India, Bangladesh border guards celebrate Holi together

first_imgThe Border guards of India and Bangladesh on Sunday celebrated Holi together along the International Border.The Border Security Force and Border Guards Bangladesh (BGB) played Holi at Akhaura, an integrated check-post, and other bordering areas of Tripura and exchanged sweets.Holi, was celebrated in some parts of the country on Sunday and it is being celebrated in other parts on Monday.“The BSF and the BGB are very close and have celebrated various annual carnivals each year. Celebration of each other’s festivities together would bring both the organisations closer,” BSF’s 195 Battalion Commandant Ajit Kurmar P. said at the Akhaura check-post here.last_img

Jawan killed as Maoists blast vehicle in Gadchiroli

first_imgOne commando was killed and 18 others were injured when an IED exploded in the Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra on Wednesday night. The commandos were part of Maharashtra’s elite anti-Naxal Unit C-60. Maoists blew up the commandos’ anti-land mine vehicle with the IED, Inspector-General Shivaji Bodkhe of Maharashtra confirmed.Five of the injured have been airlifted to Nagpur and seven more are on their way. One jawan is said to be in critical condition.last_img

Scientists call for limit on creating dangerous pathogens

first_imgA group of prominent scientists and others are calling for a limit to experiments that modify influenza and other dangerous viruses to make them spread more easily in mammals.Three recent safety lapses in federal labs with smallpox, anthrax, and avian influenza are a reminder of the “fallibility” of even the most secure labs, writes a group calling itself the Cambridge Working Group in a 14 July statement drafted at Harvard University. “Laboratory creation of highly transmissible, novel strains of dangerous viruses, especially but not limited to influenza, poses substantially increased risks” that an accidental infection could lead to a global outbreak, they write.The group urges that experiments that produce potential pandemic strains “should be curtailed until there has been a quantitative, objective and credible assessment” of the risks, potential benefits, and alternatives. They call for a process akin to Asilomar, a 1975 summit that came up with guidelines for recombinant DNA technology.Concerns about “gain-of-function” experiments with influenza erupted in 2011 after two teams genetically tweaked the H5N1 avian flu virus, which has killed some people, to make it more transmissible in mammals. Supporters of such studies say knowing which mutations help the virus spread in humans is useful for surveillance efforts and developing pandemic vaccines. After much debate and a moratorium on the H5N1 studies, a consensus emerged that the experiments could resume with new safeguards.The 18-and-counting signatories include scientists who have stridently opposed the gain-of-function experiments, including virologist Michael Osterholm of the University of Minnesota and Harvard epidemiologist Marc Lipsitch. Others include Nobelist Richard Roberts of New England Biolabs, former Harvard School of Public Health Dean Barry Bloom, and activist Edward Hammond of the Third World Network.Osterholm is one of four signatories who were dismissed this week from the National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity, a federal panel that advises the government about “dual use” research involving pathogens that could potentially be used as bioweapons. The Cambridge Working Group hopes more scientists will sign their statement.last_img read more

WBA sanctions maiden pro fight night in India

first_imgNew Delhi, Feb 19 (PTI) In a massive fillip to the still nascent professional boxing scene in India, the country will host its maiden WBA-sanctioned fight card here tomorrow under the aegis of the Indian Boxing Council. The six bouts to be held at the Sri Fort Sports Complex, will be all-Indian affairs featuring national-level boxers with officials from the World Boxing Association (WBA) supervising the fights which will be conducted by the Indian Boxing Council (IBC). WBA is one of the four international bodies which sanction title bouts in professional boxing. The four-round contests will feature Siddharth Varma (super welterweight), Sukhwinder (cruiserweight), Manoj Grewal (heavyweight) and Sumit Rangi (heavyweight) who have had national careers over the last 10 years in addition. “India is going to become a great country in the professional circuit. We are mighty impressed with how the IBC is moving forward in promoting professional boxing,” WBAs Regional development Adviser Stanley Christodoulou told PTI. Christodoulou was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2004. He was the first man to referee world title fights in all 17 weight categories, and the third to oversee 100 world title bouts. MORE PTI PM SSC SSClast_img read more

Collapse of Caparo firms led to Angads suicide: UK inquest

first_imgFrom Aditi KhannaLondon, Apr 28 (PTI) A British Coroners court today concluded that the collapse of some of Caparo Group firms had led to leading NRI industrialist Swraj Pauls son Angad Paul committing suicide by jumping from his home in central London.45-year-old Angad waspronounced dead at the scene after being discovered outside the property on November 8 last year.”He was a very bright dynamic man, happily married with two children and a comfortable existence, he took his work responsibilities very seriously. He was clearly worried about the business. He had felt that it was his fault,” coroner Shirley Radcliffe said at the inquest at Westminster Coroners Court in London.The businessman, philanthropist and film producerhad been treated by consultant psychiatric specialists and was “self-admitted” to a hospital on October 4, 2015, after his wife became concerned for his welfare but was released on October 16, Evening Standard reported.Doctors said he had not expressed suicidal intentions to them because his family was too important to him.Angads wife Michelle told the inquest that he had felt responsible for the loss of jobs for his employees andhad sold his four sports cars, saying: “I dont deserve nice things if so many workers have got to lose their job.”The court was told he had not left a suicide note and police found that his death was “non-suspicious”.There was no alcohol in the blood and no other drugs. The cause of death was severe head injuries. PTI AK PMS PAL PMSlast_img read more

PAOK Takes Down Atromitos, 2-1

first_imgATHENS — Two goals in the space of two minutes by Ergys Kace and Razvan Rat led PAOK to a 2-1 victory over visiting Atromitos in the Greek league on Oct. 19.Kace opened the scoring in the 27th, and Rat added the second two minutes later. Javier Umbides pulled one back in the 61st but Atromitos did not threaten to equalize despite PAOK playing a man short after the 76th minute, when defender Miguel Vitor was sent off with a second yellow card.The win kept PAOK atop the league standings, a point ahead of Veria, which beat last-place Levadiakos 2-1. Kalloni is three points back after beating Kerkyra 1-0, as is defending champion Olympiakos after a 3-2 win over Ergotelis.Also, OFI upset host Panathinaikos 2-1 and Platanias defeated Xanthi 1-0. Panionios hosts Giannena on Oct. 20.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

