Back-to-school allowance to be increased by €100 in bid to help parents

The rate of the back-to-school allowance will be increased by €100 under new plans unveiled by Ministers on Tuesday evening. There will also be a major expansion of the school meals programme and school transport fees will be waived for primary and secondary students. The measures worth €67 million were announced by Minister for Social … Read more

Judges keeping Capitol riot trials in DC amid bias claims

WASHINGTON — For some of the Washington, D.C., residents who reported for jury duty last month, a pro-Trump mob’s assault on the U.S. Capitol felt like a personal attack. Ahead of a trial for a Michigan man charged in the riot, one prospective juror said a police officer injured during the melee is a close … Read more

Most Marin County schools to offer transitional kindergarten this fall

Almost all Marin school districts are planning new transitional kindergarten programs — or expanding existing ones — this fall. The state, which last year mandated universal TK for all 4-year-olds, is only financing the program for districts that are state-funded, or what is referred to as “local control funding formula” districts that offer per-student subsidies. … Read more

On Politics: Judge rejects ‘good cause’ eviction law, likely causing others to follow

Albany’s Common Council overwhelmingly passed the good cause bill almost a year ago and Mayor Kathy Sheehan, a Democrat, proudly signed it into law. Modeled on proposed state legislation, it includes a requirement that landlords cannot evict a tenant or refuse to renew a lease unless one of 10 possible conditions are met, such as … Read more

Cape Town now officially has the highest building in the world made with hemp | Businessinsider

84 Harrington Street (Image supplied) The 12-storey at 84 Harrington Street in Cape Town has been named as the world’s tallest to be constructed from hempcrete blocks and hemp building materials. The property was bought in 2016 by Hemporium’s Duncan Parker with the idea of having it as the brand’s flagship store and “Hemp Hotel”. … Read more