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Finland's basic income trial falls flat

<b>The Finnish government has decided not to expand a limited trial in paying people a basic income, which has drawn much international interest.</b><p>Currently 2,000 unemployed Finns are receiving a flat monthly payment of €560 (£490; $685) as basic income.<p>"The eagerness of the government is evaporating. …

Basic Income

Who advises overnight lottery millionaires?

<b>On Wednesday, one winner scooped the quadruple rollover National Lottery jackpot of more than £13.5m.</b><p>With a perfect match of winning numbers - 12, 27, 28, 39, 41 and 48 - the ticket holder was immediately launched into the exclusive club of the UK's ultra-rich.<p>That, according to those who assist …

Finance

How to Extend and Remodel Terraced Homes

More than a quarter of all UK houses are terraced and although there can be minimal space in which to extend, clever design solutions or choosing to …

Winning photos from the International Garden Photographer of the Year 2018

<b>A picture of the vast ecological region known as the Cerrado in Brazil has won first place in this year's International Garden Photographer of the Year.</b><p>Marcio Cabral of Brasilia, Brazil, scooped the award with his winning image entitled <i>Cerrado Sunrise</i>.<p>Tyrone McGlinchey, managing director of IGPOTY …

Northern Ireland

The island that switches countries every six months

<b>Next week, France will hand over 6,820 sq m of its territory to Spain without a single shot being fired. But in six months' time Spain will voluntarily hand back the land to France. As Chris Bockman reports, it's been that way for more than 350 years.</b><p>The French Basque beach resort of Hendaye is the …

Royal Weddings

Gender pay gap: More than 500 firms reveal their figures

<b>Ladbrokes, Easyjet and Virgin Money are among the major companies to reveal gender pay gaps of more than 15% in favour of men for mean hourly pay.</b><p>Organisations with 250 or more workers must publish their figures by April and so far 527 firms have done so.<p>Women's hourly pay rates are 52% lower than …

Gender

How Americanisms are killing the English language

A book released this year claims that Americanisms will have completely absorbed the English language by 2120. Hephzibah Anderson takes a look.<p>So it turns out I can no longer speak English. This was the alarming realisation foisted upon me by Matthew Engel’s witty, cantankerous yet nonetheless …

Language

UK incomes see sluggish growth

<b>Real disposable incomes grew just 0.2% in the third quarter of 2017 from the previous three months as the weak pound continued to fuel inflation, the Office for National Statistics said.</b><p>The pound has fallen in value since the UK voted to leave the EU, making imported goods more expensive.<p>The UK's …

Economics

Bitcoin: Does it really use more electricity than Ireland?

<b>Can something which has no physical presence consume as much electricity as an entire country?</b><p>The internet has recently been awash with claims that the digital currency Bitcoin could be using more electricity than a number of developed nations. So Reality Check wants to know: how did they work it …

Cryptocurrency

Equal pay day: What is the gender pay gap like where you are?

<b>The gap in pay between men and women will take 100 years to close, a campaign group has warned.</b><p>Campaigners highlight 10 November as the point in 2017 when a woman on an average wage stops being paid relative to their male counterparts.<p>But in some parts of the UK, the gender pay gap is so wide, it …

Gender

Meet the world's youngest self-made billionaire

<b>John Collison does not seem entirely comfortable with his somewhat impressive claim to fame - he is the world's youngest self-made billionaire.</b><p>Just 27, he otherwise seems a supremely confident business leader and excellent communicator.<p>But ask him about how wealthy he is, and you sense his …

Startups

10 things to know about sleep as the clocks change

1. We're told to get our eight hours<p>We often hear that we should all be getting eight hours' sleep a night. Organisations from the NHS to the US National Sleep Foundation recommend it. But where does this advice come from?<p>Studies carried out around the world, looking at how often diseases occur in …

Immune System

The internet is obsessed with a woman who can transform herself into virtually any character

• <b>C</b> <b>osplayer Alyson Tabbitha is impressing the internet with her elaborate costumes.</b>• <b><br>She creates many of the costumes and makeup looks herself.</b>• <b><br>She has</b> …

Millennials are breaking the one big salary taboo — and it's changing how companies operate

The talkative youngsters of the office are using their voices to make the workplace more equal.<p>According to a survey conducted by The Cashlorette, a personal finance site run by Bankrate, people 18 to 36 years old are far more comfortable discussing their salaries with coworkers, friends, and …

