Welcome To Poole http://welcometopoole.co.uk/ Fri, 27 May 2022 14:31:38 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://welcometopoole.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/cropped-icon-32x32.png Welcome To Poole http://welcometopoole.co.uk/ 32 32 Dorset caravan and campsite already in operation are refused planning permission https://welcometopoole.co.uk/dorset-caravan-and-campsite-already-in-operation-are-refused-planning-permission/ Fri, 27 May 2022 14:31:38 +0000 https://welcometopoole.co.uk/dorset-caravan-and-campsite-already-in-operation-are-refused-planning-permission/

Planners have refused retrospective permission to turn a 2.5 hectare field in Dorchester Road, Lytchett Minster into a caravan and campsite.
The application for Papushka Fields relates to facilities which have already been in place since March 2021 and included new gates to the site, which ward councilors described as ‘intrusive and unattractive’ in a joint statement to Dorset Council.

According to the statement of ward councilors Alex Brenton, Bill Pipe and David Starr: “Although campsites of this type are popping up everywhere, they detract from the open aspect of the greenbelt. It is undesirable that the open ground between the A35 and 351 roads is full of tents and caravans and other temporary structures.

Lytchett Minster Borough Council had expressed concerns about the extra traffic feeding the A35, although Dorset Council’s motorways team raised no objections, subject to the entrance being widened.
The site is east of the Axium center and south of the A35 Dorchester road, with one planning officer claiming the area is already used by a number of established holiday sites for static caravans and lodges as well than Farmer Palmer’s family farm. nearby attractions.

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The agent said: “The applicant has a Camping and Caravan Club license to operate for up to 35 tent pitches and 5 touring caravan pitches for year-round use at the application site. In terms of land use, it is only when there are tents and caravans on site that there is visual impact on the land…limited to the late spring and summer months. The statement claimed that the shower and toilet block and other buildings would not look out of place in the area and together the site would cause more expense to the area.

But despite the arguments in favor of the site, a planning official concluded that the site did not fit well into the surrounding green belt: “The use and development do not fit well with this complex of buildings and appear as an isolated tourist use which is largely surrounded by farmland and the A35 to the north. The use is not considered to make a positive contribution to rural settlement, landscape character or the enhancement of biodiversity.

No exceptional circumstances have been demonstrated to justify the use and range of associated structures in the countryside which are cumulatively considered to result in negative visual impacts and increased traffic movements which detract from the intrinsic character and beauty of the setting rural.

]]> All Blue Flag beaches in Dorset in 2022 https://welcometopoole.co.uk/all-blue-flag-beaches-in-dorset-in-2022/ Thu, 26 May 2022 12:18:02 +0000 https://welcometopoole.co.uk/all-blue-flag-beaches-in-dorset-in-2022/

Dorset is home to a multitude of stunning landscapes. In fact, it wasn’t until recently that we shared some locals’ insights into why people head to each of the area’s 31 most well-known beaches.

Despite their beauty and general good condition, not all of these beaches have been awarded the iconic blue flag. The globally recognized eco-label is awarded to sites for cleanliness, quality and management of water and land area awarded by the Foundation for Environmental Education.

Of Dorset‘s multitude of beaches, there are actually only fourteen that have been awarded the blue flag. Twelve of these are in the Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole (BCP) council area and two in the Dorset council area. There are 80 beaches in the UK recognized by the cleanliness standard – their water quality being assessed between 15 May and 30 September each year.

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In the BCP, 12 included beaches are spread over the sandy coastline of the local authorities. In the Dorset Council area, the beaches are in the far west and east of the county. Several other awards are frequently given to Dorset beaches, including Green Tourism Awards and Seaside Awards.

