26 June 2014

Royal refurb: Palace repairs add to monarchy cost

In this Monday June 16, 2014 file photo, Britain's Queen Elizabeth leaves by carriage after attending the annual Order of the Garter Ceremony in Windsor, England. Buckingham Palace says the monarchy cost British taxpayers 35.7 million pounds ($60.8 million) last year — 56 pence (just under $1) for everyone in the country. More than a third of the money was spent on repairs and maintenance to aging palaces, and some 3.4 million pounds was spent in the year to March 31, 2014 refurbishing part of London's Kensington Palace into a home for Prince William, his wife Catherine and their toddler son Prince George. As the accounts were published Thursday, June 26, 2014, Keeper of the Privy Purse Alan Reid said the royal household was keen to "maximize the value for money" of the monarchy.
Everyone says there are lots of hidden costs to owning a home. If you own a palace, the costs are royal.

FIFA bans Suarez for 4 months for biting opponent

 In this June 24, 2014 file photo, Uruguay's Luis Suarez holds his teeth after biting Italy's Giorgio Chiellini's shoulder during the group D World Cup soccer match between Italy and Uruguay at the Arena das Dunas in Natal, Brazil. On Thursday, June 26, 2014, FIFA banned Suarez for 9 games and 4 months for biting his opponent at the World Cup.
FIFA banned Uruguay striker Luis Suarez from all football activities for four months on Thursday for biting an opponent at the World Cup, a punishment that rules him out of the rest of the tournament and the start of the upcoming Premier League season.

The ban also covers Uruguay's next nine international games, which goes beyond the next four months and rules him out of next year's Copa America. FIFA also fined the Liverpool striker 100,000 Swiss francs ($112,000).

ON THIS DAY: Switzerland exits 2006 World Cup

In this Monday, June 26, 2006 file photo, Switzerland's Marco Streller, left, reacts after missing a penalty kick against Ukraine's goalkeeper Oleksandr Shovkovskyi, during their World Cup second round soccer match, in Cologne, Germany. Ukraine won 3-0 in a penalty shootout. On this day: Switzerland became the first team in the history of World Cup shoot-outs not to score a single spot kick, and the first team ever to depart a World Cup without conceding a goal in normal play.
On June 26 in World Cup history: Switzerland exits tournament without scoring a penalty in shootout against Ukraine in Cologne, Germany, in 2006. 

After an uneventful round of 16 encounter, Ukraine, in its first World Cup, defeated Switzerland 3-0 on penalties. As a result, Switzerland became the first team in the history of World Cup shootouts not to score a single spot kick. It also became the first team ever to depart without conceding a goal in normal play. Ukraine went through to the quarterfinals where it lost 3-0 to eventual winner Italy. 

(AP)