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first_imgWelcome all to this the celebration of the birthday of our Queen, Elizabeth II.This is a day of several celebrations. I wish a happy celebration of Eid al-Fitr to all our Muslim friends present. Eid Mubarak!Today also marks the start of the FIFA World Cup and I congratulate my Russian colleague on his country’s victory against the Saudi Arabian team this afternoon.As you well know, the Leopards of the DRC will not be present in Russia. But we, the Lions of England, will be there on Monday next week, to avenge you against Tunisia. So I ask all Congolese present to support us!Just like the World Cup, we have our sponsors this evening. I would like to thank them all: our Gold Sponsors – Vodacom and Randgold; our Silver Sponsors – Vlisco; and our Bronze Sponsors – Diageo and G4S. All these businesses have strong links with the UK and contribute considerably to the prosperity of the DRC. I would like you to join me in expressing our gratitude to them by our applause.This year marks 129 years out of 180 years that we have celebrated having a female Head of State. Queen Elizabeth is the most remarkable of leaders. During her long reign, she has seen the pendulum of history swing on many issues.For example, the young like me can only remember dreadful English football teams. But after 65 years on the throne, the Queen can remember handing the World Cup to a world-beating England football team in 1966.The pendulum swings and I am happy to predict that she will see us bring the World Cup home again in four weeks time.More seriously, she has viewed the construction of the Berlin Wall and its falling. She has seen the creation of the EU, seen the UK vote to enter and, 45 years later, seen us vote to leave it. She has endured through all these important moments of our lives. Some have suggested that celebrating her lengthy reign sets a bad precedent for others. Or even a justification for Presidents for life. However the reality is that she has diligently upheld the UK’s constitutional arrangements: never stepping over the mark, always conscious of the limits and the responsibilities of her role, carrying out her duties tirelessly.She has known 13 Prime Ministers, from Winston Churchill, to Theresa May. Each time our government has changed, she has overseen a peaceful and orderly transfer of power. One of these Prime Ministers, Harold MacMillan, visited Africa in 1960. He spoke of the ‘winds of change’ that were sweeping through the African continent. He made clear that Britain would not stand in the way of its colonies seeking their independence.58 years later, it seems a new wind of change is sweeping through Africa. Many nations are rapidly growing in prosperity. Alongside this growing prosperity there is much political change. Many nations are enjoying the benefits of peaceful political transitions. In the last 12 months we have seen peaceful transfers of power in South Africa, Botswana and Angola.There is change in my own country, too. In 2016 the British people voted in a referendum to leave the European Union. So this is the last QBP that we shall host as a member state of the EU. The referendum was hard fought and the result, whilst clear, was close. Many families, including my own, were split. But politicians and civil servants in the UK are united in agreeing that it is imperative that we respect the will of people and implement their decision.Our departure from the EU brings new opportunities in our relations with Africa. We will be reinforcing every Embassy in Africa as we look outwards as a Global Britain.Once the United Kingdom has left the European Union, it is likely we will be free to sign new trade deals with African nations. It’s our intention to maintain or increase market access for African nations. I look forward to seeing more Congolese products on the shelves of Tesco and Sainsburys.After Brexit, we’ll continue our development policy and a foreign policy which supports the battle against poverty and instability. I’m very proud that the UK is the only country in the OECD that spends 0.7% of GNI on overseas aid and 2.0% on defence and security. As a consequence, across our bilateral and multilateral contributions, we spend over $1.4m a day in DRC on securing its stability and in helping ordinary people’s lives.What our Department for International Development do here under the UKAid banner is remarkable. DRC is home one of DFID’s largest development programmes in Africa. We are particularly proud to be the second largest donor to the humanitarian effort in DRC. Faced with recurrent humanitarian crises, we have provided food, shelter and security to 2.5m people between 2012 and 2017. We will support 3m more people over the next five years, helping to save thousands of lives, even before our recent efforts to support the response to Ebola.We are not just a humanitarian donor. We work across the whole country to help guarantee services in the fields of health, water, sanitation and education. We also support the private sector, notably in the markets for coffee, cocoa and renewable energy. If you have the time, don’t hesitate to pass by ‘Elan’s’ stand here in the garden. Between now and 2020 we will aid more than a million poor people to gain a proper living through supporting entrepreneurs and small producers. Respectful of the sovereignty of Congo, we also have programmes supporting the democratic process here in DRC, including the