6 IAF personnel, civilian killed in helicopter crash in Budgam

first_imgSix Indian Air Force (IAF) personnel, including the pilot and the co-pilot, and a civilian were killed in the Mi-17 V5 helicopter crash in Budgam on Wednesday morning. Meanwhile, two Jaish-e-Muhammad militants were killed in an encounter in Shopian. According to the IAF statement, the IAF helicopter got airborne from the Srinagar airfield at 10 a.m. for a routine mission and crashed around 10:10 a.m. at Budgam’s Garend Kalaan village. “All six air warriors onboard the helicopter suffered fatal injuries. A Court of Inquiry has been ordered to investigate the accident,” said the statement. The police said one civilian, Kifayat Ganaie, was also killed in the crash. Initial reports suggested it developed a technical snag in the air and swirled to the ground. The location in Budgam is not far way from the Srinagar airport. Locals told The Hindu they heard two loud explosions and a fire of ball emerging from an open field, with a residential colony nearby. Locals rushed to the spot and video-graphed the incident on the mobile phones.  2 Jaish militants killed in encounter Meanwhile, the police said two Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) militants were killed in an operation. “Based on a credible input about the presence of militants in Shopian’s Memender, an operation was launched. The search party was fired and two militants were killed in retaliatory fire,” said the police. The slain militants were identified as Suhail Nazir Mir from Shopian’s Saidapora-Payeen and another as foreigner from Pakistan. “They were involved in conspiring and executing several  militant attacks,” said the police.last_img read more

Updated: Over Scientists’ Objections, Japan Adopts State Secrets Law

first_imgJapanese scientists and academics are warning that legislation threatening prison terms for those who divulge and publish what the government deems a state secret threatens academic freedom and the public’s right to know.The bill has been rushed through Japan’s parliament so quickly that opponents have had little time to react. The lower house of the Diet passed the bill on 26 November, and the upper house approved the bill on 6 December.That fast track gave scientists little time to voice their opposition. A hastily formed ad hoc group of about 30 scholars—including Nobel laureates Toshihide Maskawa, a physicist now at Nagoya University, and Hideki Shirakawa, a chemist and professor emeritus at the University of Tsukuba—issued a statement [in Japanese here] on 28 November saying the secrecy law “threatens the pacifist principles and fundamental human rights established by the constitution and should be rejected immediately.” The statement further says, “Even in difficult times, protecting the freedom of the press, of thought and expression and of academic research is indispensable.”Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Maskawa and others held a press conference on 3 December to draw attention to the issue. Since then, more than 3000 academics have signed the group’s statement, says Chiba University historian Hiroaki Ozawa, one of the organizers. On 2 December, The Japan Scientists’ Association expressed similar concerns [Japanese pdf here] about the possible impact on scientific research.Virtually all of Japan’s mass media outlets, many nongovernmental organizations, legal organizations, and even some prefectural legislatures officially oppose the bill. Polls show that the general public doesn’t like it, either. But the ruling coalition of the Liberal Democratic and New Komeito parties, led by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, has used its majority in both houses of the Diet to brush aside opposition. Using a parliamentary maneuver, a committee of the upper house cut off debate on the bill on 5 December. The upper house approved the bill the next day.Under the new law, government employees who leak secret information could face up to 10 years in prison; journalists who solicit such information could get 5-year sentences. Opponents object to the vagueness of what constitutes state secrets and the absence of any third-party oversight on what government officials can designate a secret. The administration maintains that the law is intended to bolster national security, protect diplomatic efforts, and fight terrorism and espionage. Scientists are worried about a loss of academic freedom.In an interview with the Asahi Shimbun newspaper on 27 November, Maskawa agreed that the country needs to be able to keep sensitive information secret. But he worries that the broadly written bill could be extended to prevent public and academic scrutiny of information related to controversial policy issues.As one example, many scientists are pointing to what they view as the government’s tardy and incomplete disclosure of data from nuclear accidents. The most recent incident is the Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster of 2011. Maskawa pointed to a 1999 accident that killed two workers at a nuclear fuel processing plant in Tokaimura. Academic researchers want better information so as to independently verify the threat to public safety. “Rather than make something secret, security is better achieved by letting everyone have a look at it,” Maskawa told the newspaper. The scientists’ association will be looking at ways to limit the law’s implementation and other measures “to protect freedom of the press and of academia,” says Mitsugu Yoneda, an economist at Chuo University who is head of the group’s secretariat. “These are constitutional rights.” Ozawa says that concerned academics hope to convince the next administration to repeal the law.*Update, 8 December: This story was updated to reflect the upper house’s action on the bill on 6 December.last_img read more

Sunil Narine to play for Kolkata Knight Riders in Champions League T20

first_imgWest Indies spinner Sunil Narine will play for Kolkata Knight Riders in the Champions League Twenty20 to be held in South Africa in October.Narine, who represented Trinidad and Tobago last year, played a pivotal role in the Knight Riders’ victorious campaign in this years IPL, taking 24 wickets to emerge as the second highest wicket-taker in the tournament.However, a report in the Trinidad Express last week stated that he, along with Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard, would turn out for Trinidad and Tobago after the countrys sports minister declared that the government would compensate the players appropriately in order to field a full-strength squad.Pollard and Bravo played for Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings in last year’s Champions League T20. Trinidad and Tobago, who received compensation of $1.1 million for releasing both players, failed to progress beyond the group stages.Like last year, they will need to play in a qualifying round with the top two teams progressing through to the main tournament. The team topped their qualifying group last year.last_img read more

