Ricard Rosselló to push Congress to admit Puerto Rico as America’s 51st state, but experts suggest referendum result will have little impact on US lawmakers
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Puerto Rico was handed over to the US at the end of the Spanish-American war in 1898 as a form of war booty.
But he faces an uphill struggle impressing his case on the US Congress, which holds ultimate power over Puerto Rico, given the historically low turnout of the vote and the boycott staged by opposition parties.
The ruling Partido Nuevo Progresista (PNP), which controls the Puerto Rican governorship as well as legislature and organised the referendum, claimed the result marked a resounding victory for statehood.
The current Building Regulations already require effective cavity barriers in retro-fit cladding systems with external wall insulation.
Hope not, I attended at council meeting sometime ago & two of the speakers represented local housing associations which were it seemed a sideways movement of council responsibility to remove the costings from the balance sheet.
For people to not know there is a fire in the building until its too late in 2017 is beyond shocking.
I hope the victims recieve some justice and those who put profit before people face the consequences.
The Australian government was prepared to pay out to stop the shame of Manus Island being aired in court. But the ultimate cost is borne by the refugees and asylum seekers who have had their lives ruined
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The Australian government was prepared to pay out to stop the shame of Manus Island being aired in court.
The Australian government, through the immigration minister, Peter Dutton, contends its settlement was a “prudent” act, designed to head off potentially far greater costs.
She called for all 2000 refugees and asylum seekers held on offshore detention islands to be brought to Australia.
Damages of that scale are the penalty for failure to detain refugees and asylum seekers in conditions that accord with Australian standards.
In meeting on company culture, David Bonderman said there was ‘likely to be more talking’ when Arianna Huffington mentioned having more women onboard
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On Sunday, the board of directors voted unanimously to adopt the recommendations of a workplace review led by the law firm of the former US attorney general Eric Holder.
Kapor Klein also said Kalanick’s leave from the company “enhanced” Uber’s ability to hire a strong COO.
During the meeting presenting the report to Uber employees on Tuesday, Bonderman interrupted his fellow board member Arianna Huffington with a sexist remark, according to an audio recording of the meeting obtained by Yahoo Finance.
Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel was inspired by the Iranian revolution and the US Christian right. But this shrewd new TV adaptation, with its dark twist on ‘gender treachery’, has echoes of Pence, Isis and Chechnya
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Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel was inspired by the Iranian revolution and the US Christian right.
Last week we left Offred horrified at the removal of Ofglen (Emily) and her abrupt replacement with a new Ofglen.
The TV adaptation of The Handmaid’s Tale has been called a warning to all women, to conservative women, and to young people who may be complacent about the liberal values they enjoy.
As well as Offred, readers of the book root for Moira, her best friend from college.
Jeremy Hunt has hinted that the pay cap for NHS nurses might be lifted in recognition of their “absolutely brilliant” work Presumably less media-friendly public sector workers can go whistle?
There is an army highly qualified scientists, engineers and physicists who are largely anonymous to the wider public and get zero recognition for keeping the NHS propped up - will these people be getting a pay rise?
They are ordinary people just like the rest of us, and often with equal or better education.
Jury deliberates in manslaughter trial of Minnesota officer Jeronimo Yanez, who killed Castile seconds after the black motorist said he had a gun
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Yanez’s manslaughter trial went to a jury after both sides gave closing arguments in which they recapped their versions of a shooting that drew extra attention because Castile’s girlfriend livestreamed the gruesome aftermath on Facebook.
Yanez testified Friday that he stopped Castile in the St Paul suburb of Falcon Heights because he thought Castile looked like one of two men who had robbed a nearby convenience store a few days earlier.
Castile was shot just seconds after informing Yanez that he was carrying a gun.
The young are the natural constituency for a pro-EU party, but Clegg's betrayal over tuition fees has rendered the Lib Dems toxic to their natural constituency for a generation.
I would have voted for any anti brexit party but Labour was the nearest thing to it.
Given the Guardian's oft repeated hostility towards the Liberal Democrats and oft repeated enthusiasm for Jeremy Corbyn and all things Labour why should anyone care what the Guardian thinks about the Lib Dem leadership?
Fans of the late musician have been gathering on his former Greek island home to sing his songs, swap stories about him and unveil a bench overlooking the sea
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Cohen wrote it on returning to his house to discover an electricity cable now running outside his window.
Called Listening to Leonard, it will feature cover versions of Cohen’s music by local and international artists, including Moby, Lou Doillon, Socalled, Ariane Moffatt, and Jean Leloup.
Rucker performed A Bench Above the Ocean, which she composed on the island two days earlier, and German guitarist Gerard George Kettel performed Bird on the Wire, the most emblematic song linking Cohen to Hydra.
