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Whirlpool ‘silenced’ victims of dryer fires with gagging clauses

Whirlpool ‘silenced’ victims of dryer fires with gagging clauses

Business
Whirlpool has been condemned for using controversial gagging clauses to "silence customers" who had been fire victims of its faulty tumble dryers.MPs said it was "disgraceful" the manufacturer made householders sign non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) and called for it to stop. The report by the Commons business, energy and industrial strategy (BEIS) committee noted "the chilling effect such legal devices have" and branded the practice as "dangerous", because watchdogs would be unaware of safety problems. Image: Whirlpool launched a large recall in July The report also found it "astonishing" that there were still up to 800,000 faulty machines in people's homes four years after the Whirlpool revealed they posed a fire hazard.The committee...
Revenge porn victims could get anonymity

Revenge porn victims could get anonymity

Technology
Victims of so-called revenge porn could be granted the same anonymity as rape or sexual abuse victims.Currently revenge porn - the sharing of non-consensual explicit images without the subject's permission, is covered by communications legislation. Campaigners say it should be brought into line with other sexual offences.Now the government has asked the independent legal reform watchdog, the Law Commission, to examine existing legislation to ensure it is keeping pace with advancements in technology.Along with revenge porn, It will cover a range of digital trends such as cyber-flashing - when people receive unsolicited sexual images of someone over the phone - and "deepfake" pornography - the practice of superimposing an individual's face on to pornographic photos or videos without consent....
R Kelly charged with 11 new counts of sex abuse with victims aged 13 to 16

R Kelly charged with 11 new counts of sex abuse with victims aged 13 to 16

Entertainment
R Kelly has been charged with 11 additional counts of sexual abuse.The Bump n' Grind singer faces charges for aggravated criminal sex assault, criminal sex assault, and aggravated criminal sex abuse, among others. His alleged victims are reported to be between 13 and 16 years old. According to CBS Chicago, Kelly is expected to appear in court to face the new allegations next week, on June 6.Back in February, he was arrested and charged with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse against four women. Of the four women, three of them were under the age of 17 when the alleged assaults reportedly took place. Kelly pleaded not guilty in February to the charges put before him by the three teen girls and the adult woman. In total, seven women including his...
Opioid overdose victims die with other substances in their system

Opioid overdose victims die with other substances in their system

Health
May 29 (UPI) -- A large number of people who overdose from opioid use have other substances in their systems when they die, new findings show. About 82 percent of deaths that involved opioids included other substances like cocaine, methamphetamine and other stimulants, according to findings published in the July issue of Drug and Alcohol Dependence. "As a provider, these findings indicate a pressing need to address and treat not just opioid use disorder, but other substances that patients are misusing," lead author Joshua Barocas, an infectious disease physician at Boston Medical Center and study lead author, said in a news release. Polysubstance use, which is using more than one substance at a time, is growing among people who abuse opioids. BMC and the Massachusetts Department of Publ...
Scam victims to be refunded by banks

Scam victims to be refunded by banks

Business
New protection for individuals tricked into transferring money to fraudsters has now taken effect - but not all banks are signed up to the scheme.Some 84,000 bank customers lost money - sometimes tens of thousands of pounds - last year after being caught out.Only a fraction of the amount lost was refunded by banks. Now a new code should mean more will be reimbursed.The refund will come from a central pot in cases when neither the bank nor the customer are to blame.Which banks have signed up?Eight banks, covering 17 brands, have committed to implement the code immediately: Barclays HSBC (including First Direct and M&S Bank) Lloyds (including Halifax, Bank of Scotland and Intelligent Finance) Metro Bank Nationwide RBS (including NatWest and Ulster Bank...