Pragya Thakur hospitalised fails to appear before court

first_imgBhopal/Mumbai: BJP MP Pragya Singh Thakur failed to appear before a court in Mumbai Thursday – for the second time this week – in connection with the 2008 Malegaon blast case. Her lawyer told the court that she is suffering from high blood pressure and is unable to travel from Bhopal to Mumbai. Thakur was hospitalised for a stomach ailment in Bhopal Wednesday night and discharged early Thursday, her close aide Upma told PTI, adding the BJP MP would return to the hospital after attending an event in Bhopal. Also Read – Dussehra with a ‘green’ twist Thakur, who had been directed to appear before the special court in Mumbai in the Malegaon blast case, now has just a day left to comply with the court directions. “She (Pragya Singh) is unwell. She was hospitalised last night for medication and is suffering from some stomach- related ailment. She was administered injectable medicines,” Upma said. “She was discharged from the hospital this morning and is taking part in a programme on request of (party) workers, but will return to the hospital immediately afterwards as she is not well,” Upma said. Also Read – India receives its first Rafale fighter jet from France On Monday, the special court had rejected application of Thakur, who defeated Congress veteran Digvijay Singh from Bhopal, for exemption from appearance in the court this week. Thakur had sought the exemption for completing formalities relating to Parliament but the court said her presence is necessary at this stage in the case. In May this year, the court, which is conducting a trial against seven accused in the case, including Thakur, directed all of them to appear before it at least once a week. As the hearing began Thursday, Thakur’s lawyer Prashant Magoo submitted an application before NIA Judge V S Padalkar seeking exemption from her appearance in the court. Magoo said Thakur was suffering from high blood pressure and was unable to travel from Bhopal to Mumbai. The court granted her exemption for the day and asked her to appear before it on Friday. “Today, the exemption is granted. But she will have to appear on Friday, else she will have to face consequences,” the judge said. The accused persons are facing trial under various sections of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) and the Indian Penal Code (IPC). Meanwhile, Sudhakar Dwivedi, another accused, also sought exemption from appearance claiming that he has to attend a religious function in Jammu and Kashmir, and also that because he would not be able to get a flight or train ticket to Mumbai before June 30 due to the “holiday season”. Granting him exemption for the day, the court said, “Since the beginning of the trial, the accused (Dwivedi) has been seeking exemption on some ground or the other. It seems he is hell-bent to remain absent by engaging in some religious functions. Since he is facing the trial, it is his duty to be present in the court.” “It is not the business of the court (to check) that the accused is getting ticket for travel or not. The grounds in the application are not reasonable and the accused needs to be present,” the judge observed.last_img read more

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Neither Pelosi Trump blinking in staring contest over shutdown state of union

first_imgWASHINGTON — The most powerful Democrat on Capitol Hill is locked in a staring contest with the president of the United States — and so far, neither of them is blinking.House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says the White House has not yet responded to her request to postpone Donald Trump’s Jan. 29 state of the union address, a high-powered highlight of the congressional season.Pelosi argues that the ongoing federal government shutdown, which is now in its 27th day, will make it impossible for federal security agencies to ensure the safety of attendees.But observers say that’s just convenient cover for her true motive: denying the president a prominent, widely televised platform from which to attack his Democratic rivals.  The state of the union, which is delivered to a joint session of Congress, promises especially compelling optics: Pelosi herself would be seated on the dais for the duration, directly behind the president.The government has been partially closed since Dec. 22, the result of a dispute between Democrats and the White House over a request for $5.7 billion in funding for Trump’s coveted wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.  The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Japanese Canadians call on BC to go beyond mere apology for historic

