Halle Westfalen (Germany): Roger Federer says staying wide awake will be the key to his grass court season with his focus on claiming a record tenth Halle title this week. The 37-year-old Swiss was given the run around by Rafael Nadal last time out on the Roland Garros clay, but says he’ll be back in his element on his prefered lawns at the freshly renamed Noventi Open. “It was good to reach the semi-final of a Grand Slam tournament again, and in my first appearance in Paris for four years,” said Federer, who last won the title in Paris in 2009. “I feel fresh, rested and ready for the grass season now,” said Federer, who will target a ninth Wimbledon win in July. “The surface suits me: I like the intuitive, aggressive game,” Federer told a press conference ahead of Halle. “The matches on grass are often decided in a few rallies. You have to stay awake and concentrated.” Federer added: “Winning the tournament always has to be my goal in Halle. “I love to play at this venue, so I am going into the tournament with a very good feeling,” said Federer, who first appeared in Halle in 2000 and has gone on to play the tournament 15 times. “It would be just amazing to win for a 10th time,” said Federer, who was beaten by Croatia’s Borna Coric in the final last year. Federer also revealed he would have a bird’s eye view of the action while resting up at his hotel, where his room overlooks Court 1. “When friends come here they can’t believe you can watch tennis from the hotel. It is totally cool to watch your rivals and friends playing from your balcony.” Federer gets his campaign under way against a tricky opponent in John Millman, who beat him at Flushing Meadows last season. “John is always a tough opponent who doesn’t give anything away. He always gives 100 percent on court and it will be a real test, but that is perhaps exactly what I need.”
New Delhi: Firing a fresh salvo on the AAP government, Delhi BJP on Wednesday alleged the budget for construction of nursery classrooms was increased by Rs 100 crore on “verbal” orders, prompting Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia to serve defamation notices to the saffron party leaders, including its state chief Manoj Tiwari.The leaders of Delhi BJP claimed there has been a “scam” of Rs 2,000 crore in the construction of classrooms in Delhi government schools and sought the resignation of Sisodia, the incharge of the education department. Citing purported minutes of Delhi government’s Finance Committee meeting in March 2018, Tiwari charged that the government built 366 nursery classrooms at an estimated cost of Rs 28.70 lakh for each of them. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic items”The minutes show an estimate of Rs 221.44 crore, which was revised to Rs 326.36 crore. The PWD was verbally authorised to complete the work pending formal approval,” he said. The Delhi BJP did not disclose the source of the documents accessed by it through its spokesperson Harish Khurana and media relations head Neelkant Bakshi. Khurana said “verbal authorisation” for an amount to the tune of Rs 100 crore is not permitted as per CPW manual and its a “clear cut case of corruption”. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderTiwari further claimed that in the meeting principal secretary(finance) “objected” that the nursery classrooms constructed by PWD were semi-permanent structures instead of permanent rooms. In his legal notice to Tiwari, BJP’s Leader of Opposition in Delhi Assembly Vijender Gupta and party MP Parvesh Verma, Sisodia accused them of defaming him through “offending publications” based on “cooked up” allegations and sought their “unqualified” apology. Earlier, reacting to the charge of “scam”, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Sisodia dared Tiwari and his party to get them arrested or apologise to poor people in Delhi whose children were getting education at good quality government schools. Reacting to Sisodia’s defamation notice, Tiwari asserted that BJP will not bow down to his “pressure tactics”, and go ahead with filing a complaint with Lokayukta. Delhi BJP Tuesday filed a police complaint in the alleged “scam” seeking a probe. Tiwari claimed, the police has forwarded the complaint to the Anti-Corruption Branch of the Delhi government.
Highlights from the news file for Friday, May 19———SASK TEEN GUNMAN WANTED TO MARK ANNIVERSARY OF LA LOCHE SHOOTING: The teen who has admitted to killing four people in La Loche, Sask., last year wanted a gift to mark the first anniversary of the shootings. The courts are trying to determine if the teen, who can’t be named under youth offender laws, should be sentenced as an adult or a juvenile. A pre-sentence report tabled in court Friday details how the teen asked staff at a Saskatoon youth detention facility whether they would buy him a present on the anniversary of the shooting. The hearing will resume in June when the defence presents its case.———CANADA’S POT REFORMS GAINING INTERNATIONAL ATTENTION — MCLELLAN: The head of a federal government task force on legalizing marijuana is being watched around the world. Anne McLellan, a former Liberal cabinet minister, says other countries want to see how successful Canada is at developing a legal market for cannabis, how it addresses organized crime and how it deals with drug-impaired driving. Once it happens, Canada will become the first G7 country to legalize marijuana.———TRANSPORT MINISTER MEETS WITH AIRLINES ABOUT PASSENGER RIGHTS: Federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau is calling for Canada’s airlines to live up to the spirit of the federal government’s passenger bill of rights, even though the legislation does not come into force until next year. Garneau met with some 30 airline, airport and tourism officials in Ottawa on Friday. He says he sensed a “constructive approach” from the airlines. New federal rules will set minimum levels of compensation for people who voluntarily agree to be bumped from a flight and force airlines to establish clear standards of treatment and compensation for circumstances such as lost or damaged luggage.———SOFTWOOD BAILOUT DELAYED: A federal aid package to help softwood lumber producers deal with the effect of U.S. duties won’t go before cabinet until the end of the month. Cabinet discussed a package of options for up to $1 billion in aid for the softwood industry earlier this week, but negotiations with industry and provincial governments aren’t done. A source with knowledge of the negotiations says Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr had hoped to have the plan ready to present publicly by the end of this week, but things didn’t quite come together in time.———PM WEIGHS IN ON BOEING-BOMBARDIER TRADE SPAT: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is blasting the U.S. government for taking up Boeing’s complaint against rival Bombardier. Trudeau says he’ll always defend Canadian companies. But Trudeau refused to elaborate on the government’s suggestion that it might abandon plans to buy 18 of Boeing’s Super Hornet fighter jets if the aerospace giant pursues claims that Bombardier gets unfair subsidies.———TRUMP STARTS FIRST FOREIGN TRIP: U.S. President Donald Trump has departed for his maiden overseas trip as president amid the controversy surrounding investigations into whether his campaign associates collaborated with Russia to sway the election. Air Force One departed Friday with the president, first lady Melania Trump, his daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner, as well as a group of his top advisers and journalists covering the trip.