Extended monsoon likely to linger till October

first_imgMonsoon of 2019 has been very different. After a two-week delay in arrival, its withdrawal from Mumbai and Maharashtra is also delayed and is likely to stretch into October. Light showers are expected to continue till then even as the days are getting sunny in Mumbai.This year, monsoon arrived in Kerala a week late and in Mumbai two weeks later than the projected onset date. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) declared on June 25 that monsoon had arrived in Mumbai and entire Maharashtra. So far, Mumbai has received 3603.7mm rainfall, or 143.35% of annual average. In the 24 hours leading upto 8.30 a.m. on Sunday, Mumbai received only 0.8mm rainfall. There was some scattered rain in Mumbai on Sunday. However, maximum temperatures remained on the warmer side, with Sunday recording 33.3 degrees Celsius. This is three degrees above normal.Normally, withdrawal of monsoon starts around September 1 from west Rajasthan. However, that has not happened so far this season and the weather conditions are not conducive for it to happen in the next few days. Some of the conditions that meteorologists look at include, absence of rain for five days straight, increase in temperature, and reduction in humidity. IMD has forecast very light to light rains for Mumbai, Thane, Palghar, Raigad until Thursday and has forecast similar daytime temperatures for Mumbai.When asked about the withdrawal of monsoon from the State, K.S. Hosalikar, deputy director general, IMD, said, “There is depression formed in Arabian Sea, so withdrawal will not happen for next couple of days.”Mahesh Palawat, vice-president (meteorology and climate change) at private forecaster Skymet Weather said, “Withdrawal of monsoon is delayed this season. Right now, the easterlies are still active and humidity has not reduced and therefore, the weather conditions have not built up yet in west Rajasthan for withdrawal. It may happen in first week of October following which it will cover entire India including Maharashtra. In 2011, withdrawal had happened in late September and in 2010, it happened in October.”Akshay Deoras, a meteorologist and Ph.D. researcher at the University of Reading, U.K., who has been tracking the monsoon closely, said, “Withdrawal from western Rajasthan is expected to commence by September 27. However, the official declaration might happen only in early October due to which monsoon’s withdrawal this year will be delayed by a month from its normal date of September 1. Thereafter, we can expect a rapid withdrawal of the monsoon from parts of northwest and central India. In Maharashtra, rainfall activity will start terminating from early October and we can expect the withdrawal to start from the second week.”However, once monsoon withdrawal starts, it is expected to cover large parts of the country in one or two weeks.Meanwhile, an IMD press release issued at 11.15 a.m. on Sunday said a depression in the Arabian Sea off Gujarat coast could intensify into a deep depression in the next 12 hours, and a cyclonic storm in 24 hours. This could result in lead to light to moderate rainfall at many places with isolated heavy falls over Saurashtra and Kutch.last_img read more