No. 1 Bucks: Giannis’ Milwaukee Clinches Top Spot in the NBA

first_imgA look at where things stand in the NBA playoff picture, with six days remaining in the regular season:EASTERN CONFERENCEThe road to the NBA Finals goes through Milwaukee. And the Bucks are the first team in the league to know exactly where they will be seeded for the playoffs.Milwaukee’s win over Philadelphia on Thursday night clinched the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs, and ensured that the Bucks will have home-court advantage for the entirety of the playoffs. It doesn’t guarantee anything, of course, but the No. 1 seed has made the East finals in 16 of the last 19 seasons.“It’s not just about Game 7. It’s about having the first two games at home,” Milwaukee coach Mike Budenholzer said. “Our guys have worked hard this year to earn that, but it doesn’t mean a whole lot at the end of the day when the playoffs start.”Toronto is now locked in as the No. 2 seed in the East, and still could finish as the No. 2 seed in the entire NBA — which would give the Raptors the home-court edge in the NBA Finals if they got there.No other seeds are clinched. Philadelphia will almost certainly be No. 3, but that’s not secure.It could play a role in which teams get the last three open spots. Milwaukee plays Brooklyn on Saturday, a big game for the Nets and meaningless for the Bucks. Toronto plays Miami on Sunday, big for the Heat, and perhaps meaningless for the Raptors. If Philadelphia has the No. 3 seed clinched by Tuesday, that could help the Heat out in Dwyane Wade’s last home game.WESTERN CONFERENCEGolden State’s easy win over the Los Angeles Lakers put the defending NBA champions two games ahead of Denver in the race for the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference playoffs.Still, no seeds out West are clinched. Denver and Houston are vying for No. 2 — mathematically, there are other options, such as Portland getting past both of them for that spot, but in most scenarios the Nuggets and Rockets will be the ones fighting it out. San Antonio could get as high as sixth, but will likely be seventh or eighth.Plenty of games Friday will affect the West race, with the Portland-Denver matchup likely carrying the most weight on the night’s schedule.FRIDAY’S GAMESThere are 11 games on Friday’s schedule with playoff implications.— Toronto at Charlotte: It’s almost win-out-or-bust now for the Hornets. For the Raptors, it’s get ready to host the No. 7 seed in Game 1.— Atlanta at Orlando: The Magic play their final home regular-season game. A win would help the odds that this isn’t the season home finale.— San Antonio at Washington: Spurs know they’ll start the playoffs on the road. Getting out of eighth likely avoids seeing the Warriors right away.— Boston at Indiana: Winner will hold a one-game lead in the race for the No. 4 spot in the East with two games left. The loser goes to No. 5.— New York at Houston: The Rockets could become the first team since Phoenix (in February 2009) to score 130 in three consecutive games.— Miami at Minnesota: It’s not a must-win for the Heat, but close. When Dwyane Wade plays, Miami has won seven straight at Minnesota.— Detroit at Oklahoma City: Pistons are fighting to get in and waiting for Blake Griffin to return, while the Thunder have lost seven of 10.— Sacramento at Utah: The Jazz are 11-1 in their last 12 games, and still have a shot — albeit slim — of getting to the No. 4 spot out West.— Portland at Denver: This is the start of a home-and-home that will have a big impact on seeding. Nuggets’ recent schedule has been brutal.— Cleveland at Golden State: Technically, it’s a rematch of the last four NBA Finals. Cavs could harm Warriors’ plans for West No. 1 seed.— L.A. Lakers at L.A. Clippers: Doc Rivers with Clippers — six winning seasons in six years. Clippers pre-Doc — six winning seasons in 38 years.— Games with no playoff implications: Memphis at Dallas, New Orleans at Phoenix.___CURRENT BRACKETFirst-round matchups if the season ended Thursday …East: 1-Milwaukee vs. 8-Orlando, 2-Toronto vs. 7-Brooklyn, 3-Philadelphia vs. 6-Detroit, 4-Boston vs. 5-Indiana.West: 1-Golden State vs. 8-San Antonio, 2-Denver vs. 7-Oklahoma City, 3-Houston vs. 6-L.A. Clippers, 4-Portland vs. 5-Utah.___NOTE OF THE DAYThe Bucks have not won a playoff series since 2001, the longest current drought in the NBA. They have lost nine consecutive series.___QUOTE OF THE DAY“We’ve got to make sure we take full advantage of the opportunity, take care of business and do what we’re supposed to do.” — Houston’s James Harden, the reigning NBA MVP, on the Rockets’ next two games against lottery-bound New York and Phoenix.___By TIM REYNOLDS AP Basketball WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Vivo iQOO Neo is now official: A gaming smartphone with Snapdragon 845 starting from Rs 18,000

first_imgVivo had recently jumped into the gaming phone segment with its iQOO brand a few months ago. After launching the iQOO gaming phone, Vivo has now launched an affordable version of the iQOO in China, called the iQOO Neo. The phone starts from a very low price of Rs 18,000 and offers a comprehensively powerful specifications sheet. The highlight of the iQOO Neo is that it uses Qualcomm’s last year’s flagship Snapdragon chipset.The iQOO is probably the only gaming smartphone you will see this year that doesn’t go for a wild and impractical design. Instead, Vivo has gone for a design that makes it look like any other premium smartphone these days – it has a glossy gradient finish at the back and conventional narrow-bezel display with a teardrop notch on the top. There’s a slight chin at the bottom as well.While the iQOO looks like any other smartphone, it has some gaming-specific features. The iQOO gets an eSports mode as well as a dedicated Game Space launcher to show only gaming-specific modifications. Also, the phone features 4D vibration system that will provide haptic feedback in supported games.However, the interesting part about the iQOO Neo on paper is the chipset. Instead of using this year’s Snapdragon 855 chipset, The Snapdragon 845 is more than a year old now and has lesser computing abilities than the Snapdragon 855. However, since most games are optimised well enough for Snapdragon 845-powered phones, gamers shouldn’t feel a massive loss in performance.Apart from that, the iQOO Neo sports a 6.3-inch Full HD+ Super AMOLED display with a teardrop notch on top. The screen also houses an in-display fingerprint sensor. There’s a triple camera setup on the back which houses a 12-megapixel main camera, an 8-megapixel wide-angle camera and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. For selfies, the front-facing camera relies on the 12-megapixel camera.advertisementThe phone also comes with liquid cooling technology to ensure higher and sustained peak performance. The phone uses a 4500mAh battery with 22.5W Vivo FlashCharge system. It runs on Funtouch OS based on Android 9 Pie.The iQOO Neo starts from CNY 1798 (approximately Rs 18,000) for the base variant with 6GB RAM and 64GB storage. There’s another variant with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage that comes for CNY 2298 (approximately Rs 23,000).ALSO READ | Vivo Z1 Pro review: Killing it with a price of Rs 14,990ALSO READ | Vivo Z1Pro with Snapdragon 712 processor, in-display camera launched in India, price starts at Rs 14,990ALSO READ | Vivo V15 review: Cheapest pop-up camera phone with great design and battery lifelast_img read more

Christy Turlington Burns To Join March For Moms On Sunday

first_imgChristy Turlington Burns will join speakers at the MARCH for MOMS on Sunday.Maternal Mortality rates in the U.S. surpass those of any other industrialized nation with women of color dying at four times the rate of white women. One in every three Americans is born through major surgery — twice as many as are medically necessary. At the same time, we have the lowest birth weights, the widest disparities, and the worst paid family leave policies in the developed world.The MARCH for MOMS is a family-friendly event taking place on Sunday, May 6, on the National Mall between 7th-9th street from 1-4 p.m. This main event will bring together policymakers, celebrities, professional leaders and families who have been affected by our broken maternity care system. In addition, there are 50+ sister marches, hosted by, in communities all over the country.In its second year, the March has grown to include over 40 national partners, including all of the professional stewards of maternal health. The intent is to gather to kick off the first-ever National Maternal Health Awareness week leading up to Mother’s Day. This public demonstration will provide diverse speakers, uniting with one voice, on a national stage, to publicly declare ‘enough’.“Society must step up and assume responsibility to address the current health of moms and babies. Within a few days of this event, the US Senate will vote on one of the most critical bills we are advocating passage of, the Maternal Mortality bill,” said Ginger Breedlove, founding president of March for Moms. “Through this effort, we will amplify the question of whether society as a whole agrees to take action on the fact that US mother’s experience the worst outcomes of all high-income country’s in the world.”To support the rally efforts, March for Moms team will visit Capitol Hill on Tuesday May 8th to speak to policy makers about the essential need for significant focus and funding on maternal health issues. Learn more about active legislation pertaining to these issues.For event details and a full list of speakers please click here.last_img read more

Metis taking Manitoba government to court in hydro spat after talks break

first_imgThe Canadian PressThe Manitoba Metis Federation says it is taking the province to court in a dispute over planned hydro projects.Metis federation president David Chartrand  Tuesday with Crown Services Minister Cliff Cullen and Manitoba Hydro to discuss a deal between the federation and the Crown utility.In March, Premier Brian Pallister quashed a $67-million deal that had been negotiated between the federation and Manitoba Hydro to help support a transmission line to Minnesota. The premier called it “persuasion money.”The federation said at the time it would file for a judicial review to overturn the decision because, it argued, the agreement was legally binding.“We were hoping that the province would have come forward with a position of an olive branch, given that we believe strongly that the agreement was negotiated between ourselves and Hydro,” said Chartrand.“They are not willing to sit down and they are going to overrule Hydro, which we believe they don’t have the legal right to do.”He said the federation has given its lawyers the green light to go ahead with court action, probably within the next week.Cullen said the two sides have agreed to disagree on the matter.“They feel it was an agreement,” he said. “Our understanding is that it’s really a proposal.”Cullen said the ball is in the Metis federation’s court.“It’s really up to them on how they want to proceed,” he said. “We’ll wait and see what their undertaking is.”Despite the disagreement on the transmission line, Cullen said the government is committed to consulting with the Metis federation.Nine of 10 Hydro board members resigned in March over what they said was Pallister’s refusal to meet with them to discuss important issues, including Indigenous rights.last_img read more

