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Prince William’s worry for ‘workaholic’ King Charles during his cancer recovery

Prince William is worried for his ‘workaholic’ father King Charles during his cancer recovery, those close to the Royal Family have revealed. The King, 75, has told friends about his determination to beat the illness and return to work. But his son is said to fret about a hectic schedule for a man of advanced years fighting a serious illness and wants him to balance recovery and Royal duties. A source close to William said: “He wants to make sure his father is balancing his recovery. He knows his dad loves work, but he does worry about him.” Those close to the monarch recognise it is a hectic schedule for any septuagenarian, let alone one undergoing cancer treatment. The King was seen this week at the Royal Windsor Horse Show sharing a hug with niece Zara Tindall, which an expert claimed showed the depth of their “effortless connection”. The King returned this week to public duties following treatment for the disease, his diagnosis of which was announced back in February. King Charles appeared emotional at one engagement following his cancer diagnosis – and gave an update on how he was feeling. He looked relaxed and in good spirits during a visit to the University College Hospital Macmillan Cancer Centre in London where he learned about some of the latest treatments and sat down to chat to patients receiving chemotherapy and also met staff. The King sympathised with one cancer patient as she received her chemotherapy with many others in a day unit, telling Lesley Woodbridge, 63: “I’ve got to have my treatment this afternoon as well.” When quizzed about his health, he told one patient: “I’m alright thank you very much, not too bad.” It has also been revealed that he has written letters to friends outlining his determination to beat his illness. He is described as being like a “caged lion” and frustrated by his cancer diagnosis because he’s got so much more to achieve, an insider told The Times. The King and Queen are to take on more than 200 new patronages amidst a major reshuffle of 1,000 roles. He is understood to be keen to focus on those with a focus on community, commonwealth, climate and culture. Doctors are said to be “sufficiently pleased with his progress” to allow a summer programme of duties for the King. Next month he will host a state visit by the Emperor and Empress of Japan. The Palace has said that the King’s diary in the coming months will involve “a few engagements a week” while he continues with treatment. But there are a number of important engagements on the horizon this summer which he will be determined to attend. He will hope to travel to Normandy on June 6 to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings, with the Prince of Wales also expected to join him. At a palace reception last week, the Queen, 76, spoke of her husband’s eagerness to return to duties. Camilla said the King was “really thrilled to be out” this week but admitted: “I’ve been trying to hold him back”.

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Govt takes notice of delay in Pakistani passport issuance

The Federal government has taken notice of the delay in passport issuance as it has been a major concern for applicants. According to sources, over 800,000 passports are currently pending printing, but with the purchase of new machinery and lamination paper, this backlog is expected to be cleared soon. The Passport and Immigration authorities are currently printing 20-25,000 passports while receiving 40-45,000 applications daily. To address the issue, tenders have been issued for the purchase of printing machines and e-passport machines, while international tenders have also been issued for the purchase of lamination paper. On March 30, it was reported that applicants are facing unusual delays in the issuance of their Pakistani passports. According to sources, over 5,50,000 passport applicants are facing two to three months of delays in the issuance of their passports. Sources said that the Passport and Immigration Department failed to provide machine-readable and e-passports on time. A massive number of Pakistanis planning to go for Hajj and Umrah also severe delays in passport issuance, sources added. In response, the passport authorities said that the delay occurred as they were out of stock of ink and lamination paper, however, after the arrival of both items all passports will be cleared by June.

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Ghana president won’t act on anti-LGBTQ bill before legal challenge resolved

