ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – A Liberal backbencher lost her bid Tuesday to become Newfoundland and Labrador’s first female Speaker after challenging her boss’s preferred male candidate.Pam Parsons lost to Perry Trimper in a secret ballot in the legislature dominated by the majority governing Liberals in St. John’s.An actual vote count was not released after the rare summer sitting to hold the election.Trimper was the man Premier Dwight Ball had publicly tapped for the job.Parsons, a 37-year-old former journalist in her first term in the House of Assembly, had said she wasn’t trying to sow internal rifts by running against the premier’s choice.Win or lose, Parsons said it was important to put her name forward.“I believe it’s my democratic responsibility to offer myself, to be the best I can be. We should always look to improve and grow.”Parsons said she was urged by House of Assembly members of all political stripes to put her name forward as the number of women in politics continues to lag.Outside the legislature, Ball said Liberals were free to vote as they wished. He said he welcomed Parsons’s challenge.“This was democracy in action today. We had a young woman who had an interest in doing this. It’s no different than the conversation that I had with Miss Parsons when she came to see me.“I told her: ‘Go and do what you feel you should do. Follow your heart.’”Trimper also commended her and said he looks forward to working with all members and the public — and to help increase women’s roles in politics.“This is the people’s house, and I look forward to doing what I can to support the people of our province.”Parsons said in an earlier interview that she met with Ball on Thursday at her request.“He encouraged me to make up my own mind.”Provincial members of the Young Liberals of Canada at Memorial University of Newfoundland had also supported Parsons.“We believe that she has the necessary skills to act as an effective non-partisan agent of the House, we believe that it is important that we elevate women to positions of power in our democratic institutions,” said a Facebook post Sunday signed by the branch.Asked if her move to challenge Trimper hints at dissent within Liberal ranks, Parsons said: “Absolutely not.”“I don’t look at this as, you know, going against the premier or going against my colleague Perry Trimper.”Parsons described Trimper as “brilliant” and said he’s a friend.There are 40 members of the House of Assembly, of which one-quarter are women. Two Liberals and two Progressive Conservatives were absent for the vote.Just Trimper and Parsons were candidates, and the winner’s name was the only result revealed.Current standings in the House of Assembly are 30 Liberals, seven Progressive Conservatives, two New Democrats, and one Independent.Follow @suebailey on Twitter.
Advertisement Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Twitter Pegi Young was the inspiration for some of Neil’s love songs, including Such a Woman, Unknown Legend and Once an Angel.With great sadness, we confirm that on Jan 1st, after a yearlong battle with cancer, Pegi Young- mother, grandmother, sister, auntie, musician, activist and co-founder of the Bridge School- passed away surrounded by her friends and family in her native CA. https://t.co/14bElPjCsI— Pegi Young (@pegiyoung) January 3, 2019She began as his background singer in the 1990s, sharing the stage with him at the 1994 Academy Awards and numerous tours over the course of 20 years.She had released five solo albums since 2007 and toured extensively on her own, occasionally with Neil on guitar.In a Rolling Stone interview in 2016 to promote her last release, Raw, she admitted despite some struggles late in the marriage, she was surprised by its sudden end.“I never would’ve thought in a million years we would be getting divorced,” she said. “So, yeah, there was a bit of a shock value there.”Pegi and Neil Young, shown at a 2012 charity event in Los Angeles, founded a California school to cater to children with severe disabilities, inspired by the struggles of their son, who was born with cerebral palsy. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images For The Recording Academy)In his 2012 book Waging Heavy Peace, Neil Young credited his wife for her support through the successes and difficulties during their marriage, which included each undergoing brain surgery at different points for separate ailments.Pegi Young also founded the Bridge School with her former husband, for children with severe disabilities.He said his wife was the “catalyst” for the series of Bridge School benefit concerts that began in 1986 to help fund the school.“She just blurted out, ‘Why don’t we just call your friends and put on concerts to raise money and start a school? We could get Bruce Springsteen!’” he wrote. “I just looked at her, dumfounded by this audacious idea.”Springsteen would indeed perform at the benefits through the years, as would performers across genres, including Elton John, Nine Inch Nails, and Canadian artists Arcade Fire, Diana Krall and Sarah McLachlan.There were over two dozen such benefits before it was announced that the 2016 edition was the final show.NO!!! That’s so awful! She’s such a kind lady! ??— Neko Case (@NekoCase) January 3, 2019 Pegi Young performs with the Survivors on April 24, 2015, in Indio, Calif. Young has died at age 66 after a year-long battle with cancer. (Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Stagecoach) Advertisement Advertisement Pegi Young, a U.S.-born singer-songwriter who was married to Canadian artist Neil Young for 36 years, has died at age 66 after a battle with cancer.In a Facebook post late Wednesday, her family said she died in her native California on New Year’s Day following a yearlong cancer fight.Pegi and Neil Young separated and divorced in 2014. Their two children are daughter Amber and son Ben, a quadriplegic who at a young age was diagnosed with cerebral palsy.
