Trial laid bare RCMP tensions toxic culture observers say ahead of verdict

first_imgMONCTON, N.B. – The RCMP’s Labour Code trial stemming from a New Brunswick shooting rampage has laid bare the tensions and “toxic culture” within Canada’s national police force, observers said ahead of a verdict expected Friday.The RCMP pleaded not guilty of failing to provide officers with the appropriate equipment and training after Justin Bourque’s June 4, 2014, shooting spree that left three officers dead and two injured.The trial provided an unprecedented glimpse into how police policy is developed, and has shone a spotlight on clashes within the force, according to Greg Marquis, a professor at the University of New Brunswick who wrote a book on Canadian policing history.“It’s a chance to see history unfolding,” said Marquis, who teaches history and politics and has been attending the proceedings in Moncton as part of a new book he is writing about police use of force.“The rank and file were saying we need to have patrol carbines for officer and public safety… and leadership were worried about the public seeing it as militarization. So there’s some internal politics of the RCMP at play here. It reveals those tensions within the RCMP.”Judge Leslie Jackson is expected to hand down his ruling Friday morning.Constables Fabrice Gevaudan, Dave Ross and Doug Larche were killed, and constables Eric Dubois and Darlene Goguen were wounded, when a heavily armed Bourque targeted police officers in hopes of sparking an anti-government rebellion.The C8 carbine rifles — a version of an assault rifle similar to an M16 — were not available to general duty officers during the rampage, and numerous witnesses have testified they could have made a difference.The weapons were approved for use in 2011, but their rollout was delayed on several occasions.Mounties were called to testify on both sides of the case. A constable who crouched behind his cruiser wounded and bleeding declared front-line officers in Moncton were outgunned by Bourque, while retired commissioner Bob Paulson told the court the C8 carbine had to be rolled out responsibly.Paulson’s court appearance even prompted an RCMP corporal to write an open letter condemning the then-commissioner’s testimony as a clear failure of leadership.Terry McKee of the Mounted Police Professional Association of Canada said the RCMP was “feeding peanuts to an army that requires meat and potatoes.”The retired Mountie said the trial has exposed to the public a “toxic culture” within the RCMP that goes back decades, saying management has been more concerned with the force’s image than officer safety.He hopes the Moncton provincial court judge finds the force guilty.“I am hopeful. From everything I heard and saw in testimony would tell me that they’re going to be found guilty,” said McKee. “If they are found guilty, we must find more accountability other than just a fine being paid from one federal institution to another.”McKee said once the Labour Code trial concludes, the association may explore civil or criminal litigation against “the individuals that are guilty of not provided the proper equipment and training.”In his closing argument in July, Crown prosecutor Paul Adams called Paulson “contrived” in his testimony at the trial, saying he contradicted himself in categorically refusing to acknowledge that officers were not properly trained or equipped to respond to the fatal shooting — despite overwhelming evidence that said the opposite.Paulson had testified he was involved in initial discussions about the introduction of the C8 carbine, and said officers were reasonably trained and the carbine rollout was reasonable.“It’s disappointing. It’s evasive, contrived, self-serving evidence,” Adams said at the time. “There was an entrenched unwillingness on the part of senior management … to admit anything that would have reflected badly on the RCMP’s position.”Meanwhile, RCMP lawyers argued the national police force exercised due diligence. Defence lawyer Ian Carter said bureaucracy dictates how governments work and adopting patrol carbines for the RCMP took time for a number of reasons, including finances and federal procurement regulations.“The issue was complex and serious,” Carter said. “You just don’t go out and buy guns as a potential solution to every problem.”Adams argued the RCMP pushed the patrol carbine issue to the back burner for at least two years when it was dealing with the public backlash from the 2007 Tasering death of Robert Dziekanski, and that cannot be considered excising due diligence.Bourque was sentenced to life in prison with no parole eligibility for 75 years after pleading guilty to three counts of first-degree murder and two counts of attempted murder.The rampage set off a 30-hour manhunt that drew in officers from around the region.Follow (at)AlyThomson on Twitter.last_img read more

James Gandolfini To Host LA Police Memorial Foundation Poker

first_imgFor over 41 years superstars from TV, Film, Music & Sports have joined together to show support for the men & women who serve their community. On April 27th 2013 Hollywood’s hottest stars will come together again to help raise funds for the Los Angeles Police Memorial Foundation at the historic Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills.This special evening will be hosted by James Gandolfini along with dozens of other celebrities confirmed to attend including Tito Ortiz, Vanessa Marcil, Brian Baumgardner, Michael Cudlitz, C Thomas Howell, AJ Mclean, Kevin Richardson, Eric Christian Olsen, Miguel Ferrer, Rocky Carroll, Hill Harper, Billy Burke, Karina Smirnoff, Neal Mcdonough, Lou Diamond Phillips, Carl Weathers, Joe Manganiello, Shanna Moakler, Golnesa Gharachedaghi, Poker Pros Jennifer Tilly, Maria Ho, Jamie Gold, Jason Sommerville, Tiffany Michelle & more.Proceeds from this event benefit officers & their immediate family members, who have experienced unforeseen catastrophic circumstances, including death, illness & injury. The Memorial Foundation is the cornerstone of the LAPD employee wellness program & has raised over $14.5 million without any direct taxpayer money.The world’s largest online poker company, PokerStars continues to show their care for charitable causes worldwide & has generously donated the Grand Prize for the Poker Tournament – A seat in the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event. The world-famous PokerStars Caribbean Adventure takes place at the spectacular Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas & is one of the biggest & most prestigious poker events in the world.Additional Sponsors include Cellupedic, Latin Escapes, 3DCheeze, Stella Artois, Hard Rock Café HW, Big Man Bakes, LAPCU, Police Relief Association, Revolver & Athletic Club, Galpin Ford, Milken Family Foundation, Lewis Marenstein Wicke Sherman & Lee,LLP & Aqua Expeditions who have donated a journey by luxury cruise down the Amazon River exploring the many highlights of the Amazon jungle.Celebrity supporters include Elton John, Jack Nicholson, Paula Abdul, Wayne Gretzky, Joe Pesci, Sugar Ray Leonard, George Lopez, Donald Trump, Kelsey Grammer, Jerry West, Eddie Van Halen, Samuel L. Jackson, Craig T. Nelson, James Woods, Richard Dreyfuss, Dennis Franz, Chris O’Donnell, Mark Wahlberg and Luke Wilson.Patrons may purchase tickets to attend the star-studded party or to sit side by side with their favorite celebrities in an exciting poker tournament. Find out more here.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

