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24
Nov
Swiss voters reject proposal to cap executive pay

Swiss voters overwhelmingly rejected a proposal to cap the salaries of top executives Sunday, heeding warnings that the limit could damage its economy and businesses. The "1:12 -- for fair wages" initiative, which proposed capping executive salaries at 12 times the lowest paid employee's, was rejected by 65.3% of voters, and failed to win majority support in any of the country's 26 districts. The vote means that Swiss-based executives at... [read news]

22
Nov
Global launch for Microsoft Xbox One console

Microsoft's Xbox One game console went on sale in the UK at midnight. About 300 game shops and 100 Tesco stores across the UK stayed open so gamers could buy the device. Microsoft held launch events in London, New York and Los Angeles to mark the arrival of the successor to the Xbox 360. The launch comes a week after the US launch of Sony's PlayStation 4 and sees the two start their fight for dominance during the key Christmas season.No... [read news]

22
Nov
Leonardo DiCaprio donates $3m to save tigers in Nepal

Hollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio has donated $3 million (£1.85 million) to help save tigers in Nepal. The Great Gatsby star made the donation to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) via his charitable foundation. The funds will be used to significantly increase the number of tigers in Nepal by 2022 - the next year of the tiger. In a statement, the 39-year-old said he's "hopeful" the money will help "exceed the goal" of doubling Nepal's tiger... [read news]

22
Nov
Online gambling in New Jersey signals US expansion

Online gambling has been launched in the state of New Jersey, a sign that the US may slowly be opening up to the multibillion-dollar industry. Unlike in many countries, online gambling remains prohibited by the US government because of legislation passed in 1961. Individual states may allow online gambling if it does not cross borders. A test is under way in New Jersey to make sure only people within the state can play. Until now, only two... [read news]

21
Nov
Sepp Blatter: 'Qatar working conditions unacceptable'

FIFA president Sepp Blatter has condemned working conditions in Qatar as "unacceptable" after an Amnesty International report claimed migrant worker abuse was rife in the country which will host the 2022 World Cup. The head of world football's governing body was speaking after a meeting with International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) president Michael Sommer in Zurich, during which the pair agreed "fair working conditions must be... [read news]

21
Nov

The average was buoyed by a report showing fewer Americans were looking for work, as well as surging tech stocks, which also pushed the Nasdaq average higher. The Dow Jones rose 109.17 points to 16,009.99, and the Nasdaq index rose 47.88 points to close at 3969.15. The S&P 500 also rose, adding 14.48 points to 1,795.85. The US Labor Department said that initial claims for unemployment benefits fell by a better-than-expected 21,000 to a... [read news]

20
Nov
Greece seal World Cup spot

Greece booked their place at the 2014 World Cup with a 1-1 draw in Romania to complete a 4-2 aggregate play-off win. Leading 3-1 from the first leg, the Greeks soaked up some early pressure before Konstantinos Mitroglou beat the offside trap to put them ahead. Romania were gifted a bizarre equaliser after the break when Greece defender Jose Holebas's clearance hit Vasilios Torosidis and span into the net. But Greece saw out the rest of... [read news]

20
Nov
Hull to be UK City of Culture 2017

Hull has been named the UK's next City of Culture, beating Leicester, Dundee and Swansea Bay to the right to hold the title in 2017. Hull, known for being the home of poet Philip Larkin, the Ferens gallery and the Truck theatre, will follow the 2013 City of Culture, Londonderry. The UK government chooses a new destination every four years, with the aim of helping tourism and the economy. Hull council leader Stephen Brady said winning was... [read news]

20
Nov
Lady Gaga's 'ARTPOP' earns the number one spot, Eminem holds on

All's well that ends well, as they say: After a multi-platform promotional blitz, Lady Gaga's ARTPOP is the number one album in the country this week. Billboard reports that Gaga's new album sold about 258,000 copies in its first week of release, giving her the second chart-topping debut of her career. As previously discussed, it's a long way from the numbers she did with Born This Way back in 2011,though it still gives her the third... [read news]

19
Nov
New heart disease guidelines called into question

The nation's first new guidelines in a decade for preventing heart attacks and strokes call for twice as many Americans - one-third of all adults - to consider taking cholesterol-lowering statin drugs. They use a new formula for estimating someone's risk that includes many factors besides cholesterol, the main focus now. Above, Atorvastatin Calcium tablets, a generic form of Lipitor. Heart experts caused a stir last week with... [read news]


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