Elections chief to write to political parties

He said that over the next week the Department will communicate with the political parties which will contest the polls and also confirm the symbols to be used. He also said that elections laws will be implemented strictly to ensure a free and fair election.The Elections Commissioner said that political parties and candidates contesting the polls will be asked not to use the National flag or religious flags when campaigning.He also said that the campaign office of one political party contesting the election cannot be used to promote another political party also contesting the election. The Elections Commissioner said that there are 64 registered political parties in Sri Lanka.However he says there are issues over the secretaries of 4 political parties which need to be rectified soon if those parties are to contest the August election. Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya says he will be writing to all the registered political parties seeking clarity on who will be contesting the August 17 Parliament elections.Deshapriya told reporters today that the Department of Elections has been given the minimum number of days to prepare for the Parliament elections. He said that strict regulations will also be in place for state media on election coverage while private media will be requested to also fall in line with those regulations. (Colombo Gazette) The use of loud speakers will also be limited to only within the venue of the election related meeting or rally during the campaign period. But he said the Department will prepare for the election within the time it has in hand and ensure everything is in place by election day. read more

Afghanistan UN helps 15000 displaced families in strifetorn south of country

Distribution of food and non-food items resumed yesterday after the Eid holiday at the end of the month-long Ramadan fasting period, UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) spokesman Aleem Siddique told a news briefing in Kabul, the capital, today. So far, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) has provided food and other items to over 12,000 families in Panjwai and Zherai districts of Kandahar, as well as in Lashkar Gah in Helmand and Tirin Kot in Urzghan provinces.In addition, agencies including the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) and the inter-governmental International Organization for Migration (IOM) have provided essential non-food items, such as blankets, clothing, medical supplies and plastic sheets to some 7,000 families. Assistance is being coordinated by the Government’s Provincial Disaster Management Committees.The UN Development Programme (UNDP) is also using a $5-million contribution from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to bolster development and humanitarian activities for the people displaced by the recent fighting in Kandahar, especially in Panjwaye and Zharay districts.Meanwhile UNICEF, the UN World Health Organisation (WHO) and non-governmental organization (NGO) partners are launching a 10-day joint neonatal tetanus, measles and polio immunization campaign on Wednesday for eight provinces in the south and south east, involving both a house-to-house strategy to target mothers and a fixed centre strategy to immunize children aged 9 to 59 months.The first six provinces to be targeted will be Kandahar, Helmand, Nimroz, Paktya, Paktika and Khost. “We hope to vaccinate around 540,000 children in these provinces,” Mr. Siddique said. Immunization in two other provinces, Uruzgan and Zabul, will be completed later this year.In 2000, WHO estimated that 30,000 to 35,000 children under the age of five died as a result of measles. Successive immunization initiatives over the last few years led to a 94 per cent reduction in 2004 with 559 deaths reported. “Unfortunately, Afghanistan has experienced an outbreak of measles in the last two years with 836 cases reported in 2005 and 1,835 cases reported so far this year,” Mr. Siddique said. “We urge families in these provinces to cooperate with this vital health initiative over the coming weeks.” read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX TSX Venture Exchange markets

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Most actively traded companies on the TSX, TSX Venture Exchange markets TORONTO – Some of the most active companies traded Thursday on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the TSX Venture Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (12,151.13 down 6.16 points):Uranium One Inc. (TSX:UUU). Miner. Unchanged at $1.89 on 28,797,743 shares.Loblaw Companies Ltd. (TSX:L). Grocery chain operator. Up $4.60, or 13.69 per cent, at $38.20 on 10,353,277 shares. The giant grocery operator’s stock shot up to a level not seen since early January on the announcement that it will create one of the largest real estate investment trusts in Canada. The REIT which would operate as a subsidiary of Loblaw, would see Canada’s biggest supermarket operator contribute real estate assets with a current market value of more than $7 billion to the venture.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Transportation equipment. Up five cents, or 1.52 per cent, at $3.33 on 6,827,105 shares. Bombardier has secured an order for up to 70 CRJ900 NextGen regional jets from Delta Air Lines valued at US$1.85 billion based on current list prices.Phonetime Inc. (TSX:PHD). Telecommunications. Down a penny, or 15.38 per cent, at 5.5 cents on 6,780,500 shares.Talison Lithium Ltd. (TSX:TLH). Miner. Up 44 cents, or 6.40 per cent, at $7.31 on 5,370,663 shares. The directors of Talison is recommending the Tianqi Scheme to its shareholders and considers it as a “superior proposal” over its deal with Rockwood Holdings Inc. Tianqi has offered $7.15 per share for the Talison shares it does not already own in a bid that values the company at about $792 million, while the Rockwood offer is worth $6.50 per share or about $720 million.Torex Gold Resources Inc. (TSX:TXG). Miner. Down two cents, or 0.96 per cent, at $2.06 on 5,366,261 shares.TSX Venture Exchange (1,186.70 up 2.16 points):PetroFrontier Corp. (TSXV:PFC). Oil and gas. Down 19.5 cents, or 63.93 per cent, at 11 cents on 14,612,425 shares.TransGaming Inc. (TSXV:TNG). Electronic entertainment. Up 2.5 cents, or 45.45 per cent, at eight cents on 3,882,086 shares.Companies reporting major news:Dollarama Inc. (TSX:DOL). Discount retailer. Down $1.51, or 2.41 per cent, at $61.09 on 323,148 shares. The discount retailer saw its third-quarter profit jumped to $51.5 million from year-earlier $41.8 million while revenue soared 14.4 per cent to just under $458 million. The improvement was due to higher sales at established locations and additional stores in its network.Lululemon Athletica Inc. (TSX:LLL). Yoga-wear retailer. Up $4.85, or 7.13 per cent, at $72.89 on 466,951 shares. The company forecasted a slower sales growth in the final quarter of the year amid a 48 per cent increase in third-quarter profit. Revenue totalled $316.5 million, up from $230.2 million.Rona Inc. (TSX:RON). Home improvement retailer. Up 30 cents, or 2.96 per cent, at $10.45 on 202,993 shares. Canada’s largest home-improvement retailer says it’s preparing to sell non-core assets and make other strategic moves to improve its profitability. No details were provided.TD Bank Financial Group (TSX:TD). Bank. Down $1.46, or 1.77 per cent, at $81.12 on 2,232,170 shares. TD, one of North America’s biggest retail banks, is buying U.S.-based money manager Epoch Holding Corp. for US$668 million in cash. The bank also booked fourth-quarter income of $1.6 billion, up from $1.59 billion in the same period last year with revenue of $5.89 billion versus $5.66 billion. by The Canadian Press Posted Dec 6, 2012 7:42 pm MDT read more

