first_imgAt least four alleged cattle smugglers transporting a dead buffalo were assaulted by a mob here in the early hours of Wednesday, the police said.Villagers allegationVillagers alleged that the men were caught in village Nagla Mandhata while they were transporting the buffalo’s carcass in a pick-up van.They were, however, rescued by the police who intervened in time, Hasayan SHO Jitendra Kumar said.‘Animal poisoned’The owner of the buffalo alleged that the animal had been poisoned by the fourcattle smugglers.Tough actionSuperintendent of Police Sushil Ghule said tough action would be initiated if it was found that they were cattle smugglers.The incident, which took place before dawn in Hathras district, about 200 km from Delhi, assumes significance as it came against the backdrop of a backlash over the death of a man attacked by cow vigilantes in Rajasthan.Centre’s advisoryThe Centre had put out an advisory on Tuesday asserting that States need to take measures against such incidents.last_img read more

first_imgTwo children died in a stampede during ‘Chhath puja’ (offering to the sun god) late on Saturday in Bihar’s Aurangabad district.The incident happened near the Sun temple in Deo area of the district where a large number of devotees had gathered to perform the puja to the setting sun.The district officials said the incident happened when the devotees were returning after observing the religious ritual.Sun temple at Deo in Aurangabad district is famous for ‘Chhath puja’ congregation.The deceased children have been identified as Prince Kumar, 4, and a seven-year-old girl from Bihta of Patna district.District Magistrate Rahul Ranjan Mahiwal and Superintendent of Police Deepak Barnwal said the incident happened as an unexpected number of devotees had gathered at the temple and this led to a stampede.The officials met the family members of the children and said an ex gratia amount would be given to them.The four-day ‘Chhath puja’ ended on Sunday morning after devotees offered obeisance to the rising sun.last_img read more

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “Have been very, very tough conditions yesterday and today,” said the top-ranked Nadal, who played at night on Friday after the temperatures had dropped. “It’s not nice to see players suffering that much on court.”The tournament’s extreme heat policy calls for the roofs to be closed on the main show courts and play to be suspended on outer courts when the temperature reaches 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit) and the wet-bulb globe temperature (WBGT), which takes into account humidity and wind speed, reaches 32.5 Celsius (90.5 Fahrenheit).FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe high temperature Friday marginally topped 40 Celsius, but the WBGT remained below the threshold, so play was not halted.Cornet said she began feeling dizzy at the beginning of the second set against Belgium’s Elise Mertens and, at one point, fell to her back on the court in obvious distress. She received a medical timeout so a trainer could check her pulse and blood pressure and wrap her in an ice vest before she returned to the court. Cornet was able to finish the match, losing 7-5, 6-4. But she later said it was “dangerous” to play in that kind of heat.“The (official) limit of not playing the match is really high. I think this limit should be a little bit lower because playing in this condition is not nice for anyone,” she said. “I would never give up because of (the heat), that’s for sure. But you push your body so hard, you almost feel like you’re on the edge.”Tournament director Craig Tiley defended the response of officials to the extreme heat on both Thursday and Friday, saying “we start the event with this set of rules and policies in place, and in the interest of fairness, can’t change them halfway through.”“Protecting our players and the fairness of the competition is paramount in these conditions, which we acknowledge can be challenging,” he said, adding the extreme heat policy would be reviewed after the tournament to see if adjustments need to be made.Petra Martic, who won a two-hour, third-round match against Luksika Kumkhum during the hottest part of the day on Friday, said she got blisters on her feet from the sizzling court and had to take painkillers after the second set.ADVERTISEMENT France’s Alize Cornet is attended to by a trainer and tournament staff after suffering from the heat during her third round match against Belgium’s Elise Mertens at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)MELBOURNE, Australia — French player Alize Cornet has called for the extreme heat policy at the Australian Open to be re-evaluated after she said she nearly fainted in the broiling temperatures during her third-round match Friday at Melbourne Park.Other players echoed her concerns, with Rafael Nadal saying playing in such extreme heat can be “a little bit dangerous for the health.”ADVERTISEMENT Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding View comments DOST-Pagasa 11 A.M. weather update, November 22, 2019 PLAY LIST 05:08DOST-Pagasa 11 A.M. weather update, November 22, 201900:50Trending Articles04:04‘Quiel’ now a severe tropical storm – Pagasa01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Defense wins games for GlobalPort in streak Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa “It’s really tough on your feet to play in these conditions,” she said. “I was hoping they would close (the roof), but the temperature was not high enough. … So unfortunately it stayed this way.”French player Gael Monfils staggered through part of his second-round loss to Novak Djokovic on Thursday, saying he “had a small heat stroke for 40 minutes,” and likewise described the conditions as a risk to players.Roger Federer, who requested to play at night to avoid the blistering heat on Thursday, said he believed the officials were doing the best they could under the circumstances.“What do you do … stop all matches? The lucky guys on the big courts, they get to play under the roof. The other guys get postponed till the next day? Is that great?” he said. “Is everybody going to finish at 3 in the morning, like a rainy day in New York. I’ve had that, too. Is that better? I’m not sure, honestly.”Click here for more weather related news.” Read Next MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraqlast_img read more

