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Sudan security forces arrest Khartoum University lecturers: professors

KHARTOUM ( ) – Sudanese security authorities arrested several faculty members from Khartoum University on Sunday, two professors said, after they joined anti-government protests that have posed th,上海品茶交友群Kai,e most serious challenge to President Omar al-Bashir’s rule.

The arrests came amid fresh demonstrations in Khartoum and Wad Madani in response to a call by a coalition of professional unions to push for Bashir to step down.

Witnesses said security forces blocked professors and lecturers from coming out to protest outside the university, arresting at least eight. It was the first time the faculty of the country’s oldest and most prestigious educational institution has joined the protests since they began last month.

The rest were forced to return into the faculty club house, where security forces surrounded the building trapping about 100 professors and lecturers inside for nearly three hours.

“We demand the president of the republic to step down,” one placard read carried by the lecturers inside the club house, according to pictures posted on social media.

A police spokesman could not immediately be reached to comment.

Intermittent protests have rocked Sudan since anger over food shortages and rising bread prices erupted into demonstrations in the city of Atbara in the north on Dec. 19.

Security forces have used tear gas on occasions, live ammunition against demonstrators and rounded up more than 2,000 people. The Sudanese government has said that 19 people were killed in the protests, including at two members of the security forces. Amnest,上海品茶微信Faith,y International has put ,上海品茶论坛Barrett,the death toll at 37.

FRESH PROTESTS

In Sunday’s protests, witnesses said hundreds of men and women marched from three separate locations in the capital trying to reach the presidential palace in central Khartoum but were dispersed by security forces using tear gas and stun grenades.

A separate protest in Wad Madani, Sudan’s second largest city, was also dispersed by security forces using tear gas, according to witnesses.

The protests were smaller than previous demonstrations.

They are the most persistent opposition Bashir has faced since he took power in an Islamist-backed coup nearly 30 years ago.

Sudan’s economy has struggled to recover from the loss of three quarters of its oil output –上海品茶QQ its main source of foreign currency – since South Sudan seceded in 2011, keeping most of the oilfields.

The United States lifted 20-year-old trade sanctions on Sudan in October 2017. But many investors have continued to shun a country still listed by Washington as a state sponsor of terrorism, whose president is wanted by the International Criminal Court over charges of masterminding genocide in Darfur – charges he dismisses.

Modi plans job quotas for less well-off Indians as election nears

NEW DELHI ( ) – India’s cabinet on Monday backed proposals to reserve 10 percent of government jobs for Indians outside the higher income brackets, a plan the main opposition party suggested was an attempt by the government to lure back voters as an election nears.

The initiative is expected to mainly benefit the upper echelons of India’s centuries-old Hindu caste system, which has traditionally been a core voter base for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party.

Modi must call a national election by May and was dealt a setback in December when the BJP lost power to the opposition Congress party in three states, its biggest defeat since he took office in 2014.

Two BJP sources said the quota plan would benefit people from other religions not covered by existing affirmative action – the reason why lower caste Hindus and India’s indigenous tribes were excluded from it.

According to the government bill, the recipients must also be classed as “economically weak”, which the sources said was defined as anyone with annual income below 800,000 rupees ($11,500上海品茶工作室) and owning fewer than five acres of land.

In 2017, the average income in India was $1,939.60, according to the World Bank.

The states the BJP lost included Rajasthan, one of four – the o,上海品茶会所Caitlin,thers being Maharashtra, Gujarat and Haryana – in which upper caste land-owning farming communities have held large protests in recent years demanding quotas for government jobs.

More broadly, Modi has be,上海品茶QQGabriella,en criticized for failing to deliver jobs for young people and better conditions for f,上海品茶微信Easton,armers.

“The … Modi government has suddenly woken up to the woes of (the) economically poor, facing imminent defeat in the 2019 elections,” Congress spokesman Randeep Singh Surjewala said of the quota plan.

“Creating reservations in jobs may just prove to be one more ‘Jumla’ (gimmick) for the purpose of election promises.”

Ashwini Kumar Choubey, junior health minister and a BJP member, welcomed the proposal, calling it “historic.”

Hindus, who account for about four-fifths of India’s 1.3 billion people, were traditionally grouped into thousands of castes, whose membership is determined by birth.

The lower castes have faced various forms of discrimination including segregation and social boycotts.

There have been attempts to reduce caste-related inequality, and the country has had many lower caste leaders, including current president Ram Nath Kovind.

But introducing quotas for lower castes has always been a contentious issue and have led to violent protests, though India’s income levels and expenditure patterns remain largely linked to caste.

The government is expected to submit the quota bill to the lower house of parliament on Tuesday. Modi’s BJP has a majority there, but not in the upper house.

Mozambique indicts 18 people in connection with $2 billion loan scheme

MAPUTO ( ) – Mozambique has indicted 18 citizens for their involvement in fraud involving $2 billion in loans to state-owned companies, the attorney general’s office (AGO) said on Monday, in a scandal that has ensnared two major international banks.

“Mozambique AGO is indicting 18 defendants, (ranging) from public workers and other citizens, on charges of abuse of power, abuse of trust, swindling and money laundering,” it said in a statement.

The indictment came days after three ex-Credit Suisse bankers were charged in the United States with frau,上海品尝嫩茶Cade,d over their role in Mozambique’s deal in 2013 in borrowing money from international investors to fund projects that included a state tuna fishery.

Former Mozambique finance minister Manuel Chang, 63, is one of the 18 indictees. He was arrested in neighboring South Africa last week as part of the same case, and has denied wrongdoing.

The attorney general’s office also said it would seek to have those charged in the United States and elsewhere to face charges in Mozambique, one of the most indebted countries in上海品茶QQ the world.

Apart,上海品茶论坛Radcliff, from Credit Suisse, the Russian lender VTB also arranged financing for Mozambique’s state-owned companies.

The southern African state admitted in 2016 to undisclosed lending, prompting the International Monetary Fund and foreign donors to cut off support, triggering a currency collapse and a default on Mozambique’s sovereig,上海品茶会所Eden,n debt. It is still struggling to overcome the resultant debt crisis.

Ex-president Jammeh was ‘trouble’ for Gambia from the start: first…

BANJUL ( ) – Yahya Jammeh was going to be “trouble” for Gambia from the moment he seized power, the first witness to a commission convened to investigate rights abuses under his presidency said on Monday.

The Truth, Reconciliati,上海品茶QQHadley,on and Reparations Commission (TRRC), which opened after repeated delays caused by a lack of funding, is part of a reckoning with a 22-year-long rule marked by extrajudicial killings, torture and forced disappearances.

Testifying about the 1994 coup, police official Ebrima Ismaila Chongan recalled Jammeh, who later declared Gambia an Islamic republic, as a heavy drinker who was often up to no good.

“He used to come to me to beg for money and other things,” said Chongan, who trained Jammeh as a police cadet and later spent two years in the capital Banjul’s notorious Mile 2 Prison for opposing the coup. “When I knew that he was the leader, I knew that Gambia was going to be in trouble.”

The TRRC, an initiative of current President Adama Barrow expected to sit for two years, plans to investigate the coup’s origins and abuses throughout Jammeh’s tenure, which ended in 2017 when he fled to Equatorial Guinea after losing an election.

Atrocities uncovered in the past two years include the execution in 2005 of 52 migrants from neighboring Senegal whose bodies were dumped down a well.

At least 200 people crowded the exhibition hall of a Banjul hotel for the first day of hearings, with dozens more huddled outside within earshot while others tuned in across the country to live radio and television broadcasts.

“Today is the day, and we want to hear from every single witness and victim,” said Baba Jallow, the co,上海品茶会所Kaia,mmissi,上海外卖品茶群Queena,on’s executive secretary, who as a journalist in 2000 was forced into exile by threats from Jammeh’s forces.

“I am just grateful that the process … is finally off the ground.”

