Hopeful of Indo-Pak WT20 clash in Dharamsala: Sridhar

first_imgDharamsala, Mar 8 (PTI) ICC World Twenty20 Tournament Director M V Sridhar is “more than hopeful” of the events marquee India-Pakistan clash going ahead as scheduled here on March 19 after the two-member delegation from across the border took stock of the security preparations in the city. “I am more than hopeful on behalf of the BCCI and on the behalf of the tournament. Whatever the actual status on the ground has been communicated to the Pakistan team. And now the decision is with them. Obviously, they will also consult their own government, High Commission, based on that they will come back to us,” he told reporters here. The Pakistani team, headed by Director Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) Usman Anwar and comprising Pakistan Cricket Board official Ajam Khan, crossed over to India via the land transit route of Attari-Wagah border of Punjab yesterday. Pakistan are scheduled to start their WT20 campaign on March 16 against a qualifier before clashing with India on March 19. However, the much-anticipated match has been thrown into jeopardy after HP Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh said the game should be shifted out to respect popular sentiments after the Pathankot terror attacks. Sridhar said the ICC is firm on holding the match in Dharamsala. “The district administration has very clearly stated that they are committed to giving complete security, not only for the India versus Pakistan match, but for all the matches which are going to be held in Dharamsala. “Thats the commitment given by both sides — the administration and the police. So, that has been clearly communicated to the Pakistani delegation,” Sridhar said. The Pakistan security team will submit its report to the PCB and the Pakistani government before a final decision is announced. PTI Cor PM AT ATadvertisementlast_img read more

French Open: Brave Kristina Mladenovic carries French hopes

first_imgLocal hope Kristina Mladenovic, tagged as one of the French Open favourites, will try to put her back problem behind her when she takes on Italian Sara Errani in the second round on Wednesday.The 13th seed, who played through the pain in the first round after pulling her back, is looking to become the first Frenchwoman to win the title here since Mary Pierce in 2000.”It is really huge if a French player can go deep into the tournament, it is really big for the crowd, for the tournament everybody wants to see this,” seven-time grand slam champion Mats Wilander told Reuters.”They want to see a player who will give everything…give them a huge performance,  give blood…leave it on the court it will be great to see her play.”In the absence of Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova, Mladenovic has been tipped as one of the top favourites for the tournament after reaching the final in Stuttgart and Madrid.After the local favourite’s back trouble almost forced her to withdraw from her first-round match, Mladenovic promised the crowd she would “fight until the end”.last_img read more

Williams suffers collapsed lung against Mexico

first_imgWales Ashley Williams undergoes surgery after suffering collapsed lung against Mexico Ronan Murphy 18:48 6/3/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Ashley Williams Wales 02062018 Getty Wales Everton Mexico v Wales Mexico World Cup Friendlies The 33-year-old was injured in a clash with Javier Hernandez and now faces some time in hospital to recover before he can return to action Everton defender Ashley Williams has undergone surgery after suffering a collapsed lung while playing for Wales.The 33-year-old lasted just 17 minutes of his side’s friendly with Mexico before being forced off after a collision with Javier Hernandez.Williams broke two ribs in the clash, which punctured his lung and then led to it collapsing. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now As a result, he needed to have surgery to repair the damage, and was taken to Ronald Reagan UCLA hospital in Beverly Hills, from where he posted a message to his Facebook followers detailing his condition.”Crazy couple weeks.. great to be back in a FA Wales shirt & with the lads, however after coming off after 20 mins with multiple breaks on two ribs, I went hospital & found out I had punctured my left lung which led to it collapsing,” Williams wrote.”I would like to say a huge thank you to all the staff at Ronald Reagan UCLA hospital in Beverley Hills for looking after me and making sure surgery went as comfortable as possible.”Look forward to flying home & resting up now before the new season!”The 33-year-old captained the Dragons at Euro 2016, where they surprised many pundits to reach the semi-final before losing to eventual winners Portugal.Williams has not played for Everton since March, having been sent off against Burnley and then not returning to the squad following his three-game suspension.last_img read more

Australia burned once more by VAR

first_imgWorld Cup 2018 World Cup: Australia burned once more by VAR Josh Thomas @Joshua_Thomas97 Last updated 1 year ago 12:06 6/17/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) VAR France v Australia World Cup Australia France v Australia Denmark v Australia Australia v Peru The video review technology continues to frustrate football fans Down Under Unlike the technology’s use against the Socceroos on Saturday night, it’s both clear and obvious the relationship between Australia and VAR isn’t working. While France’s penalty may well have been rightly awarded in the end, the mere hint of doubt surrounding it means the technology should not have overruled the referee’s on-field decision. Social media immediately after the decision was ablaze, and for Australians, it’s a fire they are all too familiar with after the VAR was unleashed prematurely in the A-League last season. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move From lengthy delays, questionable decisions and a grand final goal that shouldn’t have been given – the technology failed to win Australian football fans over.After awarding the first ever World Cup penalty against the Socceroos on Saturday, VAR and Australia’s relationship is now on even more rocky ground. And it’s hard to see it ever recovering.With around 3.4 million Aussies tuning in at one point during the match, the technology not only turned the match, but it also potentially turned fans on the fence away from the beautiful game. VAR France v AustraliaSocceroos goalkeeper Mat Ryan couldn’t hide his disappointment with the VAR’s intervention post-game.”I feel hard done by. I feel like we were beaten by a better team and almost by technology a little bit,” Ryan said.”On the replays I have seen it didn’t look conclusive. You hear that technology was brought in to take out clear-cut errors and all this in the game but that’s the grey area.”What’s a clear-cut error and what’s not? What’s conclusive and what’s not?”I’m looking for a better explanation of it I guess now but I don’t want to take anything away from the game and the beautiful game that it is and what we’ve done today.” The reaction on social media only got worse with current and past players voicing their frustrations with the use of the technology.— Marcelo Carrusca (@chelocarrusca) June 16, 2018— Cameron Watson (@cam8710) June 16, 2018— Scott Rollinson (@ScottRollinson) June 17, 2018Technology has been deployed right in other sports in Australia, with the ‘bunker’ in the National Rugby League in particular learning from early failure to ensure the technology actually clarified matters.As is stands however, VAR is only causing confusion and in Australia’s case, more and more heartache when it comes to the round ball game.last_img read more

