South Dakota probably isn't the first state that springs to mind when Americans look for places to retire. Yet in new rankings from Bankrate.com, the Mount Rushmore state tops the list, in part because it came in first in the category of overall well-being. Bankrate weighed seven categories: cost of living and taxes were each worth 20 percent of the total, health care quality and weather were 15 percent each, and crime, cultural vitality and well-being were 10 percent each. Satisfaction with overall living conditions was enough to outweigh South Dakota's less-than-ideal weather, which unsurprisingly ranked 38th, Bankrate.com analyst Taylor Tepper said in a statement. South Dakota also placed second in taxes, 10th in cultural vitality and 12th in health care quality. Weather was the only metric to hit the bottom rung of the ranking ladder. These results ares something to consider as the U.S. population ages. By 2030, all baby boomers will be older than age 65, making one of every … [Read more...] about The best — and worst — states to retire
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A small group of rebel soldiers stormed a television station on Monday, January 7, claimed to have deposed ailing President Ali Bongo and proclaimed a "National Restoration Council". But forces loyal to President Bongo — who has ruled since 2009 when he succeeded his father Omar — regained control soon after and captured or killed the rebels. Critics have accused the Bongo family of profiting from the country's vast natural resources while allowing more than a million people to live in poverty. There have been hundreds of military coups, with most of them taking place in Africa, Latin America or Asia. They can sometimes be violent but often they are bloodless and occasionally they are so inept as to be downright comical. Indonesia (1965) Twenty years after it became independent from the Netherlands, Indonesia was ruled by a populist leader called Sukarno, who was … [Read more...] about Blood, Blunders and Blame: World’s Best, Worst and Weirdest Military Coups
A NEW poll has revealed the best and worst delivery firms in the UK - and it's Yodel that tops the list of worst offenders.The survey by MoneySavingExpert.com exposes the companies that have been rated worst for their service, and founder Martin Lewis is hitting back at the substandard firms' by urging retailers to stop using their "crap" delivery services.The poll, which attracted votes from more than 11,000 people, reveals how just 18 per cent of people rated Yodel "great" for its service, while a staggering 57 per cent rated it "poor."Many shoppers won't be shocked to see Yodel top the worst offender chart, as the firm's service regularly gets rated amongst the poorest in the country.City Sprint ranked second worst in the poll, with 13 per cent of voters saying the service was "great" while 37 per cent said it was "poor."iPost Parcels came third, with 36 per cent of voters calling it's service poor.The four best-performing companies are the same as last year, … [Read more...] about Avoid shops that use ‘crap delivery services’ says Martin Lewis as poll reveals best and worst parcel firm
THE Olympics are only just beginning, but lucky viewers have already had their chance to judge the first national contest - who was wearing the best outfit at the opening ceremony?Although the fireworks inside the Maracana Stadium were stunning, all eyes were on the competitors' wardrobe choices as some of the world's best athletes marched into the stadium.And whilst some athletes scooped an early fashion gold, others fell at the first hurdle, as the national outfits fell under instant, and often hilarious, social media scrutiny.As the eagerly-awaited games begin in earnest, here's our take on the best and worst of opening ceremony fashion from the first night of the Rio Olympics.Need we say anything here? As far as social media was concerned, this slick Tongan stole the show as he carried his nation's flag into the arena.Topless Taekwondo athlete Pita Taukatofua won over viewers after strutting into the stadium and flaunting his … [Read more...] about These are the best and worst outfits from the Rio Olympics opening ceremony
THERE'S rarely a day that goes by that isn't designated to some tempting foodstuff. Pie Week and National Doughnut Day are particular highlights.But put down the rough puff and ditch the Krispy Kremes, today isn't about them... today is all about toast.That's right, that delicious treat of gently grilled bread has got its own celebration, and why on earth not?So what is this special day all about? How do you celebrate the breakfast staple and does this mean the queen has granted us all a day off?!OK, so you don't get a day off but you can still mark the occasion. Here's all you need to know...If you didn't already know - where have you been?! Today is National Toast Day so dig out that white sliced and get jammy.The nationwide event was started in 2014 by the Tiptoe World Bread Awards.How isn't it celebrated more to the point? You've probably already caught the parade with Jonathan Warburton perched on top of a giant Dualit toaster throwing grilled bread at legions of breakfast … [Read more...] about When is National Toast Day 2017, how is it celebrated and what are some of the best ways to eat toast?