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The Mesothelioma Options Help Center of South Carolina Endorses The Steinberg Law Group as the Top Mesothelioma Law Firm

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The Mesothelioma Options Help Center of South Carolina Endorses The Steinberg Law Group as the Top Mesothelioma Law Firm – Experience/Resources/Results

CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA, USA, July 16, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — The Mesothelioma Options Help Center of South Carolina is dedicated to providing the best possible legal and medical assistance to those stricken with mesothelioma or asbestos-related lung cancer. Anyone wishing to discuss their legal and/or medical options should call (888) 891-2200 to speak directly with an attorney from The Steinberg Law Group.

The Mesothelioma Options Help Center of South Carolina has endorsed The Steinberg Law Group because of their vast experience in handling mesothelioma and other asbestos-related cases. With offices in New York, California and Texas, The Steinberg Law Group has a national footprint that helps win the best possible financial compensation for clients.

Typically, asbestos exposure will have occurred sometime between the 1950s and the 1980s. Some of the most prevalent professions that encountered large quantities of asbestos include power plant workers, maritime workers, industrial workers, plumbers, pipefitters, electricians, mechanics, machinists, miners, railroad workers and construction workers, to name a few. Since the latency period for mesothelioma patients is approximately 40 years, most people diagnosed with mesothelioma or asbestos-related lung cancer in 2020 were exposed decades ago.

Although the risk of exposure to asbestos in South Carolina used to be a lot worse, vermiculite ore, which can often be contaminated with asbestos, is still mined in the northwest region of the state. In addition, according to the U.S. Geological Survey, South Carolina has 8 known asbestos deposits. Residents of South Carolina who used to work in the shipping, mining and/or textile industries must be particularly mindful of the state’s history with asbestos.

