The city said the contractor is working weekends to make up for missed assignments. Residents say service is spotty at best.
Prince Harry praised his grandfather Prince Philip for providing unparalleled devotion and dedication to Queen Elizabeth, his "Granny", and said he would be sorely missed by the nation and the world. Releasing a statement on his return to Britain from his home in the United States ahead of Philip's funeral on Saturday, Harry said the Duke of Edinburgh had been a man of "service, honour and great humour". "So, on that note, Grandpa, thank you for your service, your dedication to Granny, and for always being yourself."
France is offering the owners of old, exhaust-belching cars the opportunity to hand over their vehicles for scrap in return for a 2,500 euro ($2,975.00) grant to buy an electric bicycle. Lawmakers in the National Assembly have just approved the measure in a preliminary vote. If adopted, France will become the first country in the world to offer people the chance to trade in an ageing vehicle for an electric or folding bicycle, the French Federation of Bicycle Users (FUB) said.
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In “The Crown,” a dishy naval officer captures the heart of a future queen. How does the Netflix drama’s portrayal of Prince Philip, who died at age 99 on Friday, compare with the man himself and the life he lived with Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II? Prince Philip dwelled in his wife's shadow, and the same goes for Philip in “The Crown,” as the title makes plain.
Iran's top diplomat said on Tuesday that an attack on its Natanz nuclear facility which it blames on Israel was a "very bad gamble" that would strengthen Tehran's hand in talks to revive a 2015 nuclear deal with major powers. Tehran has said an explosion on Sunday at its key nuclear site was an act of sabotage by arch-foe Israel and vowed revenge for an attack that appeared to be latest episode in a long-running covert war. Israel, which the Islamic Republic does not recognise, has not formally commented on the incident.
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A Virginia police officer accused of pepper-spraying and pointing a gun at a uniformed U.S. Army officer during a traffic stop has been fired from the force.Video of the encounter became public after Leutenant Caron Nazario, who is Latino and Black, filed a federal lawsuit against two cops over the December encounter.A statement from the Town of Windsor on Sunday said its police department reviewed the incident and determined that Officer Joe Gutierrez did not follow police department protocol.It said Gutierrez was terminated and that the force would require additional department-wide training.The Army Lieutenant was driving his new SUV with a temporary paper tag displayed on the back window on December 5th, when he was told to pull over in Windsor, a small Virginia town.Nazario alleged the officers violated his constitutional rights, with his lawsuit including assault, illegal search and illegal detention.Virginia Governor Ralph Northam on Sunday said he was directing the Virginia State Police to conduct an independent investigation into the case.The statement from Windsor did not detail any breaches or punishments for the other officer involved in the incident.
- The Telegraph
Scotland's hospitality sector has warned that Nicola Sturgeon's decision to delay reopening until a fortnight after England will cost the economy £20 million, prompting calls for restrictions to be eased sooner. It comes as Scotland recorded its lowest number of daily Covid infections in almost seven months, with latest figures showing there were 199 positive tests in the past 24 hours - the smallest number since September 14. No further deaths were reported. As England on Monday eased lockdown rules further, with pub gardens and restaurants among the places able to reopen, hospitality and tourism leaders in Scotland have criticised restrictions which will prevent them from reopening for at least another two weeks. With everyone in all nine vaccine priority groups expected to have received their first jab by mid-April, Nicola Sturgeon has insisted that an April 26 date would give her Government the “confidence” to begin opening up hospitality. But Scotland’s beleaguered hospitality sector has warned that it is once again at a disadvantage when compared to English counterparts. Stephen Montgomery, who owns the Townhead Hotel in Lockerbie and is a spokesman for the Scottish Hospitality Group, said he would "love to be opening up at the same time as our colleagues down south".
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Tens of thousands have fled the central Myanmar town of Bago after the military regime brutally attacked anti-coup protesters at the weekend, leaving at least 100 dead. Residents told Radio Free Asia that many people were seeking refuge from the junta’s violence in villages in the surrounding countryside. “The people fleeing their homes are residents of four neighborhoods in the city where the junta forces attacked,” said one woman who declined to give her name. “There must be over 100,000 or so.” The reports echo a similar exodus from Yangon, the Southeast nation’s commercial centre, last month after another deadly crackdown on six of the city’s townships, and the introduction of martial law. Some of the neighbourhoods had descended into battlezones, with protesters firing sling shots and throwing petrol bombs, and the security forces targeting them with live rounds and killing scores of civilians.