UNESCO opens expert meeting on global antidoping treaty for athletes

The head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) opened a meeting in Paris today of experts gathered to consider preparations for an international instrument against doping in sports. In his opening address, Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura recalled that the agency had been encouraged to consider developing an anti-doping instrument last January, when the ministers and representatives attending a sport and physical education summit in Paris adopted a communiqué stressing that doping “threatens to kill sport as surely as it kills athletes.” They urgently called on the UN take “immediate action” to help draft an international convention. The officials urged the UN system and the Council of Europe, in close collaboration with other concerned bodies such as the International Olympic Committee, the World Anti-Doping Agency and the Intergovernmental Consultative Group on Anti-Doping in Sport (IICGADS), to coordinate the preparation, if possible before the Summer Olympic Games of 2004, and the adoption, if possible before the Winter Olympic Games of 2006, of a universal international instrument for this purpose. At its session last April, the UNESCO Executive Board endorsed this proposal and decided that an item to this effect will be included in the provisional agenda of the 32nd session of the General Conference, set to open in September. Anticipating a positive decision will be taken on the matter by the Conference, which consists of UNESCO Member States and includes the participation of community groups and non-governmental organization (NGOs), Mr. Matsuura decided to arrange this meeting of experts to advise him some time in advance. Today, Mr. Matsuura insisted “we are not starting from scratch – there is a strong foundation of work that has been developed by a number of partners.” He added that “the complexity of the problem means that no one organization can develop an international instrument on its own,” hence the need for close cooperation and partnership among all parties and stakeholders involved. He re-affirmed his personal interest in this task and UNESCO’s strong commitment to seeing it through to its conclusion. More than 15 experts, drawn from countries in different regions and from a range of sports bodies and international organizations, are attending this three-day meeting. There is currently no such legally binding, universal standard-setting instrument. The Council of Europe adopted an Anti-Doping Convention in 1989 that has so far been signed and ratified by 40 countries. The 1999 Lausanne Convention on Doping led to the establishment, in the same year, of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and to the drawing up this year of a world anti-doping code. read more

International corporations pledge assistance to UN refugee agency

Following a week-long trip to refugee camps in Africa, top executives of five international companies have pledged to use their business expertise to help the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) in its global mission to help persons who have been forced to flee their homelands. Directors of Nike, Microsoft, Merck, PricewaterhouseCoopers and Manpower visited Somali and Burundian refugees in camps in Kenya and Tanzania.The executives promised to help UNHCR upgrade its information technology in order to better facilitate its international tasks. Nike also announced donations of new sports facilities and classrooms for girls’ education.The five corporations are part of UNHCR’s Council of Business Leaders, set up last year at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, to build additional bridges between the corporate and the humanitarian communities. “The role of the Council is to advise UNHCR on the best strategies to capitalise on existing joint projects and to develop new and innovative public-private partnerships,” UNHCR spokesperson Jennifer Pagonis said last week. “The Council also aims to raise awareness of refugee issues in the business world,” she added.There are more than 240,000 refugees in Kenya, the majority from Somalia and Sudan, according to UNHCR, while Tanzania is home to more than 400,000 refugees from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Burundi. read more

Japan utility Delay in declaring meltdown was coverup

TOKYO – The utility that ran the Fukushima nuclear plant acknowledged Tuesday its delayed disclosure of the meltdowns at three reactors was tantamount to a coverup and apologized for it.Tokyo Electric Power Co. President Naomi Hirose’s apology followed the revelation last week that an investigation had found Hirose’s predecessor instructed officials during the 2011 disaster to avoid using the word “meltdown.”“I would say it was a coverup,” Hirose told a news conference. “It’s extremely regrettable.”TEPCO instead described the reactors’ condition as less serious “core damage” for two months after the earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011, wrecked the plant, even though utility officials knew and computer simulations suggested meltdowns had occurred.An investigative report released last Thursday by three company-appointed lawyers said TEPCO’s then-President Masataka Shimizu instructed officials not to use the specific description under alleged pressure from the Prime Minister’s Office, though the investigators found no proof of such pressure.The report said TEPCO officials, who had suggested possible meltdowns, stopped using the description after March 14, 2011, when Shimizu’s instruction was delivered to vice-president at the time, Sakae Muto in a memo at a televised news conference. Shimizu had a company official show Muto his memo and tell him the Prime Minister’s Office has banned the specific words.Government officials also softened their language on the reactor conditions around the same time, the report said.Former officials at the Prime Minister’s Office have denied the allegation. Then-top government spokesman Yukio Edano, now secretary general of the main opposition Democratic Party, criticized the report as “inadequate and unilateral,” raising suspicion over the report by the lawyers seen close to the ruling party ahead of an upcoming Upper House election.TEPCO has been accused of a series of coverups in the disaster, though the report found TEPCO’s delayed meltdown acknowledgement wasn’t illegal.Hirose said he will take a 10 per cent pay cut, and another executive will take a 30 per cent cut, for one month each to take responsibility. He vowed to take further steps to improve TEPCO’s safety culture, but ruled out a possibility to further investigate what really led to Shimizu’s instructions.The report said Shimizu’s instruction delayed full disclosure of the plant’s status to the public, even as people who lived near the plant were forced to leave their homes, some of them possibly unable to return permanently, due to the radiation leaks from the plant.TEPCO reported to authorities three days after the tsunami that the damage, based on a computer simulation, involved 25 to 55 per cent of the fuel but didn’t say it constituted a “meltdown,” even though the figures exceeded the 5 per cent benchmark for one under the company manual.TEPCO in May 2011 publicly acknowledged “meltdown” after another computer simulation showed significant meltdown in three reactors, including one with melted fuel almost entirely fallen to the bottom of the primary containment chamber.The issue surfaced earlier this year in a separate investigation in which TEPCO reversed its earlier position that it had no internal criteria regarding a meltdown announcement, admitting the company manual was overlooked.___Follow Mari Yamaguchi at find her work at by Mari Yamaguchi, The Associated Press Posted Jun 21, 2016 2:49 am MDT Last Updated Jun 21, 2016 at 7:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Japan utility: Delay in declaring ‘meltdown’ was coverup read more

UN agency expands relief programme in Zimbabwe after El Niño deepens food

Typically, April begins what is considered a “period of bounty” in the country following difficult pre-harvest months, usually from October to March. This year, the period has turned into a “time of want” with nearly three million people going hungry, according to the WFP. Unusually strong El Niño weather event has dried up the rains in southern Africa. This is particularly perilous as the timing coincides with the growing season when smallholder farmers depend on rain-fed agriculture. “Many rural communities are in the grip of hunger and this is set to continue into next year,” said Eddie Rowe, WFP Country Director in Zimbabwe. According to the latest update from the Zimbabwe Vulnerability Assessment Committee (ZimVAC), 2.8 million people – more than a quarter of the rural population – do not have enough to eat and have little or no guaranteed access to food. WFP said that it will provide food and cash-based assistance to some 730,000 people this month. Operations are expected to be scaled up to reach an estimated 2.2 million people in the early months of next year, with the Government and development partners assisting the rest.“We’re working with the Government and donors to mobilize assistance to the most vulnerable but to reach all those in need we are dependent on the donor community continuing to fund our operations,” Mr. Rowe said.The southern and eastern parts of the country are expected to be particularly badly hit with next month’s maize harvest predicted to be a “failure” by the Global Agricultural Monitoring Initiative (GEOGLAM).In addition, thousands of cattle have died without sufficient access to water, reducing incomes for people and cutting down food supply.Zimbabwe is now facing its worst malnutrition rates in 15 years, with nearly 33,000 children in urgent need of treatment for severe acute malnutrition, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has said. read more

