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Krittika Biswas case: Congressman writes to Hillary Clinton

first_imgEven as the US state department reiterated that Indian diplomat Debashish Biswas’s daughter Krittika, who recently sued New York City for illegally detaining her, did not enjoy diplomatic immunity, voices are being raised in the United States over the controversy involving the teenaged Indian schoolgirl.Leading Congressman Gary Ackerman has written a letter to US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on the Krittika issue. The letter comes ahead of Clinton’s visit to India on July 19.Ackerman’s letter might be the impetus needed to get Clinton sort out the issue before she reaches India. Krittika’s lawyer Ravi Batra had also earlier written to Clinton seeking her intervention. He had said that he was under pressure to withdraw the case.In his letter to Clinton, Ackerman writes: “I hope that somebody can take the time to remedy…. this injustice that has befallen this young girl and her fine diplomat family.”On the other side, US state department spokesman Mark Toner on Tuesday reiterated that Krittika had been allowed to contact her parents during the night she was detained and was released the next day.”As I’ve said before, as a family member of a consular officer at the Indian consulate in New York, she did not enjoy immunity from arrest from criminal or civil jurisdiction under international law. Certainly though, we value our partnership with India and we attach great importance to the presence of all Indian diplomatic and consular representatives in the United States. And we sympathise with Ms Biswas and her family,” Toner said in his latest clarification.advertisement”I think she was allowed to call her family and her father, who was the consul general, I believe. She was allowed to contact them,” he added.Krittika, whose father was the vice counsel at the Indian consulate in Manhattan, had been jailed by the New York Police Department for “cyber bullying”, a crime she had not committed, on February 8. She later sued the New York City authorities for $1.5 million.The teen had claimed that she had been ill-treated in prison after being arrested on charge of sending obscene emails to her teachers at Queens High School. She had alleged that she was not allowed to use the bathroom for a long-time when she was in custody.For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more

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World T20: Told Hardik Pandya not to bowl yorker, says MS Dhoni

first_imgMahendra Singh Dhoni was all praise for young Hardik Pandya, who held his nerve during the last few moments and executed the instructions brilliantly by not bowling a yorker to Shuvagato Hom, which could have turned into a full-toss.”There were quite a few stuff we were discussing, one thing was for sure, we did not want him (Hardik) to bowl a yorker. It had to be a back of a length, but how back of a length, that was the question.”You don’t want to bowl a wide. We were deciding out field and I think he executed really well. It’s nice to have plans but the plan only looks good when it is executed well,” Dhoni said at post-match presentation ceremony. (How Pandya’s sensational last over helped India clinch thriller )Dhoni did not reveal his mid-pitch conversations with veteran Ashish Nehra.”I don’t want to say everything but the decision was what length to bowl, what line to bowl. If you are going for yorkers, what is the field and also keep in mind about the strength of the yorker. And also I knew, once the 20th over starts, you can take all the time you want. I can’t be fined,” Dhoni said cheekily.Dhoni also was sympathetic for Bangladesh’s best finisher Mahmudullah.”Often it does, at times you look to finish it with the big shot. And if you think you have wickets in hand, you think others can finish it. And when you are batting well, you go for your shots. It’s a learning curve for Mahmudullah as it happens with all finishers. That’s what cricket is all about, If that had gone for a six, it was a great shot. Great courage. That’s what cricket is. A commentator can have a look later and say whether it was a bad shot or not,” Dhoni said with his tongue firmly in cheek. (India got out of jail against Bangladesh, says Steve Waugh )advertisementDhoni also praised Jasprit Bumrah, who bowled an unbelievable 19th over.”Bumrah bowled really well, the second over that he bowled, he was under pressure, with the field restrictions. It was a reflection of his misfield and the dropped catch, but he had to forget about what happened and that’s what we told. I feel he is somebody who is very good with the yorkers and he did very well.”There were two occasions when we had to make the game and instead of using our part-timers and we bowled our frontliners. It was a very good bowling effort.”Man of the Match Ravichandran Ashwin admitted that the team was very tense during the final few overs.”We’ve never really got together and worried so much. I don’t have anything left. I am drained after today’s game. I will just crash now. Credit to Jasprit in the manner he bowled. He had put down a catch, he went for 22 in 2 overs. He was down but Bumrah came back for us.”I probably gave him a cheeky idea to try a Mankading in the end. We might have taken flak, but why not. We have not probably batted well.”Ashwin also gave his insight to what went on during the last delivery bowled by Pandya.”Before that ball, everybody got together and decided what we wanted to do. My idea was to bowl a bouncer, I think that’s the toughest ball to hit for a lower-order batsman. He missed it and we won the game,” Ashwin said. (Totally drained, want to crash in my hotel room: Ashwin )On Dhoni taking off the right gloves, Ashwin said: “It made sense to run to the stumps. It could have ricocheted off had he thrown with gloves on. If we didn’t win, we could have had a Super Over and lost the match. I thought when Mushfiq hit that boundary, I thought they would nudge it around. But Hardik held his nerve. He had to bowl the last over, he and Nehra bowled really well. The other choice was Yuvraj.”After we made 146, we knew we had a task. It was a small ground. The thing that was spoken in the huddle was they could take off or they could commit hara-kiri. Mushfiq wanted to lap him, but that slog was the game that sealed it. Mahmudullah’s shot was the pressure and credit to Jadeja that was a brilliant catch. This is one of those games where it was very tricky.”Initially, it was all about bowling good balls, but once Tamim was dropped, I knew we were on the back foot. When I came back, it was a catch-22, I didn’t know whether to go for wickets or contain. When I am confused, I just go for a wickets. I have seen one close game that was 2007 World Cup. This was it. It was the closest game.”advertisementBangladesh captain Mahsrafe Mortaza said that they lost the match in the last three balls. (Top Twitter reactions on India’s sensational win )”We were on top till the last three balls, we could have taken singles. But anyways, bad luck. The last three balls, we lost three wickets, we needed only two runs off three balls,” Mashrafe says.”Specially today it is really disappointing. Overall we played well, except Pakistan. Today it is disappointing.”last_img read more