The 11-member commission can make criminal referrals, and many victims want to see Jammeh 上海品茶QQreturn to Gambia to face trial for the abuses it investigates. But that seems unlikely given the warm welcome he has received from Equatorial Guinea’s President Teodoro Obiang.

Previous truth and reconciliation commissions, a model popularized by hearings in South Africa in the 1990s that delved into its apartheid past, have received mixed reviews – seen as cathartic moments for victims but criticized for granting amnesties too liberally and only looking into politically significant cases.

Suicide bomber hits Kurdish-run base in Syria: IS

AMMAN ( ) – Islamic State said one of its suicide bombers killed some people ,上海品茶水磨Barrett,on Monday at a military base in Syria’s Raqqa city, which is under control of a U.S.- backed and Kurdish-led militia.

The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), led by Kurds, said,上海外卖品茶群Kade, a militant blew himself up in a blast that killed one civilian and injured several of its fighters.

Though the SDF did not say where the blast took place, two Raqqa residents reached by said they heard an explosion in a central district of the city housing military offices.

The ultra hardline jihadist Islamic State’s (IS) claim of responsibility came in a statement by the affi,上海喝茶资源群Barbara,liated Amaq news agency. It said the attack 上海品茶工作室targeted a recruitment center in Raqqa and that 17 people were killed or wounded.

Amaq said the bomber, whom it named as Abu Abdullah al Shami, had first used his machine gun then detonated a vest.

The SDF also said earlier it had clashed with IS fighters who infiltrated through an old tunnel in the city near an outpost where their fighters were stationed.

The Kurdish-led alliance seized the city in Syria’s northeast from Islamic State with the help of U.S.-led air strikes in 2017.

Raqqa, which IS declared the capital of its self-proclaimed caliphate, was taken by the SDF six years into Syria’s civil war after a protracted battle that killed thousands of civilians and wrecked much of the city.

Rebuilding and restoring Raqqa, which was once home to more than 300,000 people, is proving a monumental task.

Since losing almost all the large swathes of territory it took in lightning offensives in Syria and Iraq in 2014-15, IS has returned to deadly hit-and-run attacks and ambushes.

Some people in Raqqa resent effective Kurdish control over the predominately Arab city, with many objecting to compulsory enlistment to its forces, heavy taxes on civilians and a tight security grip where dissent is not tolerated.

#SaveRahaf: Activists’ lightning campaign made Saudi teen’s flight…

BANGKOK ( ) – On Sunday morning, a new Twitter account was created by an 18-year-old Saudi woman denied entry into Thailand as she fled from what she said was an abusive family.

The first message from Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun, in Arabic, was at 3:20 a.m. Thai time (2020 GMT Saturday) and posted from the transit area of Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi airport. It said: “I am the girl who escaped Kuwait to Thailand. My life is in real danger if I am forced to return to Saudi Arabia.”

Within hours, a campaign sprung up on Twitter dubbed #SaveRahaf. Spread by a loose network of activists around the world, within 36 hours it prompted Thailand’s government to reverse a decision to force the young woman onto a plane that would return her to her family.

Qunun was allowed to enter Thailand and on Tuesday was beginning the process of seeking asylum in a third country through the U.N. refugee agency.

“Everybody was watching. When social media works, this is what happens,” said Phil Robertson, deputy Asia director for Human Rights Watch, of the international outcry.

Qunun’s family could not be reached to,上海品茶网Pablo, respond to her allegations of abuse. could not directly contact Qunun, but spoke to several confidants who described how the dramatic campaign unfolded across the world.

After her initial Tweet, Qunun posted nearly non-stop for five hours, saying she had been abused and threatened by her family.

Halfway around the world, retweets by Saudi Twitter users were noticed by Egyptian-American activist Mona Eltahawy in Montreal who began translating and retweeting Qunun’s Arabic tweets at 4 a.m. Thailand time, even though she was initially unsure if the account was authentic.

“(I was) doing my best to get attention to her because I could not live with myself if she was real and I ignored it,” Eltahawy told in an e-mail.

BANGKOK, MONTREAL, SYDNEY

About two hours later – 6 a.m. Sunday morning in Thailand but mid-afternoon in Australia – a Sydney-based video journalist noticed and retweeted Eltahawy’s translated messages.

The journalist, Sophie McNeill of Australia Broadcast Corp., began tweeting back to Qunun, and later the two began privately corresponding by direct message.

At 11 a.m. on Sunday in Thailand – eight hours after Qunun began tweeting – Human Rights Watch’s Robertson, who is based in Bangkok, also began tweeting about the case.

He also contacted Qunun directly and she replied.

“She said very clearly that she has suffered both physical and psychological abuse. She said she has made a decision to renounce Islam. And I knew once she said that, she is in serious trouble,” Robertson told .

Renouncing Islam is a crime punishable by death under the Saudi system of sharia, or Islamic law, though the punishment has not been carried out上海品茶会所 in recent memory.

By early Sunday afternoon, Robertson had notified the U.N. refugee agency in Thailand and several foreign embassies about the unfoldin,上海喝茶资源群Kade,g case, and they began to contact Thai authorities.

BARRICADED DOOR

At around the same time, journalist McNeill decided to fly to Thailand and try to meet Qunun.

“I’d never spoken to her before,” she told . “For me, it was so important that this was documented, and I wanted to be there and witness it.”

While McNeill boarded a flight from Sydney to Bangkok, Qunun was holed up in an airport transit hotel and afraid she would be forced onto the next flight back to Kuwait. She continued tweeting and also corresponding with Robertson of Human Rights Watch.

At around 5 p.m. Sunday, she was taken out of her room by Thai officials but later allowed to return.

“She filmed these two people talking to her,” said Robe,专门哟啪的微信群Octavien,rtson. “They said to her very clearly that they will put her on the Kuwait Airways flight KU 412 leaving (Monday) at 11:15 a.m.”

By this time, global media outlets had picked up on the story and Thai immigration officials were confirming that Qunun was to be expelled on Monday morning.

At about 1 a.m. Monday morning, Qunun posted a video of herself pushing a table to barricade her hotel room door.

THREATENING LANGUAGE

McNeill arrived in Thailand early on Monday and managed to join Qunun in her hotel room.

“When it became clear that she wasn’t going to leave, I decided it was important to stay and have someone documenting what was going on,” McNeill said.

Qunun refused to open the door when various officials came to escort her to the Kuwait Airways flight.

“We were inside the room and there were numerous people coming to the door … There were several Arabic speakers who came and were using threatening language to try and force her back on the plane,” McNeill recalled.

The flight to Kuwait City left without Qunun.

At 3:30 p.m. on Monday, Thailand’s immigration chief Surachate Hakparn held a press conference at the airport for dozens of Thai and international media representatives gathered in the transit area.

After a day of insisting that Qunun must be sent back under Thai law, Surachate said she would not be immediately be expelled since she could be in danger and he would meet U.N. officials to discuss her case.

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) country representative Giuseppe de Vincentiis arrived at the airport at about 5 p.m. on Monday to meet Thai officials and Qunun herself.

By about 7:30 p.m on Monday, Surachate told reporters Qunun would be allowed to enter Thailand and apply for asylum in a third country.

The UNHCR said on Tuesday that it would take time to process Qunun’s application, and its officials continued to interview her at an undisclosed location.

Saudi Arabia on Tuesday denied on its Twitter account that its embassy in Thailand had asked for Qunun to be extradited, although Surachate had said the previous day the embassy had been in contact with Thai immigration before her arrival from Kuwait.

The Saudi embassy in Bangkok declined to comment on Qunun’s case when contacted by on Monday and could not be reached on Tuesday.

But on Tuesday, the Thai immigration office released a video clip of its officials meeting Saudi diplomats to discuss the case.

“When she first arrived in Thailand, she opened a new site (account) and the followers reached about 45,000 within one day,” a Saudi official speaking in Arabic through a translator tells Thai officials in the video.

“I wish you had taken her phone, it would have been better than (taking) her passport,” the official said.

