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UK parliament releases internal Facebook documents

first_imgLONDON — The British Parliament has released some 250 pages worth of documents that show Facebook considered charging developers for data access.Parliament’s media committee seized confidential Facebook documents from the developer of a now-defunct bikini photo searching app as part of its investigation into fake news.In one email, CEO Mark Zuckerberg writes “There’s a big question on where we get the revenue from. Do we make it easy for devs to use our payments/ad network but not require them?”The committee received the documents from app developer Six4Three, which had acquired the files dating from 2013-2014, as part of a U.S. lawsuit against the social media giant. It’s suing Facebook over a change to the social network’s privacy policies in 2015 that led Six4Three to shut down its app, Pikinis.Facebook could not immediately be reached for comment.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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UN chief deeply distressed at plight of Palestinians in Gaza

10 November 2008Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed profound concern over the humanitarian suffering in the Gaza Strip while stressing the importance of the Middle East diplomatic Quartet in the ongoing efforts to promote peace between Israel and the Palestinians. Mr. Ban told journalists yesterday after a Quartet meeting in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, that he was “deeply distressed about the plight of the civilian population in Gaza,” where around 1.4 million people are forcibly confined to the area and socio-economic conditions are in rapid decline. “Through the work of several United Nations agencies, including UNRWA [the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East], the World Food Programme (WFP) and the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations is standing by the people of Gaza and helping them in these difficult times,” Mr. Ban told reporters.The Secretary-General also said that the closure of crossings and the establishment of roadblocks, as well as ongoing settlement issues and the demolition of houses, do not help the peace process, after the Quartet met with Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Sunday.“The Quartet [comprising the UN, the European Union, Russia and the United States] has also made clear its support for a more constructive strategy for Gaza,” Mr. Ban said.He called for recent violence in the region to stop and stressed that Palestinian factions must work together for national unity and reconciliation and overcome their divisions. “I stand ready not only to participate and facilitate the political process but also most importantly to facilitate the ongoing humanitarian assistance to these people.”The importance of the Quartet’s role in monitoring negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians, assessing progress in implementing agreements, as well as continuing to support the bilateral talks was also stressed by Mr. Ban.“I think the most important mechanism is the Quartet, composed of all principals together with Quartet Representative Tony Blair.”In a statement following yesterday’s meeting, the Quartet called on the international community to put its full weight behind Israeli-Palestinian negotiations after Ms. Livni and Mr. Abbas reported that recent talks have been “substantial and promising.” read more

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Botswana fighting devastating AIDS pandemic official tells UN debate

29 September 2009Botswana – where nearly one quarter of people between the ages of 15 and 49 are living with HIV – is taking steps with the help of international assistance to combat the devastating AIDS pandemic, an official from the Southern African nation told the General Assembly today. “HIV/AIDS undoubtedly continues to be one of the most daunting challenges of our time,” Charles Thembani Ntwaagae, Botswana’s Ambassador to the United Nations, told the Assembly’s annual high-level gathering.According to the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), out of a population of nearly 2 million, some 300,000 people are living with HIV. The agency also estimates that 11,000 children under the age of 17 have been orphaned because of the virus.Last June, world leaders gathered at UN Headquarters for a mid-term review of goals laid out in 2001’s Declaration of Commitment on HIV/AIDS.That gathering, Mr. Ntwaagae said, “revealed that despite heightened political momentum and national and global response to HIV/AIDS, not much progress has been made towards mitigating its effects.”With only a handful of countries on track to achieving some of the targets, there is an urgent need for ramping up efforts to ensure universal access to HIV prevention, treatment care and support, he stressed.He voiced concern that the current global economic turmoil has put people living with HIV and AIDS at further risk due to slashed budgets for health programmes.“It is essential that we as governments should renew our commitment to put people first in the kind of policies and programmes we formulate and implement.” read more

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Scotiabank teams up with Kotak Mahindra Bank in India to offer services

