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Star Lineup Set For MDA Show Of Strength Telethon This Labor Day

first_imgThe entertainment industry has once again joined together to lend support to the MDA Show of Strength Telethon, benefiting the Muscular Dystrophy Association.The 49th broadcast of the television fundraising event will air in primetime on ABC, Sunday, Aug. 31 (9 p.m. ET /PT, 8 p.m. CT/MT).Delivering one-of-a-kind performances of their new, hit or classic songs are Grammy winners Rascal Flatts and LeAnn Rimes, plus Aloe Blacc, American Authors, Bret Michaels, Fall Out Boy, Jason Derulo, Matt Nathanson, R5 and Sara Evans.The long-standing Labor Day weekend tradition combines performances and celebrity presenters to engage viewers with powerful “stories of strength” and moving calls-to-action to help families affected by muscle diseases.Celebrity presenters on the telethon include Alyssa Milano, Brad Paisley, Chip Esten, Chris Powell, Jann Carl, Jordin Sparks, Josh Groban, Ke$ha, Kevin Frazier, Laila Ali, Ludacris, Nancy O’Dell, Pete Wentz, ABC’s Dr. Richard Besser, Susan Lucci, Terry Fator, Tom Bergeron and Victor Ortiz.“MDA’s telethon gives us a chance to celebrate the compassionate support of our celebrity friends, sponsors and individuals in communities across the country who give generously to help save and improve lives of those fighting muscle disease,” said MDA President and CEO Steven M. Derks. “With clinical trials of potential new therapies underway, this is a time of hope and progress for the children and adults we serve. We urge families and friends to gather together on Aug. 31 to watch, whether via broadcast or online, and see the fantastic performers and inspiring stories of those who are fighting muscle disease with grace and courage.”Next week, telethon premiere parties will take place in communities in every state in the nation to rally MDA families, sponsors and volunteers, as well as to engage new supporters. Public service and promotional campaigns to help promote the show have already started to air.While the telethon has consistently enjoyed robust support from some of the biggest celebrities in show business, MDA says the real stars on the broadcast are the individuals and families served by MDA, including five families who will share their stories and give the public a glimpse of what it means to live with a muscle disease during the 2014 broadcast.MDA supporters are encouraged to visit mda.org/showofstrength to enhance their telethon viewing experience. On Sunday, Aug. 31, the site will have an online telethon tote board keeping track of all donations associated with the televised fundraiser, including those made by national sponsors, direct marketing donors and through calls, texts and online donations made during the broadcast.New this year, site visitors can submit their favorite MDA memories by sharing favorite stories and remembrances of how MDA and its telethon have touched their lives throughout the decades and years. The campaign is being tracked by the hashtag #MDAmemories and is being shared on MDA’s Instagram page and on mda.org.Additionally, visitors also can check out and share exclusive behind-the-scenes footage from the telethon with celebrities and MDA families and sign on to be a “Muscle Maker” for $11 a month. MDA social channels include Facebook at facebook.com/MDANational, Twitter at twitter.com/MDAnews, Google+ at mda.org/plus, Instagram at instagram/mda_usa and Pinterest at pinterest/mdanational.last_img read more

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Saradha scam ExKolkata CP moves SC seeking extension of protection

first_imgNew Delhi: Former Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar moved the Supreme Court on Monday seeking extension of the 7-day protection granted to him by it in connection with the Saradha chit fund scam case in view of lawyers’ strike in Kolkata.Kumar’s counsel mentioned the matter for urgent listing before a vacation bench comprising Justices Indira Banerjee and Sanjiv Khanna and said that since lawyers in Kolkata are on strike, the protection granted to the IPS officer should be extended. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadThe counsel said due to the strike, Kumar was not able to move the competent court for seeking relief and hence, the protection granted to him be counted from the time the strike ends. The lawyer told the bench that the top court had on May 17 granted seven days time to Kumar to approach the competent court for legal remedies but four days have already elapsed and they needed time to approach the competent court there. However, the bench said since the May 17 order was passed by a three-judge bench, Kumar’s counsel can approach the apex court registry or the secretary general for listing of the matter before an appropriate bench. “You are a lawyer and you know that CJI is the master of roster,” the bench told Kumar’s counsel and asked him to approach the registry for listing of the matter. Also Read – Firms staying closed 10 days a month due to recession, govt doing nothing: Priyanka GandhiOn May 17, a three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi had withdrawn the protection from arrest granted to Kumar by its February 5 order. The apex court, on February 5, had granted protection from arrest to Kumar while directing him to appear before the CBI and “faithfully” cooperate with investigation of cases arising out of the scam. The apex court had last week said that protection to Kumar would continue for seven days from May 17 to enable him to approach the competent court for relief.last_img read more

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Independence Day Algeria Determined to Improve Ties with Morocco

