• Nova Scotians Visitors Encouraged to Attend Titanic Commemorative Events

    first_imgNova Scotians and visitors are encouraged to attend free events April 14 and 15 in Halifax to mark the 100th anniversary of the Titanic sinking. “Halifax’s role in 1912 was one of assistance,” said David Wilson, Minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage. “Atlantic Canadians are known for lending a hand in difficult times so we hope that everyone will gather together to honour our place in history.” Join host George Jordan at the waterfront side of the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic for a walking, candle-lit procession on Saturday, April 14 at 7:30 p.m. To symbolize Halifax’s role in the tragedy and the conditions in 1912, a horse-drawn carriage with a period-style casket and pallbearers will lead the procession. The procession will begin at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, move along the waterfront, left onto George Street, left onto Hollis, right onto Prince, right onto Argyle and into the Grand Parade for the Titanic Eve – Night of the Bells event. Gordon Pinsent, Canadian icon, will host Titanic Eve – Night of the Bells at the Grand Parade from 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. The event, presented by The Chronicle Herald, will tell the story of Titanic, its passengers and crew and Halifax’s response to the tragedy. Over 20 performers will take the stage. A moment of silence will be held at 12:27 a.m., marking the time recorded when the last wireless messages from the Titanic were received. Flares will be set off to symbolize the ship’s call for help, members of the RCMP Pipe and Drums band will perform Amazing Grace, and churches in downtown Halifax that held memorial services for the victims in 1912 will ring their bells for a few minutes. People can bring a collapsible chair to the event and should dress for weather conditions. “The Herald was there 100 years ago and aided in breaking the news of Titanic’s tragedy,” said Ian Thompson, associate publisher of The Chronicle Herald. “From our extensive in-paper and online special coverage of the Titanic 100 anniversary leading to our presentation of Titanic Eve and Night of the Bells on Saturday, The Chronicle Herald is honoured to be supporting commemoration of this monumental anniversary 100 years later.” Visit The Chronicle Herald Titanic site at http://thechronicleherald.ca/titanic for more information. The Titanic Spiritual Ceremony, an interfaith memorial service will be held in the Fairview Lawn Cemetery on Sunday, April 15 from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Members of the Girl Guides of Canada, the Boy Scouts of Canada and sea cadets will lay flowers at the grave sites of the Titanic victims, 121 of which are buried at the cemetery. People can enter the cemetery on foot through the Chisholm Avenue entrance and are reminded to respect grave markers as they make their way to the ceremony at the Titanic grave sites. Standing areas will be indicated. People will be able to pay personal respects to the victims’ grave sites after the service. There will be no vehicle access to the cemetery. The provincial, federal, municipal governments have contributed to the commemorative events as well as The Chronicle Herald, Emera, BellAliant, Famous Folks Communications, Egg Films, Canada Post, J.A. Snow Funeral Home and Hatfield Farm. For information on the events visit www.titanic100.ca .last_img read more

  • Modi invokes 911 points at roots of terror in Pak

    first_imgMathura (UP): Invoking the 9/11 attack on America this day 18 year ago, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said the roots of terrorism are being nourished in India’s neighbourhood and asserted that New Delhi is fully competent to meet the challenge. “Today terrorism has become an ideology which has transgressed every border. It is a global problem and has become a global threat, whose strong roots are getting nourished in our neighbourhood,” Modi said in an apparent reference to Pakistan. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details He said the entire world needs to take a pledge against this ideology, against those who are taking it forward and those giving shelter and training to terrorists. “There is need for strong action,” he said. “India is fully competent to face the challenge. We have shown this and will also show it in future.” He was addressing a gathering here after the launch of the National Animal Disease Control Programme (NADCP) for eradicating foot and mouth disease and brucellosis in livestock. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday Modi said his government’s effort to strengthen anti-terror laws is a step forward in this direction. Remembering the 9/11 attack, he said, September 11 is also a special day for another reason, as it was on this day a century back when Swami Vivekananda delivered his historic address in Chicago. “Through that speech, the entire world thoroughly understood the culture and tradition of India. But it is unfortunate that on that very September 11, the 9/11 terrorist attack took place in the US, and it shook the entire world.” He said people need to unite whether the problem is sickness, pollution or terror.last_img read more

  • Watch your step Ecologist warns bird candy catalyst for extreme goose poop

    first_imgREGINA — People who like to go for a stroll in Regina’s Wascana Park are being advised that if they want to avoid stepping in goose poop, they should quit giving unhealthy snacks to the birds.Ecologist Sarah Romuld says tossing bread crumbs, popcorn or cheese snacks to hundreds of Canada geese that nest in the park each year speeds up the birds’ growth — which means more excrement.It’s estimated that nesting geese in the park drop more than 200 kilograms of waste there every day.On average, adult geese excrete upwards of 900 grams per 24-hour period.Romuld says human snacks also make the birds heavier and longer, which puts stress on the joints that hold their wings to their bodies.She says the park has enough vegetation for geese to eat, but if visitors insist on feeding the waterfowl they should only give them spinach, lettuce, parsley or barley seed.“When you’re feeding them bread that’s very calorie-rich, you are speeding up their growth to where their body is not prepared,” said Romuld. “Bread is in fact feeding birds candy. There’s no nutritional value in it.”About 250 to 300 geese nest in Wascana Park every year, although Romuld noted that their numbers change significantly from year to year.She said a goose visiting the park could be nesting at a nearby golf course or a city-operated park in another part of Regina.Wascana Park crews clear pathways of bird droppings, but not grassed areas.Romuld said the excrement can get into Wascana Lake and add more phosphorus and nitrogen to the water. (CJME)The Canadian Presslast_img read more

