A woman who broke her wrist in a car crash involving the Duke of Edinburgh has said she feels “safer” now he has given up his driving licence.
Emma Fairweather, 46, who was a passenger in a Kia Carens that collided with the Duke’s Land Rover last month, said: “He’s making the most sensible decision he can. It’s a shame he didn’t make it a bit sooner but it’s the right thing to do.”
Sure, victims should have a voice and all that. But that’s enough, eh?
Lucia Palacios, 22, was consistently top of her class at home in Maracay, Venezuela. Her grades were so good she gained a place at one of the country’s then coveted medical schools, training to become a specialist nurse.
But today Ms Palacios – not her real name – is working as a prostitute, selling sexual favours to British and German holidaymakers on the Costa del Sol.
She is one of 208,333 Venezuelans that the Spanish authorities record as having fled the failed central american state for Spain over the last few years.
The true figure is thought to be much higher and many educated women, like Ms Palacios, have been forced into prostitution to make ends meet.
Is there an observable increase in Venezuelanas?
Stonewall 100: MI5 and law firm among ‘best LGBT employers’
The spies have always been so, haven’t they?
Twinning nurseries with care homes for the elderly would boost children’s literacy skills, according to a thinktank that is calling for every childcare provider and school to build links with older people.
Children who regularly mix with older people see improvements to their language development, reading and social skills, something that is most easily achieved at “intergenerational care” centres highlighted in the Channel 4 series Old People’s Home for 4 Year Olds, says a report by United for All Ages.
Well, yes, but quite why it has to be the State that takes care of this is uncertain.
Why not just send the kids around to granny for the occasional afternoon? After all, isn’t this simply an agreement that the human family has some value to it?
The number of homeless people dying in England and Wales increased by a quarter over the last five years, with 597 deaths recorded in 2017.
Campaigners said figures published by the Office for National Statistics were a “source of national shame” with 115 more deaths last year than in 2013.
The data also showed the average age of the homeless men who died was 44 and for women it was just 42 while more than half of all deaths were because of drug poisoning, liver disease or suicide.
Those rough sleeping regularly have one or more of metal health, drug or booze problems. These aren’t things solved by having more houses.
We both know and like Tim Daw around here.
A farmer who built the first new long barrow tomb in the UK in more than 5,000 years has been told that he must pay thousands of pounds in business rates on it.
Tim Daw, the owner of the burial ground used by Pagans, has been told by the Valuation Office Agency that he must pay between £4,500 to £5,000 a year in business rates for his burial mound where people pay to inter the ashes of their loved ones.
Long barrows were in widespread use in the early Neolithic period and examples still exist today, but the burial method fell out of use.
Usually, church graveyards and burial grounds are exempt from the tax as they are seen as places of worship. But Mr Daw has been told that his long barrow is a commercial storage facility that must pay the tax, as it falls above the rateable value on a business property of £12,000.
Mr Daw, from Devizes, Wiltshire, said the decision means mourners visiting his tomb will have to “pay to pray” and that the move discriminates against non-Christian forms of worship.
The interesting part is, well, how have they defined that value? Given that it’s the only one what comparator have they used to work it out?
So Serrato started digging, looking for information on every Chemnitz-related video published on YouTube this year. What he found, according to a New York Times report, is that the platform’s recommendation system consistently directed people toward extremist videos on the riots — then on to far-right videos on other subjects. “Users searching for news on Chemnitz would be sent down a rabbit hole of misinformation and hate. And as interest in Chemnitz grew, it appears, YouTube funnelled many Germans to extremist pages, whose view-counts skyrocketed.”
Nobody who knows anything about YouTube will be surprised. Time and again, researchers have discovered that when videos with political or ideological content are uploaded to the platform, YouTube’s “recommender” algorithm will direct viewers to more extremist content after they have watched the first one. Given that most people probably have the autoplay feature left on by default, that means that watching YouTube videos often leads people to extremist sites.
So, how many iterations of the recommendation engine gets you from a Jezza speech to an insistence that we’ve got to starve 8 million Ukrainian kulaks? Is it more or less via Seumas Milne or Andrew Murray?
Britain’s first unmanned trains have sparked a safety row as politicians and union officials voiced concerns about football crowds on match days.
The new Glasgow Subway trains were announced to much fanfare this week, designed to be driverless and completely unstaffed by 2021. As well as having no drivers, they will also have no door staff.
While some lauded this as the future of transport, others worried that passenger safety was not being prioritised.
Pat McIlvogue, a regional officer for the Unite union, said there were worries about overcrowding and rowdy passenger behaviour on match days.
He told The Telegraph: “Match days are a well-used situation and how they’re going to manage the influx of traffic and people piling into doors when the doors are shut, what happens then?
Well, Mr Union Officer. Have you gone and asked those nice people at the Docklands Light Railway how they do it?
