Atlanta was the first US city to build public housing – and the first to knock it all down. Now, with rampant property speculation in black working-class areas, longtime residents are being priced out – and advocates say the racial dynamics are unsettling
Ahmad Cheers remembers the day a few years back when he knew his neighborhood was in the throes of change. He noticed a group of bikers, mostly white, riding though the northern tip of Pittsburgh, Atlanta, well after dark.
In some other parts of the city that may not have been remarkable, but here it took him aback. Continue reading...
Since rebel-held eastern Ghouta fell in April after a five-year siege by Assad forces, some of the once vibrant city has come to life again Continue reading...
British Prime Minister Theresa May has not been invited to attend a meeting of a powerful Conservative Party members of parliament committee this week, her spokesman said, amid reports she had been summoned to face angry members of parliament.
Britain's financial complaints service could be revamped within a year to better serve small firms, a report recommended on Tuesday, rejecting calls from lawmakers for a new tribunal.
Former Australia flyhalf Quade Cooper has signed a one-year deal to play with Super Rugby's Melbourne Rebels next season, ending a painful period of internal exile in Queensland.
London mayor sends message to bloc ahead of meeting with Michel Barnier this Friday
Sadiq Khan has sent a message to the EU that he believes Labour will be forced to oppose the “bad” Brexit deal that is emerging from their negotiations with Theresa May.
The mayor of London’s comments come ahead of his meeting this week with the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, in which Khan will emphasise the need for far closer economic ties. Continue reading...
Liberty says aid agency is declining to help the homeless challenge illegitimate PSPOs
A human rights organisation is taking the national provider of legal aid to court because it is refusing to help rough sleepers challenge councils over the use of potentially unlawful powers to move them on.
Liberty has launched the legal challenge against the Legal Aid Agency because they will not offer assistance to rough sleepers and other local residents who cannot afford to pay lawyers if they want to challenge local authorities’ use of public space protection orders (PSPOs). Continue reading...
Fresh cuts will leave largest forces in England and Wales with officer numbers last seen in the 1970s
Three of Britain’s most senior chief constables have warned of a fresh crisis in policing after the government squeezed budgets even further, which they say will leave no alternative but to cut the number of officers.
In an unprecedented public warning, the chief constables of the West Midlands, Greater Manchester and Merseyside forces told the Guardian the fresh cuts would leave them with officer numbers last seen in the 1970s. Continue reading...
Shopkeepers and vendors fear a hefty fine from inspectors who are tasked with keeping the Indian city free of plastic bags
At 10am on a muggy October morning, Crawford Market, one of Mumbai’s oldest, is stirring into life.
In a first floor office inside the complex, the feared “blue squad” has assembled, forming a semi-circle around their boss, Anand Shinde, who is pumping them up. At 10.30am, the phalanx, dressed in blue uniforms, hurries down the wooden staircase and hits the streets around the market. Their target: shopkeepers and street vendors using plastic bags. Continue reading...
British drugmaker AstraZeneca will buy a newly issued equity stake of 9.8 percent in smaller French peer Innate Pharma, as consolidation intensifies in the healthcare sector.
Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said on Tuesday the kingdom was committed to a "comprehensive investigation" of the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Turkey.
An explosive device found in a mail box outside the New York residence of billionaire financier George Soros on Monday, police said, and according to the New York Times it was detonated by bomb squad technicians in a nearby wooded area.
Labor proposes amendments to New Zealand resettlement bill it earlier opposed
Scott Morrison has shot down an overture by Labor aimed at breaking the political deadlock over Nauru, declaring “you don’t horse-trade on border protection”.
Labor on Tuesday proposed three amendments to government legislation designed to close off re-entry to Australia for any asylum seekers resettled in New Zealand – legislation the opposition has previously rejected outright, and the shift was welcomed by several Senate crossbenchers. Continue reading...
Health officials are warning people not to take antibiotics unless they need them following a rise in drug-resistant infections which risks putting medicine "back in the dark ages".
Warning comes as report shows 3 million common surgical procedures could be hazardous if infections become resistant to antibiotics
We face a return to the dark ages of life-threatening surgery unless we can preserve the infection-killing powers of antibiotics, according to England’s chief medical officer.
Dame Sally Davies made her remarks as Public Health England (PHE) published a report showing that 3 million common surgical procedures, including caesarean sections and hip replacements, could be hazardous in a future where hospital-acquired infections have become resistant to the antibiotics we have to treat them. Continue reading...
In what is believed to be the biggest strike of its kind 8,000 workers will participate in a two-day walkout for equal pay
Hundreds of schools and nurseries will be shut and home care services affected as Glasgow city council workers walk out in a row over equal pay claims in what is believed to be the biggest strike of its kind.
More than 8,000 members of the GMB and Unison unions will participate in two days of industrial action, starting at 7am on Tuesday, over what they see as a lack of progress on equal pay claims. Continue reading...
British drugmaker AstraZeneca will buy a newly-issued equity stake of 9.8 percent in smaller French peer Innate Pharma, strengthening its presence in the field of immuno-oncology.
An end to violence seemed as far away as ever after the Shankill bomb in Belfast in 1993.
A U.S. withdrawal from a Cold War-era nuclear arms treaty with Russia could give the Pentagon new options to counter Chinese missile advances but experts warn the ensuing arms race could greatly escalate tensions in the Asia-Pacific.
Seoul reminds 23,000 South Korean students in Canada that domestic law applies to them no matter where they are
For South Koreans in Canada, the police in their home country have no problem harshing their mellow.
Canada became the second country in the world to legalise recreational marijuana last week, but for South Koreans hoping to try the drug, their hopes have just gone up in smoke. Police in South Korea have repeatedly told their citizens not to partake in this newfound freedom, with the latest warning coming this week. Continue reading...
Gladys Berejiklian announces on-the-spot fines for drug possession but pill-testing won’t be considered
On-the-spot fines for drug possession and tougher penalties for dealers who supply drugs to people who die are among new measures proposed by the New South Wales government following drug deaths at music festivals, though pill-testing remains off the table.
The NSW premier, Gladys Berejiklian, on Tuesday said dealers could be jailed for up to 25 years if people who bought drugs off them subsequently died. Continue reading...
Campaign group says many such products are exceeding maximum salt targets, despite being seen by some as a ‘healthier’ option
Many processed meat-free alternatives, seen by some as a “healthier” option, are exceeding maximum recommended salt levels, with some being saltier than seawater, a campaign group has warned.
Action on Salt said meat-free burgers contain on average more salt than real meat burgers. Beefburgers tested by the group, based at Queen Mary University of London, had an average salt content per serving of 0.75g, lower than that of meat-free burgers at 0.89g. Continue reading...
It has become a hugely popular concept in positive psychology and self-help, but is feeling grateful really a panacea? One writer sets aside her scepticism and opens up her gratitude journal
A memory came to mind recently of opening presents after my seventh or eighth birthday party – the thrill of the smooth, sharp-edged wrapping paper as I ripped it open, the breathless discovery of the gift concealed within. I also remember the many dull hours in the days that followed, writing thank-you letter after thank-you letter to grandparents, aunties, neighbours and friends, my mother sitting beside me, addressing the envelopes.
This could be why the notion of formalised, prescribed and premeditated gratitude, which in the past decade has become the darling of positive psychology and the self-help movement, tends to stick in my craw. So, too, the piles of gratitude journals displayed in gift shops among other tat, bespattered with cheesy quotations at jaunty angles: overcompensatingly “inspirational” gifts for uninspired givers on a deadline. Even hearing the word “gratitude” makes my shoulders tense and my eyes narrow. I am too cynical to get on board this particular Oprah bandwagon – too British, too atheist, too sensitive to schmaltz. Continue reading...
The president has made several false and misleading claims about the Central American migrants travelling to the US border
Donald Trump is not hiding his ambition to conflate the caravan of around 7,000 migrants heading towards the US border with other issues in order to drum up support for Republicans in the forthcoming midterm elections.
In his bid to make the caravan an election issue, Trump has made a number of false and misleading claims about the migrants that are travelling in it. Continue reading...
Following high-profile teacher walkouts across the country, LA teachers voted to strike over school funding, wages and class sizes
At the start of the 2018-2019 school year, members of the Los Angeles teachers’ union overwhelmingly voted to authorize a strike, granting the union board the authority to approve a walkout as the union and school district continue to negotiate a new contract. The strike authorization provides the union with a possible tactic to leverage a variety of demands over the second largest school district in the nation.
This year teachers have gone on strike in Arizona, West Virginia and Oklahoma with varying degrees of success. Arizona teachers received a 19% pay raise after a five-day walkout in May. West Virginia teachers ended their nine-day strike after receiving a 5% pay raise in March. Oklahoma teachers’ nine-day strike pushed their state legislature to pass an annual $6,100 pay increase and devote $500m to education funding. Continue reading...
