Duchess Of Cambridge Supports Childrens Hospice Week

first_imgThe Duchess of Cambridge has been praised for providing a “real boost” to the staff and volunteers of a Hampshire hospice she visited on her second wedding anniversary.Video: EACH Royal Patron, HRH The Duchess of Cambridge, supports Children’s Hospice WeekHer Royal Highness travelled to Naomi House in Hampshire, an institution that supports young people with life-limiting conditions, to celebrate Children’s Hospice Week.The Duchess has already marked Children’s Hospice Week by recording her first video message, released on Sunday, which appealed for support for the initiative aimed at raising awareness and funds. The week, which runs until Friday, is run by UK children’s palliative care charity Together for Short Lives.Professor Khalid Aziz, chairman of Naomi House, which was opened by The Prince of Wales in 1997, said: “We are delighted that Her Royal Highness has chosen Naomi House to visit at the start of Children’s Hospice Week.“Her presence has provided a real boost for our families, our volunteers and all our dedicated staff who were thrilled to meet her.”The Duchess previously visited the hospice privately in 2008.Source:dukeandduchessofcambridge.orglast_img read more

Mohawk coffee roaster says he was forced to ditch insurance over Quebec

first_imgTom FennarioAPTN NewsWalter David stands on his toes before pouring a large bag of green raw coffee beans into the top of his coffee roasting oven.“Don’t film this part,” David says, pointing to a computer screen displaying the oven’s automated time and temperature settings, “they’re trade secrets.”Moccasin Jo brand coffee, a business David owns with his wife Lise, is an award winning coffee roaster.A big reason why it’s so popular is because David is meticulous.(Walter David in his shop in Kanesatake Mohawk Territory)He lords over the freshly roasted coffee as it cools at the bottom, looking for any imperfection in the beans as a metal blade turns them over.“These are off beans,” he says, showing off a small handful he’s removed from the latest batch. “And a lot of times, these are unripe or bug infested sometimes at origin, so they have to be separated otherwise it ends up in a cup (of coffee.)”Coffee isn’t the only thing David is meticulous with.As a Mohawk, he’s adamant about defending his rights.He recently dumped his insurance company of 30 years because they insisted on charging him Quebec taxes, even though his home and business are in Kanesatake Mohawk territory.“They wanted us to pay for it, and then get reimbursed by the government,” says David. “No, the principle here is you insulted us, and that’s it. You insulted us by saying we don’t exist.”David says the insurance company told him that Kanesatake is too much of a patchwork reserve to verify his claims of living there.The insurance company declined a request from APTN News for comment.David says his dispute over taxes with the company is not recorded anywhere.“We asked for proof, we asked for it written, she refused to give anything written to us,” says David.Grand Chief Serge Simon confirms that David lives and works within the 12 square kilometres that the federal government recognizes as reserve land – although Kanesatake’s unceded territory is hundreds of times that.Still, Simon emphasizes that by Quebec and Canada’s own rules, David is within his rights.Quebec’s own tax laws clearly state that provincial sales tax does not apply to services rendered on reserve to a status Indian.“He has certain inalienable rights, and he can’t have that taken away from him,” says Simon. “If I allow this to happen to him, I allow it to happen to the rest of us, so it’s within our collective interests to do something about that.”The Mohawk council says they will intervene on behalf of David and anybody else who has their non-taxable status threatened.And there are potential avenues when it comes to David’s case.Because insurance is regulated, every province and territory in Canada has an ombudsman that will investigate complaints.David said for him it’s not about the money, but standing up for his rights as a Mohawk.“I think everybody here needs to get together on this whole issue,” concluded David.In the meantime David will keep roasting his coffee.He might just need to be more cautious than usual…Moccasin Joe is currently operating without insurance.tfennario@aptn.ca@tfennariolast_img read more

TSA absentee rate still high but down from Sundays peak

first_imgTSA officials say the rate of airport screeners missing work during the partial government shutdown has stabilized just days before a three-day holiday weekend.The Transportation Security Administration said Wednesday that 6.1 per cent of its airport screeners missed work Tuesday.That’s nearly double the absentee rate on the same day last year but the second-straight decline after the sick-out rate surged to 7.7 per cent Sunday.A TSA spokesman says screeners this week should have received $500 bonuses and, for some, an extra day’s pay, for working over the Christmas and New Year’s holidays.Meanwhile, air traffic controllers who are also working without pay lost an effort to force the government to pay them. A federal judge Tuesday rejected their union’s request for a temporary restraining order.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Morocco Denies Rumors It Has Banned France24 Channel

Rabat –Moroccan authorities have denied rumors circulating on social media that it has banned France24 channel from working in Morocco and closed its offices. Scores of social medias users have published comments in which they state that Morocco has allegedly banned the Paris-based channel from working in Morocco due to its coverage of the social protests taking place in Al Hoceima and other locations across the country.According to an official statement obtained by Morocco World News, the Moroccan Ministry of Interior has refused to grant the French channel authorization to film its program, Hadith Al Awassem, in Rabat. “There is no decision to ban France24 in Morocco,” the same source told Morocco World News.“What happened is that the Ministry of Communication has denied the channel an authorization to film its program, Hadith Al Awassem,” it added. read more

