No nod for tax on clicking pictures in Goa village, says Minister

first_imgGoa Tourism Minister Manohar Ajgaonkar on Thursday said his department has not granted any permission for imposition of a ‘Swachhta Tax’ on clicking photographs in the scenic Parra village of North Goa district.Mr. Ajgaonkar told PTI that the tourism department will probe how the panchayat of Parra, which is the ancestral village of late Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, was levying such a tax. The matter came to light on Wednesday after some Goa- based activists took to social media to highlight that the panchayat of Parra village, located about 9 km from Panaji, had started levying tax on clicking pictures or shooting videos in its jurisdiction. A sign board put up prominently on the main road of the village reads: “Swacchta Tax/Mission Clean Parra Tax will be levied on all film shoots and photo shoots. Tax will vary for individuals and commercials.” Taking serious note of it, Mr. Ajgaonkar said, “My department has not granted any permission for imposition of such a tax. We will inquire into this.” “If every panchayat starts imposing its own taxes like this, it would be harmful for the State’s tourism potential,” the Minister said. However, a representative of the Parra village panchayat, on condition of anonymity, said the tax was imposed as tourists leave behind lot of garbage and litter the place. “The fund raised through the tax would be used to clean the place. We don’t want to depend on the government to sanction money to keep our place clean. We are doing it through our own resources by levying the tax,” he said. Parra is one of the scenic villages located in the North Goa beach belt.last_img read more

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London Olympics 2012: Check out today’s Google doodle game

first_imgIt’s so much fun to see and indulge in a new and innovative Google doodle every day, from the day Olympics have started. And London Olympics’ 2012 slalom canoe is today’s Google doodle.Whitewater slalom or canoe slalom is a sport where the aim is to navigate a decked canoe or kayak through a course of hanging gates on river rapids in the fastest time possible. Canoe slalom has been a regular Olympic sport since 1992.The doodle is in the form of a game wherein one’s aim is to make the slalom athlete navigate as fast as possible. One can use the left and the right arrow keys on their keyboards to navigate. And as always, one gets to see their score in the end.last_img

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Indian Women’s and Men’s Hockey Teams Seal Berths at 2020 Tokyo Olympics

first_img 2020 tokyo olympicsfield hockeyhockey Olympic qualifiersIndia First Published: November 2, 2019, 8:55 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Bhubaneswar: Skipper Rani Rampal’s 48th minute strike sealed Tokyo Olympics berth for the Indian women’s hockey team as they pipped USA 6-5 on aggregate despite losing 1-4 in the second leg of the FIH Qualifier here on Saturday.Later in the day, the Indian men’s team crushed Russia 7-1 in the second leg and booked their spot at Tokyo 2020 with an emphatic 11-3 aggregate win. After both the teams missed their opportunities at the Asian Games 2018, the women settled for silver while the men bagging the bronze, both the Indian teams grabbed their second chance by the scruff of the neck to seal India’s hockey representation at next year’s Summer Olympic Games.The hockey event at the Olympic Games will take place from July 25 to August 7 in Tokyo.RANI RAMPAL SHOOTS INDIA TO OLYMPICSAfter thrashing USA 5-1 on Friday, it was expected to be a formality for the Indian women but they were given a real scare by the USA women, who raced to a 4-0 lead at the halfway mark.However the partisan fans went into raptures when Rani pulled one back to maintain the slender lead till final hooter.Captain Courageous! IND 1-4 USA#IndiaKaGame #INDvUSA #RoadToTokyo #Tokyo2020 #KalingaKalling #GiftOfHockey pic.twitter.com/RDOjT83rfJ— Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) November 2, 2019 Indian women have now qualified for back-to-back Olympics having sealed it in Rio de Janeiro after a gap of 36 years. The women’s team first participated in the Quadrennial extavaganza in 1980 where the men’s team last won their gold medal.On Saturday, Indian women looked a pale shadow of themselves as USA took full advantage of their complacency during the first two quarters.Amanda Magadan (5th, 28th minutes), skipper Kathleen Sharkey (14th) and Alyssa Parker (20th) scored for the visiting side.Pushed to the wall after being forced to recover from a four goal deficit following the 1-5 defeat in the first-leg on Friday, the American girls meant business from the onset as they not only dominated the proceedings in the first quarter, but also pumped in two goals to stun the home team.The Indians played catch-up hockey and found it difficult to counter USA’s persistent attacks from the onset. It was a completely different scenario from Friday’s match as the Indians were found wanting, struggling to get the control of the ball.USA made a lively start to the contest as they earned two penalty corners minutes into the match but failed to execute the chances on both occasions.The Americans’ positive intent soon bore fruit when they took the lead in the fifth minute through a brilliant penalty corner deflection goal by Amanda Magadan.Determined to not give up without a fight, USA continued their onslaught and doubled their lead in the 13th minute when US skipper Sharkey pounced on a defensive error and punishing India’s failure to clear their lines by firing into the bottom right corner.USA continued in the same vein and tripled their lead five minutes into the second quarter when Alyssa Parker fired high into the net after receiving a pass from Danielle Grega after the India defence was caught off guard yet again.Two minutes later, India secured back-to-back penalty corners but wasted both the opportunities.Moments after India’s Navneet Kaur was shown a yellow card, USA created a chance for Amanda Magadan, who made absolutely no mistake, smashing powerfully into the bottom left corner for her second goal of the game to wipe out the four goal deficit.The third quarter started on a scrappy note as both the teams struggled to retain possession. After the change of ends, India looked to get their acts together to some extent.Five minutes into the quarter, India secured a penalty corner but Gurjit Kaur’s effort went wide of the post.After the change of ends, India showed signs of coming back into game, but USA defended in numbers and to keep the hosts at bay as the third quarter ended with the visitors leading 4-0 and the aggregate scoreline standing at 5-5.India secured a penalty corner in the 43rd minute but Gurjit’s flick once again failed to trouble USA goalkeeper Kelsey Bing.Locked at 5-5 on aggregate scoreline, it took an inspirational strike from Rani in the 48th minute from a loose ball to reduce the margin and hand India the vital lead.The Americans were awarded a penalty corner four minutes from full time but the decision was overturned after India went for the referral.INDIA’S MAULING OF RUSSIA SEALS TOKYO PLACEThe Indian men, ranked fifth in the world, had earlier defeated world number 22 Russia 4-2 in the first-leg on Friday.HdhjdjdbdjdndndnddnkekskakbekayiehdjehenensbdndbebebeebYeaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!…We can’t keep calm coz we’re coming to Tokyo!#IndiaKaGame #RoadToTokyo #Tokyo2020 #KalingaKalling #GiftOfHockey pic.twitter.com/H2Yvps6jIX— Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) November 2, 2019 On Saturday, Akashdeep Singh (23rd and 29th minutes) and Rupinder Pal Singh (48th, 59th) scored a brace each, while Lalit Upadhyay (17th), Nilkanta Sharma (47th) and Amit Rohidas (60th) struck after Russia took an early lead in the opening minute through Alexey Sobolevskiy.The Russians stunned India 25 seconds into the game when Sobolevskiy opened the scoring to reduce the goal difference to just one.The Indians were slow to get off the blocks and it took seven minutes for the hosts to get their first scoring opportunity in the form of a penalty corner, but it was wasted.After a sedate start, the Indians intensified the pressure on Russia’s goal but were unable to create clear chances. Russia, on the other hand, looked dangerous on counter-attacks as the hosts trailed by a goal in the opening quarter.India equalised in the 21st minute through a field strike by Lalit Upadhyay, who deflected in a Hardik Singh shot.The Indians upped their ante and took the lead in the 23rd minute when Akashdeep scored following a penalty corner.There was no stopping India after that as they kept up the pressure on the Russian defence and mounted quite a few attacks.Graham Reid’s men extended their lead just a minute from half time when Akashdeep scored his second goal of the game through individual brilliance.India went into the halfway break with a comfortable 7-3 lead over Russia on aggregate, courtesy three strikes in the second quarter.Five minutes after the change of ends, Alexander Skiperskiy narrowly missed the target after a beautiful team work by the Russians.In the 44th minute, Ramandeep Singh missed a big opportunity to increase India’s lead as his attempt went wide.There was no stopping the Indians after the initial hiccup as they added four more goals in the final quarter to add to Russia’s agony.Nilakanta scored with a powerful shot into the top left angle of the goal in the 47th minute before Rupinder converted a penalty corner in the very next minute.The berth more or less secured, India pumped in two more goals in the final two minutes of the game through penalty corner conversions by Rupinder and Rohidas.(With PTI inputs) last_img read more

