Businesses Are Finally Stepping Up To Help The Homeless Crisis

SEATTLE ― Rita was homeless when she was diagnosed with congestive heart failure in 2016. Fortunately, Medicaid covered her prescription costs. Not so fortunately, her medication acted as a diuretic — she had to urinate frequently. If she had a permanent place to stay, it wouldn’t have been a problem. But in Seattle, where she had become homeless after struggling with addiction for years, many of the shelters closed every morning and didn’t reopen until 9 p.m. That meant Rita had to spend most of her day looking for bathrooms. Businesses, she learned, were out of the question. Rita remembers telling a restaurant hostess about her condition and begging to use the bathroom. The hostess refused. “There were times when …

Sardine tins for the poor?: Barcelona’s shipping container homes

Just a stones throw from La Rambla, the Spanish city is building 12 shipping container flats to help tackle its social housing crisis Barcelona has begun installing its first unsuitable and unsafe, and residents have said they are cramped, stiflingly hot in summer, and too cold in winter. The total cost of the scheme in Barcelona is 940,000 (840,000). We can deliver an apartment in a year while a traditional building takes six to eight years to reach completion, says Tonet Font of the citys social innovation department. Work is expected to be completed by the end of October. Nasibah Yagoub, 21, with her son outside a shipping container development being used for homeless families in Hanwell, Ealing. Photograph: Chris …

No-deal Brexit checks ‘needed near Irish border’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionLeo Varadkar says there may be some checks ‘near the border’ in a no-deal Some checks on goods and live animals may need to take place near the Irish border in a no-deal Brexit, Irish PM Leo Varadkar has said. As far as possible, checks would take place at ports, airports and firms, the taoiseach said, and his government was “working out the details” with the EU. There was “a significant and growing risk of no-deal”, he added. UK PM Boris Johnson has said he would “rather be dead in a ditch than delay Brexit”, which is set for 31 October. What is the Irish border backstop? Why is the Irish border …

OpenGov raises $51M to boost its cloud-based IT services for government and civic organizations

OpenGov, the firm co-founded by Palantir’s Joe Lonsdale that helps government and other civic organizations organise, analyse and present financial and other data using cloud-based architecture, has raised another big round of funding to continue expanding its business. The startup has picked up an additional $51 million in a Series D round led by Weatherford Capital and 8VC (Lonsdale’s investment firm), with participation from existing investor Andreessen Horowitz. The funding brings the total raised by the company to $140 million, with previous investors in the firm including JC2 Ventures, Emerson Collective, Founders Fund and a number of others. The company is not disclosing its valuation — although we are asking — but for some context, PitchBook noted it was around …

OpenGov raises $51M to boost its cloud-based IT services for government and civic organizations

OpenGov, the firm co-founded by Palantir’s Joe Lonsdale that helps government and other civic organizations organise, analyse and present financial and other data using cloud-based architecture, has raised another big round of funding to continue expanding its business. The startup has picked up an additional $51 million in a Series D round led by Weatherford Capital and 8VC (Lonsdale’s investment firm), with participation from existing investor Andreessen Horowitz. The funding brings the total raised by the company to $140 million, with previous investors in the firm including JC2 Ventures, Emerson Collective, Founders Fund and a number of others. The company is not disclosing its valuation — although we are asking — but for some context, PitchBook noted it was around …

OpenGov raises $51M to boost its cloud-based IT services for government and civic organizations

OpenGov, the firm co-founded by Palantir’s Joe Lonsdale that helps government and other civic organizations organise, analyse and present financial and other data using cloud-based architecture, has raised another big round of funding to continue expanding its business. The startup has picked up an additional $51 million in a Series D round led by Weatherford Capital and 8VC (Lonsdale’s investment firm), with participation from existing investor Andreessen Horowitz. The funding brings the total raised by the company to $140 million, with previous investors in the firm including JC2 Ventures, Emerson Collective, Founders Fund and a number of others. The company is not disclosing its valuation — although we are asking — but for some context, PitchBook noted it was around …

OpenGov raises $51M to boost its cloud-based IT services for government and civic organizations

OpenGov, the firm co-founded by Palantir’s Joe Lonsdale that helps government and other civic organizations organise, analyse and present financial and other data using cloud-based architecture, has raised another big round of funding to continue expanding its business. The startup has picked up an additional $51 million in a Series D round led by Weatherford Capital and 8VC (Lonsdale’s investment firm), with participation from existing investor Andreessen Horowitz. The funding brings the total raised by the company to $140 million, with previous investors in the firm including JC2 Ventures, Emerson Collective, Founders Fund and a number of others. The company is not disclosing its valuation — although we are asking — but for some context, PitchBook noted it was around …

