Kensington Palace said Thursday that invitations for the wedding between Prince Harry and his American fiancée, Meghan Markle, have been dispatched. Some 600 people have been invited to the May 19 nuptials at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle. All 600 have also been invited to a lunchtime reception given by Queen Elizabeth II at St George’s Hall. The invitations, which are bevelled and gilded in gold along the edges, feature Prince Charles’ three-feather badge. Harry and Markle will also celebrate with some 200 guests at a private evening reception given by Prince Charles.
March 22, 2018 15:11 UTC
His wife, a skilled, longtime knitter, would always have a project on the go while the couple watched television together. Since then he’s completed about 15 projects including sweaters, stuffed animals, hats and a felted bag for his mother. The meditative aspects of the craft — knitting’s much-loved way of bringing quiet to the mind — are what got him hooked, Cantelon said. The handicrafting industry folk I spoke to for this story say there are a few different factors influencing a recent increase in interest from men. Mike Reynolds took up cross-stitch in January after making a New Year’s resolution to learn something new.
March 22, 2018 15:03 UTC
Accused killer Kalen Schlatter appeared by video in College Park court on Thursday — his face bearded, in an orange jumpsuit. He spoke clearly as he said good morning and told the Justice of the Peace his name, then stayed silent, nodding as he left. The charge against him was upgraded yesterday in the killing of 22-year-old Tess Richey, from second-degree to first-degree murder. Ted Lioumanis sat with the family in court, greeting them each with a warm embrace when he arrived Thursday morning. Lioumanis told reporters afterward that Schlatter has yet to provide a statement and is not cooperating with police.
March 22, 2018 14:37 UTC
It is the first known plan to keep the Toys “R” Us brand alive. Read more: Opinion | Rick Salutin: Who Killed Toys ‘R’ Us? The announcement last week that Toys “R” Us would be lost generated an enormous outpouring of nostalgia. When it filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last fall, Toys “R” Us pledged to stay open. Toys “R” Us will likely liquidate its businesses in Australia, France, Poland, Portugal and Spain.
March 22, 2018 13:41 UTC
Mayor John Tory is trumpeting a new rule that forces utility crews to do much of their work on downtown streets outside daylight hours. The change, though, is not music to the ears of some downtown councillors, including Joe Cressy. “We’re going to build places for people to sleep downtown but we won’t actually let you sleep downtown,” because of potential construction noise, thundered the Ward 20 Trinity-Spadina representative. Tory announced Wednesday utility companies and their subcontractors are no longer allowed to do planned roadwork between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. on streets bounded by Dundas St. to the north, Lake Shore Blvd./Harbour St. to the south, Bathurst St. to the west and Jarvis St. to the east. There is an exception — curb lanes where parking is allowed — but only between 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
March 22, 2018 13:30 UTC
President Donald Trump and former Vice-President Joe Biden are in a rhetorical smackdown over who could clean the other’s clock in a brawl. Trump, reacting to comments Biden made about him earlier in the week at an anti-sexual assault rally, tweeted Thursday: “Crazy Joe Biden is trying to act like a tough guy. Actually, he is weak, both mentally and physically, and yet he threatens me, for the second time, with physical assault. “If we were in high school, I’d take him behind the gym and beat the hell out of him,” said Biden, a Democrat. Women who accused Trump of sexual assault say his election was ‘heartbreaking’Read more about:
March 22, 2018 13:20 UTC
(Reuters) - City Football Group, which owns Premier League leaders Manchester City, is looking to add to its stable of soccer clubs and is especially keen on acquisitions in China, according to its chief commercial officer, Tom Glick. Manchester City is one of several clubs owned by the group, a holding company in which Abu Dhabi United Group owns an 87 percent stake with the remaining 13 percent held by the China Media Capital consortium. In addition to Manchester City, the group owns MLS franchise New York City, Australian side Melbourne City, Uruguay's Club Atletico Torque, a joint majority stake in Spanish club Girona and a minority stake in Japan's Yokohama F. Marinos. "There are a number of very interesting markets and healthy leagues with great upsides so we're looking at a number of places, including places in Asia." China has invested heavily in the sport in recent years, boosting its domestic league by signing a number of high-profile, international players and coaches.
March 22, 2018 12:45 UTC
Céline Dion has cancelled a string of shows between March 27 and April 18 due to a hearing condition called Patulous Eustachian tube that she says will require a “minimally invasive surgical procedure.”The Quebec pop star cancelled two January concerts at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas due to what she then described as “congestion and irritation of the vocal chords due to a lingering cold.”At the time, she said she expected to be ready to return to the stage by March 27. A new statement on her official Facebook page says she has also been dealing with her ear condition over the past 12 to 18 months, “which causes hearing irregularities, and makes it extremely difficult to sing.”She is now expected to resume performing on May 22.
