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Government set to cut £70 a week from thousands of state pensions

Thousands of retired Britons who have someone depending on them are set to lose £70 a week from April

The Government is taking £33million away from people's pensions as they end the allowance for adult dependents.

Designed to help people with someone else relying on them, the benefit is worth £70 a week, but will stop being paid in April.

Steve Webb, Royal London policy director, said: "Under the old state pension system, people claiming a retirement pension could get a significant extra amount for a spouse who was financially dependent upon them."

Royal London launched a Freedom of Information request to find out just how many people would lose out - discovering 11,000 pensioners are still in receipt of the cash.
https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/no ... k-17512246

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I read about that, Witness. It's pretty mean-spirited to suddenly withdraw a benefit that hasn't been available to new claimants for a while and would soon not have been payable to anyone anyway as people age.
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asthmatic camel wrote:
Mon Jan 06, 2020 3:20 pm
I read about that, Witness. It's pretty mean-spirited to suddenly withdraw a benefit that hasn't been available to new claimants for a while and would soon not have been payable to anyone anyway as people age.
Aaaaaaand won't be there to vote: throw them to the dogs.

I fear the poor will get screwed hard these next years. :|

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Top cop: UK risks 'Orwellian, omniscient police state'

The UK risks becoming a "ghastly, Orwellian, omniscient police state", according to London's top police officer.

Cressida Dick, Commissioner of London's Metropolitan Police Service, called on law enforcement to confront ethical dilemmas posed by data, robotics and artificial intelligence.

She told an audience at the Lowy Institute in Sydney, Australia, that data is vital, but only to help humans "to make better decisions".

In comments reported by The Sydney Morning Herald, Ms Dick said: "We're now tiptoeing into a world of robotics, AI and machine learning... the next step might be predictive policing.

"People are starting to get worried about that... particularly because of the potential for bias in the data or the algorithm, [like] live facial recognition software."

There are already more than 600,000 CCTV cameras in London, according to CCTV.co.uk, making the city one of the most closely watched in the world.

And in June, Ms Dick used a speech at the Police Foundation to call for better use of data and public consent to avoid charges of a "police state".
https://news.sky.com/story/top-cop-uk-r ... e-11801100

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Reynhard Sinaga: 'Evil sexual predator' jailed for life for 136 rapes
A man convicted of 159 sex offences, including 136 rapes, will "never be safe to be released", a judge has said.

Reynhard Sinaga was found guilty of luring 48 men from outside Manchester clubs to his flat, where he drugged and assaulted them - filming the attacks.

Police say they have evidence Sinaga, 36, who is being named for the first time, targeted at least 190 victims.

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said Sinaga was "the most prolific rapist in British legal history".

The judge ruled his life sentence must include a minimum of 30 years in jail.

Reporting restrictions were also lifted at a sentencing hearing at Manchester Crown Court on Monday, meaning Sinaga could be identified for the first time.

The post-graduate student was already serving life, with a minimum term of 20 years, for the offences he was convicted of in two earlier trials, which took place in summer 2018 and last spring.

Across four separate trials, the Indonesian national was found guilty of 136 counts of rape, eight counts of attempted rape, 14 counts of sexual assault, and one count of assault by penetration, against a total of 48 victims.

Detectives say they have been unable to identify a further 70 victims and are now appealing for anyone who believes they may have been abused by Sinaga to come forward.

At the hearing, Judge Suzanne Goddard QC said Sinaga was "an evil serial sexual predator who has preyed upon young men" who wanted "nothing more than a good night out with their friends".

"In my judgment you are a highly dangerous, cunning and deceitful individual who will never be safe to be released," she said - adding that the decision to release prisoners is made by the Parole Board.

Sinaga would wait for men leaving nightclubs and bars before leading them to his flat in Montana House, Princess Street, often with the offer of somewhere to have a drink or call a taxi.

He drugged his victims before assaulting them while they were unconscious. When the victims woke up many of them had no memory of what had happened.

The student, who denied the charges, had claimed all the sexual activity was consensual and that each man had agreed to being filmed while pretending to be asleep - a defence described by the judge as "ludicrous".

At an earlier sentencing, the judge said she was sure that Sinaga had used a form of date rape drug such as GHB.
Here's a story about how he operated:
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-50688975
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For our railway aficionados:
South Western Railway may be nationalised after firm loses £137m

Accounts show joint venture between FirstGroup and MTR could go bust before end of 2020

The strike-hit South Western Railway (SWR) franchise faces the prospect of nationalisation after its accounts revealed “significant doubt” that it could see out the year without going bust.

The train company’s directors said it was uncertain that it could fulfil the terms of its franchise, while a £146m cash injection from its parent groups was likely to be used up before the end of 2020.

