December 18, 2018

Review Category : People

All about the topsy-turvy Trump White House's extraordinarily bad day

All about the topsy-turvy Trump White House's extraordinarily bad dayIT WAS A ROUGH DAY FOR THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION Turns out Special Counsel Robert Mueller is particularly interested in President Donald Trump’s attempt to oust Attorney General Jeff Sessions last summer. Trump reportedly has nicknamed Sessions Mr. Magoo, after the bumbling cartoon character. Reports emerged that son-in-law Jared Kushner received massive loans after White House meetings, which New York state regulators are looking into.

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The 9 best fridge freezers for 2018

The 9 best fridge freezers for 2018Fridge freezers are a kitchen essential, and a modern-day staple. But they come in various sizes and prices - and nowadays with numerous features - so finding the best fridge freezer for you can be tricky.  Whether you're moving, looking for an upgrade or your current appliance is on its last legs, finding the right fridge freezer for your kitchen can be a tough task. With prices ranging from £300 into the thousands, you don't want to fork out on the wrong fridge.  To find the best fridge freezer for you, you should first consider size. Make sure you get the dimensions right, and bear in mind a refrigerator needs space for the air to circulate.  Another key aspect is the fridge-freezer ratio. If you buy lots of fresh food, a larger fridge is necessary; if ready meals or bulk cooking is more your thing, look for more freezer drawers. Also to look out for: sufficient space (a survey found some fridge freezers had 22pc less space than advertised); glass shelves and plastic draws for extra visibility; and humidity-controlled salad crisper draws to keep your veg fresh. High-tech additions like water dispensers and frost-free freezers are useful, but will up the price.  As it's one of the most important appliances in your home, it's worth spending a little extra time researching the different brands and models so you can find one that best suits your needs. To make things a little bit easier, with the help of Good Housekeeping Institute, we've selected some of the best fridge freezers available at the moment. All are freestanding, but for the best integrated fridge freezers (situated within cupboards), try Beko, AEGand Bosch.  1. Hoover Wizard HF18XK £534.99, Argos This spacious fridge freezer - the Good Housekeeping Institute's top-rated fridge freezer - has plenty of shelf levels allowing you to customise and use space as needed. Reversible doors mean you can adapt it to your kitchen layout, too.  It has an attractive exterior design with an LCD display for controlling the temperatures of the fridge and freezer. Temperatures can also be remotely controlled by tablet or smartphone through the free Hoover Wizard App, which is easy to set-up and use. There's a Super Freezing function for freezing large quantities of food quickly, which is easy to set. It also has a bright internal light for visibility and the door ajar alarm sounds after one minute, to remind you to close it. It has two spacious salad drawers, one slightly deeper than the other. One of the best American fridge freezers out there, the Hoover Wizard regulates temperature well, even when doors were left ajar, and it has a low energy consumption. Telegraph rating: 9/10 Buy now 2. Beko CFP1691W 50/50 fridge freezer £319.99, Currys PC World A sleek, spacious and affordable fridge freezer from household appliance specialists Beko. The white fridge has reversible doors, allowing it to adapt to different kitchen layouts. It also has one large salad drawer and an internal bottle rack. As a 50/50 fridge freezer, it's ideal for those who need more freezer space.  The bright LED light at the top of the fridge illuminates the compartment well too. When tested, the fridge and freezer temperatures were a little uneven but when the doors were left ajar, they quickly returned to their optimum temperatures. Thanks to Beko Freezer Guard, this fridge freezer can be safely operated when located in areas with temperatures as low as -15C, so it's ideal for a garage or out-building. Telegraph rating: 8/10 Buy now 3. CDA FF660SC frost-free freestanding fridge freezer £492.97, Appliances Direct The CDA FF660SC is a spacious fridge freezer with plenty of shelf levels to customise and reversible doors. It has an attractive exterior design with an LCD display for controlling temperatures. It also has a non-plumbed water dispenser on the outside of the fridge, a spacious salad drawer - but no internal bottle rack. It features both a Super Cool and Super Freeze function for chilling/freezing large quantities of food as quickly as possible, which are easy to set. There's a bright internal light for great visibility, and a door ajar alarm that sounds after two minutes, to remind you to close it. This appliance regulated its fridge and freezer temperature well, even when doors were left ajar. However, the energy consumption was a little high compared to other models. Telegraph rating: 8/10 Buy now 4. AEG CustomFlex RCB83724MX 60/40 fridge freezer £729.99, Currys PC World Part of AEG's excellent fridge freezer line, this model features CustomFlex technology, which allows the user to personalise the fridge's layout - and it can be done as often as you like.  