The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge today flew to Cyprus to visit a British military base in support of deployed armed forces personnel who will be apart from their families over Christmas. William and Kate, who are travelling on board RAF Voyager, wish to support the servicemen and women and honour the fact that many serving personnel are away from their families at this time of the year. Approximately 7,500 military personnel are currently serving overseas or away from home on exercises. A large portion of these have children who will have a parent away over the festive period. Yesterday the royal couple hosted a festive themed Christmas party at Kensington Palace for … [Read more...] about Kate Middleton and Prince William land in Cyprus in Christmas visit to troops
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Former Sky Sports presenter Natalie Sawyer has landed a new role on radio station talkSPORT. Sawyer left Sky under a cloud in March after 18 years with the company and none of her colleagues mentioned her departure on air. She was a regular anchor on Sky Sports News and also hosted several EFL matches on Sky prior to leaving. Sawyer fronted William Hill's Champions League preview footage towards the end of last season alongside former England midfielder Ryan Mason. But she has now landed a new role at talkSPORT and joins Ally McCoist and Sir Bradley Wiggins as big-name new signings for the radio station ahead of the new season. Sawyer's role will be on the Kick Off show from August 14, sharing presenting duties with Danny Kelly from Tuesdays to Thursdays from 7pm. She will also host the Final Word from Sundays at 5pm. talkSPORT chief Liam Fisher said: "talkSPORT is truly the sports fan’s radio station. "With a host of new broadcast rights and an exciting new schedule of … [Read more...] about Former Sky Sports presenter Natalie Sawyer lands new job
Plymouth has a new hotel – the first of many set to be built in the city in the next few years. The Royal William Yard’s Grade II-listed Residence One building has been opened as the boutique affair Bistrot Pierre Rooms. Restaurant chain Bistrot Pierre, which has had an eatery in the yard since 2014, has decided to branch out into the small hotel market and turn the Georgian Residence One building into a 14-bedroom version. It is the first of a number of new hotels slated for Plymouth, with a further 10, bringing more than 900 rooms and a huge economic boost to the city, scheduled for the next few years as the city prepares to bask in the glow of Mayflower 400. The vanguard is in Residence One, the former home of the Admiral of the fleet, which has undergone a major regeneration programme to bring it back to life as a “unique, luxury accommodation”. The new guest rooms were designed by RIBA award-winning architect Jackie Gillespie, co-founder of Dartington-based … [Read more...] about Beautiful Royal William Yard building becomes Plymouth’s newest hotel
SANDWICH – More than 70 firms have bid on the project to turn a vacant building into a new Sandwich Police Station. Mayor Rick Olson and Police Chief Jim Bianchi said they were pleased with the number of bids received for the project during a meeting Wednesday. They said it would take some time for city, police, and other officials to review the bids to determine who is lowest for each category. Recommendations on which ones to accept will be made by Williams Architect of Itasca, the firm in charge of the design work, and Harbour Contractors of Plainfield, which will be in charge of the construction. The city had been planning to construct a new police station on land it owns on the Sandwich Fair Grounds, but learned of this building at 1251 E. Sixth St., which had been vacant since 2009. When city officials learned in 2016 that the vacant building was available they visited it and immediately voted to purchase the 14,000 square foot building along with an adjoining … [Read more...] about Bids pour in for new Sandwich police station contract
WILLIAM of Orange fought his way to the English crown in the late 17th century in what became known as The Glorious Revolution. In Northern Ireland, where he is known as "King Billy", he is still commemorated every year with The Twelfth celebrations. Here is his story. Who was William of Orange? William of Orange was born in the Hague, then part of the Dutch Republic, on November 4, 1650. His father William II died before his birth, giving William the title of Prince of Orange – a region in the south of modern-day France – from the moment he was born. In 1672 he became a Stadtholder, or head of state, and in the years that followed extended his power over the Netherlands, which were then a series of separate states. Throughout the early 1670s he was engaged in a series of brutal conflicts, with the Protestant Dutch fighting back from the brink against the powerful Catholic French and their allies. With peace gradually secured, William sought to improve his position with … [Read more...] about Who was William of Orange, when did King Billy win the Battle of the Boyne and how is he celebrated on The Twelfth?