Denmark Open: Kidambi Srikanth beats Lin Dan to reach quarter-finals

first_imgWorld No.8 Kidambi Srikanth came from behind to beat Lin Dan to reach the quarter-finals of the Denmark Open on Thursday.Srikanth took 1 hour and 3 minutes to register a thrilling win over world No.12 Lin Dan 18-21, 21-17, 21-16.This was their first meeting since the 2016 Rio Olympics quarter-final clash, where the Indian suffered a close defeat.Srikanth looked much calmer and wiser in his sensational victory over the Chinese superstar.King Kidambi tames Super Dan!One game down & then a brilliant come back by @srikidambi ensured #LinDan crashes out of #DenmarkOpenSuper750 Defending champion,Srikanth won the match 18-21;21-17; 21-16 to secure a QF berth & 2nd career win against the mighty Dan. #IndiaontheRise pic.twitter.com/hASePHe89hBAI Media (@BAI_Media) October 18, 2018Earlier, Sameer Verma pulled off a massive victory against Asian Games gold medallist Jonatan Christie of Indonesia to reach the quarter-finals in Odense.World No.23 Sameer took an hour and 10 minutes to upstage world No.13 Christie 23-21, 6-21, 22-20 in the last 16.This was Sameer’s second victory over Christie in as many meetings. The two last met in Vietnam Open 2015.Yet another powerpacked performance from Sameer Verma!India’s @sameerv2210 continues to dazzle at the #DenmarkOpenBadminton;defeats World No 13 @jonatan979 23-21; 6-21; 22-20 to reach the quarter finals. More power to you youngman! pic.twitter.com/rABs3NIlYfBAI Media (@BAI_Media) October 18, 2018Sameer and Christie remained neck-and-neck in the first game judging each other and playing each other all over the court.Sameer saved a game point and needed two himself to take the first game 23-21.advertisementHowever, Christie completely outplayed Sameer in the second game — a game where Sameer could win just two consecutive points.Christie forced the match into the decider with utmost ease but Sameer turned up once more in the final game.Sameer put up a much better show in the final game and even though Christie saved three match points, Sameer managed to take the match in his fourth opportunity and entered the quarter-finals.SAINA AND ASHWINI-SIKKI ALSO ADVANCESaina Nehwal advanced to the quarter-finals with a brilliant 21-15, 21-17 victory over world No.2 Akane Yamaguchi of Japan in just 36 minutes.Great to b on the winning side against the world number 2 from japan #AkaneYamaguchi 21-15 and 21-17 ….#DenmarkOpen2018 pic.twitter.com/8Pwp5KFhQiSaina Nehwal (@NSaina) October 18, 2018This was only the second victory for Saina over Yamaguchi in eight meetings. Saina had lost to the Japanese the last six times these two faced each other, the last one being a straight games loss in Malaysia Open this year.In the women’s doubles, Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy inflicted a massive upset in the tournament as they beat seventh seed Lee So Hee and Shin Seung Chan of South Korea 18-21, 22-20, 21-18 to advance to the quarter-finals.. @P9Ashwini / @sikkireddy in QF of #DenmarkOpenBadmintonGutsy fight back by the Indian doubles duo of Aishwini and Sikki; defeated 7th seed Korean doubles pair, Lee So Hee/Shin Seung Chan 18-21; 22-10; 21-18 to reach the quarters. Way to go girls! #IndiaontheRise #badminton pic.twitter.com/RUJHIZvbncBAI Media (@BAI_Media) October 18, 2018Ashwini and Sikki put all their might in the second and third games to notch up a come-from-behind victory against the South Koreans.last_img read more

WATCH: St. Etienne fans riot after Fekir strike

first_imgOlympique Lyonnais VIDEO: St. Etienne fans riot after Fekir’s Lyon derby celebration Ben Spratt Last updated 2 years ago 08:13 11/6/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Olympique Lyonnais Ligue 1 Saint-Étienne v Olympique Lyonnais Saint-Étienne Videos Home supporters invaded the pitch against their city rivals as Nabil Fekir celebrated the visitors’ fifth goal, but the player had no regrets Nabil Fekir insists he does not regret the goal celebration that prompted Saint-Etienne fans to invade the pitch and cause a lengthy delay late in Lyon’s 5-0 derby win.A section of the Saint-Etienne support had targeted the Lyon players on their arrival at Stade Geoffroy-Guichard and the mood did not improve as the visitors tore their rivals to shreds.Fekir scored twice, while Memphis Depay, Mariano and Bertrand Traore were also on target, and the home crowd then reacted angrily when the Lyon captain took off his shirt to point to his name – as Lionel Messi famously did for Barcelona at Real Madrid last season. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player A stoppage of over half an hour followed as fans entered the pitch, but Fekir – who had taken a knock in the challenge that saw Leo Lacroix dismissed – refused to apologise afterwards.”It’s a gesture they did not like,” he told Canal+. “I celebrated like that. There was no ulterior motive, no malice.”Maybe it’s not the right move to make – it was 5-0 – but it’s still football. I was a little upset. It added a bit of spice, too. There was no need for [the reaction].”I do not regret the gesture.”AHOUUUUU ! pic.twitter.com/WQYu6KqUeG— Olympique Lyonnais (@OL) November 5, 2017Saint-Etienne remained sixth in Ligue 1 as Lyon returned to third in the table.last_img read more

Allegri denies Dybala rift

first_imgJuventus Juventus manager Allegri denies Dybala rift Tom Webber 08:02 12/24/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) PauloDybala - cropped Getty Images Juventus Paulo Dybala Juventus v Roma Roma Serie A Paulo Dybala was again among the substitutes as Juventus took on Roma, but Massimiliano Allegri assured there is no issue with the player. Juventus head coach Massimiliano Allegri insists there is no problem with Paulo Dybala after the star forward was again on the bench.Reports of a rift between Dybala and club have developed after Juve vice-president Pavel Nedved this month urged him to “make lots of sacrifices in his private life”.The Argentina international started and scored in the Coppa Italia victory over Genoa midweek but started among the substitutes for the third successive Serie A match as the Bianconeri overcame Roma 1-0 on Saturday. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Dybala was not granted a single minute by Allegri, but he reiterated his desire to keep the 24-year-old fresh for the entire season.”There is absolutely no problem – the problem would be not having him,” Allegri told Premium Sport.”He has done a lot and will do a lot more for Juventus, but right now I’m choosing other players that are just as important as him. The season is long.”We needed more solidity tonight because Roma are a very physical team, that’s all.”But Paulo is finding the ideal physical and mental form. He plays in a great team and respects the decisions. It’s a moment, but it’s absolutely not a problem.”Paulo Dybala Juventus bench 23122017Alessandro Florenzi hit the crossbar and Patrik Schick – who saw a pre-season move to Juve fall through due to a failed medical before joining Roma – was unable to beat Wojciech Szczesny in a one-on-one deep in second-half stoppage time.Despite Roma being seven points adrift of leaders Napoli, who Juve trail by one, Allegri is not writing them off as challengers for the title.”We did not close the game out and in the final moments we suffered, partly because of ourselves and a bit because Roma are a great team,” he said.”I have to congratulate the boys, we have rediscovered our mentality. We could’ve done something more, but winning 1-0 is always nice.”Roma and Napoli are ahead of the others [in the Scudetto race] and they are used to fighting for the title, but I do not exclude Inter and Lazio.”last_img read more

