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The new approach relies on gathering information on the extent and severity of hunger from food-insecure people, through a carefully-designed annual survey to be conducted in collaboration with polling specialists Gallup, Inc, the agency said in a news release. Known as the Voices of the Hungry project, the new approach will be tested beginning this month on a pilot basis in Angola, Ethiopia, Malawi and Niger. These countries have agreed to move towards the complete eradication of hunger, in line with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Zero Hunger challenge. The plan is to then extend the survey to more than 160,000 respondents in up to 150 countries covered by the Gallup World Poll and to publish updated results on each country every year. The project will run for five years and will lead to the establishment of a new FAO-certified standard for food security monitoring that could then be easily adopted by other household surveys. “This innovative method will be an essential tool for governments, civil society and other national and international organizations in the fight against hunger,” says Jomo Sundaram, FAO Assistant Director-General for Economic and Social Development. “It will also be key to increasing the accountability of governments and in encouraging them to commit to hunger eradication.” FAO noted that, despite recent improvements, the methodology it currently uses is not able to provide a comprehensive picture of the many dimensions of hunger. Right now, FAO is able to accurately monitor food availability at the national level, particularly in terms of potential energy intake.The new tool will measure food access at the individual level, and will provide a clearer idea of personal experiences with food insecurity. As part of the pilot project, nationally representative samples of 1,000 to 5,000 people, depending on the size of the country, will be selected to answer eight questions designed to reveal whether and how respondents have experienced food insecurity in the previous 12 months. They will be asked questions such as – During the last 12 months, was there a time when, because of lack of money or other resources: You were worried you would run out of food?; You were unable to eat healthy and nutritious food?; You ate only a few kinds of foods?; You had to skip a meal?“This is an exciting new initiative for FAO because it will enable us to better understand the severity of food insecurity in a cost-effective and timely way,” says Carlo Cafiero, the FAO statistician in charge of the project. “It will also provide FAO with an affordable and methodologically consistent tool for monitoring hunger worldwide.” Results of the surveys will be available in days rather than years, allowing FAO to take an almost real-time snapshot of a nation’s food insecurity situation. read more


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The Rome-based agency said its Food Price Index averaged 203.4 points in January, which is 1.3 per cent below December and 4.4 per cent below January 2013. The Index measures monthly changes in international prices of a basket of meat, dairy, cereals, oils and fats, and sugar.“We’re seeing lower prices due to abundant supplies, but stronger upturn in demand, such as an increase in the pace of imports from Asia, could limit the decline,” said FAO economist Abdolreza Abbassian.Sugar and vegetable oils fell 5.6 per cent and 3.8 per cent respectively. Bumper cereal crops, meanwhile, helped to bring down cereal prices, which were 1.6 per cent lower than in December and as much as 23 per cent lower than in January 2013. Even meat prices, which had strengthened over the past few months, fell slightly in January. “The only notable exception was a rise in dairy prices,” said Michael Griffin, FAO’s dairy and livestock market expert. The FAO dairy price index registered a 1.3 per cent increase in January to 267.7 points, largely reflecting strong demand, especially from China, North Africa, the Middle East and Russia.Overall world cereal production for 2013 was stronger than anticipated, to a record 2,502 million tonnes, up 8.5 per cent from 2012. “The bumper cereal crop in 2013 would help in replenishing world reserves,” FAO said in its news release. The UN agency estimates the harvest could reach 573 million tonnes, 13.5 per cent higher than in the previous season. At this level, the stocks-to-use ratio for global cereals would top 23.5 per cent in 2013/14, its highest value since 2002/03 and well above its historical low of 18.4 per cent registered in 2007/08.Based on the latest information, early prospects for the 2014 harvest looks good, FAO predicted. This view is shared by a separate report published today by the Agricultural Market Information System (AMIS) a G20 initiative which is housed at FAO and managed by ten international organizations. read more