Known jobsites, companies and locations with asbestos exposure in South Carolina include, but are not limited to, Union Carbide, Aerocox Corp, Chapin Company, A.P. Green Industries, Nylon Industries, Inc., A.P. Green Refractory Company, Allied Chemical & Dye Corporation, Armstrong Contracting & Supply, Armstrong Cork Company, Appleton Company, Building Mats Company, A Lynn Thomas Company Inc., America & Brigade, American Agri Chemical Company, Chemstrand Corporation, American Tobacco Company, Avco Lycoming, Bird and Son Inc., Carolina Drywall and Insulation Inc., Braswell Services Group, Carolina Power & Light, Carolina Shipping Company, South Carolina Electric & Gas Company, Continental Can Company, Imperial Manufacturing Company, Clearwater Manufacturing Company, Gaffney Manufacturing Company, Glen Lowry Manufacturing Company, Beaumont Manufacturing Company, Marion Manufacturing Company, United Merchant Manufacturers, South Carolina Manufacturing Company, Pacolet Manufacturing Company, Pacolet Yarns, Darlington Manufacturing Company, Darlington Veneer Company, Inc., Hamilton Veneer Company, Maxwell-Campbell, Inc., Nucor Corporation, Nucor Steel, Perfection Gear Company, Perfection American Company, Wellman, Inc., Alice Manufacturing Company, Cone Mills Corporation, Mccormick Mills Corporation, Blue Bird Ice Cream Company, Bristol Metal Products, Inc., T.E. Wannamaker, Inc., Cox Manufacturing Company, Pine Creek Manufacturing Company, American Lava Corp., BMA Inc., American Lumber and Treating Company, Mauldin Lumber Company, Enterprise Lumber Company, US Plywood Corp., Wanamaker Chemical Company, Quantum Chemical, National Distillers & Chemical, Orangeburg Ice and Fuel Company, Sonoco Product Company, Southern Novelty Company, F W Poe Manufacturing Company, Poe Hardware and Supply Company, Fibre Industries, Inc., Fluor Daniel Corporation, Singer Manufacturing Company, Michelin Tire Corp., Dow Chemical Company, Dow Badische, Eastman Kodak Company, Eastman Chemical Company, Stafford Insulation Company, Bonitz Insulation Company, Derrick Insulation Company, Civil Insulation Company, Covil Insulating Company, Covil Sales, Inc., Industrial Burners, Inc., Standard Oil, Thomas A. Lynn Company, Inc., Macreeves Company, United Dye Works, Alexandra Dyeing and Finishing, Inc., United States Constructing Quartermaster, United States Electric Illuminating Company, University of South Carolina, Clemson College, Clemson University, Columbia College, Erskine College, Bob Jones University, Lander College, South Carolina State College, Citadel Military College, Winthrop College, Winthrop University, Wofford College, Spartanburg High School, Central Roofing & Supply Company, Clark Heating Company, Walker Plumbing and Heating Company, Timmons Plumbing & Heating, Sligh Plumbing & Heating, Sanitary Plumbing & Heating, The Florence Steam Laundry Company, Union Dry Cleaning Company and Steam Laundry, Stone Container Corporation, Columbia Pipe Company, Smurfit-Stone Container Enterprises, Inc., Carolina Fiber Company, Columbia Plastering Company, Waccaman Clay Products Company, Columbia Railroad, Gas & Electric, Columbia St. Railway Light and Power Company, Columbia Supply Company, Tidewater Supply Company, Charleston Consolidated Railway, Gas & Electric, Charleston Drydock, Charleston Hydraulic Cotton Press Company, Port Royal Cotton Compressing Company, Bellemonte Cotton Manufacturing Company, Campbell Soup Company, Exide Battery Company, Charleston Memorial Hospital, Charleston Refinery, Charleston Shipbuilding & Drydock Company, Charleston St. Railway Company, Charleston Supply Company, Chevron, Daniel Construction Company, Inc., Mccrory Sumwalt Construction Company, Camden Forest Products, Inc., Duke Siding, Monsanto Corp, Monsanto Chemical Company, Dupont Chemical, Dupont, E.I. Du Pont De Nemours and Company, Owens Corning Fiberglass Corp., Esso Standard Oil Company, Exxon, Industrial Fire Bricks, Spring Industries, J. R. Deans Company, Inc., J P Stevens and Company, Inc., Lane and Mcdonald, Jim Rast D/W Company, Roberts Foundry Company, Parke Davis and Company, Bigelow-Sanford, Inc., Celotex, Bowaters Carolina Corporation, American Enka Corporation, Basf Corp., Central Mills Company, Marines and River Phosphate Mining and Manufacturing Company, Graniteville Manufacturing Company, Niles Manufacturing Company, National Linen Service Corporation, North Brothers, Inc., Kimberly-Clark Corporation, Palmer Manufacturing Company, Roper Hospital, Sears, Roebuck and Company, Peoples Ice and Fuel Company, McDonald, Wilkins and Company, Sheetmetal Workers Union – Local 399, Boilermakers Union – Local 687. Raybestos-Manhattan, United Office Inc., Victor Monaghan Company, Weyerhauser Company, Richland Shale Product Company, Patterson Vermiculite Company, Zonolite Company, W R Grace, Celanese Corp. of America, Celanese Plastics, Celriver Fibers Company, Rock Hill Lumber Company, Rock Hill Printing & Finishing Company, Sherwin Williams Company, W A Blackstone Company, Toledo Engineering Company, Applied Engineering Company, Inc., Garrett Engineering Company, Hercules, Inc., Hoechst Fibers Inc., Kohler Company, Montgomery Ward Company, Whitney Manufacturing Company, Champion Building Products, Ethyl Corporation, Wickes Corporation, Carolina Vermiculite, Palmetto Vermiculite Company, Palmetto Compress Company, Enoree Minerals, West Virgina Pulp & Paper Company, Westinghouse Turbines, Westvaco Corporation, William Bird & Company, Inc., Milliken & Company, Wood Brothers Thresher Company, Wood Preserving Company, Lyman Printing and Finishing Company, Sumter Lighting Company, Sumter Ice and Fuel Company, Delta Finishing Company, Delta Mills, Inc., Greenwood Mills, Inc., International Paper Company, Southern Kraft Paper Company, Southern Kraft Corp., Reigel Paper, Bowater Paper, Bauwaters Papermill, Carotell Paper Board Corporation, Industrial Firebrick Company, Guignard Brick Works, Ricetex Brick, Broad River Brick Company, Columbia Brick Company, U. S. Rubber Company, Plywood Plastics Corporation, Plywood Products Corp., Reading Power, Piedmont Print Works, Southern Bleachery & Print Works, Duke Power Company, Duke Energy Corp., Georgia Power Company, Catawba New Plant, Skyland Power Plant, Catawba Nuclear Plant, Oconee Nuclear Plant, Utica Mohawk Plant, Keowee Hydro Plant, Wateree Steam Plant, Winyah Electric Generating Plant, Urquhart Powerhouse, Dolphus M. Grainger Power Station, Bob Cook Powerhouse, General Electric Power Company, Riley Stoker Corporation, Charleston Naval Shipyard, Detyen’s Shipyards, Todd Shipyard, Charleston Air Force Base, Donaldson Air Force Base, Shaw Air Force Base, Parris Island Marine Base, the Naval Weapons Station at Goose Creek, Fort Jackson Complex and the Savannah River Site.

