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Amarinder for open access to more gurdwaras across border

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first_imgPunjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Tuesday said he would take up with Prime Minister Narendra Modi the issue of persuading Pakistan to grant Indian devotees open access to more historic gurdwaras across the border.Expressing his gratitude to Mr. Modi and Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan for helping realise the Sikh community’s dream of visiting the Kartarpur Gurdwara, Capt. Amarinder hoped this would be followed by more such gurdwaras in Pakistan, such as Panja Sahib and Nankana Sahib, being opened to Indian devotees.He said he would personally take up the matter with Mr. Modi and urge him to raise the issue with Mr. Khan.Capt. Amarinder acknowledged the support given by the Union government in making the historic celebrations a success and expressed happiness at the participation of people from different political parties, as a tribute to the first Sikh guru.President present President Ram Nath Kovind, who attended the celebrations, said Guru Nanak Dev tried to free people from caste and creed and ritualism by teaching them lessons of equality, brotherhood, kindness and morality. “True followers of Guru Nanak Dev Ji work for the welfare of all, live in harmony and do their job with diligence and honesty,” he said. Mr. Kovind paid obeisance at Gurdwara Ber Sahib and then went to the stage set up by the Punjab government for the celebrations. Later, he went to the other stage (pandal) set up by the Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee.Two stagesHowever, the setting up of separate stages for the celebrations didn’t go down well with the pilgrims, many of whom felt that the Guru’s message of ‘oneness’ was unheeded by political parties.Forty-five-year old Baljinder Singh from Patiala, who had come to the holy town for the first time, said that he was peeved at the two stages. “They [SGPC and the State government] should have joined hands and set up only one stage. Guru Nanak Dev Ji’s idea and message of ‘oneness’ has been disregarded by them,” he said.“I’ll pay obeisance at the gurdwara and return. I’ll not go any of these stages,” he added.A group of youngsters from Jalalabad in Fazilka expressed similar sentiments. “How will they [political parties] preach the message of the Guru, when they seem to be involved in their advertising through there stages and events?” said 32-year-old Daljeet Singh.Seventy-five-year-old Darshan Singh from Amritsar said: “Such division is not good for humanity. The message of unification and integration should have been sent, instead an opposite message has been conveyed.”Guru Nanak Dev had spent 14 years of his early life in Sultanpur Lodhi.last_img read more

Lionel Messi penalty helps under-par Barcelona beat Real Valladolid

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first_imgLionel Messi scored one penalty and missed another as Barcelona beat Real Valladolid 1-0 on Saturday to open up a seven-point lead at the top of La Liga.The Catalans played far below their vibrant best but were not troubled by the visitors at the Nou Camp as they ended a run of three consecutive draws in all competitions.Ousmane Dembele was handed his first start after injury, and loan signing Kevin-Prince Boateng featured for only the second time since joining in January as coach Ernesto Valverde started with Luis Suarez on the bench ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League clash at Olympique Lyonnais.Barcelona struggled to create chances against a tight Valladolid defence, only breaking the deadlock when Messi converted a penalty won by Gerard Pique just before half-time for his 22nd league goal of the season.Messi almost scored his second early in the second half but former Barcelona goalkeeper Jordi Masip pulled off a breathtaking stop to deny La Liga’s top scorer from close range.The Argentine had another chance from the penalty spot in the final stages after substitute Philippe Coutinho was fouled but Masip made another impressive save to deny him.”We didn’t move the ball as quickly as we needed to,” said Valverde. “We lacked fluidity in the first half, we had it in the second. We were more ourselves.”We had six chances but we know that everything is looked at through the result.”At times it seemed like Barcelona’s minds were already drifting towards the return of the Champions League, with only Pique performing particularly well on his 300th La Liga appearance for the club.advertisementThe defender’s charge upfield led to Barcelona’s penalty in the first half and another similar drive forward got fans out of their seats after the break.”We weren’t the Barca we wanted to be today,” said Pique.”For Tuesday we have to be better or it will go badly for us. If we don’t move the ball quickly, dominate possession and create chances we become a weaker team.”Messi, who has been suffering some discomfort in his thigh, looked fitter than he did last weekend when Barca drew 0-0 with Athletic Bilbao yet he gave the ball away on numerous occasions.Valladolid, however, have the least potent attack in La Liga, having scored just 19 goals all season and rarely troubled Barca keeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen.Only Masip prevented Messi from adding to his tally and the goalkeeper completed an impressive homecoming display with a fine save from substitute Suarez at the end.Also Watch:last_img read more

AUTHORITIES IDENTIFY LE MARS ACCIDENT FATALITY

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first_imgPLYMOUTH COUNTY AUTHORITIES HAVE IDENTIFIED THE VICTIM OF A FATAL TRAFFIC ACCIDENT THAT HAPPENED JUST NORTH OF LE MARS ON WEDNESDAY.THE COUNTY SHERIFF SAYS 76-YEAR-OLD DOUGLAS CLAY OF LE MARS DIED WHEN HE SUFFERED A MEDICAL CONDITION AND HIS VEHICLE LEFT THE ROAD AND STRUCK A TREE ON LELAND DRIVE.CLAY WAS TAKEN TO FLOYD VALLEY HOSPITAL WHERE HE WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD.LE MARS POLICE, FIRE AND AMBULANCE ASSISTED THE SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT AT THE SCENE.last_img

