All about the six occasions when Meghan Markle broke Royal protocol

first_imgMeghan Markle is the newest addition to the British Royal family, and the world couldn’t be more thrilled. The Suits actress exchanged vows with Prince Harry on May 19, 2018, at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle.But it isn’t easy being a Royal, with the number of rules in place. And the Duchess of Sussex have already broken quite a few, including the recent instance of crossing her legs at a Royal engagement.1. Showing her legs in public Meghan did not wear stockings when she and Prince Harry announced their engagement. Photo: PinterestAccording to the public protocol for the British Royals, no member of the family should bear his/her legs publicly. The women, who are not allowed to wear pants, have to sport nude-coloured stockings with dresses, as a rule.Meghan, however, broke the protocol on the day of the official announcement of her engagement with Prince Harry. The actress wore a white coat over a teal-green dress, without a pair of nude stockings, thereby bearing her legs.2. Turning her back to the Queen Meghan Markle turned her back to the Queen. Photo: PinterestThe 36-year-old is said to have gone against royal protocol by momentarily turning her back on Her Majesty to chat to her new hubby.According to the Royal Family website, there are no obligatory codes of behaviour when meeting The Queen or a member of the Royal Family however, many people wish to observe the traditional forms.3. Exposing her shoulders Meghan Markle exposed her shoulders in her dress at the Queen’s birthday earlier this year. Photo: ReutersThe newest member of the Royal Family set fashion tongues wagging after appearing at her first Trooping the in a bespoke creation by Venezuelan designer Carolina Herrera.advertisementFashion tradition usually dictates that Royal women do not wear off-shoulder or other more revealing styles.4. No hugs Meghan hugging children in January 2018 at Birmingham. Photo: Instagram/meghanfcMeghan hugged a starstruck schoolgirl on a royal visit to Birmingham, after the girl told the royal couple that she wanted to be an actor when she grew up.Kate often only gives a hug if a child dives for it, while the Queen keeps things formal with some of her trademark waving and the occasional handshake.By traditional forms they mean handshake, bow or courtesy.5. Walking down the aisle alone Meghan Markle on her wedding day. Photo: Instagram/meghanfcIn an extraordinary twist to the biggest wedding of the year, Meghan entered St Georges Chapel alone before tying the knot with Prince Harry.After her father Thomas Markle pulled out of attending the wedding, it was announced Meghan would walk solo down the aisle on her big day. The move was also seen as Meg expressing her feminist beliefs – walking down the aisle as an independent woman.A source told a daily, “It was something she made clear she wanted to do when she and Prince Harry started planning their wedding last November.”6. The crossing of legs Meghan Markle.” Photo: ReutersAll eyes were on Meghan Markle this week as she attended the Queens Young Leaders reception at Buckingham Palace.Meghan, who wore a pink Prada dress for the occasion, sat with her legs crossed and her legs stretched to one side.The crossing of the legs is a sitting position that is rarely used by the Royals.ALSO READ | Queen Elizabeth has banned Meghan Markle from eating this in publicALSO WATCH | The Royal wedding; Meghan Markle before meeting Prince Harry; morelast_img read more

Austal to Build Catamaran Duo for Taiwanese Firm

first_imgzoom Australian shipbuilder Austal has received its first commercial vessel contract, valued at AUD 44 million (USD 35 million), in Taiwan.The contract is for two 550 passenger, 50-meter high speed catamarans, designed and built by Austal for Taiwan’s Brave Line. The contract includes an option for a third vessel of the same design.The Brave Line catamarans will be designed by Austal in Australia and built at its shipyard in the Philippines.“This contract builds on the continuing evolution of our fast ferry portfolio and reaffirms Austal’s position as international market leader for the quality of the vessels we design and build,” Ben Marland, Austal Vice President of Sales and Marketing, said.“Austal has previously indicated continuing strength in the worldwide ferry industry and this adds to our recent record run of sales achieved over the last 18 months,” David Singleton, Austal Chief Executive Officer, said.Austal has recently announced its intention to expand capacity in its Philippines shipyard through a USD 30 million investment in new infrastructure. The expansion is intended to cater for an increase in new orders already achieved with further orders expected in the next 12 months.last_img read more

Holland America Line Waving Goodbye to Prinsendam

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Holland America Line, a part of Carnival Corporation, has sold the 835-guest cruise vessel Prinsendam to the German cruise company Phoenix Reisen.The company informed that the 37,983-ton cruise ship is scheduled to leave its fleet on July 1, 2019 and transfer to the new owner.Following the sale, Prinsendam is being chartered back to Holland America Line to continue sailing its planned voyages through July 1.Prinsendam’s itineraries from July 1, 2019, onward are scheduled to be assimilated by Rotterdam, Volendam and Veendam. Holland America Line is reaching out to booked guests and their travel professionals to re-accommodate guests on these cruises.Prinsendam was built in 1988 as Royal Viking Sun for Royal Viking Line. The ship was operated by Cunard Line from 1994 through 1998 and then transferred to Seabourn Cruise Line, where it became Seabourn Sun in 1999. In 2002 the ship joined the Holland America Line fleet and was renamed Prinsendam.last_img read more

HC stays vote of confidence meeting for Halisahar

first_imgKolkata: The Calcutta High Court on Friday stayed a meeting for holding a vote of confidence in the chairman of the Halisahar Municipality, on a plea by a councillor that the provision is being misused by the head of the civic body to get protection.Justice Samapti Chattopadhyay stayed the meeting on the no-confidence motion and holding of the vote, which was scheduled to be taken up at 3 pm on Friday, till July 23 when the petition will be heard again. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersThe Trinamool Congress controlled Halisahar Municipality has been in turmoil since results of the Lok Sabha election came out. Appearing for the state, West Bengal Advocate General Kishore Dutta claimed that there was no illegality in the motion brought by some of the councillors. He submitted that other members should not be made to suffer for the whims of one councillor who has moved the high court. In the 23-member Halisahar Municipality, eight Trinamool councillors brought a no-confidence motion on July 10, following which the chairman called a meeting for holding a confidence vote. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe municipal body in North 24-Parganas district has been going through trying times since the Lok Sabha election, in which former Trinamool Congress MLA Arjun Singh won from the Barrackpore seat as a BJP candidate. Halisahar falls within the Barrackpore constituency. Trinamool had 21 councillors, while there was one BJP and one independent member in the municipality. Seventeen Trinamool Congress councillors, including chairman Roy, joined the BJP in June, leaving Trinamool Congress a minority in the municipal body. With the drama still unfolding, nine of the 17 councillors, including Roy, later came back to the party folds of Trinamool, giving it a majority once again in the Halisahar Municipality with 13 members. BJP has claimed that Trinamool Congress has engineered the motion by its own councillors, so that the chairman can win and stave off any possibility of facing a no-trust motion within six months.last_img read more

Canada already helping Africanled counterterror force in Mali Sajjan

first_imgOTTAWA – Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan sidestepped a question Monday about Canadian peacekeepers supporting an African-led counter-terror force in Mali, saying Canada has already helped what is known as the Group of Five Sahel.The UN Security Council in December authorized the peacekeeping mission in Mali to provide assistance to the group, a military force comprised of troops from five African nations.That assistance includes medical evacuations for combat and non-combat injuries as well as the provision of fuel, water and rations — exactly what the six Canadian military helicopters due to arrive in Mali in August will be configured to do.The revelation last week that Canadian helicopters could be used to support the G5 Sahel force sparked opposition calls for the Liberal government to provide more information about what the Canadian military is walking into in Mali.While Sajjan did not say Monday whether Canadian peacekeepers would end up helping the counter-terror mission, he did note that Canada has “actually been supporting the G5 Sahel force for some time.“We’ve been doing capacity building in that region,” he said during an event at the University of Calgary. “We’ve been supporting with logistical support to the French with tactical airlift.”Canada has sporadically provided a heavy transport aircraft to move weapons and equipment into the Mali for the French military, which helped establish and has been working alongside the G5 Sahel since last year.The most recent flight was in February, and there were four before that going back to November 2016.The Canadian military has also been helping train local forces in Niger, one of the five African countries participating in the G5 Sahel.“So we’ve been supporting that and being a responsible partner for some time,” he said. “We will always look at how we can best support our partners in all aspects of challenges around the world.”The G5 Sahel, whose members include Burkina Faso, Chad, Mauritania, Niger and Mali, has been tasked with fighting jihadists and transnational crime groups across a large swath of West Africa south of the Sahara desert.The force was the brainchild of France, which has been conducting counter-terror operations in Mali and the region since 2012, and enjoys financial backing from France, the U.S., the European Union and others.But the 5,000-strong force’s first operation in November was plagued by logistical problems, and it remains very much a work in progress despite political support from a variety of powers including Russia and China.It was in that context that the UN Security Council passed a resolution Dec. 8 emphasizing the G5 Sahel’s role in bringing security to the region and authorizing the UN mission in Mali provide support to the African force.An agreement between the UN, EU and G5 Sahel members to provide operational and logistical support to the force through the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali, or MINUSMA, was signed in February, a UN spokesperson said.Security Council members specifically authorized the provision of medical evacuations, including those related to combat and other malicious acts, as well as fuel, water and rations and engineering services to the G5 force.Such support is to be restricted to Mali, in accordance with the UN mission’s own boundaries, and only when it won’t negatively affect the peacekeeping mission’s own operations.— Follow @leeberthiaume on Twitterlast_img read more

