Florida state senator files bill to allow employers to offer sub-minimum ‘training wage’

The proposal would allow employers to offer training wage to workers for first six months of employment State Senator Jeff Brandes is looking to make a change to Florida’s minimum wage laws that would allow employers to offer a “training wage” which would be below the state’s current minimum wage. Brandes, a Republican from Pinellas County,Continue reading “Florida state senator files bill to allow employers to offer sub-minimum ‘training wage’”

Belarus’ oldest newspaper is banned as extremist

Belarus’ oldest newspaper was banned on the 115th anniversary of its founding Tuesday, the latest move in the government’s relentless crackdown on independent media in the ex-Soviet nation. The Nasha Niva newspaper was outlawed as extremist by the Central District court in Minsk, which acted upon the request of the Ministry of Information. The rulingContinue reading “Belarus’ oldest newspaper is banned as extremist”

Xinjiang footage sheds new light on Uyghur detention camps

A YouTube video of Xinjiang detention facilities has rekindled concern over China’s crackdown on ethnic minorities. Researchers say the videos offer new evidence, but many fear for the vlogger’s safety. A 20-minute video featuring more than a dozen detention facilities in China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region has offered fresh evidence and renewed the discussion around China’s large-scaleContinue reading “Xinjiang footage sheds new light on Uyghur detention camps”

Taliban takes Afghanistan’s third-largest city in onslaught

The Taliban captured Afghanistan’s third-largest city and a strategic provincial capital near Kabul on Thursday, further squeezing the country’s embattled government just weeks before the end of the American military mission there. The seizure of Herat marks the biggest prize yet for the Taliban, which has taken 11 of Afghanistan’s 34 provincial capitals as partContinue reading “Taliban takes Afghanistan’s third-largest city in onslaught”

South Carolina: Court halts executions of Brad Sigmon, Freddie Owens; says firing squad needs to be option

The South Carolina Supreme Court has again halted the executions of Brad Sigmon and Freddie Owens, two Greenville County men convicted of separate murders who were scheduled to die just days from now. The similar rulings came late Wednesday, June 16, just two days before Sigmon was to be executed, and nine days before Owens’ scheduled JuneContinue reading “South Carolina: Court halts executions of Brad Sigmon, Freddie Owens; says firing squad needs to be option”

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