As the nation tries to predict the name the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will choose for their first child ahead of his or her impending arrival, new research conducted across all leading baby name websites in the US and UK has shed light on reasons why the bookies’ favourites for the baby’s name are far from accurate. While British names, such as ‘Victoria’, ‘Grace’ or ‘Alice’ for a girl, or ‘James’ and ‘Arthur’ for a boy, currently occupy the shortest odds, cultural differences in the perception of certain names among UK and US parents, and even how names are pronounced in different accents, could have a profound influence on the name given to the newborn, according to experts. As the first Royal baby to be born with a British father and American mother, this seemingly small detail will have a big influence on the name of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s baby – meaning those betting on a … [Read more...] about Bookies are wrong about the name of Meghan and Harry’s baby
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The leader of Wokingham council has said 'enough is enough' over demands from Government to build thousands of homes in the borough. Giving an impassioned speech at a full meeting of Wokingham Borough Council, leader Councillor Julian McGhee-Sumner announced plans to hold a public consultation against the scale of house building in the area. He said the consultation should ask the public whether they support "Government inflicted housing numbers in a simple yes or no" question. Cllr McGhee-Sumner called on members of the public to get involved to send a clear message to the Government: that the public does not support house building targets, which are in the tens of thousands. Making an emphatic appeal to the public and other councillors, he said: "We have reached that crossroads where ‘enough is enough’ and we have to find a different way to convince the government to be more reasonable and today I am announcing what I plan to do and I am looking for support from … [Read more...] about How Wokingham plans to fight demands to build 1000s of homes
Plans to to build almost 300 homes near Formby village are set to be given the green light - despite a number of objections from local residents. The application proposes up to 286 houses on land at Brackenway - which has been allocated for residential development within the Sefton Local Plan. Taylor Wimpey, who want to build the homes, say the development will deliver a range of improvements to Formby , including improved connections, new high quality open spaces and ecological enhancements. They say the homes, if approved, will deliver “a desirable living environment which complements and sits comfortably within its surroundings.” But people living nearby have voiced concerns over flood risk, congestion, and school places. Phil Bryan said: "Travelling in and out of Formby during rush hour is bad enough. The infrastructure around Formby isn't designed for this kind of development." David Roberton said: "There aren't enough schools and shops in the village are closing all … [Read more...] about Anger at plans for another 300 homes in this part of Merseyside
Viewed backwards, from Osama bin Laden's hideout to the scraps of intelligence that led to it, the trail seems obvious. Tracing it from end to beginning obscures the level of difficulty: the years of frustration and patient effort, the technological innovation, the lives lost, the mistakes made, the money spent. The trail to Abbottabad represented a triumph of dot connecting. In this case, it began with a name. It was not even a real name, and the reference was to someone reported, falsely, to be dead. The name Abu Ahmed al-Kuwaiti was first mentioned to authorities in Mauritania by an al-Qaida operative, Mohamedou Ould Salahi. It was obviously a pseudonym. The name meant "the Father of Ahmed from Kuwait". It was just one name among thousands that were daily being entered into what would become the Terrorism Information Awareness database. The same pseudonym, and person, would be fleshed out in more detail by three more detainees. A fourth, Abu Faraj al-Libi, … [Read more...] about The death of Osama bin Laden: how the US finally got its man
As any parent will tell you, applying for a secondary school place - especially when you have a particular school in mind - can be stressful. But if the allocation process is already completed, then the degree of worry you may be feeling will undoubtedly ratchet up a few notches. Local councils start the application process on differing dates, but normally they open at the beginning of the autumn term, the year before your child is due to start the school. Applications for secondary schools must be in by the end of October, with places allocated on National Offer Day on March 1, 2019. For anyone applying outside of the regular cycle, your application will be classed as an in-year admission, with forms available from individual councils. But what happens if all the schools in your area are full? Or you are not happy with the places that are available? We have just arrived in a new city, how can we find a secondary school for our … [Read more...] about National Offer Day 2019: We missed the deadline for secondary school applications, what are our options?