first_imgVANCOUVER — Japanese Canadians across the country are meeting to discuss how an apology by the British Columbia government could be backed by meaningful action for those who were placed in internment camps or forced into labour because of racist policies during the Second World War.The federal government apologized in 1988 for its racism against “enemy aliens” after Japan bombed Pearl Harbor in December 1941 but the president of the National Association of Japanese Canadians said British Columbia’s apology in 2012 did not involve the community.Lorene Oikawa said the association is working with the provincial government to consider how it could follow up on the apology to redress racism. The majority of about 22,000 interned Japanese Canadians lived in B.C. before many were forced to move east of the Rockies or to Japan, even if they were born in Canada.“We weren’t informed about the apology so it was a surprise to us,” Oikawa said about B.C.’s statement, which, unlike with the federal government’s apology, did not go further to resolve outstanding historic wrongs that saw families separated and property and belongings sold.“We accepted the apology but we just want to have that follow-up piece that was missing so that is what the current B.C. government has agreed to and started with this process of having community consultations,” she said of the redress initiative funded by the province.Consultations began in May and by the end of July will have been concluded in Toronto, Hamilton, Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver and seven other communities in British Columbia. Online consultations are also being conducted before recommendations will be forwarded to the province this fall.So far, some participants have asked that school curricula include racism against Japanese Canadians as well as initiatives to educate the general public about the intergenerational trauma that families have experienced, Oikawa said.Lisa Beare, British Columbia’s minister of culture, said the government is supporting the association as it holds consultations so community members can offer recommendations for legacy initiatives.“We recognize that significant harm came to Japanese Canadians as a result of provincial government actions during the Second World War,” she said in a statement. “Japanese Canadians became targets simply for their identity, and in many cases lost personal property, jobs and homes.”Addie Kobaishi, 86, was born and raised in Vancouver but her family had to leave their home when they were relocated to the Tashme internment camp, the largest in Canada, near Hope, B.C.She said her grandmother and aunt ended up in a holding area at Hastings Park in Vancouver before they too were sent to Tashme, where residents faced brutally cold winters and had no indoor toilets or water as part of what was a “confusing” year and a half for her, starting at age 10.“The conditions were harsh, the housing was harsh,” she said from a Scarborough, Ont., nursing home where she attended consultations about B.C. redress. Kobaishi said her family settled in Montreal because of the discrimination they faced in Toronto, where they wanted to live, though she moved there in the late 1970s.Being interned and doing difficult farm labour changed many people’s lives forever, she said, noting her father died at 47 and never did go back to B.C.“My uncle said to me many, many years later that it spoiled his life. He did marry, he had two children, but he did end up an alcoholic,” she said of Koazi Fujikawa, who had been sent to Yukon during the war as part of a crew constructing the Alaska Highway.Kobaishi called on the B.C. government to accompany its 2012 apology with substantial and ongoing education as part of the school curriculum to teach students about policies that uprooted Canadian citizens.“I do think they should be held responsible for something more than just an apology,” she said.Her daughter, Lynn Kobaishi, president of the Toronto chapter of the National Association of Japanese Canadians, said during the war politicians in B.C. lobbied the federal government to resort to racist policies.“It was all driven by B.C. That disempowered and disenfranchised people and allowed what happened to happen,” she said.Ryanne Macdonald, 21, a fourth-generation Canadian of Japanese descent, is trying to unravel her family’s history with some clues from her reluctant grandmother’s stories.She said her grandfather, Ryan Nakade, was 13 when his family’s boat business was confiscated by the government and he was forced to labour at a farm in Grand Forks, B.C., over 500 kilometres from his home in Richmond.“My grandfather passed away before I was born so I never got to hear the story from him,” said MacDonald, who is currently doing a summer internship at the Nikkei National Museum and Cultural Centre in Burnaby, where she’s working as an archival assistant.“Since I started working there my grandma started talking about her experiences more, which is something she never opened up about before just because she tends to want to talk about it only with other people who’ve been through the same experience as her because they can relate,” Macdonald said.She said she wants to be able to understand what her grandparents went through so those actions can’t be repeated.“I think it was terrible and it was unfounded fear that they were going off of because they were treating the Japanese Canadians like they weren’t citizens. Both my grandparents, they were born in Canada.”Macdonald said she learned about racism against Japanese Canadians in a Grade 10 social studies class but the content was “glossed over and it didn’t seem as bad as it actually was.”— Follow @CamilleBains1 on Twitter.Camille Bains, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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eGirl Power Aims To Stand Up To Gender Inequality

first_imgAs Ariana Grande fearlessly tweeted, misogyny and gender double standards are still deeply embedded in the US. Her mantra: No woman belongs to any other person but herself. That important message goes hand-in-hand with the mission of eGirl Power, a non-profit program that seeks to empower and educate females throughout the world.eGirl Power is raising awareness of the profound gender inequality that exists throughout many developing countries. While Ariana Grande champions this cause with a sisterhood of support, including other celebrities such as Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez, eGirl Power seeks to rally a groundswell of support for the millions of girls in developing countries who don’t yet have a voice of their own.To make it easier for supporters to follow or donate to this important cause, eGirl Power is launching a text-to-give campaign.Text GIRL to 50555 to join the eGirl Power mobile community and make a donation. Be sure to check your phone and click the link to complete your gift.The statistics are grim when it comes to gender equality in many developing countries. More than 62 million girls are currently not in school simply because of their gender. More than 82 million girls face the prospect of child marriage, and most of these girls will never complete secondary school. In some developing countries, nearly half of the female population will become mothers before 18. And an estimated 100 million girls are subjected to child labor, including extreme exploitation such as slavery and human trafficking.eGirl Power asks, who is tweeting about these girls? Who will stand up to help them? A simple text is a good way to start.eGirl Power believes educated girls are one of the most powerful agents for social change. Not only will an education change the life of each girl, but it benefits the whole family, and eventually the entire nation. An educated girl will become a woman who is healthier, able to earn more income, and provide better healthcare and education for her own children, according to UNICEF. This is key to breaking the intergenerational chain of poverty. That’s why eGirl Power’s mission is to raise awareness and ensure that every girl has access to education.Popstar Ariana Grande declared she wants to live in a world where people are not valued by their significant other or who they are attached to, “but by their value as an individual.” eGirl Power seeks to make that goal a reality, not just here in the US, but across all borders.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