  • HC seeks TN govts response to plea for courtmonitored probe

    first_imgChennai: The Madras High Court on Tuesday directed the Tamil Nadu government and the CBI to file their replies on a petition seeking a court-monitored probe into the Pollachi sexual harassment case.A bench comprising Chief Justice Vijaya Kamlesh Tahilramani and Justice M Duraiswamy gave the direction when the petition by an advocate came up for hearing. It then posted the petition to April 10 for further hearing. Petitioner P Pugalenthi referred to the Tamil Nadu government order transferring the case to the CBI based on a recommendation by the state DGP. A gang of four men had on February 12 allegedly tried to strip a 19-year-old woman inside a car near Pollachi in Coimbatore district, shot a video of the act and blackmailed her using the visuals. With the incident triggering outrage amid reports that more women had been assaulted by the gang, the state government had last week issued an order transferring the case to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). The petitioner submitted that the DGP had recommended the CBI probe since the case involved technical issues, including analysis of social media accounts. He also referred to the government order mentioning the name of the victim and said it was “unfortunate” the state ignored the fundamentals of justice and disclosed her identity. He wanted the court to monitor the probe by the CBI, saying the DGP himself had stated the case demanded more laborious and dedicated investigation. Meanwhile, a report from Coimbatore said the CB-CID, which is at present investigating the case, summoned editor of “Nakkheeran” R R Gopal to appear before it on March 25 in connection with the release of a video by the Tamil magazine reportedly containing visuals of some women being harassed by the gang. Gopal had Monday moved the high court seeking anticipatory bail, apprehending arrest by police. He has alleged that the case had been foisted on him. In Pollachi, almost all shops and other commercial establishments Tuesday downed shutters in support of a call given by various organisations seeking a court-monitored probe into the harassment case.last_img read more

  • Danish Travel Agencies We will Send More Tourists to Morocco

    By Mohamed HikalRabat – Managers and employees at Danish travel agencies have said that they will continue sending more tourists to Morocco and will follow the instructions provided by the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.The Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, according to Politiken, indicated that most Danish tourists have not faced any difficulties while in Morocco.  The Danish news outlet, however, said that the ministry advised travelers to exercise extra caution. The ministry also called on Danish tourists not to hike alone, recommending guides. Politiken also cited managers of Danish travel agencies, who confirmed that they will keep sending tourists to Morocco.According to Viktors Farmor Marketing Director Esben Gynther, the travel agency offers a package tour for 20 people to Marrakech. The director of the agency, which specializes in cultural and nature travel, said that 19 tourists will join the first group on December 30.He added, “We will stick to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ guidelines and follow travel warnings to assure the safety of our travelers. Meanwhile we’ll keep on providing travel and holiday services to more tourists as usual.”Viktors Farmor aims to provide travel tours and holiday services for over 400 tourists in 2019.  Some of those 400 tourists will head to Morocco’s Atlas Mountains.According to the spokesman for the Danish Spies travel agency, Torben Andersen, his company has already sent over 500 travelers and will be sending 50 more Danish tourists to Agadir and Marrakech in the near future.“Our customers never complained and we will follow the foreign affairs ministry’s guidelines and warnings as we don’t have any guides in Morocco,” Torben Andersen added.Mikkel Hansen, the communication manager for TUI, a German leisure travel group, said that the company has provided travel services for approximately 30 Scandinavian travelers in Morocco, mainly in Agadir.Read Also: Tourism in Morocco: High Occupancy Rates Despite Murders of 2 TouristsMany people, both Moroccan and foreign, had surmised that the double murder of Danish tourist Louisa Vesterager Jespersen and Norwegian tourist Maren Ueland would negatively impact future tourism in Morocco.The bodies of the victims were found on Monday, December 17, in an apparent terror attack.The Danish embassy in Rabat has received letters from many Moroccans who expressed solidarity and support for the families of the victims.Denmark’s Ambassador to Morocco Nikolaj Harris has thanked Moroccans for their empathy for Louisa’s and Maren’s families. Norway’s Ambassador to Morocco Merethe Nergaard also expressed gratitude after Moroccans showed solidarity with the victims’ families.Morocco’s Central Bureau of Judicial Investigation (BCIJ) has arrested 18 suspects in the case. Denmark suspects ISIS was behind the double murder. read more

  • Violence puts some 2 million people in Somalia at risk says UN

    The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reports that there are up to 2 million vulnerable people in need of humanitarian aid in war-wracked Somalia, which has not had a functioning government since 1991 and where fighting has intensified in recent months.In the capital Mogadishu, the number of people escaping the city to the poorest areas of the Horn of Africa nation has doubled to 700,000 in the last six months.At the same time, UN spokesperson Michele Montas told reporters in New York the “constrained movement of aid workers” is causing concern.The transport and delivery of crucial items such as food is being impeded by roadblocks, taxes and banditry, which are also responsible for a surge in numbers of people needing assistance.In late January, three staff members of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)–Holland were killed in the southern port city of Kismayo when their car was hit by a roadside bomb outside the town of Kismayo. A Somali journalist, Hassan Kafi Hared, as well as a Somali boy, were also reportedly killed in the blast. 13 February 2008The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reports that there are up to 2 million vulnerable people in need of humanitarian aid in war-wracked Somalia, which has not had a functioning government since 1991 and where fighting has intensified in recent months. read more

