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Saturday Night Live sacks new comedian over racial slurs

Saturday Night Live sacks new comedian over racial slurs

Entertainment
A new Saturday Night Live comedian has been axed from the show before his first appearance after a video emerged of him making "offensive, hurtful and unacceptable" slurs about Chinese people.Shane Gillis faced a backlash soon after it was announced he was joining the long-running US sketch show. After footage of him making offensive comments was shared online, SNL creator and executive producer Lorne Michaels confirmed he has removed Gillis from the cast.A spokesman for Michaels said: "After talking with Shane Gillis, we have decided that he will not be joining SNL."We want SNL to have a variety of voices and points of view within the show, and we hired Shane on the strength of his talent as a comedian and his impressive audition for SNL. We were not aware of his prior remarks that have s...
Over 6 crore EPFO members to get 8.65% interest for 2018-19: Labour minister

Over 6 crore EPFO members to get 8.65% interest for 2018-19: Labour minister

Finance
New Delhi: Labour Minister Santosh Gangwar on Tuesday said over 6 crore EPFO accounts will be credited with interest amount at 8.65 per cent rate for 2018-19 ahead of the festival season. The Central Board of Trustees -- the apex decision-making body of the Employees' Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) -- had approved 8.65 per cent interest rate for the last fiscal on February 21, this year. The proposal was sent for the concurrence of the finance ministry. Once approved by the finance ministry, the EPFO would credit the interest amount at 8.65 per cent rate in subscriber accounts and settle claims on this rate. At present, the EPFO is settling PF withdrawal claims at 8.55 per cent interest rate, which was approved for 2017-18. "...ahead of the festival season, over 6 crore EPFO subscriber...
Mugabe family backs down over burial after ‘threat to Grace’

Mugabe family backs down over burial after ‘threat to Grace’

World
You can see it from the suburbs of Harare, stamped onto a sizable chunk of hillside.It is a burial ground fit for a king - or a long-time dictator like Robert Mugabe - and it was the former Zimbabwean president who paid the North Koreans to construct it back in 1981. It is called Heroes' Acre, Zimbabwe's cemetery for its most extraordinary citizens, and it will not come as any surprise when I tell you that a special plot was reserved for the man who commissioned it. ...
Tyson Fury trainer Ben Davison defends Rob McCracken over ‘concussion’ criticism

Tyson Fury trainer Ben Davison defends Rob McCracken over ‘concussion’ criticism

Sports
Tyson Fury v Otto WallinVenue: T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas Date: Saturday, 14 September Ring walks: 04:00 BST approx on SundayBBC coverage: Listen on BBC Radio 5 Live and follow text updates on the BBC Sport website and app.Tyson Fury's trainer Ben Davison has joined fighters and pundits in defending Rob McCracken against criticism he put Anthony Joshua's life at risk during his defeat by Andy Ruiz Jr.Brain injury charity Headway says it is "shocking" that trainer McCracken told 5 Live Boxing he "knew Joshua was concussed" during his loss to Ruiz in June.McCracken, 51, has said it was not the term he meant to use. "I don't think the people who have criticised Rob have any knowledge or experienc...
Whirlpool issues urgent appeal over 435,000 dangerous dryers

Whirlpool issues urgent appeal over 435,000 dangerous dryers

Business
Hundreds of thousands of tumble dryers that pose a fire risk are still in people's homes.Whirlpool has issued an urgent appeal for owners of the faulty machines that have not yet been replaced or modified to come forward. The firm launched a full recall involving 500,000 dryers in July, but said only 65,000 owners have so far come forward.The company said it was vital owners got in touch "as a matter of urgency".The recall, which was ordered by the Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS), relates to certain models of Hotpoint, Indesit, Creda, Swan and Proline dryers built between 2004 and 2015. Advertisement Ahead of the recall, some 1.7 million had already been modified during a safety campaign laun...