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Les autorités indiennes recherchent la cause de l’accident de train mortel alors que les familles recherchent des êtres chers

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Des parents désespérés ont recherché dimanche des êtres chers disparus après la pire catastrophe ferroviaire en Inde depuis des décennies, et le nombre de morts devrait dépasser 288 alors que les autorités cherchaient des indices sur la cause.

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Des débris ont été entassés sur le site de l’accident de vendredi soir près de Balasore, dans l’État oriental d’Odisha, avec des compartiments brisés et l’épave ensanglantée de certaines voitures jetée loin des voies.

“J’ai vu des scènes ensanglantées, des corps mutilés et un homme au bras coupé désespérément aidé par son fils blessé”, a déclaré à l’AFP le chercheur Anubhav Das, 27 ans, après avoir survécu à l’accident.

Il y avait confusion sur la séquence exacte des événements, mais des rapports ont cité des responsables des chemins de fer disant qu’une erreur de signalisation avait envoyé le Coromandal Express vers le sud de Kolkata à Chennai sur une voie secondaire.

Il a percuté un train de marchandises et l’épave a fait dérailler un express allant au nord du centre technologique indien de Bengaluru à Kolkata qui passait également par le site.

Le Premier ministre Narendra Modi a visité le site de l’accident et les passagers blessés soignés à l’hôpital et a déclaré que “aucun responsable” ne serait épargné.

“Je prie pour que nous sortions de ce triste moment le plus tôt possible”, a-t-il déclaré à la chaîne de télévision publique Doordarshan.

Un lycée proche du site de l’accident avait été transformé en morgue de fortune, mais les responsables ont déclaré que de nombreux corps étaient si défigurés que de nombreuses familles désemparées ne pouvaient repérer leurs proches que par des bijoux.

“Il y avait des corps avec seulement un torse, un visage entièrement brûlé, un crâne défiguré et aucun autre signe d’identité visible”, a déclaré Ranajit Nayak, l’officier de police chargé de libérer les corps.

Dans une chaleur étouffante, de nombreux corps ont été transférés dans de plus grands centres et les responsables ont suggéré que certains ne seraient identifiés que par des tests ADN.

“Mort et chagrin”

Das a déclaré qu’il se trouvait dans le dernier wagon de l’un des trains lorsqu’il a entendu “des sons stridents et horribles venant de loin”.

Son entraîneur est resté debout et il a sauté indemne après qu’il se soit arrêté.

“J’ai perdu le compte des corps avant de quitter le site. Maintenant, je me sens presque coupable”, a-t-il déclaré.

Les passants se sont précipités pour aider les victimes avant même l’arrivée des services d’urgence.

“Il y avait des bras, des jambes et même des têtes partiellement coupées – tandis que les plus malchanceux sont morts dans la douleur, trop de douleur”, a déclaré le témoin Hiranmay Rath.

Au cours des heures qui ont suivi, le jeune homme de 20 ans a vu “plus de morts et de chagrin” qu’il n’aurait “jamais imaginé”, a-t-il déclaré à l’AFP.

Les autorités ont déclaré que chaque hôpital entre le site de l’accident et la capitale de l’État, Bhubaneswar, à environ 200 kilomètres (125 miles), recevait des victimes. Environ 200 ambulances – et même des bus – ont été déployées pour les transporter.

L’effort de sauvetage a été déclaré terminé samedi soir après que le personnel d’urgence eut fouillé l’épave mutilée à la recherche de survivants et déposé des dizaines de corps sous des draps blancs à côté des voies.

“Tous les cadavres et les passagers blessés ont été évacués du lieu de l’accident”, a déclaré un responsable de la salle de contrôle des urgences de Balasore.

Sudhanshu Sarangi, directeur général des services d’incendie d’Odisha, a déclaré que le nombre de morts s’élevait à 288 mais qu’il devrait encore augmenter, approchant potentiellement les 380.

Le secrétaire en chef de l’État d’Odisha, Pradeep Jena, a confirmé qu’environ 900 blessés avaient été hospitalisés.

