Author of “Punish a Muslim Day” Letter Pleads Guilty

Rabat – David Parnham has pleaded guilty to soliciting murder among 13 other offenses.  In March, citizens of the UK and around the world were horrified by hundreds of letters sent anonymously encouraging people to carry out violence against Muslims. Fingerprint evidence linked the letters to David Parnham, a UK national, whom police arrested in June.The letters were part of a larger campaign carried out over two years in which Parham also orchestrated a bomb threat and mailed white powder, which was treated as a poisonous substance, to public figures such as Queen Elizabeth II and Theresa May. Read Also: ‘Love a Muslim Day’ Turns Table on ‘Punish a Muslim Day’ LetterParnham pleaded guilty to a total of 14 charges, including five counts of sending hoax noxious substances, one charge of staging a bomb hoax, and soliciting to murder. The final charge can carry a penalty of up to life in prison. Parnham’s fingerprints were also found on a letter sent to Dylann Roof, a white supremacist who is currently serving a prison sentence for murdering nine African-Americans in Charleston, South Carolina, in 2015. Parnham cited Roof’s actions as inspiration for his own campaign.Parnham is currently in custody and will be sentenced on November 23. read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

Some of the most active companies traded Thursday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (16,399.47, up 3.18 points).Crescent Point Energy Corp. (TSX:CPG). Energy. Up one cent, or 0.19 per cent, to $5.36 on 12.4 million shares.Baytex Energy Corp. (TSX:BTE). Energy. Up three cents, or 1.07 per cent, to $2.84 on 11 million shares.Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Health care. Down 30 cents, or 2.47 per cent, to $11.85 on 8.8 million shares.Encana Corp. (TSX:ECA). Energy. Down seven cents, or 0.73 per cent, to $9.57 on 7.8 million shares.Toronto-Dominion Bank. (TSX:TD). Financials. Down eight cents, or 0.11 per cent, to $73.68 on 6.9 million shares.Cenovus Energy Inc. (TSX:CVE). Energy. Down 17 cents, or 1.27 per cent, to $13.19 on 5.8 million.Companies reporting:Quebecor Inc. (TSX:QBR.B). Up eight cents to $32.57. TVA Sports blocked its French-language NHL feed to Bell at 7 p.m. Wednesday as the playoffs got underway, to reinforce Quebecor’s demand for better fees from Bell. That defied a warning by the federal broadcasting and telecommunications regulator, which had directed Quebecor earlier Wednesday to continue providing the signal to Bell TV subscribers despite the fee dispute. The CRTC also warned that it was ready to use its powers to enforce its regulations.Transcontinental Inc. (TSX:TCL.A). Up 31 cents to $16.79. Transcontinental is defending its handling of the sale of its East Coast media assets to SaltWire Network, and says it’s considering a counter-suit against Atlantic Canada’s largest media company. Transcontinental says the 2017 sale to SaltWire was “conducted based on fair, accurate and timely information.” SaltWire, which owns 35 newspapers in Atlantic Canada, has launched a lawsuit accusing Transcontinental of overstating its printing and distribution business and misrepresenting revenue streams of the acquired assets. But Transcontinental said Thursday it’s a reputable organization with the highest ethical practices, and added it is considering a counter-suit because SaltWire has “failed to fulfil its payment obligations and is in breach of contract.”Goldcorp Inc. (TSX:G). Down six cents to $15.39. Newmont Mining Corp.’s US$10-billion all-share takeover deal of Goldcorp Inc. is almost complete after shareholders of the Denver-based company voted in favour of the merger Thursday. The company said shareholders voted more than 76 per cent in favour of increasing its number of outstanding shares and more than 98 per cent in favour of issuing the shares under the deal. The vote follows one by Goldcorp shareholders on April 4 that saw more than 97 per cent in favour of the deal, despite concerns raised by some over excess compensation going to company chairman Ian Telfer.The Canadian Press read more

General Assembly calls for greater efforts to remove threat of landmines munitions

28 October 2011The General Assembly today called on countries, institutions and United Nations agencies to step up their collective efforts to eliminate the threat posed by landmines, cluster munitions and other explosive remnants of war (ERW) as the number of deaths and injuries worldwide from such hazards continues to fall. In a resolution, UN Member States stressed the importance of countries drawing up national mine action plans and ensuring they have the necessary funding and technical expertise to carry out the work of removing and disabling mines and munitions and educating the public about the threats posed by them.The resolution also specifies the need to ensure victim assistance programmes are incorporated into national development plans and to make sure that mine action activities take account of the different needs of various segments of the population, including children.In his most recent report on UN assistance in mine action, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says mine action plays a critical role in five major areas connected to the broader work of the UN – peace and security, humanitarian affairs, economic development, human rights and international law.Presenting the report to the Assembly’s fourth committee today, Dmitry Titov, Assistant Secretary-General for Rule of Law and Security Institutions, noted that the number of deaths and injuries from mines, munitions and ERW was falling overall thanks to the efforts of national authorities and UN agencies.Mine clearance and mine education to affected communities had helped bring about the global drop, he said.But Mr. Titov also said casualties are still rising in some countries, with the number increasing in Sudan by 35 per cent last year. In other countries, such as Libya and Côte d’Ivoire, recent conflicts have led to the placement of fresh mines, munitions or ERW.The Assistant Secretary-General also emphasized the importance of mine action components in relevant peacekeeping missions and the need to have robust ammunition management programmes in place in affected countries. read more

Facing financial crisis UN relief agency for Palestine refugees seeks urgent funds

Peter Hansen, the Commissioner-General of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), told representatives of 25 countries and the European Union that the Agency’s financial difficulties stem from a $31 million budget shortfall. “The level of expected income is currently estimated at $280 million against the General Assembly approved budget of $311 million,” said Mr. Hansen, noting that of the pledged income, $65 million remained outstanding. Only the last minute arrival of $20 million from the European Union would allow UNRWA to pay staff salaries for October, he added. The Commissioner-General said recent events heightened the importance of the Agency’s work. “We are passing through a very difficult political stage in the region and the Agency has in the past been credited with having contributed to stability,” he said. “Now more than ever, there is a vital need for this role.””The refugees need to be assured that the commitments of the international community to their welfare will continue,” he stressed. Describing deteriorating conditions faced by UNRWA, Mr. Hansen said its school buildings were crumbling. “They are a risk and a danger to pupils and teachers and exemplify the situation we are in,” he said. “What we face today is a threat to the infrastructure of the Agency.” In the West Bank and Gaza, Israel’s closure policy had caused an economic downturn which forced almost 80 per cent of all refugees under the poverty line. “Clearly this is an explosive situation that we all have a responsibility to try to avoid,” said Mr. Hansen. Israeli blockades and closures were also forcing UNRWA to engage in a “daily struggle” to reach camps and villages. Today’s meeting began with a minute of silence for the victims of the 11 September terrorist attacks against the United States. read more

Keelings tripledouble helps Charleston Southern win 9367

SPARTANBURG, S.C. — Christian Keeling notched a triple-double — the first in three decades for Charleston Southern — as he, Duncan LeXander and Deontaye Buskey combined for 63 points and the Buccaneers surged away from Coppin State 93-67 Friday.Scoring two points in the first half, Keeling added 18 more after the break, pulled down 11 rebounds and had 12 assists. He racked up six double-doubles in the 2016-17 season, but Friday’s triple-double was only the second in Charleston Southern’s history and first since Tony Fairley had 12 points, 22 assists and 10 steals on Feb. 9, 1987.Keeling’s 12 assists are a career high.LeXander made 6 of 7 shots from behind the 3-point arc and scored 23 points with eight boards for Charleston Southern (4-2), Buskey hit four 3-pointers, also scoring 20.LeXander scored 17 and was 4-for-4 from deep as the Buccaneers raced into halftime on a 17-4 run.Dejuan Clayton led Coppin State with 16 points. The Eagles (0-7) are on a 13-game skid going back to last season.The Associated Press read more