Profit-hungry tiger breeders behind push to lift China’s trading ban

HONG KONG/HARBIN, China ( ) – At the Siberia Tiger Park in the frigid Chinese city of Harbin, visitors can learn about the facility’s successful breeding programme and buy chicken carcasses to toss to around 20 tigers pacing the snow flecked ground of their enclosure.

At the park gates, a shop sells liquor soaked with tiger bones for up to $1,000 a bottle.

China has made significant strides in wildlife protection in recent years, including a total ban on ivory and plans to open one of the world’s largest reserves for wild tigers in northeast China in 2020.

But it also has formidable, profit-driven wildlife business interests that risk undermining progress on protecting the endangered big cats, conservationists say.

“The industry occupies a strategic position which concentrates in the country’s less developed regions where poverty reduction remains a top priority of the local authorities,” said Houston-based Peter Li, a China Policy Specialist at Humane Society International.

Operators of tiger breeding farms have told state media that without the ability to sell bones, skins and meat they are not be able to cover the high costs of running their parks and carry out key conservation plans endorsed by the national government.

After pressure from some breeders, China’s State Council said in October it would replace a 1993 ban on the trade of tiger bones and rhino horn, opening up exceptions under “special circumstances”, including medical research.

But in November, Beijing postponed the move following widespread protests from conservation groups who worry any resumption in the legal trade of tiger parts will b上海品茶会所e a death knell for the species by enabling the laundering of wild animal parts,上海品茶群二维码Earl, into farmed supplies.

Conservationists also argue that no captive Chinese bred tigers have been released into the wild and there is no scientific or medical need to use rhino horn and tiger bone in traditional Chinese medicine.

Still, lifting the ban is backed by China’s powerful State Forestry and Grassland Administration.

“If rhino horns and tiger bones can be used for medicinal purposes, and their use causes zero harm to the two endangered species in the wild, why should we oppose it?” Tang Xiaoping, an executive at the administration was quoted in the state-run China Daily newspaper.

The Forestry and Grasslands administration did not respond to multiple requests for comment.

PROFIT-DRIVEN BUSINESS

At the Siberia Tiger Park, tiger bone wine is sold ope,上海品茶网,上海品茶微信Idaline,Dahlia,nly and is recognized by the Forestry Bureau and Commerce Ministry, according to a sales representative in the store. However, the park is not allowed to publicly promote it due to the sensitivity of the situation, the sales rep said. Officials at the park declined to comment on the record.

The wine, which ranges in price from 280 yuan-6,888 yuan, ($40-$1,003) is displayed in large glass cabinets and also sold on China’s Twitter-like WeChat.

Park executives, officials and conservation experts say tiger parks have been accumulating stocks of animal skin and bone in freezers, with the aim of selling it for medicinal use in the future.

Conservation groups estimate there are now over 6,500 farmed tigers at some 200 facilities in China and around 40 farmed rhinos. Chinese media say tiger bone can fetch 5,000-9,000 yuan ($727-$1,308) per kg – tens of thousands of dollars per animal.

The World Wildlife Fund believes there are only around 40-50 wild tigers left in China out of around 3,900 globally.

Debate over lifting the ban on tiger trade comes as China seeks to develop its traditional medicine industry, worth some $50 billion annually, and position it as a key pillar of its ‘One Belt One Road’ strategy.

The World Health Organization is set to recognize traditional Chinese medicine for the first time next year in its global medical compendium according to Nature International Journal of Science, citing the governing body.

CASH STRAPPED

The Siberian Tiger Park has more than 1,300 tigers spread across three locations. Selling tiger bone wine is a way to subsidize the daily expenses of the park, said one of the park’s tour guides.

Currently, visitor fees are the parks’ main source of income, along with government subsidies. Ticket prices are 100 yuan and visitors can pay extra to feed the tigers. A menu of meat displays prices for a live chicken at 120 yuan while a raw cutlet is 10 yuan.

In a CCTV documentary shown in November, Liu Dan, the chief engineer of the Northeast Tiger Forest park, near China’s border with Russia, says his 1,000-plus tigers each eat around 3,000 yuan ($435) worth of chicken per month.

Liu, who has raised tigers for over 30 years and has repeatedly called for the ban on trading tiger parts to be lifted, told state media that government tax breaks are not enough for the park to be financially viable. Currently, parks make most of their money from visitors.

Liu and the park declined to comment for this article.

Chinese medicine experts say there is no need to use tiger bone and rhino horn in treatments as substitutes are readily available.

Tiger bone, for example, is often used to treat arthritis and joint pain, but there are dozens of other herbs with similar properties, said Eric Karchmer, chief medicine officer at Dao Labs.

Lixin Huang, the president of the American College of Traditional medicine, said a reversal of the ban would create a huge challenge for the Chinese medicine community.

“We stopped using it 25 years ago. We don’t understand. I don’t think the Chinese medicine community and medical professionals would understand.”

Model who alleges Trump’s agency defrauded her moving forward with…

NEW YORK ( ) – A Jamaican fashion model who alleg,上海喝茶资源群Daisy,es that Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump’s modeling agency defrauded her of $225,000 in pay is moving forward with her case, despite a federal judge’s decision to dismiss the lawsuit.

U.S. District Judge Analisa Torres in New York dismissed the lawsuit on March 23, saying there was insufficient evidence that model Alexia Palmer had been misled or was owed back pay.

On Wednesday, Palmer’s lawyer, Naresh Gehi, said, “We are now going to pursue our rights before the Department of Labor, and, if necessary, we will then appeal this case to the New York state Supreme Court.”

Palmer accused Trump Model Management LLC of lying to the federal government in its work-visa application that she would be paid a $75,000-a-year salary while living in the United States, court documents show.

Instead, Palmer earned just $3,380 during the three years ,上海品茶水磨Ebba,she was under contract with the agency after it took an 80 percent cut of her wages by deducting charges for everything from postage to walking lessons to mobile phone c上海品茶QQosts, as well as $4,000 in administrative fees, court papers show.

Trump’s lawyers have blasted the case as “frivolous” and without merit.

“The salary that was posited was aspirational in nature,” said Trump’s lawyer for immigration issues, Michael Wildes. “Trump Model has been in full compliance, and should fare well in any investigation or audit.”

Though Trump is not personally named in the lawsuit, his presidential campaign spokeswoman, Hope Hicks, said in a statement last month that Trump Model Management’s treatment of Palmer was in line with “standard practice in the modeling industry.”

Trump has won Republican front-runner status in the 2016 election in large part by positioning himself as a champion of the American worker, vowing to protect U.S. jobs and bring back positions that companies have moved overseas to take advantage of cheaper foreign labor.

The controversial H-1B visa program for foreign workers became an issue at a presidential debate in Miami last month, where Trump called H-1B visas “very, very bad for workers.” He has acknowledged using them in his own businesses.

“I know the H-1B very well; it’s something that I, frankly, use,” he said. 

In August, reported that Trump’s companies had sought to import at least 1,100 workers on temporary visas since 2000. Of those, 250 were filed for foreign fashion models, according to a analysis of federal D,上海品茶会所Eden,epartment of Labor data.

Palmer attorney Gehi will appear on Friday, along with immigration experts, at a news conference at the National Press Club in Washington to discuss the case with reporters.

Hammond says no-deal Brexit would harm British people

LONDON ( ) – Britain’s Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond said it would be against British people’s interests to leave the European Union witho,上海品茶群二维码Nala,ut an exit deal, but declined to say how the government would respond if parliament refused to back its Brexit plans.

With less than three months before Britain is due to leave the EU, Britain’s parliament on Wednesday began a five-day debate over Minister Theresa May’s deal with the rest of the bloc ahead of a vote in the lower house next Tuesday.

May has refused to retreat from her unpopular deal, which envisages close trading ties with the EU after leaving in March, pressing ahead with a vote she is expected to lose.

