Mail Express – Art By Depaola http://artbydepaola.com/ Mon, 21 Nov 2022 14:22:32 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://artbydepaola.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-150x150.png Mail Express – Art By Depaola http://artbydepaola.com/ 32 32 Carriers rejoice in deliveries in time for the holidays https://artbydepaola.com/carriers-rejoice-in-deliveries-in-time-for-the-holidays/ Mon, 21 Nov 2022 14:16:58 +0000 https://artbydepaola.com/carriers-rejoice-in-deliveries-in-time-for-the-holidays/ The country’s major shipping lines have been in the best position to deliver packages for holiday shoppers on time since the pandemic began, suggesting a return to normal. Carriers like the US Postal Service, FedEx and United Parcel Service plan to have ample capacity after struggling under the holiday crush over the past two years, […]]]>

The country’s major shipping lines have been in the best position to deliver packages for holiday shoppers on time since the pandemic began, suggesting a return to normal.

Carriers like the US Postal Service, FedEx and United Parcel Service plan to have ample capacity after struggling under the holiday crush over the past two years, when many people hunkered down at home and turned to online shopping.

The system is already being put to the test ahead of the big shopping days of Black Friday and Cyber ​​​​Monday, when retailers entice shoppers with bargains. Amazon held a second Prime Day in October to kick-start early holiday sales, but some shoppers are still waiting for deals in the coming days.

Brie Carere, customer service manager at FedEx, told The Associated Press that she was not worried: “The network has been running at its best since COVID. We are confident and ready.

Several factors come into play: consumers started early, made more purchases in stores and moderated their spending due to inflationary pressures, thereby reducing the volume of shipments and spreading shipments over a longer period. An extra shipping day between Thanksgiving and Christmas also helps.

The outlook could be a win for carriers who need fewer temporary workers, retailers who face fewer peak surcharges and shoppers whose gifts are more likely to be delivered on time, said Satish Jindel, president of ShipMatrix, based in Pennsylvania.

The general optimism represents a stark contrast to the holiday seasons in 2020 and 2021, when more everyday items were shipped during the pandemic, supply chain issues were a concern and shipping companies had hard to follow.

Carriers that reached their capacity limit dumped their excess packages on the struggling U.S. Postal Service in 2020, when more than a third of the Postal Service’s first-class mail was late when Christmas arrived. At the time, the Postal Service struggled despite having thousands of quarantined workers.

Performance improved last year. And Postmaster General Louis DeJoy said the situation is even better now, with the installation of 137 new parcel sorting machines ahead of the holiday season, bringing the total to 249 additional parcel processing machines since March 2021.

This brings the Postal Service’s daily package handling capacity to 60 million, and staffing improvements have enabled the Postal Service to cut seasonal hiring in half.

“Our customers and the American people should have confidence in the service we will provide this holiday season,” he said.

In total, shipping lines should have excess capacity of 10 to 20 million packages beyond what is needed each day at peak times, providing a buffer and reducing peak surcharges, Jindel said.

And they continue to line up additional workers to meet peaks in demand. Amazon, which operates its own fleet of delivery vehicles, said it was again hiring 150,000 employees for full-time, part-time and seasonal positions in the United States. United Parcel Service planned to hire more than 100,000 seasonal workers to overcome the hurdle while stressing that it is always smart to avoid waiting until the last minute.

“Shopping, buying and shipping early continues to be important to avoid the busiest times of peak season,” UPS spokesman Jim Mayer said.

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Sharp reported from Portland, Maine. Associated Press writer Anne D’Innocenzio in New York contributed to this report.

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Los Angeles Dodgers ‘could make move for Aaron Judge’ after Cody Bellinger refuses https://artbydepaola.com/los-angeles-dodgers-could-make-move-for-aaron-judge-after-cody-bellinger-refuses/ Sat, 19 Nov 2022 05:17:25 +0000 https://artbydepaola.com/los-angeles-dodgers-could-make-move-for-aaron-judge-after-cody-bellinger-refuses/ Los Angeles Dodgers ‘could make move for Aaron Judge after wiping $100m salary off their books’ with Cody Bellinger latest to enter free agency By Tyrell Feaster for Dailymail.Com Published: 12:17 a.m. EST, November 19, 2022 | Updated: 12:24 a.m. EST, November 19, 2022 Former National League MVP Cody Bellinger will enter free agency after […]]]>

Los Angeles Dodgers ‘could make move for Aaron Judge after wiping $100m salary off their books’ with Cody Bellinger latest to enter free agency

Former National League MVP Cody Bellinger will enter free agency after being rejected by the Los Angeles Dodgers, which could pave the way for Aaron Judge.