2022 Blue Flag beaches in Dorset and where to find them

Highcliffe Beach – BH23 5JA

Cliff Brothers Beach – BH23 4UE

Avon Beach – BH23 4AN

Southbourne Beach – BH6 4AY

Fisherman’s Walk – Southbourne – BH5 2EJ

Mansion Steps – Bournemouth – BH5 1BS

Durley China – Bournemouth – BH2 5JF

Alum China – Bournemouth – BH4 8DP

Branksome China – Poole – BH13 6LP

Canford Cliffs China – Poole – BH13 7JE

Shore Road – Poole – BH13 7PS

Sandbanks Peninsula – Poole – BH15 2RU

Swanage Center – BH19 1NS

Weymouth Central – DT4 7AN

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]]> Anxious felines and palliative care companions nominated for National Cat Awards https://welcometopoole.co.uk/anxious-felines-and-palliative-care-companions-nominated-for-national-cat-awards/ Wed, 25 May 2022 23:08:00 +0000 https://welcometopoole.co.uk/anxious-felines-and-palliative-care-companions-nominated-for-national-cat-awards/ A brother and sister who comfort those receiving end-of-life care and an anxious companion to a young boy with autism are among the felines nominated for this year’s National Cat Awards.

The annual awards, organized by the UK’s largest cat charity, Cats Protection, recognize the bond between owners and their whiskered companions.

The four competition categories – Cat Colleagues, Furr-ever Friends, Most Caring Cat and Outstanding Rescue Cat – will be judged by a series of famous faces, including businesswoman Deborah Meaden, England footballer Ellen White and comedian Bob Mortimer .

Comedian Bob Mortimer is one of the judges for this year’s awards (Ciaran McCrickard Photography/PA)

The winning pets are due to be announced in August and will receive a trophy, a £200 pet shop voucher and a one-year subscription to The Cat magazine from Cats Protection.

Siblings Jasper and Willow are part of the team at St Peter & St James Hospice in Haywards Heath, West Sussex – visiting patients in end-of-life care and helping their families feel more relaxed.

Jasper and Willow work at St Peter & St James Hospice in Haywards Heath (Ciaran McCrickard/PA)

Hospice manager Jackie Manville said they had a ‘hugely positive effect on day-to-day life’, adding: ‘We spend a lot of time sitting and looking, and having our cats to pet really helps, which makes the hospice more welcoming.

“Jasper in particular seems to know intuitively when patients are having a hard day or need company.

“He will jump on the bed and sit quietly purring. It’s enough to put a smile on your face and help people relax when they’re feeling tense and worried.

Among the nominees in the Furr-Ever Friends category is Chicken, the companion of 11-year-old autistic and anxious Elliot Abery.

Elliot Abery, 11, with his cat Chicken, nominated in the Furr-Ever Friends category (Matt Alexander/PA)

The couple live in the town of Thatcham, Berkshire.

Elliot’s mum Jenny, 45, said: “Elliot and Chicken share a special bond unlike anything I’ve ever seen.

“When he’s had a tough day or is dealing with anxiety, talking about chicken has a calming effect on him.

“Chicken and Elliot are just awesome together and I really hope their story helps highlight how amazing cats can be for people with autism.”

Marley, who works at the Apuldram Center in Chichester, West Sussex, is nominated in the Cat Colleagues category.

Marley, the resident cat at Apuldram Center in Chichester, regularly attends staff meetings (Ciaran McCrickard/PA)

The center helps adults with learning difficulties, and Marley spends her days attending staff meetings and comforting the center’s clients.

Staff member Richard Manning said: “We have many activities for people who come to the day centre, such as arts and crafts, gardening and dancing – and Marley is stuck in all of them. .”

Kate Bunting, organizer of Cats Protection’s National Cat Awards, said: “Cats are amazing pets for all kinds of homes, and this year’s finalists truly show that there is a cat for everyone.

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Dorset shop owner warns others after he fell victim to a creepy Instagram scam https://welcometopoole.co.uk/dorset-shop-owner-warns-others-after-he-fell-victim-to-a-creepy-instagram-scam/ Wed, 25 May 2022 14:59:03 +0000 https://welcometopoole.co.uk/dorset-shop-owner-warns-others-after-he-fell-victim-to-a-creepy-instagram-scam/

A shop owner has warned other business owners not to trust anyone online after her shop’s Instagram account was hacked. Jessica Parish fell for the “creepy” scam in February, and despite many efforts couldn’t get the account back three months later.

