Tottenham boss Pochettino hails ‘special man’ Kaneby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has paid tribute to Harry Kane over his MBE.Pochettino has hailed Kane as ‘a special man’ after the England captain was rewarded for his World Cup heroics with an MBE in the New Year honours list. “Harry Kane is one of the best strikers in the world,” said Pochettino. “His personality, his character. He is special. He is a special man, not only a special player. All that he can get in his career he fully deserves.”Kane said: “It’s quite surreal, really. It’s been a great year for club and country.”I’m very passionate about our country, very patriotic and going back to England, it shows how good the summer was for the whole nation, not just from my point of view, but what it did bringing everyone together.”I’m extremely proud to be a part of that and obviously thankful to all my team-mates, all my coaches at Tottenham, England, Mauricio, Gareth, all the staff, the guys as well — without them I wouldn’t be scoring the goals and getting these accolades.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
The Canadian Press EDMONTON — An Alberta First Nation is suing the province over development approvals that the band says threaten sacred land the government has promised to protect.The Fort McKay First Nation filed the lawsuit in an Edmonton court late last week.It says Alberta has approved or is about to approve developments that encroach on Moose Lake.The First Nation says that area is one of the last remaining in its traditional territory where it can pursue traditional practices.The government released a draft plan in February that would offer the area some protection.But over the summer, the provincial energy regulator OK’d an oilsands project that would come within two kilometres of the lake.No one from the government was immediately available for comment.
Rabat – NGO Transparency Maroc has heavily criticized the government’s stance against the ongoing boycott against increases in prices. The organization said that the boycott faced “intense suppression.”The NGO claims that the boycott was met with harsh remonstrations, like the Hirak Rif protests in the Al Hoceima province, ‘Hirak Al Atach’ (thirst protest) in Zagora, and Jerada’s protests against illegal mining.In a statement published on May 22, Transparency Maroc described the online campaign as an “extension” of the social movements of the Hirak Rif, Zagora, and Jerada that denounced social disparities across the country. According to the NGO, the movement resulted primarily from a “shake-up of an economic system based on corruption” and a “marriage between economic and political powers.”The boycott and previous social movements, according to Transparency Maroc, are “an opportunity for Morocco, provided that the state recognizes its dimensions and profound significance.”The NGO also urged authorities to take responsibility in dealing with the crisis and to “respect public freedom” and fight against corruption in the country.The boycott, which started on April 20, has proved to be successful and is expanding its reach to include fish products, due to price hikes.Several officials denounced the boycott, including Government Spokesperson Mustapha El Khalfi. El Khalfi condemned the boycott earlier this month, asserting that online activists’ claims of price increases are “fake news.”Moroccan Minister of Economy and Finance Mohamed Boussaid also condemned the boycott and described people supporting the boycott as “madawikh” (fools).In response to the increasing tension between boycotters and the government, Head of Government Saad Eddine El Othmani apologized to consumers during a meeting held at the parliament in mid-May, calling for tolerance.The head of government apologized for statements made by some ministers in his government, emphasizing that his cabinet is committed to fulfilling its responsibility to protect consumers.The government has been following the campaign and is implementing a set of measures to meet the needs and aspirations expressed and will ensure the protection of the purchasing power of citizens, El Othmani added.Five weeks on, the boycott continues as people supporting the campaign are calling on the government to urge the boycotted companies (Sidi Ali, Afriquia gas, Centrale Danone) to lower the prices of their products.
OTTAWA — A new Royal Bank analysis suggests the Canada’s labour market is already starting to feel the impact of the aging work force.The RBC paper notes that given soft job growth in the past year, and the corresponding decline in the labour participation rate, it is easy — and likely inaccurate — to jump to the conclusion that many Canadians are becoming too discouraged to look for work.But economist Nathan Jansen says the most likely explanation is just that the Baby Boomer generation is starting to retire.The evidence for such a conclusion is there has been an increase in the number of Canadians classified as not in the work force.It turns out that 65 year olds and older are responsible for most of the increase in the not-in-the work force category — not because they are discouraged but because they have retired, says Jansen.He points out that back in 2007 Statistics Canada predicted that the participation rate would start to fall sharply going forward because of the aging population, with the decline becoming noticeable in 2011.If the analysis is true, that is good news for policy-makers because it suggests the country’s current unemployment rate of 6.9% reflects accurately what is going on in the labour force, and does not hide a large number of discouraged workers.But analysts have also warned that as Baby Boomers retire it will squeeze government budgets with higher costs for services such as health care and fewer workers paying taxes.The Canadian Press
In a message to the Fifth World Congress against the Death Penalty, held in Madrid, Mr. Ban noted that the full abolition of the death penalty has support in every region and across legal systems, traditions, customs and religious backgrounds. Currently, more than 150 States have either abolished the death penalty or do not practice it. Last year, 174 United Nations Member States were “execution-free,” he said. “Despite these positive trends, I am deeply concerned that a small number of States continue to impose the death penalty, and thousands of individuals are executed each year, often in violation of international standards,” said the Secretary-General.“Some countries with a longstanding de facto moratorium have recently resumed executions,” he noted. Also, the death penalty is at times used for offences that do not meet the threshold of “most serious crimes,” such as drug crimes, and a few States impose capital punishment against juvenile offenders, in violation of international human rights law.Mr. Ban also pointed out that information concerning the application of the death penalty is often cloaked in secrecy, and that the lack of data on the number of executions or the number of individuals on death row “seriously impedes” any informed national debate that may lead to abolition. “The taking of life is too absolute and irreversible for one human being to inflict on another, even when backed by a legal process. Too often, multiple layers of judicial oversight still fail to reverse wrongful death penalty convictions for years and even decades,” he said. This problem, he added, will be discussed at a UN panel in New York at the end of this month. The UN General Assembly first voted on a moratorium in 2007, and again in December 2012, when it adopted a resolution calling for a progressive restriction on the use of capital punishment and eliminating it entirely for felons below the age of 18 and pregnant women.Although not legally binding, the UN moratorium on executions carries moral and political weight.
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. Ms Purbrick competed at the World Championships in the US in 1978.Following the 1980 Olympics, Ms Purbrick was a member of the gold medal-winning team at the European Championships the next year. A Tory peer’s affair with a former Olympic showjumper has emerged after she appeared in court accused of daubing the walls of his London flat with pigs’ blood.Lizzie Purbrick, who competed in the 1980 Olympics, allegedly broke into 63-year-old David Prior’s flat in May while he was out.Camberwell Green Magistrates’ Court in south London heard on Tuesday that she is alleged to have painted insults on the walls with two pints of blood.Ms Purbrick, 63, from Wells-next-the Sea, in Norfolk, has denied burgling the flat with intent to do unlawful damage.She is due to stand trial next month, The Sun reported.The alleged incident is said to have happened at Lord Prior’s flat in Kennington, south London, on May 9.Lord Prior is thought to be separated from his wife.The Cambridge-educated Lord is a prominent Remainer and has rebelled against his own party in a bid to derail Brexit.In March, he was among 19 Tories who voted to strip Prime Minister Theresa May of the ability to walk away with no deal. His full title is Lord Prior of Brampton. Lizzie Purbrick with her mount Frederick The Great during the Badminton horse trials in 1983Credit:John Walters/ANL/REX/Shutterstock
A pedestrian was injured when struck by a vehicle tonight on Highway 500.The incident was reported shortly before 9 p.m. in the westbound lanes of the Vancouver highway near Andresen Road. According to emergency radio traffic monitored at The Columbian, the pedestrian was hurt but conscious when emergency responders arrived.The collision blocked the left lane for about an hour, according to a Washington State Department of Transportation.More information was not immediately available.
