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Day: November 10, 2017

Tesco Christmas advert criticized to Muslim family
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

Tesco Christmas advert criticized to Muslim family

    Just days after its release, Tesco’s Christmas advert has come under fire for featuring a Muslim family. In the supermarket’s one-minute long advert, families prepare Christmas dinner and cook a turkey in a variety of ways. As families meet and greet each other, one scene shows a Muslim family holding Christmas gifts and preparing to celebrate the festive holiday. Some haven’t taken too kindly to Tesco’s inclusive message, with one Twitter user claiming to be a devout Christian feeling very offended. Another user said @Tesco why are you showing Muslims celebrating Christmas in your advert. That’s just wrong, we all know they don’t!!!. Tesco hit back, arguing everybody should be able to enjoy the festivities. Everyone is welcome at Tesco this Christmas and we're proud to ce...
Commons staff spent hundreds of cinema trips claimed as office supplies
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

Commons staff spent hundreds of cinema trips claimed as office supplies

    Commons staff spent hundreds of pounds on cinema trips and football kits on government credit cards, it has been revealed. A total of £200 was spent on football kit and £140 was claimed for cinema visits under office supplies, according to a Freedom of Information request by the BBC. A Commons spokesman told the broadcaster that the items had followed purchasing policy as genuine business transactions. The Parlimentary authorities said there were 205 cards in circulation for Commons staff to make quick, simple and cost-effective purchases when they are either away from their workplace, on business or for very low value items. The documents revealed that a claim had been registered for a £30 book entitled Framing the Face: New perspectives on the History of Facial Hair. It ...
Diesel car tax rise in 2017 autumn budget as government plans
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

Diesel car tax rise in 2017 autumn budget as government plans

    The forthcoming Autumn Budget will see buyers of new diesel cars hit by tax rises, according to the Financial Times. The paper reports that Government aids have said the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, sees increased levies on sales of new diesel cars as the best route to meeting budget requirements set out by the Clean Air Plan, a draft copy of which was published in May this year. Under the plan, the Government would ban the sale of exclusively petrol or diesel cars by 2040, so that every new car sold in the UK would be electric or hybrid. The fresh tariffs for diesel cars assuming they’re confirmed when the budget is announced on 22 November will signal a further blow to diesel fuel, following figures released this week that revealed sales of new diesel car...
Saudi questioned 208 in graft inquiry, $100 bln stolen
Arab world, ENGLISH

Saudi questioned 208 in graft inquiry, $100 bln stolen

    Saudi authorities have questioned 208 people in an anti-corruption investigation and estimate at least $100 billion has been stolen through graft, a top official said on Thursday as the inquiry expanded beyond the kingdom’s borders. Based on our investigations over the past three years, we estimate that at least $100 billion has been misused through systematic corruption and embezzlement over several decades,’ Attorney-General Sheikh Saud al-Mojeb said in a statement. Of the 208 people called in for questioning so far, seven have been released without charge, Sheikh Saud said, without naming them. Dozens of princes, senior officials and prominent businessmen, including cabinet ministers and billionaires, have been detained in the inquiry, which was announced last weekend a...
UK set to make the day of Brexit crystal clear in amendment to repeal Bill
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

UK set to make the day of Brexit crystal clear in amendment to repeal Bill

    The date of Brexit will be written into law in an effort to placate MPs who are worried that the Government could attempt to delay the UK's break away from the European Union. Amendments to the repeal bill going through Parliament will spell out that the UK's membership of the EU will end at 11pm GMT, midnight in Brussels, on March 29 2019. Brexit Secretary David Davis said the change will make the UK's departure date crystal clear. The move comes as Mr Davis was set to meet the European Union's chief negotiator Michel Barnier in Brussels, where officials have been engaged in the latest round of Brexit talks. The amendment enshrining Brexit day in law will be considered by MPs when the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill returns to the Commons next week. Theresa May's fragile...
Brexit is legally reversible as Brits still have the right to change their mind
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

Brexit is legally reversible as Brits still have the right to change their mind

    Brexit is legally reversible as Brits still have the right to change their minds, one of the key architects of Article 50 will say. Lord John Kerr, the former chief British diplomat, is set to claim Theresa May’s Article 50 letter can be unilaterally withdrawn at any time and therefore the die is not cast irretrievably. Speaking at an event organised by the pro-single market campaign Open Britain in London on Friday, the former UK ambassador will say: We are not required to withdraw just because Mrs May sent her letter. We can change our minds at any stage during the process. He will add: Mrs May’s letter was only a notification of the UK’s ‘intention’ to withdraw. Intentions can change. We still have all the rights of a member-state, including the right to change our mind...
14-year-old Pakistani boy can twist his head 180 degrees (video)
Asia, ENGLISH

14-year-old Pakistani boy can twist his head 180 degrees (video)

    A 14-year-old Pakistani boy is stunning the world with his incredible flexibility that enables him to twist his head by 180 degrees. Not only this, the boy also has a unique capability to even rotate his shoulders by 360 degrees, reports the Khaleej Times. Muhammad Sameer Khan from Karachi is being nicknamed as ‘human owl’ as he turns his head to look behind him, according to reports in Daily Pakistan. Sameer works as a part of an eight-member dance group, Dangerous Boys, in Karachi and performs in dance shows to earn a living. He was forced to quit studies as his 49-year-old father was ill and unemployed. Sameer earns a meager sum of Rs 600-Rs 1000 per show. Asher Khan, the lead dancer of Dangerous Boys, stated that Sameer is incredible and will go a long way if he gets p...
Joint statement from Tower Hamlets Council and the Royal Borough of Greenwich on delayed Silvertown
ENGLISH, London

Joint statement from Tower Hamlets Council and the Royal Borough of Greenwich on delayed Silvertown

    Joint statement on behalf of John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets and Cllr Denise Hyland, Leader of the Royal Borough of Greenwich: The Royal Borough of Greenwich and Tower Hamlets Council are disappointed by the latest delay in the Government reaching a decision on the Mayor of London's plans for the much needed Silvertown Tunnel. Both our Councils have always been keen to ensure that the Silvertown Tunnel should not have a detrimental impact on the environment. That is why we welcomed the Mayor of London's revised and improved plans for cleaner, greener public transport options and significant investments in pedestrian and cycling improvements in our boroughs and others. Our residents lives have been blighted by stationary vehicles stuck in queues at the Blackwall Tunnel f...