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

April 30, 2017

… and unambiguous commitment to maintaining the triple lock on the state pension?” Mr Webb says his proposals would control costs and give pension increases to those most in need. “This is the first time that someone has said anything other than scrap it or keep it,” Mr Webb told the BBC. He said the triple lock had delivered “big improvements” to pensioner incomes since 2010, but political parties would be concerned about the long-term cost implications of the policy …

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Alexa can now whisper sweet nothings and cuss, kinda

April 29, 2017

… pitch, and rate of her speech. Amazon created a quiz game template on Github for developers to use to play with the new tags, giving them a shot to test them out before unleashing the new abilities in their own skills. So be nice to Alexa, Amazon users. The next time you ask her to do something, she might offer a friendly response … or she could just cuss you out in a series of extra-endearing bleeps. WATCH: Someone rigged Amazon Echo and Google Home to talk to each other and it’s …

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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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United Airlines had the most animal deaths of all U.S. airlines two years in a row

April 28, 2017

Smh, United.Image: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images Next time you’re taking a plane trip, you might want to consider leaving your pets at home … especially if you’re flying United. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s February 2017 Air Data Consumer Report, United had the most animal deaths of all United States airlines in 2016 for the second year in a row, might we add. Yikes. It’s been a terrible, no good, very bad couple of months for United from …

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‘My vision is like looking through a straw’ – BBC News

April 27, 2017

… exacerbated her depression and anxiety. After taking a year out she returned to mainstream education. Her experiences are often dictated by the support she receives. While she says college restored her faith in humanity, she left university early due to a lack of assistance. “Lecturers didn’t have the time to understand my condition. Training and awareness sessions were set up for staff and nobody turned up. “I just needed materials to be made accessible – large text, …

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Republicans aim to revive health care with new amendment

April 26, 2017

(CNN)House Republicans are hoping they can revive Obamacare negotiations once again. GOP lawmakers in the House have taken the crucial step of putting their latest hope for a health care compromise on paper, circulating legislative text that could launch yet another round of health care talks just in time for the last of President Donald Trump’s first 100 days in office. A draft amendment obtained by CNN, first reported by Politico, gives renewed insight into where the GOP may be moving …

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

April 24, 2017

… an official said. “You will see the President all the time this week, multiple times a day, showing his accomplishments and work,” the official said, acknowledging privately that the best way to counter the argument that the first 100 days have been unsuccessful is to “have the President everywhere.” …

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The death row inmates Arkansas is rushing to execute

April 24, 2017

(CNN)The state of Arkansas will resume efforts this week to execute death row inmates before its supply of sedatives used in lethal injection expires. Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson scheduled eight executions in 11 days, the most in the shortest amount of time since capital punishment returned to the United States in the 1970s, creating a race against the clock and a tangled web of legal challenges. Hutchinson said it was necessary to follow the law and bring closure to victims’ families. …

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‘Digital wellness lady’ wants students to unplug or at least look up

April 23, 2017

… Frejd said many students leave home for college lacking real-life conversation skills. That’s compounded by the freedom of being on their own for the first time with what feels like unlimited access to mindless video game sessions, long Netflix binges and endless scrolling through Instagram. “A lot of students havent developed those muscles for face-to-face conversation,” she said. To get those muscles working, she opened the wellness center at the Christian university in the …

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Women in science share a message: Don’t give up

April 23, 2017

Washington (CNN)From across the fields of science they came, marching to show that women in science have a lot to say. Biologists and ecologists, medical researchers and EMTs, doctors and nurses, biomedical engineers and neuroscientists came with stories of why they fell in love with science. They ranged from little girls to seasoned science veterans, all carrying a message of what they’d like to tell other women. …

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25 ways to save $250 a month that everyone is messing up

April 22, 2017

Image: Faberr Ink/shutterstock When it comes to saving money, not every way is the right way. A lot of it depends on your lifestyle and the goals that youve established. At the same time, there are plenty of mistakes we typically make when it comes to saving like the 25 ways listed below. 1. Not monitoring your budget When it comes to saving some cash each month, nothing beats a budget. Heres the problem. You base your budget on your fixed expenses like rent, insurance, and utilities. But, …

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It’s the worst possible time for ‘Girlboss’ on Netflix

April 22, 2017

… store leather jacket on eBay. Through the series’ 13 episodes she steals a rug, eats her boss’s sandwich, launches an eBay store, dates a drummer, goes on a worse version of the San Francisco tour from The Princess Diaries, and eventually reaches the early days of Nasty Gal. As a TV show, Girlboss has its own problems character, story, and all that. But it’s also arriving at the absolute worst time. Nasty Gal, launched in 2006 as Amoruso’s vintage eBay store that grew …

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Fox News stares down a decidedly pro-Trump future

April 21, 2017

… Ailes was similarly ousted. Both Ailes and O’Reilly had been accused of numerous counts of sexual harassment. At any other moment in time, the loss of that kind of talent would be a serious issue for the channel. Fortunately, Fox News can turn to its biggest star of all: Trump. And turn to him they definitely have. No cable news has ever been watched like Fox News was watched in early 2017, and there’s no doubt that they’ve got The Donald to thank. The Trump Effect helped news …

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6 reasons you need to watch this British dating show immediately

April 21, 2017

… mental health. Kai then revealed that he has been living with depression for much of his adult life. “I was in love and I took that breakup really hard. I just didn’t think that I could cope. It was at that time that the tics started,” he said. 4. You’ll see that other people get stood up too The course of true love doesn’t always run smoothly. And sometimes people don’t show up to dates. First Dates has had its fair share of no-shows over the seasons. But, …

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Utah Physician Says She’ll Happily Do The Job Jason Chaffetz Won’t