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Kuldeep Yadav spins a web around West Indies to grab maiden 5-wicket haul in Tests

first_imgKuldeep Yadav registered his maiden five-wicket haul in Test cricket during the first Test between India and West Indies in Rajkot on Saturday. After West Indies were asked to follow-on by India, Kuldeep dominated the Windies completely.Ravichandran Ashwin picked the first wicket of the West Indies’s second innings in Kraigg Braithwaite. Since then though, it was Kuldeep who took over and absolutely ran through the Windies batting line-up.Kuldeep also became only the second Asian chinaman after Sri Lankan Lakshan Sandakan to pick a five-wicket haul in the traditional format of the game.In his fourth over, Shai Hope was Kuldeep’s first victim when he trapped him leg before wicket (lbw). Post that Kuldeep hardly let any batsman settle as he sent Shimron Hetmyer, Sunil Ambris, Roston Chase and Kieran Powell home.India vs West Indies: Live Blog | Live Cricket Score | ScorecardThe biggest two wickets of them all were of Roston Chase (20), who had scored a half century in the first innings and that of Powell (83), who was his fifth victim, as he was the only Windies player who looked settled.Here’s a look at all of Kuldeep’s five wickets:18.6 overs – Kuldeep to Hope, OUT! The 47-run stand is broken. Kuldeep Yadav it is and he gets his second of the match. Leg spinner pitched outside off, Hope goes onto his back foot and looks to work this to the on side. Gets beaten by the turn and is struck on his back leg. The Indians appeal and up goes the finger. This will give Yadav a lot of confidence.advertisement22.1 overs – Kuldeep to Hetmyer, OUT! Another one bites the dust. The Windies are wasting the decent start. They were 79/1 and now find themselves 97/3. They are playing positive cricket but are losing wickets. Kuldeep tosses this one on middle and leg, Hetmyer looks to goes on side but gets gets a leading edge towards point where Rahul takes a good low catch.22.4 overs – Kuldeep to Ambris, OUT! Stumped! Oh dear. Oh dear. Oh dear. What on earth is happening? Poor Windies. This bloke has faced just 2 balls and he is jumped out on his third. Not even to the pitch of the ball. Misses. Pant doesn’t. Ambris tries to go back but he is heading back to the dressing room instead. Pant is way too quick. He might have struggled to take catches but stumpings have been brilliant.29.3 overs – Kuldeep to Chase, OUT! Half the side down. Seems like someone has told them to get these runs today itself. Another loose shot. Full and outside off, Chase leans to drive but does not bother to keep it down. Lady Luck does not bother to keep him on the field. Straightforward catch to Ashwin at cover. Kuldeep cannot control his laughter. This is silly cricket.35.4 overs – Kuldeep to Powell, OUT! Edged and taken! MAIDEN TEST FIFER FOR KULDEEP! Number 6 is down and this one is of the set batsman – Powell. A beautiful ball. After the long hop on the previous ball, Kuldeep bowls this much fuller and the line is on the stumps. Kieran presses forward to defend but the ball spins away and goes straight off the face of the bat. Where? To the debutant standing at silly point. Prithvi Shaw is alert and takes it well. Fine knock from Powell, deserved a century.Earlier, India had managed to bowl Windies all out for a mere score of 181 in the first innings. Having put up a massive total of 649/9 themselves, India bowled business-like as Ashwin returned with figures of 4/37 and Mohammed Shami picked two wickets while Umesh Yadav, Kuldeep and Ravindra Jadeja picked a wicket each.With Windies still trailing by 468 runs, India captain Virat Kohli enforced the follow-on. While Windies did start with some intent, especially Powell showing solidity but it was only a matter of time before Kuldeep came and ran through them five.last_img read more