Rabat – Bouteflika expressed his “heartfelt congratulations and best wishes for happiness, health and welfare” for King Mohammed VI and the royal family. The Algerian president also wished Morocco “more progress and prosperity.”Bouteflika emphasized the “glorious pages of history telling the greatest sacrifices made by Moroccans, under the leadership of the late King Mohammed V, … and who were crowned by the recovery of independence and sovereignty by the brotherly Moroccan people.”Bouteflika also reiterated his country’s “firm determination” to strengthen the bonds of fraternity and solidarity uniting the two fraternal peoples, in favor of bilateral relations based on mutual respect. Read Also: Independence Day: Importance of November 18 in Morocco’s HistoryMoroccan-Algerian relations are tense. The countries have shared the world’s longest closed land border since 1994 and have differing views on the Western Sahara conflict.Algeria’s congratulatory message followed King Mohammed VI’s dialogue offer to Bouteflika’s government in his speech that commemorated the 43rd anniversary of the Green March on November 6.In his speech, King Mohammed VI stretched out his hand to Algeria, calling for “frank and direct” dialogue to normalize the relations between the neighboring countries. The King also acknowledged that the two countries’ bilateral ties are not normal and “much less than acceptable.”The King also said that Morocco stands ready for a “joint political mechanism for dialogue and consultation to break the stalemate” between the two countries.Read Also: US: Morocco-Algeria Diplomatic Normalization Will Improve SecurityBesides Bouteflika’s formal congratulatory message, Algeria has not officially announced its position on the King’s dialogue offer. However, several Algerian media quoted an anonymous diplomat and an authorized source, who said that Algeria might accept Morocco’s dialogue initiative with conditions.In line with the King’s speech, Moroccan political parties—the Justice and Development Party (PJD) and the Socialist Party (PPS)—announced their determination to visit Algerian parties.Both parties issued statements on November 13 to establish contacts with Algerian parties to support the King’s offer.However, two Algerian Islamist parties rejected the Moroccan parties’ initiative.Mohamed Doubi, the secretary general of Algeria’s Ennahda party, was quoted as saying, “PJD will act as a representative of the Moroccan government. I think that this approach advocated by this Moroccan party will not lead it to what it wants.”The deputy of Algeria’s Front for Justice and Construction party (FCJ), Sliman Chenine, said that Morocco “must first put an end to the tension.” read more

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Markets update at midmorning

On the markets at midmorning (ET):The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index was up 17.01 points to 15,333.03, after 90 minutes of trading.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average gained 17.87 points to 21,427.42. The S&P 500 index shed 0.06 of a point to 2,439.01, and the Nasdaq composite index was down 16.93 points to 6,230.22.The Canadian dollar was trading at 75.85 cents US, up from Monday’s average price of 75.54 cents US.The August crude contract was up 96 cents at US$44.34 per barrel and the August natural gas contract was up two cents at US$3.07 per mmBTU.The August gold contract was up $2.10 to US$1,248.50 an ounce and the July copper contract was up three cents at US$2.65 a pound. read more

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Uganda must translate policies to help displaced persons into actions – UN

A senior United Nations official monitoring the situation of internally displaced persons (IDPs) today called on Uganda to translate its promises to help IDPs into actions and stressed that responsibility for law and order must rest with civilian authorities.“Uganda has an excellent National Policy for Internally Displaced Persons, but special efforts are now needed to implement it,” said Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Representative on the Human Rights of IDPs, Walter Kälin, at the end of a six-day visit there at the Government’s request.“This is especially important at a time when the serious humanitarian and human rights crisis persists in Northern Uganda, and yet persons displaced by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) or Karamojong cattle rustlers have begun to move back towards their homes.” Mr. Kälin, who met with officials at all levels as well as activists and others in varius pars of the country, said he was encouraged by the relative improvement in security in the north, which has allowed a substantial number of displaced persons to move closer to their fields or even to return to their homes in certain districts. But he pointed out that serious humanitarian and human rights problems persist in the IDP camps where the majority of IDPs – approximately 1.5 million – remain. He also pointed to a “dire need” to shift the responsibility to uphold law and order from military commanders back to civilian authorities and to adequately train and deploy sufficient numbers of civilian police in all parts of Northern Uganda. Through a press release issued by the UN in Geneva, he urged the Ugandan authorities, humanitarian agencies and donors to step up their efforts to assist the displaced effectively and to protect their human rights. read more

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The City wants your opinion on redevelopments of the Currie Barracks

A proposed re-development of the Currie Barracks has the City hoping to get feedback from the community. The plan that is being looked at by City Council would see pathways, retail, office and residential space pop-up at the southwest site, just west of Crowchild Trail. The Canada Land Company is proposing to build a medium density mix that would preserve the area’s military history. The City has set up offices at the site until August 18th to offer information to the public and take feedback.Those interested can also find information at the City of Calgary website. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by News Staff Posted Aug 8, 2014 7:11 am MDT The City wants your opinion on re-developments of the Currie Barracks read more

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Dont call them a Cinderella Ohio State to face No 9 seed

