British PM, locals, condemn calls for beggars to be removed before UK royal wedding

admin   •   January 5, 2018   •   2776

“Yes, I don’t agree with the comments that the leader of the council has made. I think it is important that we, councils, work hard to ensure that they are proving accommodation for those people who are homeless, and where there are issues of people aggressively begging on the streets then it’s important that councils work with the police to deal with that aggressive bullying,” said Britain Prime Minister Theresa May.

This was the comment of British Prime Minister Theresa May on the statement of Simon Dudley, the leader of the royal borough of Windsor and Maidenhead Council, on Twitter where he said there had been an “epidemic of rough sleeping and vagrancy” in the town and said he wanted police “to focus on dealing with this before the #royalwedding in May.”

His remarks drew criticism from Prime Minister Theresa May and even from locals.

“I don’t know any aggressive beggars. I don’t know one person who is an aggressive beggar. There is a couple of people that ask for money, but they are homeless people at the end of the day,” said Stuart, a homeless man in Windsor.

“No one has said anything to us, mentioned. But of course, if you see people are lying on the floor, wherever they are, not just Windsor, all around London, it’s a big big problem, big issue. It has to be dealt with in a humane way,” said Rooney.

These were reactions on the idea that beggars need to be cleared by police from the streets of Windsor before the wedding of Prince Harry to girlfriend Meghan Markle because their “detritus” is presenting the picturesque English town in a poor light, the local council leader has said.

Windsor, the oldest inhabited castle in the world which has been a home of British monarchs for almost 1,000 years, attracts 1.3 million visitors every year, while many also visit the town to watch the regular “changing the guard”. — Reuters

 

DSWD appeals to public not to give alms to street children, beggars

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 7, 2019

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has urged the public not to give alms to street beggars including street children, homeless people, and members of Indigenous Peoples (IP) groups.

The DSWD said this is in pursuant to Presidential Decree (PD) No. 1563 or the Anti-Mendicancy Law which prohibits begging or soliciting of charitable donations by the poor and other religious organizations on the streets.

The department advises the public to think of other means to help in order to keep street dwellers and IP groups away from mendicant activities that may endanger their lives.

“DSWD advises the public to provide responsible types of assistance such as conducting organized gift-giving and caroling activities, feeding sessions, story-telling, and medical missions at the activity centers in the local government units (LGUs),” the DSWD said in a statement.—AAC

Meghan guest-edits British Vogue, honors ‘forces for change’ women

Robie de Guzman   •   July 29, 2019

Meghan, wife of Britain’s Prince Harry, has chosen to feature 15 women she considers “Forces for change” on the cover of the September issue of British Vogue that she guest edited, Buckingham Palace said on Sunday (July 28).

The Duchess of Sussex, who gave birth to her first child in May, spent seven months working with British Vogue’s Editor-in-Chief Edward Enninful on the issue.

The former actress, 37, said in a statement she had sought to steer the focus of the September issue – usually the year’s most read – to “the values, causes and people making impact in the world today”.

The cover of the magazine, which will be available on Aug. 2, features women including teenage climate change campaigner Greta Thunberg, New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Arden, boxer Ramla Ali and actress and women’s rights advocate Salma Hayek Pinault.

Author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Royal Ballet principal dancer Francesca Hayward, and model and former refugee Adut Akech are among others featured in a list that also includes mental health and diversity campaigners.

“Through this lens I hope you’ll feel the strength of the collective in the diverse selection of women chosen for the cover as well as the team of support I called upon within the issue to help bring this to light,” Meghan said in the statement.

“I hope readers feel as inspired as I do, by the ‘Forces for Change’ they’ll find within these pages.”

The issue also features a “candid conversation” between Meghan and former U.S. first lady Michelle Obama, and an interview with veteran primatologist Jane Goodall. (REUTERS)

(Production: Edward Baran, Tara Oakes)

Prince William welcomes Harry to the ‘sleep deprivation society’ after birth of baby boy

Robie de Guzman   •   May 8, 2019

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex | Courtesy: Reuters

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Britain’s Prince William and Catherine said they are thrilled by the birth of Prince Harry and Meghan’s baby boy with the elder brother welcoming his sibling to the “sleep deprivation society.”

“Absolutely thrilled and looking forward to seeing them in the next few days when things have quietened down. I’m very pleased and glad to welcome my own brother to the sleep deprivation society that is parenting so yeah that’ll be fun,” the Duke said.

Speaking outside the launch of the King’s Cup Regatta in London on Tuesday (May 7), William and Kate also revealed that they too are in waiting along with the rest of the world to find out the baby’s name.

“We’re looking forward to meeting him and finding out what his name is going to be, it’s really exciting for both of them and I wish them the best, in these next few weeks it’s all a bit daunting first-time round. So, wish them all the best,” the Duchess said.

William, second in line to the throne, has three children with Kate including Prince George, Prince Louis and Princess Charlotte and said he ”plenty of advice” for the new parents.

“Oh, there is plenty of advice, but I wish them all the best and I hope over the next few days it’ll settle down and they can enjoy having a new-born in their family and all the joys that come with that,” he said

Meghan gave birth in the early hours of Monday (May 6) morning to the boy, the seventh-in-line to the British throne, leaving his father, Queen Elizabeth’s grandson, and royal fans across the world enthralled.

So far, Harry and his aides have merely confirmed the boy weighed 7 lbs. 3oz (3.26 kg) and that Meghan and the couple’s first child were both healthy and well. (REUTERS)

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