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February 26, 2014
15:14 // 7 months ago

New EU anti-smoking regulations hope to drastically reduce number of smokers

  • 2.4M people will quit smoking, if new European Union anti-smoking legislation proves to be as effective as regulators hope. The new rules ban the sale of any pack that carries less than 20 cigarettes, to guarantee packaging is large enough to display newly-mandated warning messages, and brands are also now forbidden from using statements that might imply their product is healthier than other cigarette. Flavored cigarettes, including menthol, will be banned across the EU, and there will be new maximum-concentration regulations for the nicotine cartridges in e-cigarettes. The rules wll come into force this May, and must be adopted by member states within two years. source
15:08 // 7 months ago
February 25, 2014

More than fifty students killed in attack on Nigerian boarding school

  • 59 male students at a boarding school in northeast Nigeria were either shot or burned to death on Monday night, by militants aligned with Islamist militia Boko Haram. The attacks were part of an ongoing wave of violence that’s seen the terrorist organization kill more than 300 Nigerians in just the last month, including twin village raids that claimed more than 100 lives each last week. source
15:45 // 7 months ago
I don’t expect to be in the room [nor] will I do anything to prevent you from obtaining a contraceptive. However, once a child does exist in your womb, I’m not going to assume a right to kill it just because the child’s host (some refer to them as mothers) doesn’t want it.
Virginia State Sen. Steve Martin • In a public post on Martin’s Facebook page, in response to a Valentine’s Day card from the Virignia Pro-Choice Coalition, that was discovered and spotlighted by the Huffington Post on Monday afternoon. The Virginia state senator has since edited his post to say “bearer of the child” instead of “host”; however, Martin continued to defend his original wording, telling HuffPo that he “[doesn’t] see how anyone could have taken it the wrong way.” source
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February 20, 2014
17:18 // 8 months ago

Clothing company will raise wages for thousands of employees

  • $10 will be the new minimum hourly wage for all Gap employees, according to an open letter that was published by the company on Wednesday. The jump will happen in stages, raising to $9 an hour later this year before moving up to $10 per work hour sometime in 2015.
  • 65k people will benefit from the decision, including employees at the company’s various Banana Republic, Gap and Old Navy locations around the US. In its announcement, the company stressed the decision was purely economic in nature, with CEO Glenn Murphy saying, “this is not a political issue. Our decision to invest in frontline employees will directly support our business, and is one that we expect to deliver a return many times over.” source
15:44 // 8 months ago
15:14 // 8 months ago
A temporary truce in Kiev collapsed last night, leading to a new round of violent clashes between police and anti-government demonstrators and the single bloodiest day seen in the country since Ukraine broke away from the Soviet Union. An extended gun battle left more than three dozen dead, and officials say more than sixty riot officers have been taken captive by demonstrators. (Photo courtesy of Reuters/Yannis Behrakis) source

A temporary truce in Kiev collapsed last night, leading to a new round of violent clashes between police and anti-government demonstrators and the single bloodiest day seen in the country since Ukraine broke away from the Soviet Union. An extended gun battle left more than three dozen dead, and officials say more than sixty riot officers have been taken captive by demonstrators. (Photo courtesy of Reuters/Yannis Behrakis) source

14:43 // 8 months ago