Video: horrific new cladding fire consumes Bolton block – and broadcasters ignore | The SKWAWKBOX

Students assured in 2017 ‘not the same dangerous cladding’ A tower block in Bolton has been consumed by a horrifying cladding fire – two years after students living there were tol…

Source: Video: horrific new cladding fire consumes Bolton block – and broadcasters ignore | The SKWAWKBOX

Watch: Paris tests ‘flying taxi’ as future of city transport | Euronews

However, the company says its journey has not all been plain sailing. During a preview on Monday morning before the official tests launched, Paris river police ordered the Bubble to stop its activity.

Co-founder Alain Thebault said regulatory issues from the City of Paris have stymied progress, leading the company to pursue projects in Switzerland and the US rather than solely in France.

“We are waiting for the authorisation to have a commercial line between east and west…but have a look, there is absolutely nobody on the river,” he said, adding that France is becoming “like a museum” where tech innovation is too highly regulated.

Paris has one of the densest urban transport networks in the world, with more than 650 trains running simultaneously at rush hour and 4.7 billion trips made by public transport in the Paris region in 2016, according to figures from Paris transport network Île-de-France Mobilités.

Last Friday Parisians faced travel chaos as a strike against pension reform by all unions of the Paris transport network (RATP) crippled movement around the city, with ten of its 16 metro lines closed.

To combat pollution, Paris tightened regulations in July, banning cars with diesel engines registered between 2001 and 2005 and trucks from 2006 to 2009 within the A86 ring-road area.

The city council plans to continually tighten regulations until 2030, when only electric or hydrogen-fueled cars will be allowed on Greater Paris roads.


Source: Watch: Paris tests ‘flying taxi’ as future of city transport | Euronews

Vaping likely has dangers that could take years for scientists to even know about

The rise in cases of otherwise healthy young adults who have been hospitalized or even died from vaping-associated lung injury is alarming.

Many people don’t know what is contained in these vaping devices, what the reported health effects actually mean, and, most importantly, why all of this developed so quickly, considering that e-cigarettes have only been popular for fewer than 10 years.

Vaping describes the process of inhaling aerosols generated by devices such as e-cigarettes.

When e-cigarettes first came to the U.S. in 2006, many smoking cessation experts were optimistic. They viewed the delivery of nicotine through e-cigarettes to be a useful alternative to traditional cigarettes. That is because e-cigarettes did not have all of the other harmful combustion products inhaled through cigarette smoke. Since there is no doubt that smoking traditional cigarettes is harmful to your health – and the number one cause of preventable death in the U.S. – e-cigarettes were marketed as a “safer” alternative.

As an inhalation toxicologist, I study how inhaled chemicals, particles and other agents affect human health. Since e-cigarettes were introduced, I have been concerned about how the scientific community could possibly know the full spectrum of their dangers. After all, it took decades for epidemiologists to discover that regularly inhaling the smoke from burning plant material, tobacco, caused lung cancer. Why would the scientific community be so quick to assume e-cigarettes would not have hidden dangers that might take years to manifest too?


Source: Vaping likely has dangers that could take years for scientists to even know about

Johnson won’t scrap HS2, but his review could make a big offer to the North | Conservative Home

This week’s newspapers carried the intriguing suggestion that Boris Johnson might re-order the construction of High Speed Two so that the railway’s northern sections are constructed first.

The new review of HS2 ordered by Grant Shapps, the Transport Secretary, is theoretically empowered to make a decision on whether or not to proceed with it at all.

Yet whilst the idea of scrapping it altogether will strongly appeal to many activists and MPs, there doesn’t appear to be any real expectation that this will happen. It would certainly be an unusual start for a Prime Minister with a track record of enthusiasm for high-profile infrastructure projects, and key political supporters of the project such as Andy Street are on the commission.

One might perhaps expect Dominic Cummings, who has been quoted as calling HS2 a “disaster zone”, to perhaps drive a move against it. But as he attempts to overhaul the Government and prepare the country for a no-deal exit from the European Union in the autumn, it’s unlikely he’ll have the bandwidth to imprint himself as totally on the Prime Minister’s agenda as some myth-makers might suggest.


Source: Johnson won’t scrap HS2, but his review could make a big offer to the North | Conservative Home

Mexico wants to run a tourist train through its Mayan heartland — should it? : The Conversation

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has a dream for the Yucatan Peninsula. He wants to build a train that will leverage the tourism economy of Cancun by bringing more visitors inland to the colonial cities, Mayan villages and archaeological sites that dot the region.

The Yucatan is a unique Mexican cultural crossroads. Many Maya here continue to farm, live and dress according to indigenous traditions developed millennia before the Spanish colonized the Americas. Travelers also come from across the globe to sunbathe along the modern, highly developed Riviera Maya. Over 16 million foreigners visited the area in 2017; three-quarters of them were American.

