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Women take 19 years longer than men to earn a million

The wage gap is falling slowly Credit: Owen Humphreys / PA Wire

It takes men until the age of 50 to make their first million on average, according to research - but women have to wait an extra 19 years.

Prudential has found that even though rising incomes mean that women would take nine months less to earn the money than they would have done starting last year, they still lag far behind men in the earning stakes.

The calculations were based on ONS earnings figures, and are calculated on lifetime earnings before tax.

Researchers also found that finance workers take an average of 41 years of work to get a million pounds, while food service workers would need to work until they were 94.

MPs to debate safety of Trident nuclear submarines

The 16,000 ton Trident-class nuclear submarine Vanguard Credit: PA Wire

The safety of the UK's Trident nuclear weapons is to be discussed in Parliament today, after the SNP secured a debate slot.

The party wants to press UK government on recent claims made by a whistleblower concerning the state of the weapons programme.

Able Seaman William McNeilly, 25, caused a manhunt after he published an 18-page report online containing a series of allegations about nuclear submarines based at Faslane, which he called a "disaster waiting to happen".

Alex Salmond, the party's foreign affairs spokesman, said: "Trident is a key issue for people in Scotland. It is bad enough that Scotland is forced to house these weapons of mass destruction but these alleged breaches of security are deeply worrying - there must be absolutely no complacency."


FSA to publish latest chicken contamination report

The FSA has reported increasing rates of contamination Credit: Nick Ansell / PA Wire

The latest figures on levels of contamination in fresh, shop-bought chicken are due to be published by the Food Standards Agency today.

In February, the FSA reported that contamination of campylobacter - which causes the most common form of food poisoning in the UK - was up across the board, with every major retailer failing to meet reduction targets.

73% of fresh chickens had tested positive for the bug, which is killed through cooking and hygiene, up from 70% in November and 59% in August.

The FSA's survey has tested around 4,000 samples of whole chickens bought from UK retail outlets and smaller independent stores and butchers.

Ex Fifa VP Jack Warner escorted by Trinidad police

Ex CONCACAF president Jack Warner was arrested yesterday in his native Trinidad as part of the ongoing investigation into Fifa corruption

The former FIFA vice-president Warner was indicted in a US Department of Justice investigation, which alleges he solicited $10m in bribes from the South African government to host the 2010 World Cup.

This was the scene as he handed himself into police yesterday.

Majority of arrested officials will contest extradition

One official might have agreed to extradition Credit: Reuters

Six of the Fifa officials who were arrested on corruption charges in Switzerland yesterday will contest their extradition to the US, according to the Swiss Federal Office of Justice.

The FOJ says it will now have to ask American authorities to submit formal extradition requests within 40 days, in accordance with their bilateral treaty.

Extradition proceedings will be resumed as soon as these requests have been received, but the six men can still agree to "simplified extradition".

The seventh official, who has not been named, has indicated that they might be willing to be handed over.


SNP will make 'positive case' for EU membership

The SNP will make "a positive case" for keeping the UK in the European Union, one of its new MPs has told Parliament.

In his maiden speech to the Commons, Stephen Gethins, MP for North East Fife, also said that his party would try and get as many people voting as possible.

He said: "We want to look at a positive case, even look at some areas where we could be deepening our relationship with our European partners."

He added that "the Scottish referendum provided many lessons", especially "including as many of our citizens as we possibly can in a debate about the future of our respective nations".

Farage: EU referendum question is 'so much fudge'

Nigel Farage has criticised the question Credit: Jeff Moore/Empics

Ukip leader Nigel Farage has criticised the wording of the question that will be asked at the EU referendum.

Because David Cameron "is opting to give the pro-EU side the positive 'Yes'", he said, "suggests strongly that his negotiations are so much fudge".

"He has already decided which way he wants the answer to be given, without a single power repatriated."

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