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Day: April 13, 2016

David Cameron’s house makes more money than he does
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

David Cameron’s house makes more money than he does

    David Cameron's decision to publish his tax return has sparked all sorts of debate about whether it was a good idea for the sake of transparency, or a terrible idea that sets a dangerous precedent. However, while the debates raged on, the tax return quietly made an interesting revelation - David Cameron's housemakes more money in a year than he does. According to The Guardian, the tax return revealed that in the tax year 2014/15, he had a total taxable income of £200,000 or there abouts. He made £141,000 of this through his salary as Prime Minister. In addition to this, he has been renting out his Notting Hill property since moving to Downing Street, and in the past year that brought in an eye-watering £47,000. This, it's worth highlighting, is a half share of the total re...
Zuckerberg unveils 10 years plan to expand Facebook empire
America, ENGLISH

Zuckerberg unveils 10 years plan to expand Facebook empire

featu     Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg laid out a 10-year plan to connect the world that sounded as much like a political cause as a grab for potential billions in dollars. In a sweeping address that took on sharp political tones at times, Facebook's 31-year-old CEO detailed how Facebook aims to reach the planet's 7 billion people — half of whom do not have Internet access. And he took very direct aim at those who would limit free trade and immigration. “We are one global community,” he said. “Whether we are welcoming a refugee fleeing war or an immigrant seeking opportunity, coming together to fight a global disease like Ebola or to address climate change.” The theme of the keynote was, "give everyone the power to share anything with anyone," positioning Facebook as a unifying...
Money From the drain: The £240 you might be owed by your water company
ENGLISH, Life Style

Money From the drain: The £240 you might be owed by your water company

    Every time it rains, water runs from a property into a public drain – where it's processed and turned into drinking water – and we're charged for it. Except, sometimes it doesn't happen like that. The problem is that water companies generally don't know if this is, or isn't, the case – and if water isn't running from your home into the drains then you're due a rebate. The better news is that the rebate can be back-dated for 6 years – meaning cheaper water now and up to £240 back from your supplier. These are the rules and what to look out for: The rules “If rainwater drains from your property into a public sewer, you will be charged for surface water drainage through your sewerage bill,” water regulator Ofwat explains. This includes water that flows through gutters or that...
Panta ilish nothing but a concocted culture
Bangladesh, ENGLISH

Panta ilish nothing but a concocted culture

    Putting delicious hilsa in Pahela Baishakh’s morning menu as an essential item has actually no link to its long tradition and heritage, bemoan experts ahead of the Bangla New Year. They said a group of urban educated people in the mid-80s introduced a concocted celebration event in the morning of the first of Bangla New Year with a recipe of panta-ilish (a combination of rice soaked in water overnight and fried hilsa), which has now turned out to be an integral part of Baishakh for which the young generation goes crazy in the country’s urban areas. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, meanwhile, has taken hilsa off her menu for celebrating Pahela Baishakh this time, aiming to save the national fish during its breeding season. Talking to UNB, prominent academic and writers Profess...
Culture Secretary under pressure after relationship with dominatrix revealed
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

Culture Secretary under pressure after relationship with dominatrix revealed

    John Whittingdale John Whittingdale, the Culture Secretary, last night admitted he had been in a relationship with a sex worker. The Cabinet minister released a statement stating that he did not know about the woman's occupation when they were together and that he ended the relationship as soon as he was made aware of her job. It is believed that the woman, who Mr Whittingdale was with between 2013 and 2014, worked as a professional dominatrix. He said that he met the woman through an online dating website and admitted that the "old story" was "embarrassing". Mr Whittingdale, who was promoted to the Cabinet after last year's election, said he was only made aware that the woman was a sex worker when somebody tried to sell a story about the issue to a tabloid newspaper. The ...