Park Geun-hye, South Korea’s Ousted President, Gets 24 Years in Prison

Park Geun-hye, South Korea’s Ousted President, Gets 24 Years in Prison Photo Supporters of former President Park Geun-hye of South Korea calling for her release on Friday, near the courthouse in Seoul where she was sentenced. Credit Ahn Young-Joon/Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea — Park Geun-hye, South Korea’s impeached and ousted president, was sentenced on Friday to 24 years in prison on a variety of criminal charges, in a case that exposed the entrenched, collusive ties between South Korea’s government and huge conglomerates like Samsung.
A three-judge panel at the Seoul Central District Court also ordered Ms. Park to pay $17 million in fines, in a ruling that marked a climactic moment in an influence-peddling scandal that shook the country’s political and business worlds.
Ms. Park’s conviction on bribery, coercion, abuse of power and other charges was the first lower-court ruling on a criminal case to be broadcast live in South Korea. She is the country’s first former leader to ..

Selfridges to stop selling carbonated drinks in single-use plastic bottles

The retailer banned single-use water bottles almost two years ago
Department store Selfridges is removing all single-use plastic bottles containing carbonated drinks from its stores after stopping sales of disposable plastic water bottles.
The retailer has not sold single-use water bottles for almost two years and said it wanted to further encourage customers to end their use of throwaway plastic and switch to alternatives such as aluminium cans and glass.
It hopes the move, which takes effect this week and will stop the sale of the equivalent of six tonnes of plastic, will encourage other companies to remove the bottles from their offices and retail outlets.
Read more Decline in plastic bags on seabed shows tackling waste is working Selfridges Group deputy chairwoman Alannah Weston said: “We are seeing a huge shift in people's attitudes to single-use plastic water bottles, and now, carbonated drinks.
“We still have a long way to go but we can encourage environmentally con..

Pacino as Paterno, and Who Is That Producer? Anthony Scaramucci

Supported by Media Pacino as Paterno, and Who Is That Producer? Anthony Scaramucci Photo Anthony Scaramucci, the former White House communications director, is credited as an executive producer on “Paterno,” which stars Al Pacino, center, and is scheduled to air Saturday on HBO. Credit Atsushi Nishijima/HBO, via Associated Press Eagle-eyed viewers of the HBO film “Paterno” — a biopic of the disgraced Penn State football coach, starring a slurring, pancake-faced Al Pacino — may spot a surprising name in the credits: Anthony Scaramucci, the world’s most famous former White House communications director.
Mr. Scaramucci, it turns out, is a dabbler in the biz.
“I just gave them the dough,” he said during a brief telephone conversation the other day.
Officially, he is a co-executive producer of “Paterno,” having bought the rights to a book about the saga at Pennsylvania State University several years ago with a producing partner, Edward R. Pressman. His involvement with the movie, which..

Co-op: Roaring back and in the black but is it just a bit too busy?

The institution has delivered a punchy set of results and is once again doing what the Co-operative should do, but its bosses should be wary of overreaching themselves
The Co-op’s back.
The institution’s latest set of numbers paint a picture of a business that has at last shaken off a long tail of yuck left by disasters (banking snafus, awful executives, dodgy directors) that could have brought the thing crashing down.
At first glance the phrase ‘what's not to like’ springs to mind.
Read more Co-op group is back in the black as it reveals members got £74m reward Co-op's new app could mean no need for checkouts Disgraced ex-Co-op Bank chairman Paul Flowers banned from City A £132m loss turned into a £72m headline profit. At the underlying level, which strips out ‘one off’ nasties to focus on the performance of the core business, profits rolled in at £65m against £52m. Debt fell to £775m from £885m. Overall revenues were flat, but there were plenty of bright spots.
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UK productivity growth hit a 10-year high in the second half of 2017, show official figures

The increase was largely driven by a fall in the number of hours worked
UK productivity rose 0.7 per cent in the final three months of 2017, and with the third quarter figure revised up to 1 per cent, together they represent the strongest growth since the second half of 2005, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
The ONS said the period between October and December last year was “the second consecutive quarter in which productivity growth has exceeded the pre-downturn average of 0.5 per cent per quarter”.
Read more UK productivity growth hits six-year high However, productivity was calculated on an output per hour basis, and so the increase was “largely driven by a fall in average hours worked”, the ONS said.
Meanwhile, revised estimates of labour productivity of the G7 show the UK continues to lag behind other major economies – UK labour productivity was around 16.3 per cent below the average for the other G7 economies in 2016.
“This is a second successive qu..

Doctors: A Harder Death for People With Intellectual Disabilities

Supported by Well | Live A Harder Death for People With Intellectual Disabilities Photo Credit iStock Hanover, N.H. — Several weeks after my patient was admitted to the intensive care unit for pneumonia and other problems, a clear plastic tube sprouted up from the mechanical ventilator, onto his pillow and down into his trachea. He showed few signs of improvement. In fact, the weeks on his back in an I.C.U. bed were making my 59-year-old patient more and more debilitated.
Still worse, a law meant to protect him was probably making him suffer more.
When the prognosis looks this bad, clinicians typically ask the patient what kind of care they want. Should we push for a miracle or focus on comfort? When patients cannot speak for themselves, we ask the same questions of a loved one or a legal guardian. This helps us avoid giving unwanted care that isn’t likely to heal the patient.
This patient was different. Because he was born with a severe intellectual disability, the law made it mu..

A Perplexing Marijuana Side Effect Relieved by Hot Showers

Supported by Well A Perplexing Marijuana Side Effect Relieved by Hot Showers Photo Thomas Hodorowski quit smoking marijuana after learning his years-long bouts of nausea and vomiting were caused by his habit. Credit Joshua Lott for The New York Times By the time Thomas Hodorowski made the connection between his marijuana habit and the bouts of pain and vomiting that left him incapacitated every few weeks, he had been to the emergency room dozens of times, tried anti-nausea drugs, anti-anxiety medications and antidepressants, endured an upper endoscopy procedure and two colonoscopies, seen a psychiatrist and had his appendix and gallbladder removed.
The only way to get relief for the nausea and pain was to take a hot shower.
He often stayed in the shower for hours at a time and could be in and out of the shower for days.
When the hot water ran out, “the pain was unbearable, like somebody was wringing my stomach out like a washcloth,” said the 28-year-old, who works as a production ..

Jessica Huie on finding a job that gives you a sense of purpose

A whole industry has sprung up around helping people who feel unfulfilled at work. What should you do if you get the itch to try something different?
Jessica Huie has every reason to be happy with her lot. She has made an extraordinary success of her life against all odds. Expelled from school at 15 and a single mother by the time she was 17, Huie turned away from her path, threw herself back into her studies and climbed the ladder in PR, ending up with at Max Clifford Associates representing high profile clients like Samuel L Jackson and Mariah Carey.
Read more One in three Britons use baking to help them de-stress after busy day How a music studio started by an Essex grime artist is opening doors Work email could be banned outside office hours by New York City In 2006, she went one step further and started her own business. She was looking for a card for her daughter one day and discovered a gap in the market for cards featuring people of colour.
Color Blind Cards propelled Hui..