Passport to Sherbrooke Eastern Shore Helps Tourism

first_imgTourists will be lining up again this summer to win prizes by getting stickers in special passports at Sherbrooke Village and other tourism destinations along the eastern shore. Twenty-two tourism operators between Dartmouth and Port Dufferin have formed a partnership with Sherbrooke Village and its Sherbrooke Now marketing alliance to produce the Seacoast Trail 2006 passport program. “We’ve designed the program to encourage visitors in the Halifax area and in Cape Breton to make the eastern shore part of their vacation experience,” said George Brothers, manager of program development for Sherbrooke Village. “We’re building on our successful pilot program last year with continued partnership of seaside businesses and new support from visitor information centres to hand out the passports and stickers, and promote the program throughout the season.” Tourists can stop at participating businesses or provincial visitor information centres and pick up the pocket-sized passports. Visitors can collect stickers from other partners and submit completed passports at visitor information centres in Sherbrooke Village, Sheet Harbour, Musquodoboit Harbour and Fisherman’s Cove. Holders of completed passports are eligible to win a number of prizes, including a vacation package for 2007. Called A Slice of Seacoast Heaven, this seven-day vacation for two will include meals, accommodations and culture, heritage and nature experiences. The package is provided by a number of tourism operators on the eastern shore. Many are Antigonish Eastern Shore Tourist Association members. All participants in the program are listed in the passport. “This program gives businesses the opportunity to market this whole region together,” said Mr. Brothers. “It’s also designed to help collect data on travel patterns, visitor origin, length of stay and referral methods to help us tailor our marketing in the future.” This year’s program will run until Oct. 16.last_img read more

Junior doctors strike work in Bengal has now affected the patients

first_imgKolkata: Health services in West Bengal’s state-run hospitals suffered as juniors doctors on Wednesday continued their strike protesting an attack on a colleague at the NRS Medical College and Hospital in Kolkata. Family members of patients at the state-run SSKM Hospital started a simultaneous protest by occupying the streets outside and blocking traffic on the AJC Bose Road crossing demanding treatment of their ailing kin. “We are trying to attract the Chief Minister’s attention as most of the patients have come from far off places. We want the OPD services to resume so that general people do not suffer,” said a protesting family member. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess Durga Earlier, a member of the Doctors’ Forum proposed to cease work at the outpatient departments (OPDs) of all state-run hospitals in West Bengal on Wednesday. “We want some sort of assurance as whenever any incident occurs, the security and administration people are untraceable. It is us (junior doctors) who are beaten up or manhandled,” one of the protesting doctors at NRS Hospital said. Similar scenes of cease-work was witnessed in districts such as Bankura, Birbhum and Coochbehar. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellers Disturbances erupted at the state-run NRS Hospital on Tuesday morning bringing the regular services to a standstill, after a junior doctor was allegedly beaten up by the kin of a 75-year-old patient who died there late on Monday night. The family members of the deceased patient alleged medical negligence. The intern named Paribaha Mukherjee sustained serious a skull injury in the attack and has been admitted in the intensive care unit of the Institute of Neurosciences in Kolkata’s Park Circus area. His condition is reportedly stable. Consequently, junior doctors locked up the hospital gates, stopped work at the OPD and started a ‘dharna’ to protest against the attack.last_img read more

Groups file response to governments fight against solitary confinement

first_imgVANCOUVER – The head of the B.C. Civil Liberties Association says the group is ready to take on the federal government in a dispute over fixing a law that violates the rights of inmates in solitary confinement.“Frankly, it’s offensive that the government is requiring us to continue this fight to the (B.C.) Court of Appeal and potentially to the Supreme Court (of Canada) when they were elected on a promise to fix this,” Josh Paterson said.He announced Tuesday that the association and the John Howard Society of Canada have filed a response to the government’s appeal of a court ruling that calls on the government to strike down a law on indefinite segregation because it causes permanent psychological harm and can lead to suicide.“If they’re going to fight it, well, we’ll fight it,” Paterson said.B.C. Supreme Court Justice Peter Leask issued his decision in January but suspended it for 12 months to give the government enough time to draft new legislation with strict time limits on confinement that can include 23-hours-a-day isolation.The government appealed the decision in February, saying it needs clarity on the issue from the courts.“They’re doing no such thing,” Paterson said. “Their appeal is an attack on the very finding that Canada’s law on solitary confinement is unconstitutional. They’re arguing to the B.C. Court of Appeal that the court should treat the systemic mistreatment of prisoners in solitary confinement as individual incidents that require no change in the law.”Paterson said the lower court judge accepted ample evidence from inquiries over decades that the law needs to be changed in a meaningful way to protect the rights of inmates, especially those who are Indigenous or mentally ill.“All of their institutional tweaking has not resulted in fixing this problem and that’s why this court in B.C. said, ‘Enough. The law that permits all of this to take place must be changed.’ “Last June, in an effort to stop the trial, the government introduced a bill that would restrict solitary confinement to 21 days, dropping to 15 days after 18 months from the bill’s passage.However, the two groups rejected the change, saying a warden would still have the final say and cases such as the 2007 in-custody death of New Brunswick teen Ashley Smith, who spent more than 1,000 days in segregation, could still happen. The judge rejected the government’s argument.The bill restricting solitary confinement has not passed through Parliament.The two groups launched a legal challenge of so-called administrative segregation in 2015, calling it a cruel and inhumane punishment that can lead isolated prisoners to harm and even kill themselves.A nine-week trial heard from multiple witnesses including former inmates who continue to experience mental health issues after being released and from a father whose 37-year-old son resorted to suicide.Robert Roy testified Christopher Roy was immediately placed in a segregation cell after arriving at Matsqui Institution, a medium-security facility in Abbotsford, and hanged himself two months later, in June 2015.Roy said he learned from Correctional Service Canada documents obtained through a freedom of information request that his son was placed in isolation because there was nowhere else to put him.“I believe my son was not in a healthy state of mind at that point,” he told the trial.Jay Aubrey, a lawyer for the B.C. Civil Liberties Association, said Tuesday that Correctional Service Canada uses multiple reasons, including punishment and safety of prisoners, to justify solitary confinement but it lacks adequate ways to assess people who are suffering from a mental illness.“Christopher (Roy) was given their intro mental-illness checklist,” she said. “He passed that then killed himself by strangulation.”— Follow @CamilleBains1 on Twitterlast_img read more

