The Daily Populous

Friday January 4th, 2019 evening edition

image for Amazon workers strike in Spain ahead of Three Kings gift-giving

MADRID (Reuters) - Workers at Amazon’s biggest warehouse in Spain started a two-day strike on Thursday just ahead of a gift-giving feast day, as part of a long-running campaign for better pay and conditions.

This is the richest company in the world and they want to keep profiting by taking away workers’ rights,” said David Matarraz, an Amazon worker outside the warehouse close to Madrid.

Amazon workers in Germany and Poland have also walked off the job, demanding better conditions.

Seventy percent of employees at the Spanish center joined Thursday’s strike, CCOO representative Douglas Harper said.

An Amazon spokesman denied this, saying most employees at the center had been at work on Thursday.

Employees at the Madrid center earn a minimum 19,300 euros ($21,933) per year, the spokesman said.

Protesters at the site lit a bonfire and a man walked around wearing a mask showing the face of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. »

Student drug dealers spared jail as judge says he was impressed by the grammar in their text messages

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Two young drug dealers were praised by a judge for the high standard of grammar in their text messages to customers.

Teenager Luke Rance bought cannabis in bulk and sold it to 21-year-old Brandon Kerrison for him to deal to people in Gower, South Wales, a court heard.

Judge David Hale, who sentenced the pair on Wednesday, noted that the "grammar and punctuation" used in their drug-dealing text messages was of a much better standard than usually seen. »

Dem introduces bills to eliminate electoral college, stop presidents from pardoning themselves

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“Presidents should not pardon themselves, their families, their administration or campaign staff," Cohen said in a statement.

"This constitutional amendment would expressly prohibit this and any future president, from abusing the pardon power.”.

Some Democrats have also increasingly criticized the electoral college since 2016, when Trump lost the popular vote but won the presidency because he won the electoral college. »

For-profit college cancels $500M in student debt after fraud allegations

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A company that owns two national for-profit college chains said Thursday that it will erase nearly $500 million in debt incurred by former students as part of a settlement with 48 states and the District of Columbia.

The deal with Career Education Corporation will resolve allegations that it lied about job placement rates and misled potential students to get them to enroll.

State attorneys general began investigating the company in 2014 following complaints from students and a damning report by the U.S. Senate. »