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Number of people in work in UK hits record high

Number of people in work in UK reaches record high of 32.5 million, official figures indicate This breaking news story is being updated and more details will be published shortly. Please refresh the page for the fullest version. You can receive Breaking News on a smartphone or tablet via the BBC News App. You can also follow @BBCBreaking on Twitter to get the latest alerts. Source link

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Fyre Festival: Fund for unpaid caterer hits £60k

Image copyright Netflix More than $77,000 (£60,000) has been raised for a restaurant owner in the Bahamas who wasn’t paid for catering the doomed Fyre Festival. Maryann Rolle, who runs the Exuma Point Bar and Grille, says she used $50,000 (£38,000) of her own money to pay other staff who helped at the event. A crowdfunding page she set up on Monday has had around 2,300 donations. “My life was changed forever, and my credit was ruined by Fyre Fest,” she wrote on the page. Skip Twitter post by @kthomas901…

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England in West Indies: Jonny Bairstow hits 98 in warm-up

Jonny Bairstow has scored six centuries in 60 Tests Tour match, Cave Hill, Barbados England 379-10 (86.4 overs): Bairstow 98, Burns 68, Reifer 3-39 CWI President’s XI: Yet to bat Scorecard Jonny Bairstow scored 98 from 112 balls as England compiled 379-10 on day one of their final warm-up match before the Test series in the West Indies. Bairstow, who made four in the opening tour game, hit 10 fours and two sixes batting at three against a Cricket West Indies President’s XI in Barbados. He shared 118 with Rory…

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Brexit uncertainty hits house purchases

Image copyright PA The West Midlands had the strongest annual house price growth across the UK in the 12 months to November 2018. But housing activity in southern England was muted because of Brexit uncertainty. Average house prices across the UK climbed by 2.8%, rising from 2.7% annual growth in October 2018. In the West Midlands, prices rose by 4.6%, according to the latest official figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) and Land Registry. It said the average UK house price was £230,630 in October, falling by 0.1%…

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England in West Indies: Joe Root hits 87 in first warm-up game

Joe Root scored only 93 runs at an average of 15.50 in seven games in Australia’s Big Bash League in December and January Warm-up match, Three Ws Oval, Barbados (day one of two): England 317-10: Root 87, Stokes 56, Charles 5-90, C Holder 3-67 CWI President’s XI: Yet to bat Scorecard Captain Joe Root hit 87 before England collapsed on day one of their first warm-up match in the West Indies. Root, 27, struck 12 fours and two sixes in his 87-ball innings before falling to Bryan Charles, who claimed…

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NBA roundup: Doncic hits big 3-pointer to sink Wolves

Rookie sensation Luka Doncic drained the game-winning 3-pointer, scored a team-high 29 points and finished two rebounds shy of a triple-double to lead the Dallas Mavericks to a rare road win, 119-115 over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday in Minneapolis. Jan 11, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) shoots over the Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns (32) during the fourth quarter at Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports Doncic, the second-leading All-Star vote-getter in the Western Conference so far, went toe to toe with…

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UK economic growth hits six-month low

Image copyright PA Growth in the UK’s economy slowed in the three months to November, expanding at its weakest pace in six months. The economy grew by 0.3% during the period, less than the 0.4% in the three months to October, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said. The ONS said manufacturers suffered their longest period of monthly falls in output since the financial crisis, being hit by weaker overseas demand. It also said the economy grew by 0.2% in November, up from 0.1% in October. Rob Kent-Smith, head of…

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Rolls Royce hits record sales driven by new Phantom

Image copyright Getty Images Rolls-Royce Motor Cars sold a record number of cars last year, with sales driven by the new eighth-generation Phantom model. The BMW-owned company sold a total of 4,107 vehicles, a rise of 5% on its previous record in 2014. Roll-Royce, which exports more than 90% of its production, said sales grew in all regions. The company’s boss said he was confident about 2019 “as long as it doesn’t come to a hard Brexit”. The results come amid a difficult market for the UK car industry. Sales…

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UK household debt hits new peak, says TUC

Image copyright AFP Household debt in the UK has hit a fresh high, totalling £428bn, according to an analysis by the TUC. Excluding mortgages, average debt per household rose sharply in 2018 to a new peak of £15,385, up £886 in a year, the research says. The TUC says government austerity and years of wage stagnation are to blame. But the TUC’s figures include student loans, while Bank of England figures, excluding student loans, give a debt total of half the TUC’s estimate. The Bank of England says growth in…

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Bill Gates’ nuclear venture hits snag amid U.S. restrictions on China deals: WSJ

FILE PHOTO: Microsoft founder Bill Gates attends a forum of the first China International Import Expo (CIIE) in Shanghai on November 5, 2018. Matthew Knight/Pool via REUTERS NEW YORK (Reuters) – TerraPower LLC, a nuclear energy venture chaired by Microsoft Corp co-founder Bill Gates, is seeking a new partner for early-stage trials of its technology after new U.S. rules forced it to abandon an agreement with China, company officials told the Wall Street Journal. TerraPower reached an agreement with state-owned China National Nuclear Corp in 2017 to build an experimental…

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