SERVICE NSMUNICIPAL RELATIONS–Province Provides Funding to Salvation Armys Energy Fund

first_imgMore than 1,500 low-income families could benefit from the Salvation Army’s Good Neighbour Energy Fund thanks to another $400,000 donation from the province. Almost 1,700 families have already been helped by the fund, and there are still applications from low-income families who need help heating their homes. The province is stepping in with another $400,000 donation to ensure Nova Scotia’s most vulnerable are able to heat their homes this winter. “Even though the province removed the provincial portion of the HST from home heating oil and even with help from the Heating Assistance Rebate Program, some families are still finding it difficult to afford to heat their homes,” said John MacDonell, Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations Minister. “Making life better for families is a priority for government and, together with the Salvation Army, this is one of the ways we’re helping families make ends meet.” The program helps with all forms of home heating, including firewood, coal, oil, propane and electricity, although the majority of requests are for oil and electricity. The benefit is paid as a credit that is applied to an energy supplier’s account on behalf of the person receiving it. “We’ve been able to promote the program more this year, and we’re seeing the effects of that with more people in need able to benefit from it,” said Maj. Doug Hefford, divisional commander of The Salvation Army. “We are very grateful for our partnership with the province and for the additional funds that will allow us to help more families in need.” The Good Neighbour Energy Fund was started in 1997 by Nova Scotia Power employees. The province came on board in 2008 and has made donations to the program every year since. The program runs from January to April. Application forms for the 2012 season will be available in January at the Salvation Army website at www.salvationarmy.ca/maritime/gnef/, MLA offices, and Salvation Army Churches and Thrift Stores. For more information on the Your Energy Rebate and the Heating Assistance Rebate Program, visit www.gov.ns.ca/snsmr .last_img read more

Agency reverses course on Trumps Alabama hurricane claim

first_imgWashington: A federal agency reversed course Friday on the question of whether President Donald Trump tweeted stale information about Hurricane Dorian potentially hitting Alabama, upsetting meteorologists around the country.On Sunday, Trump had warned that Alabama, along with the Carolinas and Georgia, was “most likely to be hit (much) harder than anticipated.”The National Weather Service in Birmingham, Alabama, tweeted later: “Alabama will NOT see any impacts from #Dorian. We repeat, no impacts from Hurricane #Dorian will be felt across Alabama. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USThe system will remain too far east.” But the president has been adamant throughout the week that he was correct, and the White House has deployed government resources and staff to back him.The latest defense came out Friday evening, when the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued a statement from an unidentified spokesman stating that information provided by NOAA and the National Hurricane Center to the president had demonstrated that “tropical-storm-force winds from Hurricane Dorian could impact Alabama.” Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsThe advisories were dated from last Wednesday, Aug. 28, through Monday, the statement read.Friday’s statement also said the Birmingham NWS tweet Sunday morning “spoke in absolute terms that were inconsistent with probabilities from the best forecast products available at the time.”The statement from NOAA contrasts with comments the agency’s spokesman, Chris Vaccaro, made Sunday. “The current forecast path of Dorian does not include Alabama,” Vaccaro said at the time. Friday’s NOAA statement, released just before 5 p.m., points to a few graphics issued by the National Hurricane Center to support Trump’s claims.The maps show percentage possibility of tropical storm force winds in the United States. Parts of Alabama were covered, usually with 5% to 10% chances, between Aug. 27 and Sept. 3. Maps on Aug. 30 grew to cover far more of Alabama, but for only 12 hours, and the highest percentage hit 20% to 30% before quickly shrinking back down.Alabama was not mentioned in any of the 75 forecast advisories the hurricane center sent out between Aug. 27 and Sept. 2. From Aug 28 to Aug. 31, a handful of locations in Alabama were mentioned in charts that listed percentage chance of tropical storm force winds or hurricane winds, maxing out at about 7 percent chance for Whiting Field to get tropical storm force winds.Former National Hurricane Center Director Bill Read blasted NOAA leadership Friday night on his Facebook page calling the situation “so disappointing” and saying he would comment because NOAA employees were ordered to be quiet.”Either NOAA Leadership truly agrees with what they posted or they were ordered to do it. If it is the former, the statement shows a lack of understanding of how to use probabilistic forecasts in conjunction with other forecast information. Embarrassing. If it is the latter, the statement shows a lack of courage on their part by not supporting the people in the field who are actually doing the work. Heartbreaking,” Read wrote.”What the Birmingham NWS office sent out Sunday morning was correct and served the public well,” Read continued. “It clearly let the public know that they were not at risk from the impacts of Hurricane Dorian.” Dan Sobien, president of the union representing weather service employees, tweeted Friday, “Let me assure you the hard working employees of the NWS had nothing to do with the utterly disgusting and disingenuous tweet sent out by NOAA management tonight.”Alex Sizemore, a meteorologist at NWS in Birmingham, tweeted, “The irony in all of this Twitter mess is that the tweet we sent out had nothing to do with what Trump tweeted, we had no knowledge of it at the time.” Sizemore said the Sunday tweet came in response to people calling the NWS office.”Now this. Goodness,” he added.Other meteorologists also voiced concerns about NOAA’s actions Friday.”I am very disappointed to see this statement come out from NOAA,” Oklahoma University meteorology professor Jason Furtado told The Associated Press.”I am thankful for the folks at NWS Birmingham for their work in keeping the citizens of Alabama informed and up to date on weather hazards.”Furtado said NOAA’s statement and the president’s Twitter “war on weather” are undermining confidence in meteorologists, adding, “The job just got harder because of this issue.”University of Georgia meteorology professor Marshall Shepherd, former president of the American Meteorology Society, simply responded, “OMG.”Brian McNoldy, a hurricane researcher at the University of Miami, cited the focus that NOAA placed on “tropical force winds” in its Friday evening statement.He said the first assertion about such winds from Dorian affecting Alabama is fine, but the second assertion “seems to be excessive.”McNoldy said the National Weather Service “had the right tone and message for the time. Alabama, for some time, was on the fringe of probabilities of experiencing tropical storm winds. That is not very threatening.””The Birmingham office was correct,” said a NOAA staffer familiar with the situation but speaking on the condition of anonymity for fear of being fired in reprisal.MIT meteorology professor Kerry Emanuel said Trump’s “broadcast of false information is inexcusable.” NOAA’s mission is to understand and predict changes in the Earth’s environment.It is part of the Commerce Department, overseen by Secretary Wilbur Ross. The White House did not immediately respond to a question of whether someone at the White House had asked NOAA to issue its statement.last_img read more

