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Prince Harry and Trudeau’s photographer are lookalikes

Prince Harry (L) and photographer Adam Scotti (R)Image copyright Courtesy Adam Scotti/Twitter
Image caption Prince Harry, right, and photographer Adam Scotti, left – or is it the other way round?

Prince Harry has found his Canadian doppelgänger and it is Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s official photographer.

Adam Scotti was photographing his boss at the Invictus Games over the weekend when Mr Trudeau grabbed the camera to snap a picture of the two redheads.

Mr Scotti then posted the image showing the uncanny resemblance on Twitter.

Prince Harry is in Toronto for the games and was sitting near Mr Trudeau and US First Lady Melania Trump during the opening ceremony.

The Canadian prime minister was not the only person to notice the striking resemblance between the shutterbug and the prince.

Another Twitter user posted a video of fans waiting to spot the prince outside a Toronto hotel, shouting “Harry!” when Mr Scotti walked through the doors.

Mr Trudeau, walking behind him, goes almost unnoticed until he jokingly points to his photographer and waves.

Mr Scotti kept having fun with the resemblance on Monday, posting an image of another Canadian photographer next to a portrait of Prince William.

He also joked about how he was waiting to be asked to play Harry in a biopic about the royal.

Mr Scotti has achieved a profile of his own in Canada even before people noticed he looked like Harry.

The young photographer has been called a “power player” in Canadian politics for helping craft Mr Trudeau’s savvy social media image.

Prince Harry created the annual Invictus Games for wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women and veterans.

About 550 men and women athletes from 15 countries will compete over eight days.

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Cricket club bans nuts from premises after quick-thinking players avert ‘much worse incident’

NUTS have been banned from Keighley Cricket Club.

The move follows an incident in which peanuts were taken into the changing rooms, endangering a player’s life.

Batsman Martin Walker has a severe allergy to any nut, and a junior player also suffers with the same condition.

The club has announced the ban, plus an end to any food and drink in the changing rooms, from next season.

In a posting on the club’s website, secretary Jo Walker said: “It has come to the attention of the committee, there was an incident where peanuts were brought into the changing rooms.

“Many of the team players are aware Martin Walker has a severe allergy to peanuts and any other nuts.

“It was only down to a few quick thinking players that thankfully a worse incident did not happen.

“Due to this, it has been proposed and agreed that from the beginning of the 2018 season, peanuts or any other nuts will no longer be sold at KCC or allowed to be brought into the facilities.

“Furthermore, food and drink will not be able to be brought into the changing room facilities – there is plenty of seating within the bar area and upstairs facilities.”

Traffic jams on the rise, with cars crawling at just 10mph on district’s worst-hit road

TRAFFIC jams are getting worse in Bradford, with more cars on the roads and average speeds slowing, the Telegraph & Argus can reveal.

On one of the district’s main routes, cars crawl along at an average of just 10 miles an hour during the morning rush-hour.

Now transport chiefs from across West Yorkshire are joining forces to draw up a congestion-busting plan for the county’s crucial A-road network.

This could include harnessing new technology to alter traffic light priorities in real-time or link in with sat-nav companies, re-routing cars around congested routes.

BRADFORD’S SLOWEST ROADS

  1. A657New Line, Leeds Road and Saltaire Road, through Shipley, Idle and Greengates. Morning rush hour average = 10.2mph.
  2. A647 Leeds Road. Morning rush hour average = 14.2mph.
  3. A6177 Bradford ring road. Morning rush hour average = 14.5mph.

Councillor Alex Ross-Shaw, who signed up to the agreement on behalf of Bradford, said: “Of course we’ve been working in partnership with other authorities in the region for some time and this is the next logical step in that.

“It is an agreement to look at those key transport corridors and consider how we can develop consistent approaches to improve journey time and reliability across the district and region.

“It also means we can speak more powerfully with one voice when discussing the road network with Government.”

West Yorkshire’s 410 miles of A-roads make up just seven per cent of the road network but carry 60 per cent of all vehicles.

The average speed on Bradford’s A-roads fell from 20.8 mph in 2015 to 20.4 mph in 2016.

Over the same period, the amount of traffic on the district’s roads grew by 3.5 per cent on a typical day, despite the opening of both the Apperley Bridge train station and the Bradford-to-Leeds cycle superhighway.

The district’s most clogged-up A-road is the A657 (New Line, Leeds Road and Saltaire Road) through Shipley, Idle and Greengates, where the average westbound speed during the morning rush hour is just 10.2 miles per hour, according to the latest figures from the Department for Transport.

