A new way of laying paths developed by a New Zealander living in the British countryside allows walkways to absorb light during the day and emit it at night, which could light streets all over the world more cheaply and efficiently than street lights. Joel Flynn shines a light on how the technology could pave the way to the future.
Britain’s Prince George was christened in a small, private service. A video timeline shows four generations of royal christenings.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge welcome a baby boy into the world!
Prince William’s wife Kate gave birth on Monday to a baby boy, who becomes third in line to the British throne, his office said. The baby, the couple’s first child, was born at 4:24 p.m. (1524 GMT), weighing 8 pounds and 6 ounces.
"Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well and will remain in hospital overnight," said a statement from the royal household.
Photo: Employees Hayley Simmonds (R) and Amy Bush hang a sign celebrating the news that Britain’s Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, has given birth to a son, in the window of the British themed restaurant Tea & Sympathy in New York, July 22, 2013. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
Royal baby watch is in full swing in London, where business is booming for those who look like members of the royal family. Baby fever was projected last month to boost the UK’s economy by 240 million pounds, or 380 million dollars.
His or Her Royal Highness the Prince or Princess of Cambridge is expected to arrive within the week.
A lookalike of Britain’s Prince Harry takes part in a publicity stunt in front of the door to the Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital, where Britain’s Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge is due to give birth, in London, July 16, 2013. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth
Starbucks’ coffee menu famously baffles some people. In Britain, it’s their accounts that are confusing. Starbucks has been telling investors the business was profitable, even as it consistently reported losses.
This apparent contradiction arises from tax avoidance, and sheds light on perfectly legal tactics used by multinationals the world over. Starbucks stands out because it has told investors one thing and the taxman another.
The Seattle-based group, with a market capitalization of $40 billion, is the second-largest restaurant or cafe chain globally after McDonald’s. Accounts filed by its UK subsidiary show that since it opened in the UK in 1998 the company has racked up over 3 billion pounds ($4.8 billion) in coffee sales, and opened 735 outlets but paid only 8.6 million pounds in income taxes, largely due because the taxman disallowed some deductions.
Over the past three years, Starbucks has reported no profit, and paid no income tax, on sales of 1.2 billion pounds in the UK. McDonald’s, by comparison, had a tax bill of over 80 million pounds on 3.6 billion pounds of UK sales. Kentucky Fried Chicken, part of Yum Brands Inc., the no. 3 global restaurant or cafe chain by market capitalization, incurred taxes of 36 million pounds on 1.1 billion pounds in UK sales, according to the accounts of their UK units.
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Scotland on Monday set up a historic independence referendum after its leader signed an agreement with Britain’s prime minister finalizing arrangements for a vote which could lead to the demise of its three-centuries-old union with England.
Scotland’s drive for sovereignty, led by its nationalist leader Alex Salmond, echoes separatist moves by other European regions such as Catalonia and Flanders at a time when a crisis-hit European Union is undergoing deep changes to its identity.
Signed in the Scottish capital Edinburgh, the deal will allow Scotland to decide in a 2014 referendum whether it should become an independent country or stay within the United Kingdom.
Nationalists have timed the vote to coincide with the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn when Scottish forces led by Robert the Bruce defeated English invaders.
Prime Minister David Cameron opposes Scotland’s push, arguing that Britain is stronger together. But London agrees it is up to Scotland to decide its future for itself in a vote.
At noon London time on July 12, 2012, Britain will slip silently into a new era of radio history.
At the top of the hour, the BBC World Service - once the voice of the British empire - will transmit its last radio news bulletin from its imposing home, Bush House in central London.
For more than 70 years the art-deco building was the beating heart of the British Broadcasting Corporation’s overseas service and a bastion of press freedom around the world.
From here King George V addressed the Empire in 1932, Charles de Gaulle defied the Nazis, and legions of emigres sent news in dozens of languages to the unmistakeable introductory strains of Lilliburlero, its signature tune.