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Press release: UK Commonwealth Minister visits Wales ahead of 2018 Commonwealth Games and Summit

first_imgForeign and Commonwealth Office Minister of State, Lord (Tariq) Ahmad of Wimbledon, will visit Cardiff to meet young people from the charity Children in Wales, including some representing Wales at the Commonwealth Summit, as well as people from Commonwealth diaspora groups.He will also visit the home of elite sport in Wales where he will go behind the scenes to see how Team Wales athletes are training to deliver medal-winning performances at the Commonwealth Games on Australia’s Gold Coast in April. The Minister will be hosted by Brian Davies OBE, Director of Elite Performance at Sport Wales, on a tour of the National Sports Centre in Sophia Gardens, and meet the athletes, sports science and medical staff looking to propel Team Wales to podium positions.The UK is set to host the annual Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in April with leaders travelling in from around the globe to take part in a week-long programme of activities focusing on the Summit’s theme ‘Towards a Common Future’.Lord Ahmad said: Lord Ahmad will also meet the First Minister of Wales Carwyn Jones and Minister for Culture, Tourism and Sport Dafydd Elis-Thomas to discuss how the Welsh Government will play a key role in plans for the Commonwealth Summit. The Commonwealth is a unique family of nations. Its members account for two and a half billion people. The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in April will focus on young people as we strive to meet the aspirations of the one billion people in Commonwealth countries under the age of 25. From Cardiff to Canberra, from Bangor to Bangalore, if the future relevance of the Commonwealth is to be assured, it is vital that young people are involved in shaping decisions that affect their future, and that includes the young people of Wales. I am incredibly hopeful for the future of our Commonwealth and the role Wales has to play in it.last_img read more


Blades burst Arsenal bubble as Mousset strikes

first_imgArsenal stunned. PHOTO via @premierleagueSheffield, United Kingdom | AFP | Unai Emery claimed Arsenal were unlucky to suffer a shock 1-0 defeat at Sheffield United as Lys Mousset condemned the Gunners to their latest away-day flop on Monday.Emery’s side are without an away Premier League win since the opening weekend of the season after failing to rise to the challenge posed by fired up United at Bramall Lane.French forward Mousset, making his first Premier League start for United, punished poor Arsenal defending in the first half to score his second goal since signing from Bournemouth.That was enough to send Arsenal crashing to just their second defeat of the season, ending an eight-game unbeaten run in all competitions.The north Londoners sit fifth in the league after a powder-puff performance that showed Emery’s rebuilding job is still a work in progress.But Emery insisted Arsenal deserved at least a draw and criticised the failure to give a penalty for a foul on Sokratis.“We didn’t deserve to lose. We can speak about two key moments, one is the goal and the other is a clear penalty with Sokratis. With VAR, the foul should have been reviewed, but we have to accept it,” Emery said after Arsenal’s winless run in the city of Sheffield extended to 26 years.“We had more chances than them. If we scored one goal then we could have controlled better.”Asked if Arsenal have a mental block in away games, Emery said: “We prepare for the matches the same home and away and think to win.“We deserved more but they are a very strong defensive team.”Under Emery, Arsenal have kept just two clean sheets in 24 away league matches and once again they wilted too easily in a hostile environment.“We conceded a lot of corners in the first half and they scored the goal. It can happen. Above all, we have to improve by not allowing balls like that,” Emery said.“We are playing some young players who are taking experience but the most important thing is to win.”This was a signature win for the Blades after last season’s promotion and they sit proudly in ninth place, just three points behind Arsenal. With the Bramall Lane crowd in full voice, a bruising clash got off to a contentious start when Sokratis appealed in vain for a penalty after having his shirt tugged by John Egan.Emery’s men should have taken the lead when Sead Kolasinac curled a perfect low cross towards Nicolas Pepe in the six-yard box, but the unmarked Ivory Coast winger completely miscued his shot.– Pepe struggles –It was the latest in a growing list of disappointing displays from Pepe, who has struggled to make an impact since his club record move from Lille in the close-season.United made the most of that escape as Arsenal’s long-running set-piece issues resurfaced in the 30th minute.Oliver Norwood’s corner reached Jack O’Connell at the far post and he rose above Matteo Guendouzi to head down to Mousset, who poked home from virtually on the line after Granit Xhaka failed to react to the danger.Damningly, Arsenal have conceded 22 league goals from set plays since the start of last season, with only Watford (25) and Everton (24) allowing more.Xhaka almost conjured an equaliser with a dipping long-range effort that Dean Henderson pushed away at full stretch.Mesut Ozil was once again left out of the Arsenal squad and, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang anonymous, Emery sent on Dani Ceballos, but he shot weakly at Henderson from Bukayo Saka’s cross.Alexandre Lacazette came on with 22 minutes left for his first appearance since suffering the ankle problem that had ruled the Arsenal striker out since the start of September.For all their territorial dominance in the closing stages, Arsenal lacked composure in the final third.Pepe curled just wide and Kolasinac headed over as the visitors’ frailties were laid bare.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more


