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first_imgLand strip in Saifai where construction of the airport is in full swingChief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav wants an airstrip in his birthplace, the Saifai village in Uttar Pradesh’s Etawah district. All is well with his “flight plan” except that it has taken a bird-hit- from the endangered saras cranes.,Land strip in Saifai where construction of the airport is in full swingChief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav wants an airstrip in his birthplace, the Saifai village in Uttar Pradesh’s Etawah district. All is well with his “flight plan” except that it has taken a bird-hit- from the endangered saras cranes. The airstrip is bang in the middle of the habitat of the cranes and is ruining the already depleting wetlands and water bodies of the state.The chief minister, wanting to create his ‘ideal village’, has sanctioned over Rs 500 crore for the Saifai development project which, along with the airport, includes colleges, guest houses, hospitals and a sports stadium. Once constructed, the airfield will be able to land even large aircraft like the Boeing. But the question is, why would anyone want to land Boeings in an ecologically-fragile zone? And even though wildlife conservationists and activists are up in arms, an adamant Mulayam refuses to budge.RUN WAY OF TROUBLEThe airstrip being planned falls smack in the middle of one of the prime habitats of the saras crane in Uttar Pradesh.Already 114 hectares of the 134 hectares of the habitat have been acquired and construction has begun scaring the birds away.While the state harbours the largest population of saras in the world, severe habitat depletion has seen numbers drop drastically.There are about 10,000 cranes in the world, out of which 60 per cent are found in Uttar Pradesh’s Etah, Etawah, Mainpuri and Kannauj districts. Uttar Pradesh-with an area of 24,092,800 sq km accounting for 7.3 per cent of the country’s total land area has very little forest cover left.advertisementForests have been cut to make way for residential and industrial construction to cater to the rapid multiplication of the population. Whatever forests are left are found in the north and south of the state while the Gangetic plains have practically become bald.Official figures reveal that 35,000 hectare of agricultural SARAS CRANES environment land is being converted for non-agricultural use every year, mostly to accommodate expanding housing requirements of the the fast-multiplying population. Adding fuel to fire is the state Government’s whimsical decision to develop industrial zones and estates on rural land.The airstrip on the outskirts of Saifai village will turn hundreds of hectares of agricultural land into concrete. Subsequent air traffic will turn away the saras and 500 species of migratory birds that flock here in winter. The state Government has acquired 132 hectares of land in Saifai, out of which 114 hectares is pure agricultural land.The estimated cost of the airstrip, likely to be completed soon, would not be less than Rs 50 crore, apart from the compensation to farmers whose land is being acquired. “It’s an issue of civilisation versus conservation. If development is to take place, ecology will get affected.B.C. Chowdhary”The airport issue has drawn attention towards the endangered saras.”B.C. CHOWDHARY, WILDLIFE INSTITUTE OF INDIA, DEHRADUN One should try to maintain a balance between development and conservation,” says V.N. Garg, principal secretary, Forest Department. He says that the construction of the airstrip would cause the saras to migrate from just one pocket of Etawah, which is one of the 31 districts of the cranes’ habitat.B.C. Chowdhary, a senior scientist at the Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun, says, “The airport issue is a blessing in disguise for us and has drawn attention of the state Government towards the endangered saras.”When the Government’s plans of constructing the airport met with resistance from conservationists, Mulayam sanctioned Rs 10 crore for the cranes’ preservation to appease the protesters and to seemingly compensate for damage caused to the bird’s habitat. A strange case of giving with one hand and taking with the other, but with a hidden agenda.Chowdhary says that though the number of cranes had been depleting in Uttar Pradesh for a long time, no one was bothered about this for the past 25 years. He is also concerned about the money being misused. There are plastic boards at many places to educate people about the conservation programme.Water bodies in the state face the danger of drying upChowdhary says that these will not be able to bear the vagaries of weather, and metal boards should have been used instead. If the money is squandered away like this, the saras will soon be extinct. He says there were 111 crane-friendly wetlands in Uttar Pradesh about 40 years back, but in 1994-95, they had dropped to 29. Now, there are even fewer wetlands left.”The depletion of forest cover, shrinking of the wetlands and division of agricultural lands has severely affected avian life and their species in the state, but unfortunately nobody has taken up the matter in the right prospective,” laments Dr Asad Rehmani, director, Bombay Natural History Society.advertisementAt present, there are 2,518 small and medium water bodies-mainly ponds and lakes-in the state. Rehmani warns that the way marshlands are drying up, the avifauna may be affected severely, even in the Terai belt which had been so rich in biodiversity.CRYING FOULSARAS CRANE: There are 10,000 saras cranes in the world out of which 60 per cent are found in Uttar Pradesh’s Etah, Etawah, Mainpuri and Kannauj districts. It is a very large bird, averaging 156 cm in length. It is grey in colour with a bare red head and white crown and a long dark pointed beak. In flight, the long neck is kept straight, unlike herons.LAND CONVERSION: Agricultural land, where saras mostly conceals its eggs and breeds, is being converted into residential and industrial land. According to official estimates, more than 35,000 hectares of agricultural land is being converted for non-agricultural purposes.DWINDLING WETLANDS: Wetlands which are bird-friendly, are fast drying up. From 111 at least 40 years back, they came down to 29 in 1994-95 and the number has further dwindled now. Saras lives mostly in wetlands and around water bodies and agricultural farms. Tallest flying bird, it breeds on the smaller islands in the water bodies and conceals its eggs in bushes around agricultural fields.Farmers consider them auspicious, and they are worshipped by newly-married couples. The birds live in pairs and never split till their death; nor do they change their partners.Poaching and electrocution by rural electrification, along with pressure from fishing, overgrazing, cultivation, drainage and pollution, are major causes for the dwindling numbers of the saras.”The locals revere the saras but migratory labourers kill the birds for their meat and also eat their eggs,” says Rehmani. The same trend is visible in the Etah-Etawah-Mainpuri belt too, leading to a sharp decline in the saras population.On the basis of vegetation and forest, Uttar Pradesh has three ecozones- Terai, Vindhayan ranges and the Gangetic plains. Unfortunately, all the three zones are being systematically destroyed.And if the present speed of disturbing the eco zones continues in the name of population growth, industrialisation and land divisions, the day is not far when Uttar Pradesh might lose its unique status in the abundance of natural life.With the state polls in its sights, the Mulayam Singh Yadav Government seems to have turned a blind eye to the plight of the saras and their impending extinction.But vote banks and winning elections are a far cry from saving the ecology and the environment, and it may be too late for these birds if the state Government doesn’t fly to their rescue soon.last_img read more

