Labours Yvette Cooper on her plan to delay Brexi

first_imgLabour’s Yvette Cooper on her plan to delay #Brexit: “We can’t just carry on with a game of chicken”https://t.co/LUddstfYmj #Marr pic.twitter.com/cKZRnU3oo1— BBC Politics (@BBCPolitics) January 27, 2019Ridge on SundayAngela Rayner, Labour MP for Ashton-under-Lyne and Shadow Education Secretary, told Sophy Ridge that the Labour leadership was still undecided on whether to back the Cooper amendment on Tuesday. The MP, whose seat voted over 63% to leave in 2016, explained her reasons for disliking the idea of a fresh EU referendum.On Labour plans to spend more on scrapping tuition fees than early years, Sure Start and child care: “Coming from a working class background myself, I had the opportunity to go to university for free if I wanted it… It is those who need the maintenance support that come away from university with the biggest amount of debt and I think it’s really scary for our young people.”On backing the Cooper amendment: “Labour will do whatever it takes to avoid a no deal Brexit so if that’s the only option that we have then it is something that we will seriously consider.”On another EU referendum: “I think if we end up with a second referendum then us as politicians have failed the public, we have failed to be able to do our job. I don’t think that people want to see a delay in Article 50, I don’t think that people want to see a second referendum. They want to see parliamentarians working together to carry out what happened as a result of the referendum.”On the arguments for a fresh referendum: “Now I have heard people say they were lied to etc and I’ve pulled Damian Hinds up five times in terms of his dodgy stats and in every manifesto you only get half of it implemented normally so there is always mistruths… I understand people’s frustration but I really don’t see that the UK has moved significantly away from where they were originally on that original decision so I think parliament has just got to get on with it now.” “If we end up with a second referendum then we as politicians have failed the public” – @AngelaRayner tells Sophy #Ridge she doesn’t think people want a #secondreferendum.Follow it live here: https://t.co/a6IEouRoGb pic.twitter.com/PtdRXyOgWT— Ridge on Sunday (@RidgeOnSunday) January 27, 2019Channel 4 NewsUnite general secretary Len McCluskey spoke against the idea of another EU public vote.“A second referendum is not the preferred option for the Labour Party. That’s why the Prime Minister’s approach at the moment to try and see if there’s a way to conclude a deal.”“Having campaigned strongly to Remain, more money, more resources than anybody else my union put in – we lost… Having lost, coming out of the EU is not the end of the world, providing you conclude an agreement that protects jobs…” The Andrew Marr ShowYvette Cooper was on to talk about her amendment to the government’s Brexit motion, which will come to a vote on Tuesday.On whether Jeremy Corbyn will back her amendment, Cooper said he had not confirmed either way: “I hope that he will support it.”On trying (or not) to block Brexit: “In the end someone has to take some responsibility and say: ‘If the prime minister runs out of time she may need some more time.’ That is not about blocking Brexit – that is about being responsible and making sure you can get a Brexit deal.”On whether the amendment would see Article 50 extended by three or nine months, with the latter complicated by EU elections, she said the bill is deliberately amendable: “It will be up for parliament to decide how long is needed.”On her preferred outcome to the Brexit process: “We’ve got to get a workable deal – for me that includes a customs union – but we’ve got to rule out a ‘no deal’”. Tags:Yvette Cooper /Liz Kendall /Angela Rayner /Westminster Hour /The Andrew Marr Show /Ridge on Sunday / “A second referendum is not the preferred option for the Labour Party.”Len McCluskey says that with the Remain campaign “having lost”, “coming out of the European Union is not the end of the world, providing you conclude an agreement that protects jobs”. pic.twitter.com/5KHk4mYO32— Channel 4 News (@Channel4News) January 27, 2019Westminster HourLiz Kendall, Labour MP for Leicester West, who supports another EU referendum, explained that she backed the Cooper amendment in order to give parliament more time to debate alternatives.Is the Labour leadership backing the Cooper amendment? “I don’t know, but I hope they do.”On Labour’s official amendment, which mentions a new public vote: “The amendment reflects party policy. Opposition amendments – it’s very hard to get that passed. It’s more likely that it’ll be one of the backbenchers…”last_img read more