LOS ANGELES – Don’t tell Ohio State its opponent in the Elite 8 is a No. 9 seed, the lowest seed to reach the NCAA Tournament’s quarterfinal round since Virginia Commonwealth University did it two years ago as a No. 11. Don’t tell the No. 2-seeded Buckeyes the Shockers of Wichita State are a mid-major, with a roster full of lowly heralded recruits, none of which likely have a future in the NBA. And don’t tell OSU a second-consecutive berth in the Final Four is all but assured, or that its 11-game winning streak will most definitely reach 12. The Buckeyes, following a 73-70 win against No. 6 seed Arizona Thursday, and Wichita State, after a 72-58 defeat of No. 13 La Salle, will meet at the Staples Center in Los Angeles Saturday at 7:05 p.m. Thad Matta’s squad is the clear favorite heading into its bash against Gregg Marshall’s start-ups with a spot in Atlanta on the line. But OSU’s players aren’t thinking like that. “I think we’re not going to overlook anybody at this point. The fact that they’re in the Elite 8 just means that they’re a really great team,” said sophomore guard Shannon Scott. “Even though they don’t come from a great conference, or what their seed is in the tournament, they’re a great team.” The Shockers knocked off No. 8 seed Pittsburgh in their opening bout before upending No. 1 seed Gonzaga, 76-70, in the tournament’s third round. At this point, Wichita State likely isn’t going to sneak up on anybody, certainly not the Buckeyes. “They definitely, like I said, deserve to be here. They’ve played really good basketball, outplayed everyone they’ve played so far,” said junior guard Aaron Craft. Don’t call Wichita State a “Cinderella,” either. The Shockers have won 25, 29, 27 and now 29 games over the last four seasons. “They’re a great team. They have a lot of talent,” said sophomore forward Sam Thompson. “They’re playing their best basketball of the season just like we’re playing our best basketball of the season.” The players that make up Wichita State’s roster might not have been McDonald’s All-Americans or top-100 players coming into college, but to Matta, high recruiting rankings don’t always translate into success on the hardwood. “I’ve had the privilege of coaching two national players of the year, and neither one of them were top 75 high school players out of high school,” Matta said, speaking of former Xavier star David West and former Buckeye All-American Evan Turner. There’s parity in college basketball right now, according to Matta, meaning the so-called “mid-majors” can at times be just as talented as the apparent “elites.” “As I go out recruiting every year, I can’t tell the difference between the 20th player and the 120th player in the country,” Matta said. “That doesn’t mean a whole lot to me in terms of your ranking of the recruiting class and all that stuff.” On the court, the Shockers like to get out and run, and play a style not consistently seen by OSU in Big Ten play. “They’re extremely deep,” Matta said. “They’ve got guys that can do a lot of things from shooting the ball to driving the ball. They’re sound in terms of-very sound in terms of their execution.” Wichita State (29-8) is led by two 6-foot-8 forwards, Cleanthony Early, a junior averaging 13.7 points and 5.3 rebounds a game, and Carl Hall, a senior averaging 12.7 points and seven rebounds a contest. Senior guard Malcolm Armstead, though, has been his team’s go-to player so far in the tournament, dropping 48 points through three games. OSU (29-7) got off to a slow start in its Sweet 16 game against Arizona, falling into a double-digit deficit midway through the opening half. Getting out to a quick start against the Shockers could be paramount for the Buckeyes. “We really have to come ready to play from the jump. I feel like yesterday we came out kind of slow, timid, but then after coach talked to us a bit, we really got going,” Scott said. The end of games, however, is where OSU has made its mark in the tournament. A 3-pointer by Craft with 0.5 seconds left against Iowa State sent the Buckeyes into the Sweet 16 and a 3-pointer from Ross against Arizona with two seconds left catapulted OSU into the Elite 8. It’s surprised some that it wasn’t junior forward Deshaun Thomas, the Big Ten’s leading scorer, hitting those buzzer beaters. OSU’s players haven’t been shocked by it, though. “We have a lot of confidence in a lot of guys on the team,” Craft said. “I have confidence in a lot of guys to take that shot. So last week it happened to be me, yesterday it happened to be LaQuinton, it could be someone else tomorrow.” It’s still Thomas out of all the Buckeyes that concerns Marshall the most. “He’s a bad-shot taker and a bad-shot maker,” Marshall said, noting that the statement was a compliment. And it was Thomas, in opposition from his teammates and coaches, who was the one pointing out what no one Friday seemed to: that OSU is the favorite, and Wichita State the heavy underdog. “They’ve got nothing to lose,” the junior forward said. And if OSU is everyone’s pick to advance, is there a pressure to not be the one that lets the low seed continue to dance? “I don’t think that’s really important to us,” Ross said. “We don’t want to get knocked off by anybody-Syracuse, Louisville, Indiana, Michigan, any of those teams-so we’re taking Wichita State like it’s a Big Ten game or any other game.” If that’s the case, OSU should fare well tomorrow. The Buckeyes haven’t lost “any” game since Feb. 17 and hold the nation’s longest current winning streak. A win against the Shockers would put OSU in its third Final Four since 2007. read more

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Care home fees soar by one quarter as quality plummets report finds

