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How a boy from Vietnam became a slave on a UK cannabis farm

Crazy story of human trafficking. These people really are the worst. (The traffickers or course, not their victims.)
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Shocking. Sadly, it's a difficult problem to address.
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I'm putting this here instead of the shitpost thread because it provoked a serious insight.

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Never mind that their politics are dissimilar.

Culturally speaking, she (and not Boris) is the Donald Trump of the UK.
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Something uplifting, for a change:
Cardiff teacher’s entire class receives A* in GCSE maths

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A CARDIFF teacher is being celebrated after his entire year 11 class received A* in GCSE maths.

Nicknamed “The Maths Whisperer”, Francis Elive, who teaches at the Fitzalan High School, is being praised far and wide for the feat.

The students’ achievements are even more impressive considering that only 14 per cent of pupils who took the exam in Wales achieved an A*, Wales Online reported.

Some of the pupils were close to achieving full marks in the exam, which they took six months early.

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GCSEs are still graded A* to G in Wales. In England, students receive marks between 9 and 1.
https://www.voice-online.co.uk/news/uk- ... cse-maths/

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'Porn block' companies seek £3m in damages

Four companies that were developing age verification schemes for pornography websites are seeking damages after the government scrapped the idea.

The plans would have forced adult websites to verify users' ages or face being blocked in the UK.

Culture Secretary Baroness Morgan scrapped the scheme in October 2019 amid a wave of privacy concerns.

AgeChecked, VeriMe, AVYourself and AVSecure are seeking over £3m in damages from the government.

They have lodged a judicial review with the High Court to review the lawfulness of the decision to axe the scheme.

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Open Rights Group - a UK-based organisation that campaigns for digital rights - warned that a database of pornographic preferences would have put people's privacy at risk.

Jim Killock, executive director of the Open Rights Group said the government did the "responsible thing" by abandoning the plans.

"The adult industry has a terrible record on data security. We're being asked to hope they don't repeat the many, many times they have lost personal data, with the result that blackmail scams and worse proliferate," he said.

"Age verification must not be pushed forward until there is compulsory privacy regulation put in place."

The companies developing the age-verification schemes were not subject to tight privacy regulations.

Instead, the government had asked them to make "voluntary" privacy commitments.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-51235675

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Let's tackle important things:
Firms urged to crack down on office football chat

Chat about football or cricket in the workplace should be curtailed, a management body has warned.

Chartered Management Institute head Ann Francke said sports banter can exclude women and lead to laddish behaviour such as chat about sexual conquests.

"A lot of women, in particular, feel left out," she told the BBC's Today programme.

"They don't follow those sports and they don't like either being forced to talk about them or not being included."

"I have nothing against sports enthusiasts or cricket fans - that's great," she said.

"But the issue is many people aren't cricket fans," she added, arguing bosses should crack down on sports banter.

Ms Francke is concerned that discussing football and, for example, the merits of video assistant refereeing (VAR) can disproportionately exclude women and divide offices.

"It's a gateway to more laddish behaviour and - if it just goes unchecked - it's a signal of a more laddish culture," she said

"It's very easy for it to escalate from VAR talk and chat to slapping each other on the back and talking about their conquests at the weekend."
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-51261999

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When they say "football" they really mean "footer" so of course they are "lads".

Whereas ...

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Witness wrote:
Mon Jan 27, 2020 10:29 pm
Let's tackle important things:
Firms urged to crack down on office football chat

Chat about football or cricket in the workplace should be curtailed, a management body has warned.

Chartered Management Institute head Ann Francke said sports banter can exclude women and lead to laddish behaviour such as chat about sexual conquests.

"A lot of women, in particular, feel left out," she told the BBC's Today programme.

"They don't follow those sports and they don't like either being forced to talk about them or not being included."

"I have nothing against sports enthusiasts or cricket fans - that's great," she said.

"But the issue is many people aren't cricket fans," she added, arguing bosses should crack down on sports banter.

Ms Francke is concerned that discussing football and, for example, the merits of video assistant refereeing (VAR) can disproportionately exclude women and divide offices.

"It's a gateway to more laddish behaviour and - if it just goes unchecked - it's a signal of a more laddish culture," she said

"It's very easy for it to escalate from VAR talk and chat to slapping each other on the back and talking about their conquests at the weekend."
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-51261999
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ed wrote:
Sat Jan 18, 2020 2:36 am
Thought that beavers caused flooding and were not the best things for the environment, if you idea of a good environment is a museum diorama.
We lived in the edge of the Cook County Forest Preserve when I was a kid. At one point beavers made a dam and flooded a major street making it impassable. They had to destroy the dam.
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"It's a gateway to more laddish behaviour. "

What like peeing while standing or inserting "u" in the odd word or... ed help us metric?
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Man 'tried to steal Magna Carta because he thought it wasn't real'

Mark Royden is accused of using a hammer to smash protective casing before trying to steal the document from Salisbury Cathedral.

