See inside Amtrak’s massively upgraded new high-speed Acela trains that will take passengers from DC to Boston in 2023

We’re one year closer to the 2023 rollout of Amtrak’s new Acela.
The new trains will have more seats, speed, and comfort.
See inside the upcoming train cars with a modernized cafe and seats made with recycled leather.

We’re still a year away from Amtrak’s new Acela rollout in 2023.

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In anticipation of the smoother and faster trains, let’s take a closer look at the interior, which will appeal to Amtrak riders who are tired of the old cars lined with grey and blue seats.

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The next-generation trains are a long time coming: the current Acela trains have been in operation since 2000, and it’s been six years since Amtrak announced its plans to refresh the aging stock.

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The fleet will grow from 20 to 28 trainsets all capable of running up to 160 mph.

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The new trains will each have 378 seats …

… a 25% increase from the 304 seats on the current models, Benji Stawski of the Points Guy reported.

Source: The Points Guy

 

Inside, the swanky new cars will look more modern than any Amtrak train currently in service.

Small details like the digital screens …

… and winged headrests will make the new cars feel more modern and comfortable.

But the most obvious changes will be in the coach and cafe cars.

The cafe car will receive a complete much-needed refresh.

Say hello to a sleeker cafe with a digital menu, hip rests, bar-style counters, and grab-and-go food options …

… which looks nothing like the older cafe cars travelers see today.

The coach cars still maintain the classic row of seats. But unlike the previous design, the new cars will have color-coded headrests.

Business and first class will be separated by color: The latter …read more

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Republican senators want to ban Apple and Google from hosting apps that accept China’s digital yuan stablecoin

Marco Rubio is one of the sponsors of a bill that would ban app stores from hosting apps that accept China’s digital yuan stablecoin.

Republican senators have drafted a bill that would ban China’s digital yuan from app stores.
Apple and Google would be barred from hosting apps that accept digital yuan as a form of payment.
Marco Rubio and Tom Cotton are two of the bill’s sponsors.

Three Republican senators have launched a bill that would ban Apple, Google, and other app store providers from hosting apps that accept China’s digital yuan stablecoin as a form of payment.

The bill, which is referred to as the Defending Americans from Authoritarian Digital Currencies Act, is sponsored by Florida senator and former presidential candidate Marco Rubio, Arkansas senator Tom Cotton, and Indiana senator Mike Braun.

The digital yuan is a central bank digital currency (CBDC), meaning it’s pegged to the Chinese renminbi and issued by the Chinese central bank. It’s already used in at least 15 cities after being rolled out at the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics.

This isn’t the first time American lawmakers have tried to regulate the digital yuan. In March, US senators Bill Cassidy and Marsha Blackburn proposed the Say No To Silk Road Act, which would require some government agencies to report on the CBDC.

The three senators said the bill is necessary to prevent China surveilling Americans’ financial activities.

“The Chinese Communist Party will use its digital currency to control and spy on anyone who uses it,” Cotton, who is a proponent of a digital dollar, said. “The United States should reject China’s attempt to undermine our economy at its most basic level.”

Read more: Cryptocurrencies, stablecoins and central-bank digital currencies are all the rage. We break down what they are and what you need to know …read more

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‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ is now streaming on Disney Plus — here’s how to watch the new ‘Star Wars’ series starring Ewan McGregor

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“Obi-Wan Kenobi” is the latest “Star Wars” series streaming on Disney Plus.
Ewan McGregor returns to the title role 17 years after his last on-screen appearance as the character.
“Obi-Wan Kenobi” will run for six episodes; Disney Plus costs $8 a month or $80 per year.

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The latest “Star Wars” original series on Disney Plus brings Ewan McGregor back to the role of Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi after 17 years. The first two episodes of “Obi-Wan Kenobi” hit Disney Plus on May 27, and the following episodes will be released on Wednesdays through June 22.

Obi-Wan Kenobi is one of the main characters of the “Star Wars” prequel trilogy and the mentor of Luke Skywalker, the original “Star Wars” hero. The new Disney Plus series follows Obi-Wan on an adventure set between “Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith” and “Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope.”

