LONDON Cheap Nike Air Max , March 31 (Xinhua) -- The distressing story of a mother forced to have the body of her son frozen for months while she saved to pay for his funeral, was told Thursday in a government report on the rising cost of funerals in Britain.

A committee of House of Commons politicians also heard evidence of how bereaved families were denied the cremated ashes of loved family members because of a shortfall in the final payments to funeral parlors.

MP Frank Field, who chaired the committee, said Thursday: "We heard clear evidence of the distressing circumstances and debt this is leading people into at a time when they are grieving and vulnerable. We do not want a return to the spectre of miserable 'pauper's funerals'."

The committee has called for the British government to follow the Scottish government's lead and carry out a review of burials, cremations Cheap Air Max Womens , and funerals, with a view to making changes that have a long-term impact on funeral inflation so as to reduce funeral poverty.

The politicians said evidence on publicly-funded bereavement support suggests the funeral industry may not be operating in a way that serves the bereaved.

The maximum award for funeral costs from a government-run social fund has been fixed at 700 pounds (1,006 U.S. dollars) since 2003. The committee said this was not enough to cover the cost of a simple funeral, estimated at 1,200 pounds. The average cost of a basic funeral in Britain is now around 3 Cheap Air Max Clearance ,700 pounds.

Field added: "We are concerned by the lack of protection in the market for bereaved customers, particularly those on low incomes. What is clear to us is the contrast between social fund payments for funerals, which have not increased since 2003, and the costs of a funeral, which rose on one estimate by 3.9 percent from 2014-15 alone in an environment of almost zero inflation. This means that funeral payments for those who can prove they are entitled to assistance now fall far short of covering even a basic funeral."

"We urge the government to conduct a cross-departmental review of burials Cheap Air Max Online , cremations and funerals, with outcomes that will address the factors driving up funeral director fees and work to reduce funeral poverty," he said.

BEIJING, March 4 (Xinhua) -- Chinese corporates outside of the property sector will be challenged over the next year by the fall in oil prices and increased competition, according to a Moody's report published on Wednesday.

Department stores Cheap Air Max Wholesale , food and beverage manufacturers, and Chinese factories will face increased competition over the next 18 to 24 months, it said.

"We expect department stores will reposition themselves as lifestyle centers to counter increasing competition from shopping malls and the Internet," said Lina Choi, a Moody's vice president and senior analyst.

She added that the ability to innovate and improve their products will be crucial to maintaining food and beverage manufacturers' profitability.

Furthermore Cheap Air Max Black , Moody's said that lower crude oil prices will materially reduce profits and cash flows for China's three national oil companies, and pressure the revenue growth and margins of the four oilfield services companies that Moody's rates.

However, it expects the three national oil companies' Aa3 ratings to remain intact due to strong government support in light of their strategic importance to the Chinese government.

In addition, ongoing overcapacity -- amid a slowdown in demand -- will affect steel and cement producers, but Moody's expects the Chinese government to increase infrastructure investment to mitigate weakening demand from the property sector.

CHENGDU, China, Sept. 28 (Xinhua) -- Chinese league champions Sichuan Jinqiang lose to CSKA Moscow 92-49 in a Euroleaugue Basketball China Tour match here on Wednesday evening.

Sichuan Jinqiang, who were playing without center Haddadi, started slowly in the game and didn't score their first point until nearly four minutes after the whistle.

CSKA Moscow were 29-19 up in the first quarter. In the second quarter, CSKA Moscow restricted the home side to only eight points and extended their lead.

Sichuan put up more of a fight in the third period but could not close out the gap throughout.

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ACCRA Cheap Air Max Shoes , Sept. 26 (Xinhua) -- Ghanaian President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Tuesday rewarded the home-based Black Stars team with a cash prize of 100,000 U.S. dollars for annexing the 2017 West African Football Union (WAFU) tournament.

The Black Stars B won the WAFU trophy in a grand style after defeating archrivals Nigeria 4-1 in the final of the competition in Cape Coast last Sunday.

Akufo-Addo, after receiving players and officials of the team at the Flagstaff House in Accra, congratulated them for bringing a lot of joy to the country and praised them for playing their hearts out even when they were not promised any wining bonus.

The team will receive 100,000 dollars from organizers of the 16-nation competition for the success.

"So the token of the appreciation of the nation for this exceptional feat and excellent result Cheap Air Max , I am also going to add 100,000 dollars to what you have already been given so that the bonus you were not given before, at least, you get the bonus after the achievement," he told the players.

He expected the side to be the nucleus of a lot of successes for the country down the road.

The WAFU competition Cheap Nike Air Max Womens , designed only for locally-based players, was created to promote competitive opportunities for players in the sub-region to horn their skills and foster regional integration.

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