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Last person to speak to Jay Slater claims he has been kidnapped and slams Spanish police for not taking hunt seriously as search for teenager missing on Tenerife enters fourth day

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The last person to speak to Jay Slater claims ‘something sinister is going on’ as fears he has been kidnapped grow with each passing day the teenager is not found. 

The apprentice bricklayer, 19, from Oswaldtwistle, Lancashire, was last heard from on Monday morning as he tried to walk home along a mountainous path in north-west Tenerife. 

He rang his friend Lucy Law to say he was lost, dehydrated and only had one per cent battery on his phone, but the call cut out suddenly and he has not been seen or heard from since. 

His mother, Debbie Duncan, who has flown out to Tenerife to join the huge search mission, believes he has been ‘taken against his will’.

And today, Lucy repeated those fears, exclusively telling MailOnline that ‘the whole thing is just so weird’ and out of character for the teenager.

Lucy Law (pictured) was the last person to speak to Jay Slater before he went missing. She now fears he has been kidnapped

Lucy Law (pictured) was the last person to speak to Jay Slater before he went missing. She now fears he has been kidnapped

Debbie Duncan (left) is also working off the assumption that her son (right) has been kidnapped after receiving a sickening Snapchat

Debbie Duncan (left) is also working off the assumption that her son (right) has been kidnapped after receiving a sickening Snapchat

Jay Slater, 19, went missing on Monday morning, sparking a huge search mission on the island of Tenerife

Jay Slater, 19, went missing on Monday morning, sparking a huge search mission on the island of Tenerife

The search for Jay has entered its fourth day on Thursday in Tenerife. Pictured June 20

The search for Jay has entered its fourth day on Thursday in Tenerife. Pictured June 20

Volunteer firemen searching for missing Jay Slater in Tenerife on Thursday. Pictured June 20

Volunteer firemen searching for missing Jay Slater in Tenerife on Thursday. Pictured June 20

She said: ‘It’s been three days now since he was last seen and the more time goes on the more I’m sure he has been taken. At first I wasn’t so sure but now I’m convinced.

‘He is not stupid if he left the house on his own he would have walked to the road and then tried to flag a car down or stop someone for help.

‘The last time we heard from him it was around 9am so the place where he would have been walking would have had hikers and holidaymakers.

‘The more time passes and he has not been seen then the more we are convinced he has been taken by someone and is being held against his will.’

Jay was last seen getting into a car with two people he met on Sunday night after NRG music festival in south Tenerife.

He travelled with them to a property in Rural de Teno Park, a 40-minute drive or 10-hour walk from where he was staying in Playa de las Americas. 

Jay’s final Snapchat picture is an out-of-focus image of a hand holding a cigarettes at a property in the Buenavista del Norte area at 7.30am on Monday.

The search for Jay has entered its fourth day with mountain rescue crews, sniffer dogs and police scouring the remote north-west side of the island for any signs of him.

Jay's mother Debbie is pictured Thursday during the fourth day of the search

Jay’s mother Debbie is pictured Thursday during the fourth day of the search

The hotel apartments where Jay was staying whilst in Los Christianos

The hotel apartments where Jay was staying whilst in Los Christianos

The police are searching the flats where he was staying in Los Christianos

The police are searching the flats where he was staying in Los Christianos

Lucy (pictured) now desperately fears that her friend has been 'taken against his will'

Lucy (pictured) now desperately fears that her friend has been ‘taken against his will’ 

Spanish police out searching for missing teenager Jay Slater in the Masca ravine on June 19

Spanish police out searching for missing teenager Jay Slater in the Masca ravine on June 19

Sniffer dogs have  been deployed in the search for Jay Slater in north-west Tenerife on June 19

Sniffer dogs have  been deployed in the search for Jay Slater in north-west Tenerife on June 19

The search mission has entered its third day. Pictured: Rescuers on June 19

The search mission has entered its third day. Pictured: Rescuers on June 19

Around 15 of Jay’s family and friends have flown out to Tenerife to help with the search, including his mother Debbie Duncan, father Warren Slater and brother Zak.