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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex on a recent visit to New ZealandCredit:Paul Edwards The Sunday Mirror quoted an insider saying: “On his mind, William sees this as another concerning example of his younger brother being pulled away from his family by his new wife. 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. Prince Harry shooting in 2009 The Duke and Duchess of Sussex on a recent visit to New Zealand A young Prince Harry shooting with his father the Prince of Wales in 1996Credit:BENNETT / PARKER “Harry’s always loved hunting and it has provided them with a great chance to bond as brothers. But now it looks like Harry’s shooting days are over. It’s the latest point of contention between the Princes after a testing time in their relationship.”Kensington Palace refused to be drawn on claims of a row over the hunting issue nor whether it is true that Prince Harry will avoid the Boxing Day pheasant shoot. The source suggested the claims should be “taken with a pinch of salt”. The Duke of Sussex will miss the Royal family’s traditional Box Day pheasant shoot under pressure from his pregnant wife, according to reports.Prince Harry, now 34, has taken part in the Boxing Day shoot on the Sandringham estate since the age of 12. But according to the Sunday Mirror, he will miss it this year to spend time with the Duchess of Sussex, who he married in May.A well-placed Kensington Palace source dismissed the claims yesterday. The source said: “This is completely untrue.”The Duchess  is described as a ‘principled animal lover’ who refuses to wear fur. She once described herself in an interview as vegan during the week.–– ADVERTISEMENT –– It is alleged that Prince Harry missed the Boxing Day pheasant hunt last year and also grouse shooting at Balmoral three months ago. The Sunday Mirror claimed that the Duchess of Sussex had been unhappy to learn the prince had taken part in hunting boar in Germany while she had been in Canada filming  her final scenes from the hit legal drama Suits.Prince Harry is said to be eating much more healthily since dating the then Meghan Markle, including eating much less meat.The Duchess once told Good Housekeeping magazine that she always kept chia seed pudding in her fridge along with almond milk, carrits and hummus and green juice.The Vegan Society said yesterday it was encouraged by the duchess’s apparent stance against hunting. Prince Harry shooting in 2009 A young Prince Harry shooting with his father the Prince of Wales in 1996 Dominika Piasecka, spokesman for The Vegan Society, said: “We’re delighted to hear that the Duchess has been persuading Prince Harry not to take part in the Royal Christmas pheasant shoot. Traditions are important for every nation but if they involve senseless killing, they should not be allowed to continue.“Vegan or not, many Brits strongly oppose hunting animals and we hope to see the Royal family set an example and stop participating in this cruel practice.” The decision to miss the shoot – if correct – may cause tension between Duke of Cambridge and his younger brother. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have decided to make a house on the Windsor estate their permanent home rather than an apartment in Kensington Palace next door to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge amid suggestions Prince William has not been welcoming towards the Duchess of Sussex, the former actress from America who married into the Royal family. read more


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first_imgI’m not entirely sure that this is what the folks at Twitter envisioned when they gave the world their microblogging service. But heck, that’s sort of the appeal of the service, right? It appeals to everyone, from office workers, to rock stars, to people who get paid to have sex on camera.A company called Pornstar Tweets has taken it upon itself to become the major provider of such content, aggregating the surprisingly numerous pornstars who have chosen to express themselves on Twitter.The company, not surprisingly, was on hand at the AVN show in Las Vegas this week, complete with a Pornstar Tweets trailer, where real life adult stars are tweeting their thoughts on the show.last_img


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first_imgUBS employees work in the UBS “fintech lab” at Canary Wharf in London.ReutersWithin the silos of incumbent financial services, so-called fintech companies are good at picking off one thing only and doing it well.This approach is also taken within data science, where a lot of the properly intelligent work is about understanding the domain (problem) and how best to use the information/data for the problem you have. In doing so, a fintech approach – collaboration, open-sourcing code – is helping to gradually change the culture of finance, even in some hitherto heavily guarded domains.Dr Tristan Fletcher, research director, Thought Machine, said: “Without this specialisation and domain knowledge, it’s very hard to rise above the noise. However, the algorithms themselves are often applicable in many areas or problems, and we are probably seeing decreasing specialisation here.”Fintech lends itself particularly to specialisation because there are many well-packaged problems that need to be solved and can be clearly delineated – KYC, AML, credit checking etc. Having a competence in one area does not necessarily imply it in others, so it is harder to justify being a corporate fox vs a hedgehog.”Bonus-driven executives with a big bank or fund might be reluctant to share their secret sauce with people in their own company, never mind other corporates. In contrast, within the majority of small fintech startups, most employees will share (to varying degrees) in the ownership of the company, which will drive collaboration and the sharing of ideas internally. Furthermore, because of the relative balkanisation of a lot of the domains in the fintech ecosystem, there is much more incentive to co-operate than be competitive in the industry.Fletcher said: “I think the main reasons for the disparity between fintech and investment banks and hedge funds is that a lot of the sources of revenue in the latter are closer to a zero-sum game. Profiting from pure speculation, for example, means that someone else must be losing money (assuming the counterparty isn’t doing something more economically useful like actually mitigating risk).”Furthermore, compensation in traditional financial institutions is much more closely linked to one’s actual proximity to (often large) amounts of money. It’s often a food chain with front office staff getting more than middle office, getting more than back office for example.”Incentivisation through cash bonuses, which is gradually going out of fashion, encourages a very short-termist approach. Fintech incentivisation, being a relatively new and entrepreneurial sector, is much more about ownership in the company, which is clearly much longer term.”Value in the fintech world is much more about the execution of an idea, whereas hedge funds, for example, are known to take a cloak and dagger approach to their intellectual property, in order to justify their management fees.”However, some financial institutions and even secretive hedge funds are changing, sharing information and open sourcing some non-core infrastructure. A good example is the US hedge fund AQR, which open-sourced some of its infrastructure around time series storage and helped kickstart the pandas libraries community.”I have heard of more and more private companies open sourcing non-core infrastructure and this makes a lot of sense: it adds credibility from a technology perspective to the organisation, gets lots of developers to critique and improve any code at very low cost and encourages the adoption of any software the company might be pushing out,” said Fletcher.As much as fintech is providing an exciting new lease of life for the financial services industry, there is a super-abundance of hype out there. Terms like data science, AI, machine learning, blockchain and so on have become extremely hyped terms these days. Attaching these words to your LinkedIn profile if you work in software will get your profile more views; framing a project in this way can get funding more easily.”There are a lot of people claiming to be doing artificial intelligence and machine learning purely to get funding or generate publicity. In some cases this is being a little bit disingenuous, using machine learning when something simpler would be fine and in others it’s just bare-faced lying. This obviously doesn’t just apply to start-ups, ” he added.”The danger is that you get disappointments that blemish the entire field: perhaps some unscrupulous people use machine learning in a massively incorrect way and you get a well-publicised failure that tarnishes the reputation of the entire genre.”Fletcher said there are no easily recognisable conditions that prove some entity is genuinely doing this sort of work, but he would generally look to see whether some of the senior staff did at least have some strong academic credentials in AI or statistics.The financial arena is characteristically conservative, and when it comes to using artificial intelligence, non-finacial use cases associated with the likes of Google DeepMind and IBM Watson (which are modelled around potentially replicating human behaviours) garner much more attention and would appear to be far ahead.Fletcher added: “One of the problems with AI/deep learning is interpreterability; it’s hard to work out what the black box is actually doing. And this is dangerous in applications which could impact the tightly-coupled financial markets or indeed people’s bank accounts.”A lot of the machine learning in markets is based around time-series analysis, and it is more typical to use different methods (less related to biological processes) here.”There has been work using genetic algorithms, biologically inspired in a different way, on portfolio construction (for example bond portfolios by a product called Galapagos) and I’m sure many people used Neural Nets in the 80s but a lot of the ML methods used in markets nowadays are very far away from being biologically plausible in any way.”Newsweek and International Business Times are to host an Artificial Intelligence and Data Science in Capital Markets event, taking place on 1 and 2 March 2017 at the Barbican in the City of London.last_img read more


