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New Tory Sleaze Claims Has Everyone Making Same Angela Rayner Point

New Tory Sleaze Claims Has Everyone Making Same Angela Rayner Point

People are comparing the Conservative Party’s approach to the new accusations around MP Mark Menzies and its recent campaign against Labour’s Angela Rayner. The Tories suspended Menzies on Wednesday night, following claims reported in The Times that he had used around £6,500 of campaign funds to pay “bad people”. Menzies was also accused of using £14,000 of campaign funds to pay for private medical costs. He “agreed to relinquish the party whip” but has strongly denied all the allegations against him. The party has since launched an investigation into the claims. According to The Times, the Conservatives had been aware of this incident for three months but had taken no action. This report comes less than two weeks after Tory MP William Wragg resigned the party whip amid a “honeytrap scandal”. This latest incident means Menzies is now the 18th MP sitting as an independent in the Common – eight of whom were elected as Tories in 2019. Speaking to the media this morning, defence secretary Grant Shapps refused to be drawn on any further …

Hala Point: Intel reveals world’s biggest ‘brain-inspired’ neuromorphic computer

Hala Point: Intel reveals world’s biggest ‘brain-inspired’ neuromorphic computer

The Hala Point neuromorphic computer is powered by Intel’s Loihi 2 chips Intel Corporation Intel has created the world’s largest neuromorphic computer, a device intended to mimic the operation of the human brain. The firm hopes that it will be able to run more sophisticated AI models than is possible on conventional computers, but experts say there are engineering hurdles to overcome before the device can compete with the state of the art, let alone exceed it. Expectations for neuromorphic computers are high because they are inherently different to traditional machines. While a regular computer uses its processor to carry out operations and stores data in separate memory, a neuromorphic device uses artificial neurons to both store and compute, just as our brains do. This removes the need to shuttle data back and forth between components, which can be a bottleneck for current computers. This architecture could bring far greater energy efficiency, with Intel claiming its new Hala Point neuromorphic computer uses 100 times less energy than conventional machines when running optimisation problems, which involve …

Around 27% of individuals with ADHD develop cannabis use disorder at some point in their lives, study finds

Around 27% of individuals with ADHD develop cannabis use disorder at some point in their lives, study finds

A meta-analysis exploring the relationship between attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and cannabis consumption found that 27% of individuals with ADHD develop cannabis use disorder at some point in their lives, with 19% suffering from it at the time of data collection. Compared to those without this disorder, individuals with ADHD face almost three times the risk of developing cannabis use disorder. This study was published in the Journal of Psychiatric Research. Cannabis, commonly referred to as marijuana, is a psychoactive plant utilized for medicinal, recreational, and spiritual purposes. It contains cannabinoids, with delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) as the primary psychoactive component, responsible for the euphoric “high” associated with its use. Various consumption methods include smoking, vaporizing, ingestion through edibles, and use of oils or extracts. Studies indicate that approximately 4% of individuals aged 15 to 65 use cannabis for non-medical reasons, with the highest usage rates in higher-income countries. In recent years, many countries have decriminalized cannabis products and liberalized their usage, coinciding with a 23% increase in cannabis users from 2010 to 2020. Research suggests that …

EV charging trial launched between Pod Point and British Gas

EV charging trial launched between Pod Point and British Gas

Pod Point and British Gas are collaborating in a six-month EV charging trial to boost energy flexibility and reduce costs and carbon emissions. The EV charging trial will leverage the Demand Side Response (DSR) platform of Centrica, a parent company of British Gas, to encourage consumers to use electricity out of peak times to utilise more sustainable energy sources and enhance UK charging infrastructure. A cohort of the trial’s participants will also use their EVs to help balance the grid. The initiative’s findings will help inform the industry and advance flexible EV charging practices. Speaking on the trial, Pilgrim Beart, VP of the Grid Business Unit at Pod Point, said: “The partnership with Centrica aligns with Pod Point’s goal to continue driving innovation in EV charging. “This trial forms part of our commitment to energy flexibility, and we believe it will showcase the immense potential of EV charging as a significant source of flexibility in the market. “We also believe flexibility will play a pivotal role in supporting the widespread adoption of EVs and renewables …

