Alaskan supreme court considers same sex couple tax complaint

November 15, 2012 0 comments

The Alaska Supreme Court is considering an appeal in from the state government against a ruling that it had violated equal protection laws by not offering same sex couples the same tax exemptions as heterosexual couples. In September 2011, Judge Frank Pfiffner of the state’s Superior Court said that an amendment to the Constitution of…

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Woman dies after abortion refusal in Ireland

November 15, 2012 0 comments

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Two investigations have been launched in Ireland into the death of a woman in childbirth who had been refused an abortion. Savita Halappanavar died at University Hospital, Galway on 28 October. According to a BBC report, the 31 year-old dentist, originally came from India, repeatedly asked for an abortion before her death as she was…

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Nicole Kidman recalls her split from Tom Cruise

November 14, 2012 2 comments

Money can buy you many things and fame can get you a decent table in exclusive restaurants, but neither will shield you from a broken heart. When it comes to the emotional pains and strains of divorce and separation, the rich and famous are just as vulnerable as the rest of us. In a recently…

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Care system ‘risk averse’ says Fostering Network

November 14, 2012 0 comments

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The care system has become too risk averse and “overly protective”, claims charity the Fostering Network. Speaking at the Fostering Network’s annual conference yesterday, Chief Executive Robert Tapsfield said current bans on making decisions for children prevented foster carers from using their own discrimination and judgement in everyday situations: “Ensuring fostered children are safe is…

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Conservative MPs call for promised married couple tax breaks

November 14, 2012 0 comments

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A group of Conservative MPs have written to the Telegraph calling on the Prime Minister to deliver on an election manifesto promise to bring in “budget resolutions to introduce transferable tax allowances for married couples”. The MPs write: “We are now past the half way point of this Parliament and, as Conservative MPs, we are…

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Nick Clegg introduces flexitime parental leave

November 13, 2012 0 comments

Big changes could be on the way for Britain’s working parents: Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has unveiled plans which would allow both mothers and fathers to share up to a year’s leave after the birth of a child from 2015. Parents will be able to alternate the leave between them or even take time…

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Care applications climbing, says Cafcass

November 13, 2012 0 comments

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Applications for care placements in October were nine per cent up on October 2011, according to the latest figures from children’s welfare organisation Cafcass. The organisation received a total of 937 applications during October, bringing the total received between April and October to 6,323. It has been a record-busting year for the organisation, with care…

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Successor to General Petraeus now under investigation

November 13, 2012 0 comments

John Allen, the US general who succeeded David Petraeus as commander of the US forces in Afghanistan, is now under investigation for “inappropriate communications” with a friend of the Petraeus family. The news comes just days after Petraeus resigned from his role as director of the Central Intelligence Agency after it was revealed, in the…

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