November 13, 2019
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Josh Smith, the most diverse talent on the Atlanta Hawks’ roster, might not be on it beyond Thursday’s NBA trade deadline.The team’s leading scorer and shot-blocker is due to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season. He wants a maximum contract extension. The Hawks do not want to pay him a max contract. And so, to prevent him from leaving without receiving any compensation, Atlanta could trade him by 3 p.m. Thursday.Inquiries for Smith’s  services are coming in, but as of late Tuesday, no offer made sense to Hawks general manager Danny Ferry.“We’re in a unique situation with the current roster being competitive but also having good cap flexibility going forward,” Ferry told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “Like most teams, we’re evaluating ourselves and looking at the opportunities that come to us, especially this time of year. If there’s an opportunity that makes sense for us for the long-term interest of the Hawks, we’ll look at it closely.”Smith said to the AJC: “I’ve just been going out and playing basketball and not worrying about anything but that. As long as I’m an Atlanta Hawk, my main concern is getting wins for this team.”The Hawks can offer Smith a maximum five-year contract worth approximately $94 million. The most any other team can offer him is four years at $70 million.Smith is one of eight expiring contracts on the Hawks’ roster. When all is over, they could have as much as $36 million in salary cap space.Other unrestricted free agents include Devin Harris, Zaza Pachulia, Kyle Korver, Anthony Morrow, Johan Petro and Anthony Tolliver. Only Al Horford ($12 million), Lou Willliams ($5.225 million) and John Jenkins ($1.258) are guaranteed next season. Jeff Teague and Ivan Johnson are eligible for qualifying offers. The Hawks have team options on DeShawn Stevenson and Mike Scott.“I don’t know,” Hawks coach Larry Drew said about a potential trade. “I have no idea. … I’ve been in situations where there have been potential deals that were right at the cusp and fell apart. I’ve been in situations where there has been a lot of talk and nothing happened. I have been in situations where things have happened. These situations, you never know. You don’t allow it to distract you. You don’t look at the what-ifs, the maybes. You keep taking it a day at a time.”Smith is averaging 24.5 points, 10 rebounds, 6.25 assists, 1.75 blocks and one steal. He is shooting 58.2 percent (39 of 67) from the field, including 10 for 15 from 3-point range.“Only because I’m tired of answering the same questions, ”Smith said when asked if he was anxious for the trade deadline to pass.  “Like I’ve said a couple times, I understand it’s a business. This is like my fourth year where my name has been brought up in trade rumors and trade talks. For four years, I’ve had to consistently give the same answers. Other than that, I’m not worried about anything. I think my game speaks to where my mental edge is. I’m not worried about anything but being concerned with what I have to do on the court.” read more

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“Everybody thought I was combative, thought I was, you know, being aggressive,” Brown said of what the officers claimed of the incident despite the video showing he was not confrontational. “I get mad every time I watch it, you know, ’cause I was defenseless, pretty much.” The 24-year-old’s lawyer, Mark Thomsen, said his client wants the city of Milwaukee to admit wrongdoing. If not, the case will be fought in court. That Brown may not take the payout should come as no surprise, as Thomsen said it’s about more than money. The settlement offer had been approved on Wednesday by the Common Council in a closed session. Now, the clock is ticking as Brown must decide whether to accept it in 14 days, TMJ4 reported. “I fully anticipate that any settlement that doesn’t include an admission that they violated Mr. Brown’s civil rights will go nowhere,” Thomsen told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “We can’t heal in this city without that.” By May 2018, body camera footage of the incident was released. “I think what people overlook and forget is that the city had the video and sat on it,” he told TMJ4. “It was months, and during that time, his name was trashed on the internet.” No charges were filed against Brown, and three officers faced suspensions that ranged from just two days up to 15 days. Remedial professional communications training was ordered for eight other officers, The Associated Press reported. More than a year after Milwaukee Bucks guard Sterling Brown sued the city and local police over claims he was unlawfully and forcefully arrested, the city has approved a $400,000 settlement offer, but his attorney says that may not spell the end of their battle. The compensation proposal is for a lawsuit Brown filed last June alleging that police stunned him with a Taser outside a local Walgreens on Jan. 26, 2018, when he did not immediately do as told and remove his hands from his pockets. The encounter began with one officer confronting Brown over the athlete illegally parking in an accessible parking space. In the suit, Brown alleged one of the officers involved later mockingly tweeted of the NBA player, “Nice meeting Sterling Brown of the Milwaukee Bucks at work this morning! Lol#FearTheDeer.” Brown opened up about the police confrontation on “Good Morning America” last year, saying he “felt like it was unnecessary” that backup officers arrived on the scene. He said he filed a civil suit to “draw attention to it and … be that voice and try to help as many people as I can in this situation.” read more

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You’re reading Back of the Envelope, an experiment that aims to bring shorter, quicker content to FiveThirtyEight. In that sense, Klinsmann left the U.S. in basically the same state in which he found it. However, his stint as coach was always about more than just on-field results; he was also supposed to overhaul America’s talent base and install a more competitive playing style. And in those categories — essentially wearing the “technical director” hat, rather than that of “head coach” — Klinsmann acquitted himself more ably, a shift personified by 18-year-old rising star Christian Pulisic. Such improvements never sustained themselves on the pitch for Klinsmann — at least not in conjunction with his at-times bizarre tactical experimentation — and that’s why he’s no longer the U.S.’s coach. But his successor will probably be picking up the team in a better place than Klinsmann did back in 2011, despite what the rankings may say. Share on Facebook Jurgen Klinsmann’s up-and-down career as manager of the United States men’s national soccer team has officially ended after five tumultuous years, with the USMNT announcing his dismissal Monday. Klinsmann arrived in 2011 after the team’s performance fell off late in Bob Bradley’s tenure as coach, and the German made significant gains early on: The U.S.’s Elo rating rose from 1714 (34th-best in the world) when Klinsmann took over to a high of 1858 (ninth in the world) after the team tied Portugal 2-2 in the 2014 World Cup. But ever since then, it’s been mostly downhill for the Stars and Stripes, culminating in a 33rd-place Elo ranking after the U.S. lost 4-0 to Costa Rica in a World Cup qualifier last week. read more

