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Infosys Sets Up Digital Center of Excellence in France

first_imgIndian technology services company Infosys has established a new Digital Center of Excellence in Marseille, France, the firm announced on June 19. The center will offer Infosys’ digital offerings to companies in France.The new facility will also deliver on a strategic seven-year partnership with the container shipping organization, CMA CGM Group, the statement added. The partnership was announced in September 2017 to simplify and transform the group’s IT applications and improve its customer service experience. Infosys is already helping CMA CGM improve its execution processes and performance, using Infosys NIA, the company’s artificial intelligence platform and its scalable automation tool, AssistEdge.The Infosys Digital Center of Excellence in Marseille will be the latest addition to the firm’s global network of centers servicing its clients’ digital requirements. The facility will initially employ 60 workers, and focus on providing its clients services in the areas of Design and User Experience, Artificial Intelligence and Big Data and Analytics.Infosys also aims to expand its footprint in the shipping and logistics industry through the move, the company statement said. Infosys did not reveal investment details for the centre.Accompagner plus d’entreprises dans leur transformation #numérique : tel est l’objectif d’Infosys à travers l’ouverture du Centre d’Excellence à #Marseille #NavigateYourNext— Infosys (@Infosys) June 19, 2018“The opening of our new center in Marseille will provide customers and prospects in the region access to next-generation digital technologies, skills and talent that will help them reshape what’s next,” Pravin Rao, Chief Operating Officer, Infosys, said in a statement. “This is in line with our strategy focused on scaling agile digital business, energising the core via AI and automation, reskilling employees and localising within the markets in which we operate,” he added.Infosys s’installe à #Marseille pour offrir à ses clients actuels et futurs en #Provence une gamme de solutions dans les domaines du design et de l’expérience utilisateur, de l’ IA, du big data et analytics. #NavigateYourNext— Infosys (@Infosys) June 19, 2018To help its hiring process in the region, Infosys will partner with several universities in the region, including the Aix-Marseille University. The company will also extend its flagship global internship program, Infosys Instep, to these universities.Infosys’ move to strengthen its footprint in France comes on the heels of the announcement made earlier this week by Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), another leading Indian technology services firm, to open a new delivery center in the country. The new TCS delivery center at Suresnes, France, will employ about 230 people, the company said on June 18. Related ItemsFranceInfosyslast_img read more

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first_imgBata bets on youth appeal, new product mix to spur growthKolkata, Jul 20 (PTI) In a strategy shift, Bata IndiaLtd is aiming to focus more on volumes and recalibrate itsbalance between premium and mass segment products to fuel itsnext phase of growth, Chairman Uday Khanna said today.”To put it very bluntly, our volumes have not grownbecause our focus was premiumisation. Therefore, now we have aportfolio where we feel that emphasis will be on bothpremiumisation and volumes. That will be our next line ofgrowth,” he told reporters here, after the company’s 85thannual general meeting here.The footwear major is also betting big on its push forstrengthening the brand among the youth, and has drawn up athree-pronged approach towards this endeavour, he said.”The first thing is design, which we want to make morecontemporary. The next is our store decor and the layout andthe third is communication through advertisements,” said CEOSandeep Kataria.As a part of this strategy, Bata has rolled out the’Red Angela’ store concept with a red and white “colour touchformat” that is aimed at standardising the Bata brandidentity, he said.The first such store opened in Kolkata earlier thisyear, followed by Delhi.The company plans to add around 100 new retail storesand 50 franchisee outlets in the fiscal 2017-18, Kataria said,adding, the aim is to take the franchisee count to 500 overthe next few years.”Revenue will come from the new and renovated stores.The franchisee stores will mostly cater to the tier-II andtier-III cities,” Khanna said.advertisementTo connect with the youth, the company has recentlyroped in young actors and sports personalities. It spendsabout 2 per cent of revenue on advertisements.Bata India will invest around Rs 100 crore capex inthe current fiscal, mostly on rebranding, modernising plantsand setting up new stores.In terms of its digital thrust, the footwear maker isplanning to associate itself with more e-commerce players anduse in-store technology to hold on to customers.”As a pilot, we have introduced the ‘Bata @ Home’concept, where customers can choose and pay for a product atthe store, and get it delivered at home within 48 hours,”Kataria said.It has 130 such stores at present in Delhi-NCR, andplans to expand this to more outlets by the end of thisfiscal.E-commerce currently accounts for 4-4.5 per cent ofthe company’s revenue. The figure will move into double digits”pretty soon”, Kataria said. PTI RBTJM JM JMlast_img read more