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USD 1 million gold-plated car on display in Dubai

first_imgDubai, May 10 (PTI) A gold-plated customised car named Godzilla that is worth USD 1 million has been put up on display at an ongoing auto event here.Nissan R35 GT-R car, is being showcased by tuners and customisers of sports cars Kuhl Racing at Automechanika Dubai 2016.The car is a result of a cooperate endeavour between Artis, Kuhl Racing and master engraver Takahiko Izawa.The special gold paint sheen covers a 3.8 litre V6 twin turbo 545 hp engine, souped up with additional horsepower and additional torque.The car features enhanced aerodynamic features, a reinforced body and precision handling. Its engine is backed by an advanced paddle-shifted sequential 6-speed dual clutch transmission, which can be driver selected to shift at race car-like speeds.The sequential-shifting transaxle features separate wet clutches for the odd (1,3,5) and even (2,4,6) gears and pre-selects the next highest and next lowest gear for quick shifts.High performance differential oil, used in GT-R motorsports competition, is standard.For 2016, the Nissan GT-R defends its position as one of the most striking supercars in the market today – with the addition of new 20-spoke wheels. PTI CORR KJ ASK KJlast_img read more

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Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic through to Italian Open quarterfinals

first_imgRafael Nadal’s preparations for the French Open continued apace as he swept past 13th-seeded Jack Sock 6-3, 6-4 Thursday to ease into the Italian Open quarterfinals and extend his winning streak to 17 matches.Fourth-seeded Nadal broke Sock’s serve twice in the second set and served out the match to set up a last-eight meeting with Dominic Thiem, who was beaten by Nadal in the Madrid Open final last week.”I am here to try my best. I know (it) is a tough tournament. I don’t have an easy draw here, a tough one,” Nadal said. “Dominic is the player that is having probably more success now on clay, no? So will be another tough battle tomorrow.”The 30-year-old Nadal has won consecutive clay-court tournaments in Monte Carlo, Barcelona and Madrid. The Spaniard is aiming for an eighth title at the Foro Italico as he prepares for the French Open in less than two weeks.”I think I can play a little bit more aggressive than what I did tonight. I think I have to do it,” Nadal said. “But in general terms I am happy with the way that I played, obviously.”Thiem also beat an American but had to save two match points in a 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7) victory over Sam Querrey.Four-time champion Novak Djokovic is also safely through to the quarterfinals after beating Roberto Bautista Agut 6-4, 6-4. Second-seeded Djokovic next plays Juan Martin del Potro after the Argentine ousted seventh-seeded Kei Nishikori 7-6 (4), 6-3.Djokovic seemed in full control when he went 3-1 up in the second set but allowed the Spaniard to fight back to 4-4 before going on to seal the match.advertisementBautista Agut could have gone 5-4 up in the second set after Djokovic appeared to send the ball long but the umpire said it was in. Television replays showed the ball was out.Instead it was Djokovic who broke to take a 5-4 lead and won the match when he had a forehand ruled in.Third-seeded Stan Wawrinka went out of the tournament after losing 7-6 (1), 6-4 to American John Isner, who served up 19 aces in their match.”It’s a situation for me where I’m going out there against the No. 3 player in the world. Maybe I have a little bit less to lose than he does,” Isner said. “I went out there with the belief that, if I played well and executed my game plan, that I could walk off that court with a win. That’s what happened today.”Isner grabbed the only break of the match at 3-3 in the second set before comfortably serving out the match on his first attempt after Wawrinka had saved two match points on his serve.Isner next faces another big server in sixth-seeded Marin Cilic, who dismissed ninth-seeded David Goffin 6-3, 6-4.Home favorite Fabio Fognini, who saw off top-seeded Andy Murray on Tuesday, lost 6-3, 6-3 to Alexander Zverev, who will play fifth-seeded Milos Raonic in the quarterfinals after the Canadian beat Tomas Berdych 6-3, 6-2.In the women’s draw, Venus Williams defeated Johanna Konta 6-1, 3-6, 6-1.Konta had won her previous three meetings against Williams but the American dominated the first set. Although Konta rallied in the second, another double break in the third handed Williams victory.Williams will take on Garbine Muguruza after the 2016 French Open champion beat Julia Gorges 7-5, 6-4.”I love this tournament, and I love Rome,” Williams said. “It’s one of my favorite places on earth, so that’s one of the reasons why I have always come here.”You know, I have had a good amount of success here.”Second-seeded Karolina Pliskova is also safely through after easing past experienced clay-court player Timea Bacsinszky 6-1, 7-5. The Czech next faces eighth-seeded Elina Svitolina, who recovered to beat Mona Barthel 3-6, 6-0, 6-0.Estonian qualifier Anett Kontaveit, who beat top-ranked Angelique Kerber in the second round, continued her dream debut. Kontaveit beat 16th-seeded Mirjana Lucic-Baroni 6-1, 6-1 to set up a quarterfinal against Madrid Open champion Simona Halep.”I’m just really trying to take it match by match and setting these really small goals,” the 21-year-old Kontaveit said.Sixth-seeded Halep beat Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-1, 4-6, 6-0.Qualifier Daria Gavrilova beat seventh-seeded Svetlana Kuznetsova 2-6, 7-5, 6-4 and Kiki Bertens won 7-6 (3), 6-1 over Russia’s Ekaterina Makarova.last_img read more

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21 hours agoLiverpool make January transfer window call

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool make January transfer window callby Paul Vegas21 hours agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool expect to have a quiet January transfer window.The Reds have enjoyed a flying start to the new Premier League season, currently sitting six points clear of Manchester City having won eight of their nine matches so far.Liverpool are also on course to make the knockout stages of the Champions League having breezed past Genk with a 4-1 win on Wednesday night.With Jurgen Klopp’s side flying high, the Liverpool Echo says it’s unlikely the Merseyside giants will splash the cash when the transfer window reopens in the New Year.It’s claimed that it will take a ‘huge unforeseen struggle’ for Klopp to delve into the market. last_img read more