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If early reports turn out to be accurate, Markelle Fultz is headed to the Philadelphia 76ers. The Sixers traded the third pick in this year’s draft and a protected first round pick in either the 2018 or 2019 draft to the Boston Celtics. It’s a mammoth deal for both teams, and it has ramifications for the long-term outlooks of both. But lost in the commotion of assets changing hands and the deal’s implications on other big-ticket trades are the particulars about the player at the heart of the deal: Fultz himself.Playing in the Pacific Northwest on a nontournament team (and missing a chunk of time because of injury) made Fultz one of the most anonymous presumptive No. 1 picks in living memory. Just about every argument about the Washington Huskies guard is phrased in the subjunctive — a theoretical commodity more than a concrete set of skills. But dig down into what actually makes his game so good and it becomes obvious in a hurry that Fultz is a monster.Fultz has been billed as a pick-and-roll playmaker, which is true but vague. He doesn’t sit up high and find long, surprising passing lanes like James Harden does, nor does he feint and jab on a defense until it cedes ground like Chris Paul does. Fultz’s game is built around his jumper and his handle. He’s a strong shooter off the dribble and a strong enough dribbler to operate in tight spaces and get to the rim, where he’s an excellent finisher. This means defenses have to crowd him wherever he is on the floor, whether it’s 25 feet from the rim or having turned the corner on a pick and roll. And if a defense sends help, he’s a willing passer to the open man, even if that means a 40-foot, cross-court pass.The Huskies scored 109 points per 100 plays1Per Synergy Sports Technology when Fultz passed out the pick-and-roll, including 115 points per 100 on passes to spot-up shooters. To get a sense of how much the team relied on Fultz, consider those numbers in their full context. On spot-up jumpers that weren’t set up by a Fultz pick-and-roll or taken by Fultz himself (101 points per 100 plays), the Huskies managed just 82 points per 100 plays. That’s dreadful. That would have ranked 333rd out of 351 D-I schools. But Fultz was able to draw so much attention and create such good shots for his teammates that they went from one of the worst-shooting teams in the country to one of the best when he set them up.Not just any player commands the sort of defensive attention Fultz saw — even when he is by far the best player on his team. And what makes Fultz special is how good he is shooting off the dribble in traffic. On all pull-up jumpers, he scored 102 points per 100 plays, which is already very good. But when he was working out of the pick and roll, that number shot up to 118 points per 100 plays, as Fultz took advantage of the little bit of daylight created by the screen to get a slightly better look or to a better spot on the floor.Having a god-tier pull-up jumper is an increasingly critical skill for NBA guards, but so is finishing at the rim. Being a genuine threat on the drive is the reason the pick-and-roll offense works — it’s what makes James Harden and Russell Westbrook nightmares for opponents and what powers the LeBron Offense in Cleveland. And Fultz scored 130 points per 100 plays when going to the rim out of pick-and-roll plays. He has a tight (though not exactly dazzling) handle — aided by a nice little hesitation/head-fake move that freezes defenders who have to respect that pullup — and he uses it to get into the lane at will.All that said, the most spectacular offense in the league can’t do much for you if you’re giving up points at the other end. The Huskies were abysmal on the defensive end — they ranked 250th of 351 D-I men’s teams in defensive SRS — and Fultz’s personal numbers aren’t much better. He ranked in the bottom third of all D-I men’s players while defending all but one shot type, according to Synergy. But the defense Fultz plays in the NBA will be much different, mainly because the Huskies spent a lot of time in zone, and that asks players to do very different things to contest shots and deny space than pro-style defenses. But defense should still be a concern. Fultz has good physical tools — he averaged 1.6 steals and 1.2 blocks per game — and he was actually quite good the few times he was isolated in man-on-man situations, but his attention away from the ball will need the same improvements as most rookies.Fultz is a top overall prospect because he’s very, very good at things that are fundamental to the pro game — pick-and-roll playmaking, pull-up shooting, finishing at the rim. He has fewer jaw-dropping highlights as fellow prospects Lonzo Ball or De’Aaron Fox do (though he does have a few); but he has fewer holes in his game, as well. If there’s one thing that could unravel his game as a pro, it would be his shot not translating. It’s not exactly the same species of skepticism as the concern trolling over Ball’s shooting form, but there’s at least some reason to wonder if Fultz will be as lights-out from deep in the NBA. His range doesn’t extend far beyond the college line, and his release is on the slow side. Just as concerning, he shot 64.9 percent on foul shots, which ESPN Insider’s Kevin Pelton pointed out is a slightly better predictor of NBA 3-point shooting ability than college 3-point percentage on its own — and Fultz wasn’t overwhelming enough from 3 (41.3 percent) to make up for the free throws.But the way Fultz had to manufacture his offense should also be taken into account: He practically never had an open shot he didn’t create himself. He scored 116 points per 100 plays coming off of screens, but that was largely because of the same things that make him good in pick and rolls, not effective screens. Fultz’s Washington teammates didn’t set great screens, but this is an area where he needs to improve as well. If Fultz is going to play off the ball in the NBA he’ll have to improve his feel for how to angle his runs to get the screener between the defender and the spot where he wants to catch the ball.This of course leads back to the question of how Fultz will fit in with the Sixers. Given that early reports suggest forward Ben Simmons, last year’s No. 1 overall pick, will play a de facto point guard role for Philadelphia, an ideal fit for Fultz might be as a sort of über-Bradley Beal. John Wall handles the majority of playmaking for Washington, and Beal runs off of flare screens and other off-ball actions to free himself up for jumpers. But when Wall doesn’t have the ball, Beal runs a fair bit of pick and roll himself (despite being a weak dribbler) and generally controls the offense. A similar division of labor between Simmons and Fultz would make a lot of sense for Philly.But that’s deeper into specifics than we need to go for now. Teams tend to find ways to make things work with players who can dribble, pass and shoot. For now, Fultz is a perfect fit for a Philly roster that needs ballhandling and shooting, and just as important, a perfect fit for the directions the NBA game is headed. read more

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Junior running back Ezekiel Elliott (15) carries the ball during OSU’s 38-10 win over Penn State on Oct. 17 at Ohio Stadium.Credit: Samantha Hollingshead / Photo EditorAfter eight wins in as many tries to begin the 2015 college football season, Ohio State is the third-best team in the country.That at least comes in the mind of the College Football Playoff selection committee, which released its first rankings of the 2015 season on Tuesday night.The Buckeyes opened the season as the unanimous No. 1 team in the Associated Press poll and have held that spot throughout the season, though their number of votes has dwindled from the start.OSU is joined by four Big Ten counterparts in the top 25: No. 7 Michigan State, No. 9 Iowa, No. 17 Michigan and No. 21 Northwestern.Alongside the Scarlet and Gray, the other three teams rounding out the current four-team playoff are No. 1 Clemson, No. 2 LSU and No. 4 Alabama.Last season, OSU appeared at No. 16 in the first CFP Poll after a 6-1 start to the season, including a second-week loss at home against Virginia Tech.The Buckeyes ended up winning their next six games to earn the fourth seed and went on to win the national championship after playoff wins against Alabama and Oregon.The College Football Playoff selection committee is made up of 12 members and is currently in its second season. New rankings are released each Tuesday until the end of regular season, followed by the final rankings on Dec. 6, the day after the end of the conference championship games.The complete top 25 of the first iteration of the rankings can be found below:1. Clemson2. LSU3. Ohio State4. Alabama5. Notre Dame6. Baylor7. Michigan State8. TCU9. Iowa10. Florida11. Stanford12. Utah13. Memphis14. Oklahoma State15. Oklahoma16. Florida State17. Michigan18. Mississippi19. Texas A&M20. Mississippi State21. Northwestern22. Temple23. UCLA24. Toledo25. Houston read more

