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Why we are joining the McStrike action

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Staff from several branches of McDonald’s are taking part in the so-called McStrike Lauren Townsend, who has worked as a waitress at a TGIs in Milton Keynes since 2010, earns £7.83 an hour – which is the minimum wage for over 25s. She thinks a wage of £10 an hour “would be enough for everybody to support themselves”. “I don’t think it’s too much to ask in a multimillion-pound company,” the 27-year-old said. “The way I see it, if they could legally pay us…

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Hospice dads’ unbreakable bond

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionHospice’s dads keeping each other strong amidst heartbreak “If it wasn’t for this group, I don’t know where I’d be,” says Brad Watson as he sits in the visitor’s room of children’s hospice Ty Hafan. The 40-year-old’s son Archie died aged two, in 2013, of a rare genetic condition. Mr Watson was grateful he could count on dads in a 100-strong support group during the traumatic time. As well as forming strong friendships, they managed to tackle five mountains in just two…

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May: Brexit plan critics are playing politics

And writing in the Sunday Telegraph, ex-attorney general and pro-Remain MP Dominic Grieve, said the time had come for a “polite rebellion by pragmatic Conservatives”, adding that a “significant” number were prepared to back a second referendum rather than leave the EU with no deal. Meanwhile, the Conservative Party was forced to apologise after a technical issue with its conference app meant Tory MPs had their phone numbers and other personal data revealed. The issue has since been resolved, the party said. The UK’s data watchdog, the Information Commissioner’s Office,…

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Doctor Who: What do the critics think?

“But the highest praise is that you quickly forget you’re watching a female Doctor and just accept you’re watching THE Doctor.” Writing in the i paper, Stephen Kelly complimented the show’s improved production values. “Never before has Doctor Who looked so crisp and cinematic, nor the CGI so convincing and expensive,” he wrote. Image caption In its review, The Guardian referred to the high number of new characters in the episode “There is also a distinct lack of interest in the show’s heritage. “Although Whittaker’s performance captured the essence of…

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Government ‘sorry’ for blood scandal

She said the infections had had a “devastating” impact on individuals and their families, adding the government wanted to express “sorrow and regret” at the start of the inquiry. ‘I lost everything’ Earlier in the week the inquiry heard emotional testimonies from people infected with HIV and hepatitis. In a video played to the inquiry, one man described how he felt he lost his entire life after finding out at the age of 43 that he had been infected with hepatitis C when he was a child. He was given…

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‘Don’t post crisp packets without envelopes’

“Crisp packets can’t go through the machines, they are not normal mail items therefore my hardworking colleagues need to manually sort them, which adds to time.” Latest news and stories from the East Midlands Skip Twitter post by @MarvinE0 @walkers_crisps A six pack and it's bag ready for the mornings post. @38_degrees #PacketInWalkers pic.twitter.com/hv0AcivVS9 — MarvinE (@MarvinE0) September 23, 2018 People have been taking selfies of themselves posting the crisp packets and putting them on social media with the hashtag #PacketInWalkers. It follows a petition hosted by 38 Degrees which…

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Rubbish idea? Monthly bin rounds begin

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionOne local said the area was being plagued by flies and maggots Controversial monthly bin collections are being rolled out across a Welsh county on Monday – the first area in Wales and England to make the move. Waste destined for landfill will now only be collected once a month in Conwy county following a trial. It has been met with controversy, with residents and councillors calling it “unfair” and claiming the trial brought more rats, seagulls and flies. The council said…

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Weight Watchers drops ‘weight’ from name

Ms Grossman, who took the helm just over a year ago, said the firm had been shifting from a focus on just weight loss to its broader remit looking at “wellness” over the past two years. “This is just a next step, a point of validation. Like any brand we have to stay relevant,” she said. DJ Khaled signs up for Weight Watchers Weight Watchers shares jump on Oprah ad The rebrand is aimed at broadening its appeal to attract more potential users, but also to encourage subscribers to stay…

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Where’s the fairy godmother?

Jeremy Corbyn vowed he would be a different kind of leader and listen to his party’s membership. So what’s the problem? Surely he should just say “sure”, and acquiesce? Guess what, it’s not nearly so simple. First, repeat again and again, any party’s members are not the same as their voters, and potential voters. That’s always so. But it is clear as day now. Because while Labour MPs and members are overwhelmingly among those who voted Remain, millions of people who had voted Labour put their cross in the Leave…

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Comcast outbids Fox for broadcaster Sky

Comcast’s bid equated to £17.28 per share, beating Fox’s of £15.67 per share. The battle for Sky: Why it matters Fox had looked set to take over the 61% of Sky it does not already own until Comcast topped its bid. In July, Fox raised its offer to £24.5bn, but this was trumped by a £26bn bid from Comcast. The process has also been beset by regulatory issues amid concerns over media plurality and the degree of Mr Murdoch’s influence over the UK media landscape. Brian Roberts, chairman and chief…

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Hunt: Don’t mistake politeness for weakness

In an interview with Ireland’s RTE Radio, Irish foreign minister Simon Coveney said the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier had told him a treaty for the withdrawal of the UK from the EU was 87% agreed. This week, Mrs May tried to sell her proposals for the UK’s future relationship with the EU at a summit in Salzburg, Austria. The plan – the so-called Chequers agreement – was agreed by the UK government in July. But EU leaders rejected a major part of her plan, saying the new economic…

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Asbestos warning for Grenfell survivors

But she said she’d been told no physical health screening programme had been put in place for survivors. I hope you get justice, says firefighter 999 operator haunted by victim’s voice Grenfell bereaved to decide site’s future NHS England said its staff had provided “extraordinary care” to residents on the night of the fire and in the months afterwards, including mental health care. It promised to respond to the letter within 56 days. Related Topics London Respiratory diseases NHS Grenfell Tower fire Read more: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-45603418

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Ghetts: I felt rage 24/7 but now I’m happy

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Ghetts is in a “creative and fearless space again” It’s not an emotion you’d have associated with the MC’s music down the years. Image copyright Misha Meghna Image caption Ghetts put on an art exhibition in east London to launch his new album Ghetto Gospel: The New Testament Ghetts burst on to the scene in 2003, when grime wasn’t called grime and he was called Ghetto. He’d just come out of prison, where he’d spent time in and out of from a young age.…

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Millionaire fights home cinema demolition

It was built in Mr Wildin’s garden in the Forest of Dean and has been deemed as two-storey by the district council, so would have needed building consent. During court proceedings which began on Thursday, Mr Wildin challenged the principal planning officer for Forest of Dean District Council, Stephen Colgate, over what constitutes a single-storey building. Image caption The disputed building is behind Graham Wildin’s home in the Forest of Dean Image copyright SWNS Image caption There is also a roulette table in the building The hearing at the Cardiff…

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Top 10 tips for starting at university

“All I’d say is prioritise your workload and make sure you take a break when you feel the workload is getting too much. “ 2. Plan out a weekly budget Mary O’Connell, 23, who did English literature at York University and an MA in Film Studies at King’s College London, recommends setting yourself a weekly budget. “Don’t spend all your money on Freshers Week. If you haven’t really worked before uni then you may not have seen that much money in your account before. But remember that it’s still a…

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