Why Hungary’s state-sponsored schoolbooks have teachers worried

Budapest, Hungary (CNN)Flick through a Hungarian history book for high school students, and you’re left in no doubt about the government’s view on migrants. Education ‘straight from the state’ The shake-up comes amid weeks of street protests against Orban’s hardline policies, signaling cracks in his grip on the central eastern European nation. Since Orban’s populist Fidesz Party swept into power in 2010, and most recently won a landslide victory again in April last year, it has been at the helm of a “major educational reform,” government spokesman Zoltan Kovacs told CNN when it visited Hungary late last year. Previously, local municipalities oversaw the country’s public schools. But in recent years the state has taken over responsibility — and that includes …

Modi’s populist budget sets the stage for India’s national elections

New Delhi (CNN)India announced new measures to boost farmers’ incomes and cut taxes for the country’s growing middle class Friday, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government courts voters ahead of general elections later this year. On the new income tax regime, he added: “Because of major tax reforms undertaken by us during the last four and a half years, both collections as well as the tax base have shown significant increase … It is, therefore, just and fair that some benefits from the tax reforms must also be passed on to the middle-class taxpayers.” New help for poor Modi’s new budget comes days after the main opposition Congress Party made a push to woo voters with a promise to guarantee …

Veganuary: What did it cost you?

“To be vegan, it helps to be rich. If you open any vegan cookbook you come across all these expensive ingredients. “Pine nuts are crazy. They’re the most expensive. There is nothing cheap about them.” According to new research shared with the BBC, Mr Carey may have found his costs went up because he was vegetarian before he tried veganism. Image copyright Rachel Tranter Image caption Rachel Tranter with a bowl of vegan pasta According to Cleo, it is difficult to say for sure whether people save money in January because they have changed their diet as many people are tightening their belts anyway. However, Rachel Tranter from Abingdon told the BBC: “I didn’t do Veganuary to save money, but …

Bank staff saving elderly from scams

Staff noticed the customer was agitated and quietly asked some more questions in a private room. It emerged that the potential victim had believed they needed to pay an urgent tax bill or be fined £50,000 or sent to jail. The fraudster had called claiming to be an “agent” from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) and even suggested the victim make deposits to Bitcoin machines located in newsagents as a way of paying the outstanding bill. No money was lost, owing to the bank staff stepping in. Typical victim Under the protocol, introduced in October 2016, staff are trained to spot the signs of a scam and can request an immediate police response. A total of 231 arrests and 4,240 …

Energy firms handed new customers amid probe

When this happens, customers are automatically transferred to a new supplier. These customers’ supply is protected but their tariff is not. Winter likely to finish off some energy firms, analysts say Any credit they had with their old supplier – in cases where they had used less energy than they had paid for – is carried over. However, in cases of this kind, customers are given a new tariff with the new supplier that may be more expensive than their current deal. They are given the opportunity to switch. The so-called “supplier of last resort” system is quick and ensures that customers’ gas and electricity supplies are not cut off. What about these recent cases? Many of the customers of …

How tuition fees change real-life decisions

At the moment, despite preferring the opportunities and social experience of university, she is heading towards an apprenticeship. Fee decisions Isabella, part of a group of teenagers being supported by the Villiers Park social mobility charity, has a real-world, life-changing decision that will depend on the outcome of the government’s review of tuition fees in England. If the fees were to be cut to £5,000 or £6,000, she says it would make a “massive difference” to the level of debt and she would switch to applying to university. Image caption Maya says families might not want to admit that they cannot afford to support their children at university Until former students earn £25,000 they will not have to make repayments …

TSB suffers 105m loss after computer chaos

Of the £330m in extra costs, about £125m was for customer compensation and sorting out their problems, £49m was due to fraud and operational losses, £122m for extra help and advice to sort out the IT problems, and £33m in lost income from waived fees and charges. In recognition of the extra work for its employees, the bank said it had awarded staff – excluding executives – £1,500 each in December. No bonuses are being paid to executives for 2018. Richard Meddings, TSB executive chairman, said in a statement: “Last year was TSB’s most challenging year. But we enter 2019 with renewed ambition to re-emerge as the leading challenger bank in the UK – firmly on the side of the …