In summitlevel meeting Ban announces review of UN blue helmet operations

“The global security landscape is shifting dramatically,” the Secretary-General told delegates in remarks delivered at a summit on UN peacekeeping, held in New York and on the margins of the General Assembly’s annual general debate session. “Civil conflicts coupled with terrorism, organized crime and health crises such as Ebola are threatening millions of people. More often than not, these dangers transcend borders,” he continued, noting that UN peacekeepers were actively leading the international response against “a wide array of threats” around the globe. Mr. Ban pointed out that the UN’s force of “blue helmets” had grown to the largest size in its history with more than 130,000 troops, police and civilian staff deployed in the world’s most dangerous hotspots. Most recently, the Organization added yet another mission to its extensive roster of operations with the creation of the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response, or UNMEER, to support prevention efforts against the virulent disease throughout West Africa.However, the Secretary-General observed that with the growing list of challenges and risks facing UN peacekeepers, Member States would have to increase their “wide-ranging and tangible support” in order to help the missions deploy quickly, operate safely and nimbly, and protect civilians across vast distances and difficult terrain. To that point, he underscored “six critical necessities” that would define the future of UN peacekeeping, including a streamlined rapid response system comprising troops and the ability to transport them to “the right place at the right time”; greater mobility for “blue helmets,” particularly via helicopter; strengthened medical support; better protection for peacekeepers against improvised explosive devices; improved information and analysis, including expertise on organized crime; and the creation of strong partnerships with regional organizations, especially in Africa, where many UN operations are deployed alongside African Union forces. In order to prepare for the new scenarios facing the UN’s peacekeeping forces, Mr. Ban announced the formation of a high-level panel to undertake a review of both peacekeeping and political missions to better hone their adaptability. “The time has come to take stock of the great strides that have been made, the lessons we have learned, and the new contexts in which our missions are deployed,” he said. “The world is changing and our support to peacekeeping, and indeed all peace operations, must keep pace.” Addressing the Summit in his capacity as chairperson, United States Vice-President, Joseph Biden, also sounded the alarm, adding that the demand for international peacekeeping has “never been greater” and that peacekeeping troops are being confronted by a wide variety of challenges, from protecting civilians from sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo to combatting extremism in Mali. “Peacekeeping is under greater strain than it has ever been,” Mr. Biden cautioned. “We are grateful for the burdens that peacekeepers have carried.”The US Vice-President acknowledged that Member States had gathered at the Summit to offer resources, troops and police to the peacekeeping cause and emphasized that the implementation of a rapid deployment system could “save tens of thousands of lives.”In addition, he welcomed the Secretary-General’s announcement of a comprehensive review of UN peacekeeping as it would commit Member States to “think strategically about future peacekeeping needs.” “We owe the United Nations our best and boldest thinking,” Mr. Biden concluded. read more

UN chief urges all to build on sustainable development effects of 2016

In a statement issued by his spokesperson today, Mr. Ban expressed deep appreciation ‘for the hospitality, diversity and capabilities of the Brazilian people and the world of sport, displayed at the first-ever Olympic Games in Latin America.”He also recalled, with pleasure and honour, his participation at the opening ceremony, in the Olympic Torch relay, visit to the Olympic Village and attending some of the events.In the statement, the Secretary-General also Applauded [the] historic achievement and encouraged all stakeholders “to secure and build on the sustainable development effects of the Games.”The UN chief also recalled his meeting with the 10-member Refugee Olympic Team that participated in the Games under the Olympic flag.The team was supported by the UN refugee agency and the IOC, and their participation brought global attention to the global refugee crisis and served as a symbol of hope for refugees worldwide. read more

