Traffic Advisory Colchester County

first_img Local Area Office: 902-893-5785 Fax: 902-893-2259 -30- COLCHESTER COUNTY: Route 236 Weather permitting, Route 236 will be closed for culvert replacement Tuesday, June 23, at 8 a.m., until Wednesday, June 24, at 9 p.m. The detour route will be Riverside Road and Princeport Road. last_img

YSR Congress wins 151 Assembly 22 Lok Sabha seats

first_imgAmaravati: YSR Congress Party (YSRCP), which swept to power in Andhra Pradesh with a landslide victory, has bagged 151 seats in 175-member Assembly. It also won 22 out of 25 Lok Sabha seats. As counting in couple of constituencies continued past midnight with keen tussle between the YSRCP and the Telugu Desam Party (TDP), the final tally became clear early Friday. The TDP finished a distant second with 23 Assembly and three Lok Sabha seats. Also Read – Dussehra with a ‘green’ twist Actor Pawan Kalyan’s Jana Sena Party (JSP), which made the electoral debut, bagged one Assembly seat. Both the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) drew blank. In 2014, the TDP had bagged 102 seats while its then ally BJP had won four seats. The YSRCP had won 67 seats while two independents were also elected. In the simultaneous Lok Sabha polls, TDP had won 15 seats, YSRCP eight and BJP two seats. In the results declared late Thursday night, TDP’ Galla Jayadev retained Guntur Lok Sabha seat with a margin of 4,800 votes over his nearest rival M. Venugopal Reddy of the YSRCP. TDP’s Kesineni Nani and K. Rammohan Naidu also retained Vijayawada and Srikakulam Lok Sabha seats respectively after a close contest.last_img read more

Real estate sector on growth trajectory CREDAICBRE report

first_imgTel Aviv: India’s economic transition, workforce expansion and urbanisation will boost investment opportunities in real estate sector in the next decade, leading to significant growth in housing, office, retail and warehousing space, says a CREDAI and CBRE report. In its joint report released at a real estate conference held here, property consultant CBRE said the sector would expand tremendously by 2030, led by new asset classes such as coworking, coliving, student housing and real estate investment trusts (REITs). Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThe report estimated that office space stock will touch one billion sq ft by 2030, with flexible workspace accounting for 8-10 per cent of the total stock. The retail shopping centre stock is estimated to cross 120 million sq ft by 2030, while warehousing stock could touch 500 million sq ft by then. By 2030, residential real estate has the potential to almost double from the current stock of 1.5 million units in key cities, the report said. “As the Indian economy transitions and its workforce expands, it will offer vast development and investment opportunities for the real estate sector,” CREDAI-CBRE report said. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostThe growth of cities is going to further influence the country’s built environment, while technology, demographics and environmental issues will become the new value drivers, it added. Commenting on the report, CREDAI President Satish Magar said, “India continues to remain a high-priority market for long term growth potential as is evident from the increased investment flows in the last few years. “In the wake of positive policy reforms and emergence of a strong workforce, the momentum of India’s economic growth is steady and it will only grow stronger in the next 10 years,” said Anshuman Magazine, Chairman and CEO, India, South East Asia, Middle East and Africa, CBRE. The factors which will further facilitate this growth trajectory are investment, improved governance, human capital upgrade, improved connectivity, infrastructure enhancement, strengthened institutions, policy reforms and integrated sustainability of the entire ecosystem, he added.last_img read more

We have to move forward student says at reconciliation garden of hearts

first_imgAPTN National NewsAfter the closing ceremony of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission inside Ridea Hall, the Governor General’s home, dignitaries were led into the gardens by elementary students from the Ottawa Gatineau area.APTN’s Delaney Windigo reports.last_img