Brittany Cartwright Shares the Breaking Point Behind Separation from Jax Taylor

Brittany Cartwright Shares the Breaking Point Behind Separation from Jax Taylor

Brittany Cartwright is making it clear that she and Jax Taylor are still separated.  The Valley star opened up about the events leading to her separation from her husband during an appearance on Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen. Brittany delved into the specifics of their split in a segment dubbed “We Britt-need to Know.” Addressing their relationship status, the 35-year-old reality star confirmed they are still separated, with her currently residing in an Airbnb. Despite their personal differences, Brittany emphasized that co-parenting their son, Cruz, remains their top priority, commending Jax as a dedicated father. “Jax is a great father, I’ll give him that. That’s our main priority, no matter what,” said Brittany.  When asked about the pivotal moment that triggered their separation, Brittany recounted a heated argument. “Yes, we just had a horrible fight and it was like a veil was lifted, and I noticed everything wrong,” she said. “You know they always say a woman can hit her breaking point and it’s hard to come back from that.” Surprisingly, the catalyst for …

Hours of fun: what’s the point of daylight savings? | Time management

Hours of fun: what’s the point of daylight savings? | Time management

The clocks changed today, which means the Time of Great Confusion is upon us. “What’s the rhyme?” puzzle my smartest friends. “Fall forwards… or back? Spring back? That doesn’t rhyme.” They picture themselves stumbling, falling forwards, or springing back like fresh sponge. They picture the South African rugby team, the Springboks. No one knows. It’s worse than the rhyme about how many days are in each month, which is longer than the Great Wall of China and implodes in a subclause about leap years. That threw me last month and now this. It’s hard enough trying to keep track of Easter. That occurs on the first Sunday after the first full moon after the vernal equinox. In case you’re lost that also means today. Happy Easter. At least the chocolate eggs make it worthwhile – and it’s hard to be mad at an equinox. Especially this one, which marked the start of spring. Even more than an equinox, I love a solstice. I’ll come back to that. Or do I mean forward? I don’t understand …

American tries Greggs for the first time – but Brits point out glaring error in his review | UK | News

American tries Greggs for the first time – but Brits point out glaring error in his review | UK | News

An American who tried Greggs for the first time has been scolded by Britons after he failed to fully take advantage of the experience. A TikTok US-based user, ajslambino, documented his first-ever trip to Greggs while visiting the UK earlier this month. The TikToker and his partner declared Greggs “is about to happen baby” as they picked up several classic products from the bakery chain in a video now liked by tens of thousands of people. Several thousand other people have commented below the video, most of whom complimented him on his choices. But he still managed to attract criticism from some native viewers after making one critical mistake during his first visit to the chain. During his first trip to the shop, the TikToker picked up three items; a doughnut, a steak bake and a sausage, bean and cheese melt. He was immediately taken to task for eating the doughnut first, with one commenter joking he was a “freak” after he started with the chocolatey treat. Another TikTok user castigated him for eating “sweet …

Eastern DRC ‘at breaking point’ as security, humanitarian crises worsen | Armed Groups News

Eastern DRC ‘at breaking point’ as security, humanitarian crises worsen | Armed Groups News

War is on the doorstep of eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo’s Goma city and the region is at breaking point, activists and aid workers have said, as the United Nations sounds an alarm over the situation in the Central African country. “One Congolese person out of four faces hunger and malnutrition,” Bintou Keita, the head of the UN’s DRC peacekeeping mission MONUSCO, told the UN Security Council this week, warning of a rapidly deteriorating security situation and a humanitarian crisis reaching near catastrophic levels. “More than 7.1 million people have been displaced in the country. That is 800,000 people more since my last briefing three months ago,” she said. Heavy fighting between the Congolese army and armed group M23 has intensified in the eastern part of the country since February, forcing hundreds of thousands of civilians to flee their homes as the rebels make territorial gains. The armed group “is making significant advances and expanding its territory to unprecedented levels”, Keita said at the UN on Wednesday. This comes as fierce battles between the …

With Germany legalising cannabis, Europe is reaching a tipping point. Britain, take note | Steve Rolles

With Germany legalising cannabis, Europe is reaching a tipping point. Britain, take note | Steve Rolles

Germany’s cannabis reforms were approved this week, overcoming the final legislative hurdle when the Bundesrat, Germany’s upper house, voted through the bill that passed with a huge majority in the Bundestag (lower house) last month. Germany is a significant addition to the growing list of countries defecting from the drug war consensus that had held for more than half a century. More than half a billion people now live in jurisdictions establishing legal adult access to cannabis for recreational use. When Germany’s new law comes into force on 1 April, it will decriminalise possession of up to 25g of cannabis for personal use (and up to 50g in the home), allow requests to remove criminal records for past possession offences, legalise home growing of up to three cannabis plants for personal use, and establish a regulatory framework for not-for-profit associations within which cannabis can be grown and supplied to members. When the cannabis reforms were initially announced by Germany’s coalition government in 2021, the plan was for a regulated commercial market more like Canada’s, established …