Prince Harry greets Canadian winners of the Duke of Edinburghs Awards

first_imgTORONTO – The energy Prince Harry generated at the Invictus Games’ opening ceremony concert on Saturday night spilled over to Sunday, when the prince met with dozens of high-achieving Canadian youth at the presentation of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Gold Awards.The mood on Sunday was more subdued and formal than at Saturday night’s concert, but the excitement was palpable as Prince Harry greeted award winners at the Fairmount Royal York hotel in Toronto.The Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards honour 14-to-24-year-olds who take on projects related to personal development and community involvement.Prince Harry walked around the room and greeted the award recipients warmly, asking them questions about their achievements.In a speech before the ceremony began, Ontario Lt.-Gov. Elizabeth Dowdeswell thanked Prince Harry for founding the Invictus Games, a multi-sport event for injured and sick soldiers.Harry founded the Games in 2014 to motivate wounded soldiers through their recovery. Participants took part in track events on Sunday, with some athletes running and others in wheelchairs.Dowdeswell also praised Harry’s grandfather, Prince Philip, for founding the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award in 1963.Prince Harry and the lieutenant-governor were also joined onstage by Lou Gizzarelli, Canada’s National President of the Awards.More than 500,000 young Canadians are currently taking part in the Duke of Edinburgh Award program.last_img read more

Meredith Earnings Down 44 Percent

first_imgAccording to Meredith president and CEO Stephen M. Lacy, ad revenues company-wide continue to be “significantly impacted by the recession. However, certain revenue streams not tied to advertising are growing, particularly our integrated marketing, brand licensing and video production activities.”Despite the special charge and higher paper prices, Meredith’s total operating expenses declined 2.8 through the first six months of fiscal 2009, the company said.Looking ahead to fiscal third quarter 2009, Meredith says declining ad revenue will continue to affect its businesses. Publishing ad revenue for the third quarter is down 15 percent, compared to a decline of 20 percent through the first six months. Ad revenue in its broadcasting group is down nearly 40 percent, driven mostly by a 70 percent decline in advertising from the automotive segment.“We possess a strong balance sheet, modest levels of debt at a low cost of funds and adequate liquidity supported by strong operating cash flow,” Lacy said. Meredith Corp. incurred a $16 million special charge in the fiscal second quarter of 2009 associated with reducing its overall workforce by approximately 250 people, the closing of Country Home magazine and relocating its Parents.com and ReadyMade operations to its headquarters in Des Moines, Iowa, the company said today. After factoring the special charge, Meredith reported net earnings of $31.1 million through the first six months of fiscal 2009, down 44 percent from $69.4 million from the same period last year. Revenue for the period was $736.6 million, compared to $800.3 million during the same period in fiscal 2008Operating profit in the publishing division declined nearly 50 percent to $48 million through the first six months, compared to $100 million during the same period last year (excluding the special charge, operating profit would have been $61 million, the company said). Advertising revenues were down to $271 million compared to $333 million from the same period the prior year.last_img read more

Blue colour of the soul

first_imgThe Hungarian Information and Cultural Centre has organised an exhibition of spiritual paintings titled Planetary Consciousness by Hungarian artist Jeno Balogh that starts on 23 September.  The exhibition will be inaugurated by Prof. Om Prakash Sharma, artist, Former Principal of Delhi College of Art, New Delhi.Balogh expressed, ‘My paintings depict a world without people, warning that this is going to happen if we continue this way of exploitation to the Earth. I mostly paint with blue colour that is the colour of Planet Earth and also the colour of soul. However, I also use red that is the colour of Mars, a lifeless planet. For me painting is a token of energy, coming from my soul.’ Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Jeno Balogh has  been painting for over 40 years now. He was the President of the local Art Association for 23 years and organised several charity exhibitions. He had a number of solo and group exhibitions in Hungary and abroad like Montevideo, Santiago de Chile, Rio de Janeiro, New Delhi. In Athens, he was awarded with a bronze medal at the Cultural Olympics. He is also a member of the International Artists’ Association and the Association of Greek Artists. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix‘Save our Planet and Planetary Consciousness’ are the mottos that my art work is focused on. We have one planet only where we should live in an environment-conscious way and in peace to protect our Planet Earth. In order to be able to implement this consciousness in our daily life, one should have a mindful soul which, I think, people don’t possess anymore,’ explained Balogh. When: 23 September – 17 October Where: Hungarian Information and Cultural Centre, 1-A Japath Timing: 10 am – 4 pm (weekdays only)last_img read more

