Queen's two most senior PR chiefs to leave Palace

Sally Osman, the Director of Royal Communications, and Steve Kingstone, the Queen's Media Secretary, are leaving Buckingham Palace.

Two of the Queen's top communications chiefs, Sally Osman and Steve Kingstone, are leaving the palace in the coming months, it emerged today

The Queen was today with other senior royals at the celebrations of the RAF centenary

Mr Kingstone, a former BBC journalist, became the Queen's Media Secretary in 2016. He will become Director of Communications at Oxfam. 

It is understood that Ms Osman won't be replaced and a new position, Communications Secretary for the Queen, will include both roles.

The departures come after a busy year for the Royal Family's press team, following the challenges surrounding Prince Harry's wedding to Meghan Markle.

Amid global interest in the wedding, the royals were criticised for failing to properly support Meghan's father, Thomas, who did a deal with paparazzi to take photos of him getting ready for the ceremony.

After his deal was exposed, he pulled out of giving Meghan away shortly before the big day, meaning Prince Charles had to step in.

Meghan's half-brother and half-sister, Tom and Samantha, also made repeated criticisms of their treatment after they were not invited to the wedding.

The Palace came in for criticism early this year over their handling of Thomas Markle

Despite the difficulties, there is no suggestion the Markle scandals led to the latest changes in the palace communications team.

News of the aides departures emerged on a busy day for the royals, who today led national celebrations as the Royal Air Force marked a century since its formation.

The Queen, the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex attended a service at Westminster Abbey this morning.

The royals then appeared on the balcony of Buckingham Palace to view a flypast of up to 100 RAF aircraft and a parade of more than 1,000 personnel.

