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Day: January 4, 2017

Queen presents first honour since being taken ill as she continues to recuperate
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

Queen presents first honour since being taken ill as she continues to recuperate

    The Queen has given an honour to a member of her staff as she continues to recover from a heavy cold. Queen Elizabeth missed church services on Christmas Day and New Years Day due to ill health, prompting growing concern about her health. A spokesperson for Buckingham Palace told The Independent the Queen had presented the honour to her member of staff in person and she was continuing to recuperate. She is continuing to recuperate and she is dealing with her regular red boxes of official papers, a spokesperson for the palace said. The court circular, who makes the official record of royal engagements, recorded that the monarch made Ray Wheaton, the Queen's Page of the Chambers, a Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order. Referred to as the LVO, the honour is in the Queen's ...
Turkey identifies Istanbul nightclub attacker
ENGLISH, Europe

Turkey identifies Istanbul nightclub attacker

    The attacker who killed 39 people in a shooting at an Istanbul nightclub on New Year's Eve has been identified, the Turkish foreign minister has said. Mevlut Cavusoglu did not name the suspect, who remains at large, in a televised interview with Turkish state-run news agency Anadolu on Wednesday. Investigators have previously released photos of the alleged gunman, and Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus said on Monday that the authorities have records of his fingerprints. Turkish police conducted a series of raids in the Aegean port city of Izmir overnight on Tuesday, arresting five men thought to have links to terror group Isis, but did not catch the perpetrator of the seven-minute long massacre in Istanbul's Reina nightclub. The gunman is thought to have been living in...
Sweden’s six-hour working day is too expensive and could be scrapped
ENGLISH, Europe

Sweden’s six-hour working day is too expensive and could be scrapped

    A two-year pilot scheme among Gothenburg nurses showed employees felt healthier, which reduced absences, and that patient care improved - but costs were too high Sweden’s experiment with a six-hour work day may be doomed after a two-year experiment showed that the costs outweigh the benefits. Sixty-eight nurses at an old people’s home in Gothenburg, saw their eight-hour days cut in a bid to improve staff satisfaction, health and patient care. Preliminary results of the pilot scheme concluded that it achieved all of these aims but the city had to employ an extra 17 staff, costing 12m kroner (£1.4m), Bloomberg reported. City officials have decided not to make the scheme permanent because of fears costs could spiral out-of-control. It's associated with higher costs, absolutel...
Southern Railway strike cut to three days but further action likely
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

Southern Railway strike cut to three days but further action likely

    A six-day strike by drivers on Southern Railway has been halved but unions warn there is likely to be further action in the long-running dispute over driver-only trains. Members of the Aslef union were due to walk out from Tuesday 10 January which have halted services for the entire week but now say they action will end early and trains will be running as normal from the 14th. But General Secretary Mick Whelan said the move did not mean the union was rolling back and warned of further strikes. He said the union's executive will meet later in the month and there was a likelihood more strikes will be called. The union said it had reduced the stoppage out of consideration for how long the dispute will last and its effect on passengers. Southern Railway customers have suffe...
Donald Trump’s criticised for lack of respect to intelligence professionals
America, ENGLISH

Donald Trump’s criticised for lack of respect to intelligence professionals

    Donald Trump should have more respect for intelligence professionals, according to the vice president of the US Intelligence Committee. Senator Mark Warner made the claim after the President-elect suggested on Twitter that an intelligence briefing with him had been delayed because spy chiefs perhaps needed more time. to build a case on Russia’s alleged electoral hacking.  Trump added that it was very strange that the group of highly senior intelligence officials pushed the meeting back until Friday.  Taking to the social media site to respond, Mr Warner said he really wished we saw more PEOTUS (President-elect of the United States) respect for our intelligence professionals.  US government sources have also claimed that the meeting was always scheduled for Friday, adding t...