Ian Constance appointed APC Chief Executive

Ian Constance has been appointed as the new Chief Executive of the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC). He is due to take over in September 2015, as Tony Pixton returns to the APC Board having guided the organisation safely through its start-up phase.Formed in 2013, the Advanced Propulsion Centre aims to help get good low carbon propulsion ideas off the drawing board and to market. The £1 billion programme emerged from the Automotive Council and represents a 10-year commitment from government and the automotive industry to positioning the UK as a global centre of excellence for low carbon powertrain development and production.Ian Constance joins the APC from Ford Motor Company, having worked for the marque in the UK, Germany, China, Thailand and the US, and he brings with him 25 years of industry experience.Anna Soubry, Minister for Business, Innovation and Skills, said, “I am very proud of our automotive sector and the government will continue to work with industry to ensure its star shines brightly. Ian Constance brings global expertise and knowledge to the APC as it seeks to accelerate the development and production of new green technologies which can secure future jobs in the industry.”Ian said, “It is a great privilege to join the Advanced Propulsion Centre and lead the future development of this remarkable collaboration between government and industry, which is driving investment and innovation in the UK. I look forward to working with the wide range of APC partner organisations, academic institutions, SMEs, suppliers and manufacturers to focus our national resources as we create the Propulsion Nation, delivering growth in the automotive industry.”In the past 16 months, the APC has invested in 10 projects worth more than £174 million, involving 54 organisations across the sector, with further funding to be announced this Autumn. It also offers support and advice to companies developing innovative low carbon propulsion technology in developing collaborations and in getting access to funding. More information is available on their website.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