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Maruti Suzuki S-Presso engine details, dimensions, variants leaked

first_img Next Maruti Suzuki S-Presso engine details, dimensions, variants leakedMaruti Suzuki S-Presso will be launched in India on September 30 and rival against Renault Kwid facelift and Datsun Redi-Go.advertisement Varun Singh New DelhiSeptember 26, 2019UPDATED: October 14, 2019 15:31 IST Maruti Suzuki S-Presso will get a sporty front fascia.HIGHLIGHTSMaruti Suzuki S-Presso might be priced in the range of Rs 3.50 lakh (ex-showroom) to Rs 5.50 lakh (ex-showroom).The upcoming S-Presso will be available in four variants — Std, LXi, VXi and VXi+.The gross vehicle weight of Maruti Suzuki S-Presso will be 1,170 kg.After introducing XL6, Maruti Suzuki is now gearing up to launch S-Presso. The all-new Maruti Suzuki S-Presso will be driven into the Indian market on September 30 and rival the likes of Renault Kwid facelift and Datsun Redi-Go.Maruti Suzuki S-Presso has already been spotted completely undisguised on several occasions. The carmaker has teased the mini-SUV itself as well. The leaked document revealing important details about Maruti Suzuki S-Presso. (Image Source – Team-BHP)Now, a new document has been posted online by Team-BHP and it reveals the engine details, dimensions and all the variants of the upcoming Maruti Suzuki S-Presso. The mini-SUV will be powered by a BS6-compliant 1.0-litre petrol engine making 68 hp at 5,500 rpm. The motor will be offered with a 5-speed manual gearbox, with an option for an AGS (Auto Gear Shift).The gross vehicle weight of Maruti Suzuki S-Presso will be 1,170 kg. It will be 3,665 mm long, 1,520 mm wide and have a wheelbase of 2,380 mm. Its height will be 1,549 mm with 13-inch wheels and 1,564 mm with 14-inch wheels.The upcoming S-Presso will be available in four variants — Std, LXi, VXi and VXi+. There will be an optional package in all but the VXi+ trim. Besides, VXi, VXi (Optional) and VXi+ will be offered with an AGS. We are expecting the mini-SUV to be priced in the range of Rs 3.50 lakh (ex-showroom) to Rs 5.50 lakh (ex-showroom).Maruti Suzuki S-Presso will sport new headlamps along with body-coloured bumpers and ORVMs. The grille slightly resembles that of Vitara Brezza. The reflectors have been placed below the smartly-designed tail-lights. The cabin of the mini-SUV will have features like digital speedometer, 17.78 cm Smartplay Studio touchscreen infotainment system and steering-mounted controls. Standard safety features will include ABS with EBD, driver side airbag, reverse parking sensor, speed alert system and driver and co-driver seat belt reminder. The optional package will have a passenger-side airbag also.advertisementALSO READ | Ford might wrap up independent operations in India, likely to sign deal with Mahindra to form JVALSO READ | Royal Enfield Bullet 350: 5 reasons why you would like to buy the motorcycleALSO READ | 2019 Hyundai Elantra launch on October 3, bookings open from todayGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byVarun Singh Tags :Follow Maruti Suzuki S-PressoFollow S-Presso launchFollow New S-pressolast_img read more

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Labour Market Information System Upgraded

first_img The LMIS, which is a one-stop data and information website, is designed to satisfy the needs of job seekers and employers. LMIS has been upgraded to make it more user-friendly to both employers and job seekers. Story Highlights The upgrade is aimed at providing more information on employment opportunities to jobseekers, and enabling employers to choose from a variety of qualified personnel. The Ministry of Labour and Social Security (MLSS) has upgraded its Labour Market Information System (LMIS), making it more user-friendly to both employers and job seekers.The LMIS, which is a one-stop data and information source, is designed to satisfy the needs of job seekers and employers, through its newly improved website, www.lmis.gov.jm, or the Ministry’s website, www.mlss.gov.jm.Since its inception in 2001, the system, which is maintained by the MLSS, has been providing cost effective ways for employers to source and recruit suitable employees, as well  as for job seekers to post resumes for possible employment.Acting Director of Research and Analysis at the Ministry, Simone McKenzie, informed JIS News that the upgrading of the manpower management tool, as it is also called, is aimed at providing more information on employment opportunities to jobseekers, and enabling employers to choose from a variety of qualified personnel.“The upgraded system provides sufficient information on various types of employment, and guidance to prospective employers regarding best practice techniques, when seeking jobs. It also provides information on areas where there is a skills shortage. With the upgrading of the system, we want to ensure that persons experiencing difficulties acquiring jobs are directed to other partners, so that they can improve their literacy and numeracy skills, for likely employment,” she said.Ms. McKenzie informed JIS News that the system has three components – the Electronic Labour Exchange (ELE), Skills Bank, and the Labour Market Intelligence.The ELE, which is the core component of the LMIS, facilitates the matching of job seekers with employers, and provides both online and offline services to both parties.The online services include: tips on resume writing, preparing for interview, job search and career counselling. The offline services include: assisting employers to post jobs, interview and shortlist candidates. The second component is the Skills Bank, which is a database of certified Jamaicans, with varying skills.“Qualified persons with the required competencies are encouraged to register on-line, so in the event a job vacancy that matches their skill arises, they can be contacted,” she says.The Labour Market Intelligence is the third component. This is a combination of current and historical data on the local economy, population and labour market and also includes information on training opportunities for the youth, sources of funding for education, the most frequently advertised jobs, and summaries of labour market research conducted by MLSS.Ms. McKenzie says that there are a lot of skill areas in demand, as well as persons seeking jobs, hence the need for the upgrading of the LMIS.“From our latest studies, some of the jobs that are in demand are mainly in the health tourism sector, restaurant, and education; for example, chefs, water divers, solar technicians, science, mathematics, and foreign language educators,” Ms. McKenzie discloses.She points out that with this information, for the next financial year, 2014/15, the Ministry hopes to see an increase in the level of employment, since job seekers are more aware of the skills that are in demand and the opportunities available for training. She is also encouraging both job seekers and employers to utilize the LMIS, as the services are free of cost.Ms. McKenzie advises that for job seekers who are not technologically inclined, or do not have internet access, they can visit the Ministry at its North Street offices in Kingston, and assistance will also be provided, free of charge.“One reason why we are not charging persons to use the system is because the information that we provide, we want it to be extended locally, regionally and internationally, because it is web based,” she notes.Ms. McKenzie further informs that persons with special needs have also been taken into consideration, because often times they are not hired because of their disability, despite being skilled in various areas.“We at the Ministry believe in effective social inclusion. Whether a person is disabled, or able-bodied, they must be given equal opportunities to reach their fullest potential,” she says.In addition to the websites, persons can also visit the LMIS Facebook page at www.facebook.com/page/Jamaica Labour Market Information System, for more information.last_img read more