Check out the trailer for ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’

Trailers show Kenobi in exile on the familiar desert planet of Tatooine after the fall of the Jedi Order and the rise of the Galactic Empire. Kenobi watches over a young Luke Skywalker from a distance, but is also being tracked by Imperial Inquisitors looking to eliminate the last of the Jedi.

The character has appeared in many “Star Wars” movies and shows since the franchise’s inception in 1977, but this is the first series set to explore Kenobi during this time period. …read more

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American is dropping 7 international routes and resuming 2 others as it adjusts its network — see the full list

Flying American Airlines to Europe during the pandemic.

American Airlines is cutting seven international routes due to low demand, COVID-19, and the war in Ukraine.
An American spokesperson told Insider that the changes are for the winter schedule and none relate to delayed deliveries of the Boeing 787 jet
American will also resume two routes this October, including to New Zealand and Uruguay. 

American Airlines is adjusting its international network, citing “soft” demand, the war in Ukraine, and COVID-19 for the changes.

American confirmed to Insider on Thursday the airline is dropping seven international routes this winter, many of which the carrier doesn’t currently operate.

Of the seven routes, two — Seattle to Bangalore, India, and Dallas/Forth Worth to Tel Aviv, Israel — had been postponed since they were announced.

The over 8,000-mile flight to Bangalore was initially scheduled for October 2020, according to The Points Guy, but the pandemic delayed the launch. Now, the route is being further postponed due to airspace restrictions in Europe, American explained to Insider.

“We have paused the launch of scheduled service between Seattle and Bengaluru, India (BLR) until summer 2023,” the spokesperson said. “As this route requires flying through airspace currently involved in a military conflict, we postponed the flight out of an abundance of caution.”

The airline still serves New Delhi, India, from New York.

Service to Tel Aviv from Dallas/Forth Worth will be canceled. However, the company said it is “committed to Israel” and will continue flying to the country from Miami and New York.

American revealed it will also drop some routes to Colombia and Peru come November due to “reduced demand.” The airline flew to Lima, Peru, from Dallas/Fort Worth, and to Cali and Medellin, Colombia, from New York. Despite the cuts, American will still have a presence in all three cities with its nonstop flights from …read more

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Camp Pendleton Marine to plead guilty to cyberstalking Torrance women

LOS ANGELES — An active-duty Camp Pendleton Marine is expected to plead guilty Friday to federal charges alleging a “sextortion” campaign to obtain sexual images of women from his former hometown of Torrance.

Johao Chavarri, 25, of Oceanside, has agreed to enter his plea to three counts of stalking, which carries a total sentence of up to 15 years behind bars and a fine of $750,000, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

From 2019 through 2021, Chavarri used the online alias “Michael Frito” and created various online accounts to stalk and threaten women, demanding that they send him nude or sexually explicit photos and videos of themselves, according to his plea agreement, filed in Los Angeles federal court.

Prosecutors said the alleged “sextortion” threats continued in some cases for more than a year.

According to the agreement, Chavarri told victims that if they refused to comply with his demands, he would post sexually explicit photos and videos of them online or on well-known pornography websites. He also threatened to send the explicit materials to their boyfriends, friends, families or employers, whom he would often identify by name, prosecutors said.

Federal prosecutors said Chavarri sent one message to multiple victims via Instagram, saying he would spend his “whole life ruining” their lives.

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Ethereum cofounder Vitalik Buterin says stablecoin turmoil should push investors back to ‘principles-based thinking’ and not rely on endless growth

Vitalik Buterin.

Ethereum’s co-founder thinks stablecoin’s need a back-to-basics approach for future success.
In a blog post, Vitalik Buterin said “principles-based thinking” will return confidence to the market
After the collapse of Terra, Buterin also warned that endless growth isn’t sustainable.

Ethereum cofounder Vitalik Buterin thinks that the stablecoin collapse needs a back-to-basics approach for future success and confidence.

He touted “principles-based thinking” in a blog post entitled “Two Thought Experiments to Evaluate Automates Stablecoins” published Wednesday. Buterin also cautioned that expecting the broader cryptocurrency market to continue to notch limitless growth is detrimental.

“In general, the crypto space needs to move away from the attitude that it’s okay to achieve safety by relying on endless growth,” he wrote.

Instead, Buterin said, investors should move to “evaluate how safe systems are by looking at their steady state, and even the pessimistic state of how they would fare under extreme conditions and ultimately whether or not they can safely wind down.”