———TRUMP REPORTEDLY CALLED FORMER FBI DIRECTOR ‘NUT JOB’: The New York Times is reporting that U.S. President Donald Trump told Russian diplomats that firing “nut job” FBI director James Comey had relieved “great pressure” on him. The newspaper report cites the White House’s official written account of the Oval Office meeting. The Washington Post is separately reporting that the FBI investigation into possible co-ordination between Russia and the Trump presidential campaign was moving closer to the White House. Law enforcement officials now consider a senior Trump adviser a “person of interest” in the probe, the Post reported.———OTTAWA BEING ACCUSED OF PUTTING DOMESTIC VIOLENCE VICTIMS IN DANGER: The NDP says the federal government is asking some women fleeing domestic violence to get their abuser to sign a form in order to get a child benefit. B.C. New Democrat Wayne Stetski says constituents have been coming forward with letters from the Canada Revenue Agency, asking them to verify that they are eligible for the monthly allowance. Stetski says the requirement puts the victim in danger and needs to be corrected. The government is promising to look into the issue as quickly as possible.———OPP LOOK AT THROWING DARTS AT FLEEING VEHICLES: Ontario Provincial Police say they’ve launched a pilot project that will test the use of laser-aimed darts armed with GPS technology to help track fleeing cars. OPP Const. Kerry Schmidt says when a motorist fails to stop or accelerates away after being stopped, Schmidt says a projectile can be fired at the vehicle where it sticks and emits a GPS signal that can be tracked. Schmidt says this will allow officers to be constantly updated on the whereabouts of the suspect vehicle and safely move in and make an arrest.———ONTARIO TEACHER SENTENCED ON SEXUAL EXPLOITATION CHARGES: An eastern Ontario teacher who had sexual encounters with several students and traded nude photos with them has been sentenced to two years in prison. Jaclyn McLaren pleaded guilty in March to two counts of sexual exploitation, two counts of luring, possession of child pornography and making explicit material available to people under 18 and people under 16. Police originally laid 42 charges against McLaren, 37, who taught French at a school near Belleville.———
Miami – The Union for the Mediterranean (UpM) has recently announced the allocation of 26 development projects designed to benefit Morocco.The Euro-Mediterranean multilateral partnership created to foster the integration of the region has incurred a reported budget of nearly EUR 600 million (6.5 MMDH) in the new Moroccan projects.According to the French daily Les Eco, UpM held a press conference at Union headquarters in Barcelona September 8-10, which was attended by members of the Moroccan press. UpM informed the media of the organization’s several action plans and future endeavors. The 26 projects were allegedly designed to benefit Morocco’s youth, promote women’s skills, support sustainable development as well as the environment, said the UpM.The Union for the Mediterranean’s Director Fatallah Sijilmassi said they aim to “reinforce the complementary capacity” among Euro-Mediterranean countries, where UpM represents 43 nations.According to UpM’s official website, their priority focus areas are:Business DevelopmentTransport & Urban DevelopmentEnergyWater & EnvironmentHigher Education & ResearchSocial & Civil AffairsAt the Wednesday press conference, the French daily reports UpM revealed its Moroccan plan in detail, in which 37% will deal with youth and employment, 15% will be on women’s issues, 19% on the environment, and 18% will target Morocco’s SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises).
TORONTO — Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the coming week:Lululemon earningsLululemon Athletica Inc. releases its fourth-quarter and full-year 2018 results on Wednesday. The Vancouver-based apparel company exceeded analysts expectations in the third quarter, due partially to a strong response to an Edmonton pilot of its first loyalty program.After AeroplanAimia Inc. to report Q4/full-year earnings on Thursday. The Montreal-based loyalty rewards company recently completed the sale of its Aeroplan program to Air Canada for $450-million. Aimia said about half of its 1,500 employees will move to Air Canada as a result of the transaction.Dollarama updateDollarama Inc. releases Q4 results on Thursday. CEO Neil Rossy said in December the Montreal-based dollar store chain will focus more of its attention on its lowest priced products in a bid to keep its comparable store sales growth from slowing.Economic healthStatistics Canada is set to report gross domestic product figures for January on Friday. The Canadian economy slowed to a crawl in the fourth quarter of last year, raising concerns about the pace of growth to start this year. The Bank of Canada has said it believes the weakness will last through the first half of 2019, which is longer than it had predicted earlier in the winter.BlackBerry resultsBlackBerry Ltd. reports its fourth-quarter results on Friday before stock markets open for trading. The company announced earlier this month that it is establishing a new subsidiary, BlackBerry Government Solutions, in the U.S. that will be focused on ensuring that more of its products meet strict American requirements for highly secure cloud-based services. The Canadian Press
An oil spill contingency plan was launched by the Northwest Pacific Action Plan (NOWPAP), directed by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), at the ROK’s request after the oil tanker Hebei Spirit collided with a barge 100 kilometres south of Seoul, the capital, on 7 December, releasing 10,500 metric tons of crude oil into the sea. NOWPAP member countries China and Japan have sent around 100 tons of dispersant and Japan has dispatched a team of experts to help contain the oil slick, which is affecting 160 kilometres of coastline near an important habitat for birds. The spill is threatening to enter Cheonsu Bay, home for about 400,000 migratory birds, and the emergency has triggered a major clean-up operation involving 200,000 people, mostly volunteers, as well as 327 vessels, 17 airplanes and 13 helicopters. NOWPAP comes under UNEP’s Regional Seas Programme and its contingency plan was developed in full cooperation between UNEP and the UN International Maritime Organization (IMO). It was adopted in 2004 by China, Japan, ROK and Russia to deal with large oil spill emergencies. In accordance with the plan, member countries inform each other of oil spill accidents and provide assistance to the country in need. NOWPAP’s Regional Activity Centre in Daejon, Korea, is serving as the “nerve centre” for activation and implementation. A joint UN-European Union (EU) rapid environmental assessment team, made up of experts from the European Commission’s Monitoring and Information Centre, UNEP and the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has also been sent on site. Additional support has come from the United States coastguard, which has sent a team to give advice, and a private company in Singapore which is providing aircraft. 18 December 2007China and Japan have sent material and experts under a United Nations emergency response plan to help the Republic of Korea (ROK) mitigate the worst oil spill in its history, which has already hit key fishing grounds and is expected to damage the livelihoods of up to 27,000 aquaculture workers.
