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07/12/18
« on: Friday, 07 December, 2018 @ 02:35:28 »
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Amazon robot sets off bear repellant, putting 24 workers in hospital
Accident in New Jersey puts new focus on retailer’s warehouse working conditions

Twenty-four employees at an Amazon warehouse in New Jersey were taken to hospital after a robot accidentally punctured a can of bear repellant.

The incident has again shone a spotlight on conditions in Amazon’s warehouses, which have been criticised in the US and the UK for poor working practices and a focus on productivity above worker safety.

In the UK, ambulances were called to Amazon warehouses 600 times between 2015 and 2017. The company has denied that it had poor working conditions.
https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2018/dec/06/24-us-amazon-workers-hospitalised-after-robot-sets-off-bear-repellent

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Re: 07/12/18
« Reply #1 on: Friday, 07 December, 2018 @ 02:37:04 »
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Half of burglaries now take place when people are at home as police 'inaction' makes criminals bolder

Half of burglaries in Britain now take place while householders are inside their homes, as thieves become emboldened by police inaction.

Figures show 58 per cent of burglaries happen at occupied properties, as campaigners said criminals no longer fear being caught in the act.

The findings come after Maureen Whale, 77, collapsed and later died as she phoned 999 to report a break-in at her home on Tuesday night.

Police were accused of ignoring repeated warnings about gangs operating in the neighbourhood of Barnet, north London. Three other burglaries took place nearby on the same day.
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/12/06/half-burglaries-now-take-place-people-home-police-inaction-makes/

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Re: 07/12/18
« Reply #2 on: Friday, 07 December, 2018 @ 02:39:26 »
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Endangered Hawaiian monk seals face new challenge: eels stuck up their noses
Picture of monk seal with eel up its nose shared by Noaa was only latest episode to occur in the past two years, baffling researchers

The Hawaiian monk seal has become endangered due to a range of threats, from fishing net entanglements to disease. Now the beleaguered species is facing an unexpected new challenge – eels getting stuck up their noses.
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/dec/06/hawaiian-monk-seal-eel-stuck-up-nose-why

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« Reply #3 on: Friday, 07 December, 2018 @ 02:42:13 »
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New tax on over-40s being considered by ministers to fund social care would raise £15bn a year, study finds

The proposal would see a 2.5 per cent levy applied to the earnings of people over the age of 40, similar to the model used in Germany.
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/over-40-tax-ministers-social-care-money-billions-raised-government-a8671406.html

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Re: 07/12/18
« Reply #4 on: Friday, 07 December, 2018 @ 02:50:32 »
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Buzzcocks singer Pete Shelley dies from suspected heart attack aged 63

The lead singer of punk pioneers Buzzcocks has died at the age of 63 from a suspected heart attack.

Pete Shelley was the front man for the band who are best known for their 1978 hit Ever Fallen In Love but whose sound and influence runs through the generations of post-punk and indie groups that followed.

The band's management told the BBC that Shelley died on Thursday in Estonia where he was living.
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/12/06/pete-shelley-lead-singer-buzzcocks-dies-suspected-heart-attack/



https://youtu.be/terg_LPT3X0?t=10

Great song, preferred Fine Young Cannibals version myself.

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« Reply #5 on: Friday, 07 December, 2018 @ 12:56:58 »
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Shane MacGowan responds to Fairytale of New York controversy: 'I'm absolutely fine with them bleeping the word'
Controversy around the use of the word 'faggot' in the song has rumbled on for years

Shane MacGowan has issued a statement that could end the ongoing debate around The Pogues' Christmas song "Fairytale of New York".

Controversy has rumbled on for years over the song's use of the word "faggot", which is sung by the late Kirsty MacColl.

Many consider the use of the word offensive given its modern use as a homophobic slur. Others argue that the context of the song means the word should be interpreted as traditional Irish slang for a "lazy person".

MacGowan went on to say that he does not want to get into an argument about the song and has no problem with it being censored during radio airplay.

RTÉ yesterday confirmed that the song will continue to be played uncensored on RTE radio as it has for the past 30 years.
https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/news/fairytale-new-york-homophobic-shane-maccowan-pogues-controversy-censored-lgbt-gay-a8671861.html


Brilliant song. Original, uncensored, version in link: https://youtu.be/j9jbdgZidu8?t=1


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Re: 07/12/18
« Reply #6 on: Friday, 07 December, 2018 @ 13:09:25 »
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Man stabbed in head 'for taking too long' at Asda petrol station
Jack Oldfield committed attack in front of off-duty police officer, Derbyshire force says

A man who stabbed a driver in the neck for “taking too long” at an Asda petrol station has been jailed.

Following an argument between the pair, Oldfield pulled a pocket from his knife and stabbed Mr Taylor in the neck.
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/asda-petrol-station-man-stabbed-derby-knife-injuries-latest-a8671271.html

Dangerous things, pockets. Should be banned.

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« Reply #7 on: Friday, 07 December, 2018 @ 13:13:38 »
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UK broadband customers hit with ‘loyalty penalty’ of up to £220, survey shows
Cheap introductory deals to entice new customers can rise substantially in price at contracts' end

Broadband customers who stay with the same provider and do not haggle for a better deal are being hit with “loyalty penalties” of up to £220 a year, a consumer group has warned.

Which? found that in some cases consumers would be better taking up a new superfast broadband contract rather than staying loyal to their provider without haggling as it would work out cheaper over the course of a year.

BT customers are at risk of paying the biggest loyalty premium – £220 – of the eight major providers, the watchdog said.
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/broadband-providers-bt-virgin-media-talktalk-plusnet-loyalty-penalty-a8671151.html

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Re: 07/12/18
« Reply #8 on: Sunday, 09 December, 2018 @ 00:35:54 »
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Amazon robot sets off bear repellant, putting 24 workers in hospital
Accident in New Jersey puts new focus on retailer’s warehouse working conditions

Twenty-four employees at an Amazon warehouse in New Jersey were taken to hospital after a robot accidentally punctured a can of bear repellant.

The incident has again shone a spotlight on conditions in Amazon’s warehouses, which have been criticised in the US and the UK for poor working practices and a focus on productivity above worker safety.

In the UK, ambulances were called to Amazon warehouses 600 times between 2015 and 2017. The company has denied that it had poor working conditions.
https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2018/dec/06/24-us-amazon-workers-hospitalised-after-robot-sets-off-bear-repellent
Amazon sell bear repellant and in New Jersey!?  :blink:


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