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Prince William wishes Child Bereavement trustee the ‘best of luck’

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The Duke of Cambridge has shared a video message of support for charity Child Bereavement UK.

Prince William, 38, appeared on the charity’s Instagram page in a short message where he wished the ‘best of luck’ to trustee Alexander Fitzgibbons, who is embarking on a journey from London to Stockholm to raise money for the charity today.

The royal, who is patron for the charity, admitted he does a ‘very tough job trying to put bereaved families back together’.

Alexander’s journey will see him kayaking, swimming, running and cycling 2,020 km for the 2020 challenge. 

The Duke of Cambridge has shared a video message of support for charity Child Bereavement UK

The Duke of Cambridge has shared a video message of support for charity Child Bereavement UK

The Duke of Cambridge has shared a video message of support for charity Child Bereavement UK

Wearing a denim shirt and appearing in front of a white panelled wall, William said: ‘Hi Alex, best of luck for your epic challenge. Hope it goes really well.

‘You’re raising money for a fantastic organisation. As patron of Child Bereavement UK I can’t thank you enough for raising money for a brilliant bunch of people.

‘You do a very tough job working with bereaved families and trying to put people’s lives back together, so good luck, and hope it goes really well. 

The video message was shared to the charity’es Instagram account, and quickly racked up 4,500 views and hundreds of comments.

Prince William, 38, appeared on the charity's Instagram page in a short message where he wished the 'best of luck' to trustee Alexander Fitzgibbons, seen, who is embarking on a journey from London to Stockholm to raise money for the charity today

Prince William, 38, appeared on the charity's Instagram page in a short message where he wished the 'best of luck' to trustee Alexander Fitzgibbons, seen, who is embarking on a journey from London to Stockholm to raise money for the charity today

Prince William, 38, appeared on the charity’s Instagram page in a short message where he wished the ‘best of luck’ to trustee Alexander Fitzgibbons, seen, who is embarking on a journey from London to Stockholm to raise money for the charity today

The accompanying caption read: ‘Our Patron The Duke of Cambridge has sent a lovely message of support to our Trustee Alexander Fitzgibbons, who is embarking on an epic journey from London to Stockholm today in aid of Child Bereavement UK. 

‘His challenge will see him kayaking, swimming, running and cycling 2,020+ km. #2020kmchallenge2020’.

Child Bereavement UK supports families and educates professionals, both when a baby or child of any age dies or is dying, and when a child is facing bereavement.

The charity’s vision is for all families to have the support they need to rebuild their lives when a child grieves or when a child dies.

Wearing a denim shirt and appearing in front of a white panelled wall, William said: 'Hi Alex, best of luck for your epic challenge. Hope it goes really well.

Wearing a denim shirt and appearing in front of a white panelled wall, William said: 'Hi Alex, best of luck for your epic challenge. Hope it goes really well.

Wearing a denim shirt and appearing in front of a white panelled wall, William said: ‘Hi Alex, best of luck for your epic challenge. Hope it goes really well.

The royal, who is patron for the charity, admitted he does a 'very tough job trying to put bereaved families back together'.

The royal, who is patron for the charity, admitted he does a 'very tough job trying to put bereaved families back together'.

The royal, who is patron for the charity, admitted he does a ‘very tough job trying to put bereaved families back together’.

Last year marked 25 years of helping families to rebuild their lives after the devastation of child bereavement.

Prince William, whose mother Diana, Princess of Wales died when he was 15, became a patron of the royal charity in 2009.

Diana was a keen supporter of Child Bereavement UK and William stressed the importance of its work in a comment on its website.

Last May Prince William took part in BBC documentary, A Royal Team Talk: Tackling Mental Health, and spoke about the impact losing his mother at an early age had. 

During the show, presenter Dan Walker asked the father-of-three about the importance of discussing grief– particularly in light of the death of the princess.