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    ntials. No, we&#39;re not just talking about shower caddies and flip flops—we&#39;re talking about laptops. Nowadays, your computer is just as important as your student ID. Not sure where to start? Well, it really depends on your needs. But we&#39;ve done the hard part, figuring out the best laptops for students, no matter what you&#39;re focusing on.</p><p>College is expensive enough already, so it&#39;s important to shop smart. Whether you&#39;re working with a tight budget or you have a little expendable income, we&#39;ve got something for everyone. From sleek ultraportables to traditional clamshell-style laptops, here are the best laptops for students.</p><p>The Asus Chromebook Flip C302CA, with its 4GB RAM and 64GB of eMMC flash storage, is a good productivity machine. It&#39;s fast enough to handle most tasks like watching Netflix or surfing the web. The Flip is surprisingly zippy for a Chromebook, which exclusively runs web-based applications.</p><p>It genuinely feels well-built, too. The aluminum body is slim and lightweight, but won&#39;t bow under pressure. The convertible hinge design also lets you rotate the lid all the way around so you can use it like a tablet, making it easier to share information in a classroom setting. </p><p>If you&#39;re happy with Chromebooks, the Acer Chromebook 11 N7 is the budget alternative to the Flip. It&#39;s not the prettiest machine, but it&#39;s rugged and affordable. Designed for classroom environments, it should be able to withstand drops up to 48 inches. The keyboard and trackpad are also sealed against small spills, so if you were to spill a can of soda on it, the gutter system would drain that away.</p><p>The 1366 x 768 display looks okay in low-light, but bright environments wash it out. The colors are accurate enough, at the very least. Even though the display is lacking, it&#39;s not a bad machine for the price. The Acer isn&#39;t as sleek-looking as the Flip, but it gets the job done.</p><p>The Acer Aspire E 15 (2018) is one of the most fully featured laptops we&#39;ve ever tested. With its snappy performance, long battery life, and robust port selection, you&#39;re getting a lot for your money. Plus, at just $599, it certainly won&#39;t burn a hole in your wallet. Did I mention it&#39;s upgradeable, too?</p><p>As for the trade-offs, the display is dimmer than we like and the chassis (though sturdy) is really bulky. The webcam takes some pretty crappy pictures as well. However, for those with basic computer needs, the Aspire is the right choice.</p><p>With its snappy processor, lightweight frame, and responsive touchscreen, the Google Pixelbook is about as futuristic as Chromebooks get. But while we love the clicky keyboard, long battery life, and convertible design, it&#39;s not a perfect product. </p><p>The pen isn&#39;t included, so you&#39;ll need to pay extra in addition to the cost of the laptop. Did I mention it&#39;s really expensive for a Chromebook, too? The base configuration alone is about $999. The lid is also a smudge magnet. Drawbacks aside, if you want the best of the best, you can&#39;t get much better than this.</p><p>If you want the power and portability of a high-end laptop but want to keep the cost down, the Dell Inspiron 13 5000 is the way to go. Reasonably equipped models start right around $529, with fast processors and just enough storage and memory for handling schoolwork.</p><p>We recommend upgrading to a model with at least 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD, which will set you back around $700. Though the plasticky body won’t turn heads, it’s lightweight, portable, and the 2-in-1 screen is perfect for watching Netflix.</p><p>Best of all, it’s easy and fast to get your laptop fixed if it breaks (we’re big fans of Dell’s service and support). And if you’re the techy type, Dell offers a service manual that shows you how to personally replace nearly every component on the laptop—ensuring it’ll work great for years to come.</p><p>The thing about this laptop is that it&#39;s ginormous, weighing almost six pounds. Unless you&#39;re teeming with superhuman strength, I doubt you&#39;ll want to lug this thing back and forth to class every day. It&#39;s probably the kind of laptop that lives on your dorm room desk rather than something you take all your notes on, but it&#39;s a pretty good deal if you want a gaming-capable machin; you&#39;re getting loads of power for a phenomenal price.</p><p>Though typing on the keyboard cover takes some getting used to, the SP4 is perfect if you plan to write a lot of your notes on the screen or need something you can draw on. Its stylus is widely considered to be the best in class and the built-in kickstand gives you plenty of angles to work with.