Don’t emulate ‘poor’ Belgian devolution, Tony Blair told

first_imgBelgium has “elaborate but badly functioning mechanisms for involving the regions and communities in the agreement of EU legislation,” according to the text, and “the country’s record on implementation is also poor.”The goal of the briefing, written by senior civil servants, was to help Blair navigate a new life of protocol and policy as head of the government.The text also includes a warning that he and his wife Cherie may have to spend more on clothes than they did as “private citizens.” Civil servants also wrote that ministers should use government cars in a way “that could be defended in public if challenged.”The advice also included more mundane information: Blair could charge drinks consumed in his study to No. 10, but would have to pay for drinks in the No. 10 flat out of his own pocket.Referring to financial arrangements for Blair, the memo reads that “I’m sure this will not be top of your agenda,” while on his pension arrangements it reads: “I am sure, even less on your mind than your salary etc!” Also On POLITICO In Trump’s embrace, Macron risks catching Tony Blair syndrome By Nicholas Vinocur Avoid the “elaborate but badly functioning” Belgian system of government at all costs, Tony Blair was advised by civil servants when he first stepped into No. 10 Downing Street in 1997, the BBC reported.The advice was part of a briefing running to hundreds of pages for the then incoming prime minister after his landslide election victory, released under Freedom of Information laws.The memo highlights ways to avoid the Belgian system of devolution in advice on how a transfer of powers from London to Scotland and Wales would work within the EU.last_img read more

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Real will not play at the Santiago Bernabeu at the end…

first_imgReal Madrid will not play their remaining home matches of the Spanish championship at their club stadium “Santiago Bernabeu”. This was announced by the president of the club Florentino Perez.The Whites, who finished second in the standings of La Liga, will complete the 2019/20 campaign at their training complex, using the Alfredo di Stefano Stadium in Valdebebas.“The decision will help us complete the repair work on the Santiago Bernabeu on time,” Perez said.The Spanish championship will be resumed on June 13 after a three-month break due to the COVID-19 pandemic.last_img read more

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Why is NFC in the Google Plus Android App?

first_imgRole of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement sarah perez A couple of these features are already in the works, as it turns out. The blog AboutFoursquare.com recently found that the Android application offers a feature called “Google Check-ins,” accessed by tapping the checkmark icon on the “Stream” page of the Android app. This feature is built on top of Google’s location-based service Latitude, which introduced check-ins in February, but lacks the Latitude branding, it seems. Users who check in by way of this service can post that check in directly to their stream on Google Plus, limiting its visibility by Circles (groups), if desired. Google Check-ins would be Google’s direct counterpart to Facebook’s Places, and could easily be NFC-enabled in the future.Business pages, the Google equivalent to Facebook Pages, have also been promised in Google Plus, reports Mike Blumenthal, referring to a comment left by Google VP of Local and Commerce on Blumenthal’s blog:“…yes, we will have (SMB) business profile page on Google Plus. I can’t announce a launch date yet, but we want to make them great, and we’re coding as fast as we can.”Putting it all together, it becomes clear that the current NFC support discovered in the Google Plus Android app is only the beginning. Future updates to the app could expand the support to enable things like NFC-based check-ins, or NFC smart posters that link to business pages. Oh wait, Google already has those. It makes sense that this could then be tied into the Google Plus service, like so:Tap a poster, visit the Google Place page, check in at the business, share to Google Plus. Yes, that would work.For more NFC news, go here. Additional Sources: NFCWorld, PocketNow, Blumenthals, AboutFoursquare(also image credit), Ridz.sg (also video credit) What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … What’s the benefit of such a thing, besides being a clever little trick? For now, that’s all it is, but it indicates that NFC will likely grow to become an important part of the Google Plus social network in the future. More practical uses for the technology, when more widely supported by handset makers, would be for tasks like performing check-ins (i.e., registering your arrival at a location), sharing contact info with others, “friending” Google Plus users and navigating to particular pages.Google Plus Features that Could be NFC-Enabled Tags:#Google#Location#mobile#NYT#web center_img Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Singapore-based developer Ridzuan Ashim spotted NFC support for tag reading in the Android application for Google Plus, the new social networking service launched into private beta only days ago. NFC, short for near field communication, is a wireless technology that enables data exchanges over short distances. The technology is currently present in a small subset of phones, including some Nokia devices, Google’s own Samsung-built Nexus S, variants of the Samsung Galaxy S II and others.But what is NFC doing in the Google Plus app?Video Demo of NFC in Google PlusIn the video posted by Ashim, he demonstrates how NFC makes sharing easy within the social networking service. Using a Nexus S, he scans an NFC tag containing the “text” record type, which is one of the four specific RTD’s (Record Type Definitions) defined by the non-profit industry association NFC Forum. This specification describes how text content can be stored within an NFC tag.When scanned, the text stored in the tag automatically populates the “Share your thoughts” screen in the Google Plus Android app, which is typically used to post personal status updates to Google Plus. Related Posts The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

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