Leicester has hit the headlines across the globe in 2018 with some major news stories on our doorstep. Chief among them was the tragic events of October 27, when five people including Leicester City's chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha lost their lives when the owner's helicopter crashed outside the King power Stadium. The huge explosion in Hinckley Road in February - and the subsequent murder convictions this month - sent shockwaves throughout the city. And the death of Bill Maynard saw a huge outpouring of grief and affection. But there was plenty to celebrate, including Royal visits, scores of new shops and restaurants opening, and of course, if you had forgotten, the days and days summer heatwave. Here reporter Tom Mack runs through a year in news. JANUARY As 2018 began, the New Year was not a great time for Leicester’s X Factor hero Sam Bailey, who was knocked out cold by the ladder to her loft . The singer was unable to perform in the De Montfort Hall panto after the … [Read more...] about Blasts, Royals, snow and the World Cup: A year in Leicester
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Press play to listen to this article By FLORIAN EDER PRESENTED BY BAYER Send tips here | Tweet @florianeder | Listen to Playbook and view in your browser GOOD MONDAY MORNING. And welcome to the last week of frenzied activity before the Christmas break, starting with the customary end-of-year Council meeting on fish quotas today. Alongside the action, here’s a potentially fun-sounding protest to look forward to: “Poseidon … and his Minister for the Ocean call for an end to overfishing in a red-carpet act of high diplomacy,” the Our Fish campaign advised. The organization will present ministers with 350,000 signatures and — we buried the lede here — “a booklet of 33 international celebrities posing nude with fish” this morning. Get a glimpse here. Now let’s take a look at what’s next for Brexit and dig up some drama from last week’s summit. But first, this weekend’s big news: WE HAVE A … [Read more...] about POLITICO Brussels Playbook, presented by Bayer: The Brexit road ahead — Leaders clinch COP24 deal — End of Europe as we know it
‘MeToo’, ‘single-use’, ‘vegan’, and ‘gammon’ all made the cut, although there was a notable omission from the list of defining words from the past 12 months. Where was ‘overtourism’? Don’t get me wrong. Collins is on the money with its selection; no doubt the cultural history books will remember 2018 as the year that we finally became ‘woke’ about single-use plastics, started to discuss the shocking prevalence of sexual misconduct in the #MeToo movement, and (like it or not) saw the notion of an animal-free diet enter the mainstream. But 2018 will also go down as the year of overtourism. We saw locals take to the streets to protest against the tide of visitors. Beaches were closed to the public so they could recover from the impact of tourism. International conferences were called and industry leaders were forced to confront the problem. Tourism was originally seen as purely positive, something to be … [Read more...] about 2018: The year tourism broke the world – and why the worst is yet to come
Europe in flames How can we fight wildfires sweeping the continent - and is it too late to end the cycle? Europe in flames How can we fight wildfires sweeping the continent - and is it too late to end the cycle? This summer uncontrolled fires have raged across the UK and Europe as never before. What, or who, sparked them? And might we discover the danger is far from over when the flames are doused? By Joe Shute and Bruno Manteigas 3 AUGUST 2018 • 12:21 PM BST They died huddled together; 26 men, women and children entwined in each other’s arms. The Greek villa where their bodies were recovered by a Red Cross rescue team was just yards from the Aegean Sea, but so fierce and fast were the wildfires sweeping through the pine forest and olive groves surrounding the resort town of Mati, they didn’t stand a chance. At least 91 were killed and hundreds injured in the wildfires that just over 10 days ago obliterated Mati, 18 miles east of … [Read more...] about Europe in flames: how can we tackle the wildfires sweeping Britain and the continent?
Samuel Stebbins and Evan Comen 24/7 Wall Street Published 11:53 p.m. UTC Jun 13, 2018 Where Americans live can have a considerable impact on their quality of life. In some U.S. cities, everyday comfort and happiness is much harder to attain than in others. Quality of life is subjective, and difficult to measure. Still, there is a wide range of quantifiable factors that can impact quality of life in a given area. Affordability, safety, job market strength, quality of education, infrastructure, average commute times, air quality, and the presence of cultural attractions are just a few examples of factors that can influence overall quality of life. 24/7 Wall St. created an index with measures in eight categories -- crime, economy, education, environment, health, housing, infrastructure, and leisure -- to identify the 50 worst cities to live in. Not confined to a single region, the worst cities span the country from the South to the Midwest and from New England to the Pacific coast. … [Read more...] about Least livable: 50 worst US cities to reside in