current elections.Let me be entirely clear: the UK does not support any political party in Congo or any potential candidate in the different votes. It belongs to the Congolese people to give their choice in line with their constitution in a manner that is fair, equitable and credible: and that thereafter their choice be respected by all Congolese. We salute the progress realised to date in the electoral process by all the different political actors, including the electoral commission. We stand ready to offer help should it be required – including through our positive response to analyse the ‘voting machines’ that CENI hopes to use. Sometimes, independent technical advice can help bring confidence and consensus.Since its publication, the published timetable has followed its course, despite some challenges. We therefore look forward to 19 January next year when President Kabila will be the first President in Congo’s history to peacefully hand power to a democratically elected successor. It will be one of the President’s historical legacies.Alas, some dreams for 2018 may not come true. We diplomats have to be realistic and manage expectations. Just like the Congolese must wait till Qatar 2022 to qualify again for the FIFA World Cup, so I think it will take until 2022 before England’s football team lift the Jules Rimet trophy again. In my dreams it is Congo’s new President (he or she) who will be there at the end of the tournament, applauding the DRC Leopards in their first ever World Cup final, even though they were defeated by their friendly adversaries, the Lions of England.Before I ask Madam Mabunda to raise a glass to her Majesty the Queen and the British people, I would ask you to join me in raising a toast to the President and the People of the Democratic Republic of Congo.last_img read more

first_imgOpening hours 24 December 2018 – 5 January 2019 Friday 4 January 09.00 – 17.00 Tuesday 1 January Closed Thursday 27 December 09.00 – 17.00 Friday 28 December 09.00 – 17.00 Date Opening Hours Wednesday 26 December Closed Monday 31 December 09.00 – 14.00 Wednesday 2 January 09.00 – 17.00 Monday 24 December 09.00 – 14.00 Thursday 3 January 09.00 – 17.00 If you cannot get through to the person you want to speak to, please call our general enquiries number on: 020 3880 0885 Tuesday 25 December Closedlast_img read more

first_imgTravel retail business SSP, which operates brands including Starbucks and Upper Crust, has reported £221.m in operating profit.The company said the 12.1% increase in profit in the year ended 30 September 2019 had been driven by a combination of new contracts, operational efficiency and sales growth.Total revenue was £2,794.6m, up 7.8% at constant currency, and up 9% at actual exchange rates. Growth in air and rail passenger numbers drove a 1.9% increase in like-for-like sales.“SSP has delivered another strong performance in 2019,” said CEO Simon Smith. “Operating profit was driven by solid like-for-like sales growth despite some external headwinds, significant new contract openings and further operational improvements.”Smith added that SSP continued to grow its business in Continental Europe, India and the Philippines. It expanded into Brazil for the first time and planned to extend into Bermuda, Bahrain and Malaysia.“The new business pipeline is strong across all our geographies both this year and next, and we’ve announced a £100m share buyback, which further demonstrates our confidence in the future of the business.”Recent SSP activity in the UK has included a partnership with Warrens Bakery to open a store in Gatwick Airport. The company was forced to close its first Knead site, opened with Paul Hollywood at Euston Station, as building worked started on the High Speed 2 (HS2) development, but has not ruled out opening further sites under the brand.Smith added: “The new financial year has started in line with our expectations and, while a degree of uncertainty always exists around passenger numbers in the short-term, we continue to be well placed to benefit from the structural growth opportunities in our markets and to create value for our shareholders.”last_img read more

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Greentech Media:Solar power generation records have been set in three of Europe’s largest markets, with cleaner air as a result of the coronavirus pandemic a contributing factor.Reduced air pollution from the lockdown has contributed to new records in Germany and the U.K., while Spain’s bumper year of installations in 2019 is going through its first springtime boost.Records are common at this time of year as panels installed in the previous autumn and winter make their first meaningful contribution to the grid. This time around, however, the effect is more pronounced.The U.K. solar record was broken on Monday this week when production peaked at 9.68 gigawatts, according to data from Sheffield Solar, a project run by the University of Sheffield. The previous record was 9.55 gigawatts, set in May last year.In Germany, record solar generation was also achieved on Monday with a peak of 32.2 gigawatts, according to Bloomberg, as the same favorable conditions took hold.Spain broke its generation record on March 26, according to network operator Red Eléctrica, but newly connected projects from last year and this year are most likely the reason for that. The new peak record surpassed 6.3 gigawatts, about a quarter of mainland Spain’s power demand at the time.[John Parnell]More: Clean air, clear skies and fresh megawatts cause Europe’s solar records to tumble Clear air, new capacity push solar generation to record levels in major European marketslast_img read more