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Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_img Local Area Office: 902-742-2415 Fax: 902-742-0649 Local Area Office: 902-670-1727 Fax: 902-538-8288 PICTOU COUNTY: Black Brook Bridge Black Brook Bridge on Route 347 (East River, St. Mary’s) will be closed for replacement until Friday, Nov. 30. A temporary detour is parallel to the existing structure. Motorists are advised to use extreme caution when travelling though the construction zone. Local Area Office: 902-755-7060 Fax: 902-755-7049 KINGS COUNTY: Lovett Road Lovett Road from Trunk 1 to Brooklyn Street will have one-lane closures for gravelling and repaving until Thursday, Nov. 15. Traffic-control people will be on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. CONTINUING WORK COLCHESTER COUNTY: Trunk 2 Trunk 2 from Alton Road north to the tracks near Brookfield will be reduced to one lane for paving until Wednesday, Oct. 31. Traffic-control people and a pilot vehicle will be on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-625-4050 Fax: 902-625-0763 ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Highway 104 The intersection of Highway 104 and Beech Hill Road will have a one-lane closure for improvements and repaving until Wednesday, Oct. 31. Traffic will not be stopped but will be slow. Traffic control will be marked with signs. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset seven days a week. -30- CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Trunk 22 Trunk 22, Louisbourg Highway from Highway 125, Sydney Bypass to Landry Crescent will have one-lane closures for paving and repairs to guardrails until Wednesday, Oct. 31. Work take place from 7 a.m. to 7:30 pm. Local Area Office: 902-563-2518 Fax: 902-563-2517 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Kearney Lake Road Kearney Lake Road and the Highway 102 northbound exit will have one-lane closures for intersection improvements, signal installation and widening until Wednesday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Trunk 7 Gaspereaux Brook Bridge on Trunk 7 at Liscomb will be reduced to one lane for repairs until Wednesday, Oct. 31. Traffic control consists of signs and traffic-control people. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Some work possible on Saturdays. Local Area Office: 902-794-5120 Fax: 902-794-5141 GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: South River Lake Road South River Lake Road, from Route 316 east for 6.1 kilometres, will have intermittent one-lane closures for gravelling and paving until Saturday, Oct. 20. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. HANTS COUNTY: Trunk 1 Trunk 1, from Ardoise School Road west to the St. Croix River Bridge, will have one-lane closures for repaving until Thursday, Nov. 15. Traffic control consists of cones. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-893-5797 Fax: 902-896-2259 GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Trunk 16 Trunk 16 from the intersection at Larrys River Road north to Church Street will have intermittent one-lane closures for patching and repaving until Wednesday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Friday with occasional Saturdays. Local Area Office: 902-893-5784 Fax: 902-896-2259 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 107 Highway 107, from Little Salmon River Bridge to Exit 18, will have one-lane closures for patching and repaving until Wednesday, Oct. 31. Traffic control consists of cones, barriers and traffic control people. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 Fax: 902-533-7352 PICTOU COUNTY: Westville Road and Trunk 4 Traffic on the Westville Road (Route 289) will be reduced to one lane from Exit 23 of Highway 104 for 2.5 kilometres southwest to the Westville town line. Traffic will also be reduced to one lane on Trunk 4 (Truro Road) from the intersection of the Westville Road (Route 289) for 2.5 kilometres to the west. Repaving work will take place from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. until Friday, Oct. 5. Local Area Office: 902-752-6224 Fax: 902-755-7184 Local Area Office: 902-542-6344 Fax: 902-542-6342 Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 Fax: 902-533-4352 Local Area Office: 902-543-4671 Fax: 902-543-5596 KINGS COUNTY: Fred Saunders Bridge Fred Saunders Bridge is closed for repairs until Thursday, Oct. 4. Detour routes: Spicer Road to Russia Road to Route 360 1.2 km – Route 360 to Spicer Road to Baseline Road 1 km – Baseline Road to Route 360 to West Black Road 4.3 km – West Black Rock Road to Baseline Road to Russia Road 1.2 km. GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Route 344 Route 344 from the intersection at Trunk 16 east to MacPherson Lake Road will have intermittent one-lane closures for patching and repaving until Wednesday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Friday and, occasionally, Saturdays. ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Route 201 Route 201 between Paradise Lane and Nictaux Road is being marked for repaving until Friday, Oct. 12. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-893-5784 Fax: 902-896-2259 SHELBURNE COUNTY: Barrington Passage – Trunk 3 Barrington Passage – Trunk 3 from the intersection of the Oak Park Road to the intersection of Route 330 will be reduced to one lane for cold planing until Friday, Oct. 5. Motorists should expect delays and speed reductions in the work zone. Cyclists should use caution. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-827-5388 Fax: 902-827-5190 INVERNESS COUNTY: MacDougall Bridge MacDougall Bridge on Reservation Road in Waycobah will be closed to all traffic until Friday, Oct. 12 for bridge repairs. Traffic should detour on Highway 105. Local Area Office: 902-542-6344 Fax: 902-542-6342 Local Area Office: 902-825-4827 Fax: 902-825-3593 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Trunk 4 Trunk 4, from East Bay west for about four kilometres to the Ski Ben Eoin area, will have one lane closures until Friday, Nov. 30 for paving and construction of a left-turning lane into the golf and ski area. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 207 Highway 207 from West Lawrencetown Road to Three Fathom Harbour will have intermittent delays for repaving until Wednesday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-835-2702 Fax: 902-835-1860 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Sedgiwich Bridge Sedgiwich Bridge, near the intersection of the Arhibald Brook Road and the Higginsville Road, will be closed until Wednesday, Oct. 31, for replacement. Traffic will be routed through the site over a one-lane temporary bridge controlled with traffic lights. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Ingram River Bridge Ingram River Bridge on Highway 103 will be reduced to one lane for repairs until Monday, Oct. 29. Traffic control consist of flashing unit display. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-527-5448 Fax: 902-527-5371 CUMBERLAND COUNTY” Route 209 Route 209, from the Trunk 2/Rte 209 intersection west toward Diligent River will have one-lane closures for gravelling and paving until Wednesday, Oct. 31. There will be a traffic-control person and pilot vehicle on site. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-424-6144 Fax: 902-424-7116 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Route 306 Route 306, for about 4.5 kilometres from Acres Road southeast to the intersection of Route 349, and Route 306 in Sambro will be reduced to one lane at various locations until Wednesday, Oct. 3. Traffic control consists of cones, barrels, pilot vehicle and traffic-control people. Motorists are advised to be cautious while travelling through the marked work site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-424-6144 Fax: 902-424-0054 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Trunk 2 Trunk 2 from Little Bass River to Economy River will have one-lane closures for ditching and paving until Wednesday, Oct. 31. Traffic control people will be on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. KINGS COUNTY: Glebe Bridge Glebe Bridge on Route 201 will have a 2.7-metre height restriction and 15-tonne weight restriction until further notice. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Highway 256 Highway 256, John Miller Bridge, is closed between Highway 246 and Kenney Hill Road for repairs from Monday, Oct. 1 until Friday, Oct. 19. Detour is marked. Local Area Office: 902-835-2702 Fax: 902-835-1860 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Truro Heights Connector Truro Heights Connector from Truro Heights Road, east to the entrance to Wal-Mart, will be reduced to one lane for bridge repairs and paving until Wednesday, Oct. 31. Traffic-control people will be on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. HANTS COUNTY: Bishopville Road The Bishopville Road will be closed at Highway 101 for construction of the new Highway 101 structure over Bishopville Road until Friday, Nov. 30. Detour route via Rand Street, Bog Road and Old Post Road. Local Area Office: 902-424-6144 Fax: 902-424-1776 Local Area Office: 902-798-6888 Fax: 902-798-2927 Local Area Office: 902-674-2146 Fax: 902-674-2170 YARMOUTH COUNTY: Sluice Point Bridge Sluice Point Bridge on Surette’s Island will be closed from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. starting Monday, Oct. 1 until Friday, Oct. 12 for repairs. KINGS COUNTY: Maple Court Maple Court to the end of English Mountain Road will have a one- lane closure for gravelling and repaving until Friday, Oct. 5. Traffic-control people will be on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 Fax: 902-533-4352 KINGS COUNTY: Aylesford Road Traffic on Aylesford Road from the intersection of Dalhousie Road north for about six kilometres will be reduced to one lane until Wednesday, Oct. 31, for repaving. Drivers should expect delays and use extra caution in the construction area. Local Area Office: 902-827-5388 Fax: 902-827-5190 GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Route 316 Route 316, from about six kilometres, south of Route 276 at Goshen, south to the Guysborough-St. Mary’s municipal boundary will have intermittent one-lane closures for gravelling and paving until Saturday, Oct. 13. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-542-6344 Fax: 902-542-6342 QUEENS COUNTY: Labelle Brook Bridge – Labelle Road Labelle Brook Bridge north of Greenfield on Labelle Road and south of South Brookfield on Molega Road is closed for replacement until Saturday, Oct. 6. A traffic detour is available on Trunk 8 and Route 325, Route 210 and Route 208 will have posted detours. A temporary pedestrian walkway will also be available. Local Area Office: 902-752-6224 Fax: 902-755-7184 Terence Bay Road, 7.7 kilometres Lower Prospect Road, 2.3 kilometres Lower Prospect Branch, 0.3 kilometres Local Area Office: 902-667-0366 Fax: 902-667-3424 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Three Sections Paving has started on three sections of road in Halifax Regional Municipality. Sections being paved are: INVERNESS COUNTY: Trunk 19 Traffic on Trunk 19, north of MacLean Street in the Town of Inverness for about 8.3 kilometres, will be reduced to one lane until Sunday Oct. 7, to allow for road improvements and repaving. Drivers should reduce speed and expect delays in the construction area. KINGS COUNTY: Hantsport Kates Bridge on Tannery Road in Hantsport will be reduced to one lane for repairs and replacement of the bridge abutments until further notice. A detour is available on Avon Street. Local Area Office: 902-860-5615 Fax: 902-860-5616 NEW WORK Local Area Office: 902-424-4670 Fax: 902-424-7116 Local Area Office: 902-752-6224 Fax: 902-755-7184 Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 Local Area Office: 902-863-0364 Fax: 902-863-7482 Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 Fax: 902-533-4352 INVERNESS COUNTY: Route 252 and Shore Road Route 252 from the intersection of Trunk 19 in Mabou east for 10 kilometres and Shore Road from the intersection of Trunk 19 in Judique north for 3.2 kilometres will be reduced to one lane for paving. Work will take place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. until Saturday, Oct. 13. Traffic control will be pilot vehicles and Traffic-control people. VICTORIA COUNTY: Highway 105 Highway 105, about one kilometre east of Exit 8 for 5.8 km, including ramps at Exit 9, will be reduced to one lane for guardrail and repaving until Oct. 31. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-538-3877 Fax: 902-538-8288 Local Area Office: 902-755-7146 Fax: 902-755-7049 Local Area Office: 902-893-0693 Fax: 902-896-2259 KINGS COUNTY: Trunk 1 Trunk 1 from Lockhart Mountain Road to Lovett Road will have one- lane closures for widening, traffic lights, sidewalk and repaving until Monday, Dec. 31. Traffic control people will be on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. PICTOU COUNTY: Route 256 (Scotsburn Road) Traffic on Route 256 (Scotsburn Road) from Durham Road west for about three kilometres to Campbell Hill Road will be restricted to one lane to allow for repaving until Wednesday, Oct. 31. Traffic will be controlled by traffic-control people and signs. Drivers are asked to reduce speed in the construction area. Work is expected to continue until Friday, Oct. 12. Motorists are advised there will be lane closures and to expect delays. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. PICTOU COUNTY: West River East Side Road The West River East Side Road near Salt Springs is reduced to one lane for repairs until further notice. Traffic control consists of signals. A wide-load detour route is marked. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Burnside Drive Burnside Drive, from Commodore Drive to the ramp at Highway 111, and the eastbound ramp from Highway 111 to Burnside Drive, about one kilometre, will have lane closures at various locations and times for widening, gravelling, signal installation, paving and repaving until Thursday, Jan. 31, 2008. Traffic control consist of cones, barriers, signs and traffic control people. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Some weekend work may be involved. Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 Fax: 902-533-4352 Local Area Office: 902-674-2146 Fax: 902-674-2170 Local Area Office: 902-742-0587 Fax: 902-749-2244 PICTOU COUNTY: Millers Ford Bridge Millers Ford Bridge over the West River on a connecting road between Saltsprings Loop and West River East Side Road will be closed for replacement until Wednesday, Nov. 14. A detour route is provided on Trunk 4 and West River East Side Road. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Intersection of Salmon River, Brookside and Pictou roads. Motorists are advised of a one-lane closure at the intersection of Salmon River, Brookside and Pictou roads for upgrades to the intersection until Wednesday, Oct. 31. Traffic-control people will be on site. Motorists are advised to use an alternate route, if possible. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-674-2146 Fax: 902-674-2170 Local Area Office: 902-893-5776 Fax: 902-896-2259 PICTOU COUNTY: Big Gut Bridge Big Gut Bridge, on Route 348 near Pictou Landing, is open to motorists. A temporary bridge will accommodate one-lane traffic and is controlled by traffic signals. The bridge width restriction is 4.2 metres. Motorists should proceed with caution. VICTORIA COUNTY: Trunk 30 (Cabot Trail) Trunk 30, from Highway 105 intersection (Exit 11) northerly about five kilometres will have one-lane closures for repaving until Wednesday, Oct. 31. Work takes palce from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-542-6344 Fax: 902-542-6342 Local Area Office: 902-893-5797 Fax: 902-896-2259last_img read more