Willow Fiddler APTN National NewsThe relationship between the Thunder Bay police service and Indigenous people in the city has been strained for years.It’s also the focus of a systemic review conducted by the province’s police watchdog.Willow talked with the man at the helm of this email@example.com
NEW YORK, N.Y. – Microsoft says it’s paying $7.5 billion in stock for the popular coder hangout GitHub.GitHub is a platform where software developers can go to host and review each other’s code.The San Francisco startup was founded in 2008 and has grown sharply since announcing its first outside investment in 2012. It now counts about 27 million software developers around the world who use its platform to share code and build businesses. It’s free to use GitHub for open-source projects, but some developers and businesses pay a monthly fee to access private code repositories and other services.Microsoft said Monday it expects the deal to close by year-end.
PARIS — The Latest on France’s response to violent protests (all times local):11:45 a.m.French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe has announced a suspension of fuel tax and utility hikes in an effort to appease a protest movement that plunged Paris into chaos last weekend.Philippe said the planned increase, which has provoked violent riots and was set to be introduced in January, will be suspended for six months.Philippe said “no tax is worth putting the nation’s unity in danger.”More than 100 people were injured in the French capital and 412 arrested over the weekend during France’s worst urban riot in years, with dozens of cars torched.___11:30 a.m.The French soccer league says it has postponed Saturday’s match between Paris Saint-Germain and Montpellier amid expected anti-government protests.The match at the Parc des Princes stadium has been called off because police say they fear they won’t have enough forces available to guarantee fans’ security because of the protests likely to take place in the French capital that day.The match will be rescheduled at a later date.Prime Minister Edouard Philippe is expected to announce a suspension of fuel tax hikes later Tuesday in an effort to appease a protest movement that has grown and plunged Paris into chaos last weekend with large-scale rioting. But the move is unlikely to end demonstrations.___9:05 a.m.French media say Prime Minister Edouard Philippe will announce a suspension of fuel tax hikes in an effort to appease a protest movement that has radicalized.Both Le Monde newspaper and France Info radio say the planned increase, which has provoked riots, will be suspended for several months. Philippe is also expected to announce other measures aimed at easing tensions.The prime minister is expected to announce the move later Tuesday.The Associated Press
18 February 2010The top United Nations envoy in Côte d’Ivoire is holding intensive talks with all sides in the divided West African country to ensure that last week’s dissolution of the Government and the independent electoral authority does not affect repeatedly delayed elections, currently slated to be held next month. The need to retain the progress already made, including a provisional voter list, to quickly publish a definitive list, and to maintain restraint and calm formed the basis of the discussions involving Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Representative Y. J. Choi, UN Mission in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI) spokesperson Hamadoun Touré told a news briefing today in Abidjan, the country’s main city.“It is the need for this precondition that has led Mr. Choi to multiply his appeals for restraint and reason which are the best aids at crucial political times,” he said, referring to the call for calm in a country split into a rebel-held north and Government-controlled south by civil war in 2002. “In times of trouble reason must prevail.”Elections were originally scheduled for as far back as 2005 but have been continually postponed, most recently from 29 November last year to this March and Mr. Choi’s most recent talks follow a call two days ago from Mr. Ban for all sides to avoid any action that could cause renewed violence.Mr. Touré said a request by Prime Minister Guillaume Soro for a UNOCI investigation of the Independent Electoral Commission had been rejected for various reasons. UNOCI, which Mr. Choi leads, was set up in 2004 to help ensure a ceasefire and pave the way for permanent peace and democratic elections. Reauthorized repeatedly since then, most recently until 31 May, it currently comprises over 8,500 uniformed personnel, as well as 400 international civilian staff.