first_img The Brazilian Air Force’s geriatric home, ‘Casa Gerontológica de Aeronáutica Brigadeiro Eduardo Gomes (CGABEG)’, is in its 29th year of operation and has become a center of national and international reference for elderly care. Located on a hill on Governor’s Island in Rio de Janeiro, the aeronautic care center is a pioneer in the Brazilian Armed Forces. It serves approximately 180 senior citizens, all military or dependents, of which 130 are residents and 50 are participants of the ‘Centro de Convivencia’ (Community Living Center) of the CGABEG, which they may participate in from the age of 60. “This center is my reason for living today,” said Walter Chaves da Rocha. “I come in the morning, I take my blood pressure, participate in events here, gymnastics, stretching, even the choir, which is great for me.” In the institution’s choir, the deep voice of Chaves da Rocha is a counterpoint, whereas in festivities, his joy stands out. The CGABEG offers gerontological and geriatric care and regular programs to exercise memory, as well as other programs that help participants maintain strong family and social ties and even find a new love interest. All of this contributes to their mental and physical health. The assistance model that the geriatric home has adopted is based on multidisciplinary work in health promotion for the elderly that has become a benchmark for care in the country. “All of us are going to grow old in one way or another,” said Norma Landrino, aging specialist and music therapist. “I prefer to age well.” For example, using musical language and elements like rhythm, melody, harmony and the musicality of words as therapeutic tools, the music therapy group seeks to establish mental and motor functions to improve quality of life through prevention, rehabilitation or treatment. “All of these therapeutic areas aim to promote health in the elderly,” said Col. Antonio Carlos de Melo, Physician and Director of ‘Casa Gerontológica’. “They are activities for therapeutic purposes. A range of ailments are aggravated by old age.” ‘La Casa Gerontológica’ is funded by resources from the Air Force and monthly payments from users. The institution, which has an Ethics and Research Committee, works in partnership with the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and offers places for medical residency in geriatrics, in addition to training for caregivers and technical professionals in the area of aging services. “In 2008, I underwent surgery to remove a melanoma on my scalp, and I had the pleasant opportunity of getting to know CGABEG, built next to the big Air Force hospital,” said Benedito José Do Espirito Santo, 66, about his experience at ‘Casa Gerontológica’. “I was impressed with the organization at ‘Casa’. No one can say ‘I won’t drink this water’. Nevertheless, if I had to drink that water, I am sure that my thirst would be greatly quenched. Congratulations to the officers, graduates, and civilians who devote their lives so that CGABEG runs smoothly.” By Dialogo December 29, 2013 All important dates of the year and holidays are observed and celebrated at ‘Casa Gerontológica’. On December 17, the elderly depicted Christmas scenes in a great display of costume and character. The social assistant, Eneida, not only narrated the story of the birth of baby Jesus, but also in writing the piece, she carefully cited the various activities offered to the elderly in 2013, including ‘la Danza Senior’ (the Senior Dance), which delighted the audience. Finally, ‘la Casa Gerontológica’ is especially committed to the integration of the elderly into society in general, as well as educating the community in the treatment of senior citizens. The institution hosts a variety of courses, seminars and other education and information sessions to disseminate existing benefits for seniors as well as the most up-to-date information on treatments. For example, in August this year, ‘la Casa Gerontológica’ carried out the 17th Training Course for Companions and Family Members in the treatment of the elderly, which was taught by renowned specialists in the field. I would really like to get to know the place. I receive a pension from the Brazilian Air Force, and I need a place like this. Thank you. I would like to know more about the geriatric home, Casa Gerontológica. On October 22, there will be a symposium by the Society of Gerontology, and one of the topics is elderly care in the Armed Forces. If you want to participate, contact Rubens de Lucas – CMG(CD-RM1), President of the Brazilian Academy of Military Dentistry (ABOMI).last_img read more