ACCRA, March 19 (Reuters) – Ghana’s anti-LGBTQ bill passed by parliament in February should not be transmitted to President Akufo-Addo for assent until two legal challenges against it are settled, a senior presidency official said in a letter seen by Reuters. Lawmakers unanimously passed legislation that would intensify a crackdown on the rights of LGBTQ people and those accused of promoting lesbian, gay or other minority sexual or gender identities in the West African country. Advertisement · Scroll to continueReport this ad The bill could jeopardise $3.8 billion in World Bank financing for Ghana over the next five to six years if it becomes law, derailing a $3 billion IMF loan package, according to the finance ministry. Nana Asante Bediatuo, Secretary to the President, said in the letter dated March 18 and addressed to the Clerk of the West African nation’s parliament that it was “improper” for the president’s office to receive the bill as required by law until the supreme court rules on challenges against it. Advertisement · Scroll to continue The letter was issued after the Clerk tried to formally submit the bill to the president, which would set off a seven-day period for him to approve or reject it. Bediatuo said Ghana’s Attorney General and Minister of Justice has also advised the President not to act on the bill, one of the harshest of its kind in Africa. “In the circumstances, you are kindly requested to cease from transmitting the bill to the president until the matters before the Supreme Court are resolved,” read the letter, confirmed by two sources in parliament. Ad Break Coming Up NEXT StayNext OffEnglish 480pAuto (480p) About ConnatixV477139 About ConnatixV477139 1/1 Skip Ad Continue watchingafter the adVisit Advertiser websiteGO TO PAGE Gay sex is already punishable by up to three years in prison in Ghana. The bill increases penalties, imposing a prison sentence of up to five years for the “wilful promotion, sponsorship, or support of LGBTQ+ activities”. The bill’s passage has already complicated life for sexual minorities, according to the LGBTQ community. Ghanaian trans woman and activist Angel Maxine told Reuters she fled to the German capital Berlin before parliament passed the bill and now fears for the safety of her friends still in Ghana. Advertisement · Scroll to continueReport this ad The United States has said it is “deeply troubled” by the legislation and urged a review of its constitutionality. Speaking in Ghana on Monday, IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva said Ghana would be more successful if it was more inclusive. “You want Ghana to flourish, make it so that everybody can contribute to the fullest,” she told reporters when asked about the legislation. Reporting by Maxwell Akalaare Adombila Editing by Bate Felix SaveShareTwitterFacebookLinkedinEmailLinkPurchase Licensing Rights

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How an injury-hit Real Madrid rode Bellingham boom to Spanish league success

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — It wasn’t supposed to look this comfortable for Real Madrid — even for a team which is nearly always a strong contender to win the Spanish league. Not after Karim Benzema left for even bigger money in Saudi Arabia and injuries wiped out the heart of Madrid’s defense. But Jude Bellingham took Spain by storm, Vinícius Júnior did what the super-talented Brazilian does, and Madrid’s backups rose to the challenge as Madrid clinched its record-extending 36th Spanish league title on Saturday with four games left. Carlo Ancelotti’s team will now focus on trying to beat Bayern Munich to reach another Champions League final. The winner will play either Borussia Dortmund or Paris Saint-Germain. Here’s how Real Madrid did it: BELLINGHAM BOOM Madrid hit the jackpot when it secured the transfer of Bellingham from Borussia Dortmund. He was given the No. 5 jersey of Zinedine Zidane, along with the pressure of having put Ballon d’Or winner Luka Modric on the bench. But nobody expected the 20-year-old England midfielder to adapt so quickly and become a lethal attacking and scoring threat. Either slaloming past defenders to lead the attack or arriving at the box in a second wave, Bellingham struck 18 of his team-high 22 goals in the domestic league. He scored on his debut for a win at Athletic Bilbao and never looked back, finding the net in his first four league games and then also scoring in his first four Champions League group matches. He solidified his status as Madrid’s new star by scoring winning goals in both Spanish league “clasico” games against Barcelona. He also scored in both games against upstart challenger Girona to quash its hopes of giving Madrid a run for the title. NO STRIKER, NO PROBLEM Benzema, Gonzalo Higuaín, Ruud van Nistelrooy, Ronaldo, Raúl — Real Madrid always wants a big-name striker up front. So when Benzema left a year after leading the club to its 14th European Cup and the club could only bring in Joselu Mato in his place, its attack was supposed to suffer. Ancelotti swapped his 4-3-3 for a 4-4-2 formation, played with a talented midfield led by Bellingham and Toni Kroos and left his attack to Vinícius and Rodrygo. Vinícius thrived once again, despite being targeted for racial abuse from some opposing fans, and has scored 13 goals in the league. Rodrygo has had an erratic campaign but has still scored 10 times, while Joselu chipped in with nine more goals in limited minutes. Eduardo Camavinga also solidified his spot as a versatile workhorse in midfield, along with Federico Valverde. BACKUPS STEP UP Perhaps the greatest surprise for Madrid, however, was how well its defense performed after it lost goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, who returned Saturday, and defenders Éder Militão and David Alaba to serious leg injuries at the start of the season. Andriy Lunin, a rarely used backup to Courtois, took and kept the starting job after Kepa was brought in as an emergency replacement. Antonio Rudiger showed his experience by becoming the team’s undisputed leader in defense, while Nacho Fernández also filled in nicely for Alaba. FLAWED RIVALS Barcelona looked to have improved its squad that won the 2023 title after signing Ilkay Gundogan from Manchester City and acquiring João Félix and João Cancelo on loan. But Barcelona had some painful defeats and was unable to compete with a Madrid side that has only lost once in the league through 34 rounds. Atletico Madrid’s bid was derailed by nagging injuries to Antoine Griezmann and Álvaro Morata, while Girona had already far exceeded expectations just by getting near to the runaway leader. FUTURE LOOKS BRIGHT If having Bellingham and Vinícius, who is 23, leading a young squad wasn’t enough to point to a bright future, Madrid is hoping to welcome the best forward in soccer this summer. PSG star Kylian Mbappé is expected to sign for Real Madrid, potentially after the French champion faces Madrid in the Champions League final. ___ AP soccer: https://apnews.com/hub/soccer