TORONTO — Scotiabank says it has signed a deal with Kotak Mahindra Bank Ltd. in India to provide banking services to people emigrating to Canada and to Indo-Canadians seeking services in India.Under the deal, select Kotak Mahindra Bank branches will offer Canadian-bound Indian residents with access to Scotiabank services.In Canada, select Scotiabank branches will help customers seeking bank accounts in India by referring them to Kotak Mahindra Bank.In addition to its new partnership with Kotak Mahindra Bank, Scotiabank offers an international account opening program in select Scotiabank branches in India and Mexico and through China Everbright Bank in China.Kotak Mahindra Bank has over 375 branches across India.Scotiabank and its affiliates serve some 19 million customers in more than 55 countries. read more

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TGTE insists pressure will continue

The Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) led by V Rudrakumaran, has issued a rebuttal for comments made by a Government Minister that the Government of Sri Lanka has not faced pressure from the Tamil diaspora after the January 8 elections.Sri Lanka’s Cabinet spokesman and Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne said that “Earlier the media reported on the Tamil diaspora protesting near the UN and other places. Now we don’t see such media reports.” In a rebuttal to the Sri Lankan Minister’s Statement, TGTE member Suthan Raj pointed out that when President Maithripala Sirsena was visiting London, thousands of Tamils demonstrated against him, calling him a war criminal, for being the acting defense minister during the final weeks of the war when thousands of Tamils were killed. Thousands also marched in Geneva two months ago against the Sri Lankan Government’s policies towards Tamils and to call for an International Investigation for the mass killing of Tamils by the Sri Lankan security forces. Additionally, Suthan Raj said that a Million signature campaign calling the United Nations to refer Sri Lanka to International Criminal Court was recently launched by the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam and several public events are taking place around the world to collects signatures. He also said that several events are being organized around the world to commemorate the “genocide” of Tamils and the first Mullivaaikal Memorial Lecture is to be delivered by former US Attorney General Ramsey Clark in New York on May 18th. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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UN Economic and Social Council aims to strengthen relief aid coordination

The United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), meeting in Geneva, has adopted a resolution that would strengthen the coordination of the world body’s humanitarian assistance. Unanimously adopted on Tuesday, the text calls on States and the UN to extensively draw on local resources and expertise in responding to emergencies. It also emphasizes the need to prepare better to deal with emergencies as well as ways to reduce the risk that disasters can cause.To address the need of uneven funding for humanitarian crisis, the resolution asks the international community to provide relief assistance in proportion to needs and on the basis of assessments so there could be a more equitable distribution of aid.“The international community seems able to tolerate problems in some areas which are decried in others,” Jan Egeland, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, told the Council. He said more needs to be done to improve funding, including better appeals, better needs assessment, better advocacy and better response “so there is absolutely no doubt that every penny was going to real, undisputed humanitarian needs, and that every penny would be effective.” Egeland said there had been improvement, and that “the world is moving in the right direction,” but cautioned that progress was not being made fast enough. “Children are still dying of hunger, and this makes it clear that there is something fundamentally wrong with the pace of what was being done.”In a related development, ECSOC President Ali Hachani, Tunisia, at a press conference Tuesday, said that the Council would remain actively involved in pursuing the agreement reached on the main theme of this year’s ministerial segment, attended by 30 ministers and three prime ministers, on promoting full employment and decent work.He said the focus on employment was particularly pertinent as 192 million people were unemployed globally and half of the world’s labour force is not earning enough to lift itself out of poverty. “This theme is of critical importance to all countries,” he said. “In fact, the world is facing a structural crisis of unemployment.”An even more critical aspect of this theme, he said, was youth employment. While youth make up 23 per cent of the work force, some 50 per cent of them are unemployed. “This has serious implications for the future of our societies,” he said. read more

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UN chief alarmed by severe escalation of fighting at Donetsk airport

In a statement delivered by his Spokesman, the Secretary-General noted that fighting around the airport had already caused numerous casualties and threatened to completely unravel a hard-won September 2014 cease-fire. The statement continued, stressing that further deterioration of a situation that has led to heavy loss of life and civilian suffering must be avoided at all costs, adding that the UN stands ready to support all efforts toward de-escalation and the resumption of a genuine peace process to restore Ukraine’s stability and territorial integrity. read more

