Debt fears remain despite manifesto ‘breathing space’ plans – BBC News

May 23, 2017

… over the levels of personal debt among working households. Warnings The City regulator – the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) – has warned of an acceleration in consumer borrowing, such as loans, overdrafts, credit card debt and car finance. This echoes concerns raised by the Bank of England. image copyright PA image caption Car sales have boomed in recent years The FCA is already conducting is own inquiry into overdrafts, door-to-door lending and other forms of loans. …

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General Election 2017: The hashtags, likes and re-tweets battle – BBC News

May 23, 2017

… can see its eight posts. But what are the parties actually sharing on these platforms? Smile, you’re on camera… image copyright Twitter image caption Political parties love bar charts For some reason, political parties really love bar graphs. Fittingly for an election dominated by binary issues, almost every seat in Scotland is developing into a two-horse race – between the SNP, who hold 56 out of 59 of them, and whoever is most likely to beat them locally. So the …

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Transgender Twitter isn’t here for the platform’s gendered assumptions

May 21, 2017

image: MAshable/Twitter Transgender Twitter users aren’t here for the platform’s gendered assumptions. And they sure aren’t hesitating to make that known. Here’s the deal: Twitter released a new set of tools on May 17 which allow users to see and control the data advertisers use to target ads on the social media platform. While the move was a clear effort to increase transparency and trust between users and the social media machine, the actual data Twitter has collected …

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Tips for dealing with a toddler and also Donald Trump

May 21, 2017

President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos.image: AP/REX/Shutterstock Donald Trump is a man whose behavior follows the whim of his impulses and tantrums, much like a toddler, and the world is scrambling to accommodate it. Officials in the White House and from governments around the globe have tailored aspects of governance to the new president to fit his notoriously short attention span and need for praise. SEE ALSO: Trump’s fave …

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Instagram ranked worst for young people’s mental health

May 21, 2017

image: Getty images Instagram is the most damaging social network to young people’s mental wellbeing, and causes feelings of inadequacy and anxiety, according to a survey of around 1,500 14- to 24-year-olds. SEE ALSO: The Instagram ‘pods’ using likes to fight the new algorithm Royal Society of Public Health (RSPH) and the Young Health Movement (YHM) published the report,#StatusOfMind, which gave the five most popular social networks net average scores based on ratings …

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The Canary Girls: The workers the war turned yellow – BBC News

May 20, 2017

Those who were spared such a fate were no less safe, facing daily peril by handling explosive chemicals that carried the risk of them contracting potentially fatal diseases. And for some, the effects of their work were immediately visible; a lurid shade of yellow that stained their skin and hair and earned them a nickname – the Canary Girls. image copyright Hulton Archive image caption Life in munitions was “hot… sweaty… dirty – women did not want the …

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‘Sesame Street’ is expanding the neighborhood with new theme park

May 20, 2017

… Street‘s work in Afghanistan on empowering young girls, its partnership with the IRC to educate refugee children, and work with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to promote health and hygiene in India as examples of programs in part funded by ventures like Sesame Place. Grover rides a rollercoaster at the original Sesame Place. image: sesame workshop All of the things that we do that generate income in these different areas help support all of that work all over the …

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Instagram ‘worst for young mental health’ – BBC News

May 19, 2017

The RSPH report warns that “social media may be fuelling a mental health crisis” in young people. It can also be used as a tool for good, the report said, and companies should be doing their best to make platforms a safe place to be. About 90% of young people use social media – more than any other age group – so they are particularly vulnerable to its effects, although it is not clear what these are on current evidence. image copyright Isla Whateley Social media …

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Nooooooo: Apple, please don’t kill the iPad mini

May 19, 2017

Don't take it away from us, Apple.image: Christopher Mineses/Mashable The iPad mini might be on its deathbed. The 7.9-inch tablet, a recent report says, is cannibalized by the 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus, which is big enough for those late-night reading binges, and more powerful in some regards. On the other hand, it appears that Apple is positioning the tablet as a larger device, one that competes with your laptop. According to rumors, the next tablet Apple launches will be bigger, not smaller …

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How to bring humanity and tech together: Innovators and advocates on hope for the future

May 18, 2017

image: Shutterstock / whiteMocca The headlines are everywhere. Social media makes us narcissists. Screen time atrophies the brain. Work is inescapable. We sleep less, weigh more, and report higher levels of depression all thanks to the onslaught of tech. On the other hand, many of technologys benefits are undeniable: longer life spans, reduced poverty, and the democratization of both knowledge and opportunity. The question is: Can we bring humanity and tech into harmony? To find an answer, I …

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Girlguiding overhauls badges to help girls ‘thrive’ – BBC News

May 18, 2017

image copyright Girlguiding image caption Air Mechanic badge was one of the earliest available Girlguiding might be more famous for less adventurous badges like Homemaker and Hostess but they also have a long tradition of groundbreaking badges, including: image copyright Girlguiding image caption Gymnast Beth Tweddle and Cece, a Brownie, have different goals in terms of new badges Sophie, 20, wanted a Video Journalist badge: “It would give girls the opportunity to learn …

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Woman has powerful response after being shamed for wearing makeup while at work

May 17, 2017

… don’t know who she thinks she is.” In the post which went viral and has since been taken down Whittaker hit back at the woman: image: kerry whittaker “I’ve always been taught if you have nothing nice to say then don’t say anything at all and as a mother myself I think it’s wrong to teach your children to be cruel to people,” says Whittaker, who admits hearing the words “hurt”. She responded to the woman with three points. “1st of …

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General election 2017: Len McCluskey ‘can’t see Labour winning’ – BBC News

May 17, 2017

… task,” Politico quoted him as saying. “He’s got now just under four weeks to try to see if you can break through that image and it’s going to be a very, very difficult task…whether that breakthrough can happen, we’ll wait and see. “I’m not optimistic, but we’ll wait and see.” Manifesto at-a-glance: Key points Reality Check: Who’ll pay more in tax? How does manifesto differ from draft? He added: “People like me are always …

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