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Harper declares new day in relationship with First Nations

first_imgMORE TO COMEAPTN National NewsOTTAWA–While Prime Minister Stephen Harper declared a “new day” had dawned on the relationship between Canada and its Indigenous population, he offered no grand pronouncements in his speech to First Nations chiefs during the opening of the Crown-First Nations Gathering in Ottawa Tuesday.After the drums died and sweet grass smoke drifted to the ceiling of Victoria Hall in the Diefenbaker building, Harper took the podium and told chiefs in the room and those watching on screens at the Chateau Laurier a few blocks away, that the days of mistrust had passed and a new relationship had dawned.“In past conversations, we have talked about symbolism and respect and trust. Certainly in the past lack of trust on both sides has held us back,” said Harper. “But this is a new day.”Harper said Canada’s relationship with First Nations had been tainted by events like the Indian residential school system which was “an explicit attempt to destroy Aboriginal culture.” The prime minister said one of his “most rewarding days in office” was when he delivered the government’s apology for residential schools in the House of Commons in 2008.“Every relationship has its ups and downs, moments of consensus and of disagreement,” said Harper. “I believe it is important to build a narrative of any relationship based on its highest points.”The treaties, the Royal Proclamation of 1763, which forms the basis of Aboriginal rights in the Constitution and the courts, and the War of 1812 that saw First Nations ally with the British.Harper, however, stuck to the theme he had developed in media interviews in the run-up to the gathering saying that his government was focused on incremental steps, not grand leaps.Harper said his government had no plans to scrap the Indian Act, choosing instead to find “creative ways” to work within and outside the over 100 year-old legislation.“Our government has no grand scheme to repeal or unilaterally re-write the Indian Act. After 136 years, that tree has deep roots. Blowing up the stump would just leave a big hole,” said Harper. “However, there are ways, creative ways, collaborative ways, ways that involve consultation between our government, the provinces and First Nations leadership and communities. Ways that provide options within the Act, or outside of it, for practical, incremental and real change.”Harper said his government would continue with the so-called Joint Action Plan with the Assembly of First Nations which targets education, economic development, accountability and treaty relationships.“We have only just begun,” said Harper.Harper also recited some of his government’s actions on First Nations issues, but remained silent on calls by many chiefs for the federal government to commit to a series of first ministers meetings or high-level discussions to deal with the dire poverty and uncertainty around Aboriginal and treaty rights for good.Many chiefs were hoping Harper would use his speech to respond to some of the issues they presented personally to him during a meeting Monday with a delegation of First Nations leaders.Many believed that Harper’s speech would essentially determine whether Tuesday’s ceremonies and discussions would lead to a momentous shift in the current state of relations between Canada and Indigenous peoples.Harper himself said he hoped the meeting would be “historic” when he announced the event in December while in his Parliament Hill office with Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn Atleo by his side.The announcement came just as the political fallout over the Attawapiskat crisis was reaching its climax.last_img read more

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Spotify testing first hardware, car smart assistant

first_imgSan Francisco: To help people enjoy audio while driving, Swedish music streaming giant Spotify is testing its first hardware – a voice-controlled smart assistant for cars called “Car Thing” – in the US. “While we know there has been some speculation about our future plans, ‘Car Thing’ was developed to help us learn more about how people listen to music and podcasts. Our focus remains on becoming the world’s number one audio platform, not on creating hardware,” Spotify said in a blog-post on Friday. The device plugs into a vehicle’s 12-volt outlet for power and connects to both a person’s car and phone over Bluetooth. The wake word for the device as planned is “Hey Spotify”, which, followed by a song request would allow users to access their playlists and listen to their favourite songs, The Verge reported. “Car Thing” is designed with a circular screen on one side, to display what is being played, and on the other side are a series of buttons that can be used to access playlist presets. The test is supposed to include a small group of people and as part of the test, some premium users would receive the device for free. “We don’t have any current plans to make this specific device available to consumers, but the learnings from our test will dictate how we develop experiences everywhere you listen,” Spotify added in its post.last_img read more

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Jacksonville St tops Tennessee Tech 67-57, shares 2nd in OVC