AFN Halifax meeting ends with pledge for renewal

first_imgBy Tim Fontaine APTN National News HALIFAX–The Assembly of First Nations says it’s changing to become more relevant to the people it represents.The AFN, which represents over 600 First Nation communities in Canada, wrapped up their three-day annual general assembly Thursday in Halifax.AFN officials said 302 First Nation Chiefs and proxies attended the meetings and the passed 33 resolutions on issues ranging from natural resource development to renewed calls for an inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. The resolutions are used to give direction to the AFN executive.In the weeks leading up to the assembly, many articles appeared in the media that questioned the relevancy and even the future of the AFN. But Saskatchewan Regional Chief Perry Bellegarde said the AFN is listening to calls for change coming from some chiefs and First Nation citizens who feel the organization has drifted from the people.“We’ve established a working committee to look at overhauling the Assembly of First Nations and reviewing the (AFN’s) charter. That’s definitely needed to make it more responsive and reflective of the diversity and relevant,” said Bellegarde. “I think the chiefs-in-assembly really came up and were clear that they still need an Assembly of First Nations and they want a strong voice, but it has to be renewed, revamped and updated.”A task force of chiefs will be taking a long hard look at the AFN and reporting back with recommendations during a special chiefs assembly in December. But one chief, who asked not to be named, said the changes are coming too slow and the delay in reform left people wondering if the AFN was serious about restructuring.The Confederacy of Nations, a body within the AFN that some saw as a way of making the organization more reflective, was almost shelved. A resolution was introduced on the first day of the meetings calling for the Confederacy of Nations to be dissolved. The sections about dissolving the Confederacy were taken out of the resolution before it passed, but there was some confusion over what it meant.Serpent River First Nation Chief Isadore Day, who opposed the resolution, said the issue is complex and the resolution wasn’t clear enough. Day said the Confederacy was simply being added to the review of the AFN as a whole.“There were some that were led to believe that this shelved the Confederacy, but the clarity needs to be established that in order to remove the Confederacy or nullify the Confederacy you have to go through the proper amendment formula in the AFN Charter,” said Day.He said leaders from the Treaty Six area of Alberta offered to host the next Confederacy meetings in the coming months.Sakimay First Nation Chief Lynn Acoose was also opposed to the resolution and called the Confederacy of Nations vital to keeping the AFN open and transparent.Treaty issues were also on the agenda, with delegates telling the AFN it’s time to get tougher with Ottawa. A resolution was passed directing the AFN to begin an aggressive communications and legal campaign to force the federal government to the negotiating table over implementing treaty rights.Chiefs say First Nations need to learn how to leverage the recent Tsilhqot’in court victory, which granted the country’s first declaration of Aboriginal Title to the nation.“That’s a message for First Nations, take action in your territory. Know what the (Tsilhqot’in) decision is. Go through our decision because that’s going to give you clear guidelines of what you need to do,” said one of the Tsilhqot’in Nation’s Chief Roger William.One of the most highly anticipated topics at the assembly was education. The government’s proposed First Nation education bill was rejected by First Nation leaders in May, ultimately leading to the unprecedented resignation of former national chief Shawn Atleo.When Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt announced the bill was on hold, the attached $1.9 billion in funding was also pulled.Kitigan Zibi Chief Gilbert Whiteduck is one of the chiefs on the AFN’s education task force. He’s confident the AFN can still get that money flowing.“The funding has been committed, it’s a matter as to how that funding is going to flow, what are the instruments that need to be put in place. I believe, if we really work hard at it within the next six months, we can have something that is going to be satisfactory for First Nations.”A meeting on the education bill was held at the annual assembly but was closed to the media. Whiteduck says it was an opportunity for chiefs to hash out a strategy.“We believe something can be done, we believe the opportunity is now and collectively we can do something but it needs to be on our terms and clearly we’ll be putting ahead some non-negotiables which we believe should not be an issue with the government of Canada,” he said.Whiteduck wouldn’t say what those ‘non-negotiables’ were, but further steps are going to be discussed at a meeting of the AFN’s education task force in two weeks.Chiefs also used the meetings to choose an interim national chief. Ghislain Picard, a long time regional chief from Quebec, assumes the leadership role until the election is held in Winnipeg on December 10.Ontario Regional Chief Stan Beardy said the move was important.“I think any time a ship doesn’t have a captain, there’s always the question, ‘Well now who steers?’” said Beardy.Beardy said Atleo’s sudden departure shook the AFN.“I think we were in shock. Which direction are we supposed to go?” he said.Beardy says he’s confident when a new leader is chosen in December 2014 that the AFN is going to be stronger and more united.tfontaine@aptn.ca@anishinaboylast_img read more

Moroccan Peacekeeper Fatally Wounded in Shootout in Central African Republic

Rabat – A Moroccan peacekeeper from the United Nations Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) was fatally wounded in a shootout, on Saturday, May 13, Moroccan agency Maghreb Arab Press (MAP) reported. The report is based on a source close to the Moroccan Royal Armed Forces (FAR).The deceased was shot after an unidentified armed group attacked the FAR checkpoint located in downtown Bangassou, in Central African Republic (CAR).The latest attack comes less than a week after Moroccan and Cambodian peacekeepers were ambushed on the Rafai-Bangassou road, 220 km south-east of the town of Bria, in CAR. The attack led to the death and injury of 12 Moroccan and Cambodian peacekeepers. According to FAR, nine other Moroccan soldiers were injured during this same attack. One remains in serious condition. The soldiers were part of an engineering unit that was assisting in the construction of roads, bridges and other infrastructure.On Thursday, the remains of a Moroccan peacekeeper killed in the incident was identified and repatriated to Morocco.This is not the first time peacekeepers have been targeted in the Central African Republic.In January 2017, two Moroccan members of FAR squad of the MINUSCA were killed in an armed attack near the town of Bria, on the northeast of the capital Bangui.MINUSCA, established in 2014 in response to the country’s ongoing civil war, has deployed more than 12,000 troops to protect civilians from the repercussions of violence between Christian and Muslim sects. read more