7 days agoTottenham boss Pochettino demanding more from Kane

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Tottenham boss Pochettino demanding more from Kaneby Paul Vegas7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is demanding more from Harry Kane.England captain Kane will also wear the armband for Tottenham over the next few months while Hugo Lloris recovers from injury. Pochettino said: “Harry has a good example with Hugo, working with him. I think he learned a lot from Hugo. He is young but he is learning a lot from different people and he is very mature. He is capable.“But he does not need to feel too much pressure. He needs to act natural. The most important thing is to not show too much the responsibility on your shoulders, to act natural. When you act natural, if you are a natural leader, you don’t feel the responsibility.“When you do what you feel, what you feel here in your heart, it’s natural. The problem is if you need to act. If you are not a real leader and you need to act, you spend energy thinking: ‘How do I need to face this problem?’“But if you trust in yourself and you are a natural leader, that, I promise, you don’t feel the responsibility.” last_img read more

PSG and Chelsea battle for €40m Paredes

first_imgLeandro Paredes is keen on a move to either Paris Saint-Germain or Chelsea and has agreed with both clubs on the terms of a proposed move but Zenit are holding firm on a fee of around €40m (£36m/$46m), Goal understands.PSG have long held an interest in the Argentina international, who emerged as a Chelsea target this month when Cesc Fabregas left the club on a free transfer to join Monaco.As reported on Goal earlier in the week, Zenit are yet to allow talks between Chelsea and their player over around a €10m (£9m/$11m) difference in valution of him.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? The Premier League club’s initial approach for 24-year-old was €30m (£27m/$34m), but there is caution over Zenit’s position to encourage a bidding war.Maurizio Sarri was once again clear ahead of his side’s match away at Arsenal that he would like to see a replacement come in for Fabregas.“You know my opinion about the replacement of Cesc,” Sarri said.”We need a replacement, in my opinion. Marina knows very well my opinion. So I’m not frustrated at the moment.”Chelsea are also working on a deal to bring in Gonzalo Higuain and have reached an agreement with Juventus. Their deal hinges on Milan getting a replacement in for Higuain, which is expected to be the €40m (£36m/$46m) rated Krzysztof Piątek.They also need to offload Alvaro Morata, who has an agreement with Atletico Madrid, but the Blues have yet to agreed the deal on their side.Meanwhile, they are also hoping to resist a £35m ( €40m/$45m) approach from Bayern Munich and agree a contract renewal with Callum Hudson-Odoi.PSG are also targeting Dortmund midfielder Julian Weigl but they believe they could accommodate both players in their squad.Additional reporting from Sabrina Belalmi, Ruben Uria and Romeo Agresti.last_img read more

Province Supports Maple Syrup Production

first_imgA Cumberland county maple syrup producer can expand his business, with a government lease for forested Crown land in Leamington. “It makes good sense to lease land with a large amount of sugar maples available to Nova Scotia maple syrup producers,” said Natural Resources Minister Zach Churchill. “It’s a good way to generate revenue from Crown land, while helping to create jobs that grow the economy.” Kevin McCormick’s family has worked in the local forests since the late 1800s and the family business responded to a February 2013 provincial request for proposals that would demonstrate proactive use of Crown land. “This lease will help us double our operation over time, up to around 40,000 maple taps, with the potential for two or three new full-time employees,” said Mr. McCormick. Kevin McCormick Sales and Service will pay the province an annual rent of about $1,500 for the 33 hectares, which is in line with private-sector agricultural rents. The 20-year lease has a renewal option of 20 years. There are more than 70 maple producers with over 300,000 taps in Nova Scotia, producing more than 140,000 litres per year. About 90 per cent of maple trees in the province are untapped. Crown land that has not been set aside for conservation or recreation can generate provincial revenues through forestry, agriculture, wind energy and communications and utility towers.last_img read more

Shooting in restaurant that left real estate broker dead may have been

first_imgTORONTO – Police say a 53-year-old man was shot dead at an upscale steak house in downtown Toronto Saturday night — the second shooting at that restaurant in two years.Det. Shannon Dawson says a gunman walked into the busy restaurant at about 9 p.m., approached the victim and shot him multiple times.The victim, real estate broker Simon Giannini, was taken to hospital and pronounced dead.Shannon says many customers fled the restaurant, Michael’s on Simcoe, in the wake of the shooting.Police are looking to speak with anyone who was there, especially those with cell phone footage of the incident.Dawson says police believe the shooting was targeted.Two years ago two masked men entered the same restaurant and shot a man and a woman.Both survived, but suffered serious injuries.last_img

HARRY POTTERTHEMED PARTY IN TORONTO NOW A WIZARDS BALL AFTER LEGAL TROUBLE

first_img Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment A Harry Potter-themed holiday ball set to take place in Toronto on Dec. 8 has been cancelled after its organizers ran into legal troubles with Warner Bros.“We have been dealing with a legal issue with Warner Brothers regarding this event,” the organizers said in a Nov. 30 letter posted to social media and their website. “We were told by the legal team of Warner Brothers that they have been shutting down events recently but they are willing to help us host this events (sic) without infringing on their copyright laws.”The event — which was billed the “Yule Ball & Yule Time Magic Market” after a fictional Hogwarts Christmas Day celebration — has now been rescheduled for Jan. 19 as a “Wizards Ball.” The original event, which was to take place at Toronto’s Exhibition Place, was advertised as including a “Magical Feast, Wand Class, Yule Time Wizard Market, Costume Contest, Photo Booth, DJ and Dancing.” Twitter Advertisementcenter_img Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Government Will Not Deduct 14 from Employees Wages for Pensions

