THE Met Office issues colour coded weather warnings and alerts for the UK when the country faces potentially hazardous and dangerous conditions. Here is some help on what these warnings mean and what action you should take to stay safe when the weather takes a turn for the worse. What does a severe weather warning mean? The Met Office warns the public about severe or hazardous weather which has the potential to endanger lives or cause widespread disruption through the National Severe Weather Warning Service. Warnings are issued for rain, snow, wind, fog and ice and are colour coded depending on both the likelihood of them happening and the impact of conditions. In general, a severe weather warning means there is danger to life, prolonged disruption and strain on emergency services, transport routes and travel severely impacted and extensive damage to buildings and property. While an amber weather warning means people should be prepared for the conditions. What do the … [Read more...] about What do UK weather warnings mean and when does the Met Office issue red, amber or yellow alerts?
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TWENTY years ago campaigners established a day to break stereotypes by encouraging people to comeout. Here's what we know about the celebration and in which countries it is observed. When is National Coming Out Day 2018? National Coming Out Day (NCOD) takes place every year on October 11 and 12. The celebration was started in the US in 1988 by activists Robert Eichberg and Jean O'Leary, who wanted to find a positive way to respond to anti-LGBT action. They chose October 11, as it coincided with the anniversary of the 1987 National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights. Eichberg is quoted saying: "Most people think they don't know anyone gay or lesbian, and in fact everybody does. "It is imperative that we come out and let people know who we are and disabuse them of their fears and stereotypes." Where is it celebrated and what events are on? The day still appears most prominent in the UK and US, though a growing number of other countries also participate including Germany, the … [Read more...] about When is National Coming Out Day 2018, where is it celebrated and what events are on?
BRITAIN is currently gripped by a heatwave and the weather is showing no signs of abating. Those of us who are looking forward to cooler times might wonder when the seasons officially change... Here's all you need to know... When does summer end and autumn start in 2018? There are two different dates that mark the end of summer and the beginning of autumn. These depend if you are referring to astronomical autumn or the meteorological autumn. For meteorologists, summer comes to an end on August 31 and autumn begins on September 1, running until Thursday, November 30. But astronomers say summer ends on September 22 in the northern hemisphere and autumn begins on Friday, September 23. How is the date for autumn 2018 decided? Both astronomers and meteorologists use different ways in deciding when the seasons change. For meteorologists, they use the Gregorian calendar to split the year into four equal periods to help them with weather forecasting. This means they define autumn as taking … [Read more...] about When does autumn start, what date does summer end and when is the 2018 autumnal equinox?
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Europe Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Advertisement Supported by News Analysis ByAndrew Higgins and Neil MacFarquhar July 15, 2018 MOSCOW — When President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia sits down with President Trump in Helsinki, Finland, on Monday for a meeting he has long wanted, he will already have accomplished virtually everything he could reasonably hope for. All he really needs to make his meeting with Mr. Trump a success is for it to take place without any major friction — providing a symbolic end to Western efforts to isolate Russia over its actions against Ukraine in 2014, its meddling in the United States election in 2016 and other examples of what the United States Treasury Department has described as Russia’s “malign activity” around the world. “If Trump says, ‘Let bygones be bygones because we have a world to run,’ that is … [Read more...] about Just Sitting Down With Trump, Putin Comes Out Ahead
US PRESIDENT Donald Trump's hotel in Scotland has banned popular fizzy drink Irn-Bru from its premises. Here's what you need to know about Irn-Bru and the surprise ban. What is Irn Bru and where does it come from? It is often described as Scotland's other national drink - after whisky - which was first produced in Falkirk in 1901. The carbonated drink was first called Iron Brew, but in 1946 a law change meant brew had to be removed from the name as the drink is not brewed. A popular choice among Scottish people it is now the third best selling drink in the UK. Irn Bru's slogans used to be 'Made in Scotland from girders' in reference to the rusty colour, but is now 'gets you through'. Why has Donald Trump's hotel banned Irn-Bru? On May 10 it was revealed Trump’s Scottish golf resort has banned Irn-Bru because it could stain the carpets. Bosses at the exclusive Turnberry course and hotel have taken the drastic decision to bar the favourite soft drink as they claimed it … [Read more...] about What is Irn-Bru, where does it come from and why has Donald Trump’s hotel in Scotland banned the drink?