Yesterday afternoon, concern for Jay’s wellbeing deepened as the chaotic search to track him down shifted dramatically.

The search had centred on the remote area near the village of Masca in north-west Tenerife. 

But suddenly police focus shifted to the tourist hotspots of Los Cristianos and Playa de las Americas in south Tenerife, after a false sighting of him getting out of a taxi. 

It later emerged the report was false and police, having wasted precious time in the blistering 27C heat, were forced to move attention back to their original site. 

Ms Law slammed Spanish police for not taking the hunt seriously, adding ‘I think they could be doing more’.

She told MailOnline: ‘I know they have had a helicopter and drones up but to be honest I think they could be doing more.

‘The other day I was on Veronica’s Strip in Los Cristianos and I picked up some information and I went to the Guardia Civilia and they said “who is Jay Slater?”

‘Can you believe that? It doesn’t really give you much confidence does it. I’ve been out looking and so have his friends and family.

Jay's final Snapchat picture was posted at 7.30am on Monday from the house where he had travelled to with two men in a remote part of Tenerife

Jay’s final Snapchat picture was posted at 7.30am on Monday from the house where he had travelled to with two men in a remote part of Tenerife

Lucy (pictured) went to Tenerife with Jay Slater and another friend but their first ever friends' holiday turned into a nightmare when Jay disappeared

Lucy (pictured) went to Tenerife with Jay Slater and another friend but their first ever friends’ holiday turned into a nightmare when Jay disappeared

‘We are just all so desperate for some news, we need people to keep looking we need Jay back.

‘The whole thing is just so weird someone must have seen him, we are all extremely worried and the more it goes on the more dodgier it looks.

‘I just think the fact that no one has seen him makes it all the more sinister.’

Ms Duncan also fears her son could have been kidnapped, saying he is ‘streetwise’ and ‘not stupid’.

She said: ‘I’ve got a bad feeling. I’m being warned there’s a lot of bad people in Tenerife. I just think he’s being held against his will. He’s not a stupid lad. He wouldn’t have gone walking down bloody mountains. 

‘There’s no ransom demand come in yet.  I’ve told them [police] my suspicions, that I think Jay’s been taken up north by people against his will.’ 

Jay's mother Debbie (pictured) made a heartbreaking plea for her son to return alive and well on Wednesday evening

Jay’s mother Debbie (pictured) made a heartbreaking plea for her son to return alive and well on Wednesday evening

Since he went missing, Ms Duncan has been receiving sickening phone calls from Brits with ‘northern accents’ claiming to have kidnapped her son.

Yesterday, she revealed another horrifying message sent to her just moments after touching down in Tenerife.

It read: ‘Kiss goodbye to your boy, you’re never going to see him again, he owes me a lot of money.’

On Thursday, Accrington and Rossendale College, where Jay was studying for his apprenticeship, issued a statement. It said: ‘We are deeply concerned about the recent news regarding one of our apprentices, Jay Slater, who has gone missing while on holiday in Tenerife.

‘The safety and wellbeing of our students are of utmost importance to us, and our thoughts at this worrying time are with Jay’s family and friends.’

Jay is seen in this image shared to his friend Lucy's social media days before he disappeared

Jay is seen in this image shared to his friend Lucy’s social media days before he disappeared

Pictured are drones in the sky searching for Jay yesterday

Pictured are drones in the sky searching for Jay yesterday

A screenshot of Jay's last known location where his phone battery died

A screenshot of Jay’s last known location where his phone battery died 

Police were checking vans yesterday to try and find the teenager

Police were checking vans yesterday to try and find the teenager

A MailOnline graphic detailing the timeline of events from when Jay attended the three-day NRG festival to his location when his phone died at around 8.50am on Monday

A MailOnline graphic detailing the timeline of events from when Jay attended the three-day NRG festival to his location when his phone died at around 8.50am on Monday

Speaking from the south of the island where her son had been staying, mother Debbie said: ‘I’m obviously beside myself with worry which is why I’ve flown out here with my eldest son to do anything we can to help.

‘We’re just praying the police or someone finds Jay. I know there’s a mountain rescue team out and a helicopter.

‘Nothing’s ever going to be enough when your youngest son’s gone missing but it sounds as if the police here are taking this very seriously and doing the best job they can.’

Debbie also revealed she had received several prank calls from hidden numbers claiming they had taken her son and held him for ransom, describing the pranksters’ jokes as ‘sickening’. 

After around seven fake GoFundMe pages were set up and debunked by his family, a real fundraising page by Jay’s friends has now been verified.

More than £13,000 has been raised since the fundraiser went live.

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Tadej Pogacar overtook three riders on the final 16-kilometer climb to win stage 19 of the Tour de France in the southern Alps on Friday. Defending champion Jonas Vingegaard finished sixth and now stands more than five minutes behind his main rival with two stages to go.

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How millions of Americans could go without a paycheck this month due to global Crowdstrike crash – are YOU at risk?

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Millions of workers are at risk of not receiving their paychecks this month amid a global outage that could last weeks.

Several of America’s biggest banks saw their systems crash this morning, preventing people from accessing their accounts or receiving or sending money.

TD Bank and Bank of America was still down for millions this afternoon but TD said its systems have been restored while customers are still complaining on Downdetector that they can’t use the banking systems.

The Global Payroll Association (GPA) warned that people ‘risk going without their wages’ because their employers or banks rely on CrowdStrike for cybersecurity protection. 

The Crowdstrike global outage has stopped millions of workers from receiving their paychecks after banking systems went down on Friday

The Crowdstrike global outage has stopped millions of workers from receiving their paychecks after banking systems went down on Friday

It remains unclear how widespread the payroll disruption is, but Melanie Pizzey, the founder and CEO of GPA said her company had received complaints from a number of clients who couldn’t access their payroll software because of the outage.

Payroll systems typically need to be notified of any issues that would stop direct deposits from going through at least two days before the payday for the issue to be resolved in time. 

‘Depending on the length of this outage, it could have very serious implications for businesses across the nation, particularly those who process payroll on a weekly basis,’ Pizzey said. 

‘Furthermore, we could see a backlog with regard to processing payrolls for the coming month end which may delay employees from receiving their monthly wage.’ 

George Kurtz, the CEO of the software company whose bug caused the issues, said it could be weeks before systems are back up and running.

Meanwhile, issues with Visa and Zelle are not allowing people to make or receive payments, and there’s no estimated timeframe for when they’ll be back up and running.

The outage first started with Microsoft, leading many people to believe that the company’s systems were at fault, but within hours, Crowdstrike admitted that an update to its ‘Falcon Sensor,’ which searches for viruses and malicious attacks was to blame.

TD Bank, Visa, Zelle and Bank of America have all been impacted and tech market analyst Dan Ives told DailyMail.com that the global outage 'will take 24 to 36 hours to fully get under control.'

TD Bank, Visa, Zelle and Bank of America have all been impacted and tech market analyst Dan Ives told DailyMail.com that the global outage ‘will take 24 to 36 hours to fully get under control.’

People took to social media to complain about the outage’s impact on the financial implications, with one person writing on X: ‘No direct deposit yet. Global it outage coupled with TD being Canada’s crappiest big 5 bank now means could be a bit.’ 

Another person wrote: ‘My company was not affected by the IT outage but our payroll software was. Happy Friday.’ 

One Bank of America customer wrote on Downdetector that they weren’t able to deposit a check at a local branch at 11:30 a.m..

The customer said when she went back five hours later, the money was ‘still not available’ and there wasn’t any record that the check was deposited.

TD Bank issued a statement at 2 p.m. ET, 12 hours after the outage began, telling customers that many of its impacted systems have been restored but warned that they may still experience service delays and longer wait times.

The Crowdstrike outage impacted Microsoft’s 365 apps and Azure service that are used by more than 50 percent of Fortune 500 companies and eight of the top financial institutions across 43 US states.