Former Broward Sheriff Scott Israel Calls His Removal a “Political Sham”

first_imgIsrael was referring to last week’s 25-15 vote in Tallahassee, in which the State Senate voted to uphold Governor Ron DeSantis’ decision to remove Israel from office. DeSantis suspended Israel last January, claiming that Israel’s incompetence resulted in his deputies’ poor performance in responding to last year’s shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.Israel maintains that he was removed only because DeSantis is a Republican and Israel is a Democrat.He provided examples of other mass shootings around the country as proof of his explanation. He says, “No sheriff, no elected official, no police chief has been suspended. Just me.”Israel also referred to many of his deputies as “brave” and “heroes” in their response to the shooting. He adds, “We had one deputy that didn’t go in, referring to Deputy Scot Peterson. “It wasn’t a training issue. It wasn’t a policy issue. It was a fear issue.”The former sheriff says he will run again for that position in 2020, and that he believes the voters still want him as their sheriff.“They understand this election was stolen from them, that the 2016 election for sheriff was wiped out,” Israel says of voters. “The sheriff of any county in America is not the sheriff of one group of people or one city or one town or one area. You’re the sheriff of everyone in the county. As I’ve said all along, the only one responsible for taking lives that day was the evil killer,” referring to accused shooter Nikolas Cruz.850 WFTL’s Karen Curtis will soon interview Scott Israel, as well as his replacement and campaign rival, Gregory Tony. Former Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel says his removal from office was purely political.He tells a local reporter, “It was a political sham. They dealt from the bottom of the deck. We had no chance of ever prevailing.”last_img read more


Uniformed security guard accidentally shoots and kills woman

first_imgThe Miami-Dade police department is reporting that a woman believed to be in her 60s has died after she was accidentally shot by a security guard near a strip mall.The incident was reported Friday around 1:00 pm at 10998 SW 184th St.Not much is known about the incident at this time, however, authorities did report that the woman was believed to have been leaving an area in the mall when she was accidentally shot in the back by the security guard.The woman was taken to Jackson South Medical Center as a trauma alert where she later died.The security guard was said to have remained on the scene and is cooperating with authorities as they continue their investigation.This is a developing story.last_img read more


TSA Finds Loaded Gun in Flight Attendant’s Bag

first_imgAuthorities with the Transportation Security Administration say their security officers found a loaded handgun in a flight attendant’s carry-on bag last week at a Florida airport.According to The Orlando Sentinel, officers arrested 28-year-old Joseph Brozyna on Thursday, charging him with carrying a concealed firearm in a prohibited place.The police reports states that the Frontier Airlines flight attendant was passing through security at Orlando International Airport when TSA agents discovered the .40-caliber pistol.Brozyna acknowledged that the gun was his, and told police that he recently had been on a road trip with the gun in the bag, and forgot to remove it.However, a search revealed that his concealed carry permit was suspended.Frontier Airlines has suspended the flight attendant while it investigates the matter.A statement from the airline reads, “The safety and security of all passengers and crew members are uncompromising priorities at Frontier Airlines and we have a zero tolerance policy for any violation of law or security protocols.”last_img read more