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College Basketball’s No. 1 Transfer, Kerry Blackshear, Makes Decision

first_img 247Sports’ Evan Daniels confirms the decision.Sources: Kerry Blackshear, the top available transfer, just committed to Florida | Story: https://t.co/wVWATJe80v pic.twitter.com/dJJcvMW6Qx— Evan Daniels (@EvanDaniels) June 27, 2019Blackshear took visits to Arkansas, Florida, Kentucky and Tennessee. He’s immediately eligible as a graduate transfer.The 6-foot-10 forward averaged 14.9 points, 7.5 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game for the Hokies last season. He put his name in the NCAA’s transfer portal after Buzz Williams left Virginia Tech for Texas A&M.This is a massive get for Mike White and Florida, which is coming off a second round loss in the NCAA Tournament to Michigan. Kerry Blackshear Jr. of the Virginia Tech Hokies.SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 22: Kerry Blackshear Jr. #24 of the Virginia Tech Hokies drives with the ball against Hasahn French #11 of the Saint Louis Billikens during their game in the First Round of the NCAA Basketball Tournament at SAP Center on March 22, 2019 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Yong Teck Lim/Getty Images)The No. 1 transfer in college basketball has reportedly made his decision and it’s somewhat of a  surprising one.Kerry Blackshear, a standout forward at Virginia Tech, was considering several major programs with his transfer decision, including Kentucky, which was believed by some to be the favorite following his visit to Lexington.The former Hokies star will reportedly be playing for a different SEC program, however.Blackshear has reportedly committed to Florida.last_img read more

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Suspect in Edmonton attack appears in court case adjourned until November

first_imgEDMONTON – It was a short court appearance this morning for a Somali refugee accused of attacking an Edmonton police officer before running down four pedestrians with a truck.The case against Abdulahi Hasan Sharif was adjourned until Nov. 14 so he can get a lawyer who can prepare a bail application.Sharif, who is 30, is charged with attempted murder, dangerous driving, criminal flight causing bodily harm and possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose.Edmonton police have raised the possibility of terrorism charges against Sharif because there was an Islamic State flag in his car and he was investigated two years ago for espousing extremist views.But the RCMP has said the investigation is complex, and no terrorism charges have been laid so far.Sharif said nothing during his brief time in court.last_img read more

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WUTANG CLAN TO HEADLINE MUSIC AND FOOD FESTIVAL FROM CHEF MATTY MATHESON