first_imgMumbai, Nov 28 (PTI) Superstar Aamir Khan says he would apply for tax free status for his upcoming film “Dangal” that is based on the life of wrestler Mahavir Singh Phogat.Usually, the makers of sports films seek tax free status from the government.”I believe its a film where the parameters of tax exemption are.. I think it does fall in this category. It is not for me to decide (on tax free), it is upto the state government to decide. We will apply for tax free before the release of the film, its a process and it may happen or may not happen. I cant predict how much time will it take,” Aamir told reporters here at an event of “Dangal”.A special video of the making of “Dangal” featuring Aamir and his trainers was shown and how he gained weight for the character and subsequently how he shed it.The Nitesh Tiwari-directed film is the story of Haryana-based wrestler Mahavir Singh Phogat, who trained his daughters Geeta and Babita to become wrestlers. The biographical sports drama film will release on December 23.When asked if he is expecting U or U/A certificate for “Dangal”, Aamir said, “Its a universal film, it is about children, kids, its the story of a family. Ours will be more of a family film I think it will be a U film.”There were reports that Pahlaj Nilhani of CBFC had asked Aamir to postpone “Dangal” due to demonetisation.To this, Aamir said, “He has not asked me to do anything, I never got a call from him.” PTI KKP GK JCHadvertisementlast_img read more

first_imgBarcelona’s 100 percent start to the Liga season will be severely tested at Atletico Madrid on Saturday in an atmosphere certain to be intensified by political fervour.It will be the first time Barcelona have visited the capital since a disputed referendum on independence in Catalonia which has stoked tensions with the Spanish government.As the Catalan region’s most famous export, Ernesto Valverde’s Barcelona side can expect an even more intimidating welcome from the Atletico fans than usual.Barcelona captain Andres Iniesta said he had been affected by the uneasy atmosphere in the country and has called for a political solution.”No-one likes that we’ve reached a situation whereby people are at each other’s throats because they carry different flags,” he said in an interview with Catalunya Radio.”It’s a difficult situation and those in charge need to resolve it… No-one can be comfortable with this situation, you can’t ignore what’s been going on.”The political tension has capped a difficult start to the campaign for Barcelona off the pitch.Messi had the final word in the most recent #AtletiBara ????? pic.twitter.com/VOwYCW1B1R- LaLiga (@LaLigaEN) October 11, 2017Barcelona’s board, heavily criticised for their lack of transfer activity in the close-season after selling Brazil striker Neymar, faced a campaign to force a motion of no confidence in them, which ultimately failed.They have also suffered with injuries and lost record signing Ousmane Dembele to injury for four months and had to make do without striker Luis Suarez at the start of the campaign.advertisementOn the pitch, however, things could not have gone better as the Liga leaders sit five points ahead of nearest challengers Sevilla following seven consecutive wins.They will face their toughest opponents since the season began in Atletico, who are fourth in the standings, six points off Barcelona but also unbeaten.Barcelona forwards Suarez and Lionel Messi could be feeling the strain of long journeys back from South America after firing Uruguay and Argentina respectively to the 2018 World Cup.Iniesta, meanwhile, is fighting to return from injury in time.”This is a different game for many reasons, our players have just come back from international duty, we’re facing a team that demand 200 percent of you but this is a huge game and we need to enjoy it,” Iniesta said.Champions Real Madrid, who will make the short trip to neighbours Getafe on Saturday, have made a slow start to the season and are fifth, seven points behind their fierce rivals Barcelona.Coach Zinedine Zidane suffered another injury setback during the international break, with goalkeeper Keylor Navas joining an absentee list that also includes Gareth Bale and Dani Carvajal.Second-placed Sevilla visit Athletic Bilbao while third-placed Valencia play away against Real Betis.last_img read more

