Panaji police arrest man for trespass, voyeurism

first_imgThe city police on Thursday night arrested a 35-year-old man for allegedly breaking into homes at night in his underwear and staring at women and occasionally stealing cash, in an apartment complex on the outskirts of the city. The accused, Tulsidas Shirodkar, resident of Taleigao near here, was taken to Panaji Town police station, after residents of Adwalpalkar Horizon collectively complained to the police. “The accused has been booked under Sections 457 (trespass), 380 (theft), 354(c) (voyeurism) on Friday,” a police spokesperson said. “In three cases, complainants have said that money was also missing from the house, so we have booked him for theft,” he added.In the complaint, some residents, whose homes had been broken into, alleged that Mr. Shirodkar was in his underwear with oil smeared on his body.“I woke up once and saw him staring at me. I shouted in alarm, but he had disappeared before someone could arrive,” a woman said. Another victim said that he was lying next to her and her relative when they were sleeping on the bed. “I felt something next to me and shouted when I felt it was another person. But at that time I thought it was a dream because when I put on the light nobody was there,” the woman said.The police have activated a cluster approach dialogue with residents of various housing complexes in North Goa and housing societies and residents have been advised to streamline their security systems, strictly implement tenant verification systems and network with police personnel of the nearest station.last_img read more

Will surrender in court in next 3-4 days: Anant Singh

first_imgControversial Bihar MLA Anant Singh, evading arrest in a case under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, has said he will surrender in court in the next three-four days. In a video message, the independent MLA from Mokama, who has several serious cases pending against him, also said he will interact with journalists on his return from hiding. “I am not afraid of getting arrested. I have come to see my ailing friend and will surrender in the court in next three-four days. But first of all, I will go to my flat and interact with journalists,” the legislator said in the video clip sent to media houses on Sunday.Mr. Singh was booked under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) after a police team raided his ancestral house at Ladma village in Patna district and seized an AK-47 rifle, a magazine, live cartridges and two hand grenades on Friday. Parliament had recently passed an amendment to the anti-terror law to give powers to the Centre to designate an individual as terrorist and seize his properties. The accused legislator claimed he had sought an appointment with Chief Minister Nitish Kumar but failed. Contending that he had not visited his ancestral house in the past 14 years, Mr. Singh asked, “Why would I keep weapons like AK-47 in a house which is shared by my enemy?” Feud with cousinThe legislator has a running feud with his cousin Vivekanand Singh, a gangster.Police conducted a second raid at the 1 Mall Road, official residence of Mr. Singh in Patna on Saturday but he was not present, Superintendent of Police Kantesh Kumar Mishra said. His accomplice Chhotan Singh was, however, apprehended from there.A sword and a mobile phone were also seized from the legislator’s official residence.last_img read more

WWE: All the Superstars you can expect to return at SmackDown 1000

first_imgAdvertisement We are less than 12 hours away from the 1000th episode of SmackDown. The show will commence from the Capital One Arena in Washington DC and the lineup already looks stacked as legendary superstars have confirmed their return for this Tuesday Evening.Headlining the event are icons such as The Undertaker, Rey Mysterio, Triple H, Ric Flair and Batista. Evolution reunites for the first time in four years with Batista making his much-anticipated comeback to WWE for one night only.Moreover, we are also in store for surprises. Last week, WWE teased the fans with a social media post that could have been linked with a possible return of the most electrifying superstar in sports entertainment, The Rock.FINALLY…it’s almost here! #SD1000 @TheRock pic.twitter.com/IEprsLKKFB— WWE (@WWE) October 6, 2018The Brahma Bull last appeared on WWE Television at Wrestlemania 32 in April 2016, where he famously defeated then Wyatt Family member, Erick Rowan in six seconds and set forth a new Wrestlemania record. The Rock is currently tied up with Hollywood commitments in London but if he sets foot tomorrow night, it will certainly blow the roof off its place.Meanwhile, Rey Mysterio returns to WWE on a full-time basis this week but his first challenge will be to overcome the reigning United States Champion, Shinsuke Nakamura in a WWE World Cup qualifying match.Similarly, cornerstones of the SmackDown brand over the last decade such as Edge, Kane, Mark Henry, Booker T, Big Show and many more are also set to attend this momentous occasion and make it a night to remember!!!Advertisementlast_img read more

Consistency in all formats makes Kohli stand apart, says Williamson

first_imgNew Zealand skipper and Sunrisers Hyderabad star batsman Kane Williamson heaped praise on Indian run-machine Virat Kohli, saying that the Royal Challengers Bangalore captain is a great player whom he admires a lot. (Full IPL Coverage | Points Table )TERRIFIC KOHLIIndia Test skipper Kohli has been in the form of his life over the past couple of months for his national side as well as his Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise, RCB. (Suresh Raina in awe of Virat Kohli-AB de Villiers masterclass)After winning the man of the tournament award in the recent World Twenty20, the Delhi-born batsman has smashed three centuries in the ongoing ninth edition of the cash-rich IPL and is the leading scorer with 677 runs.After bringing up his maiden T20 ton against Gujarat Lions, he followed it up with a second against Rising Pune Supergiants and on Saturday. The 27-year-old blasted 109 runs off just 55 balls against Gujarat.’A GREAT PLAYER'”He (Kohli) is a great player. He is a player certainly whom I admire a lot, obviously like a lot of others do. It is his ability in T20 cricket and other formats and how he adapts from one format to the other all round the world is an incredible thing,” Williamson told IANS.”Consistent as he is in T20 cricket, there may be no other player like him at the moment, but, well, there is David Warner who is also able to do that; it is also about keeping the benchmark for other players to strive to,” he added.advertisementThe 25-year-old, who led the Kiwis to the semi-final stage in the World T20, is known to be a calm and composed skipper. When asked to comment on Kohli’s aggressive nature on the field, he said, “I think he is comfortable the way he is, and plays the game his way.”‘Exceptional Yuvraj’Williamson also lauded IPL teammate and India’s veteran batsman Yuvraj Singh, after the latter returned to the side with some good scores following his ankle injury which he sustained at the World T20.”Yuvraj has been great. It is always nice to have him in the team and part of the squad. His contribution within the team has been exceptional, also to mention his batting ability. Certainly when he has got the opportunity he has gone out and played to the team’s plan and played very well,” he said.The Tauranga-born batsman, who has been in great form over the past year for New Zealand in all formats will take over the Test captaincy from compatriot and batting legend Brendon McCullum and will lead his country in all formats of the game. He viewed this as a big challenge ahead of him.’PRIVILEGED TO LEAD NZ’ “It is a privilege and an honour to have the opportunity to lead the country in all three formats. The team was lead by Brendon for a couple of years now and now we have to take the team forward. But there are a lot of challenges ahead and also will be exciting,” he said.”Without him (Brendon) as a leader and as a player is a transition period and as a leader he has had an impression on number of guys. So I will look to do what’s best for the team and take the side forward and ultimately continue the good culture that we have.”When asked about the future of Test cricket after the advent of T20, the right-handed batsman said, “Above all T20 cricket increases the interest in the game, which has an effect in the Test cricket as well. But as we know Test cricket, the story is increasing day by day. With the day-night Test coming up, it is a new concept. But there is always interest in T20 cricket more.”All PRAISE FOR MUSTAFIZURThe Kiwi also praised IPL teammate Mustafizur Rahman and termed the promising Bangladesh seamer as an exceptional talent.”He (Muztafizur) is an exceptional talent, so young as well, coming in and being so clear about what he wants to bowl at the death and use of change ups, which all the batsmen are struggling with. I know as we have faced him at the nets.””His ability to bowl the yorker, he is special, so it is fortunate to have him in our side. And I have no doubt that he will do better things throughout his career and international cricket as well,” Williamson concluded.last_img read more