- Miami Herald
What’s another 30 minutes, after waiting more than a year to attend a WWE event.
- Miami Herald
The Florida Department of Health’s COVID-19 dashboard reported 5,520 new confirmed cases, the most on a Sunday since February, and a rather strange counting of COVID deaths.
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ITV NewsIt’s been a long, cold, lonely winter in England.So, as four months of a nationwide lockdown finally came to an end, nothing was going to stop people from enjoying a refreshing pint of beer at the crack of dawn on a Monday morning—not even driving rain, freezing temperatures, and some pretty unseasonal snowfall.Pubs started serving outdoors again as part of a reopening plan that also covers indoor gym sessions, swimming pools, non-essential shops, beauty salons, and, for those who have been gagging to see some sad animals, zoos. Prime Minister Boris Johnson had urged people to “behave responsibly” with their new freedoms but didn’t explicitly say they shouldn’t get drunk in the snow before having breakfast.One pub in the town of Huddersfield was swamped when it opened at the stroke of midnight. “We didn’t even know if anyone was going to come,” said the pub landlord fittingly named Ian Snowball. “It’s in Huddersfield, it’s midnight, it’s freezing cold—but look, everyone has come.”If you thought you were starting early today… 🍻These drinkers in Huddersfield braved the snow to enjoy a beer garden pint at midnight ❄️https://t.co/UASiR7bXEv pic.twitter.com/i2O79eocSR— BBC Breakfast (@BBCBreakfast) April 12, 2021 One drinker commented matter-of-factly: “It was snowing earlier but I was still going to come out, I just put my coat on.” Another, sitting in a thick jacket next to an icy-looking gin and tonic, made the fair point: “After 14 months of not going anywhere, except funerals, it’s a great place.”Sky News reported that 50 pub-goers headed to the Fox On The Hill pub in south London this morning. The most emotional was perhaps Tony Blake, 59, who gushed to the news network: “I am so happy that it’s open again, it’s unbelievable, I’m so happy.” Student Sasha Carrington, 19, said she planned to stay there for the entire freezing cold day, explaining: “We’ve got our layers on, thermals, we’re going to stay outside.”Pippa Ingram, 51, and Sue Bell, 55, celebrated a chilly seaside pint in Kent, with Ingram describing her first sip in detail. “Absolutely delicious,” she said. “It’s not gonna last long at all! That is banging.” Back in Huddersfield, in footage timestamped at 8:17 a.m., a woman identified only as Sandy was seen having pints with her friends, and she told Good Morning Britain: “It’s not that cold after a while when you’ve sat in the sun.”As pub gardens reopen from today, @NickDixonITV talks to some people who have enjoyed a pint since 8am this morning.They discuss how happy they are to be back in pub gardens following the lockdown.Watch GMB 👉 https://t.co/6iQ6ebeOEQ pic.twitter.com/W0yAai1tGD— Good Morning Britain (@GMB) April 12, 2021 One pub in Coventry appears to have taken things slightly too far. Videos posted online showed more than 100 people lining the street outside the Oak Inn after it publicized its grand plans to open a massive outdoor space with heaters, marquees, and blankets. The pub is now under investigation for its “unmanageable amounts of visitors.”But, largely, the grand reopening has been welcomed as a major landmark—particularly following the success of Britain’s vaccine rollout, which has many hoping that there won’t be another lockdown. Nicholas Hair, landlord of the Kentish Belle in southeast London, told BBC News that there was a “sense of celebration” in the country, adding, “I’m hoping this is a sort of rebirth, and that we’re reopen for the foreseeable.”As for Boris himself, government sources confirmed that the prime minister received a long-awaited haircut on Monday—but his planned trip to the pub has been canceled out of respect for the late Prince Philip.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.
