Tower gets first raven chicks in 30 years

Raven chicks have been born at the Tower of London for the first time in 30 years. The four new arrivals began hatching on St George’s Day following the arrival of breeding pair Huginn and Muninn at the end of last year. The Tower usually has six ravens at any time and, according to legend, if they ever leave both the fortress and the kingdom will fall. Ravenmaster Yeoman Warder Chris Skaife said he felt “like a proud father”. It is not known how long ravens have lived at the Tower but it is thought Charles II was the first to insist there must be at least six. Image copyright Historic Royal Palaces Image caption The chicks are fed at …

Airport delays due to fuel problem

The airport, which is still open, urged people to check with their airline for information and updates. Skip Twitter post by @bondy_2612 Head scratching, people sat everywhere!! Manchester airport. No fuel but plenty of beer!! I think air con must run on fuel because its getting warm. pic.twitter.com/KCWfo2vuyW — Craig Bond (@bondy_2612) May 19, 2019 Passengers said they had been stuck on grounded planes for two to three hours. The airport said of the 87 flight cancellations, 42 were arrivals and 45 were departures. A spokesman said it “remains operational as not all flights are impacted, and passengers are advised to speak to their airline for specific flight information”. Report End of Twitter post by @manairport Ian Thornley, 29, had …

Ben Shapiro apologises to Andrew Neil after being ‘destroyed’ in BBC interview

US pundit says he was not prepared for segment, which went viral after he cut it short The US conservative pundit Ben Shapiro has said he was destroyed by Andrew Neil in a TV debate in which he accused the veteran broadcaster of being a lefty before abruptly ending the interview. Neil, chair of the group that owns the rightwing magazine the Spectator, subjected Shapiro to a robust interrogation about previous remarks such as Israelis like to build, Arabs like to bomb crap, and highlighted his support for new hardline abortion laws in the state of Georgia. At this point in the BBC Politics Live broadcast, Shapiro, formerly of Breitbart, accused Neil of bias and suggested abortions after more than …

Public transport abuse ‘all too common’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe 15-minute ordeal was captured on camera A woman sexually harassed on a tram said the abuse, which she filmed and posted on social media, was “all too common”. Journalist Charlotte Green tweeted a clip of the ordeal on a Metrolink service between Oldham and Manchester’s Exchange Square. It shows a man making lewd comments and sexual gestures before threatening a passenger who tried to intervene. Ms Green, 26, said the system needed to change. The harassment took place on Monday at about 20:00 BST on the East Didsbury line as Ms Green made her way home from work. It lasted about 15 minutes. Image copyright Charlotte Green Image caption Charlotte Green …

HS2 needs major rethink, say peers

But it said the scheme had put too much emphasis on cutting journey times and not enough on the economic impact on regions. Minister promises no ‘betrayal’ over HS2 High speed rail ‘will benefit Scotland’ It said the first phase of the project offered “little benefit” to northern cities, despite them being in most need of better rail infrastructure. And it said the second phase, which would improve journey times between Leeds and Sheffield, risked never going ahead because of spending overruns. “The northern sections of High Speed 2 must not be sacrificed to make up for overspending on the railway’s southern sections,” said Lord Forsyth, who chairs the committee. Cost control The report called for the Northern Powerhouse Rail …

Government warned over Brexit ferry payout

Scrapped Brexit ferry deals to cost millions Ferry case adds to list of Grayling mishaps The Eurotunnel case was brought after the government handed out three contracts worth more than £100m in total to Brittany Ferries, DFDS, and Seaborne Freight in December. These were to provide additional freight capacity on ferry services between Britain and mainland Europe in the event that a no-deal Brexit led to disruption at UK ports. The awards were not subject to a full public procurement process, which the DfT said was justified by “reasons of extreme urgency brought about by events unforeseen by the contracting authority”. Related Topics Ferries Dover Chris Grayling Brexit Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using …

British people ‘having less sex’