“You just can’t trust someone who sends you direct messages,” she warned others.

Jessica owns and runs Shoreside, a beach shop in Swanage. She built her Instagram account and enjoyed using social media to promote her business. However, in February, she received a message from a local charity account with a harmless cryptic word.

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She said, “When they [the hacker] sent me a first message, it was a Wordle from someone I thought was a friend. They [ the hacker] obviously thought ‘she’s the kind of person who would like to do a word puzzle’, and I was! That’s how they hooked me into a conversation.

“I gave – without realizing it – secure access to my Instagram account, so they then took over my account. The system that Instagram has in place to recover your account then thinks that you are the hacker and blocking you from accessing it.”

The scam recently made national headlines for the sinister way scammers take control of accounts. Using an account they have already hacked, scammers send messages to subscribers who would trust the original account holder.

The hacker says he will send the follower a link or code, and asks the follower to resend it. However, the link is sent by the hacker by clicking on “Forgot password?”, prompting to send a password reset code from Instagram to the subscriber. This code allows them to reset the follower’s account password – and allows them to take over the account.

Jessica said: “It’s scary isn’t it? It’s awful. I’m scared that someone will get caught because they’ve been messaging people pretending to be me and that someone is going to lose money.

“They use my language, so they studied my way of speaking and the language that I used in my posts in the past. A friend of mine said that they messaged her: ‘Can you give me a service ?””



Jessica says she’s tried to get her account back or have it deleted any way she can, but hasn’t had any luck so far. She feels saddened by the incident, as Instagram had been “quite fun” and a way for her to share community events. The account had also brought customers to his shop.

She may also see the hacker impersonating her by posting from her account and trying to scam her followers. However, she finds that she cannot create a new account for her store.

“I haven’t created a new Instagram account yet, because how can I do that? They have the company name, they have everything,” she said. “If I start a new one, how is anyone going to know which one is the real one? I can say ‘it’s been hacked’, but it doesn’t look really professional. It’s not not very good for your reputation.

“I’ve been in contact with Action Fraud – they’ve been very helpful, they’re collecting information on this. A lot of people have been hit harder because they’ve lost thousands of pounds, because they’ve been taken by the investing money [scams]. It’s about investing in Bitcoin.”

Although she wants to warn other businesses about the scam, she has no bad feelings towards the scammers – although she admits she would feel differently if they had managed to steal her money. “If they have a shitty life and it’s their job…I can’t hate them for it,” she said.

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]]> LSU student media reporters win top prizes in national and regional media competitions – The Observer https://welcometopoole.co.uk/lsu-student-media-reporters-win-top-prizes-in-national-and-regional-media-competitions-the-observer/ Tue, 24 May 2022 17:41:24 +0000 https://welcometopoole.co.uk/lsu-student-media-reporters-win-top-prizes-in-national-and-regional-media-competitions-the-observer/

BATON ROUGE — LSU student media students have won 19 awards for excellence in journalism in the 2021 Region 12 Society of Professional Journalists, or SPJ, competition and six awards in the 2022 College Media Business & Advertising Managers competition, or CMBAM, Competition.

Among the awards were five winning articles from Tiger TV, including best all-around newscast; four winning Reveille articles in Breaking News Reporting, Sports Writing, General Column Writing, and Sports Column Writing, as well as a runner-up award for Best All-Purpose Student Newspaper – Grandes Ecoles; and a winning Manship News Service article in In-Depth Reporting.