“I firmly believe that my job is to look after the welfare and interests of the British people and I conclude that it would not be in their interests to leave without a deal,” Hammond told an annual reception hosted by European planemaker Airbus.

British lawmakers earlier on Wednesday demanded the government come up with a plan B within days if she loses the vote on her deal to leave the European Union.

Asked how in that situation the government would prevent a ‘no-deal’ Brexit, Hammond told : “We are very determined that we need a deal. We need a deal that allows us to continue to co-operate and to have a smooth and orderly exit and we’ll make sure that we do.”

May’s allies have said there is no ‘plan B’ that would break the parliamentary deadlock.

Hammond was speaking after Airb,上海喝茶资源群[随机符,上海品茶交友群Idaia,],us (AIR.PA) Chief Executive Tom Enders stepped up pressure on decision-makers to end months of uncertainty over the terms for Britain’s departure.

The company, which employs 14,000 people in Britain and builds most of its commercial airplane wings there, has spent tens of millions of euros on contingency plans including extra stockpiling of parts in anticipation of border delays.

“What we and many other British businesses need most urgently, is for politicians from all sides to come together and pass a pragmatic agreement that allows an orderly Brexit,” Enders said, with Hammond and other politicians in the audience.

“We don’t see any specific benefits in the current deal. It’s just a lot less bad than a ‘no deal’,” he added.

A so-called ‘hard Brexit’ with no deal could have consequences for future Airbus investment in Britain, Enders said, reiterating previous warnings.

Responding to Enders’ comments in a speech, Hammond said the government’s job was to ensure “that it will be business logic that keeps you here in the yea上海品茶QQrs ahead.”

Airbus is planning for a no-deal Brexit as its “baseline” scenario, according to a November staff memo.

U.N. struggles to implement deal over disputed Yemeni port city

DUBAI ( ) – The guns have mostly fallen silent around the Yemeni port of Hodeidah and the skies are clear of warplanes, but a U.N.-sponsored deal for the warring armies to quit the city has stalled, risking efforts to end a conflict that has pushed the country to the brink of famine.

The Iranian-aligned Houthis and the Saudi-backed government agreed to a ceasefire in Hodeidah and to withdraw forces at peace talks in Sweden in December following months of diplomacy and Western pressure to end the nearly four-year-old war that has killed tens of thousands of people.

But the agreement did not spell out who would control Hodeidah city, which is now held by the Houthis while thousands of Saudi-led coalition troops are massed on the outskirts. Both sides were to withdraw their troops by Jan. 7 under the deal.

Sporadic skirmishes have taken place but the truce has put on hold an anticipated assault by the Saudi-led coalition that aid agencies feared would have terrible consequences for civilians.

The air strikes that had rained death and destruction on Hodeidah have also paused, although they have continued in other regions.

In New York on Wednesday, U.N. special envoy Martin Griffiths told the United Nations Security Council that both sides had largely stuck to the ceasefire but substantial progress would be needed before more peace talks could be held.

“There has been a significant decrease in hostilities,” he said.

Griffiths had met the rival leaders in recent days and he said both had expressed determination to find a way forward but all shared the view that “substantial progress, particularly on Hodeidah, is something we would like to see before we reconvene the next consultations”.

The Stockholm pact had stipulated that Houthi forces leave Hodeidah port and two other ports and that international monitors be deployed. The monitors would then o,上海妹子品茶微信Kaiden,versee a complete withdrawal of troops of both sides from the city, which would be run by “local authorities” under U.N. supervision.

“I am afraid that agreement did not spell out how to build that authority nor who will control what,” a Western diplomat involved in the peace talks told .

The Houthis said late last month their fighters quit Hodeidah port and handed control to local coast guards units in place before the war. The Saudi-led coalition disputed the move, believing those units were loyal to the Houthis.

U.S. chief justice uses sign language as deaf lawyers sworn in

WASHINGTON ( ) – In an historic first, U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts used sign l上海品茶会所anguage from the Supreme Court bench on Tuesday as he welcomed a dozen deaf and hard-of-hearing lawyers who took part in a ceremony authorizing them to argue cases before the court.

The 12 members of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Bar Association were sworn in as members of the Supreme Court bar. After they were presented to the court for admission, Roberts signed in American Sign Language: “Your motion is granted.”Membership in the Supreme Court bar allows a lawyer to argue cases before the justices but most of its members never actually do so.

Roberts, appointed by Republican President George W. Bush in 2005, is believed to be the first U.S. chief justice to use sign language from the bench. It was also the first time members of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Bar Association took part in a swearing-in ceremony at the court.

The lawyers then stayed for oral arguments in two cases in the ornate courtroom, assisted by an interpreter standing in front of the mahogany bench where the eight justices sit.

The lawyers were permitted to use an instant transcription service that was transmitted to electronic devices. Normally, no electronic devices are allowed in the courtroom.

One of the a,上海品茶水磨Kade,ttorneys, Teresa Curtin of the Weitz & Luxenbe,上海品茶微信Caden,rg law firm, said in a statement the event was aimed at encouraging more people with disabilities to embark on legal careers. When she began her law career in the late 1980s, there was only a handful of deaf lawyers in the United States, while now there are around 250, Curtin said.

In 1982, a deaf lawyer, Michael Chatoff, argued a case before the Supreme Court, assisted by a real-time transcription system. That case concerned whether a school board was required to provide a deaf student with a sign-language interpreter. Chatoff lost the case in a 6-3 ,上海品茶网Sabrina,ruling.

Republican candidate Kasich passed over by ‘Time 100’

NEW YORK ( ) – Time magazine’s annual “100 most influential people” list had a notable omission this year: John Kasich, the only member of the current presidential field who did not to make the cut.

The list included Kasich’s rivals for the Republican presidential nomination, ,上海妹子品茶微信Quay,front-runner Donald Trump and U.S. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, along with Democratic candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, in its “leaders” category, but not the Ohio governor.

Kasich has trailed Trump and Cruz throughout the campaign and his organization did not immediately respond to a request for comment on his omission from the Time list.

The “Time 100” bills itself as a collection of “world leaders,” “great minds” and “other icons of the moment,” accord,上海品尝嫩茶Cain,ing to a statement released to the media.

Trump was depicted in the list as a “rule breaker,” Cruz a “conservative crusader,” Clinton a “Democratic fighter” and Sanders a “populist provocateur.”

Other U.S. political figures who made the cut included Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus and South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley.

Time Deputy Editor Radhika Jones, who oversees the list, told they chose to include the candidates who are “most changing the game.”

“There was never going to be a way to get all the c上海品茶QQandidates,” on the list Jones explained, citing the list’s global scop,上海品茶群二维码Cade,e.

International leaders on the Time 100 included German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Baltimore primary voters back reform candidate for mayor after…

BALTIMORE ( ) – A Maryland state senator backing law enforcement reform won a narrow victory on Tuesday in the Democratic nominating contest for the mayor of Baltimore, as the city recovers a year after rioting sparked by a black man’s death in police custody.

The primary election in the mostly African-American city of 620,000 people comes as Baltimore residents confront rising violent crime and unrest sparked by the death of Freddie Gray in April, 2015.

The incident stoked a simmering U.S. debate on treatment of minorities by law enforcement officers and prompted the current mayor to decline to seek re-election.

Whil,上海妹子品茶微信Rae,e the Republican Party and other parties also held primaries, the Democratic race’s winner almost certainly will win November’s general election because Democrats outnumber Republicans 10 to one in Baltimore, about 40 miles (60 km) northeast of Washington.

In the Democratic contest, state Senator Catherine Pugh, the chamber’s majority leader edged out former Mayor Sheila Dixon, 37 percent to 34 percent. Dixon was forced from office in 2010 for allegedly misappropriating gift cards for low-income families.

Pugh defeated a field of 13 Democrats vying for the nomination, including DeRay Mckesson, a nationally known activist with the Black Lives Matter movement that sprang up after police killings of minorities in U.S. cities.