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BCCI: Old habits never die

first_imgA friend called the day after Chandu Borde was anointed India cricket manager and said, “See, given that it’s Raj Singh and Sharad Pawar, do you think they meant Chandu Pandit?” It was good for a laugh, but creeping into the back of the mind came the immediate afterthought. Suppose?As,A friend called the day after Chandu Borde was anointed India cricket manager and said, “See, given that it’s Raj Singh and Sharad Pawar, do you think they meant Chandu Pandit?” It was good for a laugh, but creeping into the back of the mind came the immediate afterthought. Suppose?As farce after farce has continued to unravel, taking the fans’ minds with it, mistaking Pandit for Borde could have been a very real possibility with this BCCI. To be absolutely fair to the BCCI, Graham Ford’s conduct after he left India was unbecoming. Even if he was given a roasting at the interview, offered monkey-nuts for a salary and forced to accept a straitjacket in the name of working conditions. Whatever his reasons for changing his mind, a courtesy call to anyone in Indian cricket who had sought him out in the first place was the least he could have done before posting a thanks-but-no-thanks message on a website. It’s called manners.The BCCI’s mistake-one more in an impressively long list this year-was to jump into an announcement that could have waited 24 hours. They left the door open, and ended up looking stupid. Not that that takes any effort, with the current dispensation. Surprising because most of its key office-bearers have the reputation of being pitbulls in their own fields. Somehow, with the bogey of Jagmohan Dalmiya banished (and no doubt chuckling in Kolkata), all they look like now is a bunch of squabbling school boys each trying to impress the headmaster who himself has lost control of the entire institution.advertisementDespite Ford’s unbecoming conduct, the BCCI’s mistake was to make an announcement that could have waited 24 hours.Inside the first six months of the year, the BCCI has demonised its best players, tried to cut salaries, changed terms previously agreed upon, given one TV partner a discount on a deal (not its fault), allowing bank guarantee to lapse which caused the collapse of a $216-million TV deal (most definitely its fault).The BCCI’s many marketing partners are struggling to find takers for numerous mickey mouse tours before the Indian team’s tour of England this summer, but no one in the Board has been able to schedule an extra practice game for the team when they travel to Australia in their winter.When Pawar, who now has ambitions of heading the ICC, took charge at the BCCI, he promised transparency, accountability and professionalism. Today, those words sound like the Borde or Pandit gag. In any case, Pawar seems distracted between choosing a President and finding a coach. Naturally, anarchy has broken around him. The BCCI’s current hierarchy has produced a platoon of mini-Pawars, wannabes who strut around the country eager to be seen and heard, preferably on TV.A weary BCCI official says, “Board officials must be responsible. You don’t have to be on TV everyday, you don’t have to make statements everyday. Only one person should speak for the Board.” These days it’s a rotating roster. It began with Lalit Modi, the marketing guru, followed by Shashank Manohar, the hardliner. Now it’s N. Srinivasan, the financial whiz, and no, we won’t go on about the bank guarantee. Ambient noise continues to be provided by Rajiv Shukla and Niranjan Shah, still head to head in the contest for soundbite production.When self-righteous Australians and outraged Englishmen rant on about the BCCI’s sinister plans to hijack cricket, Indians have to stop themselves. Not so much from shrieking ‘racism!’ but from breaking into giggling fits. The western world must have spotted a military efficiency that escaped us.All we see is the embarrassing anticlimax of the World Cup, imploding TV deals, the coach hunt that turned to custard and the appointment of a manager who will celebrate his 73rd birthday in England, aviator sunglasses and beaming smile in place. Cake, anyonelast_img read more

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Malaysia, Vietnam draw in Suzuki Cup final first leg

first_imgVan Duc was again the provider, pulling the ball back for Duc Huy who slipped as he met the ball with his left foot but saw his effort from 25 metres fly past goalkeeper Farizal Marlias.Malaysia cut the deficit in the 36th minute when Syamer Kutty Abba’s free kick from the left found Shahrul, who headed powerfully past Van Lam.The home side then got back on level terms on the hour when they were awarded a free kick on the right edge of the box and Safawi curled a magnificent shot into the far corner of the net.The home side had a final chance to win the game in stoppage time with a free-kick by substitute Syafiq that went through the Vietnamese wall but was punched clear by an alert Van Lam.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? View comments Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostingcenter_img LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño MOST READ Vietnam goalkeeper Dang Van Lam made a fine save in stoppage time to deny Syafiq Ahmad and keep the score level ahead of the second leg in Hanoi this Saturday.Malaysia exerted much of the early pressure in front of a capacity crowd of more than 87,000 but Vietnam took the lead after 22 minutes following a swift counter-attack.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefDoan Van Hau lofted the ball into space on the right for Phan Van Duc whose cross towards Duc Huy was cut off by Nazirul Naim but fell nicely for Huy Hung to tuck the ball into the net.The home side hardly had time to recover before Vietnam scored again three minutes later. Vietnam’s forward Nguyen Cong Phuong controls the ball duirng the first leg of the AFF Suzuki Cup 2018 final football match between Malaysia and Vietnam at the Bukit Jalil National Stadium in Kuala Lumpur on December 11, 2018. (Photo by Mohd RASFAN / AFP)Malaysia came from two goals down to salvage a 2-2 draw with Vietnam in the first leg of the AFF Suzuki Cup final at Bukit Jalil National Stadium on Tuesday.Goals by Nguyen Huy Hung and Pham Duc Huy midway through the first half put the visitors in charge but Shahrul Saad halved the deficit before Safawi Rasid converted a stunning free-kick on the hour mark to restore parity for the home side.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Stephen Curry’s moon theory leaves NASA baffled Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issuelast_img read more