Outotec to Build Sulfuric Acid Plant to Moroccos OCP

Rabat – Morocco’s OCP Group has signed an €80 million-contract with the Finnish Outotec company to build a sulfuric acid plant for fertilizer production.In a statement, Outotec stated that it would take care of the engineering, procurement, and construction of the plant based on advanced technologies.“The new acid plant will incorporate advanced proprietary technologies such as HEROS heat recovery system as well as a converter, absorption towers and an acid distribution system that are made of the Edmeston SX stainless steel alloy,” read the statement. The head of Outotec’s metals, energy, and water business, Kalle Harkki, reassured OCP that the plant would be built safely.“Outotec’s sulfuric acid technology has proven to be one of the leading technologies for decades. We are honored that OCP has selected our design for their new plant. With our leading technologies providing benefits such as safety, high reliability and enhanced heat recovery we are happy to help OCP reach their sustainability targets,” said Kalle Harkki. read more

Deeply candid Demi Moore memoir coming in September

NEW YORK — Nine years after her book deal was first announced, Demi Moore is ready to release a memoir her publisher calls “deeply candid and insightful.”Moore’s “Inside Out” is scheduled for Sept. 24, HarperCollins announced Wednesday. According to the publisher, she will write openly about everything from her “tumultuous relationship” with her mother, from whom she was long estranged, to her three marriages, among them to Bruce Willis and Ashton Kutcher.“Throughout her rise to fame and during some of the most pivotal moments of her life, Moore battled addiction, body image issues, and childhood trauma that would follow her for years — all while juggling a skyrocketing career, celebrity status, and raising a family,” HarperCollins announced. “In this emotionally charged memoir, she opens up about her career and personal life — laying bare her defining tumultuous relationship with her mother, her marriages, her struggles balancing stardom with motherhood, and her journey toward open heartedness. ‘Inside Out’ is a story of survival, success, and surrender — as well as resilience: a wrenchingly honest portrayal of one woman’s at once ordinary and iconic life.”Moore, 56, was a high school dropout who became a television star in her early 20s on the daytime soap opera “General Hospital” and later starred in such hit films as “St. Elmo’s Fire,” ”Ghost” and “A Few Good Men.” She is also a longtime activist for children’s rights and is the co-founder of Thorn, a non-profit which combats child sex trafficking.The deal for her memoir, reportedly worth seven figures, was announced in 2010, when she and Kutcher were still together. Moore announced in 2011 that she was ending the marriage and they divorced two years later. HarperCollins, which originally set a publication date of 2012, declined comment on financial details or whether the breakup with Kutcher contributed to the book’s delay.By Hillel Italie, The Associated Press read more

Clark battles BCs forces of No on LNG trade deal says shes

Clark battles B.C.’s ‘forces of No,’ on LNG, trade deal; says she’s no quitter by The Canadian Press Posted Jan 25, 2016 3:48 pm MDT Last Updated Jan 26, 2016 at 7:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email VANCOUVER – Premier Christy Clark had sharp words Monday for what she calls the “forces of No” in British Columbia who mount resistance efforts to government initiatives purely out of a fear of change.First Nations leaders quickly shot back at the premier, labelling her comments “paternalistic” and “mindless.”Clark made the statements during a news conference where she fielded questions about opposition to the Trans-Pacific Trade Partnership, environmental concerns over liquefied natural gas development and tax breaks for the mining industry.She said negotiating trade pacts and resource developments involves tough, but potentially rewarding benefits and she would rather be known as an achiever than a quitter.“There are people who just say no to everything, and heaven knows there are plenty of those in British Columbia,” said Clark. “But just because it’s hard doesn’t mean you give up. It doesn’t mean you should be a quitter.”She criticized a coalition of First Nations, environmentalists and Opposition New Democrats who signed a declaration demanding a protection zone near a proposed multibillion-dollar LNG project at Lelu Island near Prince Rupert.“I’m not sure what science the forces of No bring together up there except that it’s not really about the science,” said Clark. “It’s not really about the fish. It’s just about trying to say No. It’s about fear of change. It’s about a fear of the future.”Pacific Northwest LNG, backed by Malaysian energy giant Petronas, has proposed to build an LNG export terminal at Lelu Island.The proposed project is billed as the largest private-sector investment in B.C.’s history, valued at $36 billion and estimated to create 4,500 construction jobs.But the Lelu Island and Flora Bank region at the mouth of the Skeena River, is considered vital to the ecosystem of B.C.’s second-largest salmon-bearing waterway.A coalition signed a declaration to protect the area at the end of a weekend summit in Prince Rupert, attended by more than 300 hereditary and elected First Nations leaders, scientists, politicians, fishermen and others.“Once again, people from the entire length and breadth of the Skeena River and its estuaries have come together to let both levels of government and the industry know that they’ve made a mistake in siting this particular project,” said Gerald Amos, Friends of Wild Salmon spokesman.Amos said the area surrounding Lelu Island is known for its eel grass beds that offer protection for salmon before they head to the ocean or return to the Skeena to spawn.He said First Nations view Clark’s comments about as insensitive to people who want to protect the Skeena salmon.“She’s on the wrong side of this equation,” he said. “Labelling the forces of No is paternalistic. It’s downright insulting.”Lax Kw’alaams hereditary Chief Yahaan said the project is a threat to a centuries-old salmon-fishing culture. He said Clark doesn’t understand the ties his people have to the river and the salmon.“Her mentality, the mindless phrases that come out of her mouth,” said Yahaan. “Saying that we’re the people of No. We’re the indigenous people of this land. We live here. We know about the environment. She doesn’t.”But Gitga’at First Nation Chief Arnold Clifton said declaring Lelu Island and Flora Bank off limits to industrial development may be premature.Clifton and four other elected area chiefs representing the northwest’s Tsimshian Nation said many First Nations area awaiting the results of two independent scientific reviews before deciding whether to support the LNG project.He downplayed the comments of Yahaan and other hereditary chiefs, but pointed at area New Democrats who signed the declaration.“They stepped in a little too quickly,” said Clifton of nearby Hartley Bay. “They should have spoken to the chiefs first.”New Democrat members of the legislature Jennifer Rice, Robin Austin and Doug Donaldson and the North Coast’s federal member of Parliament Nathan Cullen signed the declaration.Provincial New Democrat LNG critic Bruce Ralston said his party opposes the Lelu Island project because it does not meet the party’s conditions of approval, including First Nations consent.He said the NDP remains committed to supporting the LNG industry, providing it meets the Opposition’s four conditions.— By Dirk Meissner in Victoria. read more