LSU Student Media proudly recognizes the following student journalists from Tiger TV, KLSU, Reveille, and Manship News Service who have won the 2021 SPJ Mark of Excellence Awards:

  • radio function
    • Finalist: Sierra Vanderhorst of Atlanta, Ga., KLSU, “Congress Intern Gabriel Watkins”
  • In-depth television reporting
    • Winner: Brooke Smith of Benton, La., Tiger TV, “Transgender bills could hurt tourism”
  • General news reports on television
    • Winner: Jacob Cheatwood of Prairieville, Louisiana, Tiger TV, “Local HS Tackles Concussions”
    • Finalist: Marissa Galatas of Paulina, Louisiana, Tiger TV, “The Shop Owner Fights Back”
  • TV Feature Film Report
    • Winner: Ally Kadlubar from Lake Charles, Louisiana, Tiger TV, “Baton Rouge Gym Boosts Mental Health”
  • TV sports reports
    • Winner: Kendall Duncan of Mandeville, Louisiana, Tiger TV, “Swimming siblings”
  • Best Complete Newscast
    • Winner: Tiger TV, “Tiger TV Newsbeat”
  • Podcast
    • Finalists: Reveille, Nick Ombrellaro of Bothell, Washington, Gabby Jimenez of San Antonio, Texas, Piper Hutchinson of Peachtree City, Ga.
  • Latest news report
    • Winner: Maddie Scott of Covington, La. and Domenic Purdy of Prairieville, La., Reveille, “Students Protest LSU’s Treatment of Former French Student Charged with Rape: ‘Safe Not Silent'”
    • Finalist: Piper Hutchinson of Peachtree City, Ga., Reveille, “Louisiana AG Demands that LSU Punish Professor for Criticizing Official After Faculty Senate Meeting”
  • sports writing
    • Winner: Reed Darcey of Metairie, La., Reveille, “Under Brian Kelly, LSU Expects Multiple Championships: ‘He’s Here to Support It'”
    • Runner-up: Peter Rauterkus of Birmingham, Ala., Reveille, “Collis Temple Jr. helped bring LSU athletics 50 years ago”
  • General column writing
    • Winner: Claire Sullivan of Southbury, Connecticut, Reveille, “Title IX Enforcement”
    • Finalist: Charlie Stephens of Baton Rouge, Reveille, “Renaming LSU Buildings”
  • In-depth reports
    • Winner: Joe Rizzo, Joey Bullard, Michael Sanders, Manship News Service, “Louisiana Residents Confront Climate Crisis”
    • Finalist: Ally Kadlubar from Lake Charles, Louisiana, Bailee Hoggatt, Ezekiel Robinson, Jordanne Davis, Reveille, “Separate Cemeteries”
  • Writing sports chronicles
    • Winner: Peter Rauterkus of Birmingham, Alabama, Reveille
  • Editorial writing
    • Finalist: Editorial Board of Reveille, Reveille
  • Corbin Gwaltney Award for Best All-Round Student Newspaper (Higher Schools)

“Our student journalists at LSU Student Media continue to produce award-winning content to serve the campus community,” said LSU Student Media Director John Friscia. “It’s a testament to the consistency and quality of the work being done here at Hodges Hall. If you intend to be a journalist, LSU Student Media is your place. On behalf of our staff and myself, we say congratulations to them once again!

Additionally, LSU Student Media Advertising has won the following 2022 CMBAM Awards:

  • Best Graphic Designer, Second Place
  • Best Living Guide, Third Place
  • Best Sponsored Content, Third Place
  • Best Non-Newspaper Print Advertising, Honorable Mention
  • Best Special Section, Honorable Mention
  • Best Rate Card/Media Kit, Honorable Mention

SPJ Region 12 represents schools in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee. First place winners will compete nationally later this spring. CMBAM is a national non-profit organization that supports college advertising and business operations. LSU is one of more than 125 CMBAM member schools.

See the full list of CMBAM 2022 winners at CMBAM webpage and 2021 SPJ Region 12 winners on The SPJ website.

For more information, contact acharbonnet1@lsu.edu.

LSU Student Media provides media experiences for students through The Reveille newspaper, lsureveille.com, and the Réveil mobile application; Tiger TV; KLSU-FM radio; and the Gumbo directory. All four outlets are student-run and staffed, professionally supported, and provide a real-world experience for aspiring broadcasters, program directors, writers, editors, photographers and videographers, web producers, designers and others. Many participating students pursue majors through LSU’s Manship School of Mass Communication.

