Royal Mail strike looms after pension is rejected

Royal Mail’s decision to close its defined-benefit, final-salary scheme from next March has outraged unions ReutersThe spectre of a nationwide strike still hangs over Royal Mail after its offer of a hybrid pension to replace its final-salary scheme was rejected by unions as “intellectually boring, morally sickening and an insult to employees”. Even pensions experts believe that Royal Mail’s offer of an apparent halfway-house solution was unsatisfactory as it would keep the postal group on the hook for future liabilities. After Royal Mail’s decision this month to close its defined-benefit, final-salary scheme from next March, and the threat by the Communication Workers Union to take industrial action over the decision, the privatisated group said that it had offered a “defined-benefit, cash-balance scheme”. The new plan offers guarantees to members that they will get back all the money they contribute in…

April 28, 2017 23:02 UTC

Parents urged to cover the camera on family laptop

Children are not being properly educated about the dangers of stalking because it is too often presented as an “adult problem”, the head of a leading charity has warned Getty ImagesChildren are not being properly educated about the dangers of stalking because it is too often presented as an “adult problem”, the head of a leading charity has warned. Ann Moulds, of Action Against Stalking, said that efforts to protect children online tended to focus on grooming and paedophilia, with little emphasis on the way stalking can be linked to other serious crimes. Speaking after a conference led by the charity, Ms Moulds told The Times: “There are a whole range of online behaviours that are related to one another and being able to identify them can help protect children in the long run. What starts off as stalking, for example, can lead to bullying or grooming.”She added: “The word stalker is never mentioned…

April 28, 2017 23:02 UTC

Gilchrist leads by example to seal a memorable fightback

What drama. It was blood-stirring stuff. They had looked down and out when a seemingly legitimate try by Blair Kinghorn was chalked off and the Dragons added a penalty to build up what looked like an impregnable lead, but Edinburgh have made a speciality of staging late, stirring fightbacks. None quite as late or dramatic as this, though. They managed to work Kinghorn over the line again after Sam Hidalgo-Clyne, the replacement scrum half, had done the damage…

April 28, 2017 23:02 UTC

The building blocks of financial education

A quarter of parents surveyed gave pocket money in digital currencies for use in online games such as Minecraft GETTY IMAGESSince September 2015 financial education has been part of the maths and citizenship curriculum in UK secondary schools. The academic evidence for a link between teaching financial literacy and becoming smarter around money is poor. Each of the past five surveys conducted by the Jumpstart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy, a US campaign group, found that teaching personal finance in school makes no difference to how well youngsters understand or use financial information. Practical experiences of handling money will help shape financial choices they make throughout their livesAccording to a 2015 report by researchers at the University of Cambridge, children’s money habits form from age seven. What they have learnt by then will shape how they act around money, says Caroline Rookes, the chief executive of the Money…

April 28, 2017 23:02 UTC

Boris and all the Tory chancers are busted

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April 28, 2017 23:02 UTC



Joshua is too quick, too strong and too powerful

Anthony Joshua has had a recurring dream of late. He is standing in a ring in the middle of Wembley Stadium with 90,000 people watching him, and Wladimir Klitschko is standing in the opposite corner. “You dream you’re winning, you dream you’re losing, you dream you’re halfway through the fight and then you wake up,” Joshua said. “When I dream I am losing, I just wake up and realise that that’s not reality. It’s the fear of losing, that’s why you want to perform.

April 28, 2017 23:02 UTC

The Human Rights Act and social justice

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April 28, 2017 23:02 UTC

How grandparents can lend a hand

Allowing wealth to trickle down from one generation to the next will set up Generation Rent as debt-free property owners GETTY IMAGESSenior citizens are being urged to give Generation Rent a financial leg-up as young people face a triple whammy of student loan repayments, difficulty getting on to the housing ladder and a lack of the gold-plated pensions that their parents enjoy. Allowing wealth to trickle down from one generation to the next will save on inheritance tax bills — charged at 40 per cent — and set up Generation Rent as debt-free property owners. “We urge millennials to ask their grandparents for a deposit for a home. This would get them out of the rental trap and on to the property ladder and, with any extra rental savings ploughed into a pension, they could also have a six-figure pot,” says Liz Alley, the divisional director…

April 28, 2017 23:02 UTC

Police bodycameras suffer hundreds of faults in trial

Police Scotland said that most problems had been with the force’s computers, not the cameras themselves Andrew Milligan/PA WireMore than 300 faults with body cameras worn by police officers have been logged during a trial of the equipment over the past three years. The cameras were initially used in a pilot scheme in Aberdeen and then issued across Moray and Aberdeenshire in 2012. However, data obtained by BBC Scotland found that over three years the number of faults reported with the system doubled. Police Scotland told the broadcaster that most problems had been with the force’s computers, not the cameras themselves. But the Scottish Police Federation said that this only served to highlight inadequacies in the computer systems…

