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  • Fete nationale parade organizers apologize for float pushed by black teenagers

    first_imgMONTREAL – Organizers of the Fete nationale parade are apologizing to people who were upset by the sight of black teenagers pushing a float carrying a white singer.Footage of the float from Saturday’s parade was posted on social media and prompted some people to link the images to slavery and spoke to a lack of diversity in the parade.The organizing committee says it never intended to create racist images.Originally, Maxime Laporte, head of the Societe Saint-Jean-Baptiste de Montreal, which organized the event, rejected the charges of racism as “unfair” and “exaggerated.”He said it was pure chance that black teens were pulling the float.The teenagers were recruited from a local high school and the head coach of the school’s football team suggested the students were happy to take part.last_img read more

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  • Logjam over Haryana hits AAPCong alliance in Delhi

    first_imgNEW DELHI: Logjam over Haryana seat sharing between the AAP and the Congress has hit the prospect of alliance in Delhi and fresh talks initiated by both the parties remained inconclusive on Thursday, the second day. Different versions of political leaders from both the parties kept coming throughout the day. While senior party functionaries came gave statements that there would be no alliance between AAP and Congress, there has been no official announcement of talks being calling off. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderSources said that last-minute efforts are being made from both the sides. “We had made one last effort. Sanjay Singh held talks, but can’t understand that after almost finalizing the matter and seat sharing, why the Congress stepped back on Wednesday evening,” said AAP Delhi convenor Gopal Rai. On Thursday, Congress also maintained that there would no alliance with AAP. Congress leader PC Chacko said the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) backtracked on forging an alliance with the Congress after a final understanding over seat sharing in New Delhi was reached between both the parties. Chacko said the Congress is ready to fight on all the seven seats, adding that the party will announce its candidates by Friday. “I had a discussion with AAP leader Sanjay Singh and we decided on a 3:4 formula. That was finally decided but then AAP was discussing some other states,” he said. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsHowever, at the ground a series of meetings took place inside AAP and also with the Congress, said sources. The problem stayed in the Haryana sit sharing formula where Congress did not accept the offer to give JJP three seats and opted to fight 7 seats. The AAP agreed to get 1 seat but pushed Congress to give JJP 3 seats which became the flashpoint between both the parties. Meanwhile, senior AAP functionaries on Thursday met with MP Sanjay Singh who was appointed as the key negotiator from the AAP, said sources. Earlier, the party informed that AAP is ready with the 4:3 sharing formula in Delhi but only if the alliance is sealed in Haryana and this has emerged as the major problem to form the alliance. On April 15, Rahul Gandhi accused Kejriwal of doing “yet another U-turn” saying he was not firming up the alliance despite Congress’ readiness “to give up 4 Delhi seats”. Responding to this, AAP national convenor and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal accused the Congress of indulging in rhetoric. He added that the Congress was helping the BJP by ensuring a split in the anti-Modi vote in UP and other states.last_img read more

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  • General Assembly committee backs global moratorium against death penalty

    A committee of the United Nations General Assembly voted today to back a resolution calling for a global moratorium on executions with a view to eventually abolishing the death penalty entirely.The Assembly’s third committee, which deals with human rights issues, voted 99 to 52, with 33 abstentions, in favour of the resolution, which states “that there is no conclusive evidence of the death penalty’s deterrent value and that any miscarriage or failure of justice in the death penalty’s implementation is irreversible and irreparable.”The resolution will now go before the full 192-member Assembly for a vote next month. All Assembly resolutions are non-binding.The resolution welcomes “the decisions taken by an increasing number of States to apply a moratorium on executions, followed in many cases by the abolition of the death penalty,” and expresses deep concern that the death penalty continues to be applied in some countries.It calls on nations that do impose the death penalty to ensure they meet internationally agreed minimum standards on the safeguards for those facing execution, and to provide the United Nations Secretary-General with information about their use of capital punishment and observation of the safeguards.Further, the resolution asks countries to progressively restrict the use of the death penalty, such as by reducing the number of offences for which it may be imposed, and calls on those States that have abolished the practice to not reintroduce it.In the past two days, before the resolution was put to a vote by the third committee, more than a dozen proposed amendments to the text were rejected by committee members.The third committee also passed a resolution today, this time by consensus without a vote, calling for the elimination of rape and other forms of sexual violence in all their manifestations, including in conflict and related situations.The text urges States to take special measures to protect women and girls from gender-based violence; to end impunity for perpetrators of such crimes; to provide victims with greater access to health care, including trauma counselling; to promote human rights education and conduct public awareness campaigns; and to consider ratifying or acceding to all human rights treaties on the issue, particularly the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women and its Optional Protocol. 15 November 2007A committee of the United Nations General Assembly voted today to back a resolution calling for a global moratorium on executions with a view to eventually abolishing the death penalty entirely. read more

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  • Defence Secretary assures credible investigations