first_imgExtortionate, unfair fees and continued budget cuts to local authorities are leaving many families with a heart-breaking raw deal.George McNamara, Alzheimer’s Society Overall worst care: (% of care homes, nursing homes and domiciliary care rated good or outstanding)West Yorkshire 66.1 %Greater Manchester 68.8%Staffordshire 71.4%Northumberland 72.5%Isle of Wight 73.7% Care home fees are spiralling and yet quality is falling – an awful combination reflecting a care home sector in really rapid decline.Caroline Abrahams, Age UK Best care homes (% of care homes rated good or outstanding)Herefordshire 92.1%Worcestershire 89.3 %Northamptonshire 88.5%Shropshire 88.4%Warwickshire 88.2 % Overall best care: (% of care homes, nursing homes and domiciliary care rated good or outstanding)Herefordshire 92.1 %Worcestershire 89.3%Northamptonshire 88.5%Shropshire 88.4%Warwickshire 88.2% In one case a family only had to lodge a single formal complaint about poor care before they were stopped from visiting Credit:John Stillwell Elderly care  Most expensive nursing  home, fees per week (figure in brackets is price in 2015)Rutland £1200 (£597)Wiltshire £1,196 (£843)Surrey £1,186.19 (£841.90)Berkshire £1,177 (£969.10)Essex £1,082 (£668.20) Best nursing homes (% of nursing homes rated good or outstanding)Rutland 100%Herefordshire 91.7%Northamptonshire 84.7%Isle of Wight 84.6 %Warwickshire 82.4% They were given a poor rating if they had been found by CQC to be failing, requiring improvement, or non-compliant.Data on fees came from mystery shopper price data collected by Trustedcare.co.uk, an online directory which reviews care providers, and means families can look up details of individual care homes, and their ratings.Mark Walford, the company’s chief executive said: “The data shows once more that there is a complex mix of factors that affect the quality and cost of care, and that there isn’t a strong correlation between areas of affluence and local care quality as one might expect, despite a strong link to price of care.“Instead, factors such as local employment markets, local authority commissioning rates and the level of co-operation between local NHS and social care teams are sure to play into the mix.”He said findings from CQC inspections provide “only a snapshot of the service at a moment in time” whereas the website meant people could read about the experiences of those in care homes, and the views of their loved ones.Caroline Abrahams, Age UK’s charity director said: “Care home fees are spiralling and yet quality is falling – an awful combination reflecting a care home sector in really rapid decline.“This is of huge to concern to Age UK, as it will be to many thousands of older people and their families, as well as to everyone in the sector who is working so hard to try to keep going and sustain high quality services – it seems increasingly against the odds.”She said the care home sector could not sustain being “battered indefinitely” and was becoming less fit for purpose every day. Care home fees have soared by almost a quarter in just one year while the quality of services has slumped, new figures show.League tables comparing the prices and ratings of residential care across the country show costs have risen sharply.It follows hikes in fees amid reduced funding from local authorities and increasing pay for staff after the introduction of higher minimum wages.Last night experts said families were facing a “heart-breaking raw deal” and being forced to “pay through the nose” for substandard services.The research shows that the most expensive care homes are in Buckinghamshire and in County Durham, both at £907 a week, followed by Oxfordshire, Surrey and Warwickshire. In Durham, average care home fees doubled in just one year, from £492 last year, the figures show.center_img Worst care homes (% of care homes rated good or outstanding)West Yorkshire 69%Greater Manchester 69%Staffordshire 69.2%Northumberland 69.9%Isle of Wight 70% In one case a family only had to lodge a single formal complaint about poor care before they were stopped from visiting  George McNamara, head of policy at Alzheimer’s Society said: “This report shows yet another huge crack in the social care system where some of the most vulnerable people in society with the most complex needs are expected to pay through the nose for crucial care.”“Extortionate, unfair fees and continued budget cuts to local authorities are leaving many families with a heart-breaking raw deal.”The most expensive area – Rutland – saw average weekly prices went from £597 a week to £1,200.Areas with some of the most costly homes – such as Surrey – were among those with the highest proportion of care homes found to be failing.And those with some of the least expensive homes, such as Northamptonshire, were found to be among the best for quality of care. Shropshire ranked second best for care home quality, with costs at the mid-point of the table, the research shows.Fees for care homes rose by 23 per cent in one year, from an average of £558 to £686 – a rise of more than £128. Meanwhile fees for nursing homes saw a 34 per cent rise, from an average of £692 to £925 – a jump of £233.And prices for residential care jumped by 13 per cent, from £15.01 to £17.02 an hour.The counties with the best care services overall were Herefordshire, followed by Worcestershire and Northamptonshire. The worst were West Yorkshire, followed by Staffordshire and Greater Manchester.Services were ranked as good if they had been rated good or outstanding by CQC in their latest ratings, or as “compliant” using a previous inspection regime. Most expensive care homes, fees per week (figure in brackets is price in 2015)Buckinghamshire £907.33 (£707.75)Durham £907 (£491.70)Oxfordshire £900 (£754.39)Surrey £866.20 (£748.60)Warwickshire £855 (£630.10) On average, fees for care homes rose by 23 per cent in one year, the study found.Meanwhile nursing home prices increased by 34 per cent, with a doubling in fees in some parts of the country.In many places, there is little relationship between the cost of care, and the quality of it. Many affluent areas charged more for care, without providing better services, the study suggests.Overall, the proportion of care services given a good or outstanding rating fell by 10 per cent in just one year, the analysis by Trustedcare.co.uk shows. The areas that charged most did not necessarily have the best homes, the study found Credit:Alamy Worst nursing homes (% of nursing homes rated good or outstanding)West Yorkshire 47.6%Bristol 48.4%Greater Manchester 56.2%Berkshire 57.4%Merseyside 57.6% Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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Max Mosley facing perjury investigation as racist pamphlet is handed to police

