Le Tour de France comes to Toulouse
STAGE 11: ALBI – TOULOUSE 17 July 2019
Wednesday 17 July – Following the first rest day of this year’s race, the Tour de France continues with stage 11 from Albi to Toulouse.
The 167 kilometres route meanders through the south of France against the backdrop of the Pyrenees on what is described as a flat stage, although there were plenty of hills to climb for the riders.
The last sections were pretty flat, so a bunch sprint is the most likely outcome.
This is the last flat stage before the climbs in The Pyrenees.
The finish was in Compans Cafarelli, not far from the city centre.
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Police officers will use their vehicles to knock moped thieves off their bikes – even during high-speed pursuits, Scotland Yard has said.
Commander Amanda Pearson, of the Metropolitan Police in London front-line policing unit, said a hard-line approach using “tactical contact” is needed to stop dangerous chases and arrest suspects.
In a briefing at Scotland Yard on Friday, police chiefs warned there is no maximum speed for police cars to hit mopeds, and that it is a common misconception among moped thieves that officers will end their pursuit if the suspect drives dangerously or removes their helmet.
“A lot of them get up and run away, looking aghast at how dare we,” Ms Pearson said.
Marrakech is famed for its pink walls and historic buildings and souks, but just as important to the city are its beautiful gardens.
From the lush courtyards of the riads to the expansive formal gardens of its palaces and museums, these green spaces are havens from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Here are Three of those gardens and palaces – Le Jardin Majorelle, Le Palais Bahia and Le Jardin Secret.
Drowning in Plastic trailer
Drowning in Plastic trailer – Liz Bonnin reveals the full scale of the world’s plastic problem and its impact on wildlife, exploring ways in which science can offer a solution.
Our blue planet is facing one its biggest threats in human history.
Trillions of pieces of plastic are choking the very lifeblood of our earth, and every marine animal, from the smallest plankton to the largest mammals, is being affected.
But can we turn back this growing plastic tide before it is too late?
In this 90-minute special, wildlife biologist Liz Bonnin visits scientists working at the cutting edge of plastics research.
She works with some of the world’s leading marine biologists and campaigners to discover the true dangers of plastic in our oceans and what it means for the future of all life on our planet, including us.
Liz travels 10,000 miles to a remote island off the coast of Australia that is the nesting site for a population of seabirds called flesh-footed shearwaters.
Newly hatched chicks are unable to regurgitate effectively, so they are filling up on deadly plastic.
Then, in America, she joins an emergency mission to save an entangled grey seal pup found in some of the world’s busiest fishing areas, and visits the Coral Triangle that stretches from Papua New Guinea to the Solomon Islands to find out more from top coral scientists trying to work out why plastic is so lethal to the reefs, fragile ecosystems that contain 25 per cent of all marine life.
Liz learns that the world’s biggest rivers have been turned into huge plastic arteries, transporting 50 per cent of all the plastic that arrives in the ocean.
She travels to Indonesia, where she watches a horrifying raft of plastic rubbish travel down one of the main rivers, the Citarum. Here, 60 per cent of fish species have died, so fishermen are now forced to collect plastic to sell instead of fish.
With the world only now waking up to this emerging crisis, Liz also looks at whether scientists have found any solutions.
She meets the 24-year-old inventor of a monumental 600-metre construction that will travel across the ocean’s ‘garbage patches’ collecting millions of pieces of plastic pollution. She also meets a local environmental campaigner who is working with volunteers and the Indonesian army to clean up the worst affected areas, and a young entrepreneur who has invented an alternative to plastic packaging that is made from seaweed.
Plastic in our oceans is one of the greatest environmental challenges of our time, and this film hopes to add to the urgent and vitally important debate about how to solve this global crisis.
But is it too late to reverse the damaging effects of plastics.