Premier Extends Condolences to Family Friends of Alistair MacLeod

first_imgPremier Stephen McNeil is extending his condolences to the friends and family of writer Alistair MacLeod. The celebrated writer, who set many of his stories on Cape Breton island where he grew up, died at the age of 77. “Our thoughts are with Mr. MacLeod’s friends and family during this difficult time,” said Premier McNeil. “Alistair MacLeod brought the island and people of Cape Breton to the rest of the world through his stories. His novels and writings will continue to be read for generations to come.” Among his many works, Mr. MacLeod’s novel No Great Mischief, which follows the trials and troubles of a Cape Breton family, received wide-spread critical acclaim and has been recognized as one of Atlantic Canada’s greatest novels. It won a number of awards, including the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, recognized as one of the richest in literature. -30-last_img read more

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FIFA drops plans for 48team 2022 World Cup

first_imgLausanne: FIFA shelved a proposed expansion of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to 48 teams, dealing a blow to the world football body’s president Gianni Infantino. The 2022 tournament in the Gulf state will now be played with 32 nations taking part. FIFA said it had abandoned the expansion plans “following a thorough and comprehensive consultation process” which led to the conclusion that “under the current circumstances such a proposal could not be made now”. Also Read – We don’t ask for kind of tracks we get: Bowling coach Arun “(The tournament) will therefore remain as originally planned with 32 teams and no proposal will be submitted at the next FIFA Congress on 5 June,” FIFA said in a statement. The expansion was a pet project of Infantino, who pushed the idea despite the likely need for Qatar’s neighbours to put aside a two-year blockade and help to host an expanded tournament. “The involvement of these countries in the organisation of the tournament jointly with Qatar implies the lifting of this blockade, in particular the lifting of restrictions on the movement of people and goods,” said a feasibility study submitted to March’s FIFA Congress in Miami. Also Read – Bastian Schweinsteiger announces retirement, could join Germany set-up The study, seen by AFP, also claimed that a Qatar World Cup with 48 teams would generate “between 300- 400 million (265-354 million euros) of additional income”. Specifically FIFA was counting on an additional 120 million in TV rights, 150 million in marketing rights and 90 million from ticket sales. The news comes after Europe’s top football clubs said in March they would boycott an expanded 24-team Club World Cup — also backed by Infantino — which is planned to take place in June and July 2021, replacing the Confederations Cup tournament. – Complicated proposition – =========================== An announcement of the final decision had not been expected until next month’s FIFA Congress to be held in Paris ahead of the women’s World Cup that takes place in France between June 7 and July 7. FIFA said it had examined the possibility of Qatar hosting a 48-team tournament on its own, but a study “concluded that due to the advanced stage of preparations and the need for a detailed assessment of the potential logistical impact on the host country, more time would be required and a decision could not be taken before the deadline of June”. FIFA has dropped the plan to expand the 2022 tournament despite recommending in March that the number of teams should be raised to 48 for that tournament, ahead of the 2026 World Cup in the United States, Canada and Mexico. Expanding the competition for the 2022 tournament was always a complicated proposition. FIFA had sounded out potential co-hosts in the region willing to support Qatar, a complicated proposition for Doha which is subject to an ongoing embargo by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and their allies. Qatar’s Supreme Committee, charged with the organisation of the tournament, said in reaction to FIFA’s decision that “Qatar had always been open to the idea of an expanded tournament in 2022 had a viable operating model been found and had all parties concluded that an expanded 48-team edition was in the best interest of football and Qatar as the host nation.” But it said there was insufficient time to make a deeper assessment before the June deadline and “it was therefore decided not to further pursue this option.” “With just three and a half years to go until kick off, Qatar remains as committed as ever to ensuring the 32-team FIFA World Cup in 2022 is one of the best tournaments ever and one that makes the entire Arab world proud,” the Supreme Committee said. Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt and Bahrain cut all ties with Qatar in June 2017, accusing Doha of supporting Iran and Islamist groups. Qatar vehemently denies the charges and says Saudi Arabia and its allies are aiming to incite government change in the emirate, the world’s largest exporter of liquified natural gas. Gulf states Kuwait and Oman have not taken sides in the crisis. However, Oman said in April it was “not ready” to host matches.last_img read more