No case for keeping to surplus plan, say Institute of Chartered Accountants and Fabian Society
Ditching the government’s budget plans and adopting Labour’s tax and spending proposals would allow Philip Hammond to ditch austerity and pencil in an extra £100bn of spending by the middle of the next decade, according to a leftwing thinktank.
In a report to be published later this week, the Fabian Society said there was no clear case for the chancellor to stick to his plan of running a surplus and that the emphasis should be on investment that would improve the economy’s growth rate. Continue reading...
Theresa May’s foolish promise offers an open goal for Labour if the chancellor fails to abolish tax relief for wealthy voters
How do Theresa May and Philip Hammond converse in private? I doubt he roared at her like Gordon Brown did at Tony Blair – “You’ve stolen my fucking budget” – even though she has. Prime ministers in a corner often do it. Blair did it from a TV sofa in 2000, panicking when a cash-starved NHS tipped into crisis: he pledged health spending would reach the EU average (an unknowable moving target). Familiar? May, facing a far worse NHS crisis, promised £20bn – and then went further. Confronting a fractious Tory conference she declared “an end to austerity” (meaning and price tag: equally unknowable).
Her Brexit conundrum of impossibilities is of her own making, drawing red lines round herself with no escape. Now she’s red-lined her chancellor: he must abolish the deficit, keep debt falling, cut tax thresholds and “end austerity”, just like that. Impossible, says the Institute for Fiscal Studies, the great arbiter. It will cost £19bn extra just to stand still, while still cutting another £7bn from benefits: in next Monday’s budget, the public won’t think that ends austerity. May’s foolish promise offers never-ending open goals for Labour. Continue reading...
A 6.0 magnitude earthquake struck 104 km (65 miles) off Taiwan's coastal city of Hualien on Tuesday, the island's weather bureau said, with no immediate reports of damage.
Chinese leader Xi Jinping opened one of the world's longest bridges on Tuesday, during a tour to southern China that is seen by some as an opportunity for Beijing to reaffirm its commitment to economic liberalisation.
UK competitor Paul Guest was embraced by his team-mate after being unsettled by a helicopter.
Investigating unsolved Northern Ireland killings would be unfair on veterans, say 150 Tory MPs and peers.
An explosive device was found on Monday in a mailbox near the New York home of billionaire financier George Soros, a favourite target of right-wing campaigners in the United States and eastern Europe, the New York Times reported, citing police.
Former Labor prime minister tells book launch Rupert Murdoch prosecuted a ‘direct agenda’ against him and Malcolm Turnbull
Kevin Rudd has blamed Rupert Murdoch for prosecuting a “direct agenda” through his newspapers which he says toppled Rudd himself and then Malcolm Turnbull as prime minister.
Speaking at the launch of the second volume of his autobiography in Canberra, Rudd nominated Australia’s media concentration in Murdoch’s hands as one of factors in its culture of deposing leaders, which he said had become “nationally embarrassing”. Continue reading...
It has been the kind of leaking by officials that journalists covering the Salisbury nerve agent attack could only have dreamed of.
Australian opposition lawmakers have offered a deal to resettle 150 refugees from a Pacific detention camp, which if accepted by embattled Prime Minister Scott Morrison could strengthen his tenuous grip on power.
Chinese President Xi Jinping has opened a new bridge between Hong Kong and the Chinese mainland - the longest sea crossing in the world.
Driver allegedly disabled the automatic train protection system that would have caused it to brake
The driver of a train which derailed in Taiwan killing 18 people is under investigation after an inquiry found the train entered a turn at 140km/h (87mph), almost twice the speed limit for the section.
The driver of the train is also being investigated for negligence for allegedly disabling the automatic train protection system that would have caused it to brake, reported the official Central News Agency. Continue reading...
After losses for ruling Law and Justice party in local elections Robert Biedroń says Poland is ‘ready for progressive politics’
Poland’s first openly gay politician has said “progressives” can win in the country, as the ruling Law and Justice party suffered setbacks in local elections at the weekend.
“I don’t believe that Poland is not ready for progressive politics,” said Robert Biedroń, who stood down as mayor of Słupsk to launch a pro-European, “pro-democratic” movement. “Because if you give people a tempting, credible offer, people are willing to trust you.” Continue reading...
BBC Reality Check looks at whether universities have banned books, speakers or changed course content.
Police say 18-year-old died at the scene from his injuries
A teenager has died after a stabbing in Greenwich, south-east London.
Police were called to a report of a disturbance in Armitage Road on Monday at 9.25pm, Scotland Yard said. Officers found an 18-year-old man suffering from a stabbing injury. Continue reading...