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Chase Bank Limits Cash Withdrawals, Bans International... Before you read this report, remember to sign up to for 100% free stock alerts Chase Bank has moved to limit cash withdrawals while banning business customers from sending...

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Richemont chairman Johann Rupert to take 'grey gap... Billionaire 62-year-old to take 12 months off from Cartier and Montblanc luxury goods groupRichemont's chairman and founder Johann Rupert is to take a year off from September, leaving management of the...

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Cambodia: aftermath of fatal shoe factory collapse... Workers clear rubble following the collapse of a shoe factory in Kampong Speu, Cambodia, on Thursday

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Spate of recent shock departures by 50-something CEOs While the rising financial rewards of running a modern multinational have been well publicised, executive recruiters say the pressures of the job have also been ratcheted upOn approaching his 60th birthday...

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UK Uncut loses legal challenge over Goldman Sachs tax... While judge agreed the deal was 'not a glorious episode in the history of the Revenue', he ruled it was not unlawfulCampaign group UK Uncut Legal Action has lost its high court challenge over the legality...

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Microsoft names new finance chief

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Microsoft names Amy Hood as its new chief financial officer, the first woman to hold the post at the technology giant.

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LibertyBell Criminal Lawyers Are Featured in Time Magazine

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LOS ANGELES, CA–(Marketwired – May 6, 2013) – LibertyBell Law Group’s criminal lawyer, Gina Tennen, is featured in Time Magazine’s April edition section titled “Leaders of Criminal Defense.” This edition is famously known for the 10th annual list of the most influential people in the world. Tennen is the only woman in Time Magazine’s legal leaders.

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The implications of taking a second job

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Why one woman chose to take on a second job

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PoCo Woman Is Canada’s First Lotto 6/49 Millionaire of 2013

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VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA–(Marketwire – Jan. 4, 2013) - A Port Coquitlam woman now has the proud distinction of being Canada’s first millionaire of 2013.

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Small plane hits house in Jackson, Miss. –

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JACKSON, Miss., Nov. 14 (UPI) — A pilot and two passengers were killed Tuesday evening when a single-engine plane hit a house in Jackson, Miss., in a fiery crash. A woman in the house escaped through a window, the Jackson Clarion-Ledger reported.

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Gender pay gap ‘could worsen’

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The pay gap between men and women is at risk of worsening for the first time, an equality group warns, as a survey shows a woman can earn £423,000 less over her career.

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Binders full of problems? What Mitt Romney must do to woo women | Guardian panel

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Our panelists advise Romney on how he can improve his appeal to female voters through rhetoric and policy

Naomi Wolf: ‘The Romney team has managed rather brilliantly to obfuscate his position on every issue’

The trouble is that Romney’s image is too good with female voters! Obama had an 18% gender gap in his favor with women in April – and has lost it all. Equal numbers of women and men are now saying they support Romney in the last Gallup poll. This is a disaster because Democrats can only win with the traditional gender gap, which is usually in the double digits.

The Romney team has managed rather brilliantly to obfuscate his position on every issue – very few women know that if you go to his website, you find out that he does not support a woman’s right to abortion except in cases of rape or incest. Ryan is even more drastic in his extremism: supporting ending Planned Parenthood, for instance – which provides health care to 3 million Americans – and in favor of punitive transvaginal probes for women who dare to choose abortion. Women are not aware, I think, of how invasive the Republican agenda is for their most personal healthcare decisions. The paradox is that the Republican message of ‘smaller government’ (get the state out of schools, out of healthcare, out of welfare) is reversed in Romney’s radical plan for the far right vis a vis women’s most intimate reproductive rights decisions. (To see a satirical take on the GOP agenda, one can watch the hilarious yet also tragic Funny or Die video, “Republicans, Get in my Vagina”.)

As for Romney’s first executive order, should he win the presidency, must be to close Guantánamo. His next policies should involve the repeal of the Patriot Act, the closing of the Department of Homeland Security and the demise of the National Defense Authorization Act. Any equality women have achieved has come about through human rights activism and democracy protections. Paying attention to any other issue before freedom is restored in America is like legislating on the Titanic.

Naomi Wolf is a regular columnist on Comment is free and author of Vagina: a New Biography

Jill Filipovic: ‘Romney needs to talk to women like we’re people with rational political interests’

To appeal to women voters, Romney needs to talk to women like we’re people with rational political interests, and knock off the condescension. So far, his understanding of women seems to center on his wife – instead of talking to us himself, he uses Ann as a sort of ambassador to a culture he clearly doesn’t understand and doesn’t particularly respect.