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first_imgAdvertisements of Paytm, a digital wallet company, are seen placed at stalls of roadside vegetable vendors in Mumbai, India, November 19, 2016.Reuters filePaytm is no longer just a mobile wallet company as founder Vijay Shekhar Sharma is pulling every possible string to make the company a one-stop shop for all retail and financial needs of Indians.Paytm, owned by One97 Communications, is now planning to launch services including mutual funds, general insurance, life insurance and a number of banking services via its payments bank.But why foray into mutual funds?”Wealth management business is the logical next vertical for Paytm to foray into after payments and banking,” Pravin Jadhav, the senior vice president at Paytm Money, told International Business Times India over an email.The company is likely to start mutual funds distribution business with the launch of its digital platform by the end of April. The distribution will be done through Paytm Money, the new wealth management unit of One97 Communications.Paytm Money is in discussions with asset management companies to offer direct mutual fund investments.The new app will offer investors mutual funds from 12 of the 15 largest asset management companies in the first phase. By August, it aims to increase that to around 25 fund houses.”Paytm Money will offer only direct plans of mutual fund schemes that will provide up to 1.5 percent higher returns than regular plans because of lower expense ratio and no hidden commission,” said Jadhav.Paytm aims to increase the penetration of mutual funds through its app at a time when products like systematic investment plans (SIPs) are gaining a lot of traction among the young retail investors.Despite the growing interest, only 28 percent of individual investors’ assets in mutual funds come from beyond the top 15 towns, according to the Association of Mutual Funds of India.Paytm aims to leverage this opportunity by creating awareness and easing mutual funds purchase.”Mutual fund industry today has about 15 million investors, we believe this number will double in next 3-4 years. We want to introduce wealth management products like mutual funds to Paytm’s 300+ million users,” said Jadhav.last_img read more


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first_imgPakistani prime minister Imran Khan. Photo: ReutersPakistani prime minister Imran Khan vowed Tuesday to challenge at the UN security council India’s decision to strip Kashmir of its special autonomy, and demanded action from the international community as tensions soared between the nuclear-armed rivals.Khan gave a forceful rebuke of prime minister Narenda Modi’s decision Monday to scrap the special status granted to the Indian-ruled part of Kashmir from India’s constitution in front of a joint-session of parliament in Islamabad.“I want to make it clear that we will fight this issue on every forum, (including) at the UN security council,” said Khan, who also promised to also raise the issue with heads of state and take the matter to the International Criminal Court.Khan demanded action from the global community as he accused Modi of blatantly violating international law in pursuit of an anti-Muslim agenda in India.“If the world does not act today… (if) the developed world does not uphold its own laws, then things will go to a place that we will not be responsible for,” Khan added.The prime minister’s remarks came shortly after Pakistan’s military announced it “firmly stands” by Kashmiris following a meeting by the army’s top commanders in the garrison city of Rawalpindi to discuss the move by India, which is also set to exacerbate the long-running bloody rebellion in Kashmir.“Pakistan Army firmly stands by the Kashmiris in their just struggle to the very end. We are prepared and shall go to any extent to fulfil our obligations in this regard,” General Qamar Javed Bajwa said, in a tweet sent by a military spokesman after the meeting.Spokesman major general Asif Ghafoor said commanders “fully supported” the civilian government’s rejection of India’s move.“Pakistan never recognised the sham Indian efforts to legalise its occupation” of the disputed mountainous region, he added.On Tuesday, an estimated 500 people demonstrated in Muzaffarabad, the largest city in Pakistani-held Kashmir, with more protests expected in major cities across the country.Pakistani lawmakers also began a session of parliament to discuss a possible response to Delhi’s move.The breathtaking Himalayan region of Kashmir has been disputed by India and Pakistan since independence in 1947. They have fought two of their three wars over the former principality.Earlier this year they came close to war yet again, after a militant attack in Indian-held Kashmir in February was claimed by a group based in Pakistan, igniting tit-for-tat air strikes.For three decades the Indian-administered part has been in the grip of an insurgency that has left tens of thousands dead.Armed Kashmiri rebels and many residents have fought for the Muslim majority region’s independence or to join neighbour Pakistan.Ahead of the announcements, tens of thousands of extra Indian troops were deployed in the territory, and a security lockdown was imposed overnight Sunday. All telecommunications have been cut there since.Editorials and social media in Pakistan were buzzing Tuesday over Modi’s decision, with the English daily Dawn running a large headline on its front page reading: “New Delhi sheds fig leaf, robs held Kashmir of special status”.last_img read more


