News / UK and world by Press Association February 5, 2019, 12:36 pm Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter The Post Office has admitted it makes no profit from its agreement to provide high street banking services and is negotiating the deal with lenders. In a hearing with the Treasury Select Committee on consumer access to financial services, the Post Office told MPs it is holding talks with banks in an effort to turn around the performance of the service. This comes despite the Post Office processing 130 million transactions last year for cash withdrawals and deposits. The Post Office has committed to offering banking services through every one of its 11,500 branches across the UK as a way to offset the swathes of bank branch closures in recent years. Lloyds Banking Group told the Committee it has now shut 23% of its branch network, while the industry as a whole has closed about 30%. The committee’s chairwoman Nicky Morgan said the … [Read more...] about Post Office makes no profit from providing banking services, MPs told
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Peter Butler was once a financial analyst for the city of St. Paul. He’s got his hang-ups with St. Paul’s new organized trash collection system, and he’s taking his environmental concerns to court. Rather than incentivize recycling through pricing, Butler said the city offers a hefty discount per gallon to property owners who generate the most waste. Butler filed a lawsuit against the city of St. Paul in Ramsey County District Court on Monday alleging violations of the state’s Waste Management Act, which sets goals for waste reduction and reuse or recycling. He notes in the suit that under the act, “land disposal is considered the least preferred waste-management practice.” Apartment owners say St. Paul’s one-cart-per-unit rules will triple trash costs — or worse The act requires charges for municipal solid-waste to increase with the volume or weight of the waste collected, but Butler said that’s not how St. Paul’s new pricing … [Read more...] about The more trash you make, the less you’ll pay per gallon in St. Paul. So one guy is suing.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Taiwan-based Foxconn Technology Group said Wednesday that it remains committed to its $10 billion Wisconsin manufacturing facility, rejecting a report that it's considering reducing its initial investment by making display screens for smaller electronics, like phones, rather than large screens for televisions.The Tokyo-based Nikkei Asian Review reported that Foxconn was looking at producing small to medium-sized display panels for Apple, carmakers and others rather than larger display screens, as originally planned. The story cites unnamed sources who were familiar with the plans.Foxconn, the world's largest contract maker of electronics and China's largest private employer, called the report "inaccurate" and "not based on any facts." It said in a news release that there had been no changes to its plans to invest $10 billion and create 13,000 jobs at the planned facility in southeastern Wisconsin, near the Illinois border.The Nikkei Asian Review story said … [Read more...] about Foxconn says no changes planned for Wisconsin project
0 Have your say Scots caught with small amounts of drugs should not face prosecution, a leading Scottish Government adviser has said. Dr Roy Robertson’s call has drawn sympathy from one of Police Scotland’s most senior drugs officer who has stressed the importance of engaging with addicts.But any change seems some way off as drug laws are reserved to Westminster and the Home Office has no imminent plans to change policy.Scotland has the highest number of drug deaths in the European Union.Dr Robertson, a professor of addiction medicine at Edinburgh University and former Home Office adviser, said radical changes were needed to stave off an “epidemic” among users.“I do think we are moving towards an area where politicians and policy makers are going to start talking seriously about a new structure to control drugs, which allows for the fact that we really don’t want to just put people in jail for the possession of drugs that they have for … [Read more...] about Call for small-time drug users to avoid court
Jennifer Harris was 28 when she disappeared on May 12, 2002. Her Jeep was found abandoned on the side of the road. Six days later, a fisherman found her nude body floating in the Red River. Police learned Jennifer had told at least one other person she was pregnant. Initially, while she was missing, police reached out to the two men in her life – James Hamilton, her ex-boyfriend, and Rob Holman, her ex-husband. Both denied seeing her the night she disappeared. Both have denied being involved in the murder and neither has been arrested or charged with any crime related to Harris' murder. The case grew cold and along the way became part of the Bonham folklore – and its rumor mill. In 2017, then-newly elected Fannin County Sheriff Mark Johnson made good on a campaign promise to take a second look at the Jennifer Harris case. What he found was limited information and some evidence that had been damaged and destroyed by water getting into a storage pod. Johnson says he … [Read more...] about Unsolved murder case is the talk of small Texas town 16 years later