Science/Nature

Weather stops plastic waste car reaching South Pole

[ad_1] A car made from waste plastic has been forced to abort its mission to the South Pole because of bad weather.Solar Voyager was set to be the first solar-powered expedition to reach Antarctica.But despite it being Antarctica’s summer, unexpected heavy snow has meant progress has been slow, and now the team have had to turn around.The team from Holland say they’ve still achieved their main mission: to prove plastic
US & World

A special place for a new kind of family

[ad_1] Grandparents often step in when mums and dads can't. But a charity in the US is underlining the difference they can make.When Mission First Housing opened up an affordable housing complex for "grandfamilies" in Washington, DC, it wasn't just providing a special space. It was transforming lives.Video by Hannah Long-Higgins. [ad_2] Source link
UK News

Brexit: ‘Horrified’ firms warn time is running out

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images British businesses have criticised politicians for focusing on in-fighting rather than preparing for Brexit, warning that there is not enough time to prepare for a no-deal scenario.With 100 days to go before the UK leaves the EU, the groups say firms have been "watching in horror" at the ongoing rows within Westminster.The cabinet met on Tuesday to ramp up preparations for a no-deal departure.But the
Entertainment

Mary Poppins Returns cast defend ‘forgettable’ songs

[ad_1] Image copyright EPA Image caption Left-right: Cast members Lin-Manuel Miranda, Emily Mortimer, Emily Blunt and Colin Firth There's only one rule laid down to journalists at the press launch of Mary Poppins Returns."Don't ask any of the cast to spell Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious."This point is made by the film's publicists twice over as we arrive, and it's clear they aren't joking. Fortunately we think we can live with it.Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel
Politics

Brexit: Cabinet ‘ramps up’ no-deal planning

[ad_1] Image copyright EPA The cabinet has decided to "ramp up" preparations for a no-deal Brexit amid uncertainty over the fate of Theresa May's proposed EU exit deal. It has approved £2bn to help if the PM's deal is rejected and the UK leaves on 29 March without an overall deal.Letters will be sent to 140,000 firms updating them on what they should do while 3,500 troops will be put
Technology

Fresh Prince star Alfonso Ribeiro sues Fortnite over Carlton dance

[ad_1] Image copyright Ian West/PA Wire Image caption Alfonso Ribeiro showing off his moves with former co-star Will Smith The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air star Alfonso Ribeiro is suing Fortnite's creators Epic Games, accusing them of copying his character's dance moves.Ribeiro is also suing NBA 2K series creators Take-Two Interactive for using the "Carlton Dance". The actor claims the companies unfairly profited from his "creative expression, likeness and celebrity". The
Health

Facebook bans mastectomy reconstruction tattoo pictures

[ad_1] Image caption Gemma Winstanley said she relies on Facebook to promote her services A woman who provides nipple tattoos to women who have undergone mastectomies has criticised Facebook for banning pictures of her work.Gemma Winstanley from East Yorkshire carries out the work for free, but last week she was blocked by the social media giant after sharing images online.She said her account was suspended for "displaying sexual content".Facebook said
Business

Angling Direct: The company bucking the retail slump

[ad_1] Image copyright Angling Direct Angling Direct has bucked the recent trend of poor figures from retailers by revealing bumper sales over the four months to November.The fishing equipment retailer's sales rose by 31.5% to £14.6m in the period, helped by a record Black Friday week when sales jumped 56% to £1.3m.The Norfolk-based firm's international sales arose by 98% in November, helped by its new German language website.Earlier in December,
UK News

Government still committed to net migration target – Brokenshire

[ad_1] Image copyright PA The government's target of reducing net migration to less than 100,000 a year has been left out of draft proposals for a new immigration system. But Communities Secretary James Brokenshire said the government remained committed to the target.He said the aim was to get net migration down to "sustainable" levels.The final version of the much-delayed immigration plan, which aims to end free movement from the EU
US & World

Lion King: Petition calls on Disney to drop ‘hakuna matata’ trademark

[ad_1] Image copyright iStock Image caption Film merchandise and franchising are lucrative spin-offs A petition accusing Disney of "colonialism and robbery" for trademarking a phrase used in the film The Lion King has attracted more than 30,000 signatures."Hakuna matata" means "no problem" or "no worries" in the Swahili language, which is spoken across East Africa.Disney first applied to trademark the catchphrase in 1994 - the same year it released The