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Relieved fans prepare to party at rearranged A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie gig after last minute Co-op Live cancellation

Pals Angel McCrane and Molly Morrisey were queuing up outside when Co-op Live cancelled its opening for the third time, as A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie’s show was pulled at the last minute. But tonight the 18-year-olds were back in Manchester for the rapper’s rescheduled gig at the AO Arena – and were just relieved it was actually going ahead. Angel said: “We were so gutted we thought it was going to be fully cancelled because he’s an American rapper so he doesn’t come here often. At least it’s been rearranged. “We’ve been obsessed with him since we were about 12 so this is a big thing for us. If it had been cancelled that would have broken my heart.” READ MORE: The day Tommy Robinson headed to Oldham – and the utter madness that erupted Thousands of fan were expected to attend Wednesday night’s show after Co-op Live bosses promised the concert would go ahead as planned. But with queues forming outside at 6.40pm, the venue took to X to tell fans the gig was cancelled due to a ‘technical issue’, later revealed to be a piece of an air conditioning unit which had fallen from the ceiling. It was the latest setback in the opening of £365m Eastlands arena, which had already had to postpone two Peter Kay shows, and then forced to reschedule two Olivia Rodrigo shows which were due to take place last night and tonight. Fellow Boogie Wit Da Hoodie fan Georgia said she was one of those turned away at the door when the original gig was cancelled just ten minutes before the opening act was due on stage. Recounting the night, she said: “We were in the queue standing there for ages and then saw on Facebook it had been cancelled. We saw everyone’s face drop and everyone started leaving. “It was chaos. Nobody knew what to do or how they would get home. People were stranded. Everyone ran to Maccies. “We live 30 minutes away so it wasn’t that bad but the people behind us in the queue had travelled three hours.” Georgia said she was also meant to be going to the cancelled Olivia Rodrigo gig and has now managed to get tickets for her show in Birmingham next Saturday. Fellow gig goer Cora O’Brian, 18, was also supposed to be going to Olivia Rodrigo’s show. She said: “We were meant to go to Olivia Rodrigo and that got cancelled. We have so many things planned for the summer and it’s like are we going to actually go to anything.” Siblings Rokih Simms, 21, and his sister Christiana, 29, were also near the front of the queue when Wednesday’s gig was cancelled. Rokih said: “They told us about 15 minutes before opening. Then there were a few days of uncertainty.” Christiana is now worried about whether future gigs at the Co-op will go ahead. She said: “I’ve got a ticket for Megan Stallion at the Co-op and it’s made me think, is it going to go ahead and if it does go ahead is it going to be safe? I’m thinking, should I just sell my ticket?” Oscar Amini,18, said he was also at the front of the queue and had been for ‘a few hours’ when the news broke that the show was cancelled. On the gig having to move venues he said: “It’s a bit frustrating but at least it’s going ahead.” Kayleigh, 21, was on her way from Glasgow to the gig and was just 20 minutes from the venue when she heard it was cancelled. She said: “I paid £60 to fill up my car to drive down. I was gutted but it is what it is. It’s good that they’ve done a quick turn around to get it to here.” Charlotte Morgan, 18, said she has had to pay ‘double on transport’ to get to the AO Arena tonight for the rescheduled gig. On the first cancelled gig she said: “We literally had just got there and got a call from our friend who had seen the Twitter post. We hadn’t even had an email.” Joy James was at the AO dropping off her 16-year-old daughter along with another mum. She said she was about to drop her daughter off outside the venue on Wednesday when they discovered it was cancelled having travelled from Wales. Joy said her daughter was left ‘devastated’. Joy added: “If I had dropped her off any time sooner we would have driven off and then had to go back to try her with all these all these thousands of kids that were hanging round.”

