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Blog: The spectacular London Olympics opening ceremony

first_imgCatch all the live updates of the London Olympics opening ceremony @ Indiatoday.in Game for Gold: Special coverage of 2012 Olympics 05:15 am | The spectacular London Olympics opening ceremony comes to an end. Good bye!05:15 am | Sir Paul McCartney sings Hey Jude, crowd singing with him, what a classic opening of London Olympics! 05:10 am | What a view: Fireworks go off all over the Olympic Park as clips of iconic Olympic moments are played. 05:03 am | The petals come together to form an enormous cauldron. 05:00 am | There is the light that never goes out. The Olympic cauldron is lit. 04:55 am | Olympic flame comes to the stadium and is carried by Steve Redgrave. 04:50 am | Crowd cheers for Muhammad Ali, one of the most famous boxers of all time. 04:50 am | Olympic flag is brought into the stadium. It will go up shortly. 04:50 am | Queen Elizabeth II declares London Olympics Games open. Crackers light up the sky. 04:38 am | London Organising Committee chairman Sebastian Coe addresses the crowd: “Welcome to London,” he says. 04:30 am | British athletes take the lap in front of their home crowd. 04:25 am | And now Zambia at the flag end followed by Zimbabwe and Great Britain, the hosts. 04:20 am | March past almost coming to an end. Yemen’s contingent marches in. 03:55 am | Abhinav Bindra, Mary Kom surely missing. 03:50 am | Many top athletes have stayed away as they have events on Saturday!03:45 am | Usain Bolt gets a huge cheer as he enters the stadium.03:42 am | Kuwait back in Olympic fold. Seen at march past. 03:40 am | No head of state from India at opening ceremony. TV camera focuses on Randhir Singh and his wife. In Beijing, Sonia Gandhi, Rahul and Priyanka were there. advertisement03:30 am | Indian contingent marches in. Wrestler Sushil Kumar is the flag bearer. 03:26 am | Hesham Mesbah carries Egypt’s flag as their only medallist at the Beijing Olympics. 03:20 am | Adele’s Rolling in the Deep plays in the stadium as athletes march. Now Staying Alive by Bee Gees is playing. What a colourful selection of music.03:05 am | Basketball giant Yao Ming carries China’s flag at the Beijing opening ceremony. 03:00 am | Time consuming this exercise, each country walking into the stadium. 02:57 am | Australia’s flagbearer in London is basketballer Lauren Jackson. 02:53 am | The Greek flagbearer is Alexandros Nikolaidis, a taekwondo silver medallist in both Athens and Beijing. 02:50 am | Athletes start marching into the stadium. Greece first, followed by Afghanistan. 02:45 am | Choreographer Akram Khan and his group performs the dance which is a fusion between Indian art form and European classical. 02:35 am | Tim Berners-Lee, the man who invented the World Wide Web, gets standing ovation from the crowd. 02:30 am | Music that ruled last decade is at displayed, hundreds of participants dance to the tunes of Queens and the Rolling Stones. 02:20 am | English humour at its best, bravo Mr Bean – one of the greatest British comedians.02:10 am | Now he is racing against 15 odd competitors and he wins the race, brilliant… just brilliant. 02:15 am | Mr Bean (Rowan Atkinson) is in the stadium to give everyone laughter medicine. He is playing piano with the British orchestra or he is just messing with the instrument! 02:10 am | Chilly wind blows across the stadium. Wonder why a hospital scene depicting NHS, Britain’s national health scheme is being shown.02:08 am | History of United Kingdom at display. Children and nurses from the National Health Service perform a cheery number! 02:05 am | Now the national anthem of the United Kingdom, performed by the Chaos Signing Choir. 02:00 am | Ladies and gentlemen please rise for her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II who just walked in the opening ceremony venue, what a royal moment! 01:55 am | A short film shows 007 James Bond (Daniel Craig) escorting Queen Elizabeth II from her palace to the Olympics venue.01:53 am | The fluorescent five giant Olympic rings hang over the centre stage and fireworks are amazing.01:50 am | The high decibel music is heady stuff indeed. Workers from old Britain showcased in labour scene. Their clothing is incredible, captures the ethos. 01:45 am | Spectacular display of great revolutions in British society, including the Industrial Revolution at the ceremony. 01:35 am | Tour de France winner Bradly Wiggins on stage. Giant bell tolls.  01:20 am | Ceremony officially opens – Finally the time we have been waiting for, the mega event officially begins.  12:40 am | Pre-show begins – The Red Arrows fighter jets of the British Air Force thunder above the Olympic stadium to signal the start of the opening ceremony pre-show begins  12:30 am | Countdown to 2012 Olympics – The world’s best athletes and top celebrities descend on the Olympic Stadium in Stratford, London, tonight for the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Olympic Games to celebrate the start of the ‘greatest show on earth’.advertisementOne billion people around the globe are expected to watch the spectacle, orchestrated by ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ director Danny Boyle. While details as to what will happen during the ceremony is a closely guarded secret, stars of the silver screen, royals and political giants are expecting to enjoy the party.Star-studded audience expected at the opening ceremony:1. Queen Elizabeth II 2. Prince William and his wife Kate3. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie4. Michelle Obama5. Mitt Romney6. David Beckham7. Muhammad Ali may also attendlast_img read more