first_imgMeanwhile, the food offerings will include several U.S. pitmasters and more than 20 local restaurants and grab-and-go outlets, including pasta-makers Famiglia Baldassarre, snack bar Donna’s, gourmet hot dog booth Kungfu Dawg, sushi bar Skippa and restaurant Alma.Matheson says each vendor will offer a limited number of dishes starting at $6. Children 12 and under are free with a ticket-holding adult.Mattyfest lands at Toronto’s RBC Echo Beach, Sept. 7. Tickets go on sale Thursday.“Mattyfest started out in the basement of Parts & Labour as a joke festival for my birthday weekend. This time it’s a lot more than that. I want to share the love I have for my city — for all of you!” Matheson said Monday in a release.“I want to create a small little world of excellent food and music provided by some of my favourite people! I want this to be for Toronto; the city that has given me so much in my life!”———Online: Matty-fest.comThe Canadian Press Advertisement Matty Matheson Advertisement Facebook Toronto chef Matty Matheson is launching his own food and music festival, headlined by the Wu-Tang Clan.The restaurateur, cookbook author and TV personality says Mattyfest 2019 will be a family-friendly marriage of food and music, with a menu curated by the outspoken, tattooed Viceland star.Two music stages will also feature the Descendents, Gogol Bordello and Danny Brown, with other with acts including Turnover and Metz.center_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

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More than 441000 Moroccan Students to Sit for Baccalaureate Exam in

Rabat – Morocco’s Ministry of Education announced that 441,065 Moroccan students will sit for the Baccalaureate exam, an increase of 0.3% compared to last year. The exam will take place from June 11-14.The Ministryadded that of the 442,065 candidates, 108,767 are free candidates (25%), while 48% of the candidates are female. “The number of candidates in the scientific and technical category reached 244,776 candidates compared to 187,383 candidates in the literary field,” stated the Ministry. The number of candidates in the international field (French and English) increased to 24,979, compared to 18,326 in 2018, an increase of 36%.The number of candidates for the professional Baccalaureate has risen significantly this year compared to 2018 from 2,115 to 8,178 candidates. The candidates for the professional Baccalaureate are split into 19 divisions. The professional business saw an increase of 3,542 compared to last year’s 574. The industrial category increased by 282% from 1,394 to 3,927. The candidates for the professional services went from 147 in 2018 to 709 this year. Four-hundred candidates with special needs will sit for the exam this year compared to 242 in 2018. This year’s exam will see the Ministry of Education adopting the Baccalaureate exam specially designed for candidates with different kind of disabilities who will receive extra time and assistance if needed. The results of the Baccalaureate exam will be announced on June 29, 2019. Make-up exams will be held on the July 4-8, and the results will be announced on July 13, 2019. read more

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Security Council discusses border tensions between Djibouti and Eritrea

23 October 2008The Security Council heard calls today for the peaceful resolution of the current border dispute between Djibouti and Eritrea, which flared into fighting in the Horn of Africa in June that killed at least 35 people and left dozens of others wounded. Representatives of Djibouti and Eritrea outlined their positions to a Council meeting that also heard statements from the Council’s 15 members, in which they stressed the need for restraint and backed existing international efforts to mediate a settlement.Djibouti’s President Ismail Omar Guelleh, whose country requested the Council meeting, asked the panel to call on Eritrea to meet its international obligations and move to end the dispute, which centres on an undemarcated border in an area known as Doumeira. If not, he said, sanctions may be needed.The armed conflict erupted in early June after weeks of tensions and military build-up on both sides, and a subsequent UN fact-finding mission reported that the dispute had the potential to destabilize the entire region.Mr. Guelleh said Djibouti’s priority was to demilitarize the area and re-establish mutual trust by reactivating existing bilateral mechanisms and creating some sort of arbitration to demarcate the border.He said Eritrea had continued to reinforce its troops and refuse to negotiate since June, and Djibouti therefore had no choice but to mass troops at the border and defend its territory.Eritrea’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Ambassador Araya Desta, said his country had already dealt with Djibouti’s “unwarranted statements” at a previous Council meeting on the issue, adding that it was Djibouti that had provoked the conflict in June.Mr. Desta said Eritrea had exercised restraint and not taken any land belonging to Djibouti, and there had not been any new developments since the fighting four months ago.“Eritrea will not allow itself to be dragged into and invited to engage in a diversionary and fabricated conflict,” he said, noting that his Government stood ready to resolve the dispute.Eritrea refused to receive the UN fact-finding mission when it visited after the fighting, and consequently only Djibouti’s version of events was made available to it. The mission concluded that Djibouti was being drawn into a crippling and expensive military mobilization to deal with the situation. read more

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Eiffel Tower puts lights off to honour victims in Sri Lanka

