2 months after truck drivers electrocution officials of electricity board booked

first_imgGhaziabad: Two months after the death of a 37-year-old truck driver who died of electrocution after he accidentally came into contact with a live electricity wire in Sihani gate police station area of Ghaziabad, police have booked officials of electricity board in connection with the incident.As per the complaint filed by deceased’s brother Ranjeet Singh, a commando with Indian army, the incident took place on July 2 around 10 pm when truck driver Baljeet Singh, a native of Shikarpur area in Bulandshahr, had taken a halt during his journey for urinal in front of Nainital bank near Ghaziabad bus stand. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”My brother Baljeet had to cross the road for urinal and while going he accidentally came into contact with a naked wire coming out of an electricity pole. A passerby informed police and he was taken to Santosh hospital where doctors declared him brought dead,” Ranjeet Singh said. “Upon reaching the spot, we found a sheer negligence from the electricity department behind the death of my brother. We demanded a probe into the matter but we have to struggle to get our complaint lodged which was done after senior police officials intervened,” added Singh. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsMeanwhile, police officials said that a case has been lodged into the matter and investigations are underway. “Based on the complaint received, an FIR under section 304-A (causing death due to negligence) of Indian Penal Code (IPC) has been registered against unnamed officials of electricity board. An investigation has been launched into the case and actions will be taken soon,” said Umesh Bahadur Singh, Station House Officer of Sihani Gate police station. The deceased is survived by his wife and two kids, a 6 years old daughter and a one month old boy.last_img read more

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Prosperity mine resurrection

first_imgAPTN National NewsBritish Columbia Liberal leadership candidate Christy Clark says if chosen leader she would resurrect Taseko Mine’s controversial Prosperity mine project which would drain a lake sacred to area First Nations.Her pledge has again stirred up controversy among B.C.’s First Nations leaders.last_img

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Full Text of King Mohammed VIs Speech on Throne Day