He could speak to us directly about the economy and recognize that the recovery has disproportionately benefited men (even adjusting for the fact that job losses disproportionately impacted men). He could realize that we exist in our bodies, and the physical needs of 50% of the population aren’t “special” or negligible. He could appreciate that we’re a population as diverse as men, and that our interests extend beyond our roles as mothers and care-takers. And he could prove that he has, at any point, considered women to be equal players in society.

Even his story (or “lie“, as it’s also known) at the last debate about soliciting “binders full of women” to fill cabinet positions is telling: A man who was a consultant and a businessman for decades didn’t know any qualified women? That speaks volumes about his views on half the population, and those views are reflected in his strongly sexist policy positions.

Other than the things he definitely shouldn’t do that he’s already pledged to do on his first day – overturning Obamacare and reinstituting the deadly Global Gag Rule – I would love to see any president propose a Bill of Women’s Rights, ensuring the basic things women require for equal participation in society: universal health care coverage (including contraception, abortion, pre-natal and well-baby care); equal pay; federally-mandated parental leave; subsidized high-quality childcare with well-paid workers and comprehensive assistance to low-income families. But that’s about as likely as Romney legalizing the kind of drugs one would need to believe a “pro-family, pro-life” Republican president would support legislation that actually helps women, men, children and families live better lives.

Jill Filipovic is a freelance writer and blogger at Feministe, and a practicing lawyer in New York City

Tamara Winfrey Harris: ‘Romney has learned little from leafing through binders of women’

For female voters like me, a candidate’s image comes as a result of actions. That is why there is very little Mitt Romney can do before election day to convince me that his presidency would be good for women. His actions tell me just the opposite. For instance, the candidate has pledged to defund Planned Parenthood; voiced support for the Blunt Amendment, a bill introduced to restrict access to birth control and said that he supports overturning Roe v Wade. For anyone concerned about reproductive healthcare, Romney’s stance should chill the blood.

But healthcare isn’t the only area where Romney fails to demonstrate the love for the ladies his wife crowed about during the Republican National Convention. While advisers say that, as president, Romney would not repeal the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, he did oppose the measure when President Obama signed it in 2009, giving women better opportunity to sue over pay inequities. His running mate, Congressman Paul Ryan – the man Ledbetter herself says “scares me to death” – opposed the Act.

If his positions on women’s bodies and our ability to work for fair pay are any indication, Romney has learned little from leafing through “binders of women”.

But perhaps the candidate’s rhetoric does not reveal his true intentions. Maybe he’s simply rallying his conservative base and a real Romney presidency wouldn’t be so radical. The first 100 days of a Romney administration could be very enlightening. A clue as to his authentic objectives may come from what a President Romney doesn’t do in its early days. As a candidate, Romney has pledged to repeal the Affordable Care Act “on day one“, cutting off millions of women and families from preventative care and ending no-cost birth control benefits. Ignoring the hyperbole in the pronouncement (rolling back the Act wouldn’t be that easy), keeping the Affordable Care Act intact and not working toward its demise would be a first step in convincing me that Mitt gives a whit about women.

Tamara Winfrey Harris is a blogger on What Tami Said, and editor of New Demographic’s Anti-Racist Parent

DeeDee Garcia Blase: ‘[Romney] will have to pick a side and stick with it to the end’

It will be very hard for Mitt Romney to improve his image with women voters because he has reversed his stance on the pro-choice/pro-life issue too many times. His reversals make him appear like a populist politician driven by polls. Remember, Romney gave an oath to protect a woman’s right to choose until he decided to run under the Republican presidential ticket. How can a pro-choice woman trust Romney after he went back on his word? On the other hand, how can a pro-life woman trust him when his campaign recently stated that abortion “should be an option” in certain cases?

In order for Romney to garner the trust of women voters, he will have to pick a side and stick with it to the end, else mistrust will continue to pile up. Right now, women do not know what his real conviction on the issue, and we become much more considerate of politicians who stick to their convictions. As it stands, we still do not know where his heart is really at.

A woman has never served on the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS); therefore, any president promoting women to the JCS within his first 100 days would give many of us a sigh of relief and encouragement. So many women in the US are related to sons, daughters or relatives currently serving our armed forces, and we are feeling apprehensive and pressure with regard to the multiple wars we have been engaged in. It would be helpful knowing that more women are part of the “advisory committee”, which helps plan joint operations and resolutions of military problems because, as it stands, there appears to be too much testosterone fueling those key decisions. It would be helpful for us to see balance at a strategic leadership level.

