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Coca Cola Drops Out of Global Brands List For The First Time

Coca Cola has dropped out of the BrandZ ranking of the top 10 global brands for the first time. The brand report has been running since 2006 and sees the soft drink brand fall to thirteenth place as the top ten list gets littered by tech and social companies. Google hang on to the top spot, with Facebook, Amazon, McDonald's and Chinese tech company Tencent all moving about Coca Cola in the past year. Millward Brown’s BrandZ valuation process takes the financial...

Video – Panther “attacks” man then gives him a kiss

By Joe Mellor, Deputy Editor This video looks like the stuff of nightmares, as a giant panther stalks a man, who seems oblivious of the attack. As his back is turned the animal gets closer and closer. The dangerous beast keeps itself low to the ground ready to pounce, and just as the panther punches on its prey, the man and animal grapple. The panther jaws open showing huge fangs, but all is well and the two give each other...

Video – SeaWorld killer whale “trying to commit suicide”

By Joe Mellor, Deputy Editor Saddening footage has emerged from Loro Parque in Spain’s Canary Islands, of Killer whale Morgan lying next to her tank as tourists leave stadium after another show. As it finished the whale beached herself leaving one viewer to write: “Looks to me as if she’s trying to take her own life, I don’t blame her.” Another added: “’Shame on humans who exploit whales.” If a killer whale is beached for too long the weight of their body...

Sports Direct boss Mike Ashley admits failure to pay min wage

By Joe Mellor, Deputy Editor Under fire Sports Direct owner Mike Ashley will now compensate workers after admitting his company failed to pay the minimum wage to his workers. Union chiefs have said their was a “culture of fear” at the warehouse and ambulances have been called over a hundred times, sparking health and safety fears for their employees. Now Ashley has said he has come to an arrangement with HM Revenue & Customs to give compensation to warehouse employees...

Nicola Sturgeon rated in 50th most powerful women in world

By Joe Mellor, Deputy Editor SNP supporters will be overjoyed to find that the Scottish first minister Nicola Sturgeon has been placed in the top 50 most powerful women in the world. Scotland appears to be flexing its muscles on the world stage and it’s being led by Sturgeon, who is beginning to gather powerful allies across he globe. The only woman from the UK who came in above her was the Queen. Sturgeon was rated 50th in the latest...

Researchers say Trident is being secretly upgraded

By Joe Mellor, Deputy Editor A report has claimed that secret work is underway to upgrade the current Trident weapons to be more accurate and devastating that ever, while an entirely new system is being developed. According to the Nuclear Information Service upgrading work in happening at Britain’s nuclear bomb factory. The report has revealed that at two sites, Aldermaston and Burghfield in Berkshire, they believe work has already begun to produce a “Mark 4A” warhead, which is much more...

Tories ditch law allowing police to spy on unions

By Joe Mellor, Deputy Editor John Hayes, a Tory and “proud union member,” is a rare beast in the corridors of Westminster. Unlike many in his party he believes in the need for strong unions and he accepted Labour alterations to the Investigatory Powers Bill. This means that the Government have now canned a law which would have allowed intelligence agencies and the police to spy and monitor union activity. The changes were agreed after Andy Burnham, Shadow Home Secretary,...

Boris Johnson and Sadiq Kahn To Lock Horns At Wembley

The former and current Mayors of London are set to lock horns at Wembley in front of 6,000 people in a live debate on Europe. Labour Mayor Sadiq Kahn will face the former Conservative Mayor Boris Johnson just hours before the country goes to the polls. According to The Standard, the debate will see each side of the argument advocated by three speakers at the event on June 21, to be broadcast on BBC One at 8pm. It will be...

UK Christian schools teaching children gay people are ‘unnatural’ and girls must obey men

By Joe Mellor, Deputy Editor It has been claimed that fundamentalist Christian schools in the UK are teaching children that being homosexual is unnatural and girls have to obey men. Ex-pupils have turned whistleblowers and have come forward to say that various private schools across the UK are teaching these old fashioned prejudices during lessons, reports the Independent. The people who have come forward have said that the textbooks they use told them that creationism is actually a fact, women...

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