UK weather Snow causes chaos as temperatures hit lowest for seven years

Heavy snow causes travel chaos this eveningLondon City Airport forced to close runwayMotorists facing severe delays in Cornwall as M3 branded “impassable”British Airways cancels some Heathrow flightsTemperatures plunge as low as minus 15.4CWeather warning issued for areas just outside LondonUnion warns bosses not to force staff to come to workCold weather wardrobe: 10 pieces to see you through the chillCommuters face another evening of misery as snow and ice is building up in the south of England.A weather warning is in force for snow affecting southern parts of England, which will continue to move slowly southwards this evening.London City Airport announced it had closed its runway due to heavy snow, resulting in flight cancellations.Meanwhile, up to 19cm of snow had settled at RAF Odiham in Hampshire, according to the Met Office.There are challenging driving conditions and delays on the M3, A303 and A34 in Hampshire and Wiltshire.More snow is forecast going into the weekend, and though it is unlikely to be as heavy, there is a danger of untreated, treacherous ice covering paths and roads.Conditions will be largely bright and cold through Saturday but a widespread hard frost and freezing fog are forecast for the early hours of Sunday.This morning, the weather caused chaos across Britain’s rail network, roads and airports. The Met Office warned of an additional 5cm of snow on top of the existing blanketing, meaning there was a potential risk to life.  Overnight snow caused flights to be grounded across the country, including the complete closure of the runways at Bristol and Bournemouth. Drivers were forced to abandon their cars in the evening commute on Thursday, with more than 100 people seeking refuge at a pub on Bodmin Moor in Cornwall having ditched their vehicles on the A30. 5:20PMCompetition time! No, not France vs Wales, but Bath’s game against Gloucester, which was supposed to kick off tomorrow at 2:30pm. 6:26PMHampshire suffering in the snow 2:04PMFootball and rugby clubs frozen out for the weekend  Blenheim Palace in the snowCredit:BNPS Snow at Gatwick airport Challenging driving conditions and delays #M3 #A303 and #A34 in #Hampshire #Wiltshire at the moment due to weather conditions. Please take extra care! We’re working with @HantsPolice @wiltshirepolice to clear incidents as quickly as possible.— Highways England (@HighwaysSEAST) February 1, 2019 Rabbits #snowman #CooksSpinney— CooksSpinneyPrimary (@CooksSpinney) February 1, 2019 Meanwhile in Paris, where France are taking on Wales in the opening match of the Six Nations, it is a positively balmy seven degrees celsius. It’s an 8pm kick off, and Telegraph Sport will have all the updates. The famous Stade de France (sans the expected 80,000 fans). #GuinnessSixNations— Welsh Rugby Union 🏉 (@WelshRugbyUnion) February 1, 2019 Cairngorm swimmer Alice Goodridge swims through frozen over Loch InshCredit:WENN Barry Nevill, the Cornwall team leader for a local volunteer 4×4 rescue group, was made aware of the school bus incident and said the bus had become stuck in the traffic and “sat there for hours”.At 7.30 am Friday morning vehicles were seen moving along the A30, but Mr Nevill said the Devon and Cornwall 4×4 Group were still providing assistance to those in need, such as taking carers to hard-to-reach villages.At 2.30 am Friday morning after being stuck for 11 hours Mr Instance said the first police cars and snow ploughs appeared and began to move cars to allow the road to be cleared.He added that hundreds of abandoned cars, which were left when people attempted to walk to safety, added to the disruption.”What became quickly evident, there were at least 100 abandoned vehicles, probably a quarter of those would have been big lorries, they were abandoned all over the place,” he said.Mr Instance eventually made it home at 4.30 am Friday morning after first getting stranded at 4.30 pm Thursday afternoon.The same journey would have normally taken him 40 minutes. Britain is braced for further travel chaos on Friday after a freezing night that forced motorists to trudge miles through the snow in search of refuge. Heavy snow was affecting “many central and southern parts” on Friday morning, the Met Office said, as temperatures plunged to minus 15.4C in Scotland – the coldest day in the UK for seven years. As the severe weather crossed the country overnight, the Met Office issued an amber weather warning of snow for part of the South East.Parts of Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, and Hampshire were covered by the warning, with up to 5cm of snow expected to fall on top of that which has already accumulated.The Met Office said: “Travel delays on roads are likely, stranding some vehicles and passengers.”It added there was a “good chance” some rural communities could be cut off and power cuts were “likely”. 10:52AMSix Nations disruption as ex-Wales captain struggles to reach opening game Makeshift beds beds are laid out at the Jamaica Inn on Bodmin Moor in CornwallCredit:PA ⛄— Scarlets Rugby (@scarlets_rugby) February 1, 2019 The U.K. may be experiencing the lowest temperatures for seven years, but spare a thought for America, in the grips of a #PolarVortex View our U.S. polar vortex gallery and watch our video of this year’s British and American winters side-by-side:— The Telegraph (@Telegraph) February 1, 2019 ⚠️ MATCH POSTPONED | Following an earlier update, we regret to announce that our @premrugby Cup match against Gloucester Rugby scheduled for tomorrow at 14:30 has been postponed.Further information here ➡️— Bath Rugby (@bathrugby) February 1, 2019 5:58AMMotorists urged to return to vehicles A weather warning is in force for #snow affecting southern parts of England, which will continue to move slowly southwards this evening. Further accumulations of 2 or 3cm are likely, with hills possibly seeing an additional 3 to 7cm 🌨️🌨️🌨️ Stay #weatheraware— Met Office (@metoffice) February 1, 2019 9:00AMNew amber weather warning – the what, the when and the where The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s visit to Bristol is still scheduled to go ahead despite the Arctic conditions that have covered the West Country in a blanket of snow.Harry and Megan are due to spend the day in the city, where dozens of local schools are shut because of the wintry weather and Bristol Airport closed during the morning.Organisers of the couple’s first engagement – a visit to the Bristol Old Vic theatre, which is undergoing a multimillion-pound restoration – said they were still expecting the duke and duchess.A Bristol Old Vic spokeswoman said: “We are still going ahead so far, there have been no messages to say otherwise.”Harry and Meghan will be taken on a guided tour of the revamped theatre, which has been entertaining audiences for more than 250 years.During the day the couple will also meet well-wishers on a walkabout and travel to Empire Fighting Chance, a charity using boxing to support children failing at school and in danger of drifting into a life of unemployment or even crime. Cars stuck on the A30 on ThursdayCredit:Sinstance Great news, well done team 👏— Wiltshire Police (@wiltshirepolice) February 1, 2019 A landslip at a village in Cornwall blocked off vehicle access to around 30 homes and kept other cars trapped inside a cul-de-sac.Around 1,000 tonnes of hillside collapsed on to the narrow Scrations Lane, in the village of Lostwithiel, but no-one was injured and no property damaged, Cornwall Council said. It’s competition time. Which snowman is the best? Who will get the most likes? This one is Squirrels entry #Snowman #CooksSpinney— CooksSpinneyPrimary (@CooksSpinney) February 1, 2019 The Tower of London during a light snow shower in LondonCredit:John Stillwell/PA Snowfall in South Harrow, west London One resident in Basingstoke gallantly playing his part to spread grit on the road.Credit:Andrew Matthews/PA  There were also vehicles stuck on the A39 between Winnards Perch and Wagebridge, and Cornwall Council tweeted: “Please stay with your car. We have gritters on the way and they will clear the roads as quickly as possible.”Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service said motorists were stuck on the A38 near Haldon Hill and the A380 near Ideford Dip.Emergency services have warned drivers to stay in their cars and keep warm.Across Devonshire 34 schools said they would be closed or partially closed on Friday and 35 schools across Cornwall also said they would not be opening, according to the two county councils. 4:51PMFriday’s weather, in pictures Any volunteers who can help please turn up at 830am tomorrow to clear the snow from around the ground and taking covers off the pitch. Thank you!— Accrington Stanley FC (@ASFCofficial) February 1, 2019 5:45PMAt least we aren’t in Chicago… Motorists who abandoned their vehicles on the A30 in Cornwall are being urged to return as as soon as possible.More than 100 people ditched their vehicles to stay the night in the Jamaica Inn  on Bodmin Moor. Highways England says teams of gritters have been working through the night to clear the A30 near Temple and conditions have improved.  Rugby fans hoping to get to Paris for the Six Nations opener are facing an anxious wait with the snow continuing to cause problems. Bristol Airport updated passengers to say the disruption would continue into the afternoon while staff attempt to clear the snow.Wales fans refuse to let the delays dampen their spirits:  Drivers were stranded for 12 and a half hours, a bus carrying 30 school children was rescued and hundreds of cars were abandoned on Thursday night as heavy snow hit Cornwall.Six inches of snow reportedly fell in 45 minutes, causing travel disruption on the A30 and A39 near Bodmin, Cornwall.A school bus which became stuck on the A39 was rescued by local police and fire brigade crews, who ferried the children to safety in 4x4s.Steve Instance, 44, from Porthtowan in Cornwall, who was travelling from Poole, in Dorset, became jammed in among other cars as traffic built up on the A30.Mr Instance, a prevention manager for the RNLI, told the Press Association: “The snow just came down so quick. We just joined the back of the traffic and within a few minutes the traffic built up around me.”I drive a great big four wheel drive but there was just no way of getting out, just jammed in then.”The snow kept falling, there was a good six inches of snow within 45 minutes or so.”Just completely stranded and didn’t move a single inch for nine and a half hours.” A road in the Yorkshire Dales was blocked after a council gritter lorry overturned 6:45AMAirports affected #Snow continues to affect parts of England and Wales, with an amber warning in force – stay #weatheraware in these difficult driving conditions #uksnow— Met Office (@metoffice) February 1, 2019 A man - Olly Danning - skis through Wadebridge town centre in Cornwall Welsh rugby fans and pundits trying to get to Paris for the opener of the Six Nations faced being stranded after flight cancellations due to snow.Disruptions to flights from airports in Cardiff and Bristol left queues of fans facing a race against time to get to France ahead of Friday’s evening kick-off.France are due to host Wales in the first game of the tournament at 8pm GMT at the Stade de France.Ex Wales captain and BBC pundit Sam Warburton was one of the passengers due to fly on the cancelled 9.30am flight from Cardiff Airport to Charles de Gaulle.He told BBC Wales: “A few of the guys went over yesterday from Bristol. I was doing some work last night for the BBC so we knew we would be cutting it fine this morning, but I am sure we will all be fine.”I am probably too laid back for my own good so I don’t mind at all.”I have got 12 hours to get out there. Even if I need to get the Eurostar or something I am sure I will be there for kick-off so I am not worried at all.”The Welsh team and management travelled from their base in the Vale of Glamorgan to France on Thursday, and a spokesman for the WRU told The Telegraph there were no travel disruptions affecting the team.  