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We will not forget Thousands attend funeral fallen Fredericton officers

first_imgFREDERICTON – An emotional afternoon in Fredericton has drawn to a close, although last Friday’s tragedy still hangs over the New Brunswick capital after a regimental funeral was held for two constables killed in the line of duty.Thousands of police officers and first responders attended the service held at a local arena Saturday afternoon for constables Robb Costello and Sara Burns.Loved ones, colleagues and dignitaries spoke at the ceremony, and a common theme was woven into every speech: the kindness and compassion of the fallen officers.Fredericton Police Chief Leanne Fitch’s voice shook as she described her time working with Costello and Burns, who were killed last Friday in a shooting that also left two civilians dead.“When we sign up to serve and protect our city, we are committing our entire life’s work to this service,” Fitch said, adding that the two officers died as heroes.“Their deaths have created a ripple effect that stretches out as far as the ocean is deep.”Burns’s husband fought back tears as he delivered a powerful speech in which he asked the surviving Fredericton officers not to feel any guilt about his wife’s death.“I want each and every one of you to know that she is at peace, and knows that you did everything you could to protect her,” he said.“Don’t burden yourself with the ‘why,’ because you won’t find the answer.”Burns asked that those in attendance pay their respects to the two civilian victims, Bobbie Lee Wright and Donnie Robichaud, as well.“Their families are grieving no less, and their lives are just as important,” he said.Burns’s tie and pocket square were yellow, his wife’s favourite colour, and matched the yellow roses placed on top of her casket.Greg Morris, a family friend of Costello, said the fallen officer took great pride in his work and had described being a police officer as his lifelong passion.Morris said Costello was a kind and compassionate friend who loved his mother, once spending days by her side while she was in the hospital.Costello also loved basketball, Morris said, adding that while his friend was never the most skilled player, he was the most selfless and was always willing to do anything for his team.But the most important thing in his life was his family, he said.Addressing Costello’s daughters, Morris said, “Kassie and Kaitlyn, your dad would be so proud of the remarkable women you’re becoming today…. He loved you both very much.”Several dignitaries attended the funeral, including New Brunsick Premier Brian Gallant, Lt.-Gov. Jocelyne Roy-Vienneau and Fredericton Mayor Mike O’Brien.Roy-Vienneau said she was fortunate to have met both Burns and Costello, and she was struck by their passion for their work.She said Saturday’s ceremony was both a time of great sadness and a time to honour all police officers and first responders.“The men and women in police uniforms constantly demonstrate the highest levels of courage, resourcefulness, initiative, and willingness to go above and beyond, often putting themselves in harm’s way,” Roy-Vienneau said.“While we all wish for a different outcome, I promise we will not forget the sacrifices made in the line of duty.”At the beginning of the ceremony, officers laid the caps and belts of the fallen constables on top of their caskets, which were covered by Canadian flags, next to the roses placed there by family members.The flags were later carefully folded and given to Costello and Burns’s families.The service began with a heart-wrenching bilingual rendition of “O Canada” by award-winning singer Measha Brueggergosman, a Fredericton native. That was followed by a smudging ceremony with sweetgrass, performed by St. Mary’s First Nation Elder Imelda Perley, to honour the officers’ transition from “Earth walk to spirit walk.”Before the funeral began, 1,500 officers and first responders marched through the streets of Fredericton for a funeral procession, while hundreds of people lined the route.Rain poured from the sky during the parade, mirroring the gloom that has taken over the city of nearly 60,000 people.“The rain in our city today represents the tears of sadness and grief that flow from our hearts brought about by the terrible and senseless loss of these two heroes we dearly love,” Fredericton police chaplain Rev. Verner Drost said at the ceremony.The parade included a band, several police motorcycles, and Grimsby, a light grey, 10-year-old police horse co-owned by Burns and fellow Fredericton officer Const. Stefan Decourcey.The lives of the two civilian victims were also honoured this week by their families and friends.A public visitation was held Wednesday evening for Wright at a funeral home near Woodstock, N.B., although her obituary said there would be no funeral service by request and her internment would be held at a later date.Similarly, no funeral was held for Robichaud.His widow, Melissa Robichaud, told The Canadian Press that he had requested to be cremated and that she planned to scatter his ashes Thursday evening along a strip of road the avid motorcyclist had often biked along.Forty-eight-year-old Matthew Vincent Raymond has been charged with four counts of first-degree murder in the shooting, and is set to appear in court on Aug. 27.On Friday, a judge lifted a publication ban that had been imposed on court documents revealing details about how the deadly attack unfolded.Monday’s ban came hours after several media outlets had already reported on what the documents contained.The now public documents say the accused gunman was wounded as he allegedly exchanged gunfire with another officer from his apartment window.— With Alex Cooke in Halifax.last_img read more

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Hang Out With Castles Nathan Fillion For Charity

first_imgWant to hang out with Richard Castle? You and a guest can spend a day with Nathan Fillion in LA and help charity.Nathan Fillion plays novelist Richard Castle on the hit TV series Castle and is also known for his role as Captain Malcolm Reynolds on the popular TV series Firefly. Nathan has been named one of “TV’s Sexiest Men” and is a two time People’s Choice Award winner.A new auction is giving you the chance to hang out with Nathan and benefit Team HEAL – Team HEAL Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit organization that provides full-time Certified Athletic Trainers to under-served public high school athletic programs. Team HEAL aims to protect the health and future of student athletes by providing world class medical care. This includes injury prevention and treatment services, strength and conditioning, nutrition education, and exposure to careers in health related fields.The auction is open until March 19, and can be accessed at CharityBuzz.com.last_img read more

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Jilly Cooper Wants To End Experiments On Cats And Dogs

first_imgOne of Britain’s most beloved authors, Jilly Cooper, has posed with one of her two pet greyhounds in support of Our Best Friends, a BUAV campaign calling on the Government to end the use of dogs and cats in experiments.Jilly Cooper supporting the BUAV’s Our Best Friends campaignCredit/Copyright: Judy ZatonskiJilly said: “My two greyhounds truly are my best friends and I adore sharing my home with them and enjoy our adventures together. It is utterly appalling to hear about the high numbers of dogs still used in experiments in the UK who never experience the love of a family or the joy of playing in a park. I am supporting the BUAV’s Our Best Friends campaign to call on the UK government to ban this hideous experimentation on dogs and cats and I urge you please to do the same.”In 2012, 3,214 dogs and puppies suffered in 4,843 tests in Great Britain. This is a 6% increase in the number of dogs used compared to the previous year (2,865 in 2011), and a rise of 12% in the number of experiments carried out (4,552 in 2011).Most experiments carried out on dogs are for toxicity testing. The dogs may be injected with or force fed drugs and chemicals and then observed for signs of adverse (toxic) effects including vomiting, diarrhoea, internal bleeding and organ damage, seizures, paralysis – even death. They are killed at the end of the experiment.The BUAV Chief Executive, Michelle Thew, said: “Over 11 million families in the UK share their home with either a dog, or a cat yet these much loved animals are still being used in cruel and unnecessary tests. We thank Jilly for her support and urge the public to join our campaign to end these experiments. Please sign our petition today and help us consign this cruelty to history.”Other celebrities who have backed the campaign include Ricky Gervais, Kimberly Wyatt, Helen Skelton, Dave Spikey, Wendy Turner Webster and Chris Packham.last_img read more

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TSX flat as oil gold head south on Syria strike uncertainty

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market was little changed Friday while oil and gold prices fell back amid uncertainty over a Syrian military intervention.The S&P/TSX composite index was up 2.12 points to 12,706.85 as traders also took in data that showed the Canadian economy contracted in June.The Canadian dollar was up 0.03 of a cent to 94.99 cents US as Statistics Canada reported that gross domestic product in June shrank by 0.5%, which was in line with economists’ expectations. At the same time, GDP grew at an annualized rate of 1.7%, higher than the 1.6% pace that was forecast.Economists had expected the economy would hit a rough patch in June, largely because of severe flooding in Alberta and a construction sector strike in Quebec.The TSX found early support from convenience store chain Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. Shares ran up $4.01 or 6.99% to $61.37 as it increased its quarterly dividend by 1.25 cents to 8.75 cents per share as it reported a first-quarter profit of $255 million or $1.35 per share. That was up from a profit of $102.9 million or 57 cents per share a year ago.U.S. indexes racked up minor losses with traders reluctant to take on big positions ahead of a long weekend in the U.S. and Canada for the Labour Day holiday.The Dow Jones industrials were down 12.97 points to 14,827.98, the Nasdaq lost 6.83 points to 3,613.48 and the S&P 500 index was 0.11 of a point lower to 1,638.06.Markets have been rattled this week by the prospect of a U.S.-led punitive strike against Syria after an alleged chemical weapons attack. The international aid group Doctors Without Borders says at least 355 people were killed in the Aug. 21 attack in a suburb of the Syrian capital of Damascus.UN investigators are currently in Syria gathering evidence about the attack.In a surprise move, the British parliament voted late Thursday against military action in Syria, whittling down the core of the planned coalition to the United States and France. Italy and Germany have said they won’t take part in any military action.The British vote ratcheted up pressure on U.S. President Barack Obama, who is also facing domestic skepticism about military intervention in Syria.Obama appeared undeterred by the difficulties forming an international coalition, and advisers said he would be willing to retaliate against Syria on his own.On the TSX, support also came from financials at the end of a generally positive week for bank earnings. All the major Canadian banks reported this past week and combined profits slipped to $7.63 billion in the third quarter, even though most of them reported stronger results for the period. TD Bank gained 84 cents to $90.77.Elsewhere in the sector, Laurentian Bank reports third-quarter net income fell six% to $28.3 million, or 91 cents per share. Revenue grew 14% to $221 million from $193.8 million and its shares slipped 27 cents to $44.68.The telecom sector also provided lift for a second day on speculation that U.S. telco Verizon won’t be entering the Canadian wireless market. Rogers Communications edged up 15 cents to $42.16.Easing concerns about international intervention in Syria pushed oil prices lower for a second day.The October crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange lost 98 cents to US$107.82 a barrel.Syria is not a major oil producer but a widening conflict there could affect major producers in the region or disrupt supply routes.The energy sector was off 0.2% and Suncor Energy shed 18 cents to $35.92.Gold prices also moved lower after spiking earlier in the week and the December bullion contract on the Nymex fell $17.70 to US$1,395.20 an ounce. The gold sector fell 1.2% and Goldcorp Inc. fell 50 cents to $31.02.The base metals sector was slightly higher while December copper stepped back two cents to US$3.24 a pound. First Quantum Minerals climbed 27 cents to $17.17.European bourses were lower amid data that showed the unemployment rate across the 17 nations using the euro stuck at its record high of 12.1% in July. The European Union rate of 11% also held steady.London’s FTSE 100 index fell 0.54%, Frankfurt’s DAX declined 0.64% while the Paris CAC 40 was down 0.58%.Earlier in Asia, Tokyo’s Nikkei 225 index closed down 0.5% but gains were posted elsewhere in Asia. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng rose 0.2%, South Korea’s Kospi gained 1% while Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 added 0.8%. read more

