Listen to review bodies on public sector pay, says Gove – BBC News

July 3, 2017

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionGove’s quick-fire answers on the Andrew Marr show – Brexit and his return to the cabinet The government should listen to review bodies’ recommendations for public sector pay, Michael Gove has said. His comments come as the prime minister and chancellor face increasing pressure from ministers and backbenchers to end the 1% public sector pay cap. The environment secretary did not call…

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Pressure grows on No 10 to scrap public sector pay cap – BBC News

July 2, 2017

“When they made recommendations on school teachers’ pay, I think I always accepted them. “My colleagues who deal with these pay review bodies would want to respect the integrity of that process.” Cabinet split Pay rises for five million public sector workers are set by independent pay review bodies, but have effectively been capped at 1% since 2013, before which there was a two-year freeze on pay for all but…

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China refuses cancer treatment abroad for Nobel winner Liu Xiaobo

June 30, 2017

Beijing (CNN)Nobel prize winning Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo has been refused permission to travel overseas to receive cancer treatment. His case has come under an international spotlight amid allegations from his supporters that he had become gravely ill because his cancer wasn’t treated in prison. In a statement released Wednesday, Shenyang authorities appeared to attempt to dispel this speculation, saying his cancer was diagnosed less than a month ago, on…

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Off-Duty Officer Chokes Black Teen For Being On His Lawn

June 28, 2017

Another minor filmed a portion of the Saturday confrontation, which relatives of the teen later shared on Facebook, where it went viral. As seen in the video below, an adult man straddles the teen and puts his hand around his neck.The man can be heard scolding the teen for coming onto his property and says,Im going to fucking kill you. Andrew M. Stroth, a civil rights attorney who is representing…

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Grand Jury’s ‘Myth’ Report On A California Jail Snitch Scandal Draws Criticism

June 24, 2017

At the center of the scandal are allegations that sheriffs deputies have for decades planted informants next to targeted inmates in the countys jails and have directed them to fish for incriminating evidence to help secure convictions. While its legal for law enforcement authorities to use informants to help bolster cases, in many Orange County trials, its alleged that the informants questioned inmates who were represented by lawyers, violating their…

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San Francisco’s Transit Agency Promises No Immigration Raids

June 24, 2017

The transit agencys board passed a resolutionthat prohibits the use of its funds or resources to enforce federal immigration law. The measure, called the Safe Transit Policy, bans employees from seeking riders immigration status, limits the cooperation of employees with federal authorities in conducting immigration checks and arrests, and prevents BART from asking job applicants about their immigration status. The BART resolution was floated in March by board member Lateefah…

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Coroner Reveals Details Of Carrie Fisher’s Death

June 17, 2017

Fisher, 60, had fatty buildup in the walls of her arteries and had taken multiple drugs before her death, the statement said. Officials were unable to conclusively determine the exact cause of her death, according to The Associated Press. The manner of death would be listed as undetermined, the coroners office said. Sleep apnea is a disorder in which breathing pauses for up to several minutes during sleep, according to…

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Neil Young Quits Legendary Bridge School Concert For ‘Personal Reasons”

June 16, 2017

Young, 71, said he is dropping the concert for personal reasons, and did not elaborate. This years concert, which usually takes place in October, has been canceled. Its unclear if it might return in the future. Young split with his wife in 2014 after 36 years of marriage, afterhe began a relationship with actress and activist Daryl Hannah.The upheaval immediately sparked speculation about the future of the concert. Of course,…

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Uber board member resigns after making ridiculous, sexist joke

June 15, 2017

Image: ERIC RISBERG/AP/REX/SHUTTERSTOCK Update, Tuesday June 13, 6:30 pm PST: An Uber board member who made a misogynistic remark in a meeting to address the company’s systemic sexual harassment resigned late Tuesday, an Uber spokesperson confirmed. David Bonderman reportedly caused a stunned silence at an all-hands meeting earlier in the day when he joked that a company board with more than one woman means “it’s more likely that there will…

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Ralph Northam Wins In Democratic Primary For Virginia Governor

June 14, 2017

Although Perriello enjoyed greater support among millennials, liberals and residents of Southwestern Virginia, his campaign hopes depended on getting many of them to turn out for the first time. Its still an uphill climb for groups that are farther to the left to succeed even in a Democratic Primary, said Geoffrey Skelly, an expert in state politics at the University of Virginia. Theres a lot of excitement. But at the…

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Lincoln Memorial Pool To Be Drained After 80 Ducklings Die

June 11, 2017

The first batch of the dead ducklings was discovered May 20 and the rest were found over a two-day period. Necropsies by the U.S. Geological Surveys National Wildlife Health Center determined they had died of high levels of microscopic parasites that develop in snails living in the pool, according to a statement from the park service. The parasites are ingested by the ducks when they eat the snails. The deaths…