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Comedian Gad El Maleh Bartended to Make a Living

Rabat – Famous Moroccan-French comedian Gad El Maleh posted a photo on his Instagram account Wednesday, recalling his early days before his successful career as a comedian when he made his living as a bartender in Canada in 1990.El Maleh appears with two of his colleagues, wearing a shirt and bow tie in the photo.El Maleh indicated that he had worked in many different professions before embarking on his career as a comedian. “I had to make a living …. Barman. Montréal 1990 #Everything is Possible,” El Maleh posted.Meanwhile, El Maleh is planning to perform a show in Moroccan Darija after his successful performances in French and English.In his first interview speaking in Darija as a guest on the France24 Arabic program “Thaqafa” (or “culture”), Gad El Maleh said that the performance may be entitled “Ouled Leblad” (“The Native”). read more

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French Animation Director Ocelot to Feature Morocco in Upcoming Film

Rabat – Award-winning French director Michel Ocelot is working on an animated film featuring Morocco and Turkey, reported UK-based news outlet Middle East Online (MEO) on Sunday.“The starting point is Morocco … in the 18th century,” Ocelot told Middle East Online at the Meknes International Festival of Animated Cinema (FICAM) taking place from March 22 to 27.The film “depicts… a female doctor who has been listening to tales orated by female storytellers in the palaces where she has been working,” he explained. Ocelot said that cinema can be a powerful inspiration for good or bad.“The guy who committed the massacre in New Zealand did a cinema. The cult of weapons is also a cinema art. I’m sure that when we make a violent movie, it inspires people to kill,” said Ocelot.“People, however, become noble” when they watch “noble” movies, he added.Ocelot said that animated cinema in Morocco needs some work to make it appeal to a global audience while preserving local taste.“The danger is to try to sell Moroccan animated cinema abroad and lose the identity.  You have to be both Moroccan and international,” he said.Ocelot is a self-taught director who kick-started his career in animation movies with the 1998 animation film “Kirikou and the Sorceress.”Last month, Michel Ocelot won the Cesar for Best Animated Film for his film “Dilili in Paris” at the 44th Cesar Award ceremony. Ocelot will present the film at FICAM 2019.“Dilili in Paris” shows the exploitation and enslavement of women at the turn of the 20th century Belle Epoque. “The harm men do to women is worse than wars. We should talk about this taboo,” Ocelot said.FICAM was founded in 2001 and has been under the patronage of King Mohammed VI since 2018. The Aicha Foundation is responsible for its production and the French Institute of Meknes provides artistic direction. read more

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UN refugee agency calls for 400 people adrift off West Africa to

