Audrey Calkins, a 33-year-old lawyer, had already voted in two elections in her county in the US state of Tennessee when she showed up to vote in the Republican presidential primary on March 1, 2016. That morning, she showed up at the polls bright and early, presented her ID and her voter registration card to the election official, who looked her up in the system. "They told me I wasn't on the list," Calkins said. "I said, 'Check that you’re spelling my name right.'" The official turned his computer screen around so that Calkins could see he was spelling her name correctly, and indeed, she was not on the list. "They said I wasn't a registered voter," Calkins said. "I was blown away, because obviously I had just voted a couple of months before in both October and November." Calkins was turned away from voting. Read more: Fear of Russian hacking of election is real in Georgia, USA In New York City, Turner Cowles, a 28-year-old journalist, tried to vote … [Read more...] about Has US voter suppression become systematic?
Safety fears have been raised after leaks on brand new trains on the East Coast mainline which Labour say could cost the government £8billion. Shadow Transport Secretary Andy McDonald slammed the Government's Department for Transport after unions claimed they were unsafe in the lead-up to Christmas. Workers say leaking ovens, taps flooding carriages and insufficient storage space on the Hitachi Azuna LNER trains are a recipe for disaster as busy periods approach. Union members say rubbish can not be stored on the new trains, and faulty toilets mean passengers are being let down. Mr McDonald said the £8billion contract for the 122 new Hitachi trains across the East Cost Mainline and other networks made them “the most expensive trains in the world.” He said: “So, it is frankly astonishing that these trains are still struggling with basic on-board issues and inadequate facilities. "It’s yet another reminder of the disastrous and incompetent management of … [Read more...] about Leaks on new Hitachi East Coast trains spark safety fears – and could cost £8bn
The scores were locked at 2-2 when Marco Asensio hit a 25-yard rocket that dipped and whipped in front of Manuel Neuer’s face before landing in the bottom corner. Ecstasy and an eight-man pile-on ensue as the other player screams expletives at the German goalkeeper and claims his controller is faulty. With less than four hours to go until kick-off, the Cadete B players are supposed to be relaxing before a testing league encounter under the lights. Playing a Fifa tournament isn’t exactly doing the trick. Competitiveness is encouraged by staff around the Real Madrid complex, says academy coach Javier Morán. “These are boys who are representing Real Madrid. Real Madrid, fucking hell. They need to be a certain kind of individual to succeed here. You can’t coach desire but you can surround the boys with drive and belief. Our club ethos is ‘nunca se rinde’ (‘never give up’) and they need that competitive edge to achieve their … [Read more...] about Inside Real Madrid’s academy: ‘Only a certain type of person succeeds here’