Proposal for ‘faster’ trains to London

It would stop at Severn Tunnel Junction in Monmouthshire, a station which is not currently served by Great Western’s London service. The service would run from Cardiff Central, to Newport, Severn Tunnel Junction and Bristol Parkway, then to London Paddington. It will also stop at Cardiff Parkway when it opens. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The new train service would not call at Swindon, Didcot and Reading Grand Union has previously launched open-access passenger services for Grand Central between London King’s Cross and Sunderland and King’s Cross and Bradford. Prof Stuart Cole, a former director of Wales Transport Research Centre at the University of Glamorgan, said Mr Yeowart had a “proven record” in this field. “He’s been in this …

How a case of mistaken identity allowed a man to be taken off life support

(CNN)Brenda Bennett-Johnson and Rosie Brooks said they thought they were looking at their badly beaten brother in a hospital bed. He was breathing only with the help of a ventilator. Except the man wasn’t their brother. How the man got to the hospital Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi told CNN that on April 29, police found the man badly beaten. WBBM reports he had no clothes and no identification. Guglielmi says witnesses told police the man’s name was Elijah Bennett. The man was taken to the hospital and put on life support for a week. Because no family members came to claim him, Guglielmi said, the hospital called police for help identifying him. “The name Elijah Bennett showed no match …

Indicted Rep. Duncan Hunter’s Wife Pleads Guilty To Corruption Charge

Hunter, who worked as her husband’s campaign manager, appeared in U.S. court in San Diego and changed a previous not guilty plea.  In a statement read by her attorney after the hearing, she said she accepts full responsibility.   In her plea agreement, she said she would help the prosecution and testify on their behalf. She also agreed to provide documents. The California congressman’s attorney, Gregory Vega, told the San Diego Union-Tribune that Margaret Hunter’s decision should have no impact on his client’s federal corruption case that alleges the couple spent more than $250,000 in campaign money on a lavish lifestyle, bankrolling Italian and Hawaiian vacations, tequila shots and theater tickets while their household budget was in the red. Forge prosecuted California …

Second home ownership soaring

However, when looking at the number of people who can afford an additional property, millennials match the property ownership rates of other generations. This suggests that only younger people who are rich can afford a second home – a sign, according to the foundation, that property wealth is not distributed fairly across the country. ‘Wealth gap’ The Resolution Foundation wants to see policymakers step in to reform the housing market, in particular buy-to-let, in order to rebalance the housing market back towards first-time buyers. “The sheer scale of additional property wealth is an important driver of rising wealth gaps across Britain,” says George Bangham, policy analyst at the Resolution Foundation. “While young people in particular are less likely to own …

What’s inside the UK’s top-secret laboratory?

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionFor the first time, the BBC was given access to a level four laboratory Inside Porton Down, the UK’s top secret laboratory, scientists carry out research into chemical weapons and deadly diseases. BBC security correspondent Frank Gardner was given rare access to the highly secretive facility. Pulling on thick, protective gloves several times a day comes with unique problems, says Rory, one of the youngest scientists currently working at Porton Down. “The one thing which I’ve found is definitely moisturiser comes in handy,” he says. “My desk is covered in different types of it.” Ebola, plague, anthrax Rory works at the Ministry of Defence’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL), better known …

House begins probe into Big Tech with sympathetic look at news business

New York (CNN Business)A version of this article first appeared in the “Reliable Sources” newsletter. You can sign up for free right here. “If online news publishers can’t survive, then who can?” Darcy emails: Cicilline made an important point at the hearing, noting that “massive cuts” have taken place in recent years not only at “traditional news companies” but also at “online news sources.” Cicilline then said, “This raises a critical question: if online news publishers can’t survive, then who can?” That point was echoed by News Corp’s David Pitofsky, who said, “Many in Silicon Valley dismiss the press as old media, failing to evolve in the face of online competition.” Explaining that “this is wrong,” Pitofsky said “online platforms …

Iran newspaper to Japan: ‘How Can You Trust A War Criminal?’

The picture appeared to refer to America dropping atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki at the end of World War II. Hard-line news outlets in Iran immediately picked up the front page from the paper, published by students of Islamic Azad University, which has campuses across the nation. On Wednesday, Abe will become the first Japanese prime minister to visit Iran since its 1979 Islamic Revolution. Trending in World Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

NSPCC cuts ties with transgender activist

In a statement, the NSPCC said Ms Bergdorf “has supported the most recent phase of Childline’s campaign which aims to support children with LGBTQ+ concerns” but she would have “no ongoing relationship with Childline or the NSPCC”. Ms Bergdorf said she was “unbelievably sad” and referring to the timing, during Pride month, added: “Pride is about resisting this kind of hate, not giving in to it.” Trans model quits Labour LGBT adviser job Ex-L’Oreal model defends racism comments When she announced the partnership, Ms Bergdorf had said: “I’m excited to have the opportunity to let more kids know that they are not alone in how they feel. “There are people who care, people who can help and people who have …

She’s only 19 — and just made tremendous saves as Jamaica’s goalie in the World Cup

(CNN)No one expected Jamaica to beat or even tie Brazil in their opening Women’s World Cup game Sunday. After all, Brazil is one of the best teams in the world. Schneider even caught the eye of Jamaican sprinter and Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt, who sent out a tweet applauding the goalkeeper. Here’s what we know about Schneider. She started late. Most professional goalkeepers begin training young. But Schneider didn’t start until she was well into her teens. “I started when I was 14 or 15, and we were at a tournament and the coach threw me in the goal probably because of my height and I ended up being pretty decent at it,” Schneider told the Jamaica Observer. She …

CNN Iowa poll: Counting virtual caucusgoers and five more key takeaways

(CNN)This weekend’s new CNN/Des Moines Register/Mediacom poll shows former Vice President Joe Biden leading the pack with 24% and a close fight for second between Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders at 16%, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren at 15% and South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg at 14%. California Sen. Kamala Harris, at 7%, was the only other candidate to get above 2% in the poll. This was our first poll in which we attempt to replicate a new rule in which 90% of delegates will be decided by in-person caucuses and 10% through virtual caucuses. Interestingly, our poll found that even though just 10% of delegates will be determined through virtual caucuses, 28% of likely caucusgoers say they will vote this …

Ex-Labor Secretary’s Dire Warning About Economy: ‘Recoveries Dont Go Forever’

Robert Reich explained on Friday why he believes the American economy could be on the cusp of entering a recession on President Reich, who served in President May jobs report showing an increase of just 75,000 new jobs (compared to the 180,000 expected) was “really bad.” Reich continued, with a warning: Trump later announced But Reich said a slowdown “is almost inevitable given how long this recovery has gone.” “And then finally you’ve got that big tax cut for big corporations and for the very wealthy that did not trickle down, it just added $2 trillion over the next 10 years to our debt,” he added. “Now, put all of that together and you get an economy that is very, …

Honours for judge, 100, and street cleaner

He identified flaws in the system which, had they been solved previously, may have uncovered Shipman’s wrong-doing much earlier. Now they have been resolved they should prevent future such scandals, his citation said. Shipman, who died in 2004, killed at least 215 patients. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Stephen Lawrence, an 18-year-old aspiring architect, was murdered in a racist attack in London in 1993 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Georgia Hall won the British Open in August last year BEMs are also being awarded to Thomas McArdle, a 61-year-old street cleaner from Liverpool, and PC Alison Suffield of Lancashire Police for her response to the Manchester Arena bombing in May 2017. Mr McArdle, who has been cleaning the …