18 days agoTottenham midfielder Eric Dier: We’re in crisis

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Tottenham midfielder Eric Dier: We’re in crisisby Paul Vegas18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham midfielder Eric Dier insists there are no splits in the squad.But he says the north London club are in crisis after conceding 10 goals in their last two games.“We are obviously going through a difficult period,” said the England midfielder. “Is saying it’s a crisis a bit too strong? No.“If you lose like we’ve lost in these last two games, it’s ­normal. For us, this is the worst period we’ve been in, but we have to be all together and push through it.“The stuff about the squad, I know that’s not the case. But it’s natural these things will come up now because of the situation we find ourselves in.“It’s the first time that we’ve found ourselves in this position, we can’t back down from it. We’ve got to push through it.” last_img read more

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Drivers Urged to Use Caution with Poor Road Conditions

first_imgWith snow and freezing rain throughout the province, drivers are urged to use caution if they have to travel on the roads today, March 20. “I want to remind drivers to drive with caution, watch out for slippery roads and slow down for the conditions,” said Maurice Smith, Minister Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. “Taking a few extra minutes to plan ahead is well worth the effort to ensure that everyone arrives safely at their destination.” Nova Scotians can stay informed about road conditions by calling 511, visiting, or following @NS_TIR on Twitter for updates. -30-last_img read more

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Global Stars Unite To Combat Illiteracy On International Literacy Day

first_imgo celebrate the 50th anniversary of International Literacy Day, 26 of the world’s most high profile personalities from film, music, politics and the arts, have joined forces to raise awareness for literacy with one common goal in mind: by 2030, no child will be born at risk of poor literacy.Today, 32 million American adults cannot read and one in four children grow up without learning how to read. Globally, the numbers are even more staggering. One in 10 people on the planet are unable to read and write. Yet many do not realize that illiteracy is more than the inability to read a good book. Illiteracy is linked to almost every major global development challenge there is, from infant mortality and malnutrition to gender inequality and unemployment.To demonstrate how illiteracy contributes to larger socioeconomic problems, the “Alphabet of Illiteracy” was created by Project Literacy – a movement convened by founding partner, Pearson and backed by more than 75 partners, including UNESCO, Microsoft, Room to Read, GOOD Magazine, Worldreader, Doctors of the World, The Big Issue, The Hunger Project, the National Literacy Trust and War Child.The Alphabet of Illiteracy brings to life, in a powerful new way, a body of evidence and decades worth of research demonstrating that illiteracy can contribute to reduced life expectancy, radicalization, the spread of disease and violent crime.Dr. Dan Wagner, UNESCO Chair in Learning and Literacy at the University of Pennsylvania and Director of Penn’s International Literacy Institute, said: “There is a strong argument that tackling illiteracy and low literacy, as a ‘foundational’ social problem, would pay greater dividends than tackling each issue separately. This approach also fits directly with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.”In the Alphabet of Illiteracy, A is for AIDs, because if you can’t read or write, you are five times less likely to understand how people can contract HIV. B is for bloodshed because the rate of violent crimes such as homicide and sexual assaults is almost double among the illiterate population. C is for child brides, because if all women had a primary education, child marriages would reduce by a sixth. To view the full Alphabet of Illiteracy, click here.From Julianne Moore to Idris Elba, Taylor Schilling and Elton John, 26 champions of literacy across the globe are elevating this issue and serving as advocates for change through a mass social media movement. Each advocate has adopted a letter from the Alphabet of Illiteracy that corresponds to a social cause they are passionate about. Their synchronized unique messages of support on Twitter will create a powerful wave of socially-driven awareness, designed to spur people into action around literacy.“Literacy is a fundamental human right. The United Nation agrees. Without literacy there is no opportunity to transcend the economic and social constraints of past generations. We have made so much progress on so many other deeply important issues, from poverty to gender inequality, through financial and intellectual commitment. The cause of literacy for all is worth our best efforts. The ability to read and write, can, and will, change lives and pave the way for future generations to thrive. And on a personal level, reading has been the one thing that has at once opened the world to me, and made me feel less alone. We all deserve that,” said actress Julianne Moore.Kate James, Chief Corporate Affairs and Global Marketing Officer for Pearson and spokesperson for Project Literacy, said: “Illiteracy is a global challenge and we all need to pull together if we are to combat its devastating impact. Project Literacy provides the umbrella for a global coalition of non-profit organizations, businesses, and government who together can ensure literacy helps solve some of the world’s most pressing problems.”To mark the U.S. launch of the campaign, Project Literacy has taken to the streets of New York to create a stunning piece of interactive artwork in TriBeCa that showcases messages of support reproduced into pencils. The “Mighty Pencil” exhibit physically illustrates the power of reading and writing and how it can help change the world for the better. The exhibit is open to the public to celebrate International Literacy Day today only.To get involved, visit and share a message of support, donate to one of Project Literacy’s 26 charity partners or sign a petition.last_img read more