“I am alarmed by the new wave of violence that has engulfed Gaza, southern Israel and the West Bank – including Jerusalem. This is one of the most critical tests the region has faced in recent years,” said the Secretary-General, as he briefed the press at UN Headquarters on the latest developments.Israeli-Palestinian violence has flared in the wake of the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teenagers in the West Bank in late June and the subsequent kidnapping and killing of a Palestinian teenager from East Jerusalem last week. And just yesterday, with militants in the Gaza Strip stepping up rocket attacks against Israel, and Israeli airstrikes on the enclave intensifying, Mr. Ban reiterated his call on all actors to exercise maximum restraint and avoid further civilian casualties and overall destabilization.The UN chief told reporters that he had spent much of the day working the phones with regional and world leaders – including Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, United States Secretary of State John Kerry and several others, including the Secretaries-General of the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) and the League of Arab States. With the situation deteriorating, Mr. Ban said the risk the violence could expand “is real.” As such, he again firmly condemned the multiple rocket attacks launched from Gaza on Israel, and declared that such attacks are “unacceptable” and must stop. “I also urged Prime Minister Netanyahu to exercise maximum restraint in responding to provocations and to respect international obligations to protect civilians. I condemn the rising number of civilian lives lost in Gaza,” said the Secretary-General.Mr. Ban said that he commended President Abbas for courageously upholding his commitment to security coordination, which is essential to achieving stability on the ground. “President Abbas remains the best partner for peace,” he added.“I shared with both Israeli and Palestinian leaders my condolences and condemnation of the recent attacks on innocent civilians,” said the UN chief, underscoring that the killers must be brought to justice. He also encouraged leaders on both sides to do their utmost to end all attacks – including provocations and attacks by Israeli settlers. “Extremism in all its forms is fuelling the cycle of violence. This is a time for justice, not for revenge. It is a time for statesmanship and wisdom,” declared Mr. Ban. He said that during his discussions today, the leaders agreed on the urgency of the situation – and the imperative to resume meaningful negotiations towards a viable two-State solution.With this is mind, the international community must work with Israeli and Palestinian leaders to restore a political horizon to avert further escalation.Meanwhile, the Secretary-General said the UN is ready to rapidly respond to emerging humanitarian needs, and noted that the Organization is already working closely with Palestinian and Israeli authorities and other partners, including the Palestinian Red Crescent.Mr. Ban also encouraged the Government of Egypt to urgently open its crossing for humanitarian purposes to help alleviate the suffering in Gaza.“I know emotions are running very high. I urge all sides to exercise maximum restraint. Calm must be restored as soon as possible. The lives of countless innocent civilians and the peace process itself are in the balance,” he stated.
A 17-year-old boy who was stabbed in Ipswich last night had to call his own ambulance, it has emerged, as police question five men in relation to the incident.The victim, bleeding profusely from a stab wound, was left to call for an ambulance himself after his attackers ran off on Monday evening.The teenager was found in the alley between Bramford Lane and Broadway Lane, next to Westbourne Academy by emergency services.He was rushed to hospital but Suffolk Police said this morning that ‘fortunately’ his injuries are not life-threatening.Two boys, aged 16 and 17, two 18-year-old men and a 20-year-old man were arrested between 7:15 pm and 7:20 pm in connection with the knifing and are all believed to be from the local area.All five suspects have been taken to Martlesham Police Investigation Centre for questioning and remain in custody this morning.Concerned residents demanded action today in response to the violent stabbing that occurred on the footpath near to their homes last night. 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. Others reacted with anger, calling for tougher sentences for those caught carrying bladed weapons.Caroline Oliver said: “Punish the culprits hard. The only way forward is years in prison, not days.”Forensic teams in white overalls were seen entering and leaving the area which was taped off.Suffolk police also said the grounds of the school would be searched as part of the investigation.Any witnesses, or anyone with information, is asked to contact South CID at Landmark House on 101 quoting reference 13979/19.Alternatively you can call the charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. Ipswich resident Julie Pottle said: “This is too close to home, I wish it would all stop. I hope the young guy makes a speedy recovery.”Ellise Huggins added: “This was pretty much outside my house but I couldn’t see much. I just got the kids to bed between 6.30 and 6.45pm and then about five police cars were parked outside my house.”
