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Sports Wrap: AB de Villiers in awe of Virat Kohli, KKR in battle to avoid elimination and more

first_imgRCB have built something special with Virat and Vettori, says AB de Villiers Royal Challengers Bangalore rode on an unbelievable innings from superstar batsman AB de Villiers to beat Gujarat Lions and progress to the Indian Premier League season nine final on Tuesday.Advantage KKR against SRH in IPL eliminator Having won both their league games against Sunrisers Hyderabad, Kolkata Knight Riders will definitely go into the match with the upper hand, despite finishing one notch below them on fourth in the points table due to an inferior run-rate.Zaheer Abbas wants BCCI to consider Pakistan players for IPL International Cricket Council President Zaheer Abbas said he would ask the Board of Control for Cricket in India to include Pakistan players in the Indian Premier League.Djokovic, Nadal, Murray reach second round at French Open Djokovic was in complete control, broke his opponent seven times, and closed the match with a drop shot. He joined his main rivals Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray in the second round.Ronaldo remains Portugal’s talisman at Euro 2016 Cristiano Ronaldo owes most of his fame and fortune to his exploits with Real Madrid, yet he also remains a hugely influential figure when representing his country.last_img read more


November 26, 2019 0

Swapna’s coach wants better incentive from Bengal govt

first_imgKolkata, Nov 27 (PTI) Absence of a state sports policy for rewarding its medal winners is a big impediment in consistently producing champion athletes like Swapna Barman, her coach Subhas Sarkar said on Tuesday. Born with six toes on each foot, Swapna, who belonged to a poor family in North Bengal, made headlines winning an Asian Games gold medal in hepatathlon in August this year. While her gold medal winning compatriots like Dutee Chand of Odisha (Rs 3 crore) and Hima Das of Assam (Rs 1.6 crore) were honoured with cash rewards running in crores, Swapna got a paltry financial incentive of Rs 10 lakh from the Mamata Banarjee-led government which also promised a job. “I don’t want to get into political issues but everybody knows how much amount did Swapna get,” Sarkar rued, on the sidelines of felicitation programme by Bandhan Bank that awarded the heptathlete Rs 10 lakh. Sarkar cited example of Haryana, which is now the leading state in producing medal winners. There were 18 medalists — five gold, five silver and eight bronze — at the Asian Games from the state. Swapna, the first individual gold medalists from Bengal after Saraswati Saha (200m event in Asian Games 2002), was among the three medal winners — including two bronze — from the West Bengal at the Jakarta-Palembang Games this year. “There’s no dearth of talent in West Bengal but our government should take up a sports policy that will set an example for the next generation. I want to say this for the sake of next generation. There has to be hunger in you, for that you need a financial incentive.advertisement “There are many talented kids like Swapan Barman in interior West Bengal but they are getting lost in the way without proper guidance. “But if there’s a financial incentive, for example one crore for an Asian Games or Commonwealth Games gold medal, many from downtrodden families of Bengal will be ready to even give their life. Just look at how Haryana are producing athletes with their government’s full support,” Sarkar said. Sarkar, who spotted Swapna in 2011, said her financial status has not improved and they have also not yet accepted the job offer, as they were waiting for her graduation to complete to maker her eligible for a higher-ranked post. “We are waiting for her to become a graduate so that she will be qualified to get an inspector-level post,” he added. PTI TAP ATATlast_img read more


November 17, 2019 0

Sanjay Manjrekar highlights England’s flawed approach. Michael Vaughan responds

first_imgFormer India cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar, in a tweet, pointed out England’s flawed approach when he cited England coach Trevor Bayliss’s observation on Sam Curran’s performance in the first Test against the West Indies at Bridgetown. Curran picked one wicket and scored 31 runs across two innings as England lost by an innings and 381 runs after being bowled out for 77 in their first innings.Sam Curran has so far played 8 Tests and scored 435 runs and taken 15 wickets. He made his debut against Pakistan at Headingley in June 2018 and had some impressive performances against India during England’s 4-1 triumph at home.In Bridgetown, Sam Curran was one of several failures for England. Despite some gritty performances against India, Curran batted at No.9 in both innings of the first Test against West Indies and scored 14 and 17 in both innings.Manjrekar reckoned Bayliss was referring to Sam Curran’s batting when he spoke about the first “bad game” of the England all-rounder’s career.”Trevor Bayliss said that Sam Curran has endured the first bad game of his career. Curran has 15 wickets in 15 innings. So it’s more his batting Bayliss is talking about…Curran bats at no 8 & 9. Highlights the flawed thinking & approach of England,” Manjrekar tweeted.Trevor Bayliss said that Sam Curran has endured the first bad game of his career. Curran has 15 wickets in 15 innings. So it’s more his batting Bayliss is talking about…Curran bats at no 8 & 9. Highlights the flawed thinking & approach of England.#ENGvWISanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) January 29, 2019Michael Vaughan, a former England captain, responded with:advertisementThe same flawed thinking that beat India 4-1 Sanjay .. #OnOn https://t.co/u9Lq2jKeWHMichael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) January 29, 2019India had toured England last year and won the T20I series before losing the five Test series 1-4. Virat Kohli scored nearly 600 runs and the pacers were outstanding but the other batsmen had failed to stand up as India lost their second overseas Test series of 2018.However, India fought hard and won their first ever Test series in Australia in 2018-19.Also Read | Jason Holder and Shane Dowrich create Test history for West IndiesAlso Read | Alastair Cook blasts England’s preparations after West Indies Test defeatAlso Read | Focus on 2nd Test team selection for England after historic loss vs West Indieslast_img read more