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Labour vow to fix ‘gaping loopholes’ on zombie knives after Daniel Anjorin death

Labour vowed yesterday to move swiftly to outlaw the type of blade used to kill schoolboy Daniel Anjorin as his grieving parents paid tribute to their “precious” boy and described the tragedy as “unthinkable”. A man wielding a samurai sword randomly attacked people in north-east London on Tuesday, killing Daniel, 14, while he walked to school. Last night, parents Ebenezer, 59, and Grace, 49, said in a statement: “We as a family are devastated… our children have lost their loving and precious brother and we have lost the most loved and amazing son.” The Government has long promised to ban zombie knives and machetes in its Criminal Justice Bill, which is currently going through Parliament. But campaigners say the legislation is full of holes – such as failing to include Samurai and ninja swords among prohibited weapons. Now, Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper is tabling an amendment to close the loophole and slap tough penalties on retailers flouting the law. She told us: “Despite the Tories promising at least 16 times to take action, the plan still contains gaping loopholes which make it legal to purchase knives like samurai swords and ninja swords. I’m calling on the Government and MPs from all parties to back Labour’s amendment.” Zombie knives were first added to the Government’s list of banned offensive weapons in 2016 but loopholes allowed the sale of the knives online. Officers have been unable to seize knives which got around the 2016 definition by not having “images or words…that suggest it is to be used for purposes of violence”. Four successive Home Secretaries vowed to close the loopholes, before Suella Braverman ’s pledge to update the law last August. And it took until January this year for her successor, James Cleverly, to get the change in the regulations through Parliament. The Tories’ blade crackdown, now due to come in on September 24, has been slammed as too little, too late – especially following a number of high-profile tragedies involving swords. They include the murder of Ronan Kanda, 16, with a 22-inch ninja sword in Wolverhampton in 2022. The blade was bought online and collected from a post office by one of his schoolboy killers. Welcoming Labour’s intervention, Ronan’s mother Pooja said the loopholes rendered “the whole legislation futile”. She said: “We urge the Government to include swords and also bring forward the legislation. It’s heartbreaking to see another life lost. Explanation “Unfortunately, that sword, as well as many other dangerous variations, are still available for purchase. Even after our petition received over 10,000 signatures, the Government has yet to provide a reasonable explanation for why ninja swords were not included in the legislation. The perpetrator of my son Ronan’s murder had over 25 dangerous blades that he bought online. It was easy then and unfortunately it is easy now. I will continue to advocate for the prohibition of swords because what happened to my son and other children should not have occurred.” Her pleas were backed by the Ben Kinsella Trust, set up after the 16-year-old was knifed to death in North London in 2008. Chief executive Patrick Green said: “While the ban on machetes and zombie knives is a positive step, the recent tragedy demonstrates a critical gap. Ninja and other plain bladed swords should be included. We cannot afford to wait until September for this legislation to take effect. The government must act with urgency.” After Tuesday’s horror, our reporters found thousands of similar katana blades for sale online and in shops, including one a few miles from where Daniel was killed in Hainault. We found the same types of weapons sold up and down the UK, including on popular internet marketplaces where age verification does not appear to be necessary. One samurai sword, listed for £115, was described as a “battle ready”. Another Japanese sword with a 3ft blade priced at £110 was found on a popular marketplace alongside dozens of similar listings. Crimes involving blades rose 7% to 49,489 last year from 2022, according to the Office for National Statistics – an increase of 60% since 2016. Marcus Arduini Monzo, 36, of Newham, East London, has been remanded in custody accused of murdering Daniel, plus two counts of attempted murder, two counts of causing GBH, aggravated burglary and possession of a bladed article.