DeeDee Garcia Blase is founder of Somos Republicans, and the president of the National Tequila Party Movement, which promotes Hispanic Get Out the Vote initiatives

Heidi Moore: ‘it may be useful for Governor Romney to get the basics out of the way’

If the current polls are to be believed, Mitt Romney is in line to draw the votes of roughly half the country. The question is: which half? What does Mitt Romney’s half look like, and how do they picture the economic future under a Romney presidency?

Governor Romney was correct in his “binders full of women” speech that America will not be on the road to economic recovery until women are sharing space in hiring decisions alongside equally qualified men. Unfortunately, the conversation around women in the workplace still seems to center around the most pragmatic basics being treated as romantic political dreams. For instance, it’s difficult to picture a woman who will rush to the polls, full of passionate vigor, in support of the idea that it’ going to be possible for her to one day have a good day at work and get home in time to pitch in for dinner or tuck in her kids. So it may be useful for Governor Romney to get the basics out of the way: we know that corporations respond to tax breaks. Would they also respond to tax incentives for businesses that show they pay their women as equally as they do men?

You have to start rebuilding the economy somewhere. Start at the bottom with equal wages, and see if the economy soon looks to be on firmer ground.

Heidi Moore is the New York bureau chief and Wall Street correspondent for Marketplace, from American Public Media

Cheri Jacobus: ‘Whatever Mitt Romney is doing to move women to his side, he should keep doing it!’

Barack Obama won the women’s vote in 2008 by a 13-point margin. Recent polls show Mitt Romney rapidly closing the gap and the president has been losing women for nearly a year. Romney has surged to an average 4-point lead in key swing states due in large part to women supporting him, thus sending the Obama campaign in hyperbole overdrive. The ensuing panic by the left has resulted in the ridiculous, patronizing “War on Women” meme, followed by the insulting, “vote like your lady parts depend on it” that served only to turn women off Obama and move towards Romney.

So excuse me if I find the question posed as a bit biased since it is President Obama who needs to change his tune with women. Whatever Mitt Romney is doing to move women to his side, he should keep doing it! He is leading in the popular vote 52% to 45%, and for the first time in this campaign, now leads in the electoral college.

While women in the Obama White House make less than the men, as governor of Massachusetts, of Mitt Romney’s 20 cabinet positions, ten were held by women. In fact, his record from the 1990′s is better than the top current Democratic governors and the upper echelons of Massachusetts government, and more representative of the female population than any state in the natio, according to a 2004 State University of New York, Albany study. It is my prediction, too, that Obama letting two high-ranking women in his administration, Hillary Clinton and Susan Rice, take the fall for his incompetency regarding the Benghazi attack that led to the murders of Ambassador Stevens and three other Americans – and his subsequent cover-up – will heat up as an issue for women in these weeks before election day.

That Obama and his cheerleaders in the media are overplaying their hand on the awkward “binders” phrasing as if it is a gaffe, is telling: Romney is trending upwards, and the Obama campaign has even had to abandon large chunks of their firewall strategy as Mitt Romney pulls close, even or ahead in states they thought were reliably Obama’s. Once women and men got to see Mitt Romney in the debates without the biased media filter, they saw a man quite different than the one Obama and the left described. And they like him. Binders and binders full of women like and trust him. Obama is finding out the hard way that women vote with their brain and their wallets, and that’s very bad news for him.

A President Romney should repeat his stellar record of hiring women from his time as governor. And unlike President Obama, he can pay women what he pays the men, leading by example, whereas Barack Obama talks the talk, but won’t walk the walk. Romney is also onto something big by pointedly addressing the growing number of women in poverty under Obama. His personal history of helping people combined with his business success and saving the Olympics can be put to good use by tackling this problem, rather than just putting more women on welfare and food stamps as has been the case in the Obama presidency. A President Romney should take the problem seriously. He would be a hero.

Cher Jacobus is a Republican political strategist, pundit and writer

Bill waived after 12qn-euro gaffe

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A woman in south-west France, who mistakenly received a telephone bill of nearly 12 quadrillion euros, has the real amount she owed waived.

