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  • Ministers to press ahead with legislation to exonerate Post Office Horizon victims
    by Eleni Courea Political correspondent on February 22, 2024 at 4:06 pm

    Plan comes despite judiciary’s alternative proposal after concerns about precedent of parliament overturning court decisionsMinisters have vowed to press ahead with legislation to automatically overturn convictions related to the Post Office Horizon scandal by the end of July.Kevin Hollinrake, the Post Office minister, said in a written ministerial statement on Thursday that the legislation would immediately quash the convictions of hundreds of post office operators in England and Wales. Continue reading…

  • Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez calls Biden weighing action to restrict migrants from asylum ‘outrageous’ – live
    by Chris Stein (now) and Gloria Oladipo (earlier) on February 22, 2024 at 4:06 pm

    ‘Doing Trump impressions isn’t how we beat Trump,’ top progressive lawmaker says after reports say White House is considering an immigration crackdownMore progressive lawmakers are criticizing Biden’s potential use of presidential authority to limit asylum seekers at the US-Mexico border.Abdullah H Hammoud, the mayor of Dearborn, Michigan, said that Biden’s potential actions mimic Trump’s infamous “Muslim ban”. Continue reading…

  • Mayor says 21-mile cycleway alongside HS2 route a ‘no-brainer’ for West Midlands
    by Laura Laker on February 22, 2024 at 4:02 pm

    Andy Street has asked HS2 Ltd to keep haul tracks for path linking Birmingham and CoventryPlans for a 21-mile cycleway linking Birmingham to Coventry alongside the HS2 line have been described as a “no-brainer” for health, wellbeing and economic growth in the region.In a letter seen exclusively by the Guardian, Andy Street, the mayor of the West Midlands, wrote to the government-owned HS2 Ltd this week asking that it keeps haul roads and maintenance tracks alongside the rail route for conversion to a future cycleway, rather than dismantling them. Street said that he has the backing of all local authorities along the route to connect these paths with local roads, along with a plan to fund it, and said the plans will “maximise HS2’s benefits for the region”. Continue reading…

  • From trash to table: will upcyled food save the planet?
    by Victoria Namkung on February 22, 2024 at 4:00 pm

    Nearly 40% of all food grown annually in the US goes unsold or uneaten. These companies are getting salty about food wasteWhen Kaitlin Mogentale was studying environmental science at the University of Southern California, she watched a friend juice a carrot and noticed the waste it produced – and wondered what was happening to all of the pulp from Los Angeles’s juice shops. She later learned that most of it was being sent to landfills, where food waste contributes to more methane emissions than any other landfilled matter.“I was a college student, very young and naive, and I think that’s the recipe you need to get into the business,” said Mogentale, who founded Pulp Pantry, makers of fiber-filled Pulp Chips, which are created from the leftover pulp from cold-pressed juice. Mogentale said the company goes to juice-production facilities and collects 10,000lb (4,536kg) of pulp at a time – one day’s worth of leftovers – then transfers it in temperature-controlled trucks back to its manufacturer to make the chips. Continue reading…

  • Stravinsky: Pulcinella Suite – Falla: El Retablo de Maese Pedro album review – fascinating and intense
    by Andrew Clements on February 22, 2024 at 3:58 pm

    Alard/Mahler CO/Heras-Casado(Harmonia Mundi)An intriguing comparison of sound worlds that includes Falla’s Harpsichord Concerto – one of the lost masterpieces of 1920s modernism Composing Pulcinella was, said Igor Stravinsky: “My discovery of the past, the epiphany through which the whole of my late work became possible.” Begun in 1919 for Sergei Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes, who first performed it the following year, it proved to be a pivotal work in 20th-century music, and the portal to the new world of neoclassicism through which many other composers would follow, too. But Diaghilev had originally offered the Pulcinella commission to Manuel de Falla, who had been too busy to take on the task, and who later that year began work on a chamber opera, El Retablo de Maese Pedro (Master Peter’s Puppet Show), based upon an episode in Cervantes’ Don Quixote.Heard one after the other in these fine, if slightly dry, performances from Pablo Heras-Casado and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, the comparison between the two almost contemporary works is fascinating, not only in their sound worlds, but in their use of existing musics – from Pergolesi in Pulcinella and from a whole range of Spanish folk sources in El Retablo. Whether Falla was influenced at all by Stravinsky’s score (which was first performed three years earlier than the opera) isn’t clear, but the similarities between them are sometimes remarkable. Continue reading…