London Shares Close Higher As Bskyb Surges

London Zoo’s tiger cub, first born at zoo in 17 years, drowns

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

View gallery A man walks past the London Stock Exchange, in central London, on September 22, 2011 (AFP Photo/Facundo Arrizabalaga) London (AFP) – London shares edged higher on Thursday as BSkyB surged after the satellite television broadcaster’s results for its latest quarter. The benchmark FTSE 100 index added 4.57 points or 0.07 percent to close at 6,576.16 points. “Global markets were lifeless today as the much expected agreement between officials in the US to avoid a default failed to ignite much optimism in equities,” said Shavaz Dhalla, a financial trader at Spreadex.” “Furthermore, since most investors were expecting a deal to be reached, albeit earlier then yesterday, then there really isnat much of an excuse to be diving back into equities,” Dhalla said. However, BSkyB shares soared 7.06 percent to 940 pence as the company 39-percent owned by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp announced higher revenues and expressed confidence about the rest of the year. Profits after taxation fell almost 12 percent to A193 million, hit by heavy investment in new services and a more expensive broadcasting deal to screen English Premier League football matches. But revenues grew 7 percent to A1.843 billion in its first quarter to end-September, aided by swelling subscriber numbers. “While the consumer environment remains challenging, we are well placed as we execute a strong set of plans for the rest of the year,” said chief executive Jeremy Darroch. Terrestrial broadcaster ITV benefitted from BSkyB’s positive comments, putting on 2.63 percent to 195.10 pence. Brewer SABMiller climbed 4.18 percent to 3,167 pence and budget airline easyJet gained 3.83 percent to 1,328 pence. Engineering group Weir led the fallers, dropping 2.99 percent to 2,268 pence, while building supplies distributor CRH shed 2.59 percent to 1,539 pence and inspection and verification specialist Intertek lost 2.55 percent to 3,210 pence. On the currency markets, the pound strengthened to $1.6156 at 5:26 pm from $1.5900 on Wednesday evening and to 1.1825 euros from 1.1794 euros the night before. Investment & Company Information

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.

Hotel Near London’s ExCeL Toasts the 50th Anniversary of “Doctor Who”

Now the moment has arrived to reflect on the characters, villains, events and backstage stories that have made this show a cultural icon. London Marriott Hotel West India Quay will be raising its own glass to the show thats inspired spin-offs, fan clubs and, at this hotel at least, three new specialty cocktails. Click here for high-resolution version LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM–(Marketwired – Oct 17, 2013) – For 50 years, audiences have accompanied The Doctor on his adventures through time and space. Now the moment has arrived to reflect on the characters, villains, events and backstage stories that have made this show a cultural icon. As people flock to the official, sold-out event at London’s ExCeL venue from 22 to 24 November 2013, the London Marriott Hotel West India Quay will be raising its own glass to the show that’s inspired spin-offs, fan clubs and, at this hotel at least, three new specialty cocktails. In an appropriate juxtaposition of heroes and villains, the cocktails are named for The Doctor’s trusty sonic screwdriver and his arch-enemies, the Daleks. Guests of this London hotel near ExCeL , for example, can channel their inner Doctors when they sip the Laser Screwdriver’s powerful mix of vodka, Cointreau, Passoa and passion-fruit juice, all of which is poured over a dollop of passion fruit-and-mango sorbet in a martini glass. The Sonic Screwdriver adds a touch of bubbly with vodka, Orange Curacao, a dash of grenadine and a topper of Champagne, all served in a Champagne flute and garnished with a playful twist of orange. The Dalekquiri, meanwhile, nods to The Doctor’s worst enemies, the Daleks, and accordingly caters to a more decadent taste profile with vodka, Kahlua, Bailey’s Irish Cream with a Hint of Mint Chocolate, chocolate liqueur and banana served, appropriately, within a hurricane glass. Sipping any one of these specialty cocktails may not turn guests into The Doctor or his companion, but they will afford them the opportunity to experience one of the finest restaurants overlooking Canary Wharf . Visitors can choose to relax in the newly refurbished Lobby Bar, or book a table at Manhattan Grill, an upscale steakhouse where stylishly inviting decor meets painstakingly prepared steaks and other entree options like linguine and salmon. This Canary Wharf restaurant also offers private dining for groups of 10 to 40, an exciting option for not just “Doctor Who” fans looking to gather at a hotel near London’s ExCeL after the event, but for anyone interested in booking an exclusive culinary experience. While “Doctor Who” will live to save another day in the next season, guests can only taste these specialty cocktails for the duration of the anniversary event. After then, those who missed the opportunity will need their own TARDIS to try them.