Filings to Companies House from December, published on Tuesday, showed that the train operator, a joint venture between FirstGroup and the Hong Kong-based MTR, lost £137m in the year to March 2019.

SWR directors said in the accounts there was “material uncertainty that may cast significant doubt on the company’s ability to continue as a going concern”. The company’s auditors, Deloitte, signed off the accounts but highlighted the directors’ statement.
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/202 ... loses-137m

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Saving the UK:
After Britain appeals for weirdos, spoon bender Uri Geller applies

LONDON (Reuters) - Spoon-bending celebrity psychic Uri Geller, 73, has applied for a job in the British government in response to an advert for “misfits” and “weirdos”, saying no other candidate would possess his powers.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s most senior adviser, Dominic Cummings, advertised government jobs for “assorted weirdos” in a recent blog post, complaining that the civil service did not have enough genuine cognitive diversity.

In a cover letter beginning “Dear Dom”, Geller said that his career as an entertainer has been the “perfect mask” for his work in espionage.

“While many have doubted my abilities, my achievements cannot be dismissed as trickery or illusions,” said the Israeli, who became famous in the 1970s for performing telekinetic feats on television, such as bending spoons without touching them.

“In my intelligence work I assisted with Operation Desert Storm, helped to locate secret tunnels in North Korea, and used my skills to erase crucial diplomatic discs on their way to Moscow,” he said.

Geller recently said he had used his powers to help Johnson win last month’s election by giving his aides a spoon enthused with positive energy.
https://uk.reuters.com/article/us-brita ... KKBN1Z71JY

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Now to the Important Things©:

'Rogue royals'? Pundits furious over Harry and Meghan's step back

Announcement by pair that they are stepping back from public life brings hysterical response

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s decision to step back from public life has provoked vitriolic attacks on the couple and hyperbolic predictions on what it could mean for the monarchy.

The announcement came after Prince Harry and Meghan criticised media intrusion and launched legal action against the Mail on Sunday. This, along with reports that the couple’s decision has upset the Queen, appears to have fuelled the ferocity of the reaction.

Meghan and Harry are “the two most spoiled brats in history”, according to broadcaster and former Mirror editor, Piers Morgan.

After the news broke on Wednesday night, Morgan launched a Twitter tirade against Meghan and Harry that has continued on Thursday. He said the death of his mother Diana did not give Harry “licence to treat the Queen so appallingly”.
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/202 ... al-rupture


He has to work on his smile, I'd say. :notsure:

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What's the biggie? Isn't that basically what the Duke of Windsor did?
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Boys and girls 'unlawfully segregated' at Islamic school - head says it's what parents of faith want

Redstone Academy in Balsall Heath is not meeting equality laws by teaching boys and girls separately - but head disputes findings

A Birmingham school is unlawfully segregating boys and girls - with boys given privileges and treated more favourably than girls, according to a critical Ofsted report.

Inspectors who visited the fee-paying Redstone Educational Academy last month found the Islamic-faith school teaches boys and girls in separate classes, despite being told over a year ago that doing so defied equality legislation.

The school, in Balsall Heath, was also openly favouring boys by giving them first choice of work experience options and by barring girls from some sports, claims the report.

Boys and girls take separate school trips, with the girls having to wear school uniform on those trips while the boys did not.

"University is not for females"

One group of pupils told inspectors a member of staff, who has since left, had told them: "University is not for females."

The report concluded: "Leaders are aware that segregating pupils by gender is unlawful and that they are in breach of the Equality Act 2010.

"They recently applied to open a separate girls’ school on the same premises but were unsuccessful."

The school's head Saadat Rasool disputed Ofsted's findings and defended the segregation practices, which he said were in line with the Muslim faith of parents.
https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/m ... c-17519704

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Jacob Rees-Mogg announces extra month's holiday for MPs

MPS are to be given an extra month's holiday this year compared to 2019, the most days of downtime since Brexit took over the parliamentary agenda.

The Commons will be in recess for 64 working days this year – not including conference season and the Christmas break, which has yet to be announced.

It's the most days MPs have had off since 2014.

The bumper breaks mean Boris Johnson will have fewer sessions of Prime Minister's Questions and ministers won't have as many departmental questions sittings.

It will give Parliamentary committees less time to scrutinise Government decisions through the year.

Last year the Commons was in recess for just 46 working days, excluding the dissolution for the General Election.

Commons Leader Jacob Rees-Mogg said MPs would take a two-week break in February, which was not taken last year so Parliament could concentrate on Brexit.

Both the summer and Easter recesses are a full week longer than 2019. At 35 working days, MPs' summer holiday this year will be the longest since 2009.

Many MPs use the recess to catch up on constituency work – but they are free to use the time as they wish.