Liverpool defender Andy Robertson has revealed what it feels like to be captain of the Scottish football team and how he communicates with his teammates.Due to his outward personality, Robertson would not be an obvious choice as the team’s captain. He’s not a ranter or raver and, at 24, still exudes the youthful enthusiasm that has carried him from amateur status at Queen’s Park to the highest echelons of European football.However, those attributes are why he got the nod from head coach Alex McLeish. He seems willing to take all the commensurate flak.“I feel extra responsibility when we come off the pitch as I have to help lift the boys and all the staff,” Robertson said, according to Daily Mail.“Everyone was down after that performance on Thursday. Fans can react negatively to me, that is all part and parcel of it. Since I was made captain, it has happened a bit more as they see me as a scapegoat.”Virgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“I can take it on the chin. I have to up my performances. And if I can help even five per cent to get the lads right for the game against Portugal, then I will do that.”“It hurts. I was part of the team when Gibraltar came to Hampden and scored their first ever international goal.”“We went on to win 6-1 but all the players knew when that goal went in, we could have scored 12 and we’d still get negative reaction from the press and fans.”
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, July 18, 2017 – Nassau – Canon Basil Tynes, Rector of St Barnabas Anglican Church, offered up prayers for Team Bahamas of the 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games, during an ecumenical church service on Sunday, July 16, 2017. The games will be held July 18 to 23; attracting 65 countries, more than 1,300 athletes competing in 9 sporting disciplines. Also in attendance were Louise Martin, President, Commonwealth Games Federation, her husband Ian Martin and Derron Donaldson, Chief of Mission, Team Bahamas.Press Release: BIS(BIS Photos/Raymond A. Bethel, Sr.) Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
WILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights from the Wilmington Police Log for Saturday, June 16, 2018:A caller reported a shed fire on Mill Road. Upon closer inspection, caller realized it was just a fire in a fire pit in front of the shed. (1:07am)While checking Town Hall, a group of juveniles scattered upon seeing the cruiser. Police caught up with one male party, who was advised of the Town Hall’s hours and to let his friends know. (1:51am)A caller reported an ongoing issue with vehicles doing donuts in the parking lot of the Woburn Street School overnight. (7:38am)A Mill Road caller reported her Cadillac was keyed overnight. (8:10am)A caller reported the traffic lights remained green on Main Street while railroad gates were down. Police notified Mass Highway. (2:26pm)A Town Beach employee reported a possible counterfeit $100 bill. Police determined bill was real. (4:40pm)Animal Control Officer transported three baby raccoons without a mother to a rehabber in Tewksbury. (4:43pm)A juvenile walked away from the Milestone Group Home on High Street. (10:35pm)(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?Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for August 18: 2 Vehicles With Same License Plate; Statue Missing From Wildwood CemeteryIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for July 27: OUI Arrest; Woman Brings Caged Bird To Town BeachIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 20: Wilmington Man Arrested; Car vs. Tree; Concession Stand VandalizedIn “Police Log”
Portugal lift the UEFA Nations League trophyReutersPortugal beat Netherlands to clinch the inaugural UEFA Nations League trophy by one goal from Valencia winger Goncalo Guedes at the Estadio do Dragao stadium, in Porto. The 2016 Euro Champions extended their winning streak to 10 games with the victory. The Dutchmen who failed to qualify for the last two international tournaments could not equalise but tried their level best to do so. This trophy was the 29th career cup win for Portugal legend Cristiano Ronaldo.The match did not produce much from the Netherlands side in the first half as Portugal were looking much more sharper. Dutch goalkeeper Jasper Cillissen was the busier shot-stopper in the first half saving long-range shots from Bruno Fernandes. The Sporting Lisbon midfielder was a major threat for the Dutch defence in the first half but captain Virgin Van Dijk and Ajax captain, 19-year-old Matthijs de Ligt were rock solid in defence. The Manchester United summer target performed really well throughout the match. The Netherlands were much more sharper in the second half and Rui Patricio became the busier goalkeeper saving attempts from Georginio Wijnaldum.But at the hour mark, Goncalo Guedes opened the scoring as the winger got a cutback ball delivered to him by Bernardo Silva and smashed it at the bottom right corner of the net from the edge of the box. Cillissen could have done much better as the ball went in after touching his left hand. Ronaldo was silent throughout the matchFILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty ImagesAfter the goal, Netherlands started to press harder but could not open scoring because of the gritty Portugal defence. Patricio made a great save when Martin de Roon fired a shot from 20 yards. Cristiano Ronaldo who tried to add to his tally of 88 international goals was kept silent throughout the match by Van Dijk. This is Portugal’s second trophy win in three years and they are looking like an invincible force in Europe. On the other hand, England finished the tournament as third after defeating Switzerland in the penalties.