Greenpeace to foot bill as campaigners spared jail for damaging Nelsons Column

first_imgTwo Greenpeace campaigners who caused thousands of pounds worth of damage to Nelson’s Column during a publicity stunt have been spared jail.Alison Garrigan and Luke Jones scaled the pillar as dawn broke in Trafalgar Square on April 18 this year as part of a high-profile air pollution campaign targeting recognised landmarks.Westminster magistrates’ court heard that the pair, both 30, arrived at 6am before scaling the 165ft (50m) granite and bronze Grade I-listed statue commemorating Lord Nelson’s victory at the Battle of Trafalgar.The defendants placed a papier-mache mask over the figure – designed, they said, to demonstrate the serious impact of air pollution in the capital and around the globe – and caused damage to the statue’s vertical lightning conductor and its fixings by running their climbing equipment through it. She said: “Police saw them climbing, Mr Jones then Ms Garrigan, who placed a mask over the statue. They abseiled down and were arrested.”She said total damage was estimated at up to £35,000. Repairs will be incorporated within scheduled maintenance work on the statue, due to take place next year.Garrigan, from Manchester, and Jones, from Hackney, east London, both pleaded guilty to causing criminal damage.Garrigan has convictions for trespass, while Jones previously committed criminal damage and trespass. Mike Schwarz, defending, said Garrigan, a domestic violence worker, and Jones, a logistician with Greenpeace, were committed to raising the profile of the dangers of air pollution.He said: “They sought to mitigate any danger by avoiding scuffing to the column. “In terms of deliberate action, this is not a case of vandalism.”They were very careful to ensure their actions caused minimum damage while demonstrating their views.”He said a Greenpeace statement at the time said Nelson’s Column was chosen to illustrate the air pollution Admiral Nelson would have had to put up with had he been alive in London in 2016. They also flattened spikes intended to deter pigeons from settling on the statue. The pair – both skilled climbers – then abseiled to the ground, where they were arrested by police, who described the protest as “polite and peaceful”.They were each given a six-month conditional discharge and ordered to pay costs of £85, and a victim surcharge of £30. Compensation of £6,262 each would be paid for by Greenpeace, the court heard.Sentencing the pair, chairman of the bench Mike Snow said: “The defendants are both skilled climbers who, I accept, did not intend to cause damage.I accept that they took active steps to avoid damaging the structure. Greenpeace activist Alison Garrigan leaves Westminster Magistrates Court Greenpeace activist Luke Jones Greenpeace activist Alison Garrigan leaves Westminster magistrates’ courtCredit:Kirsty O’Connor/PA Wire “They plead guilty on a reckless basis and that is the basis on which I will sentence them.”The lack of intention to cause the damage is revealed by their guilty plea, the method that they adopted to execute their protest and the confirmation that Greenpeace will today pay the full amount of compensation requested.”Carly Loftus, prosecuting, told the court the offending passed the custody threshold. She said the pair arrived in Trafalgar Square with ladders, climbing equipment and leaflets before they began to scale the statue in front of a band of supporters. Greenpeace activist Luke JonesCredit:Kirsty O’Connor/PA Wire Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Prowler behind dozens of Wimbledon burglaries should have been deported years ago

Kapaj has two children by his wife Radi who are thought to have been born in the UK. He was, however, refused naturalisation as a British citizen in 2011 on the grounds that he had lied about his nationality, meaning he should have been deported.A previous opportunity to stop him before he embarked on his notorious crime spree was missed when Kapaj was arrested in possession of stolen goods in the Wimbledon area in 2001.He had been working as a builder and was taken to Wimbledon police station but when police began to interview him he is said to have collapsed with what appeared to be a serious illness and was rushed to hospital.Kapaj recovered quickly and was discharged with no further police action. Police did not take a DNA sample, which could have allowed police investigating his later string of burglaries to identify him significantly earlier.As he was jailed, a Home Office source told the Telegraph: “We will be trying to deport him. We automatically consider all foreign national offenders who get 12 months or more.”The source admitted: “There are questions as to why they didn’t deport him at the time. It’s a tricky one to get into.“We are going to have to try to get rid of him. How easy that is is another matter. Human rights could be an issue.” A notorious burglar dubbed “the Wimbledon prowler” will be deported five years after officials missed their chance to send him back to his native Albania, it emerged on Friday, as his victims described how their lives had been shattered.Asdrit Kapaj, 42, was jailed for 14 years after a prolific burglary spree that terrorised the affluent residents of leafy Wimbledon village for a decade.Sajid Javid, the Home Secretary, will seek to have the father-of-two deported after he admitted 25 charges of burglary and attempted burglary in which cash and valuables worth almost £500,000 were stolen in meticulously planned break-ins before he was eventually caught red-handed last year.Police suspect he committed 10 times that number of offences, stealing goods worth several million dating back to the millennium.Judge Peter Lodder QC, sentencing him at Kingston Crown Court, said: “You are a prolific, persistent and professional burglar.”Such was your stealth and expertise in many cases it remains a mystery how you gained entry to their homes.” In 2004, he moved to Altrincham, Greater Manchester, where he owns a fish and chip shop, before regularly making the 430-mile round trip to Wimbledon several times a week, telling his wife he was going to do building work.Such was his level of proficiency that he never left a single fingerprint. At one property where he damaged the window frame he found some paint in the garden shed to cover it up.His wealthy victims included German tennis star Boris Becker, whose home was broken into in October 2013. A relative of Cressida Dick, the Metropolitan Police commissioner, is also said to have been targeted while French footballer Nicolas Anelka reportedly chased him across a garden.Residents said suspicion in the village was so rife that childminders, drivers and cleaners were sacked as their assumed were responsible.In victim impact statements read to the court, they told of the devastation caused by the theft of family heirlooms, designer handbags and significant quantities of cash, none of which has been recovered.Clare Calnan, whose home was targeted in 2014, said; “The fact that the burglar must have been in the garden watching and waiting for me was particularly disturbing. Kapaj, who arrived in the UK in 1996, only managed to stay in the UK after falsely claiming to be a Kosovan seeking asylum and was granted indefinite leave to remain in 1999. “For years, every time I walked down my path to my door at night, I wondered if he was lying in wait, watching and waiting. Peace of mind was the most valuable thing he took.”Nan Brenninkmeyer, suffered the greatest financial loss when Kapaj stole 30 items of expensive and sentimental jewellery valued at £371,855.Michael Lamaa, of Peregrine Way, said his wife had never since felt secure in her own home.Kapaj was only caught when DNA advances provided a link between two crime scenes.The deportation order could be served almost immediately.If successful, he would likely not be deported until the end of his sentence. 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