Microsoft 365 is a cloud-powered platform that helps businesses protect against cyber threats and keep information secure and private for shared files and email messages and links.

Its Defender for Office app helps prevent, detect and respond to phishing and ransomware threats.

Azure is a cloud firewall security serves that provides threat protections for files, data and other apps.

The software failure grounded airplanes, disrupted 911 call centers, and caused government agencies like the Social Security Administration to shut down for the day.

Crowdstrike has assured customers that the outage was not caused by a cybersecurity attack, but tech market analyst Dan Ives told DailyMail.com that the global outage is ‘an epic disaster’ and it ‘will take 24 to 36 hours to fully get under control.’

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Praxis considering takeover of shopping centre owner Capital & Regional

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Property investment group Praxis is considering a takeover of shopping centre owner Capital & Regional.

Praxis, which manages 19 shopping centres in the UK, said it was considering a cash offer for the listed real estate investment trust (REIT). It has not given Capital & Regional any suggestion of what an offer price or terms could be.

Praxis has until the end of August 16 to announce a firm intention to make an offer or not. But it could extend the deadline if regulators agree.

Capital & Regional, which owns shopping centres in Edinburgh, London and Kent, says it has assets worth £373 million.

The news stoked fears that another business could quit the London stock market soon. Capital & Regional shares have been listed since 1993. They rose 1.4 per cent, or 0.9p, to 65p yesterday.

Best foot forward: Praxis, which manages 19 shopping centres in the UK, said it was in considering a cash offer for Capital & Regional

Best foot forward: Praxis, which manages 19 shopping centres in the UK, said it was in considering a cash offer for Capital & Regional

Praxis is the third potential buyer to have expressed an interest in less than two months.

NewRiver made a proposal to Capital & Regional’s largest stakeholder in May when Vukile Property Fund also withdrew a bid.

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Inside Thailand’s incredible railway-themed hotel that time-warps guests to the golden era of rail travel, with vintage train carriages upcycled into luxury bedrooms and a ‘Poirot bar’

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When I arrive at InterContinental Khao Yai Resort, I’m instructed to ring a gold bell.

The bell isn’t supposed to summon anyone.

Rather, it mimics the platform bell rung before trains depart from railway stations in Thailand, where the hotel is located.

It’s a clever way to throw me into the concept behind the retreat – recreating the ‘golden age’ of rail travel in Thailand, a period beginning in the late 1800s when the country’s first railway system was established under King Rama V’s reign. 

It’s a theme bound to the resort’s setting in Nakhon Ratchasima, a province that flourished as a railway hub in that era. To realise this vision, vintage train carriages have been recast as sumptuous hotel suites and dining areas. Separate guesthouses, with 45 retro rooms between them, are named after local railway stations.

Ailbhe MacMahon stays at InterContinental Khao Yai Resort in Thailand, which recreates the 'golden age' of rail travel in the country. To realise this vision, derelict vintage train carriages have been upcycled and restored as sumptuous hotel suites and dining areas

Ailbhe MacMahon stays at InterContinental Khao Yai Resort in Thailand, which recreates the ‘golden age’ of rail travel in the country. To realise this vision, derelict vintage train carriages have been upcycled and restored as sumptuous hotel suites and dining areas

Nineteen suites are housed in 2.5m- (8ft) wide carriages. Ailbhe stays in a Heritage Railcar One Bedroom Pool Villa (above)

Nineteen suites are housed in 2.5m- (8ft) wide carriages. Ailbhe stays in a Heritage Railcar One Bedroom Pool Villa (above)

Ailbhe's villa features a curtained outdoor tub. She describes her room as 'opulent'

Ailbhe’s villa features a curtained outdoor tub. She describes her room as ‘opulent’

It’s all the invention of Bangkok-based designer Bill Bensley, who says it’s ‘a time warp into another era, filled with train memorabilia I collected myself’.

After my bell-ringing session, a waistcoat-wearing staff member escorts me to ‘Khao Yai Station’ (the reception) to check in.