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. — Jason Burnell and Marlon Hunter combined for 41 points and Jacksonville State defeated Tennessee Tech 67-57 Thursday night.With the win, Jacksonville State finds itself in a second-place tie with Austin Peay in the Ohio Valley Conference. The Gamecocks and the Governors are 10-3 after Austin Peay was tipped 73-71 by Murray State Thursday. Murray State and Belmont share first place at 11-2.The Gamecocks (18-8) launched a 10-0 run less than a minute into the game to lead 10-2 and never looked back. Hunter scored four points in the run and Ty Hudson six on back-to-back 3-pointers. Hudson finished with 13 points for Jacksonville State, which led by as many as 22.Jr. Clay scored eight straight points to bring Tennessee Tech as close as 65-57 with less than a minute to go. He led the Golden Eagles (7-19, 3-10) with 17 points — 15 after halftime — and five assists.The Associated Press read more

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Amber Alert over

Update:Police say they have found the body of the missing girl.“All of us had hoped and prayed Nia would be located safely. This was not the outcome any of us were hoping for and our thoughts are with her family and the communities.” RCMP Insp. Jennifer Ebert.Officers found 7 year old Nia Eastman’s body in a home in Choiceland not far from Nipawin where residents say the father rented a home.****************************************Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Saskatchewan have issued an Amber Alert over the disappearance of 7-year-old Nia Eastman.RCMP say the father of the young girl has been found dead on a rural property with self-inflicted injuries. Nia has not been found and the Amber Alert remains in effect.Nia is described as 3′ 11″, 50 lbs, with blonde, shoulder length hair. She was last seen wearing pink eye glasses, a purple long-sleeved shirt with butterflies, a pink shirt and purple leggings with silver trim at the bottom.Police believe she was taken by her father 45-year-old Adam Jay Eastman.Nia was to have been returned home to her mother by 7:00 p.m. Wednesday night. A vehicle believed to be driven by her father was found around 10:00 p.m. on a rural property near Snowden, about 240 kilometres northeast of Saskatoon.Anyone with information is asked to call 1-877-SOAMBER or 1-877-762-6237. read more

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Cool wet spring delays spring seeding across most of Prairies

by Jennifer Graham, The Canadian Press Posted May 9, 2014 2:54 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email REGINA – A cool and wet beginning to spring has slowed the start of seeding in all three Prairie provinces.Crop reports out this week for Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta say some producers in the southern-most areas have been able to start seeding.But many areas are at least a week behind the average start and some heat would help.“Yeah, it’s a late spring. It’s not as late, I think, on average around the province as it was last year and nobody has forgotten that we had a fantastic crop last year,” Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart said this week.“Assuming we get most producers into the field in the next week or so … we’ll get this crop in in good time.”Stewart used the oft-repeated adage that a crop has never been lost in April or May.Farmers are gearing up for seeding despite a rail bottleneck that has meant many still haven’t been fully paid for last year’s crop.The federal government says about 2,700 grain and oilseed producers in Western Canada have tapped a program that offers cash advances for a total of $200 million. But so far that’s below the $204 million worth advanced to about 2,400 farmers last year.The program is designed to provide farmers with financial flexibility through short-term loans of up to $400,000 each.Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz said there’s no concern that farmers will over-extend themselves.“The average loan is still less than $100,000, which is interest free,” he said. “I think there are five per cent of applications that actually hit the $400,000.”Farm Credit Canada, which provides financing to Canadian producers, says it’s had nearly 20,000 applications for various loans for seeding needs.But its chief operating officer, Remi Lemoine, said that’s not a big difference from last year.“We’re not overwhelmed with applications for trying to refinance last year’s operating lines … but the ones that do apply, they’re kind of urgent,” he said. “There’s significant pressure there for the ones that haven’t been able to move enough grain to cover their operating costs from last year yet.”Normally, farmers would have had most of their crop moved by now and their lines of credit cleared.“It’s an overlap due to timing of the movement of the grain, so we’re not really experiencing a lot of financial stress due to just bad markets and price,” Lemoine said.Canadian National (TSX:CNR) and Canadian Pacific (TSX:CP) railways have blamed the backlog on the record size of the harvest and extremely cold weather. The companies have said they had to use shorter trains during freezing temperatures to ensure brakes could be used properly and that meant less capacity.The federal government introduced legislation in March to amend the Canada Grain Act and the Canada Transportation Act in a bid to clear the grain backlog.One change mandates CN and CP to move a minimum amount of grain or face a penalty of up to $100,000 a day.Ritz said the rail companies are doing a decent job.“The railways have hit their targets the last two weeks, hit the numbers of cars. In fact, they’ve surpassed the numbers of cars,” he said.“They said they can do 11,000 cars between the two of them weekly. We’re going to hold them to that. If they go beyond that, great. If they slip below that, they’ll pay a fine.” Cool, wet spring delays spring seeding across most of Prairies read more

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Ohio State baseball makes Big Ten Tournament falls short under new coach