first_imgIn suburban Gwinnett County, the audit was conducted in a large room in the back of the elections office. Near the main entrance, black ballot boxes were lined up in five rows, ready to be distributed among 60 white tables spaced around the room.The morning went smoothly — for the most part. At around 11 a.m., one of the workers was given a warning for taking out a phone, potentially violating a rule against taking pictures of the ballots. The worker received a warning. The counting continued.In Paulding County, a deeply conservative area that went heavily for Mr. Trump, 42 workers paired up around 21 tables in a government office. Most of the workers were not wearing masks even though coronavirus cases are once again rising in the state.By around 3 p.m., Ms. Holden said, about a quarter of the county’s 85,600 ballots had been recounted. Roughly 50 ballots had been flagged for review by a bipartisan adjudication panel, but in each case, she said, the Democrat and Republican agreed on the voter’s intent.Richard Fausset reported from Marietta and Dallas, Ga., and Jannat Batra from Lawrenceville, Ga. But Ms. Eveler said that in Cobb County, ballots deemed to have potential issues in the first counting — about five or six boxes’ worth — had already been separated and adjudicated once, making it unlikely that significant numbers of votes would change in the recount.Any ambiguous ballots, including the batch that was already adjudicated, would be sent to a panel composed of a Democrat, a Republican and a representative from the county election board. That panel is scheduled to meet publicly on Saturday.- Advertisement – Later in the day, said Janine Eveler, the director of elections and registration for Cobb County, the workers would move on to hand-marked absentee ballots, which take more time because of potential issues that need to be closely examined. – Advertisement –center_img Updated Nov. 12, 2020, 7:30 p.m. ET- Advertisement – All of Georgia’s 159 counties rely on such panels to resolve issues of ambiguous voter intentions.A little more than three hours after Cobb County began its recount, its election board certified the results based on the original count. And yet the workers recounted anyway. Ms. Eveler said the total would be recertified if it changed.Similar scenes played out across the state.- Advertisement –last_img read more

first_img Tweet Share Share LocalNews Edward Oliver Highway to be officially commissioned on Friday by: – April 19, 2012 Sharecenter_img Sharing is caring! 176 Views   one comment Section of the road under the Canefield Cliffs during construction works in 2011The Roosevelt Skerrit led Administration will on Friday officially commission the rehabilitated West Coast Road Project which will be renamed the “Edward Oliver Highway”.The contract for the construction of approximately 44.877 km road was officially signed on October 9th 2009 with a projected completion time frame of 23 months; however the official ground breaking ceremony for the commencement of the project took place on 26th February, 2010.The highway was rehabilitated under the West Coast Road Development Project by the China Railway 17th Bureau Group Corporation Limited; a subsidiary company of China Railway, at a cost of EC$ 100 million.The Prime Minister announced at the official opening of the Dominica China Friendship Bridge (DC Bridge) which was part of the West Coast Rehabilitation Project, on February 1st, 2012 that the highway will be renamed in recognition of Mr. Leblanc’s contribution to Dominica particularly as the road was constructed during his administration.He told the Next Level Radio Program on Tuesday evening that he feels “personally gratified” that the highway will be renamed after someone who has contributed to Dominica’s development. “This is a major piece of infrastructure and that road will be named after the former chief minister, former premier, father of the nation and leader of the Labour Party. He is the one who constructed the road in the first place and we are very happy that after so many years something of significance, that this very important name E. O. Leblanc can be placed on it and I believe that there’s no other edifice or road that could set aside the West Coast Road”.Mr. Skerrit also announced that the Vieille Case Primary School will in September of this year also be renamed in Mr. Leblanc’s honour.“That will be done ahead of the new school year in September so that our children and people do not forget people who have made real and tangible contributions to our development”. He also commended Mr. R. O. P Armour who was the minister of works at the time when the road was constructed as well as the current Minister of Public Works Rayburn Blackmoore.“We have to give tremendous praise to Minister Blackmoore he has really marshaled the troops and taken ownership of the process and really ensured that the work was done properly. He continuously kept the people informed on the progress of the work a million times or more and was very visible at every stage”. The project included the following;• Rehabilitation of some 45.115 km of main road from Hanover Street in Roseau to Borough’s Square in Portsmouth.• The construction of a 66.94m long by 10.5m wide two-lane bridge including sidewalks from Hanover Street to Elliot Avenue• The construction of a large boxed culvert structure and re-alignment of the existing s-bend at Woodbridge Bay with a much improved alignment• Shifting of the existing road under the Canefield Cliff further westward towards the existing sea defence wall• Re-alignment of the s-bend approaching the village of Tarreau from the south with a much improved straighter alignment• Construction of over 1.6km of sea-defence protections at Tarreau and CoulibistrieConstruction of a new large boxed-culvert on approaching Picard to reinstate this failed section of road. The West Coast Road project is one of the four pillar projects agreed to between the Dominica government and the People’s Republic of China as well as the State House project and the Dominica State College. The ceremony will take place in Mahaut from 2:30pm on Friday.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