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iprogressman/GettyBeauty is both in the eye of the beholder, and in the interest of our environmental well-being and safety. As other industries, including fashion and tech, have worked on becoming more sustainable, so are beauty companies. A recent study by Whole Foods that showed a handful of beauty trends for the year had upcycled beauty and other eco-friendly beauty trends as top trends for this year.Upcycling, as defined by upcycledbeauty.com, involves the reuse of discarded materials or objects in such a way as to create a product of higher quality or value than the original. Companies like Full Circle have committed themselves to accessing plant-based by-products and upcycling them into new cosmetic ingredients.‘Toxic Beauty’ Reveals the Hidden Poisons in Cosmetics—and the Legal Battles to Expose ThemThings that were once considered waste have are becoming more common for beauty ingredients including coffee grounds, banana peels, and plum kernels. Repurposing food has become one of the biggest components to upcycled beauty products, and companies are making efficient use of plant-based waste. One person’s trash is another person’s beauty regimen; take “ugly” bananas for example.Shirly Billot, founder of organic skincare brand Kadalys, sought to drive change by addressing the banana industry, which is the largest private employer in Martinique, a small island with few natural resources.“The banana industry makes Martinique less dependent on tourism and the exportation of rum and sugar cane,” Billot said. “Without the banana industry, containers would go back to France empty, and I saw this as a possibility for change. Bananas also represent an opportunity to be more sustainable given the number of “ugly” or single bananas that are discarded every year.”Globally, 22 million tons of bananas are thrown away each year, representing 20 percent of the world’s banana production, virtually the equivalent of 2178 Eiffel Towers.Billot chose to focus on food waste because according to Project Drawdown, a nonprofit organization staffed by leading researchers who studied ways to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, reducing food waste has the potential to reduce global carbon emissions by 87.45 to 94.56 gigatons.Reducing food waste also avoids the deforestation of additional farmland, preventing 74.9 to 76.3 gigatons of additional emissions. Tackling and reducing food waste is ranked as the third in the top ten solutions to reverse climate change, which is why Billot believes the circular economy approach of upcycling food into beauty is so beneficial.“We save unsellable bananas to build a circular economy for the future,” Billot said. “From the farm to the supermarket, we address every key waste point. We support all Martinique’s farmers in collecting and creating added value from waste and we educate our consumers by creating campaigns that celebrate ‘ugly bananas’ and how to recycle, so we’re having a big impact on the environment.”After Whole Foods found how popular upcycling would be, the retailer began increasing upcycled products in its stores. The company’s global beauty buyer, Amy Jargo, says that Whole Foods is always on the hunt for innovative products that align with their values. One brand that caught Jargo’s eye and is currently available at Whole Foods is UpCircle, a company that bestows a new lease on life to used coffee grounds.“I love the UpCircle Face Serum made with oil from repurposed coffee grounds,” Jargo said. “The oil is packed with great ingredients like sea buckthorn oil and rosehip oil to help skin appear more hydrated and firm. The subtle coffee fragrances also help me wake up in the morning.”To create their products, UpCircle collects coffee grounds from a portfolio of artisanal cafes. They specifically want used coffee grounds because the antioxidants in coffee increase as they are brewed.Jargo is working to ensure that Whole Foods continues expanding its upcycled product offerings, because she sees the beauty in bringing new life to ingredients that would have otherwise been discarded.“I would love to see more brands using upcycled ingredients, considering alternatives to plastic packaging, and providing supply chain transparency,” Jargo said. “It is important that brands also make these products accessible to customers, so that they can easily choose to incorporate products that could have an impact beyond just their routines.”Brands that have long been committed to sustainability are currently exploring how to incorporate upcycled ingredients in their products. Versed, a vegan, cruelty-free skincare brand has been sustainably minded since their inception from recyclable packaging to fuel-efficient shipping methods. They have recently begun in looking in to how they could make this happen with their manufacturers. While their first official upcycled products are far out as they work on getting formulation right, in the meantime, the company has worked on educating the beauty industry and consumers on sustainable minded practices and the future of trends like upcycling.“The biggest thing I’ve seen in the beauty community is people wanting to know more,” Devon Hopp, brand director of Versed, said. “That’s what leads a lot of beauty trends, and you see that especially with sustainably minded beauty brands. Ingredient sourcing is a big thing that consumers want to know more about and understand where ingredients come from, so sourcing will be a huge focus for beauty brands.”Despite the increase in more brands trending toward upcycled ingredients, the lack of inclusivity in the upcycled beauty space is proving to be an issue in growing the movement. Lesley Thornton, founder of Klur Botanics, one of just a handful of Black-owned sustainable beauty brands, prides herself on local and domestic sourcing. Her products use ingredients like avocado and tomato seed oil made from food waste. In addition to her firm beliefs in sustainable sourcing practices, Thornton says the sustainable and upcycled beauty movement needs to work on diversifying to properly address these issues. There is a broader range of people who believe in upcycled beauty products created through reducing food waste than general marketing departments think they are.“The movement and these companies need to address their inclusivity issues,” she said. “The movement values whiteness over science, facts, and data. The green and sustainable beauty space is very small, and it has to take a look at itself and be more inclusive. These issues of upcycling and clean beauty aren’t just important to white women and cisgender people, and more people need to be invited to these conversations. When we’re all invited to the table, then a real shift for upcycling and sustainability can take place.”Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.
