So this is why Greece is in trouble
ATHENS — Greece’s austerity drive has cost public sector workers a privilege they have enjoyed for more than two decades: Six extra days of paid holidays every year if they use a computer. The decision to scrap the bonus was a “small, yet symbolic” step in modernizing an outdated civil service, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, the administrative reform minister who has taken on the challenge of overhauling public institutions, told Reuters. Earlier, Greece got rid of a
bonus for workers who showed up for work.
If you’re going to be offensive, at least be original
TORONTO — Three Toronto firefighters have been fired after posting inappropriate, sexist tweets on their Twitter accounts. One of them posted a line from a rerun of the television show The Office — “Reject a woman and she will never let it go. One of the many defects of their kind. Also weak arms” — that was seven years old. Another firefighter tweeted a quote from a South Park episode from 1997. The Toronto Professional Fire Fighters’ Association said it was “outraged” at the firings and would work to reinstate the three men.
Not a good fit for the job
LONDON — When hiring a tax adviser, a candidate who offered tax-dodging tips wouldn’t be a great fit. But somebody forgot to tell that to the British government. A government tax adviser has been forced to resign after he was recorded giving tips at a conference on how to pay less tax and “keep money out of the chancellor’s grubby mitts.” The BBC investigative program Paranorma filmed David Heaton, before he was hired by the government, telling delegates at a conference how they could exploit tax loopholes.
SANT’AGATA BOLOGNESE, Italy — Italian supercar maker Lamborghini has a long history of making high-performance sports cars that cause motoring enthusiasts to do double-takes. But when it unveiled its latest concept car — the Egoista — in Germany recently, it was the spelling nerds whose heads turned around twice. That’s because the badge on the rear of the car read “Lamborginih.” Turns out every company needs a good editor on the payroll.
A big ‘like’ for free speech from U.S. court
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The ubiquitous Facebook “like” button is protected speech under the United States Constitution, according to the U.S. Court of Appeals. The ruling came after six employees at a sheriff’s office said they lost their jobs after they “liked” a candidate — who was not their boss — on the social media site who was running for the office of sheriff, according to Bloomberg. “Liking a political candidate’s campaign page communicates the user’s approval of the candidate and supports the campaign by associating the user with it,” said the court. “It is the Internet equivalent of displaying a political sign on one’s front yard, which the Supreme Court has held is substantive speech.”