Glees Jenna Ushkowitz Opens Her Closet For Charity

first_imgJenna Ushkowitz, known for her role as Tina Cohen-Chang on the Fox hit series GLEE, has teamed up with Closets for Causes to raise money for Oceana.Jenna has donated several pieces from her personal closet, including dresses worn on the red carpet and even one dress worn to the first Twilight movie premiere.Oceana is the largest international organization that focuses solely on the ocean conservative. “I’ve worked very closely with Oceana for a few years now. They are just so dedicated and work solely towards preserving our oceans which take up 71% of our earth” says Jenna about Oceana.“Jenna’s continued support and dedication towards protecting our world’s oceans with Oceana is inspiring” said Matt Littlejohn, Vice President of Marketing and Communications. “She’s incredibly thoughtful and continues to impress us with her contributions as an Oceana advocate, fundraiser and voice for the oceans.”The auction includes pieces from an array of designers such as BCBGMAXAZRIA, French Connection, Marc by Marc Jacobs, and Rebecca Taylor.“We are so excited to offer up such great fashions to fans of Jenna and the show GLEE.” States Closets for Causes’ founder Talia Bella, “The pieces are all young, fresh and flirty and they all support an amazing cause.”Jenna’s auction starts on September 17 – find out more at read more

CoucheTard optimistic about loyalty program despite drop in samestore sales

first_imgTORONTO – Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. says it’s too early to tell what long-term impact dumping the embattled Aeroplan loyalty program at its Esso branded convenience stores will have, but the time it took for the brand to switch to the PC Optimum program has already hampered sales.The Quebec-based retailer behind Circle K stores said in an earnings call on Thursday that it only ended the Aeroplan program on May 31 and PC Optimum wasn’t implemented until August, so the company has had little time to see how the gap will change consumer habits.“We are pretty optimistic,” said the company’s chief financial officer Claude Tessier. “We know generally that loyalty programs have a positive impact on sales.”However, the company’s earnings show the two-month gap between switching to PC Optimum hurt the brand, at least a little.Couche-Tard said the gap contributed to a 3.3 per cent decrease in same-store road transportation fuel volumes in its first quarter, which ended July 22.Still, overall fuel volumes in Canada were up 10.5 per cent, while global volumes increased 32 per cent, as fuel revenues rose to US$10.9 billion from $6.8 billion a year earlier.During the quarter, Couche-Tard, which reports in U.S. dollars, saw a 25 per cent spike in net income attributable to shareholders to $455.5 million from $364.7 million a year earlier.Revenues grew to $14.8 billion from $9.84 billion the year before.The company said its adjusted profit excluding one-time items was $498 million or 88 cents per diluted share, compared with $381 million or 67 per cents per share in the first quarter of 2018.Couche-Tard was expected to earn 82 cents per share in adjusted profits on $13.9 billion in revenues according to analysts polled by Thomson Reuters Eikon.Executives attributed the quarter’s strength to a 6.6 per cent increase in same-store merchandise revenue in Canada, a strong performance of its CST Canada sites acquired a year ago, higher taxes on cigarettes and other tobacco products, and an expansion of its coffee pilot loyalty program.Couche-Tard President Brian Hannasch said the company also saw “significant” growth in tobacco products in the quarter in the U.S., especially in-house tobacco brands, vapour, powdered tobacco placed inside the upper lip and cigars.“Some of this is attributable to manufacturing innovation…but it’s also reflective of our merchandising, the speed at which we’ve been activating new offers and emerging brands, and how we are presenting these offers to our consumers at our stores,” he told analysts.He said the company’s earnings were also lifted by the brand’s food offerings in Canada, which include its baked-on-site products and hot dogs.In Europe, the company’s ice coffee offering that is being tested in multiple locations was seeing “good customer acceptance so far” and was being aided by a hot summer, he said.Keith Howlett of Desjardins Capital Markets said the results beat analyst expectations largely because of higher U.S. fuel margins.“Couche-Tard’s same-store sales performance was substantially superior to that of U.S. peers,” he wrote in a report.On the Toronto Stock Exchange, Couche-Tard’s shares gained 5.26 per cent or $3.32 at C$66.47 in midday trading.Companies in this story: (TSX:ATD.B)last_img read more

