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The Queen’s year of ill-health

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It’s been a difficult 12 months for the Monarch, after spending a night in hospital last October.

October 2021

For the first time, the Queen was seen with a walking stick at a major public event, during a service at Westminster Abbey.

The next day the Palace said the queen has attended a private London hospital for “preliminary investigations”

November 2021

The Queen pulled out of a major UN climate summit in Glasgow on doctors advice.

The Monarch is told to rest and missed the annual Remembrance Sunday event on November 14.

February

The Queen tests positive for Covid-19. Buckingham Palace says she has “mild, cold-like symptoms”.

March and April

The queen pulls out of Commonwealth Day service but she attends March 29 memorial service for her late husband Prince Philip.

May

The Queen missed the ceremonial opening of parliament, only the third time she’s done so since 1952.

Her heir Prince Charles takes on her role.

June

The Queen misses significant Platinum Jubilee events for her 70th year on the throne.

She was unable to attend a thanksgiving service at St Paul’s Cathedral on June 3, making only two public appearances.

September

The Queen missed the Braemar Gathering Highland Games on the first weekend of September, one of her favourite events.

She formally appoints Liz Truss as the 15th British prime minister of her reign on September 6

She carries out the ceremony at Balmoral in Scotland for the first time, as she’s unable to travel to London for the event.

Ahron Young is an award winning journalist who has covered major news events around the world. Ahron is the Managing Editor and Founder of TICKER NEWS.

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Big tech caught in political drama

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Nine Google employees were escorted out of company offices in New York and Sunnyvale, California, following a sit-in protest against a cloud contract with Israel’s government.

The protest in Sunnyvale targeted Thomas Kurian’s office, CEO of Google’s cloud division, while in New York, it occupied a common area on the tenth floor.

Videos showed Google security staff and local police involved in the removal. Four workers in New York and five in Sunnyvale were reportedly detained, but details of any charges remain unverified.

 

The protest aimed to pressure Google to drop a $1.2 billion cloud computing contract known as Project Nimbus, citing concerns about its involvement with the Israel Defense Forces.

The protesters included software engineers and activists from groups opposing tech contracts with Israel. This incident reflects ongoing activism within tech companies regarding political issues, such as Israel’s actions in Gaza.

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Antitrust concerns arise for streaming sports venture

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U.S. lawmakers Jerry Nadler and Joaquin Castro expressed competition concerns regarding the planned sports streaming joint venture involving Walt Disney, Fox, and Warner Bros Discovery.

They addressed these concerns in a letter to the CEOs of the media companies, questioning the impact on access, competition, and choice in the sports streaming market.

Voicing apprehension about potential consumer price hikes and unfair licensing terms for sports leagues and distributors, they requested responses by April 30, urging the companies to also send their replies to the Department of Justice.

Despite the companies’ announcement in February of launching a joint sports streaming service in the autumn to attract younger viewers, the deal faces DOJ scrutiny and an antitrust lawsuit from FuboTV. While Disney and Warner Bros remained silent on the matter, Fox declined to comment.

The joint venture encompasses a broad range of professional and collegiate sports rights, including NFL, NBA, MLB, FIFA World Cup, and college competitions, offering non-exclusive access to sports networks such as ESPN, Fox Sports 1, and TNT via a new streaming app.

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Trump trial: will the jury selection impact the trial’s outcome?

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The Trump hush money trial has progressed with the selection of the first seven jurors, marking a significant step in the legal proceedings.

  • Seven jurors were selected

  • Defense and prosecution lawyers questioned potential jurors for impartiality

  • The judge warned lawyers he would not tolerate disruptions after he said Former US President Donald Trump audibly muttered during a prospective juror’s questioning

The selection of jurors is a crucial step in ensuring a fair trial, as they will ultimately decide Formers US President Donald Trump’s fate in this legal battle, as reported by Reuters.

The process of jury selection involves careful vetting of potential jurors to ensure impartiality and fairness.

Each juror’s background, beliefs, and potential biases are scrutinised to ensure they can render an impartial verdict based solely on the evidence presented in court.

With seven jurors already chosen, the selection process is expected to continue as both the prosecution and defence seek individuals who can objectively weigh the evidence.

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