First train from UK to China set to depart from Essex – Evening Standard

First train from UK to China set to depart from Essex – Evening Standard

The first rail freight service from the UK to China was departing today. Thirty containers filled with British produced goods were setting off on the 7,500-mile journey from Stanford-le-Hope, Essex. Whisky, soft drinks, vitamins, pharmaceuticals and baby products are among the items being exported. A DB Cargo locomotive was set to leave the DP World […]

Unseasonal sun in the UK – in pictures – The Guardian

Britons took advantage of the hottest day of the year so far on Sunday to get out and about to some of the country’s most scenic spots, although the temperatures are expected to fall. Met Office forecaster Emma Boorman said: ‘Temperatures will return to normal for this time of year but because we have been […]

Wonga data breach ‘affects 245,000 UK customers’ – BBC News – BBC News

Wonga data breach ‘affects 245,000 UK customers’ – BBC News – BBC News

Image copyright Getty Images The payday loan firm Wonga has suffered a data breach which may have affected up to 245,000 customers in the UK. The firm said it was “urgently investigating illegal and unauthorised access to the personal data of some of its customers”. The firm said it began contacting borrowers on Saturday and […]

UK to ‘scale down’ climate change and illegal wildlife measures to bring in post-Brexit trade, secret documents reveal – The Independent

UK to ‘scale down’ climate change and illegal wildlife measures to bring in post-Brexit trade, secret documents reveal – The Independent

The UK Government plans to water down regulations surrounding climate change and illegal wildlife trading in an effort to help secure post-Brexit trade, civil service documents have reportedly revealed. Tim Hitchens, the director general of economic and consular affairs at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), will say in a speech later this month that […]

UK’s ‘hottest day of the year’ reaches 25.5 degrees – BBC News

UK’s ‘hottest day of the year’ reaches 25.5 degrees – BBC News

Image copyright PA Image caption The cool of the Cam gave relief from top temperatures in Cambridge Parts of the UK have had the hottest day of the year so far – with temperatures hitting 25.5C in Cambridge. Many areas in England and Wales reached at least 20C, the Met Office said. The East Midlands […]

UK tourists to US may get asked to hand in passwords or be denied entry – The Guardian

British travellers to the United States face the uncomfortable choice of handing over personal information, including social media passwords and mobile phone contacts, or running the risk of being denied entry to the country, under a new “extreme vetting” policy being considered by the Trump administration. Tourists from the UK and other US allies including […]

Pro-ISIS hackers release ‘kill list’ with 8786 targets in US, UK – Fox News

An ISIS-linked group of hackers has released a “kill list” of 8,786 names and addresses in the U.S. and U.K., calling for lone wolf attacks on the targets in a chilling video posted online. The hackers, known as the United Cyber Caliphate (UCC), orders those watching to: “Kill them wherever you find them.” In […]

Gender pay gaps must be declared by UK companies – BBC News

Gender pay gaps must be declared by UK companies – BBC News

Image copyright Getty Images UK companies with 250 or more employees will be legally required to publish their gender pay gaps from Thursday. The move is part of attempts to fight workplace discrimination. The UK has a gender pay gap of 18.1% for all workers, or 9.4% for full-time employees. Public, private and voluntary sector […]

Weak productivity leaves UK trailing other G7 nations – The Guardian

Britain’s poor productivity performance before, during and after the financial crisis of a decade ago has left a gap of 16% with the other six members of the G7 group of industrial nations. International comparisons published by the Office for National Statistics show that output per hour worked continued to lag well behind the US, […]