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Rights body condemns US repatriation of Algerian detainee

first_imgWASHINGTON – A regional human rights body Thursday condemned the United States’ forced repatriation of an Algerian detainee from Guantanamo Bay prison earlier this month.The Inter-American Human Rights Commission said in a statement the transfer was “against the will of Djamel Ameziane and in violation of international human rights.”Ameziane and another Algerian, Bensayah Belkecem, were sent home from Guantanamo December 5 despite their protests that they faced persecution there. The United States said the transfers were coordinated with the Algerian government “to ensure these transfers took place with appropriate security and humane treatment assurances.”The commission, a body of the Organization of American States, took up Ameziane’s case in March 2012.It said he was held in a secret prison in Algeria after his arrival in the country but was released on December 16.Nevertheless, it said the US transfer was “a violation of the principle of ‘no expulsion,’ which prohibits transfers and deportations of people to countries where they run the risk of being tortured.”The United States recently has stepped up repatriations of Guantanamo prisoners as part of a long-stalled bid by President Barack Obama to close the 12-year-old “war on terror” detention center on the southeastern tip of Cuba.Currently, 160 detainees are still being held at Guantanamo, about half of whom have been approved for transfers.last_img read more

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Hundreds protest slow movement on rent rules in New York

ALBANY, N.Y. — Hundreds of protesters frustrated by the slow movement of proposals to strengthen tenant protections in New York state have blocked access to the Senate and Assembly chambers.The group marched through the Capitol chanting protests Tuesday morning before taking positions outside the legislative chambers.State Police began arresting individuals who refused to move.The state law governing rent control and rent stabilization rules in the New York City area are set to expire later this month. Those rules regulate rental increases for thousands of older multi-unit apartment buildings.While lawmakers are expected to renew the law, the protesters who gathered at the Capitol on Tuesday want to see stronger protections for tenants, including a possible statewide rental law.The Democrat-led Legislature is scheduled to adjourn June 19.The Associated Press read more

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Amazoncom to bring 750 fulltime jobs to Calgaryarea distribution centre

BALZAC, Alta. — The e-commerce retail giant Amazon say it is expanding to Alberta by building a distribution centre that will create 750 full-time jobs.Glenn Sommerville, Amazon’s director of Canada operations, says the 56,000-square-metre centre near the Calgary airport will allow items to be packed and shipped at a faster speed.“We want to be a good neighbour, a good employer, and a good economic driver for the region,” he said.Sommerville made the announcement Thursday with Alberta Premier Rachel Notley near the proposed warehouse site in the community of Balzac.Notley said the expansion is welcome news for the region, where thousands of jobs have been lost in recent years due to a drop in oil prices.“This represents an amazing opportunity,” said Notley, who added it is an example of how Alberta’s overall low tax regime and skilled workforce is reaping benefits.“We are diversifying to capitalize on all of Alberta’s strengths and potential.”The Calgary-area facility is Amazon’s seventh distribution centre in Canada.The company already employs more than 2,000 people at centres in Ontario and British Columbia.Including its corporate offices, development centres and other facilities, Amazon employs 4,400 people in Canada.The new distribution centre is separate from bidding to attract a second headquarters for Amazon going on among 54 cities and regions across North America.Calgary and Edmonton are making bids, as are Winnipeg, Montreal, Toronto and Halifax.Amazon has said it plans to spend $5 billion and hire as many as 50,000 employees for its second North American office.The company wants to be near a metropolitan area with more than a million people, have access to top technical talent, be near an international airport, have direct access to mass transit and have space to expand over the next decade.It is to make a decision next year.Amazon’s current Seattle home has more than 40,000 employees and 33 buildings.The Alberta government is assisting Calgary and Edmonton with their bids.Notley has not indicated whether Alberta’s bid will include financial incentives or loan guarantees. She has only said that the package has to make overall sense for the province and its economy.The premier and Amazon officials reiterated Thursday that the headquarters and the Balzac warehouse are separate projects.Notley said having a distribution centre doesn’t hurt the bid for the bigger prize.“We know that Amazon knows exactly where we are and they know exactly what the benefits of this province are.”— By Dean Bennett in Edmonton read more

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Mahinda Rajapaksa says he is ready for LG election

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa says he is prepared to face a Local Government (LG) election.Speaking to reporters today, Rajapaksa said that the Government is delaying the LG election as it is afraid of facing such an election. Rajapaksa said that when he was President, elections were held even ahead of the scheduled date. Rajapaksa also said that he backs having a new Constitution but will not support a Constitution which divides the country. (Colombo Gazette) The former President said the joint opposition will continue to push for the LG election to be held.“There is a commission but the commission is useless,” he added. “If a Government is not afraid an election can be held at any time,” he said. read more

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Passengers told to be at BIA fours hours early

SriLankan Airlines today informed all passengers, to arrive at the airport four hours prior to their departure time effective from Monday 18th June 2018.This is mainly due to a series of renovation work expected to commence shortly at the emigration counter areas at the departure terminal of the BIA. SriLankan Airlines expressed it sincere apologies for inconveniencing the passengers. (Colombo Gazette)

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Eritrean Ethiopian military officials discuss security zone at UNchaired meeting

