Tour de Yorkshire 2017 to get under way – BBC News

April 29, 2017

… Yorkshire route maps As in previous years, many of the towns and villages along the route have entered into the spirit of the race and decorated the roadside. ASO race director Christian Prudhomme said it was “amazing” He added: “In every village there are blue and yellow flowers, with bikes, with bunting and huge flags and smiles on everybody’s face.” Welcome to Yorkshire’s Sir Gary Verity said there was huge enthusiasm for the event. “We have 2,500 …


Group won’t host Ann Coulter, but she still plans to speak at UC Berkeley

April 26, 2017

(CNN)Will conservative author and commentator Ann Coulter speak Thursday on the campus of one of America’s most famously progressive universities? A student group that had been helping to plan the speaking engagement said Tuesday it now will not host the event in Berkeley, California. But Coulter tweeted she still expects to be at the University of California’s flagship campus. …


Paisley to host Gerry Rafferty saxophone tribute – BBC News

April 22, 2017

‘Great spectacle’ The bid is due to be lodged with the UK government next week and the event has been part-funded by the 2021 bid team. Rafferty’s daughter, Martha, has given her backing to the event, which will take place at Paisley Cross at 13:00. She said: “My father was very proud of his Paisley roots and I am sure he would have been supportive of the town’s UK City of Culture bid. “To have so many people playing the Baker Street solo together in …


Ann Coulter isn’t letting Berkeley off easy for messing with her speech

April 21, 2017

(CNN)The showdown continued Thursday between the University of California, Berkeley, and Ann Coulter over if and when the conservative firebrand will speak at the famously progressive school. Citing safety concerns, administrators on Wednesday postponed Coulter’s scheduled April 27 appearance, saying it needed more time to find a “suitable venue.” But Coulter was not having it. In a Twitter rampage and a Fox News appearance, she accused the school of canceling the event and …


Ann Coulter vows to speak at UC Berkeley after school calls off event

April 20, 2017

(CNN)Conservative commentator Ann Coulter vowed to proceed with a scheduled speaking event at the University of California, Berkeley, despite the school’s decision to call it off. In a letter to Berkeley College Republicans, who organized the event, Vice Chancellors Scott Biddy and Stephen Sutton said campus police were unable to find a “suitable venue” for the April 27 event. “Unfortunately, UCPD determined that, given currently active security threats, it is not …


Foreign Office concern at North Korea missile test bid – BBC News

April 16, 2017

North Korea has already conducted five nuclear tests and a series of missile launches. On Saturday, it marked the 105th anniversary of the birth of its founding president, Kim Il-sung, with a huge military parade in Pyongyang amid speculation that current leader Kim Jong-un could order a new nuclear test. The event, which appeared to include new intercontinental and submarine-launched ballistic missiles, was a deliberate show of strength. Read more about North Korea’s missile …


US intelligence intercepted communications between Syrian military and chemical experts

April 13, 2017

… doubt” that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is responsible for the attack. The US did not know prior to the attack it was going to happen, the official emphasized. The US scoops up such a large volume of communications intercepts in areas like Syria and Iraq, the material often is not processed unless there is a particular event that requires analysts to go back and look for supporting intelligence material. …


Egyptians mourn, but do they understand?

April 11, 2017

… Affairs asserted from his Twitter account that the attacks were “obnoxious” and had “failed” to shake Egyptians’ sense of unity. Egyptians will mourn this event and they will mean it, but many of them will also fail to recognize the fundamental challenge of religious discrimination that rests as the foundation of Sunday’s violence. The widespread perception of Christian Egyptians as lesser citizens with lesser rights creates fertile ground for those who …