Showing posts with label International. Commerce. Show all posts
Showing posts with label International. Commerce. Show all posts

July 10, 2013

B&B in UK Looses Appeals } Court Says Religious Rights Not Over Gay Rights




christian-bb-loses-court-case-brought-by-gay-coupleBed and breakfast owner has lost her appeal against a ruling that she unlawfully discriminated against a gay couple.
Susanne Wilkinson was sued by Michael Black and John Morgan from Cambridgeshire after she refused to let them share a double bed.
The Court of Appeal dismissed a challenge to the ruling, but gave Mrs Wilkinson, from Berkshire, permission to appeal to the Supreme Court.
It is due to be heard on 9 October.
The case will be heard at the same time as that of Peter and Hazelmary Bull, who refused to let Martyn Hall and Steven Preddy share a bedroom at their seaside guesthouse in Cornwall.
Religious beliefs
Mr Black, 64, and Mr Morgan, 59, from Brampton near Huntingdon, had booked and paid a deposit for a double room at the Swiss Bed and Breakfast in Cookham.
When they arrived, Mrs Wilkinson made it clear she was not prepared to allow them to share a double bed, and that she would not accommodate them.
Ms Wilkinson, a Christian, said her religious beliefs dictated her decision.
Lawyers for Mrs Wilkinson argued that a person offering bed and breakfast in their own home was entitled to refuse to allow people who were not married or in a civil partnership to share a double bed.
The couple are not in a civil partnership. In these circumstances, there was no direct or indirect discrimination, Mrs Wilkinson's lawyers said.
Mr Black and Mr Morgan's case was taken up by lawyers from the human rights organisation Liberty.
They argued it was unlawful for a person concerned with the provision of services to the public to discriminate against a person on the grounds of their sexual orientation.
Mrs Wilkinson was ordered to pay more than £3,500 in damages last year after a court in Reading decided the couple had suffered unlawful discrimination.

June 8, 2013

Founder of Ikea And A Strong Nazi Past

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We’ve heard it many times, those who ignore history are doomed to relived again. Now if history was good, then what the heck. But as we know these worlds have gone through periods of blood in which actual blood tainted the rivers and clogged the street sewage drains.
As I write and put together this posting for my blog there are awful news coming in from Syria and from afghanistan this evening. I guess it would be fair to say that human blood is something humans do very well all over the centuries and now with better weapons.
What Am I saying?
We should never forget the good and the bad historical earth shattering events on our past, wether from 9/11 or much latter than that. We should always hold those people responsible for the destructions of other human beings for the simple reason some one somewhere declare war.
Today the BBC reminds of a story that wont go away. I’ll let you read it for yourself snd I hope my readers at G+ would have something to say. FB is too busy with other stuff right now to comment on anything but the dog is cute,,,and Iam generalization, I have friends there that are made of pure gold.
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The founder of the Ikea furniture chain, Ingvar Kamprad, is facing further questions about his Nazi past following claims in a new book.
Author Elisabeth Asbrink says Mr Kamprad was an active recruiter for a Swedish Nazi group, and stayed close to sympathisers well after World War II.
The details go beyond what Mr Kamprad has previously admitted.
The Swedish billionaire has said his involvement was youthful "stupidity", and the "greatest mistake" of his life.
In her book, Ms Asbrink says Mr Kamprad actively recruited people to the fascist Sweden's Socialist Union (SSS).
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She says the activity prompted security police to set up a file on him in 1943 when he was 17 - the same year that he founded Ikea.
Ms Asbrink says the security police intercepted his post, and noted that he "had some sort of functionary position" in a youth Nazi organization.
The intelligence services have refused to comment.
'Proud of links'
The tycoon revealed some elements of his past in a book in 1988, admitting that he was a close friend of the Swedish fascist activist Per Engdahl, and a member of his New Swedish Movement between 1942 and 1945.
Ms Asbrink's book includes details of a wedding invitation Mr Kamprad sent to Engdahl in 1950, telling him how proud he was that the two belonged to the same circle.
She says that, in an interview in 2010, he told her that: "Per Engdahl is a great man, and I will maintain that as long as I live."
A Swedish expert on far-right extremism, Anna-Lena Lodenius, told Radio Sweden that Mr Kamprad's Nazi involvement could no longer be dismissed as the by-product of an 
accidental friendship with Per Engdahl.            
His involvement in another fascist organisation, she said, showed he must have been "perfectly aware" of what it stood for.
However, a spokesman for Mr Kamprad said he had long admitted flirting with fascism, but that now, "there are no Nazi-sympathising thoughts in Ingvar's head whatsoever".
Although Mr Kamprad ranks 162nd in the most recent Forbes magazine wealth list, worth an estimated $6bn (£3.6bn), some analysts believe he is much richer.
Ownership of Ikea, the world's largest furniture chain, is now in the hands of a Dutch charitable foundation created by Mr Kamprad. But some, including the Swedish business newspaper Veckans Affarer, believe that behind complicated legal arrangements, it is still effectively his company.
Even so, Mr Kamprad is renowned for a devotion to frugality, reportedly driving an old Volvo and travelling by economy class.
pics credit :wikipedia
Source of reporting: BBC (UK)

November 7, 2012

China Can Not Control it’s Goods, Now Is Fake Eggs


Image: A man smokes a cigarette at an egg stall in Beijing, China, on Dec. 10, 2008.
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A man smokes a cigarette at an egg stall in Beijing, China, on Dec. 10, 2008.
 From tainted baby formula to exploding watermelons, China has seen its share of food safety problems. But food forgery in the world’s most populous country may have recently hit another high — or, rather, another low: Fake chicken eggs.
On Sunday, a woman who gave her name as Ms. Tian was shopping at a vegetable market in Luoyang, in Central China’s Henan province, when she noticed a van selling eggs for about six cents cheaper than they were going for in supermarkets, the Guangming Daily reported. Assuming that the eggs came from a countryside seller not aware of city prices, she took her chances and bought 2.5 kilos of the bargain eggs — which turned out to be fakes.
Citing an anonymous source, the paper outlined how the fakes were made: Prepare a mould, then mix the right amounts of resin, starch, coagulant and pigments to make egg white. Sodium alginate, extracted from brown algae, gives the egg white the wanted viscosity. Then add the fake egg yolk, a different mix of resin and pigments. Once the proper shape is achieved, an amalgamate of paraffin wax, gypsum powder, calcium carbonate makes for a credible shell.
The newspaper asked specialist Yi Junpeng, assistant professor for biological engineering at the Henan University of Science and Technology, for advice on how to identify a fake eggs at market stalls. Professor Yi warned of eggs that are too perfectly shaped and smooth. Real eggs have a faint smell, he said, which fake eggs lack. Tapping a fake egg makes a hollower sound than a real egg. Once cracked open, egg white and yolk would quickly mix.
Fake eggs first appeared in the mid-nineties and production spread all over China, the state-owned news agency Xinhua reported back in 2005. At the time, the production cost of a fake egg was half of its real equivalent. With the proper equipment and materials, one person could produce 1,500 fake eggs per day, another Xinhua report quoted a fake-egg producers’ website as saying.
China has seen its share of non egg-related food scares, including cases of pork colored to be sold as beef, pork that glowed blue, recycled steamed buns, and tofu fermented with sewage. Last year a scandal involving the resale of “gutter oil” — used cooking oil thrown out by restaurants or scooped from sewers and peddled to unsuspecting customers — turned stomachs worldwide. In 2008, a massive tainted milk scandal killed four infants and sickened thousands of children across the country.

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