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Why British investor’s bid to buy PZ Cussons Nigeria fell apart

The deal seeking to sell PZ Cussons Nigeria to core investors from Britain hit a brick wall midway after the Nigerian capital market watchdog sought clarification on some irregularities in the PZ board’s request for approval, sources familiar with the matter told PREMIUM TIMES. Nigeria’s Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) raised an eyebrow after pinpointing flaws in the document by PZ Cussons Nigeria asking the regulator to endorse PZ Cussons (Holdings) UK, which has a 73.3 per cent interest in the company…

Vessel off Florida Keys identified as British warship that sank in the 18th century

In this undated photo provided by the National Park Service, a park service diver documents one of five coral encrusted cannons found during recent archeological survey in Dry Tortugas National Park, Fla. National Park Service archeologists identified the archeological remains belonging to the HMS Tyger, an 18th century British warship. The Fourth-Rate, 50-gun frigate sunk in 1742 after it ran aground on the reefs of the Dry Tortugas while on patrol in…

Bid by British shareholder to acquire PZ Cussons Nigeria falls apart

The plan by the British majority owner of consumer goods company PZ Cussons Nigeria to fully acquire the Lagos-listed organisation and take it private fell apart after a key regulator withheld an assent necessary to take the transaction further. “The Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) has declined the company’s request for its No Objection to PZ Cussons (Holdings) Limited’s (“the majority shareholder”) intention to acquire the shares held by all the other shareholders,” a statement published on the…

Getty flags another British royal family photo for being digitally altered

Getty has flagged another photo captured by the Princess of Wales as digitally altered that was released back in 2022, featuring Queen Elizabeth II surrounded by her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. "Getty Images is undertaking a review of handout images and in accordance with its editorial policy is placing an editor's note on images where the source has suggested they could be digitally enhanced," a spokesperson told CNN. This comes on the heels of a recent controversy, where a photo of Kate Middleton was revealed…

Aaron Taylor-Johnson will make a perfect Bond – , an avatar of British suaveness and burly machismo

Get our free weekly email for all the latest cinematic news from our film critic Clarisse LoughreyGet our The Life Cinematic email for freeYou’d be forgiven for taking these latest James Bond rumours with a fistful of salt. Aaron Taylor-Johnson has emerged as frontrunner in the endless rolodex of names (Idris Elba, James Norton, Henry Cavill, Jodie Comer et al) rumoured to be stepping into the special agent’s Oxfords.This rumour, though, seems to hold more water than the rest. For one thing, it’s the first time an actor…

The British military just bought these off-grid solar EV chargers

Photo: BEAM Global The British military has placed a $1 million order for San Diego-based Beam Global’s (Nasdaq: BEEM) off-grid solar EV chargers. The UK Ministry of Defence ordered 10 of Beam Global’s EV ARC sustainable charging systems and one ARC Mobility trailer, which it will deploy at British Sovereign Base Areas in Cyprus. It’s the first big order for Beam Global’s Europe factory, but it’s already sold “hundreds” of US-manufactured off-grid solar EV chargers to the US military.…

German goth pioneers Xmal Deutschland: ‘To British people I was like an alien’ | Music

Anja Huwe realised things were about to change for Xmal Deutschland in 1982, when they opened for Cocteau Twins. Up until then, the band had been a creative experiment concocted by five women in Hamburg’s small but productive punk scene. Now, embarking on a UK-wide tour and recently signed to 4AD, the experiment was starting to look like it could become a phenomenon.“I wanted to be part of a band but not really the front person,” remembers vocalist Anja Huwe. “When we had our first gig with the Cocteau Twins, that was…

Little Englanders by Alwyn Turner review – portrait of a poignant interlude in British history | History books

Alwyn Turner is known for writing wittily about recent eras of British history, with popular culture placed to the fore. Here, he delves further back in time, to that poignant interlude between the death of Queen Victoria and the start of the first world war, when a sort of stodgy calm coexisted with a growing sense of insecurity that seems, in retrospect, entirely justified.His description of the man who gave his name to the era provides a foretaste of his droll style. Edward VII was “a very different proposition” to his…

Al Pacino, British mothers and a codpiece envelope: the real winners and losers of the 2024 Oscars | Oscars 2024

The Oscars – winner!Academy organisers promised a short and snappy ceremony – and the rest of us rolled our eyes. Don’t they do that every year? Well this time they meant it, delivering a ceremony that felt tightly scripted when needed, but enjoyably loose when there was capacity for it. The result was the most watchable Oscars in years, full of mischief and frivolity – John Cena streaking, I’m Just Ken – but never undercutting moments of real weight either. It helped that the big names turned up, by and large – where…

The Zone of Interest becomes first British movie to win best international film Oscar | Oscars 2024

The Zone of Interest has won the best international film Oscar at the Academy Awards, which are currently taking place in Los Angeles.An adaptation of Martin Amis’ novel of the same title, and directed by British film-maker Jonathan Glazer, The Zone of Interest has largely German and Polish dialogue and therefore qualified for the award. It was the third British film to be nominated in the category (following the predominantly Welsh-language films Hedd Wyn in 1993 and Solomon & Gaenor in 2000), and the first to…