Saturday, November 27

Day: March 18, 2016

How many girls do you see?
ENGLISH, Extras

How many girls do you see?

    This new photo is tearing the internet apart. It seems no one can agree on how many girls are shown in this photo. In the latest edition of the unceasing series of online illusions comes Swiss photographer Tiziana Vergari, who shared the following picture on Instagram last week, reports Mashable. With 16.5 million likes and over 700 comments, this photo is tinkering the minds of onliners who are trying to work out how many girls there actually are in the photo. Is it three? Four? Two? Identical twins? Where exactly is the mirror? No one can quite agree. Vergari herself has since taken to the comments to clear things up. The photo does indeed show two sisters, both of whom are looking into mirrors (the nearest girl is looking into a mirror that's just out of shot of the cam...
In France your waiter can charge you extra if you’re rude
ENGLISH, Europe

In France your waiter can charge you extra if you’re rude

    Waiters in France are being given the power to charge customers more or less depending on how polite they are. Waiting-on is considered a profession worthy of respect in France, so the policy of charging rude customers extra is reportedly becoming more widespread. In 2013, La Petite Syrah in Nice became so fed up of rude customers it began penalising them. If waiters were asked for "a coffee" they charged 7€ (£4.90). Ask for “a coffee, please” and the price was dropped to 4.25€ (£3.60). The winning formula, though, was to say “Bonjour [‘hello’], a coffee please”, which would cost you the typical price of 1.40€ (£1.20). Manager Fabrice Pepino told The Local at the time: "It started as a joke because at lunchtime people would come in very stressed and were sometimes rude to ...
Disability benefit cuts not acceptable, Conservative rebels tell Osborne
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

Disability benefit cuts not acceptable, Conservative rebels tell Osborne

    George Osborne risks parliamentary defeat over plans to cut £1.3bn from disability benefits as criticism of the scheme spread across Conservative backbenches. The leader of the revolt warned the chancellor that the political unease was greater than that felt at the time of last autumn’s successful revolt over plans to cut tax credits. Andrew Percy accused the chancellor of hitting “exactly the wrong people” in its proposal to cut personal independence payments (PIP) for people who need aids to help them dress and use the toilet. The MP for Brigg and Goole said: “This is about need, it is not about welfare reform. These people have these needs. These needs are not going away and therefore the payments should not go away. “The difference on this to tax credits is, although d...
Chinese man in Manila given $30m from BB heist
Asia, ENGLISH

Chinese man in Manila given $30m from BB heist

    Though efforts are on to get back the stolen $81 million from the Bangladesh Bank, Philippines now finds ‘very low’ chance to retrieve it because the money is now likely outside the Southeast Asian country, reports UNB. “There is a very low chances that the government will be able to retrieve the $81 million stolen from the Bangladesh central bank,” Philippine Daily Inquirer quoted Philippine Senator Sergio Osmeña III as saying on Wednesday. Still, Osmeña said tracking the money from Bangladesh Bank would depend on the cooperation of casinos at the resumption today of the Senate inquiry into the money-laundering scheme. The stolen money found its way into casinos after being withdrawn from a branch of Rizal Commercial Banking Corp. (RCBC) in Makati City. Sen. Teofisto Guin...
Army in MoD row after top pilots are forced to hand back thousands in flying pay
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

Army in MoD row after top pilots are forced to hand back thousands in flying pay

    Some of the Army's most experienced helicopter pilots could quit over Ministry of Defence plans to make them repay thousands of pounds of flying pay, senior officers have warned. At least 15 pilots have already resigned after the MoD warned around 200 serving and retired crew they would have to pay back a total of £829,000 extra pay they received in an admin error. The Army has clashed with the MoD after officials rejected generals' pleas to write off the debt when it was discovered. Senior officers warned clawing back the money overpaid last decade was unfair and could lead to more resignations in the already overstretched Army Air Corps. One source said some pilots had "lost all trust in the system after being handed the repayment demands. The source said it was "the str...