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'A total disgrace': Anger as rail boss becomes CBE

'A total disgrace': Anger as rail boss becomes CBE

Business
Network Rail chief executive Mark Carne has been given a CBE, despite a terrible year for train users across much of the country. The honour, announced late on Friday, comes after the cancellation of 165 trains every day by Northern Rail until the end of July, including services in Manchester, Liverpool, Blackpool and the Lake District.Earlier in the year train users saw the biggest rise in fares since 2013 and a number of train operators, including Southern, South Western and CrossCountry, have been affected by strikes.During his four years at the helm, there has been criticism of the number of operators missing punctuality targets, poor management and delays to modernisation schedules.He is due to retire this summer.News of the honour bestowed on Mr Carne was met with ang...
Real-life 'A League of Their Own' players celebrate 75th anniversary

Real-life 'A League of Their Own' players celebrate 75th anniversary

Sports
June 5 (UPI) -- It wasn't a hard decision to make at the time for 15-year-old Katie Horstman: Stay home to babysit, milk cows and feed the hogs, or become a professional baseball player? She chose the latter, of course, but the cow milking still came in handy. Horstman, 83, calls what happened next the greatest part of her life. The former Fort Wayne Daisies star played in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League for the final four years of its existence. The league, celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, would later serve as the inspiration for the iconic film A League of Their Own. The original players will be participating in interviews, events, appearances at the MLB All-Star FanFest, and throwing out first pitches, all leading up to a league reunion in September. Hor...
'A Quiet Place' tops the North American box office with $22M

'A Quiet Place' tops the North American box office with $22M

Entertainment
April 22 (UPI) -- The suspense thriller A Quiet Place is No. 1 at the North American box office, earning $ 22 million in receipts, BoxOfficeMojo.com announced Sunday.Coming in at No. 2 is Rampage with $ 21 million, followed by I Feel Pretty at No. 3 with $ 16.2 million, Super Troopers 2 at No. 4 with $ 14.7 million and Truth or Dare at No. 5 with $ 7.9 million.Rounding out the top tier are Ready Player One at No. 6 with $ 7.5 million, Blockers at No. 7 with $ 7 million, Black Panther at No. 8 with $ 4.6 million, Traffik at No. 9 with $ 3.9 million and Isle of Dogs at No. 10 with $ 3.4 million.[embedded content]Let's block ads! (Why?) Entertainment News - UPI.com
Animals' popularity 'a disadvantage'

Animals' popularity 'a disadvantage'

Science
The world's most popular animals are in more danger than we realise, according to a new study.A survey of the public's perceptions suggests many people are unaware that the animals they consider "charismatic" are under threat in the wild. These include lions, elephants, tigers and other animals which frequently appear in branding and advertising.Researchers suspect the animals' media ubiquity may lead people to think they are prospering in the wild.The findings were published by an international team of scientists in PLOS Biology.Charismatic speciesThe notion of "charismatic" species has cropped up recently in conservation biology, explains Dr Franck Courchamp, the study's lead author."There is a regular claim that the most charismatic species are diverting most of the time and resources [...
Chanda Kochhar 'a huge beneficiary' of Videocon loan, says whistleblower

Chanda Kochhar 'a huge beneficiary' of Videocon loan, says whistleblower

Finance
A day after the ICICI Bank cried foul over the controversy surrounding the loan sanctioned to Videocon Group, Trustee, Indian Investors Protection Council, Arvind Gupta, on Friday, said that the evidence in the case clearly shows the bank's CEO, Chanda Kochhar, being a beneficiary of the loan. "Evidence shows strong links that Chanda Kochhar and her family are a huge beneficiary of this loan. Government should order investigation and audit to check why loan was given to a sinking company," Gupta told ANI. Deepak Kochhar, who is Chanda Kochhar's husband, is an indirect beneficiary of the loan granted to Videocon, according to Gupta. "Venugopal Dhoot transferred money from Videocon Group to Supreme Energy, in which he had 90 percent shares. He promoted it and later transferred it to Deepak K...