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Virat Kohli showed great belief in me: Ambati Rayudu in retirement letter to BCCI

first_imgAmbati Rayudu expressed his gratitude to India captain Virat Kohli in his retirement letter to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). Rayudu’s decision to retire came after he was snubbed for the 2019 World Cup twice.Rayudu was a stand-by player in case any of the batsmen got injured in the ongoing World Cup in England. However, India called in Rishabh Pant after Shikhar Dhawan was ruled out with a fractured thumb and then replaced all-rounder Vijay Shankar with opening batsman Mayank Agarwal.Rayudu announced his retirement from all forms of cricket with an immediate effect on Wednesday. In his letter, Rayudu said it was an honour to play for India and thanked MS Dhoni, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli.Rayudu played under MS Dhoni in Chennai Super Kings and Rohit Sharma in Mumbai Indians. Kohli was Rayudu’s India captain.In his letter to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), Rayudu said, “I would like to bring to your kind notice that I have come to decision to step away from the sport and retire from all forms and levels of the game. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the bcci and all the state associations that I have represented which include Hyderabad, Baroda, Andhra and Vidharbha.””I also would like to thank the two IPL franchises MI and CSK for their support. It has been a honour and privilege to have represented our country.””I would like to thank the captains I have played under, MS Dhoni, Rohit sharma and especially Virat Kohli who always had shown great belief in me throughout my career with the Indian team.”advertisement”It has been a wonderful journey of playing the sport and learning from every up and down it brought up on for the last 25 years at various different levels. Finally I would like to thank my family and all the wellwishers who have been with me throughout this wonderful journey.”Rayudu was not included in India’s original 15-member squad for the World Cup 2019 and all-rounder Vijay Shankar was preferred over him. Chief selector MSK Prasad had stated that Shankar’s 3-dimensional qualities made them pick him over Rayudu.Ambati Rayudu played 55 ODIs for India, scoring 1694 runs at an average of 47.05 with three hundreds and 10 half-centuries. He also featured in 6 T20 internationals and made 42 runs.Also Read | Ambati Rayudu announces international retirement after World Cup snubAlso Read | Picture of MS Dhoni spitting out blood goes viral. Here’s what happenedAlso Seelast_img read more

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Jersey Girls one step closer to George Tooke Touch trophy

first_imgThe major and minor semi-finals of the inaugural George Tooke Shield Women’s Touch Football Competition were held last Saturday at Binalong.In the minor semi-final the Bungendore Tigerettes took on the Harden Hawkettes. The first half saw the Tigerettes jump to an early lead with touchdowns to Megan Brown, Cassie Fisher and Kody-Leigh Hirst. The Hawkettes were able to strike back with a touchdown to Kate Menz to reduce the margin to two with Bungendore taking a 3-1 lead into halftime. The second half saw both teams come out firing with quick touchdowns to Tigerettes’ player Georgia Buckley and Hawkettes’ Emma Manwaring. With the game in the balance it was Hawkettes speedster and a player of the future, Emma James who was able to cross for two quick touchdowns to bring the Hawkettes level. In a thrilling last 10 minutes, the Tigerettes were able to take the lead with a touchdown to Courtney Doyle. This was short lived with the Hawkettes striking back with a touchdown to Clare Smith. The game looked like it would go down to a drop off but with only minutes remaining, the Hawkettes were able to get over the score line with Shauny McEvoy scoring a touchdown to see the Hawkettes win 6-5 and progress through to the preliminary final. With this result, the Bungendore Tigerettes, who have played well under the guidance of Matt Pateman, are eliminated from the finals. In the major semi-final the Binalong Jersey Girls took on the Yass Girlpies. The first half started very similar to the previous game with the Jersey Girls jumping out to an early lead with touchdowns to Lisa Smith, Jess Howard and Madaline Brayshaw. The Girlpies were able to get on the scorecard with a late touchdown to Casey Edwards which would see the Jersey Girls take a 3-1 lead into half-time. The second half saw the Jersey Girls turn up the intensity and it wasn’t long before they had jumped away to a convincing lead with a touchdown to Rachel Fisher and two touchdowns to Bronwyn Pollack. The Girlpies were able to withstand pressure from numerous attacks from the Jersey Girls, but unfortunately it was too much with Madaline Brayshaw and Lisa Smith both scoring their second touchdowns. The Girlpies would not give up though and persistence paid off with a touchdown to Sartu Beck and Casey Edwards scoring her second touchdown. It would not be Yass’s day with Bronwyn Pollack crossing the score line late to notch up her third touchdown for the afternoon and sealing a 9-3 victory for the Jersey Girls.Speaking with Madaline Brayshaw after the match she mentioned it was all a bit emotional.“I would never have thought at the beginning of the season that we would be in the GF at the end of the competition. It is great for the girls and the town of Binalong itself.”With these results, Binalong will progress to the grand final and will wait to verse the winner of Yass Girlpies and Harden Hawkettes who will play in the preliminary final on Saturday in Harden at 2:00pm.Related LinksGeorge Tooke Finalslast_img read more