  • Montreals La Presse announces its officially a notforprofit publication

    Montreal-based La Presse news group says it has officially adopted a not-for-profit structure.President Pierre-Elliott Levasseur announced on La Presse’s website that the outlet is fully independent from the Power Corporation of Canada as of Saturday.Going forward, Levasseur says the 130-year-old publication will operate as a “social trust” that will be administered by retired Supreme Court justice Louis LeBel.Torstar cutting 11 full-time, 10 part-time staff at StarMetro in Toronto as it shifts production to HamiltonLa Presse plans to go not-for-profit — if Quebec lets itLa Presse first announced its intention to shift to a non-profit structure in May.The Quebec government paved the way for the change last month by fast-tracking a bill to repeal a provision of an act adopted in 1967 regarding La Presse’s ownership.Power Corp., which owned La Presse through its subsidiary Square Victoria Communications Group, agreed to grant $50 million to the new venture.The company also holds an investment in The Canadian Press as part of a joint agreement with Torstar and a subsidiary of the Globe and Mail. read more

  • Annan condemns Hizbollah attack calls for immediate release of Israeli soldiers

    “This incident, and subsequent developments, which endanger an already volatile region, demonstrates once again how urgent it is that the Lebanese Government extends its control over all Lebanese territory and prevents such attacks across the Blue Line,” he said in a statement issued by his office.Mr. Annan’s Personal Representative for Lebanon, Geir Pedersen, said the attack was to be condemned in the strongest possible terms. “We are deeply disturbed by this violent breach of the Blue Line which contradicts the stated intent of the Lebanese side to maintain calm and stability along the Line,” he added in a statement. “Hizbollah’s action escalates the already tense situation along the Blue Line and is an act of very dangerous proportions. This is not in Lebanon’s interest.”He called on Hizbollah to release the soldiers and urged all parties to exercise maximum restraint and avoid any further escalation. UN spokesperson Marie Okabe said Mr. Annan had already spoken by telephone to Lebanese Prime Minister Fuad Siniora and United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and had calls that he would be making to the Israeli and Syrian leaders. “So he’s very much working the phones… appealing for the release of the soldiers and for maximum restraint to be obeyed,” she told a news briefing. The Security Council was briefed on the situation by Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Jean-Marie Guéhenno.Speaking to the press afterwards, the Council President, French Ambassador Jean-Marc de La Sablière, said members agreed to follow the developments in Lebanon closely. “We will come back to it,” he said.Mr. Annan, who is currently in Rome, told reporters after meeting with Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi that both leaders felt extremely concerned by the situation in the Middle East.On Israel’s reported killing in a bombing raid of a family in Gaza, Ms. Okabe said Mr. Annan was “distressed,” deplored the action, and “reminds Israel of its obligation under international law to protect civilians from the effects of the conflict.”She added that the Secretary-General “calls on both sides to exercise greater restraint.” read more

  • CIBC expects moderation in new mortgages as new regulations take shape

    by David Friend, The Canadian Press Posted Aug 24, 2017 4:22 am MDT Last Updated Aug 24, 2017 at 1:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CIBC expects ‘moderation’ in new mortgages as new regulations take shape TORONTO – Soaring home prices have been a boon to mortgage businesses, but recent government efforts to cool the housing market could impact lenders if the economy falters, CIBC said Thursday.While Canada’s economy is pumping out jobs and growing at a steady pace, a potential shock could put borrowers at risk of foreclosure — particularly those who have overextended themselves to buy homes, said the bank’s chief risk officer.“If house prices do come off, we need our borrowers to continue to have their jobs to service their loans,” Laura Dottori-Attanasio told analysts during the bank’s third-quarter conference call.“But in the event we find ourselves taking on assets, we do have — and continue to have — a good buffer as it relates to that loan-to-value.”CIBC reassured analysts that its loan book, which sits at $197 billion, won’t turn into a problem. The bank took on $16 billion of new mortgages in the quarter, an increase of eight per cent over the same time last year, with more than half in Toronto and Vancouver’s overvalued markets.Dottori-Attanasio noted that both cities have lower delinquency rates over 90 days than the national average.The prospect of more Canadians missing debt payments has become a hot topic of discussion in the financial sector as Canada heads into an uncertain economic climate next year. Many economists are calling for slower economic growth next year, saying the nearly four per cent pace logged in the first quarter of this year is not sustainable.Moody’s Investor Service said in a report earlier this week that mortgage growth is driving record consumer debt levels, which reached $1.69 of debt for each dollar of disposable income as of March 31.Meanwhile, stricter regulations drafted by the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions last month could also put the brakes on loan portfolio growth by curbing mortgage demand considerably. An imposed “stress test” for all uninsured mortgages would make it harder to qualify.CIBC’s chief executive Victor Dodig acknowledged that higher interest rates and regulatory changes would lead to a “moderation” in new mortgages, but told analysts that the bank is not concerned about any imminent impact.Still, interest rate decisions by the Bank of Canada could add extra pressure, particularly when loans come up for renewal.CIBC agrees with widespread expectations that the central bank will likely raise the benchmark interest rate by 25 basis points before the end of the year, adding to a rate increase it made last month.Dodig suggested another prime rate hike of 50 basis points next year, barring any changes in U.S. trade policies that prove to be a “major barrier” to Canadian economic growth.CIBC (TSX:CM) became the second Canadian bank to boost its quarterly dividend, following RBC on Wednesday. An increase of three cents puts CIBC’s payment at $1.30 per share.The bank posted net income of $1.1 billion or $2.60 per common share, which was down from $3.61 per share a year earlier when it recorded a gain from selling its minority stake in American Century Investments.Adjusted earnings were $2.77 per share or $1.17 billion in the three months ended July 31, up from $1.07 billion a year ago, while revenue was steady at $4.1 billion.CIBC’s core retail and business banking unit in Canada grew net income by eight per cent to $719 million.But net income at its Canadian wealth management arm was down 73 per cent or $370 million from last year, when CIBC recognized a $383-million gain from the ACI transaction. Excluding the gain, net income rose 10 per cent to $136 million.At U.S. commercial banking and wealth management, the acquisition of PrivateBank helped boost adjusted earnings by 55 per cent to $44 million.The bank’s capital markets operation was the only major division to post declines in both net income and adjusted earnings, pulled down by weaker revenue.Canada’s other big banks are scheduled to release their results next week.Follow @dfriend on Twitter. read more