An entire year of schoolchildren failed an exam after a teacher lied about their grades because she claimed she was “stressed”.Lisa Lock, a science teacher, has been allowed to continue in the profession despite submitting her pupils’ results to an exam board and wrongly saying they had all passed.The 48-year-old was caught because more than 100 of the GCSE-age students had not even finished the coursework for the exams.She also let teenagers into her classroom to complete coursework after a deadline had passed, despite being warned against doing so by her head teacher. I spent most nights after school doing science and revision club… I had too much on my plate and I couldn’t cope with it allteacher Lisa Lock Exam board officials found out about Mrs Lock’s practices and then automatically failed the whole year group of students for their Baccalaureate.Mrs Lock told a teachers’ disciplinary hearing she took the testing shortcuts because she was “stressed out” and had “too much on her plate”.She was in charge of children studying the Welsh Baccalaureate, which is equivalent to a GCSE.Presenting officer Carys Williams said: “Mrs Lock submitted to the examination board that pupils had passed the Welsh Baccalaureate when there was no evidence to support this.”She also called pupils to her classroom to undertake work after the submission deadline, despite being told not to do so.”Mrs Lock was suspended in June 2015 in response to the allegations while teaching at Abertillery Comprehensive School in Gwent, South Wales.She accepted that her actions were “unprofessional”, but denied acting dishonestly, saying that she had the best interests of the students at heart.She told the hearing: “It was the most difficult thing I have ever done in my life and I have to say I was really struggling with it, so I went to the previous head and said that I wanted to drop it.” Lisa Lock was found guilty of unacceptable professional conduct by a panel of the Education Workforce CouncilCredit:Wales News Service However, Mrs Lock was told that if she did stop teaching the Welsh Baccalaureate, she would be talking herself out of the job.”It was becoming overarching and it was the qualification that everyone looked at,” she added.”I spent most nights after school doing science and revision club, and also science club for the younger children. Ultimately, I had too much on my plate and I couldn’t cope with it all.”As a result of the incorrect submissions, none of the pupils who studied the two-year module passed.It also could have meant that the students did not get a place in college, but this problem did not arise.Mrs Lock was found guilty of unacceptable professional conduct and handed a “conditional registration order”, but was allowed to continue teaching.The panel of the Education Workforce Council sitting in Cardiff banned Mrs Lock from managing exams. 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.
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCriticisms against me like ‘water on the duck’s back,’ says SOCU AdvisorJanuary 9, 2018In “Crime”Sittlington’s contract in Guyana terminated with immediate effect-British High CommissionerJanuary 31, 2019In “latest news”UK advisor’s role in SOCU ‘not operational’- British High CommissionerMarch 10, 2017In “latest news” Almost eight months after Public Security Minister, Khemraj Ramjattan had approached the British High Commissioner to Guyana, Gregory Quinn, to have British fraud expert Dr Sam Sittlington return to Guyana to resume the work he started at the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU), the request, it seems, has now been granted.Based on a press advisory issued on Friday, there is expected to be a special event hosted at the British High Commissioner’s residence next Tuesday (January 9, 2018) to introduce Sittlington as a Financial Investigations Mentor/Advisor to SOCU.During the early part of 2017, SOCU had detained several former prominent Government officials, including former President, Dr Bharrat Jagdeo, former Prime Minister, Samuel Hinds, former Ministers Priya Manickchand, Irfaan Ali, Clement Rohee, Robert Persaud and Jennifer Westford, among others in connection with their role in the Pradoville 2 Housing scheme.The reason behind them being questioned was because they had purchased property at the Sparendaam seawall area, commonly known as “Pradoville 2”.The current Administration contended that the transaction is a criminal act because of the belief that the properties were sold below market value.However, the former government Ministers from the People’s Progressive Party (PPP/C) had argued that subsidised housing has always been a part of the legacy of the PPP/C and that countless Guyanese have benefited from lands sold below market value.At the time, Sittlington was a part of SOCU, and the Opposition had begun to question his role within the agency, accusing him of being one of the persons involved in the “witch hunt”.They had argued that he “exceeded his official remit and trespassed into operational matters at SOCU.”These accusations were made after it was revealed that Ramjattan and Sittlington were seen sharing “celebratory drinks” at the Oasis Café some days after the several arrests were made.However, British High Commissioner to Guyana, Greg Quinn had said that Dr Sittlington was in Guyana serving in an advisory and training capacity at SOCU and not in an operational role.Following the fraud expert’s departure, Ramjattan said the main reason for him wanting Sittlington to return was because he played a pivotal role in helping the SOCU officials to strategize. (Ramona Luthi)
Share11 Tweet Email Source: The42 Rugby Weekly/SoundCloud Image: Morgan Treacy/INPHO Saturday 30 Mar 2019, 4:06 PM Mar 30th 2019, 4:06 PM The FAI board insists it’s taking steps to ‘address concerns’ Consulting group Mazars are tasked with completing ‘an in-depth external review of all matters’. A steward removed a tennis ball from the Aviva Stadium pitch on Tuesday night. Image: Morgan Treacy/INPHO 13,975 Views Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 26 Comments By Adrian Russell https://the42.ie/4568794 A steward removed a tennis ball from the Aviva Stadium pitch on Tuesday night. THE BOARD OF the FAI say they’ve taken steps to get to the bottom of recent revelations about the Association’s finances. Ireland’s Euro 2020 qualifier against Georgia on Tuesday night was interrupted by a tennis ball protest by sections of the attendance. FAI CEO John Delaney is set to appear before an Oireachtas Sports Committee to answer questions about the €100,000 bridging loan he provided to the Association as well as other governance issues.“The Board of the Football Association of Ireland acknowledges the concerns expressed by members of the football family, supporters, commentators, politicians and the public around recent media stories concerning the Association,” the latest statement reads. “The Board is committed to fully addressing the issues of concern and is undertaking steps to do so. The Board of the FAI has established a sub-committee, from amongst its members, which is working closely with the Association’s external advisers and auditors to urgently address these matters. “Global auditing and consulting group Mazars has been commissioned by the sub-committee to conduct an independent and in-depth external review of all matters. The Board has requested that this review be completed as soon as possible. “The FAI is engaging fully with Sport Ireland and the Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement in dealing with their particular inquiries.” It was announced in the wake of Ireland’s 1-0 win over Gibraltar last Saturday that John Delaney would leave the position of CEO and take up the role of FAI executive vice president. Murray Kinsella and Bernard Jackman look ahead to a huge weekend for the provinces in Europe and Ryan Bailey catches up with Ian Keatley on the latest episode of The42 Rugby Weekly:
Shane Ross: ‘My grandkids photoshopped me into the Jesus birth scene after Katie Taylor memes’ “I was with everybody, I think I was with Putin. I was with Donald Trump. I was at the landing the Moon landing.” https://jrnl.ie/4789303 35 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Source: Dan O’Neill/Twitter Maybe I gilded the lily by being absolutely certain to be photographed in them and people thought it was a silly but no, I kind of love photo opportunities when they’re good ones all politicians do.When asked about the memes that appeared after the photo opportunity, he said they were “absolutely brilliant”. Even his family got involved in the mockery.“I was at home one Sunday, so Sunday after that. And one of my grandchildren asked to borrow my my phone. And so I said yeah, of course and they started playing games, which is what grandchildren do. They gave it back to me and I didn’t look at it until the next day. And the next day when I opened it, the screenshot on it was changed and there I was at the birth of Jesus,” he said.“And I can’t change my screenshot, it’s still there.”Ross said he did not think the jokes made about him online were malicious and if people get a bit of fun out of it, that’s fine with him. “They [the memes] were magnificently funny, and they actually prompted, challenged a lot of people’s creativity. I was with Mohammed Ali. I was with Shane Lowry. That was a famous one. I was with everybody, I think I was with Putin. I was with Donald Trump. I was at the landing the Moon landing,” he said.“They were brilliant. For God’s sake, if people get a kick out of that, they can keep doing it because I quite enjoy that.”In the full interview with TheJournal.ie’s Political Correspondent Christina Finn this weekend, Minister Ross discussed the Bus Connects project, cycle lanes and his view that all of his Cabinet colleagues should give up their petrol and diesel cars. Share5 Tweet Email1 What’s your favourite Shane Ross photo from history? pic.twitter.com/ITerYRebWI— Dan O’Neill (@activedan) June 4, 2019 MINISTER FOR TRANSPORT Shane Ross has said he thought the jokes made at his expense after a now infamous photo opportunity with professional boxer Katie Taylor this year were “brilliant”.Ross greeted Taylor at Dublin Airport in June as she returned from New York as the undisputed lightweight champion and did not stray far from her side as photographers snapped away.It was not long before memes of Ross photoshopped in the background of other significant moments in history began to emerge online. He was at the Moon landing, he was a guest at the most recent royal wedding, he was in that famous Oscars selfie. Short URL By Michelle Hennessy Sep 1st 2019, 9:31 AM 38,829 Views Sunday 1 Sep 2019, 9:30 AM Speaking to TheJournal.ie at part of a wider interview, the minister said he had been criticised on previous occasions for failing to greet sportspeople on their return from a significant event. “It was a wonderful honour for Ireland and for the Irish people,” he said of Taylor’s win.“And so the important thing is you go out there, you express on behalf of the Irish people what an incredible success she had, what a wonderful person she is, but you’ve got to get it in the pics, you know. If you don’t get it the pics no one knows you’re there. And they’ll say to you ‘why weren’t you there?’
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A skilled migration expo will take place in central Athens in October, thanks to a proposal recommended to the Australian government by the Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and Victoria (GOCMV). Skilled migrants who are offered employment as a result of the expo, may be able to have their application processed within a fortnight.The pioneering expo will take place on 8 and 9 of October, and will allow skilled workers in Greece to meet with officials from the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) and other Australian government agencies, to discuss employment opportunities in Australia. The expo will involve face-to-face meetings with potential employers and recruitment agencies. GOCMV President, Bill Papastergiadis, told Neos Kosmos that this is a “quick and effective means of assisting Greeks at this point in time”. Last Tuesday, Papastergiadis received the phone call confirming the good news, made on behalf of Minister Chris Bowen, Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, saying that one of the proposals GOCMV had created- to assist procedures for skilled migration for Greek citizens- would be acted upon by the government . The proposal was created by a GOCMV sub-committee which included: Bill Papastergiadis, Mike Zafiropoulos, Costas Marcos, Penny Dimopoulos, Elizabeth Hagiefremidis, and Peter Jasonides. The proposal comprised of various recommendations on ways in which DIAC could further assist skilled migration from Greece and was presented at a meeting with Minister Bowen in Melbourne on June 15. At the meeting, the GOCMV proposed that DIAC arrange a skilled migration information session in either Athens or Thessaloniki. Another proposal put forth and fully supported by the Consul General for Greece in Melbourne, Eleni Lianidou, was for Greece to sign an agreement with Australia and New Zealand for an arrangement for working VISAs. Lianidou told Neos Kosmos this week that it looks “positive” that Greece will be signing an agreement sooner, rather than later. “It provides the opportunity for thousands of qualified people to meet with relevant governments and key employers, and to have someone there to answer their questions for them,” said Papastergiades, when asked about the benefits of the skilled migration expo. At the October event, the government will be promoting employment in key areas of industry and where there are skills shortages, including engineering, health-care, automotive, construction, and the electrical and mechanical trades. “This is a great win for the Greek community in Melbourne who set this up, and it’s a great win for Greeks in Greece to be given this fabulous opportunity to fast-track their applications,” said Papastergiades, adding, “what it does mean, is that if you lobby effectively with appropriate proposals, you can achieve things in a short period of time.”
