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Northern rail: Government takes over after chaos

Northern rail: Government takes over after chaos

Business
The government says it wants to give people in northern England "more powers over their railways" as it starts running services previously operated by Arriva Rail North.The takeover was announced in January following widespread commuter chaos.Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham will be among a panel of northern political leaders who will advise the government's operation.Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said there would be "no quick fix".Passengers have experienced regular delays and cancellations since a timetable change in May 2018. They also faced strikes and an ageing fleet of trains. German firm Arriva, which had been due to run Northern services until 2025, previ...
Contraception shortage ‘causing utter chaos’

Contraception shortage ‘causing utter chaos’

Health
A shortage of contraception is causing chaos and risks unplanned pregnancies and abortions, doctors are warning. Leading sexual health experts have written to ministers warning that the supply shortage is beginning to lead to serious problems across the UK.A number of daily pills and a long-acting injectable contraceptive are thought to be affected.The problem follows a shortage of hormone replacement therapy for menopausal women last year.But there are signs that those supply difficulties might soon start to be resolved as a key ingredient is now being manufactured again.It is currently unclear what has caused the contraception shortages.Drug firm Pfizer first reported supply problems with Sayana Press, which provides three months' protection and can be ...
Iowa caucus chaos: Trump calls it an ‘unmitigated disaster’ but what caused it?

Iowa caucus chaos: Trump calls it an ‘unmitigated disaster’ but what caused it?

Technology
A coding error in the app used by the Democratic Party in Iowa has been blamed for significant delays in reporting the results of the state's caucus.The new app was developed so caucus results - the votes of Democratic Party members for their preferred presidential candidate - could be reported more quickly following Monday's vote. But instead of speeding things up a coding error in the app led to the data being only partially reported, forcing the Democratic Party to resort to manual systems in order to verify vote counts. The results are now expected at 5pm local time (10pm UK time) on Tuesday.Shadow, the company which developed the app, posted on Twitter: "We sincerely regret the delay in the reporting of the results of last night's Iowa caucuses, and the uncertainty it has caused t...
Steven Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror challenge on Rangers defender Borna Barisic sparks chaos at Hibs

Steven Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror challenge on Rangers defender Borna Barisic sparks chaos at Hibs

Sports
Rangers manager Steven Gerrard was left outraged on the touchline after his defender Borna Barisic was the victim of a horror tackle at Hibs. Gerrard’s men claimed a 3-0 victory at Easter Road but the main talking point will be the aftermath of Ryan Porteous’s shocking challenge on Barisic, which earned him a straight red card. BT Sport It was a feisty encounter at Easter Road Bt Sport There were unsavoury scenes on the touchline Gerrard immediately vented his fury at the opposite dugout, resulting in a clash between the two technical areas, while Barisic narrowly avoided a glass bottle which was thrown at him while he lay on the floor. Hibernian assistant John Potter and Gers’ coach Tom Culshaw were both
Tourists face travel chaos as national strike begins across France

Tourists face travel chaos as national strike begins across France

World
Travellers heading to and from France face five days of chaos due to a general strike across the country over pension reform.Flights, trains and buses will all be hit by the biggest wave of industrial action the country has faced for decades - which begins on Thursday. There are no tickets available on Eurostar trains until Tuesday, with the company saying it has cancelled almost 100 services between now and then. Image: Flights, trains and buses will all be hit by the national strike Image: Many airlines have cancelled flights to and from France Airlines including Easyjet, British Airways and Ryanair have opted to cancel many of their flights to and from France, while Air Fran...