first_imgEuropean basketball champion Olympiakos ran way from Unicaja Malaga for the fourth time this season, beating the Spanish team 80-63 to improve its chances of getting into the quarterfinals of this year’s championship.Playing in Spain, Olympiakos won easily despite the absence of key player Giorgos Printezis and Stratos Perperoglou and improved its standing to 6- 6 in the Euroleague, far off its dominating run to win last year’s title.The Reds led from start to finish, opening up with a 20-5 lead and kept the Spanish team at arm’s length the rest of the way, holding a 58-43 lead after three before running away with the win in the last quarter, led by sharpshooter Vassilis Spanoulis, who scored 20 points.The Greek team shot a blistering 72 percent from the field on two-pointers and 37 percent from three-point land and played team ball, garnering 22 assists as players continually found the open man for easy shots.Besides Spanoulis, Matt Lojeski had a good game with 18 points, while young Ioannis Papapetrou had eight. The next game for Olympiakos is in Istanbul next week to face last place Anadolu Efes, before the clash with arch-rival Panathinaikos in Piraeus in the last round of games for the second group stage of the competition.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgzoom Croatian shipping company Atlantska Plovidba has informed that its leaseback deal Rosebank Maritime, related to the bulk carrier Orsula, ended earlier.According to the company’s stock exchange filing, the leaseback agreement ceased to be valid.Featuring 34,168 dwt, the bulk carrier was sold to an undisclosed owner in 2014, along with two other vessels, City of Dubrovnik and Atlant Frauke.After the sale, the company charter it back for a period of five years.In a separate filing, Atlantska Plovidba said that it delivered the recently sold vessel Libertas to its new owner in the port of Fangcheng in China.The company sold the ship in a batch of two vessels for a price of USD 27 million in April. The second ship from the batch is expected to be delivered to its new owner in August.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

first_imgSUMMERSIDE, P.E.I. – The federal government will spend up to $70 million to create a new electronic health prescription service for Atlantic Canada, which will also give residents access to their personal health records.The money will be invested by Canada Health Infoway, an independent, not-for-profit organization that promotes digital health solutions across Canada.Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor said the plan is to modernize the management of health information.“This means that patients will finally be able to see their own health information,” the minister told a news conference Tuesday. “It will also create an electronic prescription service, which means that prescriptions can go directly from the doctor’s office to the pharmacy.”The announcement came at the conclusion of a meeting in Summerside, P.E.I., that included the four Atlantic premiers and federal ministers responsible for the Atlantic Growth Strategy.“This will be a game changer, significantly improving the way doctors, pharmacies and hospitals operate,” Petitpas Taylor said.Last year, Ottawa announced it would spend $300 million over five years through the Canada Health Infoway.Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Dwight Ball welcomed the news, saying it will give patients the ability to manage their own health care.“As an individual, being able to access your own personal health records, putting you in a position to better manage your own health care, is extremely important,” he said.Ahmed Hussen, the federal minister of immigration, also announced 500 new spots for workers and their families to apply under the Atlantic Immigration Pilot this year, bringing this year’s total to 2,500.“This initiative, combined with the pan-Canadian expansion of the Study and Stay program, will go a long way to help bring even more skilled talent to the region to support the labour force and drive long-term economic growth,” Hussen said.“It’s not just about attracting the skilled immigrant. It’s about keeping them here and retaining them in Atlantic Canada.”Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil said the simmering trade issues with the United States dominated the discussion between the premiers and ministers.“As Atlantic Canadians, as elected members from Atlantic Canada, we stand firmly behind the prime minister and the minister with their approach with our largest trading partner,” McNeil said.“We stand firmly, we believe, with the United States people who are supporting a NAFTA program, and at the same time using this opportunity as a country to diversify our trade portfolio, hence the whole idea of the China strategy and why we are moving in that direction,” he said.The Atlantic premiers and a business delegation will travel to China in mid-November to promote trade with the region.“It’s important for us to ensure we have less of a dependency when it comes to our exports to the U.S.,” said New Brunswick Premier Brian Gallant. However, he said the premiers are doing everything possible to ensure products and services from Atlantic Canada still get into the U.S. market.This was the fifth meeting of the premiers and ministers since the Atlantic Growth Strategy was launched two years ago.last_img read more