Rabat – King Mohammed VI delivered this Thursday a speech to the nation on the occasion of the 16th throne day.Here follows the full text of the speech aired on the Moroccan radio and TV channels:Praise be to God,  May peace and blessings be upon the Prophet, His Kith and KinDear Citizens,Today, we are proudly celebrating the sixteenth anniversary of my accession to the glorious Alawite throne. This is not just a passing, temporary celebration, but a highly significant moment which embodies the strong vows of shared loyalty, as well as the ever-growing bonds of allegiance between you and your first servant.This annual celebration is an opportunity for us to pause and ponder on the nation’s achievements and the challenges ahead.It is also an opportunity for me to extend my thanks to all the stakeholders in the nation who are supporting me in this collective endeavor at the service of our fellow citizens.I would like to tell them how much I appreciate their contribution to upholding Morocco’s standing and to enhancing the trust enjoyed by the Kingdom, particularly in the current regional context.However, I do not want to talk merely about achievements; nor do I want to dwell on tallies and figures.All that has been achieved, no matter how significant it is, remains insufficient for our country, as long as there is a category of the population still living in dire conditions and feeling marginalized, notwithstanding what has already been done.It is true that this category is getting smaller and smaller, but I want to see to it that all citizens benefit from the nation’s wealth.I pledged to work, for as long as I live, to achieve this goal, and my ambition for the well-being of Moroccans has no limits.All you experience in life is of interest to me: what hurts you affects me, and what makes you happy, rejoices me. Your worries are my top priorities.Hence, we need to pause and look for innovative solutions that will enable that category to catch up with the others.All political and social reforms and all development initiatives are basically designed to preserve the dignity of citizens.Setting up institutions, no matter how important they may be, is not an end in itself. By the same token, economic growth can only be significant if it contributes to improving people’s quality of life.Indeed, despite the development our country has achieved, it makes me sad to see hardships endured by some of our fellow citizens in remote and isolated areas, in the Atlas and Rif mountains, in the desert and dry Saharan regions, in oases and in some coastal and inland villages.I am aware of the gaps and deficits that have grown in these areas over the decades, despite all the efforts and initiatives undertaken.That is why, since my accession to the throne, I have pledged to spare no effort to improve the living conditions of those populations and ease their suffering.To attain this goal and consolidate ongoing initiatives, I instructed the Minister of Interior, who is in charge of territorial communities, to carry out a comprehensive field study aimed at identifying the needs of every douar and every region in terms of infrastructure and basic social services, such as education, health, water, electric power and rural roads.The study was nationwide and covered more than 29,000 douars, under 1,272 local communities, all listed in a specific order of priority.Around 20,800 projects have also been screened. They target a population of more than 12 million people, living in over 24,000 douars, with an overall budget nearing 50 billion dirhams.To ensure the success of this ambitious social scheme, I urge the Government to develop an integrated plan of action, built on partnerships between all government agencies and the institutions concerned, with a view to providing funding for the projects and drawing up a precise timetable for their implementation.The projects can be integrated into the new vision of the National Initiative for Human Development and appended to the forthcoming programs of the regional and local councils, which now have significant resources and extensive powers.The regionalization we want for our country must be the outcome of serious endeavors to find appropriate solutions for each region, adapted to its resources, characteristics, potential employment opportunities and development challenges.The region must become a hub for integrated, balanced development that achieves complementarity between the areas, cities and villages within the same region, thus contributing to halting the rural exodus.Dear Citizens,This effort to improve the living conditions of citizens is not limited to rural and remote areas. It also targets suburbs and slums in urban areas.Accordingly, the National Initiative for Human Development programs have been focusing on bridging social gaps in these places.The Government has also been instructed to attach more importance to social policies.Similarly, I take a keen interest in the situation of Moroccan citizens living abroad, trying to strengthen their commitment to their identity and to get them involved in the nation’s development process.During my visits abroad and when meeting here with members of our community living abroad, I was able to have a clear idea about their true concerns and legitimate ambitions.I used to think that they only had difficulties while in Morocco. As it turned out, many of them also complained about the way they were treated on the premises of Moroccan consulates.There are consuls – not a majority thank God – who neglect the mission they are entrusted with and focus on personal and political issues.Several members of this community expressed dissatisfaction with the treatment they were subjected to in some consulates and complained about the poor services provided, both in terms of quality and deadline, and about administrative obstacles.I urge the Minister of Foreign Affairs to take firm action and remedy the problematic situation in some consulates.On the one hand, those found to be guilty of neglecting their duties, flouting the interests of the Moroccan community abroad or mistreating its members should be dismissed.On the other hand, consuls should be selected carefully, on the basis of competence, responsibility and commitment to serving our citizens abroad, who are deeply upset when they compare the way they are treated inside Moroccan consulates with the quality of service provided by administrative and social departments in the host countries.Their requests may not be met, but at least they should be received and treated with respect and courtesy.Among other issues, they suffer from slow procedures when they have a birth to register or an administrative error to correct, which costs them time and money.Names for newborns are also an issue that the Higher Civil Status Committee should work on to find reasonable solutions for the cases under consideration, showing flexibility and understanding. There should be no pressure exerted and no name imposed on anybody.The same goes for the slow, complicated procedures to renew and validate official documents.In any event, communication and interaction should be improved and services made more readily available to citizens, while procedures should be simplified and upgraded, and human rights and dignity preserved.As for the problems the members of this community endure when they return home, I insist that anyone who tampers with their interests or takes advantage of their situation should be firmly sanctioned.Despite all the difficulties they face, it is gratifying to see that the number of Moroccans visiting their home country every year is on the rise. Their love for their country is a source of pride for me and I have told them how keen I am to protect their interests.Furthermore, in order to increase their participation in national politics, I call for the implementation of the constitutional provisions relating to their representation in consultative institutions and participative democracy and governance bodies.Once again, I stress the need to develop an integrated strategy based on interaction and coordination between national institutions in charge of immigration issues, to enhance their efficiency and allow them to better serve the Moroccan community abroad. In this regard, the expertise of the Council for the Moroccan Community Abroad should be built on in order to establish a council that responds to the aspirations of this community.Dear Citizens,In the context of the reforms launched in order to serve the Moroccan citizen, the rehabilitation of education remains pivotal in achieving development and key in ensuring social openness and emancipation. It shields both society and individuals from ignorance, poverty, fanaticism and reclusiveness.I have repeatedly advocated a deep reform of this vital sector in order to rehabilitate the Moroccan school and enable it to achieve its educational and development mission.In this regard, I have entrusted the Higher Council for Education, Training and Scientific Research with a mission to evaluate the implementation of the National Charter for Education and Training and develop a comprehensive strategic vision to reform the education system in our country.To understand the scope of this reform, a question has to be asked: will the education our children are receiving today in state-run schools help secure their future?Let us be serious, objective and honest: why do so many Moroccans rush to get their children enrolled in foreign-status schools and private schools despite their prohibitive costs?The answer is clear: they are looking for appropriate education, based on open-mindedness, critical analysis and foreign language acquisition, which will enable their children to access the job market and start their professional lives.Despite allegations here and there, I do not think openness to foreign languages and cultures will undermine our national identity, but rather enrich it. Moroccan identity, thank God, is deeply-rooted and diversified, with both European and African components.I studied in the Moroccan state school, with its syllabi and curricula, but I have no problems with foreign languages.The Constitution voted by Moroccans advocates the learning and mastering of foreign languages as a tool for communication with the knowledge-based community and for interaction with modern civilization.In this context, the world recognizes Moroccans’ flair for languages.No selfish or politically-motivated considerations should be allowed to interfere with any education reform – under the pretext of safeguarding national identity – as that might jeopardize the future of the coming generations.The future of the nation depends on the quality of education we provide for our children.Accordingly, the education reform must be aimed primarily at enabling students to acquire knowledge, skills and national and foreign languages, particularly in scientific and technical curricula, in order to be active members of society.The expected reform should also rid society of the narrow view that the baccalaureate certificate is a matter of life and death for students and their families, and that without it their future may be compromised.Obviously, some people do not want to enroll in vocational courses because they see them as belittling and only fit for inferior jobs. Moreover, they consider vocational training as a solution for those who fail in their academic studies.We have to reach out to these people to change this negative perception and tell them that success in life is not contingent upon obtaining the baccalaureate certificate.We must take objective steps to get them involved in the dynamics of this sector.All that Moroccans want, at the end of the day, is to secure their children’s future, through curricula that pave the way for access to the job market.Vocational training has become the cornerstone of all development sectors and we need to move from the conventional model of academic education to a dual training system that will ensure our youth will be employed.Training centers’ capabilities should therefore be enhanced in all specialized areas, such as new technologies, the motor and aviation industries, the medical profession, agriculture, tourism and construction.Similarly, innovative, high quality training should be ensured, particularly in post-graduate courses.The level achieved by Moroccans in various professions is a source of deep satisfaction.As a result, our country now has a skilled workforce which can be hired by international companies, particularly those which choose Morocco as a platform for expanding their investments and market influence.In order to ensure the success of our strategic reform policy, all stakeholders ought to embrace it and be actively involved in its implementation.This reform should be formulated as a national, binding contract-based policy, by means of a framework law that sets out the long-term vision and puts an end to the vicious circle of reform for reform’s sake.Dear Citizens,Whereas our domestic policy is designed to serve the citizens, the objective of our foreign policy is to safeguard the nation’s best interests.For this reason, we have sought to revisit the basic policy and work methods of our diplomatic services while remaining committed to the nation’s immutable values which underpin our country’s foreign relations, namely firmness, solidarity and credibility.This approach is dictated by the level of development and maturity achieved by the Moroccan model and is in response not only to the sweeping changes occurring at regional and international levels, but also to the need to make the most of the opportunities offered and rise to challenges.As far as firmness is concerned, and being a responsible partner that honors its international obligations, Morocco will do whatever it takes to defend its best interests.It will never allow anyone to undermine its sovereignty, territorial integrity or social model; nor will it tolerate any attempt to harm its institutions or offend the dignity of its citizens.As regards the question of our territorial unity, I clearly and unequivocally spelled out, in the speech marking the Green March anniversary, the reference framework and guiding principles for dealing with the Moroccan Sahara issue, both domestically and at the international level.The ensuing developments concerning this issue at the level of the United Nations and at domestic level proved us right. By the grace of the Almighty, we shall start implementing the advanced regionalization scheme as well as the development model for the Kingdom’s Southern Provinces.However, this does not mean the case has been closed. Indeed, we all need to remain vigilant and mobilized to thwart the schemes and plots of our adversaries and counter whatever deviation there may be from the UN settlement process.As regards solidarity, Morocco’s strategic diplomacy is aimed at promoting active South-South cooperation, especially with African sister nations.The visits I have paid to a number of African countries have contributed to shaping an economic cooperation model based on shared interest and a desire to improve the quality of life of African citizens.Being committed to its Arab and Islamic identity, the Kingdom of Morocco has also joined the inter-Arab alliances to fight terrorism and restore legitimacy in Yemen, called for by my brother King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, and has supported strategic Arab partners and sister nations.It is important, in this regard, to achieve negotiated solutions in Yemen, Syria, Iraq and Libya with the participation of all the stakeholders concerned, making sure these countries’ sovereignty and territorial integrity are preserved. This is what Morocco has sought to achieve by hosting the Skhirat negotiations to resolve the crisis in Libya.No matter how complex the situation is in the Arab region due to growing fanaticism and terrorism, the Palestinian cause remains critical for the achievement of peace in the Middle East region.In my capacity as King of Morocco and Chairman of the Al Quds Committee, I reaffirm my continuous support for the Palestinian leadership and our Palestinian brothers in their endeavors to achieve their legitimate rights and set up an independent Palestinian State within the 1967 borders, with East Al-Quds as its capital.As regards the credibility of our diplomatic action, it is illustrated by the partnerships we have concluded with a number of countries and regional blocs.In the Euro-Mediterranean region, Morocco has been actively engaged in developing its partnership with EU countries.In this respect, I am particularly keen to strengthen Morocco’s exceptional partnership with France by working jointly with His Excellency President François Hollande.I am also keen to build on the close friendship with His Majesty King Felipe VI to consolidate our cooperation and good neighborly relations with Spain. I am just as eager to develop fruitful cooperation with the other European countries.As a strategic partner of Europe, Morocco calls for the development of a balanced, equitable partnership that goes beyond narrow, short-lived interests.Furthermore, I am keen to consolidate our strategic partnership with the United States of America, which is rooted in the values and principles that our two peoples have in common and believe in.I wish to reiterate Morocco’s commitment to deepening and enriching its partnerships with Russia and China as part of its endeavors to diversify its foreign relations.In the same vein, our country seeks to open up broader prospects for cooperation with South American and Asian countries.Morocco’s credibility is also shown by its positive involvement in dealing with various issues of global concern.The fact that Morocco has hosted a number of important international conferences on human rights, migration, entrepreneurship, the fight against terrorism and climate change clearly reflects the trust and credibility enjoyed by our country at the global level.Furthermore, our country’s proposed answers to tackle these global concerns represent a quality contribution to the efforts the international community is making to find objective solutions to those issues.Dear Citizens,My governance model is based on serving the citizen, safeguarding his identity and dignity and reacting constructively to his legitimate aspirations.Consistent with the sacred bond between the throne and the people, the country’s first servant commits to continuing our joint action so that our country may be based on the solid foundation of unity and the pursuit of development, as well as on equality in terms of rights, obligations and benefits from the nation’s resources.I should like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to our Royal Armed Forces, the Royal Gendarmerie, the National Security Forces, the local authorities, the Auxiliary Forces and the Emergency Services for their efforts to uphold the nation’s territorial integrity and preserve its stability.Dear Citizens,I can think of no better way to conclude this address to you than to remind you of the need to preserve the sacred trust received from our ancestors, namely our authentic Moroccan identity, for which we are envied.It is a national duty and a religious obligation for you to safeguard your identity and remain committed to the Sunni, Maliki rite that the Moroccan people have inherited from their forefathers.Let us not forget why fellow Moroccan citizens made the ultimate sacrifice during the First and Second World Wars in several parts of the globe, and why my revered grandfather, His Late Majesty King Mohammed V – may he rest in peace – was exiled.Those sacrifices were made so that the universal, human values we all believe in may prevail. Today, in keeping with the same values, we are fighting against extremism and terrorism.Is there any reason why we should give up our traditions and forsake our cultural values – which are rooted in tolerance and moderation – in order to embrace a different doctrine that has nothing to do with our ethics or the way we were brought up?Of course not! Therefore, let no one from outside the country give you lessons on how to live your faith. And although I respect all revealed religions, let me say this: do not accept anyone’s invitation to embrace a different rite or faith, be it from East or West, North or South.I want you to reject any attempt to sow the seeds of division, and to remain – as always –  deeply committed to the unity of your rite and to your sacred values, and to be proud of your faith and of belonging to this nation.“Eat of the Sustenance (provided) by your Lord, and be grateful to Him: a territory fair and happy, and a Lord Oft-Forgiving!” True is the Word of God.Wassalamu alaikum warahmatullah wabarakatuh. read more