    Defence Secretary Karunasena Hettiarachchi today assured credible investigations on various allegations raised against the institutions which operate under him.Hettiarachchi said this when he made his first formal courtesy visit to the Army Headquarters today amid military formalities and a warm reception, hosted by the Commander of the Army, Lieutenant General Crishanthe De Silva and all serving the Army Headquarters (AHQ). Later speaking to troops he highlighted the importance of applying a strategic ‘security clearance policy’ when it comes to face new challenges at various national levels where the point of view of the armed forces is also understood. “We have issues to face and we can certainly solve those issues pertaining to our institutes by conducting credible inquiries and we are prepared to do so because the devil is not so fierce as we all contemplated. For that all of us have to work as a team and work out modalities,” he said.Underscoring the need to maintain the dignity of the organization, Karunasena Hettiarachchi requested high ranking senior officers to produce more and more skilled officers to the Army since it is the Army that could help the country to be disciplined. During the formal and brief meeting at the Commander’s office, both Karunasena Hettiarachchi and Lieutenant General Crishanthe De Silva exchanged views on matters of mutual interest and pleasantries. “We are thankful for your commitment for defeat of terrorism and that hard-earned freedom although there are challenges need to be addressed for the benefit of others in our society. It was your discipline that brought about that difference and our ways of thinking and your (military) way of looking at things are different. That is civil society and we need to have a balanced view because the best is to comply and complain,” he said.He said that attitudes and attributes in society have badly deteriorated and an organization, like the army which is not at all political could contribute a lot for their rectification. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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  • Residents unhappy with unwanted foot traffic at Hamilton waterfall

    It’s getting close to that time of year when thousands of people flock to Hamilton’s many waterfalls to get that perfect picture, and to enjoy the day.But it’s also a time that many people living near the falls have trouble getting excited about.Adam Atkinson has more.

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  • Tory plan to ease mortgage stresstest rules may increase debt raise prices

    Conservative leader Andrew Scheer’s pledge to extend mortgage amortization maximums for some homebuyers and loosen a contentious stress test would likely lead to more debt and higher property prices, some experts say.“Oh my god, here we go again,” said Tsur Somerville, a professor at the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia, when he heard Scheer’s announcement Monday.Scheer plans to loosen rules around the stress test, which was designed to ensure buyers requiring mortgages could afford payments if interest rates rose, and remove it altogether for mortgage renewals.He also plans to allow first-time property buyers to take out 30-year mortgages — reversing moves by Stephen Harper’s previous Conservative government that reduced terms from 40 years to 25 years.With a longer amortization, first-time homebuyers can opt for a larger mortgage than they might be able to afford payments on if it were for a shorter time frame. Meanwhile, lenders may be able to approve borrowers for larger mortgages if the stress test requirements are loosened.The stress test — originally introduced in 2010 and significantly modified in 2018 — has helped to slow accelerating house prices, according to various reports.The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. CEO Evan Siddall defended both measures amid industry lobbying for changes earlier this summer. In a strongly worded letter to the Standing Committee of Finance Siddall said his job is to “protect our economy from potentially tragic consequences.”The stress test has helped reduce house prices in Canada by 3.4 per cent compared to what they otherwise would have been, he said. The CMHC declined to comment Monday, saying they were not in a position to comment on political parties’ promises or announcements during the election period.A TD report released earlier this year estimated home prices could rise six per cent by the end of next year if the stress test was removed and all else remained equal.Canadian realtors cheered the proposal.“Realtors have long asked for common-sense solutions designed to help Canadians purchase a home of their own,” said Jason Stephen, The Canadian Real Estate Association’s president, adding Scheer’s campaign promises include some of their suggested policy changes.The Scheer plan also includes launching an inquiry into money laundering in the real estate sector, as well as making surplus federal real estate available for development to increase housing supply.The supply issue is one the two professors were in favour of addressing, as increased supply tends to better affordability.“There’s no magic bullet on housing,” said Somerville.Canadians’ high level of household debt has been a concern. The CMHC previously warned that high debt levels with looming interest rate hikes could lead to lower consumption, less savings or loan defaults.Canadians owed roughly $1.77 in credit market debt — a figure that includes consumer credit, mortgages and non-mortgage loans — for every dollar of their disposable income, according to Statistic Canada’s most recent figures.“If we’re concerned about Canadians’ level of debt, why are we helping them take on more debt?” asked Somerville.To call these strategies a pure win for first-time buyers, would ignore the feedback into housing prices, said Thomas Davidoff, a professor at UBC’s Sauder School of Business.“In certain markets, ignoring that — I think — is a mistake.”Davidoff also believes another issue is how much risk taxpayers should put themselves in.The Liberal party’s plan, by contrast, provides less risk for taxpayers, he said.Liberal leader Justin Trudeau announced earlier this month his party would expand a recently launched program aimed at helping first-time home buyers lower their monthly payments through a shared-equity mortgage with CMHC. The expansion would boost the maximum qualifying price of a home in Victoria, Vancouver and the Toronto region from about $500,000 to nearly $800,000.“There’s an element of subsidy there,” Davidoff said, adding that means taxpayers are not getting a great financial deal. But, the risk is lower because a borrower can’t default on equity if interest rates rise or they lose their income, like they can on the payments for their mortgage.Andrew Pavlov, a professor at Simon Fraser University’s Beedie School of Business, supported the implementation of the stress test and scaling back mortgage amortization terms when both changes happened.“Today the situation is very different,” he said.Federal governments made those changes to prepare borrowers and the financial system for looming interest rate increases at the time, said Pavlov, but now “there’s virtually no possibility of interest rate increases” with declines expected instead.In flat or declining housing markets, which many Canadian cities have become thanks partly to a host of government intervention measures, there’s a case for relaxing mortgage borrowing rules, he said.If house prices decline substantially, defaults will start to occur and put the financial system at risk, Pavlov said. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 23, 2019.Aleksandra Sagan, The Canadian Press read more

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  • DR of Congo Security Council condemns plundering of natural resources

    In a statement read out by the Council President, Ambassador Moctar Ouane of Mali, the 15-member body said the unabated exploitation of natural resources and other forms of wealth was perpetuating the conflict in the country, exacerbating the suffering of its people and impeding economic development.The President stressed the need to continue to monitor this situation “in order to keep the necessary pressure to put an end to the illegal exploitation of the resources of the DRC, including the exploitation of human resources, at the expense of the Congolese people and of the peace process.” In extending the Panel’s mandate for six months, the Council requested an interim report in three months including an evaluation of possible Council actions, recommendations on specific measures that the international community might take, and proposals on possible steps by transit countries as well as end users to contribute to ending the illegal exploitation of the DRC’s natural resources and other forms of wealth.The statement also stressed that no external parties – or groups or individuals under their control – should benefit from the exploitation of the DRC’s natural resources at the country’s expense. “The DRC’s natural resources should not serve as an incentive for any State, group or individual, to prolong the conflict,” said Ambassador Ouane. “External parties – and groups or individuals under their control – must not use the natural resources of the DRC to finance the conflict in the country.” In its latest report to the Council, the six-member Panel called for a moratorium on the purchase and importing of precious products, such as coltan, diamonds, gold, copper, cobalt, timber and coffee, originating in areas where foreign troops are present, as well as in territories under the control of rebel groups.Earlier in the day, Council members expressed concern over troop movements in the east of the country and called on all parties to refrain from any military action. In a press statement, the President said that Council members encouraged the Kinshasa Government, the Ralliement Congolais pour la Démocratie (RCD)/Goma and the Mouvement de Libération du Congo (MLC) to continue their high-level negotiations aimed at paving the way for the Inter-Congolese Dialogue that was about to resume in South Africa. The parties – particularly the RCD and Rwanda – were also called on to cooperate with the UN Organization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUC) to allow the launching of the next phase of its deployment. read more

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  • Delegates put finishing touches on UN Johannesburg summit action plan

    Concluding negotiations that spanned nine months and three continents, delegates at the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, South Africa, have reached agreement on the last remaining provisions of the action plan to be adopted at the conclusion of the conference, United Nations officials said today.Aside from a few remaining objections on issues relating to health and human rights, negotiations on the outcome document were completed after round-the-clock sessions at the ministerial level.Among the agreements reached was a goal to reduce the proportion of people who lack access to proper sanitation by half by 2015, an agreement towards increasing the use of renewable energies, and a number of targets and timetables aimed at protecting or restoring ecosystems.Nitin Desai, the Summit’s Secretary-General, told a press briefing today that the meeting had been successful in imparting a sense of urgency, in achieving “reasonably clear commitments to action in key areas,” and in creating partnerships in the five priority areas of water, energy, health, agriculture and biodiversity.Meanwhile in the Summit’s plenary session, world leaders continued their high-level segment, with 84 heads of State or Government slated to speak. Several European leaders pledged to increase their countries’ official development assistance in the years ahead, while leaders from developing nations stressed that greater international cooperation was necessary to promote sustainable development.The high-level segment is expected to wrap up tomorrow with the remaining speakers, including Secretary of State Colin Powell of the United States, followed by the final plenary meeting, where the Summit’s outcome documents are scheduled to be submitted for approval. read more

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  • Transnational organized crime on the rise in Eastern Africa warns UN report

    The report, Transnational Organized Crime in Eastern Africa: A Threat Assessment, was produced by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and highlights the principal crime threats facing the region as well as their costs to society.According to the report, more than 100,000 people were smuggled out of the region last year alone, generating over of $15 million for organized criminal networks operating on the maritime crossing from the Horn of Africa. Many migrants are driven in part by high levels of conflict and poverty, and as they try to escape their situation they are vulnerable to abuse, confinement, extortion and rape from smugglers.Ivory poaching, which results in up to 154 metric tonnes being taken annually, led to an additional $30 million in illicit revenue just from Asian markets. Recent research indicates that the rate of poaching in the region is threatening the local elephant population. Between 5,600 and 15,400 elephants are poached in Eastern Africa annually, producing between 56 and 154 metric tons of illicit ivory. Two thirds of these were destined to Asia.Meanwhile, drugs are becoming an increasingly lucrative illicit trade, with up to 22 tonnes of heroin being trafficked to and through the region every year. While heroin has been trafficked to and through Eastern Africa since at least the 1980s, a series of recent large seizures suggest that this flow has increased. Over the past three years, more heroin was seized than in the previous 20 years and in the first five months of 2013, the seizures exceeded those of the total previous 24 months. Finally, piracy in Somalia was assessed to be worth an estimated $150 million in 2011, equivalent to almost 15 per cent of the country’s gross domestic product. In recent years, however, progress has been made in tackling this issue as international policies have contributed to a dramatic decline in piracy. While in April 2009 pirates hijacked 16 ships, two years later this averaged less than one per month, the report said. Effective intervention has also forced pirates to move further away from the coast. In 2005, the average successful pirate attack was 109 kilometres from the Somali coast. Last year it was 746 kilometres.According to the report illicit markets that affect Eastern Africa often originate or terminate on other continents. As a result, purely local interventions are inadequate to resolve the underlying problem. Optimally, these markets should be evaluated and strategically addressed at a global level, but to protect Eastern Africa, local law enforcement must also be strengthened. read more

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  • Is Showboating Hurting The Warriors

    Momentarily setting aside the Cavaliers’ improbable comeback in the 2016 NBA Finals, no NBA team has figured out a blueprint for beating the Golden State Warriors when it matters most.Golden State is on the cusp of finishing with the league’s most efficient offense for a third season in a row even as the league as a whole is more efficient than it’s ever been, effectively putting to rest the question of whether this is the greatest scoring club in NBA history. The Warriors have the two best shooters in the world sharing a backcourt, plus a nearly 7-foot-tall forward who may very well be the purest scorer in the game, and a reigning Defensive Player of the Year who is just as skilled at passing the basketball and logging triple-doubles as he is at protecting the basket most nights.Aside from the Houston Rockets — who own the NBA’s best record and may eventually rise to this challenge — the only team seemingly capable of beating Golden State is Golden State. For all the Warriors’ feats of dominance, the team is remarkably sloppy, and it seems to be getting worse.The Warriors throw the ball away more than any other team and have grown progressively more careless with their passes over the course of their four-year run of greatness. Their reckless passes — which are often of the one-handed, behind-the-back or alley-oop variety — have resulted in turnovers on a league-high 8.8 percent of their possessions so far this season, according to data from Second Spectrum and NBA Advanced Stats. This would represent the second straight year that the Warriors led the NBA in bad passes that resulted in turnovers and the fourth consecutive season in which Golden State saw its bad-pass rate increase.This problem seems to have an easy solution: Cut out the showboating. But the fix is more difficult than you might think. Coach Steve Kerr has said in the past that asking fiery forward Draymond Green to calm down on the court would diminish the passion that makes him special, and the Warriors coach told me he feels similarly about the team as a whole, which makes him reluctant to lay out hard-and-fast rules on how they should distribute the ball.After all, even with their turnover problem, the Warriors are generally a very good passing club, leading the league in both assists and assist-to-turnover ratio by a country mile. Plus they’ve won two championships with the same swagger they possess now.“[The passes] are the one thing I do have to stay on them about,” Kerr said. “I talk about hitting singles all the time instead of hitting home runs. I don’t mind turnovers that are the result of us trying to make the extra pass. It’s the ones that are out of motion that don’t stand much of a chance to get through that bother me. So if we just hit singles with this team, we have so many playmakers and shooters that it’s all going to come in the wash pretty positively.”Translation: Just make the simple play, since most teams would have no chance at beating us on talent alone unless we do them a favor by repeatedly turning the ball over.There’s a lot of truth to that. Warriors’ opponents are scoring 18.4 points per 100 possessions off Golden State’s miscues, the NBA’s third-highest mark. And the data suggests that Golden State can’t shake off the turnovers like it’s done in the past. The Warriors went 7-1 and 10-4 in games where they had at least 20 turnovers in 2014-15 and 2015-16, respectively. But last season they went 4-2 in those games, and they now own a 3-3 tally when coughing it up that frequently.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/whateven.mp4Media error: Format(s) not supported or source(s) not foundmejs.download-file: https://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/whateven.mp4?_=100:0000:0000:05Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Still, it’s fair to wonder what, if anything, prompts the Warriors to play more loosely or conservatively. Golden State, known for putting on a show in front of its fans at the deafening Oracle Arena, seems to play to the home crowd — which may mean taking more gambles. The Dubs are throwing the ball away 9.5 times per 100 possessions at home this season, compared to 8.2 passing turnovers per 100 possessions on the road, according to Second Spectrum data.The Warriors also appear to suffer from a lack of focus at times. They not only turn the ball over far more often when the game is turning into a laugher in either direction,1Their turnover rates are highest when they’re down by at least 16 points or ahead by 20 or more. In fairness, though, this could be at least partly a function of less-talented reserves subbing into the game when it’s not close. but they also turn the ball over at a slightly higher rate against teams positioned to land in the lottery (15.8 turnovers per game) than against clubs currently on track to reach the playoffs (15.2), according to HoopsStats.com.But as Kerr said: Not all turnovers are created equal. Some of these flubs come on plays made for the right reasons.Golden State was an overly stagnant club during Mark Jackson’s final year as coach, ranking dead last in the league with 243.8 passes per game before Kerr came along and changed the team’s offense to prioritize spacing, ball movement and screening away from the action of the play to better distract defenses. By the end of Kerr’s first season, the Warriors were averaging 306.6 passes per night, ranking ninth. And now, the team’s dishing is so contagious that they’re sometimes unselfish to a fault, bypassing wide-open shots that they’d be better off taking.“We’re just overpassing, to be honest,” Durant said back in 2016. “It’s the stuff we can control — it’s not like [defenses are] getting into us and turning us over themselves. We’re … getting into the lane and trying to make the second or third pass when we have a layup on the first or second one.”The Warriors are also prone to taking a bit more risk because of the nature of their offense. For example, most teams complete a lot of easy “passes” by simply handing the ball off to their guards as they come around screens. Steph Curry and his teammates, by contrast, employ far fewer pick-and-roll sets per game than any other team in the league. As a result, Curry is throwing longer passes on average than most players.The team also falls victim to miscommunication at times because of what some Golden State coaches refer to as “backyard basketball” — the team’s unusual, highly improvised offense, which calls for guards to screen for bigs and stars to sometimes set picks for the backups. With that system, and the constant confusion it’s designed to create for defenses, occasional mistakes are bound to happen.Yet none of that excuses the flair-based miscues — especially in key situations. With just over five minutes left in Game 7 of the 2016 Finals, Curry, the superstar point guard, flipped the ball behind his back toward Klay Thompson. But the pass was errant, bouncing out of bounds and giving the Cavaliers the opening they needed to complete the series comeback and win their first NBA title.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/curryto.mp400:0000:0000:04Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.“I still think about that [turnover],” Curry said last year. “[But] in thinking about that game, it’s funny because I know the concept of making the right play, making a simple play, understanding that there are deciding moments in games and the difference between winning a championship or not could be one of those plays. [That said], I came out in preseason this year and threw a behind-the-back pass because I have confidence that I can do it and it won’t change that.”That attitude, perhaps more than any other, explains why these Warriors may always roll the dice, even when they don’t necessarily have to.Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more