9 February 2007The United Nations refugee agency is seriously concerned about the situation of some 400 people of various nationalities on a ship drifting off the West African coast, who have not been allowed to disembark for several days. The United Nations refugee agency is seriously concerned about the situation of some 400 people of various nationalities on a ship drifting off the West African coast, who have not been allowed to disembark for several days. “At this point in time, the main priority should be to help these people and not let them drift on the high seas in precarious conditions,” UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Director for Protection George Okoth-Obbo said. “UNHCR urges on humanitarian grounds that people on board this ship be allowed to disembark as soon as possible.” The Spanish Red Cross and the Mauritanian Red Crescent are delivering relief supplies to alleviate the immediate needs of the passengers aboard Marine I, which was spotted by the Spanish air rescue service on 30 January, apparently adrift. A day later a tugboat from the Spanish rescue service approached the ship and has since been accompanying it. The seas off West Africa have seen an increasing exodus of migrants seeking to reach Spain’s Canary Islands with sometimes deadly consequences as rickety boats succumb to the waves. In the first five months of last year alone, 7,400 people reached the islands after undertaking the perilous journey. Thousands of lives have been lost over the last decade in this exodus across the Atlantic Ocean or Mediterranean Sea, according to UNHCR officials. It is not clear whether there are people on board the Marine I seeking asylum. “Measures must be in place to identify persons who wish to seek asylum or may be in need of international protection and to channel such claims appropriately,” Mr. Okoth-Obbo said. In the past, vessels fulfilling their duty to rescue those in peril at sea have encountered problems disembarking those rescued. “This state of affairs can seriously threaten the integrity of the time-honoured humanitarian tradition and legal obligation to assist people in distress at sea,” Mr. Okoth-Obbo added. To help ship captains, ship owners, government authorities, insurance companies, and other interested parties involved in rescue at sea situations, UNHCR and the UN International Maritime Organization (IMO) have issued an information leaflet that provides guidance on relevant legal provisions and procedures. read more

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Global unemployment projected to rise over next two years UN labour agency

“The significant slowdown in emerging economies coupled with a sharp decline in commodity prices is having a dramatic effect on the world of work,” UN International Labour Organization (ILO) Director-General Guy Ryder said of the latest report.“Many working women and men are having to accept low paid jobs, both in emerging and developing economies and also, increasingly in developed countries,” he added, stressing that despite a drop in unemployment in some European Union countries and the United States, too many people are still jobless. “We need to take urgent action to boost the number of decent work opportunities or we risk intensified social tensions,” said the ILO chief.Final unemployment for 2015 is estimated to stand at 197.1 million, 27 million higher than the pre-crisis level of 2007, and in 2016 it is forecast to rise by about 2.3 million to 199.4 million, according to the ILO’s World Employment and Social Outlook – Trends 2016. An additional 1.1 million jobless will likely be added to the global tally in 2017.The unemployment rate for developed economies decreased from 7.1 per cent in 2014 to 6.7 per cent in 2015, but in most cases these improvements were not enough to eliminate the jobs gap that emerged due to the global financial crisis. Moreover, the employment outlook has now weakened in emerging and developing economies, notably in Brazil, China and oil-producing countries. “The unstable economic environment associated with volatile capital flows, still dysfunctional financial markets and the shortage of global demand continue to affect enterprises and deter investment and job creation,” said Raymond Torres, Director of the ILO Research Department. “In addition, policy-makers need to focus more on strengthening employment policies and tackling excessive inequalities. There is much evidence that well-designed labour market and social policies are essential for boosting economic growth and addressing the jobs crisis and almost eight years after the start of the global crisis, a strengthening of that policy approach is urgently needed,” he said. Job quality remains a major challenge. While there has been a decrease in poverty rates, the decline in working poor in developing economies has slowed and vulnerable employment still accounts for over 46 per cent of the total, affecting nearly 1.5 billion people.Vulnerable employment is particularly high in emerging and developing economies, hitting between half and three-quarters of the employed population, with peaks in Southern Asia at 74 per cent and sub-Saharan Africa at 70 per cent. The report also shows that informal employment, as a percentage of non-agricultural employment, exceeds 50 per cent in half of the developing and emerging countries with comparable data. In one-third of these countries, it affects over 65 per cent of workers. “The lack of decent jobs leads people to turn to informal employment, which is typically characterized by low productivity, low pay and no social protection. This needs to change,” Mr. Ryder said. Stressing that responding urgently to the global jobs challenge is key to achieving the UN’s newly-adopted 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. read more

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Queen boards train for journey back to London as she finishes winter

first_imgThe Queen traditionally spends the Christmas and new year period at her private Sandringham estate in Norfolk.On Monday, the head of state made history by becoming the first British monarch to reach their Sapphire Jubilee. Members of the The KingÕs Troop Royal Horse Artillery stage a 41-Gun salute in Green Park, central London David Bailey’s 2014 portrait of the Queen, showing her wearing a suite of sapphire jewellery given to her by King George VI as a wedding gift, has been reissuedCredit:PA Members of the King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery in Green Park, central London, after staging a 41-Gun salute to mark the 65th anniversary of the accession of Queen Elizabeth II to the throne Three-year-old Jessica Atfield, who dressed for the occasion in a union flag skirt, was delighted when she handed a bunch of flowers to the Queen. The Queen receives flowers from Jessica Atfield, three, after a church service on Sunday A portrait by David Bailey, taken in 2014 and showing the Queen wearing a suite of sapphire jewellery given to her by King George VI as a wedding gift, has also been reissued. The Queen boards a train at King's Lynn railway station on Tuesday morning The Queen may well be matter-of-fact about the historic occasion. In 2015, when she thanked the nation for its kind messages after overtaking Queen Victoria to become the longest-reigning monarch in British history, she admitted the royal record was “not one to which I have ever aspired”.She added: “Inevitably, a long life can pass by many milestones. My own is no exception.” The Royal Mint of a new £5 coin designed by Glyn Davies to celebrate the Queen's Sapphire Jubilee A 62-gun salute by the Honourable Artillery Company was fired at the Tower of London at 1pm.The Queen was in good spirits on Sunday as she greeted well-wishers after attending a church service at St Peter and St Paul in West Newton, Norfolk. It was 65 years to the day since the Queen acceded to the throne following the death of her father, George VI, on February 6 1952.As she has in previous years, the Queen spent Accession Day privately at Sandringham.At King’s Lynn station, the Queen appeared to have fully recovered from the heavy cold that blighted the start of her break and forced her to miss church over Christmas. The Queen receives flowers from Jessica Atfield, three, after a church service on SundayCredit:Gareth Fuller/PA It is likely that any large-scale jubilee celebrations will be reserved for the Platinum Jubilee in 2022 – although any events will take into account the fact that Queen is due to turn 96 that year. The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery stage a 41-gun salute in Green Park, central LondonCredit:Jonathan Brady/PA Royal Mail’s Sapphire Blue £5 stamp A new £5 coin designed by Glyn Davies to celebrate the Queen’s Sapphire Jubilee But during the period, the Queen was still working on her famous red box of official papers.The red boxes, sent to her by her private secretaries, contain policy papers, cabinet documents, telegrams, letters and other state papers from government ministers and representatives in Commonwealth and foreign countries. Royal Mail's Sapphire Blue £5 stamp Royal gun salutes were staged in London on Monday, as is the tradition, with a 41-gun salute by the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery in Green Park at noon.The Band of the Royal Artillery played a selection of celebratory music close to the firing position as 89 horses pulled six First World War-era 13-pounder field guns into position in the park. The Queen looked relaxed on the platform in NorfolkCredit:Victoria Jones/PA The Queen has made the journey by train back to London after her traditional winter break came to an end.Looking relaxed and wearing a lime green coat and a headscarf, the monarch was photographed boarding a train at King’s Lynn station. The Queen celebrated her 90th birthday last year, with activities including a walkabout, beacon lighting and a black tie dinner for family and friends in Windsor on her actual birthday.A weekend of national celebrations, including a party on The Mall, was held for her official birthday in June. Members of the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery in Green Park, central London, after staging a 41-gun saluteCredit:Jonathan Brady/PA The Royal Mint is marking the 65th anniversary with a range of specially designed Sapphire Jubilee commemorative coins, as the Royal Mail issues a Sapphire Blue £5 stamp. David Bailey's portrait of the Queen The Queen boards a train at King’s Lynn railway station on Tuesday morningCredit:Victoria Jones/PA The Queen looked relaxed on the platform in Norfolk Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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Len McCluskey is grasping at straws Unite sources claim after attack on

