Budget Loans fined $720,000 for “cynical and deliberate” offending

Budget Loans fined $720,000 for “cynical and deliberate” offending Supplied Content Wellington, May 31, 2018 Finance companies ‘Budget Loans Limited’ and ‘Evolution Finance Limited’ (together, ‘Budget Loans’) have been fined $720,000 in the Auckland District Court, on 125 charges under the Fair Trading Act. They were also ordered to pay a total of $53,000 emotional harm reparations to nine victims,…

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From Licence to Kill to Soft Skill, M16 becomes more visible

And James Bond continues to attract, hmm, everyone Klaus Dodds and Lisa Funnell London and Oklahoma May 30, 2018 Britain’s Secret Intelligence Service (SIS), commonly known as MI6, has always had a love-hate relationship with its most famous fictional operative, James Bond. And for all that senior MI6 officials complain that the Bond films perpetuate serious misconceptions about their trade,…

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Italian crisis jolts Europe’s liberal democracy

James Newell Manchester, United Kingdom May 30, 2018 After months of wrangling, Italy’s political crisis has a hit an impasse, with new elections now increasingly likely. The country faces an institutional crisis without precedent in the history of the Italian republic. Its implications extend well beyond Italy, to the European Union as a whole. Since an election on March 4,…

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