  • UN human rights office disappointed by ruling in DR Congo mass rape

    Briefing reporters in Geneva, OHCHR spokesperson Rupert Colville said the Office was disappointed in the ruling by the Operational Military Court in North Kivu against the members of the DRC armed forces (FARDC) who were accused of rapes and other crimes committed two years ago in and around Minova, a town in the vast country’s restive east.According to Mr. Colville, the Court condemned 26 FARDC members, including two for rape, one for murder and most of the rest on more “minor charges” such as looting and disobedience. Fourteen officers were acquitted, he said, adding the UN human rights workers on the ground were still carefully analyzing the judgment.But in light of what is known so far, he said “the judiciary has not met the expectations of the numerous victims of rape who had fully participated in the trial.” “The outcome of the trial confirms shortcomings in the administration of justice in the DRC,” as outlined in the recent report on progress and obstacles in the fight against impunity for sexual violence in the country issued by the UN Joint Human Rights Office in the DRC, he added.He said there is no possibility for appeal, per the Operational Military Court rules of procedure, in contradiction of international standards as well as the Congolese Constitution, both of which guaranteed the right to appeal.“The crimes perpetrated in Minova and its surroundings…were extremely serious and widespread,” said Mr. Colville, recalling that on 8 May 2013, OHCHR and the UN Mission in the country, known by its French acronym MONUSCO, issued a report on the incident, documenting 135 cases of sexual violence perpetrated by FARDC elements in and around the town of Minova as units had retreated from the front lines.The report, which details victim and eyewitness accounts of mass rape, killings, arbitrary executions and other gross violations of human rights, also cites M23 rebels for committing atrocities. Yet, it notes that the serious rights violations committed by FARDC soldiers, in particular, were “perpetrated in a systematic manner and with extreme violence” and may constitute international crimes under human rights law, as well as crimes under Congolese criminal law. “Those responsible for such crimes must know that they will be prosecuted,” UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said in a statement issued at the time, calling the sexual violence outlined in the report “horrifying” in scale and systematic nature.The joint investigation attributes poor discipline among soldiers and officers, as well as improper training and inadequate vetting mechanisms for what happened. The investigation also expresses serious concern about the failure of the Congolese army to protect civilians, which it says stems from a lack of vetting procedures which allowed former rebels to integrate into the national army without verification of the human rights records. read more