For the best possible medical treatment for mesothelioma and asbestos-related lung cancer, call (888) 891-2200 so a member of The Steinberg Law Group can determine which hospital/doctor in our network is most convenient for you.

States with the highest incidence of mesothelioma include Oregon, Washington, Louisiana, Minnesota, North Dakota, Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois, Virginia, West Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Maryland, Massachusetts, Maine and Connecticut, Florida, Texas and California. For more information about mesothelioma and asbestos-related lung cancer, call (888) 891-2200 or visit www.mesotheliomaoptions.com/contact/ now.

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Herzog Law Firm Celebrates 75 Years of Serving New York’s Capital Region and Beyond

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In celebration of this diamond jubilee, Herzog Law Firm has planned activities throughout the anniversary year to engage employees, the community, and clients.

Serving the community has been an honor”

— Debra Verni, Esq. Managing Principal

ALBANY, NEW YORK, USA, July 14, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — 2021 marks Herzog Law Firm’s 75th year of serving the Capital Region, Hudson Valley and the North Country.

Created by World War II veteran Jacob Herzog in 1946, Herzog Law Firm has evolved through the years as has the community it has served. Notwithstanding these changes, the firm has kept its core value of providing exceptional legal services to its clients in place.

Whether by representing local banks, colleges, and corporate clients regarding mergers and acquisitions, or small businesses in their day to day needs and succession planning, Herzog has served as a steady hand guiding local businesses.

Several decades ago, Herzog Law Firm began to develop their Estate Planning, Elder Law, and Estate Administration practices which, through the years, has proudly called thousands of families and individuals as clients. Since Herzog Law Firm’s inception, the average life expectancy has increased by 15 years. That fact along with changes in tax laws and long term care programs has made estate and long term care planning a more important part of life. Today, Herzog Law Firm’s Estate Planning and Long Term Care Planning practice is one of the area’s largest.

On behalf of its founding partner Jake Herzog, current managing partner, Debra A. Verni, Esq., and all the attorneys and staff who continue to help clients with their legal needs, serving the community for 75 years has been an honor.

In celebration of this diamond jubilee anniversary, Herzog Law Firm has planned various activities throughout the anniversary year to engage employees, the community, and clients. The partners and staff are supporting a number of area non-profits, in particular, the Alzheimer’s Association, as the presenting sponsor of several of their Walk to End Alzheimer’s events, local community senior centers and will be hosting a blood drive at its Albany office on August 25th and in Kingston on August 26th. More events are being planned.

Herzog Law Firm currently has four offices located in Albany, Saratoga Springs, Clifton Park, and Kingston and is owned and operated by Debra A. Verni, Esq., David A. Kubikian, Esq. and Jane-Marie Schaeffer, Esq.

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The Mesothelioma Options Help Center of North Carolina Endorses The Steinberg Law Group as the Top Mesothelioma Law Firm

The Steinberg Law Group has the experiences, resources and results to obtain the maximum financial compensation for veterans

We are affiliated with doctors around the country.

We support our veterans.

Asbestos was used in the construction world for decades.

Inhaling one fiber of asbestos is enough to cause mesothelioma decades later.

The Mesothelioma Options Help Center of North Carolina Endorses The Steinberg Law Group as the Top Mesothelioma Law Firm – Experience/Resources/Results

CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA, USA, July 13, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — The Mesothelioma Options Help Center of North Carolina is dedicated to providing the best possible legal and medical assistance to those stricken with mesothelioma or asbestos-related lung cancer. Anyone wishing to discuss their legal and/or medical options should call (888) 891-2200 to speak directly with an attorney from The Steinberg Law Group.

The Mesothelioma Options Help Center of North Carolina has endorsed The Steinberg Law Group because of their vast experience in handling mesothelioma and other asbestos-related cases. With offices in New York, California and Texas, The Steinberg Law Group has a national footprint that helps win the best possible financial compensation for clients.

Typically, asbestos exposure will have occurred sometime between the 1950s and the 1980s. Some of the most prevalent professions that encountered large quantities of asbestos include power plant workers, maritime workers, industrial workers, plumbers, pipefitters, electricians, mechanics, machinists, miners, railroad workers and construction workers, to name a few. Since the latency period for mesothelioma patients is approximately 40 years, most people diagnosed with mesothelioma or asbestos-related lung cancer in 2020 were exposed decades ago.

North Carolina as a state has a long history of exposure to asbestos. From naturally occurring asbestos around the Appalachian Mountain range, to vermiculite-processing plants in Franklin County, Sanford and Spruce Pine, to asbestos-contaminated talc mines, one of the reasons residents of North Carolina have a higher incidence of mesothelioma than the national average is due simply to the abundancy of the mineral in the state. North Carolina’s large military bases and industrial worksites are also a major source of potential asbestos exposure for residents of the state.