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At UN debate Ecuador calls for increased focus on human and environmental

“My country sees it as fundamental that international organizations support and promote all human rights,” Mr. Albuja said in his statement to the 67th Assembly’s General Debate, taking place at UN Headquarters in New York, adding that international and national instruments that regulate human rights and supervise their implementation must be discussed and updated regularly to strengthen international law. “This profound commitment with humanity forces us to encourage tolerance, respect and support for every person,” he said. “Since people are at the centre of the Government’s Citizen Revolution programme, we have decidedly supported people that are persecuted for the political ideals, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, or that have a well-founded fear of integrity in their home countries.”Ecuador currently has some 60,000 refugees, Mr. Albuja noted, the highest figures of any Latin American country. In addition, it is also home for some 500,000 economic migrants who have incorporated to society and are protected by the State.The Ecuadorian official stressed that in addition to human rights, countries should recognize the rights of nature and focus on preserving and regenerating its vital cycles, structure and evolutionary processes.“By recognizing [nature’s] rights, we close the integral cycle that these have with human rights,” he said, calling for a universal declaration on the rights of nature to ensure its protection,” he said.Ecuador is one of the main promoters at an international level of sustainable measures for the environment, Mr. Albuja said, adding that the Government has put in place various measures to protect species and ecosystems in danger of extinction, reduce carbon emissions, and combat climate change.He added that countries should work together to make progress on sustainable development but there needs to be a stronger will from governments as well as regional and international institutions to achieve this end.Ecuador’s Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs is one of scores of world leaders and other high-level officials presenting their views and comments on issues of individual, national and international relevance at the Assembly’s General Debate, which ends later on Monday. read more

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Jumpstart reps see effects of Recess Project

Nancy Cameron (right) and Dave DiFelice (centre) from Canadian Tire Jumpstart play spike ball with students at Prince of Wales School in Thorold Monday. Canadian Tire Jumpstart has contributed $230,000 to the Recess Project, which aims to make the school day breaks more fun and inclusive for students.Representatives from Canadian Tire Jumpstart got in touch with their inner children Monday when they visited Prince of Wales School in Thorold.Dave DiFelice, Jumpstart ambassador and vice-president of customer service and operations at Canadian Tire Financial Services in Welland, and executive assistant Nancy Cameron were at the school to see and experience the Recess Project in action.Caroline Macdonald, educator and regional co-ordinator of the Recess Project, gives Nancy Cameron and Dave DiFelice of Canadian Tire Jumpstart a rundown of everything students do and learn during organized recess activities at Prince of Wales School in Thorold.Canadian Tire Jumpstart has contributed $230,000 over four years to the Recess Project, which was started by Lauren McNamara, a child and youth studies professor whose goal is to make recess more fun and inclusive for children.DiFelice and Cameron toured the school, learned about the activities and clubs that have started since the Recess Project came to Prince of Wales, and played a game of spike ball with students.McNamara’s project has provided students at five Niagara schools and two Hamilton schools with recess time programming, resulting in greater feelings of acceptance among their peers and better performance in class.McNamara has been running it with the help of her students and teachers at the schools for the past four years.On the blackboard in the Recess Project classroom at Prince of Wales School where students participate in and lead organized recess activities. Prince of Wales teacher Jon Davidson (right) thanks Nancy Cameron and Dave DiFelice of Canadian Tire Jumpstart. Prince of Wales students stop for a photo with Caroline Macdonald (back left), regional co-ordinator of the Recess Project, Lauren McNamara (back centre), child and youth studies professor and creator of the Recess Project, and Erin Vaantaja (far right) an educator and Brock graduate student assisting with the Recess Project. Paul Forsyth from Niagara This Week captures the moment. read more

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Schools back and Brocks OWeek celebration begins Sunday