Nigerias First Bobsled Team Running for Pride and Legacy

NEW YORK (AP) — Seun Adigun told herself her athletic career was done after she ran her last race at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. But for some reason, she couldn’t bring herself to tell the world.Three years later, she realized: Adigun wasn’t retiring — she was readying for a new sport. And her years competing as a 100-meter hurdler were great preparation what would come next.“It was the speed and the power and the strength that I needed to be able to be a successful bobsled athlete,” she said.Adigun, 31, soon convinced fellow former runners Ngozi Onwumere and Akuoma Omeoga to join the team as brakemen. But they wouldn’t just be newcomers to the sport.Next month, the trio will represent Nigeria as the country fields its first-ever bobsled team at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. The team is also a first, men’s or women’s, for the entire continent of Africa.Yes, they get the comparisons to “Cool Runnings” — the 1993 film based on the true story of the Jamaica’s first bobsled team, which was male, who competed in the 1988 Winter Games in Calgary, Canada — and say it’s a legacy they embrace and a following they hope to emulate.But the peppy pioneers, all American-born and whose parents emigrated from Nigeria, said they also look forward to representing a positive story about their motherland.“Nigerians are so excited to see the country being represented,” said Adigun, a Chicago native who is also a three-time national track champion for Nigeria. “I realized exactly what was a void from the country of Nigeria, from the continent of Africa, and for women in general being represented.”Onwumere, 26, agreed, adding: “To be the first to do anything is, I think, it’s just something that you can’t really explain.”Their story will likely take on added meaning next month, after President Donald Trump’s recent remarks about Africa’s “shithole countries.”Their journey to South Korea has also been a fast one. Three years ago, the team was little more than an idea, a “crazy but amazing journey,” said Adigun, the driver in role and personality who also helped recruit and coach Onwumere, who hails from Dallas, at their alma mater, the University of Houston.Once her teammates were on board, official Olympic rules required them to operate under a national governing body. None existed.The Bobsled and Skeleton Federation of Nigeria was formed. A GoFund Me campaign was created in 2016, and the team raised more than $75,000 in 14 months to pay for necessities like helmets, uniforms, travel and their first sled — a wooden vessel affectionately named “The Maeflower.” They began practicing in Houston, without snow.The team’s popularity soon attracted Visa and Under Armour as sponsors. To qualify for the Winter Games, the women had to complete five races. They met their goal in November.Along the way, their energy and enthusiasm has attracted attention in the U.S. and Nigeria. In December, they appeared on “The Ellen Show,” and last week, tennis icon Serena Williams retweeted their Under Armour Olympics ad.The team said they’re excited to walk into the stadium in Pyeongchang next month and have been working hard to be competitive as rookies among a pool of talented and experienced bobsledders. Their main goal is to be an example for their country and for women in the sport.A medal is almost too much to think of, said Omeoga, 26, who ran track at the University of Minnesota.“That actually has never even crossed my mind yet,” she said. “I’m just taking things one day at a time: Don’t get too ahead of yourself, don’t get too behind yourself, don’t sell yourself short on anything.” read more