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Ronaldo provides update on hospital scare

first_imgBrazil icon Ronaldo has offered an update on his personal wellbeing following reports he was hospitalised with flu on Friday.The former Real Madrid and Barcelona forward was said to have been rushed to intensive care in Ibiza after being struck down with pneumonia, eventually being transferred to a private hospital, Clinica Nuestra Señora del Rosario.News spread of the 41-year-old’s condition, while fans and media figures took to social media to share their support for his recovery. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Ronaldo then took to his own official account on Sunday to reassure supporters and those who had sent him well-wishes, however, while confirming the trip to hospital was true.”Friends, I had a very strong flu in Ibiza and I had to be hospitalised on Friday but everything is in order,” the legendary Brazil forward said on Twitter.”Tomorrow I will be discharged and I will return home.Amigos, tuve un cuadro de fuerte gripe en Ibiza y tuve que ser internado el viernes pero ya está todo en orden. Mañana recibo el alta y vuelvo a casa. ¡Gracias a todos/as por vuestro cariño y vuestros mensajes!— Ronaldo Nazário (@Ronaldo) August 12, 2018″Thank you all for your love and your messages!”Ronaldo is said to own property on the Spanish Island and is believed to be visiting on holiday.It comes just weeks after the two-time World Cup winner was in Russia to open the 2018 tournament, appearing on screen with the official ball and taking part in a passing routine with a local child.last_img read more

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India vs England: Alastair Cook touched by India’s gesture in farewell Test

first_imgAlastair Cook finally found his rhythm as he scored his first fifty of the series in the fifth and final Test against India at The Oval on Friday.Cook, who will retire after the series, was given a guard of honour by Virat Kohli’s Indian cricket team when he came out to bat in his 161st Test after England skipper Joe Root won the toss and opted to bat first.”It all happened so quickly, it was such a nice gesture, but you are just focused on your innings. It just made me more determined,” Cook told Sky Sports at the close of play on Day 1 of the fifth Test.Cook scored 71 off 190 balls for his 57th half-century before he was clean bowled by India’s paceman Jasprit Bumrah in the second session.”I’m pleased I got a bit of a score, [but] I’m disappointed I got out,” he said.DAY 1 REPORT | HIGHLIGHTS | PICS | SCORECARDCook fell short of a dream farewell century as India’s bowlers roared back to leave the hosts reeling on 198/7 at stumps on day one of the fifth and final test at The Oval on Friday.”We don’t know what a good score is until both sides have batted. But even at the end, the ball was still doing enough. Never judge a score until both sides have batted, and we still have three more wickets,” Cook said.Read – Cook cried while informing England teammates of retirementWith England having built an unassailable 3-1 lead in the series after victory in Southampton last week, all eyes were on their record test run scorer Cook’s bid to end his international career just how he began it 12 years ago — with a century against India.advertisement Alastair Cook gets a guard of honour by the Indian cricket team (Getty Images)Displaying trademark fortitude he grafted his way to within 29 runs of three figures as the hosts reached 133-1 after tea, having won the toss on a day seemingly made for batting.But when the 33-year-old played on to fall for 71 it sparked an all-too-familiar England collapse with skipper Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow and Sam Curran failing to trouble the scorers.Moeen Ali played and missed countless times to score a 167-ball 50 but by the close a tenacious India were in the ascendancy with England relying on Jos Buttler and Adil Rashid to repair the damage.Also Read – Cook thanks Graham Gooch, Barmy Army after announcing retirementIshant Sharma, who had Cook dropped on 37, took three for 28 while recalled spinner Ravindra Jadeja and Jasprit Bumrah took two apiece as India raised hopes of a first Oval win since 1971.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

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STORM LAKE POLICE INVESTIGATE SHOOTING

first_imgStorm Lake Police are investigating a shooting in that city Tuesday night.Officers were dispatched to the Buena Vista Inn and Suites shortly before midnight where they found a 26 year old male victim lying next to his pick up truck.The victim says he had shot himself in the leg accidentally.Police located a .45 caliber handgun at the scene.The man was taken to a Storm Lake hospital for treatment of his wound.The incident remains under investigation.last_img