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Meet the lower 24th Street beat officers

first_imgOfficer Paul Lujano, 31Officer Lujano came to the department in 2014 after serving military tours in Afghanistan and Iraq. He, too, trained in the Bayview and later moved to Tenderloin Station to finish his probationary training period. He was eventually assigned to the Mission.“The smells of the streets are pretty awesome,” he said when asked what he liked most about working on 24th Street.Lujano also said he enjoys the human interaction, and he believes people along the corridor appreciate him back. “They like our presence — they like us coming in and saying ‘hi’ to the folks,” he said. “You meet really interesting people.”His presence, he said, is the most important part of his job as a beat officer. He also believes it’s making a difference. “I’ve seen quite a bit of difference,” he said. “I’ve had people tell me they don’t see the bad stuff as much.”“Sometimes when you’re (driving) a patrol car, and you’re answering calls for service, you don’t get that immediate return from the community,” he added. “Whereas, on your foot beat, you’re there, you’re always in the community. You get that positive reinforcement of people who are appreciative of what you do.”Lujano has noticed that the Mission Police District — which includes the Mission, Noe Valley and Castro neighborhoods — is a very diverse place, and calls for service can vary from neighborhood to neighborhood.“If you chop the Mission District up, you’ll have three or four different identifiable cultures and communities within the district itself, and that provides unique call volume,” he said. Last month, Mission Local reported that some merchants on Mission and 24th streets had not noticed a difference in SFPD’s foot patrol presence and engagement since the department announced it would quadruple foot patrols in September.Shortly after the article was published, the Mission Station hosted a meetup on 24th Street aimed at introducing merchants and community members to the officers.So we caught up with the foot beat officers assigned to 24th Street — Officers Robert Clendenen and Paul Lujano — to find out who they are and how they like walking one of the neighborhood’s most interesting corridors.Officer Robert Clendenen, 35 0% Officer Clendenen joined the department four years ago. The former paramedic started his field training in the Bayview, and later moved on to Central Station where he walked the Fisherman’s Wharf foot beat.After spending several months at Park Station, Clendenen requested an assignment in the Mission.“I’m one of those guys that got picked up a little later in my 30s,” he said when asked why chose to work in the Mission. “And I felt like I needed to get as much as experience as possible in the shortest amount of time.”“I feel like this (the Mission) is a great place to grow and learn as a police officer,” he said.Clendenen said he was not sure the community would embrace him at first, but he feels like it has.“I can’t tell you how many times I walk into a shop and you see … the tension drop out of their shoulders,” he said. “It gives me the opportunity to listen to what they’re telling me and effect change.”But being a foot-beat officer isn’t always easy, he said. Often, his car is parked far away from where he’s patrolling on foot. If he needs to respond to an emergency, he’s not always the first to get there.“I’m not going to be the fastest to respond to an officer in need a lot of times, because of the limitations of being on foot,” he said. “And that’s a tough pill to swallow, because we all want to go home at the end of the day — we all want to help each other.”Clendenen did say, however, that being a foot-beat officer has its advantages.“Being here on foot, I’m more embedded in the streets — I can smell things better, hear things better, and I can see things up close and personal,” he said. Tags: 24th Street • Mission Police Station • police • SFPD Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

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New idea in SF Mannys a bar for civic engagement at 16th