LSU Manship School of Mass Communication ranks among the strongest college communications programs in the nation, with a strong emphasis on media and public affairs. it offers undergraduate degrees in public relations, journalism, political communication, digital advertising and pre-law, as well as four graduate programs: Master in Mass Communication, Ph.D. in Media and Public Affairs, Certificate in Strategic Communication and a double degree MMC/Law.

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The sale of Chelsea is about to be ratified https://welcometopoole.co.uk/the-sale-of-chelsea-is-about-to-be-ratified/ Tue, 24 May 2022 07:00:05 +0000 https://welcometopoole.co.uk/the-sale-of-chelsea-is-about-to-be-ratified/ The sale of Chelsea is ever closer to being ratified, according to the PA news agency.

Roman Abramovich now expects to have met the UK government’s requirements for the granting of a new sales license, it is understood.

Russian-Israeli billionaire Abramovich has been hoping for some time that he was able to meet the government’s expectations of how to handle his £1.5bn loan to Chelsea.

Roman Abramovich, pictured, will sell Chelsea after 19 years of owning the club from Stamford Bridge (Adam Davy/PA)

The 55-year-old is believed to be confident those demands have been met, which would finally clear the way for Downing Street to complete the sale.

Abramovich has reportedly confirmed to the government that his partner Demetris Ioannides has quit the trust that owns Camberley International, the company holding the £1.5billion debt he intends to write off.

UK government sanctions against Abramovich mean he must not benefit from the sale of Chelsea, with the debt to be frozen and then converted into equity.

Los Angeles Dodgers co-owner Todd Boehly has already agreed to a £4.25billion purchase of the Blues, with Abramovich’s ownership tenure set to end after 19 years.

American tycoon Boehly will become the majority owner of Chelsea once the takeover is complete, although California-based investment firm Clearlake Capital will take the majority of shares.

Boehly’s consortium finalizing the takeover will end a 12-week saga that was sparked by Abramovich officially putting the Blues up for sale on March 2.

Chelsea players and staff have discovered the club has been sold at Kenilworth Road, amid final preparations for their FA Cup fifth round clash at Luton Town.

The Blues won 3-2 despite the obvious distractions as Abramovich issued a statement pledging to cancel the club’s debt and set up a foundation to help victims of war in Ukraine.

Chelsea v Watford – Premier League – Stamford Bridge
Todd Boehly, centre, with Hansjorg Wyss, second left, who are both part of the consortium set to complete the Chelsea takeover (Adam Davy/PA)

Abramovich was then sanctioned by the British government on March 10, with Downing Street claiming to have proven his links to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Chelsea were placed under a strict government operating licence, with all of Abramovich’s other UK assets frozen.

Once the Boehly takeover is complete, the Blues will be able to return to business as usual – and there will be no time to waste reconfiguring the squad of players.

The sanctions meant that Chelsea could not carry out any transfer activity, either with existing players or external targets.

Antonio Rudiger is joining Real Madrid on a free transfer and Andreas Christensen is heading to Barcelona, ​​so the Blues need two centre-backs to start their summer window business.

Sevilla’s Jules Kounde is a long-term target and Chelsea are said to have the option of striking a quick deal to sign the French defender.

Manager Thomas Tuchel will also want to resolve the future of club captain Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso, with the two Spain wingers also other targets for Barcelona.

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Westpac launches new green car loan https://welcometopoole.co.uk/westpac-launches-new-green-car-loan/ Tue, 24 May 2022 00:54:18 +0000 https://welcometopoole.co.uk/westpac-launches-new-green-car-loan/

More and more Australians are looking to buy electric vehicles and now many car lenders are offering competitive rates.

For example, Westpac announced a new Green Fixed Auto Loan for environmentally friendly vehicles.

The new car loan starts at a low 4.99% per annum (comparative rate of 6.21% per annum*) and comes with free additional repayments. You can borrow between $10,000 and $100,000, which is a good range when looking to buy an eco-friendly car.

