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first_img Next Press Trust of India KarachiFebruary 19, 2019UPDATED: February 19, 2019 22:58 IST Pakistan will not be taking part in the ISSF World Cup in India (Representative Photo)HIGHLIGHTSPakistan will not travel to India for ISSF World CupOne of the shooters was also a Pakistan Navy PersonnelThe served as a qualifier for the 2020 Olympic gamesPakistan will not participate in the shooting World Cup in New Delhi after a top official of the national federation confirmed Tuesday that its marksmen had not been issued visas by the Indian High Commission.The Pulwama terror attack, which killed 40 CRPF personnel, had cast a doubt on Pakistan shooters’ participation in the season-opening International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup in the Indian capital.”We were supposed to fly out by Wednesday morning as the championship begins from Thursday but we were not issued visas today [Tuesday] so the visit is as good as off,” Pakistan’s National Rifle Shooting Federation (NSRF) president Razi Ahmed told PTI.”I was a bit worried about getting the visas after the Pulwama incident and our fears have come true. It is disappointing that our shooters will not get a chance to try to qualify for the Olympic Games,” Razi said.A source in the federation confirmed that one of the shooters was also a Pakistan Navy Personnel.Razi said air tickets had been booked as well as NOCs obtained for taking the ammunition to New Delhi for the use in the championship.He said Pakistan had applied for visas for the two shooters — G M Bashir and Khalil Ahmed — in the rapid fire category as the event in New Delhi will also serve as a qualifier for the 2020 Olympic games.”We had also applied for a visa for the team manager,” he said.On Monday, the National Rifle Association of India had claimed that it had received confirmation from the Indian High Commission that visas were granted to the two Pakistan marksmen, scheduled to participate in the event, and one manager.advertisementRazi said the secretary of the Indian shooting federation had assured him that since the Indian Home Ministry has given clearance the Indian High Commission in Islamabad would issue the visas but that did not happen in the end.Meanwhile, National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) said it did not receive any confirmation on Pakistan shooters’ participation in the World Cup.”We have received no updates from Pakistan about their shooters’ participation,” NRAI secretary Rajiv Bhatia said.The ISSF event, which will offer 16 quota places for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, starts at the Dr Karni Singh Range on Thursday.Also Read | Visa granted to Pakistan shooters for Shooting World Cup in New DelhiAlso Read | Pakistan won’t send shooters to Delhi World Cup if visas not issued by Monday eveningAlso Read | Visa will not be denied: Pakistani players to be cleared for Shooting World Cup New DelhiFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byPTI Tags :Follow PakistanFollow Pakistan shootersFollow New Delhi World CupFollow Shooting World CupFollow ISSF World CupFollow India visa Pulwama fallout: Pakistan shooters will not take part in New Delhi World CupPakistan will not be travelling to India for the ISSF World Cup in New Delhi after their shooters were not issued visas by the Indian High Commissionadvertisementlast_img read more

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first_img Editors’ Recommendations On Your Feet is all about that new shoe feeling- from the first time you open the box until they’re worn into the ground. Sometimes we’ll sift through the constant Air Jordan releases to bring you the gems other people will leave on the shelves, and sometimes we’ll slide on reclaimed leather loafers from Prague, but we’ll always focus on comfortable shoes with appealing and creative aesthetic. So lace up your new kicks and stand on the precipice of adventure, where will we go together?As the summer months fade away and we find ourselves firmly in the fall, your shoe choice is going to have to reflect that. Greats is paying attention to that important shift by bringing one of their popular colorways to a new look with the The Hirsh Cadet.It all starts with a desert boot. The style was originally created in 1940 in by Burmese soldiers trying to beat the heat, but in recent years the design has become a fashion staple for its simple look and versatility. It’s also a shoe that lends itself to creative materials like nappy suede and all sorts of leathers.Greats pairs up the timeless look with the newest in running shoe technology. The EVA outsole provides shock absorption and balanced comfort, and the Margom outsole has a herringbone pattern that will keep your feet stuck to firmly to the ground.The Hirsh, like all of Greats’ shoes, is decked out in premium Italian materials, in this case dark navy suede. Despite its fine heritage, the brand’s direct-to-consumer business model means the boot is much more affordable than you might imagine at just $149.If the dark suede isn’t your speed, the Hirsh is also available in a more traditional sandy Dune colorway, and is equally suitable for the colder months. In fact, many of the shoes in the Greats lineup are well suited for the wind and rain, and there’s a discount if you buy multiple pairs. They’re all available directly through the Greats’ store page. Yes, You Can Wear Boots to the Office: Here are the Best Pairs The Best Men’s Waterproof Boots for Tackling All Weather The Best Men’s Chukka Boots for 2019 Raleigh Denim Workshop Makes Jeans with Artistry and Ingenuity in the U.S.A. What Is the Best Jean Style for You?last_img read more