Lima Sopoaga snatches thrilling late win for Wasps over Newcastle

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first_imgNewcastle Controversial Leicester red card spoils eight-try classic as Wasps prevail Share on Messenger Share on Pinterest match reports Premiership Share via Email Share on WhatsApp Rugby union A late Lima Sopoaga penalty snatched a 23-22 victory for Wasps at Kingston Park. The Falcons led 15-13 at half time and then 22-13 when Johnny Williams grabbed his second try, but a scorching 60th-minute score from Juan de Jongh converted by Sopoaga made it 22-20 and the Wasps fly-half then landed a crucial 45-metre penalty with eight minutes left for Wasps to clinch the points.In a climactic finish Newcastle ran the ball back out when Sopoaga missed another 45-metre shot with 59 seconds on the clock and they went through 20 phases and six minutes of overtime before their brave attempt to save the game foundered.Simon Hammersley, Toby Flood and Vereniki Goneva all made early breaks and it needed a very good tackle from Sopoaga to halt the Falcons full-back but Wasps got on scoreboard first with a 13th-minute try. Support The Guardian Read more Sopoaga missed a long-range penalty but his clever kick through set up a try for Josh Bassett which the referee, Karl Dickson, initially ruled out but then awarded after he checked with the TMO, Sean Davey.It looked as if Hammersley’s tackle had driven Bassett over the dead ball line but replays showed the winger had got the ball down in time to make it 5-0, Sopoaga missing the conversion.Newcastle hit back five minutes later with Sinoti Sinoti pinballing off defenders from Hammersley’s pass before finding Mark Wilson and the England forward rumbled in for his fourth try of the season.Flood tried a quick drop-goal attempt for the conversion – he missed it – which indicated there may have been some doubt about the 18th-minute try.Sopoaga did the same when Michael le Bourgeois appeared to have scored in the 23rd minute under the posts but Dickson stepped in, asked for the TMO who ruled there had been a knock-on and Wasps had to be satisfied with a penalty from Sopoaga for offside. Davey was called on again on the half-hour when Newcastle went to the corner three times with penalties and Johnny Williams eventually forced his way over.On review Davey awarded the try and Flood converted and then kicked a 36th-minute penalty for offside to make it 15-8, but Newcastle comprehensively failed to handle the restart, Wasps camping on the Falcons line, and from the resulting scrum Sopoaga threw an outrageous one-handed overhead pass for Marcus Watson to score in the corner against his former club to make it 15-13 at the break.center_img Wasps A massive run from Gary Graham was carried on by Sinoti who was hauled down close to the line and Williams snapped it up to go in – again after the TMO was called in – and Flood converted for 22-13 in the 47th minute.It seemed Tom Penny had scored after Adam Brocklebank broke through and Goneva’s inside pass led to a touchdown but the TMO was involved again and it showed Penny was in touch.It was something of a turning point with Wasps dominating the possession which followed and a couple of breathtaking moves had the Falcons scramble defence stretched and eventually broken when De Jongh scorched over and Sopoaga’s conversion made it 22-20 in the 60th minute.The Wasps fly-half then kicked the 72nd-minute penalty from 45 metres when Newcastle started offside to put his side ahead 23-22 and Wasps held on in a frantic finish. Topics Share on Facebook Since you’re here… Santiago Cordero: ‘England should worry. Argentina are getting better and better’ Share on LinkedIn Read more Share on Twitter … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Terrelle Pryor Thinks Ohio State Needs To Bring Back Jim Tressel

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first_imgJim Tressel watches the action during the BCS title game.NEW ORLEANS – JANUARY 07: Jim Tressel, head coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes walks the sidelines during the AllState BCS National Championship against the Louisiana State University Tigers on January 7, 2008 at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Ohio State head coach Ryan Day may have the confidence of the athletic department and his predecessor, Urban Meyer, but some remain unconvinced. Among them is former Buckeyes quarterback Terrelle Pryor, who gave his thoughts on who he would have preferred to replace Meyer.Speaking to TMZ Sports this past week, Pryor nominated former Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel as the man best-suited to replace Meyer.“We need to get Jim Tressel back,” Pryor tells TMZ Sports.Video of the interview, via TMZ:Tressel accumulated seven Big Ten conference titles and a national title during his ten years at Ohio State.He now serves as President of Youngstown State University, where he previously coached football from 1986 to 2000.It’s a potentially controversial opinion to be sure, especially considering the role Pryor had in the scandal that eventually forced Tressel to resign.Pryor was one of several players on the Ohio State football team that was suspended prior to the 2011 season for exchanging memorabilia for free tattoos.The NCAA accused Tressel of lying about his knowledge of the memorabilia exchange, and he resigned before the 2011 season.Following Tressel’s resignation, the NCAA vacated all of his wins from the 2010 season and imposed a brief bowl ban.[TMZ Sports]last_img read more

After the Storm: Which Caribbean Islands Should You Visit in 2018?

