'Outsourced' workers seek better deal in landmark case

A group of 75 workers, including porters and receptionists, are going to tribunal to gain more rights at work.As outsourced employees, they are supplied to the University of London by a facilities company, but do not receive the same benefits as those employed directly.The university does not accept they …

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Automated checkouts 'miserable' for elderly shoppers

Automated checkout machines put off about a quarter of older people from going shopping, a survey from a housing charity for the elderly suggests.They can find the automated checkouts “intimidating” and “unfriendly,” according to the charity, Anchor.Without someone to talk to at the tills, shopping can be a “miserable …

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The first man to star in a L’Oreal make-up advert

Gary, aka ‘The Plastic Boy’, is an Instagram beauty blogger with more than 75,0000 followers.He does make-up demonstration videos and became the first man to star in a make-up advert for L’Oreal.The cosmetics company says we could see male-targeted make-up counters within “five to seven years”. Source: BBC News

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Sky Views: Hammond is running out of options

Ed Conway, Economics Editor This week’s Budget is one of those moments when cool-headed logic about what the economy really needs right now runs smack bang into the middle of political expediency. Let’s start with the economics. Britain has some major overarching problems – ones that have been building …

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Power ranger

If electric cars really are the future, where is all the electricity to power them going to come from?There are currently more than a billion vehicles on the road worldwide, 38 million of them registered in the UK. The overwhelming majority run on petrol or diesel.But the world is …

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Paris and Amsterdam to host key EU agencies post-Brexit

Paris has won a battle to host the European Banking Authority (EBA), which will relocate from London after the UK leaves the European Union. The French capital’s victory follows a win earlier for Amsterdam, which will host the London-based European Medicines Agency (EMA).Paris was picked after lots were drawn …

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Paperchase 'sorry' over Daily Mail deal after backlash

Paperchase has promised not to run any more promotions in the Daily Mail following a backlash from an online activist group which has criticised its news stories.The stationery firm offered free wrapping paper in Saturday’s newspaper.But on Monday, it said: “We’re truly sorry and we won’t ever do it …

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