first_imgCANTON, Ohio — With running back David Wilson out indefinitely, rookie Andre Williams showed glimpses he can provide the New York Giants’ ground game some fresh legs.The fourth-round draft pick and Heisman Trophy finalist out of Boston College had seven carries for 48 yards and scored on a 3-yard run in a 17-13 victory over the Buffalo Bills on the night of Aug. 3 in the preseason-opening Hall of Fame Game.Rookie receiver Corey Washington scored the go-ahead touchdown on a 73-yard pass up the right sideline from backup Ryan Nassib with 13:18 remaining. Washington reached back to catch the partly under-thrown pass, then stepped around flat-footed defender Kamaal McIlwain.Williams’ performance was encouraging for the Giants after Wilson sustained his second neck injury in less than a year during training camp.Getting additional playing time as the No. 2 back behind newly-acquired starter Rashad Jennings, Williams provided a 1-2 punch to the Giants’ new-look running game that was slowed by injuries last season. And the two took the pressure off quarterback Eli Manning.Though Manning lost a fumble while being sacked on the second series, Williams helped bail out the offense on the third possession. He had five carries for 37 yards, which he capped with a strong run up the middle to put the Giants ahead 7-3 in the final minute of the first quarter.Williams led the nation with 2,177 yards rushing last season, the fifth highest total in NCAA history. He showed great burst on a 21-yard gain off a sweep to the left to set up his score.Manning finished 6 of 7 for 43 yards passing through three series, in unveiling a quick-tempo offense under new coordinator Ben McAdoo.“We didn’t get off to a great start,” Manning said, referring to his fumble. “The first game back, you’re going to work out some of the kinks. … I thought there were some improvements. It was a good start.”For Buffalo, starting quarterback EJ Manuel had several lapses during two series. He completed just 2 of 7 attempts for 19 yards, and nearly had a pass intercepted by linebacker Jacquian Williams inside the New York 10. Manuel never looked off his intended target Sammy Watkins and was fortunate to have Williams bat the ball down.Watkins, the Bills’ first-round pick, was held without a catch after being targeted three times. Two passes from Manuel directed Watkins’ way were tipped. Manuel also was late in finding Watkins flying up the left sideline, and overthrew him by a few yards.It was a disappointing debut for Watkins, who had made numerous highlight-reel catches during the first two weeks of training camp.Bills backup Jeff Tuel hit Robert Woods for a 2-yard touchdown pass on fourth-and-goal to put Buffalo ahead 10-7 early in the second quarter.Dan Carpenter made two field goals, including a 51-yarder. New York’s Brandon McManus hit a 47-yard field goalThe NFL unveiled a few new wrinkles that will run through the first two weeks of the preseason.New York’s Josh Brown hit two and Carpenter hit his extra-point attempt, all of which were snapped from the 15-yard line rather than the 2. The game also featured goal posts that extended 35 high rather than the previous 30 feet.Coaches and players on the sidelines also had the opportunity to view pictures of plays on tablets and in color — an improvement over the black-and-white still photos that were printed off on paper.(JOHN WAWROW, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgATHENS (AP). NBA stars Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks and Kristaps Porzingis of the New York Knicks battled it out in Athens in a game of streetball Sunday, watched by a crowd of 5,000.Played in an open court in Greece’s largest public high school, the “Antetokounbros Streetball Event” ended 123-123. No overtime was played.Porzingis scored 21 points but was overshadowed by team member Thanasis Antetokounmpo, Giannis’ older brother, who scored 69. The two had played for a few games together last season, when Thanasis was signed by the Knicks on a 10-day contract. Giannis Antetokounmpo led the other team with 64 points. The other players were a mixture of veteran pros and amateurs.On Saturday, Porzingis and the Antetonkoumpo brothers were given a private tour of the Acropolis Museum.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgOle Gunnar Solskjaer is the right manager to rebuild Manchester United but needs time to get the team back in a position where they can compete for titles, departing midfielder Ander Herrera has said.Solskjaer, who took interim charge of the club in December, won 10 of his first 11 games in charge and was handed the job on a permanent basis in March only for results to nosedive in the months that followed.United were knocked out of the Champions League quarter-finals and finished sixth in the Premier League after a dismal run of two wins in their last 12 games, leading to questions about whether the Norwegian is the right man for the job.”I really believe in Ole,” Herrera, who is tipped to join French champions Paris St Germain, told United’s official website.”He’s the right person. I really believe in (the coaching staff)… but I think there’s a tough job ahead. The club will need time, confidence and support.”Herrera, who announced the end of his five-year stint at United last week, highlighted how long it had taken United’s rivals Liverpool to get to a position where they could challenge for silverware again.Liverpool, who finished second in the league, a point behind champions Manchester City this season, have reached the Champions League final for the second year in a row and will take on Tottenham Hotspur in the Madrid showpiece on June 1.”Liverpool are probably going to win the Champions League but… they haven’t won one title in the five years I’ve been here,” Herrera added.advertisement”They have done incredible work but the fans have given them time. That’s what this club needs at the moment.”Players need to take more responsibility: HerreraThe Spaniard also said United’s players needed to take responsibility for the club’s struggles and refused to blame Solskjaer or his predecessor Jose Mourinho for their abysmal season.”I think every one of us has to take responsibility for what we have done wrong,” Herrera said. “It’s very easy when a manager is sacked to blame someone else but it’s the fault of every one of us.”When you’ve a bad season, 75% is the responsibility of the players. We’ve done bad things. We have done some good things but, for Manchester United, it’s not enough.”Also Read | Riyad Mahrez keen to stay at Manchester City despite limited minutesAlso See:last_img read more

