Gulf flights caught in UK airport snow chaos

Pedestrians walk over the Millennium Bridge with St Paul's Cathedral pictured in the background as snow falls over central London. Heavy snow fell across northern and central parts of England and Wales and caused disruption, closing roads and grounding flights. (AFP)
Updated 10 December 2017
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Gulf flights caught in UK airport snow chaos

LONDON: The worst snow storms to hit the UK in four years have caused widespread disruption with hundreds of passengers flying to and from the Gulf caught up in the chaos.

Some flights were grounded while others were delayed as runways were covered in a blanket of snow that led Britain’s Met Office to issue an “amber weather warning” – especially across central England.

Flights operated by Emirates, Qatar Airways and Etihad that were due to land at Birmingham Airport on Sunday morning were either diverted or delayed as the runway was closed.

Airports at Stansted, Gatwick, Heathrow, and London City Airports were all affected — while flights were unable to land at Luton.

Airports urged passengers to check their flight status before leaving home.

An Etihad Airways spokesperson said: “Etihad Airways is experiencing minor delays to its London Heathrow flights as a result of the adverse weather conditions. The airline continues to monitor the situation and has contingency plans in place should there be any disruption to its flight schedule.”

There was 28 centimeters of snow recorded in Sennybridge, in Wales with 12 centimeters falling in High Wycombe, north of the capital.

“Road, rail and air travel delays are likely, as well as stranding of vehicles and public transport cancelations. There is a good chance that some rural communities could become cut off, the Met Office said in a statement.

Temperatures in the UK were expected fall to as low as -10C in some parts of Scotland and Wales on Sunday.


’We failed them’: Australia apologizes to child sex abuse victims

Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison (C) delivers a national apology to child sex abuse victims in the House of Representatives in Parliament House in Canberra on October 22, 2018. (AFP)
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’We failed them’: Australia apologizes to child sex abuse victims

  • The state apology comes after a five-year Royal Commission that detailed more than 15,000 survivors’ harrowing child sex abuse claims involving thousands of institutions

CANBERRA: Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison issued a national apology to victims of child sex abuse in an emotional address to parliament Monday, acknowledging the state failed to stop “evil dark crimes” committed over decades.
“This was done by Australians to Australians, enemies in our midst, enemies in our midst,” Morrison told parliament in a nationally televised address.
“As a nation, we failed them, we forsook them, and that will always be our shame,” he said, his voice cracking as he recounted abuse that permeated religious and state-backed institutions.
Decrying abuse that happened “day after day, week after week, month after month, year after year, decade after decade” in schools, churches, youth groups, scout groups, orphanages, sports clubs and family homes, Morrison declared a new national credo in the face of allegations: “We believe you.”
“Today, we say sorry, to the children we failed. Sorry. To the parents whose trust was betrayed and who have struggled to pick up the pieces. Sorry. To the whistleblowers, who we did not listen to. Sorry.
“To the spouses, partners, wives, husbands, children, who have dealt with the consequences of the abuse, cover-ups and obstruction. Sorry. To generations past and present. Sorry.”
The state apology comes after a five-year Royal Commission that detailed more than 15,000 survivors’ harrowing child sex abuse claims involving thousands of institutions.
In parliament, lawmakers stood for a moment of silence following the remarks as hundreds of survivors looked on or watched in official events across the country.
Relatives of victims who have died wore the tags with the names of daughters and sons, brothers and sisters, for whom this apology comes too late.
A series of institutions have already apologized for their failings, including Australian Catholic leaders who have lamented the church’s “shameful” history of child abuse and cover-ups.
According to the Royal Commission, seven percent of Catholic priests in Australia were accused of abuse between 1950 and 2010, but the allegations were never investigated, with children ignored and even punished.
Some senior members of the church in Australia have been prosecuted and found guilty of covering up abuse.