LONDON – Harrods, the luxury London department store and tourist destination, is reportedly planning to remove a memorial to Princess Diana and Dodi Fayed.British media, including The Times and the BBC, reported Saturday that the bronze statue will be returned to Dodi’s father, Mohammed Al Fayed, the Egyptian tycoon who previously owned Harrods.The businessman commissioned the bronze statue depicting his son and Diana dancing after the two were killed in a Paris car crash in 1997.The statue was installed in 2005 remained at Harrods after the Qatari royal family bought the store in 2010.The news reports quoted Harrods managing director Michael Ward as saying that with a new Diana statue planned for Kensington Palace, it is the right time to return the one at the store to Al Fayed.
“Are we going home, or are we planning to exodus the place? That’s really the million-dollar question,” said Pardy.He said that the message he’d gotten from the geologists is that the situation is improving, meaning residents could be able to return to their homes in the near future.In contrast, he said that many residents became angry on Sunday upon learning that the Regional District had contracted R&R Rentals to help organize giving residents temporary access to their homes to retrieve belongings.“It really upset people when they started talking about coming in, organizing this evacuation, a bunch of strangers coming into our houses and packing up our stuff.” FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Though some residents of Old Fort are once again allowed to temporarily return to their homes to winterize structures and retrieve valuables, many residents are frustrated with the uncertainty that has been caused by the landslide that cut off road access to the community over two weeks ago.Old Fort resident Gord Pardy said that while residents did hear some good news at Sunday’s meeting hosted by the Peace River Regional District, she said that many residents have taken issue with the way the PRRD has dealt with the situation.He explained that the Regional District has not made it clear to residents of Old Fort whether they will eventually be allowed to return to their homes or if the landslide will make the community too dangerous for human habitation in the future.
LOS ANGELES — “Pokémon Detective Pikachu” gave “Avengers: Endgame” a run for its money this weekend at the box office, but the superheroes managed to hold onto the throne once again.The Walt Disney Co. said Sunday that the Marvel blockbuster earned an estimated $63.1 million from its third weekend in North American theatres, bringing its domestic grosses to $723.5 million, surpassing the totals for “Black Panther” and “Avengers: Infinity War.”Internationally, it added $102.3 million, bringing its global total to just shy of $2.5 billion where it remains the second biggest worldwide release of all time behind “Avatar” ($2.8 billion.)But three weeks into “Avengers” dominance, the market finally had some room for another film to make a substantial impact. Warner Bros. managed to draw a significant audience to its live-action “Pokémon Detective Pikachu,” which opened on 4,202 screens and earned an estimated $58 million from ticket sales.“What a terrific result,” said Jeff Goldstein, Warner Bros. head of domestic distribution. “It’s so much fun to watch ‘Detective Pikachu’ have this kind of opening.”And there’s no bad blood that “Endgame” powered past “Pikachu” in the end.“It was fun to win Friday night, but as they say in golf, you play your own game and I’m thrilled with our result,” Goldstein added.It even beat “Endgame” internationally by a very slight margin with $103 million.Ryan Reynolds voices the popular Pokémon character in the film, which notched a record of its own: Biggest video game adaption opening. The previous record-holder was the Angelina Jolie “Tomb Raider” from 2001, which opened with $47 million, not adjusted for inflation.“Typically movies based on video games haven’t been all that successful,” Goldstein said.It was a mixed bag for other newcomers looking for a piece of the market, including two women-led comedies strategically launching on Mother’s Day: “The Hustle” and “Poms,” which both attracted an overwhelmingly female audience.