Facing the Minnesota Golden Gophers (24-23, 13-11 Big Ten) in a Big Ten Tournament elimination game, the Ohio State baseball team (26-27, 14-11 Big Ten) fell, 9-4, on Friday. Illinois took the championship and automatic conference bid for the NCAA Tournament. This was Greg Beals’ first season as coach of OSU, after replacing Hall of Fame coach Bob Todd. The team finished one game below .500, marking the first time the Buckeyes had a losing record since 1987. Beals did lead OSU back to the Big Ten Tournament, however, after Todd’s team missed the cut last season. Beals said he was proud of how far the team came in his first year at OSU. “Of all the great teams in Ohio State baseball history, this team, this year, was the first team to sweep Michigan at home in Bill Davis Stadium,” Beals said. “This was the first team to go up and at Minnesota, and win a series on the road at Minnesota — first in history.” Freshman outfielder Tim Wetzel said the team had a lot of guys fitting into new roles and that they all matured over the year. “We all found our roles pretty early in the season, and then we all really stuck to that,” Wetzel said. “I think, in a game like this, that’s going to take us a long way.” Beals said the players knew who they were and fought their “tails” off. “I’ll remember these kids for the fight they had,” Beals said. “Whether they were as good or better or not as good, they just fought, and they fought, and they fought.” The Buckeyes will lose seven seniors, including three everyday starters. This includes two starting pitchers and two relief pitchers, one of whom was Drew Rucinski, a second-team All-Big Ten selection. Beals said the team has eight incoming players signed to national letters of intent and seven verbal commitments. “I’m looking forward to next year, playing with all these guys — except for those seven seniors that will be gone,” sophomore catcher Greg Solomon said. “They did a hell of a job this year.” Beals said the bar has been set high for OSU baseball and that, in the future, the team needs to take care of business so chances to make the Big Ten Tournament are not in jeopardy. “Playing baseball the right way and maximizing the game of baseball is what me and my coaching staff are going to push every day in this program,” Beals said. “It was something that was an absolute necessity for this season, and it’s something that I think for great baseball, where we want this program to go, it’s going to be a necessity in the future also.” read more

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Queen reveals love of trains as she recreates first Royal rail journey

first_imgThe Queen meets school children as she and the Duke of Edinburgh arrive at Slough stationCredit:Andrew Matthews/PA The Duke of Edinburgh at Paddington Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip (behind) arrive at Paddington StationCredit:Chris Jackson/Getty The Queen and Duke made the trip from Slough to Paddington on a prototype intercity hybrid train, accompanied by descendants of Isambard Kingdom Brunel and Sir Daniel Gooch, who drove the original train.They were the first members of the Royal family to travel on a brand new bi-mode train, completing the journey six minutes faster than the Queen’s great-great-grandmother Victoria. After arriving at London Paddington, The Queen took part in a naming ceremony to mark the 175th Anniversary. pic.twitter.com/4pi2oemgsj— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) June 13, 2017 The Queen steps off the Great Western trainCredit:ANDY RAIN/EPA Boarding the new train a few minutes around midday, the Queen sat next to Mr Thomas and diagonally opposite Gillian White, great-great-granddaughter of Gooch.Mr Thomas, a 53-year-old typographic designer, and Mrs White, the 87-year-old daughter of the 4th baronet of Clewer Park, had never met before today, despite their shared family history. The Queen meets schoolchildren at Slough station  Queen Elizabeth II steps off the Great Western train at Paddington Writing in her diary on June 13, 1842, Victoria recorded: “It took us exactly 30 minutes going to Paddington, & the motion was very slight, & much easier than the carriage, also no dust or great heat – in fact, it was delightful and so quick.”Newspaper reports at the time claimed the journey was in fact “precisely” 25 minutes long. On June 13, 1842, Queen Victoria became the first British monarch to travel by rail, proclaiming the journey “delightful and so quick” despite her nerves.Though the intervening 175 years have seen a world change beyond recognition, one thing remained reassuringly familiar today as the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh recreated the journey for a new generation. In Queen Victoria’s day, the journey to London was on a locomotive named Phlegethon, with Sir Daniel Gooch driving and Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the engineer, on board. Mrs White, who lives in Devon, said she had not travelled on the Slough to Paddington line before, adding: “I’m very proud of my great-great-grandfather and what he did.”It’s an honour to be here to meet the Queen and for Brunel and Daniel Gooch to be remembered by her.”At London Paddington, the Queen unveiled one of the train’s engines, named Queen Elizabeth II. The rear engine is named for Queen Victoria.The train, which has a top speed of 125mph, is designed for use on new electric lines, but has a small diesel engine which can also run on older lines before they are upgraded. Queen smiles The Queen beams as she follows in Queen Victoria’s footstepsCredit:Samir Hussein/WireImagecenter_img The Queen and Isambard Thomas, Brunel's great-great-great-grandson  Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (behind) arrive at Paddington Station The Intercity Express upgrade will be the first major fleet to be introduced to the UK rail network in 20 years, and is due to roll out from the autumn of this year in an effort.Mr Thomas said after the journey: “The Queen was interested in the technology and the electrification and the effects of diesel. While the Duke is known for his interest in science and engineering, the Queen was also said by fellow passengers to have been deeply knowledgeable about the railways, saying she loved them for making travel so easy.Isambard Thomas, the great-great-great-grandson of Isambard Kingdom Brunel who sat next to her en route to London, said: “It was fascinating how much interest she has in trains and in train journeys.”He joked: “Obviously it’s a different thing if you’re the monarch; you’re not sat in second class, queuing for the buffet.” The Queen and Duke were cheered by primary school children at Slough station, and praised art work held up for their inspection.Given a potted history of Great Western Railway, they appeared absorbed in conversation about developments between its 1832 beginnings and the modern day. The Duke of Edinburgh at Paddington “I think it’s remarkable that she and the Duke of Edinburgh agreed to do this.” Queen Victoria had been persuaded on board by Prince Albert, a veteran of rail travel fascinated by the new technology.Today’s trip took 19 minutes, departing Slough at 12.01 and travelling at an average speed of 60mph.Great Western Railway staff said the journey had taken longer than the usual 14 minutes from Slough to Paddington, because the train had taken a slightly different route to avoid disrupting the normal timetable.While Queen Victoria famously refused to travel at more than 40mph, stopping entirely for food, yesterday’s journey took place on a line designed for speeds up to 100mph. The Queen and Isambard Thomas, Brunel’s great-great-great-grandson Mrs White said of the Queen: “She loves trains because they are an easy way of travelling, such a lovely way of setting around.”She added: “We talked about trains, there was a senior manager with us who was pointing things out as we travelled.”But I was dying to have a nice conversation because she was lovely, but we didn’t really get to talk about anything else but trains.” The Queen meets schoolchildren at Slough station Queen Elizabeth II meeting schoolchildren as she and the Duke of Edinburgh arrive at Slough Station  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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Three men and a woman arrested over violent burglaries