The ITA reports that Toronto-listed tin explorer, Strongbow Exploration has announced the agreement of a 5% conditional “synthetic” tin warrant offtake agreement between its subsidiary, Western United Mines (WUM) and an affiliate of Orion Mine Finance, related to potential future tin production from its South Crofty tin project in Cornwall, UK.The offtake agreement covers a 10-year term and is conditional on Orion making an equity investment of no less than $3 million in common shares of Strongbow. The synthetic aspect of the tin offtake agreement is that Orion will buy LME warrants from WUM for tin refined to LME brand specifications equal to 5% of South Crofty’s production, rather than taking direct physical delivery of the metal. The other condition of the agreement is that Strongbow completes its planned dual-listing on the AIM of the London Stock Exchange, planned by the end of 2018.The ITA’s view is that the “development of the South Crofty project is currently focused on dewatering the historical mine workings, with the construction of a mine water treatment plant currently underway. Dewatering the mine is crucial as the focus of future mine development is exploitation of higher grade tin mineralisation at depth. Future drilling programs to better define this higher grade mineralisation will also be far more cost-effective if carried out subsurface after water removal rather than drilling from ground level. The offtake agreement represents a positive endorsement of the project, though it is still likely to be a number of years until tin production could potentially recommence.”
Unlike Sony, Microsoft was happy to reveal exactly what its new console looked like earlier this week. And now another question has been answered: what will the Xbox One game cases look like?The design has been outed thanks to a listing on Amazon for Forza Motorsport 5. There, as above, you can see the front and sides of the box, and it certainly looks a lot cleaner to me.The plastic box has retained a green color (although a darker solid green than the Xbox 360 cases) that’s always been associated with Xbox games, but the Xbox One logo is set just on green rather than the white and green design the Xbox 360 box logo had. We also don’t have that purple strip under the logo announcing Kinect support. And we shouldn’t ever need to see it there again because Kinect ships with the Xbox One as standard.The rest of the front cover design seems pretty much the same, but the actual dimensions of the Xbox One box look different to me. In fact, it looks more squashed and similar to PS3 game cases. This may turn out to not be the case, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see a move away from standard DVD case dimensions now Microsoft has embraced Blu-ray discs.As Sony already has a fairly different case design for PS3 games, I’m more intrigued to see what they do for PS4 games. Will it be an even smaller case, somewhere in between the PS3 and PS Vita cases? Or something quite different?
25 Comments Image: Leah Farrell/Rollingnews.ie Saturday 20 Apr 2019, 9:00 AM https://jrnl.ie/4598115 59,031 Views Share Tweet Email3 Short URL By Fora Staff Get Fora’s NEW daily digest of the morning’s key business news: Apr 17th 2019, 12:40 PM PLANS FOR A multimillion-euro food hall in central Dublin are back on track after the company behind it overturned a planning restriction that could have derailed the project.In November of last year, Mink Fusion, a company connected to hospitality supremo Michael Wright, was given conditional approval to convert St Andrew’s Church on Suffolk Street into a licensed food court, banqueting hall and cultural centre.The vacant property was once used as a tourist information centre and is owned by Fáilte Ireland. The Molly Malone statue is located in front of the church and it is a popular busking and meeting point. The redevelopment is expected to cost €5 million.Manahan Planners, on behalf of Mink Fusion, lodged an appeal last December against a condition imposed by Dublin City Council that would have restricted the opening hours of an outdoor dining area attached to the project.The council had said that the area – to be used for “dining purposes” only – should close between 10pm and 8am every day, which the developer complained was an “overly restrictive” measure. In its appeal to the national planning board, Wright’s company said there was “no basis” for imposing the 10pm curfew and that the restriction had “the potential to derail the entire project”. Michael Wright Source: Mark Stedman/Rollingnews.ieRulingAn Bord Pleanála decided to reverse the condition attached to the city council’s approval. The outdoor area is now permitted to operate until 11.30pm daily, which is in line with the