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first_imgVisitors at Kew Gardens braving the hottest weather Tuesday was the hottest day of the year so far, the Met Office has confirmed, as temperatures rocketed past 34C (93F). A temperature of 34.4C was recorded at Gravesend in Kent, making it the hottest September day since 1911. Heathrow and Kew Gardens followed as they both recorded temperatures of 32.8C at lunchtime.  When you step outside today and it feels like you’re stumbling through the deserts of Tatooine #heatwave pic.twitter.com/PGviTedehB— Star Wars UK (@StarWarsUK) 13 September 2016 “There are some torrential downpours passing through parts of the country at the moment but they will ease probably in the next two hours.”Manchester City’s Champions League clash with Borussia Monchengladbach has been postponed – with pictures showing huge amounts of water on the pitch. The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for rain for the North West, North East, Yorkshire and into parts of Scotland saying the deluge could cause flash flooding and travel disruption. The weather in London is so perfect today. See you outside.— Peter Smith (@OneMorePeter) September 13, 2016 Meteorologist Mark Wilson said “there has been a lot of rain in a very short space of time” in the North West – along with “a lot” of thunder and lightning.”Prestbury has had 32.4mm of rain in an hour – which is pretty exceptional,” he added. “The warning we put out does talk about the risk of up to 30mm in an hour. Did someone say ice-lolly treats? What better way to cool off on the hottest day in September since 1949! #heatwave pic.twitter.com/gFZf3ygkRE— ZSL London Zoo (@zsllondonzoo) 13 September 2016 Others were fed up with the constant updates and reminded those not living in London that elsewhere it was raining:  Today is set to stay hot across the country! Help your cool cats enjoy the late summer sun: https://t.co/pMxp95bHsH pic.twitter.com/IItp8AV6Rt— RSPCA (@RSPCA_official) 13 September 2016 Thunder and lightning over ManchesterCredit:Richard Amofa Now that was some rain! ☹️ #cityvbmg #mcfc pic.twitter.com/ugoGJEOl3O— Manchester City (@ManCity) September 13, 2016 When you forget to check the forecast and arrive at work layered up #heatwave https://t.co/IX988H5FOD pic.twitter.com/iaDlbhUqtE— Tate (@Tate) 13 September 2016 🌡Heathrow and Kew Gardens have recorded a temperature of 32.8 °C, making it the hottest September day since 1949🌡 #heatwave— Met Office (@metoffice) September 13, 2016 Punters on the River Cam in CambridgeCredit:David Rose “Most heat disorders occur because someone has been over-exposed to heat or has over-exercised for his or her age and physical condition,” he said. “Simple steps such as avoiding exposure to the hottest time of the day, drinking plenty of fluids and even simply wearing a hat on hot days can all make a real difference. Manchester Airport also tweeted saying: “The adverse weather continues to affect flights. Please contact your airlines for specific inquiries.”Chaos also ensued on the Manchester Metrolink network with various lines suspended throughout the evening as the rain fell on the region. In a tweet the travel company provider said the weather affected their “comms, substations and trams”.Elsewhere in the country, West Midlands Fire Service said it was called to three different houses affected by lightning, and in Cornwall and Devon the heavy downpours also caused flooding in parts.It was a different story for most of the South, which basked in a heatwave. A heatwave alert is triggered when the daily maximum temperature is expected to exceed the average by 5C (9F) for more than two consecutive days.  Even in the South East, the average September maximum is only 18.9C ( 66F) so the soaring temperatures are well beyond what is needed to trigger a heatwave. Sunbathers enjoy the warm weather at Green Park in LondonCredit:ANDY RAIN Outside in the midst of a #heatwave with no ice cream van visit this week like #ButWhyIsTheIceCreamGone pic.twitter.com/W1MTxaHPU3— Sea of Thieves (@SeaOfThieves) 13 September 2016 Sunbathers enjoy the warm weather at Green Park in London Some people got a bit apocalyptic …And there was plenty of advice on looking after pets in hot weather How to stay chic during a September heatwave Hot enough for you, Earthlets? Cool off with a FREE Alan Moore ‘Future Shock’! https://t.co/O8eaDqiy52 pic.twitter.com/taUcDhf3Mv— 2000 AD (@2000AD) 13 September 2016 Supporeters of Borussia Moenchengladbach look on in the rain prior to the UEFA Champions League Group A match between Manchester City FC and VfL Borussia Moenchengladbach at Etihad Stadium Hot in London today. Lunchtime run nearly meant a by-election in #Plymouth pic.twitter.com/78W2JN8CRB— Johnny Mercer MP (@JohnnyMercerMP) September 13, 2016 I am too ginger for this weather #heatwave— Louise Haigh MP (@LouHaigh) September 13, 2016 On my lunch break, thoroughly enjoying the #heatwave in Bath today.. pic.twitter.com/nyiBq6VL0S— George Aylett 🌹 (@GeorgeAylett) September 13, 2016 “As we’re in September, the sun may not be as strong but the temperature is still high. People will be losing fluids more quickly, especially if they’re exercising outside, so it’s important to keep hydrated.”If someone does become dehydrated give them plenty of fluids to drink. Water is good, but coconut water, milk and even tea will do the trick.”The weather also prompted two hedgehog orphanages to issue a warning, urging residents to leave out shallow bowls of water for the animals.  The wildlife orphanage wrote on Twitter: “Hot weather this week, so please leave a shallow bowl of water for young hedgehogs who’ve just left mum.”  The weather caused a stir on social media, with hundreds of people commenting on the unexpectedly hot temperatures, which make some parts of Britain hotter than Bangkok, Ibiza and Marrakesh.Lots of people welcomed the high temperatures and the fact that they could eat lunch outside:  Supporeters of Borussia Moenchengladbach look on in the rain prior to the UEFA Champions League Group A match between Manchester City FC and VfL Borussia Moenchengladbach at Etihad StadiumCredit:Getty Elsewhere on Twitter:Branded accounts hopped on the #heatwave bandwagon Share & RT!Your #pets really suffer in a #heatwave🐾🐾#hottestdayoftheyear #doglover #animalsarefamily #thepetreader pic.twitter.com/noSrMDuNfu— The Pet Reader™️ (@ThePetReader) 13 September 2016 Thunder and lightning over Manchester London mid-September and it’s 31C outside. Shorts weather. WOW.— T (@burukuru) September 13, 2016 When you hear the ice cream van coming in a #heatwave. #AutumnVibes pic.twitter.com/No7v1cP9Aj— ITV2 (@itv2) 13 September 2016 Large parts of England were placed on heatwave alert, the first time Public Health England has ever issued a warning in September, with hot and humid weather forecast for the next few days. Heading into Wednesday the Met Office said it would be a drier day across the country, with another warm day expected in the South East – where the mercury could reach into the low 20s or up to 30C (86F).However, there was a striking North/South divide as parts of northern England and Scotland suffered bad flooding. How do you keep a hot dog cool? The lovely folks at @BDCH have got the #heatwave sorted! 🐶🍦 pic.twitter.com/wwyRFkckzZ— BBC Three (@bbcthree) September 13, 2016 In this hot weather, ensure pets don’t overheat through overexertion. Fetch should be conducted like this. #heatwave pic.twitter.com/WFTY7Oj6MJ— Dick King-Smith HQ (@DickKingSmith) 13 September 2016 Who else is feeling the heat today? #hottestdayoftheyear #heatwave #BWAAAH pic.twitter.com/hW9WLTP3uW— Ubisoft UK (@UbisoftUK) 13 September 2016 Humans are crawling into fridges. Snails are in flames. Birds are walking. Bins are actually melting. #heatwave pic.twitter.com/o5C08Cg7dJ— craig stone (@craigstone_) 13 September 2016 I’m not saying this #heatwave is hot but this just happened. pic.twitter.com/BCOcPlHYJA— Tiernan Douieb (@TiernanDouieb) 13 September 2016 I know it’s all about #weather but huge thunderstorms, hail and power cuts in #verwood #Dorset and unbelievable head in #London #crazyday— Laura Castell (@ljcastell) September 13, 2016 Visitors at Kew Gardens braving the hottest weatherCredit:Paul Grover Dr Thomas Waite, of the Extreme Events team at PHE, said: “Because the heat is going to arrive very soon, think today about what you can do, and for those around you, to stay cool during the daytime and particularly at night.“For some people, such as older people, those with underlying health conditions and those with young children, summer heat can bring real health risks.  Punters on the River Cam in Cambridge The current heatwave warnings have only been in place since 2012, but this is the first September warning so far.Joe Mulligan, head of first aid education at the British Red Cross, warned Britons to stay indoors at lunchtime and drink plenty of fluids. It’s hotting up this week with temps of 31°C in East Anglia and SE Eng! https://t.co/gOgs9OLbqi pic.twitter.com/gzztN34Uey— MeteoGroup UK (@WeatherCast_UK) September 12, 2016 “To keep homes and sleeping areas cool at night remember to close curtains on windows that face the sun during the day, once the sun is off windows open them up to get a breeze and think about turning off electrical devices all over the home as they can generate unwanted heat too.” Thank God everyone is posting screenshots of weather forecasts on facebook. I was beginning to worry I wouldnt know how hot London is today— Lush Juan (@ClassicWillard) September 13, 2016 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.last_img read more