April 28, 2017 23:02 UTC

Higher oil price primes pump for rising profits

Exxon Mobil said profit had more than doubled to $4 billion in the first quarter Jim Young/ReutersThe rising price of oil helped America’s biggest energy companies to announce surging first-quarter profits yesterday. Exxon Mobil, the world’s largest publicly traded oil producer, said that profit had more than doubled to $4 billion in the first three months of the year, while Chevron, the second-ranked American producer, reported a profit of $2.7 billion compared with a loss of $725 million a year ago. The figures exceeded forecasts, sending shares in Exxon up by 0.5 per cent to $81.65 in New York and Chevron shares 1.2 per cent higher to $106.70. Oil prices have risen more than half since early 2015 and have held around $50 since the Opec cartel agreed in December to limit production. Revenue at Exxon rose to $63.3 billion from…

April 28, 2017 23:02 UTC

UK wiped off map of Europe two years early

The European Commission map has airbrushed the UK out of the EU despite Britain not leaving the bloc until March 2019Maps produced by the European Commission have begun erasing the UK from the bloc two years before the country officially leaves. The maps, which show employment rates, have Britain fading to grey. “I am absolutely delighted that officials in the European Union have recognised that we are leaving and are speeding the process along,” he told the Mail Online. “But perhaps they would like to give us a discount on our bills if they have decided we have left already. “I thought we would win the Brexit vote, but if you had asked me just before the 2015 election if I thought the EU would be painting us out of…

April 28, 2017 22:52 UTC

Breitling flies into CVC Capital’s hands

CVC Capital Partners has agreed to take an 80 per cent stake in the family-owned Swiss luxury watchmaker Darren Arthur/GettyBreitling has been bought by a private equity firm in a deal said to be worth more than £670 million. CVC Capital Partners has agreed to take an 80 per cent stake in the family-owned Swiss luxury watchmaker, while Theodore Schneider, the majority owner, will reinvest for a 20 per cent shareholding. Léon Breitling founded the company in 1884 in Saint-Imier, Switzerland, later forging links with the aviation industry that remain to this day. Breitling’s wristwatch became the choice for pilots in the golden age of aviation and it was named the official supplier to the Royal Air Force in 1936. After the death of Breitling’s son Will, the company was bought by Ernest Schneider, a pilot and watchmaker, in 1979.

April 28, 2017 22:52 UTC

Runaway couple flee Isis and want to come home

Stefan Aristidou and his wife Kolsoma Begum were arrested at the Turkish border with other Isis desertersA British woman who left the UK to join Isis is trying to return home after fleeing the group with her husband. Kolsoma Begum, 22, and her husband Stefan Aristidou, 23, both from London, were caught and detained at Kilis on the Turkish border among a wider group of Isis deserters. The pair disappeared in 2015 and joined the terrorist group in Raqqa, where Begum gave birth to a daughter. The woman’s father, Ahmed Ali, 47, said his daughter needed to face “justice” if she wanted to return home. “I would say give them a lesson so they can realise their mistakes,” he said.…

April 28, 2017 22:52 UTC

Cork underline their status as champions-elect

We may still be in April but already it seems as if the 2017 Premier Division is over. After all, Cork won their 11th game in a row last night, moving 12 points clear at the top in the process. Derek Foran scored an injury-time consolation to make it a nervy final few moments but their race was run. And Dundalk’s defence of the title might just be too after they lost to Galway United on a night of high drama in the SSE Airtricity League. This Cork victory was routine enough, a strong side overpowering the team sitting just two places below them.

April 28, 2017 22:52 UTC

Oxford sorry for offending autistic people

People with the condition can find making eye contact difficult and threatening Getty ImagesOxford University has apologised for warning students that avoiding eye contact could be perceived as racism after it was accused of discriminating against autistic people. Avoiding meeting someone’s eye was included in a list of “racial micro- aggressions” in an equality and diversity unit newsletter. It was not long before it emerged that another group may be offended by making eye contact — autistic people can find if difficult and threatening. In a series of tweets, the university apologised: “Oxford deeply values and works hard to support students and staff with disabilities, including those with autism or social anxiety disorder.”The debacle adds to concerns that universities are so worried about political correctness and avoiding offence, that they fail to defend free speech.

April 28, 2017 22:52 UTC




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