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Salesforce CEO: tech billionaires ‘hoard their money’ and won’t help homeless

In Guardian interview, Marc Benioff calls out Twitters Jack Dorsey and others for failing to give back to city where they got rich Marc Benioff, the Salesforce CEO, has escalated his attacks on fellow San Francisco billionaires, saying they are hoarding money and dont want to help the homeless. In an interview with the Guardian on Tuesday, the tech entrepreneur intensified his efforts to call out ultra-wealthy business leaders has caused divides in the tech industry, which has typically been resistance to taxes that could income inequality. The CEOs unusual…

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Dublin’s homelessness crisis jars with narrative of Irish economic boom

Ireland is the EUs star performer, but almost 700 families have become homeless in the capital this year Jobs are bountiful, luring back emigrants and drawing newcomers. Property prices are soaring. Chic restaurants are fully booked weeks in advance. RT television is showcasing the top new entries to People in emergency accommodation in Ireland Its virtually an emergency situation, said Tommy Gordon, who manages Wicklow Homeless Five Loaves, a drop-in centre south of Dublin. Were supplying tents and sleeping bags to the homeless and food to those in financial difficulty.…

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Security robots are being used to ward off San Franciscos homeless population

Is it worse if a robot instead of a human is used to deter the homeless from setting up camp outside places of business? One such bot cop recently took over the outside of the San Francisco SPCA, an animal advocacy and pet adoption clinic in the city’s Mission district, to deter homeless people from hanging out there — causing some people to get very upset. Silicon Valley game developer and Congressional candidate Brianna Wu tweeted yesterday her dismay at the move, saying, “I’m sorry for being so frank but…

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Council proposes 1,000 fines for homeless people sleeping in tents

Stoke-on-Trent council called callous for proposing penalty notice in city centre followed by court appearance and fine A council has been called cruel and callous for proposing 1,000 fines to homeless people sleeping in tents in the city centre. Stoke-on-Trent council in Staffordshire is consulting on a public space protection order (PSPO) that will make it an offence for a person to assemble, erect, occupy or use a tent unless part of a council-sanctioned activity such as a music festival. Under such a scheme anyone who fails to pay their…

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Ben Carson hails homelessness agency that Trump budget would eliminate

Head of housing and urban development did defend proposed cuts that would affect agency, saying: We have to stop the bleeding if were going to get healing Ben Carson, a neurosurgeon and the secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, has defended massive cuts to his own agency , saying we have to stop the bleeding if were going to get healing. Speaking before a Senate committee, he offered no objections to the budget proposed by the Trump administration, which envisions a funding reduction of $7.4bn compared to…

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Seattle grapples with Airbnb in proposal to limit hosts to two properties

Seattle will move forward with plans to restrict how many units its residents can list on short-term rental platforms like Airbnb and VRBO. Keeping things a little more lax than cities that have adopted a Seattles proposal would allow each short-term rental host to list their own place of residence coupled with one extra housing unit. The city has issued a revised set of short-term rental regulations that aim to strike a balance between keeping long-term renters and short-term hosts happy. In Seattle as in many cities, short-term rental services…

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