Royal wedding latest news Meghan Markle and Prince Harry delay honeymoon to

The designer of the Duchess of Sussex’s wedding dress has spoken of her pride in being involved in such a “historic moment”.Birmingham-born Clare Waight Keller disclosed that the Duke spoke to her after the ceremony.”He came straight up to me and he said ‘oh my God, thank you, she looks absolutely stunning’. So I think for the both of them, they were just radiant at that time,” she said.Video: Wedding dress designer’s pride 5:43AMSerena Williams wore trainers to royal wedding reception Jessica Mulroney posted a photograph of herself in a figure-hugging, sequinned, floor length dress. Our Fashion News Director, Bethan Holt writes how high street brands will capitalise on the ‘Meghan effect,’ and where to find the best royal wedding-inspired dresses.”Every decade has its own style identity and the general consensus eight years into the 2010s is that sleek minimalism will be the look of our time. How appropriate then that the new Duchess of Sussex’s Givenchy Haute Couture and Stella McCartney wedding gowns should encapsulate this look so elegantly…. Meghan Markle’s wedding looks will not only become a go-to bridal trend reference for years to come, but will influence many other brides to veer away from glitz and look instead to sophisticated simplicity.The pristinely plain, silk cady material and architectural silhouette of Clare Waight Keller’s design was painstakingly constructed in one of the world’s finest ateliers, so the exact look will be impossible to achieve. The £35 polyester column dress by fast fashion brand Missguided which has been touted as a good match is certainly no substitute.”Read the full article here  9:48AMDrinks, flags and boats: How Windsor celebrated after the wedding Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of WessexCredit:Steve Finn for The Telegraph The couple, who exchanged vows in a ceremony watched by millions across the world on Saturday, are due to attend a Buckingham Palace garden party on Tuesday as part of the Prince of Wales’s 70th birthday celebrations.It will mark the beginning of a new life for the Duchess, who has already spoken of her desire to “hit the ground running” in her role as a full-time member of the Royal family.Shortly after the couple were proclaimed husband and wife at St George’s Chapel in Windsor, Kensington Palace’s social media pages and the royal family’s website had been updated to reflect their newest member.And the Duchess has been given the blessing of Buckingham Palace to use her position to fight for feminism, as she is expected to announce which charities and campaigns she will support when she returns from her honeymoon. Clare Waight Keller More than 13 million viewers tuned in for BBC One’s coverage of the royal wedding, the Corporation has announced.Led by Kirsty Young, Huw Edwards and Dermot O’Leary, it attracted a peak of 13.1 million viewers just after 1pm.It was seen by an average of 8.7 million viewers and a 63.9 per cent share, the BBC said. Prince Harry opens the door to the Jaguar allowing his wife to get into the passenger seatCredit:Steve Parsons/PA BBC presenters Dermot O’Leary and Kirsty Young The Prince of Wales staged the black-tie evening dinner for the couple, who arrived in a environmentally-friendly 1968 Jaguar E-Type Concept Zero that ran on electric power.As well as family members including Princess Beatrice and Eugenie and the Earl and Countess of Wessex, evening guests included George and Amal Clooney, Tom Hardy, and Idris Elba, who was said to have taken a spin on DJ decks. But the fun did not stop when Frogmore House – the famous royal home loved by Queen Victoria – closed it doors, as some guests are said to have staged an after party at top London hot spot Chiltern Firehouse.In their first official engagement as husband and wife, the Duke and Duchess will attend a 70th birthday patronage celebration for the Prince of Wales.The outdoor event marks the heir to the throne’s milestone birthday – which falls in November – by recognising Charles’ patronages and military affiliations as well as others involved in charities supported by the royal. The Clooneys arrive at Frogmore House Stephanie Abdullah, 48, from Washington DC Meanwhile, British designer Clare Waight Keller, who was spotted arranging the Duchess of Sussex’s veil and train just before she processed into St George’s Chapel, said soon after the ceremony Harry rushed up to praise her efforts. She said: “He came straight up to me and he said ‘oh my God, thank you, she looks absolutely stunning’.”Asked about the moment Meghan was able to look at herself dressed and ready in the mirror on Saturday morning, Ms Waight Keller said: “She was just glowing,” adding “She was absolutely radiant.” 6:18AMHigh Street set to launch copycat wedding dresses Pauline Gardiner and Janice smith, from Newcastle, The Queen was later seen being driven back to Windsor Castle soon after the service at the Royal Chapel of All Saints in Windsor Great Park.As a few Windsor Farm shop regulars watched, her Range Rover swept into a side entrance onto the castle estate. Good morning and welcome to our continuing live coverage of the royal wedding as the newlyweds prepare to head from Windsor Castle where they have spent the night.As festivities on the streets of Windsor wound down, the guests of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s evening wedding reception showed no sign of pause last night. Around 11pm fireworks lit up the night sky over Frogmore House where the couple were celebrating with 200 of their closest friends and family. Video: Fireworks mark end of royal wedding celebrations 4:54AMTyler Dooley brought knife to Kingston nightclub  Serena Williams has revealed she wore trainers underneath her dress for Prince Harry and Meghan’s wedding reception.The tennis champion wore a stunning Versace dress for the wedding itself but changed into a floral Valentino number for the evening reception at Frogmore House.Pictures of the floor-length gown did not reveal her feet, but Williams has now given fans on social media a peek at her shoes.She posted a short video to Instagram and wrote: “Little known fact: I often wear sneakers under my evening gown.”These @maisonvalentino @pppiccioli gave to me last min.”I told him be careful; I tend to be comfy for long nights.” Ms Markle wore a sleek Stella McCartney dress with a halter neck, showing off her shoulders and back with her hair up in a chic bun.The dress was described as a “bespoke lily white high neck gown made of silk crepe”, with satin shoes from Aquazurra with soles painted in baby blue: her “something blue”.Her hair had been styled by George Northwood especially for the more relaxed evening. The couple travelled from Windsor Castle to Frogmore House in a silver blue Jaguar E-Type Concept Zero. The number plate was E19 05 18, marking their wedding date. This vehicle was originally manufactured in 1968, and has since been converted to electric power, suiting the couple’s eco-credentials. If you hadn’t been looking for her, you would have missed her entirely. Prince George and Princess Charlotte’s nanny blended expertly into the background in St George’s Chapel on Saturday, looking on from the sidelines as her little charges and their fellow bridesmaids and page boys performed their duties beautifully.But if Maria Borrallo hadn’t been present in the chapel, there is a chance the ceremony might not have gone quite so smoothly.Rehearsals for the big day had been shambolic, insiders say, with the children – the youngest of whom, Zalie, daughter of Prince Harry’s friend Jake Warren, was only two years old – proving impossible to keep in line.Read the full story of how the young bridesmaids and pageboys were taught their roles here. Ms Markle, now the Duchess of Sussex, accessorized her second outfit with a large aquamarine ring once owned by Diana, Princess of Wales.  Tom Nicholson, from Surrey, enjoys the post-wedding celebrations in Windsor on his boat ‘Jarni’Credit:John Nguyen for The Telegraph Princess Diana wearing the aquamarine ring during a visit to Sydney in 1996Credit:Julian Parker/UK Press via Getty Images The new Duke and Duchess of Sussex are pictured with the Queen, Duke of Edinburgh, Prince of Wales, Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the bride’s mother Doria Ragland and the young bridesmaids and pageboysCredit:Alexi Lubomirski /PA 9:13AM’She’ll be pregnant by Christmas!’ Fans reflect on royal wedding Michelle Wagoner, 33, Molly Larsen, 41, Chloe Hodges, 24, Heather Poynter, 34, and Tammi McBride, 38, from the US The garden party involves 6,000 guests from almost 400 of the Prince of Wales’ patronages and 20 military affiliations.The guest list includes some of the emergency services personnel who were the first to respond to the bombing at the Manchester Arena last May; the anniversary of the attack falls on the same day as the party. 11:49PMMeghan Markle’s father ‘believes newlyweds will visit him after honeymoon’ George and Amal Clooney speak to a police officer as they arrive at Frogmore HouseCredit:w8media  Asked if there was any tears from the bride, she said: “No, she was incredibly composed. It was really quite extraordinary. She’s just the most beautiful person.”Asked what the Duchess’s mother, Doria Ragland, had thought of her daughter, Ms Waight Keller said: “As she went into her car, her mother was already sitting in the car and you just could see there was so much love between them.” Credit:Yui Mok/PA However, a biography of the Los Angeles-born Suits star on the monarchy’s official website suggested she will use her role to champion feminist causes. It described her “lifelong commitment” to working to promote “social justice and women’s empowerment”, carrying a quote in which she declares: “I am proud to be a woman and a feminist.”The Duchess, who is reported to have broken with tradition to give a speech of her own at the wedding reception, has worked with a number of charities in the past, including UN Women and World Vision. She will continue working with the Royal Foundation alongside Harry and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.A visit to Australia is in the diary for October, for the 2018 Invictus Games, while other trips abroad this year are said to be in the pipeline.But despite their hectic schedules, the couple seized the opportunity to spend some time away from the public eye on Sunday.After two receptions hosted by the Queen and Prince of Wales on Saturday – with some guests said to have continued partying well after Frogmore House closed its doors – the royal newlyweds left Windsor Castle on Sunday afternoon for some well-earned privacy. 5:10PMWedding flowers have been given to charities Queen Elizabeth II is driven into Windsor Castle in a Range Rover the day after the royal wedding Flowers adorn the front of the organ loft inside St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle Young royal fans pose for a picture with police officers in Windsor Police are still maintaining a heavy presence in the Berkshire town as the newly married Duke and Duchess of Sussex prepare to head back to London at some point this afternoon. Initially however, the new Duke will have a cousin for a neighbour: Princess Eugenie and her fiancé Jack Brooksbank recently took-up residence at Ivy Cottage after announcing their engagement in January this year.That wedding will also take place at St George’s Chapel, in Windsor, on October 12. The royal wedding clean-up begins on the Long Walk in WindsorCredit:Jeff Gilbert for The Telegraph  The Duke of York drives his daughters Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie and Eugenie’s fiancee Jack Brooksbank to the venue in a BentleyCredit:Steve Finn for The Telegraph This engagement sets the tone for the couple’s conduct as enthusiastic supporters of charities, having asked their wedding guests to donate money to seven chosen charities as a wedding gift.  The new Duke and Duchess of Sussex are understood to have left Windsor Castle after spending Saturday night celebrating their wedding. They will be heading home to Nottingham Cottage, in the grounds of Kensington Palace. Unable to make the wedding of his daughter and Prince Harry, Thomas Markle has reportedly suggested the pair will soon visit him.  On Sunday a family source told The Sun: “Meghan and Thomas are both devastated he wasn’t able to attend the wedding and have discussed seeing each other soon.“They have been speaking all week, mostly by text.“She has been worried about him and checking how he is regularly.“Thomas has told other family members he hopes and expects Meghan and Harry to come to see him.” There has still been no sight yet today of the new Duke and Duchess of Sussex who are expected to leave Windsor Castle, where they stayed overnight. They are due to travel home to Nottingham Cottage, in the grounds of Kensington Palace. Idris Elba The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive at Kensington Palace in London the day after attending the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. 