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first_imgzoom Port of Antwerp International (PAI) has been appointed by the Council of Ministers of the West African country of Benin to manage and modernize the Port of Cotonou.The agreement between PAI, a consultancy and investment subsidiary of Antwerp Port Authority, and the authorities in Cotonou is expected to be signed in early January 2018.The Port of Cotonou, which handles an annual freight volume of around 12 million tons, wants to grow further, but both the infrastructure and the organization are outdated. Therefore, the country’s government decided to temporarily outsource the management of the port, as explained by Antwerp Port Authority.“Our main task will be to modernise the port authority in organisational terms, renovate the obsolescent facilities and prepare for and guide the expansion of the port,” Kristof Waterschoot, Managing Director of PAI, commented.In the short term, PAI plans to take over some key functions within the port authority, in order to study the processes from the inside.PAI already carried out consultancy tasks in the Port of Cotonou in 2017.The port has a strategic importance in the region as it is also one of the main gateway ports for the sub-region, in particular, the countries of Burkina Faso, Niger and Mali. With the government’s recent move, the reformed port would be able to compete with the surrounding ports, Antwerp Port Authority said in a statement.last_img read more

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first_imgCadarache (France): India on Tuesday achieved a key milestone towards realising full fusion power by manufacturing the world’s largest high-vacuum pressure chamber — crucial cryostat — that is now ready for installation in the $25 billion International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) in southern France. ITER — a project which aims to prove that fusion power can be produced sustainably on a commercial scale — is now 65 per cent ready. The project aims to complete through first plasma in 2025, a key milestone toward full fusion power by 2035. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year Weighing 3,850 tonnes, the cryostat base manufactured by the Indian company Larsen & Toubro (L&T) Ltd in its industrial facilities in Hazira in Gujarat is the largest vacuum vessel ever built out of stainless steel. “Till date, 43 sectors are manufactured by us at our manufacturing facility in Hazira and dispatched to ITER site. Another 14 sectors are under manufacturing”, L&T Heavy Engineering Executive Vice President Anil Parab told IANS here. Also Read – New HP Pavilion x360 notebook with in-built Alexa in India Considering mammoth size and shape of various sectors, it is utmost challenging to design, handle and then transport in a safe way through road and sea mode, he said. Specially designed transportation frame was manufactured and used for its safe transportation. “It took an average 40 to 45 days for transporting from Hazira to ITER site in France,” he said. India, being one of the seven member nations of the ITER project that aims to build a greener planet, is in charge of manufacturing the cryostat. The cryostat forms the vacuum-tight container surrounding the ITER vacuum vessel and the superconducting magnets and acts essentially as a very large refrigerator. On August 17, 2012, ITER-India project director Shishir Deshpande and Parab signed the contract for the manufacturing of the cryostat. The design of the ITER cryostat — which provides the high vacuum, ultra-cool environment for the vacuum vessel and the superconducting magnets, represented a huge international endeavour involving engineers and technicians. Parab said two sections of the cryostat, lower cylinder and base sections, were handed over ahead of the schedule and the third section that is the upper cylinder is under assembly at ITER workshop and will be ready by the end of December. Saying that Indian companies are reaping benefits in the construction of the ITER project, he said, “As part of such a challenging endeavor, India is anyway entitled to have all technical know-how which will be available for Indian companies for Indian installation of ITER.” “The ITER program helped us to develop critical technology for large-scale stainless steel manufacturing, Oversize critical machining and assembly of large sectors meeting stringent shape requirements.” According to Parab, L&T has always worked hand-in-hand with ITER team and fulfilled all the commitments in delivering equipment of the ITER project to maintain overall schedule of the program. “The fabrication of the cryostat has been an unprecedented engineering challenge and achievement in terms of both its massive size and its intricate specifications,” ITER Director-General Bernard Bigot said in a statement. At a cost of at least $25billion, the project could be the answer to the world’s clean energy needs when it is switched on — but that won’t be for another 16 years. The ITER facility is being built in Saint-Paul-les-Durance, some 35km north of Aix-en-Provence in southern France, by a scientific partnership of 35 countries. ITER’s specialized components, roughly 10 million parts in total, are being manufactured in industrial facilities all over the world. They are subsequently shipped to the ITER worksite, where they must be assembled, piece-by-piece, into the final machine. Each of the seven ITER members — the European Union, China, India, Japan, Korea, Russia, and the United States — is fabricating a significant portion of the machine. This adds to ITER’s complexity.last_img read more