Attawapiskat thirdparty manager sitting on funds for new houses NDP MP Angus

first_imgAPTN National NewsOTTAWA–The outside consultant hired by the federal Aboriginal Affairs department to manage Attawapiskat’s finances “is sitting on” funds the community needs to prepare site work for new modular homes awaiting transport to the community, according to NDP MP Charlie Angus.Angus said officials from diamond company De Beers, which operates a diamond mine near the community, are ready to prepare the site for the 22 modular homes the department purchased in response to the housing crisis in the community. The homes, built in New Brunswick, are current awaiting shipment in Moosonee, Ont.Angus said in question period Wednesday that the third-party manager has not only “cut off” funds preventing site work for the homes, but also for Attawapiskat’s education system.“Canadians expect a just resolution to the Attawapiskat crisis, but the minister prefers to punish the community,” said Angus, MP for Timmins-James Bay. “It has been two months since he has cut off all the funding to the education system and to students. He has cut off the funding that is needed to actually prepare the site so the modular homes can be brought in.”Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan said the funds haven’t been released because the band leadership has refused to give the third-party manager requested information.“We have a manager in place and he wants to work with the First Nations leadership in the community,” said Duncan. “He has asked for and not received the information he needs in order to pay the bills that this member from Timmins is asking for.”Angus accused Duncan of treating the community “like a hostage population” while paying a consultant, who is based in Winnipeg “$50,000” while the technical team from De Beers “does not have a dime” to lay the ground work for the new homes.Duncan called Angus’ claims a “fabrication,” but added he could not comment on the third-party manger because the issue is before the courts.Attawapiskat has gone to Federal Court seeking to overturn the department’s decision to impose the third-party manager. A hearing was held in Toronto Tuesday and a decision is expected soon.The federal government imposed the third-party manager last November as the scandal over the dire and life-threatening housing conditions on the reserve gripped the Canadian public.Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Duncan both blamed the band leadership for creating the housing crisis by mishandling money.Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence has said her administration was working to rectify the band’s finances and, as proof of their commitment to transparency, posted all their financial data online.In a speech opening the Crown-First Nations Gathering last Tuesday, Harper said a “new day” had dawned on the relationship between First Nations and Canada.last_img read more

HBC posts lower Q3 loss as Saks Fifth Avenue drives improvement in

first_imgCompanies in this story: (TSX:HBC)The Canadian Press TORONTO — Hudson’s Bay Co. says it had a smaller overall third-quarter loss than last year as sales increased by 5.6 per cent to $2.2 billion, with its Saks Fifth Avenue brand of luxury retail stores continuing to show improvements.The Toronto-based retailer’s net loss was $164 million or 69 cents per share, including discontinued operationsThat’s down from last year’s net loss $243 million or $1.33 per share in last year’s third quarter, including discontinued operations.HBC listed its European arm as a discontinued operation after agreeing to sell its controlling interest during the second quarter.HBC Europe had $974 million of sales in the third quarter and a net loss of $41 million, down from $107 million.HBC’s continuing operations had a loss of $124 million or 52 cents per share, compared with $116 million or 64 cents per share last year.Comparable-store sales from continuing operations increased 2.9 per cent overall, with Saks Fifth Avenue up 7.3 per cent and the Saks OFF 5th off-price brand down 2.3 per cent on a comparable-sales basis.Comparable-store sales at the group that includes Hudson’s Bay, Lord & Taylor and Home Outfitters were up 0.9 per cent before adjusting for the timing of an annual promotional event.last_img read more

US Africa Business Summit: Morocco Essential Platform for ‘Win-Win’ USA-Africa Economic…

Rabat – Morocco has all the assets to serve as an essential platform for the establishment of a “win-win” USA-Africa economic partnership, said Othman El Ferdaous, the Secretary of State to the Minister of Industry, Investment, Trade and Digital Economy, in charge of Investment, on Wednesday in Washington.The 11th edition of US Africa Business Summit, the first of its kind under the Trump administration kicked off on June 14 in Washington DC. This first major summit brought together businesses in Africa and America, as well as public officials to debate major business opportunities and network for potential partnerships between  the two regions.El Ferdaous noted during his participation in the summit that Morocco has established itself over the years as a major economic player in the African continent, particularly in West and Central Africa. He attributed this achievement to the significant experience of Moroccan banks and companies operating in more than 22 countries, which are pioneering financial services accessible to the growing African middle class. In a statement to the MAP, the Moroccan official said that Moroccan entrepreneurs now have a “fine understanding of the African economic fabric,” which is “a true intangible capital that will create a leverage effect towards a beneficial partnership between Africa and the United States.” El Ferdaous also added that Morocco is the only African country bound by a free trade agreement with Washington since 2006.The minister also highlighted the firm will of King Mohammed VI to give substance to Morocco’s commitment to the African continent, through its successive visits to many African countries which were crowned by the signing of several cooperation and partnership agreements and the launching of major projects.Participants at the meeting emphasized the importance of strengthening digital financial inclusion in Africa, which remains a crucial tool for fostering competition, innovation and access to financial services, and promoting economic growth in Africa.Organized by the Corporate Council on Africa (CCA), a non-profit association created in 1993, the 11th US-Africa Business Summit was attended by African and American business leaders and governments to discuss various themes, including investment opportunities and challenges in Africa and ways to strengthen economic relations between the United States and African countries. read more