November 16, 2019 0

Doing Good While Doing Good Business

first_imgMore than 400 delegates are expected to gather in Halifax on Oct. 21 for a one-day conference on the value of sustainable business practices to businesses, the economy and society. The third Power of Green conference will offer business, industry, policy makers and community leaders an opportunity to collaborate on how sustainability can increase competitiveness, innovation and economic growth. The conference will be hosted by the Department of Economic and Rural Development at the World Trade and Convention Centre. “Adding value through sustainable actions continues to be key to business success, despite the challenges presented by the current economic climate,” said Economic and Rural Development Minister Percy Paris. “Sustainable companies can not only survive the current situation with greater efficiency, but also emerge more innovative and ready to take on new opportunities.” The conference is inspired by the province’s economic growth strategy, Opportunities for Sustainable Prosperity, a companion to the Environmental Goals and Sustainable Prosperity Act. Featured keynote speakers for the Power of Green conference include Ray Anderson, founder and chairman of Interface Inc.; Nicholas Parker, executive chairman of Cleantech Group; and Toby Heaps, president and editor of the Canadian magazine Corporate Knights. Ray Anderson has been referred to as the greenest chief executive in America for revolutionizing the carpet and floor covering industry with his dedication to environmentalism. “I hope the Power of Green will be a great catalyst for business and industry to open their eyes to a new business model of sustainability — a better way to bigger, more legitimate profits,” said Mr. Anderson. Conference partners include government departments and private-sector sponsors. Early registration rates are available until Sept. 30. They are $250 for businesses and government, and $180 for students and environmental and non-governmental groups. For more information on the conference or to register, visit www.thepowerofgreen.ca .last_img read more


October 22, 2019 0

Three kids drown in Gzb pond

first_imgGhaziabad: Three minor kids, aged between 8 to 12 years, were drowned in a pond while trying to catch duck in Ambedkar Nagar area in Loni area of Ghaziabad on Thursday evening. Police along with NDRF team rescued bodies of the three children on Friday morning.According to police, the deceased were identified as Altamas Ali (8), Arham Ali (11) and Abhishek (9), natives of Ambedkar Nagar area . Cops said that Altamas and Arham were cousin brothers. Also Read – Kejriwal ‘denied political clearance’ to attend climate meet in DenmarkAs per reports, the incident occurred on Thursday evening around 5 pm when the trio of kids have gone to play at a nearby park. “Abhishek told me that he is going to play with his friends but when he didn’t come back home for more that two hours, we began searching him but failed to trace. Around 8 pm, we informed police but the bodies could not be traced till late Thursday night,” said Poonam, Abhishek’s mother. Police officials said that they were informed by a few other kids that the three children had gone to catch duck to a nearby pond. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsNeeraj Kumar Jadaun, Superintendent of Police (rural), told Millennium Post that while looking for the missing children they found their clothes and shoes lying near the pond and launched an intensified search operation into the pond. “Police found their clothes and shoes lying near the pond and suspected that they might have drowned inside. An intensified search operation was launched and NDRF teams were called but by the time they reached, police recovered bodies of two children at around 4 am on Friday while the third body was recovered with the help of NDRF team a few hours later. The bodies were handed over to the family as they have denied for getting a post mortem done,” said Jadaun. “As of now we have not registered any case into the matter but we are preparing a report which will be sent to the administration and concerned authorities who will initiate appropriate actions into the case. Police will also identify the dangerous ponds in the area and will send to the district administration. We will request the district administration to make boundary wall adjacent to these ponds to avoid such mishaps,” added Jadaun.last_img read more