Known jobsites, companies and locations with asbestos exposure in North Carolina include, but are not limited to, Burleson Mine, Frank Mine, Johns River Mine, Addie Olivine Mine, Asbestos Mine, Alders Mine, Brockton Mine, Bryson Mine, Coldsides Mountain Mine, Henderson Mine, Holden Mine, Manus Mine, Hogback Creek Mine, Jennings No. 1 Mine, Jenning No. 2 Mine, Rattlesnake Corundum Mine, Round Mountain Mine, Sapphire Mine, Peterman Mine, Higdon Mine, Corundum Hill Mine, Kilpatrick Mine, Miller Mine, Oakland Mine, Walnut Cove Mine, Socrates Corundum Mine, Blue Rock Mine, J.C. Woody Mine, Newdale Mine, Sam Grindstaff Mine, Balsam Gap Olivine Deposit, Day Book Dunite Deposit, Dark Ridge Olivine Deposit, Chestnut Gap Chromite Prospect, Bad Creek Prospect, Harris Prospect, Commissioner Creek Prospect, J.H. Pannell Prospect, Soapstone Branch Prospect, C.W. Allen Prospect, Cas Thomas Prospect, L.E. Cash Property, Carolina Power and Light Company, Liggett Myers Tobacco Factory, Watauga County Public Schools, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Education Center, Appalachian State University residence dorms, Fayetteville Street Apartments, Owens-Corning Fiberglass Charlotte Campus, Metrolina Warehouse in Davidson, NC, New Hanover County Administration Building, Fort Bragg, Camp Lejeune, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, Camp Grainger, Tarawa Terrace, Carolina Asbestos Corporation, Whittaker, Clark & Daniels, Zonolite, Inc., Carolina Vermiculite Company, Southern Vermiculite, American Vermiculite Company and Carolina Wholesale.

For the best possible medical treatment for mesothelioma and asbestos-related lung cancer, call (888) 891-2200 so a member of The Steinberg Law Group can determine which hospital/doctor in our network is most convenient for you.

States with the highest incidence of mesothelioma include Oregon, Washington, Louisiana, Minnesota, North Dakota, Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois, Virginia, West Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Maryland, Massachusetts, Maine and Connecticut, Florida, Texas and California. For more information about mesothelioma and asbestos-related lung cancer, call (888) 891-2200 or visit www.mesotheliomaoptions.com/contact/ now.

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Richard Hammond saves father and son car restoration firm with new business plan

Mr Hammond’s new firm promises to cater for all audiences from “smaller jobs to full restorations”. However, the Top Gear star has said he is “not delusional enough” to think someone would trust him with their expensive vehicle.

He hinted the car is unlikely to become a “marque specialist” with “surprises” set to come into their factory.

He said: “I don’t envisage us ever becoming a marque specialist.

“I’d far rather enjoy bigger surprises coming into the workshop… so we are open to all classic car owners offering everything from smaller jobs to full restorations.

“We are a new business and I’m not delusional enough to imagine anyone would immediately entrust us with a half million pound car, though, fingers crossed.

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He said the name is a reference to their commitment to attention to detail, attending cars “right down to the smallest cog”.

Mr Hammond said following in his grandfather’s footsteps was a massive inspiration for taking on the project.

He worked as a coachbuilder at the famous Mulliners factory in Birmingham and later at Jensen.

However, the final push for the new project came about after Mr Hammond’s restoration team were set to lose their workshop.

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Michelle Dewberry's spat with drinks firm after they pull GB News ads

GB News presenter Michelle Dewberry has got into a row with a popular drinks brand after they pulled their adverts from the news channel.

Kopparberg, which makes the popular brand of ciders, has withdrawn their series of adverts from the channel, which launched on Sunday evening, after claiming the adverts ran “without our knowledge or consent.”

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Following a tweet which aimed to support advertisers on the channel, which has come under fire from some who are dubious about its ‘anti-woke’ stance, the drinks company instead, seemingly misunderstanding the pro-GB News tweet, responded by saying: “Thanks for bringing this to our attention.

“We want to make it clear to everyone that our ad ran on this channel without our knowledge or consent.

“Kopparberg is a drink for everyone and we have immediately suspended our ads from this channel pending further review of its content.”

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Michelle, the former Apprentice winner who hails from Hull and is fronting her own show, Dewbs&Co, was clearly unimpressed and tweeted to her 114k followers: “Imagine being @KopparbergUK and saying with a straight face that ‘you are a drink for everyone’ and then wanting to pull ads from a section of viewers.

