Behind the smiles and handshakes, the signature of the EU-Vietnam trade and investment deals - being agreed on Tuesday (25 June) and to be signed at the end of this week - have dire consequences for human well-being and our ability to prevent climate and ecological breakdown. The deals bear all the hallmarks of the ones with the USA and Canada that caused so much public outcry a few short years ago, but with a twist. Once again, the inclusion of an Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) system threatens public budgets and put social and environmental protections are under threat. But this time, the EU is salting the wound by pushing these corporate courts on a country where citizens have precious few rights in the first place – there is not a single independent trade union in Vietnam. Meanwhile, freedom of speech could barely be more curtailed – it ranks fifth-last on the World Press Freedom Index, ahead of only China, North Korea, Turkmenistan and Eritrea. The … [Read more...] about [Opinion] EU-Vietnam trade deal a bad day for workers’ rights
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Living in the technical era, we have become reliant on our devices, writes Abbie Dodson. We look to our screens for news, updates on our friends, and entertainment.The latter is perhaps the most important.Each week, I receive a ‘usage report’ from my phone, which averages at three hours of screen time a day.I was shocked by this and know that there are people out there who use their devices more than I do and wondered what their usage report would divulge.For my generation, we have grown alongside technology.I remember when I was around five-years-old, and broadband was only accessible at certain times on one device.I also remember when phone contracts were non-existent, and all of my friends used ‘pay as you go’, pleading with their parents for a ten-pound top up. Whilst my own interaction with technology as a child was limited, I notice that children now are just as obsessed with phones and tablets as their parents.I acknowledge how hard parenting can be, and … [Read more...] about Is technology having a bad effect on children?
Market stall trader Daniel Hosey seems to be cornering the market in one Potteries town – after opening his first butcher’s stall. The 22-year-old already owns the sweet shop, card shop, bag shop and café in Stoke indoor market. Now he has opened Market Corner Deli and Quality Meats Butchers – thought to be the first meat stall to open at an indoor market in the city for around 15 years. His decision comes despite concerns over market trade in the area. Daniel, from Tunstall, said: “My takings are up year on year and I am not worried about the other markets. I’ve not had a bad day this year. “We’ve just had a new market manager start and she’s been brilliant. She’s got loads of new ideas and our market has been absolutely fine.” Daniel and his partner Em, who met each other across the market aisles, took the plunge shortly after having their first child as they wanted a family business for their daughter. … [Read more...] about ‘I’ve not had a bad day’
'People must stop expecting money if they have a bad experience': judge Independent.ie It is "high time" people stopped thinking others should be expected to pay after a bad experience, a judge has said. https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/courts/people-must-stop-expecting-money-if-they-have-a-bad-experience-judge-38007864.html https://www.independent.ie/incoming/article36500289.ece/62727/AUTOCROP/h342/courts.jpg Email It is "high time" people stopped thinking others should be expected to pay after a bad experience, a judge has said. Judge Michael Coghlan's comment came during a sitting of Dublin District Civil Court yesterday, when a teenage boy was awarded €2,000 for two weeks' anxiety suffered following a minor road accident. "The figure in ordinary circumstances is very small, but in this instance the level of injury is very small," said the judge. "It is high time people got the idea, if they had a bad experience they expect money from a third party, has to stop. … [Read more...] about ‘People must stop expecting money if they have a bad experience’: judge
IF you think you’re having a tough start to the week then spare a thought for these poor souls. It might be a blue Monday but these hilarious photos will help brighten your day. Bad Hair Day Stairway to Heaven? Hell's Kitchen Nailed It Flying on a Wing and a Prayer Food for Thought What a Mug! Caught Short Oil be Back What's in a Name? Bear with Me Body of Evidence Someone Call the Fire Brigade HEAT IS ON Brits to bask in THREE-MONTH 'African plume' heatwave with 26C next month SNOT VERY NICE Man who snorted cocaine for 25 years reveals 'lumps of flesh fell from nose' mum's agony Harrowing clip mum wants you to see of her wailing after son, 18, was murdered SUN AIN'T GONNA SHINE ANYMORE Scott Walker of 60s pop icons The Walker Brothers dies at 76 WHO COULD DO THIS? Dog weighed down with bricks found dead at the bottom of a river GRUESOME FIND Dad who vanished on birthday is found dead 'encased in concrete' in basement Put Your Foot In It … [Read more...] about Think you’re having a bad start to the week? These people are having a worse day