Kochhar’s brother-in-law moves court seeking cancellation of LOC

first_imgNew Delhi: Former ICICI Bank CEO Chanda Kochhar’s brother-in-law Rajiv Kochhar moved a Delhi court Wednesday seeking cancellation of look out circular (LOC) against him in an alleged bank loan fraud and money laundering case registered against them.The court is likely to hear the application on Thursday. Chanda, her husband Deepak and Rajiv have been questioned by the Enforcement Directorate, which is probing the case under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). Rajiv has been questioned by the CBI as well in the same case in the past as well. He is the founder of Singapore-based Avista Advisory. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghRajiv was asked by CBI sleuths about the help he had extended to Videocon in relation to a loan from ICICI Bank, which was part of a Rs 400-billion credit given by a consortium of 20 banks to the group’s main promoter, Venugopal Dhoot. The searches were conducted at the premises of Chanda, her family and Dhoot in Mumbai and Aurangabad. ED registered a criminal case under the PMLA early this year against Chanda, Deepak, Dhoot and others to probe alleged irregularities and corrupt practices in sanctioning Rs 1,875-crore loans by ICICI Bank to the corporate group. The action was based on an FIR registered by the CBI. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadCBI has named the three as also Dhoot’s companies — Videocon International Electronics Ltd (VIEL) and Videocon Industries Limited (VIL) — in its case. The anti-corruption probe agency also named Supreme Energy, a company founded by Dhoot, and NuPower Renewables, a company controlled by Deepak, in the FIR. It has slapped sections of the Indian Penal Code related to criminal conspiracy, cheating and provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act on all the accused. The CBI alleged that Dhoot had invested in Nupower through his firm Supreme Energy in a quid pro quo to loans cleared by ICICI Bank after Chanda took over as the CEO of the bank on May 1, 2009.last_img read more

Ottawa budget balances books slashes tax burden for Canadians Joe Oliver

TORONTO — Finance Minister Joe Oliver says the government’s budget fulfills its promise to balance the books while cutting the tax burden for Canadians.During a speech Monday to the Canadian Club of Toronto, Oliver referred back to his first speech as finance minister 13 months ago, when he told the same group that his priority would be creating jobs and stimulating growth across the country.The April 21 budget includes proposals to lower the small business tax rate by two percentage points, nearly double the contribution limit on tax-free savings accounts, and expand tax breaks for seniors and families.Oliver highlighted the government’s promise for a new public transit investment fund worth $1 billion per year by 2019 as part of a solution to transit woes in Toronto and across the country.He also repeated his promise to bring in balanced-budget legislation, which he said would ensure future fiscal discipline.The budget also includes more than $11 billion in new funding for the Canadian military, as well as nearly $300 million to the RCMP, CSIS, and the Canadian Border Services Agency.Oliver said the new money was a clear demonstration of the government’s resolve to fight terrorism.The Canadian PressTerence Corcoran: When it comes to deficits, Finance Minister Joe Oliver has it rightPeter Foster: Read Joe Oliver’s New Balance shoes read more

Elections Commissioner happy with polls conduct

He said that 35 suspects were arrested in relation to election related violations and they will be produced in court.Meanwhile Deshapriya said that he could not announce the exact voter turnout until all the votes are counted.He also said that some media institutions had violated election laws while the internet was also used to spread false propaganda against the Elections Department. (Colombo Gazette) “I am very happy that there were no serious incidents. Most of the complaints we received were only during the last one and a half hours before voting ended,” he said. He said that there were 226 election related complaints filed with the Elections Department but they were not serious in nature. Deshapriya urged the public to accept both victory and defeat peacefully and not harass anyone after the final election result is released.Police spokesman ASP Ruwan Gunasekera said that there were no complaints of any serious incidents reported. Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya said that he was happy with the manner in which the Parliamentary election was conducted today.Speaking to reporters at a media briefing at the end of the election, Deshapriya said that, when compared to past elections, the election held today was peaceful. read more

Saskatchewan premier hopeful US meatlabelling law will be repealed

REGINA – Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall says proposed U.S. legislation that would repeal a meat-labelling law is great news.The province has long campaigned to get rid of mandatory country-of-origin labelling, known as COOL, on beef and pork.“It’s such a complicated legislative process to try to navigate in the interest of any particular outcome,” Wall said Wednesday.“This outcome, the repeal of COOL, is what we wanted and you know, we’re not home yet, but we’re really close and so I think this is hopeful.”The labelling law is blamed for reducing Canadian cross-border meat exports by half and costing the Canadian beef and pork industries $1 billion per year.The premier says repealing the law would increase beef and pork exports and have an almost immediate impact on Canadian producers.The reference to meat labels is part of expansive funding legislation that still needs to pass both chambers of Congress and get signed by the president.“No one wants to jinx anything because we’ve seen some filibusters in the Senate … but I think people are optimistic that this is going to get all the way home,” said Wall.U.S. rules on country-of-origin labels were introduced in 2002 and have been enforced since 2008.Proponents says it’s a fair way of letting consumers know where their food comes from.Opponents say it’s disguised protectionism and irrelevant to food safety because there are already inspections.Some U.S. companies have said they can’t afford to sort, label and store meat from Canada differently than meat from domestic animals.Canada and Mexico have been set to impose more than $1 billion in punitive measures on a wide range of U.S. goods if COOL isn’t repealed. by The Canadian Press Posted Dec 16, 2015 11:35 am MDT Last Updated Dec 16, 2015 at 2:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Saskatchewan premier hopeful U.S. meat-labelling law will be repealed read more