first_imgSubscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletterEmail Address “There are plenty of sports bars, but almost no places that play the news,” he said. (He even floated the idea of having NPR constantly playing in the bathrooms.)  The back end will have an events space that will host “anything civic in nature” every night of the week. “Whether Arriba Juntos is doing an open house, or Kamala Harris is in town and wants to do a town hall or we want host a debate watch party,” he will have the right space, he said. Success, Yekutiel explained, would look like someone walking in for a beer and, by chance, catching an activist’s or city leader’s event. “I’m trying to a create a space where someone can walk in and almost accidentally get involved,” he said. Yekutiel, who is half-Afghani, said he is modeling his spot after coffee houses in the Ottoman Empire, which he believes were some of the first civic gathering spaces — “social equalizers” where classes mixed and discussed politics. But the Washington D.C.-based Busboys and Poets — a bookstore, lounge and events space — was also an inspiration, he said.  “What was amazing about it was, you could peruse the bookstore, get a great dinner, and then afterward you’re inspired and do something that’s actually productive,” he said. Yekutiel hopes some of his revenue will come from the restaurant, coffee shop and bar. But, more important, he will be seeking hundreds of sponsors — starting with 200 and growing to about 500 — who will regularly contribute small amounts of money. He said the sponsorships, which would come with certain benefits, would help keep the price of programming low. He has not decided on an amount, but guessed it would be somewhere between $12 and $18 per month.   “Like Borderlands Bookstore,” he said, noting that the bookstore has a community that pays a certain amount per year to keep the story open and affordable. Over the last year or so, Yekutiel has also been testing his concept at different spaces and building a network of potential sponsors. He’s recently organized events with political figures such as Alicia Garza, a founder of the Black Lives Matter, Michael Tubbs, the 27-year-old mayor of Stockton, and retired NBA player Jason Collins, who was the first to come out as openly gay while an active player. “Each of these events has had hundreds of people come,” he said. The events took place at various locations around the Mission. Manny’s will be the third business to occupy the space in the last three years. V16 Sushi Lounge closed in late January, and Yekutiel found the site through his agent less than a month later. He said it was not hard for him and the Mission Housing Development Corporation, which owns the building, to come to an agreement. Sam Moss, the executive director of Mission Housing, said he was excited about the project. “One thing about the affordable housing industry that gets lost in translation is how important our ground-floor spaces are, and should be, to serving the general community’s needs,” he said. Moss said he chose Yekutiel’s business out of a half-dozen other interested parties for precisely that reason. “16th and Valencia should be a hub of empowerment,” he said. “I see this as a way to do it.” Manny Yekutiel has done a lot of politics in his 28 years. He’s raised funds for the American Civil Liberties Union, briefed former President Barack Obama as a White House intern, and now works on Mark Leno’s mayoral campaign. But not until three weeks ago, when he signed the lease on 3092 16th Street — formerly V16 Sushi, on the corner of 16th and Valencia — did he feel his calling totally coalesce. In about six months, the Los Angeles native will open something he feels is rare in San Francisco, and in very high demand: a lounge that will host civic events — talks on social justice, spoken word performances, town halls by local politicians and more. It will be called “Manny’s.” “The problem I’m trying to solve is, where [do] you go to be a better citizen?” he said — a place that also has the draw of food and beverages. The front end of the space that faces both 16th and Valencia streets will be a coffee shop by day and a “modern Middle-Eastern” restaurant with beer and wine by night. It will be an inviting “social space” where folks can drink coffee, have discussions and watch the news, Yekutiel said. 0% Tags: politics • restaurants • valencia street Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

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THE RFL has introduced a groundbreaking drugs use

first_imgTHE RFL has introduced a ground-breaking drugs use policy which will come into effect during the 2014 First Utility Super League season.The RFL Social and Non-Prescribed Prescription Drug Policy 2014 is a new initiative which aims to prevent players suffering and causing personal and professional harm from the misuse of illegal or non-prescribed substances.An integrated approach will be used to initiate the policy, with Super League players receiving an education workshop, being subject to a new testing programme and given help, including rehabilitation and counselling.“This is a ground-breaking initiative that has been in the preparatory stages for a while now,” said RFL Operations Director Emma Rosewarne. “The policy will go live this season as we believe that it will make a real difference to player welfare in Rugby League.“The original draft of the policy was drawn up in full as far back as last autumn, and after a lengthy process of consultation we are delighted that we are at a stage where we can look forward to significant progress in player welfare.“It is important to note that we are not trying to catch anybody out with this policy – the drive behind the initiative comes from a player welfare point of view.“It is our job to help our players in every way possible and this, from a social and non-prescribed prescription drug perspective, is the best way to go about giving support to our professional players.”A draft version of the policy was created last summer with consultation with the Super League Players’ Association, League13, starting last September.The policy was officially passed at the end of January, with a series of educational seminars in association with Sporting Chance Clinic and club player welfare managers now being held across the country with all Super League clubs.The testing part of the policy will not come into force until a Super League club has attended a seminar explaining how the new policy will work, and advise players how to get help with prescription and social drug issues.Under the new policy, the club’s entire first team will be tested during the season to ensure that everybody within the first team squad, and every first team player in the top flight, is treated on even grounds.“This initiative is not only a first in Rugby League in this country but, with regard to the non-prescribed prescription drug aspect of the policy, I believe it is the first in all sports in England,” said Rosewarne.“This policy is designed to help players who might have an issue with or a dependency on prescription and social drugs. Players need to know that they will not be treated as villains -they will be helped and given the best-possible care.“We have been working closely for a number of years with the Sporting Chance Clinic, who do an excellent job of supporting professional and former professional sportspeople, and I am sure this relationship will continue to grow from strength to strength.“By educating our players and our clubs, we can help protect our professionals of the present and the future, and look to continue improving player welfare in Rugby League.”last_img read more