William said: ‘I think when you are bereaved at a very young age… you feel pain like no other pain.And you know that in your life it’s going to be very difficult to come across something that’s going to be an even worse pain than that.’

But, he added optimistically: ‘It also brings you so close to all those other people out there who have been bereaved.’

Prince William, pictured said it was 'with great pride' that he stood in front of the guests as patron of the charity and added that 'Child Bereavement UK is a truly remarkable organisation' last year at the 25th birthday gala dinner

Prince William, pictured said it was 'with great pride' that he stood in front of the guests as patron of the charity and added that 'Child Bereavement UK is a truly remarkable organisation' last year at the 25th birthday gala dinner

Prince William, pictured said it was ‘with great pride’ that he stood in front of the guests as patron of the charity and added that ‘Child Bereavement UK is a truly remarkable organisation’ last year at the 25th birthday gala dinner

The charity was founded in September 1994 as The Child Bereavement Trust by Jenni Thomas OBE, rooted in her NHS experience, who worked with the charity for its first 15 years.

The work of the charity was launched and established with Julia Samuel MBE as Founder Patron, at the Royal College of Nursing in the presence of Diana, Princess of Wales.

Each year the charity trains more than 10,000 professionals to help them better understand and meet the needs of grieving families.

Other patrons of Child Bereavement UK include Mary Berry, Gary Barlow, Joey Essex, Alan Titchmarsh and Sir Michael Parkinson.

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Argos is mocked for selling £5.99 curtains that look like cigarettes

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Argos became the butt of shoppers’ joked after advertising a pair of curtains that ‘look like cigarettes’.

The British retailer advertised its printed border eyelet curtains at a reduced price of £5.99.

The bottom third of the drapes is a mustard yellow colour, while the rest is an off-white shade. 

The way the eyelets are positioned causes the curtains to fall in waves which makes them look like 10 vertical cylinders – and people spied a likeness to a packet of 10 cigarettes.   

Argos became the butt of shoppers' joked after advertising a pair of curtains that 'look like cigarettes'

Argos became the butt of shoppers' joked after advertising a pair of curtains that 'look like cigarettes'

Argos became the butt of shoppers’ joked after advertising a pair of curtains that ‘look like cigarettes’

The interior design item was previously listed as £15 but was available in the Argos clearance sale for a third of its original price. 

The image of the curtains, widely shared online, shows the floor-length drapes hanging from a silver pole – but several shoppers pointed out they bear a striking resemblance to a 10-pack of cigarettes.

Dozens took to social media to mock the design fail, which saw Argos trending on Twitter yesterday.

One tweeted: ‘Argos have released these curtains that appear to look like Richmond Superkings.’ 

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Dozens took to social media to mock the design fail, which saw Argos trending on Twitter yesterday

Dozens took to social media to mock the design fail, which saw Argos trending on Twitter yesterday

Dozens took to social media to mock the design fail, which saw Argos trending on Twitter yesterday

Another wrote: ‘£5.99 for a set of curtains that look like a packet of cigarettes from @Argos_Online.’

And another asked: ‘Why have Argos made curtains looking like JPS Superkings,’ followed by a series of crying emojis.

While one joked: ‘Ten cigars would have been better.’ 

The curtains are no longer listed for sale, however retailers can purchase the same design in shades of natural and grey.

The image of the curtains, widely shared online, shows the floor-length drapes hanging from a silver pole - but several shoppers pointed out they bear a striking resemblance to a 10-pack of cigarettes

The image of the curtains, widely shared online, shows the floor-length drapes hanging from a silver pole - but several shoppers pointed out they bear a striking resemblance to a 10-pack of cigarettes

The image of the curtains, widely shared online, shows the floor-length drapes hanging from a silver pole – but several shoppers pointed out they bear a striking resemblance to a 10-pack of cigarettes

The original description of the curtains on the Argos website read: ‘Looking to liven up a room with bright and colourful curtains?