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  • Dont waste £30m on a pastiche says ancestral owner of gutted Palladian

    first_img“The building is dead and I think it’s wrong to try and rebuild it. The result can only ever be a copy, a pastiche. I’ve no doubt it would be a beautiful copy, but it would be a copy nonetheless.”The National Trust plans to furnish and decorate the newly-restored house with the art, textiles, porcelain and antique furniture which was rescued from the flames.The fire, which was thought to have been started by an electrical fault, left only one room – the Speakers’ Parlour – intact.The Trust said its plans would combine restoring Clandon Park’s state rooms with the construction of  new galleries and visitor spaces, in a building that “reads as one”.Dame Helen Ghosh, the Trust’s director general, said the building was “a masterwork of its time” and needed sensitive, thoughtful restoration. In the years that followed the house languished, until the 4th Earl of Onslow began refurbishing it when he inherited the earldom in 1870.The Onslow family allowed Clandon Park House to be used as a military hospital in World War I and as a depository for the Public Records Office during World War II, before handing it over to the National Trust. Alternatively, said Lord Onslow, the money could be used acquire a property such as Newnham Court, in Worcestershire, and restore its Capability Brown gardens.The National Trust defended its plan to go-ahead with the restoration of Clandon Park.Paul Cook, the project director, said: “Clandon was a masterwork of its time and it now needs a sensitive, thoughtful restoration of the state rooms on the ground floor along with the introduction of new spaces, fit for the 21st century, on the upper levels. 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. Rupert Onslow, 8th Earl of Onslow, at Royal Ascot in June 2015 The gutted interior of Clandon Park following the fire of April 2015 The Earl said Clandon Park should be left in ruins as a sad reminder its once-glorious past.He said: “I stood on the lawn and watched the house where I had my 21st and my stag night go up in flames. It was horrid. But I believe it should be left to lie in ruins. The gutted interior of Clandon Park following the fire of April 2015Credit:Andrew Crowley/The Telegraphcenter_img Rupert Onslow, 8th Earl of Onslow, at Royal Ascot in June 2015Credit: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images Around 90 per cent of the interior was destroyed in the fire, thought to have started from an electrical fault Around 90 per cent of the interior was destroyed in the fire, thought to have started from an electrical faultCredit:The National Trust/Alamy She said the trust wanted to attract the freshest thinking in architecture and design “to help us bring it back to life”.But Lord Onslow, who specialises in insuring fine art for the Channel Syndicate in Lloyd’s, said the money would be better spent restoring one of the National Trust’s surviving stately homes.He said: “I’m sceptical they can achieve what they want for £30m. Furthermore would it not be cost effective to use the money to revitalise and maintain a facility that is in need of being saved?” The ancestral owner of an 18th Century mansion devastated by fire has dismissed a £30 million plan by the National Trust to rebuild it as likely to produce a wasteful “pastiche” of the original.The National Trust on Wednesday announced a competition to choose the best design for the restoration of Clandon Park, in Surrey.The Georgian mansion was left gutted by a devastating blaze which swept through the building in April 2015, destroying more than 90 per cent of its roof and interiors.Architects have now been invited to submit proposals to “restore and reimagine” the Grade I listed Palladian house, near Guildford.But the plans have met with disapproval from the 8th Earl of Onslow, whose ancestors lived at Clandon Park until the family bequeathed it to the National Trust in 1956.He fears any attempt to rebuild the house can only result in what he called a “suburban mock-Georgian monolith”. “The competition will help us find the right team to sensitively restore and create contemporary spaces that will give the building renewed purpose, allowing it to engage new audiences through an imaginative and changing program of activities, ensuring a sustainable future.”Mr Cook added: “The Onslow family is a key stakeholder of ours and have been invited to see the progress that we have made. We will keep talking to the Onslow family about the future plans for Clandon.”The Onslow family became associated with the site in 1641 when Sir Arthur Onslow, MP for Surrey, relocated to the area from London.His grandson, Thomas 2nd Baron Onslow, rebuilt the manor house on Clandon Park as a Palladian Mansion in the 1720s.last_img read more