Andrea Iervolinos AMBI has two films at TIFF

first_img Login/Register With: Advertisement Facebook Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitter It’s almost unbelievable that anyone could have built a production/distribution film empire at 28. In Hollywood, he was happy to find, there is no such thing as being too young. That was clear when Iervolino was named one of the top dealmakers of 2015 by Variety, the industry trade paper. A new movie mogul has taken up residence in Toronto.He speaks Italian more easily than English and he is only 28 years old.“I try to look older,” Andrea Iervolino told me over drinks at Soho House while gearing up for the Toronto International Film Festival. “In Italy in this business, they say you are young if you are 45.”last_img

UNICEF appeals for 49 million for droughtaffected Ethiopia

After completing a visit to Ethiopia UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Hilde F. Johnson said today that the situation in the hardest-hit areas of the country is extremely serious.“Children are now at risk of dying in numbers in several areas if help is not provided urgently. The Government and partners are doing their utmost to help, but needs are not being met with adequate speed. More resources need to be provided.”Ms. Johnson visited Gurage Zone in Ethiopia and met with families who had been affected by the drought. “We talked to mothers and fathers, grandmothers and grandfathers and all actors in the field,” she said. “This picture was confirmed by all of them and a clear message was conveyed: there is no food. The assistance needs to be taken to scale and it has to happen urgently.”She added that Government officials were reporting that children were already dying in villages where they had no access. Earlier this month the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) revised its appeal for Ethiopia to at least $325 million to meet the growing demand for aid. The $49 million requested by UNICEF is for immediate humanitarian interventions. 26 June 2008The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has appealed for $49 million to assist families in Ethiopia where drought has left 75,000 children severely malnourished and 4.6 million people in need of immediate humanitarian aid. read more