Chairing the tenth meeting of the Military Coordination Commission (MCC), the Force Commander of the UN Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE) emphasized that – despite recent allegations and press reports – the situation in the Temporary Security Zone remained calm. The session was held at the Mereb River Bridge linking the two States.Major-General Patrick Cammaert appealed to both parties to refrain in the period ahead from words or deeds that might be construed as provocative, and warned against the potential volatility of small incidents or escalating behavior. He urged that both parties live up to the letter but also to the spirit of the Agreements they had reached. The participants at the meeting decided that in the case of future allegations or problems, an investigation team comprising a representative of UNMEE, the Organization of African Unity (OAU), and either Ethiopia or Eritrea (depending on the location in question), could be “dispatched unhindered to investigate,” the UN Mission said: in a statement.During the session, the OAU was represented by Brigadier-General Peter Augustine Blay, Ethiopia by Brigadier-General Yohannes Gebremeskel, and Eritrea by Brigadier-General Abrahaley Kifle. The next session of the MCC will be held on 8 January 2002 at a venue to be decided. read more

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Liberia has completed disarmament but instability still threatens Annan says

“With regard to the arms embargo, the conclusion of the disarmament and demobilization process and the dissolution of the armed factions signalled the successful completion of the implementation of the ceasefire agreement,” he says in his latest report to the Security Council.”Furthermore, the progress made towards organization of the October 2005 elections, as well as the progress made in other sectors, provides hope that the peace process will, in accordance with the Comprehensive Peace Agreement, be brought to a successful conclusion.”On the other hand, delays in restructuring the armed forces of Liberia and in reintegrating the former combatants into society form potential sources of instability and threaten to undermine the success of the transitional process and to make it difficult to devise an exit strategy for the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), he says.”I would urge Member States and the international donor community to redouble their efforts to ensure that the National Transitional Government has the necessary technical and financial support to complete this vital military restructuring exercise and to ensure the timely reintegration of former combatants,” he says. The training and deployment of mineral inspectors and diamond agents, the organization of alluvial miners into cooperatives and the construction of an appraisal and certifying centre for rough diamonds were signs of progress towards lifting the diamond sanctions, Mr. Annan says.Nevertheless, a major deterrent in ensuring that rough diamonds do not fall into the hands of those who might fuel conflict is ensuring effective Government control over diamond-producing areas and Liberia’s borders, he says.With regard to the forestry sector, the Government should be encouraged to hire an internationally recognized forestry management team temporarily to provide genuinely transparent and accountable oversight, he says. Both the timber and diamond sectors need tighter security, he says. “The National Transitional Government lacks the capacity to provide such control and UNMIL lacks both the mandate and the troop levels necessary to perform such a role. The Security Council might therefore consider whether it wishes to broaden the mandate and increase the resources of UNMIL to enable it to assist the National Transitional Government in providing security in the diamond and timber-producing areas,” he says. read more

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New report to examine spending and deficits by Alberta Government

by News Staff Posted Feb 18, 2013 2:14 pm MDT  A critical look at Alberta’s spending will be released in a new report Tuesday morning.The Fraser Institute says their study examines the provincial government’s increased program spending since 2005 and subsequent deficits.The report is called “Alberta’s $22 billion Lost Opportunity.”The Institute says it will calculate the economic cost of Alberta’s inability to hold government spending to the rate of inflation plus population growth.It’s the same day Alberta is set to announce third quarter numbers. The Premier has already noted the province has lost around $6-Billion in revenue from a change in oil prices.Wildrose MLA Rob Anderson expects the Conservatives to make cuts to infrastructure promised during the last election and run a deficit.“They promised they would do all the promises they were talking about without going into debt and without running a deficit, so they’re breaking their promise either way,” he said.660News will share the findings after the report is released at 6:30 a.m. on Tuesday morning. New report to examine spending and deficits by Alberta Government AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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From acid house to a royal friendship what the National Archives reveal