Trump hits back at Trudeaus criticism of punitive US metal tariffs

first_imgWASHINGTON – Justin Trudeau drew the ire of Donald Trump late Thursday, after warning of a new turning point in Canada-U.S. relations when the U.S. president made good on a threat to impose crippling new tariffs on steel and aluminum imports.Earlier in the day, the prime minister called Trump’s use of a national security clause in U.S. trade law to justify the tariffs “totally unacceptable.”Trump shot back hours later in a statement, saying the days of the U.S. being taken advantage of in trade deals “are over.” The U.S., Canada and Mexico are also involved in a tough renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement.On NAFTA, Trump said: “Earlier today, this message was conveyed to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada: The United State (sic) will agree to a fair deal, or there will be no deal at all.”The broadside comes one week before Trump sets foot on Canadian soil for the first time as president, in the G7 summit that Trudeau is hosting in Quebec. It represents an apparent breakdown in Trudeau’s efforts to find common ground with the tough-talking president.Business leaders in Canada and the U.S. predicted dire economic consequences as result of the U.S. decision, which was felt widely across North America and Europe and touched off a storm of criticism on both sides of the Atlantic.Some of Trump’s fellow Republicans also criticized the move. House Speaker Paul Ryan, who is not seeking re-election, said he disagrees with the decision.One of several Republicans to voice opposition, Ryan said the administration should not be targeting “America’s allies when we should be working with them to address the unfair trading practices of countries like China.”But the tariffs stung particularly in Canada, where Trudeau evoked the history of the two countries fighting together, from the beaches of Normandy to the mountains of Afghanistan.In his direct conversations with Trump, Trudeau said, he stressed the “interconnectedness of the Canadian and American economies” and the dire negative consequences both would likely face if the tariff threat went ahead.“We talked about how difficult this was going to be in terms of a turning point in the Canada-U.S. relationship,” Trudeau noted.Canada responded by imposing dollar-for-dollar tariff “countermeasures” on up to $16.6 billion worth of U.S. imports, in response to the American decision to make good on its threat of similar tariffs against Canadian-made steel and aluminum.The tariffs, which apply to a long list of U.S. products that includes everything from flat-rolled steel to playing cards and felt-tipped pens, will go into effect July 1, said Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland.“This is the strongest trade action Canada has taken in the post-war era,” Freeland said. “This is a very strong Canadian action in response to a very bad U.S. decision.”The U.S. measures, aimed at Canada, Mexico and the European Union, are illegal and counterproductive, said Freeland. Both she and Trudeau sounded incredulous that Canada could ever be considered a national-security threat to such a close and important ally.“That Canada could be considered a national-security threat to the United States is inconceivable,” said Trudeau, adding that the people of the U.S. are not Canada’s target, and that the federal government would have far preferred that its hand wasn’t forced.Canada, Mexico and Europe had been exempted from import duties of 25 per cent on steel and 10 per cent on aluminum when they were first imposed in March, but those exemptions were to expire as scheduled on Friday.A spokeswoman for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce told The Canadian Press that the decision will hurt American workers and families and will “will hike prices, upend supply chains, and cost American jobs.”Perrin Beatty, the president of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, called Thursday’s decision “tragic” and said it flew in the face of a long history of military, economic and diplomatic co-operation between the two countries.“The unilateral action by the Trump administration severely damages that relationship. It’s illegal. It’s immoral. It’s irrational,” Beatty said in an interview.During a conference call early Thursday, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross played down the divisions. But the move means Trump will be face-to-face with a number of leaders who have taken retaliatory action against the U.S. when he makes his closely watched Canadian debut at the G7 next week.Ross shrugged off questions about the U.S. facing possible retaliation, or whether the move would negatively affect the G7 meeting. And he repeated that while he was looking forward to continuing negotiations, the U.S. decision was based on national security grounds.The long-threatened tactic is sure to cast a pall over the G7, with some observers saying a G6-plus-one scenario is already shaping up.“There are periodic disagreements between any two countries on any given set of topics. That doesn’t necessarily mean that it derails other discussions at all,” said Ross.“It all depends on how the various parties react to the circumstances.”While the tariffs have had “major, positive effects” on industry jobs and workers, “the Trump administration’s actions underscore its commitment to good-faith negotiations with our allies to enhance our national security while supporting American workers,” the White House said in a statement.Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, campaigning in advance of the June 7 provincial election, savaged the U.S. president as she called the tariff measure short-sighted and urged Trudeau “to take the strongest retaliation possible to protect our workers” and industry.“I think that we’ve all had just about enough of Donald Trump…. He doesn’t seem to get that his bluster and his bullying are costing people real jobs — in his own country, in Canada and in Ontario,” Wynne said.“I really believe that now the time for talk is done. Donald Trump is a bully and the only way to deal with a bully is to stand up and push back and we have to do that.”But one Canada-watcher in Washington stressed there was no need for Canada to take Thursday’s decision personally.“The key takeaway is Donald Trump does not view the Canada-U.S. relationship as special,” Eric Miller of the Rideau Potomac Strategy Group, said in an interview.“This is Trump versus the world, rather than Trump versus Canada.”last_img read more

Closing Bell TSX drops 105 points amid mixed bank earnings Fed concerns

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market closed lower Thursday, pressured by the financial sector as the latest batch of bank earnings disappointed, giving traders an excuse to take some more profits from a sector that has delivered solid returns all year.Here are the closing numbersTSX — 13,200.40 -104.52 -0.79%S&P 500 — 1,785.03 -7.78 -0.43%Dow — 15,821.51 -68.26 -0.43%Nasdaq — -4,033.16 -4.84 -0.12%The S&P/TSX composite index fell 104.52 points to 13,200.4 with extra selling pressure coming from mining stocks amid falling commodity prices.The Canadian dollar erased early losses to rise a third of a cent to 93.98 cents US.Toronto-Dominion Bank (TSX:TD) shares fell $1.35 to $94.40 after it reported a quarterly profit of $1.622 billion, up from $1.597 billion a year ago. On an adjusted basis, TD earned $1.90 per share, up from $1.83 a year ago but nine cents less than analysts had expected.The bank also raised its dividend by a penny to 86 cents a share and announced a two-for-one stock split.Most of TD’s major units showed increases but net income from wholesale banking fell by 61% to $122 million from a year earlier.Meanwhile, Royal Bank of Canada (TSX:RY) had $2.119 billion of quarterly net income, up 11% from last year. Adjusted diluted earnings per share was $1.42, four cents higher than analysts had forecast. But its shares fell 83 cents to $68.17 as Barclays analyst John Aiken pointed to both the wealth management and retail banking divisions as performing weaker than he expected.RBC also announced that president and chief executive Gordon Nixon will retire next summer.CIBC (TSX:CM) shares dropped $1.23 to $88.82 as it reported a profit of $836 million in net income in its latest quarter, down from $852 million a year ago. After adjusting for one-time items, earnings were $2.22 per share, seven cents ahead of estimates and up 8.8% from a year ago.Analysts pointed out that despite the pressure on the bank stocks Thursday, the financial sector was still up about 18% year to date.“None of the numbers were bad per se, they just didn’t knock the lights out and it’s something that people got accustomed to with the Canadian banks,” said Sadiq Adatia, chief investment officer of Sun Life Global Investment.“There’s a lot of good things going forward, it’s just that at some point in time people’s expectations get higher than what a company can deliver.”U.S. indexes were lower as concerns about what the Federal Reserve will do with a key stimulus measure grew in the wake of more positive economic data.The Dow Jones industrials lost 68.26 points to 15,821.51 amid further positive news on the U.S. jobs front a day before the release of the government’s employment report. The U.S. Labor Department reported that applications for jobless benefits, which are a proxy for layoffs, dropped 23,000 last week to 296,000.The Nasdaq declined 4.84 points to 4,033.16 and the S&P 500 index was down 7.78 points to 1,785.03.Expectations for job creation in the government employment report moved higher after payroll firm ADP reported Wednesday that the private sector added 215,000 jobs last month. Prior to that report, markets had expected job creation of about 183,000.But while a stronger report would be welcomed as another sign of an improving economy, it would also raise concerns the Federal Reserve is getting close to cutting back on its US$85 billion of monthly bond purchases, a program that has kept long term rates low and supported a strong stock market rally this year.On the TSX, the financial sector was down about 0.66% but still ahead about 18% year to date.Scotiabank (TSX:BNS) shares fell 38 cents to $63.32 ahead of its earnings report coming out on Friday.But the gold sector was the biggest percentage decliner, falling almost 3%. December bullion declined $15.30 to US$1,231.90 as the precious metal appeared less attractive on rising speculation the Fed will move sooner than thought to taper asset purchases. Goldcorp (TSX:G) fell 79 cents to C$22.14 and Kinross Gold (TSX:K) faded eight cents to $4.85.Base metals were also lower as March copper declined two cents to US$3.23 a pound. The base metals sector fell and HudBay Minerals gave back 14 cents to $7.70.The energy sector declined 0.32% while the January crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange gained 18 cents to US$97.38 a barrel. Suncor Energy (TSX:SU) gave back 84 cents to $36.27.A major mover on the TSX was Precision Drilling. Its stock fell 93 cents or 9.06% to $9.33 on huge volume of 74.1 million shares. Most of the volume came from a block trade of 56 million shares by Alberta Investment Management Company. TOP STORIESEarnings paint murky picture for RBC and other big banksTD misses profit expectations, but announces stock split, dividend hikeOttawa’s budget watchdog says Jim Flaherty will balance the books sooner than he thinks ‘This kid is a fad. He’s not going to last’: BlackBerry snubbed Justin Bieber’s endorsement, new oral history saysWHAT’S ON DECK FRIDAYECONOMIC NEWSCANADA8:30 a.m.Employment report (Nov): Economists expect gain of 12,000 jobs, jobless rate unchanged at 6.9% Labour productivity (Q3): Economists expect 0.3% rise UNITED STATES8:30 a.m.Employment report (Nov): Economists expect gain of 185,000 jobs, jobless rate to tick down to 7.2% Personal income and consumption (Oct): Economists expect income to rise 0.3%, spending 0.2% 9:55 a.m.University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment Index (Dec): Economists expect reading of 76, up from last month 3 p.m.Consumer credit (Oct): Economists expect $14.55-billion CORPORATE NEWSCANADABank Of Nova Scotia Q4 earnings: Analysts expect $1.30 a share read more