first_imgFOUR PEOPLE ARE being questioned across garda stations in Limerick this morning over a number of aggravated burglaries that occurred in recent months in the county.The three men, who are 48, 32 and 19 years old respectively, and one 19-year-old woman are being held at Henry Street, Mayorstone, Roxboro and Bruff stations.There have now been six arrests made as part of the garda investigation into the four violent home raids. Two other men, aged 28 and 30, are currently before the courts in relation to the incidents.The robberies occurred in Pallasgreen, Murroe and Killuragh on four separate dates in April and May.On the 31 May, three elderly siblings were assaulted and tied up after two armed and masked men broke into their home. They escaped with a quantity of cash. Two sisters, aged in their 60s, and their brother received hospital treatment.A similar incident was reported in Murroe on 7 April during which an elderly woman’s home was raided.On 13 April, three men armed with a firearm and sledgehammer restrained a 29-year-old man at his home before taking off in his 4×4.On 16 April, a homeowner was physically assaulted as three armed and masked men stole a large sum of money.Elderly siblings assaulted during Limerick burglary>last_img read more

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Supervalu warns 38000 customers over possible data breach

first_imgLoyaltybuild says that in order to minimise risk it operates a policy of maintaining “as little personal information as possible”:Credit card numbers are encrypted and we deliberately do not store CVV numbers – the card verification value – which is a 3 digit number found on the back of a credit / debit card.All payment details are deleted 90 days after a consumer has travelled. This issue is exclusive to Getawaybreaks. It does not impact SuperValu’s other websites or any other customer transactions by payment card. Getawaybreaks is the only element of our business operated by Loyaltybuild.The protection of our customers’ information is an absolute priority for us at all times and as yet there is no information to suggest that any data has been obtained. THOUSANDS OF CUSTOMERS at Supervalu are being warned their financial details may have been compromised as a result of a suspected security breach.The issue only affects customers who availed of the “Getawaybreaks” scheme operated by Clare-based company LoyaltyBuild.The loyalty-programme firm is currently reviewing personal and payment card information held in its booking system, following advice that its system may have been compromised by a third party.According to a statement from Supervalu: The latest update from the company, issued shortly before 4pm today, states that they are “working around the clock” with security experts to get to the bottom of the problem and that further progress reports will be issued as the situation develops.The Data Protection Commissioner has been informed by the company of the potential security breach.Meanwhile, SuperValu is reassuring customers that all Getawaybreak bookings made to date have been processed and completed. They’ve also set up a customer helpline, which can be reached at 0818 220 088.Loyaltybuild also has a helpline to deal with queries relating to the incident; it’s open from 9am till 8pm and can be reached on 065 686 5200.Read: The wait is over: Superquinn sausages go on sale in SuperValu todaycenter_img Related: Explainer: Why is there so much Superquinn rage and upset SuperValu is advising customers who have booked a break as part of the scheme to review their accounts and “report any unusual activity or unsolicited communication” relating to the booking to their financial institution.Around 38,000 customers who booked through the Getawaybreaks scheme within the last three months are due to receive letters in the next few days informing them of the situation.A spokesperson for Supervalu said that the scheme’s booking system would remain suspended while an investigation was carried out by Loyaltybuild, but said she didn’t envisage the incident having any impact on the supermarket chain’s continued business with the loyalty-programme company.A statement from Loyaltybuild says that “immediate action” was taken to rectify the situation and protect stored data after its data security team discovered the breach on Friday 25 October:“We immediately engaged the services of a firm of leading, international, online security experts.“They are conducting a forensic investigation to help us identify whether any of our stored data was compromised, and, if so, to what extent.“As of 12pm today the forensics team reported there had been no signs of person or payment data being extracted or compromised, but the forensic examination is ongoing.last_img read more

