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‘Labour has accused big business leaders of “siphoning away” taxpayers’ money into their own pockets, leaving young British people without the future prospects they deserve.

A senior figure in Jeremy Corbyn’s shadow cabinet attacked corporate chiefs for “sitting on piles of cash” that should have been spent improving skills for young workers.

In an exclusive interview with The Independent Shadow International Trade Secretary Barry Gardiner warned executives they had missed a chance to show they could be trusted to meet their obligations to society and promised a Labour government would make them pay.

It comes after businesses returned to Labour conference this year, keen to understand what the future might hold under a Corbyn government in the light of the party’s better than expected performance in the election.’

Read more: Labour accuses big business of ‘siphoning away’ taxpayers’ money at start of conference

‘More than 600,000 people have signed a petition urging Transport for London to reverse its decision not to renew Uber’s licence.

The petition was started by Uber London and warns: “If this decision stands, it will put more than 40,000 licensed drivers out of work and deprive millions of Londoners of a convenient and affordable form of transport.”

“The 3.5 million Londoners who rely on Uber to get a safe, reliable and affordable ride around the best city in the world will be astounded by the decision to ban Uber from the capital,” the petition said.

It also accuses the British capital of being “closed to innovative companies,” saying the ban “shows the world that London is far from being open.”

TfL on Friday said Uber was not deemed “fit and proper to hold a private hire operator license,” due to its “approach and conduct” which demonstrates “a lack of corporate responsibility in relation to a number of issues which have potential public safety and security implications.”’

Read more: Over 600,000 sign petition to save Uber in London (none of whom will have researched what this Silicon Valley global company is really all about)

‘The number of patients who have been kept waiting in A&E for more than 12 hours in England has soared by 10,546 per cent in five years, figures show.

Quarterly performance figures from NHS England show that in January to March of this year, 1,597 patients waited for over 12 hours to be admitted, compared with just 15 patients in 2012.

The rise has been branded “catastrophic” by opposition politicians, who have urged the Government to take action and address the “chronic” under-funding of the NHS in the Autumn Budget.

Doctors have issued several warnings over the past year of worsening conditions in overstretched hospitals, saying they are at breaking point due to overwhelming demand and bed shortages.’

Read more: A&E waiting times: Huge spike in patients forced to wait more than 12 hours

‘A scientific organisation intended to influence EU policy has called for tougher regulations of alternative medicine, branding homeopathy “nonsense” and warning the “promotion and use of homeopathic products risks significant harms”.

The statement was made by the European Academies Science Advisory Council (EASAC), an umbrella organisation representing 29 national academies in Europe, including the Royal Society in the UK.

Supporters of homeopathy and herbal medicine include Prince Charles, while Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, are among MPs to have signed motions in favour of it. Celebrities who are reportedly fans of the treatment include Usain Bolt, Paul McCartney, Jennifer Aniston Hilary Clinton, David Beckham and supermodel Cindy Crawford.

The council did not mince its words in its condemnation of homeopathy, which works on the principles that “like cures like” and that water can have memory.’

Read more: Homeopathic remedies are ‘nonsense and risk significant harm’ say 29 European scientific bodies

‘Can you imagine popping into a supermarket, picking up what you want from the shelves then marching out again without so much as breaking your stride? Well that day is just around the corner.

Sainsbury’s has come up with an app that could finally kill off the drudgery of standing in a checkout queue to pay for your shopping.

The supermarket is testing technology that will allow customers to scan shopping on their smartphones, then simply leave the store.

The cost of the goods will be deducted directly from their bank account or credit card via their phone.

Sainsbury’s earlier this month tested a prototype of checkout-free shopping in its store at Euston Station in London.

The site was chosen because most customers there are in a hurry to catch trains and keen to rush through the shop. In the trial, shoppers used a special app on their phone to buy a ‘meal deal’ consisting of three items: a sandwich, a drink and a snack, without having to queue.’

Read more: End of the line for the supermarket checkout: The bell tolls for tills with birth of new shop-and-go phone scanner

‘The alcohol industry doesn’t want you to understand that alcohol consumption, even in moderate degrees, is strongly linked to the development of a number of cancers. Much like the resistance put up by the tobacco industry, the alcohol lobby and powerful in industry trade groups are attempting to persuade the public that the risks are insignificant, although evidence continues to mount.