In second place was the westbound A647 (Leeds Road), with an average morning speed of 14.2mph, and in third place was the Bradford ring road, the A6177, at 14.5mph.

Cllr Ross-Shaw, who leads on transport matters at Bradford Council, said tackling congestion was a case of both easing “choke points” and getting a significant number of people to move from “single-occupancy car use to smarter travel choices”.

From 2019, new trains will be introduced on all Northern routes, providing 30 per cent more seats in the rush hour, Cllr Ross-Shaw said.

West Yorkshire transport bosses are also adding 550 more park-and-ride spaces at Apperley Bridge, Menston, Shipley and Steeton and Silsden rail stations.

Transport chiefs are currently testing a real-time traffic monitoring system across West Yorkshire which has the potential to change traffic signals, display traffic messages to drivers or link in with sat-navs to re-route people away from jams.

One business leader said congestion was proving “a difficult nut to crack”, but was affecting local companies.

Bradford Chamber president, Nick Garthwaite, said: “It’s true that infrastructure investment is failing to keep pace with increasing levels of congestion, and so we support the idea of local authorities working closer together to attempt to tackle the problem – after all, congestion doesn’t end at Council boundaries.

“We have no figures on financial and economic impact, although we know that congestion levels are affecting the way that business operate and plan ahead – time spent in a traffic jam is no good to anyone.”

Councillor Martin Smith, the opposition Conservatives’ spokesman for transport on Bradford Council, was critical of congestion-busting efforts so far.

He said the district’s transport strategy “defies logic” and often seemed fragmented.

He said: “There has been no strategic view of transport in the district, interfacing with the needs of the public, It’s not co-ordinated, there’s no co-ordination.”

He also questioned the wisdom of narrowing roads to create cycle lanes, saying: “I struggle to see anybody on them ever.”

Labour to offer some women earlier retirement option

Pensions protest
Image caption Changes to women’s retirement age sparked widespread protests

Labour would allow hundreds of thousands of women born in the 1950s to retire at 64 on a reduced state pension, rather than wait until 66.

Government changes to the retirement age have been “chaotic”, shadow work and pensions secretary Debbie Abrahams will tell Labour’s conference later.

Many women who expected to retire at 60 must now work several years longer before receiving a state pension.

Ms Abrahams will say her plan would mean pension security for thousands.

Her change would benefit women born between 1954 and 1960.

“This will ensure that those who have suffered the consequences of this government’s chaotic mismanagement of the state pension age have the security they need,” she will tell the party’s conference in Brighton.

“We will continue to work with these women to get justice.”

Many women were caught by surprise when the timetable for moving to a later retirement age was accelerated in 2011.

The Waspi – Women Against State Pension Inequality – campaign is pushing for a transitional “bridging pension” to help women whose retirement plans have been thrown into disarray.

Labour has already promised to extend pension credit to the women affected.

In its manifesto for the June general election, the party said it was “exploring options for further transitional protections to ensure that all these women have security and dignity in older age”.

Precise financial details were not immediately available, but Ms Abrahams will say the scheme would be “cost-neutral in the long term”.

Ms Abrahams will also call for a pause in the roll-out of universal credit, to allay fears that claimants will be plunged into poverty as it is extended across the country over the next 12 months.

She argues that there is evidence of “deepening poverty” as more welfare claimants are transferred to universal credit, which replaces a range of older benefits.

She will cite reports that one in four claims are not paid within six weeks, leading to increased debt and mounting rent arrears.

GALLERY: Peaceful protest held to raise awareness of Rohingya suffering

ABOUT 80 people attended a peaceful protest in Bradford today to raise awareness of the plight of Rohingya Muslims.

The event was held at Infirmary Fields, next to Westgate Masjid in White Abbey Road.

Amnesty International has estimated that in the past month, 429,000 Rohingya have fled from persecution in Myanmar (Burma) to Bangladesh.

“It was a good turnout of men and women who came to hear what is actually happening to the Rohingya Muslims. There was a speech by a man who came from Rohingya. It was a very peaceful protest, just to raise awareness,” said one woman, who travelled from Blackburn to be there.

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A charity fun day raising funds to get food, water, medical aid and shelter to the Rohingya will be held at The Park Hotel in Oak Avenue, Manningham, on Saturday, September 30, from noon to 5pm. The event is being raised through the charity One Life Global Welfare. On the same day at noon there will be a peace demonstration outside Leeds Art Gallery.

Prince Harry opens Invictus Games in Toronto

The opening ceremony featured artist performances and athletes. Competitors from 15 countries will compete over eight days.

Prince Harry sat next to the First Lady of the US Melania Trump, despite speculation he might arrive with his girlfriend, actress, Meghan Markle.