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Small English village wants to host a senior England international

first_imgWith a population of around 280,000 people, small English village Falmer would love to host a match of the national teamA small village and civil parish in the Lewes District of East Sussex in England, just one hour away from London by train, wants to host a senior English team international match, be it a friendly game or a qualifying match, the Brighton & Hove Independent reported on Sunday.According to the newspaper, Falmer with a population of 280,000 people as reported by the last census, wants to host one of the Three Lions matches in 2018. The Amex Stadium, which currently holds 30,750 fans has already hosted England’s under-21 team and an England women’s match.“The criteria for qualifying matches is usually you need a slightly bigger stadium than this but for friendly matches, we would love to host a senior England game,” Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club chief executive Paul Barber said.wayne rooney, harry kane, englandReport: Rooney talks Engalnd Kane and Guardiola George Patchias – September 12, 2019 Wayne Rooney has spoken of his England record, Harry Kane smashing it and Pep Guardiola for England.In an interview on his Wayne Rooney podcast…“We’ve had the women’s team here, we’ve had the under-21s here and we’ve had the Rugby World Cup here. We think this is a wonderful stadium in a great part of the country, it’s very accessible and with a great city to support us in terms of hosting people here,” he added.And the English national team is no stranger to playing in different cities. Just before the FIFA World Cup, England played against Costa Rica in Leed’s Elland Road, a 37,890 seat stadium. And in September of last year, the Three Lions met Switzerland at Leicester’s King Power Stadium which seats 32,312 fans.“It would certainly be one of our ambitions to host a senior England game if the opportunity comes up.”last_img read more

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Actor arrested on rape charges

first_imgTanvir TonuPolice arrested an actor from Rupnagar residential area in Dhaka on Friday night, accusing him of raping an employee of a private firm.Rupnagar police officer in-charge Shahidul Alam said, according to the victim, actor Tanvir Tonu raped her after calling her at home on 6 May.Tanvir Tonu then went into hiding.The victim informed the law enforcers after the actor returned home on Friday and police then arrested him.Police seek five-day remand for the actor after placing him in court on Saturday, OC added.last_img read more

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2 killed as gas line blasts in Narayanganj

first_imgTwo garment workers were burned to death and eight others injured in an explosion believed to have been caused by a gas line leak in a house at Bhulta of Rupgani upazila of Narayanganj early Monday, reports UNB.The deceased were Shamim, 30, from Meherpur district and Rakib, 33, from Jhalakathi district.A group of garment workers numbering 10-12 used to live on the ground floor of a three-storey house owned by a ‘Rabeya Akhter Mili’ in the area.The explosion took place around with a big bang 3:15am, leaving eight people injured, said inspector Rafiqul Alam, in-charge of Bhulta police station quoting the victims.Rescued by the locals, the six critically injured victims were taken to Dhaka Medical College Hospital where the physicians declared the duo dead.A wall of the house was blown away following the blast.last_img read more

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Watchtowers surveillance systems on highways CM

first_imgKolkata: Giving emphasis on ensuring the safety of people while travelling on highways, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said watchtowers and proper surveillance systems would be set up on various stretches in the state at an expenditure of Rs 11 crore from MPLAD.The Chief Minister on Wednesday flagged off 41 ambulances and 25 life-saving critical care ambulances outside Nabanna.Mayor Sovan Chatterjee, who is also the state Fire and Emergency Services minister, Firhad Hakim, the state Urban Development and Municipal Affairs minister, state Youth Services and Sports minister Aroop Biswas, Chief Secretary Malay De and Home Secretary Atri Bhattacharya were also present. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsDuring the flagging off, Banerjee said the ambulances have been bought from MPLAD fund of Trinamool Congress MPs. She further added that besides allotting funds for the same, money was also allotted for watchtowers and bus stands.She further added that 100 bus stands would be constructed along different state highways and Rs 7 crore has been sanctioned from her party MPs’ funds.Watchtowers at different points along the highways will come up along with the installation of surveillance cameras. Around Rs 11 crore has been allocated for both the projects from the MPLAD funds. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedIt may also be mentioned that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had launched the state-wide Safe Drive Save Life campaign and at the same time necessary steps had been taken to develop infrastructure in order to reduce accidents. The campaign has made a huge impact and has been instrumental in bringing down the total number of accidents in the state.Measures were also taken to ensure that vehicles do not remain parked along the National Highways. It may be recalled that illegal parking of vehicles on Durgapur Expressway led to an accident of Trinamool Congress MP Abhishek Banerjee.It may be mentioned that Bengal has witnessed 22 percent reduction in road accidents in the first quarter of 2018 compared to that of the corresponding period in 2016.At the same time, the total number of people killed due to road accidents has also gone down by 18 percent in the same time period. Accidents in the first quarter of 2018 were 15.5 percent less than in the corresponding period in 2017.last_img read more