Bellinger, 27, was expected to earn $18 million in the final year of his contract.

Change could lead Dodgers to step up interest in star slugger Judge since they have now wiped approximately $100 million in salary from the books, according to The New York Post.

Cody Bellinger to enter free agency after being unsubmitted by LA Dodgers

Move could pave way for Dodgers to step up pursuit of Aaron Judge

Move could pave way for Dodgers to step up pursuit of Aaron Judge

During his MVP season, Bellinger slashed .305/.406/.629 with 47 homers, 115 RBIs and 15 stolen bases while worth 7.7 FanGraphs wins over substitution.

Since then, his numbers have plummeted, as he slashed .203/.272/.376 over a 295-game regular-season streak.

His .648 OPS from 2020 to 2022 ranked 299th out of 338 qualified hitters during that streak.

At this point, it’s been well if not overly documented that Judge is set to land a contract worth over $300 million in free agency.

Judge, the star slugger, is widely expected to land a contract worth over $300 million in free agency.

Judge, the star slugger, is widely expected to land a contract worth over $300 million in free agency.

The Yankees hierarchy, including owner Hal Steinbrenner, general manager Brian Cashman and manager Aaron Boone, have all expressed interest in bringing Judge back to the Bronx.

Anthony Rizzo, who recently re-signed with the Yankees, also spoke to the media this week to express his wishes for Judge to return to the team.

Several other teams, including the Texas Rangers, rival New York Mets and Judge’s favorite San Francisco Giants, have all reportedly expressed interest in signing him.

Yankees coach Aaron Boone

Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman

Yankees management was in full media recruiting mode when talking about Judge

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Jail for homeless man who pulled knife at Oxford Tesco Express https://artbydepaola.com/jail-for-homeless-man-who-pulled-knife-at-oxford-tesco-express/ Wed, 16 Nov 2022 05:00:00 +0000 https://artbydepaola.com/jail-for-homeless-man-who-pulled-knife-at-oxford-tesco-express/ A homeless man threatened a Tesco security guard with an “aged” Swiss army knife. Thomas Garrity later told police he had wanted to pull his phone out of his jacket pocket, but pulled out the lock knife instead. Prosecutor Cathy Olliver told Oxford Crown Court on Tuesday morning – Garrity’s 34th birthday – that the […]]]>

A homeless man threatened a Tesco security guard with an “aged” Swiss army knife.

Thomas Garrity later told police he had wanted to pull his phone out of his jacket pocket, but pulled out the lock knife instead.

Prosecutor Cathy Olliver told Oxford Crown Court on Tuesday morning – Garrity’s 34th birthday – that the defendant entered the town center Tesco store on Magdalen Street at 10.30am on October 18.

He walked around the store, putting cleaning supplies into a red plastic bag. He was seen when he picked up one last item – a chocolate bar – and staff went to get the bag for him.

When a security guard went to help store staff, Garrity pulled the knife out of his pocket and reportedly said, “I’m going to kill you.”

Ms Olliver said: ‘The security guard could clearly see the knife next to Mr Garrity.

“The guard immediately took a step back, coming back into the store thinking he would be stabbed if he tried to hold him back.”

Arrested a short time later and questioned by police, he candidly admitted he had gone to Tesco to steal items to raise money for drugs.

He denied threatening to kill the security guard and suggested he had intended to take his phone out of his pocket rather than a knife.

Mitigating, defense attorney Peter du Feu said his client no longer supports the account he gave to police.

Garrity, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty in magistrates court to threatening with a knife, possession of a bladed item and theft.

The court heard he had limited convictions, including stalking his sister and a vagrancy law violation.

The fact that he was not sentenced more heavily is to his credit, Mr du Feu told Judge Michael Gledhill KC on Tuesday. He had spent the past five years living on the streets and using heroin and crack.

Mr. du Feu traced the “complicated journey” of his client. As a child, he went with his parents to France, where he had “a good material but emotionally cold education”.

He had a seven-year relationship and his partner gave birth to their child. “Tragically, her daughter passed away at the age of eight months. That’s really what started [events leading to] where he sits today.

He returned to England after the tragedy. Efforts to reconnect with his family were rebuffed and even led to a stalking conviction, when he left a large number of missed calls trying to get his mother’s number through his sister.

After leaving school without qualifications and spending five years on the streets, he was making the most of his pre-trial detention by taking a number of courses.

Sentencing him, Judge Gledhill said no one could be ‘otherwise sympathetic’ to the way the defendant’s life had unfolded.