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first_imgIf there was any doubt left, Windows Phone 7 has just become an official mobile operating system. Yes, WP7 users are now able to head to the Marketplace, pony up $2.99, and start flinging avians at ovines. With hundreds of millions of players worldwide, the arrival of Angry Birds is kind of a big deal.Microsoft had actually spilled the beans about Rovio’s WP7 port ages ago, but quickly pulled the offending image down from its web servers. Later it was revealed that Angry Birds was indeed going to arrive at some point this spring or summer. As of the afternoon of June 28th, Angry Birds still didn’t appear in the Marketplace — but you could find it on your phone by tapping through to the games hub. Curiously, the Marketplace detail page lists its release date as May 27th, but that could just be a typo.Windows Phone 7 users can help themselves to a free trial version, but I’m guessing at this point most people who have heard of the game won’t think twice about shelling out three bucks to install the full experience on their Microsoft-powered smartphones.The game certainly looks beautiful on my HTC Surround, and it’s every bit as enjoyable as it is to play on my Palm Pre, iPod touch, and HTC Incredible. You will, however, want to avoid bouncing between Angry Birds and other apps on WP7 until the Mango update arrives with its improved multitasking. Jumping back to your homescreen and resuming will cause the game to reload from scratch and you’ll find yourself staring at the Rovio logo and welcome screen all over again.More at Livesidelast_img read more


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first_img Age of earliest human burial in Britain pinpointed Explore further (PhysOrg.com) — A new archaeological study in Britain has shown that its multi-cultural nature is not a new phenomenon, but that even in Roman times there was a strong African influence, with North Africans moving in high social circles. © 2010 PhysOrg.com A computerised reconstruction of how the Ivory Bangle Lady could have looked. Image credit: Dr Hella Eckardt/University of Reading The analysis of the Lady and other skeletons and artifacts contradicts the popular assumption about Britain in Roman times that African immigrants were usually males, of low status, and most were slaves, and shows that high status women from Africa were also present in the society. Dr Eckardt said the research on the Lady and other skeletons suggest the society was as diverse, and possibly more diverse than it is today.The Roman Empire extended into the Near and Middle East, North Africa, and included Europe, and there were great movements of people throughout the Empire, both voluntary and involuntary. York (or Eboracum, as it was then known) was an important city of the period and eventually was named capital of “Britannia Inferior.” Emperor Septimius Severus, who was born in North Africa, was one of two Roman Emperors who visited Eboracum, and died there.The paper is published in this month’s edition of the journal Antiquity. The skeleton and artifacts will be displayed in August as part of the Yorkshire Museum’s exhibition: Roman York — Meet the People of the Empire.center_img More information: A Lady of York: migration, ethnicity and identity in Roman Britain, Antiquity, Volume: 84 Number: 323 Page: 131-145. antiquity.ac.uk/ant/084/ant0840131.htm The study, led by Dr Hella Eckardt of the Department of Archaeology at Reading University, used pioneering forensic techniques to study fourth century artifacts and bones in the Yorkshire Museum’s collections in York. The researchers used isotope analysis and forensic ancestry assessment to analyze the items, which included the “Ivory Bangle Lady” skeleton and goods buried with her. The Ivory Bangle Lady remains were found in August 1901 in a stone coffin unearthed in Bootham, where a group of graves were found. The grave has been dated to the latter half of the fourth century. Items buried with the Lady included expensive luxury items such African elephant ivory bracelets, beads, pendants and other jewelry, a blue glass jug, a glass mirror, and Yorkshire jet. A rectangular bone mount, possibly for a wooden coffin, was also found in the grave. An inscription on the bone, “Hail sister, may you live in God,” suggests the woman held religious beliefs and may have been Christian. She is believed to have been one of the richest inhabitants of the city.The researchers analyzed and measured the Lady’s skull and facial features, and looked at the chemical signatures of her diet. They also examined the burial site to build a picture of her social status and ancestry.Dr Eckardt said the results showed the Ivory Bangle Lady was of mixed ancestry, and the isotope analysis suggested she may have migrated to Britain from a warmer climate. This evidence, along with the goods found in the ground, and the fact the burial rite was unusual, all point to the her having been of North African descent, arriving in Britain possibly via the Mediterranean, and she was of high social status. Citation: Roman era York may have been more diverse than today (2010, March 1) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-03-roman-era-york-diverse-today.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more


