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Annual FTSE100 CEO pay would take average worker over 150 years to earn

Figures released by High Pay Centre are a ‘scandal’, says GMB union It would take a worker on a normal salary more than 150 years to earn the average yearly pay packet trousered by top chief executives FTSE100 companies, says GMB. Figures released by the High Pay Centre and the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development today show the average pay received by CEOs of FTSE100 listed companies in 2016 was £4.5million. The average median full time wage in the...

Early Greeks creators of Europe’s first advanced civilisations descended from migrants from modern day Turkey, reveals new research

The early Greeks - creators of Europe's first advanced civilisations - descended from migrants from modern day Turkey, reveals new research. An analysis of ancient DNA has revealed that Ancient Minoans and Mycenaens were genetically similar - with both peoples descending from early Neolithic farmers. Researchers say they likely migrated from Anatolia to Greece and Crete thousands of years before the Bronze Age. Modern Greeks, in turn, are largely descendants of the Mycenaeans, the study found. The researchers analysed tooth...

Trump Watch: Day Two – A Twitter guide to the unfolding drama

It's a thin and shaky cable that stretches between bemused interest and hysteric obsession and sometimes you just stand there in the middle, wondering which way to walk. Casual glances at a news subject's headlines with only an occasional long read is in the long run probably safer for mental health, and a damn sight better in terms of work productivity, yet it never seems to satisfy. You feel a permanent – perhaps not a hunger exactly – but a...

A gang of jihadis dubbed “the Three Musketeers” are facing jail for plotting a mass casualty terror attack in Britain

A gang of jihadis dubbed "the Three Musketeers" and based in the Midlands are facing jail for plotting a mass casualty terror attack in Britain. Naweed Ali, 29, Khobaib Hussain, 25, Mohibur Rahman, 33, hatched the plan involving meat cleavers and a pipe bomb on the encrypted Telegram app between May and August last year. Tahir Aziz. Four men Naweed Ali, Khobaib Hussain, Mohibur Rahman and Tahir Aziz were today convicted of terrorism offences at the Central Criminal Court in...

Jordanian Parliament votes to remove law allowing a rapist to escape punishment by marrying his victim

After years of campaigning by women’s rights activists,  on 1 August, the lower house of Jordan’s parliament voted for the full repeal of Article 308 without exception, meaning that there should no longer be a way for a rapist to escape punishment by marrying his victim. Women’s and human rights organizations have worked alongside Jordanian Parliamentarians for years to bring about change to the law, and are hailing the repeal of Article 308 as an important step forward in the global...

Photographer captures mesmerising pictures of Milky Way lighting up the night sky 

These extraordinary pictures capture the stunning Milky Way lighting up the night sky above the British countryside. Stargazing photographer Andrew Fusek-Peters, 51, was able to snap the stunning sight from the top of Titterstone Clee Hill, in Ludlow, Shrops. In the foreground of the images is a radar dome, which forms part of the National Air Traffic Services radar network, which monitors all aircraft within a 100-mile radius. Andrew, who has been a freelance photographer for four years, arrived on...

Brexiters: Significant damage to the British economy is a price worth paying

Six in ten Brexit voters believe significant damage to the British economy is a price worth paying for leaving the European Union. New research has unearthed extremist beliefs among Leavers, with many so committed to their beliefs that they believe significant harm befalling the UK economy, or even losing their jobs, would be a price worth paying in order to get their way on Brexit. The economic impact of the UK's vote to leave has been ever-present since the referendum, with the latest economic...

British caterpillars are being infected with a ‘zombie virus’ which causes them to march towards the sun…before EXPLODING 

British caterpillars are being infected with a 'zombie virus' which causes them to march towards the sun - before EXPLODING. The 'baculovirus' changes the caterpillar's instincts to hide away from sunlight and forces them climb to the tops of plants. Their bodies are then liquefied - causing them to burst and spread the bug to other insects. The popped remains of several Oak Eggar moth caterpillars - a common variety in the UK and Europe - have been spotted across...

Christian NHS Director sues after being sacked over comments on same sex adoption

A former NHS director who was sacked for speaking out against gay adoption has claimed he is being 'ousted from public service' for being a Christian. Richard Page, is bringing a religious discrimination case against the NHS Trust Development Authority after being sacked for comments he made as a magistrate. Today, he told an employment tribunal "sex outside of marriage is sinful". He claimed that he was not anti-gay but that: "It is a sin to have sex outside of...

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