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19/07/2019 00:20:01  

Victorian MP said there was ‘plenty of online training’ for her children and friends to learn in taxpayer-funded jobs

A Victorian MP has hired her teenage children on taxpayer-funded salaries to work in her electorate office, saying there is “plenty of online training” for them to learn the job.

Independent upper house MP Catherine Cumming told the Herald Sun she obviously had “trust issues” with staff and felt the need to “surround myself with people I can trust and who are capable of doing the job”.

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19/07/2019 00:19:29  

First glimpse of Taylor Swift, Judi Dench and other stars mutated into cat-sized cats – some wearing fur coats – sparks concern for state of civilisation

The first, furry glimpses of the upcoming live action Cats remake have left viewers distressed and unhappy after its feline creatures were described as “cursed” and nightmarish.

The transmogrified CGI human-cat hybrids were unveiled on Thursday night, to widespread horror.

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19/07/2019 00:19:27  

PC Avi Maharaj was waiting for an undertaker at the home of a family who had lost a child

A Met police officer is facing the end of his career after admitting using a grieving family’s cable TV account to order pornography.

PC Avi Maharaj, 44, who was based in Earlsfield, was called to the property in south London in February 2018 following the death of a child.

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19/07/2019 00:19:26  

Two cars involved involved in collision on Monkswood Way, say Hertfordshire police

Fourteen people have been treated for injuries, some of them serious, after a crash in Stevenage.

Hertfordshire constabulary said two cars were involved in a collision on Monkswood Way at about 9.45pm on Thursday.

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19/07/2019 00:18:44  

Berkeley has become the first city in the nation to ban the installation of natural gas lines in new homes. The City Council on Tuesday night unanimously voted to ban gas from new low-rise residential buildings starting Jan. 1. The San Francisco Chronicle reports: The natural gas ordinance, introduced by Councilwoman Kate Harrison, requires all new single-family homes, town homes and small apartment buildings to have electric infrastructure. After its passage, Harrison thanked the community and her colleagues "for making Berkeley the first city in California and the United States to prohibit natural gas infrastructure in new buildings." The city will include commercial buildings and larger residential structures as the state moves to develop regulations for those, officials said. The ordinance allocates $273,341 per year for a two-year staff position in the Building and Safety Division within the city's Department of Planning and Development. The employee will be responsible for implementing the ban.

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19/07/2019 00:18:43  

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: Tuesday, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed a class action lawsuit against AT&T and two data brokers over their sale of AT&T customers' real-time location data. The lawsuit seeks an injunction against AT&T, which would ban the company from selling any more customer location data and ensure that any already sold data is destroyed. The move comes after multiple Motherboard investigations found AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, and Verizon sold their customers' data to so-called location aggregators, which then ended up in the hands of bounty hunters and bail bondsman. The lawsuit, focused on those impacted in California, represents three Californian AT&T customers. Katherine Scott, Carolyn Jewel, and George Pontis are all AT&T customers who were unaware the company sold access to their location. The class action complaint says the three didn't consent to the sale of their location data. The complaint alleges that AT&T violated the Federal Communications Act by not properly protecting customers' real-time location data; and the California Unfair Competition Law and the California Consumers Legal Remedies Act for misleading its customers around the sale of such data. It also alleges AT&T and the location aggregators it sold data through violated the California Constitutional Right to Privacy. The lawsuit highlights AT&T's Privacy Policy that says "We will not sell your personal information to anyone, for any purpose. Period." An AT&T spokesperson said in a statement "While we haven't seen this complaint, based on our understanding of what it alleges we will fight it. Location-based services like roadside assistance, fraud protection, and medical device alerts have clear and even life-saving benefits. We only share location data with customer consent. We stopped sharing location data with aggregators after reports of misuse."

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19/07/2019 00:15:57  
19/07/2019 00:15:23  

Protesters are calling for the resignation of the governor following a leak of homophobic messages.
19/07/2019 00:15:20  

On the 40th anniversary of the Sandinista revolution, some Nicaraguans say there is no reason to celebrate.
19/07/2019 00:15:17  

As Algeria and Senegal face each other in the final, we look at some of the tournament's high and low points.
19/07/2019 00:15:08  

A Conservative AM says it must start generating cash or be sold by the Welsh Government.
19/07/2019 00:15:07  

Typical private tenants in London spend a higher proportion of income on rent than those elsewhere in England.
19/07/2019 00:15:06  

County councils are warning growing demand for special needs support could mean statutory duties may not be met.
19/07/2019 00:15:05  

Schools and colleges urgently need billions more in funding, a committee of MPs says.
19/07/2019 00:15:04  

Some of those involved in the crash in Stevenage are being treated for serious injuries, police say.
19/07/2019 00:15:00  

Composer Zosha Di Castri spills the beans on her latest work, which launches the BBC Proms on Friday.
18/07/2019 23:19:22  

Record revenue reaches Redmond, the result of a booming as-a-service business

Microsoft on Thursday reported record revenue for its fourth fiscal quarter of 2019 and for its full fiscal year, predictably pushing its stock higher in after-hours trading.…

18/07/2019 23:18:57  

Scientists call for reform, sugar regulation and transparency around dental research

Scientists are calling for radical reform of dental care, tighter regulation of the sugar industry and greater transparency around conflict of interests in dental research to tackle the high and rising toll of oral disease such as mouth cancers.