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Public spat between bishop and dean over Westminster Abbeys nuclear deterrent commemoration

Peace protest and ‘die in’ opposite Westminster Abbey during a service of thanksgiving that celebrates 50 years of the submarine nuclear deterrent.Credit:Credit: Matthew Chattle / Alamy Live News /www.alamy.com  Peace protest and 'die in' opposite Westminster Abbey during a service of thanksgiving that celebrates 50 years of the submarine nuclear deterrent. However his comments appear to have sparked a row among the clergy – which was played out over social media. A public spat has erupted between a bishop and a dean over Westminster Abbey’s decision to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Britain’s nuclear deterrent.The Rt Revd Roger Morris, area bishop of Colchester, said that an event marking a National Service of Thanksgiving last week was “the wrong kind of message for the church to send”.Writing in The New Statesman on Friday the Bishop of Colchester, who is an anti-nuclear activist, said: “The Church of England has a duty to stand up as a force for peace in our communities and for the flourishing of all humanity. It cannot do so if it celebrates, even tacitly, nuclear weapons.”He added that there is “no doubt” that service personnel on submarines make sacrifices and are “all too often forgotten”, but that the Ministry of Defence has been clear that celebrations to mark 50 years of British nuclear weapons being on constant patrol at sea will recognise the skill and innovation of those that built them. “That is something that I cannot condone in a place of worship,” he said. The die-in at the CND and Christian CND protest opposite Westminster Abbey  HMS Vigilant at HM Naval Base Clyde, Faslane, which carries the UK's Trident nuclear deterrent “We pray that the Royal Navy may never be required to deploy these terrible forces in war and that they may continue to deter their use by others.“We give thanks for all the thousands of people who have designed, built, supported, and crewed the submarines during these past fifty years and for their families, and we continue to pray for the life and work of the Royal Navy, in particular for its submarine service.”In response to the public spat, the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) praised the Rt Revd Morris’ article as a “great piece” and said it was “sad the Dean of Westminster “didn’t listen and instead rang the Abbey’s bells which sounded like joyous wedding bells to celebrate Britain’s nuclear weapons system”. The Telegraph contacted the Rt Rev Morris and Dr Hall for comment. HMS Vigilant at HM Naval Base Clyde, Faslane, which carries the UK’s Trident nuclear deterrentCredit:James Glossop/The Times /PA Following the publication of the article, the Very Reverend Dr John Hall, Dean of Westminster tweeted: “Regrettable that the Bp of Colchester decided not to discuss the service with me, rather than simply criticising without information.”Dr Hall added that there was “no personal antipathy” amid speculation of a row between the clergymen on social media, “just regret at criticism without prior serious engagement: seems casual and rather careless”.A copy of his service at Westminster Abbey  on Friday, which was attended by the Duke of Cambridge in his role as Commodore-in-Chief of the Royal Navy Submarine Service was published on the Church’s website.Prince William was booed and heckled during the service as protesters shouted: “shame on you.”Since April 1969, for 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, at least one UK ballistic missile submarine has been on patrol beneath the waves of the world’s oceans.In his address, the Dean said: “For the past fifty years, Royal Navy submariners have patrolled the oceans and seas of our world, sometimes for many months at a time, burdened with a force able to engender a greater destructive power than has ever been seen on earth. The die-in at the CND and Christian CND protest opposite Westminster Abbey Credit:Credit: Peter Marshall / Alamy Live News /www.alamy.com  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 Bishop of Colchester said: “I have been very careful in all my public statements not to criticise The Dean or the Abbey staff. In fact, I have been very grateful for the Dean’s continued insistence that the service yesterday was ‘not a thanksgiving for nuclear weapons’ and was pleased to hear his assertion in the sermon that we ‘cannot celebrate weapons of mass destruction’. “However, the original press release from the Royal Navy spoke of celebrating the ingenuity and skill of those who designed and built the nuclear deterrent. I’m afraid that my conscience does not allow me to do that.” “Today we thank God that this continuous at sea deterrence, part of a balancing of forces between the most powerful nations on earth, has had the effect of maintaining peace and security between the nations. read more