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Timorese security forces go unpunished for many rights violations – UN

Launched 10 years after the Timorese voted for independence, rather than autonomy within Indonesia, the report on human rights developments in Timor-Leste between July 2008 and June this year noted the strides made by authorities in key areas, but stressed that much needs to be done in the area of accountability.The report spotlighted the case of two officers from the national police force (known as the PNTL) who were accused of assaulting a woman while responding to an incident in November 2008 and sentenced to two and six months suspended imprisonment in June, but remain on active duty.Also in late April 2006, fighting – attributed to differences between eastern and western regions – erupted when 600 striking soldiers, or one-third of the armed forces, known as the F-FDTL, were fired. A number of confrontations between the F-FDTL and those who had left the army, some members of the PNTL and civilians culminated in the 25 May armed clashes at the PNTL Headquarters in which eight unarmed PNTL officers under UN escort were killed by F-FDTL members, according to the report.“More than three years after the 2006 crisis, progress towards holding accountable those responsible for criminal acts and human rights violations remains slow and incomplete,” the UN Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT) report said although there are an increasing number of cases being investigated or awaiting trial.The UNMIT report noted a separate UN report in 2006 stating that the ensuing violence claimed 38 lives, 69 injured and drove some 155,000 people – 15 per cent of the total population – from their homes. “As of 30 June 2009, final judgment had been rendered in two cases,” said the UNMIT report, adding that in “the two completed trials, a total of 16 persons were tried, seven of whom were convicted and nine of whom were acquitted.”The report underscored that the “trials that had been completed were largely fair, complied with international standards, and respected the rights of defendants.” However, it said that obstacles “to enforcement of sentences remained a challenge, and led to public perceptions that some individuals are above the law.”In addition, little has been achieved to address the many human rights violations that occurred between 1974 and 1999, during the Indonesian occupation of the country, and “in a step which violates Timor-Leste’s human rights obligations and undermines efforts to end impunity, militia leader Maternus Bere, who faces charges of crimes against humanity, was released from pre-trial detention and handed to the Indonesian authorities,” UNMIT said. 15 September 2009Members of the security forces in Timor-Leste accused of human rights abuses still manage to escape justice despite a general strengthening of the judicial system in the South-East Asian nation, according to a United Nations report released today. read more

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Chennai students fasting over Lanka hospitalised

Police also detained supporters of the students present at the venue here and sealed the building. Condemning the police action, MDMK General Secretary Vaiko said besides his party Deputy General Secretary Mallai Satya, many others including some Tamil cinema directors were detained. “Undertaking fast is a democratic right. I condemn the police” for denying it, he said in a statement. Eight students of a Chennai based college, who were on a fast unto death on the Sri Lankan Tamils issue, were removed by police and admitted to hospital, the Press Trust of India reported today.Police also detained many of those who supported them, drawing criticism. Police sources said the students were removed and admitted to hospital last night, three days after they embarked on the protest pressing for a seven-point demand, including calling for an international probe against Colombo for alleged war crimes. Vaiko, who met the students and expressed his party’s support to them, demanded that all detained persons should be released. All India youth federation also criticised the police action. read more

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PM cancels contract of security company after Occupy the Square demo

A video circulating widely on social media shows the security guards telling a couple they have been asked to chase couples away unless accompanied by children.“Today they argued with me that holding hands, putting a hand on the shoulder etc are indecent acts and won’t be tolerated. I reported the matter to PM who issued the above instructions to ensure that young people in this country can enjoy their freedom in a decent manner. This is the democracy we fought to establish in this country,” the Deputy Foreign Minister said. (Colombo Gazette) He said that the chairman of the security company has already complied with the instructions he has received. “This afternoon on behalf of the Government I met with the ‘Occupy the Square’ protesters who had come to Independence Square to protest against the regular harassment of people couples by security guards who seem to have got enormous power to chase them away based on all kinds of weird interpretations of ‘decency’. The Director Operations of the security company had been appointed to the post by the former Secretary Defence and is a sitting member of the Kotte municipal council,” Dr. Harsha de Silva said. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has ordered the Culture Ministry to cancel the contract with a Government owned security company from which two security guards had harassed a couple at Independence Square recently.Deputy Foreign Minister, Dr. Harsha de Silva said that the Prime Minister ordered the Culture Ministry to remove the Director Operations of the security company and issue a statement. read more

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Fonseka questioned by CID over Noyahrs abduction and assault

On 8 July 2008, the then Chief Opposition Whip, UNP Parliamentarian Joseph Michael Perera made a special statement in Parliament where he claimed the abduction was carried out by a special team operating under the then Army Commander. The CID has already recorded statements on the incident from former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa. Former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka was questioned by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) today over the abduction and assault on journalist Keith Noyahr in 2008.Fonseka was questioned for four hours at the CID office in Colombo. The Army commander at the time these incidents took place was Sarath Fonseka. (Colombo Gazette)

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UNbacked prize honours mobile communication initiatives to advance education

For a period of eight months, UNESCO, Nokia and the Pearson Foundation asked education experts, teachers, parents, students, software developers and the public in general to take part in the Education for All (EFA) Crowdsourcing Challenge, making suggestions on how mobile communication can help achieve the six EFA goals established at the World Education Forum in 2000.The goals consist of expanding early childhood care and education, providing free and compulsory primary education for all, promoting learning and life skills for young people and adults, increasing adult literacy by 50 per cent, achieving gender parity by 2005, and improving the quality of education.One winner was selected for each goal, and each will receive a prize of $3,000. In addition, the Pearson Foundation will donate a library of children’s books, worth $3,000, to a not-for-profit organization in the country of each laureate.The prize winner for application ideas concerning literacy was Test On Texts by Sanjith Yeruva from the United States. The mobile application that helps students assess their knowledge via text questions and suggests content in an intuitive manner. “This easily implemented idea has social and education potential for a wide range of groups,” UNESCO said in a news release.In the universal primary education category, Swaroop John from Switzerland created an application called I-Learn, which encourages picture-based learning to complement radio broadcasts. The combination of mobile technology and radio was seen as having enormous potential by the international jury, UNESCO said.Also from India, Harkirat Singh won the category of improving quality education for his mobile Mission for the week programme, which provides teachers with a new mission every week, so that their way of teaching, understanding and helping students gives the best results.In the youth and adult learning needs category, Eric Kotonya from Kenya will be honoured for his Education Time Bank application which encourages teens and adults to learn in personalized, interactive short session on highly-specialized topics, furthering the goal of promoting life skills for youth and adults.Through the Mobile Partners in Education application designed by Laura Blackheart, girls in disadvantaged communities can pair up with an advantaged classroom close to home or across the globe through a mobile device via voice, video and text. Ms. Blackheart won in the gender parity and equality in education category. In the early childhood care and education category, Nand Wadhwani’s Health Phone was selected for providing information for women to help them make healthy decisions for themselves and their families. Content includes information on nutrition, childhood diseases, pregnancy, childbirth, the first year of life, child survival, development and protection, and women empowerment. Videos, audio recordings, images, and text messages will be produced and delivered to families via mobile phones.Close to one thousand submissions were received in the competition from 10 October 2011 to 31 May 2012. In addition to the grand prizes, Nokia offered six “spot prizes” consisting of a Nokia Lumia 800 phone to the best ideas received during the competition. read more

