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first_imgAssam has found a new reason for a bandh — alleged denial of berth to a tribal MLA in the Sarbananda Sonowal Ministry that was expanded on Thursday.A group of nine organisations, including Jatiya Aikya Mancha, All Tiwa Students’ Union, Koch-Rajbongshi Students’ Union and Chutiya Jati Sammilan, enforced a 12-hour shutdown on Friday in protest against the non-inclusion of BJP MLA from Morigaon Ramakanta Deuri. Tiwa and Chutiya are tribes while the Koch-Rajbonshi community is demanding ST status along with five others.The bandh was effective only in Morigaon but it led to stray incidents of violence with protesters burning a few vehicles. Communication, district officials said, was affected on an arterial highway that connects Guwahati to eastern Assam.“The expansion of the Ministry, delayed for almost two months, was unfair on the tribes of Assam. Our MLA’s inclusion (into the Ministry) could have portrayed the BJP as a more inclusive party,” said a spokesperson representing the protesting NGOs.Mr. Deuri was the chief of Tiwa Jatiya Aikya Mancha before the BJP offered to field him from the Morigaon constituency. A month ago, he had embarrassed the BJP leaders by deciding to relaunch his old party as Jatiya Aikya Mancha.Mr. Deuri had also announced fielding candidates from his new-look party for the upcoming panchayat polls in alliance with the Asom Gana Parishad, one of the BJP’s two regional allies in the State.The BJP, keen on going it alone in the panchayat polls, chose not to confront Mr. Deuri and allowed him to go ahead with his plans, as “rural polls are area-specific and have no bearing on the larger political scenario” in Assam.On Thursday, seven MLAs were inducted into the Sonowal Ministry taking the number of Ministers in Assam to 18. The State can have another minister. Of the seven, five are from the BJP and one each from AGP and Bodoland People’s Front.The expansion did not go down well with a section of BJP leaders who quit key party posts in protest.last_img read more

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first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares ATLANTA — Concerned about the threat of the Zika virus, USA Swimming has moved a pre-Olympic training camp from Puerto Rico to Atlanta.Frank Busch, the National Team Director, sent out a letter May 19 to all national team athletes and coaches telling them of the change.“I think it’s the prudent thing to do,” Bob Bowman, who coaches 18-time gold medalist Michael Phelps, told The Associated Press.The U.S. team is still scheduled to hold a training camp in San Antonio from July 11-21.After that, the team had been planning to make a stop in Puerto Rico for several more days of training before traveling on to Rio de Janeiro, where the Olympic swimming competition begins Aug. 6.USA Swimming’s decision follows a move by Major League Baseball to shift two regular-season games out of San Juan because of players’ concerns about the virus. The May 30-31 series between the Marlins and the Pittsburgh Pirates will now be played in Miami.The Zika virus is carried by mosquitoes and has been linked to microcephaly, a condition in which babies are born with undersized brains and skulls.There are also concerns that it might contribute to the Guillain-Barre syndrome in adults, a condition that leads to rapid muscle weakness caused by the immune system damaging the peripheral nervous system.“The health and safety of our athletes is USA Swimming’s primary priority and responsibility,” said Scott Leightman, a spokesman for USA Swimming.The Zika outbreak has been one of the major headaches facing Olympic organizers as they prepare for South America’s first Olympics. Brazilian officials insist that precautions will be taken to keep athletes safe and point to the onset of winter in Brazil as being helpful in reducing the mosquito population.But a Canadian professor, in an article published last week by the Harvard Public Health Review, warned that the Olympics should be postponed or moved until the virus is under control. Amir Attaran of the University of Ottawa warned that the influx of visitors to Brazil will result in the avoidable births of malformed babies.Brazil is by far the country most affected by Zika, though hundreds have now been infected in Puerto Rico, including the U.S. commonwealth’s first confirmed death from the virus.“As part of our preparations for the Olympic Games this summer, we have been closely monitoring the current situation with the Zika virus,” Busch wrote in his letter, which was obtained by the AP.“According to the (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) and other health experts in the field of science and medicine, our athletes would be highly exposed to the Zika virus in Puerto Rico.“With this information, the national team division has decided to relocate the second camp to Atlanta.”The camp will now be held at the Georgia Tech aquatic center, site of the 1996 Olympics and a meet just last weekend featuring gold medalists Katie Ledecky and Nathan Adrian.Busch wrote that a number of factors went into the decision to go to Atlanta, including the flight time to Rio (about 9 1-2 hours nonstop), the world-class facilities at Georgia Tech and hotel availability.While no prominent national team members have expressed concerns about competing in Rio, Busch stressed that preventing athletes from being infected while at the Olympics was a top priority.“We will also educate Olympic team members about Zika and provide them with multiple tools to reduce the risk of being bitten by mosquitoes while in Rio,” he wrote.When asked about the seeming contradiction of canceling a camp in Puerto Rico because of Zika but going on to compete in the country hardest hit by the virus, Bowman said he believes the risk will actually be much lower at the Olympics.“Honestly, we can control it better in Rio,” he said. “They’re taking every precaution they can. We’re talking about swimming in an indoor venue in the wintertime. Plus, we have other measures we can take. We just feel like that’s a much more controlled environment.”Busch said the setup in Atlanta will allow the powerful U.S. team to develop the sort of camaraderie that is so important heading into the Olympics. The squad will be determined at the eight-day trials in Omaha, Nebraska, which begin June 26.“Team culture is one of the things that sets Team USA apart,” Busch wrote. “We want to make sure our camp creates that unity as we head into the Olympic Games.”(PAUL NEWBERRY, AP National Writer)last_img read more

