I have been watching the temperatures in the Polar Vortex. The polar vortex is nothing new and it’s always there, 10hpa is 30 km and 1hpa 45 km. So you can see its very high above the surface of the Earth. The polar vortex appears each winter, it forms during the late Autumn and strengthens […]

Bleed control kits are to be installed in 320 late-night venues in central London in a bid to reduce deaths from knife attacks. It is part of an initiative by Lynne Baird who believes her son Daniel could have been saved by such a kit when he was stabbed in Birmingham in 2017. City of London Police said the move would “help Daniel’s memory go on in the lives that will be saved”. It is working with the foundation set up by Mrs Baird in her son’s name. The specialist kits, which have already been introduced in Birmingham, include items such as a tourniquet, bandages and a foil blanket. Mr Baird, 26, was stabbed to death on a night out in Digbeth, following a row with a stranger. Carlton Donaldson, 24, was jailed for life in February. Without a first aid kit available on the night, he died shortly after arriving at hospital due to catastrophic bleeding, City of London Police said. Latest news from the West Midlands The force, which is funding the roll-out of the kits to venues in the Square Mile, said the move would make the area as “safe as possible”. Alistair Sutherland, its assistant commissioner said it was proud to support the initiative “as part of Lynne’s passionate campaign in memory of her son”. “Daniel’s death was a tragedy that no parent should ever have to suffer,” he said. Mrs Baird said she hoped other forces would join its campaign and “help make these kits available up and down the country.”Follow BBC West Midlands on Facebook, on Twitter, and sign up for local news updates direct to your phone.

Michael O’Neill insists he will be able to juggle his new Stoke City post with Northern Ireland’s Euro 2020 play-off in March.An agreement between Stoke and the Irish FA means O’Neill stays in charge until the play-off now guaranteed after Saturday’s draw with the Netherlands.”It’s dead easy. We’re going to turn up on a Sunday and play on a Thursday,” said O’Neill.

“I can pick my squad now. I could name it tomorrow. “There are not 40 players out there we’re not picking.”I’ll be able to [prepare for the opposition]. That’s not a problem. Our opponents don’t play between now and then, they’ve already played. “We’re not going to watch individual players play for their clubs, so the work we have on the opponents, we’ll have that well in advance.”Davis has ‘no excuses’ over missed penaltyNI set for play-offs after Netherlands draw in BelfastThere has been speculation that O’Neill’s ability to fulfil his Northern Ireland role in March could be in jeopardy if Stoke – now second from bottom in the Championship – remain in a relegation fight come the Spring.However, O’Neill was insistent after Saturday’s 0-0 draw against the Dutch that he would be able to undertake both roles.”To be honest, there’s nobody better than me to judge this because I actually do the job and the reality of the situation is to put a [new] coach in with a play-off situation with three days’ preparation wouldn’t be fair to the players or the association because of what’s at stake.”We know our team, we know our best team. We have one or two players to come back in – Conor Washington and Jordan Jones – but the squad picks itself other than that.”Saturday’s game may well have proved O’Neill’s Windsor Park farewell with Tuesday’s final Group C fixture in Frankfurt now a dead rubber with the Germans and Dutch having secured qualification.

This is the weather forecast for Monday 18th November and the outlook for Tuesday 19th. The morning. A cold and misty start to the morning with the temperature around 1 centigrade. Mist will soon clear to leave a very cool morning with plenty of sunshine. The afternoon. With mainly clear skies we will see plenty […]

A cat owner said he screamed in horror while watching a man encourage his dog to maul the pet to death.Gary Truefitt said his property’s CCTV footage showed Amos Price opening a gate and releasing his animal which savaged Cleo in Pelsall on 23 October.The 60-year-old, who has been unable to find her remains, said he was “disgusted” by the sentence.Price, 30, was jailed for 18 weeks after admitting causing unnecessary suffering to an animal.West Midlands Police described Price, also from Pelsall, Walsall, as “a yob”. He was banned from keeping animals for life at Walsall Magistrates’ Court last Thursday.Speaking about his cat’s death, Mr Truefitt said: “I was screaming my head off at the screen. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing.”It would give me some sort of closure if I could have her cremated, if I knew where her body was. The dog carried her off after it killed her.”He said the sentence was not long enough and should have been more than 12 months.”To go around and do that deliberately to someone’s pet is disgusting,” he said.Mr Truefitt said life felt different without his cat.”She’s not there when I wake up in the morning, laying there on the bed. It just seems totally different in my flat now,” he said.”My life seems empty at the moment.”West Midlands Police said the attack was “senseless and beyond any justification.”The unemployed father of two, who claimed he was drunk at the time, said he was “extremely ashamed and sorry.”Follow BBC West Midlands on Facebook, on Twitter, and sign up for local news updates direct to your phone.

Monday 18th. A chilly start to the day will lead to a day with plenty of sunshine, feeling very cool 6 c. Tuesday 19th. A cloudy, chilly day, 5 c. Wednesday 20th. A cloudy, breezy day, feeling cool day, 8 c. Thursday 21st. Turns into a very wet and windy day, feeling very cool, 7 […]

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