first_imgMargaret Thatcher goes litter picking in St James's Park  Thatcher declared war on youth culture at the end of the 1980s Margaret Thatcher and Mikhail Gorbachev in 1984 Poll Tax protestersCredit: HULTON ARCHIVE Margaret Thatcher at the Conservative Party Conference in Blackpool, October 1987 She launched a private battle against the European Commission after it announced it was repealing the Sex Discrimination Act, removing protection for Oxbridge colleges.Mrs Thatcher, who had studied at Somerville, said: “To stop [the existing policy] would infringe not enlarge liberties.”The Prime Minister would resist the move “most vigorously”.Plot to destroy cocaine crops by spraying bugsSecret plans to sabotage cocaine production abroad by introducing plant-destroying pests were put forward as the Government waged war on drugs.Thatcher described the idea, which was proposed by Lord (Victor) Rothschild in July 1989, as a “characteristically brilliant” and “intriguing” way of tackling the growing “crack problem”.Lord Rothschild suggested using “covert” tactics and aerial sprays to introduce a bug which would attack the source of cocaine, Cabinet Office papers released by the National Archives show. Downing St residents risked poll tax fineMrs Thatcher was warned she faced a fine for failing to register for the poll tax on time.The embarrassing oversight was quickly rectified, but it marked an inauspicious start for a measure that prompted a storm of protest and may ultimately have led to her downfall.In early 1989, as the political storm around the levy was gathering strength, Westminster city council  began issuing registration forms ahead of the launch of the tax in England and Wales in April the following year. She also light-heartedly complained about a recent debate she had attended in Cambridge, which was “rather dull” and full of “rabid conservatives”.“Not a Trotskyite to argue with!” she quipped.The pair also discussed the first national steel strike in 50 years, which took place in January 1980 following a dispute over pay, while the Princess admitted she was finding it “quite impossible to find out what is happening in Afghanistan”.The Prime Minister, meanwhile, expressed her dismay at the ongoing hostage crisis at the US embassy in Iran, complaining that events had “cast a shadow over the whole world”.A spokesman for Buckingham Palace did not comment on the letters but a palace official said they were “comfortable” with the release.It came as other documents showed Mrs Thatcher attempted to block a visit to Brussels by the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh over fears it would come at a “very bad time” for policy negotiations in Europe. The Prime Minister expressed concerns that plans for the royals to visit the European Commission and meet the King of the Belgians in 1980 would clash with a settlement on fishing policy. No 10 stressed Mrs Thatcher’s concern, but the Queen went on to visit Belgium in November of that year. Nigel Lawson in 1986 Princess Margaret with Denis and Mrs Thatcher In the 1980sCredit:Getty Images Margaret Thatcher as she raises her glass at Somerville College, her old Oxford CollegeCredit:PA Wire 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. Mrs Thatcher hated acid houseAcid house parties became a personal crusade by Margaret Thatcher after she received a complaint from a villager about the noisy all-night raves.The Prime Minister urged the Government to combat the “new fashion” and “prevent such things from starting”. Huge unlicensed parties were held across Britain between 1988 and 1989 as the dance music movement spread, earning the period the nickname “the Second Summer of Love”. Officials arranged for the prime minister to complete the form, only to discover that the council had sent the wrong one and she had to do it again.Mrs Thatcher responded cheerfully enough, noting her first effort had been “a good practice run”. The tax, officially known as the community charge, was a flat rate levy on all residents on a property and was widely seen as unfair to the poor.Other documents show that officials worried that a decision to allow MPs to claim the poll tax on their second homes through expenses could allow the press and opposition to “make a considerable amount of mischief”. In what Mr Powell described as an “unusually warm and friendly” letter, the Russian – addressing her for the first time in their correspondence as “Margaret” – expressed his appreciation for the “mutual understanding” they had established.In other documents, the anger of her closest aides was disclosed. Mr Powell,  especially, could not hide his own views. Responding to a message from Brent Scowcroft, the US national security adviser, he said: “What happened was a devastating blow and a sad commentary on standards of loyalty in politics.”Battle to keep male dons out of collegesThe idea of forcing women-only Oxbridge colleges to hire male dons was “absurd”, Mrs Thatcher argued.  The private events were held illegally and often included drug taking.Officials warned that any proposed legislation should not affect those attending “innocent events” such as barn dances, papers released by The National Archives show. Margaret Thatcher as she raises her glass at Somerville College, her old Oxford College Nigel Lawson in 1986Credit:Rexcenter_img At the time, Mrs Thatcher insisted the £14 million a year they were spending on milk would be better spent on new school buildings.But when Kenneth Clarke wrote to her in May 1989 to suggest ending free milk for children in daycare, she replied: “No. This will cause a terrible row – all for £4 million. I know – I went through it 19 years ago.”Thatcher’s one-woman crusade against litter loutsParking wardens were to be given power to fine litter louts, under plans considered by Mrs Thatcher as part of an attempt to clean up Britain in the Eighties.Documents reveal that she virtually single-handedly drove the campaign by encouraging a variety of ideas in Whitehall. Poll Tax protesters Margaret Thatcher at 10 Downing Street during general election, London, Britain – 1983Credit:Rex Features/Herbie Knott Legislation to tackle the dance movement was introduced by the Entertainments (Increased Penalties) Act 1990, also referred to as the Acid House Bill, which heightened punishments for those organising parties without licences which