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July 19, 2018 2:07 PM Baby snake 'frozen in time' gives insight into lost world

The snake lived in what is now Myanmar, during the age of the dinosaurs. "This is the very first baby snake fossil that we have ever found," Prof Michael Caldwell of the University of Alberta in Canada told BBC News. The baby snake lived in the forests of Myanmar during the Cretaceous period. It has been given the name, Xiaophis Myanmarensis, or dawn snake 8

July 13, 2018 10:55 AM Salvator Kola and Xhovan Pepaj jailed for cannabis factory in Northfleet, Gravesend

Two men have been jailed after the discovery of more than 70 cannabis plants. Salvator Kola, 44, of Mitchell Avenue in Northfleet and Xhovan Pepaj, 21, of no fixed abode, were sentenced to a combined total of four and a half years at Maidstone Crown Court yesterday. Pepaj was spotted at the address on Friday, June 1, and believed to be a burglar by an off-duty 23

July 5, 2018 8:16 AM Irish Water confirms nationwide hosepipe ban

A nationwide ban on hosepipes in Ireland will come into effect tomorrow, Irish Water has said. The hosepipe ban was first introduced in the Greater Dublin Area on Monday. The move now means the whole island of Ireland faces water restrictions after Northern Ireland Water enforced a limit on domestic water use on Monday. Earlier this week, Irish Water 18

July 3, 2018 11:09 PM Prince of Wales to appear on Gardeners’ World

The Prince Of Wales will make an appearance on Gardeners’ World on BBC Two to discuss the threats posed by pests and diseases to our native plants and trees. The keen gardener will be interviewed at Highgrove by presenter Adam Frost for an episode to be broadcast on July 18. Frost said: “Back in February I was invited to a meeting at Highgrove with members 10

June 29, 2018 10:44 PM Tata Steel and Thyssenkrupp agree merger deal

The flat steel businesses of the two companies in Europe and the steel mill services of the Thyssenkrupp group will merge in the proposed 50:50 joint venture. The German-based company’s executive board approved the plans on Friday after signing a memorandum of understanding last September. Both firms employ a total of 48,000 workers, with Tata owning 8

June 29, 2018 7:53 AM It's gone too far now: CO2 shortage halts crumpet production

The company says it is making "nowhere near" the 1.5 million packs of crumpets it usually does each week. One of the UK's biggest bread makers says it has ended production at two out of four of its plants because they have run out of CO2, which they use to package the product. The shortage affects the Warburton's London and Burnley plants, and there 9

June 28, 2018 10:37 PM Prosecutors eye charges over taking of rare Hawaii plants

HALEAKALA NATIONAL PARK, Hawaii (AP) - U.S. prosecutors are considering charges against two people seen taking rare, federally protected silversword plants found only on a mountain in Hawaii, authorities said. A visitor to Haleakala National Park reported seeing a woman taking two Haleakala silversword plants (ahinahina in Hawaiian) from the ground Monday 7

June 27, 2018 11:04 PM SA paper mill workers protest pay freeze

Workers at a paper mill south of Adelaide have begun a series of rolling strikes in anger over a four-year wage freeze and uncertainty over their jobs. Staff at the Kimberly Clark Australia mill in Millicent are protesting the long delay in negotiations for a new workplace agreement. "Negotiations have dragged on since 2014 with wages frozen the whole 8

June 27, 2018 6:51 PM Oklahoma votes to legalize medical marijuana despite fierce opposition in the conservative state

Oklahoma voters on Tuesday backed the medicinal use of marijuana, overcoming a late opposition campaign from law enforcement and business, faith and political leaders. State Question 788, the result of an activist-led signature drive launched more than two years ago, makes it legal to grow, sell and use marijuana for medicinal purposes. The proposed 8

June 26, 2018 8:27 AM Heathrow-owner to move holding company to the Netherlands

Spain's Ferrovial froze investment into the UK as it sought more clarification on the Brexit process. Ferrovial, which currently has its international base in Oxford, said the decision would address the negative effects of Brexit and allow its businesses to be taxed in Spain. The Spanish construction company, which wants to remain under European commercial 14