UK Debate On Muslim Veils Intensifies In Wake Of Court Ruling
Britain’s Business Secretary Vince Cable speaks at the Liberal Democrats autumn conference in Glasgow, Scotland September 16, 2013. Credit: Reuters/Russell Cheyne LONDON | Mon Sep 16, 2013 2:12pm BST LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s junior coalition partner on Monday rejected calls from party members to relax fiscal discipline and spend more, instead pledging broad support at its annual conference for the government’s austerity-focussed economic strategy. If a 2015 general election leads to another coalition government, the Liberal Democrats will have to come to terms with one of Britain’s two biggest political parties – the Conservatives and Labour – over how much to continue scaling back the role of the state and resulting spending. Despite suggestions of a party rift over cuts that some see as too extreme for the party’s traditional left-leaning membership, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg comfortably won the support of the hall for his vision of economic policy with a strong emphasis on reducing the budget deficit. “If we start messing about with the big goalpost which we’ve stuck in the ground, which frame the stability which is required for further economic growth, we will destroy jobs and decrease prosperity,” Clegg told an audience of lawmakers and party members in Glasgow. Proposals opening to the door to higher spending and borrowing were rejected by party members. Current polls forecast a majority win for Labour in 2015 but the party’s popularity has dipped over the summer meaning both Labour leader Ed Miliband and Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron could yet have to rely on Liberal Democrat support to form a government. In May 2010 after an inconclusive election, in which the Liberal Democrats won only 57 of 610 seats in parliament, both Labour and the Conservatives courted Clegg to become a junior coalition partner – handing Britain’s third party the role of king-maker and giving them a hand in government policy. Since then, Clegg and his top finance ministry representative Danny Alexander have worked closely with the Conservative party to oversee big cuts to public sector spending aimed at cutting the country’s large budget deficit. (Reporting by William James; editing by Patrick Graham)
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Amazon launches Grand Theft Auto V too soon in the UK Although gamers are pleased to get the game sooner, some folks are posting spoilers online ahead of its official launch. September 16, 2013 6:15 AM PDT (Credit: Rockstar Games) Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto V has gotten off to a somewhat troubling start. Amazon’s UK store shipped out copies of the title early, allowing those who preordered the title to get their hands on the game days before its official launch. According to the BBC, which was first to report on the mistake, not all Amazon preorder customers got a copy of Grand Theft Auto V early, but some did. Related stories GTA IV gets Google Street View Although gamers who received the game early were happy to find it waiting for them at their doorsteps, it has caused a world of hurt for those who have yet to get their hands on the wildly anticipated title: some of those who got the game early have posted spoilers online. The game’s official launch date is Tuesday. Amazon’s mistake is the third hiccup for the game. Last month, Sony offered those who preordered a digital copy of the title some locked content. However, there were some folks who were able to crack the digital files and open up the game’s soundtrack and reveal some secrets. Last week, the game’s map was leaked onto the Web . Grand Theft Auto V Launch Trailer Topics:
Artists include Rival, Ashley Walters, Cas, and LB. Rival Feat. Double S & Mercston “I Remember” East Londons Rival calls on two of his grime buddies, Double S and Mercston, to assist him on his new club-friendly jam, “I Remember.” Over a thumping garage beat, the three MCs reminisce about the good ol days of grime. Long may it live! Ashley Walters Feat. J Spades & Chip “Trouble (Top Boy)” To celebrate the last episode of the recent series “Top Boy,” Ashley Walters who plays a leading role in the much-viewed British drama released a track and net video called “Trouble (Top Boy).” The head-bobbing hip-hop number about being, well, a top boy, features one of those catchy J Spades hooks ( you know the ones ), and a few words from Chip. CAS “You Might Be Scared” MF DOOM is no longer the only masked one in hip-hop. North London’s CAS has a face mask that resembles something out of a horror movie, which kinda works well with his bizarre visuals and equally bizarre bars. The rapper lets us view today’s society through his eyes on “You Might Be Scared,” and he has a strong message for all of the lazy ass UK politicians out there. LB “Premonitions” LB could very well be the one to put west London on the UK rap map. “Premonitions” sees the monotone-flowing spitter looking into the future of his life, with a strong focus on his music career.
“ELEPHANT IN THE COURTROOM” “The niqab has become the elephant in the courtroom,” said Judge Peter Murphy, who also made the compromise that she could wear her veil at all other times during a trial later this year over accusations she had intimidated a witness in another case. The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons and who only started wearing a niqab in May 2012, had argued it was against her beliefs to uncover her face in front of men who were not members of her close family. But Murphy said it would “drive a coach and horses through the way in which justice has been administered in the courts of England and Wales for centuries” if jurors could not observe her reactions. “No tradition or practice, whether religious or otherwise, can claim to occupy such a privileged position that the rule of law, open justice and the adversarial trial process are sacrificed to accommodate it,” he said. “That is not a discrimination against religion. It is a matter of upholding the rule of law in a democratic society.” Murphy, whose ruling will serve as a precedent, said he hoped parliament or a higher court would provide a definitive verdict “sooner rather than later”, while the woman’s lawyer said it was too early to say whether she would appeal. There have been growing calls from some British lawmakers for a ban on veils in schools. Last week, Birmingham Metropolitan College, a higher education institution in central England, said it would ban staff and students wearing veils, but days later reversed the decision after criticism and protests. Home Office (interior ministry) minister Jeremy Browne said the government should contemplate a ban to protect some young Muslims who he said might be compelled to wear a veil. “I think this is a good topic for national debate,” Browne, a Liberal Democrat, told the Daily Telegraph newspaper. However, women wearing headscarves and veils on the streets of east London, home to a large Muslim community, said the government should not get involved in religious matters. “It didn’t get in the way of my education at all. People’s mindset needs to change. I don’t see why I should have to change, I can’t accept that,” said student Nasreen Jabber, 19. Sarah Daniela, 29, self-employed sales trader and a recent convert to Islam, said it was her choice to wear a veil.
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Barker joined Berkeley’s board in January 2012 after a 35-year career at PwC, serving most recently as the accountant’s UK vice chairman. A source with knowledge of the matter said Barker was not on the team that audited Berkeley in the two years prior to his departure from PwC. During those two years Barker asked Berkeley for feedback on PwC’s performance as auditor, the person said. Berkeley shares were down 0.5 percent at 1245 GMT, lagging the broader UK stock market. Its shares have risen by a fifth this year on the back of the relative resurgence in the British housing market, particularly in London where the company is focused. (Reporting by Huw Jones and Tom Bill; Editing by David Holmes and Sophie Walker) @yahoofinance on Twitter, become a fan on Facebook Related Content Chart Your most recently viewed tickers will automatically show up here if you type a ticker in the “Enter symbol/company” at the bottom of this module. You need to enable your browser cookies to view your most recent quotes. Search for share prices Copyright/IP Policy Quotes are real-time for NASDAQ, NYSE, and NYSEAmex when available. See also delay times for other exchanges . Quotes and other information supplied by independent providers identified on the Yahoo! Finance partner page . Quotes are updated automatically, but will be turned off after 25 minutes of inactivity. Quotes are delayed at least 15 minutes. All information provided “as is” for informational purposes only, not intended for trading purposes or advice. Neither Yahoo!