PEAKY Blinders has shown how Birmingham has long had a thriving criminal underbelly. And that reputation is only reinforced by a fascinating collection of mugshots from the city - which are thought to be the oldest in the world. The trove, which dates from 150 years ago, was unearthed in the West Midlands Police archives and show murderers, muggers and one of the earliest recorded examples of a joyrider - arrested for stealing a horse and cart. They are just the array of crimes that feature in the hit BBC show which stars Cillian Murphy as feared gang enforcer Thomas Shelby. The drama is inspired by the real-life Peaky Blinders criminal gang that was active in Birmingham in the late 19th century. They were said to have got their name on account of sewing razor blades into the peaks of their flat caps. The custody shots were all taken at the Moor Street public office in Birmingham from the 1850s to the 1870s. The city’s cops were among the first in the world to take mugshots - … [Read more...] about Incredible pics of the world’s oldest police mugshots reveals Birmingham crooks from 150 years ago
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WorldThe world’s oldest person has died in Japan, aged 117, having lived to become the eighth oldest confirmed person in human history.Chiyo Miyako passed away Sunday just after the Guinness World Records officially recognized her as the oldest person alive, the Japan Times reported.The records organization released a statement in which Miyako's family described her as a “goddess” that brought joy wherever she went. Patient and kind, Miyako's family said she was known for being talkative throughout her long life.We can confirm a 117-year-old woman who died on Sunday 22 July was the oldest living person https://t.co/C2Al9jQwXK pic.twitter.com/eqKu824ai2Recommended Slideshows76The Most Powerful Military Forces in the World59The 25 Most Powerful Passports in the World61Every World Press Photo Winner Ever: 60 Images That Define Our World— GuinnessWorldRecords (@GWR) July 27, 2018 Miyako was born on May 2, 1901, in Wakayama in the Kansai region of Japan. … [Read more...] about Who Is the World’s Oldest Person? Chiyo Miyako Dies at 117, Passing Title to Kane Tanaka
By Emily DeRuy | [email protected] | Bay Area News Group PUBLISHED: April 9, 2018 at 1:35 pm | UPDATED: April 10, 2018 at 3:42 am Even as San Jose faces a budget shortfall, half of the City Council — and some of their staffers — are visiting Japan on the taxpayers’ dime this week to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the sister city relationship with Okayama. Now, Mayor Sam Liccardo wants to make sure such a big group trip doesn’t happen again by tightening San Jose’s “sister city” travel policies. As the delegation to Japan prepared to visit Okayama University, the city’s historic castle and partake in a Japanese tea ceremony, a memo by the mayor questioning the necessity of such a large delegation circulated through City Hall. The city’s current travel policy states San Jose officials and staffers can travel at the city’s expense as long as there’s some public benefit. But it doesn’t limit how … [Read more...] about Why is half of San Jose City Council in Japan on taxpayers’ dime?
On Aug. 14, voters from St. Paul’s northwestern neighborhoods will choose a new city council member in a special election. The winner will fill the vacancy created by the departure of Russ Stark, who held the Ward 4 seat for nearly a decade before resigning this year to work in the office of St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter. Ward 4 hugs the Green Line, University Avenue and Snelling Avenue, spanning Hamline-Midway, Merriam Park, St. Anthony Park and parts of Mac-Groveland and Como. Three candidates will appear on the ballot, and voters will be allowed to rank all three in order of preference. They are Shirley Erstad, David Martinez and Mitra Nelson. The position is officially nonpartisan, though Erstad and Nelson both sought the support of the St. Paul Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party. Nelson received the party endorsement in April. The candidates were asked to fill out a brief questionnaire. Martinez did not respond by the stated deadline. SHIRLEY ERSTAD AGE: 51 FAMILY: Married, three … [Read more...] about Where the Ward 4 City Council candidates stand on key issues
City Hall becomes the oldest building in the U.S. to receive LEED Platinum Certification for existing buildingsSan Francisco – Today, U.S. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy joined City of San Francisco officials to announce the U.S. Green Building Council’s award of LEED Platinum Certification – the highest possible rating – to San Francisco’s historic City Hall. Completed in 1915, City Hall is the oldest building in the United States to receive LEED Platinum Certification for Existing Buildings Operations and Maintenance in (LEED - EBOM). This LEED classification highlights the potential for significant water and energy savings in existing buildings. Platinum Certification of San Francisco’s 100-year-old City Hall is the culmination of a multi-year water and energy retrofit partnership between the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC), the U.S. EPA, and the City Administrator’s Office. An EPA grant of $700,000 supported the … [Read more...] about EPA Administrator McCarthy announces LEED Platinum Certification of San Francisco City Hall