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The Norwegian government wants to strengthen Norway’s international reputation as a food nation. Therefore, it is organizing a conference with the industry to find inspiration and get good advice.
By 2030, food culture should be a visible element in Norway’s tourism offer, the government’s vision for Norway as a food nation states.
“Norway has unique and world-class drink and food treasures that more people should experience. We have invited a wide range of actors who will provide views and inspiration on how to continue the work regionally to make Norway an internationally recognized food nation,” Minister of Agriculture and Food Olaug Bollestad (KrF) noted.
She invited industry players to a digital conference on August 31, where sector representatives will be able to discuss national and regional developments.
* How the blue and green food sectors can work better together and take advantage of their advantages.
* Strengthen cooperation around food, diet, and enjoyment of meals in the population.
* Build strong food and tourism regions.
* Increase recruitment to the food industry.
In addition to Bollestad, the Minister of Fisheries and Seafood, the Minister of Health and Care Services and the Minister of Trade and Industry will participate.
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BISMARCK — North Dakota’s annual water report gives it a top ranking in the nation, something the state says is nothing new.
The report outlines violations in any of North Dakota’s 315 water systems in 2020.
Drinking Water Program Administrator Greg Wavra said only one major arsenic violation was found for a trailer park in Williams County.
The violation was fixed early this month.
Most violations were for missing a reporting sample.
Wavra said samples are often provided on a volunteer basis in small towns, and very few miss a month of reporting.
“It’s right on track with what we normally see. I’ve been in the program for 30 years here. We’ve been, you know, year in year out, we’re the highest program in region eight,” Wavra said.
Region eight includes the Dakotas, Colorado, Montana, Utah and Wyoming.
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Other fans described the match as “absolutely glorious”.
One wrote on Twitter: “I thought England absolutely dominated extra time by the way, also, how they managed out the last 10 mins, was no Danish onslaught, England incredibly smart [sic].
“Kane was superb at getting England out, Sterling too.”
Footage from Piccadilly and Leicester Square showed over-excited England fans clamber on top of buses to celebrate.
Cheering after the historic win could be heard across the capital, as demonstrated by video footage from high rise flats.
Author: Dylan Donnelly
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The Sydney Morning Herald even reported before the Queen Mother landed in the country that she would receive “a diamond and ruby brooch unofficially estimated to cost more than £5,000”.
The Queen’s mother wore the brooch for the first time in Brisbane, on February 16, 1958, pinned to a draping white organza dress.
Since her mother’s death, Her Majesty has worn the brooch to various engagements.
The first time she donned the inherited brooch was in 2006, for her grandson William’s passing out parade at the Royal Military Academy in Sandhurst.
Author: Mared Gruffydd
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Turkey has blossomed into a holiday haven for Britons seeking soaring temperatures and stunning beaches. In 2019, before the pandemic took its hold, approximately 2.29 million trips were made from the UK to Turkey, up from 1.75 million the year before.
This received something of a boost in the summer of 2020 when the nation found its way onto the green list, while some popular European haunts found themselves slapped with quarantine rules.
However, since autumn, Britons have been unable to visit Turkey after the nation was swiftly moved to the red list amid concerns over coronavirus rates, data and variants.
According to Paul Charles, CEO of the PC Agency, things could soon be looking up for holidaymakers itching for a Turkish break.
Mr Charles showed hope that the nation could turn amber as soon as July 15.
“It seems like an alternative to the chaos of Europe at the moment,” said Mr Charles on his weekly Travel Radio show alongside travel expert Simon Calder.
As a result, Mr Charles believes Britons could be able to return to the nation in the coming months.
“I think their time is about to come actually,” he said.
The experts suggest it is most likely Turkey would move from the red list to the amber list, rather than being listed as green.
However, politicians are currently in talks over whether or not to allow vaccinated Britons to travel without the need for quarantine.
“If that were to happen and you were to get the double-jabbed people able to come in from amber countries without having to quarantine then effectively Turkey would be back on the green list which would be wonderful,” explained Simon Calder.
However, he pointed out some implications this could have for families looking to get away.
“We still don’t know, even if the double-jab thing does come in what that will mean for kids,” he said.
“What sort of testing regime will they have to go through?
“Generally the rule in Europe is parents if you’ve been jabbed you can bring your kids in and either we will probably make them test and then under-fives probably won’t have to but that is going to add cost and inconvenience.”
According to the European Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (ECDC), as of July 1, in the previous 14 days, Turkey recorded 78,580 new cases.
