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New Zealand raises minimum wage and increases taxes on the rich. New Zealand is raising its minimum wage to $20 an hour and increasing the top tax rate for the country’s highest earners to 39%.

New Zealand raises minimum wage and increases taxes on the rich

The changes will be rolled out on Thursday, alongside small increases to unemployment and sickness benefits. The government estimates the minimum wage increase – a rise of $1.14 per hour – will affect up to 175,500 workers, and increase wages across the economy by $216m. The new top tax rate will apply to anyone earning more than $180,000 a year, about 2% of New Zealanders. The government estimates it will bring in an additional $550m in revenue this year.

OECD data shows that New Zealand’s previous minimum wage, as of 2019, was already among the top five highest in the world. In 2020, unions called for an increase to the living wage, $22.10, for those on the front lines. “There is still much more to do, including building more homes, improving our health system, investing in education, training and job opportunities,” she said. New York woman discovers secret apartment behind bathroom mirror. After Samantha Hartsoe stumbled upon an entire three-bedroom apartment hidden behind the bathroom mirror in her own New York home, she chose to ignore the lessons of any good horror film – and explore further.

New York woman discovers secret apartment behind bathroom mirror

“Curiosity killed the cat, curiosity is going to kill me,” the Roosevelt Island resident told NBC New York. My favourite Ishiguro: by Margaret Atwood, Ian Rankin and more. Never Let Me Go Margaret Atwood A Kazuo Ishiguro novel is never about what it pretends to be about, and Never Let Me Go is true to form.

My favourite Ishiguro: by Margaret Atwood, Ian Rankin and more

Its narrator, Kathy H, is examining her school days at a superficially idyllic establishment called Hailsham, which raises children cloned to provide organs to “normal” people. French tech firm Schneider Electric tops global league of green firms. A Paris-based tech company has seen off competition from the world’s best-known green businesses to be named the most sustainable corporation on the planet.

French tech firm Schneider Electric tops global league of green firms

Schneider Electric has climbed the annual Global 100 index, from a ranking of 29 last year, offering the technology and energy solutions needed by the likes of retailer Walmart, hotel group Marriott and steel business ArcelorMittal to meet their climate targets. The annual green company league table, compiled by researcher Corporate Knights, ranked over 8,000 publicly listed companies which generate annual revenues of over $1bn to find the most sustainable businesses. In the latest rankings Schneider ousted Danish windpower giant Ørsted from last year’s top spot, and left most UK firms in its wake, following a surge in the number of companies during the pandemic seeking automated technology to help shrink their carbon footprints.

Joe Biden investi président : la nouvelle décoration du bureau Ovale met à l’épreuve la « special relationship » entre Washington et Londres. Mais où est passé le buste de Winston Churchill ?

Joe Biden investi président : la nouvelle décoration du bureau Ovale met à l’épreuve la « special relationship » entre Washington et Londres

Lorsque Joe Biden a ouvert le bureau Ovale à la presse, mercredi 20 janvier, pour son premier jour à la Maison Blanche, le changement a immédiatement sauté aux yeux… des tabloïds britanniques. Le bureau Ovale symbolise la puissance et la majesté de la fonction présidentielle américaine. Joe Biden's Oval Office: what changes has the new president made? The Oval Office has long symbolised the power and grandeur of the US presidency, and incoming White House incumbents traditionally change the decor to reflect the tone of their administration.

Joe Biden's Oval Office: what changes has the new president made?

Joe Biden has unveiled the new ceremonial backdrop to his administration, marking a number of significant changes from that of his predecessor. Curtains Biden kept the curtains that hung during Donald Trump’s administration and had previously been used during Bill Clinton’s presidency. BBC The Story Of Skinhead - Don Letts. ChristopheLAURENS MemoireMasterMEEFanglais 20042017. Banksy funds refugee rescue boat operating in Mediterranean. The British street artist Banksy has financed a boat to rescue refugees attempting to reach Europe from north Africa, the Guardian can reveal.

Banksy funds refugee rescue boat operating in Mediterranean

The vessel, named Louise Michel after a French feminist anarchist, set off in secrecy on 18 August from the Spanish seaport of Burriana, near Valencia, and is now in the central Mediterranean where on Thursday it rescued 89 people in distress, including 14 women and four children. It is now looking for a safe seaport to disembark the passengers or to transfer them to a European coastguard vessel. The crew, made up of European activists with long experience in search and rescue operations, had already assisted in two other rescue operations involving a total of 105 people, who are now onboard the NGO vessel Sea-Watch 4. A Letter on Justice and Open Debate. July 7, 2020The below letter will be appearing in the Letters section of the magazine’s October issue.

A Letter on Justice and Open Debate

We welcome responses at letters@harpers.org Our cultural institutions are facing a moment of trial. Powerful protests for racial and social justice are leading to overdue demands for police reform, along with wider calls for greater equality and inclusion across our society, not least in higher education, journalism, philanthropy, and the arts. But this needed reckoning has also intensified a new set of moral attitudes and political commitments that tend to weaken our norms of open debate and toleration of differences in favor of ideological conformity. Penny Dreadful: The Literary Origins. Worksheet 2.