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2015 Metro Cup Grand Final Results

first_imgCongratulations to all of the winners of the 2015 Metro Cup grand finals on Saturday. Men’s PremierDodgers 7 defeated Country Club Colts 6Player of the Final – Ethan TaylorWomen’s PremierCountry Club Colts 5 defeated Southern Storm 4Player of the Final – Hayley MaddickMen’s Division OneDodgers 8 defeated Uni Rebels 2Player of the Final – Scott PrinceWomen’s Division OneSouthern Storm 9 defeated Country Club Colts 4Player of the Final – Bec GouldingMen’s Division TwoCountry Club Colts Senior 5 defeated Uni Rebels Junior 4Player of the Final – Jason CampbellWomen’s Division TwoUni Rebels Junior Gold 7 defeated Uni Rebels Senior Blue 3Player of the Final – Tegan Phillips To see highlights from finals day, please visit the Touch Football Australia YouTube channel – www.youtube.com/touchfootballaus.Related LinksMetro Cup Finalslast_img read more

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Camp for (Almost) Free at Breweries, Vineyards, and Farms with Harvest Hosts

first_img Score an RV Rental for $1 Per Day With Secret Repositioning Deals Book a Last-Minute Summer Camping Trip Just About Anywhere With Pitchup Right now, travel is all about the sharing economy. Airbnb popularized the idea of crashing in a stranger’s house. Spin-off sites like FreeHouse and Hipcamp took the concept further, targeting road trippers in search of off-grid and rustic accommodations respectively. Harvest Hosts is reinventing it yet again by inviting travelers to stay at vineyards, breweries, and farms around the country for next to nothing.Harvest Hosts boasts a growing network of more than 600 “campsites” around the United States. All are situated amid one-of-a-kind surroundings like lavender farms, wildlife rehabilitation facilities, craft breweries, and local vineyards. The thrust of the site is not merely about finding cheap accommodations. Instead, the focus is on fostering connections with local people and businesses — about sharing in the fruits of their and, if you care to participate, your labor.Serial entrepreneur Joel Holland recently bought the company. After a short but successful career in the online media licensing world, the young CEO decided to try his hand at something new and entirely different. Holland is an avid road trip fan but found traditional campgrounds to be noisy, cookie-cutter, and overcrowded. In Harvest Hosts, he saw something markedly different:“My mission with Harvest Hosts is simple: RVing provides a sense of ultimate freedom, which most people seek and not enough find. We can help a lot of people live happier lives if we can get them off of the couch and onto the open road. From sleeping under the stars at a vineyard in California to enjoying a picnic at an alpaca farm, members of Harvest Hosts get to stay at a 5 billion-star ‘hotel’ at more than 600 locations for free.”Most bookings are handled through the company’s free mobile app and the entire system works like most other sharing economy websites. Every user is provided with a dedicated profile page where they can upload photos, share a bit about themselves, and outline any relevant personal details. Travelers can leave feedback about their respective hosts and vice versa.Harvest Hosts owner, Joel Holland (Right) Harvest Hosts/FacebookThere are a few minor catches. The most important is travelers are expected to arrive in their own, self-contained rigs, whether that means in an ultra-light travel trailer, a van/SUV, or a mega-RV. Hosts provide only the space to park, meaning there are no traditional campground utilities (electricity, water, cable) of any kind. Also, stays can only be booked one night at a time. Although, it’s easy to imagine travelers can discuss additional nights with property owners once they arrive. Deep Sleep: The World’s Most Incredible Underwater Hotel Rooms What a gorgeous photo from Mark H. taken at a Host winery in NC! It has been chosen as July's Photo of the Month and will appear here as the cover photo. Members can find the location in the July newsletter.Posted by Harvest Hosts on Monday, July 2, 2018Membership requires a flat annual fee of just  $49 and there are no per-stay fees. However, the site recommends travelers support their host establishments in a meaningful way ($20 is a solid guideline). That means grabbing a six-pack at a brewery, a bottle of Cabernet at a vineyard, or a basket of cheese and fresh produce at a Harvest Hosts farm.center_img The Best Campgrounds Near Major U.S. Cities This Coastal Airstream Road Trip Has Us California Day Dreamin’ Editors’ Recommendations last_img read more

