Ten Things You Need to Know Today: Saturday 15 Dec 2018

Amber Rudd warns that Brexit could ‘get stuck’ Brexit is “in danger of getting stuck” and MPs of all parties should “abandon outrage” and attempt to “forge a consensus” over the matter, Work and Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd has said. Meanwhile, the FT says Theresa May has threatened to “crash” her Brexit deal unless fellow European leaders agreed to discuss changes to the withdrawal package to help her sell it at Westminster. Fraud connected to Grenfell disaster fund ‘is unprecedented’ Fraud in the aftermath of the Grenfell disaster was unprecedented in British history with more than £1m of public funds thought to have been stolen, reports The Times. So far,… Read More

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Oilers’ Alex Chiasson has earned his place on Connor McDavid’s wing

EDMONTON — There are 13 pay periods inside a National Hockey League season. When Alex Chiasson got off the plane in Edmonton back in September, he was just trying to get to one of them. He came out west on a professional tryout — a PTO — the second year in a row that he had gone through the summer unsigned and hungry for work. “Not the position you want to be as a player,” the 28-year-old Montrealer said in his second language, only a hint of an accent left after seven NHL seasons, a couple of years in the minors, and three seasons at Boston University. “But for me,… Read More

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Trump’s newest chief of staff called him a ‘terrible human being’ days before winning presidency

In 2016, Mick Mulvaney, President Donald Trump’s acting White House chief of staff, called then-presidential candidate Donald Trump “flawed” and said he was going to support him “despite the fact that I think he’s a terrible human being.” The comments were made six days before the 2016 presidential election. Footage of comments made by Mick Mulvaney, President Donald Trump’s pick for acting White House chief of staff, began circulating on the internet hours after the Office of Management and Budget director was selected to serve on an interim basis. Six days before the 2016 presidential election, the former Republican representative debated against his Democratic opponent, Fran Person, for the state’s… Read More

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How crowdsourcing shipping through technology will make last mile delivery cheaper (AMZN)

The proliferation of e-commerce has transformed free shipping and same-day delivery from perks to table stakes — and retailers are paying the price. With daily parcel volumes surging and customers increasingly unlikely to foot the bill, companies have been tasked with finding new ways to offer speedy shipments without eating costs. Among the most popular strategies is crowdsourced delivery, the Uber model helping online shops solve the most expensive part of shipping: the last mile problem. Like Uber and other ride hailing apps, a number of crowdsourced delivery solutions have been cropping up over the past few years to ease these pains by connecting customers directly with local couriers. And… Read More

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Nuggets’ Murray, Thunder’s Westbrook get heated at end of Friday game

Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray may just be in the midst of his third NBA season, but he’s already earning himself a reputation as one of the league’s great antagonists. Los Angeles Lakers fans hate him, Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving has called him out on “BS” and now it looks like Murray’s got another one of the NBA’s so-called villains rattled. On Friday night, Murray’s Nuggets played host to the Oklahoma City Thunder and with play stopped for a jump ball and the Nuggets up by nine with 35.7 seconds left Thunder star Russell Westbrook and Murray looked to be jawing at each other while standing next to each… Read More

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Lillard scores 24, Blazers hold off NBA-best Raptors

PORTLAND, Ore. — Damian Lillard had 24 points and the Portland Trail Blazers snapped a two-game slide with a confidence-boosting 128-122 victory over the NBA-leading Toronto Raptors on Friday night. Zach Collins scored 16 points and Seth Curry added a season-high 13, including three key 3-pointers at the start of the fourth quarter. Both were part of a Portland bench that outscored Toronto’s reserves 58-26. Kawhi Leonard returned after missing two games and had 28 points for the Raptors (23-8), who played without All-Star point guard Kyle Lowry. Danny Green added 19 points and 11 rebounds, matching his season high with five 3s. Portland led by 16 in the fourth… Read More

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Raptors miss Lowry as Trail Blazers pull away from them

PORTLAND – Having a flexible lineup that can adapt to almost any situation has been a stated goal for first-year Toronto Raptors head coach Nick Nurse this season. But becoming experts in playing without their best players was never part of the plan although necessity is the mother of invention. Just as Kawhi Leonard returned to the lineup after missing two games with a bruised hip the Raptors found themselves taking on the Portland Trail Blazers without all-star point guard Kyle Lowry after he was a late scratch after his back tightened up following the Raptors’ off-day on Thursday. It didn’t go well. The guy who did play – Leonard… Read More

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Budget head Mulvaney picked as Trump’s next chief of staff

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has picked budget director Mick Mulvaney to be his acting chief of staff, ending a chaotic search in which several top contenders took themselves out of the running for the job. “Mick has done an outstanding job while in the Administration,” Trump tweeted Friday. “I look forward to working with him in this new capacity as we continue to MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!” Trump added that his current chief of staff, John Kelly, will be staying until the end of the year. “He is a GREAT PATRIOT and I want to personally thank him for his service!” Trump wrote. Trump’s first pick for the job,… Read More

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Scandal-plagued CBS grants $20M to 18 women’s rights groups

NEW YORK — CBS on Friday pledged to give $20 million to 18 organizations dedicated to eliminating sexual harassment in the workplace as the network tries to recover from a scandal that led to the ouster of its top executive, Les Moonves. The announcement comes as the network’s crisis deepens, with details emerging from an ongoing investigation into Moonves’ conduct and news surfacing of other instances of sexual misconduct at CBS. In the latest revelation, CBS acknowledged that it reached a $9.5 million confidential settlement last year with actress Eliza Dushku, who said she was written off the show “Bull” in March 2017 after complaining about on-set sexual comments from… Read More

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