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Thatcher You cant trust the Irish they are all liars

first_imgMARGARET THATCHER REPORTEDLY advised a Labour minister for Northern Ireland not to trust Irish people because ‘they are all liars’.Peter Mandelson told the Today programme on BBC Radio 4 this morning that it was the one piece of advice the former Conservative Prime Minister gave to him on the day he was appointed Secretary for Northern Ireland by the Labour government in 1999.“Our paths crossed and she came up to me and she said ‘I’ve got one thing to say to you my boy… you can’t trust the Irish, they’re all liars’, she said, ‘liars, and that’s what you have to remember so just don’t forget it’, and with that she waltzed off,” he said.It was the only time that Mandelson met Margaret Thatcher. Mandelson, who was a senior architect behind Tony Blair’s Labour government from 1997 onwards, said he “didn’t feel [he] knew her well enough” to apply for a ticket to attend her funeral today.Thatcher had a notoriously fractious relationship with political leaders in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland during her tenure.She refused to negotiate with the hunger strikers in 1981, was targeted by the IRA in the Brighton bombing of 1984, and signed the Anglo-Irish agreement with then-Taoiseach Garret FitzGerald in1985.BBC journalist Joe Lynam on a message he received from Peter Mandelson this morningPhotos: Protesters, supporters and mourners at Margaret Thatcher’s funeral > Photos: Margaret Thatcher and Ireland >Read: 6 key moments that defined Margaret Thatcher’s relationship with Ireland >last_img read more

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Greece eases up on capital controls

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram This time last year Greek banks were in chaos. While the government took part in negotiations with its international creditors, capital controls were imposed amid fears the country would ditch the Euro currency. This resulted in strict limits placed on how much money depositors could withdraw from their accounts each week. Thirteen months on however, and the Greek central bank is easing its grip on those controls in a bid to encourage nationals to return some of the money withdrawn. While some of that money was spent on paying taxes and covering household expenses, billions of dollars have been moved to accounts abroad, safe deposit boxes, and even under mattresses. By lifting certain restrictions on cash withdrawals, Alternate Minister of Finance George Chouliarakis says he expects it will attract between three to four billion euros in fresh deposits, reports the Financial Times. The move will be a critical test of the nation’s confidence in SYRIZA, with the reaction expected to demonstrate how safe Greeks feel about having their money in the country’s banks. The decision comes after the government successfully completed the first review of its €86 billion bailout loan. With certain controls expected to be abolished as soon as Monday, depositors will be permitted to withdraw €840 every two weeks rather than €420 every week. One banker shared Chouliarakis’ sentiment stating, “we expect a fair amount of cash to emerge now from where it was stashed at the height of the crisis,” a fair expectation given that some €45 billion was withdrawn from the banking system in the first half of 2015 alone. They also added that it would give a much-needed boost to the system’s liquidity. Despite the changes, other restrictions will remain in place on cash transactions for some time with the aim to encourage use of plastic cards in everyday transactions to reduce tax evasion. “The overriding priority is to ensure that POS card machines are in use everywhere even for small transactions, not just supermarkets and food outlets but newspaper kiosks too,” a bank official said.last_img read more

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Mandarin most common language in Melbourne after English followed by Greek

first_imgA new anthology has shed light on the state of multilingualism in Australia with a focus on Sydney, revealing a shift away from European languages.Multilingual Sydney co-edited by Macquarie University’s Dr Alice Chik and Dr Robyn Moloney, has revealed Mandarin to be the most common language other than English spoken in both Sydney and Melbourne, surpassing Arabic.Speakers of Mandarin have increased by 71 per cent from 2011 to 2016, which has been in part attributed to international students being included as part of the census.In Sydney, Mandarin speakers make up 4.7 per cent of people who speak a language other than English, followed by Arabic (4 per cent), Cantonese (2.9 per cent), Vietnamese (2.1 per cent), and Greek (1.6 per cent).Meanwhile in Melbourne 4.1 per cent speak Mandarin, followed in second place by Greek (2.4 per cent), Italian (2.3 per cent), and Vietnamese (2.3 per cent).However the fastest growing language group was found to be that of Indian languages, with NSW Department of Education material revealing that 46,357 students who speak an Indian language were enrolled across Sydney’s public schools in 2017.“We’re seeing a lot more migrants from the Indian subcontinent. They are mostly skilled migrants,” Dr Chik told SBS.Overall 35.8 per cent of people in Sydney speak a language other than English at home, which the co-editor says is much higher than the national average.“There are more than 300 languages spoken in Sydney. There are 200 languages with more than 10,000 speakers,” she said.“And [it] will continue to grow because of new migrants and people picking up new languages.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Robbie Keane tips Pochettino for long stay at Spurs