Liberia UN agencies fear dwindling supplies cannot meet growing relief needs

According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), widespread fighting in western, northern and eastern Liberia is cutting off those most in need from humanitarian aid. At the same time, that violence has sparked fresh waves of internal displacement and refugee movement, which aid agencies fear may outstrip their already dwindling supplies.The UN is also seriously concerned over the security of humanitarian personnel. Many of the 200 humanitarian workers who lost contact with their respective offices during heavy fighting around the eastern town of Zwedru on 27 March, remain unaccounted for. The environment in the area has become so dangerous that many aid agencies have had to withdraw their workers.Fighting in the eastern part of the country has placed civilians, including refugees fleeing conflict in neighbouring Côte d’Ivoire at risk, OCHA said. An increasing number of Liberians are also being forced to flee within their own borders, many for the second or third time. Fighting near the northern town of Gbarnga has displaced more than 20,000 people, who then sought shelter in Ganta. When fighting spread to Ganta, some 15,000 of these new arrivals were forced to flee again, along with some 30,000 residents of that town.According to OCHA, thousands of these people have now fled into neighbouring Guinea. In addition, a recent attack by Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy (LURD) rebels at a centre for internally displaced persons (IDP) close to Monrovia drove some 25,000 people out of their temporary shelter.Poor security, and the resulting fluid movements of vulnerable populations it causes, also leaves humanitarian workers unable to reach people in need in the most affected areas. Emergency interventions have become more difficult, and planned health care initiatives like vaccinations against measles have been postponed. Where access is possible – mainly near Monrovia – humanitarian agencies are running low on supplies. Shortages have also prompted the World Food Programme (WFP) to reduce its April and May food rations.Aid agencies fear supply shortfalls will soon become worse because programmes for food, shelter, emergency health, and human rights protection have not received any contributions. Donors have so far provided just 2 per cent of the $42.6 million in funding required under the 2003 UN Consolidated Inter-Agency Appeal for Liberia. UN humanitarian agencies in Liberia continue to urge donors to enable them to assist vulnerable Liberians by funding the Appeal. read more

UN envoy meets with south Sudan rebel leader as peace talks gain

The Council hopes its session next week in Nairobi will act as a catalyst for progress at talks between the Sudanese Government and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A). More than 2 million people have been killed in southern Sudan since the conflict began in 1983.Meanwhile the UN Advance Mission in Sudan (UNAMIS) reported that many internally displaced persons (IDPs) and refugees have begun to return to their home areas in the south, encouraged by the good prospects for peace between the Government and rebels. But it added that protecting these returnees along the main roads remained a concern, with landmines constituting a major risk for them.In Sudan’s other major crisis in the western region of Darfur the UN World Food Programme (WFP) reported today that lack of security and the resumption of violence had forced it to slash aid in an area where 1.45 million people have lost their homes and Janjaweed militias are accused of killing and raping thousands of villagers after local rebel groups took up arms against the Government.In October, WFP had been able to reach only 1.1 million persons with food aid compared with almost 3 million in September.Also in Darfur, UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow and her son Seamus are witnessing firsthand the worsening humanitarian crisis. The actress has been visiting IDP camps and has met with representatives of the Government and the African Union in an attempt to raise awareness of the plight of children.Rape, violence and general insecurity remain the most pressing concerns and Ms. Farrow heard accounts from many women who had suffered abuse. Women are most vulnerable when they leave the camps in which they are forced to live in order to collect the firewood they need to survive.”I had heard that protection was the priority at this point – and it sure is,” she said. “They have to live with the choice of whether they can cook the meals for their family, and which of them is going to go out and face this sort of assault on a daily basis.”The two saw the work UNICEF has undertaken since the crisis began nearly two years ago. More than 900 classrooms have been built or rehabilitated, water and sanitation has been provided for many thousands of people, and more than 2 million children have been vaccinated against measles and/or polio. read more

