London fire: Inquest versus inquiry – BBC News

June 23, 2017

… is normally a senior judge. The Grenfell Tower inquiry is likely to be established under the Inquiries Act, which means the chair will have statutory powers to summon witnesses, compel them to give evidence on oath and produce evidence. That can strengthen the power of an inquiry over an inquest. Counsel to the inquiry can put detailed questions to witnesses, both on behalf of the inquiry itself and at the request of key interested parties. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption …


How I transitioned into the freelance economy

June 22, 2017

… time, but I was laying the groundwork for becoming an on-demand worker, while my earning potential skyrocketed. In my first year, I earned three times what I did at my fashion writing job. Sound appealing? To make this transition work, I committed to three key steps: Reading the market for business trends The funny part is, this opportunity was staring me in the face the whole time the hardest part was recognizing it. Once crystallized, my plan made so much sense it would almost have been …


It’s Simple: Either Trump Or Comey Is Lying. Who Is More Credible?

June 9, 2017

… wasnt personally under investigation. When it comes to finding out what exactly transpired during those private meetings and phone calls (assuming there are no secret recordings), its Comeys word against Trumps. Who, then, is more credible? There are several key points on which Trump and Comey differ: As Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) put it during Thursdays hearing, a lot of this comes down to who we should believe. By most accounts, Comey was well respected within the FBI and has a …


The Saudi Prince, the Sheikh and a Gulf Renegade

June 9, 2017

… Sheikh Mohamed keeps a low profile. A graduate of the British military academy at Sandhurst and a lifelong soldier, he's been a key point-person for Washington over the years. “The Saudi-Emirati assertive foreign policy approach is largely driven by personalities,” said David Andrew Weinberg, a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. Yet that in itself carries a risk if, for example, King Salman is succeeded by a monarch who doesn't …


Apple gave us new Photos, Maps, and Siri: Check out what you missed at WWDC

June 6, 2017

… image quality, improved low light performance, and depth API. Users can now capture a frame in a live photo to make it the key photo, instead of the one that was originally captured. You can also enjoy photos in the memories app, which uses machine learning to identify sporting events, weddings, and babies. You can use computer vision to create a seamless loop of a photo or add a bounce. Finally, you can now select long exposure to get more movement and effects on your photos, among other …


This ‘wizarding pub’ kickstarter will use tech to simulate magic

June 1, 2017

… experience that adult fans like me would love,” he said. key fob technology will be used to make magic wands in the pub. Image: matthew cortland Touch sensitive technology would then mean pint taps could be wand-activated. Image: matthew cortland Voice- and touch-activated wands, touch sensitive technology and magnetism will be used to make things like magic wands, refilling pints, and floating candles for the pub. There will also be moving photos, which Kickstarter backers can …


BMW to Seek Compensation From Bosch for Car-Production Stoppage

May 30, 2017

… Volkswagen AG’s diesel-cheating scandal, last week was named as a profitability dropped in the first quarter as the Munich-based manufacturer overhauls key models and boosts spending on new technology to narrow the gap to Mercedes-Benz. BMW delivered 5.2 percent more cars in the first quarter than a year earlier, compared with a 16 percent jump at Mercedes, which last year outsold its luxury brand rival for the first time in a decade. The open conflict between two German auto giants is …


Angela Merkel just took a strong stand against U.S. leadership

May 29, 2017

… destiny in own hands". — Yannis Koutsomitis (@YanniKouts) May 28, 2017 Its impossible to see it as a coincidence that her words came hot on the heels of President Donald Trumps first international trip, which seemingly went much smoother in Saudi Arabia than it did when he was rubbing elbows with the leaders of key democratic European allies. The entire discussion about climate was very difficult, if not to say very dissatisfying,” according to t …


Castlemorton Common: The rave that changed the law – BBC News

… New Age Traveller Libby Spragg was interviewed by TV on her way to the site Carl Loben, editor of DJ magazine, said in a world before mobile phones, the answering machine messages were key to spreading word about the raves. “There was often just a message left on a party [phone] line that people could call after a certain time in the evening,” he said. “And it would say the rave is at [some location], meet at [this] junction of the motorway, or meet in the service station, …

May 28, 2017

Manchester attack: Armed police guard bank holiday events – BBC News

… police officers have been freed up by a decision to deploy the Army to protect key sites including Buckingham Palace and the Houses of Parliament. Policing will also be stepped up at the Aviva Premiership Rugby Final at Twickenham and the football play-offs at Wembley on Sunday and Monday. Met Police Ch Supt Jon Williams said operations will include both high-profile and covert tactics. “All of this is designed to make the policing approach unpredictable and to make London as hostile an …

May 27, 2017

U.S. Stocks Advance, Bonds Mixed as Oil Tops $51: Markets Wrap

… and France’s is gathering momentum, adding to evidence that the European economy is on firm footing. That’s bolstering the case for investing in the region. With President Trump overseas, renewed political turmoil in Washington did little to capture investor attention Tuesday as the White House delivered a budget that seeks steep cuts to social programs. Read our Markets Live blog here. Here are some key upcoming events: Trump’s tour will headed to Group of Seven and NATO …

May 25, 2017

It Doesn’t Sound Like Senate Republicans Are Anywhere Close To A Deal On Obamacare Repeal

… replace Obamacare, they were asked about the firing of FBI Director James Comey and the investigation into Russias meddling in the presidential campaign. But even with some of the pressure off, they appear to have made only a little headway enough to identify the key issues dividing them but not to make much progress on resolving those differences. A substantial number of Senate Republicans have made it clear they for the House bill, which would reduce regulations on health insurance, …

May 24, 2017

A Banksy-esque florist places surprise flower arrangements all over NYC

… only purpose of these “Flower Flashes,” as he calls them, is to bring joy to his fellow citizens on their daily commutes. SEE ALSO: Artist leaves 15,000 coins along a canal and live tweets what happens Gifting flowers to New Yorkers is a simple idea that I have been thinking about for years, Miller said. I am in the business of fantasy and flowers, and its my job to transform key moments in my clients lives into joyful, everlasting memories. I wanted to recreate a similar feeling …

May 19, 2017

The Story Behind Ellens Coming Out: The Puppy Episode Turns 20

… started production, DeGeneres had the shows writers and other key members of the staff over to her house for a party. It was there she announced that, after tough conversations with the network and studio, her character would come out as gay that season. NEWMAN: Everybody was excited about it, pretty much. STARK: I do remember thinking, Oh thank god because there was no way we could write another heterosexual love interest. I thought, oh, this is great. It gives us an arc for the season that we …

May 15, 2017