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Oxfam scandal: Boss urges victims to come forward

Oxfam scandal: Boss urges victims to come forward

World
Oxfam's most senior figure is urging victims of abuse to come forward as she promised "justice" and announced an independent commission to "root out" sex offenders.Winnie Byanyima, Oxfam International's executive director, offered an apology over a sex and prostitution scandal that she described as "a stain" on the charity.A series of allegations, first published by The Times a week ago, has seen senior Oxfam workers accused of soliciting prostitutes while overseeing aid operations around the world.The charity has also come under fire for its initial response after concerns about sexual exploitation were raised years ago, although it has denied covering up allegations in Haiti in 2011.Posting on Twitter, Ms Byanyima said: "I am inviting anyone who has been a victim of abuse to come forward...
Never, ever purchase these things on your credit card

Never, ever purchase these things on your credit card

Finance
As we move farther and farther down the road toward a cashless society, consumers can use credit cards to pay for nearly everything, everywhere these days. But just because you can doesn't mean you necessarily should, warns credit reporting agency Experian.Outstanding card debt has now hit its highest point ever, surpassing $ 1 trillion in 2017, according to the Federal Reserve. And 86 percent of Americans who have or had credit card debt said they regret it, according to a recent report by NerdWallet.More from Advisor Insight:The bad things people do with 401(k) plansWhat sort of insurance do you need?Most consumers confused about credit, debtHere are six expenses Experian advises you to not put on plastic.1. Taxes. If you get slammed with an unexpected tax bill this April, it could be te...
Light-activated cancer drugs may minimize chemotherapy side effects

Light-activated cancer drugs may minimize chemotherapy side effects

Health
Feb. 13 (UPI) -- Chemotherapy drugs activated by light to treat cancer can minimize side effects by targeting strictly non-healthy cells, according to new research in Britain and Australia.The Monash Warwick Alliance, an intercontinental collaboration between the University of Warwick in Britain and Monash University in Australia, examined how a platinum-based chemotherapy drug candidate kills cancer cells in targeted areas after being activated by light -- but can be directed away from healthy tissue.'"The current shortcomings of most chemotherapeutic agents are unfortunately undeniable, and therefore there is ongoing effort to develop new therapies and improve our understanding of how these agents work in effort to develop not only more effective, but also more selective, therapies to re...
Shoppers seek gym wear as belts are tightened

Shoppers seek gym wear as belts are tightened

Business
Retail sales barely rose in January as consumers tightened their belts after Christmas - splashing out on gym wear at the expense of food.According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), sales volumes were just 0.1% ahead of December when they fell 1.4%.That dip was attributed to a strong November that saw shoppers hunting Black Friday bargains in a retail sphere hit by a Brexit-linked squeeze on living standards.Wages have failed to keep pace with inflation since last spring, denting demand, though economists had expected 0.5% growth in volumes because December had proved so weak.The picture for the three months to January was no better - with growth of just 0.1% on the same period last year.Senior ONS statistician, Rhian Murphy, said: "Retail sales growth was broadly flat at the be...
Petition to scrap Snapchat update hits one million

Petition to scrap Snapchat update hits one million

Technology
More than a million people have signed an online petition calling on Snapchat to undo a redesign to the app.The update, which was released last week, separates content and interactions with friends from public and branded content from news services and other businesses.But users are urging the photo and video-sharing app to revert "back to the basics", slamming the changes as "annoying"."Many users have found that it has not made the app easier to use, but has in fact made many features more difficult," the petition says."There is a general level of annoyance among users and many have decided to use a VPN app, or are using other risky apps or steps, to go back to the old Snapchat as that's how annoying this new update has become.I actually HATE this snapchat update. Soo unbelievably compli...