opening hours of other food and drink venues in the area.Taking into consideration a development plan for the capital, the agency ruled that the development “would not seriously (harm) the … amenities of residential properties in the vicinity or the amenities of public realm and would be in accordance with the proper planning”.Wright told Fora that he is “happy with the outcome”.He is a member of the well-known Howth family that owns several restaurants, a seafood business and the Marquette food hall at Dublin Airport.The Michael JF Wright Hospitality Group earlier this year shut the famous Wright Venue nightclub in Swords after 10 years so it could focus on its food businesses.St Andrews Food Hall on Suffolk Street is due to open its doors later this year. It is described as the first large-scale operation of its kind in Dublin and promises to “be a showcase for local authentic Irish foods, as well as presenting a diverse range of ethic foods”.Wright’s group has suggested that such European-style food halls have the potential to drive footfall for surrounding businesses.Get our NEW Daily Briefing with the morning’s most important headlines for innovative Irish businesses.Written by Conor McMahon and posted on Fora.ie Image: Leah Farrell/Rollingnews.ie Plan for €5m Dublin food hall to go ahead after company overturns 10pm curfew Michael Wright’s plan to redevelop St Andrew’s Church in central Dublin was approved last year. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Barcelona great Andres Iniesta will be honoured with a statue by the Albacete town hallThe 34-year-old midfielder recently had a bronze statue built in his honour at his hometown of Fuentealbilla.However, Albacete mayor Manuel Serrano has announced that another will be built in recognition of Iniesta.“Andres represents the values of the Albacete society: humility, simplicity and hard work,” Serrano wrote on Twitter.The Albacete town hall announced that the statue will be unveiled in June 2020 and that they could “almost guarantee” that it will be placed in the Abelardo Sanchez park.Iniesta spent 22 years at Barcelona and added 57 goals along with 117 assists in 674 appearances.He won countless trophies at Catalonia and also scored the extra-time winner in 2010 as Spain claimed their first ever World Cup title.Quiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.Iniesta now plays for J-League side Vissel Kobe after leaving Barcelona at the end of last season.Manuel Serrano anuncia que @andresiniesta8 tendrá una escultura en #Albacete, promovida por la @FundacionSoliss.Se inaugurará en julio de 2020 y “con casi toda seguridad” se ubicará en el entorno de la Punta del parque Abelardo Sánchez.¡¡GRANDE Iniesta!! pic.twitter.com/R940UAOttj— Ayuntamiento de Albacete (@AytoAlbacete) October 22, 2018
Shapur Nagar: Overflow of sewage has become a common sight at HMT colony in Shapur Nagar. The residents are facing severe hardship due to the sewage overflow and water logging. Locals complained that the sewage water was getting mixed with the drinking water pipeline.Vishal, a local, said that the sewage water has been flowing into the road for the past few weeks. The ZPS schoolchildren and the passersby were facing problems. He observed that this stagnated sewage was a perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes which has increased to an alarming proportion. Many times, people in the area complained about this perennial problem to the GHMC officials and also requested them to repair the drainage pipeline, but no action has been taken till date.
Turkish police officers escorting people after their arrest for alleged links with US-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen in the central city of Kayseri. Photo: AFPTurkey on Wednesday detained more than 1,000 people and suspended over 9,100 police in a vast new crackdown against alleged supporters of the US-based preacher accused of orchestrating the coup bid against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.Dawn raids across the country—seeking more than 3,000 suspects—were followed by a statement from police that 9,103 police officers were being suspended on suspicion of links to Fethullah Gulen.The new wave of the crackdown came just over a week after Erdogan narrowly won a controversial referendum on ramping up his powers which opponents fear will hand him one man rule.A total of 1,120 suspects have so far been detained, the official Anadolu news agency said.Anadolu said 4,672 suspects were sought in Wednesday’s raids—of whom 1,448 are already in jail—meaning that a total of 3,224 arrest warrants were issued.About 8,500 police officers were involved in the nationwide operation, Anadolu reported, adding that arrest warrants had been issued for 390 