“The Hustle,” a gender-flipped spin on “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” with Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson, landed in third place with $13.6 million despite lacklustre reviews.Less lucky was the Diane Keaton cheerleading comedy “Poms,” which grossed only $5.1 million in its debut against similarly negative reviews from critics. “Poms” placed sixth behind the thriller “The Intruder” ($6.6 million) and the Seth Rogen and Charlize Theron rom-com “Long Shot” ($6.1 million), which are both in their second weekends.In smaller releases, “Tolkien,” a biopic about the “Lord of the Rings” author starring Nicholas Hoult opened in ninth place on 1,495 screens with $2.2 million, while the documentary “The Biggest Little Farm” debuted in five locations and earned $101,012.And while not every film was a hit this weekend, the diversity of content is important to the marketplace, noted Paul Dergarabedian, the senior media analyst for Comscore. Overall, the industry-wide box office continues to get stronger as the year goes on. The weekend is up around 23%, and the year is down around 9%. Three weeks ago, pre-“Endgame,” that year-to-date deficit was at 17%.“It should never be about just one type of movie,” said Dergarabedian. “That used to be the thing about summer, it was about drawing in the 18-24 year olds with superhero movies and action movies. In today’s world, summer offers a much more eclectic and diverse mix and that’s paying dividends for Hollywood.”And May has more big movies to come, including “Aladdin,” ”Rocketman,” ”John Wick 3: Parabellum and “Godzilla: King of the Monsters.”“May could be a monster at the box office,” Dergarabedian said.Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theatres, according to Comscore. Where available, the latest international numbers for Friday through Sunday are also included. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.1. “Avengers: Endgame,” $63.1 million ($102.3 million international).2. “Pokémon Detective Pikachu,” $58 million ($103 million international).3. “The Hustle,” $13.6 million.4. “The Intruder,” $6.6 million.5. “Long Shot,” $6.1 million.6. “Poms,” $5.1 million.7. “Uglydolls,” $3.9 million.8. “Breakthrough,” $2.5 million.9. “Tolkien,” $2.2 million.10. “Captain Marvel,” $1.8 million.___Follow AP Film Writer Lindsey Bahr on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/ldbahrLindsey Bahr, The Associated Press
Speaking on behalf of the Chairman of the OAU, Kodjo Menan of Togo told the Assembly’s General Committee yesterday that he was making the request because malaria was one of the main causes of death and a hindrance to development in Africa, causing one million deaths on the continent every year. Mr. Menan said the disease cost some $12 billion annually, but that a fraction of that amount could eradicate it. As part of its discussion, the Assembly would take up a draft resolution by which it would proclaim the period 2001-2010 the “Decade to Roll Back Malaria in Africa” and undertake a number of initiatives to combat the disease.
ANKARA, Turkey – The Latest on the attack on Istanbul’s main international airport (all times local):9:20 p.m.A video obtained by the Turkish newspaper Haberturk shows a man being shot purportedly during Tuesday’s triple suicide bombing at Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport that killed 44 people and wounded hundreds.Turkish media late Thursday are reporting that the man was a plainclothes police officer who asked one of the suicide bombers for identification and was subsequently shot. The video shows the alleged police officer, in short sleeves, approaching a man dressed in black. The man in black then appears to shoot the officer, who falls to the ground.The Associated Press was not able to independently verify the location of the video or the sequence of events.The Turkish government is blaming the airport attack on Islamic State militants, but there has been no claim of responsibility from the group.___9:05 p.m.The United Nations Security Council is strongly condemning the triple suicide attack that killed at least 44 people and wounded hundreds at Turkey’s busiest airport.The council says Thursday the perpetrators and organizers of the attack on Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport need to be brought to justice and reiterated that any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable and are “one of the most serious threats to international peace and security.”Turkish authorities have blamed the shooting and suicide bombing attacks Tuesday night on the Islamic State group.The 15-member council expressed its sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims and to the Turkish government.