8:45PMThe Duke and Duchess of Cambridge return home after the festivities The champagne has barely stopped flowing, but the newlyweds are already preparing for their first engagement as husband and wife.Just three days after the ceremony, on Tuesday, they will attend Buckingham Palace for the Prince of Wales’ 70th birthday patronage celebration in the palace’s gardens, joined by Prince Charles, who turns 70 in November, and the Duchess of Cornwall. Idris Elba turned DJ at the evening party, The Telegraph’s  Royal Correspondent Hannah Furness can reveal.The new Duke and Duchess of Sussex partied into the small hours with fireworks and a playlist of soul classics.The newlyweds are said to have eschewed a slow first dance for livelier tunes, from 1960s R&B to the dance hits of the 1980s.They are said to have chosen “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” as an opening number, with guests treated to a sit-down dinner after a long day in front of the cameras at Windsor Castle. Ladbrokes has just been in touch with its latest betting for the couple’s honeymoon destination – and Namibia is the frontrunner.Namibia: 2/1Botswana: 4/1Tanzania: 5/1Seychelles: 6/1Maldives: 6/1Any Carribean island 8/1 1:41PMTimelapse video: Spot the royal couple touring Windsor Mrs Clayton said she worked on the skilled and fine detail embroidery on the Queen’s wedding and coronation outfits, when she was 19 years old. Floral designer Phillippa Craddock directed a team, including florists from St George’s Chapel and Buckingham Palace, to create the wedding displays at St George’s Chapel and for St George’s Hall in Windsor. Ms Waight Keller said the process was collaborative, adding: “I think she had very much seen my work and knew what I did.”I think she loved the fact that I was a British designer, and working in a house such as Givenchy which has its roots in a very classical, beautiful style.”Ms Waight Keller said over time they quickly got to a point where the Duchess felt she knew exactly what she wanted after various meetings and trials. Nacho Figueras shared a picture on social media of his invite Prince Harry appears to have given his bride a poignant wedding day gift – an impressive, emerald cut aquamarine ring which belonged to his late, beloved mother.Ms Markle wore the large gem on her right hand as the couple made their way to their evening reception.As Prince Harry and Ms Markle left Windsor Castle, following their afternoon reception, official photographs and time for an outfit change, they posed for a picture before climbing into the vintage car.Prince Harry gallantly opened the door, waiting for Ms Markle to gather her long dress into the footwell before closing it gently, as they smiled broadly.With the Prince in the driving seat, on the left hand side of the car, they made their way through the Windsor estate to Frogmore in the soft evening light.The 200 evening guests included George and Amal Clooney, Serena Williams, and Ben and Jessica Mulroney. BBC presenters Dermot O'Leary and Kirsty Young Meghan Markle’s nephew attempted to take a knife into a nightclub near Windsor Castle because he was worried by Donald Trump’s saying London was “like a warzone”.Tyler Dooley, the 25-year-old son of the Duchess of Sussex’s brother, Thomas Markle, was not invited to the wedding, but travelled to London with the intention of appearing as a pundit on television.On Saturday night he went to the Bacchus nightclub in Kingston with his mother Tracy – Mr Markle’s ex-wife – and his older brother TJ, 26.As their party was searched entering the club, Mr Dooley, a cannabis farmer from Oregon, realised the four-inch blade would be discovered, and told bouncers on the door that he had a knife.Read the full story here Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex Police on the Long Walk in Windsor on Sunday morning 10:58AMWhere the new Duke and Duchess of Sussex will live – and who their neighbours will be 9:18AMFirst official engagement as a married couple Here’s a video of the royal tour through Windsor from an angle you might not have seen so far.This timelapse footage was filmed from The Telegraph’s spot in the town. See if you can spot the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.  Mr Normant, who flew from his New York base especially to style the Duchess’s hair, said he had spoken to the newly-married couple after the wedding, describing Meghan as “thrilled” and Harry as “fantastic”.He said: “She was thrilled, yeah she was very happy.”On Harry, he added: “He’s Prince Harry, he’s fantastic. A beautiful couple.” Floriana Uatanau and Eda Smith, from Reading The Duchess previously said she wants to “hit the ground running” on becoming a full-time member of the Royal family.The couple will not immediately leave for their honeymoon, but remain in the UK for a period of time before taking the traditional break. Countries such as Botswana – which offers stunning wildlife, breathtaking scenery and, importantly, privacy from prying eyes – could be top of the list.But the couple may first spend a few days in Ireland, according to reports, making their inaugural overseas trip as a married couple to the Republic, while their honeymoon is put on hold for a period.Botswana is a place the Duke loves and knows well, and he reportedly whisked his fiancee to the southern African country in 2017 to mark her 36th birthday. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex in a classic E-Type Jaguar heading off to their wedding reception 2:13PMWedding dress designer’s sketches revealed Clare Waight KellerCredit:Peter White /Getty Harry and Meghan in a classic E-Type Jaguar heading off to their wedding reception The flowers from the royal wedding have been given out to different charities.St Joseph’s Hospice, in Hackney, east London, was among a number of charities given some of the white garden roses, peonies and foxgloves from the big day. Sketches of The Duchess of Sussex’s #RoyalWedding dress, designed by Clare Waight Keller, have been released.The Duchess and Ms. Waight Keller worked closely together on the design, epitomising a timeless minimal elegance referencing the codes of the iconic House of Givenchy. pic.twitter.com/A9ZFKVZmUz— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) May 20, 2018 The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have arrived home to Kensington Palace following the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex in Windsor on Saturday.William was driving a Land Rover Discovery with his wife Kate in the passenger seat.The vehicle had tinted windows and onlookers were unable to see if there were any rear seat passengers. Ms. Waight Keller designed a veil representing the distinctive flora of all 53 Commonwealth countries united in one spectacular floral composition.Find out more about the design, the fabric and the veil of the #RoyalWedding dress: https://t.co/flDwgm4LUp pic.twitter.com/0t7MWZ3BpF— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) May 20, 2018 3:18PMRevealed: Idris Elba turned DJ as couple danced to 1980s hits and R&B The grand finale of the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle was billed as a private affair – a chance for the selected guests to relax and celebrate with the happy couple.The thud of loud music could be heard over the grounds of Windsor Castle as the newlywed’s guest danced the night away. Speeches, including from Meghan herself, were also expected at the evening reception where the couple were to take their first dance.Leaving for the evening reception earlier in the evening Prince Harry proved he was the perfect gentleman as he opened the door of a vintage car to let his bride step in. The Queen leaves Windsor Castle on Sunday morning The Duke and Duchess of Sussex on the east terrace of Windsor CastleCredit:Alexi Lubomirski /PA Fireworks from the Frogmore House party lit up the night sky over WindsorCredit:Steve Finn  As Windsor begins to recover from the wedding of the year, clean-up efforts were under way bright and early this morning.Trucks and lorries lined the streets as caterers and international news networks started to leave the vicinity of Windsor Castle, while rubbish collectors moved in. 10:09AM13 million viewers tune into BBC One as unlikely pairing of Kirsty Young and Dermot O’Leary tag-teamed with Huw Edwards 11:21AMNamibia is bookmakers’ favourite for honeymoon destination  Frogmore House, a 17th century English country house, stands in the home park of Windsor Castle and is part of the Crown Estate and is only open to individuals on three days of the year.From 7pm, a select 200 close friends arrived at the after party hosted by the Prince of Wales half a mile away from Windsor Castle.The 17th century Grade I country house is owned by the Crown Estate and is part of the Frogmore Estate on the ground of the Home Park.Click here to read about how all the events unfolded on Saturday. Floriana Uatanau and Eda Smith, from ReadingCredit:John Nguyen for The Telegraph Police on the Long Walk in Windsor on Sunday morningCredit:Andrew Matthews /PA The Duke and Duchess had exchanged vows in front of 600 guests including the Queen and more than 30 members of the Royal family.Famous faces such as US chat show queen Oprah Winfrey, tennis champion Serena Williams, actor George Clooney and his barrister wife Amal Clooney, Sir Elton John, David and Victoria Beckham and actor Idris Elba were also in St George’s Chapel.Sir Elton, who sang at the funeral service for the Duke’s mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, performed at the lunchtime reception. An estimated 100,000 people turned out to see the couple as they sat in an open-top Ascot Landau for a carriage procession through Windsor. Peonies were amongst the flowers Credit:Danny Lawson /PA Hair stylist Serge Normant Credit:Jason Merritt /Getty The Duchess of Sussex was a calm and chatty bride with no signs of nerves on her wedding morning, according to her hair stylist.Serge Normant said it was “dreamy” to work with the Duchess, creating a bun that was “messy in a controlled way”. 11:43AMQueen pictured leaving Windsor Castle Camping at its finest: Inside one of the tents at the £1,000 plus a night Meno A Kwen Former embroideress Pauline Clayton, 89, a patient at the hospice, described the gift from the Duke and Duchess of Sussex as “lovely”.Hospice officials discovered by chance that Mrs Clayton used to work for the Queen’s dressmaker Sir Norman Hartnell, when they chatted to her after the royal wedding.Speaking from her room at the hospice where she is receiving respite care, Mrs Clayton said: “If I was her (Meghan) I would have wanted to keep them all with me.” Others believe that Namibia is the most likely destination for the couple, who will no doubt be looking for an “off-grid” honeymoon after the intensity of the wedding. Namibia is renown for its private desert camps, spectacular sand dunes and animal safaris.However, the Duke and Duchess could also consider a staycation – just as the Queen and Prince Phillip did in 1947. The couple spent their honeymoon at Broadlands House in Hampshire – although that would be no guarantee of favourable weather.  Describing her demeanour on Saturday morning, he said: “She was calm, yeah. Chatty, absolutely. We were definitely having exchanges, yeah for sure.”She was very happy. It was a beautiful morning, just the perfect morning to get married.”Asked if she had shown any signs of nerves the Paris-born hairdresser said: “No, I don’t think so, she was just very happy, very happy, very excited.” 