This cartoon by Nate Beeler, editorial cartoonist for The Columbus Dispatch, is part of a Cagle Post collection on Halloween 2014. A group of children are trick or treating. This is a customary practice for children on Halloween in many countries. Children in costumes travel from house to house in order to ask for treats such as candy (or, in some cultures, money) with the phrase "Trick or treat!". The "trick" is a (usually idle) threat to perform mischief on the homeowners or their property if no treat is given to them. In this cartoon, the homeowner wants to use Apple's new mobile payment system Apple Pay to give the children some money. However, the boy dressed as Dracula informs him, "No, we don't accept Apple Pay" (suggesting the man's question was "Do you accept Apple Pay?").A 1970s Halloween Fun Facts About Halloween 'Dispatch' cartoonist, key editor honored ABC Celebrates Halloween Starting Wednesday, October 15 30 Throwback Halloween Specials That Deserve A Re-Watch
A study released over the summer says eating breakfast will help you lose weight, but another released just this week says skipping the meal will help you trim down. So which one is true? Let's break down these conflicting studies. A team at Monash University in Australia found skipping the meal actually helped people lose weight. Researchers asked 32 liver-disease patients to begin skipping breakfast and watched them for 12 weeks. In the end they found all participants lost weight and reported better liver health. Full transcript >>Related articlesIs breakfast good for you or not?Skip breakfast and lose weightIt's the most important meal of the day if you want to lose weight: skipping breakfast could help you shed the kilosSkipping breakfast provides effective weight loss
The cash-strapped NHS is paying GPs £100,000 a year for working only weekends, The Mail on Sunday can reveal. Doctors are earning ‘jaw-dropping’ pay packets for shifts that can involve simply answering the phone at the NHS’s non-emergency 111 helpline for a couple of days a week. Recruitment agencies are offering the cushy jobs to doctors to work in some of the most attractive parts of Britain, including Cornwall, Herefordshire and rural Kent. Full story >>
GP is an abbreviation for General Practitioner: a doctor who deals with general medical problems and treats the families in a particular area. • Intolerably long waiting times to see a GP have become a national disgrace that could endanger people's health.
This cartoon by Chappatte from the International New York Times shows two stalls in an open-air market. The one on the left is selling homegrown organic produce. The one on the right, which also has a 'Homegrown' banner is manned by a Jihadist recruiter (note the posters and the pile of sheets with a pen and a 'Sign Up' sign).
The cartoonist plays on two meanings of the word homegrown. Homegrown can be used to describe things grown in someone's garden rather than on a large farm. However, homegrown can also mean 'belonging to one's own particular locality or country', and in recent times, the expression homegrown terrorist has come to mean a citizen or resident of a Western country who plots attacks within the country’s borders — a phenomenon sometimes referred to as homegrown terrorism. Although it's not made explicit, the cartoon was probably inspired by the incident in Ottowa on Wednesday when a lone gunman attacked the Parliament and killed an unarmed Canadian soldier. It later transpired that the gunman was a recent convert to Islam whom Canada's security services had identified as a threat, placing a hold on his passport that would keep him from traveling abroad to join conflicts in Syria and Iraq.
If you've ever gotten a utility or phone bill that was way more than you'd expected, well, David Cameron probably has you beat. The United Kingdom's prime minister found out Friday his country might have to pay the European Union a whopping $2.7 billion by Dec. 1. His reaction was pretty much what you'd expect.
DAVID CAMERON VIA BBC: "It is not acceptable; it is an appalling way to behave. I'm not paying that bill on 1 December. If people think I am, they got another thing coming. It is not going to happen." Full transcript >>
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David Cameron admitted that he had been left in the dark by George Osborne for two days as he complained that he had been hijacked by Brussels over an unexpected demand to pay £1.7bn (€2.1bn) to the EU. The prime minister said he would refuse to comply with the sudden bill, which he first learned about on Thursday, but questions were raised about Whitehall’s competence once it emerged that the chancellor had known since Tuesday. Labour said ministers should have expected the higher bill months ago. Full story >>
If someone is in the dark, they don't know very much about something, because other people are keeping it secret from them. • We are still very much in the dark about how the money was lost. • You've kept us totally in the dark about what happened that night.