THUNDER storms and lighting are often key features of the British summer, especially after heatwaves like we have been experiencing this May. It is an often-said phrase, but what are the actual chances of being struck by lightning and how can you avoid it? Here's the lowdown... What causes lightning and how likely am I to be struck? A lightning strike is when an electric discharge from the atmosphere is sent down into an earth-bound object. Most lightning strikes do not touch humans and the odds of being struck by lightning are very low. In fact the chances of being struck by lightning are 300,000 to one and it is estimated that around 24,000 people are killed each year worldwide as a result of lightning. In the UK, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) says that on average three people are killed each year by lightning - making the odds 66 times shorter than the global average. What happens if I am struck by lightning during a thunderstorm? Although lightning … [Read more...] about What causes lightning, what are the chances of being struck and what happens if you’re hit during a thunder storm?
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First of 36 days of rail strikes, airline braces for more disruption as unions call another two-day walkout, while refuse and energy workers also launch disputes Travel, bin collections and energy companies will be hit by a series of strikes starting on Tuesday, April 2.While railway workers are protesting against the reform of SNCF, Air France staff begin another walkout over a pay dispute and refuse collectors want a 'national public waste service'. Here is a rundown of the strikes that start from Tuesday.RailwaysRail operator SNCF warned that schedules would be badly hit, with eight out of 10 drivers expected to join the strike.Just 12% of TGV services will run on Tuesday, SNCF said, while Intercité services will be similarly hit by the walkout. A total 25% of services on the Paris-Clermont route are expected to run, but only one in 10 on the Paris-Limoges-Toulouse line, and one of eight regular services between Paris-Rouen-Le Havre. On some lines, all services will be … [Read more...] about Planes, trains, and refuse collections
PUBLISHED: 10:33 04 April 2018 | UPDATED: 10:33 04 April 2018 Bickell, Dave Latest league and cup results from the skittle alley in the local area. Weston & District Skittles League Perkins Cup semi-final: Young Lions (P Griffiths 55) 519, Rascals (I Thompson, R Loud, C Hunt 55) 575. Steve James Cup semi-final: Ginger Mingers (M Flint 55) 534, Stragglers (S John, A Evans 49) 512; Uphill Steamers (R Millier 43) 417, Beer Masters (S Hodgkins 45) 427. Division 1: Dropouts 509 (M Weedon 48) 13, Worle Club 494 (M Tucker 49) 2; Nomads 516 (P Hall 52) 11, Crown Inn 508 (T Hamblin 54) 5; Klinkerbelles 543 (P Steer 61) 12, Young Lions 516 (P Griffiths 53) 4; Homefield Rangers 471 (H Mabbett 48) 2, Unionist A 477 (A Dean 47) 14; Ginger Mingers 448 (A Bray 50) 2, Rascals 504 (R Loud 54) 14; Regent Sports 499 (A Saunders 54) 2, Flintstones 515 (W Davis 55) 14; Lord Nelson A 457 (J Soper 45) 12; Beer Masters 446 (F Ruby 48) 4. Division 2: Weston Legionaires 475 (R Jones 49) 4, W; Anchors … [Read more...] about Latest league and cup results from the alleys
Worries over protectionist trade policies between the US and China and controversy surrounding technology companies meant that the Dow Jones industrial average closed more than 400 points down. There were steep drops in share price on Monday from former big winners including Netflix, Microsoft and Alphabet, Google's parent company. Among other recent winners, Intel plummeted 6.1 per cent following a report in Bloomberg News that Apple plans to start using its own chips in Mac computers. Read more Trump renews attack on Amazon as he accuses retailer of running scam And Amazon sank following more broadsides from President Donald Trump via Twitter. The Dow fell as much as 758 points, although major indexes regained some of their losses later in the afternoon. The Dow lost 458.92 points, or 1.9 per cent, to 23,644.19. The S&P 500 index gave up 58.99 points, or 2.2 per cent, to 2,581.88. The Nasdaq composite slumped 193.33 points, or 2.7 per … [Read more...] about Dow Jones drops 450 points as Amazon tumbles and trade war fires rise
TOYS R Us has become the latest large company to make headlines for going into administration. The company, for many years a household name in retailing, is facing the loss of 3,000 jobs. Here's what calling in the administrators means... What does going into administration mean? When a company enters administration, all control is passed to an appointed administrator. The administrator must be a licensed insolvency practitioner. Their goal is to leverage the company's assets and business to repay creditors. Once the administrator has taken over, a moratorium is placed around the company and stops all legal actions. After the administrator takes over, there isn't much that can be done to reverse the process. Between April and June 2017, there were 337 administrations in the UK. What does going in liquidation mean? Liquidation is slightly different to administration. Where administration aims to help the company repay its debts, liquidation is the process of selling all assets being … [Read more...] about What does going into administration mean and which UK companies have gone bust? From Toys R Us to Maplin