Window of opportunity for stability in GuineaBissau must not be missed –

5 March 2010Following the upheaval experienced in 2009 when a series of political assassinations threatened security and stability in Guinea-Bissau, current conditions bode well for progress towards peace and prosperity in the West African nation, a top United Nations official said today. Joseph Mutaboba, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative in Guinea-Bissau, told the Security Council that 2010 could be a turning point for the country. “The country is experiencing a relatively stable political environment and growing international attention. This unprecedented window of opportunity for Guinea-Bissau should not be missed,” said the Special Representative, who also heads the UN Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Guinea-Bissau, known as UNIOGBIS.Presenting Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s first report on the Integrated Mission, which is in its third month of operations, Mr. Mutaboba added that there is a lot to be done and the Government has continued to make progress in re-engaging the country’s international partners and pursuing its reform agenda.He said that with the various fiscal and administrative reforms taking place and the prospect of debt relief, the conditions are in place for political stability and tangible improvements in the lives of the people in the short- to medium-term.Echoing Mr. Ban’s report, the Special Representative noted that security sector reform remains at the centre of the country’s stabilization and development agenda, and that the Government, with international support, has made some progress in the last few months. The Security Council has tasked UNIOGBIS with coordinating international efforts on security sector reform. It will also take a lead role in providing support to national authorities in the reform of internal security institutions, focusing on the police. “UNIOGBIS is committed to collaborating closely with the country’s international partners in a flexible manner to ensure that our collective contributions are responsive to the needs of Guinea-Bissau,” said Mr. Mutaboba.He added that the country’s journey towards peace, democracy and prosperity takes place in a difficult regional environment. “The political and security situation in West Africa remains highly precarious and we see worrying signs of military coups, of ethnic and inter-religious conflicts and of political intolerance.” The envoy also cited increasing threats from international crime, illicit drug trafficking, smuggling, the unfair exploration of natural resources and illegal fishing taking hold in West Africa. “Given the inter-dependence of most countries in the sub-region, this could further threaten Guinea-Bissau’s stability,” he stated. “On the other hand, a successful and peaceful Guinea-Bissau could have a positive influence on the developments in the region.”The 15-member Council welcomed the progress made by the Government on its stabilization and reform agenda and the launching by the National Assembly of a process for reconciliation and dialogue. In a statement read out to the press after the meeting by Ambassador Emmanuel Issoze-Ngondet of Gabon, which holds the rotating Council presidency for March, members “stressed the critical importance of the President, Government, political leaders, armed forces and people of Guinea-Bissau continuing to meet their responsibilities to work towards national reconciliation, maintain stability and constitutional order, and respect the rule of law.” read more

Loonie lower traders look to US government shutdown debt ceiling talks

by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 2, 2013 9:00 am MDT Loonie lower: traders look to U.S. government shutdown, debt ceiling talks AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – The Canadian dollar closed slightly lower Wednesday amid no sign of a break in Washington’s budget impasse, which has forced a partial shutdown of U.S. government operations and undermined confidence in the U.S. economy.The loonie was down 0.06 of a cent to 96.79 cents US, off early lows as prices for oil and copper turned positive.Gold also made strong gains as the Washington standoff made the precious metal attractive as a safe haven investment.Market reaction to the partial government shutdown, which started Tuesday, has been relatively muted on hopes that it won’t last too long.But there is growing dismay that the standoff on Capitol Hill shows no signs of easing, with some lawmakers in both parties suggesting the shutdown might last for weeks.Adding to the grim mood was a deadline of Oct. 17 when the U.S. hits its debt limit.On commodity markets, the November crude oil contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange up $2.06 to US$104.10 a barrel.December copper was four cents higher at US$3.32 a pound while December bullion gained $34.60 to US$1,320.70 an ounce.On the economic front, payroll firm ADP reported that the U.S. private sector created 166,000 jobs last month, lower than the 178,000 that had been expected.Meanwhile, there was an important sign that Italy’s government would survive a confidence motion following a decision by former premier Silvio Berlusconi to back the administration. Berlusconi had earlier said his party wouldn’t support Prime Minister Enrico Letta’s ruling coalition.And the European Central Bank kept its key interest rate at a record low 0.5 per cent, holding off on more stimulus for the economy of the 17-member euro currency union as it monitors the tentative recovery. read more

Commentary Ohio State gets a second chance against Kansas

A second shot to stop one team; that’s what Ohio State is facing Saturday when it plays Kansas in the Final Four. The rematch will take one of the teams closer to their goal of being a national champion, but don’t bother tallying up statistics to try to calculate whether OSU can or will proceed to the national title game. The trip is the first for the Buckeyes since 2007. Also advancing to the Final Four are Louisville and Kentucky, who will play at about 6 p.m. Saturday. After defeating the NCAA Tournament East Region’s No. 1-seed Syracuse, OSU’s confidence has grown. They are connected on defense, although the offense seems to struggle at times. It’s an ongoing storyline for the Buckeyes, never knowing which player will get hot at the right time. For instance, OSU sophomore guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. went off with 18 points in the win against Syracuse, and trailed only sophomore forward Jared Sullinger, who had 19 points, against the Orange. Senior guard William Buford was quiet for stretches of the contest. Meanwhile in the Midwest Region, Kansas defeated North Carolina, 80-67. The Jayhawks finished strong as senior guard Tyshawn Taylor finished with 22 points while junior forward Thomas Robinson, the Big 12 Player of the Year, tallied 18. With all the momentum you can possibly have on your side after winning a regional final in the NCAA Tournament, Kansas has proven it has the total package as it looks to knock down OSU for the second time this year. The last time these two teams met, OSU was been without big man Sullinger and Robinson was on fire, scoring a career-high 21 points. The Buckeyes were defeated, 78-67. So, what exactly does OSU have to do? Buford has to shoot higher than 1-of-5 at the arc like he did against Syracuse and be the senior leader people expect him to be. But statistics don’t always tell the story, especially in the Final Four. How the teams push through adversity Saturday is what will set these two highly competitive teams apart. I think OSU will come out strong mentally and physically to make it to the last man standing. The stat lines and box scores are diminished at this point in the season. The injuries and the season’s ups and downs go out the window. It’s about who wants it more and who comes ready to fight to the very last second at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome Saturday with about 74,400 people cheering the players on. This is the Final Four. Here we go. read more

