Image copyright PP A plumber’s legal battle for working rights will be closely watched by “gig economy” workers when it reaches the Supreme Court on Tuesday. Gary Smith, who worked for Pimlico Plumbers for six years, began his fight when he wanted to reduce his hours following a heart attack….

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Image copyright Reuters Image caption Theresa May’s review will consider the cost of tuition fees and repaying student debt The prime minister is to call for better value for students in England, admitting they face “one of the most expensive systems of university tuition in the world”. Theresa May will…

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Image copyright Justin Sullivan/Getty Images Fast-food chain KFC has had to shut down a number of outlets across the UK because they have run out of chicken. Things were not so finger-licking good for disappointed fried chicken fans after problems with a new distribution system led to the closures. Last…

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Image caption The collapse of Carillion has delayed the opening of the new £335m Royal Liverpool Hospital Carillion’s investors fled the failing company as it headed for disaster, according to MPs. The construction firm’s annual reports were a worthless guide to its financial health and raise major questions about corporate…

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When physicists strip neutrons from atomic nuclei, put them in a bottle, then count how many remain there after some time, they infer that neutrons radioactively decay in 14 minutes and 39 seconds, on average. But when other physicists generate beams of neutrons and tally the emerging protons—the particles that…

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Image caption Waiting for the bus – Daniel Bennett (centre) wants his son to have chances he didn’t “I didn’t hear the word university until after I had left school but I know I could have done well.” Daniel Bennett from Kennington in south London is a heating engineer. He…

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Image copyright Alamy Image caption The level of fees and debt for students is going to be the subject of a major review More “variety” is needed in the price of university education, the secretary of state said ahead of a government review of the system. Damian Hinds also suggested…

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Image copyright Reuters Image caption No official reason has yet been given for Mr Rimsevics’ detention The head of Latvia’s central bank, Ilmars Rimsevics, has been detained by the country’s anti-corruption agency. His home and offices at the Bank of Latvia were both raided by officers. The country’s Corruption Prevention…

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Image caption Jamie Oliver’s restaurant business is facing some tough challenges Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver is considering selling his Barbecoa steakhouses, his company has confirmed. Barbecoa was set up by Jamie Oliver and his friend American barbecue expert Adam Perry Lang in 2011. It has two outlets in London: Piccadilly…

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