“Arriva Trains Wales are advising NOT TO TRAVEL along the Cambrian Coast route for the rest of the day”: the closure of the railway in north-west Wales was just one of the effects of Storm Brian’s battering of southern Britain. Railways close to the coast were badly affected. High winds brought down trackside trees twice on the line between Southampton and Fareham in Hampshire, while debris blown onto the lines near Christ’s Hospital in Sussex became “entangled beneath a train”.
As Harvey Weinstein stories keep coming in, women who have experienced sexual harassment and assault in other industries and other subsections of the entertainment industry have decided this is their moment to speak out, too. On Thursday, 217 female and gender nonconforming animators signed their names to an open letter to studio and network execs outlining their demands for an end to such treatment. "As we came together to share our stories of sexism, sexual harassment and, in some cases, sexual assault, we were struck by the pervasiveness of the problem," reads the letter, which was first reported on by Buzzfeed News.
Update 21 October 4.30pm GMT: The Evening Standard has offered its "unreserved apologies" to Solange for photoshopping her hair on its latest magazine cover. The magazine's decision was widely criticised on Twitter, especially since Solange emphasised in the accompanying interview how much braiding means to her.
Update: Through a representative, Harvey Weinstein has issued a statement in response to Lupita Nyong'o's accusations of attempted sexual abuse. Last year, she sent a personal invitation to Mr. Weinstein to see her in her Broadway show Eclipsed," reads the statement, according to Entertainment Weekly. Because, as Lupita Nyong'o describes in her own story in Friday's New York Times, many women automatically assume that no one wants to hear them.
Growing up with a parent who has an alcohol use disorder increases the chance of having violent dating relationships as a teenager, a study has shown. According to research by the University at Buffalo Research Institute on Addictions, the root causes of dating violence in teenagers can be identified as early as infancy. “Although teen dating violence is typically viewed as a problem related specifically to adolescent development, our findings indicate that the risk for aggressive behaviour and involvement in dating violence are related to stressors experienced much earlier in life,” says lead study author and senior research scientist at RIA, Jennifer A. Livingston, PhD.
British Airways has apologised to a Canadian family who were bitten by bed bugs during an overnight flight from Vancouver to London. BA passenger Heather Szilagyi, who was travelling with her fiancé and eight-year-old daughter, said she identified the insects on the family's seats, but was told by cabin crew that there were no spare seats they could be moved to. "It was nine hours of knowing that I was probably going to get bit, but not being sure,” Szilagyi told Canada's CTV.
A tourist has been dubbed "reckless" by Icelandic authorities after posting a viral video showing them making a death-defying hike on a canyon ledge. The footage, posted on YouTube, shows the unnamed hiker traversing a narrow ledge high up the Fjaorarglijufur canyon in southern Iceland - without any safety equipment.
How easy you find drifting off at night could be down to your personality, a new study has shown. According to research carried out on 1,000 Americans, introverts are more likely to suffer disrupted sleep than extroverts. The study was carried out by Best Mattress Brand and involved participants’ personality traits being determined by the Myers Briggs Test.
While we often think about how to keep various body parts in tip-top condition - avocado for glowing skin and protein to build muscles, for example - many of us give little thought to our oral health past brushing twice a day and flossing (albeit not as often as we know we should). Good dental nutrition is essential, and according to a dentist, “your toothpaste isn’t that important” when it comes to oral health. What we eat plays a big role in keeping our teeth healthy, and Australian dentist Dr Steven Lin has revealed which foods we should be consuming to do so.
This Thursday, millions of people began celebrating Diwali with fireworks and stunning light displays. Observed across religions and national borders, Diwali is a multi-day festival that, at its root, honours the triumph of light over dark, righteousness over immorality.
As winds of up to 70mph and stormy seas batter the southern half of Britain, Storm Brian is causing widespread travel disruption. Several Brittany Ferries services from Portsmouth and Plymouth today have been cancelled ahead of the intense low-pressure system. Irish Ferries sailings between Holyhead and Dublin, and between Fishguard and Rosslare, have been cancelled for the rest of the day.
A new railcard is set to transform British travel for millions of millennials, offering one-third off many rail journeys. The 26-30 discount card is expected to become available nationwide early next year, cutting train fares by one-third for people born between 1988 and 1992 who choose to sign up. A trial in the Greater Anglia area will begin in December this year, with 10,000 railcards on offer to eligible people living in the area.