“Either you are indeed a ‘drink for everyone’ or you’re not.”

Many of Michelle’s followers jumped in to support her stance and vowed to boycott Kopparberg.

One posted: “I think you will discover that @GBNEWS is a channel for everyone. I would be interested to hear a thorough explanation if you find otherwise.

“In the meantime I have just returned 24 bottles Kopparberg to the supermarket and swapped them for Bulmers.”

Another wrote: “If you boycott this show, a perfectly balanced, unbiased, media network, I will boycott your brand and I’m almost certain I’m responsible for at least a third of Kopparberg sales in the UK.”

A third said: “What an outrageous response! I have one bottle of Kopparberg left in my fridge and it will be my last. These vile companies that don’t believe in free speech or freedom of thought do not deserve our custom.”

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Your NHS records could be shared with controversial US tech firm, campaigners say

One of the companies that will be able to trawl through millions of patients’ data – once kept under lock and key in your local GP surgery – will be US software firm Palantir, digital rights campaign group Foxglove has claimed. Palantir, founded by Peter Thiel – a strong supporter of President Donald Trump, specialises in big data surveillance and analytics for the police, military and state security.

Palantir, which is worth around £30 billion, has had its fair share of controversies over the years. In a Parliamentary inquiry in 2018, Cambridge Analytica research director Christopher Wylie claimed that Palantir used the same Facebook data, including posts from their timeline, photos shared and messages between friends, that was mined by his company ahead of the US Presidential Election and Brexit referendum.

Critic says that US police forces that have relied on Palantir’s “predictive policing” software, which analyses crime records to proactively move resources closest to the next possible crime scene, have unfairly targeting poor and black communities.

NHS Digital, which runs the IT systems for the health service, is spearheading the move to modernise medical records. According to NHS Digital, the software currently used by GP surgeries across England is more than a decade old and no longer fit for purpose. It also states that only organisations with a “legal basis and legitimate need to use” will be able to tap into the centralised database. So, would that include Palantir?

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Well, that’s a little less clear.

When approached by the Daily Mail, NHS Digital wouldn’t reveal whether Palantir is one of the companies with a “legitimate” need to access the records. However, the US company has become increasingly involved with the health service in recent years. After offering to build a Covid-19 database for the UK, Palantir was awarded two more contracts from the UK Government totalling £24 million.

Digital rights campaigners Foxglove has said it is “very concerned” that Palantir, which is listed on the NHS website as a “preferred partner” for procurement of NHS data service, could be hired to manage the new database of millions of records. Foxglove is just one of 50 organisations now calling on the health service to end its commercial relationship with the company.

Foxglove director Cori Crider summarised: “Palantir is the last company we want anywhere near the NHS.”

Sensitive information, including mental and sexual health data, criminal records, full postcode and date of birth, will be included in the database of NHS records. However, NHS Digital says that anything that could be used to identify you from your records will be pseudonymised before it’s uploaded from your local GP practice.

“This means that this data is replaced with unique codes so patients cannot be directly identified in the data which is shared with us. The data is also securely encrypted,” NHS Digital explains.

However, the code to unscramble the anonymised data will be held by the NHS. This is different from the approach taken by some tech companies, including Apple and WhatsApp, which do not store the digital keys that could unscramble the anonymised data. That’s why Apple refused to help FBI investigators who hoped to unlock an iPhone owned by one of the terrorist suspects.

According to Apple CEO Tim Cook, “In today’s digital world, the ‘key’ to an encrypted system is a piece of information that unlocks the data, and it is only as secure as the protections around it. Once the information is known, or a way to bypass the code is revealed, the encryption can be defeated by anyone with that knowledge. In the physical world, it would be the equivalent of a master key, capable of opening hundreds of millions of locks – from restaurants and banks to stores and homes. No reasonable person would find that acceptable.”

NHS Digital will hold the keys to unlock its anonymised data, but says it will “only ever re-identify the data if there was a lawful reason to do so and it would need to be compliant with data protection law”.

To remove yourself from the database, you’ll need to fill out a form and submit it to your GP. If you don’t do this before the deadline, your medical records will become a permanent feature of the NHS Digital database. Opting out after September 1, 2021 will still work, but will only apply to future data – any historic data will still be available to researchers, academic and commercial partners of the NHS. You can find the form required to opt-out here.

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GB News' Michelle Dewberry in firm defence of Thatcher: 'I can do anything thanks to her'

Ms Dewberry will be joining the new television channel GB News. The businesswoman and broadcaster will anchor a programme five nights a week connecting with communities across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Born and bred in Hull, Ms Dewberry is a strong advocate of addressing the north-south divide and an outspoken champion of non-metropolitan communities.

Since leaving school at 16, she has founded several start-ups, advised multiple businesses and worked on numerous projects to support the unemployed back to work.

Ms Dewberry stood as a candidate in Hull in two general elections, first as an Independent in 2017 and later for the Brexit Party in 2019 when she secured nearly 18 percent of the vote.

Commenting on joining GB News, she said: “We are aiming to create something different and yes, opinion will feature in that. We will discuss the news, not just report it.”

As anticipation for the channel grows, unearthed reports shed light on Ms Dewberry’s personal opinions.

In 2019, the Apprentice star clashed with author Afua Hirsch on whether Margaret Thatcher should have been honoured with a statue in her hometown.

Ms Hirsch claimed the former Prime Minister helped to “create neoliberalism”, while Ms Dewberry contended that she helped females believe they can “achieve anything”.

During a debate on Sky News’ The Pledge, Guardian columnist Ms Hirsch argued: “She did more harm to equality than any other leader in my lifetime.

“She created the destruction of banking reforms that helped create the credit crisis. She helped create neoliberalism that has made us unequal.

“There are so many of our current problems that began with her.”

Ms Dewberry fired back: “I really do believe I can achieve anything that I want.

“I don’t believe my gender holds me back.

“You might call me deluded but I don’t believe that.”

Ms Hirsch interjected: “I don’t call you deluded.”

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The Apprentice star continued: “I feel like I can do anything and one of those reasons that I have that belief is because of people like Margaret Thatcher.

“The daughter of a greengrocer or whatever he was. She rose up in a significantly male-dominated field to become the very, very top of her industry and field and I respect that.

“She may have made some ridiculous decisions, you know, she did many things that I disagree with.

“But I massively respect the achievement that she made and in this environment where we’re constantly telling little girls ‘you’re going to be discriminated against’.

“We must be showing them areas where they won’t be.”

The heated comments followed a brand new statue of Margaret Thatcher being approved in her hometown of Grantham in Lincolnshire.

The statue is due to be erected later this year, but a date is yet to be fixed.

The council agreed to put it on a 10ft (3m) high plinth to prevent vandalism, making the entire structure more than 20ft (6m) high overall.

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In a report addressed to the committee IN 2019, police said it would not “object” to the statue in the town, but warned of the possible consequences.

The police said: “The divisive nature of Baroness Thatcher due to her political career and policy legacy and the potential for this to result in vandalism has been raised as a concern.

“A threat assessment has been carried out by Lincolnshire Police who consider there is a possibility any public statue of Baroness Thatcher could be a target for politically motivated vandals.”

However, Councillor Matthew Lee, leader of South Kesteven District Council, said Mrs Thatcher deserved the memorial regardless of people’s politics because of her impact on British life.

Mr Lee said: “Margaret Thatcher was an important political figure, both nationally and internationally, and deserves to be recognised in her hometown.

“Whatever your views, the statue will undoubtedly attract more visitors to the town which can only be good news for Grantham’s local economy, bringing benefits and opportunities for residents and local businesses.”

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Awful broadband speeds from BT and Virgin in your area? This new firm wants to help

If you’re struggling to get half-decent broadband speeds from existing brands, like BT, TalkTalk, Sky or Virgin Media, a newly-launched company wants to help out. Tiger Fibre, which is based in Solihull, plans to roll out gigabit-capable fibre broadband across homes and businesses in the UK.

Tiger Fibre hasn’t yet disclosed where its infrastructure upgrades will be focused, however, what makes this company so interesting is that it will specifically target poorly-served areas. To do that, Tiger Fibre will be digging up roads itself to install new cables as well as using Dark Fibre. For those who don’t know, the latter refers to unused optical fibre already installed in the ground.

Dark Fibre, also known as unlit fibre, happens because of the huge cost in installing fibre-optic cables. As such, cables are often laid with significant extra capacity, so that companies can use them in future.

The existence of Tiger Fibre, which doesn’t yet have a website or any online presence, was uncovered as part of a new request for Code Powers from Ofcom. The latter happens on a regular basis so that network operators can reduce the number of licenses needed for street works. The excellent internet-obsessed blog ISPreview found the reference to Tiger Fibre in the mountain of paperwork.

Unfortunately, aside from its mission to flip the switch on Dark Fibre and create new infrastructure in under-served areas, little else is known about Tiger Fibre. The company won’t be the selling broadband contracts to customers directly. Instead, Tiger Fibre will act as a wholesale provider, allowing companies like TalkTalk, Plusnet, Sky or others to use the full-fibre infrastructure to bring faster speeds to customers.

