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.... The US Department of Labor (DoL) first accused the corporation of “extreme” pay discrimination in April as part of a lawsuit seeking to force Google to hand over salary records for a government audit. The new lawsuit could have widespread ramifications, especially considering that Google has publicly insisted it has eliminated its gender pay gap and is a leader in the industry. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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Google 'segregates' women into lower-paying jobs, stifling careers, lawsuit says image
.... The US Department of Labor (DoL) first accused the corporation of “extreme” pay discrimination in April as part of a lawsuit seeking to force Google to hand over salary records for a government audit. The new lawsuit could have widespread ramifications, especially considering that Google has publicly insisted it has eliminated its gender pay gap and is a leader in the industry. ...
Firms facing revolt over executive pay to be named on public register image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 26th of August 2017 11:01:49 PM
....Companies named on the register – which is to be run by the Investment Association, a trade body that represents UK investment managers – will be obliged to detail how they intend to address investors’ concerns. Greg Clark, business secretary – who is expected to unveil the new measure on Tuesday alongside other plans for new laws to improve corporate governance, said: “Most companies are proactive and thoughtful when it comes to responsible business practices. ...
Payment in gold bullion banned under new law to combat tax evasion image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 7th of August 2017 05:33:52 PM
. Companies will no longer be able to pay employees their salaries in gold bullion in the first use of a new law designed to combat “morally repugnant” tax avoidance schemes. ...
Addison Lee suffers latest defeat in legal row over gig economy rights image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 2nd of August 2017 04:39:33 PM
....The ruling at the central London employment tribunal that the cycle courier should be classed as a “worker” follows similar verdicts in cases brought against Uber, City Sprint, Excel and eCourier. It comes as the government considers recommendations from a Downing Street review to bring in a new law that any self-employed worker under “control” or “supervision” from their contracting company should be considered a “dependent contractor” and benefit from holiday pay, sick pay and the minimum wage. ...
Tesco covers tampon tax for customers by cutting prices image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 28th of July 2017 05:36:40 PM
....To stave off a backbench rebellion by an alliance of feminist and Eurosceptic MPs, David Cameron persuaded European ministers last year to agree to change the rules to allow zero-rating of sanitary products. But the earliest a new law could come into force would be 2018. ...
Workers’ rights need more protection in the gig economy | Letters image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 16th of July 2017 04:37:34 PM
....Frank Field MPLabour, Birkenhead. • Theresa May doesn’t need to introduce new laws to protect workers in the gig economy: British employment law is fair and robust already. ...
Uber presses pause on primary taxi service in Finland until 2018 image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 6th of July 2017 09:15:32 AM
....Uber is legal in Finland provided its drivers hold valid taxi licences, but the company has been the target of police investigations and drivers have been ordered to give up their earnings to the state for not having valid taxi permits. Once the new law comes into effect, drivers will still need permits but annual permit quotas and fare restrictions will be removed, which could help new entrants to the market. ...
Wrong medicine? image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 30th of June 2017 09:01:07 PM
....He sees increased willingness among federal and state policymakers to take action, even if talk has died down since the presidential campaign. He pointed to a new law in Maryland that gives the state the power to act against firms that implement "unconscionable" price hikes on certain kinds of drugs as a sign of growing momentum. ...
The great London property squeeze image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 25th of May 2017 04:30:19 AM
....Even though the Department for Communities and Local Government had given Newham £1m to support the licensing scheme, little-known changes to the law have seen some forms of licensing extended, but also made it much harder for councils to introduce licensing in the first place. The new law ensures that councils must now seek permission from the secretary of state for any licensing scheme that would cover more than 20% of their geographical area, or affect more than 20% of privately rented homes. ...
Fair shares? image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Sunday 21st of May 2017 12:04:00 AM
....It's a link that is definitely not lost on the Swedish politicians spearheading what they've described as "the first feminist government in the world". The Nordic nation's Left-Green coalition pushed through a new law in 2015, aimed to encourage men to take a greater share of the parental leave. ...
On the buses image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Sunday 30th of April 2017 11:31:11 PM
...."We recognise that there is still much to do to make this a reality, but we are convinced that the quickest, cheapest and best way to improve bus services throughout Greater Manchester is through positive and proactive partnerships," he says. Once a mayor is elected a new law would give them power - and enable other English local transport authorities - to introduce franchising, new partnership arrangements and to offer multi-operator ticketing services. ...
May vows to protect pensions from 'unscrupulous bosses' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Sunday 30th of April 2017 03:59:09 AM
....The Pensions Regulator would also be able to impose large fines on bosses who "wilfully left a scheme under-resourced", she said, and company directors could be struck off in more serious cases. The Tories will also consider a new law to make it illegal to intentionally or recklessly put a pension scheme at risk. ...
Vauxhall 'reckless' over Zafira fires, say MPs image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 27th of April 2017 11:00:16 PM
....The full scale of the Vauxhall fires didn't emerge until a Facebook group, the London Fire Brigade and then the BBC's Watchdog programme started noticing and then highlighting a pattern. These MPs are also calling for new laws to prosecute car makers who fail to sort a safety issue. ...
High heels row: Petition for work dress code law rejected image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 21st of April 2017 10:29:08 AM
. Calls to introduce a new law banning companies from telling women to wear high heels at work have been rejected by the government. ...
El Paso: the border city grappling with the ramifications of Trump's proposals image
