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Union files suit against Deutsche Post, calls strike

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - German trade union Verdi has asked a court to stop Deutsche Post's plans to expand its parcel delivery…

  • Suspect package prompts Madrid post office evacuation
    Suspect package prompts Madrid post office evacuation Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    A package containing "a suspicious white substance" on Saturday prompted the evacuation of a Madrid post office, with 23 people undergoing decontamination as a safety precaution, the emergency services said. More »

  • APNewsBreak: 9,000 Mainers lose food stamps under new rules Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — More than 9,000 Maine residents have been removed from the state's food stamp program since Republican Gov. Paul LePage's administration began enforcing work and volunteer requirements late last year, officials said. More »

  • Kerry Washington, Roland Emmerich among GLAAD honorees
    Kerry Washington, Roland Emmerich among GLAAD honorees Sun, Mar 22, 2015

    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Actress Kerry Washington, director Roland Emmerich, the film "The Imitation Game" and television shows "Transparent" and "How to Get Away With Murder" have received stamps of approval from GLAAD. More »

  • Connecticut farmers can register to accept food stamps Sun, Mar 22, 2015

    Connecticut farmers will have an opportunity to become authorized to accept food stamps from customers at their farms and at farmers markets. Merchant sign-up days are planned for Wednesday at the Middlesex ... More »

  • Prolific Swiss artist Hans Erni dies at 106
    Prolific Swiss artist Hans Erni dies at 106 Sun, Mar 22, 2015

    BERLIN (AP) — Swiss artist Hans Erni, whose prolific work ranged from tiny postage stamps to enormous frescoes, has died, his daughter said Sunday. He was 106. More »

  • FOOD STAMPS Fri, Mar 20, 2015

    Chart shows federal food stamp participation since 1969; 2c x 3 inches; 96.3 mm x 76 mm; More »

  • Bring these Irish animation stamps to life with your smartphone
    Bring these Irish animation stamps to life with your smartphone Fri, Mar 20, 2015

    The stamps feature well-known Irish animations like ‘Roy’ and ‘Give Up Yer Aul Sins’. More »

  • Help offered to poor getting back to work, off food stamps Fri, Mar 20, 2015

    Federal officials say some Californians who rely on food stamps will receive help getting back on the job through a pilot program aimed at reducing the cost of public assistance. The U.S. Department of ... More »

  • 'Brockovich' town to lose market, gas station, post office
    'Brockovich' town to lose market, gas station, post office Fri, Mar 20, 2015

    HINKLEY, Calif. (AP) — A Mojave Desert community where toxic chromium contamination was portrayed in the movie "Erin Brockovich" is set to lose its post office and its only gas station and convenience store. More »

  • UK Post Office wins EU okay for 640 million pound state aid
    UK Post Office wins EU okay for 640 million pound state aid Thu, Mar 19, 2015

    European Union regulators approved on Thursday a British proposal to grant 640 million pounds in aid to the UK Post Office ltd over the next three years for providing a wide range of public services across the whole of Britain. The European Commission said the state support was in line with EU state aid rules. In addition to its postal services, the UK Post Office also handles social security payments, passport and car license application and public utility payment facilities. The Commission said that the post office has and will continue to have the public service mission to carry out and maintain a set of public services over a larger network of post offices than would be commercially optimal. More »

  • Greek parliament adopts anti-poverty law despite EU row
    Greek parliament adopts anti-poverty law despite EU row Wed, Mar 18, 2015

    Greece has responded sharply to apparent pressure from the EU not to pass Wednesday a "humanitarian crisis" law that would provide free electricity and food stamps for the poorest households More »

  • Greek parliament adopts new anti-poverty law
    Greek parliament adopts new anti-poverty law Wed, Mar 18, 2015

    Greece has responded sharply to apparent pressure from the EU not to pass Wednesday a "humanitarian crisis" law that would provide free electricity and food stamps for the poorest households More »

  • Banks And Cable Close To Branch Closure Pact
    Banks And Cable Close To Branch Closure Pact Wed, Mar 18, 2015

    Vince Cable will next week announce a deal with the major high street banks that will set out new guidelines for the controversial closure of hundreds of branches across the country. Sky News understands that the Business Secretary and the British Bankers' Association (BBA) are close to agreeing a final 'protocol' that will require lenders to give 12 weeks' notice of planned closures and publish a community impact assessment in each case. Sources said that Mr Cable was keen to unveil the deal before Whitehall goes into purdah towards the end of the month ahead of the General Election. It will include a commitment from banks that they will consult on the provision of alternative banking services such as a new ATM, credit unions and Post Office branches, which Mr Cable has said will become an increasingly important element of the UK's banking infrastructure. More »

  • Greek government adopts new anti-poverty law
    Greek government adopts new anti-poverty law Wed, Mar 18, 2015