Crash dévastateur

L’Inde possède l’un des plus grands réseaux ferroviaires du monde et a connu plusieurs catastrophes au fil des ans, la pire d’entre elles en 1981 lorsqu’un train a déraillé alors qu’il traversait un pont à Bihar et a plongé dans la rivière en contrebas, tuant entre 800 et 1 000 personnes.

L’accident de vendredi est le troisième pire et le plus meurtrier depuis 1995, lorsque deux trains express sont entrés en collision à Firozabad, près d’Agra, tuant plus de 300 personnes.

La catastrophe survient malgré de nouveaux investissements et des mises à niveau technologiques qui ont considérablement amélioré la sécurité ferroviaire ces dernières années.

Le ministère des chemins de fer a annoncé une enquête.

Les condoléances ont afflué du monde entier.

Le pape François s’est dit “profondément attristé” par “l’immense perte de vie” et a offert des prières pour les “nombreux blessés”, tandis que le secrétaire général de l’ONU, Antonio Guterres, a présenté “ses profondes condoléances aux familles des victimes”.

Le président français Emmanuel Macron a adressé ses condoléances au président et au Premier ministre indiens, déclarant dans un tweet que ses “pensées vont aux familles des victimes”.


Le secrétaire d’État américain Antony Blinken a présenté “nos plus sincères condoléances aux familles et aux proches des victimes” et a salué les “efforts héroïques des premiers intervenants et du personnel médical”.

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Slovenia vs Serbia – Euro 2024: Live score, team news and updates after Serbia threaten to quit the tournament ahead of the match

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Worth mentioning in relation to the Serbian FA’s threat that both Albania and Serbia are facing UEFA charges Euro 2024.

UEFA charged the Serbian FA with two offences following their defeat by England on Sunday – the throwing of objects and the transmitting of a provocative message ‘unfit for a sports event’.

The latter is understood to relate to the displaying of a flag linked to a paramilitary movement that was engaged in ethnic cleansing during the Yugoslav wars.

The governing body also launched an investigation into claims monkey noises were aimed at England players during the clash. An inspector has been appointed to carry out a disciplinary probe ‘regarding alleged discriminatory behaviour’, though, a resolution is not expected until after the group stages.

Albania have been charged for incidents during their match with Italy. A pitch invader halted the game in the dying moments of the game and that incident comprises one of the charges.

The charges were for the ‘throwing of objects’, ‘lighting of fireworks’, ‘invasion of the field of play’, and ‘transmitting a provocative message unfit for a sports event’.

MUNICH, GERMANY - JUNE 20: General view outside the stadium as fans looks on prior to the UEFA EURO 2024 group stage match between Slovenia and Serbia at Munich Football Arena on June 20, 2024 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Carl Recine/Getty Images)

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French President Emmanuel Macron’s centrist alliance would lower power bills, soften inheritance tax and link pensions to inflation if it wins a snap election, the prime minister said, seeking to counter the far right and a new left-wing bloc.

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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'

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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🔴 Live: Deadly Israeli air strikes hit central Gaza, tanks increase bombardment in Rafah

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Israeli air strikes hit the Nuseirat refugee camp and the city of Deir al-Balah in central Gaza overnight on Thursday, killing at least three people and injuring more than a dozen others, according to health officials and medics. Israeli tanks in southern Gaza’s Rafah stepped up bombardment, forcing more people there to flee north. Follow our liveblog for the latest updates on the Israel-Hamas war.

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Professor Brian Cox warns that human spacecraft could soon be all that remains of ‘our increasingly dim-witted civilisation’ as he hails NASA’s fixed 47-year-old Voyager 1 probe – and says why we’re yet to hear from aliens

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Many scientists have a view on why we haven’t heard from aliens yet.  

Now, legendary English physicist Professor Brian Cox has shared a compelling new theory. 

In a typically witty post on X, Professor Cox said civilizations are ‘inevitably crushed shortly after inventing the internet’.

He also revealed he thinks ‘it won’t be long before our spacecraft are the only thing that remains of our increasingly dim-witted civilisation’. 

Professor Cox was being trolled after hailing NASA’s Voyager 1 probe, which is fully functioning for the first time since November.