To qualify for Westpac’s new green car loan, your car must be on its list of eligible carsbe for personal use, made locally or imported by the manufacturer and be less than seven years old at the time of application.

How does Westpac’s green car loan compare?

For starters, the green car loan is 99 basis points lower than the average fixed car loan rate of 5.98% in Mozo’s database. It is also 16 basis points lower than the average fixed rate of 5.15% for green auto loans in our database.

Westpac is one of many lenders now offering green financial services to customers looking for greener options to help tackle the climate crisis.

If you’re planning on buying a new set of wheels soon, check out Mozo’s car loan guides for more on electric vehicles. Alternatively, you can start comparing car loans below.

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Although we pride ourselves on covering a wide range of products, we do not cover every product on the market. If you choose to request a product through our website, you will be dealing directly with the supplier of that product and not with Mozo.

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Millions ‘knocking at door of starvation’ after war in Ukraine, warns UN https://welcometopoole.co.uk/millions-knocking-at-door-of-starvation-after-war-in-ukraine-warns-un/ Mon, 23 May 2022 17:29:21 +0000 https://welcometopoole.co.uk/millions-knocking-at-door-of-starvation-after-war-in-ukraine-warns-un/

ggood morning.

Gazprom’s UK operations are said to be planning a subtle rebranding as the company seeks to distance itself from its Kremlin-controlled owners.

Gazprom Energy, which supplies gas to British companies, is considering adopting the name of its British parent company – GM&T – to improve its chances of survival, reports the Financial Times.

The company was on the verge of collapse in March as customers refused contracts following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

The UK was poised to put him in special administration if necessary, but Germany stepped in, temporarily taking control of parent company Gazprom Germania.

5 things to start your day

1) Windfall tax ‘would hit your pension pot’, says minister Cabinet splits deepen over energy company tax as four in ten face winter of fuel poverty

2) Britain is becoming a less attractive place to do business, conservative-leaning think tank says Business leaders last week accused Boris Johnson of squandering the post-Brexit opportunity to cut red tape and taxes

3) The pay gap between FTSE bosses and the rest of the workforce is narrowing after Covid put a cap on executive pay Average pay ratio between bosses and workers widens, says High Pay Center

4) Government launches £40m competition to revive self-driving buses and delivery vans Self-driving vehicles could be worth £42bn to the UK economy

5) Farmers fear supermarkets will switch to eggs from Poland – Retailers accused of seeking cheaper foreign products

What happened overnight

Asian stocks traded mixed as investors assess the impact of China’s Covid policies on the growth and outlook of the world’s largest economies. The dollar and treasury bills retreated.

Stocks rose slightly in Japan, but a decline in Chinese tech stocks and a virus outbreak in Beijing weighed on an MSCI gauge of stocks in the region.

Nasdaq 100 and S&P 500 futures jumped about 1% after the S&P 500 fell for a seventh consecutive week in a period of weakness not seen since 2001.

coming today

Business : Great Yellow Group, Kainos Group (annual results); Pershing Square (temporary workers); Kingfisher (commercial statement)

Economy: World Economic Forum, Davos (EU), Rightmove housing price index (UK), Chicago Fed National Activity Index (WE)

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Taliban imposes face covering order for TV presenters https://welcometopoole.co.uk/taliban-imposes-face-covering-order-for-tv-presenters/ Sun, 22 May 2022 13:39:53 +0000 https://welcometopoole.co.uk/taliban-imposes-face-covering-order-for-tv-presenters/ Taliban leaders in Afghanistan have begun enforcing an order requiring all female TV news anchors in the country to cover their faces while on air.

The move is part of a radical shift that has drawn condemnation from human rights activists.

After the order was announced on Thursday, only a handful of outlets complied. But on Sunday most of the female anchors were seen with their faces covered after the Taliban’s Ministry of Vice and Virtue began enforcing the decree.

TV presenter Khatereh Ahmadi wears a face covering as she reads the news on Sunday (Ebrahim Noroozi/AP)

The Ministry of Information and Culture previously announced that the policy was “final and non-negotiable”.