Kosovo issue could undermine international system Serbian leader tells UN

Kosovo’s declaration of independence earlier this year directly contravenes international law and threatens the duty to respect State sovereignty and territorial integrity which underpin the United Nations Charter, Serbia’s President told the General Assembly today.For the Serbian people, Kosovo “stands at the crucible of our identity,” Boris Tadić said at the annual high-level debate. “It is the essential link between our proud national past and our proud national future. It is what ties the living tradition of Serbia to itself today.”The declaration of independence of Kosovo by ethnic Albanian authorities, he said, “amounts to an attempt at partitioning a Member State of the United Nations against its will, and with disregard for the firm opposition of the Security Council, in order to appease a volatile and threatening ethnic minority.”Mr. Tadić said that, as a result of the “unilateral, illegal illegitimate” move, “the very nature of the international system has been called into question.”He rejected claims that Kosovo – which has been run by the UN since Western forces drove Yugoslav troops out in 1999 – was a unique case and an exception, labelling its declaration of independence as a “fundamental violation of international law.”For its part, Serbia has not taken unilateral measures – including the use of force and the imposition of economic sanctions – against its “breakaway province,” the country’s President noted.The Balkan nation has submitted a resolution to the General Assembly to ask the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to rule on the legality of Kosovo’s declaration of independence.Asking Member States for their support, Mr. Tadić cautioned that “to vote against means to accept that nothing could be done when secessionists in whichever part of the world proclaim the uniqueness of their cause, and claim exception to the universal scope of international law.”“Such an attitude could lead to the end of the United Nations system as we know it,” he added. 23 September 2008Kosovo’s declaration of independence earlier this year directly contravenes international law and threatens the duty to respect State sovereignty and territorial integrity which underpin the United Nations Charter, Serbia’s President told the General Assembly today. read more

UN raises fears of diseases at Darfur camp as aid workers remain

Aid groups are still awaiting authorization to enter Kalma camp, home to more than 100,000 people as a result of the continuing conflict in Darfur, the joint African Union-UN peacekeeping mission to the region (known as UNAMID) reported today.The camp currently has no operating health-care facility because the medical professionals who would staff them are based in Nyala, the nearby South Darfur state capital, as they await permission to enter.UNAMID said concerns were rising that infectious diseases – particularly malaria – could emerge in the camp because of heavy rains in the region, coupled with pools of stagnant water and a lack of both shelter and mosquito nets.Aid workers are also unable to deliver and distribute food rations for August, while stocks of fuel – which is needed to pump clean water – are running low as well.The mission reported that while no gunfire was heard overnight in the camp, the situation there remains tense and insecure.The number of camp residents seeking shelter around the mission’s nearby community policing centre (CPC) seems to have decreased. About 5,000 people near the CPC are without adequate shelter during the current rainy season, although police serving with UNAMID have been able to deliver large tents to help some of them.Sudanese authorities cut off humanitarian access after protests and deadly clashes erupted recently in Kalma following the conclusion of the latest round of Darfur peace talks in Doha, Qatar, with some IDPs contending they were unrepresented.Government officials in South Darfur are demanding that UNAMID hand over six local leaders – five men and one woman – who sought protection at the CPC following the protests. A team from UNAMID that visited Kalma yesterday has reported that large parts of the camp appeared deserted, the inhabitants having left for either the CPC or one of the surrounding villages.Yesterday the Joint AU-UN Special Representative for Darfur, Ibrahim Gambari, and the UN Humanitarian and Resident Coordinator for Sudan, Georg Charpentier, travelled to Kalma for meetings with local authorities in a bid to resolve the tensions. 12 August 2010The United Nations is voicing concern that outbreaks of infectious diseases such as malaria could soon erupt in a massive camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Darfur that has been the scene of recent deadly violence and is currently closed off to humanitarian workers. read more

Brock prof lands gig as Toronto Star theatre critic

Professor Karen Fricker has spent the last three years training Brock University students to critique theatre.She will soon be practising what she teaches after landing the role of theatre critic for the Toronto Star, Canada’s largest, most-read newspaper.The Brock University Dramatic Arts assistant professor isn’t new to the theatre beat – her resume includes 25 years of experience for outlets including The Guardian and Variety. She was also the founding editor-in-chief of Irish Theatre Magazine, a publication that operated from 1998-2014.At the Star, Fricker will be reviewing major show openings in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Areas as well as writing feature articles.“It just feels like an un-dreamed-of privilege to get to have a platform like this at this point in my career,” she says. “Toronto is a really exciting and mature theatre market.”The theatre scene in the GTHA is rich with plenty of interesting things happening – from major musicals to performance art to original Canadian plays in storefront theatres.Fricker can’t wait to see them all and share her observations and critiques with Canadians.And, she’s looking forward to sharing her excitement with students, whose critiques are published  on Brock’s DARTcritics.com blog. She started the blog in 2013 to offer students an avenue to be published and edited.She plans to make sure her students benefit from the work she’s doing for the Star.“Students will gain a strong sense of connection and understanding of how professional arts criticism works,” she says.“They will have the opportunity to see their professor go through the same exercises they do and maybe even give her some feedback.”Fricker says she’s grateful to be working at Brock both because it’s an exciting time in the arts with the opening of the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts and because it’s a university that encourages professors to pursue their creative interests.“Being a creator, being an artist, has equal standing to being a scholar and producing peer-reviewed research,” she says.Fricker says the Star opportunity fits her creative and research interests of questioning arts criticism in the digital age.“I consider this a part of my research,” she says. “It’s a time of extraordinary possibility and growth for criticism.”DARTcritics.com is a response to that research interest and the question of how to turn an earnest blog into trusted criticism. The site has grown from a space for outstanding reviews by third-year students as part of their coursework to include reviews and features by students and recent graduates who are paid for their work. Fricker hopes that the site will continue to blossom into a year-round source of quality arts criticism in Niagara.Fricker’s role with the Star was announced Thursday. She’s looking forward to reviewing her first production for the paper this month. read more