October 20, 2019 0

Bernier has enough support to go forward with new party source says

first_imgOTTAWA – A number of supporters who backed Maxime Bernier’s oh-so-close bid for the Conservative leadership say they want nothing to do with his plan to start a new party — but one source says the maverick ex-Tory already has what he needs to register his enterprise with Elections Canada.Four members of Parliament and at least three senators who backed Bernier in last year’s leadership race say they have no interest in endorsing what they consider a flight of fancy — or supporting someone who just tossed a hand grenade into the party’s 2019 election hopes.“It’s such a ridiculous decision, I can’t support this,” Tory Sen. Claude Carignan said Friday from the floor of the Conservative policy convention in Halifax.But in an interview with La Presse Canadienne, Bernier himself said he wasn’t expecting any caucus members to join him — so much so, in fact, that he didn’t tell them what he was planning.“I have the support of members of the Conservative party,” Bernier said in French. “Maybe not the 3,000 who are in Halifax now, but the Conservative party has 150,000 members as we speak. I think that is where I find the support I saw in the last few days, in the phone calls, the emails I got.”There were signs on social media of people willing to make the jump, including some convention delegates who were tearing up their membership cards after a proposed resolution to abolish Canada’s supply management system for poultry and dairy products never even made it to debate.Bernier, who is not in Halifax, reached out to them on Twitter.“To all those who feel let down by this party, I say: You will be let down again and again. Don’t waste your time,” he tweeted. “It’s time for a real conservative party defending real conservative values. The sooner this gets settled, the more chances we will have to defeat Justin Trudeau.”Elections Canada requires new political parties to have signatures and contact information from at least 250 people already in place as members in order to be eligible for party status. Bernier will also need three people to act as party officials, someone to be an official agent and an auditor.Going to Elections Canada in one or two months would be “perfect,” Bernier said, but a source familiar with his status said he already has the names and is just now double-checking the details before taking the next step.“He’s got enough to go to Elections Canada,” said the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to discuss details.“That’s about to happen.”Another source close to Bernier said the Quebec MP had been making phone calls to “key people” across Canada who supported his leadership bid long before he went ahead with Thursday’s scorched-earth news conference, where he quit the Tories and tore a strip off leader Andrew Scheer.Former Conservative cabinet minister Stockwell Day said he knows Bernier has some business leaders backing him, but noted that starting a new political party is a herculean endeavour — one in which not all of those supporters will have any interest in taking part.Bernier is likely feeling emboldened by the support he has received — especially in financial terms — in the last few months as his feud with Scheer reached a fever pitch, Day said. In June, the day after Scheer stripped him of his shadow cabinet job, Bernier received $28,455 in donations in less than 24 hours.But Scheer needs to remind the party what happens when Conservatives splinter, Day added.“If (Bernier) is successful even on paper, then the challenge for the Conservatives is going to be to ask people to go back and think about the history of what Conservatives gain when they have two voting alternatives for voters. Really, they gain nothing.”That’s the fear celebrity businessman Kevin O’Leary is fighting.Himself a one-time candidate for Scheer’s job, O’Leary — who dropped out to back Bernier in the final days of the race — said Friday he’s trying to decide what to do, although he admitted he is “getting intrigued” by the prospect of one day taking on a major policy-making role.He said Bernier could pull as much as one-fifth of Conservative support at the ballot box, all but guaranteeing the Liberals another term in office, he warned: “I think we need to do a little soul searching here.”Others who supported Bernier’s leadership bid have yet to make up their minds: “Good question,” Sen. Stephen Greene replied when asked if he supports Bernier’s new initiative.Conservative MP Alex Nuttall, who played a key role in Bernier’s leadership campaign, has not responded to multiple requests.— With files from Mylene Crete and Lina Dib in Ottawa.last_img read more