By comparison, during the same period, the UK recorded 159,015 new cases.
At the time of writing, the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) is advising against “non-essential travel” to Turkey.
UK citizens and residents travelling from Turkey to England face a mandatory period of hotel quarantine.
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Britain reported on Friday 27,125 new COVID-19 cases and 27 deaths within 28 days of a positive test, official government data showed, bringing the UK total to 128,189. That compared to 27,989 cases and 22 deaths reported a day earlier.
Separate figures published by the Office for National Statistics show there have been 153,000 deaths registered in the UK where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.
UK cases of the Delta variant of Covid-19 have risen almost four-fold in less than a month, new data shows.
Public Health England figures show a total of 161,981 confirmed and probable cases of Delta variant have now been identified in the UK – up by 50,824, or 46 percent, on the previous week.
Of the 161,981 cases, 148,538 have been in England, 10,185 in Scotland, 1,749 in Wales and 1,509 in Northern Ireland.
The Delta variant, which was first identified in India, continues to account for approximately 95% of confirmed cases of coronavirus across the UK.
On June 9, there were 42,323 confirmed and probable cases. The latest figure of 161,981, as of June 30, is nearly four times as high.
Professor Lawrence Young, a virologist from the University of Warwick, said: “This data is important to consider in the decision to open up on the 19th July.”
“We may have weakened the link between infections, hospitalisations and deaths but this significant increase in infections with the Delta variant raises serious concerns.
“As the virus continues to spread in those who are unvaccinated or have only received one jab, it will result in more disease, including increasing the burden of long Covid.
“We are already seeing some of those who have been fully vaccinated getting infected and some of those become sick.
“And there is another worry – that as the virus spreads it will continue to generate new variants, increasing the risk that one will pop up that is more vaccine-resistant.”
Dr Jenny Harries, chief executive of the UK Health Security Agency, said: “Cases across the UK continue to rise and it is incredibly important that we do not forget to be careful.
“The best thing we can do to protect ourselves and the people we love is to get the vaccine if eligible, get tested twice a week and practise ‘hands, face, space, fresh air’ at all times.”
“Although cases are rising, we are not seeing a proportional rise in the number of people who are being admitted to hospital.
“The data suggest this is testament to the success of the vaccination programme so far and clearly demonstrates the importance of getting both doses of the vaccine.”
It comes as new Office for National Statistics (ONS) data shows a rise in the number of people in England with Covid-19.
Roughly one in 260 people in private households in England had Covid in the week to June 26 – up from one in 440 in the previous week.
This is the highest level since the week to February 27.
A new analysis published by PHE last month showed for the first time that two doses of COVID-19 vaccine were highly effective against the Delta variant.
The study indicated the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is 96 percent effective against hospitalisation after two doses, while the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine is 92 percent effective.
(More to follow)
Author: Ciaran McGrath
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The former Brexit Party leader warned Brussels is plotting to bring errant members to heel amid an ongoing row over domestic legislation with Hungary. Currently the Netherlands is leading attempts to rein in the country over its an anti-LGBTQ law which has been championed by the country’s leader Viktor Orban.
It successfully passed through Hungary’s parliament earlier this month.
News that Brussels was allegedly trying to dictate domestic policy to EU members quickly sparked outrage from many Brits.
One raged: “When will this habit of telling another country what it should and should not do (end)?
“Why the EU thinks it is in charge of everything a country does is beyond comprehension.
“Guess not – it’s still happening today. The EU is trying to bring the UK to its knees just like Hitler tried to.”
And a fourth simply said: “The world has gone crazy and the EU are draconian with their laws. Hungary should leave and trade with us.”
Mr Farage – a leading Eurosceptic who helped bring about the historic 2016 referendum – was equally scathing.
He told GB News: “The other story that’s not making big news but it’s a huge story is a bust-up in the EU of epic proportions between Hungary and in particular the Netherlands.
“The Dutch Prime Minister (is) saying he wants to bring Hungary to its knees over its LGBT policy.
“As ever, there’s often so many stories out there that don’t get covered but that really matter.”
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte has warned Mr Orban to either ditch the legislation or withdraw his country from the bloc.
Speaking in Brussels, he said: “It was really forceful, a deep feeling that this could not be. It was about our values; this is what we stand for,
“I said ‘stop this, you must withdraw the law and, if you don’t like that and really say that the European values are not your values, then you must think about whether to remain in the European Union’.”
Mr Orban has insisted that the law was not an attack on gay people but aimed at guaranteeing parents’ right to decide on their children’s sexual education.