</p><p>The MacBook Air, known for its all-aluminum body and ultra-thin design, hasn&#39;t changed much since its 2008 debut. The 2017 version might not have the freshest design, but performance is fast enough for basic tasks like web browsing, photo editing, and word processing. What I like best is the large multi-touch touchpad because it&#39;s easy to use and super responsive. </p><p>The 1440 x 900 display is behind the curve, though. You&#39;ll lose contrast if you tilt the screen downward and viewing angles are narrower than we like. It&#39;s fine for everyday tasks like writing e-mails or chatting in Slack, but most laptops offer 1080p displays or higher these days.</p><p>If you&#39;re looking to replace your aging gaming computer with a high-end powerhouse, then maybe it&#39;s time to spring for the Razer Blade. This machine, with its high-performing specs and cool Chroma keyboard, ticked off a lot of boxes for us—it&#39;s actually the best-performing laptop we&#39;ve ever tested. The Nvidia GTX 1060 graphics chip can handle everything from modern games to virtual reality, if that&#39;s your thing.</p><p>The only drawback is the underwhelming battery life. The Blade loses its charge just a few hours of moderate use. That&#39;s less than a full school day, so you&#39;ll have to keep your eyes peeled for an outlet between classes. It&#39;s also expensive, but for a true gaming experience you can bring on the go, the Blade is the way to go.</p><p>If you&#39;re looking for zippy performance, look no further. Not only does the MateBook X Pro deliver fast performance, it&#39;s durable and the top-tier model ($1,499.99) is aggressively priced. However, what we like best about it is the high-res display.</p><p>Between the vibrant colors and the barely-there bezels, the MateBook X Pro is awesome for photo editing or streaming video. The screen is also coated in Corning Gorilla Glass, which helps repel fingerprints. The only thing you have to watch out for is the glare.</p><p>But while we like the responsive touchpad and long battery life, we still had a few minor nitpicks. The underside gets pretty warm when running heavy processing tasks. The webcam placement is also weird and the shell attracts fingerprints.</p><p>That said, if you&#39;re looking for a cheaper alternative to the MacBook Pro, you can&#39;t get much better than this.</p><p>Known for their no-nonsense designs and amazing keyboards, the ThinkPad line is great for business students or anyone looking for a super reliable laptop.</p><p>This is going to sound bizarre but the X1 Carbon (2018) is one of the most huggable laptops around. The carbon fiber material just feels fantastic. Not only that, battery life is excellent and the keyboard is an absolute dream to type on. That said, there were still trade-offs.</p><p>The touch screen is finicky and the starting price is a bit high. If you&#39;re looking for a similarly powerful machine for less money, we&#39;d opt for the Dell XPS 13 (2018). But if you&#39;re working with a flexible budget and want a well-built machine, the Carbon is the way to go.</p><p>For just $379, the Chromebook 15 is a great option for the student on a very tight budget. What&#39;s really surprising about it is its build quality. The aluminum and plastic build feels really strong and I didn&#39;t notice any flex in the screen or chassis. That said, it&#39;s heavier than I like.</p><p>Weighing just a little under five pounds, you may not want to lug this thing from class-to-class. But that&#39;s the price you pay for a 15-inch display. Larger screens need larger bodies/chassis. Hey, at least you&#39;re getting a 1080p screen.</p><p>It&#39;s also not the most powerful machine in the world, but it&#39;s fine for browsing the Internet or writing papers. You&#39;ll definitely want to avoid loading this baby up with too many games. That said, if you just need something for light tasks, this Acer is where it&#39;s at.</p><p>For the student who needs a versatile machine, the Chromebook Spin 11 is a good choice. Thanks to the 360-degree hinge, you can swing the screen around and use it like a tablet or prop it up like a tent. It&#39;s also remarkably lightweight.</p><p>But while we love the included stylus and klutz-proof design, the screen is really small. It&#39;s fine for writing or working in Excel, but not much else. Picture quality is acceptable, but it&#39;s not the best screen for watching Netflix on.</p><p>If the tiny display isn&#39;t a deal-breaker, the Chromebook Spin 11 makes for an excellent budget option.</p>