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first_img Deep Sleep: The World’s Most Incredible Underwater Hotel Rooms Most of the Caribbean has started to put the devastating 2017 hurricane season in its rear-view mirror. Still, many travelers are worried it might be too soon to head to the tropics for vacation. However, a good many islands are recovering faster than even they expected. Plus, the best way to help recovery efforts is to visit, spend money, and jump-start the economies again. With that in mind, here are five of the best Caribbean islands to visit in 2018.The British Virgin IslandsThe British Virgin Islands were hit hard during the 2017 hurricane season — in particular, Hurricanes Maria and Irma. ahowever, thanks to a considerable recovery effort from the island’s citizens and government, the BVI has made a remarkable recovery. Last month, the island even launched the dedicated Seeds of Love campaign to replant thousands of damaged and destroyed indigenous trees. As of this writing, many of its beaches, hotels, bars, and restaurants have fully reopened. Many popular annual events are also scheduled to return for May — including the BVI Dinghy Championships (5/19-5/21) and the Leverick Bay Poker Run (5/27) — and beyond.Puerto RicoFor Statesiders, Puerto Rico was in the news more than any other Caribbean destination. It’s not surprising, considering the island was hit extremely hard during last year’s hurricane season. However, tourism has bounced back remarkably well. San Juan was receiving leisure travelers as early as November of last year. The vast majority of hotels, beaches, and restaurants across the island — in popular tourist areas like Rincon, Mayaguez, Vieques, and Cabo Rojo — are open.JamaicaThe Caribbean’s darling, Jamaica, was barely affected by last year’s hurricanes. Its many boutique hotels, beachfront restaurants, and most popular attractions remain open. Even the annual Reggae Marathon, which ends on the sands of the beautiful seven-mile beach in Negril, went off as planned in December of last year just after the worst of the storms passed.U.S. Virgin IslandsAmong the U.S. Virgin Islands, St. Croix weathered the barrage of 2017 storms quite well. The majority of the island’s infrastructure has returned to normal, and tourists should feel confident to make a visit. Its sister islands — St. Thomas and St. John — didn’t fare so well, however. St. John alone lost more than 70 percent of its hotel rooms in a matter of weeks. The U.S. Department of Tourism maintains an updated list of the recovery status of hotels and resorts across all three islands. While the recovery efforts are slow-going, there’s more than enough to see and do for tourists visiting in 2018.Grand CaymanThe Cayman Islands, including Grand Cayman, escaped last year’s storm season relatively unscathed. This year is as good a time as any to see its most popular attractions including Stingray City, Starfish Point, and world-famous Seven Mile Beach. The deep-sea fishing expeditions and wildlife-spotting on Cayman Brac and Little Cayman respectively are as amazing as ever. 11 Best Gins for a Refreshing Gin and Tonic Getting to Know Rhum Agricole, Rum’s Grassy Sibling Editors’ Recommendations 11 Under-the-Radar Cities in Canada Worth Exploring All 21 Six Flags Parks in the U.S., Ranked last_img read more

Tiered Work Permit Fees Could Be Implemented

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first_imgThe Ministry of Labour and Social Security is currently exploring the possibility of implementing a tiered work permit fee structure, in a bid to streamline the issuance process. Making the disclosure during his contribution to the 2013/14 Sectoral Debate in the House on June 4, Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Derrick Kellier, said the proposed structure, along with a pre-approved point system, will help to make the issuance of work permits more efficient in various sectors, such as agriculture and telecommunications. [RELATED: Flexible Work Arrangements Will be a Reality – Minister Kellier] “This is being done in an effort to encourage local entrepreneurship and productive investments,” the Minister told the House. He further emphasised that these measures are being implemented to protect the Jamaican worker and to “prevent unscrupulous persons from compromising our work permit system.” Mr. Kellier noted that the process of issuing work permits is guided by an Inter- Ministerial Committee, which meets on a bi-weekly basis to review and make recommendations for approval. “This group provides invaluable expertise to the process of granting a work permit. The committee also conducts research into the needs of the market and assists in carrying out investigations to minimise the reported incidence of human trafficking,” he said. Contact: Alecia Smith-Edwardslast_img read more

Challenges for boys trapped in Thai cave is mental not physical Cdn

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first_imgThe challenges 12 boys and their soccer coach are facing as they make their way out of a flooded cave in Thailand are more mental than physical, Canadian cave divers and rescuers said Monday.The dangerous underwater rescues — considered a last resort — involve two divers accompanying each of the boys, none of whom had experience diving before they were found on July 2.The group had gone exploring in the massive Tham Luang Nang Non cave on June 23 after a soccer practice, and were cut off when a rainstorm flooded the cave.A massive international search operation was launched and it took 10 days to locate the boys, who had taken shelter on a dry slope deep in the complex.Typically people would learn to scuba dive before embarking on a more technically challenging cave dive like the one involved in the rescue effort, said Chris Foisey, a St. Catharines, Ont.-based scuba instructor with experience diving through underwater tunnels.But the boys have had experts on hand to navigate the tight passageways filled with muddy water and strong currents, with no light to guide the way.Foisey said the rescuers will be looking for signs including the direction the bubbles are travelling in order to figure out which way leads out of the cave and which leads farther in.So the challenge for the children lies in keeping in keeping calm while remembering the minutiae of a new skill, Foisey said.“For instance, if their mask was to leak, how to clear the mask properly without any sort of panic,” he said.The kids may also have been instructed in non-verbal ways to communicate while underwater using touch and light, he said. For instance, a squeeze of the arm could mean there’s an emergency, or a light moving in a circle could mean “OK.”Christian Stenner, a provincial co-ordinator for the Alberta/BC Cave Rescue Service, said making sure the kids understand what’s going on is key.“Any way we can help involve them in their own rescue is beneficial,” he said. “It gives them a bit of focus, a bit of ownership over the process.”And, Foisey said, the boys do have one thing going for them: “I’m sure these kids were very determined to get home.”-With files from The Associated Presslast_img read more

