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Hands-free mobiles should be banned while driving, say MPs

Hands-free mobiles should be banned while driving, say MPs

Technology
Hands-free mobile phones should be banned while driving, MPs have said.Using hand-held phones while driving is already banned, with a maximum punishment of six penalty points and a £200 fine - up from three points and £100. But MPs in the Commons transport select committee say hands-free versions can be just as dangerous.The committee said that the law gives the "misleading impression" that hands-free mobiles are safe while driving, despite them creating "the same risks of a collision".The cross-party committee admitted criminalising hands-free phone use and enforcing the ban would be challenging, but added: "This does not mean that we should not do it". Advertisement The government should explore options a
Twitch streamers banned for dangerous driving

Twitch streamers banned for dangerous driving

Technology
Many people see Twitch as the go-to place to show off their gaming talents.The practice of live streaming, or broadcasting your play session in real time, is what the website is known for.Beyond gaming, the site is also home to another kind of streamer, with its "Just Chatting" category filled with personalities sitting at their computers and talking about their day.So-called "IRL streaming" - derived from the internet jargon "in real life" - has become a popular pastime for many, with personalities like Pokimane and Loltyler1 amassing millions of followers through their regular real-life streams.But some have taken this further, often filming their entire day while out and about in the real world, with some streamers keeping the...

Outdoor smoking now banned in Sweden in certain places

Health
An outdoor smoking ban in Sweden in certain public places, including playgrounds and train station platforms, has taken effect. The ban, which started Monday, means smoking in outdoor sections of restaurants and entrances to designated booths for smokers is prohibited. The ban also includes e-cigarettes. Official figures show only 11% of the Swedish population of 10 million smoked daily in 2016, with about 10% smoking occasionally. In May 2005, Sweden banned smoking in bars and restaurants. According to the new law, the goal is to make the Scandinavian country smoke-free by 2025.Let's block ads! (Why?) ABC News: Health
Jess Glynne banned from ever performing at Isle of Wight festival again after no-show

Jess Glynne banned from ever performing at Isle of Wight festival again after no-show

Entertainment
The All I Am hitmaker failed to appear onstage for her allocated time slot at the Isle of Wight festival last weekend. Jess Glynne pulled out “due to exhaustion”, reportedly leaving the crowd – made up largely of children and teens – in floods of tears. Now, the festival promoter John Giddings has spoken out against her behaviour, labelling it “shocking”. Speaking to The Mirror, the organiser of the annual music event blasted the no-show and said that she will never be booked to perform there again.  Related Articles He said: “It shows no regards for people that bought a ticket. It’s so sad that an artist would do that to their fans.”“She’s let them down.” Before adding: “She will never be booked to play the Isle of Wight again.”The 29-year-old pulled out of her
‘Harmful’ gender stereotypes in adverts banned

‘Harmful’ gender stereotypes in adverts banned

Business
A ban on adverts featuring "harmful gender stereotypes" or those which are likely to cause "serious or widespread offence" has come into force.The ban covers scenarios such as a man with his feet up while a woman cleans, or a woman failing to park a car.The UK's advertising watchdog introduced the ban because it found some portrayals could play a part in "limiting people's potential".It said it was pleased with how advertisers had responded.The new rule follows a review of gender stereotyping in adverts by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) - the organisation that administers the UK Advertising Codes, which cover both broadcast and non-broadcast adverts, including online and social media. The ASA said the review had found evidence suggesting that h...