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The Post Office Scandal: A timeline of events explained.

The Post Office Scandal: A timeline of events explained.

Breaking News, Explainers, Explainers, News
(Image credits- Unsplash/Design by Shaurya Thapa) Details of the Post Office Horizon scandal continue to unravel, with new insights emerging from the government's handling of the debacle. The Minister for Postal Services, Kevin Hollinrake said today that when evidence is "established" that "people within the Post Office, possibly further afield, should go to jail". Hollinrake's comments echo those of former subpostmaster Alan Bates, who previously told the BBC that "People have got to be held accountable," and that the former postal staff are "going to have to carry on campaigning for that to occur." Bates has led the campaign to clear the names of over 700 postal workers falsely accused of theft and false accounting, due to the Post Office's faulty accounting software system named ...
Insight into Israel’s strategic and military partners: top 5 countries that supply arms to Israel

Insight into Israel’s strategic and military partners: top 5 countries that supply arms to Israel

Breaking News, Explainers, Politics
Credits wikipedia The US is by far the biggest supplier of arms to Israel since 1961. Recently, footage appeared on the Internet where some protestors from the Youth Demand Group gathered outside the Labor Party's headquarters in London and sprayed red paint to demand a stop to supplying weapons to Israel. wall sprayed Red of Labor party headquarters in London Credits - PA Media But how many arms does the UK actually supply to Israel? And, apart from the UK, what other nations provide arms to Israel? We delved into how much support military support Israel is getting and who are its biggest partners. The volume of Arms exported by the UK – The UK is the fourth biggest exporter of arms to Israel. The total amount that are exported to Israel by the UK stands at £40
London’s Iconic green hut in Wellington Place last to get listed status

London’s Iconic green hut in Wellington Place last to get listed status

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Credit: PA Wire The Wellington Place hut, sometimes referred to as the Chapel, has been officially listed by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport upon the recommendation of Historic England. This grants it special protection from potential redevelopment.  Green huts have been sheltering cabbie drivers since 1875. The simple green huts design we see today is attributed to architect Maximilian Clarke, who is believed to have constructed 61 of the shelters between 1875 and 1914. Today, only 13 of them are left. Twelve of these structures had received protection, and the Wellington Place hut has now been added to the list.   Luke Jacob, listing adviser at Historic England, said: “Full of intrigue, history, tea and bacon sarnies, London’s well-loved cab
Back to Black: Not Just Fans, Amy Winehouse Biopic Divides Critics as Well

Back to Black: Not Just Fans, Amy Winehouse Biopic Divides Critics as Well

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(art by JCX/@jcxdesigns) The new Amy Winehouse biopic premiered last night in Leicester Square, receiving lukewarm reviews from critics. While Marisa Abela’s performance as Winehouse was widely praised, many had issue with the script, as well as the portrayals of Winehouse’s father and ex-husband. Reviews of the film varied but primarily leant in a negative direction, with The Daily Mail and The Evening Standard both giving it one-star reviews. In a two-star review The Independent called it a “sanitised biopic” and said the portrayal of Winehouse’s ex-husband Blake Fielder-Civil is “a mix of Heathcliff, Sid Vicious and Mary bloody Poppins.” However director Sam Taylor-Johnson had previously stated that “We had to understand why Amy fell in love with him, so it wasn't about maki
New climate warnings as hottest March adds to 10-month run of record-breaking temperatures

New climate warnings as hottest March adds to 10-month run of record-breaking temperatures

Breaking News, Climate, Environment, Explainers
(image credits-Unsplash) Last month was the hottest March on record, according to climate scientists – the tenth month in a row to set new temperature highs. According to the EU’s Copernicus Climate Change Service (CS3), this March was hotter than any previous record for the month, with global temperatures 1.68 degrees C above pre-industrial, 19th-century levels, when scientists believe man-made pollution began to affect the Earth’s climate. The March figures mean that the global average temperature for the last 12 months is also the highest on record, at 1.58 degrees above the pre-industrial average. That is above the threshold of a 1.5C degree-rise that world leaders have agreed, to prevent climate change becoming catastrophic and potentially irreversible. Data source: ERA5.
Why is Amy Winehouse Biopic Back to Black dividing fans?