.... Before it didn’t matter what your immigration status was, whether you were born here or not you felt comfortable working with law enforcement to report a crime or abuse,” he says. “They knew law enforcement was focused on keeping us safe. ...
Four million leaseholders in England 'at risk from rip-off fees' image
....The government has also promised action, saying it will end leaseholds for new housing developments. It is also consulting on plans to set a minimum lease length for new flats - and new laws to help leaseholders fight back at tribunals against unreasonable ground rent reviews. ...
Advertising fail image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 6th of April 2017 01:57:06 PM
....It also showed former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi in the driver's seat grinning and flashing the peace sign. The advert for Ford's new Fido hatchback was posted online soon after India passed a new law on violence against women following a fatal gang rape. ...
Gender pay gap image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 6th of April 2017 11:50:56 AM
.... . The Women's Equality Party says women can use the new law to push an action plan or address an unconscious bias within their company. ...
Google and Facebook now paying full tax, Australia says image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 21st of March 2017 08:36:40 AM
.... . A new law targets global companies with annual incomes of more than A$1bn. ...
Firms urged to publish ethnic breakdown image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 28th of February 2017 03:12:53 AM
....". But the minister ruled out new laws on firms. ...
We have the laws for a fairer gig economy, we just need to enforce them image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 7th of February 2017 12:11:25 PM
.... Both these cases have confirmed what common sense would tell you: that gig workers putting in long hours of arduous work, providing and maintaining their own transport, and offering commitment to a company, should expect to be treated like workers with rights and not as independent small business people. “We don’t need any new law to be written,” says Jason Moyer-Lee, general secretary of the IWGB, “we just need existing law to be enforced properly”. ...
Supreme court rules parliament must have vote to trigger article 50 image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 24th of January 2017 10:12:29 AM
....Reading the summary, Neuberger said: “By a majority of eight to three, the supreme court rules that the government cannot trigger article 50 without an act of parliament authorising it to do so. “Section 2 of the 1972 [European Communities] Act provides that, whenever EU institutions make new laws, those new laws become part of UK law. ...
Obama's legacy image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 13th of January 2017 12:03:44 AM
.... . The Republican Party's capture of the House of Representatives in November 2010 deprived the president of most of his influence on the writing of new laws. ...
Sugary drink taxes could be threatened by Trump administration, experts say image
. Taxes on sugary drinks had a banner year in the US, with six new laws passed across the US. ...
Charity funding image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 23rd of December 2016 12:20:12 AM
.... . Parliament passed a new law in 2016 making charities more responsible for the methods used by their fundraising agents, and several are looking for new ways of raising money. ...
Strikes show contempt says Downing Street image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 19th of December 2016 01:34:53 AM
....Ms O'Grady added that she feared there might be "another agenda" here to tighten union laws. Conservative MP Chris Philp is calling for new laws that would mean in cases involving critical public infrastructure, such as the railways, a High Court judge would decide whether a strike is "reasonable and proportionate". ...
Hard-pressed private tenants need a union to stand up for their rights | Penny Anderson image
.... Their homes are (in England at least) easily sold beneath their feet, and no-fault eviction notices destroy security. Renters move forlornly between frequent short-term lets, their lives precarious and peace of mind fleeting (although new laws will improve our lot in Scotland). ...
Can we divorce to avoid the higher stamp duty on second homes? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 8th of December 2016 07:00:09 AM
.... I do, however, own property and intend to rent out our current home (which is solely in my name) when we move. Under the new laws, we would have to pay stamp duty of £25,800 each (£51,600 in total) on our new property. ...
Amazon and eBay sellers' VAT fraud rife despite crackdown image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 28th of November 2016 12:46:30 PM
.... A spokesperson for VATfraud. org, a campaign group set up by UK-based sellers, said: “Despite the new laws, HMRC have shown a woeful lack of action. ...
Seoul scandals image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 24th of November 2016 04:46:29 AM
....On this argument, old habits die hard, and democratically elected politicians retain old despotic ways of thinking. But there is a hopeful side to this: prosecutors do pursue miscreants, people protest against corruption in their hundreds of thousands, new laws do get passed (like a recent cap on the amount of money which can be spent on entertaining public servants, from politicians to teachers), and the press is tenacious. ...
Consumers caught out as UK firms furnished with crippling copyright laws image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 21st of November 2016 07:00:02 AM
....”. McGrath’s experience illustrates the shambles into which the new laws have plunged the design industry. ...
Free land image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 29th of September 2016 11:03:35 PM
....In an area that's a third of the entire Russian land mass, only just over 6 million people live there - about 4% of the population. To tackle this under-population, the government in Moscow has created a new law, entitling every Russian citizen to a hectare of land in the Far East for free. ...
Bosses could face jail for failure to prevent fraud image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 12th of September 2016 04:20:13 AM
. Company bosses could be prosecuted for failing to stop their staff committing fraud under new laws being considered by ministers. ...
South Korea unveils 'draconian' new business lunch rules image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 15th of August 2016 12:46:47 AM
....But that may no longer be possible for much longer in South Korea. A new law comes into effect next month that will see limits put on how much can be spent on entertaining business people, journalists and even teachers. ...
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Too many strikes and you're out: unpopular trade unions need to tread carefully
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.... In other words, the right of each striking conductor to press a button was worth messing up the journeys of 1,000 people. The ballot took place before a tough new law came into effect. ...

