What the Sunday Papers Said
Monday 12 November 2012
The Independent on Sunday: Rising costs put Thameslink trains deal at risk
The future of the £1.4bn deal to provide trains for the Gatwick to Luton airport Thameslink route has been thrown into doubt as costs spiral due to funding delays. Siemens, which controversially won the contract ahead of Bombardier's Derby factory last year, has struggled to secure loans for the project. These delays are expected to add tens of millions of pounds to the deal.
The Sunday Times: Investors pan Britvic tie-up with Irn-Bru
The proposed merger of the Robinsons squash maker Britvic and Irn-Bru owner AG Barr has been criticised by an influential shareholder. The deal would see Britvic shareholders owning 63 per cent of the combined group and AG Barr investors would own the balance. David Herro of Harris Associates, Britvic's eighth biggest shareholder, said that the share ratio had "not been properly explained".
The Mail on Sunday: Heathrow to demand £18bn if new hub is built
The owners of Heathrow will demand between £11bn and £18bn in compensation if the airport is forced to close due to another international hub being built elsewhere in the UK. British Airways would also seek recompense for the investment the airline has put into Heathrow. A government commission is currently looking into several options to expand airport capacity in the South-east.
The Sunday Telegraph: Lord Browne raises questions over City 'homophobia'
The former boss of BP Lord Browne has questioned why there are no openly gay chief executives at the UK's biggest companies. The peer, who would not disclose his sexuality when he ran the oil giant, said lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender candidates for top jobs "are self-selecting away from these positions or they are not being selected for them".
Chiwetel Ejiofor and Idris Elba get nods for Best Actor, which no black Brit has ever won
Geoffrey Macnab reviews The Desolation of Smaug - the meat in Peter Jackson's Hobbit sandwich
voicesJust when you thought you could find a man, get married, and have a baby by the age of 35... it turns out you’re too late, says Grace Dent
Swedish stars ask fans for £195 pledges on crowd-funding website
Nelson Mandela memorial: ‘Bogus’ sign language interpreter made mockery of Barack Obama’s tribute in Soweto
French café starts charging extra to rude customers
Australia: Gay marriage law reversed by high court less than a week after first weddings
Church versus state: Scientology faces unholy war after court ruling
Australia incest case: Severely deformed children found in remote farming community after generations of inbreeding
- 1 Nelson Mandela memorial: ‘Bogus’ sign language interpreter made mockery of Barack Obama’s tribute in Soweto
- 2 French café starts charging extra to rude customers
- 3 Australia: Gay marriage law reversed by high court less than a week after first weddings
- 4 Not all right on the night
- 5 Australia incest case: Severely deformed children found in remote farming community after generations of inbreeding
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