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Mother of the Hubble: Tributes paid to Nasa scientist

Mother of the Hubble: Tributes paid to Nasa scientist

Science
Tributes are being paid to Dr Nancy Grace Roman, the first woman to hold an executive position at the US space agency Nasa. Dr Roman was known as "Mother of the Hubble" for her work on the early stages of the Hubble Space Telescope. Nasa said her most important legacy was the advancement of women in the sciences and the generations of young scientists she inspired. She died in Maryland on Wednesday at the age of 93. Stars' tears over space-race drama How black women first started working for Nasa Dr Roman was fascinated by the clear night skies of her childhood home in Nevada from a very early age. She joined an astronomy club when she was just 11 and her passion for stargazing continued throughout her life. But the young Dr R...
'I got paid less than my colleagues for doing the same work'

'I got paid less than my colleagues for doing the same work'

Business
Connor McCann works in a BT call centre in Canterbury but despite doing the same role as his colleagues was paid thousands less a year.That's because the 24-year-old was employed by agency Manpower and not BT."It didn't matter how good you are at your job, you're still being paid less than my colleagues," he said.New research finds the 950,000 UK workers employed through an agency, like Mr McCann, earn more than £400 a year less than those employed directly.The Resolution Foundation figure includes wages as well as other benefits such as unclaimed holiday or sick pay, and deductions for uniforms.That's more than the number of people on zero-hours contracts, according to the think-tank. "I was speaking to the exact same customers and selling the exac...
'We are totally happy,' says paid Amazon workers on Twitter

'We are totally happy,' says paid Amazon workers on Twitter

Technology
Amazon is taking an out-of-the box approach to answering its critics — paying workers to be "ambassadors" and tweet full-time about how satisfied they were at their jobs. One worker who Amazon says used to pack boxes at its warehouse in Jacksonville, Florida, tweeted about air circulation at the online retailer's warehouse being "very good." Plus, the worker whose account gives her name as Shauntrelle, says workers there get two 30-minute breaks during their 10-hour shifts, something she calls "a benefit." Others on social media were skeptical of her cheery messages, calling her a bot. Shauntrelle responded to them, too, even with a misspelling: "We are totally noraml and not bots and we are totally happy working for an amazing company." The tweets are part of Amazon's plan to figh...
Hush money paid 'at direction of Trump to influence election'

Hush money paid 'at direction of Trump to influence election'

World
Donald Trump's former lawyer says he and the president arranged hush money payments to influence the election. Michael Cohen, who was fired in May this year, agreed to plead guilty to one count of wilfully causing an unlawful corporate campaign contribution and one count of making an excessive campaign contribution.These stem from payments made to porn actress Stormy Daniels and ex-Playboy model Karen McDougal, who both claim to have had affairs with Mr Trump.Cohen said that he made the payments "at the direction" of a candidate for federal office. Mr Trump was not named in court but the dates and amounts detailed align with payments made to Daniels and McDougal in the months leading up to the presidential election. Michael Cohen took this step ...
Perform and get paid: Public sector banks plan to link pay with performance

Perform and get paid: Public sector banks plan to link pay with performance

Finance
Senior management of public-sector banks (PSBs) may now have to perform to earn more. In a first-of-its-kind move for PSBs, State Bank of India (SBI), Punjab National Bank (PNB) and Bank of Baroda (BoB) are planning to introduce performance-linked salary structure for the senior management, according to a Business Standard report. "The bank is seriously thinking of introducing a system of performance-based incentives for officers above the general manager grade. There will be a component of fixed and variable pay. But it will evolve slowly,” PNB Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Sunil Mehta told the paper. SBI and BoB may also follow a similar model and are working on a compensation framework, says the report. Performance-linked pay is widely used in the private sector t...