TSX back under water traders look to more fallout from Fed stimulus

TORONTO – The Toronto stock market likely faces more tough slogging in the weeks ahead as resource stocks lose ground alongside commodity prices amid a slowing global economy. And the other major TSX pillar, financials, will likely find gains elusive amid a slowing economy and housing sector.At the same time, New York markets could be in for more volatility as traders try to gauge the intentions of the U.S. Federal Reserve as far as easing up on stimulus.This week is also thin for economic data, with traders looking to U.S. retail sales and Canadian manufacturing shipments.North American stock markets had very different outcomes last week as the Dow industrials edged up 0.87 per cent amid a stronger than expected reading on American job creation last month. The showing left the blue chip index up 16 per cent for the year.But the TSX had yet another disappointing week, losing 2.14 per cent, led by declines in energy and base metal stocks, leaving the main index down about 60 appoints year to date.“Unless the resource sector, unless commodities mount a significant recovery and rally in the last half of the year, it’s difficult to come up with scenario where the Toronto stock market does a lot better, let alone catches up the U.S.”, said Andrew Pyle, portfolio manager at ScotiaMcLeod in Peterborough, Ont.The resource sector has been dealing with a double whammy of chunks of the eurozone stuck in recession while Chinese economic growth is well off the highs or recent years. The International Monetary Fund in late May trimmed its growth forecast for China this year from eight per cent to 7.75 per cent due to weaker global demand.“What’s happening on top of that, you have Canadian banks that are being looked at less favourably than U.S. banks, you have a lot of analysts out there now saying US banks offer better potential for growth than Canadian banks and that’s a big chunk of the TSX,” added Pyle.The U.S. markets have their own particular headwinds to face in the form of the fallout from comments by Fed chairman Ben Bernanke last month that the U.S. central bank might pull back on its $85 billion-a-month bond-buying program — known as quantitative easing — if economic data, especially hiring, improves significantly. Other Fed officials have spoken about a winding down of asset purchases sooner.Those remarks set off a wave of volatility across stock markets, as QE has kept interest rates and bond yields low and also helped fuel a strong rally on stock markets this year.But rising speculation about an easing of Fed purchases of bonds has also had the effect of depressing bond prices and raising yields, leaving the benchmark U.S. 10-year Treasury at about 2.15 per cent, up sharply from around 1.6 per cent at the beginning of May.“I think that’s what really spooked the market, (and it) just shows how dependent the bond market and stock markets have been on the whole quantitative easing program,” said Pyle.Rising bond yields are negative on two fronts.One, they can depress equities because investors feel they don’t have to invest in stocks to get a decent return.The other concern is that they could put the blocks to a steady bright spot in the American economy this year — the housing marketU.S. home prices soared 12.1 per cent in April from a year earlier, the biggest gain since February 2006, while sales of previously-occupied homes ticked up to a 3 1/2 year high that month.But data released last week shows rising bond yields already affecting mortgage rates.The average U.S. rate on a 15-year fixed mortgage rose above three per cent for the first time in a year, while the rate on the 30-year fixed loan approached four per cent.“And I think this is where the market needs to get a bit more concerned,” said Pyle.“If an increase in mortgage rates causes the U.S. housing recovery to stall or slow, and if bond yields get to a level that are now attractive alternatives, that could induce a retracement.”Housing has been one of the key pillars for the U.S. economy this year and Pyle observed that “if you were to take housing out of the equation, growth would have been lower. So if you lose housing . . . that raises another issue for stocks over the summer.”On the economic front, traders are looking for U.S. retail sales in May to have increased by 0.4 per cent on top of a 0.1 per cent rise in April amid stronger auto sales.And in Canada, Statistics Canada is expected to report that manufacturing shipments rose by 0.3 per cent during April after declining by 0.3 per cent in March. TSX back under water, traders look to more fallout from Fed stimulus intentions AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 9, 2013 8:00 am MDT read more

Shocking photographs and videos of lightning show full extent of Friday mornings

first_img The storm may irritating for commuters, but the lightning was really beautiful. There’s a pretty spectacular lightning storm making its way through Bournemouth at the moment. pic.twitter.com/V7cJRUazoj— Enigmatic Engineer (@MechEngDad) September 16, 2016  Look at that sky!  People all over the country were woken up by it Managed to catch a lightening strike after numerous failed attempts. #Thunderstorms #Lightning pic.twitter.com/5rsI8aH7vs— Saud Ahmed (@saudi89) September 16, 2016 Lightning in Bournemouth this morning. @DailyMirror @DailyMailUK @Telegraph @TheSun @Daily_Express #lightning #storm pic.twitter.com/lrAvEpu3bq— Ed (@EH_Photography1) September 16, 2016 Lightning’s great, not keen on thunder like & it’s still rolling on like indigestion #Newcastle #thunderstorms pic.twitter.com/QyOM1zPl83— Sharonnewcastle (@Curlawurl) September 16, 2016 Lightning lit up the skies, marking the end of Summer, on Thursday night and into Friday morning.People all over the country took photographs and videos of the lightning which woke them up.The storms have caused chaos across the UK, including a train being derailed near Watford Junction station after striking a landslip caused by torrential rain.A man was treated for a neck injury and a woman treated for chest pains after the 6.19 London Midland service from Milton Keynes to London Euston came off the track at around 7am.This incident delayed trains going to and from London as commuters tried to get to work.However, before people started trying to commute, many were delighted by the way the lightning lit up the sky.Strikes made the angry sky look purple in Sloughcenter_img  The lightning was pictured through many rainy windows  An interestingly-shaped lightning bolt  Here’s a very clear and beautiful photograph from Bournemouth   This street was disrupted by a big bolt 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 sky was lit right up in Newcastle during multiple lightning strikeslast_img read more