Watch out for these roadworks affecting your journeys this week

first_imgGet the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailMotorists are being warned to plan ahead when travelling this week as a series of new roadworks will begin across North Staffordshire. Dozens of routes will be affected by the planned works, which will be carried out by various local authorities as well as telecommunication, gas and water companies. The following list, correct as of June 3, contains the roadworks which are most likely to cause delays to traffic. Any emergency repairs will not feature in the list. Read MoreDrivers set to be banned from parking on these Stoke-on-Trent roads Burslem, Porthill, Hanley, Bentilee and Bucknall Boulton Street will be hit by eight weeks of roadworks chaos Occupation Street, Newcastle, carried out by Cadent between February 5 and June 14 Grovesnor Road, Newcastle, carried out by Cadent between February 12 and June 14 Belgrave Road, Newcastle, carried out by Cadent between February 21 and June 14 Vessey Terrace, Newcastle, carried out by Cadent between June 4 and June 6 Boulton Street, Wolstanton, carried out by Cadent, between May 29 and June 15 Woodland Avenue, Wolstanton, carried out by Cadent, between May 29 and July 12 Stafford and Eccleshall Stone Road, Eccleshall, carried out by Severn Trent Water between June 13 and June 15 Lichfield Road, Stafford, carried out by Staffordshire County Council between June 11 and June 13 Market Square, Stafford, carried out by Staffordshire County Council between June 4 and June 6 Rickerscote Road, Stafford, carried out by Severn Trent Water between June 6 and June 8 and by BT between June 5 and June 7 Rising Brook, Stafford, carried out by Severn Trent Water on June 5 School Lane, Stafford, carried out by Staffordshire County Council between June 6 and June 8 Almshouse Croft, Bradley, carried out by Staffordshire County Council between June 11 and June 13 Stafford Road, Haughton, carried out by Staffordshire County Council between June 5 and June 12 Main Road, Milford, carried out by Staffordshire County Council between June 4 and June 11 Cannock Road, Brocton, carried out by Staffordshire County Council between June 14 and June 18 Lower Penkridge Road, Acton Trussell, carried out by Severn Trent Water between June 12 and June 14 Read MoreGrieving relatives’ heartfelt tribute to Port Vale fan killed in crash Stone Traffic on a road The Fillybrooks, Darlaston, and Yarnfield Lane, Yarnfield, carried out by Western Power Distribution between June 11 and September 3 Eccleshall Road, Stone, carried out by Western Power Distribution between June 11 and September 3 Eccleshall Road, Stone, carried out by Staffordshire County Council between June 7 and September 6 Stafford Road and Brooms Road, Stone, carried out by Western Power Distribution between June 11 and September 3 Lichfield Road, Stone, carried out by Vodafone on June 11 and by Severn Trent Water between June 11 and July 27 Trentham, Hanford and Clayton Chivelstone Grove, Trentham, carried out by Stoke-on-Trent City Council between June 4 and June 11 Clayton Road, Clayton, carried out by Staffordshire County Council between Jun 12 and June 14 A34 Stone Road, Hanford, carried out by Stoke-on-Trent City Council on June 5 (Image: Copyright unknown) Liverpool Road East, Kidsgrove, carried out by Staffordshire County Council between June 11 and June 13 High Street, Talke, carried out by Staffordshire County Council on June 10 between 6am and 12pm James Brindley Way, Tunstall, carried out by Stoke-on-Trent City Council between June 4 and June 11 Leek, Endon and Light Oaks Macclesfield Road, Leek, carried out by BT between June 6 and June 8 Ashbourne Road, Bradnop, carried out by Western Power Distribution on June 4 Leek Road, Endon, carried out by Severn Trent Water on June 7 Bagnall Road, Light Oaks, carried out by Western Power Distribution between June 4 and June 6 Longton, Meir, Meir Heath and Weston Coyney Lightwood Road, Lightwood, carried out by Western Power Distribution between June 11 and June 22 Anchor Road, Longton, carried out by Western Power Distribution between June 11 and June 20 Market Street, Longton, carried out by Cadent between June 11 and November 2 Tideswell Road, Longton, carried out by Stoke-on-Trent City Council between June 4 and June 12 A50 Uttoxeter Road, Meir, carried out by Highways