October 17, 2019 0

Housing seen as part of core revitalization solution

WATERFORD – A major obstacle to revitalizing Norfolk County’s struggling downtowns appears to be crumbling.In recent years, some have suggested that the key to downtown revitalization lies in shrinking the central business districts and giving over vacant storefronts to housing.Resistance has come from those who believe the downtowns have comeback potential. Opponents hark to a time when tobacco was king and official plans protected local cores from big-box retailing.A decision at Norfolk council this week suggests resistance is fading.“I see a whole evolution in our downtown cores coming,” said David Roe, a planning consultant with Civic Planning Solutions of Delhi.“It’s happening all over North America because of big-box stores and online shopping. What we’re losing is our independent, private retail venues. What we are getting in our cores are traditional services – coffee shops, office-sharing and the like.“That’s the evolution, and that’s where we’re going. The thing is to get rid of the empty storefronts. Get people living there instead so they will sit in these coffee shops and use these new services.”Norfolk took a step in this direction Tuesday with the rezoning to residential of a former commercial storefront in downtown Waterford.Roe was agent for the applicants Michael and Tracy Bancroft, owners of the building at 38 Alice St.The Bancrofts bought the five-unit apartment building 11 years ago. At the time, they did not know that the ground-floor apartment fronting onto Alice Street had not been rezoned for residential purposes. Their lawyer missed the illegal conversion and they only learned about the problem after a mortgage broker asked for a zoning search.The Bancrofts responded with a zoning application, which was approved.“This is not going to be a detriment – having people live in our downtowns,” Simcoe Coun. Ian Rabbitts said. “I would like to see further applications.”Rabbitts qualified his support by saying approved property owners must take steps to buffer street-level traffic from activity inside.Rabbitts has seen converted storefronts where rags and towels are put up in the window instead of proper blinds or other buffering devices.Port Dover Coun. Amy Martin said most anything is preferable to neglected storefronts.“There’s merit to our downtowns having foot traffic when you use empty storefronts as a comparator,” she said. “That said, we have to be strategic about this.”The other four apartment units in the Bancrofts’ building comply with Norfolk’s zoning bylaw. Forbidden are street-level apartments in the central business district.Roe told council that shrinking the central business district and converting obsolete storefronts to housing is a potential remedy to homelessness and a shortage of entry-level housing for young people starting out in the workforce. Haldimand and Norfolk’s health and social services division has identified this as a serious problem in recent months.For his part, Josh Tucker, 20, the resident of the formerly illegal unit at 38 Alice,  breathed a sigh of relief Wednesday when told the county approves of his apartment. He has lived there since he was 18.“This is perfect starter housing,” he said. “Nice scenery, clean, refurbished – everything. It’s perfect – good price and a good view.”Norfolk planning staff recommended approval of the Bancrofts’ application.Senior planner Shannon VanDalen said Tuesday’s decision is not necessarily a precedent. Each application is unique and is weighed on its own merits, she said.MSonnenberg@postmedia.com read more


October 7, 2019 0

Mens soccer shoots at capturing another Big Ten win versus Rutgers

The Scarlet Knights face a similar issue to the Buckeyes: scoring. “The key to success last year was that we were able to play the same group of guys for 13, 14 games in a row with no injury problems whereas this year we have been riddled with injury problems,” Bluem said. “We shot ourselves in the foot. It’s hard to pinpoint exactly what was going on but some we had some individual mistakes that lead straight to their goals,” said Danny Jensen, Ohio State senior forward. “We had four critical mistakes in the first half and they didn’t have any.” Buckeyes goalkeeper Parker Siegfried, a redshirt freshman out of Granville, Ohio, has made 16 saves while allowing 10 goals, good for a .615 save percentage. “We have to win from now on,” said sophomore midfielder Abdi Mohamed. “Next game is pretty crucial. Right now we are 1-1 in the Big Ten and we are looking to be 2-1.” Against Northwestern, OSU lost one of their captains, senior defender Tyler Kidwell, after going down with an apparent knee injury when making contact with a Wildcat.  Kidwell did not play against Penn State, but coach Bluem said he is hoping he will be able to return to action against Rutgers. Siegfried was named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week on Tuesday after his first collegiate shutout vs. Northwestern. At 1-5, it is going to be an uphill battle for the team to get back to where they would like to be. However, the players are locked in and ready to fight back to the high level they feel they are capable of. Sunday’s game will feature a matchup of two goalies on the opposite ends of the age spectrum. Ohio State then-sophomore Marcus McCrary (19) dribbles the ball through a group of Michigan players during a game at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium on Nov. 4, 2015. Credit: Lantern File PhotoOutplaying them in the box score, down big on the scoreboard. That was the story for the Ohio State men’s soccer team last Tuesday against Penn State. Despite having the advantage in shots at 12-7 and the advantage in corner kicks at 8-1, the team would glance up at the scoreboard at the final buzzer that read 4-2 Nittany Lions. The Buckeyes will look to regroup on Sunday at 2 p.m. as they take on Rutgers at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The upcoming stretch will be very important for Ohio State, as four of their next five games will be played at home. “It’s time for this group of players to put wins together and start climbing back toward .500 and building confidence,” OSU coach John Bluem said. “We need to settle in on our best lineup and hopefully keep everybody healthy enough to play.” Health has been a big issue for the Buckeyes this season.   Rutgers comes into the game with a record of 0-5. Through their first five games, Rutgers has scored only one goal, the equalizer against Maryland coming from junior forward Dante Perez. That record is deceiving, however, as Rutgers has faced some stiff competition thus far. Three of its five games have come against ranked opponents, receiving losses against No. 7 Creighton, No. 20 Denver, and No. 4 Maryland, whom they took to double overtime before losing 2-1. Rutgers goalkeeper David Greczek, a senior out of Fairfield, New Jersey, has made 26 saves on the season while allowing 14 goals. Greczek has a career .744 save percentage. read more


