California’s homeless “bill of rights” is one step closer to a full vote after being passed by the Assembly Judiciary Committee on Tuesday. The bill, introduced by Assemblyman Tom Ammiano of San Francisco, would allow homeless people in California to legally sit, sleep and ask for donations…
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A sombre protest snakes its way through the Greek capital. The Sleep Out day is aiming to wake up politicians to the plight of the homeless.
Greece is five years into a recession which has led to a 25 per cent increase in homelessness since 2009.
Placards read “No slogans just requests” as protesters asked for basic rights to be respected.
“At one time even the homeless, before they ended up on the street, they were paying taxes, paying bills. The government must show a bit more sensitivity,” said one protester.
Anargyros Dimopoulos, a homeless charity volunteer fears for the future: “Today we speak of the homeless – single men, women, people. But it’s only a matter of time until we start talking about homeless families. We haven’t seen this yet as a country, maybe because there are some defences left in society. But eventually it will happen.”
At 27 per cent, unemployment in January was at a record high, meaning the number of people without a roof over their heads is likely to rise.
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History will ultimately decide if Margaret Thatcher was the woman who ruined Britain or a feminist role model, but one thing’s undeniable — in a world in which insomnia is a competitive sport, the Iron Lady was a sleep deprivation world champion. A BBC story Wednesday recalls the former prime minister’s “fearsome reputation” for requiring only four hours of sleep a night. Take that, puny humans!Whether that figure was entirely, consistently accurate is up for debate, but Thatcher is definitely remembered among those who knew her as one who, “when everyone else went off to bed, went off to work.” In that regard, she put herself in the company of Napoleon Bonaparte, who said only “a fool” needed eight hours of sleep, and Winston Churchill, who was frequently a four-hour-a-night man himself. In contrast, Thatcher’s weaksauce successor John Major “found it difficult coming after her because the civil service had got used to a prime minister who never slept, and he used to sleep eight hours a night.”Continue Reading… … Read More
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