Rabat – The government of Saad Eddine El Othmani has denied  that it will deduct 14 percent from the wages of public sector employees for their pensions starting January 2019.“The deduction is set at 1 percent of the emergency pension reform, with the state committing to a contribution of 1 percent as the operator,” read a statement from the government.Earlier this month, Moroccan news outlets reported that El Othmani’s government would deduct  14 percent from the wages of public sector employees for their pensions. The deduction was to come under Law No. 71.14 adopted by Abdelilah Benkirane’s government in 2016. The law also gradually extends the age of retirement from 60 to 63 years, starting in 2024.Read Also: Morocco To Deduct 14% from Government Salaries for Pensions in 2019Since 2014, the Moroccan pension fund (CMR) has been facing a deficit, and will operate on a “technical” deficit starting in 2018 and a total deficit in 2027.According to a report on social protection by the Economic, Social, and Environmental Council (CECE), CMR reserves will go bankrupt in 2044, and reforms are needed to ensure long-term financial balance.The decision angered public employees and labor unions who have been calling for a salary raise.Several labor unions and political parties called on the government to increase employees’ salaries and improve social dialogue unions and the government.The Al Istiqlal party presented recommendations to Parliament meeting in May, suggesting  protection of purchasing power and support for employment.The government has been calling for more social dialogue with citizens to minimize inequalities at the request of King Mohammed VI.In July, the King reiterated the need to reform Morocco’s development strategy. He also called the government to reinforce social dialogue, stating that it is “necessary and it should be an ongoing process.” Furthermore, he said, the cabinet should meet more frequently with labor unions, “regardless of the potential outcome of that dialogue.”Morocco’s public sector has approximately 700,000 employees. Over 580,000 work for the central government, 150,000 work in the urban communities, and 130,000 work in public institutions. read more

Treasury denies Democrats request for Trump tax returns

WASHINGTON — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has made it official: The administration won’t be turning President Donald Trump’s tax returns over to the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives.Mnuchin told Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal in a Monday letter that the panel’s request “lacks a legitimate legislative purpose.”In making that determination, Mnuchin said he relied on the advice of the Justice Department. He concluded that the department is “not authorized to disclose the requested returns and return information.”The move, which was expected, is sure to set in motion a legal battle over Trump’s tax returns. The chief options available to Democrats now are to subpoena the Internal Revenue Service for the returns or to file a lawsuit.Neal originally demanded access to Trump’s tax returns in early April under a law that says the IRS “shall furnish” the returns of any taxpayer to a handful of top lawmakers, including the chair of the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee.The White House and the president’s attorneys declined to comment on the deadline to turn over Trump’s returns.Trump has privately made clear he has no intention of turning over the much-coveted records.The president has told those close to him that the attempt to get his returns was an invasion of his privacy and a further example of what he calls the Democrat-led “witch hunt” — like special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe — meant to damage him.Trump has repeatedly asked aides as to the status of the House request and has not signalled a willing to co-operate with Democrats, according to a White House official and two Republicans close to the White House.He has linked the effort to the myriad House probes into his administration and has urged his team to stonewall all requests. He also has inquired about the “loyalty” of the top officials at the IRS, according to one of his advisers.Trump has long told confidants that he was under audit and therefore could not release his taxes. But in recent weeks, he has added to the argument, telling advisers that the American people elected him once without seeing his taxes and would do so again, according to the three White House officials and Republicans, who were not authorized to speak publicly about private conversations.Andrew Taylor And Jonathan Lemire, The Associated Press read more

United States actress English entrepreneur issue call at UN for climate action

The response to global warming “comes down to a question of values and I think it’s important on a personal level to really examine the ramifications of our actions and of our daily choices,” Ms. Hannah said at a press briefing on the occasion of a General Assembly climate change debate which kicked off today.“I’m thrilled to see that people are finally starting to recognize the urgency of the situation,” the actress, famous for her work in films like “Splash” and her support for renewable energies, noted.Speaking at the same briefing, Mr. Branson proposed the creation of an “international war room,” a politically-independent gathering of scientists, economists and others to catalyze the public sector, businesses, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and governments to act on a large scale.“The war room will be a unique combination of entrepreneurial muscle, the best possible data and the power to mobilize resources and influence policy,” he said.Mr. Branson, whose company has offered a $25 million prize to encourage scientists and inventors to figure out how to extract carbon from the environment, also underscored the necessity of finding a technical solution to the issue of global warming.In a separate press conference, the top UN climate change official urged increased financial investment and technological innovation to tackle the issue.Yvo de Boer, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), said that they are “the glue that connects action on the part of developed and developing countries.”Increased financing and emphasis on technology “is not going to come unless rich countries take on ambitious reduction targets and the money is not going to be spent and the technology is not going to be driven unless developing countries put in place real measurable and verifiable mitigation action,” he pointed out. 11 February 2008American actress Daryl Hannah and Sir Richard Branson, Founder and Chairman of the Virgin Group, appealed in New York today for concerted global action to face the challenges posed by climate change. read more

Media report about UN envoy in Sudan complete fabrication declares mission

1 March 2009The United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) has strongly protested a report in today’s Al-Raed newspaper alleging that Special Representative Ashraf Qazi admitted that the Mission provided information about the country to the International Criminal Court. “The report is a complete fabrication,” the Mission said in a statement issued in Khartoum, referring to the report headlined ‘Qazi admits UNMIS provided information to the ICC about Sudan.’ According to UNMIS, the Al-Raed report is a distortion of a recently published Egyptian magazine article, entitled ‘I did not provide the ICC with reports on Al-Bashir-SRSG.’The Mission questioned Al-Raed’s motive in misrepresenting Mr. Qazi, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Sudan and head of UNMIS, on so sensitive an issue at this particular time.The International Criminal Court is due to announce its decision on the application for an arrest warrant against Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir on charges of war crimes in Darfur on 4 March.“UNMIS calls upon Al-Raed to correct this flagrant example of misreporting which, in the Mission’s view, verges on disinformation,” the statement said.The Mission added that it has repeatedly urged media to uphold standard journalistic practices and to check with the UNMIS Spokesperson’s Office when reporting on UNMIS-related matters. read more