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Jamaicans Urged to Count Blessings

first_imgStory Highlights Ambassador to the United States, Her Excellency Audrey Marks, has called on Jamaicans at home and overseas to use the occasion of the country’s Independence to reflect on the many blessings for which the nation should be thankful. Ambassador to the United States, Her Excellency Audrey Marks, has called on Jamaicans at home and overseas to use the occasion of the country’s Independence to reflect on the many blessings for which the nation should be thankful.The Ambassador, in a message delivered by Minister-Counsellor at the Embassy, Nicolette Williams, at the Jamaican Association of Maryland’s (JAM) annual Independence gala in Baltimore on August 4, said that notwithstanding the challenges, Jamaica has continued to maintain a stable and vibrant democracy.She noted that there have been significant economic gains, citing the reduction in the inflation rate, increase in the net international reserves (NIR), reduction of the unemployment rate to 9.6 per cent in January 2018 resulting from the creation of 22,000 additional jobs, and growth of 1.4 per cent for the January to March 2018 quarter.She expressed the hope that as Jamaica celebrates its 56th anniversary of Independence “we will become more united in our joint efforts to tackle the challenges we face in making Jamaica the place of choice to live, work, raise families and do business.”Meanwhile, Ambassador Marks commended JAM for 30 years of devoted service to Jamaica and the city of Baltimore.She said the members continue “to give selflessly, as well as volunteer time and resources towards the well-being of the wider Jamaican family and the Jamaican community in Baltimore.”The Jamaican envoy, who is also Permanent Representative to the Organization of American States (OAS), said she is pleased with JAM’s efforts to invest in children through the provision of 75 Claude McKay scholarships since the organisation’s inception in 1988.“Your services and unwavering commitment to fellow Jamaicans…to promoting our culture and heritage while advancing the welfare of our fellow citizens in Jamaica and Maryland is most commendable,” she added.JAM’s Marcus Garvey Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA) Award was presented to Philanthropist Cecil Clarke, while the Community Service Award went to President of the Marcus Garvey Foundation, Dermoth Brown and Pastor of Faith Gospel Church, Ezra Sterling.center_img The Ambassador, in a message delivered by Minister-Counsellor at the Embassy, Nicolette Williams, at the Jamaican Association of Maryland’s (JAM) annual Independence gala in Baltimore on August 4, said that notwithstanding the challenges, Jamaica has continued to maintain a stable and vibrant democracy.last_img read more

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Homeless To Be Accommodated In Existing Shelters

first_imgCOMMUNITY SERVICES–Homeless To Be Accommodated In ExistingShelters Anyone seeking shelter in Halifax will find it thanks to anenhanced partnership between Community Services, the Departmentof Health and shelter operators. The announcement was made today, May 2, as plans were beingfinalized to move people still staying at a temporary wintershelter that opened in December and was scheduled to close onApril 30. Pendleton Place was established to replace a discontinued programat Brunswick Street United Church, following a meeting betweenthe province, municipality and community representatives lastfall. It was funded by the Department of Community Services andoperated by the Saint Leonard’s Society of Nova Scotia. “We are very pleased to have worked with the Saint Leonard’sSociety to provide an important service for some of the homelessthis winter,” said Community Services Minister David Morse. “Thestaff of Pendleton Place have done a remarkable job and we arevery thankful to them.” “We care about these individuals and want to make sure they havea place to go,” said Jerry Smyth, executive director with thesociety. “We’ve been working with Community Services and othershelter operators to ensure the proper supports are in place forthem.” Although Pendleton Place was operating near full capacity duringthe winter, other shelters experienced a decline in use and, insome cases, significant numbers of vacancies. As a result,Community Services met regularly with shelter operators todetermine whether the needs of the homeless could be met withinthe existing shelter system. “It was felt there was sufficient capacity for the homelesswithin the existing system,” said Mr. Morse. “By working togetherto make the best possible use of existing resources and providingenhanced supports for those with mental health and substanceabuse issues, the system can now accommodate anyone seekingshelter.” The enhanced supports include adding staff to one of the existingshelters and expanding the Capital District Health Authority’sShared Care Team and Mobile Crisis Team so that there arededicated members for the emergency shelters. Major Wayne Loveless, executive director of The Salvation Army,which provides shelter to homeless men, said: “We believe ahigher level of co-operation among shelter operators, along withgovernment support, will allow us to serve those who were stayingat the temporary shelter as well as other homeless individuals.” Sheri Lecker, executive director of Adsum House, agrees. “Thewomen’s shelters are committed to doing our best to accommodatethe women and female youth coming from Pendleton Place. We havealso improved communications and are using our establishedreferral process to ensure there is a bed available for any womanor female youth looking for a place to stay.” Tim Crooks, executive director of Phoenix Youth Programs, whoworks with homeless youth ages 16 to 24, adds: “We arecollaborating with Community Services, Halifax RegionalMunicipality and other service providers to provide bettersupport for vulnerable youth. We are committed to ensuring thatyouth have not only a place to stay, but also access to importantprograms and support services.” Major Loveless said that even with all of the supports in place,there will be people who spend the night on the street. “Unfortunately, some people are resistant to any kind ofservice,” he said. “We can do our best to make sure the shelterand supports are available, however we cannot control whethersomeone uses them.”last_img read more