first_imgDAWSON CREEK, B.C. – At the last minute before the nominations closed on Friday, Trenten Laarz put his name in for the position of mayor and will now take on the incumbent Dale Bumstead for the position.Bumstead has been mayor since 2013.  According to nomination papers, Laarz is an employee at Jocks Restoration in Dawson Creek.There are six seats open for the rest of Dawson Creek City Council. Incumbents Charlie Parslow, Shaely Wilbur, Cheryl Shuman, and Paul Gevatkoff are officially running for re-election.  New candidates include former mayor and former MLA for Peace River South Blair Lekstrom. Lekstrom previously served two terms as mayor of Dawson Creek prior serving as the South Peace MLA from 2001 to 2013.Jerimy Earl, former Dawson Creek Chamber of Commerce President and current Marketing Manager at Lakeview Credit Union has also put his name forward along with Johanna Martens, the owner of Myanna Consulting and Amy Kaempf who is a manager at the local Safeway and David Griffith who manages Richardson Pioneer.The municipal election will take place on October 20, 2018, with the first advanced voting opportunity happening on October 10.last_img read more

Welcome to this week’s episode of Hot Takedown, our podcast where the hot sports takes of the week meet the numbers that prove them right or tear them down. On this week’s show (June 30, 2015), we discuss the U.S. women’s national soccer team lineup, preview Wimbledon and discuss the weirdness of NBA free agency. Plus, our Significant Digit of the week: Luke Ridnour was traded this week for the fourth time this offseason, to the Toronto Raptors.Stream the episode by clicking the play button, or subscribe using one of the podcast clients we’ve linked to above.Below are some links to what we discuss on this week’s show:Allison McCann on the greatest Women’s World Cup game of all time.Andy Murray defending his coach ahead of Wimbledon.A full list of NBA free agents.Significant Digit: Luke Ridnour, the man that no team, and every team, wants. Hot Takedown More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS If you’re a fan of our podcasts, be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts and leave a rating/review. That helps spread the word to other listeners. And get in touch by email, on Twitter or in the comments. Tell us what you think, send us hot takes to discuss and tell us why we’re wrong. read more