first_imgA spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police added: “This afternoon the CPS forwarded information from the Daily Mail to the Met Police. An assessment will be carried out.”Mr Mosley claims that they revelations have been timed to distract from his attempt to force several newspapers – including the Daily Mail – to remove historic articles about him using the Data Protection Act. “Nevertheless, I knew that if the News of the World thought the leaflet relevant, they would have disclosed it because the courts don’t like ambushes. The fact that they didn’t reinforced my view that no such leaflet existed. The suggestion that I lied in court is obviously nonsense.  “Now that I’ve seen copies of this leaflet, I still do not recognise it. It is not something I would have ever wished to be associated with. It is offensive and divisive.” Max Mosley (left) pictured with far-right candidate Walter Hesketh Credit:PA Archive The leaflet in support of Walter HeskethCredit:@MichaelLCrick Twitter In 1961 Mr Mosley acted as election agency for Walter Hesketh, the candidate for his father’s far right Union Movement in a by election in Moss Side, Manchester. As part of the campaign a leaflet, which states that it is published by Mr Mosley, claimed that “coloured” immigrants should be sent home, adding: “Protect your health, there is no medical check on immigration, tuberculosis, VD and other terrible diseases are on the increase. Coloured immigration threatens your children’s health.” They said that they had moved away from “large payments from wealthy donors” and would only accept them in the future if they were “appropriate” and “ethical.”But pressure was growing on the party to go a step further and hand back the money that they had already taken from the multi-millionaire privacy campaigner and son of the fascist Oswald Mosley. Conservative Party Deputy Chairman James Cleverly told the Evening Standard: “Tom Watson should seriously consider distancing himself from Mr Mosley and returning the money.”Mr Mosley’s links to the only state recognised press regulator, Impress, and “some of our leading politicians” were raised with Theresa May, who vowed that they  freedom of the press “will never change” while she is Prime Minister. She said: “I absolutely agree that a free press is very important, it underpins our democracy… whatever they say about us, whatever they write about us, it is important that they are able to hold politicians to account.” He continued: “I don’t believe there will be any more payments to the Labour party or Tom Watson from Max Mosley.” Max Mosley is facing a perjury investigation, it emerged as Labour were urged to hand back the £540,0000 he has donated to the party. Scotland Yard confirmed that they were assessing a dossier detailing Mr Mosley’s links to a racist pamphlet which had been handed to them by the Crown Prosecution Service. Under oath a decade ago Mr Mosley told the High Court that he had no recollection of the leaflet and said that reports that it said the “coloured immigrants” spread disease were “absolute nonsense”. On Wednesday he maintained that he does not recognise the document, which names him as its publisher, and said that any suggestion that he lied under oath was “obviously nonsense”. After the document emerged the Labour Party, whose deputy leader Tom Watson has received £540,000 from Mr Mosley, said that it would no longer accept his cash. Mr Mosley had said in an interview on Tuesday he would continue to make payments. Whilst insisting that the comments were made “a long time ago” and people “obviously change their views”, a spokesman for Jeremy Corbyn described the contents of the leaflet as “utterly repugnant”.  During his privacy trial against the News of the World in 2008 – in which a judge ruled that a sadomasochistic orgy with five prostitutes was not Nazi themed – Mr Mosley said he had no recollection of the document, challenging the QC: “If there were such a  leaflet you would produce it”. Only reports had existed of the document until this week, when it was unearthed by the Daily Mail in a local archive. The paper passed the documents to the CPS. A spokesman said: “I can confirm that information was received from the Mail and has been passed to the Metropolitan Police.”  Max Mosley with his father Sir Oswald Credit:Barratts The leaflet in support of Walter Hesketh Max Mosley with his father Sir Oswald  Max Mosley (left) pictured with far-right candidate Walter Hesketh  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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EHF CL W Buducnost win Balkan derby against Podravka

Budućnost PodgoricabulatovicCristina Neagudinamo volgogradHCM Baia Marehypo niederosterreichMetz handballMiranda TataripetrovicSkopjeVardar Skopjewhc vardar ← Previous Story ASOBAL (Round 8): Granollers win and top the table Next Story → SEHA: Zagreb and Metalurg take victories Buducnost are now the sole leaders of their group after they have beaten Podravka Koprivnica 32:27 in the Balkan derby of Group B of the EHF Champions League Women group phase. Cristina Neagu scored 8 goals for Buducnost, while Bulatovic and Petrovic scored 6 goals each. Miranda Tatari from Podravka was the match’s top scorer with 9 goals.In the other game of the same group, WHC Vardar Skopje bounced back from the first round defeat, and won over Thuringer in a low-scoring game with 26:21.Hypo NO surprised Dinamo Volgograd at home holding them to a draw 25:25, while Metz was superior over HCM Baia Mare with 34:24. read more

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Irish students help to train Mozambiques first ever optometrists

first_imgRead: ‘That dive guide is now homeless. So is the waitress who made your mango shakes and chatted about her kids’> MOZAMBIQUE’S FIRST EVER optometrists have graduated with the help of Irish students from Dublin Institute of Technology.The Mozambique Eyecare Project, the Dublin-based Irish-Aid funded initiative has announced the graduation of the first nine Mozambican eye healthcare optometrists from its degree programme in the University of Lúrio, Mozambique.Training Mozambique, despite having a population of 23 million, up to recently had no optometrists, something the project, which is based out of the Department of Optometry in Dublin Institute of Technology hoped to change.The project aims to have 170 fully qualified Mozambican optometrists trained to deliver eye care and glasses to millions of visually impaired people in Mozambique by 2020.One of the students that travelled to Mozambique, Emma Hyland, said she saw many different types of people with visual impairment. “Something so simple like reading glasses can make a huge difference to a person’s quality of life and in Mozambique we saw entire families and communities of people who were poverty stricken as a result of poor eye healthcare,” she said.EyesightShe said that many of the people that they treated had given up a lot of what they had been used to doing like reading, crafts or sewing due to their poor sight. “And these people were in their late 30s,” she added.Hyland said that people in Ireland tend to take their good eyesight for granted “because services are so readily available to us in Ireland,” she said.Professor James Loughman, Director of the Mozambique Eyecare Project said the students sharing their skills and expertise which resulted in the successful graduation of the students in Mozambique is testament to the hard work by all involved.The project, which is €1.5 million Irish Aid funded, established he first degree course in optometry in the University of Lúrio in Mozambique.StudentsAs part of the Project, nine optometry faculty members and 11 final year optometry students from Ireland assisted in the training of the first optometrists in Mozambique.Professor Loughman said that more than ten per cent of the world’s population are without access to this simple means to restore their vision.He said that over 80 per cent of visual impairment in the world can be corrected with the prescription of corrective lenses to treat refractive errors, such as long sightedness, shortsightedness and age related reading problems, but that countries, like that of Mozambique need qualified optometrists to provide the care.“Mozambique has a population of 23 million but has 17 eye surgeons and no optometrists until now. Ireland, he said however, has 750 optometrists and 150 ophthalmologists for a population of four million,” he said, adding he hopes the project can address the problem of avoidable blindness and poverty in Mozambique and other developing countries.Read: Irish officials flying out to Philippines to assess aid strategy>last_img read more