Nearly half the country has missed its five-year water quality targets, Greenpeace research shows – so what can be done about water pollution?
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Nearly half the country has missed its five-year water quality targets, Greenpeace research shows – so what can be done about water pollution?
In 2011, reports emerged that said Luliang Chemical Industry in Yunnan province had disposed of 5,000 tonnes of chemical waste next to a river used as a drinking water source.
The water crisis in Chile is complex, but it provides a unique opportunity for Canadian teachers to support the growing anti-privatisation movement, and help to free Chileans from the shackles of the Pinochet era.
Cycling’s bullying culture has already rocked UK Sport and now canoeing, joining swimming and taekwondo with sexual assault allegations, has given it even more questions to answer
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It has been 14 months since Varnish claimed the then performance director Shane Sutton cruelly advised she “get on with having a baby” after she was ditched from the high performance squad.
The Varnish allegations The draft report condemned the British Cycling board for its “inept” handling of the process.
Meanwhile medical staff at GB Taekwondo raised concerns with UK Sport over coaches’ practices with regard to concussion, weight loss and training loads, including suggestions that athletes were asked to train in saunas.
Appointment greeted with anger by environmental campaigners who lament his record on green issues
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I used to sit in cabinet meetings with the new environment secretary.
As education secretary Gove tried to remove climate change from the geography curriculum saying it should be taught in science.
The news was greeted with anger and frustration by environmental campaigners, who lamented his record on green issues, including his attempt to remove climate change from the geography curriculum while education secretary.
Theresa May announced Gove’s return to politics as part of her reshuffle on Sunday.
May bringing in her old enemy demonstrates her crippling weakness.
Alison Hernandez caused controversy by suggesting members of public who own guns could help counter terrorists
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Alison Hernandez, the Devon and Cornwall police and crime commissioner, said she was interested in having a conversation with the chief constable about whether ordinary people with gun licences could assist in a terrorist crisis.
Hernandez, a former Conservative election agent, made her comments during an extraordinary exchange with a caller to a phone-in programme on BBC Radio Cornwall.
Janice Adam, from the Police Federation, said reacting to and dealing with any such incidents should be left to highly specialised firearms officers.
Jurors in comedian’s sexual assault trial are instructed to continue trying to reach a unanimous verdict after more than 30 hours of deliberations
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A hung jury would be a clear victory for Cosby, who would avoid what could have been years in prison.
He is charged with three counts of aggravated indecent assault, each one punishable by up to 10 years behind bars.
He also pointed out that Constand telephoned Cosby dozens of times after the alleged assault.
Constand told the jury she was merely returning his calls about the women’s basketball squad at Temple University, where she was director of team operations and he was a member of the board of trustees.
Charity game resembled a professional one a day after congressman Steve Scalise and three others were wounded: ‘At the end of the we are all human beings’
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According to White House press secretary Sean Spicer, Trump “spoke with Scalise’s family, and sat by his bedside with Mrs. Trump.” Afterwards, Trump tweeted: “Just left hospital.
The senior Republican suffered extensive injuries from the gunshot.
After Wednesday’s shootings, NBC postponed a Carmichael Show episode that dealt with gun violence.
On Wednesday, Hodgkinson opened fire on a Republican congressional baseball practice in Virginia, critically injuring senior GOP congressman Steve Scalise and three others, and later dying of his injuries.
Letters: Ian Rutledge on why we’ll probably end up relying on WTO rules; Stefan Wickham on Norway having their fish and eating them; Michael Gold on the Norwegian left’s opposition to the single market; David Beake on Oslo’s view of its ‘Nike deal’; Neil Addison on joining the EEA as a transition...
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Equally, membership of the single market does not mean totally uncontrolled immigration from the European Union.
Emmanuel Macron’s team have floated the idea of a “continental partnership” between Britain and the EU that would allow us to restrict free movement.
In those circumstances joining the EEA (the Norway option) is the most practicable option to provide stability while Brexit gets fully established.
Ian Rutledge Chesterfield • Jeremy Corbyn has destroyed Theresa May’s mandate for a hard Brexit, but Labour’s position is still vague.
British PM and French president to tackle radicalisation with fines for tech companies that do not take action
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Regulating extremist content online featured heavily in May’s response to the terror attacks at the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester and on London Bridge, which both occurred during the general election campaign.
France’s president has brought an unprecedented freshness to the national assembly.
If next week’s second round confirms Sunday’s results, the French president and his new party will have secured an overwhelming parliamentary mandate for his reform agenda.
So has Macron succeeded in revolutionising the French political system?
Ten Network goes into administration after failing to win financial backing from its leading shareholders
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Ten Network goes into administration after failing to win financial backing from its leading shareholders The federal government is using Network Ten’s decision to go into voluntary administration to pressure Labor over planned media reforms.