In a recent study undertaken by global British-led team of experts, the alcohol industry was examined for its efforts to obfuscate and downplay the connection between alcohol consumption and cancer, especially breast cancer. Looking at the organizations that most impact public opinion, the study uncovers what the manipulation of public information looks like.’

Read more: The Alcohol Industry Doesn’t Want You To Understand The Link Between Drinking And Cancer

‘In case you thought GMOs hadn’t quite proliferated most food products – well, in the 20 years that they have been commercially available for free trade, GMOs have and blanketed the world like smallpox – pushing out the the very fabric of Mexico. Interestingly, it is currently illegal to cultivate GMOs in the open fields of Mexico, adding a twist to the story….

Recently a team of researchers were shocked to find that 90% of Mexican tortillas tested contained traces of genetically engineered corn. Not just tortillas, though, but pretty much the entire staple of the Mexican diet. Although our readers may not be surprised, imagine the amazement of researchers who believe that the invisible boundaries between conventional corn fields and genetically engineered crops magically keep transgenic material safely away. Imagine the surprise of Mexicans, who live in a country where it’s illegal to grow GE corn.’

Read more: Despite Ban, GE Corn Contaminates 90 Percent Of Corn Products In Mexico

‘Director of a private refugee detention center in the United Kingdom has resigned after footage emerged showing officers were abusing and bullying refugees and asylum seekers being held there.

Ben Saunders, the director of Brook House in south-east England, which is run by security firm G4S, has stepped down with “immediate effect,” said Jerry Petherick, managing director for G4S custodial and detention services.

Saunders is also resigning from his post at Tinsley House, another detention center, which holds refugees facing deportation from the UK.

He left his job three weeks after BBC Panorama aired footage apparently showing officers abusing detainees and mocking people who were receiving medical treatment after self-harming.

Undercover footage was filmed by a former officer, Callum Tulley, who contacted the BBC and began working undercover on their behalf.’

Read more: Head of UK refugee detention center quits over abuse

‘One of the most hyped “events” of American television, The Vietnam War, has started on the PBS network. The directors are Ken Burns and Lynn Novick. Acclaimed for his documentaries on the Civil War, the Great Depression and the history of jazz, Burns says of his Vietnam films, “They will inspire our country to begin to talk and think about the Vietnam war in an entirely new way”.

In a society often bereft of historical memory and in thrall to the propaganda of its “exceptionalism”, Burns’ “entirely new” Vietnam war is presented as “epic, historic work”. Its lavish advertising campaign promotes its biggest backer, Bank of America, which in 1971 was burned down by students in Santa Barbara, California, as a symbol of the hated war in Vietnam.

Burns says he is grateful to “the entire Bank of America family” which “has long supported our country’s veterans”. Bank of America was a corporate prop to an invasion that killed perhaps as many as four million Vietnamese and ravaged and poisoned a once bountiful land. More than 58,000 American soldiers were killed, and around the same number are estimated to have taken their own lives.’

Read more: The Killing of History ~ John Pilger

‘Uber, time for you to call a taxi and go home. Except you might want to get into the habit of hailing one, since your licence to operate in London has been revoked.

Transport for London has informed the private car hire firm that it is “not fit and proper” for it to operate in the capital due to its lack of corporate responsibility in relation to public safety.

For a long time, Uber had attempted to sell itself as a neutral technology platform that offered the software to link up the owner of a rusting car on the driveway with a person in need of a ride. Underused cars got out on the road, drivers earned an extra few pounds in their spare time and passengers got to their appointments on time.

Outside of tech-utopian marketing campaigns, the reality was that Uber was never meant as a small scale, car sharing company, like the French BlaBlaCar. Instead its goal was always total market domination at any cost. To dispel any doubt of that, just look to the massive losses it is running in China. Its end goal, some argued, was to eventually introduce self-driving cars and sell off data harvests from journeys.’

Read more: Uber had this coming – it was never just a ‘tech platform’