In South Sudan UN humanitarian chief calls for end to attacks against

“I am outraged by the heinous acts of violence that have been committed against civilians, including by members of the armed forces,” Mr. O’Brien said, calling for swift and decisive action to halt these abuses and hold the perpetrators accountable, in a press release issued by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) following his press conference in Juba.Humanitarians are here in South Sudan to save lives and for no other reason UN Emergency Relief Coordinator He stressed that despite challenges that aid workers are facing on a daily basis, “[They] are working tirelessly and courageously to bring desperately needed relief to people in need.” “It is imperative that humanitarian organizations are granted free, safe, and unhindered humanitarian access, to reach all people in need, wherever they are,” stressed the UN humanitarian chief.‘Catastrophic’ humanitarian situation; response affected by violenceMr. O’Brien’s visit came as the situation in South Sudan has worsened after fighting broke out three weeks ago in and around the capital, Juba, between rival forces backing President Salva Kiir and First Vice-President Riek Machar.12,000 seek protection at UN Mission in South Sudan compound. Credit: UN News Centre In the press release, OCHA warned that humanitarian situation in South Sudan is “catastrophic”: more than half of the population – some 6.1 million people – are in need of humanitarian assistance and an estimated 4.8 million people are severely food insecure. A quarter of a million children are facing severe acute malnutrition. Furthermore, some 1.6 million people are internally displaced and, throughout nearly two years of instability, more than 900,000 overall have fled to neighbouring countries, including more than 60,000 who fled to Uganda in July alone. The UN humanitarian wing added that, so far this year, aid workers have reached more than 2.8 million people with assistance and protection. It also noted that the Humanitarian Response Plan for 2016, which includes funding needs for 114 humanitarian partners to respond to the most urgent needs of the affected population, is only 40 per cent funded, leaving a gap of $765 million. “More funding is urgently required for the scale-up of the response across the country,” the agency said in the release.Violence against humanitarian actors hampering aid operationsIn addition, relief operations in the country have been severely affected by violence against aid workers and aid assets, as evidenced by the looting of vital humanitarian warehouses during and after the fighting in capital Juba. Since December 2013, at least 57 aid workers have been killed in South Sudan, including one worker who was killed during the recent conflict in Juba. Many more are still missing. Commending the work of the aid workers in difficult situations, Mr. O’Brien said: “I categorically condemn all attacks against aid workers and assets and call on all those in leadership positions to step up and take action against these wholly unacceptable incidents.”Download PDFProtection of civilians ‘paramount concern’The press release adds that the protection of civilians in the country is of paramount concern. It noted extensive reports of rape and other forms of sexual violence during recent fighting, including in the capital Juba and Wau, in the north-west of the country. “My visit to Wau and Aweil (also located in north-western South Sudan) was heart-wrenching,” said Mr. O’Brien. “The women I met in both locations told me that it is a daily struggle to keep themselves and their children alive, one for fear of violence, the other due to hunger.”During his three-day visit, Mr. O’Brien met with humanitarian partners and Government officials, and visited people affected by the crisis in Juba, Wau and Aweil. In his meetings, the Emergency Relief Coordinator stressed that: “We humanitarians are here in South Sudan to save lives and for no other reason. Our task and our demand by the UN and beyond is to impartially meet the urgent and severe humanitarian and protection needs of the millions of suffering people in this country.”UN envoy on sexual violence in conflict echoes condemnationIn related news, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Zainab Hawa Bangura has echoed Mr. O’Brien’s condemnation of the violence in the country, in particular the sexual violence crimes being committed. In a press release issued by her Office, Ms. Bangura called on the Heads of State and Government of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) to acknowledge the gravity of sexual violence, to request South Sudanese authorities to take immediate measures to prevent their troops and associated militias from committing these crimes, and to take action against those responsible. “IGAD should ensure that the military and political leadership of South Sudan move beyond rhetoric and implement the commitments they have made in their 2013 communiqués on preventing and responding to sexual violence crimes,” Ms. Bangura stressed.Amidst the politics, we must not forget the survivors SRSG BanguraIGAD is an eight-country bloc in Africa comprising Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan and Uganda. The leaders of its member countries are meeting in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, for an extra-ordinary summit on the situation in South Sudan. Ms. Bangura emphasized that the bloc must use its leverage over the parties to this conflict to ensure that they immediately cease, prevent and decisively respond to serious crimes, including sexual violence. “IGAD must clearly stress the need for accountability, in line with the Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan of August 2015,” she emphasized. She also called on the conflict parties to stop their troops from committing such crimes, and on the Government of South Sudan to investigate the alleged violations and abuses and prosecute those found responsible. “Amidst the politics, we must not forget the survivors. The international community stands in solidarity with them and will spare no effort to ensure that they receive adequate care, assistance and livelihood support while ensuring that the perpetrators, irrespective of their ranks, are held accountable,” Ms. Bangura reiterated. read more