  • Oklahoma serves ultimate test before Big Ten slate

    Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) sets up to pass in the second quarter against Clemson in the Capital One Orange Bowl at SunLife Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla., on Thursday, Dec. 31, 2015. Clemson won, 37-17. (Al Diaz/Miami Herald/TNS)In the era of the College Football Playoff, teams with a relative shot at the national championship see the importance of making a statement early in the season. Coach Urban Meyer and the No. 3 Ohio State Buckeyes have that opportunity on Saturday at No. 14 Oklahoma.This meeting marks just the third time, and the first since 1983, that the Buckeyes will play the Sooners. In his fifth year as OSU’s coach, Meyer faces off against Bob Stoops in his 18th season with Oklahoma. The two met in the 2008 BCS National Championship.Two prolific quarterbacks — Tim Tebow and Sam Bradford — and two sublime coaches created an atmosphere for a college football game that is rarely seen. Meyer’s Florida Gators won that game for his second national title in three years.In 2016, the same scenario remains. Two Heisman-caliber quarterbacks, the same coaches. Saturday in Norman, Oklahoma, is a Herculean early-season showdown.In Week 1, Oklahoma played the Houston Cougars and former OSU offensive coordinator Tom Herman at NRG Stadium in Houston. By the final whistle, Oklahoma had an 0-1 record —  facing an uphill climb.OSU redshirt sophomore defensive end Sam Hubbard said he and the Buckeyes know they will face a determined team.“We feel like they have their backs against the wall,” Hubbard said. “They’re a big time program just like us and they’re not going to roll over cause we’re Ohio State. We really got to prepare because they’re just as motivated as us, if not more.”Hubbard went on to say that the practices this week were intense, focusing on exact details that could be the difference.“I think what Oklahoma does a real good job is they pull off the gas, they put on the gas,” said co-defensive coordinator Greg Schiano. “They control the tempo but it’s not consistent. We just need to be ready all the time for mach speed.” One of the team’s first tasks is containing redshirt junior quarterback Baker Mayfield. Finishing last season with 3,700 yards passing and 36 touchdowns, Mayfield is one of the favorites for the 2016 Heisman Trophy.Mayfield has the ability to create opportunities downfield by avoiding tacklers and scrambling outside of the pocket. Schiano said that he’s preparing for Mayfield the way he prepared for Hall-of-Fame quarterback Brett Favre when Schiano coached for the Chicago Bears.“I think what has occurred there over time is their offensive line and receivers know that he’s creative (when scrambling). They really work hard at finishing plays,” Schiano said. “We’re going to really have to maintain discipline in our pass rush lanes. Eye discipline is going to be key for our secondary.”Running backs Joe Mixon and Samaje Perine present a challenge for the OSU defense. The dynamic duo has totaled 246 yards rushing on 36 carries with three total touchdowns through two weeks. Hubbard and redshirt junior defensive end Tyquan Lewis lead a rather inexperienced group into one of college football’s crystal palaces in the Gaylord Family Oklahoma Stadium.On the offensive side, Saturday’s gargantuan contest serves as an opportunity for redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett and the offense to get back on track.Against Tulsa in Week 2, the offense fed off the momentum harnessed by the defense’s two first-half touchdowns. The Buckeyes had 151 first-half total yards. Senior H-back Dontre Wilson said he doesn’t expect another slow start in Week 3.“I know we have to establish the running game,” Wilson said. “Once the running game pops, then we can start throwing the ball.”Barrett is similar to Mayfield in style, but might have the advantage in the passing game. The Sooners’ defense has allowed an average of 296.5 yards passing in 2016.The OSU receiving corps continues to be a mystery as to who who will be the main target for Barrett, but wide receivers coach Zach Smith remains confident.“This is what we do all year round,” Smith said. “They’ll come in ready. They’re not going to come in overwhelmed. We’ve built up to this moment.”OSU asserting itself on all levels against a nationally recognizable opponent will firmly place Meyer’s team as a national contender. Improving to 3-0 leading into the nine-game Big Ten slate would be an indicator to Meyer that his young team has matured to a level he has desired since the beginning of fall camp.“This is going to be one of those prized fights,” Meyer said. “It’s going to be a big one.” read more

  • Queen spotted driving on her Sandringham estate with her seatbelt on

    The Queen learned to drive in 1945 and does not need a licence, as she is immune from civil and criminal proceedings.Buckingham Palace insisted the monarch was careful to ensure she privately complied with the law.  Wood Farm near Sandringham,Norfolk,where where Prince Philip is now recovering after Thursday's crash Wood Farm near Sandringham,Norfolk,where where Prince Philip is now recovering after Thursday’s crashCredit:Geoff Robinson New aerial pictures taken today show Wood Farm on the Sandringham estate in Norfolk where Prince Philip is now recovering after Thursday’s crash, which happened near the Sandringham estate.Photos reveal the cottage is in a secluded corner of the Royal estate, surrounded by fields and trees.The Duke of Edinburgh has been living at Wood Farm since his retirement and is now recuperating there. The cottage is in a quiet and idyllic setting, next to the Royal Stud and offers him room to recover in complete peace and quiet. The Queen has been seen driving close to Sandringham with her seat belt fastened two days after Prince Philip’s car crash.The 92-year-old monarch was driving her Range Rover towards nearby Kings Avenue, and was followed by another car.She was joined by a lady in the front seat and two men in the back of the car, seen just after midday.On Thursday, the Duke of Edinburgh crashed his Land Rover on the A149 close to Sandringham.Prince Philip, 97, collided with a Kia, leaving two women briefly hospitalised with minor injuries.A 28-year-old and her 9-month old son, along with a 45-year-old woman were in the car during the accident.Both were discharged from hospital, with the older woman suffering a broken wrist.It is understood that the Prince phoned the women to check on their condition after the crash. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

