Saturday, November 27

Day: November 27, 2016

Pressure mounts on Theresa May to cancel scheme that offers free TV licenses to over 75s
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

Pressure mounts on Theresa May to cancel scheme that offers free TV licenses to over 75s

    The Labour Party believe the Tories must uphold their promise of free TV licenses made in the election (Photo: PA) Plans to target free TV licenses for over-75s could spark a Tory rebellion as pressure grows on Theresa May to cancel the scheme. Last year, the government announced plans for the BBC to fund the cost of free TV licenses which will cost £750m by 2020/21 - almost the entire budget of BBC One. And experts said the corporation would have no choice but to abolish or restrict the free licenses. Labour has tabled an amendment to the Digital Economy Bill - currently going through Parliament to ask the government to think again. Labour’s shadow digital minister Louise Haigh wants to protect the entitlement which the Party introduced over a decade ago and return both t...
Theresa May carries on Labour’s business pay crackdown
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

Theresa May carries on Labour’s business pay crackdown

    The Prime Minister will on Tuesday reveal her long-awaited plans for improving corporate governance that will include empowering workers and shareholders. Theresa May will this week announce an Ed Miliband-style crackdown on executive pay in a move that threatens to inflame tensions with big business. The Prime Minister will on Tuesday reveal her long-awaited plans for improving corporate governance that will include empowering workers and shareholders. Number 10 sees the move as making good on a Tory leadership campaign pledge and addressing what ministers perceive as voter disillusionment with corporate greed. However critics are likely pounce on the fact that the proposals are in some cases word-for-word replicas of Labour policies adopted before the last election. The ...
Iranian dissident who revealed prison brutality in Islamic Republic smuggled into Europe
Arab world, ENGLISH

Iranian dissident who revealed prison brutality in Islamic Republic smuggled into Europe

    An Iranian dissident who secretly disclosed the excesses of prison brutality in the Islamic Republic of Iran to the United Nations, endangering her own life, has escaped to Europe. She is now living at an undisclosed location for her safety. Shabnam Madadzadeh, 29, was held for six years, serving a five year prison service, in some of the most infamous prisons of Iran's deeply politicised criminal justice system. Through letters she sent secretly from her cells, Madadzadeh drew attention to the often draconian conditions she and thousands of other women faced. More from IBTimes UK • Dozens killed in train crash as two passenger services collide east of Tehran • Obama says outlook in Syria is bleak as Russia, Syria and Iran carry out • From Nato to Isis: What President Trum...
Chancellor Philip Hammond locks up his dogs in Downing Street to protect them from Larry the cat
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

Chancellor Philip Hammond locks up his dogs in Downing Street to protect them from Larry the cat

    As Chancellor of the Exchequer he may be the holder of one of the oldest and highest offices of state, but that has not saved Philip Hammond from being humiliated by his neighbour. Or to be more precise, his neighbour’s cat. Mr Hammond has had to endure the indignity of being forced to keep his dogs locked away in his official No. 11 Downing Street flat to protect them the vicious cat next door. While relations between Mr Hammond and his Prime Minister appear at the moment to be good, the same cannot be said for Rex, the Chancellor’s welsh terrier, and Oscar, his wire haired dachshund, and Larry, the resident cat at No 10. It seems that Larry has taken a dislike to the two dogs, so much so that Mr Hammond has confessed to friends that he has been forced to keep them inside...
Hillary Clinton’s campaign to participate in Wisconsin recount process
America, ENGLISH

Hillary Clinton’s campaign to participate in Wisconsin recount process

    Hillary Clinton's campaign on Saturday, (26 November) said that it will take part in the Wisconsin recount initiated by Green Party nominee Jill Stein and added that it would participate in potential recounts in two other states, Pennsylvania and Michigan. The campaign's general counsel, Marc Elias, wrote on Medium on Saturday that the Clinton team has been conducting a review of election results and looking for any signs that the voting process had been tampered with. He stressed that campaign analysts have so far found no evidence to suggest that the election was manipulated but said that the campaign is keen on making sure of a fair recount process. Elias further said in his post: "The campaign is grateful to all those who have expended time and effort to investigate va...