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UK to ban ‘unsuitable’ porn to protect children

UK to ban ‘unsuitable’ porn to protect children

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The government is attempting to pass a Digital Economy Bill that would ban certain 'non-conventional' porn websites in the UK.  The new media regulating bill is making an appearance in the House of Lords for its second hearing today. The bill is intended to shelter the children from  improper images/videos and is already becoming a controversial topic within free speech campaigners across the country. What does the bill entail for the online porn consumption by the people? Is online censorship and surveillance going to help protect children? The Digital Economy Bill acts a new law that aims to simply ban any kind of ‘non-conventional’ porn websites. This includes sexual acts of violence, face-sitting, urinating and incest related porn. The government announced that non-compliant sites
Access denied: healthcare for the homeless is in short supply

Access denied: healthcare for the homeless is in short supply

Health, ReportingWeek2
“You can’t discriminate against someone who is ill based upon the colour of their skin, their sexuality, or disability. But you can discriminate against someone who is homeless," says Stan, speaking from experience, as he was homeless for over twenty years. Homelessness is a growing issue, and those sleeping rough often face difficulties in accessing healthcare, and receiving the treatment they need. In the last year alone, government statistics report there has been a ten per cent increase on homelessness and figures look set to continue to rise. Yet NHS policy lags behind its data, and homeless people continue to be marginalised from accessing the services they need. Being homeless has an undeniable impact on your health - the life expectancy for a homeless person is just 47 years
ASOS to introduce 1,500 jobs despite exploitation accusations

ASOS to introduce 1,500 jobs despite exploitation accusations

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Online fashion retailer ASOS announced today that it will be introducing 1,500 jobs in the UK in the next three years despite recent accusations of workers’ exploitation. The announcement follows just days after trade union GMB protested outside ASOS’ London office against alleged ill treatment of warehouse staff in Yorkshire. In a statement to Westminster World today, the union comments that there are “seemingly huge differences between conditions for staff at London HQ and for Yorkshire workers” calling out on the online retailer for “ignoring” the “shocking” working conditions at its Barnsley warehouse. What has #ASOS got to hide? > Asos accused of underpaying new warehouse staff https://t.co/wDR6myl0HF — GMB Union (@GMB_union) December 2, 2016 .@GMB_union holds ‘c
Uproar over plans to change Britain’s traditional fish and chip cuisine

Uproar over plans to change Britain’s traditional fish and chip cuisine

Food, ReportingWeek2
  Many people in the UK are outraged by the thought of having to embrace a multicultural diet when it comes it comes to fish, as sea temperatures sees fish such as cod slowly being replaced by squid, According to Dr John Pinnegar of Cefas.  In Cefas’s report, Pinnegar explained, “Our models for 2025 and beyond suggest that seawater temperature may continue to rise in the future.” He added: “we may need to replace cod and other old favorites with warm-water species such as squid, mackerel, sardine, and red mullet.” The possible change to Britain’s traditional cuisine has led to some of the British population venting their discontent on social media. John Bamforth, a regular fish and chip customer, said on his Facebook page: “This is a change that I don’t welcome.” Another Face
Award-winning British journalist deported from Kenya after unexplained detention

Award-winning British journalist deported from Kenya after unexplained detention

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A British journalist working for The Times London was deported from Nairobi, Kenya on Friday after being held for over 24 hours in an airport cell, without any explanation. The expulsion comes days after an American journalist, Justin Lynch was arrested and deported from Sudan. Jerome Starkey, 35, was detained when he landed from Britain in Jomo Kenyatta airport. The journalist had been a resident in Nairobi for over four years following his reporting days from Afghanistan that won him accolades. The African correspondent for The Times has reported on stories such as that of the high profile British aristocrat trial charged with smuggling cocaine worth millions of pounds into Kenya. He also covered a story on a British citizen, sentenced to death, who was denied legal help. Authorit
EU signs historic deal with Cuba after decades-long split

EU signs historic deal with Cuba after decades-long split

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The European Union and Cuba have signed a political deal to normalize ties after a decades-long period of being blocked by human rights due to the revolutionary icon Fidel Castro. The accord was signed on Monday by EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini along with representatives from EU member states, and Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla. Cuba has appeared to improve its human rights record which has resulted in the EU ministers’ decision to drop a policy in place since 1996, leading Cuba to get closer links with the bloc. Mogherini said she was “very encouraged” by dialogue with Havana on human rights and the accord would help foster Cuba’s modernization both socially and politically. She also offered condolences on Castro’s death and told reporter

Figure of Children self-harming increases dramatically

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19,000 children were taken in to hospital after harming themselves in the last year, reports the childrens’ charity NSPCC. Which is in an increase in 14% over the past three years. Childline, a service provided by the NSPCC, says self-harming is found to be one of the frequent issues why they are contacted. Teenagers between 13-17 are the most likely to end up at a hospital due to overdosing on pills, burning themselves or even cutting their bodies. Through a day about 50 children are given counselling on self-harm, during the previous year the helpline had dealt with more than 18,00 calls regarding the same issue. President of Childline Dame Esther Rantzen says: “Self-harming is at epidemic level among young people”. She said many a time young people felt remorseful and fearful to a
Direct democracy as a gamble: Colombia’s President admits he shouldn’t have held a referendum to vote on the Peace Deal.

Direct democracy as a gamble: Colombia’s President admits he shouldn’t have held a referendum to vote on the Peace Deal.

News, Politics, ReportingWeek2
“I learnt the lesson” said Juan Manuel Santos, when he reflected on the plebiscite in which the first peace agreement between the Government and FARC was rejected two months ago. Mr. Santos, who is visiting Sweden after receiving the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo last Saturday, admitted today in the Swedish Parliament that he shouldn’t have called a Referendum. As it happened to David Cameron last June with the Brexit Referendum, Colombia’s President said that he held it because it was a promise, then for him, it was the “right” thing to do. “I learnt the lesson. You shouldn’t hold a Referendum to vote on something you don’t need to.” Colombia’s President said at a seminar in Stockholm with members of the Parliament’s Commission of Foreign Affairs. The reflection recalls the shocking
Lost in Translation: Integrating migrant children in Britain

Lost in Translation: Integrating migrant children in Britain

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A recent government report delivered by Dame Louise Casey warned that ethnic segregation is increasing. This is affecting ethnic minorities and migrant communities across the UK.  Racial segregation and migrant exclusion are on the rise in Britain. Immigrants are now expected to adopt the English language and children to core British values at schools. According to the report, they are also expected to take an oath of allegiance setting out a "clear primary loyalty to this nation”. Despite the prominence of this issue, there is no common understanding of how integration should be defined and measured, especially in terms of children. At which point can an immigrant child be seen as 'integrated' into British society? What are the indicators showing how much people have adapted to l
Egypt and Turkey mourn terrorism and its impact

Egypt and Turkey mourn terrorism and its impact

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Mourners gathered in an Egyptian church for a funeral for 24 people killed in the bombing of Cairo's main Coptic cathedral, while angry survivors accused authorities of security lapses. A nun cries aftermath of Egypt’s main cathedral (Photo permitted by: Al-Masry Al-Alyoum) At least 24 people died and 49 were wounded when a bomb exploded in a chapel adjoining St Mark's Cathedral, Cairo's largest church and seat of the Pope. Coptic Pope Tawadros II prayed over the wooden coffins of the victims of Sunday's bombing. Pope Tawadros II between the wooden coffins of the victims (photo permitted by: Al-Masry Al-Youm) Security sources said at least six children were among the dead, with a bomb containing 12 kg of TNT detonated on the side of the church used by women. This attack i