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Post Office said last month it stands by most Horizon convictions | Post Office Horizon scandal

Post Office said last month it stands by most Horizon convictions | Post Office Horizon scandal

The Post Office has admitted writing to ministers saying it would stand by the prosecution of more than half of the post office operators targeted during the Horizon scandal as recently as last month. Despite the outpouring of concern and anger after what has been described as Britain’s worst miscarriage of justice, the letter from the Post Office’s chief executive, Nick Read, showed it would oppose attempts to overturn the prosecutions in 369 cases. The letter was quietly published by the Post Office as the government confirmed on Thursday it was pressing ahead with its legislation to automatically quash convictions linked to the scandal by July. It showed that Read wrote to Alex Chalk, the justice secretary, to say the Post Office would be “bound to oppose” appeals in 369 cases, less than a week after the ITV drama Mr Bates v the Post Office finished airing. The next day, under public pressure, Rishi Sunak announced a plan for the mass overturning of convictions through an act of parliament. Read’s letter suggests that the Post …

Samsung’s Galaxy AI Is Coming to the Galaxy S23, Foldables and Tablets Next Month

Samsung’s Galaxy AI Is Coming to the Galaxy S23, Foldables and Tablets Next Month

Samsung is bringing its suite of Galaxy AI features to the Galaxy S23 lineup, as well as the Galaxy S23 FE, Galaxy Z Fold 5, Galaxy Z Flip 5 and Galaxy Tab S9 family starting in March. The move shows that Samsung is eager to make AI a bigger part of all its high-profile mobile products, not just its newest phones. Galaxy AI is scheduled to arrive in a software update in late March as part of Samsung’s goal to bring the features to more than 100 million Galaxy users this year, T.M. Roh, president and head of Samsung’s mobile experience business, said in a press release. Samsung previously said Galaxy AI would come to the Galaxy S23 lineup, but it hadn’t disclosed the timing until now.  Read more: Best Samsung Phone For 2024 Galaxy AI is an umbrella term that refers to a collection of new AI-powered features that debuted on the Galaxy S24 series in January. Some examples of Galaxy AI features include Generative Edit, which lets you move or manipulate objects in photos; Chat …

Rail route of the month: Slavic magic on a gentle trip to Zakopane, Poland | Poland holidays

Rail route of the month: Slavic magic on a gentle trip to Zakopane, Poland | Poland holidays

Nine trains leave Kraków each weekday to climb up to Poland’s premier mountain retreat, Zakopane. In 1936, the fastest trains to Zakopane took under 2½ hours. Almost a century later, after infrastructure renewal work lasting several years, just one of those nine trainsmatches the 1936 time. Such is the state of railways in some parts of rural Poland. Anyone in a hurry to reach Zakopane from Kraków will take the bus, which runs nonstop and takes two hours. But the train is a gentler, greener option. With time on my hands, I opt for one of the slower trains, which promises 48 intermediate stops. Yes, 48. There’s a dash of Slavic magic in the litany of stations along the route: Sieniawa, Skawina, Stronie, Stryszów, Szaflary. We rattle south from Kraków’s main station, passing on our right St Nicholas Church, which has a fine Armenian votive cross in its garden. Then to the left is one of the two Jewish cemeteries in the Kazimierz district. Soon we are crossing the Vistula River on an impressive bridge …

More than half of universal credit recipients ‘ran out of food in past month’ – survey | UK News

More than half of universal credit recipients ‘ran out of food in past month’ – survey | UK News

More than half of people on universal credit have recently been unable to afford more food after running out, according to a survey. The research, commissioned by anti-poverty charity the Trussell Trust, shows in the previous month one in eight (12%) had used a food bank while 55% had run out of food and could not afford more. The group is urging the government to introduce an “essentials guarantee”, so the basic rate of universal credit is always enough to cover life’s essentials. “Food banks do all they can to support people in their communities, but charities alone can’t take the place of a social security system that should support any of us who have fallen on hard times and need help,” chief executive Emma Revie said. The YouGov findings show 52% of people claiming the benefit are either behind on bills and credit commitments or are finding it a constant struggle to keep up. More than two-fifths (42%) are behind on one household bill or more. The research – carried out from 18 January …

REI Santa Monica to close, the second downtown location this month

REI Santa Monica to close, the second downtown location this month

REI will close up shop in Santa Monica at the end of the month, marking the second move out of a busy downtown area this month for the outdoor retail giant. REI Co-op’s location in the heart of Portland closed earlier this month. In both cases, the company has either already opened, or soon plans to open, stores in more suburban areas nearby — one location in Marina del Rey, which opened last summer, and another in Beaverton, a suburb of Portland, which is slated to open this spring. The closure of the Santa Monica outlet, which opened in 2006, marks the latest blow for one of the coastal city’s key shopping districts, which has lately begun to build back some momentum after struggling to regain its footing in recent years. The bustling tourist destination, which took a big hit during COVID-19 shutdowns, has drawn criticism from some locals about public safety and homelessness, as well as counter-criticism that those complaints are overblown. A Times review in late 2022 found that police calls for service …