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Out of 10 How we rated Irelands players against Italy

first_imgSean O’Brien 7 – A wholehearted effort from O’Brien and a couple of important gains through carries, especially when Ireland were reduced in numbers. Made 52 metres on 14 carries for his team. One of few Irish players guaranteed a Lions call-up.Jamie Heaslip 5 – A lot of the game seemed to pass Heaslip by and there was a constant stream of players going to O’Driscoll for advice as the team tried to regroup. A couple of nice claims and charges on restarts and 42 metres made on 14 carries. No outstanding moments or on-field images of the captain rallying the troops. Replacements:Luke Fitzgerald – Not long on enough to be rated as he went off injured soon after replacing Earls.Ian Madigan 6 – Was electric at times in attack for Ireland and showed great piece of mind to shovel a long pass out to the right wing. Attacked the line at speed. Bright future.Iain Henderson 5 – Filled in at flanker and second row at different stages. Solid outing and a good tackle to prevent a Parisse try up the blindside of an attacking scrum.Devin Toner 4 – The tall man came on with little time to change the result and made only one recorded tackle. He bundled into an airborne Gori and was lucky to escape a yellow card.Stephen Archer, Dave Kilcoyne, Paul Marshall, Sean Cronin: Not on long enough to rate.What do you think?As it happened: Italy v Ireland, 6 Nations Rob Kearney 5 – Try as he might to get into the game, Kearney was reduced to kicking away possession as Ireland reeled and putting in a defensive shift. One disastrous spill of the ball over the touchline gave Italy a crucial lineout, which the soon won a penalty from.Craig Gilroy 7 – The best Irish player in Rome today. His defensive effort was outstanding and he delivered two huge try-saving tackles – one was a monster on the flanker Favaro. Got in Kearney’s way once to hinder a high-ball claim. LookedBrian O’Driscoll 4 – Who knows what possessed O’Driscoll to stamp Favaro in the ruck just before the half-hour mark. Could have easily seen red but his yellow led to a six-point swing. Battled his heart out when he rejoined the fray and earned a penalty but couldn’t find that magic spark.Luke Marshall 5 – Many people will question the logic of playing the inside centre after he clearly left last Saturday’s game with a concussion. A couple of smart kicks pushed the Italians back on their heels. Clashed heads with Jackson before being replaced – concussion striking again.Keith Earls 4 – Lost an early aerial contest with Parisse. Made one good break up the left and another that ended in his game-ending injury, moments after he opted against a pass to O’Driscoll in support.Paddy Jackson 5 – His kicking from the tee was not so much of an issue – he landed five from six – but he played very deep behind Murray and did not put his hand up for any major tactical calls. Made one fantastic tackle on an Italian prop to snuff out a dangerous attack up the right wing.Conor Murray 5 – Made a couple of smart box kicks and chips over the top in the first-half but knocked on needlessly to cede momentum in the first half. Battled manfully and was a major reason for the second-half fightback but saw yellow near the death for some slapping silliness at a back-pedalling ruck.center_img Conor Murray was sin-binned late on. (©INPHO/James Crombie)Cian Healy 6 – His play in the loose was very good and he took the attack to the Italians on a few occasions. Stole the ball from a charging Parisse to reverse a dangerous phase of play during O’Driscoll’s sin-bin. Was troubled at the scrum and conceded one kicakable penalty.Rory Best 4 – Had a disaster at the lineout as the Italians gobbled up his throws and disrupted many more. A crucial platform, which served us so well against France, was lost. Made six tackles but missed his man three times.Mike Ross 4 – Was given a torrid time by Lo Cicero all afternoon and looked to be blowing, and possible injured, as early as the 25th minute. Conceded two kicakable penalties that Orquera punished Ireland from. This man needs back-up soon.Mike McCarthy 6 – Along with Ryan, he made the most amount of tackles [11] in a losing effort. Showed up in attack and on the wing on a couple of occasions in the second-half. Was replaced in the closing stages as he had nothing left to give.Donnacha Ryan 4 – His tackle count of 11 was his saving grace but he must take responsibility, along with Best, for the woeful lineouts. The Italians had him as a man to be marked for Best’s throws and it profited. Commitment should not be questioned but a foolish, off the ball tackle late on saw him sent to the sin bin.Peter O’Mahony 5 – He won’t have much tougher afternoons in green than this. O’Mahony played almost three quarters of the game on the wing following the losses of Earls and Fitzgerald. Had to learn on the job but it was his flank that Venditti scored on. Rampaging run and forearm smash late on almost earned him a try.last_img read more