“It’s an absolutely dreadful day out there. The weather forecast for the next few days is appalling and the thought of sending you out of this courthouse through a door or worse is even very difficult to contemplate,” he added.

Sending him to jail for 10 months, the judge said he hoped Garrity could spend the time preparing to turn his life around upon his release.

This story was written by Tom Seaward. He joined the team in 2021 as a forensic and crime reporter from Oxfordshire.

To contact him, email: Tom.Seaward@newsquest.co.uk

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Shorter voting window could reduce runoff turnout in Georgia https://artbydepaola.com/shorter-voting-window-could-reduce-runoff-turnout-in-georgia/ Sun, 13 Nov 2022 16:12:19 +0000 https://artbydepaola.com/shorter-voting-window-could-reduce-runoff-turnout-in-georgia/ ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Democrat Raphael Warnock’s first runoff in 2021 was a titanic nine-week contest to control the Senate, which included three weeks of in-person early voting and numerous mail-in ballots. Warnock’s win over Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler — and Democrat Jon Ossoff’s tilt against Republican David Perdue — ended in two Democratic victories […]]]>

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Democrat Raphael Warnock’s first runoff in 2021 was a titanic nine-week contest to control the Senate, which included three weeks of in-person early voting and numerous mail-in ballots.

Warnock’s win over Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler — and Democrat Jon Ossoff’s tilt against Republican David Perdue — ended in two Democratic victories that gave the party control of a 50-50 Senate, thanks to Vice President Kamala Harris’s ability to sever ties.

But the December 6 runoff will not be for Senate control this time, with Democrats retaining seats in Arizona and Nevada earlier this month. The successful re-election bids of the senses. Mark Kelly and Catherine Cortez Masto were what Democrats needed to keep the thinnest of margins in the chamber.

Georgia requires a runoff if a candidate does not win a majority in the party primary or general election. Neither Warnock nor Republican Herschel Walker reached 50%.

Under Georgia’s 2021 election law, there will only be four weeks until the second round – with Thanksgiving in the middle. Many Georgians will only be offered five weekdays of in-person early voting starting Nov. 28. And the June run-off showed that the time to receive and return mail-in ballots can be very tight.

These changes could disadvantage Democrats, who tend to push early voting and mail-in voting more than Republicans. Because the 2021 law makes it harder to apply for mail-in ballots, Democrats urged supporters to vote early in person in October.

Democratic U.S. Representative Hank Johnson said it would be hard to rekindle the kind of enthusiasm for early voting that Democrats displayed ahead of the general election, when overall early voting set a new midterm record.

“We have Thanksgiving weekend through Tuesday, December 6 to get those votes, and there will be a lot of hard work over the holidays and into the holiday season to make sure we get that vote,” Johnson said. “I think voters are aware that our future is still in jeopardy, and we can make a difference in Georgia for the good of the nation. We’ve done it before and we can do it again. »

Stephen Lawson, who worked for Loeffler before their 2021 loss to Warnock, recalled that even with a two-month gap between the 2020 general election and the second round “you had voters who weren’t aware of the date of the second round and had to be reminded that it was not over. Lawson now leads the 34N22 political action committee supporting Walker.

The changes could lead to lower turnout and possibly a return to Georgia’s old runoff rules before 2021, when Republicans had clear advantages.

“Republicans are better at getting their voters back for a runoff,” said Eric Tanenblatt, a lobbyist who served as Republican Gov. Sonny Perdue’s chief of staff and later national finance co-chair for Republican Mitt’s 2012 presidential campaign. Romney.

No one who was not on the lists before November 8 can register to vote now. The last day to register was November 7.

Georgia’s 159 counties can open early voting before Nov. 28 if they can. But they can’t begin until the state certifies a general election, currently scheduled for Nov. 21, Under Secretary of State Gabriel Sterling said.

But only 10 counties offered more than the prescribed five days in the June primary run-off, as the first statewide elections were held with a shortened run-off period. Additionally, state law prohibits in-person early voting on a holiday or the Saturday after a holiday. Because Thanksgiving and the following Friday are holidays, there will be no voting on Saturday until the second round.

Some urban counties are likely to offer early in-person voting on the Sunday after Thanksgiving, and more ambitious counties could also offer voting on the Tuesday and Wednesday before Thanksgiving, if the race is certified on Nov. 21.

Mail-in ballots can be requested now until November 28. About 150,000 people who voted by mail in the November election will automatically receive a ballot for the second round. But Associated Press reports found some counties were slow to send out ballots before the second round, raising questions about whether voters could receive and return them on time.