The 117year itch How marriage is lasting longer as divorce rates plunge

first_imgAnd according to the latest figures, even those marriages which ultimately end in divorce are lasting longer than in the past.The median duration of such a marriage stood at 11.7 years in 2014, compared with 9.6 years in 1995 and 8.9 years a decade before that. Use regions/landmarks to skip ahead to chart.Marriages have been lasting longer over the last three decades. Median duration of marriage, England and Wales, 1963 to 2014Long description.No description available.Structure.Chart type: line chart.line with 52 data points.The chart has 1 X axis displaying values.The chart has 1 Y axis displaying values.Chart graphic.Marriages have been lasting longer over the last three decadesMarriages have been lasting longer over the last three decades – Highcharts CloudMarriages have been lasting longer over the last threedecadesMarriages have been lasting longer over the last three decadesMedian duration of marriage, England and Wales, 1963 to 20141970198019902000201002.557.51012.515Source: ONS Fewer couples are marrying but those who do are more likely to stay togetherCredit:Alamy She argued that the virtual abolition of legal aid, prenuptial agreements and house prices could be the real cause.Sir Paul Coleridge, former High Court family judge and founder of Marriage Foundation, said: “It really is heartening news during the season of family goodwill that the number of intact families is not declining despite the generally held myth that divorce is simply set to get worse and worse.“In fact there have been two bits of good ‘marriage’ news in the last week. Today’s news that newlyweds are doing better than any time since 1974 and last week’s news that there has been barely any increase in cohabitation among new parents.“Just perhaps people are at last beginning to understand that making a formal and public commitment to one another before having a child is about the best insurance policy against future family breakdown that it is possible to obtain.” But Collette Bailey, partner in the Family team at Gardner Leader, claimed that despite the apparent shift away from divorce many people would prefer to split but cannot afford to. For those married in 1999 in Eng&Wales, 31% had divorced within 15 years (compared to 20% for those married in 1969)— Elizabeth McLaren (@StatsLiz) December 5, 2016 itch One family lawyer said cohabitation appeared to be operating as a form of “natural selection” for relationships, with only the fittest surviving into marriage and beyond.   marriage Average age at divorce for both men and women has increased since 1985 in England and Wales— Elizabeth McLaren (@StatsLiz) December 5, 2016 Some might say it just seems longer.But official figures suggest that British marriages really are lasting longer than a generation ago.The latest analysis from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) shows that divorce – both measured as a rate and a total number – fell to the lowest level for 40 years in 2014.Overall 111,169 couples in England and Wales divorced in 2014, a fall of 3.1 per cent in a year and as much as 27 per cent in just over a decade.center_img Divorce lawyers and analysts said the fall in divorce rates appears, perhaps ironically, to reflect the overall shift away from marriage, with more couples choosing to cohabit at least initially.The argument is that those who do then marry are more likely to stay together. The divorce rate has also dropped by around 30 per cent in a decade, for both men and women, to reach 9.3 per thousand married people.It continues a downward trend seen in recent years. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. One lawyer claimed couples would rather divorce but cannot afford toCredit:Alamy Harry Benson, research director of the Marriage Foundation think-tank said that this reflected a fall in the number of couples divorcing within the first decade of marriage, by far the most dangerous period for marriages.“So what we’re seeing is that those men who do marry today are taking it a lot more seriously,” he explained.“Today’s marriages include fewer ‘sliders’ who get married under family or social pressure to do the decent thing and more ‘deciders’ who really mean it.” She said: “The ONS dip in divorce rates may not be down to the number of people willingly wanting to stay together but is more likely to do with the increasing pressure and expense of divorce since the removal of legal aid in 2010.“We did a study earlier this year on 2,000 divorced and married couples in England and Wales, and found that 18 per cent are co-existing to avoid the cost and stress of divorce.” Katie Lowe, a family lawyer with JMW Solicitors, said: “Some might argue that cohabitation is almost a form of natural selection for marriage, preventing couples in fragile or troubled relationships from progressing to marriage and, quite possibly, to divorce.”She added that the rising average age at which people divorce – now 45.6 for men and 43.1 for women – showed that a “mid-life mirror” is at work in many relationships. Some might argue that cohabitation is almost a form of natural selection for marriage, preventing couples in fragile or troubled relationships from progressing to marriage and, quite possibly, to divorceKatie Lowe, JMW Solicitors It really is heartening news during the season of family goodwill that the number of intact families is not declining despite the generally held myth that divorce is simply set to get worse and worseSir Paul Coleridgelast_img read more