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first_imgRelatedPosts Minister gives condition for resumption of contact sports Minister pledges support for development of AI, robotics in Nigeria NSF 2020: Sports minister raises fresh hope The Ministry of Youth and Sports Development will not shy away from exercising its oversight on sports federations as it pushes for reforms in the running of the sports industry.The Minister, Sunday Dare, stated this at the MKO Abiola Stadium in Abuja on Monday while receiving the report of the Ministerial Committee on the Performance of Nigeria’s Athletes at the cecently concluded World Athletic Championships, in Doha, Qatar.The Minister thanked the committee members for the level of commitment and patriotism they have exhibited, while assuring that the Ministry would go through and come up with an action plan, which would ensure that the development of sports, with regards to athletics, does not continue to suffer the fate it has suffered in the recent past. Dare further assured that this time things will be done differently for a better result, noting: “When we talk of about the next level, this is what we mean, doing things the right way.”While appreciating the work of the sports federations in the country, he sounded a note of warning that no federation was bigger than the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, adding that in the interest of the country, sports and the athletes, the Ministry would not exchange its oversight powers when it feels any federation is going wrong.Dare said: “No federation is bigger than the Ministry. “We have oversight powers over them.”Drawing lessons from Doha 2019, he said: “Doha reminds us that you only go to a championship with your best so that your work will not go to waste.”Presenting 10 copies of the report to the Minister of Youth and Sports, the Chairman of the committee Prof. Ken Angwueje, said the committee had examined the facts, established the truths and suggested measures to prevent a re-occurrence of the less than impressive performance of team Nigeria at the 17th IAAF World Championship in Doha, while also suggesting ways forward.It would be recalled that the Minister inaugurated the committee a week ago to appraise the causes and factors responsible for team Nigeria’s performance at the just concluded World Athletics Championship in Doha, Qatar where Nigeria won only one bronze medal. Other members of the committee are Dr. Umar Bindir, Rotimi Obajimi, Alhaji Ibrahim Galadima, Dr. Dare Esan, Ambassador Mary Onyali, Chief Falilat Ogunkoya and Maria Wophill as Secretary. Tags: MKO Abiola StadiumSunday Darelast_img read more

first_img Bio Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 ELLSWORTH — With a global pandemic raging, one of New England’s largest sporting gatherings took on a much different look.No, there were no runners sprinting from Hopkinton to Boylston Street this year in front of thousands of cheering fans. Yet with the Boston Marathon offering a virtual competition this year, qualified runners weren’t deprived of the opportunity to say they competed in the world’s biggest race.Hancock County distance runners were among the estimated 17,000 who competed in the virtual running of the Boston Marathon from Sept. 4-15. The event gave local runners a chance to compete in the 124th running of the race in front of their friends, family members and community members on courses of their own choosing.On Sept. 5, Ellsworth’s Jim Newett and Andrew Tiemann completed their marathons on a looping track that included stretches of MacDonald, Maddocks and American avenues in Ellsworth. Newett finished in 4 hours, 1 minute, 36 seconds, and Tiemann came in behind with a time of 4 hours, 4 minutes, 25 seconds.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text“Having it in September, it was definitely much hotter than you’re used to for a marathon,” Tiemann said. “When you go down to Boston for the race, you’re expecting that April weather. … I remember that 2018 race where it was just miserable and pouring all day.”Another Ellsworth resident, Tom Murphy, completed his marathon Sunday morning. Setting out at 7 a.m. and running in a larger loop that began and ended at Knowlton Park, Murphy finished in 4:33:09.Although Murphy was the only person competing for time Sunday morning, he did not run his race alone. Tiemann, who was on only a week’s rest after completing his own timed event, joined Murphy for all 26.2 miles as he made his way around town and finished in front of a contingent of approximately 20 people at Knowlton Park.“We had a lot of people there waiting for us at the finish,” Murphy said. “Running is something that’s much better when you have someone there alongside you, so it was great that Andrew could be there to join me.”Murphy was also joined for part of the way by Kris Garcia of Trenton. Garcia completed his own marathon one day later as he finished in an impressive 3:00:53 on the challenging Mount Desert Island Marathon course.The next Boston Marathon, the 125th in the event’s history, is scheduled for April 19, 2021. That date is tentative depending on the status of the novel coronavirus pandemic. Latest Posts Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all)center_img Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at [email protected] Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020last_img read more