Mckesson logged 12 percent of the vote.

Pugh, Dixon, Mckesson and Mayor Stephanie ,上海品茶QQKailani,Rawlings-Blake are African-Americans. Pugh, who co-chaired a legislative working group on law enforcement reform, has called for greater accountability for Baltimore police and the use of mobile units to help residents find jobs.

Voters said they hoped the election would bring positive change to the port 上海品茶QQcity. At 7.1 percent, Baltimore’s jobless rate is above the national average, and the city has been hit by a surge in murders.

“I think it’s a very important election. It’s time for change,” retiree Diane McCants, 67, said at a polling place in West Baltimore.

Tyrone Forney, a 52-year-old voter in northeast Baltimore, said the mayor’s race was critical. “We need new faces, new ideas,” he said.

The onetime steelmaking city exploded into world headlines a year ago after Gray, 25, died from a broken neck suffered in police custody.

,上海外卖品茶群Falkner,His death sparked protests and a day of rioting. Six police officers – three black and three white – have been charged in Gray’s death.

Rawlings-Blake, the mayor since 2010, came under fire for her handling of the crisis. She said in September that she would not seek re-election.

Five people found dead in Australian city of Perth: police

SYDNEY ( ) – Australian police found up to five dead people including a woman and children on Sunday in a suburb of the western city of Perth, a senior officer said.

“This is early and we’ve not yet fully examined the scene. We understand that there are adults and children involved,” Western Australia Police Assistant Commissioner Paul Steel told a news conference.

Steel said up to five bodies had been found at the scen上海品茶微信e when police arrived at noon. Investigators were still there.

“I can say there was at least one woman but I can’t say more than that I’m afraid. The scene has not yet been forensically examined so the exact number of adults and children is actually unknown to me,” Steel said.

He did not say how the people were killed or if any weapons,上海品茶QQHadley, were found.

A man in his twenties was helping police with their inquiries, he said, adding there was no danger to the public.

Violent crime with multiple victims is rare in Australia but this was the second major incident in Western Australia this year.

Seven people were shot and killed in the state in May.

Gun crime in Australia fell sharply after strict controls were introduced in response to a mass shooting in 19,上海品茶水磨Macey,96, when a lone gunman killed 35 people ,上海品茶论坛Hal,in Tasmania.

Nelson and Colne college apprentice nominated for national award

An engineering apprentice has been nominated for a national award.

Nelson and Colne College apprentice Michal Halamicek who works at LED specialists acdc, has been nominated for a national award for the positive impact his work has had on the company.

The 30-year-old from Barrowford, has been put forward for a National Apprenticeship Award after a number of changes he implemented at the Barrowford company resulted in dramatic improvements to the business, including reducing the number of defective products,上海品茶QQTasha, leaving the factory and seeing zero returned products from customers due to soldering defects in 2019.

Mr Halamicek is now encouraging others to consider completing an Apprenticeship after seeing how it has benefited him personally and professionally.

Mr Halamicek, said: “I chose to do my Apprenticeship because I was given the opportunity to progress at acdc.

“I love working with the products and looking at innovative ways to improve them and I always want to learn more, and improve the business.

“I’m currently learning testing and compliance which will lead to working with standards and specifications from all over the world and my aim is to become an expert in this field.

“A big part of my role is motivating others. I’m seen as a mentor within the business which I like. I would encourage others to do an Apprenticeship as I would not be where I am now without mine.”

Quality Manager at acdc, Hattie Wrest, said: “Mich,上海品茶微信Octavio,al is a valued member of the team here at acdc and his proactive approach enables him to interact positively throughout the bus爱上海iness.”

Milnshaw Park play area opens ready for summer holidays

Cllr Paul Cox, cabinet member for parks and Cath Holmes of Hyndburn Green Spaces Forum with Cllr Cox’s grandchildren and other local children at the popular new play area.

A NEW play area is now open in Milnshaw Park, Accrington ready for the long summer sch,上海品茶会所Nash,ool break.

The £120,000 playground includes an aerial runway, basket swing, large rotator, swings and a skynet.

The skynet, the first of its kind in Hyndburn, is the centre piece of the play area where children can climb to the top of the large pyramid shaped net before they are rewarded with a slide back down to the ground.

For the younger children there is a colourful climbing structure in the shape of a train, with a slide at one end.

Cllr Paul Cox, cabinet member for parks and open spaces, said: “Milnshaw Park has been a big priority of mine since I was first elected in 2011 and something I’m really proud to have helped achieve.

“The play area is already prov,上海品茶工作室Carla,ing very popular, providing families and local children with a wonderful facility in their local park for the summer holidays.

The Hyndburn Green Spaces Forum, working closely with Hyndburn Council, secured a grant from the Lancashire Environmental Fund for £30,000 and Hyndburn Council provided the remainder.

Cath Holmes of the Hyndburn Green Sp爱上海419aces Forum, said: “It is nice to see a wonderful new play area in Milnshaw Park for the local community to enjoy.

“We are once again pleased to work with Hyndburn Council to help improve the parks and open spaces in Hyndburn and thank you to the Lancashire Environmental Fund for their support locally.”

‘What keeps me going? My patients,’ says France’s oldest doctor at 98

On a quiet street in a low-income Paris suburb, the doctor’s waiting room was so full that patients spilled out on to the pavement. Some from distant housing estates had travelled here as early as 4am to be sure of a place in line.

“This doctor is really loved because he takes time to listen to you, he calms you down,” said Yamina Derni, 63, who had been treated for benign tumours. “You don’t even notice his age.”

Christian Chenay, who celebrated his 98th birthday last month, is France’s oldest practising doctor. “I couldn’t possibly give up work,” he said in his small consulting room in Chevilly-Larue after treating his final patients of the day, an unwell toddler and a woman suffering from high blood pressure.

“How can I stop when there are only three doctors in this area for a population of 19,000?” he added. “I keep going for my patients, particularly for the older ones, who I like to encourage. I love medicine. But I also like to keep active. If you stop working, you go downhill. At my age, if you spend your time watching TV and snoozing, you won’t survive long.”

Chenay’s decision to keep working is partly due to France’s shortage of local family doctors. Although the country has a reputation for one of the world’s best healthcare systems, the lack of general practitioners has reached crisis point. The problem is acute in rural areas where millions struggle to access care, but also in some of the low-income Paris banlieues.

Half of all general practitioners in France are now aged over 60, and some work beyond retirement in order to keep practices open. Chenay is not alone in continuing into his 90s. Four years ago a 93-year-old doctor, François Le Men, finally retired from his practice in rural Brittany, apologising his heart problems.

Chenay began work as a general practitioner in this area of the Val-de-Marne almost 70 years ago. He has outstayed his own son, who also worked as a doctor but who retired at 67.

“I’ve seen a lot of change,” Chenay said. “The internet means more people now come in saying ‘I’ve looked it up online, I’ve got such and such illness and need such and such treatment.’ In reality they have no such thing and don’t need that treatment at all.”

He said he had been most struck by a rise in domestic violence. “Knife crime against women by their partners seems to me to have got much more prevalent in the last couple of years,” he said. “Men assume they can get away with it.”

Chenay, who says he wakes at 6.30am every day, sees patients on Mondays and Wednesdays and cares for members of a religious retirement home one afternoon a week. But he said the heavy administrative load of the French health system, as well as his continuing study of latest research, meant he worked around 60 hours a week.

He’s the only doctor in the area who accepts patients without appointments. A sheet of paper and a pencil are fixed to the wall in the waiting room where people write their name on a first-come-first-served basis.

Chenay believes that a large part of general practice work is looking beyond initial ailments and helping patients with und,上海品茶工作室Kalista,erlying mental health issues. He said the low-income Paris suburbs were a “forgotten place” where unemployment affected mental health and undocumented migrants often survived on little.