UNICEF survey finds nutrition and health falling among Iraqi children

The call comes after a UNICEF assessment of nutrition rates in Baghdad showed that 7.7 per cent of children under five are suffering from acute malnutrition, compared with last year’s figure of 4 per cent. More than 1 in 10 children were in need of treatment for dehydration and nearly three quarters had at least one bout of diarrhoea over the previous month, the survey also reveals. “We knew going into the war that Iraqi children were poorly nourished. These findings make clear that not enough is being done to turn the situation around. Instead it has gotten worse,” UNICEF Representative in Iraq Carel De Rooy said. “We can assume that the situation is as bad if not much worse in other urban centres throughout Iraq.”The agency said it confined the study to Baghdad because of general insecurity throughout the country. Although the samples are limited, they are considered sufficiently reliable to guide an initial aid response. Unsafe water from disrupted water services might be playing a significant role in the deteriorating health and nutritional status of the children, the agency said.“If we compare these results with earlier findings, we note that children who have generally grown over the past few years because of improved nutrition have suddenly and dramatically wasted,” UNICEF Health and Nutrition Officer Wisam Al-Timini said. “This coincides with war and the breakdown of social services. It’s not conclusive, but it suggests that the shift of children into the acutely malnourished category is recent.”UNICEF said it is trucking more than 2 million litres of clean water into Iraq each day, and importing supplies of chlorine gas and tablets. It has also set up community water stations at hospitals and health stations across the country and teams made emergency repairs to pumping stations. But UNICEF stresses there is a limit to what can be done as looting continues on a daily basis. read more

This World Series Just Might Have The Two Best Teams

For the Dodgers, their National League pennant represents a break with many years spent as preseason darlings but postseason disappointments. At some point in each of the 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16 offseasons, Los Angeles was no worse than a co-favorite to win the World Series according to the Vegas odds. (There were also plenty of smart folks arguing that LA should be favored going into this season as well.) But despite their obvious talent — and massive payrolls — the Dodgers perennially found a way to come up short.Until this year, that is. The Dodgers have thoroughly dominated the playoffs thanks to a superstar turn by Justin Turner, an unhittable bullpen (led by goose-egg king Kenley Jansen), the midseason acquisition of Yu Darvish and Yasiel Puig’s redemption, among other storylines. But they’ve also gotten important contributions from unlikely sources. As Jonah Keri noted, Los Angeles’s narrative is as much about unlikely heroes such as Kiké Hernández — the fourth-year outfielder (making barely more than the league’s minimum salary) who launched three homers to help LA eliminate the Cubs — as it is about high-priced big names.Now, Los Angeles finds itself as a World Series favorite once again — but this time in October, not March. “[The Dodgers] led the major leagues in wins for a reason,” Houston pitcher Dallas Keuchel said in the wake of his team’s pennant-clinching victory Saturday night. “They won a lot of games in a row in the middle part of the season.”Keuchel was quick to point out, though, that his Astros are a great team in their own right: “They’re not to be taken lightly, but we’re not to be either.”Houston’s postseason path was a lot more difficult than Los Angeles’s. Instead of cruising through in just a game over the minimum like LA did, the Astros needed four games to eliminate the Red Sox and were taken to seven games by the up-and-coming Yankees. Along the way, plenty of causes for concern emerged, including a rickety bullpen and a worrying five-game stretch against New York in which Houston brought home only 1.8 runs per game.But this is still the same lineup that led the majors in scoring during the regular season. (Even while slumping versus the Yankees, Houston hit the ball hard.) The righty-heavy Astros will also be facing a Dodger pitching staff that’s far more left-handed than the Yankee one that gave them trouble. On the other side of the ball, Houston ace Justin Verlander is just about as sharp as he’s been since his MVP days. And for those wondering about the Dodgers’ edge in rest, it might not be of as much benefit as you’d think: Since 2006, the team that clinched its league championship first has lost 10 of 11 World Series.In other words, this World Series should be close, and it could very well end up going down as an all-timer. Of course, a great matchup on paper doesn’t always translate to a memorable championship duel; conversely, sometimes a weak matchup on paper yields thrilling results. But based on what we know right now, this Astros-Dodgers matchup looks like the best possible way to end a year in which baseball’s elite teams were unusually dominant all season long.Check out our latest MLB predictions. 2014Giants def. Royals111724 *A team’s “true talent” ranking probability is derived from simulations using the team’s winning percentage and the uncertainty around its talent level.Sources: Retrosheet, FanGraphs 2017Dodgers vs. Astros35%10%38%70% When the World Series opens Tuesday between the Houston Astros and the Los Angeles Dodgers, it will be a fitting final act for one of the most stacked postseasons ever. Both LA and Houston posted triple-digit wins during the regular season — just the eighth time two such clubs have ever met in a Fall Classic, and the first since 1970 — and both looked historically dominant at various moments during the season. In a decade filled with World Series matchups that seemed mediocre on paper, this should be one of MLB’s most pedigreed championship clashes in recent memory.One way we can measure this is to look at the odds that the last two teams remaining are actually the two most talented teams in baseball, using a method similar to the one Villanova professor Jesse Frey introduced in 2004.1The difference here is that I simply used each team’s winning percentage and the uncertainty around it, based on Tom Tango’s research. Baseball is a pretty random sport, so even after 162 games — or anything short of 10,000 games, really — we don’t have a great sense of who the most talented teams actually are. Most years, there isn’t much chance that the World Series even contains MLB’s actual best team, much less that it would pit the two best teams against each other.This year, though, is different. More so than any other season this decade, there’s a legitimate chance that the Dodgers-Astros winner is actually baseball’s top team, no matter who ends up prevailing. We should enjoy it while it lasts: As recently as a few years ago, there was only a 24 percent chance that the World Series contained a pair of top-10 teams, much less the best two teams. But with baseball suddenly becoming a meritocracy again these past couple years, we’ve been treated to much stronger matchups in the World Series — and none better than this one. 2010Giants def. Rangers122931 This matchup is (probably?) the cream of the cropProbability that the World Series contains teams with true talent* of a given ranking within Major League Baseball, 2010-17 YEARMATCHUPNO. 1BOTH OF TOP 22 OF TOP 52 OF TOP 10 2015Royals def. Mets1421137 2011Cardinals def. Rangers1421137 PROBABILITY THAT SERIES CONTAINED … 2013Red Sox def. Cardinals2242051 2012Giants def. Tigers111830 2016Cubs def. Indians3272658 read more

