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Wage growth at weakest level since January

Wage growth at weakest level since January

Business
There has been a further slowdown in the rate of pay growth, as the Bank of England mulls the timing of an interest rate rise. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) reported that average weekly wages, excluding bonuses, rose by 2.7% in the three months to May.That was down from 2.8% the previous month and its peak of 2.9% between January and March.According to the ONS, the 2.7% figure marked the slowest rate of wage growth since it reported salary progress in JanuaryHowever, it did report another new record for employment - with the proportion of people in work hitting 75.7% after 137,000 jobs were created over the three months. Image: Employment has remained ahead of most forecasts The performance failed to aid the jobless rate, wh...
'Shocking' level of sexual harassment at music festivals

'Shocking' level of sexual harassment at music festivals

Entertainment
Nearly half of female festival goers (43%) under 40 say they have faced unwanted sexual behaviour at a music festival, a new survey suggests.Overall, 22% of all festival goers have faced assault or harassment, rising to 30% of women overall.The most common forms were unwelcome and forceful dancing and verbal sexualised harassment.YouGov surveyed 1,188 festival goers. The poll also suggested only 2% of such incidents were reported to police.Earlier this year, separate data released in the Crime Survey for England and Wales in February showed more than 80% of victims of sexual assault did not report it to police.Those statistics also revealed that one in five women had experienced some form of sexual assault since they turned 16.Th...
Inflation slides to lowest level for a year

Inflation slides to lowest level for a year

Business
The UK's cost of living has unexpectedly fallen to its lowest level in a year amid a slower rise in the price of women's clothing. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said consumer prices declined to 2.5% in March from 2.7% in February.Most economists had expected inflation to remain unchanged."Inflation fell to its lowest rate in a year, with women's clothing prices rising slower than usual for this time of year," Mike Hardie, head of inflation at the ONS, said."Alcohol and tobacco also helped ease inflation pressures, with tobacco duty rises linked to the Budget not appearing this March, thanks to its new autumn billing."Growth in the price of goods leaving factories continued to slow, due mainly to a smaller increase in the price of food products compared with this time last year."...
Stokes hits half-century as England level series against New Zealand

Stokes hits half-century as England level series against New Zealand

Sports
Second one-day international, Tauranga New Zealand: 223 (49.4 overs): Santner 63, Guptill 50England: 225-4 (37.5 overs): Morgan 62, Stokes 63*England won by six wicketsScorecardBen Stokes' 63 not out backed up an excellent fielding performance as England beat New Zealand by six wickets to level the one-day series at 1-1.England took three fine catches and claimed four run-outs to dismiss the hosts for 223 in Tauranga.In reply, the tourists lost two early wickets but Stokes put on 88 with captain Eoin Morgan, who scored 62.Jos Buttler made an unbeaten 36 off 20 balls as he and Stokes sealed victory with 12.1 overs to spare.All-rounder Stokes, playing his second match after five months out of the side following an incident outside a Bristol nightclub, was named man of the match after also ta...
Satellites show warming is accelerating sea level rise

Satellites show warming is accelerating sea level rise

Technology
Melting ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica are speeding up the already fast pace of sea level rise, new satellite research shows. At the current rate, the world's oceans on average will be at least 2 feet (61 centimeters) higher by the end of the century compared to today, according to researchers who published in Monday's Proceedings of the National Academies of Sciences. Sea level rise is caused by warming of the ocean and melting from glaciers and ice sheets. The research, based on 25 years of satellite data, shows that pace has quickened, mainly from the melting of massive ice sheets. It confirms scientists' computer simulations and is in line with predictions from the United Nations, which releases regular climate change reports. "It's a big deal" because the projected sea level ...