The remarks come after the crash of Terra earlier this month. The algorithmic stablecoin used code and relied on the minting and burning of a sister-token to maintain a peg to the dollar. But Terra crashed and sent the broader crypto market reeling.

As part of a thought experiment in his blog post, Buterin examined a hypothetical stablecoin tracking an index that promised 20% annual returns. 

Such a stablecoin would have to charge some kind of negative interest rate to maintain equilibrium to cancel out growth from the index. Otherwise, it would turn into a Ponzi that suddenly collapses one day.

“Even outside of crazy hypotheticals where you build a stablecoin to track a Ponzi index, the stablecoin must somehow be able to respond to situations where even at a zero interest rate, demand for holding exceeds demand for borrowing,” Buterin wrote. “If you don’t, the price …read more

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Needing bullpen insurance, Yankees bring back Shane Greene on minor-league deal

ST. PETERSBURG — It’s like reunion week for the Yankees.

A day after promoting one-time top prospect Manny Banuelos, the Bombers signed Shane Greene, who was their 2013 Minor League Player of the Year, to a minor league deal on Thursday. Greene had a decent rookie season in pinstripes, but was a cornerstone in the Yankees deal to try and replace Hall of Fame shortstop Derek Jeter.

Now a reliever who is coming off a disastrous 2021 season, and a slow start at Triple-A, Greene is some veteran insurance for a Yankee bullpen that’s taken some big hits recently.

“Obviously, he’s been a really good pitcher in the league, a backend guy, a closer,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said Thursday night. “So we’re seeing what he’s got. Get with us, I know our guys always have some things that they feel like they can tweak or maybe help a guy with obviously a ton of experience and a ton of success.

“I just know it was intriguing for us to get him and we’ll see what we’ve got,” Boone added.

In just the last week the Yankees bullpen has lost Chad Green for the season to Tommy John surgery and Aroldis Chapman (Achilles) and Jonathan Loaisiga (shoulder) to the 10-day injury list.

That’s a huge hit to what has been a key part of the Yankees’ ability to put up the best record in baseball, 32-13. The bullpen which had the fourth-best ERA in the American League and a corps of relievers who will be tested in the coming weeks by both those losses and an improved schedule of opponents. The four-game series against the Rays at Tropicana Field this weekend is the first 10 of 13 games against teams with winning records. That comes after facing the perpetually rebuilding Orioles seven out of their previous …read more

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The Ally high-yield savings account offers a competitive interest rate with no minimum opening deposit

The bottom line: The Product Card 5ea20a1ae61f341d570ce0e6 is one of the best savings accounts out there with Ally High Yield Savings Account. Its online tools can also help you save more.

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Insider has picked this account as one of our favorite high-yield savings accounts overall. Ally pays a high interest rate, doesn’t require any money to open an account, and doesn’t charge monthly service fees.

Ally has online tools to help you save smarter. Set up savings buckets to save for separate goals, such as “Emergency Savings” or “Travel Fund.” If you also have a Product Card 5ebacc02204ad302d70b80eb, you can link it to savings and set up surprise savings transfers. Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, Ally assesses your checking balance and spending habits to determine whether you can afford to save more. If so, it transfers extra money into savings.

How Ally works

Ally is an online bank with several strong accounts, including its high-yield savings account.

The mobile app has received 4.7 out of 5 stars in the Apple store, and 3.9 out of 5 stars in the Google Play store.

You can speak with a live customer service agent 24/7, either over the phone or online chat.

Individual Ally accounts are FDIC insured for up to $250,000, and joint accounts are insured for up to $500,000.

Ally trustworthiness and BBB rating

The Better Business Bureau gives Ally a D rating because Ally has received numerous complaints on the website.

The BBB measures trustworthiness by looking at how a company responds to customer complaints. It also checks whether a business is honest in its …read more

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I tried Arby’s new burger and found it surprisingly delicious. But it probably shouldn’t exist.

Arby’s new burger is the chain’s first, and it’s larger than a Big Mac.
It tasted great, but the texture was off and I don’t want a pink fast food burger.
It’s too big and expensive to make sense for most customers. 

Arby’s just introduced its first ever burger, the Wagyu Steakhouse Burger available in three versions.