It’s a campus tradition that focuses on safe and inclusive alcohol-free events for incoming students.Brockchella, as the Brock University Students’ Union Orientation Week celebration is known, kicks off Sunday, Sept. 3 with a party in front of the Sir Isaac Brock statue. O-Week includes a full slate of on-campus activities designed to help first-year students familiarize themselves with their new home through fun, engaging and educational programming.O-Week officially begins with Move-In Day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday as hundreds of upper-year students help nearly 2,400 first-years and their families move into Brock’s seven residences. The day wraps up with the Tower Party and Live Burn, a demonstration by St. Catharines fire department and Brock Campus Security that teaches students about fire safety in their residence rooms.Monday will see students competing in the Summer Games in Weather Station Field, followed by a 9 p.m. movie screening in the field in front of the Sir Isaac Brock statue.Tuesday and Wednesday will see a massive Vendor Fair taking place in Weather Station Field, which will introduce students to local businesses and various departments and activities on campus.New for 2017 is the Wellness Fair being held Thursday, which will allow students to learn more about wellness-related services available both on and off campus. It will also kick off Wellness Days, which will be hosted by BUSU throughout the school year.The annual O-Week Paint Party will take place Friday, Sept. 8, wrapping up with a fireworks display at 10:45 p.m., weather permitting.On Saturday, Sept. 9, hundreds of Brock students will head out across Niagara for Brock Cares, an annual day of volunteering and fundraising throughout the community.That night, Brockchella will hit its peak when American rapper Desiigner will headline a performance in Brock’s Weather Station Field. Signed by Kanye West’s label, Desiigner is a breakout star on the hip hop scene whose hit song Panda has had more than 245 million views on YouTube.“We think it’s a huge win for the University,” said BUSU President Faisal Hejazi. “Desiigner has become an internationally recognized artist in a short period of time. He’s still young so I think we can expect a lot more from him in the future.”“A lot of students have voiced that they wanted to see a hip hop or rap artist come to Brock, so we’re super excited to be able to bring that to them,” said Maddy Wassink, BUSU’s Vice-President, Student Services. “Not only do we have an amazing headliner, but also our support artist, Jazz Cartier is getting a ton of attention, too.”Wassink said the students’ union is committed to being a good community neighbour and will follow all city by-laws, ensuring O-Week activities wrap up by 11 p.m. each night.“The team and I have spent our summer living and breathing O-Week so we couldn’t be more excited going into this, ready to share a packed week of fun to welcome our Badgers back to campus,” she said. “We have catered all events to be inclusive, safe and continue to allow students to have the time of their lives.”For a full schedule of events for the week, visit Brockchella.ca. read more

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Rookie QB Russell Wilson To Start For The Seahawks

Nobody who ever saw Russell Wilson play in college would have been all that shocked to later hear that he was a starting quarterback in the NFL.But it’s unlikely that even many of those believers had any inkling that the former Wisconsin and N.C. State star’s turn would come so quickly.Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll made it official on Sunday, ushering in the Wilson era in the Pacific Northwest by naming the rookie to be his team’s Week 1 starter at Arizona on Sept. 9.Wilson got the nod over Matt Flynn, the former Green Bay backup who signed a big contract with the Seahawks in the offseason.There was just no denying Wilson’s magic.“It’s been a very exciting competition that has gone on, and Russell has taken full advantage of his opportunities and has done everything that we have asked for on the field and more than what you guys could know off the field in meeting rooms and with our players and how he’s represented,” Carroll said during Sunday night’s conference call with reporters.“He’s earned this job. It was a legitimate competition as we said from the beginning, and, with the opportunity he’s taken advantage of, he deserves to start.”Wilson, a 5-foot-11 third-round pick who played four seasons at N.C. State before doing a fifth at Wisconsin, has been the team’s unmistakable star during the preseason.After coming off the bench in relief of Flynn in wins over Tennessee and Denver, he shined brilliantly again in his first start, passing for 185 yards and two downs without an interception. Wilson also rushed for 58 more yards in this past weekend’s lopsided win over Kansas City to cement his place in the starting lineup.“He is so prepared,” Carroll said. “He doesn’t seem like a first-year player. He seems like he’s been around. He gets it, he understands and he is a tremendous leader in that way.”Carroll’s decision was still a gutsy one, given that the team had inked Flynn to a three-year, $26 million deal in the offseason, $10 million of which is guaranteed.But there was no doubt in anyone’s mind that Flynn lacked Wilson’s mojo.Wilson will become the fifth rookie set to start at quarterback in Week 1, joining Ryan Tannehill (Miami), Brandon Weeden (Cleveland), Andrew Luck (Indianapolis) and Robert Griffin III (Washington). It will mark the first year that the league has seen more than two rookie quarterbacks start Week 1 since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970. read more