Russian President Putin challenges Washington in Venezuela power play

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first_imgMoscow: Russia emerged as a crucial power broker in the crisis in far-away Venezuela this week when Washington accused Moscow of convincing President Nicolas Maduro not to flee to Cuba. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Maduro had a plane on the tarmac ready to fly to Havana when “the Russians indicated that he should stay”. Moscow hit back, dismissing the claim as fake and accusing Washington of supporting a coup “that has nothing to do with democracy” by backing opposition leader Juan Guaido. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportMoscow has its reasons for standing behind Maduro — he’s a rare ally in Latin America and Russia has poured billions into the Venezuelan economy. But analysts say Russian President Vladimir Putin is also playing the long game, hoping to use Venezuela as leverage in his global tug-of-war with Washington. “Russia is seeking to translate its influence over Maduro — which is in fact not absolute — into an opportunity to have dialogue with the United States,” Tatyana Stanovaya, head of R.Politik, a Paris-based analysis firm, told AFP. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protests”Maduro is a bargaining chip.” Tensions in Venezuela have soared since Guaido declared himself acting president in January, claiming Maduro’s re-election last year was illegitimate. More than 50 countries led by the United States lined up behind the 35-year-old head of the National Assembly, but Russia and China have backed Maduro. Reeling from Western sanctions, Moscow has quickly sensed an opportunity, even if it meant locking horns with the United States in Latin America, Washington’s traditional sphere of influence. In a highly publicised move in March, Moscow sent two planes with around 100 soldiers and equipment to Caracas, where Russian mercenaries are also believed to be operating. Ties between Russia and the West plummeted over Moscow’s annexation of Crimea in 2014, its backing for separatists in eastern Ukraine and military support for President Bashar al-Assad in Syria. But the audacity with which the Kremlin inserted itself into the Venezuela crisis has drawn gasps in Washington. “Russia is making the next play in our hemisphere,” Frederick Kempe, president of the Atlantic Council, wrote last month. “Vladimir Putin may be laying the ground for making Venezuela the defining foreign policy debacle for President Trump in the same way Syria became that for the Obama administration.” Russia and Venezuela enjoy a long history of ties and Maduro’s predecessor Hugo Chavez, known for his passionate tirades against the United States, was a welcome guest at the Kremlin. After Chavez’s death in 2013 the relationship with a country that boasts the world’s largest proven oil reserves has continued to thrive. Russia is the second largest lender to Caracas after China, with Moscow heavily investing in Venezuela’s oil resources and Caracas acquiring Russian arms worth billions of dollars. However that also means, analysts say, that Russia has a lot to lose from a change in leadership. But what it stands to gain from a possible deal with Washington may be more important for the Kremlin.last_img read more

Wright State pulls away in 2nd half beats Cedarville 5839

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DAYTON, Ohio — Cole Gentry scored 15 points and Loudon Love had 11 points and 11 rebounds to lead Wright State to a 58-39 victory over NCCAA-member Cedarville on Tuesday night.Gentry made five 3-pointers and added five assists. Love was 4-of-11 shooting and blocked four shots. Mark Hughes added 14 points and Bill Wampler had 12 for Wright State (4-3).The Raiders shot just 32 per cent from the floor but made 10 3-pointers and outrebounded Cedarville 50-39. Skyelar Potter came off the bench and grabbed 12 rebounds.A 5-0 spurt to open the second half gave Cedarville a 30-27 lead. Hughes answered with a 3-pointer and a dunk to spark 17-0 run, and the Raiders led 44-30 with 12:37 remaining. Hughes added another 3-pointer and finished with eight points, and Gentry capped the stretch with a 3.Cedarville scored just 14 points in the second half and finished 12 of 52 (23 per cent) from the floor.The Associated Press read more