Michelle Rowland, Labor’s communications spokeswoman, hit back at Senator Fifield’s claim the opposition was delaying the media package reforms.
The administrators, KordaMentha, have been appointed to run the company following the decision by leading shareholders Bruce Gordon and Lachlan Murdoch not to guarantee a $250m finance package.
Tony Burke says none of the government’s proposed legislation was mentioned at meeting a month ago, and journalists have been misled by immigration minister
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The government plans to amend the Australian Citizenship Act to tighten residency and English proficiency requirements Serious concerns have been raised about the Turnbull government’s new citizenship legislation, which was introduced to parliament on Thursday.
The Greens’ immigration spokesman, Nick McKim, criticised Dutton’s proposed citizenship changes on Monday, saying they were xenophobic, unfair and must be rejected by Labor.
“The minister already has the power to appeal AAT citizenship decisions that he disagrees with.
But the government hasn’t defined what competent means.
Mapping company Bike Citizens has trawled its database of city cycle infrastructure to create these ‘naked’ cycle maps. Blue lines = protected bike lanes; grey lines = painted lanes. Can you identify the cities?
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Mapping company Bike Citizens has trawled its database of city cycle infrastructure to create these ‘naked’ cycle maps.
A series of articles in conservative media are pushing the bizarre argument that separated bike lanes worsen air quality.
The previous month, James Salmon, the Daily Mail’s transport correspondent, wrote a hugely odd story noting that Cambridge and London had among the slowest average traffic speeds in the country.
Guardian Cities Cycle Week Guardian Cities is dedicating a week to exploring the future of cycling in cities around the world.
Comics, including Stephen Colbert, Trevor Noah and Seth Meyers, took aim at the president’s bizarre inaugural cabinet meeting on Monday
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President’s tweet confirms reports of obstruction of justice investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller Donald Trump seemed to confirm for the first time that he was under federal investigation on Twitter on Friday morning.
One White House version of events said that Trump fired the FBI director on 9 May after concerns over his performance were raised by Sessions and his deputy, Rod Rosenstein.
The president dodges his critics but flies headlong into his admirers.
Rosenstein appointed Mueller to head the Russia investigation shortly after the president sacked James Comey as FBI director.
"In addition to Wednesday’s ruling, these still emerging details paint a picture of a pipeline built upon dubious legality and enforced through brutal tactics coordinated by both police and private security."
"The ruling shows that the Obama administration’s decision to order a thorough environmental impact statement for the pipeline was the most responsible legal action"
"Dakota pipeline protesters won a small victory in court.
The oil can be transported by train or by pipeline.
A history of failure has left Australia with virtually no genuinely independent advice on climate change
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Tony Abbott’s argument ignores the pleas of energy users while there is no evidence to support Craig Kelly’s claims Energy and climate is a complex policy area.
But with Australia’s existing policies destined to push power prices up, decrease the reliability of the electricity system and increase emissions for decades to come, any emissions reduction policy is surely better than nothing.
Secondly, and perhaps most obviously, Finkel’s report recommended a clean energy target, rather than an emissions trading scheme or an emissions intensity scheme.
European social services need radical change, from better use of digital apps and artificial intelligence to consulting the public on designing better options
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European social services need radical change, from better use of digital apps and artificial intelligence to consulting the public on designing better options Europe’s social services face a challenging time.
Both want to mitigate the risk of people facing catastrophic care costs.
Tom Wood, 48, mental health support group worker ‘A&E departments should only be accessible via emergency services or GPs’ NHS and social care should be a key priority of this election.
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Eoin Morgan has tipped the ‘relentless attitude’ of Jonny Bairstow to come to the fore as England prepare to make one change to their batting lineup for the Champions Trophy semi-final with Pakistan
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England were bowled out for 211 and were comprehensively beaten by Pakistan in the Champions Trophy semi-final in Cardiff Pakistan will be one half of an all-Asian final at The Oval on Sunday.
Now Angelo Mathews expertly resuscitated the innings alongside Dickwella so that Sarfraz summoned up his opening bowlers in tandem.
Pakistan, especially with the introduction of Junaid Khan as a replacement for the volatile Wahab Riaz alongside Amir and Hasan Ali, now have a triumvirate of pace bowlers who seem adept at exploiting any help.
The director’s bold and bonkers fantasies have sparked comparisons with Spielberg, and his latest film delivers a chilling message via the relationship between a girl and a giant, genetically modified farm animal
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Okja is Bong’s sixth feature, and the third in a series of bold and bonkers fantasies that have led Quentin Tarantino to compare him to Spielberg in his pomp.
Eventually, Peter declared Frank ready to be sent out into the world.
Meanwhile, Okja concerns the friendship between a young Korean girl and a giant manatee-style creature, genetically engineered to provide the planet with cheap meat.