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first_imgOTTAWA – Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer promised a more modern approach Monday to how the federal party deals with sexual misconduct, but left unanswered lingering questions about how a former MP was allowed to stand for election in 2015 while he was the subject of similar allegations.“I cannot speak to decisions made by past campaign teams, but if the party was made aware of a sexual assault allegation today, the individual involved would be immediately removed as a candidate for the Conservative Party of Canada, until the results of an investigation,” Scheer said.Maclean’s magazine reported over the weekend that in 2015, the Conservative party allowed Rick Dykstra to remain on the ballot even after learning that a woman had contacted police and other Conservatives to allege that she was assaulted by the longtime Ontario MP in 2014.Those allegations came to light at the campaign’s headquarters at the same time as others were circulating on social media that Dykstra, who was running for re-election, had bought drinks for underage girls earlier in the campaign. None of the allegations have ever been proven in court.Dykstra denied those allegations, but has not addressed those raised by the magazine. He did not return a request for comment.On Twitter, his son Zach said he hoped the family could be afforded some privacy.“There is little I can say right now except that all allegations of this nature always deserve to be taken very seriously,” he wrote. “I know my father plans to address these allegations in a serious way.”Dykstra lost his seat in the 2015 election and went on to become president of the Ontario Progressive Conservative party, a position from which he resigned over the weekend before the Maclean’s story was published.His resignation followed that of Ontario Conservative leader Patrick Brown amid allegations of sexual misconduct that date back to Brown’s own time as a member of Parliament.Scheer said Monday he knows it is difficult for women to come forward. “This sexual assault allegation is disturbing and has no place in Canadian society, especially within our political system.”But neither he nor the party would directly address how and why Dykstra’s name remained on the ballot in 2014.Cory Hann, who has served as the official spokesman of the party since 2013, also said he would not comment on past decisions.One longtime Conservative described the situation as puzzling, given the vetting process to which candidates are subjected — even those standing for re-election.The individual, who was not authorized to discuss campaign matters publicly, cited the example of former Tory candidate Jerry Bance, a contractor who was promptly turfed from the 2015 campaign after a 2012 video surfaced of him urinating into a mug and dumping the contents into a homeowner’s sink.Erin O’Toole, another Ontario MP, said he was disappointed in the situation.“Elected officials have to lead by example,” he said. “We have to show such conduct and attitudes are not welcome in Ottawa.”Most Conservatives, however, stuck close to Scheer’s talking points and refused to say whether they themselves are looking for answers from the party about how the situation unfolded.Calgary MP Michelle Rempel, however, called the report “disgusting.”“Media reports say that people sat around a very senior table and argued semantics around whether action in our workplace should be taken because criminal charges were not proceeded with,” Rempel said during a speech in the House of Commons on proposed legislation that would crack down on harassment in federal workplaces.“Those people should be ashamed of themselves and they should have no role or influence in this or in any political party.”last_img read more

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first_imgIn a testimony to the House of Representatives Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations last week, San Francisco 49ers Wide Receiver (formerly of the Baltimore Ravens) and Oxfam America Ambassador Anquan Boldin called on members of Congress to take action to ensure that mining companies operating in West Africa respect human rights.Boldin’s testimony reflected what he witnessed on an Oxfam America trip to Senegal in March with fellow NFL wide-receivers Larry Fitzgerald and Roddy White. Boldin was joined at the hearing by Ghanaian energy expert Mohammed Amin Adam, the Executive Director of the Africa Centre for Energy Policy.“During my visits to Africa I promised the people I’ve met that I would do everything I can to bring their stories back to the US,” said Boldin in his testimony. “Today, I call on the Congress to support measures to strengthen human rights protections for communities impacted by the in the oil and mining industries in Africa.”Boldin’s trip included a visit to the small village of Sabodala in eastern Senegal, where farmers struggle to feed their families despite the riches of gold found in their soil. When the mining company moved in, many lost access to the agricultural land that sustained their families for generation with little or compensation. Many are now forced to pan for gold just to feed their families. While the nearby mining operation uses the latest extractive technologies, the villagers use their bare hands to separate specks of gold from sand with toxic mercury. With luck, they may find a small nugget. But mostly it’s nothing more than specks of dust.“When the land they farmed was sold out from under them to a large mining company, the community, which had been farming the same land for generations, suddenly had nothing,” said Boldin. “Meanwhile, the community that lost its land sees little benefit from the enormous mine in what was once their backyard. No percentage of the revenue from the mine, which is bigger than several football stadiums and brings in untold revenues, ever makes its way back to the community.”Africa’s oil, gas and mineral exports amount to more than $300 billion dollars a year, but instead of building roads, schools and hospitals for Africa’s people, this money often leads to more poverty and inequality. To the millions of people living near oil and mining sites — many who struggle to survive on less than $2 a day — the resource curse doesn’t mean a share of the wealth, but instead environmental damage, loss of land, and human rights abuses. Given the enormity of the problem, Senegal and other West African countries are considering adopting a regional mining code that would strengthen protections for the human rights of people in mining-affected communities like Sabodala.“I told the people of Sabodala that I would bring their stories back to the US,” said Boldin. “I believe the US Congress should call on Senegal’s president Macky Sall to take action to improve the conditions of mining-affected communities in eastern Senegal. He should ensure that mining companies respect human rights, that mining revenue is managed in a transparent way, and that communities receive adequate compensation and have a meaningful voice in decision-making about where mining takes place.”“As a professional athlete, I believe strongly in fair play,” said Boldin. “I believe that the US Congress can play an important role in helping ensure fair play for Africans and that the money produced by the gold, oil and other resources that come out of Africa’s ground are used to help all Africans prosper.”Boldin’s call to action was echoed by Adam, who testified about the transparency challenges facing Ghana, a country where oil has recently been discovered.“Resource rich countries such as oil and mineral producing countries have often been challenged by how to transform their riches to broad-based democratic development, said Adam. “These countries often see their people live in abject poverty, plagued by conflicts, ignorance, illiteracy and disease in spite of their resource wealth.”Like Boldin, Adam called on the US Congress to support transparency efforts in extractives industries in West Africa and beyond to fight the resource curse.“The United States must use its strength to protect these values everywhere in the world including resource rich countries whose citizens are suffering from the effects of naked exploitation by foreign companies with the connivance of their collaborating governments,” said Adam. “The need to implement the extractive industry payment disclosure provisions in the Dodd Frank Wall Street Reform Act is long over-due. In particular, the US support for the implementation of an ECOWAS Directive on Mining that includes transparency safeguards and protection of free, prior and informed consent for communities impacted by these projects is important.”last_img read more