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  • Suspect in robbery shooting of wash bay operator remanded

    A labourer, who was identified as the armed suspect in the robbery and shooting of wash bay operator Leroy Robinson, was on Thursday arraigned before Magistrate Ann McLennan at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court on multiple charges.Accused: Jermaine JosiahJermaine Josiah, 23, of Eccles Housing Scheme was not required to plead to the indictable charge.It was alleged that June 10, 2018 while in the vicinity of Broad and Lombard Street, Charlestown he discharged a loaded firearm at Leroy Robinson with intent to disfigure or cause actual bodily harm to Robinson.Another charge was also read to the laborer which stated that on the same day in question, in the vicinity of Broad and Lombard Street, Charlestown, and while being in the company of others he robbed Robinson of $25,000 and 1 BLU cellphone, a total value of $45,000.A third charge stated that on the said day while at Evans Street, Charlestown, he had in his possession a .38 revolver without being a licenced firearm holder at the time. To this charge Josiah pleaded not guilty.Police prosecutor Gordon Mansfield told the court that they are awaiting a ballistic report before completing investigations into this matter.Josiah was remanded to prison and is expected to return to court on July 6.Robinson was on the day in question shot after he was robbed by two identifiable males, one armed with a handgun who demanded valuables.He was resting inside of his wash bay, in the company of his wife, when around 21:30h the unarmed suspect relieved the victim of his Blu cellular phone and a small sum of cash while his armed accomplice stood guard.It was outlined that although no resistance was made, the armed suspect shot the victim once in his left knee before escaping.The police were alerted and prompt action by a rank on motorcycle patrol resulted in the apprehension of the armed suspect, a short distance from the scene.The victim was rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital where his condition was listed as stable. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedWash bay operator shot in armed robbery, suspect in custody- PoliceJune 11, 2018In “Crime”Father of 5 jailed after pleading guilty to armed robberiesAugust 21, 2019In “Court”Horse cart operator jailed for stealing motorcycle, remanded on armed robbery chargesJuly 5, 2019In “Court” read more

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  • La couche dozone réduite de moitié audessus de lArctique

    first_imgLa couche d’ozone réduite de moitié au-dessus de l’ArctiqueUne équipe de chercheurs européens a étudié la densité de la couche d’ozone au-dessus de l’Arctique, et révèlent que des températures particulièrement basses ont entraîné une diminution considérable de l’ozonosphère au cours des dernières semaines.Menés par des scientifiques de 16 institutions de recherche européennes, et basés sur les données de plus de 30 stations de sondage de l’ozone situées en Arctique et Subarctique, ces travaux indiquent que la couche d’ozone a été réduite de moitié au-dessus de l’Arctique au cours de ces dernières semaines, rapporte le site Radio Canada. À lire aussiQui est Greta Thunberg, proposée pour un prix Nobel à seulement 16 ans ?Comme l’explique Markus Rex, chercheur à l’Institut Alfred-Wegener de recherches polaires et marines de Postdam, cette diminution a été engendrée par un climat exceptionnellement froid dans la haute atmosphère, allié à la présence persistante de chlorofluorocarbones (CFC). Si ces gaz interdits par le protocole de Montréal sont l’une des multiples origines de la destruction de la couche d’ozone, les chercheurs insistent également sur le rôle du réchauffement climatique dans ce phénomène.”La concentration de gaz à effet de serre retient la radiation thermale de la Terre dans les couches inférieures de l’atmosphère, ce qui les réchauffe. Il y a moins de radiation de chaleur qui rejoint la stratosphère (où se trouve la couche d’ozone), intensifiant son refroidissement” explique en effet Markus Rex. Toutefois les chercheurs conservent un certain optimisme, en rappelant que la couche d’ozone a la capacité de se régénérer à long terme.Le 21 mars 2011 à 18:04 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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  • Vancouver Symphony Orchestra ballet join forces