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OVER the next couple of days you will meet the pla

first_imgOVER the next couple of days you will meet the players who will tour Australia with Saints Academy.Today are numbers 1 through to 5.1. Brad Billsborough – Scrum Half/Hooker from Newton Storm and Byrchall High SchoolHe is sponsored by Stellar Football, Ascot Motor Cars, Muscle Works, Passion and Par NutritionPrevious Number 1’s:2004 – Ste Bannister (Blackbrook)2006 – Tom Armstrong (Pilkington Recs)2009 – Nathan Ashe (family relocated from NZ)2011 – Brad Ashurst (Portico Vine)2013 – Daniel Abram (Bold Miners)2. Cameron Brown – Centre from Thatto Heath Crusaders and Rainford High Technology CollegeHe is sponsored by Rainford High Technology CollegePrevious Number 2’s:2004 – Liam Bland (Waterhead)2006 – Karl Ashall (Leigh East)2009 – Marcus Baines (Burtonwood and Blackbrook)2011 – Chris Carr (Chorley Panthers)2013 – Phil Atherton (Orrell St James)3. Kevin Brown – Full Back from Wigan St Pats & Thatto Heath Crusaders and Deanery High SchoolHe is sponsored by Deanery High SchoolPrevious Number 3’s:2004 – Marty Bradshaw (Blackbrook)2006 – Matty Ashurst (Chorley Panthers)2009 – Adam Barber (Bold Miners)2011 – Lewis Charnock (Rylands)2013 – Ricky Bailey (Shevington Sharks)4. Adam Causey – Second Row from Orrell St James and Rainford High Technology CollegeHe is sponsored by Expressions of Beauty, Charterauto Ltd, Holman Motorcycles Ltd, RMC Service Station and Lowton Motor Company LtdPrevious Number 4’s:2004 – Paul Clough (Blackbrook)2006 – Phil Baines (Chorley Panthers)2009 – Joe Bate (Blackbrook)2011 – Alex Clare (Halton Farnworth Hornets)2013 – Tom Calland (Widnes Moorfield and West Bank Bears)5. Harry Coleman – Second Row from Leigh Miners Rangers and Parrenthorn High SchoolPrevious Number 5’s:2004 – Chris Donnelly (Blackbrook)2006 – Jack Bradbury (Saddleworth Rangers)2009 – Jordan Case (Blackbrook)2011 – Jack Connor (Saddleworth Rangers)2013 – Liam Cooper (Blackbrook)last_img read more

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Emily Rudge Faye Gaskin Jodie Cunningham Naomi

first_imgEmily Rudge, Faye Gaskin, Jodie Cunningham, Naomi Williams, Tara Jones and Vicky Whitfield are selected for the match which takes place in Carcassonne on Saturday October 27.England Women’s head coach, Craig Richards, said: “We really feel as though we’ve got a good blend of experienced internationals and new players who have excelled in this year’s competitions and will continue to grow as individuals and players.“They have all worked really hard on the National Performance Programme and this Test match will allow us to further challenge our player philosophy, whilst continuing to build a strong culture within the group.”Seven of the squad who played in last year’s Women’s Rugby League World Cup in Australia are also included.England Squad: Amy Hardcastle (Bradford Bulls) – Caps: 16 Amy Johnson (Leeds Rhinos) – Caps: 0 Andrea Dobson (Featherstone Rovers) – Caps: 23 Caitlin Beevers (Leeds Rhinos) – Caps: 0 Dannielle Anderson (Leeds Rhinos) – Caps: 0 Emily Rudge (St Helens) – Caps: 19 Faye Gaskin (St Helens) – Caps: 6 Georgia Roche (Castleford Tigers) – Caps: 0 Jodie Cunningham (St Helens) – Caps: 18 Kelsey Gentles (Castleford Tigers) – Caps: 0 Naomi Williams (St Helens) – Caps: 0 Rebecca Greenfield (Wigan Warriors) – Caps: 0 Rhiannion Marshall (Leeds Rhinos) – Caps: 1 Shona Hoyle (Bradford Bulls) – Caps: 6 Sinead Peach (Castleford Tigers) – Caps: 2 Tara Jones (St Helens) – Caps: 3 Tara-Jane Stanley (Castleford Tigers) – Caps: 8 Tamzin Renouf (Castleford Tigers) – Caps: 0 Vanessa Temple (Wigan Warriors) – Caps: 0 Vicky Whitfield (St Helens) – Caps: 0last_img read more