Islamic State plans attack on Euro 2016 fans with chemical weapons

first_imgAn Islamic State sleeper cell has plans to carry out attacks targeting English and Russian football fans at Euro 2016 during a match in Marseilles, data retrieved from the main Paris attacks suspect’s laptop reveal, according to The Sun.IS EYE ENGLAND-RUSSIA GAMEPhotos retrieved from the computer found during a raid in Brussels and belonging to Salah Abdeslam, reportedly point to the French city of Marseilles, where England are scheduled to play Russia on June 11.The information also allegedly disclosed that Islamic State was considering using drones “possibly” armed with chemical weapons, as well as suicide bombs and AK-47s to carry out mass attacks, The Sun reported, citing its sources.Despite Abdeslam capture, authorities fear other IS-linked cell members could still proceed with the plan.”Most of the information was contained in Abdeslam personal testament setting out his wishes in the event of death,” a Belgian security source told the Sun.The gathered information is making authorities believe that the primary target of terrorists will be the English team’s fan zone in the Old Port quarter of the city.MASS ATTACKS WITH CHEMICAL WEAPONS”This can only mean plans were being drawn up to attack England and Russia fans before the game. England and Russia fans are obvious targets because both countries are bombing IS in Syria and Iraq,” the source added.”Drones are mentioned on the computer, but it’s not clear how they might have been used in an attack — possibly armed with chemical weapons.”The terror attacks rocked the French capital on November 13, 2015, killing 130 people and injuring hundreds of others. Three suicide bombers carried out an assault near the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, which was followed by suicide bombings and mass shootings at cafs and restaurants.advertisementOf the 130 victims, at least 89 were killed in the Bataclan Theater, where the jihadists took hostages before engaging in a stand-off with police officers.Fears of a Paris-style assault have also been confirmed to the publication by a police source, who said that “Marseille is the Kalashnikov capital of France, and there are plenty of potential IS recruits here.”More than 1,000 police officers will be deployed to offer security for the duration of the competition in Marseilles, with snipers deployed throughout the city. Shoulder-mounted Mistral surface-to-air missile launchers will also be used for security, positioned at the city’s strategic points, the publication reports.”Officers will be authorized to intervene the moment a terrorist is identified,” another senior security force officer told the Sun. “Terrorism is our main security priority.”last_img read more

UAAP: UST gets job done vs Adamson, waits for Final 4 fate

first_imgUST’s Rhenz Abando against Adamson defenders. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netANTIPOLO – Showing composure down the stretch, University of Santo Tomas held off Adamson, 80-74, Saturday night to secure at least a playoff for a Final Four berth in UAAP Season 82 basketball tournament.Renzo Subido knocked down a contested triple from the corner and hit two free throws inside the final 1:36 as the Growling Tigers survived the Falcons’ late uprising to finish the elimination-round with an 8-6 record.ADVERTISEMENT Ira Battaller’s split at the line with 27 seconds also proved critical for the Tigers as it kept them in control even with Jerrick Ahanmisi hitting a triple with 13 seconds left to pull the Falcons to within three, 74-77.The Tigers threatened to rip the game open by closing the third quarter with a 10-0 blitz only for the Falcons to claw their way back into the game, setting the stage for an anxious finish.POST-GAME INTERVIEW View comments DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Someone from the Philippines could win a $208 million jackpot this week! Becoming his own man Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue PVL finals within reach as PetroGazz blows by BanKo in semis The win puts UST in a strong position regardless of results in the remaining games involving Final Four contenders. In the event of a four-way tie for second with 8-6 records, the Tigers will be part of the playoff for the second seed most probably against Far Eastern U should the Tamaraws hurdle the University of the East Warriors on Sunday.“We were tight – all of us from the players and coaching staff,” said UST coach Aldin Ayo in explaining his team’s performance.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practice“This is a learning experience for us and the players are still working on how to handle the pressure.”With the Falcons trimming a 12-point deficit to just 69-73 after Lenda Douanga’s basket, Subido nailed a timely triple before helping making it a five-point lead with two foul shots with 11 seconds remaining. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ This jewelry designer is also an architect LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Indian-origin gay minister wins leadership race, set to be