Provopoulos cautious optimism about reform

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greece’s budget deficit has worsened but is likely to be contained to 10 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) this year, the Bank of Greece Governor, George Provopoulos, said on Thursday. “I am optimistic that it (2009 budget deficit) will not exceed 10 percent,” Provopoulos told reporters after meeting with new Prime Minister George Papandreou. Provopoulos met with Prime Minister George Papandreou, Deputy Prime Minister Theodoros Pangalos, Finance Minister George Papaconstantinou and Economy, Competitiveness and Shipping Minister Louka Katseli.Provopoulos stated that he had an in-depth discussion with the Papandreou and his ministers, pointing out that he briefed them on the discussions held within the framework of the International Monetary Fund (IMF)-World Bank annual meeting in Istanbul and on the alarming fiscal developments, focusing on ways to solve the existing problems.His meeting with the senior Government figures came after Provopoulos took part in the annual meeting of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank in Istanbul earlier in the week.Provopoulos said in Istanbul that the strong parliamentary majority enjoyed by the new elected Papandreou government will enable it to move ahead with much needed reforms but warned that the budget deficit will be considerably higher than the 6 percent mark.Provopoulos said a reform program can be combined with a growth agenda for the 250-billion-euro economy.“The broad support the newly elected government has received will help it enormously to implement a needed program of reforms,” he said.Asked about the expected level of the budget deficit for 2009, Provopoulos said it appears to be moving above 10 percent of gross domestic product.The Economy and Finance Ministry had said before the elections that the budget deficit is projected at around 6 percent of GDP, versus a previous forecast of 3.7 percent. The Greek government last week submitted its latest estimates for the 2009 budget to the European Commission. Brussels is expected to publish its own estimates on the Greek budget and economy in the Commission’s fall report on November 3.The head of the country’s central bank added that Greece needs to take steps to boost its competitiveness in order to maintain the high growth rates seen in the past.In order to boost competitiveness and overcome problems in the economy, a long-term fiscal reform plan is needed that will help the government borrow at cheaper rates and boost private sector investments, he said.last_img read more

Review Bayer Leverkusen – Bayern Munich

first_imgThe first DFB Pokal semi-final wasn’t a contest. Bayer Leverkusen did its best to stay in play, but Bayern Munich was simply too good. Thomas Muller registered a hat-trick in the 6-2 win at the BayArena.Heiko Herrlich made two changes from the weekend 4-1 win over Eintracht Frankfurt. Karim Bellarabi was in the starting lineup instead of Leon Bailey. Also Jonathan Tah, who was rested on Saturday, was back at center back with Benjamin Henrichs returning to the bench. Julian Brandt was on the other side of Bellarabi, with Kevin Volland leading the attack. Jupp Heynckes rested more players over the weekend. Jerome Boateng, Javi Martinez, Robert Lewandowski, Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben are the players who were on the bench in the 5-1 victory versus Borussia Monchengladbach and started this one. Thomas Muller was Bayern’s captain on the night.Bayern was off to a flying start with a goal in the 3rd minute. Boateng sent a great ball in the box that landed straight on the head of Thomas Muller. Bernd Leno managed to save his close-range effort, but couldn’t get his hands on the rebound. After Muller’s header, the ball came to Javi Martinez, who struck it into the angle and the visitors took the lead. Lewandowski was in front of Leno in an offside position when the ball was shot, but didn’t seem to touch it. You could argue that he interfered with the play, since he obstructed Leno’s view. The referee discussed it with the replay crew and kept quiet. By the 10th minute it was already 2-0 for the Bavarians. Ribery dribbled past two defenders and found a wide open Lewandowski. He took it first-time, into the opposite corner and into the net. The game was quickly running away from The Pharmacists.In the 16th minute, Leverkusen reduced the lead with a scrappy goal. Bayern’s players had their arms up in the air waiting for a referee whistle that never came. Following a Bayer set piece cross, a couple of players fell on the ground, two Bayern defenders tried to clear the ball, which ricocheted off Boateng’s head and went high in the air. Lars Bender was its lucky recipient and made the most of the situation by putting one past Ulreich. The home team was a bit rattled following the two early goals, so Bender’s header really helped it recover and gain confidence. Bellarabi fired a phenomenal shot in the 37th minute. Unfortunately for him, Bayern’s goalie was up to the task.Despite the lack of chances, we saw goals and an entertaining first half. Most of Bayern’s attacks were going through the wings, while Leverkusen was anticipating counter attacks and looked dangerous whenever on the ball.Retsos, who was on a yellow card, left the pitch before the second half kicked off and was replaced by Leon Bailey. Rafinha substituted Alaba on the other side. First Volland and then Bellarabi had excellent opportunities to even the scoring in the 5th minute of the second period. Volland’s shot was blocked and Ulreich saved Bellarabi’s attempt. Bayern was quick to punish Leverkusen for their misses. Tah lost sight of Muller. Thiago Alcantara found him with an excellent pass and Bayern’s captain tonight finished clinically as only he can, renewing his team’s 2-goal advantage. Volland scored two thirds into the game, but his goal was rightfully disallowed for a clear offside.Soon after that, Ribery found Robben with a superb pass. The Dutchman slipped and fell inside the penalty area. Thiago Alcantara was first on the ball and scored with a sublime finish that followed an intelligent dummy move. He made it look so easy. It was all over in the 65th minute when Muller scored his second goal of the fixture, even though he didn’t mean to. It was a lightning strike by Munich. Ribery to Rafinha to Robben and into the net off Muller. He tried to jump over the ball in order to avoid contact thinking he was in an offside position. However, he failed to do so. The ball went off his foot and into the net, but he actually wasn’t in an illegal position, as Havertz was standing near the goal line. Heynckes’ men went from the pressure zone to the comfort zone in a matter of minutes.Leon Bailey scored superbly from a free kick in the 73rd minute to make it 5-2. This youngster is a star in the making. Thomas Muller got his hat-trick in the 79th minute, when Thiago Alcantara found him with a fantastic pass from a free kick from around midfield. Number 25 tucked the ball in, shielded it from the defender and executed calmly in typical Muller fashion. It ended 6-2. Bayern’s treble dream remains alive. With 11 goals in 2 matches, it appears to be peaking at just the right time. Real Madrid, beware!last_img read more