Prince Harrys popularity tested on Antigua visit as NotMyPrince trends in the

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first_imgBecause the Queen no longer undertakes long-haul travel, she asked Prince Harry to go in her place. The diplomatic importance of his mission will be drilled into him daily by Sir David Manning, his adviser on foreign affairs and the former ambassador to the US. He will never be more than a few paces away from the Prince throughout the trip.The Prince’s sea legs will be tested to the limit during the trip, as he will be ferried between islands and will sleep aboard the Royal Fleet Auxiliary Wave Knight, a tanker used for refuelling Royal Navy vessels in the area.In St Lucia there will be more cricket when the Prince joins another West Indian legend, Daren Sammy, for an exhibition match between teams competing on behalf of each man. Prince Harry arrives  Prince Harry arrives at V.C Bird International Airport Prince Harry has arrived in the West Indies to begin a two-week tour that is likely to be the biggest test yet of his ability to win over the public.He arrived in Antigua on a scheduled British Airways flight from Gatwick, inspecting an honour guard on the airport tarmac before attending a welcome reception hosted by the country’s Governor General, Sir Rodney Williams.Having left a wet and windy London behind, the Prince arrived to 30C heat and blistering sunshine at the height of the West Indian summer.The Prince, 32, will visit seven Commonwealth countries in the Caribbean, six of which are Commonwealth realms, with the Queen as head of state. Republican sentiments run strongly through some of the island nations, however, and the Prince could face protests against his visit. Credit:Chris Jackson/Getty Prince Harry (left) is greeted by the Governor General His Excellency Sir Rodney WilliamsCredit:Chris Radburn/PA Credit:Paul Edwards Instead of a president they will have to make do with an appearance by the “Queen of Barbados”, the singer Rihanna, at a concert attended by Prince Harry.The Not My Prince movement has even quoted the words of the Prince’s girlfriend Meghan Markle for its own ends. Miss Markle, who has a black mother and a white father, proudly talks about her ancestors who were slaves, and said in one interview: “You create the identity you want for yourself, just as my ancestors did when they were given their freedom.”There are, however, plenty of Prince Harry fans ready to give him a warm welcome. Ascot Michael, the country’s tourism minister, reminded the Prince that he and Prince William were brought to Barbuda by their mother Diana, Princess of Wales, for childhood holidays, saying: “We are truly pleased to welcome you back to a place of childhood memories, your home in the Caribbean.”The Prince will visit Barbuda later this week, but it is understood that his programme will not allow him time to visit the places where he stayed with his mother.Earlier in the evening the Prince made an unscheduled stop at Nelson’s Dockyard, a Unesco World Heritage Site in English Harbour, named after Admiral Lord Nelson, who was based there as a Royal Navy captain for four years in the 1780s.Local historian Dr Reginald Murphy told the Prince that Nelson hated the place, because half of all his sailors who arrived in Antigua died on the island from tropical diseases including malaria and yellow fever, and regarded it as a “hellhole”. It was where his great-aunt, Princess Margaret, spend two weeks of her honeymoon in 1960, but it had fallen into complete disrepair until a British businessman donated more than £2 million to rebuild it.On Sunday night the Prince officially re-opened the building that was built for the Duke of Clarence, the future William IV, when he was governor general of the island in the 18th century.He is in the Caribbean as the Queen’s personal representative, and he read a letter from his grandmother to the people of Antigua and Barbuda as the island nation celebrates the 35th anniversary of its independence.In it, she spoke of her “fond memories” of visiting the country in 1966, 1977 and 1985, and before he read the message the Prince congratulated his grandparents on reaching their 70th year of married life. Prince Harry is greeted by the Governor General His Excellency Sir Rodney Williams  Prince Harry on a visit to Nelson’s Dockyard in Antigua at the start of his 15-day tour of the CaribbeanCredit:Chris Radburn/PA Wire Credit:Chris Jackson Prince Harry is greeted by the Governor General His Excellency Sir Rodney Williams Credit:Chris Radburn /PA A social media campaign has been established under the hashtag #NotMyPrince, borrowing from the Not My President campaign against Donald Trump in the US, and Harry is aware of the potential for demonstrations.The campaign describes itself as an “anti-colonial welcoming committee for Prince Harry” which aims to “break the bonds of empire”.It is centred in Barbados, whose Prime Minister, Freundel Stuart, announced last year that the island would drop the monarchy and elect a president to coincide with the anniversary celebrations on November 30, but since then the plan has been quietly postponed, to the annoyance of many citizens. Prince Harry on a visit to Nelson's Dockyard in Antigua at the start of his 15-day tour of the Caribbean A spectacular welcome for Prince Harry in Antigua at the start of #RoyalVisitAntiguaBarbuda 🇦🇬 pic.twitter.com/iwdnzctkgU— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) November 20, 2016 Antigua and Barbuda has created a special cocktail in his honour, called, appropriately, The Prince’s Ginger, using the country’s English Harbour Rum, with ginger slices, lemon and pineapple juice.It was inspired by a liqueur created for King Edward VII in 1903 called The King’s Ginger, which the king liked to sip during morning carriage rides.On his first day on the tour, Prince Harry paid tribute to his grandmother the Queen on the day she and the Duke of Edinburgh celebrated their 69th wedding anniversary.The Prince visited Clarence House in English Harbour, Antigua, built for the same man as Clarence House in London, now the London residence of the Prince of Wales. Show more Sir Curtly, at 6ft 7ins tall, was one of the most deadly bowlers of the 1990s, while Sir Viv, the “Master Blaster”, scored 24 test centuries with the bat.The Prince, 32, will take to the crease at the Sir Vivian Richards stadium in Antigua as his two-week tour of the Caribbean gets into full swing.After the cricket, which will be at a sports festival to engage young people in cricket and other games, the Prince will switch into diplomatic mode as he attends a reception hosted by the Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, Gaston Browne.The day will set a familiar pattern for a tour that will be divided between the fun and the formal.Barbados and Guyana each invited the Queen to be the guest of honour at their respective 50th anniversary celebrations, while Antigua and Barbuda is celebrating the 35th anniversary of its independence. Prince Harry (left) is greeted by the Governor General His Excellency Sir Rodney Williams The Prince will travel with a staff of 10, comprising his private secretary Edward Lane Fox, Sir David Manning, four press officers, two programme co-ordinators, a visit support officer and an orderly, who will all travel with him aboard the Wave Knight.A Kensington Palace source said: “Prince Harry has been looking forward to this tour for many months. He was honoured when his grandmother The Queen asked him to represent her in these seven countries.“He has spent the last few weeks preparing for the dozens of engagements he will carry out and is ready to get started.”While this tour will necessarily have a more formal feel, he’s pleased that he’ll have plenty of opportunities to meet people from all walks of life. There should be plenty of fun along the way.” But the harbour provided such superb natural shelter for the Navy’s frigates that they could be stationed there all year round, even through the hurricane season, enabling Britain to dominate the region for decades.The dockyard is made up entirely of buildings dating from 1750 to 1850, making it a unique time capsule of Britain’s maritime heritage.Princess Margaret became patron of a fund to restore the dockyard in 1955, to which the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh were among the donors.Today it is one of the island’s main tourist attractions, and will be complemented by Clarence House, which overlooks the dockyard from a hillside.On Monday the Prince will have to dust off the cricket skills drummed into him by his games master at Eton as he takes on two West Indian cricket maestros, Sir Viv Richards and Sir Curtly Ambrose. Prince Harry in Antigua Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? 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NHS hot food suppliers claim safety concerns around frozen meals in wake

