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Ruth Davidson: UK is too 'London-centric'

Ruth Davidson: UK is too 'London-centric' Ruth Davidson is to demand Scotland benefits more from being part of the Union with a plea for more government jobs to be relocated north. The Scottish Conservative leader will say the UK “continues to be far too London-centric” with “enough civil servants to fill Wembley Stadium”. Ms Davidson will criticise the “crazy” imbalance in a speech to the Conservative Party conference. She is due to address delegates in Manchester later. Guide: 2017 political party conferences While stressing the need to “absolutely press on…

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Where human intelligence outperforms AI

Where human intelligence outperforms AI David KlineContributor David Kline is a journalist, author and intellectual property strategist. More posts by this contributor: A new (old) way for product makers to defeat patent roadblocks With every new trend comes a counter-trend. And so despite the current excitement over the wonders of artificial intelligence, one company is betting that human intelligence can still deliver solutions for businesses that AI cannot hope to match. Article One Partners (AOP) is a crowdsourced network of over 42,000 researchers in 170 countries — 42% of whom have…

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Corporate sustainability must give way to corporate responsibility

Corporate sustainability must give way to corporate responsibility Gunnar LovelaceContributor Gunnar Lovelace is the founder of Thrive Market. More posts by this contributor: A farm shouldn’t be a factory Today we consume more than twice as much as our relatives did only 50 years ago. In the US, this means generating upwards of 500 billion pounds of garbage every year that’s trucked to one of our 10,000 landfills. This accelerated consumption is exhausting global ecosystems, depleting 30% of global resources and nearly 60% of animal populations since the 1970s. Image courtesy…

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Gillmor Gang: The Black Album

Gillmor Gang: The Black Album The Gillmor Gang — Doc Searls, Denis Pombriant, David Weinberger, Frank Radice, and Steve Gillmor. Recorded live Saturday, September 30, 2017. Topics: Cluetrain meets Blockchain, Twitter and the death of brevity, Who are the arbiters of true and fake. G3: Algorithm and Blues — Francine Hardaway, Elisa Camahort Page, Mary Hodder, Kristie Wells, and Tina Chase Gillmor. Recorded live Friday, September 29, 2017. Topics: Social media, Facebook and the Russians, bad algorithms, the human element. @stevegillmor, @dsearls, @dweinberger, @fradice, @DenisPombriant Produced and directed by Tina…

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Atletico drop to third after frustrating draw at Leganes

Atletico drop to third after frustrating draw at Leganes MADRID (Reuters) – Atletico Madrid’s three-game winning streak in La Liga was halted by a goalless draw at Leganes on Saturday which dropped them to third in the standings. That result allowed Sevilla to leapfrog Atletico into second after they beat luckless Malaga 2-0 in sweltering conditions that left some fans requiring medical attention. Diego Simeone’s side, who were beaten 2-1 at home by Chelsea in the Champions League on Wednesday, played with an unorthodox three-man defence and struggled to break…

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Air France plane engine fails over Atlantic

Air France plane engine fails over Atlantic An Air France flight from Paris to Los Angeles was forced to make a sudden diversion when it lost part of an engine over the Atlantic. One of the four engines on the Airbus 380 flight AF66 failed west of Greenland on Saturday. No-one was injured in the incident, but passengers remained on board hours after the landing at 15:42 GMT. The plane was carrying 496 passengers and 24 crew at the time, an Air France spokesperson told AFP news agency. David Rehmar,…

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Catalans prepare to defy Madrid in banned independence vote

Catalans prepare to defy Madrid in banned independence vote BARCELONA (Reuters) – Tens of thousands of Catalans are expected to defy Spanish authorities and attempt to vote in a banned independence referendum on Sunday, raising fears of unrest in the wealthy northeastern region. The referendum, declared illegal by Spain’s central government, has thrown the country into its worst constitutional crisis in decades and raised fears of street violence as a test of will between Madrid and Barcelona plays out. In a sign of how the planned vote has polarised the…

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PM pledges help for young people on fees and housing

PM pledges help for young people on fees and housing Theresa May is set to announce that tuition fees will be frozen at £9,250 in an overhaul of student funding. She told the Sun the move will be accompanied by a £4,000 increase of the repayment threshold to £25,000, saving some graduates £360 a year. The changes to the loan system come with another pledge to extend the Help to Buy scheme, Mrs May said. During the election, Labour was seen to attract young voters by promising to scrap tuition…

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Hezbollah says Kurdish vote a step toward wider Mideast partition

Hezbollah says Kurdish vote a step toward wider Mideast partition BEIRUT (Reuters) – The powerful Lebanese group Hezbollah said on Saturday that an Iraqi Kurdish independence vote marked a first step toward the partition of the Middle East, warning that this would lead to “internal wars” and must be opposed. Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, head of the Iran-backed group, said events in northern Iraq, where Kurds overwhelmingly voted for independence on Monday, were a threat to the whole region and not just Iraq and neighbouring states with Kurdish populations. “It will…

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Defakto’s Vektor strikes a great balance as a minimalist, slim automatic watch

Defakto’s Vektor strikes a great balance as a minimalist, slim automatic watch Defakto is a small German watchmaker that has made a name for itself over the years thanks to the unique, but classic designs it boasts thanks to mark founder Raphael Ickler. The latest watch from Ickler and Defakto, the Vektor, continues this tradition of smart, minimalist looks, but adds a very slim case thanks to use of a Miyota 9015 automatic Japanese movement, and brings some extra retro appeal with a domed plexiglass front sphere and manually bent-minute…

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