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TV and Kick Times Set for Oklahoma State’s First Three Football Games

first_imgOklahoma State’s first football game is a mere 94 days away. On Wednesday we found out how we could watch it and what time it would kick off. Same goes for the other two non-conference games preceding what will be an incredibly intriguing first conference matchup in Waco against Baylor. Here’s a look at the first three games of the season.All three are at home.Southeastern Louisiana (September 3)TV: FSNKickoff: 2:30 p.m.Central Michigan (September 10)TV: FS1Kickoff: 11 a.m. (everyone hates us)Pittsburgh (September 17)TV: ESPNKickoff: 2:30 p.m.No complaints here. I dread the early season bad opponent 6 p.m. kickoff because then you’re staying up late doing something you don’t really want to be doing — watching a blowout college football game. OSU can get Game 1 under its belt quickly before moving on to what should be two nice tests (especially Pitt) before the Big 12 slate.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

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Arsenal keen to tie down Aaron Ramsey and Danny Welbeck to longer deals

first_imgReuse this content It hurts but Tottenham’s blueprint could work for stagnating West Ham Read more “It is something we want to address,” Wenger said in relation to fresh terms for Ramsey and Welbeck. “Both of them are in a good moment for us. But with the level of transfers and the amounts that players expect on their contracts, you will have more and more players going into the final year of their contracts. You will be in a position where you either extend for money you cannot afford or you go into the final year of their contract.“This season, there were 107 players in the Premier League who got into the final year of their contract and you will see that more. The clubs want too much money for normal players.“They say that if one player is worth £200m [like Neymar], then this player is worth £50m. But everybody knows for that player £50m is too much and they cannot afford it. So what happens? The club cannot sell and doesn’t extend the contract, so more and more players are going into the final year of their contract.”Wenger noted that Germany’s chancellor, Angela Merkel, had recently urged Uefa and Fifa to introduce new rules to control the spending on transfer fees. In light of his suggestion that the market has become increasingly blocked, the Arsenal manager was asked whether he foresaw the end of fees being paid for players.“Something will happen,” he replied. “For the first time, on the political front, the German prime minister has come out and, also, the president of Uefa has come out. I think, politically, something will happen in the next 12 months to regulate and limit the transfer amounts.“You have to go one of two ways – regulate it properly or leave it completely open. You cannot be in between and that is where we are at the moment. It is only to the advantage of some clubs who can deal with the [financial fair play] rules in a legal way.“The regulation has to be stricter and clearer, or open the market completely and you can do what you want provided you can guarantee you have the money to pay. At the moment, we are a bit in between and that does not work.” Share on LinkedIn Aaron Ramsey Topics Share on Pinterest Arsène Wenger Share on Twittercenter_img Danny Welbeck Arsène Wenger wants to push new contract talks with Aaron Ramsey and Danny Welbeck, whose deals at Arsenal expire in the summer of 2019. However, the manager has warned that because of the inflation of the transfer market, more and more players are set to enter the last years on their contracts.Arsenal have a clutch of players in their final 12 months, most notably Alexis Sánchez and Mesut Özil, and there would be consternation if Ramsey and Welbeck were to go down the same path. Welbeck is currently out until mid-October with a groin injury but he started the season well while Ramsey was impressive in Sunday’s 0-0 draw at Chelsea. Share via Email Share on Facebook Arsenal Share on WhatsApp news Share on Messengerlast_img read more

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Minister Montague Says Domestic Airline A Priority

first_imgMinister of Transport and Mining, Hon. Robert Montague, says he is working to have a domestic airline operating in Jamaica in short order.“Having a domestic airline is one of my objectives because I believe that ordinary Jamaicans should have an option of taking… air transport, so I have it as one of my priorities,” he said.Mr. Montague was speaking to JIS News at the final in a series of consultations for the crafting of a new National Transport Policy (NTP), held on Wednesday (March 13) at The Knutsford Court Hotel in St. Andrew.He indicated that discussions are under way with three investment groups to start a domestic service.“The market can take up to two, and possibly three. I am leading the effort to have a domestic carrier up and running,” he said.The series of consultations, held with key stakeholders, will guide the revision of the transport policy, covering air, water, road, railway, and infrastructure and services.It identifies the issues faced in the development of the sector; the roles of Government, the private sector and the numerous authorities operating in the sector; the changes necessary in the regulatory structure; and environment and safety issues.last_img read more