Softball rallies around firstyear coach

New coach, no problem. Despite being saddled with the difficult task of replacing a program legend, first-year Ohio State coach Kelly Kovach Schoenly is embracing her new role at the helm of the Buckeyes softball team. Prior to Schoenly’s arrival from Miami (Ohio), OSU had been under the direction of former coach Linda Kalafatis, who compiled 538 wins and six NCAA Tournament appearances in her 16 seasons leading the Buckeyes. Kalafatis was let go in May after OSU declined to renew her contract. “I have a ton of respect for (Kalafatis) and the coaching staffs she’s brought to the program through the years,” Schoenly said. “We constantly tell the girls she’s part of our tradition … She’s a great coaching legend for the Ohio State softball program and I’m proud to follow in her footsteps.” While replacing a program stalwart is difficult enough, trying to get 21 players, 17 of whom played under the previous regime, to buy into a new coach’s identity can be equally challenging. “Every group of girls is going to have its own mentality,” Schoenly said. “So you just want to embrace the personalities in the group that you have. I’m not trying to change them, you have to find the strength in each kid and let it come out.” With wins against three ranked opponents (No. 8 Georgia, No. 16 Louisville and No. 14 Arizona), Schoenly’s Buckeyes are off to a hot start at 9-6. “I think the team has responded great,” said senior third baseman Megan Coletta. “It was a fresh start for everyone and the (new) coaches made it really easy with how they were open to us and very friendly with us.” Coletta said there haven’t been any issues with the new staff so far and that everything is going smoothly in the early season. “All of our new coaches are really energetic and lively,” said freshman utility fielder Cammi Prantl. “The team’s feeding off their energy and creating our own energy. I think everyone likes the positive environment.” During the transitional period after Kalafatis’ departure and Schoenly’s arrival, the team’s four seniors led off-season workouts to keep the women on the same page and to welcome the incoming freshmen to a coachless environment. “It’s not like we’re just freshmen to them,” Prantl said. “We’ve been included in the group the whole time.” The summer workouts paid dividends for the team’s eventual bonding once Schoenly was named coach. “This summer when there wasn’t a coach at all, the seniors were really involved with keeping the freshmen active,” Schoenly said. “(The seniors) were like little assistant coaches before we arrived, just keeping the freshmen on track and wanting to be here.” With the Big Ten season looming after OSU’s spring break, Schoenly said the real test begins once her team starts conference play against Indiana on March 22. Each day the OSU softball team spends together, they get closer and more familiar with the ways of their new head coach. The team knows the growing pains they suffer now will help them better prepare for the grind of conference play. “The adjustment is having to get to know all 21 (players),” Schoenly said. “You have to find out which buttons to push for which kids, and that takes some time to learn … My goal is to find out which kids fit what roles and to put them in positions to have success.” OSU is next scheduled to take on Maryland on Saturday at 1 p.m. in College Park, Md. read more

Where Does Russell Westbrook Fit Now

Check out our NBA player ratings. After the basketball world collectively picked its jaw up off the floor in the wake of the Kawhi Leonard and Paul George news, the spotlight shifted to Russell Westbrook, the Oklahoma City star who may be on the move now that his team appears to be pivoting toward a full-on rebuild.The notion of the Thunder trading Westbrook, who’s been the face of the franchise since Kevin Durant left, is nearly as fascinating as Westbrook himself. The 30-year-old still possesses undeniable talent and value. The former MVP has been incredibly durable the past four years, while averaging a triple-double in each of the last three campaigns. And in a league that seems more wide-open than it has been in years, who wouldn’t want to add a player of Westbrook’s caliber?The problem is that things are almost never quite that open-and-shut. This is especially true when it comes to Westbrook, whose game is permanently stamped with question marks like a mystery box in a Super Mario Bros. game.Chief among those questions: Can the headstrong point guard, after everything we’ve witnessed in recent years, be the best or second-best player on a championship-caliber team? And if it turns out that the answer is no, are there teams that still should roll the dice and deal for him anyway?Most executives around the league probably feel like they have seen enough to answer the former. After all, Westbrook has been teammates with both Durant and George, yet has never quite gotten over the hump to win a ring. The efforts the past few years haven’t even gotten him close, as the Thunder have gotten knocked out in the first round three straight times. Most troubling for Westbrook over that span: He’s shot worse than 40 percent in each postseason, which, with how frequently he shoots,1Sometimes more than a superstar teammate who enjoys far better efficiency, which isn’t ideal. would be enough on its own to torpedo almost any team’s chances of winning a series.The guard’s determination and lack of feel at times become problematic when he plays into the defense’s hands by taking wide-open jumpers, which he had less success with than any other NBA player last season.2Among those who took at least 200 attempts of 10 feet or more, with no defender standing within 6 feet of him. In the first round of the playoffs, Portland defenders were often told to simply back off and let him shoot, a plan that all but neuters his most explosive trait: speed.Sometimes Westbrook’s Sonic-like blurs to the basket get him into trouble and lead to turnovers. But overall, he finds value in barreling his way to the cup more than just about anyone. He shot a career-best 65 percent from inside 3 feet in 2018-19, and he whipped an NBA-high 802 passes that led directly to a 3-point attempt this past season, according to data from Second Spectrum.Those numbers alone show why he’s intriguing. Players who can create for themselves and others will always be important in the NBA, and Westbrook has shown a consistent ability to do that. And it’s fair to argue that he’d perform even better in an offense where — unlike Oklahoma City’s — the players around him can actually shoot, giving him more spacing and driving lanes to work with.3In Westbrook’s 2016-17 MVP season, his Thunder teammates shot an abysmal 30.9 percent on wide-open 3-pointers, an impressively bad mark, given that the league average on threes, open and contested, was 35.8 percent.The Houston Rockets, who launch more triples than any club, are one such team that could benefit from Westbrook’s ability to create looks. As such, it shouldn’t be a shock that Houston is one of the teams interested in him. But there’s also a catch — one that explains why trading Westbrook will be challenging. He makes a whole lot of money4He’s at the front end of a five-year, $206 million deal that will see him earn $47 million in 2022-23. and is on the books for a long time, which gets into questions about how he’ll age, as a high-flying athlete without a reliable jumper (not to mention his defensive effort, which often leaves a lot to be desired). His contract surely gives potential suitors pause and creates logistical challenges, in terms of finding matching salaries to make a deal work.The other two clubs reportedly interested in Westbrook, the Heat and Pistons, have one star player apiece (Jimmy Butler and Blake Griffin, respectively) already and figure to find themselves stuck right in the league’s middle without more roster changes. While Westbrook might not make them bona fide title contenders, he would almost certainly provide a higher ceiling while also giving them a glimmer of hope to win a weakened East. As of now, just two of the NBA’s top 10 teams are in the East, according to FiveThirtyEight’s projection model.It’s easy to see how teams mired in mediocrity would consider making a play for him. But the reality of trading for Westbrook — much like Westbrook himself — is heavily complicated. From ABC News: read more

Margaret Thatchers television training before cameras first broadcast from House of Commons