‘We can help you there. These unlined 2-tone Dublin curtains are 100 per cent cotton and will give you lots of natural light and plenty of privacy.

‘We love their eyelet design for its fast and fiddle-free fitting and should disaster strike you can pop them in the wash. Like your room a bit darker?

‘These curtains are also available fully lined.’

According to a screenshot of the mustard curtains shared online, the curtains boasted an average four out of five stars out of 18 reviews. 

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Police back Uber’s licence bid because taxi firm shares data with intelligence officers

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Uber will be allowed to keep its license to operate in the UK because it shares information with the police on drivers, passengers and journeys, it has emerged. 

A court has been told the ride hailing app shares 2,000 pieces of ‘vital’ information with senior officers in London alone. 

This intelligence is reportedly used to tackle drug dealing, human trafficking and child sexual exploitation, as perpetrators have been known to use minicabs to aid these crimes in the past. 

The revelations were made in court documents where Uber is trying to win back their private hite vehicle licence after Transport for London retracted it last year, citing 'safety concerns'

The revelations were made in court documents where Uber is trying to win back their private hite vehicle licence after Transport for London retracted it last year, citing 'safety concerns'

The revelations were made in court documents where Uber is trying to win back their private hite vehicle licence after Transport for London retracted it last year, citing ‘safety concerns’ 

But the revelations, reported in The Times, have concerned drivers and passengers who are concerned about their privacy when using Uber’s services. 

It is the latest development in a long running battle for Uber to renew its operting licence in the UK after Transport for London (TfL) refused to renew the company’s private hire vehicle (PHV) licence in November.

They claimed safety failures on the ride hailing app put passengers at risk, including allowing unauthorised drivers to work without adequate secruity checks. 

The company was awarded a five-year licence in 2012, but in September 2017 TfL refused to renew it – and the ride hailing app had to go to court where a judge handed it a 15-month licence in June 2018.

It was then given a further two-month licence in September 2019, after which TfL rejected Uber’s application for a new licence, citing ‘several breaches that placed passengers and their safety at risk’.

The UK is Uber's largest European market since it launched in London in 2012, with 45,000 drivers and 3.5 million people using the service in London

The UK is Uber's largest European market since it launched in London in 2012, with 45,000 drivers and 3.5 million people using the service in London

The UK is Uber’s largest European market since it launched in London in 2012, with 45,000 drivers and 3.5 million people using the service in London

Uber has made efforts to improve their service, including on document verification and governance. 

Magistrates must decide whether Uber is a ‘fit and proper’ operator, and the company have been presenting their arguments as to why they should be granted a licence.

Yesterday the court heard Uber ‘covered up’ the scale of a flaw in its app allowing dismissed drivers to pick up passengers nearly 15,000 times.

Westminster Magistrates’ Court previously heard Uber had a vulnerability in its systems which allowed unauthorised people to upload their photographs to legitimate driver accounts by manipulating GPS settings, enabling them to pick up passengers.

Some 14,788 trips were taken using bogus identities, but the Licensed Taxi Drivers’ Association (LTDA) said Uber did not tell TfL the full scale of the problem in a report submitted in 2019.

The Times have seen a skeleton argument lodged at Westminster magistrates’ court, in which Uber claims its support from police showed it fit the requirements for a new licence. 

The paperwork suggests that the taxi app shares information and intelligence with multiple bodies, including the national counterterrorism policing network, the National Crime Agency, the slavery unit of The National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) and British Transport Police. 

The UK is Uber’s largest European market since it launched in London in 2012, with 45,000 drivers and 3.5 million people using the service in London. 

Concerns have been expressed about this information sharing and the impact it has on the privacy of drivers. 

James Farrar, general secretary of the App Drivers and Couriers Union, told The Times they were  ‘deeply concerned’ about the ‘police mass surveillance and intelligence gathering on the Uber platform’.

