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Day: February 27, 2016

What the bank results tell us about their and UK economy’s health
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

What the bank results tell us about their and UK economy’s health

    Four of Britain’s biggest banks reported annual results this week and insisted they were robust enough to withstand another global downturn. But what did the results for HSBC, Standard Chartered and the bailed-out duo of Lloyds Banking Group and Royal Bank of Scotland tell us about the industry and the wider economy? Bonuses have not gone away, despite considerable public and political anger over pay since the 2008 crash. When the pay disclosures of the four banks from their annual results are added up, 800 or so of their employees received more than €1m (£790,000) in 2015. Barclays will add to that tally when its annual figures are published on Tuesday next week. The four banks who have reported so far have cut their bonus pools for 2015, but that total still stands at £3...
Dad were killed for having an opinion: Avijit’s daughter
America, ENGLISH

Dad were killed for having an opinion: Avijit’s daughter

    Exactly a year ago today, Avijit Roy was hacked to death in the most public of places: Coming out of a crowded book fair in Dhaka, Bangladesh. His crime? He was an American blogger who wrote prominently about secular issues works that his misguided attackers viewed as blasphemous. In the months that followed, fundamentalists carried out several other attacks on secular writers. In the piece below, Roy's stepdaughter Trisha Ahmed, a second-year student at Johns Hopkins University, recounts the father she remembers and the attack she's trying to forget. 2008 For a while, it felt strange to call him "Dad" because he had the aura and wit of a fun uncle. When we moved into a new house in the summer after my sixth grade, he picked up two long sticks in the backyard, and passed o...
Syrian ceasefire: Car bomb kills two and rebels claim government is dropping barrel bombs hours into truce
Arab world, ENGLISH

Syrian ceasefire: Car bomb kills two and rebels claim government is dropping barrel bombs hours into truce

    Hours into a ceasefire brokered by Russia and the US, a car bomb has killed at least two people in Syria, and rebels claim government forces dropped barrel bombs near Damascus. No one has claimed responsibility for the car bomb attack on the government-held town of Salamiyeh in the west of the country so far but Isis has carried out several bombings across the country in recent weeks. The rebel group Jaish al-Islam said government forces dropped two barrel bombs and opened fire on its positions during several violations of a cessation of hostilities agreement in the Eastern Ghouta near Damascus on Saturday. Citing field reports from the group's commanders, Jaish al-Islam spokesman Islam Alloush told Reuters that in one incident government forces trying to advance “were dea...
Woman sues airline after staff make her switch seats to accomodate ultra orthodox passenger
America, ENGLISH

Woman sues airline after staff make her switch seats to accomodate ultra orthodox passenger

    Many ultra-Orthodox men see contact with woman as forbidden under a strict interpretation of Jewish law. An 81-year-old retired lawyer whose family came to Israel after fleeing the Nazis during the Second World War is suing Israel's national airline after staff moved her to another seat because an ultra-Orthodox Jewish man refused to sit next to her. Renee Rabinowitz was travelling on an El Al flight from Newark in the US to Tel Aviv when a Hasidic man objected to being assigned a seat next to a woman. Staff on the flight asked Ms Rabinowitz to move, saying they would find her a "better" seat closer to first class and, although she thought the request was sexist, she agreed. "Despite all my accomplishments - and my age is also an accomplishment - I felt minimized," she sai...
School calls police because pupil visited UKIP website on class computer
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

School calls police because pupil visited UKIP website on class computer

    The director of the group behind the exhibition stood for Ukip in Lewisham East during the 2015 General Election (Picture: [copyright]) A school in Hampshire called in police after a pupil viewed the UKIP website on a class computer, it has been reported. 15-year-old Joe Taylor says he viewed the political party’s website following a classroom discussion on immigration. He says he was subsequently reported to the police by teaching staff who raised concerns that he was viewing “politically incorrect websites”, indicating “extremist views”. The incident allegedly happened at Wildern School in Hedge End, Southampton. The boy’s father, Mick, has told The Daily Express that his son was taken out of class and interviewed by Hampshire police. Mr Taylor said: “On Monday I receive...