___8:20 p.m.Turkey’s leaders are trying to project an air of normalcy by opening a newly constructed suspension bridge, days after a devastating attack that killed at least 44 people at the country’s busiest airport.President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Prime Minister Binali Yildirim attended Thursday’s inauguration of the bridge in northwest Turkey that will cut by several hours travel between the cities of Istanbul and Izmir. They were joined by the Albanian prime minister.Speaking at the ceremony, Erdogan said forces not wanting Turkey to succeed are behind a spate of terror attacks in the country.Erdogan said: “The separatist organization on one side, the YPG on the other. then the dark organization called Daesh. They have been let loose against us by the forces who hold their leashes.” Erdogan was referring to a Kurdish rebel group, a Syrian Kurdish militia and to the Islamic State militants.He said: “The bombs that explode in our country today will tomorrow explode in the hands of those who sent them.”___6:30 p.m.The Eiffel Tower is to be illuminated in the colours of the Turkish flag in homage to the victims of the Istanbul Airport attack.The initiative that will see the Paris monument lit up in red and white at 11pm local time — had been planned for Wednesday, but was delayed 24 hours.Deputy Paris Mayor Bruno Julliard said that it would be “a reminder of the unbreakable support of the City of Paris” to the Turkish nation and to the victims of Tuesday’s gun-and-bomb attacks that killed more than 40 people, including at least 10 foreigners.Wednesday saw the image of the Turkish flag projected onto several world sites including Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate and Amsterdam’s Royal Palace.___5:35 p.m.Turkey’s state-run news agency says a man who was wounded in the triple suicide attack at Istanbul’s airport has died of his wounds, raising the death toll to at least 44.Anadolu Agency says 25-year-old Yasin Ocal died in a hospital on Thursday.Ocal, who was married and an employee at Ataturk Airport had sustained serious wounds to the head, the agency said.___3:25 p.m.A Turkish official says the death toll from a triple suicide attack at Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport has climbed to 43.The Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced Thursday that Sondos Shraim, a woman in her 20s who was caught up in Tuesday’s attack had succumbed to her wounds.Shraim was a native of the West Bank town of Qalqilyeh. She had travelled to Istanbul with her husband and 3-year-old son for Ramadan. Her friend Nisreen Melhim, 28, was also killed, while Melhim’s husband and 3-year-old daughter were wounded.Turkish Interior Minister Efkan Ala told parliament 19 foreign nationals were among the victims. The death toll excludes the three suicide bombers.Out of the 238 who were wounded, 94 remain in hospital, the Istanbul Governor’s office reported.___1:55 p.m.A senior Turkish official says the three suicide attackers who carried out the deadly attack on Istanbul’s main airport were nationals of Russia, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan.The official on Thursday could not confirm Turkish media reports that the Russian national was from the restive Dagestan region. Tuesday’s gunfire and suicide bombing attack at Ataturk Airport killed 42 people and wounded more than 230 others.The official spoke on condition of anonymity in line with government regulations.___1:45 p.m.The European Union says it still wants Turkey make changes to its anti-terrorism laws that EU officials say are used to muzzle dissent — a stance rejected by Turkish officials in the wake of the bloodshed at lstanbul’s airport.“New demands directed at Turkey, that would encourage the terrorists,” Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Thursday. “We can’t make any changes in our terrorism laws. Tomorrow maybe, when conditions change.”Cavusoglu and other high-ranking officials from Ankara were at EU headquarters to resume negotiations on their country’s application to join the European Union. As part of a deal to secure Turkish help in cutting the flow of migrants into Europe, the EU wants Turkey to narrow its legal definition of terrorism and amend other laws to bring them in line with EU standards.Dutch Foreign Minister Bert Koenders, whose country holds the revolving EU presidency, indicated the bloc’s position remains unchanged following the attack at Ataturk Airport that killed 42 people on Tuesday.“We cannot have our agenda being decided by terrorists. We have an agreement with Turkey, we’re working on the benchmarks, and that will continue,” Koenders said. “And I hope we come to an agreement.”