  • Greek economy fear

    first_imgGreece’s high-stakes presidential election went into a second round on Thursday morning (eastern Australian time) after parliament failed to pick a head of state in a first ballot, fuelling concerns about the future of fiscal reforms.The coalition government of Prime Minister Antonis Samaras failed to muster the required 200 out of 300 MPs to elect its nominee, former EU Environment Commissioner Stavros Dimas, meaning a second vote will be held on December 23.The looming political stalemate has alarmed international markets, pushing up the yield of Greek bonds and prompting EU Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker to recently warn the nation against delivering the “wrong” election result.“We have two more votes. I am hopeful that a president will be elected,” the premier said in reaction to the result.“The country is facing difficult conditions and I am certain that MPs realise that the country should not face an adventure,” Samaras said.The official count showed a total of just 160 deputies voted for Dimas, nearly all of them from the government majority, which has 155 MPs.Should a third and final round be required on December 29, Dimas would need just 180 votes for the post — but a third failure will bring early elections.“Clearly this result means early elections,” said Panos Kammenos, leader of the small nationalist Independent Greeks party.The government brought forward the election from February, when it will be locked in delicate negotiations with the cash-starved country’s creditors, the European Union and the International Monetary Fund.But the gamble to stave off uncertainty during those talks may well backfire, given the government’s slender 155-seat majority in the chamber – and the rise of the opposition radical leftist party SYRIZA, which wants to end a four-year austerity drive and re-negotiate Greece’s bailout.SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras on Wednesday said a “fear campaign” by the government had collapsed, and that voters would soon have their say. “Very soon our people will take centre stage in developments,” Tsipras told reporters.Analysts said the government had hoped to pick up half a dozen opposition deputies tonight, and a few more next week, before the deciding vote on December 29. But a number of deputies it had counted on either voted the opposite way, or did not attend the session at all.Conservative premier Samaras said just hours before lawmakers were due to vote that rejecting his presidential nominee could prove “fatal to the European development of the country”.Any snap elections would happen at a time when SYRIZA is leading opinion polls, and could therefore roll back years of painful reforms forced through by the government in exchange for bailouts worth 240 billion euros ($300 billion).Samaras’ gamble has sent shockwaves through the markets, with stocks in Athens last week losing more than a fifth of their value over four trading days. They edged up on Wednesday and closed with a 3.33 per cent gain.The vote will be closely followed across Europe, where the fate of Greece, and its place in the eurozone, is not secure.SYRIZA pledges to raise salaries and pensions, halt layoffs and freeze privatisation of state assets – all of them key elements of reforms demanded by Greece’s creditors.“Given plans (by SYRIZA) to cut taxes and reverse some of the recent cuts in government spending, it seems likely that markets will remain nervous about the threat of another debt restructuring and perhaps even the possibility of a Greek euro exit at some point in the future,” Capital Economics said in a note.ING bank analysts said “today we have the beginnings of what could be a Greek tragedy”, while IG analyst Stan Shamu said “the first round of voting in Greece … always has the potential to cause some volatility”.Bank of Greece chief Yannis Stournaras warned Monday that “the crisis of the last few days is now taking on a serious dimension”.A change in government could lead to market volatility that could pose a “great danger of irreparable damage to the Greek economy”, Stournaras said.Thibault Mercier, an analyst at BNP Paribas, said however that Greece’s budgetary situation was better now than at the height of the Greek debt crisis in 2012.European Economic Affairs Commissioner Pierre Moscovici, on a visit to Athens on the eve of the vote, also argued the situation had improved since 2012. “Greece’s place is in Europe. That place is not threatened like it was in the past,” he said. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

  • Hear why benefits must suit employers internal culture

    first_imgEmployee benefits must be adapted to suit an organisation’s internal culture and its workforce in order to boost engagement, according to Dr Neil Lancaster (pictured), people and social responsibility director at Gamestec Leisure.   He will discuss this and other cost-effective strategies for boosting staff engagement at Employee Benefits Live 2015 on 21 September.Lancaster believes that employers must strike the balance between ensuring benefits suit an organisation’s budget as well as its needs. He said: “Employee benefits need to be culturally fitting to the organisation and what [it] can afford.“There is no point in breaking the bank to provide something that won’t give [employers] much value back from staff.”Employers must also recognise the difference between attracting and retaining staff and actively engaging them, said Lancaster. “Attracting and retaining employees is pretty much the same for all businesses, but engagement is different and relies on what the organisation itself is like.”He added that integrating benefits to create a single employee benefits package is at the heart of Gamestec Leisure’s strategy for its 650 staff. Lancaster said: “Integration of benefits allows you to be seen as a good employer so you need to consider how any new benefits will fit in with the rest of the [package] and what you’re trying to achieve.”Speaking alongside Lancaster will be Jamie Ryan, director at Millers Oils.Employee Benefits Live 2015 will take place at Olympia National, London, on 21-22 September.View the full conference programme and register to attend.last_img read more

  • Government publishes Parental Bereavement Pay and Leave Bill

    first_imgThe Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has published details of proposed legislation which would entitle working parents to paid leave following the death of a child.The Parental Bereavement (Pay and Leave) Bill, which was introduced by Member of Parliament Kevin Hollinrake, proposes that employed parents who lose a child under the age of 18 have the right to two weeks’ paid leave to grieve the loss of their child away from the workplace.Employees with a minimum of 26 weeks’ continuous service would also be eligible for statutory parental bereavement pay, which is predicted to deliver payments between £1.3 million and £2 million annually. Small employers will be able to recover all statutory parental bereavement leave pay, and larger employers will be able to reclaim most of it.Details of the bill have been published in Parliament ahead of the Bill’s second reading on 20 October. It is hoped the bill will formally become law in 2020.Currently, there is no legal requirement for employers to provide paid time off for grieving parents.Hollinrake said: “Sadly I have had constituents who have gone through this dreadful experience and while some parents prefer to carry on working, others need time off. This new law will give employed parents a legal right to two weeks’ paid leave, giving them that all-important time and space away from work to grieve at such a desperately sad time.”Margot James, business minister, added: “We want parents to feel properly supported by their employer when they go through the deeply distressing ordeal of losing a child. That’s why government is backing this bill, which goes significantly further than most other countries in providing this kind of workplace right for employees.”last_img read more

