Letter From London: A Guide To Winter 2013 In The West End

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STORY HIGHLIGHTS Keepers “heartbroken” as tiger cub found dead in enclosure at London Zoo Newborn animal believed to have drowned in pond after mother carried it outside Three-week-old cub was first Sumatran tiger to be born at zoo in 17 years London (CNN) — Keepers at London Zoo are “distraught” after a newborn tiger cub — the first Sumatran tiger born there for 17 years — drowned in a pool at its enclosure. The animal was born to five-year-old first-time-mom Melati just three weeks ago, and its arrival was greeted with huge excitement and celebration at the zoo, where experts were “over-the-moon” about the birth. But on Saturday, keepers raised the alarm when they could no longer see the young tiger on cameras inside its den; a search of the enclosure revealed the animal’s body. It is thought Melati carried the cub out into the paddock area of the zoo’s “Tiger Territory,” where it fell into the pond and drowned. Meet the newest resident at London Zoo Animals weighing in at London Zoo Wanted: Female for last surviving fish “We’re heartbroken by what’s happened,” said London Zoo’s Malcolm Fitzpatrick. Melati is said to be a very nervous tiger who prefers routine, and experts at the zoo had opted to allow her full access to the whole enclosure fearing that any changes to her environment might cause her to injure or abandon her cub. “At the time we thought it was in the best interests of Melati and her cub to allow her continued access to the full enclosure as normal,” Fitzpatrick said. “We didn’t want to put her on edge by changing her surroundings or routines, in case she abandoned or attacked the cub.” London Zoo is to carry out a full review of the circumstances which led to the cub’s death. “We would do anything to turn back the clock, and nobody could be more upset about what’s happened than the keepers who work with the tigers every day,” said Fitzpatrick. They are devoted to those tigers and are distraught.” The zoo had kept Melati’s pregnancy a secret for about 105 days before her cub was born on September 22. Hidden cameras were installed in her enclosure to keep watch over her throughout, and the speedy birth, which lasted just six minutes, was also caught on video.

London Mayor Opposes U.K. Press Regulation Plans

Press Regulation Plans 8:51 AM PDT 10/14/2013 by Georg Szalai 0 Getty Images London mayor Boris Johnson “You either have a free press or you dont,” says Boris Johnson and shares how he and his family once imitated Eddie Murphy in “Beverly Hills Cop” to play a trick on a reporter. LONDON London mayor Boris Johnson in a newspaper editorial on Monday spoke out against planned U.K. press regulation following the Leveson Inquiry report late last year. our editor recommends “We are on the verge of eroding the freedom of the press,” Johnson wrote in the Daily Telegraph . “It’s a vigorous, voracious press that keeps our country honest. Regulating the media would undermine its ferocious ability to highlight wrongdoing.” He called a planned royal charter outlining the new regulation a “monstrous folly.” Johnson also suggested that a political expenses scandal led British politicians to call for the Leveson Inquiry, not the phone hacking scandal surrounding Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. “It was the hacking cases that gave them their pretext,” he wrote. Johnson also argued Monday that Britain’s current laws sufficiently protect people from media abuse. “We already have abundant law against obscenity or breach of official secrets. We have laws against libel and defamation, against bugging, hacking, theft, bribery of public officials,” he wrote. “We have a growing tort of breach of privacy. We have no need of some new body backed by statute…and it is wrong in principle.” Concluded the London mayor: “You either have a free press or you dont. You cant sell the pass, and admit the principle of regulation because it is in the nature of regulation that it swells and grows.