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Harold Macmillan was right Britain never happier than in 1957

first_imgThere was a genuine feeling that Britain was going to be great againProfessor Daniel Sgroi, University of Warwick Scientists at the University of Warwick have for the first time used an algorithm to measure the nation’s happiness in every year since 1776.In a report released today, they found that, aside from a spike in the third quarter of the 19th century, the British people has never been happier than they were in 1957.Recent memories of the horrors and deprivations of the Second World War, as well as years of rationing, meant people were grateful for their “moderate” but improved living conditions, according to the report’s authors.The nation was also beginning to feel a new sense of optimism and aspiration for Britain’s future, a mood firmly encouraged by the rhetoric of Macmillan himself. Harold Macmillan’s 1957 declaration that Britons had “never had it so good” is one of the most famous and debated prime ministerial statements of the 20th century.Now, according to a new programme involving sophisticated robotics and around eight million books, it appears he was absolutely right.Or at least, it certainly felt that way. Professor Sgroi said the method could be developed to analyse blogs and social media content, meaning publication of monthly or quarterly national happiness levels could soon become part of the political landscape in the same way as gross domestic product (GDP) figures are now.Professor Sir Simon Wessely, President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists said: “Happiness and mental health are inextricably linked. It is worrying indeed that happiness levels reached their peak 60 years ago, a level to which they have never returned.”The job of government is not to make people happy – that is most determined by the quality of our interpersonal relationships.”By promoting good health, making our streets safer, ensuring better quality of care and helping people into meaningful employment we can however create the conditions for a happier society. Finally, happiness is about fairness – in short; an unequal society is an unhappy society.”center_img Professor Daniel Sgroi said, despite the fact people worked more hours per week than they do now and that very few households enjoyed central heating in 1957, the relative sense of “things getting better” made the average Briton far more content with their lot than citizens feel today.“There was a genuine feeling that Britain was going to be great gain,” he said, adding that hope for the future was so high it made the 1960s and 1970s feel more disappointing than in fact they were.”“Britain did fine against most measures compared to many countries, but not against the high expectations,” said the economist.He and his team used pioneering linguistic computing to robotically read millions of digitised books since the 18th century.The programme discerns the happiness of the nation at any given point by analysing the frequency of words associated with positive and negative emotions. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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Salisbury cordon lifted after police incident near Zizzi restaurant sparks Novichok fears

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. Police have now lifted a cordon in Salisbury town centre erected after a man was believed to be taken ill near the Zizzi restaurant that Sergei and Yulia Skripal visited before they became ill due to Novichok exposure.Wiltshire emergency services were called to the area over concern for the welfare of a man in his thirties, but have since confirmed there is no concern for the man’s health or any wider risk to the public.Ambulance and fire crews attended Castle Street in the town after police confirmed they were taking precautionary measures.The incident briefly sparked concern that another person had fallen victim to the Novichok nerve agent following the exposure of two individuals in Amesbury last week.Wiltshire police later tweeted: “We understand that our initial response to the incident may have looked alarming, but we hope you appreciate why we needed to take this highly precautionary measure. We thank you all for your patience and understanding. The man said that when he cycled past a second time there was a “small cordon with a handful of police and paramedics”. We understand that our initial response to the incident may have looked alarming, but we hope you appreciate why we needed to take this highly precautionary measure. We thank you all for your patience and understanding.— Salisbury Police (@SouthWiltsCPT) July 12, 2018 The scene in Castle Street, SalisburyCredit:Twitter The scene in Castle Street, Salisbury “Whilst cycling out of the city all the response vehicles descending on the city,” he said. Update: We’re pleased to report that the cordon in place in Castle Street, Salisbury, has been removed & the road has been reopened. Emergency services were called to the scene at 6.20pm this evening (12 July 2018) after concerns were raised about the welfare of a man in his 30s— Salisbury Police (@SouthWiltsCPT) July 12, 2018 An eyewitness who asked not to be named said the man involved in the incident was a “local homeless guy” who was “sat on the floor, completely conscious, talking”.He said he saw a paramedic at the scene climbing into a chemical suit while another “was shouting at the man to stay put and stay on the floor”. All the police officers had rubber gloves on, he added. read more

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Marko Kopljar to HSV Handball

← Previous Story SEHA GSS: First Veszprem’s defeat in Skopje! Next Story → Austrian Cup F4: Fivers VS St. Polten, Bregenz against WESTWIEN HSV HandballKim AnderssonMarko Kopljar Croatian right back Marko Kopljar is on the way to his new professional destination. After PPD Zagreb and PSG Handball, the next challenge for 210 cm tall lefthander will be HSV Handball, according to sportowefakty.pl. The 29 years old Kopljar has negotiations with the Polish Vive Tauron Kielce, but at the end, he changed direction…Kim Andersson will replace him in Paris…