  • The Audio Technica ATHSR5 headphone will delight listeners craving a detailed sound

    first_img The Audiophiliac I like Audio Technica headphones — I always have — but I’ve gravitated to their more affordable models, not the high-end ‘phones. Take this one, the ATH-SR5: it runs $119 ($70 and up on Amazon) in the US, £99 in the UK, and AU$129 in Australia. It’s a sweetheart of a headphone.Audio Technica ATH-SR5 headphones Audio Technica The sound is surprisingly neutral, the bass isn’t bloated, and the highs are extended. No, the ATH-SR5 plays it straight down the middle, just tells it like it is.This headphone is available in three colors: black, white and navy/brown. The ATH-SR5 weighs a mere 5.8 ounces (165 grams), sports 45mm drivers and a 45 ohm rated impedance. The headphone comes with a detachable 4-foot (1.2 meter) smartphone cable with in-line mic and controls, and there’s a soft carry pouch for the headphones. They fold flat for easy storage. In the US, the ATH-SR5 is backed up with a two-year warranty. Comfort is good, not great, but these headphones will stay put on your head. I found the head-clamping pressure a wee bit too much after an hour or so, and wearing glasses with these ‘phones only made the comfort issues worse. The pleather covered ear pads are soft enough, just remember that everybody’s head and ear sizes and shapes differ so you might find them more comfy than I did. The only way to know for sure is to try them on yourself.Isolation from external noise is average for on-ear headphones, which is to say, not much; the ATH-SR5 won’t do a thing to keep noise at bay. Which brings us back to sound quality, the ATH SR5’s designers went for a neutral tonal balance, which is fine, but they probably won’t please buyers who prefer a warm and sweet sound. Bass power and definition on the Glass Animals’ nicely recorded Zaba synth-pop album were very impressive. Stereo imaging for an on-ear headphone was nice and spacious. Acoustic jazz benefited from the ATH-SR5’s transparency and detail. The sound is vivid and alive, but the highs can sound overly crisp at times. Summing up, the Audio Technica ATH-SR5 featherweight design sounds clear, but it has some comfort issues, and the accentuated highs might be too aggressive for some listeners. See it on Amazon Share your voice Tags Comment 1 Headphones Audiolast_img read more

  • MI vs KXIP Rs 12 lakh fine After loss in Mohali further

    first_imgIt has not been an entirely great start to the season for Mumbai Indians. They have won just a solitary match out of the three they have played in and while their batting and bowling combinations certainly need tweaking, there is further trouble for skipper Rohit Sharma.The captain was fined Rs 12 lakh after his team maintained a slow over-rate during their IPL match against Kings XI Punjab in Mohali. “As it was his team’s first offence of the season under the IPL’s Code of Conduct relating to minimum over-rate offences, Sharma was fined Rs 12 lakh,” the IPL said in a media release.Mumbai were not sharp in the field Rohit SharmaIANSMumbai Indians were not very sharp on the field against Kings XI Punjab and their gun bowlers Malinga and Bumrah could not repeat the heroics. Bowling coach Shane Bond summed up the performance – “In terms of bowling performance, not too many positives to be fair.”It was not a very fluent innings by KL Rahul, who was ugly right through the innings and Mumbai could not get rid of him early in the piece, he dug deep and eventually pressed on the accelerator towards the end as Punjab literally strolled towards a win. Chris Gayle and KL RahulIANS”We bowled too much width, too full and KL Rahul took his time and they batted around him. We know how Chris was going to play: he would try to see off Bumrah and Malinga and then he’d go after our spinners. We tried to delay it for as long as we can,” Bond explained after the match.However, despite Rahul carrying his bat right through the innings, it was Mayank Agarwal who played the decisive innings and walked away with the man of the match award. Bond was candid in conceding that the plans against Mayank were not accurate and it could have been better.”Mayank Agarwal played beautifully. We weren’t accurate enough to him and he took the game away from us at a point where they required 10-11 runs an over required and he dragged it back to eight an over and we struggled to get back the momentum,” he added.It is a familiar position for Mumbai, a very mediocre start, plenty of questions to be asked, their middle order is not getting the job done and the bowling is hugely dependent on Bumrah. For Rohit and the management, things resolved to be sooner rather than later if they aim to qualify for the playoffs.last_img read more

