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MP’s accused Mike Ashley of treating Sports Direct staff like commodities rather than human beings. MPs on the BIS committee were presented with shocking evidence of the mistreatment of workers, including employees being promised permanent jobs for sexual favours, numerous ambulance calls to the Shirebrook warehouse, including one for a woman who gave birth in a toilet. There were also 115 injuries over this period, including an amputation of a finger, a fracture neck and a crushed hand. Managers also imposed a ruthless 'six strikes and you're out policy' with staff penalised for taking a short break to drink water and for taking time off work when ill. Staff were also docked 15 minutes pay if they were one minute late for work. (Source: Daily Mail)

Tuition fees are set to rise to £9,250 per year from 2017, with the increase possibly applying to students already at university, universities minister Jo Johnson announced today. The current list of proposed institutions deemed as possessing the right to implement the new fee cap includes Cambridge, Oxford, and LSE. It has been reported that fees will remain tied to inflation in future, which could see them top £10,000 leading into the next parliament. (Source: Varsity)

Banking apps are used 11m times per day. Customers are embracing mobile banking technology, according to a new report, with banking apps now being used by more than 7,500 times a minute. Mobile apps are used now almost three times more than bank’s websites, with internet banking logins falling last year. The British Banking Association also shows a dramatic rise in the use of contactless cards; BBA chief said “we are in the midst of a consumer-led revolution in the way we do our day-to-day banking”.

Glass making company Corning has launched its next generation of Gorilla Glass - the material used in more than 70% of smartphone screens, including on Samsung and Apple devices. Corning said Gorilla Glass 5 could survive more than 80% of drops from as high as 1.6 metres. (Source: BBCTech)


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