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Many gathered at the Fort St. John Legion for Remembrance Day ceremonies on Sunday, to pay their respects to those that have served.A silent Remembrance Day parade marched from the Legion to City Hall and back again, in honour of those lost and to those that continue to serve in the line of duty. Following the parade, a brief ceremony was held at the Cenotaph with speeches made by dignitaries highlighting the importance of remembering those that served to ensure Canada’s freedom.This Remembrance Day was unique as it marked 100 years since Armistice was signed, officially ending World War One. A moment of silence was given to reflect on this milestone.After a ceremony at the Cenotaph, the service continued inside the Legion. It included speeches made by dignitaries, a moment of silence at 11:00 a.m. and the laying of the wreaths. The service was followed by a coffee social.The Legion will be serving turkey dinner at 6:00 p.m. for $10.00 per person. All ages are welcome to attend.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: Hospitality firm OYO will invest Rs 1,400 crore in India and Nepal markets in 2019 as part of efforts to increase infrastructure, strengthen technology and internal capability, it said Tuesday. The company also announced the launch of a new brand, Collection O hotels, to its existing portfolio of the budget- to mid-segment hotel chain brands. “Rs 1,400 crore will go in capex, technology and leadership,” OYO India and South Asia CEO Aditya Ghosh told reporters here. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepThe idea is to further deepen and widen presence across India while focusing on aggressive capacity building to bring the choice of an OYO hotel to every corner of the country, he added. The company is currently present in over 259 cities in India with over 8,700 buildings (hotels and homes) and more than 173,000 rooms. “As we expand our presence in the market, consistency of quality is key. As a customer first company, we are heavily invested in ensuring customer responsiveness,” he added. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to CustomsOYO also launched an in-app SoS button for emergency assistance with options to contact the OYO safety response team as well as local law enforcement authorities. When asked whether the Rs 1,400 crore investment for India and Nepal will come from the $1 billion funds raised by the company, Ghosh replied in the affirmative. Commenting on the plans of the company going forward, OYO Founder and Group CEO Ritesh Agarwal said: “With a strong balance sheet, today we can go to more places than ever, introduce new categories, invest in our assets, while maintaining our high-quality standards, without raising any further capital.” The company is also narrowing its losses as a percentage of realised value (OYO Hotels’ sales run rate) year-on-year from 44.5 percent in 2016-17 to 20.3 percent in 2017-18 and 10 per cent in 2018-19, he added. OYO is currently present in more than 500 cities across 10 countries – India, China, Malaysia, Nepal, the UK, UAE, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, Philippines, and more recently Japan.last_img read more