    Greece has responded sharply to apparent pressure from the EU not to pass Wednesday a "humanitarian crisis" law that would provide free electricity and food stamps for the poorest households More »

  • Greece to vote on anti-poverty bill vote despite EU challenge
    Greece to vote on anti-poverty bill vote despite EU challenge Wed, Mar 18, 2015

    Greece has responded sharply to apparent pressure from the EU not to pass Wednesday a "humanitarian crisis" law that would provide free electricity and food stamps for the poorest households More »

  • Greek PM lashes out at reported EU criticism of bill to help poor Wed, Mar 18, 2015

    Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Wednesday hit back at reported criticism from European partners on a bill legislating food stamps and free electricity to the poor, saying his government will not be scared into complying with lenders. Britain's Channel 4 had earlier reported that the EU's mission chief for Greece had told Tsipras's leftist government to enter into further talks over the bill or risk "proceeding unilaterally" against the terms of a Feb.20 accord that staved off a Greek banking collapse. More »

  • Greece hits out at EU opposition to 'humanitarian' law
    Greece hits out at EU opposition to 'humanitarian' law Wed, Mar 18, 2015

    Greece has responded sharply to apparent pressure from the EU not to pass Wednesday a "humanitarian crisis" law that would provide free electricity and food stamps for the poorest households More »

  • Harvick stamps himself overwhelming favorite at Phoenix
    Harvick stamps himself overwhelming favorite at Phoenix Sat, Mar 14, 2015

    AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Kevin Harvick has been nearly unstoppable since he charged to his first Sprint Cup championship last season. More »

  • UK MPs warn Royal Mail against further price hikes
    UK MPs warn Royal Mail against further price hikes Thu, Mar 12, 2015

    A committee of British lawmakers on Thursday warned postal operator Royal Mail not to increase its prices to help the firm meet its state-mandated delivery obligations, and to instead focus on improving efficiency. Royal Mail, in which the government retained a 30 percent stake after its privatisation in 2013, is the country's chosen postal operator tasked with delivering mail across the country, six days a week, at uniform prices - the so called "Universal Service Obligation" (USO). "Royal Mail should not increase prices in an attempt either to increase its own profit levels or to protect the Universal Service Obligation, without continuing to increase the efficiency of its operations," the report said. The committee acknowledged Royal Mail's concerns that the financial pressure of meeting the USO could rise quickly in the face of competitors who were able to focus their efforts on profitable routes. More »

  • Advent Eyes Civil Service Pension Firm Float
    Advent Eyes Civil Service Pension Firm Float Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    The outsourcing giant which oversaw elements of Royal Mail's controversial privatisation is preparing for a sale or flotation that would land its private equity backers a handsome windfall. Sky News understands that the owner of Equiniti, which is one of the UK's biggest providers of business process outsourcing services, is examining the possibility of a public listing as soon as this year. Rothschild, the investment bank, is being lined up by Advent International, which acquired Equiniti in 2007, to work on a review of its options for the business, insiders said on Tuesday. More »

  • Greece outlines first anti-poverty measures
    Greece outlines first anti-poverty measures Mon, Mar 2, 2015

    Greece's government outlined a first batch of measures to combat poverty, including free electricity, rent support and food stamps, to be approved by parliament in the coming days More »

  • Royal Mail announces China link-up through Alibaba's Tmall
    Royal Mail announces China link-up through Alibaba's Tmall Mon, Mar 2, 2015

    Britain's Royal Mail is joining Alibaba Group Holding Ltd's Tmall Global's online marketplace, hoping to link small British companies with Chinese consumers and boost trade for its overseas parcels business. Alibaba's Tmall Global is Asia's largest business-to-consumer retail platform, connecting 302 million online Chinese consumers with virtual store fronts and payment portals, Royal Mail said. It said its Tmall online shop front, which will launch later this month, would provide consumers with access to small- and medium-sized British retailers and exporters who want to do business in China, but do not have the means to do so alone. Royal Mail will handle the necessary documentation for the firms, as well as things such as marketing, promotions and customer services. More »

  • Royal Mail to increase stamp prices again
    Royal Mail to increase stamp prices again Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    Britain's Royal Mail postal service said on Friday stamp prices would rise from March 30 as it tries to offset the impact of a steadily falling number of letters to deliver each year. Royal Mail said the price of first and second class stamps would both increase by 1 pence to 63p and 54p respectively. The increase comes after a 2p rise for first class stamps and a 3p rise for second class stamps last year.  Royal Mail, whose shares rocketed in the wake of their 2013 privatisation, also said on Friday large letter first class stamps up to 100 grammes would rise by 2p to 95p with the equivalent second class stamp going up 1p to 74p. The company said second class medium parcel prices would fall, however, while second class small parcel prices would stay at a cheaper rate used during a Christmas promotion.  Royal Mail has seen letter volumes fall steadily in recent years and forecasts further drops of 4-6 percent per year as more people use email and social media instead. More »