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first_imgClémentine Clattaux Delait, born on March 5, 1865, in Chaumousey, France, became one of the most famous bearded ladies of the late 19th and 20th century in Europe. While her fame and story faded over the decades following her death, Delait was rediscovered when a second-hand collector purchased her private memoirs at a garage sale in 2005.Delait’s 50-page memoir included fascinating photographs, press cuttings, and detailed accounts of her life as her popularity grew.Clémentine Delait in 1923. Photo by Scherr CC BY 4.0Madame Delait. Photo by Wellcome Images CC BY 4.0Delait married a local baker in 1885 and opened up a café and bakery in Taon-Les-Vosges, located in northeastern France. Delait, who shaved her face every day, had never considered growing her beard out. In her memoir, she described the time she went to a carnival in Nancy and left unimpressed with the bearded lady she visited. After returning to work at the café, and knowing she could grow a better beard, she made a bet with a customer that would change her life — and image — forever.“The success was immediate…they were all crazy about me,” Delait stated in her memoir.Feeling inspired by the rising attention to her new look, Delait renamed her café as “Café de la Femme Barbe” (Café of the Bearded Woman). Along with the name change, Delait and her husband began selling souvenirs, picture postcards, and signed photographs of Delait sporting her beard.By this time, people and the press from all over Europe were regularly visiting Delait’s café to meet her. Invitations were pouring in, begging Delait to take part in overseas exhibits and carnivals. Although she was flattered, Delait took too much pride in her café to leave and was too devoted to her husband, especially when he became weak in health.Madame Delait, the bearded lady of Plombières. Photo by Scherr CC BY 4.0Madame Delait, the bearded lady of Plombières. Photo by Scherr CC BY 4.0Madame Delait. Photo by Wellcome Images CC BY 4.0In her memoirs, she stated “It never entered my head that I could be nothing more than a female curiosity exhibited.” She went on to write “I was much more and much better than that.”As time passed and with the success of her café, Delait pursued other hobbies and interests. During the Great War she worked as a volunteer nurse, regularly took part in outdoor cycling, and was a dog lover.Possibly the same medical condition or hormonal imbalance that resulted in her ability to grow a beard, Delait wasn’t able to conceive children of her own. After 30 years of marriage, Delait and her husband adopted a 5-year-old girl who lost her parents to a Spanish flu.Read another story from us: 8 Creepy Museums in AmericaWhen Delait’s husband passed away in 1928, she finally accepted invitations to travel abroad. She spent her remaining years enjoying a quiet life of leisure and died in 1939. “Here lies Clementine Delait, the bearded lady” is carved as an epitaph on her tombstone as she requested. Delait’s memoir closes by her saying “My modest life was without reproach. I was held in esteem by all my compatriots.”last_img read more


