Saturday, November 27

Day: November 18, 2016

Buckingham Palace refurbishment undergo essential £370m
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

Buckingham Palace refurbishment undergo essential £370m

    Ten-year programme of works to come from 66% increase in sovereign grant but Queen will remain in residence throughout. The work on Buckingham Palace is to be finished in 2027. Friday 18 November 2016 13.31 GMT Last modified on Friday 18 November 2016 13.46 GMT The Queen has been awarded a 66% pay rise to fund a £369m 10-year refit of Buckingham Palace designed to future-proof the ageing building, it has been announced. Theresa May, Philip Hammond and the Queen’s keeper of the privy purse, Sir Alan Reid, who are the royal trustees, agreed that the temporary pay increase was the best way to pay for urgent repairs. The major refit, which has been described as essential, will see miles of ageing cables, lead pipes, electrical wiring and boilers replaced, some for the first ti...
I’ve Only Eaten Meat and Cheese for 7 Years And Lost 130 Pounds Doing It
ENGLISH, Life Style

I’ve Only Eaten Meat and Cheese for 7 Years And Lost 130 Pounds Doing It

    My mom never struggled with weight. She has always had an incredible figure, so she didn't really think about sugar or fat when she fed us kids. Like most parents in the '80s, it just wasn't on her radar, but it did start to affect me. By the end of middle school, I considered myself heavy. And while most people experience the freshman 15 in college, I gained more like the freshman 50. I tried every diet imaginable. I would starve myself down and then regain twice as much. I tried a diet of only pickles. I tried to see how many days I could go without eating solid food. I tried all kinds of nutty stuff. I also did regular things, like cutting calories and exercising, but I could never stay not-fat. © Provided by Good Housekeeping When I got married in 2002, my wedding dres...
British city among top recruitment hubs for IS
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

British city among top recruitment hubs for IS

    London and Portsmouth are among Europe’s most notorious hubs for terrorist recruitment, as US military report has revealed. A new study by the Combating Terrorism Center (CTC) at West Point found evidence that Isis and other extremist groups have networks in specific areas, mostly with significant immigrant communities, “where they can identify high numbers of potential recruits who are potentially under social-economic stress”. Analysis of more than 850 foreign fighters showed that almost three quarters came from cities where at least one other militant was known, often as part of the same friendship group. Out of the jihadis known to have travelled to Syria and Iraq between 2011 and 2015, the highest number came from London, with 38 recruits, while eight were from Portsm...
Mayan pyramid hides two more in Chichen Itza
ENGLISH, Europe

Mayan pyramid hides two more in Chichen Itza

    Thousands of tourists surround the Kukulcan Pyramid at the Chichen Itza archeological site during the celebration of the spring equinox in the Yucatan state, southeastern Mexico, on March 21, 2016. The famous pyramid of Kukulkan was built over at least two preexisting structures, archaeologists claim, comparing the monument to a nesting doll. The newly discovered pyramid is centuries older than the visible one. The smallest pyramid is about 10 meters (33 feet) tall and encapsulated within a 20-meter structure which is itself covered with the 30-meter Kukulkan pyramid at the Mexican Chichen Itza site, researchers said on Wednesday. It's like a Russian nesting doll. Under the large one we get another and another, said project's chief Rene Chavez Seguro. The archaeologists us...
Donald Trump’s alleged invitation to Theresa May: If you travel to the US, you should let me know
America, ENGLISH

Donald Trump’s alleged invitation to Theresa May: If you travel to the US, you should let me know

    Theresa May is facing an embarrassing claim that Donald Trump has not formally invited her to visit him in the White House. Last week, Downing Street said the President-elect had urged the Prime Minister to meet him in Washington “as soon as possible” after his inauguration next year. The invitation was hailed as proof that the so-called ‘special relationship’ is still alive – after it was revealed that he spoke with nine other world leaders before Ms May. But Downing Street has now refused to deny that the actual words used by Mr Trump were “If you travel to the US, you should let me know.” The extraordinarily casual phrase – revealed in a leaked transcript of last Thursday’s telephone conversation, seen by The Times – is said to have stunned civil servants. It raised the...