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Health Secretary Matt Hancock last month ordered a “root and branch” review of hospital food following the deaths. One idea believed to be supported by Mr Hancock involved hospitals hiring their own chefs to prepare food fresh on the sites.But apetito chief executive Paul Freeston said public perception of mass-produced frozen food was “outdated”, claiming it was safer than fresh food or meals made in hospital kitchens because it could be tested for bacteria before it was served. The biggest suppliers of hot food to the NHS have spoken out against campaigners demanding fresh meals in hospitals in the wake of the listeria outbreak, claiming safety concerns are a “myth”.Private catering firm apetito provide around a fifth of all hot meals served at hospitals in England, Scotland and Wales, which are prepared at one factory in Wiltshire before being shipped across the country.Every day, patients at around 430 hospitals, from Plymouth in Devon to Wick in northern Scotland, are served 46,000 reheated ready meals which were originally cooked in apetito’s mass-production kitchen and then stored in freezers.It is thought just over half of the NHS’s hot food is bought in from external suppliers as ready meals. But questions have been raised about the health service’s reliance on mass-produced food since a listeria outbreak in May, linked to pre-packed sandwiches and salads, killed five patients. 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. Show more Kath Dalmeny of the Campaign for Better Hospital Food, run by the charity Sustain, said half of hospitals still failed to comply with basic food standards.“The best hospitals prioritise fresh, healthy, sustainable and appetising meals, served in a compassionate way to help those with physical difficulties,” she said.   Unlike fresh food which must be eaten quickly, the frozen food is held in quarantine while samples from each batch are laboratory-tested for bacteria and allergens.Once results come back clear, meals are stored for an average of two months in a giant cold storage hangar by the M5 near Bristol, before being delivered. At hospitals, the meals are cooked directly from frozen in heated trolleys on each ward before being served.Mr Freeston said: “There’s a myth that food would be much better if it’s made in a hospital by a chef. But in a big hospital, the kitchen can be half a mile from some of the wards.”By the time the food has got to the ward it has deteriorated.“Our system is about keeping it frozen until the last possible minute and reheating it at the ward so it can be served to patients when it is at its best.”But food campaigners are sceptical about the use of reheated ready meals in hospitals.Rob Percival, of the Soil Association’s Food for Life programme, said: “Health Secretary Matt Hancock recently said that the best hospitals are those serving freshly prepared meals – and we agree.”Patients deserve real food, and we know that it’s possible.” read more

Acer reveals 48inch Android smartphone

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first_imgWith all the commotion surrounding Apple this week we sometimes forget that other manufactures are announcing their latest crop of handsets. Up until recently Acer were always regarded for their budget smartphones, their strange take on customizing the interface (some attempts more successful than others), but more importantly providing a lot of tech for your money.This – as of yet – unnamed handset seems to follow this trend, whilst we don’t have any clues on pricing, the spec alone has our mouths watering in anticipation for its April 2011 release date.AdChoices广告For a start the 4.8” screen boasts a resolution of 1024×480, though this comes in slightly smaller than the Dell Streak, the improved resolution should make for an even better picture (not to mention being vivid). There’s also a 2MP front-facing camera, 8MP rear camera (with LED flash), 720p video recording, a six-axis Gyroscope + accelerometer package, and LED edge lighting.In terms of processing power and connectivity options you have the latest Bluetooth 3.0 standard, 802.11n WiFi, HSDPA support, a 1GHz Snapdragon processor and an HDMI output – nice!Read more at Engadgetlast_img read more

Curiosity passe Noël sur Mars à explorer Yellowknife Bay

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first_imgCuriosity passe Noël sur Mars à explorer “Yellowknife Bay”Toujours sur Mars, le rover Curiosity a passé ces derniers jours à explorer une nouvelle région de Mars appelée “Yellowknife Bay”. Le but : collecter des informations pour choisir une roche à forer. Si toute la planète est actuellement en train de célébrer la fin de l’année, Curiosity lui poursuit son aventure martienne. Malgré la pause des vacances de Noël, le rover est ainsi loin de chômer, il explore même depuis mi-décembre, un tout nouveau site de Mars baptisé “Yellowknife Bay”. Ce terrain est différent de tout ce qu’a rencontré Curiosity depuis son arrivée en août et constitue l’un des trois types présents dans la région de Glenelg choisie par les équipes deux semaines après l’atterrissage.Le 11 décembre dernier, le rover a ainsi quitté le site qu’il explorait pour effectuer une descente d’environ un demi mètre et un déplacement de 14 mètres en direction de Yellowknife Bay. Puis le jour suivant, un déplacement de 26 mètres à amener le robot roulant en plein milieu du bassin. C’est là que les équipes ont déployé la MastCam et la ChemCam pour étudier les roches aux alentours. Quelques jours plus tard, Curiosity s’est ainsi approché de deux roches d’intérêt baptisée “Costello” et “Flaherty” afin qu’il puisse les examiner avec ses autres instruments : l’Alpha Particle X-Ray Spectrometer (APXS) et le Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI).Après avoir fini ces analyses, le rover s’est une nouvelle fois déplacé de 5,6 mètres pour s’enfoncer encore plus dans Yellowknife Bay. Une mini-promenade qui a porté à 677 mètres la distance parcourue par Curiosity depuis son arrivée. Si un autre déplacement était prévu au cours des derniers jours, l’explorateur martien ne bouge plus désormais : les équipes de la mission font une pause de Noël ! Celui-ci se contente donc d’étudier l’environnement martien dans la position où il se trouve actuellement et dans laquelle il restera jusqu’à la fin de l’année.À lire aussiBoisson, météorite et Facebook, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 5 septembreCe n’est qu’en 2013 que les choses sérieuses recommenceront quand les ingénieurs choisiront enfin la roche où Curiosity utilisera pour la toute première fois sa perceuse. L’outil servira à récupérer de la poudre au plus profond de la roche et ainsi d’en savoir plus sur la composition de cette dernière. (crédits : NASA/JPL-Caltech) Le 26 décembre 2012 à 12:20 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

