In spring, Germany's coalition government announced that a heavily discounted nationwide travel pass — the so-called 9-euro ticket — would be made available for June, July and August. Each pass allows ticket-holders to use Germany's public transport network for one calendar month for just those €9 ($9.38). News of the scheme, devised to cushion rising fuel and living costs, sparked excitement, yet led some to wonder whether the transport infrastructure would be able to cope with an expected spike in passenger numbers. It was significant that national rail operator Deutsche Bahn had already warned in advance that travelers should refrain from taking bicycles on trains starting from June due to a lack of space. Germany's public transport authorities, who manage and operate travel networks across the country, had little time to prepare. "We had to adjust our sales infrastructure and acquire additional buses, trains and personnel — though I have to say that was not possible at a … [Read more...] about Germany’s 9-euro travel pass: Success or failure?
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Alexandra Burke has given birth to her first child. The singer, 33, and her footballer beau Darren Randolph , 34, announced they had become parents on social media on Monday morning and revealed their unusual nickname for their newborn baby. Alexandra posted a picture of her little one's feet on Instagram and wrote: "Welcome to the world our little grape, we already love you more than words can say." The couple chose not to reveal the sex of their baby. The songstress' celeb pals soon rushed to the comment section to congratulate her on becoming a mum. Motsi Mabuse typed: "Congratulations Mama all the best", while Love Island's Samira Mighty said: "Yay, congratulations!" Alexandra Burke has given birth to her first child ( Image: INSTAGRAM) The singer uploaded this snap of her newborn on Monday Neil Jones added: "Congratulations." The X Factor winner revealed she was pregnant in a post earlier this year, with her having teased their little … [Read more...] about Alexandra Burke gives birth to her first child and shares unusual nickname for new baby