suspects in Istanbul alone.Meanwhile, the 9,103 police officers were being suspended on suspicion of links or contacts to Gulen’s group, on the grounds of national security, the police force said in a statement on its website.Turkish authorities blame Gulen for masterminding the July 2016 failed military coup that aimed to oust Erdogan from power but he denies the charges.The government has repeatedly asked the United States to extradite Gulen, who has been living in exile there since 1999.About 47,000 people have already been arrested in Turkey under a nine-month state of emergency in place since the coup bid, a crackdown whose magnitude has raised alarm in the West and caused further strife for Ankara’s bid to join the EU.The Turkish parliament two days after the referendum extended the state of emergency by another three months to 19 July.After the latest sweep, German foreign ministry spokesman Sebastian Fischer said Berlin “has taken note of the mass detentions with concern”, urging respect for rule of law.EU spokeswoman Maja Kocijancic said every individual had a right to a fair trial and empahasised that Turkey needed to respect the “highest democratic standards and practices”.‘Secret imams’The suspects detained are so-called “secret imams” of Gulen suspected of infiltrating themselves into the police or other state institutions, Anadolu said.Erdogan has repeatedly said he will wipe out the “virus” of Gulen from state institutions after the failed coup.The vast operation targeted big cities such as Istanbul as well as Izmir in western Turkey and Konya in the Anatolian heartland.Prime minister Binali Yildirim had hinted in a television interview this month that a new anti-Gulen crackdown had been in the pipeline.The ‘Yes’ camp won 51.41 percent of the vote in the April 16 referendum on creating a presidential system in Turkey but opponents claim the result would have been reversed in a fair poll.The main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) said Wednesday it would challenge last-minute changes to voting rules in the referendum at the Strasbourg-based European Court of Human Rights.‘Deeply concerned’Analysts have said Erdogan, after his poll win, can choose between new confrontation or reconciliation with the West but in recent days tensions have risen further.Turkish warplanes killed more than two dozen Kurdish fighters Tuesday in strikes in Syria and Iraq, angering the United States.Ankara said it had carried out the strikes against “terrorist havens”, vowing to continue acting against groups it links to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).In northeast Syria, strikes targeted the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) — who are leading the offensive against the Islamic State stronghold Raqa.The US State Department said it was “deeply concerned” the strikes were conducted “without proper coordination either with the United States or the broader global coalition” against IS. Ankara said it had informed the US and Russia before the strikes.The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) voted Tuesday to reopen a monitoring probe into Turkey over rights concerns, sparking anger from Ankara.German deputy Bernd Fabritius said that the Turkish government had scrapped all official meetings he was due to hold as part of a planned Council of Europe observation mission next month.
Get to know freshman midfielder Kirsten Parker.Favorite Sports Team: Washington CapitalsPerfect pizza: Domino’s thin crust cheese steak pizzaFavorite singer: JOHNNYSWIMFavorite Movie: Mama Mia 2Best Subject: PsychologyWorst Subject: EnglishFavorite Food: Maryland Crabs cakesFavorite TV show: Psych/The OfficeSuper Power: TelekinesisCartoon Character: StitchMost Influential Person: My brothersWhat do you like doing outside of lacrosse: Going to the beachWhat people don’t know about you: I like to singCelebrity Crush: Chris PrattFunniest Player on the Team: Tessa ChadBest Dancer on the Team: RachelBest Singer on the Team: PaigePregame Routine: Blast music then get seriousBest part of game: Not giving upFavorite Thing About UofL: The PeopleFavorite Coach Teeter Saying: Drink the cherry juiceWhy did you choose UofL: Playing at a high level with a team that will have my back and make me betterPrint Friendly Version Story Links
Eros Hotel organised a putting tournament at the Golf Putting Green area held under the guidance of International Golfer and Coach Amandeep Johl. Guests at the hotel enjoyed the game as they were able to hone their golf putting skills as well as challenge fellow likeminded golfers at the event. The tournament was followed by prize giving ceremony and breakfast at the Private Dining Room of Empress of China, the hotel’s Chinese specialty restaurant.