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EPL: Micah Richards mentions game where Man City could drop points

Former England defender Micah Richards has said Manchester City’s trip to Tottenham Hotspur on May 12 is “the game you would look at.” Richards was speaking on Sky Sports after City thrashed Wolves 5-1 on Saturday. The result means Pep Guardiola’s men are still one point behind Arsenal, who beat Bournemouth 3-0 earlier in the day. Richards has said his former team could yet trip up at Tottenham, where they don’t have a good record. He said: “When you are coming towards end of season, you do think differently. These games are the most important and that’s where City seem to thrive. “Spurs have lost a bit of form. That’s the game you would look at Spurs away; City’s record is not great there.”

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IndependentAwards2023: Dr Julius Dediare Wins CEO Of The Year 2023 Award

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Red Cross Reinstates Commitment To Service To Humanity, Marks Int’l Day

ABUJA – The Nigerian Red Cross Society has reinstated its commitment toward touching lives and restoring hopes of victims of disaster and those in distress in the interest of humanity. The President of the Association, Prince Oluyemisi Adeaga, stated this while addressing journalists during a press conference to mark the 2024 World Red Cross Day. He said the association would not relent its humanitarian services by giving hope to the hopeless and voice to the voiceless. Oluyemisi charged the volunteers to recommit themselves to the principles of neutrality, impartiality, and independence. He enjoined them to continue to stand in solidarity with those affected by conflict, disaster, and crisis. According to the President, We gather here today to share the optimal values and power of humanitarian service as the NRCS is set to celebrate the power of our collective efforts at impacting on the citizenry. The theme of this year’s celebration is “Keeping Humanity Alive”. it resonates deeply, as we reflect on the countless lives touched, the hope restored, and the resilience empowered through our work. “ In a world where crises and conflicts continue to unfold with overwhelming personal burdens, it is easy to feel apathetic against volunteering for humanity. Yet, we stand here today as a testament to the spirit of human capacity for compassion, kindness, and generosity. We are the messengers of hope, the beacons of light in the darkest moments. “In the course of our commitment, we have witnessed the worst of brutality to humanity, but we also have seen the very best in human kindness. Strangers have become united into single family, great community efforts in resilience have been observed with individuals rising above adversity. We’ve seen humanity at its most vulnerable, despairing, and yet most resilient states. “As we celebrate the 2024 World Red Cross Day, we honour the unsung heroes, the volunteers, the staff, and the supporters who embody and imbibe the Red Cross spirit. We recognize the tireless efforts, the selfless acts, and the unwavering dedication to our shared visions. “We most humbly remember those who have paid the supreme price in active service – may their souls rest in peace. “Let us recommit ourselves to the principles of neutrality, impartiality, and independence. Let us continue to stand in solidarity with those affected by conflict, disaster, and crisis. Let us amplify the voices of the vulnerable and marginalized. “Humanity is alive and must be kept alive in each of us for the world to be in peace and harmony. It’s alive in every act of kindness, every gesture of empathy, and every effort to make a difference. Let us keep shining a light on the humanity that connects us all. “Join the Red Cross today in support of humanity. Let us amplify the voices of the vulnerable and marginalized.“