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Duke And Duchess Of Cambridge Visit Child Bereavement UK

first_imgThe Duke and Duchess of Cambridge met families supported by Child Bereavement UK this week, which supports families and educates professionals when a baby or child of any age dies or is dying, or when a child is facing bereavement.The Duke has been patron of the charity since 2009.The royal couple was greeted by crowds of well-wishers as they visited the charity’s offices near High Wycombe in Buckinghamshire.Meeting staff, volunteers and supporters at Child Bereavement UK, The Duke said: “It’s fantastic what you are doing. I’m so proud to be a patron of the charity. Please keep up the good work.”The Duke and Duchess met bereaved families and saw first-hand some of Child Bereavement UK’s support groups for bereaved children, young people and parents. They experienced the activities of the charity’s Young People’s Advisory Group, a forum for bereaved young people to share their experiences and help develop resources. Daniel, age 14, said: “They had a chat with everyone and they seemed like very nice people. It was pretty exciting.”The couple also met bereaved young children and their parents, where children took part in creative activities designed to help them express their feelings. They also met a Parents’ Support Group for parents following the death of a child.Juliette, whose two children Aidan, 13, and Elysia, 7, attend children’s groups at the charity said: “Child Bereavement UK has been so helpful because they understand – they’ve dealt with children who have been through similar things to us.”Her son Aidan said of the Young People’s group he attends: “It’s just really helpful, it just cheers me up. The stuff that we do is really fun, and if I’ve had a bad day at school or something like that, I can go to that club and I just feel much better.”
On meeting the Duke and Duchess, Juliette added: “They made the families feel very much at ease. William was very funny actually, and really interactive, both of them, with the children, which was lovely to see.”Chief Executive Ann Chalmers said: “It was wonderful to have both the Duke and Duchess here to visit us and to experience Child Bereavement UK’s work first-hand. They both showed great compassion, warmth and understanding, and I don’t doubt they will have been moved by what they heard from the bereaved families and children they met.”Source:ChildBereavementUK.orglast_img read more

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JOHN CANDYS CHILDREN HELP HONOUR HIS TIMELESS LEGACY AT A TORONTO THEATRE

first_img Twitter Advertisement John Candy’s children say their father’s legacy is “almost timeless,” as the late Canadian comedian became the first inductee at the East York Hall of Fame in Toronto on Friday.The beloved comedy legend called the Ontario city home and his children say their dad never let his fame get to his head.“That’s how he was. This down-to-earth relatable guy that anyone could speak to and want to hear about your day,” Jennifer Candy told CTV National News anchor and W5 correspondent Sandie Rinaldo, saying he was always “happy to talk to anyone and everyone.” Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisementcenter_img Candy starred in films such as “Spaceballs,” “Cool Runnings” and “Summer Rental” and even showed up in the Christmas classic “Home Alone.” Login/Register With: Advertisement John Candylast_img read more

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Lead up to the TRC closing events InFocus

first_imgAPTN InFocus with Cheryl McKenzie:In this edition we hear how churches and religious organizations have united under KAIROS.Together they’re working for reconciliation to reverse the attitudes of the past that encouraged the assimilation of Indigenous children through Canada’s residential schools.We also hear how Saskatoon’s Tribal Council is commemorating the closing of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.last_img

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South Korea fines BMW 10 million over several engine fires

first_imgSEOUL, Korea, Republic Of — South Korea says it will fine BMW 11.2 billion won ($9.9 million) and file a criminal complaint against the company with state prosecutors over an allegedly botched response to dozens of engine fires reported in the country.South Korea’s Transport Ministry said Monday its investigation panel after a five-month review concluded that the German automaker deliberately tried to cover up technical problems and moved too slowly to recall vehicles after around 40 of its cars caught fire earlier this year.BMW recalled some 172,000 vehicles in July and October over the fires it has blamed on a faulty exhaust gas component. The company said there had been no reports of injuries linked to the fires.BMW’s South Korean unit didn’t immediately comment on the ministry’s announcement.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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No decision on accepting assistance of foreign judges