“This will be a most intense period of multilateral diplomacy ever in the United Nations’ history, I believe,” Mr. Ban told reporters in New York. “As we move well into the 21st century, the United Nations is, once again, the global forum where issues are discussed and solutions are hammered out.”In addition to the annual Assembly general debate, he spotlighted a number of key events that will take place at UN Headquarters in the weeks to come, including planned international meetings on climate change, Darfur, Iraq, Afghanistan, Kosovo and the “Quartet process,” as the international diplomatic grouping trying to resolve the Middle East conflict is known.On Darfur, Mr. Ban said he will chair a high-level meeting with African Union (AU) Chairperson Alpha Oumar Konaré.“I hope that we will be able to map our strategy and road map for the forthcoming political negotiations scheduled in Libya on October 27th,” the Secretary-General said, looking ahead to planned Darfur peace talks.“This will mark just one more step forward and we will need to redouble our efforts so as not to lose the positive momentum which we have been able to create.”Mr. Ban announced that 154 speakers – including some 80 heads of State or government – will participate in a high-level dialogue on climate change slated for 24 September.“This will be an informal event where the leaders of the world come together, with a renewed sense of commitment, to tackle a problem that faces each one of us – and above all the most vulnerable populations on our planet, those endangered by rising sea levels and those whose supply of food and water will be greatly affected by the changing climate,” he noted.Citing the reports by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) which have shown the science and impacts of the phenomenon as well as options for response, Mr. Ban stressed that the world’s people are anticipating that their governments will take action.Climate change, also the theme of this year’s Assembly debate, is a “challenge to our leadership, skills and vision – and we have to address that challenge boldly,” he said.The Secretary-General, who will also hold bilateral meetings with over 100 heads of State or government or ministers, underscored his commitment to working in tandem with UN member countries to tackle key international problems.“I am under no illusion that, whether it’s the Middle East or Kosovo or Afghanistan or climate change, these problems will be solved overnight,” he explained. “The solutions all involve a long road and hard work.”He also said cooperation with both Member States and the UN Secretariat is crucial to pushing the UN reform agenda forward. “Precisely because our work is so important, we must deliver to the best of our ability,” he noted, calling for “faster, more effective action; a work ethic that puts a premium on pragmatic results, not bureaucratic process; and above all, scrupulous attention to the highest standards of transparency and professional ethics.”In turn, the Secretary-General also underlined the importance of Member States’ initiative to address issues. “I truly believe that the world leaders that will gather here in a few days bring with them a renewed interest in multilateral resolution to challenges facing the world,” he said.Responding to reporters’ questions on Iran, Mr. Ban said that any issues pertaining to the country’s nuclear programme should be resolved through peaceful dialogue.He said that he encourages “Iran to be fully cooperative and transparent in dealing with the IAEA [UN International Atomic Energy Agency],” and also to implement the joint work plan agreed to last month on how to resolve outstanding issues between the Agency and Tehran.“I sincerely hope that this agreement between Iran and the IAEA will contribute to the final and overall settlement of the nuclear issue of Iran by fully complying with the relevant Security Council resolutions,” he added.On the conflict-torn Darfur region of Sudan, the Secretary-General observed that the peace process “has been and will be very fragile. The whole international community must nurture this process.”He stated that during their meeting earlier this month, he emphasized to Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir that he must commit to halting the violence, to protecting humanitarian workers and allowing them unimpeded access, and to protecting and respecting human rights. More than 200,000 Darfurians have been killed and at least 2.2 million others forced to flee their homes since 2003 because of the fighting between rebels, Government forces and allied Janjaweed militia groups.At the high-level meeting on Sudan scheduled for this Friday, Mr. Ban said that he hopes to “engage in mapping out a strategy and road map for this forthcoming political negotiation, how to expedite deployment of a hybrid operation, how to discuss about the ways to make this political negotiation a successful one and talk about developmental issues.”In July, the Security Council authorized the establishment of the first hybrid UN-AU peacekeeping force (to be known as UNAMID) to take over from AMIS and try to quell the violence in Darfur, an arid and impoverished region on Sudan’s western flank.The Secretary-General said that the time he has spent in office since taking the post in January has been “very hectic, it has been very meaningful and I have learned a great deal in terms of my consultations with the Member States and in terms of my relationship with many leaders around the world.”Citing his work on climate change, the Darfur situation and the Middle East peace process, he said that “it may be too early for me to tell you all that I have achieved, but I am still working hard to achieve all the major goals which I have in my agenda.” 18 September 2007As leaders from across the world prepare to gather for the United Nations General Assembly’s annual debate next week, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today predicted an unprecedented level of diplomatic activity aimed at forging common strategies in response to shared concerns. read more