September 28, 2019 0

Uranium strength to continue

first_imgThe strong global demand for uranium as a power plant fuel is set to continue, with no imminent signs to cause any weakening in the current high price, according to the Chairman of Crossland Uranium Mines, Bob Cleary. Cleary – a former Chief Executive of Energy Resources of Australia (ERA) and operations manager of the Ranger uranium mine in the Northern Territory – was addressing shareholders at Crossland’s first annual meeting as an ASX-listed company (Code: CUX).“Global warming concerns have caused a significant re-think about uranium’s role in the world’s energy mix,” he told the meeting. “Most developed or developing countries realise that in order to meet greenhouse commitments without significantly reducing their people’s standard of living, nuclear will make up some portion of their energy needs. This re-focus on nuclear, coming after a long period of uranium exploration inactivity and falling international production, has current operators of power plant reactors concerned about securing reactor fuel loads for their immediate needs – and they are paying  to do so.“The additional reactors under construction or committed for construction in the coming decade and beyond will only add to this pressure, so it is vital that additional discoveries of uranium are made and brought to production. However, the lag between initial discovery and product out the gate can be seven years or more, so being funded to accelerate exploration activities if and when an exciting result comes from our field teams will position Crossland very well.“Crossland has been most fortunate in the timing of its tenement acquisitions and the listing on the ASX. U3O8 has just reached a selling price of $120/lb, and there is nothing on the horizon to dampen the strong market demand for the power plant fuel.”Detailed exploration programmes have been drawn up for Crossland’s three uranium areas in Australia, with specialized equipment to get the most from its activities either delivered or ordered, and ready to commence detailed aerial geophysical survey work on its Kalabity prospect in South Australia’s Curnamona province in the next few days.last_img read more


September 24, 2019 0

New coalition to support American mineral science and information activities

first_imgFifteen organizations have formed the new Mineral Science and Information Coalition (MSIC) to advocate for reinvigorated minerals science and information functions in the US federal government. The MSIC says “reliable supplies of mineral resources underpin the US economy and national security. To maintain robust supply chains of critical mineral materials and make well-informed land-use decisions, the US government and industry must have accurate, timely information on mineral resources and on the domestic and global flow of minerals and mineral materials.”Over the past decade federal programs in minerals science, research, information, data collection and analysis have been severely weakened. Funding for the US Geological Survey’s Mineral Resources Program has decreased by 30% in constant dollar terms during this time. The Coalition asks Congress and the administration to increase investment in and support for federal minerals research, information gathering, analysis, and forecasting to sustain economic prosperity and ensure national security.“The data collected and produced by the US Geological Survey are exceptionally important to a wide array of both producers and users,” said American Geosciences Institute Executive Director Dr. P. Patrick Leahy, the Coalition’s chairman. “However, anytime you lose 30% of your buying power you have to go through the process of prioritisation.”Current members of the MSIC include the Aluminum Association, American Exploration & Mining Association, American Geosciences Institute, Associated Equipment Distributors, Association of American State Geologists, Geological Society of America, Industrial Minerals Association – North America, Interstate Mining Compact Commission, Materials Research Society, National Electrical Manufacturers Association, National Mining Association, National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association, Portland Cement Association, Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration Inc., and the Society of Economic Geologists. Other groups are in the process of joining the Coalition.For more information or to get involved with the Mineral Sciences and Information Coalition please contact Maeve Boland with the American Geosciences Institute (AGI) (mboland@agiweb.org) or John Hayden with the Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration Inc. (SME) (hayden@smenet.org)last_img read more


September 24, 2019 0

Antonio Carlos Ortega leads Veszprem until 2017

Antonio Carlos Ortegaveszprem ← Previous Story Women’s EHF CL: Larvik, Gyor and Buducnost show TOP class Next Story → Blazenko Lackovic undergoes surgery – out for 6 months! Impressive winning streak at the start of the season 2014/2015, was good enough reason for MKB MVM Veszprem Management to sign a new deal with their coach Antonio Carlos Ortega. Legendary Spanish right wing came to Hungary in 2012 as relatively unknown coach, who worked in ASOBAL lower-part team Antequera, but he grabbed the chance which he got in Veszprem together with his assistant Xavi Sabate.Veszprem have played at EHF CL F4 last May, where Nagy, Ilic and Co. finished fourth. This season scale is set even higher, Hungarian TOP team dream about final.Ortega extended contract for two more years, which will keep him in Veszprem Arena until summer 2017. read more