first_imgRobbie Keane believes that Tottenham are “on the verge of something special” under Mauricio Pochettino and expects the Argentine to prolong his stay at the club.Despite several reports linking Pochettino to the United job, former Spurs striker Robbie is convinced he’s going nowhere.“I’m very convinced he’ll be here for a long time,” Keane told Sky Sports.“He’s said so many times that he’s happy at the club. He’s said he’s building something very, very exciting.Robbie Keane, Jason McAteerMcAteer reignites his feud with Keane Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Former footballer Jason McAteer has criticized his ex-Republic of Ireland teammate, Roy Keane, for his obsession with winning a trophy.“He hasn’t won anything since he’s been here but the progress since he’s come in… when Jamie (Redknapp) and I were here, Tottenham were a mid-table team, maybe getting to a quarter-final.“It went on another step under Martin Jol. Harry (Redknapp) then came in and did an exceptional job. This club is moving forward with (Pochettino) at the helm. It’s important he stays here.“For him to win something at this club, for what he’s built, would be great for the team. He’s turned people like Harry Kane and Dele Alli into superstars. It’s been amazing, so it’s important for the club and Daniel Levy to keep him here.“Winning a trophy needs to be as soon as possible but what he’s done in the last few years has been exceptional. I think they’re on the verge, Tottenham, of doing something special.”last_img read more

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House Begins Work on FY 2018 Appropriations Bills

first_imgThe House Appropriations Committee has advanced the fiscal year 2019 Agriculture-Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Appropriations bill.The House Agriculture Appropriations bill provides discretionary funding of $23.27 billion, a $14 million increase from fiscal year 2018.The American Soybean Association (ASA) is pleased that the House bill included full funding for working lands conservation programs, the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) and Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP).The bill provides a small increase for ag research programs, increasing overall funding to $3.1 billion. For the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI), the House provided a welcome increase to $415 million, up from $400 million in FY2018.The House bill placed no limitations on funding for Market Access Program (MAP) and Foreign Market Development Program (FMD).Therefore, both programs will continue to receive $200 million and $34.5 million respectively for FY2019.last_img read more

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3 children 1 adult hurt in Coconut Creek car crash

first_imgCOCONUT CREEK, FLA. (WSVN) – A two-car crash in Coconut Creek left three children and one adult injured.7Skyforce hovered over the crash scene along West Atlantic Boulevard near the Florida Turnpike, Tuesday morning.Coconut Creek Police and the Margate-Coconut Creek Fire Department responded to the scene just before 11:30 a.m.At least one child was seen being transported to Broward Health Medical Center.According to a police spokesperson, however, the four people suffered injuries that were not life-threatening.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Family of Wilton Manors man found dead after duplex fire searching for

first_imgWILTON MANORS, FLA. (WSVN) – – The family of the man who was found dead inside a Wilton Manors duplex under conditions that authorities deemed suspicious is seeking the community’s help to find one of his dogs.Loved ones said 40-year-old John Young had dropped off Lucky, one of his two dogs, at a veterinarian’s office just before a fire broke out at his home along the 200 block of Northwest 25th Street, Thursday night.However, Young’s family do not know which vet’s office Lucky was taken to, so this weekend they are hoping someone can help locate the missing canine.Fire rescue crews found Young’s body inside the unit. They also located Young’s other dog, Diva, in the backyard.Broward Sheriff’s Office detectives said they have reason to believe the scene is suspicious.Speaking to 7News from her home in Ohio, Young’s mother said she believes she knows who’s behind her son’s death.“It was someone he tried to help that is, I think, emotionally unstable and doesn’t see reality as it really is,” she said. Loved ones said they hope that once Lucky is found, a shelter or rescue will take in both dogs.The cause of the fire and Young’s death both remain under investigation.If you have any information on this investigation, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Man held with 25kg gold at Dhaka airport