Republicans say the four-week runoff is doable, noting it was the law in Georgia before 2013. A federal judge then found military and foreign voters didn’t have enough time to return ballots by correspondence, ordering nine weeks instead. In 2021, lawmakers solved this problem by adding ranked ballots for foreign voters, allowing them to choose additional candidates in the event of a second round.

“The counties are already ready. They know we’re going to have that time frame,” Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger told reporters on Wednesday.

Opponents of Georgia’s election law say changes to mail-in voting have hurt voters, challenging Republican claims that high turnout proves the law hasn’t hurt anyone.

“We know that members of our community have not had fair and equal access to mail-in voting,” Aisha Mahmood, executive director of the Asian American Advocacy Fund, said in an online press conference Wednesday.

Liberal groups swear they will not be overwhelmed. Most do not endorse the candidates but are pushing progressive policies broadly in line with Democrats and are a key cog in the Democratic turnout machine.

“The way we won in 2021, you see it happening again right now,” said Hillary Holley of Care in Action, which advocates for domestic workers. “And so yes, is this runoff shorter? Absolutely. And do we need everyone to start planning their vote now? Absolutely.”

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British media worried about Pakistan’s ‘easy-trigger troops’ https://artbydepaola.com/british-media-worried-about-pakistans-easy-trigger-troops/ Fri, 11 Nov 2022 05:32:55 +0000 https://artbydepaola.com/british-media-worried-about-pakistans-easy-trigger-troops/ British media have expressed fears that England fans could be caught up in the violence and face “trigger-happy troops” from Pakistan who will be monitoring the 2022 World Cup, to be held in Qatar. Pakistan will send 4,500 troops to act as hired muscle at the World Cup in Qatar – raising fears the rowdy […]]]>

British media have expressed fears that England fans could be caught up in the violence and face “trigger-happy troops” from Pakistan who will be monitoring the 2022 World Cup, to be held in Qatar.

Pakistan will send 4,500 troops to act as hired muscle at the World Cup in Qatar – raising fears the rowdy Brits could find themselves in hot water for any perceived anti-social behavior, The daily mail reported.

England fans have developed a reputation over the years for partying too much before, during and after tournaments, sparking riots in host countries and prompting bans of the national team from future international competitions.

There have been repeated warnings for fans to exercise caution at this year’s event. Qatar is the first country in the Middle East to host the World Cup, but the tiny nation has come under scrutiny for its human rights record and strict social laws. Traveling fans were asked to respect the customs of the host country.

Today the Pakistani military revealed that 4,500 troops have been deployed to provide security for the 1.2 million fans who are expected to descend on Doha ahead of kick-off on November 20.

A senior army officer told the Telegraph that the troops “will be deployed inside and outside the sites as deemed appropriate by the Qatari authorities”. Most of them will be armed.

Michael Kugelman, director of the South Asia Institute at the Wilson Center, told the publication the decision was “definitely a risk.”

‘The last thing [Pakistan’s army] needs is a new embarrassment, such as nervous, trigger-happy troops in an unfamiliar environment, acting in a way that leads to violence.

The English Football Association was charged in 2021 over chaotic scenes during the Euro 2020 final at Wembley Stadium which saw fans throwing objects, invading the pitch and booing the Italian national anthem

Eight FIFA officials visited Pakistan in September to provide troops with formal security training.

Up to 4,000 England fans are expected to travel to Qatar for the group stages of the tournament – and that number is likely to increase if the Three Lions progress to the knockout stages.

In the past, the Brits have drawn the ire of host nations for winning, losing or drawing – often destroying pubs, sparking riots and trashing the streets.

The English Football Association was charged in 2021 over chaotic scenes during the Euro 2020 final at Wembley Stadium which saw fans throwing objects, invading the pitch and booing the Italian national anthem.

Furious fans took to the streets to protest after England’s penalty shootout defeat, and carnage ensued with violent scenes in Leicester Square and Wembley in London.

Police made 86 arrests on match night, including 53 at Wembley, for a number of offenses including public order, ABH, drunkenness and criminal disorder. A total of 19 officers were injured.

Meanwhile, in 2004, Portuguese authorities were horrified after the Euro tournament descended into chaos.

Hundreds of fans – many of them wearing England shirts – broke into violent fights around 1.30am, prompting warnings from the Football Association that the nation’s place in the tournament hinged on good behaviour.

On this occasion – like many others – trouble began when groups of fans gathered in the streets and in nearby bars and clubs, chanting and singing team songs.

They blocked the roads and caused a ruckus and eventually started throwing bottles and chairs at the police.

Reinforcements were called in and police armed with batons tried to disperse the increasingly aggressive crowd. Smaller groups split up and began to turn on each other.

It took several hours for officers to regain control of the crowd and break up the many scrums.

Police made 86 arrests on match night, including 53 at Wembley, for a number of offenses including public order, ABH, drunkenness and criminal disorder. A total of 19 officers were injured

A fan spent two and a half years in a Portuguese prison after the incident. He has always maintained that he did not receive a fair trial and that he did not understand the procedure.

And when England played Marseille on June 15, 1998, the actions of the fans put the whole nation to shame.

For almost two days and two nights there were fights between the English and the Tunisians, the English and French police and sometimes between rival and drunken English groups.

Police used tear gas almost continuously for 12 hours. By the end of the ordeal, more than 100 arrests had been made and 30 people had been taken to hospital.

There have been four stabbings, dozens of assaults, mass robberies and the final nail in the coffin of England’s bid to host the 2006 World Cup.

Violence erupted again in Marseilles in 2016, as England fans who had been drinking most of the day in the Old Port area threw bottles at French officers, who again used tear gas to disperse them.

Police, who were wearing full riot gear, were seen marching towards the hundreds of supporters who fled into the street.

Later, Russian fans joined in the fight, with drunken youths goading each other into a fistfight. Witnesses said anyone who fell to the ground was kicked repeatedly.

A police source at the time told MailOnline: ‘Once again England fans have been drinking strong beer all day and can’t stand alcohol.

The Union of European Football Associations has repeatedly warned in the wake of several major controversies that the England national team risk being sent home in disgrace if the violence between fans continues.

Britain has pledged Royal Navy support to Qatar at the impending World Cup, while Turkey will provide 3,000 riot police and sniffer dogs.

But there are still concerns about possible cultural misunderstandings that could spell trouble for rowdy England fans, even if they’re not breaking any laws.

Chief Constable Mark Roberts, England’s national football policing officer, said last month: “It’s a World Cup in a very different part of the world with a very different culture.”

“One of my fears is that fans who don’t wish to cause trouble act in a way that inadvertently offends or draws attention. Likewise, there may be perceptions from the supporting Qatari police or Turkish police where there is this misunderstanding of what supporters are doing.

“We are all there as guests of the Qataris, so it is their operation.”

There are also concerns about the potential treatment of LGBTQI+ fans, given that homosexuality is illegal in Qatar.

The organizers have repeatedly said that everyone is welcome in Qatar during the World Cup.

Qatar is the first country in the Middle East to host the World Cup, but the tiny nation has come under intense pressure in recent years over its treatment of foreign workers and restrictive social laws.

The country’s human rights record has led to calls on teams and officials to boycott the tournament from November 20 to December 18.

England and Wales – among a host of other nations – plan to wear rainbow colored armbands at the tournament with the words “One Love” engraved on them.

Qatar World Cup chief executive Nasser Al Khater said last month that gay fans were welcome in the country, but again warned of the country’s differing cultural norms.

“Everyone will feel safe in Qatar,” Al-Khater told Sky News.

“We have always said that everyone is welcome here. What we are asking for is respect for our culture.

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After five years, Dhanbad-Ranchi Intercity Express will stop at Katrasgarh https://artbydepaola.com/after-five-years-dhanbad-ranchi-intercity-express-will-stop-at-katrasgarh/ Tue, 08 Nov 2022 09:30:57 +0000 https://artbydepaola.com/after-five-years-dhanbad-ranchi-intercity-express-will-stop-at-katrasgarh/ SUBHASH MISHRA Dhanbad, November 8: After more than five years, the Dhanbad-Ranchi Intercity Express train will stop at Katrasgarh Railway Station in the Dhanbad-Chandrapura Railway Section under the Dhanbad Railway Division. The East Central Railway (ECR) rail zone has issued a notification about the stoppage of this train at Katrasgarh station from November 9, ending […]]]>

SUBHASH MISHRA

Dhanbad, November 8: After more than five years, the Dhanbad-Ranchi Intercity Express train will stop at Katrasgarh Railway Station in the Dhanbad-Chandrapura Railway Section under the Dhanbad Railway Division.

The East Central Railway (ECR) rail zone has issued a notification about the stoppage of this train at Katrasgarh station from November 9, ending the long turmoil among coal belt residents.

The Dhanbad-Ranchi Intercity Express stop at Katrasgarh Railway Station was halted on June 15, 2017. Following the danger of Jharia underground fire, the Board of Railways suspended the Dhanbad-Chandrapura railway line from 34 km long on June 15, 2017. The process was initiated on the recommendation of the Directorate General for Mine Safety (DGMS).