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first_imgThe Railway Recruitment Board (RRB) will be releasing the admit cards of Assistant Loco Pilot and Technician recruitment exam 2018 soon on its official website, the link for which is www.indianrail.gov.in.As per the schedule, RRB will conduct the first-stage examination for Assistant Loco Pilot and Technician posts on August 9, 2018Meanwhile, the mock link for the CBT (computer-based test) along with exam details like city, date and session will be released today, i.e., July 26.RRB ALP, Technician Admit Card 2018: How to check scoresGo to the official website, www.indianrail.gov.inOn the homepage, select your regionClick on the admit card linkEnter all the required information such as roll number, date of birth and passwordOn submitting the same, admit cards will be displayedDownload and take print out of the same for future referenceRead: Rail Wheel Factory is inviting applications to fill 192 Apprentice posts: Check @ rwf.indianrailways.gov.inExam Pattern for Assistant Loco Pilot and TechniciansThe competitive exam will comprise 4 sections and will be of one hour durationThe total number of questions in the test will be 75The four sections in the question paper will be Mathematics, General Intelligence and Reasoning, General Science, and General Awareness and Current AffairsThere will be 20 questions in mathematics section, 25 questions in General Intelligence and Reasoning, 20 questions in General Science, and 10 questions in the General Awareness and Current Affairs sectionType of questions: ObjectiveThe recruitment notification was released in March by Indian Railways (CEN 01/2018 and CEN 02/2018) to fill a total of 26,502 posts available with 17,673 for assistant loco pilot and 8,829 posts for technicians.advertisementRead: Railway Recruitment Cell is hiring sports persons; last date to apply August 10Selection procedureFor Group C:The selection will be done on the basis of a computer-based test (CBT)The qualified ones will then have to undergo Physical Efficiency Test (PET)Question papers will be provided in 15 different languages to ensure opportunities for candidates across IndiaThose who have opted for ALP and qualified in the second stage CBT will have to undergo computer based aptitude test (AT)For Group DThe selection will be done on the basis of a Computer Based Test (CBT)The qualified ones will then have to undergo Physical Efficiency Test (PET)Important date:Exam date: August 9Read: Here’s what CBSE clarified about the extreme marks increase in the Class 12 re-evaluation processlast_img read more