The tower also went dark in May 2017, after an explosion at an Ariana Grandeconcert in Manchester, England, killed 22 people; in January 2015, to honor those who died in the attack on the satire magazine Charlie Hebdo; and in November 2015, in tribute to those who died in the terror attacks at six locations around Paris. On Easter Sunday morning in Sri Lanka, at least 207 people were killed and hundreds more wounded in a series of explosions set off by suicide bombers at three churches and four hotels. At the stroke of midnight in Paris, the Eiffel Tower went dark to honour the more than 200 people who died in the Sri Lanka bomb attacks, CNN reported.It’s a move the operators of the iconic landmark often make in tribute to causes and calamities.”Tonight, from 12:00 am, I will turn my lights off to pay tribute to the victims of the Sri Lanka attack,” a post on the tower’s Twitter account said. read more

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Annan hails continuing withdrawal of foreign troops from DR of Congo

In a statement released by a UN spokesman in New York, the Secretary-General encouraged the Governments of Rwanda, Uganda, Zimbabwe and Angola to continue with the withdrawal of forces, in accordance with recent agreements and relevant Security Council resolutions, and to share all information with the UN Organization Mission in the DRC (MONUC).”The Secretary-General urges all parties in the DRC to work in good faith towards an expeditious resolution of the conflict that has caused so much suffering,” the statement said. read more

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PetSmart says its 87B sale to BC Partners closes CEO David Lenhart

NEW YORK, N.Y. – PetSmart is going private, as a group of investors led by the buyout firm BC Partners completed their $8.7 billion acquisition of the pet store retailer.PetSmart says President and CEO David Lenhart is stepping down and Michael Massey is being named president and CEO. Raymond Svider becomes non-executive chairman.Massey is the former CEO of Collective Brands, which owns Payless ShoeSource, and Svider is managing partner at BC Partners.Activist hedge fund manager Jana Partners disclosed a stake in PetSmart in July and said it wanted to talk to the board about a possible sale. PetSmart agreed to consider a sale the next month.PetSmart accepted BC Partners’ offer in December. The deal values PetSmart at $83 per share, a 39 per cent premium to its closing price on July 2. by The Associated Press Posted Mar 11, 2015 11:45 am MDT PetSmart says its $8.7B sale to BC Partners closes; CEO David Lenhart steps down in deal AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Michigan born OSU hockey forward Nick Schilkey wears scarlet and gray close