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Art amateur discovers earliest Gainsborough portrait while helping his son online

first_imgThe painting, of an unknown woman He told the Telegraph he had become involved in searching for misattributed paintings online thanks to his art restorer son, James, who trained at the Courtauld Institute and has previously worked with Philip Mould, known for his art discovery shows on television.”I’ve learnt a great deal from him and now I’m his extra pair of eyes,” said Mr Mulraine of his son.”It’s incredibly exciting to find any lost or miscatalogued pieces of art, so anything that I see that I think looks interesting I send an image to him.”Some months ago I saw this picture come up at auction of a young lady, attributed to circle of Arthur Devis, and I was so taken by the quality that I sent the image to James for his opinion.”He thought at first glance it had the look of Francis Hayman, but then he said there was definitely something special about it: that it was delicately drawn and that there was a light in the face evidence to him even after all of the years of yellow varnish. 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. The painting was originally suggested as a Francis Hayman, like these in a Mayfair galleryCredit:Paul Grover Thomas Gainsborough, a self-portrait Thomas Gainsborough, a self-portrait I’m just the apprenticeRobert Mulraine It is now to be included in the forthcoming catalogue raisonne by Hugh Belsey, the art historian and world authority on Gainsborough, while will provide a confirmed list of every known painting by the artist in existence.Experts now believe the portrait, of an unknown woman, was painted by Gainsborough as a teenager, dating it to around 1742 when the young artist would have been honing his skills by capturing the great and good on canvas.Bought at auction for £2,600, it is now likely to sell for very many times that amount.The current record for a Gainsborough work stands at £6.5m, for the exceptional Portrait of Miss Read, Later Mrs William Villebois at Christie’s in 2011.Mr Mulraine said he hoped a museum may like to acquire the painting. “He thought it could well be an early Gainsborough. You can imagine we were quite excited.”The pair bought the painting at a small regional auction house a year ago, sending it for light cleaning before showing it to Mr Belsey in London.The author, who spent 23 years as curator at Gainsborough’s House in Sudbury, said he reserves “ a great deal of suspicion for things which arrive out of the blue” from over-enthusiastic collectors, admitting: “I seem to spend half my life saying no”.But he was so convinced by this painting that he will include it in his catalogue raisonné, serving to authenticate it to the art world.center_img The painting, of an unknown woman When browsing regional auction catalogues online, it is every buyer’s dream to discover a  hidden gem nestling among the thousands of unwanted old paintings, pieces of furniture and miscellany.Few can say they have reached the heights of unexpectedly stumbling across a Gainsborough portrait.And only one can claim he had discovered the earliest known painting by the British artist, created when he was just 15.Robert Mulraine, a retired company director, appears to have done just that, while he was browsing the auction market to help his art expert son as an “extra pair of eyes”.After spotting an image that intrigued him and securing it at auction with his son James, it has now been authenticated as being by a young Gainsborough. One of Gainsborough's most famous works,  Portrait of Miss Read, later Mrs William Villebois One of Gainsborough’s most famous works,  Portrait of Miss Read, later Mrs William Villebois “It’s very early, and it would therefore not be recognised as Gainsborough by everybody,” he said. “That’s why it’s exciting. It’s all part of the jigsaw, but there aren’t many pieces of the jigsaw at the moment.”The earliest known painting from Gainsborough so far, of a dog, is dated 1745, with Mr Belsey believing this was completed even earlier.“It has a certainty about it, an assurance and an extraordinary sense of observation that makes it seem entirely his hand,” he said. “The paint does have an extraordinary sparkle, which has been considered a characteristic of his work for quite some time.”No scientific analysis has yet been conducted, and the painting comes with no documentation linking it to Gainsborough.The last catalogue raissoné for Gainsborough was written in 1958, with around 700 portraits included.Mr Belsey’s 2017 publication is set to include more than 1,000, significantly expanding public understanding of the artist’s work.Mr Mulraine said: “I’m just the apprentice. It’s lovely finding things. The excitement is in finding these paintings, and what happens after that is another matter.” The painting was originally suggested as a Francis Hayman, like these in a Mayfair gallerylast_img read more

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Virtual Geoscience Workbench workshop March 30 London

first_imgVGW (VIRTUAL GEOSCIENCE WORKBENCH) is a suite of Open Source tools for modelling discontinuous, particulate, granular, blocky, fracturing and fragmenting systems based on FEMDEM (the combined Finite-Discrete element method). A workshop will be held at the Department of Earth Science and Engineering, Imperial College London, March 30. This will feature a morning of presentations showing methods and applications. Examples of coupling VGW e.g. with the generic CFD code FLUIDITY, will be shown. The afternoon includes computer hands-on and Q&A sessions. VGW will be of interest to Academics and industrial colleagues concerned with particulates, geomechanics and multiphase. To register, email: j.p.latham@imperial.ac.uk VGW is a collaborative five-year project funded by EPSRC and is under development on two sites, Imperial College London (PI: Dr J-P. Latham) and Queen Mary University of London (PI: Prof A Munjiza). FEMDEM, pioneered by Munjiza in the 1990s, is the core of the solids technology as it is especially well suited to irregular geometry with deforming and fracturing behaviour and the transition from continuum to discontinuum.last_img read more