They were fans of a film I had co-written with Peter Straughan a few years ago, Frank.
Which is no doubt why Labour took so many solid conservative seats and comprehensively rejected May's call for a stonking majority to give her a strong mandate to pursue her catastrophic "hard brexit" philosophy.
2) Vote for social justice and hope the economy (Brexit) can be salvaged.
Labour's manifesto pledged to uphold the referendum and leave the single market.
That is how Ex UKIP voters managed to vote for Labour.
The lib dems stood on a platform of reversing brexit and lost.
Party sources say Coalition is prepared to reduce timeframe to reach the targeted funding level by up to four years from 10 to six
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The Greens will determine their position in the party room next week, before a push by the government to pass the bill that week before the winter recess.
On Friday Senator David Leyonhjelm signalled he could support the bill after a parliamentary budget office costing suggested the policy actually cut $1.2bn over 10 years from schools compared with regular increases in current legislation.
The Turnbull government school package has been highly divisive in the Greens.
Leyonhjelm has so far said he would oppose the Turnbull government school plan because it increases funding.
Rory McIlroy bowed out of the US Open after his second-round 71 but remained upbeat that the run of competitive golf now ahead of him will revive his form and fortunes
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As golf’s version of a performer who is lightly raced, McIlroy arrived at Erin Hills having played only 22 competitive rounds in 2017.
It’s simple.” As McIlroy, Johnson and Day exited, Casey kept his dream of a first major win alive.
This marks a boost to the tournament as well as the Northern Irishman himself, especially after news that Phil Mickelson plans to skip the second major of the year to attend his daughter’s high school graduation.
Steve Kerr graces the NBA and deserves huge credit, He has changed a could be team under Mark Jackson into serial winners playing pass first team first basketball and not scared of making big decisions.
Did anyone catch the sequence which ended up with LeBron fouling Curry hard?
So based on that and his performance In the finals, Kevin Durant was the reason the Warriors won this season.
Curry intercepts LeBron's pass to Irving because the Cavs run the same double screen to the corner, two times in a row.
Dome of them in usa jas been prosecuted for calling people to pay up income tax or we would be coming to your house to arrest you.
And also giving some indication of the cruel lie Corbyn told students about being able to find the money to fund tuition fees, reintroduce maintenance grants and pay off such outstanding debts in the first place.
Student loan debt in the UK has risen to more than £100bn for the first time, underlining the rising costs young people face in order to get a university education.
The Everton manager Ronald Koeman hopes to make Sandro Ramírez and Davy Klaassen his first signings of the summer
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The Sunderland goalkeeper Jordan Pickford has undergone a medical as part of a proposed £30m transfer to Everton Jordan Pickford has undergone a medical as part of a proposed £30m transfer to Everton.
“I spoke a few weeks ago with Ronald Koeman about Everton,” Klaassen said.
Everton are understood to be at an advanced stage of negotiations with Ajax for their captain and are interested in the Burnley defender Michael Keane, Swansea City’s Gylfi Sigurdsson and Malaga striker Sandro Ramírez.
Trainer Wesley Ward has accepted that not being able to use race-day Lasix had put off some in the US from racing in Britain
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Allowed to start at 11-2, having been odds-on in her previous four races, she won anyway, becoming the first US winner at Royal Ascot trained by someone other than Wesley Ward.
And they won’t have had to cross the Atlantic the week before racing.
“Obviously winning at Ascot is very prestigious, especially for any American trainer coming over here,” said Ginny DePasquale, assistant to Todd Pletcher, whose American Patriot goes for the Queen Anne.
Party wins three seats from Tories as praise is heaped on energetic grassroots campaign and Corbyn effect
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It ended in triumph, with Labour winning three seats from the Tories and praise being heaped both on an energetic grassroots campaign and on the Corbyn effect.
But Labour fought back strongly and unexpectedly took Cardiff North, traditionally a bellwether seat, with a handsome 4,000 majority from the Tories.
Strategists believe the Welsh Labour leader and first minister, Carwyn Jones, is playing well on the doorstep and – during the council elections at least – has helped counter any potential negative impact from Jeremy Corbyn.
The former GP, who came out as gay in 2015, is confirmed as taoiseach in Dáil ceremony in Dublin
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There was a bizarre moment during the opposition speeches when the Sinn Féin president, Gerry Adams, remarked that he attended the same pilates course as Varadkar, which produced wry smiles from the new taoiseach and Kenny.
Leo Varadkar, 38, was formally elected taoiseach at a confirmation ceremony in the Dáil in Dublin after he won the Fine Gael party leadership earlier this month.
Varadkar later thanked Adams for revealing “their little secret”.
Varadkar studied medicine at Trinity College Dublin and completed his six-year degree in April 2003.