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Liam Fox: Replacing Rishi will rile Tory voters even more

The results of the local and Police and Crime Commissioner elections in England were supposed to follow a clear narrative – that Labour were on course for a massive Parliamentary majority in a general election and Rishi Sunak’s premiership would be on the rocks with rebel factions waiting to displace him. The fact that this has not happened begs the question, “why not”? One of the major factors is the analysis of the results themselves. Prof Michael Thrasher’s conclusion that, based on these results, Labour would be the biggest party in Parliament but well short of a Parliamentary majority creates a very different political environment. Taking on a Labour Party with a nine-point lead and which has polled 10 per cent short of its own opinion poll ratings makes many Conservatives believe that the election is still all to play for. This is reinforced by the fact that those who have been out on the doorsteps know that this is not the 1990s. There is no great love for Labour amongst potential swing voters and even less enthusiasm for Keir Starmer as Prime Minister. The low turnout across the whole range of last week’s elections reinforces this view. What will really spook Labour MPs, however, is the thought that this is not the run-up to the 1997 election but the ghost of the 1992 ‘Labour victory that never was ‘ coming back to haunt them. The trouble with Muslim voters in their heartlands will also give many Labour MPs the jitters. How should Conservatives react to this political picture? First, a rather obvious thing to be said is that there can be no question of any challenge to the Prime Minister’s leadership of his party. Indeed, one of the factors that was stopping potential voters from coming out to vote for the Conservatives was their deep irritation at the apparent splits in the Conservative party and the untrammelled egos of a few individuals who seem to have little regard for the party’s wider well-being. So, discretionary silence from the usual suspects would be of great benefit in allowing the government’s record to be the only voice heard in the run-up to the general election. After all, the government has much to be proud of. Let’s remember that it all began with a note left from Labour’s outgoing chief secretary to the Treasury who declared “sorry, there’s no money left”. He wasn’t kidding. Gordon Brown’s government left us with the highest deficit in peacetime, equivalent to 11 per cent of GDP. Had David Cameron and George Osborne not got the public finances back under control, and the deficit to under 2 per cent, Boris Johnson would not have been able to spend £405 billion during the pandemic, nor would Rishi Sunak as Chancellor been able to afford the furlough scheme which protected 11.7 million jobs. Had these measures, in turn, not been taken then Britain would not have recovered faster after the pandemic than France or Germany and Jeremy Hunt would not have been able to spend over £70 billion supporting households following the inflationary shock that came from Putin’s invasion of Ukraine. The government also has a great record on education when over 2 million more pupils in England are in good or outstanding schools compared to 2010. While scores in subjects such as maths have improved dramatically in England, the opposite has occurred in Labour-controlled Wales where the reading age is more than six months behind pupils in England. Let’s remember that Labour Wales is what Kier Starmer said would be his template for Labour government in the UK. In trade, since Brexit, Britain has surged to be the fourth biggest exporter in the world, having overtaken France, the Netherlands and Japan. With the government’s immigration law on Rwanda firmly in place and the Irish government’s timely assessment that fear of deportation will drive illegal migrants to Ireland, the scene is set not only for much tougher controls but for destroying the economic model that drives the vile and evil people traffickers who result in deaths in the English Channel. As the Conservatives return to being a party of strong defence with pledges to increase defence and Security spending that Labour refuses to match, memories will be stirred of how, at two elections, Kier Starmer urged voters to put Jeremy Corbyn into number 10, a man who believed in one-sided nuclear disarmament in one of the most dangerous periods of recent history. None of this is to suggest that last week’s elections weren’t a great disappointment to the Conservatives but opposition parties (and many Conservative MPs) need to realise that, as the economy continues to improve, Labour may be beyond its high watermark just as Neil Kinnock was in 1992. Rallying behind the Prime Minister with ruthless message discipline and a narrative that where Labour describes the problems, Conservatives deliver solutions could yet be the prelude to the biggest political turnaround in decades.

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