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Two people killed in separate overnight road crashes

first_imgTWO PEOPLE HAVE been killed in two overnight traffic accidents in Dublin.Gardaí in Clontarf are investigating a single vehicle accident which occurred at Fairview.The collision occurred at 1.52am when a car collided with a pole at Fairview with the junction of the Malahide road.The three occupants were seriously injured in the collision.A female passenger in her 20s was taken to the Mater hospital where she was later pronounced dead.A male, aged 20-years-old, was taken to St James hospital where his condition is described as stable. The driver, aged 26-years-old was taken to Beaumont hospital where his condition is described as critical.The road is closed for a forensic collision examination and diversions are in place.In a separate accident, one person was killed in a single vehicle crash on the N81 Blessington Road.The collision occurred at approximately 2.40am when a car collided with a tree on the N81 at Brittas.There were five occupants in the car at the time of the collision.One male, aged 21-years-old, was seriously injured and pronounced dead at the scene.The four males who were also in the car were aged, 19, 20, 21 and 22-years-old.They were taken to Tallaght and St Vincent’s hospitals for treatment and their conditions are described as non life threatening. As a result, the N81 Dublin /Blessington Road is closed in both directions between Brittas and Citywest and diversions are in place.last_img read more

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21 winners in literary competition

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Greek-Australian Cultural League launched its annual periodical Antipodes Vol. 55 at the Treasury Theatre, Melbourne last week.This year’s edition was dedicated to Rena Frangioudakis for her contribution as journalist and media announcer to the Greek community spanning which spans 43 years. Cathy Alexopoulos the president of the League said; “Rena is part of our Greek Australian heritage and our soul here in Victoria.” The winners of the bilingual Literary Competition were also announced and the awards presented to them.  There were 21 winners of various awards in categories poetry and short story in English and Greek.In the Greek language catagory, Artemis Vazirgiantziki took the first prize in poetry while Stella Stoupi was awarded the first prize in short story section.In the English language catagory, Maria Dimaki took out the first prize in poetry while Monika Athanasiou took out the first prize for her short story.The event was a success in, what Ms Alexopoulos said was promoting the Greek language to the “wider Greek-Australian community.” The Greek Australian Cultural League of Melbourne (GACLM) was established in 1970 and organises activities throughout the year such as the annual bilingual Literary Competition as well as publishing the annual bilingual periodical Antipodes.This periodical has been circulating for 35 years and is the longest circulating Greek-Australian periodical in Australia. “This is something we are very proud of,” said Ms Alexopoulos.last_img read more

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The British have not responded to Caricom

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppThe British have not responded to Caricom about the report of the fact finding mission. A report which has been sanctioned by Caricom leaders and one with its suggestions has been delivered to the UK.Admitted yesterday by Ambassador Colin Granderson leading the 6 member delegation here from Caricom, on a consultative mission. QUOTE. Hon Donhue Gardiner, acting Premier says nonetheless elected leaders are moving on the recommendations even though his government has not gotten any feedback from the UK either. The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office has acknowledged receipt of the report since July; former governor Ric Todd would only confirm that they have the document. Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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UPDATE Vancouver woman charged in crash that killed Oregon boy

first_imgA Vancouver woman has been charged with second-degree manslaughter in Beaverton, Ore., after a three-car collision killed a 10-year-old boy and sent two others to the hospital.Paige D. Couch, 38, was arraigned Monday in Washington County Circuit Court on manslaughter and a third-degree assault charge. She is being held in the Washington County Jail on $250,000 bail, a Beaverton Police Department bulletin said.The crash happened around 7:45 p.m. Sunday on the 3800 block of Southwest Canyon Road. A Chevy Avalanche driven by Couch was traveling eastbound, crossed the center line, sideswiped a Toyota Prius and ran into an Acura TL sedan, the release said.A 10-year-old boy in the Acura, David Kardashov, was pronounced dead at the scene. The boy’s mother, Vera Kardashov, 48, was transported to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center and is in critical condition. A 15-year-old boy who was also in the car, Alex Kardashov, was transported for precautionary reasons, police said. He was released from the hospital with minor bumps and bruises.The family lives in Beaverton, and the boys are homeschooled; David also took additional classes at an elementary school east of Beaverton. The driver of the Prius, Michael Montag, 31, of Portland, was uninjured.Police arrived and found all occupants of the Avalanche standing outside the truck. The occupants, who were uninjured from the crash, did not immediately identify the driver, police said. Investigators later determined Couch had beendriving, the release said.last_img read more

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Another probe body over Sidduqurs incident if needed home minister

first_imgSiddiqur received injuries in his eyes during the demonstration staged by seven government colleges affiliated with the University of Dhaka. They were demanding dates and schedule of their examinations. The minister also asked the members of police force to exercise restraint and remain careful while performing their duties. “Whoever is responsible for the incident will be brought to justice.” Home minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal on Tuesday said if required another probe body would be formed to investigate the incident of police action on demonstrating college students at Shahbagh intersection in the capital, which caused injuries to the eyes of Titumir College student M Siddiqur Rahman. The home minister came up with the remarks while talking to reporters at the department of narcotics control after attending a discussion on the upcoming International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking to be observed on Wednesday. “DMP has formed a body to probe into whether police had any negligence during the incident in which Siddiqur was injured. If the report seems unsatisfactory, the ministry will form another probe committee to investigate into the matter,” he said.last_img read more