Parents forcing vegan diet on their children face prison time under proposed Italian law
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. Parents who force a vegan diet on to their children would face prison under a new law proposed in Italy. ...
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German judges could be banned from wearing Islamic headscarves on the basis of 'neutrality'
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....Aqilah Sandhu successfully argued that the ban was unenforcable as it was not based on any law. The call for a ban for judges has been backed by several of Germany’s state governments, which say they are working on new laws. ...
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Italy cracks down on tourists who try to snag best beach spots by leaving towels out overnight
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....Now, the Italian coast guard has said it's fed up of people trying to jump the queue, and begun confiscating towels, chairs, umbrellas left out, and fining offenders €200 (£170) to get them back. On Saturday, the Livorno coast guard seized 37 deck and beach chairs, 30 umbrellas, as well as a number of towels and bathing suits from stretches of public beach near the Tuscan city of Cecina, which recently passed a new law making it illegal to leave equipment on the beach before it opens at 8:30 in the morning. ...

Unions declare 'war' on train companies as they plot further strikes
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Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Monday 8th of August 2016 03:37:00 PM
....Whitehall sources said that ministers are now examining “all options” to try and ensure there is not a repeat of this week’s strike, which is affecting as many as 300,000 commuters every day. Ministers could potentially create new laws which allows them to take control of railway operators if they are failing to perform or resolve disputes with rail operators, sources claimed. ...

New Zimbabwe law allows seizure of smartphones and laptops as Mugabe turns on social media
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....One twitter feed called #ThisFlag has coordinated many of the protests. The regime is drafting a new law that will allow police to confiscate electronic equipment and raid broadband service providers. ...

Plan to scrap grammar schools ban could be blocked by Lords as Labour and Lib Dems unite in condemnation
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.... . David Cameron supported the ban during his time in office but Mrs May is ready to reverse the policy – a change that is believed to need a new law to passed. ...

Southern Rail five-day strike: will you be affected?
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Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Sunday 7th of August 2016 03:26:31 PM
....Didn’t the government change rules to stop disruptive strikes?. In May, new laws were brought in to make strikes illegal unless at least 50 per cent of union members voted, and action was supported by 40 per cent of all members. ...