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first_imgMr Chihaia said: “I wrote to them July 29 saying I wouldn’t be paying because I wasn’t there. I can’t believe it’s gone this far. Nearly four months later there is no evidence showing my car in the car park. It’s simple.”An NCP spokeswoman said: “NCP will be happy to speak to Mr Chihaia so that we can understand what has occurred in order to address the situation appropriately.”If Mr Chihaia has not in fact used the car park, although his vehicle registration has been identified on our automatic number plate recognition system, then he will not be liable for the PCN. NCP will be contacting Mr Chihaia directly.” George Chihaia, a groundworker from Edgware, north London Credit:Mercury George Chihaia's response to NCP George Chihaia’s response to NCPCredit:Mercury The picture taken when it was light is supposed to show me going into the car park – why would I be reversing in?George Chihaia George Chihaia, a groundworker from Edgware, north Londoncenter_img In a letter submitted to POPLA on October 3, NCP wrote: “The appellant has appealed on the basis that they did not park within the operator’s car park and therefore no parking session fee was due.”They state they were not parked at the location where the PCN (parking charge notice) had stated and it was for NCP to prove where they had parked.”We note the appellant’s comment, however, if the appellant’s vehicle had not entered the operator’s location, the ANPR technology would not have picked up their vehicle movements as shown in the evidence photos.”NCP also stated that independent research has found Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) technology to be “99 per cent accurate”. But Mr Chihaia said he was actually doing two turns in the road and used on-street parking while he visited a friend’s house nearby.Mr Chihaia, a groundworker from Edgware, north London, said: “I am so angry and confused.”They say there is clear photographic evidence of me coming and going, but none of their pictures show me in the car park.”That is because I never even went in the car park. I did a turn in the road while I looked for a space on the street. Then I did the same when leaving.”Then I get this letter saying I have been in the Tube station car park for almost seven hours. It is not true.”My immediate reaction was one of shock. I never even entered the car park, so why should I pay a fine? Their cameras are wrong.”The picture taken when it was light is supposed to show me going into the car park – why would I be reversing in? It makes no sense. I won’t be paying it and I’ve told them that. They should cancel my ticket.”In a letter from NCP to Mr Chihaia on July 20, the operator said he was being fined for a “failure to make payment upon exit from an ANPR Approved Device controlled car park”.NCP rejected his appeal on August 12, which prompted Mr Chihaia and parking campaigner Derek Dishman to present his case to the Parking on Private Land Appeals (POPLA) ombudsman service. A driver has been hit with a £100 parking fine, but claims he only performed a three-point turn outside a car park that uses number plate recognition cameras.George Chihaia has been embroiled in a four-month battle to clear his name after being hit with the charge for an apparent seven-hour stay at the NCP car park in Harrow, north London.But the 23-year-old insists he did not even enter the car park and that cameras wrongly captured the registration of his Chevrolet Aveo while he did two separate three-point turns outside the entrance.NCP claims its cameras show the car entering the car park, at Canons Park Tube station, at 5.30pm on July 9 and then exiting at 12.16am the following day. 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.last_img read more