Free press active civil society critical in fight against corruption in

…says DC lawyer at symposium The most important thing to acknowledge about corruption is that you can have all the laws and regulation in place but if you do not have the leadership and personal conviction to not steal from the public coffers none of it matters.This was the profound and succinct warning underscored by Vicky McPherson as she interacted with participants of a symposium on public corruption and the oil resource curse venued at the Guyana Pegasus.Mc Pherson of the Global Energy and Infrastructure Group and the Africa Practice Group at the International Law Firm Greenberg Traurig was at the time responding to questions in relation to external pressures placed on smaller developing countries which inherently forces corrupt acts.A section of the gathering at the symposiumMc Pherson told participants it is for these reasons she underscores the importance of the role of civil society and a free press in all of this.According to Mc Pherson, the determining factor as to whether Guyana’s public figures will succumb to the temptations of corruption is “whether or not civil society is active and vocal in development of that industry and whether the press will report what it finds if it’s doing its job.”Based in Washington DC but married to a Guyanese, the international legal powerhouse in the oil gas sector sought to impress on those engaged in the development of the industry the fact that there will be some levels of corruption that persists since at the end of the day it reflects a personal choice on the part of that corrupt individual.She was adamant however that this must diminish civil society and the free press role in demanding transparency.The Washington DC based Attorney-at-Law specializing in the oil and gas sector was also questioned on the controversial move on the part of the Donald Trump Administration to repeal the Dodd Frank Act—legislation enacted by the Obama Administration to guard against US oil companies exploiting countries such as Guyana through their contractual and other arrangements.Meanwhile, David Holukoof another of the eminent international panelists in Guyana for the two-day confab also sought to weigh in on the need for there to be leadership at the very top in the fight against corruption in public office.He drew reference to the inaugural address by Bahamian Prime Minister, Hubert Minnis at the opening ceremony of the 38th Conference of Head of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM)In his address, Prime Minister Minnis had cautioned that government ministers found to be accepting bribes and other payments as part of any corrupt practice will be fired immediately.According to the Canadian based oil and gas expert, it was refreshing to hear “a leader in region talk so openly about it with apparent conviction.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedOil ready Guyana submits bid to join EITIAugust 19, 2017In “Business”Public will be made aware of all oil payments to Guyana Govt – ExxonJuly 9, 2017In “Local News”ExxonMobil says disclosing of contracts contingent on country’s lawAugust 25, 2017In “Business” read more

Sponsor sacks Suarez over biting attack

first_img“Liverpool Football Club will wait until we have seen and had time to review the FIFA Disciplinary Committee report before making any further comment,” Ian Ayre, the club’s chief executive, said Thursday.Suarez was suspended for biting for seven matches while at Dutch giants Ajax in 2010 and 10 matches last year, a penalty that carried over into the start of the recent English season, for an attack on Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic.Before the start of last season, Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers made huge efforts to persuade Suarez to stay at Anfield amid talk of a proposed move to Premier League rivals Arsenal or to a Spanish side.Rodgers was rewarded with a stunning season from Suarez, whose 31 goals in 33 matches made him the Premier League’s top scorer and so nearly saw Liverpool crowned champions of England for the first time in 24 years.But with Spanish giants Barcelona and Real Madrid said to be interested in Suarez, if Liverpool do decide to end his Anfield career it is highly unlikely they will let him leave Merseyside without first trying to recoup a hefty transfer fee.Uruguay football officials said they planned to appeal against Suarez’s ban.Suarez ban ‘too severe’, says FredThere’s a Luis Suarez billboard on Copacabana beach, and people are reacting perfectly GAMBLING WEBSITE 888POKER has “terminated its relationship” with Uruguay’s Luis Suarez following his biting the shoulder of Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup, the company announced Friday.Their move to disassociate themselves from Suarez came a day after the Liverpool striker was kicked out of the World Cup and given a four-month suspension from all football, as well as a nine-match international ban by FIFA, the sport’s global governing body, for his attack on Chiellini during Uruguay’s Group D win on Tuesday.“888poker signed Luis Suarez following a fantastic season for which his achievements were widely recognised,” the company said in a statement following the third biting incident of the player’s career.“Regrettably, following his actions during Uruguay’s World Cup match against Italy on Tuesday, 888poker has decided to terminate its relationship with Luis Suarez with immediate effect.”Gibraltar-based 888 had said Wednesday it was “reviewing” its relationship with Suarez, who had been an ambassador for the firm, and warned that “we will not tolerate unsporting behaviour”.Their action in ditching the 27-year-old Suarez follows the decision of sports manufacturer Adidas to stop using the player in their World Cup advertising campaign.But Mariana Ramos, Adidas spokeswoman in Sao Paulo, stopped short of saying the company would axe Suarez from its global roster of star sporting figures completely, telling AFP: “Future plans for after the World Cup will be revised once the tournament is over.”Meanwhile Liverpool said they would make no immediate decision on Suarez’s Anfield future.last_img read more