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first_img Read more Facebook Tottenham Hotspur Share on Messenger ‘Harry Kane is such a normal bloke… Like one of us that made it’ Share via Email Refreshed or disrupted, talismanic Harry Kane is England’s focal point Twitter As a child Kane played for Ridgeway Rovers, where Beckham and Andros Townsend also began their careers, but was rejected by Arsenal and Tottenham and had an unsuccessful trial at Watford. Liam Brady, who was in charge of Arsenal’s academy at the time, said one of the main reasons they let him go was that he was overweight. “He was a bit chubby,” he said. “He wasn’t very athletic, but we made a mistake.” While at Watford he played so well in a game against Tottenham that their coaches decided to re-sign him. “If you’d have said to me at 11 or even 14, would he go on to have the career he’s had? I probably would have said: ‘I doubt it,’” says David Bricknell, who coached him at Ridgeway.He has questionable taste in films Facebook World Cup Share on WhatsApp Harry Kane features World Cup 2018 He went to the same school as David Beckham Pinterest Share on LinkedIn Share on Facebook Like Beckham, Kane went to Chingford Foundation School. “Harry was clever, articulate and very humble,” said the English teacher Denis McElligott, who managed one of the school football teams in which Kane starred. “If we were struggling during a game, the tactic would be ‘just give it to Harry’, and he would smash one in from the corner flag.” Also like Beckham he has gone on to captain England and star in ads for men’s fragrances; unlike Beckham he is engaged to an old schoolfriend rather than a pop star and has refused to cover himself in tattoos because “my dad always told me I would regret it when I was older”.He was rejected by Arsenal for being overweight David Beckham in 2005 with an 11-year-old Harry Kane. Photograph: REX Topics Kane and Peter Bradshaw are divided on the merits of the 2009 crime thriller Law Abiding Citizen. Photograph: John Baer Kane and his fiancée, Katie Goodland, have a family home in Essex, complete with swimming pool, cinema-cum-golf-simulator room and temporary World Cup-themed viewing tipi, which they share with their daughter, Ivy, and their two dogs. But last year the Tottenham manager, Mauricio Pochettino, revealed that Kane has a second house near Tottenham’s training ground where he stays during the week, allowing him to spend extra hours honing his skills. His work ethic is infamous, though his golden rule of goalscoring is extremely simple: “When you get a clear sight of goal, aim low and hard across the goalkeeper,” he says. “These are the most difficult shots to save.”He is mildly obsessed with NFLSince being introduced to the sport by his fiancee’s brother, Kane has become fascinated by American football. One of his dogs is named after the quarterback Tom Brady, whose story of being underestimated as a youth but through a bit of talent and a lot of graft working his way to fame and glory particularly chimes. “He reminded me of me,” Kane said. “Brady believed in himself so much – and he just kept working and working, almost obsessively, in order to get better.” His dream is to become an NFL placekicker when he hangs up his soccer boots. “It depends on how my career goes and injuries and how I age,” he said, “but I’d love to.” Share on Pinterest Twitter Kane’s favourite film is Law Abiding Citizen. The Gerard Butler action movie scores a meagre 26% on Rotten Tomatoes and earned one star from the Guardian’s film critic Peter Bradshaw on release in 2009. Bradshaw described it as “extremely gory and stomach-churning” and both “silly and nasty at the same time”. When Kane likes something he keeps liking it: in a 2014 interview Kane said his favourite TV show was Dexter, which was still popular at the time having finished the previous year. In an interview this year Kane said his favourite TV show was … still Dexter. “It just had me gripped from the start,” he says.He is having an unusual World CupThe Tottenham striker may be the most deadly marksman at the World Cup, having scored, remarkably, with all six of his shots on target, but 24 players at the tournament have had more than his nine shots. These are not typical Kane statistics, and reflect the limited number of chances England have created: at the European Championship two years ago he had 13 shots and failed to score at all, while in the most recent Premier League season he had 184 goal attempts, 40 more than anyone else and nearly twice the tally of third-place Christian Eriksen (97), 108 of which were off target, and 30 of which went in.He has two houses Share on Twitter Read more Pinterest Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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first_imgOTTAWA — A timeline of Canada Post job action:Between 1965 and 2005:-19 strikes, lockouts and walkouts-Workers legislated back to work in 1987, 1991 and 19972007:-No labour disruptions as CUPW strikes four-year deal with Canada Post2011:-48,000 Canada Post workers begin job action June 2 with rotating strikes-Canada Post locks out workers June 14, saying it can’t operate under constant threat-Conservative government tables back-to-work bill June 20; stoppage ends June 272016:-CUPW wins challenge of previous back-to-work legislation in the Ontario Superior Court-Union and management sign two-year contract Aug. 30 without new disruption2018:-Canada Post workers begin rotating strikes in different cities Oct. 22-Labour Minister Patty Hajdu tables back to work legislation Nov. 22-Canadian Union of Postal Workers vows to fight in court if bill passesThe Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Rabat – The RNP will then conduct a census for the remaining regions between February 2020 and May 2024,  Minister of the Interior Abdelouafi Laftit said Wednesday.The RNP aims to collect personal data to ensure the government has reliable data through the use of a digital identifier for all Moroccans, including minors and Moroccans residing abroad, said Laftit.Laftit was speaking at a presentation on a draft sectoral budget of the Ministry of the Interior at the House of Representatives, Maghreb Arab Press reported. On August 27, Morocco’s Ministry of the Interior and India’s Bangalore-based Institute of Technology signed an MoU to work jointly on a social register project. RNP’s management system is based on the open source software platform, called “MOSIP.”The registration project, which the World Bank has helped finance with $100 million, is set to identify the needs and aspirations of Morocco’s most marginalized families.Read also: Morocco-India Social Register Program Aims to Reduce InequalityTo ensure good governance and reform of social protection systems, Laftit said that the registration system will based on three pillars.The first pillar focuses on RNP, and the second focuses on the Consolidated Social Register (RSU), which includes social and economic information to determine families in need of social services.The RSU is the only way for citizens to access all social programs on the basis of objective criteria according to socio-economic data and new technologies, explained Laftit.The RSU register will be put into general use between March 2020 and June 2024.The third pillar is the establishment of a public institution, the National Register Agency, which will manage the security of the technical system and the confidentiality of registers.Read also: CECE Report: Moroccan Citizens ‘Perceive Inequalities as Injustice’Registration a national priorityThe registration project is a priority for the Moroccan government because it reflects the instructions King Mohammed VI gave in his Throne Day speech.The King spoke about a new initiative to establish a “consolidated social register” to gradually improve social welfare projects.  “This is a national registration system to identify families that truly deserve to benefit from social assistance programs,” the King said.“It is a strategic and ambitious social project which concerns large segments of the Moroccan population,” he added.Laftit  also indicated that his ministry is working to monitor the national campaign for the registration of children who were not registered in the civil registry at birth. The campaign was launched in December 2017.More than 33,430 people had been registered by the end of June, the minister noted. read more