September 22, 2019 0

Final Fantasy IV Complete Collection announced for PSP

first_imgIf anyone mentioned a “Complete Collection” for a Final Fantasy title, you’d think multiple games within the series, right? Well, that’s not the case with Final Fantasy IV as there are actually two parts to the game.The first part was what originally got released under the title of Final Fantasy II in the West on the SNES. That has since been re-badged to the correct IV naming with re-releases of the game. But then a further game, called Final Fantasy IV: The After Years, was released for mobile phones in Japan, and then on WiiWare.Now Square Enix has decided to bring the two parts together, offering us Final Fantasy IV and Final Fantasy IV: The After Years in one package on the PSP. The name: Final Fantasy IV Complete Collection.Of course, Square Enix realize you may already own one or both parts of the game, so to sweeten the deal a new scenario is being created. This will add new gameplay as well as tying the two games together through story somehow. The end result is yet another Final Fantasy title fans will have to buy to complete their collection.Here’s the trailer for The After Years on WiiWare:And here’s the trailer for the updated Final Fantasy IV on DS. We assume that it will be these updated assets used for the PSP re-release rather than relying on the original assets:The new collection is set for a Spring release in Japan, so I expect we’ll see it around the middle of 2011 in the West. There shouldn’t be much localization to do that hasn’t already been carried out for previous re-releases.Read more at 1UP and Hachimaki (Japanese)last_img read more


September 21, 2019 0

Mature debate needed on flag issue

first_imgAs the debate over the possible changing of the Australian flag continues, three Greek Australian community leaders voice their opinions on the issue raised by journalist Ray Martin last Monday. Mr Martin suggested that the current Australian flag should be replaced with something else because it reflects Australia’s colonial past and because it is not unique. New Zealand and Fiji have similar flags. The President of the Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne, Victoria, Bill Papastergiadis agreed with the idea. “I believe Australia now has a level of maturity such that it ought to reflect on a flag and a symbol that represents this country in the 21st century. I think that’s a debate that we are mature enough to have and it’s one that is overdue and it’s one that we should all participate in.”The senior deputy chair of the Federation of Ethnic Communities Council of Australia (FECCA), Eugenia Grammatikakis also welcomed the prospect of a debate on the issue without however endorsing or opposing the change of the flag. “There are arguments for and against and my position is that I would like this issue to be debated openly and rationally.” She also pointed out to the maturity of the Australian society that can enable such a “clam and reasonable” debate. “FECCA welcomes the debate and will be happy to be part of it.” Ms Grammatikaki stressed the importance of discussing the issue without disrespecting the current flag and what it represents. The President of the Cypriot Community of Melbourne, Victoria Stelios Angelodimou disagreed with any attempts to change the flag. “It is a symbol recognised internationally, it is part of this country’s identity and I personally can’t think of any reason why it should change.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more


September 21, 2019 0

Inequality grows among Greeks

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greece’s poverty rate has soared according to a recent Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) report. From 11 per cent in 2007, Greece’s poverty rate has climbed to 32 per cent in 2013, with 20 per cent of children and young people living below the poverty line. The richest 10 per cent controls 25 per cent of disposable income against the share of 2 per cent that is controlled by the poorest 10 per cent.Across the OECD’s members, the richest 10 per cent of the population has an income that is 10 times higher than the income of the poorest tenth of the population.The biggest inequalities were recorded in the USA, Israel, Turkey, Mexico and Chile, while the best balance is seen in Denmark, Slovenia, Slovakia and Norway.In the period from 2007 to 2011 almost all OECD member-states saw their household income stay unchanged or drop slightly, especially in the countries mostly hurt by the financial crisis.In Greece, however, the decline came to 8 per cent, against just over 3.5 per cent in Spain, Ireland and Iceland.That, in fact, only shows one side of the reality. The income of the poorest 10 per cent in Spain declined by 13 per cent in that period, against a reduction of just 1.5 per cent for the richest tenth of the population. According to recent OECD reports, the increase in income inequalities in the long run tends to hamper long-term growth.The OECD stressed that it is fundamental to sustainable development for inequalities to be reduced through the creation of quality jobs, the increased participation of women in labour and the levelling of salaries made by men and women in the same jobs.Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more