Russell Bishop claims the police have spent 32-years building a case against the wrong manCredit:Ken Mason Karen Hadaway and Nicola Fellows were sexually assaulted and strangled in Brighton in 1986Credit:PA Russell Bishop claims the police have spent 32-years building a case against the wrong man Joel Bennathan QC told jurors: “Only one person is on trial here sitting in the dock – Russell Bishop.”But the law allows a defendant like him to point out facts, ask questions, to the jury that might suggest the possibility that another person exists who may have carried out these awful attacks.”We will ask questions of witnesses to show that when the girls went missing there was someone very close to them who has no alibi. “That someone made comments after the killings that are far more incriminating than anything Russell Bishop said. That someone is someone who may actually – unlike Mr Bishop – been able to order Nicola Fellows to meet him in Wild Park.”That someone has a guilty secret – that he has been complicit in the sexual abuse of Nicola Fellows, which shows an interest in paedophilic sex.”In the end it might mean he could not let Nicola Fellows tell the world what has been happening. That person is her father, Barrie Fellows.” Karen Hadaway and Nicola Fellows were sexually assaulted and strangled in Brighton in 1986 A lawyer for the sex predator accused of murdering two nine-year-old girls has blamed one of their fathers, saying the police have spent “32 years building a case against the wrong man”.Russell Bishop, 52, is currently on trial at the Old Bailey accused of sexually assaulting and strangling Nicola Fellows and Karen Hadaway in woods in Brighton in October 1986.He was originally cleared of the murders in 1987, but was jailed for life three years later for the kidnap and attempted murder of  another seven-year-old girl.In an opening defence statement at the Old Bailey, Bishop’s lawyer said the former roofer would claim that Nicola’s father, Barrie, has a “guilty secret” and was complicit in the sexual abuse of his own daughter. Bishop, formerly from Brighton, East Sussex, denies two charges of murder and the trial continues. Mr Bennathan suggested the police had “spent 32 years building a case against the wrong man”.The trial has heard how Nicola and Karen went missing while out playing together in Wild Park after school.Following a search by police and volunteers, the girls were found dead in a wooded den the next day.The Court of Appeal had ordered a fresh trial in light of new DNA evidence after Bishop was cleared of the girls’ murders in 1987.Some three years after his acquittal, Bishop was convicted of the kidnap, indecent assault and attempted murder of a seven-year-old girl at Devil’s Dyke, also on the South Downs. 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. read more

first_img 29 Comments Short URL Image: Shutterstock/monstArr Mar 3rd 2017, 6:20 AM Friday 3 Mar 2017, 6:20 AM Man who threw glass bottle, injuring innocent bystander, avoids jail The judge said Mario White behaved recklessly and carried out an act of gratuitous violence. By Declan Brennan A MAN WHO threw a glass bottle into the smoking area outside a nightclub, injuring an innocent bystander, after he wasn’t allowed in, has avoided jail.Judge Gerard Griffin said Mario White (20) behaved recklessly and carried out an act of gratuitous violence.The victim, Warren McKeown, continues to have no use of his left thumb due to tendon damage caused by broken glass going into his forearm. This has had an effect on his work as a plumber and he is currently awaiting surgery to repair the damage, Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard yesterday.White, of Poddle Close, Crumlin, Dublin, pleaded guilty to assault causing harm to McKeown at Lafayette bar on D’Olier Street in Dublin city centre on 28 March 2015.Judge Griffin suspended an 18 month prison sentence for two years on condition that €2,500 be paid to the victim.On bail Garda Nathan Burke told the court White was on bail for an offence of robbery committed on 25 November 2013, when he was still a juvenile, at the time of the incident.White threw the bottle after door staff refused him entry into the nightclub. The bottle hit some barriers and smashed.Security staff grabbed White and restrained him until gardaí arrived. McKeown was taken by ambulance to hospital and received eight stitches to his forearm.Judge Griffin noted the effects of the incident on the victim. He said the mitigating factors were White’s early plea of guilty and his expression of remorse. He also noted White had brought €2,500 to court to offer to the victim as a token of his remorse.He told White: “You should take this chance. If I see you again I will sentence you to a term of imprisonment.”Read: Man who beat girlfriend and bit her face given three-year suspended sentenceRead: Serial con artist jailed after promising colleague All-Ireland tickets https://jrnl.ie/3267600 18,674 Views Image: Shutterstock/monstArr Share7 Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