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The nearly $2 billion renewal process for the entire UN complex – plagued by leaks, safety violations and outdated systems – is set to wrap up in time by 2013, with the renovation of the Secretariat tower scheduled to be completed in 2012, Capital Master Plan (CMP) Executive Director Michael Adlerstein told the UN News Centre.Some 5,600 people have been moved out of the UN compound and into various so-called swing spaces in midtown Manhattan.“The good news is that the space works well and that there is a general consensus that the space is functional and achieves the objective of keeping the UN operational,” Mr. Adlerstein noted.With staff scattered in various buildings, he stressed that “it’s very important to us that the Secretariat renovation get completed so we can bring the staff back home.”The official said that the next round of overhauls should not wait another six decades, and that the world body should undertake “less traumatic” renovations roughly every decade.At the ground-breaking ceremony two years ago, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon pledged to make the complex “a model of environmental stewardship” by reducing the UN’s electrical and water usage and by removing harmful materials that were used in the original construction.“As we conduct this work, we will never lose sight of the original purpose of our founders when they erected these buildings almost 60 years ago: promoting a safer, more peaceful and more just world,” Mr. Ban added.Upon the completion of the CMP, the UN compound will be “extremely green and sustainable and well-designed,” slashing water consumption and the world body’s carbon footprint by more than 40 per cent, Mr. Adlerstein pointed out today.“It won’t be wasteful as we’ve become over the year in recent decades, but it still requires constant maintenance and observation,” he added.Renovations are set to ramp up in the coming weeks and will be much more visible, as the Secretariat building is fully emptied of employees and scaffolding is put up. This “high-gear” phase is set to last for the next two years, the Executive Director said. 5 May 2010Two years have passed since ground was broken for the renovation of the landmark United Nations Headquarters in New York to make it safer and greener, and the process is “on track and on schedule,” the official in charge of the overhaul said today. read more