first_imgThe Unite general secretaryCredit:Telegraph Now union sources have told The Telegraph that Mr McCluskey’s latest attack on Labour MPs, accusing them of “dirty tricks” is a sign that he is worried about his position as union general secretary and knows that losing could damage Mr Corbyn. One source said: “Len is grasping at straws now, it’s clear that he is getting significant push back from members over his recent comments. “There are real concerns about the way Unite is being run, particularly the support for Momentum and the flat he bought. “He ought to be focused on those things, rather than thrashing out at people who have been members of the union for most of their working lives.” Gerard CoyneCredit:PA Tom Watson and Jeremy CorbynCredit:Eddie Mulholland Another added: “This is about shoring up the leader, in both senses. “Without Len, Corbyn is weakened and if he was ousted that could be the end of the left’s grip on our party. A lot of people would welcome that.” It came after Mr McCluskey told The Observer newspaper that MPs including Tom Watson, the deputy leader who Mr Corbyn publicly disagreed with over Syria last week, are “trying to abuse Unite’s democracy” to oust the Labour leader. Claiming that his election campaign has been turned into a third leadership race for Mr Corbyn by so-called hostile MPs, he said: “That is precisely what the media want it to be, and what the rightwing of the Labour party want it to be, and they have a puppet in Gerard Coyne that they can use.“Remember, those people who are running Coyne’s campaign are skilled masters of the dark arts. It is in their DNA and, though it is normal in political elections, it’s quite unique that they have brought this into a trade union election.”Mr McCluskey also named other Labour MPs, blaming them for running a “shameful campaign full of lies, innuendoes and smears” against him. John Spellar, MP for Warley, Jack Dromey, MP for Birmingham Erdington, and Siôn Simon, MEP for the West Midlands and Labour candidate for the West Midlands mayoral election were all named alongside Mr Watson. The Unite general secretary Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. In a sign of the deep rift between the two men at the top of the parliamentary Labour party Mr McCluskey pointed spoke of his poor relationship with Mr Watson.  Gerard Coyne He said: “We have not spoken since last July and it is sad that you lose friends but it is even sadder that Tom has turned on those of his friends who he relied upon in his darkest hours. He will have to answer to himself when he looks in the mirror every morning.”It came as John McDonnell, another close ally of the leader and the shadow chancellor, repeated claims that Mr Watson was wrong to support American missile strikes in Syria last week, exposing the disagreement at the heart of the party. Len McCluskey has been accused of “grasping at straws” after he claimed critics of Jeremy Corbyn are attempting to manipulate a union election battle to force him out of the top job and damage the party leader.The Unite general secretary is facing a challenge from Gerard Coyne, who he has accused of being backed by a “cabal” of MPs “fighting a proxy war against Corbyn” in what is being seen as a battle between moderate and left-wing factions of the party.Mr McCluskey, who has been at the top of the powerful union since 2011, is one of Mr Corbyn’s biggest and most powerful backers but he has been damaged by concerns about the way Unite supports pro-Corbyn group Momentum and about a flat he bought in London with the help of union money.He has demanded Labour investigate his claims after the election result has been announced on 21 April. Tom Watson and Jeremy Corbynlast_img read more

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Light my fire Independent candidate launches local election bid with burning turf

first_imgYouTube: Trish O’DowdVideo of Saturday night’s march. Note: poor quality.‘Cross-party support’He said he made the decision to run after receiving “cross-party support” from members of Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and Labour.“People are very disaffected with party politics … People are tired of broken promises … People are very tired of a form of musical chairs every other year,” he noted.O’Brien, who at 34 is the youngest candidate running in the area, said that the council needed “a mixture of old and young” members. He added that it was “worrying” that many of the young people he knows view politics as “pointless”.If elected, O’Brien said he would campaign against further closures of Post Offices and Garda stations in the area, having previously been involved in a successful campaign to retain a local Garda station.In a bid to stimulate the local economy, he said that a reduction in commercial rates for businesses could help create employment.‘Burning Sods of Turf’Saturday’s march culminated at a local pub, Clancy’s Bar, where O’Brien made an impassioned plea for volunteers to join his campaign.He told supporters: “In 2011 we were promised democratic revolution, a change. What we got was more of the same: more austerity, water charges, local property tax.”O’Brien added that it would be a “tough campaign” but said he wanted “to be back here celebrating with double amounts of burning sods of turf and with double the crowd of the 24 of May”.Read: Bankrupt Jillian Godsil takes constitutional challenge to run in electionsRead: Ex-firefighter running in locals wants whistleblower legislation for all public sector workers “I’ve always been independent in mind … I always found party politics, in broad terms, a bit restrictive,” O’Brien stated. INDEPENDENT LOCAL ELECTION candidate Emmett O’Brien chose a novel way to launch his campaign – by marching through the streets of Limerick while supporters carried sticks topped with sods of burning turf.Some 250 people attended the rally in Pallaskenry on Saturday night. O’Brien told TheJournal.ie that the burning turf “signified that there is still life and hope in the community”.The barrister is running on a non-party platform after failing to be chosen as a Fianna Fáil candidate.He was widely expected to appear on the party’s ticket in the Adare-Rathkeale constituency, but lost out to sitting councillor Kevin Sheahan in December. The two were pitted against each other in a vote after party headquarters pre-selected three candidates.O’Brien said that Fianna Fáil’s behaviour was “fundamentally wrong” but added he had “moved on” from the “unfortunate episode”.last_img read more

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Most LGBT Europeans still afraid and threatened report