first_imgIrish PM(EDS: Updating with Varadkars quotes)By Aditi KhannaLondon, Jun 2 (PTI) Leo Varadkar, an Indian-origin doctor and Irelands first openly gay minister, today won the leadership race for the ruling party to become the countrys youngest-ever and first homosexual Prime Minister-in-waiting.Varadkar, 38, will officially take over as Taoiseach, as the Irish prime ministerial title is known in Ireland, in Parliament later this month after he was declared the winner in the leadership race for the Fine Gael party.After the win, Varadkar said, “If my election shows anything its that prejudice has no hold in this Republic.””When my father travelled 5,000 miles to build a new home in Ireland, I doubt he ever dreamed his son would grow up to be its leader,” he said.Varadkar took a majority of the votes to be declared as the 11th leader of the party as counting concluded at Mansion House in Dublin.The final count, including all three electoral colleges, saw Varadkar win with 60 per cent to Housing Minister Simon Coveneys 40 per cent votes.Polling had closed earlier today with a 100 per cent turnout in the parliamentary party recorded.The Dublin-born son of Mumbai-born Ashok Varadkar and Irish mother Miriam, served as Irelands welfare minister and had emerged as the most popular choice since he announced his candidacy after current leader Enda Kenny stepped down as prime minister earlier this year.Varadkar went up against housing minister Coveney in the leadership race, who bagged two-thirds of the party membership votes but lost out to the more popular candidate in the end.advertisementThe voting for the Fine Gael leadership is decided in an electoral college system that gives the Fine Gael parliamentary party 65 per cent of the vote. The 21,000 rank- and-file members of the party have 25 per cent and 235 local representatives 10 per cent.The parliamentary party voted for Varadkar, overwhelmingly, as was widely expected.Irelands new Taoiseach is expected to be formally confirmed by June 13, when the countrys Dail Parliament resumes following a week-long break.Varadkar came out as a gay man in 2015, when Ireland became the first country in the world to legalise same-sex marriage through popular vote.In a coming-out speech he gave in a radio interview, he had said, “Its not something that defines me. Im not a half-Indian politician, or a doctor politician or a gay politician for that matter. Its just part of who I am, it doesnt define me, it is part of my character I suppose.”His family originates from Varad, a village in Gujarat, and Leo Varadkar kept his Indian connect alive, completing an internship at the King Edward Memorial Hospital in Mumbai.His partner, Matthew Barrett, is also a doctor.”Matt is just a very special person. Someone who is unconditionally on my side, which is always great. He is the kind of person who has made me a better person,” Varadkar recently said.The popular minister has campaigned for same-sex marriage and liberalising abortion laws.He worked as a general practitioner (GP) before winning a seat in Parliament in 2007 and has rapidly risen through the party ranks, holding several ministerial portfolios including minister for social protection and minister for transport, tourism and sports.Fine Gael is Irelands centre-right political party, seen as taking liberal positions on several social and economic issues. Varadkar was campaigning on a platform of reducing child poverty and educational disadvantage as key policy areas. PTI AK ASK ASKlast_img read more

Premier League: Dele Alli shines as Tottenham Hotspur beat 10-man Newcastle United

first_imgTottenham Hotspur got their Premier League campaign on track with a clinical 2-0 win at 10-man Newcastle United on Sunday after Dele Alli scored one goal and helped create the other at St James’s Park.Having eased back into the top flight from the second-tier Championship, Newcastle held their own against last season’s Premier League runners-up in the opening half but succumbed after Jonjo Shelvey was sent off in the 48th minute.Shelvey got his marching orders for stomping on Alli and Spurs duly took advantage as the England midfielder, who pulled all the strings for the visitors, broke the deadlock on the hour when he steered in an inch-perfect cross by Christian Eriksen.Alli, who helped Eriksen set up the other for Davies in the 70th minute, made light of Shelvey’s petulant reaction.”I’m sure he’ll be disappointed,” Alli told Sky Sports.”It was important we stayed professional. I don’t want to talk about it too much. I’ve been pulled up for my temper before but today we had to keep our cool. There was no need to react.”Newcastle, whose fans incessantly booed their former midfielder Moussa Sissoko now playing for Spurs, missed their best chance straight after Shelvey’s dismissal as keeper Hugo Lloris denied Dwight Gayle with a fine save.Harry Kane, last season’s top scorer in the Premier League with 29 goals, missed a sitter at the other end before Alli slid in at the far post and beat Robert Elliot with a fine finish.The influential Eriksen and livewire Alli carved open Newcastle’s defence with a lightning move 10 minutes later, presenting Davies with a simple finish from seven metres.advertisementKane should have added the third in stoppage time as Spurs charged forward but hit the post with only Elliot to beat.Newcastle winger Christian Atsu said the temperamental Shelvey had apologised to his team mates after the game.”That’s football,” the Ghanaian said.”He’ll learn from his mistakes. He’s upset with himself and thinks he let the team down. He apologised to everyone and we believe he will come back stronger.”last_img read more