March 22, 2018 12:44 UTC
PFLUGERVILLE, Texas—A 25-minute cellphone video left behind by the bomber whose deadly explosives terrorized Austin for weeks details the differences among the weapons he built and amounts to a confession, police said. It seemed to indicate the 23-year-old knew he was about to be caught, said Austin Police Chief Brian Manley. Article Continued BelowWithin seconds, the suspect had detonated a bomb inside his vehicle, blasting the officers backward, Manley said. He later attended Austin Community College from 2010 to 2012, according to a college spokesperson, but he did not graduate. Later, police sent a bomb squad to a FedEx facility outside the Austin airport to check on a suspicious package.
March 22, 2018 12:33 UTC
PRAGUE, Czech Republic—An explosion rocked a chemical factory Thursday in the Czech Republic, killing six people and injuring two others, officials said. Unipetrol, a Czech oil processor and plastics producer, said the blast took place inside one of the storage tank for fuels and additives in its refinery in the town of Kralupy nad Vltavou, 16 kilometres north of the capital Prague. A Kralupy town crisis manager, Lukas Hodik, said the explosion seemed to occur when workers were cleaning an empty tank. Regional firefighters confirmed that six people were killed and that the two injured were sent to the hospital. Spokesman Petr Svoboda said there was no danger of further explosions at the site.
March 22, 2018 12:20 UTC
A video of a baby smoking a small cigar outraged social media users Wednesday, who alerted North Carolina authorities and helped them identify the 20-year-old mother. It is unclear where the video originated, when it was posted and whether the substance the child was smoking was marijuana. “Big thanks to everyone who posted information about the smoking mother and baby,” police told their Facebook followers in a post Wednesday afternoon. A version of the video posted by a user who called for the mother’s arrest had received 1.5 million page views, according to the Associated Press. The 10-second video showed an adult-off screen holding what appears to be a small cigar in the infant’s lips.
March 22, 2018 11:48 UTC
"The word I want to use here is reciprocal," the president said, citing the example of tariffs that Chinese companies put on American cars. Unlike the move earlier this month to put tariffs on steel and aluminum, Thursday's memo didn't specify a list of products destined to see tariffs. After that, there will be a consultation period on the final list, at which point the tariffs will be implemented. The National Retail Federation says it has issues with China's trade policies, but says tariffs are the wrong way to combat them. "Engaging in a trade war will … result in higher prices for a wide range of consumer products and basic household goods."
March 22, 2018 11:25 UTC
BOSTON—Longtime Boston television personality and entertainer Frank Avruch, who was the star of the popular children’s TV program Bozo the Clown, has died. Avruch died Tuesday at his Boston home from heart disease, his family said in a statement to WCVB-TV . Avruch played Bozo the Clown from 1959 to 1970, a clown character particularly popular in the U.S. in the 1960s because of widespread franchising in television. Avruch became the first nationally-syndicated Bozo the Clown. “He had a heart of gold,” manager Stuart Hersh told The Associated Press on Wednesday, “He brought the Bozo the Clown character to life better than anyone else’s portrayal of Bozo the Clown.”Avruch also was a contributor to WCVB-TV for more than 40 years as a host of Man About Town and The Great Entertainment.
March 22, 2018 11:03 UTC
The replacement for the beleaguered Phoenix pay system will have to better integrate the government's human resources and pay departments, Public Services and Procurement Canada Minister Carla Qualtrough told senators at a committee hearing Wednesday night. In the government's budget released in February, $16 million is set aside to replace the pay system that has continuously failed to pay employees correctly since it was launched more than two years ago. Qualtrough told senators at the finance committee they have learned a new system can't put pay and human resources in silos. "The partners in this crime are HR and pay and we know we can't just focus on the pay," she said. "I envision a time where we don't talk separately about an HR system and a pay system," she said.
March 22, 2018 10:53 UTC
“We were looking for a friend for the kids,” Dave Minnis says. And he doesn’t look like a coyote, and everybody in this area knew he was missing.”So, who shot Hercules? Dave Minnis suspects it may have been a bunch of thrill-seeking teenagers. “We just want to make sure this doesn’t happen to another family,” Dave Minnis says. “We’ve buried Hercules where his greatest adventure began,” Dave Minnis says.
March 22, 2018 10:52 UTC