Following the suspension of the track, the circulation of 26 pairs of courier-express trains was affected.

However, due to people’s unrest, the Railway Board finally opened the Dhanbad-Chandrapura railway line on February 25, 2019, ahead of the Lok Sabha elections. But Dhanbad-Ranchi Intercity stop was not given at Katrasgarh station.

According to the railway notification, the train would stop for two minutes at the said station. En route to Ranchi from Dhanbad, the train would arrive at 6:06am and depart at 6:08am. Coming back to Dhanbad from Ranchi, the train would arrive at 22:25 and leave for Dhanbad at 22:27.

“Thank you to the union government as well as the Railway Board for responding to the demand of the people of the region,” said social activist Vijay Jha of Katras who, together with Binod Goswamy, fought a long battle for the resumption of the Dhanbad-Chandrapura line and the stoppage of the line. Intercity at Katrasgarh station.

Jha said Ranchi is the state capital where people have to go daily for official work. But due to the train not stopping at Katrasgarh station, locals had to travel to Dhanbad, 35 km away, for the train from Ranchi.

He said the stoppage of Intercity at Katrasgarh station is the result of peaceful unrest by thousands of people. However, he said the unrest of the people will continue until the railway does not resume the movement of the Dhanbad-Chandrapur passenger train for which the DC line is recognized and is seen as the lifeline inhabitants of the coal belt.

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After Christmas strike threat as CWU rejects Royal Mail wage offer | United Kingdom | New https://artbydepaola.com/after-christmas-strike-threat-as-cwu-rejects-royal-mail-wage-offer-united-kingdom-new/ Sat, 05 Nov 2022 22:01:00 +0000 https://artbydepaola.com/after-christmas-strike-threat-as-cwu-rejects-royal-mail-wage-offer-united-kingdom-new/ The threat of industrial action will dismay millions of people who rely on the Postal Service to send cards and gifts to their families in time for Christmas. And it will be a further blow for small businesses using the Royal Mail to supply customers as they battle soaring inflation and energy costs. Last week […]]]>

The threat of industrial action will dismay millions of people who rely on the Postal Service to send cards and gifts to their families in time for Christmas. And it will be a further blow for small businesses using the Royal Mail to supply customers as they battle soaring inflation and energy costs.

Last week the Communications Workers Union (CWU), which represents 115,000 Royal Mail workers, called on its members to reject the company’s latest offer of a 9% pay rise over two years, which they described as “derisory”.

It announced two 48-hour strikes on Nov. 24 and 25, as well as Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 to coincide with the busy Black Friday and Cyber ​​Monday shopping periods. In response, Royal Mail chiefs urged workers not to go out at the “busiest time of the year”.

But the CWU has now confirmed that it is “not ruling out” even more strikes as the holiday season approaches.

The news came after the RMT railway union called off a week of strikes which were due to start today.

Friday night’s decision at the 11th hour was welcomed, but much of the network was still affected as plans to deal with the disruption had already been put in place.

Many trains remained in sidings, including at Ely in Cambridgeshire. Thousands of rugby fans traveling to Cardiff for Wales’ autumn international against New Zealand have been forced to take long bus journeys home.

Industrial action planned by the TSSA for Monday and Wednesday at 14 rail companies has been scrapped.

But a strike by London Overground and Underground workers is due to take place on Thursday.

RMT boss Mick Lynch has said “intensive negotiations” over wages and terms with Network Rail will now begin.

And a Rail Delivery Group spokesman said: ‘It is positive that RMT’s leaders have pulled back from the abyss and canceled
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Republican turnout rises in traditionally blue Miami-Dade https://artbydepaola.com/republican-turnout-rises-in-traditionally-blue-miami-dade/ Wed, 02 Nov 2022 22:20:30 +0000 https://artbydepaola.com/republican-turnout-rises-in-traditionally-blue-miami-dade/ GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — In an extraordinary sign of trouble for Democrats and bodes well for the GOP in Florida ahead of Election Day, the number of registered Republicans voting in Miami-Dade County surpassed Democrats on Wednesday — a day after President Joe Biden visited the area during an election campaign. Florida’s most populous county, […]]]>

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — In an extraordinary sign of trouble for Democrats and bodes well for the GOP in Florida ahead of Election Day, the number of registered Republicans voting in Miami-Dade County surpassed Democrats on Wednesday — a day after President Joe Biden visited the area during an election campaign.

Florida’s most populous county, Miami-Dade – with more than 1.5 million registered voters – is a Democratic stronghold along the state’s Gold Coast along with the largely blue counties of Broward and Palm Beach. for a generation. They had provided a bulwark of reliable Democratic votes against Florida’s less populated Republican counties, including most of the Panhandle and the Southwest Coast.

