The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's visit to Pakistan took a quirky mode of transport this evening as they arrived at a reception in Islamabad by tuk tuk. And now footage from Kensington Palace's official Instagram account has revealed the painstaking preparations that went into decorating the brightly-coloured vehicle for the royal couple. Starting off with a blank canvas, an artist mixed a number of bright coloured paints, including red, yellow, green and blue, before painting the Union Jack, the Pakistani flag and a colourful peackock. The workmen also added two dangling accessories, including a Manchester United air freshener, which would not have gone down well with Aston Villa fan Prince William. The Duke and Duchess arrived for a glitzy reception in Islamabad in the tuk tuk that had been decorated in the video Make them green with envy in a Jenny Packham dress like Kate's £3640 Jenny Packham 'Georgia' gown Buy the purple version at … [Read more...] about A rickshaw fit for royalty: Footage reveals how workers decorated the tuk tuk that transported Prince William and Kate Middleton with Union Jacks, bright lights and a Man Utd air freshener!
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The Millennium hotel is an unusual spot for a murder. It overlooks Grosvenor Square, and is practically next door to the heavily guarded US embassy, where, it is rumoured, the CIA has its station on the fourth floor. A statue of Franklin D Roosevelt – wearing a large cape and holding a stick – dominates the north side of the square. In 2011 another statue would appear: that of the late US president Ronald Reagan. An inscription hails Reagan’s contribution to world history and his “determined intervention to end the cold war”. A friendly tribute from Mikhail Gorbachev reads: “With President Reagan, we travelled the world from confrontation to cooperation.” The quotes would seem mordantly ironic in the light of events that took place just around the corner, and amid Vladimir Putin’s apparent attempt to turn the clock back to 1982, when the former KGB boss Yuri Andropov – the secret policeman’s secret policeman – was in … [Read more...] about Alexander Litvinenko: the man who solved his own murder
Jürgen Klopp railed at the VAR decision that failed to rule a “clear foul” in the buildup to Marcus Rashford’s goal as Liverpool surrendered their 100% record in a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford on Sunday. The result cut Liverpool’s lead over Manchester City at the top of the Premier League to six points, with the draw preventing Klopp’s side from matching City’s record of 18 successive league wins and providing a welcome confidence booster for Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s Manchester United side after their testing start to the season. Klopp was left complaining about the referee Martin Atkinson’s decision not to award a foul on Divock Origi by United defender Victor Lindelof just before Rashford gave his side the lead in the 36th minute, with VAR official David Coote – who saw his decision to award a goal for Aston Villa’s Conor Hourihane against Brighton overturned by VAR on Saturday – deciding no foul had been committed. … [Read more...] about ‘This is an issue we have to discuss’: Klopp hits out at VAR after United draw
Occasionally football acts as a springboard for conversations that affect society as a whole. That happened in Brazil at the weekend. Before Fluminense hosted Bahia in the Maracanã, the two clubs’ managers embraced on the touchline wearing matching anti-racism T-shirts. Both men are black. It should not be remarkable to see two black managers leading teams in the top flight of Brazilian football. Yet, in a country where more than half of the population identifies as black or mixed race, only two Série A managers do. Their T-shirts were emblazoned with the logo of the Observatório da Discriminação Racial no Futebol, an organisation that campaigns tirelessly to rid the game of racism. “I know what I represent, as Fluminense manager, for people of our colour,” said Marcão in his pre-match press conference. Some people in Brazil still claim that race has no bearing on a person’s life chances, but that could not be further from the … [Read more...] about Black football managers join forces in Maracanã to condemn racism in Brazil
A California man has been sentenced by to 25 years in prison by a Florida judge for orchestrating a $1.3 billion fraud scheme that stole money from thousands of investors nationwide – including ABC News host, anchor George Stephanopoulos. Court records show 62-year-old Robert Shapiro was issued the maximum possible sentence on Tuesday in Miami federal court after previously pleading guilty to wire fraud and tax evasion in August. Through his now-defunct investment firm, Woodbridge Group of Companies, Shapiro masterminded a national real estate investment scheme from his two bases in South Florida and Southern California, swindling 7,000 investors out of nearly $1.3 billion. During the five year ploy, Shapiro promised investors – most of them elderly – that their cash would be used to build and buy luxury properties that would yield returns as high as 10 percent. But instead, Shapiro bought those properties himself through a web of legal entities to obscure … [Read more...] about Man is jailed for 25 years for orchestrating $1.3 billion fraud scheme that stole money from at least 7,000 investors nationwide – including ABC anchor George Stephanopoulos