LONDON Underground maintenance and engineering workers were poised to go out on strike during the FA Cup Final weekend but it has now been called off. We look at why the industrial action has been cancelled. When was the strike called off? On May 14, 2019, the union said it suspended the action after LU called off plans to cut train inspections and preparations. Transport for London (TfL) confirmed it had withdrawn its initial proposals. A TfL spokesman added: "The safety of our staff and customers is always paramount. "While our proposals did not compromise this, we have decided not to change the frequencies of some less safety critical train checks."When was the strike due to take place? The RMT Union had said more than 1,000 of its members would walk out from 7am on Friday, May 17. The strike was expected to last three days ending at 7am on Monday, May 20, covering the FA Cup Final at Wembley stadium An RMT spokesperson said the decision to go on strike came after a nine to one vote … [Read more...] about TfL Tube strike 2019 – has the London Underground strike been called off?
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A century and a half after its publication, Walden has become such a totem of the back-to-nature, preservationist, anti-business, civil-disobedience mindset, and Thoreau so vivid a protester, so perfect a crank and hermit saint, that the book risks being as revered and unread as the Bible. Of the American classics densely arisen in the middle of the 19th century - Hawthorne's Scarlet Letter (1850), Melville's Moby-Dick (1851), Whitman's Leaves of Grass (1855), to which we might add Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin (1854) as a nation-stirring bestseller and Emerson's essays as an indispensable preparation of the ground - Walden has contributed most to America's present sense of itself. In a time of informational overload, of clamorously inane and ubiquitous electronic entertainment, and of a fraught, globally challenged, ever more demanding workplace, the urge to build a cabin in the woods and thus reform, simplify, and cleanse one's life - "to front", in Thoreau's ringing … [Read more...] about A sage for all seasons
Technically, only public figures, celebrities, and brands can be verified on Instagram. You can't request that little blue check mark that means you're the real deal, and they don't give them out to just anyone. Unless you know a guy. Mashable has uncovered an actual black market for Instagram verification, where desperate social media users with cash to burn spend up to $15,000 to get a tiny badge on their profiles. Exclusive: Getting verified on Instagram is not easy, and only some celebrities, public figures, and brands are invited Coveted: Not just anyone get apply, which is why a black market has popped up for those check marks On Twitter, any user can request to be verified. That isn't to say everyone will be approved, but the site has a portal open to all users who want to let 'people know that an account of public interest is authentic'. Over on Instagram, though, those check marks can be harder to come by. The social media's application isn't publicly available, and is … [Read more...] about Those coveted blue check marks don’t come cheap! Desperate Instagram users are paying up to $15,000 on a social media black market just to get VERIFIED on the photo-sharing app
Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to play Tap to play The video will start in 8Cancel Play now Meghan Markle made her first public engagement since giving birth as she joins the rest of the royal family at Trooping the Colour today. Prince Harry, Prince William, Kate Middleton and the Queen were also pictured at the event. Little Prince Louis was snapped waving at the crowds at his first Trooping the Colour. The ceremony saw 1,400 soldiers, 200 horses and 400 musicians parade central London to celebrate the monarch’s birthday. It's always been in the first half of June every year since its conception in 1748, when King Edward VII didn’t want his official birthday celebration in November as the weather was too cold. And despite today's dreary weather, The Mall, Whitehall and other streets were lined with crowds waving flags. The display concluded with an RAF fly-past, watched by members of the Royal Family from Buckingham Palace balcony. A 41-gun salute was … [Read more...] about Trooping the Colour recap: Updates as Meghan Markle attends Queen’s parade
Just when you thought it couldn't get any cheaper, Poundland announce that they're having a sale. But rather than cutting the price of their toilet rolls, glasses and Kinder Buenos, the discount retailer has instead slashed the price of its Trump merchandise - just in time for this week's visit. Launching today (3 June), the discounted items include a comedic collection of Donald Trump products that were originally bought for the US President's previously cancelled trip, which will all be on sale from today for as little as 50p. Whether you're a supporter or a critic, there's a pretty large array of masks, flags and even a cut-out of Trump's famous barnet for customers to don. Poundland's Logistics Director Tim Goalen said, "I doubt Trump's ever going to come back and we need to get rid of it all. We already tried to off load this stuff last Halloween but customers found it too frightening". After showcasing the unusual range in store last year, Poundland received some backlash on … [Read more...] about Poundland is having a sale – and all its Donald Trump products are included