Triple-lock: Call for pensions policy to be revamped – BBC News

April 30, 2017

The Conservatives have not committed to maintaining it. The Labour Party has said it will keep the policy in place through the next parliament. How much does the triple-lock cost? Labour pledges to keep the triple-lock In his report for Royal London, Mr Webb proposed that the government retained the triple-lock for pensioners who retired before 6 April 2016. Those retiring after that date would have their pension increases linked to earnings only. The report said the move would save almost …

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The first 100 days in LGBT rights

April 29, 2017

… Protections pulled from trans school restrooms March 27: Trump signed an executive order that nullified an Obama administration initiative to ensure that federal contractors complied with labor and civil rights laws forbidding discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. March 28: Meanwhile, the Obama administration’s efforts to collect data on LGBT Americans had begun to unravel. Advocates have long pushed for the government to gather data on LGBT …

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Where the Mexico City Policy matters the most

April 29, 2017

(CNN) She has five children and works as a farmer in Budadiri, Uganda, east Africa. “I want to look after my children,” Mudua says. “But I am a woman alone, and any time a man could force me into sex and I could get pregnant.” Women like Mudua, thousands of miles away from Washington and the White House, are the ones starting to feel the reverberations of US President Donald Trump’s Mexico City Policy, reintroduced in …

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House punts health care vote on eve of shutdown deadline

April 28, 2017

Washington (CNN)The House of Representatives will not vote on health care this week, despite a White House attempt to revive a health care reform package ahead of President Donald Trump’s 100th day in office. “We are not voting on health care this week,” House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy told reporters late Thursday. Hours before a Friday deadline, Congress was working to pass a short-term spending bill to avoid a government shutdown while they worked on a broader deal to …

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Plain tobacco packaging ‘may cut smokers by 300,000 in UK’ – BBC News

April 28, 2017

The findings were backed up by a report from the Australian government, which showed a similar drop in smoking prevalence – 0.55% – following the introduction of plain packaging there in 2012. Currently, about 17% of the UK adult population are smokers. ‘Trying to give up’ The review looked at new evidence from 51 studies, involving 800,000 people, on the impact of standardised packaging on smokers’ attitudes and behaviour. It is also the first review to include …

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Prosecutor: ‘Brutal’ genital mutilation won’t be tolerated in US

April 27, 2017

… women. FGM will not be tolerated in the United States,” the prosecutor said in a statement. “The federal government is continuing this investigation to ensure those responsible are brought to justice.” The defendants have not entered pleas, but attorneys for all three argue their clients are not guilty of all charges. According to the indictment and a criminal complaint filed against Nagarwala, the investigation into Nagarwala and the Attars dates back to October of 2016. The …

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NHS contaminated blood was ‘criminal cover-up’ – Burnham – BBC News

April 26, 2017

… from imported blood products. Speaking in the Commons, the Labour MP said victims were “guinea pigs”. Health minister Nicola Blackwood resisted calls for a fresh inquiry. She said thousands of documents had been released by the Department of Health in relation to the scandal, while two reviews had already been carried out. Image copyright SPL Last year, the UK government launched a consultation on the money available to to those affected by the scandal. As a result, the …

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Government shutdown: Trump shows ‘reasonableness’ on border wall

April 26, 2017

(CNN)Congressional Republicans have privately proposed a funding bill that does not include money for the border wall, a Congressional source told CNN on Tuesday, a sign congressional Republicans are willing to buck the President to avoid a government shutdown. But there are still obstacles to passing a spending bill by Friday, sources tell CNN. Congressional negotiators are now trying to work through another major issue: what to do about cost-sharing reduction payments, money the government …

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India facing another summer of deadly heat

April 25, 2017

New Delhi (CNN)India is facing another record hot and potentially deadly summer. Hundreds of people died last year as swaths of the country were struck by drought amid temperatures as high as 51 degrees Celsius (124 degrees Fahrenheit). That followed a 2015 heat wave that left more than 2,300 people dead. Precautions While India is scrambling to prepare for the hot weather, experts say the task is complicated by multiple overlapping levels of local and state government with …

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WH officials: Busy week, but no health care vote or shutdown

April 24, 2017

… days” in office, despite concerns among GOP leaders that the votes simply weren’t there in the House. “If we have the votes it will happen. If not will keep working,” the official said. The government will not shut down, officials said. That’s a directive straight from Trump. Top administration officials explained to the President this weekend that the most likely scenario is a short-term fix that would last a week or so until a deal is reached. …

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Earth Day Pioneer Calls It A ‘Day Of Mourning’ This Year Thanks To Trump

April 22, 2017

Pete McCloskey, who co-chaired the original Earth Day celebration in 1970, said theres little to celebrate this year as President Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress set out toslash budgets for environmental agencies and undermine laws that protect water, air and wildlife. The first Earth Dayis credited with galvanizing public support behind sweeping changes to how the government managed natural resources. Months later, Congress created the Environmental Protection Agency. The Clean Air …

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Fox News stares down a decidedly pro-Trump future

April 21, 2017

… & limited government. Come on. Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) April 19, 2017 And okay, even if Fox News does find someone who pushes back on the Trump administrationand somehow maintains O’Reilly’s ratingsit’s highly unlikely to change the channel’s broader pro-Trump bent. For now, that bent is working, and it’s working at a time when the Murdochs need time to rebuild. Fox News hasn’t changed overnight, and O’Reilly’s departure is another …

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Shops agree to limit sugary drinks sales in hospitals – BBC News

April 21, 2017

… obesity Sugar has been blamed for providing “empty calories” because it has no nutritional benefit government advisers recommend no more than 5% of daily calories should come from sugar That is about 1oz (25g; six or seven teaspoons) for an adult of normal weight every day. For children, it is slightly less The limits apply to all sugars added to food, as well as sugar naturally present in syrups and honey To put this in context, a typical can of fizzy drink contains about nine …

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Is Bangkok really banning street food?

April 21, 2017

(CNN)When news broke this week that Bangkok was reportedly planning to clear the streets of its beloved street food vendors, outrage broke out among fans of the city’s famously cheap eats as the story racked up global headlines. Cue the backtracking. government officials now say that while some areas will be cleared of street vendors in the name of public safety, they’ll impose stricter rules on cleanliness and hygiene in other popular street food areas like Khao San Road and …

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Indian ad with transgender mom stirs debate — and tears

April 20, 2017

… couples — still cannot legally adopt children in India. Subramaniam believes change comes slowly. “Passing a law doesn’t change society overnight … the government, the public, the activists need to work together to promote transgender rights and equality,” said Subramaniam. For Padmashali, the Vicks advert is a small step in stirring debate on this issue and bringing it to a wider audience. “The transgender community has been socially excluded for so many …

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This Little Detail Could Cause A Government Shutdown

April 19, 2017

… offices of neither Senate Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) nor Speaker Paul Ryans (R-Wis.) returned requests for comment. Maybe Speaker Ryan would feel different if there were thousands of people in his district affected by this, said Phil Smith, spokesman for the United Mine Workers of America. Advocates argue that a permanent solution would make the federal government good on a 70-year-old promise to protect United Mine Workers health benefits. Bill Pugliano via Getty Images Sen. …

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This is how a Russian social network spread the #SyriaHoax conspiracy

April 16, 2017

… ALSO: Trump remembers what cake he ate but not what country he bombed and help us somebody please The conspiracy started with a pro-Assad website in Lebanon. Al-Masdar News published a story about supposed problems in the evidence that Assad’s government was the group behind the chemical attack, even though the governments of many nations have little doubt about the perpetrator. As many pro-Assad folks do, the website attacked a Syrian rescue group known as The White Helmets. The group …

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Pupils as young as four having panic attacks, say teachers – BBC News

April 14, 2017

… cut. Vocational education is being cut. “We are seeing schools around the country sending letters to parents asking for money on a regular basis to make up for the the gap that the government is leaving in school budgets.” The Department for Education insists that schools in England are funded at record levels and that its investment will rise as pupil numbers rise. …

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Cops Hunt Accused Gun Thief Who Sent Anti-Government Manifesto To Trump

April 11, 2017

Joseph Jakubowski, 32, sent a menacing, anti-government and anti-religion manifesto to Trump on April 4, the same day he stole a large quantity of high-end handguns and rifles from a gun shop in Janesville, according to the Rock County Sheriffs Office. About 30 minutes after the break-in at the Armageddon Gun Shop last week, Jakubowskis station wagon was found on fire, the result of arson, the sheriffs department said in a statement. He also made threats against schools, but didnt mention a …

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Shell corruption probe: New evidence on oil payments – BBC News

April 10, 2017

New evidence shows just how far Shell was prepared to go to get its hands on it. Standing between Shell and its prize was Dan Etete, whose company acquired the rights to OPL 245 for a tiny sum while he was oil minister of Nigeria. He was later convicted of money laundering in a different case. Shell and the Italian oil company ENI eventually acquired OPL 245 in 2011 – by paying $1.3bn to the Nigerian government. That’s more than the entire health budget of Nigeria but it …

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Russia to blame for Syria deaths – Sir Michael Fallon – BBC News

April 9, 2017

Johnson calls off Moscow visit ‘Terrorists’ celebrating US strike Syria attack: What we know Syria attack: What now? Why is there a war in Syria? Referring to Russia, Sir Michael wrote: “This latest war crime happened on their watch. “In the past few years, they have had every opportunity to pull levers and stop this civil war. Russia must show the resolve necessary to bring this regime to heel.” The defence secretary said Syria needed a government in which …

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‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ has never been more timely

April 8, 2017

… about the book. (Is it a prediction? She hopes not; more an “anti-prediction” that is less likely to come true because it was written.) She then puts her story of extremist men seizing the levers of American government in the context of the Trump administration. The way she does so is subtle, but it will nevertheless give you chills. She urges readers to write, to bear witness to the changes that are taking place in America, just as Offred did. SEE ALSO: ‘The Handmaid’s …

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Trump’s online fans are ditching him after missile strike in Syria

April 8, 2017

… night in retaliation for a chemical weapons attack perpetrated by the Syrian government that left dozens of people dead. And his actions have seriously divided his supporters. Trump has long railed against the idea of any kind of intervention in Syria, and many of his nationalist supporters jumped onto his campaign wagon because they believed he was an isolationist, someone who would focus his energies on their preferred anti-immigration policies rather than become involved in another war in the …

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Syria’s Assad Is Still Attracting Support From Some Leftists And ‘Alt-Right’ Nationalists

April 8, 2017

WASHINGTON Richard Spencer, a top figure in the white nationalist alt-right movement, was upset with President Donald Trumps military strike on the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad on Thursday night. Spencer, a big fan of both leaders, says he wants them to get along. So, he hinted that Trumps military attack would turn him away from the president in the next election to someone who seems like a startling alternative a Democrat and prominent booster of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). …

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