George Vellis, the Sydney-based President of the Australian Hellenic Council has thrown his hat into the ring as an ALP preselection candidate to fight the federal seat of Barton held by Liberal Nick Varvaris.Mr Vellis’ move comes as the Australian Electoral Commission deliberates on boundary changes to the Barton electoral division that could overnight make it a notionally Labor seat. Mr Varvaris currently holds the seat by a wafer-thin majority of 0.3 per cent.The boundary changes, which will be be finalised next month, have prompted speculation that high-profile Labor frontbencher Anthony Albanese is considering switching from the neighbouring seat of Grayndler to challenge Varvaris, with part of the Grayndler division likely to be added to Barton.Speaking to Neos Kosmos, Mr Vellis, a long-time ALP member and activist in south Sydney, said his motivation for running as a preselection candidate was to uphold traditional Labor values and work hard for the electorate.“I am proud to stand on my track record as a community leader who has successfully lobbied federal politicians for more than 15 years, most notably in defending human rights protections for all Australians, and promoting a successful, distinctively Australian model of multiculturalism within our community.”Mr Vellis said in the last two years he had “the honour to be part of a team of community leaders who led the charge in preventing the Federal Government from weakening protections against racial vilification in the Racial Discrimination Act,” and that he had a “deep understanding” of the issues that are important to the Barton electorate, notably “job security, promoting family values, upgraded health services, improved education opportunities for our children, and safer streets.”The AHC President and passionate trade unionist described himself as “a grass roots activist” who has no time for “politics as usual”.“We live in a democracy, and that means the people are the masters; politicians the servants,” said Mr Vellis. who is the first ALP preselection candidate to be confirmed for the Barton seat.Neos Kosmos understands that Labour candidate Steve McMahon, who lost narrowly to Varvaris, at the 2013 election will not be seeking pre-selection in 2016.Vellis is likely to face competition from at least four other ALP candidates for preselection which will go to a vote of local members in March. Depending on the extent of boundary changes, Anthony Albanese is expected to make a decision on whether he will run for preselection shortly after their announcement. The AHC president said he had received assurances that the ALP National Executive would allow local democracy to decide the preselection outcome. “There needs to be due process, and it’s imperative the members have a say, and it’s not a decision made by head office,” he said. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Le rover Curiosity enfin prêt à forer sa première roche martienneLe rover de la NASA, Curiosity, a réalisé avec succès la deuxième phase de test destinée à préparer le forage du sol martien à la recherche de potentielles formes de vie.Mars a-t-elle abrité de quelconques formes de vie durant son histoire ? Curiosity, le rover de la NASA en mission sur la planète rouge, est peut-être sur le point d’élucider ce mystère qui stimule depuis fort longtemps la curiosité des terriens. Le jeudi 7 février, l’agence spatiale américaine a annoncé le succès du deuxième test de forage effectué par le robot. Cet essai, baptisé “mini-forage” a été accompli au moyen d’une perceuse à la fois rotative et percussive.À lire aussiBoisson, météorite et Facebook, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 5 septembreAu final, Curiosity est parvenu à creuser un trou profond de deux centimètres et large d’1,6 centimètre de diamètre, sur le sol martien. Cette opération de “mini-forage” est la phase successive d’un premier test appelé “forage de vérification” effectué lundi 4 février. Les deux interventions ont été menés sur une roche surnommée “John Klein”, et située dans la dépression de Yellowknife Bay, au sein du cratère de Gale.Les astronautes de la NASA analysent actuellement les images des cavités réalisées puis photographiées par le rover afin de confirmer le lancement du forage définitif qui devrait avoir lieu dans les prochains jours. A cette occasion, le rover qui a fêté cette semaine ses 6 mois de présence sur Mars, devrait collecter des échantillons qui pourront être analysés directement sur le terrain, grâce à ses chambres d’analyse et ses instruments. Les informations récoltées ajoutées à celles déjà obtenues de précédentes analyses permettront alors d’en savoir plus la composition des roches. Elles pourraient également permettre de déterminer s’il a un jour exister sur Mars des formes de vie, ne serait-ce que microscopiques.Le 8 février 2013 à 20:14 • Emmanuel Perrin
Des vestiges prouvent que Chypre fut peuplée 1 000 ans plus tôt qu’on ne pensaitUne équipe internationale d’archéologues a mis au jour, à Chypre, une statuette et des outils préhistoriques qui font remonter le peuplement de cette île méditerranéenne à 8.800 avant notre ère.Des fouilles menées sur le site de Ayia Varvara Asprokremnos, à Chypre, par des archéologues de l’Université de Toronto, de l’Université Cornell et de l’Université de Chypre, ont permis de découvrir des outils de pierre ainsi que la plus ancienne figurine humaine complète connue sur cette île. Le site a été daté (au radiocarbone) à 8.800 à 8.600 avant JC, soit du début de la période néolithique.”Cela nous indique que Chypre a été intégrée à la révolution néolithique, laquelle a connu une croissance importante concernant l’agriculture et la domestication des animaux. Avec l’agriculture est venu un surcroît de richesse, à la fois en nourriture et en temps : les gens ont eu alors le temps de se spécialiser dans d’autres occupations telles que la fabrication [d’outils] et […] l’art figuratif”, explique Sally Stewart, archéologue à l’Université de Toronto.La figurine – une statuette féminine complète – a été trouvée parmi des objets en pierre dont certains portent des résidus d’ocre rouge. Située à moins de 100 km du nord de la Syrie, de la Turquie et du Liban, Chypre a donc été colonisée assez tôt par les premiers cultivateurs du Proche-Orient. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?”Les gens ont vu les montagnes et ils ont probablement été attirés par l’abondance de gisements de silex. Nous ne pouvons plus considérer Chypre comme étant en marge de ce qui se passait dans la région à l’époque”, conclut ainsi Sally Stewart.(crédits photo : Ministry of Communications and Works, Republic of Cyprus) Le 15 décembre 2013 à 09:53 • Maxime Lambert
