Friday, January 21

Day: September 24, 2016

Ireland facing serious issue after Brexit
ENGLISH, Europe

Ireland facing serious issue after Brexit

    There has been a lot of enquiries from companies considering moving to Ireland from the UK in the wake of the Brexit vote, according to the Finance Minister Michael Noonan. The minister, who is in London this week, told Bloomberg TV that while there had been interest from companies, no decisions had been made yet. He said that economic conditions had been improving, and if it had not been for Brexit we were looking at a smooth sea ahead of us for our voyage. He stated that Brexit is a very serious issue. On AIB, Mr Noonan said he was keeping an open mind on floating the State's 99.8% stake in the bank on the stock market. However, because Ireland was now able to raise money on the bond market at low rates the pressure to sell the AIB stake to pay debt had eased. The decisi...
Between men and women pay gap in the UK won’t close until 2069
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

Between men and women pay gap in the UK won’t close until 2069

    Deloitte said the gap between full-time working men and women was closing at a rate of just £0.025 every year. The gender pay gap in the UK will not close until 2069, according to research by financial services firm Deloitte. It said the findings were based on data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), the UK's largest independent producer of official statistics. Achieving this 53 years from now translates to 99 years from 1970, the year when the UK introduced The Equal Pay Act 1970. This was enacted to prohibit any less favourable treatment between men and women in terms of pay and conditions of employment. Deloitte's report said that progress towards achieving pay parity has been slow. It said the hourly pay gap between full-time men and women employees was redu...
The German parliament has approved a new law about prostitutes trade
ENGLISH, Europe

The German parliament has approved a new law about prostitutes trade

    German politicians have approved a law making it illegal to have sex with prostitutes without using a condom, among other regulations on the sex trade. Brothel owners will be obligated to draw customers attention to the law and advertising unprotected sex will be banned. The new law aims to tighten regulation of prostitution in Germany, which has been legal since 2002 but marred by continuing human trafficking, abuse and stigmitisation. It makes licensing mandatory for all brothels to ensure they comply with minimum legal standards, hygiene and health and safety regulations. Anyone attempting to open a commercial premises for prostitution will undergo checks attempting to crack down on the involvement of gangs, traffickers and criminals. Prostitutes must also register with...
Labour leader confounds critics again with victory over Owen Smith after Jeremy Corbyn wins
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

Labour leader confounds critics again with victory over Owen Smith after Jeremy Corbyn wins

    Jeremy Corbyn has confounded his critics by winning a Labour leadership contest for the second time in two years. His victory, announced in Liverpool, was broadly expected following a exhausting contest that has tested Labour's unity to its absolute limits. But the result, greeted with cheers of jubilation from his supporters, now leaves Mr Corbyn with a huge choice over whether to use his mandate to stamp his authority on the party's direction or strike a more conciliatory tone. His approach could become clear later this afternoon when he is due to attend a meeting of Labour's ruling National Executive Committee, where MPs have tabled plans to give the parliamentary party more say in selecting his team of shadow ministers. Mr Corbyn has said he will try to build a new rel...
Four women shot dead in Washington
America, ENGLISH

Four women shot dead in Washington

    Four women were shot dead and a man wounded during a shooting at a shopping centre in the US state of Washington where authorities were searching for the gunman, several media outlets have reported. The shootings occurred at about 7pm local time at the Cascade Mall in Burlington, Washington, about 105km north of Seattle. Washington State Patrol spokesman Mark Francis said on Twitter that police were actively searching for the shooter, who was described as a "Hispanic male wearing gray" and last seen walking toward a nearby highway away from the mall. "Tragedy has struck in Washington tonight. Our hearts are in Burlington," Governor Jay Inslee said on Twitter. A local CBS affiliate reported that a nearby high school football game was evacuated as a precaution. The shooting ...