The Workplace

Best bodyweight exercises to build muscle

<b>The Push Up</b><p>Push ups are brilliant for building strength through the chest, shoulders and triceps.<p>It's a great exercise to master before moving on to the (much more strenuous) bench press. The push up allows you to build adequate strength in your upper body and stability through your torso, better …

BBC Radio 4 - Radio 4 in Four - Moral Maze: Eight ways to win an argument

London's amazing underground infrastructure revealed in vintage cutaway maps

Londonist's roundup of cutaway maps -- many from the outstanding Transport Museum in Covent Garden -- combines the nerdy excitement of hidden tunnels …

Built Environment

BBC Radio 4 - Radio 4 in Four - Six beautiful words to describe autumn

How Chinese mulberry bark paved the way for paper money

<b>Almost 750 years ago, a young Venetian merchant named Marco Polo wrote a remarkable book chronicling his travels in China.</b><p>The Book of the Marvels of the World was full of strange foreign customs that Marco claimed to have seen.<p>But there was one that was so extraordinary, Marco Polo could barely …

Coin Collecting

Annuity sales continue to plunge

<b>Annuity sales have continued to dive two years after new rules allowed people to cash in their pension pot.</b><p>Since 2015, those aged 55 and over have been permitted to withdraw 25% of their pension pot as a tax-free lump sum, and the remainder subject to the normal rates of income tax.<p>This has led to …

Retirement

10 of the world’s most beautiful sports arenas - BBC Three

Ciaran Varley8 September 2017<p>Michael O'Neill's Northern Ireland completed an incredible feat on Monday night when they beat the Czech Republic to go five wins in a row and move even closer to World Cup qualification.<p>However an even more remarkable thing happened off the pitch...<p>Sometimes sport can …

Northern Ireland

Does your job pay less than it did five years ago?

<b>Wage stagnation and an ever increasing cost of living have left many people feeling poorer over the last few years.</b><p>But for some workers skills shortages mean pay has shot up. So is your job on the rise or is it time to explore the market? <i>Try out our calculator, then scroll down to find out the jobs</i> …

Mad Men

Theresa May accused of backtracking on boardroom excess

<b>Prime Minister Theresa May has been accused by Labour and trade unions of "watering down" plans to tackle corporate excess.</b><p>But Downing Street said Mrs May had been "consistent" in her approach.<p>Under government reforms, the UK's biggest firms will have to reveal how much more their chief executives …

United Kingdom

Pay growth to stay weak, says forecast

<b>Pressure on incomes looks set to continue, with pay rises forecast at 1% over the next year, a survey predicts.</b><p>Despite falling unemployment, wage growth is weak because the supply of labour has also gone up, says the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).<p>The CIPD said for every …

Labor Economics

Bosses' fall in pay 'limited and late'

<b>Top chief executives' pay has fallen in the past year, but there is still "a huge gap" between them and the rest of their staff, a report has said.</b><p>The bosses of FTSE 100 companies now make on average £4.5m a year, down 17% from £5.4m in 2015, according to the High Pay Centre's research.<p>The think …

List-Worthy

Time, not material goods, 'raises happiness'

<b>Using money to free-up time is linked to increased happiness, a study says.</b><p>In an experiment, individuals reported greater happiness if they used £30 ($40) to save time - such as by paying for chores to be done - rather than spending the money on material goods.<p>Psychologists say stress over lack of …

Happiness

Tourists warned over exchange rate costs

<b>British holidaymakers are paying hundreds of millions of pounds in unnecessary charges when they use their credit and debit cards overseas.</b><p>Shops, restaurants and cash machines are offering tourists the option of paying in pounds rather than the local currency and applying a poor exchange rate if …

Trading

Should we talk about pay in the office?

<b>It was an awkward day for some stars at the BBC after the corporation disclosed, for the first time, how much its top talent is earning.</b><p>The list has proved revealing, showing a gender pay gap and a lack of diversity among those in the top pay bracket.<p>Some of the BBC's biggest earners have reacted …

Gender

Reality Check: Is public sector pay higher than private sector?

<b>The claim:</b> Average public sector pay is higher than private sector, even adjusted for qualifications<p><b>Reality Check verdict:</b> It is a difficult comparison to make, but IFS calculations suggest that Lord Lamont is probably right. However, in recent years private sector pay has been growing faster than …

Economics

Teens with spots tend to stay looking younger for longer, new research suggests

By Anna Collinson <i>Newsbeat reporter</i><p><b>If you're a teenager who has acne, it can feel like the end of the world. But your adult self may thank you for it.</b><p>New research from King's College London, based on 1,205 female twins, suggests adolescents with spots tend to stay looking youthful for longer, …

Teens