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The 9 at 9 Wednesday

first_img 12,191 Views EVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you the stories you need to know as you wake up.1. #IRISHTOWN: Tributes are being paid this morning to Tom and Kitty Fitzgerald who died in an assault in Irishtown, Mayo, yesterday. They were described as pillars of the community.2. #GARDA STRIKES:  Talks between the GRA, AGSI and Government figures took place last night to try an avert the garda strikes. There has also been anger after the garda commissioner ordered striking gardaí to come into work on Friday.3.#SHOOTING: A man is in a serious condition after a shooting in Dublin last night. The incident occurred at Raheen Drive in Cherry Orchard last night, shortly after 9pm.4. #ARREST: A man has been arrested after a fire in an apartment complex in Clongriffin last night. Over 80 flats were evacuated.5.#TRUMP: A new national poll has put the Republican leader ahead of Clinton with under a week to go to the election. Political commentators have blamed the Clinton email scandal on the sudden swing.6.#GRACE: A report into claims of sexual abuse at a foster home in the south-east found that the HSE failed to investigate concerns fully. Last year RTÉ‘s This Week revealed the story of Grace – a young woman with profound intellectual disabilities who was left in a foster home in the Waterford area for almost 20 years despite a succession of sexual abuse allegations.7.#MOSUL: Iraqi troops  have forced their way into jihadist-held Mosul as a top commander declared the “true liberation” of the city from the Islamic State group had begun.8. #HOMELESSNESS: A new suite of counselling rooms have been opened by the Dublin Simon Community, aimed at offering counselling to people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.9.#THE OUTLOOK: It’s a cold start to the day but Met Éireann expect temperatures to reach highs of 11 degrees today. Image: Shutterstock/Slawomir Fajer Share4 Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article No Comments The 9 at 9: Wednesday Here’s everything you need to know as you start your day. Wednesday 2 Nov 2016, 8:44 AM http://jrnl.ie/3058156 Nov 2nd 2016, 8:44 AM By Garreth MacNamee Short URL Image: Shutterstock/Slawomir Fajerlast_img read more

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3 hospitalized 2 horses dead after truck strikes horse rider in NW

first_imgThe vehicle and the horses were later removed from the scene.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. NEW: This is the white pickup truck that slammed into a man riding his horse, injuring him and killing the horse he was riding and another horse nearby @wsvn pic.twitter.com/HrsVa1BUOz— Franklin White (@FranklinWSVN) December 17, 2017The driver of the white Ford pickup truck involved remained at the scene. HIALEAH, FLA. (WSVN) – Rescue crews took three people to the hospital after, officials said, a pickup truck hit a man riding his horse in Northwest Miami-Dade, Saturday.Miami-Dade Police and Fire Rescue responded to the scene of the accident at Rancho Colombia Miami, located along the 15800 block of Northwest 122nd Avenue.According to officials, the horse the rider was on died at the scene, as well as a second horse. It remains unclear whether or not someone was riding the second horse.Paramedics transported the rider, a man in his 20s, to Kendall Regional Medical Center as a trauma alert. The two other victims were taken to area hospitals with minor injuries.last_img read more

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ARREST LOG Wilmington Police Make 6 Arrests Issue 4 Summonses

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — According to Wilmington Police Logs, Wilmington Police issued the following arrests and summonses between July 26, 2018 and August 1, 2018:Thursday, July 26Eric P. Tolley (37, Plymouth) — Warrant. (Arrest)Kyle D. Walker (26, Billerica) — Receiving Stolen Property (-$1,200), Shoplifting ($250+) By Asportation; and 4 Other Charges Of Shoplifting By Asportation. (Arrest)Friday, July 27Shawn W. Vereker (26, Billerica) — Operating A Motor Vehicle With Suspended Or Revoked License. Vereker was pulled over on Chestnut Street. (Summons)Christina M. Landry (29, Tewksbury) — Possession Of A Class A Drug. (Summons)Matthew Pariseau (34, Tewksbury) — Possession Of A Class A Drug and Operating A Motor Vehicle With A Revoked Or Suspended License. (Summons)Daniel James Hannan (28, North Reading) — OUI Liquor (3rd Offense); Failure To Stop For Police; Negligent Operation Of A Motor Vehicle; Operating A Motor Vehicle With A Suspended License (Subsequent Offense); Speeding; Marked Lanes Violation; and Possession Of Open Container Of Alcohol In Motor Vehicle. (Arrest)Saturday, July 28NoneSunday, July 29NoneMonday, July 30Nicholas Poirier (21, Belmont) — OUI Liquor. (Arrest)Justin Paul Chenevert (27, Burlington) — Failure To Stop/Yield and Operating A Motor Vehicle With A Suspended Or Revoked License. (Summons)Tuesday, July 31NoneWednesday, August 1Unidentified 16-year-old — Warrant of Apprehension. (Arrest)Nicholas Evan Belanger (21, Wilmington) — Warrant. (Arrest)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedARREST LOG: Wilmington Police Make 5 Arrests & Issue 4 SummonsesIn “Police Log”ARREST LOG: Wilmington Police Make 3 Arrests & Issue 4 SummonsesIn “Police Log”ARREST LOG: Wilmington Police Make 5 Arrests & Issue 2 SummonsesIn “Police Log”last_img read more