July 4 gunshot into air hits man in arm

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first_imgA Vancouver man suffered a gunshot wound to his right forearm Friday night as he celebrated the Fourth of July holiday with friends at his home in the Orchards area, according to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.Logan Ostreim, 24, told deputies he was enjoying the fireworks displays going off throughout his neighborhood at about 11:30 p.m. when he felt a deep pain in his arm. He thought he had been struck by a firework, and his friends drove him to the emergency room at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center, according to a news release from the sheriff’s office.At the hospital, an X-ray revealed Ostreim had a bullet from a 9mm handgun lodged under his skin. It was surgically removed and Ostreim is expected to make a full recovery.“It appears that the round was a random shot fired by some irresponsible individual celebrating the holiday, which unfortunately struck Ostreim on the downward trajectory,” according to the news release.The sheriff’s office has no known suspects, and anyone with information about this case is asked to call Detective Joe Swenson at 360-397-2044.last_img read more

Boy reported missing from Bunche Park Elementary found safe

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first_imgMIAMI GARDENS, FLA. (WSVN) – A 4-year-old boy who had been reported missing from Bunche Park Elementary was found safe following what school district officials described as a case of mistaken identity.Miami Gardens Police announced Ja’sryah Bostic had gone missing from Bunche Park Elementary School, in Miami Gardens, just before 4 p.m. Monday.According to Bostic’s parents, when they showed up to the school to pick him up during dismissal at 1:50 p.m., he was not there.“She brings another boy out here, so I’m like, ‘That’s not my son,’” said Patrick Bostic, the boy’s father. “She’s like, ‘Are you sure?’ I said, ‘Ma’am, that’s not my son.”Patrick said he was told there was a mix-up, and his son had been taken to a day care provider when he wasn’t supposed to be.“Mix up kids, how do you do that on the first day of school?” he said. “That’s not right.”The after-care facility Ja’sryah was taken to is located at a community center in Opa-locka, about two miles way from Bunche Park Elementary. Opa-locka Police Chief James Dobson said a private company brought the story to the center but can’t provide any additional statements because the after-care is not associated with the city.The father said he did not know where his son was for nearly two hours.A Miami-Dade County Public Schools spokesperson confirmed the child was found safe soon after.7Skyforce hovered above the entrance to the school as father and son were reunited next to a police cruiser.Ja’sryah’s father said he was relieved and thrilled to have his son back.M-DCPS officials said the boy’s disappearance stemmed from a miscommunication on the school’s part. They released a statement that reads in part, “A thorough review of procedures is underway and, upon its conclusion, disciplinary actions toward employees may be taken if warranted.”Patrick said, while Bunche Park Elementary may be a good school, he’s concerned by the staff’s actions on the first day of classes. “This school is supposed to protect kids, period, and they’re not doing that,” he said.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Amazons voice assistant will get smarter These new Alexa Prize teams will

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first_img 1 Tags The Amazon Echo Dot wants to talk. Ben Fox Rubin/CNET Someday, you may ask Amazon’s Alexa about the weather in Miami and that query will quickly flourish into an extended conversation with the voice assistant about booking weekend getaways there.That kind of back-and-forth dialogue with any digital assistant isn’t possible today, except in limited settings, like asking for local movie times. But Amazon is working on this very big concept of chatting with a robot with the help of its Alexa Prize Socialbot Grand Challenge, a competition among colleges to build the best social bot.On Wednesday, the Alexa Prize unveiled its latest class of colleges for its third year of competition. The announcement coincided with the kick off of Amazon’s inaugural re:MARS science and tech conference in Las Vegas.Here are this year’s competing schools:Carnegie Mellon UniversityCzech Technical University in PragueEmory UniversityMoscow Institute of Physics and TechnologyStanford UniversityUniversity of California, DavisUniversity of California, IrvineUniversity of California, San DiegoUniversity of California, Santa CruzUniversity of Michigan”We are very early,” Rohit Prasad, the head scientist for Alexa’s artificial-intelligence team, said in an interview. “While there’s been progress over the past two years, I think we’re at least five to eight years away before we can meet the ultimate goal of having a real, coherent and engaging conversation for 20 minutes with any of these bots.”The Alexa Prize is part of Amazon’s broad mission of making its voice assistant smarter, more human-like and more conversational, so it can become more useful and engaging for its users. The benefits of creating a better digital assistant could be huge. It could allow Amazon to have a technology millions of customers rely on, helping it sell more smart speakers and products through voice shopping, while also helping it capture useful data about its users. But, Amazon isn’t alone in this pursue, with Google, Apple and Samsung all working on their own assistants.Also, with consumers focusing more on their data privacy, Alexa may face a less receptive audience in the future, no matter how clever it becomes.Prasad said the Alexa Prize is already paying dividends in a number of ways. First, the prize is helping familiarize and inspire the next generation of computer scientists and engineers with voice computing. Also, concepts from past years’ social bots have served as inspiration or mirrored some of the predictive and conversational elements Amazon has already introduced into Alexa.Lastly, the longer-form conversations customers have with Alexa as part of the competition have already helped Alexa get smarter. The assistant is typically fed short bits of dialogue that involve a request and an Alexa response. The Alexa Prize offers a useful way of training the artificial intelligence on more substantial conversation, Prasad said.To take part in the Alexa Prize, consumers can simply say, “Alexa, let’s chat,” to talk to a social bot. The newest group of social bots will become available in September.Prasad said the audio from these conversations is never shared with the competing schools and consumers are able to delete these chats if they want. Text transcripts are provided to the schools to help them improve their bots.Applications for this year’s competition came in from 15 countries. University of California, Davis, which was last year’s winner, was automatically allowed to enter this year’s competition without having to apply again.The selected schools will receive research grants from Amazon, Alexa team support and Alexa-enabled devices to complete their work. Last year’s winner received $500,000. Czech Technical University in Prague, another repeat entrant this year, received a second-place prize of $100,000 last year. Alexa Amazon Voice recognition Comment Share your voice Smart Homelast_img read more