Over 300 birth certificates were issued this week for children born to Sri Lankan parents living in refugee camps in Tamil Nadu, the Sri Lankan Deputy High Commission in Chennai said today.The Deputy High Commission said that more than 5,000 Sri Lankan birth and citizenship certificates have been issued over the last four years for Sri Lankan children who were born in Tamil Nadu and living in the refugee camps in Tamil Nadu. The certificates were handed over for distribution by the Acting Deputy High Commissioner of Sri Lanka O.L. Ameerajwad to Shri B. Anand, IAS, the newly appointed  Principal Secretary/Commissioner of Rehabilitation and Welfare of Non-Resident Tamils of the Government of Tamil Nadu at the Commissionerate of Rehabilitation, in Chennai. This week 353 Sri Lankan Birth Certificates were issued for Sri Lankan children living in refugee camps in Salem district of Tamil Nadu and 567 Sri Lanka Citizenship Certificates were issued for Sri Lankan children living in the refugee camps in Remeshwaram, Virudunagar and Madurai in Tamil Nadu/ The Sri Lanka Deputy High Commission in Chennai has been conducting “Mobile Service Programmes” in various districts of Tamil Nadu to register the births of Sri Lankan children who were born in Tamil Nadu and living in the refugee camps.Following the registration of their births, citizenship certificates are issued.  In the past, such mobile service programmes were conducted in Gummidipoondi, Madurai, Virudunagar, Rameshwaram, Cuddalore and Salem districts of Tamil Nadu. The Sri Lanka Deputy High Commission also conducted “Special Consular Service Programmes” to register the births of Sri Lankan children who were born in Tamil Nadu and are living in the refugee camps in Tamil Nadu, at the Chancery premises of the Sri Lanka Deputy High Commission in Chennai. (Colombo Gazette) read more

TOLEDO, Ohio — It’s looking less likely that General Motors will be making vehicles again at the Lordstown, Ohio, assembly plant that shut down last winter.Instead, GM wants to sell the plant to a fledgling electric vehicle maker and build a battery factory.The plant’s fate is playing out amid negotiations aimed at ending the nearly 2-week-old strike against GM by 49,000 employees.Many of the workers from the Lordstown plant have taken jobs at other GM plants across the country but want to come back.They were hoping that the automaker, facing pressure from President Donald Trump, would agree during contract talks to build a new vehicle at the plant.John Seewer, Tom Krisher And Jonathan Mattise, The Associated Press read more

A blast of cold air from the Arctic brought record-breaking low summer temperatures to central Saskatchewan on Sunday.In Regina, the temperature reached a low of 2 C, breaking the record of 2.8 C set in 1901. In Saskatoon, the mercury dropped to 0.7 C, breaking the record low of 2.2 C set in 1940.North Battleford broke the longest-standing record. Temperatures dropped to 0.5 C, breaking the record low of 1.7 C set all the way back in 1895.According to Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECC), the cause for the drop was a large low-pressure system that was sitting over northern Saskatchewan that sucked cold air down from the Arctic. The plummeting temperatures even brought snow to areas of northern British Columbia and Alberta.Clear skies helped drag the temperatures down over central regions of the province.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.Terri Lang, a meteorologist with ECC, explained that cloud cover usually acts like a blanket, trapping heat. Without that blanket, Lang said it allowed temperatures in those areas to sink.Temperature drops like this are rare, but not unprecedented. Especially for Saskatchewan. Lang said this drop isn’t the sign of a trend.“It’s the nature of where we are. We’re one of the places in North America that’s really far away from water,” said Lang.Water helps moderate temperature, and since Saskatchewan is not near any major lakes or oceans, Lang said temperatures are at the mercy of weather systems.“So we can get the really hot stuff from the south, we can get the really humid stuff from the southeast, and we can get the real cold stuff from the north,” said Lang.The nights are also getting longer, which allows the cold air to get deeper. This, as Lang explained, is unfortunately a sign that summer won’t be around much longer.“We’re turning that corner, I think, into the end of summer and coming into fall, which is a tough realization,” said Lang.The likelihood of crops being damaged by the brief temperature drop is low. Cory Jacob, a crops extension specialist with the province’s Ministry of Agriculture, said lighter frosts at these temperatures are not as severe as the heavier ones, which happen in the -4 to -5 C range.“This would be minor damage, in our opinion, if any,” said read more