In response to trolls on X, Professor Brian Cox has shared his newest theory about why we haven't heard from aliens

In response to trolls on X, Professor Brian Cox has shared his newest theory about why we haven't heard from aliens

In response to trolls on X, Professor Brian Cox has shared his newest theory about why we haven’t heard from aliens 

In a typically witty post on X, Professor Cox said civilizations are 'inevitably crushed shortly after inventing the internet'

In a typically witty post on X, Professor Cox said civilizations are 'inevitably crushed shortly after inventing the internet'

In a typically witty post on X, Professor Cox said civilizations are ‘inevitably crushed shortly after inventing the internet’ 

After NASA announced Voyager 1 had been fixed, Professor Cox posted: ‘It never ceases to amaze me that a spacecraft launched in 1977 can be fixed remotely from Earth.’

Someone replied: ‘Meanwhile, the printer that’s 3 feet from my laptop won’t connect.’ 

Another said: ‘Maybe the aliens kind enough to give it a jumpstart out there.’ 

Some conspiracy theorists joined in, with one saying ‘as if people actually believe this is real’. 

Taking to X again the academic then posted: ‘Honestly – a few of the replies to this little tribute to engineering excellence exhibit a level of stupidity that suggests to me that it won’t be long before our spacecraft are the only thing that remains of our increasingly dim-witted civilisation. 

Professor Cox also mentioned the Fermi Paradox – the apparent contradiction between the lack of evidence for extra-terrestrial civilizations and various high estimates for their probability. 

‘Until recently my guess has been that the answer to the Fermi Paradox might be found in biology – complex biological systems are rare,’ he said. 

‘I’m increasingly of the view that the reason for The Great Silence is that civilisations are inevitably crushed by the weight of n*****ds shortly after inventing the internet.’ 

'Maybe the aliens gave it a jumpstart?': Cox was humorously trolled for hailing the ageing Voyager 1 space probe

'Maybe the aliens gave it a jumpstart?': Cox was humorously trolled for hailing the ageing Voyager 1 space probe

‘Maybe the aliens gave it a jumpstart?’: Cox was humorously trolled for hailing the ageing Voyager 1 space probe

While Voyager 1 is more than 15 billion miles away from Earth, someone replied that 'the printer that's 3 feet from my laptop won't connect'

While Voyager 1 is more than 15 billion miles away from Earth, someone replied that 'the printer that's 3 feet from my laptop won't connect'

While Voyager 1 is more than 15 billion miles away from Earth, someone replied that ‘the printer that’s 3 feet from my laptop won’t connect’ 

'They switched it off and on again': Voyager 1 was launched in September 1977 and has been suffering technical glitches

'They switched it off and on again': Voyager 1 was launched in September 1977 and has been suffering technical glitches

‘They switched it off and on again’: Voyager 1 was launched in September 1977 and has been suffering technical glitches 

Professor Cox mentioned the Fermi Paradox - the apparent contradiction between the lack of evidence for extra-terrestrial civilizations and various high estimates for their probability (file photo)

Professor Cox mentioned the Fermi Paradox - the apparent contradiction between the lack of evidence for extra-terrestrial civilizations and various high estimates for their probability (file photo)

Professor Cox mentioned the Fermi Paradox – the apparent contradiction between the lack of evidence for extra-terrestrial civilizations and various high estimates for their probability (file photo)

What is Voyager 1?

No spacecraft has gone farther than NASA’s Voyager 1 spacecraft. 

Launched in 1977 to fly by Jupiter and Saturn, Voyager 1 crossed into interstellar space in August 2012 and continues to collect data.

The probe is now in interstellar space, the region outside the heliopause, or the bubble of energetic particles and magnetic fields from the sun.

Source: NASA 

Voyager 1 – the most distant human-made object in existence – has been sending back data from interstellar space for nearly 50 years after being launched in 1977. 

It is famous for returning one of the most revered astronomical images of all time – Pale Blue Dot, showing our planet as a spec of dust in the vastness of space.  

However, in November, a glitch occurred that made the spacecraft’s data about its environment and the health of its own systems unintelligible to the NASA scientists monitoring it.

The team partially resolved the issue in April when they prompted the spacecraft to begin returning engineering data, including information about the health and status of the spacecraft. 

The following month, two of its four science instruments were fixed after the team sent commands to it, more than 15 billion miles away. 

The two other instruments required some additional work, but now they are also returning usable science data, NASA said in a statement last week. 

Voyager 1 was the first human-made object to leave our solar system and enter the space between stars. Its identical twin, Voyager 2, is 12.6 billion miles (20 billion kilometers) away and is also still functional

Voyager 1 was the first human-made object to leave our solar system and enter the space between stars. Its identical twin, Voyager 2, is 12.6 billion miles (20 billion kilometers) away and is also still functional

Voyager 1 was the first human-made object to leave our solar system and enter the space between stars. Its identical twin, Voyager 2, is 12.6 billion miles (20 billion kilometers) away and is also still functional 

Voyager 1, the most distant spacecraft from Earth, stopped sending back understandable data in November 2023 but has been fixed

Voyager 1, the most distant spacecraft from Earth, stopped sending back understandable data in November 2023 but has been fixed

Voyager 1, the most distant spacecraft from Earth, stopped sending back understandable data in November 2023 but has been fixed 

Jupiter, taken from Voyager 1 at around 12 million miles (20 million kilometres) away in 1979

Jupiter, taken from Voyager 1 at around 12 million miles (20 million kilometres) away in 1979

Jupiter, taken from Voyager 1 at around 12 million miles (20 million kilometres) away in 1979

Voyager 1 is more than 15 billion miles away from Earth, while its sister probe Voyager 2 is more than 12 billion miles away. 

Both Voyagers launched from Cape Canaveral in Florida in 1977 – with Voyager 2 departing a month earlier than 1.

They were built to last five years but they have far exceeded that, having been travelling for 47 years as of this summer. 

Both spacecraft flew past Jupiter and Saturn, while Voyager 2 also flew past Uranus and Neptune.

THE BACKGROUND TO NASA’S HISTORIC VOYAGER MISSION

The Voyager spacecraft were built by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, which continues to operate both. 

NASA launched the Voyager 1 spacecraft on September 5 1977, and the Voyager 2 on August 20 1977.

Each spacecraft carries a golden record on board – a record that includes sounds, pictures and messages of Earth.

Continuing on their more than 37-year journey since their 1977 launches, they each are much farther away from Earth and the sun than Pluto. 

In August 2012, Voyager 1 made the historic entry into interstellar space, the region between stars, filled with material ejected by the death of nearby stars millions of years ago. 

Humanity's farthest and longest-live spacecraft, Voyager 1 and 2, have been travelling through space for more than 44 years. NASA launched the Voyager 1 spacecraft on September 5 1977, and the Voyager 2 on August 20 1977

Humanity's farthest and longest-live spacecraft, Voyager 1 and 2, have been travelling through space for more than 44 years. NASA launched the Voyager 1 spacecraft on September 5 1977, and the Voyager 2 on August 20 1977

Humanity’s farthest and longest-live spacecraft, Voyager 1 and 2, have been travelling through space for more than 44 years. NASA launched the Voyager 1 spacecraft on September 5 1977, and the Voyager 2 on August 20 1977

This archival photo shows engineers working on the Voyager 2 spacecraft on March 23, 1977. Voyager 2 is the only spacecraft to have flown by all four outer planets ¿ Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune

This archival photo shows engineers working on the Voyager 2 spacecraft on March 23, 1977. Voyager 2 is the only spacecraft to have flown by all four outer planets ¿ Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune

This archival photo shows engineers working on the Voyager 2 spacecraft on March 23, 1977. Voyager 2 is the only spacecraft to have flown by all four outer planets – Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune

Voyager 2 entered interstellar space on November 5, 2018. 

Both spacecraft are still sending scientific information about their surroundings through the Deep Space Network, or DSN.

The primary mission was the exploration of Jupiter and Saturn. 

The mission was extended after making a string of discoveries there — such as active volcanoes on Jupiter’s moon Io and the intricacies of Saturn’s rings. 

Voyager 2 went on to explore Uranus and Neptune and is still the only spacecraft to have visited those outer planets. 

The adventurers’ current mission, the Voyager Interstellar Mission (VIM), will explore the outermost edge of the Sun’s domain — and beyond.

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Mbappe injury compels France to rethink Euro 2024 game plan

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France boast fearsome strength in depth but remain hugely reliant on Kylian Mbappe for inspiration and are now facing the prospect of being without their injured superstar for at least their next Euro 2024 game against the Netherlands on Friday.

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BUSINESS LIVE: NatWest to buy Sainsbury’s Bank assets; YouGov profit warning; Tate & Lyle eyes US takeover

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The FTSE 100 is up 0.1 per cent in early trading. Among the companies with reports and trading updates today are NatWest, Sainsbury’s, YouGov and Tate & Lyle. Read the Thursday 20 June Business Live blog below.

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Tate & Lyle agrees to buy ‘mouthfeel’ ingredients maker CP Kelco

Tate & Lyle has entered into an agreement to buy US-based CP Kelco for $1.8billion, or around £1.4billion, from JM Huber Corporation.

The proposed transaction is expected to drive revenue growth and an improvement in adjusted core-profit margin over the next few years, Tate & Lyle told shareholders on Thursday.

CP Kelco is a provider of pectin, specialty gums and other nature-based ingredients.

Sainsbury’s will PAY NatWest £125m to take on the bulk of its banking arm

Sainsbury’s has struck a deal to sell the bulk of its banking assets to NatWest in a move that will see the lender take on around another million customer accounts.

The supermarket giant will pay NatWest £125million upon completion of the deal, which will see the lender acquire £1.4billion of unsecured personal loans, £1.1billion of credit card balances and approximately £2.6billion of customer deposits.

It will see NatWest take on Sainsbury’s core banking assets and liabilities, although the final consideration will be confirmed when the deal is expected to be completed in March next year.

Sainsbury’s said there would be no immediate changes to its banking customers’ terms and conditions, adding they ‘do not need to take any action’.

Market open: FTSE 100 flat; FTSE down 0.1%

London-listed stocks are treading water in early trading with investors taking a cautious stance ahead of a highly anticipated interest rate decision by the Bank of England.

While it is widely anticipated that the BoE will hold the interest rates steady when its decision is announced at 11am, all eyes will be on the vote-split and the comments from officials to assess the future trajectory of borrowing costs in Britain.

Traders are currently pricing in less than a 30 per cent chance of an initial rate cut in August. This figure could dramatically shift in either direction following the vote.

Among individual stocks, Sainsbury’s has jumped 2 per cent after NatWest struck a deal to acquire most of the banking business of the British retailer.

CMC Markets has soared 8 per cent after the trading platform posted a 52 per cent jump in its annual adjusted pre-tax profit.

Blow for borrowers as summer interest rate cut hopes fade despite inflation falling

Hopes of a summer interest rate cut faded further yesterday despite inflation falling to its 2 per cent target for the first time in nearly three years.

The Bank of England is widely expected to leave rates on hold when officials meet today.

And despite the cheer provided by yesterday’s inflation figures, markets are increasingly convinced they will remain at the same level at their next meeting in August.

Bankers bonanza as JP Morgan lifts bonus cap to ten times an employee’s base salary

UK bankers at JP Morgan could be paid bonuses worth up to ten times their salary as it becomes the latest to lift its cap on bonuses.

The Wall Street titan has scrapped previous rules which were introduced by Brussels that limited bonuses to two times an employee’s annual salary.

It means an employee earning a salary of £200,000 a year at JP Morgan might receive a pay out on top of that of up to £2million as opposed to the previous £400,000 cap.

Tate & Lyle eyes US takeover

Tate & Lyle has announced a deal to buy food and drink ingredients business CP Kelco in a roughly £1.4 billion deal.

The FTSE 250 firm told investors it has agreed to buy the pectin and xanthan gum maker from US firm JM Huber.

Nick Hampton, chief executive of Tate & Lyle, said:

‘Following on from the announcement of the proposed sale of our remaining interest in Primient last month, the proposed combination with CP Kelco represents a significant acceleration of our growth-focused strategy.

‘It creates a leading, global speciality food and beverage solutions business, ideally placed to benefit from the structural trends towards more plant-based, clean-label and sustainable ingredients and solutions.

‘The growth potential of the proposed combined business is significant and we look forward to the future with confidence and excitement.’

YouGov profit warning

Polling giant YouGov has warned full-year profits and revenues are set to come in below previous expectations.

YouGov told shareholders on Thursday it had seen ‘lower sales bookings than anticipated’, and it therefore now expects reported revenues to 2024 to come it at £324million to £327million.

It also said that while growth had shown improvement in the second half it had disappointed expectations. YouGov’s adjusted operated profit is now expected at £41million to £44million.

YouGov said: ‘As we move into FY25, we will focus on optimising our cost base and prioritising investment in key growth areas such as upgrading our Data Products, continuing to build out our AI capabilities and enhancing our sales organisation to further capitalise on YouGov’s unique asset: its high-quality global panel and proprietary dataset.’

Hargreaves Lansdown’s co-founder ‘bittersweet’ over £5.4bn sale to private equity consortium

Hargreaves Lansdown’s co-founder has described its sale to private equity buyers as ‘bittersweet’ as he voiced concerns about their intentions.

Stephen Lansdown, who has a 5.7 per cent stake in the investment platform, has backed the £5.4billion offer by a consortium of investors led by buyout giant CVC.

His comments came after HL’s board said this week it would accept the £11.40 per share deal.

NatWest to buy Sainsbury’s Bank assets

NatWest will acquire most of the banking business of Sainsbury’s, thereby growing the British lender’s assets by £2.5billion in the first major transaction executed by boss Paul Thwaite since formally taking the role last year.

The takeover will also see its customer accounts rise by around 1 million, in line with the lender’s strategy to ramp up its retail banking business.

The deal is the latest banking business disposal by a major British retailer, after rival supermarket chain Tesco offloaded most of its banking activities to Barclays in a 600 million pounds deal earlier this year.

‘As well as a complementary customer base, the transaction is expected to add scale to our credit card and unsecured personal lending business within existing risk appetite,’ Thwaite said in a statement.

‘NatWest Group has a strong track record of successful integration, and we are focussed on ensuring a smooth transition for customers.’

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REVEALED: The American hotspots where the cost of vacationing has increased the most

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The American hotspots where the cost of vacationing has increased the most have been revealed, with the most expensive place setting visitors back more than $400 a day on average.

Las Vegas emerged as the destination which has seen the greatest increase in vacationing costs with a 47 percent increase in hotel prices over the last five years.

Accommodation typically now costs travelers around $252 per night.

The Nevada city also saw the price of car rentals jump by more than 60 percent to $77, while food costs were around $100 a day in 2023 according to Forbes Advisor.

The outlet ranked the 75 largest cities in the US on nine weighted metrics.

Las Vegas emerged as the destination which has seen the greatest increase in vacationing costs with a 47 percent increase in hotel prices over the last five years

Las Vegas emerged as the destination which has seen the greatest increase in vacationing costs with a 47 percent increase in hotel prices over the last five years

Las Vegas emerged as the destination which has seen the greatest increase in vacationing costs with a 47 percent increase in hotel prices over the last five years

It found that Tucson, Arizona was the hotspot with the second largest increase in vacation costs.

The foodie town, which was the first to receive the UNESCO City of Gastronomy designation in the U.S. saw huge price hikes for food and drinks and was 13th on the list nationwide in this category.

Accommodation costs saw the greatest increase, rising by nearly a third while car rental costs surged by 15 percent to $53 a day. 

Domestic flights to Tucson reduced compared to 2019, but round trip airfare still comes in at around $449 per person as of Q3 2023. 

The Californian capital Sacramento also reported huge inflation in the price of a vacation.

It experienced the greatest increase in car rentals at 37 percent to a daily cost of around $58.42 per day.

Tucson, Arizona was the hotspot with the second largest increase in vacation costs

Tucson, Arizona was the hotspot with the second largest increase in vacation costs

Tucson, Arizona was the hotspot with the second largest increase in vacation costs

Hotels cost almost $200 per night and three meals a day came in at an average cost of  $104 a day.

The Louisiana city of New Orleans and Texas’ San Antonio rounded out the top five  cities which experienced the greatest increase in travel costs.

However, Michigan’s Grand Rapids saw the highest price increase in meal prices, rising by an eyewatering 37 percent.

While inflation is continuing to pinch the whole country, not all cities are being affected equally. 