In a challenge to the global health community, a series in the Lancet medical journal argues that 3.5 billion people suffering from oral disease have been let down.

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18/07/2019 23:18:56  

City document of 1505 may be first record of a still for making aquavite to drink rather than use in gunpowder

Aberdeen could have been the site of the first whisky still, according to researchers who have uncovered a reference from 1505 mentioning apparatus in the city for making aquavite or “water of life”, as it was known in Middle Scots.

The discovery – locating the still 85 miles north of mediaeval abbey ruins where some believe the spirit was first produced – was made during a digitisation project involving the city’s municipal registers.

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18/07/2019 23:18:55  

Operator Camelot Events says teenager was ‘on dry land’ when he became unwell

A teenage boy has died after collapsing at an assault course, Surrey police have said.

Officers were called to Henfold Lane in the village of Beare Green, near Dorking, at 1pm on Thursday following a report that a 14-year-old boy had collapsed.

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18/07/2019 23:18:51  

  • Welsh side win 2-0 at Rugby Park to seal 3-2 aggregate win
  • Crusaders will face Wolves in second qualifying round

Angelo Alessio endured a nightmare home debut as Kilmarnock manager, as the hosts crashed out of the Europa League qualifiers with a 3-2 aggregate defeat to Connah’s Quay Nomads.

Rugby Park was hosting its first European tie in 18 years, with Kilmarnock looking to build on their 2-1 first-leg lead and secure an intriguing tie against Partizan Belgrade in the second qualifying round.

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18/07/2019 23:18:49  

Adnan Sarwar’s open-minded documentary delved into a sensitive subject that seems, to some, very odd indeed

Out of context, most of the things we do seem mad. I just voluntarily ate a combination of sugar, cocoa solids, milk solids and emulsifiers that made me happy at the time but I knew would make me sad later. Then I went for a run that made me unhappy at the time but I knew would make me happy later, because it would allow me to pretend I had not eaten a combination of sugar, cocoa solids, milk solids and emulsifiers. Then I spent 10 minutes painting my nails with more-or-less toxic chemicals so they would be nicer to look at during my day of typing and give the illusion that I was intending to go out tonight. An alien beamed down without any preparatory lectures on human foibles, biology, psychology or grooming rituals would be foxed.

Adnan Sarwar’s documentary about the whys, wherefores and growing controversy around male circumcision (I had an extended metaphor about pulling back the foreskin of the issue to examine the sensitivities beneath, but decided in my infinite professionalism to set it aside) posed the question of when context should be allowed to make sense of a procedure that seems, on the prepuce of it, very odd indeed.

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18/07/2019 23:18:48  

Couple find that in practice they have less support than when they were foster parents

Special educational needs breaking our budgets, warn councils

Jan Ansell has three disabled daughters whom she adopted with her husband Kevin because, as foster carers, they could not bear the pain of handing back children they had loved and cared for.

They cherish their daughters, but are struggling to cope. As well as dealing with the challenges of adoption, they are at the sharp end of a funding and provision crisis affecting thousands of families with children who have special educational needs and disabilities (Send).

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18/07/2019 23:18:47  

Home secretary says he knows ‘what it’s like to be told to back to where I came from’

The home secretary, Sajid Javid, will say in a speech that public figures must moderate their language as part of the fight against extremism, noting that he “knows what it’s like to be told to go back to where I came from”.

His comments appear to be a jibe at Donald Trump, after the US president told four congresswomen of colour, all of whom are US citizens, to “go back home” to other countries.

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18/07/2019 23:18:46  

Sharp rise in pupils requiring special support leads to £100m overspend in England

Anything but inclusive – no place for three sisters

County councils across England are warning that the cost of covering special needs education is breaking their budgets, with local authorities overspending by more than £100m last year to meet the sharp rise in demand.

Research by the County Councils Network found that some councils had recorded a 90% increase in young people being given care plans requiring special support, with 27 county councils overspending by a total of £123m in 2018-19 at a time when local authority purses are under severe pressure.

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