played ‘repetetive beats’.Mrs T was a secret pal of Princess MargaretShe was reported to have a chilly relationship with the Queen, with some reports going so far as to claim the monarch mocked her accent and could not bare the way she “lectured”.But Margaret Thatcher seemingly enjoyed a secret friendship with the Queen’s sister. In fact, the Prime Minister and Princess Margaret were so friendly they discussed the royal’s recent operation alongside world issues in a series of intimate letters, it has now been revealed. Extent of economic adviser’s briefing against LawsonNigel Lawson resigned amid bitter feuding as advisers battled behind his back to have him removed.The Chancellor of the Exchequer’s decision to quit in October 1989 came as a heavy blow to Margaret Thatcher and helped to precipitate the events which led to her downfall.His walkout was prompted by her refusal to sack her economics adviser, Prof Sir Alan Walters, whom Lawson accused of undermining his position. But files have revealed the extent to which Sir Alan briefed against him. Princess Margaret in 1991Credit:RICHARD YOUNG/REX/Shutterstock Princess Margaret And Mrs Thatcher In The 1980'S The handwritten notes, sent between the Prime Minister and Princess Margaret at the beginning of 1980, were laden with compliments as the pair discussed topical issues, from Afghanistan to the steel industry.The rare release shows Mrs Thatcher praising the royal for her “wonderfully successful” tour of the United States, as she revealed she was “very distressed” to hear she had been admitted to hospital again.“You very kindly wrote to me after your own visit to the United States, which was wonderfully successful both in the admiration you won and in the financial results for Covent Garden,” she wrote in the letter, sent at the beginning of January that year. “Incidentally I went to Covent Garden on New Year’s Eve and Claus Moser [the former chair of the Royal Opera House] was still talking of your tour.” In the candid note, the Prime Minister also confides in the royal about how nervous she is to “take the chair at Neddy” – the National Economic Development Council – for the first time.“[It is] hardly the best moment but we were never to know that when the meeting was fixed,” she confessed.Around four weeks later, at the beginning of February, the Princess replied, apologising for the delay and explaining she had “just had to have some things dug out of my face”. She had actually just had an operation at the London Clinic to remove a benign skin lesion. In the letter, signed “Margaret”, she praised the Prime Minister for her trip to the United States, expressing delight that she had surprised them “no end at answering their questions in a positive way, when they are used to waffling on for hours in figures of eight, not actually answering anything”. Margaret Thatcher goes litter picking in St James’s Park Credit:PA Margaret Thatcher at the Conservative Party Conference in Blackpool, October 1987Credit:Fox Photos/Hulton Archive/Getty Images One proposal, mooted in November 1987, was for traffic wardens to be given powers to levy on-the-spot fines if people were spotted dropping litter.The idea was rebuffed, with the reply that wardens were ‘hard-pressed’ enforcing road and traffic law.World leaders’ disbelief at Thatcher’s oustingWhen the news broke that Margaret Thatcher had been ousted by Tory plotters after 11 years in office, world leaders and allies were left in disbelief. Documents lay bare their shock and show a remarkable outpouring of commiserations from those who had come into contact with her.Among the first to respond was Henry Kissinger, the former US secretary of state who telephoned Charles Powell, her foreign affairs adviser, in a “very emotional state”.In a note to Mrs Thatcher, Mr Powell said the American had told him that her departure “was worse than a death in the family”.The most remarkable message came, however, from Moscow and Mikhail Gorbachev, the reformist Soviet leader whom Mrs Thatcher had described a man to “do business with”. Margaret Thatcher and Mikhail Gorbachev in 1984Credit: Sipa Press / Rex Features A form covering the various residencies in and around Downing Street was sent to the Treasury.  But the Cabinet Office complained that it was “most inappropriate” to issue a single form “asking a number of essentially personal questions”. Individual forms were dispatched, but there were still no details forthcoming. In May 1989 David J Hopkins, the council registration officer, sent a letter addressed to the “Resident/Owner” at No 10 Downing Street warning: “You are required by law to supply the relevant information within 21 days of this request and failure to do so may lead to a penalty being imposed.” Princess Margaret in 1991 Thatcher declared war on youth culture at the end of the 1980s In a memorandum to the prime minister dated October 4, 1989, he warned that the Chancellor’s policy of “shadowing” the German mark – Europe’s strongest currency – with sterling was having a devastating impact.  The high interest rates needed to maintain the value of the pound risked tipping the economy into a “serious recession”, he said. “The pattern of events, like a Greek tragedy, is painfully familiar” he wrote. A week later he warned that the policy was playing into the hands of the Labour Party and could cost her the next general election.“This sorry process, loaded in favour of their financially irresponsible policy, must not be allowed to gather force and votes,” he said.When Mr Lawson announced on October 6 that he had had enough, Mrs Thatcher pleaded with him to stay. However her close advisers suggested she was well rid of him.Andrew Turnbull, her private secretary, said the true reason was her rejection of a demand by Mr Lawson and foreign secretary Sir Geoffrey Howe for Britain to join the European exchange rate mechanism (ERM).He accused the Chancellor of shadowing the mark as an attempt to enter the ERM “by the backdoor”.’Milk snatcher’ barb still stung 19 years laterThatcher “the milk snatcher” was so haunted by criticism for axing free school milk when she was education minister in 1970 that she refused a similar cut nearly 20 years later over fears  of more outrage. 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Binmen behaving badly council apologises after workers seen throwing refuse bags across