The average holiday entitlement for British workers is 33.5 days.
https://www.thenational.scot/news/18149 ... idays-mps/

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Harry Dunn death: US says extradition request 'highly inappropriate'

The US has said an extradition request for the woman charged with the death of teenager Harry Dunn is "highly inappropriate".

It comes after Home Secretary Priti Patel formally sent an extradition notice to the US Justice Department for Anne Sacoolas over the accident which killed the 19-year-old.

Mrs Sacoolas left the UK after the car she was driving hit Mr Dunn's motorbike outside RAF Croughton in Northamptonshire in August.

In December, she was charged by the Crown Prosecution Service with death by dangerous driving.

She is still in the US having claimed diplomatic immunity shortly after the accident. Her husband is a diplomat, thought to be a US intelligence officer.

A US State Department spokesperson expressed "deepest sympathies" for the family and said it the country continues "to look for options for moving forward".

However, they maintained that Mrs Sacoolas had immunity at the time of the incident and that extraditing her "would establish an extraordinarily troubling precedent".
https://news.sky.com/story/anne-sacoola ... h-11905753

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Police call for ban on anonymous pay-as-you-go phones

Police inspectorate says ban would help combat county lines drug operations

Police want a ban on the anonymous purchase of pay-as-you-go mobile phones to help tackle county lines drug dealers, a report reveals.

The report by the police inspectorate says criminals get round laws meant to restrict their activities by being able to buy phones or sim cards without the need to prove their identity.

Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary in the report on the law enforcement response to county lines says the government should start a review.

As part of county lines, phone lines are set up by drugs gangs for users to call and also involves urban drug gangs operating in smaller towns and rural areas to boost their profits.
https://www.theguardian.com/society/202 ... -go-phones

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Witness wrote:
Sun Jan 12, 2020 3:09 am
Police call for ban on anonymous pay-as-you-go phones

Police inspectorate says ban would help combat county lines drug operations

Police want a ban on the anonymous purchase of pay-as-you-go mobile phones to help tackle county lines drug dealers, a report reveals.

The report by the police inspectorate says criminals get round laws meant to restrict their activities by being able to buy phones or sim cards without the need to prove their identity.

Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary in the report on the law enforcement response to county lines says the government should start a review.

As part of county lines, phone lines are set up by drugs gangs for users to call and also involves urban drug gangs operating in smaller towns and rural areas to boost their profits.
https://www.theguardian.com/society/202 ... -go-phones
We should probably cc the police on all our emails too. After all, we have nothing to hide.

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Giz wrote:
Sun Jan 12, 2020 6:00 am
Witness wrote:
Sun Jan 12, 2020 3:09 am
Police call for ban on anonymous pay-as-you-go phones

Police inspectorate says ban would help combat county lines drug operations

Police want a ban on the anonymous purchase of pay-as-you-go mobile phones to help tackle county lines drug dealers, a report reveals.

The report by the police inspectorate says criminals get round laws meant to restrict their activities by being able to buy phones or sim cards without the need to prove their identity.

Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary in the report on the law enforcement response to county lines says the government should start a review.

As part of county lines, phone lines are set up by drugs gangs for users to call and also involves urban drug gangs operating in smaller towns and rural areas to boost their profits.
https://www.theguardian.com/society/202 ... -go-phones
We should probably cc the police on all our emails too. After all, we have nothing to hide.
Don't we already?
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ed wrote:
Sun Jan 12, 2020 10:42 am
Don't we already?
Indeed:
US Government-funded Android phones come preinstalled with unremovable malware

Phones were sold to low-income people under the FCC's Lifeline Assistance program.
https://arstechnica.com/information-tec ... e-malware/

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UK's Queen Elizabeth calls Prince Harry for crisis meeting

LONDON (Reuters) - Queen Elizabeth has summoned her grandson Prince Harry for a crisis meeting to discuss future arrangements for him and his wife Meghan following the couple’s shock announcement that they want to step back from royal duties.

Harry’s father Prince Charles, the heir to the throne, and his elder brother Prince William, will also attend the meeting, due to take place on Monday at the queen’s Sandringham estate in Norfolk, eastern England, a Buckingham Palace source told Reuters.

Meghan, an American former TV actress, will try to join via telephone from Canada where she returned earlier in the week to rejoin the couple’s baby son, Archie.

Harry and Meghan, officially known as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, surprised the rest of the royal family on Wednesday by publicly announcing they wanted a “new working model” that would allow them to spend more time in North America and to be financially independent.

They did not consult the 93-year-old monarch or other members of the family before making their announcement on a new website, https://sussexroyal.com, a move which hurt and disappointed the queen and other royals, according to a royal source.
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-brit ... SKBN1ZA0HD

To the Tower with them! :x