  • Suu Kyi loyalist to replace Myanmars president

    first_imgMyanmar`s outgoing president Htin Kyaw meets Japan`s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Japan. ReutersMyanmar’s civilian president Htin Kyaw resigned due to ill health on Wednesday and is expected to be replaced by a close ally of de-facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi, a move unlikely to affect power in a country where the army remains influential.Htin Kyaw’s office said he was retiring “in order to take rest from the current duties and responsibilities”. Win Myint, a Suu Kyi loyalist who has served as the speaker of the lower house, was likely to replace him, said NLD spokesman Aung Shin.Win Myint has had a tight grip on the parliament and his critics accuse him of stifling democratic debate, including from within the caucus of Suu Kyi’s ruling National League for Democracy (NLD) party. He resigned from that post on Wednesday.“He is loyal and has been a member of the NLD since the party was founded,” said Aung Shin, who lauded Win Myint’s performance as the lower house speaker and said he has “worked very well with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi during the whole period”.Suu Kyi is known for keeping her cards close to her chest and operating only with a very narrow group of trusted acolytes. Local media, citing confidential sources, have also reported Win Myint has been tipped to become the next president.Analysts said the move was forced by the 71-year-old Htin Kyaw’s deteriorating health, and was unrelated to the crisis sparked by the brutal military crackdown that has pushed out hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims to neighbouring Bangladesh.Speculation over Htin Kyaw’s ill health mounted in recent months over his rapid and visible loss of weight.“The discussion about the replacement has been around for a while so this was well expected,” said Liu Yun, political analyst from China-based Han Yue Consultancy. “It should have a fairly limited impact on the political equation in Myanmar.”He said the role of the president “isn’t that influential as Suu Kyi makes the final call, so the impact will be limited.”InterregnumAccording to the country’s constitution, the more senior of two vice presidents will stand in as president until a new leader is elected by parliament within seven working days.“There’s no doubt as to what the outcome of this will be,” said Richard Horsey, a former United Nations official and Yangon-based analyst.“The NLD has a strong bloc and a supermajority so whoever is selected as the lower-house candidate will become the next president,” Horsey said.In the meantime, Myint Swe, who was the military’s appointment for vice-president, will stand in as the acting president.The president is the head of state and government in Myanmar, and under the constitution has far-reaching powers. However, Htin Kyaw’s role was more ceremonial because Suu Kyi has been Myanmar’s de facto leader since April 2016.A constitution drafted by the former junta bars Nobel Peace Prize laureate Suu Kyi from the top office and so she hand-picked Htin Kyaw, a close ally of hers, to become president following a historic landslide victory in 2015.The charter also reserves for the army one quarter of the seats in parliament and several major cabinet posts, including defense, interior and border affairs, giving it an effective veto over constitutional change and control of security affairs.One of the key questions facing Myanmar now, according to Horsey, is, “what will the acting president Myint Swe do during the interregnum because he has the power to do many things.”Horsey said that while Myint Swe will be the top executive for no more than a week, “it may worry some in the NLD that you have the military vice-president in charge of the country.”Yangon-based diplomats say the relationship between Suu Kyi and the military chief, Min Aung Hlaing, is marked by mistrust and lack of frequent, open communication, highlighting a risk even in the smallest changes to the leadership structure.Myint Swe is a retired general who headed the feared military intelligence agency under former junta leader Than Shwe. When Than Shwe ordered a crackdown on anti-junta protests led by Buddhist monks in 2007, known as the Saffron Revolution, Myint Swe was the head of special operations in Yangon.last_img

  • Columbia Records Names Shahendra Ohneswere Senior VP of Content Development

    first_img Popular on Variety Shahendra joined Roc Nation in 2010 as Managing Editor of its Life + Times “digital experience” and in 2014 was named VP of Creative Marketing for the company.  During his tenure, he was responsible for the launch and curation of Jay-Z’s Life + Times brand in addition to being one of the producers of the Made In America festival, among other projects. From 2007 to 2009 Shahendra was Senior Editor of Giant Magazine. His first job in the entertainment/lifestyle realm was Marketing Manager for Marc Ecko Enterprises. Columbia Records has named Shahendra Ohneswere Senior Vice President, Content Development, it was announced today by the label’s EVP/GM Joel Klaiman, to whom Shahendra reports. According to the announcement, in this newly created position Shahendra will be working closely with all departments to create multi-platform content strategies across Columbia’s artist, label and creative brand partnerships.“Shahendra’s innovative track record of creating original assets makes him a great addition to the Columbia team,” Klaiman said.  “He’ll help develop cutting-edge content to enhance fan-engagement and our artists’ exposure.”“I’m honored to take on this new venture at Columbia Records,” stated Shahendra.  “Ron Perry and Joel Klaiman are shepherding an exciting new era at the label.  I look forward to working with the team to develop content that can move the culture and inspire fans to immerse themselves in experiences fostered by the Columbia artists they love.”center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

  • This Extreme Electric Skateboard Can Go an Insane 45 MPH

    first_imgStay on target New Game Features Adorable ‘Skatebird’ Following in Tony Hawk’s FootstepsBungled Lobster, Skateboard, DNA Emoji Fixed Ahead of Release As electric skateboards take off among urban riders, one company is taking e-skateboarding into pretty crazy (off-road) territory. Australia-based company BajaBoard has unveiled its newest product and it has a monster top speed of 45 mph (72 km/h).Dubbed the “Pantera,” this extreme off-road electric skateboard has four 3.5-kilowatt motors, a 10S, a massive 1.1 kWh battery pack with a range of 28 miles, and four 110-amp motor controllers.In its website, Bajaboard makes its clear: this is not an electric skateboard for beginners.AdChoices广告“We thought ‘if we put all cost considerations aside, how much power can we stuff into a little box?’,” BajaBoard CEO George Li told New Atlas. “It was more of a technical demonstration than anything else, but we thought we’d make it into something that’s available for a very niche consumer. Obviously, it’s for private property and not public roads.”The top speed is so staggering, even BajaBoard’s test riders haven’t reached it yet.“We don’t have the cojones to go that fast,” Li said. “We’re still looking for an open patch of airfield or something to runs some tests. We’ve done acceleration tests and all that kind of thing. I think we’ve only been pulling about 70-80 percent.”Photo Credit: BajaboardEven with the blistering (and dangerous) top speed, the Pantera won’t be breaking the Guinness World Record. The record actually belongs to Nextboard, which clocked an official speed of 59.55 mph through a speed trap on a runway, with test rider Mischo Erban on board wearing motorcycle gear and a set of sneakers, New Atlas reported.The Pantera features black anodized alloy rims and alloy controller, and comes with custom headlights and tail lights. It weighs 57 pounds.There’s no official word yet on the price of this beast, but Li told New Atlas the price will be “around what a mid to high end mountain bike costs.”More on Geek.com:$150,000 Hoverbike Is Now Available for PreordersYou Can Now Preorder Harley-Davidson Electric MotorcycleWatch: Passengers Freak Out Over Tesla Roadster’s Record-Setting Accelerationlast_img read more