Arranged marriages happier claims former High Court family judge

first_imgArranged marriage could be happier than marrying for love because it removes the pressure to find the “perfect” partner before settling down, a former top High Court family judge has claimed.Sir Paul Coleridge, founder of the Marriage Foundation think-tank, said he had come to the “truly startling” conclusion based on findings from a new study suggesting that British Muslim women are more likely to be happily married than those from other backgrounds.The research, thought to be the first ever in the UK to explore the links between religion and relationship stability, used data from the Millennium Cohort study which contains details of the lives of 15,000 mothers who had children at the turn of the new century. Perhaps Muslim culture instils a greater sense of interdependenceHarry Benson, Marriage Foundation It found that 45 per cent of mothers who identified themselves as being from a Pakistani or Bangladeshi background described themselves as “very happy” in their relationship compared with only 34 per cent of “white” mothers.Almost all (99 per cent) of the Pakistani or Bangladeshi mothers in the study described themselves as religious, virtually all of them Muslim, compared with just under half (47 per cent) of them others classed as white, most of whom chose Christianity.Similar levels of those who identified as Christian and Muslim said they were very happy in their relationships (45 per cent and 43 per cent respectively. That compares with only a third (32 per cent) of non-religious mothers. 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. Nadiya Hussain, the previous Great British Bake Off winner, has spoken in the past of finding happiness in an arranged marriageCredit:pixel8000 The Muslim women were also the most likely to be married. Overall 94 per cent of Muslim mothers in the study were married compared with 79 per cent of Christian mothers and 59 per cent of those who did not identify with any religion. Sir Paul, who set up the foundation to promote stable marriages after seeing “hundreds and thousands of people” affected by the pain of divorce as a judge, said: “These findings are truly startling.“It appears at first counter intuitive that Muslim women have such successful relationships when many are in arranged marriages.“In fact, Muslims in arranged marriages have many of the ingredients for a really successful long term marriage. Muslims in arranged marriages have many of the ingredients for a really successful long term marriage. They enter marriage without artificial and unreal ‘celebrity’ expectations or a belief that they merely have to bump into a perfect partner and from then on no effort will be neededSir Paul Coleridgecenter_img Sir Paul ColeridgeCredit:UPPA-Ltd Nadiya “They enter marriage without artificial and unreal ‘celebrity’ expectations or a belief that they merely have to bump into a perfect partner and from then on no effort will be needed.“In time the ‘perfect partner’ inevitably disappoints. This group on the other hand have no unreal expectations and from the word go, really work hard and fashion their relationship out of the material they are given.“Doubtless it is in part a consequence of this that they are over 30 per cent more fulfilled and happy than their western sisters. Sir Paul Coleridge “Shared faith no doubt helps but all couples have it in their power to radically improve their chances of staying together by marrying and keeping on working at it.”Harry Benson, research director of Marriage Foundation, who compiled the report with Prof Steve McKay of the University of Lincoln, added: “While further research is required to draw any definite conclusions why Muslim women tend to do better than any other religious group, we can speculate that the values which accompany their faith put greater emphasis on dedication to the family and relationship stability.“Relationship success is about give and take. It is about compromise and working as a team.“Perhaps Muslim culture instils a greater sense of interdependence and is less embracing of individualism.” “No one is suggesting a return to arranged marriages but we can surely all learn a lot about what makes marriages work in the long run from these findings.last_img read more

Tories challenge Gordon Brown to say whether federal UK plans mean referendum

first_imgThe Scottish Conservatives have called on Gordon Brown to clarify whether Scottish Labour’s plan for a federal UK would require a referendum.Mr Brown is expected to campaign in the General Election on Saturday as a key force behind the party’s plans for increased federalism in the UK.Scottish Conservative constitution spokesman Adam Tomkins said: “To move to a federal UK would mark a historic and monumental constitutional change.”As a leading proponent of the idea, Gordon Brown has to spell out how it would be achieved.”Kezia Dugdale has raised the prospect of presenting it as an option in a second referendum on Scottish independence and, as we see Labour cosying up ever closer to the SNP, that is bound to set alarm bells ringing.”Gordon Brown and Scottish Labour need to come clean about exactly what they are planning.”Scottish Labour is holding its biggest ever telephone campaign this weekend, targeting 2000,000 swing voters in marginal seats.The party said it plans to use new software which uses socio-demographic modelling and polling to identify the key swing voters in each constituency before getting in contact. Scottish Labour’s General Election campaign manager James Kelly said: “Swing voters in marginal seats across Scotland will be directly contacted by our members. These are areas where it is a two-horse race between Labour and the SNP, and voting Tory in these areas will just let the Nationalists back in.”He said voters are “increasingly fed up with Nicola Sturgeon’s record in office” calling on her to drop plans for a second independence referendum and focus on day-today governance.Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie, who will take his election campaign to an alpaca farm on the outskirts of Edinburgh on Saturday, also called for the SNP to drop plans for a second referendum.He said: “The SNP manifesto needs to cancel the divisive independence referendum so that the SNP can finally turn their attention full time to Scottish public services.”Even the creatures in the fields know that the SNP’s obsession with independence is harming public services.”SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon and Scottish Finance Minister Derek MacKay will campaign with the East Dunbartonshire candidate and activists in Kirkintilloch.Nicola Sturgeon will set out SNP manifesto plans for Scotland’s young people and say votes for her party are “vital to ensure a strong voice for Scotland, and prevent the dangers of an unopposed Tory government at Westminster”. Among the seats Labour is targeting in this weekend’s drive are Edinburgh South, East Lothian, Lanark and Hamilton East, Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath, Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill, Midlothian, Rutherglen and Hamilton West, East Renfrewshire.center_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.last_img read more