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Lukas Schulze/Getty Images OTTAWA — Climate change talks in Germany are headed for a collision course on coal this week — and Canada is right in the middle of it.Environment Minister Catherine McKenna arrived this weekend in Bonn, Germany, to attend the second week of COP23, the annual United Nations climate change talks that two years ago led to the Paris climate change accord.This year, the parties to Paris are hammering out rules for how that accord will be implemented, how carbon will be counted and how countries will be held accountable for their emissions cuts.McKenna and her British counterpart, Claire Perry, minister of state for climate change and industry, want the conversation to focus on getting rid of coal as a power source, which is responsible for more than 40 per cent of global carbon dioxide emissions.McKenna and Perry are hosting a joint event Nov. 16 to launch a joint campaign calling for other countries to declare a plan not to build any more unabated coal-fired plants and eliminate existing ones. Unabated plants are those that have no carbon capture or storage technology to keep emissions from ending up in the atmosphere.The slogan is seen in the U.S. “We Are Still In” pavilion at the COP 23 United Nations Climate Change Conference on Saturday in Bonn, Germany. “We want every country to look at how they can reduce their use of coal and phase it out and we want to be supporting developing countries to do so,” McKenna told The Canadian Press in an interview last week.McKenna did not, however, commit any additional money to the program.About 10 per cent of electricity in Canada comes from coal, and 40 per cent of the electricity around the world is generated by coal-fired power plants.A year ago, Canada committed to eliminating coal as a source of power by 2030. Britain has committed to getting rid of it by 2025.Since Canada and the U.K. first announced their coal phase-out campaign last month, Italy and Netherlands added themselves to the list of countries aiming to get rid of coal. France had already set a 2025 coal-phase out target.But their anti-coal initiative is in direct contrast with the United States, which is kicking off the week with an event promoting all the ways fossil fuels like coal can be part of the narrative of combating climate change.“I anticipate it will be a big story this week,” said Catherine Abreu, executive director of Climate Action Network Canada, who has been in Bonn since the talks began Nov. 6.Last month, Scott Pruitt, the head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, declared the “war on coal is over” as he tore up the U.S. Clean Power Plan, a legacy of President Barack Obama that required states to cut emissions based on energy consumption and offered incentives to foster renewable power and energy efficiency.The U.S. successfully managed to convince the G20 to include a statement about the U.S. helping other countries “access and use fossil fuels more cleanly and efficiently” in its final statement in July. On Monday, U.S. officials and fossil fuel industry representatives will make presentations about it.McKenna however said the world has already decided with its money that coal is a relic of the past.“The market has moved on coal so the good news is you now have clean energy like wind and solar that’s cheaper and there’s far more investments in wind and solar than there is in coal,” she said.Despite her bravado, the Global Coal Plant Tracker shows plans are afoot for another 1,600 new coal plants, which once operational would expand coal power by 42 per cent around the world.China’s energy companies are behind 700 of them, despite China’s pledge earlier this year to scale back its coal plans at home. India’s state-run National Thermal Power Corp. intends to invest more than $10 billion to build new coal plants over the next five years.If Canada and the U.K. can get China and India involved to some extent, it would be a real victory, Abreu said. She doesn’t expect them to agree to phase coal out entirely, but agreeing to help would be a big step.Germany would be another big get for the coalition, and may be an easier fish to land if German Chancellor Angela Merkel tries to get the German Green Party into her coalition. The Greens want Germany to meet its emissions reduction targets, which would require it to abandon coal. read more

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An accomplice of notorious underworld leader Makandure Madush was nabbed in Mattakuliya.The Police said that ‘Andarewatte Chamara’ was arrested by the Special Task Force (STF) in Grandpass with drugs. Meanwhile, another accomplice of Makandure Madush was also arrested.The suspect was arrested in Sooriyawewa with a weapon. Makandure Madush was arrested in Dubai recently with several others. (Colombo Gazette)

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The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today called for immediate emergency intervention in Djibouti, where 10 shipping containers leaking toxic pesticide are creating serious human health and environmental problems. The current location of the containers – which hold chromated copper arsenate, primarily used as a wood preservative for power and telegraph poles and is carcinogenic – is already severely contaminated, FAO said. The worst affected site is within 400 metres of a food aid store. Over 200 tonnes of the chemical were shipped recently in plastic containers from the United Kingdom to be delivered to the Ethiopian Power Corporation, according to the UN agency. “All previous shipments of this chemical have used steel drums for the product and no leakage occurred,” said FAO expert Kevin Helps, who was asked by the Djibouti Ministry of Agriculture to visit the site and make safeguard recommendations. “It appears that the plastic containers have suffered a catastrophic failure resulting in leakage from the container. The containers must have started to leak while on the vessel.” Port authorities have taken first steps to safeguard the contaminated areas, and the potential for the spread of contamination by dust or wind has been reduced, FAO said. As an immediate emergency intervention, the agency suggested quarantining the storage site and placing guards to prevent access to the area. All further leakage should be contained to prevent further soil contamination. read more

