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July 22nd, 2017 by admin

State of emergency declared in three regions, road access to Dunedin city blocked and flood warning signs run out after heavy rain and landslides

A ferocious storm has buffeted the lower South Island of New Zealand overnight, with three states of emergency declared in Christchurch, Timaru and Otago and the city of Dunedin accessible only by air.

The southern city of 120,000 people was cut off by road after major landslips blocked access. Small coastal communities on the Otago Penninsula are also cut off.

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July 22nd, 2017 by admin

Janeé Harteau has ‘lost the confidence of the people’ says mayor Betsy Hodges, who in turn faces calls to resign at chaotic media conference

The chief of police in Minneapolis has resigned at the request of the city’s mayor, Betsy Hodges, after Hodges said she had “lost the confidence of the people”.

Janeé Harteau has faced criticism for her handling of the shooting of unarmed Australian woman Justine Damond, as well as previous killings going back to 2013.

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July 22nd, 2017 by admin

All the day’s economic and financial news, including coverage of the latest UK public finances

3.27pm BST

And finally, here’s our updated news story:

Related: Budget deficit leaps as Brexit-fuelled inflation gives Hammond a headache

3.09pm BST

Tim Wallace of the Daily Telegraph points out that the government did rake in more tax receipts this week, but not enough to keep pace with higher borrowing costs.

The Government’s tax haul is on the rise as the economy grows – so far this financial year current tax receipts have come in at £164.2bn, up 4.7pc on the £156.8bn raised last year.

However, total current spending has risen by 5.6pc to £176.7bn, so the Government has had to borrow more to plug that widening gap.

Hammond has come under pressure from within the ruling Conservative Party as well as from the opposition Labour Party to loosen his grip on public spending, chiefly by relaxing a cap on pay for public workers.

Spending on debt interest jumped an annual 33 percent in June to 4.9 billion pounds, the highest for any month of June since 2011, reflecting a sharp rise in inflation which has pushed up the cost of index-linked bonds for the government.

The figures may raise fresh questions about whether Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond can limit borrowing to £58bn this year, as forecast by his budget watchdog in March.

Hammond is also under pressure to boost wages for millions of public-sector workers and spend more on health and education after the Tories’ catastrophic election performance highlighted the frustration of voters after seven years of austerity.

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July 21st, 2017 by admin

3.36pm BST

51km to go: The climb to the Col du Pointu has begun, with the leading 20 once again a 20. They are just under 6km from the summit.

3.31pm BST

Here’s something to look forward to:

today’s stage report will include one of my favourite words: concomitant. this is a first for me, so correct me if I use it wrongly…

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July 21st, 2017 by admin

3.37pm BST

Jordan Spieth cracked a fine drive down 3, but his second wasn’t all that, only just holding the left-hand fringe of the green with the hole cut on the other side. And his first putt is a woeful misread, sent miles to the left and never coming back. That’s a needlessly awkward eight footer left for his par. And it slides by the right of the cup. He’s back to -5, in a tie for the lead with Brooks Koepka. Meanwhile the big Belgian Thomas Pieters, who opened with a birdie-birdie salvo, thinks twice about a short par putt on 4 as the wind gets up. And he’s been knocked off his stride by that blast, because he yips the putt and drops back to -2.

3.33pm BST

Thanks to Nick, a gentleman and a scholar. And hats off to Ian Poulter, who has just reached the turn in 34. Nine pars in a row, although the last was rather ridiculous, albeit uplifting: a ball flown into bushes at the back of 9, hacked out not particularly near the hole, and rolled in from daft distance. Cue plenty of air punching. He stays at -3. Meanwhile the veteran Dane Soren Kjeldsen has an excuse to engage in a bit of fist bumping: birdie at 11, his third of the day, and he’s -2 overall.

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July 21st, 2017 by admin

Treasury also paid £150m to TV shows that pass ‘cultural test’ to qualify as British in scheme to encourage creative enterprises

The government paid out almost £600m in tax relief last year to the makers of blockbusters including Baby Driver, Star Wars and T2: Trainspotting, as well as big-budget TV dramas including The Crown.

The payouts were part of £751m that the Treasury awarded in tax relief to films, high-end dramas, video games, animations, children’s TV shows and theatre productions that passed a “cultural test” that qualified them as British.

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July 21st, 2017 by admin

Bank customers will be able to use iris recognition software on some Samsung Galaxy phones to log into their accounts from September

TSB is to introduce iris recognition as a way for customers to unlock its bank app and access their accounts, making it the first in Europe to use this form of biometric technology.

From September, TSB customers with a Samsung Galaxy S8 or S8+ will be able to use the phone’s built-in iris scanner to log into their account on the mobile app by glancing at their phone, instead of inputting an ID and password.

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July 21st, 2017 by admin

Janee Harteau distances herself from actions of officer Mohamed Noor in shooting of Australian woman in Minnesota

The Minneapolis police chief has said the fatal shooting of Australian woman Justine Damond “shouldn’t have happened” and that it was the result of the actions and the flawed judgment of one officer.

The death of Damond, 40, who was fired at multiple times through the open window of a police patrol car, has outraged her relatives and the public in both Australia and the United States. The Australian prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, called it “shocking” and “inexplicable”.

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July 21st, 2017 by admin

Buckingham Palace will host tribute to Diana on 20th anniversary of her death alongside exhibition of gifts to the Queen

Cassette tapes with music ranging from George Michael to Pavarotti that once belonged to Diana, Princess of Wales, will go on display among gold and silver treasures at Buckingham Palace this summer.

A small case containing Diana’s eclectic collection of music is part of a special tribute to her on the 20th anniversary of her death. It also includes albums by Rod Stewart, Diana Ross, Céline Dion and Lionel Richie – who once said the princess told him Hello was her favourite song.

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July 21st, 2017 by admin

The charges to use the bridges across the Bristol channel, which start at £6.70, have been condemned as a ‘tax on Wales’

Tolls on the Severn crossings linking England with Wales are to be abolished for all vehicles at the end of 2018, it has been announced.

The Welsh secretary, Alun Cairns, said the move would boost the economy of south Wales by around £100m a year.

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