Former soldier and bodyguard to Prince Harry spared jail for appalling child

Rebecca Nieto, defending, said such offences caused great harm and Murfitt was “absolutely deeply ashamed of this behaviour”. She went on: “There is a deeper psychological issue here. A former high-flying soldier was spared jail despite downloading “appalling” child sex images after his lawyer explained he had been Prince Harry’s bodyguard.Timothy Murfitt used search terms such as ‘toddler’ ‘kids’ and ‘baby girl pics’ when he searched for more than 10,000 disturbing images of children.Maidstone Crown Court heard the 47-year-old former soldier was working in London when police went to his home in Sevenoaks, Kent, in April last year. But he was spared jail by Judge Martin Huseyin who praised him for his exemplary military service.The judge said: “Your history is remarkable. This is utterly out of character.”Given your co-operation and other factors, I am prepared to suspend the sentence.”Prosecutor Mary Jacobson said Murfitt at first claimed he had only looked at adult pornography but when the hard drives were examined, more than 10,000 images were found, including more than 170 in the highest category involving children.More than 380 extreme images showing adults having sex with animals were also uncovered at Murfitt’s home.Prosecutor Miss Jacobson said: “The children were very young,” but acknowledged Murfitt had been open and honest when interviewed by police. “He has tried to get help with his mental condition, but has not received much.”He got so desperate that his partner actually wrote to Prince Harry, who he was a bodyguard for at one point.”Suspending Murfitt’s sentence, Judge Martin Huseyin told him: “You had an exemplary military career, you put your own life at risk. You spent a lot of your life working very hard to protect other soldiers from harm.”It is very sad to see someone with your history standing there,” he said, “particularly for this kind of offence [but] some of the images are really appalling.”Murfitt was sentenced to six months suspended for two years with 160 hours unpaid work. His name will appear on the sex offenders’ register for seven years and a sexual harm prevention order was made. 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

Man released as part of investigation into murder of 3yearold boy

first_imgPOLICE INVESTIGATING THE murder of a 3-year-old boy in Northern Ireland  have released a man being questioned in connection with the case.The 51-year-old was released on bail this evening pending further police enquiries, the PSNI said in a statement.A 27-year-old woman also arrested is still being held in custody.The boy, named as Brendan Owens, was found dead at a house on Trinity Terrace in Lisburn in Antrim on 4 July and detectives are treating the case as a murder investigation.A post-mortem examination proved inconclusive.last_img read more

My baby boy is gone forever Man jailed for life for murdering

first_imgShe said that his murder had done irreversible psychological damage to her.I can’t believe that I will never see him again, hug him again or hear him say ‘I love you’ at the end of a phone call.She said that she now suffered from depression and felt suicidal at times.“Over the last phone calls, he did not seem himself… He was always looking for money,” she said. “He would never ask for money from me. It was usually Arik giving the money to help me.”She said that she had been planning to bring him home to either Poland or Sweden.“I will never forgive myself for not doing this,” she said.She stated that while she received no support from the police in Poland, she received support from the people of Longford and the local gardaí, whom she described as quick and professional.She also praised the victim support services at court, whom she described as angels, and her son’s undertaker in Longford.“He got my boy’s remains back to Poland,” she said.“My baby boy is gone forever,” she concluded.I will never see him get married. His sister will never see him again. His children will never see him again… I don’t know how I will cope.Justice White then imposed the mandatory life sentence on Lavickis, who waved at his own mother as he was led away. ‘My baby boy is gone forever’: Man jailed for life for murdering fellow drug dealer Rihards Lavickis (26) had pleaded not guilty to murder, but guilty to manslaughter. 9 Comments https://jrnl.ie/4554914 Inside the Central Criminal Court of Justice Image: Sasko Lazarov via RollingNews.ie A FATHER-OF-ONE has been sentenced to life in prison for murdering a fellow drug dealer, who’d threatened his family over a €100 debt.He chased the 31-year-old across a busy street and stabbed him to death in broad daylight.The trial heard that Rihards Lavickis (26) admitted that he went out with a knife on 1 November 2016 “to get” Akadiusz ‘Arik’ Czajkowski for threatening his family and breaking their windows.The Latvian native with an address at Annaly court in Longford pleaded not guilty to murder, but guilty to the manslaughter of the Polish father-of-two outside Longford Shopping Centre at Rue Noyal Chatillon, Townspark in the town.It was the second time he went on trial for the murder at the Central Criminal Court. A previous jury failed to reach a verdict.AttackThe court heard that both men had become friendly while neighbours in Annaly Court. However, the deceased, who had a severe alcohol problem, had set a number of bins on fire, causing an electricity outage lasting several days in a number of apartments.The deceased had moved elsewhere in the town by the time Lavickis bought €300 worth of drugs off him on tic. However, the money wasn’t paid on the day the deceased wanted. So, he went with an associate to the home Lavickis shared with his partner, her mother and sister and their three young children, and attacked him with a knuckle duster.Although Lavickis reported the attack to the gardaí, he decided not to press charges, and the drug debt was reduced to €100 as a result.However, the trouble continued between the two men, with Lavickis holding the deceased responsible for his family’s windows being broken on up to five different occasions. During one of these incidents, his sister-in-law’s friend was sleeping in the room under attack.The night before the killing was Halloween and Lavickis was out and about with two friends. The jury saw CCTV footage of the three men standing behind a wall before a car pulled up and the deceased and two other men getting out. The footage then showed the first three men running away.One of Lavickis’s friends, Michael Godla, told the court that the deceased had shouted at Lavickis: “Where is the money?” and that Lavickis had replied: “I give you nothing because you beat me with a knuckle duster.”Godla testified that the deceased had warned that he would get out of the car and give Lavickis a beating.“Then another guy get out of the back of the car so we run away all of us,” he said, explaining that they were afraid.“They were big guys, like both bodybuilders. There were three people inside.”He said they were hiding for 15 minutes as the men in the car drove up and down looking for them.Godla said that he was awoken by glass breaking around 3am the following morning and saw that Lavickis’ window had been broken. He later told Lavickis what he had seen.Gardaí testified that Lavickis called them to report the broken window that morning. They went to his home and he nominated the deceased as a suspect, telling the officers that he would “get him”. They had warned him not to, that they would deal with it.However, he had gone out with a knife looking for the deceased. He later saw him walking down the street, hid in a gap in a wall and gave chase as he passed by.DeathThe jury saw CCTV footage of him chasing him with a knife raised, and heard that he’d stabbed him three times just seconds later. The stabbing wasn’t caught on camera.A post-mortem examination found that the victim died of a single stab wound to the heart. The other two wounds were not fatal, with one to his finger classed as defensive.The defence had argued that he did not have the intent necessary for murder when he stabbed the deceased. His barrister also said that, if the jury found he had the intent, it could then find that he had been provoked by the deceased. Both defences could reduce murder to manslaughter.However, the prosecution argued that the natural and probable consequences of sticking a knife into someone’s chest was death or serious injury, either of which could lead to a conviction of murder.The jury spent just over three hours deliberating and found him guilty of murder by unanimous verdict.Justice Michael White thanked the eight men and four women and excused them from jury duty for 10 years.Victim impact statementSergeant Aisling Flynn then read a victim impact statement prepared by the deceased man’s mother, Halina Czajkowska, who said her son had a big heart.“He was a lovely, caring, thoughtful boy, who loved me unconditionally,” she said of her son as a child.She said he had never given her any trouble, was very talented, played musical instruments and loved the guitar.She said that they had both moved to Sweden years earlier, that he had learned the language in a few months and got a job in a factory there, helping her financially.“He had a big heart,” she said.She said he had heard how good Ireland was, and decided to move here, falling in love and having his two children in Northern Ireland.“I do know that he had faults,” she admitted.I don’t know how he got involved with alcohol and drugs to such an extent… He was my beautiful boy. Inside the Central Criminal Court of Justice Share60 Tweet Email Thursday 21 Mar 2019, 9:06 PM Short URL 29,652 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Mar 21st 2019, 9:06 PM Image: Sasko Lazarov via RollingNews.ie By Natasha Reidlast_img read more