first_img 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. Barnsley council has been forced to apologise after CCTV footage emerged of bin men deliberately dropping bags of rubbish and throwing wheelie bins.Cheryl Parker, 45, wondered why the bins on her street in Barnsley were strewn across the pavement so she checked her CCTV.The camera, which faces onto the road of Prince Arthur Street, captured footage of the bin men throwing bin bags around.The video of the bin men’s actions were shared on social media.In reaction, Barnsley council said the behaviour was unacceptable and announced that an investigation would be carried out.The statement from a council spokesman said: “We are aware of a video involving our waste collection service being shared on social media.”Barnsley Council aims to deliver a consistently high standard of service and this clearly falls shorts.”This behaviour is totally unacceptable and a full investigation will be carried out”We thank the resident for getting in touch and apologise for the level of service she received and any distress caused.”last_img read more

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Will 1 km deep diamond drill hole unlock secrets of Malmsbury goldfields

first_imgPerth-based GBM Resources has just broken ground on a landmark deep diamond drill hole that the company says is a key step in realising the potential of the historic Malmsbury goldfields in central Victoria, Australia. The 1-km deep hole will be drilled over the next six weeks at Belltopper Hill, to test the potential for a large tonnage, Intrusive Related Gold System (IRGS) gold system at Malmsbury, where highly promising soil sampling was undertaken by GBM last year. The drill is a McCulloch DR 800, and is the property of contract drilling company MacQuarie Drilling of New South Wales.Such is the potential of this hole that it attracted a A$132,000 grant from the state government’s Rediscover Victoria Strategic Drilling Initiative towards its cost.“This hole will be a significant phase in progressing the development of the project and its potential as a large gold system at Malmsbury,” GBM Resources’ Managing Director, Peter Thompson, said. “If we can demonstrate the existence of deeper gold beneath Belltopper Hill, it will significantly improve our chances of discovering a more extensive intrusive system beneath the workings of the old gold mines to the south. Over the past two years, GBM has been actively exploring at the Malmsbury project, where gold was mined more than 100 years ago. Our work to date has confirmed what all the historical data points to, which is the potential for a significant and wide-ranging gold system in excess of 4 km in strike length.Early in 2009, GBM announced an Inferred Resource of 104,000 oz of gold at an average grade of 4.0 g/t Au, at the Leven Star prospect – one of three historic mining prospects at Belltopper Hill. Assay results from the latest diamond hole are expected to be available to GBM Resources late in April or early May.The hole will probe deeper into the IRGS system, targeting large breccia and stockwork deposit styles which may be hosted by sedimentary wallrocks or the intrusive margin itself and will advance the understanding of the potential of this area to host other styles of mineralisation.The drill program will be partly funded by the grant from the Victorian Department of Primary Industries which the company successfully secured last year. The grants are awarded for conceptual projects which are deemed by Geoscience Victoria to have the potential to add significant new resources to Victoria’s inventory. Interpretation of available data supports the conclusion that the Malmsbury gold system is related to a buried intrusive centre at depth.The extent of the is interpreted to be in excess of 4km in strike length. The significance of the interpretation of a possible 4 km strike length hydrothermal system is that IRGSs have a pedigree for delivering worldclass deposits. On a district scale the hydrothermal system analogy would include the Fosterville gold mine, owned and operated by Northgate Minerals with a current resource base of 3 Moz.last_img read more

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iControlPad turns your mobile device into a portable gaming system

first_imgIf you interested in turning your smartphone or mobile device into a portable gaming system, you might want to check out the iControlPad. The iControlPad adds hardware controls to your device and even works with multiple makes/models as it uses Bluetooth to establish a connection. Multiple Bluetooth protocols are supported, such as standard HID, to ensure it can be used with current and future models.The accessory features a digital d-pad, 2 analog nubs, 6 face buttons and 2 rear buttons to use to your maximum gaming pleasure. It also offers the convenience of physically attaching your smartphone or mobile device to the accessory through the use of clamps which are designed to fit multiple mobile devices.AdChoices广告Current clamps support:iPhone 3, iPhone 3G, iPhone, iPhone 3GS, iPhone4, iPod touch (some require padding), Motorola Backflip (needs padding), Lg Optimus S, Lg Ally, Blackberry Touch, Samsung Intercept (may require adjustment), HTC Dream, T-Mobile G1, Era G1 The accessory has its own internal 1500maH battery which can be used to charge your phone through a USB connection. The iControlPad also offers upgradable firmware which allows features to be added and “restrictions” to be bypassed.It’s important to note that the iControlPad is designed to work with a jailbroken iPhone, but the gamepad controls will work on an unbroken iPhone in keyboard mode. Android users have it a bit easier since the iControlPad will work on any app which supports a PC gamepad.The iControlPad with sides will retail for $74.99 and will begin shipping to customers on February 16th.Read more at the iControlPad website.last_img read more