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Marrakech – Maroc Expo, the largest Moroccan cultural exhibition in the Netherlands, will open December 27 in the province of Utrecht.Maroc Expo features all aspects of Moroccan culture, including Moroccan cuisine, fashion, and even traditional Moroccan weddings.The Expo, which runs over two days, will focus on several themes, the Moroccan family, leisure, shopping and bazaars, the Neggafa show, fashion and beauty, art and culture, and comedy. Visitors will have the opportunity to appreciate Morocco’s diversity and identity, as if they were in the Djema el Fna, the central square of Marrakech.“The best tool to promote your beloved country is to experience it, feel it, taste it, and smell it, as if you’re in Morocco,” said Ahmed Bouzia, one of the managers of the first annual Maroc Expo which took place on December 28-29 of last year.Maroc Expo presents Morocco and provides business opportunities for local businesses. It includes “partying with top artists from Morocco, buying your (second) home, exploring the business potential at the business platform, letting your taste buds feast on Moroccan cuisine, or discovering your treasure sale at the bazaar,” according to Bouzia.The Expo will allow visitors to discover the beauty of the Moroccan woman, through a fashion show featuring the traditional Kaftan as well as modern fashion designs.It will also suit lovers of shopping and the traditional bazaar, simulating the Djema el Fna square souq in Marrakech.Although several hundred kilometers away from the beautiful Moroccan cities of Marrakech, Fes, Agadir, Chefchaouen, and Hoceima, the Expo offers the opportunity to discover the real Morocco.Finally, the Maroc Expo will host a concert featuring several different types of Moroccan music, including Chaabi, Reggada, Rai and Rifia. Performers will include Daoudia, Tahour, Ahouzar, Abdelmoula, Kasba, M Bidaou, Hassan Twil, Kacem, Dj Hiba, Yahya Yousfi and Ismailia, among others. The expo will run from December 27-28.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed. read more

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NEW YORK — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily on Thursday:RH, up $15.02 to $109.91The furniture and housewares company beat Wall Street’s first quarter financial forecasts and raised its profit outlook for the year.Lululemon Athletica Inc., up $3.63 to $174.52The athletic apparel maker’s first quarter profit and revenue beat analysts’ forecasts and it lifted its full-year profit forecast.Oxford Industries Inc., up $5.78 to $74.58The owner of the Tommy Bahama and other clothing lines surpassed Wall Street’s first quarter profit and revenue forecasts.Lennar Corp., up 99 cents to $53.08Homebuilders broadly rose as investor confidence for the housing sector remained solid amid historically low mortgage interest rates.Savara Inc., down $7.95 to $2.62The drug developer reported that its most important lung disease drug candidate failed to meet its main goal in a key study.Schlumberger NV, up $1.21 to $36.79The oil services company and its peers in the energy industry gained ground as the price of oil jumped.Red Robin Burgers Inc., up $8.02 to $33.48The burger chain disclosed that shareholder Vintage Capital Management made a buyout offer.Walt Disney Co., up $6.02 to $141.74Morgan Stanley forecasts that the media company’s direct-to-consumer business will grow faster than previously expected.The Associated Press read more