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Robbie Keane worried for the future of Irish football

first_imgAT 15, ROBBIE Keane left Dublin for the bright lights of English football.The cocky young striker showed movement and finishing well beyond his years, but hadn’t yet acquired the physical attributes needed to succeed in the old First Division with Wolves.As a result of daily training in the academy and occasionally the first team, he developed  significantly in less than two years. Handed the chance to make his debut away to Norwich City in 1997, Keane, then 17, repaid manager Mark McGhee with two stunning goals — and never looked back.Today, Keane holds both the record for most caps (131) and most goals (62) and, considering he recently reiterated his intention to continue with international football for the next qualifying campaign at least, is sure to add to both tallies.That said, there is an appetite to see fresh talent coming through the ranks at underage level and much recent debate has revolved around what can be done by the FAI at grassroots level to improve the currently fragmented domestic system.Speaking in Dublin yesterday, Keane expressed his concern about the the lack of support in place for young players who may not be lucky enough to break through at their club the first time around at increasingly multi-national academies in Britain.“The English (media) have been complaining about how only a certain amount of players are playing in the Premier League with all the foreign players,” said Keane.  ”But they’re not just coming in at the highest level, the academies now are getting them in too.“That limits opportunities for Irish, Scottish, Welsh players. We’re going to be the ones at the end of that barrel. When I went over first to the (Wolves) youth team, there were five Irish lads and the rest were English, Scottish or Welsh.“There wasn’t one foreign player. I’m not having a go at foreign players at all but there needs to be a structure in place where they can give people opportunities because how are young lads going to develop if they don’t get them early on? Hundreds of players come from Ireland and they are going to have to start lower down now. If that doesn’t change, I think it’s a bit worrying for us.“If the English players can’t get through, what chance have the Irish players unless you’re exceptional — a Messi or a Ronaldo. It’s going to affect us in the long run.”Dutchman Ruud Dokter was appointed as the FAI’s high performance director back in August and has been tasked with improving the current structures as well as implementing the Emerging Talent Programme.The facts remain, however, that with schoolboy clubs generally looking after their own interests and many Airtricity League clubs facing ongoing struggles to keep their heads above water financially, it is the players who are losing out.ChangesKeane admits that he doesn’t have the answers but would be open to the suggestion of setting up a centralised school of excellence in Ireland where young aspiring players could hone their talents.“I don’t know the ins and outs of everything but if you got coaches that are going to give these kids the opportunity to become better players than why not,” Keane explains. “I’d be all for that but the only problem is that most of the teams in the League of Ireland are not professional so it’s very hard.“They want players to stay here and try to learn the trade but when the teams are not professional they’re are not getting that support system straight away.“From 15 I was training every day. Sometimes going over to the first team and playing with players who were 30 years of age and learning off them. It’s not a league that’s successful so it’s very hard.“If they had something like that (a school of excellence) it would be great. I think anything that will help and develop younger players will benefit the Irish team in the long-run.”Robbie Keane was at the launch of the most anticipated console of the year; Xbox One. Xbox One brings together the best games, the best multiplayer experiences through Xbox Live and the hottest entertainment offerings in a system built to deliver best-in-class experiences for the future, today and every day after.French weathergirl goes naked on air after losing World Cup betPepsi forced to apologise for Cristiano Ronaldo voodoo dolllast_img read more

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Ubuntu goes mobile expect it on phones tablets and TVs

first_imgIf you want a version of Linux aimed squarely at the masses hooked on Windows, look no further than Ubuntu. It has repeatedly pushed development in its own direction away from the norm in a bid to make the alternative operating system more accessible and appealing to users beyond the typical Linux user. The latest example of that is the move to the Unity user interface.Ubuntu isn’t going to remain just on the desktop, though. Mark Shuttleworth and his company Canonical have much wider plans for the operating system. We can expect to see it competing against iOS, Android, and Windows on smartphones and tablets, as well as making space for itself on future smart TVs in the coming years.At the Ubuntu Developer Summit running this week in Orlando, Shuttleworth is expected to outline plans to expand Ubuntu’s reach on to mobile platforms and into the living room. This will happen once 12.04 is out the door and Unity has had its final update to make it as stable and user-friendly as possible. 12.04 is the next Long Term Support (LTS) version, which has seen support extended to 5 years making it the perfect time to relocate development resources elsewhere.Even though we are only officially hearing about this decision today, it turns out that making the move to mobile isn’t a new idea. Canonical has been talking to hardware partners for 18 months, and Unity is a key part of making the jump by offering a familiar interface across all devices.The plan for the moment is to fully support ARM and include the open source code created for mobile devices into the main Ubuntu distribution as and when it becomes available. When we’ll see Ubuntu shipping on a device is unknown, but it’s unlikely Canonical will be able to manage it before the end of 2012.Read more at ZDNetlast_img read more

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Gattuso on Milans defeat to Man Utd I expected worse actually