3:53AMThe ‘child whisperer’ nanny who kept the bridesmaids and pageboys in line An aerial view of Kensington Palace An aerial view of Kensington PalaceCredit:PA/Andrew Parsons It is the smallest of Kensington Palace’s multiple residences, residing in a part of the grounds that once housed important members of staff. There are two rooms and a private garden. In the long term, the Duke and Duchess are expected to vacate Nottingham Cottage for a 21-room Kensington Palace apartment, adjacent to that of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.The apartment’s roof and windows have recently been refurbished, while the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester moved out of it last November – giving legs to rumours the newlyweds will move there.As neighbours, the royal brothers could inhabit what was once a single suite of apartments at Kensington Palace, before it was split in two in the 1950s. The apartments are even suspected to share a secret door. Kensington Palace As the Duke and Duchess of Sussex take a period of time at home in the UK before going on their honeymoon, speculation will grow about their choice of destination.Countries such as Botswana – which offers stunning wildlife, breathtaking scenery and, importantly, privacy from prying eyes – could be top of the list.But the couple might first spend a few days in Ireland, according to reports, making their inaugural overseas trip as a married couple to the Republic, while their honeymoon is put on hold for a period.Botswana is a place the Duke loves and knows well, and he reportedly whisked his fiancee to the southern African country in 2017 to mark her 36th birthday. Hair stylist Serge Normant  11:12AMThe honeymoon: Where the couple might go 2:24AMBridal bouquet left at grave of the Unknown Warrior 11:42AMClean-up begins as Windsor recovers from wedding fever  Michelle Wagoner, 33, Molly Larsen, 41, Chloe Hodges, 24, Heather Poynter, 34, and Tammi McBride, 38 from the US The Duke of York drives his daughters Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie and Eugenie's fiancee Jack Brooksbank to the venue in a Bentley The Royal family has expressed gratitude to all those around the world who enjoyed the wedding – and the estimated more than 100,000 spectators who travelled to the town. The Duchess of Sussex's hair was styled into a bun that was 'messy in a controlled way' 8:42AMMorning after the night before: Couple prepare to leave Windsor Castle The Duchess of Sussex’s hair was styled into a bun that was ‘messy in a controlled way’Credit:Jonathan Brady /PA Meghan Markle's wedding bouquet lies on the grave of the Unknown Warrior 1:01AMOver 29 million watched royal wedding in US Only the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were seen returning home to Kensington Palace on Sunday evening.Guests of the royal couple had celebrated the couple tying the knot at an evening reception at which Idris Elba turned DJ and danced into the small hours with fireworks and a playlist of soul classics.The newlyweds are said to have eschewed a slow first dance for livelier tunes, from 1960s R&B to the dance hits of the 1980s. They are said to have chosen “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” as an opening number, with guests treated to a sit-down dinner after a long day in front of the cameras at Windsor Castle.The grand finale of the royal wedding saw 200 people join a black-tie dinner and evening celebrations at Frogmore House.  The Telegraph’s Michael Hogan described BBC One as “traditionally the natural choice for such occasions: informed but not too intrusive, unshowy yet compelling”. He writes: “The Corporation’s anchors were Kirsty Young (a reassuring voice as ever) and Dermot O’Leary (was he on the wrong channel?). This unlikely pair tag-teamed with Huw Edwards (solid, dependable, a bit boring), who appeared to have been on a pre-wedding diet. Sitting side-on to the camera for some strange reason, the newly svelte Welshman couldn’t quite get his autocue-reading right and kept glancing off-screen as if distracted by something more interesting.”ITV’s audience peaked with 3.6 million viewers, at a different time to BBC One – just after 2pm.On ITV, coverage – which was fronted by Phillip Schofield and Julie Etchingham – averaged 2.5 million viewers and a 18.6 per cent share between 9.25am and 3pm.The five-minute audience peak on BBC One is the biggest across all channels this year, the broadcaster said. On BBC One, the FA Cup final averaged 6.7 million viewers and peaked at 8.7 million.Click here to read what Michael Hogan thought about the rest of the TV coverage. Tom Nicholson, from Surrey, enjoy the post wedding celebrations in Windsor on his boat 'Jarni'. Away from the star-studded evening reception, thousands of people who travelled to Windsor yesterday stayed in the town to continue celebrating in the evening. And judging by these pictures, the fun didn’t stop. Thank you Pierpaolo for making me look special on this special evening. @MaisonValentino pic.twitter.com/w2m6lEMyST— Serena Williams (@serenawilliams) May 19, 2018 Pauline Gardiner and Janice Smith from NewcastleCredit:John Nguyen for The Telegraph The designer added: “Well I think everybody saw on television – he was absolutely in awe, I think. She looked just incredible and it showed.”She revealed she was told by the Duchess in early January that she was the chosen designer.She said: “It was an extraordinary moment when she told me. Of course it’s an incredible thing to be part of such a historic moment.” Young royal fans pose for a picture with police officers in WindsorCredit:John Nguyen for The Telegraph 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. Stephanie Abdullah, 48, from Washington DCCredit:John Nguyen for The Telegraph Prince Harry and Meghan Markle return to royal dutiesNew Duke and Duchess of Sussex delay honeymoonFirst engagement as husband and wife on TuesdayCouple release official pictures taken in Windsor CastleDuchess to fight for feminism with blessing of PalaceWedding speeches: Most moving lines and best jokesInside the party: Idris Elba is DJ as first dance revealedSlippers, bad breath and ‘freeloaders’: Protocol ignoredBotswana? Namibia? Where the honeymoon could bePrince Harry and Meghan Markle have little time to recover from their fairytale wedding as they head straight back to work this week after an emotional ceremony that captivated the nation and a star-studded reception.Unlike other newlyweds, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will not be jetting off on a honeymoon straight away – instead, they will be back on royal duty, carrying out their first official engagements as husband and wife.On Monday, the Duke and Duchess thanked everyone who took  part in the wedding celebrations as they released three official photographs.In one of the wedding photographs taken by Alexi Lubomirski the newlyweds are shown in a romantic pose on the east terrace of Windsor Castle still basking in the excitement of their wedding. 1:16PMDuke thanked wedding dress designer: ‘Oh my God, she looks absolutely stunning’ Kensington Palace said the new Duke and Duchess of Sussex will continue to live in Nottingham Cottage in the grounds of the palace, but they are also reported to be moving to a bigger apartment.They have been been living in the cottage since their engagement in November 2017.Reportedly referred to as “Notts Cotts”, the property – only yards from the Duke’s childhood home within Kensington Palace itself, has been a base for both the Duke and his brother, Prince William, over the past decade.  As the previous occupants, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge spent two and a half years at the cottage after their royal wedding in 2011, before moving to a permanent apartment inside Kensington Palace to accommodate their growing family. Harry moved into Nottingham Cottage shortly after.  Nacho Figueras shared a picture on social media of his invite The Duchess of Sussex has followed the poignant royal tradition of having her wedding bouquet left at the grave of the Unknown Warrior.In 1923 the late Queen Mother began the long-standing tradition when her posy was left at the grave following her wedding to the Duke of York, later George VI.She left the flowers in memory of her brother Fergus, who was killed in 1915 during the global conflict.Convention dictates that the day after royal weddings the floral tribute is sent to the Abbey once the official wedding pictures of the bride and groom have been taken.Meghan’s bridal bouquet which has been tied with a delicate pink ribbon, and includes scented sweet peas, as well as jasmine and lily of the valley, has been placed at the bottom of the grave, and will stay in place until it wilts. Pictures were also posted on social media of Priyanka Chopra, a friend of Ms Markle, attending the evening reception.  12:42PMQueen back at Windsor Castle… still no sign of newlyweds yet Meghan Markle’s wedding bouquet lies on the grave of the Unknown WarriorCredit:Victoria Jones/PA The Queen is driven into Windsor Castle after a Sunday trip to churchCredit:Andrew Matthews /PA Idris Elba at the royal wedding ceremonyCredit:Danny Lawson /AP Elsewhere in Windsor, relatively few signs remained of the festivities, pomp and pageantry that went into staging the royal wedding – apart from innumerable Union Flags still adorning the streets. Doria Ragland, mother of the bride, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall walk down the steps of St George’s ChapelCredit:Jane Barlow/Reuters Doria Ragland, mother of the bride, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall walk down the steps of St George's Chapel The royal brothers will remain as neighbours at Kensington PalaceCredit:EN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images 3:20PMRoyal couple understood to have left Windsor Castle The Duke and Duchess of Sussex 9:03AMRoyal family thank thousands of spectators who travelled to Windsor  A Firework Display Takes Place At Frogmore House. Thank you to everyone who came to Windsor and those who followed from around the UK, the Commonwealth, and the world today. Congratulations once again to the newly-married Duke and Duchess of Sussex. #royalwedding pic.twitter.com/SQWQg5ZsOq— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) May 19, 2018 Among the 200 guests invited to the evening reception at Frogmore House were senior members of the Royal family. The Duke of York was pictured driving his daughters to the event, as was Prince Edward. The Duchess of Sussex’s mother, Doria Ragland, was driven to the event in a royal vehicle. 12:07PM’Dreamy’ Duchess: ‘Calm and chatty’ bride showed no nerves, says hair stylist The Queen leaves Windsor Castle on Sunday morningCredit:DYLAN MARTINEZ /Reuters A garden party at Buckingham Palace, hosted by the Queen and The Countess of Wessex The morning after hosting a world event, normality is returning to Windsor on Sunday morning.Relatively few signs remained of the festivities, pomp and pageantry that went into staging the royal wedding – apart from innumerable Union Jacks still adorning Berkshire town.But it was a different story on Saturday, when more than 100,000 spectators lined the streets.This video shows fans reflecting on the wedding of the year – and predicting a happy future for the new Duke and Duchess of Sussex. This meant that the designer got to know her, and she said of the new Duchess of Sussex: “She’s exactly what you see on TV. She’s just so genuine and warm and radiant. She’s just glowing.”She’s a strong woman. She knows what she wants, and it was really an absolute joy working with her.”Asked about the moment the Duchess was able to look at herself fully dressed and ready in the mirror on Saturday morning, Ms Waight Keller said: “She was just glowing.”There’s so much emotion on a day like that anyway. But I think particularly when it all comes together, I think, is tremendous. She was absolutely radiant.” Harry and Meghan are pictured with the Queen, Duke of Edinburgh More than 29 million people watched on television in the United States as Britain’s Prince Harry married American actress Megan Markle, according to Nielsen ratings released Sunday.The estimated 29.2 million viewers for Saturday’s ceremony exceed the number for the 2011 wedding of Harry’s brother Prince William to Kate Middleton, which was watched by 22.8 million people. The flowers included white garden roses, peonies and foxglovesCredit:Danny Lawson /PA Meghan Markle’s mother, Doria Ragland, is driven to the evening receptionCredit:Steve Finn for The Telegraph  In another image Harry and Meghan are pictured with the Queen, Duke of Edinburgh, Prince of Wales, Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the bride’s mother Doria Ragland and the young bridesmaids and pageboys, including Prince George and Princess Charlotte. Meghan Markle's mother, Doria Ragland, is driven to the evening reception A previous garden party at Buckingham PalaceCredit:Paul Grover for The Telegraph As royal fans waited for any sign of the newlyweds on Sunday morning, they instead saw the Queen in a Range Rover being driven past the entrance of Windsor Farm shop.The Queen regularly attends the Royal Chapel of All Saints in Windsor Great Park. Serena Williams, the tennis player, uploaded a photograph of herself in a glamorous evening gown, saying, “Thank you Pierpaolo for making me look special on this special evening.” Camping at its finest: Inside one of the tents at the £1,000 plus a night Meno A Kwen where the couple reportedly stayedCredit:Olwen Evans  princess diana aquamarine ring Party time! Ben and Jessica Mulroney leave for tonight’s #RoyalWedding evening reception✨ pic.twitter.com/uhHHxV8zkd— Omid Scobie (@scobie) May 19, 2018 Peonies amongst the flowers and foliage in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle In a private evening reception held at Frogmore House, 200 chosen guests had let their hair down with the alcohol flowing.As well as family members including Princess Beatrice and Eugenie and the Earl and Countess of Wessex, evening guests included George and Amal Clooney, Tom Hardy, and Idris Elba, who was said to have taken a spin on DJ decks.  10:50AMRoyals and Duchess’s mother pictured arriving at Frogmore House party Prince Harry opens the door to the Jaguar allowing his wife to get into the passenger seat Royal Wedding Clean Up on the Long Walk Guests including Argentinian polo player Nacho Figueras shared their excitement at being invited to the exclusive evening do, placing a picture of the invitation on social media along with a new suit and aftershave. read more