Parramatta celebrates in Greek style

first_imgOn Sunday the Parish-Community of Agios Ioannis in Parramatta held their Let’s Go Greek Festival. The event was held in the Parramatta building complex, inside of which the current temple is being housed. A new temple has been designed, with the plans being submitted to the municipality for approval, according to the president of the Community, Kosmas Dimitirou, and there are hopes for the structure to be completed within 2019.The event was deemed a success; warm spring weather was an ally to those who wanted to enjoy a day outside and hundreds of people attended the celebrations, which included many activities for everyone – and children in particular; however, the dancing groups of the Community took the spotlight with their skills thanks to the guidance of teachers Dimitris and Stavroula Papapetrou.The festival also featured a display of older and more modern Greek coins by Panagiotis Souleles, an exhibit showcasing the strong Greek-Indian relations through time, guided by Dr Panagiotis Diamantis, as well as other showings by the Macedonian and Pontian bodies of the community and the Greek High School. Many volunteers contributed to the success of the event, which was emceed by popular comedian George Kapiniaris.Also present at the Let’s Go Greek Festival were his eminence the Bishop of Militoupolis Jacob, the General Ambassador of Greece in Sydney Christos Karras along with his wife Katia Gkigkiza, the State Minister of Multicultural Affairs Ray Williams MP, member of the house of representatives Julie Owens, along with a number of church and community leaders and the local government. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Rooney backs Mourinho over players ar Manchester United

first_imgDC United striker Wayne Rooney, spoke about how the Manchester United players are more responsible than Jose Mourinho for the club’s situation.Looking at everything that’s going on from far away, it must be very difficult for Wayne Rooney to see Manchester United struggle this much under Jose Mourinho.The now DC United forward spoke recently to the press about the situation that the Red Devils are going through, he doesn’t think that this bad run is Jose Mourinho’s fault at all.Quite the opposite actually, Rooney thinks the club’s board of directors should give Mourinho more chances and the players should improve their level of performance.In Wayne’s eyes, it is the players who are to blame for this situation and not Jose Mourinho.“The manager can do so much but then it is down to the players on the pitch to produce. Probably collectively it is a bit of everything coming together, but Jose is an easy target,” said Rooney while being quoted by The Mirror. “I know Jose is getting a load of stick but the players have to stand up. They have to be counted and they have to be better.”“I said the same thing when Louis Van Gaal was there. He took a lot of stick but behind closed doors I said to the players we have been doing better.”Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“It’s been a tough situation. For the players and the manager, it has been a tough start to the season.”“Personally I think he set us up brilliantly, but we didn’t produce on the pitch. So I am sure that is getting said behind the scenes now.”“It’s a young team, and it’s a different pressure. Quite a lot of those players maybe haven’t faced this before and they haven’t got the senior players, which I had there as a young player, to help in those difficult moments.”“There are not enough of them to help you through it.”Jose Mourinho has been made a scapegoat for Manchester United’s flops, claims Wayne Rooney | @MikeAllenMirror https://t.co/y9MlF6vtXX pic.twitter.com/6vPOdVJrTb— Mirror Football (@MirrorFootball) October 8, 2018last_img read more