App that encourages children with autism to make eye contact wins at

first_img 15,210 Views By Cliodhna Russell Image: Chris Bellew/Fennell Photography App that encourages children with autism to make eye contact wins at BT Young Scientist Business Bootcamp The winners were selected by a judging panel of business professionals following an intensive four day workshop at NovaUCD. Mar 4th 2017, 8:30 AM Short URL http://jrnl.ie/3268761 Image: Chris Bellew/Fennell Photography AN APP THAT encourages children with autism to make eye contact won best overall team at the 8th annual BT Young Scientist Business Bootcamp.Mi Contact is based on applied behaviour analysis to enhance early intervention programmes.A group of teenagers from  Galway, Cork, Kilkenny, Offaly and Dublin have claimed the winning spot at the 2017 BT Young Scientist Business Bootcamp with their project entitled Mi Contact.The winners were selected by a judging panel of business professionals following an intensive four day workshop at NovaUCD.During the Bootcamp, the students, selected because they displayed particular business ambition, are shown how to set up a company, write a business plan, create a marketing campaign, draft a budget and present their ideas competently to senior academics and business people.The group was selected for their significant progress over the four-day Bootcamp, which is designed to equip students with practical skills and knowledge to transform a creative idea into a viable business proposition.The winner were Ciara-Beth Ni Ghríofa (17) from Coláiste an Eachréidh, Galway, Ella Brennan (16) from Loreto Secondary School, Kilkenny, George Hennessy (17) from Midleton College, Cork, Lucy Leonard (15) from Tullamore College, Offaly and Steven Harris (18) from Luttrellstown Community College, Dublin.The Bootcamp is designed and delivered by BT Ireland and University College Dublin.Professor Orla Feely, UCD Vice-President for Research, Innovation and Impact said:The aim of the Bootcamp is assist the participating students in developing their entrepreneurial thinking and understanding of the steps required to convert their innovative STEM ideas into sustainable businesses.“I would like to congratulate the overall Bootcamp winners, and all the students who participated on this year’s programme, and I hope in the near future to see their ideas transformed into businesses impacting Ireland’s economy and society.”Throughout the week the groups were coached by a dedicated BT business mentor and learned the fundamentals of critical business applications such as patenting, business development, sales, marketing and presentation skills.Read: These are the skills tomorrow’s graduates will need to find jobs> 12 Comments Share Tweet Email7 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Saturday 4 Mar 2017, 8:30 AMlast_img read more

Greeks to make case to Gillard

first_imgThe battle to save Modern Greek will move to Canberra today, when a delegation of members from the Australian Hellenic Council (AHC) meets with Federal Education Minister Julia Gillard. Delegates from various Greek-Australian organizations, including the Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and Victoria, will make the case for Greek to be included in the new National Curriculum. Leading the delegation is AHC National Coordinator Patricia Drivas. She says there are many arguments for the inclusion of Modern Greek. “The arguments are that it is a core language, that it is a community language, that it’s a language that stands on its own. It’s a language that already exists within the system, therefore what we would like is a continuation of that,” she says. The mission however, is a difficult one. During the reconstitution of the curriculum the number of languages that will be taught in government schools has been slashed from twelve to eight. Half of the languages are Asian, leaving space for only four European languages. At this point, the four European languages selected are German, French, Spanish and Italian. “Spanish is not a strange choice. It sounds like it is, but it’s not,” Drivas says, explaining that it is the most widely spoken European language outside of Europe. Italian, she says, is included due to, “the Catholic influence”. “German is there because of trade and their economy, they’re the strongest economic force in Europe at the moment,” she says. “French, well, because it’s French and it’s taught worldwide.” Consequently, Ms Drivas is under no illusions that edging out one of these powerhouse languages is an easy task, which is why the AHC is also lobbying for the number of languages to be extended from eight, back to at least ten. “It’s a hard slog,” she says. “It’s tough. It’s not in the bag. We’re quietly confident that we’re moving towards all the right directions, we’re doing all the right things, we’re knocking on the right doors.” To do your bit to ensure that Modern Greek is admitted into the National Curriculum, sign the petition in today’s Neos Kosmos and post it in. The first round of signatures will be presented to Federal Parliament in the coming weeks. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Driver gets max in June 7 fatal hitrun

