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Queen health: Security may be why Her Majesty missed Northern Ireland trip

Queen health: Security may be why Her Majesty missed Northern Ireland trip

Buckingham Palace released a statement shortly before the Queen’s intended departure to say that the monarch had “reluctantly accepted medical advice to rest for the next few days.”The Queen, 95, had remained in “good spirits”, if “disappointed” that she could not fulfill her royal duties, added the Palace. It said: “The Queen sends her warmest good wishes to the people of Northern Ireland, and looks forward to visiting in the future.”

However, royal sources hinted that the official line could be a “smokescreen” for security concerns, with a security expert pointing out her trip had been extensively reported in Belfast.

One royal expert spoke to MailOnline, claiming: “Even before the trip, royal sources were citing the Northern Ireland security protocols and refusing to confirm the details.

“But at the same time, her itinerary was known by everyone in Ireland.

“It’s very odd that on the very day the Queen is said to be told to rest under doctor’s orders that she’s seen out and about driving and with her dogs.

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“Maybe she did wake up with a head cold, but given the security concerns and the political hot potato the Armagh service had become, perhaps that cold was very well timed?”

Her Majesty, during the two-day trip, was due to attend the ecumenical service in Armagh, Northern Ireland.

The service was to mark the centenary of the partition of Ireland and the formation of Northern Ireland.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson was in attendance on Thursday at St Patrick’s Church of Ireland in Armagh, joined by politicians from both sides of the Irish border, with the notable exception of Irish President Michael D. Higgins.

Mr Higgins’s refusal to attend the service of “reflection and hope” was blasted by DUP leader Sir Jeffrey Donaldson, saying that President Higgins’s snub of the service has “set back north-south relations” in Ireland.

Chris Phillips, former head of the National Counter Terrorism Security Office, said it was unusual to have royal itineraries so widely available for trips to Northern Ireland.

He added: “Of course, the situation there is not like it was 20 years ago, but when you see it reported that the Queen’s going to be at a certain place on a certain day, that’s as dangerous as it gets.”

Her Majesty’s arrival in Northern Ireland had been previewed in the Irish times a month earlier, with details of her visit appearing in the Belfast Telegraph.

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Royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams told Express.co.uk: “This cancellation will be of great regret to the Queen, who intensely dislikes disappointing people.”

Since her Majesty ended her annual summer break at Balmoral on October 1, she has maintained a hectic calendar, appearing at numerous royal engagements.

The Queen hosted a Global Investment Summit from her home at Windsor on Tuesday evening, with guests including Boris Johnson and John Kerry, President Biden’s special presidential envoy for climate.

Also on Tuesday, she spoke with the Japanese ambassador, Hajime Hayashi, and EU ambassador Joao Vale de Almeida, and on Monday she welcomed the incoming New Zealand governor-general, Dame Cindy Kiro, into her position.

Also enjoying the races at Ascot over the weekend, the Queen has nonetheless prompted worries in royal fans after being spotted using a walking aid for the first time in decades at photographed events.

Read more here Daily Express :: Royal Feed

Allen wins dramatic Northern Ireland Open

Mark Allen caps off a memorable week to win the Alex Higgins Trophy and the £70,000 first prize in Northern Ireland; he said: “To win this trophy is a special moment that I will never forget”

Last Updated: 18/10/21 9:00am




Mark Allen won his first Northern Ireland Open title with a dramatic victory over John Higgins

Mark Allen won his first Northern Ireland Open title after beating John Higgins 9-8 in a dramatic final in Belfast.

Allen, in his hometown tournament, came from behind to win the final three frames to the delight of the home crowd.

Allen’s best previous performance in Belfast was the quarter-finals in 2016.

But after knocking in a 147 in the first round and then coming back from 3-0 down to stun three-time defending champion Judd Trump in the quarter-finals, the 35-year-old capped off a memorable week to win the Alex Higgins Trophy and the £70,000 first prize.

“I don’t usually get past round one here so it is a real bonus,” said Allen.