Less than a week before the election, Miami-Dade looked more red than blue.

“This is not what we expected,” said Christine Alexandria Olivio, a Democratic House candidate in Florida’s 26th congressional district in South Florida. “We’re getting our asses kicked right now.” She was running against Republican Representative Mario Díaz-Balart, Florida’s longest-serving congressman.

Registered Democrats still outnumbered Republicans in Miami-Dade, but the latest numbers indicated that Democrats — at least so far — were voting less than their GOP counterparts.

The swing to higher Republican turnout in the county — with just a week left until the election — was widely interpreted as a sign of support among area Hispanic voters for incumbent Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis — and a lack of support. enthusiasm for his Democratic challenger, Rep. Charlie Crist. The county is nearly 72% Hispanic.

During Tuesday’s campaign appearances in South Florida, Biden criticized DeSantis – widely expected to run for the Republican presidential nomination in 2024 – as “Donald Trump personified” and said the governor’s race here was ” one of the most important races in the country”.

A large number of voters in Miami-Dade — more than 487,000 — are unaffiliated with either party, but turnout among those voters has so far been relatively low.

Nearly 27% of GOP voters in Miami-Dade had voted Wednesday, compared to 21% of Democrats and 14% of unaffiliated and third-party voters. In raw numbers, Republicans and Democrats were roughly neck and neck, both topping 118,000 voters and Republicans gaining a slight advantage by mid-morning. More than 66,000 with no party affiliation had voted.

“We don’t draw our own base,” Olivio said. “Democrats know the message. So why don’t they show up?

DeSantis could become the first Republican governor to win in Miami-Dade since Jeb Bush in 2002. Only Broward County has more Democrats registered in Florida. Political polls in recent weeks have consistently shown DeSantis ahead of Crist statewide by double digits.

The governor’s contest was among the top races this year, attracting the most interest among Florida voters. Senior U.S. state senator Marco Rubio is also facing re-election to try for a third term against his Democratic challenger, Rep. Val Demings.

“The average person has woken up and is fed up with this nonsense,” Alina Garcia, a Republican candidate for a State House seat in Miami, wrote in an email. That’s why you’ll see our proactive and very effective Governor get re-elected and, quite frankly, maybe win in Miami-Dade County.

The county-by-county turnout figures — updated every 15 minutes — were compiled by Fresh Take Florida, a news service from the University of Florida’s College of Journalism and Communications. Last week, in another unusual step in Florida, Republicans statewide cast more votes overall in early voting in person and by mail ballot than Democrats. On Wednesday, Republicans remained in the lead with more than 178,000 votes statewide.

Turnout figures show the number of ballots received from registered voters of each party but do not indicate how each person voted.

Democratic turnout was still leading in other traditionally blue Florida counties: Alachua County, home to the University of Florida; Broward County in South Florida with nearly 600,000 Democratic voters; the small county of Gadsden, west of Tallahassee; Leon County, home to Florida’s capital; Orange County, home to Orlando; Osceola County, south of Orlando; and Palm Beach County in South Florida, home to former President Donald Trump.

Republican turnout had also overtaken Democrats in Duval, home to Jacksonville, and Seminole counties, northeast of Orlando. GOP turnout was also surprisingly high — but still behind the Democratic vote — in Hillsborough County, home to Tampa.

In Pinellas County, west of Tampa, Republican turnout was also high relative to Democrats. The county is home to Crist’s seat in Congress.

The political climate could become even more dire for Democrats on Election Day: In previous elections, Democrats have traditionally voted early, with Republicans – who have shunned voting by mail as unreliable – showing their highest turnouts on polling day. It’s unclear why that pattern looks different so far this year, but the numbers show Republicans seem more comfortable voting by mail.

There were signs of a Republican push in South Florida in previous elections.

Lower-than-expected turnout among Miami-Dade Democrats was widely credited with helping Trump win Florida in 2020, even as Trump lost the presidency to Biden. Trump lost Miami-Dade by about 85,000 votes but won statewide by 371,686 votes.

Miami-Dade’s turnout in 2020 was just 74% — lower than 55 of Florida’s 67 counties.

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This story was produced by Fresh Take Florida, a news service of the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communication. The reporter can be reached at jisellelee@freshtakeflorida.com. You can donate to support our students here.