Twofifths of employees with cancer value reduced or flexible hours

first_imgApproximately two-fifths (42%) of employees who have been diagnosed with cancer state that being offered reduced or flexible hours is one of the most valuable ways employers can help support them through treatment, according to research by Unum.The survey of 300 UK employees who have been diagnosed with cancer in the last five years also found that 29% would value the opportunity to work from home in order to help them manage their diagnosis, while 27% believe that access to counselling or emotional support would be beneficial.More than half (52%) would value insurance cover to help with the potential loss of income from an inability to work, or to provide a lump sum financial benefit to aid with the cost of cancer.Four in 10 (40%) respondents were unfamiliar, prior to their diagnosis, with the relevant resources provided by their employer; in addition, 28% say that they did not receive any support from their employer once diagnosed, or that the support they did receive was below their expectations.Half (52%) felt that they might have been able to return to work sooner had they received better support from their employer, while 84% believe that the level of support they received directly correlates to loyalty to the organisation.A third (32%) of employees diagnosed with cancer admit that taking time off work for appointments has been one of the biggest challenges. A further 30% stated that cancer treatment caused them to feel tired at work, while 19% confess to feeling distracted. In addition, 74% face the extra worry about the cost of cancer, and how their families would cope with a loss of income if they had to give up work.However, attending work can have a positive impact. For a third (32%), work has provided a sense of normalcy, while 28% stated that it has taken their mind off their diagnosis. A fifth (22%) value the social connectedness that work can bring.On the other hand, 26% of respondents were nervous to return to work, with 14% feeling that it is mundane or 12% simply not being able to face it. Around 16% wanted to return to work, but were physically unable to.Liz Walker (pictured), HR director at Unum, said: “Employees diagnosed with cancer can quickly find their world changed beyond recognition. During this highly stressful and often confusing time, work can provide an oasis of normality and routine.“However, our research shows the experiences of those who choose to work through a cancer diagnosis can vary widely, and a supportive employer can make all the difference.“Creating employee resource groups for cancer survivors for emotional support, introducing flexible hours and remote working options, or providing practical insurance cover and return-to-work support can go a long way in aiding employees in their recovery, while signaling that [employers] care.”last_img read more

Vehicle safety sensors may be to blame for bicyclist pileup crash

first_img 2019 Chevy Malibu review: Swing and a miss 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV review: A plug-in SUV that lacks appeal Have a look at the video above, and you’ll notice that once the man standing through the sunroof rests his left forearm on the top of the windshield, the Renault appears to slam on its brakes. On the other side of the glass, just underneath the man’s elbow sits a sensor for the Koleos’ forward collision warning and automatic braking function.Thankfully, there were no serious injuries, Cycling News reported, and after a 21-minute delay, all the riders resumed racing.Regardless of whether this is a case of a faulty transmission (unlikely) or an instance of a sensor being kind of dumb, this accident reminds us of a couple of things. First, try your best not to stand through a sunroof while a vehicle is in motion. Second, unless you’re hellbent on following the advice of Grace Jones’ 1981 single Pull Up to the Bumper, never follow a vehicle ahead too closely. Otherwise, an insurance claim is in your immediate future.Obviously, these cyclists are an exception to that rule because they had a reasonable expectation of safety, but clearly, even closed-course cyclists are not immune to automotive stupidity. WielerFlitsBE via Twitter It’s highly possible the organizers of the junior edition of the Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne cycling race in Belgium unwittingly revealed an unforeseen issue with Renault’s automatic emergency braking system. According to Cycling News, several cyclists crashed into the back of the race director’s Renault Koleos when the vehicle abruptly stopped only seconds after the race’s start. The cycling publication quoted one of the organizers speculating that a faulty transmission may have been the cause behind the sudden stop, but Jalopnik disagrees, saying instead that the Koleos’ collision-mitigation braking system may be to blame here. We’re inclined to agree with that assessment.As with any new technology on cars, trucks or SUVs sold today, advanced driver assistance systems receive years of development and countless miles of testing before they ever meet the consumer. But even with all that testing, a car company can’t account for everything, especially when it comes to cars driving down the street with people popped through the sunroof. Renault EZ-Ultimo concept might be the fanciest self-driving car to date Renault 79 Photos Tags Comment Share your voice Het blijft lastig kiezen tussen het gas- en rempedaal! #kbkjuniors (via Streetjump-Forte) pic.twitter.com/lOcfQXnjJ5— WielerFlitsBE (@WielerFlitsBE) March 3, 2019 2020 Kia Soul review: Well-rounded box 1 Auto Tech More From Roadshowlast_img read more

Chinas pollution is so bad its blocking the sunlight from solar panels

first_img 13 Now playing: Watch this: China’s air pollution is dimming the sun. Nicolas Asfouri / AFP/Getty Images China touts renewable energy as its future, but new research shows that coal-driven air pollution is hurting the country’s progress. Pollution has dimmed the sun to a point that it’s affecting the output of solar panels there, a study has found.The research, published Monday in the journal Nature Energy, mapped the impact of China’s air pollution on potential solar output from about 1960 to 2015. Average solar generation declined by 11% to 15% during that time. Reverting back to the air quality from the 1960s could yield a 12% to 13% increase in electricity production and corresponding economic benefits — $5 to $7 billion US dollars by 2030 — according to the study. Bart Sweerts, the study’s lead researcher, said in an email to CNET that China has installed solar panels to produce more renewable energy and to help it reach the goals in the 2016 Paris climate agreement. Sweerts said the extent and consistency of the reduction in solar energy output since 1960 is striking, but he believes China can still overcome its problems.”China is already achieving a lot in terms of air pollution control. The main drivers for this are the severe health effects of strong air pollution. However, China still has a long way to go — and a lot to win,” Sweerts said.Originally published July 10.Update, July 12: Adds comments from lead researcher Bart Sweerts. China’s artificial sun to be completed this year Share your voice Sci-Tech 4:26 Comments Tagslast_img read more