first_img There is now a cap on the amount of overtime a garda can work in their four-week roster cycle. http://jrnl.ie/4097565 83 Comments In terms of pay, if we put aside the overtime piece, I see that being difficult if not impossible. I don’t believe that the funding for the salary subhead provided for the expectations set on us in terms of recruitment targets and the spend that we are seeing merely reflects the recruitment that we are committed to achieving. So I would be uncertain that we would be in a position to deliver the pure salaries component of our vote within the allocation that’s made.He said the issue has been raised with the Department of Justice “for some time” and the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform is also now involved.There is an expectation and a public want to see more civilians in the organisation and a want to see more gardaí in the organisation and we are seeking to progress that issue, but that brings a charge and brings a cost as I said I see huge challenges in us being able to deliver the salaries component within budget by end year.During the meeting, the organisation’s director of human resources John Barrett also explained the difficulties with providing vital training within the current budget.The budget for discretionary training provides for €140 per head for the entire organisation.“That is so grossly inadequate,” he told members of the authority.He said there is a need for an assessment of demand for training so that resources can be matched to that. Thursday 28 Jun 2018, 5:35 PM 27,895 Views By Michelle Hennessy Image: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ie Share127 Tweet Email Short URL Garda management says it may be ‘impossible’ to afford wages for the rest of the year The organisation has had to cap overtime to try to control its spending. GARDA MANAGEMENT HAS said it may not have enough money to cover wages for the rest of this year without a supplementary budget being provided.Senior management appeared before the Policing Authority this afternoon at Dublin Castle, where they were asked in particular about the €12.4 million overtime overspend.Joe Nugent, the chief administration officer for An Garda Síochána said overtime is the “biggest issue of discretionary spending” and it is the subject of many senior management meetings.“A third of the overtime spend relates to an agreement, a pay agreement reached, the next another roughly 20% relates to attendance at court so that’s bringing us very quickly into a difficult space to make available overtime for what it’s really needed for,” he explained.He said a series of decisions had been made as a result, including a cap on the amount of overtime a garda can work in their four-week roster cycle and a more robust authorisation process. He said he is not certain the organisation can pay wages for the year within the current budget. Jun 28th 2018, 5:35 PM There is now a cap on the amount of overtime a garda can work in their four-week roster cycle. Image: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ie Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

first_img29 July 2016Ms Kate Morris Principal Northcote High School 19-25 St Georges Rd Northcote VIC 3070 Dear Ms Morris,We write to you following a community meeting held on Tuesday 26 July 2016 regarding the unexpected and disappointing announcement that Northcote High School (NHS) intends to no longer offer both Greek and Italian to the Year 7 intake of 2017. If this change is to go ahead both languages would cease to be taught by your school by 2021. The meeting was attended by current and prospective parents of NHS students, together with former students, the Greek Community of Melbourne ‘s Board of Members and the Consul for Educational Affairs of the Greek Consulate of Melbourne.The parents informed us they first became aware of this matter by way of your school newsletter and were totally bewildered and concerned by the lack of consultation and very short notice given. This view is supported by an article in the Northcote Leader quoting parents who stated the decision was made by the Curriculum Committee with no consultation at all.Since 1993, NHS has received 11 Premier’s Awards, four of which have been for language. Greek has a 40 year strong and proud tradition at NHS, having received three Victorian Premier’s Awards in the past 20 years. No other language has achieved such outstanding success at VCE level at your school. Over 120 students are currently studying Greek at NHS and over the years it has been shown to have an exemplary retention rate. The City of Darebin is a stronghold of Multicultural Melbourne where people of various ethnic backgrounds live harmoniously and community languages such as Greek and Italian are part of its daily life, continuing to be alive and thriving.We will be meeting with both State and Federal Members of Parliament, including the respective Ministers responsible for Multiculturalism and Education, as well as the relevant authorities within the Education Department in order to convey our very deep concerns. We believe your intention to implement this decision in 2017 is flawed and we seek in writing from you details as to the reasons for the decision and the process followed to reach it.Finally, we seek the reinstatement of Greek and Italian into the Year 7 Curriculum for 2017. Both the Greek Community of Melbourne and Victoria and the Consul for Educational Affairs of the Greek Consulate of Melbourne are willing to assist in every possible way to ensure this occurs.We would appreciate your response by Friday 5 August. Yours sincerely, Theo Markos GCOMV Education OfficerGeorgia Nikolaidou Consul for Educational Affairs Greek Consulate of Melbourne Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, Turks and Caicos, November 29, 2017 – The Prosecution will have to find stronger witnesses and better evidence in its case against Cortez Simmons as yesterday the Appeals Court gave them another chance to secure a murder conviction.In one of the most followed murder cases in recent TCI history, a verdict came from the Appeals Court that was both a sigh of relief and a victory.  Cortez Simmons won his appeal but was not acquitted, instead a retrial in the murder of Keziah Burke is ordered by the court.Simmons had been acquitted before of murder, that was in 2009 and the victim then was the first cousin of Keziah Burke.  Simmon’s defense team argued that the evidence in the Burke murder was circumstantial and refuted expert testimony and findings that the gun used in the killing of Burke, who was 25 at the time was the same gun used in a shooting at the movie cinema where Simmons was allegedly caught on CCTV with the shooters in that case.During the trial in 2015, it was revealed that Keziah Burke was gunned down in the parking lot of Uncle Dough’s Bar in Providenciales, while trying to escape – on hands and knees – being shot by the accused Cortez Simmons in the back, allegedly.  The report says the shooting unfolded in plain sight of multiple witnesses, but no one was talking.Evans Welch, attorney from Trinidad and Tobago, led the prosecution team which used as its star witness, a man who was a part of the cinema shooting, Haitian-born, Boker Odema.  Odema testified that the gun used at the Digicel Cinema, was taken from Cortez Simmons and that after the shooting then, Simmons demanded his gun back.It is said that gun, a 40 caliber weapon, was the same one which ended the life of Burke on April 13, 2013.  Our understanding is that there were as many as 20 grounds in the appeal, all of them against the trial judge – Margaret Ramsey Hale.  The conviction was deemed unsafe and was overturned in a matter of minutes.Arguments by the defense team including Alvin Garland and Jacqueline Samuels Brown, QC out of Jamaica lasted longest on whether Simmons was due an acquittal or a retrial.Cortez Simmons can apply for bail and be freed until the retrial date is set. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

