The Daily Populous

Wednesday August 15th, 2018 evening edition

image for Family claims win in high court challenge to Northants library cuts

Two separate legal challenges had been made against Northamptonshire’s plans to close 21 of its 36 libraries.

The changes would leave Northamptonshire with eight large and seven medium-sized branches, or one library for every 60,000 residents.

According to the all-party parliamentary group for libraries, the European average is one library per 16,000 people.

Northants council, which is technically insolvent, was told in February by its auditors, KPMG, that its proposed 2018-19 budget was not achievable.

On the evidence before me, I am not satisfied that the cabinet appreciated what they had to decide Justice Yip.

In a statement, the council said it was continuing to work closely with community groups following the judicial review judgement.

Northamptonshire leader Matthew Golby said he was pleased by the ruling: “The county council is committed to finding a way forward that is satisfactory and achievable for all parties. »

Ajit Pai’s FCC Lied to Congress About Net Neutrality. They Should Act Now to Reverse the Repeal

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We knew he was lying about his reasons for killing net neutrality, but now we know his agency also lied to Congress, journalists, and the public about something as serious as a cyber attack.

But they should also act immediately to overrule Ajit Pai’s corrupt gutting of net neutrality, by signing the discharge petition and passing the Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution to reverse the repeal.”.

Ajit Pai is scheduled to appear before a Senate committee to answer questions about the incident this Thursday. »

People who are more receptive to ‘pseudo-profound bullshit’ are less likely to donate to charity

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People who are impressed by seemingly profound statements that are actually nonsensical tend to be less charitable, suggests new research published in PLOS One.

“We find that people who are good at distinguishing the actually profound from the pseudo-profound are more prosocial.”.

The study, “Bullshit-sensitivity predicts prosocial behavior“, was authored by Arvid Erlandsson, Artur Nilsson, Gustav Tinghög, and Daniel Västfjäll. »

Puerto Rico Officials Say All of Island Has Power Again

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Power has been restored to all of Puerto Rico for the first time since Hurricane Maria struck nearly 11 months ago, officials said Tuesday.

Ponce resident Charlie Colon Nazario told El Nuevo Dia that he was looking forward to no longer having to use a generator to light his house.

"No more lamps, no more candles, no more extension cords," he said as about two dozen power workers completed the connection to his home. »

Are carrots really good for your eyesight?

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To ease kids' suspicion of vegetables, parents often feed them the adage that carrots will spare them from corrective vision care.

But is there any truth to the commonly held belief that carrots are good for your eyes?.

Carrots contain beta-carotene, a substance that the body converts to vitamin A, an important nutrient for eye health. »