Technology is the name of the game with this stainless-steel silver fridge freezer. TwinTech helps keep the fridge evenly chilled; and there's plenty of shelf space for jars and bottles too.  As an added bonus, it comes with an A++ energy rating, making it an eco-friendly option. The only downside, really, is the price. Telegraph rating: 8/10 Buy now 5. Smeg FAB30RFC 70/30 fridge freezer £1,153, Currys Pc World This cream retro Smeg fridge freezer looks incredibly stylish and old-school, with its curved edges and freezer on top.  It looks great, but is it any good? First things first, it has a 70/30 split, so is right for those who don't need much freezer space. But the fridge fits plenty of food. There's a chrome wine rack, and a bottle retainer.  It may look like it's from the 1950s, but this Smeg appliance has all the latest technology. A fast cooling system ensures newly added items drop to the right temperature as soon as possible. Drawers are clear, so you can see everything, and the freezer has a rapid-freeze function.  With its A++ energy rating, it's also a cost-effective fridge freezer (once you've spent the significant sum on the appliance itself, of course). Telegraph rating: 8/10 Buy now 6. Fisher & Paykel RF540ADUSX4 Goliath 3-door fridge freezer £1,999, John Lewis A very spacious, American-style fridge freezer with double fridge doors that open outwards and a large, pull-out drawer to access the huge freezer compartment. Inside the freezer are two drawers and one large compartment, providing ample space. There are plenty of shelf levels to customise and utilise space as needed, but no bottle rack. The bright internal light illuminates up the whole compartment well, though. In tests, it regulated its fridge temperature extremely well, even when doors were left ajar. However, the freezer was much slower at this, so you should avoid opening the drawer more than necessary. The thermostat is easily accessible and straightforward to operate. It has a water dispenser and ice maker, too. If you're willing to fork out two grand for a fridge freezer, this Fisher & Paykel model is certainly worth it.  Telegraph rating: 8/10 Buy now 7. Bosch KGN36XW35G  £589, Appliances Direct  German home appliance specialists Bosch have created a top fridge freezer with this frost-free model. The fridge is very spacious at an advertised 237 litres, with a smaller freezer capacity of 87 litres, so it's a good fit for those who like to keep plenty of fresh food.  It's very easy to use, and there are a number of excellent features. The frost-free function means you won't have to scrape off bits of frost, a painstaking task. The Super Cool and Super Freeze settings allow you to ensure food you've put in the fridge or freezer gets down to the right temperature as soon as possible.  Telegraph rating: 8/10 Buy now 8. Samsung RB31FDRNSA frost free tall fridge freezer £429.99, Argos For a mid-range option this Samsung fridge freezer will do the trick, and it comes with a host of features befitting of a more pricey alternative. On its exterior is a water dispenser (not plugged into mains, so you'll have to top it up, and no ice dispenser function) and temperature display so you'll know if your fridge and freezer are at the right level.  Inside, the fridge has four safety glass fridge shelves, which are adjustable and provide high visibility. Storage-wise, the fridge has a 210 litre capacity; 98 litres for the freezer. It has an A+ energy rating too.  Telegraph rating: 8/10 Buy now 9. Zanussi ZRB23200WA frost-free freestanding fridge freezer £425, Debenhams Plus A spacious fridge freezer with plenty of shelves to customise. It has reversible doors, so that the fridge is accessible however your kitchen is laid out. It features two deep salad drawers and an internal rack for storing up to two bottles.  It regulated its freezer temperature well, even when doors were left ajar. However, the fridge was slower at this, so you should avoid opening the door more than necessary. There are Super Cool and Fast Freeze functions for faster chilling/freezing of foods (particularly useful when restocking the fridge freezer). It was let down by slightly higher energy consumption compared to other models, and the fact the internal light was a little obscured by items on the top shelf. Telegraph rating: 7/10 Buy now  Our favourites If you are willing to part with £2k on a fridge freezer, the Fisher & Paykel model is a top purchase. With more space than regular fridge freezers it's ideal for big houses and large families.  But if you're after something thinner and more affordable, the Beko and the Hoover are your best bets. The Hoover just shades it, thanks to its remote temperature-control function. Black Friday products