Weekend Talks Fail to End Government Shutdown

first_imgNegotiations among Senate leaders since the government partially shut down Saturday failed to strike a compromise over a continuing resolution needed to reopen the government. Lawmakers appeared to make some progress, however, and talks are expected to continue ahead of a procedural vote Monday on a stopgap that would run through Feb. 8, reported CQ. “We have had several conversations. Talks will continue, but we have yet to reach an agreement on a path forward that would be acceptable to both sides,” Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) said Sunday night.Talks have centered around a proposal to extend government funding for three weeks in return for a commitment to bring an immigration bill addressing the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and border security to the Senate floor, but the two sides have not yet found a viable way to carry that out. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Nintendo Switch Online brings us bad guy Mario next week

first_imgDonkey Kong Jr. climbs to rescue his father from Mario. Nintendo/Screenshot by CNET Mario isn’t all princess-saving and triple-jumping — sometimes he just likes the sweet taste of revenge.May’s trio of Nintendo Switch Online NES classics includes Donkey Kong Jr., the game where the iconic gorilla’s son has to free him from Mario’s clutches.It’s coming to the library you get as part of Switch’s $20-a-year subscription service along with VS. Excitebike and Clu Clu Land, Nintendo announced Tuesday. Detonate a nostalgia bomb with our gorgeous Game Boy pictures Now playing: Watch this: 1 Donkey Kong Jr. is the 1982 sequel to the iconic Donkey Kong, which was part of Switch Online’s launch batch of games. It sees Mario, vengeful after the ape kidnapped Pauline in the first game, imprisoning him in a cage because two wrongs definitely make a right.The younger Donkey Kong has to jump and climb to reach his caged dad, as well as avoiding the various obstacles Mario puts in his way. You might remember this ape as one of the eight playable characters in Super Mario Kart, which could be coming to Switch. Video Games Share your voice Tagscenter_img Comment 32 Photos The original Excitebike was already part of the service, but the 1988 VS. version adds two-player split-screen and a track editor.Clu Clu Land is a 1984 maze crawler that’s a bit like Pac-Man. You play as Bubbles, a cleverly named bubble fish trying to recover your stolen gold bars.First published at 2:48 a.m. PT.Updated at 3:39 a.m. PT: Adds more detail. The Game Boy turns 30 years old, Samsung Galaxy Fold… 1:20 Nintendolast_img read more

New Lion King Trailer Introduces Beyoncé as Nala

first_img Vintage Shelf: Spike Lee Brings the Heat in ‘Do The Right Thing…Top Movie and TV Trailers You Might Have Missed This Week Stay on target Disney’s upcoming live-action film, The Lion King, has aired a couple of movie trailers already that showcase an incredible voice cast, including Eric André, Donald Glover, and John Oliver. However, fans have not been introduced to Nala, who is played by Beyoncé, yet. Now, a new trailer teased by the music artist shows her character in full force, as she tries to convince Simba to come home.On Monday, Beyoncé teased a new trailer for The Lion King, and it gives audiences a sneak peek of Nala, a gorgeous lioness who is the childhood friend of Simba, the main character, who is asked to come back to Pride Rock and overthrow his evil uncle.“Simba. You have to take your place as king,” Beyoncé says in the trailer. “We need you, come home.”There aren’t many more details in the clip, however, it teases a heated moment where Simba (Glover) is provided with a choice: hide and stay away from his hunting grounds, or confront his uncle, who killed his father and tricked everyone into thinking he was dead.Watch Simba rise to the “throne” with the help of his friends in The Lion King, which premieres in theaters on July 19.More on ‘Lion King’ Trailer Lets Animals Speak for Themselves‘Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark’ Film Trailer Teases Bone-Chilling Tales11 ‘X-Men’ Storylines That Would Make Great Movieslast_img read more