September 21, 2019 0

Turkish Presidents adviser threatens Greece over Imia islets

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Tensions in the Aegean continue, with one of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s chief advisers issuing a direct threat to Greece’s political representatives over the Imia islets. The startling comments were broadcast on Turkish television and made by Yigit Bulut, directing Greece’s Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, his ministers and other officials to not dare set foot on the islets.If they fail to heed the warning, Bulut said that Athens would “feel the anger of Turkey, worse than that in Afrin” referencing the Kurdish-controlled enclave in Syria where Turkish troops have engaged.“We will break the arms and legs of any officers, of the prime minister or of any minister who dares to step onto Imia in the Aegean,” Bulut said.The controversial comments follow an incident near the Imia islets last week, when a Turkish patrol boat rammed a Greek Coast Guard patrol boat. There has also been a spike in Turkish air space violations in the Aegean of late.Tensions over the Imia islets are long-standing between Greece and Turkey, who came close to war over the territory in 1996. Ankara continues to dispute the islets’ sovereignty.last_img read more


September 21, 2019 0

Savoy Hotel to open alongside Resorts World Manila this Friday

first_img Travellers International Hotel Group sets tender price for shares in privatization push Megaworld insists POGO exposure “small and manageable” as license moratorium sees share price tumble Philippine property giant Megaworld will launch its second Savoy Hotel at Newport City near Resorts World Manila (RWM) this Friday, adding further accommodation within touching distance of the integrated resort as it continues to rebound from the devastating lone gunman attack that saw 37 people lose their lives last June.The new Savoy Hotel, coming at a cost of Php5 billion (US$93.5 million), houses 684 hotel rooms ranging from between 23 and 27 square meters for standard rooms and 35 to 50 square meters for suites. Travellers aiming to delist from Philippine Stock Exchange on 21 October Load More Located directly across from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3, it boasts a unique co-working area called the Squares on several floors described as being suitable for “casual group hangouts, intimate chats and meetings.”The property also has three food and beverage outlets: the Savoy Café for buffet style dining, Zabana Bar for cocktails and drinks plus The Poolside for a more luxurious dining experience.Inside Asian Gaming revealed last week that RWM is set to become home to the Philippines’ first Ritz-Carlton in the coming months as part of the integrated resort’s multi-million dollar makeover. The Ritz-Carlton will be located at the current Maxims hotel where the attacker who tragically killed 36 people when he stormed the property in June 2017 took his own life.RWM has already converted its former Remington Hotel to Holiday Inn Express, while the 191-room Okura Hotel – another newcomer to the Philippines market – will occupy space once earmarked for the expansion of Maxims.MegaWorld is the property firm of Andrew Tan – the Chairman of RWM co-owner Alliance Global Group Co. RelatedPostslast_img read more


September 16, 2019 0

Truck crash causes jet fuel leak at Key West airport

first_imgKEY WEST, FLA. (WSVN) – Monroe County’s Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting unit responded to a call about a jet fuel leak at a Key West airport, Tuesday.According to officials, a truck rolled over and spilled gallons of jet fuel at the Key West International Airport, just before 7 p.m.About 4,000 gallons of fuel were believed to have been on board, although the amount of fuel leaked remains unknown.The general aviation ramp was closed as crews used foam to soak up the fuel.General aviation flights were still able to land, and commercial flights were unaffected.The truck driver suffered minor injuries.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more