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Fee hike threatens Victorias outdoor tourism

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Up to 450 Victorian outdoor tourism operators are concerned for the survival of their business following the State Government’s decision to increase licensing fees.Commencing earlier this month, ‘nature-based’ tourism operators saw licensing fees double from $55 to $110 a year as well as their fee per person rise from $1.10 to $2.40, The Herald Sun reported.A local operator owner told the newspaper that he was concerned the fees would jeopardise his business.”Tourism is getting nothing,” Go West Tours director Smit said. “We will have no other alternative other than to increase our fees to customers.”Meanwhile a Victorian Tourism Industry Council chief Todd Blake added that increased fees could prevent bush walking and mountain bike tours from accessing parks and public land.”Nature-based tourism is an under-promoted sector but the regulatory environment isn’t helping,” he concluded.last_img read more

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first_imgWith all that, it should come as no surprise that he is seen as one of the best running backs in football, and in an ESPN Insider piece where Field Yates asked NFL personnel people to name the very best back in the game, one chose Johnson.After finishing last season second overall in passing yards and first in yards per passing attempt, the Cardinals have retooled their offense this season to be built around Johnson. Some of that is due to poor offensive line play and inconsistent production from receivers not named Larry Fitzgerald. But let’s not undersell how consistent Johnson has been this season.“Agility, instincts, pass-catching ability [and a] crazy hop cut,” said one front-office man of what makes Johnson such a special player. He is a bruising 6-1, 224 pounds, allowing him to handle tackle-to-tackle rushing duties. However, he’s also a Swiss army knife player because of his exceptional receiving skills.“[Earlier this season], San Francisco wanted to stop the run, so they lined him up outside and threw it to him,” one personnel man noted to highlight Johnson’s versatility.What impresses me most about Johnson is his uncanny body control. When you think he is going to go down (or already has been tackled), he finds ways to muster extra yards after contact. He wears down a defense throughout the course of a game, seemingly growing stronger as the game approaches the end of regulation. Do not overlook Johnson’s receiving acumen, either, as he’s the only running back with more than 600 yards through the air this season (no other back has more than 437).A third-round pick out of Northern Iowa in the 2015 NFL Draft, Johnson showed his immense potential as a rookie when he ran for 581 yards and eight touchdowns while catching 36 passes for 457 yards and four scores. He also ran a kickoff back for a touchdown. Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson scores a touchdown against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016. (Associated Press) Top Stories Comments   Share   However, there were some questions about whether or not he could handle being the team’s lead running back, but not anymore. In fact, had the Cardinals produced a better record this season, Johnson would likely be in the MVP conversation.Some games, he gets the job done on the ground. Others, like last week against the Atlanta Falcons, where he gained 58 yards on 13 carries but added 103 yards and a touchdown on eight catches, he helps out via the air.He’s quite the weapon.“I love when he’s running routes, because he’s one of the better route runners in this league,” Cardinals QB Carson Palmer said. “He has phenomenal hands. I think it’s more of a product of the score and not being able to just hand the ball off in the third and fourth quarter. He’s one of the guys you want to get the ball to. If we have to do it in the passing game, when we’re down multiple scores, that’s the route we went.”The running back who earned the most votes was Dallas’ Ezekiel Elliott, with four. Pittsburgh’s Le’Veon Bell and Atlanta’s Devonta Freeman joined Johnson with one vote apiece, while Los Angeles’ Todd Gurley, San Francisco’s Carlos Hyde, Minnesota’s Adrian Peterson and San Diego’s Melvin Gordon were also mentioned. You do not have to tell Arizona Cardinals fans how good of a player second-year pro David Johnson is.He’s not much of a secret nationally, either.Johnson, who has tallied at least 100 yards from scrimmage in all 11 of the Cardinals’ games this season, is third in the league with 921 rushing yards, and his 613 receiving yards are the most of any running back.His 1,534 total yards lead the NFL, and he’s chipped in 13 touchdowns, too.center_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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