SME issues briefing paper on the Safe Use of Cyanide

first_imgThe Society of Mining Engineers (SME) has issued its latest technical briefing paper, The Safe and Effective Use of Cyanide in the Mining Industry. This paper, the 14th in the series, provides a general overview on the use, proper management and control of cyanide and its application to recover gold from ore. The technical briefing paper can be downloaded from the SME Government Affairs & Public Policy website www.smenet.org/gpac/.The purpose of this briefing is to provide a general overview about the use of cyanide and its application to recover gold from ore. While the use of cyanide is essential to the modern gold mining industry, SME acknowledges the public’s concern regarding the use of this reagent and through this discussion presents information to inform and engage in meaningful dialogue about safety and best practices utilized by the mining industry for the extraction of gold from ore. Technical references regarding the use of cyanide in the processing of gold ore are noted at the end of the briefing.The logo shown is that of the cyantists – www.cyantists.com – one of whom is Dr Terry Mudder, inducted into the International Mining Technology Hall of Fame this year for Environmental Management and Stewardship.last_img read more

From Barnsley to Birmingham Villa complete deal for Irish star Hourihane

first_img By Paul Dollery Source: Douglas Hall AFC/Twitter Short URL Jan 26th 2017, 11:54 AM Source: AVFC.co.ukASTON VILLA HAVE won the race to sign in-form Barnsley captain Conor Hourihane.The Irish midfielder has been in demand during the January transfer window after enjoying an impressive season so far for the Championship club. In 28 appearances in all competitions for the Tykes in the 2016-17 campaign, Hourihane has scored six goals and provided 12 assists.The Corkman had attracted plenty of attention from other clubs. Sheffield Wednesday were believed to be close to sealing a deal, there was also reported interest from Crystal Palace, as well as from several clubs in the MLS and Scottish Premiership.However, Villa have this afternoon announced that Hourihane will join the club on a three-and-a-half-year deal for an undisclosed fee which is believed to be in the region of £3 million. The player’s contract with Barnsley was due to expire this summer.“I’m really pleased to be here,” Hourihane told Villa’s official website. “Aston Villa are a massive club and I’m looking forward to a new chapter in my career and developing further as a player under Steve Bruce. Source: Anna Gowthorpe“I would like to say a heartfelt thank you to everyone connected to Barnsley Football Club; from the owner, to the head coach, the backroom staff, and of course to the supporters who have been amazing to me throughout my time at Oakwell.”Barnsley paid £250,000 to Plymouth Argyle for Hourihane in 2014. The Bandon native had been appointed captain at Plymouth at the age of 21, having joined the League Two club after being released by Ipswich Town in 2011.Last season he captained Barnsley to silverware at Wembley twice — in the Football League Trophy final against Oxford United and in the League One play-off decider against Millwall.With Hourihane providing more assists than any other player in the Championship this season, Barnsley have found themselves in eighth place in English football’s second tier, just four points outside the play-off places.Although he’ll be departing for a bigger club and a substantial wage increase — understood to be £30,000 per week — Hourihane is dropping down the table to join a club who find themselves in 13th. Source: Cathal NoonanHowever, Villa are keen to make a push for promotion back to the Premier League in the second half of the season, having also signed Nottingham Forest captain Henri Lansbury, Icelandic international Birkir Bjarnason and Hourihane’s Barnsley team-mate James Bree in the current transfer window. Manchester United goalkeeper Sam Johnstone has also joined the Birmingham club on loan.In a club statement, Barnsley FC said: “Conor made it clear to the board that he saw the move as an opportunity to further his career and he wanted to pursue the move.“Under these circumstances, and considering that Conor’s contract was coming to an end in the summer where he could transfer for free, the club respected that decision and reluctantly allowed him to move on for a significant fee and sell-on.“Conor was a hugely popular figure at the club and we fully appreciate that this news will be met with disappointment from our tremendous supporters. The club firmly shares this sentiment. It is always difficult losing a player of Conor’s footballing and personal qualities, and allowing a player of his calibre to leave the club was never an easy decision.”Hourihane played under Villa boss Steve Bruce during his time at Sunderland, who he joined from Douglas Hall. The midfielder, who has represented his country up as far as U21 level, was called up to provisional Republic of Ireland squads for the recent World Cup qualifiers against Georgia, Moldova and Austria but he has yet to make his senior international debut. 15,588 Views Thursday 26 Jan 2017, 11:54 AM Share Tweet Email center_img 22 Comments Big news today as Ex-Hall star @ConorHourihane completes his move to @AVFCOfficial. Best of luck Conor, you’ll be great for villa! #DHAFC pic.twitter.com/ugSmp4dmhv— Douglas Hall AFC (@DouglasHallAFC) January 26, 2017 From Barnsley to Birmingham: Villa complete deal for Irish star Hourihane The highly-coveted Corkman has been in demand after an impressive Championship season so far. “Since the last international break and leading up to the next one, I’ve felt like I’ve continued to play consistently well. I’m sure they’re watching and looking at what I’m doing. Hopefully in the near future I’ll get into the official matchday squad,” Hourihane told RTÉ earlier this month.“Playing for your country would be fantastic; born and bred Irish, Cork lad, it’s something I’ve always worked towards so that would be definitely a goal of mine. I’m hoping to achieve that in 2017.”A leader who dragged a team from the bottom of League 1 to the Premier League promotion huntHourihane hoping for 2017 Ireland debut despite previous disappointment https://the42.ie/3206189 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Geek Deals Save 97 on a Lifetime Subscription to OSTraining Developer Courses