first_imgWeeks later on October 5, Mrs Thatcher attended the Commons for a filmed dry run, with the microphones turned off.A note in the archive dated October 6 from Dominic Morris, a private secretary, suggested that she might ask her personal assistant Cynthia ‘Crawfie’ Crawford to watch the video with her “to help with ideas on clothes for question time”.Weeks later, the House of Commons turned on the cameras but only allowed the videos to be viewed by Mrs Thatcher and Mr Kinnock. Roger Gale’s letter to Margaret Thatcher Roger Gale's letter to Margaret Thatcher Margaret Thatcher was advised not to shout over hecklers and to stop her habit of leaning on her left elbow if she wanted to put one over Labour leader Neil Kinnock when cameras first broadcast from the House of Commons.Antony Jay, one of the writers of the acclaimed TV political satire Yes Minister, was even brought into the Whips’ Office to give ministers a pep talk on how to speak at the dispatch box.Newly released documents from the National Archives reveal how Tory MP Roger Gale became her unofficial television adviser in the weeks before the cameras went live nearly 30 years ago.Mr Gale, who at the time was a member of the House of Commons broadcasting committee, was a known critic of the decision to allow cameras to start filming in November 1989.However, as a former news and current affairs director at Thames Television and the BBC, he offered advice to Mrs Thatcher.In a letter dated September 18, Mr Gale told the Prime Minister he had been “monitoring the installation” of the cameras over that summer’s recess. Mr Gale then sought to guide Mrs Thatcher about how to make her first appearances were a success. Finally, Mr Gale advised Mrs Thatcher to look over the head of the then Leader of the Opposition Neil Kinnock if she wanted to appear to be eye-balling him.He said: “The camera angle on the front benches is fairly acute. To gain the impression of looking the opponent – Leader of the Opposition or Spokesman – in the eye, it may be necessary to ‘cheat’ the eyeline over the head to Camera 2.”But he added: “The latter may look artificial, however – and camera 1 may prove to be more useful to ministers.”Mr Gale – the Conservative MP for Thanet North who was knighted in 2012 – said he remembered writing the letter “extremely well”, but was surprised that it was in the national archive.He told The Telegraph: “It was a private letter. The assistance I was able to give Margaret Thatcher is between her and me. She was painstaking and extremely attentive.”Mrs Thatcher replied a few days later that Mr Gale’s suggestions were “always extremely helpful and I do look forward to your updated technical assessment once we have seen a bit how it works”.In her own hand, she added: “Clearly ministers will have to change their normal habits in replying to questions, quite a lot.” Antony Jay  Chris Patten, who later became chairman of the BBC TrustCredit:Andrew Crowley for The Telegraph  Margaret Thatcher's response to Roger Gale 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. Margaret Thatcher’s response to Roger Gale Chris Patten, who later became chairman of the BBC Trustcenter_img A lone voice against the plans was Chris Patten, the Environment Secretary who decades later became BBC chairman, and according to a letter five weeks later was concerned about an “outcry” if the list of protected events was “pruned”.Decades later, a modified version of the list of protected events is still in force with the World Cup football tournament, the Olympics, Grand National, FA Cup Final and Wimbledon tennis championships banned from disappearing behind a paywall. Antony Jay, co-writer of Yes MinisterCredit:Geraint Lewis/REX Shutterstock I believe the list should be very limited and phased out as quickly as possibleMargaret Thatcher’s memo A note from Paul Gray, an official in Mrs Thatcher’s private office, dated September 15, said the Home Secretary Douglas Hurd “proposes partially to liberalise the present arrangement where only BBC and ITV can broadcast a specified list of major sporting events”.Mr Hurd was “resisting pressure from the traditional broadcasters to continue any requirement that would prevent new broadcasters like Sky or BSB purchasing exclusive rights to these events.And he also envisages reducing the number of listed events over time”. In a letter, circulated in Whitehall on the same day, Treasury officials said Mr Lawson “believes that retaining the special arrangements for ‘listed events’ unfairly protects” the BBC and commercial channels “from subscription television channels and penalises those sporting events whose organisers might wish to sell rights to subscription channels.”He would consequently prefer these arrangements to be abandoned. But if they are really felt to be politically necessary he favours keeping any limits on the freedom to buy rights as narrow as possible and phasing them out as quickly as is practicable”.In a handwritten note, Mrs Thatcher wrote on Mr Gray’s memorandum: “My sympathies are with the Chancellor. I believe the list should be very limited and phased out as quickly as possible.” Roger Gale's letter to Margaret Thatcher Leaning on the customary left arm on the Dispatch Box will present the appearance of a back to the Speaker and weaken the authority of the ministerRoger Gale’s advice to Margaret Thatcher Ministers should address all comments through the Speaker – as was common practice – “favouring either camera 1 (profile) or camera 2 (straight to camera)”, he said.Ministers had to stop turning to face Government backbenchers behind them when answering questions or they risked “being caught ‘off-camera’ at important moments”.They should also only speak “at microphone level” and “never seek to ‘top’ heckling from the Opposition: this may work in the Chamber but will sound – and look – strident on television”.Mr Gale also warned Mrs Thatcher against inadvertently turning her back on the Speaker.He said: “Leaning on the customary left arm on the Dispatch Box will present the appearance of a back to the Speaker and weaken the authority of the minister. Ministers will need to learn to lean on the right arm when reading notes!” In a note dated October 27, Mr Morris told Mrs Thatcher he had reviewed an exchange with Mr Kinnock on the day before with John Whittingdale, then her Parliamentary aide who later became Culture secretary under David Cameron.Mr Morris told her in the note – copied to her press secretary Bernard Ingham – that “the pitch of voice is just right as is eye level and stance (Mr Kinnock appears to have rather more to learn)”.But he added that he was surprised by “the extent to which television sanitises the proceedings of the Chamber. It takes out a great deal of the passion”.This meant there was a “premium on calm debaters” and it was important that Tory frontbenchers were much more animated in their support for the Prime Minister, copying an example set by the then-Cabinet minister Ken Baker.Mr Morris added: “It looks much better if, rather than sitting solemn, they show obvious approval (as did Mr Baker on one occasion) when telling points are made. That clearly applies generally to the support which colleagues give to any frontbench spokesmen.” Mr Morris also arranged for Antony Jay, the writer of TV hit comedy Yes Minister, to present “30 second clips of good and bad ministerial performances” to a group of ministers in 12 Downing Street, the traditional office of the Government Chief Whip.Mrs Thatcher agreed to attend the meeting on November 9 – and to Mr Morris’s suggestion that the session did not feature clips of her own appearances at Prime Minister’s Questions.The cameras finally broadcast from the House of Commons chamber on November 21.Thatcher was against protecting BBC from losing flagship sporting eventsMargaret Thatcher was against protecting so-called sporting “crown jewels” such as Wimbledon and the FA Cup final from disappearing from terrestrial television onto satellite channels.The Prime Minister’s belief that any protections “should be very limited and phased out as quickly as possible” is set out in newly released Whitehall files by the National Archive.The Government first set out a list of 10 sporting events including cricket test matches involving England, the Olympic Games, Grand National, the Wimbledon tennis championships and FA Cup final to be kept on the terrestrial television.However, when ministers met to reconsider the list in 1989, Mrs Thatcher and her Chancellor Nigel Lawson backed plans to water it down.last_img read more

Novichok in Salisbury The public thought it was safe so how could

Confirmation that two more people in Salisbury have been poisoned by Novichok has raised questions over whether the multi-million pound decontamination effort failed. Nine “hotspots” from the original attack, where residual traces could have remained, had been identified and were being decontaminated. After it was used in the attack on Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia on March 4, Salisbury had been declared safe. 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. It was unclear whether the new poisonings were the result of a previously unknown “hotspot” or if a small amount of the agent somehow escaped from a known area,… But four months later a trace of the substance has poisoned Charles Rowley, 45, and his girlfriend, Dawn Sturgess, 44. read more