first_imgCustom officials on Saturday night held a man with 25 kilogrammes of gold from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka, reports UNB.Assistant commissioner of Customs Intelligence Ehsanul Kabir said Jamil, the arrestee, came to Dhaka from Singapore around 10:30pm. “After landing at the airport, he sat on a wheel-chair pretending that he is a disabled man,” he said. The custom officials searched Jamil for his suspicious activities at the custom hall and found a total of 200 gold bullions which were concealed in his body, he said. The market price of the gold bars will be approximately Tk 120 million, he added.last_img read more

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Father son die of food poisoning

first_imgMap of NaogaonA man and his son have died due to reported food poisoning in Dariapur village in Mahadevpur upazila of Naogaon, reports UNB.The deceased were identified as Arun Kumar Kundu, 55, and his son Chandan Kumar Kundu, 25.Mahadevpur police station officer-in-charge Sajjad Hossain said they fell sick on Sunday night after eating food in a picnic.They were taken to Mahadevpur Health Complex where Arun died around 2am on Monday and Chandan also died on the way to Rajshahi Medical College Hospital.Resident medical officer at the upazila hospital Debashish Kumar said the duo fell unconscious following excessive vomiting and loose motion. “They’re suspected to die due to food poisoning,” he said.The bodies were sent to Sadar Hospital for autopsy, he said.last_img read more

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Live News traffic and weather updates for North Staffordshire South Cheshire on

