Football legend “King” Kenny Dalglish has become Sir Kenny as he leads more than 1,000 people receiving gongs in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. The former Liverpool striker and manager, 67, is knighted for services to football, charity and the City of Liverpool. Also honoured are screen stars Emma Thompson and Keira Knightley, ex-University Challenge host Bamber Gascoigne and rapper Ms Dynamite. The list is full of hundreds of unsung heroes, from counsellors and a Holocaust survivor to Britain's longest-serving poppy seller. But there are also fatcat bosses of Royal Mail and Network Rail whose gongs are likely to prompt accusations of rewards for failure. Here is the 2018 Queen's Birthday Honours List in full. Honours in numbers In total, 1,057 people have received an award. Of the total number recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list this year, 210 have been made an OBE, 392 an MBE, and 318 awarded a BEM. There are always rows over gongs for cronies and … [Read more...] about Queen’s Birthday Honours full list for 2018
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The international pecking order is usually defined by economic and military might. That puts the U.S. at the top of the pile, with China gaining fast in second place.But when it comes to tackling long-term global challenges such as climate change, poverty or peacemaking, it’s also vital to identify which leaders are likely to stick around.Whether democrats, dictators or somewhere in between, they’re all balanced atop a shifting ziggurat of potential rivals. And only those with the home front under control are in a position to make meaningful promises for the 2020s or beyond. That’s why France’s Emmanuel Macron can map out a seven-year program for reforming the European Union while Theresa May can’t look beyond the date of Britain’s exit from the bloc next year.So for an alternative take on who really matters in global affairs, we picked 16 countries and analyzed how long their leaders might hold off the palace coups, election defeats or waning powers … [Read more...] about How Long Will the World’s Most Powerful Leaders Last?
American missionary Joshua Holt, a Utah man who travelled to Venezuela in 2016 to marry a woman he met online but soon found himself jailed and later branded the CIA's top spy in Latin America, has been welcomed home by his family and President Donald Trump. Mr Holt, 26, and his wife, Thamara Caleno, arrived Saturday evening at Washington Dulles International Airport for a tearful reunion with his parents, Laurie and Jason Holt. A few hours later, Mr Trump welcomed them to the White House. “Those two years, they were a very, very, very difficult two years,” said an emotional Joshua Holt, sitting next to Mr Trump in the Oval Office. “Not really the great vacation that I was looking for. ... I'm just so grateful for what you guys have done.” Mr Trump said: “It's amazing that you were able to take it ... that was a tough situation”. Read more After Maduro's re-election, Trump has taken unwise action on Venezuela Their release … [Read more...] about Trump greets American held in Venezuela jail for two years at White House after release
The term 'mini-moon' is a growing trend whereby a married couple go away straight after their wedding for a few days of post-nuptial rest, relaxation and the like – before honeymooning somewhere usually more exotic later in the year. Our experts round up the best places to stay, from cosy gastropubs with rooms, to country houses with plentiful pursuits and hotels where you can go from breakfast in bed to the spa in a matter of minutes. ENGLAND Cotswolds The Cotswolds is positively made for romance. For a start, there’s that pretty-as-a-picture chocolate box appeal; those honey-stone villages oozing charm; the rolling landscape shaped by sheep through the centuries; the magical light. Then there’s the sense of being tucked away in a timeless sanctuary – of summer meadows awash with buttercups (head to Lower Slaughter); of winter fires crackling in long-established pubs (make for The Five Alls at Filkins). Best of all, though, is the exceptional choice … [Read more...] about From honeymoon to mini-moon, 50 romantic UK hotels for newlyweds
forum They don’t hate ‘our freedoms.’ They hate that we’ve betrayed our ideals in their own countries — for oil. In part because my father was murdered by an Arab, I’ve made an effort to understand the impact of U.S. policy in the Mideast and particularly the factors that sometimes motivate bloodthirsty responses from the Islamic world against our country. As we focus on the rise of the Islamic State and search for the source of the savagery that took so many innocent lives in Paris and San Bernardino, we might want to look beyond the convenient explanations of religion and ideology. Instead we should examine the more complex rationales of history and oil — and how they often point the finger of blame back at our own shores. America’s unsavory record of violent interventions in Syria — little-known to the American people yet well-known to Syrians — sowed fertile ground for the violent Islamic jihadism that now … [Read more...] about Why the Arabs don’t want us in Syria