Priyankas arrest unconstitutional let democracy not turn

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first_imgNEW DELHI: Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi’s husband Robert Vadra Friday lashed out at the Uttar Pradesh government for detaining his wife, saying the dispensation should immediately release her and not let democracy turn into dictatorship. The Congress general secretary in-charge of Uttar Pradesh East was on Friday detained and stopped from going to Sonbhadra, where 10 people were gunned down this week. Also Read – CBI carrying out surprise checks at 150 government departments Advertise With Us Gandhi was taken to a guesthouse after she squatted on the road, insisting that she be allowed to proceed, UP Police officials said. “The way my wife and Congress leader, Priyanka, has been arrested, is completely unconstitutional. No documents were produced for the arrest,” Vadra tweeted. This is a complete abuse of law in every respect, he alleged. Also Read – Ratul Puri’s ED custody extended by 4 more days Advertise With Us “Is it a crime to visit the family of the deceased?” Vadra said. Does this government want to suppress every voice that sides with the truth, he wondered. “The state government should immediately release her and let democracy be a democracy and not a dictatorship,” he added. The Sonbhadra shootout acquired a sharp political edge with Congress leaders, including former party president Rahul Gandhi, alleging Priyanka Gandhi Vadra was “illegally” arrested and the Uttar Pradesh government was attempting to crush democracy, while the local police maintained that she was just detained in Narainpur in the state’s Mirzapur district. Ten people were killed and 18 injured in the clash between supporters of the village head and Gond tribals over a piece of land in Sonbhadra’s Ghorawal area on Wednesday.last_img read more

Apple Could Start Making AR Glasses as Early as This Year

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first_imgApple still hasn’t shared any details about its plans for augmented reality (AR) hardware, but we may not have to wait much longer: Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has had a very good track record when it comes to predicting the company’s roadmap, expects Apple to start manufacturing AR glasses as early as Q4 of this year.The iPhone maker may ramp up the production of the glasses by Q2 of next year, according to Kuo. 9to5Mac was first to report on Kuo’s note Friday; Apple didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.Kuo expects Apple’s AR glasses to be powered by the iPhone, which could bring down the price of the device while also doing away with the need to connect them to a PC.Standalone AR glasses still come with a premium price tag: Microsoft’s newly-introduced Hololens 2 costs a whopping $3500, whereas Magic Leap is charging developers $2295 for its Magic Leap One headset. Popular on Variety The now-reported timing for Apple’s AR hardware matches previous reports about the project. CNet reported a year ago that the company was looking to combine augmented and virtual reality in one device, and that it was looking to sell the device as early as 2020.Apple reportedly has a team of several hundred working on the project, but had a significant departure earlier this year: Last month, Variety was first to report that AR/VR pioneer and Hololens co-inventor Avi Bar-Zeev left the company in January.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

Game engine used for ThiefSystem Shock 2 found with Dreamcast dev kit

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first_imgIf you asked me which is my favorite all time video game, my number one would be Thief II. So it’s with more than a little excitement that I report the source code for the Dark Engine, used to create Thief, Thief II, and System Shock 2, has been found.Developer Looking Glass Studios shut down in 2000, and even though the Thief franchise continued, the original two games are still seen as the best (in my view, anyway). We all thought the source to the original games had disappeared with the studio, but that’s clearly not the case.The source code for the engine was found as part of a Dreamcast development kit purchased some four years ago. The actual CD with the engine on wasn’t located in the bag the devkit came in until last week. The hard drive was also full of Looking Glass game projects, but the guy who bought the kit didn’t have the right adaptor so couldn’t use it.The Through the Looking Glass community site has always been behind getting the source code and using it for good. By good we mean updating the games and producing yet more gameplay, better graphics, and mods, someof which they have already achieved with fan missions. Now they may be able to what they want without needing anything from the company who owns all the rights to Looking Glass projects: Eidos.While the source code on the disc isn’t perfect, and Eidos may decide to take action against anyone using it, the community is at least a lot closer to getting what they require: full access to the original games. As an added bonus the source code also includes work done on the unreleased spy game Deep Cover.Read more at Rock, Paper ShotgunMatthew’s OpinionI hope Eidos just leave the community alone to disect the engine and put it back together again in an updated form. They may end up doing Eidos a favor by producing new versions of games they own the rights to for re-release, including compatibility with the latest operating systems, HD graphics, and a load of new gameplay too.However, what’s more likely to happen is any hint of an updated Thief/System Shock game will be met with a cease and desist order. Most publisher would rather crush any sign of life from IP they own unless it was their idea to update it in the first place. I’ve got my fingers crossed, though.last_img read more