China notes long history of friendly exchanges with Sri Lanka

Yi Xianliang, Ambassador of China in Sri Lanka, Commodore Uthpala, Deputy Area Commander West of Sri Lanka navy, Senior Colonel Xu jianwei, Defense Attaché of Embassy of China in Sri Lanka attended the welcome ceremony at the port, along with the officers and ratings of Sri Lanka navy, representatives of the Chinese enterprise and overseas Chinese. The Chinese PLA Navy’s hospital ship Ark Peace is a large maritime medical platform designed and built in China. She was commissioned in December 2008, hull number 866. The ship has got a length of 178 meters and a beam of 24 meters. She has got 8 levels and a full load displacement of 14,300 tons. The 4000 m2 hospital is divided into five main areas respectively for casualty transfer, triage, outpatient, inpatient and evacuation.Ark Peace assumes the missions of treating and evacuating the casualties at sea during wartime, giving medical service to inhabitants and servicemen on islands during peacetime, participating in international humanitarian assistance, providing emergency medical aid in the event of major disasters as well as conducting military medical exchanges and cooperation with foreign countries, thus the ship has been praised as the Ark of Life.Since her commission, Ark Peace has sailed altogether 170,000 nautical miles for over 13,000 hours, visited 29 countries covering three oceans and five continents and provided medical service to over twelve thousand people overseas. She has since been carrying forward international humanitarianism, spreading the concept of “Harmonious Ocean, Harmonious World” and making active contributions to the spread of peace, friendship and love. During the visit, Rear Admiral Guan Bailin, the mission commander will pay courtesy call on Vice Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne, Commander of Sri Lanka navy, and Rear Admiral Niraja Attygalle, Commander Western Naval Area. Meanwhile, Ark Peace will provide free medical service and treatment for Sri Lanka forces and police as well as the local people. Ark Peace will be open to the local public. China has had a long history of friendly exchanges with Sri Lanka, the Chinese Embassy in Sri Lanka said today.The Embassy said this Ark Peace, which is under Mission Harmony 2017, began her first goodwill visit to Sri Lanka. Colombo is the first port which Ark Peace visited in conducting Mission Harmony 2017. Leaving Sri Lanka on 9 August, Ark Peace will also visit Djibouti, Sierra Leone, Gabon, the republic of Congo, Angola, Mozambique, Tanzania and the East Timor and technically berth in Spain and Indonesia. “China and Sri Lanka have a long history of friendly exchanges. Zheng He, a Ming Dynasty navigator, arrived in Sri Lanka for many times when he sailed to Indian Ocean. On February 7, 1957, China and Sri Lanka established formal diplomatic tie which was promoted to the strategic cooperation partnership in May, 2013. Chinese naval task group, comprising missile destroyer Changchun and comprehensive replenishment ship Hefei, made the first port visit to Colombo, capital of Sri Lanka in 1985. From then on, there are more than 10 batches, totaling over 20 ships, made port call or berthed in Sri Lanka,” the Chinese Embassy in Colombo said.In May 2017, the Chinese naval oceangoing task group, consisting of missile destroyer Changchun, missile frigate Jingzhou and the comprehensive replenishment ship Chaohu visited Colombo. This is the sixth time for Ark Peace to conduct Mission Harmony after she carried out Mission Harmony and provided medical service for 5 countries in 2010, 4 countries in 2011, 8 countries in 2013, 4 countries in 2014 and 8 countries in 2015 as well. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Terror attacks on US give greater impetus to UNs antipoverty work Annan

“Following the 11 September attacks, the world economy is expected to slow down significantly, threatening to unravel hard-won gains in development,” said Mr. Annan. “The effects such as falling commodity prices, political tension, lower oil prices, lower investment, loss of tourism revenues, escalating trade costs and movements of refugees will take their toll on many of those who can least afford it.””Let us resolve to keep our focus firmly on the goals that the world’s leaders have set for the new millennium,” Mr. Annan said, referring to the Millennium Declaration adopted by last year’s Millennium Summit. In that text, world leaders pledged to free their peoples from the “abject and dehumanizing” conditions of extreme poverty.The Secretary-General emphasized that the UN’s mission to fight poverty has become more urgent than ever, and called on countries to devise more effective poverty reduction strategies. “Governments worked together to give us the Millennium Declaration, and they must work together, for the sake of the most vulnerable on this earth, to translate that vision into reality,” he stressed.For his part, the General Assembly President, Han Seung-soo of the Republic of Korea, called for greater investment in education, health care and basic social services. “Poverty is a scourge that must be overcome, and this can only be accomplished through concerted international efforts involving effective partnerships between developed and developing countries and between government, the private sector and civil society,” he said in a message. As part of the worldwide observances of the Day, a special event was held at UN Headquarters in New York near the commemorative stone engraved in honour of those fighting hunger, ignorance and violence. A testimony from families living in poverty, which was presented at the ceremony, underscored the need to treat every poor person with dignity and respect.The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty has been observed annually since 1993, following on the initiative of the International Movement ATD Fourth World. The observance of the Day aims to promote awareness of the need to eradicate poverty and destitution in all countries, particularly in developing countries – a need that has become a development priority. read more

Muslim school receives inadequate Ofsted rating after loos did not have toilet

first_img“Some pupils, they avoid using toilets because they don’t like going in there.“There are facilities for cleaning yourself in the toilet – it might be hard for someone who doesn’t traditionally wash to understand and washing is better than wiping clean.“The Ofsted inspector said there has to be toilet rolls, we said there are always toilet rolls but they are not always out – so what?”Inspectors also criticised the fact there were no shower facilities available at the school, which has 34 pupils aged between 11 and 16.In addition the report stated: “Safeguarding is ineffective. Leaders have not ensured that the school premises are a safe place for pupils, and some checks on staff’s suitability to work with children are incomplete”Leaders’ checks on attendance and safeguarding issues are not robust. Their checks lack detail and do not contribute strongly to keeping pupils safe. Therefore, pupils’ welfare is not assured.”The report went on: “Inspectors found published sectarian material in a storeroom behind the school office. They made the headteacher aware of this.”The headteacher explained that he was not aware of how the materials came to be in school.”At the end of the inspection the headteacher confirmed that he planned to destroy the material and suitably vet all remaining published material in the school. The children they do use the toilets and traditionally, because we are Asian, we wash, not only wipeAbdul Ghafoor Salloo A Muslim girls’ school has received the lowest Ofsted rating available after inspectors discovered that pupils were not provided with lavatory paper for “cultural reasons”.Staff at the fee-paying Park Avenue Girls’ High School, in Stoke-on-Trent, said paper was available from the school office, but because most of the students were Asian, they preferred to wash rather than wipe.But some of the girls told inspectors they were so unhappy about the situation that they avoided using the lavatory all day.The school, which was visited by inspectors October, was rated “inadequate”, with the report identifying a range of concerns, including safeguarding problems and the discovery of sectarian material on the premises.The Ofsted report stated: “At the time of the inspection, it was not the school’s common practice to provide soap for pupils’ hand-washing, toilet roll in the toilets or suitable drinking water.”Toilet paper is available from the school office when pupils request it. Pupils told inspectors that they sometimes avoided using toilets for the whole school day because of this.”But headteacher Abdul Ghafoor Salloo defended the policy, insisting the school catered for the cultural needs of the pupils. “Inspectors did not find any evidence that this sectarian material had influenced teaching or learning in school.”However, material of this kind has no place in schools and leaders have not ensured that systems are in place to prevent such literature from entering the school and being accessible in a storeroom.”The inspectors said the playground was also not appropriate because it presented too many dangers to pupils.”Currently, pupils are not safe in this school. Leaders have not identified the range of risks present on the school site.”For example, inspectors found windows, both single- and double-glazed, that were broken, sharp and accessible to pupils.”But despite the various problems inspectors noted that the relationships between staff and pupils were strong and this had a positive impact on pupils’ behaviour.They added: “Pupils’ behaviour is good. They follow instructions willingly and are well behaved at all times while on the school premises.”center_img “The children they do use the toilets and traditionally, because we are Asian, we wash, not only wipe. There are facilities for pupils to clean themselves,” he said.  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Lets dance to the same tune