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The attack on Iran’s Natanz nuclear facility is casting a major shadow over Tuesday’s resumption of indirect talks between the U.S. and Iran over resurrection of the international accord limiting Iran's nuclear program. Neither Iran nor the U.S. say the incident will crater the negotiations.
Prince Harry has spoken out on Prince Philip‘s death, saying in his statement that his grandfather was, “cheeky ’til the end.” As theGrio reported, last week the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip, passed away at 99.
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Biden meets with bipartisan group on $2.3 trillion infrastructure plan, saying he's open to negotiate
Biden insisted the meeting with both Republican and Democratic lawmakers wasn't just "window dressing" and that he's willing to talk size and scope.
China launched a tip line so citizens can report internet users who insult the Communist party online
China's cyber regulator encouraged people to report fellow internet users who "distort" the Communist Party's history and "attack its leadership."
Dismissed for decades by critics as a country bumpkin who loves silly carnival costumes, Bavarian leader Markus Soeder said on Sunday that he was willing to run as the conservative candidate for German chancellor, provided he had the bloc's full backing. Angela Merkel, who has clocked up four election victories and led Europe's biggest economy for 16 years, is not standing for a fifth term when Germany goes to the polls in September. This means the parliamentary bloc formed by her Christian Democrats (CDU) and their sister party, Bavaria's Christian Social Union (CSU), must decide on a candidate.
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Xander Schauffele stepped up to the 16th tee with all the momentum at the Masters. Schauffele decided to hit one right at the flag. Schauffele wound up becoming the latest victim of the iconic par-3 hole known as Redbud — and added another close call to a major championship resume that he admits is becoming “a big ball of scar tissue.”
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Sunday's cyberattack on Iran's underground Natanz uranium enrichment facility, widely believed to be the work of Israel, has added another layer of uncertainty over the already delicate indirect talks between Iran and the U.S. on reviving the 2015 nuclear deal. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Monday threatened retaliation against Israel and "any power with knowledge" of the sabotage, but he said Iran will take part in scheduled Wednesday negotiations in Vienna, conducted through European and other parties to the nuclear accord. Israel, whose government strongly opposed the 2015 deal and has criticized President Biden's efforts to resurrect it, has neither publicly denied or claimed responsibility for the cyberattack, which temporarily set back Iran's ability to enrich uranium at the facility. But Israeli media has heavily suggested the country is behind the sabotage, and U.S. and Israeli officials confirmed to The New York Times that Israel at least played a role. The Biden administration has neither condemned nor celebrated the Natanz attack. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said Monday "the U.S. was not involved in any manner" and has "nothing to add on speculation about the causes or the impacts," adding, "Our focus is on the diplomatic path forward." It isn't clear if the U.S. was warned about the sabotage beforehand or whether Israel timed the attack to coincide with a visit to Israel by U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin. Austin did not mention Iran at a news conference Monday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The talks to restart the agreement, which former President Donald Trump pulled out from in 2018, are at an early stage, and the U.S. and Iran don't agree about which U.S. sanctions would be lifted and under what conditions; Iran wants them lifted before it returns to compliance with the nuclear deal while the U.S. sees Iran's compliance as a precondition. At this point, both sides are committed to the negotiations. Israel wants "to take revenge because of our progress in the way to lift sanctions," Zarif said. "We will not fall into their trap. ... We will not allow this act of sabotage to affect the nuclear talks." More stories from theweek.comTrump finally jumps the shark7 brutally funny cartoons about Mitch McConnell's corporate hypocrisyThe immense untapped potential of offshore wind
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Aja Courtney, who reportedly lost her brother in a gang-related shooting, says that eliminating strikes against juveniles would send a message to criminals that they can commit crimes without consequences.
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‘We cannot in good conscience provide economic support to a government that enacts regressive voting laws’