TORONTO, ONTARIO–(Marketwired – April 27, 2013) - His Royal Highness Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh, presented a new Regimental Colour to the 3rd Battalion of The Royal Canadian Regiment today at Queen’s Park.
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Her Majesty gets the answer to her question – four years after she asked it – on a tour of the Bank of England
One doesn’t normally keep the Queen waiting. But on Thursday Her Majesty finally received an answer to a question she first asked four years ago: why did nobody notice the “awful” financial crisis earlier?
As she toured the Bank of England’s gold vault, Sujit Kapadia, an economist and one of the Bank’s top financial policy experts, stopped the Queen to say he
The Queen asks if “complacency” contributed to the financial crisis, during an informal conversation with Bank of England officials.
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Latin music star Jenni Rivera believed dead in plane crash
Los Angeles Times
MEXICO CITY — Mexican American singer Jenni Rivera, the “diva de la banda” whose commanding voice burst through the limits of regional Latin music and made her a cross-border sensation and the queen of a business empire, was believed to have died …
Singer feared dead in Mexican plane crash
Mexican-American Singer Feared Dead
Mexico singer Jenni Rivera dies in plane crash
2013 Rose Queen and Princesses Pay First Visit to Orange County
Pubs chain JD Wetherspoon said this summer’s Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the Euro 2012 football championships had boosted its annual profits.
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As the Queen’s honours list showed, no one gets an award for doing their day job, nor is the system open to political influence
Two months ago, at the announcement of the Queen’s birthday honours list, I had the privilege of meeting Ruth Owen from Whizz-Kidz and Elizabeth Colyer from Body and Soul – two incredible women who have dedicated their lives to helping others. The list also included the schoolgirls Alice and Milly Pyne, who have raised over £100,000 for cancer research.
The whole breadth of society is represented on the various honours lists, from Nobel winners to school caretakers, from young soldiers winning medals for gallantry to nurses recognised by peers and patients for their outstanding work. Every year hundreds who have served their communities and country – often with no expectation of any reward – are honoured in this way. Their families and friends are right to feel proud of them. And the latest research suggests the nation is too – 71% of those polled felt proud of the UK honours system. But if we are to honour these people properly, we need to tackle the criticisms that the system faces, most recently highlighted by Wednesday’s public administration select committee report.
Many believe that honours mainly go to celebrities, sports personalities, “time-serving civil servants” and those already paid well for just doing their job. Nothing could be further from the truth. It is true that most of the publicity when the honours lists are published goes to already well-known faces. But the vast majority who receive honours are people working in and for their local communities, often over many decades and unsung. In the last list 72% of the 1,200 awards went to those involved in charitable and voluntary work.
And as for the famous faces, we do want to honour exceptional achievement, but we are also looking for people who put something back – whether to their profession, charity or the community. Civil servants and other professionals who are honoured are those who go the extra mile, beyond the strict confines of their job. Permanent secretaries certainly no longer receive “automatic” honours, and no one gets an award for simply doing their day job.
There is also the impression that somehow the system is open to political pressure. This is not the case. Since 2005, when the honours system was reformed, all nominations for honours on the prime minister’s list have been scrutinised by one of eight specialist committees, each responsible for a particular field: arts and media; community, voluntary and local service; the economy; education; health; science and technology; sport; service to the state. A ninth committee, which ensures that those nominated for services to parliament, the devolved assemblies and the political parties receive similar scrutiny, has recently been added.
Each specialist committee has an independent chair and a majority of independent members, selected for their expertise in their fields. Civil servants like me are deliberately in the minority. All the independent chairs attend the main honours selection committee, which I chair – so again, they are in the majority.
There is still a view that only the so-called great and good can nominate people for honours or hope for success. But it has been possible since the early 1990s for anyone to nominate anyone for an honour: the nomination form and guidance can be found at www.direct.gov.uk/honours. The reintroduction of the British Empire Medal for the Queen’s birthday list this summer and for future lists will create many more opportunities for local heroes to be recognised. Nominations from members of the public are warmly welcomed, from the widest possible cross-section of society.
If you have ever thought “I wonder why so-and-so has never been honoured when they do such wonderful things”, then this is the moment to put them forward. The competition is stiff, but with your help we can ensure that the truly deserving are rewarded.
TORONTO, ONTARIO–(Marketwire – Aug. 16, 2012) - Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies (FSWC) is profoundly concerned that Queen’s Park is helping undermine Canadian values of tolerance and democracy by permitting a hate rally to take place on the grounds of the provincial legislature.
Buckingham Palace says 91-year-old husband of Queen Elizabeth taken to hospital as “precautionary measure”.
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