The Easter getaway will be impeded by a strike by Air France staff as well as widespread closures of the UK rail network, including several key stations. Thousands of British travellers are likely to have their plans scuppered by the Air France strike on Good Friday, after negotiations broke down between the company and unions representing pilots, cabin crew and ground staff. The strike is the third in five weeks. The unions are demanding a 6 per cent increase in pay to compensate for what they say are several years of wage stagnation. Air France saw profits rise by 42 per cent last year to €1.5bn (£1.31bn), and says long-haul forward bookings are strong. The company is offering a 1 per cent rise plus other benefits. Last Friday, 35 per cent of pilots and around 30 per cent of cabin crew and ground staff stopped work. The airline cancelled 30 per cent of long-haul flights and one in five European operations, including links to Heathrow, Manchester, Edinburgh and other … [Read more...] about Easter weekend travel: Holidaymakers facing air and rail chaos ahead of great getaway
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AS we storm few January, you may be looking ahead to your kids’ Easter break.If you’re stuck for things to do, a National Trust Cadbury Egg hunt could be just the thing. Here’s the lowdown.The National Trust Cadbury Easter Egg hunts are back for 2018 and there are over 250 hunts to choose from across England, Wales and Northern Ireland – guaranteeing a fun-filled Easter for everyone.The National Trust website states: “From fighting fiery dragons and solving mysteries to helping friendly animals throw a carnival, there’s so much to get involved in. There’ll be face-painting, family games and craft activities galore so you can stay for a whole day of fun.“What’s more, everyone will be rewarded with a delicious Cadbury treat at the end of each completed hunt. And every time you head out on a Cadbury Egg Hunt, you’ll help us fund vital conservation work to protect special places for future generations to explore.”This events … [Read more...] about Where are the National Trust Cadbury Easter Egg hunts for 2018, how much are they and are there any near me?
Just as a cold snap is sweeping across the eastern coast of the US, scientists have found that 2017 was the warmest year on record without any El Niño-influenced heating. It is the second warmest year on record when El Niño is accounted for, with 2016 being the hottest. Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S), a European climate research agency, using the "first complete datasets", found that 2017 was an exceptionally warm year. It is the third consecutive year to record such high temperatures. The announcement comes after analysing data that stretches back to the 1800s, according to a report in Discover Magazine. The year 2016 was as warm as it was because of strong El Niño-cycling periods of high temperatures on the surface of the Pacific Ocean which influences global temperatures. In fact, 2017 was an El Niña year meaning, instead of warmth, the Pacific has a cooling effect on the weather. The finding by C3S is in line with the findings of the Japan … [Read more...] about 2017 was the new warmest year on record discounting El Nino influence
WITH Christmas done and dusted, it's time to brush up on the dates for the rest of 2018.Here's all the info and what you need to know for the current school year...Depending on where you live, your kids will have broken up sometime between Tuesday December 19 and Friday December 22.Some schools start the new year TODAY (January 3), while others don't return until next Monday - so check your council website.Again, this date varies from school to school.Your kids will either be off between February 12 and 16, or from February 19 to 23.The spring term will continue on the next Monday, and continue through to the Easter holidays.Easter Sunday comes fairly early this year, with the big day taking place on April 1.Because of this, most schools break up just days before the main event - on either Thursday March 29 or Friday March 30.These dates don't vary so much across counties.Back to school: Monday, April 16May Day bank holiday: Monday, May 7Half term: May 28-June 1Back to … [Read more...] about When is half-term and what date do the Easter 2018 holidays start? UK school holidays and term dates 2017-2018
WHILE some Brits will have been smacked by their parents as a kid - and think it's OK - many see it as an unnecessary and harmful punishment. Here we tell you everything you need to know about smacking kids, and whether or not it's allowed by law... What is the law on smacking your children, and is it illegal? It is illegal for a parent or carer to smack their own child, except where it amounts to "reasonable punishment", according to section 58 of the Children Act 2004. The problem is, some people don't know what "reasonable punishment" means - with the age of the child and the force of the smack also being taken into account. Hitting a child in a way which causes wounding, actual bodily harm, grievous bodily harm or child cruelty are all illegal. And the smacking of kids by teachers, nursery workers and child care workers - which was once allowed - is now banned. The Child Law Advice states:It is against the law for a parent or carer to smack their child, except where this … [Read more...] about Is smacking your child illegal in the UK, what are the laws on spanking and why is Wales holding a public consultation?