The roads really are terrible near Basingstoke on the M3.Please do not travel unless in an emergency, is the warning. He said he saw a bus carrying schoolchildren that was being assisted by a 4×4.”I wasn’t in the worst place, I was in a warm car, I am fit and healthy – there were a lot of other people around who needed help a lot more than I did,” he added.A spokesman for Devon and Cornwall Police confirmed a school bus was rescued from the A39, south of the A30.A spokesman said: “Police were called at around 3.25 pm last night following reports that a school bus… has become stuck on the A39 between Halfway House and Winnards Perch – 4x4s crewed by police and fire officers attended and took the children to a place of safety.”It is believed 30 children and four adults were on the bus and were taken to Retallack Resort, a hotel and spa resort near the A39. The A39 in Minehead on Exmoor on Thursday One resident in Basingstoke gallantly playing his part to spread grit on the road. Snow covers houses in Gold Hill, in Shaftesbury, DorsetCredit:Andrew Matthews/PA The Duke and Duchess of Sussex at the premiere of Cirque du Soleil's Totem earlier this month Snowfall in South Harrow, west LondonCredit:Wheatley/WENN @GD10— Dragons 🏉 (@dragonsrugby) February 1, 2019 Light covering of snow at the ground, but it is melting & pitch underneath is not frozen. Will need to see what it’s like in the morning before final decision @SportingKhalsa @solentsport @SydWessex— Sholing FC (@sholingfc) February 1, 2019— Newcastle Falcons (@FalconsRugby) February 1, 2019 This is Dex, who is on the M3, heading towards Basingstoke.Please take extra care, say the police The show must go on!A white @ArmsParkCardiff but it’s business as usual. The Cardiff Blues Benevolent Trust Lunch this afternoon and club open for the big game this evening 🙌🏼— Cardiff Blues (@cardiff_blues) February 1, 2019 9:54AMMore than half of Bristol’s schools closed A man pulls a boy on a sledge in Hamstead Heath, north LondonCredit:Geoff Pugh for The Telegraph 4:38PMLandslip sees 1,000 tonnes of hillside cut off access to village Just a frosty one for us ❄️☃️— Ospreys (@ospreys) February 1, 2019 Cairngorm swimmer Alice Goodridge swims through frozen over Loch Insh Here are a selection of the best pictures from overnight and Friday morning as the cold snap continues to grip Britain.  We are aware of major problems with displaced traffic and snow conditions in the south of the District. The M3 is closed at J5 and around Odiham towards Alton and Farnham we are getting reports of people stuck in their vehicles. Please do not travel unless in an emergency.— Hart District (@HartCouncil) February 1, 2019 It’s awful, please avoid it— Dex (@dexgrigg_) February 1, 2019 Some of our amazing passengers choosing a singalong to keep upbeat during the snowy weather 🎶❄️— Bristol Airport (@BristolAirport) February 1, 2019 🧹All hands on deck as members of staff from first team coaches to @AcademyOUFC staff helped clear the training pitch this morning so the first team could get some contact time on the grass 💪#oufc— Oxford United FC (@OUFCOfficial) February 1, 2019 The Aurora Borealis display over Loch Lubnaig and Loch Venachar in Stirling  9:38AMMet Office’s outlook for the day Four flights from Cardiff to Paris are still expected to depart at 1.05pm on Friday afternoon.The airport is advising passengers to check live flight information on their website and contact airlines directly for information.Bristol Airport said all flights were cancelled until at least midday due to snow, including flights to Paris.The airport said on their Twitter page: “As a result of continued adverse weather, our teams are working hard to clear the airfield. Due to the volume of snowfall, the airfield will remain closed until 1200. A further update will be given as the situation changes. Please contact your airline for specific flight queries.”Rugby fan Leon Brown said he was due to fly out of Bristol at 2pm, but had received a text to say his flight had already been cancelled.He said he was now looking to sell his two match tickets, adding: “We did look at the Eurostar. Should never had sold my 4×4. I would have drove.” Cricket fans at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in North Sound, Antigua and Barbuda, The BBC’s rugby talent are facing a race against time to get to France ahead of the Six Nations opening fixture tonight. Wales face Les Bleus at the Stade de France for an 8pm kick off (GMT), but coverage starts more than half an hour beforehand. Former Wales captain Sam Warburton is one of the pundits for the game and journalist Sonja McLaughlan is also down to work the fixture. But both were still in the UK on Friday afternoon.  5:55PMThe sun is shining on some Englishmen… 5:01PMNews on the roads Here are the best of our rugby union experts’ predictions and analysis: Six Nations 2019 predictions: Our experts’ verdict on the finishing table – does anyone tip England for glory? Six Nations 2019 latest odds: Ireland favourites but England and Wales are heavily fancied to run them close Mick Cleary |  Forget the tribal froth and nonsense – and prepare for an epic Six NationsAnd why not sign up to The Telegraph’s Six Nations Fantasy Rugby competition to be in with a chance of winning £5,000?All the details here: Telegraph Fantasy Rugby: Your last chance to play our free 2019 Six Nations with £5,000 jackpot prize A cyclist comes a cropper as he tries to ride his bike in Bristol as snow sweeps across the West country Commuters were left frustrated by the jargon, so here is what a points failure actually means: Points are movable sections of track, allowing trains to move from one line to another. Like signals, points can fail. They might get clogged with debris or ice, the drive mechanism might fail or, in hot weather, they might expand too much.When points do fail, they are often secured in one position so trains can pass over. This keeps lines open and trains moving, but will cause disruption because certain stations will not be able to be served and congestion will build on the line that is open.  The Twitter exchange between Sam Warburton and Sonja McLaughlanCredit:Twitter Bristol Airport has shared a photograph of its runway, and it’s hardly a surprise that all flights are grounded. The Tarmac is completely covered in a thick blanket of snow and staff are busy trying to clear it with the aim of re-opening the airport for flights at midday.  The Met Office has issued an amber weather warning of snow for part of the South East.Parts of Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, and Hampshire are covered by the warning, with up to 5cm of snow expected to fall on top of that which has already accumulated.The Met Office said: “Travel delays on roads are likely, stranding some vehicles and passengers.”It added there was a “good chance” some rural communities could be cut off and power cuts were “likely”. 8:14AMSnow-covered Bristol Airport closed until midday  A man pulls a boy on a sledge in Hamstead Heath, north London 11:20AMWeather warnings continue on Monday Conditions on #A30 around #Temple have improved, with our teams of gritters, ploughers and recovery agents working flat out all night, along with @DC_Police and @CornwallFRS . If anyone has left their vehicle in situ on the A30, advice is to return to it as soon as you can.— Highways England (@HighwaysSWEST) February 1, 2019 Blenheim Palace in the snow 11:43AMDrivers left stranded for 12 and a half hours As the UK wakes up, social media users are sharing pictures of the snow that has fallen overnight. It might be a couple of days old, but there’s no harm in sharing the joy snow can bring. Here is a video of a dog sliding down a snow-covered hill:  5:54AMAmber weather warning issued In Cornwall, more than 100 people crowded into a pub on Bodmin Moor overnight after abandoning their vehicles on the snowbound A30 after the roads became impassable. Efforts to clear the cross-country route near Temple continued through the night, with teams of gritters and ploughs working to get traffic moving. Police and the fire brigade were carrying out welfare checks where possible. But scores of stranded motorists had set off on foot in the freezing conditions to reach the Jamaica Inn, which was welcoming groups and families with young children in their droves. “A lot of people have abandoned their cars. Some of them have walked a good three, four or five miles,” the pub’s 25-year-old general manager, Sammy Wheeler, said. “People were fed up of being in a cold car and they were running out of fuel.”Each of the inn’s 36 rooms was full, with some being shared by complete strangers on Thursday night. Meanwhile makeshift dormitories with mattresses on the floors had been set up in other parts of the pub, including 15 beds in the restaurant and another five in the lounge. ⚠️ #SNUpdates – We’ve been advised by @networkrail that due to a points failure between Portsmouth Harbour & Fratton fewer trains are able to run on all lines.⛔️ As a result of this, we’re unable to offer you a usual service to and from Portsmouth Harbour today.ℹ️Info to come— Southern (@SouthernRailUK) February 1, 2019 While dozens of schools were closed today across the south west, some children in the home counties have held a snowman competition.Cooks Spinney Primary is looking for likes for the best snowman…My favourite is the Squirrels. Last night it was all doom and gloom in Antigua. England’s cricket team slumped to a miserable 187 all out and Joe Root looked like he’d rather be stuck on the A30 in Cornwall.Today in the West Indies, things are looking up, with England bowling, West Indies four wickets down and that Caribbean sun shining.Rob Bagchi with the updates 10:34AMDuke and Duchess of Sussex trip to Bristol still scheduled  Snow was lying at least 12cm deep on Bodmin Moor, and 5cm has been recorded in Sennybridge, Powys, according to the Met Office. The Met Office had predicted a maximum 10cm of snowfall when it issued a severe weather warning on Thursday.The lowest temperature of the night was recorded in Braemar, Aberdeenshire. Had it fallen more than 0.2C (0.4F) lower it would have surpassed the low of minus 15.6C (3.92F) set in 2012.The snow, which had been travelling eastwards, reached as far as Wiltshire, Hampshire, Sussex and Kent, with a few flakes in central London. A yellow severe weather warning for #snow & #ice has been issued for Monday : Stay #weatheraware @metofficeuk— Met Office (@metoffice) February 1, 2019 The Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in North Sound, Antigua and Barbuda, rather than the A30 in CornwallCredit:AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan 11:59AMBristol Airport to remain closed into the afternoon Southern Rail had to rely on South Western Railway services on the south coast after Network Rail announced there had been a points failure.  Met Office meteorologist Emma Smith said: “There is still sleet and snow across southern counties, the band is currently sitting across the south-west and Wales and across to East Anglia and London.”It’s kind of pivoting in place and it’s not really moving very far. What will be happening to it is it will get patchier as it goes on, but it could cause some disruption to rush hour.”Temperatures are widely below freezing so there’s icy stretches so people will have to take care going into work.”By lunchtime temperatures in the South East are expected to nudge towards 4C, meaning the sleet and snow should turn to rain.However the rest of the country, with the exception of southern Scotland and Northern Ireland, is expected to see wintry showers persist into Friday evening.”Into the afternoon those showers will go into the Pennines and the Peak District as well,” Ms Smith said. #Snowmageddon has finally arrives in my neck of the woods. Not as bad as the Beast from the East last year, but equally unamusing!!!— Nicola Jackson (@nickstrel) February 1, 2019A bit snowy here this morning ⛄️ #Snowmageddon— Mrs Prickles (@Prickles54) February 1, 2019A cold and very snowy #Bristol #dontwalkdownthehill #Snowing #Snowmageddon #snowball— Dean Fawcett (@DeanFawcett1) February 1, 2019#Snowmageddon #FridayFeeling #Snow #Hampshireroads Take it easy out there!❄️🌬❄️— molly (@mollymcconnon) February 1, 2019White stuff in Bristol#Snowmageddon #snow— Dazza (@DAndrews101) January 31, 2019 8:43AMSummary overnight from Chris Graham We’ve received reports of a landslip at Scrations Lane, Lostwithiel.There are no injuries reported and no danger to properties and residents.@CORMACltd highways staff are onsite to assess the situation.Full statement here:— Cornwall Council (@CornwallCouncil) February 1, 2019 A woman rides a bike along a road with snow-covered trees near Haytor on Dartmoor, Devon 5:31PMTake care on your drive home 10:27AMThe best pictures from the big freeze This should make your day a little happier.