Women continue sleepin protest at Bray Town Council over homelessness

first_img“2 girls settle down for the night. A lot of tears but strong”, Cllr Brady tweeted. Image: Cllr John BradyTWO WOMAN AND a councillor are continuing their protest at Bray Town Council today, after arriving at the offices yesterday evening demanding that their housing situations be addressed.The women, who had both been living under the Rental Accommodation Scheme, separately presented as homeless at Bray Town Council in recent weeks after their landlords took back the properties they had been living in for the past number of years.Both women were advised by the council to travel with their children to the homeless shelter in Rathdrum, Co Wicklow.However, the mothers say that open hostel is unsuitable and unsafe for their children. Sinn Féin Cllr John Brady, who is staging the protest alongside the women, said that the hostel in question is used mostly by men, some of whom have substance or other problems, and only offers shared kitchen, toilet and showering facilities.One of the mothers, who did not wish to be identified for work purposes, said her three daughters had been frightened at  the hostel after one night hearing a man upstairs who was drunkenly screaming and knocking on doors. The hostel is also far away from the children’s school, one woman’s work, and has poor public transport links.Both women arrived at the council offices yesterday to demand that their housing situation was addressed. They were informed that a meeting had been arranged for 2pm on Tuesday but refused to return their children to the hostel. Staff called the gardaí but the women still refused to leave, at which point they were informed that the building would be locked.Sinn Fein Councillors Rossa Murray and John Brady inside the offices today. (Image: Christina Finn/TheJournal.ie)This morning, a spokesperson for the council told TheJournal.ie that the premises had been locked for “security and insurance purposes” but that the protesters were free to leave at any stage.In a statement this morning, Bray Town Council said:Three people arrived to the council offices on the Main Street on Friday May 31 at 4.15pm and have been there since.Bray Town Council would also like to clarify that despite reports in the mainstream media and on social media, the three people involved have not been locked into the council offices and are free to leave at any stage.Drinking water and toilets facilities are available, while food and provisions are being delivered unhindered. Cllr Brady tweeted this morning about the situation, saying: “Tough night here in the council offices. Hard to believe the council paid for private security but no money for emergency B&B, 2 Gardai also”.Brady said that a private security guard had also been employed by the council to watch the protesters – suggesting that such services could cost in the region of €240, which “could be better spent” providing suitable emergency accommodation.Bray Town Council today. (Image: Christina Finn/TheJournal.ie)Read: Two women ‘locked in’ at Bray Town Council offices after protesting their homelessnessRead: 94 people will be sleeping rough on Dublin’s streets tonightRead: Government commits to ending homelessness by 2016last_img read more

Flannery holding options open on proceedings over PACs Rehab inquiry

first_imgUpdated at 19.15FORMER REHAB CHIEF and Fine Gael strategist Frank Flannery has said he is “holding his options open” as regards pursuing legal action over the PAC’s inquiries into Rehab.Speaking at the MacGill Summer School in Donegal this evening, Flannery said he is “of the view that [the Dáil] itself should do its own policing and look after its own affairs”, and “if the PAC continue its investigation against Rehab it is doing it in utter defiance of the CPP which says that it is totally unlawful to do so.”Flannery also said he is “not surprised” that former Rehab Group Chief Angela Kerins has launched High Court against against the PAC “following on from everything that’s happened to her.”Asked if he thought the Taoiseach was ‘out of order’, Flannery said: I am just saying what I said and now the matter is in the High Court and it will be definitively adjudicated on there….I’ll make no further comment on that until we get to the result of the High Court action. He added:The answer is have I personal relationship with the Taoiseach now? No. Had I one with him? That’s a different question, I am not sure the situation has materially changed from what it was over the last couple of years.Flannery also said he was not “whinging” but has experienced a “very tough time”, but “I’ve sustained it, I think, and I’m fine.”The Committee on Procedure and Privileges last week declined to give PAC permission to compel Angela Kerins and Frank Flannery to attend a public hearing.Speaking ahead of Flannery’s appearance at MacGill, Tánaiste Joan Burton said that if Flannery gets a request to go before the PAC, she would “certainly advise him to accept that request.”“Clearly though, the CPP has indicated in its ruling and in the legal advice that when people come before the PAC – and I was a member of the PAC for a number of years myself – witnesses that come before it honestly, that they have to be dealt with, with a degree of respect and also with a sense of fairness and fair play,” Burton said.Legal actionIn a statement issued after legal proceedings today, Angela Kerins said that the PAC’s inquiries into her involvement with Rehab is “an unfair; unlawful and prejudicial investigation” against her, and said it raises issues “for everyone individual in this State”.“The events surrounding my departure as Chief Executive Officers of the Rehab Group, an organisation that I have dedicated a large part of my working life to, have been deeply distressing for myself and my family.”I have attempted through my legal advisors to avoid the legal impasse that has occurred and the unfair treatment I suffered at the Public Accounts Committee.John Rogers is Senior Counsel for Kerins.RTÉ News reports that the injunction is against the publication of any details of her employment or remuneration is being sought.Read: PAC told they can’t force Flannery and Kerins to come before it >last_img read more

Fashion brand slammed for defacing the Parthenon Marbles

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Gucci, one of the world’s leading luxury brands, is under severe criticism for defacing the Parthenon sculptures in its Instagram project “#Guccigram”, a social media campaign which invites artists to reimagine works of art by marrying them with the label’s new Gucci Blooms and Gucci Caleido prints. The artists participating in the project were given total creative freedom and turned their hand to iconic paintings — such as Grant Wood’s American Gothic and Gustav Klimt’s The Kiss — and historical monuments — such as the Parthenon Marbles, embellishing them with Gucci fabrics and accessories.The fashion powerhouse’s online project called for “new talents” to post  “spontaneous works”, as is stated in Gucci’s instagram account. The photos in question depict the Parthenon Marbles, which are exhibited at the British Museum, retouched by the Turkish graphic designer Derya Cakirsoy, who “accessorised” the statues with bags, sneakers, glasses and mobile phones. The #guccigram campaign has since been made the recipient of dozens of irate comments from Greeks from all over the world, who accuse the House for lack of taste, ignorance and insensitivity.last_img read more

Les requins de récif accusent une forte baisse dans le Pacifique

first_imgLes requins de récif accusent une forte baisse dans le PacifiqueSelon un recensement publié vendredi aux Etats-Unis, les populations de requin de récif ont fortement diminué dans le Pacifique. La baisse atteindrait même 90% dans des zones à forte densité humaine. C’est une conclusion alarmante qu’a révélée vendredi une équipe internationale de scientifiques. Selon le recensement qu’elle a mené et publié dans la revue Conservation Biology, les requins de récif seraient victimes dans le Pacifique d’une véritable hécatombe. En effet, si certaines estimations font déjà état d’un effondrement des populations au cours des trois dernières décennies, un manque de statistique empêchait les scientifiques de quantifier correctement l’état des populations. Notamment celles des requins de récif du Pacifique sur une grande échelle, expliquent les auteurs de cette recherche. Pour combler ce manque, les scientifiques ont donc procédé sur une période de six ans (2004-2010) à des enquêtes de visu effectuées par des plongeurs tirés par de petits bateaux. Une méthode qu’ils ont utilisée pour effectuer 1.600 sorties autour de 46 îles et atolls du Pacifique. Contrairement aux autres techniques sous-marines, celle-ci leur a permis de procéder rapidement à un décompte du nombre de requins dans de vastes zones de l’océan, explique Ivor Williams, à la tête de l’équipe responsable de ce recensement. Au final, ils ont ainsi constaté une forte baisse des populations.”Nous estimons que le nombre de requins de récif a fortement diminué surtout autour des îles très peuplées. La baisse y dépasse les 90% comparativement aux requins évoluant à proximité de récifs coraliens et îles isolés”, note Marc Nadon, du Joint Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research (JIMAR) à l’Université de Hawaii, principal auteur de l’étude cité par l’AFP. En effet, pour compléter leur étude, les chercheurs ont croisé les données avec celles portant sur les populations humaines, la complexité de l’habitat, l’endroit où se situait les îles et récifs ainsi que sur des mesures effectuées par des satellites de la température à la surface de l’océan. D’où la conclusion obtenue : “En bref, les humains et les requins ne cohabitent pas”, résume le scientifique.Poursuivre la surveillance pour sauver les requins À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Selon l’équipe, les modèles informatiques montrent les énormes effets néfastes des humains sur les requins de récif ou requins gris. “Autour de chaque zone très peuplées dans le Pacifique où nous avons effectué des recensements comme les principales îles hawaïennes, l’Archipel des Mariannes et les îles Samoa sous administration américaine, les nombres de requins de récif étaient extrêmement bas comparativement aux eaux autour d’autres îles dans les mêmes zones mais plus isolées des humains”, ajoute Marc Nadon, précisant encore: “Nous estimons qu’ils reste moins de 10% des populations de ces requins dans ces zones peuplées”.Parmi les menaces figurent bien évidemment la pêche excessive destinée à répondre à la demande en Asie pour les ailerons de requins mais aussi les prises accidentelles par les pêcheries industrielles et de la pêche de loisir. Selon certaines estimations, de 30 à 70 millions de requins seraient tués par les humains chaque année dans le monde. Les résultats de cette recherche montrent l’importance d’une surveillance sur le long terme de l’impact humain et de la biogéographie pour comprendre comment l’homme altère les océans, concluent ainsi les scientifiques. Le 1 mai 2012 à 18:03 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Trump shrugs off fuss over Taiwan call