___12:35 p.m.The German government says Chancellor Angela Merkel has spoken with Turkey’s president, assuring him that Germany stands by the country in the fight against terror.Merkel’s office says the chancellor condemned Tuesday’s attack on the main Istanbul airport and offered her condolences in a Wednesday evening telephone conversation with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. A government statement Thursday said the leaders agreed that “the threat from fanatical terrorism must be faced together.”Relations between Germany and Turkey have been strained since the German Parliament voted on June 2 to label the killings of Armenians by Ottoman Turks a century ago genocide. That decision infuriated the government in Ankara.___12:10 p.m.Turkey’s state-run news agency says police have detained 13 people in connection to the deadly airport attack. Anadolu Agency says the three foreign nationals are among the group of suspects detained in Istanbul on Thursday.Anadolu said police conducted simultaneous raids at 16 locations in the city, Anadolu said. Tuesday’s gunfire and suicide bomb attack on Ataturk Airport killed 42 people and wounded more than 230 others___11:05 a.m.Turkey’s state-run news agency says nine suspects linked to the Islamic State group were detained during a large-scale police operation in the coastal city of Izmir.The Thursday morning raids unfolded simultaneously in the neighbourhoods of Konak, Bucak, Karabaglar and Bornova neighbourhoods, according to Anadolu Agency.Police say they found three hunting rifles and documents relating to the Islamic State group, the prime suspect for the attack on Istanbul’s International Ataturk Airport that killed 42 people.The report says the suspects were in contact with IS militants in Syria and were engaged in “activities that were in line with the organization’s aims and interests,” including providing financial sources, recruits and logistical support.___10 a.m.Turkey’s state-run news agency says police have conducted a series raids in Istanbul neighbourhoods, targeting Islamic State suspects following the gunfire and suicide bomb attack at Ataturk Airport which killed 42 people.Anadolu Agency said police searched residences in Istanbul’s Pendik, Basaksehir and Sultanbeyli neighbourhoods but it was not clear if any arrests were made.Authorities blamed the IS group for three assailants’ co-ordinated attack late Tuesday on one of the world’s busiest airports, that also injured more than 230.There was no immediate claim of responsibility by the militant group.___9:30 a.m.A Turkish news report says security forces have killed two suspected Islamic State militants at the border with Syria.Private NTV television said Thursday the two Syrian nationals “were neutralized” after they ignored security forces warnings, but provided no further details. It was not immediately clear if they were trying to cross illegally into Turkey.NTV, without citing any sources, said one of the two militants was wanted by Turkey on suspicion that he would carry out suicide attacks in the capital Ankara or in the southern city of Adana.The reported incident comes days after suspected IS militants attacked Istanbul’s busiest airport with gunfire and bombs Tuesday, killing 42 people and wounding more than 230 others. The Latest: Video in Turkey shows man being shot at airport Relatives mourn as they gather around the Turkish flag-draped coffin of Habibullah Sefer, one of the victims killed Tuesday at the blasts in Istanbul’s Ataturk airport, during the funeral in Istanbul, Thursday, June 30, 2016. Suicide attackers killed dozens and wounded scores of others at the busy airport late Tuesday, the latest in a series of bombings to strike Turkey in recent months. Turkish authorities have banned distribution of images relating to the Ataturk airport attack within Turkey. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis) by The Associated Press Posted Jun 29, 2016 4:31 am MDT Last Updated Jun 30, 2016 at 3:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
Sophomore safety Vonn Bell (11) intercepts a pass from Wisconsin redshirt-junior quarterback Joel Stave during the Big Ten Championship Game on Dec. 6 in Indianapolis. OSU won, 59-0.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorRidgeland High School in Rossville, Ga., is just over a three-hour drive from the University of Alabama.The drive from Ridgeland to Ohio State is about four hours longer.In 2013, the football program up north in Columbus was on the rise — coach Urban Meyer had just led his Buckeyes to an undefeated season in his first year on the job. But the program down south in Tuscaloosa, Ala., was already on top of the world. Coach Nick Saban had just led the Crimson Tide to its second-straight national title, and third in four years.The Southeastern Conference was the pinnacle of college football, and nearly every top recruit seemed destined to play for Saban.The same can be said for Vonn Bell, who was a five-star rated safety at Ridgeland.According to Scout.com, Bell’s final list came down to OSU, Alabama and Tennessee, and according to a close-to-accepted national opinion, ‘Bama was the place for him.Eventually, Bell’s time to make a decision came, and he announced his college choice live on ESPN on Feb. 6, 2013. The moderator introduced him as a Tennessee fan and mentioned his Southern roots, but the school he announced wasn’t Alabama and its mascot isn’t the Volunteers.