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Day: February 18, 2018

Bizarre way the Queen is woken up every morning
Featured, United Kingdom

Bizarre way the Queen is woken up every morning

    Every morning, at 9am, a bagpipe player stands outside the Queen's window and blows. Before Her Majesty the Queen sits down to her favourite breakfast cereal – Special K – she's woken up by the Piper to the Sovereign. He plays every morning for 15 minutes. The Queen likes it, and the role is one of the most sought after in the windbag world. Since 2015, the position has been held by PM Scott Methven of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. The post was established in 1843, when Queen Victoria reigned. She first heard bagpipe music in 1842 when she and Prince Albert first visited the Highlands. There was a gap in players between 1941-45, during World War Two. Pipers are personally interviewed by the Queen before she makes her appointment. Her decision is made on ...
World Vision denies staff exploited Haiti victims
Africa world, Featured

World Vision denies staff exploited Haiti victims

    Government-funded charity World Vision has denied allegations its staff sexually exploited Haiti earthquake survivors. Paid employees of the evangelical Christian charity were accused of forcing Haitians in 2010 to have sex or pay money for World Food Programme aid, according to a report in the Mail on Sunday. A statement from World Vision said the allegation misrepresents our actions and omits key findings from our investigations which we described publicly... several years ago. Evaluations carried out by World Vision highlighted a number of issues in government-run camps; of nepotism, sexual exploitation and inaccurate record-keeping. But the statement said: "World Vision's extensive investigations into these issues revealed that those involved in sexual exploit...
Featured, United Kingdom

Jeremy Corbyn under pressure to shift Brexit stance

    Jeremy Corbyn Jeremy Corbyn has come under intense pressure to shift Labour’s position on Brexit after 20,000 members demanded a say over the issue and former leader Neil Kinnock backed halting Britain’s EU exit altogether. It is understood that the Labour leader will also be confronted by some in his shadow cabinet this week who want him to back remaining in the single market and customs union. Speaking to the Observer, Kinnock said he had been angered by claims from Boris Johnson, the foreign secretary, that the NHS should benefit from the money saved by leaving the European Union. He said the reality was that we should stop Brexit to save the NHS or at the very least mitigate the damage by staying within the single market. Even contempt for experts cannot obscur...
Plane crashes in Iran with 66 people on board
Arab world, Featured

Plane crashes in Iran with 66 people on board

    A plane has crashed in southern Iran with 66 people on board, according to a spokesman for Aseman Airlines. The 24-year-old ATR-72, a twin-engine turboprop, left the Iranian capital Tehran at around 8am local time and crashed about an hour later. The plane went down near the remote mountain town of Semirom, about 390 miles south of Tehran. It had been heading to the southern city of Yasuj, in Isfahan province. Aseman Airlines spokesman Mohammad Taghi Tabatabai said there had been 60 passengers on board, including one child, and six crew. He added: After searches in the area, unfortunately we were informed that the plane crashed. "Unfortunately, all our dear ones lost their lives in this incident. Later, however, he reportedly told ISNA news agency: Given the sp...
Political parties struggling to accommodate 33pc women in committees
Bangladesh, Featured

Political parties struggling to accommodate 33pc women in committees

    The country’s registered political parties are struggling to keep 33 percent of their committee positions reserved for women by 2020 in line with the conditions outlined during their registration with the Election Commission. This frustrating scenario came in the limelight when 37 political parties, out of 40, submitted their progress reports to the Election Commission over keeping at least 33 percent positions reserved for women in their all committees by 2020, reports the UNB. Among the major political parties, Awami League has so far fulfilled 19 percent of all committee positions with women in the last nine years, while BNP fulfilled 15 percent and Jatiya Party did 20 percent in all the committee positions. As per Article 90B of the Representation of the People...