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Rufus Norris, the National Theatre’s artistic director, who, when asked about the theatre having permission to use “Royal” in its title, said: “Sometimes it’s very useful for us and reflective and sometimes it’s less so.” Credit:Matt Crossick/PA Rufus Norris, the National Theatre's artistic director, who, when asked about the theatre having permission to use "Royal" in its title, said: "Sometimes it's very useful for us and reflective and sometimes it's less so."  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. “Arts funding is being sidelined in the curriculum. Schools are cutting creative opportunities at every age group,” he said, adding: “Without a commitment to creativity in schools at Government level artists will continue to be drawn from a very narrow section of society. The arts thrive in diversity if class, of gender, of ethnicity. But they [Ministers] aren’t too worried our creative leaders are coming only from one sector of society.“To remain world leading our country needs to be funding bright, young talent from the outset. If Government policy continues to marginalise the arts there a very real threat to the creativity of our country.”The National Theatre’s new programme includes a timely adaptation of Andrea Levy’s award-winning novel Small Small Island, about the Windrush generation, and Lenny Henry’s one man play about the influential US comic Richard Pryor. There has been a suspicion among observers that the NT fears the prefix ‘Royal’ would not chime with its public image of staging cutting edgeexperimental plays and new interpretations of classic works amid its modern brutalist concrete home on London’s South Bank. But Mr Norris said the theatre welcomed the support of the Royal Family, including an intervention last month by Prince Charles – who once described its design as “a clever way of building a nuclear power station in the middle of London without anyone objecting” – during which he called for every child to have access to a “vital” arts education.His comments chimed with those of the chief executive of the Royal Opera House, Alex Beard, who last month said the inclusion of “Royal” in the venue’s name was “off-putting” to the general public, with those who are not familiar with its work fearing it is not for them.In an interview with the Sunday Times magazine, Beard said: “Well, we had three problems. “Royal. Opera. And House. Each of those words is charged.”Mr Norris courted further controversy on Wednesday when he launched an outspoken attack on the Government’s “neglect” and lack of support for drama as part of the timetabled curriculum in schools, saying it threatened to undermine Britain’s future economic prospects.He accused ministers of not caring that actors and performers increasingly come from a narrow layer of British society.Mr Norris cited figures showing that since 2010 there has been a 35 per cent fall in the number of students taking GCSEs in arts subjects. Britain’s national theatre has admitted it deliberately avoids using the prefix Royal in its title for fear of putting off potential new audiences by giving the impression it is an elitist institution.The artistic director of the National Theatre delivered a snub to the Monarchy yesterday when he suggested using its full title could usher in the theatre’s “downfall”.Permission to add the ‘Royal’ prefix to the name of the theatre was given in 1988, but the full title is rarely used – in contrast to the National Theatre’s counterparts The Royal Ballet and The Royal Opera House.Speaking at the launch of the National Theatre’s 2018/19 programme Rufus Norris indicated that was unlikely to change any time soon.He said: “This country is still very class divided and anything that adds to that perception, that this place is not open to everybody, could be a downfall. I fear that for some people that [the ‘Royal’ prefix] adds to that perception.”Mr Norris said he would consider taking the matter to the board of the National Theatre, paving the way either for the prefix to be dropped altogether, or even for it to be used more frequently.“This place has to be a community centre and the fact is that [using the prefix] that may alter that perception,” he said. read more