Actress plays down assault seen on viral video

The man places his foot on her neck and assaults her a number of times. A Sri Lankan model/actress has played down a video showing her being assaulted by a man.Piumi Hansamali told Colombo Gazette (Sinhala) that the assault had taken place some four months ago and that she had not filed a Police complaint. Hansamali is seen trying to get up but is pushed back to the ground.A witness is seen trying to mediate and stop the assault but the assault continues. The video going viral on social media shows her being pushed to the ground in a garden and assaulted by a man in the presence of at least one other person. Commenting on the video, Minister Dr. Harsha de Silva said that if the incident actually took place then it goes to show how inhumane some men in our society can be. (Colombo Gazette)Report by Ashanthi Warunasuriya read more

Brock welcomes first GAPP cohort

Brock is hosting 21 students from Brazil as part of the new Graduate Academic Preparation Program.ESL Service’s first cohort of GAPP students took a break from their studies to enjoy dragon boat racing recently.GAPP, the new Graduate Academic Preparation Program, welcomed 21 students from Brazil for its intensive eight-week program this summer. The students are part of the Ciência sem Fronteiras (CsF) scholarship program and are sponsored by the Brazilian government.GAPP prepares international students whose first language is not English for the academic demands of graduate and other specialized programs at Brock University, which they will start in September. GAPP concentrates on the development of academic skills such as critical thinking and synthesizing arguments and ideas, researching, referencing and plagiarism, academic presentations, discussion and debate, development of specialized vocabulary, academic note taking, and research papers and literature reviews.While studying at Brock, CsF participants can participate in a 3-4 month unpaid research, lab-based, or industry internship starting in January. During the internship, students are part of Brock International’s University Mentorship (UM) program and become part of the community of visiting scholars who come to Brock to collaborate on research and other scholarly activities.Students study and intern in biotechnology, chemistry and engineering, health and medicine, and the humanities and social sciences. read more

General Motors compensation expert extends deadline for filing of ignition switch claims

by The Associated Press Posted Nov 16, 2014 9:14 pm MDT General Motors compensation expert extends deadline for filing of ignition switch claims DETROIT – The lawyer hired by General Motors to compensate victims of crashes caused by faulty ignition switches is giving people another month to file claims.Kenneth Feinberg announced Sunday night that the deadline has been extended until Jan. 31, 2015.GM came under fire last week because the family of a Connecticut woman who died in a crash had not been notified by the company, even though GM linked her death to the faulty switches years ago.Feinberg says in a statement that the extension is being done out of an abundance of caution. He says notices about the compensation fund have been sent to nearly 4 1/2 million current and prior owners of Chevrolet Cobalts and other affected small cars. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Passport to dignity that schools represent may expire fast without emergency funding

The agency’s 711 schools, providing free basic education for Palestinian refugee children in the West Bank – including East Jerusalem – Gaza, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria – will open as planned in September.UNRWA operations have been hit hard by the United States decision at the beginning of the year to cut back its funding of the Agency by around $300 million. It constituted the largest ever reduction in funding in UNRWA’s history, leading to a severe financial crisis which threatened the existence of many of its critical assistance programmes; forcing cutbacks to its cash-for-work activities; and limiting the provision of assistance to only the most vulnerable. For Palestinians an education is a passport to dignity. This is not a good outcome, but it’s the best possible outcome – Chris Gunness, UNRWASince then, UNRWA has mobilised $238 million of additional funding from around the globe, but the money received so far only covers the Agency’s services until the end of September. Another $217 million is still needed to ensure that the schools stay open until the end of the year.Speaking to UN News on Thursday, UNRWA spokesperson Chris Gunness said that, despite the shortfall, the Agency felt obliged to open the schools on time: “For Palestinians an education is a passport to dignity. This is not a good outcome, but it’s the best possible outcome because the alternative would have been terrible, particularly for the next generation of Palestine refugees,” he said. “We are doing everything in our power to work with the donor community to ensure that we can implement and honour our historic mandate and mission,” added Mr. Gunness. A meeting of UNRWA’s Advisory Commission in Amman, Jordan, on Thursday was called to discuss ways to secure the resources needed to keep the schools running.Pierre Krähenbühl, Commissioner-General of the Agency, underlined the risks to regional stability posed by school closures and the importance of providing schooling for affected children, saying that “it is crucial to protect the fundamental right to education for Palestine refugee girls and boys, and the community’s unwavering attachment to learning and the development of skills.”Mr Krähenbühl called on Member States that have pledged funds, to transfer them as soon as possible, and for others to consider joining the effort to preserve UNRWA’s vital services to a very anxious Palestine Refugee community. read more