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in Northern Ireland Couples rapturous welcome on

first_imgWhen Harry and Ms Markle’s choice of wedding venue was announced, the prince’s communications secretary described Windsor as a “very special place” for Harry, and said that the couple had regularly spent time there together during their whirlwind romance. The official range of commemorative china to mark the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan MarkleCredit:Royal Collection Trust Invitations for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding in May, after they have been printed at the workshop of Barnard and Westwood in London “Unbelievably excited” to be entrusted with the job, she was banned from telling anyone, working alone to perfect the invitations.”The worst thing is keeping it from Mum,” she said. “With anything else, she’d be the first person I would call and she’d share in my excitement.”The announcement will fire the starting gun on speculation about royal “snubs”, with the couple expected to focus on family and friends over international dignitaries and statesmen.While Prince William and the then Kate Middleton invited world leaders and diplomatic figures to their Westminster Abbey state wedding, Prince Harry, currently the fifth-in-line, will endure less pressure to be formal.Barack and Michelle Obama have been widely predicted to be invited due to a blossoming friendship with the couple, along with Justin Trudeau, the Canadian prime minister, and his wife, while President Trump, whom the former actress has previously criticised, is unlikely to attend. St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle, Berkshire, where Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will have their wedding service.  Prince Harry and Meghan Markle  “We are pleased to continue our support of the potteries of Stoke-on-Trent, who have manufactured our previous commemorative wares to celebrate royal birthdays, anniversaries and weddings.”The china can be purchased from royalcollection.org.uk/shop and in Royal Collection Trust shops at The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse.The big wedding secret I couldn’t tell my mother: The young woman tasked with creating 600 invitationsIt is one of the best-kept secrets in Britain: who will be the lucky few invited to share Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding day from the comfort of a Windsor Castle pew? On Friday, the answer will come, in the form of a thick envelope bearing the mark of the PalaceAs a final guest list was drawn up by the couple and their inner circle, it emerged one young woman has been party to the full guest list, and entrusted with keeping it strictly private.Lottie Small, a 24-year-old former intern at a Royal Warrant-holding printing company, has the duty of creating 600 invitations for the Prince and his bride-to-be. And the hardest part? Not even being allowed to tell her mother.Miss Small, who said she “squealed a little bit” when she was asked to take on the all-important job, only recently finished her apprenticeship with Barnard & Westwood, a printing firm that holds Royal Warrants from the Queen and the Prince of Wales. Miss Small, one of only a handful to know the details before Friday, made 600 die-stamped, embossed invitations for the St George’s Chapel service, which will begin landing on doormats from Friday morning. A few months into the relationship, Harry said he had to have “some pretty frank conversations” with Meghan about how her life may change when she entered the royal family. He added: “But I know that at the end of the day she chooses me, and I choose her, and therefore whatever we have to tackle together or individually we’ll always be us together as a team, so I think she’s capable… she’s capable of anything.”  Prince Harry Decorative miniature coffee mug, Lottie Small cuts the crests being used on the invitations Their day will end with a tour of Titanic Belfast which tells the story of the famous ship, from her conception in Belfast in the early 1900s, through her construction and launch, to the vessel’s maiden voyage and tragic sinking with the loss of 1,500 lives in April 1912.Meghan and Harry have been touring Britain ahead of their May wedding and the prince will introduce his fiance to Ulster during a series of events.Harry and Meghan’s official wedding china goes on saleThe official range of commemorative china celebrating Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding has gone on sale.Cornflower blue with white detailing, the collection features a gold monogram of the couple’s initials side by side, tied together with a white ribbon and surmounted by Harry’s coronet.The decorative border on each piece is inspired by the couple’s wedding venue.It is based on the stylised tree ironwork of the 13th century Gilebertus door of St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, where the couple will marry on May 19. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle arrive for a visit to the Eikon Exhibition Centre The couple are on the latest leg of a tour of the UK that has already taken them to major centres like Edinburgh, Cardiff and Birmingham. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have received a rapturous reception from the young people of Northern Ireland as they began a whirlwind visit.Meghan and Harry’s unannounced trip to Northern Ireland will see them learn the history of the doomed Titanic, when they visit a Belfast visitor attraction telling the passenger ship’s story, and sit down to a lunch in the city’s most iconic pub.The prince and Ms Markle began their day-long visit at the former Maze paramilitary prison outside Lisburn where around 2,500 young people from both sides of the Irish border gathered for a peace-building event.They received a hugely warm welcome from teenagers when they entered an enormous performance arena before watching some of the children deliver their “peace pledges”.The cross-community gathering at the Eikon Centre, which is built on the site of the old Maze prison, saw teenagers share their hopes and dreams of a peaceful and reconciled future on the island. After dining they will go on a walkabout outside the building to meet the people of Belfast. Peter Sheridan, chief executive of event host Cooperation Ireland, welcomed the special visitors and said the youth-led initiative was “integral to the development of a