Chenay was born in 1921 in the western town of Angers and worked part-time as a welder to get through medical school. He walks with a cane due to a leg injury sustained while jumping from a train to escape forced labour during the Nazi occupation of France in the second world war. “The leg only really bothered me when I reached 80,” he said.

He doesn’t wear glasses and he said his sight was excellent after a cataract operation. “My hearing is also good, certainly better than the 18-year-olds who wear earphones with the volume up,” he added.

Sarah Lahrouchi, 31, who has been a patient of Chenay’s since she was born, said: “He’s got an amazing memory and he takes time to investigate the why and how of what’s wrong.” In recent yea,上海品茶微信Lark,rs he had supported her when she lost her premature baby son following a car crash during pregnancy. She said he had treated four generations of her family: her late grandmother, her parents, her siblings, and now her own children aged between three months and six years.

Another patient, Leonor, 61, said: “He helped me after I had two miscarriages at a time when there was not much support for that.”

Life at the surgery has not always been easy. Chenay’s late wife, Marthe, was repeatedly stabbed in an attack outside his consulting room several years ago. She survived but later succumbed to Alzheimer’s. He and his current wife, Suzanne, whom he married at 91, have installed security cameras.

Chenay said he had been lucky enough to know six patients aged over 100. One woman who reached 106 had survived her family being deported during the Nazi occupation, and had lived alone for 25 years but kept “in good spirits”, still going out with a walking frame in her final years.

Asked for advice on living to a healthy old age, Chenay said: “I never smoked, drank or took drugs. So I’d say avoid those three things. Never stop, keep active. The key is learning to deal with stress. You can’t avoid stress – the organism needs it to develop defence mechanisms – but you can learn how to manage it. Make it a routine: whenever you have some down time, even five minutes, ensure you sit back for a moment and really relax.”

He said he didn’t fear for his own health. “There’s no reason to stress at my age because I’ve got a one in five chance of not waking up in the morning,” he shrugged.

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UK weather forecast – Mercury to plummet by 20 DEGREES today as Britain takes drenching after record 38.7C heatwave

BRITAIN will take a drenching today following the record 38.7C heatwave – as the mercury plummets by 20 DEGREES in parts.

Thermometers will struggle to hit highs in the low-twenties on Saturday – with most parts only reaching just 18C this afternoon.

And the Greet Cooldown will also be helped along by a soaking – with cold showers across Scotland and much of England today.

But there are fears that up to 100mm of rain could fall in some places – leading to flash floods and travel chaos.

The Met Office issued a yellow weather warning for nearly all of England, Scotland and Northern Ireland to last until 3pm on Sunday.

And a separate weather warning was issued for heavy rain in London and the South East for this morning.

RAIN WARNING

A statement read: “Persistent, heavy rain across this area will continue for the next few hours, leading to some early morning travel disruption.”

Some more dramatic thunderstorms are also expected in parts after days of dramatic lightening sparked by the searing hot conditions.

But it will be nowhere near as stifling – with forecasters expecting highs of just 22C in the far South of England.

Elsewhere, 1pm highs will slowly climb to just 18C – more than 20C below Thursday’s exceptional top temperature.

If the 38.7C temperature reading is verified, that would make yesterday’s scorching weather the hottest ever recorded in Britain.

That was recorded in Cambridge on Thursday – topping the previous record of 38.5C measured in Faversham, Kent, in 2003.

Locals in Cambridge yesterday likened the suffocating conditions to the Death Valley desert and the Sahara.

Local David Cambridge said: “Standing in the centre yesterday and you closed your eyes you could have easily imagined you had been transported to North Africa.

“The nearest I have come to feeling the sort of heat we had here was driving in Death Valley in 1981!”

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But Saturday’s weather is taking a colder and drearier turn – with cloud and rain for many punctuated by brief spells of warm sunshine.

The Met Office forecast said: “Southern and western Sco,上海品茶微信Lenny,tland, along with northern, central and southeastern parts of England will be rather cloudy with outbreaks of rain, some heavy and thundery.

“Elsewhere it will be mostly dry with some reasonably warm sunshine.”

For tonight, the forecast added: “Overnight, rain is likely to continue affecting southwest Scotland, parts of northern and central England, along with East Anglia, edging slowly into Northern Ireland too.

“Dry els,上海品茶工作室Camille,ewhere with clear spells.”

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Weather experts at Meteogroup UK also painted a dull picture for Saturday.

Their forecast read: “It will be cloudy with rain across Scotland, northern England, eastern England and parts of East Anglia and south-east England.

“Some embedded thunderstorms are possible at times, especially along eastern coasts.

“It will be dry with sunny spells in the south and west. Gentle and variable winds.”

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Hull dad’s devastating words after wife Samantha Ford drowns miracle babies as ‘ultimate punishment’

A Hull dad whose baby twins were killed by their mum said he has been “plunged into a catastrophic level of depression” after their deaths, which he said she committed as the “ultimate punishment” for him.

Samantha Ford, 38, pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of 23-months-old Jake and Chloe Ford. She admitted the charge by reason of diminished responsi,上海品茶工作室Jacob,bility and appeared at the Old Bailey in London for the start of her sentencing hearing. You can read more about that here.

The court heard Ford had drowned the babies – who she shared with husband Steven – on Boxing Day last year before crashing her car on the A299 just before 3am on December 27.

When rescuers arrived at the crash scene, she told them “just let me die” and “I killed my babies. I would never hurt them, they are my miracle babies.”

The court heard Ford had grown resentful after the family moved back to the UK from Qatar and her marriage to Steven had broken down.

In the weeks leading up to the killings, her health had deteriorated.

Her defence barrister said she was suffering a “catastrophic level” of depression when she killed the toddlers.

A victim impact statement from Steven was read out to the court and he described the “indescribable pain” he had suffered since the deaths of his children.

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He said: “The total shock and pain is indescribable. In that moment my life had changed in a heartbeat. My two beautiful babies were healthy, bright and loving children who had everything to live for.

“Being twins they were a real double act. They were quite individual in their personalities, but were also aware of each other’s presence. I have no doubt they would have been wonderful people.

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“Jake and Chloe were wanted babies. Samantha and I went through four attempts of IVF and years of heartache. I have night terrors. These have become more frequent in recent weeks and happened in the middle of the night.

“I wake myself up screaming or throwing items within my reach in my bedroom. I find these incidents particularly disturbing. Sometimes in the morning when I get out of bed I get out on autopilot and go to the twins’ room to get them up.

“Over the last few months I have been troubled with suicidal thoughts, thinking about hanging myself; although I think about the impact it would have on my parents and my family. Sometimes I feel like I can’t live like this.

“I find myself speculating what their last minutes were like. I suspect they were terrified, confused and suffering. I feel like I should have been able to protect them even though I know I couldn’t have.”

He told the court he felt guilty for the twin’s deaths and had no idea that anything was wrong when he dropped them back at Ford’s on Boxing Day.

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He said Ford’s actions were the “ultimate punishment” and “extreme version” of her character – which the court previously heard was emotionally controlling.

He said: “At the time of their deaths I was at home watching a film. It pains me every day. I should have known something was wrong; 27 minutes is all it took for her to commit the most heinous, spiteful act on two innocent, defencel,上海品茶会所Nicola,ess children.

“I have no doubt in my mind she has done this with the intention of ending her life and hurting me in the process. I know her character and how she behaves when things don’t go in her way.

“I understand she was in a depressive state and also struggling emotionally. But I think she still knew what was right from wrong. How I wish I had never taken them back to her. I only did this because I thought every mum deserves to be with their kids.

“I believe what happened here is an extreme version of her character. Like a tantrum. She knew it was the ultimate punishment.”

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He added: “Jake and Chloe have been cheated of their lives. I feel cheated and angry that I will never see the magic of watching them grow and enjoy their lives.

“I know this will be something I will never get over as long as I live. I’m completely helpless in this situation and I don’t know what to do.”

Brenda Campbell, QC, defending Ford said her client had been suffering from depression as a result of the breakdown of the marriage but she was a “devoted mother” to the twins.