first_imgDespite losing to Manchester United in an epic penalty shoot-out, Gennaro Gattuso was pleased with his AC Milan side’s better than expected performance in the gameSpanish midfielder Suso cancelled out Alexis Sanchez’s opener after just three minutes with a clinical finish at Los Angeles’ StubHub Center in the first-half.And the scoreline would remain the same for the remainder of the match with neither managing to find the back of the net again with Fabio Borini coming closest to securing a winner for Milan, but he instead ended up hitting the base of the post.The Rossoneri eventually would lose 9-8 in a penalty shootout against United after a total of 26 spot-kicks were taken, in what was Milan’s first ever International Champions Cup game.“I was expecting less, I’m happy with the performance,” revealed Gattuso, according to Football-Italia.“I liked the mentality of the young players. We often started to play out from the back. I am very satisfied.“I liked almost everything. United were missing some important players, but we are young and need to continue on like this.“We were certainly helped by the absence of some United players.”? ⚽ 2⃣6⃣ Despite @PReina25‘s fantastic debut, we fail to survive PK marathon Relive our #ICC2018 debut ➡ https://t.co/UmGhJudaPw Monumentale esordio di Pepe Reina, ma ai rigori vince lo United Leggi il match report di #ACMMUFC ➡ https://t.co/azavLWsz07#DevilsInUSA ?? pic.twitter.com/1UGg0QzRbOharry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…— AC Milan (@acmilan) July 26, 2018Milan’s new goalkeeper Pepe Reina was outstanding, after coming on for Gianluigi Donnarumma in the second-half, and the Spaniard made an impressive three successive saves from Scott McTominay, Joel Pereira and Eric Bailly in the penalty shoot-out.“He has great experience. He can give us a lot both on and off the pitch,” Gattuso said on Reina.“Gigio [Donnarumma] did well too today. We have a lot of matches, now we will see if things stay like this or whether we’ll find another solution.”There have been concerns over Juventus’ capture of Cristiano Ronaldo lately, but Gattuso has welcomed the move.“His arrival in our football is very important. It’s been some years since one of the best players in the world came to Italy,” said the Italian.Milan will next face Tottenham on Wednesday at the U.S. Bank Stadium in Minnesota.last_img read more

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Facebook sued by DC attorney general over alleged privacy violations

first_imgFacebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg James Martin/CNET Facebook is being sued by the DC attorney general over allegations it failed to safeguard the personal data of its users.The company’s “lax oversight and misleading privacy settings” allowed UK political consultancy Cambridge Analytica to gain access to the personal information of Facebook users without their permission, according to the attorney general’s office. “Facebook failed to protect the privacy of its users and deceived them about who had access to their data and how it was used,” DC Attorney General Karl Racine said in a statement. “Today’s lawsuit is about making Facebook live up to its promise to protect its users’ privacy.”In March, revelations surfaced that Cambridge Analytica, which had ties to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, had improperly gained access to the data of up to 87 million Facebook users. The consultancy obtained the data from a personality quiz app called “thisisyourdigitallife,” which was billed as “a research app used by psychologists.”The DC lawsuit alleges that Facebook failed to properly monitor data-gathering by third-party apps and that its privacy settings aren’t easy for people to use. The lawsuit accuses Facebook of violating DC’s consumer protection law. Facebook is “reviewing the complaint,” a company spokesperson said in a statement, and looks “forward to continuing our discussions with attorneys general in DC and elsewhere.”The lawsuit comes as Facebook is grappling with concerns about whether it’s done enough to protect the privacy and security of the data its users share on the social network. Meanwhile, lawmakers and regulators have been under pressure to take action against the tech giant. On Tuesday, The New York Times reported that Facebook gave greater access to user data than was previously disclosed, allowing Netflix and Spotify to read Facebook users’ private messages. Last week, Facebook said a bug may have exposed to outside developers the private photos of up to 6.8 million of its users. The Honeymoon Is Over: Everything you need to know about why tech is under Washington’s microscope.Infowars and Silicon Valley: Everything you need to know about the tech industry’s free speech debate. Facebook Politics Tech Industry Tags Post a comment 0 Share your voicelast_img read more

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US Biliary Stents Market New Innovation Including Key Players Like Abbott

first_imgU.S. Biliary Stents  Market report contains all study material about overview, growth, demand and forecast research report in all over the world. This report offers some penetrating overview and solution in the complex world U.S. Biliary Stents  Market in global market.The U.S. biliary stents market was valued at $316 million in 2017 and is expected to reach $474 million by 2025, growing at a CAGR of 5.2% from 2018 to 2025. A biliary metal stent also known as a bile duct stent is a flexible metallic tube specifically designed to open a patient’s bile duct that has been blocked or partially blocked. A biliary stent is inserted to reduce or eliminate the blockage. Once it is in place in the obstructed part, the stent expands and opens the channel so that fluids can continue to move to the intestine. Metallic stents are generally made with cobalt-chromium (stainless steel) or an alloy, including nickel-titanium (nitinol), which is a shape memory alloy.Get Sample Copy of this Report @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/request-sample/2963651?utm_source=htn&utm_medium=ABThe major companies profiled in the report include Abbott Laboratories, Boston Scientific Corporation, Conmed Corporation, Cook Medical, B. Braun Melsungen AG, Medtronic plc, Terumo Corporation, Merit Medical, Olympus Corporation, and Becton, Dickinson and Company. The other players included in the value chain analysis (but not included in the report) are Taewoong Medical Co., Ltd., Biosensors International Group, Ltd., and others.Key Benefits for StakeholdersThe report provides an extensive analysis of the current market trends and future estimations of the U.S. biliary stents market.The U.S. biliary stents market top player positioning is comprehensively analyzed in the report.The U.S. biliary stents market share is comprehensively analyzed with respect to the application, type, and end user.U.S. biliary market growth analysis by type helps understand the significance of the different types of biliary stents available in the market.Key manufacturers involved in the U.S. biliary stents market are listed and analyzed in this report to understand the competitive scenario of the market.Key Market SegmentsBy Typeo Metal biliary stentso Plastic biliary stentsBy Applicationo Malignant obstructiono Benign biliary strictureso Biliary leakso OthersBy End Usero Hospitalso Ambulatory surgical centerGet a discount on this research report @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/request-for-discount/2963651?utm_source=htn&utm_medium=ABAbout 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

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WATCH Bryan Ruízs goal lifts Sporting Lisbon to next round of Europa

first_imgRelated posts:Bryan Ruíz scores another golazo in Portugal Cup Costa Rica’s Keylor Navas named CONCACAF’s Player of the Year WATCH: Costa Rica’s Bryan Ruíz scores beautiful goal for Sporting Lisbon in Europa League WATCH: Costa Rica’s Joel Campbell scores his first home goal for Arsenal Costa Rica’s football stars are delivering some clutch performances for their European clubs. Just one day afterstriker Joel Campbell helped Arsenal qualify for the Champions League Round of 16, another Tico led his team to advance in a European tournament.Bryan Ruíz, the Costa Rican captain and forward for Portuguese club Sporting Lisbon, scored in the 71st minute of his club’s decisive Europea League group stage match against Turkey’s Besiktas on Thursday with a powerful strike that gave Lisbon a 2-1 lead. Despite being down 1-0 at halftime, Ruíz’s club ended up winning 3-1 over the Turks, making Sporting Lisbon one of two qualifiers from Group H that will advance to the tournament’s Round of 32.Ruíz, who registered an assist on the first goal in the 67th minute, came back minutes later to give Sporting an advantage it wouldn’t let go of.https://vine.co/v/iZhAwXxugMvHeading in to the match, Besiktas held a two-point advantage over Lisbon, meaning a win or a tie would have sent the Portuguese side home early. But thanks in large part to Ruíz’s brilliance on the first two Lisbon goals, it’s Besiktas that is eliminated from the next round of Europa League action.Ruíz and company will return to action on Feb. 18 to play the first of two legs against an opponent that is still to be decided.Russia’s Lokomotiv Moskva, who Ruíz scored against in Lisbon’s last Europa League outing, won Group H with 11 points. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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AP MollerMaersk predicts better 2012

first_img More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements The Copenhagen-based group also says 2012 financial results would be “slightly above the result of 2011. “Maersk shares dropped 0.4 percent in Copenhagen trading Tuesday morning to 40,600 kroner ($6,722).(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Top Stories center_img Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) – Danish shipper and oil group A.P. Moller-Maersk says it expects to do better this year than last despite reporting a 2 percent drop in second-quarter earnings to 20.67 billion kroner ($3.42 billion).The world’s largest container shipping company says revenues for the three-month period were up 11 percent to 88.82 billion kroner from the same period a year earlier.CEO Nils S. Andersen says the company was “back on track” as container rates and its other core businesses have improved. Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day Four benefits of having a wireless security systemlast_img read more

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Dunkirk marks 75 years since massive Allied rescue mission

first_img Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Sponsored Stories Top Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Comments   Share   DUNKIRK, France (AP) — Veterans and European officials are marking 75 years since a huge operation to evacuate 338,000 troops trapped by advancing Nazi troops from the shores of Dunkirk in northern France, one of the most dramatic moments in British military history.Fishing trawlers and passenger ferries were among hundreds of private boats that helped the British Navy carry out Operation Dynamo to rescue Allied soldiers in 1940 and bring them across the English Channel. The difference between men and women when it comes to pain A remembrance ceremony Friday will honor more than 4,500 members of the British Expeditionary Force who died around Dunkirk. British officials will greet visitors aboard a paddle steamer that was among the ships involved in the operation, now moored in Dunkirk. The town fell to the Nazis in June 1940.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement The Little Ships en route to Dunkirk, France, to mark the 75th anniversary of Operation Dynamo Thursday May 21, 2015. Hundreds of fishing boats, pleasure yachts and lifeboats crossed the Channel from southern England between May 26 and June 4 1940 to help evacuate British and Allied forces from the beaches of northern France. Over 330,000 British and Allied troops were rescued. (Gareth Fuller/PA via AP) UNITED KINGDOM OUT Top holiday drink recipeslast_img read more

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Malaysias agrotourism approach

first_img“Malaysia’s rich cultural heritage, warm hospitality and diverse natural landscape has resulted in a trend towards agro-tourism and homestay programmes, as an increasing number of travellers seek authentic cultural experiences that take them away from the usual beaches and islands and slightly off the beaten track,” Tourism Malaysia marketing manager Peter Power said. Most famous for its idyllic islands and pristine beaches, Malaysia tourism experts are expanding their marketing and promotional strategies to focus on agro-tourism, retail, cuisine and the increasingly popular homestay programmes to offer visitors a more well-rounded cultural experience. The Malaysian homestay experience allows travellers the opportunity to live within a traditional Malaysian community, experiencing the Malay culture and day to day life; cooking, fishing, harvesting, farming and interacting with locals through a variety of traditional arts, crafts and activities for a truly enriching cultural experience. Ranking as the ninth most visited country in the world, Malaysia welcomed over 25 million tourists in 2012, including 500,000 Australians, and with numbers continuing to show a steady climb, Tourism Malaysia’s vision of reaching 36 million visitors in 2020 remains promising.center_img Source = ETB News: L.B. With plenty of events and festivals on the horizon as well as environmental diversity, world famous shopping and a wealth of cultural experiences on offer, Malaysia’s tourism industry performance remains strong as tourist arrival numbers continue to grow.last_img read more

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first_img<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>May the 4th 2018 heralded a weekend of celebrations of the Star Wars Universe across the globe, for Star Wars Day – and in a new festival across the County Kerry villages of Ballyferriter, Portmagee, Ballinskelligs and Valentia Island – Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way!The new festival celebrates Star Wars Day and the links between County Kerry and the renowned movie franchise. Ireland’s Star Wars journey, which began in Portmagee, County Kerry in 2014, has spanned some 2,000kms of the Wild Atlantic Way – from the south-western Skellig islands to Ireland’s most northerly point, Malin Head.The savage beauty of Skellig Michael, the legendary island off the coast of County Kerry, was introduced to the world when Rey finally tracked down the long-lost Luke Skywalker in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way was catapulted to global fame following the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, with Ireland’s dramatic coastal scenery wowing millions of Star Wars fans around the world in the box-office smash-hit.Fans in Ireland enjoyed outdoor drive-in movie screenings, guided film location walks, children’s workshops, a special céilí for Star Wars fans (fancy dress encouraged!) and more, all set against the breathtaking backdrop of the west Kerry coast, which featured in the latest movie installation, Star Wars: The Last Jedi. festivalIrelandsStar Warslast_img read more

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