    first_imgImagine formations of elegant swans, dancing to a lush symphonic score. That’s what you will see if you attend the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra’s holiday concert this weekend. Only the swans will be ballet dancers, of course, and the music will be from Tchaikovsky’s “Swan Lake.”“We are excited to perform a scene from Act 2 of ‘Swan Lake,’ ” said Jan Hurst, artistic director of Columbia Dance. “That’s the one that has the dance of the little swans, the dance of the tall swans, and the flock of swans by the lake. In the ballet world, it is called the White Act. The dancers are in their white tutus, and it is very beautiful.”The performance will be the first time that the orchestra has collaborated with a dance ensemble at Skyview High School Concert Hall. Hurst is bringing 15 of the company’s best dancers, and it will be interesting to see how everyone fits onstage.“We taped off a section of our studio and did some creative problem solving,” said Hurst. “We are used to dancing on a stage that is 30 feet wide and 40 feet deep. It will be a challenge to dance on a stage that is 10 feet wide by 70 feet long. But this is a wonderful opportunity, and we have figured out how to make it work.”Hurst has danced “Swan Lake” many times, and it is one of her favorite ballets. She started dance lessons at age 6 in Portland and attended the University of Utah, where she earned Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Fine Arts degrees as a ballet major. She taught at the San Francisco Ballet and has been the artistic director of several regional ballet companies. For the past 22 years, she has been at the helm of Columbia Dance, including its dance school, which has 150 students.last_img read more

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  • Skriniar says Inter needs to be looking for the win

    first_imgThe Nerazzurri and Juventus will play against each other in the next Italian Lega Serie A fixtureInternazionale Milan and Juventus are set to play each other in the next Italian Lega Serie A fixture.And for Milan Skriniar, is important that the Nerazzurri only think about the victory and nothing else.“We need to go there to look to get the three points, after trying to do so against Roma,” he was quoted on the team’s official website.“They’re strong but we have a competitive squad too. Cristiano Ronaldo? It’s tough to mark him but we’re focused on their whole team.”Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.He also talked about meeting legendary former Inter defender Walter Samuel.“We spoke a bit and it was a nice meeting,” he said.“I hope and dream of having a career like his.”“It’s nice to hear about rumors about big clubs but Inter are a big club. The fans can be calm because I’m happy to be here,” he concluded.last_img read more

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  • Winterhawks season put on Ice with Kootenays win

    first_imgGAME RECAPIce 4, Winterhawks 1Series: Kootenay wins 4-1, Ice win third WHL title and advance to the Memorial Cup.Star of the game: Kootenay goalie Nathan Lieuwen was named playoff MVP.Turning point: Kooteney took momentum away seven minutes in, firing seven shots at Portland in less that two minutes. The pressure did not produce a goal, but did shift momentum.PORTLAND — Tough. Quick. Smart. Disciplined. Opportunistic.The Kootenay Ice were all of those things in closing out the Western Hockey League championship series Friday at the Rose Garden.Kootenay withstood an early push by Portland, then asserted itself at both ends of the ice to earn a 4-1 victory that clinched the title series over the Winterhawks by the same margin.“Credit to Kootenay,” Portland’s Ryan Johansen said. “They gave us everything they’ve got and they deserve to win. They’re a great team.”Matt Fraser scored two goals, including the game-winner late in the second period, and the Ice kept a Rose Garden sellout crowd of 10,967 quiet with a disciplined, consistent effort.Three of the five games went to overtime, and Friday’s contest was tied at 1-1 until a power-play goal late in the second period gave the Ice the lead. But the tight games ultimately went to the more experienced team.last_img read more

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  • Holiday Grinch steals Christmas decorations from SW MiamiDade house

    first_imgSOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Home surveillance video captured a man stealing Christmas displays from a Southwest Miami-Dade home.The thief could be seen stopping in the middle of the street before he unplugged and stole a Mickey and Minnie Mouse Christmas display.The burglary happened near Southwest 110th Street and 69th Drive on Saturday.The homeowner believes the same person also stole decorations from other homes in the area.If you have any information on this theft, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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  • 2MW Array under Construction at Dugway Proving Ground

    first_imgA 2-megawatt solar array under construction at Dugway Proving Ground is expected to generate 10 percent of the installation’s electricity needs while enhancing the energy security of the facility located 85 miles southwest of Salt Lake City.“Energy security is vital for the Army mission at Dugway. With aging infrastructure of the commercial power grid and frequent power outages, it’s critical we look at alternate methods to insure an uninterrupted power source,” said Don Smith, Dugway’s new garrison manager.The $7.7 million array requires 1,300 metal posts to hold 3,300 stationary solar panels. The array will save Dugway about $640,000 a year over 25 years, reported Army Test and Evaluation Command.The proving ground already is planning a second 2-megawatt solar array. Officials are exploring other renewable sources as well, including wind and geothermal energy. The installation is considering constructing a microgrid to integrate its various energy resources, said Sean Svendsen, Dugway’s resource efficiency manager.San Diego-based TriEco-Tetra Tech Sustainable Resources Joint Venture is building the array through a contract awarded by the Army Corps of Engineers. Hunt Electrical also is part of the construction team.  Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