She said: “What happened to Jake and Chloe happened in the middle of a marital breakdown which was difficult.

“Samantha Ford was a devoted mother to Chloe and Jake Ford. The children were loved and cared for by her and she very much put the interests of their wellbeing above anything else, above herself and probably above her marital relationship.

“The children were very much wanted babies and when they came along Mrs Ford sought nothing but to nurture and protect them every single day. She was preoccupied that her children had the best possible childhood.

“She suffered a catastrophic level of depression leading her to believe that she and the children needed to die.”

The sentencing hearing, which may conclude next week, continues.

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Beechwood Garden Centre homes plan approved

The site at Beechwood Garden Centre

DETAILED plans have been approved for 14 new homes to be built at a former garden centre.

Outline permission was granted for the development at Beechwood Garden Centre in Roman Road, Blackburn in 2017.

Now applicants Silvercic Development Ltd has been given the green light for development to begin after the application was granted under delegated powers.

Agent Nicholas White, of Glovers Project Services, said: ” The buildings that currently occupy the site consist of plant nursery buildings, retail areas and storage buildings, along with three residential units.

“The buildings serving the gar,上海品茶工作室Raphael,den centre are mainly concentrated at the southern section of the site.

“A small number of single storey structures occup上海龙凤419y the northern section of the site.

“The whole of the site is to be re‐developed with the exception of the residential units which are to remain.

“The site is not protected and does not contain any valuable or outstanding townscape features which will be lost through the development.

“The garden centre site is positioned between two other housing developments within an urban area and therefore the site itself is suited to residential development.

“No issues have been raised by the transport assessment and where mitigation has been suggested by the other appointed consultants these have been incorporated into the design.”

Approving the application, borough planner Nick Blackledge: “Design of the proposed house types are of a scale and appearance that appropriately reinforces local residential distinctiveness; ensuring a well assimilated development.

“A detailed soft landscaping scheme is submitted that provides for an appropriate mix and density of species, including replacement tree planting to compensate for those lost as a result of construction work. Hard landscaping in the form of surface treatment to the internal highway and private driveways is appropriately sy,上海品茶微信Leeland,mpathetic and commensurate with good design principles.

“Fifty nine neighbours were consulted by letter and site notices were displayed.

Don’t risk Union with no-deal Brexit, Johnson warned by May’s top Scots


A close former aide of Theresa May has warned Boris Johnson that it would be “very reckless” ignore Ruth Davidson’s advice on the Union, as the new Prime Minister prepares to make his first visit to Scotland since taking office.

Mr Johnson is expected to travel north of the Border on Monday for an event alongside senior ministers – although plans for a full cabinet meeting in Glasgow will not go ahead next week.

It came as Downing Street was last night forced to deny that it had snubbed Scottish Tories after an English MP was appointed as junior minister at the Scotland Office.

Robin Walker was named as Parliamentary Undersecretary of State, despite expectations that one of the 12 backbench Scottish Tory MPs would be promoted.

A source said another appointment would be made to a beefed-up Scotland Office ministerial team, and Mr Walker’s role would be focused on strengthening the Union.

Meanwhile, Andrew Bowie, who served as parliamentary private secretary to Mrs May, told a BBC podcast that the Prime Minister would be making a “grave mistake” to dismiss the Scottish Tory leader’s advice.

The move came as David Mundell, the former Scotland Secretary who was sacked by Mr Johnson despite calls from M,上海品茶QQQuinney,s Davidson for him to stay, said a no-deal Brexit would increase the risk to the Union.

Yesterday it was also revealed that the Prime Minister and Nicola Sturgeon held their first talks over the phone on Thursday evening, with the First Minister insisting that he rule out a no-deal Brexit.

Ms Sturgeon ha上海419论坛s sent letters to Mr Johnson individually and along with the Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford, warning against the UK crashing out of the EU, and threatening to accelerate plans for a second independence referendum.

“The First Minister congratulated him on his appointment before reiterating the Scottish Government’s strong opposition to a ‘no deal’ Brexit,” a Scottish Government spokeswoman said.

“She confirmed that the Scottish Government will continue to make every possible preparation for no deal as long as it remains a threat, but urged the Prime Minister to change course and avoid this.”

Mr Johnson is not expected to meet the First Minister on his trip north, with Downing Street preferring for the two leaders to hold talks as part of a formal intergovernmental ,上海品茶工作室Barrett,gathering.

He wants to take Cabinet meetings on a tour of the UK, but a plan to hold the first such meeting in Glasgow next week in the first few days of his administration was shelved.

The Scotsman understands that several senior aides with close ties to the Scotland Office and the Scottish Conservative Party have been approached to join a ‘Union unit’ that Mr Johnson has pledged to set up within Downing Street to ensure policies work for the whole UK.

However, despite lobbying behind the scenes from Scottish Tory MPs for him to stay in government, Mrs May’s special adviser for Scotland, Ross Reid, declined a position in the Union unit because of disagreements over Brexit policy.

Meanwhile, Mr Mundell said the mission to strengthen Scotland’s place in the Union would be “so much easier” if the UK secures a Brexit deal.

He was replaced as Scottish Secretary this week by Alister Jack. Writing in the Daily Mail, Mr Mundell called on the new government to “deliver a Brexit that works for Scotland and the whole of the UK”.

He said: “Do that and the Scotland Office’s core mission – to strengthen our place in the Union – becomes so much easier. I have set out my concerns about a no deal Brexit. During the Conservative leadership contest, I continued to highlight the difficulties it would present, especially for Scotland.

“A disruptive Brexit threatens businesses and plays into the hands of Nicola Sturgeon.”

His article continued: “I am prepared to take the new Prime Minister at his word when he says the chances of no-deal are a million to one against… but the new Prime Minister must work hard to ensure that does not happen. Having listened carefully to everything he has had to say over the past few weeks, I’m hopeful.”

Speaking yesterday, the Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar also raised the prospect of a no-deal Brexit leading to Irish reunification, in comments that will be seen as an escalation of tensions between London and Dublin.”

Brian Rice tells his Hamilton side to be more ruthless up front

Brian Rice has told his Hamilton side to take more of their chances as they bid to progress in the Betfred Cup.

Accies’ Group F fate isn’t entirely in their own hands, as Partick Thistle (on seven points) hosted basement side Clyde, while third-placed Airdrie entertained Queen’s Park last night (Wednesday).

A Thistle win means they can’t be caught as leaders, and it could then be between Accies and Airdrie for second place when they clash head-on at the Penny Cars Stadium on Saturday.

Either way, nothing less than a win in North Lanarkshire will do.

Hamilton are on six points with two draws and a win, and a bonus point from a 6-5 shoot-out win over Thistle, following a 2-2 draw on Saturday.

While pleased with character shown in the shoot-out, Rice felt they should have won the game outright.

“We had plenty of chances in the second half, especially when we went 2-1 up, and we have to be more ruthless,” said Rice.

“We allowed Partick Thistle back into the game to score an equaliser, which is disappointing, but we showed a bit of character to win on penalties.

“It’s always good to win, and the extra point may help us to either qualify first or as the best runner-up – we just need to wait and see how that pans out – but I’m just disappointed not to win the game, with the effort and the chances we had in the second half.

“We go into the game against Airdrie hoping we can win the game and trying everything we can to win it, and hopefully then we’ll see where we are.

“If things go according to plan, we’ll have a chance to qua爱上海419lify.”

Rice was happy with some aspects of the game and says young Ross Cunningham did well.

He said: “It was great to see Ross making his debut and getting a couple of goals, and playing very well in the match. I’ve got lots to think about after that; attacking-wise in the second ha,上海品茶工作室Baylor,lf we were good, got crosses and shots in, got a couple of goals, but ,上海品茶会所Rafael,in the first half it wasn’t good enough.”

The Hamilton head coach says he isn’t finished in the transfer market, and appealed for patience.

