A Danish-flagged cargo ship has successfully passed through the Russian Arctic, in a trial voyage showing that melting sea ice could potentially open a new trade route from Europe to east Asia. The Venta Maersk made the journey as a one-off trial, said Palle Laursen, the chief technical officer of A.P. Moller-Maersk, the world’s biggest shipping group. The ship, carrying a cargo of frozen fish, arrived in St Petersburg on Friday, after leaving Russia’s Pacific port city of Vladivostok on 22 August. “The trial allowed us to gain exceptional operational experience,” said Laursen, adding the ship had performed well in the unfamiliar environment. The Northern Sea route could be a shorter journey for ships travelling from east Asia to Europe than the Northwest Passage over Canada because it will likely be free of ice sooner due to climate change. Experts say it could reduce the travel distance from east Asia to Europe from the 21,000 kilometres (13,000 miles) it … [Read more...] about Melting Arctic ice opens new route from Europe to east Asia
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A family were left devastated when their dream home reservation was cancelled after they complained about the building work. Sarah Chan, 27, and her husband, Jon, 36, were set to move into their new-build home in Huyton, Merseyside, with their two young children in September. But the couple said they had a number of issues with housebuilder Bellway Homes leading up to the move-in date. Sarah Chan and her husband Jon, pictured, were left devastated when their dream of moving into their own home collapsed following a disagreement with the developer The Chans had complained about the quality of workmanship at the home in Huyton, Merseyside The alleged problems included a wonky roof, bricks not matching, and the kitchen being nailed in with screws and not fitting properly The alleged problems included a wonky roof, bricks not matching, and the kitchen being nailed in with screws and not fitting properly. The couple emailed their concerns to Bellway's customer services team and were told … [Read more...] about Family who were two weeks away from moving into ‘dream’ Bellway new-build home have their sale CANCELLED after house builder ‘fails to fix wonky roof, mismatching and botched kitchen’ and ‘refuses to refund £1,000 fees’
The Ethiopian Airlines crash that killed all 157 people on board on Friday was the second fatal crash involving a Boeing 737 MAX 8 within the past six months. In October, a Lion Air flight crashed shortly after taking off from Jakarta, Indonesia, killing all 189 passengers and crew. The two incidents have raised concerns about the MAX, which Boeing launched less than two years ago. Here is what we know about the aircraft and the two crashes it has been involved in. What is the Boeing 737 MAX? The MAX is the latest version of Boeing's highly successful twin-engine 737 aircraft. The newest model is more fuel-efficient than its predecessors and comes in four variants: the MAX 7, MAX 8, MAX 9 and MAX 10. The variants can transport between 138 and 204 passengers and are designed for short- and medium-haul flights. Previous versions of the 737 are considered some of the most reliable commercial aircraft in use. Read more: Lion Air: Indonesia finds cockpit voice recorder … [Read more...] about Boeing 737 MAX: Is the new airplane safe?
Cyber Monday 2018 is here, the last chance to bag a bargain after the shopping bonanza that was Black Friday. So if you were thinking of trading in your phone for a new model, it's prime time to pick up a bargain, with hundreds of quid slashed off even the most coveted handsets. But shopping for the very best smartphone deals can get complicated, with all of the networks each offering similar looking contracts at wildly different rates, making it hard to find the best offers - or work out if you're even getting a good deal at all! One phone brand called Fonehouse has also cut all its 100GB pay monthly contracts to £36 per month, with most of them also coming with either little or no upfront cost. Some of the best handsets in the offer include the iPhone XR, iPhone 8 Plus, Samsung S9, Samsung S9 Plus and OnePlus 6T. We've got all the best deals on all the top smartphones below, or if none of them take your fancy, check out our best SIM only deals. Pay Cyber Monday smartphone deals … [Read more...] about Best Black Friday and Cyber Monday smartphone deals on iPhone and Android phones
Energy customers have been warned to look further than "attention-grabbing" low tariffs following the failure of 13 firms since November. Citizens Advice said its latest ranking of energy suppliers showed a "big gap" in customer service standards, warning that it was often "the first thing to suffer" when a firm was struggling. Breeze, SSE and Igloo topped the charity's latest quarterly ranking while Nabuh Energy, Utilita and Toto made up the bottom three. Eversmart Energy would have come third from the bottom if it had not ceased trading earlier this month. Among the common problems faced by customers of suppliers at the bottom of the rankings were billing issues such as incorrect and late final bills, aggressive debt collection practices, problems with prepayment meters such as credit refunds and faulty meters. Citizens Advice is urging people to shop around carefully when looking for an energy supplier and recommends comparing companies' customer service performance as well as … [Read more...] about New warning over the dangers facing people switching to cheap energy deals