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Archive for February, 2018

Tesco faces record £4bn equal pay claim

February 7, 2018

Tesco is facing Britain’s largest ever equal pay claim and a possible bill running to £4bn. Thousands of women who work in Tesco stores could receive back pay totalling £20,000 if the legal challenge demanding parity with men who work in the company’s warehouses is successful. Lawyers say hourly-paid female store staff earn less than […]

Hedgehog numbers ‘down by half’, warn wildlife groups

Hedgehogs are continuing to decline in the UK, according to a new report. Surveys by citizen scientists show hedgehog numbers have fallen by about 50% since the turn of the century. Conservation groups say they are particularly concerned about the plight of the prickly creatures in rural areas. Figures suggest the animals are disappearing more […]

UK ‘could adopt’ Norway bottle recycling system

How Norway’s bottle recycling scheme works A Scandinavian deposit-based system for recycling bottles is thought likely to be adopted in the UK. Advisers to government say the schemes have massively reduced plastic litter in the environment and seas. And a ministerial delegation has been to Norway to see if the UK should copy an industry-led […]

Elon Musk’s huge Falcon Heavy rocket set for launch

February 6, 2018

Elon Musk will attempt to fly the world’s most powerful rocket later with his own sports car on the top. The US entrepreneur’s Falcon Heavy launcher is designed to have twice the lifting capacity of any other vehicle. But because of the historic high failure rate of maiden flights, only a dummy payload is being […]

Super Bowl LII: Philadelphia Eagles beat New England Patriots to win title

February 5, 2018

The Philadelphia Eagles won the Super Bowl for the first time by beating the New England Patriots 41-33 in an extraordinary encounter in Minneapolis. On a night when records tumbled and the expected norms of an NFL game went out the window, the Eagles – led majestically by quarterback Nick Foles – produced a brilliant […]

Many graduates earn ‘paltry returns’ for their degree

Many graduates receive “paltry returns” for their degrees despite racking up £50,000 in debt, says the chairman of the Education Select Committee. Robert Halfon will say in a speech on Monday, that between a fifth and a third of graduates take non-graduate jobs, and that any extra returns for having a degree “vary wildly”. He […]

The unwanted holiday homes owners can’t give away

Thousands of people desperate to get out of their timeshare contracts are currently unable to because it is far too complex and costly, the Victoria Derbyshire programme has been told. For some, it is like a “disease” they cannot get rid of. “I thought it would be a suitable place for my disabled grandson to […]

Airlines probed over ‘confusing’ seating policy

A review is being launched into airlines’ seating policies, the Civil Aviation Authority says. It will examine whether companies are deliberately splitting up groups of passengers so they pay to sit together. Airlines allocate seating via computer algorithms. The BBC has been told of many incidents of family and friends being split. A spokeswoman for […]

Lloyds Bank bans Bitcoin purchases on its credit cards

Lloyds Banking Group has banned its customers from buying Bitcoin and other crypto-currencies on their credit cards. The ban, starting on Monday, applies to Lloyds Bank, Bank of Scotland, Halifax and MBNA customers. It will not apply to debit cards, only to the banking group’s eight million credit card customers. The move follows a sharp […]

Downing Street insists UK will leave customs union

Downing Street has insisted Britain will leave the EU customs union after Brexit amid claims of Tory disunity over the UK-EU future relationship. Theresa May has faced calls to spell out what she wants from the talks ahead of the UK’s departure in March 2019. In a customs union the UK would have tariff-free trade […]

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