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Putin: Moscow would regard nuclear attack on allies as attack on Russia

Putin: Moscow would regard nuclear attack on allies as attack on RussiaPresident Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that Moscow would regard a nuclear attack on its allies as a nuclear attack on Russia itself and would immediately respond. Putin said that Russia had tested an array of new nuclear weapons, including a new nuclear-powered missile at the end of 2017 which could reach almost any point in the world and could not be intercepted by anti-missile systems.

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New York mother says finding slain children was a 'nightmare'

New York mother says finding slain children was a 'nightmare'After opening statements in which the prosecution described the grisly killings and the defense urged jurors to find the nanny, Yoselyn Ortega, not guilty by reason of insanity, the mother of the slain children appeared as the first witness. Marina Krim recounted going home to her luxury apartment on Manhattan's Upper West Side on Oct. 25, 2012, only to discover her daughter Lucia, 6, nicknamed Lulu, and son Leo, 2, stabbed to death. Ortega, 55, on trial for two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of second-degree murder, planned the killing, waiting to be alone with the children and using the family's kitchen knives, said Assistant Manhattan District Attorney Courtney Groves.

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Prince William to make first official Royal visit to Palestinian Territories

Prince William to make first official Royal visit to Palestinian TerritoriesThe Duke of Cambridge is to become the first member of the Royal Family to make an official visit to Israel and the Palestinian Territories, in his most diplomatically sensitive tour yet. The Duke will travel to the region this summer for a deeply significant visit, ending what has been perceived by some as a 70-year snub of Israel. Kensington Palace has announced that the Duke will undertake the visit to Israel, Jordan and the Occupied Palestinian Territories, on the request of the Foreign Office. It is the first time an official visit has been made to the Occupied Palestinian Territories by a member of the British Royal Family, with the Duke becoming the first senior Royal to visit Israel in the line of duty. The tour, which the Duke will undertake without his wife and children, is the most politically sensitive task of his career by some measure, with recent trips to confined to uncontroversial expeditions to Canada, Germany, Poland, Denmark, Norway and Sweden. Recent Royal visits, to Norway and Sweden, have steered clear of political controversy Credit: Getty It comes he significantly steps up his duties to support the Queen, after giving up work as a search and rescue pilot to become a full-time Royal. The trip has been in the pipeline for some time, with discussions over sending a member of the Royal Family to mark the centenary of the November 1917 Balfour Declaration eventually coming to nothing. The decision to send the Duke, second-in-line to the throne, has been welcomed by senior figures in the region, with Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, saying: "This is a historic visit, the first of its kind, and it will be greeted here with great affection.” The visit will see the Duke meet with senior politicians, local charities and spend time “getting to  know the people of the region”, and is designed to “promote cultural and diplomatic ties”, a source said. Benjamin Netanyahu has welcomed news of the visit Credit: AP It is thought to be in part the result of the deepening economic and security ties between Israel and the UK, with a particular emphasis on trade. The trip is also likely to prove a diplomatic minefield for the 35-year-old Duke, who is compelled to avoid making any politically controversial statements in public at all times. Until recently, a trip to the region has been considered too problematic to risk, with fears over security and concerns that Israel would make political capital from the tacit seal of approval a visit from the Royal Family would bring. "Until there is a settlement between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, the Royal family can't really go there," a Whitehall source said in 2015. Amnesty International has already called on the Duke to “visit some of the Palestinian communities affected by Israel's 50 year occupation.” Princess Alice, Prince Philip's mother, is buried in Israel British diplomats may also struggle to shield the Duke from very public Palestinian criticism over the Balfour Declaration, the 1917 British statement that helped paved the way for the creation of Israel. James Sorene, the chief executive of Bicom, a think tank focusing on UK-Israeli relations, said the visit would be "a huge moment" for Britain's Jewish community. "This will absolutely be welcome and also seen as a case of better late than never,” he said. “There is 70 years of hurt about why there has never been a visit to Israel when there have been visits to lots of other countries with all sort of issues. But I think a sensitive, warm visit will wash most of that away”.   More details about the trip will be released later this year. Prince Philip plants a tree in memory of his mother Princess Alice of Greece on the Avenue of the Righteous Among Nations in Jerusalem Credit: AP While there have been numerous high profile Royal tours to Jordan, including a state visit by the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh in 1984, even private trips to Israel have been few and far between. The Prince of Wales has been twice, to pay his respects at the funerals of prime minister Yitzhak Rabin in 1995 and former president Shimon Peres in 2016, while the Duke of Kent and Duke of Gloucester paid low-key visits in 1998 and 2007 respectively. Both the Prince of Wales and Duke of Edinburgh have made private visits to the grave of Philip’s mother, Princess Alice of Greece who is buried on the Mount of Olives. A spokesman for the FCO said of the Duke’s tour: “We are absolutely delighted that this visit is taking place. We want to celebrate our contemporary relationships in trade, science, education and people to people links, as well as our relationships with the Israeli, Jordanian and Palestinian authorities.”

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Putin says environment priority for expected new term

Putin says environment priority for expected new termRussian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday said improving the environment in the country would be a priority in the next few years, speaking ahead of polls this month expected to extend his Kremlin term to 2024. "It is hard to talk about a long and healthy life when to this day millions of people are forced to drink water that does not meet standards," he said during a state of the nation address. This was also the case "if black snow is falling, like in Krasnoyarsk, when people in industrial hubs can go for weeks without seeing the sun because of smog," he told lawmakers, top government officials and celebrities.

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