first_imgOn Saturday 17 October, a community ritual that has not been experienced for a generation will be re-established. That night, more than 50 Greek clubs and associations will come together in a celebration of Victoria’s Hellenic culture at the Grecian Ball, organised by the Greek Community of Melbourne (GCM) in partnership with scores of other community groups.“This about what GCM can do to help, and it’s also about what projects we can collectively fund. Working together we can do things that by ourselves we haven’t a chance of doing.”Already sold out, 600 people representing the breadth of the Greek community in the state will gather at Stars International Reception Centre in Preston, to dine, dance, and party, and above all, to share ideas on where the Greek community’s future lies, and what can be done to ensure its dynamic achievements can continue.The event comes at a time when many Hellenic community associations are doing it tough, with membership of some dropping alarmingly as the younger generation’s relationship to clubs – that were an integral part of their parents’ and grandparents’ lives – wanes.The past year has seen mixed fortunes for Greek clubs. Some faced with the heartbreaking decision of what to do with their under-utilised properties are deciding to cash out, while a handful have seen a renaissance in their fortunes; the Greek Community of Box Hill being one that can boast of completing a new cultural community centre.GCM president Bill Papastergiadis says the Grecian Ball offers an opportunity to celebrate and take stock of where the Greek Australian community is today, and what interventions can be made to sustain the remarkable advances it has made in the past decade.“The Grecian Ball is about an opportunity to reflect where we are now, what we’re all doing, and what we might want to be putting our joint resources into,” he told Neos Kosmos.“It’s an event for all the Greek organisations in Victoria, and in two weeks we sold 600 seats and we could have sold double that number.”Mr Papastergiadis said the event was “an opportunity to launch a debate on the future of the Greek community. To continue the discussions we started earlier this year for the next steps we should take together as a community.The Ball comes on the back of a series of consultative meetings instigated by GCM over the past year with community organisations aimed at establishing a united approach to funding resources and activity that benefit the Greek community as a whole.The GCM president is expected to announce a slate of ambitious initiatives at the Ball which will require a ‘whole of community’ approach to succeed.How clubs can better utilise the Greek Centre for Contemporary Culture is an issue Papastergiadis says is vital as part of a new relationship between the clubs and GCM.“Clubs using our centre for functions and meetings and I’m interested to explore how we can better service members of clubs in this way.“This about what GCM can do to help, and it’s also about what projects we can collectively fund. Working together we can do things that by ourselves we haven’t a chance of doing.”“We’reis a small part of our community and aim is to work closely with all Greek organisations for the common good,” he said. “We want to be together, to cooperate and work together for our future.”Democritos president Thanasis Salahas, who was part of the discussions that resulted in the return of the Grecian Ball, says the event could be the catalyst to create a shared vision.Mr Salahas says his own club the Kalavrita Brotherhoodhad had gone through difficult times but was on the up after a handful of committed members were able to redirect the organisation’s energies.Asked his view on recent sell-offs of assets by other clubs, Mr Salahas said community organisations should consider their original founders’ intentions.“It’s a problem, we let things go down too far,” said Mr Salahas. “We need to find a formula so that the money can stay within the Greek community. We have to find new ways.”The 2015 Grecian Ball’s sponsors include Hunter and Gatherer (Agora Group), EEAMA, Kinisi Club – Kon Tangalakis. Stars International Reception Centre, 3XY Ta Nea, Steve Koukouvitakis. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

