Art

Tortoise, 102, is guest of honour at wedding

Tortoise, 102, is guest of honour at wedding

Image caption Emma and Ric Washington with 102-year-old Sammy and their two other tortoises. A tortoise-obsessed bride and groom made their 102-year-old pet the guest of honour at their wedding. Sammy, the miniature Tunisian reptile, was at Emma and Ric Washington's special day in Norfolk, with sidekicks Clyde, 14, and two-year-old Esther. The centenarian star attraction watched the celebrations in south Norfolk from a wooden shed built ... Full story

Education

July Boy Group Member Brand Reputation Rankings Announced

July Boy Group Member Brand Reputation Rankings Announced

The Korean Business Research Institute has revealed this month’s brand reputation rankings for individual boy group members! The rankings were determined through an analysis of the consumer participation, media coverage, communication, and community awareness indexes of 527 boy group members, using big data collected from June 18 to July 19. BTS’s Jimin topped the list for the sixth consecutive month, scoring a brand reputation index of ... Full story

Economics

Pound sterling: 5 holiday destinations where a weak pound still goes far

Pound sterling: 5 holiday destinations where a weak pound still goes far

The timing couldn't be worse. Just as many of us are preparing to jet off on our much awaited summer holiday break, the pound has taken a further tumble. Tourist exchange rates are based on how the pound trades on international money markets. Lately it hasn't been good. This week, sterling dropped to its lowest level for six months against the euro. Against the US dollar, the pound hit its lowest rate for 27 months. With uncertainty over Brexit ... Full story

Entertainment

Met Police hacked with bizarre tweets posted online  News

Met Police hacked with bizarre tweets posted online News

Image caption Some tweets called for the release of drill rap artist Digga D. The Twitter account of the Metropolitan Police has been hacked, with a series of bizarre messages posted. A series of tweets were sent from the force's verified account, which has more than a million followers, including one about rapper Digga D. A stream of unusual emails were also sent from the force's press bureau at about 23:30 BST on Friday. Scotland Yard ... Full story

Health

Red Cross to World’s Cities: Here’s How to Prevent Heat Wave Deaths

Red Cross to World’s Cities: Here’s How to Prevent Heat Wave Deaths

The disaster relief agency issued new guidelines to help city leaders cope with rising global temperatures. Full story

Law

Rise in knives and blades found at London family courts

Rise in knives and blades found at London family courts

Image caption HM Courts and Tribunals Service said it treats security "extremely seriously". Thousands of knives and sharp objects are being confiscated annually at London family courts, with campaigners saying it showed how "desensitised" some people were to carrying weapons. Eighty-six knives with blades longer than 3in (8cm) were seized in 2018-19, a big rise from just 18 a year earlier, Ministry of Justice data revealed. Almost 4,000 ... Full story

Living

Costs review 'ongoing' amid reported £30bn overrun - BBC News

Costs review 'ongoing' amid reported £30bn overrun - BBC News

The government has insisted that a review of the cost of a new high-speed railway linking London, Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds is continuing. The assurances come despite the project reportedly needing an extra £30bn. HS2 chairman Allan Cook has written to the Department for Transport to warn that the project will exceed the official £56bn budget, the Financial Times reported. The newspaper cited an internal review for the figure. "The ... Full story

Politics

Netanyahu becomes Israel's longest-serving leader

Netanyahu becomes Israel's longest-serving leader

Image caption Netanyahu still faces a tough fight for his political survival. Benjamin Netanyahu has become Israel's longest-serving prime minister, surpassing the record set by the country's founding father. Mr Netanyahu has led for 4,876 - one day more than Israel's first prime minister, David Ben Gurion. He secured his fifth term earlier this year but has called fresh elections after failing to form a government. Mr Netanyahu is currently ... Full story

Sport

Karina Canellakis makes Proms history

Karina Canellakis makes Proms history

Image caption Karina Canellakis took up the baton after being encouraged by Sir Simon Ratt;e. Karina Canellakis has made history, as the first woman to conduct the First Night of the BBC Proms. The US musician led the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus and BBC Singers in a stirring and dramatic programme culminating in Leos Janáček's utterly unique Glagolitic Mass. The landmark performance came just two years after Cannellakis's conducting debut ... Full story

Technology

Renewables will be cheaper than fossil fuels by 2020, research says

Renewables will be cheaper than fossil fuels by 2020, research says

The cost of renewable energy sources like wind and solar continue to fall drastically, and it was only a matter of time before they were cheaper than fossil fuels. The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) believes that’ll happen by 2020 based on their new report . Prices could be as low as three cents per kilowatt-hour for onshore wind and solar photovoltaic projects over the next two years. Across the board, average costs of producing ... Full story