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first_img Click to playTap to play Video Loading Video Unavailable Video will play in  We pay for stories! Send your videos to video@trinitymirror.comWelcome to The Sentinel’s breaking news service bringing you all the latest updates from Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire on Thursday, March 22. Our team of reporters will be updating this live service with all the latest on the weather, traffic and travel as well as news, sport 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.thesentinel.co.uk . Get all the big headlines, pictures, analysis, opinion and video on the stories that matter to you. Follow us on Twitter @ SentinelStaffs – the official Sentinel account – real news in real time. We’re also on www.facebook.com/sentinelstaffs – your must-see news, features, videos and pictures throughout Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire. Key EventsMajor dual carriageway partially blocked after crash between car and motorbike18:13Travellers set up camp on leisure centre car park17:14Can you identify these two men wanted in connection with serious assault?14:5719:25Busy going in CreweA534 Crewe Green Road Eastbound busy but moving before the roadworks at A5020 University Way (Crewe Green roundabout). 19:20Traffic light failure in SheltonSlow traffic due to traffic light failure on A52 Shelton Old Road at A500 D Road / A5006 Stoke Road (Stoke Road Interchange). 18:28Busy in Station RoadHeavy traffic on Station Road at A52 Leek Road. In the roadworks area.Stop/Go Boards are causing delays. 18:13KEY EVENTMajor dual carriageway partially blocked after crash between car and motorbikeBeasley Avenue and Talke Road (Image: Google Maps)A crash between a car and a motorbike has partially blocked a major dual carriageway.Emergency services were called to the scene in Beasley Avenue, Chesterton, at around 5pm this evening following the collision.17:39Accident ChestertonBeasley Avenue partially blocked due to accident, a car and a motorcycle involved at A34 Talke Road. Traffic is coping well.Traffic is able to pass with care. Police are in attendance. 17:14KEY EVENTTravellers set up camp on leisure centre car parkTravellers at The King’s school site (Image: Jade Barber)Travellers have set up camp on a leisure centre car park.At least four caravans parked up at Kidsgrove Sport Centre near to The King’s School, off First Avenue, at around 3.30pm this afternoon.Read more here.16:50Busy on the A449Heavy traffic on A449 Southbound at M6 J13 (Stafford South). 16:05Slow traffic in Cheadle RoadSlow traffic on A520 Cheadle Road in both directions near Hollow Lane. In the roadworks area.Temporary traffic lights for water main works causing delays. 15:50Busy through Tunstall…Heavy traffic on A527 Brownhills Road Westbound between Pinnox Street and A500 Queensway / Longbridge Hayes Road (Porthill Bank). 15:36All lanes open in A500 after car fireAll lanes open and traffic returned to normal, earlier car fire on A500 Northbound between Alsager Road (Audley Turn Off) and M6 J16 (Crewe / Stoke-On-Trent). 14:58Busy on the route into Hanley…Bucknall Road inbound busy but moving from A52 Leek Road (Lime Kiln Traffic Lights) to Hanley Town centre. 14:57KEY EVENTCan you identify these two men wanted in connection with serious assault?Two men wanted in connection with serious assault (Image: Staffordshire Police)Police have released a CCTV image of two men wanted in connection with a serious assault in the city centre.Officers were called to Trinity Street, Hanley, shortly after 3.55am on March 13 where a man had been attacked whilst withdrawing money from an ATM by the JNX nightclub.Read more here.14:24Broken down train on the West Coast MainlineDelays of up to 25 minutes on Virgin Trains West Coast between Milton Keynes Central and Rugby due to broken down train.13:56Queuing traffic on the A500Queueing traffic on A500 D Road Southbound before M6 J15. Travel time is four minutes.13:52All lanes have now reopened on M6All lanes on the M6 have now reopened.A Highways England spokesman said: “Traffic has been released on the M6 southbound between J14 and J13. All lanes are now open. Thanks for being patient.”13:35Broken down vehicle causing delays on A50 One lane closed and slow traffic due to broken down car on A50 Westbound between Stanley Matthews Way (Stadium junction) and A500 D Road (Sideway Roundabout), congestion to A5007 Victoria Place Fenton (Heron Cross / Fenton).One lane is closed just prior Sideway (Image: Inrix)13:30Two lanes shut due to accident on M6 SouthboundLive updates here.Traffic is building on the M6 (Image: Highways England)13:22Accident on M6Two lanes closed and slow traffic due to accident, a lorry and a car involved on M6 Southbound between J14 A34 / A5013 Creswell Grove (Stafford North) and J13 A449 (Stafford South).Lanes one and two (of three) is closed. 13:11A50 busy but movingA50 Westbound busy but moving from Meir Tunnel towards the A500 D Road (Sideway Roundabout). 12:51Falling tree left thousand homes without power in early hoursAll the home had their power restored by early this morning. More here. Homes were left without power in the early hours of the morning12:01Temporary traffic lights causing delays in CheddletonSlow traffic on A520 Cheadle Road in both directions near Hollow Lane. In the roadworks area.Temporary traffic lights for water main works causing delays. (Image: Inrix)10:37Update: Lorry now recovered10:3730 minute delays on M6 due to broken down lorryA Highways England spokesman said: “2 lanes blocked on the M6 northbound between J12 and J13. A truck has broken down. We are moving the vehicle now but there are delays of about 30 minutes approaching the incident.”10:25Broken down lorry causing delays in CongletonA34 Clayton By-Pass Eastbound partially blocked, slow traffic due to broken down lorry between Belgrave Avenue / Barn Road and A54 Rood Hill.A lorry has broken down near to Tesco. (Image: Inrix)10:04Slow traffic on A527A527 Brownhills Road Westbound busy but moving between Pinnox Street and A500 Queensway / Longbridge Hayes Road (Porthill Bank). (Image: Inrix)09:36Delays on trains between North Staffordshire and London Euston due to broken down trainDelays of up to 20 minutes on Virgin Trains West Coast between Watford Junction and Milton Keynes Central due to broken down train at Tring.09:26Staffordshire Police pay tribute to PC Keith PalmerPolice are today paying tribute to PC Keith Palmer, who was killed during the Westminster terrorist attack a year ago today.Palmer was one of five innocent people killed when terrorist Khalid Masood, who was also shot dead, ploughed a car into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge before stabbing the unarmed police officer, who was guarding the entrance to Parliament.A Staffordshire Police spokesman said: Our thoughts today are of PC Keith Palmer and his family. He was killed one year ago today in the line of duty as he protected the public during the Westminster attack.”09:10Ryanair cancels flights due to air traffic control strike in FranceEasyjet are also among the airlines affected by the latest strikes. More here.A Ryanair jet at Dublin Airport in September 2017. (Image: Niall Carson/PA Wire )09:10Delays expected as abnormal load passes through Staffordshire this weekendThe load is travelling through North Staffordshire and South Cheshire en route to Ellesmere Port docks. More here.A wide load is passing through North Staffordshire this weekend (Image: Staffordshire Police)08:31Delays between Tunstall and the A500 There are delays on roads between Tunstall and the A500 – with delays of six minutes against the expected time. 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first_imgIn a two-part referendum, voters were asked whether the islands’ gambling shops should be legalized, regulated and taxed, and if the government should create its own national lottery.But election officials said that a majority of Bahamians clearly voted no on both questions, forcing the government to start the arduous task of shutting down dozens of the underground operations. Voter turnout was apparently quite low.Bradley Roberts, chairman of the ruling party, said late Monday that Prime Minister Perry Christie’s government recognized the results. Christie’s administration had encouraged citizens to support legalizing the gambling shops, arguing that the underground houses employ a few thousand Bahamians and could generate $20 million a year in taxes if they were regulated.“The prime minister was clear that his government would be guided by the results of the referendum and the will of the people, notwithstanding the low voter turnout,” Roberts said. “The people have spoken.”The islands’ powerful church lobby and the political opposition fiercely opposed any legalized betting for locals. Religious leaders were thrilled by the measure’s defeat. Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Four benefits of having a wireless security system Associated PressNASSAU, Bahamas (AP) – Voters in the Bahamas on Monday overwhelmingly rejected a referendum to legalize gambling for citizens of the archipelago off Florida’s east coast, where locals were already barred from betting in casinos at the islands’ tourist resorts.Underground gambling operations called “web shops” where Bahamians bet on numbers in televised U.S. lotteries have become commonplace in recent years. The shops operate in violation of Bahamian law, but police and political leaders have largely turned a blind eye to them for years. 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean “This is a victory for the church,” said Dr. Ranford Patterson, head of the country’s powerful Christian Council. “We are excited and thanking God.”Karen Demeritte, a 51-year-old administrative assistant, said she voted against legalizing gambling because she believed that the societal costs would far outweigh the benefit to tax coffers in the Caribbean country of about 350,000 inhabitants.“We have not given any kind of thought to the downside and the social ills attached to gambling,” she said.Rick Lowe, general manager of a car dealership in Nassau, countered that various forms of gambling are clearly widespread on the islands and adults should be able to spend their money as they see fit.“Society has passively approved it. It is impossible to stop gambling,” said Lowe, who said he declined to vote.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement 0 Comments   Share   Top Stories 4 must play golf courses in Arizona Sponsored Stories Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenixlast_img read more


