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Prison sentences: Charities and probation staff union welcome proposals

Image copyright PA Ministers are being warned that a proposal to scrap prison sentences of six months or less will only work if there is more investment in the probation services. The government says this approach in England and Wales’ prisons could reduce overcrowding and re-offending. It is thought it would free up thousands of prison places. But the probation officers’ union says the partial privatisation of the service needs to be reversed. About 30,000 offenders – including burglars and most shoplifters – could avoid jail every year under the…

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Meghan takes royal roles at UK charities for women and animals

LONDON (Reuters) – Meghan Markle, wife of Britain’s Prince Harry, announced on Thursday she would become patron of four organizations to champion causes close to her heart, including the National Theater and charities supporting women and animal welfare. Queen Elizabeth, 92, has passed on her patronages of the National Theater and the Association of Commonwealth Universities, which she has held for decades, to Meghan, who married the queen’s grandson last year. Known as the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan will also become the patron of Smart Works, a charity helping long-term…

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‘Santa Sam’ the bin man collects presents for charities

‘Santa Sam’ and his fellow bin men have collected presents from local residents in Salford for those who might go without this Christmas. Sam Barry came up with the idea and the ‘Salford Santas’ – all kitted out in red high-visibility vests and Santa hats – have had a huge response. He said “it feels really good” to be helping people as he “wouldn’t want to envision waking up in the morning and children not having anything to open”. Source link

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Saudi Arabia ‘tortured female activists’, charities say

Image copyright EPA Image caption Several activists were arrested in May as Saudi Arabia prepared to give women the right to drive Saudi Arabia tortured and sexually harassed human rights activists, including several women, human rights groups have alleged. Prisoners in the kingdom’s Dhahban Prison have allegedly been electrocuted and flogged. Saudi Arabia arrested several women’s rights activists earlier this year and influential clerics and intellectuals have also been detained. The BBC has approached the Saudi authorities for comment. Saudi women’s rights crackdown widens Who is Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed?…

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Indonesia tsunami: UK charities launch joint appeal

Image copyright The Asahi Shimbun An appeal to help the survivors of the Indonesia earthquake and tsunami has been launched by the UK’s Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC). More than 1,300 people are known to have died following Friday’s disaster. The 7.5-magnitude quake struck just off the central island of Sulawesi, setting off a tsunami. DEC chief executive Saleh Saeed said “devastated communities” urgently required clean drinking water, food, medical care and shelter. He said: “DEC member charities and their local partners are working closely with the Indonesian authorities to get…

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Facebook criticised by disability charities over advert

Image copyright YouTube Image caption The adverts for the game were made in Russia. Facebook has been criticised by disability charities for hosting adverts across the platform featuring the word “retard”. The adverts for the game Hustle Castle: Medieval Life featured characters with the heading “Level 1 Retard”, reported digital content site Digiday. The adverts also featured on the social network Instagram, which is owned by Facebook. The social media giant has yet to comment. The game which caries a 9+ age rating on Apple’s App store, allows players to…

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