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Ministers consider ending jail terms of six months or less

The Ministry of Justice is considering banning prison sentences of less than six months in England and Wales. Ministers argue that short jail terms are less effective at cutting reoffending than community penalties. Prisons minister Rory Stewart told the Daily Telegraph that such sentences were “long enough to damage you and not long enough to heal you”. If such jail sentences were to be scrapped it is thought it could free up thousands of prison places. Some burglars and most shoplifters are among those who could be spared jail terms…

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Brexit ferry firm Seaborne in terms and conditions gaffe

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has defended the Seaborne contract A firm awarded a government contract to provide extra ferry services has used website terms and conditions apparently intended for a takeaway food firm. Seaborne Freight was given the £13.8m contract to run a freight service between Ramsgate and Ostend in the event of a no-deal Brexit. Its original terms and conditions advised customers to check goods before “agreeing to pay for any meal/order”. The government said the section was “put up in error” and…

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Britain’s O2 allows customers to choose smartphone pay back terms

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s O2 said it will allow customers to choose how much they pay upfront for a smartphone and how they spread the payments of the balance, targeting subscribers who want more control over their mobile contracts. A man walks past an O2 phone store in Manchester, Britain March 7, 2016. REUTERS/Phil Noble/File Photo The operator, owned by Spain Telefonica (TEF.MC), said customers would be able to pay for their new devices in monthly increments for any period between three and 36 months, all with no interest charged,…

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Children baffled by Instagram and YouTube terms

The terms and conditions of sites like YouTube and Facebook require a reading age of at least 18 to be properly understood, the BBC has found. The minimum age to use apps is 13. Firms could be breaching European data rules, which require them to clearly spell out how they use personal data. But many tech sites say they are working on improving the legibility of their legal documents by introducing easy-to-read summaries. Source link

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Four get long jail terms in Hungary for deaths of 71 migrants

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The shocking case drew attention to the suffering of migrants smuggled to Europe Four men have received 25-year jail terms in Hungary over the deaths of 71 migrants who suffocated in a sealed lorry in August 2015. Police found the victims’ decomposing bodies in the lorry, registered in Hungary and abandoned near an Austrian village. The case shocked the world. Fourteen alleged gang members, mostly Bulgarians, went on trial. In 2015 Central Europe faced a huge influx of migrants, many of them fleeing Syria…

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Xerox board seeks better terms from Fujifilm, will resume talks

(Reuters) – Xerox Corp’s board said on Wednesday it intended to resume merger discussions with Fujifilm Holdings, seeking a superior deal to terms announced at the end of January that have spurred a proxy fight over the company. The logo of Xerox company is seen on a building in Minsk, Belarus, March 21, 2016. REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko/File Photo Carl Icahn and Darwin Deason, who own 15 percent of Xerox, have been trying to unravel the deal and unlock more value out the company. Asserting the Fujifilm deal values Xerox at just…

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Beating baldness: How men came to terms with hair loss

How do you cope with losing your hair early? Some men find they can brush off the change, but others struggle to adjust to their new appearance. Following the news that a potential new cure for baldness has been discovered, using a drug originally intended to treat osteoporosis, we spoke to three men who lost their hair in their teens and twenties. We wanted to know how they came to terms with losing their hair. ‘I used to be super confident’ Image copyright Daniel Wilson Daniel Wilson, 33, is a…

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