April 21, 2017

… common purpose to oppose what [President Donald Trump] stands for. paid, out-of-state protesters. Then came Chaffetzs comment that low-income Americans In just two days, Allen Crowdpac fundraising page, with more than 14,000 individual donations, including from former television talk-show host In a post to Facebook,Chaffetz said he planned to spend more time with his family and return to the private sector. He also said he has no ulterior motives, that he is confident he would have been …

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Virgin Money chief: Dealing with depression made me stronger – BBC News

April 19, 2017

… conversation turned to gender equality,” Ms Gadhia told me. “And he said, I am all for gender equality, but what happens if I employ a woman and the next week she tells me: ‘I’m pregnant?’ “And there was a gasp around the table to think that people were still thinking like that. “I remember going back to the office and saying: ‘You know what, the dinosaurs are still out there.’ “It is undoubtedly the case. I see it from time to time. …

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Painter Barkley Hendricks Dies At 72

April 19, 2017

… rise to emphatic displays of a new, self-conscious to-be-looked-at-ness. Although throughout his life Hendricks continuously denied that his paintings were political, his work paid tribute to the excellence and beauty of young black men at a time when such subjects were rarely immortalized in paint. Hendricksinfluence is apparent in the work of contemporary artists like Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald, who also create vivid figurative portraits of black Americans. …

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‘I ignored my mum’s death, just like Prince Harry’ – BBC News

April 19, 2017

… copyright Susan Steel Image caption Susan, pictured with her husband Martin, sought counselling for panic attacks in her adult life “It did affect everything but I didn’t really realise at the time it might be related to losing my dad. “I avoided relationships and when I met my husband I started to have panic attacks and that’s when I started to see a counsellor. That’s when I understood it. “I had a mistrust of men, I feared my husband would leave me. …

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Prince William says keeping a stiff upper lip can damage health – BBC News

April 18, 2017

… point”, which was his exposure to suicide – the biggest killer of men aged under 45 in the UK – through his work as an air ambulance pilot. Prince Harry ‘in total chaos’ over mother Diana’s death ‘Like Prince Harry, I blocked out my mum’s death’ He told Calm that while there might be a time and a place for the “stiff upper lip”, it should not be at the expense of people’s health. The duke highlighted the importance of …

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Londoners work ‘100 hours a year more than rest of the UK – BBC News

April 18, 2017

… } Click to see content: Averag_Hours_Worked A 2012 study found Londoners also faced the longest commute in the UK, spending an average 75 minutes per day travelling. This leaves commuters “needing to work more hours to make up the cost of travel,” according to Prof McQuaid. London has the UK’s highest proportion of workers in full-time employment (79%), each working an average of 38 hours per week. According to the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), Londoners …

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These 3 People Show Why Anti-Trump Tide Runs Against The GOP In Georgia’s Special Election

April 18, 2017

… Democrat, Rosenberg was ready. I said, Im not either, Rosenberg said. They found a bond: both, it turned out, had voted for Kasich in the GOP presidential primary. She was uncommitted by the time I left, said Rosenberg. Sandy Rosenberg When HuffPost first contacted Pearlman by phone, the call went to voicemail. She returned the call shortly afterward. Sorry, I thought you were a canvasser, she said, describing a barrage of phone calls to Democrats so ubiquitous that a local group, Cobb …

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Nina Simone and me: An artist and activist revisited

April 17, 2017

(CNN)I was surfing online when I stumbled upon a mural in Baltimore painted by artist Ernest Shaw. It’s a three-headed portrait of civil rights icons: James Baldwin, Malcolm X and, of course, Nina Simone. Even within the boundaries of my computer screen, the painting on the side of a building at 401 Lafayette Street was powerful. Curious that the artist had chosen Simone as part of the trifecta, I dialed Shaw, a 41-year-old teacher at the Maryland Academy of Technology & Health …

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Here’s how iconic director John Waters ended up playing iconic director William Castle in ‘Feud’

April 17, 2017

… Im in love with all eight of them. Im not sure I love one more than the other, although I have fondness for Episode 3 and for Episode 5. And the finale is amazing. Because we had such a small writing staff, we really had to get a lot of the scripts locked before I could step away from the computer and on to the stage, so it sort of fell at a certain time. The reason I was excited about it was becauseits interesting: its a transitional episode. Its coming off of the big climax of Oscar night, and …

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‘The Fate of the Furious’ director on Jason Statham’s journey from villain to kinda-hero

April 16, 2017

… Image: Universal What was it specifically about New York where it was so important for you to make sure you got that done? Well, the franchise has traveled all over the world. It’s spent a lot of time in Los Angeles, and its just kind of the natural evolution of the franchise to go to New York. If you are a Fast fan, you know that this franchise was developed from an article about the New York street car culture, not Los Angeles. So it took eight films to make it to New York, but we made …

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‘Star Wars: Battlefront II’ ditches the Season Pass (maybe) and its fractured community

April 16, 2017

Image: Dice Star Wars: Battlefront II‘s creative director confirmed something we’d been hoping for in an interview before today’s announcement: there’s no season pass for the game this time around. Assuming things stay that way and there’s kinda-maybe-possibly a chance that they won’t, as you’ll soon read it suggests that Star Wars: Battlefront II is coming together with an eye toward keeping the community whole long after the game is released. That …

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This Uber-like taxi service is saving pregnant women’s lives in Tanzania

April 16, 2017

… baby’s health and her own. But Consolata’s district, with a population of 500,000 people, has only three ambulances. Getting to a doctor in time seemed impossible. SEE ALSO: Stunning graphic novel shows aid workers fighting famine and fear in South Sudan So she took out her mobile phone and dialed a special hotline number to get an “ambulance taxi” a revolutionary aspect of the Vodafone Foundation’s maternal health program in Tanzania’s rural Lake Zone. …

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