first_imgThe U.S. House Natural Resources Committee announced that it will advance U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler’s proposed legislation on the Pearson Air Museum to markup on Wednesday.The next step after markup, in which amendments are allowed, would be consideration by the full U.S. House of Representatives.The markup meeting, 7 a.m. Pacific time, will be streamed live at http://naturalresources.house.gov/live.Herrera Beutler, R-Camas, is seeking via House Resolution 716 to transfer ownership of Pearson Air Museum and the surrounding 7 acres from the Park Service to the city of Vancouver.In a hearing last week, Congressman Rob Bishop, R-Utah, chairman of the Public Lands and Environmental Regulation Subcommittee, expressed strong support for the legislation.Herrera Beutler said her goal “is to restore the local partnership and community access” after negotiations broke down among the Park Service, the city of Vancouver and the Fort Vancouver National Trust, which had managed the site for the city since 2005.last_img read more

first_imgA bridge being built across the Nenana River will open up access to long sought after state agricultural lands.Download AudioThe bridge from the city of Nenena will stretch across the river in two concrete spans totaling over 450 feet, providing a road link to tens of thousands of acres of prime growing land.City of Nenana Mayor Jason Mayrand traces the access project back to the 1980’s, when Alaska was looking to make it big in farming. “Originally it was intended to correspond with the project in Delta and down by Eielson with the farm developments, but it never really came to fruition here,” he said.Failure of the Delta Agriculture Project chilled state interest in farming at Nenana, but Mayrand says local support has remained, and changes in the food industry have elevated the area’s potential. “There’s a lot of interest in disease free and organic products,” he said. “And this area being disease free, obviously, since it’s never had any agricultural products on it, bodes well for organic growth.”The Nenana agriculture project got back on track with Alaska voters approval of $6.5 million for the bridge, as part of a 2012 statewide bond package. Mayrand says work has already been done on the far side of the river in anticipation of the bridge opening up access.“Right now we’ve got about 12 or 14 miles of road constructed West. We’ve been working on it over the last several years. I think the road goes all the way into the agricultural development property. We’re working with the state of Alaska to get it up for auction so it can be sold,” Mayrand said.There are 130,000 acres of state classified agriculture lands across the river from Nenana. Alaska Department of Natural Resources the Division of Agriculture Specialist, Daniel Proulx points to soil survey work that shows the land to be some of the best in Alaska for farming.“The land would be good for whatever we can grow in Alaska. It has, by most accounts, better soil than the Delta area, has a longer growing season. So grasses, vegetables, root crops; pretty much anything you can grow in interior Alaska will do well out there,” he said.Proulx says there’s always been interest in the land, and with the bridge in the works, and the state anticipating selling parcels, inquiries have heightened.“Matter of fact, I had a call yesterday, somebody wanting to know ‘what size tracts are you going to sell’. We’re going to have a variety. We’re going to have some of the smaller 40-acres near the right of ways, near the roads, and behind it have bigger, up to 3,000 acre tracts for cattle producers for feed lots and for hay and barley operations.”Proulx says decisions on land sales will follow appraisals and public input. The area across the river also has other resource development potential. It includes parcels owned by the University of Alaska, the Tanana Valley State Forest, Alaska Mental Health Trust, and Doyon, where the Regional Native Corporation is exploring for oil and gas. The plan calls for contractor HC to have the bridge ready for use by late winter 2015.last_img read more