peaceful society in Northern Ireland”.”To have so many young people in one place proactively speaking out in favour of peace and committing to living their lives through peaceful means can only bode well for society, and to have the royal family here to witness it makes it even more powerful,” he said. the official range of commemorative china to mark the wedding of Prince Harry and Ms Meghan Markle Its ironwork is in the form of a stylised tree and, unusually for a work of its time, bears a name +GILEBERTVS.The door is one of the few surviving parts of the earliest chapel at Windsor Castle.The official china, which is finished in 22 carat gold, has been hand made in Stoke-on-Trent using 250-year-old methods and techniques.All profits from sales go to The Royal Collection Trust, the registered charity responsible for the care and conservation of the Royal Collection. Meghan Markle clutches flowers as she arrives with Prince Harry in Northern IrelandCredit:Niall Carson /PAcenter_img ‘All the stars were aligned’: How the couple met St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, where Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will have their wedding serviceCredit:Dominic Lipinski /PA A decorative miniature coffee mug on sale for £19.95Credit:Royal Collection Trust Lottie Small cuts the crests being used on the Royal wedding invitationsCredit:Victoria Jones /PA At the nearby campus of Northern Ireland’s next generation science park, Catalyst Inc, Ms Markle and Harry will meet some of Ulster’s brightest young entrepreneurs and innovators. Invitations for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding were printed at the workshop of Barnard and Westwood in LondonCredit:Victoria Jones /PA The souvenirs are presented in a cornflower blue gift box with a special card explaining the significance of the design.Nuala McGourty, Royal Collection Trust’s retail director, said: “Royal Collection Trust is delighted to offer the official range of commemorative china to celebrate this happy occasion. Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, who are getting married in May, in Belfast on FridayCredit:MARK MARLOW /AFP Kensington Palace said: “Prince Harry and Ms Meghan Markle are visiting Belfast today for their first official joint visit to Northern Ireland.”Throughout the day, Prince Harry and Ms Markle will have the opportunity to meet members of the public, to learn how young people are shaping the future of Northern Ireland, and to visit some of the city’s most loved sites.” From flowers to seating plans, the pair are taking charge of a ceremony designed to incorporate both families, their wide circle of friends, and welcome the public into their lives. Click here for the latest news about plans for their big day. From Friday morning, that inner circle of trusted accomplices will expand to include the postmen and women of Britain, who will deliver the unmistakable envelopes to their recipients. Kensington Palace yesterday confirmed that 600 guests will be invited to the Windsor Castle service on May 19, followed by an afternoon reception in St George’s Hall thrown by the Queen.In the evening, 200 close friends and family will attend Frogmore House for a party thrown by the Prince of Wales. Printed using machinery from the Thirties, the die-cast embossed white card has been issued under the Prince of Wales’s name and bears his heraldic feathers embossed in gold at the top. A to tradition for a couple better known for their modern approach, the invitations are printed in American ink on English paper.Miss Small’s work is likely to meet the approval of the Prince of Wales, with a shared attitude to the preservation of traditional skills and crafts. Originally an intern at the printing company, founded after the First World War by an injured soldier, Miss Small joined the apprentice scheme after gaining a BA Hons in hand embroidery at the Royal School of Needlework. Latest news about plans for Royal weddingHarry, the fifth in line to the throne, and Ms Markle, the US actress, will wed on Saturday, May 19 at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle. The couple, who announced their engagement in November, are planning their own wedding celebration that “reflects the characters of the bride and groom” Prince Harry and Meghan Markle arrive for a visit to the Eikon Exhibition CentreCredit:Brian Lawless /PA When the couple first arrived they were greeted by Londonderry students Amber Hamilton, from Foyle College, and Ryan McCallion, from St Joseph’s Boys school, both 17, before meeting a number of dignitaries including Police Service of Northern Ireland Chief Constable George Hamilton.Ms Markle looked stylish in a cream coat and top with a green skirt.Later, the couple will have lunch at the Crown Liquor Saloon, Belfast’s atmospheric Victorian gin palace which is filled with a wealth of architectural features and is a major tourist attraction. Harry and his American fiancee will have approved the fine bone china range by the Royal Collection Trust which includes a miniature coffee mug costing £19.95, a standard coffee mug for £25, a pillbox at £35, a tankard for £39 and a plate at £49.The Gilebertus door is rarely used, though hundreds of tourists and visitors to the chapel pass by it every day.The Queen and other members of the royal family use it to enter the chapel when attending some services at St George’s, such as at Easter. A wide circle of friends will make up one of the most extraordinary congregations in St George’s Chapel history, from the Prince’s military friends to Ms Markle’s fellow actors. After announcing their engagement, the couple gave an insight into their 16-month romance in a BBC interview – and described how they met on a blind date set up by a mutual friend.Ms Markle told how she could not wait to say “yes” to the prince when Harry got down on one knee a few weeks ago as they cooked a roast chicken dinner at his home, Nottingham Cottage at Kensington Palace.Indicating the depths of his feeling for his bride-to-be, Prince Harry said: “The fact that I fell in love with Meghan so incredibly quickly was sort of confirmation to me that everything, all the stars were aligned, everything was just perfect.”It was this beautiful woman just sort of literally tripped and fell into my life, I fell into her life.” Full interview: Harry and Meghan reveal engagement joy 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