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first_imgHo Seung Yoo, director of Dongbu Daewoo ElectronicsCredit: INS News Agency Ho Seung Yoo, director of Dongbu Daewoo Electronics A financial manager who lost her job after she refused to bow to her Korean boss is set to win thousands of pounds after an employment tribunal ruled that she had suffered racial discrimination and victimisation.Misook McDonald said her “furious” boss had confronted her over her failure to bow at this at the start and end of each working day before she was suddenly demoted without notice and moved to the Human Resources department.Judges were told that when Mrs McDonald challenged Dongbu Daewoo Electronics director Ho Seung Yoo over being treated like a slave he retorted: “Isn’t that what female workers should do?” The story of the Korean custom of bowing to senior staff was revealed at the employment tribunal where the 43-year-old, whose father is English, was suing the UK headquarters of the top electronics firm for sex discrimination, age discrimination and racial discrimination.A reserved judgement by the employment panel stated that her claims for direct race discrimination and victimisation were “well founded and succeed.”The tribunal presided over by Judge Andrew Gumbiti-Zimuto heard that the British mother, from Sonning-on-Thames, Berks., said she used to spend hours of her day in the company director’s office “with the door firmly shut” before her job role was suddenly changed.She was signed off work over stress and told the company’s managing director Choong Sik Park that she was being harassed by Mr Yoo in August: “He said Mr Yoo was very angry that I had broken protocol by not bowing to him every morning when I get to work and I do not bow to him when I leave the office at night.”I didn’t want any opportunity for harassment to occur so I was avoiding Mr Yoo.”Mr Park revealed changes brought in by Mr Yoo in the workplace led to him asking “is he normal or is he mental?” after it was revealed Mrs McDonald and her manager had not come to an agreement over her job role amicably.The tribunal heard Mr Yoo was told he needed to reduce his staff numbers and gave her position in the accounts department to her former subordinate June Turner in a presentation to the company’s CEO.The MD said Mrs McDonald had agreed to leave the accounts department but voiced concern over Mr Yoo announcing the changes to colleagues.He said “in this situation I did think the timing was a little soon given the recent problems that had emerged between Mrs McDonald and Mr Yoo.”When I said ‘is he normal or is he mental’ – I was upset and frustrated with Mr Yoo.”After Mr Yoo shared a company chart which showed Mrs McDonald being moved to HR and her old finance managerial position given to her former underling, she wrote to the company’s former financial manager: “Mr (Kian) Tan, is this a fair way of telling me I am no longer in the accounts department? Do I not need to be consulted?”He replied: “You clearly need to talk to him, as usual he thinks he can do what he wants.”She replied: “I have already tried to talk to him on many occasions. I cannot continue to be treated like a slave.”Mr Tan told the tribunal: “It is very difficult to try to understand what he is trying to put across sometimes and I always told him that if you have any problem or anything you are not sure of, please consult me before you do any of that and that is why I wrote that.”A mediator for grievance hearings over her claim found “no reason to favour one account over another” and did not uphold Mrs McDonald’s complaint, the tribunal was told.Mr Yoo, through a translator, said he was “really sorry” for asking Mrs McDonald to make coffees but denied he asked her to bow.A remedy hearing where Mrs McDonald is expected to receive thousands of pounds from her company and Mr Yoo, will be heard on April 19. 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.last_img read more

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first_imgComedians have told how anti-Brexit jokes are harming their careers as audiences outside of London walk out in offence.A number of comedians have described scripting their take on Britain leaving the European Union for Left-wing audiences in London, only to face unamused audiences when they take their acts out to the rest of the country.Marcus Brigstocke, who has been touring the country with a set that includes 20 minutes of material on Brexit, said members of the audience had been walking out “every night” in anger.He said that a number of his fans were unlikely to return to his shows in future, as a result of the jokes.”People have been angry; people have walked out of shows and people have booed. “A lot of the people that I think of as my audience will not be back – they won’t come again – they’re that angry,” he told BBC Radio 4. However a spokeswoman for comedian Stewart Lee, who has 20 minutes of anti-Brexit material at the start of his show, said “his career has only been strengthened by Brexit”. 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. Marcus BrigstockeCredit:Rex Features Marcus Brigstocke Aaron Brown, editor of the British Comedy Guide, said: “I consume a lot of comedy – mostly TV, also some live – and would say the comedy world’s reaction has been almost exclusively negative. “Many jokes essentially paraphrase as ‘shooting ourselves in the foot’, and the rest rely on lazily branding 52 per cent of the voters as racist. center_img Stewart LeeCredit:Colin Hutton  Stewart Lee “One would have hoped comedians would be able to find comic mileage in their evident disengagement from half of the public, but there instead seems to be little to no such acceptance and analysis of the referendum result, instead merely anger and lashing out at stupid people making the wrong decision, as they see it.”As far as audience reaction goes, it tends to be fairly warm with television studio audiences as most such recordings take place in the resolutely pro-remain London, but in the rest of the country – England and Wales, at very least – one can only begin to imagine how alienated and offended some audiences must feel.” Writing on Facebook, Brigstocke said he did not want to turn his audience off, but said: “For the first time ever on tour I have people walking out every night ‑ not hordes, but some. That’s unsettling. “I have never before dealt with a subject as divisive and upsetting (including passionate criticisms of religion etc). It’s a challenge I would usually enjoy but (perhaps because I’m not doing it well enough) it is proving to be a nightmare.”It seems that for the most part Brexit is not just the hideous social and political turn we have taken as a country but is also comedic poison.”last_img read more