first_imgIf you’re looking to keep your webdev skills sharp, today’s StackSocial deal is a real winner. For just 60 bucks, you can get a lifetime subscription to OSTraining. Whether you’re getting started in web development, or you’re diving into a new specialization, this subscription will get you into fighting shape. • OSTraining Developer Courses Lifetime Subscription for $59.99 (List price: $2000)With over 3000 existing videos on everything from JavaScript to Joomla, and SEO to CSS, you’ll have a large body of work to learn from. Even better, you’ll have access to new videos as they’re added. The tech that drives the internet is always changing and improving, so you’ll need to stay abreast of the latest trends if you want to be at the top of your game.With these courses and your dedicated study, you’ll be able to learn everything you need to build truly incredible sites. And with enough time and elbow grease, you’ll have a portfolio you can be proud of. While a lifetime subscription would normally cost you upwards of $2K, StackSocial is offering up an instant 97% discount. And if you’re not pleased with the instruction you receive, you have a 15 day period to return this membership for StackSocial credit. Don’t waste your time if it isn’t working out, spend that money on another endeavor.Note: Discount only available to new members. Terms and conditions apply. See the StackSocial site for more information.Our commerce group sources the best deals and products for the Geek Deals posts. We operate independently of Editorial and Advertising and may earn a percentage of the sale, if you buy something via a link on the post. If you are interested in promoting your deals, please contact us at commerce@ziffdavis.com.For more great deals head over to TechBargains.last_img read more

Stocks rise claw back chunk of Mondays tradewar plunge

first_imgNEW YORK — Stocks climbed on Tuesday and clawed back a chunk of their losses from Monday’s rout, the latest whipsaw move as investors weigh just how badly the escalating U.S.-China trade war will hurt the economy.The day’s rally was nearly a mirror image of Monday’s plunge, when the S&P 500 had its worst day since early January, just not as severe: Technology companies led the way higher after bearing the brunt of the selling on Monday, Treasury yields rose modestly and gold gave back a bit of its gains.The S&P 500 rose 22.54 points, or 0.8 percent, to 2,834.41. It recovered nearly a third of its loss from Monday, and would now need to rise 3.9 percent to regain the record it set a couple weeks ago. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 207.06, or 0.8 percent, to 25,532.05, and the Nasdaq composite index jumped 87.47, or 1.1 percent, to 7,734.49.Of course, stocks are still lower than they were last week, following China’s pledge to raise tariffs on U.S. goods. Stocks also remain lower than they were on May 5, when President Donald Trump ignited this latest round of fear for markets by announcing on Twitter that the U.S. would raise tariffs on Chinese goods.Tuesday’s rally came after another round of morning Trump tweets on trade. He said, “When the time is right we will make a deal with China,” and he cited his “unlimited” respect for and friendship with China’s leader.last_img read more

Bristol Rovers sign Bournemouth ace

first_imgAFC Bournemouth midfielder Sam Matthews has become Bristol Rovers second signing of the summer after he signed a contract with the club. A deal that will take effect from July 1.Manager Darrell Clarke was delighted to have Sam agree to the transfer, according to Gazette series he said:“Sam is a very talented young player whose progress I have monitored for a while now.“He has worked hard and, learnt a great deal, from his time at Bournemouth and, of course, during his loan spell at Eastleigh in the National League last season.“We had to compete with a number of other clubs for his signature and I am delighted that he has chosen to join us “His arrival will intensify competition for first team places at the club and I look forward to working with him.”AFC Bournemouth v Manchester City - Premier LeagueMatch Preview: Bournemouth vs Manchester City Boro Tanchev – August 24, 2019 English champions Manchester City travel to Bournemouth for their encounter of the third Premier League Matchday.Upon signing, Sam continued;“I was on loan at Eastleigh last season and played quite a lot of games in the National League and then had some interest from other clubs, Rovers being one of them.“I met with Darrell Clarke over the summer, had a chat and as things progressed it’s resulted in me signing today and I’m really happy to get it done.“He told about the club itself, the squad the he has here and told me there’s great spirit amongst the players.”last_img read more

Mourinho on Uniteds 11 draw It was a good training session

first_imgJose Mourinho appeared to be not too disheartened by what he saw as Manchester United came from behind to secure a 1-1 draw against Club America in the first friendly of their United States tourMourinho had to make do without a number of his World Cup stars for the encounter, but debutant goalkeeper Lee Grant made some critical saves in the opening 45 minutes of the game to keep the scoreline level at the University of Phoenix Stadium.But his replacement Joel Pereria was left helpless by Hector Martin’s thumping header in the 59th-minute of the match to hand Club America the lead.However, Juan Mata ensured that United would not begin their preseason with defeat by scoring an equaliser after Ander Herrera’s header had hit the post.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…Mourinho told the club website: “It was good. After five days of training, you need to play and it’s good to play against a team that is three days away from starting their Mexican league. [They were] a team with intensity, a team with quality that pushed us to levels that we weren’t prepared for but pushed us to these levels, so it was a good training session.”The Portuguese coach acknowledged that United were at a disadvantage due to Club America having already started their league campaign and were, therefore, much better prepared for the encounter.“It was a good training session for us and I think they start their league this week, so they were at a more advanced stage than us,” said Mourinho.“I think both teams fought for a result. It was a friendly, the result was not the most important thing but I think the players fought for the result. I think in the first half we were the best team and had the best chances. In the second half, they were stronger than us and scored the goal, then without the only striker we have here [Anthony Martial] we had to try to go for it. The players showed their intentions.”last_img read more