Les 8 actus science que vous devez connaitre ce 2 marsLes plus vieux tatouages au monde, une énorme araignée et un retour vers la jeunesse de l’Univers, voici votre concentré d’actualités scientifiques pour ce 2 mars. – Des chercheurs ont découvert les plus vieux tatouages au monde. Représentant des animaux et des motifs en forme de S, ils figurent sur le corps de deux momies égyptiennes de 5.000 ans. Une découverte qui repousse de 1.000 ans les preuves de l’existence de cette pratique en Afrique.- Un astéroïde de la taille d’un bus va nous rendre visite aujourd’hui. D’après les calculs des astronomes, 2018 DV1 passera à 113.000 kilomètres de la Terre et ne représentera aucun danger. Il sera cependant possible de suivre son passage en direct sur internet. – Un parc australien vient de récupérer un spécimen de l’une des araignées les plus dangereuses au monde : Atrax robustus ou araignée à toile-entonnoir. Baptisé Colossus, le spécimen se démarque par sa taille : 7,8 centimètres de large, pattes comprises alors que les mâles avoisinent plutôt les 5 centimètres en général. – Un supermarché sans aucune trace de plastique, ça parait impossible et pourtant. A Amsterdam aux Pays-Bas, le magasin Ekoplaza a inauguré un rayon très spécial. Celui-ci présente plus de 700 produits mais aucun n’est contenu dans du plastique. Uniquement dans du verre, du métal, du carton ou des matières compostables. – Les scientifiques viennent d’identifier une nouvelle espèce de tardigrade. Egalement appelés ourson d’eau, ces organismes font partie des plus fascinants au monde et se démarquent notamment par une résistance à toute épreuve. Le nouveau spécimen a été découvert dans de la mousse poussant sur le sol d’un parking japonais. À lire aussiDonald Trump, AVC et “l’Age de glace”, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 27 août- Des astronomes sont parvenus à détecter la lumière des premières étoiles de l’Univers. Le défi technique a été rendu possible grâce au radiotélescope SKA en Australie. Si la découverte doit encore être confirmée, elle montre que des étoiles étaient déjà actives environ 180 millions d’années après le Big Bang. – Les bactéries présentes sur notre peau pourraient nous protéger du cancer. Des chercheurs ont découvert qu’une souche de Staphylococcus epidermidis produit une substance capable d’inhiber la croissance des tumeurs. Une observation qui souligne une nouvelle fois le rôle important du microbiote sur notre santé et qui pourrait ouvrir la voie vers des traitements préventifs. – Des chercheurs sont parvenus à recréer le génome quasi-complet d’un oiseau disparu. Appartenant à la famille des Moa, l’animal vivait en Nouvelle-Zélande avant de s’éteindre au 13e siècle. Grâce à leurs travaux, les chercheurs pensent qu’il pourrait un jour être possible de faire revivre l’oiseau aux allures d’autruche. Le 2 mars 2018 à 00:30 • Maxime Lambert
It’s a shame the comic book industry seems set on becoming increasingly insular because theoretically there’s never been an easier time to get into comic books. Superhero movies are the biggest cultural events on the planet. And the widespread use of iPads and other tablets means you can easily purchase an endless supply of books, catching up on dense stories from across history, without clogging your house with dead trees.As with the streaming TV service wars, all the big comic book publishers have their own independent reader apps. But if you just want one app to rule them all, Comixology is still the way to go.Powered by Amazon, Comixology stands above the rest just with its sheer volume of comics to choose from. It’s not totally complete in terms of older material, and really what archive is, but you can find books from Marvel, DC, Dark Horse, Shonen Jump, Archie, Boom, Dynamite, IDW, Image, Lion Forge, Valiant, Top Shelf, and some others we’re probably forgetting.These publishers just can’t resist having their books easily for sale alongside Amazon’s other infinite goods on sales. However we also blame Amazon’s profit-splitting feud with Apple for still preventing us from buying comics directly in the Comixology iOS app, which is annoying. That kind of Bezos muscle could’ve been an easy excuse for Comixology to disappoint as a reading experience. Fortunately the service itself also holds up its end of the bargain in terms of rich features.It’s easy to buy comics on launch day and sync them across multiple devices. There are multiple ways to pay for comics like through gifts or bundles or even a convenient full-on Netflix-style Comixology Unlimited subscription service for $5.99 per month. No DRM means you can download your (non Marvel or DC) purchases for offline desktop reading without hassle, although you can’t lend issues to friends. And different presentation options let you adjust the reading experience for your comfort.For more on Comixology check out the extensive review on our sister site PCMag.com. And for more on comics check out these groundbreaking female artists, the history of rock stars making comics, and the greatest comic book romances.More on Geek.com:Geek Pick: Raspberry Pi 3 Model A+ Is a Cute ComputerGeek Pick: Amazon Echo Wall Clock Tells Time With TechGeek Pick: Amazon Fire TV Stick With Alexa Voice Remote Geek Pick: Shure MV88+ Is An Excellent, On the Go Microphone KitGeek Pick: Amazon Smart Plug Puts Alexa in Your Walls Stay on target
Police arrested two suspects in connection with Daffodil International University (DIU) student Talha murder case, reports UNB.The arrestees are Milon, 20, and Sabuj, 19.Tipped off, a team of Wari division of police conducted a special drive at Kaptan Bazar in the city on Tuesday evening and arrested the duo, said officer-in-charge of Wari police station Rafiqul Islam.Police will brief media about the arrestees at the office of deputy commissioner of Wari division (DC Wari) around 10:30am.Earlier on 8 October, Abu Talha, 22, son of Nuruddin, a 2nd year student of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) department of DIU was stabbed to death reportedly by a gang of muggers at Tikatuli in the city.Later on 14 October, members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested Jibon Hossian Litu, 28, the ringleader of a mugger gang, which killed Talha in the city, from Rupsha area in Narayanganj district.