first_imgHello and welcome to StokeonTrentLive’s breaking news service bringing you all the latest updates from Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire on Friday, March, 22. Our team of reporters will be updating this live service with all the latest on the traffic and travel and weather updates – as well as news and entertainment through the day. We’ll be bringing you the very latest updates in our live news feed below. For the latest news and breaking news visit www.stokeontrentlive.co.uk Get all the big headlines, pictures, analysis, opinion and video on the stories that matter to you. Follow us on Twitter @SOTLive – the official Sentinel account – real news in real time. We’re also on Facebook – your must-see news, features, videos and pictures throughout Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire. Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us @SOTLive or message us on our Facebook page . And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at StokeonTrentLive . 18:32Waterloo Road blocked due to two vehicle accidentA50 Waterloo Road in both directions blocked, very slow traffic due to accident, two vehicles involved between Adelaide Street and Pitt Street East.Ambulance on scene. Affecting traffic between St Peter’s Catholic School and the centre of Burslem. 18:21Accident reported in BurslemReports of heavy traffic due to accident on A50 Waterloo Road near Rushton Road.Affecting traffic between St Peter’s Catholic School and the centre of Burslem. 18:02Latest on accident in SmallthorneMoorland Road partially blocked, slow traffic due to recovery work and accident, three vehicles involved at A5272 Hanley Road (Smallthorne roundabouts).Traffic is unable to access Bank Hall Road from the roundabout. One of the vehicles involved span out and hit the central reservation.17:06Lane shut on M6 due to accidentOne lane is closed due to an accident on the M6 Northbound between M6 (Stafford Services) and J15 A500 D Road (Stoke-On-Trent).Lane one (of three) is closed. Stafford Services is located between J14 and J15. A Highways England spokesman said: “We have 1 of 3 lanes closed for a Road Traffic Collision.”17:04Accident at Smallthorne RoundaboutsWe’re getting multiple reports of an accident at Smallthorne Roundabouts.17:00Warning after distraction thieves target supermarket customers in four townsA number of shoppers have had their cards and cash stolen in incidents across four towns earlier this week. More here.16:18Man arrested following serious sexual assault in townThe arrest comes following a police appeal. More here. 13:20M6 Northbound entry slip road closed due to broken down vehicle at J18 A54 Middlewich Road (Middlewich / Holmes Chapel). Traffic is coping well.The slip road is closed as you head from the roundabout to join the motorway. 13:06Heavy traffic on A500 D Road Southbound before M6 J15. 13:00Advance Warning – Work to demolish the Burton Bank Footbridge this weekend. Restrictions in place from 17:00 on Saturday 23rd March until Sunday lunchtime 24th March on M6 between M6 J13 / A449 (Stafford South) and M6 J14 / A34 / A5013 (Stafford North).Two lanes will closed from 17:00 Saturday evening, then from 20:00 Saturday the motorway will be closed completely until Sunday lunchtime. The works could be completed ahead of schedule if works progress well.Diversion – through Stafford via A449 and A34. 12:35Moorland Road / Ford Green Road busy but moving at A5272 High Lane (Smallthorne Roundabout). 12:16Reports of accident on A519 near Drayton Road. Traffic is coping well.Near the M6 Bridge. 10:52Heavy traffic on A53 Elder Road around A50 Waterloo Road (Cobridge Traffic Lights). 10:13Man arrested in connection with charity shop break-inPolice at the scene in High Street, BiddulphMore here.10:12 A527 Porthill Road busy but moving at A500 D Road / Longbridge Hayes Road / Longbridge Hayes Road (Porthill Bank). 10:12Heavy traffic on Brownhills Road / Davenport Street / Newcastle Street between A500 (Porthill Bank) and Tunstall. 10:12Maw Lane in both directions closed due to emergency repairs from Sydney Road (Crewe) to Clay Lane (Haslington).As of yet it is unclear how long the repairs are expected t take. 10:12A50. Stolen pick up truck from @metpoliceuk area. Towing a stolen caravan from @StaffsPolice area. Boxed in, male arrested and both recovered in @DerbysPolice area. #Crime #TPAC pic.twitter.com/7AP6XgzKso— Derbyshire Roads Policing Unit (@DerbyshireRPU) March 22, 201908:44Update on Sandon RTCParamedics were called by police at 7.36am to a two-vehicle collision near the Dog and Doublet pub.All occupants were out of their vehicles on arrival and none required hospital treatment.08:41A34 Newcastle Road busy but moving between Springfield Retail Park and A500 D Road (Hanford Interchange). Travel time is four minutes. 08:39 Usual congestion on B5051 Moorland Road / Ford Green Road at A5272 High Lane (Smallthorne Roundabout). 08:39Usual slow traffic on A50 Victoria Road at A5007 City Road. 08:08One lane closed due to broken down van with a trailer on M6 Northbound from J12 A5 (Gailey) to J13 A449 (Stafford South). Traffic is coping well.Lane one (of four) is closed. 08:08A51 Lichfield Road Northbound blocked, slow traffic due to accident, two cars involved at Dog and Doublet pub.Affecting traffic heading from Weston towards Stone. 07:50A527 Biddulph Road coming from Brinley Ford Southbound busy but moving at A5272 High Lane roundabout. 07:50A52 Werrington Road Westbound busy but moving before A52 Leek Road (Lime Kiln Traffic Lights).07:50On going incidents – Friday 22/03 #M6 J24 to J25 Northbound – Broken down Vehicle Live lane#M6 J19 to J20 Northbound – Pedestrians #M56 J15 to J14 Eastbound – Broken down Vehicle Hard shoulder #M60 J4 to J5 CW – Transit Hard shoulder.— North West Motorway Police (@NWmwaypolice) March 22, 201907:40Good Morning all. Rain in the north and west today. Dry but cloudy elsewhere. For more information on your site specific forecast check out our website here: https://t.co/cQSfu1VDbo ^Ellie pic.twitter.com/NcYm79dcsV— Met Office (@metoffice) March 22, 201907:34A5272 Hanley Road / High Lane busy but moving around Moorland Road (Small Thorne Roundabouts). 07:28The M6 in Greater Manchester is closed northbound between J25 (for Wigan) and J26 (M58) due to a collision involving 1 HGV. Emergency services including North West Motorway Police are in attendance.Traffic is being diverted via the solid triangle diversion symbol. Exit the M6 northbound at J25 and join the A49 northbound. Follow for 2 miles and at the junction with the A577 turn left and continue on the A577 for 2.5 miles and then rejoin the M6 J26 at the next junction.Please allow extra time for your journey should you be travelling in the area this morning.last_img read more