20 Greek Australians named 2018 Multicultural Leading Citizens

first_imgFederal Member for Hotham, Clare O’Neil MP, joined by Steve Dimopoulos MP, the State Member for Oakleigh, and Nick Staikos MP, the State Member for Bentleigh, hosted a gala luncheon in Oakleigh this week giving recognition to Greek Australians who have made a significant contribution to our multicultural community.“It is a great honour to serve our multicultural and diverse community in my electorate of Hotham. I am humbled by the extraordinary contribution being made by so many Greek Australians through their leadership and mostly voluntary work serving our community,” Ms O’Neil said.“These awards give due recognition and honour citizens in our community who have made a noteworthy contribution throughout the year”, she added.Ms O’Neil presented recognition awards to 20 citizens who had been nominated because of their tremendous contribution to the welfare and wellbeing of the community.Three of 190 Fronditha Care volunteers have been recognised for their service to the Greek Australian ageing community after being awarded as 2018 Multicultural Leading Citizens.Evangelia Limneos, Christos Malamidis and Despina Stamatopoulos were personally congratulated by Federal MP Clare O’Neil, who hosted the Multicultural Leading Citizen Awards for her Hotham electorate on 2 May 2018.Each nominee from Fronditha Care has a longstanding commitment to bringing joy to the elderly residents across the organisation’s five residential aged care facilities and for those requiring home visits on a regular basis.Ms Limneos volunteers to help people diagnosed with severe dementia who might not be able to speak.“You need a different type of communication: the human touch, kissing, showing affection. That’s what they understand and appreciate,” she said.Volunteer Christos Malamidis plays the accordion for the residents and has slowly added to his repertoire to make sure each resident recognises a local song from their village.Despina Stamatopoulos is affectionately known as “mum” by most of the residents she visits. Having visited every day for more than 10 years, Ms Stamatopoulos believes if “you give love, they give you love”.Also awarded were: Angelo Sardellis from Oakleigh Greek Orthodox Community Inc.; Evanthia Christofi and Neophyta Evripidou from the Greek Cyprian Senior Citizens Community of Glen Eira; John Mantas, Arthur Baltas and Manolis Palios from the Hellenic Community of the City of Moorabbin; Christos Apostolopoulos, Veniotis Dilivasilis and Helen Antoniou from Clarinda and District Greek Senior Citizens Club Inc.; Angela Pilipasidis and Anna Angelidis from AGAPI Care Inc. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Lâcher dours Nicolas Hulot déplore le désengagement du gouvernement

first_imgLâcher d’ours : Nicolas Hulot déplore le désengagement du gouvernementIl y a quelques jours, la ministre de l’Environnement Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet a annoncé que la France renonçait au lâcher d’une ourse prévue ces jours-ci dans les Pyrénées-Atlantiques. Alors que les anti-ours se félicitent de cette décision, les écologistes, et notamment Nicolas Hulot, s’insurgent contre une nouvelle promesse non tenue.Justifiant sa décision en évoquant la sécheresse, qui ne touche pourtant pas à ce jour les Pyrénées-Atlantiques, le gouvernement a renoncé au lâcher d’une ourse prévue au printemps. Un projet porté par l’ancienne secrétaire d’Etat chargée à l’Ecologie, Chantal Jouanno. Candidat à la primaire d’Europe Ecologie-Les Verts pour les élections présidentielles, Nicolas Hulot a vivement réagi à l’annonce du gouvernement. Dans un communiqué cité par 20 minutes, il déplore de le voir “renier ainsi une décision prise par la précédente ministre de l’Ecologie”.À lire aussiL’attaque spectaculaire d’un ours polaire affamé sur un phoqueRegrettant ce “nouvel engagement non tenu par le gouvernement”, Nicolas Hulot dénonce l’ambivalence du gouvernement. “La biodiversité ne se contentera pas de discours”, affirme-t-il avant de dénoncer l’incohérence “de lancer mi-mai une nouvelle stratégie nationale de la biodiversité puis de prendre une décision aussi lourde de sens pour la survie de l’ours dans le Béarn”. Et le candidat écologiste de conclure : “Le gouvernement multiplie les signaux qui concrétisent le funeste ‘l’environnement, ça commence à bien faire'”, faisant référence à la fameuse phrase de Nicolas Sarkozy lors du Salon de l’agriculture 2010.Selon le dernier rapport annuel de l’Office national de la chasse et de la faune sauvage (ONCFS), au moins 19 ours vivent aujourd’hui dans les Pyrénées, dont 17 côté français. Les derniers lâchers remontent à 2006. Quatre femelles et un mâle avaient alors été réintroduits en Haute-Garonne et dans les Hautes-Pyrénées. Mais la femelle Franska a été écrasée par un camion militaire en 2007, et c’est pour la remplacer qu’un nouveau lâcher devait être réalisé dans le Béarn. Le 7 juin 2011 à 14:26 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Suède des eaux polluées aux antiinflammatoires

first_imgSuède : des eaux polluées aux anti-inflammatoires92 molécules médicamenteuses ont été détectées dans les eaux usées suédoises. Cette première étude sur le sujet à grande échelle a montré l’inquiétante présence d’anti-inflammatoires dans les eaux nationales.C’est une découverte préoccupante qu’ont faite des chercheurs de l’Université d’Umea, située au nord-est de la Suède. En testant les eaux usées nationales, ils ont révélé la présence de pas moins de 92 molécules médicamenteuses. Des substances parmi lesquelles figurent particulièrement le Diclofénac, un anti-inflammatoire vendu en Europe et commercialisé en France sous le nom de Voltarène. À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Or, le problème souligné par les chercheurs est que le traitement des eaux ne permet pas de faire diminuer significativement ces taux. Après traitement, il resterait ainsi encore 85 des 92 molécules médicamenteuses contenues dans les eaux suédoises. “Les tests montrent que ces molécules sont très difficiles à dégrader, y compris après traitement des eaux usées, et sont donc bio-accumulés par les poissons”, constate Jerker Fick, chercheur à l’université d’Umea cité par Good-Planet.info.Ces résultats mettent ainsi en évidence non seulement une sérieuse pollution des eaux mais aussi l’inefficacité des mesures d’assainissement nationales. Bien que les molécules passent essentiellement dans les eaux par l’intermédiaire des urines, Jan Christiansson de l’agence suédoise de protection de l’environnement a tenu à rappeler l’importance que “chacun retourne ces médicaments à la pharmacie et ne les jette pas dans les toilettes”.Le 21 janvier 2012 à 19:17 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Families hop to EggAPalooza in Miramar

first_imgMIRAMAR, FLA. (WSVN) – It was a fun day for families celebrating Easter weekend in Miramar.Children ran around in search of pastel-colored treats around at the ninth annual Egg-A-Palooza at Miramar Regional Park, Saturday.The event included food, music and an egg hunt. Mr. and Mrs. Easter Bunny also made an appearance.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