Early Penalty Helps Japan Beat Colombia 2-1 at World Cup

first_imgSARANSK, Russia (AP) — Yuya Osako had a surprise in store for those who gave Japan little chance of competing with Colombia at the World Cup.Osako’s gritty determination to set up one goal and his 73rd-minute header from Keisuke Honda’s corner kick lifted Japan to a surprising 2-1 victory over the Colombians on Tuesday.Osako won a bouncing ball to begin an early sequence that led to a penalty, put Colombia a man down and gave Japan a 1-0 lead when Shinji Kagawa converted from the spot.Colombia had to play all but the opening minutes with 10 men after Carlos Sanchez received a red card for blocking Kagawa’s shot on goal with his extended right arm.Colombia equalized late in the first half on Juan Quintero’s rolling but accurate free kick, which sneaked inside the right post.Japan became the latest side to pull off an upset at the World Cup, joining Mexico, Switzerland and Iceland in earning surprising results. This score line was particularly unexpected in light of the fact that Japan had changed coaches shortly before the tournament, and because no Asian team had ever previously defeated a South American side in 17 World Cup meetings.Not only was Osako instrumental in both goals, he sprawled to block a close-range shot by Colombia midfielder James Rodriguez in the waning minutes.Japan’s Yuya Osako, center, scores his side second goal during the group H match between Colombia and Japan at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Mordavia Arena in Saransk, Russia, Tuesday, June 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)Not a bad way to provide joy to a country recovering from a deadly earthquake in Osaka a day earlier. The result also brought a smile to Japanese princess Takamdo, who attended the match.Colombia soundly defeated Japan 4-1 when the sides met in group play in Brazil four years ago, and the Japanese also began the game without Okazaki, a Leicester forward who has been trying to overcome a sore calf and was replaced in the starting lineup by Osako. Okazaki did get in the game, but not until the 85th minute.But it was apparent within minutes that the rematch would not go so smoothly for Colombia, much to the chagrin of entire sections of the Mordovia Arena bathed in yellow.In the third minute, Osako won a bouncing ball from defender Davinson Sanchez and broke in alone toward goal. Goalkeeper David Ospina blocked Osako’s shot, but Kagawa pounced on the rebound and quickly got off a shot on goal that drew Sanchez’s red card and the penalty.Kagawa converted by directing his shot inside the right post.Colombia began the game without Rodriguez, a Bayern Munich midfielder who was the leading scorer at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. But Rodriguez had been laboring with a sore left calf recently, casting doubt over his readiness to play.Japan’s Shinji Kagawa, left, scores the opening goal during the group H match between Colombia and Japan at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Mordavia Arena in Saransk, Russia, Tuesday, June 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)He came on to join captain Radamel Falcao in the 59th minute, but his best chances were thwarted by Japan’s desperate defending near the goal.BIZARRE BEGINNINGWorld Cup games are known for starting on time. But not this one.When the game was due to officially start, Falcao walked across to Japan’s side of the field and spoke to referee Damir Skomina in a discussion that lasted beyond the official countdown to kickoff.When fans let out the customary cheer to mark the beginning of the match, the teams were still standing still. Moments later, Skomina ordered both teams to change sides and the match commenced shortly after.Only minutes later came the wild sequence which set up the opening goal.—By BRETT MARTEL , AP Sports WriterReferee Damir Skomina from Slovenia shows the red card to Colombia’s Carlos Sanchez, bottom, during the group H match between Colombia and Japan at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Mordavia Arena in Saransk, Russia, Tuesday, June 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)Colombia’s Juan Cuadrado, left, andJapan’s Takashi Inui, right, challenge for the ball during the group H match between Colombia and Japan at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Mordavia Arena in Saransk, Russia, Tuesday, June 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)Japan’s Princess Takamado, right, applauds prior to the group H match between Colombia and Japan at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Mordavia Arena in Saransk, Russia, Tuesday, June 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Les Reed appointed FA technical director to replace Dan Ashworth

first_imgThe Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Share on Twitter Share via Email “We are coming off the back of the most incredible year and I have nothing but respect for the outstanding work of Dan Ashworth and all the coaches and staff at St George’s Park,” Reed said. “The challenge will be to continue the progress that has been made and I hope I can bring my experience to help England teams. I am passionate about coaching, about helping English players to be the best they can be, and also want to work closely with the clubs and leagues we have in this country. I cannot wait to get started.”The 66-year-old worked at the FA in a coaching capacity from 1986 to 1995, and then held various technical roles – including as a member of Kevin Keegan’s coaching staff – between 1998 and 2004. The last two years of that second spell were spent as technical director, with his third stint to begin in February. He has also spent time at Charlton, where he was manager for six weeks in late 2006, and with Fulham.Reed helped design the current Uefa pro licence. He is understood to have beaten Mark Warburton and Matt Crocker, the FA’s head of development team coaching, to the position, with Les Ferdinand and Kevin Thelwell, of Queens Park Rangers and Wolverhampton Wanderers respectively, also on the FA’s shortlist. Share on Pinterest “Les’s experience in the game is unrivalled so it is no surprise he came through a thorough recruitment process as the outstanding candidate,” said the FA’s chief executive, Martin Glenn. “It’s important we continue to develop strong relationships with the wider game for the benefit of English football and Les will be well-placed to continue to strengthen those relationships.”Glenn will depart the governing body at the end of the season. Ashworth, who has worked so closely with Gareth Southgate, is to join Brighton & Hove Albion in the new year. Topics The FA news Share on Facebook Technical director Dan Ashworth quits FA to take up post at Brighton Read more Share on WhatsApp Share on Messenger Share on LinkedIn The Football Association has reappointed Les Reed as its technical director to succeed Dan Ashworth.Reed, who will commence his third spell within the national setup in the new year, was sacked from his role as Southampton’s head of football development and vice-chairman last month after eight years. He will be responsible for all elite England men’s sides while also overseeing the work of FA Education, aimed at increasing the number of qualified coaches, and he will work closely with the director of women’s football, Baroness Sue Campbell. Reuse this contentlast_img read more

LR: Existing Shipping Rules Should Be Enforced, Not New …

first_imgzoom The Liberian Registry has called on shipping regulators to ensure the effective implementation of existing rules to protect human life, safety and the environment, rather than creating new rules and regulations instead.Scott Bergeron, CEO of the Liberian International Ship & Corporate Registry, the US-based manager of the Liberian Registry, says, “It is the job of ship registries and other regulators to ensure the effective, efficient and practical implementation of rules and regulations. Unfortunately, the entire industry does not operate in this way. There are other regulators who are not enforcing the rules effectively and this is really troublesome because the result of ineffective implementation is yet more regulation. I think the industry already has enough regulations, and creating new ones just as a political or public reaction to accidents is very short-sighted.”Bergeron describes as “critical and appropriate” the decision of IMO to choose ‘International Conventions – Effective Implementation’ as the theme for World Maritime Day 2014.He says, “The ISM Code should be the last regulation from IMO, because every new requirement, whether political, environmental or safety-related, could be incorporated into ISM. We don’t need new conventions. We don’t need new regulations. What we need is for everything to be encapsulated in a single operating concept such as the ISM Code. And we need improved management and effective implementation and enforcement of provisions such as ISM. If all the measures needed to protect safety and the environment are in that one code, and if that code is effectively implemented and enforced, there will be no need for new regulations as a knee-jerk reaction to individual or collective incidents.“Liberia applauds IMO and calls on other flag states to work together with Liberia to achieve effective implementation of existing regulations. Too much time, too much energy and too much expense has been wasted on new regulations. Let’s focus on the ones we have, and make sure they are working properly, rather than creating new ones.”Press Release, June 25, 2014last_img read more

Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_img VICTORIA COUNTY: Red Bridge, Big Baddeck The Red Bridge on the Old Margaree Road in Big Baddeck is closed to traffic. A detour is in place. The bridge is scheduled to be replaced by the end of March. -30- INVERNESS COUNTY: Crowdis Bridge Crowdis Bridge will be closed until further notice for repairs. A detour will be available via Crowdis Cross Road, West Big Interval Road and Hatchery Road. NEW WORK COLCHESTER COUNTY: Riverside Road Sections of Riverside Road are closed for work to improve drainage. The road is closed from about two kilometres north of Route 236, Civic No. 3472 to Civic No. 3608. A detour is available on Route 236 to Princeport Road. Riverside Road will re-open March 31. CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Route 204, section between Brookdale and MacDonald Road A section of Route 204, between the Brookdale town line and MacDonald Road, will be closed until 7 a.m. Thursday, March 14, to replace an underground culvert. Detour signs are in place. HANTS COUNTY: Highway 102 Highway 102, about four kilometres north of Exit 10, at Shubenacadie Bridge, is reduced to one lane to remove and install guard rail until Thursday, Feb. 28. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset.center_img COLCHESTER COUNTY: Bayhead Bridge Bayhead Bridge, about 100 metres east of the Clark Road on Trunk 6, will be reduced to one lane for bridge replacement until Friday, March 1. Traffic signals are in place. GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Melford Brook Bridge The Melford Brook Bridge, on Route 344 at Middle Melford, is closed. A two-lane detour bridge is in place until a permanent bridge is built. The speed limit is reduced to 60 km/h and warning signs are in place. CONTINUING WORK PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 104 Highway 104, Exit 23 eastbound off Westville Road and MacGregor Avenue’s ramp and intersection, will have periodic lane closures for the installation of traffic signals until further notice. Traffic control people are on site. Please take alternate route if possible. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.last_img read more

Judge rejects 1st bid to block UK Parliament suspension

first_imgLondon: Opponents of Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s move to suspend parliament in the final weeks before Brexit lost the first of several legal bids to stop him on Friday. Scottish judge Raymond Doherty rejected the request for a temporary injunction pending a full hearing in the case on September 6. “I’m not satisfied that there’s a need for an interim suspension or an interim interdict to be granted at this stage,” Doherty said in his ruling. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USQueen Elizabeth II has already given the go-ahead to shutter parliament between mid-September and October 14 — just two weeks before the Brexit date of October 31. The move was widely seen as limiting the time for parliamentarians to move against Johnson, who has said Britain must leave the EU with or without a deal. Legal bids to halt the suspension have also been launched in Belfast and London. Former prime minister John Major, a strong supporter of EU membership, has said he will seek to join the London legal action. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsJohnson announced the surprise decision Wednesday to dismiss parliament — known as proroguing — next month for nearly five weeks. The move sent shockwaves through British politics, triggering a furious outcry from pro-Europeans and MPs opposed to a no-deal exit. Wrong-footed, Johnson’s opponents labelled the suspension of parliament a “coup” and a “constitutional outrage”. Britain’s Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said only around four days of parliamentary time would be lost. “The idea that this is some kind of constitutional outrage is nonsense.” Britain’s Brexit negotiators are to meet their EU counterparts twice a week throughout September in a bid to reach a new divorce agreement. Johnson said he wants to “step up the tempo” in talks with the European Union to strike a new Brexit deal.Johnson wants the so-called backstop, the fallback provisions regarding the Irish border, scrapped completely. “While I have been encouraged with my discussions with EU leaders over recent weeks that there is a willingness to talk about alternatives to the anti-democratic backstop, it is now time for both sides to step up the tempo,” he said. There are growing concerns among some major players in the EU that Britain will not be able to come up with realistic alternatives to the backstop in time. A spokesperson for the European Commission said they were willing to work “24/7 throughout this long process”. “We expect the UK to come forward with concrete proposals as President (Jean-Claude) Juncker made clear to Prime Minister Johnson earlier this week.” The backstop is included in a divorce deal the EU agreed with Johnson’s predecessor, Theresa May, which parliament has rejected three times. Ireland’s Foreign Minister Simon Coveney said Britain had come up with “nothing credible” to replace the backstop. “If that changes, great,” he said in Helsinki. German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said after meeting Raab at the summit: “It is now necessary for time reasons to put the (proposals) on the table as soon as possible.” Luxembourg’s Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn added: “I still hope that reason will prevail.” Beyond the courts, Johnson’s opponents are planning all manner of moves to stop him in his tracks. Shami Chakrabarti, Labour’s chief legal advisor, warned on BBC radio: “We will use any means necessary to prevent this undemocratic behaviour — that includes people taking to the streets.” Protests are planned Saturday in several cities, with some organisers calling for roads and bridges to be occupied.last_img read more

BC civil liberties association to release CSIS papers on environmental group

first_imgVANCOUVER, B.C. – The British Columbia Civil Liberties Association is set to release what it calls a “trove” of heavily redacted documents disclosed by the Canadian Security Intelligence Service on Monday morning.They concern the BCCLA’s allegation that CSIS was monitoring the organizing activities and peaceful protests of Indigenous groups and environmentalists who were opposed to the now-defunct Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipepline project.The civil liberties association complained to the Security Intelligence Review Committee in 2014, alleging CSIS was monitoring those opposed to the pipeleine and sharing this information with the National Energy Board and petroleum industry companies. The CSIS watchdog dismissed the allegations, finding the spy service collected some information about peaceful anti-pipeline groups, but only incidentally in the process of investigating legitimate threats to oil industry projects.The BCCLA challenged the watchdog’s findings in federal court, leading to the review committee’s heavily censored report being released in Demeber 2018.Now, BCCLA says a confidentiality order by the watchdog has been partially lifted, allowing them to release the documents disclosed by CSIS, which will be published and made searchable on a website called the “Protest Papers.”last_img read more