Sticky-fingered shop thief went on six month crime spree and struck staggering 500 times | UK | News

Sticky-fingered shop thief went on six month crime spree and struck staggering 500 times | UK | News

A shop thief has been jailed following a massive six-month spree during which police believe he struck supermarkets more than 500 times. Samad Ali is believed to have stolen up to £18,000 worth of items from supermarkets across the West Midlands. Ali, 26, from Birmingham, targeted 40 stores in the area between October 2022 and April 2023. Police said he operated in and around his home city, the Black Country and out into nearby boroughs Staffordshire and West Mercia. He has been convicted on dozens of counts of theft and jailed for two years after having committed hundreds of thefts. Ali received a two-year sentence for 24 counts of theft and one of dangerous driving, with West Midlands Police saying Ali asked for 447 similar offences to be taken into consideration. Police said he stole from the same shops multiple times during his six-month spree before he was spotted by a security worker in Minworth, near Sutton Coldfield. The worker recognised the 26-year-old as a prime suspect for previous thefts at the supermarket. He attempted …

Understanding Black History Month Through the Eyes of Allyship

Understanding Black History Month Through the Eyes of Allyship

Black History Month is a time for us to honor, remember, and celebrate the contributions that Black people have made to the United States, and remind folks that Black history is American history. And while the American Humanist Association usually celebrates prominent Black humanists, freethinkers and civil rights icons throughout the month, we are also extremely clear that the enduring, abhorrent legacy of systemic anti-Blackness in this country tells us that living by an anti-racist framework is the only way to achieve a truly equitable, humanistic society. As humanists, social justice is intrinsically linked to our beliefs because through social justice, we are able to actionably fight for the equity of all people, show up to defend civil rights and self-determination , and demonstrate that positive change requires human intervention. The AHA takes an intersectional view of social justice issues, recognizing that working to liberate all marginalized communities is the best way to lift the prospects of any one group. To put it plainly, none of us in this country are safe and free until …

Trump attends N.Y. court hearing as judge orders criminal trial to proceed next month

Trump attends N.Y. court hearing as judge orders criminal trial to proceed next month

The judge presiding over Donald Trump’s New York criminal trial on Thursday denied his bid to dismiss the charges against him and ordered his trial to proceed as scheduled next month. The “defendant’s motions to dismiss have been denied,” Judge Juan Merchan told the packed Manhattan courtroom, which included the former president at the defense table. “We will move ahead with jury selection on March 25th.” Trump attorney Todd Blanche told the judge that moving ahead with trial on that date would be a “great injustice” given his other legal cases, an argument the judge batted aside. “You knew about this case,” he told Blanche. The lawyer maintained that date would be “election interference” because of the presidential primaries that month. Prosecutor Matthew Colangelo noted Blanche had told his office the March 25 date would “minimize disruption” to his client because there are only a few primaries during that time, and called his current stance part of “a continued pattern to evade accountability.” Trump faces 34 felony charges in the case, which centers on allegations …

Democrats and Republicans hold Black History Month celebrations with an eye on November’s election

Democrats and Republicans hold Black History Month celebrations with an eye on November’s election

WASHINGTON (AP) — Black History Month, often a time to recognize the contributions of African Americans in U.S. history, was marked in the nation’s capital this week with a focus on present divides and the November election when Black turnout will be integral to the outcome. At the White House, the Biden administration on Tuesday hosted more than two dozen family members of civil rights icons and major historical figures for a gala celebrating Black history. Vice President Kamala Harris made a surprise appearance where she praised the families and recounted the administration’s commitment to Black communities. A few hours later, Republicans held a reception in Washington’s U Street neighborhood, a key part of Black history in the city, to celebrate former GOP officials and activists who have engaged Black voters. The White House has taken Black History Month as an opportunity to highlight the administration’s efforts on priorities such as education, voting rights and jobs. Republicans see a chance to win more votes from a core Democratic constituency, noting President Joe Biden’s lower popularity …

Descendants of civil rights icons unite at the White House for a historic Black History Month gathering

Descendants of civil rights icons unite at the White House for a historic Black History Month gathering

Vice President Kamala Harris addressed the descendants of some of the most prominent civil rights leaders from the 1950s and ’60s and other foundational historic figures, who gathered at the White House on Tuesday, some convening in the same room for the first time. The families of Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, Booker T. Washington, Ida B. Wells, Malcolm X, Rosa Parks, Emmett Till, and Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings, among others, were scheduled to attend. Harris praised the descendants of “extraordinary American heroes” who, she said, embody the promise of the nation and the Constitution. “They’ve passed the baton to us,” Harris said Tuesday. Stephen K. Benjamin, the director of the White House Office of Public Engagement, followed Harris to recap the administration’s initiatives, including an executive order tied to police accountability and Joe Biden’s signing the law to make Juneteenth a federal holiday.  The Descendants, as the group calls itself, paid homage to their familial legacies as they celebrated the Black History Month event hosted by the Biden-Harris administration. Joshua Jordison, one of the …