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Motability charity boss to go after extra bonus revealed

Image copyright Getty Images The boss of Motability Operations is to step down by 2020 following criticism over his pay and a scathing review from the government’s spending watchdog. The report from the National Audit Office revealed Mike Betts was in line for an extra £1.86m bonus on top of already “generous” pay. The firm operates the Motability scheme which provides wheelchairs, cars and scooters to the disabled. Mr Bett’s level of pay was described as “obscene” by MP Frank Field. Mr Field, who chairs Parliament’s Work and Pensions Committee,…

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G20 Argentina: Saudi prince’s international standing revealed

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Few world leaders went out of their way to shake hands with the Saudi Crown Prince For Mohammed bin Salman, the G20 summit was always going to be a test. This was the first time the Saudi Crown Prince had appeared on the international stage since the murder of Jamal Khashoggi. And there have been widespread accusations that the killing of the Saudi journalist was ordered at the highest levels of the Saudi government. So the summit in Buenos Aires was a chance to assess…

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Mystery monkey: history of unique Xenothrix fossil revealed

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The monkey, called the xenothrix, was closely related to the titi monkey which lives in the Amazon A mysterious extinct monkey from Jamaica that is unlike any other in the fossil record has South American roots, according to new evidence. DNA extracted from fossilised bones suggests the monkey first colonised the island 11 million years ago. It had no predators there and it evolved strange features not seen in living monkeys today. But the animal went extinct a few hundred years ago, likely due…

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Samsung folding smartphone revealed to developers

Image copyright Reuters Image caption When unfolded the phone resembles a tablet Samsung has unveiled a folding handset at an event in San Francisco. It described its Infinity Flex Display as “the foundation of the smartphone of tomorrow” and said it intended to start production within months. When unfolded, the device resembles a 7.3in (18.5cm) tablet. When closed, a separate smaller “cover display” on the handset’s other side comes into use. Samsung has teased the concept for more than five years and had been vying with Huawei to show off…

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Revealed: The secret of the poet’s daffodil

Image copyright Rodney Lay/RHS Image caption Narcissus poeticus (Pheasant’s eye daffodil) The secrets of a flower known as the poet’s daffodil have fallen to science. The genetic code of the daffodil’s chloroplast – the DNA responsible for photosynthesis – has been mapped for the first time. Narcissus poeticus was one of the first daffodils to be cultivated, and is linked to the Greek legend of Narcissus. In Greek mythology, the flower that bears his name sprang up where he died. Researchers from the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) and the University…

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UK’s ‘unhealthiest’ High Streets revealed

Image copyright Alamy Image caption Fast food outlets in Blackpool, which has the third most unhealthy High Street in the UK Britain’s High Streets are getting unhealthier, according to a report analysing 70 major UK towns and cities. The Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) ranked High Streets with more payday lenders, bookmakers, tanning salons and fast food outlets the worst. There was a clear link between deprived areas and unhealthy High Streets. Grimsby led the unhealthy High Street list ahead of Walsall and Blackpool, while Edinburgh, Canterbury and Taunton…

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The Great British Bake Off: 2018 winner revealed

Image copyright Love Productions Image caption The final saw Kim-Joy, Rahul and Ruby don their aprons one last time Rahul Mandal has won this year’s Great British Bake Off, triumphing over fellow finalists Kim-Joy Hewlett and Ruby Bhogal. Rahul was crowned 2018’s winner after a near-disaster in the show stopper. He said: “I don’t know whether to laugh or to cry. I just feel I need to talk with my mum.” The final three contestants were evenly matched, having each been named star baker twice during the course of this…

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Sexist abuse of female rugby ref revealed

Image copyright The Front Row Union Image caption Grainne Crabtree said she was subjected to a “tirade of profanities and sexual remarks” – Warning: This article contains explicit language Details of sexist verbal abuse shouted at a female rugby referee have been revealed in a leaked report. Coleraine RFC has been fined £5,000 by the Irish Rugby Football Union’s Ulster Branch over the incident. The six-page document, seen by BBC News NI, was written by referee Grainne Crabtree about the match at Coleraine Rugby Club in March. Coleraine’s 1st XV…

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Newspaper headlines: The ‘British #MeToo claims which cannot be revealed’

Newspaper headlines: The ‘British #MeToo claims which cannot be revealed’ By BBC News Staff Image caption The Daily Telegraph says a leading UK businessman has been granted an injunction preventing it from revealing allegations of sexual harassment and racial abuse of staff made against him. Its headline describes the case as the “British #MeToo scandal which cannot be revealed”. Image caption The Metro is among several papers to carry a photo of the the son of journalist Jamal Khashoggi meeting Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. It describes Salah…

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UK’s railway stations with most train delays revealed

Image copyright N Chadwick/Geograph Image caption Manchester Oxford Road took the “undesirable crown” of being worst, Which? said Ten of Britain’s busiest railway stations have seen over half of all train services delayed by a minute or more this year, research has revealed. Manchester Oxford Road had the least punctual services, with 68% delayed. Data analysis by consumer group Which? found York, Gatwick Airport and Birmingham New Street also saw less than 40% of trains arrive on time. The group said even small delays could have “a knock-on effect” on…

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