Prince Harry and Meghan Markles royal wedding the order of service in

I MEGHAN, take you, HARRY, to be my husband, to have and to hold , from this day forward; for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death us do part; according to God’s holy law. In the presence of God I make this vow.They loose hands. The boss in the roof over the Organ Screen bears the arms of King Henry VIII, who is buried in a vault beneath the Quire of the Chapel. St George’s ChapelSet in the Lower Ward of Windsor Castle, St George’s Chapel is a building of rare beauty, begun in 1475 by King Edward IV. FOLLOW LIVE COVERAGE OF THE ROYAL WEDDING HEREHere is the order of service for Harry and Meghan’s wedding in full:The Marriage of His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales with Ms Meghan Markle at St George’s Chapel Windsor Castle Saturday, 19 May, 2018 at 12 NoonThe following Pastoral Introduction is taken from Common Worship:A wedding is one of life’s great moments, a time of solemn commitment as well as good wishes, feasting and joy. St John tells us how Jesus shared in such an occasion at Cana, and gave there a sign of new beginnings as he turned water into wine.Marriage is intended by God to be a creative relationship, as his blessing enables husband and wife to love and support each other in good times and in bad, and to share in the care and upbringing of children. For Christians, marriage is also an invitation to share life together in the spirit of Jesus Christ.It is based upon a solemn, public and life-long covenant between a man and a woman, declared and celebrated in the presence of God and before witnesses.On this their wedding day the bride and bridegroom face each other, make their promises and receive God’s blessing. You are witnesses of the marriage, and express your support by your presence and your prayers. Your support does not end today: the couple will value continued encouragement in the days and years ahead of them. God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit, bless, preserve and keep you; the Lord mercifully grant you the riches of his grace, that you may please him both in body and soul, and, living together in faith and love, may receive the blessings of eternal life. Amen.All sit or kneel.The prayersThe prayers led by Archbishop Angaelos and The Reverend Prebendary Rose Hudson-Wilkin from the Nave.Faithful God, holy and eternal, source of life and spring of love, we thank and praise you for bringing HARRY and MEGHAN to this day, and we pray for them.Lord of life and love:hear our prayer.May their marriage be life-giving and life-long, enriched by your presence and strengthened by your grace; may they bring comfort and confidence to each other in faithfulness and trust.Lord of life and love:hear our prayer.May the hospitality of their home bring refreshment and joy to all around them; may their love overflow to neighbours in need and embrace those in distress.Lord of life and love:hear our prayer.May they discern in your word order and purpose for their lives; and may the power of your Holy Spirit lead them in truth and defend them in adversity. The Chapel, built in the striking English Perpendicular Gothic style of the period, was intended both to be a new and fitting home for the College of St George and the Order of the Garter (founded over a century previously in 1348), and to be a Royal Chapel in which the Sovereign and the Royal Family might worship God and to which they might come on various occasions-some solemn, and many, like today’s wedding or the Garter Service next month, celebratory-to receive God’s blessing and to hear prayer offered in God’s presence.The Opus Dei, or daily round of prayer, is offered by the members of the College who live in the precincts of the Chapel and whose duty it is to pray morning and evening for the Sovereign and the Companions of the Order of the Garter.There are twenty-three services each week, all of which are open to members of the public.Perhaps the Chapel’s most striking feature is the vaulted stone roof of very wide span, held up only by the light and graceful walls and the external flying buttresses.Most of the coloured bosses on the roof of the Chapel bear the badges and arms of King Henry VII and those of his servants who helped to build part of the Chapel, finished in 1528. At 11.42 am Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall arrive at the Galilee Porch and are received by the Vice-Dean who presents the Canons of Windsor and the Archbishop of Canterbury. Those in the Quire stand as they are conducted to their places.At 11.45 am the Mother of the Bride, Ms Doria Ragland, arrives at the Galilee Porch and is received by the Dean of Windsor and is conducted to her seat in the Quire.At 11.52 am Her Majesty The Queen arrives at the Galilee Porch and is received by the Dean of Windsor who presents the Canons of Windsor and the Archbishop of Canterbury. Those in the Quire stand as Her Majesty is conducted to her place in the Quire.A fanfare will sound.All stand as the Choir and Clergy move in procession to the Quire. The Lady Companions do not bear arms. On the back of the stalls are nearly 800 plates which commemorate Knights of the Garter past and present.On the High Altar is a jewelled Cross, given by Queen Victoria, and two silver gilt candlesticks dating from the reign of King Charles II. Also displayed are three gilt dishes of very great size, elaborately embossed; one was intended to have been the gift of Mary of Orange, sister of King Charles II, while the other two smaller dishes are the gift of Anne Hyde, Duchess of York, wife of the future King James II.Looking down on the Quire from above is the wooden oriel window installed in the Chantry Chapel of King Edward IV by King Henry VIII so that his Queen, Katherine of Aragon, might watch the ceremonies of the Installation of Knights of the Garter in the Quire below.The window bears the arms of Henry and Katherine and the intertwined Tudor Rose of England and the Pomegranate of Aragon.It has frequently been used as a Royal Pew or watching chamber and it was from this vantage point that Queen Victoria watched the wedding in the Chapel below of her son, the Prince of Wales, to Princess Alexandra of Denmark on 10 March 1863. It was at this same wedding that the fine East Window, created by Messrs Clayton and Bell in commemoration of the late Prince Albert, was first seen. St George's Chapel ReadingFrom the Song of Solomon, read by The Lady Jane Fellowes from the Nave:My beloved speaks and says to me: ‘Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away; for now the winter is past, the rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth; the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtle-dove is heard in our land.The fig tree puts forth its figs, and the vines are in blossom; they give forth fragrance. All remain seated.The proclamationThe Archbishop addresses the peopleIN the presence of God, and before this congregation, HARRY and MEGHAN have given their consent and made their marriage vows to each other. They have declared their marriage by the joining of hands and by the giving and receiving of rings. I therefore proclaim that they are husband and wife.The Archbishop joins their right hands together and saysThose whom God has joined together let no-one put asunder.The anthemAll remain seated while the Choir of St George’s Chapel sing the anthem.The Lord bless you and keep youTHE Lord bless you and keep you:The Lord make his face to shine upon you,to shine upon you and be gracious unto you.The Lord lift up the light of his countenance upon you,and give you peace. Amen.John Rutter (b. 1945)All remain seated.The blessing of the marriageThe Archbishop saysBlessed are you, O Lord