Official Clyne joins Bournemouth on loan

first_imgAFC Bournemouth have completed the loan capture of defender Nathaniel Clyne from Liverpool.The former Saints right-back will remain at Vitality Stadium until the end of the 2018/19 season and is eligible for Saturday’s FA Cup third round tie against Brighton & Hove Albion.Clyne, 27, began his career at Crystal Palace before a move to Southampton in July 2012 followed by a switch to Liverpool.He told afcbTV: “I’m really excited by this opportunity. It’s a great chance for me to come and play football.More great news 👏@Nathaniel_Clyne joins us on loan until the end of the season. Welcome!#afcb 🍒https://t.co/CwDEJg2JJm— AFC Bournemouth (@afcbournemouth) January 4, 2019AFC Bournemouth v Manchester City - Premier LeagueMatch Preview: Bournemouth vs Manchester City Boro Tanchev – August 24, 2019 English champions Manchester City travel to Bournemouth for their encounter of the third Premier League Matchday.“I’ve spoken to the manager and we’ve talked about what we can achieve for the remainder of the season. It’s a great club with a great story. I can’t wait to get going.”AFC Bournemouth manager, Eddie Howe, said: “Nathaniel is vastly experienced and has the benefit of being able to play in a couple of positions for us.“With Simon Francis’ injury we felt it was important to bring someone in, capable of filling that void, and it’s great to have Nathaniel on board.“Naturally, he wants to play football and is very keen to bring his attributes to the team. We’re excited about what he can deliver for us.”last_img read more

TNGOs Union donates wheelchairs to Osmania General Hospital

first_imgAfzalgunj: The Hyderabad branch of the TNGOs Union celebrated the birthday of TRS working president KT Rama Rao at Osmania General Hospital here on Wednesday. As part of the celebrations, the president of the Union Mujeeb handed over wheelchairs, stretchers and four stands worth Rs 1 lakh to the hospital superintendent Dr Nagender as a donation. The program was inspired by KTR’s call to help the needy on his birthday instead of wasting money on pomp and show. Also Read – Parts of Hyderabad witness heavy rainfall Advertise With Us Speaking on the occasion, Mujeeb praised KTR for his magnanimity and said that his message to help the need instead of wasting money on celebrations was worth emulating. He said that TNGOs union would strive to realise the goal of a healthy Telangana. As part of the celebrations, Mujeeb, along with hospital staff and doctors, cut a huge cake. Union leaders Rahim, Suresh Babu, Venkatesh, Vikram, Balaraju, hospital in-charge Dr Sai Shoba and others participated in the program.last_img read more

Ward 8 Dems Endorse White

first_imgTrayon White and LaRuby May are running for the Ward 8 seat. (Courtesy Photos)Former Ward 8 D.C. State Board of Education member Trayon White overwhelmingly won the endorsement of the Ward 8 Democrats, recently. White got 135 votes for the Ward 8 Democrats’ nod while D.C. Council member LaRuby May (D-Ward 8) received 50 and the lesser known opponents, Aaron Holmes, Maurice Dickens, and Bonita Goode had eight, two and zero votes, respectively.White was elated at receiving the political club’s stamp of approval. The Ward 8 Democrats are known for having a large influence on political elections in the city. “I feel great, it is a blessing to get the support of the Ward 8 Democrats,” White told the AFRO. “We just have to continue to work to get every vote we can before Election Day.”The endorsement was the product of a straw poll on May 14 at Anacostia High School. Any registered Democrat living in Ward 8 had the right to vote in the poll and the results were tallied by members of the D.C. Democratic State Committee. Ward 8 Democrats President Charles Wilson told the AFRO that in order for a candidate to get the organization’s endorsement, they would need 60 percent of the votes cast. On a percentage basis, White got 68 percent while May got 25 percent.Earl Weaver, chairman of the National Association for the Advancement of Returning Citizens, is a firm White supporter. “He understands the needs of returning citizens and he is also able to bring the youth out. No other candidate in the race can reach the youth the way Trayon can,” Weaver told the AFRO.The Democratic Party primary for the Ward 8 D.C. Council seat will be held on June 14. The winner of that primary will have no problem winning the position in the November 8 general election because the Democrats have a 10-1 voter registration advantage over the Republicans.The race is essentially a rematch between White and May. May barely won the April 23, 2015 special election to replace the late Marion S. Barry Jr., as the Ward 8 council member, defeating White by 78 votes in a field with numerous candidates.In this race, White is running with the support of the unofficial political operation of D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine and some backers of former D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray. May is one of D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser’s strongest allies on the council and is a beneficiary of Bowser’s informal political and financial organization.While May has received the endorsements of such organizations as National Nurses United, AFSCME, the United Food and Commercial Workers, and Democrats for Education Reform, White has been tapped by Jews United for Justice, the D.C. Latino Caucus, and Marion C. Barry, the son of the late council member and four-term mayor.In addition to the straw poll, there was an approximately 90-minute candidates’ forum held in the Anacostia High School auditorium before 200 people that was moderated by 8A04 Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner Troy Donte Prestwood. White, Holmes, Dickens, and Goode focused on such issues as affordable housing, crime, and economic development. May did not attend the event.May was the keynote speaker at the George Washington University’s Graduate School of Education and Human Development commencement that morning but some of her competitors took her to task for missing the forum. May received her master’s degree in community counseling and psychotherapy from the university.“The fact that she is not here shows what she thinks of you,” Holmes said to some scattered boos in the audience. “You cannot just buy this seat.”Dickens also commented, saying, “she’s been MIA [missing in action] like she has been the last 20 months.”However, May told the AFRO May 16, “I have a lot more to do as the Ward 8 council member. I want to focus more on economic development, education, employment and all of the issues that affect the people of Ward 8.”May supporter Absalom Jordan, the advisory neighborhood commissioner for 8D03, said it was his candidates’ critics and the Ward 8 Democrats leaders who are out of order. “LaRuby made the commitment to speak at George Washington University long before this event was scheduled,” Jordan told the AFRO. “We were notified about this event a few weeks ago. They should have re-scheduled this meeting because she was speaking at George Washington. A Black woman out of Ward 8 [speaking] at George Washington University is a real honor.”last_img read more