OSU junior forward Nick Schilkey (7) during a game against Michigan on May. 6 at Nationwide Arena. Credit: Lantern File PhotoOhio State senior forward hockey captain Nick Schilkey wishes he had a dollar for every time he has been asked why he came to OSU from his home state of Michigan. If so, he said he would be as rich as another Buckeye: L Brands owner Les Wexner. The constant questioning will be worth it, however, if Schilkey is successful in his pursuit of a Big Ten championship and the program’s first berth into the NCAA tournament since 2009.  A native of Marysville, Michigan, Schilkey grew up playing in the Detroit area primarily with the nationally recognized HoneyBaked AAA program. It was his parents, Glen and Michelle, along with his other family ties that instilled the love for the game of hockey in him.“My dad always joked that he put me in skates before I could walk.” Schilkey said.His speed and agility — which led him to score 87 goals and assist on 85 others between the ages of 13 and 16 against NHL players Alex Galchenyuk of the Montreal Canadiens and Jacob Trouba of the Winnipeg Jets — caught the attention of OSU.It was not until his final year with HoneyBaked in 2010-11 that he realized college hockey was a legitimate option.“I don’t think I could ever look back at one of those teams and thinking to myself as being one of the best guys because we were so good,” Schilkey said.OSU was the first school to approach Schilkey about furthering his career in hockey. The program’s commitment to Schilkey, facilities and campus life sold him immediately, he said.“I go to different schools around the country and play and nothing beats what we have here,” Schilkey said. “I came down here and the coaches really wanted me to be here and I wanted to be here. This was the spot for me.”Before he moved to Columbus, Schilkey played junior hockey for two years, a common prerequisite for hockey players before beginning their college endeavors.After two seasons with the Green Bay Gamblers of the United States Hockey League, the top junior league in the U.S., Schilkey was ready to showcase his talents at OSU.The team he was recruited by, however, had changed by the time he arrived. In April 2013, OSU coach Mark Osiecki was fired and replaced by Steve Rohlik, who had been an Osiecki assistant.Schilkey was not deterred.“I was comfortable with the coaches because (Rohlik) was here,” Schilkey said. “For me, I didn’t think anything would change too much.”Rohlik recalled the recruitment of Schilkey, who stood out like maize and blue in a sea of scarlet and gray.“When you walked into the rink, you knew who Nick Schilkey was,” Rohlik said. “He’d get that puck and he’d be Mach 10 down the ice. He could score. One thing that always grabbed me is that he wanted it. He wanted the puck, he wanted to be involved, he wanted to be ‘the guy.’ There was no hesitation in his game.”Rohlik has continued to be impressed by Schilkey’s performances weekend after weekend.“You know what you’re getting when he touches the ice,” Rohlik said. “I know if I throw him out there, he’s going to give me everything that he’s got.”And it shows in his production, Rohlik said.In 108 career games, Schilkey has 43 goals and 48 assists. He has been voted team captain twice due to leadership that has rubbed off on his teammates.“Right away freshman year, I noticed that he never quits,” senior defenseman Josh Healey said. “He goes out there every shift and every time in the weight room and goes until he can’t go anymore. It really pushed me to be my best when I was around him … He’s a leader by example and guys follow that, it’s a credit to him.”So far this season, the team has followed him to an upset win over No. 3 Denver last Friday on its home ice, followed by a tie with Air Force the next night. As the Buckeyes head into the heart of the 2016-17 season, Rohlik said there is no one he would trust more to lead the team.“I think it’s in him right now that he wants to do something special before he leaves here,” Rohlik said. “He’s already had such a huge impact on this program, not only by being a great player, but by being a great person. I can’t say enough about him. He’s one of those guys, as a coach, you love having him in your program.” As for Schilkey, the legacy he wants to leave behind is a championship in his home state. The conference tournament will be hosted at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit for the final time in March.“To get this team back there and obviously it’s going to take a lot of leaders in the room, it’s going to take the team to accomplish that goal,” Schilkey said. “I think we’re excited for it. I think we’re confident in that this is one of the best opportunities we’ve had in my four years here. To leave on top is something everybody wants to do.”Ranked No. 19 in the latest uscho.com poll, Schilkey and the Buckeyes head to Oxford, Ohio, on Saturday to take on in-state rival Miami at Goggin Ice Center with the puck drop scheduled for 8:05 p.m. read more

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Stop phone boxes which are a Trojan horses for adverts councils say

first_img“As a result pedestrians are being bombarded with a series of eyesores that blight the public highway.“Councils are currently powerless to act, so we want the Government to overturn the existing out-of-date legislation and give local authorities the ability to take action where this is an issue.”Oxford Street and Edgware Road in Westminster, London have been particularly blighted along with  Lord Street, in Liverpool where there are 8 within a 125m stretch. Under the current law, companies only need a licence from Ofcom to install a telephone box.  Councils can object based on design and appearance but the final decision is made by the Planning Inspectorate.Councils say that the boxes also fall victim to anti-social behaviour and they are powerless to remove them even when they are out of use.  Telephone boxes are being used as Trojan horses to sell adverts, councils have complained as applications to install them have soared by 900 per cent. Despite a rise in mobile phones meaning that the street payphone is a “relic of a bygone era”, a planning loophole means that hundreds could be put up around the country to provide lucrative advertising space, the The Local Government Association (LGA) has warned. The LGA, which represents 370 councils in England and Wales, has now called on the Government to scrap permitted development, which allows telecoms companies to install boxes without planning permission. A sample of 12 council areas found that there were just 89 applications to install phone boxes in 2015 compared to 914 last year, a rise of more than 900pc.Cllr Martin Tett, the LGA’s Planning spokesman, said: “The rise of the smartphone and digital age has seen the telephone box become a largely obsolete relic of a bygone era.“While there is still a limited need for some telephone boxes in our town centres and cities, for example for emergencies, the number of applications councils have seen is simply staggering.“Companies are exploiting a loophole in the law to allow what is tantamount to Trojan telephone boxes being used as advertising spaces rather than the original purpose of providing a place for people to use a phone. 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.last_img read more

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Jimmy Page plays to planning committee Led Zeppelin guitarist makes plea in