‘Big Brother’: AI pioneer fears China’s use of technology for surveillance and control

“This is the ‘1984’ Big Brother scenario,” he told Bloomberg in an interview, referencing George Orwell’s dystopian novel that was published in 1949. “I think it’s becoming more and more scary.” SAN FRANCISCO COULD BECOME FIRST US CITY TO BAN FACIAL RECOGNITION TECHNOLOGY Bengio, a professor at the University of Montreal, is considered a leading thinker in the AI space because of his work in deep learning. China’s communist government has already begun using closed-circuit cameras and facial recognition to surveil its citizens in public spaces, according to Bloomberg. China also created an app that allows people to know whether they are near someone who is in debt, and it reportedly rolled out a National Credit Information Sharing Platform that …

General Motors About To Begin Laying Off 4,200 Salaried Workers

General Motors will begin GM announced in November that it was cutting a total of with more than 6,000 hourly workers.  Donald Trump’s trade war has cost the company $1 billion in extra tariffs on imported aluminum and steel. The company hopes the workforce cuts will save it $6 billion a year by the end of 2020. specific timing for when those reductions will occur,” the statement added. massive corporate tax cut from 35 percent to 21 percent implemented in 2017 by the Trump administration. The president pitched his tax plan as an incentive for corporations to expand their business and thereby share their tax-savings windfalls with workers. But a study released last month found that the huge cuts had …

Sacked and silenced for being pregnant

In some cases, the gagging orders even warn them about speaking ‘anonymously’ about their treatment. Stressful time “It effectively allows companies to break the law,” the mother who got in touch with the BBC said. “You need a very strong case to succeed in court as well as needing a lot of tenacity. “I had a newborn baby to focus on and the worry of paying the mortgage so couldn’t fight the case. Nearly five years on, she said: “Please don’t publish my name, I just needed to tell my story. I want the law to change. It does not protect women at all.” What are NDAs? Sometimes known as “gagging orders” or “hush agreements”. In employment law, they’re parts …

Roger Stone warns Trump’s presidency is in peril

Washington (CNN)Roger Stone is known for hyperbole, but his latest graphic warning should worry Donald Trump. The indictment of Stone, Trump’s longest serving political adviser, refocused attention on whether Trump and his team crossed legal and ethical lines during an effort to defeat Hillary Clinton in an election that featured a simultaneous Russian meddling operation. The key question for Mueller has always been whether there was a criminal conspiracy by members of Trump’s team to cooperate with Moscow’s bid to make him President. So far, he has offered no proof of such a bombshell finding, in a forest of indictments, court filings, one trial and convictions of people around the President in a probe that appears to be getting ever …

New York Times: Deutsche Bank declined loan request from Trump Organization during 2016 campaign

Washington (CNN)During the 2016 presidential election, then-candidate Donald Trump was not granted a loan from Deutsche Bank following an extensive debate within the ranks of the bank, The New York Times reported on Saturday. “We bought Trump Turnberry without any financing and put tens of millions of dollars of our own money into the renovation, which began in 2014. At no time was any money needed to finance the purchase or the refurbishment of Trump Turnberry.” The New York Times also reported that Troy Gravitt, a Deutsche Bank spokesman, declined comment. Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

House chair: Why I’m no longer accepting corporate PAC money

(CNN)As a freshman member of Congress in 1997, one of my first speeches was about campaign finance reform. I warned that unregulated contributions were threatening to undermine our democracy, and said, “It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that our current campaign finance system is broken and needs to be fixed.” The Supreme Court’s disastrous Citizens United decision in 2010 led to the rise of dark money groups (nonprofits that don’t have to disclose their donors) and super PACs, political action committees that can accept unlimited contributions from individuals and corporations and spend it on behalf of candidates as long as they don’t hand the money directly to them. Sign up for our new newsletter. Join us on …