“For next year, I will be attending the Ohio State University,” Bell said after a speech thanking those who had helped him get to that position.He then donned a scarlet OSU hat, and explained his decision.“You know, Urban Meyer is on a mission right now for a national championship,” Bell said. “You see this year he went 12-0 with his guys he didn’t even recruit this year.”Bell chose the Buckeyes and Columbus, probably not for the cold weather, but because of the impression Meyer had made.“I just felt more comfortable with coach Meyer because I had spent more time with him and his staff,” Bell said, according to a Feb. 11, 2013, The Lantern article.Not even two full years later, the Rossville, Ga., native is set to start for OSU against the coach and team he could have picked.Meyer said Bell has become one of the keys to the Buckeyes’ success — including their run to the first-ever College Football Playoff — since he chose to spurn the SEC.“He’s a very talented guy, highly recruited guy … that could have really went anywhere and to go down to the south and — I know with Tennessee and Alabama, and he grew up a Vols fan,” Meyer said Sunday during a teleconference. “So he’s a big part of who we are.”But before finishing his sophomore season tied for first on the team with five interceptions, and second on the team with 78 total tackles, Bell’s career might not have started out the way a five-star recruit would hope.Bell played in all 14 games as a freshman, but contributed mostly on special teams. He totaled just 19 tackles and one interception — which didn’t come until his first start as a Buckeye: OSU’s Orange Bowl loss to Clemson to end the season.Looking back, Meyer said getting Bell on the field earlier and more often could have been beneficial for the Buckeyes.“He’s having a pretty good year, he’s our starting safety,” Meyer said. “Came in last year, was very instrumental on special teams. I probably should have pushed harder as far as getting him in the game a little more as a freshman.”But even if Meyer would’ve given the second-year more playing time last season looking back, Bell didn’t even start the first game of 2014.Instead, sophomore safety Cam Burrows started the Buckeyes’ opener against Navy back in August, but Burrows didn’t last long. Bell ended up coming into the game and playing starter’s minutes, and hasn’t looked back.Bell and the Buckeyes peaked over the weekend, when OSU shellacked Wisconsin on its way to a 59-0 win in the Big Ten Championship Game, effectively sealing its New Year’s date with Saban and the Crimson Tide. Bell tied for the team lead in the game with seven total tackles — including four solo tackles — and had a key first-half interception as the Buckeyes extended their lead to 17-0 on the ensuing drive.Considering Bell’s success at OSU, Saban said during a Sunday teleconference that he would expect Bell to have a similar impact if he had signed with the Crimson Tide.“Well, we thought Vonn Bell was an outstanding player and certainly wanted him in our program,” Saban said. “I think if he was in our program right now, he would be a very productive player for us.”Had Bell in fact chosen Saban and the Crimson Tide over Meyer and the Buckeyes, it would’ve been hard to blame him. But after making his announcement, Bell expressed his intentions of winning a national championship at OSU, and even mentioned that path could pit the Buckeyes against Alabama.“We all on a mission, we all want to do something special ‘cause we gotta bring everything up,” Bell said on ESPN moments after his announcement. “We gonna try to beat ‘Bama and everything, so we gonna meet them at the National Championship. You know, we gonna get that crystal ball, holding it up high.”Down to the basic details, Bell’s words came true. He and the Buckeyes are set to face the Crimson Tide with title hopes on the line, but at the time, the College Football Playoff didn’t exist. In 2014, OSU will have to go through Alabama to win a national title — but not in the title game itself.And despite the trophy no longer being a crystal ball, Bell and the Buckeyes’ goal remains the same.OSU and Alabama are set to meet at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans at 8:30 p.m. on Jan. 1.