first_imgALMOST TWO-THIRDS of Europe’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community are still afraid to show their sexuality in public and most feel discriminated against, an EU report said Friday, the International Day Against Homophobia.“Fear, isolation and discrimination are everyday phenomena for the LGBT community in Europe,” the director of the European Union’s Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA), Morten Kjaerum, wrote in the report.The online survey, described as the largest of its kind, questioned around 93,000 people in the European Union’s 27 member states plus Croatia, which is to join the bloc in July.Just over a quarter (26 percent) of the respondents said that they had been physically or verbally assaulted over the last five years.TransgenderTransgender people suffered particularly, with 28 percent saying they had been attacked or threatened more than three times in the last 12 months because of their sexuality, the report said.Some respondents said that even in countries traditionally considered to be tolerant, attitudes were worsening.“My situations of harassment/discrimination/violence are mainly random acts of verbal aggression,” a 27-year-old gay Belgian wrote.The situation is worse now than it was, for example, four years ago.In The Netherlands, the first country in the world to legalise gay marriage in 2001, almost 20 percent of those taking part said they felt discriminated against when going to sport clubs or hospitals, looking for an apartment, going out at night, or dealing with banks.The average figure across Europe was 32 percent, with the highest figures reported in Lithuania (42 percent); Croatia (41 percent); Bulgaria (40 percent); and Romania (39 percent).Many said they were afraid to go to the police, including in France where the beating of a gay couple in April hit the headlines after pictures of the bloodied face of one of the victims spread across social media.“(I am) reluctant to report anything that might indicate that I am gay, as I know (the police) just dismiss everything,” a 42-year-old Frenchman said.And a 32-year-old Czech lesbian said: “For me, the most alarming discrimination experienced is in health.I feel strong enough to deal with street harassment now, but I feel upset about having to justify my lifestyle to every doctor.PublicTwo-thirds of respondents and three-quarters of gay men said they were afraid to show their sexuality in public.The FRA report noted that discrimination often begins at school, where two-thirds of respondents hid their sexual orientation.“Ten years later, I still consider being bullied at school the worst form of homophobic abuse I’ve ever been subjected to,” said a gay Maltese man, 25.The constant insults for being effeminate (‘and therefore gay’) were unbearable at school, and not much action was taken by the teachers against the bullies! Bullying forced me to remain in the closet until I reached the age of 18.“Member states must take care that LGBT students feel secure at school, given that that is where LGBT people’s negative experiences, social prejudice and exclusion often begins,” the FRA said.The United Nations has launched its own education campaign, with Secretary General Ban Ki-moon reassuring the world’s LGBT community: “You are not alone.”- © AFP, 2013Read: Horrific murder fuels fears of rising homophobia in Russia>last_img read more

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Council uturn on funds means iconic Shandon clock will be repaired

first_imgThe Shandon Clock Source: Aoife Barry/TheJournal.ieTHE ICONIC SHANDON Clock in Cork city is to be repaired – despite the council initially saying it would not find the funding this year.The news comes after months of calls for it to be fixed, and a fundraising account being set up by a local radio station.Today, Lord Mayor of Cork Catherine Clancy confirmed that Cork City Council has secured funding to repair the clock.The Neil Prendeville Show on RedFM had been attempting to raise up to €40,000 to fix the clock, as it said the City Architect’s office said this amount was needed for the repairs.AppealIts RedFM Shandon Appeal was launched on Tuesday of this week, and had secured a number of donations. The radio station will be contacting all those who made donations.The council had previously said it did not have the funding to repair the clock, which is located in the tower of St Anne’s Church in Shandon, until 2015.The church was built in 1722 as a chapel, and the tower accommodates eight bells, which weigh six tonnes altogether. Visitors to the tower can ring the bells themselves.At the top of the tower is a fish-shaped weather vane.Read: Go clubbing in Sir Henry’s in Cork? They want your memorabilia>last_img read more

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The Oakleigh contest – Part II

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram In the race to Victoria’s State Parliament, the Liberal candidate for the seat of Oakleigh in Melbourne, Cr Theo Zographos, told Neos Kosmos he has always been passionate about the issues faced by the people in his constituency, which have spurred him to strive. “My vision and my commitment is to the people of Oakleigh and I am focused on explaining what I stand for and what the government stands for, that’s my first priority and aim, and actually explaining what we’ve achieved.”He has been involved with the Greek community his whole life and had an interest in politics from a very young age, which led to him joining the party at the age of 16.“I joined the Liberal Party when I was 16 so I had an interest in politics quite early on. I was involved in the student representative council at Oakleigh Grammar, which was called Oakleigh Greek Orthodox College. I got interested in debating and I was honoured to be elected as school captain in my final year and after that I studied at university and volunteered for Liberal members of parliament,” he said.If elected, he said, he will tackle the biggest issues faced by his constituency, which he believes are public transport, community safety and economic growth. Public transport, particularly, is something he feels was ignored by the previous Labor government. “Labor ignored fixing level crossings for 11 years and as I travel around the electorate that is the constant feedback that I get – that level crossings are an enormous nuisance for constituents in Oakleigh – and they’re very happy that the Napthine government is actually fixing them.“I was proud to be a part of that back in 2010 when I was the first person to get funding for the Murrumbeena level crossing and now we are delivering on Murrumbeena, Carnegie, Clayton, and we’ve just completed Springvale. So that’s the biggest issue in terms of public transport, and of course we’ll have new stations built at Clayton, Murrumbeena and Carnegie. He believes that there are still many challenges to be met in the face of ensuring public safety.“We’ve seen enormous success with our protective service officers at train stations, we have record police, however, there are still enormous challenges faced in our area and we are committed to delivering on that into the future, because one of the most important things, generally speaking, is that people should feel safe.”And personally meeting and greeting his constituents is paramount to his election message push. “The best thing a candidate can do is to meet with people face to face and since I’ve been a candidate, earlier this year, I’ve been door knocking houses in Oakleigh. I’ve done over 5,000 houses so far, I’ve stood at train stations, I’ve had mobile offices in every part and corner of Oakleigh, I’ve attended many events, I send out letters to people to speak about issues. And I get a good response.“People know I’m a hard worker, they can see that I’m a hard worker, they know I’ve got a good record of delivering on issues, delivering on commitments and I feel extremely confident, particularly because the Napthine government has been such a good government and I believe at the moment we’re doing very well.”He holds the Greek community very close to him. He was the raised in the Oakleigh area, attended a Greek Orthodox college and was an alter boy at the local church. If elected in November he will become the youngest Greek Australian member of parliament in Australian history, and he believes his party has best represented the values of Greek Australians.”We have a very strong record as the Liberal Party, over many years, of being there for the Greek community when it counted. During the Kennett years when he stood up for Greek rights in Macedonia, or whether it was Malcolm Fraser who brought in a lot of Greek migrants or whether it was Petro Georgiou, who created the modern SBS.”I think that by having me as a candidate we have a very great opportunity to have someone who’s passionate about the Greek community in the Liberal Party, in government, and that’s why it’s something that will work for our cause if I’m elected.”When it comes to the November 29 election, Cr Zographos believes his party is in good stead to win. “The record speaks for itself in terms of what has actually been achieved and what was ignored by Labor.“The state budget has delivered a lot for Oakleigh, it’s the biggest public transport investment in Oakleigh ever.“He also flagged the building of a new children’s hospital in the area as one of the great projects his party has pledged whilst in government, and is hopeful that voters will see that as his (and his party’s commitment) hard work. Hard work which, according to him, will continue to be delivered.“I look forward to the future in Oakleigh, hopefully as a member.”last_img read more

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Senate passes bill making it easier to kill sea lions

first_imgSEATTLE — A bill that would make it easier to kill sea lions that feast on imperiled salmon in the Columbia River has cleared the U.S. Senate.State wildlife managers say rebounding numbers of sea lions are eating more salmon than ever and their appetites are undermining billions of dollars of investments to restore endangered fish runs.Senate Bill 3119, which passed Thursday by unanimous consent, would streamline the process for Washington, Idaho, Oregon and several Pacific Northwest Native American tribes to capture and euthanize potentially hundreds of sea lions found in the river east of Portland.Sen. Jim Risch, an Idaho Republican who co-sponsored the bill with senators from all three states, said the legislation would help ensure healthy populations of salmon for years to come.“As endangered salmon face extinction, we must take steps to protect them,” Sen. Maria Cantwell, a Washington Democrat, said in a statement.The Senate bill is similar to one passed by the U.S. House in June and sponsored by Reps. Jaime Herrera Beutler, a Washington Republican, Kurt Schrader, an Oregon Democrat, and others.last_img read more

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