ANIMALS more used to the searing heat have been swanning around in the snow after freak blizzards hit the Savannah. Giraffes, antelopes and elephants were all among the beasts braving the freeze after the white stuff hit South Africa over the weekend. Pictures of the snow covered creatures have swept across social media as viewers marvel and the bizarre scenes. Kitty Viljoen captured elephants enjoying the snow in the Sneeuberg on the Western Cape of South Africa, where snow hit in late last week. Sneeuberg translates to Snow Mountain and dustings are not unusual across parts of South Africa in the winter, but this cold snap comes particularly late in the season. She also photographed giraffes in snow in the Karoo semi-desert region. Antelope on the Glen Harry Game reserve in Graaff-Reinet, Eastern Cape, were also snapped surrounded by white covered vegetation. Snowfall across parts of South Africa late last week forced the department of transport to close roads across the … [Read more...] about Giraffes and elephants wander about in the snow after freak blizzards hit Africa
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A STARTLING set of frank pictures in the moments and days after the events of 9/11 in the US have been issued to mark the 17th anniversary of the worst terrorist attack on US soil. In the collection of harrowing images the then President George W Bush is seen being told about events and taking panicked phone calls as the shocking details began to emerge. Exactly 17 years ago today the United States of America was rocked by the devastating terrorist attacks that killed 2,996 people and left a further 6,000 injured. Hijackers took over the American Airlines Flight 11 and crashed the plane into the North Tower of the World Trade Centre at 8.46am. Just over 15 minutes later a second plane, United Airlines Flight 175, was crashed by hijackers into the WTC’s South Tower. A third plane was hijacked and crashed into the Pentagon less than an hour later. Passengers were able to prevent a fourth plane from being taken over and hitting its intended target with the flight eventually … [Read more...] about 9/11 anniversary – Candid pictures show President George W Bush reacting to horror of Twin Towers collapse in days after attack
HE’S quite a catch – but this lonely lad’s weird lips and head haven’t lured a fishy female, as they’re meant to.one of the finalists in the annual Wildlife Photographer of the Year contest, which drew more than 45,000 entries from pro and amateur snappers in 95 countries. The winning pics will feature in an exhibition at the Natural History Museum in London from October 19. NICK PRITCHARD picks some of the beastly best. South African photographer Isak Pretorius snapped a lioness having a drink at a water hole in Zambia's South Luangwa National Park. Emily Garthwaite from London, took this sad picture of a captive bear with grossly overgrown claws living in awful conditions in Sumatra, Indonesia. Young snapper Adam Hakim Hogg triumphed in the 11-14 age category with his shot of a Titiwangsa horned tree lizard which had just won a flight with a venomous jewel centipede near his home in the mountains of Pahang, Malaysia. Pair of … [Read more...] about Amazing wildlife photos showcase variety in the animal kingdom — but one of them needs a mate
News / UK and world by Press Association September 7, 2018, 12:07 am FacebookTwitterLinkedInWhatsAppEmail Sign up to our Daily newsletter Jet air hand dryers in hospital toilets spread more germs than disposable paper towels and should not be used, scientists have advised. Writing in the Journal of Hospital Infection, researchers argued that official guidance about how to prevent bacterial contamination in hospital buildings needs to be strengthened. A study carried out in three hospitals found contamination – including by faecal and antibiotic-resistant bacteria – was “significantly higher” in toilets on the days that jet air dryers were in use compared to paper towels. Scientists said the problem lies in people not washing their hands properly – meaning microbes get blown off by jet air dryers and spread around the room. They said official Department of Health guidance is that air dryers can be placed in toilets in the … [Read more...] about Jet air hand dryers ‘should not be used in hospital toilets’
When Valerie Pecresse the president of the greater Paris region of Île-de-France announced this week she wanted to double the number of toilets available on the Metro most Parisians (at least those with a Twitter account) reacted with shock. Pecresse said: "Sorry to talk about the smells, the unease that can be felt in the morning... We must at least double the number of toilets on the Metro so that travellers are a little less uncomfortable when they take it. Pecresse added that she wanted to give Parisians the desire to use public transport by making it "comfortable" and "clean". Parisians were left stunned, not so much because they were surprised by Pecresse's much-needed plan to improve cleanliness on the Metro and the conditions of travelling for passengers but because they had no idea there were any toilets on the Metro or RER train network. One Twitter wag pointed out that doubling zero still leaves you with zero. But Paris transport authority RATP took to Twitter to … [Read more...] about Did you know there are toilets on the Paris Metro and RER?