  • Royal Mail To Raise Stamp Costs From 30 March
    Royal Mail To Raise Stamp Costs From 30 March Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    Royal Mail is to increase the costs of both first and second class stamps from 30 March. It said the prices for first and second class stamps would rise 1p to 63p and 54p respectively, insisting the cost remained among the best in terms of value offered across Europe. Sending a large letter would increase by 2p to 95p for first class and by 1p to 74p for second class, Royal Mail said. Royal Mail also announced that it was simplifying and cutting the price of sending a second-class medium parcel, and will maintain prices for second-class small parcels which was introduced as a Christmas promotion. More »

  • Hatchet wielding man robs post office and store in Tallaght
    Hatchet wielding man robs post office and store in Tallaght Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    Two men have been charged. More »

  • Five arrested over armed robbery of Kerry post office
    Five arrested over armed robbery of Kerry post office Fri, Feb 20, 2015

    Men entered Tarbert Post Office armed with a hand gun and bat. More »

  • Japan Post to buy Australia transport company in $5B deal Wed, Feb 18, 2015

    Japan's post office has agreed to buy a leading Australian transportation company in a $5.1 billion deal that will give the Japanese company an Asian distribution network. The board of Melbourne-based ... More »

  • Tesco Appoints New Chairman 'At Critical Moment'
    Tesco Appoints New Chairman 'At Critical Moment' Tue, Feb 17, 2015

    Troubled supermarket Tesco has appointed John Allan as its new chairman, replacing Sir Richard Broadbent. Mr Allan, who takes up his role on 1 March, is currently on the boards of electrical retailer Dixons Carphone and Royal Mail but will step down from those posts. Mr Allan will be paid £650,000 a year as part of a three-year contract with Britain's biggest supermarket chain. He is also chairman of property company Barratt Developments and payment processing firm Worldpay, but is expected to continue in those roles. More »

  • Tesco names former Exel CEO John Allan as chairman
    Tesco names former Exel CEO John Allan as chairman Tue, Feb 17, 2015

    Tesco , Britain's biggest retailer, has named John Allan as its new chairman, succeeding Richard Broadbent who said in October he would step down in the wake of the supermarket's 263 million pounds profit overstatement. Allan, a former chief executive of logistics group Exel, is tasked with restoring Tesco's battered reputation with investors and will start the job on March 1. He will run the Tesco board as chief executive Dave Lewis, who joined in September, continues with his plan to fight back from years of market share losses, debt downgrades and the accounting scandal. Allan is currently chairman of housebuilder Barratt Developments , co-deputy chairman of electricals retailer Dixons Carphone and sits on the board of Royal Mail , but he will step down from the latter two positions when he joins Tesco. More »

  • Stamps.com posts 4Q profit Wed, Feb 11, 2015

    On a per-share basis, the El Segundo, California-based company said it had profit of 54 cents. Earnings, adjusted for one-time gains and costs, came to 72 cents per share. The online postage provider posted ... More »

  • Italian mother caught on camera 'using 10-year-old son in Naples armed  …
    Italian mother caught on camera 'using 10-year-old son in Naples armed  … Mon, Feb 9, 2015

    An Italian mother has been arrested for allegedly using her children as accomplices in an armed robbery that was caught on security camera. Carabinieri police released CCTV footage showing the woman entering a post office in Melito on the outskirts of Naples, with three minors, including two of her children. More »

  • Brooks Koepka takes a long, hard road to PGA Tour title
    Brooks Koepka takes a long, hard road to PGA Tour title Mon, Feb 2, 2015

    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — For the longest time, Brooks Koepka was known primarily for the stamps in his passport. More »

  • Koepka rallies to win Phoenix Open for maiden PGA Tour title
    Koepka rallies to win Phoenix Open for maiden PGA Tour title Mon, Feb 2, 2015

    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Brooks Koepka has lost track of the miles flown, the oceans crossed and the stamps in his passport as he toiled in remote corners of the golfing world for more than two years to prepare himself for moments like Sunday at the Phoenix Open. More »

  • Colorado considers ban on welfare cards at pot shops
    Colorado considers ban on welfare cards at pot shops Sat, Jan 31, 2015

    Welfare money or food stamps for marijuana? It's an urban legend that won't go away in Colorado, and state lawmakers this year are poised to pass a law clarifying that public benefit cards can't be used ... More »

  • Census: 1 in 5 children on food stamps Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    Sixteen million children were on food stamps as of last year, the highest number since the nation's economy tumbled in 2008. Numbers released by the Census Bureau Wednesday as part of its annual look at ... More »