Why is Amy Winehouse Biopic Back to Black dividing fans?

Breaking News, Culture, Entertainment, Music
(photo-Sowmya Singhdeo) Back to Black will be the first biopic dedicated to Amy Winehouse but her admirers have certain fears about the representation of a singer who was exposed to exploitative media for most of her stardom. Thirteen years after Amy Winehouse’s passing, the late multi-Grammy winner gets the biopic treatment with Sam Taylor-Johnson’s Back to Black which gears up for its premiere today (Monday) at Odeon Luxe, Leicester Square. With the musical drama eyeing an April 12 wide release, the movie follows the footsteps of Bob Marley: One Love as the next big music biopic of 2024. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rYzIOBwyhIU The Camden native already had her life chronicled in Asif Kapadia’s Oscar-winning 2015 documentary Amy. But Back to Black, named in honour of Wi
‘London will soon become an AI superpower’: Microsoft launches promising AI hub in Paddington

‘London will soon become an AI superpower’: Microsoft launches promising AI hub in Paddington

Breaking News, Explainers, London, Tech
London is cementing the UK’s status as a global AI superpower, all thanks to Microsoft’s latest tech hub. Image by Lumière Rezaie from Unsplash Tech giant Microsoft is all set to launch a new artificial intelligence hub in London. The new office, based at 2 Kingdom Street in Paddington Central, forms part of Microsoft’s £2.5 billion investment plans for the UK – which also includes bringing up to 20,000 advanced graphic processing units (GPUs) to the country by the year 2026. The hub will be helmed by British tech entrepreneur Mustafa Suleyman, the co-founder of Google DeepMind and Inflection AI, and run by AI scientist Jordan Hoffmann. Although Microsoft stated that it would be advertising roles for engineers and scientists to work on the most “challenging AI questions of o
Hammersmith Bridge: £3 Million invested for the new cycle lane

Hammersmith Bridge: £3 Million invested for the new cycle lane

Breaking News, Explainers, London, Transport
Credit: Vishakha Chauhan Since the road traffic closure of Hammersmith Bridge, cyclists have been instructed to walk their bikes across the bridge with pedestrians.   However, after five years the Department of Transport has now allocated almost £3 million for a new cycle lane. The added funding takes the Government’s total investment in the bridge to nearly £13 million.  The new cycle lane is expected to be introduced in November this year. Nonetheless, the row over who pays the £250 million bridge repair bill is still unresolved and could remain in place for years.  The Department of Transport claims that creating the new cycle lane will involve resurfacing the bridge’s road surface and will keep the cyclists separate from the pedestrians.  Even t
Making history: 120th anniversary of the Entente Cordiale

Making history: 120th anniversary of the Entente Cordiale

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Credit: PA Wire Today, The Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh have celebrated Anglo-French relations at a ceremony marking the 120th anniversary of the Entente Cordiale. The event was the first time a non-Commonwealth country has taken part in the Changing of the Guard ceremony – although the French troops did not guard the royal residence.  The Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh were the royals representing the King who is continuing his cancer treatment and was not at Buckingham Palace.  They were joined by General Sir Patrick Sanders, UK Chief of General Staff, the French Chief of the Army Staff General Pierre Schill and the France’s ambassador to the UK Helene Duchene. https://twitter.com/FranceintheUK/status/1775538104750801262?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembe

London’s Columbia Road Carols Cancelled Amidst Safety Concerns

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Weekly carols happen every Wednesday of December St. Peter's Church in Bethnal Green, located in east London, are cancelling its highly anticipated Christmas carol events due to a sudden viral surge on TikTok that led to an overwhelming crowd of over 10,000 attendees. The annual carol service, which has been a tradition for over two decades, was halted abruptly due to safety concerns after the December 6th event. The area was dangerously overcrowded, leading to the cancellation of the event. Normally, the Wednesday sing-alongs at the church would attract a modest crowd of around 200. However, this year's event became a significant threat to public safety due to the overwhelming turnout. In collaboration with local authorities and the police, the decision was made to...