The fleeting public outrage was enough to force the NFL to reconsider its personal conduct policy, but the league hasn’t yet codified many policies. Public pressure to do so, meanwhile, along with the media spotlight, has largely disappeared. In early September, the story of Ray Rice assaulting his then-fiancée in an Atlantic City casino exploded in the media, sparking a debate about how to prevent — and respond to — domestic violence in the NFL and society at large. But why September? The actual assault happened in February, and yet it took almost seven months for media coverage to reach its height, according to a search of Lexis-Nexis.The answer is simple: On Sept. 8, TMZ released the video of the assault, which brought the story back into the news. But even then, our attention spans — perhaps unsurprisingly — are short. Here’s a more detailed look at the media coverage that Rice, as well as the overall issue of domestic violence in the NFL, has received since the beginning of September.For the week following the video’s release, articles mentioning “Ray Rice” averaged about 1,900 per day, according to Lexis-Nexis; articles mentioning both “domestic violence” and “NFL” averaged nearly 1,120 per day. The past week, however, pales in comparison: “Ray Rice” has been written about 37 times per day, and “domestic violence” and “NFL” have been mentioned in 44 articles per day. This is despite news that Rice could be reinstated as soon as next month.Rather, NFL news is back to covering on-the-field events. For example, Google Trends shows news about Peyton Manning has been chugging along at about the same rate (not including the recent surge in coverage of his breaking the career touchdown record) and has overtaken headlines about Rice.
Actress Sheridan Smith has been forced to pull out of the Bradford run of West End hit Funny Girl because she’s been diagnosed with mumps.Theatre-goers were left disappointed after the star was confirmed to be missing the week long stint of the show at Bradford’s Alhambra Theatre in West Yorkshire. A statement issued by the theatre read: “Following test results, it is confirmed that Sheridan Smith has contracted mumps and on doctor’s advice will not be able to perform in Funny Girl at the Alhambra Theatre, Bradford this week.”The producers and company wish her a speedy recovery and look forward to welcoming her back as soon as possible.”This week, the role of Fanny Brice will be played by Natasha J Barnes who is currently sharing the role of Fanny Brice with Sheridan Smith on the UK Tour of Funny Girl.” Customer Notice. RE. Funny Girl pic.twitter.com/jfzqZDrXfy— Bradford Theatres (@BradfordTheatre) June 7, 2017 Gutted @Sheridansmith1 won’t be performing in Funny Girl tonight😓— jess (@jess_brandrethm) June 8, 2017 Smith, 35, has already missed weeks of the play in London due to “stress” and “exhaustion”, producers revealed last month.She will be replaced in the role of Fanny Brice by her alternate Natasha J Barnes. The show will be wrapped up on Saturday evening (June 10). 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.
The pair share a common interest in women’s empowerment, with their husbands already firm friends after working together to promote the Invictus Games.The Duchess will announce her next projects for her work in the Royal Family, as well as her first charity patronages, in the new year. On being a black woman in the public eye, she said: “People will literally take our voices, they will take the things from us that they like, the size of our hips, our style, our swag, it becomes co-opted but then we are demonised.”We are angry, we are too loud, we are too everything and I experienced that, just campaigning, just speaking truth to power, how dare I have a voice and use it?”My advice to young women in that you have to start by getting those demons out of your head, the questions I ask myself ‘am I good enough?’ that haunts us, because the messages that are sent from the time we are little is maybe you are not, don’t reach too high, don’t talk too loud. Last week, Mrs Obama offered advice to the Duchess in a magazine interview, recommending that she “take some time and don’t be in a hurry to do anything”.At the live event at the South Bank, publicising her autobiography,Mrs Obama spoke on topics from the Queen’s alleged dismissal of royal protocol as “rubbish” to her disdain for fashion designers who “treat their staff badly”. In an on-stage interview, Mrs Obama may inadvertently offered words of comfort to the Duchess who has faced criticism for “breaching protocol” with some of her fashion choices since joining the Royal Family.The American speaker said of her visit to the Queen in 2016, where she was ushered into a waiting car with Her Majesty and Prince Philip: “I had all this protocol buzzing in my head …and she [the Queen] says ‘Oh it’s all rubbish, just get in’.”Mrs Obama also offered words of wisdom to newlyweds, admitting: “When I talk to young people just starting to get married, I say: there are going to be huge chunks of time where you want to push him out the window.” Michelle Obama (left) in conversation with writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie at the Royal Festival HallCredit:PA Barack and Michelle Obama with the Queen Credit:PA Prinace Harry and Michelle Obama in 2015 at the Wounded Warrior gamesCredit:AFP Speaking to schoolgirls, the former First Lady also preached on the importance of women sticking together, saying: “Start practising for the sisterhood. We as women don’t have the luxury of tearing each other down.“There are enough people out there ready to tear us down. There’s no room for mean girls.” Michelle Obama speaks in LondonCredit:AFP The Duchess of Sussex has held private talks with Michelle Obama after watching her speak on female empowerment, royal protocol and the challenges facing black women in the public eye.The Duchess, whose public work is expected to focus heavily on advocacy for women, watched Mrs Obama speak at the South Bank Centre in London on Monday night, joining an audience of 2,700 people to hear the former First Lady’s advice about life. Afterwards, the pair met privately backstage for a convivial conversation: the first time they have spoken directly despite their shared professional interests.The Duchess, who attended the event with staff rather than her husband the Duke, was spotted by members of the public during the evening, and is understood to have enjoyed a warm personal discussion with Mrs Obama afterwards.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––The meeting is likely to have been particularly appreciated by the Duchess, who has faced a difficult few weeks in the public eye fuelled by news that the Sussexes are moving away from their in-laws at Kensington Palace. “This is true for women, this is true for working-class people but it is profound for women of colour in a way that I don’t think most people understand.”