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Climate Change Documents to be Tabled in Parliament

first_imgTwo publications by the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ), which address the issue of climate change, are to be tabled in Parliament shortly by Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change Minister, Hon. Robert Pickersgill. The two documents – ‘2012 State of the Jamaican Climate, Information for Resilience Building’ and ‘2012 State of the Jamaican Climate, Information for Resilience Building, Summary for Policymakers’ – were presented to the Minister  by the PIOJ’s Acting Director General, Everton McFarlane, at the Ministry’s New Kingston offices on March 6. These publications are among six produced by the PIOJ under Phase I of the Inter-American Development Bank’s (IDB) Pilot Programme for Climate Resilience (PPCR), with grant funding support of US$507,000, provided through the IDB’s Climate Investment Fund (CIF). The contents are compilations of data derived from a study undertaken by the Climate Studies Group at the University of the West Indies (UWI), which examines and outlines variations in Jamaica’s weather patterns and include climate assessments, variability, projections, and recommendations for climate change adaptability and resilience strengthening. The study incorporated wide scale consultations with a number of stakeholders.  Underscoring the importance of the publications, Mr. McFarlane noted that Jamaica is being positioned to evolve into a “modern economy” with an imperative being access to, and use of the most current and high quality information to guide problem solving and decision making on matters such as climate change. “Thus, being a climate sensitive economy, we have to understand how the climate is changing and how it is likely to change spatially over time and towards the end of the Century. We, at the PIOJ, are convinced that the outputs of this project are of tremendous value to the entire country,” he said. Noting that National Outcome 14 of the country’s National Development Plan, Vision 2030 Jamaica, speaks to “Hazard Risk Reduction and Adaptation to Climate Change”, Mr. McFarlane expressed the hope that access to the documents by the country’s Parliamentarians will “aid their understanding of how inter-linked Jamaica’s development is to its weather patterns”.     Mr. McFarlane advised that arrangements will be made for public access to the documents through the distribution of copies, as well as uploading of their contents on the PIOJ’s website. Welcoming the publications, Mr. Pickersgill said they would effectively assist the administration in mainstreaming climate change into “priority” sectors; facilitate sectoral adaptation measures; strengthen policy and institutional arrangements; and build capacity for planning and forecasting. Additionally, they will serve to guide the promotion of climate change education and awareness.  Mr. Pickersgill also acknowledged the support of the IDB, and noted that various international partners and agencies have consistently collaborated with Jamaica to strengthen the country’s capacity to adapt to climate change. “What we need to do now is to streamline all the responses, and for this reason, I am anxious to get the Climate Change Department up and running; and this is a priority on my agenda. I anticipate that the information contained in these documents will also be heavily referenced in the development of Jamaica’s Third National Report to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change,” the Minister said. In his remarks, IDB Country Office Operations Director for Jamaica, Harold Arzu, who deputised for Acting Country Representative, Gerard Johnson, said the institution welcomed the opportunity to partner with Jamaica in undertaking the study.    “We are hopeful that the recommendations and the plans that come out of the reports will provide some guidance in the area of resilience building. I also hope that very important policy regulations and legislations will result from the work that has been done,” he said, while assuring that the IDB will continue to collaborate with Jamaica on climate change developments. Meanwhile, noted climatologist, Professor Anthony Chen, said the data compiled in the documents currently represent the most “in-depth” study of climate change in Jamaica.    He noted that the findings project warmer and drier weather patterns for Jamaica toward the end of the 21st Century, and expressed the hope that the study will provide a basis from which the PIOJ and other organisations can formulate  projects that will enable Jamaica to adapt to these changes.last_img read more

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Light rains likely in Delhi in the next 24 hours

first_imgNew Delhi: The mercury in the national capital Monday dropped several notches owing to light rainfall, easterly winds and a western disturbance. The city recorded a high of 35.4 degrees Celsius, two notches below normal, and a low of 27.4 degrees Celsius. Humidity levels oscillated between 55 and 78 percent, according to the weather office. The weather stations at Lodhi Road and the Delhi Ridge recorded traces of rainfall. Moisture-laden easterly winds are moving towards Delhi and a western disturbance is also affecting weather activity in the hills and the northern plains, including the Delhi-NCR region, said Kuldeep Shrivastava, a senior scientist at India Meteorological Department (IMD). Also Read – Kejriwal ‘denied political clearance’ to attend climate meet in Denmark Similar weather conditions will prevail in the city for another three to four days, he said. Private forecaster Skymet Weather said a thundercloud over Haryana is moving towards Delhi and light rain is likely in the next 24 hours which will keep the mercury in check. Light rain activity will continue in patches for another two-three days. Thereafter, the temperatures will rise slightly, chief meteorologist at Skymet Weather Mahesh Palwat said. The weatherman has predicted a generally cloudy sky on Tuesday. The city is likely to witness light rain, thunderstorm and winds gusting up to 40 kilometers per hour. The maximum and minimum temperatures will hover around 34 and 26 degrees Celsius respectively.last_img read more

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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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