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first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: G.A The practical details of a transition to payment platform eNett International, following the upcoming closure of rival Moneydirect, is not as concerning as the inevitable lack of competition the move will bring about, a number of retailers have said.One retailer told e-Travel Blackboard that Moneydirect’s closing is “taking competition out of the marketplace”, which may impact prices in the future, despite eNett’s promise to match Moneydirect’s existing fee structure for the first twelve months.“My concern is what happens after the twelve months,” the retailer said.Many retailers have relied on industry media for information for news on the issue, many –particularly those based regionally – having received no notification from either Moneydirect or eNett as to what is going on.However, many believe the transition to eNett will not be difficult.One source, who has “always” used Moneydirect but does have an account with eNett, said the retraining of staff will not likely be a concern.e-Travel Blackboard spoke with eNett International chief executive Anthony Hynes who advised that eNett will not only be working closely with Moneydirect but will also be doubling its resources to ensure the transition between the two companies will be smooth.“Our challenge over the next couple of months is to provide training and support to agencies and suppliers as they migrate,” Mr Hynes said.According to Mr Hynes, from a supplier side, it will practically be “business as usual” while agencies can expect a few changes in eNett’s offering compared to Moneydirect’s.While the interface will obviously be different, the reporting capabilities, a later settlement time (3.30pm in Australia and 4.30pm in New Zealand), and a close relationship with its banking partners to reduce risk will likely meet needs of the industry, the eNett boss said.Mr Hynes did admit that there is a delay in the settlement of funds as a risk precaution but that this would is liable to aid the industry given a recent spate of hoax bookings and should not interfere with normal booking procedures.last_img read more


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first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Brits are eager to ditch the tea scones in favour of shrimp on the barbie, voting Australia as the ‘Best Country to Visit Worldwide’ in this year’s British Travel Awards.Topping popular travel destinations in Europe including Spain and Italy, Tourism Australia managing director Andrew McEvoy said the win confirms Australia’s appeal as a “dream destination”.“The UK is one of Australia’s most established and largest source markets for international visitors,” Mr McEvoy said. “And it is terrific to see that Australia hasn’t lost any of its lustre with the Brits. “It goes to prove that while Australia might be far away for many Brits it is definitely still top of mind and that is critical to the continued growth of our tourism industry.”While tough economic conditions affected short term demand in Australia from the UK, the market remains the most important source for Aus, with up to 632,400 Brits arriving down under in the financial period ending June 2011. Mr McEvoy added that the long term outlook from the region is expected to continue growing, with plans to build the UK overnight expenditure from $3 billion to $6.7 billion by 2020.last_img read more


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first_imgThe haves care more about ‘doing’ than ‘owning’ (Image Mark Harada) Forget the Mercedes Benz, the Armani suit and the Birkin bag; this year affluent consumers plan to spend big on travel, a study has found.More than half of the big spenders surveyed in Unity Marketing’s ‘Luxury Consumers and their Luxury Travel Plans 2012’ study admitted to gaining more personal satisfaction and happiness from experiences than from tangible goods, which is great news for the travel industry. According to the survey, which polled nearly 1,500 luxury consumers with an average income of US$297,100, over 40 per cent of respondents said they expected to spend more on luxury travel in 2012 than they had in 2011, while 12 per cent anticipated spending ‘significantly’ more this year. “Clearly, the affluent consumer is poised to spend more in the coming year, and this spending will be directed at those experiences that will give them the most pleasure,” Unity Marketing president Pam Danziger said.  “However, it is not enough for marketers in the luxury travel space to simply target the affluent. “They need to understand who is most likely to travel in the coming year, when these consumers make their travel plans, where they want to travel, and the features they crave.”Questions asked of respondents focused on where luxury consumers travel, the types of experiences included in travel plans, key factors in decision-making and lead-in times.The study also probed luxury consumers’ attitudes about travel, their use of reward programs and their use of travel agents.     Source = e-Travel Blackboard: M.Hlast_img read more