The Deputy Minister was responding to a question posed in Parliament today by opposition Parliamentarian Udaya Gammanpila. However he said it is in the hands of Parliament and the Government to decide if foreign judges should be involved in the accountability process. Gammanpila had also raised a question on the Global Tamil Forum and if it still wants an Eelam State and the Deputy Minister said that the Global Tamil Forum has agreed to work with the Government.However Gammanpila was not happy with the response and this led to an exchange of words between Gammanpila and the Deputy Minister. The Government says no decision has been taken on accepting the assistance of foreign judges in the accountability process over incidents related to the war.Deputy Foreign Minister Dr. Harsha de Silva told Parliament today that there have been requests from some groups and individuals to have foreign judges in the domestic accountability process. Speaker Karu Jayasuriya then intervened and told Gammanpila to accept the response given by the Deputy Minister.Gammanpila however objected to the stand taken by the Speaker. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Searchlight of international scrutiny must focus on crimes of sexual violence in

Addressing an event commemorating the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson today stressed the importance of prevention and early response efforts, as well as the need to shift shame and stigma from victims to perpetrators.In conflicts around the world, women and girls, men and boys, are subjected to horrendous acts of sexual violence. These acts, rape, sexual slavery, forced marriage, and sexual torture, constitute abhorrent violations of human rights and human dignity.A critical aspect of prevention is to hold the perpetrators accountable for their acts, he said. “Accountability is a powerful deterrent, as well as a moral duty to those afflicted. No one should think that that they can come out of this without accountability,” he added.Mr. Eliasson’s observations came at the official commemoration of the International Day. The programme included Zainab Bangura, UN Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Leila Zerrougui, UN Special Representative on Children and Armed Conflict, and Martín García Moritán, Permanent Representative of Argentina to the UN.In 2015, Argentina, together with the Offices of the Special Representatives on Sexual Violence in Conflict and on Children and Armed Conflict, presented an initiative of a General Assembly resolution establishing 19 June as the International Day.The aim of the Day is to raise awareness amongst the international community in order to prevent, combat and put an end to all forms of conflict-related sexual violence, especially against women, children, the poor, ethnic and religious minorities and other vulnerable groups, as well as assisting its victims and promoting accountability and fighting impunity of the perpetrators of those crimes.Mr. Eliasson said sexual violence is unique in often stigmatizing the victim, rather than the perpetrator of the crime, underscoring the need to shift the shame and stigma from the victims to those who command, those who commit, or those who condone these crimes.Social and economic reintegration support is imperative, and children born of rape need particular attention. Men and boys who have suffered sexual violence and live with life-long traumas need support as well.“And our preventive action must pay attention to the vulnerability of refugees and displaced people, who may be trafficked for sexual exploitation,” he said.Noting that 19 June, 2008, the international community decided to take action to elevate conflict-related sexual violence to the international peace and security agenda. This was done through the adoption of Security Council resolution 1820.“We must meet the new challenges on the horizon and keep the searchlight of international scrutiny on these crimes, which have been ignored for far too long,” he said. read more

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Week In Westminster – Week ending Friday 1 February 2013

DOWNLOAD1. New car growth set to continue in 20132. Significant rise in engineering and manufacturing apprentices3. Treasury Committee states government must restore primacy of Budget4. OFT report points to competition working well in UK road fuel sector5. BIS publish ‘The Impact of FE Learning’ report6. Week aheadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)

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Im offering my Cambridgeshire field to travellers to get back at the

first_img 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. Linda Watson, 48Credit:Geoff Robinson She spent £70,000 renovating the land and creating a stud farm and more recently she has run a horse rehabilitation business. Linda wants travellers to stay on her land to get back at local villagers Credit:Geoff Robinson  She recently applied to East Cambridgeshire District Council to have a small home on the site and improve her business, but the plans were rejected.She added: “This was just a run-down piece of land when I bought it but I’ve spent thousands making it look good, with fencing.”I had a meeting with the council about plans to make a permanent home here and they advised me to put forward a business plan, but they’ve since told me it was rubbish.”She said she now plans to move abroad next month.”It’s a very well-to-do village, but they have done nothing for me,” she said. “Not one of them has helped me with my planning application.”Travellers will be living here later this month and I’ll be moving abroad.”East Cambridgeshire District Council has been contacted for a comment. Linda wants travellers to stay on her land to get back at local villagers Linda Watson, 48, She said: “It’s a great plot of land with electric, water and lovely scenery. I have advertised it on Facebook and had lots of interest from people wanting it for horses.”But I want to give it to travellers and I have two lots coming to take a look already this week.”I’ve had no support from anyone in this village. I’m happy to give the land away to travellers if I have to. I hope it will create s*** for the village. Everyone in Kirtling is so far up their own a***.”Linda has owned the piece of land at the Coedendderw Stud in Bradley Road for the last 17 years and moved into a static caravan on the site with her partner four years ago. A woman who owns a plot of land in a Cambridgeshire village is offering it to travellers to live on because her neighbours are “so far up their own a****.”Linda Watson, 48, says she wants travellers to have the two-and-a-half-acre plot in Kirtling, near Newmarket and hopes the sale will create “s*** for the village.”last_img read more