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first_imgSir Mo Farah complained that he was a victim of “racial harassment” at a German airport as he traveled to his training camp in Ethiopia.Farah, 34, posted videos on social media of himself being pushed by officials at an unknown airport.He said: “Sad to see racial harassment in this day and age. 2018…!!!!”.The athlete repeated this claim in the video, saying: “Just in the airport here, got harassed again, again, again.”For wearing a hoodie and a jumper, Germany airport, Germany airport, oh my god.”The guy’s touching me up like crazy.”Pure harassment, pure, pure harassment. You don’t need to push me.” “Mo felt that the incident was racially motivated and that he was unfairly treated by the airport security staff.”Before his trip, he posted pictures of himself saying goodbye to his children and wife as he departed for six weeks in order to train.He is currently training for the London Marathon in April, aiming to become the first British male winner since 1993.The German police responded to his claims, saying he was filming the security check point, which is not allowed, and that is why he was guided towards the gate.In a statement issued to MailOnline, a spokesman for the German police said: “On the way to his flight, Sir Mo Farah had to pass the security check in Terminal 2 at Munich Airport.”Security checks at Munich Airport are carried out by a private security company on behalf of the State of Bavaria. It seems that Sir Mo Farah did not agree with this passenger security check performed on him and blamed this check a racist measure. Obviously he was very upset.”As Farah didn’t want to leave the security check point, security staff asked the Federal Police officer seen in the video for support. A guard is seen guiding him towards his gate, and another is seen pushing the Olympic gold medalist after he asked not to be touched.He is then seen being repeatedly pushed and shoved in the direction of the gate.The athlete commented at the end of the video: “The way you get treated. Did you see that guys? Unbelievable.”A spokesperson confirmed he felt subjected to racially-motivated unfair treatment.They told The Telegraph: “This afternoon, there was an incident at a German airport whilst Mo was travelling back to his training camp in Ethiopia. “In co-operation with the security staff’s supervisor the officer tried to explain this routine measure to Sir Mo Farah and to calm him down. Unfortunately that didn’t work.”Then the officer asked him to leave the security check point because he was blocking the area. Farah got more and more upset. He continued arguing and blaming security staff and the Federal Police officer of being racist. “At that point, Farah started filming the sensible security check point area which is now allowed. The officer asked him to stop recording.”As Farah ignored this police order the officer asked him to leave the security control area and proceed to his departure gate.”Farah persistently ignored this second police order so the officer slightly touched him and tried to direct him away from the security check point area to the shopping and gate section what you can see in the video.”Finally, the federal police officer was properly carrying out his duty. I cannot see any indications of racial harassment by the federal police officer at all.”center_img Mo Farah said goodbye to his family before going abroadCredit:Mo Farah/Instagram Mo Farah said goodbye to his family before going abroadlast_img read more

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“Please could Scott or anyone with any information on his whereabouts please contact Police Scotland .”He is described as white, 6ft tall with a stocky build, dark hair and a thick beard.He was last seen wearing a dark baseball cap, a navy hooded jacket, grey or khaki trousers and white trainers. I’m away now. Thanks.— Scott Hutchison (@owljohn) May 8, 2018 Be so good to everyone you love. It’s not a given. I’m so annoyed that it’s not. I didn’t live by that standard and it kills me. Please, hug your loved ones.— Scott Hutchison (@owljohn) May 8, 2018 Vocalist and guitarist Hutchison is the only ever-present member of Frightened Rabbit, who have released five studio albums. The latest, Painting of a Panic Attack released in 2016, reached number 16 in the UK album charts and the 2008 release The Midnight Organ Fights made NME’s top 100 albums of the decade.  Scott Hutchison - lead singer of the band Frightened Rabbit The lead singer of indie rock band Frightened Rabbit has been reported missing hours after telling his fans to hug their loved ones. Police Scotland issued an urgent appeal for information to help trace Scott Hutchison, 36, who was last seen at the Dakota Hotel in South Queensferry at around 1am on Wednesday.He had been reported missing from Dennistoun, Glasgow, by his family and concern is growing for his welfare.Three hours before he was last seen, Hutchison tweeted: “Be so good to everyone you love. It’s not a given. I’m so annoyed that it’s not.”I didn’t live by that standard and it kills me. Please, hug your loved ones.”The frontman followed the tweet up minutes later at 11.09 with message simply reading: “I’m away now. Thanks.”His latest tweet prompted hundreds of supporters to come forward with messages of encouragement for the singer, including former Radio 1 DJ Edith Bowman, who replied with: “You OK, fella? Sending love and a shoulder if you need it.” Inspector Graeme Dignan said: “We are keen to locate Scott as soon as possible to ensure he is safe and well and would urge anyone who can assist with our ongoing inquiries to come forward.”If you believe you have seen him since the early hours of Wednesday morning or know where he currently is, then please contact police immediately.”I’d also urge Scott to get in touch with family, friends, or with police, to let us know he is alright.”Anyone who knows his current whereabouts is asked to come forward.The band, which was formed in Selkirk in Scotland in 2003, are due to perform in Glasgow on June 1. During the early years, Hutchison began performing under the name Frightened Rabbit – a name given to him by his mother to describe his shy nature as a child.He began recording and performing with his brother Grant the following year and has collaborated a number of indie acts.  Scott Hutchison – lead singer of the band Frightened Rabbit Scott Hutchison, 36, was last seen at the Dakota Hotel in South Queensferry around 1am on Wednesday (pictured hours previously) A post from the Frightened Rabbit Twitter account said: “We are worried about Scott, who has been missing for a little while now.”He may be in a fragile state and may not be making the best decisions for himself right now. Scott Hutchison, 36, was last seen at the Dakota Hotel in South Queensferry around 1am on Wednesday (pictured hours previously)Credit:Police Scotland 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. read more

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Time travellers are welcome to attend Stephen Hawking’s memorial service next month. An online ballot to attend the service requires applicants give their date of birth, which can be any day up to December 31, 2038.So far all applicants live in the present, according to the Stephen Hawking Foundation, but the door remains open to voyagers in a fourth dimension.A spokesman said: “We cannot exclude the possibility of time travel as it has not been disproven to our satisfaction. “All things are possible until proven otherwise.”But so far we have had applications from all round the world, and we do mean round – there are no flat-Earthers here.”The flexible policy suggests the professor undertook his own journey on the subject – over time. 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. Professor Hawking’s funeral was held on March 31 in Cambridge. His memorial service will take place on June 15 at Westminster Abbey, where his ashes will be interred between sir Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin.The ballot for the 1,000 tickets available to the public can be found at stephenhawkinginterment.com and closes at midnight on Tuesday. The coffin of Stephen Hawking arrives at the Church of St Mary the Great, Cambridge After no-one attended the party, the professor remarked it was “experimental evidence that time travel is not possible”. In a 1992 essay entitled Space and Time Warps, Professor Hawking postulated that it might be possible to warp spacetime sufficiently to travel in time as well as space, but only into the future, not the past.He wrote: “This picture would explain why we haven’t been overrun by tourists from the future.”But in June 2009 he optimistically held a “time traveller party” for which invitations were only sent out after the event. The coffin of Stephen Hawking arrives at the Church of St Mary the Great, CambridgeCredit:Charlie Forgham-Bailey read more