first_imgJennifer Wade and the “love of her life,” Greg Thorkildson, were holding hands, laughing and having a great time when they met Wade’s sister for dinner June 7 at a local restaurant.“After dinner, we headed home, which is the last thing I remember of that night,” Wade said. “The next thing I remember is waking up in the hospital asking for Greg and being told that we were in an accident, and that he did not survive the accident.”Luka I. Tapuaialupe, 30, of Vancouver was sentenced Friday to 5½ years in prison for negligently causing the vehicle crash June 7 that killed Thorkildson, 40, and then fleeing the scene on foot. Wade, 37, was seriously injured in the collision.Tapuaialupe had been drinking and taking marijuana before he sat behind the wheel of his brown 1986 Ford Bronco, which had defective brakes, and drove through Vancouver with a suspended driver’s license.Senior Deputy Prosecutor Kasey Vu said Tapuaialupe knew his brakes were defective; detectives later found an empty brake fluid bottle inside his vehicle. The Bronco was traveling south on Northeast 29th Avenue at about 50 mph in a 20 mph zone when it collided with the driver’s side of Thorkildson’s green Chevrolet Impala, killing Thorkildson instantly, Vu said. Tapuaialupe’s attorney, Sean Downs, argued that the speed limit is 30 to 35 mph at that intersection.last_img read more

Cardi B Surges Up The Charts With Bodak Yellow

first_img Cardi B Surges Up The Charts cardi-b-surges-charts-bodak-yellow Twitter Email News Facebook With her hit song at No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Rap Songs chart, Cardi B has no plans to wait for the world to catch up with herPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Aug 24, 2017 – 5:09 pm Emerging rap star Cardi B has been making what she calls “money moves” over the last month. The lady who raps “I be in and out them banks so much, I know they’re tired of me” will be making her bankers even more weary as her song “Bodak Yellow” turns heads and climbs up the charts.The title “Bodak Yellow” is a play on the name of rapper Kodak Black, whose first single to chart — 2014’s “No Flockin” with 100-plus million YouTube views — was the Cardi B hit’s musical inspiration.With “Bodak Yellow”‘s ascent to No. 1 on Billboard ‘s Hot Rap Songs chart, Cardi B is backing up her lyrics’ boasts with the quickest climb to the top for a debut since Psy’s viral “Gangnam Style” in 2012.Today marks the video’s two-month anniversary on YouTube and it is already up to more than 77 million views. Her performance of the song also lit up the audience earlier this month at OVO Fest.Well known to VH1 viewers who tuned into “Love & Hip Hop: New York” in 2015 and 2016, Cardi B brings her fresh flavor to every encounter. With “Bodak Yellow” still climbing, it remains to be seen how the rap world catches up.DRAM On Cardi B: When “Bodak Yellow” Comes On At Parties, “It’s Mayhem” Cardi B Surges Up The Charts With “Bodak Yellow” last_img read more

EN ESPAÑOL Cómo te afecta la pregunta sobre ciudadanía en el próximo

first_imgEsto tiene claras consecuencias en la población latina de Texas, donde los indocumentados podrían evitar participar en la encuesta por temor a ser descubiertos, y para el estado en su totalidad, ya que eso llevaría a un recuento inexacto de la población y a una potencial falta de representación adecuada en el Congreso, así como a la pérdida de fondos federales.Jerónimo Cortina te lo explica todo En Pocas Palabras. Sharelast_img

Artist Turns Grotesque Medieval Monsters into Colorful Piñatas

first_imgThey say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and an artist’s eye looks for beauty in unusual and unlikely places. Roberto Benavidez is a contemporary artist from southern Texas whose art is a fusion of both his own roots and images from the distant past. He creates piñatas using monsters from medieval works of art, such as the work of Hieronymus Bosch, as their basis.According to his website, he was interested in art from the time he was very young. With there being relatively limited opportunities for pursuing an education in art, he instead studied acting at Texas State University, earning his BFA.Photo by Roberto BenavidezHe spent several years acting in Texas but remained drawn to the world of fine art, so he left Texas and headed for California where he took classes at Pasadena City College to learn the skills he really wanted to master — sculpture, drawing, and painting.Photo by Roberto BenavidezHe even learned a bit about bronze casting. He describes himself as “half-breed, South Texan, queer, figurative sculptor specializing in the piñata form; playing on themes of race, sexuality, art, sin, humor, and beauty.”Photo by Roberto BenavidezThose themes are clearly evident in Benavidez’s work. During an email interview with Hyperallergic, the artist remarked that sin was inherent in both piñatas and in Bosch’s Garden of Earthly Delights, so it seemed a good match to him.Photo by Roberto BenavidezHe said that the fusion of Mexican and European art forms felt very representative of him as a person and that he’s always been drawn to old painting techniques.Photo by Roberto BenavidezThe Garden of Earthly Delights is the modern name for a painting whose original name isn’t now known. It’s actually a triptych, a set of three panels on hinges which can be folded shut.Photo by Roberto BenavidezThe work is a clear morality tale, showing man’s progression from an initial state of purity and grace, to gaining knowledge of the sensual and earthly, and ultimately, in the third panel, to moral decay and damnation.Photo by Roberto BenavidezThe themes are deeply religious, and the imagery is surreal. It’s full of creatures that are bizarre, grotesque, and often beautiful; those are the images Benavidez draws from.Photo by Roberto BenavidezHis work is built on a fairly large scale, with some pieces being several feet tall, and are covered in the traditional paper fringing which is the hallmark of the piñata form. He’s likened the layering of the colored paper fringes to blending and layering different colors of paint in a more limited way.Photo by Roberto BenavidezBenavidez said he found himself captivated by the strangeness of the creatures and people and the odd perspective, and he was very drawn to finding a way to turn the flat images into 3D sculptures.Photo by Roberto BenavidezBosch wasn’t the artist’s only source for his medieval monsters. He’s also taken inspiration from the Luttrell Psalter, which is full of stories of the lives of saints, and the Medieval Bestiary, which is essentially an encyclopedia of various extremely strange medieval beasts and monsters as well as stones and their mystical uses, and also more mundane beasts.Photo by Roberto BenavidezThe piñata itself is a form that’s a lot deeper and more complex than just being a child’s birthday party entertainment. Mexconnect.com says that the form may have originated in China.Photo by Roberto BenavidezMarco Polo saw that the Chinese made paper covered forms of animals including cows, oxen, and buffalo as part of their New Year rituals. When the animals were hit sufficiently hard with sticks, they ruptured and seeds fell out them. People would then burn what was left and take some of the ashes for good luck.The custom made its way to Europe in the 1300s as part of the celebration of Lent, and in the early 1500s, Spanish missionaries carried the idea to North America as a tool to aid conversions.Photo by Roberto BenavidezThe piñata was said to represent three virtues. First, the blindfolded person holding the stick embodied the faithful fending off the forces of evil (blind faith, get it?).Next, the hanging piñata symbolizes hope, and, finally, the stick is virtue. The treats inside are the rewards of a holy life and represent charity when divided among all the spectators.Between the religious undertones of the piñata itself and the medieval monster forms Benavidez employs, he creates a compelling, nearly dream-like, and very complex form of art with deep historical roots.Read another story from us: Artist Transforms Victorian Portraits into SuperheroesBenavidez’s sculptures will be on display at the Riverside Art Museum in Riverside, CA starting February 2, 2019.last_img read more