JVC Kenwood HAS200 un casque idéal pour la ville

first_imgJVC Kenwood HA-S200 : un casque idéal pour la villeJVC Kenwood vendra le mois prochain au Japon le casque fermé à oreillettes pivotantes HA-S200. Grâce à son poids, ce casque fermé est adapté à une utilisation en ville.Le casque audio JVC Kenwood HA-S200 est un produit tendance et léger, doté d’un arceau et d’un système d’oreillettes pivotantes. Ce casque de 128 grammes vise une clientèle jeune, en proposant de nombreux coloris et en étant facilement transportable.Lors de sessions d’écoutes prolongées, cet appareil d’écoute ne devrait donc pas se faire trop sentir. Ce HA-S200 présente de plus un grip qui lui permettra de rester solidement en place lorsque l’utilisateur bougera la tête. Le casque affiche une impédance de 32Ω et consommera une puissance maximale de 1000 mW.En tant que casque audio fermé, il est taillé pour la ville et offre une réponse en fréquence comprise entre 12 et 22000 Hz. Ce produit JVC Kenwood sera disponible au Japon en juin pour un montant d’environ 30 euros.Le 27 mai 2012 à 20:45 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Your Autonomous Ford Could Have a Removable Steering Wheel and Pedals

first_img Ford, like every other automaker, wants to put an autonomous vehicle in your driveway in the not-too-distant future. They also want you to be able to leave the steering wheel and pedals behind when it takes you for a ride.It’s not like you’d need them in a truly autonomous vehicle anyways, right? Potentially, anyway. Regulators may see things differently, but Ford figures they might as well have a patent on the books just in case the NHTSA one day decides that physical controls for humans are no longer required equipment.Even if (or more likely, when) that day does come, there will still be drivers that want to experience the old-timey thrill of controlling their vehicle’s movements. With Ford’s patented system that’s just a few clicks away and probably a lot less difficult than moving bulky child seats between vehicles.The system does require some rejigging of the vehicle’s safety system. You can’t leave the driver’s airbag in the steering wheel if you’re going to allow someone to remove it, so Ford has tucked it into a small panel that sits just above the “docking port” for the wheel.via US Patent OfficeDriverless cars present some exciting new possibilities for designers, what with people not necessarily needing to look out the windshield (once fully autonomous vehicles are a reality, anyway).Some car makers are kicking around the idea of front seats that can be turned 180 degrees so riders can enjoy face-to-face conversations. A Mercedes concept, for example, turns the car’s interior into a plush space that’s perfect for on-the-go meetings.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target Study: Even Self-Driving Cars Are Racist NowBegun, the Humans vs. Driveless Car Wars, Have last_img read more

NXT UK Highlights Gibson vs Dar Andrews vs Wolfgang Moustache Mountain in

first_imgFacebook Now Playing Up Next Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Now Playing Up Next Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte WWE posted these highlights from this week’s two-part episodes of NXT UK. Video: Watch the live WWE Clash of Champions Kickoff Show from Charlotte tonight Brock Lesnar WhatsApp Is Ronda Rousey Taking A Hiatus From WWE? Former WWE star ‘Grandmaster Sexay’ dies Now Playing Up Next WWE Female Superstars Get Green Light To Bounce Between Brands Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipBraun Strowman Still Not Cleared For MatchVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration -:-/Current Time 0:00Loaded: 0.00%Remaining Time -0:00 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Pinterest Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Videos Articles Twitter Google+ Braun Strowman Braun Strowman Still Not Cleared For Match Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Nextlast_img read more

Portland native at prayer breakfast Making a difference fulfills us

first_imgLarry Whittlesey has much to say about the choices we face every day and how our handling of those choices will determine whether we make a difference in our community or not. “Making a difference in our community will be determined by the choices we make as a group of people, as individuals, as organizations, as families, as churches, as YMCAs, as nonprofits,” he told a group of several hundred breakfast attendees. “It’s the choices we make that will determine whether we make a difference in our community.”Whittlesey was the keynote speaker of this year’s Clark County Prayer Breakfast. In his event biography, Whittlesey is described as “always being the community pastor.” He was born in Portland but has lived around the western United States before returning several decades later. He serves as the national director of the U.S. Mission Network for the YMCA, a role that causes him to travel the country and promote the Christian aspect of the YMCA’s mission. In his speech, Whittlesey said that people are full of all kinds of motivations, including building wealth, leading successful careers and filling their memories with a lifetime of unique exciting experiences.But he believes people are truly enriched through service. “I believe what really fulfills us is making a difference in the world around us,” he said, “so that we can lay our head on the pillow for the last time and think something good happened because we were around. … Now, like many things in life, that truth is simple, but it’s not easy.”last_img read more