Beneath its gable roof is a train departures board and a ticket window. A cart piled with antique trunks is parked outside. A nook holds a train conductor’s bunk bed with vintage Playboy magazines hidden underneath the mattress. 

The hotel's lobby area (above) is called 'Khao Yai Station'. Ailbhe writes: 'Beneath its gable roof is a train departures board and a ticket window. A cart piled with antique trunks is parked outside. A nook holds a train conductor’s bunk bed with vintage Playboy magazines hidden underneath the mattress'

The hotel’s lobby area (above) is called ‘Khao Yai Station’. Ailbhe writes: ‘Beneath its gable roof is a train departures board and a ticket window. A cart piled with antique trunks is parked outside. A nook holds a train conductor’s bunk bed with vintage Playboy magazines hidden underneath the mattress’

The exterior of the station-style lobby

One of the spa carriages has been left partially unrenovated

LEFT: The exterior of the station-style lobby. RIGHT: One of the spa carriages has been left partially unrenovated

A sign above the toilets reads: ‘Do not flush when the train is in the station.’

I’m getting a kick from the theatre of it all.

I’m chauffeured by a golf buggy around the grounds, a former cornfield that, with zealous landscaping, has been turned into a verdant 19-hectare (47-acre) expanse surrounding a vast artificial lake.

Scanning the property, I see railway paraphernalia resourcefully put to use; luggage racks store cocktail glasses and railway sleepers mark out pathways.

What's brewing? The golden era of rail. Above is the elegant interior of the hotel's afternoon tea carriage

What’s brewing? The golden era of rail. Above is the elegant interior of the hotel’s afternoon tea carriage

Pictured above is the ‘Terminus’ poolside bar. Ailbhe remarks that she gets a kick from the theatre of the resort

Pictured above is the ‘Terminus’ poolside bar. Ailbhe remarks that she gets a kick from the theatre of the resort

The idea for the hotel, which opened two years ago under IHG, first came to Bensley when he saw a Bangkok trainyard full of derelict train carriages. So began his daydreams of bringing them back to life.

In a process he describes as a ‘scavenger hunt’, he tracked down carriages all over Thailand – some were long abandoned and clotted with tree roots. 

Radical upcycling of these carriages, which average 80 years old, followed. A crane planted them on the resort grounds.

Nineteen suites are housed in these 2.5m- (8ft) wide carriages, the name of the fictional train line ‘Khao Yai Express’ embellished on their sides in looping lettering.

Ailbhe's room, above, 'revolves around an odyssey to Cambodia, manifesting in richly patterned ceilings, golden bathroom fixtures and an angular headboard shaped like the towers of Angkor Wat'

Ailbhe’s room, above, ‘revolves around an odyssey to Cambodia, manifesting in richly patterned ceilings, golden bathroom fixtures and an angular headboard shaped like the towers of Angkor Wat’

Ailbhe says that while ensconced in her compartment (above), she can kid herself 'into thinking I’m rattling along on a supremely luxurious train journey'

Ailbhe says that while ensconced in her compartment (above), she can kid herself ‘into thinking I’m rattling along on a supremely luxurious train journey’

The shower and hallway in Ailbhe’s Heritage Railcar One Bedroom Pool Villa

A neighbouring carriage holds the 'Back On Track' spa

LEFT: The shower and hallway in Ailbhe’s Heritage Railcar One Bedroom Pool Villa. RIGHT: A neighbouring carriage holds the ‘Back On Track’ spa 