The Mexican government thinks that a tourist train could turn Maya villages into destinations, too, bringing an infusion of cash and jobs into one of its poorest and most marginalized regions. Commuters would also benefit from rail travel.

But there are social and environmental consequences to laying 932 miles of railway tracks across a region of dense jungle, pristine beaches and Maya villages. And in his haste to start construction this year, López Obrador – whose energy policy is focused on increasing fossil fuel production in Mexico and rebuilding the coal industry – has demonstrated little concern for conservation.


Source: Mexico wants to run a tourist train through its Mayan heartland — should it?  : The Conversation

Did Trump just spill classified military secrets on Twitter? – ThinkProgress

President Donald Trump boasted in a tweet Monday evening that the United States had “more advanced” missiles than Russia, following a rocket explosion in the country that left five nuclear engineers dead.

If his tweet is accurate, it suggests the United States has technology thought to have been abandoned over half a century ago. It also means the president may have revealed classified information about weapons that the U.S. military may currently possess.

Some experts believe the president may have simply been making things up once again.

“The United States is learning much from the failed missile explosion in Russia. We have similar, though more advanced, technology,” Trump tweeted Monday, referencing the incident at a military test site in northern Russia last week that killed five employees of the nation’s atomic agency, Rosatom.


Source: Did Trump just spill classified military secrets on Twitter? – ThinkProgress

Universal Credit Claimants punished for not having Mobile Phones.

The problems re Universal Credit continue to mount, but that is not stopping the rollout, for they are now starting to request claimants with ‘legacy benefits’where there are no changes in circumstances to apply for Universal Credit.

I am informed that a small pilot has been commenced in Harrogate.

Surely all problems should have been sorted before this should occur and what is happening to the forecast loss of benefits when transferred to Universal Credit.

Has this or has it not been sorted?

With regards to mobile phones or even any internet access, is it readily known that if the appication is started on-line, then this is the only means of communication.

Whereas, if the application is started by phone, access can be made by phone or on-line.

Where does this leave people with no internet access and maybe this is the reference to mobile phones, for these claimant will have no readily form of access and will need to beg or borrow from relations and friends or make visits to Job Centres on each and every occasion.

Are the DWP concerned about this, well some in the DWP are, for it is some individuals from the DWP who brought this to my attention.

But are the decision makers in Government/DWP listening, I fear not.

If they are not listening to this, how many other areas are they not listening to.

Unfortunately the system is in charge and all avenues are dictated to by the system, but people are individuals and individuals are , in most instances, different and maybe different day by day, especially persons with learning disabilities and/or autism.

Any areas where individuals are or should be the focus, need to be ‘person-centred’.

Just as the phrase “person centred” suggests, a Person Centred Approach is about ensuring someone with a disability is at the centre of decisions which relate to their life. A person centred process involves listening, thinking together, coaching, sharing ideas, and seeking feedback.
Generally this is related to health
personcentred approach to nursing focuses on the individual’s personal needs, wants, desires and goals so that they become central to the care and nursing process. This can mean putting the person’s needs, as they define them, above those identified as priorities by healthcare professionals.
However, although this  ‘person-centred’  approach is an essential requirement where persons have disabilities and health related circumstances it should not be restricted to persons with disabilities, for we are all different, but possibly, persons with disabilities even more so due to the degrees of their disabilities.
Blaming systems is a gerneral excuse, where people are not sure how they can help, are afraid to speak out or do not wish to help.

Ipswich Unemployed Action.

Unite day of action against Universal Credit, Thursday 1st August

(Details of Actions, including in Ipswich, on the Saturday, to follow).

In the meantime somebody is happy:

While Amber Rudd basks in her success, and we await copies of the Boris Johnson Guide, Protect and Survive a No-Deal Brexit,  the mess that is Universal Credit continues to pile up.

Our newshounds have often posted about the “all digital” “on-line” problem-creating side of the madcap scheme to make everybody poorer.

Even the Boris Backing Currant Bun has admitted that,


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Glaciers melting underwater ‘faster than feared’, according to new research | The Canary

Glaciers could be melting underwater at a faster rate than previously thought, new research suggests.

Scientists have developed a method to directly measure the submarine melt rate of a tidewater glacier.

Their results suggest current theoretical models may be massively underestimating glacial melt.


Source: Glaciers melting underwater ‘faster than feared’, according to new research | The Canary

Plans to install electric car chargepoints in every new home | The Canary

All new homes in England could be fitted with an electric car chargepoint under government plans.

The Department for Transport (DfT) is proposing to change building regulations to make the devices mandatory in new-builds with a dedicated car parking space.

It has launched a consultation on the plan, which is aimed at encouraging the uptake of electric vehicles by making it easier, cheaper and more convenient to charge them.


Source: Plans to install electric car chargepoints in every new home | The Canary