scene of a fire at Ashdown Forest in East Sussex. Ashdown Forest has long been shaped by the actions of humans. It was grazing animals and training soldiers. Kieran Doherty / Reuters People ride horses through Ashdown Forest in East Sussex on Oct. 1, 2009. a country home, Cotchford Farm, just north of Ashdown Forest.  E.H. Shepard, the illustrator of those classic stories, was also reportedly Several real-life locations in Ashdown Forest appear in the stories ― the …

As last jailed Kim Jong Nam killing suspect freed, a gripping murder mystery ends with a whimper

(CNN)The second woman accused of killing the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has been released from a Malaysian prison, bringing one of the world’s highest-profile murder mysteries to an anticlimactic end after two years of twists and turns. North Korea has consistently denied involvement in the killing, though United States, South Korean and Malaysian authorities have said Pyongyang was responsible. Kim Jong Nam lived in exile from his homeland in the Chinese controlled territory of Macau and had occasionally criticized its regime. The killing in a crowded airportquickly captured international attention, with many shocked at its audacity, ruthlessness and recklessness. With Huong heading home, it is likely no one will ever be convicted of murder for using …

Woman told to go to Libya for daughter

Thursday’s hearing was part of Ms Szymanowicz’s attempts to explore avenues to get her daughter returned. Image caption Gosia Szymanowicz is able to speak to Talia via Skype The High Court case heard from Belaid’s uncle, Younes Bakhbakhi, who has lived in Wales since 1979, and his friend from Cardiff, Mohammad Azzu. Neither men have heard from Belaid since January and do not know his whereabouts. Mr Bakhbakhi said he did not believe Belaid was in Libya, as his family there was extremely worried about him, having heard nothing. He said he felt Talia should be with her mother, but court hearings were the wrong place to discuss it. “Gosia should go to Libya,” he said. “She should go there …

‘Medicare-for-all’ will raise taxes, force hospital layoffs: Chris Jacobs

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., center, accompanied by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., center right, speaks at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017, to unveil their Medicare for All legislation to reform health care. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) Some Democratic 2020 hopefuls point to their support of Medicare-for-all to prove their progressive bona fides. But other Democrats have stated the plan is not politically or economically feasible because of the large tax increases required, preferring instead to stabilize the Affordable Care Act. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP Jacobs said that as it is, 80 percent of hospitals lose money on their Medicare patients, a loss that is likely to intensify under a Medicare-for-all plan. “If …

Modi claims political win after UN lists Masood Azhar as a terrorist

New Delhi, India (CNN)The man who India claims planned the Kashmir bomb attack that brought India and Pakistan to the brink of war has been designated a terrorist by the United Nations Security Council after China dropped its objections. The Indian Foreign Affairs Ministry welcomed the decision, which came after weeks of diplomatic arm-twisting involving France, the US and the UK. “The 1267 Sanctions Committee’s decision to designate the leader of Jaish-e-Mohammad, Masood Azhar, as a UN proscribed terrorist is a step in the right direction to demonstrate the international community’s resolve to fight against terrorism and its enablers,” said a statement by the Indian government. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called the listing a “victory for American diplomacy …

PepsiCo drops lawsuit against Indian farmers over potatoes used in Lays chips

New Delhi (CNN Business)PepsiCo has backed down from a controversial fight with Indian farmers it accused of illegally growing its registered potatoes. The lawsuit thrust the giant American food and beverage company into a debate about the rights of India’s hundreds of millions of farmers — a political base vital to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s hopes of winning a second term in national elections over the next three weeks. Declining rural incomes have prompted mass protests by farmers, and some have been driven to suicide in desperation at their poverty. As part of his election campaign, Modi has promised to double their incomes by 2022 and provide pensions to small farmers over the age of 60. Activists are now urging …

Scrapped Brexit ferry deals to cost millions

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionChris Grayling says the contracts were part of a no-deal ‘insurance policy’. The Department for Transport is cancelling contracts to provide extra ferry services after Brexit. Ending the contracts with Brittany Ferries and DFDS could cost the taxpayer more than £50m. The government bought £89m worth of capacity from the two firms. Some of that capacity might be sold, but millions of pounds could be lost. The contracts were designed to ease pressure on the port of Dover, by creating extra services at other ports. In February, the DfT was forced to axe its £13.8m contract with a third company, Seaborne Freight, which the BBC found had never sailed a vessel. Image …