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Jul 12, 2013 6:52 pm MDT Lindsay Lohan to follow rehab stint with Oprah interview, documentary series on OWN channel LOS ANGELES, Calif. – When Lindsay Lohan gets out of rehab this summer, Oprah Winfrey will be waiting to talk to her.Winfrey’s cable channel, OWN, said Friday that Winfrey is getting an “exclusive” interview with Lohan that will tape and air in August.In May, Lohan checked into a Southern California rehab centre for a 90-day stay, part of a plea deal in a misdemeanour case filed after a car accident. She’s expected to finish rehab around the end of July.OWN says it also plans an eight-part documentary series with Lohan, to air in 2014.The 27-year-old Lohan, whose credits include “The Parent Trap” and “Liz & Dick,” has struggled with legal and other woes. OWN and Winfrey have scored ratings with other newsworthy celebrity interviews, including Lance Armstrong and Rihanna. read more

first_imgShe was accompanied by Head Groom Terry PendryCredit:Kelvin Bruce  The Queen wore silk scarf rather than a helmet for the rideCredit:Kelvin Bruce Horse-riding has been a lifelong passion for the Queen. She once said that it allows her to be “just another human being”. Surrounded by the animals from early childhood, she is said to have taken her first lesson when she was only three years old.She now spends most of her time at Windsor Castle, rather than Buckingham Palace in London.  The Queen riding HM The Queen accompanied by her Head Groom Terry Pendry Rides along rides along the Riverbank at Windsor castlecenter_img She may be just one month away from celebrating her 91st birthday, but the Queen has proved that age is no obstacle to her enjoying her favourite hobby. Pictured heading out on her pony along the bank of the River Thames on Monday, the monarch looked as comfortable as ever in the saddle.Opting for a scarf around her head rather than a helmet, the Queen appeared the picture of health. She is said to have always declined to wear a “hard hat” to ensure her hair stays in place for any royal appointments. The monarch had a brief brush with ill health over Christmas, when a heavy cold prevented her from attending church services at Sandringham.But she has looked relaxed and well in recent appearances, and appeared to be enjoying the spring air as she took to her pony alongside Windsor Castle Head Groom Terry Pendry. 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

Margot Robbie on the red carpet Top 10 Boys’ names announced in the Telegraph1. = Arthur, Henry3. = Edward, William5. George6. = Alexander, Frederick, Jack, Oliver, Thomas Perhaps Telegraph readers have been inspired by the Royal wedding. Henry – Prince Harry’s birth name – has risen to the top of the charts for baby boys, according to Telegraph birth announcements.The name Henry shares top place with Arthur among Telegraph readers. Margot, a lowly 12th in 2017, and Matilda are joint top of the girls’ list.Henry rose to top from third last year, possibly on the strength of Prince Harry’s wedding to Meghan Markle in May. The order of service, made public on the eve of the wedding, listed the groom under his official title His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales. Royal names dominate the boys’ list. After Henry and Arthur in the Telegraph readers’ popularity stakes comes Edward, William and George.Girls’ names are not seemingly on Royal message. There are no Meghans – in fact there hasn’t been a Meghan with that spelling since 2001 – and no Kates or Catherines in the top 30. There was a Queen Matilda on the English throne – she was married to King Stephen – but you have to go back almost 900 years. Margot Robbie on the red carpetCredit:Dave J Hogan/Getty Images Matilda The Musical, based on Roald Dahl's book More likely Matildas are being named after Roald Dahl’s heroine, now hugely popular in an award-winning musical, while the incidences of Margot is trickier to explain. The Australian actress Margot Robbie, one of the hottest stars in Hollywood, is one possible explanation. Susan Cole, a retired librarian, from Sutton, Surrey, who has been compiling the list for almost 50 years since 1969, said: “Henry now tops the list but Harry doesn’t even make the top ten. Surprisingly Harry comes in at only 21st, well below Henry.”Ms Cole suggested that the Royal wedding – and the prominent use of the name Henry on the order of service – could have swung it among more traditional Telegraph readers. The shortened Harry, by contrast, appears passe.The girls’ list contains some unusual names high up including Ottilie at joint third and Cosima just outside the top ten. Matilda The Musical, based on Roald Dahl’s book Top 10 Girls’ names1. = Margot, Matilda3. = Isabella, Ottilie5. Florence6. = Eliza, Jemma, Olivia9. = Beatrice, Poppy 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. read more

