As part of its review of Amazon's agreement to buy Whole Foods, the Federal Trade Commission is looking into allegations that Amazon misleads customers about its pricing discounts, according to a source close to the probe.
The FTC is probing a complaint brought by the advocacy group Consumer Watchdog, which looked at some 1,000 products on Amazon's website in June and found that Amazon put reference prices, or list prices, on about 46 percent of them.
An analysis found that in 61 percent of products with reference prices, Amazon's reference prices were higher than it had sold the same product in the previous 90 days, Consumer Watchdog said in a letter to the FTC dated July 6.
Following receipt of the letter, the agency made informal inquiries about the allegations, according to a source who spoke on background to preserve business relationships.
OJ Simpson, the former NFL star famously acquitted of murder, was granted parole on Thursday and is expected to walk free in October after being jailed nine years ago for a botched robbery attempt. “I am sorry the things turned out the way they did,” Simpson, 70, said via videoconference with the Nevada board of parole commissioners. “I had no intention to commit a crime.” Four commissioners voted unanimously to grant Simpson’s parole after a nearly 90-minute hearing.
Simpson smiled as the four commissioners announced their ruling one by one; he bowed multiple times after the 4-0 decision was announced.
As he left the courtroom, he thanked the people around him and put his hand to his heart before clasping his hands together while bowing slightly toward the commissioners. “It was a serious crime and there was no excuse for it,” said commissioner Tony Corda, but he said he reached the decision because Simpson was at “low risk to re-offend” and had served enough prison time in the case.
The number of cases filed by asylum seekers challenging the decisions of immigration authorities in German courts has brought the legal system to the brink of collapse, a top German judge has warned in an interview.
The sheer number of cases filed has overwhelmed the civil courts of the country, said Robert Seegmuller, chairman of the Association of German Administrative Law Judges while speaking to the publishing house Redaktionsnetzwerk Deutschland (RND). “The situation is dramatic for administrative courts,”Seegmuller told RND. “We are now completely stretched to our limits.” Seegmuller had been complaining since spring about the number of lawsuits being filed against the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF). Thousands of applicants have challenged the decisions delivered on their cases by the BAMF, including deportation orders back to potentially unsafe countries such as Afghanistan.
Based on RND’s estimations, there are approximately 250,000 asylum-related cases waiting to be brought before the courts. “The administrative court system cannot endure such a figure in the long run. At some point, everything will collapse,” Seegmüller warned. “Things may go well for a while, but not permanently.” With such a vast volume of cases, the German legal system finds itself lacking judges and other personnel, space, and IT capabilities, he added. “The justice system is indeed determined to bulk itself up, but it is ever more difficult to find the desperately needed personnel,” he said.
Seegmuller said in addition to the volume of work, the courts have to deal with poor decision-making by immigration authorities. He would not elaborate further.
How often do you find yourself rationalizing?
When we rationalize, are we not just creating an excuse or giving a more attractive explanation?
Why is it that, at times, we need to rationalize our actions, behavior, and/or decisions? Could it be that we know deep down inside that what we have done or what we are doing is wrong?
Recognizing and admitting we are WRONG can be very difficult and humbling. Rationalizing is a GREAT way to escape having to admit where we might be wrong.
What are your thoughts on this quote >> “When you rationalize, you do just that. You make rational lies.” << Agree? Or Disagree? Why?
A former Buddhist monk has been charged with the rape of an underage girl, money laundering and fraud by a Thai court following his extradition from the US to Thailand.
The so-called 'jet-set monk,' Wiraphon Sukphon, 37, faces a total of five charges including the rape of a minor under 15 years of age, which is punishable by up to 20 years in prison.
He allegedly fathered a child with the girl almost a decade ago reports Channel News Asia. “The Attorney-General will indict Sukphon on Thursday and advise the court to oppose bail because he poses a flight risk,” Somuk Siengkong, the Attorney-General spokesman told reporters as cited by The New Straits Times.
Sukphon landed at Suvaranabhumi Airport Wednesday night wearing the saffron robes associated with the Buddhist faith, however, the Sangha Council of Thailand previously defrocked him in absentia.
In 2013, tabloids dubbed him the 'jet-set monk' after footage emerged of Sukphon and two other monks travelling on a private jet wearing designer sunglasses and carrying Louis Vuitton handbags.
He established an unofficial Buddhist teaching center in California shortly after fleeing Thailand earlier that year.
US authorities seized $770,000 of his assets including a Porsche and a Mercedes Benz. He also reportedly held 41 bank accounts, all of which were frozen.
An ice shelf in Antarctica is already showing a new crack, just a week after an iceberg dramatically broke free from the structure, according to researchers.
The new rift was spotted by scientists from Project MIDAS who have been closely monitoring the Larsen C ice shelf and who first detected the calving of iceberg A68, which broke free last week.
The crack was found using Sentinel-1 interferometry data gathered Tuesday, researchers wrote in a Project MIDAS statement. “A new rift appears to be extending northwards… and may result in further ice shelf area loss,” the statement reads. “We see a new short feature of around 6 kilometers (3.7 miles) heading north from the complex region of cracks that formed just before the iceberg broke away,”said Adrian Luckman, a professor of glaciology at Swansea University, who is leading the MIDAS research, as quoted by Deutsche Welle.
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