Georgia to Scotland by bike for the love of rugby

Image copyright Sandro Datishvili Image caption Getting ready to leave from Tbilisi He noticed that relatively few Georgian fans would travel abroad with the national rugby team and he wanted to show other supporters what was possible. He told the BBC Scotland News website: ” In Georgia, rugby is a very popular sport but Georgians don’t really support their team in other countries. “I wanted to show that we can support our team anywhere and this was a big game – the last before the World Cup.” Image copyright Sandro Datishvili Image caption A river side stop in Budapest, Hungary Image copyright Sandro Datishvili Image caption Munich in Germany was also on Sandro’s route Image copyright Sandro Datishvili Image caption …

Daily Crunch: Facebook might remove Like counts

The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here. 1. Now Facebook says it may remove Like counts Instagram is already testing something similar in seven countries, including Canada and Brazil. Instead of showing the total number of Likes for a post, it displays the names of just a few mutual friends who have Liked it. Jane Manchun Wong spotted Facebook prototyping the hidden Like counts in its Android app. When we asked the company, it confirmed that it’s considering a test to remove Like counts, though this isn’t live for any users yet. 2. WeChat …

Pete Davidson & Margaret Qualley Spotted Getting Their PDA On In Venice! – Perez Hilton

As we reported, the Saturday Night Live star is said to have been low-key dating the Once Upon a Time in Hollywood actress for some time now, months after his reported split from Kate Beckinsale. In new photos obtained by E! News, the pair were spotted holding hands as they explored the Italian metropolis ahead of this year’s Venice Film Festival. Let us first dissect the couple’s choice of wardrobe. The pics show the comedian keeping it casual with a white graphic T-shirt, blue shorts, and Adidas sneakers, while his rumored leading lady opted for a summer dress. Clearly, they’re in the comfy clothes stage of their relationship. Overall, it sounds like the lovers are going strong. An eyewitness told the …

Brave new world: the search for peace after the second world war

The United Nations was created out of the horrors of the second world war, writes the Observers chief political commentator At the end of the second world war there was no guarantee that it would not be followed swiftly by a third. Six years of the most intensely murderous and geographically spread conflict in the history of the human species had left unprecedented devastation. From Normandy to Ukraine, vast areas of Europe had been pulverised by aerial bombing and ravaged by savage ground fighting. The landscape was a ruination of flattened homes, wrecked factories and fallow farms. Great swathes of Asia, especially China, had suffered appallingly. Up to 85 million souls had lost their lives; more millions had been displaced. …

Roman mosaic discovery ‘one of three in world’

Image copyright Boxford History Project Image caption Archaeologists and volunteers spent nine days uncovering the Roman find Mr Nichol, who worked on the dig, said: “It’s been quite overwhelming, not just for me but everyone involved. “There’s a real buzz and excitement on this project, I’ve never seen that before on any project that I’ve worked on.” Image copyright Boxford History Project Image caption Workers used toothbrushes to painstakingly clean it without damaging the ancient tiles Image caption Roman art and architecture expert Anthony Beeson uncovered the story held within the mosaic Image copyright Boxford History Project Image caption Archaeologist Matt Nichol described it as “second to none” Explaining the story depicted in the mosaic, Mr Beeson said: “The pavement …

Did Kanye West Just EAT HIS OWN EAR WAX!? Watch Here! – Perez Hilton

It should surprise no one to hear Kanye West has been lumped into that second category, thanks to newly tweeted footage of the rapper seemingly snacking on his ear secretions!  While his methods may be questionable, there’s no denying Kanye is doing all he can to make the world a better place. As we reported, the 42-year-old is said to be Star WarsA New HopeForbes journalist Zack O’Malley Greenburg“Inspired by Luke Skywalker’s childhood home, West has been working with a team to design prefabricated structures that sport the same austere aesthetic, with the goal of deploying them as low-income housing units… He tells me they could be used as living spaces for the homeless, perhaps sunk into the ground with …

The ‘goners’ caught on film forever

Image copyright PETER MITCHELL Image caption The buildings Peter used to shoot were known as “goners” – this one in Seacroft was already halfway there in 1974 Image copyright PETER MITCHELL Image caption A billboard is framed by the half-demolished Marsh Lane tenements Image copyright PETER MITCHELL Image caption John Murray, right, owned the Racing Pigeon Shop and remembers “great times” on Blake Grove John, who still runs a racing pigeon business, remembers “great times” on the street and often passes by his former shop, which closed in 2010. “Shops weren’t allowed to trade on Sundays, but we’d open our doors for a few hours to let the pigeon boys come in,” said the 60-year-old. “I remember we had to …

YouTubers recreated Homer Simpson’s food tour of New Orleans

Theres no disputing the fact that New Orleans is one of the greatest cities on earth. Its a city with over a dozen vibrant and wholly unique neighborhoods absolutely saturated in history and culturefrom the old Spanish architecture to the artwork, music, and seemingly countless celebrations and festivals. And of course, one of the main things New Orleans is known for is its absolutely outstanding food scene, which got a fun shout-out in a 2018 episode of The Simpsons titled Lisa Gets the Blues. In the episode,Homer Simpson and Lisa Simpsons flight to Gainesville, Florida, gets rerouted to New Orleans due to a Homer-related incident.Homer decides to make the best of it and take Lisa on a food tour of …