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E coli les steaks hachés sont bien à lorigine des intoxications

first_imgE. coli : les steaks hachés sont bien à l’origine des intoxicationsLes enfants hospitalisés au CHU de Lille depuis jeudi et vendredi dernier, contaminés par une bactérie E. coli et victimes de diarrhées sanglantes, ont bien été intoxiqués par des steaks hachés surgelés, selon les directions générales de l’Alimentation et de la Santé.L’origine de l’intoxication des enfants souffrant de diarrhées sanglantes dans le nord de la France a été formellement établie. La bactérie E. coli en cause a été retrouvée dans les échantillons de steaks hachés surgelés incriminés, fabriqués par la société SEB et distribués par les magasins Lidl, géant du commerce discount. Pour les huit cas, les soupçons se sont rapidement portés sur des steaks hachés de la marque “Steak Country” commercialisés par l’enseigne. À lire aussiE.Coli : l’Allemagne déclare l’épidémie terminéeSelon un communiqué des directions générales de l’Alimentation et de la Santé, “les souches virulentes retrouvées dans les analyses faites sur les enfants ont été également isolées lors de l’analyse des échantillons de steaks, dont la souche E. coli O 157”. Toutefois, personne ne sait comment ces lots de viande ont pu être contaminés. “Les enquêtes se poursuivent sur la recherche de l’origine de la contamination des steaks par ces bactéries”, ajoute le communiqué.Deux des huit enfants hospitalisés au CHU de Lille ont pu rentrer chez eux hier après-midi. Un garçon de deux ans était toutefois encore dans le coma dans un état stationnaire, rapporte Le Figaro. Tous ont tous été victimes de syndrome hémolytique et urémique (SHU), caractérisé notamment par des diarrhées sanglantes et une insuffisance rénale. Le 21 juin 2011 à 09:17 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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POLICE LOG for July 20 Wilmington Man Arrested Drinking At Town Park

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights from the Wilmington Police Log for Friday, July 20, 2018:Police notified DPW that barrels on the field at Town Park (Aprile Field) are overflowing and there are beer cans and bottles all over the stands and grounds. Appears people were hanging out and drinking at this location. Extra patrols requested. (1:19am)A caller reported a male party was sleeping on the sidewalk near the former Sonic location. Police sent male on his way. (8:45am)MBTA inbound train was blocking Middlesex Avenue at North Wilmington station. (9:35am)Animal Control Officer responded to a yard on Winston Avenue where two baby birds fell out of their nest. Birds were returned to nest. (11:05am)A walk-in party reported he fell victim to an Apple support line fraud after purchasing a Macbook. (3:30pm)A caller believes he witness a drug deal on Evergreen Drive between a white male and a white female. Police responded. Parties were trying different flavors of vaping. Checks OK. (5:32pm)A citizen complained a tree company was cutting trees down on town property on Main Street. Police spoke with company, who stated they had permission from the Conservation Department. (5:50pm)Corey M. Brennan (40, Wilmington) was arrested on a warrant after police responded to a disturbance. (9:18pm)A female juvenile was reporting missing from the Milestone Group Home on High Street. She left in a vehicle. (11:35pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip?Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for July 27: OUI Arrest; Woman Brings Caged Bird To Town BeachIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 19: Fist Fight At Planet Fitness; Hawk Stuck Inside Building; Gas Line StruckIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 21: Driver Issued Summons; Solicitors Going Door To Door Without Required PermitIn “Police Log”last_img read more

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Despite Slowdown Houston Faces Construction Worker Shortage

first_imgScott Dalton, courtesy Tenaris 1,200 construction workers are building the Tenaris steel pipe factory in Bay CitySeventy-four percent of Texas construction companies say they are having a hard time finding hourly craft workers, like carpenters, electricians or plumbers.That’s according to a survey released Wednesday by the Associated General Contractors of America.In Houston, 11 of the 14 companies that responded have that problem. That’s despite construction being down here.“Houston went from one of the fastest-growing, if not the fastest-growing construction job market to a market that’s more stable at this point,” Brian Turmail with AGC said.He said last year, Houston added only 400 construction jobs. Austin, San Antonio and Dallas all added at least 1,000 during that time.Neil Eldin, dean of the College of Technology at the University of Houston, said the shortage in skilled construction workers has long been a trend. That’s why the building slowdown here in Houston hasn’t considerably affected demand for more workers.“Even if you take that demand off because of the huge deficit that we have – deficit in workers, deficit in crafts numbers that we needed – then you are still facing shortages,” Eldin said.He said the problem has been growing for the last 30 to 40 years nationwide, in part because the construction sector has had to compete with jobs in manufacturing and the growing tech sector.The Associated General Contractors propose bringing back construction education in high schools and call for immigration reform that would increase the pool of legal workers. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /01:33 X Listen Sharelast_img read more

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