In fact vacationers looking for a bargain should head to Indianapolis where the cost of food, car rentals and airfare all dropped over the last five years.

The city saw the biggest drop in meal prices of anywhere in the country, shrinking by almost a quarter.

Flights were twelve percent cheaper last year than in 2019, while the cost of car rentals slumped by six percent.

The Californian capital Sacramento also reported huge inflation in the price of a vacation

The Californian capital Sacramento also reported huge inflation in the price of a vacation

The Californian capital Sacramento also reported huge inflation in the price of a vacation

Accommodation costs saw a slight bump of 2.25 percent to an average cost of $165.69 per night. 

The others making up the top five cities with the smallest travel cost hikes were Oakland in California, Dayton in Ohio, Houston in Texas and Kansas City in Missouri.

Across the board, domestic flights have skyrocketed in cost to an average of $384 as of the end of last year.

For those looking to snap up a bargain getaway, Forbes advises using classic money-saving tactics such as comparison shopping for flights, hotels and car rental.

Flexibility on travel dates and the exact neighborhood you stay in can also help cut costs, according to the outlet. 

Meanwhile, reward credit cards which earn points or miles can be used to secure benefits such as free meals, lounge access or an extra night’s stay.

Typically cards with a membership fee offer the greatest benefits, but even those with below average credit scores can secure affordable getaways. 

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High strength vape use surges 10-fold in just three years with over half of young users opting for the very strongest e-cig liquids, study finds

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The number of people using high-strength vapes has soared almost 10-fold in as little as three years, research shows.

A third of vapers used high-strength nicotine in January this year compared to just 3.8 per cent on average between July 2016 and June 2021.

The biggest increase was among 18-to-24-year-olds with more than half now using the strongest e-cigs.

Large rises were also seen in seen in older age groups and among current smokers and recent ex-smokers, according to the study by University College London.

Researchers looked at survey responses from 7,314 adult vapers in England between 2016 and 2024 to see how use of different nicotine strengths had changed in that period.

The biggest increase was among 18-to-24-year-olds with more than half now using the strongest e-cigs.

The biggest increase was among 18-to-24-year-olds with more than half now using the strongest e-cigs.

The biggest increase was among 18-to-24-year-olds with more than half now using the strongest e-cigs.

To assess more current use of nicotine strengths between 2022 and 2024, the researchers also looked at survey data from Wales and Scotland.

The team classified e-liquids containing 20 mg/ml of nicotine or more as high strength, which is the legal limit in the UK.

The UK Government has proposed setting three categories of tax on e-liquid, with the lowest applied to nicotine-free liquid, and the highest to e-liquid containing 11 mg/ml or more of nicotine.

The researchers found that vapers using disposable e-cigarettes tended to use higher-strength nicotine.

Lead author, Dr Sarah Jackson, said: ‘The timing of the rise in popularity of high-strength vapes coincided with the introduction of new disposable vapes, many of which contain e-liquids with nicotine concentrations at the upper end of the legal limit (20 mg/ml).

‘Disposable vapes are particularly popular among younger vapers, so to see a greater increase in the use of high-strength e-liquids among 18-24 year-olds is not surprising.’

With plans to ban disposable vapes, experts warned the high strength versions could easily be replaced with re-usable models.

The study also found an increase in the proportion of vapers using disposables and pod devices who did not know how strong their nicotine-containing e-liquid was.

Writing in the journal Addiction, they suggest better labelling is needed to ensure nicotine strength was clear to consumers.

Despite the ‘sharp increase’, researchers warned against taxing vapes according to their strength, adding it could do more harm.

Dr Sharon Cox, of the UCL Institute of Epidemiology & Health Care, said: ‘Taxing products according to nicotine strength may also result in people using a lower, cheaper strength and vaping more, as a person with nicotine dependence will alter their behaviour to get the required nicotine dose in their system. It therefore may increase the amount of liquid used and vapers’ exposure to potential toxicants.’

Deborah Arnott, CEO of Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) and a co-author of the study, said: ‘Curbing underage vaping can best be achieved by making all vapes less appealing and increasing the price at point of sale, whatever their nicotine content.

‘Those are the policies which will be most effective in stopping children from starting to vape in the first place.’

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