Chinas trade rises in March but economic recovery unsure because of data

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Joe McDonald, The Associated Press Posted Apr 9, 2013 10:57 pm MDT China’s trade rises in March but economic recovery unsure because of data accuracy doubts BEIJING, China – China reported stronger trade in March in a possible positive sign for its recovery but analysts said the data might be inflated and give a distorted picture of the economy’s health.Imports rose 14.1 per cent after growing 5 per cent rate for the combined January-February period, customs data showed Wednesday, suggesting Chinese manufacturers and consumers might be buying more.Export growth slowed to 10 per cent from the previous two-month period’s 23.6 per cent. That could add to challenges for newly installed Communist Party leaders as they try to sustain the rebound from China’s deepest downturn since the 2008 global crisis and avoid job losses.Analysts said, though, the data might be distorted by companies misreporting trade or government manipulation, clouding the picture of whether an economic recovery is gaining traction.Exports probably are lower than reported, based on what is known about shipments into Hong Kong, which Beijing lists as its biggest trading partner, said Francis Lun, chief economist of GE Oriental Financial Group. Hong Kong is Chinese territory but is treated as a separate customs region.“The figures in Hong Kong to and from China do not add up,” he said. “Instead of 10 per cent growth, you have 2 or 3 per cent.”China’s economic growth rose to 7.9 per cent in the three months ending in December, up from the previous quarter’s 7.4 per cent. Analysts say the recovery from the country’s deepest downturn since the 2008 global crisis is being propped up by government spending and could be vulnerable if trade or state-driven investment weakens.Commentators raised questions after China’s strong trade data failed to match up with much lower figures reported by its trading partners.Some suggested companies might be reporting phoney exports to get tax rebates or to evade Beijing’s strict capital controls and move money into China with fictitious billing of foreign customers. Others say Beijing might have exaggerated trade volume to make the economy look healthier during the transition to new Communist Party leaders in recent months.“Today’s trade data release has not instilled any more confidence in either the quality of data or the strength of the recovery,” said IHS Global Insight analyst Alistair Thornton in a report.Other indicators show economic activity recovering but at a slow pace. A survey of manufacturing by a Chinese industry group showed activity improved in March but by only a fraction of one point on a 100-point scale.Also in March, inflation fell, suggesting consumer demand might be weaker than authorities hoped.Referring to February’s explosive reported export growth, Alaistair Chan of Moody’s Analytics said in a report, “It now seems that it was probably due to some issue with the reporting of exports, or possibly over-invoicing as firms evaded capital controls to bring in more foreign capital.”Chinese customs officials defended their data Wednesday at a news conference.“Every dollar that is listed in the customs trade data can be traced back to an actual declaration form,” said Zheng Yuesheng, a spokesman for the bureau. “The exported or imported goods listed on the declaration form have to be something shipped across the border, either in or out.”Beijing’s capital controls and tax breaks and other privileges for foreign investors give Chinese companies an incentive to covertly bring in money from abroad. Economists believe a large share of China’s reported foreign investment is money sent abroad by Chinese companies and “round-tripped” back into the country.China’s trade is volatile in the first few months of each year as companies shut down for several weeks during the Lunar New Year and then buy raw materials to resume production.March exports rose to $182.2 billion while imports were $183.1 billion, leaving a rare monthly deficit of $900 million, according to the General Administration of Customs.The trade surplus with the United States narrowed by 34 per cent from a year earlier to $11 billion. The surplus with the 27-nation European Union shrank 35 per cent to $5.3 billion.Exports to Germany, China’s biggest European trading partner, fell 7 per cent while shipments to France declined 6.7 per cent.Analysts have warned Beijing also faces possible risks from a rapid rise in bank lending and local government debt, part of which paid for the stimulus that helped China rebound quickly from the 2008 crisis.The ratings agency Fitch cut its rating on China’s long-term local currency sovereign debt late Tuesday, citing potential risks from rapid growth in credit and local government debt loads. The rating was cut from AA- to a still healthy A+.The change is unlikely to cause trouble for the government because it has relatively low debt levels compared with other major economies. Fitch left its rating on China’s foreign-currency government debt unchanged.Fitch said its analysts believe China’s total credit may have risen to the equivalent of 198 per cent of gross domestic product by the end of 2012 from 125 per cent in 2008. It said that includes bank credit and informal lending used by entrepreneurs who often cannot get loans from the state-owned financial industry.Debt of local governments rose to 25.1 per cent of GDP at the end of 2012 from 23.4 per cent a year earlier, Fitch said.“Risks over China’s financial stability have grown,” said a Fitch statement. It warned that “underlying structural weaknesses” including relatively low economic development despite rapid growth “weigh on China’s ratings.”___AP Business Writer Pamela Sampson in Bangkok and researcher Flora Ji in Beijing contributed.___General Administration of Customs of China: www.customs.gov.cn read more

UN condemns unspeakable attack that leaves scores dead in central Mali

“We condemn in the strongest terms this unspeakable attack,” said François Delattre, France’s UN Ambassador speaking as President of the UN Security Council at a press conference Saturday evening in the Malian capital, Bamako.A Council delegation has been in the country since late last week as part of a mission to Africa’s troubled Sahel region. The trip will wrap up tomorrow in Burkina Faso.Located in Mali’s central Mopti region, the village of Ogossou-Peulh was attacked on Saturday morning, reportedly by armed men dressed as traditional hunters.Calling the attack an act of “unspeakable barbarity,” Kakou Houadja Leon Adom, the Ambassador of Côte d’Ivoire to the UN and co-organizer with France and Germany of the Council’s Mali visit, expressed condolences to the families of the victims , as well as to the people and the Government.Meanwhile, a UN spokesperson said Secretary-General António Guterres was “shocked and outraged” by reports that at least 134 civilians, including women and children, were killed and at least 55 had been injured in the attack.“The Secretary-General condemns this act and calls on the Malian authorities to swiftly investigate it and bring the perpetrators to justice,” according to a statement, which added that the UN chief expressed his condolences to the families of the victims, the Malian people and Government, and wished a speedy recovery to the injured. The Secretary-General called on the Malian authorities to “redouble their efforts to bring back peace and stability to central Mali.”In a separate statement condemning the attack, Mahamat Saleh Annadif, the Head of UN integrated mission, MINUSMA, called for an end to the spiral of violence in Mali and reported that as part of the mission’s civilian protection mandate, a rapid response force had been deployed to the scene. The mission was also working to ensure the wounded were evacuated to the nearby town of Sévaré, he added.“This unspeakable tragedy…unfortunately reminds us that the challenges [in central Mali] are many,” he said, calling on the Malian authorities to launch an investigation “so that justice is done and the perpetrators of this atrocity answer for their actions.”Deadly violence on the rise in Mopti regionThe Mopti region has been the scene of deadly violence since the beginning of the year.Last Sunday, the camp of the Malian Armed Forces (FAMAs) in the village of Dioura suffered an attack in which several of its soldiers were killed. On 26 February, 10 people from the Dogon community were killed in an attack on the village of Gondogourou. Further, on 1 January, 37 people were executed in the Fulani village of Kulogon by unidentified armed elements.At the press conference, Ambassador Delattre recalled, in the context of a recent Security Council resolution extending MINUSMA until the end of June, that the question of central Mali was an integral part of the mandate of the UN peace operation.“MINUSMA is to support the Malian State through the protection of civilians,” he said in response to a question from a journalist.The situation in central Mali was at the heart of the various meetings that members of the Security Council had in Bamako. “The unanimous message [we received] is that it is essential to break this negative dynamic between the different communities, and to do everything to try and recreate a virtuous circle,” said Ambassador Delattre. read more