    1 July 18, 2018
  • Irish pride fuels Aidan Igiehon&apos;s rise up the rankings

    Irish pride fuels Aidan Igiehon&apos;s rise up the rankings

    ><p>Just a couple of years before he blossomed into a five-star class of 2019 prospect near the top of Louisville’s recruiting board, Igiehon found basketball much harder as a raw prospect in a new country far from his family in Ireland.</p><p>“When you’re 13 years old, you see bright lights (of the United States) and you want to go there,” Igiehon said. “Then when I’m here, I’m like, ‘Man, I miss my mom.’ I’m still a huge mama’s boy. … There’s some workouts I cry, I don’t want to do it. I’m a kid.</p><p>“It made me have to be a man quick. It’s a hard process and nobody really understands that, but just try being a 13-year-old kid across the world from your mom.”</p><p>Now 17, Igiehon has made the most of his move from Dublin to New York City.</p><p>Igiehon acknowledged he was naïve about the level of competition and intensity he would face in American basketball after playing mostly for fun in Ireland, but the physical gifts of his 6-foot-10 frame have more than made up for any adjustment period.</p><p>Kentucky, Georgetown, Vanderbilt, Oregon, Florida, St. John’s, Georgia, Stanford and Pittsburgh are all also still in the running for Igiehon’s college commitment. UK has yet to extend a scholarship offer, but Louisville might be the favorite in his recruitment.</p><p>In the wake of Igiehon’s recent unofficial visit to campus, 247Sports national basketball recruiting director Evan Daniels picked the Cards as Igiehon’s eventual college destination.</p><p>“I don’t really know who’s a leader at this point, but they’re pretty much up there though,” Igiehon said of Louisville. “Me and Coach (Chris) Mack we talk every day, FaceTime every day. They’re making me a priority, which I enjoy.”</p><p>UK coach John Calipari has prioritized fellow five-star big men James Wiseman, Vernon Carey and Matthew Hurt. Wiseman and Carey are both ranked No. 1 in the class by at least one recruiting services, and Hurt is ranked No. 6 overall in the 2019 class in the 247Sports composite rankings.</p><p>Igiehon, who is ranked 16th, is considered more of a project than some of the other five-star post players due to his relative late adoption of the sport.</p><p>“Aidan is still developing those positive instincts,” said former Rutgers coach Mike Rice, who coaches Igiehon for Team Rio on the Under Armour AAU circuit. “He’s a little bit too mechanical at times and slow in reading the defense, but physically he is so gifted and can step back out and hit the 17-18 foot jumpshot, which he couldn’t do about six months ago.”</p><p>Igiehon said he still expects to eventually receive a UK scholarship offer, but it is unlikely the Wildcats move on another post player until it becomes clearer which school Wiseman, Carey and Hurt will pick.</p><p>Even without a Kentucky offer, Igiehon should have no trouble landing a spot at a marquee program.</p><p>Rice compares Igiehon to current UK sophomore Nick Richards, whom he also coached in high school. Like Igiehon, Richards, a native of Jamaica, did not grow up playing basketball as often as top American prospects and moved to the United States as a teenager to focus on the sport full-time.</p><p>At times, like when he missed a wide-open dunk that could have tied the game late in what ended up being the loss that knocked Team Rio out of the Under Armour Challenge, it’s obvious how Igiehon’s inexperience has kept him out of the top-10 despite his Adonis-like frame.</p><p>But when he blocks a shot on one end of the court and converts a powerful post move on the other, it is also easy to see why coaches like Mack are so excited about his potential.</p><p>“My whole thing is to develop,” Igiehon said. “I’ve only been playing since I was 12. … I’m physically blessed, so that helps. I can run, jump. I’m pretty much stronger than everybody I play against. It’s pretty much to add that face-up game. So, I think my ceiling is pretty high.”</p><p>Igiehon moved to New York as a 13-year-old in June 2014. After considering various prep school basketball powerhouses, including DeMatha Catholic in Maryland, he eventually landed at Lawrence Woodmere Academy in Long Island.</p><p>While Woodmere was not known for producing high-level basketball prospects, enrolling at the Long Island school allowed him to continue to live with his aunt and uncle in the city and Igiehon is still exposed to high-level competition playing for Team Rio, which also features five-star guards Bryan Antoine and Scottie Lewis.</p><p>Rice has already noticed the difference moving to the United States has made for Igiehon.</p><p>“He didn’t grow up playing in AAU or going to training and going to workouts and doing all the things that our American youth take for granted,” Rice said. “He played once a week growing up. … He’s now kind of catching up to all of the U.S.-born players who have kind of played it since they were 6 or 7 years old, since they could reach the hoop.</p><p>&#8220;He’ll get better. His IQ and his academic part of him makes him so unique. He cares just as much academically as he does with basketball. Truly very mature beyond his years when it comes to that.”</p><p>Igiehon thinks the maturation forced by his move away from his family in high school will make him a better college player than some other prospects who will be living away from home for the first time.</p><p>“I’m 17, but I’m a man,” he said. “I’ve been through it. I’m away from my real home. So whether it’s seven hours or 14 hours (away from New York), it doesn’t matter.”</p><p>Igiehon still makes regular trips home to Ireland. He’ll visit his mother there in August before cutting down his list to five schools.</p><p>And wherever Igiehon plays in college, expect his Irish pride to shine through.</p><p>“I have a little American accent. I’m black, so nobody wants to really believe I’m Irish,” Igiehon said. “I’m always trying to put (Ireland) up there. … I always try to go back and forth just to see how many lives I’m touching over there. It’s actually really humbling.”</p>