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“These are very impressive achievements that Thailand can be proud of,” UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) country representative Tomoo Hozumi said of the survey launched earlier this month. “At the same time, the results show that there are some remaining challenges in reaching the international goals, and that the country can definitely make further progress towards them given its capacity, resources and wonderful track record so far,” he added, citing low infant breastfeeding, iodized salt consumption and knowledge about HIV/AIDS. The Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS), carried out by the National Statistical Office (NSO) with support from UNICEF, confirmed that Thailand’s rapid economic development and social development policies have led to significant social benefits for its people. It covered some 43,000 households and is the largest and most in-depth assessment of the situation of children and women ever undertaken in Thailand. It found that at the national level the percentage of underweight children fell from 19 per cent in 1990 to 9 per cent in 2006; 98 per cent of children of primary school age were attending school; 83 per cent of one-year-old children were fully immunized against the six preventable childhood diseases; and the percentage of the population with access to safe water and sanitation was 94 per cent and 99 per cent, respectively. One challenge clearly highlighted was the country’s low rate of exclusive breastfeeding. The percentage of infants exclusively breastfed during the first six months was only 5.4 per cent, one of the lowest rates in the world. Exclusive breastfeeding is the best way to guarantee that infants get all the nutrients they need during critical early development, and Mr. Hozumi urged steps to ensure that the marketing of breast milk substitutes to mothers follow internationally agreed standards and guidelines. He also noted that Thailand trails many other countries in iodized salt consumption, the best and most economical way to ensure an adequate amount of this essential nutrient in the daily diet. Severe deficiencies can lead to mental retardation and even a mild lack can restrict children’s mental capacity, hurting their performance in school. Nationally, only 58 per cent of households consume iodized salt, with coverage falling to as low as 35 per cent in the northeast. “This is an area where more effort is needed,” Mr. Hozumi said. “It requires the introduction of legislation that would make it legally compulsory to add iodine to all edible salt for human and animal consumption.” The survey also showed that much more needs to be done to educate the public about HIV/AIDS. Less than half of 15- to 49-year-old women had comprehensive knowledge about HIV/AIDS, measured by knowing at least two ways to prevent transmission. Negative attitudes still persist, with 29 per cent of respondents replying that an HIV-positive teacher should not be allowed to teach, and 65 per cent saying they would not buy food from a vendor with HIV/AIDS. 20 March 2007Thailand has made significant progress in improving the situation of children and women in recent years, including nutrition, school attendance, access to safe water and sanitation, and coverage of essential health services, but remaining disparities need to be addressed, according a United Nations-backed survey. read more

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“We are alarmed by the fact that the conviction against Mr. Le Quoc Quan was handed down after only one day of trial, and there have been allegations of restrictions of access to the court by his family and supporters,” the spokesperson for the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Rupert Colville, told reporters in Geneva.“This casts doubts whether his right to fair trial and due process were fully respected.”Mr. Quan’s case echoes that of Nguyen Van Hai Hai, also known as Dieu Cay, a prominent blogger and founder of the website ‘Club of Free Journalists of Viet Nam,’ who was also charged and convicted in 2008 under tax evasion. “This raises concerns that such charges may be used to silence human rights activists and those who are critical of the government’s policies and practices,” Mr. Colville said.Dieu Cay was later sentenced to 12 years’ imprisonment and five years’ probation for “conducting propaganda” against the State for posting articles on the Internet.“We urge the Government of Viet Nam to review such convictions and trial proceedings which continue to seriously threaten and curb the right to freedom of expression, opinion and association in the country,” Mr. Colville said. read more