President Trump is a monster waiting behind a locked door. What happens if America opens it? 
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....As president, he would be handed an unparalleled set of powers to reshape the US and the world. Without any checks, he could veto laws, send troops or missiles into battle, appoint the cabinet and implement any policies that don’t require new laws, issue pardons and, in some cases, issue executive orders on a range of matters that require no approval from Congress at all. ...

Italy adopts new law to reduce food waste
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Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Thursday 4th of August 2016 11:08:56 AM
.... . “Our farmers are already doing this at the markets with the leftover produce, but with this new law, instead of just doing it in a friendly, informal way, it can be donated directly to soup kitchens or other charities,” said Nicola De Ieso, spokesman for the farmers’ association Coldiretti in Campania. ...
Foreign home buyers face new tax in Vancouver area image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 2nd of August 2016 04:42:57 PM
.... . The new law, which took effect on Tuesday, imposes a one-time tax on foreign buyers, foreign-register corporations and Canadian corporations controlled fully or in part by foreign nationals or foreign corporations. ...
Buy your design classic now – it’s about to rocket in price image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 29th of July 2016 06:00:29 AM
.... For items designed jointly with his wife, Ray, the copyright would extend for a further 10 years, as she died in 1988. The explosion in popularity of “mid-century modern” designs means the new law will have a huge impact on many people furnishing their homes. ...

Joseph Conrad's Secret Agent would feel at home in today's Britain
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Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Tuesday 26th of July 2016 05:29:10 PM
....But so far, despite several false starts, nothing has happened. A report just a few days ago from a parliamentary committee of MPs and peers concluded that the Government had so far failed to demonstrate why the new law was needed and could not define what was meant by extremism. ...

