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Migrant workers who helped build modern China have scant or no pensions, and can’t retire

1 of 12 | Duan Shuangzhu, 68, a waste collector who moved to Beijing in late 1990s from a small village in central China’s Shanxi, stands next to a rubbish bin while working in Beijing on March 1, 2024. China’s first generation of migrant workers played an integral role in the country’s transformation from an impoverished nation to an economic powerhouse. Now, they’re finding it hard to find work, both because they’re older and the economy is slowing. (AP Photo) Read More

Hackaday Links: March 3, 2024

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Weather.gov 2.0

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CodeSOD: Sorts of Dates

We’ve seen loads of bad date handling, but as always, there’s new ways to be surprised by the bizarre inventions people come up with. Today, Tim sends us some bad date sorting, in PHP.
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Scotsman Money launches tomorrow

The new eight-page supplement will be published with The Scotsman on the last Saturday of every month, covering such personal finance issues as savings, investments, mortgages, pensions and tax. It will also look at topics like changes in government legislation and policy that impact money management. Scotsman Money is launched in association with wealth manager Calton, and has support from Waverton Wealth and Aberdein Considine Wealth. Content will include news, features, commentary and opinion from sponsors, other industry experts and Scotsman writers. Tomorrow’s supplement explores what savers and investors should look out for in the new tax year that starts on 6 April, including changes that were announced in the spring budget earlier this month. It also examines Scottish income tax as it diverges further from the system in other parts of the UK. And there will be a section dedicated to answering topical personal finance questions. This month’s question, being answered by Aberdein Considine Wealth, asks what can be done to help someone get better organised with their finances to allow them to save or invest more. Rosemary Gallagher, The Scotsman head of commercial content, said: “We’re launching Scotsman Money to help people make sense of often complicated personal finances. We see it as filling a gap in what’s available to people in Scotland when it comes to finding information and guidance to support them in managing their money, from sourcing the most suitable mortgage to deciding on the best way to plan for retirement.”


Hate Crime Act: Police Scotland must now show this poorly framed law really can be enforced in a ‘proportionate’ way – Scotsman comment

Roddy Dunlop KC, dean of the Faculty of Advocates, warns police could be inundated by complaints from people “who claim to have been insulted by something that’s been said online”; the Association of Scottish Police Superintendents says officers may be drawn into “abusive spats” online, taking them away from more serious duties; and the Scottish Police Federation believes a lack of training may have left some officers “confused regarding what is or is not a crime under the Act”. Humza Yousaf, however, seems to think everything will be fine when the Hate Crime Act comes into force on Monday. The First Minister said he had “absolute faith in the police’s ability to weed out vexatious complaints” and deal with new ‘stirring up hate’ offences in an “appropriate” way. Scotland is about to find out who’s right, and whether or not this Act is another example of badly drafted legislation slipping through the Scottish Parliament’s light-touch scrutiny. Yousaf told MSPs that stirring-up offences and the recording of what the police call “non-crime hate incidents” had been around for years. However, it is a mistake to think that significantly expanding the scope of laws and practices, even long-established ones, will never cause a problem. Get our weekly opinion newsletter for expert analysis from The Scotsman’s team of columnists If large numbers of people suddenly discover the police have recorded “non-crime hate incidents” against their name, or if such incidents can be revealed during enhanced background checks by Disclosure Scotland for jobs like teaching, there will be hell to pay. A “hate incident” represents a finding of fact despite the lack of legal process. It should at least be an “alleged hate incident” but, given the likelihood of vexatious complaints, they should be recorded anonymously. The interaction between poorly drawn legislation and a police force that has shown some alarming signs of over-zealousness could give the growing army of culture warriors a new weapon with which to try to ruin the lives of people they dislike. However, this law is coming and it is now for Police Scotland to prove it can be policed in a proportionate way. If not, politicians must be prepared to think again – and quickly.

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