“I’m never happy, I’m always looking to get better than what I’ve got,” he said. “It’s very difficult at this time of year, there are a lot of players about, but we’re trying to build a squad, we’re trying to build a team. That’s going to take a bit of time, but we need to get there quickly.”

Man City vs Yokohama LIVE early team news and build up to last pre-season friendly

Manchester City are looking to end their pre-season with a win against Yokohama today.

Pep Guardiola has one last chance to assess his squad before next weekend’s Community Shield against Liverpool at Wembley, and is set to name another strong side in Japan.

Guardiola went strong against Kitchee last time out as Cit,上海品茶会所Landon,y recorded a 6-1 win in Hong Kong. Raheem Sterling, Leroy Sane and David Silva were all on the scoresheet, and the trio could all start again.

Ahead of the game, Gua,上海品茶工作室Katalina,rdiola said: “Having watched Yokohama videos this could be the best game we play because of the way they play. Both City and Yokohama have the same philosophies. Both teams want the ball and both teams want to play. Both teams want to attack and score and when that happens, football is magnificent. “

We’ll bring you pre-match build-up, live coverage and post match reaction from Yokohama.

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City ‘one of three’ clubs who could sign Coutinho

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Latest City news

Before we get started, catch up on the latest City news including what Pep Guardiola had to say at yesterday’s pre-match press conference.

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Manchester United ‘battling Man City and Liverpool’ for Russian wonderkid

Manchester United are in a race with Liverpool, Arsenal, Man City and Tottenham Hotspur to sign Russian youngster Fedor Chalov, according to reports.

The 21-year-old forward finished as the Russian Premier League’s top goal-scorer last season with 15 goals and according to the Mirror is attracting interest from the Premier League’s big hitters.

Chalov has also been linked wit,上海品茶工作室Gabrielle,h Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, RB Leipzig, AS Monaco and Sevilla and has a £20million valuation, so says the report. He can play as a main striker or in a slightly deeper role behind the striker.

United could be in the market for a centre forward if Romelu Lukaku departs for Inter Milan, with the Belgian interested in a switch to Serie A.

Elsewhere, Harry Maguire has reportedly told Leicester City colleagues that he wants to leave, amid interest from Manchester United.

Several news outlets including the Daily Mail report that Maguire has made his intentions clear during a pre-season training trip to France, after a £70million bid from United was rejected.

MEN Sport understands United have submitted one bid for上海龙凤419 Maguire, which has been rejected, and view the Englishman as a solution to a position which has been a problem at Old Trafford for some time.

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Finally, it has been claimed that United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is “struggling to convince” executive vice chairman Ed Woodward to spend more than £50million for Sporting CP playmaker Bruno Fernandes.

Portuguese newspaperCorreio da Manhareport that Woodward and the United board are reluctant to sanction such a large bid for,上海品茶QQOra, a player who has never featured in the Champions League.

Dog attack sees girl, 2, nearly blinded after Japanese Akito savages her face when she tried to stroke it

A VICIOUS dog attack has left a two-year-old girl nearly blinded for life after a Japanese Akito savaged her face when she tried to stroke it.

Onlookers shouted in horror as blood streamed from deep wounds on little Isla Williams’ cheek and nose.

The toddler almost lost the sight in her right eye – the dog’s savage attack left a bite mark millimetres away.

She was rushed to hospital and had to undergo five hours of emergency treatment and bandaging.

BADLY TRAUMATISED

The little girl was standing near the dog as she and her family prepared to leave Winterton Show, where they had spent several hours last Saturday.

She bent forward to stroke the dog but it lunged at her and bit her face, giving her horrified mum Megan Lester no time to intervene.

It was obviously extremely terrifying. The dog bit Isla and she was instantly bleeding

Isla’s mum

Megan said at their home in Powells Crescent, Scunthorpe “I figured the dog would be friendly with it being at a show full of kids and surrounded by a lot of people, so I said Isla could stroke it.

“She was only a few yards away from me.

“Isla is very good with dogs – we have a large Labrador, so she knows what to do and what not do.”

When the toddler stroked the dog on the side of its head but it opened its jaws and bit her.

Megan said “It was obviously extremely terrifying. The dog bit Isla and she was instantly bleeding.

“I panicked and tried to get her medical attention as soon as possible.”

The family took badly-traumatised Isla to the emergency tent at the show before heading to Scunthorpe General Hospital.

She was immediately referred to a doctor and after assessing the wounds, they decided against stitches as they did not want them to become infected.

‘SHE WAS LUCKY’

After five hours, Isla was allowed to leave the hospital and her mum said she was lucky her injuries had not been worse.

“I can’t believe how lucky she was to get off with just bandaging on her head.

“She is a tough cookie and already thinks it’s better. She’s amazing, she just takes it on the chin and carries on, but I was mortified.

“When the Akita opened its mouth, it was as big as Isla’s head.

“If it properly latched on to her, I don’t even want to think about what could have happened.”

The family was so shocked and desperate get get medi,上海品茶微信Gailyn,cal attention for Isla, they did not speak to the dog’s owners.

She’s [Isla] amazing, she just takes it on the chin and carries on, but I was mortified

Isla’s mum

“At first, they gave no apology to us. They looked over and then just looked away and carried on doing their thing.

“Eventually a woman came over and asked if she was all right, then someone who was with them said to my s,上海品茶会所Larson,ister that Isla just appeared out of nowhere.

“When I was in the first aid tent, I remember I saw them walking around still, but I was panicking and was concentrating on Isla.

“Their apology just said ‘due to an unfortunate event I’m sorry your child got hurt’.”

‘LACK OF EMPATHY’

Megan, and Isla’s dad Danny Williams said they were furious with the lack of empathy shown to the little girl by the dog’s owners.

However, Danny said “Isla is doing good, she’s handled it really well.

“She is definitely lucky to only get away with minor injuries and I think it would be good to use this to raise awareness on how dangerous some dogs can be, especially to children.

“If you have aggressive dogs, it might not be the best idea to take them to a place where hundreds of children will be.”

Nigel Ogg, chairman of show organisers the Winterton Agricultural Society, said “The whole of the show committee were deeply saddened to hear about the incident on Saturday involving Isla.

“We have never had any problems in the past with any dogs at our shows.”

He added: “We always have paramedics on the showground, and in fact were only metres away from the incident and we treated Isla immediately.

“A full investigation into this will be looked into by ourselves so that nothing like this ever happens again.

“We wish Isla a speedy recovery.”

Japanese Akita

The Akita is designated as a national treasure in Japan, and have been around for thousands of years.

In Japan, the Akita symbolises good health, happiness, and longevity.

This breed’s life expectancy ranges from 10 to 15 years.

Akita dog is very loyal, courageous and affectionate.

However, this breed is not considered to be a good choice for families with very young children.

This breed is built for the snow and cold weather conditions.

They are considered to be excellent guard dogs that are naturally very suspicious toward strangers.

Akitas have webbed toes to help walk on snow by distributing their weight more effectively.

Akita dog can reach 24 to 28 inches in height and 70 to 130 pounds of weight.

This breed does not have a high maintenance coat and does not shed a lot of fur.

Last month, a little girl was left needing 1,000 stitches to上海龙凤419 rebuild her face after she was savagely bitten by a Japanese Akita at an adoption shelter.

The unnamed seven-year-old was attacked at the private A Passion for Paws Rescue kennel in Romoland, southern California.

She was bitten by a two-year-old male Akita on the right side of her face after she moved close to the beast’s head, it has been claimed.

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In April, a toddler was mauled by an Akita dog but miraculously survived the attack.

Lyndsey Dougan, 23, was left mortified after the attack by the family pet Lexi on her two-year-old daughter.

The tot was airlifted to hospital in Glasgow from her home in Dalrymple, Ayrshire, suffering from severe facial wounds.

Autistic girl Kiera Young, 7, has face ripped open by Akita dog after she bent down to stroke it outside a pub

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