Of course I had to give it a try. Arby’s is known for its roast beef sandwiches, so a burger is new ground even as its the most well covered territory in fast food.

The chain has been promoting the burger heavily, hyping it up to customers who only have until the end of July to try it.

The hype worked too well. My first attempt to buy it failed when the location was out of burgers for the day at 6 p.m.

I came back earlier the next day and ordered ahead on Arby’s app to avoid the disappointment of the previous day.

The signs at this Arby’s promoted the burger just as heavily.

The instructions in the app didn’t match up with the layout in the restaurant, but I got my food within a few minutes anyway.

I ordered the Deluxe and Bacon Ranch variations, which both came wrapped in foil.

The burgers are made of a blend of 52% American Wagyu and 48% ground beef, Arby’s said.

I was impressed at first look. The burgers come with American cheese, lettuce, red onion, pickles, and “special burger sauce” on a brioche bun. It looked and smelled great.

Arby’s says the burgers are 6.4 ounces each, 50% larger than McDonald’s Quarter Pounder.

I was pleasantly surprised to find that despite the heft of the burger, it wasn’t a huge mess to eat …read more

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Mother charged with killing 8-year-old daughter in Uptown and then injuring herself — one day after social worker visited family

The 4600 block of North Winthrop Avenue, where police say a mother killed her 8-year-old daughter this week in Uptown.

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A woman is accused of assaulting and killing her 8-year-old daughter, then injuring herself, just a day after a state child welfare worker had visited their Uptown home, authorities said.

Andreal Hagler, 38, faces a count of first-degree murder in the death of her daughter, Amaria Osby, according to Chicago police.

Amaria died from multiple injuries from an assault Wednesday morning at a first-floor apartment in the 4600 block of North Winthrop Avenue, according to autopsy results released Friday by the Cook County medical examiner’s office. The girl’s death was ruled a homicide.

Officers were called to the apartment around 11 a.m. and found the girl dead inside, police said. Hagler, her mother, had injured herself and was taken to Weiss Memorial Hospital in good condition. Details of her injuries were not released.

A case worker for the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services had visited the family a day before the murder, but the agency said “no signs of abuse, neglect or danger were noted by our investigator.”

DCFS said it had “prior contact with this family,” and that the family had participated in intact family services from a substance abuse related incident in 2017. The recent visit was the result of an allegation of domestic violence, and was the first contact with the family since closing the prior case in 2018.

The agency said the domestic violence allegation involved abuse of one parent by the other, not abuse of the child.

In 2017, Hagler was arrested for DUI and …read more

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Democrats’ midterm prospects are already bleak – but they could get worse

Democrats are widely expected to lose control of Congress in the midterm elections. At this point, the question is not “if” Republicans will flip the House – and likely the Senate – but rather, by how many seats.

The president’s approval rating – which has historically been a harbinger of his party’s midterm performance – is underwater: just 38% of registered voters approve of Joe Biden, while 57% disapprove, per a recent Quinnipiac poll. Further, the vast majority of the public (80%) is dissatisfied with the way things are going in the country today.

While some Democrats were optimistic that the news of Roe v. Wade being overturned would improve their political prospects by galvanizing their base, that seems unlikely. Republicans still lead the generic congressional vote by 4-points – and by 6-points with Independents – and maintain a 10-point voter enthusiasm advantage, with 56% of Republicans saying they are more motivated to vote than usual, compared to 46% of Democrats.

Clearly, the Democratic Party already faces an uphill battle in November. But now, three developing issues – with respect to the economy, the pandemic, and the Southern border crisis – threaten to make matters even worse for Democrats, especially given the lack of direction, strategy, and leadership from the administration on each.

First, there’s the potentially worsening state of the economy.

Inflation and high gas prices – which are very politically powerful trends, given their tangible impact on every American – will still be persistent problems in November. In poll after poll, voters cite rising prices as the most urgent issue facing the country, and express deeply negative views of the economy and of President Biden’s handling of it, despite historically low unemployment and increased wages.

In that sense, the White House has clearly failed to develop a compelling and reassuring economic message – as …read more

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‘Top Gun’ was the biggest movie of 1986. 36 years later, its sequel is the theater industry’s best shot at winning back older moviegoers.