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Her great-great-uncle’s words clearly left the Duchess deeply moved. In recognition that the family had suffered a particularly terrible blow in losing three of its sons, the Keeper of the Privy Purse wrote on behalf of King George V to their parents, Harriett and Francis Lupton, from Buckingham Palace.As the director-general of the museum, Diane Lees, showed her the palace missive, she said to the Duchess: “You might recognise the address.”The letter, an unusual honour even at a time when so many families were suffering multiple casualties, stated: “I am commanded by the King to convey to you His Majesty’s deep feeling of sympathy with you in the fresh bereavement which has befallen you by the death in battle of your gallant son Major F.A. Lupton.“The King realises that this is the third beloved son you have given in your Country’s cause, and His Majesty trusts that you may be granted strength and comfort in the further sorrow which you have been called upon to bear.” The Duchess looks at a huge poppy installation outside the Imperial War MuseumCredit:AP Photo/Frank Augstein The Duchess of Cambridge (left) arrives at the IWM London to view letters relating to the three brothers of her great-grandmother, all of whom fought and died in the First World War  One of the letters she spent time reading was that written by Maurice on May 24, 1915, less than a month before he was killed. In it, with a typical serviceman’s humour, he asks his father to send him supplements to his meagre rations.“Weekly China tea would be acceptable, as the govt. Tea is the limit – very bitter – though it be treason to say so,” he wrote. The Duchess of Cambridge, visits the Imperial War Museum to view letters relating to the three brothers of her great-grandmother, all of whom fought and died in the First World War The Duchess of Cambridge arrives at the Imperial War Museum London to view letters relating to the three brothers of her great-grandmother, all of whom fought and died in the First World War Credit:Kirsty O’Connor/Press Association The Duchess of Cambridge, visits the Imperial War Museum to view letters relating to the three brothers of her great-grandmother, all of whom fought and died in the First World War The Duchess of Cambridge views letters relating to the three brothers of her great-grandmother Left: Lieutenant Lionel Martineau Lupton, killed by shellfire in 1916 at the Battle of the Somme, at the age of 24. Top right: Major Francis Ashford Lupton. He had only been married to his wife Dorothy Winifred Davison for three years when he was killed by shellfire. Bottom right: Captain Maurice Lupton, one of the Duchess of Cambridge’s three great-great-uncles killed in WWI Duchess of Cambridge There weren’t many British families who were left untouched by the horrors of the First World War. And in that respect at least the Royal Family were no different to everyone else.As if to emphasise how the war devastated so many households across the British Isles the Duchess of Cambridge on Wednesday heard in detail for the first time how three of her great-great-uncles met the same tragic fate which befell millions of young men between 1914-1918.During a visit to the Imperial War Museum she learnt how Francis, Maurice and Lionel Lupton were killed on the Western Front within two years of each other, reading for herself some of the letters and postcards the three sent home before their deaths.Among the documents was also one of the official telegrams breaking the news that one of them had been killed.“It’s so strange to see them,” she said. 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. “What really struck me was the positivity – they are writing home with such positivity,” she said. “It is a side you don’t really see reflected.”The three brothers were the sons of her great-great-grandfather Francis Lupton. Their sister Olive, the Duchess’s great-grandmother, worked with the Voluntary Aid Detachment of the British Red Cross. Major Francis Lupton, the eldest brother, served with the 8th Bn West Yorkshire Regiment and was killed by shellfire on February 19, 1917, aged 31. He had only been married to his wife Dorothy Winifred Davison for three years.Lieutenant Lionel Lupton, who served with the 28th Brigade Royal Field Artillery, was killed by shellfire in 1916 at the Battle of the Somme, at the age of 24. Anthony Richards, the museum’s head of documents, who showed the Duchess the letters and cards, said she had been deeply touched by seeing the originals of the documents.“It was the combination of seeing the actual letters and the portrait photographs of them. It sort of brings it home to you,” he said.“She had heard about the letters before, and had read the content, but she was handling the letters themselves and she found that a very special moment. It is making that connection with the relatives who served and lost their lives.” The Duchess of Cambridge views letters relating to the three brothers of her great-grandmotherCredit:Frank Augstein/PA The first of the three brothers to be killed was Captain Maurice Lupton, who served with the 7th Bn West Yorkshire Regiment. He was shot by a sniper ion June 19, 1915, aged 28. Left: Lieutenant Lionel Martineau Lupton, killed by shellfire in 1916 at the Battle of the Somme, at the age of 24. Top right: Major Francis Ashford Lupton. 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first_imgSandvik Mining in South Africa has donated R1 million to KwaZulu-Natal based Durnacol Skills Innovation Hub (DSIH), which focuses on training, development and skills improvement. Sandvik’s donation covers the training of five students from the surrounding communities, as well as the conversion of offices into comfortable and affordable student accommodation. DSIH operates from the site of the now closed Durnacol coal mine offering a broad spectrum of technical learnerships and apprenticeships as well as other skills sets.“We’re delighted to be able to sponsor five learners from the theoretical phase at DSIH and we hope to increase this number in time,” Sandvik Academy’s Letitia van Rensburg says. “This is a real centre of excellence and is proving an ideal vehicle through which we can empower the communities in which we operate. We see creating opportunities for the local residents to study as an investment in the economic well being of the area.”The Sandvik Academy is based in Jet Park, Johannesburg, and offers comprehensive practical and theoretical education in four core areas focusing on technical training, operator training, business skills training and comprehensive apprentice and learner programs for both in-house and external employees.Accredited by the MERSETA and offering Mining Qualifications Authority (MQA) program approval, the Sandvik Academy is fully resourced with ten operator trainers, seven technical trainers and two business trainers.The Sandvik Academy runs an in-house apprenticeship program that currently has 10 learners enrolled. This program focuses on candidates with a Grade 12 certificate interested in embarking on a technical career in the mining and construction sectors.Beyond the apprenticeship program, successful candidates have the opportunity to embark on additional training through the Sandvik Academy.last_img read more

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← Previous Story Rasmus Lauge injured – To miss EHF EURO 2014? Next Story → Denmark win “Golden League” in Oslo – French lesson for Croatia euro 2014europe handballlatvia handballQatar handballwch 2015 Another interesting handball weekend is behind us. WCh 2015 Pre-Qualifications Round 2 in Europe is ended with some surprising results as Slovenian defeat in Ukraine. Lithuania made a great job towards knock-out stage of the qualification by win in Turkey.At derby match of Group 2, Romania beat Slovakia surprisingly high with 8 goals…Group 4 could be most interesting after Greece and Israel took the first points…Finally, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Latvia made a great step to their clashes, which could be decisive for the winning the group…Group 1Turkey : Lithuania 20:23 ( 11:9 )Georgia: Finland 26:19 ( 8:10 )Table :1 Lithuania 2-42 Finland it 2 – 23 Georgia 2-24 Turkey 2-0Group 2Romania: Slovakia 32:24 ( 14:10 )Cyprus: Italy 29:36 ( 15:18 )Table :1 Romania 2-42 Slovakia it 2 – 23 Italy it 2 – 24 Cyprus 2-0Group 3Switzerland : Luxembourg 32:23 ( 15:9 )Ukraine : Slovenia 32:28 ( 16:15 )Table :1 Ukraine 2 games – 4 points2 Slovenia 2-23 Switzerland it 2 – 24 Luxembourg 2-0Group 4Israel : The Netherlands 28:26 ( 15:12 )Greece : Belgium 31:25 ( 16:13 )Table :1 Netherlands 2-22 Belgium 2-23 Israel it 2 – 24 Greece 2-2Group 5Latvia : Estonia 35:25 ( 18:13 )Bosnia and Herzegovina : Portugal 31:29 ( 13:14 )Table :1 Latvia 2-42 Bosnia and Herzegovina 2-43 Portugal 2-04 Estonia 2-0 read more