Two suicide bombers attacked a celebration being held the night before a wedding north of Baghdad, killing 26 people, a police officer and a doctor said on Thursday.The bombings in the Al-Hajaj area, north of the city of Tikrit, also wounded 25 people, the sources said.”The first blew himself up at 8:30 pm (1730 GMT on Wednesday) amid men who were dancing during the celebration,” while the second attacked a few minutes later, a police lieutenant colonel said.The bombers detonated explosive belts, the officer said.A doctor at a local hospital confirmed the toll.There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, but the Islamic State jihadist group carries out frequent suicide bombings targeting both civilians and members of the security forces in Iraq.IS overran large areas north and west of Baghdad, including swathes of Salaheddin province, where Wednesday’s attack occurred, but Iraqi forces backed by US-led air strikes and other support have since regained most of the territory they lost.Iraqi forces are now fighting to retake west Mosul, the largest urban bastion still held by the jihadists in Iraq.But recapturing Mosul and the other remaining parts of the country still held by IS will not eliminate its threat, and the group may increasingly turn to bombin
– / 3The City of Houston is celebrating the LEED Gold certification for its new Traffic Operations building. According to figures released by the city, the facility is 23% more energy-efficient than the usual code-compliant building.The building features all-LED lighting and about 20% of the building materials were locally-sourced. Environmentally-friendly paints and flooring were used in the building’s construction. There’s also a stormwater treatment system.LEED certification is granted by the U.S. Green Building Council. Certifications are granted at four levels — certified, silver, gold, and platinum.Houston City Council adopted LEED certification building standards in 2004. Several other city buildings have attained LEED gold certification, including the Houston Permitting Center and the Julia Ideson Library. Share
Share Paul Ladd/AP Images for ReliantFILE — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott speaks at the valve turning ceremony for the Petra Nova carbon capture and enhanced oil recovery system on Thursday, April 13, 2017, in Fort Bend County, southwest of Houston.A transgender “bathroom bill” reminiscent of one in North Carolina that caused a national uproar now appears to be on a fast-track to becoming law in Texas — though it may only apply to public schools.A broader proposal mandating that virtually all transgender people in the country’s second-largest state use public restrooms according to the gender on their birth certificates sailed through the Texas Senate months ago. A similar measure had stalled in the House, but supporters late Sunday night used an amendment to tack bathroom limits onto a separate and otherwise unrelated bill covering school emergency operation plans for things like natural disasters.Republican Rep. Chris Paddie authored the hotly-debated language, saying it had “absolutely no intent” to discriminate. Under it, transgender students at public and charter schools would not be permitted to use the bathroom of their choice but could be directed to separate, single-occupancy restrooms.“It’s absolutely about child safety,” said Paddie, from the East Texas town of Marshall. “This is about accommodating all kids.”His change passed 91-50. Final House approval should come Monday, sending the modified bill to the Senate, which should easily support it. Texas’ legislative session ends May 29, but that’s plenty of time — even if the bathroom bill is scaled-back enough to only affect the state’s roughly 5.3 million public school students, and not the general public.“This amendment is the bathroom bill and the bathroom bill is an attack on transgender people,” said Rep. Joe Moody, an El Paso Democrat. “Some people don’t want to admit that because they are ashamed, and this is shameful.”A small group of Democratic women legislators went into the men’s restroom just off the House floor before debate began in protest. With Republicans enjoying solid majorities in both of Texas’ legislative chambers, though, such opposition was purely symbolic.Houston Democratic Rep. Senfronia Thompson, one of the House’s longest-serving and most-respected members, likened the new language to when restrooms nationwide were segregated by race.“Bathrooms divided us then and bathrooms divide us now. Separate but equal is not equal at all,” Thompson said, drawing floor applause.While Barack Obama was still president, the U.S. Department of Education tried to implement requirements that school districts nationwide allow transgender students to choose campus bathrooms or locker rooms they wished to use. Texas led a lawsuit challenging that directive and a federal judge in Texas ordered it suspended. President Donald Trump then rescinded the order in February.Republican Gov. Greg Abbott has said he wants to sign a bathroom bill into law. House Speaker Joe Straus, a Republican from San Antonio, has been even more vocal opposing one — saying it could hurt a Texas economy that has been among the country’s strongest in recent years.Top firms, chambers of commerce and lobbyists also have decried the bathroom bill in all forms as bad for business. Many Hollywood actors and music stars have suggested state boycotts, and the NFL and NBA have expressed concerns about it passing — even though Houston successfully hosted this year’s Super Bowl.Since 2004, Texas has hosted more combined Super Bowls, NBA All-Star Games (three) and NCAA men’s Final Fours (five) than any other state. San Antonio is scheduled to host another Final Four in 2018, and Dallas is hosting the 2018 women’s NCAA Final Four.Supporters described limiting the scope to schools as “middle ground” and hinted that it could soften the kinds of costly boycotts that hit North Carolina after it approved its bathroom bill last year. The NCAA pulled sporting events and the state faced losing billions of dollars in related economic fallout, though some opposition has quieted since North Carolina lawmakers voted in March for a partial repeal.Straus said in a statement that the House amendment “will allow us to avoid the severely negative impact” of the original Senate bill, which was closer to what North Carolina’s original looked like.But opponents still vowed to fight Sunday’s Texas amendment with lawsuits.If the Legislature succeeds “in forcing discrimination into Texas law, you can bet that Lambda Legal will be on the case before the next school bell rings,” Jennifer C. Pizer, senior counsel and director of law and policy at the national gay rights group Lambda Legal, said.
X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /50:34 Listen On Friday’s Houston Matters: “No-knock” warrants will now require a district court judge’s okay under new policy changes in the Houston Police Department’s narcotics division. Chief Art Acevedo shared those changes with members of the Houston City Council Thursday. We learn more.Then, the HISD board has decided to hold off – for now – on renewing several charter school contracts.Also this hour: The Theater District has started a new program bringing arts projects to at-risk youth, including some in juvenile detention. Plus we break down The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly of the week’s news.And, in advance of the annual Houston Public Media Spelling Bee, our host, Craig Cohen, and spelling bee host Ernie Manouse come up with some challenging words for each other to spell.We offer a daily podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and other podcasting apps. This article is part of the Houston Matters podcast Share
Being on a NASCAR pit crew is a dangerous job. Most people don’t have to do their job while cars fly by them at 200 miles-per-hour with the constant threat of getting hit by a speeding car. Sometimes, accidents happen.That’s exactly what happened to Zack Young, a jack man at the O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 over the weekend.Young was preparing for his driver, Chris Buechler, to pit, when a fender bender sent the car spinning out of control into the pit area. Young got drilled by the incoming ride, and the whole thing was captured on a crew mate’s helmet cam.Amazingly, he wasn’t seriously injured. It’s hard to believe after watching the video.Well here it is. View from the front tire changer. #nascar #pitcrew #monsterenergycup pic.twitter.com/QtwWiDyZwP— Zack Young (@JackmanZack) April 11, 2017 Young didn’t escape completely unscathed, but will be ready to go this weekend.Down but not out…yet. #nascar #pitcrew #monsterenergycup #FightOn #FinishIt pic.twitter.com/1r4S2tcJYK— Zack Young (@JackmanZack) April 13, 2017
