News / UK and world by Press Association May 17, 2018, 10:32 am FacebookTwitterLinkedInWhatsAppEmail Sign up to our Daily newsletter An exotic frog stowed away inside a suitcase and travelled from the US to Tyne and Wear – aided by an unwitting family. The little frog – about the size of a ping-pong ball – jumped out as the Woods family unpacked their belongings after a trip to Florida. Martin Woods said: “My wife was in hysterics when the frog jumped out of the suitcase. “The children were amazed by it – you just don’t expect a stowaway to come out of your suitcase in the form of a frog!” The family caught the frog and confined it in a bowl of water, then called the RSPCA. Mr Woods, his wife Ruby and their children, Harry, eight, Oscar, six, and three-year-old Rory, had been staying at the Animal Kingdom Lodge at Walt Disney World – an African-themed resort and zoo which is home to hundreds of animals and … [Read more...] about Exotic frog ended up in UK after stowing away in suitcase
News / UK and world by Press Association May 17, 2018, 8:22 am FacebookTwitterLinkedInWhatsAppEmail Sign up to our Daily newsletter Losses at Thomas Cook narrowed in the first half of the year but the travel giant flagged that the UK is still causing it a headache. The group posted a £303 million loss in the six months to March 31, which compares to a £314 million loss in the same period last year. Revenue rose 5% to £3.2 billion, driven by growth to Egypt and long-haul destinations. Thomas Cook boss Peter Fankhauser said that the firm continues to experience “margin pressure” in the UK, due to a combination of “hotel cost inflation in Spain, currency impact and capacity increases in the market”. Shares were down over 3% in morning trading. Nevertheless, the travel firm’s summer programme is 59% sold, with Thomas Cook seeing strong demand for Turkey, Greece and Egypt. Bookings to Spanish islands are lower than last year … [Read more...] about Thomas Cook losses narrow but UK still a drag
RUSSIA has accused the UK of "forcefully containing" poisoned spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter. The 66-year-old and Yulia, 33, were poisoned with a nerve agent in Salisbury in March and are being kept under armed guard in Britain. The pair have both refused help from Russia, who are now claiming they are being held against their will. Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said: "We see it as a murder attempt of Russian citizens and huge political provocations and burden of proof lies with UK side. "They still refuse to provide consular access saying Yulia does not want to communicate with any Russian representatives while Sergei is a national of UK. "We would like to see proof that they're refusing and we haven't seen that so far. "We want to hear them say it to us out loud if they don't want any contact. "We see it as a forceful containment, that they're being taken by UK state - gross violation of bilateral agreements." Zakharova also hit out at the UK blaming … [Read more...] about Russia accuse UK of ‘forcefully containing’ poisoned Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia
THE days are getting longer and lighter as summer speeds into view. We look at precisely what time dawn arrived this morning what time the sun will set this evening and why sunshine makes such a difference to us. What time is sunrise and sunset in the UK? On Thursday, May 17, the sun is rising at 5:06am and setting at 8.48pm. This gives us a total daylight window of 15 hours and 42 minutes. The Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year and beginning of astrological winter, is now a distant memory. Ever since we passed December 21, 2017, the nights have begun to get shorter as our planet rotates towards the sun. These daylight hours pale in comparison to the longest day of the year on the Summer Solstice. On June 21 last year, dawn at 04.43 and dusk at 21.21 provided a glorious 16 hours and 38 minutes of daytime - nearly nine hours longer than on the darkest day. The December solstice happens every year when the Sun reaches its most southerly declination of -23.5 degrees. When are … [Read more...] about What time is sunrise in the UK today, when will sunset be tonight and when are 2018’s shortest and longest days?
A BRITISH mosque has put together a useful schedule to help Muslims remember a very specific set of prayer times. Muslims must fast in the day during Ramadan and so it is important they observe closely the hours of sunset and sunrise. Ramadan timetable 2018 The East London Mosque, which is in Whitechapel, has formed a timetable with all the significant times Muslims in the capital must remember from the beginning of Ramadan on Thursday. The schedule shows the prayer times for each day of Ramadan, which ends on June 15. It highlights the time of sunrise, which is as early as 4.40am in the latter stages of the holy month. Prayer times for other UK cities vary slightly as the prayer times themselves are dictated by the position of the sun. How often do Muslims pray during Ramadan? Muslims are encouraged to pray five times a day during the holy month in what is called salat. These prayers remind Muslims of God and the many opportunities to seek guidance and forgiveness. They also … [Read more...] about Ramadan timetable 2018 – prayer, fasting and Suhur and Iftar meal times for the UK