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Troopers intercept 56 grams of heroin in Togiak

first_imgAlaska State Troopers intercepted 56 grams of heroin in Togiak on Friday. According to law enforcement, the street value of that amount of heroin in Bristol Bay is at least $56,000.Listen nowTroopers contacted 32-year-old Patrick Einhellig of Dillingham when he arrived at the Togiak airport. Investigation revealed that Einhellig was allegedly carrying the heroin on his person.The investigation is ongoing. An arrest has not been made, but Einhellig is charged with misconduct involving a controlled substance in the second degree, which is a felony.last_img

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Close Enough The Lure Of Living Through Others

first_img Now, as we sit on the couch and eat take-out, we watch kitchen virtuosos whip up gourmet meals from scratch. And then, we watch other people eat meals — there’s a popular genre on YouTube where you just watch other people binge eat. It has never been so easy to bring the world into our living rooms and kitchens and bedrooms. And the world that enters our lives has never looked better. Read the whole story: NPR These other lives we’ve come to inhabit can seem more beautiful, more exciting, more satisfying than anything in our actual lives. They come in multiple camera angles, with all the boring parts spliced out, and all the recipe ingredients pre-chopped in those little prep bowls. This week on Hidden Brain, we explore the delights — and the dangers — of living vicariousl It used to be that if you wanted to feel what it was like to do something, you had to go out and do it. If your dream was to see the Grand Canyon from a raft, you’d head to the river. If you wanted to gaze up close at the Mona Lisa, you’d go to Paris. But something in our culture has changed. last_img read more

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Mother of boy placed on wrong JetBlue flight says airline offered her

first_imgMother of boy placed on wrong JetBlue flight says airline offered her $10k NEW YORK — After JetBlue mistook her five-year-old son for another child and flew him to the wrong city, Maribel Martinez says the airline reached out to her to offer a ‘gift’ of US$10,000.According to the Gothamist, Martinez allegedly received a call from JetBlue’s corporate headquarters on Sept. 3, two days after the incident made international news. An airline supervisor spoke to Martinez through a Spanish-language translator.“She apologized for what happened and said she was a mother too, and felt bad about what happened,” Martinez said. “They wanted to give me a gift of $10,000 for what happened.” However, Martinez had no interest taking the offer and hung up, but not before telling the airline rep to contact her lawyer.“I felt bad, like they were trivializing the matter,” she said.Martinez’s high profile attorney, Sanford Rubenstein, claims the airline was probably attempting to get Martinez to sign a document releasing JetBlue from any damages. Rubenstein has since written a letter to Joanne Geraghty, JetBlue’s general counsel, ordering the airline to hot have further contact with his client.More news:  Universal enhances popular Harry Potter vacation package with new perksAfter her son was eventually located and returned to her, JetBlue refunded Martinez $475 for her son’s flight and had given her a $2,100 credit for future flights. Martinez says her family won’t be flying with the airline ever again. Posted by Travelweek Group Sharecenter_img Tuesday, September 13, 2016 Tags: JetBlue << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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SeaDream 1 sets sail from Rome

first_imgChampagne greeted guests as they boarded the SeaDream yacht throughout the sunny Saturday afternoon on the 8th of August.All guests were set for a week of luxury sailing on board SeaDream 1, and the first evening definitely lived up to expectations.After the passengers experienced the seamless and effective check in system, it was off to the Top of the Yacht Bar for sail-away cocktails. With the sun setting on the horizon it set the scene for what would be a fantastic week ahead.A four course dinner was then served in the Dining Salon on the yacht, which included a wide variety of menu options that was fully customisable for each individual guest.The food was delicious from the first course to the last and the wine complimented each course very well as it was selected by the very knowledgeable staff members.After dinner, guests had the option to continue the night on the top of the yacht with some drinks or alternatively head back to their suites to rest for the day ahead in Sorrento.Guests awoke to the sun rising over the hills of Sorrento on one side of the yacht, and the eerie mist hovering over Mount Vesuvius on the other, which provided a stunning 360 degree breakfast backdrop.For the day ahead, SeaDream provided some optional land excursions for passengers who wanted to explore Pompei and Sorrento, other guests went ashore on the tenders and sightsaw at their own pace.Lunch was served on top of the yacht, with the stunning Sorrento scenery in view, and making full use of the all-inclusive style, some guests sipped many cocktails by the pool.For dinner, the staff set up the top decks of the yacht for an outdoor dining experience, which was timed well with the sunset over Sorrento.After the meal, in the Main Salon, a movie was played on the big screen with passengers enjoying freshly popped popcorn throughout.Guests then retired to their luxury suites to get some much deserved rest before another exciting day, this time in the petite Almafi Coast town of Positano.Julie DenovanDirector of Business Development Australia(02) 9958 4444jdenovan@seadream.com,or www.seadream.comSource = ETB Travel News: Lewis Wisemanlast_img read more

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