Britain is set to be hit by winds of up to 65-mph this week as arctic weather storms through the UK with a vengeance. The Met Office's yellow weather warnings are expected to come hand-in-hand with power disruptions and school closures - while drivers are being warned to be especially vigilant on the roads. And as with any storm, travel delays are also forecast - with Eurostar already cancelling some trains. So what are your rights? "Flight disruptions aren't ideal, especially when you’re looking forward to your big getaway, however, there are some tips that are worth bearing in mind to minimise disruption," explains Emma Grimster at TravelSupermarket. "If you have a flight booked, check with your airline and airport well before leaving home for any updates and advice on disruption to schedules. Alternatively contact your airline by phone and ensure it has your up-to-date contact details lodged in your booking. "Rail companies also publish details of delays and changes to … [Read more...] about Trains cancelled and flights grounded because of snow – your refund rights
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The Carolina Panthers are at a crossroads. On Wednesday they fired their long-time coach, Ron Rivera. Now, the question that has hovered over the team all season is coming to a head: what to do with Cam Newton? Rivera will rebound, he is a two-time Coach of the Year, and he took the Panthers to a Super Bowl. Want to fix the issues in Cleveland or Dallas or Chicago by getting an adult in the room? Hire Rivera. Rivera’s success has fluctuated for a while, but he’s had to deal with frustrations: an injured quarterback; an ownership scandal and subsequent sale; a change in general manager. Just two months ago, the Panthers went 4-0 with an undrafted 23-year old quarterback, Kyle Allen, whose success turned the question of Newton’s future into a fully-fledged media frenzy. Allen’s form has since collapsed, yet where Newton plays in 2020 and beyond remains an open question. He has been in decline since his MVP run in 2015 – the season the Panthers made and lost … [Read more...] about The Panthers and Cam Newton were indestructible until they weren’t
For years, the General Motors plant in Lordstown, Ohio, employed 8,000 workers in the Mahoning valley. In a rust belt region that has become synonymous with industrial decline, following the closure of its once mighty steel mills in the 1970s, the presence of the Chevrolet factory in Lordstown, and its well-paid manufacturing jobs, was particularly important. Then, late last year, GM abruptly shut the plant. The company had already scaled back workers at the Lordstown plant, and this closure saw 1,500 workers, the last of the once huge workforce, out of their jobs. “I think it’s devastating,” said Mark Sweetwood, the managing editor of the Vindicator newspaper, which serves the Mahoning valley. “I think it was the last holdout of our industrial age.” The news was just the latest blow in a slow, painful decline in this area. The rust belt was a boom area at the start of the last century, but has suffered more than most from the outsourcing of jobs overseas. … [Read more...] about ‘It’s devastating’. End of GM in Ohio town as Trump fails to bring back midwest jobs
Accusing the OPEC oil cartel of "ripping off" the world, US President Donald Trump warned in a speech to the United Nations General Assembly this week that Washington wouldn't stand idly by as fuel prices continued to rise. "We defend many of these nations for nothing and then they take advantage of us by giving us high oil prices. Not good," he declared, referring to OPEC's mainly Middle Eastern members, and how the price of oil is at a four-year high. Hinting that his administration would take action to halt further price increases, Trump said the US was "ready to export our abundant, affordable supply of oil, clean coal, and natural gas." OPEC has been limiting output for the past 18 months following a steep price downturn when the global economy recovered from the 2008/09 financial crisis. Stabilization measures have seen prices rise to between $70 (€59.9) and $80 per barrel, leading the cartel to agree in June to raise production by 1 million barrels per day. … [Read more...] about Donald Trump vs. OPEC: What can he do to bring down oil prices?