Residents make their way at Sennari district in Sakura, Chiba Prefecture, Japan, 7 November 2018. Photo: ReutersKatsuya Kodama’s wife died two years ago, and the 77-year-old keeps her ashes on a Buddhist altar in their suburban Tokyo home.”I talk to her morning and night, tell her everything,” he said. “I sit on the chair she used in the bath while ill. Sitting where she sat makes me feel close to her.”That sense of loss cuts through Sakura, including the Sennari district where Kodama moved 30 years ago.Back then, it was filled with young families; now, nearly half of Sennari’s residents are over 65 and the population of Sakura, a city of 175,000, is falling by about 400 a year.The next town over is the more youthful Inzai, where life is much different. Only about 21 percent of its population of 100,600 is older than 65 – 12 percent below Sakura as a whole and almost 7 percent below the national average – and it is buzzing with new development.Like Sakura, Inzai lies within commuting distance of Tokyo, roughly an hour west by train, and Narita airport, about 40 minutes east. Both cities sprawl across a mix of developed and open land, prime for growth.But the demographics of the two cities underline their divergent fortunes.Inzai will still be growing in 2040, government forecasts say, while Sakura is set to shrink by up to 20 per cent. Japan’s population is predicted to decline by 16 per cent in the same period.The key difference: Inzai was redeveloped starting in the mid-1980s with young families in mind. Its mayor enthusiastically lobbied national and regional governments to bring in a major housing project called Chiba Newtown. As it grew, Inzai dangled entertainment complexes and parks to lure residents, with tax breaks for employers.Sakura has by contrast grown in the more piecemeal fashion typical of other Japanese cities, with little thought given to bringing in new blood. Residents say its government, controlled by one political party since 1955, allowed local stores to fold and did not attract new businesses.As Japan ages and its population shrinks, Sakura and Inzai illustrate what its cities must do to survive and deal with the rising costs of caring for elderly residents.Hideki Kobayashi, a professor of city planning at Chiba University, said it was crucial to attract young people with amenities and convenience – like Inzai – or offer sweeteners like tax breaks and guaranteed daycare.”The population of young people is falling all over Japan, so it becomes a fight for them,” he said. “There will be winners and losers, forcing local governments into competition. The places that make efforts to win will see growth.”Residents parade with a portable shrine during their Matsuri festival at Sennari district in Sakura. Photo: ReutersCONVENIENT AND NEWFor Shota and Kanako Hagiwara, Inzai represented a new and convenient place to raise their two active boys.”It’s really spread out and easy to live in,” said Shota, 36, who works for an airline at Narita airport. “It’s new, and looks as if it’ll flourish for some time.”Chiba Newtown – greater Tokyo’s third-oldest major housing development – sprawls into Inzai and two other suburbs.Though parts of Inzai remain rural, the Higashinohara area where the Hagiwaras live is filled with houses and growing.With its broad, straight streets lined with palm trees, their neighbourhood barely seems Japanese. City planning experts say that is part of its appeal.”There are always people to talk to, and lots of kids,” said Kanako Hagiwara, 36, who makes jewellery at home.The area’s biggest problem is crowded schools and a shortage of daycares. Two hundred children in Inzai are waiting for spots even as more centres are built.The Urban Renaissance Agency (UR), a quasi-governmental group responsible for large-scale development in Japan, provided 1,379 hectares (3,400 acres) of land for Inzai after the regional government bought it from private owners.”Chiba Newtown aimed to provide residential land for families raising children,” said Soichi Hirakawa of UR’s sales and planning department. As a result, most residents are in their 30s, and some work at the companies attracted by Inzai’s corporate tax rebates, which can be as high as $62 million stretched over several years.The more established Sakura was never part of UR’s development plans.DIFFERENT TIMESKodama was lured by the dream of buying a new home, unaffordable in Tokyo, in Sakura’s Sunny Newtown development, carved out of mountains and rice fields.Now many of the houses are dated or even falling down, the area dotted with vacant lots. Unlike Inzai, Sakura has failed to bring in large companies, and residents say the local government hasn’t listened to what they need.”When I walk around, there’s a bunch of abandoned houses,” said 77-year-old Kenzo Ito, who has lived in Sennari for 50 years. “It’d be nice if somebody lived in them, or if young people built houses here.”The school, now 43 years old, has lost 75 percent of students from its 1978 peak. New supermarkets in neighbouring areas have driven many local shops out of business, and shoppers complain Sakura did nothing to provide alternatives or easy transport.Taeko Suzuki, 81, a widow, shoulders a daypack to walk more than a kilometre for shopping.”I’ve been to Inzai once; they have lots of stores and it’s nice,” she said. “But saying I’m envious doesn’t get me anywhere.”Although Sakura’s older population requires more services, its taxes per person are about half those of Inzai. Sakura official Takanari Yajima acknowledged the city was struggling to provide for all.”There are bedridden people who need nursing care, while others are still energetic,” he said. “There’s just too many different things.”The city does offer financial support for people under 40 who want to live near elderly parents, or moving and housing aid of up to 300,000 yen ($2,662) for young couples with lower incomes. Success has been limited, officials say, partly because some of the programmes are only a few years old.Sakura officials point to the Yukarigaoka area as a bright spot, noting it has seen an influx of younger residents drawn by a new mixed-use development. In most of that area, less than 10 percent of the population is elderly.In Inzai, Kanako Hagiwara says she wants to stay for the long term. Her husband is more doubtful.”I think it would be best if there is something of an exchange of generations,” he said. “If all the young people leave, this will just become a ghost town.”