first_imgBEIJING — President-elect Donald Trump is unapologetic about roiling diplomatic waters with his decision to speak on the phone with Taiwan’s leader, a breach of long-standing tradition that risks enmity from China.The U.S. severed diplomatic ties with the self-governing island in 1979 but has maintained close unofficial relations and a commitment to support its defense.Trump’s conversation with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen drew an irritated, although understated, response from China, as Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Saturday that the contact was “just a small trick by Taiwan” that he believed would not change U.S. policy toward China, according to Hong Kong’s Phoenix TV.“The one-China policy is the cornerstone of the healthy development of China-U.S. relations and we hope this political foundation will not be interfered with or damaged,” Wang was quoted as saying. Chinese officials said they lodged a complaint with the U.S. and reiterated a commitment to seeking “reunification” with the island, which they consider a renegade province.After the phone conversation Friday, Trump tweeted that Tsai “CALLED ME.” He also groused about the reaction to the call: “Interesting how the U.S. sells Taiwan billions of dollars of military equipment but I should not accept a congratulatory call.”last_img read more

Crash with ambulance sparks reminder to pull over for emergencies

first_img 00:00 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 SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A crash on State Route 163 involving a United Ambulance and at least two other cars backed up traffic for miles early Tuesday.Although the cause of the crash is under investigation, it’s an important reminder that cars need to stop when an emergency vehicle is nearby because following this law could save a life.When the sirens go off and you see an ambulance, or any emergency vehicle, you have one option.“Start looking to see if they’re behind me, so I can pull over to the right,” said Michelle D’Asaro, Resident of Downtown San Diego Resident.As most of us have seen, that’s not always the case.“Yesterday I saw nobody pull over,” said D’Asaro. “The ambulance kinda got stuck behind people on Imperial.”“They’re not obeying the law, for one thing, and it’s a public safety issue because there could be someone that needs to get to the hospital right away,” said David King, Resident of Mission Valley.KUSI obtained aerial video Tuesday morning that showed a crash on State Route 163 in Mission Valley. It involved a United Ambulance and at least two other cars.Traffic was backed up for miles during the busy Tuesday morning commute.The cause of the crash is still under investigation, but it brought to light an important reminder about what to do when you see an ambulance.“We don’t want that emergency vehicle to have to swerve through traffic,” said Lt. Brent Williams, Public Information Officer for the San Diego Police Department.Lt. Williams said it’s not a courtesy. It’s the law.When you look through the rearview mirror and see those flashing lights, don’t panic. Calmly pull to the right and stop.“So we don’t want them to be involved in an accident with any other vehicles on the roadway that may slow them to get to where they’re going,” said Lt. Williams.Pulling over on a freeway can be a little more complicated, depending on the time of day and traffic. Lt. Williams said drivers should still push to the right and give the emergency vehicles access to the fast lanes.“Please slow down and move out of the way and allow emergency personnel to move through because they’re potentially going to save a life,” said Lt. Williams.When an ambulance is on a call, a life could be on the line. Giving an emergency vehicle the space it needs is vital because every second counts.“So it means that us getting there is important and, if for some reason, we’re caught in traffic, or become involved in a collision, we are gonna delay the help the citizens out there need,” said Lt. Williams.An AMR Ambulance was not involved in the crash, but the folks over at AMR wanted to reinforce the importance of pulling over.“When you hear and see an emergency vehicle approaching from behind with its lights flashing, it’s important that everyone pull over to the right as quickly and safely as possible,” said Madeleine D. Baudoin, Government and Public Affairs Manager for AMR. “Doing so allows first responders to rapidly reach victims in critical times of need.This is the law, so if you’re pulled over, you can be cited. Failing to move over when an emergency vehicle is passing is a Class 2 Misdemeanor. That also comes with a hefty fine up to $250. Crash with ambulance sparks reminder to pull over for emergencies , August 28, 2018center_img Categories: Local San Diego News, Traffic & Accidents FacebookTwitter Posted: August 28, 2018last_img read more

John Laird 40 states ignored during 2012 presidential campaign

first_imgJohn Laird is editorial page editor at The Columbian. Email: john.laird@columbian.com. Laird will retire on Friday, Aug. 2, to be replaced by Greg Jayne. Email: greg.jayne@columbian.com. Our nation’s Founding Fathers knew what they were doing when they created the Electoral College. Their noble, intended purpose was to keep heavily populated states from running roughshod over small states while selecting what would become the world’s most powerful leader.Unintended consequences have rendered their original intent obsolete. And this year, a second unintended consequence has emerged, one that likely would infuriate the Founding Fathers who wanted elections to be decided by the people, and not manipulated by the political parties.Before exploring that newer unintended consequence, here’s an update on the first one, presidential campaigns that become too narrowly focused: Last year, after each was nominated for president, Barack Obama campaigned in only eight states, and Mitt Romney did so in only 10. Forty states were ignored, which I’m guessing also would’ve outraged the Founding Fathers.Of the 253 campaign appearances by Obama, Romney, Joe Biden and Paul Ryan after they were nominated, more than two-thirds of the events occurred in just four states (Ohio, Florida, Virginia, and Iowa.) That’s according to http://www.nationalpopularvote.com, a good source of information about letting voters, not electors, decide the presidency. The website also explains why the 40 states were ignored: “Neither candidate has any reason to pay attention to the concerns of voters in states where they are comfortably ahead or hopelessly behind.” These are states such as Washington, where all 12 electoral votes went to Obama.The Electoral College concept blemishes no other election (of candidates) in our nation, and how anyone could defend it mystifies those of us who believe every vote should count equally. One alternative, the National Popular Vote campaign, is not as un-American as critics claim. Its proposed change “would ensure that every vote, in every state, will matter in every presidential election.” Who could reject that?last_img read more

19yearold arrested in Dania Beach gun heist

first_imgDANIA BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Police have arrested a 19-year-old man accused of a heist of guns in Dania Beach.Shawn Derival appeared in court Wednesday and faces a slew of charges, including burglary and grand theft of a firearm.According to deputies, surveillance video captured Derival and possibly four other men, scooping up nearly a dozen high-power rifles and shotguns from Bass Pro Shops in Dania Beach, last Friday.Related: BSO deputies recover firearms stolen from Bass Pro ShopsThanks to a few different tips, the Broward Sheriff’s Office seized most of the guns from an apartment in Hallandale Beach.Deputies continue to look for the other crooks involved.If you have any information on this theft, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

HOT OFF THE PRESS Read Wilmington Librarys Summer Adult Events Brochure

first_imgTown-Wide Yard on June 9Farm To Table Dinner on July 13CSA Pick-Up Location from Farmer Dave’sWomen in World Jazz Concert on July 18Summer Movie on the Swains on August 3, August 10, August 17, August 24, and August 31Events on: How To Salsa, How To Rumba, & How To Cha-ChaEvents on: Medicare & Social SecurityCurrent Affairs Group MeetingsTech Lectures on Podcasts, Product Safety, and moreAfternoon Programs, including Concerts with Savoir Faire on June 21; Jazz and Much More on July 19; and Roald Wilson on August 16Book Group Meetings, including Novel Ideas; Cookin’ The Books; Pints & Pages & Well Read WednesdaysWriting Group Meetings, including Fiction Critique Group; Poetry Circle; and Creative Writing Skills GroupCoffee with a Cop on June 20, July 18 & August 15Job Networking Group MeetingsEnd of the Summer Bash on August 9 on the Swain Green with food trucks, live music, games and entertainmentRead the brochure HERE.Like 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… RelatedHOT OFF THE PRESS: Read Wilmington Library’s Summer Adult Events BrochureIn “Community”LIBRARY LINEUP: Summer Bash With Food Trucks & Live Music Set For August 15 On Swain GreenIn “Community”HOT OFF THE PRESS: Read Wilmington Library’s Fall Adult Events BrochureIn “Community” WILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Memorial Library recently released its summer adult events brochure online.Highlights include:Author Series with…Peter Swanson (“All The Beautiful Lies”)Carter Alan (“The Decibel Diaries”)Louise Miller (“The Late Bloomers’ Club”)The Writers Next DoorWilliam Martin (“Bound For Gold”)Don Nelson (“Chappaquiddick Tragedy”)Jerry Thornton (“Darkness To Dynasty: The First 40 Years Of The New England Patriots”)Dick Trust (“Ted Williams & Friends”)last_img read more