“I have tried to play it down all week, but I know what this means to me, and I know what it means to the people here, so to win this trophy is a special moment that I will never forget.”

The two players went into the interval 4-4 before Allen claimed the opening frame of the evening session with a break of 70.

Higgins drew level again, with Allen then making 85 to move one clear.

However, Higgins took the next three frames – including a century break in the 14th – to take the four-time world champion to within one frame of glory.

But Allen dug deep to carve out the next two frames before holding his nerve in the decider.

“I cannot actually believe it because from 6-5 up I didn’t see a ball until I was 8-6 down.

“I was just hoping for a chance in the last frame and I managed to take two chances to get it done.

“I wanted to play one of the all-time greats in Belfast and John is right up there and he is one of the nicest guys you are ever likely to meet. To beat John here is a dream come true for me.”

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‘Beautiful look!’ Kate Middleton wows in ‘regal’ purple suit for visit to Northern Ireland

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‘Incredible scenery’ and Northern Lights: Travel expert’s ‘wonderful’ UK autumn staycation

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Northern Nevada author Molly Dahl to feature new book during signing, meet and greet at Carson City’s Adams Hub

Event Date: 

August 13, 2021 – 5:30pm

CARSON CITY — Northern Nevada author Molly Dahl and publisher iUniverse have announced the release of her new book, The Art of Emotional Resilience: An Everyday Guide to Resisting Reaction, Cultivating Compassion, and Gracefully Managing Yourself.

Dahl, who has a Masters of Education in Educational Leadership and was a classroom teacher for 15 years, wanted to produce a book for adults based on the same principles that she’d successfully taught in her signature Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) program for teens, YOUTH Positive, which was implemented in a number of schools in Nevada and California. 

“The skills and concepts that we use to cultivate and build emotional resilience are universal,” she notes. “As parents saw how much YOUTH Positive helped their kids, they wanted to learn more about the concepts for themselves. I realized there was an intense thirst for this information, and that I could expand upon it for an adult audience.”

The author drew upon her rich educational background and her passion for lifelong learning to write the book. Dahl holds a certificate of Applied Positive Psychology from the WholeBeing Institute; she’s a certified instructor of Cultivating Emotional Balance; and she’s an instructor of yoga and meditation as well. Dahl is the co-founder Mindful SEAD, a nonprofit organization established to support educators in teaching mindful social and emotional learning. She has also taught graduate level courses for Sierra Nevada University on social, emotional, and academic development.

Book reading, meet and Greet at Carson City’s Adams Hub
Please join Molly for a book reading and meet and greet signing at Adams Hub, 111 W Proctor St in Carson City, on Friday, August 13 at 5:30 in the evening. Please contact Molly mdahl@mindfulsead.org or Kassandra info@adamshub.org for more information.Please come out and support a local author. This event is free and open to the public.

The Art of Emotional Resilience is available from Amazon as well as by request from most public libraries.

About Molly
Molly Dahl, M.Ed., is author of The Art of Emotional Resilience: An Everyday Guide to Resisting Reaction, Cultivating Compassion, and Gracefully Managing Yourself (2021) and Youth Positive, Exploring the Unique Genius of Every 21st Century Adolescent, (2015). The 3-book YOUTH Positive series includes a workbook for grades 5-8, a book/journal combination for grades 9-12, and a Teacher’s Guide for easy implementation in an education setting.

Author, speaker, coach, and positive education specialist, Molly offers workshops trainings, and presentation around the county and internationally. She taught the first Social, Emotional, Academic Development (SEAD) certification course through Sierra Nevada University. Molly is co-founder of Mindful SEAD, a non-profit education organization that offers teacher education on Mindfulness-Based Social Emotional Learning and Intelligence. She is a certified teacher of yoga, meditation, and Cultivating Emotional Balance. She holds a master’s degree in Educational Leadership and a Certificate in Positive Psychology from The Wholebeing Institute.

You can find Molly at www.mollydahl.us.

As heat waves sweep across the western United States, wildfires in Northern California spread

San Francisco (Associated Press)-As another heat wave hit the western United States this weekend, firefighters worked hard to contain the wildfires in Northern California that exploded in blazing temperatures, prompting overheating warnings in inland and desert areas.

