The festival of Rosh Hashanah, also known as Jewish New Year, is only days away. The two-day celebration is packed with special foods and traditions and is one of the most important dates in the Jewish calendar, but when does it start and end and how is it celebrated? What is Rosh Hashanah? Rosh Hashanah translates as “the head of the year” in Hebrew and it is the period when Jews observe the end of one year and the beginning of the next. It is thought by Jews to be the day that God created Adam and Eve, and serves as a time to celebrate the creation of the universe. Although the festival is a chance to enjoy time spent with friends and family, it is also a time for reflection, and begins 10 days of repentance for sins committed in the previous year. At the end of the 10 days is Yom Kippur, which is the Day of Atonement. It is considered to be the holiest day in the Jewish calendar and is usually spent in prayer and fasting. When does Rosh Hashanah start? Get your honey and … [Read more...] about When does Rosh Hashanah 2018 start, what does it mean and how is Jewish New Year celebrated?
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A medical professional ‘commandeered’ a bus for an unscheduled hospital stop on New Year’s Eve after one of the passengers fell ill. Ryan Bardsley, managing director of Chester -based Regional Medical Services, was driving home with his partner about 7pm on Sunday, December 31, when he spotted the Stagecoach bus parked up in Blacon Avenue. He got on board to find the driver and passengers concerned for the welfare of a woman in her 20s who was semi-conscious as though having a seizure. Given the pressures on the ambulance service, it was decided not to move the patient but to convey her instead to the nearby Countess of Chester Hospital while still aboard the bus. Ryan, 23, who lives in Blacon , explained: “As I approached there seemed to be a lot of people around one passenger including the driver so I went on and asked if everything was OK. “A young lady was having what we thought was a seizure and vomited all over the bus and was unresponsive. A … [Read more...] about Chester bus used an ambulance on New Year’s Eve after passenger falls ill
News / UK and world by Press Association July 10, 2018, 2:42 pm FacebookTwitterLinkedInWhatsAppEmail Sign up to our Daily newsletter Ambulances dealt with as many calls as they traditionally do on New Year’s Eve after England’s World Cup win against Sweden. The Association of Ambulance Chief Executives said many ambulance services across the country received as many calls as they usually do on December 31 – traditionally the busiest night of the year for paramedics. It has issued an appeal to England fans to only dial 999 in a life-threatening situation. “It is fantastic that England are doing so well in the World Cup and we are encouraging supporters to enjoy the football by staying safe in the hot weather and drinking responsibly,” said Martin Flaherty, managing director of the ambulance membership organisation. “We also want people to spare a thought for all of the hard working NHS staff who will be on duty during the games … [Read more...] about Ambulances as busy as New Year’s Eve after England World Cup match
Police have reminded England fans “it’s no fun waking up in a hospital bed or one of our cells” after being left unimpressed by the behaviour of some 'supporters' following the World Cup quarter-final at the weekend. Saturday evening was Humberside Police’s busiest of the year, including New Year’s Eve, with blocked roads, people climbing onto cars and bus shelters – and one 'fan' who “thought it was appropriate to call 999 and shout ‘It’s Coming Home’”. After England reached the semi-finals of a World Cup for the first time since 1990, jubilation levels were sky high on a sweltering Saturday afternoon. However, though the police say they “don’t want to be killjoys”, they have pleaded with fans to “celebrate how far we’ve come and look after each other without putting yourself or anyone else at risk”. Chief Superintendent Darren Downs said: “Saturday night was our busiest of the … [Read more...] about England win results in busier night than New Year for police
A Coventry fireman who rescued six British soldiers who were trapped in a cave has been made an MBE in the Queen’s New Year Honours list. His passion for cave diving started at the age of 18 after watching a documentary about the sport on TV. It quickly became a hobby and he hasn’t looked back since. "I was very surprised. People would say in jest that I should have got an MBE by now but it’s not something I have really thought about. “My biggest achievement was helping rescue the six soldiers - they were trapped for nine days and we had to teach a few of them to dive through a considerable length of passage to get them out. It took about nine hours to get them all out.” Rick is no stranger to the palace - he has been invited there twice, including an evening reception for the country’s leading explorers and adventurers. His most challenging mission was to find Eric Establie in 2010 - an experienced diver lost in a cave in France after a rock … [Read more...] about Coventry fireman is made MBE in New Year Honours