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UK politicians call for investigation into Liz Truss phone hacking complaint https://artbydepaola.com/uk-politicians-call-for-investigation-into-liz-truss-phone-hacking-complaint/ Sun, 30 Oct 2022 10:06:49 +0000 https://artbydepaola.com/uk-politicians-call-for-investigation-into-liz-truss-phone-hacking-complaint/ LONDON (AP) — The British government insisted on Sunday that it had robust cybersecurity for government officials, after a newspaper reported that former Prime Minister Liz Truss’s phone was hacked while that she was the Foreign Secretary of the United Kingdom. The Mail on Sunday said the hack was discovered when Truss was running to […]]]>

LONDON (AP) — The British government insisted on Sunday that it had robust cybersecurity for government officials, after a newspaper reported that former Prime Minister Liz Truss’s phone was hacked while that she was the Foreign Secretary of the United Kingdom.

The Mail on Sunday said the hack was discovered when Truss was running to become Conservative Party leader and Prime Minister this summer. He said the security breach was kept secret by then-Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the head of the civil service.

The newspaper, citing unnamed sources, said Russian spies were suspected of the hack. He said the hackers gained access to sensitive information, including discussions about the war in Ukraine with foreign officials, as well as private conversations between Truss and a political ally, former Treasury chief Kwasi Kwarteng.

The UK government spokesman declined to comment on security arrangements, but said it had “robust systems in place to protect against cyber threats”, including regular security briefings for ministers.

Opposition parties demanded an independent investigation into the hack and the leak of information to a newspaper.

“Was Liz Truss’s phone hacked by Russia, was there a power outage and if so, why? said Liberal Democrat foreign affairs spokeswoman Layla Moran. “If it turns out that this information was withheld from the public to protect Liz Truss’s leadership bid, that would be unforgivable.”

Labor law and order spokeswoman Yvette Cooper said “the story raises questions about cybersecurity”.

“That’s why cybersecurity needs to be taken so seriously by everyone in government, the role of hostile states,” she told Sky News. “But also the allegations that a Cabinet minister used a personal phone for serious government business, and serious questions about why this information or story was leaked or told at this time.”

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Pennsylvania Senate candidates Fetterman and Oz debate https://artbydepaola.com/pennsylvania-senate-candidates-fetterman-and-oz-debate/ Tue, 25 Oct 2022 21:48:54 +0000 https://artbydepaola.com/pennsylvania-senate-candidates-fetterman-and-oz-debate/ Pennsylvania Democratic Lt. Governor John Fetterman and Republican Dr. Mehmet Oz square off in their first and only Tuesday night debate in highly guarded condition and controversial Senate race. The race is considered a toss-up with just two weeks until Election Day – and the results could determine which party controls the Senate, which is […]]]>

Pennsylvania Democratic Lt. Governor John Fetterman and Republican Dr. Mehmet Oz square off in their first and only Tuesday night debate in highly guarded condition and controversial Senate race.

The race is considered a toss-up with just two weeks until Election Day – and the results could determine which party controls the Senate, which is currently split evenly 50-50. Fetterman and Oz vie for the seat vacated by incumbent Republican Senator Pat Toomey.

Polls have tightened in recent months. The CBS News Battleground Tracker Poll released Tuesday before the debate revealed that Fetterman was leading Oz by just 2 points, 51% to 49%, down from his 5-point lead in mid-September.



John Fetterman and Mehmet Oz deadlocked ahead of first and only Pennsylvania Senate debate

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Fetterman’s health has been a focus since he suffered a stroke days before winning the Democratic primary in May. He returned to the election campaign in August, but continues to struggle with auditory processing issues, which he describes as sometimes missing a word or “mixing” words together. There will be a constant reminder of this on stage, as he will rely on subtitles during the debate, as he did for interviews since his stroke.

Fetterman’s campaign tried to lower expectations, noting that captions would be typed by humans in real time on live television.

“A certain amount of human error in transcription is unavoidable, which can sometimes cause temporary miscommunications,” campaign adviser Rebecca Katz and campaign manager Brendan McPhillips wrote in a memo obtained by CBS News. They said they were “prepared for allies of Oz and right-wing media to release malicious viral videos after the debate.”

Fetterman’s health has been a political target for Dr. Oz, who has criticized Fetterman for not debating earlier and accused him of hiding his condition or using his health to hide policies from voters.

Only 46% of voters registered in the CBS News poll said before the debate that it was important for candidates to talk about Fetterman. health. Fifty-five percent said Fetterman was healthy enough to serve. Among likely voters, the top topics they want to hear about are the economy, inflation, crime, guns and abortion.

Midterm voting is well underway in Pennsylvania. More than 635,000 voters have already voted by mail. Of those, 73% were chosen by Democrats, a figure that reflects their tendency to vote early, compared to Republicans, who vote in greater numbers on Election Day.

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