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first_imgLe mystérieux “ovni” de la Baltique, une arme secrète des nazis ?Interrogé récemment par le journal Expressen, relayé par le DailyMail, un expert suédois suggère que le mystérieux et gigantesque objet découvert en 2011 au fond de la Baltique par des plongeurs (également suédois), pourrait être un dispositif anti sous-marins installé par les Allemands lors de la Seconde guerre mondiale.Selon Anders Autellus, ex-officier de la marine suédoise, spécialiste de la Seconde guerre mondiale, la mystérieuse structure sous-marine qui intrigue tant les plongeurs de la société suédoise Ocean Explorer, qui a été découverte au fond de la Baltique en 2011, pourrait être un élément des défenses anti sous-marins implantées là par les Allemands durant la guerre de 1939-1945.À lire aussiUn cachalot sauvage imite un plongeur en train de faire une pirouette dans l’eauD’environ 60 m de long sur 7,50 de large, dépassant de 3 m du sol marin, la structure, estime l’expert, serait faite d’une double paroi en béton destinée à supporter un treillis métallique suffisamment grand pour brouiller les émissions sonar des sous-marins britanniques et soviétiques, qui menaçaient les navires allemands transportant, dans ces parages, des pièces détachées pour la Wehrmacht. De fait, l’objet a aussi perturbé le fonctionnement des instruments utilisés par les plongeurs d’Ocean Explorer.Des structures similaires avaient été construites par les Anglais à la même époque, a précisé l’expert.  Érodé par l’eau salée et le temps, l’objet serait devenu difficilement identifiable. “C’est crédible (…) parce que l’objet est situé au-dessous d’une route maritime”, remarque Stefan Hogeborn, de l’équipe d’Ocean Explorer, qui estime que la théorie d’Anders Autellus est “un bon candidat” à l’explication du mystère.Le 13 juillet 2012 à 16:30 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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first_imgPRESS RELEASE – Oregon Department of Transportation personnel were to remain on scene monitoring two tanker trailers loaded with approximately 9,000 gallons of diesel after they traveled down an embankment on the south side of Interstate 84 in the Hood River area Friday afternoon. The company was arranging to off load the diesel before removing the tanker trailers possibly on Saturday. According to Oregon State Police Sgt. Pat Shortt, on March 4, 2011 at approximately 3:25 p.m. a commercial truck pulling the two tanker trailers was eastbound on Interstate 84 near milepost 63. The truck’s driver, Eric D. Christiansen, 58, from Vancouver lost control possibly due to an equipment problem on one of the trailers. The vehicles came to an initial rest teetering over the right shoulder guardrail. Uninjured, Christiansen got out of the truck before it continued down an embankment and stopped against several trees. The front trailer was ruptured but it appears a small amount of diesel leaked because the hole was above the diesel level in the tank. OSP troopers from The Dalles Area Command office, Hood River Fire Department, and ODOT responded to the scene. OSP’s investigation is continuing. The right eastbound lane is expected to remain closed until the load off-loading is completed.last_img read more

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first_imgKienen Wayrynen, the 15-year-old boy injured Thursday after hitting an SUV while riding his bicycle in Hazel Dell, was upgraded to satisfactory condition at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center on Friday morning, and was discharged from the hospital Friday evening.Kienen had been listed in critical condition late Thursday.He was riding downhill and against traffic on a sidewalk on the north side of Northwest 99th Street, in front of Columbia River High School, when he hit an SUV that was leaving a parking lot just before 4 p.m. The SUV’s driver, Dana Wilcox, 37, of Vancouver braked and may have been stopped before the bicycle hit her car. Kienen tried to avoid the SUV and crashed into the front passenger side near the headlights and bumper, said Sgt. Randon Walker with the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.Kienen is the son of The Columbian’s photo editor, Troy Wayrynen.Friday afternoon, sheriff’s Sgt. Steve Shea called The Columbian to correct information about state traffic laws that had been provided by the sheriff’s office earlier. Kienen did not violate traffic laws prior to the crash, as previously reported. Shea, a former traffic accident investigator, said Washington law allows bicyclists to ride on sidewalks, though they must yield the right of way to pedestrians, and that drivers of vehicles must yield the right of way to both bicyclists and pedestrians on sidewalks.last_img read more

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first_imgLa Center — The Lewis River Mobile Food Bank is looking for volunteers to help bring food to hungry people in rural North Clark County. Its food trailer delivers to a different site each Sunday afternoon and allows people to choose food they’ll serve in their homes. Volunteers of all sorts are welcome.“We are currently in need of someone with a vehicle that can pull the food trailer to our delivery site on the fourth Sunday of the month,” said organizer Candice Howell.The regular schedule is 2 to 4 p.m. on the:• First Sunday of the month at the View Fire Station, 37604 NE 119th Ave., La Center.• Second Sunday at the Fire District 2 Station, 314 N.W. 389th Street, La Center.• Third Sunday at Yacolt’s Evangelical Free Church, 509 West Cushman.• Fourth Sunday at La Center’s Evangelical Free Church, 111 E. Fifth Street.Since late 2009, the volunteer-run mobile food bank has delivered nearly 100,000 pounds of food and assisted more than 7,300 people.If you’re interested, call 360-263-5763 or email howell_clz@yahoo.com. Donations can be mailed to Lewis River Mobile Food Bank, 38809 N.E. 41st Avenue, La Center, WA 98629. For more information, visit http://lrmfb.org.last_img read more

