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Mandelson firm worked for campaign critics say would hinder Post Office-style lawsuits | Peter Mandelson

Mandelson firm worked for campaign critics say would hinder Post Office-style lawsuits | Peter Mandelson

The advisory firm founded by Peter Mandelson has worked for a campaign that critics say would stifle mass lawsuits such as that taken recently by post office operators against the Post Office. The Labour peer, who has advised Keir Starmer, serves as president of Global Counsel, a strategic advisory company that he established and part owns. One of Global Counsel’s senior advisers, Seema Kennedy, a former Conservative MP, has twice written to Alex Chalk, the justice secretary, opposing reform to legislation on class action-style lawsuits. Ministers are legislating to safeguard people’s ability to raise external funding to pay for mass lawsuits against big businesses, such as the action being brought against the Post Office over the Horizon IT scandal. Chalk introduced the law in March after an appeal from Alan Bates, the former post office operator who led the campaign that exposed the scandal. The post office operators’ action was only possible because it had the backing of a third-party litigation funder. The legislation, which is going through parliament and applies to England and Wales, …

Death threats and security concerns hinder creation of council that will choose Haiti’s next leader

Death threats and security concerns hinder creation of council that will choose Haiti’s next leader

Fresh turmoil involving a transitional presidential council that will be responsible for choosing Haiti’s new leader triggered a flurry of meetings with Caribbean leaders and officials from the U.S., Canada and France, officials said Monday. The council has yet to be sworn in given concerns over the security of its members, among other things, a regional official who was not authorized to talk to the media told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity. The official is based in Guyana, which serves as headquarters for the regional trade bloc known as Caricom that is helping create the transitional council. The delay in establishing the council comes as gangs continue to launch attacks across Haiti’s capital. Since Feb. 29, gunmen have burned police stations, opened fire on the main international airport that remains closed and stormed the country’s two biggest prisons, releasing more than 4,000 inmates. Scores of people have been killed, and more than 33,000 people have fled the capital of Port-au-Prince as a result of the attacks. More than 340 U.S. citizens have been evacuated out of Haiti since …

Remote work used to hinder innovation — until suddenly it didn’t

Remote work used to hinder innovation — until suddenly it didn’t

Both recent newspaper headlines and federal government policy documents have declared the rationale behind mandates to return government workers to the office. Remote work, the claim goes, is harmful to innovation and creativity. This claim seemed to garner substantial support from a recently published study in Nature. The study supposedly “conclusively proves” remote work harms innovation and creativity. The narrative that traditional, in-person work environments are the sole breeding grounds for innovation and collaborative breakthroughs has thus dominated the discourse. Yet this narrative is not only outdated but fundamentally flawed in the context of our modern, technology-driven world. The Nature study is certainly nothing to sneeze at. Spearheaded by a team of researchers from Oxford and the University of Pittsburgh, this comprehensive analysis delved into a staggering expanse of data — over 20 million scientific studies and 4 million patent applications. Spanning an impressive half-century timeframe, this study serves as a time capsule, providing insights into collaborative trends and breakthroughs over the decades. At its core, this study appears to reinforce a long-held belief: that …

Cruise robotaxi appears to hinder emergency crews after mass shooting | Self-driving cars

A Cruise self-driving car appeared to hinder first responders as they tried to access the scene of a mass shooting in San Francisco’s Mission District on Friday night, raising concerns about robotaxis’ ability to safely offer rides throughout the city. Emergency crews were responding to a shooting on 24th Street shortly after 9pm in which nine people were injured. In a video posted to Twitter, a Cruise self-driving car is seen in the road as an officer approaches it and says it’s “blocking emergency medical and fire. I’ve got to get it out of here now.” In a statement, Cruise maintained that the car did not block emergency access to the scene “at any point”. “Our car initially stopped as it was approaching an active emergency scene, then proceeded to perform a U-turn and pull over,” a spokesperson said. “Throughout this time, all vehicles, including emergency response vehicles, were able to proceed around our car.” Cruise did not directly respond to questions about how long the car was in place. A spokesperson told the San …