Britain's biggest mortgage lender has seen off competition from some of its biggest high street rivals to snap up a £3.7bn book of home loans from Tesco Bank.Sky News has learnt that Lloyds Banking Group has entered exclusive talks to buy the prime mortgages, which will strengthen its position in the market.City sources said that if completed, Lloyds would pay tens of millions of pounds to Tesco to seal the supermarket giant's exit from the UK mortgage market.Lloyds, which reports half-year results on Wednesday, saw off rival bidders Santander UK and Royal Bank of Scotland to secure preferred bidder status, which lasts until the end of August.The acquisition is the latest in a series engineered by Lloyds' chief executive, Antonio Horta-Osorio. Advertisement In recent years, it has focused on deals in areas of consumer finance where it is under-represented, such as credit cards.The lender, which is expected to report a healthy set of interim figures despite … [Read more...] about Lloyds beats rivals to £3.7bn Tesco Bank mortgage book
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There may be no limit to how long humans can live, or at least no limit that anyone has found yet, contrary to a suggestion some scientists made last year, five new studies suggest.In April, Emma Morano, the oldest known human in the world at the time, passed away at the age of 117. Supercentenarians — people older than 110 — such as Morano and Jeanne Calment of France, who died at the record-setting age of 122 in 1997, have led scientists to wonder just how long humans can live. They refer to this concept as maximum life span.In a study published in October in the journal Nature, Jan Vijg, a molecular geneticist at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, and his colleagues concluded that humans may have reached their maximum life span. They analyzed multiple databases containing data on how long people have lived in recent decades in many countries and found that survival rates among the oldest people in most countries had not changed since about 1980. They … [Read more...] about Is There a Limit to the Human Life Span?
Has America's obsession with all things bacon gone hog wild? Not according to Winter Olympian Sage Kotsenburg, who tweeted Monday (Feb. 10) after winning the gold medal for slopestyle, "I wish the Sochi medals were made out of bacon!"Not according to newlyweds Tricia Snider and Tom Watson, who tied the knot last week at the Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival in Iowa. Watson declared his love for his bride by saying, "She's second only to bacon," the Des Moines Register reports.And not according to market research group Information Resources, which found that U.S. bacon sales climbed 9.5 percent in 2013 to an all-time record of almost $4 billion, MarketWatch reports. [7 Foods Your Heart Will Hate]Bacon-wrapped anythingMuch to the alarm of cardiologists nationwide, America now seems to be completely wrapped up in bacon — not unlike many of its favorite foods: Virtually any item that can be consumed — and many that can't — now comes in a bacon-infused style. Consumers can find … [Read more...] about Does America Need a Bacon Intervention?
GUWAHATI: Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu on Monday held discussions with the OIL India Limited (OIL). OIL has 7 blocks of interest in Arunachal Pradesh mostly in the eastern parts, which also share boundaries with Assam. As parts of few of these blocks fall in reserve forest or wildlife sanctuaries, exploration in these parts are yet to start for want of requisite clearances. Senior Oil India Limited (OIL) officials - Pranjit Deka, Resident Chief Executive, Indrajit Baruah met the chief minister where OIL officials explained in detail activities of the petroleum company in Arunachal Pradesh, its plans and proposals and issues wherein the state government’s cooperation was required. In a official communique state government stated, “ It was informed that OIL has 7 blocks of interest in Arunachal Pradesh mostly in the eastern parts, which also share boundaries with Assam. As parts of few of these blocks fall in reserve forest or wildlife sanctuaries, … [Read more...] about Arunachal Pradesh CM Pema Khandu holds discussion with senior officials of OIL India Limited
Only 3.5 percent of hospitals in the U.S. are providing the full range of support measures that mothers need to breastfeed, a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says.Such measures include practices that many hospitals have already enacted, such as teaching breastfeeding techniques and explaining to new moms how to determine when a baby wants to feed, but also practices that few hospitals are doing, such as limiting the use of formula in the hospital and following up with mothers after they are discharged, the report said.The report, based on a 2009 survey of nearly 2,700 U.S. hospitals, shows a small improvement over the 2.4 percent of hospitals that were providing full support for breastfeeding in 2007, but more needs to be done, the CDC said."Hospitals need to better support breastfeeding, as this is one of the most important things a mother can do for her newborn," said CDC director Dr. Thomas R. Frieden. "Those first few hours and days that a mom … [Read more...] about Hospitals Need to Increase Support of Breastfeeding Moms: CDC