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Day: April 15, 2017

Facebook cracks down on fake accounts
ENGLISH, Technology

Facebook cracks down on fake accounts

    Facebook Inc said on Thursday it suspended 30,000 accounts in France as the social network giant steps up efforts to stop the spread of fake news, misinformation and spam. The move, which comes 10 days before the first round of a hotly contested French presidential election, is among the most aggressive yet by Facebook to move against accounts that violate its terms of service, rather than simply respond to complaints, reports the Reuters. Facebook is under intense pressure in Europe as governments across the continent threaten new laws and fines unless the company moves quickly to remove extremist propaganda or other content that violates local laws. The pressure on social media sites including Twitter, Google's YouTube and Facebook has intensified in the run-up to the el...
The Queen is hiring for a live in job at Buckingham Palace but it doesn’t pay as well as you’d hope
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

The Queen is hiring for a live in job at Buckingham Palace but it doesn’t pay as well as you’d hope

    Always fancied working in a real-life palace? Well, now's your chance. If you dream of a lavish office with long hallways, hundreds of beautifully-decorated rooms and an actual Queen for a boss, then you might want to consider one of the latest vacancies at Buckingham Palace. Even better, there's a 'live-in' option where you get to make the palace your home and have all your meals included. Imagine telling your mates that down the pub. So how much does a job like this pay? Working in a royal household must see you rolling in it, right? Not so much. This particular role is for a trainee butler and will see you earning £18,850 per annum. It's not bad, but not exactly what you'd associate with a royal pay packet. According to the Office for National Statistics, a Brit's avera...
Desperate hospitals beg doctors to take on extra shifts at £95 an hour
ENGLISH, Featured, United Kingdom

Desperate hospitals beg doctors to take on extra shifts at £95 an hour

    Hospitals are so chronically understaffed they have been hiking pay rates in recent weeks and bombarding doctors with urgent emails and text messages in a bid to ensure standards of care do not suffer. On Tuesday, Peterborough City hospital raised the pay available for working overnight that night in its extremely busy A&E to £95 an hour for a 10-hour shift to try to attract recruits. Exceptionally, we approved a maximum hourly incentivised rate for our senior trust doctors. This will ensure safe medical staffing levels and enable the department to continue to give high quality care to all our patients, said Neil Doverty, the North West Anglia NHS foundation trust’s chief operating officer. Hospitals often scramble to make 11th hour arrangements to fill rotas. Last Mon...
Theresa May faces rebellion from her own MPs over foreign student numbers
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

Theresa May faces rebellion from her own MPs over foreign student numbers

    Theresa May is facing a damaging Commons revolt next week by Conservative MPs who are pressing her to remove foreign students from the immigration figures. Rebel Tories claim they have enough support to inflict a humiliating defeat on Ms May, who is also under pressure from several cabinet ministers to stop counting overseas students as long-term migrants. The issue will come to a head on Wednesday when MPs debate an amendment to the Higher Education and Research Bill passed by the House of Lords last month. By 313 votes to 219, peers agreed that no student should be treated for public policy purposes as a long-term migrant to the UK for the duration of their studies. Tory whips are trying to contain the revolt, pleading with the party’s MPs not to “rock the boat now” and ...
Evacuees killed in Syria bus convoy blast
Arab world, ENGLISH

Evacuees killed in Syria bus convoy blast

    An explosion has hit a bus convoy carrying evacuees near the Syrian city of Aleppo, killing at least 39 people. It is believed that the buses involved were carrying residents evacuated from two pro-government villages in northern Syria when they were hit in Rashidin. The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says that the blast was caused by a car bomb. Thousands of people have been stuck in dozens of buses in two separate convoys on the edge of Aleppo city for more than 30 hours. They are involved in a population transfer deal but have been stranded since the agreement stalled. Thousands of people from the pro-government areas of Foua and Kfraya are stuck by the edge of the city. A short distance away thousands more from the opposition towns of Madaya and Zabadani ...