A Royal Wedding Bridges the Atlantic Opens Up a Modern Era

first_imgBy DANICA KIRKA, JILL LAWLESS and GREGORY KATZ, Associated PressThe son of British royalty and the daughter of middle-class Americans wed May 19 in a service that reflected Prince Harry’s royal heritage, Meghan Markle’s biracial roots and the pair’s shared commitment to putting a more diverse, modern face on the monarchy.British reserve crisscrossed with American verve in a service that broke molds and created new ones. Choirboys and a gospel choir; the archbishop of Canterbury and the African-American leader of the Episcopal church; a horse-drawn carriage and flowers hand-picked by the groom.Meghan Markle reacts as she rides in a carriage with her husband Britain’s Prince Harry after their wedding ceremony at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle in Windsor, near London, England, Saturday, May 19, 2018. (Jeff J Mitchell/pool photo via AP)The wedding was a global event, thanks to Harry’s status as a senior British royal and Markle’s celebrity after starring on the U.S. television series “Suits” for seven years. Yet it seemed somehow so personal — and they both beamed like a couple who couldn’t take their eyes off each other.In a rousing sermon that highlighted a bit of a culture gap between outgoing Americans and reserved Brits, the Most. Rev. Michael Curry of the U.S. stirred the congregation from its fairy-tale reverie, quoting Martin Luther King in in a sermon that had some reaching for hankies and others shifting in their chairs.“There’s power in love,” Curry said, his voice rising. “Love can help and heal when nothing else can. There’s power in love to lift up and liberate when nothing else will.”He also quoted from the Song of Solomon in the Bible: “Many waters cannot quench love, neither can floods drown it.”Joining the couple were a phalanx of celebrities, many of whom shared their wish to change the world. Oprah Winfrey, Idris Elba, Elton John, George and Amal Clooney, Serena Williams, James Corden and David and Victoria Beckham all watched from rows of seats in the Gothic masterpiece that is St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.The British weather was — gasp! — sunny and balmy, bathing the ancient stones of Windsor Castle in a beautiful spring light.Many in the throng who waited outside also embraced the trans-Atlantic symbolism of the moment. Sheraton Jones, 22, who is from California but studying in Britain, described it as a melding of cultures.“It was very touching, it’s two different cultures kind of coming together, it was just so surreal,” she said.In the United States, this royal wedding was embraced for its diversity and inclusivity.“This was black history,” said Joy Widgeon, who attended a house party in Burlington, New Jersey, with her 6- and 8-year-old daughters. “African-Americans were front and center at the royal wedding. This was the first time, and hopefully it won’t be the last. I am here for it.”Harry also invited buddies from his 10 years of military service — which included two tours of duty in Afghanistan — and from many of the charities he supports, which have focused on helping wounded veterans and encouraging a more open discussion of mental health issues.To kick off the festivities, Queen Elizabeth II honored her red-headed, 33-year-old grandson with a new title: the Duke of Sussex, making the 36-year-old Markle the Duchess of Sussex.The American actress drew raves for her sleek white silk boat-necked dress by U.K. designer Clare Waight Keller of the French fashion house Givenchy. Her sheer veil — down to her waist in front and billowing for what seemed like miles behind her — carried floral references to all 53 countries in the Commonwealth, countries drawn mostly from the former British Empire, headed by Markle’s new grandmother-in-law, the queen.“The dress is simply beautiful in its classic simplicity,” said Caroline Burstein, owner of Browns Bride, a top London bridal boutique. She called it “a nod to Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn and every iconic wedding we have witnessed throughout the 20th and 21st century. It’s perfect for her and for the occasion they are celebrating.”The palace said Markle also selected two other plant designs to be on the veil: Wintersweet, which grows at Kensington Palace. where the royal couple will live, and the California poppy, in a nod to the bride’s birthplace.Harry and best man Prince William wore white gloves and the frock coat uniforms of the Blues and Royals army regiment, in which Harry was once an officer. Harry also kept his full red beard — a style decision that had sparked British betting earlier.Markle at first walked down the aisle with 10 young page boys and bridesmaids, then was accompanied by Prince Charles to the altar. As his father and bride drew close, Harry said: “Thank you, Pa.”To Markle, Harry said: “You look amazing.”Markle seemed poised and confident as she delivered her vows without so much as a quiver in her voice. She smiled broadly as archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby declared the couple husband and wife. Harry seemed a bit nervous but happy.As they emerged from the chapel, the couple kissed — and the crowd roared. It just kept on cheering as Harry helped his wife fold her 5 meter (16½ foot) train into the Ascot Landau carriage as they began their procession through the streets of Windsor.Police said more than 100,000 people lined the route. The royal couple’s open-topped carriage was pulled by four Windsor Grey horses and past crowds waving flags and holding cellphones aloft. The newlyweds smiled and waved, smiled at each other, waved and repeated the process for the 25-minute tour of Windsor.Other relatives in the ceremony included 4-year-old Prince George and 3-year-old Princess Charlotte, the oldest children of William and the Duchess of Cambridge.The 92-year-old queen and her 96-year-old husband, Prince Philip, Harry’s grandparents, looked on with pride, as did Markle’s mother, Doria Ragland, who has spent the last few days getting to know her daughter’s new family.Two of Harry’s ex-girlfriends were at the chapel — Chelsy Davy and Cressida Bonas — as was Sarah Ferguson, the ex-wife of Harry’s uncle, Prince Andrew.The queen hosted the first of two royal wedding receptions after the service Saturday, one in the afternoon for 600 people with finger foods, wine and champagne. On Saturday night, a second, more lively reception for 200 people was being thrown by Charles.Yet it was the crowds in Windsor that seemed to best capture the joy of the moment. Many had camped or arrived at dawn on packed trains, vying for a good spot along the procession route. They cheered and screamed and sighed as the newlyweds passed by.“I went to William and Kate’s wedding, but this is a completely different vibe,” said Arlene Prinsloo, who had flown from South Africa. “It’s much more relaxed, and I think that reflects who Harry is.”Ana Karukin, a Brazilian nurse living in Florida, said she came to witness a moment of history.“We’ve got to be here for him and for her, my Meghan, my special girl, to support them, because it’s a beautiful time,” she said. “I wish that Diana was here, but she’s in heaven watching over them.”___Kirka and Lawless reported from London. Errin Haines Whack contributed from Burlington, New Jersey.last_img read more

