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January 16, 2019 4:45 AM Trump's White House DOUBLES cost of US government shutdown as 800,000 STILL without pay

US PRESIDENT Donald Trump’s administration has doubled the estimated cost to the US economy caused by a partial government shutdown over the Mexico border wall funding row. The US government has been partially “shut down” for the longest period in American history. The measure came into force shortly before Christmas because Trump could not secure funding 512

January 13, 2019 3:08 AM Ivanka Trump ‘STORMS OUT’ of controversial Dick Cheney movie ‘Vice’ with husband Jared

FIRST-DAUGHTER Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner left early from a screening of the controversial movie Vice, which chronicles the rise of former Vice-President Dick Cheney, according to reports. He was joined by First Lady Melania on Christmas Eve, though she returned to Mar-a-Lago before the new year with the couple’s son, Barron, and her parents 109

January 8, 2019 10:23 AM Kegworth air disaster: What caused the Kegworth plane crash? 30 years on

VICTIMS of the Kegworth air disaster will be remembered today on the 30th anniversary of the plane crash - but what happened on that tragic night? Survivors, relatives and emergency workers who attended the scene of one of Britain’s worst air disasters will remember the 47 people killed in a memorial service at 11am. A London to Belfast plane carrying 108

January 4, 2019 3:20 PM Europe rubella outbreak: Alert as 12 workers at slaughterhouse in Spain catch disease

TWELVE workers from a slaughterhouse in Spain have contracted rubella, sparking fears the deadly disease could be on the rise in Europe. Twelve people working at the slaughterhouse in Zaragoza have been diagnosed with the disease, which spreads in coughs and sneezes. And more people are feared to be infected, due to the long period of up to three weeks 122

January 4, 2019 1:39 AM Fat cat Friday: Top bosses' 2019 pay already matches the average annual salary

Chief executives of leading UK companies are now paid 133 times more than the average worker. A report by the High Pay Centre think tank and the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) says chief executives of FTSE 100 firms have average pay packets £3.9 million, around £1,000 per hour. Published on what it calls "Fat Cat Friday", the report 103

January 4, 2019 12:25 AM Top boss pay overtakes staff in three days, report says

In the first three days of 2019 top bosses will have earned more than the typical worker will earn all year, according to a report. The average pay of a FTSE 100 chief executive is £1,020 an hour, research from the High Pay Centre and HR industry body the CIPD has found. By "Fat Cat Friday" bosses will have earned more than the typical annual UK salary 97

December 21, 2018 4:58 PM Beefeaters strike over 'unwarranted attack' on pensions

Members of two unions walk out for three hours at three London locations and further strike action is planned over Christmas. For the first time in 55 years, the legendary yeoman warders, commonly known as "beefeaters" staged a walkout over what union leaders called "an unwarranted attack on their pensions". Members of the Public and Commercial Services 94

December 21, 2018 1:56 PM Christmas traffic: Where to avoid on the roads and rail

The Christmas getaway means congested roads and cancelled trains. Drivers have been warned of possible delays of nearly two hours as millions of cars take to the motorways. But where should you avoid and at what times will traffic be busiest? Traffic experts expect Friday afternoon to be busy as shoppers, commuters and people trying to go away for Christmas 89

December 17, 2018 12:15 PM Kiwibot delivery robot catches fire after 'human error'

A food delivery robot was destroyed after it caught fire because of "human error", its creator has confirmed. Kiwibot autonomous delivery robots have been rolling around the University of California, Berkeley campus for two years. On Friday, students found one of the robots in flames and shared photos on social media. Kiwi said the cause was a "defective 64

December 17, 2018 2:56 AM Workplace reforms 'will protect gig economy workers'

Workers on zero-hour contracts, agency employees or "gig economy" workers are to be better protected by a package of workplace reforms, the government says. Under new legislation to be introduced on Monday, staff would have to be told details of their rights from their first day in a job, including eligibility for paid and sick leave. Workers would also be given 67