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Persimmon chief’s bonus cut by £25m

Image copyright PA The bonus payout to the chief executive of Persimmon will be cut by £25m following fierce criticism over excessive rewards. The housebuilder said Jeff Fairburn had agreed to cut the number of shares he was entitled to, although he still stands to receive a bonus worth £74m. Two other executives at the company will also receive lower bonuses. The row over bonus levels led to the departure

Plastic straws could be banned, suggests Michael Gove

Image copyright PA Environment Secretary Michael Gove has suggested that plastic straws could be banned in Britain. When asked by the Daily Telegraph if he would prohibit plastic straws Mr Gove replied “watch this space”. He added that a balanced approach would be needed but said: “If it is bad, then banning it is a good thing.” The Marine Conservation Society estimates the UK uses 8.5 billion straws every year

Electric powered Minis to be built in China

Image copyright Getty Images Electric-powered Mini cars are to built in China, as well as in Oxford where most Mini cars are currently made. BMW, the owner of the Mini brand, said it had agreed an outline deal with a Chinese manufacturer Great Wall Motor. Cars made under that partnership will be for the Chinese market. The deal will not affect BMW’s plan, announced last year, to assemble the first

Ariana Grande and Troye Sivan have recorded a song together

Image copyright Getty Images Troye Sivan has revealed he’s recorded a song with Ariana Grande. The My My My! singer told BBC Radio 1’s Nick Grimshaw he’d written the track for his latest album, expected this year. “This was not a planned announcement,” said the 22-year-old. “But I’m so excited. It sounds exactly like I dreamt it would. ” Ariana, who last released an album in 2016, has also been

The trouble knowing how much screen time is ‘OK’

Image copyright Getty Images Concerns about the harm caused by “too much” screen time – particularly when it is spent on social media – are widespread. But working out what a “healthy” amount might be is far from easy. Headlines rarely soothe nerves. Apple’s Tim Cook recently said he would not want his nephew on a social network, while child health experts wrote to Facebook warning excessive use of digital

BT told to share poles for ultrafast fibre internet

Image copyright Getty Images BT must make it easier for rival internet providers to use its telegraph poles, telecoms regulator Ofcom says. Ofcom has published a list of new measures to make it cheaper for companies to install ultrafast full fibre broadband infrastructure. Connecting homes directly to the fibre network delivers much faster internet speeds than copper cables. Rivals Talk Talk and Hyperoptic welcomed the announcement. BT said it was

Winter Olympics 2018: Ivanka Trump arrives for closing ceremony

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Ms Trump said she was “honoured” to lead the US delegation Ivanka Trump has arrived in South Korea leading a US delegation to the closing ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics. Her father US President Donald Trump and the Olympic Committee asked her to attend, according to White House officials. One of North’s Korea highest ranking figures, General Kim Yong-chol, will also attend Sunday’s

Beyonce and Jay-Z fans think there could be a joint tour on the way

Image copyright Getty Images Beyonce and Jay-Z fans have been getting excited about rumours that the stars are set to tour together. Fans have been sharing a Ticketmaster screengrab that shows “Beyonce and Jay-Z tickets” listed on the website, although the page was deleted soon after being found. It’s not stopped fans going into overdrive though. “If Bey and Jay go on tour again I will literally cry my eyes

MPs debate changes to organ donations law

Image copyright NHS BLOOD AND TRANSPLANT Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has urged MPs to change the laws on organ donation in England to help “save an awful lot of people’s lives”. MPs are debating changing the rules on consent so people would expressly have to “opt out” if they did not want their organs used after their death. At the moment, organs can only be used if explicit approval is

Children ‘forced to watch rape’ in S Sudan

Image copyright AFP Image caption In December women from South Sudanese rights groups marched in protest at the suffering women and children face Children in South Sudan have been forced to watch their mothers being raped and killed, the UN says. A report by UN human rights investigators says that 40 officials may be individually responsible for war crimes and crimes against humanity. It says civilians have been tortured and