— Marcus (@MGSniper) January 30, 2019 Snow covers houses in Gold Hill, in Shaftesbury, Dorset 3:08PMRoads begin to reopen in Swindon The Tower of London during a light snow shower in London A weather warning is in force for snow affecting southern parts of England, which will continue to move slowly southwards this evening.Further accumulations of 2 or 3 cm are likely, with hills possibly seeing an additional 3 to 7cm. 12:15PMSkiing to work, cyclists tumbling and swimming through ice – Friday’s best pictures #A303 eastbound #Mere – #Chicklade , we currently have #winterteams coming through the area now to clear the snow from the carriageway and to get you moving again ASAP.— Highways England (@HighwaysSWEST) February 1, 2019 ⚠️*NEW 01/02* Due to overrunning Network Rail engineering works between Weybridge and Earlsfield all lines are blocked. Trains running to and from these stations may be cancelled, delayed by up to 30 minutes. Disruption is expected until 09:00 01/02.— SWR Help (@SW_Help) February 1, 2019 A road in the Yorkshire Dales was blocked after a council gritter lorry overturned 6:43AMWarnings for commuters While the snow may be clearing for many, there is still plenty of disruption across the country. Here is the latest from the Met Office: 5:41PMWeather warnings for snow in the south A man walks his dog down a snowy lane in Werneth Low country park near Hyde in Greater Manchester  Oh My Word…..— Hartley Wintney FC (@HartleyFC) February 1, 2019 In Bristol more than half of the city’s schools were closed due to the weather and roadside refuse and recycling collections have been cancelled.The city council said all priority roads have been gritted and are open but side roads and pavements may remain difficult.An inquest taking place today at Avon Coroner’s Court at Flax Bourton, near Bristol, was cancelled due to the weather.In Gloucestershire waste and recycling collections have also been cancelled across Cotswold district. More snow is forecast going into the weekend, and though it is unlikely to be as heavy, there is a danger of untreated, treacherous ice covering paths and roads.A fresh yellow warning for snow and ice covering large areas of the UK took effect from noon on Friday until the same time on Saturday.It covers northern Scotland, most of Northern Ireland, the eastern coast of England and the west coast of Wales.A separate warning for ice is in place for the southern counties between 1pm on Friday and 11am on Saturday.Conditions will be largely bright and cold through Saturday but a widespread hard frost and freezing fog are forecast for the early hours of Sunday. The Bristol Old Vic was built in 1766 and has a unique place in British theatre history, having nurtured the talents of countless famous actors from Daniel Day-Lewis and Greta Scacchi to Peter O’Toole and Jeremy Irons.Stirling Prize-winning architects Haworth Tompkins led the theatre’s redesign, which includes a full-height timber and glass-fronted foyer that reveals the original auditorium facade to the street for the first time.The internal layout has been transformed, with the restoration of the Georgian Coopers’ Hall, a new studio theatre created in the old barrel vaults and mezzanine galleries.The project is the second stage of a 10-year, £26 million programme to completely overhaul and safeguard the future of the theatre.During the visit, the duke and duchess will drop in on a workshop attended by local schoolchildren, which is part of Bristol Old Vic’s outreach programme.At Empire Fighting Chance, the couple will meet young people using the gym, speak to coaches about the positive impact boxing is having on Bristol’s youngsters, and watch a couple of training sessions attended by primary and secondary school pupils. 6:58AMIt’s #Snowmageddon A man – Olly Danning – skis through Wadebridge town centre in CornwallCredit:Apex ❄️ With an amber weather warning for #snow across central southern areas, be careful on your morning commute and stay #weatheraware— Met Office (@metoffice) February 1, 2019 The Twitter exchange between Sam Warburton and Sonja McLaughlan Volunteers are currently hard at work clearing snow off of the training pitch ready for tonight’s trial sessions. Look us up if you are 18, with a mic and a Full Back looking for a premiership team.@TheVFL_ @TheVFLPlayerHub— VFL Peterborough XB1 (@PeterboroughVfl) February 1, 2019 But the relentless hard work of volunteers meant that some fixtures may survive the big freeze. Cars stuck on the A30 on Thursday ⚪️🔵❄️ A huge thank you to the army of volunteers who have given up their time today to help clear the pitch of snow! There’s still plenty of work to do but thanks to your dedication we’re getting through it nicely! #buryfc— Bury Football Club (@buryfcofficial) February 1, 2019 4:36PMWeather forecast for the weekend Cars stuck in the snow on the A30 Makeshift beds beds are laid out at the Jamaica Inn on Bodmin Moor in Cornwall British Airways cancelled or merged a number of short-haul flights from Heathrow Airport because of the adverse weather conditions.The airline urged customers to check their flight status for cancellations.”Safety is always our priority, and we’re working hard to keep our operation moving. We’re sorry that some of our services are being delayed by the weather conditions,” a spokeswoman said.Flights to and from Bristol Airport have been suspended due to the weather.The airport tweeted: “All flights are currently suspended until 0800 whilst our teams work to clear the runway and other operational areas.”Please refer to your airline for specific flight information.” Morning Pixies #Snowman #CooksSpinney— CooksSpinneyPrimary (@CooksSpinney) February 1, 2019 Spare a though for our friends across the (frozen) pond.Click through to view our stunning gallery. People walk through the snow in Braemar, where temperatures plunged as low as -15.4C 1:06PMBBC rugby pundits and presenters’ scramble to Paris The A39 in Minehead on Exmoor on ThursdayCredit:Jay Williams The Met Office has issued a yellow severe weather warning for Monday:  ▶ Wales make the journey from their Vale of Glamorgan HQ to the north of Paris. Mae bach o eira i weld yn y brifddinas Ffrainc heno ‘ma. #GuinnessSixNations— Welsh Rugby Union 🏉 (@WelshRugbyUnion) January 30, 2019 Police forces across the country are warning motorists to consider if their journeys are necessary before heading out on Friday and be “extremely careful” if have to travel by road.On the rail network Southeastern and Transport for Wales have altered their services on Friday as a result of the adverse conditions.The South Western Railway was planning to run a normal timetable, but warned some early services may need to be cancelled as routes are cleared.Meanwhile Southern, Thameslink, Great Northern and Gatwick Express were expected to run normally, although all passengers were urged to check before they travel in case the conditions impact services.Transport for London also advised passengers to check their service status before setting off. Snow depths of 8cm in Cumbria and 7cm in Inverness-shire were also recorded by the Met Office on Thursday evening, although this is believed to be mostly leftover from Wednesday.South Western Railway warned passengers that trains may be cancelled on Friday morning while work is done to check and clear the tracks. Delays, cancellations and disruption caused more misery to those unfortunate enough to have to rely on the trains to get them to work on Friday morning. A number of train operators took to Twitter to inform their customers of the battle they would be facing to get to the office. Overnight, South Western Railway reported disruption between Fareham and Southampton due to ice on the tracks, but once that had cleared there was a flurry of further problems – from a broken down train to signalling problems and the ever-frustrating overrunning engineering works.  ⚠️ *NEW 01/02* Due to a broken down train at Petersfield the Guildford bound line is blocked. Train services running through this station will be delayed. Disruption is expected until 11:00.— SWR Help (@SW_Help) February 1, 2019 8:24AMAs predicted, the rail network is a shambles Does it have to be from today? Here’s a couple from over the years…— Leicester Tigers (@LeicesterTigers) February 1, 2019 ⚠️ *NEW 01/02* – Due to a points problem between Petersfield and Guildford the London bound line is blocked. Train services running through these stations may be cancelled or diverted via Eastleigh. Disruption is expected until 08:00 01/02— SWR Help (@SW_Help) February 1, 2019 A cyclist comes a cropper as he tries to ride his bike in Bristol as snow sweeps across the West countryCredit:Paul Gillis/SWNS The Duke and Duchess of Sussex at the premiere of Cirque du Soleil’s Totem earlier this monthCredit:Paul Grover for The Telegraph A woman rides a bike along a road with snow-covered trees near Haytor on Dartmoor, DevonCredit:APEX Snow at Gatwick airportCredit:PA The Aurora Borealis display over Loch Lubnaig and Loch Venachar in Stirling Credit:WENN The pitch is currently covered in snow, as are the surrounding paths. We’ll re-evaluate tomorrow morning to see whether it’s worth getting a working party together to try and clear it away.— Runcorn Linnets FC (@RuncornLinnets) February 1, 2019 6:17PMThe rugby has been postponed! A man walks his dog down a snowy lane in Werneth Low country park near Hyde in Greater Manchester Credit:Getty Bloody great shift getting snow off the pitch,thank you all who turned up,brilliant effort👊👊👊👊👊👊@HerefordFC— Ben (@benbowen1979) February 1, 2019 Cars stuck in the snow on the A30Credit:PA Bournemouth Airport has become the latest airport to cancel flights due to the snow. It said its airfield was closed “until further notice” due to snow.It said: “Clearing operations are under way and a further update will be made at 0700.”Earlier Bristol Airport suspended flights until at least midday while the runway was cleared.Snow was also seen falling at Heathrow, where British Airways altered a number of short-haul flights on Thursday, and passengers using the hub were being told to stay in contact with their airlines before travelling.Gatwick Airport also saw flurries, although the airport was advising passengers it was planning on operating as normal on Friday. 1:19PMIt’s not all bleak – here’s a video of a dog sliding down a snowy hill 8:06AMLatest from the Met Office’s Snowdar When?Between 4:20am and 11am on FridayWhere? Bracknell ForestBuckinghamshireHampshireOxfordshireReadingSloughSurreyWest BerkshireWindsor and MaidenheadWokinghamWhat to expect?Travel delays on roads are likely, stranding some vehicles and passengersSome delays and cancellations to rail are likely, and perhaps air travelThere is a good chance that some rural communities could become cut offPower cuts are likely and other services, such as mobile phone coverage, may be affectedFurther detailsFollowing overnight snowfall an area of snow is likely to continue during Friday morning. Further accumulations are expected with 5 cm new snow in places on top of any existing snow cover. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. It’s 5pm and time for a roads update.Heading from London and South East towards the South West this evening?Please be aware there are severe delays on M3 and A303 routes due to the weather this afternoon.The A38 is now fully open in both directions following the earlier collision. There’s no significant delays in the area.But on the A303, there are delays from Chicklade to Mere in Wiltshire and a further accident on the A303 at the M3 J8 to Bullington. You may wish to consider remaining on M3 and consider alternative routes if you’re in that part of the world.This is what it currently looks like: Fixtures up and down the country are likely to fall foul of the weather this weekend thanks to frozen ground and a thick layer of snow covering pitches. Here are a selection of photographs showing the normally-green arenas dressed in white.  People walk through the snow in Braemar, where temperatures plunged as low as -15.4CCredit:Getty As a result of continued adverse weather, our teams are working hard to clear the airfield. Due to the volume of snowfall, the airfield will remain closed until 1200. A further update will be given as the situation changes. Please contact your airline for specific flight queries.— Bristol Airport (@BristolAirport) February 1, 2019 read more