Gator shows up to Fort Myers home for Thanksgiving

first_imgA nearly nine-foot-long alligator showed up to a Fort Myers family’s Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday.“He was hissing and swinging his tail around,” homeowner Chhaa Behary told CBS Miami.” And I looked through the window, and sure enough, there’s a gigantic alligator, and his tail was just smacking my door.”“I’m like, why my house? Do you smell turkey?” she added.Beharry’s fiancé called the Florida Fish And Wildlife, who sent trappers which showed up in minutes to remove the gator.However, trapping the reptile was not an easy task.It reportedly took FFW professionals longer than usual to remove the extra attendee.No other information is available at this time.last_img read more


Employee fired for writing ‘Pig’ on officer’s drink says she was a scapegoat

first_imgA Starbuck employee is claiming that she was wrongly fired after another employee wrote the word ‘pig’ on an officer’s drink.Lola Price, who was a manager at a Starbucks near Tulsa, was fired from the establishment Thursday after the story went viral.Price claims she that had nothing to do with the incident and was actually used as a scapegoat for the company who was just trying to save face:“I was terminated from my position because, Starbucks was looking for someone to take the blame for this and to save some face from their company,” Price told KTUL said.Price says she went back to the establishment but they will not answer her questions and she is now forced to find another job with a ruined reputation.Other news outlets including KTUL have reached out to Starbucks regarding the incident but Starbucks has yet to respond.Company did, however, release a statement Friday saying:“The Starbucks partner who wrote this offensive word on a cup used poor judgement and is no longer a partner after this violation of company policy.”last_img read more


Two Basilica Security Guards Attacked, Stabbed in Washington DC

first_img(Washington, DC) — After a police standoff, a suspect is finally in custody after two security guards were injured in an attack at the basilica in Washington, DC.Two security guards at the shrine are reportedly “conscious and breathing” after one was stabbed and another was struck by a vehicle shortly after 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 10.Police say a driver struck a female guard and several vehicles in the parking lot of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Northeast, DC this morning. He then chased a male guard into the Shrine and stabbed him.The suspect barricaded himself inside a home in a nearby neighborhood.He was arrested a short time after.Both victims are said to be in critical condition.last_img read more


PBC Coronavirus Testing Sites Closed Friday, Saturday Due to Weather

first_imgLooking to get tested for coronavirus? You will have to wait until Monday.The Healthcare District in Palm Beach County has announced that all six COVID-19 testing sites will be closed Friday and Saturday.The closure is being attributed to the potential for bad weather.In addition, the hotline to schedule appointments will be closed through 8 a.m. Monday.People who had appointments scheduled for Friday or Saturday will be given priority appointments for next week.According to the Department of Health, there were 43,210 total cases of coronavirus in Florida as of Thursday.At least 1,875 Florida residents have died from COVID-19.Palm Beach County: 4,278 cases-263 deaths-Men: 2,148, Women: 2,044-752 hospitalizationslast_img read more


Hampshire’s David Harrison receives Micklem Award

first_img27 Apr 2015 Hampshire’s David Harrison receives Micklem Award Hampshire’s David Harrison has received England Golf’s Gerald Micklem Award for his contribution to the amateur game. The award was announced at the England Golf annual meeting when delegates were told by the President, Nigel Evans, of Harrison’s involvement in the sport for over 60 years. He has been both a noted player and an administrator who has been captain of the R&A, was made an OBE for his services to golf and played a key role in the merger which created England Golf, as the independent chairman of the steering group. Harrison, an honorary member of Stoneham, Alresford and Hayling Golf Clubs, played for the Hampshire boys’ and youths’ teams before representing England boys. He joined the RAF as a national Serviceman and won the RAF championship twice and played in winning teams in two inter-Service championships. He later went to Oxford where he gained a golfing Blue, before winning his county championship a record six times. He was county captain, played for the county team for 20 years and also twice won the Golf Illustrated Vase. Harrison excelled as a golf administrator and was President of the EGU before becoming Captain of the R&A in 2007. He is a qualified Rules official and on many occasions has acted as a referee at the Open Championship and at other major golf events. He is the President of the Hampshire PGA and has also held the positions of Joint Chairman of the International Golf Federation, President of the Association of Golf Club Secretaries and Chairman of the Championship Committee of The European Golf Association.last_img read more