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Club First Team Match SAINTS TV

first_imgEach Super League club was invited down to Anfield for the Super League Media Launch ahead of the showcase event this weekend and Tommy represented Saints, taking part in some pitch side photography before he was interviewed by members of the media ahead of Saints clash with Castleford on Sunday, kick off 6pm.And in an exclusive interview with Saints TV, Makinson admitted he has fond memories of Anfield after his dramatic match-winning hat-trick secured a series win for England against New Zealand back in November.“Playing here with the international team brought some special memories, scoring those tries to get the series wrapped up and I am definitely looking forward to coming back.”“It is pretty special. It is iconic venue and the history that goes with it, anytime you can step foot on that grass out there you are always happy and I will be come Sunday.“The Saints fans are going to be massive. Being so close to Saints here at Anfield we can really pack this place out and get a lot of fans here and hopefully broaden their horizons across Merseyside and hopefully if people can support Saints for a day, it will be nice!”A limited numbers of tickets are available for the match and the full Weekend schedule of fixtures by calling 01744 455052, visiting the Club Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium or online here. Coach Travel is available to purchase from the Club priced at £9 for 2019 Members and £10 for non-members.last_img read more

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MLK celebrations continue with Potluck for Peace

first_img The event started three years ago during MLK Celebration Week in collaboration with the MLK Celebration Committee.The Potluck for Peace included plenty of food and fellowship as well as conversations about racial diversity.“For this community I believe that it’s important to have people from different cultures, different backgrounds to come together and get to know one another so that we can build on cohesiveness in our community,” YWCA Board Member Evelyn Bryant said.Related Article: YWCA Lower Cape Fear to join national effort against racismBryant said this year’s MLK celebrations are special because this year will mark the 50th anniversary of King’s death.For more information about MLK Celebration Week events in the Wilmington area, click here.For more information about events happening in the Southport area, click here. Dozens attend the Potluck for Peace at the MLK Center in Wilmington on January 11, 2018. (Photo: Sarah Johnson/WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was all about peace, and celebrations continued Thursday with the Potluck for Peace at the MLK Center in Wilmington.The YWCA Lower Cape Fear hosts the Potluck for Peace four times a year.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Duke Energy Progress warns Florence could bring widespread power outages

first_imgRALEIGH, NC (WTVD) — Duke Energy Progress is expecting Hurricane Florence to bring widespread outages when it makes landfall Thursday night.The utility company is ramping up efforts and is putting its detailed storm response plan in motion.- Advertisement – “A storm of this magnitude could take multiple days, and in some cases several weeks, to fully restore power to customers,” said spokesperson Meredith Archie.Thousands of crews are on standby in the Carolinas.Contractors from the Midwest and Florida are making travel arrangements to get here before the storm possibly strikes the state.Related Article: Brunswick County School Board gets $1.3M from FEMA, state for Florence costsThe company has been prepping throughout the weekend.Click here to read more.last_img

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Riverfront Farmers Market back in business

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) – Riverfront Farmers’ Market is a Wilmington staple for visitors and residents!If you like food, music, flowers and knick-knacks by local vendors, the farmers’ market is for you.- Advertisement – Saturday was the 2019 opening day in its new location.In past years the market has taken place on Water St., but construction on the Bulkhead has lead to other arrangements. The market now takes place on Dock St., on the block between Front and 2nd Streets.The Riverfront Farmers’ Market may not suit its name anymore, but that didn’t stop tons of people from coming out to support local vendors.Related Article: 4th of July celebration wraps up along Wilmington riverfrontB.J. Ryan, the market manager, said that despite the recent move, “Dock St. already feels like home.”Ryan reminds us that the Riverfront Farmers’ Market is will be open every Saturday, rain or shine all throughout the season, with the exception of April 6, due to the Azalea Festival.last_img read more

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Bee swarms near your home Heres what to do

first_img(Photo: Honey Bee Swarm Removal) WHITEVILLE, NC (WWAY) — Spring time in our area means you’ll be seeing blooming blossoms and bees. It’s peak honeybee season right now, so bee swarms showing up around your home are not uncommon.Experts say honey bees are responsible for every third bite of food we consume and contribute $15 billion to American agriculture each year.- Advertisement – With a declining honey bee population, experts want you to report a swarm of bees to save them rather than killing them.The City of Whiteville became a Bee City USA in 2016 to raise awareness of how vital pollinators are to life, and the challenges all pollinators face.April and May are prime swarm season.Related Article: Baby lobster numbers spell trouble for shellfish populationHoney bees travel in swarms because they can’t survive on their own. The way they build their homes, honey bee swarms are dangerously exposed to rain, cold, and a myriad of predators.If you see a swarm, you should contact a beekeeper, a local beekeeping chapter, or a local Cooperative Extension Service, before it changes locations, so a beekeeper can attempt to rescue the bees.You can call someone from the national directory of willing swarm catchers to help save the honey bees.last_img read more

