Brazil to break global moratorium on genetically-modified "terminator" seeds,said to threaten the livelihoods of millions of small farmers around the world. Sterile or "suicide" seeds produced byof genetic use restriction technology, makes crops die off after one harvest without producing offspring.
Dutch water supplier Vitens, has ended a partnership with the Israeli water company Mekorot. the Dutch company said it was “extremely hard” to work with Mekorot on future projects “because they cannot be taken out of the political context.” Becoming a serious reputational risk.
A federal judge said General Motors is not required to pay $450 million to cover medical benefits for retirees, in a defeat for the United Auto Workers union. U.S. District Judge Avern Cohn: post-bankruptcy GM did not assume any obligation for the payment.
Reykjavík District Court sentenced four former executives of Kaupthing Bank to between 3 and 5 1/2 years in prison for financial crimes dating back to 2008. Investigations into the four go back to the Icelandic bank crash of autumn 2008. Special Prosecutor’s Office targeted many top bank officials.
Telemarketing robots sound and act realistic, convince everyone they’re actually human.Insist they are real. Computer-operated conversation. Calls people on the company's behalf.
Ten people killed, hundreds injured as chaos gripped Argentina amid a police strike demanding pay rises. Mobs have taken over the streets, looting shops and robbing homes. Officers across the country refused to go on patrol in 19 out of 23 Argentinean provinces.
During an overnight raid, Ukrainian police have driven protesters off some of the areas they occupied in central Kiev. The operation was carried out in order to clear the streets from the barricades to let transport pass, according to the law enforcers. Minor clashes, tear gas being used.
British anti-poverty charities have slammed the global trade deal agreed by the World Trade Organization (WTO). According to critics, the deal reached among the 159 members could hinder countries from setting their own priorities in food security, worker rights and environmental protection.
Canadian arms exports soared to countries with poor human rights records, including Bahrain, raising questions about Canadian government’s foreign policy.Increased its weapons exports to Pakistan by 98 percent, Mexico by 93 percent and Egypt by 83 percent, all countries are experiencing conflicts.
Doctors of the World (MDM) said on Monday the crisis in Greece has badly damaged people's ability to cover their medical expenses, warning that the issue has put Greek children and pregnant women at risk. Over 27 percent of the population, unable to pay social security, left with no healthcare.
Canadian officials confirmed Monday that the nation is preparing to include the North Pole as part of its Arctic Ocean seabed claim in the multi-country push to prove jurisdiction over further territory in the resource-rich area. We are drawing the last lines of Canada, defending our sovereignty.
The biggest drop in living standards since the Victorian age is seeing low and middle earners suffering an unprecedented squeeze on their incomes as austerity measures continue to bite, women, part-time workers disproportionately affected, increasing number of public sector workers are struggling .
Daughter of Reverend Wright and 12 other Democrats are charged with embezzling $16 million in Federal health grants that should have gone to AIDS charities and other programs for the poor and needy. Two of them have ties to President Barack Obama.
British government has issued guidelines warning businesses of the risks of trading with Jewish colonies in the occupied Palestinian territories, including potential damage to a company’s reputation. We do not encourage or offer support to such activity.
Controversial new trade standards that would grant radical new political powers to corporations, increase the cost of prescription medications and restrict bank regulation. Would allow foreign companies to challenge laws or regulations in a privately run international court.
Apple, AOL, Facebook, Google, Twitter, LinkedIn, Yahoo and Microsoft advocating reforms, overhaul of surveillance laws, an international ban of bulk data collection. “People won’t use technology they don’t trust. Governments have put this trust at risk, having a direct effect on their business interests.
Ukrainian riot police have been deployed to the streets of the capital, Kiev, to stop thousands of pro-EU protesters who have been blocking entrances to key government buildings including the City Hall. Protesting against government decision to expand trade with Russia, stop EU association agreement.
Britain’s biggest food bank provider, the Trussell Trust, has reported an explosion in food bank use as a direct outcome of austerity measures, welfare cuts, energy price increases and low pay. Confirmed that food bank use has tripled this year. Supplying meals for more than 50,000 people a day.
Israel’s Economy Minister believes the time has come to annex parts of the West Bank and install full economic and military control over Israeli settlements in occupied Palestinian territory, which are deemed illegal under international law. Called ongoing Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations a “joke.
Oil well lying a few dozen meters inside Palestinian territory, according to international law and the Oslo Accords, should belong to Palestine. Well is under Israeli control, most of the reserves lie under Palestinian territory. Israel has prevented Palestinians from gaining access to natural resources.
Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR) is on its way to approve a licence application from PaxVax Australia (PaxVax) for the intentional release of a GMO vaccine consisting of live bacteria into the environment in Queensland, South Australia, Western Australia and Victoria.