He added: ‘With Uber’s licence hanging by a thread, the rideshare giant is particularly vulnerable to undue pressure from police and regulatory authorities to compromise the personal data protection rights of their drivers, couriers and passengers.’ 

Uber have been contacted for a comment.  

Uber ‘received 3,000 reports of sexual assaults on US rides in 2018’

Ride-hailing firm Uber Technologies Inc said it received over 3,000 reports of sexual assault related to its 1.3 billion rides in the United States last year, in a report aimed at ensuring drivers and the public it was serious about safety.

The figure – which averages eight a day – represents a 16 per cent fall in the rate of incidents from the previous year in the five most serious categories of sexual assault reported, Uber said on Thursday in its first biennial U.S. Safety Report.

The firm also said reports of assaults on passengers overlooked risks for drivers as riders accounted for roughly half of the accused.

The 84-page report comes almost two weeks after Uber said it would appeal the loss of its license to carry passengers in London over a ‘pattern of failures’ on safety and security.

Uber, which in the past has faced criticism over safety on its platform and has been repeatedly hit with lawsuits over driver misconduct, last year committed to releasing a safety report in a sign of a cultural turnaround under its new CEO. 

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A number of tables (above) were included in the report which detailed the number of assaults during its 1.3 billion rides in the United States last year

A number of tables (above) were included in the report which detailed the number of assaults during its 1.3 billion rides in the United States last year

A number of tables (above) were included in the report which detailed the number of assaults during its 1.3 billion rides in the United States last year

The firm, which operates in 70 countries, said the report showed its commitment to transparency to improve accountability and safety industry-wide. It said it would use what it learned producing the report for its ‘next steps’ in other places.

‘I suspect many people will be surprised at how rare these incidents are; others will understandably think they’re still too common. Some people will appreciate how much we’ve done on safety; others will say we have more work to do. They will all be right,’ tweeted Chief Executive Officer Dara Khosrowshahi.

In the report, Uber said 99.9 per cent of its 2.3 billion U.S. trips in 2017 and 2018 ended without safety incidents.

It said it received 235 reports of ‘non-consensual sexual penetration’ last year and 280 of ‘attempted non-consensual sexual penetration’ – nearly all filed by women. The remaining assault reports included incidents of unwanted kissing or touching of body parts.

It also detailed 10 fatal physical assaults in 2017 and nine in 2018 – eight victims were riders, seven were drivers using Uber’s app, and four were third parties such as bystanders.

At an event on Wednesday, Khosrowshahi said he prioritized improving Uber’s culture and safety when assuming his role in 2017. 

At the time, Uber was dealing with regulatory fallout and public backlash over its business practices, forcing former CEO and founder Travis Kalanick to step down.

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‘We had to change the culture internally and we simply got to do the right thing,’ Khosrowshahi said, adding that Uber was not hiding anything by publishing internal information.

The report was released after Transport for London (TfL) revoked the cab-hailing app’s right to work in London after finding that at least 14,000 trips were made with drivers who were different to the ones shown on the app.

A change in the company’s systems allowed unauthorized drivers to upload their photographs to legitimate Uber driver accounts, the transport body said. At least one driver picking up fares had previously had their licence revoked.

The company has 21 days to mount an appeal and can continue to operate during that time. It will have to convince a court it is ‘fit and proper’ by the time of the appeal. 

It was reported in June 2018 that more than 2,500 Uber drivers in London had been investigated for sexual assault, stalking and dangerous driving – however it was not clear which time frame this related to.

Rival Lyft Inc in a statement said it was committed to releasing its own safety report and sharing information on unsafe drivers. It did not state a release date for its report.