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UPDATE Police say teen shot near Creekwood in serious condition

first_img00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Police are investigating a shooting that left a 13-year-old boy in serious condition.It happened just before 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday at Cypress Cove, a new apartment complex behind Creekwood South, according to Wilmington Police Department Spokeswoman Linda Thompson.- Advertisement – When police arrived they found a 13-year-old boy with a gunshot wound. Police say the victim was taken to the hospital and is in serious condition.No word yet on whether the shooting happened inside the complex or in the parking lot.This is an ongoing investigation. Police are asking anyone with information to use Text-A-Tip or call (910) 343-3609.Related Article: DA explains the process on whether to seek death penalty in trooper shootingWe will have more details as they become available.last_img read more

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Half of the proceeds of the Archbishops concert will go to Cisses

first_img SharePrint <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> Curia – church.mt/photosCuria – church.mt/photos Archbishop Charles Scicluna announced that half of the proceeds from the first Archbishop’s Concert will go to assist the family of slain Ivorian national Lassana Cisse Souleymane.The Archdiocese of Malta organised the first ‘Archbishop’s Charity Concert’ on Sunday. The concert was held at St Paul’s Cathedral in Mdina and featured a classical concert by the Venus Harp Trio and pop guitarist and singer Fiona Cauchi. The aim of the concert is to raise funds for the Archbishop’s Charity Fund, which assists families and persons in need.Thank you to the great artists, to the sponsors and the generous patrons who made the Archbishop’s Charity Fund Concert 2019 possible! Half of the proceeds will go to help the family of the late Mr Cisse killed in cold blood because “he was black”. pic.twitter.com/uHFrfEDl5l— Bishop CJ Scicluna (@BishopScicluna) May 19, 2019During his address, Archbishop Scicluna said that with the permission of those in attendance, part of the proceeds collected during the event will go to help the widow and the children of Cisse’s family. The announcement was followed by rapturous applause from the audience.Mgr Scicluna while thanking the artists, APS Bank for sponsoring the event, and those in attendance, he said that ‘beauty will save the world, and this illustrated through music’. However he continued, there exist ugliness, elaborating on the ugliness of hatred. Archbishop Scicluna urged for concrete solidarity with Cisse’s family. He reminded that Cisse was in Malta to earn money with which he could support his family, however he was killed in cold blood because ‘he was black’. Archbishop Scicluna explained that one has a duty towards the family he has left behind.Donations to the Archbishop’s Charity Fund can still be made at the Archbishop’s Curia in Floriana. The Archbishop’s Charity Fund assists families and persons in need.Read more:Ħal Far drive-by murder: Two soldiers accused with murder still not suspendedWatch: ‘The question of human dignity is not negotiable’ – ArchbishopMigrants at sea: “Desperate need of action” – BishopsWhatsApplast_img read more

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Britain to become first G7 country with net zero emissions target

first_imgFILE PHOTO: A commuter walks along Waterloo Bridge, which is being blocked by climate change activists, during the Extinction Rebellion protest in London, Britain April 17, 2019. REUTERS/Hannah McKay/File PhotoFILE PHOTO: A commuter walks along Waterloo Bridge, which is being blocked by climate change activists, during the Extinction Rebellion protest in London, Britain April 17, 2019. REUTERS/Hannah McKay/File Photo Britain will toughen its climate targets and commit to reaching net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, the government said late on Tuesday, becoming the first G7 nation to set such a goal.The country currently aims to cut greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) by 80 percent from 1990 levels by 2050. However, campaigners say this does not go far enough to meet pledges made under the 2015 Paris climate agreement to try to limit a rise in global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius.“Now is the time to go further and faster to safeguard the environment for our children,” Prime Minister Theresa May said in a statement.“Reaching net zero by 2050 is an ambitious target, but it is crucial that we achieve it to ensure we protect our planet for future generations.”Legislation will be put before parliament on June 12 to amend the existing climate change act to incorporate the new target, the statement said.Britain’s independent climate advisers, the Committee on Climate Change, last month said that the country should move to the new target, which would require more renewable electricity generation and could require the phasing out of new petrol and diesel cars by at least 2035.Households would also need to be weaned off natural gas heating and switch to low-carbon alternatives such as hydrogen or heat pumps.Carolyn Fairbairn, director general of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), welcomed the move.“Some sectors will need clear pathways to enable investment in low-carbon technologies, and it is vital that there is cross-government coordination on the policies and regulation needed to deliver a clean future,” she said.Britain hopes its decision will encourage other countries to adopt more ambitious climate targets and said that a further assessment will take place within five years to confirm whether other countries are taking similar action.It also said it would retain its ability to use international carbon credits to help to meet the target.“Using international credits within an appropriate monitoring, reporting and verification framework is the right thing to do for the planet, allowing the UK to maximise the value of each pound spent on climate change mitigation,” the government statement said.WhatsApp <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrintlast_img read more

