Do you pay too much council tax? A straw poll on social media suggested that a number of people think they get value for money. But according to the Institute for Public Policy Research think-tank, London’s poorest living in a property in the lowest band, A, are paying nearly five times as much as a proportion of their property value than someone living in the highest-rated H band. Poorer folk have also been hit by cuts to council tax support meaning a huge rise in the number of people falling into arrears and facing prosecution. “The council tax system should be devolved to London, so the capital can decide its own future,” said Luke Murphy of the IPPR. One of the problems is that the tax relies on out-of-date property values with the bands based on 1991 property prices. The think-tank has called for updated and regular reappraisal of property values, and for the restoration of council tax support which could be paid for by doubling the charge on empty London homes. … [Read more...] about On the money: Do you pay too much council tax?
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Hospitals and medical practices are already using a fair amount of automation. For instance, in one San Francisco hospital and other places, delivery robots–about the size of a mini-fridge–zip through the hallways delivering pills, bringing lunch to patients, and ferrying specimens and medical equipment to different labs. Some hospitals are set up for delivery robots to open remote-control doors and even use elevators to get around the building. Robots can also assist with more complex tasks, like surgery. Their participation can range from simply helping stabilize a surgeon’s tools all the way to autonomously performing the entire procedure. Perhaps the most famous robotic surgery system lets a surgeon operate full-size, ergonomically friendly equipment as a remote control to direct extremely tiny instruments what to do inside a patient’s body, often through extremely small incisions. Robots are also beginning to serve as caregivers, especially for older … [Read more...] about Robots are coming to a hospital near you
SAN FRANCISCO, CA – APRIL 16: Deepak Sekar, CEO of Chowbotics, demonstrates Sally, the salad making robot at the ArticulAte food robotics summit, Tuesday, April 16, 2019, in San Francisco, Calif. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group) SAN FRANCISCO, CA – APRIL 16: Attendees to the ArticulAte food robotics summit, ponder Sally, a robotic salad maker, Tuesday, April 16, 2019, in San Francisco, Calif. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group) SAN FRANCISCO, CA – APRIL 16: Deepak Sekar, CEO of Chowbotics, demonstrates Sally, the salad making robot at the ArticulAte food robotics summit, Tuesday, April 16, 2019, in San Francisco, Calif. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group) SAN FRANCISCO, CA – APRIL 16: Attendees to the ArticulAte food robotics summit stand aside for the Kiwibot as it prowls the event, Tuesday, April 16, 2019, in San Francisco, Calif. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group) SAN FRANCISCO, CA – APRIL 16: Attendees to the ArticulAte food robotics … [Read more...] about These tech companies want to use AI to make you lunch at work
An 18-year-old woman has died in hospital nearly a week after she was hit by a car in Morecambe. The woman, 18, has now been named as Shannon Campbell, from Morecambe.Shannon suffered catastrophic head, neck and back injuries after she was hit by a Jaguar car.She was taken to Royal Preston Hospital for treatment where she died yesterday (Tuesday, April 16).READ MORE: Road reopens six hours after a woman is hit by a car whilst crossing the road in MorecambeThe driver of the Jaguar, a 54-year-old man from Morecambe, was not injured.The driver stopped at the scene and no arrests have been made.The road was closed for four hours while accident investigators attended the scene.PC Simon Grounds of Lancashire Police’s Tactical Operations team, said: “My thoughts and the thoughts of my team are with Shannon's family at this incredibly sad and difficult time.“We have spoken to several witnesses following the incident but would encourage anyone who saw what happened and has … [Read more...] about Morecambe teenager, 18, dies in hospital a week after being knocked down whilst crossing road
Karen Bouffard The Detroit News Published 6:24 PM EST Jan 9, 2019 Detroit — A federal inspection was conducted at DMC Sinai-Grace on Tuesday following a complaint that a Detroit woman died after the hospital couldn't treat her during a power outage in November. The Detroit Medical Center hospital was running on partial power Nov. 21 from generators when 87-year-old Anna Belle Smith arrived with chest pain, according to her family. Within minutes of arriving at 9:35 p.m., Smith was diagnosed with STEMI, a blockage in one of the main arteries that supply blood to the heart that needs immediate treatment or the patient can die, The Detroit News reported on Monday. The power went out at 9 p.m. due to a cut cable near the hospital, according to DTE Energy Co. Doctors at Sinai-Grace couldn't perform a potentially lifesaving procedure due to insufficient power, the emergency physician at Sinai-Grace wrote in medical records … [Read more...] about Power outage spurs inspection at DMC Sinai-Grace Hospital