Reality Check: Are teenagers really having less sex? ‘We’re in love but never have sex’ BBC Three: Sex on the Couch The data the researchers looked at came from three successive waves of the British National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles carried out in 1991, 2001, and 2012. They give a snapshot of sexual behaviour among Britons. According to the most recent survey: Less than half (41%) of people aged 16 to 44 have had sex at least once a week in the last month The proportion reporting no sex in the past month has increased – from 23% to 29.3% among women and from 26% to 29.2% among men between 2001 and 2012 The proportion reporting sex 10 …

The strange death of Innes Ewart

Image caption Pat Ewart has spent 18 years seeking answers to her son’s death That point in time is forever frozen in Pat’s memory. Despite the passing of the years she rewinds every word and gesture of that early morning in flawless detail. “No,” she said. “You’re wrong.” Image caption Young Innes had grown up to be a computer programmer Pat wrote: “Innes. Pick up your phone. There’s been a mistake. A body’s been found and the police say it’s you. Where are you?” There was never to be a reply. Image caption A photo of the car park several years later when railing had been added on the top floor But the facts appeared to speak for themselves. Police …

Gatwick ‘drone sighting’ diverts flights

The airport added: “Following a full assessment, the airport has remained fully operational throughout.” How can a drone cause so much chaos? Stansted Airport said it did not anticipate any further diversions. A suspected drone closed the airport for 33 hours in December, disrupting the journeys of about 140,000 passengers. A huge police operation and the Army eventually brought the incident under control. Military anti-drone equipment, which can detect the flying machines and disable them by jamming radio signals, remained at the airport until March. Both Gatwick and Heathrow are investing millions of pounds into their systems to prevent future flight disruption.

Saving bees with sugar: Should you do it?

“When we heard about bees getting so exhausted so quickly, the fact that we can revive them with sugar solution just struck us as a really great opportunity to connect with nature – especially in a city,” Dan tells Radio 1 Newsbeat. The bee saviour cards are made from old credit cards and each have three refillable “cells” which contain solution for bees. Image copyright Bee Saviour Behaviour Image caption Buglife says sugar solution should be a “last resort” for bees Dan agrees with Buglife that bees’ natural food is “fundamental”. But he also says that flowers will often have been drained of nectar by other bees, and that extra boost from the sugar solution could help them find what …

What happened at the Bafta Craft Awards?

Here’s a round-up of the big winners and some highlights from Sunday’s ceremony: Image copyright PA/BBC The ceremony was hosted by actor and comedian Stephen Mangan, who referenced one of the biggest TV hits of last year in an opening parody sketch. He dressed up as Jodie Comer’s ruthless assassin Villanelle from Killing Eve – complete with the frothy pink dress – and was seen auditioning for hosting duties. “You don’t frighten me, I’ve worked with Jeremy Irons,” he tells two psychiatrists in a scene titled “Killing Steve” (brilliant). Skip Youtube post by BAFTA Warning: Third party content may contain adverts Report The two men questioning him refer to the “psychopathic quality” he brought to his recent awards presenting. After …

New aircraft rises ‘like a balloon’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionFuture versions of Phoenix could be fitted with cameras and deployed in surveillance work Researchers from the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI) have helped create a revolutionary new type of aircraft. Phoenix is an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) designed to stay in the air indefinitely using a new type of propulsion. Despite being 15m (50ft) long with a mass of 120kg (19 stone) she rises gracefully onto the air. She looks a little like an airship, except airships don’t have wings. “It’s a proper aeroplane,” says the UHI’s Professor Andrew Rae. Image caption Prof Andrew Rae says the Phoenix is a “proper aeroplane” The wings and tail carry solar panels …

McKee funeral priest confronts politicians

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption“Why in God’s name does it take the death of a 29-year-old woman with her whole life in front of her to get to this point?” A priest received a standing ovation at Lyra McKee’s funeral when he asked why it took her death to unite politicians. Politicians attended a vigil in Londonderry after her murder, and also her funeral in Belfast on Wednesday. Fr Martin Magill asked: “Why in God’s name does it take the death of a 29-year-old woman with her whole life in front of her to get to this point?” However, DUP MP Sammy Wilson said he was not convinced it marked a turning point to restore power-sharing. …