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Most English local authorities ‘plan to raise council tax’

Image caption Refuse collecting and other council services are among those under pressure Almost all councils in England plan to increase council tax and many will be cutting services, research suggests. Three-quarters of local authorities are set to increase tax by more than 2.5% from April, the Local Government Information Unit (LGiU) said. It comes as almost a third of councils said they were planning to cut spending on adult social care, and a quarter expect to reduce children’s care. The Local Government Association (LGA) said councils have “little choice”.…

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Amazon reconsiders New York headquarters over local opposition: Washington Post

FILE PHOTO – The Citibank building, the site of a new workplace for Amazon employees, is seen in Long Island City of the Queens borough of New York, U.S., November 14, 2018. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Amazon.com is reconsidering locating part of its new headquarters in New York because of local opposition, the Washington Post reported on Friday, citing two people familiar with the global retailer’s thinking. The retailing giant had not yet purchased or leased any land for the project there, which would make it easy to leave,…

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Lack of local papers mean elderly ring MP for news

Image copyright Getty Images Elderly people are so starved of information after the closure of local papers, an MP has said, they are calling his office for news updates. Robert Halfon, MP for Harlow in Essex, said many older people did not have access to online news and were left “isolated” when papers close down. “I was amazed to have elderly residents ringing my office to say would I keep them informed of the news,” he said. The loss of newspapers was a “tragedy” for local communities, he said. And…

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Emiliano Sala: Profile of ‘a South American warrior’ & the ‘local Carlos Tevez’

Emiliano Sala has scored 12 goals in Ligue 1 this season Just three days after he signed for Premier League club Cardiff City from Nantes, Argentine striker Emiliano Sala was on a light aircraft that disappeared on Monday night off Alderney in the Channel Islands, French authorities have confirmed. At 28, Emiliano Sala had just reached football maturity, and his move to Cardiff was shaping up to be a thrilling adventure. The transfer marked belated recognition for a player who might be imperfect technically but who is physical, courageous –…

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Netflix, local rival Hotstar to censor content in India – sources

MUMBAI/NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Netflix Inc and home-grown rival Hotstar plan to adopt self-regulation guidelines for content streamed on their platforms in India in an effort to prevent potential government censorship, sources familiar with the matter told Reuters. FILE PHOTO: The Netflix logo is seen on their office in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, U.S. July 16, 2018. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson India has film and TV certification bodies that moderate public content but the country’s laws currently do not mandate any censorship of content on online streaming platforms. But global video streaming…

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Facebook to invest $300 million to help local news survive

(Reuters) – Facebook Inc (FB.O) will invest $300 million over three years in local news globally as it faces blistering criticism over its role in the erosion of the news business worldwide. The investment in time and money is a significant expansion of a plan to help newsrooms in the U.S. and abroad create and sustain viable business models to survive, the company said on Tuesday. Unlike earlier investments in the news business, this latest round is distinguished by how it is not tied to Facebook-related products, recipients of the…

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Stevenage shed radio DJ ready for BBC local radio slot

Image caption Deke Duncan in 1974 in his shed in Stevenage – and preparing for his New Year’s Eve show at BBC Three Counties Radio in Dunstable A DJ whose shed-based radio station was only ever heard by his wife is preparing to expand his audience after 44 years. Deke Duncan, 73, started playing records from his back garden in Stevenage, Hertfordshire in 1974. He was the subject of a BBC Nationwide television report, recently tweeted by BBC Archive, prompting BBC Three Counties Radio to track him down. He was…

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Doping: Russian Olympic Committee appeals local court doping decision

MOSCOW (Reuters) – The Russian Olympic Committee appealed on Thursday against a Moscow court ruling that refused to recognize bobsledder Alexander Zubkov’s Olympic ban, saying it could cast doubt on Russia’s desire to fight against doping. FILE PHOTO: Russia’s pilot Alexander Zubkov poses with a gold medal during a ceremony for the four-man bobsleigh event at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, at the Sanki Sliding Center in Rosa Khutor Alpine Ski Resort near Sochi, Russia, February 23, 2014. REUTERS/Murad Sezer Zubkov, who has retired from competition and currently serves as…

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Does Google harm local search rivals? EU antitrust regulators ask

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – EU antitrust regulators have asked Google’s rivals if the internet search giant unfairly demotes local search competitors, according to a questionnaire seen by Reuters, a move which could lead to a fourth case against the Alphabet (GOOGL.O) unit. FILE PHOTO: A Google logo is seen at the company’s headquarters in Mountain View, California, U.S., November 1, 2018. REUTERS/ Stephen Lam/File Photo Google has been fined a total 6.76 billion euros ($7.7 billion) in the last 17 months for favoring its comparison shopping service and for using its…

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Facebook to expand its section for local news ‘Today In’

(Reuters) – Facebook Inc (FB.O) on Wednesday said it is expanding its ‘Today In’ feature, a dedicated section for local news and starting a test for local alerts from relevant government pages. The feature, which is now available in over 400 cities in the U.S., has also been launched as test in Australia, Facebook said in a blog post here. In addition, Facebook has also begun testing the feature with over 100 local government and first responder pages. Earlier this year, the company said it was testing ways to display…

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