IMPORTANT EVENTS IN THAILAND’S RAIL HISTORY 

  • 1856: King Rama IV was gifted a model railway by Queen Victoria. His son, King Rama V – under whose reign Thailand’s railway system would go on to launch – was three years old at the time.
  • 1890: The state-owned rail operator, now known as the State Railway of Thailand, was founded as the Royal State Railways of Siam. At that time, Thailand was still the Kingdom of Siam. Its name changed to Thailand in 1939.
  • 1893: Thailand’s first railway, the Paknam Railway, was opened on April 11. The 21km- (13-mile) route connects Bangkok with Pak Nam, a town in central Thailand.
  • Early 1940s: The Thai-Burma Railway, also known as the ‘Death Railway’, was constructed by Southeast Asian forced labourers and Allied prisoners of war, under the command of the Japanese. The transport system was a supply route for the Japanese from Ban Pong in Thailand to Thanbyuzayat in Burma, modern-day Myanmar, during the Burma Campaign. More than 90,000 Southeast Asian civilians and 12,000 Allied prisoners of war died during the construction.
  • 1999: The BTS Skytrain, Bangkok’s elevated rapid train system, was opened. It was modelled on the SkyTrain in Vancouver, Canada.

 

The resort's tiny wooden tram car

The resort’s tiny wooden tram car

Each one is a canvas for Bensley’s wonderfully far-reaching imagination, designed to represent a make-believe train journey to a real destination.

My ‘Heritage Railcar Pool Villa’ revolves around an odyssey to Cambodia, manifesting in richly patterned ceilings, golden bathroom fixtures and an angular headboard shaped like the towers of Angkor Wat.

Inside this opulent compartment, I can kid myself into thinking I’m rattling along on a supremely luxurious train journey.

Stepping outside brings me back to my stationary reality; on my patio, a pool and curtained outdoor tub fixedly overlook some of the 30,000-plus trees on site.

Khao Yai National Park, Thailand’s oldest national park, lies a short distance away.

A neighbouring carriage holds the ‘Back On Track’ spa. ‘A new experience… a spa on a train!’ my massage therapist Pim warmly announces ahead of my treatment. 

Nearby train cars hold a kids’ club, an afternoon tea venue and a sultry cocktail bar, each a playful study of period glamour.

Parallels with the Orient Express are addressed at the moodily-lit brasserie restaurant ‘Poirot’, named after the star detective from Agatha Christie’s 1934 best-seller Murder on the Orient Express. 

Murder mystery parties are often hosted here, I learn over an elegant meal of mushroom-truffle tart and Chenin blanc wine from the nearby GranMonte vineyard.

Breakfast the next morning is had at Somying’s Kitchen. 

Though the restaurant specialises in Thai cuisine, it’s pure Americana in design, imitating an old-time diner with baby blue leatherette booths and vintage posters advertising the Pennsylvania Railroad.

Before I leave, I enquire about taking a spin on the resort’s tiny wooden train car, which volleys along a 500m (1,640ft) track line. 

Each carriage is designed to represent a make-believe train journey to a real destination

Each carriage is designed to represent a make-believe train journey to a real destination

A Bunk Bed Premium Lake Vie room at IHG Khao Yai Resort

A Bunk Bed Premium Lake Vie room at IHG Khao Yai Resort

I’m told I must pick up a ticket for it at ‘Khao Yai Station’. Of course! 

The slip I’m handed reads: ‘Khao Yai to Bangkok, special express, first class.’

These replicas of genuine Thai train tickets were the idea of Resort Manager Danuphol Thawachoo. 

He tells me they’re a reminder of his childhood, when his family would travel from southern Thailand to Bangkok by train.

Nostalgia has a home here. 

Through a winning blend of retro whimsy and good, old-fashioned luxury, the resort manufactures a fantasy of Thai railway history. 

A stay here is an express line to a bygone era.

Named after the star detective from Agatha Christie¿s 1934 best-seller Murder on the Orient Express, the Poirot bar, above, hosts murder mystery parties

Named after the star detective from Agatha Christie’s 1934 best-seller Murder on the Orient Express, the Poirot bar, above, hosts murder mystery parties

Parallels with the Orient Express are addressed at the brasserie restaurant 'Poirot', seen above

A bird's eye view of InterContinental Khao Yai and some of its 30,000 trees

LEFT: Parallels with the Orient Express are addressed at the brasserie restaurant ‘Poirot’. RIGHT: A bird’s eye view of InterContinental Khao Yai and some of its 30,000 trees

Breakfast in the morning is had at Somying's Kitchen, above

Breakfast in the morning is had at Somying’s Kitchen, above

TRAVEL FACTS 

Ailbhe was hosted by InterContinental Khao Yai Resort. Standard rooms are priced from THB10,730 (£229/$290) per night (including breakfast), plus service charge and taxes. Railway suites are priced from THB16,650 (£356/$450) per night. Visit khaoyai.intercontinental.com.