JPMorgan Said to Settle CFTC London Whale Trading Probe

Time is running out to catch this dazzling geopolitical thriller about the fraught and fascinating relationship between China and the West, but this co-production by Almeida and Headlong, the most innovative and stimulating touring company in the UK, is currently the capitals hottest ticket. And theres more where that came from. Rupert Goold a director who regularly divides critical opinion with his audacious, visually stunning productions has run Headlong since 2005. Now hes moved on to become the Almeidas new artistic director, an appointment sure to shake up a venue that is widely considered to have become somewhat stagnant under Michael Attenborough. Goolds first season will be eagerly scrutinised; its centrepiece a typically provocative choice is a new musical based on Brett Easton Elliss controversial novel American Psycho. Previewing from 3 December, it should offer a dark, bracing antidote to the usual festive sugarplums, snowmen and Scrooges. But if you like your musicals with substance, theres no need to wait that long. Kander and Ebbs 2010 show The Scottsboro Boys, which won plaudits and 12 Tony nominations on Broadway, plays at the Young Vic from 18 October, directed, as was the original production, by Susan Stroman. And, courtesy of another American, the flame-haired musician Tori Amos, comes The Light Princess at the National Theatre. The musical is based on an obscure 19th-century fairytale about a grief-stricken, gravity-defying princess who is doomed to float until she learns how to cry. Marianne Elliott a director of vision and great sensitivity, and a key creative on the NTs ongoing blockbuster hit War Horse is at the helm of the venture; and Amos is one of the quirkiest voices in pop. Any collaboration between them can hardly help but intrigue. Theres plenty of activity in the commercial sector, too. Anyone with fond memories of Alan Parkers 1991 film The Commitments, based on Roddy Doyles novel about a Dublin soul band, can indulge in some sweet soul food at the West Ends Palace Theatre, where Doyles own musical adaptation of his book is currently in previews. December brings Stephen Ward, inspired by the 1960s political scandal the Profumo Affair, which unites Andrew Lloyd Webber with Christopher Hampton and Don Black, the team behind Sunset Boulevard.

probes into its internal controls and handling of the trades, which inflicted at least $6.2 billion in losses last year. The New York-based firm said at the time that the CFTC also threatened to bring a case. That inquiry had looked into whether the trades manipulated markets, a person with knowledge of the matter said then. The accords dont end all of the investigations of the transactions managed by Bruno Iksil, the Frenchman known as the London Whale because of the size of his bets. The Securities and Exchange Commission has said its inquiry remains open while the U.S. Justice Department runs a parallel probe. Iksil, who prosecutors have said is cooperating with their case, hasnt been charged. Banks Admissions In April last year, Chief Executive Officer Jamie Dimon, 57, initially dismissed media reports that the derivatives bets were distorting markets, calling the attention a tempest in a teapot. The bank disclosed mounting losses a month later. In an SEC settlement last month the bank admitted to oversight lapses and acknowledged it violated federal securities laws. The firms handling of the trades also has been faulted by Senate investigators, the U.S. Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Federal Reserve and U.K. Financial Conduct Authority. The CFTCs civil settlement stipulates JPMorgan admit to wrongdoing on one day last year, one of the people said. While the CFTC may also reference other trades in its claims, JPMorgan wouldnt admit or deny misconduct in those instances, the person said.

A tiger at London Zoo gave birth to the cub just three weeks ago.

The programme involves the Tech City Investment Organisation, which was set up to attract investment to the “Silicon Roundabout” area on the edge of London’s City financial district. Its “Future Fifty” scheme was launched in April, by finance minister George Osborne and Tech City’s chief executive Joanna Shields, to mentor companies and provide business development assistance such as legal advice and accountancy. A second batch of 25 companies will be announced in December, Shields said. “The fact that we’ve got such a great cohort of companies moving through this programme … is testament to the fact that if you are going to start a business, this is a great place to do it,” said Shields, a former head of social media group Facebook’s operations in Europe. The year-long programme will provide press and promotional backing, educational content and specially designed events. London’s technology hub is attracting foreign companies, with Chinese mobile gaming company Rekoo the latest to announce it would open an office in the area. (Reporting by Li-mei Hoang and Paul Sandle; Editing by Anthony Barker) @yahoofinance on Twitter, become a fan on Facebook Related Content Chart Your most recently viewed tickers will automatically show up here if you type a ticker in the “Enter symbol/company” at the bottom of this module. You need to enable your browser cookies to view your most recent quotes. Search for share prices Terms Quotes are real-time for NASDAQ, NYSE, and NYSEAmex when available. See also delay times for other exchanges .