our God, for you have created joy and gladness, pleasure and delight, love, peace and fellowship. Pour out the abundance of your blessing upon HARRY and MEGHAN in their new life together. Let their love for each other be a seal upon their hearts and a crown upon their heads. Bless them in their work and in their companionship; awake and asleep, in joy and in sorrow, in life and in death. Finally, in your mercy, bring them to that banquet where your saints feast for ever in your heavenly home. We ask this through Jesus Christ your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. PrayerGod of love, Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away.’Set me as a seal upon your heart,as a seal upon your arm; for love is strong as death, passion fierce as the grave.Its flashes are flashes of fire, a raging flame. Many waters cannot quench love, neither can floods drown it.If one offered for love all the wealth of one’s house, it would be utterly scorned.MotetAll remain seated while the Choir of St George’s Chapel sing the motetIf ye love meIF ye love me,keep my commandments,and I will pray the Father,and he shall give you another comforter,that he may ‘bide with you forever,e’en the spirit of truth.Thomas Tallis (1505-85)All remain seated.The addressThe address by The Most Reverend Michael Curry.All remain seated.Karen Gibson and The Kingdom Choir will sing ‘Stand by me’ from the West End of The Chapel.WHEN the night has come,And the land is dark,And the moon is the only light we see.No, I won’t be afraid.Oh, I won’t be afraid,Just as long as you stand, stand by me.So darling, darling, stand by me, The prefaceThe Dean of Windsor reads the preface.In the presence of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, we have come together to witness the marriage of HENRY CHARLES ALBERT DAVID and RACHEL MEGHAN, to pray for God’s blessing on them, to share their joy and to celebrate their love.Marriage is a gift of God in creation through which husband and wife may know the grace of God.It is given that as man and woman grow together in love and trust, they shall be united with one another in heart, body and mind, as Christ is united with his bride, the Church.The gift of marriage brings husband and wife together in the delight and tenderness of sexual union and joyful commitment to the end of their lives.It is given as the foundation of family life in which children are born and nurtured and in which each member of the family, in good times and in bad, may find strength, companionship and comfort, and grow to maturity in love.Marriage is a way of life made holy by God, and blessed by the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ with those celebrating a wedding at Cana in Galilee. Oh, stand by me.Oh stand, stand by me. Stand by me.If the sky that we look upon,Should tumble and fall,Or the mountain should crumble to the sea.I won’t cry, I won’t cry.No, I won’t shed a tear.Just as long as you stand, stand by me,Darling, darling, stand by me…Whenever you’re in trouble,Won’t you stand by me, oh stand by me.Oh stand, stand by me. Stand by me.Jerry Leiber (1933-2011) Ben E. King (1938-2015) and Mike Stroller (b. 1933)arr. by Mark Delisser (b. 1973)The VowsAll remain seated as the Archbishop leads the vowsHARRY and MEGHAN, I now invite you to join hands and make your vows, in the presence of God and his people.The Bride and Bridegroom face each other and join hands. The Bridegroom saysI HARRY, take you, MEGHAN, to be my wife, to have and to hold from, this day forward; for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death us do part; according to God’s holy law. In the presence of God I make this vow.The Bride says St George’s ChapelCredit:Getty Send her victorious,Happy and glorious,Long to reign over us,God save The Queen!The procession of the bride and bridegroomDuring the Procession the following is playedSymphony no. 1 in B-flat – Allegro William Boyce (1711-1779)Amen/This little light of mine – Etta James Jester Hairston (1901-2000) and Harry Dixon Loes (1892-1965)All remain standing during the Procession of the Bride and Bridegroom, until members of their families have left the Chapel.All remain standing as the Ecclesiastical Procession leaves by way of the Organ Screen and the North Quire Aisle.Thereafter please leave the Chapel as directed by the Lay Stewards.Those in the Quire should leave by way of the South Door in order to stand on Chapter Grass to view the Carriage procession on Chapel Hill. Marche Heroique – Sir Alfred Herbert Brewer (1865-1928)Prelude and Fugue in G Major, BWV 541 – Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)Psalm-Prelude Set 1, No. 2 – Herbert Howells (1892-1983)Symphony No. 4, Andante Cantabile – Charles-Marie Widor (1844-1937)Prelude on Rhosymedre – Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)From 11.10 am the Orchestra will play:Salut d’Amour – Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934)St Paul’s Suite, movement 4 – Gustav Holst (1874-1934)Lady Radnor’s Suite movements 2, 3 & 5 – Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry (1848-1914)Capriol Suite, movements 2, 3, & 5 – Peter Warlock (1894-1930)Fantasia on Greensleeves – Ralph Vaughan WilliamsSerenade for Strings, movement 1 – Sir Edward ElgarChanson de Matin – Sir Edward Elgar, arr. Benjamin Woodgates (b. 1986)TimingsAt 11.25 am Members of the Royal Family arrive at the Galilee Porch and are received by the Dean of Windsor who presents the Canons of Windsor and the Archbishop of Canterbury. Those in the Quire stand as they are conducted to their places.All sit.At 11.40 am The Bridegroom and his Best Man arrive at the West Door and are received by the Dean of Windsor. All stand as the Bridegroom and his Best Man are conducted to the Bray Chantry Chapel. The Archbishop of Canterbury – The Most Reverend and Right Honourable Justin WelbyCanon Steward – The Reverend Canon Dr Mark PowellCanon Precentor – The Reverend Canon Martin PollVice-Dean – The Reverend Canon Dr Hueston FinlayAll sitAt the entrance of the Bride, all stand.A fanfare will sound at the Bride’s arrival.The Bride, having been greeted by the Dean of Windsor, moves in procession through the Nave where she is joined by her Father, Mr Thomas Markle, to the High Altar. The Bridegroom and his Best Man await.IntroitPerformed by the Orchestra and Ms Elin Manahan Thomas (Soprano) with Mr David Blackadder (Trumpet).Eternal source of light divine,With double warmth thy beams display,And with distinguished glory shine,To add a lustre to this day.George Frederick Handel (1685-1759)All remain standing.At the High Altar, The Dean of Windsor greets the congregation.The welcomeThe Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,the love of God,and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you:and also with you.God is love, and those who live in love live in God and God lives in them.1 John 4. 16All sit. 