US Canada scramble to salvage trade deal

first_imgIn this file photo taken on 8 June, US president Donald Trump and Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau hold a meeting on the sidelines of the G7 Summit in La Malbaie, Quebec, Canada. Photo: AFPNegotiations between Canada and the United States on a continental trade pact were abruptly halted without a deal Friday but will resume next week, Canadian and US sources said.The US and Mexico have already reached an agreement, potentially leaving Canada out in the cold if no deal is reached, but Ottawa’s foreign minister insisted that a “win-win-win” accord is within reach.”We will resume negotiations next week,” a Canadian official close to the talks said, after Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland left the US trade representative’s offices in Washington.”We know that a win-win-win agreement is within reach,” Freeland herself told reporters after a week of talks to rewrite the 25-year-old US-Canada-Mexico North American Free Trade Agreement.However, she repeated that Canada will only sign an agreement that is in its national interest.Officials are due to reconvene on Wednesday.”We’ll keep talking until we reach a good deal,” Freeland said.US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer’s office also issued a statement, saying the negotiations over the past four days were “constructive, and we made progress.”Our officials are continuing to work toward agreement. The USTR team will meet with Minister Freeland and her colleagues Wednesday of next week,” said the statement.Lighthizer said the White House had informed Congress Friday that it intends to sign a new free trade deal with Mexico — and possibly with Canada — within 90 days.He said the agreement will have “huge benefits for our workers, farmers, ranchers, and businesses.”I can’t kill these peopleAs negotiations went down to the wire earlier on Friday, there were reports the sides were struggling to find compromise on a mechanism for resolving trade disputes and on Canada’s managed dairy market.Then the Toronto Star reported that Trump boasted in an interview that he was playing hardball with Canada in the negotiations”If I say no — the answer’s no. If I say no, then you’re going to put that, and it’s going to be so insulting they’re not going to be able to make a deal… I can’t kill these people,” the newspaper quoted Trump as saying off-the-record during an interview with Bloomberg.The Star said officials in the government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who had been optimistic about reaching a deal with Washington, were angered by the reported comments which they saw as confirmation the US was not negotiating in good faith.Trump’s public statements in the interview and elsewhere have been more positive, although he has frequently criticized Canada’s high dairy tariffs and insisted the US will demand changes.Trump lashed out on Twitter for what he said was a breach of an off-the-record agreement, but he confirmed that he was taking a hardline stance in the talks.”Wow, I made OFF THE RECORD COMMENTS to Bloomberg concerning Canada, and this powerful understanding was BLATANTLY VIOLATED. Oh well, just more dishonest reporting. I am used to it,” Trump tweeted.”At least Canada knows where I stand!”last_img read more

Trump Suggests Paying For US Border Wall With Pentagon Funds

first_img Share APPresident Donald Trump reviews border wall prototypes, Tuesday, March 13, 2018, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)Still angry about the budget deal he signed last week, President Donald Trump has floated the idea of using the Pentagon budget to pay for his long-promised border wall with Mexico, despite the fact that such spending would likely require approval from Congress.Trump raised the funding plan with House Speaker Paul Ryan at a meeting at the White House last Wednesday, according to a person familiar with the discussion who wasn’t authorized to speak publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.And he has tweeted that building “a great Border Wall” is “all about National Defense” and has called to “Build WALL through M!” — the military.Departments, however, have limited authority to reprogram funds without congressional approval. Pentagon spokesman Chris Sherwood referred all questions on the wall to the White House, where spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders deflected them, saying she was “not going to get into the specifics of that.”Trump threw Washington into a tizzy on Friday when he threatened to veto the omnibus spending bill, in part because it didn’t include the $25 billion he’d tried to secure for the wall in a last-minute bargaining spree.The $1.3 trillion funding package did include $1.6 billion in border wall spending. But much of that money can only be used to repair existing segments, not build new sections. Congress also put restrictions on the types of barriers that can be built.Trump has tried to justify signing the deal by pointing to the boost in funding it provides for the military. But he nonetheless remains frustrated, according to people familiar with his thinking who weren’t authorized to discuss private conversations and who spoke on condition of anonymity.Trump first publicly floated the idea of having the Pentagon pay for the rest of construction in an obscure tweet that left many confused.“Building a great Border Wall, with drugs (poison) and enemy combatants pouring into our Country, is all about National Defense,” he wrote Sunday. “Build WALL through M!”He retweeted his message again Monday night.Some people close to the president have also suggested creating a GoFundMe campaign that Trump could use to raise money from the public to fund construction. The White House did not immediately respond to questions about the idea, and it’s unclear whether it has gained any serious traction.Congress, under the Constitution, has the power to determine federal appropriations, and the administration has little authority to shift funding without congressional approval. The Senate Appropriations Committee was not aware of any authority that would allow the Defense Department to fund the wall without congressional approval, said a GOP aide.Sanders said Tuesday that Trump would work with the White House counsel to make sure any action taken was within his executive authority. And she insisted the “continuation of building the wall is ongoing and we’re going to continue moving forward in that process.”Building the wall was one of Trump’s top campaign promises, and the idea that drew the loudest cheers from supporters at his rallies. Trump also insisted he’d make Mexico pay for the construction. But Mexico has made clear it has no intention of doing so.Trump has also proposed making Mexico pay for the wall indirectly through measures such as increasing visa fees, imposing new tariffs and targeting remittances.last_img read more