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The millionaire businessman who has admitted he was the mystery benefactor who donated a Rolls-Royce to Glasgow City Council said he was surprised by the furore it had caused.Boyd Tunnock, 84, boss of the eponymous confectionary firm that makes Tunnock’s Teacakes and Caramel Wafers, said he wanted the gift of his luxury car to be a “good thing”.But politicians criticised the move, with one Labour MP claiming it was“Dickensian” to have Lord Provost Eva Bolander – the first SNP politician to hold the post – driven around in a Rolls-Royce while local services were cut by “SNP austerity”.Mr Tunnok, who backed the Union in the 2014 independence referendum, said: “I have to say I’ve been a bit surprised by the reaction to this.All sorts of important people come to Glasgow and I thought it would be right to give them a nice experience.”Glasgow always had a Rolls Royce and I was able to give mine to the city so I thought, why not? boyd tunnock “I really wanted this to be a good thing, but I didn’t want any credit for it so I asked the city to keep my name quiet, but I’m quite happy for people to know it’s me.” The Rolls-Royce Ghost, with a new price of around pounds230,000, is meant to replace one of the council’s fleet of Volkswagen Phaetons, and the authority said the gift would save it money.The car, bearing the council’s unique “G0” number-plate, will be used by the Lord Provost and other city representatives for civic duties as well as VIPs needing transportation.However, Ms Bolander used one of the VWs on Thursday to get to the reopening of the Willow Tea Rooms building in the city centre.Paul Sweeney, the MP who said it was like something out of Dickens, tweeted earlier this week: ”Nursery fees doubled and free swimming for kids the latest cuts. Auction it off to fund services for Glaswegians.”A spokesman for the local authority said: “It would clearly not be appropriate to buy a car such as this but having received it as a donation there will be occasions when it is appropriate to use it.”When she accepted the two-year-old vehicle on Tuesday, Ms Bolander said she it was a “show-stopping car and a tremendous asset”. Boyd Tunnock at the re-opening of the Willow Tea Rooms, designed by Charles Rennie MackintoshCredit:Wattie Cheung 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. read more

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The painful condition, suffered by around 1.5 million women in the UK, is difficult to diagnose, with the average sufferer waiting more than seven years before it is identified. Scientists have developed a blood test that can detect up to 90 per cent of cases of endometriosis. The test, developed by MDNA Life Sciences and experts at the University of Oxford, will be available privately within nine months at a… The new test looks for tiny DNA fragments in the blood, providing a diagnosis with in days, meaning women can be offered treatment far sooner. Often, patients need to go undergo keyhole surgery to identify tissues around the ovaries and fallopian tubes in order to diagnose the condition. 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. read more

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Cleese added: “I was very lucky to be working at the BBC when decisions were taken by people who had actually made programmes. 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. Father Ted came in second “I’m proud we are up there with Porridge and Only Fools and Ab Fab and Blackadder and The Office and Reggie Perrin and The Thick of It.”Channel 4 sitcom Father Ted, penned by Arthur Mathews and Graham Linehan, came second in the list, with I’m Alan Partridge in third, and Blackadder fourth.Highly-rated comedies Only Fools And Horses and The Office came in sixth and 12th respectively. The list was voted for by 42 comedy expert including writers Mathews, Linehan and Richard Curtis, as well Barry Cryer and Alison Graham.Graham said: “When we find a comedy that does make us laugh, that brings a quick hit of joy into our lives, and we treasure it for ever.”In our memories, great comedies are pearls that become more burnished and beautiful through the years. Absence really does make the heart grow fonder.”Do you agree with the Radio Times List? Which British comedies do you rate? To join the conversation log in to your Telegraph account or register for free, here. Fawlty Towers has been named as the greatest British sitcom of all time, as its creators attribute its success to an era where BBC commissioning “decisions were taken by people who had actually made programmes”. The sitcom, which starred John Cleese, topped a Radio Times list of the 20 best British sitcoms despite running for only 12 episodes.It beat other series including Father Ted, Blackadder, I’m Alan Partridge and Only Fools And Horses, winning a special place in viewers’ hearts for its combination of “farce” and “precision”, experts said.Fawlty Towers, a BBC series, ran for just two series of six episodes each in the 1970s.Speaking to the Radio Times, the show’s co-writer and star Connie Booth said: “Fawlty Towers succeeds, I think, because it allows infantile rage and aggression a field day in a buttoned down, well-mannered English society.”It’s unique in being a farce, with all the plot surprises and precision that the style requires. And it doesn’t hurt that the star of the show is a six-foot-five comic genius. If he was shorter I can’t imagine how it would have worked.” Father Ted came in second read more

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A Roman mosaic found in a Berkshire field and hailed as one of UK’s most exciting archaeological discoveries will soon be reburied, it has emerged.  Archaeologists and volunteers spent nine days uncovering the mosaic, which depicts a mythical chariot race for the hand of a princess, in the village of Boxford, . Anthony Beeson, an expert on Roman and Greek architecture and art, said it is one of just three known mosiacs of its kind in the world.Archaeologist Matt Nichol, who worked on the dig, described the mosaic’s imagery and iconography as “second to none”. The mosaic depicts scenes including Bellerophon, Hercules and PegasusCredit:Tom Pilston The mosaic depicts scenes including Bellerophon, Hercules and Pegasus Joy Appleton, from the Boxford History Project, said the area has "lots of iron age and bronze age stuff around" but no Roman finds until now After being fully uncovered it was opened to the public on Saturday but is to now be carefully reburied because of its location on private farming land.  After being fully uncovered it was opened to the public on Saturday but is to now be carefully reburied because of its location on private farming landCredit:Tom Pilston Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “The king, Oenomaus, having been told that his future son-in-law would bring about his death, made all contestants race him in a chariot but handicapped them by putting the princess in the vehicle with them.”The losers were decapitated and their heads displayed.”Pelops persuaded a former lover Myrtilus and the King’s chariot master to substitute a wax lynch pin and the king was killed when the wheels flew off. Joy Appleton, from the Boxford History Project, said “It’s absolutely beyond our expectations. We now know it’s a unique mosaic but to find it here in little old Boxford is quite something.”Ms Appleton added that the area has “lots of iron age and bronze age stuff around” but no Roman finds until now.”Now we’ve found them and that’s that link through the history of the village of Boxford. There’s nothing like it at all in Roman Britain.”Explaining the story depicted in the mosaic, Mr Beeson told the BBC: “The pavement shows Bellerophon and Pegasus but the main action is the story of Pelops and his race to win the hand of the Princess Hippodamia. After being fully uncovered it was opened to the public on Saturday but is to now be carefully reburied because of its location on private farming land “Pelops thereby won but killed Myrtilus who cursed his lineage and brought about the curse of the Pelops. The king’s funerary games are said to be the origin of the Olympics.”   He told the BBC: “It’s been quite overwhelming, not just for me but everyone involved.”There’s a real buzz and excitement on this project, I’ve never seen that before on any project that I’ve worked on.”When it was first partially uncovered in 2017 it was described as the most exciting mosaic discovery in Britain for the last 50 years. The project, which had been running since 2011, had previously uncovered the remains of a large Roman villa, a bath house and a farm building.Featuring the Greek hero Bellerophon riding the winged horse Pegasus, the mosaic, which dates from around AD 380, was uncovered by volunteers and resident historians working with Cotswold Archaeology and the Boxford Heritage Project. Joy Appleton, from the Boxford History Project, said the area has “lots of iron age and bronze age stuff around” but no Roman finds until nowCredit:Tom Pilston read more

