Orkney in Scotland has been crowned the UK's best place to live. Its breathtaking landscapes and archaeological treasures saw it finally top the coveted list after two years on the trot as runner-up. The survey, carried out by Halifax, looks at a range of data including the housing market, the environment, education, health , education , personal wellbeing and leisure to rank the areas with the best quality of life. The South East also fared very well in the list with a number of areas in the region getting a spot in the top 50. High employment levels, low crime rate, strong exam results, smaller primary school class sizes and good health and happiness scores helped propel Orkney to the top spot, Halifax said. Orkney is also a relatively affordable place to live - with an average house price of £173,349, standing at 5.2 times the average annual pre-tax local income, compared with the national average ratio of 7.3. Richmondshire in North Yorkshire took second place. Excellent … [Read more...] about UK’s fifty best places to live revealed – is your area on the list?
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A new satellite picture which could show the crash site of the missing Malaysia Airlines flight has been released by the Chinese government. This extraordinary image released tonight shows "three suspected floating objects" in the South China Sea. They were discovered by a Chinese satellite looking for the flight, which disappeared off the map on Saturday. FOLLOW OUR LIVE BLOG FOR ALL THE LATEST NEWS The images were released by China's State Administration for Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense. It said the satellite had "observed a suspected crash area at sea". The three objects discovered are all quite large. One is 13 by 18 meters, the other 14 by 19 meters and 24 by 22 meters. We're testing a new site: This content is coming soon According to the government agency, the objects were discovered northeast of where the plane took off in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and south of Vietnam. The images were taken on March 9, the day after the plane went missing. … [Read more...] about Pictured: Chinese satellite finds ‘suspected crash area’ of missing Malaysia Airlines flight
Nominations for the general election on 12 December have closed and the names are in.It has now been confirmed who will be on the ballot paper in your constituency when postal votes are sent out, and when polling stations open.Sky News has analysed the available data to pull out this election's trends.Not all the candidates have given the same amount of information, meaning there are gaps in ages and in genders, among other things.Use the chart below to find your candidates. Advertisement Men outnumber women about two to one in this general election, with about 1,500 men standing compared with about 850 women. However, about 900 of the candidates did not list their gender when submitting their nomination form.There is a six decade gap between the oldest candidate and the youngest. The youngest candidate in the list is Harry Ross Gorman, who is 18 years old and standing for the Green Party in Wirral South. More from Politics General election: Labour promises free … [Read more...] about General election: Who is standing to be an MP in your area?
YOGA instructor Doria Ragland lives alone in Los Angeles but frequently flies to the UK to be with Meghan, Prince Harry and baby Archie. But who is she and is she spending Christmas with Meghan and Harry? Here's the latest... Who is Doria Ragland? Doria Ragland, 62, is a yoga instructor and social worker from Cleveland, Ohio. She gave birth to Meghan in August 1981 and divorced Meghan's father Thomas when the Duchess was six-years-old. Her Facebook page states she has a career in social work at Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services in California. Meghan has described her mum as a "free-spirited clinical therapist" and is proud she took her travelling to remote - often impoverished - places when she was younger.Is she spending Christmas with Meghan and Harry? Doria will be spending Christmas with prince Harry and Meghan Markle this year. The couple have chosen to spend baby Archie’s first festive season away from Sandringham and with Meghan's mum Doria Ragland. It is … [Read more...] about Who is Doria Ragland and is she spending Christmas with Meghan and Harry?
With a price-tag of £469, the Pixel 3a XL tries to offer the best of Google, but costing £400 less than its top-end sibling The bigger brother of Google’s other lower-cost phone, the Pixel 3a, the new Pixel 3a XL offers the same winning combination of great camera and software. It offers practically everything that makes Google’s top £869 Pixel 3 XL good, shrunk in both cost and weight. The Pixel 3a XL is plastic, but mirrors the frosted and gloss design of its more expensive glass and metal phone. It feels solid in the hand, with only a little flex in the body. It’s also pretty light for a phone with a 6in screen, weighing 167g compared with the Pixel 3 XL’s 184g or the Honor View 20’s 180g. Low weight is a good thing, because the Pixel 3a XL is not the smallest or easiest of phones to handle. At 76.1mm wide with rounded sides and a flat back, it is fairly difficult to grip in one hand and reach the other side of the screen with your thumb … [Read more...] about Pixel 3a XL review: the cheaper Google phone to buy