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Rocket and missile maker Orbital ATK sold for $7.8bn

Northrop Grumman has confirmed a deal to buy missile and rocket maker Orbital ATK that is worth about $7.8bn (£5.7bn) in cash.Orbital has contracts worth billions of dollars with both the US Army and NASA.The US defence contractor’s deal comes as the firing of missiles by North Korea in …

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10 years and counting for Nigel Lomax

Nigel Lomax and his team at TaxAssist Accountants are celebrating 10 years serving the small business community from their shopfront office in Sundorne, Shrewsbury. Nigel Lomax set up TaxAssist Accountants in Shrewsbury in 2003, working from an office on Battlefield Enterprise Park. The business moved to its current premises …

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Firms are 'wasting potential' of a fifth of workers

UK businesses are failing to invest in their workforces and new technology, relying on cheap labour instead, according to a think tank report.As a result, the potential of the bottom 20% of the workforce is being “wasted”, the Centre for Social Justice says.It is one cause of the UK’s …

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PM to discuss Bombardier trade dispute with Justin Trudeau

The prime minister and Canadian leader Justin Trudeau are expected to discuss a trade dispute that could threaten jobs at Bombardier in Belfast.Bombardier, a Canadian aerospace firm, is Northern Ireland’s largest manufacturing employer. Rival firm Boeing has complained about alleged anti-competitive practices in the sale of Bombardier’s CSeries jet.Bombardier …

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New Zealand jet fuel shortage leaves passengers stranded

Thousands of airline passengers were stranded in Auckland on Monday after a burst pipeline cut jet fuel supplies to New Zealand’s largest airport. The damaged pipeline is Auckland Airport’s only source of jet fuel. The disruption is expected to last at least a week as work continues to repair …

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Snapchat blocks Al Jazeera in Saudi Arabia

Social media platform Snapchat has blocked access to Al Jazeera content in Saudi Arabia. Snapchat said it was asked by the Saudi authorities to remove the Qatari-backed broadcaster’s Discover Publisher Channel because it violated local laws.Qatar is in an ongoing dispute with Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and the UAE. …

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