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Shalimar Station gets free WiFi facility

first_imgKolkata: Passengers at Shalimar Station can now download a book or stream music of their choice, have an overview of their destination, or simply browse through news without interruption thanks to South Eastern Railway for making the station a free WiFi zone.The WiFi facility has been commissioned by RailTel, rendering free high-speed world class internet service to the commuters. “There is a rising trend of WiFi usage among passengers waiting at different stations of SER. Keeping this in mind, nine more stations under SER’s jurisdiction will have free WiFi connectivity within the current financial year 2018-19. The stations include Chakulia, Haldia, Tamluk, Dantan, Midnapur, Mecheda, Santragachi, Bagnan and Panskura,” a senior SER official said. Also Read – 3 injured, flight, train services hit as rains lash BengalSER has so far commissioned WiFi services at 14 stations enabling lakhs of rail passengers to log on to the free internet facility. Apart from Shalimar, the 13 SER stations that are already equipped with the WiFi facility are Kharagpur, Ranchi, Digha, Purulia, Hatia, Bokaro, Tatanagar, Rourkela, Jharsuguda, Balasore, Mahalimarup, Barabamboo and Tiruldih. Under Indian Railways, altogether 746 railway stations have been provided with free internet, proving to be very useful to the general public. Indian Railways has plans to extend this facility to at least 2,000 stations across the country in near future and ultimately covering all stations under the Union government’s Digital India initiatives.last_img read more

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Go back to the enewsletter Pullman Hotels Res

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter >Pullman Hotels & Resorts is relaunching its Tapastry menu to showcase the best of regionally grown ingredients on small plates.Under the direction of Pullman’s Culinary Ambassador, Justin North, the new menus support local providores and align with the trend to provide lighter, high-protein options.To be enjoyed in the bar or as a casual dining experience, 3 ‘Signature Series’ Justin North dishes will be presented across all hotels as well as 5 ‘Locally Grown’ plates created by hotel Executive Chefs, highlighting the best produce available in local regions.North described the menu as a celebration of Australian producers using regionally grown, consciously sourced ingredients and said that Glacier 51 Toothfish, half-shell Queensland deep sea prawns and Zokoko chocolate were great examples of this.“Taking in the trend towards high-protein dishes, my new ‘Signature Series’ plates provide fresh, low-carb options, perfect for business and health-conscious travellers.“The beauty of tapas-style plates is that you can experience many different flavours in the one sitting, often in the one dish, giving you an appreciation for the local destination and its variety of produce,” North said.“Each plate is a small, colourful work of art that comes together to create the perfect experience for the senses, similar to the beauty of a tapestry.”Some of the locally sourced ingredients to feature on the menu include fresh prawns from local supplier Santiago Prawn Trawler at Pullman Port Douglas; Sunny Ridge strawberries from Simon George & Sons and handmade goats cheese, with a herb and citric flavour, from Meredith’s Goats Cheese in Melbourne; at Palm Cove, large-mouth nannygai (saddletail snapper) sourced from Cairns waters will be on the menu from Preston Seafoods Cairns; while in Sydney and Magenta Shores, labna and quark cheese from Binnorie Dairy in the Hunter Valley will please cheese-lovers.All plates on the menu are appropriately paired with a drink to accompany their meal, be it a Clare Valley Riesling or a martini.“How people experience food is changing, with shorter gatherings before going out to another occasion or event becoming more prevalent. This, together with an increased desire for a variety of different flavours to experience the local culture from our guests, is at the centre of Pullman’s refreshed Tapestry concept,” said Simon McGrath, COO of AccorHotels Pacific.“We are delighted to bring our guests a taste of some of the best regional produce available through these new Tapastry plates. They offer a sense of place and also celebrate the diverse range of local ingredients we have available in Australia.”The Tapastry concept was developed by Pullman in 2013 in response to the changing nature of dining habits globally.Tapastry by Justin North is available in 11 Pullman Hotels & Resorts across Australia.Go back to the e-newsletter >last_img read more

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Related OpenSkies gains US approvalOpenSkies gains

first_img RelatedOpenSkies gains US approvalOpenSkies gains US approvalBA acquires L’AvionBA acquires L’AvionOpenSkies to fly to New York from OrlyOpenSkies to fly to New York from Orly British Airways subsidiary OpenSkies launched its first flight from Paris to New York this week.The airline, whose creation was facilitated by the Open Skies agreement between the EU and the US, ran its first commercial flight between Paris Orly and New York’s JFK on Thursday (June 19th).Willie Walsh, chief executive of British Airways, said: “This is an exciting new chapter in our history as, for the first time, we will be flying directly between continental Europe and the US.”We are confident that OpenSkies will have a successful future.”OpenSkies flights are currently operated by one aircraft, with an additional plane set to join the fleet later this year as part of BA’s plan to have six in service by the end of 2009.The airline is planning new flights to New York from Amsterdam, Brussels, Frankfurt and Milan.To coincide with the launch of OpenSkies, British Airways recently announced an improvement plan at JFK. The $30 million (£15.2 million) project will see new First Class and Concorde Lounges built based on the designs at the airline’s Terminal 5 base at London Heathrow.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more

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