Rail worker dispute escalates as Eurostar train staff to strike for seven days in August.
Eurostar rail workers are to take seven days of strike action over two weekends this month in a dispute over work/life balance, a union has said.
Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union will walk out from 0.01am on Friday August 12 until 11.59pm on Monday August 15, and for three days over the bank holiday weekend from August 27.
The dispute comes following a vote by RMT members at Virgin Trains East Coast on Tuesday in favour of a strike and after members took action over the role of conductors at Southern Railway, where 946 services have been cancelled each day since the five-day strike began on Monday.
Three people have died, including an elderly woman, and more than 1,000 people have been evacuated after a wildfire tore across the Portuguese island of Madeira.
Funchal, which has a population of 111,000, is one of Portugal’s main tourist destinations.
Several buildings were destroyed in the fire, including a five star hotel, according to reports, whilst two people have been seriously injured.
A number of wildfires have been raging across the Portuguese continent for several days, with police officials admitting that seven have spun out of control. A team of more than 3,000 firefighters are tackling the blazes with the support of 23 water-dumping aircraft.
A further 125 fires have broken out on the Portuguese mainland, but these are thought to be less serious.
They appear to have been caused by a combination of high temperatures, parched woodland and strong winds - August is seen as the peak time for wildfires in Portugal and other southern European countries.
The Madeira regional government has told public employees not to attend work in Funchal today unless they are considered essential in the firefighting and relief efforts.
Tel-Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport considered to be one of the world’s most secure airports is upgrading Terminal 1 which serves mainly domestic flights and some international. Due to increased traffic, nine new gateways will be provided for departing passengers along with a new VIP lounge and additional duty-free shops and restaurants; completion of these works are due to be finished by Summer 2017. Originally known as Lod from 1948 until 1973, it serves over 14 million passengers per year and more than 100,000 flights.
Severe storms in Macedonia has caused major flooding in Skopje and Tetovo. Emergency services, military and personnel from government agencies have been searching heavily flooded areas and have since rescued around 1,000 people. A 15-day state of emergency has been declared for Skopje and Tetovo as more storms are forecast for today. The storm produced rainfall equal to the August monthly average of 3.7 inches in just two hours.
Thailand is expected to instigate a new constitution in the coming months following a referendum vote, which has legally accepted Thailand’s military position in politics for the next five years. The outcome of the referendum result will allow the military to have a vital role in selecting the country’s next leader. While the military will continue to govern the country, they will begin to prepare for a General Election scheduled for 2017.