Rep. Matt Cartwright (D., Penn.): Americans losing their insurance under Obamacare “a good thing,” MSNBC Live Friday. Those losing insurance will ultimately benefit from that happening. I think is a good thing, because what we’re up to here is we are strengthening the health care system in this country.”
U.S. oil company Chevron suspended exploration for shale gas in Romania, hundreds of anti-fracking protesters tore down fences. Hundreds of riot police couldn't prevent residents from demolishing fences and breaking into the site. Dozens detained, 14 charged with destruction of property, carrying knives.
1 Infinite Loop have placed tracking devices called beacons in their stores in order to offer a new kind of shopping experience. These beacons communicate with your phone via Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) technology in order to offer you appropriate promotions, advertisements, and other information.
RT’s Lucy Kafanov: Hundreds of protesters broke into a Chevron site after the US oil giant resumed search for shale gas in Romania. Clashes ensued as riot police started streaming in. Protesters chanted “Chevron go home. Situation escalated, surrounding perimeter fences taken down."
Ukraine’s opposition hopes to bring one million protesters to the streets of Kiev o Sunday to put pressure on President Viktor Yanukovych after his refusal to sign European integration deal. Opposition leader Vitaly Klitschko: We want to send a message that we don't want to live in a police state.
Press TV: The Gaza Strip remains without electricity and fuel for the upcoming winter as the Israeli regime steps up the pressure on the Palestinians. Only six hours of electricity per day, no gas makes Gaza’s homes cold. Past few months, electricity rationed, blackouts increased during rain.
Washington-based church in Olympia facing government attack after handing out more than 5,000 meals per month for the last two years. group known as ‘Crazy Faith Ministries’ has been hit with a bureaucratic siege of red tape for handing out the thousands of meals via a public parking lot.
Georgia’s Republican insurance commissioner Ralph Hudgens told a group of Republican women in November that having a pre-existing condition like breast cancer or asthma is like being at fault in a car accident and that insurance companies should rightfully be reluctant to cover you.
Moroccan parliament held a hearing into the industrial, medical benefits of marijuana. First steps at legalizing the plant. According to the UN, Morocco is responsible for 42 percent of the world supply of marijuana. Legalizing could boost exports, sales estimated at $10 billion. Important economic resource.
Official figures show rising house prices in London and the south-east has have sparked a sharp jump in the number of homeless people. More than two-thirds of these homeless families had children or pregnant women. Soaring prices, cuts to housing benefit are pushing people into homelessness
Fast-food workers took to the streets to demand higher minimum wages in hundreds of American cities. Federal minimum wage of $7.25 too low, workers demand the wage to be raised to $15 an hour. Walmart workers protests on Black Friday at 1,500 US stores.
Reporter, a fit young man in his early twenties, expected to walk11 miles in a 10-hour shift, and find an item every 33 seconds. Meeting his targets sometimes required running. His exhaustion was obvious. “I've never done a job like this before the pressure is unbelievable.”
A Georgia electric car owner was charged with theft after plugging his vehicle into a school’s power supply. Kaveh Kamooneh said he charged his Nissan Leaf for about 20 minutes one Saturday last month while his 11-year-old son played tennis.
Shreveport-area town near natural gas drilling sites, has having issues with their water.Could ignite the water coming out of the faucet. Say the fault lies with Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, which operates in the area, for leaking methane into their wells. Started once they started drilling wells.
five Port Authority toll increases passed since 2011. Many truckers are upset over the toll increase. Tolls were created so that those who use the road pay to fix it,“Where’s the money going? increase is causing small businesses to pay a business tax to do business in New York and New Jersey.
US Navy military capability in the Arctic has worried Russian President Vladimir Putin, ordered his armed forces to increase their presence in the region. U. S. has nuclear-armed submarines in the Arctic. Large oil, gas reserves in the Arctic.
Some companies pay nothing at all despite reporting billions of dollars in profits. So many loopholes and tax perks that the US tax code now runs to 73,954 pages. Corporate profits as a share of our economy are at 65-year highs, while corporate taxes as a share of the economy are near 65-year lows.
Banks involved are UBS, RBS, Deutsche Bank, Citigroup and JP Morgan settlement involved Barclays, Deutsche Bank, RBS and Société Générale. Three banks and one broker not ready to settle Crédit Agricole, HSBC, JP Morgan, money broker Icap. Collusion between banks.
A surge in the number of people requiring emergency food aid, a decrease in the amount of calories consumed by British families, and a doubling of the number of malnutrition cases seen at English hospitals. Austerity and welfare cuts are adding to the problem, rise in the use of food banks.
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