When introduced it would see the Government ban the use of material in schools seen as promoting homosexuality and gender change.
Both the EU and UN are calling for it to be repealed.
Independent expert Victor Madrigal-Borloz said that the legislation was challenging the “values base” of the EU.
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Queen Elizabeth II is one of the most well-travelled monarchs in the world. According to royal historian Kate Williams, if all of her International journeys were added together, Her Royal Highness has flown around the entire world a whopping 42 times.
During this time, however, it seems she has visited Canada more than any other country.
Queen Elizabeth has visited the North American nation, of which she is ceremonial Head of State, 27 times in total.
However, not all of these visits were official.
In fact, a couple of these stops were merely for convenience.
The Queen has often spoken of her love of the country, having lived there for two years with Prince Philip in the early days of their marriage.
The young couple lived at Villa Guardamancia on the island between 1949 and 1952.
It was here that the Queen was able to enjoy something close to a “normal life”, according to Lady Pamela, who was one of the Queen’s bridesmaids.
She told MailOnline: “The Princess really loved Malta because she was able to lead a normal life, wander through the town and do some shopping.
In her book Philip Revealed: A Man of His Century, author Ingrid Seward quoted another Lady Abel Smith, one of Elizabeth’s ladies-in-waiting, writing: “There were some very wild parties with spoons and buns being thrown, though luckily not butter. She was amazed by the spoons though.”
The author added: “Apparently when the games became too boisterous, Philip would lift his wife on to the piano together with ladies-in-waiting to keep them out of the firing line.”
Queen Elizabeth has since returned to the island, in 2007, when it is reported she asked to see the villa again.
Sadly, the new owners refused.
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Yates, who is now 56, was tried twice for the deaths of her children.
In 2002, she was convicted of capital murder and sentenced to life in prison. Her conviction was later overturned based on false testimony.
A second trial in 2006 resulted in a verdict of not guilty by reason of insanity. Yates was sent to Kerrville State Hospital, a mental health facility, where she remains today. She has now spent a third of her life institutionalized.
Twenty years after the tragedy, ABC13’s Jessica Willey is hearing from those who saw the case unfold in the ABC13 Original “Andrea Yates: 20 Years Later”.
Yates’ former attorney and friend George Parnham shares how the case changed his career and gives a glimpse into her life now. Former paramedic John Delbosque also talks about why he will never forget that dark day, and Joe Owmby, lead prosecutor in both of Yates’ trials, discusses the testimony that led to her murder conviction being overturned.
“She’s where she wants to be. Where she needs to be,” said Parnham. “And I mean, hypothetically, where would she go? What would she do?”
Yates, a former nurse, called 911 for help after she drowned her children. She laid out John, 5, Paul, 3, Luke, 2 and 6-month-old Mary in the bed. Noah, 7, was still in the bathtub.
“He was face down and kind of bobbing in the water, and that’s when I realized she drowned them,” said Delbosque.
Delbosque has never spoken publicly about that day.
“I’d say it was my worst call,” he said.
In interviews with HPD, the 36-year-old said she killed the children because she was not a good mother. Yates also told a Harris County psychiatrist she wanted to save them from Satan.
Her husband, Russell “Rusty” Yates was at work at NASA when the drowning happened. Despite losing all of his children, he stood by her.
“She loved those kids,” Rusty said to a throng of media in 2001.
Yates had attempted suicide twice, was admitted to psychiatric hospitals and treated for postpartum depression and psychosis before the drownings. A doctor warned the couple about having more children, in light of Andrea’s illness. However, Mary was born in November 2000.
In 2005, an appeals court overturned the conviction based on false testimony by one of the state’s expert witnesses.
Dr. Park Dietz testified that Yates got the idea about drowning her children from an episode of Law & Order, however no such episode existed.
Owmby said he and his team were blindsided by the testimony but did not expect it to have such a great impact.
There was a new trial in 2006 with a very different outcome.
“Thank goodness Dr. Dietz did what he did,” said Parnham.
For 14 years, Kerrville State Hospital has been Yates’s home. Parnham said he thinks of her like a daughter and still talks to her often. She comes up for review for release every year and waives it every single time.
At 80 years old, Parnham is still practicing law. He said Andrea’s case has changed how people view mental illness, especially when it comes to the law.
As he reflects on the last 20 years, his only wish for Yates is that she is comfortable. He said she is happy and still remembers her first words to him.
“She said, ‘Please don’t leave me alone,’ and I haven’t at all,” he said.
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