first_imgExhibiting the graphic prints from the collection of National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), a show titled Celebrating Indigenous Printmaking is being organised in the Capital. The exhibition that opens on 18 September at National Gallery of Modern Art, Jaipur House, will be inaugurated by Shripad Naik, Hon’ble Minister of State for Culture & Tourism (Independent Charge) in the presence of Ravindra Singh, Secretary, Ministry of Culture, and Government of India.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’NGMA aims to acquire and preserve works of modern art from 1850s onwards. It organises exhibitions not only in its own premises but also in other parts of the country and abroad. NGMA also organises lectures, seminars and conference to encourage higher studies and research in the field of art history, art criticism, art appreciation, museology and the inter-relations on visual and performing arts.It is responsible to ensure quality and maintain the standards of excellence. It helps people to look at the works of modern art with joy, understanding and knowledge by extending their relationship with our daily life and experiencing them as vital expressions of the human spirit.last_img read more

first_imgDarjeeling: Meetings between UNESCO and Indian Railway representatives will be held on November 20, 21 and 22 to discuss the Comprehensive Conservation Management Plan (CCMP) for the world heritage Darjeeling Himalayan Railways (DHR). The plan has been completed.A UNESCO team comprising experts has been preparing a CCMP for the DHR since 2016. The project involved survey, documentation and dialogue and took into consideration institutional management, finances, legal and technical aspects. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeOver the years, the value of the heritage railway has been steadily decreasing, caused by rampant encroachments, unplanned constructions along the tracks blocking the view and dumping of garbage. “We will be holding a meeting with Railway authorities on November 20, 21 and 22 at the Elysia Building, DHR headquarters, located in Kurseong. The plan has been completed but the implementation part needs to be discussed. We will table the report and discuss with the authorities the steps required to safeguard this world heritage site and to how to sustain it,” stated Abhisekh Sonar, an architectural expert who is part of the UNESCO team, while talking to Millennium Post. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedDHR was inscribed as a world heritage site on December 2, 1999. On Tuesday, it commemorated the World Heritage Week. World Heritage Week is celebrated all over the world from November 19 to 25. It is celebrated mainly by the students of schools and colleges, in order to make people aware about the importance of heritage sites and their preservation. Apart from taking students for a joyride from Darjeeling to Ghoom and back, a community workshop was also organised at the Darjeeling Railway Station. “The workshop includes a UNESCO presentation of 52 slides. This presentation is given in schools, specially in far flung areas. Students are sensitised on different categories of heritage, importance of heritage and the need to preserve heritage,” stated Nitin Giri, specialist, UNESCO. The need for community participation for preservation of the world heritage site was discussed. The history of DHR was part of the presentation as well, including freight trains, postal mail, ambulance train and the trolley. Rabgay Rai, a 3rd year student of Darjeeling Government College who had taken part in the celebrations, stated: “The DHR carries our history. Slowly, the community is becoming aware of the importance of this world heritage site. Students are coming forward now. It is our responsibility to preserve it.” In the year 1879, work first started on DHR, then called the Darjeeling Steam Tramways. The stretch from Siliguri to Kurseong was opened on August 23, 1880, while the Siliguri to Darjeeling track was inaugurated on July 4, 1881. The name of the rail company was then changed to Darjeeling Himalayan Railway Company. The DHR covers a 88 km stretch from Darjeeling to New Jalpaiguri. It starts at 398 feet at New Jalpaiguri in the plains and climbs up to 7,407 feet at the highest point in Ghoom.last_img read more