UN Aid worker held hostage in Sudan is released

first_img Top Stories Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Sponsored Stories LONDON (AP) – A United Nations agency says an aid worker held hostage in Sudan’s South Darfur region for almost three months has been released.The World Food Program said on Wednesday that Patrick Noonan had been held for a total of 86 days, but was now being cared for by the organization after he was freed from captivity.Noonan, a British logistician for the WFP, was taken hostage on March 6 by a group of armed men, along with his Sudanese driver, who was later released. More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your homecenter_img Comments   Share   WFP executive director Ertharin Cousin said in a statement that Noonan’s capture has been “a great strain on his family.”Britain’s Africa minister Henry Bellingham said the U.K. had thanked Sudan’s government and the governor of South Darfur for their efforts to help secure Noonan’s release.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Check your body, save your life New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths How men can have a healthy 2019last_img read more

Related 7 flights for under £45Seven cities seven

first_img Related7 flights for under £45Seven cities, seven cheap flights, seven tickets to the time of your life (well maybe) for less than £45.6 flights for less than £70Keep mum sweet this Mother’s Day and book a bargain weekend getaway.10 flights for under £40We pick 10 of the cheapest flights on Skyscanner this week – just the ticket for a brilliant bargain break. Doctor Who is done for another series and it’s a whole month until Homeland starts. Before Strictly takes over your life, get out of the house and explore a new and exciting city for less than £40.1. Malmo from £36Love your Swedish/Danish crime dramas? Then Malmo gives you the best of both worlds. A 25-minute train ride from the Danish capital, Copenhagen, and you could be exploring one of Sweden’s most ‘continental’ cities. Trawl the designer stores on Gamla Väster, or pick up some unique souvenirs in Möllevȧngstorget’s open air market. Make sure to pack your Sarah Lund jumper!2. Linz from £35Linz goes a long way to prove that Austria is not all Von Trapp children and lederhosen. Since being named European Capital of Culture in 2009, the former industrial city has become a hub for contemporary art and architecture. Check out the Warhol paintings in the Lentos Kunstmuseum, a huge cube made entirely from steel and glass. If you like your cities a little less shiny, then Linz’s Old Town still serves up neo-gothic cathedrals and hefty slices of Linzer Torte fruit pies.3. Turin from £34Next to Neapolitan pizza, Turin’s Fiat 500 has got to be one of Italy’s most famous exports. Four wheeled icons are not all that Italy’s fourth largest city specialises in. Visitors flock to the Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist to gaze upon the Turin Shroud, believed to bear the imprint of Christ’s face on his way to the cross. Take a break from all that racing around with a gelato from Pepino, the first parlour to put ice cream on a stick and dip it in chocolate. 4. Gerona from £38Bored of Barcelona? Gerona is just north of Barca and has its fair share of late night tapas bars and sangria stops along its very own Las Ramblas. But what gives Gerona much of its unique character is The Call, the Jewish quarter that’s a labyrinth of narrow lanes, charming archways and medieval museums. It’ll tempt you to put any other Spanish city on hold for a while.5. Faro from £39Faro isn’t that far away! Hop on a three-hour flight and be transported back in time to medieval Portugal. Spend the sunshine hours sitting in a café on a cobbled side street amidst a jumble of white-washed houses. For an unusual after-dark adventure, head to the Capela dos Ossos, the 19th century chapel built from the skulls of over 1000 monks.6. Brussels from £26The cheapest on the list, you’ll have more beer money to spend in Brussels, the perfect city for an old-fashioned pub crawl. Many of the bars in Belgium’s capital are kitted out with traditional wooden benches and fireside dens. They serve the finest Belgian brews and rounds are typically topped-off by baskets of sourdough and sausages. Sounds like the start to the best Hergé adventure. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more