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first_imgYOUTUBE COULD SOON be removing music artists such as the Arctic Monkeys, Radiohead, and Adele after a number of independent record labels refused to sign up to the licensing terms for its new music service.Google, which owns YouTube, has been working on a music subscription service for a number of months, and is said to be blocking videos in a matter of days to ensure that all content on the site follows its new terms.Speaking to The Financial Times, YouTube’s head of content and business operations, Robert Kyncl said the service will be launched later in the year.The company is planning to do internal testing first over the coming days, giving it the opportunity to improve the user interface and quash any bugs before it’s released to the public.According to Kyncl, record labels representing 90% of the music industry have signed up to the new terms. The remainder artists will likely be blocked from the platform.The new paid-subscription site will be part of YouTube’s main services. Users will be required to pay a monthly fee to be able to watch videos or listen to music without adverts. They will be able to do this on any of their devices, even when they’re not connected to the internet.YouTube attracts more than one billion monthly viewers, and has paid out more than $1 billion to the music industry through licensing deals. According to Kyncl, that figure is expected to double.Read: The most popular messaging service among Irish adults isn’t WhatsApp or Viber… >Read: Will a ‘black box’ fitted into cars help improve road safety? >last_img read more

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first_imgGreek Australian personal trainer and fitness phenomenon Kayla Itsines, alongside her partner and CEO of the Bikini Training Company, Tobi Pearce, wrote history last Thursday 17 November in the CBD of Melbourne, becoming the largest fitness group to break five Guinness World Records in less than an hour.To celebrate Guinness World Record Day, Itsines invited her followers to Melbourne’s Olympic Park to work together and sweat their way into Guinness history. More than 2,200 attendees, better known as the BBG (Bikini Body Guide) community, streamed through the gates dressed in a sea of limited edition GWR event shirts and simultaneously ran, jumped and squatted their way to easily breaking all five orf the world records attempted.Solvej Malouf, the official adjudicator from Guinness World Records, was on hand to verify the new records set by Itsines and her community. They included:Most people performing star jumps – 2,192 participants Most people running on the spot simultaneously – 2,195 participants Most people doing sit-ups simultaneously – 2,005 participants Most people performing lunges – 2,146 participants Most people performing squats – 2,201Itsines and Pearce wanted to create a unique record-breaking event to help prove that their BBG community truly is the largest female fitness community on the planet. Not content with just breaking records, Itsines arranged an accompanying motivational live set from the number one female DJ in Australia, DJ Tigerlily. Attendees were also treated to a free boot camp session following the GWR formalities. For many of them, it was the best workout they’ve ever done.“Loved being there. I’ve been a ‘follower’ since the start and always knew you would be massive. What an inspiration. It’s people like you I hope my young daughter looks up to,” wrote one user on Instagram.“Because of you, WE all came together. It is because of your heart that this community of amazing, uplifting, inspiring women have come together. So, Kayla, here’s to YOU, your courage and your dedication. Thank you!” wrote another.At the end of the night, the successful couple was also pleased to award an inspirational BBG member with a $5,000 cheque to be donated to a charity of her choice as well as a $5,000 travel voucher for her to spend with her family. When asked how she feels about breaking multiple Guinness World Records, Kayla, who originates from the island of Kos, responded:“Working as a team to not just achieve our fitness goals but also break these records today really proves that we are the largest and most influential fitness community in the world.”The extremely successful businesswoman, who last October made it onto the 2016 BRW Young Rich list, with an estimated worth of $46 million, can now add the title of multiple world-record-holder to her ever-growing list of achievements. While she is planning to visit the USA and the UK in January, Kayla is also expected to release a fitness book some time next year and has announced on her social media that she is planning to visit Greece with her family in summer 2017. Just three days after breaking all these records, the young entrepreneur returned to Adelaide and proved once again just how down to earth she is by attending her old high school’s fair in Highgate, where she found herself helping her sister Leah make healthy juices for all the attendees. “I just can’t wait to have a fun day with everyone and see my old principal and teachers,” wrote Kayla, who spent the day playing games, chatting to members of the community and posing in front of the most delicious stall of all. The one with all the delicious Greek treats. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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first_imgA suspected robber was killed in a reported gunfight between his cohorts and Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) in Charghat upazila of Rajshahi early Friday.The identities of the deceased could not be known yet, reports UNB.Tipped off that some robbers were preparing to commit robbery, a team of rab-5 conducted a raid at Hazir Dhalan Beel around 12:30am, said deputy commander of RAB-5, major Ashraful Islam.Sensing the presence of the elite force, according to the RAB official, the robbers opened fire on them prompting them to retaliate that triggered the gunfight.After a brief gunfight, the RAB members arrested a robber as he suffered bullet wounds while the others managed to flee.Later, he was taken to Charghat Upazila Health Complex where doctors declared him dead.Four RAB members were injured in the incident, RAB added.RAB also said one firearm and some sharp weapons and bullets were recovered from the spot.The law enforcement’s version of the event was, however, not verified independently as no version of the incident was available immediately either from any witnesses or from any members of the victim’s family.last_img read more

