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Day: September 21, 2017

British government must take action to stop the problem spiralling out of control
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

British government must take action to stop the problem spiralling out of control

    Andrew Bailey, Britain's top markets regulator, warned on rising levels of debt being accrued by Brits, saying the government must take action to stop the problem spiralling out of control. According to a report in the Guardian newspaper on Tuesday, the Financial Conduct Authority chief is concerned about the sheer number of people who need loans to make ends meet, with those on zero-hours contracts and those working in the gig economy a cause for particular concern. In both those forms of work, staff have no guaranteed hours, and many frequently have to turn to payday lenders such as Wonga to make ends meet. These firms allow consumers quick, easy access to credit, but in return offer extremely high interest rates, which if not managed properly can cause big problems for ...
Islamists lure youngsters in the Philippines with payments: promise of paradise
Asia, ENGLISH

Islamists lure youngsters in the Philippines with payments: promise of paradise

    When he saw his commander holding the severed head of one of his neighbors, teenage Islamist fighter Jalil knew it was time to escape from Marawi City. Churches and homes had been ransacked, people had been shot or taken hostage, and now Philippines government troops, planes and helicopters were pounding the Islamic State loyalists who had taken over large parts of the town on May 23. Six days into the occupation, 17-year-old Jalil said he came across a crowd of fellow fighters led by rebel chief Abdullah Maute, including a boy who looked about 10. They were cheering the beheading of a Christian from Jalil’s neighborhood who was accused of being a spy. ‘Abdullah Maute was holding a man’s head, he was shouting ‘Allahu akbar’ (God is Greatest),’ said Jalil, who spoke on cond...
PM May in traped as she enters crucial 48 hours
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

PM May in traped as she enters crucial 48 hours

    Theresa May is embarking on a critical make-or-break 48 hours which could determine whether she can deliver Brexit successfully and survive as Prime Minister. Her authority has been badly damaged this week by a bruising clash with Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson over payments to Brussels and the UK's relationship with the EU after Brexit. May and Johnson The PM is chairing one of the most crucial Cabinet meetings of her premiership, ahead of making a landmark speech on her Brexit strategy in the medieval Italian city of Florence. In her speech, she is expected to attempt to break the deadlock in Brexit negotiations, caused by a row over the UK's so-called "divorce bill", by making an offer of €20bn. Her twin aims over the next two days are first to try and restore some uni...
Rescuers desperate search to save young girl in Mexico City earthquake trapped
America, ENGLISH

Rescuers desperate search to save young girl in Mexico City earthquake trapped

    Rescuers toiled to wrest a young girl from the rubble of a partially collapsed school in Mexico City on Wednesday, offering a small glimmer of hope more than a day after a devastating earthquake killed at least 230 people . Television stations broadcast the nailbiting, hours-long rescue attempt live after crews at the school in the south of the city reported seeing the girl move her hand. They threaded a hose through debris to get her water. The girl's name was not made public, but her family waited in anguish nearby. Rescuers moved slowly, erecting makeshift wooden scaffolding to prevent rubble from crumbling further and seeking a path to the child through the unstable ruins. They implored bystanders to be quiet to better hear calls for help. It was part of the careful se...
Meet the TH Mayor on 26 September
ENGLISH, London

Meet the TH Mayor on 26 September

John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets, is inviting residents to the next 'Ask the Mayor' question and answer event on Tuesday 26 September at the Harford Health Centre, 115 Harford St, London E1 4FG from 7.30pm – 9pm. The 'Ask the Mayor' session gives local people the chance to put questions to Mayor Biggs, to quiz him about plans for the borough and tell him about issues that need resolving. At the event the Mayor will also be setting out his approach to the upcoming council budget following a wide ranging public consultation. Mayor Biggs said: I welcome the chance to speak to residents about the issues that matter to them, and that's why I introduced my 'Ask the Mayor' sessions. I look forward to a discussion at the Harford Centre about people's views on the future of the Borough. Everyone ...