Son accused of mothers murder showed no emotion court told

first_imgTHE TRIAL IN Edinburgh of a man accused of murdering his mother and burying her dismembered body in a wooded area in the city has heard he showed no emotion when questioned by detectives.James Dunleavy (also known as Seamus) denies killing Philomena, 66, from Marino, Dublin between 30 April and 7 May of last year.The 40-year-old accused also denies attempting to evade justice by trying to cover up the alleged murder and destroy evidence.The High Court in Edinburgh heard yesterday that Dunleavy answered “no comment” to most of the questions put to him during an hour-long police interview.According to the Herald Scotland, when asked if the accused had exhibited any emotion, Detective Con Manchester told the court “no, not during the interview”.PathologistAccording to STV News, the trial also heard evidence from a pathologist, who said the 66-year-old’s body had lain in a shallow grave at Corstorphine Hill for so long that medics had difficulty working out how she had died.Asked whether the victim might have been alive but unconscious when her body was dismembered, Ian Wilkinson said that all the signs suggested she had been dead when it happened.Mrs Dunleavy was beheaded and both her legs severed before her body was buried at the nature reserve.AppealOfficers investigating her death issued an appeal for information in Ireland after the Dublin woman’s body was uncovered last June, as a Claddagh ring had been found with her remains.A reconstruction of her face, created by Dundee University, and a possible description were disseminated through media channels. The breakthrough came when a family member saw the photo and contacted police.[Image: Dundee University]James Dunleavy was arrested on 8 July last as he left a shop near his home, which is around a 15 minute walk from Corstorphine Hill.The trial was told he had not seen the photo reconstruction of his mother’s face.Comments on this article have been disabled as court proceedings are under way. Read: Scottish police name ‘Claddagh ring’ murder victim, arrest manRead: Elderly woman falls to her death while cleaning windowslast_img read more

Large asteroid to hurtle past Earth tomorrow

first_img Apr 18th 2017, 3:36 PM Large asteroid to hurtle past Earth tomorrow Nasa has said there is no chance the asteroid will hit us, but it will be “a very close approach”. 55 Comments Tuesday 18 Apr 2017, 3:36 PM Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share Tweet Email3 26,751 Views By AFP File image Source: ShutterstockAN ASTEROID AS big as the Rock of Gibraltar will streak past Earth on tomorrow at a safe but uncomfortably close distance, according to astronomers.“Although there is no possibility for the asteroid to collide with our planet, this will be a very close approach for an asteroid this size,” Nasa said in a statement.Dubbed 2014-JO25 and roughly 650 metres (2,000 feet) across, the asteroid will come within 1.8 million kilometres (1.1 million miles) of Earth, less than five times the distance to the moon.It will pass closest to our planet after having looped around the Sun. 2014-J25 will then continue on past Jupiter before heading back toward the centre of our solar system. Source: JPLraw/YouTubeSmaller asteroids whizz by Earth several times a week. But the last time one at least this size came as close was in 2004, when Toutatis — five kilometres (3.1 miles) across — passed within four lunar distances.The next close encounter with a big rock will not happen until 2027, when the 800-metre (half-mile) wide asteroid 199-AN10 will fly by at just one lunar distance, about 380,000 km (236,000 miles).The last time 2014-JO25 was in our immediate neighbourhood was 400 years ago, and it’s next brush with Earth won’t happen until sometime after 2600.‘Outstanding opportunity’Tomorrow’s flyby is an “outstanding opportunity” for astronomers and amateur stargazers, Nasa said.“Astronomers plan to observe it with telescopes around the world to learn as much about it as possible,” the US space agency said.Besides its size and trajectory, scientists also know that its surface is twice as reflective as that of the moon. It should be visible with a small optical telescope for one or two nights before moving out of range.2014-J25 was discovered in May 2014 by astronomers at the Catalina Sky Survey near Tucson, Arizona.Also tomorrow, a comet known as PanSTARRS will make its closest approach to Earth at a “very safe” distance of 175 million km (109 million miles), according to Nasa.The comet has brightened recently and should be visible in the dawn sky with binoculars or a small telescope.Asteroids are composed of rocky and metallic material, whereas comets — generally smaller — are more typically made of ice, dust and rocky stuff.Both were formed early in the history of the solar system some 4.5 billion years ago.- © AFP 2017Read: Snap election to be held in UK on 8 JuneRead: Mummies and 1,000 statues found in search of 3,500-year-old tomblast_img read more

The 5 at 5 Friday

first_imgThe 5 at 5: Friday Five minutes, five stories, five o’clock… Fri 4:58 PM 5,478 Views Friday 13 Sep 2019, 4:57 PM Image: Shutterstock/robert mcgillivray By Garreth MacNamee EVERY WEEKDAY EVENING, brings you the five biggest stories of the day.1. #CONTROVERSY: Leo Varadkar has called on TD Noel Grealish to make a statement on remarks he made at a public meeting about whether a direct provision centre should be built in Oughterard in Galway.2. #: DRINKS PROMOS: Health Minister Simon Harris revealed plans to ban a range of alcohol promotions in a bid to reduce binge-drinking and to make alcohol less affordable for young people.3. #SWITHCEROO: Leo Varadkar said that Fine Gael would have to consider a confidence and supply arrangement with Fianna Fáíl if the main opposition party wins more seats at the next election.4. #ON TRIAL: A detective and a businessman have been sent forward for trial on charges of corruption.5. #EXPULSION: The High Court quashed a decision to expel a teenage boy with autism from the secondary school he had been attending.Comments are off for legal reasons Image: Shutterstock/robert mcgillivray No Comments Share Tweet Email1 Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

British Museums loaning of Marbles statue to Russia an affront

first_imgResponding to the British Museum’s initiative to send one of the Parthenon Marbles statues to Russia on a loan, Prime Minister Antonis Samaras said the decision “was an affront to the Greek people”.“The British stance according to which the Parthenon Marbles are immovable is no longer applicable,” Samaras said, noting that the argument had been contested in the past by the construction of Athens’ Acropolis Museum in response to British authorities’ claim that the Greeks’ have no acceptable venue for hosting the Marbles.The premier concluded his statement by saying that, “the Parthenon and its sculptures were looted” and that the sculptures’ value was “inestimable”.The sculpture of the Greek river god Ilissos, a reclining male figure, is to be displayed in Russia’s State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg from Saturday until January 18 to celebrate the museum’s 250th anniversary.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more