Justin Bieber mental health Is Hailey Baldwin better than Selena Gomez

first_imgSelena Gomez (L) Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin (R)Getty/InstagramHailey Baldwin has proved that she is the best partner Justin Bieber could ever ask for. Despite all the divorce rumours and mental health issues, the acclaimed model is standing next to the “Baby” singer and has proved that she loves him dearly.As we all know, Justin Bieber is reportedly having a rough time. It was reported that the acclaimed Canadian singer is feeling low and is having some health issues. During the same time, media experts speculated that Hailey Baldwin Bieber is going to ask for a divorce in no time. Even Wendy Williams urged Hailey to divorce Justin.Despite all the negative remarks and speculations, it is now being speculated that Justin Bieber is having the time of his life when he is around his wife. According to a report by HollywoodLife, Hailey makes the singer laugh and smile. Her mere presence has a positive effect on Justin Bieber’s life. It is just because of her that he is feeling good and has the zeal to do something good with his life.”As bumpy as the road can be at times, at the end of the day going through this tough time is strengthening their bond. Hailey has been so devoted and so strong, this isn’t the kind of love you find every day and Justin knows it. He is very grateful for her,” an alleged source revealed.Earlier this week, Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin were spotted spending some quality time together at the Laguna Beach. As per the alleged source, the “Never Say Never” singer is feeling better after spending some time with his wife and their family dog, Oscar, in Southern California. Justin Bieber and Hailey BaldwinJustin Bieber Official Instagram (justinbieber)”They spent a few days this week hanging out at the pool, lounging by the beach, playing with their puppy and just relaxing. Justin is trying to unplug, avoid email and social media and practice some self-love, but it is hard. Hailey continues to be a rock for Justin, always loving, supporting and helping him up when he feels down,” reported the aforementioned source. Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin’s marriage has surprised almost everyone. At first, several speculated that the couple took a hasty decision of getting married after staying engaged for such a short period of time but the recent reports are proving that Justin and Hailey are made for each other.Even though fans always assumed that Justin Bieber will end up with his former girlfriend Selena Gomez, the recent updates have proved that marrying Hailey Baldwin was the best decision Justin took in his entire life.last_img read more

India Russia agree to trade in national currencies to bypass US sanctions

first_imgRussian Ruble Falls to 16-year Lows despite Interest Rate Hike; Putin’s Power at Stake? ReutersIndia and Russia have agreed on a new payment method in their national currencies to bypass the possible US sanctions and banking restrictions. The development has come after a long deliberation on finding ways to avoid sanctions proposed by the US. The agreement has now allowed New Delhi to pay the first instalment for two of its warships which are currently being manufactured in Russia. Bloomberg reported that the central banks of the two countries have agreed to settle defence contracts in rubles and rupees.The Russian defence sector is trying hard to maintain sales. The total sales last year could only reach $19 billion possibly because of the threat by the US to any country indulging in arms trade with Russia. Though the US has applied these sanctions only against China, the sentiment of fear has greatly affected the Russia arms export. Notably, Russia is the second largest exporter of arms after the US and as per the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute 2014-18 the country has suffered a 17% drop in exports of arms and ammunition amid lower orders by India and Venezuela.In recent times, the US has become an important ally for India but New Delhi and Moscow have maintained their long-time strategic ties dating back to the Soviet era. Even though there has been a substantial jump in Indo-US defence deals Russia still accounts for 58% of its imports. Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets Russian President Vladimir Putin in Sochi, Russia on May 21, 2018IANSThe US had been warning India of severe sanctions if it bought S-400 air defence missile system. S-400 missile is regarded as the most reliable against a larger array of aerial attacks, particularly against the US made aircraft such as F-18s and F-35s. If the news reports are to be believed S-400 has the capability of intercepting US air force’s jewel F-22 Raptor and F-35 lightning.Interestingly, S-400 has the capability of intercepting and destroying airborne targets at a distance of up to 400 kilometres and can simultaneously engage up to six targets. Each S-400 unit consists of tracking and search radar systems, eight launchers, 112 guided missiles, and command and support vehicles. The first missile system is expected to be delivered by the end of 2020.last_img read more

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first_img News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read more The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more “While we appreciate the final outcome in the Physician Fee Schedule, the rulemaking process once again reminds us of the need to provide stability and security to the millions of Americans receiving and providing cancer care,” said Christopher Rose, M.D., radiation oncologist, co-founder, Vantage Oncology, and chair of the Radiation Therapy Alliance Policy Committee. “Considering the history of cuts and uncertainty our cancer care community has endured, it is time for lawmakers to correct unresolved payment issues and consider systematic reforms that protect patients and ensure payment stability for the radiation oncology provider community — so that we can offer the highest quality care to patients.” Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications “We have an opportunity to replace Medicare’s unstable cancer delivery system with one that promotes quality care, benefits patients and reduces Medicare spending,” said Rose. “As Congress works to avoid a drastic cut to the Sustainable Growth Rate and reform that payment structure, we hope they will adopt an episode-based bundled payment system for freestanding radiation therapy.” News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more For more information: www.radiationtherapyalliance.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more Over the last decade, payments to freestanding radiation therapy centers have declined by 18 percent. Since 2004, freestanding radiation therapy centers have experienced disproportionate cuts compared to hospital-based radiation therapy, which has experienced a net increase in reimbursement during the same period. Feature | December 11, 2013 No Cut to Radiation Therapy in Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule, Future Uncertainty Persists Radiation therapy leaders call for payment reform to improve cancer care The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more While radiation therapy leaders commended CMS’s decision to remove the proposed cap from the Final Rule, they cautioned policymakers that the continued uncertainty in Medicare radiation therapy payments threatens the delivery of freestanding radiation oncology services for American seniors. The RTA called on Congress to advance comprehensive Medicare payment reforms for freestanding radiation services. Related Content News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more Radiation oncology leaders are further urging Congress to establish an episode-based bundled payment for freestanding radiation oncology to promote the highest quality of care by improving incentives for physicians, collecting data to improve protocols and ensuring payment stability. A bundled payment model will generate savings for taxpayers, increase predictability for providers and produce better clinical outcomes for patients over time. December 11, 2013 — The Radiation Therapy Alliance (RTA), a nonprofit organization representing 227 community-based radiation therapy centers, commended the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for withdrawing the proposal to cap certain freestanding radiation oncology reimbursements at the OPD/ASC rates in the CY 2014 Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule, issued Nov. 27. While the Proposed Rule would have reduced payments by nearly 8 percent, the final rule is close to no change (relative to 2013) for freestanding radiation oncology providers. News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more News | Radiation Oncology | July 31, 2019 Laura Dawson, M.D., FASTRO, Chosen as ASTRO President-elect The members of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) elected four new officers to ASTRO’s Board of… read morelast_img read more

Ottawa announces genderneutral passports

first_imgOttawa announces gender-neutral passports Tags: Canada Share Monday, August 28, 2017 << Previous PostNext Post >>center_img OTTAWA — Canadian activists lobbying for gender-neutral options on government documents say Ottawa has sent an important message in support of their cause by announcing the arrival of passports that allow people to opt out of declaring themselves as either male or female.The federal government had long indicated that gender-neutral passports were on their way, but formally announced the move on Thursday. Canadians who don’t want to specify a male or female gender will now have the option to indicate their preference on passport application forms starting on August 31st.Those who want to take advantage of the new rule will have to write an observation on their form saying they’d like to see their gender identified as “x” before new forms can be printed offering the neutral option alongside “m” and “f.”Activists say the federal government’s move sends a clear message the provinces need to be more proactive in recognizing non-binary residents _ a term used to define someone who doesn’t identify as male or female.More news:  GLP Worldwide introduces first-ever Wellness programsThey say the process of applying for gender-neutral passports will be complicated by the fact that many provinces still don’t offer gender-neutral forms of identification, adding they hope Thursday’s announcement will urge the provinces to follow suit.Some provinces have begun recognizing gender-neutrality on official documents, though the practice is far from widespread. Posted by The Canadian Press last_img read more