Tom Cruise in “Top Gun: Maverick.”

“Top Gun: Maverick” finally arrives in theaters this weekend after several delays.
Theatrical industry leaders are optimistic it can bring out older moviegoers.
Analysts are projecting the movie to earn close to or over $100 million over the three-day weekend.

“Top Gun” was the highest-grossing movie of 1986 with $174 million in the US, which would be $460 million in today’s dollars.

This weekend, the movie’s long-awaited big-budget sequel, “Top Gun: Maverick,” finally arrives in theaters after several pandemic-related delays. It does so with the widest US release of all time, in 4,735 theaters.

Paramount, the movie’s distributor (it was coproduced and cofinanced by Skydance), has given its other movies this year, like “The Lost City” and “Scream,” 45-day exclusive theatrical windows before they arrive on the streaming service Paramount+. It’s shorter than the typical pre-pandemic window of 75 days to 90 days, but is emerging as a new industry standard.

“Maverick,” though, is getting a longer window than 45 days, a person familiar with Paramount’s plans told Insider.

Even so, in a theatrical market dominated by superhero blockbusters, “Maverick” isn’t expected to top the 2022 box office like its predecessor did 36 years ago.

Still, the movie has a lot riding on it.

Moviegoers ages 45 and up have been slow to return to cinemas, and theatrical industry leaders are hoping that “Maverick” will attract them in droves.

“‘Maverick’ is a perfect, energizing, fun movie with an audience that grew up with Tom Cruise and ‘Top Gun’,” Rolando Rodriguez, the CEO of Marcus Theatres and chairman of the National Association of Theatre Owners, told Insider during last month’s exhibitor conference CinemaCon.”If I had to choose one movie, I’d say it’s that one that could really break through with a consumer base we want back.”

Rich Gelfond, the CEO of the film technology …read more

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Natural gas prices have nearly tripled in the US over the last year amid supply fears: ‘There’s almost no ceiling’

Natural gas prices briefly surpassed the $9 mark earlier this week for the first time since 2008.
Prices pulled back Friday but have nearly tripled since a year ago as supply fears and war in Ukraine have sent energy markets reeling. 
Along with the natural-gas price jump, diesel, jet fuel, and prices at the pump have all surged. 

US natural gas prices briefly surpassed $9 per million British thermal units this week for the first time since 2008, joining other energy commodities that have soared recently. 

On Friday, prices retreated 5%, falling back below the $9 mark, but they are still up more than 180% from a year ago.

Underlying the price surge is the decline in natural gas inventories, which were 15% lower last week than the five-year average, according to the Wall Street Journal.

 

The slowdown in the US shale boom has weighed on natural gas production. Meanwhile, US exports of natural gas are booming as buyers in Europe and Asia have scrambled for additional supplies since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine sent global energy markets reeling.

“There’s almost no ceiling for natural gas,” Kent Bayazitoglu, an analyst at the energy consultant Baker & O’Brien Inc, told the WSJ Thursday. “You can reduce your driving a lot easier than you can reduce your natural-gas consumption.”

While he expects prices for natural gas to ease once the summer weather passes, traders are betting that above-normal needs this summer to use energy and air conditioners amid hotter weather will leave inventories low. 

To be sure, prices in the US remain much lower than those in Europe, which has seen ever steeper spikes. Dutch prices, for example, are up 242% year over year.

But the natural gas surge mimics those of other energy commodities. Gasoline prices have soared so high that the US is beginning to

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New water restrictions bring fresh challenges: What to do in the garden this week

1. With new water restrictions coming into place, it is necessary to be attentive to weather on a daily basis and take a close look at our plants each day to see if we see tell-tale signs of water stress before soaking them. Watering on a set schedule is not conducive to conservation. June brings overcast mornings that sometimes stretch into the afternoon. Such days can lengthen irrigation intervals. Also, be aware that some plants begin to wilt in the afternoon but are standing upright again the next morning, meaning they are not yet in need of water. Other plants may only need to be watered when their leaves begin to curl a little along their margins. Moisture meters are useful for determining when to water and they are available for $7-$15 dollars, suitable for both indoor and outdoor plants. As a general rule, indoor and other container plants need watering when soil is dry at a two-inch depth whereas vegetables growing in the ground need watering when soil is dry at a three-inch depth and fruit trees need water when soil is dry at a four-inch depth. Do not water uniformly but according to the depth of a plant’s roots. You can also check moisture by means of a soil probe, which extracts soil cores to a depth of three feet.