September 15, 2019 0

Subaru and Lexus top 2019 JD Power Automotive Brand Loyalty Study

first_img More From Roadshow Subaru Lexus 45 Photos 2020 Subaru Outback first drive: Tech and trail mix Now playing: Watch this: 0 Car Industry Tags Roadshow’s long-term 2019 Subaru Ascent is a big, comfy family-hauler 2019 Subaru Ascent review Enlarge ImageHere’s the full breakdown, split between mass-market and luxury brands. J.D. Power Loyalty is a great thing for automakers. Not only does it mean a person is more likely to come back and spend even more money with that OEM, it means that repeat buyer is also likely a cheerleader that introduces other people to the brand. For that reason, J.D. Power has started tracking automotive brand loyalty, and the results of its first study have just been published.J.D. Power this week unveiled the results of its first Automotive Brand Loyalty Study. The group calculated the percentages in its study based on transactions from June 2018 to May 2019, including all model years of trade-in vehicles. The resulting value represents the percentage of buyers who bought or leased a new vehicle from an automaker after trading in an existing car. What’s interesting is the massive disparity in loyalty between mass-market and luxury brands. Subaru holds the top spot both in the mass market and overall, with 61.5% of buyers sticking around for another car. Toyota is hot on its heels at 59.5%, followed by Honda with 57.7%. Ram and Ford round out the mass-market top five with 56.2% and 54.0%, respectively. The lowest mass-market loyalty belongs to Smart (14.3%), but Chrysler (14.4%) and Fiat (16.5%) aren’t far behind.While Lexus might have the top loyalty for luxury automakers, its 47.6% loyalty rate would put it in eighth place if all OEMs were bunched together. Mercedes-Benz takes second place in luxury vehicles with 44.2% loyalty. BMW, Porsche and Audi were practically on top of one another with loyalty percentages of 43.6%, 43.5% and 43.3%, respectively. Jaguar takes the bottom luxury slot at 20.6%, followed by Infiniti (32.1%) and Volvo (33.3%).Since this is J.D. Power’s first year running this study, there’s no insight to be found based on results from years past. But as we creep into 2020 and beyond, it will be interesting to see how things will inevitably shift. Lexus has strong positioning in just about every J.D. Power study, so we’ll see if it can hold onto this crown, as well. 2020 Subaru Legacy first drive: It’s what’s inside that counts Long-term 2019 Subaru Ascent is ready for the long haul Post a comment Lexus 4:06 Share your voicelast_img read more


September 10, 2019 0

Ageism A Prevalent and Insidious Health Threat

first_imgMaybe you recall another media campaign last fall intended to encourage young people’s participation in the midterm elections. In pursuit of this laudable goal, marketers invoked every negative stereotype of old people — selfish, addled, unconcerned about the future — to scare their juniors into voting. Adweek called it “comically savage.” I’d drop the “comically.” And such jabs constitute mere microaggressions compared to the forms ageism often takes: pervasive employment discrimination, biased health care, media caricatures or invisibility. When internalized by older adults themselves, ageist views can lead to poorer mental and physical health. After a bunch of us squawked about the ad on social media, the company apologized for what it called attempted humor and what I’d call ageism.center_img It happened about a year ago. I stepped off the subway and spotted an ad on the station wall for a food delivery service. It read: “When you want a whole cake to yourself because you’re turning 30, which is basically 50, which is basically dead.” “It’s an incredibly prevalent and insidious problem,” said Alana Officer, who leads the World Health Organization’s global campaign against ageism, which it defines as “stereotyping, prejudice and discrimination” based on age. “It affects not only individuals, but how we think about policies.” Read the whole story: The New York Timeslast_img read more


August 31, 2019 0

Proceeds from fashion sale to go to charity

first_imgThe Vintage Affaire charity sale was first launched three years ago, establishing it’s base on a simple concept: re-selling donated fashion and accessories at extremely affordable prices to raise funds for charity; one person’s fashion discard becoming another’s bounty. However, the question then begged if there was a market for used apparel among fashion consumers in India, which was quickly answered when their entire stock of over 7,000 fashion apparel and accessories was sold out over one weekend. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”What started as a great idea quickly grew into something really big. We realised that people had a lot of clothes to donate, from barely used to brand new. The challenge at first was motivating the donors to drop off their contributions, however, once we started offering pick-ups, the scale grew quickly. From planning the sale in one of our living rooms, we ended up having to host it in a large restaurant space in Defence Colony that was also donated,” explains Mandavi Sharma, co-creator, The Vintage Affaire. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveGarnering immense support and publicity following the success of the first sale, the stock increased to 10,000 pre-sorted fashion apparels in addition to branded accessories last year to over 15,000 pieces of apparel, as well as accessories and the new addition of household items this year – with everything being sold out every year.What attributed to the success of the sale was the buzz across the social networks as well as media publicity, where not a penny was spent as promotional charges. Not only were two billboards donated, but also radio advertising, columns in the local paper, graphic designers and PR experts contributed their time towards the cause. This year’s sale was kicked off with a fashion show where celebrities, bloggers and designers themselves walked the ramp in clothes donated by Indian design houses, where guests and mall shoppers covered over three floors to watch the show. The show was followed by a preview sale, which also sold out.The Vintage Affaire is powered by The Angels Network, a small Delhi-based group with a huge heart and is run entirely by volunteers. Every element of the sale is run by the volunteers themselves, from donation pick-ups to event management and promotions. The proceeds of the sale will go entirely to three charities: Dukh Bhanjan Trust, a medical overflow facility; Bouquet Of Sight, a vision care ‘gifting’ and Saksham Bal Vikas Sanstha, a non-profit school. Plans for the next Vintage Affaire (VA4) are already underway. Based on the scale and turnout of this year’s sale, the group will be arranging for a much larger space next time.last_img read more


August 31, 2019 0