Wheelchair mum claims she was refused help on Southern rail

By Courtney Greatrex  A disabled mum in a wheelchair has blasted bosses at under fire Southern Rail after staff allegedly refused to help her board a train because they were running late. Rebecca Bartholomew, 37, said a ticket inspector would not help because the service was three minutes behind schedule. The mum of one was left stranded on the platform as the train pulled away and she missed a hospital appointment. She claimed the inspector told her it was "Southern...

Beach That Washed Away 30 Years Ago Reappears!

A beach that washed away over thirty years ago during large storms has reappeared due to a freak tide. The beach close to the Irish village of Dooagh on Achill Island vanished in 1984 after huge waves swept away all the sand, leaving just rock pools behind. Good for catching crabs, not so great for sunbathing. The rock pools left behind caused trade to plummet with almost all the village’s hotels, guesthouses and cafes shutting down. One freak tide ruined...

Shipping container converted to plush accommodation for homeless people

A restaurateur concerned by the plight of rough sleepers in his city converted a shipping container into a temporary home for people needing a bed for the night. Jasper Thompson, 58, was moved by the numbers of people he saw sleeping on the streets and put his mind to doing something to help. The result bears similarities to the pre-fab homes built in refugee camps by IKEA in conjunction with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), which provided...

Wolverine snapped as photographers capture some of the rarest mammals and birds in the world

Award-winning photographers have captured some of the rarest mammals and birds on the International Union for Conservation of Nature's ‘Red List’ - which highlights species across the globe at risk of extinction. Incredible shots of an Atlantic puffin, a wolverine and a common pochard were sent in by snappers as part of Sony’s ongoing commitment to support the protection of wildlife. The puffin was captured in Skomer Island, Wales, by photographer Sam Hobson on the Sony RX10 III, which features an extended 600mm super-telephoto zoom lens and silent shutter...

507 million-year-old sea monster identified

A 507 million-year-old sea monster with can-opener like pincers has been identified for the first time. And the strange-looking creature could point to the origin of modern day millipedes, crabs and insects, according to paleontologists. Canadian scientists have uncovered the new fossil species that sheds light on the origin of mandibulates - the most abundant and diverse group of organisms on Earth, which includes flies, ants, crayfish and centipedes The creature, named Tokummia katalepsis by the researchers, is a new...

How Wasteful Is Your Workplace?

The world has a waste problem. The amount we throw away, both at home and in the office, far exceeds what is sustainable. Yet, rather than taking significant steps to reduce it, global waste looks set to triple by 2100. Having just endured the hottest year on record, it should be obvious to most of mankind that a solution needs to be found. You might have taken environmentally-conscious steps at home, but when it comes to the workplace, most of...

Today is first day since industrial revolution that UK won’t generate any electricity from coal

Today is the first day since the industrial revolution that the UK won't generate any electricity from coal. According to an announcement from the control room at the National Grid the UK's energy mix is set to be coal-free for the next 24 hours for the first time in 135 years. The last coal-fired power station stopped running at 11pm last night, the HuffPost reported, thanks to low energy demand and the availability of alternatives. Jon Ferris of Utilitywise said...

How will the new congestion charge affect London drivers & businesses in 2017?

Mayor Sadiq Khan has revealed plans to charge the most polluting vehicles in London £24 a day when driving through the city centre. His efforts to influence promote eco driving and to combat the green impact of vehicles in the city centre are due to come into effect in October 2017. But what impact will this increase in the congestion charge have on transport and vehicle based businesses and business owners in London? Eco driving measures target businesses with vehicle...

Fish “pool” their experience to solve problems as a group

Fish put their heads together so that they can solve problems as a group, suggests a new study. Researchers found that the creatures 'pool' their experience in order to tackle challenging situations. By studying sticklebacks, scientists at the University of St Andrews realised the more experienced fish would teach the less experienced ones in the group and together they would complete tasks more easily. While some fish might know where to find food, others might know where to access it...

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