“It’s just an external culture that is imposed on us, forcing us to wear a mask and it can create a problem for us when presenting our programs,” said Sonia Niazi, TV presenter at TOLOnews.

A local media official confirmed his station received the order last week, but was forced to implement it on Sunday after being told it was not up for discussion.

When the Taliban last ruled Afghanistan, from 1996 to 2001, they imposed crushing restrictions on women, forcing them to wear the burqa and excluding them from public life and education.

TV presenter Sonia Niazi covers her face as she works in a studio on Sunday
TV presenter Sonia Niazi covers her face while working in a studio (Ebrahim Noroozi/AP)

After regaining power in August, the Taliban initially appeared to have eased their restrictions somewhat, announcing no dress code for women. But in recent weeks they have made a sharp and intransigent turn that has confirmed the worst fears of human rights activists and further complicated the Taliban’s relationship with an already wary international community.

Earlier this month, the Taliban ordered all women in public to wear head-to-toe clothing that left only their eyes visible. The decree stated that women should only leave the house when necessary and that male relatives would be subject to punishment for violations of the women’s dress code, starting with a summons and continuing through court hearings and prison sentences.

Taliban leaders have also banned girls from going to school after sixth grade, reversing previous promises by Taliban officials that girls of all ages would have access to education.

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Bridport Big Band Jubilee Concert https://welcometopoole.co.uk/bridport-big-band-jubilee-concert/ Sun, 22 May 2022 04:00:00 +0000 https://welcometopoole.co.uk/bridport-big-band-jubilee-concert/ Memories were stirred ahead of a special event in Bridport to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

Next weekend, the Bridport Big Band will perform at a concert organized by the Rotary Club of Bridport to mark the 70th anniversary of the accession of Queen Elizabeth II on February 6, 1952.

On the same day 70 years ago, Elizabeth Buckler, 17, of Burton Bradstock, was being interviewed by BBC presenter – ‘Voice of the Nation’ Richard Dimbleby – in Dorchester when news of the death of George VI and hence Princess Elizabeth arrived. accession to the throne.

Miss Buckler – who became Elizabeth Gale – was one of the first students at Dorset Farm Institute – now Kingston Maurward College – and was invited to appear on the radio show ‘Down Your Way’.

The Bridport Grammar School alum had recently returned from a six-week trip to Canada sponsored by Garfield Weston.

She recalled how she was sitting rehearsing the interview with Richard Dimbleby at 9.30am at the Antelope Hotel when an assistant came into the room and whispered in Dimbleby’s ear. He then turned to Elizabeth and said, “The king is dead.”

She said: “The taping took place but the broadcast was delayed for several weeks due to the King’s death and funeral. Richard Dimbleby was the main commentator throughout the radio and television presentations who followed.

“The announcement of the King’s death was not released to the general public until 10.45am that morning.”

Later she went to Bournemouth for an outing with other students and remembered that most businesses had closed, flags were at half mast and all shops were dressed in black and purple.

“For a fortnight after the king’s death, radio and television broadcast only funeral music and the news until after the funeral.”

As a Bridport Rotarian, Ms. Gale assists Platinum Jubilee concert organizers, President Bernard Paull and President-Elect Colin Bowditch.

Musical numbers from the Queen’s lifetime will form the extensive program. The event is in aid of Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance and Ukraine Appeal.

The Rotary Concert with the Bridport Big Band will take place on Saturday 28 May at Bridport United Church at 7pm for 7.30pm. Tickets for £12 are available from Bridport TIC, Rotarians and onsite.

Refreshments will be available and the concert will end with the audience participating in singing patriotic and appropriate songs.

Ms Gale said: “I saw the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh when they visited Dorchester in the spring of 1952 and later that summer at the Bath and West Show (then a moveable party) at Newton Abbott where he stood that year.

“At that time in my life, everything seemed simpler, and we didn’t crave material things. I remember the new Elizabethan era as exciting, fresh and joyful.”

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