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Nokia Siemens trusts the power of Nigeria

first_imgAdvertisement “With 3G only just getting off the ground – Internet penetration, still far from its peak, and over 30% yet to get a mobile device – the country has enormous potentials.”“We see Nigeria as a country with great opportunity for growth for operators, suppliers and consumers. This makes Nigeria extremely attractive for Nokia Siemens to be part of that evolution and economic revolution that is unfolding,” says Diliani.Diliani indicated that Nokia Siemens is deploying its most up-to-date solutions to its CSP (Communications Service Provider) customers in Nigeria. – Advertisement – Base stations“Flexi base stations represent one of the technological areas in point, where Nigeria is getting the best. Five years ago, the base station was the size of a big fridge. Nokia Siemens came up with the first actual micro base station. We shrunk it to the size of two VCRs by integrating the different circuit parts into a single pack of chips.”“We have now moved on to make the Flexi more energy friendly. So, from 800 kilowatts per hour, we have also shrunk it to 400 kilowatts per hour. This is a big factor to the operators in their rural deployment programmers,” says Diliani.Micowave and fibre transmission networks“From this specialised perspective, Nigeria will be on par with the developed world as the same calibre of technology is being deployed,” Diliani concludes.Source: itnewsafricalast_img read more

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Google IO 2016 app is now available in playstore

first_imgAdvertisement Google I/O is an annual software developer-focused conference held by Google Inc. headquartered in San Francisco, California. It features highly technical, in-depth sessions focused on building web, mobile, and enterprise applications with Google and open web technologies such as; Android, Chrome, Chrome OS, Google APIs, Google Web Toolkit, App Engine, and more.Google I/O first started in May 28th, 2008 and since then they have been having these sessions for developers annually.The search engine giants, will be holding their 8th annual Google I/O software developer-focused conference in Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View, California from 18th to 20th May, 2016 where thousands of people will attend including; developers, business people, entrepreneurs, students, lecturers and so forth. – Advertisement – According to Android Authority, One of the most difficult parts of attending a conference is managing your time. There’s so much going on that unless you have a handy navigator or detailed plans ahead of time then you’re probably going to miss something you wish you would have seen. And that’s why every year Google launches an updated version of their official Google I/O application. Thus, this year’s version of I/O is now available on playstore.This app brings you all the tools you need to stay connected to the subjects you’re interested in whether you’re participating digitally or physically.With this app, you can create personalized schedules to ensure that you hit every event that you want, stream keynotes and sessions live if you can’t make it to the event, re-visit previous i/o sessions, you can keep up with the public i/o related conversations and many more.For those attending the event, the app will also help you get plugged into the conference’s WiFi network.You can download this app from Google Play Store.last_img read more

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US President Barack Obama announces Startup Visas for foreign entrepreneurs

first_imgAdvertisement US President Barack Obama has recently made an announcement in favor of ‘International Entrepreneur Rule’. The ruling allows foreign entrepreneurs to apply for temporary Startup Visas and to start a business in the US.The rule was formed under the country’s Immigration and Nationality Act, which allows temporary entry to people on a case-by-case basis for “urgent humanitarian reasons” or “significant public benefit.”The step was taken in a bid to further increase employment opportunities in the US and to ease the startup process for foreign entrepreneurs in the US. In 2010, the unemployment rate reached 9.9% in the US, however, it has now significantly reduced to 4.9% under Obama’s presidential tenure. As stated by many media firms, the White House believes that these entrepreneurs can significantly contribute to GDP and job creation in the US. – Advertisement – Under this rule, the startups will be initially entitled to a visa of two years if they fulfill certain eligibility criteria – own 50% share of their company, and have raised at least $345K from US investors with track record of US investments, or at least $100K from federal, state, or local government agencies.After two years, one can apply for an additional grant of three years. To qualify, startups must show a continued growth chart while running a business in the US, and should retain at least 10% of ownership. Also, they must have raised either $500K from US investors, and generated $500K in annual revenue with 20% Y-o-Y growth, or prove they’ve created at least 10 full-time jobs over those five years.After this, one can apply for existing visas such as EB2 Visa – an employment-based immigration visa.As mentioned by Tom Kalil, White House Deputy Director of Tech and Innovation, and Doug Rand, Assistant Director for Entrepreneurship at the Office of Science and Tech Policy in a Medium Post:“Immigrant entrepreneurs have always made exceptional contributions to America’s economy, in communities all across the country. Immigrants have helped start as many as one of every four small businesses and high-tech startups across America, and the majority of high-tech startups in Silicon Valley. Studies suggest that more than 40% of Fortune 500 companies were founded by immigrants or the children of immigrants.”The ruling will come into effect after a period of 45 days and there’sno cap on the number of people permitted to enter the US under this rule.Existing startup visa programmes at other countries include Entrepreneur Visa (UK, 2008); Start-Up Chile (Chile, 2010); Business Innovation and Investment Programme (Australia, 2012); Fast-Tracked Visa for Entrepreneurs (Spain, Ireland, Singapore and New Zealand); Italia Startup Visa (Italy, 2014); Residence permit for foreign startup (The Netherlands, 2015); Tech Ticket for foreign entrepreneurs (France, 2015); and more.[Inc42]last_img read more

