Copyright 2015 All rights reserved. This material can't be published, transferred, copied or redistributed.
The hammers which have struck the 13.7-tonne bell in British Parliament's famous clock tower every hour for most of the past 157 years will be locked and disconnected from the clock to ensure the safety of those working on the restoration in the tower.
"This essential programme of works will safeguard the clock on a long-term basis, as well as protecting and preserving its home - the Elizabeth Tower", said Keeper of the Great Clock Steve Jaggs of the renovation.
The 13-ton bell will still sound for special occasions such as New Year's Eve, but parliamentary officials say the bonging must be muted while the fix work is being carried out. She said: "It can't be right for Big Ben to be silent for four years".
A YouGov poll published Saturday found that 44% of Britons believe Big Ben should be silenced during the renovations, except for special occasions, while 41% said it should operate as normal.
Lawmakers had argued against silencing the clock and want the time shortened.
The roof of the tower will also be stripped off and restored, the bell frame repaired, leaks into the clock room stemmed and a lift installed.
United Kingdom lawmakers and their staff gathered to listen as the Great Bell - the official name for Big Ben - struck noon, clapping after the last chime.
Ealing North MP Stephen Pound, a critic of the plan, has said there will be a small group of MPs "standing there with bowed heads in the courtyard" as Big Ben chimes at midday on 21 August. "They're not going to be back in four years - have you ever known any government project come in on time or on budget?"
The clock's cogs and hands as well as the four dials will be removed, cleaned up and repaired as part of the work.
"Tell these poor little to put a helmet", has reacted in the press the conservative mp Nicholas Soames, grandson of Winston Churchill, in referring to workers whose hearing could be seriously damaged by the 118 decibels of Big Ben. Parliamentary officials said they would ensure that the bell still sounds on major occasions, such as New Year's Eve and Remembrance Sunday. The Commons said starting and stopping the bells took about half a day, so it would not be practical to do it often.
'Nothing could be more symbolic really than Big Ben, which we all remember from the Second World War onwards'.
Bob Bennett, a longtime Republican who lost re-election in 2010, the first of several GOP candidates ousted in tea party wave. Chaffetz represented the district until June when he abruptly resigned, citing a desire to spend more time with family.
Syracuse native Tom Cruise appears to have injured himself while filming a stunt for his next " Mission: Impossible " sequel. The risky stunt was performed today, and soon after, the star began limping, worrying his staff and crew.
Last year, Lim told CNN he spends eight hours a day digging holes at a labor camp where he has not seen any other prisoners. Lim has made more than 100 visits to North Korea since immigrating to Canada from South Korea nearly three decades ago.
As each time the assault is launched by the iraqi forces, supported by the worldwide coalition, anti-jihadists, M. All these forces were backed by the Iraqi Air Force and the US-led worldwide coalition.
Others wondered if she had been hacked, while some thought the country-turned-pop star might be planning an image makeover. With a high-profile court case out of the way, Taylor Swift appears poised to launch her next chapter: A new album.
According to police, the auto was running and Rickheit had stuffed clothes in the tailpipe to block the exhaust. She has a history in the Charlton area was thought to be recently traveling on the Mass Pike in that area.
Local leaders say DHEC confirmed that mosquitos in the same area of Rock Hill are carrying the West Nile virus. Collin County Public Health confirmed Wednesday its second human case of West Nile virus in Plano for 2017.
Similarly, the president also asked for a review about whether steel and aluminum imports were jeopardizing national security. If the United States were to engage in such an act, Parker thinks China or Russian Federation would introduce a U.N.
He said he would act against any partyman, including the chief minister, if they went against the interests of the party. Sasikala is now in jail; she had appointed Dinakraran the party's deputy general secretary just before being imprisoned.
And Swansea were just as keen to close the deal to give them time to find replacements before the transfer window closes. The two Premier League clubs have agreed a £45m fee and Sigurdsson will sign a five-year contract with the Toffees.
The two sides have frequently accused each other of intrusions into each other's territories, but clashes are rare. It began with Indian troops stopping Chinese army from building a road in the disputed area.
Rescue teams reached the scene and shifted the injured to Mayo Hospital and Mian Munshi Hospital, where emergency was declared. He went on to note that an investigation has been launched on determining how and when the vehicle arrived at the blast site.
Sensex ends 25 pts higher, Nifty up 6.85 points
This is also the second straight day when both markets closed in the green, supported by an across the board rally, reports said. BSE Sensex gained 148 points and NSE advanced 48 points to open at 31,919.17 points and 9,945.55 points respectively.
Indian troops foil China's incursion bid along Ladakh lake
Officials in the Army in South Block refused to say anything with all the questions soliciting a crisp reply-"No comments". Red Army has tried blocking developmental activities in Chumarr, Depsang and Pangong Tso , in the last few years.
Natalie Cole's Son Robert Yancy Dies at 39
His aunt, Timolin Cole Augustus, tells The Associated Press Tuesday it appears Yancy died of a sudden heart attack. According to a recent report by the Los Angeles Times , the cause of death was attributed to natural causes .
Stray bullet kills girl as police shoot at protesters
The disputed election led to violent protests and targeted ethnic violence, killing about 1,100 people and displacing 600,000. An opposition leader James Orengo has said that Odinga and his party will not be taking their issues to court.
Usain Bolt pulls up as Great Britain win 4x100m relay
Farah was overtaken by two Ethiopians with a lap to go and could not muster a strong enough kick to get back to the lead. Olympic silver medallist Mayer amassed a total of 8,768 points from the 10 disciplines in the gruelling two-day event.
Post-Neymar Barca look to chase down Madrid
However, his situation at Real Madrid underwent a dramatic U-turn in the second part of the season following Gareth Bale's injury. Real Madrid star Isco has reportedly already put pen to paper on a new contract that includes a whopping release clause.
Kylie Jenner: 'Make-up is my life'
While we're sure momager Kris has had a hand in guiding her daughter's business venture, this is more than impressive. Starting from only three shades of the Kylie Lip Kits, the website kyliecosmetics .com has received impressive sales.
Rain and Storms at Times this Week
Franklin is located in the northwest Caribbean Sea and is moving west-northwest at 14 miles per hour (22.5 kph). A hurricane watch was in effect for the coast of Mexico from Chetumal to Punta Allen.