Teachers and friends mourn Indigenous student who overcame the odds

After an adolescence checkered with darkness and pain, Joshua Yesno could finally see a horizon glowing with promise and hope.  “I am ready to step into my rightful place in the world,” the young Indigenous man wrote last fall, as he prepared to complete his post-secondary education.Optimism was not always his forte. As a youth in Thunder Bay, he’d known racist bullying, addiction, violence and a couple of nights’ incarceration.At home, education was a staple. Mother Rose and sister Tanya are both school principals, and sister Rebecca is in third-year psychology studies. But while Josh passed high school, he was failing a college program he had little interest in, feeling adrift and running low on chances.Then his mother got a call from her friend Shirley Cheechoo, who runs Weengushk Film Institute on Manitoulin Island. Weengushk is affiliated with Brock University, where Cheechoo serves as Chancellor.She wanted Josh to enroll. He had 48 hours to pack and get to Manitoulin for the first day of classes.For the young Cree from northern Ontario, it was an epiphany. Josh bonded with classmates as they worked production and made films. He discovered he had a passion to capture the spirits of the world as a visionary cinematographer.As a Brock student at Weengushk, Josh graduated last year with honours for the Certificate in Film Production, and was on track to match it this June with a Certificate in Television Production.“When I’m done school,” he told the First Nations newspaper Wawatay News, “I’ll look for a full time job in the industry to continue my studies in the real world. My dream job would be as a director of photography.”The dream was not to be. On March 14, at the age of 27, Josh died after suffering a massive heart attack. Besides battling discrimination and societal demons, he also had to deal with diabetes and genetic heart disease.His death stunned the tightknit students and staff at Weengushk. School officials began collecting donations so classmates could make the 14-hour drive to Thunder Bay, where it was assumed a service would take place. Then a donor made a generous gift that enabled Josh’s family to take him to the remote fly-in community of Fort Hope, Ont., where he was buried beside his father.Josh’s life epitomized the struggles faced by many Indigenous young people living in a transitional generation. Last fall, in an application for academic funding, the shy young man wrote a powerful, eloquent letter about where he had been and what he had overcome.“I had a wonderful childhood in most respects. I am an intergenerational residential school survivor, my father, John Rae Yesno, attended Moose Factory Horden Hall. He was a very supportive and kind father, but I lost him at the age of 13.  As survivors, it isn’t just our parents or grandparents that were impacted, it is our children and youth and our entire communities, our leaders, teachers, parent’s friends, aunties, and uncles, anyone who survived residential school, that influence how we see the world.“It’s like we are all products of those very dark years when we were stripped of our culture, our language and our identity.  As a youth I fell into addiction, self-medicating from loss, insecurity, an education system that didn’t support differences and I became withdrawn and uninspired.“Over the past couple of years (at Weengushk) I have grown, stepping out of addiction, and my protective shell. I have thrived, finding my voice as an Indigenous young man, slowly moving back to our traditional ways, to my Cree culture and coming to understand my adopted Ojibwe community on M’Chigeeng First Nation.“I was proudly accepted into the Lab 2 program at WFI and I am even more proud to say that I just graduated Lab 1 with honours and gained a certificate through Brock University. This is a long way from my first experience at WFI when I was still fighting my demons, holding my secrets and closed off from my identity.  I am ready to step into my rightful place in the world.  To let my voice speak through the medium of film and storytelling and to create projects that represent our people, our unique voices and our traditions.“I promise to create the best work I can.  To tell our stories.  To be a leader.  I will follow the teaching of Shirley, our instructors and medicine people who have changed my life.“I want to be a role model of other youth.  I know I can.”On April 28, family and friends will gather at Weengushk for a memorial service in honour of Josh.•  •  •  •  •  •  • Shirley Cheechoo: “In a person’s lifetime, you always come across someone who makes the earth you live in a better place, that was Joshua Yesno.  Joshua was a big bear to us, a very warm blanket.  You would feel safe whenever he was around. Joshua meant the world to me. He inspired me never to give up, he made it to our school every day and worked very hard.  I watched him change from a very dark place to a bright light. We all loved him very much and will miss him dearly.”Scott Henderson, Brock University Associate Professor of Communication, Pop Culture and Film: “I met Josh a few times during my visits to Weengushk, as well as when he came to Convocation last year. It was clear that his experiences at Weengushk were giving him new confidence. He recently completed an impressive TV series pilot and proposal with two of his fellow students as part of his work in the Television Production program at Weengushk. He was an incredibly promising student who had unique insight to bring to his work.”Rose Yesno: “We are grateful that Joshua found passion with the program he was proud to complete affiliated with Brock University. We extend our appreciation to Dr Shirley Cheechoo for taking him under her wing and to staff and students at Weengushk. We can’t thank you enough for all you did for him.”Joshua Yesno, in the back in the centre, with Weengushk colleagues. Standing third from right is Shirley Cheechoo. read more