Private and Public Cloud Market 2019 Overview Rising Demand and

first_imgThis report will assist in analyzing the current and future business trends, sales and revenue forecasts.Global Private and Public Cloud in Financial Services Market is valued approximately USD 15.30 billion in 2018 and is anticipated to grow with a healthy growth rate of more than 24.40% over the forecast period 2019-2026. Public cloud is a model based on standard cloud computing where service providers create resources such as applications and storage that the public can access through the network. Whereas, private cloud is referred as computing services offered either over the internet or a private network and only to select users instead of the general public. risingneed to improve agility of financial firms is one of the major factors responsible for high CAGR of the market. Growing demand for virtually unlimited storage and big data is the factor that offers growth opportunities.Get Sample Copy of this Report @ regional analysis of global Private and Public Cloud in Finacial Services market is considered for the key regions such as Asia Pacific, North America, Europe, Latin America and Rest of the World. North America is the leading/significant region across the world in terms of market share owing to low IT management complexity and reduce Capex spending in the region. Europe contributes a satisfactory growth in the global Private and Public Cloud in Financial Services market during the forecast period. Asia-Pacific is also anticipated to exhibit highest growth rate / CAGR over the forecast period 2019-2026.Major market player included in this report are:AWSMicrosoftAlibabaFujitsuGoogleIBMJack Henry & AssociatesOracleRackspaceRed HatVMwareEze Castle IntegrationThe objective of the study is to define market sizes of different segments & countries in recent years and to forecast the values to the coming eight years. The report is designed to incorporate both qualitative and quantitative aspects of the industry within each of the regions and countries involved in the study. Furthermore, the report also caters the detailed information about the crucial aspects such as driving factors & challenges which will define the future growth of the market. Additionally, the report shall also incorporate available opportunities in micro markets for stakeholders to invest along with the detailed analysis of competitive landscape and product offerings of key players. The detailed segments and sub-segment of the market are explained below:By Type:Software-as-a-Service (SaaS)Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS)Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS)By Application:BankInsurance CompanySecurities CompanyOthersBy Regions: North America, U.S., Canada, Europe, UK, Germany, Asia Pacific, China, India, Japan, Latin America, Brazil, Mexico, Rest of the World and MoreGet a discount on this research report @ Us:Big Market Research has a range of research reports of various domains  across the world. Our database of reports of various market categories and sub-categories would help to find the exact report you may be looking for.Contact Us:Mr. Abhishek PaliwalBig Market Research5933 NE Win Sivers Drive, #205, Portland,OR 97220 United StatesDirect: +1-971-202-1575Toll Free: +1-800-910-6452E-mail help@bigmarketresearch.comlast_img read more

92 of young gay men want to be married or in a

first_imgGAYSTARNEWS- Previous studies have found two-thirds of couples who have been together for five years or more are in an open relationship.But however, more younger men are seeking monogamy.Marriage is the ‘latest milllennial trend’Marriage was equated as the same thing as monogamy by over half of respondents, 58%,.Take Our PollOnly 31% viewed having other sexual partners as an option for a married couple.What age group wants a monogamous relationship?89% of singles 25 and under93% of singles 26-30But do you92% of singles 31-40Same-sex relationships, both monogamous and non-mongamous, seem to be healthier than ever. 98% of monogamous couples say they viewed their relationships as healthy and stable, satisfying and likely to continue fo the next five years. Non-monogamous couples were slightly less certain, but otherwise very happy. 92% of non-monogamous couples say they viewed their relationships as healthy, 91% said it was satisfying, and 86% said it would continue for the next five years.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Open relationship or monogamy: How gay couples can decide what’s right for themGay men over 45 far more likely to be single – and these are the reasons whyWhy do so many gay men get married to women in India?Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  : eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) You might think that young gay men are all about the single life and dating apps.But it turns out that polyamory and open relationships are not the dream, it’s monogamy.Researchers have found surprising new relationship trends among gay men aged 18 to 39.Lanz Lowen and Blake Spears, a non-monogamous couple for 36 years, looked into the experience of other same-sex couples.The pair says: ‘There wasn’t any roadmap and we assumed long-term couples might offer valuable perspectives and hard-earned lessons.’They surveyed a range of men, both single and in relationships. 42% of the respondents were single, the other 58% in relationships.Of those in relationships, 632 identified as monogamous, 152 identified as ‘monogamish’, and 48 identified as non-monagamous.92% of young gay men want to get marriedTake Our PollThe study found 92% wanted to get married one day. 90% stated they were seeking monogamous relationships.Half of the men identified as being in long-term monogamous relationships. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… DLanceBlack | InstagramDustin Lance Black and Tom Daley on their wedding daylast_img read more