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Day: November 4, 2017

British woman languishes in Egyptian jail for carrying painkillers
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

British woman languishes in Egyptian jail for carrying painkillers

    Tourists visit the Great Pyramid of Cheops on May 28, 2011 in Giza, Egypt Egyptian authorities have detained a British woman who entered the country carrying painkillers. Laura Plummer, 33, a shop worker who lives in Hull, was arrested after 290 tramadol tablets and some naproxen for her husband’s sore back was found in her suitcase. She then reportedly signed her name beneath a 38-page statement in Arabic, upon request, believing she would be able to leave the airport afterwards and begin her two-week break by Red Sea. Instead, she was put into a cramped cell with 25 other women, where she has remained for almost a month. Tramadol is legal in Britain although users must have a prescription due to its high potency, but it is illegal in Egypt and it is known to be used as a...
Theresa May has unveiled code of conduct to tackle harassment and abuse
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

Theresa May has unveiled code of conduct to tackle harassment and abuse

    Theresa May has unveiled a new party code of conduct guaranteeing an independent voice in investigations of abuse and harassment, as both the Conservatives and Labour faced pressure over whether they had failed victims. The code was revealed by May in a letter to the Speaker of the Commons, John Bercow, about her party’s plans to tackle the issue, following claims that have led to the resignation of one minister, Michael Fallon, and left two others facing investigations. She said parties had a role to play, but it cannot be right when dealing with serious issues relating to behaviour in parliament that vulnerable or concerned people are expected to navigate different grievance procedures according to political party. May added: “Neither can it be right that such difficult ...
BBC under fire over sexual harassment issue
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

BBC under fire over sexual harassment issue

    The BBC has come under fire this week after allegedly refusing to investigate sexual harassment claims against Chris Evans. A former colleague of the DJ sent an email to Director General Lord Hall listing a number of claims regarding Evans. She said that over the two years they worked together, he ‘flashed his penis’ daily and once grabbed her breasts, reports the Metro. The woman added that the 51-year-old DJ would ‘sometimes touch himself’ in front of her. However this week she was allegedly told that there would not be a probe into the claims, because they did not take place while he was employed by the BBC. Talking to The Sun, Tory Andrew Bridgen said: I’m appalled Lord Hall and the BBC have tried to sweep these very serious allegations under the carpet. Post-Jimmy Sav...
Georgian terraces practically worthless as residents are held prisoner
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

Georgian terraces practically worthless as residents are held prisoner

    These stunning houses on a beautiful street have become practically worthless with residents saying they are now prisoners in their own homes. The Georgian terraces are one of the most desirable locations in a UK city centre, with one in the area recently put on the market for £520,000. But the homes are unsellable due to a legal complication that prevents residents from extending the leaseholds on their properties or buying the freeholds. The time remaining on the leaseholds has dropped below the 70 to 80 year limit at which a bank will grant a mortgage, Chronicle Live reports. The freehold, and power to extend leaseholds, lies with the St Mary Magdalene and Holy Jesus Trust which owns the land in Newcastle city centre. Founded in the 12th century, the trust is made up of...
US frees 10 year old undocumented immigrant with cerebral palsy
America, ENGLISH

US frees 10 year old undocumented immigrant with cerebral palsy

    Federal officials on Friday released a 10-year-old girl with cerebral palsy who was detained in Texas Oct. 25 after undergoing surgery because she was an undocumented immigrant traveling without her parents. Rosa Maria Hernandez was transported from a federally funded shelter in San Antonio, where she had been held for 10 days, to her family's home 150 miles south in the border city of Laredo. She was born in Mexico, but has lived in Texas since she was three months old. I am incredibly happy that she's going to be reunited with her mother and the rest of her family," said Andre Segura, legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Texas, which filed a lawsuit seeking her release this week. "The family is obviously very excited to have her back. Agustina Arroyo R...