Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has just purchased a luxury mansion penthouse in New York, according to reports. And whilst the $80 million (£63 million) price tag may seem eye-watering for us regular folk, it’s probably a drop in the ocean for Bezos, who holds the title of world’s richest man. Located in the upmarket neighbourhood of Flatiron, Manhattan, the three-story property boasts a 24-hour concierge, golf simulator, fitness centre, screening room and game room. Despite the 17,000 square-foot space, the billionaire will most likely be moving into his new abode alone, since announcing his divorce from wife Mackenzie in January. In April, the pair released separate statements announcing they had “finished the process of dissolving” their marriage. Shortly after their divorce was announced, it emerged that Mr Bezos was dating TV presenter Lauren Sanchez, although sources persist that the relationship did not start until their marriages had ended. Here’s … [Read more...] about Is Amazon’s Jeff Bezos still the richest person in the world?
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An adorable toddler battling a rare condition affecting his brain, which just 400 people in the world have, is set to take centre stage at a day dedicated just to him. Teddy, from Swadlincote, is one of only 400 people worldwide who has been diagnosed with an extremely rare illness called Aicardi-Goutières Syndrome. This stops the brain sending signals to the rest of the body, which means that it then starts to regress. Little Teddy, who is just 18 months old, was seven months old when he was diagnosed with the condition, which came as a complete shock to his family as he was a healthy baby beforehand. He was initially being diagnosed with a bout of viral meningitis but tests went on to reveal what he has. With no medication or alternatives available, his parents are hoping to be able to fund and participate in a trial treatment in America - where they hope will stop his condition from becoming more aggressive and damaging his brain further. The syndrome has no … [Read more...] about Teddy is battling rare brain disorder that only 400 people in the world have
Angela Merkel’s chosen successor has divided Germans after she described them as “the most uptight people in the world” after she made a joke about gender-neutral toilets that failed to land. Annegret Kramp-Karrenabauer launched an outspoken attack on political correctness, describing it as “madness”. Handpicked by Mrs Merkel to succeed her as leader of the Christian Democrat party (CDU) last year, Ms Kramp-Karrenbauer’s used to be known as “mini-Merkel”. But she has appeared at pains to cast off that image in recent days with a series of appeals to the party’s conservative base that could not be further from Mrs Merkel’s more measured style. A risque joke at a traditional carnival event last week was the first sign Ms Kramp-Karrenbauer, or AKK she likes to be called, was casting off the shackles. “Anyone been in Berlin recently?” she said. “ You can see the caffe latte faction, who recently introduced … [Read more...] about Germans are ‘the most uptight people in the world’ says mini-Merkel
When it comes to drama in politics, onlookers might think Germany is tame compared to other countries such as the UK and its lively Westminster debates. But in the past two years, perhaps due to a changing landscape in the Bundestag and in local governments – politics has been anything but boring. And political Ash Wednesday (Aschermittwoch) is no exception. It's a day that originated in Bavaria a century ago, and has become a tradition for all politicians to down beer, hand out sharp insults, jeer and cheer. This year was no different. 'Most uptight people in the world' In Demmin, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, CDU party chief and likely future conservative candidate for the chancellery, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, defended her carnival joke that mocked the idea of gender-neutral bathrooms, saying she couldn't understand the reaction it got. "If we're so uptight, as has been the case in the past few days, then a piece of tradition and culture in Germany will be ruined, … [Read more...] about ‘Most uptight people in the world’: Merkel successor defends controversial joke
A historic Derbyshire department store that has gone into administration claimed to be the oldest in the world. Bennetts had long staked a claim to have been the first ever department store, tracing its roots back to 1734. Administrators have been appointed to manage Bennetts' Derby and Ashbourne stores. The Iron Gate business is considered the oldest in the city by a country mile. Bennetts started life as an ironmongers, under the name Weatherhead Walters and Company. It later extended its product range to include agricultural tools, seed and oilcake – the solid residue left when oil is extracted from seeds which would be used for animal feed, becoming a rudimentary department store in the process. Today, the store sells furniture, beauty products, giftware, fashion and collectable china, among other items, and has another shop in Ashbourne. Despite being in administration, it will stay open in the short term and it is hoped that it will be sold as a going concern. A rich and … [Read more...] about Troubled department store claimed to be the oldest in the world