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Are police numbers still falling?

Image copyright Getty Images With some violent crimes like those involving knives rising, attention has turned to whether there are enough police officers on the streets. Between September 2009 and September 2017, police forces in England and Wales lost more than 20,000 officers – a drop of 15%. Numbers of officers consistently fell during that period. Annual figures which use March as a snapshot have been published for decades and those suggest that 2017 saw the lowest number of police officers since 1981. Numbers of police community support officers (PCSOs),…

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Valentine’s Day: Japan falling out of love with ‘obligation chocolates’

Image copyright Getty Images Around the world, people use chocolate treats to express sweet nothings on Valentine’s Day. But in Japan, it’s a little more complicated. On Valentine’s Day, only women give chocolate, and not just to their partners, but to their male colleagues too. Critics say the practice sucks all the fun out of Valentine’s Day and instead turns it into a dreary duty where women risk offending co-workers if they leave someone out. Others say “giri choco”, which translates to “obligation chocolate” is a little misunderstood, and besides,…

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High Court judge apologises after falling asleep

Image copyright UPPA/TopFoto Image caption Mrs Justice Parker is the second longest-serving judge serving in the Family Division A High Court judge has been given “formal advice” after “momentarily” falling asleep during a hearing. The Judicial Conduct Investigations Office (JCIO) said the conduct of Mrs Justice Parker was found to have the potential to undermine public confidence in the judiciary. The judge, 68, who serves on the Family Division of the High Court in London, was investigated following a complaint. The JCIO said she “expressed remorse” for the incident. Judges…

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World Cup 2022: Qatar ‘falling significantly short’ on reforms – Amnesty International

Hassan Al-Thawadi, head of the Qatar 2022 organising committee, told the BBC there was “room for improvement” on workers’ pay Qatar is “running out of time” to honour promised labour reforms before the 2022 World Cup, says Amnesty International. Research by the human rights group found that the authorities in the Gulf state are “falling significantly short” in their efforts to protect the rights of two million migrant workers. Amnesty said “important steps” to improve workers’ rights had been passed since an agreement was signed with the United Nations’ International…

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Micron quarterly revenue misses estimates on falling chip prices

Memory chip parts of U.S. memory chip maker MicronTechnology are pictured at their fair booth at an industrial fair in Frankfurt, Germany, July 14, 2015. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach/File Photo (Reuters) – Chipmaker Micron Technology Inc (MU.O) on Tuesday missed Wall Street estimates for quarterly revenue, hurt by falling prices for its memory chips due to a supply glut. Shares of the Boise, Idaho-based company fell 1 percent after the bell. The semiconductor industry is battling price declines due to oversupply of DRAM and NAND memory chips, with Micron trying to overcome…

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Four reasons that Apple shares have been falling

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Apple has lost billions in market value in recent weeks Apple was once the, well, apple of Wall Street’s eye. The first US company to achieve a trillion dollar market value, the tech giant boasted trend-setting products, a cash pile larger than the economy of some countries and consumers so loyal they would camp out overnight. But in recent weeks, the California firm has fallen sharply out of favour. Its share price has tumbled more than 20% since October, hurting other stocks and infecting…

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Warning over DJI drones falling out of the sky

Image copyright DJI Image caption The CAA has advised pilots to take extra care when flying the Matrice 200 A warning has been published over drones which, in a few cases, have unexpectedly suffered “a complete loss of power during flight”. The problem “resulted in the aircraft falling directly to the ground”, according to the UK’s Civil Aviation Authority. This occurs even though the battery appears to have charge remaining on the affected model – the DJI Matrice 200. The CAA has asked pilots to check that flights can be…

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Glenn Hoddle: Ex-England manager in hospital after falling ill

Glenn Hoddle was a TV pundit at the 2018 World Cup and was pictured chatting to England players after their win over Colombia Former England manager Glenn Hoddle has been taken to hospital after falling ill shortly after appearing as a pundit on BT Sport on Saturday. Presenter Mark Pougatch said the football results show BT Score had been cancelled as a result of Hoddle’s condition. The illness occurred on Hoddle’s 61st birthday. More to follow. Source link

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Falling stars challenge: China’s twist on the young rich millennial meme

Image copyright Sina Weibo Image caption Sina Entertainment said that Chinese users were “more creative” than the Russians with the challenge – showing their daily life toils One of the hottest online trends of the summer – the #fallingstarschallenge – has now made an appearance in China and it is inevitably being reinvented by Chinese millennials who never pass up an opportunity for parody. The trend began in Russia and became wildly popular in August, particularly among the country’s rich kids of Instagram. It saw wealthy young Russians use the…

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Man ‘fought snakes’ to survive after falling down 100ft mineshaft

Image copyright CBS Image caption It took workers six hours to free the 62-year-old father from the mine An Arizona man has survived two days trapped alone in an abandoned mine shaft with rattlesnakes. He killed three of the snakes while waiting to be discovered, according to rescue crews. John Waddell, 62, was lowering himself into a 100ft (30m) gold mine shaft, when his equipment broke, said a friend who found him. Mr Waddell broke both his legs and survived for 48 hours with no food or water, officials say.…

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