Russias Putin tells critic his stunts were staged

first_img Four benefits of having a wireless security system Comments   Share   3 international destinations to visit in 2019 Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Sponsored Stories Putin confirmed to journalist Masha Gessen that “of course, (the jugs) were planted” and added that “swindles happen” when his subordinates organize his stunts, according to her story published in the Bolshoy Gorod magazine Thursday. He says he is angry over the set-ups.Gessen, the author of a book critical of Putin, lost her editing job at a travel magazine after refusing to cover his flight with cranes on a hang-glider last week.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)center_img Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona Top Stories MOSCOW (AP) – Russian President Vladimir Putin has admitted that some of his most publicized stunts were staged.Putin’s media appearances _ riding a horse bare-chested, petting a polar bear and putting a tracking device on a Siberian tigress _ have endeared him to many Russians and provoked scorn among others. Last year, he was shown on Russian television with two ancient Greek jugs he allegedly found while scuba diving.last_img read more

Every time he had an opportunity to play he playe

first_img“Every time he had an opportunity to play he played very well and very consistently,” he said. “I think the Cardinals get a quarterback that they can count on week in and week out.“You’ll get consistent performance out of Kevin Kolb.”As long as Kolb is consistently good things will be OK in the desert, and one would think the Cardinals just need adequate QB play to improve on the five games they won last season and make a run in the substandard NFC West.“I think this is one of the best offseason acquisitions in the National Football League,” Jaworski said. “It automatically brings the Cardinals into a contender position.”That’s because, as Jaworksi said, the 27-year-old brings a lot of skills to his new team.“I think his biggest attribute is he’s smart, the guy understands what the offense should be doing against any specific defense. He’s very good at the line of scrimmage.”So while Kolb won’t make “laser-type throws,” Jaworski said the QB has great anticipation. Oh, and he’s a great leader too.“What you get is a quarterback that the guys will look up to in the huddle, they know that he’s going to get them in the right play,” Jaworski added. “You’re not going to have any wasted plays at the line of scrimmage. “He’ll prepare himself, he’ll prepare the offense.”The only question now is if roughly six weeks is enough time for a QB to prepare for a season with a new team. If Kolb comes out firing on all cylinders the Cardinals could be a very dangerous team.“They’ll be a playoff team out of that division,” Jaworski said. Comments   Share   D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke The Arizona Cardinals are on the precipice of beginning a new season, and they will do so with their third different QB in three seasons.Acquired less than two months ago from the Philadelphia Eagles, Kevin Kolb is expected to not just be better than Derek Anderson, but be an upper-echelon signal caller as well.ESPN’s Ron Jaworski, speaking to Arizona Sports 620’s Burns and Gambo, thinks knowing he’s “the man” in Arizona will go a long way towards helping Kolb show what he’s got. Top Stories last_img read more

Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impa

first_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Comments   Share   Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelocenter_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling As it turns out, Cooper was surprised at how easy it was for him to go toe-to-toe with the likes of Calais Campbell without any concern for his health or how his leg would respond. He said if you would have asked him during OTAs if there would be some reservations, he would have said yes. But it turned out those concerns went away as soon as the whistle blew. “You’re always a little nervous about what could, would, maybe happen, but I felt pretty good today.”That means from here on out, the story will no longer be about Cooper’s return from a devastating injury. If the steps following his injury went from needing a scooter to get around to being able to walk, and then from being able to walk to being able to run, and from being able to run to doing the movements required of a player at his position, and then leaning on a defensive lineman and pushing people around, he’s finally at a point where it’s all about what he can do on the field.“The next step is to just become a better player.” – / 32 GLENDALE, Ariz. — Jonathan Cooper said he passed a bit of a litmus test when he made it through Saturday’s training camp practice without incident. His next exam came Monday when he put on pads for the first time and got to hit others.He passed that one, too.“I had my ups and my downs, made a few mistakes, but I felt OK,” Cooper said. Cooper is penciled in as the Cardinals’ starting left guard, just as he was last season after the team selected him seventh overall out of North Carolina. He’s working his way back from a broken leg that cost him his entire rookie season, and while no one has doubted his ability or work ethic, there were questions — even from the player himself — about how long it would take to truly get over the injury.last_img read more