Rounding up

£1 coin

The round £1 coin will soon lose its status as legal tender. In practice, shops can refuse to accept these coins from 16 October.

They have been used alongside the new 12-sided £1 coin since March – a period called co-circulation.

Now, there is not long left to spend, bank, exchange or donate old pounds coins but, first, you have to find them.

The Treasury and Royal Mint estimate that around 500 million round pounds are still out there somewhere.

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Media captionA brief history of decimal coins

Rounding them up

Those old, round £1 coins might be lurking somewhere around the house. Chris Bird, senior lecturer in psychology at the University of Sussex, says one way to find them is to visualise a situation when you had a handful of loose change.

“We can use our memory to imagine situations when we would use them and where we would leave them,” he says.

“That is what the memory is for. We use our memory to make decisions in the now and in the future.”

He says that a fairly recent discovery reveals that we use the same part of our brain to remember the past as we do to imagine ourselves in a certain situation.

So the same mechanism in the brain’s memory system allows us not only to travel back, but also to consider the present or the future.

The other way to find those old coins, according to Mr Bird, is simply to check all of the places that you know are where you commonly keep change.

So here is a handy list of 10 places to look:

1. A wallet or purse

Sometimes the most obvious is the last place you look. Shops can give the round £1 coins as change until 16 October, so they could be popped into a wallet or purse in a rush.

The Royal Mint has been encouraging shops to bag the round pounds separately so, when they are banked, they are taken out of circulation.

2. Down the back of the sofa

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The most clichéd answer to the question of where to find loose change. Honestly, when was the last time you found coins down there? But when was the last time you looked?

It is probably worth checking in the next few days, along with armchairs, and beds. Even if you do not find any money, you may come across the remote control for the DVD player.

3. Supermarket bag for life

You have finished your Friday night big shop and you are about to carry your groceries to the bus or car, but first you lock up the supermarket trolley and your £1 coin pops out of the mechanism. Into the bag for life it goes. Perhaps it is still there? If the bag really is for life, then it might be sitting in the back of the cupboard under the stairs.

Most supermarket trolleys have now been altered to accept the new 12-sided £1 coin, but there was a delay at Tesco when the new coin was launched in March.

4. Big night out handbag

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It is only used on special occasions, so it might be at the back of the wardrobe or hanging on a peg behind a few coats. The chances are that there is still a bit of cash in there, maybe some change from the bar or the taxi home.

If you go out a lot, you will have found the cash already. If you have young children, then the last big night was probably months ago.

5. Winter coat pocket

While you are still at the back of the wardrobe, why not check the pockets of your winter coats.

It is unlikely that they have been worn since the new 12-sided £1 coin entered circulation on 28 March, and they might not be worn again before 16 October.

The old £1 coins cannot be spent in the shops after that date, but they can continue to be deposited into an account at most High Street banks and the Post Office for the foreseeable future.

6. The top drawer

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Any top drawer around the house seems a natural place to throw some loose change – even if it has socks in it.

It might also be the chance to declutter. Is the only reason that the top drawer is always overflowing while the bottom is fine simply because we are too lazy to bend down?

7. Children’s piggy banks

Children’s financial habits are formed by the age of seven, according to the government-backed Money Advice Service. So if your children are super savers, then there could be quite a few £1 coins in their piggy banks.

Junior savings accounts can generally be opened with as little as £1, to keep that savings habit going. It may be a chance for the youngsters to spend the fruits of their savings labours before there is a scene in the toy shop when the cashier refuses an old, lovingly saved £1 coin.

It is worth remembering too that tooth fairies should no longer use old, round £1 coins from 16 October.

8. A charity pot

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Many homes will have a charity pot of some kind, ranging from those big glass bottles to a cardboard shoe box.

The UK Treasury and the Royal Mint have joined forces with the BBC‘s Children in Need appeal to ask anyone who finds some old £1 coins to donate them to the charity.

“We are encouraging everyone who can, to promise their round pounds to Pudsey,” says Andrew Jones, exchequer secretary to the Treasury.

9. Car glove compartment

There are probably many more coins in vehicle glove compartments than gloves.

A recent survey by the AA motoring organisation suggested drivers have been avoiding parking spots that require payment by phone as cash remained a more popular way to pay.

Many drivers keep coins in the glove compartment for parking fares, and in that little well by the gear stick that is designed to hold cups.

10. Gym kit bag

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Attendance at the gym or sports centre may have waned a little since the subscription was bought with good intentions in the new year.

The gym bag may actually have been unopened throughout the summer. In which case, the £1 coins for the locker may be old round ones, rather than new 12-sided ones. Dig them out, pop them in the bank, and save them ready for January’s subscription renewal, when the good intentions start all over again.