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 great coloured glass West Window is one of the finest in England and is said to be the third largest in the country; in seventy-five lights, the vast majority of which date from between 1503 and 1509, it depicts a host of warrior saints, archbishops and kings and, in the bottom right hand corner, with hammer in hand the likeness of William Vertue the mason and architect responsible for the building of the Nave and Quire Vault.Those seated in the Quire of the Chapel are able to see one of the Chapel’s greatest treasures, the carved oak stalls dating from between 1478 and 1485.Each stall is a work of art and a triumph of craftsmanship, each unique in its detail.Above each of the Companions’ stalls hangs his or her banner and on the canopy of a Knight’s stall is his helmet and crest and sword of knighthood, symbolically half-drawn from its scabbard to show his readiness to take up arms in defence of the Sovereign and the realm. The hymnLord of all hopefulness, Lord of all joy,Whose trust, ever child-like,no cares could destroy,Be there at our waking, and give us, we pray,Your bliss in our hearts, Lord,at the break of the day.Lord of all eagerness, Lord of all faith,Whose strong handswere skilled at the plane and the lathe,Be there at our labours, and give us, we pray,Your strength in our hearts, Lord,at the noon of the day.Lord of all kindliness, Lord of all grace,Your hands swift to welcome,your arms to embrace, She answersI will.The Archbishop says to the congregationWill you, the families and friends of HARRY and MEGHAN, support and uphold them in their marriage now and in the years to come?All answerWe will.The Archbishop invites the people to pray, silence is kept and he saysThe collectGod our Father, from the beginningyou have blessed creation with abundant life.Pour out your blessings upon HARRY and MEGHAN,that they may be joined in mutual love and companionship,in holiness and commitment to each other.We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ your Son,who is alive and reigns with you,in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.Amen.All sit. Bid my anxious fears subside;Death of death, and hell’s DestructionLand me safe on Canaan’s side:Songs of praisesI will ever give to thee.William Williams (1717-91) ‘Cwm Rhondda’, John Hughes (1873-1932)Descant verse: James Vivian (b. 1974)The blessingAll remain standing as the Dean of Windsor says the blessing.God the Holy Trinity make you strong in faith and love, defend you on every side, and guide you in truth and peace; and the blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be among you and remain with you always. Amen.All remain standing.The organ plays as those who are signing the registers move from the Quire to the North Quire Aisle.All sit at the conclusion of the organ music.During the Signing of the Register the following is played by Mr Sheku Kanneh-Mason and the Orchestra:Sicilienne – Maria Theresia von Paradis (1759-1824) arr. Chris Hazell (b.1948)Apres un reve – Gabriel Faure (1845-1924) arr. Chris HazellAve Maria – Franz Schubert (1797-1828) arr. Chris HazellAll stand as the Bride and Bridegroom return to the Quire.National AnthemGod save our gracious Queen,Long live our noble Queen,God save The Queen! Marriage is a sign of unity and loyalty which all should uphold and honour. It enriches society and strengthens community.No one should enter into it lightly or selfishly but reverently and responsibly in the sight of almighty God.HARRY and MEGHAN are now to enter this way of life. They will each give their consent to the other and make solemn vows, and in token of this they will each give and receive a ring.We pray with them that the Holy Spirit will guide and strengthen them, that they may fulfil God’s purposes for the whole of their earthly life together.All stand. send your blessing upon Harry and Meghan,and all who are joined in marriage,that, rejoicing in your willand continuing under your protection,they may both live and growin your love all their days,through Jesus Christ our Lord.AmenWho is doing what?The service is led by The Right Reverend David Conner KCVO, Dean of Windsor.The marriage is solemnised by The Most Reverend and Right Honourable Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury.The service is sung by the choir of St George’s Chapel, conducted by Mr James Vivian, Director of Music, St George’s Chapel. The Organ is played byMr Luke Bond, Assistant Director of Music, St George’s Chapel, Windsor, and Mr Jason Richards, Organ Scholar, St George’s Chapel.The Cellist, Mr Sheku Kanneh-Mason is a British Cellist who won the 2016 BBC Young Musician of the Year award.The Orchestra is made up of musicians drawn from the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the English Chamber Orchestra and the Philharmonia, conducted byMr Christopher Warren-Green.For the Procession of the Bride, they are joined by:Ms Elin Manahan Thomas (Soprano) and Mr David Blackadder (Trumpet).Ms Karen Gibson and The Kingdom Choir.The State Trumpeters of the Household Cavalry. Music before the serviceFrom 10.35 am Mr Luke Bond, Assistant Director of Music, will play: The giving of the ringsHEAVENLY Father, by your blessing let these rings be to HARRY and MEGHAN a symbol of unending love and faithfulness, to remind them of the vow and covenant which they have made this day, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.The Bridegroom places the ring on the fourth finger of the Bride’s left hand and, holding it there, saysMEGHAN, I give you this ring as a sign of our marriage. With my body I honour you, all that I am I give to you, and all that I have I share with you, within the love of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.They loose hands and the Bride places a ring on the fourth finger of the Bridegroom’s left hand and, holding it there, saysHARRY, I give you this ring as a sign of our marriage. With my body I honour you, all that I am I give to you, and all that I have I share with you, within the love of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. SacristanThe Choir of St George’s Chapel, Windsor CastleThe Director of Music -Mr James VivianMinor Canon – The Reverend Franklin LeeChaplain to The Queen – The Reverend Prebendary Rose Hudson-WilkinCoptic Orthodox Archbishop of London – His Eminence Archbishop AngaelosPresiding Bishop and Primate of the Episcopal Church in the USA – The Most Reverend Michael Curry Be there at our homing, and give us, we pray,Your love in our hearts, Lord,at the eve of the day.Jan Struther (1901-53) ‘Slane’, Traditional Irish MelodyThe declarationsAll remain standing as the Archbishop leads the declarationsFirst, I am required to ask anyone present who knows a reason why these persons may not lawfully marry, to declare it now.The Archbishop says to the CoupleThe vows you are about to take are to be made in the presence of God, who is judge of all and knows all the secrets of our hearts; therefore if either of you knows a reason why you may not lawfully marry, you must declare it now.The Archbishop says to the BridegroomHarry, will you take MEGHAN to be your wife? Will you love her, comfort her, honour and protect her, and, forsaking all others, be faithful to her as long as you both shall live?He answersI will.The Archbishop says to the BrideMEGHAN, will you take HARRY to be your husband? Will you love him, comfort him, honour and protect him, and, forsaking all others, be faithful to him as long as you both shall live? Lord of life and love:hear our prayer.May they nurture their family with devotion, see their children grow in body, mind and spirit and come at last to the end of their lives with hearts content and in joyful anticipation of heaven.Lord of life and love:hear our prayer.Let us pray with confidence as our Saviour has taught usOour Father in heaven, hallowed be your name; your kingdom come, your will be done; on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours, now and for ever. Amen.All stand.HymnGuide me, O thou great Redeemer,Pilgrim through this barren land;I am weak, but thou art mighty,Hold me with thy powerful hand:Bread of heaven,Feed me till I want no more.Open now the crystal fountainWhence the healing stream doth flow;Let the fire and cloudy pillarLead me all my journey through:Strong deliverer,Be thou still my strength and shield.When I tread the verge of Jordan, The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby at St George's Chapel, Windsor, The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby at St George’s Chapel, WindsorCredit:Getty read more