In these times of mass development it’s easy to forget where our most valuable assets lie.The green belt seems constantly under threat from housing, but the town centre’s infrastructure lies waiting to be used.Maidstone’s Crown Court building is growing out of date, with it needing regular maintenance and repeated leaks delaying trials.But there’s one constant about the County Town – a river runs through it.That’s why the Kent Messenger has a new vision, one it hopes can exploit Maidstone’s oldest asset to offer a floating market and restaurant complex and a destination walkway.Naturally we’re not town planners or surveyors, but we hope revealing what could be done to capitalise on current development to free up space by the river will get people talking.So here goes…What if all of our courtrooms, crown, magistrates and coroners, moved next to Maidstone East station?And what if we didn’t stop there – what if the new … [Read more...] about What if our town looked like this?
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By Amy Graff, SFGATE Updated 11:40 am PDT, Friday, April 26, 2019 TV host and biologist Phil Torres shared a stunning photo of a rainbow at Yosemite Falls on April 25, 2019. Yosemite Falls is the highest waterfall in Yosemite National Park, dropping a total of 2,425 feet from the top of the upper fall to the base of the lower fall. less TV host and biologist Phil Torres shared a stunning photo of a rainbow at Yosemite Falls on April 25, 2019. Yosemite Falls is the highest waterfall in Yosemite National Park, dropping a total of 2,425 feet from ... more Photo: Phil Torres / Instagram: @phil_torres Photo: Phil Torres / Instagram: @phil_torres Image 1 of / 10 Caption Close Image 1 of 10 TV host and biologist Phil Torres shared a stunning photo of a rainbow at Yosemite Falls on … [Read more...] about Go now: Yosemite’s waterfalls won’t look like this all year
The third annual Women’s March returned to Philadelphia on Saturday, while national marches were mired in controversy. The Women’s March on Philadelphia, organized by a group called Philly Women Rally, saw thousands turn out on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. This Philly march wasn’t connected to the national marches that took place Saturday. A number of organizations, including the Democratic National Committee, dropped their support of the national Women’s March amidst allegations of anti-semitism against leadership of the March. Another local march, the Women’s March organized by a group called Women’s March Pennsylvania, also took place on the Parkway. It may have been hard at times to discern which group marchers were a part of, but the message — for women’s rights; against President Donald Trump — was clear. Here’s what the march(es) looked like: This is a developing story, and will be updated throughout the day. Follow … [Read more...] about What Saturday’s Women’s March(es) looked like in Philly
Thirty-eight thoughts on the Patriots’ 38-3 victory over the Jets . . . 1. There was no suspense in the Patriots’ regular-season-closing victory, which assured them of a first-round bye for the ninth straight season. They scored a touchdown on their second drive, another on their third, and by then the Jets were mentally cleaning out their lockers. No, there was no suspense. But there was an awful lot of reassurance. 2. Yeah, the Jets weren’t much of an opponent, with coach Todd Bowles the lamest of ducks and Sam Darnold trying with little hope to become the first rookie quarterback ever to beat Bill Belichick at Gillette Stadium. But the reason for the reassurance is obvious: Tom Brady looked like Tom Brady again. 3. Brady finished 24 of 33 for 250 yards and four touchdowns, without an interception. It was a very good day statistically, though he has certainly finished with flashier yardage totals before. But the stats confirmed what our eyes told us: He … [Read more...] about Tom Brady looked like Tom Brady again, and other thoughts
“I think no deal would be absolutely catastrophic for this country,” Conservative lawmaker and former attorney general Dominic Grieve told Sky News this summer. “We’ve got to be realistic about this. We will be in a state of emergency. Basic services which you take for granted might not be available.” Part of what has made the Brexit process so difficult is the lack of precedent. No country has ever untangled itself from an organization like the E.U. The flow of goods between the U.K. and E.U. runs as smoothly as it does between California and Texas, with no time-consuming customs checks or paperwork. Manufacturers order goods when they need them, eliminating the need for warehouses. Food and medicine flow seamlessly across the borders with no delay. British maternity wear maker Tiffany Rose has spent the last year planning for Brexit. Its largest export market is the E.U. and a "no-deal" Brexit would mean a big change in the way it does business. … [Read more...] about A ‘no-deal’ Brexit might look like this