If you want to receive twice-daily briefings like this by email, sign up to the Front Page newsletter here and try our Audio Briefings on WhatsApp. Brexit Party leader accuses Downing Street over peerage offers Nigel Farage has threatened to report the Conservatives to the police. The Brexit Party leader has accused Downing Street of offering his candidates jobs and peerages to withdraw from the general election. He claimed the Tories were guilty of "corruption of the worst level", alleging they had offered incentives in what he likened to "living in Venezuela" (although No 10 has categorically denied any inducements had been offered). Camilla Tominey and Christopher Hope have a full reconstruction of the day the wheels came off Mr Farage's election campaign. It comes as Boris Johnson pledges to reinstate local railway lines scrapped during the Beeching cuts in the Sixties as part of a package of measures to rejuvenate provincial … [Read more...] about Friday morning news briefing: Number 10 accused of dirty tricks
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Good morning and welcome to your morning wrap of the news. The parties have rolled out some eye-catching election pledges. Our live coverage of the day’s political news is up and running. In other news, impeachment procedures against Donald Trump are picking up pace. What’s going on? Both parties have rolled out big-spending and, they hope, crowd-pleasing election pledges as we come to the end of a second week of campaigning. The Conservatives are offering a package to revitalise neglected towns, while Labour is promising free full-fibre broadband for homes and businesses. Boris Johnson says a Tory government would spend hundreds of millions of pounds reviving dying high streets and struggling communities. It includes discounts on business rates, rate relief for pubs, money to reopen train stations and a £150m fund to help groups trying to take over and run pubs and post offices threatened with closure. Labour has criticised the proposal, saying the Conservatives are … [Read more...] about Friday briefing: Free broadband or a high street revival?
If you want to get this briefing by email, sign up hereLabour promises full-fibre broadband for allLabour would part-nationalise BT in a bid to bring free high-speed broadband to all homes and businesses in the UK by 2030, shadow chancellor John McDonnell has promised. As well as taking Openreach - the bit of BT which runs the broadband network - into public ownership, Mr McDonnell said the £20bn scheme, called British Broadband, would eliminate bills for millions of people. The cost of maintaining the infrastructure would be paid for by a tax on tech firms.The Conservatives - who have pledged £5bn to bring fibre broadband to every home by 2025 - dismissed Labour's plans as "fantasy", while the Liberal Democrats said nationalising Openreach was a "waste" of taxpayers' money. While BT itself has said it's happy to work with whoever wins the election to deliver "a digital Britain", the umbrella organisation for the UK's technology industry said the plan would be a "disaster" … [Read more...] about News Daily: Labour broadband pledge, and child allergies rise
“Unlike the Pantheon … virtually all the concrete structures one sees today will eventually need to be replaced,” writes Robert Courland is his weighty tome Concrete Planet, “costing us trillions of dollars in the process.” While there is some debate over when and where the first concrete was used – the Göbekli Tepe temple in modern-day Turkey was built using T-shaped pillars of carved limestone approximately 12,000 years ago, desert traders used early concrete to make underground water cisterns 8,000 years ago, and the ancient Egyptians used gypsum and lime to make mortars – there is little dispute that the first people to use concrete in the way we do today were the Romans. The Romans used it in everything from bath houses to harbours, aqueducts to the Colosseum, systematising its production and application from the third century BC to the fall of the empire in the fifth century AD. Unlike modern reinforced concrete – which can … [Read more...] about A brief history of concrete: from 10,000BC to 3D printed houses
Police have identified a 62-year-old man who allegedly attacked his ex-wife with a machete after striking her with his car outside the woman's home in the Bronx, as her two grandchildren watched. Cops say Victor Mateo was responsible for the savage attack Thursday morning. His critically injured ex-wife, Noelia, 58, was rushed to Jacobi Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead, police said. Cops, who have been searching for the ex-husband ever since, released his name on Friday, along with two photos of him. He is described as 5 feet 9 inches tall with salt and pepper hair. Victor Mateo, 62, who is pictured above, is 5 feet 9 inches tall with salt and pepper hair. Police are asking for the public's help in locating the murder suspect RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Texas gunman who killed seven in highway rampage was... Neighbors failed to notice school bus driver had been... Share this article Share Noelia Mateo was attacked just a few … [Read more...] about PICTURED: Man, 62, and his ex-wife who ‘he ran over twice before hacking her to death with a MACHETE in front of her two grandchildren’ in the Bronx