The new £1 coin: Vital statistics

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Thickness: 2.8mm – thinner than old coin

Weight: 8.75g – lighter than old coin

Diameter: 23.4mm – larger than old coin

Number to enter circulation: 1.5 billion – about 23 per person. Old £1 coins will be melted down to make new ones

Outer ring: gold-coloured, made from nickel-brass

Inner ring: silver-coloured, made from nickel-plated alloy

LATEST PICTURES: St George’s Hall will stage ‘much wider range of shows’ after restoration

Bradford’s St George’s Hall will be able to stage a “much wider range of shows” once work to improve the venue’s stage and seating is complete, contractors have stated.

The changes are part of Bradford Council’s £8.5m renovation and modernisation of the much-loved theatre, which began in June.

In the hall’s main auditorium, planning consent was granted to improve both sightlines and legroom for guests, and last month, contractors said the stage had been removed alongside hundreds of seats to be set aside and refurbished before being reset in a different layout.

Although the venue’s capacity will be reduced as a result of the re-design, Bradford Council hopes to sell out more events due to the improved experience for customers.

Giving an update on the latest work, Christophe Hamard, senior project manager at the Council said: “We are trying to do two sets of improvements. The first one relates to the stages. The stages are being changed completely over the next six months. Rather than having one big stage we will have one split into two sections. The main stage will be half of the existing one, but in front of the main stage will be an adjustable stage which can either added to the new stage or retracted from it.

“This will enable theatre services to have a much wider range of shows available at this venue.

“The second element we are trying to work on is from a customer’s perspective, ensuring that the seating arrangement and seats are comfortable to ensure that they have an enjoyable experience. We are refurbishing all the seats and reviewing the seating layout to make sure that once you are in as a paying customer you get a better experience.”

The building is currently encased in scaffolding to allow for a full replacement of the Grade II-listed building’s ageing roof. Contractors from Henry Boot will also begin work on restoring the sandstone exterior of the Lockwood and Mawson-designed building towards the end of the year.

Work is expected to be finished towards the end of next year, with Bradford Theatres stating they hope to stage shows in the autumn even if some external work is still ongoing.

Britain’s Got Talent to hold open auditions at Broadway centre

BRADFORDIANS are to be given the chance to audition for Britain’s Got Talent when the show’s representatives visit the city next week.

Members of the team from the hit ITV show will visit The Broadway Centre on Sunday October 1 from 12pm to 4pm.

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The auditions are open to performers of any age, with a show spokesman stating: “Anything goes from magicians to comedians, drag acts to singers and acrobats to animals.”

Successful acts will then be in with a chance of securing a place at one of the judges’ auditions taking place in 2018.

Canadian delicacy to come to Bradford city centre when new business opens

A NEW eatery serving a popular Canadian dish will soon be opening in the centre of Bradford.

Brooklyn Fries will be the district’s first poutine cafe, and one of just a handful in the country.

The dish is made up of French fries topped with cheese curds, a gravy or other sauce and assorted other toppings like fried eggs.

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Imtiaz Pandor is opening the venture next month in the former Tribeca sandwich shop on Upper Millergate, which he bought four years ago. He said business at Tribeca had been declining, and he made the decision to open a much more unique food venue. He fell in love with the dish on a trip to Canada, and on a recent trip to Dubai saw how it could be suited to different tastes.

He said: “Tribeca had been there for about 20 years, and I bought it about four years ago. I was nostalgic as I’d eaten there for years. I wanted to return Tribeca to its glory days, but people changed their eating habits, people weren’t going to go out of their way to come here to get a sandwich – there is a sandwich shop on every street.

“This business is based on Poutine, it is a dish from Quebec in Canada. There aren’t many poutine places, there is one in Liverpool and a pop up in London.

“All the potatoes are going to be locally sourced and cut on site. Chips are normally seen as a side dish, but this is about making chips the hero.

“I hope this will attract more people to this end of town. We’re going to be opening a little bit later, hopefully making the most of the early evening crowd. We’ll have about five members of staff.”

The business will open early next month.

Meanwhile, in Ilkley Arc Inspirations, a multi-brand bar operator, has announced the latest addition to its portfolio after securing its first venue in Ilkley, with doors set to open on November 3.

Arc has acquired the lease from European restaurant Wildwood on Station Plaza, with plans underway to rejuvenate the 5,000 sq. ft. site into its rapidly expanding flagship brand Banyan Bar & Kitchen.

The new bar and restaurant, extending over two floors, will create 35 full and part-time jobs for the local area.