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Former transport secretary Greening joins On The Beach

Former transport secretary Greening joins On The Beach

Business
On The Beach (OTB), one of Britain's biggest online travel agents, will on Friday appoint Justine Greening, the former Conservative minister, to its board.Sky News has learnt that Ms Greening, who served as transport secretary for a year during the 2010-15 coalition administration, will join the London-listed company as a non-executive director. It will be the former MP's first commercial role since quitting Westminster ahead of the 2019 general election.A source close to OTB's move to appoint her said her extensive network of relationships in political circles was expected to be an asset to a company which has been caught up in the coronavirus maelstrom.OTB, which has seen its shares rebound amid hopes of a return to overseas travel in time for the crucial summer holiday season, has becom...
Viola Beach: ‘We should have seen them headlining the biggest festivals’

Viola Beach: ‘We should have seen them headlining the biggest festivals’

Entertainment
On 13 February 2016, Viola Beach were on the cusp of stardom.The four-piece band were in Sweden, having just played their first international gig.Everything was just starting to fall into place, with sold-out shows and slots at some of the UK's biggest festivals.But in the early hours of the morning, Jack Dakin, River Reeves, Kris Leonard, Tomas Lowe and their manager Craig Tarry were killed in a car crash in Stockholm that was described by the coroner as an "awful tragedy".Five years on, Lisa Leonard, whose 20-year-old son Kris was the band's frontman, said she took comfort from knowing their final hours were some of the happiest of their lives. "I want people to remember them having fun, because that's what they were doing. "I often think about how they must have felt that night. "Things...
Australian beach closed after hundreds gather in defiance of ‘social distancing’ rules

Australian beach closed after hundreds gather in defiance of ‘social distancing’ rules

World
Australia's most popular beach has been closed after hundreds of people gathered there on Friday in defiance of "social distancing" rules.Prime Minister Scott Morrison had asked Australians not to gather in groups of more than 500 outdoors, while an indoor limit was set at 100. It was also advised that people stay at least 1.5m away from each other.So Friday's scenes at Bondi Beach in Sydney sparked anger from many, including Australia's health minister Greg Hunt. Mr Hunt told reporters that those pictured on the beach had been "putting others at risk". ...
Tourists who took sand from Sardinian beach face jail

Tourists who took sand from Sardinian beach face jail

World
Two French tourists could be jailed after being caught with sand allegedly stolen from a Sardinian beach.The white sand was taken from the beach of Chia, in the island's south, and was crammed into 14 plastic bottles. The bottles were found by police in the boot of the tourists' vehicle as they prepared to board a ferry to FranceIn total, there was 40kg of sand, police said.According to Italian news agency Ansa, the tourists said they had taken the sand as a souvenir and were not aware they were breaking the law. Advertisement The pair could be jailed for up to six years on the charge of theft, with the aggravating circumstance of having stolen an asset destined for public utility, Ansa said. Sardinia is bl...
Police find $2M in cocaine on New Zealand beach

Police find $2M in cocaine on New Zealand beach

World
Aug. 8 (UPI) -- New Zealand police are on alert after nearly 20 packages containing millions of dollars worth of cocaine washed up on a popular tourist beach. The New Zealand Police Department said Thursday that it found 19 packages containing $ 2 million of cocaine on Bethells Beach, some 22 miles west of Auckland, adding it had beefed up patrols in the area in case more packages come ashore. "There is a small possibility that further packages may turn up on the beach and we ask any members of the public to contact us immediately if they do," it said in a statement. "Eagle helicopter will be in the area today conducting a search of the wider area and we will be sending regular patrols in the coming days to continue to check for further washed up items." Police said they were notified of...