Serbian left back Nikola Manojlovic and Belarussian champions Meshkov Brest parted ways by mutual agreement. The 35-year-old defensive specialist decided to leave Belarus due private reasons after 18 months of playing for the EHF CL team. Manojlovic, who won the silver medal with Serbia at Men’s EHF EURO 2012 in Belgrade, played in his career for RK Crvena zvezda, FA Goppingen, Rhein Neckar Lowen, HCM Constanta… ← Previous Story BORING THURSDAY: Easy wins for France and Croatia Next Story → EURO 2016: Furious Germans – Sweden save OG hopes against Russia read more

first_imgUpdated 17:51THE SEARCH FOR a fisherman who went missing earlier today off the coast of Wexford has been suspended.The man was reported missing at 12.40pm today after another fisherman found his vessel, the Lenora Jacinta, south of the Great Saltee near Kilmore Quay.Two lifeboats – one from Rosslare and one from Kilmore Quay – were tasked as well as the Waterford Coast Guard helicopter.Naval divers also joined the search later this afternoon. A spokesperson for the Coast Guard told that the search has now been suspended with a hope to proceed again at first light, at around 8am tomorrow morning.First published 16:36Read: Major new safety plan for fishermen is about “learning from past tragedies>last_img read more

first_imgTHE PALESTINIAN AMBASSADOR to Prague, Jamal Al Jamal, was killed by a blast in his residence today, the police said.“With regret we confirm this information provided by the emergency service,” Prague police spokeswoman Andrea Zoulova told AFP.“Emergency services treated a 56-year-old man who suffered very serious injuries and was taken to Prague’s military hospital in an artificial coma,” spokeswoman Jirina Ernestova said. A 52-year-old woman was taken to another hospital because of smoke inhalation and a stress reaction.Embassy spokesman Nabil el Fahel told the public Czech Radio that the ambassador’s entire family had been in the residence when the blast occurred.Police said they were still investigating the causes.- © AFP, 2014Read: Gilmore to meet with Palestinian legislator in Dublin>last_img read more

first_imgPrison is for dangerous criminals, those who have been convicted of the most serious offences and I would hope that every effort would be made to move towards alternatives to prison, be that community service, fines, [or] otherwise. Monday 25 Jun 2018, 3:37 PM Image: Sam Boal/ Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share59 Tweet Email There were 3,945 prisoners in the system on 31 December 2017- 3,646 were in custody. The majority were male but there were 144 women under sentence.There are ten 17-year-olds – all male – in prison. There are 517 men over 50 and 74 women.Numbers committed on a life sentence increased from six in 2016 to 16 last year. Source: Irish Prison ServiceOn 30 November, 420 people were in prison for homicide offences, 378 for sexual offences and 397 for attempts or threats to murder, assaults, harassment and related offences. There were 302 people in prison for burglary and 563 for theft.There were also 347 people in jail for controlled drug offences.The minister today also published strategic plans for both the prison and probation services.He said it is imperative that agencies have effective interventions and programme in place that work in tackling “the problems of offenders, and reduce re-offending and victimisation”. 31 Comments Jun 25th 2018, 3:37 PM 10,348 Views By Michelle Hennessy Short URL THE NUMBER OF people jailed for non-payment of court-imposed fines fell again last year, according to the Irish Prison Service.According to the service’s annual report for 2017, launched by the Justice Minister this morning, there was a more than 40% drop in the total number of people sent to prison last year compared to 2016.The report stated that legislation introduced in 2016 to address the jailing of people who did not pay fines had a “direct impact” on the number of committals.The number of committals to prison as a consequence of the non-payment of a court ordered fine during 2017 decreased by 73% on the 2016 figure –  from 8,439 in 2016 to 2,261 in 2017. Of this, 563 were female while 1,698 were male.This legislation changed the way the justice system deals with unpaid fines. Now, fines over €100 can be paid in installments and a judge can order it be taken from their wage if they still do not pay. A judge can also order community service if the person continues to avoid payment.All of these steps are to be looked at before imprisonment is considered.Speaking to reporters at the launch this morning, Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan said he believes “prison should be the place of last resort”. ‘Prison is for dangerous criminals’: Drop in numbers sent to prison for non-payment of fines More than 2,000 people were sent to prison for failure to pay a court-imposed fine last year. Image: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ielast_img read more