Gigabit-capable connections can reach speeds of 1,000Mbps or higher. While the latter might be a bit overkill for most people at the moment, these will be a necessity as new technologies, like 8K video streaming, Virtual Reality games, and more, become mainstream.

Busy households with multiple people streaming video, backing-up their data to the cloud, downloading video games or operating system updates, making video calls, streaming music …or multiple smart home gadgets, including Alexa and other smart speakers, home security, and video doorbells, will need much, much more bandwidth than the 80Mbps experienced by most people across the UK right now.

Gigabit-capable cables will ensure homes across the country are able to increase their demands in line with their demands, something older copper cables, which are also more prone to be impacted by bad weather, cannot provide.

During the last general election, Boris Johnson promised to bring full-fibre broadband to every household by 2025. Since becoming Prime Minister, Johnson has watered-down that pledge …now only offering around 85 percent coverage across the UK. Experts have warned those who live in areas where it isn’t always commercially viable to install a huge amount of new gigabit-capable fibre-optic cable will be the ones to suffer – larger towns and city centres are likely already well served by full-fibre connections, or will be very soon.

Let’s hope Tiger Fibre gets started on its mission to bring speedier connections to those without (the average speed in the UK right now still dwindles around 80Mbps) in the coming months.

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Margaret Thatcher’s team ‘made secret deals with Scargill’ – but Iron Lady stood firm

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Mrs Thatcher’s reputation as the Iron Lady, a nickname bestowed on her by the Soviet press, was cemented after she took on the miners in the mid-Eighties and won. The year-long strike that stretched between 1984 and 1985, led by Mr Scargill as president of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), changed the face of Britain forever. A behind-the-scenes account of how Mrs Thatcher defeated the miners, with contributions from Downing Street insiders, will air on Channel 5 this evening.
And ahead of the documentary’s release, unearthed reports cast light on Mr Scargill’s alternative narrative of events.

Speaking 25 years after the strike, Mr Scargill claimed a negotiated settlement was actually agreed by Mrs Thatcher’s Government – and further argued that then Labour leader Neil Kinnock would have become Prime Minister if he had thrown his weight behind the miners.

Mr Scargill, who noted that the deals were kept strictly secret, insisted that the NUM actually negotiated five separate settlements.

Four of them, he said, were “sabotaged or withdrawn following the intervention of Mrs Thatcher”.

Margaret Thatcher and Arthur Scargill

Margaret Thatcher’s team ‘made secret deals with Scargill’ (Image: GETTY)

Arthur Scargill during the miners' strike

Arthur Scargill during the miners’ strike (Image: GETTY)

On a fifth occasion, in October 1984, he claimed he was told by an unnamed minister that the Cabinet had agreed to “settle the strike on the union’s terms” – until the pit deputies’ union abandoned its pledge to join the industrial action.

Mr Scargill, speaking to The Guardian in 2009, remained defiant and unapologetic despite the accusation from former Tory minister Norman Tebbit that he had “declared war on democracy”.

Mr Scargill rejected claims he had refused to hold a national ballot and defended his decision to concentrate mass picketing at the infamous Orgreave coking plant in Yorkshire.

He also hit out at his critics, arguing that the likes of Mr Kinnock tried to smear him to “cover up their own guilt” in failing to give British miners the support that could have “changed the political direction of the nation”.

Mr Scargill claimed: “If Mrs Thatcher had lost, the Tories would have dumped her as they did in 1990.

“Mr Kinnock didn’t see what Mr Wilson did and even Mr Foot did in 1981.

“If he had supported the strike openly and called on other workers to support it, I believe Mrs Thatcher would have fallen and Mr Kinnock would have become Prime Minister.”

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Miners' strike

Miners clashed with police during the strike (Image: GETTY)

At the time of the 1984-5 strike, more than 180,000 Britons worked as miners in 170 collieries.

It was called off in March 1985 and, by 1994, only 8,000 miners were left at 16 collieries.

When Mrs Thatcher took office as Britain’s first female Prime Minister in May 1979, she took the reins of a nation mired in economic turmoil.

She started an economic revolution built around her firm belief in the independence of the individual from the state and limited government interference.

The Iron Lady later reflected that her goal had been to turn the country from a “dependent to a self-reliant society, from a give-it-to-me to a do-it-yourself nation”.

Her war with the miners was a natural consequence of her focus on privatising state-owned industries – such as steel and coal – that relied heavily on Government subsidies.

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Miners' strike

The miners’ strike lasted for almost a year (Image: GETTY)

Margaret Thatcher

Margaret Thatcher won three general elections and her victory over the miners was critical (Image: GETTY)

She also set out to curb the power of Britain’s trade unions after witnessing the devastating impact of the last major miners’ strike that brought down Edward Heath’s Government in the Seventies.