Mourinho defends David de Gea says he still best

first_imgThe Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea in yesterday’s match between Spain and Portugal let a shot from Cristiano Ronaldo slip through his grasp before half-time as Portugal restored their lead for a 3-3 draw.“He’s my boy,” said United manager Mourinho via Sky Sport.“It hurts me to say but he knows, he knows, it’s a bad mistake. But that happens to the best, the good thing with the best is he will be there next match, not afraid.”Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…In summarizing the game, Mourinho said he thought the second-half substitution of Diego Costa, who scored twice, hurt Spain.“For me there was a game with Diego Costa and a game without Diego Costa – the game changed.“I don’t think the game was perfect. I don’t think either team was able to be dominant for 90 minutes, I think some of the goals are some goals that make us want to not sleep.”last_img read more

Children learn about boating safety at Miami event

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Dozens of South Florida children got a lesson in boating safety, Saturday morning.MarineMax near Northeast 79th Street and Biscayne Boulevard in Miami hosted its annual Kids and Boating class. The children learned how to be safe while out of the water.Members of the U.S. Coast Guard were on hand to help out as well — along with their mascot Sammy the Sea Otter.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

The Wilmington Insider For October 20 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a round-up of what’s going on in Wilmington on Saturday, October 20, 2018:Happening Today:Weather: A chance of showers, mainly before 7am. Cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with a high near 63. West wind 7 to 9 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.Town Yardwaste Recycling Center: The Recycling Center, located off Old Main Street at the Wilmington/Woburn line, will be open for leaf and brush drop-off from 9am to 4pm. Only Wilmington residents will be allowed to use the facility for leaves and brush drop-off. Residents must show an ID at the entrance to the facility. No grass clippings will be accepted. No contractors or commercial vehicles will be allowed. Residents using the Recycling Center must purchase a punch card for $15 which will be good for 5 visits to the center. Punch cards may be purchased Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Treasurer’s Office at Town Hall. Cards purchased previously that have unpunched visits are still valid.In The Community: The Northside PAC, serving the Woburn Street and the North Intermediate Schools of Wilmington, will be holding their 41st Annual Pumpkin Fair from 9am-3pm at the Woburn Street School (227 Woburn Street, Wilmington). All residents are invited!There will be a petting zoo, photo booth, games, crafts, pumpkin and cookie decorating and much more. Also be sure to check out the raffle table and the Wildcat apparel that will be for sale. There will be some terrific raffles!All proceeds go to the Northside PAC to supplement funding for enrichment activities and supplies for both the Woburn Street and North Intermediate Schools. In prior years the Northside PAC has raised funds for iPads and netbooks for the schools, school beautification programs, end of the year activities and exciting enrichment programs for the students.In The Community: The Wilmington Health Department is hosting a Town Wide Flu Clinic for residents ages 5 & up from 9am to noon at Wilmington Town Hall.Here is what you need to know about the town’s flu clinics:Free of Charge.Remember to bring your insurance cards.Vaccine will be available even if you do not have insurance.Please do not arrive earlier than the specified time.Anyone allergic to eggs or egg products must not take this vaccine.Anyone with a fever should delay vaccination.All minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.Injectable vaccine and flu mist will be available. High dose will NOT be available.In The Community: Haunted Woods is back for its fifth year. Haunted Woods features nine scary attractions on the grounds of the Harnden Tavern (430 Salem Street, Wilmington).  Attractions include a 3D Glow/Clown Room; Abandoned Classroom; “Black Out” Room with maze in the dark; Bloody Butcher Shop; Cemetery/Junkyard; Crazy Scientists’ Lab; a Farmer’s Worst Nightmare; Funeral Home; and Insane Asylum.The event runs from 6:30pm to 9:30pm on Friday, October 19; Saturday, October 20; Friday, October 26; and Saturday, October 27.Tickets cost $7 for students and $10 for adults. Parking is free and located behind the Harnden Tavern, off of Woburn Street. Proceeds from the haunt will benefit the Wilmington Town Museum at the Harnden Tavern for the upkeep of the historical property. Learn more about Haunted Woods from its website. Follow it on Facebook and Twitter. Have a question about the event?  Contact Stephen at 978-933-1066 or The Community: The Wilmington United Methodist Church (87 Church Street) is holding a Cornhole Tournament and Classic Car Rally.The Cornhole Tournament begins at 1pm. There is a $20 team registration fee. Register your team by calling 978-658-4519.The Classic Car Rally runs from noon to 4pm. No registration fee. Free admission. Snacks and beverages will be available.The church’s Pumpkin Patch will also be open during the event. There is a large selection and variety of pumpkins on the church’s front lawn.Proceeds from this event will benefit the church’s youth mission projects. Cash or check only.In The Community: The Friends of the Wilmington Memorial Library’s Book Store Next Door (183 Middlesex Avenue) is open from 10am to 4pm. All books are $2 or less!  Every penny of every sale benefits the Wilmington Memorial Library.In The Community: The Wilmington Food Pantry (142 Chestnut Street) is open from 10am to noon for food donation drop-offs. Learn which food items the Pantry is most in need of HERE.In The Library: Poetry Circle at 9:15am. No-So-Scary Mini Movie Marathon at 1pm. Italian Genealogy at 2:30pm. [Learn more and register HERE.](NOTE: What did I miss? Let me know by commenting below, commenting on the Facebook page, or emailing I may be able to update this post.)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 this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedThe Wilmington Insider For October 17, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For October 13, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For November 21, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more