2. Strawberries shoot out lots of runners this time of year, producing more leaves at the expense of flowers and fruit. Remove the runners and fertilize with a product that contains phosphorus and potassium, but no nitrogen since nitrogen encourages leafy growth. Keep a mulch of pine needles or straw around your strawberries since they will quickly rot if they come in contact with the soil surface. However, the origin of the word “strawberry” has nothing to do with …read more

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New emoji of a crown-wearing corgi unveiled ahead of Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

New emoji celebrating Queen's Platinum Jubilee

The corgi’s crown features the Platinum Jubilee colours (Picture: PA)

A new emoji paying tribute to the Queen’s love of dogs has been unveiled in the run up to her long-awaited Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

The cartoon image features a corgi – the Queen’s favourite breed – called PJ wearing a purple and platinum crown, and has appeared on the Royal Family’s official Twitter page.

The emoji will automatically appear on Twitter when the celebratory Jubilee hashtags are used – including #PlatinumJubilee, #HM70, #PlatinumPartyatthePalace, #PlatinumJubileePageant, and  #TheBigJubileeLunch. 

The Queen has owned more than 30 corgis during her reign, most of which have been descendants of her first corgi Susan which she was given on her 18th birthday in 1944.

The final dog in Susan’s line, Willow, passed away in 2018 and was followed by Whisper, a pure-bred corgi, and Vulcan, a ‘dorgi’ or corgi and dachshund cross.

Nowadays, the royal has three dogs: an elderly dorgi called Candy, and two corgi puppies Muick and Sandy who kept her busy during the Covid pandemic.

Princess Elizabeth – now Queen Elizabeth – with two corgis in 1936 (Picture Getty)

The Queen with her dogs during the Windsor Horse Trials in 1980 (Picture: PA)

Meet PJ the corgi, our Jubilee emoji!

PJ will appear whenever you use #PlatinumJubilee #HM70 #PlatinumPartyatthePalace ⁰#PlatinumJubileePageant ⁰or #TheBigJubileeLunch and we’re hoping that as many of you as possible will use PJ to help celebrate the Jubilee here on Twitter. pic.twitter.com/UyNVwCN9n9

— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) May 26, 2022

Corgis are due to appear as part of the finale in the Jubilee Pageant, which will see a pack of mischievous puppet dogs cause chaos on The Mall.

The Queen is not the only royal to own dogs – in fact, most of …read more

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Boris Johnson removes instruction to ministers to ‘uphold the very highest standards of propriety’ in new Ministerial Code foreword

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

Boris Johnson issued a new foreword to an updated version of the Ministerial Code.
In August 2019, Johnson wrote that to “win back the trust of the British people,” the highest standards must be upheld.
His latest foreword has no equivalent, merely saying the Code guides ministers “how they should act and arrange their affairs.”

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has removed an instruction to ministers in his foreword to the Ministerial Code, the handbook of rules for how ministers should behave, to “uphold the very highest standards of propriety.”

The updated foreword came alongside a minimally changed edition of the Code, the first update since the first edition released under Johnson’s premiership in August 2019.

In Johnson’s first foreword, he stressed how ministers must “win back the trust of the British people.”

“We must uphold the very highest standards of propriety — and this code sets out how we must do so. There must be no bullying and no harassment; no leaking; no breach of collective responsibility. No misuse of taxpayer money and no actual or perceived conflicts of interest,” it said.

“The precious principles of public life enshrined in this document — integrity, objectivity, accountability, transparency, honesty and leadership in the public interest — must be honoured at all times; as must the political impartiality of our much admired civil service.”

Since August 2019, Johnson has had:

One independent advisor resign over a failure to take action against Home Secretary Priti Patel when she was found to have bullied a senior civil servant.
A string of leaks and subsequently announced leak inquiries.
MPs alleging the government of being “complacent” about COVID-19 loan fraud.
A number of allegations of conflicts of interest for senior members of his government, such as meetings between housing minister Robert Jenrick and the developer and Conservative donor Richard Desmond, …read more

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