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first_imgIt does seem strange that a player who spent three years with an organization would be “visiting” them, but the talks are the important part.Powers started 13 games for the Cardinals last season and accumulated 46 total tackles, one interception, one quarterback sack and nine passes defensed. He also had a 7-yard fumble return for a touchdown in Arizona’s 38-8 win over the Green Bay Packers at University of Phoenix Stadium in Week 16.The seven-year vet did miss three games with a calf injury in 2015, but has been relatively healthy throughout his career, which started in 2009 when the Indianapolis Colts selected him in the third round of the draft out of Auburn. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories Arizona Cardinals cornerback Jerraud Powers (25) recovers a fumble against the Green Bay Packers during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 27, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) The free agent market for cornerback Jerraud Powers has been a little soft to this point.Powers, who spent the last three years with the Arizona Cardinals, visited with the New York Giants two weeks ago. Powers left the Big Apple without getting a deal.Wednesday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network tweeted that Powers is having conversations about a return to Arizona.Free agent CB Jerraud Powers, who has played for #AZCardinals for the last three years, is visiting Arizona today, source said.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 13, 2016 The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 0 Comments   Share   Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more


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first_imgGo back to the enewsletterNewly opened Kudadoo Maldives Private Island has been recognised as the ‘Best New Luxury Hotel in the World in 2018’ by global independent organisation LTI – Luxury Travel Intelligence (lti-members.com), as identified by independent researchers from a total of 42 new properties visited.LTI Founder Michael Compton commented, “We thoroughly research every property, on our own dollar, as we are passionate about what we do – and bring truth to luxury travel.”Kudadoo Maldives Private Island officially opened on 1 December 2018 and there has already been strong demand from Australia. GM Bradley Calder comments, “Kudadoo is Maldives’ first fully sustainable, fully inclusive luxury resort appealing to those who are seeking the ultimate private holiday in privacy or one to be shared with very few others. It is this aspect that is resonating with high-net-worth individuals from Australia.”Australia represents the strongest demand from the Asia Pacific region by some 15%. It ranks 6th in the global demand for this unique, high-end, all-inclusive property only after the USA, then UK, France, Italy and Germany.Designed by architect Yuji Yamazaki, Kudadoo Maldives Private Island comprises 15 Ocean Residences on an all-inclusive luxury basis, so guests are able to enjoy a 24/7 service that includes fine dining in their residence, on the beach or at the Retreat, spa treatments and private diving, excursions and water sports, anytime and anywhere they wish at no extra cost and with the continual support of a personal butler.The Maldives welcomed 1,484,274 visitors in 2018, an impressive +6.8% increase over 2017, with Australia ranking at number 10 among the top 10 markets. According to the Ministry of Tourism for Republic of Maldives, there were 37,254 arrivals from Australia, which is up 36.2% year-on-year.All-inclusive prices for Kudadoo Maldives Private Island Ocean Residences start at US$3,800 per night. Exclusive hire (15 Ocean Residences) is available from US$80,000 per night.More at www.kudadoo.comGo back to the enewsletterlast_img read more


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first_imgThe cabinet on Thursday voted to give temporary teachers who have worked for more than 30 months open-ended contracts.Education Minister Costas Kadis said the move means all objections to the new appointment system have been removed. Teachers and unions had staged protests in April to demand secure contracts for temporary teachers before the new, merit-based system kicked in.Kadis said the government’s position had always been that teachers on temporary contracts should be treated with sensitivity.“We have done it with the procedures and facts we had before us and taken the advice of the legal service, and I believe that this development removes all the reservations about the full implementation of the new appointment system,” he said.“We are preparing for the first exams under the new system next autumn,” Kadis said, referring to the new system under which candidates for teaching positions will have to sit exams and will not be appointed from waiting lists, as was the case before. The first written exams are to take place between September and December.Kadis also said that Cyprus is going to have a comprehensive youth strategy for the first time.“it is an important day for education, as after many months of efforts Cyprus has for the first time acquired a coherent and integrated strategy for youth which touches all the issues concerning young people,” he said.He added that the strategy is being designed by young people themselves, not technocrats, in a process co-ordinated by a youth organisation with 3,000 members.President Nicos Anastasiades will present the youth strategy in full on May 30, but it will extend to 29 summers schools to support parents who have nowhere to leave their children during this time, bringing the total number of children in summer school to 3,000.You May LikeClassmates.comLook For Any High School Yearbook, It’s FreeClassmates.comUndoFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoAuthorities release five of 12 Israeli rape suspects, seven due in court FridayUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more


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