Re-rootedHS2 could very well be derailed after receiving a blow to its plans to knock down everything in its path, as a highly prized tree along the route was crowned 2015’s Tree of the Year by the Woodland Trust. The ancient pear tree in Cubbington, Warwickshire – which is believed to have been growing for over 250 years – pipped nine other finalists to the title. HS2 officials say its hollow trunk means it will have to be felled, but said younger trees would be planted in the area to offset its loss. Opposition groups say the award sends a “clear message” to politicians about the high-speed line. HS2 may have to pear back its plans.There goes the neighbourhoodJeremy Corbyn may be on the hard left of the political spectrum, but this has not stopped his Labour party picking the upmarket Kensington High Street as the home of its new headquarters. A Labour insider suggested to the Financial Times the move may only be temporary, adding the party had moved to a cheap “shell” building rather than something more befitting of their surroundings in London’s richest borough, and could be there for as little as four months. Perhaps the most intriguing aspect of the move is that the Daily Mail will be one of the party’s neighbours on Kensington High Street, which of course has succumbed to Corbynmania, or rather, anti-Corbynmania.Chew storyFeel guilty about scoffing more calories than the recommended daily allowance? You’re not alone. A new piece of research by constructaquote.com found male construction workers in the UK eat on average 4,000 calories a day – 1,500 more than the government recommended amount. When asked about the most common meals they ate during a normal working day, the most popular answers were: breakfast baguettes, meat pie/pasties, burger and chips, a fry-up and fried chicken. Only 4% said they regularly had a salad, while the other 96% presumably had hands so greasy they were unable to complete the survey.Down the kitchen sinkPeter Bonfield’s review of the government’s energy efficiency policy may not need to look any further than the millions of Brits who are apparently throwing away money on inefficient energy habits in the kitchen. A survey by an online appliances retailer has revealed that many homeowners have attitudes and usage habits that are inadvertently costing them a fortune by wasting energy. The survey says 47% regularly boil more water than they need while using the kettle, and one in five use their dishwasher before it is full. Just 11% fill their freezer to its full capacity, meaning most are freezing air rather than produce. Mark Kelly, marketing manager at the firm behind the survey, AppliancesDirect.co.uk, warns ominously: “Many are sleepwalking into paying much more than they need to, and probably aren’t even aware they are doing anything wrong.”Sold down the riverGarden Bridge-watchers may be interested to note that a consequence of the development is the planned relocation of Second World War ship HQS Wellington to accommodate the blooming bridge. The ship has been moored on the Thames since 1948. It will be moved to a site at Temple Stairs, which will in turn have the knock-on effect of the proposed Thames Baths swimming area being moved up or down river.Source: Anwar Hussein / Empics EntertainmentGrin and bear itI’m sure the partners of Arcadis – the UK consultant formerly known as EC Harris and Hyder respectively – are as fit and active a bunch as you can expect a group of largely middle-aged QSs and engineers to be. Which is why I reacted with alarm when news reached me that the partners’ annual team away day was being organised by Bear Grylls Survival Academy. Instructors from the Mission Survive TV host’s own company, apparently took the group out after a morning of solid rain. One can only hope, for the sake of Arcadis’ long-term health, that Grylls (pictured) applies the same rules to his survival academy as to his own TV programme – in which he has been accused of exaggerating his endurance missions.
The former captain of the Bulgarian national team Ivelin Popov has started negotiations with the Russian Sochi. According to the local edition “Championship”, Popov wants to leave his current club Rostov and this will most likely happen during the summer transfer window.Popov did not get into Rostov’s group for the match of the third round of the Russian championship against Dynamo Moscow.The Bulgarian moved to Rostov with a free transfer from Spartak Moscow in the winter of 2019. Popov’s contract with his current club expires in the summer of 2021.After the first three rounds in Russia, Sochi collected an asset of five points and is in a week position. Rostov is tenth in the standings. Follow us anywhere and anytime with the mobile application of Gong.bg. You can download it from Google Play, App Store and AppGallery.
COMMENT WATCH US LIVE SUBSCRIBE TO US Houston Astos shortstop Carlos Correa is so serious about not contracting the coronavirus that he’s asked his wife, Daniella, a former pageant queen, to stay out of beauty salons until the season is over.“When I talk to my wife she knows,” he said Sunday. “No getting your nails done. No getting your hair done right now. So we’re going to be home. We’re going to focus on the baseball season and once everything is done, then you can go to get your nails done and do everything else.”Correa’s wife was Miss Texas in 2016. The pair wed in the Dominican Republic in December.Correa spoke at length after Sunday’s workout about the importance of personal responsibility among the players if they hope to get through this 60-game season, which is scheduled to begin July 23 or July 24.“We know what it takes to make the season possible,” he said. “What we’re doing is we come to work out and we go back to our houses. I think that’s the key … I think if we can keep it simple. Simple as come get your work in and go back home, get some rest, I think we’ll be able to be fine and be able to carry on with the season.”Houston is one of the U.S. cities currently being hit hardest by the coronavirus, and Texas reported its highest daily increase in confirmed cases on Saturday with 8,258.For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms that clear up within weeks. But for others, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, the highly contagious virus can cause severe symptoms and be fatal. The vast majority of people recover. FOLLOW US LIVE TV Last Updated: 6th July, 2020 09:07 IST Correa Asks Wife To Stay Out Of Salons Until Season Ends Houston Astos shortstop Carlos Correa is so serious about not contracting the coronavirus that he’s asked his wife, Daniella, a former pageant queen, to stay out of beauty salons until the season is over. Written By First Published: 6th July, 2020 09:07 IST Associated Press Television News
Related Courtesy Lisa Revelli(NEW YORK) — Picture this: You’re on vacation. And before you head to the beach, you decide to spend your morning playing with puppies.If this sounds like a perfect way to spend your vacation, trek to Providenciales in Turks and Caicos. There you’ll find Potcake Place, a volunteer-run organization that helps reduce the stray population on the island.Jane Parker-Rauw, the organization’s founder, said that when she moved to the islands in 1997 from England to operate a spa she noticed that many puppies would roam the streets.“People really didn’t know what to do with them,” she told ABC News. “They’d be just roaming in packs, and there was not really anything here to help.”So Parker-Rauw started Potcake Place that not only removes stray puppies from the sunny island streets, but also facilitates adoptions — up to 500 a year — to locals and people overseas.But if you’re just on the island for vacation, you can also get in on the puppy fun since the adoption center needs puppies to become “socialized” before they’re partnered with a family.Parker-Rauw said a lot of the puppies they find “haven’t been touched by people before,” and at times they can experience abuse on the streets.About seven years ago, she had an idea to let tourists take them out for an hour in the morning, before the sun makes the islands unbearably hot.Parker-Rauw warns, “It’s not an excursion. We’re doing this solely for the benefit of the dogs.”Since she began letting the animals visit with tourists, she’s seen a dramatic difference in the dogs at the shelter.“We would get a puppy…who would come in obviously scared of people,” Parker-Rauw began, “and after we send them out, you’ll suddenly see a puppy who was once cowering in a corner as soon as the door opens, they’re now up wagging their tail, greeting people.”Parker-Rauw said that it also helps in leash training and potty training the puppies.“You don’t have to adopt a dog in order to help us,” she added.Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico