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Chase Bank Limits Cash Withdrawals, Bans International... Before you read this report, remember to sign up to http://pennystockpaycheck.com for 100% free stock alerts Chase Bank has moved to limit cash withdrawals while banning business customers from sending...

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Richemont chairman Johann Rupert to take 'grey gap... Billionaire 62-year-old to take 12 months off from Cartier and Montblanc luxury goods groupRichemont's chairman and founder Johann Rupert is to take a year off from September, leaving management of the...

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Cambodia: aftermath of fatal shoe factory collapse... Workers clear rubble following the collapse of a shoe factory in Kampong Speu, Cambodia, on Thursday

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Spate of recent shock departures by 50-something CEOs While the rising financial rewards of running a modern multinational have been well publicised, executive recruiters say the pressures of the job have also been ratcheted upOn approaching his 60th birthday...

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UK Uncut loses legal challenge over Goldman Sachs tax... While judge agreed the deal was 'not a glorious episode in the history of the Revenue', he ruled it was not unlawfulCampaign group UK Uncut Legal Action has lost its high court challenge over the legality...

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Changes begin for disability benefit

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The new system of disability benefits begins for new claimants in some areas, as critics express fears that support will be reduced.

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Knoxville Bariatric Surgeons on How to Alleviate Anxiety About Weight Loss Surgery

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KNOXVILLE, TN–(Marketwired – Apr 4, 2013) – According to the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS), less than one percent, or approximately 200,000, of the clinically eligible population chooses to undergo weight loss surgery each year in America. Despite statistics from the ASMBS that show life expectancy can improve by as much as 89 percent following a bariatric procedure, Dr. Stephen Boyce and Dr. Robert Williams of the New Life Center for Bariatric Surgery in Knoxville say one of the most common concerns patients express about having weight loss surgery is that it will not work for them. Drs. Boyce and Williams say their practice has recently taken great measures to put their patients at ease and reassure them of the safety of bariatric procedures in order to ensure they have the proper resources to make a decision that can lead them to a healthier life.

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Pay-by-tweet service offered by Amex

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American Express is offering US credit card users the ability to make purchases by sending messages on Twitter.

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National Express to run German routes

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British rail operator secures two contracts worth £1.4bn covering 18 million people in the populous North Rhine-Westphalia region

With its replacement bus services, eccentric time keeping, byzantine fare structures and frequent overcrowding, the British rail system seems an unlikely export.

But National Express has won the tender for two routes in Germany, whose state-dominated rail network has long enjoyed a reputation for comfort and sophistication in comparison to Britain’s fractured and often criticised privatised system.

The British firm, which operates the London-Southend c2c route, has secured two contracts in Germany’s most populous region, North Rhine-Westphalia, for the Rheine-Münster-Cologne-Krefeld and Bonn-Cologne-Wuppertal services.

Mainland European markets are usually closed to external operators and largely the domain of state-owned companies such as the powerful Deutsche Bahn. This has in turn allowed the likes of DB to enter the UK market, acquiring Arriva, the owner of the Arriva Train Wales and CrossCountry franchises.

The German rail market is the largest in Europe, nearly twice as big as the UK franchising system. The National Express contracts, worth a combined €1.6bn (£1.4bn), are the first “competitive” entry into the German market by a UK player. Arriva had acquired a small German rail contract before being bought by DB. The Cologne contracts cover a slightly smaller distance than c2c and about half the number of passengers, at 18 million a year.

The move marks another step in the recovery in fortunes for the rail arm of National Express, which was stripped of the British East Coast mainline in 2009.

The company, which also has transport services in North America, Spain and Morocco, is in the running for three other franchises in Germany and is applying for licences to operate coach services in that country.

Dean Finch, National Express chief executive, said: “National Express is delighted to have been selected to run these two German commuter rail contracts. I’m particularly pleased that our success in running the UK’s best performing franchise has been recognised by the German authorities. We look forward to maintaining these high standards and serving the people of North Rhine-Westphalia for many years to come.”

Last week National Express criticised the government for refusing to reimburse it and three other rail operators estimated to have spent a combined £40m competing for the scrapped Great Western services between London, Bristol and Cardiff.

A report published early last year found that Britain’s railways were the worst in Europe for affordability, efficiency and speed.

The British network lags behind countries including France, Germany, Spain and Italy, according to the RMT-commissioned report by the thinktank Just Economics.

Horse meat burgers shock consumers – video

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Shoppers express their disgust at the news that some beef products sold in Tesco contain horse DNA

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UPS drops $7 billion bid for TNT Express

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Packaging and shipping company UPS has dropped its $7 billion bid for TNT Express after European authorities said they would block it on competition grounds.

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American Express cuts 5,400 jobs

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Credit card provider American Express announces plans to cut 5,400 jobs from its total workforce of 63,500 by the end of 2013.

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Tritent International Agriculture, Inc. (UNMK: OTC Link) | merger and acquisition agreement with Beijing Union Express Co. Ltd.

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‘Big fall’ in UK petrol stations

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Motoring organisations express concern about the fall in the number of petrol stations and fuel reserves shown in a government-commissioned report.

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Press regulation: what made the Mail really mad

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The Mail’s rant about Sir David Bell and the Media Standards Trust hinges on a truly sinister conspiracy theory

What can you say about the Daily Mail‘s monster rant about the Media Standards Trust, its former chairman and current Leveson assessor, Sir David Bell, and the top-people training charity Common Purpose? There is one little thing to note amid the guff. It’s that pristine, pure word “independent” – as in independent inquiry or regulation.

Even John Whittingdale, chair of the culture select committee, is starting to gag over it. Asked about his doubts on press regulation at the Society of Editors conference last week, he cited the Media Standards Trust plan for a supreme “backstop independent auditor” appointed by the chairs of the Arts Council, Ofcom, Channel 4 and the Press Association, plus the information commissioner and the NUJ president.

Four of those jobs are, one way or another, in the gift of government, Whittingdale caustically observed. He might have added that the NUJ executive has just (pretty ludicrously) voted to support statutory regulation without asking its members.

But maybe it’s the sixth name that really sent the Mail wild. The chairman of the PA is also chief executive of the Daily Telegraph, Murdoch MacLennan. How sinister can any conspiracy get?

■ It’s not a question of bolting Richard Desmond’s two Expresses and Star into an unbreakable contract with any new press regulator, but whether this fuss over Dickie matters a damn. In October his Daily Star was down 13.76% in sales compared with October 2011; his Daily Express was down 13.76%; his Sunday Express 27.99% and his Star Sunday 43.5%. At this rate there’s no point wondering about five-year contracts. More like five months.