Turkey coup attempt: Erdogan declares state of emergency
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Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Wednesday 20th of July 2016 10:36:00 PM
.... . Under the measure, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his cabinet will be given the power to bypass parliament in passing new laws and to limit or suspend rights and freedoms. ...
It’s time to end the great letting agency rip-off in England and Wales image
.... The research showed that landlords in Scotland were no more likely to have increased rents the year after the ban came into force than landlords elsewhere in the UK. The majority (59%) of letting agency managers interviewed said the new law had no impact on their business. ...
What is the European Union? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 9th of June 2016 11:00:05 AM
....The European commission (Brussels): the executive, composed of a president (currently Jean-Claude Juncker of Luxembourg) and 27 commissioners – one from each country. The commission proposes new laws and policies and ensures that EU law is applied. ...
Berlin ban on Airbnb short-term rentals upheld by city court image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 8th of June 2016 05:31:26 PM
....According to estimates by the city senate, portals such as Airbnb, Wimdu and 9flats have registered between 10,000 and 14,000 flats in Berlin – almost as many as the city builds on average each year. While Airbnb said as many as 20,000 Berlin residents let out their apartments via its website in 2015, putting up a total of half a million visitors, the company reportedly nearly halved its Berlin listings in anticipation of the new law. ...
Sir Philip Green could help draft law to protect pensioners, says MP image
. Sir Philip Green, who offloaded BHS for £1 leaving a £571m deficit in its pension fund, could work with MPs on drafting new laws to ensure pensioners are protected in future, the MP Frank Field has suggested. ...
Chancellor warns firms not to cut perks to pay for 'national living wage' image
....The chancellor’s comments come after MPs debated the problems around the introduction of the national living wage on Monday and called for penalties for businesses that “deliberately circumvent” the wage. Business minister Nick Boles urged his fellow MPs to inform the government of profitable businesses that were trying to “evade the spirit” of the new laws so pressure can be applied upon them. ...
Data protection laws get EU shake-up image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 13th of April 2016 11:04:56 PM
....It is a modernisation of data protection laws drawn up in 1995, before mass internet adoption. Four years in the making, the new laws' stated aim is to strengthen the rights individuals have over their data and make companies take the issue of data protection far more seriously. ...
Tail of woe for the uninsured: Vets’ bill not as furry with coverage image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Wednesday 13th of April 2016 10:28:00 AM
....From April 6, all dogs in England and Scotland aged eight weeks or over must be microchipped, to make it easier to trace lost or stolen pets. The new law requires details of all dogs to be recorded on a database approved by the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA), including the name and address details of the owner, which must be kept up to date. ...
Osborne likely to publish tax returns as No 10 says all leaders should image
....Related: HMRC chief was partner at law firm that acted for Cameron offshore fund. Cameron will also unveil a new law to make companies criminally liable for any evasion facilitated by their employees and will confirm that he will cooperate with an inquiry by the standards committee into why he did not list his shares in Blairmore Holdings in the register of interests when he became an MP in 2005. ...
The Panama Papers show why Britain needs to get its house in order | Mary Dejevsky image
.... David Cameron initiated it, in what might be seen as a recognition that we have moved on from the world of his late father. He recognises that dealing with anonymous companies is not a good thing, but the new law looks far from watertight. ...
Israel passes law to cap bankers' salaries image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 29th of March 2016 01:13:18 PM
....“. Under the new law, which also applies to insurance companies, total compensation will be capped at 2. ...
Georgia vetoes 'religious freedom' bill image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 28th of March 2016 03:36:27 PM
....The North Carolina law has also drawn criticism from the business community with Charlotte-based Bank of America, Apple and other large companies expressing concern about the law. On Monday, a federal lawsuit was filed against the governor of North Carolina over the new law. ...
Mind the gap: when will women finally be able to celebrate equal pay? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 22nd of March 2016 11:56:37 AM
....First, credit where it’s due, says Jo Swinson, former Liberal Democrat business minister. In the dying days of the coalition government, she was instrumental in getting a new law like this passed and has been eager to see how the Tories would package it up. ...
RBS to cut 550 jobs as part of plan to automate investment advice image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 13th of March 2016 06:36:42 PM
....”. It comes after RBS learned that it could face a new lawsuit from small business owners who say they were driven under by its global restructuring group (GRG), which handled business customers but has since been shut down. ...
'National living wage': what employers need to know image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 11th of March 2016 07:00:27 AM
....20 per hour) to anyone who is 25 or over from 1 April. But this is just one of the intricacies of the new law that needs some special attention. ...
'New law needed' for pension protection image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 9th of March 2016 11:28:19 AM
. A new law is needed to protect workers' savings held by companies that provide auto-enrolment pension schemes, a minister has said. ...
In the EU but out of the Eurozone? image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Saturday 20th of February 2016 05:15:16 PM
....So all this means there is now a formal recognition that the EU has several currencies, not just the euro. That matters when it comes to new laws because the EU Commission can no longer draw up rules with the 19-country Eurozone mostly in mind. ...
UK business gas supplies could be diverted to households in Europe, under EU crisis plan image
...." . The European Commission proposed the new law as part of a package of measures to try to make Europe less dependent on Russian gas, and to make it more resilient if Russia were to cut off gas supplies as it did in 2006 and 2009. ...
Plane turned back by 'laser incident' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 15th of February 2016 08:55:42 AM
....". A new law introduced in 2010 means someone can be charged with "shining a light at an aircraft in flight so as to dazzle the pilot". ...
Call to tighten UK's new property law to crack down on ‘dirty money’ image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 13th of February 2016 09:03:05 PM
.... The organisations’ revelation that large chunks of London’s prime properties are now owned by trusts in tax havens such as the British Virgin Islands prompted David Cameron to warn that the UK “must not become a safe haven for corrupt money from around the world”. The call comes as the government prepares to launch its long-awaited consultation on a new law that would prohibit anonymous trusts from owning property in the UK unless they reveal the identities of the beneficiaries. ...
Calls to legalise betting in India image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 5th of February 2016 10:16:15 PM
....He adds that people who use unaccounted money to place big bets will never gamble legally. For sports gambling to be legalised, parliamentary approval will be required to create a new law, and politically this will be a hard idea to sell. ...
The legislation used to protect children's privacy online: is it effective? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 3rd of February 2016 10:25:45 AM
....Related: Child rights are universal, online and off. The new law could further complicate business as it allows EU member states to designate an age between 13 and 16 for their specific jurisdictions. ...
Corporate tax avoidance deal signed image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 27th of January 2016 07:14:55 PM
....Google's deal to pay £130m to the UK's HM Revenue and Customs in back taxes for the past decade has seen it widely criticised for not paying its fair share of corporate tax. The agreement between 31 nations, including France and the UK, is about sharing information rather than a new law or tax. ...
I want to downsize and buy in Spain. Will I pay the higher stamp duty? image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Thursday 21st of January 2016 08:36:13 AM
.... People buying second homes will be hit by the increased tax (Alamy). If the consultation confirms that properties owned abroad will count for the purposes of the new law, one way to avoid paying the extra tax is to downsize in the UK first, and then buy your holiday home. ...

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