By George Kevin Jordan, AFRO Staff WriterIt got deep. It got personal. And hopefully, it was transformational. During the first week of National Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Tarana Burke, “me too” Founder was on hand at Howard University this week to discuss, sexaul assault, sexual violence and how everyone can be apart of the discussions and action plans for change as part of the ‘me too’ HBCU tour.The ‘me too’ movement was founded in 2006 to help survivors of sexual violence, particularly women of color and from low wealth communities, find pathways to healing.Author and activist Darnell L. Moore, professor, producer and publisher Dr. Yaba Blay and ‘me too’ founder Tarana Burke engage in a fireside chat during ‘me too’ HBCU tour. (Photo by George Kevin Jordan)Burke discussed how since the ‘me too’ movement went viral in October 2017, she had begun traveling the globe speaking on the issue. “Last year I spoke at over seventy schools around the world,” Burke said, “but was only invited to two HBCUs.” She offered many reasons for why it couldn’t happen on those campuses but was determined to make it happen. She had begun discussing with Dr. Yaba Blay, who shared the stage with her during the fireside chat at Cramton Auditorium, 2455 6th Street NW, Tuesday night, about how to bring this important conversation and work to Black institutions.“Last year I was booked every day single day of April,” Burke said, “and I’m watching what these campuses are doing around sexual assault awareness month and I know that’s not happening on our campuses, but what I know is happening on our campuses is sexual violence is happening.”“So we want to make sure we had a lively open transparent conversation about that.”During the day of events, surveys were conducted to better understand the ways to end sexual violence and assault and also understand the complicated relationship between communities. During the chat, Burke discussed how many Black women felt that if they reported an act, that the alleged perpetrator would be celebrated and that the woman would be labeled for being the ones who brought forth charges on a Black man.Burke addressed the misinformation about the “me too” movement head on, saying, “When I listened to students talk about the kinds of things they are fearful of and the kind of response they may get from reporting, it seems very much like what we see on social media.”“Very much like these themes we see repeating. Like, ‘we’re taking down Black men. This is a movement to take down Black men.’ Those kind of ideas are really about taking the attention away from the actual issue.”Burke was clear that the ‘me too’ movement was an open platform for women and men, the LGBTQIA+ community and everyone to work together to end sexual violence and assault.Author and Activist Darnell L. Moore joined the fireside chat and added another perspective to the conversation.“I believe in costly grace,” Moore said referring to engaging with people who commit sexual violence and assault. “Costly grace is the type of thing you extend with the nod always towards accountability. Accountability can only come when the person that’s doing harm acknowledges and understands they harmed you. And commits to stopping it.”According to data from the National Sexual Violence Resource Center:One in five women and one in 71 men will be raped at some point in their livesIn the U.S., one in three women and one in six men experienced some form of contact sexual violence in their lifetime1 percent of female victims of rape reported being raped by an intimate partner and 40.8 percent by an acquaintance91 percent of victims of rape and sexual assault are female, and nine percent are maleIn eight out of 10 cases of rape, the victim knew the perpetratorOn college campuses, the numbers are just as startling:20 percent – 25 percent of college women and 15 percent of college men are victims of forced sex during their time in collegeA 2002 study revealed that 63.3 percent of men at one university self-reported acts qualifying as rape or attempted rape and admitted to committing repeat rapesMore than 90 percent of sexual assault victims on college campuses do not report the assault27 percent of college women have experienced some form of unwanted sexual contactNearly two-thirds of college students experience sexual harassmentThe ‘me too” HBCU tour experience was coordinated through the Office of the Dean of the Chapel includes fireside chats and meetings with students and campus leaders, as well as vital takeaways and strategic plans to continue to transform schools into safe spaces for all. The event was also supported by the school’s Office of Interpersonal Violence Prevention (IVPP) and the the Title IX Office at Howard. Trough prevention and programming reagading seuxal harassment, sexual violence and sexual misconduct, the IVPP office trains everyone from staff, to students and faculty on consensual behavior, bystander intervention strategies and other kinds of interpersonal violence and advocacy support. The Title IX Office implements the schools Title IX policy which prohibits all forms of sex discrimination, including sexual harassment and sexual violence.At the end of the evening, Burke was able to present the school with a $10,000 grant to activate initiatives to stop sexual violence and assault and further discussions on Howard’s campus.A roster of discussions and activations were held throughout the day.During the fireside chat, Blay broke down the ways different communities discuss different things saying, “Tarana went to Alabama State, I went to Delaware State,” making it clear the the panelist were not outsiders but people who lived through many of the same experiences.“The yard is like home,” Blay said. “So you know that there’s a particular way we talk about these things at home and a particular way we talk about these things in public.”“There’s an experience of being a student at a HBCU and being a faculty at an HBCU which is something else. So what I was becoming discouraged by was the fact that many of my Black women students didn’t feel safe on their own campuses and they didn’t feel that there would be any recourse. There was no one really to talk to if something were to happen.”The ‘me too’ HBCU tour has other planned stops in Spring of 2019 including Spelman College, Clark Atlanta University & Morehouse College (April 9), Alabama State University (April 12) North Carolina Central University (April 18) among others. For more information Please go to https://metooHBCU.eventbrite.com
Stay on target Mr. Peanut Is a Hypebeast Now With These Surprisingly Fresh KicksReebok Releases 40th Anniversary ‘Alien’ Stomper Sneaker The OG smart running sneaker from 1986 is getting an upgrade.Puma this week announced the reissuing of its RS-Computer shoe.Considered “extremely advanced” for its time, the footwear featured a computer chip built into the massive heel.AdChoices广告The RS (Running System) automatically recorded users’ time, distance, and calories burned; results were then shared with a connected Apple IIe or Commodore 64 (both discontinued in the early 1990s).But since no one uses 16-pin cords anymore, the 2018 iteration instead relies on a USB connector to charge the sneakers’ lithium-polymer battery.The original RS-Computer running shoe had a custom-designed computer chip built into the heel that automatically recorded the time, distance and calories expended (via Puma)Built-in Bluetooth syncs with the dedicated RS-Computer shoe app for iOS and Android, which uses the same 8-bit graphics seen on ’80s computer screens; an 8-bit game is hidden inside.Equipped with a miniature 3-axis accelerometer, the shoes can record 30 days worth of measurements, including steps taken, distance traveled, and calories burned.“Every new month is a fresh start,” a company press release said, pointing users toward the app’s Monthly Statistics tab.The 2018 iteration has new technology but replicates the original experience (via Puma)Despite impressive technological advancements over the last three decades, though, Puma has chosen to stick with what it (and fans) know: that ridiculous-looking extended TPU heel.Retailing for €650 ($735), only 86 pairs of the RS-Computer will be available globally, signifying the year it originated. U.S. shoppers can snag a pair online via Kith and Puma.com; or visit select Puma retailers in Tokyo, London, and Berlin.Technology can be hidden anywhere, from denim jackets to animatronic singing props to sleek footwear.In 1986, the shoe relayed data to an Apple IIe or Commodore 64 desktop using a 16-pin cord (via Puma)Earlier this year, Amazfit crowdfunded its first pair of smart sneakers. The shoes can be used with Amazfit’s dedicated running sensor, connected to the Mi Fit mobile app, to track wearers’ activity.But what does the future hold for the increasingly popular smart-shoe scheme?An industry-insiders report, published in May, suggests the market will continue growing steadily through 2022.Since the wearable bubble burst, intelligent footwear has taken its place, offering new and unique opportunities for everyone from athletes to couch potatoes. (Nothing says innovation like high-tops that order pizza and pause live TV.)More on Geek.com:Nike, Jordan Brand Announce ‘Into the Spider-Verse’ Shoe Air Jordan ‘Origin Story’First Graphene-Infused Sneakers to Hit Ground Running in 2018Customize Your Kicks With $500 ShiftWear E-Ink Shoes