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STARTERS ORDERS Thursday

first_img[dropcap]W[/dropcap]elcome to Starters Orders. Our daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Thursday 24 JulyRACING2.10 YarmouthPark Glen 3/1 > 7/43.25 BathBirdie Queen 4/1 > 9/44.25 YarmouthOcean Applause 11/2 > 7/25.40 BathFreddie Q 7/2 > 2/15.45 DoncasterInflection 9/2 > 5/29.00 DoncasterTindaro 14/1 > 6/19.05 LingfieldVarsovian 16/1 > 8/1What’s your view?CALL STAR SPORTS ON 08000 521 321last_img

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Carry On Sturridge

first_img[dropcap]W[/dropcap]ith the news that Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge will be out AGAIN for several weeks after suffering a hamstring injury during Sunday’s defeat by Newcastle, Star Sport have a market on how many Premier League appearances Daniel Sturridge will make in the 2015/2016 season:Over 18.5 – 5/6Under 18.5 – 5/6(Sub appearances do count)He’s currently on five appearances from a possible 15 Premier League matches. In fact he’s played just 289 minutes of Premier League football so far !!!! What’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img

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STAR PREVIEW MK Dons v Chelsea

first_img[dropcap]F[/dropcap]irst the good news. The recommended DRAW obliged in the Liverpool v West Ham match yesterday dragging the column back into the profit zone !!The bad news was I watched the game Hopefully today’s two FA Cups will generate a little more excitement. So far this weekend there haven’t been any real acts of giant-slaying and it’s all been a bit too predictable.The closest to a shock we have come is Peterborough fighting back to draw with West Brom and Shrewsbury gaining a place in the 5th round thanks to a stoppage time header which disposed of higher ranked Sheffield Wednesday.Now it’s the time for Everton and Chelsea to face lower opposition – both have away matches at Carlisle and the MK Dons respectively and many punters will fancy the ‘away day double’ at around 4/5 with Star Sports.MK Dons meet Chelsea for the first time ever in their 4pm BBC game. Last season’s league Champions are playing better football under Guus Hiddink but still conceding goals at an alarming rate – 34 goals in 23 league games.This is nice distraction for the MK Dons who are currently right in the thick of a relegation battle in the Championship with just three points between them, Fulham, Rotherham and Bristol City.MK Dons manager Karl Robinson: said: “On the day the players have to perform. All the prep and hard work that goes into every game doesn’t mean anything if we go and freeze. I know they won’t. I know we’ll try to do our best. The last words I’ll say will be, ‘Go and enjoy the experience’.”It’s going to be a wonderful experience, playing against some of the best players in the world.”Contrasting team news…. For the Dons striker Nicky Maynard is a doubt with a hamstring problem, and Carl Baker, Matthew Upson and Ben Reeves are definitely out whilst for Chelsea Diego Costa is fit !!MK Dons v ChelseaFA Cup 4th Round16:00 BBC One / BBC One HDHEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 matches)NEVER PLAYEDThe usual cliché applies in terms of MK Dons having ‘nothing to lose’ but Chelsea are rebuilding some credibility after a shocker of a season and should be in no mood to show compassion.CHELSEA / CHELSEA looks a fair bet at 4/5 with Star Sports on the HT/FT market.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-50 points)BACK CHELSEA HT/FT for 20 points at around 4/5 with Star SportsRETURN SINCE START OF WORLD CUP: PROFIT 7.49 POINTSWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more

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