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Mark Royden, 47, from Kent, is accused of using a hammer to smash the protective case before trying to steal the 800-year-old document from the cathedral last October.

Prosecutor Rob Welling told Salisbury Crown Court that it was the actions of "good-spirited" members of the public that prevented the robbery and his escape.

He said the defendant - who denies all charges - failed to steal the Magna Carta for two reasons: the historic document was "just too tough" for the tool he brought, and he did not bank on visitors and members of staff being willing to intervene.

"He was caught and detained despite trying to get away," Mr Welling said.

He added that members of the public, including American visitors and a member of staff, attempted to contain Royden within a set of glass doors but he threatened them with a hammer.

Cathedral outreach worker Leigh Chalmers told the court how she and others struggled with Royden and the glass door before pursuing him out of the cathedral.
https://news.sky.com/story/man-tried-to ... l-11919352

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3 European countries say they will refuse UK extradition requests now Brexit has happened
  • European fugitives could flee from the UK to their home countries as three EU countries confirm they will not extradite their own nationals to Britain now that Brexit has happened.
  • Austria, Germany, and Slovenia have confirmed they will not extradite their nationals to the UK during the 11-month Brexit transition period which starts tomorrow.
  • The UK left the EU at 11pm on Thursday, marking the end of three-and-a-half years of dramatic political turmoil.
https://www.businessinsider.com/eu-coun ... xit-2020-1

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Streatham attacker named as Sudesh Amman
A man shot dead by police after he stabbed people in south London had been released from prison in January.

Sudesh Amman, 20, was released around a week ago after serving half of his sentence of three years and four months for terror offences.

He was under active police surveillance at the time of the attack on Streatham High Road, which police believe to be an Islamist-related terrorist incident.

Three people were injured but none are in a life-threatening condition.

Scotland Yard said officers were searching addresses in south London and Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire.

"No arrests have been made and enquiries continue at pace," the Metropolitan Police said.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the government would announce further plans for "fundamental changes to the system for dealing with those convicted of terrorism offences" on Monday.

He said the government had moved quickly to introduce measures strengthening its response to terrorism, including longer prison sentences and more money for police, following the attack at Fishmongers Hall, near London Bridge, in November.
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Guess he was not reformed.

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Journalists walk out of No 10 after bid to impose selective briefing of Boris Johnson's Brexit plans

Labour accuses prime minister of adopting Trump-style tactics

Journalists walked out of a Downing Street briefing on Boris Johnson’s Brexit plans after the prime minister’s director of communications tried to restrict it to selected publications and broadcasters.

Among those boycotting the briefing were the BBC’s political editor Laura Kuenssberg and ITV’s Robert Peston.

Labour accused the prime minister of adopting the tactics of US president Donald Trump, who regularly excludes reporters who he regards as hostile.

An invitation sent out by No 10 offered a “technical background briefing” on the PM’s plans to negotiate a Canadian-style free trade agreement with the EU by the end of the year.

But when political correspondents from various outlets arrived inside No 10, they were asked their names and told to stand in two groups on opposite sides of the entrance hall.

Director of communications Lee Cain then invited those on one side to enter and told those on the other to leave.

Asked to explain why Downing Street was denying access to some publications – including The Independent – he replied: “We are welcome to brief whoever we want whenever we want.”

All of the correspondents refused to take part in the event on those terms and left No 10.
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/p ... 14996.html

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Streatham attack: Emergency terror law to end early prisoner release
Emergency legislation will be introduced to end the automatic early release from prison of terror offenders, the government has said.

Justice Secretary Robert Buckland told MPs the change would apply to both current and future offenders.

Terror offenders will only be considered for release once they have served two-thirds of their sentence and with the approval of the Parole Board.

It follows two attacks by men convicted of terror offences in recent months.

On Sunday, Sudesh Amman, 20, was shot dead by police in Streatham, south London, after stabbing two people. And in November two people were killed near London Bridge by Usman Khan.

Amman was released from prison towards the end of January, while Khan was out on licence from prison when he launched his attack in central London.

Mr Buckland said the latest attack made the case "for immediate action".
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Poor Scottish nationalists. Desperate to deliver any kind of nation. And the best they can do is urination.