    1 July 18, 2018
  • Cuomo’s lead widens over Nixon in Democratic primary race

    Cuomo’s lead widens over Nixon in Democratic primary race

    sion.</p><p>Even if Nixon stayed in the race on the Working Families line in November after losing the Democratic primary in September, the poll found she wouldn&#8217;t siphon enough votes from the governor to block his re-election.</p><p>Under that scenario, Cuomo would get 43 percent, Republican Marc Molinaro 23 percent and Nixon 13 percent.</p><p>“New Yorkers say they want a gubernatorial candidate with experience in politics over someone new to it. Democrats, non-white voters and women, in particular, lead the charge in that preference,” said Quinnipiac polling analyst Mary Snow.</p><p>“A significant percentage of voters say they haven’t heard enough about Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s two main rivals, Duchess County Executive Marc Molinaro and Cynthia Nixon, to give them a thumbs up or down on what they think of them. That is also helping Gov. Cuomo.”</p><p>Nixon&#8217;s campaign pointed out that the poll measured registered voters, not the &#8220;likely voters&#8221; who are sure to go to the polls on Sept. 13.</p><p>“Polls of registered voters clearly aren’t capturing the kind of Democrats who have been turning out to vote in primaries — the most motivated, most progressive part of the base. Joe Crowley&#8217;s poll had him up by 35 points. He lost by 15. In NY-24 in central New York, polls showed the progressive Dana Balter trailing the establishment favorite Juanita Perez Williams by 13 points. On Election Day, Balter won by 25,&#8221; Nixon&#8217;s campaign said in a statement.</p><p>In one sour note for the governor, his job approval rating dropped to 49 percent positive to 43 percent negative, compared to a 54-39 percent split in the May 2 Q poll.</p><p>But Cuomo is sitting on a $31 million mountain of campaign cash, compared to $660,000 for Nixon.</p><p>The new poll of 934 registered voters was conducted July 12-16. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.1 percentage points.</p><p> News Corp. is a network of leading companies in the world of diversified media, news, and information services. </p>

    1 July 18, 2018
  • ‘Dr. BumBum’ on the run after patient dies during botched butt enlargement

    ‘Dr. BumBum’ on the run after patient dies during botched butt enlargement

    sion.</p><p>A Brazilian celebrity plastic surgeon nicknamed &#8220;Dr. BumBum&#8221; is on the run after being accused of killing a patient during a botched procedure to enlarge her rear end.</p><p>Lilian Calixto became sick during the procedure at the Rio de Janeiro home of Dr. Denis Furtado on Saturday night.</p><p>A judge issued a warrant for the arrest of the 45-year-old celebrity doc on homicide charges — but he&#8217;d vanished. Cops arrested his girlfriend, Renata Fernandes Cirne, on suspicion of taking part in the procedure.</p><p>Furtado has appeared on Brazilian TV, had nearly 650,000 followers on his since-deleted Instagram account and an active Facebook page filled with before-and-after shots of butt enlargement procedures.</p><p>But Niveo Steffen, president of the Brazilian Plastic Surgery Society, suggested &#8220;Dr. BumBum&#8221; wasn&#8217;t completely legit, saying there was a &#8220;growing invasion on non-specialists&#8221; in the industry.</p><p>&#8220;You cannot perform plastic surgery inside an apartment,&#8221; he told AFP.</p><p>&#8220;Many people are selling a dream, a fantasy to patients in an unethical way and people, weakened, are often attracted to low prices, without considering whether or not the conditions are adequate.&#8221;</p><p>&#8220;She did not need it, she&#8217;s always been beautiful since she was a teenager. I remember her at the age of 16. Everything about her was perfect. &#8230; But a woman is never satisfied with her body,&#8221; said her friend Lucy Macedo.</p><p>She leaves behind a young daughter named Ana Vitoria and a 21-year-old son named Vitor.</p><p> News Corp. is a network of leading companies in the world of diversified media, news, and information services. </p>

    1 July 18, 2018

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