Meghan Markle joins Prince Harry as she begins work with Commonwealth youth

first_imgClick here for the latest news about plans for their big day.Couple to greet well-wishers in WindsorAs they say their vows in front of the watching world, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will have a lifetime of Royal tours ahead of them as a married couple. They will waste no time getting started, it seems.Kensington Palace announced last month that the newlyweds are to undertake a tour of Windsor as their first trip as a married couple, to greet well-wishers who are expected to turn out from all over the world to see them.Prince Harry and Ms Markle have already released a series of updates about their day – and how they hope to “share their celebrations with the public”.Decisions include a carriage ride through Windsor, taking place straight after the St George’s Chapel ceremony and before their reception. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle (both centre) talk with delegates during a reception The journey is designed to allow members of the public to see the couple in the flesh, while they are still dressed in their finery, in what is likely to be one of the most photographed occasions of the year.In a series of updates about the wedding, Kensington Palace also announced that the wedding service, at St George’s Chapel at midday, will be conducted by The Dean of Windsor, The Rt Revd David Conner. From flowers to seating plans, the pair are taking charge of a ceremony designed to incorporate both families, their wide circle of friends, and welcome the public into their lives.  At a reception at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre in central London, Ms Markle and Harry met delegates who have been taking part in the Youth Forum’s sessions.The Forum is encouraging young people to debate challenges facing their generation, and agree youth-led initiatives to influence decision-makers. A few months into the relationship, Harry said he had to have “some pretty frank conversations” with Meghan about how her life may change when she entered the royal family.He added: “But I know that at the end of the day she chooses me, and I choose her, and therefore whatever we have to tackle together or individually we’ll always be us together as a team, so I think she’s capable… she’s capable of anything.” While the final arrangements for the wedding are expected to reflect the personalities of the Prince and Ms Markle with some unique elements, the basic outline of celebrations, as announced by the palace, follows tradition. Meghan Markle, pictured on Wednesday afternoon, is said to be ‘hugely excited’ to be sharing Harry’s Commonwealth dutiesCredit:Andrew Parsons / i-Images  Other Royal couples, including the Earl and Countess of Wessex, have also undertaken a carriage procession after their Windsor weddings, with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge enjoying the same two-tier receptions following their 2011 nuptials.While their reception ended with an energetic Prince Harry rounding younger guests onto a minibus to continue the party into the early hours, the calming  influence of Ms Markle may see a more sophisticated conclusion to the Prince’s own day.’All the stars were aligned’: How the couple metAfter announcing their engagement, the couple gave an insight into their 16-month romance in a BBC interview – and described how they met on a blind date set up by a mutual friend.Ms Markle told how she could not wait to say “yes” to the prince when Harry got down on one knee a few weeks ago as they cooked a roast chicken dinner at his home, Nottingham Cottage at Kensington Palace.Indicating the depths of his feeling for his bride-to-be, Prince Harry said: “The fact that I fell in love with Meghan so incredibly quickly was sort of confirmation to me that everything, all the stars were aligned, everything was just perfect. “It was this beautiful woman just sort of literally tripped and fell into my life, I fell into her life.” Full interview: Harry and Meghan reveal engagement joy Bride-to-be Meghan Markle has joined Prince Harry as the couple begin their work with the Commonwealth Youth Forum together.Just over a month ahead of the royal wedding, American star Ms Markle attended an event in London as part of the high-profile Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (Chogm) week.They were being introduced to around 40 of the 500 young leaders taking part in the Forum’s sessions on Wednesday afternoon.Ms Markle was dressed for the warm weather in a cream sundress with thin,  black-stripe detailing, by Altuzarra, and towering black stiletto heels. Harry has said the former Suits actress is “hugely excited” to be joining him in his Commonwealth duties. The timings should go some way to allaying the fears of those concerned about a clash with the FA Cup final, with the football match likely to kick off at 5.30pm. A spokesman for Kensington Palace said: “Prince Harry and Ms Meghan Markle are hugely grateful for the many good wishes they have received since announcing their engagement. “They are very much looking forward to the day and to being able to share their celebrations with the public.”  A view of the Quire in St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, where Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will have their wedding serviceCredit:Dominic Lipinski – WPA Pool/Getty Imagescenter_img The Archbishop of Canterbury, The Most Revd. and Rt Hon. Justin Welby, will, as expected, officiate as the couple make their marriage vows. Meghan Markle, pictured on Wednesday afternoon, is said to be 'hugely excited' to be sharing Harry's Commonwealth duties  A view of the Quire in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle, where Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will have their wedding service 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. A view of St George’s Hall, at Windsor Castle, where Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will hold a reception after their weddingCredit:Dominic Lipinski – WPA Pool/Getty Images Ms Markle and Harry will also attend a Women’s Empowerment reception on Thursday, hosted by Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, involving charities and organisations that work to promote global gender equality through girls’ education. A view of St George's Hall, at Windsor Castle, where Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will hold a reception after their wedding The prince has been given a new role as Commonwealth Youth Ambassador by the Queen and opened the Youth Forum on Monday.The pair, who will marry in Windsor on May 19, plan to support the Queen – the head of the Commonwealth – by taking a lead in Commonwealth youth matters. At 1pm, immediately after the service, Prince Harry and Ms Markle, who will receive new titles reflecting their married status on the day, will leave Windsor Castle by carriage, via Castle Hill, along the High Street and through Windsor Town before returning along the Long Walk for their reception.“They hope this short journey will provide an opportunity for more people to come together around Windsor and to enjoy the atmosphere of this special day,” a spokesman said.Guests from the congregation will await the happy couple in St George’s Hall, to celebrate with the first of two receptions.The second, for close friends and family, will be thrown in the evening by Prince Harry’s father, the Prince of Wales. The Chogm summit is staged every two years to discuss the major challenges facing the Commonwealth’s 2.4 billion citizens. Heads of the 53 Commonwealth nations are meeting in London and Windsor.It is unusual for someone who has not yet married into the Royal family to be involved in a high-profile occasion such as the Chogm summit.Ms Markle has given up her acting career to devote herself to being a full-time royal.She has already spent Christmas with the royals at Sandringham – a break with tradition because she and Harry were not yet wed – and joined Harry on wide-ranging official engagements around the country.Latest news about plans for Royal weddingHarry, the fifth in line to the throne, and Ms Markle, the US actress, will wed on Saturday, May 19 at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle.The couple, who announced their engagement in November, are planning their own wedding celebration that “reflects the characters of the bride and groom” Prince Harry and Meghan Markle talk to delegates during the Commonwealth receptionCredit:Yui Mok /PAlast_img read more

Pronia tackling elder abuse

first_imgAs the population ages, Pronia is seeking to tackle the growing concern, and taboo, of elder abuse within the community. In doing so, the Greek Australian organisation has organised a workshop in collaboration with Seniors’ Rights Victoria on the prevention of elder abuse. Set to take place at Clayton’s Community Centre, the two-hour meeting will first of all identify the various types of elder abuse, whilst also offering coping strategies. To conclude, information will be provided on useful services, systems, and networks to help further combat the issue and to support victims.The workshop will take place on Wednesday 10 August at the Clayton Community Centre, Youth & Family Services, 8-15 Cooke Street, Clayton, VIC from 10.30 am – 12.30 pm. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more