Personal safety and growing fears about corruption and unemployment dominate the concerns of most Afghans, according to a survey published by the Asia Foundation, which helps to shape international policy on Afghanistan.
US workers in the fast food industry are planning a wave of strikes demanding pay of $15 per hour, a day after President Obama called the growing gap between the rich and poor the "defining challenge of our time".
1. Accountancy has everything that British workers want from a job, according to new research. It turns out that only 4% of workers rate excitement as a must-have for a job; what they’re looking for is security, a decent salary and reasonable working hours. Accountants (who earn £38,282pa on average) scored best on those criteria; teachers came second. The Times
2. The resting pulse rate of British children has increased over the past 30 years, by one beat per minute in girls, and two beats in boys, aged nine to 11. Researchers at University College, London, describe the rise as modest, but worrying all the same, as it could be a portent of health problems in adulthood. High resting pulse rates are associated with coronary heart disease. Daily Mail.
3. 47% of recent graduates are in jobs that do not require a degree, up from 39% before the financial crisis, in 2008. Medical graduates have the highest rates of employment (95%) and the highest median pay (£45,600pa); media and information studies graduates are 93% employed, but have the lowest pay (£21,000). The Guardian
4. Scientists at the University of California found that people who drink three cups of tea or more a day are 20% less likely to suffer strokes than those who drink little or no tea. Researchers at University College, London found that walking for 90 minutes a day seemed to cut the risk of stroke by a third, while longer walks cut the risk by two-thirds. [more]
5. It took just 43.5 seconds for tickets for the Monty Python team’s reunion show at London’s O2 Arena to sell out. Just minutes later, tickets were appearing on four websites priced at more than 15 times their face value. Evening Standard
6. Iconic compilation album Now celebrated 30 years since it first pulled together the day's biggest pop hits. Now That’s What I Call Music 1 hit the shops on 28 November 1983 and featured 30 hit singles from that year on double vinyl and cassette. It featured artists such as Phil Collins, Culture Club, Duran Duran, UB40, Men at Work, and Kajagoogoo. Daily Express
7. Royal Mail, newly and controversially privatised, reported its operating profits almost doubled for the first half of its financial year. The company made £283m in the six months to 29 September, attributing its better performance to rising parcel revenue and continued cost cutting. It was helped by a one-off VAT credit of £35m. Financial Times
8. 60% of commuters either drive or grab a lift in a car or a van - 16.7 million people - which rises to more than seven in 10 when you single out rural areas. The second most popular journey is by foot, with almost 2.9 million walking. Catching the bus or coach is third, followed by the train, and then the underground, tram, or metro. Cycling sits below that, with 762,334 people biking to the office. RAC
9. A poll of Scottish voters suggests just 27% will vote for independence in next year’s referendum. The survey, the first carried out since the SNP launched its white paper on independence, found that 56% intend to vote no and 17% are undecided. Mail On Sunday.
10. Unwed parents are four times more likely to split than the married. Unmarried couples account for more than half of all family breakdowns, despite making up only one fifth of all couples with children. Sunday Times.
About 10 families are responsible for most of the crime in one Northamptonshire town, according to the county's police and crime commissioner who wants to send troubled families to intensive residential centres.
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