On March 6, 1984, the National Coal Board announced its plan to cut the country’s coal output by four million tonnes in an effort to stem catastrophic annual losses.

Mr Scargill and the NUM estimated the plan would mean the closure of 20 pits and the loss of at least 20,000 jobs.

On the day of the announcement, miners at a colliery in South Yorkshire walked out on the job and Mr Scargill used this as an opportunity to call a nationwide strike.

Using aggressive picketing tactics, the striking miners managed to shut down many pits across Britain.

But unlike in the Seventies, Mrs Thatcher took steps to stockpile enough coal and coke to keep the country supplied for at least six months.

She had also made secret deals with non-unionised drivers to transport the coal, ensuring that power outages would not cripple the country as during previous strikes.

Neil Kinnock

Neil Kinnock could have been PM if he’d backed the miners, according to Arthur Scargill (Image: GETTY)

Some of the worst violence occurred in South Yorkshire, including a standoff at the British Steel coking plant in Orgreave on June 18, 1984.

What later became known as the “Battle of Orgreave” involved 10,000 miners and 5,000 police officers.

Dozens of miners were arrested, but the Government’s prosecution of them fell apart after it emerged that the police had fabricated evidence.

On March 3, 1985, Mr Scargill announced that the strike was off.

He insisted that the campaign against job losses was to continue but conceded that miners would return to work.

The NUM’s final vote was 98 to 91 in favour of a return.

By 1994, when the coal mining industry was ultimately privatised, Britain had just 15 collieries.

When Mrs Thatcher died in 2013, only three remained.

Mrs Thatcher vs the Miners airs on Channel 5 at 9pm this evening. It will also be available on My5.

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Apollo-owned firms agree to purchase two nostalgic firms for $5 billion

Apollo Global Management, the private-equity firm co-founded by disgraced Wall Street tycoon Leon Black, agreed to buy two of the top has-been names from the early days of consumer internet firms – Yahoo and AOL – for $ 5 billion.

The deal to buy Verizon’s media unit, including Yahoo and AOL, was quickly met with mockery after it was announced on Monday. “This is interesting news,” podcast host Mark Eastman said. “Also, they are offloading pet rocks and a disco ball manufacturer.”

Indeed, Yahoo and AOL have fallen a long way since being ubiquitous players back when the internet mushroomed up as a gigantic consumer marketplace and public square in the 1990s and early 2000s. The companies had combined market values exceeding $ 300 billion around the turn of the millennium, before they were overtaken by today’s Big Tech giants.

CNET News editor Stephen Shankland pointed out that today’s purchase price for Verizon’s entire media business is about equivalent to the difference between what Microsoft was willing to pay in negotiations to buy Yahoo for nearly $ 45 billion and the price that Yahoo’s management was demanding.

Yahoo and AOL were long past their peaks when Verizon bought them for a combined $ 9 billion in 2015 and 2016, respectively. Traffic has further eroded since then. For instance, Yahoo lost 34% of its audience between 2017 and 2019, and suspension of its popular comments section on news articles last year may have led to more losses.

Verizon will receive $ 4.25 billion in cash for Yahoo, AOL and its other media assets. It will retain a 10%, $ 750 million stake in the business, which will be renamed simply Yahoo, Apollo said. Yahoo’s Guru Gowrappan will stay on as chief executive.

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Private-equity firms typically carve up acquired companies and slash costs, at least partly through job cuts, to make them profitable before selling them off – sometimes in pieces – for big gains. But Gowrappan said the takeover by Apollo, which is scheduled to close in this year’s second half, will help Yahoo accelerate its growth.

“We are big believers in the growth prospects of Yahoo and the macro tailwinds driving growth in digital media, advertising technology and consumer internet platforms,” said David Sambur, a senior partner at Apollo.

Social-media users were largely unconvinced. “Apollo out here striking while the iron is cold and the blacksmith is in bed,” one Twitter commenter said.

Apollo was co-founded by Leon Black, who stepped down as CEO in March, though he retained a 23% ownership interest in the firm. It came to light earlier this year that Black paid the late financier and pedophile Jeffrey Epstein $ 158 million, allegedly for financial advice.

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It’s not clear what advice the 69-year-old Black, a veteran Wall Street dealmaker, might have needed from Epstein. Black’s fortune is estimated by Forbes at more than $ 9 billion. Apollo’s other co-founders, billionaires Mark Rowan and Joshua Harris, remain with the firm.

“Yahoo and AOL are going to be bought by the moneyed friends of Epstein,” artist Kay Zed said on Twitter. “Great.”

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