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first_imgPhoto via Wikimedia CommonsPort of GalvestonFederal emergency management officials say nearly 800 families in Galveston County remain in hotels five months after Hurricane Harvey either destroyed or damaged their homes.The Galveston County Daily News reports that January is normally a slow month for hotel bookings in the county but many say they’re at capacity.The Federal Emergency Management Agency offers transitional housing for people displaced by natural disasters, and hotels choose whether to accept FEMA vouchers that pay about $100 a night in the Texas coastal region.It wasn’t immediately clear how many people displaced by Harvey in other nearby counties were staying in hotels.Harvey made landfall Aug. 25 northeast of Corpus Christi, bringing with it days of heavy rain across a broad area of Texas. Sharelast_img read more

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first_imgBy Sean Yoes, Baltimore AFRO Editor, syoes@afro.comWhy is veteran Baltimore City Del. Curt Anderson (D-43) stepping down as chair of the Baltimore delegation to the Maryland House of Delegates, a position he has held for 12 years?Anderson said in a statement on April 4, that a new chair will be voted on during the group’s regularly scheduled meeting on April 6.State Delegate Curt Anderson (Twitter Photo)Anderson, who entered the House of Delegates initially in 1983, did not provide any specific reason why he has decided to step down as the Baltimore delegation’s chair, although he says he still plans to run for re-election.However, sources familiar with the situation have told the AFRO Anderson’s abrupt resignation may be connected to pending charges of sexual misconduct being leveled at the veteran legislator.As the #metoo movement continues to surge, one woman, who did not want to be identified, told the AFRO that Anderson physically groped her in his Annapolis office several years ago, when she was an 18-year-old high school senior. She was working in Annapolis as a high school intern.The AFRO reached out to Anderson’s office for a comment, but the delegate did not return our phone calls before press time.last_img read more

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first_imgAs you have no doubt heard by now, Robin Williams passed away due to a suspected suicide. Obviously, this struck a chord with many fans spread across various communities, as Williams is a beloved celebrity, comedian, actor, and even gamer. Among the outlets expressing their appreciation for the comic icon, Blizzard will be memorializing Williams in its most popular game, World of Warcraft.Not only did Robin Williams name his daughter Zelda, but he was known to have played a variety of popular games — including Blizzard’s MMO magnum opus and Warcraft 3. After the news about Williams broke, a World of Wacraft $14.48 at Amazon community member posted a petition to Change.org asking Blizzard to add Williams into the game as an non-player character. The petition quickly gained enough signatures to be supported, ending at 10,975. Through Twitter, a fan asked WoW developers if they had taken notice of the petition, and game designer Chadd Nervig replied not only that they did, but that they were “taking care of it.”After Nervig’s tweet, the official World of Warcraft twitter account thanked Robin Williams for the joy he brought to world, and said Blizzard would see him “in game.”Even though World of Warcraft is a game with deep, serious, high fantasy lore, it’s stuffed to the brim with pop culture references. So, adding a Robin Williams NPC — likely thinly disguised somehow so it can fit with the game’s theme — won’t exactly be out of the ordinary. The petition suggests that the NPC perform some of Williams’ best jokes in the World’s End Tavern, but what Blizzard appears to be planning remains to be seen.Robin Williams will be missed, but it seems like he’ll be a part of World of Warcraft forever.last_img read more

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first_imgGhacks Deals: AWS Solutions Architect Certification Bundle (97% off) by Martin Brinkmann on April 30, 2019 in Deals – No commentsAWS Solutions Architect Certification Bundle includes six eLearning courses that prep you for AWS certification exams and teach you related skills. The courses cover topics such as Docker, AWS Cloud Security, and Amazon Web Services.Courses are designed for users who have intermediate experience, and access is offered for life. The bundle is available for just $49, and it includes the following courses:Docker Containers LiveLessons — Understand, Run, Build, & Manage Docker ContainersDocker Orchestration & Microservices LiveLessons — Learn Key Insights & Best Practices for Developing & Orchestrating Containerized MicroservicesAWS Cloud Security LiveLessons — Learn How to Implement Security In an AWS Cloud EnvironmentAmazon Web Services (AWS) LiveLessons — Cover Cloud Computing & Available AWS ServicesAWS Certified Solutions Architect (Associate) Course & Practice Test — Cover the Knowledge You Need to Pass the AWS Solutions Architect Associate ExamAWS Certified Cloud Practitioner Complete Video Course — Cover the Fundamentals of Cloud ComputingClick here to open the AWS Solutions Architect Certification Bundle on Ghacks DealsNot for you?If this particular offer is not for you, you may want to check out other AWS offers on Ghacks Deals.Fine print: make sure that you check out the specs and terms of the deal.Disclosure: The deal is provided by StackCommerce in partnership with Ghacks Technology News; you need a StackCommerce account to participate in giveaways or make purchases. Check out the privacy policy and Terms of Service here.Ghacks Technology News benefits from sales made on the Ghacks Deals website through a revenue share agreement. All revenue goes towards the running costs.Advertisementlast_img read more