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The official diplomatic engagements are considered a cornerstone of Foreign Office-requested royal tour, which are financially supported by the British public and must be seen to align with the objectives of the government and further the country’s interests abroad. The Sussex’s visits to South Africa, Angola and Malawi all fall under this remit, while the Duke’s stay in Botswana – classified differently as a “short working visit” – gives him the freedom to focus on his own pet projects centred on conservation and his charity Sentebale. While the Duke has not always appeared fond of the formal aspects of tours, seeming more at ease spending time with the public over politicians, his role as the Queen’s ambassador to her Commonwealth will add a new dimension to his diplomatic role. Work to secure the Commonwealth is known to be particularly important to the Queen, who became its head as she ascended to the throne and has seen it grow to 53 countries. South Africa, Botswana and Malawi are already members, with Pres Lourenço saying last year that he would seek to join. The Gambia rejoined last year having once been a member.In June 2018, then Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson acknowledged the commitment on Twitter, saying: “Splendid that Angola wants to join the Commonwealth family. V much welcome President Lourenço’s commitment to long-term reform, tackling corruption and improving human rights.” Princess Diana during a visit to Angola, just months before her deathCredit:Reuters He will meet with senior Angolan politicians including the Governor of Huambo Joana Lina, the Minister for Health, and be given an audience with President João Lourenço at the Presidential Palace.  Speaking ahead of the royal tour, a senior source involved in its planning said: “There is very much a Commonwealth theme to this visit. It is one of his grandmother’s greatest legacies, the Commonwealth family of nations that has grown under her reign into her pride and joy. So when the Duke of Sussex visits Angola later this month he will have quite the task on his hands, as he attempts to cement Britain’s relationship with a country on the cusp of joining. Angola, one of the four countries the Duke will visit as part of his tour in Africa with his wife and baby son, has indicated it hopes to become the 54th country in the Commonwealth, and the first newcomer in a decade. The British government, which has arranged the tour via the Foreign Office, has suggested it would warmly welcome its inclusion, with those planning the tour considering the attentions of the Royal Family a way of “demonstrating the attraction of that new network of partners”. –– ADVERTISEMENT ––The Duke, who has been appointed as a Commonwealth Youth Ambassador by the Queen, has already spoken of his ambition to work with the young people of the organisation, so far delivering speeches praising their energy and talents and appearing at a series of lively engagements. His trip to Angola, which he will undertake without the Duchess as she remains in South Africa with Archie Mountbatten-Windsor, will see him tasked with rising to a more senior diplomatic challenge. Princess Diana during a visit to Angola, just months before her death “Interestingly Angola, which is not a member of the Commonwealth traditionally and historically, is interested in becoming a member. “So there’s a nice thing there about demonstrating the attraction of that new network of partners.” A source added that the Duke and Duchess were considered “fantastic ambassadors” for Britain to the “vibrant” continent of Africa, and its “extremely young” populations. The Angolan leg of the programme will focus heavily on landmines, with the Duke highlighting the legacy of Diana, Princess of Wales, in the region. He will spend an evening in a new HALO Trust de-mining camp, before he remotely detonates a mine in a field outside Dirico and makes a speech underlining why it is so important for rural communities which are often left isolated by dangerous leftover weapons. He will also undertake an “official” section of the trip, travelling to Huambo to meet with the  Governor, Joana Lina, who was also the official host for the late Princess Diana’s visit.At Huambo Orthopaedic Centre, also visited by his mother in 1997, he will spend time with the Minister for Health before attending a tradition royal tour reception at the British Ambassador’s Residence to meet businessmen and women working with the UK.  On Saturday, September 28, the Duke will have an audience with President Lourenço at the Presidential Palace. read more

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Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCaricom SG issues condolences on passing of Sir Derek WalcottMarch 20, 2017In “latest news”High praise for Derek Walcott at funeral serviceMarch 27, 2017In “latest news”Sir Derek Walcott is deadMarch 17, 2017In “Regional” (CMC) The late St Lucian Nobel Laureate, Sir Derek Walcott, will be remembered during the fifth Caribbean Writers Congress to be held early next month.Walcott was buried in his homeland on Saturday, one week after he died following a prolong illness at the age of 87.The April 5-7 Writers Congress is being organised by the Guadeloupe Regional collectivity in partnership with the Association of Caribbean Writers (AEC – Association des Ecrivains de la Caraïbe).“Since 2008, this event has been bringing together English, Spanish and French-speaking authors and literary personalities every two years. Some twenty territories are represented in one place, showcasing a blend of literary genres, the mixing of heritages and a diversity of writing,” the organisers said in a statement.“This international meeting demonstrates the deep desire to better integrate the literature of the French Caribbean into the wider cultural and intellectual Caribbean family. This congress is first and foremost a vector for cooperation, questioning, affirming identity, sharing practices and know-how in literature and its different forms of expression,” they added.The two-day event will feature dialogues about writing and the organisers said a tribute will also be paid to Walcott, who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1992.“What pleasure can be derived from writing about the region that sustains us? What do we want to say to readers in the region and elsewhere? These are the questions underlying the challenges taken up by Caribbean authors, and the aesthetic choices of each of these territories, although they are so geographically close to one another in the islands of the Caribbean and on the mainland.”The Writers Congress is being held under the theme ‘Writing for, in and about the Caribbean’ and the organisers said writers will visit schools on the island to share experiences with students. read more

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Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedSerena beats sister Venus Williams to win record 23rd majorJanuary 28, 2017In “Sports”US Open 2018: Serena Williams accuses umpire of sexism after outbursts in finalSeptember 9, 2018In “latest news”‘Beyond disappointed’: Injured Serena withdraws from French Open before Sharapova clashJune 4, 2018In “Sports” (AFP) Tennis great Serena Williams hinted Tuesday that she’s expecting her first child, posting a photo of herself on Snapchat captioned “20 weeks”.The photo captured by US media, shows Williams in a yellow swimsuit with what appears to be a baby bump.Williams, 35, hasn’t played since beating her sister Venus in the final of the Australian Open in January to clinch a record 23rd Grand Slam singles title.She cited a knee injury in pulling out of tournaments in Indian Wells and Miami in March.In December she announced her engagement to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, first sharing that news on the Reddit social media site. read more

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