Sponsored Stories Top Stories He joined Reps. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., and Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz., the top Democrat on the House Committee on Natural Resources, in calling on the department to redouble efforts to stem waste, rather than give “drilling companies a pass to let millions of taxpayer dollars evaporate into thin air.”Companies that drill for natural gas pay the federal government a royalty on the gas they extract; they are also allowed to burn or release publicly-owned gas from wells in certain amounts for free.But GAO said BLM was underestimating the amount of gas vented and flared and failing to collect royalties for that gas. Based on data from the Environmental Protection Agency, the GAO calculated in 2010 that the government was losing at least $23 million annually in lost sales, an amount that environmental groups say has since grown due to increased drilling activity.Much of the vented gas is methane, a greenhouse gas roughly 25 times more potent than carbon dioxide. Using EPA estimates, the GAO concluded that capturing the vented gas would be the equivalent of removing 3.1 million cars from the road or closing four average-sized coal-fired power plants.Pieter Tans, lead scientist of the Global Greenhouse Gas Reference Network at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, said methane is an important contributor to global warming, but that carbon dioxide emissions remained the no. 1 target. “It’s more easy to do something about methane than it is to do something about CO2,” he said. ___AP Science Writer Seth Borenstein contributed to this report.___Follow Hope Yen on Twitter, http://twitter.com/hopeyen1Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Four benefits of having a wireless security system The difference between men and women when it comes to pain Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility 0 Comments Share The report also found that BLM repeatedly failed to meet annual inspection goals for high-risk wells. In 2013, for example, it did not complete production inspections on 19 percent of the wells it considered at high risk, GAO said.The Interior Department generally concurred with the GAO’s findings, saying it had taken steps to improve its data on the venting and flaring and would update its rules. It generally pointed to a lack of funding for delays and noted that President Barack Obama had requested more money in his budget for inspections, in part by collecting fees from oil and gas companies. “This authority would provide much needed resources to support BLM’s cradle to grave responsibilities for wells,” wrote David Haines, deputy assistant secretary for the Interior Department.In a statement Wednesday, the department emphasized that it recognized its responsibility to recover lost taxpayer revenue and protect the environment. “That’s why we’re updating our decades-old standards to encourage the kind of infrastructure and technology that many companies operating in the Bakken and Permian basins have demonstrated can reduce harmful emissions and capture the natural gas,” said spokeswoman Jessica Kershaw. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement WASHINGTON (AP) — Significant amounts of natural gas on federal lands are being wasted, costing taxpayers tens of millions of dollars each year and adding to harmful greenhouse gas emissions, a congressional investigation has found.The nonpartisan Government Accountability Office also said the Bureau of Land Management failed to conduct production inspections for hundreds of high-priority oil and gas wells — roughly 1 out of 5 — to ensure full payment of royalties to the U.S. The report, obtained by The Associated Press before its public release, is the latest to highlight substantial gaps in oversight. An AP review of government records last May found the agency, which manages oil and gas development on federal and Indian lands, had been overwhelmed by a boom in a new drilling technique known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.The GAO report said it had been urging BLM, an agency of the Interior Department, to update guidelines for the burning or venting of natural gas since at least 2010, when it found 40 percent of it could be captured economically and sold. BLM has yet to do so, although agency officials now say they are in the process of putting together various orders and a proposed rule for comment later this year.Until then, government investigators called BLM’s management of oil and gas “high-risk” for waste and fraud.“The Interior Department has known for at least a decade that companies have been wasting natural gas from oil and gas wells on public lands,” said Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore. “Venting and flaring natural gas from these wells hurts the environment and speeds up global warming, and it shortchanges the taxpayers.”
Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Orange has been a target of an anti-Israel boycott campaign because its local partner maintains a series of transmission towers in Jewish settlements in the West Bank.Richard’s comments appeared to give a boost to the boycott campaign. Israel has grown increasingly jittery as the movement appears to gain steam, claiming pro-Palestinian activists are out to “delegitimize” Israel’s right to exist.Richard has since tried to backtrack, telling a French TV station this week that there was no boycott and that he is “radically opposed to all forms of discrimination.” But he said he is sticking by his business decision to end the relationship with Israel’s Partner Communications Ltd.Israeli media said Richard arrived in Israel on Thursday. An Orange spokeswoman, speaking anonymously under company guidelines, confirmed plans for Friday’s meetings, but declined to discuss the content of the trip.An Israeli official also confirmed a meeting was set for Friday, but declined to give further details. The official spoke on condition of anonymity pending a formal announcement.___AP correspondent Angela Charlton in Paris contributed to this report. Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. The difference between men and women when it comes to pain New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Comments Share Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is to meet the chief executive of French telecom giant Orange SA to discuss the CEO’s recent comments on pulling out of Israel, officials said Thursday.The meeting was expected to take place on Friday in Israel, they said.CEO Stephane Richard caused uproar in Israel last week after announcing he wanted to sever business ties with Israel as soon as possible, citing a desire to improve business relations in the Arab world. Sponsored Stories Four benefits of having a wireless security system Top Stories
Source = London & Partners London holds on to top spot as world’s most popular tourist destinationLondon has once again been hailed as the world’s most popular tourist destination by Mastercard. It’s the second year running that the capital has topped the Global Destinations Cities Index, which provides an in-depth ranking of the 132 most travelled cities from around the world.London is projected to welcome 18.82 million international visitors in 2015, according to the annual report, putting the capital ahead of Bangkok. Both cities have topped the Index throughout its five-year history.Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: “I’m delighted that London has proudly held on to this coveted title, as we celebrate another triumphant and record-breaking year for tourism in the city.“With its unrivalled mix of history, culture, culinary gems and cutting-edge creativity, I’m confident that these accolades will keep coming as the capital continues to surprise and excite visitors from all over the world.”Europe now boasts three of the top five cities, London, Paris and Istanbul, with Bangkok and Dubai making up the global top five. Overall, nine European cities have each claimed a spot in the top 20 destination cities by international overnight visitors as follows: Barcelona (12th), Amsterdam (13th), Rome (14th), Milan (15th), Vienna (18th) and Prague (19th).Ann Cairns, President of International Markets, Mastercard said: “MasterCard understands the importance of cities around the world both for travelers and those who live there.“This year’s study helps us understand just how interconnected the world’s cities are the significant role they play in connecting and empowering greater numbers of people than ever before.”The latest results from the Office of National Statistics International Passenger Survey recently revealed that the capital welcomed over 17.4 million international visits in 2014 – more than ever before. This surge in visitor numbers reflects the ever evolving and expanding tourism offer in the capital, from world class exhibitions, blockbuster entertainment and major sporting and cultural events.London’s historic and cultural assets are key drivers in encouraging international visits to the city, and preparations are currently underway across the capital for the launch of the much anticipated London’s Autumn Season 2015.The initiative from London & Partners, the Mayor’s official promotional company for London, will bring together the city’s most high-profile cultural institutions to promote the blockbuster exhibitions and events taking place later this year and strengthen London’s reputation as a global cultural powerhouse. Highlights for this autumn season include ‘Hamlet’ at the Barbican (starring Benedict Cumberbatch), ‘The World Goes Pop’ at Tate Modern, ‘Cosmonauts: Birth of the Space Age’ at the Science Museum, and ‘The Crime Museum Uncovered’ at Museum of London.Other attractions for the year ahead in London include the opening of Shrek’s Adventure! London in July, a collaboration between Merlin Entertainments and DreamWorks Animation. The city will also host the third annual Prudential RideLondon, fully-electric racing series Formula E, the NFL International Series, and some of the biggest matches in the 2015 Rugby World Cup.For more information go to www.visitlondon.com