Pros: The innovative upcycling and storybook interior design – everywhere you look you discover fabulous little design details. Secret-garden-style landscaping, genuinely warm staff and an excellent selection of food and drinks complete the picture.

Cons: Though it’s the area’s main attraction, the Khao Yai National Park is tricky to access from the hotel, unless you have a car. It’s best to visit it as part of a tour, which the hotel can organise.

Rating out of five: *****

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Travel by train

The nearest train station is Pak Chong station, a 45-minute drive away. Trains between Pak Chong and Bangkok run multiple times a day.

For more on the national park – www.tourismthailand.org/Attraction/khao-yai-national-park. 

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Two dead and 28 sick from sliced deli meat contaminated with deadly bacteria

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A listeria outbreak linked to sliced deli meats has killed two people and sickened more than two dozen others. 

The CDC announced Friday that 28 people across 12 states had seen sickened by the bacteria listeria, which has been linked to sliced deli meats, and two have died. 

The health agency is warning people to not eat meats bought at deli counters unless they are reheated to an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit – a temperature high enough to kill the bacteria. 

Keeping the meats cold does not eliminate listeria.  

CDC investigators are still collecting information on the outbreak in order to determine the exact sources of the listeria.  

More than two dozen people across 12 states have seen sickened by the bacteria listeria, which has been linked to sliced deli meats

More than two dozen people across 12 states have seen sickened by the bacteria listeria, which has been linked to sliced deli meats

The CDC said: ‘Many people in this outbreak are reporting eating meats that they had sliced at deli counters.’

For vulnerable populations, such as the elderly, people with weakened immune systems or pregnant women, the CDC advises taking extra precautions and avoiding deli meats unless they have been properly reheated. 

These people should also clean all surfaces and containers that may have come into contact with sliced deli meats. 

The CDC did not reveal where the outbreak had hit, what specific products were affected or how many people had been hospitalized. 

The announcement comes one day after it was revealed two people died and 10 were sickened in Canada by listeria in almond milk and other dairy-free alternatives.

Nine of those people were hospitalized and most of the cases were in Ontario. 

They had consumed either the Silk-branded oat, almond, cashew or coconut milk alternatives 

Listeria monocytogenes is a bacteria that can cause listeriosis, a bacterial infection that can lead to severe illness and death. 

Warning signs of an infection with listeria include nausea, cramps, diarrhea and constipation — which generally emerge within hours to three days of consuming contaminated food.

More than 90 percent of patients are hospitalized, the FDA says.

In severe cases, the bacteria can spread to the nervous system and cause meningitis — inflammation of the fluid surrounding the brain — and sepsis.

Both can prove fatal.

Those with weakened immune systems and people older than 60 are at particularly high risk from the infection, officials say.

Pregnant women are also at higher risk of suffering a miscarriage if they contract listeria because the bacteria can spread to the fetus.

Approximately 1,600 people are infected with listeria in the US every year, estimates suggest, while about 260 people die.

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Student protesters in Bangladesh on Friday stormed a prison, freeing possibly hundreds of inmates, and staged rallies in the capital Dhaka despite a police ban on gatherings and a widespread internet shutdown. The death toll amid unrest this week topped 100 as protests continued against a quota system for state jobs. 

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Shoaib Bashir got bashed at times by the West Indies on Day Two at Trent Bridge but England’s young spin bowler is still learning on the job, writes NASSER HUSSAIN

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  • Shoaib Bashir took two wickets on Day Two of the second Test at Trent Bridge
  • The young England spin bowler is beginning needs time to find his standing
  • Ben Stokes is standing by the 20-year-old talent who has his best years ahead 

This was a decent start to Shoaib Bashir’s home Test career, but because of his age and lack of experience there is much to learn for a player identified as a component of next year’s Ashes attack.

