Tuesday, February 20

Day: February 8, 2016

19 Things You Didn’t Know Your Microwave Could Do
ENGLISH, Life Style

19 Things You Didn’t Know Your Microwave Could Do

    The microwave is a college staple, always there to help you make the essentials: easy mac, mug cakes, and ramen. It helps you make your meals quickly and efficiently, but are you maximizing your microwave’s potential? These life hacks will help you realize all the things your microwave can do and help you cook your food more efficiently. 1. Soften your ice cream Microwave your ice cream (with the lid off) in ten-second intervals until the desired consistency is reached. 2. Soften brown sugar If you ever need to use brown sugar in a recipe, such as for these snickerdoodles, add brown sugar to a bowl with one teaspoon of water and cover with a paper towel. Microwave it in 30-second intervals, stirring the sugar in between. 3. Toast nuts, coconuts, or bread crumbs Evenly spre...
Alexanda Kotey: Second member of The Beatles Isis death squad named as Londoner
ENGLISH, London

Alexanda Kotey: Second member of The Beatles Isis death squad named as Londoner

    A second man from west London has been named as a member of the Isis execution squad spearheaded by so-called “Jihadi John”. The group, known among their captives as “The Beatles” because of their British accents, were led by Londoner Mohammed Emwazi and have been described as some of the most brutal jailors in Isis’s ranks. A second man in the terror cell can now be named as Emwazi’s friend Alexanda Kotey, according to an investigation by Buzzfeed News and the Washington Post, which first named Emwazi as “Jihadi John”. Kotey, a 32-year-old convert who attended the Al-Manaar mosque in Ladbroke Grove, west London, alongside Emwazi, has separately been named by ITV News. The mosque has condemned their actions. The UK Foreign Office has declined to comment on the latest devel...
Northern England transport planners reject ‘Noyster cards’
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

Northern England transport planners reject ‘Noyster cards’

    The 40-mile journey between Sheffield and Manchester can easily take two hours by car, and the fastest train takes 48 minutes. Travellers in the north of England will not be offered a “Noyster card”, a contactless plastic smartcard based on London’s electronic ticketing system, after officials decided the technology was outdated. Nor will a new east-west rail link be called “Crossrail for the north” after northern leaders took umbrage at the idea of a new line being named after one in the capital. Instead, the priority for the new chief executive and chair of Transport for the North (TfN) is to improve east-west rail links in the region – including a possible new tunnel under the Pennines. Speaking to the Guardian, David Brown, chief executive of TfN, said he wanted to per...
Should Twitter ignore its users
ENGLISH, Technology

Should Twitter ignore its users

    For the last 48 hours Twitter has been… well, all of a Twitter. An article in Buzzfeed suggesting that the social network was about to introduce what is known as an algorithmic timeline - promoting tweets deemed most relevant rather than publishing them in reverse chronological order - sparked a wave of what can only be described as furious panic. Under the hashtag #RIPTwitter, thousands, perhaps millions, told the world that this was the end of civilisation as we know it, that a beautiful thing was being crushed, that the company, whose share price has been tumbling for months, was signing its own death warrant. Finally, the CEO Jack Dorsey was forced to react. "Hello Twitter!" he called out. "Regarding #RIPTwitter: I want you all to know we're always listening. We never ...
Storm Imogen lashes Britain with gales and heavy rain
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

Storm Imogen lashes Britain with gales and heavy rain

    Britain was lashed by hurricane-force winds that reached nearly 100mph as Storm Imogen battered southern parts of the country and left commuters braced for havoc on the transport networks. Gales and heavy rain have forced road closures and delays to rail services, with airports warning flights may be disrupted. Almost 300 Environment Agency flood warnings are in place across the UK amid heavy downpours, with 59 warnings calling for "immediate action", particularly in the south west and Wales where parts are expected to see up to more than 1.5ins (40mm) of rain during Monday. Rail services in Wales, the south west and in southern areas are being disrupted due to strong winds, with speed restrictions and cancellations, the Severn Bridge was closed eastbound and restricted we...