IATO convention returns to MP after 22 years

first_imgPresident of Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO), Subhash Goyal announced that the 31st IATO Annual Convention is going to be held in Indore, Madhya Pradesh from August 20-23. Goyal said, “We had several destinations in our mind and it was really difficult deciding on the venue. We had narrowed our search to Jammu and Kashmir, Tamil Nadu and Madhya Pradesh.”Sharma appealed to members to make the most of this national convention. He appreciated IATO’s efforts in promoting tourism and supporting the ministry in all it’s initiatives in tapping overseas markets. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Secretary, Ministry of Tourism, Lalit Panwar said that measures like e-tourist visa taken up by the government recently had started yielding results. He requested IATO members to give it wide publicity and encourage tourists to make use of this facility.Ashwani Lohani hailed IATO’s decision to hold its annual convention in Indore.  He also appealed to members to attend the convention in large numbers and attend the post convention tours especially being designed for the members. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixMadhya Pradesh—home of Indian tiger, religious places like Mahakal temple in Ujjain, Buddhist stupa in Sanchi and the palace hotels in Bhopal, boating at Bheda Ghat and tourist spots in Jabalpur, Bhopal, Pachmarhi and Khajuraho are great attractions of the state. IATO Convention here will help Madhya Pradesh showcase its tourist potential even further,” said Lohani. “10th IATO convention was held at Khajuraho in 1993 and we are returning to Madhya Pradesh after nearly 22 years. Madhya Pradesh Tourism has been very active in marketing various tourists’ attractions in the state. With our convention, there will be Indian Travel Mart”, said Pronab Sarkar, IATO Chairman. “More than 1200 delegates are expected for the three-day event. They look for hitherto unexplored destinations”, said Sarab Jit Singh, Senior vice president, IATO.IATO also felicitated a 25-member delegation from Nepal headed by Ashok Pokharel, President, Nepal Association of Tour Operators (NATO) and also a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO) and Association of Tour Operators of Andaman (ATO) for promotion of Tourism in Andaman.While concluding Goyal said that 10 top outbound tour operators from China selected by Air China are expected to attend the convention apart from tour operators from neighbouring countries like Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Sri Lanka.last_img read more

Uber Says It Will No Longer Use Tech to Target Law Enforcement

first_imgMarch 9, 2017 3 min read Update, March 9, 2017Uber Chief Security Officer Joe Sullivan on Tuesday addressed the use of “greyball” technology in a company blog post, and said that going forward, the tool will not be used to target local officials.Here’s the full statement:We wanted to give everyone an update on “greyballing.” This technology is used to hide the standard city app view for individual riders, enabling Uber to show that same rider a different version. It’s been used for many purposes, for example: the testing of new features by employees; marketing promotions; fraud prevention; to protect our partners from physical harm; and to deter riders using the app in violation of our terms of service.We have started a review of the different ways this technology has been used to date. In addition, we are expressly prohibiting its use to target action by local regulators going forward. Given the way our systems are configured, it will take some time to ensure this prohibition is fully enforced. We’ve had a number of organizations reach out for information and we will be working to respond to their inquiries once we have finished our review.Original story, published March 3, 2017, follows.Amid intense scrutiny of its leadership and company culture, The New York Times is now reporting that since 2014, Uber has been collecting data from its app to tag users that the company believed to be using or “targeting its service improperly.”In particular, Uber has tagged law enforcement officials who downloaded the app in areas where the embattled ride-hailing service was banned so that it would be a step ahead of those trying to catch it breaking the law.Related: Uber CEO Travis Kalanick Says He Needs to ‘Grow Up’ After Video of Argument With a Driver ReleasedThe system the company uses to do this is called Greyball, and it is a part of its larger VTOS or “violation of terms of service” program. Uber’s general counsel and legal team approved the program, and according to the Times, roughly 50 people at the company knew about it.Times reporter Mike Isaac interviewed four current and former Uber employees under conditions of anonymity, who described the ways in which the company would identify a user as someone who might be a member of law enforcement. Uber would search social media profiles, determine whether a credit card was linked to a police credit union or keep a tally of the least expensive mobile device models available, based on the assumption that they could have been purchased for a sting operation.Related: In About-Face, Uber Will Apply for California Self-Driving Car Permit “When a tagged officer called a car, Uber could scramble a set of ghost cars inside a fake version of the app for that person, or show no cars available at all,” Isaac reported. “If a driver accidentally picked up an officer, Uber occasionally called the driver with instructions to end the ride.”Entrepreneur reached out to Uber for comment and the company responded with a press statement that it also gave to the New York Times.In the statement, Uber characterized the program as one that is used to protect its drivers. “This program denies ride requests to users who are violating our terms of service — whether that’s people aiming to physically harm drivers, competitors looking to disrupt our operations or opponents who collude with officials on secret ‘stings’ meant to entrap drivers.” Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right.center_img Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goalslast_img read more