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Angela Merkel is unshakeable as Athens resounds with angry chants

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The German chancellor insisted she was not in Greece as a task-master, but protesters outside were having none of it

Up close, Angela Merkel is very static. She stands immovable, her eyes flashing this way and that. In Athens, as she stood behind a lectern after talks with the Greek prime minister, Antonis Samaras, the German chancellor was so restrained she hardly moved at all.

The Greek capital resembled Fort Knox – with riot police guarding her every move, helicopters roaring overhead and marksmen installed on the rooftops of buildings great and small – but Europe’s most powerful woman was having none of it. The angry chants and hoarse slogans of the thousands of protesters who had also come out to greet her, eliciting one of the biggest security operations ever put on by near-bankrupt Greece, belonged to another world. As did the copious amounts of acrid teargas that wafted through the Athens air.

In the marble interior of the mansion that is the prime minister’s office, Merkel had a message and on this, her first visit to Greece since the eruption of Europe’s debt drama, it was a message she was determined to convey.

“I have not come as a taskmaster,” she said, her eyes elevated towards the room’s ornate sunlit ceiling as if focusing on some indefinable spot. “And nor have I come as a teacher to give grades,” she added, now focusing intently on the marble floor. “I have come as a friend to listen and be informed.”

Three years into the crisis that began in Athens, Merkel also wanted to say she understood “a lot” was being demanded of Greece. She was not the austerity warmonger that critics had painted her to be. “I come in full and firm awareness of what the people of Greece are going through,” she said. But, she continued, Europe’s weakest link was badly in need of change – and if reforms were not made now, they would come back “in a much more dramatic way”.

“I come from East Germany and I know how long it takes to build reform,” she said, almost by way of reassurance. “The road for the people of Greece is very tough, very difficult, but they have put a good bit of the path behind them. I want to say you are making progress!”

But even as the leader attempted not to sound like the matriarch in charge of the family till, there is no denying that that is exactly what she is.

“Saying that she is not here to preach is bullshit,” said one of the small retinue of Berlin-based journalists who follow her every move. “She is here to tell them exactly what to do.”

For the vast majority of Greeks, no person is more identified than Merkel with the punitive measures that have ensnared the country in unprecedented recession and record levels of poverty and unemployment.

As up to 300,000 took to the streets in an enormous display of fury over the savage cuts and tax increases that have brought growing numbers to the brink of penury, it was the woman who is widely seen as the “architect of austerity” that was in their sights.

“If I met her, I would say if you had read Greek history you would have been more aware,” said Takis Stavropoulos, a bearded leftist who had converged with thousands of other protesters on Syntagma square. “If she had done that she would have known we would resist.”

No government has been in as difficult a place as the ruling coalition that Samaras has led since June. Although Merkel’s surprise visit was seen as a major coup, with officials hailing it as further proof of Berlin’s new-found willingness to keep Greece in the 17-member eurozone, there was also an acceptance that the chancellor’s six-hour presence in Athens, while rich in symbolism, did not yield much in the way of substance.

Merkel’s Calvinist approach to dealing with Europe’s crisis-hit southern periphery may have softened, as the leader looks to re-election next year, but as tiny Greece stares into the abyss with enough funds to survive only until the end of next month, the message was clear: apply more draconian measures and the rescue funds will keep pouring in. Echoing the complaint of German commentators, Greek analysts agreed that the visit was long overdue.

“It is hard not to see this visit had a more important message for Germany ahead of [next September's] general elections than it did for Greece,” opined the prominent commentator Yiannis Pretenderis.

The sad reality remains. After the biggest debt write-down in the history of world finance and two EU-IMF-sponsored bailouts worth a mammoth €240bn (£190bn), Greece is still far from being saved and, worse, is slipping inexorably into social meltdown with its political arena ever more radicalised. The draconian €13.5bn package of spending cuts that is the price of further aid could, many fear, push Greece further to the edge.

Back at the heart of the government, untouched by the discord of everyday life, the awkwardness of Greece’s relationship with its big brother was on display in the body language of its prime minister. As Merkel, the pastor’s daughter, spoke, Samaras, whose background is privileged elite, Harvard and moneyed, looked on and winced.

“Greeks are a proud people,” he said. “And our enemy is recession. But we are not asking for favours. In my discussion with the German chancellor I pointed out, however, that the Greek people are bleeding.” As he spoke, Merkel remained static before pursing her lips and looking away.

Doorstep lender tactic questioned

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A BBC investigation finds a prominent doorstep lender extending credit to vulnerable clients, including a woman with mental health problems.

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