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Apple HTC dément avoir violé ses brevets

first_imgApple : HTC dément avoir violé ses brevets États-Unis – Le fabriquant HTC réfute l’accusation d’Apple concernant des violations de brevets autour de l’iPhone (voir article). Pour sa défense, la firme taïwanaise rappelle qu’elle était la première sur le marché des mobiles à écrans tactiles.HTC avait été pris de court par la récente plainte d’Apple l’accusant de plusieurs violations de brevets concernant des technologies développées autour de l’iPhone. À lire aussiNomophobie : traitement, symptômes, qu’est-ce que c’est ?Néanmoins, le fabricant taïwanais a choisi de réagir en invoquant un fait qui ne peut être contesté : l’entreprise a été la première à avoir fabriqué des mobiles tactiles. “En 1999, nous avons commencé à concevoir le XDA et le T-Mobile Pocket PC Phone Edition, nos premiers smartphones à écran tactile, qui ont tous deux été livrés en 2002 ainsi que plus de cinquante modèles de smartphones HTC depuis lors”, souligne Peter Chou, le PDG de HTC. Grâce à cet argument de poids, ce différend pourrait être réglé très rapidement, contrairement à la guerre ouverte que se livrent la firme à la pomme et Nokia au sujet de ces mêmes brevets.Le 19 mars 2010 à 12:11 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Fantastic Beasts 2 Has its Young Dumbledore Jude Law

first_imgThe sequel to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them has cast its young version of Albus Dumbledore, Variety reports. The role will be played by Jude Law, who could conceivably grow old to be either Richard Harris or Michael Gambon. I guess. Put a white beard on him, and we’ll see which actor he resembles more. In any case, not much else is known about the movie other than the fact that Eddie Redmayne will reprise his role for the sequel and David Yates will direct again. Also, Johnny Depp will appear opposite Law, playing Gellert Grindelwald.According to Entertainment Weekly, Yates put out a statement regarding the casting of Law, calling him a phenomenally talented actor he’s admired for some time. “I’m looking forward to finally having the opportunity to work with him,” Yates said. “I know he will brilliantly capture all the unexpected facets of Albus Dumbledore as J.K. Rowling reveals this very different time in his life.”Michael Gambon as a younger Dumbledore in Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince. (Photo: Screenshot via YouTube/Warner Bros.)The movie will take place before Dumbledore’s days as Hogwarts’ headmaster when he was a professor of Transfiguration. He has dealings with Grindelwald, a dark wizard who believes Wizards to be superior to muggles. If the hints at this time period in the Harry Potter books are anything to go by, Dumbledore did some things he isn’t proud of during this time period. J.K. Rowling has also said that Dumbledore had romantic feelings for Grindelwald. Sadly for him, they aren’t reciprocated. Poor Albus. Here’s hoping he meets a nice boy at some point during this series.Law is a fine choice for the role, and I have no doubt he’ll be able to play all sides of Albus Dumbledore. He can naturally appear wise, tender and goofy, which is who the character is when we meet him in the Harry Potter series. After Law’s performance in HBO’s not-great-but-fun-as-hell The Young Pope, I can confidently predict he’ll be able to pull off the intimidating aspects of Dumbledore as well. Law will be the third actor to play Dumbledore, and I can’t wait to see his interpretation of the character.last_img read more

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Mom sheriffs deputies seek missing girl

first_imgClark County Sheriff’s Sgt. Chad Rothenberger is hoping someone will recognize a photo of a missing or runaway girl and see that she returns home.Kylie Alvidrez, 14, was last seen around 2 a.m. Friday. She likes to hang out in the mall area, lives in the Salmon Creek area and is an 8th-grader at Gaiser Middle School, said her mother, Shawneen Bliss.Bliss said Kylie is not taking her medicine.She is about 5 feet one inch tall and weighs 90 pounds. She sometimes dyes the back part of her hair red.Anyone who sees Kylie is asked to call 911 and refer to report S-12-4731.John Branton: 360-735-4513 or john.branton@columbian.com.last_img read more

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