In February last year Google got cities around the U.S. excited as it introduced an offer to hook some of them up with a fiber-to-the-home 1Gbps network. While most locations struggle to offer anything past 20Mbps, Google is making the leap to 1Gbps and taking some communities with it.A little over a year later and Google has decided on the first city it will work with to implement the super-fast network: Kansas City. When first announced, Google said it needed city representatives and the individuals who thought it should come to their city to get in touch and state their case. It seems Kansas City made the best of that and really impressed with its commitment to the project if it was selected.A development agreement has already been signed and the network will be up and running at some point in 2012. The Kauffman Foundation, KCNext, the University of Kansas Medical Center are all involved in its development and deployment.Google has restated its commitment to select other cities to work with and rollout 1Gbps networks to, but you have to expect that once Kansas City is up and running Google will have a much better idea of how to plan and organize city-wide projects like this. The team handling the projects will only get faster and more efficient at implementing them, and then just needs the full backing of a city to make it happen.This could definitely set the bar for the future of U.S. Internet access if all goes well, and I don’t think anyone will complain about Google coming to their city if the end result is phenomenal connection speeds everywhere.Read more at The Official Google Blog
Paper product and print media organisation Clyde Paper and Print has been accredited as a living wage employer by the Living Wage Foundation.The organisation, which employs 15 staff across its Glasgow and London offices, has been accredited for its commitment to paying both direct employees and third-party contractors at least the voluntary living wage rate.The living wage, which is paid on a voluntary basis by employers, is an independently set hourly rate of pay that is calculated according to the basic cost of living. Updated annually, the living wage is currently set at £8.45 an hour for employees across the UK, and £9.75 an hour for those working in London. The higher London living wage rate reflects the higher living costs associated with residing in the capital.The voluntary living wage is distinct from the statutory national living wage, which is paid to employees aged 25 and over. The national living wage rate is currently set at £7.50 an hour.Clyde Paper and Print is already a Glasgow living wage employer, accredited by Glasgow City Council.Mike Steven, senior director at Clyde Paper and Print, said: “Being a living wage employer is very important to us because we believe in investing in our staff and paying them well. We like to see our employees do well for themselves, not only at work but also in their living standards.”