On Friday, the temperature in Death Valley National Park in California reached a staggering 130 degrees Fahrenheit (54 degrees Celsius) and may reach the same high temperature on Saturday. If confirmed, the 130 degree reading will be the highest temperature recorded since July 1913, when the same furnace river desert area reached 134 degrees Fahrenheit (57 degrees Celsius), which is considered the highest temperature reliably measured on earth.

Beckwourth Complex-two lightning-caused fires burning 45 miles (72 kilometers) north of Lake Tahoe-after doubling in size between Friday and Saturday, from the Sierra Nevada forest area to the northeast The direction of the fire showed no signs of slowing down.

There have been several fires in the mountains of northern California, destroying more than ten houses. Although there were no confirmed reports of damage to the building, the fire prompted approximately 2,800 people to issue evacuation orders or warnings and also closed nearly 200 square miles (518 square kilometers) of Plumas National Forest.

Fire Information Officer Lisa Cox said that on Friday, the rising hot air formed a huge, smoky cumulus cloud thousands of feet high and produced its own lightning.

The on-site fire caused by embers jumped a mile (1.6 km) before the northeast side—too far for firefighters to fight safely—and the wind gathered the fire into dry fuel-filled trenches and canyons, There “it can actually speed things up,” Cox said. Flames reached 100 feet (31 meters) in some places, forcing firefighters to focus on building bulldozer production lines to protect houses.

Cox said that firefighters usually use cool, humid nights to extinguish fires, but the high temperature and low humidity never stop. More than 1,200 firefighters were assisted by the aircraft. But it is expected that the fire will continue to move forward.

She added that the air is very dry, and some of the water dropped by the plane evaporates before it reaches the ground.

“We expect more of the same things to happen the day after tomorrow, the day after tomorrow, and the day after tomorrow,” Cox said.

After fire officials made better observations, the fire was only controlled by 8%, and the fire increased sharply to 86 square miles (222 square kilometers).

This is one of several threatening homes in the western states. As the high-pressure zone covers the area, triple-digit high temperatures are expected throughout the weekend.

The National Weather Service warned that dangerous conditions could lead to heat-related diseases, and California’s grid operator issued a statewide Flex alert between 4pm and 9pm on Saturday to avoid interruptions and Power outages in turns.

The California independent system operator warned that the potential power shortage is not only due to high temperatures, but also because a wildfire in southern Oregon is threatening the transmission lines that carry imported power to California. Governor Gavin Newsom (Gavin Newsom) issued an emergency announcement on Friday, suspending regulations to allow more power capacity, and ISO requires other states to provide emergency assistance.

On Saturday, driven by strong winds, the size of the fire in Oregon doubled to 120 square miles (311 square kilometers) as it was in Fremont-Vine, near the town of Sprague River in Klamath County. Thick wood passes through the Ma National Forest.

NV Energy, the largest electricity supplier in Nevada, also urges customers to save electricity on Saturday and Sunday nights, as heat waves and wildfires affect transmission lines throughout the region.

In Southern California, a large rig in eastern San Diego County sparked a bushfire on Saturday, forcing the evacuation of two Native American reservations.

In north-central Arizona, Yavapai County on Saturday lifted its evacuation warning for the unincorporated town of Black Canyon City, 43 miles (66 kilometers) north of Phoenix, after fires in nearby mountains no longer pose a threat.

A wildfire in southeastern Washington spread to nearly 60 square miles (155 square kilometers) because it darkened grass and wood as it entered the Umatilla National Forest.

In Idaho, Governor Brad Little declared a wildfire emergency on Friday and mobilized the state’s National Guard to help extinguish fires caused by thunderstorms that swept through dry areas.

Firefighters in north-central Idaho are fighting three wildfires triggered by lightning, covering an area of ??62 square miles (160 square kilometers). In Dixie, a small remote community about 40 miles (64 kilometers) southeast of Grangeville, the fire threatened houses and forced people to evacuate.

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