London Bridge victim ‘slipped’ before attack

Witness Erick Siguenza told the Old Bailey Ms Zelenak jumped out of the way of the crashing van before being stabbed by the driver. Gareth Patterson QC, representing the victims’ families, said she was wearing high heels and the ground was “quite wet” on the night of the attack. When asked if Ms Zelenak had lost her balance, Mr Siguenza said: “Yes. She was completely on the ground. He [Mr McMullan] just grabbed her left arm and gently tried to pick her up. “But by then the attackers were in close proximity and that’s when they started attacking.” “There was no time for him to be able to help her up because the driver and the other terrorists were already …

LGBT lessons protests spreading

Some have also been sent from Christian parents in Kent. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionLead campaigner Amir Ahmed says morally, homosexuality is not “a valid sexual relationship” Mainly Muslim families have been protesting outside Anderton Park Primary School in Birmingham after pupils were given books featuring transgender children and gay families. Protest leader Shakeel Afsar: “All we are concerned [about] is we are having our children come home with material that contradicts our moral values.” Another protester, Amir Ahmed, said: “It’s not about gay lesbian rights and equality. This is purely about proselytising a homosexual way of life to children.” When asked if he believed children could be “recruited to be gay”, Mr Ahmed said: “You …

EasyJet defends Champions League price rises

“The whole pricing picture is very dynamic,” he said, adding that at peak booking times, EasyJet could fill a plane in six seconds. “That’s how quickly this goes and this is how the system reacts.” Mr Lundgren added: “I can understand if people think that the prices are high on this occasion, because it is higher than the average. “But there’s no doubt that this was an occasion where the prices went very high because the demand was enormous.” He maintained that in comparison with other airlines, EasyJet was still offering lower prices, despite the huge increase. What are the options? If you want to fly from Liverpool to Madrid on 31 May, it will cost you £750 one-way. There …

PM ‘could set resignation date this week’

Speaking to BBC Radio 4’s The Week in Westminster, he said the 1922 Committee had asked her to give “clarity” about her plans for the future, and she had “offered to come and meet with the executive”. “It would be strange for that not to result in a clear understanding [of when she will leave] at the end of the meeting,” he added. The 1922 Committee is an elected body of Tory MPs that represents backbenchers and oversees the party’s leadership contests. Theresa May rejects calls to resign What does the Conservative 1922 Committee do? On why the PM had so far been unwilling to set a date to step down, Sir Graham said: “I do understand the reticence about …

British bluebells ‘have genetic advantage’

“The greater fertility of the native British bluebell coupled with the huge numbers of individuals that exist in the wild means that it’s got considerable resilience against any threat from these introduced plants,” said Prof Pete Hollingsworth, director of science at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE). The British bluebell is one of the nation’s best-loved plants, with 50% of the world’s population found in the UK. What is a bluebell? The native bluebell, Hyacinthoides non-scripta, also goes by the name common bluebell, wood bell, fairy flower and wild hyacinth. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Spanish (left) and British bluebells (right) Spanish bluebells have broad leaves, pale blue conical-bell flowers, with spreading and open tips, and flowers are found …

Mocked on Tinder for my dress, now I’m a model

Skip Twitter post by @ASOS @theachippendale Swipe right to see who had the last laugh… https://t.co/CKcqyDk1d9 pic.twitter.com/gkzgoAAfJ5 — ASOS (@ASOS) May 2, 2019 Thea, from Lincoln, posted a tweet – showing the messages she’d received from a man called George – on 28 April. Her Tinder match had sent her a message saying: “That dress in the last photo is not doing any favours. Hope that helps.” When Thea asked why he felt he needed to comment on her appearance, he replied: “Literally had to tell you else I wouldn’t have slept. “It’s awful you not reckon? Charity shop job! I tell you what… grow up! And shop somewhere decent.” Thea said she uploaded the messages to Twitter because she …

Traffic-free days begin in Edinburgh

Image Copyright @Edinburgh_CC @Edinburgh_CC The movement has seen cities around the world temporarily close some streets to all but pedestrians and non-motorised vehicles on a regular basis. A series of events have been organised to celebrate the launch in Edinburgh, including jazz performances in Dunbar Close Garden, Tai Chi on the High Street, electric bike trials on Victoria Street and the free use of Just Eat hire bikes. Image caption Edinburgh’s High Street was also part of the closure, which will take place on the first Sunday of every month as part of an 18-month trial Lesley Macinnes, City of Edinburgh Councils’s transport and environment convener, said: “We’ve seen how successful similar schemes internationally have proved by encouraging active travel, …

Your Debenhams is closing: What next?

We look at four ways former retail buildings are being given a new lease of life. Image copyright Enterprise Arcade Image caption The Enterprise Arcade is now home to 16 start-up businesses 2. Create a launchpad for new businesses Stockton upon Tees is in the midst of a big plan to revitalise its town centre, and one scheme has involved converting a former department store into a “start-up incubator”. Backed by the local council, the “Fountain Shopping Mall – Home of the Enterprise Arcade” rents spaces to independent businesses at low rates and doesn’t charge them business rates. Its 16 tenants range from independent jewellers to cafes. Bill Grimsey, a former chief executive of Wickes and Iceland, thinks the scheme …

What to look out for in May’s local elections

Which are the councils to watch? Image copyright Reuters Image caption The Conservatives did relatively well in 2015 and the pressure will be on Theresa May this time Many voters will be motivated by purely local issues or what the political parties call “pavement politics”, whether it is bin collections, parking or housing. But Brexit is hard to ignore right now. The polls will be a big test for Theresa May, who is under growing pressure from her own MPs and local activists angered by delays to the UK’s departure from the EU. Labour’s performance will also be closely watched, and the extent to which it is able to appeal simultaneously to Remain and Leave voters in different parts of …

SNP members change leadership’s currency plan

It means that the SNP’s official policy is, for the first time, to replace sterling with a new Scottish currency after independence. Skip Twitter post by @NicolaSturgeon Great debate at #SNP19 on economy and currency. Amendment urges progress as quickly as practicable, and six tests to ensure solid foundation for decision are endorsed. We can move forward now with confidence to make the case for Scotland’s future in Scotland’s hands — Nicola Sturgeon (@NicolaSturgeon) April 27, 2019 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A narrow majority of delegates at the conference voted to amend proposals put forward by the SNP leadership However the amendment, by the SNP’s Dalkeith and District Branch, kept the vast majority of the leadership’s proposals – …

Stagecoach calls for probe into bid leak

A Stagecoach Group spokesman said: “We do not consider the matter closed. There is growing evidence that the procurement process followed by the DfT in this case has been materially flawed and should be subject to an independent investigation. “We believe there are also wider questions to be answered across other franchise competitions.” Sensitive Stagecoach documents for the East Midlands franchise were inadvertently emailed by a transport official to Stagecoach’s rival, Abellio, which ended up winning the contract. The government said Abellio had not looked at the documents. “An expert third-party investigation established conclusively that Abellio did not access any information relating to any other bidders that affected their bid. There was no effect whatsoever on the outcome of the …

‘Amputation was the best decision I made’

“I was always on medication, which helped, but it was still very painful – but I never thought of giving up,” she said. “There were some really tough times but cheerleading always made me happy.” Image copyright SCWALES Image caption The 20-strong team includes members with various disabilities Related Topics Porth Disability Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific