Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says the recent meeting with President of the United States of America (USA), Donald Trump; and several Caribbean leaders provided a direct opportunity for the strengthening of bilateral and regional relationships.On Friday, March 22, 2019, the leaders of five Caribbean countries – The Bahamas, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica and St. Lucia – met with President Trump, in Florida. The meeting was initiated by the United States.Speaking in the House of Representatives on April 30, the Prime Minister said the meeting provided an opportunity for a different dialogue with leaders of the region and the President to explore ways of strengthening the bilateral and regional relationships and express and reaffirm the goodwill between the United States (US) and the region.The Prime Minister was replying to questions about the trip posed by Opposition Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Lisa Hanna.Mr. Holness said the context of the meeting was the wider Caribbean and not specific to CARICOM, adding that the invitation was extended on a bilateral basis; nevertheless, the meeting provided an opportunity to address issues relevant to CARICOM member states.The Prime Minister said the meeting with President Trump focused more on high-level discussions.“The President wanted to hear the leaders’ perspectives on a range of issues, including the current economic outlook from each country in attendance and for the region generally; areas in which the US could offer greater support; the situation in Venezuela; and the respective perspectives of the leaders who attended, on Cuba,” he said.Mr. Holness said specific concerns were raised by Caribbean leaders about the importance of tourism to the region and the extremely dampening effects that travel advisories and warnings had on visitor arrivals from the North American market.“The President took a particular interest in this matter and asked that it be looked into,” he said.He said a greater role for the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) in the region was also discussed as a way to increase investment and support for strategic development imperatives of the region, particularly in energy and infrastructure.Mr. Holness pointed out that Jamaica is already working on a cooperation programme with the United States through the Treasury Department in this regard.He said all leaders present expressed concern over the situation in Venezuela and support for a peaceful and sustainable solution to return the country to a stable and democratic country.The Prime Minister informed that before the meeting with President Trump, the invited leaders had a working meeting with the US National Security Advisor, Ambassador John Bolton.He said detailed discussions were had on a range of subjects, including national security and protecting the maritime space of the region through greater support with assets and information sharing, disaster management and resilience building within the context of increased frequency and intensity of weather events, and an increased role in the region for the redefined OPIC.Also discussed were blacklisting, derisking and potential loss of correspondent banking services in Caribbean countries; extension of the Caribbean Basin Initiative (CBI); the Caribbean Basin Economic Recovery Act, which allows continued one-way duty-free access for Caribbean goods into the US market beyond 2019; energy security and stronger economic cooperation; and the situation in Venezuela.Meanwhile, the Prime Minister said Jamaica has not given any commitment to the USA that it will be a party to any activity to change the current government in Venezuela.He said on receiving the invitation, the Government reviewed the context of the proposed meeting and the invitation and concluded that the meeting was in keeping with the country’s policy objective to ensure Jamaica remains a relevant leader and influential voice in the region; and the meeting provided an opportunity for Jamaica to discuss its security and economic interest with its largest trading partner and security partner.“There was strong sentiment among regional leaders that the US had not been paying enough attention to the Caribbean as the third border of the United States,” he said. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says the recent meeting with President of the United States of America (USA), Donald Trump; and several Caribbean leaders provided a direct opportunity for the strengthening of bilateral and regional relationships. On Friday, March 22, 2019, the leaders of five Caribbean countries – The Bahamas, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica and St. Lucia – met with President Trump, in Florida. The meeting was initiated by the United States. Speaking in the House of Representatives on April 30, the Prime Minister said the meeting provided an opportunity for a different dialogue with leaders of the region and the President to explore ways of strengthening the bilateral and regional relationships and express and reaffirm the goodwill between the United States (US) and the region. Story Highlights
HALIFAX – A Nova Scotia judge has denied bail to a teenager who locked her adoptive family in their rooms and attempted to burn down the house.The provincial Court of Appeal decision said the “very troubled” girl had decided to kill her family.She spread an accelerant outside the locked doors of their bedrooms and along a possible escape route before setting a paper towel on fire and throwing it on the accelerant as they slept in May 2017, it said.“She created an ‘effigy’ of herself which she left in her bed, hoping it too would burn and distract the authorities,” Justice David Farrar said in a decision released Thursday.She then fled the house with her cat.Fortunately, the “disturbing” plan did not work, as nobody was injured and the house survived. She pleaded guilty to attempted arson in October 2017.Farrar said the girl has had a difficult history.A psychologist at the Nova Scotia Youth Centre in Waterville told the appeal court that the teenager “suffers from complex trauma issues which require lengthy ongoing treatment.”The decision said she endured “profound trauma” at the hands of her biological parents and was introduced to prostitution by an older male at 12 or 13.The psychologist added that the girl, who has a history of drug abuse, engages in self-harming behaviours as a coping strategy and had used improvised items to scratch and cut herself at the youth centre.The girl denied setting the fire, saying that someone named “Dylan” had done it and that she took the blame for him.“There was no ground of appeal advanced against conviction, no request to introduce fresh evidence and no suggestion that she wished to resile from her guilty plea. Yet, she now denies having committed the offence,” read the decision.“I was left with the impression that she was attempting to lessen her involvement in the offence in an attempt to downplay the seriousness of it.”The girl had also said that she “hates” her parents.During a cross-examination, her proposed surety and guardian suggested that the teenager was “stuck in a rut and made stupid decisions,” blaming the girl’s friends for her drug use and adding that she believed the teenager’s assertion that “Dylan” had committed the offence.“In cross-examination it became clear to me that (the proposed surety and guardian) had very little insight into the seriousness of (the girl’s) condition or the treatment she requires,” the judge said in the decision.The girl, whose identity is protected by a publication ban, was sentenced to 12 months in custody and six months of community service.She sought bail after launching an appeal, but Farrar said “a reasonable person would conclude (her) detention is necessary in the public interest.”
HELSINKI — A Swedish think-tank said Monday Russia has emerged as the world’s second-largest arms producer after the U.S.Russia surpassed Britain, which had held the spot since 2002 and remains Western Europe’s No. 1 arms maker.The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, or SIPRI, said in its report of the world’s 100 biggest armaments groups that the combined arm sales of Russian companies amounted to $37.7 billion in 2017, or 9.5 per cent of a total $398.2 billion, recording 8.5 per cent year-on-year growth.The annual report includes both domestic and foreign sales.SIPRI senior researcher Siemon Wezeman said Russian weapons and weapon systems producers have been on a significant growth path ever since 2011.“This is in line with Russia’s increased spending on arms procurement to modernize its armed forces,” Wezeman said.For the first time in the report’s history, a Russian company — the Moscow-based and state-owned Almaz-Antey that makes advanced air defence systems among other things — was listed among the world’s top 10 weapons companies.The report noted Russia started an initiative to consolidate its arms industry back in 2007 — an ongoing process that is expected to be completed soon.Overall, the U.S. continued to dominate the list with 42 companies accounting for 57 per cent of total sales, including the world’s largest arms producer, Lockheed Martin Corp.As a notable development, the report also highlighted a 24-per cent rise in sales by Turkish arms companies in 2017 year-on-year.It was described as a reflection of “Turkey’s ambitions to develop its arms industry to fulfil its growing demand for weapons and become less dependent on foreign suppliers,” SIPRI senior researcher Pieter Wezeman said.Chinese companies aren’t included in SIPRI’s report because of unreliable statistics.Jari Tanner, The Associated Press
United Nations: A total of 150 Indian peacekeepers serving with the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) have received medals of honour for their dedicated service and sacrifice. A glimpse beyond the dedicated Service and Sacrifice of the @UN blue beret – Indian peacekeepers receive medals of honour in Malakal -@India Be Proud, the UN mission tweeted Monday, along with pictures of the Indian peacekeepers participating in a parade and receiving the medals for their exemplary service. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USThe medals were given to the 150 Indian peacekeepers serving in UNMISS in Malakal during a ceremony filled with parades and performances by a piped band. Colonel Amit Gupta, deployed with UNMISS in Malakal, was among the recipients of the medal of honour. A UNMISS news article said Gupta commands a battalion of 850 soldiers in the Upper Nile region of South Sudan. Under his command, his men have conducted highly sought-after veterinary camps and run a veterinary hospital in Malakal, with a second expected to be completed in Kodok a major town along the west bank of the Nile in a few weeks’ time. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsI want to be remembered as having left positive memories for the people in South Sudan, Gupta is quoted as saying in the UNMISS article. I also want to leave them in a better place, where they are able to generate income for themselves and build their country. Indian peacekeepers serving with the mission have undertaken numerous training sessions of community animal health workers, providing value addition training for farmers to help them make the most of their produce. If a group of volunteers in India can come together and create one of the largest milk production entities in our country, then surely, it can be done here as well, he says, If even 10 percent of our trainees apply what they’ve learnt, this country will be better for it. Gupta has previously served the United Nations in Northern Kivu, in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Private Ankush Cheema, another recipient of the medal of honour, had joined the unit in 2017 when he found out that they were scheduled for a peacekeeping mission. I grew up near Kashmir where several army units have been based and so I consider myself an army boy, he says in the UNMISS article. Besides this, my father and grandfather before him, were both army men. They however, never got to participate in a peacekeeping mission. During his deployment, Cheema has participated in air and riverine patrols and is also among the distinct men who are in his Commander’s quick-response force.
Rabat – Moroccan government has allocated more than MAD 5 billion to a three-point plan to face the delayed rain effects, Agriculture and Fisheries Ministry said Friday.The implementation of this plan will require MAD 4.5 billion in addition to a potential MAD 1.25 billion by the insurance operation, the ministry pointed out in a statement, which was issued following a meeting chaired by Head of Government in application to King Mohammed VI’s instructions to provide support to farmers. The first point, related to protecting livestock, provides for providing subsidized barely supply nationwide, building facilities to water the cattle, and monitoring livestock health through an additional vaccination program. The second point, related to protecting plant resources, provides notably for guaranteeing irrigation to rain-dependent agriculture (93,000 ha) and safeguarding cereal seeds for the next crop year.As for the third point, related to maintaining balances in rural areas, priority will be given to supplying drinking water for people living in remote areas. A particular attention will also be paid to the implementation of projects of solidarity-based agriculture as it represents a challenge in terms of income and employment generation. The meeting was attended by ministers of Interior, Economy and Finance, Agriculture and Fisheries, Energy, Mines, Water and Environment.According to the Agriculture and Fisheries Ministry, 2015-2016 crop year has been marked by delayed rainfall since November, amounting to a rainfall deficit of 63 pc compared to a normal year.MWN with MAP
PORT ARANSAS, Texas — Federal officials say most retailers in a South Texas town decimated by Hurricane Harvey have reopened as tourism authorities seek to woo visitors back to Port Aransas (uh-RAN’-zuhs).A Federal Emergency Management Agency statement Tuesday said Port Aransas continues to recover from the August 2017 hurricane.Port Aransas, about 200 miles (321.85 kilometres) southwest of Houston, received more than $22 million from FEMA after Harvey. Much of the money was spent to clear debris, install temporary buildings and keep public institutions running. State funds also helped.Jeffrey Hentz, with the Port Aransas Chamber of Commerce and Tourist Bureau, says 90% of restaurants and retailers have reopened, but only 60% of the lodging has reopened.Officials estimate about 35,000 people in April attended Texas SandFest, a sand sculpture competition in Port Aransas.The Associated Press
On the markets at midafternoon (ET):In Toronto, the S&P/TSX composite index is up 119.12 points to 15,339.02.The Dow Jones industrial average gained 6.94 points to 21,404.23.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index added 5.97 points to 2,440.47.The Nasdaq composite index gained 30.75 points to 6,267.44.The Canadian dollar was trading at 75.41 cents US, down from Thursday’s average price of 75.52 cents US.
By Justine Cotton, Liaison LibrarianWhile prestigious academic presses and journals constitute the gold-standard in academic publishing, various trends in the digital environment are transforming the creation and delivery of scholarly research. As a result, open access has emerged as a growing movement to provide and share scholarly information, free-of-charge to readers via the internet. Open access is compatible with many of the features of conventional scholarly literature, including peer review, quality, prestige and copyright. The number of highly ranked, openly accessible scholarly publications is steadily increasing.“Libraries are very interested in the open access model as a means of increasing access to information,” said Margaret Grove, University Librarian.Open access is beneficial to researchers, she said. “By making information freely available to others around the world, scholars can reach a wider audience and increase the impact of their research.” Indeed, analysis has shown that articles published in open access formats are more likely to be cited than articles behind subscription barriers.From Oct. 18 to 24, the Brock community will join the worldwide academic and research community in celebrating Open Access Week, an opportunity to raise awareness of the principle of open access. Also in October, the James A. Gibson Library, the Faculty of Graduate Studies, and the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences will launch the E-Thesis Pilot Project, an open access initiative that will see graduate students in Applied Health Sciences submitting their theses in digital format to Brock’s Digital Repository.We invite you to attend our events during Open Access Week and learn more about the benefits and issues of open access. Please visit brocku.ca/library/about-us-lib/openaccess for more information or contact Barbara McDonald, Associate University Librarian (Collections and Liaison).
WASHINGTON – U.S. construction spending was unchanged in July as weakness in spending on government projects offset gains in home building and the strongest month for non-residential construction on record.Construction spending was flat in July but declines in May and June were revised to show slight gains, the Commerce Department reported Thursday. Spending in June is now reported up 0.9 per cent while May showed an increase of 0.1 per cent.The advance in July was led by a 1.7 per cent increase in spending on non-residential projects which rose to an all-time high of $429.5 billion at a seasonally adjusted annual rate. Office building and shopping centres both showed solid gains.Residential construction increased 0.3 per cent in July but spending on government projects fell 3.1 per cent, the fourth drop in the past five months.Overall construction spending stood at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $1.15 trillion in July, up a modest 1.5 per cent from a year ago.Residential construction, which had fallen for three straight months, rebounded slightly in July on the strength of increased spending on home remodeling projects. Spending on single-family home construction was down 0.2 per cent while spending on apartment construction dropped 0.6 per cent. Total home construction was up 1.9 per cent from a year ago.Non-residential construction has been up sharply in four of the past five months with July activity 7.1 per cent higher than a year ago. In addition to solid gains in office and shopping centre work, there were also strong increases in manufacturing and power plant construction. But spending on construction of hotels and motels was down 1.2 per cent.The decline in government spending reflected a 3.3 per cent fall in spending at the federal level and a 3.1 per cent drop in state and local construction activity.The overall economy grew at a modest 1.1 per cent annual rate in the spring after an even weaker 0.8 per cent gain in the first quarter. But economists expect growth will rebound to close to 3 per cent in the current July-September quarter, helped by stronger construction activity. US construction spending unchanged in July by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Sep 1, 2016 8:09 am MDT Last Updated Sep 1, 2016 at 11:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
“We are also trying to strengthen the security measures all throughout the missions around the world,” Mr. Ban told a news briefing in New York.The UN is no stranger to terrorist attacks. The bombing of its headquarters in Baghdad, Iraq, on 19 August 2003, killed 22 people, including mission head Sergio Vieira de Mello. On 11 December 2007, in Algiers, 17 staff members died when a car bomb destroyed the offices of the UN Development Programme (UNDP and damaged those of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). On 28 October 2009, five staffers in Afghanistan were killed and another nine wounded in an attack on a guest house in Kabul.Mr. Ban said he hoped the United States authorities will be able to find the perpetrators of the Boston bombings and bring them to justice. “I sincerely hope that the international community should be committed and united in fighting against any such terrorist attacks,” he said.
Again, you can see that QBs who are consistent contributors are concentrated very early in the draft – so much that, by the time you get 30-40 picks into the draft, a QB’s expected contribution drops below Brock Osweiler/Cody Kessler levels.It’s amazing to me that Osweiler has spent three years on the bench, played reasonably well for half a season, and played badly enough in his only year as a full-time starter that his team gave away draft picks to avoid paying him – and yet, for all that, he has had above-average production for a second-round draft pick. That’s why you don’t reach down for QBs in the draft.The three quarterbacks taken high in the draft may yet prove to be as good as their draft positions suggest. Projections are often wrong, and NFL teams presumably know how to evaluate talent. You’d think as much, anyway. But reaching down in the first round hasn’t worked out very well of late. ESPN’s scouting gave Trubisky, Watson and Patrick Mahomes grades of 89, 88 and 85, respectively. Since 2009, six quarterbacks with grades lower than 90 have been selected in the first round, and a quick “where are they now” isn’t pretty: Christian Ponder, Josh Freeman, Brandon Weeden, Tim Tebow and Teddy Bridgewater did not play in 2016 (whether on account of poor play or injury), while E.J. Manuel had 131 yards passing (for the season) as a backup in Buffalo.And again, the Browns already have two players on their roster who have performed like late-first-round QBs!Of course, it’s always a gamble – and I have nothing against gambling – but part of being a good gambler is understanding the odds you’re getting. If the Browns thought none of these prospects was worth betting the franchise on (putting them in agreement with projections), their first-round choices were prudent. The Cleveland Browns entered the 2017 NFL draft with a haul of draft picks and a dire need for a quarterback. Yet, despite rumors swirling for days that the Browns might use their No. 1 overall pick to take North Carolina quarterback Mitchell Trubisky (ESPN’s 27th-ranked prospect), they were conservative and selected the draft’s top prospect, Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett. By the end of the round, the Browns still didn’t have a QB, having passed up the chance to take Deshaun Watson in the 12th spot, as well.So how could the Browns, pick-rich and desperate, fail to pick up one of the top QBs available in the draft? This has been cause for some criticism. For example, here’s ESPN’s Kevin Seifert:But failing to use any of [their draft picks] on a high(er)-end quarterback will doom them in the short- and mid-term. Unless you think the Browns can grow with 2016 third-rounder Cody Kessler or — gasp — recent acquisition Brock Osweiler, it’s difficult to see how they can move forward while continuing to slow-play the position.I see this type of argument made a lot: A team that needs a QB needs to take a QB. But it isn’t quite that simple. Quarterbacks are almost always high-risk prospects, and investing in a bad quarterback can kill a franchise just as easily as not having one.It’s a bit of a cliche, but there is only a small group of people walking this earth who are capable of playing quarterback for the NFL. And most QBs taken in the draft aren’t among them. QBs have long careers, and (by definition) there are only 16 at any time that are better than average starters.Most are not Tom Brady. Brady, a sixth-round choice in 2000, almost single-handedly gives late-round picks everywhere hope. But most successful quarterbacks entered the league as top prospects. For example, of the 37 QBs who started at least five games last season, nine were former No. 1 overall draft picks (of 12 drafted in the Brady era1Brady was the only starting quarterback last year who was drafted before 2001.). Another eight came from picks 2-10 in the draft (of 14 taken in the Brady era), and four came from later in the first round (of 19).2Two were undrafted, though the pool of undrafted would-be NFL QBs is impossible to measure.Of the 211 QBs drafted in the Brady era, what share from each round were in starting roles last year? That chart may look like taking a QB at the top of the draft is even more imperative. But the key point is that, after the blue-chippers, things get dicey. So when you’re sitting in a blue-chip draft position (as the Browns were), and you don’t see any blue-chip QBs, taking the next-best thing doesn’t get you a rough approximation of a blue-chip QB. It gets you something substantially different.OK, that’s just a snapshot of where things stood last season using a crude (though dramatic) metric. Ultimately, a QB doesn’t contribute just by playing games, he contributes by playing well in them. (Though one, of course, can certainly follow from the other.) While I generally still think QB value is a mystery, there are some metrics – such as ESPN’s QBR – that at least try to divide credit between a QB and his team.Using the QBR breakdown, we can estimate how many points each QB has contributed to his team’s scoring. Here’s the average QBR points above replacement contributed by QBs depending on where they were drafted, from 2006 to 2016:
Princess Charlotte charmed the watching worldCredit:Francis Dias/NEWSPIX INTERNATIONAL Prince George, not to be left out of the fun, showed off how much he has grown since he last played with other children in public – telling a balloon-maker all about his knowledge of lava as he was made a balloon volcano.The outing, on the lawns of Government House in Victoria, Canada, saw the two children join 24 military families for a morning of fun, with the Duke and Duchess watching on proudly. Stroking him, with the encouragement of her mother, the Princess sat firmly on his back to bounce up and down on the patient dog.Prince George, meanwhile, looked as if he is set to follow in the footsteps of his great-grandmother, the Queen, after confidently mounting a miniature horse to pose for pictures. The pair later showed a glimpse of the cheerful sibling rivalry typical of children their age, after the Prince spotted his sister being made a balloon animal and ran over to ask: “Can I have one?”Paul Kilshaw, the children’s entertainer, said: “I made a teddy bear and a flower for Charlotte and made George a tree and a volcano. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive at a children’s party at Government House in Victoria with Prince George and Princess CharlotteCredit:CHRIS WATTIE/REUTERS Her brother, a little more boisterous than during his shy appearance at Victoria airport a few days before, followed quickly behind her before the pair entered the fray surrounded by animals, musicians and fellow under-fives.If they had been missing their own dog, Lupo, the Princess more than made up for it after taking a shine to Moose, a six-year-old golden retriever-poodle cross who is a cancer therapy dog. The Duke and Duchess are really pleased to have this opportunity to introduce their children to CanadaKensington Palace spokesman Prince George, Princess Charlotte and the Duchess of Cambridge with a balloon animalCredit:Chris Jackson/Getty Images “When I made him a spider he started to laugh and pushed it in my face then pushed it in Dad’s face.”William said ‘We try making balloons at home but it doesn’t work’.”At first George wasn’t interested in getting one until Charlotte was getting one, then he was right over. He wanted what she had. 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. “George especially asked for a volcano and he was very proud to tell me all about volcanoes.”When I started with the orange flames he was pleased to tell me: ‘And that’s lava’.”While the Princess, dressed in a blue Pepa & Co dress with red embroidery across the bodice, spent most of the morning supervised by her mother, the Prince was entertained by his father at a bubble-blowing station. Princess Charlotte with the Duchess of Cambridge Credit:Getty Images Princess Charlotte meets a rabbit at the partyCredit:Reuters The toddler, and her big brother Prince George, appeared besotted with a range of inflatables, making a beeline for them the moment her mother, the Duchess of Cambridge, set her down on the grass.So excited was the little Princess that the balloons inspired what appeared to be her first words in public, exclaiming “pop” before summoning her father with a lively “Dada!” Princess Charlotte takes an interest in the balloons at the children’s partyCredit:Reuters The Duchess of Cambridge speaks to Princess Charlotte as they arrive for the children’s partyCredit:CHRIS WATTIE/Getty Prince George watches as bubbles are blownCredit:Reuters “She talked about bath time and how she [Charlotte] is always hungry.”Food on offer at the party included mini quiches, scones and strawberries dipped in chocolate, with drinks served in special blue cups adorned with Union flags, Canadian maple leaves and crowns.After the morning tea party, Prince George and Princess Charlotte enjoyed the rest of the day in private with their parents.On Friday, they will remain at Government House with their nanny while the Duke and Duchess travel for for a day of outdoor pursuits on the islands of Haida Gwaii, formerly known as the Queen Charlotte Islands, off the coast of British Columbia. The Princess was also delighted with a black-and-white pet rabbit, and the tail of a goat named Bethany, before clamouring to be put down and return to stand by her beloved balloons. Andrea Callaghan, 41, and her daughter Brielle, three, met the Duchess and Princess Charlotte at the party.”Charlotte was chewing on her fingers so I asked if she was teething and yes – it’s very normal,” she said. Prince George plays with bubblesCredit:Getty Images After laying his hands on an orange fish-shaped bubble gun, he made his parents laugh by squirting floating bubbles over them before watching the Duke create giant versions for all the children.The pair also spent time in the petting zoo, with one teenage volunteer saying: “Charlotte bent down and was hugging Honey so much and hugging her neck, it was the sweetest most adorable thing ever. “I asked William if they had a pony for her at home and he said ‘not yet’.” After the family made an entrance as a group of four down the steps, the Prince and Princess’s faces lit up as they saw the treats ahead of them, including puppets, bubbles and a petting zoo starring a Nubian goat and miniature ponies named Honey and TC.After a quick introduction, the Princess barely paused for breath before scampering across the grass to a balloon archway, excitedly hitting it and attempting to pick it up. With a few steps of her determined little legs, a toddling Princess Charlotte took her first strides into the world of official royal duties on Thursday with a star appearance at a children’s party.Princess Charlotte, just 16 months old, charmed the watching world with an adorable entrance to a tea party for military families, compete with bubbles, bunnies and a very patient dog.And while party organisers pulled out all the stops to provide every bit of entertainment a child could hope for, Princess Charlotte appeared to fall in love with one thing: the balloons.
EVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you the nine stories you need to know a little before 9am.1. #HOUSING CRISIS: The ESRI has said Dublin is facing a ‘significant housing shortage’ and 86% of the housing needed over the next ten years will be in Dublin, Louth, Meath, Kildare and Wicklow.2. #WASHOUT: The emergency department at Letterkenny General Hospital has now reopened after being struck by flooding for the second time this year.3. #GAZA: The ceasefire has held overnight and officials are due to meet for talks in Cairo to extend the truce and try to reach a lasting resolution.4. #PROPERTY TAX: Revenue has contacted more than 100,000 people telling them their employers will deduct their unpaid property tax from their wages and in some places this has already begun, according to The Irish Times.5.#AXE ATTACK: An Irish man has appeared in court suspected of attacking a lecturer in Portugal with a small axe, the Irish Daily Mail reports.6. #CLOSE CALL: Former Justice Minister Alan Shatter was on an Aer Lingus plane yesterday when it narrowly avoided crashing into another on the runway in Dublin Airport, The Irish Sun reports.7. #STABBING: Gardaí in Dublin are appealing for witnesses after a 19-year-old man was stabbed last night at the Dundrum Shopping Centre.8. #SPACE: The European-built Rosetta spacecraft is due to rendezvous with a comet later today after chasing it for the last ten years.9. #RATS ON A PLANE: Air India was forced to ground one of its planes after crew spotted rats scurrying around the cabin, AFP reports.