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first_imgAugust 7th at 7:30 p.m., Ms. Lauryn Hill will take the stage at Baltimore’s Pier Six Pavilion. She will perform her classic hits from “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill” as well as new music from the compilation “Nina Revisited… A Tribute to Nina Simone.” Tickets range from $40 – $125 for the show and doors will open at 6:00 p.m.last_img

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first_imgKolkata: The British Council Summer School has come back to the city once again. The school has a lot to offer to children aged between 7-14 years, enhancing communication, creativity and confidence.After coaching 650 students in Kolkata in 2017 through engaging methodologies, the Summer School aims to make learning a fun process for children this year as well.Children aged between 7-14 years can spend their summer holidays discovering their inner creativity in fun and engaging ways, through a mixture of games, projects, drama and communicative activities at the British Council Summer School. The programme also encourages students to interact in pairs, small groups and whole class situations, improving their English fluency and confidence. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThis year will see British Council run two themes during the Summer School: Explorers (through a virtual trip around the world, children will travel to one country each day, learn about different cultures, develop language skills and build confidence) and Media Magic (children will explore communication channels such as the radio, television and the internet. They will learn how to write blogs, create an advertisement and newspaper report).Debanjan Chakrabarti, Director, East and Northeast, British Council, said, “Our English language teaching centre in Kolkata is an exciting hub of activity all summer. The year 2018 marks the 70th anniversary of the British Council’s presence in India.”last_img read more

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first_imgEverything Kelvin Benjamin said about Cam, we knew already Bills wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin ripped the Panthers and Cam Newton, by reference, in a recent interview, saying Newton wasn’t accurate and lacked overall knowledge of the game.Cam defenders predictably came out in droves to rip Benjamin, but Benjamin is just confirming what Colin has already known for years: Newton is an elite athlete who isn’t an accurate passer and doesn’t make pre-snap reads like some of the elite NFL QB’s. Benjamin’s comments may be headline grabbing, but they’re not breaking news. Also:Baker Mayfield has to overcome Cleveland for NFL successGuests:DeAngelo Hall – Recently retired NFL Cornerback is in-studio talking Moss/Owens, and who was harder to cover.Greg Jennings – FS1 NFL Analyst joins the show to discuss Kelvin Benjamin’s Cam comments; and his interactions with Newton during a Pro BowlTony Gonzalez – FS1 NFL Analyst is in-studio talking Kelvin Benjamin’s Cam comments, and how fast a coach can lose a locker room on a losing team. It’s hard to ‘stick to sports’ when politicians won’t stick to politicsDuring a CNN interview about his newly opened Akron school, LeBron James said President Trump is using sports to divide people, which prompted a tweet from the President criticizing James and proclaiming his preference for Michael Jordan.Colin has gone to great lengths to avoid discussing politics on the show, but it’s become increasingly hard when the President will fire off tweets at superstar athletes who disagree with him in the slightest. It’s hard to stick to sports when the most powerful politician in the world won’t stick to politics, even on a week where the most powerful athlete in the world is opening a school for underprivileged kids.last_img read more

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first_imgPARIS – Screen legend and animal-rights campaigner Brigitte Bardot on Tuesday offered to take marine conservationist  Paul Watson’s place in prison, saying she was “outraged” by his arrest in Germany.“Being outraged by the fact that he’s been put in prison, I offer to take his place because I am his accomplice,” Bardot, 77, said in a statement after the founder of marine conservation group Sea Shepherd was detained.Bardot has over the years campaigned against whaling in Japan, bear hunting in New Jersey, wolf hunting in Sweden, dolphin slaughter in Denmark and other animal rights causes.“I have always supported Paul Watson, my brother in arms,” said the retired French actress who had a Sea Shepherd boat named after her in 2011.A German court on Monday ordered Watson, 61, to remain in custody a day after his arrest on a warrant from Costa Rica, where he is accused of endangering a fishing boat’s crew during a 2002 confrontation.Poll Conservationist arrested in Germany on charges from Costa Rica Do you think Costa Rican authorities should drop the charges against Paul Watson?  Yes. He was only trying to protect sharks because governments aren’t doing enough.  No. He jeopardized fishermen’s lives so he must face the consequences.  No response. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

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