Historians at the University of Bristol made an extraordinary chance discovery this week when they found a set of important 13th century manuscripts hidden inside a younger book. In an exciting twist, the manuscript fragments are thought to contain extracts from a previously unknown version of the Vulgate Cycle, a set of Old French texts that tell the story of King Arthur and more importantly his trusted wizard, Merlin.According to Dr. Leah Tether, President of the British branch of the International Arthurian Society, the seven handwritten fragments of parchment tell a familiar story from the Vulgate Cycle, but with a number of key differences that may shed new light on the history of the Arthurian legend.King ArthurMichael Richardson, of the University of Bristol’s Special Collections Library, discovered the parchment fragments inside a four-volume book containing the works of French scholar Jean Gerson. He noticed that the pages comprising the flyleafs (the usually blank pages at the beginning and end of each volume) seemed to be much older than the rest of the book and immediately began to investigate further.It seems that the four volumes were printed in Strasbourg at the beginning of the 16th century and brought to England, where the pages were bound. It is likely that the medieval manuscript fragments were used as “waste parchment” in the bindings. Due to the cost of good quality parchment, waste fragments were often used as “pastedowns”, connecting the first and last pages of the book to the exterior boards.Vintage engraving of Merlin and Vivien repose. At Merlin’s feet the wily Vivien lay.As a result of being used in this way, the manuscript fragments have suffered significant damage. However, it’s still possible to read them, and their contents are extremely exciting for historians of the Arthurian legends. The team at Bristol University, including Richardson, Tether, and historians Dr. Benjamin Pohl and Dr. Laura Chuhan Campbell are currently conducting the investigation and preparing a full scholarly edition of the texts.The story of King Arthur and his wizard Merlin was a popular medieval romance, most notably written down as Le Morte d’Arthur by Sir Thomas Malory in the 15th century.However, according to Tether, it is likely that Malory used another group of texts as his inspiration, otherwise known as the Vulgate Cycle or the Lancelot-Grail Cycle. The Vulgate Cycle contains several slightly different renditions of the story of Arthur, and it is thought that this manuscript is from another version of the same tale.Merlin in a medieval manuscript of a compilation of texts of astronomy by Alfonso the Wise (c. 1400).According to the BBC, the manuscripts discovered in Bristol describe a battle at Trebes in which Arthur, Merlin, Gawain and other knights fought against King Claudas. Merlin and Arthur are developing a strategy for the attack, and Merlin gives an impassioned speech to motivate the beleaguered troops.He leads the charge using the special dragon standard belonging to Sir Kay, which miraculously breathes real fire. Arthur’s forces are triumphant and the battle is won.The Death of Arthur, by John Garrick (1862).The fragments also relate the strange prophetic dreams of King Ban’s wife Elaine, and Merlin’s encounter with a woman named Viviane, with whom he falls in love. The events related are also known from other passages from the Vulgate Cycle, but the details of the story are somewhat different. The new fragments tend to contain more vivid descriptions and details of the battles, which may impact upon the way in which the stories have been interpreted.Read another story from us: The Magician’s Scroll that Includes a Spell to “Get Women to Dance Naked”Due to the damage to the manuscripts, some of the text is obscured, and so the team will undertake a full analysis, perhaps even employing infra-red technology to help them decipher all of the letters and produce a full transcription and translation of the contents. It is hoped that these important texts can tell us more about the Arthurian legend and its meaning in medieval English society. The discovery also operates as a salient reminder – who knows what other secrets are hidden away in the bindings of dusty old books?
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India registers 116.9 percent growth in foreign tourists arrivalsA total of 68,809 foreign tourists arrived in September 2016 on e-Tourist Visa as compared to 31,729 during the month of September 2015 registering a growth of 116.9%. UK (15.5%) continues to occupy top slot followed by USA (12.4%) and China (9.0%) amongst countries availing e-tourist visa facility During September 2016.The facility of e-Tourist Visa has been made available by the Government of India to the citizens of 150 countries, arriving at 16 International Airports in India. The number of e-Tourist Visa availed by foreign tourists visiting India during the month of September, 2016 has registered a substantial growth rate over the corresponding month of 2015.The salient highlights of e-Tourist Visa for and up to the month of September during 2016 are as follows:-During the month of September, 2016 a total of 68,809 foreign tourists arrived on e-Tourist Visa as compared to 31,729 during the month of September, 2015 registering a growth of 116.9%.During January- September 2016, a total of 6,75,302 tourist arrived on e-Tourist Visa as compared to 2,01,705 during January-September 2015, registering a growth of 234.8%.This high growth may be attributed to introduction of e-Tourist Visa for 150 countries as against the earlier coverage of 113 countries.The percentage shares of top 10 source countries availing e-Tourist Visa facilities during September, 2016 were as follows:UK (15.5%), USA (12.4%), China (9.0%), Australia (6.0%), Germany (4.8%), France (4.3%), Spain (3.6%), Canada (3.1%), UAE (2.6%) and Malaysia (2.6%).The percentage shares of top 10 ports in tourist arrivals on e-Tourist Visa during September, 2016 were as follows:-New Delhi Airport (51.71%), Mumbai Airport (21.06%), Bengaluru Airport (6.44%),Chennai Airport (6.27%), Kochi Airport (3.50%), Hyderabad Airport (2.45%), Kolkata Airport (2.34%),Trivandrum Airport (1.35%) , Amritsar Airport (1.18%) and Dabolim (Goa) Airport (1.11%) .Source = Ministry of Tourism, Government of India
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