NEAR HAVANA, Cuba (WSVN) — A Florida woman is attempting to shatter a world record by crossing the Florida straits on a stand-up paddleboard.Victoria Burgess left from a marina near Havana, Cuba, Tuesday, in hopes of making it to Key West.Besides breaking the record, Burgess also hopes to help relations and friendships between the U.S. and Cuba.“That’s what I’m here for, friendship and love, and to bring hope to everybody between the U.S. and Cuba,” said Burgess, “and to show hope to women all around the world that anything can be done.”If Burgess completes the 120-mile voyage, she will break the Guinness World Record for the longest journey by stand-up paddleboard.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Content Not Available Tackling a classic, the GRAMMY winner shares his personal rendition of the timeless balladPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Feb 15, 2018 – 11:35 am On Feb. 15 multi-GRAMMY winner Frank Ocean released his original cover of the classic standard “Moon River” on Tumblr as something he had done “in the late night.” Social media lit up with applause, including responses from Kacey Musgraves and Paramore’s Hayley Williams. It’s a timely reminder that the American songbook is loaded with raw material a great talent can make their own, sharing their unique musical takes on well-known compositions.The 1961 film Breakfast At Tiffany’s put its lead actress Audrey Hepburn on the spot to include a song in her performance, so maestro Henry Mancini and lyricist Johnny Mercer crafted one of the most singable and irresistible songs in the repertoire. Both men shared in its Song Of The Year GRAMMY at the 4th GRAMMY Awards. Mancini also won Record Of The Year and Best Arrangement for the single. The album won Best Performance By An Orchestra — For Other Than Dancing and Best Sound Track, as well as a nomination for Album Of The Year. Social Media Praise For Frank Ocean’s “Moon River” cover-no-other-frank-oceans-moon-river-scores News Twitter Facebook Email https://twitter.com/KaceyMusgraves/status/964108661701464064 Cover Like No Other: Frank Ocean’s “Moon River” Scores Ocean’s fans and supporters are crossing their fingers that this late-night surprise bodes well for new tracks in 2018.Getting The Latest Music News Just Got Easier. Introducing: GRAMMY Bot. Find it On KIK and Facebook MessengerRead more
Online Wellness Smart City Google When Seiichi Miyake found out a close friend was losing the ability to see clearly, he wanted to help. That desire led to an entirely new way for the visually impaired to navigate big cities, railways and parks. In 1965, Miyake invented the tactile paving slab (or “tenji block” in Japan) with his own money. Monday’s Google Doodle celebrates the introduction of the block 52 years ago.The doodle from March 18, 2019. Google The tenji blocks were first installed in the Japanese city of Okayama on March 18, 1967, next to a school for the blind, and they would go on to revolutionize the way the visually impaired interact with the world, making it safer and easier to get around public spaces independently.Miyake’s original design, which was installed in all Japan Railway platforms in the 1970s and rapidly found its way to cities across the globe, featured two tactile patterns that people with visual impairments can detect with a cane or through their feet — providing cues on which way they should head.Subway tracks in New York with the yellow tenji tiles. Keith Getter/Getty Images One pattern features a series of raised lines that indicate “forward”. The second design is commonly referred to as the “truncated domes” pattern, a series of small bumps that act as a “stop” sign — typically at the edge of a train platform or before a motorway.A number of different patterns have been designed since, with smaller raised dots or more pill-shaped bumps signifying different directional cues. For instance, when the raised lines are horizontal in the direction of travel, that might mean “look out for steps ahead”. All of those cues, which many may not even notice as they wander through a city, are incredibly important for those with limited vision. 4:33 Share your voice Comments Now playing: Watch this: Google Doodle Google 49 Photos Tags Microsoft tech teaches children who are blind how to… Our favorite Google Doodles through the years 23
Wrangell’s only proposed pot business has been given the go-ahead, pending the approval of a local building permit.Listen nowThe Wrangell Borough Assembly approved Happy Cannabis for both cultivation and retail Tuesday. The Marijuana Control Board approved owner Kelsey Martinsen’s plan earlier this month, but there is some uncertainty whether local residents will be able buy marijuana.Martinsen is weighing the burden of a new excise tax implemented by the borough.Earlier this month, the assembly approved a $10-per-ounce excise tax for cultivators and $2 per ounce for plant remains. That’s on top of the state’s charges, $50 per ounce for marijuana and $15 per ounce for leftovers.Martinsen planned to produce about 16 pounds of marijuana per week and estimates the local tax could equate to about $200,000 annually. At that quantity, Martinsen would also be paying the state about $650,000 per year for the buds he’s growing.The assembly also voted to limit the hours of operation for retail shops between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m.Martinsen spent thousands of dollars on the application process and has been working towards opening his doors for over a year. He renovated part of his current business, the Diamond C Café, to house both his cultivation and retail operation. Martinsen explained it may be hard to compete with the black market with the taxes in place. Happy Cannabis’ doors will remain closed for now.
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