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Workers urge Amazon boss to restore share schemes

Workers urge Amazon boss to restore share schemes

Technology
Dozens of UK Amazon warehouse workers have sent emails directly to Jeff Bezos urging him to restore their employee share and incentive schemes, which they say have been cut in order to fund a promised pay rise. Sky News has seen some of the emails, which mainly come from longer-term workers, who say they have been hit hard by the changes.In one, a worker at a fulfilment centre in Dunfermline warns Mr Bezos that the move "may receive major backlash and some disappointed workers".The email continues: "We take great pleasure in receiving our shares as that is what makes Amazon unique and for people that have children it is a delight to have that extra bonus."In another, a worker who says they have worked for seven years in Amazon's fulfilment centre at Doncaster, tells Mr Bezo...
Juventus' share price plunges after Ronaldo rape claim

Juventus' share price plunges after Ronaldo rape claim

World
Cristiano Ronaldo is "ready to return to action" after being accused of rape, his manager at Juventus has said. But the Italian football club's share price closed almost 10% down as markets reacted to a damaging week for their star player. Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri said Ronaldo was "doing well" despite the allegation against him."I've known him for three months, but I can say that in his 15 years of his career he has shown great professionalism and seriousness both on and off the field," Allegri said. Image: Ronaldo has 'firmly' denied the allegation against him "In regard to tomorrow, he is ready to return to action." Juventus are away to Udinese in the Italian league.The defence comes after a ...
Prime numbers, crystals share similar structural patterns

Prime numbers, crystals share similar structural patterns

Science
Sept. 6 (UPI) -- According to a new study, the distribution of prime numbers is similar to the positioning of atoms inside some crystalline materials. When scientists at Princeton University compared the pattern of prime numbers along a lengthy line of numbers with the atomic patterns revealed when crystals are blasted with X-rays, they were surprised by the similarities. "There is much more order in prime numbers than ever previously discovered," Salvatore Torquato, professor of chemistry and the Princeton Institute for the Science and Technology of Materials, said in a news release. "We showed that the primes behave almost like a crystal or, more precisely, similar to a crystal-like material called a 'quasicrystal.'" Until recently, mathematicians thought prime numbers, numbers divisibl...
S&P 500 share index notches up record-breaking winning streak

S&P 500 share index notches up record-breaking winning streak

Business
The S&P 500 share index, which tracks the 500 biggest public companies in America, has hit a new milestone.The benchmark index on Wednesday marked 3,453 days since its prior low-point, set on 9 March 2009, when the world was reeling from the financial crisis.By many counts, that is the longest run without a fall of 20% or more in index history, a "bull" run in market-jargon.Overall the index has risen almost 325% in the period, lifted by companies such as Apple, Microsoft and Amazon.This year, it is up more than 6%, despite worries about rising inflation, interest rates and trade disputes. On Wednesday the index was largely unchanged, closing at 2,861.82, down less than 2 points. That is just shy of the record high of 2,872.8...
'Harry Potter' icons Tom Felton, Matthew Lewis reunite, share pic

'Harry Potter' icons Tom Felton, Matthew Lewis reunite, share pic

Entertainment
Aug. 19 (UPI) -- Former Harry Potter co-stars Tom Felton and Matthew Lewis shared on Instagram a photo of their recent reunion. "Take your Slytherin paws off me, you damn dirty ape! @t22felton," Lewis captioned a snapshot of him glowering at Felton, who has his arm around Lewis while holding a jacket with a Slytherin emblem on it. "See how close he was to converting.... @mattdavelewis #gryffindork," Felton wrote when he posted the same photo, which has gotten about 1.5 million "likes" since it was posted on the two accounts early Sunday. From 2001 to 2011, the actors appeared in eight fantasy blockbusters set at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, which was divided into the houses Gryffindor, Slytherin, Hufflepuff and Ravenclaw. Felton played the Slytherin villain Draco Malfoy...