A recent ruling by an Athens court granting the Greek National Theater the right to use a large theater on the ground floor of a building it owns in the city center is expected to contribute to efforts for the gentrification of Omonia Square and its environs.National Theater director Sotiris Hatzakis and the company’s board had decided not to renew a long-running lease on the ground-floor theater of the Panepistimiou Street building, known as the Rex. The building also houses the Kotopouli stage and the Sineak-Paximou theater/cinema venue in the basement. The plan is for all three stages to be utilized by the National Theater to present different kinds of works, with the initial idea being to use the biggest of three stages, on the ground-floor level, for musicals, a genre that has been gaining increasing popularity in Greece but does not have a solid presence. Hatzakis hopes that he will be able to launch the new initiative with a major international production of an acclaimed musical such as “The Phantom of the Opera” to generate a buzz about the venue and the National Theater’s initiative to branch out into new genres.The theater’s management also hopes that the operation of the Rex complex as a purely theaterical venue – it had been best known for hosting Greek music acts – will contribute toward efforts to gentrify the Omonia district.The building, whose exterior has already been renovated, will also be refurbished inside, with plans including making it fully accessible to people with mobility problems.These ambitious plans will be possible after careful financial management resulted in the National Theater paying off all of its debts and ending September with a surplus to the tune of 260,000 euros.The Rex was built in 1935 and designed by architects Leonidas Bonis and Vassilis Kassandras to resemble the grand art deco theaters of New York. It was the first venue for large spectacles to operate in Athens.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
The Greek Orthodox Community of South Australia hosted its own celebrations in Adelaide on Sunday 25 March to commemorate Greek Independence Day.Well-attended by Hellenes from across Adelaide, the day started with the Great Doxology at the church of Archangels Michael and Gabriel.To honour the memory of the heroes of the 1821 Revolution to follow a moving short memorial service was held in the church’s courtyard.President of the Community Bill Gonis OAM was pleased with the turn out. In an address to those gathered, he said he was proud that the community was holding on tight to its traditions for almost 90 years.“As President, I am delighted that the Greek Orthodox Community of SA has been able to maintain the tradition of Greek Independence Day through its school’s program as well as through the teachings of Greek culture and history,” he said.Among the official guests in attendance were Terry Stephens on behalf of the Premier of SA Steven Marshall, Minister for Child Protection Rachel Sanderson, Member for Croydon Peter Malinauskas representing the Labor Party, Frank Pangallo representing SA Best Party, Peter Ppiros on behalf of SAMEAC Chair Grace Portolesi, Secretary of the Cyprus Community of SA Loukas Minas, and Anna Amirkhanyan on behalf of the Armenian Community of SA, along with representatives of various local associations.The clergy and guests paid their respects to the fallen with wreaths laid in honour of those who fought for Greece’s freedom against the Ottoman Empire, and also observed a one-minute silence.Adding to the sense of national pride were the Greek flags and students donning traditional costumes of the era, who later made presentations, recited poetry and songs at the St Mary’s College function hall.Hundreds of students took part in the commemorative event. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Kolkata: Two girl students of Class XII from a school in North 24-Parganas’ Deganga attempted suicide in a gap of 15 minutes during school hours triggering tension among other students.Both the victims have been undergoing treatment at Barasat District hospital. One of the victims is stated to be critical. The incident took place at Chuarashia High School in Deganga. It was learnt that both the victims were behaving normally on Monday morning.Their classmates do not have the slightest idea as to why the duo attempted suicide inside the class. The victims are from two different sections of the same class. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeAfter the second period got over and teacher left the classroom, one of the victims suddenly took out a blade and slit her wrist. Her classmates suddenly found the victim bleeding profusely from her left wrist.After being informed the headmaster of the school and other teachers rushed to the classroom. They took the victim to Barasat District Hospital.When the victim was taken to the hospital, the other student attempted suicide by consuming poison that she might have carried to school from home. The two incidents occurred in a gap of 15 minutes.The second victim fell unconscious after consuming the poison. Some school teachers took her to Barasat District Hospital. The school authorities are yet to ascertain the cause as to why the two girls attempted suicide. The school authorities have lodged a complaint with the local police station on the basis of which a probe has been initiated. Police are investigating if the victims attempted suicide after being jilted in love.According to hospital sources, the one who slit her wrist is in a serious condition, while the other girl is showing a sign of improvement. Both the victims have been kept under close monitoring, hospital authorities said.
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