The report also detailed 10 fatal physical assaults in 2017 and nine in 2018 - eight victims were riders, seven were drivers using Uber's app, and four were third parties such as bystanders

The report also detailed 10 fatal physical assaults in 2017 and nine in 2018 - eight victims were riders, seven were drivers using Uber's app, and four were third parties such as bystanders

The report also detailed 10 fatal physical assaults in 2017 and nine in 2018 – eight victims were riders, seven were drivers using Uber’s app, and four were third parties such as bystanders

Uber said it puts drivers through a vigorous background check before accepting them onto its platform. In its report, it said one million drivers failed to pass the screening test in 2017 and 2018 and more than 40,000 were removed from the app after extra screening layers.

Regulators have long said Uber’s screening process was insufficient and inferior to those in place for taxi drivers, with several U.S. cities attempting to compel Uber to mandate fingerprinting of its drivers.

New York City is currently the only U.S. city where drivers have to provide fingerprints and undergo the same licensing requirements as regular taxi drivers.

The New York City Transport and Limousine Commission did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Uber’s safety report. In the past, it said fingerprinting was the only way to ensure proper safety.

An Uber spokeswoman on Thursday said the firm’s screening process was robust and rigorous, and was more reliable than the sometimes incomplete database for fingerprints.

Source: Reuters   

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A boat of migrants landed on a nudist beach on the Sussex coast before being helped ashore by naked sunbathers.  

Naturists were enjoying a day out at Fairlight Glen Beach near Hastings, East Sussex, on Monday when the group of men rowed towards them in an inflatable dinghy.

Father-of-two entrepreneur Jamie Anley, 48, was on his first trip to the beach with wife Astrid, 52.

He told The Sun they had just taken their clothes off when they saw the men paddling towards them.  

In another incident, a group of 16 migrants from Afghanistan also made their way across the Channel to Dover on Wednesday (pictured)

In another incident, a group of 16 migrants from Afghanistan also made their way across the Channel to Dover on Wednesday (pictured)

In another incident, a group of 16 migrants from Afghanistan also made their way across the Channel to Dover on Wednesday (pictured)

Naturists were enjoying a day out at Fairlight Glen Beach near Hastings, East Sussex, on Monday when the group of men rowed towards them in an inflatable dinghy

Naturists were enjoying a day out at Fairlight Glen Beach near Hastings, East Sussex, on Monday when the group of men rowed towards them in an inflatable dinghy

Naturists were enjoying a day out at Fairlight Glen Beach near Hastings, East Sussex, on Monday when the group of men rowed towards them in an inflatable dinghy

Entrepreneur Anley told the Sun: ‘The beachgoers were all very friendly — we offered the migrants drinks.

‘They were aged from about 17 to 45. Some of the men kept their heads down but some had little smirks on.

‘Some of them were wearing leather jackets, they weren’t dressed for the occasion!’ 

All the migrants were located and detained after they made off into nearby woods, the Home Office confirmed.

September is already the busiest month for migrants crossing the Channel by small boat ever recorded.

The Home Office said 26 people were detained in two separate incidents on Wednesday.

It means at least 1,490 have made the treacherous journey across the world’s busiest shipping route this month.

The total now surpasses the 1,468 migrants who made it to the UK by small boat during the previous record month of August.

Some 165 migrants made their way to the UK on Monday and Wednesday’s arrivals take the total for the year to 6,515.  

One witness said the boat spotted on Wednesday would have sunk if they had not been rescued by a British border patrol.

The Home Office said 26 people were detained in two separate incidents on Wednesday (pictured, off the coast of Dover)

The Home Office said 26 people were detained in two separate incidents on Wednesday (pictured, off the coast of Dover)

The Home Office said 26 people were detained in two separate incidents on Wednesday (pictured, off the coast of Dover)

Border Force and French patrols have been increasingly more active in the Dover Strait as the number of migrants crossings has rocketed in recent months. 

Last Friday at least 319 people made the perilous journey on 27 boats, with more than 6,100 arriving in the South East coast on small vessels so far this year.

After a lull in migrants attempting the dangerous crossing over the last few days, large numbers made renewed bids to get to the UK, taking advantage of the better weather, calm sea conditions and low winds.

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