So, all we’ve got to do then is examine any claims to power using socialism and egalitarianism for actual realites of corruption, resource curse, kleptocracy, petro-narco dictatorship.
Gonna make running Scotland on he whiskey and oil revenues difficult, no?
Boris Becker’s diplomatic passport is a “clumsy fake”, a Central African Republic foreign minister has claimed, in the latest instalment of the former tennis star’s bankruptcy saga.
There appears to be a difference of opinion between the country’s foreign ministry and its Brussels outpost, and the foreign ministry appears to be contradicting a statement attributed to the president, Faustin Archange Touadéra.
As someone with a little experience of third world diplomats.
Thinking of there actually being the one government with the one view or set of actions is not the right way to think about things. There are various little groupings. Think of them as baronies perhaps. Each of which have their own independent – and often contradictory across the entire system – freedom of action in their territory. That territory can be a field of action, rather than actual piece of land.
One Baron has issued the passport in return for, well. At least one other is disputing their right to do so or angling for a share of the, well.
A harsh thing to say but true all the same:
Why are there more clothing lines for dogs than disabled people?
Interestingly, there is a solution:
Toronto-based designer Izzy Camilleri is best known for her work styling celebrities such as David Bowie, Angelina Jolie and Meryl Streep. But her latest collection, released this month, has one major difference: it is designed for people with disabilities.
After doing some custom work in the early 2000s for a client who was quadriplegic, Camilleri had her “eyes opened” to how existing clothing did not necessarily work for women using a wheelchair. For example, having a “seated frame” meant that many traditionally designed trousers rode down or dug into her client’s waist. At the time, “adaptive clothing” – clothes made with disabled people in mind – barely existed; when it did, it was not aimed at fashion-conscious young adults. “Most of what was out there were clothes for [older people] living in long-term care facilities,” Camilleri says. “I realised there was nothing for younger people. [I was] motivated to fill this void.”
It’s known as “the market economy.”
As society becomes richer more resources are available, some of which are devoted to those desires of the disabled perhaps. After all, we’ve stopped that exposure on the hillside thing, haven’t we, which is a useful sign of rising up above a subsistence society.
We can also take a Marxist view. Capitalism is, by its very success, collapsing profit margins so ever more frantic attempts to find a profit take place. Including making pretty clothes for the wheelchair bound.
What is interesting though is that we’ve a Guardian article insisting that a problem is being solved without government having been involved.
An interesting question from Dr. Cromarty
High-end British restaurants may cut their food prices during less busy times after luxurious Soho eatery Bob Bob Ricard announced it would be implementing “airline pricing”.
What does anyone think the “pre-Theatre Menu” is?
Which part of whose campaign is a little more difficult to work out of course:
For a heart-stopping hour, it appeared a nation’s collective worst fears had come true.
On Black Friday on Britain’s best known and busiest street, packed with Christmas shoppers, commuters and school children, it seemed that terrorists had struck. At 4.37pm, hordes of people on Oxford Street were convinced they had heard the sound of gunfire and explosions.
It was a false alarm, but whatever they heard – or for that matter didn’t hear – prompted a stampede for cover. Shoppers ran for their lives, certain they were under attack.
But that is the point of a terrorism campaign. To strike terror into the heart of the population. Thereby gaining leverage as people fuck it up themselves without anyone having to do anything.
Getting married should be one of the happiest times in a woman’s life, but for some Muslim brides the fairytale can suddenly come to a shocking end.
Rukhsana Noor and Habiba Jaan both found themselves homeless and hundreds of thousands of pounds in debt after they learning that their Sharia marriages were not recognised under UK law.
Both women’s stories are told in a new Channel 4 documentary, The Truth About Muslim Marriage, which exposes the plight of women who discover they have no legal rights after their ‘marriage’ falls apart.
Habiba, a mother of four, found out that she was never legally married to her husband because they’d never registered the marriage. When she begged him for a civil ceremony she discovered that he was actually legally married to someone else.
And thus, obviously, nor is polygamy.
This isn’t, either, some mark of the oppression of Muslims or anything. It is the civil marriage which is the legal part, not the religious one. The standard CoE wedding, when the five (? priest, couple, two witnesses) go off stage for 5 minutes is when the marriage, in the law, actually takes place. The rest is whatever we want to call it but it ain’t the legal part of it all.
I’m actually quite keen on the Portuguese system. Any ceremony you like, anywhere, why the hell not. But if you want the legal protections and rights of a legal marriage then you have to, without exception, rock up to the civil registrar and go through the same process as absolutely everyone else. The advantage being that everyone really does therefore know what’s a legal marriage.
I’m even happy with the idea of no legal recognition of marriage at all on absurdly libertarian grounds but agree that’s just not ever going to happen.