Bashir was always going to be looked after by England captain Ben Stokes and even when he went for some boundaries, he was kept on, bringing back memories of the emotional intelligence Stokes showed towards Tom Hartley in India earlier this year.

One thing you must remember about Bashir is that he is 20 and as a spinner, you’re probably not peaking in international cricket until you hit 30.

In contrast to Graeme Swann, who spent 10 years learning his craft in county cricket and didn’t make his debut until 29, he is learning on the job.

Learning about the control required by an off-spinner in the first innings of a Test match when there isn’t a lot of spin there.

Shoaib Bashir was England's best bowler on Day Two at Trent Bridge as he claimed two wickets

Shoaib Bashir was England’s best bowler on Day Two at Trent Bridge as he claimed two wickets

The 20-year-old spin bowler (middle) was looked after by his England team-mates at Trent Bridge

The 20-year-old spin bowler (middle) was looked after by his England team-mates at Trent Bridge

England captain Ben Stokes (left) showed confidence in Bashir's bowling capabilities

England captain Ben Stokes (left) showed confidence in Bashir’s bowling capabilities

Before lunch on Friday, he bowled a bit too straight. In contrast to someone like Joe Root, who is more round arm, Bashir releases the ball right up at the horizontal and so the ball can keep going down leg side on the angle.

Post-lunch, he changed that, bowling a little bit more outside off, slower, with more flight, inviting more modes of dismissal. Bowling straight, you might get a caught round the corner or a catch in the deep like his first wicket when excellent work from Harry Brook got rid of Mikyle Louis.

But targeting the top of off stump brings in bowled through the gate – think of Swann’s 2009 dismissals of Ricky Ponting – catches for slip and wicketkeeper plus LBW.

It also helps a spinner having fast bowlers at the other end because like batting, bowling is about partnerships. If Mark Wood is roughing opponents up with bouncer after bouncer, they question where they are going to score and attack the other end.

Bashir has to realise that sides are going to come after him and he coped with that pretty well. For example, he got hit for a boundary from a bit of a hack from Louis and dismissed him next ball. Stokes will know that the only way England’s first-choice spinner is going to get better is by bowling.

What they’re looking for him to do is to get over spin and some drop on the ball, looking to go past the outside edge of left-handers’ bats and hit off stump when bowling to right-handers.

It was an interesting day all round for England because they’ve got to win in the present and think of the future as well because if you’re going to win in Australia – as well as being a bit more ruthless with the bat and getting big runs – you must get wickets on flat pitches.

English cricket need more of these kind of days if they are going to win away from home and they have a captain who is excellent at trying to find ways of dismissing opponents, working out on pitches like this that do nothing – no swing, reverse swing or spin – that it requires imagination like Gus Atkinson executed banging the ball into the set Kraigg Brathwaite.

Bashir releases the ball right up at the horizontal and so the ball can keep going down leg side on the angle

Bashir releases the ball right up at the horizontal and so the ball can keep going down leg side on the angle

Bashir has to realise that sides are going to come after him and he coped with that pretty well

Bashir has to realise that sides are going to come after him and he coped with that pretty well

For a Test spinner, very rarely does a pitch turn first innings, maybe off the damp occasionally, but then second time round it suddenly starts to turn and everyone says ‘over to you.’

It can be a hard lesson, but Swann is a good example to Bashir, because when he started his career with Northamptonshire, he could rely on deceiving the batter off the pitch. 

Only when he moved to the less spin-friendly ground here at Trent Bridge was he forced to deceive the batter in the air.

Moving to Nottinghamshire made Swann an international bowler and Bashir will have to develop the same art in readiness for touring Australia in 16 month’s time. That’s how Nathan Lyon gets his wickets, and yesterday Bashir began shaping his learning curve.

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