There's a reason why it's called the race that stops a nation. Millions of Australians will be watching race seven at Flemington Racecourse on Tuesday afternoon for the running of the Melbourne Cup. But do you know what a $10 each way bet is or are scratching your head as to why you can't see Australia's favourite mare Winx or last year's Cup winner Rekindling in the form guide? Here are the answers to the commonly asked questions that every racing novice needs to know before the big race. Flemington Racecourse will be flurry of fascinators, dresses and suits on Tuesday for the 2018 Melbourne Cup What time is the Melbourne Cup? The 3,200 metre race for three-year-olds and over is held at 3pm on the first Tuesday of November. The big race is all over in under three-and-a-half minutes. The race headlines a 10 race program at Flemington Racecourse on Tuesday with the on track action getting underway at 10.50am. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next From frightening … [Read more...] about What time is the Melbourne Cup and how do I place a bet? All the key information you need to know ahead of the race that stops a nation
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Whether you live in the town or the countryside, they are all around us. No one knows quite how many there are — some say 12 million, while others estimate as many as 20 million. They can spread disease, destroy crops, cause pollution and, worse still, their population is on the rise. Had they arrived in the country last week, they would have been regarded as a menacing invader, and urgent steps would be being taken to eradicate them. There could be as many as 20 million pigeons in Britain. They can spread disease, destroy crops, cause pollution and, worse still, their population is on the rise You would be forgiven for thinking that I was referring to some form of malevolent insect, but the destructive creature in question is, in fact, the humble pigeon. In Britain, there are two principal types of these winged pests — the countryside’s wood pigeon, of which are there are around 11 million, and the feral pigeon of our towns and cities, of which there are … [Read more...] about Bird brained! They ravage crops and send food prices soaring, but now conservation busybodies have changed the law to stop farmers culling Britain’s 12million PIGEONS
Putting a tax on meat, ending the sale of petrol and diesel cars within a decade and upgrading the energy efficiency of every home in the UK are among the eye-catching green promises from the political parties fighting for voters’ backing in the general election. Others include zero-emission railways and a £640m Nature for Climate fund to restore the natural world and help fight the climate emergency. These pledges are in the answers given to a series of questions put to the main parties by the Guardian to draw them out on specific key issues. There was unanimity on just one of the questions posed: all parties said they would give financial support to rewilding projects to enable the recovery of wildlife. A recent report found populations of the UK’s most important wildlife have plummeted by an average of 60% since 1970. The Conservatives said they would set aside £640m for a Nature for Climate fund, suggesting some of the money would go to rewilding. Labour said … [Read more...] about Which party has the answer to the big green questions?
The Guardian put the following questions to the main politicial parties to draw them out on specific key climate and environmental issues ahead of the election. Is the climate crisis the biggest issue the UK faces as a nation? Conservatives: Yes, it is one of the biggest issues facing the world. Thanks to the efforts of successive governments, the UK has cut carbon emissions by more than any similar developed country. We have also already doubled our support for developing nations to tackle climate change. Greens: Absolutely. The science is clear: it is the biggest threat facing the UK and the world. Labour: Yes and this election is our last chance to tackle it. We’re already off course to meet our targets and radical and urgent action over the next five years is essential. Liberal Democrats: Yes, a Liberal Democrat government would solve Brexit on day one, so climate change would be the biggest issue. SNP: Scotland – like the rest of the world – faces a climate … [Read more...] about What will you do about the climate crisis? The parties answer
Barack Obama declared there were no easy answers nor military solutions to the Crimea crisis, but cast Vladimir Putin's Russia as a lonely villain shredding the international rulebook to bully a smaller neighbour. Russia's seizure of Ukraine's Black sea peninsula did not herald a new cold war, Obama told 2,000 people gathered in an arts centre in central Brussels in the big speech of his four-day trip to Europe. But it was also clear that the Kremlin's actions in recent weeks had triggered a deep shift in western perceptions of Putin that would see Russia increasingly isolated internationally and exposed to a spiralling trade war with the west, depending on his next moves. Putin's decision to redraw his region's borders had caused "a moment of testing", Obama said in a 40-minute speech on his first visit in office to Brussels."Bigger nations can bully smaller ones to get their way," he said. "We must never take for granted the progress that has been won here in Europe and advanced … [Read more...] about Barack Obama: no cold war over Crimea