History Russia will miss WC for the first time

Russian handball going down year by year and new confirmation of that is elimination from WC in qualification round against Romania (32:37) in front of 2500 domestic spectators. Russia won the first game in Romania with 32:28. That will be first time from 1961 (First World Championships) that Russia will not participate at WC! Seventeen tournaments, three times as a World Champion, at last WC in Croatia were 16th.Just ten years before, Russia was Olympic Champion in Sydney OG.On the bench is still legendary, Vladimir Maximov. With French coach Cloud Onesta, he is only one ih handball world, who won as a coach World, European and Olympic gold medal. What Onesta doesn’t have is Olympic Gold as a player, what Maximov had from Montreal 1976, when he was a captain of gold Soviet Union team.Do not be all that bad, Russian champion, Cehovski Medvedi played at EHF CL Final Four in Koln as a biggest surprise of most quality clubs competition. They finished fourth after lost against Barcelona and Ciudad Real, but they won one more place for Russia in Champions League. Second team in next season will be Neva from Sankt Petersburg, as a national vice-champion. ← Previous Story Robert Hedin until 2014 at Norwegian bench Next Story → Marko Tanaskovic in Alpla HC Hard! read more

15000000 PSG Handball the worlds richest handball team

← Previous Story Austria and Johannesson together until 2020! Next Story → “GREEN AGAIN”: Women’s EHF F4 in Budapest next two years! PSG Handball PSG Handball stay the richest team in the world of handball second year in a row. The second best French team has almost 15.000.000 budget for the season 2014/2015 much more than the biggesr rivals Montpellier and Dunkerque, but also the biggest rivals from the other European league…1. PSG 14,760.0002. Montpellier 7,413. Dunkerque 4,534. Nantes 4,235. Tremblay 3,996. Chambery 3,897. Aix 3,638. St. Raphael 3,599. Creteil 3,3310. Toulouse 3,0211. Nimes 2,6512. Selestat 2,5713. Cesson-Rennes 2,0214. Istres 1,88 read more

SpaceX Tesla CEO Elon Musk Drops Bizarre Rap Remix RIP Harambe

first_imgStay on target Elon Musk has sent rockets to space, designed electric cars, and now, the SpaceX and Tesla CEO just teased a new creative project: “RIP Harambe,” a bizarre rap remix available on SoundCloud.On Saturday, Musk promoted the track on Twitter, and fans can’t get enough of it, USA Today reported. Released through Emo G Records, “RIP Harambe” reportedly pays tribute to the famous Cincinnati Zoo gorilla who unfortunately died three years ago.Emo G Recordshttps://t.co/zsuB2NDl48 pic.twitter.com/anVkKeFMGr— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 30, 2019“RIP Harambe, smoking on some strong hay, in the gorilla zoo and we thinking about you,” said the person rapping on the track.It’s unclear why Musk would tease this rap remix now, but it’s timely with April Fools’ Day, which will take place on Monday, April 1. However, no one knows for sure if this was a legitimate announcement or if Musk was engaging in a hilarious prank. The Cincinnati Zoo hasn’t provided comment on the weird rap remix.More on Geek.com:Elon Musk Unveils New Tesla Model Y Vehicle Coming in 2020Elon Musk Compliments Teen Who Refitted Car to Drive BackwardsElon Musk ‘Confident’ SpaceX Ticket to Mars Will Cost Less Than $500K SpaceX’s Starhopper Test Launch in Texas ScrubbedElon Musk’s Cheeky ‘Nuke Mars!’ Post Is Taking Over Twitter last_img read more

Excongresswoman Smith testifies in favor of tougher sextrafficking penalties

first_imgOLYMPIA — Southwest Washington’s former congresswoman turned anti-sex-trafficking advocate testified on Capitol Hill on Wednesday in favor of tougher penalties for those who traffic and solicit prostitutes younger than 18.Linda Smith, founder and president of Vancouver-based Shared Hope International, said the bill to create those stricter penalties is needed to help define child sex-trafficking. The bill also will make the state’s human-trafficking law a more powerful tool to prosecute traffickers, Smith said.“The crime of trafficking itself in Washington state does not distinguish between adults and minors, and it does not say that any minor involved in commercial sex is a trafficking victim,” Smith said after the hearing before the Senate Law and Justice Committee.Smith said the current flaw in Washington’s trafficking laws is the “requirement to prove that force, fraud or coercion was used to cause a child under 18 to be used in a commercial sex act.”The bill removes that requirement from cases involving a minor, meaning a defendant cannot claim the minor consented to any sexual acts. The bill also mandates that anyone soliciting a prostitute younger than 18 is charged with a felony rather than a misdemeanor.last_img read more

Witness in fatalshooting case to remain in jail

first_img The only known eyewitness to the killing of Matthew M. Clark in October 2012 will remain in jail as a material witness indefinitely after she violated a judge’s order and disappeared for five months.Shandi R. Danielson, 21, appeared Thursday in front of Clark County Superior Court Judge Scott Collier to determine if she would remain in custody. Vancouver police located her Oct. 7 at a local Walgreens store and arrested her on a material witness warrant.Darrell C. Fry, 33, and Kirk M. Hernandez Sr., 42, are accused of fatally shooting Clark on Oct. 1, 2012, at Clark’s home at 9610 N.E. 25th Ave. The men allegedly were trying to settle a debt over firearms stolen in a residential burglary.Fry and Hernandez are scheduled for trial Nov. 4 and Dec. 2, respectively.Earlier this year, Collier held Danielson for two months in the Clark County Jail without charge because of concerns she wouldn’t respond to witness subpoenas.She has a history of drug use and criminal activity, according to court documents.Collier said he released her May 14 because she appeared to be increasingly cooperative with authorities. As a condition of her release, she was required to check in daily with the court’s supervised release program. Three days later, she vanished, and a warrant was issued for her arrest. Shandi R. Danielson, 21In a Clackamas County Jail mugshotlast_img read more

Wells Media Launches New Website

first_img“Out of the 300,000 uniques [across Wells’ sites] we get every month, over 32 percent describe themselves as some kind of insurer. Also, 18 percent described themselves as C-level or senior management, so that signaled it was time,” adds Julie Tinney, vice president of sales and marketing. That C-suite demographic is what helped justify the launch. The advertising pool overlaps a bit with another Wells title, Claims Journal, but Dunford says there’s potential for a new universe of customers looking to get in front of insurance executives. Twelve charter sponsorships have been set up, says Tinney, reflecting a sales model that will rely on a content marketing format rather than impressions. Dunford adds that a quarterly print counterpart could launch later in the year as a way to help bolster the site’s audience. “We did the same thing when we launched our Claims Journal product last year,” he says. “We had the site for a number of years and we launched a quarterly print publication. We were able to sell enough ads in print to cover the cost and the result was a significant increase in traffic to the site.” In a particularly digital-first way, Wells Media, a San Diego-based b-to-b publisher serving the property/casualty insurance market, has launched CarrierManagement.com, which, for now, does not have a print counterpart and focuses on management issues for property/casualty insurance executives.The site is intended to be a sister site to Wells’ Insurance Journal brand, relying less on a news-focus and more on the trends in corporate management issues specific to insurance companies. The site isn’t going for big scale, but rather hits a niche insurance executive market numbered in the 10,000 range, says CEO Mitch Dunford. last_img read more

Registration For Wilmington Little League Baseball Softball Spring Season Now Open

first_imgLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Women’s Softball League Looking For Players For Fall SeasonIn “Community”Wilmington Fire & Police To Support Local Teen Battling Cancer With Softball Game, Cornhole Tournament On Sept. 15In “Community”Registration for Wilmington Little League 2016 Spring Season Now OpenIn “Sports” WILMINGTON, MA — Registration for the 2019 Wilmington Little League Baseball and Softball Spring Season is now open. See the flyer below for details. Register HERE.last_img read more

DirecTV Now is now one of the worst deals in live TV

first_img $15 $55 HBO Fewer channels, more moneyAs Tyrion Lannister says: “Every time we deal with an enemy, we create two more.” DirecTV Now added HBO, but removed a host of other popular channels. Here’s the list of major channels no longer available on the service:A&EAMCAnimal PlanetBBC AmericaBETComedy CentralCooking ChannelC-SPANDiscovery ChannelFood NetworkHGTVHistoryLifetimeMTVNickelodonNick Jr.I keep a list of the Top 100 channels offered by the various live TV streaming services, including DirecTV Now, Sling TV, YouTube TV, Hulu with Live TV, AT&T Watch TV, Philo and Fubo TV. The channels above are available on many of them, and many of the most popular, such as AMC, Comedy Central, Discovery and HGTV, are classic cable TV staples found on most of DirecTV Now’s competitors. In cutting those channels and others, DirecTV Now dropped from 61 to 38 of the top 100. The only services with fewer such channels are significantly cheaper: AT&T Watch TV ($15), Philo ($16) and Sling TV ($25). Every one of DirecTV Now’s competitors at $40 and up has at least 10 more top-100 channels.At $50 monthly, DirecTV Now is now the most-expensive live TV streaming service. Note that current subscribers to DirecTV Now’s original packages can keep their (superior) channel lineups, but will have to pay at least $50 as well. $31 $40 At its new price of $50 per month, DirecTV costs more than any other competing live TV service. David Katzmaier/CNET The wild world of live TV streaming just went through another disruption. Blame the final season of Game of Thrones starting next month.DirecTV Now, which lets you watch numerous TV channels live over the Internet without a cable TV subscription, just raised the price of its cheapest package from $40 to $50 per month. That package includes HBO, the exclusive home of Game of Thrones season 8, whether you want it or not.On the surface that seems like an OK deal. Getting a standalone HBO Now subscription costs $15 per month, so an increase of $10 to get HBO included is still a $5 monthly discount. And if you want DirecTV Now’s mix of channels — namely HBO as well as all four live local stations (ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC) — the service is still worth considering. But there are plenty of other options for cable TV cord cutters, and the new DirecTV Now is among the most expensive. Let’s break down the changes and how DirecTV Now stacks up against the competition. Live channels (top 100) $25 Select live TV + separate HBO Now options 2:00 $15 Total cost $40 All of these mix-and-match options are better deals than DirecTV Now in my opinion. Sling TV’s Blue package, for example, provides 37 channels (including Fox and NBC in many cities) and costs $25 per month, for a total of $40 per month — $10 cheaper than DirecTV Now — if you add HBO Now as a 38th “channel.” And YouTube TV has many of the channels now missing from DirecTV Now, as well as a superior DVR.As usual with cord cutting, determining which service deserves your cash requires a little research. In the current market, however, DirecTV Now is less deserving than most. At least until the next live TV streaming service raises its prices, too. 39 Now playing: Watch this: $50 Sling Orange $15 Other ways to get HBO for Game of ThronesThe inclusion of HBO with DirecTV Now is compelling in some ways, particularly if you also want a live TV streaming service and don’t miss the channels that were cut. But it’s a package deal — the kind of bundle many cord cutters are trying to avoid — and there are plenty of other ways to watch Tyrion and company.How to stream HBO without cableThe cheapest solution is a standalone HBO Now subscription for $15. It doesn’t get you any live TV channels, but it does allow you to watch Game of Thrones (and other HBO shows) as soon as they air, and on-demand afterward anytime.You can pay for any live TV services as well as an HBO Now subscription separately, and for AT&T Watch TV, Philo and Sling TV, the total will cost less than DirecTV Now. Meanwhile a more-expensive service like YouTube TV offers significantly more channels for a bit more money.  Share your voice 20 things we’re dying to see in the final season of ‘Game of Thrones’ Included $16 $25 Why you should say no to DirecTV Now $15 $15 $50 24 Price DirecTV Now Sling Blue Media Streamers $15 33 Tags 55 $30 Comments 35 Philo 74 AT&T Watch TV $40 YouTube TV 20 Photos 37last_img read more

Indraprashtha Gas Q2 profit drops down 1506 percent

first_imgIndraprastha Gas on Saturday posted a decline of 15.06 percent in its net consolidated profit for the second quarter of 2015-15 at Rs.101.59 crore as against Rs. 119.61 crore in the same period of 2014-15.The company, in a post on its website said that its net consolidated revenue during the quarter increased by 1.90 percent at Rs.969.18 crore as compared to Rs.951.05 crore in the same months of 2014.last_img

Living cost in capital rose by 844 pc in 2017

first_imgThe living cost in the capital marked a rise by 8.44 per cent in 2017 due to the hike in the prices of daily essentials and the tariffs of utility services, including that of food, house rent, electricity and gas, according to Consumers Association of Bangladesh (CAB).CAB president Golam Rahman came up with the statistics at a press briefing at Dhaka Reporter’s Unity (DRU) on Tuesday morning, reports UNB.CAB came up with the findings after scrutinising the data of 15 kitchen markets, 144 food products, 22 essential items and 14 utility services, including gas, electricity and water.Last year, Golam Rahman said onion prices hit the roof, posting a 40.99 per cent rise, while rice price hiked by 20.40 per cent, vegetables by 24.72 per cent, liquid milk by 20.36 per cent and beef by 19.28 per cent.In the services sector, he said, gas price marked a rise by 6.44 per cent, water (per litre) 5 per cent and house rent 8.14 per cent, he added.They also placed a 10-point recommendation to cut down the high living cost.The recommendations include formation of a separate department of ‘Supply and Price’ under Commerce Ministry to control the prices of daily essentials, reforming the House Rent Act 1991 and forming a House Rent Commission. The latest spike in the living cost was higher than in 2016 when it rose by 6.47 per cent in the capital.last_img read more