England between June 5 and June 9 Sandon Road, Meir Heath, carried out by Severn Trent Water between June 12 and June 14 Windmill Hill, Meir Heath, carried out by Staffordshire County Council between June 14 and June 21 Weston Road, Weston Coyney, carried out by Stoke-on-Trent City Council between June 10 and June 17 Read MoreWhat are my rights if my plane is delayed? Everything you need to know Newcastle and Wolstanton Roadworks (Image: Stoke Sentinel) Dividy Road, Bentilee, carried out by Western Power Distribution between June 6 and June 8 Werrington Road, Bucknall, carried out by BT between June 6 and June 9 Hall Street and Westport Road, Burslem, carried out by Cadent between June 4 and June 28 Lichfield Street, Hanley, carried out by Western Power Distribution between June 12 and June 18 Porthill Bank, Porthill, carried out by Severn Trent Water between June 4 and June 6 High Street, Porthill, carried out by Severn Trent Water between June 4 and 6 Read MoreCampaigners tell highways chiefs: “We need traffic lights or there will be more crashes here!” Cheadle, Tean, Oakamoor and Foxt Oakamoor Road, Cheadle, carried out by Staffordshire County Council between June 14 and June 21 Tean Road, Cheadle, carried out by Staffordshire County Council between June 15 and June 22 Foxt Road, Foxt, carried out by Cadent between June 11 and June 15 Uttoxeter Road, Lower Tean, carried out by Western Power Distribution on June 13 Mill Road, Oakamoor, carried out by Western Power Distribution on June 7 Cheadle Road, Tean, carried out bt Staffordshire County Council between June 17 and June 25 Chapel Lane, Threapwood, carried out by Western Power Distribution on June 5 Bradley Lane, Threapwood, carried out by BT between June 4 and 5 Hollington Road, Upper Tean, carried out by Severn Trent Water on June 11 Fenton, Shelton, Cliffe Vale, Stoke and Blurton A50, Blurton, carried out by Highways England between June 11 and June 13 Blurton Road, Blurton, carried out by Severn Trent Water between June 4 and June 6 Alfred Street, Fenton, carried out be Stoke-on-Trent City Council between June 11 and June 18 Victoria Road, Fenton, carried out be Stoke-on-Trent City Council between June 11 and June 18 Shelton New Road, Cliffe Vale, carried out by Cadent between May 30 and June 8 Station Road, Shelton, carried out be Stoke-on-Trent City Council between March 28 and September 30 Boothen Old Road, Stoke, carried out by Cadent between June 4 and June 21 Read MoreWheels came off (literally) for this drink-driver being chased by police Kidsgrove, Talke and Tunstall last_img read more

Major South Cheshire road shut following collision

first_imgThe affected stretch of the A529 (Image: Inrix) We have no further information on the collision itself at this stage. We will provide an update when one becomes available. Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLive Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailA major South Cheshire road is closed following a traffic accident this evening. The A529 Audlem Road is shut following the collision between Second Dig Lane and Park Lane near Stapeley, south east of Nantwich. Inrix, the traffic data company, reports the road has been closed in both directions since around 5.05pm today (Friday August 2). Traffic is reported to be coping well in the area at present – although Inrix is reporting Cheshire Police believe the road will remain shut well into the evening. Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window Police search for missing woman Follow StokeonTrentLive Download our app  – You can download our free app for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store , or get the Android version from Google Play .  Follow StokeonTrentLive on Facebook – Like our Facebook page to get the latest news in your feed and join in the lively discussions in the comments. Click here to give it a like! Follow us on Twitter – For breaking news and the latest stories, click here to follow SOTLive on Twitter . Follow us on Instagram – Featuring pictures past and present from across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire – and if you tag us in your posts, we could repost your picture on our page! We also put the latest news in our Instagram Stories. Click here to follow StokeonTrentLive on Instagram . Driver named following fatal collision Punter found hiding in bushes last_img read more