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Facebook patents give insight about how the network wants to use your emotions

June 9, 2017

Zuck, why are you trying to harness our emotions for your "community?"Image: AP/REX/Shutterstock UPDATE: June 8, 2017, 2:01 p.m. EDT This article has been updated to include a statement by a Facebook spokesperson about its pursuit of patents. Social media has been known to mess with our emotions and even affect our mental health and that manipulation is sometimes by design. Facebook, in particular, has been known to play fast…

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Second Lady Pence Pushes Bee Conservation, An Effort One Critic Labels ‘Hypocritical’

June 8, 2017

Pence and Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdueunveiled the new hive home to a growing population of some 20,000 bees at an event Tuesday and urged Americans to do their own part to help reverse an ongoing worldwide decline in the bee population, according to a White House release. Friends of the Earth, called the White House request extremely hypocritical in light of the administrations proposed cuts to funding for environmental protection….

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Pharrell duets with Miley Cyrus on ‘Happy’ at One Love Manchester

June 6, 2017

Pharrell Williams got serious with the One Love Manchester crowd after a rousing, Daft Punk-free rendition of 2013’s song of the summer, “Get Lucky.” “You know, I’m bowing…” he said after bending low in front of the cheering crowd, “…I’m bowing because despite all the things that have been going on in this place, I don’t feel or smell or hear or see any fear in this building. “All we…

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Lawsuit Accuses Glass Artist Dale Chihuly Of Plagiarizing Work

June 3, 2017

The suit, filed by the lawyers of Michael Moi in King County Superior Court and the U.S. District Court for Western Washington, claims the prolific decorator of botanical gardens has been involved in a myriad of clandestine painting sessions with Moi, but has never compensated him or given him credit for his efforts, despite the artists promises otherwise. In a press release sent to HuffPost, Chihulys camp strongly refutes Mois…

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Actually, Mike Pence, Climate Change Has Nothing To Do With A ‘Liberal’ Agenda

June 3, 2017

For some reason or another, this issue of climate change has emerged as a paramount issue for the left in this country and around the world, Pence said. Its long been a goal of the liberal left in this country to advance a climate change agenda. Hes also disregarding that some of his fellow Republicans have also urged action on what he describes as the climate change agenda. Recent polls…

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Trump’s EPA Chief Aided Polluters For Years. Now Suddenly He Says The Mess Is A Priority

June 1, 2017

WASHINGTON If you listen to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator , the biggest environmental problem facing the United States isnt climate change (, anyway), or lead-tainted drinking water or . Its that Barack Obama didnt clean up the most contaminated and hazardous sites across the country. A declared that Pruitt was here to clean up the Obama administrations toxic mess. The former Oklahoma attorney general would have the American people believe…

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Senate introduces first bill to provide insurance for gig workers

May 26, 2017

Uber drivers are getting some attention from the Senate.Image: Eric Risberg/AP/REX/Shutterstock We know about the problems with the gig economy: workers who drive for Uber, deliver food for Postmates, and run errands on TaskRabbit don’t have health insurance or any other guarantees or benefits from their employers and their ranks are only growing. While the growth of gig jobs has gotten lots of attention from major companies, research firms, and…

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Trump Administrations Womens Rights Lip Service Turns Irony Up to 11

May 23, 2017

Today, White House press secretary Sean Spicer announced to a room of incredulous reporters that President Donald Trump made womens empowerment a priority during his campaign. But that wasnt even the emptiest gesture the Trump administration made for womens rights today. After civilization collapses and humans are all but wiped from Earths memory, all that will be left are cockroaches and the echoes of bitter guffaws of feminists who watched…

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Trump’s Budget Would Cut Planned Parenthood Out Of All Federal Programs

May 23, 2017

Andrew Cullen / Reuters The Trump administrations proposed budget specifically excludes Planned Parenthood from all Department of Health and Human Services programs, apparently the first time a presidents budget has done so, according to the leaked executive summary of the plan. Trumps proposed fiscal 2018 budget follows through on a campaign promise and prohibits any funding in the Labor-HHS appropriations bill for certain entities that provide abortions, including Planned Parenthood,…

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This radical video by Shonda Rhimes and Dove is what unapologetic body positivity is all about

May 21, 2017

Fat girls dance. That three word statement may seem simple and declarative. Yet, the assertion that fat girls do dance challenges a ton of assumptions and stigma around what plus-size people can and can’t do. Cathleen Meredith, a self-proclaimed “fat girl,” knows the importance of dancing while people are watching. Meredith is the subject of the first video in an anticipated partnership between acclaimed producer Shonda Rhimes and Dove, called…

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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…

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