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Earlier this month, Statistics Canada reported that household credit market debt as a proportion of household disposable income slipped to 166.9 per cent in the first quarter.

That's down from 167.2 per cent in the fourth quarter of last year.

The agency said that translates to $1.67 of debt for every dollar of disposable income.
Facebook is deleting about 66,000 posts a week as the social media giant cracks down on what it considers to be hate speech.

The company says in a blog post Tuesday that deleting posts can "feel like censorship," but that it is working on explaining its process better.

Facebook says it defines hate speech as attacks on people based on their race, sexual orientation and other "protected characteristics."

The Menlo Park, California, company says it mostly relies on its nearly two billion users to report any hateful posts they see, and then the workers review the posts and decide whether to delete it.

Facebook Inc. says it has 4,500 workers reviewing posts and plans to hire 3,000 more in the next year.

The deleted posts went up over the last two months.
Things are not looking good for the coal industry.

In the latest blow to this fossil fuel, the world biggest coal company is closing a total of 37 mines.

It seems that the rise of solar power is playing a major role in the decline of coal.

The company, Coal India, produces 82 percent of India’s coal, according to The Independent. 

The closings account for nine percent of Coal India’s sites.
Maksym Shapoval, a colonel in the chief intelligence directorate of Ukraine’s Ministry of Defense, was blown up in a car-bomb explosion at 8:14 a.m. on June 27 in Kyiv.

Ukraine’s law enforcement agencies put the blame on Russia, chief military prosecutor Anatoly Matios said during a press briefing at the Presidential Administration building in Kyiv.

An explosion in a car killed Shapoval on Solomyanska Street in Kyiv.

It also injured a female passerby.
The link between working at night and poor health has been known for several years, with those who work after dark more likely to suffer diabetes, obesity, poor fertility, heart attacks and tumours.

Dr Parveen Bhatti, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, Washington, USA, said if awake at night the body has "reduced capacity to repair and clear oxidative DNA damage."

The study tested 50 night shift workers for levels of 8-OH-dG - a chemical which is produced when DNA is repaired.

They then tested them again when they were working days, and found levels jumped by 300 per cent.

They believe that shift workers may need to take sleep hormone supplements to allow DNA to carry out repairs as they sleep in the day.

"If such effects are confirmed, melatonin supplementation should be explored as an intervention to reduce the occurrence of potentially carcinogenic DNA damage among shift workers," added Dr Bhatti.
Christianity is still the most common religion (52% of Australians identified as any of the Christian denominations) but has been declining in popularity in Australia for the past 50 years – in 1966, 88% of Australians identified as Christian and by 1991 it was 74%.

Catholicism is the largest Christian grouping, accounting for almost a quarter (22.6%) of the Australian population.

Islam (2.6%) and Buddhism (2.4%) were the next most common religions reported.

Hinduism had the most significant growth from 2006 to 2016 (from 1.3% to 1.9%) driven by immigration from South Asia.

The most religious state was New South Wales where 66% of people reported a religious affiliation, and the lowest proportion of people (53%) with a religious affiliation was in Tasmania.
A German marketing company has started scanning the faces of waiting customers at checkout in supermarkets and post offices on a trial basis.

The information is used to give personalized ads in adjacent screens targeting specific demographic groups.

The new facial recognition technology is tested by marketing company, Echion in 40 supermarkets and in 100 branches of Deutsche Post.

The new system that includes a camera and a screen set up by the check-out in supermarkets, scans the customer's face to determine the age and sex of the person. 

The company then plays ads tailored to certain demographics when enough people who fall into that target group are there.

The new advertising strategy has raised eyebrows from privacy advocates over data protection and lack of transparency.
In a shocking turn of events, Google has been handed a massive €2.4 billion fine by the European Commission after allegedly abusing its dominance as a search engine provider to give illegal advantage to its own shopping services.

The company is now forced to end the anti-competitive conduct within a window of 90 days.

Otherwise, it will face penalty payments of up to five percent of the average daily global turnover of its parent company Alphabet.

“Google has abused its market dominance as a search engine by giving an illegal advantage to another Google product, its comparison shopping service,” the Commission stated in a press release.
More than half the supermarket products marketed at kids are unhealthy, new obesity research has revealed.

The Obesity Policy Coalition surveyed 186 packaged foods with cartoons or characters designed to attract children.

They found 52 per cent were classified as unhealthy by the Food Standards Australia, New Zealand.

"It's extremely frustrating to see cartoons and animations being used to lure children and create pester power to push parents into buying unhealthy products for kids."

Kellogg's spokesman Derek Lau said the research insinuated that parents have less influence on their kids than a cartoon "which is hugely discrediting to what parents decide to choose or don't choose for their kids."

Lau said that cereals contribute 4 per cent of the total sugar intake for Kiwi kids and 75 per cent of Kelloggs cereals had four health stars or above.
Fishing fleets dump about 10 percent of the fish they catch back into the ocean in an "enormous waste" of low-value fish despite some progress in limiting discards in recent years, scientists said on Monday.

A decade-long study, the first global review since 2005 and based on work by 300 experts, said the rate of discards was still high despite a decline from a peak in the late 1980s and the discarded fish are usually dead or dying.

Almost 10 million tonnes of about 100 million tonnes of fish caught annually in the past decade were thrown back into the sea, according to the "Sea Around Us" review by the University of British Columbia and the University of Western Australia.

Industrial fleets often throw back fish that are damaged, diseased, too small or of an unwanted species.

Discards are an "enormous waste ... especially at a time when wild capture fisheries are under global strain amidst growing demands for food security and human nutritional health," they wrote in the journal Fish & Fisheries.

The scientists said discards were now highest in the Pacific, a shift from the Atlantic.