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Prevent scheme: Extreme right-wing referrals up by 36%

Image copyright Getty Images The number of people referred to the UK’s terrorism-prevention programme over concerns related to extreme right-wing activity jumped by 36% in 2017/18. Prevent, which aims to stop people being radicalised, received 7,318 last year, of which 1,312 were for far-right extremism, up from 968 the year before. Referrals for concerns related to radical Islamism decreased by 14%. Security minister Ben Wallace said the programme tackled radicalisation “wherever it is found”. BBC home affairs correspondent Dominic Casciani said a “rise in extreme right-wing activity, particularly online”, was…

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Investor visa scheme halted in money laundering crackdown

Image copyright PA Ministers are halting a “gold-plated” visa scheme offering foreign investors a fast-track to settling in the UK, as part of a crackdown on financial crime. Tier 1 investor visas were introduced in 2008 to encourage rich people from outside the EU to invest in the UK. A £2m investment bought a visa and indefinite leave to remain after five years. But concerns were raised the scheme was being used to launder money. Its suspension will end after an audit process is introduced, ministers say. “We will not…

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‘Witkar’, the world’s first electric car-sharing scheme

The “Witkar”, or white car, was the world’s first electric car-sharing scheme. It was the brainchild of Dutch visionary, Luud Schimmelpennink, who came up with the innovative idea to tackle pollution on the streets of his native Amsterdam. The first “Witkar” took to the roads in 1974, but it was way ahead of its time. Now though, Luud’s idea is being copied in cities around the globe. Witness: The stories of our times told by the people who were there. Source link

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Daughter of murdered mum Natalie Hemming backs abuse scheme

Image caption Natalie Hemming’s daughter is training to be a domestic violence ambassador at her school A teenager whose mother was killed by her partner is supporting a scheme that sees police tell a child’s school about domestic abuse at home. Kirstie and her brother and sister were asleep when mum Natalie Hemming was murdered by Paul Hemming. The 14-year-old said it was vital young people got help and support at school. Figures for the scheme show authorities have contacted schools in England and Wales more than 46,000 times in…

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Benefit sanctions scheme ‘pointlessly cruel’, say MPs

Image copyright PA The government must urgently reassess its “pointlessly cruel” benefit sanctions, a committee of MPs has said. Benefit sanctions are penalties imposed on claimants who do not meet conditions such as attending job centre meetings. The Work and Pensions Committee found single parents, care leavers and people with disabilities and health conditions were “disproportionately vulnerable” to, and affected by, sanctions. The Department for Work and Pensions insisted its scheme was “reasonable”. A DWP spokesman added that sanctions were “only used in the minority of cases”. However, the committee’s…

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Walkers crisp packets recycling scheme announced

Image caption Royal Mail intervened when people started posting empty crisp packets back to Walkers Snack firm Walkers has announced a recycling scheme – after Royal Mail begged campaigners not to post empty crisp packets without envelopes. From December, snack fans will be able to post used bags – in envelopes, for free – directly to a recycling company. Campaigner Geraint Ashcroft, who launched the petition against Walkers, said it was “a great first step”. The company said it had been in talks about the scheme since the beginning of…

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Film study: Scheme set Trubisky for star showing

It was no secret: The Chicago Bears hired Matt Nagy to make Mitchell Trubisky a star. Sep 30, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky (10) passes the ball in the first quarter against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Quinn Harris-USA TODAY Sports Despite positive stretches, the returns before Sunday were overwhelmingly disappointing. Of 32 quarterbacks to attempt 40-plus passes through Week 3, Trubisky (4.8) ranked ahead of only Sam Bradford (3.3) in adjusted yards per attempt, which incorporates touchdowns, interceptions and sacks. Nagy…

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Aadhaar: India top court upholds world’s largest biometric scheme

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Indians will need the identity number to receive benefits from more than 500 welfare schemes India’s Supreme Court has ruled that the country’s controversial biometric identity scheme is constitutional and does not violate the right to privacy. However the court limited the scope of the Aadhaar scheme, saying it could not be compulsory for bank accounts, mobile connections or school admissions. The world’s largest biometric ID database covers welfare and tax payments and access to social services. More than a billion Indians have already…

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Viewpoint: World’s biggest ID scheme Aadhaar still poses risks

Image copyright AFP Image caption More than a billion Indians enrolled by giving their fingerprints and retina scans India’s Supreme Court has ruled that Aadhaar – the world’s largest and most controversial biometrics-based identity database – has sufficient legal grounds to exist. But the sole dissenting opinion expressed by one of the five judges holds valuable lessons, argue Ronald Abraham and Elizabeth S Bennett. More than 1.2 billion Indian residents, or one-sixth of humanity, have an Aadhaar number. The government has promoted – and indeed mandated – the use of…

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