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  • NOW HIRING 10 New Job Openings In Wilmington

    first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are some of the newest job openings in Wilmington:Full-Time Groundsman II at Wilmington DPWFull-Time Member Onboarding Specialist at Ametros Financial CorporationFull-Time Account Manager at Ametros Financial CorporationFull-Time Delivery Associate Driver at AramarkFull-Time Field Analyst at SymboticFull-Time/Part-Time Wireless Retail Sales Associate at SprintFull-Time Membrane Chemical Operator at KochPart-Time Delivery Driver at OptimaFull-Time Repair Techs at Kelly Services, Inc.Full-Time Facilities Maintenance Technician at Scully Signal Co.(NOTE: Wilmington businesses — Feel free to send me your job postings at wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.)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… RelatedNOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”last_img read more

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  • AntiTrump protesters flood Washington

    first_imgWomen in pink “pussyhats” flooded into Washington by the train-load Saturday for a massive rights march set to draw hundreds of thousands in defiance of America’s hardline new president, Donald Trump.Metro stations overflowed as trains packed to bursting moved cheering, clapping marchers into the city for what was expected to be a record-breaking inauguration-related protest.Michele Phillips, a 45-year-old Canadian from New York State who took US citizenship in 2013, came to make a stand against what she calls Trump’s “platform of hate and bigotry.”“I know that we can do better, we have to fight for the change we want to see,” she told AFP.According to Washington’s deputy mayor Kevin Donahue, organizers have upped their initial turnout estimate from 200,000 to 500,000 people faced with the early morning flood of protesters. The city provides no official crowd counts.Trump’s defeated rival Hillary Clinton tweeted her support to the crowds massed near Washington’s National Mall, preparing to march on the White House led by celebrity participants including Scarlett Johansson and Michael Moore.“Thanks for standing, speaking & marching for our values, @womensmarch. Important as ever. I truly believe we’re always Stronger Together.”Women made up the overwhelming majority of the people who emerged whooping and cheering from Washington’s Union Station, arriving on jam-packed trains and buses.Many carried homemade signs. “Keep your tiny hands off me,” said one. “Rise, Love, Resist,” read another.The incoming tide of women in knitted pink hats flushed through a city that the day before had welcomed throngs of Trump supporters in red “Make America Great Again!” caps for the Republican’s swearing-in to a four year term.Social media-power -Trump—and his new administration—were feted at balls after an inaugural speech that painted a grim vision of national decline under his Democratic predecessor Barack Obama, punctuated by the new president’s vow to stop “this American carnage.”For his first full day in the world’s most powerful office, Trump attended a multi-faith service at Washington National Cathedral. He was later due to visit the headquarters of the CIA, an agency he feuded with bitterly before taking office.Powered by social media, the “Women’s March on Washington” illustrates the divisions of a country whose incoming leader faces levels of public mistrust unseen in recent decades.Trump’s inaugural speech on Friday set the tone for his presidency: proudly populist, fiercely nationalist and determined to break with Obama’s legacy.His first act in office—signing an executive order aimed at freezing Obama’s signature health care law—was a potent gesture in that direction, with more such actions expected to follow on Monday.But he faces resistance, dramatized by the show of force by demonstrators with fresh memories of his fat-shaming a former beauty queen, sex assault allegations and a controversial stance on abortion.The knitted “pink pussyhats” they wore were an allusion to his boasts in a leaked videotape of grabbing women’s “pussies” with impunity.Saturday’s march comes on the heels of a first day of anti-Trump protests marred by sporadic outbreaks of vandalism, with windows smashed downtown and more than 200 people arrested.Authorities were on alert for any new flare-up of violence—although the stated goals of the women marchers are resolutely peaceful.‘What hope looks like’ -Jennifer Behr, a 42-year-old accessory designer, rode a packed train from Baltimore to make her voice heard.“It’s important we assert our majority and we have a large physical presence to show Trump and the Republicans that they cannot railroad our country,” she said.While Trump won 42 percent of the women’s vote, millions who did not vote for him worry that gender rights and other progress on women’s health, contraception and abortion could be chipped away.Organizers have not specifically used the term “anti-Trump” to describe their efforts, but the message is clear.Bringing together “people of all genders, ages, races, cultures, political affiliations and backgrounds,” they say the protest seeks to secure immigrant rights and access to abortion, among other demands—things which Trump’s critics accuse him of wanting to curb.Dozens of progressive groups are supporting the event, as well as Amnesty International and Planned Parenthood, the women’s health care provider that is a Republican target because of the abortion services it provides.The Women’s March began with a simple Facebook post from Hawaii grandmother and retired lawyer Teresa Shook to about 40 of her friends.Word traveled quickly, and eventually made it to the pro-Clinton Facebook group Pantsuit Nation, which has nearly four million members.Some 300 sister marches are being held across the country, from New York to Seattle, as well as in cities around the world.One of the largest was in London, where tens of thousands of women, men and children marched through the city center chanting “Dump Trump” and waving banners “Our Rights Are Not Up For Grabs – Neither Are We.”last_img read more

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