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Police arrest motorcycle thieves

first_imgTwo teenagers suspected of stealing a motorcycle in Limassol were arrested after trying to sell it online, a court heard on Friday.The pair, aged 17 and 19, were remanded in custody for two days after their arrest on Thursday afternoon.Police were led to the suspects by the owner who saw a sale ad with a photo of his motorcycle on Facebook.An officer contacted the account owner telling him he was interested in the motorcycle and arranged a meeting to see it.On Thursday, officers arrested the two suspects at the rendezvous point and later determined that the vehicle was indeed the one reported as stolen by its owner. You May Likewww.recipeonhouse.comTop Non- Veg Recipes And Smoothies Online- Recipe On Houswww.recipeonhouse.comUndoAutos +The 10 Most Underrated Cars On The Market TodayAutos +UndoSmart SecurityMost people think that having a dog is all you need to protect your home.Smart SecurityUndo British woman who claimed gang-rape taken to courtUndoModi versus Wild: Indian PM to join Bear Grylls in wildernessUndoFilms and food at RialtoUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Religious leaders in joint call for understanding of refugees

first_imgTo mark the occasion of World Refugee Day 2018 on June 20, the religious leaders of Cyprus have jointly issued a video statement that advocates inclusion, understanding, and support for refugees and asylum seekers in Cyprus.The video was made in collaboration with the Religious Dialogue Office for the Peace Process in Cyprus (RTYCPP) and the United Nations Office for Refugees in Cyprus (UNHCR Cyprus).It includes statements by Archbishop Chrysostomos, Mufti Talip Atalay, Archbishop Khoren Doghramadjian of the Armenian Apostolic Orthodox Church of Cyprus, Archbishop Youssef Soueif of the Maronite Church of Cyprus and Latin Patriarchal Vicar Jerzy Kraj.“With this powerful joint statement by the five main religious leaders of Cyprus, we are indeed seeing the start of a strong interreligious dialogue related to refugee protection in Cyprus,” UNHCR Representative in Cyprus Damtew Dessalegne said.“In anxious times such as the one we are living in today, enhanced partnership is essential not only between the United Nations and faith-based actors, but also among these organisations themselves, in building welcoming, tolerant and inclusive communities based on the common values of caring and respect for the stranger.” In the video, Archbishop Chrysostomos invited everyone to devote particular attention to refugees who are forced to leave their homeland in search of a better life.“We call on the decision makers to help solve the problems of refugees and for the Mediterranean Sea to cease to be the graveyard of innocent people,” he said.Mufti Talip Atalay said embracing refugees and providing them with maximum care are not only humanitarian requirements but was also a religious obligation.“Both our church and our people have experienced and felt on their own skin what it means to become a refugee,” said the Armenian archbishop.Maronite Youssef Soueif called on all to help, saying “we must all try … to help them integrate into their new societies.”On his part, Vicar Jerzy Kraj addressed the refugees, telling them never to lose hope that they will receive help on their journey.As part of World Refugee Day marked on June 20, the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra is holding a concert on Wednesday night to honour the strength, resilience and courage of refugees around the world under the auspices of the UNHCR Office in Cyprus. The concert will take place under the artistic direction of Jens Georg Bachmann and with the participation of guitar soloist, George Nouneh, a self-taught guitarist and a refugee from Syria, who now lives in Paphos.This event will be open and free to the public. For more information see www.facebook.com/UNHCRCyprus/ or http://www.unhcr.org/cy/events/You May LikeMoguldomAU Ambassador Tells African Americans To Come Home To BuildMoguldomUndovortexpure.comDo you realize how bad your tap water is?vortexpure.comUndoWoJournalsTop 20 magnificent eyes from around the worldWoJournalsUndo Property owners price themselves out of the marketUndoBritish woman who claimed gang-rape taken to courtUndoProtest outside the House over foreclosures lawUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more