Jimmy Page had three minutes to deliver his caseCredit:David Mirzoeff /PA Robbie Williams The application had been given the provisional green light.But the committee voted to defer its decision in order to add in a legal clause that would provide independent assessment of the vibrations caused by the work.  He is used to playing in sold-out stadiums before thousands of screaming rock and roll fans.But Jimmy Page was playing to a rather different crowd on Tuesday night – the suited and booted planning application committee of Kensington and Chelsea Borough Council.The Led Zeppelin guitarist pleaded with councillors to reject a planning application lodged by his next door neighbour, Robbie Williams.The two stars have been embroiled in a bitter dispute that has dragged on for nearly four years as Page has tried to block Williams from building a huge basement, including a swimming pool, underneath the garden of his luxury £17.5millon west London homePage was given three minutes to put forward his case and read from carefully prepared notes, to ensure he did not “go rambling on”, and followed the words with his finger. Jimmy Page has owned Tower House in west London since the 1970sCredit:David Mirzoeff /PA Jimmy Page had three minutes to deliver his case 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. He described his home as “wonderful”, but “fragile”, and expressed concerns that the vibrations caused by drilling a 26ft (eight metre) deep basement would irreparably damage the interior of his home. Tower House Page stated that during test drilling the whole building shook.“I feel it’s my duty to protect the house. I really do,” he added. “It’s very dear to me. It’s under my watch.” Robbie Williams is involved in a planning battle with Jimmy PageCredit:Neil Mockford /GC Images “My name’s Jimmy Page, but that’s not important,” he began.“What is important is that I have been the owner of Tower House since 1972.“It’s one of only 18 Grade I listed buildings in the borough. It’s highly vulnerable.” read more

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Duke and Duchess of Sussex surprise sports fans with a visit to

The Duchess of Sussex surprised sports fans on Saturday afternoon as she made an unexpected, All-American appearance at the baseball.The Duchess joined her husband, who had previously been announced as attending alone, to watch the New York Yankees play the Boston Red Sox at London Stadium.Prince Harry sported a black Invictus Games polo shirt, which Meghan matched with a black dress and belt teamed with flat shoes.The couple were greeted before posing all-smiles with both teams in a group shot. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex even accepted a gift for baby Archie: a baseball shirt with his name printed on it. In good spirits, the Duchess of Sussex hugged players, as an amused Harry looked on. It was a rare public appearance for the Duchess since the birth of the couple’s first child, Archie Mountbatten-Windsor, on May 6.Earlier this month, she appeared at Trooping the Colour to mark the Queen’s official birthday, but did not take part in the state visit of President Donald Trump. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrive to attend the Boston Red Sox vs New York Yankees baseball game at the London Stadium The Duchess hugs members of the Red Sox team The Duke and Duchess of Sussex with the Boston Red Sox at London Stadium The Duke and Duchess of Sussex with the Boston Red Sox at London StadiumCredit:Peter Nicholls /PA The Duchess hugs members of the Red Sox teamCredit: Peter Nicholls/ PA The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrive to attend the Boston Red Sox vs New York Yankees baseball game at the London StadiumCredit: PA Perhaps fortunately for international diplomacy, the Duchess, who is from California, does not have a home allegiance to either team. The couple officially made an appearance at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park to promote the Invictus Games Foundation, Prince Harry’s sports tournament for wounded veterans which is the charity partner for the weekend baseball series in London.It is the first Major League Baseball (MLB) game played in Europe, and will be watched by a large audience of eager baseball fans back in the US. Former Invictus competitors from both the USA and UK took part to make the ceremonial first pitch thrown on the ball park.”The support from these groundbreaking games will significantly enhance the Foundation’s ability to provide recovery opportunities for international wounded, injured, or sick serving or veteran armed forces personnel,” Invictus chief executive Dominic Reid said.The royal’s baseball outing comes just over nine years after Prince Harry threw the first pitch for hosts New York Mets against the Minnesota Twins on Britain’s Armed Forces Day.Organisers of yesterday’s game said all 120,000 tickets sold out in 45 minutes.The first regular MLB games to be played in Europe are expected to open up previously untapped markets for the organisation, which has already staged international events in Mexico, Japan, Australia and Puerto Rico. She is likely to make further irregular appearances, including at Archie’s christening and potentially Wimbledon, before resuming official duties in the autumn with a tour to South Africa. Her attendance at the baseball will be considered as a nod to her American heritage, as well as the Sussex’s following across the pond. The couple have recently announced they are to set up their own charitable foundation, which will have the flexibility for them to work more globally.  read more

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