The 5 Takeaways from the Coyotes introduction of

first_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Unlike the majority of the season, this time the Cardinals didn’t respond well. Jeremy Lane picked off a Carson Palmer pass on the next Arizona drive which turned into more points by way of a 52-yard field goal from Steven Hauschka.The Cardinals would get their bearings on the next possession, marching 80 yards on 12 plays in 6:09. Palmer would hit Larry Fitzgerald on a 17-yard touchdown pass, but Chandler Catanzaro missed the extra point to make it a 10-6 game.That was pretty much the only Cardinal highlight in what was probably the most lifeless performance since the tail end of the Ken Whisenhunt era.Arians sensed something wasn’t up to snuff in the week of practice leading up to the game.“You lose games on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. You don’t lose them on Sunday, in my opinion,” he said. “We lost this all week in practice.”The Cardinals managed only 232 yards of offense — their lowest total of the season. It’s also the first time they’ve been held to under 10 points in a game since last season. Arizona managed a total of three field goals in two games against Seattle in 2014, but those games were started by quarterbacks Drew Stanton and Ryan Lindley. Even with Palmer, a legitimate MVP candidate, things weren’t much different on Sunday. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories If you’re rooting for the Cardinals to finally break through and win a Super Bowl, you’re probably hoping the players in red and white disregarded that memo.The Seahawks dominated in every phase of the game from the outset, earning a 36-6 victory as their final push into the postseason.The Cardinals don’t possess that same momentum. After winning nine straight games, Arizona (13-3) is now wondering just what the heck went wrong Sunday.“This was a valuable lesson today, because you could see it coming all week,” Arians said. “I think coaches, players, everybody fell into that trap of reading their press clippings that anointed us Super Bowl champions. This was a nice wake-up call.”That wake-up call started early. Seattle (10-6) forced the Cardinals to punt on their first possession, then marched on a 12-play, 88-yard touchdown drive that melted 7:19 off the clock. Running back Bryce Brown punched it in from the 1-yard line to put the Seahawks on the board and set the tone for the entire contest.On the drive, Seattle kept the Cardinals’ defense off balance. Quarterback Russell Wilson went 5-for-5 for 45 yards — the biggest play being a 20-yard completion to tight end Cooper Helfet for 20 yards that gave the Seahawks a 1st-and-goal at the Arizona 1-yard line. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Seattle Seahawks running back Bryce Brown (36) scores a touchdown as Arizona Cardinals linebacker Sean Witherspoon (55) defends during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Comments   Share   “Yeah, I’m pretty disappointed in myself and in us in the way we came out and played,” Palmer, who threw for 129 yards, said. “We got beat. We didn’t play well enough. Sometimes that’s a good thing going the way we had things going. It brings some guys back down to earth and get back to work.“It’s an opportunity to start another streak.”Fitzgerald likened the feel of this loss to the last time the Cardinals were faced with a less-than-important Week 17 matchup before a playoff appearance.“This had a similar feeling to the 33-7 loss to Green Bay (in 2009),” he said. “It’s Week 17 and we are heading to the playoffs, just from a mental standpoint I don’t think we were hitting on all cylinders. We have to get back tomorrow and address this film. Put the things that we did to rest and continue to build on what we have been doing the rest of the season.”In the season Fitzgerald referred to, the Cardinals bounced back from that season-ending loss to the Packers by handing them a 51-45 overtime loss in the Wild Card round the next week.Palmer agrees with his head coach and feels that this could be used as a valuable tool moving forward. GLENDALE, Ariz. — Last week, Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians was adamant that his team would treat Sunday’s regular-season finale against the Seattle Seahawks just like any other game.That sparked some debate locally. While Arians’ edict that his team will go out and play to win every week, regardless of the circumstances, held weight, some fans were concerned that such a philosophy would put important players at risk for injury. – / 39 “We were just a little too tentative, but it’s a great lesson to learn,” he said. “We have a lot of young guys and vets, like myself, that need to step up and make sure that doesn’t happen in the years ahead of us if we’re in that situation again.“That game is over. The regular season is over. Now the fun begins. We’ll be ready to rock.”Cornerback Patrick Peterson also chose to find a silver lining in a decisive loss.“A loss can help in a number of ways. We just want to make sure we that we don’t take that same approach in the playoffs,” he said. “We have to make sure that we have championship practices each and every day. We know how to get that job done, we know how to practice, just this week wasn’t our best.“At the end of the day, we will be back here in front of our crowd in two weeks and we will see what happens then. For the most part, we are still a good football team, we just have to go back to the drawing board and not let those little things to continue to creep up on us.”With the loss (and Carolina’s win over Tampa Bay), the Cardinals are the two-seed in the NFC in the playoffs. According to Arians, they’ll practice three times next week, during the bye, and like the rest of us, watch the Wild Card games and see whom they’ll host at University of Phoenix Stadium in two weeks. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more