first_imgEXCLUSIVE: Bibby Financial Services has achieved a 99% employee engagement rate with its flexible benefits programme.Just seven of the organisation’s 763 employees did not make any changes to their flexible benefits package during its most recent window, which ran from 17 November until 6 December 2015.To achieve this level of engagement, Bibby introduced three new benefits for its staff: cancer screening, provided by Bluecrest Wellness, a will writing service and a money saving tool, Money Boost, both provided by Sodexo.Thus far, 60 employees (8%) have taken up the cancer screening benefit, 3% have utlised the will writing service, and 5% have opted to use Money Boost.The new benefits were introduced following staff feedback received through focus groups and the organisation’s employee engagement survey.To communicate the benefits to staff, Bibby utilises webinars, road shows and its intranet. To demonstrate the value of the cancer screening benefit, the communications highlighted that the benefit cost less than the price of a takeaway pizza each month.The flexible benefits package, Bibby box of benefits, provided by Thomsons Online Benefits, is made up of 17 benefits. Bibby Financial Services also offers its employees eight core benefits and five voluntary benefits.Bibby aligns its employee benefits with its goals as an organisation; rewarding and recognising employees to retain them and supporting business growth.Vicky Smith, reward manager at Bibby Group, said: “This was Bibby’s fifth annual window, so we set ourselves the target of it being our best ever. And it was; with increased selection rates on every single benefit, exceeded targets on take up of the new benefits and an amazing 99% of eligible employees choosing benefits in the window, the HR team’s hard work paid off.“Every year the annual window becomes a real focus in the world of Bibby. Staff start asking in the summer what the new benefits are going to be. We put up posters and invite colleagues to road shows to fuel the excitement.“Then the HR business partners conduct ‘reward clinics’ at all 20 offices around the UK, and there’s a real buzz about the benefits.”last_img read more

first_imgMIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – A car slammed through a fence, Thursday, in Miami Beach.According to the homeowner, the car was going fast when it lost control and hit her fence. The vehicle came to a stop in her front yard.Police said the passenger ran off and left the driver behind.No injuries were reported.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

first_imgTEWKSBURY, MA — On Monday, May 14th, from 7:00pm-8:30pm, Tewksbury Congregational Church will partner with the Tewksbury Police Department to present “The Truth About Vaping.” This 90-minute interactive talk will address the significant rise among teens in the practice of vaping or juuling, a form of smoking with a nicotine-based liquid and an electronic device or e- cigarette. With one in three high school seniors nationwide confirming that they have experienced “vaping” in the past year, parents and caregivers are eager to educate themselves and make informed decisions of how they will address vaping in their own homes.Hosted by Tewksbury Congregational Church (10 East Street), this talk is open to all within the Tewksbury community and beyond and is FREE of charge. Presenters include TPD’s Program Director for the Substance Abuse Prevention Collaborative, Maria Ruggiero, and the Northeast Regional Manager of Learn to Cope, Kelley Giasullo.A recent study in the Journal of Pediatrics found that teens who used e-cigarettes were 6x more likely to try tobacco cigarettes compared to kids who do not vape. Additionally, vaping is a natural gateway to experimental drug use, including alcohol, marijuana, opiates and other drugs. For these reasons and many more, it is important to better understand the risks associated with vaping.Topics covered during this presentation will include the difference between vaping and “dripping,” why teens are justifying vaping, signs that your child may be vaping, chemical content of vaping liquids, side effects, regulation of products, MA laws pertaining to vaping, the use of THC oil (marijuana) in vapes, and examples of types of vapes and vaping liquids.The intended audience for this talk is parents and caregivers, but all adults are welcome to attend. Tewksbury Congregational Church is located at 10 East Street, across from the Town Common. Please use the side entrance and join us in Fellowship Hall. Should you have questions, please contact Maria Ruggiero at 978-851-7373 x 352.(NOTE: The above press release is from the Tewksbury Police Department.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Public Schools Receives $13,000 Grant To Combat Vaping At High School & Middle SchoolIn “Community”The Wilmington Insider For May 14, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”NEIGHBOR NEWS: What’s Making Headlines In Tewksbury?In “Community”last_img read more