Jamie Oliver restaurant chain collapse and other stories

Jamie Oliver restaurant chains collapse

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Jamie’s Italian in London

Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver’s restaurant group has gone into administration, putting up to 1,300 jobs at risk.

The group, which includes the Jamie’s Italian chain, Barbecoa and Fifteen, has appointed KPMG as administrators.

Twenty-five restaurants in total will be affected by the move.

Mr Oliver’s business has faced difficulties over the past two years, with several of Jamie’s Italian and Barbecoa restaurants closing down.

Holidaymakers hit as pound drops

The value of the pound has fallen to its lowest level in five months, new reports have shown.

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The value fell below $1.27 against the dollar for the first time since January, and also fell against the euro earlier this morning, before picking up somewhat later in the day.

This fall offsets a relatively strong period of growth in recent months – a sign of the currency’s volatility amid growing Brexit uncertainty.

The drop in value will undoubtedly affect UK holidaymakers during the early Summer – especially in Europe and the USA.

Facebook investigate millions of account breaches

Instagram and Facebook. Image: Harvey Baldwin

The photo sharing platform instagram is trying to work out how contact details of almost 50 million users were stored online in an unguarded database.

TechCrunch says it included personal information like the  phone numbers and email addresses of high profile users known as ‘influencers’.

The database has been traced to a Mumbai-based company called Chtrbox, who are yet to respond.

Instagram is owned by Facebook, and told the BBC it was trying to find out where the data had come from.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan to miss Arsenal’s Europa League final

Arsenal midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan will not travel to Baku for the Europa League final, following security concerns.

A club spokesman said they had ‘thoroughly explored all the options for [Mkhitaryan] to be part of the squad’, but were unable to find an agreement.

Arsenal officials are concerned about the Armenian forward’s status in Azerbaijan given the non-existent diplomatic relations between the two Caucasus states, due to disputes over the Nagorno-Karabakh region.

Azerbaijan’s UK Ambassador Tahir Taghizadeh has welcomed Mkhitaryan contacting him directly to secure safety assurances, but it’s unlikely the club’s position will be changed.

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